Number 324 - 9th September 2006


FISM Grand Prix Winner Pilou has just been signed to appear at the Eastbourne Convention (September 19th - 24th). Pilou beat 100 acts in the stage competition to be placed first. Here's the full line-up of performers and lecturers appearing: Silly Billy, Black Fingers, Vanni Bossi, Noel Britten, John Calvert, John Carney, Dave Cass, Craig Christian, Michael Close,Tim Cockerill, Tim Conover, Roy Davenport, Eddie Dawes, James Dimmare & Monique, Wally Eastwood, Moira Fletcher, Paul Freeman, Charlie Frye & Co, Gingernutt, Paolo Giua, Jack Gleadow, Peter Greenwood, Joe Harper, David Hibberd, Jeff Hobson, Shep Hyken, IBM Clowns, Martyn James, Jimbo, Tony Josdyne, Graham P Jolley, Mac King, Seth Kramer, John Lenahan, Mark Mason, Elizabeth Maskell, Nick Mohammend, Bharat & Jyoti Patel, Pilou, Vanni Pule, Reuben, Colin Rose, Magic Rose, Terry Seabrooke, Brian Sefton, Soul Mystique, Mike Stokes, Mikael Szanyiel, James Tetlow, Peter Wardell and Paul Zerdin. More information: 9.9.06


Portugal's FISM award-winning manipulator David Sousa has been added to the International Magic Convention Gala Show bill (24th - 26th November). His deliberate and measured style of performance highlights the wonderful magic that happens in the act. Lex & Alina (Germany) have also been booked to close the Gala Show with their unbelievable quick change act. Lex is the author of the best selling book "Quick Change." It's often the juggler that steals the show at a magic convention and this year may be no exception, Germany's TJ has added an extra dimension to the art of juggling to create a truly unique performance. For mindreaders and mentalists, Luke Jermay will be flying in from Las Vegas, where he is currently advising Criss Angel on his latest series, to lecture. Working behind the scenes on both Angel's show in America and Derren Brown's show in the UK is a true testament to Luke's novel ideas and thinking. Full details of the whole line up can now be found on 9.9.06


Variety is the Spice of Life. "Magician and comedian Paul Zenon believes that the end is nigh for television as we know it. Despite making regular TV appearances himself, he believes that reality shows are turning us off the box and, far from the lack of traditional entertainment shows on the box sounding the death knell for variety, audiences are now queuing round the block to see the kind of live acts that used to have us rolling in the aisles." From the Sunday Express and published here with thanks to the Sunday Express and Paul Zenon. To read Paul's article Click Here. 9.9.06


Freaky. A new series of Freaky starts today at 12.30pm on Channel 4 "Moving across your screen at a million miles an hour, Dave, Mike, Nige, and Phil, four freaky geezas with 'mayhem in mind', bring viewers a mix of interactive magic, surrealism and comedy that will shock, amuse, bemuse and humour the audience." 9.9.06


John Lenahan writes a novel! Magician Comedian John Lenahan Star of BBC’s Stuff the White Rabbit and Secrets of Magic is currently podcasting his novel “Shadowmagic” – free - on "Shadowmagic is a rip roaring fun fantasy adventure novel by John Lenahan very loosely based on Irish mythology, where every chapter ends on the edge of a cliff (or at least a high curb). Join Shadowmagic’s hero Conor as he grapples with typical teenage problems like: how to deal with a father’s high expectations, how to survive in the world on your own and how to woo a beautiful girl - that wants you dead. Shadowmagic a podcast novel for young adults from 12 to 112." To listen to John’s podcast visit or just type “John Lenahan” into the itunes podcast directory. For info on John’s other projects visit 9.9.06


The Prestige Are You Watching Closely? Opens in the States on October 20th. From acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins), comes a mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences. From the time that they first met as young magicians on the rise, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) were competitors. However, their friendly competition evolves into a bitter rivalry making them fierce enemies-for-life and consequently jeopardizing the lives of everyone around them. Full of twists and turns, The Prestige is set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century London, the exceptional cast includes two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie. A UK release date has not yet been set. Movie trailer: 9.9.06


