Number 354 - 7th April 2007


Derren Brown: Trick or Treat. Friday 13th. In this brand new six-part series Derren Brown is at his most devilish, having persuaded members of the public to sign a Faustian pact with him and participate in a macabre game of Trick or Treat. In this week's opening episode, Richard, having chosen a "Trick" card, is put to sleep in a photo booth in London only to awake again in Marrakech. Derren attempts to plant a word in the brain of an unsuspecting American and back in the UK he plays a game of fate with The League of Gentlemen involving chocolate mini-rolls... Friday 13th April, 10pm Channel 4. From Derren's website: "Derren was eager to do something a bit different from 'Trick of the Mind', and this new show has already attracted some press attention from the tabloids. The Daily Mirror secretly followed Derren and his crew out to Marrakech a few weeks ago after they were tipped off that filming was taking place for the new show. They went out with the aim of discovering a scam, or somehow showing that the whole thing was a set-up. After filming had finished and they realised they didn't have the exposure story they were hoping for, the journalistic team introduced themselves to Derren's crew and owned up. The Mirror has since interviewed the participant used in the show and is aiming to print a feature regarding the whole escapade when the series starts to air. Should be a fun read." Derren Brown video clips Click Here. Derren Brown theatre tour dates, see What's On. 7.4.07


An Explosion of Talent for Southport 2007! Details of this year's British Ring Convention (Southport, September 12th-16th) have just been released - and it's looking very, very, good! Booked to date: The Great Tomsoni & Co., Paul Zenon, Les Bubb, David Williamson, Gaeton Bloom, Michael Vincent, Rocco, Scott & Muriel, Rafael, Tim Gabrielson, Joanie Spina, Murray Hatfield & Teresa, Lennart Green, Bill Malone, Boris Wild, Magic Al, Vik & Fabrini and last year's Shield Winner Paul Dabek. To register online visit: 7.4.07


"It takes years of training to become the best." Magicians, the upcoming movie directed by Andrew O'Connor and starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb is set for imminent release (May 18th TBC). Here's the latest teaser: Click Here. 7.4.07


BBC plans music hall revival. "The BBC are testing the idea of televising a modern-day version of music hall entertainment. Comedians including Milton Jones, Jo Caulfield, Harry Enfield and Marcus Brigstocke have been lined up for a pilot edition of Down At The Old Clapham Grand. The show, to be recorded in the former Victorian variety hall in South London later this month, will also feature music by Madness and magic from Stuart and Barry..." To read the full story from Chortle Click Here. 7.4.07


Jonathan Ross meets pop singer turned illusionist Princess Tenko in "Japanorama - Legends" on Monday 9th April at 11pm on BBC 3. "Jonathan Ross presents a series about Japanese culture. He dives into some true Japanese classics, from ramen noodles to timeless superheroes, and interviews Quentin Tarantino's favourite action star, Sonny Chiba. Jonathan also swaps magic tricks with illusionist Princess Tenko, shows how to count to two in Japanese, and 'raps' it all up with an Ian Dury-style tribute to all things Japanese." 7.4.07


International News: German Quick Change artist and author Lex Schoppi (Lex & Alina) and co-author, British born international illusionist Lee Alex, lecture on the art of quick change at the 52nd Austrian Convention of Magicians 2007 in Vienna (13th-18th August 2007). The second edition of the best-selling Quick Change - rapid costume changes for men is available from: 7.4.07


Noel Britten's Bizarre Bath comedy walk is back for another season: "You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath. You'll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city." Now in its 16th year - why not plan to take the walk on Saturday 12th May (the day before the nearby Bristol Day of Magic). Visit for details. 7.4.07


The forthcoming Magic Circle Heritage Auction, at 2.30pm on Sunday 3rd June 2007, at The Magic Circle headquarters in London will feature 230 first-class lots including a set of Albo books and a copy of The Magic of Robert Harbin together with memorabilia and promotional items from many famous names. There are several props which belonged to Robert Harbin including his Vanishing Vase of Flowers and Vanishing Radio and an important archive of handwritten notes and ideas from Al Koran, as well as duplicates from The Magic Circle Collection such as photos of Alexander and Adelaide Herrmann, as well as Devant photos, scarce tokens and other rarities including an impressive selection of vintage catalogues and magic sets and posters from such greats as Murray, Levante, Edgar Benyon, Lyle, Sorcar, Tommy Cooper, David Nixon, Chevalier Thorn, Charlton and others. Sale manager Tim Reed emailed the he is particularly proud to have secured two Servais LeRoy Friedlander posters and the stunning Chung Ling Soo Smoke Vase litho. Catalogues are £12 each (available shortly) and include entrance to the auction and all Sunday morning events. Available from: Heritage Auction, The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Telephone 020 7387 2222 (Visa or MasterCard accepted, cheques payable to 'The Magic Circle'). 7.4.07


