Number 246 - 12th March 2005


The Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle's Day of Magic & Mayhem takes place on Sunday 22nd May at the Crowne Plaza Liverpool, St Nicholas Place, Princes Dock, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1QW (Map). Starring Jeff Hobson, Gaetan Bloom, Michael Ammar, Rocco, Eugene Burger and Lennart Green. Registration is just £30 (including lunch!) but numbers are limited to just 175... there are still some tickets left - but hurry! Then, to round-off their 90th Anniversary Celebrations, on Monday 23rd May, they present two lectures: Lennart Green from 7pm to 8.30pm, and after a short refreshment break, Eugene Burger from 9pm to 10.30pm. Tickets for the lecture evening are £10. For more information and to book telephone Paul Stone on 07884 072001. 12.3.05


Bath Circle of Magicians are organising three evening lectures featuring world famous magicians. Duane Laflin on March 24th, Michael Ammar on June 2nd and Jay Scott Berry on June 16th. All take place at St Mary's Hall, Saltford, Bath and tickets will be available on the door at 7.50pm, for the lecture at 8pm (refreshments will be available), at £10 each, or £20 for all three. Michael Ammar is only presenting a limited number of lectures in the UK, so this is a great chance to see him. For further information contact Dave Alexander (President of Bath Circle of Magicians) on 07746 248427 or email the Bath Circle at 12.3.05


Mind 2 Mind - Direct Mind Reading Effects by Marc Paul is featured in Magic DVDs this week. First reviewed when it was released, we are really pleased to be able to now feature a short clip. Marc Paul really has come up with an excellent collection of routines here that will appeal to both serious beginners and full time professionals alike: Magic DVDs. Marc also features in Magic Profile this week, Click Here. 12.3.05


The Magic Circle Centenary stamps will be released on Tuesday 15th March and MagicWeek in association with the Royal Mail has ten Presentation Packs to give away. The fully illustrated packs feature the complete set of five stamps, together with a fascinating  look at the history of the society and some of the magicians who have been members over the years. The text is by John Fisher MIMC, who also originally put the special issue idea forward to the Royal Mail, and the pack is designed by Hat-Trick design. The interactive magic stamps were designed by Tatham Design and illustrated by George Hardie. To enter the lucky draw, and win a Presentation Pack, email your full name and full postal address (and nothing else) to MagicWeek with 'Presentation Pack' as the email subject heading. Deadline 12 noon Friday March 18th. Ten lucky readers will randomly be selected and their names announced next Saturday, March 19th, in MagicWeek. Only one entry per reader please. The draw is open to both UK and overseas readers. 12.3.05


The Magicians of Basingstoke stage their annual Basingstoke Festival of Magic on Sunday 24th April (9am - 7pm). Featuring lectures from Roger Drew, Mel Mellors and Fay Presto, workshop sessions throughout the day covering card sleights and the Cups & Balls, magic dealers: Colin John, Magic Zone, Zane and Pennywise and the Close-up Championship of the South of England competition. Venue: Kempshot Village Hall, Pack Lane, Basingstoke RG22 5HN (Map). Tickets: £12.50 in advance tickets from Mr N Morris, 5 Budds Close, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 8XJ (enclose an SAE), or £15 on the door. 12.3.05


X-Stream is Chris Dugdale's latest creation, hot on the heels of Drunken Deck 1 and 2, Doggy Style and Psychological Applications for Magicians 1 and 2. Chris has performed for Her Majesty The Queen, The United Nations in New York and even the infamous Simon Cowell, but in between uses his talents to create new magic effects. X-Stream comes with a beautifully produced instruction booklet, illustrated with photos, and retails for £25.00 + £3 p&p (dealer enquiries also welcomed). Visit for more information, and to see a video demonstration. 12.3.05


Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Magic Auction on Tuesday 22nd March at 7.30pm at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Manchester. Doors open at 6.30 pm. Professional auctioneers Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd host. Free admission to members, £3.00 door charge for non-members. Details from Derek Lever, 32 Pilling Lane, Preesall, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire FY6 OEU Phone/Fax 01253 810113 Email 12.3.05


Penn and Teller appear alongside the Simpsons on Friday, March 18th, on Channel 4 (TV Magic) "After a rotten day, Homer bowls a perfect 300 game, and becomes a local hero. But his fame soon fades, and to keep himself from gloom, Homer decides to focus his attention on baby Maggie. Guest Starring Penn and Teller, Ron Howard, Nancy O'Dell and Pat O'Brien as themselves." 12.3.05


The new season of 'Late Night Magic in the West End' opens at The Jermyn Street Theatre in London on the 15th April starring Luke Jermay - see What's On for details. "Jermay is extraordinary. This is stuff that has to be experienced to be believed. Grab a ticket to this show!" The Edinburgh Evening News. 12.3.05


Chris Priest and David Penn launched the new 'Bentley's Continental Flying Spur' to the UK press at the Celtic Manor Resort this week. The fifteen minute show, which included the production of the car, also featured a new effect by Chris where the chosen, signed card was morphed into the front headlight of the car! This new model starts at £120,000. 12.3.05


Congratulations to Sam and Vicki Lane (illusionists Vizage) who were awarded the British Magical Champions of Illusion title at the recent Blackpool Convention. The couple were delighted with their win and would like to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged them over the last couple of years. Coming up they can be seen on Ready Steady Cook at the end of March and have been booked to appear on the Bournemouth Pier for the Summer, starting in May. 12.3.05 are offering all customers a free "Do you want to learn Magic?" DVD with all orders over 50 Euros during March - visit today! 12.3.05


