Number 257 - 28th May 2005


Headfry is a new magic night, hosted by Jongleurs in the heart of Leicester, featuring four top performers every month. The show launches on July 5th with the award winning talents of Dan Gifford, Will Gray, Dade Freeman and Phill Smith. An evening of stunning magic is promised. For more information, dates, and to book online visit 28.5.05


The 9th Top Secret Magic Day takes place in Milton Keynes next Sunday, 5th June. Starring The Deans of Magic, Jay Scott Berry, Ian Adair, Paul Gordon, Terry Seabrooke (photo), Michael Pearse, Stuart Brown and Simon Hannah. The day features two workshops (one specially for young magicians), four lectures, an evening gala show and 20 magic dealers: The Magic Zone, Adrian Sullivan, Martin Sanderson Magic, Practical Magic, Jay Scott Berry, Natzler Enterprises, Magical Wonders, The Card Collection, Playtime Balloons, Alakazam Stephen Tucker Magic, Dtrik, Kaymar Magic, Bradford Magic Studio, Merlins, Albion Magic, Pennywise Magic, Hocus Pocus, Kitchen Table Magic and Zane Magic. Tickets are selling well and last year's event sold out. For registration details visit: 28.5.05


Magical evenings to remember with SeaFrance and award-winning French magician Etienne Pradier. SeaFrance Dover-Calais Ferries would like to invite you to join them for an unforgettable evening of entertainment with award-winning French magician Etienne Pradier. Throughout the summer Etienne will be onboard, dazzling diners, with his unique close-up magic, while they enjoy a three-course meal in Le Parisien Café. You can book these special evenings of magic on the Rodin's 2030 departure from Dover on Wednesday 8th June, Wednesday 6th July and Wednesday 7th September, 2005. All diners will enjoy a welcome drink followed by a three-course gourmet French meal freshly prepared by onboard chefs as Etienne entertains. Robin Wilkins, managing director of SeaFrance said: "We are very excited to be working with Etienne Pradier once again. This will be a fantastic night out with great entertainment and a gourmet French meal. We have put together a whole package of exciting onboard events for this season and truly believe we are offering the best entertainment on the Channel – don't miss out!" To book your place for an evening of magic with Etienne Pradier, and for prices, call SeaFrance on 0870 443 1686 and quote the code word "wand". 28.5.05


Wayne Dobson has just launched a brand new website featuring his DTrik range of magic products. Many of these effects have been featured by Wayne in his television appearances over the years and all are designed to be both practical and easy to do, so that you can concentrate on the performance. There's some great material on offer - visit today! 28.5.05


Don't miss Derren... 10pm on Sunday 29th May on Channel 4 in The Gathering and then from May 31st to June 18th live on stage in the heart of London's West End in the mind-stumping Derren Brown - Something Wicked This Way Comes. To book call 0870 890 1102 or book online Click Here (click 'Next' for June)28.5.05


Magicians visiting the Greek Island of Zante this Summer should look out for popular Scottish comedy magic entertainer Paul Brignall who'll be working his cabaret and close-up magic in the resorts of Kalamaki, Argassi, Tsilivi and Laganas. 28.5.05


Dobson's Choice - TV Stuff Volume 1 is featured under Magic DVDs this week. On the DVD Wayne introduces clips taken from his 'Wayne Dobson - A Kind of Magic' television series and then discusses the thinking behind some of the routines and presentations. Also included is his now legendary Royal Variety Performance from 1989. The disc can be ordered from 28.5.05


Magicbox, one of the UK's busiest magic dealers, have just redesigned their website. It's now even faster to load and just about everything is only a click or two away. Know for their excellent customer service visit today! 28.5.05


Graham Lee is once again organising a series of Qualatex sponsored 'Balloon Jam/Workshops' across the country. Wednesday 22nd June: Southampton, Wednesday 6th July: Bishops Stortford, Wednesday 13th July: Haydock, near Liverpool. There is no charge for the day, it is open to all balloon twisters/entertainers, and food will be provided. A wholesale distributor will be selling on the day. For more information email 020 8644 1983. 28.5.05 have just released a brand new easy-to-do card magic DVD: "Join the Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year, Andrew Murray, as he performs thirteen of the world's greatest, professional, easy-to-do card tricks. Recorded live and in the studio by, witness the reactions these stunning card tricks have on members of the public... and then discover just how easy they are to do!" Visit: for more information, and to see a video clip. "Clear, concise, strong, easy-to-learn card tricks - an ideal purchase for the beginner in card magic and a very useful source of extra material for professionals too." Nicholas Einhorn. 28.5.05


Pirate Pete is a brand new version of 'Card in Balloon' for children's entertainers, available exclusively from (see 'New In' and then scroll about a third of the way down). 28.5.05


Look out for Sav on a new television commercial for OKI printers, playing the part of Joe Gold, Investment Banker and sleight of hand illusionist! The ad can be seen on Channel 4, E4, Five and Sky 1 over the next two months. www.sav-uk.com28.5.05


"Magical, mysterious and completely mesmerising Mystique at the Horseshoe, Pleasure Beach, Blackpool is a cool cabaret of magic and illusion, comedy, song and dance with a provocative touch... Moody and menacing Master Illusionist Richard De Vere is back for 2005 to take enthralled audiences through a brand new journey of intricate illusions draped in Gothic darkness." To November 6th 2005. To book call 0870 444 5588. 28.5.05


Showmen or Charlatans? The Stories of ‘Dr’ Walford Bodie and ‘Sir’ Alexander Cannon by Roger Woods and Brian Leadis reviewed by Dr Eddie Dawes this week, "Brian and Roger have brought together the stories of an Englishman and a Scotsman who, in their very different and eccentric ways, sharing a similar obsession for letters after their names, were part of the British magic scene last century. It's a book you'll enjoy reading and probably end up thinking that there aren't any characters around like them today - unless, of course, you happen to be one yourself." Click Here to read the full review. For more information visit: or email 28.5.05


Aquarius Magic are pleased to announce that we have just been appointed sole UK distributors of Doug Higley's Dark Museum. For full details visit 28.5.05


Magic shows and swearing limited by new broadcast code. "Magicians like Derren Brown are likely to be affected by the new rules. Scenes of smoking, paranormal stunts and celebrities who swear before the watershed are to be subjected to tight new restrictions in a Broadcasting Code published today." For the full story from The Times Click Here. 28.5.05


Stephen Feldman is seen here with Tom Fletcher from boy band McFly having just performed for them at a private party last Sunday. • "Lord of The Rings Musical Rakes in Over $3 Million in Advance Sales" Click Here • 'The Magic of Bob Ostin - A Lifetime of Magical Inventions' is now available by return from • Luke Jermay is the special guest at from Monday • "Magician's last trick leaves 'em laughing" Click Here • "Houdini book to be auctioned off" Click Here • "Dracula's new box of shocks" Click Here • See you next week, have a good weekend, Duncan. 28.5.05