Number 213 - 24th July 2004


Tickets for the Blackpool Magic Convention are selling fast! The latest additions to the programme are Rafael Benatar (photo) and Chris North who are performing along with Kenton Knepper in the "Mainly Mental" show on the Friday. Also just booked for the After Gala Show Party in the Spanish Hall the sensational American recording stars The Drifters singing their hits (Under The Boardwalk, Up On The Roof, On Broadway, Saturday Night At The Movies...). 24.7.04


Blackpool Magicians Club will shortly be releasing details of a Mini-Convention called Seaside Sorcery to be held at the Horseshoe Showbar, Pleasure Beach, Blackpool on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November 2004 in memory of the late Geoffrey Thompson (former Managing Director of the Blackpool Pleasure Beach). Already booked: Salvano, Patrick Page, Duncan Trillo and Stephen Tucker. The British Magical Junior Championships for both Close-Up and Stage Magic will feature on Saturday and the British Magical Inter-Society Championships on Sunday. Plus two Gala Shows, a dinner, lectures and 25 dealers all for £40.00. On Friday 12th November a Jumbo Charity Magic Auction will be held at the Savoy Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool at 7pm as a precursor to this exciting magical weekend... More details from Arthur Casson on 01253 810113 or email: 24.7.04 is the official website for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and below, taken from the site, we're featuring four of the magic shows on offer this year. The website now includes venue maps and enhanced show information. 24.7.04


Luke Jermay, Jon 'Jacky' McClements and Mandy Muden appear in The Magic Zone at the Pleasance Courtyard. "Close-up magic, mindreading, comedy, smoke and mirrors, card cheating... Three of the hottest new magicians Luke Jermay, Jon 'Jacky' McClements and Mandy Muden... unlike any magic show you've ever seen! 'My Pick of the Fringe' - Jerry Sadowitz." August 5th - 30th. 24.7.04


Ian Saville presents That Old Red Magic at the Komedia Roman Eagle Lodge. "The one and only socialist magician presents a new show. After which audiences leave the theatre and change the world. Or at least, leave the theatre. 'Astoundingly funny' Time Out. 'Ideologically sound and magnificently bonkers' Independent." August 6th - 29th. 24.7.04


Jay Scott Berry and Mark Fisken in Midsummer Nights' Magic at The Georgian House. "An intimate experience of mystery and wonder! International master of magic, Jay Scott Berry, presents an amazing journey into the hidden realm of illusions. Guest starring Edinburgh magician, Mark Fisken, plus the colourful antics of Colombine." August 6th - 29th. 24.7.04


Steven Dick and Ian Kendall appear in Magic @ Café Royal at the Café Royal Fringe Theatre. "Two of Scotland's best magicians bring new shows to the Fringe. Prepare to be astonished as Steven ('Born entertainer' Evening News) starts the run and Ian ('Excellent' Scotsman) closes." August 6th - 29th. 24.7.04


"I've thought of an adjective to sum up Marc Salem's Mind Games. Have you guessed what it is yet? Were this spookily spot-on entertainer in the same room as me, there would be no need to say it out loud; he'd scribble away on a pad of paper and produce exactly the same word you're about to read: 'Mindblowing.'" Writes Dominic Cavendish for the Telegraph in his review of Marc Salem's Mind Games at the Tricycle Theatre, London. Click Here to read the full review and Click Here to read a recent interview, and Click Here to read another! Tickets: 020 7328 1000. 24.7.04


The Young Magicians' Club proudly present their annual one day junior convention on Sunday 24th October. The day will feature two great lectures, three top dealers, a close-up and stage competition and a gala show. Heats for the competitions take place on Saturday 18th September. Anyone interested in taking part, aged over 10 and under 18, should email for details. Tickets for J-Day (juniors only) will be available from Monday 16th August when details of how to apply will be posted. 24.7.04


Mark Fisken is once again staging The Palace of Magic at Falkland Palace, Fife. This year's event runs from 13th-15th August. All aspects of magic will be represented, from alchemy and mind magic, to close-up magic and illusions. "We amaze, we inspire, we amuse" says co-founder, Jay Scott Berry. Performers for 2004 include the ever popular Ali Bongo, Dr Anthony Darkstone from Portugal, Paul Dabek (the 2003 Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year), from Switzerland, mediaeval court magician, Pierre de Beaufort, Scotland’s grandmaster of magic, Patrick Page and many more. For full details visit 24.7.04


Men of Mystery, written and researched by Ian Keable and David Britland for BBC Radio 4, can be heard online for the next few days: Click Here (requires Real Player). "A look back at the careers of men who made their names reading minds and transmitting thoughts across the airwaves. Featuring interviews with mind reader Marc Salem and Lesley Hazlitt whose husband-and-wife act, the Piddingtons, attracted huge audiences in the 1950's." Also featuring Dunninger, Romark, Chan Canasta and Uri Geller. Presented by Ian Keable. 24.7.04


Alakazam present Mind Control by Peter Nardi and Marc Spelmann. "It is Kentonism without any risk whatsoever. It appears to be pure suggestion but is not at all. If you wish to ease yourself into my type of work or material, or if you are already expert at it, you will want to get your hands on Mind Control. I did, and I made sure people I consult for use it too." Kenton Knepper. Visit: 24.7.04


The Great Eyeless Vision Act. Eddie Burke explains this seldom seen stunt that in the past has created a storm with audiences worldwide... "In this correctly explained master version, Eddie Burke holds nothing back – revealing true and correct methods that you can feature in your show either as a magician, mentalist or as "The Man with X-Ray Eyes." Email for more details (and don't forget to visit for a full range of magic manuscripts and more). 24.7.04


Paul Zenon's White Magic is being repeated on Saturday, 31st July, on ITV2 - See TV Magic for full TV Listings • "Street Performers talk about their first time busking" Click Here • "Successful spell at the top" Click Here • "Magician sees bit of magic: Lost $1,000 bill returned" Click Here • The Magicians of Basingstoke are holding their Annual Dinner on Friday November 12th this year featuring star cabaret with Pat Fallon. For more information contact Mr B Sarney: or 0118 9311973 • "Jugglers Converge for Yearly Convention" Click HereMany thanks for your news which is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 24.7.04