The possible became Impossible on Thursday night, as the largest magic show to play the West End in decades had its official press launch. It was so good to see magic, large and small, live on stage, in a beautiful West End theatre - I'm sure this run will be a huge success. DT. Impossible, Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4AU. Booking until: 29th August 2015. www.impossiblelive.com. Tickets: www.noelcowardtheatre.co.uk. "Impossible (Noel Coward Theatre). Some of the country's top magicians unite for this evening of illusions, mind reading and sleight of hand" Ben Hewis, What's On Stage: www.whatsonstage.com. "Impossible, Noël Coward Theatre, review: New spins on old tricks are sometimes dazzling" Bruce Dessau, London Evening Standard: www.standard.co.uk. "Impossible review – macho magic show bisects and belittles its female stars" Michael Billington, The Guardian:  www.theguardian.com. "Impossible, Noël Coward Theatre, review: 'hammy and bombastic'. Despite some jaw-dropping moments, this stage magic revival is overloaded with male machismo" Claire Alfree, The Telegraph: www.telegraph.co.uk. "Impossible, Noël Coward Theatre - review" Carmody Wilson, The Big Issue: www.bigissue.com. "Did Impossible work its magic?" www.whatsonstage.com. 1.8..15

 

Chris Cross the Magician Presents 'Geordie Legends: Them Off The Viz'. Britain's best selling Viz! celebrates 30 years of national publication on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th August at Tyne Theatre Bistro Bar in aid of St. Oswald's Hospice. Simon Donald and Chris Donald will be there to take all your questions in a Unique Q&A Show hosted by Newcastle's favourite magician - Chris Cross! This will be ''A Geordie Night OOT Not to Be Missed, Like!'' Expect a cabaret show of comedy magic, trickery and escapology from your host, Chris Cross, plus live music from 'The Purest Green' Band, stand-up from Simon Donald's alter egos, an interview with Chris Donald, and the Q&A's Session with The Donald Brothers. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for any Viz fan that's not to be missed and promises to be a thoroughly entertaining evening for all! Over 18's Only. No Ticket Refunds Afterwards! Tickets via www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk. 1.8..15

 

Monday Night Magic at Grosvenor Casino Salford. From the organisers: The first of our Monday Night Magic events will be at Grosvenor Casino Salford on August 17th, with shows at 8pm and 9pm (including free bet Gaming tuition and free parking). Tickets only £7.50. The first event will feature the close-up magic of Carl Royle, Harry Robson and Iain Moran, set in perfect private surroundings. Tickets available from Grosvenor Casino Salford on 0161 839 0467. Grosvenor Casino, 5 Derwent Street, Salford M5 4SW (Map) facebook.com/MNMatGrosvenor. 1.8..15

 

Magic & Mayhem - A Night of Magic at The Full Moon, Newcastle-Under-Lyme at 8pm on Thursday 6th August: "Bringing you some the UK’s most exciting magic acts, ‘Magic & Mayhem’ promises to be the best new magic and comedy night in the country! The Detective’ Ben Cardall (Sherlockian) will reveal your inner thoughts and the contents of your pocket. ‘The Empathist’ Ian Harvey-Stone (The Devil Without) will read your mind and ‘The Comedian’ Phil Knoxville, promises to make you laugh one minute, then wince and grimace at his tricks the next. Come join us for a night of Amazing Stunts, Mind Reading, Stand up Comedy and Magic." For more info visit: facebook.com/aneveningofmysteryuk. Tickets £6. Suitable for ages 16+. ‘Magic & Mayhem’, The Full Moon, 5 Liverpool Road, Newcastle-Under-Lyme ST5 2AU (Map). 1.8..15

 

The Magicians' Podcast features another excellent double bill this week: Keynote speaker/magician Jez Rose and magician/magic writer Ian Keable. Listen to these Podcasts and catch up with previous ones at magicianspodcast.podbean.com also see www.facebook.com/MagiciansPodcast. 1.8..15

 

Jonathan Royle is now advertising on MagicWeek: Royle has been in showbiz all his life, having started performing aged just three as 'Flap The Clown' for Gandey's Circus. He turns 40 this August and after 37 years travelling the world as a hypnotist, magician and mentalist, and along with appearances on hundreds of TV shows around the world and lots of press, he is now ready to share all of his secrets of success. Along with his shop containing his unique training products, you will also be able to find out a lot more about Jonathan Royle and watch his European bizarre comedy magic, mentalism and hypnosis television series. Visit www.magicalguru.com/shop. 1.8..15

