Number 243 - 19th February 2005


RSVP Magic presents Magic's Biggest Secret: How to make serious money in the cruise industry, with illusionist Russ Stevens. This brand new documentary style DVD, filmed over a 12 month period aboard three cruise ships, features behind-the-scenes footage, a wealth of advice for magicians interested in entering this field, and live show sequences. Broadband users will be able to see a short clip in our new Magic DVDs section which we are launching this week. Also visit: 19.2.05


Freaky Magic comes to Channel 4's T4 on March the 6th! The four-part series features the magical talents of David Penn, Mike Fitch, Nigel Mead and Phil "the mini magician who does big tricks." The executive producer and magical advisor is Steven Mulhern and the show follows the cast all around the country, "freaking people out" using close-up magic, mind reading and incredible illusions. For more details and exclusive clips visit: 19.2.05


Blackpool Convention updates: Despite there being no seats available for the Sunday Gala Show Blackpool Magicians' Club have ensured that nobody will be turned away from the Convention. Special Silver Card Registrations, which cover every event except the Sunday Gala Show and the After Show party, will be made available (this includes a Saturday night British Magical Championships seat), priced at £45.00 (adult) and £30.00 (junior). There are just 50 tickets left for the After Show Party starring The American Drifters - this event MUST be booked in advance. If you book in advance by credit card you can collect your tickets on the day at the Registration Desk. Call Arthur Casson on 01253 393688 or visit for full details. 19.2.05


Cardsharpie is a brand new accessory for close-up magicians. This is a genuine Sharpie marker pen, with cleverly designed printing on the barrel that hides three revelations in plain sight! A chosen card, a triangle in a circle, and the number 1089 are all disguised and remain unnoticed - until you reveal them. At only £3 each every magician should carry one (or two!). Cardsharpie will be available at Blackpool on the Alakazam Magic stand. 19.2.05


Five of Hearts Magic Productions present the first DVD in their new "Signature Magicians Series" which features Alex Elmsley (Volume One, on two discs). Disc 1 runs for 53 minutes and covers a live workshop session and disc 2 runs for 95 minutes and covers Alex's lecture. "Signature Magicians is a valuable resource series of DVDs, with informal and intimate recordings of workshops and lectures, including live audience participation, recorded at The Five of Hearts Magic Studio." To be launched at the Blackpool Convention next week, £29.50 (dealer enquiries also invited). Five of Hearts Magic Productions. 19.2.05


Derek Heron has just finished work as magic consultant to a Bank of Scotland commercial. The commercial starts a seven day run on Sunday 20th February and will be broadcast nationally. There are no camera tricks, no cutaways, and no out-of-shot assistants - one of the requirements being that all the tricks had to use genuine skill. Derek trained actress Catherine Diamond and created the effects as requested by the production team. (We've had a sneak preview and can report that Catherine Diamond made a great magician!) 19.2.05


The Wessex Magical Association hold their One Day Magic Convention on Sunday April 3rd 2005, at the Kinson Community Centre, Kinson, Bournemouth (Map). Doors open at 10am. With lectures from Ali Bongo (photo), Marc Paul (Mind 2 Mind) and Tony Griffith (Creative Magic). The day also features close-up sessions, workshops and teach-ins with major dealers exhibiting. The gala show in the evening stars Vizage, Ali Bongo, Mike O'Brien, Marc Paul and full supporting cast. Refreshments all day. Easy Parking. Tickets £17.50 (accompanying ladies and children under 16 years £8.00). For more information and a registration form contact Ron Gilbert, 7 Woods View Road, Bournemouth BH9 2LJ. Telephone 01202 517584. Cheques should be made payable to "Wessex Magical Association" (enclose an SAE). Tickets will also be available on the door. 19.2.05


RSVP Magic presents Corporate Close-up with Martin Sanderson. With a running time of nearly two hours this brand new DVD features routines that have made Martin one of today's highest paid corporate close-up magicians. Packed with the actual magic that he uses in all his performances, together with numerous hints and tips. "Finally a high quality DVD, full of great commercial magic performed in the real world to real people. Storm Force 7 is an effect that everyone will be doing when they see it. An invaluable DVD to anyone who wants to make serious money with their magic." Wayne Dobson. Available from: 19.2.05


