Number 270 - 27th August 2005


The line up of events for this year's British Ring Convention in Southport (September 27th - October 2nd) looks set to be the largest ever. Booked to date: Michael Close, Simon Lovell, Wayne Dobson, John Archer, Rafael (photo), Tim Hannig, The Deans of Magic, Safire, Alan Shaxon, Terry Herbert, Jean Marie le Royer, Kamyleon, Marcel Prince of Illusions, Reed McClintock, Sean Carpenter, Joshua Jay, Peter Scarlett, Marc Oberon, Brinum X Bubble Opera, Duane Laflin, Scott Penrose, Dennis Patten, Mike O'Brien, Mark Shortland, Alexander Koplin, Laurent Beretta, Walt Lees, Jonathan Shotton, Alan Hudson, Guy Barrett & Company, Amethyst, Tony Stevens, Bobby Bernard, Granville Taylor, and Jon Marshall. The full brochure, listing all events, is available online (as an Adobe PDF) from Highlights this year include Star Lectures, Children's Showtime, Children's Forum, Balloon Workshop, Collectors' Seminar, Wayne Dobson Q & A, Eddie Dawes Show, Giant Dealer's Fair, Junior Workshop, Stars of the Future, The Magic Circle 100 Show, The Late Late Gala, The Saturday Night Gala Show, The Friday Night Fringe, The Convention Banquet, More History of Mystery, The Stage and Close-up competitions, Stars of the Future Show and more! On the Tuesday evening there will be a free Chinese Buffet courtesy of Sefton Council. All registrants are invited but they must pre-book with Paul Stone (email and reserve a place. The buffet will be served between 6pm and 8.30pm and it is suggested that you just call in for 30-45 minutes. China City, 18-20 King Street, Southport PR8 1JZ (Map). Visit for more convention information. 27.8.05


Geoffrey Durham - No Hat, No Rabbit the brand new one man show goes on tour from October 1st with previews from September 14th in Hemel Hempstead, Croydon and Hitchin. "Geoffrey Durham is the magician and illusionist who looks like a rural bank manager and could lift the entire contents of Harrods without anybody noticing." Time Out. This is the third in Geoffrey's trilogy of one man shows and concentrates on stand-up and close-up magic. You've see Geoffrey Durham on the TV, now witness his astonishing skills live, on stage, in the bar, and around the foyer, in this unique evening. Taking TV magic as a starting point, Geoffrey's brand new show will explore exactly what can and can't be done with camera tricks and in the process he'll show you just how close an audience can come to the action, by bringing the magic nearer than ever before... See What's On for full tour dates. 27.8.05


Master of Mind Games returns. "Marc Salem, who has a new show in London, insists that all he does is pay attention to the potential of the mind. As I'm introduced to the mind-blowing New York mind-reader Marc Salem in a small, cosy hotel near the British Museum, I seem to be suffering from pre-mentalist tension. But then, with his skills at reading body language in ways that can seem positively psychic, I guess he knows that already. Seeing him on stage, as he blends sharp insight into the human mind with a wily reinvention of traditional magic techniques, it's easy to believe there is something superhuman about his abilities..." To read the full story by Paul Morley in the Telegraph Click Here. Marc Salem returns to the UK for a limited London run (August 31st - September 17th). For booking information Click Here or see What's On. 27.8.05


Wayne Dobson Unclamped - Live in London. Hot off the press Wayne's latest DVD was recorded live at The Magic Circle in London on June 20th. "For the first time Wayne explains, in detail, the secrets behind his favourite routines. In-between the routines listen to one of magic's funniest storytellers, as he takes you on a journey through his life in magic and showbusiness... but be prepared, as he pulls no punches. This DVD is not for the fainthearted!" The disc carries an 'adults only' warning! Available now from 27.8.05


How Edinburgh was held captive by Houdini. "For the barefoot bairns of early 1900s Edinburgh, the offer was one they were unlikely to refuse. The greatest escape artist the world had ever seen was in town and, incredibly, he wanted to share his immense wealth with the city's poor and pitiful children. Word spread like wildfire. Any child who did not have a pair of boots to his or her name should make their way to the theatre where Houdini was performing and receive a fine pair of boots..." To read the full story by Sandra Dick in Click Here. 27.8.05


Tommy Cooper to star on Walk of Fame. "Lord (Laurence) Olivier, Tommy Cooper, Ricky Gervais, Nicole Kidman, John Cleese and the Rolling Stones are among the first stars to be immortalised on Britain's equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Click Here To read the full story. The Best of Tommy Cooper is now available on DVD from Click Here to order. This specially selected selection from the BBC contains some extracts from Cooper at his very best including his infamous appearances on Parkinson and The Bob Monkhouse Show. 27.8.05


