Guy Hollingworth's The Reformation, caused something of a sensation when it was released on VHS back in '94. Now, twenty years on, the Hollingworth Collection is being released by Dan & Dave, as a compendium of original and updated material spanning The London Collection, Routines, and The Reformation. Everything has been brought thoroughly up to date with expanded content, refinements, new material, bonus footage, interviews and more. Each set boasts eight hours of in-depth footage and an exclusive art deco pack of commemorative playing cards. Signed and limited to just 1,000 copies, the Hollingworth Collection is available exclusively from Dan & Dave. 30.8.14


Dynamo: Magician Impossible series 4. Starts Thursday 4th September on Watch: "The King of Magic returns for the final series. Dynamo arrives in California and takes us along the Pacific Highway, mystifying everyone he meets." See TV Magic. Dynamo was all over the papers last week, for what appeared to be all the wrong reasons, but on Thursday morning, he tweeted: "Loving the speculation about yesterdays #Shard levitation-although things aren't always as they seem ;) All will be revealed #WIRES #Sept4th." So, either all is going to plan, or Dynamo and the team are feverishly working their way out of this one, or it's going to turn out to be world's greatest ever sucker trick... now that would be magic.

"'You can literally see the wires': Sharp-eyed Londoners point out that magician Dynamo's levitation stunt above the Shard is far from magic" Click Here.

"Dynamo’s latest stunt dangling 1,016ft off the Shard falls flat after fans complain they ‘could see the wires’" Click Here.

"Dynamo's Shard levitation stunt fail as Twitter fans blast 'You can literally see the wires'" Click Here.

"Magician Dynamo's Shard stunt criticised by onlookers who say 'you can literally see the wires'" Click Here.

"Watch: Dynamo admits to using wire for Shard levitation but says 'all will be revealed" Click Here. 30.8.14


Houdini - the first in a two-part US drama following the life of Harry Houdini will be shown at 9pm on Sunday 7th September on Channel 4. "Houdini's ability to escape from handcuffs, straitjackets, and water tanks is legendary ― breaking the shackles of his past proved more challenging. Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody and Kristen Connolly star in 'Houdini' which follows the world-renowned master of escape's transformation from immigrant into the world's first superstar. Driven, disciplined, and actively chasing the American Dream, Houdini constantly pushed his physical limits to accomplish feats of strength that amazed audiences in an age of spectacle. And though they saw what he wanted them to see, his reality was more elusive than his escapes." See TV Magic. 30.8.14


11 Weeks and counting.... Who will it be this year? One of the magic world’s most prestigious awards will be presented during The International Magic Convention in London during the weekend of 14-16 November 2014. With past recipients including Juan Tamariz, David Copperfield, Lu Chen, Derren Brown and Uri Geller, the presentation has become one of the highlights of the Convention and helps it make the weekend many top magician’s number one choice of magical gatherings to attend. Each year following the presentation of the International Magic Award by David Berglas, the recipient has agreed to take questions from the audience, which has resulted in a fascinating hour of anecdotes, newly revealed facts, a great deal of humour and a fascinating insight into these great performers lives. Who is the recipient this year? Well you'll have to be there to find out because, as always, the awarded is kept a closely guarded secret until the presentation is made. You can be sure that this will be an event you really don't want to miss. Convention details at 30.8.14


Axel Hecklau's 'Details: Strong magic, high impact and practical!' UK Lecture Tour, 2014. With more than 30 years in magic, Axel is a well-know professional magician in Germany. This lecture (parlour, stage and close-up) contains no 'B' material; everything is taken from his active proven repertoire. "Everything about the lecture was top-notch. His choice of effects showed a lot of variety and great thought. News-Flash was, of course, what brought most people there and it certainly met or exceeded everyone‘s expectations, but they weren‘t expecting all of the other great material. His Center tear routining is so well thought out. The spoon routine and Cola Cap were the best solutions to those effects I‘ve seen. One of my personal favorites was his idea on the One Coin routine and that is going right into my working repertoire. I could go on and on, but I would encourage all of you to see Axel Hecklau lecture. You will be entertained and learn a lot." Marc DeSouza. See


