Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee: The 'Back Despite Popular Demand' Tour. Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee are 'Back Despite Popular Demand' right now as they weave their spell across the land; see "Paul Daniels: 'How I saved money by living in a hotel'" Click Here. "Paul Daniels: 'I wasn't even a millionaire when I met Debbie McGee'" Click Here. 18.10.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, November 7th: "With double-crossing mind readers, Rubik's Cube trickery, juggling madness and iconic appearances (using paint!). It's tricks for the mind in this show with Chris Cox from BBC 3's Killer Magic, befriending and influencing you so that he can read your minds and casually announce your thoughts to the world. Harrison Richards will use your eyes and an eye mask in order to solve a Rubik's Cube. He may even stand on one leg whilst doing this. Juggling supremo and utter gentleman, Matt Riccardo, throws, spins and juggles objects that absolutely should not be thrown, spun or juggled. All expertly compered by Neil Henry, one of Magic Night's resident mighty sorcerers." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £13.20 including entry to Good Foot. Show ticket plus dinner: £27.50. Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info: 18.10.14


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day + Lectures, London. Saturday 25th October 2014. Royal National Hotel (Galleon Suite), Bedford Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0DG (Map). 10am - 5pm. Free entry to Members of The Magic Circle (and YMC members). More than 20 dealers booked. It will be a great day to meet and greet magicians and buy the latest magic. £5 entry to non-members. As an added bonus, the day will be followed by two star lectures in the Royal National’s Alexandria Suite. From 4.30pm – 6pm, the legendary Fay Presto will lecture on commercial close-up and, from 6.30pm – 8pm, the mind-blowing Kieron Lefever will lecture on his own brand of innovative magic. £10 entry charge for members and non-members.


The Victorian Conjuror - An Extraordinary Performance of Amazing Magic and Unusual Phenomena! Magician and illusionist Chris North is a specialist in devising magic themed shows. In a career spanning 47 years his successes include: Magic Affair (magic floorshow), Gerry Hatrick plus Support! (comedy illusion show), Nightfright (horror illusion show), TrickStars (comedy illusion show), Rock Magic (rock illusion show) and Mindforce (mentalism show). Once again he has hit the spot with his new show - The Victorian Conjuror. The presentation is set in the late 1800s and seamlessly blends visual magic with unusual phenomena and audience interaction with plenty to smile about! The show runs up to 60 minutes and is totally self-contained with stage set, sound system and computer controlled lighting to enhance and create the right atmosphere to enjoy this snapshot of Victorian entertainment. For further information visit 18.10.14


The Berglas Effects. Just 8 copies of The Berglas Effects will be available from the International Magic stand at the International Magic Convention (November 14th, 15th, 16th). David Berglas will be there in person on Sunday 16th to sign copies, which are priced at £90. Copies can also be ordered for those not attending the convention (in which case a signed bookmark will be included), priced at £99 to include delivery. Contact for details. "This is a wonderful, wonderful book, as well as one that resonates with me very much personally. I feel a slight voyeuristic guilt being allowed in as much as this, into his hidden world, but also the joy of seeing so lucidly before me what seems now to be the ONLY way to present card material. Where the performer is all and there's no card 'plot' to follow along with. This is a unique delight to be reading." Derren Brown. Written by magic’s most experienced author Richard Kaufman. Foreword by Juan Tamariz. Afterword by Max Maven. Includes 3 feature-packed DVDs. This title is now nearly sold out. 18.10.14


Sprezzatura Show, London. "After selling out the first show, Jake is bringing Sprezzatura back to the Charlotte Street Hotel in November! The clock strikes 8pm. Within the sumptuous 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 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 8th November at 7.30pm at The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map) 18.10.14


Magic Tao's Weekly Magazine. Magic Tao's new weekly video magic magazine is now in full swing. Episode 4 includes: "'The Once Over' - Costas and Chris' take on new tricks. This week it's 'Octopalm' Anti Gravity Gel and 'Go Change' by N2G and Leo Xing. 'Q&A' asks 'Are card tricks boring?'. Future episodes will take a question from someone in the magic community and answer that question - it could be you if you send in your question by completing the comments box under the video. 'Blast from the Past' - a look back at an old trick, lest we forget, some of the old magic tricks are still relevant today. This week it's 'Gobsmacked' by Costas Damianou dusted off. Plus other 'Bits and Bobs' and 'Tao News' every week." Magic Tao's Weekly Magazine is Costas and Chris's view of the magic world, visit 18.10.14


