Number 238 - 15th January 2005


Close-up Magic Convention in Sussex - Update. Paul Gordon and Mark Worgan stage a new Close-up Convention on Saturday 14th May 2005: Close-up Magic Convention in Sussex Artistes include Nick Einhorn (photo), Mark Mason, Mel Harvey, Mark Shortland and Al Smith. Magic dealers: Alakazam, The Card Collection, Zane Magic Shop, Magical Wonders, Martin Breese, Albion Magic, JB Magic and The Merchant of Magic. The Magic Circle Youth Initiative are presenting workshops for The Young Magicians Club (hosted by Mandy Davis) and there will be adult workshops presented by Al Smith. The venue is Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex (Map) - it is really geared up for conferences and includes easy access, stylish rooms, catering, a licensed bar and free parking. It's only 2 minutes from the mainline railway station and just 45 minutes from London. For more information visit the website: (Interested dealers should contact Paul Gordon on 01903 211785 Book Now only 200 places available (25 per ticket). Admission to the dealers shopping hall only is 10, available on the day, on the door. 15.1.05


Hollywood's Magic Castle presents a special week of magic from members of The Magic Circle in October 2005, to celebrate The Magic Circle's Centenary. In the Close-up Gallery: Chris Pratt and Michael Vincent; The Parlor of Prestidigitation: Tim Shoesmith and Mandy Muden; The Palace of Mystery: Alan Shaxon, Wayne Dobson, Duncan Trillo and Terry Seabrooke; in the WC Fields Bar: John Star; Lecturing on Sunday 23rd in the afternoon: The Magic Circle's President Alan Shaxon, on 'The History of The Magic Circle' and Robert Harbin. And guest host for the week: Billy McComb. 15.1.05


Next month sees the launch of a brand new DVD, produced by Russ Stevens's production company RSVP, aimed at the close-up corporate magician, and those who want to expand their share of that market. The disc features one of the county's busiest magicians, with Russ behind the lens for a change. All will be revealed in a few weeks - keep an eye on MagicWeek! Meanwhile Russ has just returned from Copenhagen: "The crowd of 4,000 were in complete awe when Russ Stevens performed some amazing illusions just before Bill Gates took to the stage for the opening keynote presentation "The Magic of Software" at Microsoft's annual European Technical IT Forum conference in Copenhagen. Russ's performance made it a very special opening!" Peter de Zoete, Director of Events for Microsoft Europe, Middle East & Africa. 15.1.05


The Magic Cavern at Barons Court. Richard Leigh presents the new Winter/Spring season featuring Trickery-UK, Magician Abid, Michael Jay, The Capital Association of Magic (Gary Scott, Dominick Zwolinski and Jonathan B), Dr Extispicy, Prof. Sam, Chris Nicholson, Richard Leigh & Corinne, Fluke (photo) and Steven Dick. All online sales for The Magic Cavern are now just 8.50, or call the 24 hour hotline on 08700 600 100. Reservations from the Box Office on 020 8932 4747, or on the door (subject to availability) 10, 9 concessions. The Magic Cavern, Barons Court Theatre, 'The Curtains Up', 28A Comeragh Road, London W14 9AU. 2 minute walk from either Barons Court or West Kensington Tube Stations. Enjoy a meal or a drink before the show in 'The Curtains Up' pub (above the theatre). Full details of the new season can be found at The Magic Cavern is now booking performers, email for information. 15.1.05


Magicseen, a new national magic magazine, is all set to launch at the Blackpool Magicians Convention at the end of February. "Subscriptions are now available either online or through the post," said editor Mark Leveridge, "and magic fans who subscribe before March 5th will receive 7 issues for the price of 6. Even though the first issue is not out for a few weeks yet, there has been a tremendous amount of interest, especially from the US." Anyone with news/press releases, tour dates, or any magic related information is invited to contribute. Visit for more information. 15.1.05


Tony Griffith will be holding another of his very successful Creative Magic Lecture/Teach-in days on Sunday 10th July (11am - 5pm) at his home in Bristol. The cost is 40 (30 if booked before 31st May) and that includes morning coffee, buffet lunch and a light tea. The day is limited to 10 people, and always sells out. (See Reviews). Tony Griffith, telephone 01275 837017, email 15.1.05


