Number 216 - 14th August 2004


The 33rd Annual International Magic Convention will run from Friday November 26th to Sunday 28th 2004. The whole event will now take place at the Shaw Theatre, which is part of the Novotel Euston, London, and is also the convention's HQ hotel; so it should be the ideal venue. On the Saturday they'll be staging the Close-up Competition with a £1,000 cash first prize, and every evening the same gala show will play in the theatre allowing magicians to pick an individual day or attend the entire convention. Booked so far: Vito Lupo (photo - USA), David Williamson (USA), Ray Grismer (USA), Piet Forton (Switzerland), Paul Zerdin (UK) and Noel Britten (UK) with more names to be announced. Plus magic lectures and dealers from all around the world. It's great news that the gala show is back this year. For more information, and to book, Click Here. 14.8.04


J-Day 2004... the countdown begins! On Monday 16th August tickets go on sale for the fourth annual day of magic devoted entirely to young magicians. J-Day 2004 takes place on Sunday 24th October at The Magic Circle's HQ in London and includes lectures, stage and close-up magic competitions and a gala show starring Pat Fallon, Duncan Trillo, Graham P Jolley (photo) and Terry Herbert. Throughout the day three of the UK's top magic dealers will be demonstrating the latest magic props and displaying books and DVD's and accessories. Doors open at 10am and the event finishes at approximately 7.30pm. Registration in advance only. YMC members £8.00, Non-members (10-18) £10.00, Over 18 (very restricted numbers) £15.00. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to "The Young Magicians Club" and sent, together with an SAE, to: J-Day 2004 Tickets, The Young Magicians Club, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. 14.8.04


Monkey Magic is back! The second series of this popular offbeat magic show can be seen from August 24th on Channel Five on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm. Starring Jonathan Goodwin, Alistair Cook, Peter McCahon and Pete Firman the new series continues in the same vein as the first with the team promising "bigger, better and definitely weirder magic in bizarre locations." See: and (In the photo Jonathan Goodwin and Pete McCahon with, presumably, the shows creator in the middle!) 14.8.04


allmagic/wap went live on Thursday providing cell phone users with updates on new magic products, upcoming events and other news. allmagic/wap can be accessed with a phone or handheld device that has a wap browser. This includes the Blackberry and various phones from all the major cell phone providers worldwide. For information visit To access allmagic/wap from your cell phone, enter: on your phone's address or bookmark screen. From the makers of the excellent 14.8.04


Magicians: Channel 4 would like to take you on holiday... If you fancy travelling around Europe courtesy of Channel 4 with a friend or partner then they are waiting to hear from couples or pairs of friends or colleagues who fancy a free holiday. "Travel with us on our holiday bus all over Europe this September and October." The show will feature some of Europe's most exciting attractions whilst following the lives of those aboard the coach as they travel together. For more information email: or telephone 0207 432 2863. 14.8.04


International Magician Andrew Green was recently approached by the widow of the late Rock & Roll star Lonnie Donegan to take on the comedy role in the new musical tribute to his life. The musical is due to preview in October but due to other commitments Andrew is in negotiations to join the show for its UK tour in March 2005. Andrew is currently enjoying a regular cabaret spot at the Norbreck Castle in Blackpool, every Saturday until September 4th. 14.8.04


Magic! Richie breaks record for charity. "A Liverpool magician made history by performing the world's longest magic act. Richie Smith staged a 30-hour, non-stop magic marathon in the city - shattering the previous record by six hours." To read the full report in the Liverpool Echo Click Here. 14.8.04


Children's Entertainers will no doubt be snapping up these giant Dragon puppets from In fact the company offer an amazing range of puppets from Ants to a Great White Shark! 14.8.04® have just completed work on a large roadshow presentation, featuring magic, for Start Rite. The company created the whole presentation from scratch and it can now be seen on tour. Account director Keelan Leyser will be delivering the presentations using an interactive Plasma screen and Andre Kole's legs up illusion, another UK exclusive effect, built by Bill Smith's Magic Ventures. The road show can be seen at: the Eldon Square shopping centre Newcastle from the 19th to 21st August, Bluewater from 24th to 26th, and Brent Cross from 28th to 30th. 14.8.04


