Number 848 - 24th September 2016

 

The Magic Circle Awards 2016. At a magical event held at The Magic Circle Headquarters on Thursday, President Scott Penrose MIMC presented the winners of the annual awards:

The David Devant Award
Awarded to those who have made a significant contribution in advancing the art of magic or who have given outstanding service to magic internationally. The trophy is a miniature bust of David Devant, the first President of The Magic Circle. The original life size bronze is on permanent display in the Headquarters. Winner: Lance Burton MIMC (seen here in Las Vegas; award presented by Paul Stone).

The Maskelyne Award
Awarded for services to British magic. The trophy is a sculpted head of John Nevil Maskelyne, founding father of a magical dynasty which presented magic in London for an amazing 60 years. Winner: Dynamo MIMC

The Carlton Award
Given to a performer for outstanding comedy in magic. The award is a framed portrait of Carlton, ‘The Human Hairpin’, who was Britain’s leading comedy magician in the early part of the last century. Winner: John Lenahan AIMC

The John Nevil Maskelyne Prize
The Magic Circle administers The John Nevil Maskelyne Memorial Fund. One of the objects of this Fund is to provide a monetary prize for noteworthy contributions by a member or non member of The Magic Circle to the art or literature of magic. Winner: Harry Lorayne

The Cecil Lyle Award
Given to the author of the best trick published in The Magic Circular during the past year. Winner: Katherine Rhodes MIMC.

 

www.themagiccircle.co.uk. 24.9.16

 

Magician assaulted in Ireland. "Friends of Filipino magician Mark Beltran are trying to raise funds for him after he and his friends were assaulted by a gang in Dublin on Friday, September 9. A GoFundMe campaign for Beltran recounted, he and three of his friends were attacked and Beltran was hit on the face with a bottle, severely injuring his right eye. 'He has undergone surgery in Mater Hospital in Dublin. We still hold out hope for a miracle, but doctors have told Mark that the wound on the eye was severe, and that he will not likely recover sight in his eye,' wrote Beltran's friends." To read the full story, Click Here. To support visit www.gofundme.com/SupportMagicMark. Also see: "Fil-Canadian magician lives his dream" Click Here. 24.9.16

 

Magic & Mayhem, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar, Tuesday 25th October. Prepare to be amazed this October as a brand new show comes to the Wyllyotts Theatre, brought to you by The Watford Association of Magicians. With spectacular illusions, interactive magic, endless comedy and amazing puppets, Magic & Mayhem promises to deliver surprises and wonder for all the family to enjoy. Featuring an award winning cast including: Martin Cox, Mr Belldini, Carl & Dave, Ian Manly and Christopher Garside's 'Illusive'. Experience magic and mayhem, the perfect half term treat! Book your tickets at: www.wyllyottstheatre.co.uk. 2pm on Tuesday 25th October. Adult £10, Child £8, Family Ticket £34 (2 adults, 2 children). Wyllyotts Theatre, Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 2HN (Map). www.wamclub.co.uk. 24.9.16

 

Russ Brown's Carnival of Magic, Blackpool. September, October, November 2016. From Mark James' review: "What’s wonderful about this show is the way things are woven together. Leaning heavily on its theme park surroundings each routine is linked with a wheel of fortune type selector that tells us which part of the fairground we are visiting next or some vintage footage projected on either side of the stage. The real star pieces of the first half are undoubtedly an extremely well worked and baffling version of another Steinmeyer creation called Hospitality. Multiple drinks are poured from a simple milk carton and then given out to the audience to try. Russell performs the piece with great enthusiasm and for my money it’s the best version I’ve seen outside of Lance Burton’s show." To read the full review Click Here. Every Saturday & Sunday from Saturday 17th September to Sunday 6th November 2016, plus each weekday evening at 7.30pm from week commencing 17th October 2016, up to and including Sunday 6th November 2016 (excluding Saturday 22nd Saturday 29th October & Saturday 5th November). Show Times: 5.30pm (Saturdays only) and 7.30pm all other days. Show Length: 2 x 45 minutes plus a 20 minute interval. Seat Prices: £12 all seats. £10 with valid Pleasure Beach wristband. £40 Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children). September, October, November. For more details visit www.carnivalofmagic.co.uk/when.html. 24.9.16

 

Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 29th September. From the organisers: A stunning line-up with fabulous entertainers. Michael Vadini’s wonderful act is stage magic at its best. Beautiful to watch, engaging, and utterly mystifying. John Kimmons is always a hit at the Court with his hilarious ventriloquism and magic. And we’re delighted to present one of the world’s top card men, Bebel, in what may be his first ever public show in the UK. Don’t miss the chance to see his astonishing work at Conjuring at the Court. Also from France, Jerome Bourgeon won the European Magical Championships at Blackpool with his amazingly original ideas. Compere Stephen Barry. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, recently refurbished throughout. Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! Address is the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Just 12 minutes from Central London. Parking is free from 6.30pm. www.conjuringatthecourt.com. 24.9.16

 

Look out for Jamie Raven on BBC 1 London News at 6.30pm on Monday 26th September. Jamie will be talking about his upcoming shows at The Magic Circle in October, from The Magic Circle HQ itself. For tickets see: www.seetickets.com. Video Click Here. Also see www.jamieraven.co.uk/tour. 24.9.16

 

Penn & Teller: Fool Us in Vegas. This new run launches with show 10/13, this Sunday at 6.25pm on Channel 5. The previous shows went out back in the spring. Here's the press release from Channel 5: "Magicians try to baffle Penn and Teller with their tricks." (Really, that's it. Ten words. www.channel5.com/show/penn-and-teller-fool-us-in-vegas. Got a feeling that there may be a vacancy for a publicist in the Channel 5 press office real soon, or at least there should be. DT). 24.9.16

 

Entrepreneur Performers' Business and Marketing Conference - London, September 25th. From the organisers: This September a brand new conference is being held for entertainers. Rather than tricks and routines, this special event focuses on building your entertainment business. With speakers and delegates flying in from all over the world, the day is going to be jam-packed with cutting edge marketing, branding and career building lectures from people who are really out there doing it. The event is perfect for professionals wanting to learn to reap the rewards of the latest marketing innovations, as well as entertainers who are still trying to make that leap to their first gigs. Speakers include Balloon Man Andy Smith from Hong Kong - speaking on how to charge premium prices, YouTube magic sensation Steven Bridges and professional corporate entertainer Ken Dyne with more names to be announced. Early bird discount pricing is available if you snap up tickets now at mentalunderground.com/epic/conference2016. It all starts at 10am on Sunday 25th September 2016 at the Crown Plaza London Heathrow. 24.9.16

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Derren Brown, dabbling in a little politics for The Channel Four Political Awards, in February 2003. See: The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 24.9.16

 

When Magic Goes Horribly Wrong. "Entertaining documentary special looking at the sometimes funny, often dramatic, and sometimes even deadly consequences when magic tricks fail. Witnesses, escapologists and magicians, both famous and amateur, tell their stories, illustrated with archive clips and specially shot material, while graphics help to dissect the tricks to discover what went wrong and why." See TV Magic. 24.9.16

 

Wayne Goodman Lecture - Houdini's Magic Bar, Broadstairs, Kent. Sam Watson writes: Houdini's Magic Bar, located in Broadstairs, Kent, is pleased to announce a third lecturer for our Black Card Club on Monday 26th September. Wayne creates commercial magic, is author of a number of magic publications and has performed across Europe, Scandinavia, the USA and Mexico. Wayne's fun lecture will feature commercial close-up magic. We welcome magicians, and those learning magic and with genuine interest. £10 on door, £5 to Black Card Members. Houdini's Magic Bar, 158 High Street, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1JB (Map). See www.facebook.com/houdinismagicbar. 24.9.16

 

Liam Montier Coventry Magic Circle lecture. James Cannon writes: The Coventry Magic Circle are delighted to welcome Liam Montier to our society. Liam creates magic effects, and is also a very talented magician. This promises to be a wonderful evening of magic. Not to be missed. Tuesday 4th October at 8pm. £10 entrance fee for travelling magicians. Starts at 8 o'clock at the Coventry Magic Circle, Bentley Road Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR (Map). www.coventrymagiccircle.co.uk. 24.9.16

 

