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


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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


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Last Week: Number 738 - 16th August 2014


Tom Mullica will be premiering his new stage act at The International Magic Convention in London on November 15th! Noel Britten, Talent Coordinator for the Festival and Convention writes: "We are thrilled to announce that Tom will not only be talking about his world famous Tom Foolery Bar on the Friday, during the 'Bar and Close Up Magic Day' of our Festival of Magic, and presenting parts of his Red Skelton Tribute Show on the Saturday evening as part of our Bar Magic Event, but that he will be premiering his totally new stage act as a start to his interview on the Saturday afternoon of the Convention. Tom has continually re-invented himself from his first purpose built Magic Bar venue, through to his FISM award-winning stage act which featured at The Crazy Horse in Paris for many years, to his Tribute to Red Skelton Show which has been regularly extended through several seasons in leading venues in the USA. Each of these creations has been heralded as the best of their kind, and we are elated that the premiere of his new stage act which includes all his usual brilliant blending of pantomime, comedy and magic, is to happen at the Convention.


Tom's various appearances during the Festival and Convention are a chance, unrivalled in the UK until now, to see and hear Tom talk about how he developed each one of these performances, his attention to detail, inspirations and other factors that make him one of the most in-demand of speciality acts in the world. To me personally, the only two Comedy Magicians who have truly funny bones are Tom and David Williamson and those who were at Tom's lecture at his only previous Convention performance with us in 1993 will know what I mean. Thousands of performances and a natural gift for comedy combine for an unforgettable experience. Miss this at your peril!" Remind yourselves of the brilliance of Tom Mullica, Click Here. Further details: 16.8.14


Switzerland's master magician Roberto Giobbi, card star Daniel Madison and French sleight of hand artist Boris Wild have all been added to the line up for The Session. They'll join Michael Weber, Asi Wind, Peter Clifford, Andi Gladwin, Joshua Jay, Luke Jermay and more for a weekend of intense magic and mentalism in Cheltenham on 10th and 11th January 2015. 16.8.14


Ben Earl Show, London, September 23rd - 26th. Ben Earl Show, Theatre at The Lounge, Leicester Square Theatre at 9pm on September 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th. All seats £12.00. "Ben Earl is a unique artist with a highly original, postmodern magic show that will have you spellbound. This show is about much more than just tricks; it's an amazing spectacle of skill, obsession, passion and play..." To book Click Here. 16.8.14


Steve Valentine's DVD set 'Cloth' is reviewed by Quentin Reynolds this week: "My interest in the venerable Card Through Handkerchief was piqued when I read Billy McComb’s Five Card Selection routine in one of the Ireland Year Books. It wasn’t known as the Multiple Card Selection back then. Billy’s routine climaxed with the Card Thru Hanky.... Steve has done all that work for you, which is literally a huge amount of research and I’d say, equal to a university semester..." Click Here to read the full review. 16.8.14


The Dundalk Day of Magic, Sunday 3rd May 2015. "The Irish Convention will adopt a new format next year when for one year only it becomes the Dundalk Day of Magic on Sunday 3rd May 2015. Organised by the Irish Ring 85 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians the venue will be the stunning Carrickdale Hotel and Spa who are now accepting overnight bookings. A full programme of lectures, dealers, evening meal and cabaret show is promised, along with legendary Irish hospitality! Organisers are keen at this time to hear from anyone keen to lecture, deal or perform at the convention (or all three!). Interest from overseas is particularly welcome, although budget constraints would favour those willing to include the convention as part of an Irish holiday or UK lecture tour. The organisers can be contacted on" 16.8.14


