Number 249 - 2nd April 2005


Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind - Series 2. The award-winning Derren Brown returns with another series of Trick of the Mind on Friday April 15th. In this series Derren takes his unique show out into the regions, where dark stunts abound. Derren designs a zombie arcade game for a pub, equipped with subliminal messaging, and transports a young lad to a real-life version of the game to deal with real zombies. Psychological boundaries are ambitiously stretched, none more so than the staring competition in Portmerion, which Derren admits to being "the closest I've ever got to being hit" in show 1. This series also sees celebrity appearances by Jonathan and Jane Ross, Simon Pegg, Mo Mowlam, Iain Banks, Richard Madeley and Alistair McGowan. Trick of the Mind 2, Friday, April 15th, Channel 4. TV Magic. Teddy Jamieson talks to Derren Brown in The Herald, Click Here. "Mind-reading? No, just head games" Click Here. "British magician's sleight of mind psychs out viewers" Click Here. Derren's currently on tour. We've heard that the all-new show is excellent and playing to sold-out audiences once again. 2.4.05


Secret World of Magic starring Ali Cook and Pete Firman starts this Wednesday at 8pm on Sky One. The six one-hour episodes feature some of the world's finest magicians, talking and performing magic, including Juan Tamariz, Jeff McBride, Mac King, Gaeton Bloom, Rene Levand, Max Maven and Dean Dill. Ali and Pete travel from America to Argentina to France in pursuit of their magic heroes and perform some of their own favourite routines along the way. The first in this exciting new series sees the duo in Las Vegas. For a preview of all six shows Click Here. 2.4.05


Cinemagic! comes to the Bloomsbury Theatre on June 9th, 10th and 11th. Magicians, comedians and musicians bring the magic of the movies to life, live on stage. Starring Opposite Attraction (Alfonso Rios & Noora Karma), Richard McDougall, Scott Penrose, Noel Britten, John Archer and jazz singer Juliette Hall, accompanied by a 7-piece band. Tickets £15.00, concessions £12.00. Box office: 020 7388 8822, or book online: Click Here. Special Offer: The first 50 tickets for each performance are just £10.00 each. 2.4.05


The 9th British Close Up Magic Symposium takes place next Sunday, April 10th. Starring Richard Sanders (photo), David Stone, Boris Wild, Mark Leveridge, Brian Glover, Mark Mason and Antonio Romero. Numbers are limited... and the event is normally sold out. Visit to book. 2.4.05


Abraca-nab-ra! Animal rights fanatic runs off with magician's rabbit. "A Magician's rabbit was pinched during his act by an animal rights activist. The Great Velcro - Lynn Thomas - was distraught yesterday after Georgina was stolen at the Easter show. Lynn, 61, said: 'I was in the middle of my act when I saw this shadow out the corner of my eye fumbling with my top hat. Then someone from the audience came up to me and said 'Was that man supposed to run off with your rabbit?'" To read the full story in the Mirror, Click Here. 2.4.05


allmagic.tv2 has just gone live with streaming magic videos for Windows Mobile pocket PCs and smartphones. allmagic.tv2 can be accessed with any phone or handheld device running Windows Mobile pocket Internet Explorer and Media Player. This includes handheld devices and phones from all the major cell phone providers worldwide. To access allmagic.tv2 from a pocket PC or phone, enter: on your handheld or phone's Internet Explorer address bar. For further information visit 2.4.05


"As he opens his front door with a confident and welcoming smile, 24-year-old Kevin McMahon is instantly likeable. Assured and trendy, outgoing and chatty, he is in high spirits, and it’s infectious... The party was to celebrate Kevin’s newfound celebrity following Channel Four’s Faking It Easter Sunday special, where timid Kevin left his lectures for London, to fake it as a top magician." Sarah Howden interviews Kevin McMahon in the Scotsman, Click Here. 2.4.05


Hi Jinx (Michael and Siobhan Jordan) who recently changed their act's name from Magic Michael and Co., found their new name to be no jinx at all, after winning the Northern Magic Circle Easter Parade Junior Stage Competition last week. Michael and Siobhan are the current YMC J Day stage champions. 2.4.05


Congratulations to Opposite Attraction, (Noora Karma and Alfonso Rios), winners of the 'Finnish Magic Championship' last week. The couple presented their new "Musical Telepathy" act and also performed on the gala show with Armando de Lucero, Aldo Colombini, Shoot Ogawa, Shimada, Eugene Burger and Jeff McBride. 2.4.05


Magician Lance Burton unveils tricky billboard on April Fools' Day. Lance Burton put up a billboard at the half-way mark heading back to Los Angeles from Las Vegas just in time for April Fools' Day. It will get a double-take from those going west but those driving to Las Vegas will get the magical message in their mirrors. The star of the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino on The Las Vegas Strip has a new show to delight audiences. 2.4.05


