Number 348 - 24th February 2007


Close-up expert Michael Vincent lectures for International Magic in London on Tuesday March 6th. Martin MacMillan emails: "The lecture will be held at a new venue for us, but this is where we plan on hosting most of our future monthly lectures. The venue is upstairs at 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). For those of you who know the location of our shop in Clerkenwell Road, this is about 40 yards east of International Magic on the other side of the road. It's a good private venue and we will have our own bar there so it should be an enjoyable evening for those who attend. The meeting is planned for 7pm with the lecture to start at 7.30pm, finishing approx 9.30pm. Entrance fee for the lecture is £10. The fee is payable on the evening, but we would like to know prior to the event if you are planning on attending. So if you are interested in reserving a place for the lecture or would like further information, please contact Martin at International Magic, 89 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5BX. Tel 020 7405 7324" 24.2.07


Artistes announced for The Bristol Day of Magic 2007. Norbert Ferrι (France), David Stone (France - photo), Russ Stevens, Scott Penrose, Trixie Bond (USA), Marc Oberon, John Lenahan, Keith Fields and recent Magic Circle award winner Romany have all been confirmed, and more names will be added shortly. Date: Sunday 13th May, at the Weston-super-Mare Winter Gardens complex. The programme includes lectures, close-up magic, children's magic, magic dealers and the evening gala show at the Playhouse Theatre. For registration details email Andy McLaren 24.2.07


The Scottish Association of Magical Societies 56th Annual Convention is to be held at the Park Hotel Montrose from Friday 27th April to Sunday 29th April. Featuring lectures from Wayne Dobson, Paul Howard and Peter McLanachan, Competitions, Close-up Shows, a Ladies Event, farewell lunch and Magic Dealers. The Gala show features John Styles, Paul Cunningham, Max Marshall, Hi Jinx, Peter Gardner, Wayne Dobson and Garry Seagraves. Registration forms and more details are available from their website Click Here. Register before 7th April and save £3.00 per person. 24.2.07


Magician conjures up a prime-time TV deal. Following on from last week: "The Irish magician Keith Barry has just landed a massive deal with ITV to host his own prime-time show. The 28-year-old is already a massive hit in America and will now follow in the footsteps of Irish stars like Dara O'Briain, Craig Doyle and Graham Norton who have become big names in Britain with millions tuning in to see them every week. The Waterford-born illusionist will host an hour-long extravaganza at 9pm every Saturday night for six weeks starting in May. It is his first proper shot at the British television market and it's also the first time an Irish magician has been given his own TV show on a British channel." To read the full story in the Irish Post Click Here. 24.2.07


Criss Angel Mindfreak is being shown in a couple of weeks on ITV4 and he also makes an appearance in Las Vegas on Thursday, 8th March, on ITV3. There's lots of magic on TV in the next few weeks including repeats of the generally very good "Magic" series first shown on BBC2, James Randi on Happy Days and Tim Mackintosh-Smith in Travels with a Tangerine witnessing the Indian Rope Trick. See TV Magic for details. 24.2.07


Street Magic Secrets with David Penn. From the Amazon's website: "Some secrets are definitely not for keeping... Get ready to amaze your friends with the astonishing Street Magic Secrets DVD. This is urban magic at its best. The DVD features a 30 minute film showing British Champion of Illusion, David Penn, performing some incredible tricks on unsuspecting members of the public. David then takes you back into the studio to show you the secrets and skills needed to perform every one of the tricks featured in the film. The tricks selected for the DVD were chosen on a time versus reward basis - you don't need to practise for months to achieve incredible success with these illusions. Whether it is making a £20 note fold up whilst sitting in the palm of your hand in 'The Telekinetic Note' reading someone's mind in 'The Body Clock', with 17 incredible tricks plus variations to learn, Street Magic Secrets will give you all the skills needed to perform some of the greatest close up illusions of all time." Available from from 9th April 2007 Click Here for more details. 24.2.07


Isle of Wight Magicians Society. Luke Lamont and Bryn Parkman, two professional magicians based on the Isle of Wight, have joined forces to form the Isle of Wight Magicians Society. The IMS will be holding an open evening for anybody who would like to attend on Saturday March 3rd at East Cowes Town Hall, the Isle of Wight (Map). For juniors (10-15) the evening will be from 6pm to 7pm and for the seniors (16+) the evening will start at 7.05 pm and end at 8.05pm. (Free buffet and drinks). For further information contact the Society's secretary Luke Lamont or visit the IMS website 24.2.07


Daniel Garcia has quickly made a name for himself on the "street magic" scene. Daniel's visual methods and "psychological reinforcements" had the world famous Magic Castle call his lecture, "One of the best to come through in the past 25 years." Daniel started practicing magic at the age of five and soon became addicted. He was forced into developing his own methods, for the effects that he wanted to accomplish due to the fact that he couldn't afford new books and tapes to learn from early on, and although he had been lecturing for small groups of magicians since the age of 16, his big break came at the age of 21 when he was introduced to Paul Harris. Since then, his bold methods and off-the-wall thinking have inspired many. Daniel lectures at South Tyneside's Fourth International Magic Festival next Month. Visit for details. 24.2.07


