Number 360 - 19th May 2007


Magicians opened across the UK on Friday. Here's a link to a short piece in The Sun, that includes two video clips taken from the movie plus interview footage with Mitchell and Webb, Click Here. "'Magicians' is a surprising treat, a low-budget movie with real character, simple comedy and no frills. The characters are each the perfect everyman, in that they are far from perfect. 'Magicians' is never laugh-out-loud funny but it has genuine cringe value. You'll be fleetingly entertained, shocked and amused as you watch the proceedings unfold, much like you would be at an amateur magic show. And while the storyline remains tame throughout it is the snigger factor that will keep you watching..." To read the full review in RTE Entertainment Click Here. "Double exposure" Click Here. "Mitchell and Webb's latest magic trick" Click Here. 19.5.07


The Fourth Magic Circle Heritage Weekend - 2nd & 3rd June 2007. Dedicated to the memory of John Salise CBE. This event is open to all magicians.

10.30am – 5.30pm: The 32nd Collectors' Day With Speakers Ray Ricard, Donald Bevan, The Magical Claudine. More Peter Lane films, and Scott Penrose and Friends. Arranged by Eddie Dawes and Peter Lane. Tickets (including coffee, light lunch and tea) £32.00
6.30pm – 10pm: John Fisher presents A Tribute to Channing Pollock. A celebration featuring surprise guests. Tickets (including buffet supper) £37.50

10.30am – 11.30am: Chris Woodward presents The Amazing Fogel 'In Search of the Sensational'
12 noon – 12.30pm: 'Educating Archie' - A celebration of the famous radio show starring ventriloquist Peter Brough. With personal appearance of Brough's famous partner, Archie Andrews.
9am – 1.30pm: Auction Viewing
2.30 – 5.30pm: The Heritage Auction. A sale of quality material of interest to both collectors and performers. Auctioneer: Henry Lewis. Sale Manager: Tim Reed. Auction Catalogue (includes admittance to the auction and Sunday morning events) £12.00

Book individual tickets for individual events (as above) or one ticket for all events at £75.00

Reservations and enquiries to: Heritage Weekend Reservations, The Magic Circle, The Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD, England. Telephone 020 7387 2222 Email Payment may be made by cheque (payable to The Magic Circle) or by Visa/MasterCard. All events will be held in The Centre for the Magic Arts. The Magic Circle reserves the right to refuse entry. Programme subject to alteration. All events open to members and non-members of The Magic Circle.


Ron MacMillan's Annual international Magic Convention - November 2007. Tickets are now on sale for one of the very best dates on the magic calendar anywhere in the world. Three days of first class magic at the perfect venue, the Shaw Theatre and Novotel complex, Euston, London. 23rd - 25th November 2007. To book online Click Here. 19.5.07


The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien's book trilogy, is now on stage at the famous Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Thrilling music, exhilarating choreography, remarkable staging and stunning design will combine to transform Drury Lane into Tolkien's Middle-earth in a mesmerising and spectacular theatrical event featuring an ensemble of over 70 actors, singers and musicians. "Good Lord, it's the Orcs - When orcs rampaged through the aisles, it was so realistic that women screamed and ran for the lobby. The Lord Of The Rings musical cost £25million to bring to the West End and arrived for its British premiere last night featuring a hi-tech set which helps recreate Middle-earth..." Featuring magic from British illusion consultant Paul Kieve. To read the review in The Evening Standard Click Here. From May 22nd to November 8th, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JF. 19.5.07


Electric Empire presents 'Magic Night' at Soho Revue Bar on Friday June 1st. Presenting Mandy Muden, Jonathan Goodwin, The Two Magicians (Barry Jones and Stuart Macleod) and resident magic night compere Tiffany Stevenson. Tickets: or call Ticket Web on 08700 600 100. Doors open 7pm, Show starts at 8pm, (followed by Circus at 10.30pm). Tickets £8 (concessions £6) at The Soho Revue Bar, 11 Walkers Court, Soho, London W1. Tube: Piccadilly Circus. 19.5.07


