Number 193 - 6th March 2004


Paul Daniels opened at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London's West End on March 1st for a limited run of his one man show "The Magic of Max Malini." Max Malini did not perform in large theatres, but rather in the drawing rooms of the rich and famous in the early 1900's. His extraordinary magic worked best in intimate surroundings and here Paul Daniels has recreated many of his effects for this very unusual show. Ian Keable was in the audience on Thursday night and has reviewed the show for MagicWeek, Click Here. MagicWeek readers can take advantage of a special "two tickets for the price of one" offer by phoning the box office on 020 7287 2875 and quoting "Paul Daniels two for one internet offer" when booking their seats. Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST. All tickets £57 each. 6.3.04


Joe Pasquale - The Everything I Have Ever Done & The First of Many Goodbye Tours goes on tour in April, May and June! And from the show's flyer: "We will learn important things like the importance of Elvis songs such as Polk Salad Annie - Gators Got Your Granny and how this will help us, the human race, in years to come when an asteroid is heading for our planet." Nuff said. For tour dates Click Here. 6.3.04


"Five months after he was mauled by a tiger, illusionist Roy Horn of 'Siegfried & Roy' was able to walk again with the help of a wheeled walking aid, a spokeswoman for the duo said Tuesday." Read the story from 6.3.04


The Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Magic Auction on Tuesday, March 16th, at 7.30pm at the Salford Masonic Hall, The Crescent, Salford, Nr. Manchester. Expect hundreds of bargains, with professional auctioneers Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd. Free admission for members, £3.00 for non-members. For full details contact Derek Lever, 32 Pilling Lane, Preesall, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancs. FY6 OEU. Telephone/fax 01253 810113, email or Mike Shepherd, telephone/fax 01904 709500. 6.3.04 are now advertising with MagicWeek. The site includes details of Royle's Secrets of Hypnotic Success Seminar 2004 which will take place on Saturday May 8th and Sunday May 9th at The Britannia Hotel, Birmingham. "Royle will help you to become an expert hypnotic exponent, show you how to get more customers and sell more products." For details visit: today, or email (There is a special promotion on the video's from last year's seminar right now - just ask for details when you email). 6.3.04


"As if by Magic, the dream of providing Harry August Jansen (Dante the Magician), and his wife Edna Herr Jansen, with a dignified final resting place has become a reality. Through the generosity of magic enthusiasts everywhere, we have now rewritten magical history" writes Phil Temple, Chairman of The Dante Memorial Fund. To read the full report in MagicWeek Click Here. 6.3.04


The British Magical Society are holding their 99th Annual Dinner Dance & Cabaret at the Dorchester Suite, Ramada Hotel, Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield on Saturday 27th March with star cabaret from Mark Raffles and Richard Pinner together with close-up magic at the tables. Reception 6.30pm for 7.30pm. Smart Dress. Tickets £28.00 each from Pamela Buckley on 01827 715660. 6.3.04


Congratulations to Blackpool Convention organiser Derek Lever on receiving the Academy of Magical Arts Award of Merit and the International Brotherhood of Magicians' Presidential Citation for Services to Magic, both presented at the recent Blackpool Convention. Also at the convention, Steve Eastham and Mark Raffles were awarded the Murray Award and Tony Stevens The Ken Dodd Comedy Award. 6.3.04


Paul Daniels has released a complete version of his 2003 Masterclass on a set of 7 Audio CD's. The Masterclass events focus on how to succeed in the world of show-business, and include performance tips and techniques and also cover as the business side of earning a living from magic. Perfect for getting the old gray matter going, either at home or in the car! Click Here. 6.3.04


Black Artefacts Crypt Clear-Out. With new stock for 2004 due to arrive any day Black Hart and his staff have been busy exploring some of the darker and dustier corners of their crypt at Black Hart Castle. They came across an ancient leather bound box containing some exciting gothic treasures, including rings, bracelets and neckwear, and many other "one off" items. Click Here. 6.3.04


Duckie’s C’EST BARBICAN! has just won the Laurence Olivier Best Entertainment Award for 2004. The show featured magician Paul Kieve, this time in front of the curtain. "The kitsch spectacular introduced the novel concept of audiences picking and choosing their individual acts (which ranged from vaudeville to ventriloquism via voyeurism) and having the performers trot out to each individual table." See: for more details. 6.3.04


