Beat the Wand - late night at the Blackpool Convention 2015! From the organisers: You know the score by now. But if you don't... Beat the Wand is an interactive magical variety talent show. You have 3-5 minutes to blow the audience away with your act. Non-magic acts have proved to be more popular with the audience, so we would love to continue the variety aspect this year. Juggling, Escapology, Contortion, Geek Magic, Bizarre, Occult, Mind Reading, Ventriloquism, Mouth Juggling, World record attempts... Of course magic is welcome in the show, but remember the audience is 99.9% magicians so whatever the act, it will need a novel twist or presentation to capture the audiences interest. There were some fantastic spoof magic acts last year which also went down very well.


If you are interested in performing, here are the rules: Your act must last a minimum of three and a maximum of five minutes; Five giant wands will be thrown into the audience. After an act has performed for one minute the "voting" begins. Once a wand holder has seen enough of your act they will place their wand in the air. If five wands are in the air the act will stop but if an act reaches three minutes they are safe and will be allowed to finish their act; Of all the acts who reached the three minute mark and "beat the wand" the audience will decide the winner by Clap-o-meter; Performers will be supplied with a hand mic, a table and two chairs. There are no cameras or screens in the bar so close-up/table magic will not be suitable. The top 3 acts will receive a trophy with the winner being awarded a free gold registration for Blackpool 2016. If you are interested, or know someone who would love to be involved or need any further info then please email 24.1.15


The South Tyneside International Magic Festival Convention returns with a weekend of lectures, workshops and performances in March. Event organisers, South Tyneside Council and magician John Archer, have just released a full itinerary for the popular event (, which annually attracts professional performers from around the globe.

This year’s convention, which is expected to be a sell-out, begins with a children’s show and lecture by family magician Russ Brown and lectures by multi award-winning mentalist Satori and card expert John Carey. At the end of the day attendees will be given free entry to a public Gala Show, featuring performances by six acts, including illusionists Diamond and Jade and mind-reader Luke Jermay, as well as access to an exclusive Midnight Show.

Day two will begin with lectures by eccentric and theatrical performer Kieron Lefever and dynamic mind-reader, Atlas, followed later by comedy magician The Great Nardini and mentalist Luke Jermay. Saturday’s afternoon session will offer visitors the chance to enjoy a special close-up workshop with Luke, along with card masterminds John Carey and Gordon Bruce, followed by a second public Gala Show featuring comedy magician Michael Finney (photo), children’s entertainer Dave Andrews, illusionists High Jinx and many more.


The Festival will close on Sunday March 15th, with lectures by card manipulator Gordon Bruce and multi-award winning Michael Finney, and master-classes available with Atlas and Looch and Satori at 3pm, although these must be pre-booked at an additional cost. A variety of magic dealers will also be exhibiting throughout the convention. Tickets for the convention, which runs from Friday March 13th to Sunday March 15th, are available now priced at £65 per person. For more information, or to book, call 0191 4247986 or email Further details can also be found at 24.1.15


Crafted With Carey - a major new book release from Magicseen Publications: Magicseen is delighted to announce the impending publication of a brand new hard backed book from well known and respected UK magician John Carey. The 200 page photo illustrated book features a fine collection of about 70 routines from John as well as contributions from magical friends such as John Bannon and Peter Duffie. John Carey has a marvellous facility for creating practical methods to achieve a wide variety of plots, and this book mixes together the best from his previous DVDs and publications, together with some new material. The magic is mostly with cards (although there is a little coin magic too), and all of the material is suitable for magicians of intermediate ability and above. Crafted With Carey will be officially published on 20th February 2015 at the Blackpool Convention, but you can pre-order it now. Place your order by 14th February and you will also receive a link to download a free ebook version of Best of British, another of Magicseen Publications' fine book titles. If you are going to the Blackpool Convention you can also pre-order and collect the book at the convention, saving on postage. Crafted With Carey can be pre-ordered right now from 24.1.15


Mind reader Kennedy and Illusionist Andrew Green are the first artistes and lecturers to be announced for this year's Northern Magic Circle Convention in April. From the organisers: Kennedy (aka Ken Dyne) has been one of the UK's most prolific creators and performers of mentalism for over 12 years. He performs at corporate events the world over and on luxury 6* cruise ships across the globe, entertaining people with his ability to figure out and manipulate their thoughts. In his lecture, Ken will share his real-world working routines from his highly acclaimed book, 'Bairn' plus some never-before revealed material exclusively for our convention attendees. Andrew Green is recognised as one of Britain's best illusionists. Upon leaving college he went straight into working in professional theatre and during the following years toured with several production companies developing his unique brand of magic. Andrew is a much sought after commodity when it comes to booking top class entertainment for prestigious events. The Northern Magic Circle Convention takes place on 11th-12th April 2015 at Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 1QF (Map). Tickets available from or email 24.1.15