The September Mark Leveridge Podcast. This month Mark dives straight in with a varied selection of topics for you to enjoy. For instance, Mark invites you to consider what your personal USP is when promoting your shows, he reflects on Magic Magazine's sudden demise, thinks about the new season of magic ahead, gives an opinion on Dynamo's transition from the small screen to the big stage, and wonders why so many performers fail to get proper professional help with their advertising. Plus, there's a first with a sample recording of one of Mark's wonderful stories from the 'It Could Only Happen Live' section of his E-Video Newsletter. All this and more. Access for free from www.markleveridge.co.uk/podcast.php or from http://markleveridge.podbean.com, where you can also sign up to receive each new Podcast as soon as it is released on the 1st of each month. 24.9.16

 

Morgan & West Pentacle Club Lecture, Cambridge. Alan Maskell writes: On Tuesday 4th October The Pentacle Club presents a highly recommended two-part lecture by the world’s finest time traveling Victorian magic act - Morgan & West. The first half is called 'Coding in the Pub' and teaches quick, easy, practical, and very fooling tricks utilising two people for use out and about (and on stage if you so wish) and other mentalism tricks, both for two people and the solo magician. Morgan & West are a character act and always have been and in the second part they talk extensively about how you can create an authentic character which connects with an audience. The Club meets at St Andrews church centre, behind St Andrew's church, at the junction of Coldham's Lane and Cherry Hinton High Street, Cambridge: www.pentacleclub.com/about.php. The lecture starts at 8pm, visiting magicians are welcome and there is a charge for non-members. Morgan and West will also be appearing at the Cambridge Junction on Monday 3rd: www.junction.co.uk. 24.9.16

 

Steve Beam’s fifth UK lecture tour. Tony Griffith, who is organising Steve Beam’s fifth lecture tour of the UK in October, has supplied us with the following dates:
Monday 3rd Surrey Society of Magicians
Tuesday 4th Medway Magical Society
Wednesday 5th Devon Magic Circle
Thursday 6th Bath Circle of Magicians
Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th Magicians of Man
Tuesday 11th Fylde Mystics
Wednesday 12th Perth Magic Circle
Saturday 15th Cumbria Magic Circle
Sunday 16th Newcastle Magic Circle
Monday 17th Hull Magicians Club
Tuesday 18th British Magical Society
Wednesday 19th Shropshire Magic Society
Thursday 20th Home Counties Magic Society
Friday 21st Bexley Magic Society
Those wishing to see Steve’s lecture should make contact with the appropriate magic club. Further details can obtained from Tony Griffith: 01275 835463 or tony@tonygriffith.co.uk.
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The Titanic Staircase becomes a Magical Stage. Paul Ormonde performed his magic on a rather interesting stage last weekend at the Oasis Travel Cruise Fair. It was at the Titanic Belfast, which has been voted the most popular tourist attraction in Europe. The stage was a beautiful replica of the Titanic staircase. Paul performed many of the classics of magic including the appearing and disappearing billiard ball routine and the Chinese linking rings. The truly magical part of the story is that Paul’s grandfather worked onboard the sister ship to the Titanic, the Olympic. The Paul Ormonde Magic Show will be back in Belfast at The Belfast Central Library on Saturday October 1st, at 2pm. Paul is pictured on the staircase with Zara McDowell of ACA Models. www.paulormonde.com. 24.9.16

 

Perth Magic Circle new season. Adrian Harris writes: The Perth Magic Circle has resumed their meetings for the new season and are already off to a flying start! On Wednesday 12th October, we look forward to welcoming Steve Beam for what will be his only Scottish lecture during his current U.K. Tour. As the author of the 'Semi Automatic Card Tricks' series of books, this lecture is sure to have lots of good, easy to do effects and everyone should get something new to add to their repertoire. The lecture will be held in the Main Lounge (upstairs) of the Perth & District Ex-Servicemens Club, 5 Brown Street, Perth commencing 7.30pm. A warm welcome is extended to all Scottish magicians (and further afield!) to join us for this special evening. Admission will be £10.00 payable at the door. 24.9.16

 

Care & Share Balloon Fun Day, 4th October, Northampton. Organiser Graham lee writes: There are still some early bird tickets available, which makes the day free to attend. The day runs from 12noon to 5pm, with three balloon workshops during the day and a fun competition as well, to take part in if you wish. For more info and to book visit www.balloonartwholesale.co.uk. 24.9.16

 

