Number 227 - 30th October 2004


15 year old Troy von Scheibner stole the show at last Sunday's Young Magicians' Club J-Day at The Magic Circle's HQ in London. Competing in a close-up competition that featured five other acts Troy's easy unassuming charm, sleight of hand skill and sheer magic totally captivated both the audience and judges and resulted in him being placed 1st and receiving The YMC Mark Leveridge Close-up Trophy. In second place Simran Cashyap impressed with his opening drink production, card and rope work and Matt Kirton (third) also did very well. Overall the competition was of a really high standard and it was a pleasure to see such talent coming through. Well done to all six competitors. The second competition of the day was for The YMC Home Counties Stage Competition Trophy. Here Magic Michael & Co were placed first with an act that started off with the magicians "assistant" wandering on stage playing around and upsetting half the props while the magician was still getting ready! Joshua Miller presented a silent act in traditional tails and came second and Matt Beech proved that Derren Brown isn't the only mind controller out there and came third. Again, well done to all the competitors, and look out for Troy in the future... the brightest magic talent I have seen for years (DT).


If you're under 18, love magic, and haven't joined the Young Magicians Club then you are missing out! Members enjoy a magazine and newsletter, regular professional magic workshops, the annual convention and lots more, all run by a dedicated YMC team. Visit for membership details, and to read a full report of the J-Day (see 'News'). 30.10.04


Ali Cook and Pete Firman have been busy promoting their new TV series Secret World of Magic (six one hour shows for Sky One, from January 5th) with guest appearances on TRL (MTV), Ministry of Mayhem (ITV) and The Celebrity Awards (ITV). "From Paris to Los Angeles and Vegas, from Buenos Aires to Madrid to New York we follow Pete and Ali's 'road trip' as they meet their heroes of magic, reveal the true stories behind some of the world's most legendary tricks and attempt to wow the locals with their unique brand of magic entertainment." The duo meet up with magicians along the way including Juan Tamariz, Mac King and Jeff McBride. Ali and Pete are really excited about the whole show and think that it is their best magic project to date. More details nearer the time. 30.10.04


MAGIC - Programme Three: Close-up Magic is on tonight at 8.25pm on BBC 2. Sleight of hand, misdirection and the Kings of Cards. Some of the world's greatest magicians, kings of close-up card manipulation like Guy Hollingworth and master of dove production Channing Pollock, explain why the subtlety and sophistication of close-up magic still has the power to enthrall and make us doubt our own senses... See TV Magic. 30.10.04


Congratulations to Marc Dominic who won the Ray Bradbury Trophy for Close-up Magic at the British Magical Society's Close-up Competition on Tuesday, 26th October. 30.10.04


Dublin street magician and author of The Hit and Run Magician's Handbook Owen Lean has been selected to represent Ireland in the Singapore River Buskers Festival. The festival which will take place between the 12th and 22nd of November in Singapore brings twenty of the best street performers in the world together for ten days of madness on the streets of Singapore. Also taking part will be Canadian extreme juggler Aaron Gregg and British/Australian body contortionist Bendy Em 30.10.04


Klub Magic, Brighton, on November 1st features Mel Mellers, Dave Brown (photo) and Stuart Harley performing his death defying Milk Can Escape. Hosted by Mark Worgan. Doors at 6.30pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets from the box office on 01273 647100 or visit for more information. Always an excellent evening. 30.10.04


Actor and magician John Woolvett stars as research psychologist Dr John Templeton in 'Shock Treatment' a new series for Sky One which commences on Wednesday, 3rd November at 9pm. Paul Andrews, Dr Richard Wiseman, Peter Wardell and Dynamic FX were all involved in the series and although there are no 'magic tricks' as such, magic principles were employed in some of the experiments. 30.10.04


Geoffrey Durham's "Little Miracle" show is being presented by Liverpool's Mahatma Magic Circle at Southport Arts Centre in Lord Street, Southport at 7.30pm on Wednesday 24th November. This is Geoffrey's One Man Show which includes lots of great magic from the man who has made many new friends with his frequent appearances on TV's 'Countdown'. Tickets are £12 or £10 for Pensioners. Phone the box office: 07818 455440. The following evening Thursday 25th November at 8pm Geoffrey will be lecturing to magicians only (including a question and answer session), at Mahatma's meeting in the Marriott Hotel in South Liverpool, on the site of the old Liverpool Airport. Entrance £6. Details from John Mills, telephone 0151 722 5840. 30.10.04