Magicseen gets down! Magicseen "Europe's Number 1 magic magazine" is now available as a downloadable PDF from at $5.95 per issue. The PDF launch comes just as UK postage costs for overseas packages increases, so is well timed, and plans are underway to offer it directly from the website too shortly. The next issue features an exclusive interview with Paul Daniels, and Men In Coats, Andrew Murray, Tony Chapek and Spanish wizard Antonio Romero are all featured together with much more! 9.9.06 have upgraded their website. Just some of the sections include: New Arrivals, Special Offers, Cards, Money, Ring & Key, Sponge Magic, General Magic, Accessories, Mentalism, Street Magic, Pub Tricks, Magic on TV, Exclusive Items, Own Brand, Gift Ideas, Beginners, DVDs and Books, and more... This site is full of magic suitable for beginners right through to experts and postage is free on all orders over £20! Visit the new look today! 9.9.06


Nicholas Einhorn appeared live on Sky One's Brainiac last Thursday. Guests, including Page 3 Model Jodie Marsh, rated Nick's scientific presentation joint first with previous competitors in the Star Scientist competition. The winner of the competition (to be decided in several weeks time) will become a regular presenter on the next Brainiac series. Watch this space! Nick says Jodie hassled him until he finally agreed to pose for this picture... (I've never seen him look happier!) 9.9.06


Campbell's Cube off. Available now from Mike Danata's Magic Studio, Bournemouth. "This amazing block penetration has won praise from many top performing magicians. Suitable for stage - yet can be performed inches from your audience! The cube is placed in a tube, which is visible at all times a wand is then passed through the tube and the holes in the cube, locking the cube firmly in place. Then, with a tap, the cube visibly penetrates the wand and slides off! There have been similar effects to this before, but none so clean and convincing. And the best part is that you have almost nothing to do, other than follow the instructions. The effect works itself! Made in wood, with a brass wand - excellent hand crafted magic!" Mike Danata tells us that the method is very ingenious, and the effect very magical. 9.9.06


Criss Angel Mindfreak: Secret Revelations from the Master of Surreality. From the publishers: "This work presents the behind the scenes of the hit show. The most provocative mystifier in decades reveals secrets of 40 amazing illusions that fans can master. The star of the groundbreaking hit television series 'Criss Angel Mindfreak' is considered to be the most influential name in magic today. With a visionary approach and inventive material, 'Mindfreak' explores the various illusions - 'mindfreaks' - Angel performs each week, as well as his philosophy behind his approach to life and his art. From 'Burned Alive' and 'Bullet Catch' to 'Building Walk' and 'Levitation', Criss explains the mindset that makes each demonstration successful, and reveals the unique, personal illusory twist he adds to each one." 304 pages, hardbound. To pre-order from with a 34% discount Click Here (publication date: 2nd October 2006). 9.9.06


The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2006. Held every two years, the fourth Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year Competition will take place at The Magic Circle's headquarters, The Centre for the Magic Arts, in London on Sunday 29th October at 6pm. This year has seen an increased number of entries so heats are being organised to select the eight finalists who will take to the stage in front of a distinguished panel of judges on the night. Manipulators, stand-up magicians and illusionists will compete for the first prize of £1,000, the prized title and plaque that goes with it. Tickets are £12.50 (cheques should be made payable to "The Magic Circle") from the Box Office, The Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD, or telephone 020 7387 2222 between 10am and 5pm for credit card bookings. Seats are limited so early booking is recommended. Always an exciting evening, no matter which side of the curtain you find yourself! Previous winners to date: Scott Penrose (2000), Loki (2002) and Duncan Trillo (2004). 9.9.06