"Derren Brown’s New Book ‘Happy’ Slams Self-Help Industry: ‘The Universe Doesn’t Give A F**k’" Click Here (order from Amazon.co.uk Click Here) • "Derren Brown: 'Performers can be shy and despite my dramatic stunts, in reality, I truly do not like the attention'" Click Here • "No Tricks: An Evening with Derren Brown comes to the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells" Click Here • "Bernie Ecclestone asks magician Dynamo to make Mercedes disappear" Click Here • "The Holy Trinity schoolboy who could be the next Dynamo" Click Here • "The V&A's plans for the Tommy Cooper Collection" Click Here • "He aced it! Magician uses a clever card trick to propose to his unsuspecting girlfriend - who can't quite believe her eyes" Click Here • "Watch: Magician Dynamo stuns Carlos Sainz at Singapore GP" Click Here • "How Dan White, a Magician, Spends His Sundays" Click Here • "Magician Penn Jillette worked with Trump - 'However bad you think he is, he's worse.'" Click Here • "Burton magician embarks on adventure to attempt survival on Scottish island and to perform at school" Click Here • That's it for this week, see you next week when we'll present more adventures from the land of make believe, Duncan. 24.9.16

 

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Number 847 - 17th September 2016

 

International Magic Social Day: November 20th in Chiswick, London. International Magic is holding another 'Social Day' this year. A day of lectures, interviews, panel discussions and a chance for a get-together and some sessioning, and to catch-up with magic friends before the hectic Christmas season kicks in. Noel Britten, previous International Magic Convention co-organiser writes: Having still not been able to find a suitable venue for a full Convention as we normally hold at this time of year, we are repeating the highly successful format of last year's shindig. Running from 2pm to 10pm gives time for a varied bill of events from many of magic's top names, and also a chance for a chat and a meet up with other magicians in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The day has already been offered to our customers on our Convention database but we have a very limited number of extra tickets still available for the full day. The function room of this popular pub in Chiswick hosts a regular comedy club and corporate events, so is an ideal location for the blend of talks, discussions and interviews that will make up the day, whilst the pub proper offers excellent food throughout the day... get there early and have a great Sunday Roast before the magic begins. Tickets are only £10 per person. If you are interested in attending the event please contact me at noelbritten@talk21.com to have your name added to the attendees. www.internationalmagic.com. 17.9.16

 

Blackpool Magicians' Club are pleased to announce more great artists for the 2017 convention, and write: Magic legend Finn Jon is finally available so will make a long overdue return. The world’s greatest living bar magician Doc Eason will be tipping the secrets of a lifetime's incredible magic. And award-winning magician Vlad will be on hand in the gala shows presenting incredible sleight of foot (photo!). We are also featuring extra events for children’s entertainers, and are pleased to announce a new lecture from award-winning children's entertainer Steve Doe. For updates and to book visit www.blackpoolmagic.com. 17.9.16

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the brilliance of Steve Martin as 'The Great Flydini', and, as himself, in an appearance on Jonathan Ross's The Last Resort that went out on 9th October, 1987. At the start of his career Steve Martin worked part-time in Disneyland, California, selling guidebooks on weekends and spending free time in the magic shop. Later on he worked in the magic shop in Fantasyland, as a demonstrator. See: The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here, and please feel free to share favourite MagicWeek Video Archive clips via your social media. DT. 17.9.16

 

Pete Firman Trix - three-month tour starts Wednesday. Star of BBC1’s The Magicians - expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic... it’s a show not to be missed! "The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century" The Times. "The new poster-boy for British comedy magic" The Telegraph. Tickets and dates: www.petefirman.co.uk.

"Star of The Magicians brings new stage show to Cumbria" Click Here.

"Pete Firman, comedian and magician, coming to Taunton Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre" Click Here. 17.9.16

 

World renowned magician Shoot Ogawa will tour the UK in July 2017. Shoot Ogawa, four-time Magic Castle Magician of the Year awardee, is back with a new lecture for 2017. Fans all over the world have been inspired and captivated by his skill and creativity; for this new lecture he will be sharing stories, routines, and effects that he has been working on over the last five years. Shoot also teaches from 3 new DVDs created just for this lecture and uses these new tricks to emphasise a deeper understanding of his personal magic: how he creates tricks; how to be more skillful as a performer; creating the desired “magical feeling” with any trick; what he thinks is a “good magician”, and how to control the power of magic. Shoot’s lecture covers: Time Line, Miming, Misdirection, Framing, Skill Level, Training, Organisation and of course, lots of amazing magic! For full lecture info and to book contact Steve Gore: tours@stevegore.co.uk. 17.9.16

