Number 259 - 11th June 2005


The Magic Circle Centenary Celebrations - update. The following names have just been announced and added to the list of artistes set to either lecture, perform in the stage and close-up galas, or take part in other events at The Magic Circle Centenary Celebrations next month: Alan Alan, Steve & Megumi Biddle, Ali Bongo, Richard Cadell, Al Carthy, Alex Elmsley, Nathalie Enterline, Keith Fields, Sean Gandini & Co (photo), John Gaughan, Oh Yeung Jung, Paul Kieve, Maki Kitami, Dani Lary, Loki, Tomo Maeda, Billy McComb, Marc Paul, Cesareo Peleaz, Scott Penrose, Peter Reveen, Charles Reynolds, George Schindler, Kerrry Scorah, Mark Shortland, Silvan, Duncan Trillo & Keiko and Tommy Wonder. The following dealers will be exhibiting: Alakazam Magic, Anne White Photography, Astor Magic, Charles Gauci, Davenports, David Booth, Domenico Dante, El Duco Magic, Five of Hearts Magic Productions, Genii Magazine, Goodliffe Publications, Hank Moorehouse, J B Magic, Joker Magic, Laflin Magic, Mentalism Unlimited, Merlins, Nielsen Magic, Practical Magic, Swadling Magic, Tango Magic, The Card Collection, Unique Magic Collection, Wild Magic and Wizard Craft Magic. The convention has sold out, but the Dealers' Fair will be open to magicians who are non-registrants for an admission charge of just £5.00. Tickets will be available from the Registration Desk in the foyer of the Logan Hall, which is opposite the Royal National Hotel (Map). The Dealers' Fair will be open daily from 10.30am on Wednesday 20th July to Saturday 23rd July. 11.6.05


Derren Brown - Something Wicked This Way Comes has just been extended by two weeks and will now end on Saturday July 2nd. Just as Cirque du Soleil reinvented the dying art of 'circus' in the 80's Derren Brown has reinvented the dying art of the 'mind reader' in the 2000's - don't miss this one! Live on stage at the Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London WC2H 9HU (Map). To book telephone: 0870 890 1102 or book online Click Here. 11.6.05


Mark Worgan's Klub Magic is two years old on June 15th. To date Mark has presented 45 of the country's top magic acts, and hosted every show. In the last of the present run Mark will introduce Chris North and Belinda (Trickstars) with their new comedy illusion show, Ian Keable (a mind as sharp as his wit), and Monkey Magic star Jonathan Goodwin, on Wednesday, June 15th. Klub Magic has been a great success from day one with both audiences and performers enjoying its special atmosphere. For tickets telephone the box office 01273 647100 or visit or 11.6.05


Andy Nyman continues to run two careers in parallel. He's currently filming in Hungary for a new movie called Severance, the latest from 'Creep' director Chris Smith, which will be in cinemas next year, and was offered the job the day after he'd finished another movie called 'Played' with Vinnie Jones. And that all happened on the same day that Derren's show opened on the West End! 11.6.05


Derek Rutt Creations are now advertising with MagicWeek. Derek has been a professional magician for 35 years, specialising in children's entertainment, and has toured with many productions, including six years with Keith Harris. Now based in Bangkok Derek Rutt Creations produce a range of magic aimed at Children's Entertainers in the main (but not forgetting adults), featuring many original effects. Visit today! 11.6.05


Ali Cook has just completed a television commercial for an online casino, playing the part of a gambling obsessed postman, which is due to air on ITV in a couple of weeks. He's also just shot another commercial for Standard Life with Pete Firman featuring a variety of unusual effects which is also due to air later this month.  11.6.05


Jay-J Jaxon took first place and the 'E J Crook Cup' at Watford Association of Magicians' close-up competition on June 7th. Second place and also winner of the 'Norman Green Technical Merit Award' was Jawwad Rasheed. Dean Maudsley came third and Blane Stoker fourth. Ten competitors performed at two tables and were judged by Peter Pinner and two lay judges including a reporter from the Observer News Group. 11.6.05


Jack Delvin's one-man show, Delving into Magic, is coming to the Studio at the Hawth Theatre, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ (Map) on Wednesday 29th June at 8pm. The show ranges from close-up magic to stage illusions and 'Magic of the Sixth Sense'... "Delving into Magic is the ideal evening of pure entertainment for all those that like watching, and joining in with, magic. Sheer magical indulgence. You will see tricks and illusions that you have never seen before, performed by one of the old masters of magic... An enchanted evening of magic and fun for all the family." All seats £7. Telephone 01293 553636. 11.6.05