Mark Southworth lecture, Bolton Magicians' Club. James Hodgkiss writes: Bolton Magicians' Club is delighted to host, the magician and inventor, Mark Southworth (the Box and RSVP Surefire DVD) who will be presenting his hands-on lecture of Creative Magic on Wednesday 20th August at 8.30pm. The venue is the Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). There will be an nominal entrance fee of £5.00 for visiting magicians from other societies, who are most welcome. For directions to the Doffcocker Inn please visit 16.8.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, 5th September. From the organisers: It’s tricky, it’s juggly, its Magic Night replete with knives, clever handiwork, brilliant mind tricks and one mass trick to fool you all. We are back in September with some incredible acts, feats and awe-inspiring tricks. Oliver Meech joins us with his tricks to fool us all involving food and a spot of time travel. Ben Hart, smash hit of Edinburgh 2014 brings his incredible magic, weaving stories and breath-taking tricks that are mesmerising. Meanwhile knives will be played with and table cloths removed from fully laden table by Matt Riccardo then replaced again and nothing will move, whilst Jon Hicks, the Paintertainer will be calling up ghosts from the past using only his paintbrush and music. All ably compered by mighty sorcerer Neil Henry who will be placing some magic bets. Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. £14 OTD. Show ticket plus dinner: £27. Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info: 16.8.14


AWS Mini Convention & Table Top Sale, Sunday 31st August - update. From the organisers: Table top sale starts at 9am; bring along your old magic items to sell. Entry / Tables £5. Please note that tables will go very quickly. Under 14 £3.50. Dealer tables - now sold out. Running Order: 8am - doors for dealers; 8.30am doors for table top sellers; 9am main doors & Welcome; 10am-11am Lecture Balloon Crew; 11.30am- 12.30pm Lecture Chris Hare; 1pm Table Top Sale ends; 1-2pm Lunch; 2-3pm Lecture Jimmy Strange; 3.30-4.30pm Lecture Wayne Fox; 5.30pm Dealers end; 5.30-6.30pm Lecture Sean Boon; 7pm till late Open Mic contest with Cash Prizes; Evening Entertainment: Live music from Paperchain cover band The Dave & Martin Duo. For Ticket info please call Darren on 07980 385832 or email Venue: Southern Parishes Conservative Club, The Hill, Upper Northam Close, Hedge End, Southampton  SO30 4BB (Map). For full details visit and 16.8.14


Magic Car Boot Sale, Sunday 7th September, West Bromwich: "Now in its 21st year the next Magic Car Boot Sale will take place on Sunday 7th September at The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map). Admission is £4 and doors open at 9am. There are over 20 stalls, so you never know what is going to turn up. There are three new stall holders this time, all having a major clear out; one with a lot of Supreme and Alan Warner items. Hot food available and some stall space left. For full details look at the Albion website or call Alec Powell on 07831 115448. This is not far from Wolverhampton where the Kidology Children's Entertainers Convention will be taking place the following two days and the day after that it is Ventarama the Ventriloquists Convention for beginners or experienced vents, also in Wolverhampton. Same contact details apply." 16.8.14


Sideshow Illusions in Sheffield. Jon Marshall and the Sideshow Illusion's team will be presenting three live Sideshows from the 1950s: Cleo, The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl; Mademoiselle Yvette, The Headless Lady and The Mummy at Sheffield Fayre, Norfolk Heritage Park, Sheffield S2 2PL (Map) on bank holiday Sunday and Monday, 24th and 25th August, 11am to 4pm. 16.8.14


You Are Feeling Sleepy. The history and science of hypnosis in medicine, illustrated by sometimes inspiring, often eccentric, tales of the maverick medics who have harnessed its powers. Interviewees include psychiatrist Dr John Butler and illusionist Derren Brown. 'Archive on 4', 8pm on Saturday 16th August on BBC Radio 4. See TV Magic. 16.8.14


West End Magic, Leicester Square Theatre, 20th September 2014. From the organisers: The brilliant and popular family friendly magic show returns this September to Leicester Square Theatre with flying, slicing cards, magic thimbles, exploding balloons, tricky mind reading, comedy magic and some very Tommy Cooperesque compering. This autumn shows features some eye-popping tricks from the Card Ninja, he’ll be throwing cards… a lot of cards, through the air, at objects, even at himself, boomerang style. Clever comedy trickster Alan Hudson (photo) will be using your eyes to predict what he simply cannot know and playing with bursting balloons, bags and thimbles. Multi award-winning magician Oliver Tabor will perform his extraordinary illusions, where objects change form and shape in a dazzling display of magic that might leave you wondering whether reality really can be bent and manipulated in this man's hands. The very Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee comperes all proceedings and will perform the best hand stab routine seen around! The Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX (Map). Doors 3pm; Show 3.30pm; Tickets: £15 full price, £10 children, £40 family ticket for four. Recommended ages: 8 upwards. To book in advance Click Here. 16.8.14


