Number 209 - 26th June 2004


In 2001 Norm Nielsen commissioned artist Igor Edelman to create a poster to capture the magic of Channing Pollock. Now, three years later, Nielsen Magic are offering fine reproductions (giclées) of the artwork, produced on a high quality heavy canvas using superior UV/pigmented inks. Personally autographed by Channing Pollock the poster is available in two sizes: 16½" x 23" and 27" x 39" Order from (I ordered the smaller of the two and it really works in that size - it arrived in immaculate condition in a triangular postal tube, so don't worry about ordering overseas). Back in November 2000 John Fisher interviewed Channing Pollock at The Magic Circle in London and MagicWeek reported: Click Here. 26.6.04


Geoffrey Durham lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on July 8th. This is his only scheduled magic society lecture this year and promises to be an excellent evening. Non members should contact John Field on 01372 275515 email for more information. 26.6.04


Steven Dick and Ian Kendall present Magic @ Café Royal at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer with Steven Dick (photo) appearing from August 6th - 17th at the Café Royal Fringe Theatre, Venue 47, 17 West Register Street, Edinburgh. Telephone 0131 5562549. Tickets £6.00 each and the show runs for an hour from 5.30pm daily. Steven has a background in both stand-up comedy and comedy writing (The Floor Show, Karen Dunbar, Watson’s Wind Up), but his passion for magic is as strong as ever. "…his rapport with his audience hits the target every time. Ranging from sleight of hand to hectic physical routines, Dick demonstrates a powerful stage presence, impressive confidence and dexterity." Evening News. Don't miss this show if you're going to the Festival! 26.6.04


Top international close-up worker Tonny Van Rhee will be in the UK for a brief three date lecture tour in July. This is a unique opportunity to see the man whose routines have been used by Fred Kaps and Ken Brooke. Tonny's lecture will include close-up, cards, coins and rings... a variety of straightforward commercial magic. Here are the dates:
Tuesday 6th July Nottingham - contact Dave Charles 0115 926 1543
Wednesday 7th July Sheffield - contact Russell Hall 0114 276 0482
Thursday 8th July Newcastle Upon Tyne - contact Michael or Graham 0191 232 5335.
 26.6.04 have a new demonstration room at their Kent headquarters: visiting magicians are welcome (note: by appointment only) where they'll be able to see the very latest magic. 26.6.04


Dominick Zwolinski and Doug Segal perform at The Magic Cavern on Monday 23rd August at 7.30pm and 9.15pm. 'The Doctor of Magic' Dominick Zwolinski presents 'Mysteries from History' and Doug Segal (photo) Telepathy, ESP and Mind Control? "Combining cutting edge psychological techniques with the five senses we all possess Doug will astound and delight by creating the illusion of a sixth." Enjoy a meal before the show in 'The Curtains Up' pub (above the theatre) and a drink afterwards. Tickets: £10.00 in advance from or call 08700 600 100. Tickets also available on the door at £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 26.6.04


Jack Stephens recently appeared on the BBC's Flog It! show. The theme was "old and valuable playing cards" and Jack was given background information on a number of the decks of cards before presenting a short "double act" with regular host Paul Martin featuring three different tricks. 26.6.04


The Best of Tommy Cooper is a newly released DVD from the BBC featuring the best of Tommy Cooper! This selection contains some extracts from Cooper at his very best including his infamous appearances on Parkinson and The Bob Monkhouse Show which left the hosts in stitches. To order from Click Here. 26.6.04


There are still some tickets left for the Mike O’Brien lecture at the Cittie of Yorke Pub, 22 High Holborn, London EC1 today, Saturday June 26th, at 4.30pm, Priced at £10 each from Martin MacMillan (International Magic), telephone: 020 7405 7324 • Don Simpson lectures at the Bolton Magician's Club on Wednesday 30th June with "No Cards Close-up" at the Cotton Tree, Prince Street, Bolton, 8.30pm. Visiting magicians welcome telephone Chris Stickland for details 01204 452802 • Gary Young's 8th Top Secret Magic Day was a great success and already plans are underway for the 9th, which will take place on Sunday June 5th 2005A company that once manufactured Christmas trees is now animating Siegfried & Roy's cats, Click Here"Shazaaam explained" Click HereThat's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 26.6.04