Number 271 - 3rd September 2005


The Magic Circle Close-up Day of Magic. The Magic Circle present a day exclusively devoted to close-up magic on Sunday 18th September at 10am at their London headquarters. The day will include two outstanding international close-up lectures, Mathieu Bich from France and Chad Long from the USA, together with The Magic Circle Centenary Close-up Magician Competition, an all-winners competition, open only to invited past holders of The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year title. Magic dealers will also be exhibiting, and the whole day will be 100% close-up. Tickets are £40.00* which includes admission to all the events plus a buffet lunch and morning and afternoon tea and coffee. To purchase tickets telephone The Centre for the Magic Arts Box Office on 020 7387 2222 or write to The Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD (credit cards accepted, cheques payable to "The Magic Circle"). This event is open to both members of The Magic Circle and non-member magicians (*The Magic Circle reserves the right to refuse admission). Note: This event has now been cancelled (14.9.05). 3.9.05


FISM 2006, Stockholm, Sweden. The 23rd FISM Congress, featuring the World Championships of Magic, will run from Monday 31st July to Saturday 5th August 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden. Artists booked to date: Jeff McBride (USA), Johnny Lonn (Sweden), Ardan James (USA), Paul Daniels (England), Cellini (Switzerland), Tim Conover (USA), Peter Marvey (Switzerland), Marc Metral (France), Michael Vincent (England), Armando Lucero (USA), Kenny Quinn (Denmark), Jerome Murat (France), Finn Jon (Norway), Juan Tamariz (Spain), Robert Jägerhorn (Finland), Marko Karvo (Finland), Michael Weber (USA), Helge Thun (Germany), The Evasons (Canada), Richard Bloch (USA), Lennart Green (Sweden), Anthony Gatto (USA), Pavel (Switzerland), Gazzo (now USA), Davido (Norway), Gëatan Bloom (France), John Houdi (Sweden), Kenji Minimura (Japan), Norbert Ferré (France), Stevie Starr (Scotland), Vik and Fabrini (Brazil), Tim Star (Sweden). Visit the excellent website for all the latest news. 3.9.05


Paul Daniels - Nottingham Lecture. Tickets are selling fast for the lecture which takes place at the Bonnington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham, on Sunday 18th September (2.15pm - 4.45pm including a short interval when the bar will be open). Tickets are £20.00 per person, available from Freddie Wilkinson on 0115 9614551. The evening show has now sold out. 3.9.05


Bath Circle of Magicians present a lecture by Michael Close on Thursday 6th October at 8pm at St Mary's Church Hall, Saltford, Bath. Michael is the author of the acclaimed series of books 'Workers' and for many years was the main reviewer in 'Magic Marketplace' in Magic magazine. Tickets £10. Details from James Puryer 01225 331488 3.9.05


International News: Marco Tempest, the world's only multimedia magician, will present a unique show at the Mac Store in Soho, New York, on Saturday, September 10th at 6.30pm. Admission is free but seating will be limited, so you're advised to be early. Marco will perform some of his world-renowned innovative magic and illusion routines for Apple store customers, illustrating how he's applied Apple computer technology to his magic. And will will be giving away an iPod Shuffle in a "Magic Raffle" at the event. (Map) 3.9.05


John Archer's Handy Lecture and Comedy Writing Workshop manuscripts are reviewed this week. One of the UK's funniest magicians, it turns out he's also a bit of a thinker too (who'd have thought it!). There's some great material here. John was recently seen in Undercover Magic on Sky One. To read the reviews Click Here. 3.9.05


Freddie Wilkinson performed his cabaret act at a special charity show last week at the Cabaret Club, Nottingham. The event, which raised over £5,000 for various children's groups, was organised by the children from "Make It Big 2" (Channel Five). The programme takes a group of children and films them planning and staging a high profile charity show, in a 'fly on the wall' style documentary. "It was a fun night if a little nerve racking working in front of so many cameras, both on stage and off," said Freddie. The 14 episode series will be shown on Five later in the year, and the charity show will feature towards the end of the series. 3.9.05


