Number 295 - 18th February 2006


Blackpool Convention, 24th - 26th February, update: "Billy McComb is not very well at present and his doctor will not allow him to fly to the UK to attend the Blackpool Convention. We all wish him better health very soon. USA close-up star Craig Dickson will be covering Billy's close-up shows and Pat Fallon and Tanya will replace Billy on the Saturday Gala Show. The last few Gold Card Registrations are being sold this weekend but any last minute registrants turning up on the day will be given assistance by Arthur Casson the Registration Officer, to help them see most of the Convention, as we do get some returned tickets." Here's the lineup: Johnny Hart - England/Denmark, Peter Marvey - Switzerland, The Degrees Singing Hits of the Supremes, Victor Voitko - Russia, The Great Nardini - Scotland, Men in Coats - England, Kenji Minemura - Japan, Tony Chapek - USA, Jupiter - Hungary, Ken Dodd - England, Zyllan - England, Mick Miller - England, Michael Ammar - USA, Johnny Casson - England, Patrik Kuffs - Canada, Jerome Murat - France, Fukai - Japan, Aaron Crow - Belgium, Dave Windle Orchestra - England, Marc & Alex - Germany, John Archer - England, Jean Pierre Vallarino - France, Joachim Solberg - Denmark, Karl - England, Martin A Nash - Canada, Wayne Dobson - England, Rick Merrill - USA, Terry Seabrooke - England, Chris Capehart - USA, Luke Jermay - England, Chase Curtis - USA, Johnny Lonn - Sweden, Paul Green - USA, Arthur Casson - England, Mirage Dancers - England, Stan Allen - USA, Will Gray - England, Hayashi - Germany, Matthew McGurk - England, Kevin Gallagher - England, Olmac - France, Mario Morris - Wales, Magic Malky - Scotland, Colonel Custard (Paul Megram) - England, Magic Dave (Dave Allen) - England, Mr. Trix (John Dixon) - England, Percy Piecrust (Leslie Melville) - England, Paul Joyce - England, Harry Robson - England, Brian Sefton - England, Alan Mylecraine - England, and David Plant - England. 18.2.06


This year's Bristol Day of Magic once again takes place at the Weston-super-Mare Winter Gardens complex, but the format is being radically changed for 2006. Moving away from the usual 'trick lectures' the day will feature a new 'One Man Show' event in the afternoon, this year starring the brilliant mind reading magic of Graham Jolley. An interactive children's workshop and lecture will be staged by Louis Baerts, who received excellent reviews following his FISM appearance in 2003 and magic star Michael Finney (photo) and incredible quick change act David & Dania (both from the States) will star in the evening gala show together with Dave Jones, Peter Wardell, Roy Davenport, John Archer, Steve Della, the Balloon Brothers and Richard Cadell. Close-up rooms will feature specialist performers covering specific areas of close-up magic. Plus magic dealers and more. 14th May 2006. Visit for more information and to download a PDF registration form, or telephone Andy Mac 0117 9422449 for registration details. 18.2.06


Peter Scarlett and Stephen Tucker join Martin Sanderson, Sean Heydon, Jon Allen, Paul Gordon and Mark Worgan at the second Close-up Magic Convention in Sussex on Saturday, May 13th. Last year's day sold out - visit for booking information or telephone 01273 401841. 18.2.06


Brian Sefton has just been added to lineup of performers appearing at the West Lancs. Magic Convention being staged by the Ace Magic Circle on April 23rd. The day will feature ten magic dealers and the West Lancs. Stage Magician of the Year Competition. Sunday, April 23rd 2006, 10am - 11pm. Venue: St. Mary's Parochial Club, Trent Road, Billinge near Wigan, Lancashire WN5 7QT (Map). For competition entry details, dealer stand information, and to book in advance, contact Roy Critchley: telephone 07901 990 220 email Website: Click Here. 18.2.06


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British Magical Society Stage Competition. Five acts competed last week in the BMS stage competition which is judged by both laymen and magicians. The Maurice Award for Showmanship was presented to Marc Dominic from Portsmouth. This is the third time that Marc has won this prestigious trophy, and he is only the second person in the Society's hundred year history to be awarded the trophy three times. David Faulks from Swaddlingcote near Burton-on-Trent was awarded the Duval Wand, awarded for "manipulation within an act." Photo: Elizabeth Warlock, president of The British Magical Society, presenting the award to Marc Dominic. To contact David Faulks telephone 01283 219580. 18.2.06


