Number 447 - 17th January 2009


Philip Escoffey: 6 Impossible Things Before Dinner. Mind reading. It’s just not possible, is it? Maverick showman Philip Escoffey will challenge what you believe to be true – live. Although he has never met you, can this stranger really know you better than you know yourself? What interests Philip is not whether people can read minds or not (as luck would have it, it seems he can!), nor even how they do it, but what the rational – perhaps even cynical - mind does in the face of an irrefutable demonstration… and why some minds don’t even seem to need that! 6 Impossible Things Before Dinner has been especially created to make the audience challenge one huge thing: what they fundamentally believe is possible. Philip has spent the last eight years travelling the world, leaving the rich and the royal intrigued (and occasionally embarrassingly clingy) and now, for the first time ever, presents live on stage his unique, exuberant and astonishing findings. Don’t miss this opportunity to let mind reading’s enfant terrible change your life. One night only. The Malvern Theatre, Thursday, 19th February, at 7.30pm. Philip can also be seen at The Melbourne Festival, Australia throughout April. 17.1.09


Paul Zenon makes a welcome return to Countdown next week (week commencing Monday 26th January). Jeff Stelling and Rachel Riley host the show in which contestants race against the clock to pit their wits against vowels, consonants and numbers. 17.1.09


Magic, enchantment and illusion are brought to life with Mystery, the latest ice spectacular from Holiday on Ice, a mystical voyage of wonder and fantasy that will leave you breathless! "Come and join the 65th celebration of world-class skating, stunning choreography, breathtaking magic and exquisite costumes, transporting you to a kaleidoscope of fantastical worlds." From an enchanting Goblin Forest to Alice and the Mad Hatter's tea party, from the signs of the Zodiac to the darker depths of the Danse Macabre, choreographer Robin Cousins MBE and artistic director Anthony Van Laast MBE have created a masterpiece of mystical imagination. The illusions have been created by Paul Kieve, 9th January - 1st February Brighton; 4th - 8th February Peterborough; 10th - 15th February Cardiff and 17th - 22nd February Exeter. 17.1.09


Joshua Jay: Methods in Magic, Live in the UK is featured in our Magic DVDs section this week. Big Blind Media have really excelled themselves with this one. 17.1.09


Dolly Remixture is a Burlesque & Cabaret show which takes place every last Sunday of the month in Hitchin featuring burlesque dancers, stand-up comedians, live bands, and both stage and close-up magic. The close-up magic is performed by Lee Smith, who co-runs the show, and on January 31st, Tim Shoesmith will perform in cabaret. Lee emails: "We are currently looking for stage magicians to perform a ten minute act. This is also a great opportunity for someone who has a new act to try out. You will be performing to a fun and enthusiastic crowd of 120 - 200. The night has something for everyone and throughout the duration of the evening there will also be stalls to browse selling unique wear, together with a free bar buffet." For more information contact Lee Smith 0773 1916965 17.1.09


Mark Leveridge Magic - Dealer Nights. Mark Leveridge Magic is pleased to announce a series of special evenings called Dealer Nights which Mark is arranging at various hotel venues around the UK. Starting at 7pm and finishing at around 10pm, Mark will be presenting a dealer dem and a mini lecture featuring 3 new items. All products will be reduced in price by 10% for the evening, there will be 3 draws during the night with prizes worth up to £30, plus other specials and offers as well. The idea is to create a sociable, relaxed evening in which customers can browse the full range of Mark Leveridge and magicseen products and save money, all at the same time. Because it is not being held at a specific magic club, magicians from different areas will be able to meet and enjoy the evening together. Two venues have been booked so far - the Redwood Hotel and Country Club, Bristol on Monday 30th March 2009 and the Westmead Hotel, Birmingham on Monday 22nd June 2009. More venues and dates will be announced later. For more information about Dealer Nights and for advance registrations which are being taken now, visit 17.1.09


Would you like to be organised, save time and get more bookings? Alan Vandome writes about Magi, the database and booking system for magicians developed by Mark Tait of MAT Systems Ltd in conjunction with Alan, Click Here. 17.1.09


Supalok 'The Ultimate Lock & Key Effect' has been very well received by magicians worldwide. Master Locksmith Mick Hanzlik is now able to offer Supalok at a greatly reduced price for MagicWeek readers. This effect is completely self working, and all the magic takes place in the spectator's hand. "My kind of trick" Wayne Dobson. "You want magical entertainment? You'll get it from this" Donald Bevan. Visit for details. 17.1.09


Nigel Mead has just returned from the Middle East where he produced and starred in a new magic strand for Al Jazzera TV. Nigel took a full crew from the UK and shot on location in Qatar. 'The Magician' started airing yesterday. At home, Nigel appeared in the December issue of Tatler, in a "How to throw a great party" article in which Nigel featured as the "Most surprising entertainment!" 17.1.09


Merlins of Wakefield latest 16 page Preview is now available - free. With over 50 effects and special offers it's a great read for the New Year. Just send your address to and they will post you a copy, or ask for the PDF version and it will be emailed to you. 17.1.09


Hypnotica - Live in Manchester. Thursday April 9th at 9pm. "Robert Temple is one of the worlds youngest, most dynamic comedy hypnotists and he brings his art-form BANG into the 21st Century. With an original, quirky style and devastating hypnotic powers, we guarantee that he will leave your jaws aching with laughter! In Robert's brand new xxx-rated show, Hypnotica, you will be laughing from start to finish at the outrageous antics of this true showman. Robert combines a captivating stage presence with a lightening fast comic wit, mind-blowing hypnotic ability and his unique adult comedy routines to create this unforgettable, exciting and laugh-out-loud hypnosis show!" Visit for more information and to book. 17.1.09


