Number 235 - 25th December 2004


Loki, John Archer, Max Somerset, Kerry Scorah and Marc Paul team up to go undercover next month in Sky One's new series Undercover Magic. "Five talented performers work undercover to deploy their magical skills on an unsuspecting audience with hilarious and shocking consequences. Watch out for a 150-year-old illusion never before shown on TV, an exorcism, levitating diners and gym instructors, a Harry-Potter-styled invasion of a school, a mad scientist who convinces students to be guinea pigs in his bizarre experiments and glamorous celebrities including Victoria Silvstedt, Rebecca Loos, Adele Silva and Jodie Marsh tricking their celebrity pals. Plus street magic, sci-fi sorcery, beauty school surprises and much, much more…" Undercover Magic begins on Sky One on Monday 31st January at 8pm. 25.12.04


Davenport's Christmas Wonder Show runs until January 1st at the Auden Theatre, Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk (Map). Starring Roy Davenport (photo, recreating his great grandfather's act), Alexander Koplin, Mark Shortland, Michele Summers, Papillion The Flying Carpet, Paul Henri and the Demon Dancers. Daily (except Christmas Day) with matinee and evening shows on most days. Tickets: Adults £12.00, Children £8.00 (Concessions less £2.00). To book telephone 01692 405254. The show is reviewed by EDP24, Click Here. 25.12.04


Richard Leigh for False Impressions is presenting a new series of evenings featuring cabaret performers with guest magic acts. The season starts on January 1st with Zac Bauman "The showman is an international comedy star with the most powerful amazing voice you will ever hear. With magic support act." Enjoy a meal and a drink before the show in 'The Curtains Up' pub (above the theatre). Drinks can be brought down to the theatre. Tickets: £12.50 in advance. 24 Hour Hotline 08700 600 100 or book on line at Tickets also available on the door subject to availability. Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd January 2005 at 8pm. Special 2 for 1 offer (Each ticket will be valid for two people). The Magic Cavern, Barons Court Theatre, 'The Curtains Up', 28A Comeragh Road, London W14 9AU. Two minutes walk from either Barons Court or West Kensington Tube Stations. 25.12.04 invite questions for Marc Paul (to be sent to by 31st January) for their second special TV Magic interview. Marc was seen recently on the BBC series MAGIC, and can next be seen in the upcoming Sky One show Undercover Magic. Also from Some More Tricks, Anthony Owen's exciting new book of performance material (which will be available in ebook format only), will be published on January 1st, priced £15. However you can order your copy now from for the special pre-publication price of just £10. This offer is only available if you make your purchase before December 31st - so hurry! 25.12.04


Martin Sanderson, Alfonso Rios and Etienne Pradier, seen here at St James's Palace last Thursday, have just entertained Prince Charles, Prince William and Camilla Parker Bowles and guests at their Christmas Party. Etienne also performed on stage with Prince William and couldn't resist the opportunity to perform 'signed card on ceiling' with Prince William's signed card! The engagement was through Etienne's Jumping Frogs Entertainment company. 25.12.04


Charity Magic Auction. Friday 21st January, 2005 at 7pm at the Savoy Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool. Contact Derek Lever on 01253 810113 or email for more information. 25.12.04


Doctor Bondini appears at the newly restored Hackney Empire on 23rd January at 3pm. Box Office: 020 8985 2424. "You will experience magic and grand illusion from exotic locations around the world, magic of the past, present and future. There will be moments of great beauty, great drama and of course, great hilarity. This is a show for all the family, a rare opportunity to see one of the few remaining touring illusion shows – a unique show which combines modern entertainment with a hint of tradition." 25.12.04


Spot the Difference! Secretary and President of The Order of the Magi, John 'Sly' Smith and Mike Sharples, launched their Christmas 'Spot the Difference' competition last week. Anyone living in the Greater Manchester area can enter and both drawings can be downloaded from The first five correct entries will receive a pack of optical illusions. 25.12.04


Join JK and Joel "down the pub" on Boxing Day on Radio 1. Featuring pub quizzes, karaoke, Sav the magician, a house band and special guests. In the photo Chris Moyles and Sav. 25.12.04


John Styles's Punch & Judy show is featured in Disney's 102 Dalmatians on Christmas Day and then later on John's coaching work can be seen on Midsomer Murders (photo) on ITV. John's Punch also makes an appearance alongside Tom Hanks in the movie blockbuster The Polar Express and a Mr Punch, thanks to consulting work from John, appears in Mary Poppins in the West End. John can be seen live on stage this week performing magic in this year's Magic Circle Christmas Show, which is now sold out. 25.12.04


The Most Amazing Mind-Blowing Bag of Tricks Ever! "Take your tricks to school with this quality shoulder bag loaded with the coolest collection of amazing magic tricks and stunts! Includes DVD with performances plus secret explanations direct from Marvin!" Available from, Click Here • Objective Productions, the independent production company behind many magic programmes including Derren Brown Mind Control and Monkey Magic has appointed Paul Sandler as joint managing director. The former Planet 24 production director takes up the role after Christmas and will work alongside founding partners Andrew O'Connor and Michael Vine • "Here is the news - for next week! Magician Geraldini, who has predicted the front page headline on next Tuesday's Evening News. Abracadabra. Here is the news from the Evening News - one week before the stories have been written! Norwich magician Geraldini has already written the headlines that he claims will appear on the front page on Tuesday, December 28th." To read the full story, Click Here • Derren Brown appears in 100 Greatest TV Treats of 2004 at 9pm on Sunday 26th December, see TV Magic • Happy Christmas again, see you next week, Duncan. 25.12.04