Bristol Day of Magic. The convention is experiencing record ticket sales so far for its 54th Day of Magic on Sunday 11th May. Headlining the largest one day convention in the UK this year, the amazing Gaetan Bloom, one of the most creative magicians on the planet. He has a knack for creating entertaining effects made possible by devilishly clever methods that not only fool laypeople but magicians as well! Whether inventing close-up or stage effects, ingenuity is never far away. As a professional magician he has been a featured entertainer at the famous Crazy Horse in Paris for many years, starred in numerous television shows and acted as a magic consultant for special events, theatre and film. Gaetan is making a rare magic convention appearance; see www.bristoldayofmagic.com for details. 19.4.14

 

MagicMonday update. Andy Reay writes: The producers of MagicMonday are pleased to announce the final lineup of artists for their first show on Monday 28th April 2014. In addition to Alan Hudson, magic lovers will also welcome the astounding Fay Presto and the legendary slight-of-hand skills of Michael Vincent. All three are highly respected performers in their own right and set the bar for London's Weekly Magic Show. Currently appearing in the UK tour of Champions of Magic, Fay Presto is one of the finest magicians on the circuit. Her magic has been requested by royalty and celebrities the world over, with too many television appearances to list here. We are very excited that Fay has agreed to perform at MagicMonday. Michael Vincent embodies the teachings of the masters of magic. Performing classical sleight of hand magic and making it relevant for the 21st century, all delivered with style, panache and class. In a career that continues with a drive, passion and dedication, his stylish and sophisticated performances take sleight of hand magic to a new level. By now you will see this is a show not to miss, tickets are available at £15 on the door or £10 in advance Click Here. 19.4.14

 

British Ventriloquist Convention – Thursday 29th May, Davenport’s Magic Kingdom, Norfolk. Lectures, performances and a Junior Ventriloquist competition will pack a full day of activities. Participating will be many of Britain’s leading ventriloquists, Punch & Judy performers and makers. Heading the cast are Steve Hewlett and Jimmy Tamley (Jungle Jim), who will be joined by other leading ventriloquial personalities and specialists. This ground breaking convention will be held in the magnificent surroundings of Davenport’s Magic Kingdom, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of magic, as well as Punch & Judy and ventriloquist dolls. On view will be some 50 superb examples of the vent makers art with particular emphasis on dolls and moulds made by the legendary Len Insull who worked solely for Davenports. The competition is open to all aspiring ventriloquists under 18 years of age. To register and/or apply for Competition Entry Forms contact Davenports Magic Kingdom. Telephone: 01692 405254. Email: davenportsmagickingdom@gmail.com. Full catering facilities are available as well as free parking. For information on all events see www.davenportsmagickingdom.co.uk/whats-on. Ticket prices: - All events: Adults £34, Children £17. Competition & Jungle Jim show only: Adults £8.50, Children £6.50. 11am – 6.30pm, Thursday 29th May, Davenport’s Magic Kingdom, Cromer Road, North Walsham, Norfolk NR28 0NB (Map). 19.4.14

 

Shuffle off! Casinos tell King of Cards to pack up and leave. "Ace magician David Redfearn is a master with a pack of cards - but he had not gambled on being banned from almost every casino in the world. The entertainer, who has performed for royalty and rock stars, now finds himself blackballed at poker and roulette tables from London to Las Vegas. And he says it is all because gambling bosses fear he might use his spellbinding skills to go on a winning streak or spring an Oceans Eleven-style heist..." To read the full story by Giles Sheldrick in the Express Click Here. 19.4.14

 

Help! My School Trip is Magic. "CBBC have launched the first of three free interactive magic games for you to amaze your friends with. The games have been designed to promote the brand new series of the BAFTA winning show 'Help! My School Trip is Magic'. You can play on phones, tablets and desktops at bbc.co.uk/cbbc/games." The new series of the hit show created and Executive Produced by Anthony Owen for Objective Productions and featuring magicians John Archer, Fergus Flanagan, Katherine Mills and James Went launches on Wednesday 23rd April at 5.25pm on CBBC, see TV Magic. 19.4.14

 

