Number 388 - 1st December 2007


Derren Brown, Mind Reader - An Evening of Wonders. February, March, April 2008. This is the second leg of the tour and a final chance to see Derren Brown perform this show. If you've seen Derren live before, you'll know just how mind-blowing his stage shows are. This is his third tour and it is expected to sell out as quickly as the last, which won the coveted Olivier Award for Best Entertainment. Derren's pioneering blend of psychology, illusion and showmanship make for a stunning theatrical evening. "One of the most proficient illusionists on the planet... any planet" - Glasgow Herald, "It's impossible not to be impressed by Brown's brilliance and baffling shtick" - London Evening Standard, "Love him or hate him, Derren Brown is the king of illusionists and the prince of psychological persuaders" - Daily Mail.  To find out where the world's foremost mind manipulator is performing just concentrate hard, or visit What's On. (Note: This performance is not suitable for children under 12 years.) Some venues may not be taking advance bookings just yet. Also try Derren Brown: Something Wicked This Way Comes and Derren Brown: The Heist - see TV Magic. 1.12.07


Saturday Live Again, ITV1, 9.40pm with MagicWeek favourite Pete Firman. "Several of the reborn Saturday Live’s acts are familiar faces – Jimmy Carr, Mitchell and Webb, Lee Mack, Ben Elton. Some of them are closer to the sort of bubbling-under cult status that we associate with the original - the magician Pete Firman, the sketch trio We Are Klang, the drunken children’s entertainer Jeremy Lion" To read the full article by Dominic Maxwell in The Times Click Here. Pete grew up in Middlesbrough where his parents and sister provided a normal loving family environment. He studied for an acting degree and was looking forward to joining the family business selling second hand cars. But somewhere along the line something went wrong. Pete spent his teenage years locked away in his bedroom practicing magic furiously with just a poster of Pamela Anderson for company. Seeing an announcement for new magicians to present a TV show (Click Here) Pete stripped to his underpants in a snowy back garden and filmed himself performing tricks. The show was Five’s Monkey Magic and Pete's career as a TV magician started. Since Monkey Magic he has traveled the world meeting his magic heroes and performing his own brand of anarchic magic in Sky One's The Secret World of Magic, and amazed viewers with his ability to perform disgusting tricks with animals, cigarettes and big spikey things in Channel 4's Dirty Tricks. 2006 saw the release of Pete’s first book for the public, ‘Tricks To Freak Out Your Friends’ which about to go into its second print run. 2007 has been his busiest year to date and at the start of 2008 you'll be able to see Pete live on stage in Pete Firman - Hokum at the Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH, on Friday 25th January at 8pm. Book now: tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the day (£10 concessions). Tickets can also be booked by calling 0207 388 8822. 1.12.07


Kasrani and company - putting Bournemouth firmly on the magic map in 2007. Kasrani Presents... A Show of Extraordinary Magic. "Can you believe a whole show of magic in Bournemouth's premier nightclub, in the centre of town, on a Monday night? The show being completely "Sold Out" (at £35.00 per head too!) before the ink had dried on the very impressive posters? Well you'd better believe it because that's what happened! The genius behind the show and its marketing was Kasrani himself..." To read the full review by Mike Danata Click Here. Find out more about Kasrani: and YouTube clips: "Kasrani, freaks out Gordon the time keeper in Bournemouth" Click Here, "Magic Singh - Card Slide" Click Here, "James More Star Trail Promotion" Click Here. (James More represented Bournemouth at Leamington Spa last Saturday in the National Resorts Competition and came first in the speciality section winning £500 and third place overall winning another £500.) 1.12.07


