The Magicians' Podcast this week features Andrew O'Connor. It's another in-depth piece hosted by mild-mannered reporter [interviewer] Richard Young. And Andrew's story is truly amazing. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 3.10.15


Dynamo's Live Tour kicks-off this Tuesday evening at the 2,700 seat O2 Apollo in Manchester. Most dates are now sold out, see, but some venues remain.

"...he's walked on water, levitated above the Shard, walked down the LA Times Building, predicted the World Cup outcome and taken a trip on the side of a bus but now Dynamo faces his biggest challenge to date as the renowned street magician will take to the stage as he embarks on his first ever live tour. Dynamo will delight fans who, for the first time, will have the opportunity to see his magic skills up close and personal in what promises to be a spectacular and unique live stage production."

"And for Dynamo’s next trick? A live tour" Click Here.

Dynamo: Magician Impossible is now being shown on Dave (Freeview). Catch up this Saturday at 5pm and 6pm. See TV Magic. 3.10.15



Opus, which ran from 1987 to 2005, not only filled a somewhat eclectic gap in magic publishing with their excellent magazine, they also ran some great conventions and lecture dates, for their subscribers. It's really good news therefore to report that they are firing up the machine again for what sounds like a very interesting day come December 13th, in London. Chris Power, one of the original Opus gang said: "With the International Magic Weekend (Ron's Day) taking a small break till 2016, it seemed like an ideal opportunity to have something going on in London for magic friends old and new. It's been really touching that when going through our 'little black book' looking for people to take part, every single one has been so positive in helping out to make this a great day". With names like Guy Hollingworth, Richard McDougall, Gordon Bruce, Peter Lamont and David Williamson already being mooted, 13th of December is a date for the diary. Chris says further details will follow and the London venue has just been confirmed. To register your interest get in touch with Chris via email: 3.10.15


Mystery School - Focus on Mentalism, Bizarre & Storytelling Magic. Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, February 2016. From the organisers: Join Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger and Lawrence Hass of Mystery School for a full day of magical teaching with a focus on mentalism, bizarre and storytelling performances. Delving deep into magical drama, scripting, theatre and delivery, having an understanding of how to present these forms of magic routines will elevate you and your performances to a whole new level. Then learn the business of being bizarre; how to get those all important high paid gigs to showcase your theatrically charged magic. The day includes refreshments, a late lunch, lectures, workshops, breakout groups, hands-on teaching… and then you’ll enjoy a special hour-long show featuring Eugene, Jeff and Lawrence practicing what they preach. The day finishes at 7pm, and you’re invited to join the Mystery School for dinner in a nearby restaurant (Dutch) until 10pm. The event is near London, easily accessible by train and all major motorways. Early Bird Ticket price (until December) is just £75 and if you snap up one of the limited tickets available you’ll receive an exclusive Master-Key package giving you access to unlock more magic, theory and lectures from the McBride Mystery School online worth £75 - in effect getting your money back! It’s rare to have these magic masters together in the UK, so make sure you don’t miss out. Sunday 28th February 2016. 11am-7pm. Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. Sign-up today: Click Here. 3.10.15


Tricked at the Movies. Magician Ben Hanlin goes undercover in this, his third series, to astonish unsuspecting celebrities and members of the public with incredible magic. Ben's tricks in the first of this new series are inspired by the movies, including an alien landing à la Independence Day and the teleportation of a human being in the style of The Fly! 9pm on Tuesday 6th October on ITV2. See TV Magic. "Harry Styles beware! Tricked’s Ben Hanlin dreams of shaving 1D star’s head" Click Here. 3.10.15


Viva Las Magic, Hippodrome Casino, London. Magician and comedian extraordinaire Christian Lee hosts this rather fabulous variety evening of magic, comedy, bizarre antics, and breathtaking stunts with a little bit of Vegas Va Va Voom. Enjoy a veritable feast of the West End's top magical and cabaret talent, along with twists and bangs, comedy and subterfuge - it's one night that will be remembered for years to come! With: Duo Bogof; Duo Bogof pulls you through the cracks of their glittering showbiz facade, into a parallel universe, where illusion and reality are not only uncannily similar, they are often completely interchangeable; Maximilian Somerset The Magician, Musician and Unusualist; Jon Hicks International Man of Artistry; Edward Hilsum, Outstanding magical feats, and Feeding the Fish: Pixel Poi Juggling. Saturday 10th October at 8pm. The Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn Street, London WC2H 7JH (Map). 3.10.15


Mark Elsdon Manchester Mentalism Workshop. 5pm - 9.30pm, Tuesday 27th October, 2015.