Magic in the air as Paul drops in. "There was magic in the air when Paul Daniels spent an hour entertaining children at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, revealing some of the techniques behind the tricks. Now Chris Quelch of the L&D's hospital radio station is hoping the famous magician will pay a return trip to the town to put on a fundraising show at Christmas time. Chris said: 'He's just an amazing character. Both adults and children know who he is. He was funny, friendly, polite and charming.'" To read the full story in Luton Today Click Here. 9.9.06


Lucky Dip... "OK Wayne I am really beginning to hate you. Today somebody fooled the ‘*@^?’ out of me with 'Lucky Dip', I must have one! I am begging you to stop coming out with such brilliant, simple, elegant, powerful material. Please - it makes the rest of us look stupid!" Andy Nyman. Find out more about this incredible routine, visit 9.9.06


Safire Illusionists still have another 8 weeks left before they finish Joe Pasquale's Rentaghost the Musical Tour. This is the longest tour that they have ever done; starting in February. In November they fly out to Spain to appear and act as magic consultants in a production being staged at The Benidorm Palace. 9.9.06


News from Paul Gordon: "Natzler Enterprises have just completed two new card magic book reprints. Eddie Joseph; The Complete Dumbfounders (comments by Peter Duffie) and Ralph Hull; The Complete Eye-Openers (new introduction by Jon Racherbaumer). Both books have been newly typeset and lovingly reproduced. The latter book also contains the manuscript for Hull's legendary Supreme Mental Discernment. These two books complete a 6-book project (which includes Ed Marlo in The United Kingdom) which started three years ago. Natzler Enterprises consider these books 'labours of love', and are honoured to have had the opportunity to revive interest, in this material, to youngsters unable to locate the original writings." Visit: 9.9.06


Joshua Jay lectures in Gibraltar on September 30th. Anyone near the area is more than welcome. Tickets are priced at £5. Contact Jamie Zammitt (Gibraltar Magic Circle) for details. 9.9.06


The President of the ACES, Martin Lewis, is delighted to announce that South African magician Trevor Duffy will be lecturing at the Associated Conjurers of East Sussex on 13th September from 8pm. Visiting magicians are welcome to join him for £5.00. 9.9.06


Escape Artist is pure gold. On Sunday September 3rd, at International Jewellery London, World Record breaking escape artist David Straitjacket attempted and completed his most expensive escape ever, by escaping from the confines of a £100,000 gold chain provided by exhibitor Curteis. After being securely restrained in a straight jacket, the specially made chain, handcuffs and a securely padlocked sack, with security guards on hand, David successfully freed himself in just under four minutes in front of a large crowd of enthusiastic onlookers. Curteis marketing manager said. "We were all very pleased with the way the day went, and amazed that David managed to escape. I don’t think anyone really thought it was possible. He did a great job, not only of escaping, but of drawing a lot of people to our stand." So what’s next for Manchester’s very own Houdini? "I have a tour of Korea coming up and shows on a cruise ship. In the New Year I will be producing my own TV special. My team and I are currently looking for funding for some of the most incredible escapes ever devised. We have a television production company on board, and an amazing selection of brand new stunts ready to film. The next stage is to find the right funding." 9.9.06


The Young Magician of the Year Competition 2007 - update. Application forms are now available from Dr Michael Colley MIMC on 01367 252482 or via his new email address 9.9.06


Graham Lee has some more Care & Share Balloon Jam/Workshop Funday's coming up: Eastbourne on Tuesday 19th September, Glasgow on Tuesday 3rd October, Manchester on Thursday 5th October, and Exeter on Wednesday 8th November (see What's On). Graham's work on the recent pop video for band Parka can now be seen online at (Parka video). 9.9.06


Mandy Muden can be seen in panto this year in Nottingham Theatre Royal's production of Aladdin • "Jeff McBride headlines 2006 Magic in the Rockies" Click Here • "Magician catches machine gun bullets in teeth on stage of Kimo Theatre" Click Here • Next week, after a break for the Summer, we'll be bringing you a new DVD clip in our Magic DVDs section, but that's it for this week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 9.9.06