Number 411 - 10th May 2008


The Mind Lord and The Time Lord. Derren Brown - Mind Reader: An Evening of Wonders opened at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End last week for a limited run. This is Derren's third all-new one-man show. The pace is rapid, the mind reading stunning, the connection with his audience total, the level of playfulness perfect, and the overall ease of presentation impressive... For just over two hours (two halves with a Häagen-Dazs in the middle) Derren delighted the audience, which on this particular night was littered with theatre critics, and left the stage to a standing ovation. A brilliant performance. David Tennant (Dr Who) is Derren's guest on Trick or Treat on Friday 23rd May. "Mystery man Derren Brown fools us all" Click Here, "Brief Encounter With … Derren Brown" Click Here, Derren Brown, reviewed by 'What's On Stage' Click Here, "Derren Brown at Garrick" Click Here, "Derren Brown Mind Reader - An Evening of Wonders" Click Here, "A pair of West End oracle acts...." Click Here, "Derren Brown - Mind Reader: An Evening of Wonders" Click Here. Derren Brown Mind Reader: An Evening of Wonders is directed by Andy Nyman. To June 7th, Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0HH. Box office: 0844 412 4662. Monday to Saturday at 8pm. Ticket prices: £22.50 - £40.00. Tickets: Tickets: (Derren Brown and David Tennant at the after-show party on Wednesday 7th May. Photo by Duncan Trillo). 10.5.08


Harry Hill, Paul Zenon and Lee Mack plus guests are 'On The Bus!' in June, touring theatres in aid of the Wonderbus project that Paul Zenon set up a while ago. All aboard for a top-deck night of comedy featuring an all-star crew. Visit for more information on the project. 10.5.08


Geoffrey Ronning of the Stage Hypnosis Center helps entertainers increase profits and maximise results. "Stage Hypnosis Center is a site for professional stage hypnotists and independent entertainers who want to develop a more profitable, successful business. The site is continually updated and offers hypnosis 'how-tos', free booking strategies, marketing examples, tutorials, induction techniques, and much, much more." Right now they are offering a number of free products for MagicWeek readers - visit today!. 10.5.08


Joshua Jay - additional London lecture date. Joshua Jay will lecture at Davenports Magic Studio, 5,6 & 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ at 7.30pm on May 16th. Tickets are £10.00 each from Bob Pamplin (London Society of Magicians) email: Telephone: 020 8504 0979. For other dates see What's On. 10.5.08


MindBuster is the latest high-tech product from Labcomagic. Visit to find out what this one's all about! 10.5.08


American Summer Arts Camp needs a Magician. "We are looking for a magician to stay at camp from June to August teaching private and small groups of campers all forms and styles of magic. Full room and board provided, plus salary. Please contact Geoff at or call me directly in America on (001) 914 693 7111. We are 5 hours behind. Thank you." 10.5.08


The first printing of Geoffrey Durham’s book Professional Secrets: A Life in Magic sold out in ten weeks and the second impression, with a few corrections, is now available. Since the book was published, Geoffrey has had a lot of enquiries about his new design for the Himber Ring (featured in the book). Good news! David Shakarian, the craftsman who made the originals, has agreed to manufacture a limited edition of six of these new Himber Rings this Autumn. Geoffrey can’t be sure of the exact date of their release and still doesn’t know the final price (being gold, they won’t be cheap). But now people with a genuine interest in Geoffrey’s routine will be able to perform it exactly as it is described it in the book. Anyone who wants to be kept informed can email Geoffrey at 10.5.08


The Darlington Magic Circle is pleased to announce a forthcoming lecture by Paul Temple on Cold Reading. Paul's from Edinburgh and is a member of the Edinburgh Magic Circle and West Lothian Magic Circle and has an interest in all things paranormal. The lecture will use Tarot Cards and the techniques involved in giving a believable reading (with no psychic ability!). Methods used by fake psychics and different types of readings and presentations will be covered. 7.30pm for an 8pm start on Thursday 22nd May 2008. Visiting magicians most welcome (£5.00 door charge). Contact the Secretary, Nick Richmond, to reserve a place. 10.5.08


