Number 105 - 29th June 2002


Joe Labero propels himself to London in November for two nights when he performs in Rhapsody in Rock at the Royal Albert Hall together with a number of well known music artists. Labero is Sweden's most famous magician and has just completed an extensive Spring tour. Show details: The Royal Albert Hall, London, Box office telephone: 020 7589 8212. Dates: Monday 25th November and Tuesday 26th November at 7.30pm. Tickets: 20.00, 32.00, 39.00, 40.00, and 45.00 29.6.02


Paul Daniels is on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway tonight (Saturday 29th - LWT and Carlton). The show has a 'Jim didn't fix it' item where members of the public who previously wrote in to Jim'll fix it and were turned down are given another opportunity for their dream to come true. Paul Daniels will be 'fixing' it for a lady who wants to be sawn in half by a magician using a 'visible sawing' illusion supplied by 29.6.02


The 66th Annual IBM British Ring Convention approaches... Performers and lecturers announced so far include: Danny Cole, Paul Cummins, Henery Evans, Roberto Giobbi, Sergio Brasca, Dominique Duvivier, Duncan Trillo, Antje Pode, John Fisher, Cyril Harvey, Tom Jones & Rachel Wild, Mathieu Bich, Steve Bedwell, Lynn Thomas, Keith Cooper & Carol, Hugh Nightingale, David Gist, Clancy Clown, Mr Woo the Wizard, Mel Myland's Puppets, Fielding West, Visiona, Eriksson & Laver, Peter Greenwood, and Rafael. That's a very solid line-up. The convention is in Eastbourne and runs from Tuesday, September 24th, to Saturday, September 29th. For more details and a registration form send a stamped addressed envelope to Hon Secretary: Tony Shelley, 18 Greaves Avenue, Walsall, West Midlands WS5 3QF. 29.6.02


"Hilton seeks to turn Brighton into Las Vegas" reported The Sunday Times last week (June 23rd). "Hilton, the hotels group, wants to introduce Las Vegas glamour to resorts such as Brighton. It plans to transform the coastal hotels into giant casinos with roulette tables, slot machines and cabaret." That was from the opening paragraph - the key point here being that they recognise that entertainment ("cabaret") will have to go hand in hand with the gambling for their various ventures to succeed. Most of the UK's summer resorts have struggled to compete in the holiday market since the early eighties. "We are aiming at the guy who might go to Paris with his wife for the weekend and says: 'This weekend let's try an English resort instead'" said David Michaels, Hilton's CEO. New British gaming laws are set to be rubber-stamped later on this year. The Times online 29.6.02


Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine, America's best loved magic magazine for over sixty years, now also run a website that features an excellent magic forum. You can subscribe to the magazine via the website, and at current exchange rates it works out to just a few pence over 3 per issue - great value and highly recommended (Genii often features in-depth profiles and reports). 29.6.02


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Daniel Dean will be appearing in his own illusion show Spellcaster at The Weston Playhouse on Saturday 7th of September. Box office telephone: 01934 645544. 29.6.02


Andy Charlton appears for a third consecutive year at the Party in the Park, a two day Music and Entertainment festival, in Boston, Lincolnshire on Saturday 13th July and Sunday 14th July. Andy will be presenting close-up and stand up shows for the whole family. For more details email: 29.6.02 have just published their first "off line" catalogue - and it's free on receipt of a stamped addressed envelope: Click Here for more details. 29.6.02


The World's Most Dangerous Magic 2 is being repeated next Saturday on Channel 5 and features, amongst others, Dean Gunnarson. Why is it that escape artists always look like they're two planks short of a plank? At 7.55pm on Saturday 6th July on Channel 5 TV Magic 29.6.02


The Guardian reviewed Thursday's Magic at War on Friday: Click Here  Paul Zenon continues to get lots of press and is interviewed in a four-page spread in the August edition of Front magazine (out now) and Jerry Sadowitz also has his own column in the magazine in the style of The Crimp but without the magic - be warned!  That's it for this week, your news and reviews always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 29.6.02