Number 317 - 22nd July 2006


International Magic Convention update: Two more names have been added to the line up of performers appearing at this year's London Convention (November 24th - 26th). James Brown, winner of The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2006, and the man that Luke Jermay describes as "a master of misdirection and timing" will be performing and lecturing. His performances are recognised as being full of bold direct effects; the full thinking behind these effects will be revealed in James's first Convention lecture. International performer Tina Lenert will present, for the first time in the UK, her brand new act Simply Magic "One Scarf, Two Rings, The Music of Stevie Wonder and Astor Piazzola" - an act that combines mime with classic magic effects, not to be missed! Their names have been added to previously announced David Regal and Ray Crowe in what promises to be a convention full of UK premieres and first time appearances. Whilst the Convention is being held at The Novotel, local budget based accommodation is available directly across the road at the Premier Travel Inn. For other hotels in the vicinity Click Here. For more convention news, and to register visit 22.7.06


An Evening of Magic and Illusion, Nottingham. On Sunday 17th September the Nottingham Guild of Magicians once again present "An Evening of Magic and Illusion" at the Bonington Theatre, Arnold Leisure Centre, Arnold, Nottingham. "We are delighted to have with us one of the Country's finest performers and magical thinkers Geoffrey Durham. Geoffrey will be topping the bill of a star studded evening which also includes International Illusionists Safire who will be performing their stunning illusion act along with their latest venture The Living Light Puppet Company, Comedy Juggler Michael Pearse who makes a return visit after numerous requests from our lay audience. James Smith with his 'Reflections' manipulation act and to compere Charlie Petersen - a great comedy act." Show time 7.30pm - 10.00pm, Tickets 12 each. Theatre box office 0115 9670114. As an added bonus Geoffrey Durham will give a lecture during the afternoon from 2.30pm - 4.30pm (lecture tickets 7.50 call 0115 9614551) and Michael Pearse will be present a mini lecture on his signature effect 'Ring on Rope' (only available to those booking for the Geoffrey Durham lecture). 22.7.06


Scoop. The theme of magic in the movies continues with Scoop, the new comedy from Woody Allen starring Woody Allen, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, and Ian McShane. An American college journalist (Scarlett Johansson) on holiday in London attends a performance of the Great Splendini (Woody Allen) and agrees to participate on stage. Whilst inside "the Dematerializer" she encounters the spirit of a dead journalist who tells her of a handsome British aristocrat and notorious murderer. With the magician, she decides to infiltrate his privileged world and find out if he truly is a dreaded criminal, in search of her "scoop." In a recent interview Woody Allen said "Magic is just something that always was a little junk-tooth interest of mine. I liked it when I was a kid, and I've grown up as a sucker for it. It always strikes me as amusing and interesting, and I'm always taken with the kind of cheesy-looking Japanese red lacquered boxes and silk handkerchiefs and swords and cards and silver rings and all the apparatus that give it an exotic look." Scott Penrose was the magic consultant, spending a couple of weeks on the production, and coaching Woody Allen. The movie premieres in the US and is slated for a UK release later this year. 22.7.06


Paul Daniels, Roy Davenport and Oz Pearlman will all be appearing at the Ipswich Magical Society One Day Convention on Sunday October 22nd at Needham Market (near Ipswich). All three will present lectures, perform close-up magic and appear in the International Gala Show. Registration will be 25 which includes a free ticket to the Gala Show if purchased before October 1st. After October 1st Gala Show tickets will be sold to the general public and they expect to sell out, so book early to avoid disappointment. For more information Click Here or contact Simon Shaw on 01394 270838. 22.7.06


One Night in Vegas - Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th July. Martyn Lucas Proudly Presents One Night in Vegas. "With beautiful dancing girls, spectacular costumes, big band swing and powerful musical numbers, this show has been wowing audiences across the whole country! Featuring a full West End cast. If you like it big, glitzy and glamorous then this show is for you with its dazzling lights and special effects. Starring the outstanding showmanship of singer/songwriter Martyn Lucas and his grand piano. With the voices of Robbie Williams, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Pavarotti, Cliff Richard, Neil Diamond and Michael Crawford, he brings you favourites from the musicals. Add to this the illusionary skills of a British Magical Champion Daniel Dean, assisted by the fabulous showgirls, as he performs breathtaking illusions which won him the title. Princess Pavilion, Falmouth 23rd and 24th July. Tickets 12.00 Box Office: 01326 211222 22.7.06


Uri Geller can be seen across Japan in a new series of Nissan commercials. Uri talks about his work, his first appearance in Japan 35 years ago, the campaign and more in a collection of online video clips: Click Here. 22.7.06


New! Colour Change Waistcoat. Lee Alex, British illusionist, translator and co-author of the book "Quick Change - rapid costume changes for men!" releases his first independent Quick Change item to the magic fraternity. The "Colour Change Waistcoat" changes from red to white to blue and has an optional patriotic finale. The final design comes in a choice of designs; either red, white and blue stripes, the "Union Jack" (pictured) or the American "Stars and Stripes." During the performance nothing is ever added or taken away, there is no reset so the colour change may be performed ad infinitum throughout your performance. The "Colour Change Waistcoat" is ideal for illusionists, manipulators, stand-ups, children's entertainers, dove workers, close-up magicians, clowns, emcees and so on. Well-known German Quick Change artiste Lex Schoppi (Sven Schoppenhauer) describes Lee Alex's waistcoat as "genius!" The waistcoat is available for delivery in August and currently pre-orders are being taken with a 10% discount. All waistcoats are delivered by special courier. Full details and a video of the effect cam be seen at Lee's new website: 22.7.06