3Sixty by Wayne Dobson: "3Sixty is a revolutionary card to box effect. A perfect ending to your ambitious card routine. A small clear Perspex box with a folded card inside has been on display either on the table or in the spectators hand throughout your favourite card routine. A freely chosen signed card has disappeared from the deck, nowhere to be found; there is only one place it can be! You ask the spectator to remove the lid from the box and the folded card within is removed and found to be the spectators signed card. Everything can now be fully examined! 'The best card in box ever!' Chris Dugdale. Pre-order at a special now, limited supplies, estimated release date: end of November 2014." 18.10.14


Trevor Duffy visits the UK next year, with his 'Negotiating the Barriers' lecture tour, from 7th - 30th September 2015: "Trevor is an award-winning comedy magician and innovator of magic, residing in South Africa; a full-time professional entertainer for private parties and corporate events, as well as having worked at one of Johannesburg’s top restaurants for 11 years. Trevor has developed a unique blend of comedy and magic, as can be seen in his new lecture, 'Negotiating the Barriers'. His magic encompasses close-up and platform shows, and includes tricks with coins, thin cards, banknotes and special innovations with clothing and playing cards. In this lecture, Trevor also shares valuable ideas based on his fascinating and sometimes tough, performing experiences. The second half of this lecture incorporates more magic as well as insights and methods for keeping oneself motivated and positive. Trevor also shares his unique method of practice. With Trevor Duffy, you are assured of a very professional, entertaining and informative evening, guaranteed to motivate any magician who wishes to make better of his or her career." If your club is interested in booking Trevor's lecture contact Mark Traversoni on 07882 825748. 18.10.14


Introducing Ye Olde Magic Mag: A new digital magazine on magic history and magic collecting has just been launched. Ye Olde Magic Mag is the first magazine on this subject that is completely digital, collecting stories of smaller magic events or performers, while keeping a watchful eye on the thriving market of magic collecting. Editor of the magazine is noted magic historian and collector, Marco Pusterla M.M.C. The subjects covered in the magazine will be magic stories that have fallen into the cracks of history, the small events that nobody has considered important to record, but that still are a part of the vast tapestry of our magical heritage. Issue Zero of the magazine, a sampler of the format and material, is available free from  with articles covering Robert-Houdin in England; a review of recent magic auctions; a presentation of the Roxy Award for Research on Magic History; the source of an anecdote about Houdini, and more. The magazine is in PDF format and it has been especially designed to be read on tablets, smartphones and computers. For hard-core collectors, a print version is also available. If you are interested in the history of magic, or if you are a magic collector, then this one's for you! 18.10.14


Trick or Treat? Why not have both and treat yourself to a night of comedy and magic at this month's 'Magicians at the Half Moon' on Halloween itself, Friday 31st October. Starring Martin Cox and Dean Maudsley, ready to entertain you with a spooky twist. As per usual, doors open at 7.30pm and the show kicks off at 8pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Entry is £10 and you can reserve yours by calling Martin on 01279 659562 or paying on the door. More information can be found at Andy Clockwise. 18.10.14


The Twins FX are part of the creative team behind the UK tour of Barnum, a Cameron Mackintosh / Michael Harrison presentation of the exhilarating musical. Barnum follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman. The story of his life and his marriage to Chairy reveals a couple who looked at the world from opposite sides of the spectrum, and also reveals that Chairy was the practical one who made Barnum’s dreams come true. We follow the legendary showman’s life as he lit up the world with colour, warmth and excitement, finally teaming up with J A Bailey to create Barnum and Bailey’s Circus – the Greatest Show on Earth. "Barnum is a big, sharp, witty, breathtaking and emotional show" The Observer, starring: Brian Conley (Oliver!, Hairspray, Jolson) and Linzi Hateley (Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Les Misérables). The tour is non-stop around the UK and continues until August 2015. See 18.10.14