18.9.2014 Bristol at 8pm at The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2QQ
21.9.2014 Southend at 7.30pm at Ekco Social & Sports Club, Thornford Gardens, Southend On Sea, Essex SS2 6PU
22.9.2014 Ipswich at 7.30pm at Holiday Inn, London Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 OUA
23.9.2014 Birmingham at 7.30pm at The Selly Oak Ex-Servicemens’ Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL
24.9.2014 Ealing at 8pm at Northfields Community Centre, Northcroft Road, Ealing, London W13 9SS
25.9.2014 Surrey at 8pm at Preston Cross Hotel, Rectory Lane, Great Bookham Leatherhead, Surrey KT23 4DY
27.9.2014 Bournemouth at 11.30am at Bournemouth Pavilion, Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU
29.9.2014 Portsmouth at 7.30pm at Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BL
30.9.2014 Kent at 8pm at CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA

1.10.2014 Leamington at 8pm at Cubbington Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Nr Leamington Spa CU32 7LN
2.10.2014 Hull at 7.45pm at The Sailmakers Arms, Chandlers’ Court, High Street, Hull HU1 1NQ
3.10.2014 Aberdeen at 8pm at The Sportsman’s Club, 11 Queens Road, Aberdeen AB15 4YL
5.10.2014 Buxton at 7.30pm at Buckingham Hotel, No 1 Burlington Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9AS
6.10.2014 Manchester at 8pm at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford M5 4PE
7.10.2014 Blackpool at 8pm at Theatre Club, Rear Of No. 1 Sherbourne Road, North Shore, Blackpool FY1 2PW
8.10.2014 Wolverhampton at 8pm at The ECC Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton WV10 9LU
9.10.2014 Sussex at 8pm at The Hassocks Hotel, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8HN.


In 1982 Kate Bush released her fourth album 'The Dreaming' which featured a track entitled 'Houdini'. The cover (left) depicted Kate as Harry's wife, Bess, passing Harry a key during a kiss. A 14 year old Paul Kieve, already a fervent fan of Ms Bush, attended a signing session in London, and took the chance to give Kate a book on Houdini. Some 32 years later, in January 2014, Paul received a surprise call from Kate to invite him to work on her first live show in 35 years. In their initial creative meeting, Kate brought the book along - she had always kept it.

The contents of the live show, which blends Kate's music with theatre, puppetry, and illusion, was kept top secret until Tuesday night, when it opened to rave reviews. Her 22 shows at London's Hammersmith Odeon sold out 77,000 tickets in just 15 minutes. The Independent described 'Before The Dawn' as "undoubtedly the most ambitious, and genuinely moving, piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage." Kate has used magic in her previous concerts, working closely with Simon Drake on her legendary 1979 'Tour of Life'.


London Presents: An Evening with Alex Pandrea at the Hippodrome Casino, London. Friday 12th September 6pm-11pm. "London Presents is proud to host an evening with Alex Pandrea. Creator of The Blue Crown, incredible magician and move monkey king. Alex will tip his hand on material that has never been released or included in his lectures. This special engagement is open to only fifteen people to keep it an intimate occasion, and you will get hands-on instruction and guidance in techniques from one of magic's modern masters. Known for his extreme skill with a pack of cards, magicians from around the globe have requested tutorials on Alex's skillful, elegant, and deceptive card artistry. Don't miss your chance to pick his brain and bring your card magic to the next level. There is no better environment for an intimate workshop on sleight-of-hand card magic than the private room in a casino. Over 18s only." For full details and to buy tickets visit 30.8.14


Victor Voitko invites you to visit his all-new magic shop! "Welcome to our new magic shop A new shop, new design and new magic products! Victor Voitko is a professional magician and produces magic props for fellow professionals. The majority of products are original, thought up by Victor Voitko. The methods, effects, technical details are top-level. We are proud to announce three new products. The Production Table v.2: Many magicians perform trick Sands of the Desert, well we offer a great start to this trick. On an empty table appears a vase with water and three glasses with colored sand! Click Here. Wow Smoke: The clever little device that can magically produce smoke Click Here. Mini Card Fountain: It is the smallest and thinnest card fountain, for either left or right hands, Click Here. 30.8.14


Dead Ringers. Nothing is sacred and no-one is safe on this sketches and stunts impressions show. Witness a rather unusual recipe from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and see Derren Brown hypnotise Piers Morgan. 2am on Friday 5th September (35 minutes) on Comedy Central Extra, see TV Magic. 30.8.14