David Penn launched the new Hyundai Santa Fe (7 seater) exclusively to the world's media at the British International Motor Show at London ExCel last week. After the appearance of the Santa Fe, David made two groups of seven girls appear in the previously empty car while members of the press surrounded it and held onto all the doors! This production highlighted the fact that the Santa Fe now has a 7 seat model, as well as the original, best selling, 5 seater. This unique illusion was conceived and designed by David Penn and built by Paul Cooke. 22.7.06


Doubting locals miss the magic. "A village hall in Norfolk which has booked legendary magician Paul Daniels to appear on the bill is struggling to sell tickets - because locals believe its a magic act. So far organisers have only managed to sell 40 tickets out of about 180 because local people think an impersonator will be taking to the stage on September 1." To read the full story from ITV Click Here. 22.7.06


Tony Binarelli UK lecture tour. Colin Peters is organising the first ever UK lecture tour for Tony Binarelli (8th - 28th May, 2007). "Presenting 'Class Act' The Tony Binarelli Lecture. In Italy the word 'magic' is synonymous among the general public with the name Tony Binarelli. From 1991 to 1996 he performed in 'Buona Domenica' a television show that won high ratings and his appearances did much to relaunch an interest in magic shows in Italy. His success won him the Telegatto Award, the Italian TV Oscar, the only time it has been given to an Italian magician. Tony Binarelli has been performing magic since 1952 and turned professional in 1972. He is often called upon to consult and create special effects for theatre and film, and works constantly in theatres, convention centres and festivals throughout Europe. The quality of Tony's work is confirmed by the many international awards that have been presented to him. The two hour lecture features top quality mental and card effects using subtlety rather than sleight of hand, together with a presentation of Tony's close-up act, as featured in The Magic Circle Centenary celebrations, with explanations. Plus lecture notes, props and DVDs. For more information, and to book, contact Colin Peters 01306 883938 22.7.06 The UK Directory of Children's Party Entertainers is visited by thoudsands of bookers per week. Advertisers tell us that it is producing a constant stream of work. To advertise on Children's Party Shows see the link on the contact page: Some recent unsolicited emails: "I have been very impressed with the response." Matthew J (The Magic Matt Show), "I am very impressed by the amount of bookings I get from your website - probably about 75%, thank you very much." Elisa Eve (Jelly Tots). "Since I subscribed to your website the interest and success has been quite remarkable. The site really works." Wacky the Wizard. "24 hours on the directory and I had my first booking!! Superb!! Many thanks." Andy Green. "40% more bookings than from at one tenth of the price. I'm dropping!" Ian Marriot. (from the makers of MagicWeek). 22.7.06


Water To Cola (Improved) by Diego Voltini. "This incredible 3-phase routine is the most practical and natural method to change one liquid into another. You begin by displaying and drinking from a bottle of drinking water. Unscrewing its white cap, you then visibly change its color to red, and then immediately show both hands empty! Taking the red cap, you then screw it back onto the water bottle and give the bottle a shake. Visually, the water bottle label transforms into a cola label! Now for the kicker: you give the bottle a few shakes, and the water visually and instantly changes into cola, which can then be poured from the bottle!" For more information and to order visit 22.7.06


Steve Dela (current Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year) has added lecturing to an already impressive CV and is now taking bookings from magic clubs. The lecture includes presentational tips, advice on routining, original magic, mentalism effects and a "hands on" workshop session so that everyone actually tries out the magic. Contact Steve via his website for more information: Steve has recently launched a new product called Texture Spray: "The most sophisticated hand lotion ever created for magicians. This formula has been honed to perfection over 3 years. Starting from scratch Steve Dela was on a mission to produce a hand spray for the working magician that would sort out dry or wet hands! The result is 'Texture Spray' one of the few sprays in the world that you could spray directly onto your playing cards without fear of ruining them!" For more information and to order visit 22.7.06


David Stone lectures at the Liverpool Magic Circle on November 9th. Visitors 6.00, members 4.00 (includes free raffle ticket). 8pm start, no entry to late comers until the interval. A dress code applies, see for more information 22.7.06


Congratulations to Bill Burch. The Ipswich Magical Society would like to congratulate Bill Burch who recently won their 2006 Children's Entertainer of the Year Award. This is the third time in four years that Bill has won, even though the competition seems to get stronger each year. 22.7.06


Adventures of Romany... Keep up to date as the adventure continues, visit: Mike Danata's Magic Studio are expecting stocks of The Black Widow shortly. Visit to find out what it's all about and to watch a video demo (see "Just In") Marc Salem - On Second Thoughts is reviewed by Mandy Davis Click Here and by Dominic Maxwell in The Times Click Here by Charles Spencer in the Telegraph Click Here by Michael Billington in the Guardian Click Here and by Bruce Dessau in the Evening Standard Click Here Marc Spelmann's recent lecture at the Ipswich Magical Society is reviewed by Simon Shaw this week Click Here "Vietnam magician conjures up dim prospect for prestidigitation" Click Here "Magic joins the marvels of the Costa del Sol" Click Here "Juggling world in a spin over future of the 'sport'" Click Here That's it! See you next week, Duncan. 22.7.06