Number 337 - 9th December 2006


The Session Convention is just six weeks away! From the organisers: "At the first Session we had a lot of people turn up early on the Saturday night so we have decided to expand and put on a couple of events that evening – one from Luke Dancy, one from Jon Armstrong. The Sunday will see lectures from Allan Ackerman, Paul Cummins, Robert Moreland and performances from Jon Armstrong and Luke Dancy as well as other UK acts in the final gala show. Like at the first Session, there will be plenty of time to hang out with the performers and other convention goers. We have spaced out the formal events a little more to allow plenty of time for what is often the best part of the day – the informal sessions!" Book early for the top card/sleight of hand event in the UK - last year sold out. 18.11.06


Paul Zenon counts down to Christmas. Paul Zenon can be seen daily on Channel 4's ever popular Countdown, week commencing December 18th, in the Dictionary Corner. Then on December 21st his White Magic special, filmed on the streets of Sweden, will be repeated on ITV1. See TV Magic for details. 9.12.06


The Best of The Royal Variety Show 9.05pm on Sunday 10th December on ITV3. If you missed this one-hour compilation show first time around then here is another opportunity to see some clips from the many speciality acts featured in Royal Variety Shows over the years. "Highlights from 46 years of the Royal Variety Performance. This edition looks at the strange and spectacular world of the speciality act, from ventriloquists and magicians through to acrobats and performance artists that have graced the Royal Command performances." 9.12.06


The Fabulous Magic of Doctor Bondini. "The Fabulous Magic of Doctor Bondini returns to the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham on Saturday 16th December at 7.00pm and Burnley Mechanics, Burnley on Sunday 17th December at 4.00pm. Our special Christmas show features new items of magic and illusion as well as some old favourites. In addition the Ladies of Mystery, Erin Downton and Carly Graves, will add their unique sparkle to the festive season with a selection of popular songs." See What's On for box office details. 9.12.06


The Unforgettable Tommy Cooper - 6pm on Sunday 10th December, on ITV1. From the programmes makers: "A look at the complicated life of one of Britain's best-loved comedians. Adored by the public and revered by colleagues, Tommy Cooper's act was honed to perfection - yet his private life was chaotic, even self-destructive." 9.12.06


Paul Daniels plays Scrooge, 11th - 16th December, Lowestoft. Paul Daniels stars in A Christmas Story at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft. Three 1.30pm mid-week matinees, and a 2.30pm Saturday show. Tickets: £7.50 - £16.50 depending on the show. Concessions available. 9.12.06


Penn and Teller make a guest appearance on The Simpsons on Monday 11th December at 8pm on Sky One. "After a rotten day, Homer bowls a perfect 300 game, and becomes a local hero. But his fame soon fades, and to keep himself from gloom, Homer decides to focus his attention on baby Maggie. Guest Starring Penn and Teller, Ron Howard, Nancy O'Dell and Pat O'Brien as themselves." 9.12.06


Look out for Magic Sam 'The Peoples Magician' at the beginning of Sky Sports One premiership show (Aston Villa v Sheffield United) at 7.30pm on Monday 11th. Sam works as head magician at the PureMagic Bar in Manchester. Magic Sam on YouTube Click Here. 9.12.06


A Partridge in a Pear Tree! Magic Philip alias Philip Partridge will be performing on BBC1 NorthWest Tonight on Friday 15th December at 6.30pm. The BBC are running a strand entitled The Twelve Days of Christmas. Philip Partridge represents the first day of Christmas and will be seen entertaining the pupils of Pear Tree School with his Christmas Magic! (The station is also available on Channel 978 on Sky) 9.12.06


Steve Lobley risked life and limb to become the first ever member of The Surrey Society of Magicians to have won both the Stage and Close-up Competitions. In the Stage Competition on November 23rd Steve was handcuffed and chained to live explosives... and had only 90 seconds to escape! Earlier in the year Steve won the Close-up Competition, making it the third time he has won this prestigious award. The award was presented by Magical Judge Mandy Davis. 9.12.06


David and Dania appear on The Royal Variety Performance 2006 at 8pm on Tuesday 12th December on BBC 1. The couple can also been seen in The Magic Circle Christmas Show (now sold out) towards the end of the month. 9.12.06


Darryl Rose once again astounded celebrities and crew alike, at the finale of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here, in Queensland, Australia. Apparently his spider tricks went down especially well! This is the fifth time Darryl has made the trip down under for the Granada production. 9.12.06


Amethyst set sail for the Caribbean. Daniel Hunt and Annette Claire - Amethyst, are preparing to board P&O's Super-liner the 'Aurora', sailing on 18th December until 9th January around the Caribbean, Azores and Madeira. They will be performing their illusion show and escapology show, which features several new escapes designed especially for the Christmas Cruise. For more information visit or contact 9.12.06


Fred Robinson DVD - for the first time ever on DVD! "Snap, Crackle and Pop! A Brief Interlude with Fred Robinson" is now available from - we'll bring you a full review next week • "Magic tricks defy logic, prognosis" Click Here • Blindsight, in stock and available from • "Playing mind games" Click Here • "The Great Escape" Click Here • That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 9.12.06