Number 444 - 27th December 2008


Celebrate the life of one of Britain’s greatest magicians: The Robert Harbin Centenary Celebration. This special and unique event will be held at The Centre for the Magic Arts on Sunday 15th February 2009, followed on Monday 16th February 2009 by the unveiling of the Harbin ‘blue plaque’ and a superb silver service lunch in The Devant Room. The programme for Sunday 15th February: Jim Steinmeyer MIMC - Robert Harbin and the Polemics of Illusion, A discussion on Harbin’s influence on illusions, his insights and inspirations for modern performers. Mike Caveney MIMC - The American Zig-Zag Scandal, The complete story that became the catalyst that prompted Bob to write the highly regarded Magic of Robert Harbin. John Gaughan MIMC - The Blades of Opah, John will discuss the history of one of Bob’s early inventions. Steve Biddle AIMC and Megumi - Harbin: A Pioneer of Origami, Steve and Megumi will talk about Bob’s outstanding contribution to the world of Origami. John Fisher MIMC - The Television Wizard, A celebration on film and video of Harbin the performer including previously unseen footage of Harbin spanning fifty years. With special guest Geoffrey Durham MIMC. There will be an exhibition of Harbin related items, some never seen before, and a surprise appearance of long-time Harbin friend Rolf Harris CBE is planned. Registration fee for Sunday 15th February, to include morning coffee, hot buffet lunch with wine, afternoon tea and a programme, is just £60.00. Monday 16th February including the plaque unveiling and special luncheon with wine is £55.00. You can register for one or both days, but hurry as tickets are strictly limited. Call the Box Office on 020 7387 2222 (with credit card details) or write to: Box Office, CMA, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Enquiries to: 27.12.08


Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee star in Cinderella at The Spa Theatre, Bridlington, until Sunday, January 4th. Tickets cost between £9.50 and £17.00, and are available from the Box Office on 01262 678258. 27.12.08


Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed. In this all-new show the Masked Magician returns to television to reveal more magic secrets. 8pm on Monday 5th January on ITV4. See TV Magic. 27.12.08


The Magic Cavern Christmas Show. The Magic Cavern, Barons Court Theatre, 'The Curtains Up', 28A Comeragh Road, London W14 9HR. (Map) 2 minutes walk from either Barons Court or West Kensington Tube Stations. Saturday 27th at 1pm and 3pm, Sunday 28th at 1pm and 3pm, Wednesday 31st at 1pm. For full details visit: 27.12.08


Jonathan Creek is back, to explain a series of odd disappearances in a 'haunted' room at the house of a master illusionist. When a young woman falls victim to this Nightmare Room, the fearlessly sceptical Joey Ross finds herself working alongside lateral thinker Jonathan Creek as they try to discover what happened to her friend. Who is behind the abduction of the magician's assistant, and what strange power resides in the grotesque old portrait of a grinning man that hangs on the attic wall? The Grinning Man, Thursday, 1st January, 9pm on BBC 1, see TV Magic. 27.12.08


Magic Night, Surrey, January 10th. The Surrey Society of Magicians has been engaged to put on an Evening of Magic to raise money for The Rose Theatre in Kingston. This is the only new theatre to open in the UK this century, has Sir Peter Hall as its patron, and is built in Elizabethan style, seating around 1000. Magic Night, Saturday 10th January 7pm - 10pm at the Ross Theatre, Kingston. "What better way to start the New Year than a fun packed, magical family evening at the Rose Theatre? 12 of the best magicians in Surrey will be performing close-up magic in the Culture Cafe before taking to the stage for an evening full of mystery and surprises. Tickets are £10.00 each, call 0871 230 1552 to book. This is a fundraising event for the Rose Theatre. 27.12.08


The Life and Career of David Nixon, a lecture by Steve Short. Wessex Magical Association presents The Life and Career of David Nixon, a lecture by Steve Short, on Tuesday, January 13th. Steve has researched David Nixon's life and career with the help of David's family and many people who knew and worked with him, including Ali Bongo, his magic advisor and friend. Using a Power Point presentation Steve will show many unseen photos and tell stories - some funny, some sad. At the end of the presentation, Steve will show highlights from David's television shows. The lecture takes place in Poole, Dorset on Tuesday, January 13th and is open to visiting magicians (£5 admission). The lecture starts at 8pm. For further details contact: Derek Roberts 01202 247370 27.12.08


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