John Derris continues to tour his successful KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) lecture, now in its third year, after performances all over Britain and overseas. "...everybody greatly enjoyed the lecture with many new ideas on visual magic and entertainment for the public that everyone can do. Many thanks indeed. Excellent." Vincent Finnucane, Secretary, The Munster Magical Society in Ireland. The lecture is already booked for other magic clubs during 2006, both at home and abroad. For further information and availability contact John Derris directly on 020 8467 7856. 18.2.06


Mandy Muden is staging two variety shows at the Kings Head, 115 Upper Street, Islington N1 1QN (Map) on Monday March 6th and Monday April 10th, at 8pm. To book call the box office on 020 7226 1916. 18.2.06


Nick Einhorn's Spooked is now available on DVD (no longer on video). MagicWeek readers who email Nick directly can take advantage of a special offer and order Spooked for just £50.00 during February (a saving of £10.00). Visit for more information (but for the special offer email Nick directly). 18.2.06


Belated congratulations to El Loco, following his Edinburgh Fringe Sell Out Show 2005 award last year. ElLoco has since been signed by BlockBookers.Ltd "After browsing the internet for a new speciality act to book in one of his venues Ken Webster, a hypnotist for over 20 years, came across a very unusual act involving a dentist's chair! The act was booked and the agent was blown away - immediately signing El Loco... There are loads of opportunities in store for El Loco, the act is ever evolving, and under the guidance of Ken Webster, El Loco will deliver the best comedy mime act in the country." 18.2.06


Paul Zenon returns to Countdown for the week, commencing Monday 27th February daily at 3.30pm on Channel 4. See TV Magic. 18.2.06


Children's Entertainers - Under the Spotlight can be seen on BBC 4 at 9pm on Thursday 16th March 2006 featuring the magic of Terry Herbert, Andy Clockwise, Henrique, Papalarny and other well known children's entertainers. 18.2.06


Balloon Workshop. Graham Lee's next Balloon Workshop is on 22nd February in Rotherham, from 10am - 6pm with free admittance. Sempertex Balloons are sponsoring the days in future, with 12 workshops per year planned for the next three years. 18.2.06


The Order of the Magi held their annual competition last Wednesday. Nick Barnes, seen here with President Peter Moran, won on technical skill and entertainment value. The runner up was Phil Tilston and the Comedy Award went to Mike Sharples. "The standard was high making it a difficult job for both the magical and lay judges." The society's dinner on March 24th has now sold out, for the fourth year running. Visit for the latest news. 18.2.06


Busy weekend for Simon Coronel. Within hours of arriving in Britain, close-up illusionist Simon Coronel who hails from Melbourne, Australia found himself unexpectedly performing a twenty-minute magic set for the London Society of Magicians. He was in action again on the Sunday at The Magic Cavern, Barons Cross, in the afternoon family show presented by Richard Leigh. Richard always welcomes the support of the magic fraternity at these Sunday events, contact Simon is on a ‘magical pilgrimage’ to America and Europe and is very much looking forward to being a spectator at the Blackpool Convention next weekend. In the photo, left to right, Noel Qualter, Richard Leigh and Simon Coronel. Reported by Alan Jones. 18.2.06


Rentaghost is reviewed by Alan and David Maskell this week, see Reviews • Radio Magic have revamped their website by making it more interactive, and adding a number of new features: • "Breakfast in a speeding bed is just magic" Click Here • "Theo’s magic idea to help appeal" Click Here • Tony Griffith has a couple of places left for his next Creative Magic Day on March 5th - see What's On • "'Rupee magic' row erupts in India" Click Here • "Tricks of the trade. Kids learn art, skill and showmanship of magic" Click Here • "Recalling the Old Redhead" Click Here • "Magician says his skills can be used to better your life" Click Here • "Roy Horn: 'The Magic Is Back'" Click Here • See you in Blackpool on Friday for the start of the world's largest magic convention... should be fun! Your news is always welcomed but please note that next week's submission deadline is 12 noon, Thursday. Duncan. 18.2.06