Number 214 - 31st July 2004


More names have just been added to the line-up for next year's Close-up Magic Convention in Sussex on Saturday 14th May 2005. Due to lecture or hold workshops: Mark Mason, Nicholas Einhorn, Al Smith, Mark Shortland (photo), Roger Crosthwaite and hosts Mark Worgan and Paul Gordon. Dealers include: Alakazam, Card Collection, Magical Wonders and Martin Breese. For more information visit 31.7.04


Nick Einhorn, seen here with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh after a recent performance at a private party within St James' Palace, can shortly be seen as the resident magician on a new 13 part weekly series The Dan & Dusty Show on ITV1. The series starts on Friday August 13th. 31.7.04


"I dread being plucked from the audience by a performer and paraded on stage. While I cannot claim to be unaccustomed to appearing in public, I want it only on my terms. I squirm throughout Dame Edna Everage shows in case that chubby Antipodean digit of fortune should beckon me on to the boards for ritualistic humiliation. The danger is acute when you are dealing with a mind-reader such as Marc Salem. I tried not to think too hard for fear of attracting his attention, and certainly it seemed important to banish all dirty thoughts, and if possible to keep Diane Abbott out of my head completely." Writes Michael Portillo for the New Statesman Click Here. 31.7.04


International News: Adam Steinfeld MagicLive! presents 'Mail Order Babe' - a brand new illusion brought to fruition by England's Mark Parker. "Mail Order Babe sounded like a great idea on paper, but Mark Parker turned it into a well thought out workable magic illusion, all made possible with the illusion construction of Bill Smith's Magic Ventures." Said Steinfeld who can be seen performing the illusion nightly in his own show (now in its 4th year) at the Aladdin Theater, Alhambra Casino, Aruba. 31.7.04 is a new website offering custom one-off printing direct onto Bicycle stock. If you've ever devised a routine that needs a special card or two then this should do the trick! Visit for more information. 31.7.04


Best Ever Magic Tricks is being repeated at 5.35pm on Saturday, 7th August on ITV1. "Phillip Schofield presents a celebration of magic's most mystifying tricks and illusions - from sophisticated card routines to death-defying escapes, from gentlemen conjurors to cool street magicians. And some of magic's biggest names including Paul Daniels, Geoffrey Durham, and Penn and Teller reveal the moments of magic that most impressed them." 31.7.04


Jon Allen's Simple Magic Tricks: Easy-To-Learn Magic Tricks with Everyday Objects, due for publication on September 1st, can now be pre-ordered from Click Here. 31.7.04


Morley Budden of Kaymar Magic has decided to retire from organising magic lecture tours in the UK for overseas performers and Colin Peters is taking over the task. The first lecture that Colin is organising is for Jahn Gallo from Sweden. For more information visit 31.7.04


Paul Anthony and Richard Leigh appear at The Magic Cavern, Barons Court, on Monday 20th September 2004 at 8pm. Tickets: 10.00 in advance from or call 020 8932 4747. Tickets are also available on the door (12.50) subject to availability. The Magic Cavern, 28A Comeragh Road, London W14 9AU. Two minutes walk from either Barons Court or West Kensington Tube Stations. For further details visit 31.7.04


Andrew Edmonds recently performed some mentalism on BFBS Radio 1 which broadcasts to millions worldwide. The clips can be listened to via his website: 31.7.04


Richard Smith attempts to present the longest running magic show at the Moat House Hotel, Paradise Street, Liverpool from 10am on Saturday 7th August to 4.45pm on Sunday 8th. Admission 3, all ticket sales to charity. For more information telephone 0151 548 6899 or 07979 804823. 31.7.04


Marvin's 100 Tricks and Tips with the Svengali Magic Cards is available from (rated by many as the greatest trick deck ever) Simon Shaw reviews Paul Hallas's recent lecture at the Pentacle Club, Click Here The Chester Guild of Magicians are holding a sale evening on Monday August 9th at the Home Guard Club, Chester. You'll be able to sell unwanted magic items and pick up a bargain too. Contact Secretary, David Brandwood, for more information on 01928 718496 email "OK, OK... Maggie made me do it" Click Here Father of magician Teller dies at age 91 Click Here That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 31.7.04