Number 253 - 30th April 2005


Fluke weaves her spell at Mark Worgan's excellent Klub Magic in Brighton on Tuesday 10th May alongside Safire, Keith Fields and Mark. This show forms part of the Brighton Festival and demand will be heavy. To book in advance telephone the box office on 01273 647100, website: Visit for details of all upcoming shows. 30.4.05


The 45th Bristol Day of Magic takes place next Sunday, 8th May. Starring Bob Sheets (photo), Richard Pinner, Jonathan Shotton, Aquarius, Loki, Martyn James & Company, 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 available as a PDF (Click Here). Venue: Winter Gardens and Playhouse Theatre, Weston Super Mare. Always an excellent day of magic. 30.4.05


Fred Escape attempts to perform a series of illusions and incredible escapes, while his annoying assistant Dave "pulls ridiculous pranks on him" in Impossible Escapes next Saturday at 6.55pm on ITV2. See TV Magic. 30.4.05


Downstairs At The King's Head presents an evening of Comedy Magic, Illusion and Mentalism on Friday May 6th at 8pm. "Prepare to be amazed by five of the finest magicians in the country in the intimate surroundings of London's top performance club." Starring John Lenahan, Barry Jones and Stuart MacLeod (the stars of Channel 4's award nominated Magick), Peter Firman (photo) and Jonathon Goodwin plus mystery guests. Downstairs At The King's Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, Crouch End, London N8 8AA (Map). Telephone 0208 340 1028. Nearest Tube: Finsbury Park, then take the W7 bus (every 6 minutes) to Crouch End Broadway. Tickets 8 / 6 No pre-booking needed. 30.4.05


Martin Sanderson's Storm Force 7 is now being advertised on MagicWeek. Here's the effect as described by Martin: "The cards are spread face down to show a regular deck, all the backs can be seen. Then spread face up, all the faces can be seen. You then turn your head away as the spectator thinks of any one of the 52 cards. Absolutely free choice. You write down the name of a card on the top card of the deck as your prediction. They name their card... At fingertips your turn the deck over and their thought of card is written in permanent ink! The rest of the cards are spread, they see just a regular deck." Paul Gertner said: "Fast, visual, high impact, commercial magic for the corporate magician. I'm already using Storm Force 7, it's great!" For more information, to see a performance video clip, and to order visit: today! 30.4.05


"I drove from Luxembourg to Tunbridge Wells last Tuesday to see Derren Brown on tour with his new show 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' and I can safely say without hesitation that it was worth every kilometre! It's Sunday today and I'm still smiling, still wondering, still pondering and, best of all, still talking about it." Amanda R. Hyatt reviews Something Wicked this week Click Here. 30.4.05


"The Doctor of Magic" Dominick Zwolinski can currently be seen performing close-up magic at Late Night Magic in the West End, featuring Luke Jermay, on the following dates 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th May (see What's On for details). Dominick's new website was launched this week: 30.4.05


Congratulations to Roy Marsh on winning the Bexleyheath Society of Magicians 'George Trophy' for Stage Magic, on April 13th. The competition was instigated in 1965 by the late George Burrows, and was held at the headquarters of the society. Six acts competed, and the competition was close according to the chairman of judges, who were members of the public chosen from the audience on the night. Roy was presented with the trophy by Bexleyheath Society President, Mary Linter. Roy is known locally as 'Uncle Roy' and performs magic with Scruffy the Dog at children's parties. 30.4.05


Luke Jermay is currently appearing at the Jermyn Street Theatre on Friday and Saturday nights (see What's On). Anthony Pearson emails: "He explains that what we are about to see is a trick! OK. Then before we know it, the trick has happened and we're left wondering how, when we were forewarned the trick was about to happen in front of our eyes, did we get caught out by something that appeared like sheer magic. It's a great night." Alistair Smith reviews the show in The Stage, Click Here. 30.4.05


Congratulations to Sean Heydon who was awarded the title 'Close-up Champion of the South of England' at the Basingstoke Festival of Magic on Sunday. Sean's act was instantly added to the line up for the upcoming Portsmouth and District Magic Circle Jumbo Day. Sean, or one of his colleagues, can be seen in TGI Fridays in Northampton on Thursdays, in Coventry Friday and Saturdays, and at Frankie and Bennys in Rugby on Sunday afternoons. 30.4.05


