Number 200 - 24th April 2004


The Basingstoke Festival of Magic takes place tomorrow (Sunday 25th April) and features the 10th Close-up Championship of Southern England competition (for the Alan McGurk Trophy); lecturers from Nick Einhorn (photo), Pat Fallon and Mike Austin, and all that's new from the magic dealers. Tickets are 13 on the door. Venue: Kempshott Village Hall, Pack Lane, Basingstoke RG22 5HN (Map). 24.4.04


The Irish IBM Ring 85 Convention is just a week away! The convention take place at the perfect venue, the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, in Bangor, Northern Ireland. The Clandeboye Lodge Hotel was designed with conferences and conventions in mind and is really ideal up for such events. The excellent line up includes: Gazzo, John Archer, Wayne Dobson, The Great Nardini, Brian Sefton and Martyn James & Company. For more information and registration details visit: It's a bank holiday weekend - treat yourself! 24.4.04


The Scottish Association of Magical Societies Convention is also just a week away and takes place in Montrose from April 30th to May 2nd. 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 a Gala Show with Alan Maskell, Noel Britten, Paul Dabek, Richard McDougall, Roy Davenport, 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 the Saturday or Sunday only, and for juniors. Full registration details available from: Mrs Olive Fletcher, 254 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow G41 5AJ. Telephone 0141 427 1670. 24.4.04


Paul Alberstat visits the UK in May for a short lecture tour taking in the Leicester Magic Circle, the Medway Magical Society, the Newcastle Magic Circle and the Edinburgh Magic Circle. Recently described as "The World's Greatest Mind Reader" by Hong Kong's largest newspaper following a performance in Hong Kong, Paul's lecture is expected to include an introduction to "mind reading" along with a variety of effects suitable for magicians of all levels and interests. Paul has been a professional mentalist for over 10 years and performs at trade shows, company functions and private parties. 24.4.04


You Can't Keep The Man Down writes Vicky Allan in the Sunday Herald. "With a new TV series and national live tour, the mysterious mind-bender who brought Russian Roulette to prime time is more popular than ever. But can we really trust Derren Brown? Vicky Allan looked deep into his eyes to try and find out." Click Here. Derren is live on stage this evening in Chatham at the Central Theatre (Map), Box office: 01634 338338, and the new series, which got off to an excellent start as Derren continues to redefine the genre, started on Friday: TV Magic. 24.4.04


Luke Jermay performs for five nights only at The Magic Cavern, Barons Court Theatre, 28A Comeragh Road, London W14 9AU from Monday 31st May. "Expect no cute tricks. Instead you will see an expert entertainer blending magical and psychological techniques in such a way as to create something truly unique." Five performances only, tickets from: priced at 15 each. Nightly at 8pm. Other performers lined up for the new season include Oliver Tabor (3rd May) Mark Shortland (14th June) Peter Wardell (5th July) and Owen Lean (26th July). Mention "MagicWeek" when booking for these shows, or the Late Night Magic show in the West End, (excluding Luke's show) and on presentation of your business card or Magic Club membership card when collecting your tickets you'll be entitled to a 2.50 saving per ticket. Email for further details. 24.4.04


Stuart and Jayne Loughland (Safire Illusionists) recently performed with Peter Kay at the Blackpool Opera House to sell out audiences of over 3,000 people per night. The couple are now set to tour again with the Ken Dodd Laughter Show (Weston Super Mare, April 27th) before embarking on a 17 day Cruise for P&O aboard the Adonia (Web Cam). Visit their website for more information: 24.4.04


Andrew Lee is currently filming a brand new magic series called Back to the Street's Magic for York TV. Eight 30 minute shows are being shot in and around the city of York. Michael Shepard's Castle Magical Services are sponsoring the show and they hope to interest other TV companies in the future. There are a couple of video downloads on Andrew's website: 24.4.04


Tom Lyon has just returned from a trip to the States. Whilst out there he was asked to give a performance which resulted in Newspaper coverage and an escape challenge. To read the article visit Tom's news page at 24.4.04


Merlins of Wakefield have a great deal on Power Magnets at the moment. These super strong magnets have many magical uses and are available in sets of 12 mixed sizes for the special price of just 10.00 plus 1.95 postage. Mention "MagicWeek" when ordering and they'll be sent post free! Telephone 01924 339933 or email 24.4.04


Mark Parker recently had his laptop stolen (17" G4 Apple Powerbook); police think it will be sold on in the Birmingham or Coventry area. It is password protected but has a lot of his illusion designs and contact details on it and there is a 250 reward offered for its return. Mark asks if magicians who were in contact with him could email him again to re-establish contact, email:, or call him on his mobile on 07956 061544. 24.4.04


"Michael Vincent might be a magician, but his success has not come by simply waving a wand and conjuring up wads of cash" writes Greg Watts in The Voice, Click Here Peter Lamont's The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick has recently received some excellent press, "This is sure to be one of the non-fiction highlights of 2004" Publishing News. For more information and to order from Click Here That's all for this week. The sun's out! Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 24.4.04