Number 277 - 15th October 2005


Now, is that magic? "There used to be something sacred about magic tricks, but in an era when secrets can be circulated around the world in seconds, where do magicians stand? ...Those who have overstepped the line, such as the US magician John Lenahan, who is based in Britain, have been unceremoniously ejected [from The Magic Circle]. Lenahan's big mistake was to appear on prime time TV talking, in rather too much detail, about his art. The truth is it's much easier to be thrown out of the Magic Circle than it is to break in." To read the full article by Jeremy Vine (photo) in BBC News, Click Here. Trouble in the Magic Circle 10.30am on Saturday 15th October 2005 (30 minutes) on BBC Radio 4. 15.10.05


Corporate Magician Martin Sanderson has just been added to the line-up of performers appearing at the second Close-up Magic Convention in Sussex run by Paul Gordon and Mark Worgan (13th May 2006). 2005 sold out and most of the dealer stands have now gone, so the advice is "book now!" 15.10.05


Blackpool Convention update: Convention Registration Officer Arthur Casson recently mailed out 2,000 brochures to past Convention registrants. The result is that Arthur is now inundated with bookings for the Convention. He apologises to anyone waiting for a response to their letters or emails and is working through them all as fast as possible. The Blackpool Convention is proving more popular than ever - with registrations at an all time high. The dates are Friday, Saturday, Sunday 24th, 25th, 26th February, 2006, at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Full details can be obtained from Arthur Casson, 44 Bryan Road, Blackpool FY3 9BE. Phone/Fax 01253 393688, email or visit Don't miss it! 15.10.05


Eugenius? The producer of Eugenius?, a new television show for Channel 4, contacted us last week, thinking that single magicians may well fit in with what they are looking for: "Eugenius? is a TV ‘experiment’ for Channel 4 which unearths the hidden abilities/skills/attractions of intelligent and talented guys (18 - 35) and sets them against the more 'obvious' charms of ordinary men. Eugenius will reveal to women all the potential advantages of brains over beauty. The right person stands the chance of winning big! With two weeks filming in December and a great location, a fantastic experience is guaranteed!" For an application form visit 15.10.05 has just launched, and is advertising with MagicWeek. "The site will have honest reviews, tried and tested effects and new and hard to find magic for children's entertainers. There is also an area where users can advertise their used children's magic - for free!" The magician behind the site is Carl McCarthy, who's been performing as 'Carlo' in the Surrey Heath area for the past six years. A member of the Farnborough Association of Magical Entertainers and IBM, he is passionate about his magic and has great plans for - visit the site today! 15.10.05


Manchester Circle of Magicians Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 25th October will be truly mammoth in size. With more than 16 lots, some containing 150 items it is going to be a long but interesting night! To cope with the vast amount of props and books on offer the Auction will be starting at 6.30pm. Professional used magic dealers Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd are the knowledgeable Auctioneers and it all happens at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Manchester (Map), which also has a private bar and car park. Doors open at 5.30pm and viewing commences at 6pm. The door charge for non-members is £3.00. Further details from Derek Lever, 32 Pilling Lane, Preesall, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire FY6 OEU. Phone/Fax 01253 810113, email 15.10.05


Many congratulations to Will Gray who won the Leicester Magic Circles' Sir Julien Cahn Cup for Stage Magic on Friday 7th October. The competition, now in its 69th year, was held at Fairfield School in Loughborough and the magical judges were Sam Mallison and Stuart Brown 15.10.05


Wayne Dobson tops the bill in a Cabaret Extravaganza in aid of Multiple Sclerosis supported by the Multiple Sclerosis Society at The City of Manchester Stadium on Friday 25th November from 7pm - 1am. For full details Click Here. 15.10.05 is a new venture, run by magician Dave Brown, offering a unique range of web browsers. "These browsers take browsing into another dimension with their individual and easily personalised designs. Magicians can take advantage of a special offer and have a browser personalised for their own use by visiting this 'magicians only' link: which includes details of a free 2006 year planner." 15.10.05


Standing out from the pack. "After wooing audiences in London, high-society card sharp Drummond Money-Coutts hopes to reinvent himself as the new cool face of conjuring. But can he work his magic in Leeds? Drummond Money-Coutts emerges in the quadrangle of Leeds University looking entirely inconspicuous. Aside from being unusually tall with a thick mane of dark hair he's indistinguishable from virtually every other student milling around him..." To read the full story from Rod McPhee in Leeds Today, Click Here. 15.10.05