Session 1: Mentalism for Workers
Learn Mark's openers for both close-up and stand-up, as well as why he created them. Then learn the original mentalism effects that he always uses for walkaround specifically because they offer great opportunity for audience involvement. He will also explain the strategies and techniques that he developed over thousands of performances that are guaranteed to make you much more memorable than any other magician or mentalist your audience has ever seen.

Session 2: Essential Equivoque
A primer on this underused and often misunderstood technique. Learn several powerful, direct equivoque-based effects from Mark's personal repertoire, and then study how their construction will enable you to create equivoque tricks of your own. Mark will also teach his revolutionary PCF tool, the single most important strategy for using equivoque deceptively, and which is essential for anyone who would like to become an expert practitioner of this versatile technique.

Session 3: Conversation As Mentalism.
Learn six killer mentalism effects that you can perform anytime, anyplace and without any props! These effects been designed with one outcome in mind to amaze whoever you are talking to without the aid of any gadgets, gizmos or gimmicks. Organic mentalism that you can perform at the drop of a hat using just the knowledge in your head. You'll see the material in action, and leave the Workshop able to perform it immediately.

"I've known Mark for over 15 years, he is a fantastic performer. He always has a fresh angle on classics and creates some of the best commercial effects I've seen. I love his creations but also love watching him perform. You are in for a treat." Marc Spelmann.
"If you want to be a better mentalist, you owe it to yourself to attend Mark's Workshop" Michael Murray.

"Mark Elsdon is my secret weapon. Well, he was until I told you about him. He's the first, and usually only, person I turn to when I get stuck." Colin McLeod.

Price £50. Places are strictly limited and will sell out fast. Contact Martin Allcock to book.


Last call for the Business Magician Seminar: Mark Leveridge's latest live event is taking place on Saturday 10th October. It's a 4 hour session dedicated to help all go ahead magicians to secure and deliver work with businesses. There are many opportunities for shows over and above the normal company dinners or receptions and in this candid and detailed session Mark will reveal the secrets of how he has successfully been mining this useful source of paid work for many years. The session will also contain full information on how Mark delivers value for companies at trade shows and exhibitions. This is a great opportunity to get commercial information and help in order to enable you to succeed in an area where others may not even know to tread, so book one of the limited places now. The Business Magician Seminar will take place in the MLM Academy in Exeter and the session will run from 11.30am - 3.30pm. Advance registrations only. Please go to for more info and to book. 3.10.15


Manchester Circle of Magicians Jumbo Magic Auction: Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Magic Auction on Monday 12th October at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Doors open 5.30pm. Viewing from 6.00pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Hundreds of bargains available including books, magazines, close-up magic, stage magic including a Supreme Rainbow House, kids magic etc. many without reserve. A door charge of £3.00 is payable by non-members, but members are admitted free of charge. 3.10.15


A Laugh a Minute - with Harry Robson. Lecture now booking. Harry Robson is one of the UK's busiest and most loved magicians. Over the past thirty years he has given countless lectures on how to become a better magician, what tricks to use and how to get bookings. In his lecture he tells some of the funniest stories he's been part of along the way. To book Harry for your club lecture simply visit 3.10.15


The Magicians Live. Fleet, Hampshire. The Harlington write: "Just The Trick have produced a brand new live magic entertainment show especially for The Harlington. Featuring a line-up of 2 of the country’s finest magic acts plus a compere, this will be an evening of jaw-dropping illusions and astonishing sleight of hand from professional tricksters at the very top of their game. Prepare to be thoroughly entertained, to laugh, and to witness the impossible. How did they do that? Blink and you’ll miss it!" Starring Matt Garrett, Alan Hudson and Ed "The Magician". Tuesday 27th October at 7pm. Tickets: £10 Adult / £8 Child / £32 Family ticket. Seating: Cabaret Unreserved. Age: Recommended for children 11+ (though younger may attend and thoroughly enjoy the magic). Note: Acts may be subject to change. Phone: 01252 811 009 to book tickets or visit The Harlington, 236 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 4BY (Map). 3.10.15


The 79th IBM British Ring convention is reported by Geoffrey Newton this week, Click Here. Photo: Paul Ray, the newly installed President. 3.10.15


