Number 342 - 13th January 2007


The Session convention is next weekend! Andi Gladwin and Rob James have just booked two new acts: Wayne Houchin (USA) of ellusionist fame (photo) will be making his first ever convention appearance and will perform on Saturday night and Tyler Wilson (Canada) has also been booked, to MC the final close-up gala show, which features performances from an international line-up including Allan Ackerman (USA), Paul Cummins (USA), Luke Dancy (USA), Jon Allen (UK) and more! Sign up now to avoid disappointment - tickets will not be available on the door, so you only have a few days to register online and guarantee your seat at the convention. 20th -21st January. 13.1.07


Bloomsbury’s Magical Mysteries Auction Sale. On Thursday 1st March 2007 Bloomsbury Auctions, London, reveals its first magic sale – "Important Conjuring Books and Related Material" the Properties of a Magical Gentleman! This spell-binding sale encompasses a huge variety of vintage apparatus, costumes, props, antiquarian and modern books, publicity material, articles, catalogues and autographed items as well as scarce memorabilia from the private collection of a renowned magician. Many of the items for sale are in fact, from magicians who delighted their audiences almost a century ago. For more details of the auction Click Here. To order a lavishly illustrated in full colour Catalogue telephone Richard Caton at Bloomsbury Auctions on 020 7495 9494 and, as a Special Offer to MagicWeek readers, mention "MagicWeek" to receive a third off the standard catalogue price (normally £15.00). 13.1.07


The Blackpool Magicians' Club Convention have already registered 2,500 magicians from all over the world... and it looks like it's heading for a complete sell out! Arthur Casson the Registration Officer has drafted in additional staff to cope with the unprecedented number of enquiries. The BMC believe that the popularity of the Convention has increased even more this year due to the extended Dealer opening hours (from 1pm on Friday 23rd February) and the booking of 16 International Close-up performers for the first time. Blackpool Magicians' Club would like to congratulate Convention Organiser Derek Lever on being made a Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. Details of the Convention at Photo: International Grand Champion Magician Greg Frewin, star of the Sunday night gala show. 13.1.07


Three lectures and an Evening of Magic and Illusion. Sunday 28th January at the Bonington Theatre, Arnold Leisure Centre, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 7EE (Map). Star of Monkey Magic and Dirty Tricks Pete Firman (photo) tops the bill, together with Marc Oberon, Vizage, Brian Sefton, Marcus Blake and Neil Haywood. Show time 7.30pm - 10pm, (Doors open at 7pm). Tickets £12 each. During the afternoon Marc Oberon, Brian Sefton and William Houstoun will be lecturing. Marc Oberon will be revealing some of the secrets from his award wining act. Brian Sefton presents his "Tips on Manips" lecture and William Houston the current British Magical Champion of Close-up Magic will show us why he holds that title. For the lectures doors open at 1.30pm and they'll run from 2pm - 5.30pm with a short interval between each. Tickets: £6.00, to see all three lectures. Tickets for both events are available from Freddie Wilkinson on 0115 9614551. The day is staged by The Nottingham Guild of Magicians 13.1.07


Feed The Children Variety Performance 2007. An Evening of Magic, Comedy and Illusion starring John Archer, Alan Shaxon, Mark Shortland, Guy Barrett, Michael Pearse, Jonathan Shotton, Performers Dance Company, Kerry Scorah, Mike Alderman, Chris Pratt and David Ball. Saturday 24th March at 7pm at Bearwood College Theatre, Bearwood Road, Sindlesham, Wokingham RG41 5BG. Tickets on sale now... Call: 0118 932 0095. Early bird tickets until 31st January 2007: Adults £13, Under 16s £8, Family of 4 £38, Group of 10 adults £120, Group of 10 Children £70. Tickets from 1st February 2007: Adults £15, Under 16s £10, Family of 4 £45, Group of 10 adults £140. Group of 10 children £90. Feed The Children is an independent charity that receives no funding from Government or the DEC. All donations are gratefully received, and can be made at 13.1.07


Radio Magic: The Interviews Season One. have released their first official product: Radio Magic: The Interviews Season One is a hard-backed collection of the transcripts of interviews broadcast from July to December 2005. With a foreword by John Lenahan, this book of expert comment and advice is a gold-mine for the magician looking to improve their craft and offers a worldview of magic in the early 21st century. Paul Daniels, Mark Leveridge, Luke Jermay, Matthew Stirling, Simon Lovell, Russ Stevens, Anthony Owen, Duncan Trillo, Andy Batten-Foster, Eugene Burger and Jeff McBride part with sound advice covering a huge range of topics from close-up to stage, to working on TV, marketing, setting up a magic business, hypnotism, sleigh-of-hand magic, history, theory and more. With a bonus chapter offering a new philosophy on magic by Walter Llewellyn McKone D.O. and a response by Eugene Burger - this book of expert comment will certainly set you thinking! 100 pages, A4, hard-bound. Available exclusively from Price £25 with free postage while stocks last. An e-book version is also available at just £15. If you’re a member of mention this when placing your order and receive a signed copy from Radio Magic's Jay Fortune! As John Lenahan says in the foreword "If you can’t get inspiration from these guys then you should go back to stamp collecting as a hobby." Available from the "Magicians Only" section on Purchase the ebook version together with the hardback version and save £10. kindly sent us through a copy. It's an original and stimulating book that will definitely inspire and gets our highest recommendation. 13.1.07