JL2 Magic launch their new Magic Wallets and Mastercheat Mind Reading Gimmick today. "These beautiful designer leather wallets made from the best quality DD waxy leather available are perfect for the professional magician. The Scam Wallet is a custom made shogun style wallet looks like an everyday hip wallet and The Himber Twist Wallet is slim line and handles perfectly. There are a multitude of different magic routines and effects you can perform with the JL2 Magic wallets, and each package includes a broadcast quality DVD and written colour instructions with three routines to get you started. 'a great piece of kit that will allow you to do amazing effects' Martin Sanderson. 'This wallet represents fantastic value for money. It is a cost-effective way to own a beautifully made leather wallet that has many features built in to help any magician of any ability perform a myriad of effects.' Nic Einhorn.  Mastercheat: 'I love gimmicks that look like everyday objects! Mastercheat is something you can use to read minds anytime. Lee has taken a simple idea and improved it no end' Marc Paul" - For more information on the whole range (including video clips) visit today! 1.12.07


Wayne Dobson visited the South Lincs Magical Society last week to lecture and gave members and visitors a marvelous evening to remember. The Society awarded Wayne Honorary Life Membership for his services to magic which Wayne was delighted to accept. Wayne is seen here receiving his Certificate from President of The South Lincs Magical Society Paul Cooke. 1.12.07



Lindisfarne Holiday Apartments, South Shore, Blackpool. Fully self contained apartments sleeping from 2 to 6 people. Book now for Blackpool's Magic Convention at The Winter Gardens February 22nd-24th 2008. Apartment prices start from just £75 for 2 nights. APARTMENTS ARE SITUATED OPPOSITE JB MAGIC SHOP. Book early to avoid disappointment for your own magic weekend in Blackpool!! Call 01253 346680 / 07872 607438

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Merlins of Wakefield have just released their latest 16 page 'Preview' catalogue. Simply email them your postal address: and they will send you a free copy! Also, visit their website for the 2008 Tenyo range - now in stock: Tenyo Ultimate Spoon Bend - "Show your audience a solid metal spoon. Focus your psychic energy on it, and watch the spoon bend at your fingertips. As a surprising finale, the spoon breaks in half! You can hand our the two broken pieces of the spoon to your audience for examination, and they will find nothing unusual or out of the ordinary. No cover or secret movements. Your audience will shriek when they seen the spoon bend!" 1.12.07


Just in at Practical Magic -The Encyclopedia of Sponge Ball Magic DVD. This is a 2½ hour collection of Sponge Ball moves and routines - all for just £12.50! Not only that, but included in the price is a boxed set of Sponge Balls! For full details Click Here. 1.12.07


Past Midnight. Another trailer has just been released from the upcoming Past Midnight DVD collection from Alakazam Magic: "Pluckley is a fantastic psychological style routine that has a brilliant gambling theme. This set is pre selling very quickly indeed so get your order in now to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas as they are expected to be shipping in the first week in December! The unique and original material on these DVDs is certain to find its way into the repertoires of magicians everywhere." Watch the clip; Alakazam on YouTube: Click Here 1.12.07


The Annual Dinner of the Associated Wizards of the South will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel Fareham, Cartwright Drive, Titchfield, Fareham, Hampshire PO15 5RJ (Map) on Friday 8th February 2008. A three course meal plus coffee will be followed by close-up magic at the table and a cabaret, starring illusionists' Jason Steele and Joanne. Tickets: £33.00 each from Ian Marriott, 4 Country View, West Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 6JS. Please make cheques payable to the AWS and enclose an SAE. 1.12.07


Jerry O'Connell - Split Decision. Jerry O'Connell has made a very limited number of "Split Decision" cases by hand. They come with or without the actual trick... which Jerry has revamped, and because of that can now be made in Bicycle stock! Exclusively available from Top Secret Magic, Click Here. 1.12.07


Tom Rose has just returned from a whistle-stop trip to Dubai where he was invited to perform at a Birthday Party with the theme of 'a thousand shades of white' (hence Tom's dashing white suit!). Performing along with Tom were a 10-piece band from the UK, a Ukrainian Saxophonist together with an Australian photographer - truly an international party. Another highlight included a life size, 3D birthday cake replica of Pamela Anderson - nice. 1.12.07