Theatre of Blood. The Hollywood Reporter has enthusiastically reviewed Theatre of Blood at the National Theatre in London. "Illusionist Paul Kieve stages the murders in quite extraordinary fashion. They are as utterly convincing as they are hilariously horrific, with blood flying and bodies crushed and set on fire." To read the full review Click Here. Based on the 1970's movie of the same name, the play stars Oscar winner Jim Broadbent as mad actor Edward Lionheart. He takes vengeance on his critics by murdering them one by one, in the style of Shakespearean plays. The final performance is on September 10th. To book seats (subject to availability) for just £10.00 each call the Box Office on 020 7452 3000 and quote "ten pound offer." 27.8.05


The Magic Hands of Mystery will be demonstrating their unique DVD at Kidology 2005 and welcome visitors to their stand. "You can be the star of the DVD because throughout we have carefully filmed the effects so that only the magician's hands are seen." To find out more visit 27.8.05


James More is through to the finals of the Bournemouth Star Trail 2005 which takes place this Sunday. Mike Danata's been watching his progress and records the highs and lows Click Here. The final takes place at the Wessex Hotel, West Cliff, Bournemouth at 8pm. Arrive early. Good luck James! 27.8.05


Stephen Mulhern launches Tricky TV, a new magic series, at 4pm on Monday 5th September on ITV1. The first in the series includes: A life-size model gorilla that comes alive and scares visitors at a wildlife park. Jennifer Ellison is amazed by a flying card trick. Stephen attempts to create a dream come true for a class of pupils, there's a chance to join "The Secret Circle" and there's a mesmerising performance from a Young Magician. 27.8.05 - Just a quick reminder that the first competition ends on August 31st, so you just have a few days left to enter. Win Magic Tricks is the UK's first SMS based text-to-win magic competition. The top prize for August is worth over £400.00 To enter simply text the phrase "Win Magic" to 60999. It costs £1 and you also receive free gifts including a £1.50 voucher to spend on magic. 27.8.05


Jack Delvin's one-man show, Delving into Magic is coming to the King's Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, Islington, London N1, on Sunday 11th September. The show ranges from close-up magic, to stage illusions, which include Sawing a Lady in Half and The Amazing Floating Lady and although Jack mainly plays for laughs, he'll also be including some magic of the mind. Don't miss this unique opportunity to see one of magic's characters - an enchanted evening of magic and fun is promised. Suitable for all the family. Sunday 11th September, at 8pm. £10.00 (Concessions £8.00) Telephone 0230 7226 1916 to book. 27.8.05


Kidology UK update - the last date for registrations is Wednesday 31st August, contact Practical Magic to register. And the day is Monday 5th September 2005, from 9am - 6pm at the Civic & Wulfrun Halls, North Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1RQ (Map). Dave Allen, Children's Entertainer of the Year 2004, will present part of his act and then discuss the thinking behind it, in "Little People: Big Business." Tricky Ricky (Ricky McLeod) offers his highly successful ideas on entertaining children in a lecture called 'Tricks of my Trade' and Pat Page (photo) presents an all new lecture: "The Page Boy Speaks Out on Kids' Magic." In addition to the lectures they are planning a forum on how to open and close your show, with a prize for the best contribution, as well as a Dealers' Demonstration and workshop. Tickets are £30.00 (includes a buffet lunch) and a printable registration form is available online at 27.8.05


First Aid Courses for entertainers. Jez Rose is offering tailored first aid courses predominantly aimed at children's entertainers but open to all magic clubs across the UK. Aside from mind reading, Jez is an Immediate Care Specialist and part of his job is teaching first aid. The courses will be approximately 2 hours long and will be certified. Jez writes "Apart from the obvious benefits, for entertainers this is a great addition to your CV; enhances your professional reputation; is a great piece of advertising; reassures parents; could lower your insurance premiums and most importantly gives you the peace of mind that if a child did ever start choking or twist their ankle or run into a door and knock themselves unconscious, when all eyes go to you as the one in control, you'd know what to do." If you already have a first aid certificate, you can use this as a refresher or to re-train as practices are being continuously updated. The cost is only £25 per person (a substantial saving on a commercial course) and it is tailored to deal with issues specifically facing entertainers. This is a very cost-effective way to learn and keep up to date with first aid. If you are interested, club secretaries should email Jez at: for more information. (Requests from individuals cannot be taken unless you have a group of 10 or more.) 27.8.05 have a number of souvenir Magic Circle Centenary Celebration decks of cards in stock, visit: 27.8.05


