Number 275 - 1st October 2005


Dirty Tricks, Channel 4's new 6-part magic series from Objective Productions, starts at 10.30pm on Friday 7th October. From Radio Times "Stephen Fry adopts the guise of an owl to host this offbeat, studio-based, magic show. Conjurer Pete Firman uses maggots and skewers in his escapades with celebrities such as Zoë Ball, and escapologist Jonathan Goodwin finds himself chained to his bed with a red-hot iron poised to fall on him. Featuring deranged double act Barry & Stuart." See Barry & Stuart (left) live on stage at Shortfuse (London's only weekly fusion of stand-up poetry, performance comedy and spoken word), The Camden Head, 2 Camden Walk, London N1 8DY (Map), at 8.30pm on Thursday October 13th. Enquiries: 020 7359 0851. 1.10.05


Five of Hearts Magic Productions present Wayne Dobson's brand new lecture 'Unclamped' featuring new effects and routines from his DTrick range and two new items from his 'A Kind of Magic' range on Saturday 29th October at Five of Hearts Magic Productions, 30 Lowgate, Gosberton, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 4NL (Map) Time: 7.30pm - 10pm (includes refreshments). Tickets: £15.00 To book contact Sharron Rose 01775 840103 (email for more information, or visit the website, Click Here). 1.10.05


Mark Worgan's Klub Magic at The Komedia Theatre Brighton starts up again on Wednesday October 5th. The first show in the new season features Pete Firman (photo), Roy Davenport and Amethyst with Mark hosting. Box office 01273 647100. Doors open at 6.30pm, show starts at 8pm. 1.10.05


Monkey Business: Magic Comedy Special. John Lenahan heads a line up that includes Max Somerset, Chris Woz, Joe Piper and Isy Suttie on Friday 14th October 2005 at Lush Bar, 31 Jamestown Road, Camden, London NW1 7DB (Map). Tickets £10.00 Doors 7.30pm, show 8.45pm Website Click Here. 1.10.05


Trixx are delighted to have been chosen as exclusive resident magicians for the UK's National Space Centre. The trio, formed in 2002, present a unique brand of magic and psychic illusion and can be seen at Leicester's hip and happening 'Bambu' bar every Friday where their 'Freaky Friday' nights are proving ever popular. Highlights this year include working with Derren Brown and filming a TV special for Channel M, to be screened in October. 1.10.05


It's been a busy week for actor and magician Matthew Duggan. On Thursday 29th September he could be seen performing alongside Mandy Muden and Nick Reade, entertaining guests at The Sheraton Park Lane Hotel for The 2005 Group Leisure Awards and earlier in the week Matthew was invited to The Churchill Theatre, Bromley as a guest of The Womens’ Company, to perform his brand of close-up magic for some of the South's top businesswomen. With new projects on the horizon "watch this space!" 1.10.05


Terry Herbert's new DVD Magic For Under 5s is featured in Magic DVDs this week. "First of all, you see a live show with some of the tricks which Terry regularly uses, and those all-important 'bits of business' which children love. Next, Terry explains the tricks and what effect he is trying to achieve. Finally, as an added bonus, Terry is interviewed by none other than David Kaye - a.k.a. Silly Billy from New York." To see a short clip Click Here. Available from 1.10.05


The Economicon has just been released by Merlins and is reviewed this week, "Using the two supplied books, together with a couple of audience members, The  Economicon offers the sort of spontaneity and freedom that I really like in mind-reading type effects. You can really "play" with this and devise your own routines, or simply follow the suggested presentation..." To read more Click Here. 1.10.05


The Magic of Oz - The Oz Pearlman UK Lecture Tour, October 9th to 27th 2006. "Oz Pearlman's lecture consists entirely of high-impact, visual magic! Oz will perform some of his most treasured routines and creations, and after he's done fooling you, he'll teach them in great detail. The material will consist of primarily card magic, with a mix of mentalism and magic with everyday items. Not only will you learn the sleights and moves that go into each routine, but the subtleties and little touches that transform a trick into a miracle. There is a variety of material covered in the lecture, and something for magicians of all skill levels. The routines, sleights and flourishes range from beginner to advanced, with an emphasis on direct, commercial magic that you will use." The cost of the lecture is £130 plus overnight accommodation. Contact Colin Peters for more information: telephone 01306 883938. 1.10.05


Michael Gee, seen here at Britain's biggest clothes show, London Fashion Week, which despite the furore surrounding supermodel Kate Moss, was "filled with glitz and glamour" reports Michael. 1.10.05


The Illusion Show goes out with a bang this weekend (literally), and to fill the back row there are some "2 for 1" offers via Venue: The Broadway Studio Theatre, Catford, South London on Saturday October 1st at 7.30pm and Sunday 2nd at 4pm and 7pm. Full details at 1.10.05


Late Night Magic Cabaret opens at The Jermyn Street Theatre on Friday 7th October for a fourth season (Friday and Saturday nights). Featuring close-up magic at The Getti restaurant followed by Cabaret with "Malcolm Marvelle, Master of Mystery and the Lovely Rita" and the exciting new comedy magic act of Black and Paris. 1.10.05


The Magic Cavern at Barons Court is now open every Sunday from 9th October. Guest magicians include Andrew Murray (photo), Alex Lodge, Scott Pepper, Chris Cox, A special Halloween show called 'The Secret Room' by Ian C, Sam X, Julian James, David Bodycombe, Dr Extispicy and Bob Wildfell. Hosted by Richard Leigh. 1.10.05


Michael Dekker Balloon Lecture. The President's Balloon Modeller is coming to Ashford Magic Club on October 10th, as part of his non stop lecture tour of the UK. Members of other magic clubs are always welcome at reduced rates on production of their membership cards. Venue: The DownTown Magic Club, DownTown Diner, Park Street, Ashford, Kent. Contact: Ring Miki Travis 01233 620120 1.10.05


Matthew Johnson from Canada presents his lecture at Chester Guild of Magicians on Monday 10th October 2005. 8pm start. Members free, Visitors £5.00. Venue: The Home Guard Club, Canal Street, Chester CH1 4EJ (Map). For more information visit 1.10.05


Magic Aid 2005. Michael Chandler has just returned from Sri Lanka after performing up to three shows a day, for a month, in hospitals, schools and survivor camps. "It was hard work often in very difficult and always hot conditions but was much appreciated by the large audiences that usually ran into hundreds. 1.10.05


Marc Oberon's one-man show is reviewed this week by Kevin Gallagher, Click Here • Mike Danata's 50th birthday party - photos on his site Click Here • The K. Convention, - the first all-stage magic convention has been postponed. Full details on their website: • Following on from two weeks ago: "Kendal Auction Rooms have auctioned off a piece of entertainment history" Click Here and Click Here • I'll be on on Monday. That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 1.10.05