Number 586 - 17th September 2011


"David Copperfield Crowned 'King of Magic'" Click Here • "Inside magician’s lair" Click Here • "David Copperfield dashes to NYC to host party, receives two awards" Click Here • "A Perfect Night for Parties on the Terrace" Click Here • "Touring David Copperfield’s Personal Museum of Antique Curiosities With Roberto Cavalli and Owen Wilson" Click Here • Party photos Click Here. 17.9.11


Palladium Magic - this Monday! Starring: Silvan, Hans Klok, Mac King, Kris Kremo, Mikael Szanyiel, The Great Tomsoni & Co, Michael Finney, Erix Logan, Nathalie Enterline, Paul Zenon, Jeff Hobson and Marko Karvo. There are still a few seats available via Also, last minute tickets for the Jeff Hobson Lecture on Tuesday can be purchased on the door (7.30pm for an 8pm start, Tuesday 20th September) at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, 225 Edgware Road, London W2 1JU. Tickets are £25, or just £15 if you bought a ticket for 'Palladium Magic'. 17.9.11


75th British Ring Convention, Southport, Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th September. The line-up of performers, dealers, guests and lecturers for this year's convention being held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre is truly international. Expect to see Michael Finney, Rafael, Aonghus McAnally, Jason Andrews, Guy Barrett, Anthony Darkstone Brook, Romany, Jeton - The Gentleman Juggler, Shawn Farquhar, Michael Carr, Jordan Gomez, Paul Joyce, Wes Zaharuk, Chris de Rosa, David Tomkins, Richard Cadell and Sooty, Safire, Amethyst, Pat Fallon, Mark James, Joe M. Turner, Alex Hansford, Mel Mellers, Vittorio Marino. Plus International President of the IBM, Malta's Vanni Pulé. Visit the convention website for full details and to register: 17.9.11


75th Anniversary, Exonian Magic Society Convention - Devon. Sunday October 2nd at the Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish, Devon. The day features four lectures, a close-up session, a gala show and a 3 course meal all for £35 (or £25 for just the day). Acts include Shawn Farquhar, Marc Paul (photo), Martin Cox and Magic Dave. For more info visit 17.9.11


Chris Dugdale: 2 Faced Deception: "In front of your very eyes... Be stunned, Be amazed, Be deceived. Magic at its very best. From ITV's Penn & Teller: Fool Us. From an audience with HM The Queen, to command performances at the United Nations in New York, world class magician Chris Dugdale has wowed at the top level with his original brand of close up illusion. Now you can have the front row experience in this exclusive run at the Leicester Square Theatre. Get the VIP experience and witness the impossible inches away from you." September 17th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and October 1st, nightly at 9.15pm at The Lounge, Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX (Map). Tickets: Click Here. Box Office: 08448 733433. 17.9.11


Steve Faulkner presents Magic Monday at The Greystones. "There are still a few tickets available for this Monday's 'Magic Monday' show (September 19th) at The Greystones, Sheffield. It's getting a reputation for being one of Sheffield's top nights out and we have a great line-up including Rob James, Joh Hicks and Danny Buckler (photo). Hosted by Steve Faulkner. Tickets are £9 and can be purchased through or email" 17.9.11


British Ring Promotions. Geoffrey Newton PRO reports: "It was all hands to the pump (the balloon pump that was!) when The International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring promotions team set up a stall in Southport Town Centre last Saturday to market the public shows which are part of their forthcoming convention 22nd – 25th September. Between 12 noon and 2pm the team made up and gave away over 400 balloon models and flyers to delighted passers by, providing information on these productions. On Saturday morning 24th September at 10.30am in the Southport Theatre there is a children’s magic show featuring Sooty and other top children’s entertainment. At this performance you could win one of a number of Sooty Goodie Bags just by sitting in a lucky seat selected at random from the box office on the morning.

On Sunday 25th September at the same venue at 8.00pm there is an International Gala of Magic and Variety. This event features international acts and includes Shawn Farquahar and Romany from the recent Penn and Teller Fool Us, Saturday night TV show. Tickets for both these productions are available direct from the box office or online at or by calling 0844 8713021. Photo, l to r: Public Relations Officer Geoffrey Newton, President Keith Cooper, President’s Lady Pam Cooper, and Rick Tynan. Full and weekend registrations include a gala show ticket (but not the children’s show) and details are on"


Marc Paul will be lecturing at Blackpool Magicians' Club on Tuesday 4th October. Peter Eldin writes: Marc is a mind-reader and psychological magician who gives his audience bafflement, amazement and, most important of all, entertainment. In his lecture, entitled ‘Mental FX’, Marc will be explaining in detail some of his pet routines all of which are exceedingly practical and commercial. They are all from his professional shows and have been honed for the corporate market. Because of the huge amount of travel he does each year he has stripped down his performance material to use minimal props but still have maximum impact on the audience. Marc will talk about how you can work an effect to an audience of one or how you can perform the same effect to an audience of thousands. Even if you have no interest in mentalism as such you will gain a lot of knowledge from studying the way that Marc thinks and works - and you will be entertained as well! 17.9.11


