Number 191 - 21st February 2004 is proud to announce that they are now the official sole UK distributor for Spider Germany. As well as supplying the current range of revolutionary Spider products from stock, in association with Spider Germany, have added an exclusive line of professional staging products. Any magician who has ever turned up at a dinner function to be told "you are performing over there" as the organiser points to a hidden corner of a room with no staging whatsoever will instantly recognise the value of this product. Spider MD Claus Fleischhauer and MD Clifford Bradley will be on hand to answer your questions on their stand at the Blackpool Convention this weekend… They'll be easy to spot too, as they’ll be a couple of feet higher than all the others! The company will be announcing the names of its UK dealers shortly. More details in MagicWeek soon. What a great product! 21.2.04


Theodora Children's Trust are presenting An Evening of Pure Magic at The Magic Circle on Wednesday, May 5th, from 7.30pm. The evening will start with a buffet and drinks in the clubroom with close-up magic, and parlour magic in the Devant room hosted by the Theodora clown doctors. Then it's on to The Magic Circle's excellent theatre for a show featuring top professional performers from the world of magic. The evening will end at approximately 10.45pm. Tickets are £90 each from Emily Ayres at The Theodora Children’s Trust Office, telephone 020 7713 0044. Contact Patrick Jacobs MMC, the trainer for Theodora Children’s Trust, on 01279 465550 or email for more information. The Trust brings fun and laughter to sick children in hospital by training and supporting "clown doctors" who visit participating hospitals every week. Their visits have been shown to have a positive impact on the children’s recovery and rehabilitation. 21.2.04


Monkey Magic series one (Objective Productions for Five) and Magick series one (Objective Productions for Channel Four) have both been short-listed in the Comedy category of the Montreux Golden Rose (Rose D'Or) International Television Festival. Derren Brown Mind Control, winner in the Variety category last year, has been short-listed once again - this year for his Russian Roulette special in the 'Best Special' category (Objective Productions for Channel Four). The winners will be announced at the festival in Switzerland later in the year. Website: Monkey Magic series two is currently in production, transmission dates when we have them. 21.2.04


Richard Leigh presents "Card Idol" at the Magic Cavern on Monday 26th April at 8pm. Richard writes, "Just turn up with a deck of cards or a short close-up effect. Everyone will have a chance to participate. The judges will choose a final, featuring six performers. You, the audience, will choose the winner, who will receive two tickets to a top West End Musical." Hosted by Matt Edwards at the Barons Court Theatre, 'The Curtains Up', 28A Comeragh Road, West Kensington, London W14 9AU. Box Office 020 8932 4747. Contact Richard for more information, (The venue is a two minute walk from Barons Court or West Kensington tube stations). 21.2.04


The Magic Gadget are now advertising with MagicWeek. This family run business has been trading since 2003 and offer a great range of magic. They write, "Customer service is phenomenally important to us. Without exceptional service why should our customers stay loyal? It all makes sense. If our customers are not happy then neither are we." To see their full range visit today! 21.2.04


Chris Dugdale had a busy year last year entertaining everyone from Her Majesty the Queen to Hollywood film star Angelina Jolie at a United Nations Ball. Chris is currently in talks regarding a new TV format... watch this space! 21.2.04


The British Magical Society have a lecture by FISM winner Henry Evans lined up for Tuesday, 24th February, at Selly-Oak Ex-Servicemen's Club, Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham. Tickets £5.00. For more information contact Pat Cross, telephone 0121 449 5032. 21.2.04


If you're heading off to Mallorca for your Summer holidays this year be sure to visit Hooties Bar in Palma Nova, run by magic couple Andy Charlton and Jean. Close-up magic is on the menu every night! For more details, including directions, visit: 21.2.04


Ian Keable lectures at the Glasgow Magic Circle on Tuesday 9th March at 7.30pm (doors open 7.15pm), visiting magicians welcome. There is a small door charge of £5.00 for non-members which includes a buffet. For more information and directions visit 21.2.04


The John Derris lecture "KISS" (Keep it Simple Stupid) at The Magic Circle, which was cancelled on 12th January due to the sudden death of Jack Avis, has now been rescheduled for Monday 1st March. For details telephone 020 7387 2222. 21.2.04


UK Escape Artists (UKEA) is a new organisation set up by James Peters and Stuart Burrell. On March 20th they will be holding a convention in Chelmsford, Essex. For information, and to read about the aims of the organisation visit: 21.2.04


Davenports have just received stocks of the latest in the Lennert Green DVD series, volumes 4, 5, and 6. Volume 4 showcases Lennart's work on false shuffles. Volume 5 contains a potpourri of Lennart's innovative card work, including items with a gambling theme, and Volume 6 features many of the sleights and routines that have made Lennart world famous. For more information and to order visit 21.2.04


Congratulations to James Harrington, this year's Northamptonshire Magicians' Club Close-up Magician of the Year winner. James presented a 15 minute set with a gambling theme demonstrating different gambling techniques including: "real magic," psychology, and sleight of hand. 21.2.04


Chrome Productions Limited are television production company currently looking for people for a new documentary. "We are looking for individuals who, in their work environment would be considered boring and uninteresting, with jobs that are much the same, but come the weekend... just let rip!" (I know a few magicians who occasionally let rip!) If that sounds like you, or you know of anyone who fits the bill, then you are invited to email your contact details and a brief biog (or website link) to 21.2.04


International Magic will have a number of new releases on display on their stand at the Blackpool Convention this weekend including the JC Wagner DVD (this is the is the live lecture recorded at their convention in December), and The Magic of John Ramsay by Andrew Galloway the two volume set, now on DVD. 21.2.04


Jonathan Creek is back on our screens tonight (Saturday) in the second drama in this new series TV MagicXtreme Close-up Magic moves to the Strip. Steve Dacri's close-up show, with has featured a number of British performers and is now entering its 7th month, has moved to O'Shea's on the Strip. Additional shows have been added, including a daytime edition. "We loved performing at the Orleans and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity they provided us to showcase our new concept. Unfortunately, the room was so small that we could only fit about 40 people. At O'Shea's, the showroom holds 180, small by Vegas standards, but perfect for my type of magic, especially with their large screen video projection system which enables everyone to experience the magic." Dacri added that he will continue to include guest magicians from overseas as part of the shows • Malta's Vanni Pulè 'did lunch' last week with Josanne Cassar in The Malta Independent • Uri Geller can currently be seen on Five's latest reality show every night of the week... bring back some unreality I say! • That's it for this week, we're online a day earlier than usual due to the Blackpool Convention, which is going to be great! Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 21.2.04