Two World Records confirmed. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Southend Sorcerers and United Kingdom Escape Artists member Stuart Burrell has successfully set two verified records, bringing his lifetime total of records set to 10. “I can honestly say that even after all the attempts, all the training, all the setbacks and injuries, these were the hardest. I was up against targets set by two very proficient and highly professional Escape Artists and to even come close, let alone be faster, is amazing. I am humbled to be able to claim these and it is as much a result of the support we, as performers, still get at club level and the education and training through the UKEA, that has led to me setting these. I also need to thank Oliver Tabor, the organiser of Magic at the Barn, for letting me perform and set these at his event.” Stuart said shortly after receiving confirmation. The two records were Fastest Escape from Prisoner Transport Irons, and, Fastest Handcuff Escape whilst Blindfolded. Both records were set at the Magic At The Barn event at Sutton Hall, Rochford, Essex, UK, on 13 July 2014. 18.10.14


Not So Serious Magicians At Play. Prince Darius writes: What a surprise to watch and enjoy a magic show titled 'Not So Serious Magicians At Play' at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre on Friday 10th October starring Carl & Dave. The comedy magic and illusion act performed by Carl & Dave was fast paced; combining incredible Illusions with comedy twists. Carl & Dave’s presentation of the illusions was very original and the banter between the two was highly amusing. They translated/twisted standard illusions into something one cannot imagine and took it all to a different level featuring The Zig Zag, Find the Lady, Man Trap, Box of Doom, The Card Sword and many more. The impossible made possible! They had the audience with them all the way and they enjoyed every minute of it, wanting more. What an excellent evening. It was a highly professional show with excellent selection of music and dress changes and one can see that audience are witnessing something different and unusual in a magic show. It was George Kovari who phoned to say would I like to see a show. I recommend you not to miss this highly charged show if it comes your way. You will not regret it! 18.10.14


Henry Evans' UK Lecture Tour, now underway. "Henry 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." See What's On for October and November tour dates. 18.10.14


Two-day 'Care & Share' Balloon Spectacular, Sutton, Surrey. From the organisers: "With two international balloon artistes, 'The Macaroni Girls' Brenda and Petra from Holland, who possibly invented the craze that is the balloon hair band. Come along and join in the fun of two full days of balloon workshops with some competitions as well. If you would like details about joining the Balloon Artistes Guild then please email Graham Lee as you can then attend up to 10 days for the one inclusive price and also receive 3 DVDs from the star lecture days that are filmed for club members. Two-day 'Care & Share' Balloon Spectacular, Sutton, Surrey, Tuesday and Wednesday, 21st and 22nd October." More info: 18.10.14


Internationally known Deaf Magician Johnny Fantastica (aka Johnny Gapp) will be performing his brand new 'Phantom Mind' show next week at theatres in Napperville, Illinois, USA. The following week he will attend the World Deaf Magicians Convention in Chicago, with delegates travelling from 11 different countries to be there. Johnny will also be performing during the week in competitions, shows and workshops and will take part in special shows at a local children's deaf school. Johnny has been President of the World Deaf Magicians for fifteen years and will be retiring in Chicago where he has been nominated to become the Honorary Life President of the World Deaf Magicians. He will perform The Phantom Mind ("a strong mentalist show") on his return to the UK and welcomes enquiries for convention appearances, stage shows and dinners. to: 18.10.14


Margaret Mayne, Ian Adair and Steve Short: Margaret Mayne, sister of the late Edwin Hooper, founder of The Supreme Magic Company, Devon met up with Ian Adair and Steve Short recently. Margaret, now in her eighties, worked at the firm for more than thirty years. She also accompanied Edwin when he was President of The British Ring and is still an active member of British Ring 25. Steve Short made a special visit to meet both at the Seagate Hotel, Appledore for lunch, having journeyed from Bournemouth following the recent British Ring convention, where he and Scott Penrose were promoting their new book, 'Alan Shaxon - The Sophisticated Sorcerer. 18.10.14


