Number 283 - 26th November 2005


34th International Magic Convention - This weekend! At the Shaw Theatre Complex, 100 Euston Road, NW1 2AJ (Map).  This year's Convention is dedicated to the memory of Ron MacMillan (left), who started the Convention in 1972, and all steps have been taken to make it the most memorable ever. The Kevin Reay Close-up Competition, with a First Prize of a magnificent trophy and 1000 cash (plus further cash prizes for the runners-up) will be held on the Saturday (morning). Entering: Mario Bove (Italy), Glenn Farrington (USA), David Blanco (UK), Erik Nordvall (Sweden), Karl Berseus (Sweden), Antonio Perete (Spain), Martin Eisle (Germany), Szabo G Gabor (Hungary), Gianfranco Preverino (Italy), Helder Guimaraes (Portugal), Olmac (France), Philip Tawfik (Austria), James James (UK), William Houston (UK), Ralf Gagel (Germany), Rick Merrill (USA), Rex Cooper (UK), Steve Dela (UK), and Ferenc Galambos (Hungary). Plus world class lectures, close-up sessions, the gala show, a surprise event on the Sunday afternoon, and much more... Visit for details. Saturday doors open 10am. Sunday doors open 10.30am. (You can register on the day.) 26.11.05


Geoffrey Durham No Hat, No Rabbit - live on stage tonight in County Durham at the Empire Theatre, Front Street, Consett, County Durham DH8 5AB (Map) in his brand new one man show. This is the third in Geoffrey's trilogy of one man shows and concentrates on stand-up and close-up magic. You've see Geoffrey Durham on the TV, now witness his astonishing skills live, on stage, in the bar, and around the foyer. Taking TV magic as a starting point, Geoffrey's brand new show explores what can and can't be done with camera tricks - and in the process he'll show you just how close an audience can come to the action, by bringing the magic nearer than ever before. Box Office: 01207 218171. 26.11.05


Bowie Magic. "Rock legend David Bowie is in talks to play inventor Nikola Tesla in 'The Prestige,' a thriller from 'Batman Begins' director Christopher Nolan. The cast also includes Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Michael Caine in a tale of rival magicians in early 20th century London. The Tesla character is based on the real-life Serbian-American who discovered the rotating magnetic field." To read more from Billboard Click Here. 26.11.05


Nathan Kranzo's brand new DVD Burning Up is now available. Nathan is a full time entertainer who has acquired a reputation for creating unique and original magic. Born and raised in Michigan he attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where he specialised in Special Effects and Movie Making. His original magic creations have been published in Magic, Genii, and The Linking Ring and in 2004 Nathan was a consultant for the series The Virtual Magician which aired in over 40 Countries. More recently he acted as consultant to Penn and Teller. To see his product range, and a clip from the new DVD visit: today! Nathan is now advertising with MagicWeek. 26.11.05


The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading. Ian Rowland's definitive guide is available once again. This is the brand new 4th edition and is literally hot off the press. The price is lower than before at just 28.00. Full details of the book and how to order can be found on To see what Ian's been up to recently Click Here. 26.11.05


Chicano's Christmas Magic Show. Jersey's top magician Steve Giles AIMC (aka Chicano) is staging a Family Magic Show on 19th and 20th December, featuring grand illusions, mind reading and lots of fun! This is the second year that Steve has staged the show. Venue: Jersey Arts Centre, Phillips Street, St Helier JE2 4SW. Tickets: 9.00 (buy 6 and pay for 5). Box Office: 01534 700444 Book online: Click Here For more information contact Steve Giles AIMC 01534 852081 26.11.05


Following on from the success of his first 90 minute one-man show (and winning Cardiff Magical Society's Ken Perks Award for Close-up Magic for a second time) Jasper Blakeley finished the week off by "messing with celebrity minds." Jasper was invited to entertain 400 celebrities and business guests at the recent Prince's Trust Cymru Awards dinner at Cardiff's City Hall. Amongst those performing was popstar Mica Paris, who exclaimed "you're really freaking me out now!" Look out for Jasper and his alter-ego 'Kockov' on his forthcoming Poncho Productions/Left Of Centre Illusion one-man show tour. 26.11.05