Ace In The Pack "A young North-East man who couldn't face the prospect of the nine-to-five life after graduating with a law degree is heading for Hollywood. For the last four years, Gateshead-based Matthew Dowden has been a magician - an extraordinarily talented card-trickster, pocket-picker, watch-remover and mind-reader - who has used his ability to carve out a career in corporate trade shows..." To read the full story in ic Newcastle Click Here. 3.9.05


"Let Us Entertain You!" Phil Jay (seen here with Robbie Williams), Chris Dugdale and Dorian Michael were asked to perform at the number one celebrity party of the year last Saturday at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. Phil, Chris and Dorian entertained the stars at the exclusive Gala Dinner. Celebrities included: Colin Montgomerie, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chris Evans, Jodie Kidd, Sir Steve Redgrave, James Nesbitt, Ronan Keating, Boris Becker, Ian Wright, Damian Lewis, Peter Schmeichel, Rob Lowe, Michael Douglas, Kenny G, Michael Chang, Cheryl Ladd, and many more! Phil, Chris and Dorian have already had requests from Robbie Williams and others for future work. Haley Osment, star of the film The Sixth Sense, was intrigued and delighted to discover that Chris and Phil once formed a magic team of same name. 3.9.05


Miracle Monte by Andy Nyman and Anthony Owen is available once again. "Considered by many to be the greatest version of the Three Card Trick with Four Cards. Every time the spectators fail to find the right playing card amongst the blank ones!" To see a QuickTime video clip visit the 'Magicians Only' section of 3.9.05


"Hey presto! Bradford's answer to David Blaine. Hip-hop magician Dynamo is on the verge of super-stardom with a television deal" writes Nicole Mowbray in The Observer. "His fans include Dizzee Rascal, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mike Skinner. He has performed for Prince Charles; Will Smith would like him to do a turn at his Christmas party. Drop his name, and you're suddenly welcome in the hip set. Not bad for a teenager from Bradford who admits he's a bit of a blagger..." To read the full story Click Here. Dynamo is featured in an exclusive interview in The Sun today. The newspaper took Dynamo to Bradford's notorious Delph Hill Estate to talk about his upbringing and future plans. 3.9.05


James More came second in the finals of the Bournemouth Star Trail held at the Wessex Hotel last Sunday. Fifteen acts competed. "...James More was brilliant, too. Amazingly skillful, charismatic and engaging, he put that special x-factor into his magic that is so very seldom seen" wrote Hilary Porter in the Daily Echo. James can be seen in another talent competition final on Wednesday, September 7th, at the Ocean Room, part of the Weymouth Pavilion Complex (Map), Weymouth, Dorset. Doors open at 7pm, and tickets will be available on the door. James does indeed have the "x-factor" (for me he really stood out in the recent Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition) and clearly has a very bright future ahead; if you live locally do try and see this show (DT). 3.9.05


Coming soon... The Horwitz Wallet. Martin Breese writes: "For those who don't know, the Horwitz Wallet enables the performer to perform a number of effects including the miracle card in wallet effect. What makes this wallet so different is that all the changes and the tricky business all takes place when the spectator puts the wallet in his own pocket. Everything is done openly and there is no palming involved..." Find out more, visit: 3.9.05


Illusioncraft, "The UK's No1 Flash Products manufacturer" invite enquiries from magic dealers. "We are in the process of sending out our latest prices and special offers... contact us now!" For a brochure email or call 01253 314868 and ask for Adam Topham. 3.9.05


The Cardiff Magical Society is moving. Their next meeting will be on Wednesday September 12th at Llandaff Rowing Club, The Boat House, Bridge Road, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF5 2PT (Map). The first meeting in the new HQ will cover "The Classics of Magic" hosted by Mr. T. Ricks. For membership information email 3.9.05


Roger Barrons sadly passed away last week. Please contact for funeral details. 3.9.05


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