International News: The 1st Albufeira International Magic Festival in the heart of Portugal's Algarve region takes place on May 11th - 13th. This Festival is organised by the Portuguese Magic Association (API) and the Algarve is served by numerous low cost flight companies. For full convention details (including information about the competitions) Click Here and then click on the 'API Convention 2007' star logo in the top right corner for the English version. 7.4.07


T&A Tour. Andi Gladwin has just returned from a two week, fourteen date lecture tour of the United States. He presented a joint lecture with Canadian magician Tyler Wilson (author of the acclaimed book Dominatricks). The duo's travels took them though Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois. Andi said, "While I've given a number of lectures at clubs and conventions, this was the first time I've actually done a full lecture tour. It was a lot of fun and allowed us to meet some fantastic magicians, including a hero of mine - Martin Gardner, who we got to spend the afternoon with. I can't wait to tour and lecture again!" 7.4.07


New President of The Order of the Magi Nick Barnes (photo) has just released the 2007–2008 syllabus for the society. This is an exciting programme of lectures, competitions, club nights, auctions and social events. Some of the highlights include Steve Dacri from the USA and Tony Binarelli from Italy. Full details of the year to March 2008 and membership information is now on Guests are welcome to lectures on payment of £10 but please contact Mike Sharples or on 0161 287 7865 first, in order that he may look out for you to extend a welcome. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 7.4.07


International News: Alejandro Kei and Leandro Morgado's Mind FX Tour 2007 begins on April 12th at the emblematic Portuguese "Teatro da Trindade" theatre. Their authors and performers Alejandro Kei (Spain) and Leandro Morgado (Portugal) enjoyed great success last year at the same theatre, with a total sold-out show. The show is 60 minutes long combining NLP, suggestion and comedy, resulting in a very entertaining evening, far from the classic 'mentalists' type show. Mind FX will be at the "Teatro da Trindade" in Lisbon from April 12th to 28th, then it's off to Porto and Albufeira in Portugal, and Cádiz and Málaga in Spain. The show is being performed in English, Spanish and Portuguese (depending on location). 7.4.07


Magic and Mystery prevailed at the Cubbington Sports and Social Club on Wednesday 4th April when six members of the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society competed for the prestigious Society Shield for the best stage act. Performing in front of 100 people the competitors provided a feast of strange happenings from mind-reading and flesh-piercing to the more traditional linking rings and rabbit production. Appearing before six judges (three magic experts - Myles and Linda Pollock and Ian Milton - and three lay-people) the competitors in order of appearance were Bernard Visgandis (general magic), Martin Key (mind-reading), Ivor Williamson (bizarre comedy), Keith Pearson (comedy magic), Jonathan Lovett (classics of magic) and Paul Kybert (general and comedy magic). The judges awarded Paul Kybert (photo) first prize, Jonathan Lovett second and Bernard Visgandis third. Paul is also currently the society's Close-up Magician of the Year. 7.4.07


Terry Herbert lectures at the Mystic Ring on Thursday the 19th of April. Terry will be presenting his lecture “The Magic of Comedy” featuring a mixture of comedy routines for both the adult and the children's entertainer with excerpts from his commercial acts. The lecture takes place at The Dunstable Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire. Visiting magicians welcome, £5 admission. Lecture starts at 7.45pm. For further details email 7.4.07


Amethyst (Danny Hunt and Annette Claire), will appear at the Northern Magic Circle's Easter Parade, which is to be held at the Swallows Three Tuns Hotel, New Elvet, Durham from Saturday 7th - Monday 9th April. The couple will present their new act in the Gala show at the Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham at 8pm on the Saturday and will also present their lecture 'In the footsteps of Houdini' as well as a workshop during the convention. For more information contact or visit 7.4.07


