Number 558 - 5th March 2011


Many congratulations to Romany, Diva of Magic and winner of the Siegfried & Roy Golden Lion Head Award and the $5,000 first prize at last week's World Magic Seminar which was held at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. I wasn't there, but know how Romany can literally light up a room with her original and theatrical act that mixes the glamour of a classic Folies Bergère showgirl with a dry and brilliantly timed wit in a routine involving two hapless gentlemen from the audience... (DT). 5.3.11


South Tyneside is set to be enveloped in all things magic for the eighth year running as magicians and magic enthusiasts from around the globe descend on the borough for the return of the hugely popular International Magic Festival which runs from Monday 7th March to Sunday 13th. For details of all the events, including the three-day magic convention segment, visit "Preview: Latimer, The Customs House" Click Here. 5.3.11


Conjuring at the Court – London, Thursday 31st March. A strong line-up this month for Greater London’s monthly magic show. Elegant US performer Jay Scott Berry kicks off his extensive UK tour. Michael Vincent (photo) performs silky sleight of hand, fresh from his TV success on Penn and Teller: Fool Us. Tim Shoesmith provides magic and fun. Witty mentalist/magician Ian Keable makes a welcome return to the show. Compered by co-producer Russell Levinson. Doors open at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm, and runs to about 10pm with an interval. It’s in the attractive, refurbished function room of the Drayton Court, with a stage, theatre-style and table seating, and a bar in the back so you can have a drink while enjoying the magic. Tickets £10 from or Venue: Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). 5.3.11


Palladium Magic update from Paul Stone: "The 'Palladium Magic' Show on Monday 19th September is now really taking shape, and it will undoubtedly be a very unique, memorable and one time only event. The line up of talent is building fast and already confirmed in the show are Mac King, Marko Karvo, The Great Tomsoni & Co, Paul Zenon, Kriss Kremo and almost certainly Jeff Hobson, Michael Finney and Tom Mullica. I'm also hoping that the Master Magician from Italy, the one and only Silvan, will be there too. And I'm speaking to a number of other major magic names who will hopefully be added to this incredible line-up of talent.

And of course, we are all hoping and praying that John Calvert will be fit and well enough to realise his lifelong ambition to appear at the London Palladium. To do this when he is 100 years old would be incredible and a real piece of magic history. We're keeping our fingers tightly crossed that he'll be there, and knowing John, I certainly wouldn't bet against it!

There are still places available for Close-up performers to entertain in the auditorium before the show and in the intermission. Don't forget you will not only have the kudos of performing in the world's most famous Variety Theatre, but your photo and contact details will appear in the Souvenir Programme, and you will have a chance to take your applause actually on stage in the Finale of the Show. This opportunity will genuinely never happen again. If you are interested in being a part of this unique event, email now to and attach a biog and a current publicity photo."


The Northern Magic Circle are pleased to announce the final line up for this year's gala show which will take place on Sunday 17th April. The host and compere for the evening will be America’s Amazing Guy, Thom Peterson, introducing current FISM World Champion of Parlour Magic Marc Oberon, from Australia the elegant magic of Jay Scott-Berry, England's Luke Jermay, the astounding magic of award winning junior performer Ben Proos, laughs a plenty from Ian Keable, the incredible juggling skills of Mat Ricardo (photo) and Sweden’s award winning magician Tom Stone. The NMC Convention 2011, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April at the Scarborough Spa. Tickets via or from registration officer Allan Clarke on 01772 685073. (Mat's act is amazing! DT). 5.3.11


Steve Faulkner presents Monday Night Magic at The Greystones, Sheffield at 8pm on Monday March 7th: "There are still places left for what will be a great night of contemporary and very entertaining magic at one of the best venues in Sheffield, The Greystones. We have the man who fooled Penn and Teller and Magic Circle Stage Magician of the year 2008, John Archer (photo); the very funny and immensely talented Alan Hudson (Finalist in Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2010) and the hilarious Gary Knights (Gary Animal)." Tickets are now available from the Greystones for just £7.00 or contact Steve Faulkner: 5.3.11


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s - London. "Outstanding magic and variety show" Time Out. Starring Arron Sparks, Piff, Lee Hathaway, Neil Henry, Anil Desai and Christian Lee. Friday, March 18th: Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s, Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.45pm, Tickets: £12, show ticket plus dinner: £22 Tickets can be bought via Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SP (Map) For more info visit: 5.3.11


