Number 282 - 19th November 2005


Something Wicked This Way Comes... Again! Derren Brown goes on tour in 2006 with the show that sold out across the country earlier this year. This is what we said then "Just as Cirque du Soleil reinvented the dying art of 'circus' in the 80's Derren Brown has reinvented the dying art of the 'mind reader' in the 2000's - the show was simply stunning... the whole production has been meticulously crafted from start to finish. You will take great delight in its inventiveness and originality... and the closing minutes will simply blow you away. Derren's performance is superb, his easy manner and charm bewitching the audience from the moment he walks on stage. Very theatrical, without ever being over the top... Something Wicked will go down in magic history as a defining moment in the evolution of the genre. Do try and see this show; it boldly goes where no mortal 'mind reading' show has dreamt of going before." See What's On for dates. (All dates subject to change. Theatres may not yet be taking advance bookings.) 19.11.05


Derren Brown – The Heist. Following the success of Russian Roulette, Séance and Messiah, master mind manipulator Derren Brown returns this Christmas with The Heist, another one-off television special produced by Objective Productions for Channel 4. "Under the guise of a motivational seminar and a follow-up documentary, can Derren Brown persuade any of his group of responsible, middle-management businessmen and women to steal £100,000 in an armed robbery? In his most ambitious and challenging special to date, Derren illustrates how little it takes to cross into deviant behaviour and presents a master class in persuasion." Transmission date to be announced. 19.11.05


Magicians from all over the world will descend upon London on Friday for three days of world class magic. International Magic are pulling out all the stops this year for their 34th Annual Convention, with many performers appearing in the UK for the very first time (expect some surprises!). For all the latest news, and to book (and you'd better hurry!) Click Here or telephone 020 7405 7324. 19.11.05


Wayne Dobson lectures at the Nottingham Guild of Magicians on January 29th 2006 (2.30pm - 4.30pm, tickets £5.00), followed by The Magic and Laughter Show at the Bonnington Theatre, Arnold, in the evening. Starring Wayne Dobson, Jimmy Cricket, Phoenix, Derek Lever, Stuart Brown and Ian Lea. Show time 7.30pm Tickets £12.00. To book for both events telephone 0115 9614551. 19.11.05 is now advertising on MagicWeek. The UK's first weekly radio show dedicated to magic goes out every Monday evening at 8pm (GMT) worldwide, and can be heard through, or via the website all week. Jointly hosted by magician Jay Fortune and (keeping him in check!) "layman" Steve, the show features an hours worth of magic banter, discussion, news, views and interviews. Recent guests include Eugene Burger and Jeff McBride, and lined up to appear are Noel Britten (this Monday, November 21st), Aldo Colombini and Max Maven. Subscribers to their VIP newsletter stay on top of everything that's happening on the show. The show is professionally produced from a professional radio studio. Visit today! 19.11.05


Michael Ammar and Canada's Patrik Kuffs have just been added to the line up of talent appearing at the Blackpool Magicians' Convention on 24th, 25th and 26th February, 2006. Michael will lecture and perform in the close-up sessions and Patrik Kuffs will perform on the 'Mainly Mentalism' show on the Friday evening and lecture. More names are still being added - visit for all the latest news and to register. 19.11.05


Will Gray is featured in Magic Profile this week: "I can’t remember exactly how he put it but during a lecture at Leicester MC Ali Bongo caught my attention with his belief that 'everything a magician does should be magical.' Why use a lighter when a magician should be able to make fire appear and why should he need to untie a rope? This one quote by a magical great has really influenced the way I routine my acts." To read Will's profile Click Here. 19.11.05


Andy Nyman's Killer Elite Pro has just been released by Very strong first time around this all-new 'pro' version features a custom designed high quality leather wallet, real poker chip and full colour movie cards that have been specially produced on credit card stock. Here's the effect: The performer introduces a small leather wallet and removes a poker-chip and four 'movie' cards, each bearing the image of a well known movie "killer." The spectator is asked to imagine that all four killers are in a room, when all of a sudden gun shots are fired, leaving just one man standing. The survivor is the owner of the poker chip. The spectator is asked to choose the killer that he believes to be the owner of the chip, which is then placed onto the card bearing the image of the chosen killer and survivor. Amazingly, the performer proves that the spectator's selection is the correct one! Clever stuff from Andy Nyman and one of those routines that you'll have a lot of fun with. Pre-order from 19.11.05


The Magic of Jesus. From Channel 4: "The Bible says that Jesus made water in to wine, fed 5,000 people, and said that faith could move mountains. Can magicians Barry and Stuart do the same? In this 60-minute Christmas special the stars of Dirty Tricks undertake their most challenging project to date as biblical stories become a springboard for the duo to produce some amazing tricks. The Magic of Jesus sees Barry and Stuart draw on the miracles as the inspiration for some of their most highly original and inventive magic yet. Is it possible for two 21st-century magicians to ‘reproduce’ some of these extraordinary events?" To be broadcast around Christmas/New Year, dates to be confirmed. Objective Productions for Channel 4. 19.11.05


