Number 346 - 10th February 2007


Win tickets to the Guardian Interview with Edward Norton at the NFT in London on Friday February 16th Click Here (includes screening of The Illusionist). Offical website: Pre-order the DVD from Click Here 10.2.07


Jim Pace lectures at the Ipswich Magical Society on Monday February 19th. "Jim has been a top class professional close-up magician for over 25 years, known for his effects such as 'Hot Leads' and 'The Web' Guests are welcome, but please contact the secretary first." . 10.2.07


Still Fancy a Pot of Jam? James Brown's misdirection-focused live close-up DVD is featured under Magic DVDs this week. 10.2.07


Craig Christian has just finished a successful panto season and now heads off for the high seas cruising for five months for Silversea Cruises 10.2.07


Graham Lee - Balloon Jam. "A comprehensive lecture on balloon modelling from one of the country's leading exponents. This will be a fantastic night where everyone gets the opportunity to learn and take part in balloon modelling. A totally hands on evening where you get to take home the models you make. Plus, Graham will teach some larger models out of 4/5 balloons to really impress on those special occasions." Visiting Magicians welcome - Admission £10.00 6th March at 8pm. Venue: The Arbury Tavern, Webb Street, Stockingford, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 8JQ. Contact: Alan Cooper, telephone: 07970 262579 10.2.07


The Bullet Trick by Louise Welsh. When down-at-heel conjurer William Wilson gets booked for a string of cabaret gigs in Berlin, he is hoping his luck is on the turn. There are certain spectators from his live show which he would rather forget. So begins the saga in the life of story hero, magician William Wilson. The story flits from Berlin to London to Glasgow and it is an unputdownable thriller. Ms Welsh’s descriptive writing brings the seedy world of this particular cabaret magician to life. I am sure many magicians will relate to it! Louise Welsh’s writing awards include the Crime Writers’ Association Creasey Dagger and the Saltire First Book Award, including the best selling The Cutting Room and Tamburlaine Must Die. If you want a fast paced, page turning thriller with a strong magical theme, this is the book for you. Reviewed by Jack Stephens. Available from Click Here. 10.2.07


Mark Worgan has just returned from a very successful cruise performing his comedy cabaret for Silversea Cruises along the coast of South America and flies out again this week to join them in the South Pacific visiting Tahiti, Tonga, the Cook Islands. Then he's off to Auckland, Melbourne, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Freemantle (looks like those years spent hosting Klub Magic are paying off). Mark is organising the Sussex Magic Circle Annual Dinner in Lewes on 17th March. Cabaret with Mike O'Brien and Amethyst plus music and a superb five course meal. Tickets cost £31.00 each and can be booked directly from Mark. Email 10.2.07


Tri Fold by Nathan Kranzo. "This booklet contains routines that utilise the secret folding of a card in some way. Inspired by the likes of Fred Kaps, Matt Schulien, Tommy Wonder... the list goes on. Kaps having helped popularise the classic “card in matchbox” by Bruno Hennig with advancements by Scotty York, Jamy Ian Swiss and John Kennedy. Included in the booklet is a Stand Up/Parlor handling for Nathan’s Voodoo Card routine. This routine received some high praise from some top names in magic when he performed it at the International Day of Magic in London, England. Also included is a very strong mentalism routine as well as an impossible location routine that is a close-up workers dream. A signed selection is found folded up and tucked inside the tag behind your tie! As you can see there is something for everyone in this little booklet." Only available directly from Nathan! $9.99 - Instant PDF Download 10.2.07 (Magicians Only section) are delighted to announce the release of their latest exclusive new product. Deal or No Deal by Anthony Owen is a brand new mentalism routine, based on the hit television show of the same name. Priced just £5.00 it is also available at a reduced price as part of this month's special deal. Plus, as a special deal for MagicWeek readers, it is available completely free of charge if you place an order over £30 before Friday 16th February! Simply enter 'MagicWeek DOND Offer' when you place your order. 10.2.07


Gary James is the 2007 winner of Edinburgh Magic Circle's annual 'Sonny Day' Close-Up Magic Competition. Gary said "I was delighted to win the competition in view of the very high standard of the performances from all of the competitors." 10.2.07


The Fabulous Magic of Doctor Bondini. "Doctor Bondini and the Ladies of Mystery promise a fun-filled show for all the family, with lots of audience participation as well as great drama, hilarity, spectacle and grand illusion. It is a unique experience, and is perhaps the only full-scale illusion show touring today." Saturday 19th May at 5pm at The Broadway Theatre, The Broadway, Barking, Essex IG11 7LS (Map). Box Office: 020 8507 5607 10.2.07


Cardiff Magical Society hold their first Childrens Show Gala on the 26th of February, at the Cardiff Yacht Club, Cardiff Bay. Tickets are £3.00 each for children (adults are free). Payment on the door. 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. Children will be greeted by Mr T Ricks the clown (photo) and the show will be emceed by Russell of Pic n Mix Circus. The evening will feature four professional children's entertainers: Kariad, Dr Bob, Viv Davies and Erbie. There will also be balloon modellers working throughout the evening. 10.2.07


Graham Lee has a Balloon Care & Share day in Rotherham (just before the Blackpool Convention) on Wednesday 21st February. Click Here for details. 10.2.07


Magic Moments Day - February 21st. Greg Storey emails: "The aim of Magic Moments Day is to have as many magicians as possible take part in providing a 'Magic Moment' to people accross the UK, in their communities. If successful, the aim is then to hold an annual Global Magic Day, whereby on a specified date magicians from around the world will perform some magic as a free gift to society." See for details. 10.2.07


Merlins of Wakefield are presenting a Dealer Dem at 8pm on Monday 12th February for The Chester Guild of Magicians at The Home Guard Club, Canal Street, Chester Members free, visitors £5.00 door charge. 10.2.07


Monte-Carlo Magic Stars. Alexandre Hourdequin emails: This year, the Monte-Carlo Magic Stars (Magic festival in Monaco) will be held from October 2nd to October 7th 2007. If you would be interested in applying to participate, please visit our website at: 10.2.07


Jon Armstrong lectures at the Cardiff Magical Society at 8pm on Monday 12th February at the Cardiff Yacht Club, Cardiff Bay. Members free, non-members £10.00 (payable on the door). 10.2.07


Lee Alex was the magical advisor on the recently released magical Turkish film Hokkabaz. The website looks great, thanks to Dale Shrimpton for the link: • "A Sorceror Full of Secrets" Click Here • Romany can be heard on Radio 5 live at 7.45am today, talking about the upcoming BBC TV series The Sorcerer's Apprentice • Tony Griffith's Creative Magic Lecture Notes 2007 are reviewed by Grant Willcox this week, Click Here • "An Evening of Magic and Illusion" starring Pete Firman is reviwed by Graham Harper this week, Click Here "Coming next: the mother of all illusions" Click Here • "David Copperfield makes patients' cares vanish" Click Here • "Historical Society nabs rare collection from 1850s magician" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 10.2.07