The Bournemouth Society of Magicians are holding their Annual Dinner Dance and Cabaret on Friday March 11th at the Heathlands Hotel, Bournemouth. With dancing until 12.30am to the "Midas Touch" and cabaret featuring the incredible Graham P. Jolley. Tickets £23.50 from Ron Gilbert, 7 Woods View Road, Bournemouth BH9 2LJ. Telephone 01202 517584. 19.2.05


"Top magician to entertain at Press Ball. A very special star from the world of magic will entertain at the Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball 2005 it can be revealed today. With the theme 'An Enchanted Evening' magic, mystery and illusion is expected to pervade the glittering event, now established as the highlight of Suffolk's social and business calendar. Headlining an evening of sophisticated entertainment and sparkling charm will be world class magician Paul Daniels, who hopefully will be accompanied by lovely assistant and wife Debbie McGee." To read the full story Click Here. 19.2.05


An Audience with Joe Pasquale, ITV1 9.15pm, tonight. Recent winner of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Joe performs to an invited audience of TV, sports and music stars in this one-off special. 19.2.05


Congratulations to Sean Heydon the new Northamptonshire Magicians' Club Close-Up Magician of the Year. Sean's magic can be seen every Friday and Saturday night at TGI Friday's in Coventry and every Sunday at Frankie & Bennys in Rugby. Sean is currently looking for magicians who would like to perform at hotels in Cyprus and has a number of positions available. If you are interested email Sean directly: 19.2.05


Kovari Magic will be exhibiting at the Blackpool Convention with limited stock from their classic range including: Bamboo Chinese Sticks, Codology, Diminishing and Enlarging Gloves, Sιance Cloth, Zombie Skull, Diminishing Cards to Jumbo Fan of Cards, Passing Water!, Door 13, Improved Razor Blades and many more... All at 1998 prices, Kovari writes "All Kovari products from now on can only be purchased from Kovari Magic - but it while it is still available!" Kovari is going to stay at home, but Kovari Jr will be on the stand. 19.2.05


Bletchley Park Post Office have specialised in producing limited edition First Day Covers for commemorative stamp issues for ten years. Next month they will be producing a cover of their own design for The Magic Circle's set of stamps, which will be issued on March 15th. For more information Click Here. 19.2.05


Sony Multi-region DVD player - perfect for all those new magic DVDs! This top-rated fully-featured multi-region player supports DVD video, DVD-RW/+RW, DVD-R/+R, SVCD, VCD, CD, MP3 and JPEG playback, with Coaxial Digital out, RGB SCART out and phonos out. Featuring an easy to use on screen contents browser, complete with obligatory remote control. £49.99 including delivery from Click Here. 19.2.05


Look out for Derren Brown next week on Comic Aid (26th February 9.15pm BBC1 and 10.15pm BBC2) TV Magic • "Seven Showgirls Sealed with Magician Nathan Burton in a Glass Box for Seven Days" (so what's the problem?) Click Here, to see more Click Here • Philip Partridge is a guest on the Phil Wood show, performing and chatting about his magic career, on BBC Radio GMR 95.1 & 104.6 FM this Wednesday at 3.30 pm • Bondini forces Council u turn. The ban on the use of doves in Bondini's show reported last week was overturned just hours before showtime last Wednesday, following strong representation from Doctor Bondini and the theatre manager to the Council. Bondini would still welcome comments from anyone who has experienced similar problems, email: • Illusioncraft will be launching several new effects at the Blackpool convention... from DVDs to illusions including a full range of special effects from "Finger Flashers" to the "Monster Flasher" which is capable of throwing balls of fire up to 40ft in the air - which then explode in a shower of sparks! • "Smile, you're at the Science Festival" Click Here • John Archer's "The Handy Lecture" is reviewed by Jeff Burns this week, Click Here • This week we introduced the new Magic DVDs section, aimed specifically at broadband users. Broadband take-up in the UK has been strong, with the number of new users doubling in the past 12 months. This means that more than half of the UK's online population of 23 million are now accessing the internet at high speed. So we felt that the time was right to introduce a "Magic DVDs" section to the site. To find out about broadband, and to see what's on offer, try: BT Broadband or Tiscali Broadband or Wanadoo Broadband • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you in Blackpool! Duncan. 19.2.05