The Horwitz Wallet is reviewed by MagicWeek this week "The perfect wallet for real magic, beautifully made, with an excellent collection of routines too. I loved it!" To read the full review Click Here. 15.10.05


Sleight of Mind. Following Sean Goodman's sell out performance at the Norwich Playhouse Theatre, Sleight of Mind, an interactive family show, can be seen at St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth on December 3rd. "Sean's relaxed informal style, together with feats of telepathy, ESP and foresight create a memorable show guaranteed to leave the audience wanting more and questioning the power of the mind." Venue: St Georges Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2PG (Map) Date: 3rd December, Tickets: £9 for adults, £7 concessions, £25 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children), Box Office: 01493 858387 15.10.05


The Ipswich Magical Societys' Annual One-Day Convention. Tickets are still available for The Ipswich Magical Society’s Annual One Day convention on Sunday, 23rd October, at Needham Market (near Ipswich). This year's lecturers include Jon Allen, Scott Creasey and Scott Penrose who will all also perform in the evening Gala show, along with Michael Pearse (comedy juggling), Matt Edwards (as seen in C4’s Faking It), Karl Jeffery (ventriloquist) and Steve Kovarez (The Matrix Illusionist). As always the evening show will be compared by comedian and magician, Richard Whymark. All this plus magic dealers. More information: or email Ally Riley, 15.10.05


Mind Reader Jez Rose has had a busy month presenting training conferences for new clients Pfizer and Bristol-Meyers Squibb, and performing in cabaret for Oracle in Barcelona, which resulted in him getting behind with some orders. Jez emails "All future orders are being handled by someone on my behalf; I wish I could say a beautiful assistant but she's really not that pretty at all - she will, however, get all orders sent out right away ...or she'll be out of a job!" Jez will be releasing three mind reading DVDs and a new book for the public in time for Christmas, 15.10.05


Equity (Wales) celebrate their 75th anniversary at The Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot, with a Gala Night of The Stars on Wednesday, November 2nd. The evening will feature a wide variety of acts, including magic and mind reading from Jasper Blakeley's character 'Kockov' and close-up magic throughout the evening from Stuart Watkins (photo). The show will be compered by actor and comedian Stan Stennett. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, Tickets: £5.00, £6.50, Box Office: 01639 763214 15.10.05


Multi Lock by Riley. A Top Secret Magic exclusive, designed with the escape artist and magician in mind. This special padlock can be examined, and measures approximately 3" x 4". For more information visit (click on 'New In'). 15.10.05


Houdini inspired Jail Escape from Dick Turpin's Death cell! Amethyst (Daniel Hunt and Annette Claire) will attempt a Houdini-style escape from York Castle Museum on Monday October 17th. Daniel will be searched and handcuffed by North Yorkshire police before being locked into the condemned cell where the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin spent his last night alive! All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Relief. For more information visit or email: To make a donation contact Macmillan Cancer Relief on 01904 756403 and ask for Kate or Karina. 15.10.05


Balloon Jam/Workshop days. Graham Lee has two more Balloon Jam/Workshop days coming up on Wednesday 9th November and Wednesday 23rd November. Email Graham for details: 15.10.05


Michael Dekker will be lecturing in Exeter on Sunday 16th October and Ilford on Wednesday 19th October. For the Exeter lecture (7.30pm at Wat Tyler House, King William Street, Exeter) contact Ozzy Symons 01392 461881 for entrance fee and more information and for the Ilford lecture at the Ilford Magical Society, Parkside Community Centre, Goodmayes Lane, Ilford on Wednesday 19th October at 8pm contact John Penrose: 01277 659919 (£5 admission to non-members). 15.10.05


"Wes Craven [photo] takes the stage with Magic Macabre" Click Here • "Magician adds innovative twists to illusions" Click Here • "The man with the maggots in his eyes" Click Here • "Martin: Paul Daniels is best" Click Here • "Magic Makeover - Curtis Adams is on a mission to make magic seem cool and mainstream" Click HereSmokin' Aces by Working Title Films is currently in production. The movie is about the pursuit of a magician and mobster named Buddy Israel, who decides to jump bail and hide out inside a penthouse casino at Lake Tahoe • See you next week, Duncan. 15.10.05