The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2015 takes place on Monday, 26th January. The current holder, James Freedman, will be defending his title against strong competition from Andi Gladwin, Will Houstoun, Matthew LeMottee, Noel Qualter, Brendan Rodrigues and Henri White. The winner will be become The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2015 and will receive the Devano Trophy. The competition begins at 7.30pm at The Magic Circle Headquarters and is open to Members only. For membership details visit 24.1.15


The Magicians' Podcast features Ben Hanlin this week. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at Also see and iTunes, Click Here. 24.1.15


Rare Opportunity! ITV write: We’re making the next series of Tricked for ITV 2 and we’re looking for a magician/runner for the production, to support our magic producers Nigel Mead and Martyn Rowland. The job entails helping devise and prepare tricks and gimmicks for Ben Hanlin, and gaining experience on the hidden camera shoots. It would suit a young magician looking to gain experience in TV. Starts in early/mid Feb, for 15 weeks. Pay is slightly above a TV runners wage. Contact Andy Scott 24.1.15


An Evening of Close-up Magic with Tom Crosbie, Coventry Magic Circle. James Cannon writes: The Coventry Magic Circle are delighted to welcome Tom Crosbie, a brilliant young magician, to our society. It's easy to see when you watch Tom's entertaining style why he has been voted York's Magician of the Year four times in a row. Even just a few inches away from you he will leave you asking "do that again." He takes magic into the 21st-century. The focus of this lecture will be on everyday objects. Tom creates magic at the fingertips with almost anything. This promises to be a great evening of magic. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 door charge. 8pm-10pm on Tuesday 27th January. Venue: Bentley Road Social Club, Bentley Road. Nuneaton CV11 5LR (Map). 24.1.15


Geraint Clarke 'Polymath' lecture now booking. Steve Gore writes: Creative magician Geraint Clarke from Wales is touring with his brand new lecture "Polymath" in November 2015. His unique style of impromptu miracles using everything from borrowed phones, playing cards and even chewing gum has taken the magic world by storm lately, with some of his miracles being used by TV magicians all over the globe. Polymath is a lecture packed with Geraint's original take on impromptu magic for magicians or hobbyists of any skill level, and contains some exclusive new effects that are yet unpublished. "That's Awesome" Chris Kenner; "...a creative rising star in magic" Daniel Madison; "...Great Stuff!" David Copperfield. "Magicians, take note! Geraint Clarke is very good!" Ben Hanlin. Please email to book your preferred date: 24.1.15


Dundalk Day of Magic. J Hobart writes: The Dundalk Day of Magic (3rd May 2015) website: contains full details of how to register at €50 and €35 for non-magician partners - including a three course meal, all lectures, dealers and the Gala Show. In addition four names have been added to the bill - Pat Fallon, Rodd Hogg, Murray The Magician and Liam O'Neill. 24.1.15


Damian Jennings ( is performing a new one man show on Valentine’s Day, in Arundel, West Sussex. It will feature Damian performing card and parlour magic, a new alter ego doing a cups and balls routine in really bad French, and headlining again, after performing and lecturing at last year’s International Magic Convention, will be Tony Sagittarius (, the sexiest mind reader in the world. Last year the show sold out, so book tickets in advance at 24.1.15


Alan Shaxon The Sophisticated Sorcerer - The Lecture, at Merlins of Wakefield. Steve Short presents his 'Alan Shaxon The Sophisticated Sorcerer' lecture for Merlins of Wakefield on Wednesday, 11th February. Cost £7.50 to include refreshments. Steve starts the evening in an entertaining way with details from Alan's life, influences, and performances, and illustrates his talk with a number of photographs and film clips, telling how Alan became interested in magic; his friendships with other performers, particularly Robert Harbin. Following a short break, Steve will present and explain a number of Alan's effects, including the classic 'Confabulation', Alan's take on Robert Harbin's 'Captain's card trick', and many more. This promises to be a great evening of entertainment and magic, so please book early as spaces are strictly limited. Click Here to book. 24.1.15


Become a modern day magician with Marvin's i-Magic for iPhone and Android. "Marvin's Magic has won the hearts of trainee magicians for numerous years, offering sets to create illusions of varying complexity. From the basic cup and ball tricks to intricate card magic, the company has provided the tools needed..." Click Here. 24.1.15