Miniature Tennis Balls by Stephane Bourgoin. "These miniature tennis balls are easily recognizable, and grab the attention of the audience. These little props are a breeze to palm, and can be used for the three balls routine, the cups & balls routine, or any routine using small balls." There is something inherently appealing about these little balls! Available from 15.1.05


Tommy Cooper DVDs... "The Missing Pieces" and "The Very Best of" are now available from Click Here. 15.1.05


"Gail Porter and Chris Fleming go on location in the USA in search of the spirits of famous dead Americans." Dead Famous - Houdini, Tuesday, January 18th, on Living TV. See TV Magic for details. 15.1.05


The Order of the Magi are holding a second Giant Magic Auction on Tuesday 25th January at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. Directions on Viewing from 6.30pm, auction starts at 7.30pm. Further details and lot allocations from Entertainments Officer Peter Moran 0161 798 8839. 15.1.05


The Cardiff Magical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a banquet at the City Hall, Cardiff, on Sunday 2nd April. With cabaret and magic from Ali Bongo, Alan Shaxon, Roger Baffico and Colin L Tilley. Tickets are 32 and are available from Viv Davis 02920 792789 or Mr T Ricks 02920 777321. 15.1.05


The Cheetah's Handbook has just been launched by Jamie Badman as a limited edition (150 copies) ebook featuring the work of Kostya Kimlat, Andi Gladwin, Jamie Badman, Luke Dancy, Jack Parker, John Bodine, Colin Miller, Tyler Wilson, Rob James and Liam Montier. For more information visit right now! 15.1.05


"Gregory Wilson's Double Take puts the world's greatest double lifts at your fingertips... even if you're all thumbs. This step-by-step instructional DVD is packed with more than 90 minutes of dynamic material you can perform anytime, anywhere, with any deck." Available from 15.1.05


Roy Critchley is organising a show in aid of the Tsunami disaster appeal at The Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St Helens, Lancashire WA10 1LQ (Map) on Friday 11th February. Featuring magicians, illusionists, singers and comedians plus a surprise performance by a TV soap celebrity. Tickets for the show are 8.50 for adults (6.50 concessions) and are available from the box office at the Theatre Royal on 01744 756 000. For further information email Roy: 15.1.05


Stanley Watson emails: "My wife and I recently enjoyed a marvellous holiday in Thailand being paid for by the government under The Heroes return scheme, because I served there as a magician in the RAF during the war. We went on the liner Superstar Virgo which had a resident magician on board whom we had the pleasure of meeting.. We then went to Fantasea venue in Phuket which had a 100 foot wide stage with a cast of 100 people and 16 elephants!! Included in the production was a floating and disappearing elephant! Fortunately we left three weeks before the tsunami struck but couldn't help wondering about all the lovely people we met and showed magic to." 15.1.05


Smoke and mirrors. "Throughout the world, whenever smoking bans are introduced, bar and restaurant owners are quick to complain about the harm done to their businesses. But in Italy, where a ban on smoking in public places came into effect on Monday, the traditional whingers have been joined by another group: magicians. Tony Binarelli, Italy's answer to Paul Daniels, has been calling for members of his profession to be exempted from the ban." To read the full story from Sophie Arie in The Guardian Click Here. 15.1.05


Revised transmission date: The first in the new Sky 1 magic series, Undercover Magic, goes out on Friday 28th January at 9pm - see TV Magic Paul Zenon can be seen performing stand up on The World Stands Up at 11.45pm on Wednesday 19th January on Paramount 2 Paul Gordon has just taken a last minute booking for his new lecture/dealer dem at Ashford's Downtown Magic Club on Monday. See for information The Bristol Day of Magic takes place on Sunday 8th May, details next month: Congratulations to David Berglas on being awarded a Masters Fellowship by The Academy of Magical Arts, the presentation will take place later on this year Magician pulls rabbit out of danger, Click Here Bringing a little magic to Auburn, Click Here At Hevey's house, there's magic in the air, Click Here Tommy Cooper tops U.K. best comic list, Click Here Please note that the deadline for submitting news to MagicWeek is 12 noon Friday, many thanks, see you next week, Duncan. 15.1.05