Number 280 - 5th November 2005


Jonathan Goodwin, Extreme Escapologist, appears on Richard & Judy, at 5pm on Monday November 7th (Channel 4) performing one of his most dangerous escapes ever - live, to promote his new show The 7 Stupidest Things to Escape From which goes out later that evening on E4 and launches Mental Magic Week. The show includes escape stunts ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. See TV Magic for times. 5.11.05


Session Convention - update. More names have just been added to the Session Convention line up. Tim Shoesmith, the current British Ring IBM close-up champion, sleight-of-hand magician James Brown, and card man Jack Parker will now join Lee Asher, Kostya Kimlat, Tyler Wilson and Andi Gladwin (photo). Register before November 15th for just 35.00. The registration includes a full day of lectures and shows, visits to the dealers and food at midday and early evening. The venue looks perfect, and registrations have come in from home and abroad. Book early for that discount and to be sure of your place! Visit 5.11.05


Ducktastic waddles its way out of the West End... Ducktastic, directed by Kenneth Branagh, closes on November 19th after a very short flight. Just two weeks on from its West End opening, the show, originally scheduled to run to 15th July 2006, has announced that it will close on November 19th. Tickets that would normally cost up to 42.50 each are now available for just 10.00. Siegfried and Roy's Las Vegas show, that it attempted to lampoon, ran for 30 years, was seen by millions, and in its last years grossed $45 million per year. Quack quack. "This duck is a turkey" Click Here and "It starts out as a kind of send-up of Siegfried and Roy's Las Vegas magic show, with a real life duck standing in for the famous tigers, but it quickly loses sight of its target and degenerates into a loosely connected series of sight gags and double entendres." Click Here. 5.11.05


Pod Magic! have just launched a podcast version of their newsletter. Visit to listen and to find out what's new. 5.11.05


Peter Wardell lectures on commercial close-up at the DownTown Magic Club on Monday November 14th. Members of other magic clubs are welcome. Venue: The DownTown Magic Club, DownTown Diner, Park Street, Ashford, Kent. Contact: Miki Travis 01233 620120


Real World Magic with Dave Jones is the latest DVD release from This production features some of the routines that Dave wowed everyone with at the last FFFF Convention in the States. "All of the magic can be performed as either close-up or stand-up, including a stunning Cabaret Linking Finger Rings sequence and Dave's fantastic card routine called 'Notes' - an effect that everyone is already talking about!" have also just received new stock of their best-selling DVD Corporate Close-up with Martin Sanderson. Two new products to watch out for in the coming weeks are an amazing super-power memory/mind-reading effect and a double DVD box-set (details soon!). Visit 5.11.05 are releasing their new Stealth Assassin Wallet in December. "This is truly the utility device for the mentalist. Carry the Assassin with you and you will have a mentalism act in your pocket! Those in the know have been waiting for the release of the Assassin since its creation and for the lucky few that wait is almost over." Visit for details. 5.11.05


Dave's done it again! Magic man Dave Allen won the Gil Leaney Shield, for the best stage act, at the Watford Association of Magicians on Tuesday November 1st. His original comedy magic act features many mad inventions including a talking duck and an exploding cannon! Second place went to Darren King and third to Ian Manly. This award comes hot on the heels of Dave's British Ring Comedy Award last month. 5.11.05


Alex Lodge appears in Dick Whittington at The Library Theatre, St George's Square, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 2NG (Map) this Christmas in the role of Simple Simon (under the name of Alex Richards). From Wednesday 14th December to 3rd January. Alex will be performing magic and illusion, and magicians are welcome. Box office 01582 547474. 5.11.05


The Order of the Magi is once again hosting the North West Dealers' Day, from 10am - 4pm on November 12th. Venue: The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 8UF (Map). Featuring: Castle Magical Services, Merlins, Practical Magic, David Charles, Cliff Lount, Mr E Enterprises, David Baxter, Peter Diamond, Stephen Tucker, Keith Bennett, Balloons World Wide, with a lunchtime lecture from Trevor Lewis (photo) including children's magic, close-up and cabaret items. A late afternoon performance by Steve Dela, The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year 2005 will complete the event. There is ample parking, lunches will be available for under 3 and a brand new major retail park is situated next door. This is the third year The Magi has arranged the event and admission is just 5.00 (Plus there a chance to win a 50 dealer voucher in the 1 raffle) 5.11.05


