Number 236 - 1st January 2005


Derren Brown: Messiah - Friday 7th January 10.35pm on Channel 4. A one-off special from Derren Brown following on from his previous controversial and headline-grabbing 'Russian roulette' and 'Séance' specials. "We so often take for granted the information we receive from writers, preachers and public speakers and we are encouraged to make life decisions on what they tell us - but what if we are relying on false information? Messiah is a documentary-style show where I go to America and get to meet those influential people behind certain belief-systems. Two targets are new-age beliefs and mainstream Christianity. Can I get those people who are responsible for the beliefs of hundreds of thousands of people, to endorse me as being the real thing?" Read more from Derren in The Sun. 1.1.05


Mark Worgan's Klub Magic is back on Wednesday 12th January at the Komedia, Brighton. The first show in the new runs stars Martyn James & Company (photo), Nathan Zorchak, Loki (with a new act) with emcee Mark Worgan. Tickets available via the Box Office on 01273 647100, limited tickets at half price for restricted numbers only. First come first served! Visit for details of upcoming shows. 1.1.05


Kidology 2005. Albion Magic and Practical Magic present Kidology 2005 on Monday 5th September 2005 9am - 6pm at The Civic and Wulfrun Halls, North Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1RQ. This year's line up includes: Magic Dave (Dave Allen - Children's Entertainer of the Year 2004) who will present part of his act and then discuss the thinking behind it. Tricky Ricky (Ricky McLeod) offering his highly successful ideas on entertaining children in a lecture called Tricks of My Trade. Patrick Page (photo) presenting an all-new lecture The Page Boy Speaks Out on Kids' Magic. In addition to the lectures, they are planning a forum on how to open and close your show, with a prize for the best contribution, as well as a Dealers' Demonstration and a workshop. Registration costs £30 including a buffet lunch and bookings can be made from Monday, January 3rd by phone, letter or email. Practical Magic, Gadlas Villa, Gadlas, Ellesmere, Shropshire SY12 9DY. Telephone 01691 690789 Email (Cheques payable to A. Powell. For Credit card payments include exp. dates etc.) 1.1.05


Dave Dee is now advertising with MagicWeek: "Get on the fast track to being an outrageously wealthy magician with my #1 best selling program, 'The Ultimate Insider Secrets Marketing Program For Magicians.' Instantly become a highly paid 'magic motivational speaker' by applying for a 'Success Magic' license. Attend the most powerful marketing seminar of all time from the comfort of your home with 'The Boot Camp In A Box.' If you want to be a super successful, super rich professional magician, it's all here for you. I look forward to hearing of your successes." Visit today. 1.1.05


Scott Creasey lectures for the Magicians of Basingstoke on January 25th (photo) and Brekk lectures on March 29th. Visiting magicians welcome. £5 door charge. Kempshott Village Hall, Pack Lane, Basingstoke RG22 5HN. 1.1.05


Ghost Hunter Harry Price airs at 10.30pm on Sunday 9th January on Sky One. This documentary follows the leading light in 19th century ghost hunting, Harry Price. His flair for showmanship won him many admirers - and enemies. Featuring archive footage of some of his stunts and experiments. With Marc Paul (photo). Researched and produced by David Britland. 1.1.05


Sleight of Mind Suggestion and Mind Control, The Mentalist's Toolkit, by Ian Harling and Martin Nyrup is reviewed in MagicWeek this week, Click Here. 1.1.05


The British Champion Street Entertainer 2005 is the title of a new and prestigious competition being staged at the Blackpool Convention this year. The event will take place in the Olympia Centre, part of the Winter Gardens complex, on Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th February, 2005. First prize is £500 plus a magnificent trophy. Only 6 performers will be invited to participate. If you are an experienced street performer, with a good 15 minute act, contact Derek Lever on 01253 810113 or email for more information. For more on he convention visit 1.1.05


Following the recent successful release of George Blake's 'Re-curring Card' and 'Card Trick 27' Eddie Burke of is now re-releasing George's fantastic Wun-Deck complete with Eddie's own routine that he featured for many years in his Club and Cabaret Mentalism act. Wun-Deck costs £12.00 plus postage - but order it before the 30th January 2005 and mention MagicWeek and you can purchase it for just £10.00 plus postage and packing. Telephone: 01782 304909. 1.1.05


The Magic of Robert Harbin. Chris Woodward emails: "Wanted, information please on the owners of the Magic of Robert Harbin. Do you own a copy by any chance? I am trying to trace, for a special project, all 500 hundred owners. So far I have managed to locate 130 names so there is a long way to go! If you could email me with the name in the front if you are not the first owner then the name of the previous owner(s) and the number of the copy. Sometimes there have been three owners of this sought after book. Incidentally I am not interested in the price paid. This is not part of my remit and is private to you anyway. Also I am not looking to buy a copy as fortunately I have my own copy but any help you can give would be much appreciated, and will be acknowledged. Thank you in anticipation." Email: 1.1.05


Tony Curtis emails: "I wonder if it would be possible for you to thank the many magicians who sent me an email asking if I was OK after the disaster that happened in Thailand. I was actually in the resort of Pattaya when the tidal wave hit Phuket. Pattaya was not affected but could quite easily have been. Best wishes for 2005, Tony." 1.1.05


Tsunami Earthquake. Disasters Emergency Committee official donation website: 1.1.05


Davenport's Christmas Wonder Show is reviewed by John Derris this week, Click Here - it's the last day today (January 1st) - see What's On to book • "Magic tricks exposed" Click Here • I went along to see The Magic Circle Christmas Show last week and it was excellent - all eight performances sold out too! • That's it for this week. Thanks to everyone who contributed material in 2004, and very best wishes for 2005, Duncan. 1.1.05