Number 220 - 11th September 2004


Hayashi comes to the UK this month to perform at the British Ring Convention in Eastbourne and also to lecture at four magic clubs. Currently based in Germany Hayashi is a lecturer for the department of English at Mannheim University and an intercultural communications consultant, but it is in his role of 'magician' that he is swiftly making a name for himself. Recent awards include: March 2003 1st place: the Swiss National Championships (Card Magic), May 2003 1st place: the Austrian National Championships (Card Magic), October 2003 1st place: the Italian National Championships (Card Magic), December 2003 1st place: the International Magic Competition in London, May 2004 1st place: the Preliminary Eliminations for the German National Championships, held every three years (Card Magic). Hayashi lectures at the following societies: Wednesday 15th September: Wolverhampton. Contact: J B Atherton, Thursday 16th September: Bristol Society of Magic Telephone 078 999 75753, Sunday 19th September: Watford Association of Magicians Telephone 01279 659562, Monday 20th September: Cardiff contact David Sebastian For more information about Hayashi Click Here. 11.9.04


The British Ring Convention is now just days away (September 22nd - 26th) - here's the full line-up: Max Maven, Eugene Burger, Rich Bloch, Gay Blackstone, Wladimir, Lu Chen, Hayashi, Kenji Minemura, Hikari Furuyama, John Styles, Vizage, Mac Ronay Jnr, Housch-Ma-Housch, Mortimer, Richard Pinner, Martyn James & Co, Zane, Pat Fallon, Paul Gordon, Paul Dabek, Michael Pearse, Paul Wilson, Wayne Dobson, Mel Mellers, Fred Corvenio, Clive Moore, Tensai, Peter Greenwood, Marc Paul, Peter Scarlett, Robert Temple, Chris Pratt and Van Buren & Company. For more information Click Here. It's worth remembering that day registrations can be made on the day, without reservation. The registration desk is situated in the foyer of the Winter Garden complex. Address: Winter Garden, Compton Street, Eastbourne BN21 4BP (Map). More information: 11.9.04


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2005. Held biennially since 1961 the competition attracts talented young magicians between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. This year's competition will be staged at the Headquarters of The Magic Circle in July 2005, coinciding with The Magic Circle's Centenary Celebrations. In addition to cash prizes and an invitation to join the world's finest magic society the winner of the competition will have the opportunity to appear 'on stage' with some of the greatest names in magic during the four day celebration. For full details of how you can enter this unique competition contact Dr.Michael Colley on 01367 252482 or email A Magic Circle Youth Initiative. 11.9.04


Fabrice Delaure Productions have just released the Platinum Akana - the latest product in the Akana technology range. "You will be able to pull off tricks in extreme conditions. You will be able to make revelations that would impossible without this device. You will never need a stooge. There is no handling of dubious cards. There is no information to get out of the audience. You will never be in contact with the objects you guess." Clever stuff from the world leaders: 11.9.04


Marc Dominic, following on from his successful 'Corporate Kids' lecture presented at Kidology UK 2004 (Click Here for review), has been invited to lecture at The Danish Magic Circle, during their one day convention on September 18th in Copenhagen. Marc will be presenting a lecture titled 'Routine Magic' that explores different performing situations and environments: corporate, kids, close-up and cabaret. Also appearing on the bill is fellow UK performer John Derris, who'll present his KISS lecture. For more information on the convention Click Here. 11.9.04 will be exhibiting the Spider product range at The PLASA Show Live at Earls Court from the 12th to 15th September on stand number D69. MD Clifford Bradley will be there on the Sunday to meet with customers along with Spider regional sales Director Brian Molloy, assisted on the Monday and Tuesday by one of the team (photo). This will be the first exhibition that have attended since the release of the SN4 and SN8 systems so customers who wish to see the new lines before Blackpool should hurry along to Earls Court! 11.9.04


Chuck Hickok lectures in the UK this week. "An experienced entertainer, Chuck will delight you with his a fast-paced, amazing demonstrations of the 'untapped powers of the human mind.' Chuck combines humour with impossible mental effects." On Monday 13th September he's at The British Magical Society. Visiting magicians are welcome (£5.00 door charge). Meetings are held at The Selly Oak Ex-Servicemen's Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL at 7.30pm. See What's On for venues and dates. 11.9.04


BBC West is running a series this Autumn looking at people who lead the double life of an entertainer. They're looking for people who have a day job, but then become entertainers in their spare time. As part of this they're hoping to find a close-up or cabaret magician in or near Wiltshire who would be happy to be filmed at work and then at a bookings. If you're interested contact Steve Knibbs for more information: 11.9.04


