Number 232 - 4th December 2004


Qdos Entertainment presents another magical family pantomime at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, this Christmas. Beauty and the Beast is told with a live orchestra, fabulous costumes, lavish sets, special effects and lots of pantomime magic provided by master magician Paul Daniels and his lovely wife Debbie McGee. 17th December 2004 - 9th January 2005. To book tickets Click Here or call the box office on 020 8561 8371. 4.12.04


South Tyneside's 2nd International Magic Week convention takes place from March 18th 20th at the Little Haven Hotel. Provisionally booked: Richard Osterlind, Falkenstein & Willard, Michael Finney (photo), Jamy Ian Swiss, Paul Daniels, Quentin Reynolds, Loki, Martyn James and Pat & Tanya Fallon. This year's convention features a 'voice coach workshop' and a Midnight Show on Saturday, featuring Michael Finney for magicians only, with limited availability (first come first served). The two main gala shows will be held at the Customs House Theatre, Mill Dam, South Shields. Extra tickets for friends or family can be booked direct from the theatre, telephone 0191 4541234. For a convention registration form email Karri Prinn (Events and Operations department, South Tyneside Council) 4.12.04


Magic! Available at Post Office counters across the country from Tuesday, 15th March, 2005, a special set of interactive magic stamps from the Royal Mail: "Pick a stamp - any stamp - and you won't believe your eyes. To celebrate the centenary of The Magic Circle, we've conjured up a set of 'magical' interactive stamps. Just like that! Be prepared for trickery, mystery and fun on these five Special Stamps. They've all been designed to guarantee you a trick before you lick! What's really special here is that we've used a variety of ingenious printing techniques to bring the stamps to life. Scratch a coin over a stamp to show heads or tails, use the heat from your finger to reveal all, or test yourself with an optical illusion or two." The special stamps, Presentation packs and First Day Covers will be available from the Royal Mail, via the internet, from Tuesday, 15th March: 4.12.04


International News "In the past decade or so, Las Vegas has become home to more magicians and illusionists per capita than anywhere else in the country, if not the world. Siegfried & Roy may have opened the doors in 1967 when they first appeared as the novelty act in the Tropicana's Folies Bergere, but even their move to the Mirage in 1990 wasn't responsible for the flood that followed. Really, all they did was show that a magic act could hold its own on the Strip alongside name performers and huge production reviews. They paved the way for the likes of Lance Burton and Steve Wyrick..." To read the full story by Jaq Greenspon in Las Vegas City Life Click Here. 4.12.04


Hey Presto Family Magic Show. The Bradford Magic Circle present their annual show at Bingley Arts Centre on Saturday 12th March 2005 at 7.30pm. Featuring: Myst (award winning illusionists), Duane Laflin (from the USA), Steve Gore & Co (comedy illusionists), Darren McDonald (comedy magic), Oliver Parker (talented manipulator), Keith Pickles (top children's entertainer) and the Spotlight Dancers. Admission: 7 for adults (6 concessions) in the stalls. 6 for adults (5 concessions) in the rear stalls. Tickets are available from all Bradford Theatres booking offices and agencies, or by phoning 01274 432000. Further details can be obtained from Keith Pickles: 01274 818305. 4.12.04


Five of Hearts Magic Productions still have a few places left for the first of their 'Signature Magicians' series of lectures and workshops featuring Alex Elmsley on Saturday, 11th December at their Magic Studio in Lincolnshire. Daytime Workshop: 2pm - 5pm 75.00 per person (includes Christmas buffet and refreshments). Evening Lecture: 7pm - 9pm 25.00 per person (includes mince pies, mulled wine, refreshments and free Lecture Notes). Workshop and lecture together 85.00. Book early for this special one-off magical event as spaces are limited. Telephone Sharron Rose on 01775 840103 or Click Here for more information. Five of Hearts Magic Productions, Tovenaar, 30 Lowgate, Gosberton, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 4NL. Email Website: Click Here. 4.12.04


This month Mark Leveridge Magic is running an online competition which is offering the following three prizes: 1st Prize - a complimentary full ticket to the 9th British Close Up Magic Symposium on April 10th 2005 (worth 70), 2nd Prize - a copy of the hardback book entitled The British Close Up Magic Symposium - The First Decade (worth 30), 3rd Prize - copies of the 7th and 8th Symposium Books (worth 20). As you can guess from the prizes the competition theme is the Symposium, but it is very easy to enter even if you have never attended the event before. Anyone can enter provided that they have made at least one online order with Mark Leveridge Magic at some stage in the past. Closing date for competition entries in December 30th 2004. For more information visit 4.12.04


The Leicester Magic Circle would like to congratulate their member Will Gray in coming third in the British Inter-society Close-up championship held at Blackpool Pleasure Beach on Sun 14th November 2004. Will was put forward for the competition after winning the LMC's Roy Johnson Close-up shield in March 2004. 4.12.04


