Number 208 - 19th June 2004


Larry Parker is currently playing a season at the Tigerpalast Varieté in Frankfurt. The Tigerpalast is one of the leading contemporary variety venues in Europe presenting two shows a night, six nights a week, with great audiences. Larry took over from Finn Jon at the beginning of June and Finn Jon returns when Larry Parker leaves at the end of October.  19.6.04


Mark Raffles to reveal the secrets of his pickpocketing act! Mark Raffles will present two, three-day 'hands-on' training seminars in September. The first in Las Vegas from the 15th to the 17th and the second in the Midlands from the 28th to the 30th. Hosted and produced by Paul Stone, these seminars will be for a maximum of ten people and as such are one-off events that won't be repeated. This is a real opportunity to learn a commercial and unique act from one of the UK's finest pickpockets... nothing will be held back! For more details contact Paul Stone: 19.6.04


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Anthony Owen and Marc Paul are launching a brand new website and would like to invite readers of MagicWeek to submit questions for their launch interview with Derren Brown. They won't be able to put forward every question but those that are used will be credited. Questions should be sent to by midnight on Friday 25th June. Anthony and Marc have been involved in numerous television productions as performers, consultants and producers and plan to make "the home of television magic." 19.6.04


Andy Clockwise will be touring Haven Holiday Parks in Devon and Cornwall this summer with a circus themed show. He'll be compereing the show and performing two magic spots. The performances start on 28th June and run every Sunday to Friday through to September 5th.  19.6.04 are now taking pre-orders for Banachek's Psi DVDs - the most eagerly awaited mentalism release of the year. The four volume set covers everything from mentalism, to psycho kinesis and psycho physiological thought reading. Magicbox can supply the full set for only £69.99 with free guaranteed next working day delivery (after the DVDs are in stock - expected July 20th). To pre-order visit: 19.6.04


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) are looking for a couple of magicians to help out with a Family Fun Day at the Mailbox in Birmingham on Saturday 10th July. As they are a charity they can't offer financial reimbursement but the event will be attended by local families so there will be an opportunity to promote your services. The Family Fun Day is one of the events held to launch the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes. These walks are taking place all over the country throughout September. The aim of the Walk and the reason that JDRF was founded is to raise money to fund vital research into a cure for Type 1 (Juvenile) diabetes. "The Fun Day is an opportunity for families who are affected by diabetes to find out how to get involved in the Birmingham Walk. The event will conclude with a 2 hour canal cruise (11am-1pm) and it would be fantastic if we could have a couple of magicians on the barges to keep the children entertained" writes Regional Administrator Clare Mackenzie. If you feel you can help please call or email Clare for further information. Telephone 0121 685 7104 Email 19.6.04 have just become 'World Exclusive' dealers for Gazzo's Street Cups & Balls and The Art of Krowd Keeping books: These were selling very well on Gazzo's recent lecture tour. Visitors can now get instant answers to any queries via the new MagicTricks 'live chat' system which is online Monday to Friday and has received some great feedback already. are also taking pre-orders for the new Banacheck DVDs. 19.6.04


Kevin Gallagher was the winner of this year's Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians Close-up Competition in a strongly fought contest. The Wolverhampton Circle continues to grow and is always happy to consider new members. Kevin is currently presenting his lecture and workshop for magic societies across the UK. 19.6.04 are expecting Zenner-Tech to arrive in the first week of July. "A standard pack of ESP cards is displayed to the audience. The performer sticks a small white sticker to the back of each card and mixes them up. The spectator freely decides which of the five symbols to draw on each card and one by one the cards are flipped over... each card perfectly matches what is drawn on its back, and the cards may be fully examined!" Pre-order at a special price from 19.6.04


Manchester Circle of Magicians had a full house of 150 magicians and friends last Tuesday for their second annual Stage Competition. It was a great night with a very high standard being maintained throughout by the seven competitors who were Philip Partridge, Martin Allcock, Phil Tilston, Dazzling Darren, Geoff Berry, Stuart Brown and Bob Romanoff. Only a few marks separated each performer at the end of the night but the winners were: 1st Stuart Brown, 2nd Dazzling Darren, 3rd Phil Tilston. All three performers received huge trophies which they retain and Stuart Brown also won automatic entry into the British Magical Championships at the Blackpool Convention (24th - 26th February, 2005). The competition was organised by Derek Lever, the Compere and Musical Director was Arthur Casson, Stage Manager was Jason Duckworth and the Judges were Andy Normansell, Peter Roberts and Norman Greenhalgh. To join the Club contact Derek Lever: 19.6.04


Last Sunday Andy Charlton took time off from entertaining guests at Hooties, the Bar he runs with his girlfriend in Palma Nova, Mallorca, to perform close-up magic at a charity event at the Santa Ponsa Country Club. Over 25,000 Euros was raised for The Willow Foundation, a charity set up by former goalkeeper Bob Wilson. Andy was thrilled to meet and perform for Bob, one of his boyhood heroes ( If you're visiting Palma Nova this summer don't forget to visit Hooties! 19.6.04


International News: Jubiläumskongress, The 50th Austrian Magic Convention combined with the 2nd SAM European Magic Convention takes place in Eisenstadt, Berganland, Austria from 26th to 29th May 2005. Their website is now live and early registrations can be made online (I was booked for the first joint Austrian/SAM convention a few years ago - it featured top international acts, attracted an international audience and was very well run, so it all gets my full recommendation!). 19.6.04


Owen Lean presents Pretending I'm a Superman at Richard Leigh's Magic Cavern at Barons Court. "Over the past two years Owen has become a respected street magician in the city of Dublin. 'Pretending I'm a Superman' is Owen's London debut with this stage show in which he combines his talents as a street performer, magician and storyteller. An accidental meeting one evening ends up with Owen making a bet that could result in him possessing phenomenal magic powers if he wins or doing Mephistopheles dirty laundry for eternity if he loses." Enjoy a meal before the show in 'The Curtains Up' pub (above the theatre) and a drink afterwards. Date: Monday 26th July at 8pm.Tickets: £10.00 in advance from or call 08700 600 100 (24hrs) Tickets also available on the door (£12.50) subject to availability. 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. Further details: 19.6.04


David Blaine's in town "He is one of our most valued customers and the girls love him because of his hypnotic eyes" Click HereMike O’Brien lectures at the Cittie of Yorke Pub, 22 High Holborn, London EC1 next Saturday, June 26th, at 4.30pm for International Magic tickets are £10 each from martin@internationalmagic.comMagicians visiting the Greek island of Rhodes should look out for Scotland's Paul Brignall who will be performing comedy, cabaret and close-up magic at various venues in the old town of Rhodes throughout the season. Close-up work related to the Olympics in Athens and a brief visit back to the UK to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival are also on the agenda for Paul this summer. Further information: paulbrignall@ukscreen.comPhilip Partridge can be seen on June 22nd and 23rd on the PC World Business stand at the Government Computing Exhibition and Conference 2004 at Earls CourtMartin Breese reviews the latest Klub Magic night at The Komedia this week, Click HereThanks for your news! Have a great weekend, see you next week, Duncan. 19.6.04