 

David Hemingway ‘Fly’ session. Modern Mystic League, Blackburn. Brian Lead writes: David Hemingway’s Magic Fly on the Wall DVD garnered rave reviews: ‘I absolutely loved it, and believe me that is very rare when watching magic stuff’ Paul Daniels. ‘Move heaven and earth to obtain a copy’ Stephen Tucker. ‘It is an encyclopaedia of magical knowledge and information’ George Kovari. ‘Hugely entertaining – his stories are wonderful and he always speaks his mind... and he is always right!’ Paul Stone. Well, now you have the rare (probably unique) opportunity to see a David Hemingway ‘Fly’ session live, at the Modern Mystic League in Blackburn on Sunday, August 9th, commencing at 2pm.

 

David will be talking about all aspects of his long life in magic and, with the benefit of film clips, taking us ‘behind the scenes’, describing his advisory work on big stage shows and for television classics such as Lost Empires, starring Colin Firth and Lord Olivier. He will also be discussing iconic moments from the Jeremy Beadle television show, including the vanishing of a railway carriage! Eat your heart out, David Copperfield. The venue is the St Silas Parish Centre, Preston New Road, Blackburn BB2 6PS (Map). £5 entry fee for magic guests. Further details from Brian Lead, 01254 52070 b.lead@btinternet.com. 1.8..15

 

A Jumbo Magic Auction by Manchester Circle of Magicians is being held on Monday 17th August at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Doors open 5.30 pm, viewing from 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Members can attend free of charge. Non-members pay £3.00. Hundreds of bargains available including books, DVDs, Close Up, Kids Magic, Stage Magic and collectors items. For further information contact Derek Lever d.lever1@sky.com or ring 01253 810113. 1.8..15

 

Magic & Mirth, London: A monthly evening of live stage and close-up magic featuring some of London's top award winning comical acts, hosted by London cabaret magician Dee Riley and featuring magic from: Stephen Barry Feldman, Loretta Von Dini, Darren Delaney and close-up magic from Jack Davis. £10 a ticket (includes a discounted drink) at London Star of Kings, Kings Cross, on Thursday 13th August 2015, booking now at www.behindburlesque.co.uk/magic3. 1.8..15

 

Hypnotism Exposed - Reloaded! From the organisers: Following the huge success of his recent live Hypnosis Training event in London, Jonathan Royle has been persuaded to run one final live event in 2015. This will take place in Greater Manchester and will by way of the live training and comprehensive back-up materials, enable those who attend to become both confident and competent in all areas of hypnosis. Indeed, whether your desire is to become a diploma bearing Hypnotherapy & NLP Practitioner, able to help people change their lives for the better, or you want to make people laugh out loud with legal and safe comedy stage and street hypnosis then this is the course for you. Indeed, even if you only want to add a bit of hypnosis to your magic and mentalism routines then you would be advised to take a closer look. To see video testimonials from the last course and to grab a massive 75% discount visit the website now! www.htglive.com. 1.8..15

 

Announcing a new release from Mark Leveridge Magic. Following on from the release last year of the first two volumes in the Professional Worker Series of performance advice ebooks (Going Walkabout and Trade Show Magic), Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce the release of volume 3 in the series, The Table Magician. This 27 page E-Book covers in detail everything that you need to know in order to make a success of table side magic. With information included that is specific to working large dinner functions, as well as details of the differences that you will find in hotels, restaurants and pubs, this E-Book concentrates on preparing you for the challenges that this type of work can present and provides you with detailed professional advice and information to ensure that you go out best prepared. There are no tricks included, just essential advice and tips to help you to be a better table side performer. The Table Magician is available either as an ebook PDF download, or it can also be purchased as an Audio Book, with both CD and mp3 download versions available. For more information and to order please go to www.markleveridge.co.uk/ttm.php. 1.8..15

 

The Magic Circle Experience, London. Visit the house of 10,000 secrets and enjoy a unique experience at the headquarters of The Magic Circle. A Monday morning event, bookable in advance only, for groups and individuals. Monday 3rd August. Doors open 11am, event starts at 11.30am and lasts two hours which leaves plenty of time to explore the rest of London. Note: this event is for over 12s only. Tickets £16.50 plus fee, via www.seetickets.com. The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events. 1.8..15