The Medway Magical Society is holding its one day convention on Sunday 4th April at St George's Hotel, Rochester. With magic dealers and lecturers Mark Shortland, Terry Seabrooke and Pat Page. Tickets are going fast. Doors open at 9.30am and it all ends at 4.30pm. Tickets are £10 and lunch is available for £5. For more details and to book contact Keith Borland on 01634 862140 or 6.3.04


The Scottish Association of Magical Societies is holding its annual convention in Montrose from 30th April to 2nd May. Featuring a Civic Welcome, an informal show, 3 competitions, lectures by Noel Britten, Richard McDougall, Alan Maskell and Quentin Reynolds, close-up, 5 dealers, a ladies event, and the Gala Show with Alan Maskell, Noel Britten, Paul Dabek, Richard McDougall, Roy Davenport (photo), Quentin Reynolds and Van Buren & Company. Weekend registration is £33 for members of affiliated clubs and their partners, and £40 for non-members. There are also rates for Saturday or Sunday only, and for juniors. There is an early registration discount if booked by 10th April. Full registration details available from: Mrs Olive Fletcher, 254 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 5AJ. Telephone 0141 427 1670. The SAMS convention promises an excellent weekend of magic. 6.3.04


The Larry Spencer Pro of the Year Award was awarded to Russ Stevens at the recent Blackpool Convention on the Sunday afternoon. The award is designed to recognise the work of a professional magician and is sponsored every year by Abracadabra. Readers are invited to nominate magicians and Donald Bevan, Derek Lever, John Wade and Alan Shaxon select the final recipient. The award was presented by Magic Circle president Alan Shaxon and was accepted on Russ's behalf by Duncan Trillo. Russ (being a busy pro) was away cruising in the Caribbean! 6.3.04


Penn and Teller appear alongside the Simpsons on Friday, March 12th, on BBC 2 (TV Magic) "After a rotten day, Homer bowls a perfect 300 game, and becomes a local hero. But his fame soon fades, and to keep himself from gloom, Homer decides to focus his attention on baby Maggie." 6.3.04


Safire have been invited to appear at the National Music Hall and Variety Festival 2004 at The Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare on Saturday 1st May. The festival, which runs from 27th April to the 2nd May, is arranged by The Grand Order of Water Rats and The British Music Hall Society in collaboration with North Somerset Council. Together with famous performers including Joe Pasquale, Ken Dodd, Roy Hudd and Norman Wisdom, Safire have been asked to perform their illusion act to close the Children's Variety Show, which has been put together to encourage families and younger people to enjoy variety environment. The show starts at 3pm. The Box Office number is 01934 645544 Safire are also pleased to be appearing with Peter Kay at The Blackpool Opera House on Monday 19th April. 6.3.04


Mel Harvey is selling his large touring children's shows which have played in theatres and schools across the country, including: The Care Bears Show, The Trolls Show, The Mad Hatters Tea Party, Dinosaur Magic and Fun Show, and The Magic Circus Show. Including magic props, scenery, costumes, music, scripts and full colour publicity. Also extra magic props, costumes and a transit van! No reasonable offer will be refused and everything must go by 31st March. Telephone Mel on 01926 620083 Mobile 07860 485578 or email 6.3.04


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Jez Rose is off to perform for Princess Sophia and Prince Albert of Monaco this week, then he starts filming for a new TV project... more details in the near future • Max the Magician lectures at the South Downs Club in Crawley on June 2nd. For details contact Sheila Preston on 01293 530111 • "The disappearing act: Four who broke the code are excluded from Magic Circle" Click Here • "I'm doing four shows tomorrow and five shows on Saturday" ... it can only be David Copperfield • Graham Desmond, has been chosen to take part in the Johnny Vaughan Tonight Show on BBC 3 Click Here • Dominic Mansi lectures at the Chester Guild of Magicians HQ on Monday 8th March at the Home Guard Club, Chester. Doors open at 8pm, more information from David Brandwood 01928 718496 • Thanks to everyone who sends in news, please always include as much information as possible, including post codes for venues • That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 6.3.04