Number 240 - 29th January 2005


Ron MacMillan. 20th September 1932 - 26th January 2005. Ron MacMillan passed away peacefully on the 26th January 2005. Founder of International Magic in 1962, Ron became known to thousands of magicians across the globe through his mail order and magic shop business International Magic, his award winning manipulation act, the Magic Info magazine and, of course, the annual International Day of Magic, that expanded into three days and presented some of the very finest magicians in the world. My first ever trick pack of cards was a 'Miracle' deck (a Svengali deck) produced by International Magic. My first ever convention was the first Day of Magic in '72... I wonder if he ever knew how many budding magicians he had helped directly and indirectly over the years. A book of messages has been set up on the website for friends who want to pass on their wishes. His love of magic united magicians across the globe and he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends in magic. 29.1.05


The 9th British Close-up Magic Symposium, which will take place at Bath University on Sunday 10th April is fast approaching! Numbers are limited to just 100 and half the numbered seats are already sold. The strong line up features Richard Sanders (Canada), David Stone (France), Boris Wild (photo, France), Mark Leveridge (UK), Brian Glover (UK) and Mark Mason (UK). This year's event will boast 4 lectures and 2 close-up gala shows. Registrations can be made by telephone, fax, through the mail, or directly from using the secure online form. This event only takes place every two years - so don't miss it! 29.1.05


"One of the few female magicians to be elected to The Magic Circle, Kerry Scorah's brand of magic tricks and comedy has taken her to the bright lights of Hollywood and Las Vegas. On Friday, she appears in Undercover Magic, a new series on Sky One where tricks are performed on an unsuspecting public - all in the name of good fun." Writes James Ellis for Metro. To read the full story Click Here. The first of the new series is repeated this evening on Sky One Mix, see TV Magic. . 29.1.05


Only 50 tickets now remain for the Blackpool Magicians' Convention! The names of the specially invited competitors in the UK Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition at the Convention on Saturday 26th February have just been released, and they are: Marvo The Magician, Marc Dominic, Magic Malcy, Magic Mark, Johnny Hardy, Eddie Hughes and compere Paul Joyce. New magic dealers attending this year are: Doc Eason, Kenton Knepper, Jay Sankey, Rick Thomas, Shoot Ogawa, Mahka Tendo, Rafael Benatar, Stan Allen (Magic Magazine), Penguin Magic, Sasco Magic, Jesters Magic, Jim Pace (White Rabbit Magic), Beard Enterprises (Juggling Equipment), Tom Yurasits Productions, Sparks Magic, Tora Magic and Kitchen Table Magic, making a grand total of 105 Magic Dealers - a world record for any Convention! Only 50 tickets remain, so you're advised to book immediately if you want to be there. By phone or fax: Arthur Casson 01253 393688 or download a registration form from 29.1.05


Dr Extispicy's Psychic Party Experience comes to the Magic Cavern on Monday 28th February 2005 at 7.30pm. "Descend into the depths of The Magic Cavern for a journey of mind games, magick and storytelling for the discerning adult. Your host Dr Extispicy weaves a fascinating path with a little dry humour along the way. Where psychology meets science and magic meets imagination. Warning: Extra Sensory Perception demonstrations/Rune Stones and Tarot cards are used in this show." Online sales £8.50 Click Here to order. Or call the hotline 08700 600 100. Reservations at Barons Court Theatre Box Office on 020 8932 4747 Or on the door (Subject to availability) £10.00 and £9.00 Concessions. The Magic Cavern at Barons Court, 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 29.1.05


Mark Leveridge Magic is pleased to announce that its New Releases for 2005 are now available from their website. There are 5 new products for close-up and children's work: Colour Coins, Hide And Seek, In Flight Entertainment, The Magic Party Giant Farm Animals and Risky Business, plus the new updated 2005 CD Illustrated Catalogue. 29.1.05


Philip Partridge appears on the Becky Want Show today (Saturday 29th January) at 11.15 am on BBC Radio GMR 95.1 and 104.6 FM discussing his career in magic and having some fun in the studio. 29.1.05