 

The August Mark Leveridge Podcast: The August Mark Leveridge Podcast is ready for your attention! This month I comment on one event from FISM in Rimini, get first hand proof that magic is very much alive and kicking with the lay public, and ponder whether show quotes made over the 'phone are more effective than those sent by email. Then I reveal the funny things that kids can say at shows, comment on an article written by Pat Fallon in the Magic Circular on performer illness, and ask you to consider whether your close-up magic technique is good enough to stand up to the bright light of outside performance. All this and more is contained in the free 30 minute audio broadcast which you can access either from www.markleveridge.co.uk/podcast.php or alternatively from markleveridge.podbean.com. Listen in soon and every month for interesting opinion and comment. 1.8..15

 

Urban Voodoo Club - Leeds. Get ready for a once a year event as we celebrate our very own Chief Witch Doctor's birthday, in a show that is guaranteed to raise the hairs on your neck and the blood in your bones. August's line-up features punk magic from Gareth Shoulder, conjuring with caterpillars from Ron Cummins, mental marvels from Chris Rawlins, and coolly shocking trickery from Wiz Spencer. Plus live music from Michael Ainsley. Thursday August 6th, £12 on the door. Advance sales from www.wegottickets.com doors at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm. LAB Bar, Merrion Way, Leeds LS2 8BT (Map). www.urbanvoodooclub.co.uk  twitter.com/urbanvoodooclub facebook.com/uvcmagic. 1.8..15

 

The story of ‘The Supreme Magic Company’. Steve Short with the help, advice and blessing of Ian Adair, will be presenting a lecture on the most famous magic company in the world. The format will start with a PowerPoint presentation with photos and video clips telling the story of how Edwin Hooper started the firm in 1953, funded by his Punch and Judy shows on the beach at Woolacombe. The story will unfold, telling as the company grew from strength to strength supplying apparatus to magicians all over the world. As well as supplying magic to amateurs and full time entertainers, Supreme sold to famous names such as Tommy Cooper, Orson Welles, David Copperfield, Robert Harbin, David Nixon, Paul Daniels and even Harry Corbett and Sooty! Ian Adair joined the company in 1958 and all was going well. Edwin sadly passed away and The Supreme Magic Company was never quite the same. Steve will demonstrate and show some of Supreme’s famous props including close-up, children’s effects, mentalism and more. This will be a nostalgic evening bringing back memories for many magicians. Steve would like to hear from anyone with stories, photos, film clips and any information they have that he could use in this lecture. Email info@steve-short.co.uk. 1.8..15

 

Peterborough Society of Magicians charity event. John Learoyd writes: On Sunday the 9th August 2015 from 10am to 5pm The Peterborough Society of Magicians (PSM), for the second year running, are supporting the Stamford branch of the Kiwanis, a charity that raises £10,000 to £15,000 per year in support of many local good causes. A number of PSM members will be providing magic entertainment and several workshops throughout the day. The Society expect to attract prospective new members from the event, especially as they will shortly be adding a new junior magic section. This can only be good for both the Peterborough Society and the Magic fraternity as a whole. Should you want any further information contact: Paul Vickers, Brian Lobo or John Learoyd via www.psmagicians.org.uk. 1.8..15

 

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Last Week: Number 787 - 25th July 2015

 

Luke Jermay Lecture, International Magic, London: "Imagine yourself empowered to read minds! Specifically, in detail with no stooges, cold reading, preshow work or props? A demonstration so perfect it has even the most skeptical audience member scratching their head and so simple to perform it requires nothing more than you and a room full of spectators you want to destroy? Imagine this man sharing with you secrets that have remained secret before that night. Imagine no more. There is a man who can teach you how to demonstrate these remarkable things and many more. The Edinburgh Evening News reviewed Luke Jermay’s one man show ‘Sixth Sense’ with 5 Stars calling him ‘utterly astonishing in the extreme’ the Times Newspaper said; ‘My jaw dropped repeatedly... Jermay puts us in a state where we can wonder whether life has more possibilities than we thought it did an hour before.’ Luke promises an amazing blend of original and powerful mentalism. His live lecture focuses entirely on the mind reading demonstrations he performs for the paying public all supported by the insight and theory you need to perform these demonstrations of telepathy and hypnosis for real audiences. This is an event not to be missed." The Luke Jermay Lecture, Tuesday 11th August, 7.30pm to 10pm at Casa Italiana, 2nd Floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Just opposite the International Magic shop. £15 per person. As usual, tickets are on the door but advance reservation is essential by emailing martin@internationalmagic.com. www.internationalmagic.com. 25.7.15