Doug Segal has been booked to perform a 45 minute show at the internationally famous Churchill College Cambridge Springball on 13th February. He'll be performing alongside a host of bands including Foals and Nine Black Alps. Doug says: "It's been an extraordinary 12 months, I've filmed a live show for BBC Three, parts of which formed the centrepiece of one of their Mischief programmes, I've co-headlined an arts festival with Jenny Éclair, appeared as a guest four times on Holland's biggest chat show and took over half of Amsterdam's Passenger Terminal building to perform four shows to a thousand people in one day for Philips Consumer Electrical's global relaunch." 17.1.09


El Duco’s Magic. El Duco’s Magic Company was founded by Swedish magic inventor Christer Gustavsson (El Duco) just over 30 years ago in 1978 and gained a solid reputation for its high quality original magic. Highlights from the drawing board of inventor and designer Christer Gustavsson include classics such as Duco’s Dice, Ring in Salt, Auto Match-ic, Anglo Giant Cards, The Golden Cups & Balls and The Swedish Reel. In September 2008 Christer Gustavsson passed away after a short illness and there were rumours in the magic world that the business would close down and that the El Duco Collection will be discontinued. However, by the end of December 2008, it was officially announced that El Duco’s Magic had been acquired by Christer Gustavsson's long-time friends and partners in organizing the Magic Weekend Convention in Sweden for 22 years, Gay and Birgitta Ljungberg. They already run Sweden’s largest magic company, founded in 1981. Gay Ljungberg is known to the magic fraternity not only as a magic dealer, lecturer and performer, but also as a judge of magic competitions and as Stage Competition Manager of the FISM WCM 2006, a job he will do again at the FISM WCM 2009 in Beijing. “We will continue to produce the El Duco Magic Collection of original magic and we will also update many of the products with additional routines and bonus features” said Gay Ljungberg. For more information contact Gay Ljungberg: 17.1.09


Stuart and Jayne Loughland (Safire) are about to embark on their 7th Chuckle Brothers tour in a new show 'Chuckle Trek the Lost Generation', which will take in 60 dates across the UK. This year they will be perform in sketches, present their illusion act featuring two new illusions, and their Sci-Fi themed UV Magic Light Puppet Company act. Visit for tour information, or see What's On. 17.1.09


Have a Crap Day by Jez Rose. Become a Service Superhero and discover your own superpowers: Invincibility, Plus 10% and Tiny Thing - Big Impact, learn how to recognise evil super-villains like Doctor Moodio Bitchio and Slackers and even discover how what you wear can affect your Super Service Powers. This honest, humorous and invaluable guide packs a mighty punch - you'll use it as a guide and refer back to it time and time again. Written with the energy, humour and passion which Jez is now so renowned for, take your service levels to Superhero level! Visit for more info and to order. 17.1.09


Alex Lodge is staging 'Vision' at the Basingstoke Haymarket Theatre on March 5th. "A magic and illusion spectacular with the Basingstoke Academy of Dancing. Plus special guests from the CBBC’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice." Tickets: Adults £15.00, children £10.00. Box Office: 01256 844244. "For Alex, magic is just pure theatre" Click Here. 17.1.09


Open Mic Night. "Following the success of our 1st open mic night for magicians in February, Corporate Magic will be hosting a second night on the 15th March. Performers confirmed so far are Ashley Turner and Kyle Summers. The evening is open to all magicians both as audience members and performers. Performers need to be confirmed in advance. The venue can be seen at If you would like to take part or be in the audience contact the Corporate Magic team via" 17.1.09


Magic Lunch! This photo was submitted following (and before I get sued - I am quoting here!) "a recent meeting of the Shropshire Young Offenders Association, which seems to comprise largely of magicians. Pictured left to right are Steve Short (Magic Books by Post); Alec Powell (Albion Magic); Martyn James (illusionist); Phillip Partridge (comedy magician); Cheryl Le Poidevin (Practical Magic); Quentin Reynolds (mentalist); and Pat Fallon (ABC Magic - Ireland). The official photographer was Jeremy Le Poidevin (Practical Magic). The meeting was part of the Government’s Early Release Scheme – but most of the above subsequently re-offended..." 17.1.09


Bradford Magic Circle - Facebook. Mark Waddington emails: "The Bradford Magic Circle has recently set up a facebook group to keep Magicians informed of what we are up to at BMC, and to advertise our up-coming lectures and meetings. We would love all Magicians and enthusiasts to join the group:" 17.1.09


"Derren Brown's Evening of Wonders" Click Here (repeated tonight on E4 - see TV Magic) • "Can you magic me up a goldfish bowl?" Click Here • "Paul Daniels is coming to Basingstoke" Click Here • "Conjure up a magical profit with Ali Bongo" Click Here • Kevin Gallagher reviews Craig Petty's 'Accessible Coin Magic' lecture, Click Here and Freddie Wilkinson reviews some recent Panto's that starred magic acts, see Reviews • The For Sale and Wanted pages have never been busier, but please remember to read over the Terms & Conditions before submitting an ad • "Toy makers try to conjure buyers as demand disappears" Click Here • That's it for another week, see you next week, Duncan. 17.1.09