Pre-Convention Magic Auction, Blackpool. From the organisers: "Blackpool Magicians' Club are holding a Jumbo Magic Auction on Thursday 19th February (the day before the Convention) at 1pm in the Pavilion Theater, Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Star Auctioneers Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd will preside over a vast array of bargains including books, DVDs, Stage Magic, Kids Magic, Close-up etc. Hundreds of items available. If you have registered for the Convention entry is free of charge otherwise £3.00 on the door. Persons who are banned from the Convention are also banned from this event. Further details from Derek Lever email:" 24.1.15


The Black Project by Looch: "Over a decade in the making, 2015 will be the year of ‘The Black Project”, the definitive work from Award Winning Mind Reader & Mentalist, Looch. Already being heralded as the Mentalism release of the year, this enormous project will consist of two hardback books covering material from Looch’s close-up and stand-up shows over the last ten years. In addition to the books, The Black Project will also include Performance Footage, Audio Interviews, Mind Reading Memoirs, Professional Business Advice for Mentalists and other Downloadable Content. Looch is giving away a sample chapter from the forthcoming project, which can be found here:" 24.1.15


Paul Pickford 'House of Magic' Lecture, West Midlands. Stuart Millward, House of Magic UK, writes: "Paul Pickford lectures at House of Magic UK, 80 Brook Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 3XB (Map) 7pm-9pm on Monday, 26th January. Paul Pickford released a DVD with Alakazam at the end of last year and has been a professional magician and card expert for over 20 years. His dedication to improving forgotten sleights, as well as creating sleights of his own, has earned him a reputation in the magic underground. Paul has decided for the first time to show and explain some of the methods that he has developed over the years in his first ever lecture. Paul's DVD, 'The V S Project' was a big seller at Alakazam: 'The VS Project showcases some of Paul's outstanding card creations, his approach to sleight of hand, the psychology of timing and misdirection as well as his interpretation of some classic effects. Paramount on these DVDs is Paul's use and handling of a superb, and often overlooked, Marlo sleight including all of his finesses, subtleties and timing, in exacting detail.' People can book a seat (£10.00) by contacting the shop at or ringing the shop on 01384 373209." 24.1.15


Get Your Act Together, 7pm on Sunday 25th January on ITV. "Stephen Mulhern hosts a new series in which some of our best-loved stars join forces with top variety acts to put on a special performance. Each week, five different celebrities get to learn brand new skills, from contortion to fire dancing, ventriloquism to acrobatics, juggling to plate spinning to magic. The celebrities and their mentors then take to the stage together to perform in front of a studio audience, who decide which celebrity - along with their mentor - has entertained them the most and will go through to the live final." This week's show feature illusionist Jamie Allan. See TV Magic. 24.1.15


Manchester Circle of Magicians: Monday 26th January. Mike Hinde writes: At 7.30pm, Danny Hunt, Carl Royle and Philip Partridge will take questions and discuss 'The Business of Magic' followed at 8pm by Danny Hunt's lecture 'The Secrets of Escapology and Spirit Mediums'. For more details visit or email 24.1.15


Be A Purple Banana by Jez Rose. From the publishers: In his second book, due to be released at the end of March 2015, behaviourist Jez Rose reveals the Purple Banana Principles. Be A Purple Banana is an honest, uplifting, personal journey where science and psychology meet emotional intelligence: what makes ordinary people able to do extraordinary things? With effective, real-world strategies to achieve extraordinary results from ordinary people, Be A Purple Banana is poignant, practical, funny and so much more than any other ‘self-help’ or ‘how-to’ book available. Why are some able to achieve so much more than others? Is it possible to learn to be extraordinary? The foundations to becoming a more effective salesperson; a better parent; a more effective teacher; a more efficient leader and a happier person are all here. If you want to drive higher performance, this is the book you'll need. Be A Purple Banana: getting extraordinary results from ordinary people. Jez comments: "I’ve worked with many thousands of people to help them understand and change their behaviour over the last ten years and I began to ask myself ‘What makes some people extraordinary? What makes them stand out?’ and ultimately, ‘How, exactly, do you become extra-ordinary?’. This exploration into why we do what we do – and how to change our behaviour for the better, forms the basis of Be A Purple Banana." 238 pages. Hardback with illustrations. Foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Preface by David Berglas. Afterword by Claire Lomas. For more information and to pre-order with a £5.00 saving visit 24.1.15


