Number 156 - 21st June 2003


200,000,000 sold and counting... The Harry Potter phenomenon continues with today's launch of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth book in the series. "Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses. 'It is time,' he said, 'for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything...'" Click Here to order the standard edition from (50% off RRP) or Click Here to order the adult edition (also 50% off the list price). 21.6.03


Marc Salem brings an all new show to Edinburgh this year - and this time he's out of his mind. "The king of the mind readers" Time Out. Marc returns with a brand new show featuring different star guests every night. "One of the most compelling performances ever… great comic ability" Sydney Daily Telegraph. Booking details: Click Here. 21.6.03


The Magic Circle celebrates its centenary in 2005 (July 20th - 23rd) and will stage four days of the world's finest magic. Already 250 Circle members have registered for this unique event and in ten days time, on July 1st, non-member magicians will also be able to register. The venue: London University, Bedford Way, London WC1. The cost: £175 (members) £200 (non-members). A £25.00 deposit will secure your place. For more details, and a registration form, visit: 21.6.03


All Aboard! Bertie Pearce presents All Aboard - The comedy of cruising at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival - a "must see" show for any performers who have entertained at sea as Bertie Pearce relives his first contract on a cruise ship. "This oddly dressed young man has extraordinary stage presence and the ability to be side-splittingly funny." The Stage. From July 31st to August 25th Click Here for booking details. 21.6.03


Peter Lamont: Confessions of a Psychic plays at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: "A former psychic reveals how he used to fake paranormal phenomena, until he discovered the real thing. 'Lamont is an expert, extremely entertaining.' Derren Brown, Mind Control." Booking details: Click Here. Peter co-authored Magic in Theory with Richard Wiseman in 1999. More on Peter Lamont: Click Here. 21.6.03


Paul Daniels lectured at The Magic Club of Great Britain on Thursday to an enthusiastic audience of sixty-plus magicians. "Paul was at his very best and what amazed everyone was to see him jumping up and down on a table to make sure everyone could see and not miss anything. He then spent over 40 minutes at the end of the evening having photos taken and signing autographs for everyone." 21.6.03


How to get ahead in Advertising... Businesses and conference organisers who are tired of using brochures and fast-talking salesmen to promote their products should try the latest marketing tool - a disembodied head. Corporate Illusion, a North East based company which specialises in marketing through magic have developed the Cosmic Cube which features the head of a girl suspended in a glass dome - with no apparent body. The girl can answer questions about products and thanks to a synthesiser can talk in a variety of voices! The cube features more than 850 flashing LEDs and lightening effects, a smoke machine and a sound system. More information from Pictured here at the ICT Works Trade Show at St.James Park in Newcastle last week. 21.6.03


The 8th British Close-up Magic Symposium Book featuring material from Richard Pinner, Lee Davis, Sean Carpenter, Roger Curzon, Mark Leveridge, Joachim Solberg and Jay Sankey is available by return from This book was released to coincide with the 8th Symposium which took place in April 2003 at Bath University. 21.6.03


MagicBox have launched a new discount scheme which allows customers who also have a website to save 5% on all purchases. Visit for more information. 21.6.03


13 Steps to Mentalisim by Corinda is once again to the fore and have it in stock. Essential reading for real mind readers: Click Here. And from Derren Brown new stocks of Absolute Magic are expected to be with MagicTricks by Monday, June 30th, Click Here. 21.6.03


Jerome Flynn talks about his portrayal of Tommy Cooper in Jus' Like That! on Blue Peter on Monday at 5pm (BBC2). More TV listings in TV Magic. 21.6.03


Gopinath Muthukad will be visiting London between June 23rd and 28th and would like to meet up with magicians during his stay. Please contact Gopinath directly: Gopinath Muthukad, Magic Academy, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India 695012. Phone: 0091+471+2358910 21.6.03


Jean Purdy and Bob Sacco (members of the The Zodiac Magical Society) are inviting members of other magic societies to a social evening on August 7th to be held in a Marquee in South Buckinghamshire. Brian Barnes MIMC (photo) will be lecturing and Graham Reed MIMC will be on hand to advise potential Magic Circle members on the examination requirements. Limited places are available, tickets are free, and the evening includes a buffet and drinks. Contact Jean Purdy MMC for more information. 21.6.03


Luke Jermay is going to release a DVD featuring material from his book 7 Deceptions, together with some new material. The DVD features Luke's famed For Andruzzi, The 7th Deception, A Twisted Palm Reading, RGM, Watching The Clock, The Burst Bubble Suggestion and more. Kenton Knepper, Doc Hilford, Alain Bellon and many others have raved about the material featured on this DVD. Steve Banachek said: "Luke is one of those rare individuals who sheds a refreshing original touch on everything he plays with. Brilliant thinking and brilliant routines!?" For more information Email: 21.6.03


Countdown to Countdown - Geoffrey Durham returns to Countdown this week (weekdays on Four at 4.15pm) and can be seen live on stage tonight at the Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham. Box Office telephone: 01434 652477 • Mike Danata's Magic Studio now hold exclusive rights to Paul Gordon's Dazzler. This card trick is used by Paul Gordon in all his shows - see Mike's Top 30 for details: • ITV's Astounding Celebrities has been moved back a week and should now go out from Sunday, June 29th. David Redfearn, who appears on the series, has just filmed a television commercial for Betfare, the people who sponsor the World Poker Championship on Sky1. Look out for it just before the shows air, starting in July for two weeks • That's it - your magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 21.6.03