Number 166 - 30th August 2003


David Blaine hit the headlines across the UK last week. The Daily Telegraph had him on the front page and inside in an interview with Jan Moir, "He predicts that he will lose 50 to 55 pounds in weight during this 1056-hour marathon, a better result than any Atkins devotee could ever hope for." To read the full interview Click Here (you may need to 'register' first). To read The Observer Profile Click Here. To read an interview in The Independent Click Here. On Thursday morning Blaine decided to do the tourist thing and took a ride on the London Eye... but travelled on the outside Click Here and Click HereAbove the Below will be broadcast live, as David Blaine enters his box on Friday, September 5th at 8.30pm on Sky One and then on Channel 4 at 10pm on Monday, September 8th (Map). Sky viewers will be able to tune-in 24 hours a day using their "red button." See TV Magic for more listings. 44 days is a very long time to spend inside a box (understatement of the year or what!) and I really can't see how he's going to last, but wish him well - MagicWeek will bring you updates, exclusive photos from the scene and a daily counter! 30.8.03


Geoffrey Durham is back on tour in September with his critically acclaimed Geoffrey Durham's Little Miracles show. On Friday, September 5th, he's at the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, Telephone: 01823 283244. On Wednesday, September 10th, at the Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, Telephone: 01732 450175. On September 11th, 12th, 13th at the Greenwich Theatre, London and on Saturday, September 27th, at the Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead, Telephone: 01342 302000. With more dates in October, November and December (see What's On). The Greenwich Theatre dates offer a rare opportunity for London based magicians to see Geoffrey's work live. Geoffrey is the special guest on Countdown on Tuesday, September 2nd, on Channel 4 (see TV Magic) and after a break for the Summer Magic Profile is back and Geoffrey Durham is in the hot seat. "I was out of work as an actor, and was reading every magic book I could get my hands on. I discovered the Supreme Magic Company by accident, and read some of their stuff. Through an extraordinary little book called Stranger Than Fiction by Derek Lever, I started to work as a busker on the streets of Liverpool doing a stunt act - fire eating, bed of nails, razor blades, hammering a nail up my nose. I was called Scrappy Lambert when I did that act, and I did quite well, really. I've often thought that I might try it again one day." Magic Profile. 30.8.03


The Young Magicians Club "J Day 2003" takes place on Sunday October 19th and features close-up and stage competitions, magic dealers, lectures, a gala show with Ali Bongo, Paul Megram (photo) and Larry Parker and the chance to spend a whole day at the famous Magic Circle HQ in the heart of London. The day runs from 10am to 8pm and admission is by ticket only. YMC members: 5.00 (quote your membership number), non members under 18: 8.00, adult magicians: 10.00 but please note that this event is intended for young magicians only as numbers are strictly limited. To register for the competition heats, to be held on October 4th, please contact Mandy Davis by September 20th. Email: or write to the address below. All contestants must purchase a ticket. Applications must be in writing. Please include an SAE. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to: "The Magic Circle Youth Initiative" and sent to: YMC J Day 2003, The Young Magicians Club, Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. 30.8.03


Stephen Bargatze lectures at the Watford Association of Magicians on September 21st. Apart from his Southport British Ring lecture a week later this is his only other UK lecture. The lecture starts at 8pm and tickets are 5.00 for members and 10.00 for non-member magicians. For more information email WAM Secretary Tim Shoesmith: 30.8.03


The Medway Magical Society's Annual Dinner will be held on Saturday October 18th at the St George Hotel, New Road Avenue, Chatham - 7pm for 7.30pm. With cabaret from Joe Tracini, Jon Robinson and (from September 8th) new Magic Circle President Alan Shaxon (photo). "Enjoy a relaxing evening with Kent's friendliest magical society." Adults 24.50, Under 18s 17.00. Tickets from: Keith Borland, 40 Montfort Road, Walderslade, Kent ME5 9HA. Telephone 01634 862140. Please enclose an SAE. 30.8.03


Congratulations to Shane who won first prize in the Manchester Circle of Magicians Stage Competition on August 19th. The Salford Memorial Hall was packed to capacity as both magicians and the public enjoyed the evening's competition. Taking part: Ian Ball, John Blackham, Dazzling Darren, Philip Partridge, Freddie Wilkinson, Shane, Geoff Berry and Crisandy. Third place went to Dazzling Darren, second to Philip Partridge but first was reserved for Shane who's act features quick-fire productions: "His rapid card manipulations and mobile phone productions were incredible, all the more so because he abandoned the platform and still controlled the sight lines within a few feet of the judges." Emailed Steve Voce. For membership details visit: 30.8.03


The Zodiac Magical Society have just launched a new website. Formed in 1946 by Dick Chavel and Napier Bye they now have about 100 members and meet on Wednesdays in Ealing, West London. 30.8.03


Safire appear in Entertainment Unlimited at the Colwyn Bay Theatre, North Wales on November 13th at 7.30pm. Tickets 6.00, concessions 4.00, starring Safire, Mike Sealey, Phoenix and Anne Marie. Box Office 01492 532668. 30.8.03


Irish magician Ruairi O'Connor has just signed a contract to present his act at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Ruairi who is a popular and hardworking performer on the corporate circuit is delighted. "Hard work, luck and more than a little bit of the hocus-pocus" are what Ruairi attributes his success to. He's been a magician ever since he skipped classes in his Dundalk school days to hone the various skills of his craft. He was spotted by Las Vegas magician Steve Dacri who invited him to appear on his show Extreme Close-up Magic. Ruairi leaves for Las Vegas on September 20th 30.8.03


The Magic Cavern at Barons Court presents the close-up magic of Noel Qualter (photo) and close-up 'magic of the mind' with mind writer Ian Carpenter on 6th October at 8.00pm. Barons Court Theatre, West Kensington, London. Box Office 020 8932 4747 If you are interested in presenting your act/show at The Magic Cavern (now booking to April 2004) contact Richard Leigh. 30.8.03


The British Magical Awards Convention takes place tomorrow - see What's On Fay Presto and mindreader Drew McAdam are appearing at the Dunblane Hilton on November 8th for the children's charity Dreamflight. The event is being organised by British Airways Nathan Newman's Case Discoveries mentioned in MagicWeek a few months ago is now on the market and available from Well, that's about it for this week. Your magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 30.8.03