Javelin by Wayne Dobson. "Wayne Dobson’s Javelin is one seriously clever deck for the mentalist/mind reader. Whether you are a close-up worker or stage performer, hobbyist or pro you will love ‘Javelin’. Imagine a tossed deck that can be examined and shuffled, a tossed deck that works equally well close-up as it does on stage. A tossed deck that allows you to name the exact card that each spectator is thinking of!" For more info and to watch a video visit (saw this just the other day - and it's excellent. DT). 30.8.14


Share A Coke, Magically. Scott Perry writes: Last summer, when Coca-Cola launched their #Sharecoke campaign I made this short video YouTube. Coke contacted me, asking for my permission to use the video and still maintains a relationship with me on Twitter. Shortly after they expressed interest it was announced that Dynamo was becoming the new face of Pepsi Max, ending any opportunity I may have had with Coca-Cola. This year I made a new video YouTube to showcase the utilisation of magic with their product. Several magicians around the world have found success on the marketing scene for various products over the last couple years so we’ll see if this could be the start of the next advert… 30.8.14


Andrew Melia, award winning magician and television greedy guts extraordinaire, has just finished a pilot for BNN, Vara. The show, Kreezie ('Crazy'), aired last week in Holland featuring Andrew, together with Jochem van Nooyen and Luc van Kuppenveld, performing candid camera style magic, plus some nice illusions and close-up material back in the studio. You can view the show here Also see Andrew's site 30.8.14


Piperactive by James Piper. The new 2 DVD Set from RSVPMagic: "Welcome to 'Piperactive' the brand new DVD set from rsvpmagic starring the superb James Piper. These two DVDs feature some incredibly strong magic using just a regular deck of cards and some normal coins, from the working act of James Piper, a rising new star in the magic world. All the tricks can be done in the hands and are perfect for all working magicians of all levels." Find out more and watch the trailer at 30.8.14


Wayne Goodman Associated Conjurers of East Sussex lecture. Nicky Lewis  writes: The Associated Conjurers of East Sussex are delighted to announce a members' choice lecture by superb close-up performer Wayne Goodman from 8pm - 10pm on 10th September. Wayne is responsible for many of the effects used by the professional table magician and we are delighted to have him join us for the evening. Visiting magicians are welcome for £5 on the door. Contact Nicky Lewis Secretary on 01903 532413 for more information. Venue: Thomas A Beckett Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex. 30.8.14


Pickpocket extraordinaire Lee Thompson heads off to Paris this September. With his unique ability to captivate an audience through the subtle technique of pickpocketing, Lee Thompson has been turning heads (and emptying pockets) for well over two decades. Still, this virtuoso is much more than a mere street performer. Having dazzled no less than 3.8 million fans from all walks of life around the world, he has thousands of live shows under his belt (along with the odd Rolex or two). Now, Mr. Thompson has taken the next big step and will soon be performing with the prestigious Mugler Follies in Paris. Having just returned from a massive 18-month global tour, Mr. Thompson has the skills and the personality to delight as well as mystify. The Mugler Follies opens on September 18th and Lee will be a headline act for one year. Always pushing the envelope a bit further, Lee Thompson will literally give anyone a run for their money and the occasional wallet or wristwatch too! If you are visiting Paris in the months ahead and fancy a coffee, chat or croissant, get in touch with Lee via 30.8.14


Dave Forrest Scottish Conjurers' Association lecture. George Fitzpatrick writes: The Scottish Conjurers' Association are delighted to announce that Dave Forrest ( will be presenting a lecture on Wednesday 3rd September at 7.30pm. Venue SMPT, 8-10 Balcaress Avenue, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). Visitors welcome £10. Dave will be known to many as an inventor of card effects and as a producer of DVDs, his own and of other artists. 30.8.14


Method Memorabilia by Steven Palmer: "Method Memorabilia by Steven Palmer is a collection of ten close-up professional performance pieces of mentalism. All the routines are direct, logical and have been used extensively. The routines are simple to perform, leaving the performer to focus on presentation. No expensive gaffs or gimmicks are required to perform the material contained in the book and only basic sleight of hand is needed. Many of these items could have been sold as stand-alone items, but are collected here in this single of volume of modern mentalism. The book is 115 pages and perfect bound." Visit for more information and to order. 30.8.14


Portsmouth Jumbo Day. Philip Smith writes: The biggest second hand magic sale in the country is on Sunday November 2nd at the Portsmouth Jumbo Day. With over 250 buyers and nearly 100 sellers it's a great place to pick up a bargain and sell all that unused magic in your bottom drawer. This year's Jumbo Day is even bigger; with lectures from Andi Gladwin, David Gemmell and Jon Armstrong from the US and a gala show featuring Ben Hart (from TV's Killer Magic) and Martin Cox. A new innovation for 2014 is the inter-clubs magic competition with contestants from southern clubs and the audience voting for the winner. Discounted tickets at only £18 only available until September 30th. More details at 30.8.14


