Number 340 - 30th December 2006


Gary Young's 2nd Corporate Zone Magic Day - 28th January 2007. With: Seth Kramer (photo) from the USA presenting 90 minutes of inside information on trade shows (Seth is flying in especially), Paul Stone, with "Magic - It's the Business", Jon Armstrong (USA) lecturing on Corporate Branding and Mark Worgan on Team Building. Plus a full Q & A session. More information next week... registration 70.00 in advance only. Email Gary Young for details: 30.12.06


Derren Brown: Something Wicked This Way Comes, the TV version of Derren's award winning stage show filmed in front of a packed audience at the Old Vic, London, and shown on Friday evening, is being repeated at 9pm on Sunday 31st December on E4 and at 10pm on Sunday 31st December on E4 Plus 1. Fusing magic, suggestion, psychology and fun, Derren does it his way, brilliantly. From The Yorkshire Post: Why master of mind games Derren is under no illusions. "Where Derren Brown goes controversy follows, and with his latest show about to be screened, the illusionist talks to Grace Hammond. Most entertainers judge the success of their act by the volume of the applause not Derren Brown. In the last few years, the illusionist has coerced a group of ordinary people into robbing a security van, put a gun to his head on live TV and left various members of the public looking dazed and confused, so unsurprisingly his stage show is no gentle affair. Brown spent much of this year, touring with Something Wicked This Way Comes, a show which left some of the audience with a distinctly bad taste in their mouths. 'Unusually for me there is some physical stuff in the second half which ties into carnival freaks, but I am reluctant to give anything away,' says Brown as Channel 4 prepare to screen the show, filmed at London's Old Vic. 'I try and give people a real ride and provoke lots of different kinds of reactions. On tour almost every night I had people fainting or having to leave, especially during this second half. Some people even throw up. It's not that grisly, honestly some more sensitive types just don't cope very well.'" To read the full article Click Here. 30.12.06


Marc Oberon lectures at the Bolton Magicians' Club at the Cattle Market, Bolton, on January 10th. Marc is the current European Champion of Close-up Magic (Blackpool), British Ring Close-up Winner (Eastbourne) and International Magic Convention Close-up Winner (London). All lectures start at 8.30pm. Admission is 5.00 for non-members, or why not join for an annual subscription of just 26.00. The club have a number of excellent lecturers lined up for 2007. For more information visit 30.12.06


Abracadabra... After 40 years with Abra, the last 25 as its Editor, Donald Bevan retires at the end of this year. Very best wishes for a happy (and very well earned) retirement Donald - from the MagicWeek team. And good luck to Walt Lees, who takes over as Editor from Saturday, January 6th. 30.12.06


Richard Quest's Quest for Magic. Highlights from CNNs one hour show that went out last weekend featuring interviews with David Copperfield, Lance Burton, Magic Circle President Alan Shaxon, close-up magician Fay Presto, and, from the stage of The Magic Circle, Scott Penrose, James Freedman, Duncan Trillo, Alan Shaxon and Graham Jolley, can be seen on the CNN website: Click Here (then select the video link on the left hand side - broadband users only). We understand that the full show will be repeated on CNN in the future. 30.12.06


Chris Capehart - The Miser's Dream DVD. "The Miser's Dream as it should be: entertaining, funny and a perfect children's magic show routine. Learn the Miser's Dream from a true master (and a really nice guy!) Chris Capehart. I was lucky to meet him at the Blackpool convention and he just blew me away... As well as the professional kid show routine you also gain access to Chris Capehart's unique style and enigmatic personality for: Coins Across, Continuous Coins, One in the Hand and Two in the Pocket and the Total Vanish." Order from "I have seen Chris perform The Miser's Dream at every venue you could think of. It has never failed to amaze and delight the audiences." Bob Little. 30.12.06


The Ken Brooke Chop Cup - This is the model that helped launch the career of Paul Daniels! Beautifully made in stainless steel only 100 will be manufactured. Supplied in a plush velvet bag, complete with the renowned Ken Brooke routine and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. UK and Europe: 175 (plus 15 p&p) USA: $350 (plus $25 airmail). For ordering details email and say you saw it in MagicWeek! 30.12.06


Leamington and Warwick Magic Society Annual Auction - 3rd January 2007. The Leamington and Warwick Magic Society will be holding their annual auction this Wednesday, 3rd January 2007. Arthur MacTier will be his inimitable self, as auctioneer of tricks, books and related magical 'stuff'. The auction will include many of the late Billy Wells's effects and gimmicks which have very kindly been donated by Betty Wells with proceeds going to the Society. Also, there will be quite a few items left by ex-member Tom Moore who died earlier this year. The first 30 persons arriving at the auction will be given a free copy of Billy Well's Card Sword handling instructions and there will also be a free draw for 10 copies of a move-by-move analysis of Billy's excellent 'Card Through Handkerchief' effect, inclusive of clear explanatory diagrams! The auction starts at 8pm at The Cubbington Sports and Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa, Warwicks CV32 7LN (Map). Visiting magicians welcome. Details from Club Secretary Paul Kybert: Telephone: 01295 271514 30.12.06


Congratulations to Magic Dave (Dave Allen) winner of the Watford Association of Magicians' Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition held at the club's recent Children's Christmas Party. Dave's manic magic and ventriloquism was judged to be the very best by the audience of 100 children and parents. Second place went to Andy Clockwise and third to Auntie Julie (Julie Carpenter). 30.12.06


"A doctor is standing at the gates of heaven, and tells St. Peter, 'I saved hundreds of lives.' St. Peter says, 'OK, you're through.' A lawyer arrives next and says, 'I helped free hundreds of innocent people.' St. Peter says, 'Go ahead.'... A comedy magician walks up to the Pearly Gates and says, 'I entertained millions of people and made them laugh.' St. Peter replies, 'OK, go around back and through the kitchen.'" Magic plus comedy: A truly Strong combination - James Temple talks to comedy magician Robert Strong in Inside Bay Area Click Here. 30.12.06


New Year's Day Sale. Monday, January 1st. 10% off all stock for walk-in customers only 10am-4pm 30.12.06


Paul Gordon emails: "Sadly (and annoyingly), my web-host had a technical problem for one week over Xmas. So, no one could order - although some tried. Can I ask, if anyone tries again (and spends over 20) - and mentions the MagicWeek advert - they will get any trick/book free up to value of 10 inclusive! To qualify for this handshake/apology/offer - Click Here and when prompted at end of transaction, ask for your free trick, or phone 01903-211785. Very sorry for any delays and problems etc." 30.12.06


Derren Brown Tricks of the Mind. Hardback, 256 pages, in stock with 50% off right now -from "The Amazing Johnathan's Little Shop of Horrors...and Hemis" Click Here "Paul books in for signing session" Click Here To our readers (and advertisers!) I hope 2006 was a good year for you and all best wishes for 2007. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 30.12.06