Carl-Einar Häckner. Back after his sell out Soho debut in February, the marauding Swede returns to the Soho Theatre, London, from May 3rd - 7th with his unique brand of magical, musical comedy. In the madcap world of this lovable entertainer, things go spectacularly wrong on a regular basis, with hilarious, painful and often messy results. "Over here, he's been called the Mr Bean of Swedish magicians. Back in Sweden, he's been voted funniest and sexiest man." The Guardian Guide, Pick of the Week. Box office: 0870 429 6883 12.3.05


Faking it (Easter Sunday, Channel 4) features two real magicians and a fake who has had just four weeks to master the art... (I could name a few who've had a lifetime!). One of the few "reality" television shows that is often entertaining, master magician Paul Daniels is one of the expert judges; but will even he be able to spot the fake from the pros? Faking It, 10pm, Channel 4, Easter Sunday, 27th March. 12.3.05


Graham Lee is organising a "Care & Share Balloon Jam/Workshop" at the Qualatex Headquarters in Bishops Stortford on Wednesday 20th April (12noon - 9pm) for the experienced balloon artiste. There is no charge for the day and food will be provided, but participants are expected to demonstrate some of their own work. The day is being sponsored by Qualatex. For more information contact Graham Lee: Qualatex are also holding a beginners balloon modelling workshop on Wednesday 27th April. Tickets are £25 each which includes lunch and a goody bag to take home. Again, more information from Graham Lee: 12.3.05


The Fellowship of Christian Magicians UK held their annual conference last week in Hoddesdon; attended by nearly 100 magicians. The guest lecturers were Toby Travis from the USA, supported by Marc Paul and John Allen. Simon Williams (photo) the newly elected President also won the Stage Magician of the Year competition and the Close-up trophy went to Mario Morris. Next year the conference takes place from the 20th - 24th February. For further information contact Mrs J Mabb: 12.3.05


Darryl Rose has just returned from Dubai for CABSAT 2005, a broadcast production show, where he was hired to attract customers to a company showcasing the very best of British, in the UK pavilion. He also performed his unique magic on the very top of the Burj Al Arab (world's tallest structure), for a private party hosted by a TV personality. Darryl couldn't resist 'Card on Window' 1000ft in the air! 12.3.05


On Sunday 6th March, Richard Graham successfully defended his Southend Sorcerers Society Stage Competition title, by winning the competition again! In a closely fought event he beat the five other competitors with Torch to Rose, Wayne Dobson's Invisible Card, the Half Dyed Hanky and the Barbed Wire Linking Rings. For further information email 12.3.05


Dave Rawson is presenting his Stage Hypnosis Course in Bristol on the weekend of April 16th/17th. Known as Ibiza's No. 1 Comedy Stage Hypnotist Dave has recently returned from a tour of Hong Kong and Thailand. For more information visit: 12.3.05


Steve Gore & Co appear tonight in the Bradford Magic Circle's "Hey Presto" show (see What's On) with an extended version of the act that won them four trophies at the Northern Magic Circle's Stage Competition last year. Then, on Friday, they can be seen at the Order of the Magi's annual dinner in Manchester and on Easter Saturday at the Northern Magic Circle's Easter Parade Children's Showtime Show and Gala Show. 12.3.05


The Associated Wizards of the South present their annual Whiz Show on Friday 18th March at The Victory Hall, Warsash Road, Warsash, near Southampton and on Saturday 19th March at the United Reform Church Hall, Bridge Road, Woolston, Southampton. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm. Further information from Ian Marriott, telephone 01794 324345 email 12.3.05


Martin Sanderson has just taken stock of a limited supply of Omni decks, direct from the USA. (The Omni deck features in Martin's new DVD 'Corporate Close-up'). They cost £20 including worldwide delivery. To order email for details. 12.3.05


Roy Roth, Loki and Trickstars all made a strong impression at the recent Swedish Convention. "Their acts gave the audience a broad example of the fine English magic tradition. Both laymen and magicians have expressed their thanks for bringing such nice acts and people to the convention." wrote Kjell Svanholm. 12.3.05


Blackpool Magicians' Convention 2006 promises to be another sell out! Already over 400 seats have been sold via the Priority Registration Form that was distributed in every Programme at the Convention this year. The registration form will shortly be available on the website as well, visit or telephone Arthur Casson on 01253 393688. 12.3.05


Devon Magic Circle are presenting a "Mini Convention" from 12 noon to 5pm on Sunday March 20th featuring a Bring & Buy sale, lectures from Marc Paul and Gary Jones and magic dealer Top Secret Magic. Venue: The Church Hall, Collaton St Mary, Nr Painton, Devon. £5 entry for non members, stalls available at £5. For more details telephone Mal Norton 01752 667401. 12.3.05


Tony Curtis Magic (see last week's news) would like readers to know that although they are based in Thailand all retail and small wholesale orders are sent from the UK, making delivery times very fast. 12.3.05


New commemorative set of stamps is magic Click Here • Magical evening will conjure up happiness, Click Here • Master Clairvoyant tours DC Area, Click Here • Hoax to history, Click Here • American escape artiste to perform stunt, submerged in Singapore River, Click Here • Nathan Burton's Live Webcam, Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week! Duncan. 12.3.05