Number 225 - 16th October 2004


Uri Geller and Hanna star in a brand new (and very witty) commercial for Knorr currently showing in across Europe. Film crews spent two days filming at the couple's home. Click Here to watch (requires broadband for best results). 16.10.04


The British Magical Society are proud to announce that Max Maven has been added to the Centenary Convention lineup. Max will present a new lecture and perform in the Gala Show. He joins Daryl and John Lenahan, all presenting lectures and appearing in close-up or gala shows. The convention is a one day event celebrating the centenary of the oldest (continually meeting) magic society in Europe. For updates and a PDF registration form visit 16.10.04


Richard Leigh for False Impressions is presenting a new season of 'Late Night Magic in the West End' at The Jermyn Street Theatre. Friday and Saturday nights from 12th November - 18th December. Enjoy the finest Italian food in the Getti restaurant above the theatre (for 9pm) with close-up magic at your table. Then move down to the theatre for 'Late Night Magic' cabaret (11pm to Midnight) starring Peter Wardell. Peter is an expert card shark and professional street performer (Covent Garden and Festivals Worldwide, also on Dan & Dusty this week, see TV Magic). Close-up magic is performed by one of the following performers each evening: Dominick Zwolinski, Gary Scott, Doug Segal or Dr Extispicy. Two courses from the la carte menu, close-up magic and 'Late Night Magic' cabaret 32.50. There is also a special 11pm 'Cabaret Only' ticket available at 13.00. (Doors and bar open at 10.45pm). Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST (1 minute walk from Piccadilly Tube Station Map) Box Office: 020 7287 2875 or for more information and to book online: 16.10.04


Don't miss the first in the new series of MAGIC tonight at 8.10pm on BBC2. The series launches with Mind Magic and features Max Maven, David Berglas, Uri Geller, Marc Paul and Derren Brown... and more! TV Magic. 16.10.04


Marc Paul appears on Midweek on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday 20th October. Part of the programme will discuss the BBC's new series MAGIC and Marc also hopes to perform a trick or two. The programme will broadcast between 9am and 9.45am. 16.10.04


Paul Zenon is the special guest on Countdown this week, daily at 3.15pm on Channel 4. See TV Magic. 16.10.04


Scott Penrose MIMC lectures at the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on Tuesday, 26th October. For directions to the club's venue and more information visit 16.10.04


Eyes, Lies & Illusions at the Hayward Gallery is reviewed by John Derris this week: "On three floors you will see a range of intriguing media and artworks - anamorphoses, tricks of perspective, hidden and double images, manuscripts, prints and books, cameras, games and toys and early forms of animation..." To read the full review, Click Here. 16.10.04


Richard Stokes launches a new website this week: 'The Real Story Behind the War Magician' that attempts to unravel the truth behind the wartime career of Jasper Maskelyne, and which will, I am sure, be of great interest to magical historians. 16.10.04


Mr Trix (John Dixon) will be presenting his Dealer demonstration at the Preston Magic Circle's new club premises on Tuesday 26th October at 7.30pm. All visitors welcome. A former 'Children's Entertainer of the Year' winner, John will demonstrate a selection of quality props that he produces, and also discuss the secrets of successful professional entertaining. Preston Magic Circle headquarters, Bamber Bridge Trades Hall, 154 Station Road, Preston PR5 6TP (Map). For more information telephone 01772 733071. 16.10.04


Major Magic is "A new shop on the block who work via the internet or phone/fax. We sell magic for all, from beginners to expert, children's shows to stage shows, we also do puppets and juggling equipment." Now advertising with MagicWeek. Pay them a visit today! 16.10.04


International Magic are having a real sale offering many top video titles for just 7.50 each. Only while stocks last - so hurry! The 200 odd titles on offer include magic from Tommy Wonder, Harry Lorayne, Ross Bertram, Dan Harlan, Mark Wilson, Michael Amar, Eddie Tullock, Daryl, Jeff McBride, Dai Vernon, Martin Nash, Henry Evans, Michael Close, Eugene Burger, Bill Malone, Ken Krenzel, Pavel, Aldo Colombini, Johnny Thompson, Larry Jennings, Flip, Paul Diamond, Harry Allen, Alex Elmsley, David Regal, Karrell Fox, Michael Rubinstein, Doc Eason, Max Maven and many more! 16.10.04


John Lenahan (October) and Fafa (February) feature in four upcoming Circus Space Cabarets. Also of interest to magicians, Tom Noddy (seen on The Paul Daniels Magic Show a couple of decades ago) and Luke Wilson (apparently quite a magician, though he's juggling on this occasion). Magic will be a regular feature of future cabaret evenings. For more information visit: 16.10.04


BBC TV in the South West are looking for magicians from the region for a new documentary. They'd like to hear from readers who have jobs by day and become magicians by night (or over the weekend), but they are looking for applicants who can offer a real twist. Chris Cox from the BBC emails "for example, they do post mortems by day and saw women in half by night, or have an exceptional contrast. At day they work as a bin man, at night they entertain and amaze." If you think you fit the bill then get in touch as soon as possible. Email Chris Cox: 16.10.04


