Number 385 - 10th November 2007


The Magic Circle Performing Magic Through the Ages by Michael Bailey was published by Tempus Publishing on Thursday. Former president Michael Bailey invites readers through the doors of England's most famous magic society for the first time in its 100 year history in this magic-packed 290 page hardbound book. From the early beginnings of magic to the formation of The Magic Circle to David Blaine and Derren Brown The Magic Circle - Performing Magic Through the Ages delves deep into the heart of magic. To read the review in MagicWeek Click Here. To order a copy from Click Here. 10.11.07


Paul Daniels, Cardiff Day of Magic, this Sunday. The Cardiff Magical Society's inaugural 'Cardiff Day of Magic' takes place tomorrow at the excellent Cardiff International Arena. Paul Daniels tops the bill and will also lecture. With close-up sessions featuring James Piper, Paul Daniels, Adrian Sullivan, Keith Bennett and Max Somerset with Sorcerers Apprentice winner Tomos Power. Mandy Davis of the Young Magicians Club will be running a Young Magicians Workshop (ages 10-17) with Paul Daniels and magic dealers Stephen Tucker, Practical Magic, Keith Bennett, Magic Supreme, Burning Card and Dr Bobs Balloons will all be there too. The Gala Show will be hosted by Stuart Watkins and Real Radio Breakfast Show presenter Angela J - it promises to be a fun packed magical evening starring Frank E Haschka, Kockov, Bruce Airhead, Jason Thomas, Roger Bafico and Paul Daniels. Passes for the day only are £12.50 (under 16s £8.00). For the evening show: £12.50 (under 16s £8.50) and combined Day and Evening Passes are £20.00 (under 16s £15.00). 10.11.07


Wayne Dobson - two lectures. Wayne Dobson lectures for The South Lincs Magical Society on Monday 26th November at 7.30pm, not at their usual venue, but at the Petwood Hotel, Stixwould Road, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire LN10 6QG (Map) Visiting magicians welcome: £10.00 charge. More information: Burger Bill Three days later, on Thursday 29th, Wayne will be lecturing for The Leamington & Warwick Magic Society, Cubbington Sports and Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 7LN (Map) at 8pm. Visiting magicians welcome: £10.00 charge. 10.11.07


Magic To Cry For. Standnotamazed Present Magic To Cry For at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on Thursday 22nd November... "A delectable evening of sophisticated cabaret from London’s most refined creators of contemporary performance magic. The show will preview new work by the company as they continue to develop their unique brand of performance. With Special Guest Artists: Fay Presto (the country’s most successful female magician, Tatler's 'Party Entertainer of the Year', numerous television credits), Alexis Terry (fresh from her success with Vaudeville Mistress at the Bongo Club, Edinburgh), Arthur’s Tea Party (from Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh to Borderline in London), the theatrical haunting and intimate world of Robin Parmiter, and, not forgetting… Piff the Magic Dragon (a dragon… who does magic…). Plus the sounds of Raison d’etre Collectives very own DJ Healer Selecta, the disc jockey who has made London swing again." Thursday 22nd November, Tickets: £5.00, Doors: 7.30pm, Show time: 8.30pm, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42 Pollard Row, London E2 6NB (Map) Tickets available on the door. 10.11.07


Marc Oberon lectures at The Chester Guild of Magicians on Monday 12th November. The meeting starts at 8pm. Visiting magicians welcome for a £5 door charge. Venue: The Home Guard Club, Canal Street, Chester. More information from Steve Cooil: 01244 881462. 10.11.07


Unearthly Magic present a dealer dem this week, on Thursday 15th November at 7.30pm at the Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Brian Caswell (Trilogy, Cataclysm, Phil Plus) will demonstrate many effects from the Unearthly Magic website, together with a few freebies and surprises! Enquiries: 07847 704360 10.11.07


Flying High! The Twins are off to Spain at the end of November to take part in a Christmas Television show that will feature Mark Parker’s brand new illusion “Acceleration” and The Twins very own “Appearing Robinson R22 Helicopter” illusion, which the duo have now been performing for over nine years. If you are in Spain at the end of November, and would like to see The Twins performing live, then you are invited to contact them for free tickets to the television recording. Email: website: 10.11.07


Paul and Potter. Paul Kieve is a guest on Radio 4’s Go4it this Sunday at 7.15pm together with Daniel Radcliffe. "Barney Harwood presents the children's magazine. He investigates the history of magic with Hocus Pocus author Paul Kieve and Natalie Barrass talks to Daniel Radcliffe about life after Harry Potter." If you miss the show try "Listen Again" on the BBC Go4it website: 10.11.07


Etienne Pradier has just returned from a trip to Russia where he performed at a number of orphanages and hospitals, entertaining audiences of about 120 children at each. For one child the whole experience was extra magical as Etienne made his brother, whom he hadn't seen for over a year, appear on stage with him. "I made him appear from underneath a big cloth... the audience was very emotional about the effect and of course I was crying inside. It was joy and sadness - to see the smiling faces made me proud to be a magician." Etienne has recently moved office and also changed his mobile number. To keep up to date visit: 10.11.07