Chris Cross received the title 'Best Wedding Entertainment in the North East' at the UK Wedding Industry Awards 2014 last week. Also, the 'The North of England Wedding Awards' have awarded him the 'Outstanding Customer Service Award' 2014 and Belle Bridal presented him an award for 'Best Wedding Fair Exhibitor 2014' too - all in the space of just a few months! Follow Chris Cross on Twitter @TheChrisCross. 18.10.14


Cruise ship headliner act for sale. Wayne Slater (El Loco) writes: I have not performed the show since suffering a heart attack whilst on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship 18 months ago, and I have no intention of doing so again. I don’t want to just mothball the act that has a successful and proven track record with cruise line companies. I have had contact with my previous management company who represented the act. He is willing to audition anyone who buys the act and if successful would be willing to represent them in finding work on cruise ships throughout the world. Please serious enquiries only. 18.10.14


Searching for members or ex-members of the Three Counties Magical Society. Nicky Lewis writes: We have been given a presentation shield for this club and wonder if there is anyone out there who can shed any light on this club or perhaps knows of someone who holds an archive for them. Please get in touch and we can pass this on to the relevant holder. The last winner of this shield appears to have been Robin Toft in 1990. Anyone who can help can contact Nicky or Martin Lewis on 01903 532413 or email Grateful thanks as we want to get this back to its rightful owner or owners. 18.10.14


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Last Week: Number 746 - 11th October 2014


The membership of The Magic Circle elected a new President, Vice President and Secretary last week, with the results being announced at their Annual General Meeting held at the Society’s Headquarters on Monday 6th. The new officers are:

Scott Penrose MIMC. Scott is the former Vice President of the Society, winner of the first Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year competition, a professional magician, a member of the board of The Centre for the Magic Arts and a consultant on many films and theatre productions. “I am very humbled to have been elected President of the Club I look forward to serving the membership to the very best of my ability. In our 109 year history, I’m the 13th President, lucky for some I hope!”

Vice President
Richard Pinner MIMC. Richard was the winner of the 2014 Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year competition, is a former winner of the Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year competition, and also a professional magician and magic consultant on numerous stage and TV shows. “I am very proud to have been elected Vice President and will look forward to what will be a very exciting year ahead for our Club".

Megan Knowles Bacon MMC is the first woman to hold an officer position in The Magic Circle’s history. A recent university graduate she said “I am extremely excited and honoured to have been elected Secretary. I cannot thank the membership enough for giving me this exciting opportunity”.

Officers and members of Council serve for twelve months with the maximum term for President of the Society set at five years. To find out more about The Magic Circle, and for membership information, visit


Derren Brown and Martin Freeman Stand Up to Cancer, 10pm on Friday 17th October on Channel 4. Sherlock stars and husband and wife team Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington have their minds blown by Derren Brown in this exclusive stunt especially for Stand Up to Cancer. Plus: Jack Whitehall Is Feeling Nuts. Jack Whitehall is on hand to raise awareness of testicular cancer with a very special sketch from Men Behaving Badly boys Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey. And more celebrities step forward to audition in front of Andy Murray and Richard Ayoade as they try to get the lead roles in Andy Murray: The Movie. Celebrity auditionees include Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Gordon Ramsay, Michael Sheen, Rory McIIroy, Sir Terry Wogan, Tim Henman, Dara O'Briain, Andy Serkis, Cesc Fabregas, Jimmy Carr and Britney Spears. Also look out for Dynamo on the same evening, but at a different time. 11.10.14


