Number 206 - 5th June 2004


The Magic Circle has just announced the programme for its Centenary Celebration, due to be held in July 2005. The event promises to be the experience of a lifetime, celebrating 100 years of excellence in magic and takes place in the luxurious Logan Hall (photo) and Jeffery Hall of the University of London, and the modern Galleon Suite opposite, in the Royal National Hotel, London. The facilities are perfect for enjoying magic, with raked seating for all stage and close-up shows. The venues are just a few minutes walk from the excellent new Headquarters of The Magic Circle, where the additional Centenary Heritage Day will be held on Sunday 24th July.

The programme for the 20th - 23rd July registration period includes: A dazzling Opening Ceremony and Gala Show, Star lecturers of international standing, three Close-up Galas presented under ideal viewing conditions, a Late Night Revue, an International Dealers Fair featuring the latest magic from around the world, Gala Shows on the Thursday and Friday evenings with world-renowned magicians and the International Centenary Gala Show on the Saturday evening. Each delegate will receive a complimentary copy of the specially commissioned book, Circle Without End, plus two more unique Centennial gifts. For more information and to register visit:


Kidology UK 2004. In conjunction with Albion Magic, Practical Magic are hosting Kidology UK 2004 a one day event for children's entertainers on Monday, 6th September, at West Bromwich Town Hall, West Bromwich B70 8DT (Map). The day features four specialist lectures, from well known names in the field of children's entertainment: Ian Adair presents 'Adair's Ideas' featuring ideas and tricks for the children's entertainer. Marc Dominic will discuss breaking into the lucrative world of Corporate Children's Magic. Gerry Luff offers his children's lecture, with loads of practical DIY tips and ideas and Ali Cadabra will present an all-new children's lecture. In addition, there will be 6 dealers, presenting their latest children's material: Albion Magic, Practical Magic, Playtime Balloons, Hocus Pocus, Castle Magic and Mark Leveridge Magic. Two workshops are planned: 'Balloon Modelling' with Mike Stokes of Playtime Balloons and 'Bits of Business' with Ron Popple (photo). The convention is being held on Monday September 6th so that it doesn't clash with weekend bookings and the registration fee is £25.00 (you must book in advance), which includes a Buffet Lunch. For more information and a booking form email: 5.6.04


Jerome Flynn makes a welcome return starring as Tommy Cooper in Jus' Like That! at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Monday 23rd August - Saturday 28th August at 8pm (matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm). "Jerome Flynn is a wonderful Tommy Cooper" The Times. One of the nation's most loved natural clowns, Tommy Cooper truly deserved the title "comic genius". As well as recreating his comedy, the play also takes us behind the scenes to meet the man beneath the fez. Tickets from £9.00 + booking fee. Telephone: 01483 545900 or visit The New Victoria Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, Woking, Surrey GU21 6GQ (Map). 5.6.04 - The UK Directory of Children's Entertainers launches on July 1st 2004. As the internet continues to expand and as more and more people turn to search engines such as instead of reaching for the traditional Yellow Pages offers a one-click solution for entertainers who want to promote their services and reach a wider audience. The initial response has been very positive, ensuring that the site will launch with solid content from day one (replacing the "sample" pages). The focus is very much on the entertainers pages and the site has been designed to offer a "one-click solution" making it a real pleasure to use. On launch it will be submitted to the search engines and marketed online. Rates and an Application Form can be found on the 'contact' page. Visit: today! (From the makers of MagicWeek and 5.6.04


Derren Brown's Séance on Bank Holiday Monday certainly did the trick! The 70 minute programme attracted hundreds of complaints; most coming before it had even aired (that'll be the fortune tellers) resulting in it being rated the third most complained about television show in British television history! In actual fact it was an ingeniously constructed piece of theatre that set out to debunk "the Séance" and demonstrate both the gullibility and vulnerability of we mere mortals. Derren's performance was faultless throughout - full marks to him and the entire production team. Here's some of the press: Digital Spy, BBC News, ITV. See Derren Brown Live on Stage at The Palace Theatre in London's West End for two weeks only. Box Office: 020 7494 5094. Book online: 5.6.04 are now taking orders for the new Black Tiger Bicycle Playing Cards. The first edition sold out in 96 hours... "They're gritty, they look incredible, and they're just one more factor that will make spectators remember you. Now's your chance to get your claws on the second run - with even more special edition features, including black-light sensitivity and the highest quality card made by the US Playing Card Company." Due in any day, pre-order from 5.6.04