Young Overseas Magicians Sought - A Magic Circle Youth Initiative. The Magic Circle have just launched an initiative to encourage young overseas magicians to enter the prestigious Young Magician of the Year Competition 2005. The Competition, held every two years since 1961, has always attracted the best young magicians between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. Derrick Speight, Chairman of the organising committee said "This year's competition is particularly significant as it coincides with The Magic Circle's Centenary Celebrations. We do have a large number of overseas registrants coming to the celebrations and this represents an ideal opportunity for their talented offspring to show the panel of judges just how good they are. We are also, of course, encouraging more of our 'home grown' talent to enter as well." The Grand Final will be staged at The Magic Circle's own theatre in July, 2005. For entry details contact Dr. Michael Colley: 01367 252482 30.10.04


Paul Gordon has just released his first DVD featuring two hours of material on one disc. First, The London Lecture, shot at The Magic Circle and secondly The Eastbourne IBM Lecture (2004) which includes: The Jennings Bottom Palm, Ideas for Magicians' Insurance Policy Trick (card under shoe), The easy handling of The Gordon Diary Trick, Twister, Diminishing? Not Likely, Palming, Performance Attitude, How to Carry Props, Book Recommendations, LTP, Peek/Steal and more! For details on both lectures and to order Click Here. 30.10.04


Congratulations to Grant Brummer on winning the Mystic Ring's annual close-up competition. Grant's act highlighted his relaxed style and culminated with a Ninja Rings routine winning over audience and judges alike. Grant was awarded The James Leggett Trophy by President Rex Cooper (right). 30.10.04


The Great Zoltan is a French theater show from Gérard Majax with Gerard Kunian (magician and comedian) and Suzanne Legrand (comedian). The play relates the life story of Zoltan and features magic throughout to illustrate the story which is both humorous and sensitive. Venue: 20° Theâtre, 7 rue des Platrières, 75OO20 Paris, France. Wednesday to Saturday at 7pm and Sunday's at 3pm. Tickets €20. 30.10.04


Peter Duffie's new book 'The Dave Campbell Legacy' has just been published by at £35.00. International will also have copies on their stand at The Magic Circle Dealers' Showcase today. 30.10.04


The Magic Circle Dealers' Showcase, featuring 40 dealers, is on today (Saturday 30th, 10am - 5pm) at the Royal National Hotel, 66 Russell Square, London WC1 (Map). Door charge: free to members and YMC members on production of their membership cards, small charge for non members. 30.10.04


Mark Parker, know to many for his illusion designs, is also busy in the corporate close-up field. Next year he heads out to perform on the British Lions Rugby Tour in New Zealand and then flies over to Australia to see Chris Murphy at Oz Illusions in Brisbane; to see some of his illusion designs in the flesh. 30.10.04


Visual Delights III - Magic, Illusion and Popular Culture before 1914. Living Pictures in association with the National Fairground Archive and the University of Teesside will hold a third event examining Magic and Illusion in Popular Culture before 1914. The conference will attempt to bring the worlds of photography, film and mass visual culture to a wider and more inclusive audience. The conference will be co hosted by the National Fairground Archive and the University of Teesside, and will take place at the University of Sheffield on 15th and 17th July 2005. The conference will be a mix of performance, exhibition and formal papers. Contributions are sought in the broad areas of performance practice, technology and illusion across a range of popular cultural forms. Sunday 17th July will be a themed day on all aspects of Magic and Illusion and its relationship to nineteenth and early twentieth century performance and will include performances, screenings and an exhibition. Initial proposals/enquires should be addressed to Simon Popple, The School of Arts and Media, The University of Teesside, Middlesbrough TS1 3BA 30.10.04


Mark Leveridge presents his lecture and dealer dem at the Chester Guild of Magicians on Monday 8th November. Contact Secretary David Brandwood for more information 01928 718496 30.10.04


Green backed bicycle cards? What next! "These are the cards we've been pushing to have made for months... and they're finally here! These decks of Bicycle cards have a beautiful green back design. They handle beautifully and can be used creatively in a colour changing deck routine, or in place of your ordinary deck. We're very excited to have gotten these cards onto the market and we're sure you won't be disappointed with them!" In stock and available now from 30.10.04


"This is the manic magic house that Penn built" Click Here • Philip Partridge will be performing at the BCSC (British Council of Shopping Centres) Retail Showcase at the G-Mex, Manchester on 2nd and 3rd November on the Modus Properties stand with the theme "The Right Chemistry for Retail". On Friday Philip is booked for the Hollyoaks Christmas party. • Paul Gordon emails: "I'm gathering information on Henry Christ (1903-1972) of 'Christ Force, Fabulous Four Ace Trick & Half Pass' fame and am looking for references (books/magazines) of tricks, plus photographs, biography info etc., etc. Can you help?" Click Here if you can, and to contact Paul • Eran Blizovsky emails: "I would like to recommended the Big Cabaret Show on Saturday night every month on France 2 channel featuring magicians, comedians, jugglers etc. This show is broadcast once a month and repeated on channel TV5 Europe." • That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 30.10.04