Derren's fans are no dummies... Fans of Derren Brown have begun a petition to see him immortalised in wax. Outraged that the 40 year-old has not already received the honour, the online petition Click Here describes him as "not only one of the most talented men on television, but now undeniably a national treasure". It is hoped the petition will convince the owners of Madame Tussauds to install a waxwork of Derren Brown in their London attraction or the newly-opening Blackpool venue in Spring 2011. In 2008, Derren Brown pretended to be a waxwork in Tussauds, London for a television stunt. In series 1, episode 3 of Trick or Treat, he replicated the appearance of a waxwork whilst his sound installation transfixed passers-by and lulled them into a catatonic trance. 5.3.11


Richard Wiseman has a new book out called Paranormality. It looks at the psychology behind lots of different types of seemingly supernatural experiences that are of interest to magicians, including cold reading, metal bending, séances, fake psychics and Ouija Boards. The book's website, also has a free 'Instant Superhero Kit' download containing lots of psychological stunts and body magic. "Is the paranormal just a con?" Click Here. 5.3.11


“Look No Hands” is a new collection of 10 routines from the ever astonishing Wayne Dobson, and the theme, as you may have guessed, is that all of the tricks have been structured to work without the need for the magician to touch anything... Liam Montier reviews Wayne's latest this week, Click Here. 5.3.11


James Prince lectures at the Leamington & Warwick Magic Society on Wednesday 9th March. Visiting magicians are welcome. There's an entry fee of £10 which includes a buffet. Doors open at 7.30pm. Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 7LN (Map). Details: 5.3.11 is pleased to announce the impending arrival of The Original Tarbells Lessons in Magic Book. Available to pre-order (with a shipping date of Wednesday, 9th March) this outstanding 900 page book is available at the incredible price of just £57.49. At there is free shipping on all UK orders over £10 (£15 for international orders) and unless the item is a pre-order, all products are held in stock in the UK and ship within 24 hours, visit to pre-order. 5.3.11


Sleight Of Mind – Nottingham, Friday 18th March. An evening of Mindreading & Magic in aid of Comic Relief featuring the psychological mindreading of Mark Roberts, the award winning close-up magic of Roy Bond and the award winning comedy magic of John Dornan. Musical entertainment provided by the fabulous Just Duet. All proceeds from the tickets to Comic Relief. Doors open at 7.30pm. Show begins at 8.30pm and the bar closes at midnight. Birchover Road Social Club, Birchover Road Community Centre, Bilborough, Nottingham. Tickets £3 each available from 5.3.11


Oliver Meech reveals the secrets of creativity, 10th April 2011, 9.30am to 5pm, Pimlico Academy, London. Oliver Meech will be running an intensive 1-day workshop on creating your own magic tricks, teaching simple yet powerful techniques. It's not a lecture, it's an intensive full-day workshop. You'll be creating new tricks right from the start. If you've always wanted to be more creative but don't know where to start, this is the your chance. To Oliver's knowledge, there's nothing like it available anywhere else in the magic community. Places are strictly limited to 12. To find out more and book your place, visit Oliver's website: 5.3.11


Diabolical - Brighton. Described as "Alice in Wonderland and Edward Scissorhands meet David Copperfield via The Grudge" Diabolical is Brighton's very own monthly Magical Extravaganza: "The night will consist of an hour's stage show bringing you two world class acts, and M.C'd by Rooster Magic; then downstairs in the bar for half an hour's close-up magic with the acts themselves: Vishente Baraja, In his home country of Spain he can be seen entertaining the general public at his various sell out shows. With various TV appearances this young performer will take you on a journey that will blur the line between reality and real magic. And, Alex Ward 'one of the country's most creative and unique magical minds!'" March 19th at 8pm. Tickets £8, £5 concessions, via 5.3.11


Merlins of Wakefield are now exclusive UK stockists for the popular range of latex products from Magiclatex. There are several items including: Oranges, Lemons, Bananas, a Vase & Flower, Tongues and more! See the website for details. They are all handmade and of the best quality. A complete sell-out at the recent Blackpool Magic Convention they are expecting a new batch early next week, so place your orders now 5.3.11


WD40 back in stock! A small stash of the best-selling WD40 has just been uncovered. "WD40 contains 40 great tricks from Wayne's own professional repertoire, and more than a quarter of them have never been published before. The tricks are real crackers and not too difficult to perform. The book also includes Wayne’s autobiography ‘Star Struck’, which charts his career from the very beginning to the present day and includes many anecdotes about his time performing in the working men’s clubs, on TV and in Las Vegas." Available in both semi-hardback and a limited edition hardback version. Please also note that the book is for adults only as it contains strong language. Order via 5.3.11