Danny Orleans, UK Lecture Tour. Tour Manager Steve Gore writes: Danny Orleans is set to perform his whistle-stop tour around the UK between the 29th April and 9th May. He recently released a 3 DVD set, "The Art of Presenting Magic to Children," that received wonderful reviews in all the major magazines, see www.dannyorleansmagic.com/news and www.dannyorleansmagic.com/video. He has lectured throughout the US and is booked for Kidabra in Tennessee, the Houdini Convention, and Magic in Rockies. This is his first visit to the UK so it is a rare opportunity to see his work. See Wikipedia for more info www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Orleans
29th April - Northamptonshire Magicians www.northamptonshiremagicians.com
30th April - Leamington & Warwick www.lawms.wordpress.com
1st May - Nottingham Guild of Magicians www.thenottinghamguildofmagicians.co.uk
2nd May - Bradford Magic Circle www.bradfordmagiccircle.co.uk
4th May - Edinburgh Magic Circle www.edinburghmagiccircle.com
5th May - Newcastle Magic Circle www.newcastle-magic-circle.org
6th May - South London Magic Society www.southlondonmagic.co.uk
7th May - Devon Magic Circle www.devonmagiccircle.co.uk
8th May - Manchester Circle of Magicians www.manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk
9th May - Blackpool Magicians Club www.blackpoolmagic.com/about.
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Paul Romhany arrives in the UK in May for a lecture tour. UK Tour Manager Steve Gore writes: "Paul Romhany is known as ‘the busiest magician in the world’ as a performer, creator, author and editor of the world’s largest read magic magazine and is coming for a UK lecture tour in May 2014. In 2014 Romhany celebrates 25 years as a full time professional magician and he has put together a very unique lecture. His vast performing career includes fifteen years on cruise ships, his own regular television show, corporate and trade show work as well as tours with variety shows around the world. He is also an established creator of original magic effects, as well as author of over 25 magic books, and editor and creator of Vanish magic magazine. Paul Romhany’s lecture will not only teach you some of his prized routines from his career, but will also share stories, tips and advice he has gathered from his vast career. He will also perform a short version of his award winning Charlie Chaplin act and then explain some of the pieces from the act, as well as the thinking behind putting together a theme act. No matter what type of magic you perform or what type of skill level, you will get something from this very unique lecture. The magic taught ranges from close-up, mentalism, visual comedy to family magic."

11th May - Bristol Day of Magic (Performances) www.bristolmagic.co.uk/dom.php
14th May - Zodiac Magical Society www.zodiacmagicalsociety.co.uk
15th May - Leamington & Warwick www.lawms.wordpress.com
16th May - Bradford Magic Circle www.bradfordmagiccircle.co.uk
19th May - Manchester Circle of Magicians www.manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk
20th May - Blackpool Magicians Club www.blackpoolmagic.com/about
21st May - Riviera Circle of Magicians www.facebook.com/rivieracircle.magicians
22nd May - Sussex Magic Circle www.sussexmagiccircle.co.uk.
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Urban Voodoo Club, Thursday, April 24th at 7.30pm in Leeds. From the organisers: "A night of wonder, amazing magic and daredevil feats. Treat yourself to a slice of awe from the most incredible magicians, mind readers and more. Always harboured a sneaking suspicion that the magic you see on TV is faked? Then watch incredible performers right in front of your eyes at Leeds' only regular, monthly night of magic. Don't forget to pick your jaw up off the floor. April's line up includes the fantastic Tom Crosbie, fresh from his appearance on Channel 4, mind reader Atlas Brookings from the USA, and local magician Thomas Anthony. Plus close-up magician Chris Clarke performing miracles amongst the crowd." Tickets are £7 in advance or £10 on the door from: www.wegottickets.com/event/265475. Venue: The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ (Map). www.urbanvoodooclub.co.uk twitter.com/urbanvoodooclub facebook.com/uvcmagic. 19.4.14

 

Life is like a Box of Chocolates by Michael J Fitch: "A smash hit at the 'Wayne Dobson & Friends' show in Blackpool. After numerous requests this routine is now available. 'If you are serious about your comedy don't let this one pass you by! Maximum laughs minimum effort!' Wayne Dobson. 'Michael brought the house down with this at Blackpool and I wanted to be the first in line to buy the rights to perform it. Great work Michael.' Nicholas Einhorn. This will be a very limited edition, if interested please email michael@michaeljfitch.co.uk". 19.4.14

 