Dr Roger Woods AIMC was installed as President of The Modern Mystic League (Blackburn & District Society of Magicians) for the third time on 11th January, 2015. He is a lawyer, magician, musician, author, lecturer and publisher. His interest in conjuring began with a David Nixon magic set when he was ten years old. Roger was a Solicitor and then Barrister with the Crown Prosecution Service for over twenty five years, but since his retirement has been able to spend more time with magic. He is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle, previously Chairman of The Modern Mystic League, and a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (Order of Merlin Shield), the Northern Magic Circle (President 2013 - 2014) and the Cavendish Knights of Close up Magic. Roger, who has five degrees in law and the arts, has lectured extensively on law and magic since the 1980s. He offers magic talks suitable for all kinds of clubs and societies. He has written a number of books on magic history (several co-authored with Brian Lead MIMC) and won many awards. Details appear on his website Apart from magic history and biography, Roger’s main interest lies in close-up magic, although he strongly believes that a wide curiosity in all aspects of magic is the most fruitful. Roger has recently published two new books; details below. (Photo: Trevor Dawson AIMC, right, Centenary President 2014, passes the MML Presidential Chain to Dr Roger Woods for 2015). 24.1.15


Chris Van Bern: The Busy ‘B’; The original British magician and Variety Performer by Roger Woods is a biography of Chris Van Bern (1872? - 1950) christened The Busy 'B' by The Magician Monthly in 1911 because of his versatility as a variety performer. His presentations were original and he was something of a 'character'. He became a member of so many local magic clubs throughout the UK that it is believed his record has never been surpassed by anyone. A generous man to all magicians he co-authored A Whirlwind of Wizardry with De Vega. His career lasted over 40 years. There is a particular interest for The Magic Circle as in 1946 he donated all his magic society medals and jewels to the Society’s museum. This paperback book is available on and the ebook version on 24.1.15


The Centenary History of The Modern Mystic League (Blackburn and District Society of Magicians) 1914 – 2014 by Roger Woods. Available on This book of 189 pages tells the story of Roger’s local society from the founding by nine Blackburn gentlemen in February, 1914 to the present day. Fully illustrated in colour, eleven chapters set out the ups and downs of the MML with the final chapter detailing the events of the Centenary year, 2014. 24.1.15


Extreme Clowning are in need of new magic equipment to enable them to continue their work with people with dual sensory loss, so that they may enjoy entertainment and popular culture. To help, email JJ at or visit for more information. 24.1.15


Professional Comedian and Magician, Mowgli, has kicked off 2015 with the release of two brand new products for the magic community on his all-new website. One is a routine direct from his professional act, and another which is the secret to his creative writing process which he uses to create his own shows and write material for others. See: 24.1.15


Correction. In my 'Magicians Podcast' interview with Richard Young last week I stated that I was the 'first magician' to street perform in Covent Garden following the market's transformation into a tourist destination in the early 80's. My memory/knowledge got this one all wrong. There were in fact a number of magicians and magic related acts who had worked there before me. I was the first magician to perform a 'silent manipulation' magic act, but not the first 'magician' and the Podcast has now been edited to correct this (thanks Richard). Funnily enough, I did try busking before my Covent Garden days, as a teenager back in 1978 in Leicester Square, with just one trick, a balsa wood Dancing Cane that I'd re-modeled into a Star Wars lightsaber! I'd painted it with yellow fluorescent paint, added a hilt, and even wore a homemade cardboard Darth Vader mask, just to finish things off... Needless to say this was not the start of a new career and I only ventured out with it twice; once with my older brother Richard lending moral support, and once with Russ (Stevens), much to his amusement. I lasted about an hour on both occasions, just about making enough for a cup of coffee and a tube fare home. I've still got that dancing lightsaber. It's on stand-by, if all else in life fails. Duncan Trillo. 24.1.15


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Last Week: Number 760 - 17th January 2015


London Presents 'An intimate evening with Guy Hollingworth'. Wednesday 21st January, 6pm-10.30pm at the Hippodrome Casino, London: "Laura London hosts a series of unique lectures and workshops at the Hippodrome Casino, bringing you the best sleight of hand artists, magicians and industry consultants to talk intimately about what they do and teach you what they know. Starting with a drinks and canapé reception followed by a lecture and Q&A, London Presents is incredibly proud to host an evening with one of the most celebrated and talented sleight of hand artists in the world today, Guy Hollingworth. Guy rarely does lectures, although now a full-time barrister specialising in intellectual property law, Guy still performs his highly original yet traditional style of card conjuring for exclusive private gatherings and at occasional conjuring conventions." This event is limited to just 15 guests and is nearly sold out. For full information and to purchase one of the last remaining tickets, see 17.1.15