Books, Memorabilia and Apparatus from the Conjuring Collection of John Fisher - 1pm Thursday 1st March 2007 Bloomsbury Auctions, London (Viewings: 9.30am - 5.30pm 27th February, 9.30am - 8pm 28th February, 9.30am - 1pm on the day). This spell-binding sale encompasses a huge variety of vintage apparatus, costumes, props, antiquarian and modern books, publicity material, articles, catalogues and autographed items as well as scarce memorabilia. 24.2.07


News from Magicseen: "Magicseen Issue 13 (March 07) is a bumper larger than normal issue to celebrate the start of our third year! With a new redesigned look, the UK's top full colour magazine is looking to build on the success of its first two years. Cover star for the latest issue is Wayne Dobson, and we offer some extracts from his new publication WD40 as a taster of what you can expect from the magicseen published book. We also talk to Jay Sankey, Jonathan Goodwin, David Taylor, Kenton Knepper, Marc Oberon and Die Zauderer, as well as provide readers with the first of a two part guide to buying magic on the internet with reviews of 10 UK magic selling websites. This is all backed up with news, product reviews and further features and fun, all of which is designed to prove that 13 is not an unlucky number when it comes to magicseen!" Subscribe or buy an instant download from 24.2.07


IBM British Ring Presidential Dinner. President of the IBM, British Ring, John Styles and his lady Barbara, are as pleased as Punch to announce that their Presidential Dinner will be held on the 12th May, 2007 at The Thistle Hotel, Brands Hatch, Dartford, Kent DA3 8PE (Map). Most of John's working life has been spent in the world of variety and Music Hall so, in addition to magic, the cabaret will reflect that side of the business too. Send an SAE together with your cheque for £45 (per person) made payable to Brian Miller, to Springate Cottage, Radleys End, Duton Hill, Gt. Dunmow, Essex CM6 3PT to book. 24.2.07


The Blackboard is back! Do you remember when whiteboards were black, and you wrote on them with a piece of chalk? Unearthly Magic have released a limited edition, retro-style prop called Black Board. This is a beautifully hand-crafted wooden framed blackboard displaying cards, symbols or pictures. A subliminal image type routine is supplied with the prop, but several other presentation angles are possible. The principle has wide applications for all types of entertainment. Only 100 "Black Boards" will be produced and each can be customised. Contact today for more information, or have a look at the demonstration video right now! 24.2.07


Damien at the Brits. On Wednesday 14th February Damien performed for Kelly Osbourne, Coolio, Anthony Costa, Eastenders cast members and reality TV celebrities at the official Brit Awards 2007 after-show party in London. Damien has performed at the Brit Awards for the last 2 years. 24.2.07


Dominick Zwolinski was once again asked to organise the magical entertainment for the Tricycle Theatre's Annual Charity Valentines Ball at the Savoy Hotel, London. Sam X, Steve Price, Martin Daubney, Bruce Graham (not pictured - he was taking it!) and David Weeks entertained celebrities and VIP's throughout the evening. "A fun time was had by all and lots was raised for the charity." 24.2.07


Ravi Mayar is seen here with Coolio at the recent Brit Awards after-show party where he entertained guests and celebrities. The next day Ravi made his way to Doncaster and performed close-up magic via a big screen as part of the Reece Lightning Show in the Dome Arena. "Close-up intimate magic done to a mass audience - the hand truly has to be quicker then the eye!" said Ravi Ravi will be touring with the Show across the UK 24.2.07


Brother and Sister act 'High Jinx' have been busy recently working with Sellers International Youth Band to help them with their entry for the 2007 Youth Entertainment Championships. High Jinx helped with magic, illusion, circus skills and technical advice. In a build up to the competition they worked with composer Pete Meechan who wrote a piece for their levitation entitled 'Apex' - after the performance Pete Meechan said "Thanks for such a great committed performance of Apex. It will go down in my book as one of the best premieres ever." For a review and photo (scroll down) Click Here. 24.2.07


Phoenix Illusions were voted into the final of 'Harvey Goldsmith's Club Entertainer of the Year 2007' last week. The heats were held at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax. The finals have been filmed for Channel 4 television and will be shown in March or April. The six finalists included three singers, a band, a comedian and Phoenix Illusions. We'll let you have the transmission date as soon as we have it. 24.2.07


Twenty five young magicians have put their names forward for The Young Magician of the Year 2007 and will be competing for a place in the Final when the Heats take place on Sunday 15th April. These are being held at The Centre for The Magic Arts, Stephenson Way, London NW1 and will commence at 10.30 am. Tickets are £5 and the Box Office is now open on 020 7387 2222 (9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday). The Final is being held on Sunday 15th July with a matinee at 3pm and the actual competition at 6.30pm, for which tickets will be £7 and £12.50 respectively. 24.2.07


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