John Styles MBE will be interviewed by Michael Aspel during The Antiques Roadshow, from Hastings, on BBC1 on Sunday, 19th September. John will be talking about some of his unusual collection of Punch & Judy memorabilia - which he has been told is now of national importance! On the following Friday morning (24th September) John talks at the IBM Convention in Eastbourne about his magic life. A 50 year journey that has taken him from Pubs to Palaces and from House Parties to Hollywood. 11.9.04


The Man Who Knows - Mind Reading Act. "Properly explained by Eddie Burke, here is a little known method for apparently reading minds and revealing an incredible amount of information about members of your audience! It is strictly a one-person act requiring no assistants. Only ordinary-looking everyday properties are used. It is ideal for cabaret, stage and hotel lounge or similar venues." Email for more information and ordering details. Price £15.00 plus delivery. 11.9.04


Magician cuts it in TV debut on Fat Nation challenge. "A magician will help to make the nation's unwanted fat disappear in a unique television series. Tracie Hughes (37), from Thurlby, near Bourne, was asked by the BBC to perform as part of the Fat Nation: The Big Challenge, to be screened across BBC channels during the next nine weeks. Mr Hughes performs the illusion of sawing a woman in half, which allows presenters to show viewers how food is digested in the body." To read the full story Click Here. 11.9.04 are currently offering a free copy of Amazing Magic Tricks with Everyday Objects on DVD with every order over €60 placed during September. "Perform miracles with items you can find around the house (and without difficult sleight-of-hand)! After learning the magic on this DVD you'll be able to make magic with everyday objects just about anytime and anywhere. With the instant-access of DVD technology, these tricks are extremely easy to learn. By freezing frames and jumping to specific performances and explanations, mastering these tricks becomes elementary for everyone." Visit 11.9.04


Just Like That is "an information archive and news source for fans of Tommy Cooper" and an "unofficial tribute to his genius" that's crammed top to bottom with everything "Tommy" Click Here. 11.9.04


Lecture News: Ian Carpenter of Mindwriter Magic has had an enthusiastic response from magicians, to his Trick of the Tale lecture on using stories in magic. Ian still has some dates free, so societies that are interested can contact him via or on 012225 350818. 11.9.04


Northern Magic Circle President's Dinner 2004. NMC President of 2004/5 Eddie Burke, and his lady Kerrensa, invite you to this exciting annual event which will take place this year at the excellent Santo's, Higham Farm, Higham, Nr Chesterfield, Derby on Friday 29th October 2004. "You can look forward to a wonderful magic cabaret, a superb dinner and friendly magical company." Tickets are available from Eddie Burke 01782 304909 price £26.00 per person. Rooms are available for the night; ring Santo's directly on 01773 833812. 11.9.04


Terry Seabrooke, Fluke, Chris Hare, Alec Powell and Marc Dominic appear in the Gala Show at this year's Portsmouth Magic Circle Jumbo Day 2004 on October 31st. For full information about the day Click Here. 11.9.04


Mark Elsdon lectures at the Ipswich Magical Society on Monday 20th September. Mark's specialises in mentalism and close-up magic and is know for his marketed effects such as "Zenner Tech" and "The Stretched Coin." Visiting magicians £5.00. Visit: 11.9.04


Mats G. Kjellström emailed: "Dutch Magician Corvelo (Cor van der Velde) passed away yesterday after having various ailments for many years. Corvelo has been the right-hand assistant to the famous Henk Vermeyden in his Studio for many years. He was also the chief editor of Trick the Dutch Magic Monthly. Without exception all Dutch magicians have benefited from his fast knowledge of the Art." 11.9.04


The Maidenhead Advertiser want to write a feature about magic for their entertainment guide and would like to hear from any magicians based in Maidenhead to arrange an interview and to take some pictures. For further information contact Caroline Ansdell 11.9.04


The Magicians of Basingstoke will be holding their annual President's night at 8pm on 28th September at Kempshott Village Hall, Pack Lane, Basingstoke. This year the members will be putting together a show that they plan to take on the road, visiting other societies. For more information email Tony Russsell at 11.9.04


Kidology 2004 is reviewed by Mandy Davis this week, Click Here • Paul McKenna's Comedy Hypnotic Show is back on the road, Click Here • "David Merlini would escape form a block of solid concrete whilst under the Danube." Writes Martin Daubney, Click Here • Paul Zenon's Dirty Tricks is reviewed by Drew McAdam this week, Click Here • "Houdini Days amazes, inspires young wizards," Click Here • 'Ovation' Stands Again "The variety show, which opened at the Desert Passage mall last year, reopens today at the Lady Luck" Click Here • Mentalist reveals tricks of the trade Click Here • James Brailsford's movie Magic Circle makes it into the Manhattan Short Film Festival final. "When a magician makes a person disappear, where do they go while they're waiting to reappear?" Click Here and Click Here • That's it for this week, have a magic week, Duncan. 11.9.04