Edinburgh Magic Circle are proud to present the only Scottish lecture by Danny Orleans and Jan Rose on Sunday 4th May 2014. Danny and Jan will be presenting a lecture based on their popular 'Art of Presenting Magic to Children' DVD set. 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. Ian Buchan, Secretary EMC. www.edinburghmagiccircle.com. 19.4.14

 

Manchester Circle of Magicians have just launched a brand new website full of information about the club, its members and history, their junior section, what's on, how to join, and more. Visit www.manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk today! 19.4.14

 

Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This. "Tommy Cooper was a magician, a comedian, an entertainer and a celebrity adored by the public. But he was a troubled man who drank too much and slept too little, and who spent the last 17 years of his life loving both his wife Dove and his assistant Mary. Tommy was unable to live without either, and his shocking death from a heart attack in front of millions of television viewers in April 1984 meant that he never had to make that impossible choice." ITV, Monday 21st April at 9pm, see TV Magic. "Tommy Cooper anniversary marked by heart defibrillator drive" Click Here. 19.4.14

 

An Easter Treat from Magicseen! Don't just gorge yourself on chocolate this weekend, give yourself a real thrill this year by taking advantage of our great Easter Treat offer. New stocks of the Wayne Dobson Definitive Collection, Wayne's fabulous 432 page, hard cover tome featuring his life story, performing advice and over 80 of his signature routines, are now ready and so if you have been thinking of getting your copy, this weekend is the perfect time to take the plunge. Anyone who orders the book by no later than midnight on Sunday 20th April (Easter Sunday) can opt to receive free a 1 year printed copy sub to Magicseen Magazine. For those not currently receiving a printed copy of the UK's only independent magic magazine, it's a great way to get free a bi-monthly ball of magical goodness dropping through your letterbox for the next 12 months! Those who already receive a printed copy will have their current subscription extended by 12 months. Please note that this offer only applies to printed copy subscriptions and not to download subs or Pay-As-You-Go customers. But be quick! You have less than 48 hours to get your order in. Place your order and in the Additional Comments box at the foot of the Checkout page add the words Easter Treat and we will set up your new free 1 year sub or extend your current one. Order the book now from www.magicseen.co.uk. 19.4.14

 

Marcus Bailey's Effectus: Improving Performance lecture is now taking bookings: "The Latin word effectus has many meanings, mainly: doing, execution, performance, effect, result. Marcus Bailey has been performing in one guise or another for 25 years and in the last seven years has become a teacher of The Performing Arts teaching in the F.E. Sector and Secondary Schools. During this time not only did magic take predominance in his life, but also the art of performing took a new turn in his search for better performance skills and he began looking into the Psychology of Performing, Practice. He feels that a lot of people in the entertainment industry need to be made aware of more strategies to improve ones performance in any discipline. For this lecture there are three areas which are covered which have been collated through research and experience to form a set of notes for people to peruse. The three areas are: The Zone, Practice, and Audience. Although there are no magic effects to be taught, there are ideas on how to improve performance, plus the opportunity for peer feedback on ‘Performance’ only, from anyone wishing to participate." Testimonial: "I just felt I had to drop you a line to say how much I enjoyed your lecture on presentation. I could see that you had put a lot of time and effort into a really slick presentation, and boy did it pay off! I have been a professional magician for over twenty years and for me it was a reminder of the way to do it. All I can say is well done, and anyone who comes to see your lecture will go away a better performer." Steve Charrett AIMC. For booking enquiries email mwbjester@yahoo.co.uk and for more information see Lecturers and www.marcusmagician.co.uk. 19.4.14

 

Magicians at the Half Moon, 25th April, Bishop's Stortford. Andy Clockwise writes: "You'll be thinking, surely, it can't be that time again already but it is..... it's time for another Magicians at the Half Moon next Friday, 25th April at the usual place - The Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm and the show kicks off at 8:00pm featuring Multi-Award winning Magicians Jon Allen & Dave Allen (no, they're not Brothers and not related in any way, shape or form) and the evening is compered by the very mysterious Dean Maudsley. As per usual, it's going to be a fun packed evening and you're all invited. Tickets are £10 on the door but if you'd like to reserve a ticket please drop an email to info@andyclockwise.com." www.halfmoonmagic.co.uk. 19.4.14

 

Jon Allen Derby Magic Circle Lecture. On Wednesday 23rd, Jon Allen will be lecturing for the Derby Magic Circle. Full details can be found on their website www.derbymagiccircle.com then on Friday 25th, Jon will be performing at Magicians at the Half Moon (above) www.close-upmagician.com. 19.4.14

