Number 178 - 22nd November 2003


Cirque du Soleil return to the Royal Albert Hall in the New Year. "Dralion is the fusion of ancient Chinese circus tradition and the avant-garde approach of Cirque du Soleil, a contemporary collage of the original and the eclectic, the primitive and the postmodern. Bursting with effervescent human spirit, Dralion expresses and embodies the four essential elements of existence, Earth, Fire. Air and Water, in a dynamic performance of rare physical beauty." Open January 8th 2004. Royal Albert Hall Box Office: 0870 380 0020 22.11.03


Revealing Delia: The Absurd Science of Contortion. Magician Richard Wiseman and contortionist Delia du Sol team up to examine the mind-bending history and body-bending science behind the art of contortion. Part illustrated talk and part live performance, the duo reveal the secrets behind this amazing act of anatomical wonder, including the results of the world's first MRI scan of a contortionist. For more information visit Venue: The Dana Centre, part of the Science Museum in South Kensington, London. Dates: 20th and 28th November. Times: 7pm and 8.30pm each evening. Tickets are free as the event is part of a series of events designed to celebrate the opening of the Dana Centre. Tickets need to be reserved by calling 020 7942 4040 or emailing 22.11.03


Olde Tyme Music Hall comes to Sussex on November 27th, 28th, 29th featuring a tribute to Houdini in the shape of a straight jacket escape routine and an escape from an old milk can. The show features Sussex based magicians Stuart Harley (photo), Jonathan Cann and Gordon Burtenshaw. Tickets are £12 and include an authentic fish and chip supper. For more details visit Box Office: 01444 244778 Ditchling Village Hall, West Sussex. 22.11.03 are now advertising with MagicWeek. Based in Norfolk their shop (open to magicians only) is housed in a 13th Century Haunted House! The company has been in the magic business for 70 years. Orders over £100 are post free. Visit: to see their online catalogue. 22.11.03


Marc Paul's DVD Mind 2 Mind is released this week and available exclusively from (and there's free worldwide shipping on this DVD). "Anyone who saw Marc's excellent guest performance on the Parkinson Christmas Show last year will appreciate his attention to detail and his ability to construct powerful routines. This disc is packed choc-a-block with them." Click Here. 22.11.03


Fabrice Delauré Productions have a new website and web address... Well worth a visit: 22.11.03


Marc Dominic is trying something new this Christmas. After three consecutive years playing a pantomime dame he's trying his hand as one of the ugly sisters (aka "Posh") in Cinderella at the Civic Centre, Middleton, Manchester. The pantomime opens on November 29th through until December 14th, playing two shows a day. Marc said "Sometimes it's nice to do something different and develop other performing skills outside magic. In panto you develop your improvisational skills as well as your ability to draw your audience out." To see the real Marc Dominic visit 22.11.03


Max Maven performed and lectured at last week's second Escape from the Asylum day at the Waterfall Studios. To read Ian Rowland's full report Click Here. 22.11.03


New dates are in for Geoffrey Durham's Little Miracles tour next year, see What's On. 22.11.03


"Millionaire magician Paul Daniels is living in a one-bedroom flat above his luxury house in Wargrave after plans to flood-protect his home were refused by the district council." To read the full story reported by ic Berkshire Click Here. 22.11.03


The Order of the Magi has for some time invited sealed bids for their original playbill "Houdin’s Fantastiques – Starring Robert Houdin" (via Some bids have now arrived and anyone else who wishes to do the same needs to ensure that their bids are with the Secretary, John 'Sly' Smith, by 1st December 2003, when all bids will be opened by the council. 22.11.03 are running a competition for Christmas. 1st prize is a beautiful set of Aluminium Cups & Balls, a close-up pad, a Morrisey Cups & Balls Booklet, and a Deluxe Magic Wand. 2nd Prize is a set of Coin Boxes (Boston, Okito, and Sucker Boxes), and 3rd Prize is a Reality Twister. All you have to do to enter is answer 3 simple questions on their website 22.11.03


"'Is this man undernourished?' Professor Jeremy Powell-Tuck has asked audiences of doctors and nurses in recent weeks, showing them a picture of David Blaine shortly after he emerged from his Perspex box. If they reacted in the same way as most to his slim, but far from skeletal, figure, they would conclude that he wasn't. 'In fact, he is very undernourished,' says Powell-Tuck, the nutritionist in charge of Blaine's refeeding programme." Read the full story in The Telegraph. (Photo: BMI Healthcare) 22.11.03


Dr. Gábor G. Szabó lectures at the Newcastle Magic Circle on November 24th. Gábor presents creative and original card sleights and routines. The venue: Copthorne Hotel, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne. For more information telephone Martin Duffy on 0191 237 6240. 22.11.03


Joe Labero's new television special, reported last week, will be shown on ITV on Saturday, December 13th and was shot onboard a cruise ship that sailed through the Mediterranean from Malta to Tunisia. David Berglas was the show's magic consultant Merlins of Wakefield are pleased to announce that they are now agents for the Spiderflex Company of Germany. Spiderflex manufacturer high quality instant back-drops and stages, that can be set up and packed away in seconds and take up little room. For further details contact Merlins on 01924 339933 The Order of the Magi North West Dealers Day attracted 100 visitors last Sunday - they plan to run the event again next year. Meanwhile their second Giant Auction takes place on January 27th. Visit: for details That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed. Have a magic week, Duncan. 22.11.03