Magician David Bonsall turns full time pro next week after serving for 13 years with the Royal Marines. Having recently been promoted to Associate of the Inner Magic Circle and having just launched his new website,, David is now looking forward to spending his days developing and honing is magical skills, as opposed to crawling through the undergrowth with a dagger between his teeth! 26.11.05


Brighton's Klub Magic on Wednesday, December 7th, features Noel Britten, John Derris, Tensai, and host Mark Worgan. Tickets, via the Box Office: 01273 647100. For more information visit: Noel can also be seen live on stage this weekend at the International Magic Convention in London. 26.11.05


Michael Gee played his part in raising money for charity at a recent Sir Alan Sugar Challenge event. Michael was filmed by the BBC performing close-up magic for Griff Rhys-Jones who hosted the event, which was a great success, at The REX Cinema, London. 26.11.05


Alan Astra went so well on ITV's Today with Des and Mel on Monday 21st November, that they invited back on Friday to teach Mel how to make a poodle! 26.11.05


Aaron Paterson's levitation "The Icarus Effect" is now available in the UK exclusively from Mike Danata's Magic Studio in Bournemouth Fast becoming one of the most talked about effects of the year, Mike tells us that a number of top magicians have already purchased it. 26.11.05


Dave Allen (Magic Dave, UK Children's Entertainer of the Year 2004, WAM Stage Magician of the Year 2005) lectures at the Newcastle Magic Circle, Copthorne Hotel Newcastle, The Close, Quayside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 3RT (Map) at 8pm on Monday 28th November. Contact Martin Duffy for more information 0191 237 6240. 26.11.05


Tony Griffith - Creative Magic Lecture/Teach-in Day. Sunday 5th March 2006. Tony Griffith will be holding another of his Creative Magic Lecture/Teach-in days at his home in Bristol. "The material presented places emphasis upon subtlety, routing and entertainment. Areas covered will include close-up magic, trade shows, after dinner speaking/entertainment, promotion, publicity and organisation. Items for the children's entertainer can be included if desired." The cost is 40 (35 if booked before December 31st) and includes morning coffee, buffet lunch and light tea. 10.30am - 5pm. Details from Tony on 01275 837017 or Seating is limited to 10. 26.11.05


Latin-Magic (Latin dance, magic, and illusion) are currently performing onboard the Black Watch for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines to 3rd December then from December 18th they'll be on Discovery in the Caribbean. 26.11.05


The Middlesbrough Circle of Magicians. For the past six months the society's website has been offline. They now have a new URL and contact details: 26.11.05


Sean Heydon recently had a call from Scott Bradbury: "We would love to use a magician on our stand, however we don't see how it is possible because we are a training company who train people in the importance of communication and we use a Banana in our tag line and advertising. We are unsure how you could combine training, communication and Bananas in one presentation!" The now almost classic 'Vanishing Bandana' routine came to the rescue, resulting in thirteen dates, an ten performances per day! 26.11.05


Bob Read, 1940 - 2005. Bob Read died suddenly on November 20th and is remembered by Ian Keable Click Here, and Chris Power in Opus: 26.11.05


"Bloom's next project - still in its early stages - is a TV sitcom about a struggling magician. It's a chance for him to show off his card tricks." Click Here have just purchased the website The site retails the "Learn Extreme Street Magic" video as an instant download "Bloch an arbitrator by trade, magician by hobby" Click Here "London's incredible shrinking man" Click Here "Magician conjures up top award" Click Here "Windmill: always nude but never rude" Click Here Vismayam Magical News, the monthly from India's first Magic Academy, is available in PDF Click Here "Move over, Harry - Raoul's the real deal" Click Here Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 26.11.05