Number 203 - 15th May 2004


Following the huge success of Derren Brown's UK tour, which comes to an end on Sunday, Derren is now gearing up for a limited run at the 1,394 seater Palace Theatre, in the heart of London's West End starting on June 7th. Telephone: 020 7494 5094 to book. Ian Dore from Isle of Wight Radio recently interviewed Derren - you can listen to that recording via the website. Meanwhile Derren can be seen every Friday evening on Channel 4 in Trick of the Mind, see: TV Magic. "He stared down the barrel of a loaded gun just to get your attention. Now illusionist Derren Brown wants to take you further into his crazy world - live on stage." Click Here. 15.5.04


The Nottingham Guild of Magicians celebrate their 65th Anniversary this year with a One-Day Magic Convention in June at the Arnold Leisure Centre, Nottingham. Derek Lever, Mark Shortland, David Jones and Guy Barrett all lecture. Castle Magic, Hocus Pocus, Shirley Ray, Macrow Magic, Paul Gordon, Little Joe and Illusioncraft will be in the dealers room and in the evening in the Bonington Theatre, in the same complex, Clive Moore, Shane, Nick Brunger, Tony Adams & Grandad, Peter McCahon, Mark Shortland and Guy Barrett & Co. (photo) perform. Day tickets cost 14.50 and Evening Gala tickets 6.50, or both for just 17.50. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Times: Convention 10.30am to 5.30pm, Gala Show 7.30pm to 10.00pm (Doors open 7.00pm) For more information contact Freddie Wilkinson on 0115 9614551 or email Sunday June 27th, Arnold Leisure Centre, High Street, Arnold, Nottingham (Map). 15.5.04


The Leeds Magical Association Convention takes place this weekend, May 15th and 16th at 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. More information from: 15.5.04


Dobson's Choice 3 - The Final Cut has just been published. Once again Wayne has assembled a collection of his favourite routines and effects and included some real stunners. Written by Stephen Tucker, with an introduction by Roy Johnson, Wayne has managed to cram 14 items into this well produced book. Soft cover, 20 pages and highly recommended Dobson's Choice 3 - The Final Cut features 14 effects and is available by return from Wayne priced at 13.00 including postage and packing. Cheques should be made payable to "DTrik" and sent to: Wayne Dobson, 1 Shootermill Park, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1RT 15.5.04


Mandy Muden previews her upcoming Edinburgh Festival Show at The Magic Cavern for one night only on June 6th at 8pm. Tickets 7.50: or telephone 08700 600 100. The Magic Cavern, Barons Court Theatre, 'The Curtains Up', 28A Comeragh Road, London W14 9AU. Two minutes walk from either Barons Court or West Kensington Tube Stations. This show is suitable for adults only. For further details visit 15.5.04


Cliffords Circus start a three month tour around the Cotswolds from May 20th. The show will include stage magic performed by amateur magician Faery Emma. Giffords Circus marks a return to childhood innocence, a real family affair, hugely popular with everyone who sees it and championed by the critics... roll up, roll up - the circus is coming to town! For information on tour dates and bookings visit: and 15.5.04


Alan Hudson has just finished filming an episode of 60 Minute Makeover with Clare Sweeney and celebrity designer Anthea Turner. Alan was booked to entertain the family with close-up magic whilst the team got on with their house make-over... which took just 60 minutes! To be shown on ITV1 at the end of May. 15.5.04


Julian James presents his lecture 'Notions in Mystery' which includes some brand new material at the British Magical Society in Birmingham on June 22nd. 15.5.04


Cody Fisher lectures for The Liverpool Magic Circle, Crown Inn, Leyfield Road, Liverpool L12 9HA (Map) on Thursday October 14th. 15.5.04


David Penn has had a busy two weeks performing at Trade Shows for Bristol & West and virus software company Avecho as well as working with England's Rugby World Cup coach, Clive Woodwood. David's shows at the Infosec Trade Show featured close-up magic and Jim Steinmeyer's Audience Dismember illusion. The success of David's presentation style was evident when trade show organisers revealed that Avecho's stand was officially the busiest of the whole exhibition. 15.5.04


Sam X defended his Magic Club of Great Britain Magician of the Year title on May 13th by winning the competition for the second year running. The judging panel of three included a member of the public, an amateur magician and Magic Circle member Ed Stivala. 15.5.04


"Just over 20 years ago, Tommy Cooper, one of my all-time comic heroes, collapsed and died on stage during a live television show" writes Oliver McGuckin in the Belfast Telegraph, Click Here. 15.5.04


Brian Sefton presents his dove magic and manipulation lecture at the Ace Magic Circle on Wednesday August 11th. There's a door charge of 3 for non-members and 2 for juniors/concession non-members (which can count towards full membership) and 1 for members. Membership: 12 Adults 6, Junior/concessions. Meetings start at 8pm and are held at Birchley St. Mary's Social Club, Trent Road, Billinge, Near Wigan, Lancashire WN5 7QT (Map). 15.5.04


"Performance art: The thrill of grand illusion, The journey to the rehearsal space for Carnesky's Ghost Train is something of a ghost-train ride itself. The train rattles through desolate stretches of post-industrial wasteland and huge container bays, before depositing you at Dagenham Dock in east London." Click Here. 15.5.04


The original Star Wars Trilogy is to be released on DVD and is now available on pre-order from Click Here "Guo Feifei hangs out with David Copperfield, the Magic Man and finds a funny, down-to-earth guy with larger than life inspirations" Click Here That's it - many thanks to everyone who has sent in news recently. See you next week, Duncan. 15.5.04