Street Magic Secrets with David Penn is released on Monday April 9th. From the makers: "Tricks are David Penn’s trade and in Street Magic Secrets David reveals, in easy to follow stage-by-stage explanations, the secrets to performing mind-blowing magic. Accessible, entertaining and utterly extraordinary, this is the very first DVD to disclose the methodology behind some of street magic’s best-kept secrets. Boasting over 2-hours worth of viewing, the production values of Street Magic Secrets are urban and contemporary. On a scale of time versus reward, all the tricks featured can be achieved quickly, without the need for weeks of study and rehearsal. David Penn helped to pioneer the modern style of magic known as Close-Up and has won more national awards for his unique style of magic than any other magician in the UK. David is so highly respected in his field of magic that he was awarded ‘Associate Member of the Inner Magic Circle’ and has been called upon to lecture for the International Magic Circle on two separate occasions. David will be back on the small screen in the summer when he co-presents The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a new series for BBC1." Available nationwide, or via from April 9th Click Here. 7.5.07


Rob James manipulates the cards in Decoding the Past: Secrets of the Playing Card tonight at 11pm on History Channel. "Normal decks of playing cards actually conceal hidden meanings that have links to secret societies and the occult. Who made them and why?" See TV Magic. 7.4.07


Dave Allen lectures and performs at the Northern Magic Circle's Easter Parade this weekend, see What's On for details of the convention. 7.4.07


Andrew Green and Paul Roberts performed at Coleen McLoughlin's 21st Birthday party last week. The party was set in a huge circus themed marquee at Thornton Manor on the Wirral and included a custom designed ice bar, carnival fairground rides and enormous centre piece table sculptures with an awards style stage set. Entertainment included an aerial circus display, a host of contortionists, jugglers and stilt walkers. The floorshow featured the West End show ‘The Rat Pack’ and was rounded off with a set from the Sugababes. Andrew and Paul entertained guests including Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Sheree Murphy, Abigail Clancy and Peter Crouch. 7.4.07


Channel 4 are making of a new series of 'A Place by the Sea', the programme that helps house-hunting hopefuls find their dream home by the coast, and are looking for people to take part in the new series. Previous series have helped a young fashion designer look for a bohemian bolt-hole, a writer in search of a remote croft to hammer out his great unfinished novel and a burned-out city boy who swapped the trading floor for a quiet B & B. This time they'd like to help a magician! Are you looking to relocate, buy a second home or do you fancy your chances starting a new business venture? ‘A Place by the Sea’, presented by property guru Seetha Hallett, trawls every nautical mile of the UK coastline proving that there are still property gems to be found in all sorts of unlikely places. Anyone serious about finding their dream home or business property should contact Jo Harrison on 0161 235 6567 or email for an application form. 7.4.07


Shaun O'Donoughue, the treasurer of the South Downs Magicians club stood down as treasurer after 25 years service to the club. The only remaining founder member, he handed over the cheque book and the running of the club's finances at the South Downs Magicians' AGM last week. Shaun said: "I have enjoyed my time as treasurer but I feel it is time to stand down." Club members presented Shaun with gardening vouchers as a token of their thanks. Shaun will still be a member of the club which is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary later this year. 7.4.07


Deafblind UK have had donations from Derren Brown and Uri Geller in the past; we featured their request in MagicWeek two weeks ago. Jonathan Lucia-Wright, Senior support worker emailed: "There is magic for deaf people and limited magic for blind people but nothing for deafblind people. This got me thinking, and I set myself a new challenge. So for the last 5 years I have been attending the Blackpool convention and have been researching magic. Next year my client has informed me that he wants to attend the convention, but due to guides and carers he will not be able to afford to go. So I am on the beg/scrounge for anyone who can help at all with donations I would really like him to go it would mean so much to him and to me." Please email Jonathan for more information or call his work number 01733 325353. To find out more about deafblindness visit 7.4.07


Phil Smith kindly sent through a copy of his new book 'Mitox' - I've only had time to have a quick look but if you're into mentalism then this book should be on your "must read" list: • "Sorry for Vanessa? Now that’s magic" Click Here • "The weekend's TV" Click Here • "Magician hopes to make children's tobacco interests 'disappear'" Click Here • "Long time television magician 'Mr. Magic' falls upon hard times" Click Here • "Tricky teen prepares for magic contest" Click Here in Bournemouth is open all weekend again, with 10% off again - details on the website • "Digital Music Group pulls 'Mindfreak' out of its hat" Click Here • "Will Houdini be there? Remains to be seen" Click Here • That's it! Enjoy the bank holiday weekend, see you next week, Duncan. 7.4.07