Blackpool Magicians Convention registrations are at record levels this year, with many registrants attending for the first time. Ii is going to sell-out. The organisers advise that you'll need to register in the next 14 days or you will miss out on three fantastic days of magic. The dates are 20th, 21st, 22nd February. Visit for details. 17.1.15


Wayne Houchin Lecture at The Magic Circle, London. Wayne Houchin (USA) will be performing his two-hour lecture ‘Strange Ideas’ on Wednesday 11th February 2015 exclusively in London at The Magic Circle. This is part of The Magic Circle Star Lecture Series. "'Strange Ideas' is the new presentation from Wayne Houchin, whose work as a performance artist, magician, and dare-devil has made him one of the most popular mystery entertainers in the world. Part performance and part lecture, Strange Ideas features a variety of new magic and surprising variations. Attendees will learn magic with needles, string, a helium balloon, dollar bills, cards, and more. Houchin’s magic is powerful and practical, and is suitable for both close-up and parlour style performances. Wayne Houchin has performed around the world in more than 30 countries. He’s appeared on NBC’s Today Show, headlined the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and made history when he stopped time during a live nationally televised stunt in Santo Domingo. Houchin currently stars in the Discovery Channel's Breaking Magic and The Magic of Science which has been watched by more than 100 million people worldwide." The Magic Circle will open at 5.30pm and the lecture will run from 7pm-9.30pm (with a break). Entrance is free for members or £15 for non-member magicians. Non-members need to email to have their names added to the guest list in advance. 17.1.15


Jonathan Goodwin is currently starring in 'The Illusionists 1903' on tour in Australia. One of a cast of 7 performers recreating the golden age of magic. From the same producers who created the record-breaking Broadway show, 'The Illusionists' which is now the record holder for the highest grossing magic show ever in North America. Other performers in  'The Illusionists 1903 are Mark Kalin and Jinger, Armando Lucero, Rick Thomas, Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tasse. The show premiered to sold-out houses in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, and is now playing Adelaide (15-26th). Photo: Jonathan takes things easy on his single nail bed of nails! "Success no illusion: daredevil stars in The Illusionists 1903" Click Here. 17.1.15


Chris Randall (USA) will lecture across Europe in the spring. He'll be in the UK from April 10th for just a few weeks: "Born and raised in Las Vegas, Chris Randall has appeared on The Masters of Illusion TV show in the States and is a regular at the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood. Awards include the coveted Silver Medal of Excellence from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Chris has performed worldwide and also travels the country performing at comedy clubs such as The Sapphire Comedy Hour in Las Vegas and The Laugh Factory." In this lecture you will learn: Fly by Night - Chris' handling of the hummer card. This has been his opener for over 15 years; Swoosh - A simple and natural deck switch; Scandal Switch - The ultimate solution for your linking ring routine (only two rings are used and both are examined); Heavens Aces - 4 jokers are produced at the finger tips and then instantly change to 4 aces in a very visual way, and many more routines. "Chris isn't just teaching some tricks, he's sharing a honed act, and a damn good one at that." Justin Willman. For booking enquiries email Steve Gore . 17.1.15


Get Your Act Together. Sunday, ITV. From the makers: Get Your Act Together will see some of our best-loved stars join forces with some of the world’s most talented variety acts to put on a unique performance. Each week, host Stephen Mulhern will be joined by five different celebrities who battle it out to learn jaw dropping talents, from contortion to fire dancing, ventriloquism to acrobatics, juggling to plate spinning. Under the watchful guise of the world’s most talented acts and performers, the celebrities will have intensive training to master their chosen skill. Viewers will see unique collaborations as the celebrity and their mentors then take to the stage together to perform in front of a studio audience. In the first show of the series model Danielle Lloyd will be mentored by The Catwall Acrobats; former Westlife member and TV presenter Brian McFadden will be mentored by world renowned magicians Penn & Teller; singer and actor Ray Quinn will be mentored by impressionist Debra Stephenson; Loose Woman and actress Sherrie Hewson will be mentored by plate spinning expert Andrew Van Buren and former rugby player Gareth Thomas will be mentored by Circus of Men. Each week it will be down to the studio audience to decide which celebrity, along with their mentor, has entertained them the most and goes through to the Final. "Get Your Act Together Stephen!" Click Here. Also see TV Magic. 17.1.15


