Number 244 - 26th February 2005


Derren Brown - Something Wicked Comes This Way Tour 2005 will be coming your way - book early to see this all-new show from the master of mind manipulation. Box office numbers in brackets. March 20th: Brighton Theatre Royal (08700 606650), 21st: Stoke On Trent Victoria Hall (01782 213800), 22nd: Kings Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864), 24th: Croydon Fairfield (0208 688 9291), 27th: Hastings White Rock Theatre (08701 690108), 30th: Portsmouth Guildhall (02392 824355), 31st: Salisbury City Hall (01722 434434), April 1st: Northampton Derngate (01604 624811), 2nd: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (0115 989 5555), 3rd: Hull New Theatre (01482 226655), 4th: Darlington Civic Theatre (01325 486555), 5th: Bradford St Georges Hall (01274 432000), 8th: Dublin Olympia Theatre (01782 213800), 9th: Belfast Waterfront Hall (02890 334400), 10th: Liverpool Empire Theatre (0870 606 3536), 11th: Manchester Lowry (0870 787 5790), 12th: Buxton Opera House (0845 127 2190), 13th: High Wycombe Swan (01494 512000), 14th: Crawley The Hawth (01293 553636), 16th: Stevenage Concert Hall (08700 131030), 17th: Chatham Central Theatre (01634 338338), 19th: Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall (01892 530613), 20th: Leicester De Montfort Hall (0116 233 3111), 21st: Birmingham Alexandra Theatre (0870 607 7533), 22nd: Birmingham Alexandra Theatre (0870 607 7533), 23rd: Barnstaple Queens Theatre (01271 324242), 24th: Truro Hall For Cornwall (01872 262466), 27th: Southend Cliffs Pavilion (01702 351135), 30th: Worthing Pavilion (01903 206206), May 2005 1st: Oxford New Theatre (0870 606 3500), 2nd: Torquay Princess Theatre (0870 241 4120), 4th: Dartford Orchard (01322 220000), 6th: Reading Hexagon (0118 960 6060), 8th: Woking Ambassadors (01483 545900), 10th: Cardiff St Davids Hall (02920 878444), 11th: St Albans Arena (01727 844488), 13th: Skegness Embassy Centre (01754 768333), 14th: York Grand Opera House (01904 671818), 15th: Sunderland Empire (0870 602 1130). Derren can be seen on television tonight, see TV Magic 26.2.05


South Tyneside's 2nd International Magic Week is just a few weeks away... Confirmed to date: Richard Osterlind, Michael Finney, Jamy Ian Swiss (photo), Paul Daniels, Quentin Reynolds, Loki, Martyn James & Co, Pat & Tanya Fallon and Jon Allen. At the Little Haven Hotel. This year's convention features a voice coach workshop and a midnight show on Saturday with Michael Finney for magicians only (limited places - first come first served). The two main gala shows will be held at the Customs House Theatre, Mill Dam, South Shields. Extra tickets for friends or family can be booked direct from the theatre, telephone 0191 4541234. For a convention registration form email and more information: Click Here. 26.2.05


Derren Brown's 2004 series Trick of the Mind (Objective Productions for Channel 4) has just been nominated by the Royal Television Society for a 'Best Entertainment' award alongside BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV). The awards will be presented on March 15th at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. (Derren placed the winner's name in a sealed envelope...). 26.2.05


Gycklaren Magic Marketing AB, Sweden's largest magic company, are now advertising with MagicWeek. The company was founded in 1982 by Gay and Birgitta Ljungberg and now stock over 1000 different items. Their Magic Centre in Halmstad, Sweden, is a modern 550 square meter building, housing a warehouse and production facility. Every month they stage magic lectures, and welcome visiting magicians. Gay Ljungberg will be know to many readers as a regular judge at International Magic's annual close-up competition in London. Gycklaren Magic, together with El Duco, run their own annual Magic Weekend Convention in Lund, Sweden, every October. For more information, and to see their online product range, visit: 26.2.05


The Nottingham Guild of Magicians present An Evening of Magic and Illusion at 7.30pm on Sunday 6th March at the Bonnington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham. Featuring Ying and Yang, Neil Haywood, Jonathan Orrell, Duncan Trillo, Freddie Wilkinson, Second Time Around and Martyn James & Co. Email Freddie Wilkinson for more details: 26.2.05