Leicester Magic Circle, celebrating 90 years. Glenn Fielding, PR Officer, The Leicester Magic Circle writes: This year Leicester Magic Circle is 90 years old making us one of the oldest Magic Clubs in the world. We're celebrating this special year with a great night of magical entertainment, awards and a superb 3 course dinner. We have fantastic performances lined up including Jasper Blakeley and James Parker, and compere Mark Shortland, together with two walkabout magicians. Along with our great entertainment and dinner we'll have an auction which will include some fantastic prizes. We want to share this special night with everyone so it is open to the general public. Don’t miss out on this great night! Saturday 20th September 2014 at the Lingdale Golf Club, Leicestershire LE12 8TF. Tickets are £37. For more info email Barry 30.8.14


Marc Kerstein's MagicWebFX is reviewed by Ian Rowland this week (and you're going to love it!) "...this is a miraculous ‘think of a card’ effect that is simply magnificent. In fact, if I hadn’t seen this with my own eyes I wouldn’t have believed it’s possible" Click Here. 30.8.14


Massive Hats for Mental Health. Street Performers and Buskers all over the world will be performing street shows for charity in honour of Robin Williams on the 13th September. The initiative, titled Massive Hats for Mental Health or MH4MH, is designed to raise awareness for mental health issues – as well as raise money for local and national mental health charities all over the world. Several performers couldn't wait until the 13th to start and already the initiative has raised over $700, with the final total expected to be much higher. The death of Robin Williams, a former busker himself, sent a shockwave through the street performing community as much as it did the rest of the world. The initiative was started by Owen Lean, the holder of the world's first degree in street magic who said “I, like all of you, have been shocked by the death of Robin Williams, an inspiration, a wonderful comedian, and one of our own. This is a chance for us to stand united, raise awareness for the issues that one in four of us suffer from, and do our bit to pay tribute to one of our busking family.” Performances will be taking place in London, Dublin, Galway, Vancouver, Toronto, and Chicago to name just a few places. 30.8.14


The Approach by Jamie D. Grant is reviewed by Phil Sweeting this week, Click Here • The ‘Paper Magic’ Lecture by Geoffrey Newton is reviewed by Mike Sharples this week, Click Here • "Dynamo: ‘Magic makes you feel like a kid again’" Click Here • "Watch 5 worst magician fails after Dynamo's Shard levitation stunt" Click Here • "'Wizard Wars' magicians even manage to surprise judges Penn & Teller" Click Here • "David Blaine performs for prisoners" Click Here • And finally, "How Dogs React to Levitating Wiener" Click HereYour UK magic news is always welcome, thanks to everyone who contributes. See you next week, Duncan. 30.8.14

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Last Week: Number 739 - 23rd August 2014


World Famous Magician, Henry Evans, will be touring the UK with his lecture 'Magic As A Composition' in October and November. "Henry is a world famous lecturer who has travelled the globe since being placed first in Close-up Card Magic at FISM in 2000. He has amazed both laymen and magicians with his devious mind, producing miracles with cards, silks and coins, all with his own particular twist. If you have already attended one of his previous lectures you'll know why he has achieved such success. If you have never seen him lecturing before, you are invited to peek into his original world of magic. From clever uses of gaffes, to effects with nothing other than a borrowed deck of cards, Henry’s approach to magic is something not to miss.
Monday 13th October – The Magic Circle (members only)
Tuesday 14th October – London Society of Magicians
Wednesday 15th October – Zodiac Magical Society
Thursday 16th October – Home Counties Magical Society
Sunday 19th October – High Peaks Magical Society
Monday 20th October – Manchester Circle of Magicians
Tuesday 21st October – Blackpool Magicians’ Club
Wednesday 22nd October – Shropshire Magic Society
Thursday 23rd October – Surrey Magicians’ Society
Sunday 26th October – J-Day at The Magic Circle
Monday 27th October – Portsmouth Magic Circle
Wednesday 12th November – Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians
Thursday 13th November – Bristol Society of Magic
Friday 14th November – International Magic Convention London
Tuesday 18th November – British Magical Society.


