Number 310 - 3rd June 2006


70th Annual IBM British Ring Convention, September 19th - 24th, Eastbourne. Here's the line up for the Eastbourne convention in September, featuring talent drawn from all over the world: Jeff Hobson (photo), The Great Tomsoni & Co., James Dimmare, Mac King, Mikel Szanyiel, Paolo Giua, Soul Mystique, Wally Eastwood, John Lenahan, Noel Britten, Graham P Jolley, John Carney, Terry Seabrooke, Craig Christian, John Calvert, Vanni Bossi, Shep Hyken, Tim Conover, Seth Kramer, Seth Kramer, Mark Mason, Glann Farrington, Les Black Fingers, Roy Davenport, Paul Zerdin, Reuben, Silly Billy, Gingernutt, Bharat Patel, Magic Rose and Jimbo. The convention features stage shows, lectures, workshops, a children's show, the stage and close-up competitions with 3,500 in prize money and much more. Registrations can now be made online via the website Paul Stone has been working flat out booking the talent - and it look like it is going to pay off. Book early... 3.6.06


10th Top Secret Magic Day - tomorrow! The Gala Show stars: Terry Seabrooke, Vizage, Alec Powell, Russ Stevens (photo), Duncan Trillo, John Lenahan and Marc Oberon (with pre Gala Show close-up magic from Ed Stivala). Magic lectures from: Russ Stevens, Marc Oberon, Martin Sanderson and John Lenahan. Magic dealers: Practical Magic, The Magic Zone, DTrik, Sanderson Magic, RSVP Magic, Paul Gordon, Albion Magic, Alakazam, Bradford Magic Studio and Zane's Magic Shop. Venue: The Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SL (Map). Registration: 25.00 (or 28.00 on the door). 3.6.06


Summerfields Holiday Village present a week of magic. Summerfields Holiday Village, Scratby, Great Yarmouth are holding a 'Magic Week' from 10th June. If you are visiting the area you are welcome to visit on individual evenings. The programme and admission charges are as follows: 10th June - TrickStars - Zany Illusion Show - 2.00, 11th June - Entertainments Team Holiday Rock Show with Magic & Illusion - 2.00, 12th June - Patrick Page (Lecture), Billy Bubbles (Children's Show), Patrick Page (Cabaret) - 5.00, 13th June - Chris North - Mind Magic - Mentalism Show - 2.00, 14th June - Merlins of Wakefield (Dealer Dem), Olly Day - Magic & Comedy (Cabaret) - 2.00, 15th June - A Night with the Norwich & District Magic Circle with Geraldini, Danny Lee, Nick Chapman and compered by Malcolm Mallett - 2.00, 16th June - 2 in 1 - Illusion Cabaret - 2.00. All entertainment commences at 8pm nightly - for further information contact Malcolm Mallett on 07879 635280 or 01493 733733. 3.6.06


Rara Avis - Sixty years of Magic from the Private Notebooks of Jack Avis is reviewed by John Derris this week: "If you are a serious student of magic and know the difference between a Cull and a Kelly Replacement then this is for you. Jack was a great devotee of natural magic, slow and simple, just like The Professor and John Ramsay and this book will open up new avenues for you to pursue if that is your bag. Although he was passionate about card magic there is much to interest you in other close-quarter magic." To read the full review Click Here. 3.6.06


Standard Magic is one of the leading magic producers in India. Strictly wholesale only to magic dealers, the company would be happy to hear from retailers interested in importing their products. 3.6.06


Chris Cox - He Can't Read Minds? Plays the Edinburgh Fringe this Summer. Radio 1's resident magician takes magic into the new world of technology... no magic wand, no fez. "Chris has taken mind magic to a new level. You'll laugh your head off while still being blown away." Metro. ''One of Britain's up and coming real magicians." Colin Murray, BBC Radio One. Venue: C Central (venue 54), Dates: Sunday 20th August to Monday 28th August, Time: 2.15pm (50 minutes), Ticket prices: 8.50 / 7.50 concessions. Venue box office: 0870 701 5105 Fringe box office: 0131 226 0000 3.6.06