Magicians Wanted! Butterfly Trix Agency are looking for magicians. In the first instance email requesting an artist form. 10.5.08


Diamond Jim is currently lecturing across the UK "The lecture will feature items from his best-selling book and DVD Pockets Full of Miracles, together with other reputation makers. Diamond Jim specialises in close-up and stand-up magic and has won awards from the TAOM and the IBM. His act has been featured at the Magic Castle on numerous occasions and his magic routines have appeared in every major US magic magazine. His style is both visual and personable - attend his lecture and learn why his magic shines!" See What's On for dates. 10.5.08


Close-up: In Depth. Next Saturday, May 17th. "I’ve been lecturing and performing to magicians for nearly thirty years now and I’ve always found some of the most productive stuff came in the informal sessions" says Chris Power, "What I’m trying to do here is bottle that concept." In terms of numbers this will be a strictly limited affair. "I don’t want to have a large group of people for this, it’s about teaching and sharing the stuff that I do ‘in depth’, I can only achieve that with a small group in an intimate setting. To achieve this I’ve chosen a lovely old London pub with a great room that’s just right." Anyone who wants to really learn about misdirection, card and coin sleight of hand or just get the inside deal on Chris’s justly famous ‘Coins through Silk’ handling, won’t be disappointed. Tickets for the event are £75.00 and include lunch. For more information email: 10.5.08


Cardini: The Suave Deceiver by John Fisher. "A master of sleight-of-hand, a show-business success, a classic act that changed the course of his art, and a builder of intricate miracles, Cardini is unveiled in depth and with great insight by John Fisher, a wizard of words. Granted access to the personal notebooks, scrapbooks, and memorabilia of Cardini, John Fisher has crafted not only a revelatory biography but also a fine piece of magical literature." Wayne Dobson has just a few copies remaining. £85.00 + p&p 10.5.08


The Derby Magic Circle Annual Auction this year will be held on Sunday May 18th 2008 at a new venue, The Sherwood Forester Hotel, St Thomas Road, Derby DE23 8RL (Map). Lots accepted from 9am with viewing also from 9am. The auction will start at 11am. Visitors £2.00. Refreshments available. For further details visit or contact the secretary Michael Jackson: 01909 479332. 10.5.08


Paul Roffman actor, magician and Tottenham supporter performed last month for a private boat birthday party for the Arsenal Football team on the Thames. He kept his football allegiance quiet at first but couldn't resist incorporating some football references into his mental magic... forcing Spurs cards on the players! 10.5.08


Mike Danata's Magic Studio. Following a short holiday Mike Danata is back in the Studio - orders went out on Friday. Visit to see what's new! 10.5.08


Tony Eng. Very sad to report the death of Canada's Tony Eng. Tony used to run Tony's Trick & Joke Shop with his family in Victoria and Keiko and I used to pop in to pick up a copy of MAGIC or Genii during two seasons of cruising in Alaska. A lovely guy, with a great sense of fun, who always made visiting magicians so welcome. "Tony Eng lived a magical life" Click Here. 10.5.08


"Criss Angel ignores chance to retract threat" Click Here • "Local scribe predicts problems for Cirque over Criss Angel" Click Here • Cosmo has all the right tricks" Click Here • Simon Shaw reviews An Evening with Chris North this week, Click Here • "'Sideshow' mixes magic, music" Click Here • "John Cain is named Magician of Mann" Click Here • "Bouncy castle payout threatens childrens' parties" Click Here • Here is a PC case modification based on Tenyo's Art Bank optical illusion - spotted by Angelo Carbone: "Illusion PC hides hardware elegantly, still plays Doom" Click Here • The Tommy Cooper Joke and Magic Shop (Blackpool) has now relocated to: 10 Coral Island, Central Promenade, Blackpool. Telephone 01253 440338 • "Variety dead? You're having a laugh" Click Here • "Magic moment: Paul appears 25 years on" Click Here • That's it for this week, as ever your UK magic news is welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 10.5.08