The British Magical Close Up Championships are back! The very popular British Magical Close Up Championships are back in the Blackpool Convention programme this year. They will take place on Saturday 21st February at 10am in the Pavilion Theatre, Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Whilst participation in the event is invitation only, you may nominate a close-up magician who you consider to be of a high enough standard. On offer, the cash prize of £500, a trophy and the title itself, plus trophies for second and third places. Only two places remain vacant. Contact Derek Lever: 17.1.15


Bristol Day of Magic Dealer Hall. Ozzy Dee writes: The Bristol Day of Magic are now sending out invites for the very popular Dealer Hall. With a footfall of over 400 people we always have more dealers than we have room for, so if you would like to attend this year's convention please email Bob Boulton The date is Sunday 10th May the full line-up for the day is now live on the website 17.1.15


Jumbo Magic Auction, Manchester Circle of Magicians. Monday 19th January, at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Doors open at 5.30pm. Viewing from 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30 pm. Star Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Members free of charge. Non-members £3.00. Books, DVDs, Close-up, Kids tricks and Stage magic available at bargain prices. Enquiries to Derek Lever or phone 01253 810113. 17.1.15


Sprezzatura Show, London. "The clock strikes 8pm. Within the screening room at the Charlotte Street hotel, a bijou audience will have their minds read, senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Enter the world of Jake Banfield s Sprezzatura, and witness previously unseen miracles. Marvel at the strange setting in which nothing is quite as it seems. Like a great mystery novel, the plot will unfold over the course of the evening to end with a final revelation so startling, it will have to be seen to be believed. Saturday 7th February 2015 at 8pm. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map) Tickets: (Front Row: £30. Parlour Ticket: £20) 17.1.15


Scottish Association of Magical Societies Convention 2015. Kenny Kerr writes: The 2015 convention will take place at The Salutation Hotel in Perth on 1st, 2nd & 3rd May. This year we plan to replace the traditional Saturday Night Gala Show with a Dinner / Cabaret in the hotel. Acts confirmed for the cabaret show are: Gary Dunn (compere and performing); Aziz (Winner of 2014 Harold McMillan Shield Competition); Jango Starr (Juggler); Garry Seagraves (Magic & Illusions). Lectures & Dealers: Ricky McLeod & Gary James are doing a "joint lecture" and are also "dealing". The committee are currently in contact with others regarding "lectures and dealers" and further information will follow. Hotel Rooms: Hotel rooms are £54 per night for bed and breakfast in a single room with the double / twin rooms costing £84. Rooms should be booked through our secretary Elizabeth McNamara and please contact her rather than book through the hotel as it makes it easier to monitor the room allocation. Elizabeth can be contacted on or 01563 821241. 17.1.15


MagicWorld Reviews. write: "MagicWorld Reviews Week 6 Click Here concentrates on UK mentalist Chris Rawlins, and his new DVD Leading Thoughts followed by Theatre Fire Wallet Version 2. This week’s reviewers are myself, James Anthony, and Daniel Meadows (creator of Infamous and the Deadly Marked Deck). Please do click Subscribe on our YouTube Channel at" 17.1.15


John Carey lecture tour - now booking. Steve Gore writes: Bookings are now being taken for our own beloved John Carey for dates in October 2015. Email In the past 5 years, John Carey has become internationally known and respected for his streamlined approach to commercial close-up card magic. With 6 RSVPMagic DVDs and a new book, 'Crafted with Carey' coming out at Blackpool, John promises any society a lecture or workshop loaded with powerful, practical and doable material. In the past 12 months he has lectured in Spain and Holland as well as across the UK. He is in constant demand for lectures and workshops and private tuition. John's mantra is: If I can do it, then so can you! He also offers a four-hour workshop for interested parties. All hands-on material, crammed full of good technique and clear concepts and clever philosophy. 17.1.15


Magic Menagerie: Todd Landman. Truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion... "Harking back to his youth growing up in Hemlock Hollow, Pennsylvania, Dr Todd Landman explores the notion of re-enchantment through the medium of magic and mind reading. His early days were spent as a young magician exploring the virtues of the Hollow while practising and honing his skills as a conjurer. Re-enchanting the self… His intellectual journey led him astray from these important roots, but through life in a small English village he finds them again and shares with you an extraordinary and inexplicable set of demonstrations that simply defy rational explanation. Part conjuring, part autobiography, and all magic in its widest sense. This is a different kind of magic, one borne of deep reflection and a commitment to understanding whether we can rediscover the ‘whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. Saturday 7th February at 7.30pm. Milton Theatre, Studio 1, The University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH (Map). Tickets £8.00 / £4.00 (conc.) For further details and to book contact The Box Office: 17.1.15