 

MagicWorld's first major release, book test Infamous. "MagicWorld is set to release its first major trick entitled Infamous. It comes in two versions, one with a DVD and cards (£19.99) and the deluxe with a specially prepared well-known gimmicked book (£49.99) that works specifically with the special cards. Infamous is a book test like no other. Where other book tests end, you're only just getting started! Infamous is a routine with a kicker climax that brings things full circle. This effect by Daniel Meadows and MagicWorld is available through all good magic shops from the 22nd April or directly from www.magicworld.co.uk." 19.4.14

 

The Card Collection's Easter Sale is on now until 4pm on Tuesday 22nd April. Order online or over the phone. 10% Discount on goods orders over £25.00; 15% Discount on goods orders over £45.00; 20% Discount on goods orders over £75.00! Don't miss out, visit www.cards4magic.co.uk or call 01233 647878. 19.4.14

 

Alakazam's 15% Off Easter Sale! www.alakazam.co.uk. 19.4.14

 

Magicians Cave Easter Bank Holiday Sale: "We are offering a great 30% Discount on online orders over £30.00. From 16:00 Thursday 17th April until 20:00 hrs Monday 21st April 2014. This offer excludes any custom made items that we have to custom make for you! Simply enter the word Easter into the voucher code box at check out and your 30% discount will be applied. Orders will be posted on Tuesday 22nd April. Have a great Easter break, Paul & Penny, www.magicianscave.co.uk. 19.4.14

 

Shenanigans - sold out! Shenanigans, the Irish Magic Convention starring Juan Tamariz and a host of other top names is now completely sold out! However organisers are operating a waiting list. To add your name to the waiting list and for full convention details visit www.irishmagicconvention.com. 19.4.14

 

Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians Dan Hauss lecture - change of venue. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 23rd April, The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians welcomes Dan Hauss, the creator of Flow, Rattled, Sleeping Queens, Lit and the newly released Rubber Band Thru Hand. Lecture starts at 8pm. Visiting Magicians welcome for just £5, but please note this lecture has had to be moved to a different venue. We cannot use our usual meeting place, due to circumstances beyond our control. The meeting will now take place at The Old Wulfrunians Sports & Social Club, 253A Castlecroft Road, Castlecroft, Wolverhampton WV3 8NA (Map). Sat Nav will take you to the rugby club, but if you go 200 yards past the rugby club, you will see the signs for the Old Wulfrunians. The club is accessed down a narrow drive between houses. Contact Sue Oakley sueoakley61@gmail.com. Tel 07912 421038. 19.4.14

 

Introducing Ireland's Only Graveyard Theatre! An Evening of Mystery, Magic, Fun and Fear at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula. Ireland's most quirky and bizarre night in Dublin's most extraordinary venue. See our incredible Vampire Show and a hilarious Comedy Magic Show with a tour of Bram Stokers Castle Dracula. Our unique venue hosts memorabilia from the Dracula movies and all the History of Bram Stoker. Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula, every Friday night at 7.30pm in Clontarf. Find out more, visit www.secretcastleofmagic.com and YouTube. 19.4.14

 

Tom Crosbie British Magical Society Lecture. Paul Cadley writes: Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – the British Magical Society proudly presents Tom Crosbie, 'Magic Without Cards'. The title is a puzzle in itself, since Tom is a noted card exponent and professional performer from York. In 2009 he came close to being Junior Champion at the Blackpool Convention with a stylish entertaining act. He’s moved on since then and will no doubt have intriguing magic to show on the night. Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £5 fee. Time and venue: 7.30pm Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). See www.britishmagicalsociety.co.uk for more details. 19.4.14

 

Three's A Crowd - Magic and Comedy Show, Leicester Square Theatre, London. A night out produced by Ady Lloyd performed by up and coming three-man act Three's a Crowd. Combining absurd humour, fantastic comedy and stunning magic performances. A perfect night out with Ady Lloyd, Diobo and Clint Stevenson. "You need to watch out for these guys they are going to be big" Iain Sharkey (Derren Brown's writer). Guest performers this month include: Comedy country conjurers Kane & Abel. Since swapping the Shropshire sticks for London in January, Kane & Abel have made a big impact on the capital - come and see why! Friday 25th April, Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX (Map). Tickets: £10 www.leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com. 19.4.14