Aberdeen magicians Alan Innes, Alan Petrie, Derry Simpson and Garry Seagraves performed close-up magic throughout a four-hour journey onboard the "Orient Express" last week as it took oil company delegates to a conference in Aviemore. Decorated in a Colonial style the magicians decided to get into the mood by dressing for the occasion in white jackets and straw hats. Rumours that they will be forming a jazz band were squashed when Basil (Garry's rabbit) ate one of the hats!  . 27.8.05


Martin Sanderson presents his Corporate Close-up lecture for the Associated Wizards of the South on Tuesday 6th September at 7.30pm at the Woolston Conservative Club, 74 St Anne's Road, Woolston, Southampton. Free Parking, Licensed Bar. Tickets are only £3 each for customers. Martin Sanderson was the 1995 Magic Circle 'Close-up Magician of the Year' and stars in the recently released DVD 'Corporate Close-up' that became an overnight best-seller. Magic dealer Dominic Reyes (The Merchant of Magic) will also be attending, offering a wide selection of the very best in magic from around the world. Tickets can be purchased on the door or booked in advance by contacting John Harris on 07764 615993. 27.8.05


Robert Fox gave American band The Presidents of the United States of America a personal performance after they'd performed at The V Festival last weekend. The band turned out to be huge fans, with lead singer Chris Ballew stating "This guy is amazing!" Fox and the band ended up drinking together until the early hours before the band flew home! 27.8.05


"Peter Lamont is a research fellow at the Koestler Parapsychology Unit at the University of Edinburgh. He is also a magician. His shrewd and often very funny book distils the perplexities of an age. For all its levity - and laughter arises like - oh, like a piano - this is a serious and thought-provoking book about how we witness and interpret the world. My own uncanny powers forecast a feast called Christmas, not far distant, when The First Psychic should, if there is any justice, mysteriously levitate from bookshop shelves and appear in intelligent people's stockings." To read the full review of Peter Lamont's The First Psychic by Hilary Mantel in the New Statesman, Click Here. To order from Click Here. 27.8.05


The Associated Wizards of the South are holding a One Day Convention on 5th March 2006. To be opened by Alan Shaxon, President of The Magic Circle. With four lectures, close-up magic, dealers and a gala show. Tickets are £17.50 in advance, or £20.00 on the day. Extra gala show tickets £6.00, (£3.00 for children under 12). Contact Geoffrey Gould 023 8084 4677 or Ian Marriott 01794 324345. Venue: Colbury Memorial Hall, Hunters Hill, (A35) Totton, Near Southampton.


Magic Car Boot Sale. Now in it's 12th year the twice yearly Magic Car Boot Sale organised by Alec Powell at The Beechmen Circus Warehouse 43 Union Street West Bromwich B70 6DA (Map) will take place on Sunday 4th September 2005. Doors open at 9.30am and admission is just £3.00. There will be around 30 stalls of new and used magic. Dealers include Alakazam, Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, Albion Magic, Stephen Tucker, Keith Bennett and Merlins. Hot breakfasts are available and the venue is only a couple of minutes drive from Junction 1 on the M5. Further details from Alec on 07831 115448. 27.8.05


Tony Griffith is holding another Magic Teach-in Day on 5th March 2006 from 10am - 5pm, telephone 01275 837017 for details. Tony will be in the USA in January presenting a Masterclass at Raleigh NC and Columbia SC, and will also be performing close-up magic at the South Carolina Association of Magicians Convention. 27.8.05


Magic Aid 2005 is sending two British Ring magicians to the Tsunami hit regions of Asia in the next few days. Michael Chandler will be touring the survivor camps, affected schools and hospitals in Sri Lanka and James Hanrahan will be performing in Southern Thailand. Both are looking forward to the challenge. 27.8.05


Jarrett and Raja at The Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, the show is reviewed by Quentin Reynolds this week, Click Here and The Fabulous Magic of Dr Bondini is reviewed by Nick Ralls, Click Here • "The Joke Comedians Tell to Each Other" Click Here • "Sleight of hand Colerain Township magician has been fooling people for years" Click Here • "High-tech magic tricks" Click Here • "Vietnamese female magician to mesmerize US viewers" Click Here • "Making magic for 50 years" Click Here • "Picnic fun for charity’s golden jubilee celebrations" Click Here • Magic Video Sale, see • Richard Leigh's Magic Cavern at Barons Court is two years old this week. They are currently booking through to December 2005, see • Look out for Dynamo in the Observer this Sunday • Your UK magic news is always welcomed, have a good weekend, see you next week, Duncan. 27.8.05