Conjuring at the Court, London – Thursday 28th August: Conjuring at the Court continues to bring you the best in magic! Come to our next show on Thursday 28th August and enjoy: Peter Wardell – one of the strongest magicians in the country; he grips the audience with astounding deceptions and engaging humour. A multiple prize-winner in the magic world. Jason Steele – fast moving, visual, colourful illusions by a top international performer. Michael Pearse – one of our favourites at the Court! A comedy juggler with an Irish wit that has the audience falling about. The Amazing Norvil – debonair Christopher Howell brings the Golden Age of magic to life with a stylish re-creation of a vintage act. Unusual, original and thoroughly enjoyable. Compered by the exuberant Stephen Barry, dressed to kill. The show is in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Come early to enjoy dinner in one of the bars or the lovely dining room. Tickets still just £10 from" 23.8.14


The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2014, Saturday 6th September at 7pm. "Tickets are now on sale for The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2014. Watch some of our top magicians battle for the coveted trophy and prize money. This year, the competitors are: Dave Andrews, Richard Griffin, Edward Hilsum, Richard Pinner, Mark Shortland, Oliver Tabor and Young & Strange. Who will win? Join us at The Magic Circle on 6th September to find out." Doors open 6pm, event starts at 7pm. Tickets £26.00 plus transaction fee from or Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be issued to under 14s who are not accompanied by an adult. Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). More details: 23.8.14


Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show - Museum of Comedy, London. Tommy Cooper was a true comic genius. His impeccable timing, love of slapstick and quick-fire gags made him an international star. Complete with his trademark fez and a plethora of misfiring magic, the man was an undisputed icon of live entertainment. Commemorating 30 years since his death, this all-encapsulating show of magic, music and mirth is the perfect celebration of arguably Britain's top comedian of all time. Also featuring live musical accompaniment, this is a laugh-a-minute extravaganza that comedy fans of all ages simply can't miss - just like that! “John Hewer really captures - and bottles - the essence of Tommy Cooper." – Louth Leader. Supported by The Tommy Cooper Estate and Vicky Cooper. Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR. Booking September 30th 2014 - January 24th 2015: 23.8.14


Wayne Dobson Lecture - Watford Association of Magicians. Club Secretary Dov Citron writes: This promises to be an amazing night from a master of comedy magic. Wayne Dobson's insight, timing, inventiveness and comic brilliance have made him nothing less than magic royalty. If you want to share an evening with this master of magic and mirth then get this date penned into your diary today! 8pm to 10pm on Tuesday 2nd September. Price: £10.00 for non-members. Venue: The Hall, Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Avenue, Bricket Wood, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL2 3LQ (Map). 23.8.14


Close-up at The Magic Circle, London. Friday 12th September and Friday 10th October. "This event showcases some of the best close-up magicians available and audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of the headquarters of the world-famous The Magic Circle in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing!" Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50 plus transaction fee from or Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be issued to under 14s who are not accompanied by an adult. Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). More details: 23.8.14


Vanishing Inc. DVD Filming: News from Vanishing Inc: We are incredibly excited to announce that we will be filming projects with Luke Jermay and Chris Rawlins on 2nd September in York. Both Chris and Luke will be debuting new material so if you are a fan of their work, this is an opportunity that is not to be missed! If you would like to be involved with the filming as part of the audience, please email with 'DVD Filming' as the subject line. Filming will start at 19:00 and will go on until around 22:00. 23.8.14


Magicians at the Half Moon, Bishop's Stortford. "Friday 29th August... put it in your diary now... Why??? Because it's time for another "Magicians at the Half Moon" that's why. This month Martin Cox hosts the show featuring returning favourite Carl Pettman along with a newcomer to the Half Moon, Nick Reade. Yes it promises to be another very enjoyable evening of Comedy and Magic, all for £10 and you're all invited along. Space is limited however, so it goes without saying that you'll not all fit in so the best thing to do is ring Martin on 01279 659562 and reserve yourself a seat. Doors open at 7.30pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map) and the show kicks off at 8pm. More information at" 23.8.14


The Card Collection is having an August Bank Holiday Sale - Now until 12pm, Tuesday 26th August 2014. All orders with a goods value of £25.00 and over will receive a 10% discount. All orders with a goods value of £45.00 and over will receive a 15% discount. All orders with a goods value of £75.00 and over will receive a 20% discount. Don't miss out! Visit 23.8.14