Chris Congreave Lecture, Bolton: Chris Congreave's lecture will feature a combination of self-working effects from his latest DVD "Automata" and routines that Chris uses in his working repretoire. 8.30pm on Wednesday 21st January 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 Doffcoker Inn visit or telephone Paul Goodman on 07889 676003. 17.1.15


The Magic Car Boot Sale. Now in it's 22nd year the next Magic Car Boot Sale in West Bromwich will be on Sunday 1st February at the Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map) from 9am. Stalls are £14, admission only £4. If you would like to book a stall call Alec Powell on 07831 115448. This time the sale will be followed by a magic auction from 1pm (to enter any items for auction call Alec on the above number). 17.1.15


Nick Brunger's Magic and Mentalism lecture is now taking bookings for the year ahead. As his alter-ego Dr Nicolas Grimoire, magician and story-teller Nick Brunger blends spooky tales, magic and mind-reading in a unique show that has taken him to old prisons, castles and stately homes, as well as museums, 'ghost hunts', theatres and private homes. His Creepy Carmarthen Tour, blending true stories of the town’s unpleasant past, combines magic with 'horrible history' and won him 'Visitor Experience of the Year' from his local tourist board. With clients including the National Trust, English Heritage, and local authorities in England and Wales, in this lecture he demonstrates some his most popular effects and explains how he combines magic and mentalism with storytelling to provoke strong reactions in audiences of every kind. "Thanks for one of the best lectures I have seen in years. Every one commented on the skill and quality of your highly polished performance. The props you used were superb." Bernard Visgandis, Coventry Magic Circle. "For me, this has been the most influential lecture for years, hopefully in years to come I can quote you lecturing at Derby that started me off in the storytelling arena." Paul Sharp, Derby Magic Circle. For more information and booking enquiries see the Lecturers page. 17.1.15


RSVP presents Classic Carey: "Welcome to our first DVD release for 2015, Classic Carey, starring the inimitable John Carey. Featuring 13 brand new routines using just a regular deck of playing cards, join John once again as he presents and explains some brand new routines and twists on some familiar plots, all in the streamlined and simple way that he's now famous for. Thirteen effects... here are the first three: 1. If we could turn back time. A lovely direct opening piece involving the theme of time and a selected card. Strong, memorable and very practical. 2. A little oil, a little water. One of John’s favourite card pieces. A progressive approach to a card classic with a slow motion finale. 3. Think n synch revisited. A beautiful and almost self working demonstration of synchronicity between the magician and the spectator. Very commercial! Visit to find out about the following ten! 17.1.15


E-Club Pro starts its 5th year! Mark Leveridge Magic's online club and information resource is marching confidently into its fifth year this month, and with nearly 500 web pages of content for members to access and enjoy, it has become a really major centre for professional, trusted magic and advice. With a newly introduced index system, to speed up the process of finding individual content, E-Club Pro is an obvious choice for any magician who wants somewhere to learn new magic each month and to be entertained and helped by information and advice drawn from Mark's 30+ years as a pro. With no fixed subscription period, and for a small payment levied monthly, everyone from beginners to pros can be part of a significant venture which is truly of benefit to those with a passion and genuine interest in magic. To get a feel for what the contents of the password protected E-Club Pro web pages are like, get your copy of the E-Club Pro Taster E-Book, which is yours free just for the asking. Go to for more information. 17.1.15


Edinburgh Magic Circle are delighted to be hosting a lecture by Wayne Houchin from the USA on Thursday 12th February. Wayne is well known to most magicians and this promises to be a fantastic lecture. Doors open 7.15pm, lecture starts at 8pm. £10 entry. Venue: Coltbridge Bowling Club, 1A Coltbridge Gardens, Haymarket, Edinburgh EH12 6AQ (Map). Ian Buchan, Secretary EMC. 17.1.15


Paul Gordon lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 22nd January. Adam Mosley writes: 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. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in Leatherhead, Surrey at 8pm for full details contact Adam Mosley 17.1.15


Out of Sight Out of Your Mind by Gary Jones: "A Classic, simple, direct effect: The Magician takes a deck of cards and fans them in front of a spectator. They are asked to merely look at, and think of any card, whilst the magician turns away. Once they have a card in mind, the magician closes the deck and turns back around. With no questions asked, the magician deals down to the thought of card. No guesswork, forces, peeks, no breaks held... the perfect effect for the working professional! Made in Bicycle stock." New, from Magic Tao: 17.1.15