More names announced for The London Festival of Magic at The Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ from November 10th to 16th: "To an already packed programme (see for line up so far) we're delighted that on the Monday (Mentalism theme) we've added BAFTA Award winning Anthony Owen and Chris Cox (Edinburgh Festival favourite) with a conversation on the parameters and difficulties of presenting Mentalism on TV and making it believable. On Tuesday Jon Armstrong joins the line up for the Card Day. In April 2007, after being nominated for the last two years, Jon Armstrong was named Close up Magician of the Year by The Academy of Magical Arts and has been nominated four times as of 2009. Jon will now also be speaking on the Thursday (Screen and Stage Magic) on how to make card effects big enough to play on stage. Furthermore on Thursday, with the theme of Stage and Screen Magic, we've added Russ Stevens (photo) who will talk about his advisory role in Britain's Got Talent with both James More and Darcy Oake. If you're even considering an appearance on this type of programme, Russ's talk will provide invaluable information on how not to come out of the experience badly... as so many have. This year America's Got Talent was won by a magician - if that is anything to go by this might be the year to enter! Also on the Thursday, Nigel Mead has been added to the line up. Nigel has numerous TV credits under his belt both on screen (Faking It, Freaky and Under Pressure) but also behind the screens as magical advisor on "Getting Tricky" and currently "Tricked". It really is a spectacular line up of talent each day of the week with the above names joining other magic luminaries as Jim Steinmeyer, Mike Caveney, Tom Mullica, Bob Sheets, Doc Eason, Tina Lenert, Jonathan Pendragon, Karl Hein, Henry Evans and many many more. If you're working over the weekend and are going to miss the convention itself, these Festival Days allow an unprecedented ability to improve your magical knowledge no matter what your personal tastes in magic are." Noel Britten, Talent Coordinator for the Festival and Convention. 11.10.14


Mark Shortland 'The Fourteen Minutes Past 8 Show!' 21st and 22nd November at 7.45pm at The Playhouse Theatre, 115 Clare Street, Northampton NN1 3JA (Map). Adults £8.50, Children £6.00, Family £25.00 in advance. Online Box Office: "Your performance was brilliant, so funny and full of life" - Teller. "One of my favourite acts" - Jonathan Ross. 11.10.14


Bristol Day of Magic 2015. Ozzy Dee writes: "Bristol Day of Magic are pleased to announce that the 2014 Micro Magic European Winner Mario Lopez will be performing at the 2015 Day of Magic. More names will be announced in a couple of weeks. To be the first to hear and be in with a chance of the special offers please visit the Bristol Day of Magic facebook page." 11.10.14


"This Magician's Trick Will Disappear From YouTube Thanks to Court Ruling. Teller not only wins an injunction against a Belgian magician, but also a lot of money" Click Here. 11.10.14


Manchester gets its very own magic shop! " has been based in Manchester for years, but has only ever been online, until now. MagicWorld and Print By Magic which offers a bespoke Bicycle Card Printing Service in-house has secured its first true premises and identity just 8 short minutes from Manchester Town Centre. Here you can browse our huge selection of magic, see it demonstrated and even print your Bicycle Playing Cards in-store (no printing on the open day however!). The official opening event is being held between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 18th October 2014… that's next Saturday! There will be complimentary drinks and perhaps even canapés! To join in the fun simply set your Sat Nav to: 677 Manchester Road, M34 2NA (Map). There is no easy parking unfortunately, but tons of road parking just at the back. Alternatively if you plan to travel by bus the 201 and I’m sure others travel down the A57 (Hyde Road) regularly and are very quick. If you require any further details simply call 07989 568 304 or visit for more info." 11.10.14


Jon Allen lectures for the Nottingham Guild of Magicians on Thursday 16th October at The Guild of Magicians, The Arts Centre, Ponds Hill Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR (Map); 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start. 11.10.14


Bargains! Bargains! Bargains! Manchester Circle of Magicians Jumbo Magic Auction on Monday 13th October at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Doors open 5.45pm; Viewing 6pm; Auction commences at 6.30pm with Star Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Members free of charge. Non-members pay £3.00. For further details contact Derek Lever: 11.10.14


Franklin West Lothian Magic Circle Lecture. Craig Williamson writes: West Lothian Magic Circle are hosting a lecture by Franklin the Mind Magician entitled 'Beyond the Veil' at 7.30pm on Thursday 23rd October. Franklin will demonstrate what he does full time for a living, at receptions, in close-up and cabaret, for grown up audiences. Homing Society Social Club, Oakbank Road, East Calder EH53 0BT (Map). Guests £10. 11.10.14