Michael Vincent lectures at the Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday 18th January. Non members are welcome (£5 charge). Doors open at 7pm, lecture starts at 8pm. Venue: The Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9EH (Map) Visit for more information or contact Dan Hudson, the Programme Secretary: telephone 0118 93 10 981. 13.1.07


Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Magic Auction at 6.30pm on Monday 29th January, 2007 at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford near Manchester. Viewing starts at 6pm Star Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever are the hosts. Members attend free of charge, non-members pay £3.00. Hundreds of items have been entered including Books, DVDs, Videos, Close-up and Stage Props - it is going to be a long night! This is the first of four Auctions which Manchester Circle are running this year. The Annual General Meeting is on Monday 15th January followed by a Giant Dealer Demonstration with four Magic Dealers demonstrating and selling their products. Membership costs just £10.00 per year. For more information, and to join, visit 13.1.07


The unseen man of magic. "Viv Hardwick talks to the magician who conjures up illusions all over the world and is making startling things happen for Scrooge at Sunderland. The man who has taught Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe to be a real magician admits he loves every moment of amazing live audiences with the ghostly stunts created for North-East Christmas show Scrooge..." To read the full article in The Northern Echo Click Here. Paul's work is featured in the Holiday On Ice show “Fantasy” which opens at the Brighton Centre this week and tours the UK until the end of February. Of additional magical interest is that the show is directed by the choreographer of the Siegfried & Roy show – Anthony Van Laast. . 13.1.07


David Blaine - Frozen in Time. David Baline's 62 hour test of endurance in New York's Times Square in November 2001 is being repeated on ITV4 at 8.30pm on Friday 19th January. Featuring preparation and entry into the ice tomb itself. See TV Magic. 13.1.07



The Order of the Magi Second Giant Auction, Tuesday 23rd January 2007 at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF. Ample parking and bar. Admission £3. Viewing from 6.30pm auction starts at 7.30pm. Telephone Nick Barnes 01260 280185 or email for an early lot number and form. For more information and a map visit: 13.1.07


New Year - New Magic. Unearthly Magic have just released a new range of contemporary magic covering a wide variety of interests. The 'Selected' range takes a number of specially chosen effects and adds Unearthly's comments, new presentations and additional ideas to the package supplied with each trick. Brand new video demos have been created for each trick in the 'Selected' range, which can easily be viewed online: 13.1.07


Kovari's original Passing Water is back in stock, visit for details. 13.1.07


Tom Lyon recently returned from Venice he was the only overseas performer at the Veneto Magic Club's public Christmas show, seen here with Alessio Bordy and Davide Ghiraldini. 13.1.07


International News: India's Magic Academy have lauched a weekly blog. Upcoming events in India include the Vismayam 2008 International Magic Convention (1st - 4th May 2008) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. Visit to keep up with activities. "Sate launches magic tourism projece" Click Here. 13.1.07


Magicians of Mann Present and Evening of Magic at 7.30pm on January 20th. "Startling sensations and illusions eclipsing anything ever attempted in the world of magic." Venue: Peel Centenary Centre, Atholl Street, Peel, IOM. £6 for adults and £3 for children, Tickets available at Celtic Gold Tel 843737, Peter Norris Music Douglas Tel 661794, Shakti Man Ramsey Tel 815060. This is the annual magic show and is usually a complete sell out. 13.1.07


Ron Kaye aka Hamilton Kaye 1921 - 2006. Sheffield based magician, Punch & Judy Man, Children's Entertainer and Dealer (famous for his supplies of flash paper) sadly passed away on Christmas Day following a long illness. 13.1.07


Severance starring Andy Nyman (not in magic guise!) is now available on DVD Click Here • "Ollie aims to carve out a magic career" Click Here • "Vanessa Feltz signs up for 'Wife Swap'" Click Here • "Alone at the summit - Copperfield has no peers" Click Here • "Magic lives in Harry Blackstone Theatre" Click Here • "Jackson and Brando's hidden patents revealed" Click Here • "Hollywood actor Will Smith has hosted a lunch for the Prince's Trust." Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 13.1.07