Number 312 - 17th June 2006


Pure Magic Bar - opening night! The UK's first dedicated magic bar opened on Wednesday June 14th in Manchester's most innovative 24 hour entertainment venue, The Printworks. Situated in the heart of modern Manchester, the external façade of The Printworks has stood for more than a century. Today The Printworks houses an eclectic range of venues, attracting visitors of all ages, interests and origins. Pure Magic Bar caused more than a ripple as the doors opened and the magic began - magic that ranged from card-based sleight of hand magic over the bar to full-on illusions. "We've put a lot of passion, blood and sweat into the Pure Magic Bar and I think people will see how much we care about it when they walk through the door. We all love magic and the staff have gone through rigorous training in sleight of hand, illusion and psychological manipulations... as well as learning how to mix a mean cocktail!" Said Mark (on the left in the photo). To see a selection of photos from the opening night Click Here. We wish them every future success. Pure Magic Bar, The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS (Map) 17.6.06


Secret World of Magic starring Ali Cook and Pete Firman is being repeated on Sky Two. The six one-hour episodes feature some of the world's finest magicians, talking and performing magic, including Juan Tamariz, Jeff McBride, Mac King, Gaeton Bloom, Rene Levand, Max Maven and Dean Dill. Ali and Pete travelled all over the world to make the show, and perform some of their own favourite routines along the way. For more on the series Click Here. See TV Magic for dates. 17.6.06


Paul Daniels - A Magical Evening. 7.30pm on Wednesday 6th September at the Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury. Paul Daniels heads the line up for a special evening of magic to raise money for the Stroke and Rehabilitation Unit, Shrewsbury. Paul will be supported by local magicians, including comedy magic award winner Paul Ray, and Shropshire's current Close-up Magician of the Year, Marcus Taylor. Tickets (£23 each, including buffet) are available from Les Evans in advance. Telephone: 01743 450457 Email: 17.6.06


Marvin's Magic at West End Live. West End Live is Westminster City Council's summer entertainment showcase - a "must see" event that should attract over 500,000 visitors. Featuring hundreds of activities including performances from West End shows, amazing street entertainers and magic, Marvin's Magic has been invited to take part in the main event, in Leicester Square. There will be a special Marvin's Magic Marquee on Sunday 18th June from 12pm - 6.30pm featuring magic performances from top magic men Peter Wardell, Bruce Smith, Tariq Knight, James Green and Marvin Berglas; plus competitions and giveaways. This is a great showcase for magic and is partly being sponsored by The Foundation for Promoting the Art of Magic. 17.6.06


Peter Eggink, creator of AE, AE2, Touched by an Angel, Ripped-up and brand new effect Exit, would like to hear from UK magic clubs interested in booking his lecture, which he hopes to tour in the UK in 2006 or 2007. In the lecture Peter covers such topics as presentation, how to become a successful close-up magician and creativity. He also performs and explains some of his previously marketed material, together with brand new items. Following the lecture DVDs and effects are available for sale. If your club is interested, please either contact Christopher Williams in the UK or Peter directly 17.6.06


ZigZag Productions email: From Le Petomane to Norman Collier, we are looking to compile a list of the most famous Novelty Acts in history for a new television programme. If you can remember any of these famous acts, or have any advice as to where we should look, then please contact Imran Arif or telephone 0207 017 8755. 17.6.06


Shut Up and Shoot Me has been invited to open the Galway Film Festival on July 11th. Andy Nyman will be there along with the director to introduce the movie which scooped three major awards at the Cherbourg Film Festival in France: Best Film, Audience Award and Best Actor Award to Andy Nyman. For tickets and more information visit 17.6.06


Dobson's Choice: TV Stuff Volume 3 has just been released. The eagerly awaited final installment of this DVD trilogy features more TV clips from Wayne's "A Kind of Magic" TV series, extra bonus footage featuring Wayne on "Live from Her Majesty's" and, for the first time, 30 minutes of close-up magic from an all close-up show that went out in the London region only - starring Wayne with the legendary Tommy Wonder. For more information and to order visit 17.6.06


Derek Lever presents a brand new lecture for Manchester Circle of Magicians on Tuesday 20th June at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford at 8pm. Members free, visitors £5.00. Despite the fact that England are playing on this night Derek is carrying on with his lecture. When the last World Cup was taking place Derek was presenting his IBM President's Lecture in Manchester on the night that England was playing a crucial game... prophets of doom predicted a disaster but on the night the room was packed to the ceiling. (If guests decide to join Manchester Circle for £10.00 on Tuesday night their £5.00 entrance fee will be refunded.) Further details from Derek Lever: or phone/fax 01253 810113. 17.6.06


Roger Dunn's Family Fun Show can currently be seen at Gulliver's Kingdom Family Theme Park, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. This is Roger's 21st consecutive season for Gulliver's and once again the show is packed with magic, puppets and fun! In December he transforms into 'Mother Christmas' presenting seasonal magic, together with songs and puppets. 17.6.06


Paul Gordon lectures at the Southend Sorcerers at 8pm on Sunday July 2nd, at Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, Southend. Non members are welcome on payment of a £5 guest fee. For further details contact 17.6.06


The Bilston Bear Show. Coming soon to a Theatre or Hall near you this summer! The Bilston Bear Show is a superb children's show that the whole family will enjoy. Come and meet Bilston Bear, Jimbo, and the gang in this fun packed show. It's guaranteed to be a magical adventure with magic tricks, music, games, prizes, comedy and audience participation. For more information contact Jimmy Carlo Entertainments 01902 353349 See local press for full tour dates. 17.6.06


Mark Leveridge presents his anniversary lecture in Cambridge on Tuesday June 20th. Lots of ideas and lots to buy too! From 8pm at St Laurences School, Arbury Road, Cambridge, CB4 2JX (Map) Tickets £5 for non-members. Contact Alan Maskell, Secretary, on 01223 462647 17.6.06


Philip Partridge will be appearing at GC Expo at Earl’s Court next week. Philip will be drawing crowds to the PC World Business stand (No. 550). The exhibition takes place on Tuesday 20th June and Wednesday 21st June. . 17.6.06


Congratulations to YMC member Michael Jordan, winner of the Huddersfield Circle of Magicians Bill Eaton Close-up Competition for the 2nd year running. 17.6.06


Popular children's entertainer and TV personality Jack Mayes has died aged 74. Jack, famous for his show with his larger-than-life dummy Hairy Harry, suffered a heart attack at his home in Derby Way, Stevenage, on June 7. Jack was a well-loved stage and TV star who had appeared in a string of television shows during his career. He had also dazzled holiday makers on the QE2 and had repeat bookings at Kensington Palace. To read the full obituary in The Comet Click Here. 17.6.06


"Magic Circle Hosts Britain's Magic Societies" John Derris reports, Click Here • "Magician 'told to shut up about death'" Click Here • "The Original Chinese Conjuror" Click Here • "The trick of solving boredom on wards" Click Here • Many thanks to everyone who contributed news this week, always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 17.6.0