Loads-A-Lolly! have just released Loads-A-Lolly, starring Lol James, AKA Mr Lolly, who earns a great living as one of London's busiest children's magicians. This DVD captures two of his shows and then goes behind the scenes visiting Lol's magic warehouse and office, where he talks about his work. See how he runs his business with hints and tips on how to run your office, covering stationery design, advertising, party bags and more. Shot in High Definition widescreen 16:9. Available from or your favourite magic dealer. Mr Lolly's website: 3.6.06


An Evening with Paul Daniels Saturday 3rd June, Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN21 3PF (Map). 8pm, Tickets: 13.00, 14.00, Discounts: Over 60s - 1.00 off, Children - 1.00 off. Box office: 01323 411555. 3.6.06


Close-up magicians Pyro, Richard Bellars and Dynamo performed at the recent British Soap Awards after show party at the Play Room, London. Guests included the Hollyoaks cast, Coronation Street cast, DJ Sassy Abs and more. For more information and photos visit: 3.6.06


Master of Illusion Daniel Dean can be seen in The Great British Variety Show at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne throughout the Summer "Enjoy British Variety at its very best featuring the magic and illusion of Daniel Dean. With a talented and versatile cast performing comedy, song, dance and illusion. This colourful, fun packed show is a treat for all the family and promises to make you laugh out loud!" See What's On for details. 3.6.06


Alakazam Magic are extending their current DVD sale for another week! All customers who visit the shop or order online via their website will receive 25% off of any DVD that they stock. The reduction will be made in-house when they process an order. Note: Paypal customers should work out the reduction first and send the correct amount; however Alakazam will refund the 25% if necessary. This offer will end at midnight on Friday 9th June. 3.6.06


Jon Allen lectures at the West Lothian Magic Circle on close-up and stand-up routines on Thursday 8th June at the Royal British Legion Club, Armadale Road, Whitburn, West Lothian. Time: 7.30pm, Non-members 10.00, Members 5.00. For more information contact Gary James 3.6.06


The Chester Guild of Magicians. Steve Cooil emails: "Could I ask through your Website if there are any past members of The Chester Guild of Magicians out there, who would like to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary by attending our Dinner Dance & Cabaret on 3rd November 2006. We would also welcome anyone else who would like to support us." Please contact Stephen Cooil, Secretary on 01244 881462 or email 3.6.06


The Merchant of Magic have signed copies of Geist, the brand new mentalism book from the authors of the worldwide bestseller Sleight of Mind. "After the resounding success of, 'Sleight of Mind', Harling and Nyrup now turn their attention to the wider reach of Mentalism with 'Geist'. Filled with routines and ideas that will inspire you, their latest book shows how to revitalise your existing material and create new effects using the power of the Geist." For more information and to order visit 3.6.06


Gulliver's Family Theme Parks are presenting two new magic shows for the 2006 season at Gulliver's World in Warrington, Cheshire, and Gulliver's Land in Milton Keynes. The theme for the shows is the Mad Hatters Magic show featuring the mad hatter as the illusionist, Alice and the queen of hearts. The shows are mainly illusion based with some smaller tricks in between them. 3.6.06


The Magic of Alan Wakeling: The Works of a Master Magician by Jim Steinmeyer pre-order from Click Here "Daniels out of celebrity X Factor" Click Here "Paul Daniels slams Big Brother" Click Here Many congratulations to Chris and Teresa Priest on the birth of baby, Lily Alice May Priest last Tuesday, weighing 6 pounds. Both mother and baby are doing well Commercial Balloons 2 the second book from Mike Stokes of Playtime Balloons and his 'Creative Director' Gerry Luff will be launched at the IBM British Ring convention in September That's it for another magic week, your news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 3.6.06