Matthew Laskey can be seen performing close-up card magic in the music video 'Sleight of Hand' by band 'Drive Like You Stole It'. It can currently be seen on Kerrang and other music TV channels. The video is also available as an added bonus on the group's album 'Frequency' - in stores now. 2.4.05


For Escapologists... have limited stocks of the Hiatt Speedcuff ADA Super Deluxe Escape Handcuffs, from Australian master locksmith Ian McColl. "When they are gone they cannot be replaced, but they are in my opinion the very best escape cuffs I have ever seen!" emails Malcolm Norton. Plus two books, also in limited numbers: "Modern Handcuff Secrets for Magicians by Dick Norman" and "Cell Escape the Real Secret" by David De-Val. Visit for more information. 2.4.05


The Wessex Magical Association present their One Day Magic Convention tomorrow, Sunday April 3rd, at the Kinson Community Centre, Kinson, Bournemouth (Map). Doors open at 10am. With lectures from Ali Bongo, Marc Paul (Mind 2 Mind) and Tony Griffith (Creative Magic). The day also features close-up sessions, workshops and teach-ins with major dealers exhibiting. The gala show in the evening stars Vizage, Ali Bongo, Mike O'Brien, Marc Paul and full supporting cast. Refreshments all day. Easy Parking. Tickets £17.50 (accompanying ladies and children under 16 years £8.00). For more information and a registration form contact Ron Gilbert, 7 Woods View Road, Bournemouth BH9 2LJ. Telephone 01202 517584. Cheques should be made payable to "Wessex Magical Association" (enclose an SAE). Tickets will also be available on the door. 2.4.05


Magical Wonders have a new website which in time will include online ordering. For now the site features a news page, guest articles and a Terry Seabrooke page! Visit 2.4.05


Mick Hanzlick presented a fascinating in-depth talk on the life and times of Houdini at The Magic Club of Great Britain last Thursday. The presentation included rare photographs and film footage, and offered a real insight into the man's life. In the photo Eugene Matthias, President of the club, and Mick Hanzlick. Thanks to Mark Wooldridge for the news. 2.4.05


A belated congratulations to Darren McDonald (Dazzling Darren) from Batley, West Yorkshire on becoming the British Magical Champion of General Magic at the recent Blackpool Convention. He also received The Ken Dodd Comedy Award 2005, presented by Ken Dodd. Email: 2.4.05


Mike Danata's Magic Studio. Mike emails: "Many customers have called to ask if I will be attending the Wessex Magical Association One Day Convention. Although I won't be at the actual Convention, the studio will be open from 8am to 6pm. We are choc-o-bloc floor to ceiling with stock, and are currently having a video sale, with 100's of reductions. One day only - Sunday 3rd April! Mike Danata's Magic Studio, 121a Palmerston Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4HP (Map). 2.4.05


International News: 28 performers from 12 nations have now been booked for the upcoming 2nd Society of American Magicians / European Magic Convention in Austria. Featuring five gala shows and more than seventeen lectures and workshops. The main spoken language will be English. Loki and Kevin Gallagher will represent the UK in the SAM European Magic Championships, for more information visit: A very enjoyable convention in beautiful surroundings. 26-29th May 2005. 2.4.05


Jay Scott Berry has a number of lecture dates lined up, see What's On for details • "Teenage magician's classroom conjuring" Click Here • We have two reviews of the South Tyneside International Magic Week this week, Click Here • Congratulations to David Deanie, winner of the Glasgow Magic Circle stage competition last week. This was the first time he'd competed in the stage competition, having previously won the close-up. Kenneth Hay was the runner-up • Muncaster Castle, the home of the original Tom Fool, is launching a search for its first jester in more than 300 years, Click Here • Wayne Dobson's lecture at the Northern Magic Circle's Easter Parade last week is reviewed this week by Roger Woods, Click Here • Malcolm Norton appears on BBC Radio Devon from 7.30am on Wednesday April 6th on the Gordon Spencer Breakfast Show talking about local magical societies • Davide Costi emails: "There is an effect produced and marketed by Jerry O'Connell that I have to really bring to your attention, the name is 'The Sound of Music' don't miss it" - here's a link to Jerry's site: email for more details • Illusioncraft would like to inform customers and dealers of their new address from April 4th: 12 Taybank Avenue, Blackpool FY4 3HS. Telephone 01253 314868 Email • Andi Gladwin has just returned from Atlanta, where he was lecturing at the TSD (The Second Deal) convention, a well known US convention, attended by many top card magicians, we'll try and link to a review shortly • "Public invited to test their intuition" Click Here • "Magician shares his knowledge" Click Here • "Jessica Biel & Rufus Sewell In 'The Illusionist'" Click Here • "Magician Thinks Inside Box" Click Here • That's it for this week, your news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 2.4.05