Stand up Coin Magic DVD by Nathan Kranzo. "A new DVD featuring coin effects designed to be performed for larger groups and better visibility. In this new DVD Kranzo gets away from the tired old coin effect performed at waist level. Hold your coins high and come along for a great ride. All the routines are performed standing. All the routines are wildly visual." "Two words for this DVD - get it!" Mike Gallo. For more information and to watch a preview visit: 19.5.07


Free Magic From Nathan Kranzo! Simply fill in your email address to receive a free magic effect from Kranzo! As soon as you confirm your email address you will be sent a unique link that will take you to the effect page. To sign up Click Here. 19.5.07


An Audience with Paul Daniels - in Sunderland. Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July 2007. "Don't miss out on a fabulous night with one of the UK's most magical entertainers!" Venue: The Royalty Theatre, Off Chester Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR2 7PP. Tickets £15.00 available in advance or on the door from Robert Temple: 0773 772 6654 Contact: Robert Temple 19.5.07


Kohl and Company have granted permission for their world famous spoof magic act to be recreated for the forthcoming production of Houdini – The Musical. The act will be presented by the character 'J C Cannell' played by Mark Siney (photo), who was recently in the Phantom of the Opera in London's West End. Houdini - The Musical, premieres in Weston Super Mare on June 6th, before touring nationwide. See What's On for dates or visit "Houdini the Musical" Click Here. 19.5.07


Craig Christian is currently filming a fly on the wall documentary for Canadian television, entitled Transatlantic Odyssey is due to air in the States in January 2008. 19.5.07


You Can Do Magic Too! The new customisable DVD from is featured under Magic DVDs this week. "Imagine a DVD that you can sell after your shows, that really is unique to you... your very own broadcast quality DVD! Using objects found in all households, your personal DVD teaches eight easy-to-do tricks, suitable for all ages. A really unique DVD that is totally personalised. Not just the printed DVD cover, but the DVD footage itself. Your DVD will feature your name and contact details and its own one-of-a-kind opening title sequence featuring your name!" 19.5.07


Maxello Magic is now stocking and selling the complete range of magic tricks from Iranian based Black Magic. They have created a unique line of light magic tricks including light emitting flowers and floating light emitting wands. Mr. Rostami, the managing director, was previously employed by Tora Magic and was the creator of many magic tricks for them before starting up on his own. 19.5.07


15% off May Madness Sale! Throughout next weekend's Bank Holiday period (Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th), Mike Danata's Magic Studio in Bournemouth is offering 15% off on all items (plus free p&p for mail order customers). All walk-in customers will also qualify for an additional free gift! 19.5.07


Marvin's Magic are pleased to announce they are now moving into the second phase of their nationwide campaign with KFC. This follows last year's successful campaign where Marvin's Magic featured on millions of KFC kids meal bags and trayliners. Marvin said "I'm delighted and proud that our brand is being sought after for such prestigious promotions. It also proves we represent wholesome family values and it helps to keep Marvin's Magic in the minds of our customers." During the past two years blue-chip companies have linked up with Marvin's Magic, the number one magic brand, to help promote their own products and services. These include Yazoo (10 million packs!) and 15 different US cereal packs (totaling 7 million sales!). Later this month Marvin's Magic will also feature as the exclusive cover mount for National Geographic Kids Magazine and finally Marvin's Magic have secured a deal with Arby's, the third biggest restaurant chain in the US, due to start at the beginning of 2008. The kids meals will include Marvin's Magic giveaways including an exclusive magic handbook filled with special tricks from Marvin. 19.5.07


Between the Lines... Magicbox is pleased to announce the release of a revolutionary new mentalism routine. "It has long been said that the strongest effects are those which happen in the hands of the spectator. What if the effect could take place in the spectators mind? Between the Lines combines some revolutionary thinking with a classic mentalism effect to create a most powerful routine." Watch the reactions on the video clip at and judge for yourselves. 19.5.07


Nyman News... Andy Nyman and Derren Brown have both been nominated for a BAFTA for 'The Heist'. Meanwhile Andy has just finished filming in Serbia for a new movie called The Brothers Bloom (photo). The movie stars Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz and features some sleight of hand magic (taught to the cast by master pickpocket James Freedman). Finally Severance (starring Andy) opened in America yesterday - to see the trailer Click Here. 19.5.07