Rob James wins IBM British Ring Close-up Competition in Eastbourne. Matthew Garrett was placed 2nd and Matthew Le Mottée 3rd. Congratulations to all three. (Really pleased for Rob, I remember seeing him in a competition years ago and thinking "he should have won!" DT). See: 3.10.15


Mel Harvey wins "Best Comedy Magic Act" award. At the 79th Annual British Ring Convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians Mel Harvey won the prestigious Tom Harris Cup for the best Comedy Magic Act. This was a unique occasion as it was awarded for the first time ever in the Close-up competition. Mel entered with his "Mel the Mobster" act which has taken him all around the world including Las Vegas, the four F's Convention in Buffalo and on top American cruise lines. David Hemingway had this to say: "It totally doesn't matter what he does, Mel Harvey is always funny, always extremely entertaining, always great fun." The next day Mel appeared in The Sooty Magic Show at the Congress Theatre with his guitar/vocal act which included his own, very funny, version of "Old MacDonald's Farm"! A couple of hours later Mel was the auctioneer for a marathon session at the IBM magic auction. In between times Mel could be seen demonstrating his close-up lines on his stand in the dealers hall! Next week Mel will be visiting The Magic Castle in Hollywood on a whistle-stop tour, from New York to San Francisco. 3.10.15


It's Trick or Treat Time at Magic Nevin this October: "Since we love Halloween so much, all qualifying orders placed at during October 2015 will receive a free trick or treat promotion item. We will add a Trick or Treat to your order when it is packed. The trick or treat promotion gifts will include one item selected at random from the following: discount vouchers, magic tricks, decks of cards, promotional items, trick or treat style sweets, Halloween items and a whole host of other goodies as well! Don't forget this is in addition to the other benefits of shopping at Magic Nevin which are: A massive range of products in stock here in the UK, Low Prices, Fast, Free Shipping (UK orders over £10 & most international orders over £25) and Loyalty Points." 3.10.15


John Styles is back on the road again in 'The Magnificent Music Hall' show, performing his magic and 'Chelsea Pensioner' act. Venues include: The Theatre Royal, Windsor; The Lyceum, Crewe; The New Wolsley, Ipswich; The Lighthouse Theatre, Poole; The Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead; The Mercury Theatre, Colchester; The Thameside Theatre, Grays and The Normansfield Theatre, Teddington. John is also back for a third appearance in 'The Good Old Days' at The City Varieties Theatre in Leeds on 9th and 10th October: 3.10.15


Will Gray lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 8th October: Will Gray is a working professional, a member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star and a regular at the FFFF's convention in New York. His lecture is light-hearted and fun featuring magic with cards, coins, goldfish (and there's even some magic for children's entertainers). Overall nothing too knuckle busting, just good entertaining workable magic. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details email Adam Mosley: 3.10.15


The October Mark Leveridge Podcast is ready! "In the latest edition Mark chats about a variety of topics including: when is a lecture not a lecture?, how it is that sometimes the hardest people to get to entertain are those who have actually booked you, the fact that magic can exercise a hugely positive influence on your life and yet why is it that we often remember the bad shows more than the good ones? Mark also expresses his surprise on being informed by many people that he has been elected leader of the Labour party (!), and reports on the lessons to be learned from watching a terrific business presentation by Steve Head at the Entrepreneur's Circle National Event. All this plus more is crammed into 30 minutes, the perfect amount of time to listen while drinking a cuppa. Access this podcast now for free at or at" 3.10.15


The Crimson Carpet Cabaret: "London's newest magic cabaret, featuring London's finest cabaret, comedy, drag, magic and burlesque artists, all hosted my London cabaret magician Dee Riley." Friday 9th October. Advance bookings: £10 show. £15 show and buffet. On the door: Show & buffet £20. 3.10.15


Paul Gordon Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians lecture. Sue Oakley (Secretary of WCM) writes: On Wednesday 7th October, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians have a lecture from Paul Gordon. Paul's lecture on card magic is fun, jam-packed, fast-paced and full of killer card stuff. All workers. Paul has lectured all over the world, including 7 times in the USA. Lecture starts at 8pm at The ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton WV10 9LU (Map). Visiting magicians welcome for just £5.00. 3.10.15


