Number 196 - 27th March 2004


Geoffrey Durham heads the line up at the 42nd Northern Magic Circle's Easter Parade Convention (Saturday April 10th - Monday April 12th). Also on the bill: Mark Raffles, Stuart Brown, Clive Moore, Fred Corvenio, Moira Fletcher and Ken de Courcy. Dealers, competitions, close-up sessions, lectures, workshops and a children's show. For registration information contact: Bill Peckitt, 18 Pentland Drive, Huntington, York YO32 9PQ. Telephone: 01904 762910. Ken de Courcy (lecturing) has published a series of manuscripts and booklets containing some of his very best ideas and routines available exclusively through And Geoffrey Durham can be seen live on stage this Thursday evening (April 1st) at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds in his highly acclaimed one man show Geoffrey Durham's Little Miracles. 27.3.04


Wayne Dobson lectures at the 44th Bristol Day of Magic on Sunday 9th May. The day includes a dealer's exhibition with over 20 dealers, Lectures by Roberto Giobbi (of "Card College" fame) and Quentin Reynolds, close-up magic from Roberto Giobbi, Mike O'Brien and Dave Jones, a Magic Circle Young Magicians Session run by Mandy Davis, and a Gala Show featuring Daniel Dean & Company, Tensai, Mel Harvey, Ward Allen, Pat Fallon & Tanya, Colin Rose and compere Tony Stevens. For more information visit the website or to download a PDF registration form Click Here. The Bristol Day is always a great day! 27.3.04


The Medway Magical Society MAD Convention is just a few days away (Sunday, April 4th) at St. George's Hotel, Rochester. With magic dealers and lecturers: Mark Shortland, Terry Seabrooke and Pat Page (photo). Tickets are going fast. Doors open at 9.30am and it all ends at 4.30pm. Tickets are 10 and lunch is available for 5. For more details and to book contact Keith Borland on 01634 862140 or 27.3.04 are now advertising with MagicWeek. "We are very friendly, fast and fantastic with handling orders and requests. Call now, instant message or mail us and we will be happy to talk about our true magic items or assist the best we can. For latest information send us your email address and you will be added to our mailing list where you will receive our latest news as well as more 'True deals.'" Quote 'MagicWeek' when you order and you will be sent money-back vouchers (2.50 - 15) for use with your next order - pay them a visit today: 27.3.04


The Order of the Magi's Annual Dinner and Cabaret last week featured Paul Dabek, Michael Pearse, Naomi Vincent and Brian Miller & Audrey. For a second year the evening sold out and was once again a great success. The Magi normally meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month with a programme of lectures, auctions, competitions, social nights, and magic society visits. Most nights are for members only (unless specifically marked otherwise). For membership details visit or telephone Secretary John 'Sly' Smith on 0161 485 3243. 27.3.04


Alan Hudson recently filmed an advert for Tote Bookmakers performing a couple of tricks that should appeal to a gamblers eye... first a 50p coin changing into a 20 note and then a fan of cards turning into a fan of 50 notes. It's part of a new advertising campaign to illustrate how you can win money with the Tote Jackpot and can be seen at most major race courses across the country. 27.3.04


Romany 'Diva of Magic' has just finished a successful debut week in the Parlour of Prestigitation at the Magic Castle, Hollywood, and has been invited back for two weeks in the Summer to compere in the Palace Theatre and perform in the Parlour again. 27.3.04


On Monday 15th March Will Gray won the Roy Johnson Close-up Shield at the Leicester Magic Circle. David Penn was the magical judge; we heard that it was a great night of magic. 27.3.04


Peter Kane remembered by Kevin Fox.

I always thought that was a great name for a great magician, his list of magic classics included, Wild Card, Gypsy Curse, Jazz Aces, The Gun Trick, Nemo Card castle, Shrinking Card Case, Stretching Queen... and they were just the ones that became classics. Every time we met he was working on something new. Peter had looked after himself since the age of thirteen which was why he was so streetwise.

Not an entertainer by nature he was more of an inventor and technician, he could be irascible at times but his genuine love of magic overshadowed everything else.

He leaves six children from two marriages, and came to prominence due to the encouragement of his mentor Gus Southall. His best friend was Bob Ostin, who like myself and his close friends understood him. Over 40 years of association with Peter was a privilege, a genius in his own right, his friends and family will miss a unique man. He was cremated on Thursday the 25th March at10am at Duckinfield Crematorium. Some of his friends were unable to travel because of the early funeral but your condolences were passed on to his family by myself.

(Goodbye Bandit)

Kevin Fox.


Philip Partridge appeared at Europe's largest informatics event - Healthcare Computing at Harrogate International Centre last week drawing large crowds to the PC World Business stand. David Zauber has just launched a new Yahoo group for magic club committee members, where they'll be able to discuss everything related to the day to day running of a magic society. Sounds like it could act as a really useful resource/exchange. To apply email for more information  Brekk Sarney appears on 'Meridian Tonight' on Monday, first as a postman (his day-time job), then as a magician at a local old folk's home. The programme goes out at 6pm Magician's disappearing wall: "It was a case of now you see it, now you don't at a restaurant owned by a magician. One minute there was a wall separating the car park from the pavement. The next minute it was in pieces." Click Here "David Copperfield to make magic in Beijing." Click Here "Students to star in ballot box challenge" Click Here "Potter spells 15.5m at Bloomsbury" Click Here What do you mean you haven't got a DVD player! Click Here Please note that the deadline for news is 12 noon Friday for Saturday's issue. That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 27.3.04