Lupine the Great, the Traveling Illusionist will be out and about at the 'Fun at Mill' event in Sarehole Mill, Birmingham, on May 19th and 20th. The first weekend was held in May 2000 and this unique event now attracts 10,000 visitors - offering a weekend of fun for all the family. 11am - 5pm free admission. look out for additional performances in the Activity Tent. 19.5.07


Magicians and magic assistants wanted for new Channel 4 game show! Win My Wage is a new game of intuition, deduction and chance. In each show, there is one contestant and eight wage earners. "During the course of the show, we reveal entertaining information about each of the eight wage earners. The contestant must then eliminate them, one by one. Over 6 exciting rounds, the contestant eliminates five wage earners until only three wage earners remain. The contestant must then decide from the three remaining wage earners who earns the most amount of money. Each wage earner will be paid a flat fee - if you make it down to the last three wage earners and our contestant picks you, you’ll win £3,000." For more information email 19.5.07


Chris Cox - Everything Happens for a Reason. Incidence… or coincidence? Following his hugely successful and unique Edinburgh Fringe ’06 debut show, He Can’t Read Minds?, Chris Cox is back, fusing magic, psychology, illusion, technology and mind-reading, in a new entertainment experience that will not only amuse, baffle, delight and screw with audiences minds as ever before, but will have them leaving the show asking the big questions and wondering if Everything Happens for a Reason. "Just brilliant… you blow my mind" Ricky Gervais. To find out if Everything Happens for a Reason, Chris will be performing at daily (1st August - 27th August, excluding August 14th) at 6.30pm, at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival Fringe ’07. Tickets always sell fast for Chris's shows, so early booking is advised; contact the Box Office, from mid-June, on 0131 668 1633 or visit or, for information on previews in London and Bristol visit 19.5.07


The Magic of Hydrogen! Award-winning magicians Alan Innes and Allan Petrie (a.k.a. The 2-Allans) have teamed up with fuel cell company SI Gen to present an entertaining and magical presentation entitled "The Magic and Vision of Hydrogen" at this year's All-Energy Exhibition taking place at the AECC. They will use their own unique brand of magic & comedy to present an entertaining and interactive presentation to explain and debunk the myths of hydrogen on Thursday 24th May at 4pm. With lots of explosions, fire, appearing objects, vanishing liquids and a "change of weather", it promises to be very interesting! The presentation is for anybody who is interested in renewable energy ant the exhibition is free to attend. 23rd and 24th May at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre. 19.5.07


Edinburgh Magic Circle are having their annual open night on Tuesday 22nd May at 7.30pm at the Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ. Tickets £6.00 at the door. Over 18's only. "Come and see awarding winning magic."  19.5.07


Charles Pemberton. Very sad to report that Charles Pemberton has died of cancer. A wonderfully charismatic larger than life gentleman he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. I first met him many years ago at The Magic Circle. As well as his passion for magic he was an accomplished actor and just recently enjoyed great success with his one-man show "A Disagreeable Man?" 19.5.07


Alan Phoenix, full time magician of Bolton suddenly passed away in hospital after a short illness last Friday 11th May 2007. He was only 36 years of age and leaves behind his wife Louise and son Nathan aged 3½. The funeral is being held on Monday 21st may at 12 noon at The East Chapel, Overdale Crematorium, Chorley Road, Bolton. No flowers – family only. Any donations to be made to Pendlebury Children's Hospital. A good friend, full of fun will be very sadly missed by all who knew him. Alan Coventry, Preston Magic Circle & Blackpool Magicians' Club. 19.5.07


The Bristol Day of Magic is reviewed by Mandy Davis this week, Click Here • "BBC Entertainment Acquires Derren Brown Series for Asia" Click Here • "Cameron Diaz Dating Magician Criss Angel?" Click Here • "U.S. magician robbed in South Africa" Click Here • "Swedish magician sorry for slurs" Click Here • "Now that’s magic!" Click Here • Danny DeVito plays magician in upcoming movie Even Money with Kim Basinger as his magician's assistant • "Magician Sorcar passes on legacy to daughter" Click Here • That's it for this week - your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 19.5.07