International News: Torino Mind Festival, Turin, Italy. From the organisers: From 26th to 29th of November 2015, in Turin , Italy. Four days that will make history... 10 Lectures; 1 one-man show; 1 Multi Lecture; 3 Workshops; Mind After Night Party; IV Italian Championship of Mentalism; 2 Amazing Gala Shows; An Exhibition of Optical Illusions; Specialized Dealers. Limited seats - book now! VIP Passes limited to 30 persons! These are the first artists announced: Marc Salem, Christian Chelman, Marc Paul, Alexander, Francesco Tesei, Tony Binarelli, Marco Berry, Peter Turner, Christopher Taylor, Albis, Carlo Faggi, Max Vellucci, Luca Volpe, Stefano Paiusco, Nefesh and Daniele Ancona. Visit for more info and to book. 3.10.15


Exonian Magic Society Convention Magic Dealer openings. Ozzy Dee writes: The Exonian Magic Society hold our 80th Anniversary Magic Convention on October 2nd 2016. We are looking for dealers who would be interested in attending. We are only offering spaces for up to 6 dealers, so if you are interested please email: 3.10.15


MagicWeek News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday. No exceptions. DT. 3.10.15


"Review: Darcy Oake delivers perfect show at Bristol Hippodrome" Click Here • "It’s getting so frustrating and ridiculous to Criss Angel that people are blatantly taking his stuff" Click Here • "Photos: Five years in the making, Lance Burton’s ‘Billy Topit’ premieres at Palms" Click Here • "Nestlé Cereals plants levitating illusionist in Waterloo" Click Here • "Ben Murphy set for Mind-Bending show: Dover's answer to Derren Brown coming to Bluebirds" Click Here • "Paul Zerdin: British ventriloquist has won America's Got why is he so good?" Click Here • "Magician gets Merlin Award" Click Here • That's it for this week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 3.10.15

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Last Week: Number 796 - 26th September 2015


Jamie Raven Tour 2016 - New dates announced. Jamie Raven burst onto an unsuspecting world during the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent. His magic amazed audiences and even made Simon Cowell exclaim, “I now finally believe in magic!”. Jamie has been perfecting his craft over the past 11 years working as a magician around the world and his ambition was always to take it to a wider audience and BGT finally gave him that chance. His online videos from Britain’s Got Talent have now been seen over 100 million times, making him one of the most viewed magicians in the world. The first batch of dates for Jamie's rescheduled tour next year have just been released, with more dates and venues to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets will be on sale shortly, but until then here are the initial dates and venues:

16/6/2016 - St David's Hall, Cardiff.
18/6/2016 - De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
22/6/2016 - Derngate, Northampton.
24/6/2016 - Alban Arena, St Albans.
26/6/2016 - Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn.
28/6/2016 - Wyvern, Swindon.
29/6/2016 - Mercury, Colchester.
30/6/2016 - Anvil, Basingstoke.


The Magicians' Podcast this week features Michael Vine in a forthright interview recorded live on stage at The Magic Circle in London. Michael founded Objective Productions with Andrew O'Connor in 1991 and the company has been responsible for producing comedy, entertainment, and magic shows for all the mainstream UK broadcasters since. Michael also manages the career of Derren Brown. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 26.9.15


Master of the Macabre. From the producers: The most terrifying magic show you will ever see... Master of The Macabre. 7th October - 1st November. Benedict Barber is a magician with a taste for the ghoulish and grisly. In Master of the Macabre, he will take the audience on a dark autobiographical journey – from his introduction to magic at the age of just five through the trickery he employed at school to alarm his fellow pupils and terrorize his teachers to a shocking experience as a young adult that has shaped his life both on and off the stage. This fully engrossing theatrical experience will leave you wide-eyed with astonishment and bring you to the edge of your seat with fear. If you're prepared to have your prejudices challenged, your assumptions questioned, your beliefs shaken and your nerves shredded then this is the show for you. Master of the Macabre is - quite simply - the most terrifying magic show you will ever see... Warning - the show is only suitable for ages 15 and up. The Vaults Theatre, Launcelot Street, London SE1 7AD (Map). Performed by Benedict Barber. Directed by Tony Middleton. Written by Benedict Barber and Matthew Stradling. Additional Magic consultancy by Chris Dugdale. 7th October - 1st November. To book visit 26.9.15


Magic & Variety, live on stage this evening in Eastbourne. Geoffrey Newton writes: The IBM British Ring Convention Gala Show at the Congress theatre presents Charlie Mag (Spain), Niels Duinker (Holland), Natalie and Eli (Switzerland) and a host of other stars including Romany, Richard Griffin, Steve Hewlett, Andrew Green and the Zoe Pennington Dancers all introduced by Mel Mellers. Tickets are obtainable directly form the box office 01323 412000 or This is a rare opportunity of seeing such a galaxy of stars of magic and variety under one roof. 26.9.15


