Number 263 - 9th July 2005


The Broadway Season of Magic. Richard Leigh in association with the Broadway Studio Theatre presents The Broadway Season of Magic from September 13th to October 2nd at the Broadway Studio Theatre, Catford Broadway, London SE6 4RU (Map). Featuring three different shows. Hustle by Peter Wardell with guest artiste Nigel Mead, dates: 13th - 16th September (at 7.30pm). Luke Jermay - The Man Who Knows, dates: 20th - 23rd September and 27th - 30th September (at 7.30pm). Illusion - Magic and Illusion on the grand scale, dates: 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th September (Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 4pm and 7pm). Sounds like fun. Full details can be found at or call the box office 020 8690 0002 or for tickets Click Here. 9.7.05


International News. Norm and Lupe Nielsen were presented with the 2005 Dragon Award by The J. Marberger Stuart Foundation, Inc. at the Gala Banquet of the International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention held at the Reno Hilton on Saturday July 2nd. The Dragon Award is presented in recognition of outstanding teamwork in the art of magic and consists of four parts: Dragon Award medals, the Order of the Dragon pins, a plaque and a thousand dollar cash prize. Richard Stuart, Vice President of The J. Marberger Foundation, Inc. presented the award to the Nielsens. In keeping with the custom of the Dragon Award, the last winners, Alan and Michele Watson, welcomed the new winners into the Order of the Dragon by presenting the medals to Norm and Lupe Nielson, who will be in London later on this month at The Magic Circle Centenary Celebration. 9.7.05


Harry Potter at the Castle: Magic at Midnight. Stephen Mulhern presents a live programme from Edinburgh Castle celebrating the launch of the latest Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Author JK Rowling reads an extract to an audience of 70 children from around the world. Plus celebrities reveal what spells they would like to cast and what they think will happen in the book, and, for the hitherto uninitiated, there's a guide to the Harry Potter phenomenon. At 11.45pm on Friday 15th July on ITV1. 9.7.05


Signed souvenir photographs of Pete Firman and Alistair Cook, the stars of Monkey Magic, The Secret World of Magic and the forthcoming Channel Four series Dirty Tricks are now available from together with Derren Brown souvenirs. Visit to see what's new. 9.7.05


David Hawkins has been busy during the last few months entertaining at a wide variety of corporate and private events all over the country. However last Tuesday evening proved to be a real highlight when he was invited to perform for His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador, who was attending a Gala Dinner at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge. The other 200 guests included Ambassadors and Ministers of State from most of the Middle East. David said "When I produced the Prince's card from my wallet and gave it to him as a souvenir, he joked that he could do the same trick. He then returned the favour by pulling out a solid gold business card case and giving me one of his personal, gold-embossed business cards." An unusual souvenir of a very memorable evening. 9.7.05


Jack Delvin's recent one-man show, Delving into Magic, at The Studio, Hawth Theatre, Crawley is reviewed by Nick Ralls this week, Click Here. 9.7.05


Win a Marvin the Magician magic trick set. Yazoo, the UK’s No.1 flavoured milk, is giving you the chance to create your own Summer of Magic by giving away 25 Marvin the Magician magic trick sets for magicians aged eight and upwards! Click Here. 9.7.05


The Ultimate Pad for Mentalists. It can't be - or can it? Blockbuster by Becker and Earle, available from 9.7.05


Sav emails: "I'm drawing up an shortlist of 10 magicians for residencies in bars in Greater London, Banbury, Camberley, Cheltenham, Grantham, Ilford, Maidenhead, Oxford, Slough, Southampton, Staines, Swansea, Taunton, Tunbridge Wells and Weymouth. There will be auditions in Staines on 21st July. Applicants must provide an A4 Performer Profile, with photo and client list (as a Word Document), a website link, contact number, their location, and how far they are willing to travel." For more information contact Sav directly: 9.7.05


Young magician Joshua Patient is now adding the finishing touches to his variety show "Magic Mirror, Split Through the Mind" which he'll be staging at the Framingham Earl High School (Map) on August 26th (7.30pm), 27th (2.30pm) and 28th (7.30pm). Joshua had a full page article in his local paper and was recently interviewed on BBC Radio Norfolk. The show will feature comedy from Thomas Denton, dancing and movement from The Action Factory School of Drama and Theatre Arts and traditional magic from Joshua together with "mind blowing mental effects." For more information telephone 01508 494982 or email 9.7.05


"There are no séances, no bouts of mass hypnosis, no damsels floating through steel hoops, yet this modified lantern lecture by the science writer Simon Singh and psychologist Richard Wiseman is every bit as intriguing as the more lavish illusionist shows to sweep into the West End." To read the full review from Clive Davis in Times online Click Here. 9.7.05


Mark and Cheryl's magic day... "Flint bride-to-be is going to broadcast her special day live on national television. Magical double act Cheryl Hodgetts and her fiancé Mark Herrick will say 'I do' on Sky's Discovery Home and Health channel today [Saturday]. The ceremony and reception are being held in the grounds of the Cricket St Thomas estate - made famous by 1970s TV sitcom To The Manor Born starring Penelope Keith. The couple, who also work together as illusionists 'Bamboozle', originally wanted a quiet wedding with just 40 close friends and family." To read the full story by Clare Hickie in ic North Wales Click Here. 9.7.05


The British Association of Ventriloquists would love to hear from magicians interested in learning the art of ventriloquism. Membership is just £8 per year, which includes four newsletters and details of a planned convention on September 11th in Knutsford, Cheshire. For more information email (Details supplied by Paul Storey 9.7.05


Mr E Enterprises have just taken stock of a limited supply of Barrie Richardson's Act Two - Theatre of the Mind priced at £35.00 plus postage (with 10% off if you order before July 15th, when they are closed until August 3rd). Email for ordering information. 9.7.05


"Now you see it, now you don't. Master illusionists use their special art to thrill and captivate audiences" Click Here • "Leesburg magician combines comedy with sleight of hand" Click Here • Repro Magic's 12th Magic Cruise is reviewed by Rex Stott this week, Click Here • "Star press ball is a magical success" Click Here • "Underwood tiger owner facing 12 misdemeanor charges" Click HereThe Best of Series 1 and 2 Abracadabra by Wolfgang Riebe is reviewed by Jack Stephens this week, Click Here • Your news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 9.7.05