Associated Conjurers of East Sussex Dinner. "The Associated Conjurers of East Sussex are delighted to announce full details of their annual dinner again this year at award winning restaurant 'Halland Forge'. The cabaret this year is Matthew Garrett, a previous Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year winner, and inventor of Ninja+. Tickets for this superb event are £30 for a 3 course a la carte meal, including close-up magic and cabaret. More details can be obtained from Nicky Lewis (Secretary of the Club) on 01903 532413. Check out for more information about this thriving society." Nicky Lewis. 17.9.11


The Great Kovari Lecture - Essex. The Great Kovari lectures for The Frinton Magic Triangle on Thursday 13th October (Rescheduled from August). Visitors welcome, admission £5.00. The meeting is held at Soken House, The Triangle Shopping Centre, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex CO13 0AU (Map) starting at 7.30pm. (Lecture Review). There is plenty of Free Parking. Further details from Club Secretary: Keith Norman 01206 543969 or email, 17.9.11


Andi Gladwin 3SM lecture, West Midlands. This Monday, professional close-up magician Andi Gladwin presents his lecture for the 3SM club in Cannock, West Midlands. Andi will be presenting a number of routines straight from his repertoire, teaching his Master Pushoff (a move that has received rave reviews from many magic magazines), plus a number of fantastic, portable stand-up effects. Guests are welcome (£5 on the door) and the event is free for 3SM members. The lecture starts at 8pm at Longford House, Cannock, WS11 1SJ (Map). The following week Andi lectures The Magic Circle (members only). 17.9.11


Taurus Magic Supply have just added over 500 used magic books to their stock. You can view them, together with hundreds of used tricks including several Collector's Workshop items at 17.9.11


Trevor Duffy Lecture - Liverpool Magic Circle. Trevor Duffy, the creator of Phil Plus Deck, will be presenting two lectures back to back on Monday 26th September at the Liverpool Magic Circle. First 'Magic' and then 'Negotiating the Barriers'. Visit for full details. Also see 17.9.11


Illusions Magic Bar, 4th Birthday! Since opening it's doors in 2007, Illusions Magic Bar in Clifton, Bristol, has seen many top magicians perform there. On Thursday, September 8th, it celebrated its 4th Birthday with a party which included performances from some special guests. Keiron Johnson, The Wizards of Odd (aka Aaron and Jonti), and star guest Piff the Magic Dragon (along with Mr. Piffles). Happy 4th Birthday to Mark and Sylvie and the rest of the team at 17.9.11


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s, London. Friday, 7th October. "In this show we’re making money from nothing and drinking never ending flows of water with Michael Vadini, whilst magician Tim Shoesmith ties your brains in knots and Rob James goes into places your mind really shouldn’t go to! Madame Galina is on a pirouetting mission to find the dancer of her life and Ms Vogue strums up a storm on a uke. Compèred by the mighty magician Christian Lee." Friday, 7th October. With Michael Vadini, Tim Shoesmith, Madame Galina, Tricity Vogue, Rob James and Christian Lee. 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: 17.9.11


Carnival of Freaks Bizarre Cabaret, presents 'A Zombie Stole My Eyes' Opening Night West End Gala Special (with free admission) on Sunday, 18th September at 8pm. The usual ticket price has been wavered for the opening night, so just turn up. Venue: The Comedy Pub (next to the Comedy Store), 7 Oxendon Street, Piccadilly Circus, London SW1Y 4EE (Map). 17.9.11


The Fylde Mystics. Alan Mylecraine writes: "Following the Fylde Mystics recent 3rd anniversary since its reformation we are pleased to offer a 60 page, spiral bound publication, celebrating three great years of performing magic. This fascinating record captures the sprit of a club whose sole aim is the performance of Magic, from its inception due to a chance meeting with co-coordinator Alan Mylecraine, through three magic packed years of performing magic, sprinkled with some great lectures along the way. It contains a detailed review of the slow but steady growth of this friendly club but with the addition of some real world routines, enthusiastically donated by guest performers over the years. With effects from Shawn Farquhar, Mark James, Al Smith and many others, it's going to be an educational as well as entertaining read. A limited number of copies are available to bone-fide magic enthusiasts priced at £11 including postage. Contact Alan Mylecraine for details on or visit" 17.9.11


Scoop. 11.35pm on Saturday 17th September on BBC2. "Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackman star in this hilariously twisted tale of murder and mystery. When an inquisitive college journalist (Johansson) stumbles upon new clues to a string of murders, her investigation leads directly to a handsome businessman (Jackman), who draws her in with his mysterious charm. Could a whirlwind romance with the subject of her search also become the most dangerous scoop of a lifetime?" Starring Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Woody Allen and Ian McShane. Magic consultant: Scott Penrose. See TV Magic. 17.9.11


