Number 367 - 7th July 2007


British Ring Convention updates: More names have just added to the Southport line-up: Robert Baxt (photo), John Fealey, Daniel Hochsteiner, Erik Borgman, Michael Close, Stringfever, Mark Raffles, Tony Rix, and Percy Piecrust. British Ring PRO Bob Hayden has sent through all the latest convention news, Click Here. 7.7.07


Blackpool Magicians Convention began processing all the Priority and VIP Gold Card Registrations this week and tickets will be sent out in the next 7 days by Arthur Casson, the Registration Officer. Only 80 VIP Registrations are still available due to unprecedented demand. A list of artistes booked will be released in the next 14 days but we can confirm that Saturday night will feature a new fun competition: the United Kingdom v The Rest of the World! (replacing the British Magical Championships). If you register before 31st December, 2007 and purchase a Gold Card Registration you will receive a £25.00 book called "Down A Magical Memory Lane" by Derek Lever. This contains the hilarious experiences of Derek's career in Clubland plus some of the exciting magic which he has produced and performed over the last 50 years. We also hear that there will be at least seven World Champions appearing at the Convention, which is on 22nd, 23rd, 24th February, 2008. Download a Registration Form via: or contact Arthur Casson directly: 01253 393688 7.7.07


"No Smoke without Firman" Pete Firman is gearing up for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he'll be debuting his one man show Hokum. Star of Channel 4's critically acclaimed late-night magic show, Dirty Tricks, and described by Derren Brown as "delightful and very, very funny", Pete is 50% magician, and 60% comedian (see what I did). He will be performing at White Belly in The Smirnoff Underbelly nightly at 7pm from 2nd to 26th August. Pete was profiled by Malcolm Hay in Time Out this week Click Here and also appears on the front cover of the current edition of The Stage in a piece entitled "No Smoke without Firman" discussing how the smoking ban is affecting the performance of one of his signature routines, the swallowing of a whole packet of lit cigarettes (See YouTube). "Virgin Bets Looks to its Big Brother" Click Here. 7.7.07


Snow Leopard Vest - British illusionist Lee Alex (co-author and translator of the book "Quick Change" and creator of the best-selling "Colour Change Waistcoat") has just released his latest effect the "Snow Leopard Vest". The magician is wearing a solid black waistcoat throughout his performance (with or without a jacket) and, under minimum cover, at any time during the act, the waistcoat instantly becomes covered in large white polka dots. The "Snow Leopard Vest" works brilliantly when used in conjunction with any "Snowstorm in China" type effect as a final topper, or with the classic Leopard Silk. Those of you familiar with the Colour Change Waistcoat by Lee Alex will delight in the fresh thinking that has been applied to the Snow Leopard Vest. Produced to Lee's usual high standards, the Snow Leopard Vest is ideal for stand-up, cabaret and stage work. Available for pre-order with an introductory 10% off - for a limited time only. Watch the video clip and find out more at 7.7.07


John Archer lectures at the Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday 19th July (non members welcome, £5 charge). Doors open at 7pm and the lecture will start at 8pm at the Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9EH (Map). For more information contact Dan Hudson, Programme Secretary: telephone 0118 93 10 981. 7.7.07


The Great Mobilini & Doris was screened at the Eastbourne Convention and at The Magic Circle last year - now it can be seen on YouTube too. Elizabeth Maskell's animated film features some of the smoothest card productions I've ever seen! Click Here. 7.7.07


Hayashi lectures for the Edinburgh Magic Circle on Friday July 13th. The club would like to extend an invitation to visiting magicians to join them at 7pm at the Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter Place, Edinburgh EH1 3AF (Map). The lecture starts at 8pm and doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £10 for non EMC members and £5 for members. 7.7.07


Nick Einhorn's new book Magical Illusions is now available. The book features over 200 magic tricks and is illustrated with 1,300 step-by-step photos. Hardcover, 256 pages, published by Lorenz Books, RRP £14.99. This is an ideal book for the novice magician and a superb reference book for the more initiated. Nick's previous book The Art of Magic has now sold over 250,000 copies worldwide. Buy a signed copy directly from Nick during July and August, mention "MagicWeek", and you'll receive a free copy of Nick's Lecture Notes "Set One" or "Set Two" (value £10.50). To purchase a signed copy, together with your free Lecture Notes for £15.99 (including postage UK only) Paypal your payment to and clearly state your choice of notes (1 or 2). See for more details of the lecture notes - the new book will be added to the website shortly. 7.7.07


By Royal Appointment! Jumpingfrogs Entertainment is now the preferred agency for the Royal Family with over twenty contracts in the last three years. Last week magicians Lee Warren and John Danbury together with juggler Ian Marchant, had great pleasure in performing for Prince William and Prince Harry and their guests at Wembley Stadium at the Concert for Diana. Later this month magicians Etienne Pradier and Paul Martin have be invited to perform for the whole family at a very private event. Anne-Cecile who jointly runs Jumpingfrogs with Etienne Pradier said "We are delighted that the Royal Family constantly use us for all their events, it makes us very proud - who said that the English did not like the French!" 7.7.07


Keelan Leyser and Charlotte Marie are currently cruising aboard the stunning Star Princess for Princess Cruises. Seen here just before they set off, standing behind all their flight cases (one of which came via the MagicWeek For Sale page!), the couple are now at sea and really enjoying the start of their six-month contract which will take in the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea. 7.7.07


Congratulations to Stephen Williams (Sparks) for winning the Liverpool Magic Circle's 2007 Stage Competition! At the age of 13, Steve is Liverpool's one and only Circle member under the age of 18. Well done to the other contestants too, who helped make it a fantastic evening of magic, which was held at the Liverpool Magic Circle's new venue on Friday 29th June 2007. Mandie. 7.7.07


The Young Magician of the Year Final takes place on Sunday 15th July at The Centre for the Magic Arts, Stephenson Way, London. Tickets for the actual Final in the evening have now sold out, but there are still tickets available for the 3pm performance (which isn't judged) at £7.00 each, from The Magic Circle box office on 020 7387 2222. 7.7.07


The Illusionist DVD - out on Monday. To order via Click Here • "Edward Norton - On making The Illusionist" Click Here • "Criss Angel to Star in Vegas Cirque du Soleil Show at Luxor" YouTube press launch video: Click Here • "Angel’s wife wants magician to vanish" Click Here • "Entertainment spectacular at Omagh Show this Saturday" Click Here • "Curate conjures up new career" Click Here • "Street Magic: Gasport resident leaving audiences in awe" Click Here • "Chinese magician wins international prize" Click Here • "Conjuring up a dry spell leads to magic moments" Click Here • "Mind Games" Click Here • "James Michael brings enchantment to Caribbean cruises" Click Here • "Local teen wins best close-up magic award" Click Here • "Escape artist hits Market Place" Click Here • "Madame Tussauds works its magic on Daniel Radcliffe" Click Here • "Shop provides haven for magicians" Click Here • A Very Happy Birthday to Opus guru JJ, 60 today (ish) - see you next week, Duncan. 7.7.07