'Savant' plays the Preston Playhouse on Tuesday 19th April. "The show is a unique blend of mathematics, magic and trickery which creates the illusion of mind reading and strange human abilities. Audience members will be amazed as the spin of a roulette wheel is predicted in advance, thoughts are plucked from minds and photographic memory is demonstrated." Adam Hudson 'Savant' Tuesday 19th April at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm) at Preston Playhouse, Market Street West, Preston PR1 2HB (Map). Tickets £8. Box Office 01772 253731. 5.3.11


Magicseen - Now available on a Pay-As-You-Go Subscription. Magicseen editor Mark Leveridge writes: The latest issue of Magicseen (no.37, March 2011) is out and has Ali Cook back to reprise his cover from issue 1 back in March 2005. Ali is joined by American mentalist Angela Funovits and creative young gun Liam Montier as our main interviews this time. Issue 37 also has a new columns on magic on the internet with George Luck's Magic Seen Online, and also with Club Land, which shines a spotlight on to some of the UK's magic societies. There's a Dealer's Booth Special in which we introduce Magicseen's new Distributor Partner (surely the first time that a magic magazine has been printed and distributed simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic), Mark Lee reveals his obsession with Tenyo products, and Mark Rhodes chats to Jim Steinmeyer about his new book on Houdini and Thurston. All this plus much more is available as a regular 1 or 2 year printed copy subscription, or now, starting with this issue, printed copies of Magicseen can be bought with a Pay-As-You-Go Subscription. No fixed subscription term is required, readers are simply debited a payment for each issue as it appears and can stop the arrangement at any time. For more info please go to 5.3.11


Taffy Night - Cardiff Magical Society. Russell Wells emails: "We are holding a memorial night for Taffy "Ian James" The Clown who passed away on 26th October 2009. Anyone who knew Taffy is welcome to join us at Cardiff Yacht club on 28th March from 8pm to 10.30pm to celebrate a great man loved by many and a long standing member of The Cardiff Magical Society. For more details please go to" 5.3.11


Jacksons Lane Theatre in Highgate was graced with stars, Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, TV and Film actress Nina Sosanya and Bill Oddie last night at the London opening of Oddsocks' Hamlet the comedy. Paul Daniels was very impressed. As he was leaving he enthused, 'If anyone wants a good night out go and see this. It's fantastic' This riotous show featuring vibrant rock and pop music, specially composed by Jamiroquai's Rob Harris has had rave reviews on its national tour so far. Tonight is the final night at the Highgate venue. Tickets are available by calling 020 8341 4421 or via 5.3.11


SALC Presents - Keep on Running, "An amazing variety show combining the talents of many of the regular users of the Bonington Theatre (Nottingham), amateurs and professionals from the world of entertainment come together with dance, drama, music and magic with a show for all the family. On Sunday 27th March at 2pm & 7.30pm, Tickets £6.00, £4.00 Concessions. The Bonington Theatre, Arnold Leisure Centre, High Street, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 7EE (Map). 0115 9670114. Save Arnold Leisure Centre. 5.3.11


Up, Up and Away! That’s the message from The Order of The Magi (Manchester) President - balloon expert - Alan “Snaggers” Russell as he has a special item on offer at the society's annual dinner to be held on Saturday 19th March. As part of the evening a voucher for a Virgin Balloon Flight for two people is being auctioned. There is no reserve on it; whatever the final bid is that’s what it goes for. At the time of acquisition the face value of this was £310. Anyone making a bid must have the means to settle either by cash or cheque on the night. The after dinner cabaret features the skills of Bruce Thompson and His One Man Band and the amazing illusions of Andrew Van Buren and Allyson. Tickets are £30 for a four course meal with coffee and details are on The closing date for ticket applications is 11th March 2011. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 5.3.11


Mel marches on... Following a successful Panto appearance as "Idle Jack" Mel Harvey has now been booked to appear in the touring theatre show 'Flanagan and Allen'. Mel will be playing one of The Crazy Gang (Jimmy Nervo of Nervo and Knox) a part which allows for plenty of audience participation both on and off the stage, so beware! The show follows the story of how Bud Flanagan met Chesney Allen, and continues through the war years to the Crazy Gang's run at The Victoria Palace Theatre in London. Mel will be joined by his comedy partner Dave Short, another Magic Circle member. Dates for the tour already include The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, The Windmill Theatre, Little Hampton and The Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston, Lincs. Mel looks forward to meeting friends old and new as the tour progresses. 5.3.11


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year History. Michael Colley emails: Having completed the first draft of the History I'm trying to get in touch with as many of the competitors as possible. Does anyone have contact addresses / phone numbers / emails for any of the following competitors?
1961: David Longley, Davani (who at that time was in Edgware) and was Runner-up.