 

Paul Zenon in Linking Rings - Ed Fringe, August. 1926: Houdini's right-hand man deals with the death of his boss. A half century later, a Blackpool joke shop proprietor takes on a wide-eyed young protégé. An affectionate look at a misspent youth and unsung heroes; a touching true story of interlocking lives. This new work is an exciting change of direction for Paul Zenon. Not a magic show, but magical nonetheless. Tickets: www.edfringe.com. Le Monde (Venue 47), 6 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF, at 3pm on August 7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-28, 30-31. 1 hour. See What's On for Fringe listings. 25.7.15

 

"Before you say anything I think maybe you should come outside and see the little fella!" Young & Strange are at it again. Forget Swindon - this time it's primetime! Watch the full video, Click Here.

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This one is going viral - it's everywhere! 25.7.15

 

'It's A Kinda Magic' A cine-magical, vintage variety show from award winning Duo Bogof in September: Sue Hart and Matt Bowyer have created a show where the illusion of magic is taken a bit further and what happens on screens often mirrors reality or answers some of the questions the tricks throw up, and occasionally throws up a few more questions for the audience about the Bogofs and their strange and dysfunctional relationship. Funny, technically creative and a riff on vintage variety magicians and their assistants. Watch some of their videos here: www.duobogof.com. The Duo Bogof were the London Cabaret award winners for Best Alternative Act in 2014. Tickets: £12 + booking fee. Age: 18+. Show dates: 4th 5th and 6th of September 2015. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. Theatre Delicatessen, 119 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3DA (Map). 25.7.15

 

The Magicians' Podcast this week features the mindreader who can't read minds, Chris Cox. Another excellent chat with host Richard Young. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at magicianspodcast.podbean.com also see www.facebook.com/MagiciansPodcast. Chris can be seen live on stage in the West End starting this evening, 25th July, through to 29th August, in Impossible. 25.7.15

 

The Big Night Out is a variety show helping to raise money for charities based in and around Yorkshire. 7.30pm on Saturday 12th September at the Crowne Plaza, Wellington Street, Leeds LS1 4DL (Map). Starring Thomas Anthony 'The Magic Guy', Richard Daniels, magician John Danbury, Liz Keeting and Ukulele Henry. www.facebook.com/thebignightoutuk. 25.7.15

 

FireFly by Joel Dickinson is now only £9.99 for a limited period from Warped Magic, Click Here. Also take a look at the website for other great items, like iTD and the latest effect from David Stone, Zenith! "Firefly is a super cool signed card to matchbox routine. Show a matchbox completely empty, close it and place it on a table or spectator's hand. Have a card selected, signed and lost in the deck. Pick up the matchbox and open it, a card is now seen folded up inside. It is the signed card!" Visit www.warpedmagic.co.uk to watch a demo. 25.7.15

 

Sunday Night at The Victoria Theatre, Halifax. An evening of elegant entertainment featuring the UK's finest cabaret and comedy performers. Hosted by Magician & Entertainer Extraordinaire John Danbury once a month on a Sunday, introducing top artists including jugglers, mind readers, magicians, comedians, singers and a long list of headline acts from major West End shows: Les Miserables, Chicago, Wicked, The Producers, The Sound of Music, Evita and Sunset Boulevard. Live in the Green Room Bar, The Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax HX1 1BP (Map). Sunday 2nd August. www.victoriatheatre.co.uk www.johndanburypresents.com. Box Office: 01422 351158, or book online: www.calderdale.gov.uk. "A marvellous show, will leave anyone roaring for more" The Stage. 25.7.15

 