Following his appearance at the 9th British Close-up Magic Symposium in Bath on Sunday 10th April 2005, top Canadian magician Richard Sanders will be embarking on a lecture tour of the UK and will be appearing at the following clubs and events: 11th April - The Magic Circle; 14th April - Surrey Society Of Magicians; 15th April - Home Counties Magical Society; 18th April - Leicester Magic Circle; 19th April - Coventry Magic Circle; 21st April - Hull Magicians Club; 24th April - Ace Magic Circle One Day Convention; 25th April - Manchester Circle Of Magicians; 26th April - British Magical Society; 27th April - Wolverhampton Circle Of Magicians; 28th April - Blackpool Magicians Club; 29th/30th April + 1st May - SAMS Convention (Scotland); 3rd May - North Wales Magical Society. If any societies in the midlands or north would like Richard to visit on 20th April, 22nd April, 23rd April or 2nd May, please could the club secretary contact tour organiser Mark Leveridge on 01392 252000 or 4.12.04


Wales Millennium Centre, on Cardiff Bay waterfront, was opened on Friday 26th November. The VIPs and stars in attendance enjoyed an after show party featuring magicians Peter Hopkins (photo) and Colin L Tilley from Wizard Entertainments. Peter writes that it was fun to baffle Gandalf! (Sir Ian Mckellen). 4.12.04


Magic on the curriculum at Aberdeenshire based Secondary School. Fifth Dimension has been showing third year pupils at Meldrum Academy how starting up in business can become a reality through specially created workshops combining magic, humour and chocolate! The workshops ran during National Enterprise Week, which aims to highlight the importance of enterprise and entrepreneurship to the nation's youth. Fifth Dimension has undertaken over 50 sessions at schools throughout Scotland since launching this service. 4.12.04


The Qualatex Roadshow is coming to you! David Grist, winner of four top awards at the International Balloon Arts Convention, is touring the country with the Qualatex roadshow. If you would like David to come to your magic society during 2005, please contact Debbie Magill on 01279 756148 or email 4.12.04


IBM Shield winner's Safire have just been invited to appear as special guests on BBC TV's Chuckle Brothers 2005 UK Theatre Tour. The show is once again themed and is loosely based on Pirates of the Caribbean. This will be the third time Safire have appeared on a Chuckle Brothers tour. As well as their own spots they'll also play parts in the story and perform some magic and illusions with The brothers. The tour takes in 65 major UK Theatres and runs from February 5th to 19th June 2005. 4.12.04


Mister "E" Enterprises new giant catalogue for 2005 containing Hypnotism, Mentalism and Magic is now ready and will be sent free of charge to MagicWeek readers who fill in the 'Request a Catalogue' form on the website during December. From January 1st 2005 it will cost 5.00, or will be sent free with orders of 25.00 or more. Visit to order your free copy today! 4.12.04


Here are the results of last week's International Magic Competition, congratulations to all the winners. 1st prize Ferenc Galambos (Hungary), 2nd prize Kevin Gallagher (UK), 3rd prize Marc Oberon (UK), Awards of merit to Mickey Silver (USA), Hayashi (Germany), and Adam Keisner (UK). 4.12.04


Mystic Rythyms. Sunday 12th December 7.30pm at The Pleasure Unit Bar, 329 Bethnal Green Road. An Evening of Psychological Entertainment and Psychedelic Beats. Join Excalibah (BBC1Xtra) and friends for a mixture of funky beats and mind altering entertainment. Two stage demonstrations from James Cheung and Daniel Young (Mentalism +). "Walk around performances continue the theme of the night up close and personal. You may feel touches although there is no one near you. See metal bend, twist and warp right before your very eyes. You will have your very actions predicted and even psychologically directed. Have your mind read." Free Entry. Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green Bus Routes: 8. 4.12.04


The Swedish Magic Circle in cooperation with Casino Cosmopol invite you to a Magic Tournament in Stockholm on April 22nd and 23rd 2005. First Prize 20,000 SEK (approx. 1,500), 2nd 10,000 SEK, 3rd 5,000 SEK, 4th - 6th 2,000 SEK. The competition is specifically designed for "stand up" magic acts between 8 - 10 minutes in length. For more information and registration details contact the vice President of the Swedish Magic Circle, Kjell Svanholm, either by email, or by phone + 46 708 842249, + 46 8 254286. 4.12.04


MagicWeek recommended Christmas reading: Magic: Stage Illusions, Special Effects and Trick Photography Compiled and Edited by Albert A. Hopkins Click Here, Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible by Jim Steinmeyer Click Here, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke Click Here Mike Danata's Magic Studio in Bournemouth is packed chock-a-block with magic - currently even the ceiling is being used to display stock! Click Here Penn Jillette (the vocal one) married TV producer Emily Zolten in a Las Vegas wedding chapel last Monday - congratulations! Thanks to everyone who sends in news. See you next week, or at on Monday, Duncan. 4.12.04