Number 113 - 24th August 2002


Russ Stevens has just been added to an already strong line up of magicians set to lecture and perform at this year's British Ring IBM Convention in Eastbourne (24th - 29th September). Also, just added, past FISM winner, from France, Pierre Brahma. For a booking form visit the official website: 24.8.02


Helga Moretti, one half of the brilliant Morettis, died of cancer last week. Last seen live on stage in the UK at the International Magic Gala Show in London in December 2001 she was as charismatic as her partner Hans Moretti, and together they formed one of the world's greatest all-time magic acts. 24.8.02


Following on from the success of last year's Young Magicians Club Junior Day, the Magic Circle Youth Initiative are going to present their second Junior Day on Sunday, October 20th. With lectures from international magic star Ali Bongo and award-winning comedy magician John Archer, close-up and stage competitions, magic dealers, and a gala show compèred by Stephen Mulhern (from the BAFTA winning TV programme The Quick Trick Show) featuring top acts Fluke and The Great Kovari. Admission is by ticket only. YMC members £5.00, non members under 18 £8.00. This event is for young magicians only and numbers are strictly limited. To register for the preliminary heats for both stage and close-up competitions to be held on Saturday 21st September, please contact Mandy Davis (Note: All contestants must purchase tickets). All tickets must be bought in advance. All applications must be in writing, quoting YMC membership number (where applicable), and include a stamped self-addressed envelope. Cheques only, made payable to "The Magic Circle Youth Initiative" should be sent to: YMC Junior Day 2002 Tickets, The Young Magicians Club, Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. 24.8.02


Rare Opportunity: Objective, the production company behind the Derren Brown Mind Control special and series, and the BAFTA award-winning Quick Trick Show, and the new Channel 5 primetime magic show, Monkey Magic, are looking for contemporary young performers with magical skills. A sense of humour, weird ideas and an affinity with shows like Jam, Brass Eye and Tom Green are essential. Please send photos, tapes and CV's to: Anthony Owen, Objective Productions, 25-27 Bickerton Road, London N19 5JT. 24.8.02


Kovari Magic Productions are now advertising with MagicWeek. Kovari made his first original trick in Budapest in November 1956, the "Indian Dream Rope" which he is still selling today. From 1960, in between professional engagements, Kovari made tricks for Unique Magic (run by Harry Stanley and Ken Brooke). It was at that time that he learned all about magic dealing, forming his own business in June, 1973. One of the items that he made years ago were the "real" Bamboo Chinese Sticks (which Kovari has just re-released). They now manufacture 80 items from close-up to cabaret to stage magic. One of their best-selling items being The Pom-Pom, marketed with Ali Bongos' blessing. Kovari sights two reasons for the invention of original props and effects, 1. The need for effective items for his three magic and illusion shows (all one and a half hours each) and, 2. Creating special magic for a one-off play or show. All items are used before real audiences before being marketed to iron out any potential problems, and come with full and detailed instructions. Visit today! 24.8.02


International News: MAJINX! are an illusion company based in Ottawa, Canada. They are currently performing at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto through until September 2nd. Performance times are 2pm and 6.30pm daily. Winners of the Canadian Magic Champions the show features Cynthia and Lawrence together with their two children, Nathan and Zadia. It is a colorful original show for a family audience. Lawrence designs and builds all their illusions - so that they are truly unique. The name Majinx came about when they combined "Magic" with "Hyjinx" - which is pretty much how they describe their show! Visit: and be sure to see the show if you visit Toronto this Summer. 24.8.02


On Tuesday 20th August the Manchester Circle of Magicians held their second Jumbo Auction at the Salford Masonic Hall. With an attendance of 220 magicians it was without doubt one of the largest Auctions seen for many years. Over 250 items were sold generating a turnover of nearly £5,000 amongst which were a number of original Jack Hughes items. Auctioneers Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd romped through the goodies with professionalism and good humour whilst a whole army of Circle members acted as runners, sorters and manned the administration table, working their socks off until well after midnight. With seven new members joining the club, taking the total membership to 212, it was without doubt a very successful night. 24.8.02


Magician's Wanted for an up-coming charity event in London from the 21st October to the 1st November. The Halloween Horror Factory will be offering children, and their families, "the chance to design and dress up in their own Halloween outfits, visit hauntingly awful activity stalls, make disgusting 'mixtures' and try some delicious eyeball soup." Kids Company, a charity working for vulnerable and disadvantaged children living in and around Camberwell and South London, would like to hear from you if you think that you'll be able to offer your services. Contact Lisa ter Haar on 0208 747 4526 for more information. 24.8.02


Card Guard is the perfect way to protect your cards. Constructed in stainless steel it's available from by return. 24.8.02


Magic Clubs are always on the lookout for something a little different... Based on The Black Magick Theatre Show, Black Hart sets up his Black Magick Theatre in your own club room, complete with props, lighting and effects. After a short introduction the lights are turned off, the candles lit, and it's on with the show - exactly as it is performed for the paying public. The only difference is that after the break all is revealed. The presentation and lecture can be seen at the Bolton Magicians Club on September 4th. Visiting magicians are welcome (£3.00) at the Cotton Tree Hotel, Prince Street, Bolton. Contact Jim Hodgkiss first on 01204 522651 for further details. Black Hart only present a couple of these club lectures each year, the last being for The Magic Circle. Visit 24.8.02


Stuart Macleod and Barry Jones were the official magicians at Billy Connelly's recent 60th birthday party. Guests included Judy Dench, Paul McCartney, Robin Williams, Steve Buchemi, Patrick Stewart, Bob Geldof, Rod Stewart and Steve Martin (himself a "magic fan"). 24.8.02


David Lancaster will perform at a wedding celebration for over one thousand guests on September 1st. He will be presenting some close-up magic followed by a cabaret show at Lancaster's Town Hall. David works mainly in the North West, specialising in close-up and cabaret for parties and weddings. He can be contacted at 24.8.02


Steve Cohen's Chamber Magic (King's Room of the Langham Hilton, minus a couple of days when the room is being used for a different function and it moves to the Ambassador's Room) can be booked from Monday next week... There were a few teething troubles "booking wise" that are now being sorted out. Show details, see What's On 24.8.02


A few quick links: A box manufacturer has distant links with Chung Ling Sue • Siegfried & Roy meet Michael Jackson's new baby • MagicVideoDepot is a new website featuring around 150 "performance only" magic video clips: • Don't forget to watch Uri Geller on I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here! on Sunday night - he's packed loads of garlic apparently... "my friend David Blaine told me it repels mosquitoes" and fellow contestants no doubt Uri. See you next week, Duncan. 24.8.02