Congratulations to Paul Megram, winner of the Watford Association of Magicians 'Stage Magician of the Year' competition last Wednesday, 7th November. Six acts competed for the title, with Martin Cox being placed 2nd and Colin Watkins 3rd. This is the 3rd trophy that Paul has won at Watford, resulting in him becoming the only magician in the club's history to "gain the treble" 10.11.07


Peter McLanachan will be presenting his “A Force Much Greater Than Luck” lecture for the Edinburgh Magic Circle on Monday 12th November. The lecture will be taking place at their new headquarters located within The RAF Club, 11 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh EH7 5EA (Map), which is just round the corner from their old meeting place at Edinburgh City Football Club. The room they will be using is on the top floor and the door is straight in front of you as you reach the top of the stairs. There is also a lift for those who wish to use it. The lecture starts at 8pm and the doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £10 for non EMC members and £5 for members. 10.11.07


Lee Thompson's team of Eccentric Waiters from have just returned from another successful event in Geneva, where they entertained Easy Jet's Stelios and various Greek shipping giants, for the annual fundraising dinner of the Orthodox Philanthropique Foundation. The team were flown in and out, SAS style, to perform Lee's 12 year creation "The Eccentric Waiters". Guests were unaware of just what lay ahead, as the waiters got to work their cleverly choreographed routines on them! The meal was followed by Lee's after-dinner cabaret spot, where the boundaries between reality and virtual reality are crossed as he steps in and out of a film projected onto a large screen. Lee's theatre show may be seen at the MAC in Birmingham in the New Year - watch this space! 10.11.07


Magicseen - free download offer! In order to encourage readers to try the download version of magicseen, the magazine are offering 3 PDF back issues completely free! Issues 13, 14 and 15 are available now. Many readers already download each issue to save on time, postage and storage space at home. Each issue has hyperlinked indexes for the contents, website addresses, and adverts. The special free trial period closes on Saturday 15th December 2007 - so take advantage now by visiting 10.11.07


Channel 4 on demand Philip Partridge emails: "Channel 4 operate a Channel 4 on demand service via the web. I have been using it to catch up on Paul Zenon’s performances on Countdown. Programmes are free to download or stream for the first 30 days after broadcast. However what I thought was excellent and of interest to MagicWeek readers is that to celebrate Channel 4’s 25th Birthday you can download or stream all of Derren Brown's series and specials." 10.11.07


Admission All Classes – A Blackpool Sideshow. Broadcast on Thursday 8th November on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour this ten-minute item entitled 'Admission All Classes – A Blackpool Sideshow' featuring interviews with Jon Marshall, Pat Gresham, Dr Vanessa Toulmin and Marissa Carnesky, with the voice of Sideshow Outside Talker, Tim Cockerill, can now be heard on BBC Radio 4's 'Listen Again'. Clare Jenkins went along to the first show, 'A Cabinet of Curiosities'. It features the women who were centre stage at the sideshows; levitating lovelies, girls in goldfish bowls - and headless ladies. To listen to the item on 'Listen Again' Click Here. 10.11.07


Table Top Magic Sale - Nottingham. On Thursday 15th November the Nottingham Guild of Magicians once again open the doors for their annual Table Top Magic Sale featuring a dozen or so people selling there wares, plus a local magic dealer too! Free entry, free refreshments, doors open 7.30pm. Venue: Pond Hills Lane Community Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR (Map). For more information contact Freddie Wilkinson: 0115 9614551 10.11.07


Learn How To Entertain Children! Children's entertainer Mike Clarke is releasing a comprehensive training system to teach people how to enter the world of children's entertainment. Says Mike "10 years ago, I was looking for information on becoming a children’s entertainer. While there seemed to be a lot of "marketing courses for magicians" around (written mainly from a US perspective) I found it very hard to find real useable information about how to actually enter the children's entertainment environment from scratch." Click Here to find out all about this system, and how you can save £50 if ordered before December 1st. (The system has been created with the complete beginner in mind - although others will undoubtedly find useful information and food for thought!). 10.11.07


T-Wave... New from 'The Black Hart' Click Here • "Just magical" Click Here • David Stone will be lecturing for the Gibraltar Magic Circle on Sunday 25th November. Visiting magicians welcome, email Jamie Zammitt • Faust the Magician is selling his close-up magic boxes, email for a price list • "Promoters Sue David Copperfield for $5 Million" Click Here • Many congratulations to Malcolm and Sarah Norton on the birth of their second baby, Harvey Joe Norton, on November 1st, weighing 8lb 4oz • "Gary conjures up a part on TV" Click Here • "Magician exits with a flourish" Click Here • "The magician as musician" Click Here • "Edd joins the secret elite" Click Here • "'Phenomenon' Contestant Clashes with Criss Angel" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 10.11..07