Number 104 - 22nd June 2002


Paul Zenon is Off the Street, On the Road this Summer when he takes his one-man show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival's Assembly Rooms, from August 2nd - 26th. The self-proclaimed conman and wide-boy returns to the Edinburgh Fringe after a break of five years taking his audience on an anecdotal journey through his life as 'The Sultan of Swindle', from his first devious sting, aged eight, selling raffle tickets with a non-existent prize, through to suspect fortune-telling as a teenager, to performing on the "Club 80 to Dead" Summer Season circuit around the UK, to performances at every conceivable location around the world, including the hold of an aircraft carrier in the Adriatic, a clearing in the jungle of Belize and on the back of a truck in a Bosnian war zone. Venue: The Scotsman Assembly, 54 George Street (Venue 3). Time: 10.30pm - 11.30pm. Tickets: Aug 2 and 3 5. Aug 4-8, 11-15, 19-22, 26 10 (9 Concession) Aug 9-10, 16-18, 23-25 11 (10 Concession). Box Office Telephone: 0131 226 2428 or 0131 226 0000. The show then goes on tour across the UK during September - dates next week in 'What's On'. Paul can be seen in more serious mode this Thursday in Secret History: Magic at War on BBC 1, see: TV Magic 22.6.02


David Redfearn made his third appearance on ITV's This Morning on Wednesday, June 19th. David's magic worked wonders on hosts Fern Britton and John Leslie when his prediction turned out to be spot on. He then went on to boldly predict that Spain would win the World Cup (oops!). 22.6.02


International News: On Wednesday, July 3rd at 10.00am, David Copperfield will join David Solomon of the New York Metro Postal Service in the "first day of issue" launch of the new Houdini postage stamp at the Society of American Magicians Centennial Convention, at the New York Hilton. The stamp will be available at post offices across the States from July 5th. Houdini served as president of the Society of American Magicians from 1917 until his death on Halloween, October 31st, 1926. Although registration is required to attend SAM 2002, the stamp ceremony will be free and open to the public. Doors open at 9.45am and the ceremony will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton. The public is invited to attend a special lecture by Houdini's niece, Marie Blood, entitled "Uncle Harry and Me". For additional information visit the Society's website: 22.6.02


Jack Delvin presents One Man's Magic at The Magic Circle on Friday 13th September - an evening that promises lots of magic! Doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. To book telephone 01689 826169. 22.6.02


Chanin - The Man with the Magic Hands has just been published, containing six of Chanin's previous publications bound together into a single hardcover book. Classic stuff including: coins, cards, silks, cigars, sleeving, the 3 shell game and more, along with biographical information and rare photographs - 430 pages, highly recommended. Available now from Earth's Largest Magic Shop 22.6.02


Paul Nardini is appearing in a show at the Magnum Theatre, Irvine, Ayrshire, tonight and tomorrow at 7.30pm (matinees at 1.30pm). Paul will be performing magic to two pieces of music during a section called "The Magic of Dance". Also of interest to magicians is the fact that the show's producer and choreographer, Janice Marshall, had a famous great uncle - the late John Ramsay. 22.6.02


A ball magically sinks into a brass tube and then rises out again. When the ball and tube are given to a spectator they are unable to cause the ball to lower into the tube - it just won't fit! This superior version requires no switching or ditching and the entire trick can be handed out for examination. Magic! Order from: 22.6.02


David Blaine's visit to the UK last week generated lots of publicity for his planned stunt next year when he plans to be thrown into a freezing River Thames, having been chained up first, "If I don't get out of that, I will drown." No argument there. David was seen around London with actress Daryl Hannah who is over here promoting her new movie. The UK media have really taken to David Blaine's down to earth "reality magic". 22.6.02


Geoffrey Durham appeared on Countdown every day last week, performing excellent magic in his own gentle manner that makes it all very accessible. On Friday it was "fork bending"  Cathal Kielty's second article appears this week, offering Tips and Advice from a Young Magician - this time looking at personality, presentation, patter, and more Click Here (Thanks Cathal)  Illusionist David Penn is live on stage tonight at the Guilford Civic Theatre, and if you haven't been along to see Marc Salem's show yet you'll have to do it this weekend... see What's On  Don't miss Secret History - Magic at War on Thursday 27th, or Lance Burton Master Magician (Rpt) tonight: TV Magic  If you would like to run a link to MagicWeek from your website please use an official MagicWeek banner Click Here  That's it - see you next week, Duncan. 22.6.02