Number 190 - 14th February 2004


John Archer appears at the newly restored Hackney Empire tonight (February 14th) as part of a Tim Vine's Valentine Variety Venture with Ricky Grover, Buddy, Nina Conte, Otis Cannelloni and Jo Brand. Box Office: 020 8985 2424. Venue address: 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ (Map). On Saturday 21st February John can be seen on the Saturday night Best of British Command Performance gala show at the Blackpool Convention (Book Now!!). John can then be seen on ITV's The Impressionable Jon Cullshaw "holding a pole to help Cooper/Blaine to levitate!" The series starts on February 25th (10pm ITV1). And in March John goes on tour with Tim Vine. 14.2.04


Andy Clockwise is the special guest at The Magic Club, Birmingham, on March 7th and Mark Shortland is hot on his heels on April 4th. Two top magicians. This regular evening takes place on the first Sunday of every month at The Wharf Bar, Quality Boundary Hotel, Birmingham Road (A34), Walsall WS5 3AB (Map) and featuring guest magicians, along with regulars Keith Bennett and Saxon. For more information visit: 14.2.04


Downstairs at the Kings Head presents an evening of Comedy Magic, Illusion and Mentalism, hosted by Ian Keable on Friday, February 27th at 8.30pm. "Prepare to be amazed by five of the finest magicians in the country in the intimate surroundings of London's top performance club." Starring, Romany, Kerry Scorah, Mark Shortland (photo) and Ian Keable. Downstairs at the Kings Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, London N8 8AA (Map) Tickets 8, No pre-booking. 14.2.04


Jay Fortune's Magic You Can't Actually See! is a new feature on Jay Fortune's radio show which will go out on Friday mornings at 9.15am as part of The Kool Breakfast with Jay Fortune show on 1134 Kool am. MagicWeek readers who can't tune-in can listen to the show via the internet at Jay, seen here escaping from a straight jacket, welcomes feedback (pun intended!) from magicians. 14.2.04


Magician and actor Derren Litten (aka Daniel Nelson) has just completed work on The Catherine Tate Show, a new six part series which goes out at 10pm from this Monday from the Perrier Award-nominated comedian Catherine Tate. Derren co-wrote the show (which is featured under "Today's Choices" in the next week's Radio Times) with Catherine, and also appears in a number of sketches. 14.2.04


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is due out June 4th and its star, Daniel Radcliffe, is currently enjoying real magic lessons from the movie's magic consultant Paul Kieve. "He is amazing! I love practising the tricks and showing them to my friends at parties." Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban can be pre-ordered from 14.2.04


Luke Jermay will be signing copies of Building Blocks and Skullduggery purchased from the magic stand during the Blackpool Convention. Alakazam look forward to meeting their many "online" customers, and have a few surprises up their sleeves (in other words, new magic!). 14.2.04


The IBM Irish Ring 85 Convention takes place on the May bank holiday weekend (1st and 2nd May) at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Bangor, Northern Ireland. Venue and registration details have now been posted on the Ulster Society of Magician's website, Already confirmed to appear: John Archer, Gazzo and Wayne Dobson. If you book before March 31st there is a small saving to be made as well. 14.2.04


The Basingstoke Festival of Magic takes place on Sunday, April 25th at Stratton Park, Pack Lane, Kempshott, Basingstoke RG22 5HN (Map). Featuring: The 10th Close-up Championship of Southern England competition (for the Alan McGurk Trophy), lecturers from Nick Einhorn (photo), Pat Fallon and Mike Austin, magic dealers and catering throughout the day, which will be opened by Magic Circle President Alan Shaxon. Tickets are 10 in advance or 12 on the door. Cheques, made payable to "The Magicians of Basingstoke" should be sent, enclosing an SAE, to: Norman Morris, 5 Budds Close, Basingstoke RG21 8XJ.


Magic and NLP is a new website set up to explore how NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), language, suggestion and hypnosis can be used by magicians to help their performance. The site provides information about NLP and using 'NLP and suggestion' in magic. Any magicians interested in this area are invited to submit articles and share ideas as the site expands. Visit: 14.2.04


May I make a request on behalf of a friend of mine, magician Mike Clarke, who is running in the London Marathon 2004 for Whizz-Kidz. This is a national charity with a very simple goal - to give disabled children independent mobility, by providing them with customised equipment such as wheelchairs and tricycles. A donation can be made online here: (this is a secure site that enables charities to take instant donations via the internet). I am sure that Mike would really appreciate support from the magic community, and you can leave a personal message when making a contribution. For more information Click Here. Many thanks, Duncan. 14.2.04


Quentin Willson presents Britain's Worst Performer at 9pm on Wednesday, 18th February, on Five. The competition includes, amongst other things, "a magician who has forgotten his tricks" see TV Magic It's Valentine's Day - Getting on the love train was just the ticket for magician Marc Sosnow Click Here The Liverpool Magic Circle have a new website: Next week's MagicWeek will go online a day earlier than usual so if you have news to send in please let us have it by Wednesday evening. That's it for this week, see you in Blackpool! Duncan.2.04