CardMaker is a new website offering custom made high quality gimmicked cards by Bernd Maucksch: Have a look at some of the samples on the site. Thanks to Mats G. Kjellström for the information. 11.6.05


Alan Innes and Allan Petrie will entertain celebrities and around 12,000 visitors at the Taste of Grampian event at Thainstone, Inverurie, Scotland, today, Saturday 11th June. Together they'll host the day's events and present their unique brand of comedy magic described as "the Morecambe & Wise of magic" under the COMAGI banner. This popular annual event allows food and drink companies to showcase their products, and encourages visitors to discover and enjoy the wide range of high quality produce on offer, made in Grampian. It's a fun packed day for all the family with lots to see and do. 11.6.05


Apollo ½ Moon Close-up Pads are now available from 11.6.05


Silent would like to make contact with magicians. Visit or email Kirsten Woolf for more information. 11.6.05


Shane West wins three times in a row. Shane West triumphed at the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society's close-up competition in June, competing for the Frank Allen Cup. This was Shane's third straight win in this competition. Six competitors took to the tables and competition was fierce with Shane just beating Alan Cooper (who recently won the Coventry Magic Circle's Close-Up Competition) with a score of 335 over Alan's 333. Not far off in joint third positions were regulars Stephen Buxton and Bernard Visgandis. Magic judges were Dominic Twose and David King with Vicky Leaper kindly acting as the lay judge. The photo shows Shane West (on the right) receiving the Frank Allen Cup from Dominic Twose. 11.6.05


The last night of Cinemagic! is tonight, Saturday 11th, at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Magicians, comedians and musicians bring the magic of the movies to life, live on stage. Starring Alfonso Rios & Noora Karma, Richard McDougall, Scott Penrose, Noel Britten, John Archer and jazz singer Juliette Hall, accompanied by a 7-piece band. Tickets £15.00, concessions £12.00. For further details visit 11.6.05


Many congratulations to Rob Page on his recent promotion to Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. Rob has performed magic since the age of eight and turned professional a number of years ago after a 15 year career in retail management. These days his work is split between corporate events, trade shows, children's parties, weddings, and close-up magic at private parties. 11.6.05


Mandy Muden stars in Seaside Special 2005 at the Cromer Pier & Pavilion Theatre, Norfolk, this Summer from 18th June - 17th September. 11.6.05


Tony Griffith's Creative Magic Day on Sunday July 10th is now sold out, email for details of the next, which will probably be held in November. Tony lectures for the Lincoln Society of Magicians on Tuesday 28th June and in Northampton on Tuesday July 19th. 11.6.05


Thoughts So Far is a collection of over 35 tried and tested mentalism performance pieces from the mind of Kennedy. "In his book Kennedy has held nothing back as he releases the details of the effects he has used and uses in performances to fool the public and magicians alike. There really is something for everyone in here from close-up to stage work. Thoughts So Far has received amazing endorsements from the likes of Paul Daniels, Sean Fields (Explicit content, X-Rated), Michael Murray (Beyond ESP2) and with a forward written by leading international mentalist Richard Osterlind it needs no further introduction." For more information visit: 11.6.05


Gary Young's 9th Top Secret Day of Magic held last Sunday was a great success by all accounts. Chris Wardle reviews the day, Click Here. Next year's takes place on Sunday 4th June 2006 • Emerson & Jayne's original black art Flying Carpet act is for sale. It is currently in storage in Epsom and Ali Bongo is arranging the sale for the current owner. Call Ali Bongo on 020 8673 3066 for more information • Wayne Dobson has added a 'Specials' page to his new site featuring "one-offs" - visit for details • Colin Rose's Five of Hearts Magic Productions have added a number of new items to their website, including a new section entitled The Victorian Collection. For more information Click Here • Gary Sumpter's new book 'Shivers' will shortly be available from and • "Magic Michael's great escape..." Click Here • "Tommy Steele to Make West End Return in A Christmas Carol" Click Here • "Jillette Names Daughter Moxie CrimeFighter" Click Here • As MagicWeek expands dial up users will find it takes longer to load - maybe now is a good time to upgrade to broadband. Once you've made the change you'll never go back, try at just £14.99 per month • That's about it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 11.6.05