1963: Billy Shingler (Birmingham), Aston Brits (Van der Veldt) - a South African who was at that time working in Hamleys.

1965: John Dare (and Pat) - Cheam (also 1967).

1967: Alan Fraser - Bletchley (also 1969), David Evans - Hornchurch, Colin Martin (also 1969), Raymond McLellan,

1969: Gareth Elwin - Bexleyheath, Richard Oliver Hall, Stevan, Peter Hughes.
Hope you can help. Michael Colley


Shirley Ray Lecture - Darlington Care & Share Balloon Fun Day, Wednesday 9th March: "The cost for the lecture/workshop is just £20 which must be the bargain of the year for one of the world’s top twisters who will be doing four one-hour hands-on lecture/workshop sessions, sponsored by Qualatex Balloons." For more information and booking details visit 5.3.11


South Downs Magician Close-up Competition results. "A record 10 performers battled it out in the Close-up Competition of the South Downs Magicians on Wednesday, March 2nd. Club members plus invited guests were presented with a series of card tricks, rope routines and a variety of other effects. The number of entrants delighted the club committee and ensured a full evening of entertainment. The competition winner was Rob Sharp (photo)" Paul Bromley MMC, Secretary, 5.3.11


Carnival of Freaks, Surrey. "Lock up your poodles, the freaks are coming to Surrey, presenting a night of comedy and magic featuring Tennyson Hanbury/Alen Sellers, Paul Andrews, Matt-G, Pete Beckley, James Pritchard, Matt Miles, Casper and a host of great comedians, and it's free." Saturday, 19th March at 8pm. Venue: The Wellington, 60 High Street, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 1BY (Map). 5.3.11


Congratulations to Brian Colling (photo) and Brian Hodge, winners of the Close-up and Stage Magic competitions respectively at the Fellowship of Christian Magicians UK conference over the half term period. David O'Connor won the Peter McCahon Comedy award - a prize awarded in remembrance of the Fellowship's much loved past president. The five day conference featured a packed schedule of lectures, workshops, competitions, shows and socialising. Next year celebrates the 25th annual conference and it promises to be the biggest yet. More details here: Matt Pritchard. 5.3.11


Indoor Magic Car Boot Sale - Wigan. Offering a range of dealers with a mixture of quality used, new and collectible items. 11.30am - 4pm on Sunday, March 13th at Orwell Pub, Wigan Pier, Wallgate, Wigan, Lancashire, WN3 4EU (Map). Admission £3 (free parking, refreshments and lunch available), Telephone: 07785 712 714 for further details. 5.3.11


Showreel/DVD production recommendation. Harvey Seager, Ringmaster, Blackpool Tower Circus emails: "I have just seen quite a lot of Russ Stevens' filming work [] and believe me nobody does it better. It's first class, so if anyone out there needs quality he's the one to film your next DVD without a doubt." 5.3.11


IBM Southport Convention Hotel recommendation. Paul Storey emails: "Friends of mine own a lovely hotel called The Leicester. It's only a 5-10 minute stroll from the IBM Southport Convention centre and has been awarded 4 stars from Visit England. I know many magicians have stayed in the past and they would be made very welcome by the owners." 5.3.11


Reg Moores, who died on February 13th aged 88 is remembered in The Telegraph Click Here. 5.3.11


"Paul Daniels - I'll conjure up spirit of the Great Lafayette" Click Here • "Top award at convention for master magician Roy Johnson" Click Here • "Jim Steinmeyer's 'The Last Greatest Magician in the World'" Click Here, available from Click Here • "The man who fooled Houdini profiled on Ottawa stage" Click Here • Al Smith reviews 'Paul Hallas On Magic And Mentalism' this week, Click Here • Paul Daniels 'Hair today Gone Tomorrow' tickets Click Here • Barry & Stuart Live dates Click Here • "Pifftacular 2: Get Rich or Die Trying" Click Here • The first new full-length ballet created by The Royal Ballet for over 20 years, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" opened at the Royal Opera House on Monday. Paul Kieve was the Magic Consultant:, • More magicians in moustaches • "Magician let off hook after arrest for using bogus note to pay hotel while drunk" Click Here • Busy week. Many thanks for all your news items, see you next week, Duncan. 5.3.11