Number 207 - 12th June 2004


Get inside Derren's mind via The Sun Click Here • "The psychological trickster Derren Brown may not have brought Henry VII back from the dead, but he managed to reduce a dozen students to gibbering wrecks when he staged a mock-Victorian séance in a basement." From The Times, Click Here • "I used to think Derren Brown rather creepy, but I must congratulate him. His recreation of a Victorian spiritualist séance on Channel 4 this week attracted 700 complaints - the third highest for any TV programme ever shown in this country. It was a perfectly mounted stunt." Writes Simon Hoggart in the Guardian (scroll down to bottom of page) Click Here See Derren Live in London; book online: 12.6.04


Join A.C.E. for a Magical Weekend! From Friday 23rd July - Sunday 25th July or Friday 8th October - Sunday 10th October A.C.E. (Academy of Children's Entertaining) are staging a course in Children's Entertainment. From the flyer: "Create your own magical experience by entertaining others! Supplement your income or turn full time professional. Be taught by award winning, experienced top professionals. Learn all the skills to become a Children’s entertainer, with tricks at your fingertips. This hands-on weekend will cover magic, circus skills, balloon modelling, face painting and many other things. Take away a great box of tricks at the end of the course. By the end of this weekend you will have your own one-hour show. A.C.E. will help you formulate your own marketing plan, enabling you to take your own plans forward. A.C.E’s all-inclusive residential course costs only £1,495.00 per person (payable in instalments) and takes place on the edge of the glorious Georgian city of Bath. Call A.C.E. for further information or to book your place." Telephone 01225 341462 or email: Website: "A.C.E. have some of the best and most experienced entertainers at their conferences and seminars. Once you have signed up you will have a chance to meet and work with some of the best in the business, all of whom are members of the prestigious Magic Circle including Magical Mandy, Quentin Reynolds, Tim Shoesmith (photo) and Paul Megram." 12.6.04


An Audience with Paul Daniels - Worcester. Paul Daniels presents his "An Audience with" evening and in the first half interacts with the audience, answering their questions and telling stories from his early life including his experiences in Clubland, television and theatre. Then, in the second half, he presents the act that made him Clubland Entertainer of the Year and the Variety Club's chosen Entertainer of the Year. Saturday 26th June at 8pm. Tickets £13.50 (concessions £12.50). Venue: Huntingdon Hall, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3EF Box Office: 01905 611427 (Map).


Magician extraordinaire Geoffrey Durham makes a triumphant return to the Norwich Playhouse two years on in a brand new show that promises to be bigger and more mind-boggling than the last one. Watch as he levitates a member of the audience, creates an oil painting through the power of thought and performs in close-up right under your nose! Best known for his TV appearances on shows such as Countdown, Through The Keyhole and Call My Bluff, the man who spent fifteen years as The Great Soprendo went back on the road in 1998 and has been building on this success ever since. All tickets £12. Box Office: 01603 598598. 12.6.04


Merlins have just obtained exclusive rights to a brand new illusion called The Wall, invented by Malcolm Bromwich. Here's the effect: "Solid wooden boards smash through a victims neck whilst they are imprisoned in a set of stocks! Everything can be handled and examined by spectators before, during and after the performance... Perform anywhere with a member of the audience if you don't have an assistant." Priced at £395 Merlins are confident that this illusion is going to prove to be very popular. For more information telephone Merlins on 01924 339933. 12.6.04


Paul Nardini has been asked to be the Chieftain of the Mingavie & Bearsden Highland Games 2004. This will involve him in opening the games and presenting the awards. An audience of around 7,000 will attend. Paul will also be performing some magic during the opening ceremony. The Games take place today at the West of Scotland Rugby Club in Milngavie starting at 12 noon approximately. 12.6.04


Congratulations to Paul Megram - winner of the Watford Association of Magicians Close-up Magician of the Year competition. The competition was enjoyed by an audience of over 100 and Paul's winning routine included appearing goldfish, Spooked and the Kennedy Box and Card on Ceiling. 12.6.04


The Liverpool Magic Circle are holding their first "Total Dealer Day" on Sunday June 20th at Birchley St Mary's Parochial Club, Trent Road, Billinge, Near Wigan from 10am -4pm. Exhibiting: Stephen Tucker, Wild Jacks, Jeani Magic, Keith Bennet, Albion Magic, Merlins, PH Marketing, Castle Magic, Master & Mystery, Spellbound Magic, Cliff Lount, Harry Robson and Dream Concepts. The day also features "Magic at the Table" which will encourage visitors to perform some magic (so don't forget your cards) with Paul Ingram starting the proceedings. Entry is just £2. More information: 12.6.04


Philip Partridge appeared on Greater Manchester Radio on Thursday morning performing 'Money Magic'. The Breakfast Show was devoted to finance as an interest rate rise was expected, and came, that afternoon. 12.6.04


Close-up magicians Rob James and Noel Qualter have just returned from Dubai where they were helping launch a new range of Samsung Plasma Monitors (the "Magic" range). Rob and Noel entertained international delegates with tailor-made presentations emphasising the strengths of the product. Also performing at the launch were magicians from Germany and the USA as well as Argentina's Gaston Quieto, who performed his superb stage show. 12.6.04


The Ipswich Magical Society is in the process of redesigning its website and have added a number of pages that will be of interest to members and non members alike. One of the areas that they are especially keen to develop is their list of UK based magical societies: Their goal is to provide regional maps, and to include each society logo along with up to date contact information. The society writes: "Please could we request that all readers of MagicWeek who are members of a Magic Society, check the relevant details, and let us know if the information needs to be changed in anyway, or indeed, if there is a society that we have missed." They are particularly keen to add a logo for each society. Email additions/corrections to: 12.6.04


Marc Paul presents his Mind Reading lecture at the Headquarters of the Chester Guild of Magicians on Monday 14th June at 8pm. Contact David Brandwood (secretary) on 01928 718496 for details. 12.6.04


Mindbender is currently playing at the Lyric Studio Hammersmith. "Michael Santos promises to take things further than any other medium would dare. But can he deliver? Ably assisted by his Spanish gypsy twin brother, Collin, the stunts and predictions are hilariously and ridiculously transparent. But following a fatal heart - stopping routine, proceedings take an entirely different course and as the act unfolds, the line between fantasy and fiction blurs." For more information and to book (half price tickets) Click Here. Recommended. 12.6.04


Last week we told you about The UK Directory of Children's Party Entertainers that we are about to launch. As a "thank you" to everyone who has signed up already, and for everyone else who signs up before the actual launch date of July 1st, we are including an extra 3 month's advertising, free. This will extend the initial period to 15 months and represents excellent value. The Application Form and advertising rates are on the contact page: (Until its launch only "sample" pages are on display). 12.6.04


David Blaine - Showman is currently available from on DVD for just £7.97, Click Here and to pre-order his upcoming book that reflects on his Above the Below endurance feat from last year Click Here • Look out for magician Phil Fenton on Channel Four's The Great Pretenders in a couple of weeks time (Tuesdays and Thursdays, around 12 noon). The series of twelve shorts features people who make a living by deceiving others • "Lifelong debunker takes on arbiter of neutral choices. Magician-turned-mathematician uncovers bias in a flip of a coin." Writes Esther Landhuis for the Stanford Report Click HereThat's it, thanks for your news, see you next week, Duncan. 12.6.04