Number 195 - 20th March 2004


Box Jumpers: Pick of the Week. Radio 4's Box Jumpers, a two-part look at the world of the magician's assistant presented by Debbie McGee, has been selected as the radio "Pick of the Week" in the current edition of Radio Times. Written and researched by Ian Keable and David Britland and produced by Karl Phillips the programme looks at how assistants become 'magician's assistants' in the first place, what makes a good assistant, 'character' assistants, what is actually involved in the role (both on and off stage), sexism, ageism, attempts at role reversal, performing as magicians in their own right and lots more. And includes interviews with Gay Blackstone, Linda Lusardi, Jinger Lee (of Mark Kalin & Jinger), Teller (from Penn & Teller), Kinga (from Nicholas Night & Kinga), Joannie Spina (used to work with David Copperfield), Nancy Hammond (used to work with Doug Henning), Mandy Muden, Stacey Jones (from the Majestix), Moi-Yo Miller (assistant to Dante), Nani Darnell Wilson (Mark Wilson's wife), Pam Thompson (partner in The Great Tomsoni act) and Psychic Tanya (works with The Amazing Jonathan). Radio 4, 11.30 am part one on 23rd March part two on March 30th. 20.3.04


Graham P. Jolley, Safire and Martin Cox are all on the bill at this year's Surrey Society of Magicians Annual Dinner next Saturday, 27th March, at the Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate. 7pm for 7:30pm, black tie preferred but not obligatory. Tickets are £35.00 each from Stephen Barney telephone 07966 202121 or James Fortune telephone 020 8763 1995. It's a great line up and is already virtually sold out... so hurry! 20.3.04


Late Night Magic in the West End. Richard Leigh in association with The Jermyn Street Theatre is presenting a season of magic and illusion cabaret shows at the theatre entitled Late Night Magic in the West End every Friday and Saturday evening from March 26th to June 12th. The evening includes a three course meal in the Getti restaurant above the theatre, with close-up magicians visiting the tables. Enjoy a pre show drink before taking your seats downstairs in the theatre for Late Night Magic. This opening season will feature the classic magic of Oliver Tabor and the visual comedy magic of Matt Edwards. The meal is served from 9.15pm with the magic and illusion cabaret at 11pm. Three course meal, coffee, close-up magic and Late Night Magic cabaret £30 inc. pre-booked only (24 hours notice). Cabaret only, doors open at 10.45pm, £12.50, tickets available on the door (subject to availability). Box Office 020 7287 2875 or for more information. 20.3.04 are now advertising with MagicWeek. Jeremy and Cheryl Le Poidevin purchased Practical Magic in 1996 and now specialise in quality magic for Children's Entertainers, close-up magic and general magic supplies such as rope and silks. The company has won the British Ring IBM Dealers' Trophy three times and are constantly adding to their own range of magic, as well as sourcing interesting magic from around the world. Practical Magic regularly produce a large A4 catalogue - the current edition has 64 pages and over 200 photographs... and it's free! Email and visit the website today: 20.3.04


James Freedman's recent Magic Circle lecture is reviewed this week by Matt Edmondson "James, immaculately dressed and clearly spoken introduced himself and then proceeded to return watches, phones, packs of playing cards, sponge balls (only magicians…), wallets and other assorted items that he had stolen from unsuspecting Magic Circle members prior to the lecture..." to read the full review Click Here. (Photo courtesy of Gordon Drayson). 20.3.04


Subtle Miracles by Peter Duffie. Peter Duffie is one of the world's most creative card men and Subtle Miracles gathers together some of his most inventive work. Seventeen ingenious routines are featured in this collection many of which were originally marketed as exclusive manuscripts - now brought together. There is also a selection of brand new material using equally clever methods. Price £22.50 available from 20.3.04


For a second year running Vizage will present their unique blend of magic, illusion, dance and live vocals at The Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. This year's show is called The Magic of Variety and will run from March to the end of October. Stalls & Dress Circle £12, Upper Circle £11, £1 reduction for senior citizens, children £6. Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne. Box Office telephone 01323 412000. For more information and to book Click Here. 20.3.04


The Leeds Magical Association present their 8th Convention on May 15th and 16th and have moved to an excellent new venue: the Ramada Leeds Parkway Hotel. The hotel has a self contained conference and banqueting suite in which all the activities will take place and overnight guests will have use of the extensive leisure facilities and pool. The events begin on the Saturday evening with the President's Dinner and International Cabaret. Shirley Ray is President this year and diners can look forward to a top notch meal and five-act cabaret. The Sunday Convention features 17 dealers, a dealer demonstration, two star lectures, all star close-up, 'Learn with the Experts' and a closing cabaret show. The artistes lined-up for the weekend are: Jay Scott Berry (photo), Richard Pinner, Luke Jermay, Mark Mason, CoSMiK, Fred Corvenieo, Martin Cox, Kerry Scorah and John Hotowka. Full details and a registration form are available from the website and the booking office is now open! 20.3.04


The Great Nardini, Brian Sefton and Martyn James & Company (photo) have all just been added to the line up at this year's IBM Irish Ring Convention following on from their "Best of British" performances at the Blackpool Convention. Special registration rates apply until the end of March, visit for more information. 20.3.04


Hull Magicians' Circle are holding their 70th Anniversary Dinner at the University of Hull on Friday, April 23rd. With close-up magic, a competition for the Jasper Maskelyne Silver Ward for Originality and a full show featuring Fluke, John Archer, Roy Davenport and Martyn James & Company. Reception 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Dress: dinner jacket or dark lounge suit. Tickets £25.00 each from Rex Stott, Hon. Secretary, telephone 01482 869232. 20.3.04


The North Wales Magic Circle Show takes place at The Little Theatre in Rhyl at 7pm on April 15th. Starring: Safire Illusionists, Robert John, Mark Thorold, Terry Jones, Magico, Howard Faye and compere Noel Massey. Tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for children under 16, family tickets (2+2) are £10. The box office number is 01745342229. 20.3.04


John Styles is Jonathan Witchell's guest on BBC Radio Kent (96.7 - 97.6 - 104.2 Fm - 1602 MW) this Sunday afternoon between 3pm and 4pm in a "Desert Island Discs" type programme, reviewing John's life as a Magician and Punch & Judy "Professor". John has recently been providing magical advice on a new episode of "Misdomer Murders" and his balloon modeling TV commercial for "Purple Loans" is back on air. Also, his Regency puppets and booth should be seen in a forthcoming episode on "The Regency House Party" on Channel 4. (Photo by Charles Green, Edgeware). 20.3.04


Magic Spells, the children's classic, is back, in stock and available by return from together with another classic Bongo's Giant Hat! Visit their site for more information and click on "New In." Also coming soon from Top Secret Magic the exclusive range of Joe Porper originals. Visit the website to see what's new. 20.3.04


Philip Partridge will be appearing at Europe's largest informatics event - Healthcare Computing at Harrogate International Centre this week drawing crowds onto the PC World Business stand from 22nd - 24th March inclusive 20.3.04


"Channel 4's psychological illusionist, Derren Brown will be driving a Nissan Primera for the duration of his forthcoming UK tour." Click Here • A new Magic Forum has been added to the 'forum links' this week Click Here • Max the Magician will be performing Magic and Mindreading at the Out & Out Restaurant, Crossbush, Arundel on Saturday 3rd April 5.30pm till 7.30pm. For further details ring Kim Fleming on 01903 884381 • That's it for this week - thanks to everyone who sent in news last week, Duncan. 20.3.04