John Carey lecture: London Society of Magicians, Davenport's Magic, London. Daniel Young writes: London Society of Magicians are proud to host a lecture by none other than John Carey. For those who don't know in the past 5 years, John Carey has become internationally respected for his streamlined creative card and close-up magic. With 6 RSVP Magic DVDs to his name and his book Crafted with Carey to his name, John is in constant demand for his lectures and workshops both home and abroad. John's lecture will feature several powerful, practical and doable card and coin routines, all streamlined with an audience in mind! The lecture will be held at Davenport's Magic Studio in Charing Cross on Tuesday October 13th. Doors open 6.30pm, and the lecture starts at 7pm. Price is £12 for non-members (members free). 26.9.15


Chris Wood lecture, The Pentacle Club, Cambridge. Alan Maskell writes: Chris Wood will be lecturing at The Pentacle Club, Cambridge, on Tuesday 29th September and visiting magicians are welcome. Doors open at 7.45pm. Chris appears in, produces and plays host to a regular monthly show featuring close-up magic at The Magic Circle and at his local theatre venues. The following review from the Bexleyheath Magic Society sums up his lecture: "...the wording on his website is 'Magic with Charm' and that is exactly what this evening's event proved to be. No hype, no dealer dem, and no needless fillers. It was simply a master-class in presentation and misdirection." The Pentacle Club meet at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map). There is a £10 charge to non-members. 26.9.15


Sean Goodman Secrets Lecture - Bolton Magicians Club and Forth Valley Magic Circle dates. Sean Goodman has been a professional magician for over 20 years and specialises in close-up magic particularly for weddings, corporate events and private parties. Last year Sean performed at 50 weddings across East Anglia. "Secrets" is a lecture which is full of practical, workable material that Sean uses himself in his professional repertoire - emphasis is placed on solid routining rather than knuckle-busting sleights. There will be something for the pro and amateur alike, with loads of close-up material, some stand-up mentalism and applications for Sean’s Secret Servante (including the Jumbo version which will be available at the lecture). A particular highlight will be his section on wedding magic, with an emphasis on getting more wedding bookings.


Bolton Magicians Club at 8.30pm on Wednesday 30th September at The Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £5.00 for non-members. For directions to the Doffcocker Inn visit or telephone Paul Goodman on 07889 676003.

Forth Valley Magic Circle at 7.30pm on Monday 5th October at the Station Hotel, Larbert. Visiting magicians are welcome - £5 at the door. For further information please visit or contact Ian Black


Leamington & Warwick Magic Society Dinner. Mark Traversoni writes: The Leamington & Warwick Magic Society dinner takes place on Friday November 13th and features the brilliant Martin Daniels and Tony Rix. To be held at Honiley Court, near Warwick. Four course meal and table magic. Tickets £35 - junior members £25. For ticket reservations call Mick 07930 404346. 26.9.15


John Carey Nottingham Guild of Magicians lecture. Dean Grimshaw writes: John Carey will be joining us at The Nottingham Guild of Magicians HQ on Thursday October 1st lecturing on a wide range of very practical, powerful and doable close-up card and coin material from his book, Crafted with Carey. All magicians welcome, with an on the door charge of £10. Visiting magicians must have evidence of membership to a magical society or be vouched for and signed in by a current member. Address is: Pond Hills Lane Community Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR (Map) 26.9.15


Winchester Magical Society remembers "Alan Shaxon - The Sophisticated Sorcerer".  Bob Yelland writes: On Thursday 1st October at 8pm, Steve Short and Scott Penrose will present the life and magic of one of magic's most respected performers. Steve will relay details from Alan's life, influences, and performances illustrated with photographs and video. From how Alan became interested in magic through to his friendship with Robert Harbin. Scott will then present and explain a number of Alan's signature effects, including the classic aerial fishing, die-box and rabbit production, 'Confabulation' and more. Visitors admitted for just £10. Please note our new venue at Weeke Community Centre, Taplings Road, Winchester SO22 6HG (Map). 26.9.15


