Number 141 - 8th March 2003


The first transmission of the new Derren Brown Mind Control series on Channel 4 on Friday 28th February achieved an excellent television audience of 2.5 million (as a comparison the programme that was in the same time slot in the previous week achieved just 1.6 million). Needless to say Channel 4 are delighted, on top of which it has just been announced that the series has been short-listed in the Variety award category at this year's Golden Rose of Montreux International Television Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. Congratulations to Derren Brown and the entire production team. This week Ian Carpenter interviews Derren in an exclusive interview for MagicWeek... time to get inside his mind Click Here. Derren Brown Mind Control, Friday nights on Channel 4, see TV Magic. Derren Brown goes on tour across the UK from March 21st, see What's On for dates. 8.3.03


Due to his very busy performing schedule Paul Daniels only plans to give one Magic Club lecture this year. It's a brand new lecture, with completely different content to the Masterclass, and will be presented to The Magic Club of Great Britain on Thursday, June 19th, at their new meeting place, the Centrecom, 602 North Road, Secklow Gate West, Milton Keynes (Map). If you are a member of a Magical Society, and would like to see Paul’s lecture and show, the cost is £10.00. For more information Freephone: 0800 298 5884. And here's a reminder for the UK Paul Daniels Masterclass events - now just a couple of weeks away: Saturday 22nd March - Renaissance Hotel, Solihull, Birmingham. Sunday 23rd March -Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, Leeds, and Saturday 5th April - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Heathrow, London. For Masterclass information Click Here. Visit Paul Daniels online: 8.3.03


Etienne Pradier will present his new lecture at the DownTown Magic Club, Ashford, Kent, on Monday 10th March at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm). Visiting magicians welcome - more details from Miki Travis, telephone 01233 620120. 8.3.03


Corporate magician Mike Clarke has just launched a new site, which he is now advertising on MagicWeek: It reveals ways of making money from your hobbies and interests. If you have a passionate interest in magic, and want to know how you can easily earn money from it, then take a look at the site! And it's not exclusively for magicians; the principles outlined in it can be used for any area of your life, any interest, any hobby, any area of expertise. For more information Click Here. 8.3.03


The Norwich and District Magic Circle celebrate their 10th Anniversary on March 22nd, with a Banquet and Magic Cabaret. Artists include Scott Penrose performing his award winning dove act, Roy Davenport (photo) presenting his Great Grandad's act, Geraldini & Company presenting The Incredible Barrel, Neville King & Grandad, and 'We Three', who will be singing songs from the Musicals. Close-up magicians will entertain in the Lounge Bar and Guest of honour is Magic Circle president Michael Bailey. Tickets are £25 per head. For more information telephone Geraldini on 01603 627758 or Click Here. 8.3.03


Black Artefacts are pleased to announce that they have now moved their website to a new server that offers much more storage capacity. Along with this the site now has a new look, and faster loading graphics, together with an improved navigation system. The website address remains the same: "This has taken a lot of work to get up and running" said Company boss, Keith Hart, "We decided that we needed more space and more graphics so we opted for a complete redesign of the site. It also coincides with the beginning of the stream of new products for 2003. We are the premiere manufacturer and dealer in weird and bizarre magic in Europe and the new website is part of our plan to stay that way." 8.3.03


Kendrick was in the news last week in an article in The Hexam Courant "During the meal Kendrick performed a number of magic tricks at the tables which included 'yours truly' placing a finger in a small guillotine. I could feel the cold blade touching my finger then it mysteriously (as if by magic) passed right through my finger, leaving it intact, thank goodness!" To read the article Click Here Visit: (Website by 8.3.03


Martin Sanderson was chosen to launch the brand new 3G handsets last Monday at the Carphone Warehouse HQ in London. The 3G handsets are for video messaging, watching the news, and so on. Martin is now in talks now regarding a full UK 3G promotional tour, and being a "gadget man" can't wait! More information, Click Here. 8.3.03


