Number 223 - 2nd October 2004


This year's IBM British Ring Shield competition was won by North Wales based illusion act Safire (Stuart and Jayne). Stuart has now held the title twice and Jayne three times. Jayne first won it in 1983 with her brother, Marc. Then again in 1995 with Stuart in 'Marie Claude Chantelle and Company' where they also won the Originality and Comedy awards. 'Safire' is the act they have been performing together for over 15 years now. The couple's transparent sub trunk, that they closed their act with, was presented to perfection at break-neck speed and earnt them a strong and deserved ovation. More competition results below. 2.10.04


Paul Daniels has just released a live performance DVD of his Max Malini show... "Recorded in London's West End earlier this year, the DVD contains the full show, up close and personal, with all the Malini classic effects. It's not a 'how-to' disc, but magicians will certainly learn a lot just by watching this master of magic - the appearing ice is a highlight you won't want to miss." For more information and to order visit: 2.10.04


The UK's biggest 'Mental Magic' Convention, now in its third year, will take place on Sunday, November 7th, at Waterfall Studios, London Booked so far: Ali Bongo, Jack Delvin, Wayne Dobson, Ron First (Israel's Talk Show mentalist will be flying to the UK especially for the event) and Roni Shachnaey (photo). Plus dealers and a couple of surprise lectures too! 10am - 7.30pm. Registration is 55.00 which includes all food, cold drinks, tea and coffee, throughout the day. To book, email or telephone 020 8746 2000 (ask for Julie or Dave Smith). Seats are limited and reservations are on a first come first served basis. 2.10.04


The British Magical Society have just announced that they have booked Daryl & Alison (photo) and John Lenahan to lecture and perform at their Centenary Convention in February (5th and 6th). For updates and a PDF registration form visit 2.10.04


Everybody's Magic featuring contributions from Wayne Dobson, Geoffrey Durham, Paul Daniels, Guy Hollingworth and Paul Zenon amongst many other top names in magic can now be pre-ordered from All contributions have been donated free of charge and all profits will go to the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity The Charity cares for children with a life threatening or terminal illness and also assists their families. Practical and emotional support is offered from diagnosis through to and following bereavement, both within the family home, and at their two respite centres in Surrey and Northumberland. asked the contributors to provide their favourite beginners trick and tricks which first stimulated their interested in magic, together with a biography. What an excellent project. To pre-order and for more information visit 60 tricks, 120 pages, 9.99. 2.10.04


More British Ring Convention Competition results. In the stage competition, congratulations to: Viva (photo) who were placed second and also won the originality award (for a third time), Mark Shortland, who was placed third and also won the comedy award and to Kohei Kobayashi who won the manipulation award. Mel Harvey won the Close-up Competition, with Kevin Gallagher in second place and Steve Dela (who also put in a strong performance in the stage competition) in third. 2.10.04


The Looking Glass by FISM award winning magician Paul Nardini caught my attention at last week's IBM convention in Eastbourne. Here's a routine that I can see going straight into a working pro's act. In a nutshell a spectator selects and signs a card which ends up sandwiched between two sheets of Plexiglas. For a proper description and to watch a video clip visit 2.10.04


Nigel Mead and Friends present 'An Evening of Magic & Illusion' at the Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham, on Friday October 22nd at 7.30 pm. Starring: "Astonishing mind-reader The Grey Man, close-up magician of the year 2001 Peter Wardell (photo) and 'Kicks and Tricks', a breathtaking fusion of Dance, Song and Illusion performed to a rock soundtrack." Emceed by Nigel Mead who has appeared on BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and has performed for Steven Spielberg and Sting. To book telephone 01572 823318, email, or book in person at Uppingham Sports and Books, Market Place, Uppingham. 2.10.04


The Magic Circle's Stage Magician of the Year 2004 competition takes place on Sunday, October 17th, at 6pm. Tickets are now on sale at 12.50 each and are available from: The Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD (cheques payable to 'The Magic Circle' enclose an SAE). To order with a credit card telephone 020 7387 2222. 2.10.04


Marc Paul lectures at the Bexleyheath Society of Magicians on Wednesday, 6th October. Visiting magicians welcome (5 door charge). Doors open at 7.30pm ends 10.30pm. The lecture is from 8pm to 10pm. Venue: Bexleyheath & District Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent. Further information from: Mark Styles on 01689 818984. 2.10.04