The British Magical Society presents a Tribute to Aldo Colombini on Tuesday, 21st October: "Chair: Paul Cadley. Members will (or should) need little telling that when Paul does a Tribute Evening it is good! Sadly Aldo is no longer with us, but leaves a legacy of valuable contributions in the form of tricks, books, magazine articles and, above all, a great personality. This will be an instructive and entertaining evening to enjoy. Non-members and visitors are invited to attend. Time and venue: 7.30pm, Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map) see for details. 11.10.14


Tyler Erickson International Magic Lecture: "Tyler previously lectured for us in 2011 - it was a huge success, resulting in many of those who attended often asking if we could get him back for more. Tyler is known and respected among magicians as a great performer and teacher of close-up magic. Tyler's performances are world class and in this all new lecture, you'll not only pick up tips to improve your own magic, but also see some excellent, beautifully created, baffling routines. Tyler is known to be secretive and doesn’t have videos on YouTube and other such sites. He has an old-school mindset and prefers to be seen live. While this may suggest a lack of ability on his part, he offers his personal guarantee that it will be worth it! "Rarely do I meet a magic teacher with the technical skills that Tyler possesses. His comprehensive knowledge of magic history and his ability to perform and teach are astonishing." Jeff McBride. Tyler can be found on his website Tuesday 21st October, 7.30pm to 10pm at Casa Italiana, 2nd Floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (just opposite our Magic Shop). £15 per person. As usual, tickets are on the door but advance reservation is essential, by emailing" 11.10.14


Mark Leveridge October Podcast: "After last month's Podcast Special we return this month to the more regular format with a range of things for discussion. This time I reveal one of the topics discussed by the Cumbrian Conjurers Collective group following the recent get together, I wonder why magicians in films are cast in such stereotypical ways, and for fun I give an example of what a magic dealer's advert might sound like if it was on a commercial radio station. I also give opinions on dealing with spectators who claim they know how you are performing your tricks, reflect on Tom Wright's latest DVD and more. The Mark Leveridge Podcast is available now from and is free to download or listen to online." 11.10.14


Objective makes magic with Pickpocket. Objective Productions is joining up with Pickpocket - the Magic division of Soho-based talent agency Money – in a new collaboration. The initiative will see Objective’s unprecedented experience in magic TV production and talent married to Pickpocket’s expertise in management and creating talent brands. In addition to each company’s existing presence, the venture will provide a platform for the mutual growth, management and promotion of both established and emerging magic talent in the marketplace.

“We are very excited to be embarking on this dynamic new relationship,” comments Objective Productions’ Managing Director, Paul Sandler. “Our years of experience developing the best British talent in magic with Objective Talent Management perfectly complements Pickpocket’s expertise in identifying young performers and turning them into cutting edge multi-platform brands.” Dana Malmstrom, Director of Pickpocket, adds: "We have huge respect for Objective, which is literally the original home of Magic in the UK, and we look forward to bringing Pickpocket's strategic expertise to the talent that they represent."

Objective’s prolific magic output includes all of Derren Brown’s multi award-winning shows for Channel 4; Breaking Magic; The Incredible Mr. Goodwin; Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic; The Magic of Science; Killer Magic, and Katherine Mills: Mind Games, the brand-new series currently airing on UKTV’s Watch. Objective Talent Management’s clients include Katherine Mills, Pete Firman, Morgan & West and James Went. Pickpocket is part of Money Group Entertainment (MGE) which owns Money - the talent agency which represents Nick Grimshaw, Troy Von Scheibner, Lisa Snowdon and Zane Lowe amongst others.


Dave Allen and Carl Charlesworth are through to the next round of the Montreux Comedy Festival contest, and are now looking ahead, aiming at the final: "We are up against comedy from all over the English speaking world, and are very lucky to be selected into the top 60. You can vote and see our winning entry at" 11.10.14