 

Tony Griffith is now booking his Reflections lecture for the 12 months ahead: "Most of the material is taken from his highly acclaimed Reflection series of books. They are commercial items he has used as a professional magician for the last 27 years. The lecture covers a wide selection of material and there is something for most tastes. Emphasis is upon subtlety, routining and entertainment. This is an old fashioned type of lecture in which everything that is demonstrated is explained in full detail. It is not a finger flinging type lecture where the lecturer’s approach appears to be ‘ look how clever I am, but you can’t do any of it etc.’ Those watching will go away armed with all the information they need to perform the tricks seen. Tony Griffith has a considerable experience in education including the Headship of a Primary school and this is clearly seen when he presents his Magic of Science show for primary and secondary schools. He is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle, has lectured worldwide including many visits to The Magic Castle, Hollywood. He is a regular speaker/performer for organisations looking for ‘Speakers’ and has presented his magic for some of the country’s leading firms at trade show exhibitions and other corporate functions. All this experience and know how is brought to you in the Reflections Lecture" For more details visit www.tonygriffith.co.uk call 01275 835463 or email tony@tonygriffith.co.uk. 19.4.14

 

Brighton based magician Chris Nicholson can be seen auditioning on this Saturday's Britain's Got Talent in front of judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams performing some classic card manipulations. www.chrisnicholsonmagician.com. 19.4.14

 

Bexley Magic Society Stage Competition: On the 16th April, Jason Deverell became the latest winner of the George Trophy for stage magic at the Bexley Magic Society. Compered by Terry Hebert, the audience saw performances from David Klass, Adrian Sels and Ron Wheatley then following the interval Jason Deverell, Roy Marsh and Steve White. Each act has to perform for a minimum of five minutes and a maximum of nine minutes or else face disqualification. The judges apparently had a difficult task in picking the eventual winner, as the top three acts were separated by only three points. Jason’s winning set included a burnt and restored banknote found inside a kiwifruit that had been held by the audience volunteer throughout Jason's performance. Congratulations to Jason and a big thank you to all the other contestants, for providing a great evening of entertainment. Roy Marsh. 19.4.14

 

Professor Solomon's Lives of the Conjurers volume 1. Professor Solomon tells the stories of these masters of deception. 165 pages. Illustrated. Free download: www.professorsolomon.com/conjurers-book-page.html. 19.4.14

 

Canada's Darcy Oake appears on Britain's Got Talent this evening www.darcyoake.com - a little birdy (a dove) told us he'll get through • "America is stealing another British television show and bringing U.K. based magicians to our U.S. television screens" [Penn & Teller: Fool Us] Click Here • "Joaquin Phoenix Pimps Out Marion Cotillard in ‘The Immigrant’" Click Here • "The Amazing Jonathan announces retirement" Click Here • "DJ Neil Prendeville blasts Keith Barry over cancelled appearance row" Click Here • "‘Revollusionists’ set for Music City Centre" Click Here • "Chance to catch Auld Reekie Magic Cabaret" Click Here • "Story of a… Magician" Click Here • Peterborough Day of Magic, overseen by Al Smith Click Here • ‘The Sooty Show’ as seen by Chris Wardle, Click Here • Masters of the Web Competition (scroll down for English version) Click Here • "Magician Dynamo inspires Leicestershire teenager at charity event" Click Here • "Bacup twins part of TV team up for Bafta" Click Here • "Restless Artist Finds Joy in Unusual Medium" Click Here • "Mind-boggling show came to The Mayflower Theatre" Click Here • "Derren Brown: The master of mind control in his latest show, Infamous. You better believe it." Click Here • Happy Easter! See you next week, Duncan. 19.4.14

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Last Week: Number 720 - 12th April 2014

 

Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This. "A trailer for Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This has been released. The promo features David Threlfall as the comedian and magician in the one-off Simon Nye-penned ITV drama, and also stars New Tricks actress Amanda Redman and Peaky Blinders' Helen McCrory..." To read the full story from Digital Spy Click Here. "Still shamelessly entertaining: David Threlfall as Tommy Cooper" Click Here. Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This airs on Monday, April 21st at 9pm on ITV (David Threlfall is a guest on Loose Women on Thursday, see TV Magic). 12.4.14

 