 

Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone In Concert with Full Live Orchestra. The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. Audiences will now be able to relive the magic of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing a full live orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Be swept away in this sparkling display of live music and film and follow the adventures of Harry and his friends once more. Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, Monday, 15th May 2017 www.barclaycardarena.co.uk. 17.9.16

 

Alain Iannone (Italy), UK lecture tour (2016) now booking: Alain writes: Dear friends, magicians, It is with great pleasure that I announce my 2016 table hopping and restaurant magic lecture tour in United Kingdom. This lecture brings together all my magic creations, my thoughts and my ideas from twenty years of experience in the world of show business. There is practical and technical advice and theoretical data from performing for the public and at magic conventions. For example: Practical, basic advice on how to move between the tables at a function effectively. How to amaze your audience in improvised situations. Making yourself and your magic emotionally memorable. During the lecture I will show and explain effects that can be used in "real life" situations, covering not just the effects but the artistic performance of them. I am organising a lecture tour in 2016 for magic clubs. For information about me you can see my website www.alainiannone.com and also contact me directly via email info@alainiannone.com. 17.9.16

 

Jim Krenz lecture tour (2017) now booking. Jim has been interested in magic since the age of five. Fifteen of those years were spent working for Jay and Francis Marshall at Magic Inc. He regularly performed close-up at Schulien’s Restaurant in Chicago. In 1993, he won the Most Valuable Participant award at the prestigious FFFF convention. He has created over three dozen original effects and techniques, and has lectured about them in nine countries. Jim has studied with Ed Marlo, Jim Ryan, Tony Andruzzi, Don Alan, Eugene Burger, Slydini, Tommy Wonder and Juan Tamariz. His lecture contains his original ideas, theories, routines and improvements in close-up magic.

 

"When I was a child I was fascinated with the magical emotion that I felt upon watching magicians. I could not comprehend anything—what I would see was impossible; now I love to feel this emotion. It does not occur very often. Normally, I can see behind the curtain—I see the 'hidden' secrets and the mechanics. But from time to time a magician performs a trick, or several tricks that seem impossible—and the magical emotion returns. This happens to me with Jim Krenz (how wonderful!). For this, thank you Jim!" Juan Tamariz.

 

Tour organiser Steve Gore writes: "I have been emailed several times by Juan Tamariz, saying 'You must arrange a tour for my friend Jim Krenz, he is incredible' - so I had best do as I am told! Jim is touring the UK in November 2017 and would love to lecture for you. Contact me with your preferred date asap! tours@stevegore.co.uk. 17.9.16

 

Chris Rawlins International Magic Lecture on Mentalism. Tuesday 27th September, at 7.30pm. Martin MacMillan writes: We have an excellent lecture set for 27th September and are delighted to welcome the exciting young mentalist Chris Rawlins. Chris is a 26 year old professional performer from the North West. To date, his published work has received notable endorsements from the likes of Luke Jermay, Marc Salem, Marc Paul, Bob Cassidy and many others within the magic industry. Chris toured throughout the UK in 2015 with Luke Jermay and continues to explore and perform his unique area of performance around the world. At this International Magic Lecture Chris will be sharing original routines, approaches and devices for modern Mentalist. His structured lecture, features the following routines:
• How to locate a 'lost' credit card and then reveal numbers from the card that you have never seen or touched.
• A drawing duplication (suitable for stage performance).
• A demonstration in unspoken communication - using two spectators and playing cards.
• An interesting and new way to reveal a name thought of by an audience member.
• A simple chair test.
All are performed and fully explained. Make sure you book your place early! Best wishes, Martin
Admission £15 per person - pay on the door, but reserve in advance, email: martin@internationalmagic.com (Venue: London, EC1R 5DL).
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New Audio Files from Mark Leveridge Magic. Last month MLM released a batch of 6 Audio Files which contained the sound tracks from a video presentation called Mark's Monthly Message, which is delivered in the middle of each month to members of MLM's online club, E-Club Pro. Now a second selection of 6 further Audio Files from the same source has been released, with each file containing great advice on a number of different topics to do with the practicalities of working close-up commercially. The titles are: Approaching A Table, Deciding How Long To Perform For, Expecting The Unexpected, Getting Great Table Reactions, Using Patter Lines Sensitively and Working Close Up Outside. Each downloadable mp3 file lasts between 6 and 12 minutes and is full of practical real world advice which Mark has drawn from his 35 years as a full time pro. Although available individually at a very reasonable price, there is also a 56 minute Compilation Audio File containing all six titles at an even better rate. For more information and details see www.markleveridge.co.uk/audio.php. 17.9.16