Quentin Reynolds Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians lecture. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 21st January, the Wolverhampton Circle are pleased to welcome Quentin Reynolds. Quentin's lecture includes magic from his professional repertoire and covers children's magic, close-up and mentalism. With over thirty years in the business and over ten-thousand shows under his belt, you will benefit from his knowledge and experience in real-world situations. Regardless of what kind of magic you perform the tips and ideas Quentin will discuss cover all aspects of professional presentation. Visiting magicians welcome for only £5. Lecture starts at 8pm at The ECC Sports and Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton WV10 9LU (Map). 17.1.15


Can You Spot the Hidden Message? 4pm on Monday 19th January on BBC Radio 4. What is subliminal advertising? David Aaronovitch investigates the mysterious birth of this modern myth and introduces a unique new BBC experiment to try it out. 17.1.15


The Infinite Monkey Cage, 4.30pm on Monday 19th January on BBC Radio 4. Deception. Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined on stage by author and journalist David Aaronovitch, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman and neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott as they tackle the science of deception. They'll be asking why we seem to be so good at telling lies, but not very good at spotting them, and why being good liars could be the secret to our success as a social animal. They will also be carrying out their own act of deception on the monkey cage audience. They reveal the results of an experiment to test the idea of subliminal advertising, carried out by David Aaronovitch for the Radio 4 documentary, "Can You Spot the Hidden Message" . Will they manage to secretly persuade a section of the theatre audience to pick one type of soft drink over another by secretly flashing the name of a certain brand on a screen? All will be revealed. 17.1.15


Matt Grindleys Magique. Magician and Illusionist Matt Grindley will be launching an all-new show in Blackpool this Summer. Beginning July 26th until late October, the show promises big illusions and big laughs! The show will also feature Matt’s Dancers, the Diamonette Showgirls. Venue: Philharmonic, Foxhall, Blackpool. Tickets are on sale now via the box office and Ticketmaster or 17.1.15


John Derris launches 'KISS' magic range: "Four years ago John Derris published his book 'KISS' (Keep it Simple Stupid) which enjoyed wide success both in Europe and the U.S. The book covered the critical value of presentation both in business and in magic performance, which he used at corporate shows worldwide for over ten years. There followed a series of over fifty KISS lectures to magic clubs throughout Europe in which he performed magic based on simplicity of method with the emphasis on presentation. Many of the routines became classics – 'Staggering' 'Mirrorcle' 'The Fishbowl Production' 'Executive Brainwave' and others. Following constant requests John Derris is now launching The KISS Range of Magic – new tricks, new packaging, new in-depth instruction, plus some of the established effects which meet the KISS criteria for magicians of all abilities. The launch of the new range will take place on 27th January at The Kent Guild of Magicians– when two brand new effects will be shown for the first time. A slick new version of 'Mirrorcle' based on Marilyn Monroe and Hollywood which was performed extensively for ten years at the dinner tables of Europe. And the launch of 'Clipper', just about the smoothest vanish and recovery of a signed card to date." Visiting guest magicians welcome. Tickets £5.00. 7.30pm on 27th January at CIU Dunton Green Social Club,158 London Road, Dunton Green, (near Sevenoaks) TN13 2TA (Map). 17.1.15


The North Wales Burlesque Festival: Roslyn Walker is organising the first North Wales Burlesque Festival and it kicks off on the 23rd January 2015 running throughout the whole weekend. With 2 shows, competitions, workshops and stalls there is literally something for everyone. The Saturday night gala show is a mix of magic, comedy, sideshow, circus, drag queens and of course show girls. Weekend or day tickets can be bought from the North Wales Burlesque Festival website and all the latest info can be found on their Facebook page. To book a room at the Risboro Hotel call 01492 876343. 7pm Friday 23rd January to 3pm Sunday 25th January 2015. Venue: Risboro Hotel, Clement Avenue, Llandudno LL30 2ED (Map). 17.1.15


The Magicians' Podcast. I'm Richard Young's podcast guest this week, talking Hamley's, cruising, street performing, Japan, magicians and all sorts. Click Here for this podcast and for Richard's previous editions. Also see, iTunes and twitter. A correction and apology (my memory got this one all wrong in the Podcast) to Dave Brown, who was the first magician to busk in Covent Garden in the early 80's. I was the first 'silent manip act' magician, but not the first 'magician'. It was Dave who first stepped out in Covent Garden with his original comedy magic act. Duncan Trillo. 17.1.15


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