Andy Nyman lectures at the Leicester Magic Circle on Monday 21st November. The evening starts at 7.30pm and visiting magicians are welcome (£5 charge). For full details telephone Barry Martin (secretary) on 01509 843066. 19.11.05 continue to expand their range of "online exclusives" from TV magicians, with two new releases from Marc Paul. The first is the AAA Phone Mystery, number one in a series of ebooks detailing original effects from Marc which can be performed "Anytime, Anywhere, for Anybody." The second is Marc's outstanding lecture video, now available for the first time on DVD. Full details of both items (and clips of material taken from the DVD) can be found in the 'Magicians Only' area of 19.11.05


Matthew Stirling presents "Mind Magic" for one night only on Sunday December 11th at 8pm. The show features "hypnosis research, comical magic and mindreading" at Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London W12 7LJ (Map). Box Office 020 8222 6933. 19.11.05


Manchester Circle of Magicians will be holding three Jumbo Auctions in 2006. The dates are Tuesday 31st January (6.30 pm start), Tuesday 16th May, and Tuesday 24th October. The venue is Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Manchester. Details from Derek Lever, phone/fax: 01253 810113, email 19.11.05


International News. MagicLive! celebrates its 1000th performance at the Aladdin Theater, Alhambra Casino, Aruba. Adam Steinfeld, seen here in the photo with the cast and crew, told us that the original booking was for just six weeks and that audiences can expect lots of exciting new illusions in the future from British illusion designer Mark Parker of 4-effect If visiting the Caribbean and Aruba this winter Adam invites you to suspend your disbelief and visit the show. More news:


Magician and actor Matthew Duggan has just launched a website for his new business Working Magic A former Young Close-up Magician of the Year, Matthew is now using his skills to entertain corporate and private clients alike with amazing close-up magic. Having recently been promoted to Associate of the Inner Magic Circle, he is now looking forward to a busy festive season. 19.11.05


Manchester Circle of Magicians presented the North West Close-up Championships last week to a packed house. Phil Tilston, Matthew McGurk, Alex Fisher, Gary Williams, Jay Rollins and Harry Robson took part: "In a very high standard competition the winner was Matthew McGurk featuring triple coin rolls and some outstanding coin work, he has now been invited to participate in the British Magical Close Up Championships at Blackpool in February. In second place was Harry Robson with a very entertaining act. He also won the trophy for the Best Card Trick with a sensational card discovery using a flying model helicopter! Taking third place was Jay Rollins who amongst other things juggled with playing cards. Compere and organiser was Derek Lever. It was a great night out." Website: Click Here. 19.11.05


Ed Stivala was the guest speaker at this year's 'Bedfordshire Businesswomen' annual awards. He entertained the audience whilst speaking about the three keys to business success, delivering his message carefully wrapped up in magic 19.11.05


The Order of the Magi hosted their third North West Dealers Day on November 12th. "Approaching 100 delegates attended to browse and buy from the dealers attending. The guest lunchtime lecturer was Trevor Lewis who was very well received. Later on in the day The Magic Circle Centenary Young Magician of the Year, Steve Dela, presented his award winning act which was appreciated so much The Magi have re booked him for their Annual Dinner in March. The dealers reported a steady flow of business, enhanced by the Powerpoint presentation produced by Dan and Rebecca Sharples." Photo: L to R Snaggers (Alan Russell), Helen Moran and President Peter Moran. 19.11.05


Table Top Magic Sale. On Thursday 1st December the Nottingham Guild of Magicians invite you to come along and sell your unwanted props, buy some new ones, or just have a browse around (free admission). Tables are £2.00 each but you must call Freddie Wilkinson to reserve one on 0115 9614551. The sale runs from 7.30pm - 9.30pm (Doors open at 7.00pm for setting up) and will be held at the Pond Hills Lane Community Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham. See website for directions 19.11.05


Blackpool Magicians' Club had a total of six competitors for their annual Close-up Competition last week. "Sarah Hutton, Paul Joyce, Jeremy Guest, Brian Taylor, Michael Howarth, and Magic Malky presented a varied range of magic to an appreciative audience. Magic Malky took first prize, Brian Taylor second and Jeremy Guest third. The Ray Howes Trophy for the best card trick was won by Mike Howarth with a very strong torn and restored card effect. David Plant was the organiser and compere. Rick Green performed an exciting new act whilst the judges deliberated to round off a great night out." 19.11.05


The Amazing Kreskin DVD review Click Here • Buy a multi-region DVD player Click Here  • Scott Creasey's First Impressions Pad is reviewed by Tom Lauten this week, Click Here • "Learn Magic From a Professional Magician With Mac King's Magic in a Minute Suitcase-O-Magic" Click Here • "Magic man Paul flicks the switch" Click Here • "You'll like this a lot" Click Here • The For Sale and Wanted ads continue to be very popular, please check the terms before submitting an ad though. That's it for this week, see you at the International Magic weekend - have a magic week! Duncan. 12.11.05