Number 296 - 25th February 2006


Jonathan Goodwin is featured in this month's Bizarre magazine, to promote the terrestrial premiere of his show The 7 Stupidest Things to Escape From on Channel 4 (Friday, March 3rd, 10.35pm). The new edition of Radio Times also features Jonathan, rating his show a "Choice of the Day" and commenting: "There's more than a bit of Jackass about this and you'll probably turn your head away from his antics more than once. But there's something strangely engaging about Goodwin, and against your better judgment you may laugh out loud." I did... The 7 Stupidest Things to Escape From breaks all the rules and succeeds on many levels. Jonathan's supremely under-hyped antics work brilliantly... who could ever forget his escape from a car wash? Keep an eye on the man, and what he's up to, at and be sure to check out his 'Safari Park Escape' plans - pure genius. Jonathan can be heard on Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4 at 6.15pm today (Saturday 25th February). Maybe next year we'll be able to see him risking life and limb live on tour - now that would be fun. 25.2.06


Corporate Zone Magic Day: Sunday 23rd April 2006, London. Corporate Zone Magic Day is a brand new event on the magic calendar aimed at "Professional magicians who are already performing in the corporate field, at trade shows, business functions, special events and seminars, or professional magicians who are seriously interested." Marc Paul (photo), Michael Bailey and Chris Dugdale will each present a 90 minute lecture, followed by a challenging question and answer session. The day is being organised and produced by Gary Young (Top Secret Magic Day) and places are limited. For more information, and registration details, visit: 25.2.06


The Magic Circle Annual Supper. Following the success of last year's move to The Brick Lane Music Hall, The Magic Circle is again holding its popular Annual Supper at this unique venue in London's Dockland (secure parking available). Vincent Hayes has converted an old French church into an amazing Victorian Music Hall, at 443 North Woolwich Road, London E16 2DA (Map). The evening includes dinner, close-up magic, and The Brick Lane Music Hall Company, featuring Jon Klox (making his first appearance for The Magic Circle since the days of the Collegiate Theatre Festivals), David Blyth and the illusions of Andrew Van Buren. Wednesday, 5th April 2006, 7pm for 7.30pm. Dress informal. Tickets are £45.00 each from Brian Miller, telephone: 0137 870 927, email 25.2.06


The Magic of Variety runs from February through to October 25th at the Babbacombe Theatre, Babbacombe Downs. "A spectacular show featuring the magic of Peter Baffles and a star cast with Andy Oakley and Dean Winters (comedy), Donna-Marie and Nicki Jordan (singing), plus the musical talents of Simon Mansfield, all wrapped up with the incredible dancing by Danze Chique and The Tip Tap Top Kids!" Babbacombe Theatre, Babbacombe Downs, Torquay TQ1 3LU (Map). Tickets: Adults £14.00, Senior Citizens/students £13.00, Children under16 £8.00 25.2.06


LabcoMagic's Søren Harbo combined a life long passion for inventing magic tricks and gizmos with his skills as an electronics engineer to develop a range of mind blowing magic: "Microprocessors have been asked to do things they have never tried before! All the effects are handmade in Denmark and produced to meet the demands of both professionals and collectors. The production is limited and each items is numbered." Ingenious magic, made with TLC, visit today and explore the possibilities. 25.2.06


Hey Presto Magic Show. Tickets for the Bradford Magic Circle's annual show at the Bingley Arts Centre on Saturday 4th March 2006 at 7.30pm are now on sale. "The show is a fabulous magic show for all the family with stage, comedy and children's magic, illusionists and dancers." Starring Andrew Van Buren & Company, Ward Allen and Roger the Dog, Ray Roberts, Miss Ell Vee, The Great Si Moano, and the Spotlight Dancers. Tickets: £5.00 - £7.00 telephone 01274 432000. For more information contact Steve Gore, Publicity Officer for the Bradford Magic Circle on 01274 780160. 25.2.06