Carnesky's Ghost Train - a hybrid of fairground ride, magic show and live performance devised by Marisa Carnesky featuring many illusions supervised by Paul Kieve, has opened to rave reviews in the heart of London's East End. The Guardian referred to it as "likely the most talked about piece of theatre this year - The spookiest most magical fairground ride you'll ever experience" and gave it a four star review and event 'Pick of the Week' for London. The Observer wrote "Burlesque and aerialists, fairground sideshows and Victorian illusions ... Totally distinctive." One of the illusions in the show is "Amphitrite" a Victorian optical variation of Pepper's Ghost that has not been seen for many decades. Opening night riders included Derren Brown. The show is set to run for the next two weeks by The Old Truman's Brewery, Brick Lane - nearest tube Aldgate East. Shows last ten minutes and tickets are available on site for £6.00 (there is no pre-booking). Continual shows are presented on weekdays at 6.30pm to 9.45pm, on Saturday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.00pm and Sunday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and 6.30pm to 10.00pm. For more information visit 14.8.04


Peter Lamont will be speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 30th August. Dr Lamont will be speaking about his most recent book, The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick: The Biography of a Legend, which has received widespread critical acclaim since its publication earlier this year. However, though Lamont himself denies it, rumours have once again emerged that he will be performing the Indian rope trick. "When I last spoke at a book festival, the organiser's claimed I'd be performing the rope trick. When I found this out, I had them make a rather embarrassing disclaimer. Mind you, I thought it was hilarious, and very much in keeping with the tradition of misinformation surrounding the legend." For more information Click Here and to order the book from Click Here. 14.8.04


Jerome Flynn makes a welcome return starring as Tommy Cooper in John Fisher's Jus' Like That! at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Monday 23rd August to Saturday 28th August at 8pm nightly (matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm) "Jerome Flynn is a wonderful Tommy Cooper" The Times. One of the nation’s most beloved natural clowns, Tommy Cooper truly deserved the title "comic genius". As well as recreating his comedy, the play also takes us behind the scenes to meet the man beneath the fez. Tickets from £9.00 + booking fee telephone: 01483 545900 or visit The New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, Surrey GU21 6GQ (Map). 14.8.04


Dead Men's Secrets is showing on the History Channel at 4pm today (Saturday 14th). "Secrets of the Desert War - Documentary recalling the battle against Rommel in North Africa in WWII. Magician Jasper Maskelyne used various tricks to help Britain fool the enemy, including making the Suez Canal appear to vanish." 14.8.04


Mentorn are currently producing a new entertainment programme for Channel Five and are looking for candidates for "Britain's Worst Parent." They originally contacted us to see if we could recommend any magicians and tempting though it was we've decided to post the request as news instead! "It is a fun entertainment show looking at family relationships and, of course our parents aren't really Britain's worst, but they are in the eyes of their nominator... they're embarrassing, they're just completely out of touch! We are looking for very outgoing characters who aren't at all apologetic for being extreme... much to their teenager's dismay. The parents will be asked to complete a series of fun tasks, designed to find out if they really are as bad as their children say." If you are interested in taking part call Suki at Mentorn on 0207 258 6809. 14.8.04


Nigel Mead is looking for close-up magicians who would like to work every Saturday night countrywide. With contracts starting this week, for the next year, email Nigel for more information: 14.8.04


Marc Parker (see last week's news) produces a newsletter for illusionists. Email to receive the latest copy • Magician Roy Horn Being Treated In Colorado, Click HereMagician George Johnstone dies at 85, Click HerePaul Gordon has some special offers at the moment, Click HereStreet magician misses the Downtown of old, Click HereLiving TV has just bought the rights to screen Close Encounters with Keith Barry - dates when we have themIan Kendall takes over from Steven Dick in Magic@Cafe Royal on Wednesday 18th Click Here for detailsYour UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 14.8.04