 

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Trentham Guest House, Blackpool. The Trentham Guest House is a small family run business and enjoys a central location on Albert Road, just a two minute walk from the Blackpool Magicians Convention at the Winter Gardens. Facilities: CD player, TV, DVD player, Freeview, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing board, Wi-Fi. Visit www.trenthamhotelblackpool.co.uk for more information and to book. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016. 17.9.16

 

101 Bets You Will Always Win. Richard Wiseman has a new book out, describing 101 bets that you will always win, and the science behind them. The book is based on his YouTube Channel - which has now had over half a billion views - and contains lots of amazing stunts, bets, tricks and illusions. The book even has a secret bet built into it! "The publishers have done a great job with the book - it’s hardback, gold embossed and over 200 illustrations" said Richard. www.amazon.co.uk. "The bets you will always win: Scientist reveals 10 simple party tricks that will baffle your friends" Click Here. 17.9.16

 

Magicians at the Half Moon, 30th September. Andy Clockwise writes:  It was almost a case of standing room only at last month's "Magicians at the Half Moon" and with such a cracking line-up for this month, it's going to be another packed house as show producer and compere Martin Cox has 3 (yes, trois!) of France's finest Magicians performing on the bill: Jerome Bourgeon, Yves Carbonnier and Bébel. If you have never heard of them, do yourself a favour and Google them now! Then call Martin on 01279 659562 and reserve your seat for Friday 30th September. As per usual, doors open at 7.30pm and the fun kicks off at 8pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). More information at www.halfmoonmagic.co.uk. Ne manquez pas cette! 17.9.16

 

UK Family Entertainer of the Year 2017. Blackpool Magicians' Club is searching for The United Kingdom Family Entertainer of the Year 2017. From the organisers: For the first time ever the doors are open to anyone on a truly nationwide event. Blackpool Magicians’ Club is working closely with representatives throughout the UK hosting 7 regional heats where the winners will be invited to appear in the live final at the world famous Blackpool Magic Convention. All applicants must send a promotional video along with which heat they would like to be considered for, to the relevant organiser. 7 successful applicants will then be invited to the regional heats. Final locations and times of each heat are currently being confirmed. Good luck in entering and we await crowning the winner in February 2017. See www.blackpoolmagic.com to contact your area's host and apply. 17.9.16

 

The French Workshop: Jerome Bourgeon, Yves Carbonnier and Bébel, Workshop - Bristol. On Saturday 1st October from 1pm to 5pm, Martin Cox will be hosting three very special workshops by the trio; Jerome Bourgeon, Yves Carbonnier (photo) and Bébel. Each will be teaching a very small number of attendees at the Smoke and Mirrors Bar, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map). The cost to attend is £65 but if you book before 24th September you'll get in for the reduced rate of just £45 which is a crazy price. Jerome will be teaching coin techniques, Yves will be teaching card control and Bébel will be detailing his own card techniques and concepts. If you are interested in attending, and would like to reserve a place, please contact Martin Cox martin@comedyofmagic.co.uk ASAP. 17.9.16

 

John Styles – An Evening with Mr Entertainment. Roy Marsh writes: Introduced to a world of puppets and magic at 15 years of age, to kneeling before the Queen after a lifetime of entertaining the world – the wonderful story of one of Britain's most successful performers. You'll hear it all – John Styles' amazing lifetime of wonder and wizardry – from Roger Moore to Whitney Houston. Bexley Magic Society will be hosting John on Wednesday, 21st September. Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath DA6 8JP (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Visitors £10 on the door. www.bexleymagic.org.uk. 17.9.16

 