Mark Elsdon is lecturing at the Leicester Magic Circle this Monday, 19th September. Mark will be performing some strong magic, together with his excellent Rubik Cube routine. £10 for non members; all visitors welcome. For directions to the LMC HQ visit 17.9.11


Illusions Magic Bar is once again opening its doors to guest magicians in one, or two-week slots: "Illusions, the UK's only Magic Bar, is looking for magicians who have the ability to perform for 5 hours a night and that have at least 3 hours of material. This is not for the beginner. We are looking for magicians who are wanting to expand their material, and gain the best experience they'll ever get! So far this year we have had IBM winner Alex Hansford, Ollie Smith, Nemed Phoenix and Andrew James. If you are interested in performing at Illusions we will pay a weekly fee of £250 plus accommodation. Please contact Mark via email only". 17.9.11


Northern Magic Circle President's Day. "Northern Magic Circle President Terry Crawford will be hosting his President's Day at Croftlands Community Centre, Central Drive, Ulverston in Cumbria from 12 noon until 8pm on October 16th. Buffet on arrival and again prior to mini Gala Show. Fun quiz from Dave Simpson, magic from Brian Lead plus a surprise lecture. The evening show will star past president Su Jayne, daughters Leah Mae and Sara Jade, with help from Gary Dunn. A great day out for only £10! To book contact Terry on 01229 584386." Alan Mylecraine 17.9.11


An announcement regarding Kidology. From the organisers: "After 8 years and 8 conventions, Cheryl and Jeremy Le Poidevin of Practical Magic announce that they are leaving both the organisation and participation in the children’s convention, Kidology, to pursue other magical interests. Kidology has, from the start, been a joint venture with Alec Powell of Albion Magic, and Alec intends to continue the convention in the future. Of course, there will be those who will say that there has been some sort of falling out between Albion Magic and Practical Magic. Nothing could be further from the truth and we wish Alec every success with the convention, and hope it will continue to receive the widespread support it has enjoyed over the past 8 years." Jeremy & Cheryl. 17.9.11


Comedy Magician and Illusionist Alex Lodge has just completed a successful summer season, touring holiday parks and theatres as well as making appearances for P&O presenting his shows for family audiences. In December Alex is producing and starring in 'Illusions' at the Central Studio, The Theatre at Queen Mary's College, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 3HF - the show will run for four nights on December 5th, 7th, 12th and 14th, box office 01256 418318, see for details. Alex is also offering a talk and tricks sessions to magic clubs visit for details. 17.9.11


Dealer Magic, from the Past. "Blackpool Magicians’ Club promise a fascinating evening in their clubroom on Thursday 29th September. Derek Lever, Mike Shepherd and others will demonstrate and explain tricks sold by Cliff Lount, Ken Brooke, Jack Hughes, Supreme, Harry Stanley, Davenports, Wandman, Burtini and so on. These dealers had a great and lasting influence on the effects magicians performed and the way that they performed them more so perhaps than the magic dealers of today. The evening is open to all members and associates of Blackpool Magicians’ Club at their headquarters to the rear of 1 Sherbourne Road, North Shore, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 2PW. Doors open from 6.30pm." Peter Eldin. 17.9.11


Alan Taylor (The Great Alprendo) emails: "I'm doing a charity magic show on the 24th September. It's called 'An Evening of Magic and Madness with The Great Alprendo'. It's for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the venue is the Q Ball Sports Bar, Time Square, Southernhay, Basildon, Essex. I have got space for a junior magician if they are near Basildon. Email: for more details." 17.9.11


Mind-reading The scary power of science. Eoin Smith, a member of the Aberdeen Magical Society, has written an article on the psychology of magic for issue 2 of 'Au', the University of Aberdeen's popular science magazine. Featuring a look at the scientific research into conjuring methodology, it introduces psychological principles, magic history and memory systems to magicians and laypeople alike. The article can be read online: (> issues > expand). 17.9.11


Scarlett Rose Lane. "Vicki and Sam would like to announce their new addition to the family a beautiful daughter Scarlett Rose Lane, born on Thursday 1st September 2011 at 1.28pm weighing 8lb 1oz. She made a very quick appearance which shocked mummy and daddy, but mum and baby are doing well and she is now settled at the Vizage humble abode. Plus her big brother Tyler is very delighted with her and when they are both old enough Vizage 2 will be born, lol." 17.9.11


"Paul Daniels talks about Camberley magic" Click Here • "Big success with ‘Bizarre’ magic" Click Here • "Neil Patrick Harris: Man with the magic touch" Click Here • "Rich magical spectacle" Click Here • "Where the magic happens" Click Here • "Hey presto! Why there's still room for old-fashioned magic" Click Here • "Magician Hans Klok's new show High coming to Amsterdam" Click Here • "The Magicians is Harry Potter for grown-ups" Click Here • "You Will See Isla Fisher In Louis Letterier's Now You See Me" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 17.9.11