Magic dealer have just added a new Magic Auction section to their website, with a number of interesting lots going under the hammer on March 11th. To visit the site Click Here. 8.3.03


International News: Portuguese Magic Star Luis de Matos has just launched his brand new website The site was designed by Vanessa Viana, programmed by Ryan Ouellet (son of the late Gary Ouellet) and written by JJ of Opus Magazine. It includes a mass of information about Luis, his various shows, video clips from his recent television performances, and a souvenir shop. 8.3.03


Natzler Enterprises have some new offers, including a free book offer on their website, offering large savings Click Here. And Paul's new video, recorded at The Magic Circle, is also now available. See Paul perform and teach some of his classics, plus the new Dazzler and What A Triple Kick, both sleight-free. For more information Click Here. 8.3.03 continue to expand. Over the past few months they have brought in special magical guests to answer questions in their guest forum. Peter Loughran and Ron Baeur were recent visitors, and Milt Kort will be answering questions from March 11th. MagicBunny also produce an online e-zine, Tophat, full of articles, features, and magic. Coming soon, an interview with David Acer. Visit 8.3.03


Master the basics of sponge ball magic with this value DVD "Sponge ball magic is some of the most powerful in the arsenal of professional magicians. With this introductory DVD on sponge ball tricks you'll be well on your way to mastering this astonishing branch of the magic art." Available from 8.3.03


Here's a clever piece of visual magic that will bring a ready smile to your audience's faces, from Andrew Mayne: "At any time during your show you make half of your body completely disappear in the blink of an eye, then just as quickly you return to normal! You can perform this effect any time and anywhere." Any pro will see the worth of this one. Order from 8.3.03


The Sheffield Circle of Magicians present a Day of Magic on April 27th, with both daytime events and a show in the evening. The day runs from 10am to 4.30pm at the Platinum Suite, Sheffield United FC, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4SU, telephone 0114 221 5757, and features six dealers and three lectures: Paul Hallas lectures on strong visual magic that is easy to do. Matthew Johnson, from Canada, presents his hit lecture 'Up Close & Personal' and Star lecture from Roger Crosthwaite will give a new lecture 'On the shoulders of Giants' which is a tribute to Houdini, Doc Elliot and Will Goldston. In the evening there's a show that's aimed at the public as well and will run from 7.30pm to 10pm at The Sheffield Central Library Theatre, Central Library, Sheffield S1 1XZ. Names announced so far: Illusionists David Bolton and Morgan Lee, prize winning manipulator David Charles, and stand-up magician Matthew Johnson. Tickets for the day (available on the day on the door) are £7 each, and tickets for the evening are also £7 each and should be booked in advance from Dick Wilkinson telephone 01226 746150 (book early to avoid disappointment, as a large number of tickets have already been allocated). 8.3.03


Look out for Jon Allen who will be appearing on the Johnny Vaughan Tonight show on BBC3, probably on Monday. The piece is called "Tories with Talent" - after teaching Den Dover, a Tory MEP, a couple of tricks, Jon acted as the helper • David Penn and Mark Shortland are on stage tonight - see What's On • Aquarius Magic are presenting a dealer demonstration for The Norwich and District Magic Circle on Tuesday 1st of April at 7.30pm. All welcome. Admission is £3. For more information call Geraldini on 01603 627758 or Click Here • York Society of Magicians hold their Annual Auction at 7pm on Wednesday 14th May at the Next Generation Centre, Windmill Lane, off Hull Road, York. For details, or a lot number, contact Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 • Hypnotist Paul McKenna talks about his new book, How to Mend Your Broken Heart, and more, on Click Here • As the number of For Sale and Wanted ads in MagicWeek increases may I ask readers to keep an eye out for anyone attempting to buy or sell pirated Video's or DVD's - please email me if you are offered anything that appears to be bogus. Of course I won't pass on your name, or details, to the offending advertiser, whose advert will be removed immediately • That's it for this week, your UK magic news and reviews are always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 8.3.03