Wayne Dobson - The Celebrity Deck. New and exclusive to Alakazam Magic. The Celebrity Deck will be released at the Blackpool Convention this weekend. "We could tell you that it is a devilishly clever trick from the mind of Wayne Dobson. Or we could tell you that it is one of the greatest ways to give out your contact details ever devised. We could possibly mention that it is a fabulously commercial piece of card magic that will devastate even the most analytical of laymen. If really pushed, we'd probably divulge its ingeniously deceptive ability to control the outcome of a 52-to-1 choice..." Find out what it's really all about visit 26.2.05


Secrets editor Mandy Davis would welcome tricks for review for Secrets. Dealers should email Mandy in the first instance, with details: Secrets is the official magazine of The Young Magicians Club 26.2.05


TrickStars and Loki are jetting off to Stockholm next week to appear at a theatre for two nights - the first night a magic show for the general public and the second a special show for the Swedish Magic Circle. 26.2.05


Jack Delvin presents "Delving into Magic" at The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, off Lissom Grove, London NW8, on Wednesday 16th March at 7.45pm (the first date in his new tour). The new show ranges from close-up magic to stage illusions, including his latest "The Cabinet of Death." Although Jack focuses on comedy he'll also be presenting a little mental magic - "Magic of the Sixth Sense." An enchanted evening of magic and fun for magicians, their families, and friends. All seats £10. Telephone 0207 258 2925 to reserve your seat now. 26.2.05


Keelan Leyser discussed his new DVD Flirting with Magic on This Morning last Thursday and gave a performance of his mind effect 2020. Tony Curtis Magic will have a limited stock on their stand at Blackpool and Keelan will be there on and off demonstrating it. 26.2.05


The Cheetah's Handbook, a new e-book by (and it's quite a list of names to take stock of!), Jamie Badman, Andi Gladwin, Colin Miller, Kostya Kimlat, Tyler Wilson, Liam Montier, Jack Parker, John Bodine, Rob James and Luke Dancy is reviewed by Noel Qualter this week, Click Here. 26.2.05


Scarne on Card Tricks - John Scarne. "This marvellous treasury of card magic presents the exact details of 150 professional card tricks - none of them requiring sleight-of-hand dexterity - assembled by the world's number-one card wizard, John Scarne. An authority on gambling and card tricks, Scarne won renown for teaching professional gamblers how to sharpen their skills and avoid being fleeced. For this collection of mystifying and effective maneuvers, he reworked some classic card tricks to eliminate the need for sleight-of-hand. Presented with simple instructions and clear illustrations, plus suggestions for accompanying patter, are Houdini's 'Card on the Ceiling,' Blackstone's 'Card Trick Without Cards,' Carlyle's 'Piano Card Trick,' Milton Berle's 'Quickie Card Deal,' and Scarne's very own 'Drunken Poker Deal' and 'Knockout Card Trick.'" Paperback, 320 pages, Dover Publications. Available from Click Here. 26.2.05


Edward George Brown a magical life - Paul Gordon, is published today. "This 112-page hardback book, with 60 photos and illustrations is a loving biography of Edward G. Brown (1893-1947); possibly the finest cardman of his generation. There is a section of Edward's card and non-card magic, and exciting contributions by Wesley James, Peter Duffie, Daryl, Peter Warlock, Roger Crosthwaite, Tom Ransom, Dai Vernon, Paul Gordon and others. Aside from a preface by Martin Breese and essays by John Carney and Roger Crosthwaite, there are chapters about P. Howard Lyons' Ibidem, Willane's Methods for Miracles and, of course, Trevor Hall's The Card Magic of Edward George Brown." Available from or Click Here. Paul lectures at The Bexleyheath Society of Magicians on Wednesday 2nd March (telephone Mark Styles for details: 01689 818984). 26.2.05


Magician's Magic - Paul Curry. "Known among veteran magicians for his invention of many new tricks and his imaginative twists of old ones, Paul Curry incorporated thoroughly engrossing material with a style that was truly elegant. This book by a 'magician's magician' discloses the secrets behind a collection of close-up marvels - including the author's 'Out of the World,' reputed to be the best card trick of the past century." Paperback, 269 pages, Dover Publications. Available from Click Here. 26.2.05


Paul Daniels to guest on BBC 'Faking It' style show, Click Here • MagicWeek 'Torn & Restored' warning! Click Here • "Using Mental Magic to Entertain and Teach Communication Skills" Click Here • "Magic Doesn’t Just Happen, You Know" Click Here • Your news and reviews always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 26.2.05