Pete Firman and Ali Cook are all set to travel the world in 'Secret World of Magic' a new magic series from Objective Productions for Sky One that will feature some of the world's most famous magic and magicians. Sky have also commissioned 'Underground Magic', also from Objective, which will be a hidden camera type show using magic. Both series will air next year; details when we have them. 16.10.04


Jumbo Auction - Manchester Circle of Magicians On Tuesday 19th October at 7.30pm. Entrance 3.00 (members free). Details from Derek Lever on 01253 810113 or email 16.10.04


Luke Jermay will launch his new book and lecture (with effects taken from the book) at The Great Escape on Sunday 7th November. For tickets telephone 020 8746 2000 and ask for Julie or Dave. Or visit for more information. 16.10.04


This month Manchester based magician Ian Ball succeeded in becoming a member of The Magic Circle. Ian says he joined because he was getting tired of fielding the question "Are you in The Magic Circle?" whilst performing close-up, yet within a week his new found status had already paid off as he secured a booking at the prestigious Manchester Bridgewater Hall for New Year's Eve. Ian said "This has been an ambition of mine for quite a while now. To be vetted by your peers is daunting, but when those peers are members of the best known magical society in the world, The Magic Circle, it's a hundred times worse." Ian Ball: 16.10.04


Philip Partridge performs at Leamington and Warwick Magic Society this Wednesday, 20th October. Philip will present the Magic Philip Show to an invited school group and then perform further demonstrations with Q & As after the interval. Visiting magicians welcome (5 door charge). The performance starts at 8pm. Venue: Cubbington Sports & Social Club. Further details from President Alban Unsworth on 02476 744307. 16.10.04


Did You Spot the Gorilla?: How to Recognise the Hidden Opportunities in Your Life by bestselling author (and magician) Richard Wiseman has just been published by Arrow Books. "In a recent series of ground-breaking psychological experiments, volunteers were shown a 30-second film of some people playing basketball and told to count the number of passes made with the ball. After just a few seconds, a man dressed as a gorilla slowly walked into frame, beat his chest at the camera, and sauntered off. Unbelievably, almost none of the people watching the film noticed the gorilla. Exactly the same psychological mechanisms that cause people to miss the gorilla also make them miss unexpected but vitally important opportunities in their professional and personal lives. This book outlines the scientific evidence and thinking behind this remarkable new phenomenon, and shows you how you can spot gorillas in your life - and what to do when you see one." Funnily enough I spotted a Gorilla just a few days ago, but that's another story... I've just had a quick dip into this book and it is full of goodies, especially of interest to 'mind magic' type performers. Available from (Look out for Richard in the new Volvo ads). 16.10.04


Magicians can enjoy a feast of magic, comedy and entertainment at The Vaudeville Golfing Society's 75th Stag Dinner and Cabaret at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London on Sunday 14th November. This long established night out traditionally includes comedy and ad libs galore. With comedy magician Mike Cassidy, ventriloquist Nevile King and comedians Bryan Burdon, Russ Williams and Kim Pope. Non members and non golfers are welcome and a few tickets at 55.00 are still available (mention MagicWeek) from Ray Donn on 01634 672064. 16.10.04


Perth Magic Circle is once again organising the annual Scottish Magic Auction. The event will take place in The Perth and District Ex-Servicemen's Club on Sunday 21st November. Doors open at 12 noon and the sale starts at 1pm with three auctioneers in action. Admission is 3.00 at the door. An open invitation is extended to all magicians to come along with their surplus items on the day and convert them into cash! Bar facilities will be available all afternoon together with light snacks. For more information contact Adrian Harris on 01738 628985 16.10.04


Professor Sam's Paranormal Show featuring ESP, Teleportation and Mind Reading is on at The Eye, 79-81 High Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 8EL on Sunday 24th October at 8.30pm. Telephone 0207 923 7781. Email: Main line station: Stoke Newington. Bus: 73. Seats (special price for MagicWeek readers) 5.00. 16.10.04


In an effort to raise 10,000 for the homeless persons charity The Big Issue, circus sideshow performer and escape artist David Straitjacket will attempt to break four world records in one day, at the Arndale Centre, Manchester at 11am on 15th January 2005. David will attempt to set a new Guinness world record for escaping from a regulation straitjacket, and follow the stunt by setting another record by escaping from the same jacket, but on stilts! He will then attempt to break the world record for the fastest ever handcuff escape and finally he will end the day by attempting to break the world record for the 'bed of nails concrete block break'. This record currently stands at 314.21 kg's, and David will attempt to raise the figure to a massive 350 kg's. 16.10.04


Magician helps nutrition therapy "Living in a box for 44 days and running seven marathons in a week may, at first sight, have little to do with ensuring more ordinary mortals eat and exercise properly" Click Here "Magician Kevin Spencer, performing tonight with wife Cindy, talks about how he got into the act" Click Here "Cannes winner's opening moments are superbly magical" Click Here Your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 16.10.04