Number 57 - 28th July 2001


Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee singing the Carpenters classic 'Close to You' and playing piano in the good humoured Heineken commercial that threatens "Buy a pint of Heineken or we'll keep running this commercial." Needless to say I immediately ran down to the pub - but the taps were dry. (Mouse-over the image.) 28.7.01


Magic Management has been in the news. The Times ran a piece on Friday and the Financial Times magazine carried a story on Saturday. Director James Freedman represented the company on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast on Tuesday, speaking about the use of magic in corporate communication. And The Sunday Times Style supplement (left) featured David Blaine, Guy Hollingworth, Nick Einhorn, James Freedman and Paul Daniels with Debbie McGee in an article entitled "You'll like this..." Sasha Slater writes "Magic used to mean Paul Daniels, Essex girls in spangly leotards, and tricks involving coloured handkerchiefs tied together. But the world of magic has at last pulled off a truly impressive trick and transformed itself from frumpy to fashionable." 28.7.01


The Great Fiasco, fresh from his triumph in New Orleans, performs at The British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians 65th Annual Convention in September. This year in Scarborough, from September 11th - 16th. The prices: £60 for members, £75 for non-members, £45 for juniors from August 1st. See What's On for details. Registration Officer: Neville Johnson, 2 Tricketts Lane, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 8AU. Telephone: 01202 873234. 28.7.01


The Full Facts book of Cold Reading by Ian Rowland has just landed on my desk with a big thud. With over 200 15.2cm x 23.5cm pages, and no padding, this book presents exactly what it says on the cover, and much more, and  I hope to have a review shortly. "A superb book, relentlessly intelligent and fiercely methodical!" - Teller (of Penn & Teller). Ian Rowland is marketing this book online at: Note that this is the only way that the book can be purchased, online with a credit card. 28.7.01


Paul Gordon & Natzler Enterprises have arranged with Yahoo! Shopping to have their magic titles featured in their magic section. The link should go live at the end of July. And Amazon & Barnes and Noble now stock books by Paul Gordon and Natzler Enterprises. Paul will be presenting a fun, informative and "impromptu card magic workshop" for The Magic Circle, on Monday 6th August. Paul Gordon email: 28.7.01


The Imposible Microworld Exhibition is now at 33-34 The Market, Covent Garden, London. You’ll see mind boggling exhibits, many invisible to the naked eye, dramatically presented in illuminated domes with special magnification for easy viewing. Close-up magic? - you ain't seen nothing yet! Thanks to John van der Put for the information. To visit the website Click Here 28.7.01


The Magic Circle Dealers' Showcase is coming up again. This year's event, open to all, will be held at the same venue as before, the Royal National Hotel, London on Saturday 3rd November from 10am to 5pm. 28.7.01


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition takes place tomorrow in the beautiful Magic Circle Theatre (photo) best of luck to all the finalists once again, and we'll bring you the results with photos next week • Kryptic Illusions aka Sarah Collins and Steve McGowan performed at the London Palladium last Sunday night (July 22nd) in a variety show called STAR EFX - congratulations to both of them • There's a seven hour back-to-back magic night on E4 on in August TV Magic • Your news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 28.7.01