Colin Cloud: See what you want to see. “You see, but you do not observe.” Arthur Conan Doyle. Colin Cloud is different. Imagine someone who can tell you what you do for a living, what your hobbies are and what you’ve done that day. From performing Off Broadway in New York and in London’s West End to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Los Angeles. He’s performed sellout shows at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh International Magic Festival; headlined The Trickery, in Aberdeen, and The Stand Comedy Club in both Glasgow and Edinburgh on numerous occasions. He’s appeared reading the mind of Jonathan Ross on ITV’s Penn and Teller: Fool Us and was the first mentalist to appear on Britain’s Got Talent. Furthermore, he received four yeses from Simon Cowell and his team of judges. ‘See what you want to see,’ takes all of Colin’s now infamous skills, abilities and techniques as a ‘Forensic Mind Reader’ and offers an exhilarating, live and fully immersive experience. "One of the highlights of the 2013 fringe" Three Weeks (relating to Colin’s show ‘The Colour Ham’). The show is going to be held at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh at 8pm on Saturday April 26th. Tickets via www.eventbrite.co.uk. 12.4.14

 

Frank: a new short documentary about a boy who is overcoming ADHD with magic premieres on 1000 Londoners. Frank is a school-boy from South London who suffers from severe dyslexia and ADHD. In the last two years he has learned to overcome the symptoms by channeling his energy into sleight of hand magic. The new documentary, directed by Rachel Wang, provides an intimate look at Frank’s home life and his love of magic. Frank keeps a set of cards on him at all times and is forever practicing his techniques and tricks to anyone that will give him an audience. Without his cards, Frank is a quiet and well-mannered teenager. His ability to perform tricks gives him a surprising confidence and great ambitions to be a master of magic, when he grows up. ‘Frank’ is one of 1000 documentaries Chocolate Films is producing as part of 1000 Londoners. Created over 5 years the 1000 films will make up a portrait of the city. Fourteen year old budding magician, Frank is one of the ten films to be launched on 24th April when it premieres on new digital online station www.1000Londoners.com. 12.4.14

 

Perspectives: Alan Davies on Houdini. ITV has commissioned a brand new run of films for its Perspectives documentary strand, bringing together powerful stories and unique insights into the arts from a range of well-known figures. Alan Davies on Houdini will transmit in the Spring. Having had a huge fascination with the world of magic since he was four years old, Alan Davies explores the extraordinary life of Harry Houdini, the man who against the odds became one of the most successful entertainers in the world. In a bid to understand why Houdini felt compelled to perform such terrifying death defying acts, Alan tries to hold his breath under ice cold water, lies on a bed of nails, gets strung upside down in a straitjacket and takes an exclusive look at David Copperfield's priceless collection of Houdini artefacts in Vegas. "Alan Davies Houdini documentary airs in the UK, April 20" Click Here (Also see TV Magic). 22.2.14

 

British Ring Bournemouth Convention programme published. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Programme for the British Ring Convention in Bournemouth (24th – 28th September) has just been published (Click Here) and presents a well balanced selection of lectures, shows, competitions, workshops and social events. The website has been completely redesigned and updated bringing all the current information and registration details to www.magicconvention.co.uk. A vast range of accommodation is available, and information on this subject is on www.bournemouth.co.uk. The current members’ registration fee is only £130 until 30th June (Sooty and Friends Magic Show, Gala Dinner and trip to Beaulieu attract a nominal extra charge. Other than these events, all others take place at the Pavilion complex). Bournemouth has very good road and rail connections which makes this an ideal place for our 2014 convention. 12.4.14

 

Ben Hart: The Outsider. UK Tour dates. Objective Talent presents Ben Hart: The Outsider TO&ST (Time Out & Soho Theatre) Edinburgh Cabaret Award Nominee 2013. "Having spent his life using magic to solve impossible problems, award-winning magician Ben Hart turns his attention to himself. Be amazed by his magic, impressed by his skill and moved by how the owner of such a brilliant mind can still be so in need of a cup of tea and a cuddle…" Directed by Anthony Owen (Derren Brown/The Real Hustle). Age recommendation: 16+ Running time approximately 60 minutes. April-June tour dates and booking info: Click Here. 12.4.14

 