Perth Magic Circle. Adrian Harris writes: Perth Magic Circle meets on Wednesday 3rd September after the summer break. A full and varied syllabus has been prepared to ensure there will be a lot of fun along with the magic! To get the season off to a great start, Adrian Sullivan is coming to Perth on 17th September to present his acclaimed lecture as well as show some of his exclusive effects which he will have for sale (and maybe even preview one or two new tricks before the IBM Convention!) All magicians are cordially invited to come along for what is sure to be a great night of magic. The lecture will be held in the Perth & District Ex-Servicemen's Club, commencing 7.30pm. Entry is £5.00 payable at the door. 16.8.14


News from Merlins: Merlins of Wakefield’s latest Aug/Sep Preview is out now, containing over 70 great magic effects. To get your free copy, just email us your home address and we will send you a copy. If you would prefer a PDF, just Click Here. We will also be at Kidology in Wolverhampton on Tuesday 9th September. This is a great convention for children’s entertainers, and we will have some new items on display. Our Magic Club meeting had an extra member call by last week, ‘Dynamo’ made a surprise visit. If you are in the area, you too can call in and see us at the shop from Mon-Sat from 9.15am – 4.45pm 16.8.14


Shawn Farquhar Fylde Mystics Lecture. "The Fylde Mystics are pleased to announce another exclusive. On Wednesday, 17th September, we will be hosting the only north of England lecture by current International IBM President and Honorary Fylde Mystics member Shawn Farqhar. This will be Shawn's new lecture, titled 'Powerful But Justified', and will be held at the South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool FY5 4HZ (Map). The lecture will commence at 8pm with a £5 lecture fee per person. To secure you place please email Alan Mylecraine or visit for more details." 16.8.14


Steve Gore has added two more dates to his UK lecture tour. "Steve Gore presents his lecture which has received excellent reviews at the Magic Castle, the IBM British Ring Convention, the Blackpool Magicians' Club and at around twenty magic societies. It includes lots of his original effects, including 'Trick Photography', 'Visions from Vegas' and his latest effect 'The Casino Con', which has just been released by Steve with input by Gregory Wilson. All the effects will be performed and explained in full. It’s not all close-up though, there are effects for stage, stand up, mentalism and kids too, so there’s something for everyone. Plus all of his effects are also easy to master, allowing you to focus on the presentation."

Wednesday 27th August - Liverpool Magic Circle, note new venue address: Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map)
Thursday 18th September - Exonian Magical Society
Monday 27th October - Newcastle Magic Circle
Wednesday 29th October - North Western Society of Magicians
Monday 16th March 2015 - The Magic Circle (members only)

See What's On for full details. 16.8.14


Did Derren Brown put a spell on Suzuki ad execs? The new Suzuki Swift TV ad: Click Here. Derren's original piece: Click Here. 16.8.14


"Dynamo: Magician Impossible to end after fourth series" Click Here • "Prince Harry jokingly bribed Dynamo with Crown Jewels to reveal his secrets" Click Here • "Magic therapy helps improve use of hands with hemiplegia" Click Here • "Therapeutic magic: Tricks to stretch your hands and fingers" Click Here • "LG G3: Zach King" Click Here • "Neil Henry Impossible Edinburgh Fringe Review" Click Here • "Festival Fringe Review: Ben Hart – The Vanishing Boy" Click Here • "Dynamo reveals details of One Direction's 'Magician Impossible' cameo: 'They take interacting with their fans seriously'" Click Here • "Kendal man conjures up an Edinburgh Fringe success" Click Here • "The Colour Ham. Comedy magic act played mainly for laughs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe" Click Here • "Birmingham locksmith was the only one to give Houdini a true test" Click Here • And finally... "Get your own personalised video message from Paul Daniels & Debbie McGee" Click Here • It's a funny old world. See you next week, Duncan. 16.8.14


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