Number 202 - 8th May 2004


The 44th Bristol Day of Magic is tomorrow! The day includes a dealer's exhibition with over 20 dealers, lectures by Roberto Giobbi (of "Card College" fame), Wayne Dobson and Quentin Reynolds, close-up magic from Roberto Giobbi, Mike O'Brien and Dave Jones, a Magic Circle Young Magicians Session run by Mandy Davis, and a Gala Show featuring Daniel Dean & Company, Tensai, Mel Harvey, Ward Allen, Pat Fallon & Tanya, Colin Rose (photo) and compere Tony Stevens. For more information visit the website or to download a PDF registration form Click Here. For a map Click Here. Venue: The Winter Gardens (and Playhouse Theatre), Royal Parade, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS23 1AQ - always a great day! 8.5.04


Paul Kieve has collaborated with artist Marisa Carnesky once again to produce a unique performance project which will tour this Summer. Audiences of up to twenty at a time will be able to experience a journey aboard a specially built ghost train that will include a series of 'hauntings' along the way. "Part of the appeal for Kieve of Ghost Train is the opportunity to make magic mean something beyond the trick of it. It also gives him a chance to try out some of the illusions from the golden era of magic that spans the mid-19th century to the first world war, which he has read about in his extensive library on magic that includes books dating from the 17th century" writes Lyn Gardner in The Guardian. Photo: An exclusive sneak-preview photo of Marisa floating in the air in the Amphitrite illusion. More on: and updates on: (Please note that the Coventry dates have been postponed). 8.5.04


Uri Geller's 'Bend It - Bag It' bike is an ingenious folding bike that unlike Uri's bent spoons has a purpose in life! It all folds down for easy transportation to 82cm x 60cm x 34cm and weights just 13 kilos (under 30 pounds). Uri, seen here at home in front of his pyramid in the garden, has been a keen cyclist for years and wanted to develop a bike that could easily be transported in the boot of a car or carried in a holdall. For more information and to order one online visit: 8.5.04


Mark Mason, owner of Blackpool's J.B.Magic, has just returned from a seven week lecture tour of the United States and Canada which included the FFFF convention in New York. This year's guest of honour was Pat Page and around 20 magicians attended from the UK. As well as lecturing Mark performed in the Friday night close-up session and received a complete standing ovation for his act. Visit to see what's new. 8.5.04


Darryl Rose amazed hundreds of onlookers when he magically made three brand new Vauxhall Astra's appear at an exclusive car launch in Devon this week! Darryl magically changed into the MD of Vauxhall and then, instantly materialised in one of the new Astra's, honking the horn and flashing the lights - to the thunderous applause of an amazed audience. John Burrows of Vauxhall said "Using Darryl has created one of the most exciting evenings we have ever had for a new car launch. Magic is brilliant for breaking the ice with our sometimes frosty customers and Darryl warmed them all up within seconds... quite simply his magic was fantastic." (Magical Consultant: Jack Delvin) 8.5.04


On Sunday 9th May Clive Richardson (owner of will be taking part in a sponsored run for the North of England Children's Cancer Research Fund. To help raise money they're running a prize draw with five magic tricks to give away. It costs £2 to enter and all of the proceeds will be going to Cancer Research. To enter you can either call MagicBox on 0191 232 5335, send a postal order or cheque, pop into the shop, or fill in the last page of the checkout when you place your order online. The prizes are: 1. The Lego Car 2. Eddie Gibson's Twist Off 3. Omni Deck 4. Jumping Ropes 5. Lip Power. The draw will be made on Thursday 13th May by Martin Duffy, President of the Newcastle Magic Circle. 8.5.04


The Magic Circle Collectors' Day will be held at The Magic Circle's HQ, The Centre for the Magic Arts, on Saturday, May 29th. Doors open 10am. Official opening at 10.45am by Magic Circle President Alan Shaxon. Arthur Emerson (USA) will talk about Chandu, Blackstone, Mandrake and Thurston. Nelson Nicholson (USA) talks about famous magic makers Mysto Magic. Jacques Voignier (France) lectures on Le Commandeur Cazeneuve and Scott Penrose assisted by Alan Shaxon, Chris Pratt, Stephen Barney and Mike Austin presents 'Recollections of Michael Hartz' Tickets are £25.00 each and the day is open to both members and non-members. Cheques should be made payable to "The Magic Circle" and sent to: The Magic Circle, The Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. 8.3.04


