Number 361 - 26th May 2007


Abracadabra – Magic Around The World starring master illusionist Andrew Van Buren. "After twelve weeks performing in the Caribbean and a recent appearance on Blue Peter, illusionist Andrew Van Buren and his team return home to present a brand new unique magical revue at the Blackpool Tower and Circus, the scale of which hasn't been seen in the UK for a great many years. With a cast of over 20 artistes from around the world, the show is styled on the large classic illusion production shows of the past - brought firmly into the 21st century." Every Friday, until November 2nd. Box Office: 01253 622242. 26.5.07


11th Top Secret Magic Day - Gary Young reports that tickets are now nearly 90% sold! Paul Daniels tops the bill at the 11th Top Secret Magic Day next Sunday, June 3rd. As well as lecturing Paul Daniels will star in the whole of the second half of the Gala Show. Also lined up for the day: to lecture Aldo Colombini and Nicholas Einhorn, a star comedy hour with Mandy Muden, workshops with Paul Gordon and Aldo Colombini, a full evening show starring Terry Seabrooke, Zane, Mandy Muden, Aldo Colombini, Martyn James & Company and Paul Daniels, loads of magic dealers, the Top Secret Café, and more! Visit for more information and to book one of the few remaining seats! Sunday 3rd June. The Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SL. Map. 26.5.07


Kennedy lectures for the Ipswich Magical Society on Monday August 6th (please note new date). Visiting magicians welcomed, but please contact the secretary first. Click Here. 26.5.07


"It takes years of training to become the best" I went to see Magicians last weekend - and absolutely loved it! The movie is currently enjoying a very healthy number 5 position in the UK movie charts. "Andrew O'Connor Interview. The director of Magicians on his debut feature, starring Mitchell and Webb" (Video) Click Here. To order the Magicians soundtrack CD from Click Here  26.5.07


"Magician gets the scoop on the CNJ. The Camden New Journal took centre stage on Monday in an eerie night at the New End Theatre. Ivor Cole, 30 years a libel lawyer for the Daily Mail, now a member of the Magic Circle, entertained a packed house in a two-night run" To read the full story in the Camden New Journal Click Here. 26.5.07


The North Western Society of Magicians Close-up Competition. On Wednesday 16th May, The North Western Society of Magicians held their annual Close-up Competition. Playing to a full house, at their headquarters hotel, 12 magicians each performed a seven minute routine to three separate tables. Congratulations to Steve (Stan) Dacre (1st), Dave Simpson 2nd and, joint 3rd Phil Robinson and Ken Ford-Powell. Website "Drip drip hooray" Click Here. 26.5.07


Romany set to conquer Europe! Norwegian film maker Flemming Fynsk has just been commissioned by French TV channel Arte to make a 30 minute documentary about the current Magic Circle Stage Magician Romany - Diva of Magic to be shown on European television. Filming will start next week. Romany is seen here working with Gordon Kaye of 'Allo 'Allo! 26.5.07


45-minute Children's Show for sale! Magician Mike Clarke is moving out of the children's entertainment field, and is offering the opportunity for up to two people to be taught his current show. Mike emails "The show is loved by kids and parents (check out my website to see what they say It's a 45-minute magic fun show, most suitable for the 4-7 age, and doesn't use anything incredibly expensive or hard to do. You've probably got most of the props already. I will spend a day with you teaching you the show step-by-step, and explaining why it is structured like it is. I'll also give you all my current marketing materials to adapt and use as you wish and 350 pre-filled party bags to use in your business. I'm based in Bristol, but am happy to travel within a 2 hour drive to meet you if more convenient. Alternatively come to Bristol and I'll give you lunch! No offers, serious enquiries only please. The price for the training is £350. £200 is due at the time of booking and reserves your place. The outstanding £150 is due on the day of the training." Contact Mike Clarke for more information 26.5.07


Vizage are appearing six nights a week from 30th May to 29th September at The Spa Theatre, Spa Complex, South Bay, Scarborough, Yorkshire YO11 2HD (Map) in two different variety shows. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in "The Summer Spectacular '07" and Thursday, Friday and Saturday in "The Viva Variety Show" All shows start at 8pm. Tickets: Adults £10, Concessions £9, Children £7, Family Ticket (2+2) £30, Family Ticket (2+3) £33. Box Office: 01723 357869 or book online via 26.5.07


Hotel Bannatyne played host to a celebrity wedding last week. Taking time to pose for a photo was best man, multi-millionaire Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne OBE. Providing the close-up magic for the guests was Corporate Illusion's David Diamond (left). No doubt David used the moment to pitch a few ideas! 26.5.07


News from the Twins: "The largest Illusion show ever afloat had its premiere last week on P & O’s flagship the Aurora! Loading the show onto the ship took over 7 hours with a team of 10 men aiding The Twins in this logistical nightmare. The show has taken up over half of the backstage storage space and will be running for over 8 months. During their initial cruise, The Twins were assisted by their own production team including Colin Wood, The Twins’ Lighting Director. UK based RNT Music Studios were also on hand, to create a powerful soundtrack and the team from Hallmark Productions Ltd supplied stunning a audio visual interaction. In the words of The Twins’ Personal Assistant Joanna 'the first 2 weeks have been very successful. The Twins are performing previously unseen illusions, one of which is Mark Parker’s Acceleration!'" (Photo: Colin Wood trying Acceleration!) 26.5.07