Rodney James Piper and Wayne Goodman treated all the magicians who have worked for them at Sylvester Oscar Scary's House of Illusion throughout the summer to an end of season treat. They were taken on an all expenses trip to Frankfurt to see David Copperfield's A Night of Intimate Illusion. The surprise trip was made even better when they were invited backstage to meet David after the show. In the photo: Peter Carroll, Matt Coleman, David Copperfield, Christian Fletcher, Wayne Goodman and Rodney James Piper. House of Illusion will be holding auditions in the New Year for the summer season 2006. 5.11.05


"Death Comes for the Death Defier. For all intents and purposes, Harry Houdini had been countless times before where he was 79 years ago today, on October 31, 1926: staring down the jaws of death. The magician had been sealed in a coffin and buried under a ton of earth often enough that it felt routine. The difference was that Houdini had always before risen from the grave at the last minute..." To read the full article by Christine Gibson in American Click Here. 5.11.05


Jayne Corrigan and Gary Jones amazed a star studded audience with their close-up magic at the recent "Luncheon with Wendy Richard MBE" hosted by The Heritage Foundation, at London's Grosvenor Hotel. Guests included the cast from Eastenders, along with stars from Are You Being Served, London's Burning, The Benny Hill Show and many others. The event was compeered by the President of The Heritage Foundation, Rick Wakeman. 5.11.05


Paul Gordon's recent five hour lecture at Magical Mayhem is reviewed this week (see Reviews). Last week Paul was invited to Berlin to both perform and lecture, and take part in a 'question and answer' session alongside Tommy Wonder, Dr. Stephen Taut, Wittus Witt and Alexander DeCova. The Berlin Symposium was organised by Alexander DeCova and Julien Daniel and Paul was thrilled to have received an ovation for his lecture. 5.11.05


Close-up magician Jack Stephens has been commissioned to write up a report on the performance he gave Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, at a private lunch party recently. Times journalist Ian Harrison is producing a book containing thirty accounts by people who have met the Queen in unusual circumstances. The Queen celebrates her 80th birthday next year. 5.11.05


Robert Fox and Michael Gee are seen here on location filming for Men and Motors. Like true professionals they tell us they avoided all distractions and concentrated on their magic! 5.11.05


Professional Magic Dealers Association. A Professional Magic Dealers Association (PMDA) has been formed with a steering committee as follows: Chairman - Derek Lever, Secretary - Mike Shepherd, Treasurer - Phil Peters, Public Relations Officer - Alec Powell, Committee Members - Dave Charles and Mark Lee. The basic qualifications for membership are: Members must have traded for a minimum of 3 years as a Magical Dealer. Members must have a publicised personal name and address (as opposed to just a mobile phone number and email address). Members main source of income must be from magic. Members must have some original and exclusive items which they sell. Membership of the group will be by invitation only. The objectives of the organisation are: To obtain better conditions for members at Conventions. To exchange information (including bad debtors and fraudsters). To arbitrate in disputes between customers and dealers and to resolve 'rights' issues. And finally, to promote confidence in dealing with members of the Association. Discussions are taking place regarding the mounting a PMDA Day of Magic some time next year. Enquiries to the Secretary, Mike Shepherd: 5.11.05


MagicWeek recommends Phantoms of the Card Table by David Britland and Gazzo, currently with 30% off. To order from Click Here Doug Segal reviews Peter Arcane's recent lecture at the Medway Magical Society, Click Here "He's the Mana" Click Here "1.7m injury payout for circus magician" Click Here "He's got mucho magic" Click Here "Magic festival from November 2" Click Here "Magician entertains Isaac's lineups" Click Here Many congratulations to Laura and Darryl Rose on the birth of baby Liliana Fay Rose on October 31st! That's it for the week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 5.11.05