Taurus Magic Supply have just purchased a substantial magic collection adding some 400 used magic items to their already gigantic stocks. Over 1,000 items are shown on the website including rare Burtini, Ken Brooke, Vampire Magic, Jos. Bland, and Wilman props along with current American close-up magic and hard to find children's apparatus. Taurus are the world's largest used magic dealers. Visit today! 5.6.04


Mark Worgan's Klub Magic Show at the Komedia Theatre, Brighton, celebrates its first birthday on June 7th. Over the past year Mark, who produces and hosts the show, has featured some of the country's top magicians performing in an informal cabaret setting allowing the audience of 180 - 200 to enjoy a meal with the show. Mel Harvey, Jack Delvin, Fay Presto, Safire, Chris North & Belinda, Ian Keable, Terry Seabrooke, Tensai, Romany, Duncan Trillo, Loki, Mel Mellors, Keith Fields, Mandy Muden, Martin Cox, Andy Clockwise, Mark Shortland, Fluke and Bharat Patel to name but a few have all featured on the show. There are also regular close-up workers: Steve Pratt, Steve Virgo and Andrew Jeffrey. The next show on Monday June 7th features Peter Wardell and Graham Jolley (should be great!). During July and August the show has a break but returns on Monday September 6th. To follow the shows visit and join the mailing list for regular updates. 5.6.04 aren't so little anymore! They've recently added over 100 new lines to their range including Bee Playing Cards, Miniature Bicycle Cards, the Malini Egg Bag, ITR's, Sponge Balls, Knife through Arm, The Razor Blade Illusion, Cups & Balls and more. Visit: to see what's new.


Magic by the Seaside. If you live near Brighton or plan to visit this Summer you'll be pleased to hear that Martin Breese has opened a small stall in an antiques arcade that's currently packed with second hand magic books and will also include, from time to time, antique magic props. Visit Martin Breese's stall at Snoopers Paradise, 7 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL. The items are displayed in cabinet number 76. Hours: 9.30am to 5.30pm and 11am to 4pm on Sundays. (Map). 5.6.04


The Art of Illusion appear and disappear nightly at The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow, in A Kick up the Eighties starring The Krankies, Bucks Fizz, Stu Francis, Christian, The Art of Illusion and the Pavilion Theatre Dancers. The show runs from August 11th through until September 4th. Directed and produced by Ian Gordon and choreographed by Sheridan Nicol. Musical director David Lambie. Box Office: 0141 332 1846 5.6.04


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban broke all opening-day box office records in the UK grossing just over £5 million. The newest installment in the seven-part Harry Potter series was released on Bank Hoilday Monday, May 31st, and features Paul Keive's work - things to look out for include the floating spheres in the Astronomy room, background action in the Leaky Cauldron pub, Paul's appearance in "The Three Broomsticks" in Hogsmeade and the self-folding Marauder's map. 5.6.04


"Magic makers angry as Houdini spell is broken. Stop reading now. The information that follows should not be published and, should you choose to read it, should not be shared with others." Writes Dan Glaister for the Guardian and "Revealing Houdini's secrets spells disaster for Magic Circle" says The Scotsman. "It's a safe bet the Outagamie Museum normally doesn't contact local police when opening a new exhibit" writes a local paper Click Here and even the BBC are in on the act Click Here. Boy are magicians good at publicising exposure!! 5.6.04


Paul Daniels makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of The Dystonia Society, a charity which supports people with this neurological movement disorder on Sunday at 7.55am and 9.26pm on BBC Radio Four. 5.6.04


Following a recent appearance with Rocco at the recent Four F's Convention in the States Mel Harvey is off again, and is currently aboard the five star Silver Shadow for two weeks cruising in Alaska. Booked to appear with his "Magic to Die For" act and Max Miller tribute, Mel will also be entertaining the passengers with his comedy close-up magic. On his return Mel can be seen in the "All Star Variety Show" at the Westcliff Theatre, Clacton, on Sunday 20th June. 5.6.04


Gary Young's 8th Top Secret Magic Day (Sunday 7th) has now sold out - no tickets will be available on the door "Take a ride on Carnesky's Ghost Train and you'll find yourself travelling through a series of Victorian-like burlesque vignettes and illusions." Carnesky's Ghost Train is reviewed by BBC Manchester Click Here For seven days only (June 5th - 11th) are offering Hyp Hyp Hoo Royle a compilation CD ROM containing every single book and written course that would normally retail for £177 for just £39.95. Email: for more information Ray Roberts reports on the British Ring IBM President’s Dinner in Roving with Ray"New club gets off to flying start" Click Here • Soon-to-be acting CIA director is a true magician Click HereThat's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 5.6.04