£300 DVD prize package! To celebrate their first anniversary are running a special promotion. From Friday 24th February to Wednesday 1st March (inclusive) anyone purchasing any product from either the website, or stand at the Blackpool Convention, will be placed into a lucky draw, and one lucky winner will receive the entire range of DVDs, including their two brand new releases The Best of and Brain Drain - with a total value of over £300.00! We will announce the winner on Saturday March 11th. To qualify for online purchases order a product from between Friday 24th and 12 midnight March 1st March. 25.2.06


Tim Vine and John Archer. Jimmy Carlo emails: "I went to see Tim Vine and John Archer at a Theatre near me in Sedgley last night, and what a great show it was. John Archer opened and was on top form doing a few sight gags followed by his version of six card repeat, finishing off with a blind-folded mentalism bit that was very funny. His handling of audience members was a joy to watch; pity I didn't take notes but I was laughing too much! He then announced that they were running late and that there was not going to be an interval, so he introduced Tim Vine who walked on stage with a towel around his head and body as if he had come directly out of the shower, big big laugh. Then the actual interval came, followed by Tim who tore the place to bits. I would recommend going to see this show if you get the chance. Highly Recommended." Jimmy Carlo. 25.2.06


Mind Reader, Mike Bailey joins comedy magicians Black and Paris for the return of 'Monday nights at The Barons Court Theatre'. The Magic Cavern events have brought in much needed extra revenue for the theatre over the last three years; so much so that new seats and lighting are now being installed. Chris Paris and Mat Black host the return of the Monday night slot for Richard Leigh with their bizarre blend of comedy, character sketches and magic. Every Monday will also include guest acts. Mike Bailey takes the slot this Monday, February 27th. There is also an open mike slot for comedians and magicians who just want to turn up and do a few minutes. For future information contact - see What's On for dates. 25.2.06


The Royal Television Society Awards are presented on March 14th and are decided on by a jury made up of TV professionals. In the category Entertainment Performance Derren Brown for Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind (Objective Productions for Channel 4), is up against strong competition from Ant and Dec for Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (Granada Entertainment for ITV1), and not-so-strong competition from the incredibly irritating Paul O’Grady for Paul O’Grady Show (Granada Entertainment for ITV1). In the Single Documentary - General category Taxidermy: Stuff the World (Century Films for BBC Two), has been nominated, much to the delight of Derren Brown no doubt, and Peep Show, from the makers of Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind has been nominated in the category Situation Comedy & Comedy Drama (and is well worth a serious punt).  25.2.06


Gigantic Magic Auction at the Leeds Magical Association. Tuesday 14th March at 7pm (auction starts 7.30pm). Props and books in good condition will be accepted on the night. All welcome, free admission. Venue: Friends Meeting House, opposite Leeds University, Electronic Engineering Dept. For details contact Paul Wrightson telephone 0113 2164209 25.2.06


Henry Evans Lecture Tour. See What's On for dates. 25.2.06


Are you a talented and energetic close-up magician looking for a new challenge? Are you a team player as well as a talented inventive performer? Whatever Artists Management are looking for magicians, male and female, to be part of an exciting established team for both one night engagements and residencies in first class venues in the UK and overseas. Auditions in London on Wednesday 8th March 2006. Send publicity in the first instance to: Whatever Artists Management, F24 Argo House, Kilburn Park Road, London NW6 5LF or send via email to 25.2.06


The Virtual Session. Ian Kendall is launching a brand new online magic course featuring video tutorials which will be uploaded every month "covering everything from card handling to bar flair." The site is starting with online versions of Ian's four How to Do Stuff VCDs, and new clips will be added from March. To find out what this exciting new project is all about visit: 25.2.06


Robert Fox (photo) recently performed for Britain's Linford Christie, and his family, at a private function in London. Linford turned out to be a real fan, stating "Robert Fox is real good. Enough said!" • Sean Heydon has just returned from Barcelona where he was performing promotional magic at the 3GSM Conference. Other entertainment featured the CBOS Girls from Russia and pop star Craig David. Sean has just launched a new website: • Your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 25.2.06