Close-up Magic Convention in Sussex updates. Magic Dealer Trevor Duffy is coming over from South Africa to take a dealer stand. Bob Hamilton will be videoing and projecting the lectures and shows. The day features: Mark Mason, Nick Einhorn, Al Smith, Mark Shortland, Young Magicians Workshops, Mel Harvey (photo), Paul Gordon and Mark Worgan. (Paul Gordon will be previewing a new booklet Pack Up Your Cards containing all-new material from Paul's working act, plus a couple of revised/improved oldies.) Full day tickets cost 25.00 and tickets for the dealer hall only are 10.00 on the day. Bookings can be made online at via paypal. 30.4.05


Derren Brown Trick of the Mind The Complete First Series is out now on DVD and includes the following extra features: Unseen Footage, an interview with Derren, exclusive behind the scenes video diary, commentary on all six episodes from Derren Brown, his brother Dominic, and key production crew members. To benefit from a 25% discount order from Click Here. 30.4.05


Roy Critchley, Ace Magic Circle, reports: "Here are the results of the 'West Lancs. Stage Magician of the Year' Competition held at the West Lancs. Magic Convention on Sunday 24th April 2005 (Ace Magic Circle) Billinge near Wigan. Fighting off a most impressive line-up from around the UK, Stuart Brown of Derby took the runner-up Trophy and a cash prize of 50 with his 'offbeat card and manipulation set', whilst the overall winner, Thomas Anthony of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, earned himself the first place trophy and 100 cash, with a sensational 'Appearing Bouquets' routine, accompanied by some very unusual Linking Rings. Left to right: Thomas Anthony (winner), Roy Critchley (President, Ace Magic Circle), and Stuart Brown (runner-up)." 30.4.05


Joe Riding MIMC sadly passed away on Saturday 23rd April 2005. Born in Preston, Lancashire, in 1932 Joe had been a prize fighter early on in his career. He performed magic professionally and became a magic dealer in the late seventies. He is remembered by Barry Allen Click Here. 30.4.05


New Magic Society in Buckinghamshire. Magician Sam 'X' is interested in starting a magic society in the Buckinghamshire area (Aylesbury/High Wycombe) and would like to hear from any readers who'd like to join, or indeed help, with the formation. Sam can be contacted via email: 30.4.05


Trevor Duffy has been invited to give his two hour lecture at Magical Mayhem on Thursday 19th May, at 8pm. Brian Caswell, co creator of the "Phil Plus" deck, will also be there. Magical Mayhem meets at the Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire where there is plenty of free parking (and refreshments at the bar). Tickets for non members are 8.00 on the night. No booking necessary. For further information contact Martin Daubney 01462 627503 30.4.05


The Magic Aid stand at the Peterborough Annual Sale, Exchange & Lecture Day last Sunday was a real success. The money was being raised to help magicians go out to Tsunami affected regions and entertain survivors in camps. Magic Aid 2005 was started in response to a request from the British Ring President, Don Beattie. Don had been asked by Linda Cruse, a member of the Bristol Magical Society and an aid worker, if this was possible. The first member of the British Ring will be going out to Thailand on May 2nd and will stay and work in the camp for three weeks. "Meet the men who have been conjuring up ways of entertaining." Click Here. 30.4.05


Dynamo is featured in a four page spread in this month's Touch Magazine, one of the UK's largest urban publications, and has also just finished filming a new show for MTV Europe which will be aired in the Summer Mike Danata's Magic Studio in Bournemouth will be open over the Bank Holiday weekend 8am to 6pm on both the Sunday and the Monday - they still have 100's of videos on sale at 5 and 10 each! Congratulations to Jason Steele and Joanne on winning the Tony Shelley Cup for Stage Magic at the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians last week Tim Vine's The Current Pun Tour with magic guest John Archer is reviewed by Mark Shortland, Click Here That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, have a good Bank Holiday weekend! See you next week, Duncan. 30.4.05