Paul Kieve was a guest on Blue Peter on Wednesday 28th November, training Konnie Huq to be a magician and talking about his new book, Hocus Pocus. On December 16th Paul presents a talk about the magicians of the Hackney Empire, onstage at the Hackney Empire. For more information and to book visit: 1.12.07


Magic man Jasper Blakeley, was the first choice for luxury car maker, Maserati, to help launch their new eighty thousand pound sportscar. "With sleek looks and a stunning appearance, it's not hard to see why their were gasps of awe - but besides me there was also a car, the amazing Gran Turismo turning heads!" said Jasper. Out of his usual wig and leather trousers of his alter-ego, Kockov, Jasper entertained the clients with his unique close-up material. 1.12.07


Laughter Lounge Coventry Comedy and Magic night. Diamond Dave emails: "The first event is being held on January 30th, 2008 for the charity Dreams Come True. Unfortunately because this is a charity event I will be unable to offer any form of fees to any of the artists however I feel this would be a great chance for any up and coming or local magicians to perform for the public and also a great chance to promote themselves. Auditions are being held at the following venue: 226 Radford Road, Radford, Coventry CV6 1AA on Monday 3rd of December between 10am and 4pm." If you would like more information email Diamond Dave: 1.12.07


Chris Hare's Birthday Detector. I was treated to a live performance of Chris Hare's Birthday Detector a few days ago and it instantly became clear just how much fun you can have with this if you like your magic on the hoof. In a close-up environment, playing to small groups of people, the Birthday Detector really comes into its own - allowing you to apparently perform mind reading miracles that simply shouldn't be possible! Once you are comfortable with the prop you'll no doubt experiment with it and develop different routines to those supplied. It is a prop that offers real freedom. Quite expensive, but very well made, this will best suit the busy professional who thrives under difficult close-quarter conditions, and enjoys hearing those magic words "no way!" Highly recommended, visit for more details and to order. 1.12.07


Sheffield Circle of Magicians are holding a Magic Night on Tuesday 4th December at 7pm at the Fairways Inn, Birley Lane, Birley Wood, Sheffield S12 3BP (Map). £2.00 on the door - all welcome. Contact Craig Frith (Entertainment Secretary) 01142 014770 or 07816 989946 or Dave Chambers (President) 01302 537720 or 07740 404948. 1.12.07


An Evening of Magic with Etienne Pradier and guest Paul Martin at the Petham Village Hall, Church Lane, Petham, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5RD (Map) at 7.30pm on Sunday 16th December. Tickets: 01233 712 759 (£12.00 each) Suitable for all ages 8 and up. 1.12.07


Victor Burnett. Really sad to report that Victor Burnett died on November 6th of cancer. When I was growing up there were two great British silent magicians who would pop up on television every so often, Johnny Hart and Victor Burnett. Victor's act was super slick and involved the production (and vanish) of fire fans, dove magic and even a floating ball, performed to Isaac Hayes's theme from Shaft (hearing that theme music brings back vivid memories). 1.12.07


The 36th International Magic Weekend is reported by JJ this week, Click HereArturo Brachetti - The man with a thousand faces - Lee Alex reviews Arturo's current show this week, Click Here • Jack Delvin reports on The Magic Circle's Annual Awards Banquet Click Here • "Watch some Bizarre magic" Click Here • "Tricks and Trikes: Questions for Loch David Crane" Click Here • "The Quantum Eye" $10 off tickets Click Here • "James More Bournemouth Star Trail 2007" Click Here • "Comedy pals toast Mike" Click Here • "Keith Barry Extraordinary" Click Here • "On a magic tour to knit the country together" Click Here  • Mel Harvey has just returned from a trip to Las Vegas with more than he bargained for. Overcome by the romance of a gondola trip at the Venetian hotel he proposed to his partner Nikki Lynas, a senior education officer working for Worcestershire Education Authority, and the couple plan to marry early in 2008. (The lengths some people go to just to get a name-check in MagicWeek.) That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed - please remember the 12 noon Friday deadline. See you next week, Duncan. 1.12.07