DVD set Scams and Fantasies by Darwin Ortiz is reviewed this week by Graham Nichols. "Even if card magic is not your weapon of choice, you would have had to be stranded on a desert island for a very long time to be unaware of pasteboard maestro Darwin Ortiz. His books are always in high demand, and his latest treasure chest 'Scams & Fantasies with Cards' has now been complimented by the release of a four DVD set by Mike Maxwell's A-1 Magical Media..." To read the full review Click Here. 2.10.04


Pennywise Magic specialise in supplying silks for magicians and keep a large range of sizes and colours in stock at all times. Orders go out first class. Colour samples on the website. Excellent value too. Visit: today! 2.10.04


The Magic Circle Dealers' Showcase takes place on Saturday October 30th at the Royal National Hotel, 66 Russell Square, London WC1 (Map). 10am - 5pm. Door charge: free to members and YMC members on production of their membership cards, small charge for non members. 2.10.04


Mark Elsdon's Zenner-Tech was demonstrated to me by Peter Nardi at the Eastbourne convention... and very powerful it is too! Perfect for a formal close-up mentalism type presentation at a table this really is very strong and very 'clean' - and all can be examined at the end. Read the full description on the website, or ideally ask to see a demonstration at The Magic Circle Dealers' Showcase (above) to feel the full impact of this effect. More information: 2.10.04


Mark Worgan's Klub Magic returns after a summer break on Monday 4th October at the Komedia Theatre, Brighton. This Monday Mark introduces Mark Shortland, Scott Penrose and Vizage. For tickets Click Here. This is this is the second show of the new run. Mark's Klub Magic nights attract a wide and diverse audience and have proved to be very popular with regular comedy audiences. Visit for the latest news. 2.10.04


Manchester Circle of Magicians are presenting a Star Lecture by Cody S. Fisher (photo) from the USA on Wednesday 6th October at 8pm at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Manchester. Members: free of charge. Non-members: 5.00. And on Tuesday 19th October, at 7.30pm, they hold their Jumbo Auction. Entrance charge is 3.00 (members free). Details from Derek Lever on 01253 810113 or email 2.10.04


Jeff Burns was awarded the Jock Scott Trophy this week at the Aberdeen Magical Society's annual competition. The award is in memory of Jock Scott, a late member of AMS, who was well known for his entertaining magic and sense of humour. Jeff, who won the trophy for a second time, competed against four other acts assisted by sidekick Hamish the punk! 2.10.04


A new magic shop is opening in Southport at 101b Eastbourne Road, Birkdale, and they plan to hold monthly magic meetings from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on either the last Wednesday or Friday of each month. All attendees must be members of a Magic Society. Call Rob Graham on 07977 008546 for more information. 2.10.04


Summer Season 2005. Richard Leigh for False Impressions in association with Trevor George Entertainments (UK) require young enthusiastic talented magicians/actors/performers for a touring summer season in 2005. You'll be working for a major holiday park company five to six nights a week (20 week season), on good fees plus accommodation performing in a 30 minute touring show featuring magic and illusions and working in skin characters (full training and direction will be given, own act not essential). For more information email Richard Leigh or send a biog., photos and covering letter to: Richard Leigh, False Impressions, Plexus House, 1 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London SW7 2JE. Closing date for applicants is Wednesday 13th October. 2.10.04


Elliot Wood emails: "I need someone to cover for me a short magic show in Spalding, Lincs on the evening of 16th October. It's a family show at a local church hall, just need someone to do half to three quarters of an hour of stand up (clean!) magic, and perhaps a little mix and mingle afterwards. It is a Church event that I agreed to do for free, but I have double booked and I can't get out of the other gig. I will pay expenses plus a few quid gratuity to whoever can help me out." Email Elliot:, or telephone 07748 985632. 2.10.04


Following on from a feature in Bella magazine, reported last month, Dizzy Lizzie (photo) appeared on Central News last week performing at a school show "It's been a pressure" quipped Paul Daniels as he bid good bye to Vanilla Ice last week on The Farm. To read all about it Click Here and Click Here Illusionist and juggler Andrew Van Buren has been made a Water Rat, Click Here "Magician gets so close to predicting headline but he was spot on about the small animal" Click Here Luke Jermay lectures at the Cittie of Yorke Pub, 22 High Holborn, London WC1 today at 4.30pm (Map). Call International Magic on 020 7405 7324 to check last minute ticket availability (10.00 each) That's it - see you next week, Duncan. 2.10.04