Word Tricks and Spelling Magic - the new book from Chris Wardle. Chris Wardle's new book has just been released and is now available via Amazon. This is a collection of over 60 word-based effects, comprising tricks, puzzles and even mind-reading. Just follow the instructions and the book appears to know what you are thinking! It is the follow-up to his highly regarded 'Maths Tricks and Number Magic'. Although aimed at the general market, magicians will enjoy this useful collection of varied word-based principles gathered together in one volume. Use these baffling tricks over the phone, in an email or text, in your publicity material or on the radio, as well as in more obvious performing situations. They have many uses for the creative performer. Chris is an member of The Inner Magic Circle and has contributed to numerous magic magazines. He has a regular column in 'The Magic Circular', the house magazine of The Magic Circle. www.amazon.co.uk. 17.9.16

 

A Bit of Magic with Stu & Friends, Nottingham Arts Theatre, Saturday 12th November at 3pm and 8pm. "Bringing a smorgasbord of colourful cabaret acts to the Nottingham Comedy Festival, comedy magician Stu Turner hosts a brilliant bill packed full of talent. Join us for laughs, tricks, burlesque, sketches, impressions and more! Blending comedy and magic with absolute nonsense, Stu’s offbeat act is sometimes silly, sometimes surreal... but always baffling and highly entertaining! Combining one-liners, visual gags, and very clever magic, he also uses audience participation to create a unique and very enjoyable show. With an afternoon matinee more family friendly, aimed at an audience of 12+, and the evening show aimed at 16+, you’ll laugh, gasp, and be amazed, at this fabulous feast of entertainment. Tickets from: www.nottingham-theatre.co.uk. 17.9.16

 

Johnny Fantastica appeared at the 30th World Deaf Magic Convention in Lithuania earlier this month. Johnny won the World Deaf Magic Merlin Stage Championship with his Newspaper Prediction; his own idea that is not available elsewhere. Johnny is now taking bookings for his act. For details email johngapp@fantastica.freeserve.co.uk. 17.9.16

 

The Anglian Magic Society are holding a fun quiz night hosted by Steve Majes this Tuesday, 20th September at 7.30pm at The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). The quiz is all about the fun side of magic and borrows formats from popular quiz shows and games, mashed together for an interactive and evening of fun. You may know the answers, they may catch you out, you may even learn something... and working with your team you may even win! If you are a visitor and would like to come along a percentage of your visitor's door fee can act as part payment towards full membership. For more details about the quiz night, and membership, see: www.facebook.com/TheAnglianMagicSociety. 17.9.16

 

Forth Valley Magic Circle's new session starts on Monday 19th September with a night dedicated to "Colours". Forth Valley write: Magicians interested in joining the club are most welcome - contact the secretary beforehand. We are also pleased to announce our first two lectures of the new session: On Thursday 6th October, Fritz Alkemade will present his "Let's Go Dutch" lecture for the last time ever. If you've never seen Fritz before, or even if you have, this will be a great night. Fritz is a great performer in constant demand and a brilliant creator. This lecture is at 7.30pm at the Birds and Bees in Stirling. £10 entry for visiting magicians. On Monday 14th November we host Scotland's very own Roddy McGhie. Another brilliant creative magical mind, Roddy has released several effects including the recent hit "Little Door". This lecture will also start at 7.30pm, and is at our usual venue of the Station Hotel in Larbert. £10 entry for visiting magicians. For more information on Forth Valley Magic Circle, please email Ian Black secretary@forthvalleymagic.co.uk or visit our website www.forthvalleymagic.co.uk. 17.9.16

 

Barbara McNaughton. Steve Cook writes: I am very sad to report the death of my friend, Barbara McNaughton, the partner of my magical hero, the late, Ken Brooke. Barbara often reminded me of Ken: she could be outspoken, controversial sometimes, and saw everything in black and white. Her self-deprecating Irish wit was always at the fore. I visited her a few times at her home in Hove, and with a glass of wine (or three!) we reminisced about the 'golden times', and about some of the wonderful characters around in the 'Soho days'. Barbara was a massive help to me when I compiled the book on Ken, and some of her revelations about those times in Soho were eye-openingly incredible! I would phone her almost weekly for an 'update on life'. I truly admired Barbara for the devotion and care she showed Ken in his final days. I send my sincere condolences to her sister, Jenny, and to Barbara's family and friends throughout the world. RIP. 17.9.16

 

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