A Piece of My Mind, Michael Murray: "Renowned mentalist Michael Murray is proud to announce the impending delivery of his first official book 'A Piece Of My Mind', a collection of mentalism routines, discussions and principles, developed over a ten year period. Known the world over for his unique approach to mentalism plots this is sure to become a classic text on this subject. For further information, and dealer enquiries, please visit:" 23.8.14


Mike Danata's Magic Studio are having a Bank Holiday Sale on Monday 25th August, between 3pm and 7pm and offer a warm welcome to all visitors. Mike will also have a dealer stand at the upcoming British Ring Bournemouth Convention in September. Mike Danata's Magic Studio, 121a Palmerston Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 4HP (Map) 23.8.14


Edinburgh Magic Circle are proud to present a lecture by Fritz (with a Z) Alkemade on Wednesday 10th September. Fritz will be presenting a lecture featuring an amazing collection of practical card effects. The lecture covers most of his working material, including his Magic Castle act. All the attendees will receive a free PDF just for showing up at the lecture. We welcome you all to come and join us for what should be a memorable lecture at our headquarters, Myreside Pavilion, The Watsonian Club, 79 Myreside Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DB (Map) at 8pm. Entry is £10 for non members. Ian Buchan, Secretary EMC. 23.8.14


International News: Side Show on Broadway, with illusions by Paul Kieve, is inspired by the remarkable true story of the Hilton twins, Daisy and Violet, who were legends in their time and the highest paid performers on the vaudeville circuit. Side Show is their heartwarming search for first love and acceptance amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight. The original musical, beloved by legions of fans, premiered on Broadway in 1997, and was hailed as “Something to marvel at” (Ben Brantley, New York Times). It went on to earn four Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical, Best Original Score of a Musical and Best Book of a Musical. Director Bill Condon comments: “Side Show is, in many ways, the ultimate musical commentary on the entertainment industry. The backdrop of 1920’s and 30’s show business gives us the opportunity to play with realism and fantasy. The entire design team has done such a masterful job creating this world, and it is a thrilling process for all of us to bring this vision to Broadway.” Complete cast and additional information for Side Show will be announced shortly. Performances begin on Tuesday, October 28th at Broadway’s St. James Theatre. 23.8.14


Tony Griffith will be presenting his Reflections lecture for the Mercian Mystic Magic Society in Stoke–on-Trent on Tuesday, 2nd September at 8pm. For details contact Howard Carter on 01782 868164. Al Smith reviews The Essence by Tony Griffith this week, Click Here. 23.8.14


August not as busy as it used to be? If you are a children's entertainer then perhaps you should be on From the makers of MagicWeek and launched back in 2004, this site has been generating thousands of direct bookings for its advertisers year after year ever since. To read some unsolicited testimonials Click Here. The main Application Form and advertising rates are linked via the contact page: 23.8.14


Dynamo on Dave. Dynamo: Magician Impossible is now being shown on Freeview channel 'Dave' allowing non-Sky magic fans to catch up. See TV Magic. 23.8.14


Book a magic lecturer for your club. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers section. 23.8.14


Joanie Spina remembered.

"Longtime assistant to magician David Copperfield dies at 61" Click Here.

"Joanie Spina dies at 61; transformed magicians' acts" Click Here. 23.8.14


"Worldwide magic sensation David Blaine live in Malaysia" Click Here • "Dynamo: stage magic shows need 'reinventing'" Click Here • "Students to use festival as launch pad" Click Here • "Cheap Trick: Most Magicians Are Lazy Hacks" Click Here • "David Blaine promises audiences will be amazed at his Abu Dhabi shows this weekend" Click Here • "Bayern Munich unveiled their new bus with the help of a magician, and it was ridiculous" Click Here • "Dynamo the magician: 'Why I'm vanishing from the nation's TV screens'" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo used talents in teenage gangs before fame" Click Here • "Smoothini The Ghetto Houdini – Magician – America’s Got Talent Quarter Finals 4" Click Here • "Behind the Scenes of a Reality Show Where Magicians Fight for Fame" Click Here • "Leader of the pack: from walking on the Thames to freaking out Pharrell, how Dynamo fooled the world" Click Here • "Get a Piece of Houdini Before He Disappears" Click Here • "Penn & Teller now play mentor" Click Here • "Comedian magician Justin Willman creates Ice Bucket Challenge illusion" Click Here • "When Flushing Was Awash With Wonders" Click Here • Your UK magic news and reviews always welcomed; see you next week, Duncan. 23.8.14


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