The Preston Magic Circle are appearing at the Blackburn Thwaites Empire Theatre on Saturday 5th February in a Family Magic Night from 7.30pm. The society prides itself on being a performing society and are gearing up for the show which is to help raise funds to build a balcony circle at the theatre which is run by volunteers. Former Junior member, professional illusionist Andy Green, will be appearing. Tickets: Adults £8, Concessions £7, Box office telephone 01254 680137. 29.1.05


Kevin Gallagher has been booked to perform at the 2nd joint SAM European/50th Austrian Convention in May and will take part in the European Magic Championships Close-up Gala. Kevin has also recently accepted invitations to perform and lecture at the Italian and Swiss National Magic Conventions. 29.1.05


Derek Lever's Charity Magic Auction in Blackpool last week raised over £400 for the Asian Tsunami Disaster Fund. Hard working auctioneers Derek Lever, Mike Shepherd and Steve Eastham knocked down hundreds of items in a five hour session. Many volunteers from Blackpool Magicians' Club and Manchester Circle of Magicians assisted in ensuring everything ran smoothly. 29.1.05


Mick Hanzlik is now making a larger version of his SupaLok following requests from a number of performers. Not yet advertised on his website the new larger lock is ideal for stage use as the lock is half as big again as the original. It costs £135 including worldwide delivery. The lock is also available from Hocus-Pocus Magic in the States and also from Wayne Dobson at conventions and when he lectures. Keep an eye out for it at Blackpool. 29.1.05


Guy Barrett has just returned from performing in Dubai. Invited back for a second year, this time as part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations of 'Dubal', he appeared at the Gitex IT Convention for Nokia, Dell and Emirates Computers. Guy and his dancers performed at Dubal's own outdoor concert venue, situated next to the beach, entertaining 12,000 company employees who had been invited to the celebration. 29.1.05


At their AGM held on 17th January the Middlesbrough Circle of Magicians elected the following officers. President: Eric Leonard, Treasurer: Steven Lewis, Secretary: Eddie Loughran, Vice President: Normal Philips. 29.1.05


Now you see it by Stuart M. Kaminsky. From the publishers: "Illusion gets more deadly than reality on Toby Peters's twenty-fourth outing from Edgar-winning author Stuart M. Kaminsky. A string of star-studded successes - most recently with Cary Grant in To Catch a Spy and an edgy Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierced - has won Tinseltown detective Toby Peters a bit of local celebrity, and that's something his new client, Harry Blackstone, understands. At the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, Blackstone is billed as the World's Greatest Living Magician. Of course, should the giant buzz saw in the climax to Blackstone's act cut the beautiful young woman in fact in half, his sterling reputation would be ruined. And someone among the Los Angeles Friends of Magic is decidedly intent upon ruining it - whatever the price, including the life of Toby's prime suspect. Unfortunately, with the corpse count mounting, the evidence is pointing increasingly to Toby's client as the man behind the murders..." To order from Click Here. 29.1.05


Former Cardiff Magical Society President 'Taffy the Clown' has just been awarded the Grimaldi Award for outstanding services to Clowns International. The prestigious award ceremony took place at the Brookland’s Hotel, Barnsley last Saturday. Taffy said he was honoured to receive the award and thanked all the members for their votes. Members of the CMS would like to offer their congratulations. 29.1.05


Illusioncraft will be releasing the X-Factor at the Blackpool convention... but what is it? - watch this space! • Kovari Magic Productions will be exhibiting at the Blackpool Convention. Kovari Jr will be manning the stand and it's good to be able to report that his father, Kovari, is now doing well now, walking again, and even managing a little back palming! Kovari Magic Productions, telephone: 01525 270536Ian Kendall has just released a new CD called Tops, Seconds and Bottoms it's a 48 minute lesson on false dealing, all done from the same normal grip. Full details and clips of the deals can be found at • "Farewell to Johnny Carson, truly 'one of the lucky people'" Click Here and "Late Night Legend Johnny Carson Dies" Click Here • "Comic Aid for tsunami victims" Click Here • Michael Vincent and Nick Einhorn are appearing the College of Magic's 25th Celebrations next month in South Africa • "Magicians can do tricks without making their wallets disappear" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 29.1.05