West End Magic - in York. Great Yorkshire Fringe - The Turn Pot, 31st July and 1st August: "London's premier magic show hits York featuring some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK bringing with them comedy, magic, time travel, and jaw dropping feats. Expect gravity defying feats with Oliver Meech where water is stopped in its tracks, impossible tricks with rice and a spot of time travel. Mind-melting magician Neil Henry will make you experience barn-bending impossibilities whilst award-winning Oliver Tabor (photo) will be performing his incredible illusions in a dazzling display of magic that might leave you wondering whether reality really can be bent and manipulated." Suitable for all the family. Details: 31st July-1st August 2015. The Turn Pot, Great Yorkshire Fringe. Show 2.30pm. Tickets: £8.50 standard, £30 family of four. www.greatyorkshirefringe.com www.westendmagic.com. 25.7.15

 

"'We're more than just scantily clad assistants': meet the woman making magic's glass ceiling disappear. Often sawn in half but rarely the ones wearing the white gloves, few women make a career in magic. Katherine Mills talks about how she tricked her way into ‘the old boy’s club’ – and gives a mind-reading masterclass..." To read the full story by Hannah Ellis-Petersen in The Guardian, Click Here. 25.7.15

 

Ravi Mayar Lecture - London Society of Magicians. Daniel Young writes: London Society of Magicians proudly presents a lecture by Ravi Mayar. A full-time professional magician, pickpocket, hypnotist, creator and lecturer. Ravi was born in England, grew up in Montreal, Canada, and now lives permanently in London. Ravi's 2015 "No Card Tricks" lecture will be based on his latest Blackpool 2015 release "Storyteller" as well as his Collision DVD set. Ravi is known for creating organic magic with everyday items that people can relate to. Last year he released "The Mayar Approach" Hypnosis Workshop to the public. He will be discussing his approach, touching on his use of physical controls, language, and the intangible principles he has created for his mix and mingle hypnosis. Ravi will also be introducing his style of pickpocketing, discussing confidence v character, proximity of space and attention management. The lecture will be held on Tuesday July 28th from 7pm - 9pm at Davenport's Magic, London (www.davenportsmagic.co.uk). £10 for non-members (free for members). Email lsmmagic@hotmail.co.uk with any questions. 25.7.15

 

Congratulations to John Danbury, winner of the Yorkshire Pride Award for Close-up Magic (for a second time!) which is organised by the Leeds Magical Association. Once a year magicians from across the region are invited to take part and compete in front of a mixed audience of magicians and lay people. The evening takes the form of real close-up, with each magician repeating their act to various groups, nine times over (nine contestants). In the photo John is being presented the cup by Leeds president Alan Beet. 25.7.15

 

Paul Gordon lectures at The Magic Triangle (Colchester) on Sunday 13th September at 7pm at Straws, 21 Osborne Street, Colchester CO2 7DA (Map). From the organisers: The Paul Gordon Close-up Magic Lecture has travelled the world. In fact, he has visited (and lectured in) America seven times since 1994; the first being at Tannen's Jubilee in New York and also at Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolics in New York. In The UK, he has lectured for over 90 different clubs since 1994; including four times at The Magic Circle in London and at Mark Leveridge's Close-up Symposium. Plus lectures in France, Monaco (Stars of Magic), Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Belgium and Germany. The lecture is entertaining (fun and light-hearted) and full of 'doable' usable (but strong) magic from his best-selling and highly acclaimed Gold Dust books, DVDs and award winning professional repertoire. Visitors welcome, admission £5.00. 25.7.15

 

Alan Maskell lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 30th July: Alan has performed his magic in a whole host of locations, from London theatres to close-up at The Dorchester; stand up in Covent Garden to front room children's parties. He has performed regularly at Magic Circle events and has made the occasional radio and television appearance. Alan has lectured and performed at a number of Conventions as well as leading workshops and teach-in sessions for The Young Magicians Club. Alan has lectured at a number of magical societies including the world famous Magic Circle and he both lectured and compered the Gala show at the Scottish Association of Magical Societies Convention in 2004. Such was his success that he was asked back to perform his cabaret act as part of the Gala Show in 2005. Alan is the current Chair of the Magic Circle Council and he has served on the Council for a number of years. Visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details contact Adam Mosley info@surreymagic.org.uk. 25.7.15

 

The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on 4th August, at the St. George Hotel, Great Yarmouth. The aim of the social evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere. If anyone wants go come along, please email thegathering@mail.com or phone Kyle on 07510 933734 for further information. 25.7.15

 

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