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Leading article: Just like that

So the BBC is to bring back magic shows on Saturday night. And being the Corporation of today, they plan to do it in full, interactive style. There will be three of the world's leading magicians competing against each other with ever more elaborate tricks before a studio audience, who will give them the thumbs up or down each week. And to give it an educational twist, viewers will be able to press the red button to learn how to do their own tricks at home. "A truly spectacular Spectacular," says the head of Shine TV, the glossily named company producing the show.

Fringe Notes: 16/08/2010

*Nina Conti was a curious choice of headliner for the gimmicky 'Comedy in the Dark' at the Gilded Balloon. Somehow ventriloquism with the lights off loses a little of its magic.

That Old Cape Magic, By Richard Russo

English professor Jack Griffin, the narrator of Richard Russo's amiable seventh novel, is becoming more and more like his parents and doesn't know how to stop it.

Magic of Hansen lifts Wigan in stormy affair

Leeds 12 Wigan 26

Tim Sturtridge: The real magic of South Africa

After a cracking first half in the Free State it looked for all the world like Bafana Bafana could salvage their limp campaign and avoid ducking out in the first round.

Super League Clubs to decide Magic Venue

The RFL will announce the venue for next year's magic weekend by the end of the summer and the Super League clubs will have a major say on the next destination.

Cooldine can ride Mullins' wave of success

The more horses tell us about themselves, the harder they become to predict. Denman, who tops the bill on the second day of the Punchestown Festival, was once viewed as the epitome of hardiness in body and soul. Since his success in the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup, however, a variety of physical and mental frailties has been proposed to account for a record of only one win in six starts. Admittedly, these defeats include excellent seconds in both subsequent Gold Cups, but his connections nowadays increasingly acknowledge that he has a mind of his own.

Quirky Twist turns on magic to land pronounced victory

Reformed character boosts Nicholls' Champion Chase hopes with win at Ascot

Crichton catches breeze to leave rivals standing

A four-leaf clover was working its magic for Kiwi Neville Crichton’s 100-foot Alfa Romeo yesterday as his main rivals saw him steal away on a zephyr of breeze as they sat wallowing and becalmed half way across the Bass Strait .

Jane Merrick on Cameron: the magic many were expecting was not there

The reaction to David Cameron's speech is mixed, but I haven't heard anyone say it was his greatest, or say they were swept away by his oration.

Jane Merrick: The magic many were expecting was not there

The reaction to David Cameron's speech is mixed, but I haven't heard anyone say it was his greatest, or say they were swept away by his oration.

The Last Witch, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

You're an evil stoat of a woman," complains Janet Horne's neighbour, who has accused her of witchcraft, "but you are an entertainment." Rona Munro's new play tells the story of the last Scottish witch-burning in 1727. Its debates on magic and power are rooted in the dynamics of a tiny, vividly drawn community.

Album: Susana and the Magical Orchestra, 3 (Rune Grammofon)

Karen Carpenter meetsJoy Division in gothicsynth-pop heaven. Thecult Norwegian duo'sthird album more thanupholds their excellentstandards while offeringa further twist to the tale:a full conversion tobeyond-the-pale 1980skeyboard sounds.

The Widows of Eastwick, By John Updike

John Updike's final novel, appropriately enough, proved to be the sequel to his 1984 hit The Witches of Eastwick. In this feisty farewell to a generation of Sixties and Seventies firebrands, he reflects on mortality and the health of middling America.

Witch wanted: salary £50,000

A tourist attraction is advertising in the Jobcentre for a witch to live in one of its caves and is offering a £50,000 salary.

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