Number 248 - 26th March 2005


The Bristol Society of Magic presents their 45th Day of Magic on Sunday, 8th May. Starring Martyn James & Company (photo), Bob Sheets, Richard Pinner, Jonathan Shotton, Aquarius, Loki, Tony Stevens, David Kaye, Pit Hartling, Kevin Gallagher and Rob James. With lectures, close-up magic, a special Young Magicians Club workshop and 20 dealers. The registration form is now available online as a PDF file (Portable Document Format), Click Here (for a free PDF reader, Click Here). Venue: Winter Gardens and Playhouse Theatre, Weston Super Mare. Always a very good day of magic. 26.3.05


Kevin McMahon, Britain's rising star of magic... or fake? Channel 4's highly rated and often very enjoyable Faking It series returns on Sunday evening with a 1 hour 40 minute special edition. After just four weeks of training can humble, mild-mannered scientist, Kevin McMahon convince a team of judges that includes Paul Daniels and Rosemary English (wife of well know West Country magician Jack Stephens) that he is indeed the real thing? Sunday 27th March, 10pm, on Channel 4. TV Magic. 26.3.05


A $27,000,000 stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy will have its world première in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Princess of Wales Theatre on February 2nd 2006. The books have sold in excess of 200 million copies worldwide and the multi award-winning movies broke box office records. Britain's Paul Kieve has been appointed Illusion Director. "An acclaimed international creative team has combined all three books into one unmissable theatrical event. With a thrilling score, a spectacular design, and featuring an ensemble of over 65 actors, singers and musicians, The Lord of the Rings is the biggest and most ambitious theatrical production ever staged." More information, Click Here. 26.3.05


Bizarre Bath, the original comedy walk hosted by Noel Britten and JJ (alternately), is now on again throughout the Summer. Magicians attending either Mark Leveridge's 9th British Close-up Magic Symposium on Sunday April 10th, or the Bristol Day of Magic on Sunday May 8th, may like to make a weekend of it by taking the walk on the Saturday evening. Now in its 14th year... "You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath. You'll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. So if you're looking for something hysterical rather than historical, why not join us? Bizarre Bath leaves the Huntsman Inn, North Parade Passage, every evening at 8pm. The entertainment lasts approximately 90 minutes (but don't worry - we're not walking for all that time!)" 26.3.05


Barnsley Magic Day. The Barnsley Circle of Magicians are holding a Magic Day on Sunday 12th June featuring Scott Creasey With two lectures and dealers. The Venue is the Academy Theatre, The Take 2 Centre, 311 Sheffield Road, Birdwell, Barnsley S70 5TU (Map), From 11am. Admission £5 on the door. For more information email 26.3.05


The Sheffield Circle of Magicians (website) is proud to present the Michael Ammar Lecture on Wednesday 25th May at the Hilton Hotel, Sheffield S4 7YA (Map). 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Admission: £7.00 for non-members. For more information contact Secretary Simon Green on 0114 248 8725 or email with 'SCM' in the subject line. 26.3.05


Trevor Duffy will be visiting the UK in May for the Leeds Convention, and emails to say that he's available to lecture on the 11th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th or 18th May. Magic club secretaries are invited to email Trevor for details, or see the Lecturers section in MagicWeek. 26.3.05 are about to release a new effect from Luke Jermay entitled Room 101: "The performer places a blue-backed 'prediction' card into his pocket. A spectator fairly selects a card from a red deck and decides on any word to write across the face of the card. This card is placed face-up on the table. The performer removes his 'prediction' card and not only does the card match, so does the word, which is written in a different colour!" Visit: 26.3.05


The Unforgettable Tommy Cooper, Sunday 3rd April on ITV1. "A look at the complicated life of one of Britain's best-loved comedians. Adored by the public and revered by colleagues, Tommy Cooper's act was honed to perfection - yet his private life was chaotic, even self-destructive." TV Magic. 26.3.05


Loki, Michael Finney and Jon Allen, seen here at the South Tyneside International Magic Week last weekend. We heard that the convention was a great success, attracting top performers from both home and abroad • Tom McCarron's new ebook Assorted Astonishments has just been released. For details see: • "Jus' Like That at Palace Theatre" Click Here • Corrie killer's fright night, Click Here • "Daniels: Blaine is scruffy" Click Here • Natzler Enterprises are holding an Easter Magic Sale, Click Here • Martin Sanderson has added Illusioncraft's Factory Packed to the range of magic products that he is now offering. Martin tells us that he's found it ideal for both for close-up and stand-up work. Visit for details (Merchandise page) • Another show from NYU’s magic man, Click Here • Mind games, Click Here • Have a good Easter break, see you next week, Duncan. 26.3.05