Magicians Wanted. BBC TV write: The BBC children’s development team are holding auditions in Leeds, London and Bristol to find new presenters for a not-for-broadcast TV pilot aimed at 5-7 year olds. We are looking for talent from all backgrounds – you do not need to have previous presenting experience. However you will need a can-do attitude, be natural around children and be able to think on your feet. Our presenters will visit locations to find out how things work, take part in fun studio challenges and introduce our viewers to skills and activities they might want to try at home. We are particularly interested in people with a skill or area of expertise that will engage people from diverse backgrounds. We want to see things that will make a 7 year old go 'wow!' whether that's the ability to demonstrate a football trick shot, break down some Bhangra dance moves or amaze with close up magic. If you are interested please email by midnight on Sunday 12th October 2014. Please write ‘Audition’ in the subject header and include your name, phone number and up to 100 words explaining how you would be suitable for the project. Our production team will use this information to create a shortlist and may wish to call you for a telephone conversation as part of that process. We will then invite successful candidates to audition in Leeds, London or Bristol. Auditions will be in late October 2014. 11.10.14


Tony Griffith has two lecture dates coming up, first for the for the Cumbrian Magic Circle on Tuesday 21st October and then for the Modern Mystic League on Wednesday 22nd October. Although most of the material in Tony’s lecture will be taken from his recent publications: Reflections, Further Reflections, Final Reflections, Ultimate Reflections and The Essence the need to own the books is not required in order to understand the lecture. Everything is explained in minute detail and those attending will have all the necessary information should they wish to avail themselves of the routines. See What's On for details. Also see 11.10.14


Table Top Sale & Mini Auction - Perth Magic Circle. Adrian Harris writes: The annual Table Top Sale and Mini Auction is on Wednesday night, 15th October in Perth Ex-Servicemens Club commencing 7.30pm. This year the event will be held in the main function room so there will be more space available for sellers to display their items. There is still some table space available and this can be booked in advance at the low cost of £5.00, or take a chance on the night and pay £10.00. Entry to non-sellers is £3 payable at the door which includes a free raffle ticket. We extend a warm welcome to all magicians; come and seek out a bargain (there will be plenty!), have a leisurely cheap drink from the bar and join in the banter. For more information email or phone 01738 628985. 11.10.14


3rd European Close-up Magic Symposium, 21st, 22nd, 23rd November 2014, Milano, Italy. From the organisers: "The most exclusive and original convention in Europe dedicated strictly to the art of close-up magic! This event has attracted the best close-up magic artists from all over the world to Milan, each year since 2010. A two day convention: performances from big stars in magic, free private sessions with your favorite artists, international close-up competition, and a lot more! Free tables are still available at the dealer area, please contact us for availability. The winner of the competition will get an invitation to the 4F (Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic). Congratulations to Mario Lopez, new close up champion at the European FISM 2014! Mario will be one of the artists at the Symposium! For more information visit more information visit and 11.10.14


Following a sell-out tour as part of Maths Week Ireland 2013, magician Andrew Jeffrey will once again be visiting the Emerald Isle with his 'Magic of Maths' show between 10th and 20th October 2014 (seen here last year at the massive Helix theatre in Dublin). Andrew will be performing as part of the tour. Visit for more details or to book. 11.10.14


Opportunity for indoor performance in Biggar, South Lanarkshire, 5th and 6th November 2014. Emma Dolphin, of "The Craich at..." writes: As part of a wider event, 'The Craich at...' are searching for illusionists, magicians and any act that involves controlling people's perceptions to create an 'effect', who wish to participate in a busking-like event to practise and promote their craft. There are a wide variety of slots ranging from ten minutes to an hours performance. Each performer is encouraged to collect tips, sell any produce (DVDs, literature etc) or distribute information and leaflets. The only requirement from 'The Craich at...' is that the performer takes some time to explain some of the psychology and how it relates to the 'control' exercised over an audience. This can be a thirty second explanation or a twenty minute talk. The method of demonstration is up to you! For further information or to book your slot, please email or call us on 0156974454 and ask for Emma. Venue: The Llamas Larder, 35 High Street, Biggar ML12 6DA. 11.10.14


The next meeting of the Carmarthen Magic Society is on Monday, October 13th, at the Y Glyndwr pub on Queen Street. Organiser Nick Brunger can be contacted on 01267 290216 or email for more information. (Do make contact if you didn't hear back recently, as Nick mislaid some people's details.) 11.10.14


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