Number 391 - 22nd December 2007


David Blaine: Street Magic 5pm today on ITV4. Ten years on here's another chance to see the show that changed the face of magic, followed immediately by 'Frozen in Time' at 6pm and 'Magic Man' at 7pm. 22.12.07


The Twelve Scams of Christmas... The Real Hustle team are out and about this evening in a Christmas Special at 8.10pm on BBC 3. Alex, Paul and Jess demonstrate how easy it can be to fleece shoppers out of their Christmas spending money, and expose some Christmas charity scams, airport scams. 22.12.07


Cunard’s new £300 million pound cruise ship Queen Victoria was launched last week and Philip Hitchcock was asked to perform on her maiden voyage with his hilarious show. He will then be back onboard the Queen Victoria for the first leg of the world cruise crossing the Atlantic on a tandem cruise with the QE2. Philip plans to attempt to make the QE2 completely disappear in the middle of the Atlantic! 22.12.07


Latest magicseen available for instant download now! Editor Mark Leveridge emails: "Issue 18 (Jan. 08) of magicseen is now available and if you order the download version you can still enjoy it as a pre-Christmas read! Top happening man from the UK Matthew J Dowden graces our cover this time and we have interviews with him, as well as with Argentinian mentalist Juan Ordeix and funny man Mel Mellers. We are also very proud to be able to interview and present some of the outstanding work of French photographer Zakary Belamy whose innovative pictures of top performers from around the world have been seen at FISM and other top magical gatherings. In a busy issue we also feature a piece on the team of magicians working the hospitality suites of Premiership football clubs, Robert Fox gives us advice on how to get more from our magic and Jay Sankey provides two excellent new effects for the Masterclass section. Add to all this reviews of latest products and conventions, news, letters, plus the usual mix of interesting and fun bits and bobs and we hope you'll find the latest magicseen a perfect accompaniment to your festive food and drink. To subscribe or purchase an instant download go to". 22.12.07


Jon Allen entertained at the National Training Awards winners’ dinner in London last week for the third year running. Guest presenter was Sue Barker - this was the second time that Jon had entertained her at the awards. 22.12.07


Comedy Magician Matt Colman is teaming up with fellow magician Peter Carroll for "Ireland PM" - an 8 month tour of Ireland starting in January, visiting over 25 counties. The plan is to set out with just 200 euros each and then to use magic, mind reading, comedy and publicity stunts to eat, drink, sleep and survive. Radio stations, TV stations and newspapers will be following the journey, and the two will also produce a weekly blog with podcasts. to keep up with their exploits visit 22.12.07


The Order of the Magi Christmas Competition. This year's competition is offering two signed copies of Michael Bailey’s excellent new book The Magic Circle: Performing Magic Through The Ages as prizes. For a chance to win a copy just answer this question: "How many pips are there on a full pack of playing cards allowing for and including two index pips per card?" Email your answer to no later than 15th January 2008. The first two correct answers selected at random will win. 22.12.07


Robert Fox was invited for the second consecutive year to perform at the Official X Factor wrap party last week in London. In attendance were the judges, the contestants and crew. Photo: Robert Fox performing for X Factor host Dermot O'Leary. 22.12.07


"Uri Geller Buys Spoons in $3.8 Million Savoy Sale by Bonhams" Click Here (and Happy Birthday to Uri, 61 last Wednesday) • The Magic Circle: Performing Magic Through the Ages by Michael Bailey is reviewed by Kevin Jackson in The Times Click Here • "When secrets seep out" - a short piece from MagicWeek, Click Here • Martin Breese demonstrates an updated versions of Blockbuster by Terry Rogers on Your Tube Click Here • See what's new at The Card Collection Click Here • "Slick Nick" Bruce Dessau reviews Nick Einhorn's act for the Evening Standard, Click Here • Psychological magician Jack Curtis read minds over the airwaves on BBC Radio WM last week, Click Here • "Did Criss Angel Come Between Pam and Her Man" Click Here • "71st Annual Convention of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians" Click Here • "Master of Illusion Review" Click Here. 22.12.07


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers, all over the world, from the entire MagicWeek team, Duncan, Keiko, Amelia and Louis, and many thanks for all your contributions throughout the year. It's been a good one! 22.12.07