Northern Magic Circle - Inter-Society Close-up Competition. Rob Temple writes: At next year's Northern Magic Circle Convention (9th-10th April, Harrogate), there will be an Inter-Society Close-up Competition. Any magical society in the North of England is welcome to submit the winner of their own close-up magic competition to enter. The winner will receive a trophy for themselves and another for their society. If your magic society would like to enter a competitor for the competition, please contact Rob J. Temple via email: 26.9.15


A Night with Kevin Burke at The Nottingham Guild of Magicians. Dean Grimshaw writes: The Nottingham Guild of Magicians is proud to present A Night with Kevin Burke on Thursday October 15th. Kevin, a member of The Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians, has been performing for over 30 years throughout the country for clients such as: BBC, Warwick Castle, Nottingham Racecourse, Lloyds TSB and many more. He is bringing his energetic and truly wonderful act to the Charde for one night only. Tickets are £12.50 per person and include a buffet dinner. Please contact Dawn May on 01159 304 892 or message us on Facebook to book. Alternatively visit our website Everybody is welcome: The Charde Oriental, 97 Melton Road, Tollerton, Nottingham NG12 4EN (Map). 26.9.15


Chris Cross: Straight Outta Newcastle. Newcastle's Chris Cross was gigging in Ireland last week at DJ Yella's Gig Backstage. Yella was one of the five members of NWA, alongside Superstars: Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E & MC Ren. The current hit Movie ''Straight Outta Compton'' is all about the five of them. Rather topical. He gave Newcastle's Favourite Magician some Compton Love - From the Westside of California to the West End of Newcastle! He loved Chris's tricks. YouTube. 26.9.15


Northamptonshire Magicians Club proudly present A Golden Gala of Magic in aid of Cynthia Spencer Hospice on Friday 2nd October at 7.45pm at the Royal Theatre, Northampton. Tickets £16, Box office 01604 624811. Six Magicians will be performing on stage with others performing close-up magic in the foyer. This show is being held in memory of John Goldsborough who sadly passed away last year, who was a Committee member of NMC. David Miller, President. 26.9.15


Paul Rae awarded Jocky Scott Trophy for Entertainment by members of the Aberdeen Magical Society. The trophy was presented by president Garry Seagraves after a close competition on Tuesday, September 22nd. To fight off tough competition from four other local magicians, Paul performed a unique routine in which he predicted the outcome of a superheroic battle to pick up the trophy, which is awarded for pure entertainment value. Paul said: “I am almost speechless. I really never expected to win. I have been playing about with this idea for a while as I wanted to create something that was interactive and fun with lots of laughs.”

The Jocky Scott Trophy for Entertainment, named after a popular former member of the society, is one of three annual competitions held by Aberdeen Magical Society, and was first awarded in 1985. Judged by a panel of magicians and invited members of the public, the award is given to the competitor who – simply – is the most entertaining. Aberdeen Magical Society was founded in 1926, and is one of the most active magical societies in the country. With a membership ranging from full time professionals to amateur hobbyists, all those with a genuine interest in magic are welcome to join. Providing a warm and welcoming environment for magicians in the north east of Scotland, Aberdeen Magical Society is dedicated to developing the art of magic. In 2016, the society will celebrate its 90th anniversary. For more information, visit or


United Kingdom Escape Artists. Stuart Burrell writes: Following on from last week, the United Kingdom Escape Artists group has now completed its consultation and approved the changes to its Code of Ethics. This will come into effect at midday on Saturday the 26th of September 2015. The United Kingdom Escape Artists group is a UK based society with a remit to promote escapology and takes that position seriously. Membership runs from April each year and application for new membership is welcome at any time. Applications can be made via 26.9.15


"Joshua Jay and Anna Kloots: A Magician Marries His Assistant" Click Here • "Video: Prophet Bushiri ‘walks on air’" Click Here • "Look twice: After seven years on the Strip, Criss Angel isn’t done making magic" Click Here • "Tesco worker embarks upon David Blaine-style glass box stunt for charity" Click Here • "‘The Illusionists’ will open eyes and minds" Click Here • "Review: Darcy Oake, Royal Concert Hall" Click Here • "Watch BGT finalist Darcy Oake chat about his Newcastle City Hall show" Click Here • "Illusionist Darcy Oake on his contemporary mysticism ahead of Nottingham tour date" Click Here • "RTS Cambridge sees the first 360 degree magic trick" Click Here (requires touch-screen or Chrome etc.) • "How did he do it? Incredible illusion that sees glass of water instantly turning into paper has left people baffled" Click Here • Have a great weekend - see you next week, Duncan. 26.9.15


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