Number 299 - 18th March 2006


An Evening with Paul Daniels is reviewed by Nick Ralls this week: "Routines that many magicians perform as standard such as the chop cup, six card repeat, find the lady and changing card take on a new life in Paul's very capable hands. His electric chairs routine, which has become one of the hallmarks of the Paul Daniels act, never fails to be immensely entertaining and his solo levitation remains breathtaking. In common with other big stars of variety, in the audience you feel that Paul is performing just for you." To read the full review see Click Here. For current dates see What's On. 18.3.06


Mind Magic and Mystery. Peter Altman has arranged for Ian Rowland to present a full-length evening show of 'Mind Magic and Mystery' to raise funds for the 'Pennies from Heaven' charity, which supports the National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease. Show time is 7.30pm, Sunday April 30th, at Blackwell Hall, 90 Uxbridge Road, Harrow Weald, Middlesex HA3 6DQ (Map). Tickets are £15 each, and half have already been sold. To see Ian's show, and support a good cause at the same time, contact: 18.3.06


The Surrey Society of Magicians will be holding their annual dinner on Saturday 1st April at the Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate Hill, Reigate, Surrey RH2 9PF (Map). Three course dinner, close-up at the tables, and a raffle, followed by cabaret starring Paul Dabek, Mel Mellors and Martyn James & Company. With guest of honour Wayne Dobson and Marianne. Tickets £39.00 from James Fortune 020 8763 1995. 18.3.06 are now advertising with MagicWeek. For over four years they had been selling magic tricks, DVDs and books to private collectors and then in January 2004 decided to expand their market by creating which now offers over 1500 items, with new items being added almost daily. Their website has recently been revamped to include a live stock update system meaning that if the site says an item is in stock then it will be shipped the same day. All orders over £20 are sent post free throughout Europe. Visit today! 18.3.06


Tim Shoesmith, winner of the close-up competition at last year's British Ring Convention presents 'Fountains & Acorns' an evening that is guaranteed to leave you thinking on Tuesday 28th March at The Pentacle Club, St Laurences School, Arbury Road, Cambridge, CB4 2JX (Map) Tickets £5 for non-members. Contact Alan Maskell, Secretary, on 01223 462647 18.3.06


Alakazam's Stealth Assassin wallet really stood out as being something special at the Blackpool convention last month. We take a peek this week, Click Here. 18.3.06


Derren Brown's new Trick of the Mind series starts on Sunday March 26th and he's on tour from Tuesday 21st. "There are 42 dates on this tour. What do you do to relax between shows? I tend to get bored and fidgety, wanting to get back on the road to do the next one. The buzz of a real audience, and knowing that you’re giving them a good show, make it hugely enjoyable. But I suspect this time I’ll be working on a book project." Derren talks about his work: Click Here. 18.3.06


Wayne Dobson - Unclamped. The Pentacle Club are pleased to announce that Wayne will be presenting his acclaimed 'Unclamped' lecture at the Club at 8pm on Tuesday 25th April at St Laurences School, Arbury Road, Cambridge, CB4 2JX (Map). Tickets £7 for non-members. Contact Alan Maskell, Secretary, on 01223 462647 18.3.06


Look out for Dynamo's special for Channel 4 in May Dynamo's Estate of Mind. This globetrotting magic man has just returned from a Motorola launch in Barcelona and the TED conference in California, where he spoke and performed alongside Matt Groening (creator of the Simpsons) and Al Gore. On Thursday he made a swift appearance on Richard and Judy - cramming in lots of magic - and they loved him. 18.3.06


Magicians from the Hull Magicians' Circle competed in their annual stage competition at Hessle Town Hall last Friday. An enthusiastic audience were entertained by four competitors who displayed a variety of magic tricks. The winner, Peter Smales of Cottingham, won the coveted Connnolly Shield and featured his skating card trick. Peter explained that with the current popularity of ice skating in mind, he'd created a trick that involved skating on a carpet with specially designed "carpet skates" enabling him to simulate ice skating! Peter is well known to local schoolchildren as a result of his educational maths and science magic shows and workshops. The club is currently enjoying its best ever period with over seventy members in its senior section and a flourishing junior section. The shield was presented by Professor Eddie Dawes president of Hull Magicians' Circle who complemented all the competitors who participated. Competing: Malcolm Bromwich & Roxanne, Danny Hargraves, Gordon Stow and Peter Smales. Paul Kitchen compared and Walt Lees performed as guest magician in the second half. 18.3.06


The Order of the Magi, Manchester, found out that "there's snow business like show business" when they entered a float in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Manchester city centre on Sunday 12th March. "A hardy group of society supporters braved the snowy north to walk the two and a half mile route handing out flyers with an optical illusion on to promote the society. The Magi celebrate their centenary in 2009 and this was just part of the promotional activities lined up to make public awareness of this long standing organisation for magicians in the area. Event coordinator Mike Sharples (immediate Past President) said 'I think we may be the first magic society to enter a float in a procession of this size and our efforts were well received by young and old alike.'" 18.3.06


Channel 4's top property program 'A Place in the Sun - Home or Away' contacted MagicWeek as they are currently looking for great, out-going characters to appear on the show. "'A Place In The Sun - Home or Away' helps people to re-locate or find their perfect holiday home either in the UK or abroad. Obviously people appearing on the show must be confident in front of camera but also torn between buying in the UK and abroad. The potential investors who are fortunate enough to take part on the show will be provided with a team of top foreign and U.K. property experts who will source them their perfect property." Interested house hunters should contact Grant Georgiades, Casting Researcher on 0161 235 6578 or email for further details. 18.3.06


The Ulster Society of Magicians is pleased to announce that their annual Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture will be given this year by Arthur Tivoli on Saturday 25th March 2006 at The Platform, Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland and will be part of a full day of magic culminating in the Society’s Annual Dinner and Cabaret, which will also feature Arthur’s full act. For full details of the day, contact Secretary, George Bleeks, on 07860 115611 or Arthur is flying direct from Paris just for this event and is giving no other lectures anywhere in the UK or Ireland during this visit. For more information visit: 18.3.06


Black Artefacts announce the launch of a new range of 'Psychic Magic' "We are well known as a leading manufacturer and dealer in the genre of 'Bizarre Magic' but I have always wanted to add to our range of effects with a selection of pseudo scientific ESP type experiments and demonstrations. I have been working hard over the past few months to get the first two effects, 'Cognition' and 'Esperiment' onto the market. Just like our 'Bizarre Magic', the 'Psychic Magic' range will be exclusive to Black Artefacts. They will all be effects and presentations developed specifically for sale by Black Artefacts and will be manufactured by us to our usual high standards." Said Keith Hart. Black Artefacts new 'Psychic Magic' range can be seen on the Black Artefacts website: 18.3.06


Mike Stokes of Playtime Balloons has been booked to present a workshop/lecture at the IBM Convention in Southport in September. The free teaching day in Cornwall on March 29th now only has a few spaces left. To learn more about commercial balloon modelling contact Mike or Marjorie on 023 8073 0428 18.3.06


Tim Clothier's Advanced Illusion Projects is reviewed this week by Jon Stringer, Click Here • Philip Partridge performs at the Healthcare Computing 2006 exhibition in Harrogate from March 20th-22nd, attracting visitors to trade stand B60. • Tony Griffith will be holding his next Creative Magic Lecture/Teach-in Day on Sunday 28th October - see What's On • Many congratulations to Jon and Melanie Allen on the birth of Joshua Jack who was born at 11.25pm on Wednesday March 15th weighing in at 6lb 15oz • That's all for this week. Your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 18.3.06