Number 199 - 17th April 2004


Jeff Salmon's Sleight of Mind premières at the New End Theatre on Tuesday April 20th. "Sleight of Mind is a mind–boggling journey into the power and possibilities of the human mind; a tantalising puzzle that will leave you amazed and baffled. Using psychological techniques, a–fast–as–light eye and a razor–sharp wit, Jeff Salmon engages his audience with a series of mesmerising and utterly mystifying mind games. With a mixture of applied psychology, misdirection and showmanship, this is one man who can seemingly predict and control human behaviour. You won’t understand how he does it – but one thing's for sure, you’ll enjoy this fast moving and fascinating rollercoaster of a ride which explores the human psyche." The production is directed by Luke Jermay and Nick Einhorn and is sponsored and promoted by Magic 105.4 FM. From April 20th - May 22nd (phone to check dates and times). Tickets: £17, concessions £13. Not suitable for under 12s. New End Theatre, 27 New End, Hampstead, London NW3 1JD (Map) Box office: 020 7794 0022. 17.4.04


The Royal Mail will be issuing a special set of commemorative stamps to mark The Magic Circle's Centenary next year. This is the first time that a magic society has been honoured in such a way, acknowledging The Magic Circle's unique standing in the world of magic. The stamps will be issued on February 5th 2005 and will be eagerly snapped up by both philatelists and magicians worldwide. The designs, which have to receive the approval of Her Majesty The Queen, are being kept a closely guarded secret until nearer their release date.


John Fisher, The Magic Circle's Executive Curator, who first approached The Royal Mail, said, "I am absolutely delighted that the society will be honoured in this way and I am very grateful that The Royal Mail have agreed to mark this important landmark in our history." Alan Shaxon, President of The Magic Circle, said "Since our foundation in 1905 we have strived to both elevate and promote the art of magic in all its forms. This prestigious honour is a reflection of our achievements during the first one hundred years of our existence." 17.4.04


Paul Stone International presents Live from Her Majesty's - A Gala Charity Variety Show on Sunday 6th June at 7.30pm at Her Majesty's Theatre in London's West End starring Paul Zenon, Paul Zerdin, Wolfgang, Wally Eastwood, The Overtures and the Alexis Brothers (stars of Cirque du Soleil's Mystere Show, in Las Vegas) Tickets are £25.00 and £47.50 each. Ticket hotline: 07818 455440. 17.4.04


Siegfried and Roy are profiled on the Biography Channel on Sunday 18th April. If you don't get digital or cable fear not... Mike Danata's Magic Studio have The Siegfried & Roy DVD Collection in stock, a three volume double DVD set including: Volume 1 "The Magic and the Mystery" Volume 2 "The World of Siegfried & Roy" and Volume 3 "The Magic Box" (the IMAX movie). Contact Mike on 01202 391666 to order. 17.4.04


Phantoms of the Card Table, by David Britland and Gazzo, MagicWeek's Book of the Year 2003, has just been published in a soft back edition and is available from for just £9.09. Gazzo will be lecturing in the UK in May, see What's On. To read the original review Click Here and to order Click Here. 17.4.04


Paul Zenon is in Countdown's Dictionary Corner next week, from Monday April 26th. See TV Magic for times. 17.4.04


Duncan Trillo can be seen being introduced by Wayne Dobson in a brief television clip from Wayne's ITV series A Kind of Magic in BBC1's harrowing drama May 33rd this Wednesday, April 21st, at 9pm on BBC1. 17.4.04


Martin Breese has acquired the copyright and rights to the entire output of books and magical instructions published by Harry Stanley of the Unique Magic Studio. This includes all the rights to the Gen Magazine which Martin intends to publish in volume form shortly. The agreement was made with Harry Stanley's son and Rita Stanley, Harry Stanley's widow. Martin also owns the Spell-Binder Magazine and this will be available in a couple of weeks in three printed volumes. It will also be available in its entirety in Digital form as the Spell-Binder Digital Magazine and will be featured on Martin's website Also, just released, an exclusive new effect by Peter Duffie and Martin Breese The Phantom of the Wallet - and for the first time they have a demonstration video on the website Click Here. 17.4.04


Andrew Lock, manager of Paul Daniels, has recently published a book called "Magical Marketing". Whilst not aimed at magicians specifically, it includes many marketing techniques that magicians can use to promote themselves and their services and it's available from 17.4.04


Steve Gore won 1st prize in the Northern Magic Circle Senior Stage Competition last Sunday. He also won the comedy trophy, originality trophy and the Vice President's trophy for representing the Bradford Magic Circle. In fact he is the first person in the NMC's 48 year history to have won all four trophies together! Steve plans to take the act to the IBM Eastbourne Convention in September. 17.4.04


Newly formed magic club Magical Mayhem is doing well and now has 17 members. Their new meeting place is the Tavistock Suite, Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire (Map). The next meeting is on Thursday 22nd April at 7.30pm and their next lecturer is John Derris on June 3rd (John will present his KISS lecture). Guests are welcome and tickets are available in advance from Martin Daubney on 01462 627503 or 17.4.04


"Unveiling Houdini trick causes flap" Click Here • "Derren Brown: You Ask The Questions. 'So whose mind would you most like to be able to control? And could you use your powers to tell if Tony Blair was lying?'" Click HereHiding the Elephant is back in stock at but hurry, they'll be gone in a day or two Click Here • Martin Breese reviews last month's Klub Magic, in Brighton, Click Here next month's show is on a Sunday Click Here • Anniversary of Tommy Cooper's death. "Tommy Cooper died on stage at Her Majesty's Theatre in 1984. Twenty years ago Caerphilly-born comedian Tommy Cooper collapsed on stage in London." Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 17.4.04