Magician Nigel Mead is back on children's channel Nickelodeon performing magic with the star of TV's 'The Young Ones' Rik Mayall. Nigel first appeared on Nickelodeon in 2002 performing magic to the kids at home. Now, after a busy few years abroad, Nigel is back on our screens. Nickelodeon approached Nigel to appear as part of their 'May Magic Madness' series. Comedian Rik Mayall is cast as 'Mulando' the wizard with Nigel playing himself. Nigel will be performing 'Live' on Nickelodeon on Wednesday 12th May 2004 with a lucky prize winner in the studio. 8.5.04


Drew McAdam offers a cryptic review of Derren Brown's excellent live show this week (in a piece that first appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News on Wednesday) in Master of mind games who can think big, Click Here. Meanwhile the new TV series Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind is maintaining the high standard set by previous shows... TV Magic. 8.5.04


The Manchester Circle of Magicians Junior Section had their first meeting last week and it was a great success. Over 20 youngsters enjoyed a two hour lecture by Derek Lever. The paddle move was taught in a hands-on workshop and everyone received free paddles to take home and practise with. Various faked decks were shown and discussed along with a range of coin tricks and other close-up material. The next eagerly anticipated meeting is on Friday 25th June from 7pm to 9pm at the David Lloyd Centre, Trafford Park, Manchester. The facilities include a restaurant and secure parking. A year's membership costs just £10.00. To join contact Don George on 0161 941 2956 or email for more information. 8.5.04


The Manchester Circle of Magicians continues to grow and now has 370 members! At the last meeting members enjoyed two star lectures from the President Harry Robson and Life President Derek Lever. It was a fun packed evening enjoyed by over 120 members. To join costs just £10.00 per year and even if you can't attend meetings you'll receive the bi-monthly magazine The Magic Times. For further information and to download an application form visit: and click on Manchester Circle of Magicians. On Monday members will be enjoying the Gazzo lecture (photo), which follows recent lectures by Henry Evans and Carl Cloutier. 8.5.04


Paul Alberstat starts his lecture tour this week. Monday 10th May: Leicester Magic Circle, Tuesday 11th May: Medway Magical Society (Members £5, non-members £10 at 8pm. Venue: Visitor Information Centre, High Street, Rochester. Map. If you arrive early meet in the bar of the Gordon House Hotel two doors along), Friday 14th May: Newcastle Magic Circle, Tuesday 18th May: 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 8.5.04


The Ace Magic Circle are staging the West Lancs Magic Convention at Birchley St. Mary's Social Club, Trent Road, Billinge, near Wigan, Lancashire on Sunday 3rd October. Mark Leveridge (photo) presents his "Celebration" lecture and confirmed dealers to date include Peter Diamond, Stephen Tucker, Illusioncraft, Merlins of Wakefield, Brian Berry, Albion Magic and House of Magic. Entrance on the day will be £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for Juniors or £2.75 for adults and £1.75 for juniors if booked three weeks or more in advance for parties including four adults. To book and for dealer enquiries contact: Roy Critchley: telephone: 07901 990220, or write to The Secretary, Ace Magic Circle, 5 Canberra Avenue, Thatto Heath, St. Helens, Merseyside WA9 5RY. 8.5.04


There's a double bill of drama with a magic theme on Monday May 10th. First at 2.35pm on BBC1 Diagnosis Murder - Murder with Mirrors and then at 3.35pm on Five A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Glass Coffin. See TV Magic for details. 8.3.04


The Shropshire Magical Society held their annual close-up competition on Monday. Geoff Ray presented a new shield for the best 'Young Shropshire Close-up Magician', to Marcus. The George Shinton Close-up Trophy went to Ed Kane. In the photo Geoff Ray and Ed Kane. 8.5.04


"Animated Siegfried & Roy coming to NBC" Click HereUri Geller aims to stop baby adoption show, Click HereThe mystery of mind control, Click Here"Maria Shriver is taking on an assignment for NBC: Illusionist Roy Horn’s first interview since he was mauled by a tiger on stage in Las Vegas." Click Here • I'll be performing at Klub Magic in Brighton tomorrow evening so look forward to seeing the Brighton Posse. That's it for this week, your UK magic news and reviews are always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 8.5.04