Magic Dave (Dave Allen) presents his "Little People Big Business" lecture for the Coventry Magic Circle on Tuesday 29th May at 8pm. The venue is Cherry Tree Sports and Social Club, Lythalls Lane, Coventry. Contact Alan Cooper telephone 07970 26257 for further information. 26.5.07


Marc makes magic in Saudi. Last week Magician Marc Dominic entertained thousands of Saudi Arabians each night as part of Mobaliy’s national Falah promotion. The shows were restricted in content due to Islamic laws and Marc’s show had to be vetted by the Saudi Religious Police and was altered slightly. “It was a strange experience as Saudi men in general haven’t experienced magic and the simplest of things astound them” said Marc. Magic is often seen as evil by some of the Bedouin tribes and on live TV one spectator was heard to cry out “this is not a man - this is a devil!” At times, due to crowd numbers. Marc had to be flanked by 6 armed guards, trying to maintain order as people clambered to see his magic!. 26.5.07


Stuart and Jayne Loughland (aka Safire Illusionists) are currently touring UK theatres with BBC's Chuckle Brothers "Spooky Goings On" show and also appear in the brand new DVD release "Pirates of the River Rother" performing two illusions and playing parts in the storyline. Full to the brim with lashings of slapstick comedy, Paul and Barry Chuckle's 2005 sell-out UK theatre tour comes to DVD on May 21st (released by Liberation Entertainment). In the photo Paul and Barry Chuckle look at Stuart and Jayne's recently awarded MIMC certificate! 26.5.07


Magician Criss Angel to try escape stunt above Times Square. "Magician Criss Angel plans to hang in a cube encased in concrete suspended 40 feet above the ground near Times Square next month in a stunt that will test his Houdini-like ability to escape... 'I am, in my opinion, the best in the world today,' he said." To read the full story by David Bauder for The Associated Press in NYJournalNews Click Here. (So long as that's just your opinion then Criss, we've only ever had you down as the vainest!) 26.5.07


Hand of Cleopatra (a UK Exclusive). "Cleopatra's Hand will find objects in envelopes, cards and miscellaneous items placed around her pyramid. A golden pyramid, along with a golden sarcophagus is placed on the table and her hand is placed upon the top of the pyramid and given a spin. When it stops, it will be pointing to the selected item that is only known by the spectators. Can be repeated immediately and it always stops wherever the selected secret item is! Performer does not handle the pyramid or the hand during the routine! Everything takes place in the spectator's hands. You supply the cards or envelopes. Please note these are the originals not the copies that have recently be offered on eBay! Don't miss out on this miracle!" Price: £125.00 For more information visit under "New In". 26.5.07


Tony Griffith presents The Magic of Science a day long lecture/teach-in on Sunday October 7th from 10.30am - 5pm. Tony Griffith has a background in education, including the Headship of a primary school. Using this experience he has created the Magic of Science Show. Tony will demonstrate and explain many of the science magic items that appear in his school shows, together with information on: Booking the show in schools, Being aware of the schools’ expectations, Your audience, Organisation and more. Limited to 10 places. £45.00 (£40.00 if booked before 31st August - includes morning coffee, buffet lunch and a light tea). Tony Griffith, 33 Davids Road, Whitchuch, Bristol BS14 9JH Telephone 01275 837017 26.5.07


Magicians visiting the Greek Island of Zakynthos in the summer should look out for the comedy close-up and cabaret magic of Scotland's Paul Brignall, performing at various venues in the resorts of Laganas, Kalamaki, Tsilivi and Zakynthos Town. 26.5.07


Neil Bonner emails: In a further blow to magicians - especially those who make their living performing street magic - a new TV show is about to reveal more trade secrets. On July 7th, the Zone Reality channel will screen Secrets of Street Magicians Finally Revealed. "The show exposes sleight-of-hand, levitation and mind-reading tricks - the full (three-card) monte," says the channel's publicity blurb. But what isn't revealed is the identity of the masked magician responsible for giving away the secrets. "He confounds unsuspecting pedestrians by making objects vanish into thin air, tearing the head off a dove and bringing it back to life and guessing what someone is thinking. Then, breaking the profession's strict code of secrecy, he shows how it's done." 26.5.07


Adrian Harris emails: At the AGM of the Perth Magic Circle, Alastair Cowe was re-elected President. Other committee members are James Craig, Vice-President, Len Martin - Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Secretary is Adrian Harris (, Tel.01738-628985) who replaces Mike McMillan who has just become a proud father! Meetings resume in September, but any magician visiting the area at any time is invited to make contact with us. 26.5.07


"Day of the dad" Click Here • "Houdini collection gone in a puff of smoke. Million-dollar house burned by burglar lighting crack pipe, authorities say" Click Here • "The Magic of Pamela Anderson" Click Here • "Water torture for new Houdini" Click Here • President Scores with Knockout Punch Click Here • Thanks for your contributions and see you next week, Duncan. 26.5.07