MagicMonday, London. The producers of MagicMonday, London's new weekly magic show, are pleased to announce that Alan Hudson is the first of three acts lined up for the opening night on Monday 28th April. Alan is a regular on the UK comedy circuit, appearing at both The Comedy Store and Up The Creek. A finalist in The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2010, Alan has twice taken his magic to the Edinburgh Fringe with 'Alan Hudson's Not So Secret World Of Magic' (4 Stars) and 'Magician or Superhero'. Tickets for 'MagicMonday' are now available. They are £15 on the door or in advance at just £10 via www.eventbrite.co.uk. Keep up-to-date with MagicMonday via Twitter and Facebook to find out which new acts have been booked and also to benefit from future offers and competitions: www.facebook.com/magicmondaylondon. 12.4.14

 

Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 24th April, London. From the organisers: John Lenahan has performed his hilarious, stunning magic all over the world, touring alongside Jack Dee, Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry and Michael Ball. He starred in a BBC1 show, Secrets of Magic, had his own BBC2 series, Stuff the White Rabbit, and has had many other TV appearances including Red Dwarf, TFI Friday, Celebrity Squares and Hoax Busters. And is, of course, a great live performer. Nick Einhorn is one of the most clever, deceptive and entertaining magicians around – a much appreciated mystifier at the Court when we can get him! Billy Kidd is a rare breed - one of a handful of female stage magicians. A vibrant, energetic performer, “impressive …charismatic, original” (The Stage), she will leave you astonished. Tim Shoesmith is a favourite at Conjuring at the Court, a delightfully witty and funny magician with some bizarrely astounding tricks up his sleeve. Compered by the irrepressible Stephen Barry in one of his spectacular outfits. It’s going to be an evening full of mystery, fun and entertainment! Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Parking is free after 6.30pm. Come early to enjoy dinner in one of the bars or the lovely dining room. Tickets from www.conjuringatthecourt.com. 12.4.14

 

A new batch of Wayne Dobson's 430 page 'The Definitive Collection' has just arrived at Wayne's online shop www.waynedobson.co.uk. This hard-backed limited edition book contains virtually every effect Wayne has ever published, plus more. In fact there are over 100 effects in total! The book features an introduction by Derren Brown and interviews with people who worked with Wayne throughout his career. There are chapters on stage craft, management, consulting, TV, illusions, plans, and a selection of press cuttings and photographs, with contributions from several of the world's top performers including Lance Burton and David Williamson. Plus Wayne's updated life story and lots of funny anecdotes. This is a limited edition and it comes signed and numbered by the publisher. This book is for adults only as it does contain some strong language! Over 430 pages. In stock and available from www.waynedobson.co.uk. 12.4.14

 

Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, May 2nd. "Young and Strange (both strange and young) show long-term relationships can sometimes go awry and use magic to punish each other in the most spectacular way. Meanwhile Dee Riley neatly demonstrates Descartes' theory of' I think therefore I am' in a beautiful piece of magic, then plays with bottles. Have you ever known what someone was going to say before they said it? Well meet Peter Antoniou, he knows what’s on your mind and what you’ll say, he knows what’s in your pocket too. It would be scary if he wasn’t quite so hilarious. But no show is complete until a diva sings, especially when it’s about tea and done by Tina Turner Tea Lady! All expertly compered by Mighty Trickster Neil Henry." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. Show ticket plus dinner: £25. Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info: www.magicnight.co.uk. 12.4.14

 

Adrian Sullivan Lecture, now booking. Steve Gore writes: Adrian Sullivan, has been doing magic for more than 45 years and been a dealer for 25 years. He has dealt at all major magic conventions all over the world. He has lectured in England, America, Malta, and Germany. He is a fantastic creator of magic and all effects will be explained in full detail. He is also one of the friendliest and likeable magicians I know! He has the following dates in 2014 available: 22nd May to 5th June; 7th to 24th July; 11th to 25th August, and 13th to 23rd October. He could also be available outside these dates throughout the year and into 2015. His fee is very reasonable as regardless of distance his fee is all-in with no hotel or travel needed. He can offer either a lecture or a dealer dem evening. Please contact me direct to book either of these options tours@stevegore.co.uk. 12.4.14

 

Mark Shortland Lecture - Bolton Magician's Club. Bolton Magicians' Club is delighted to host Mark Shortland who will be presenting his lecture on Wednesday 16th April at 8.30pm. Mark's lecture will include effects for close-up, cabaret and stage from his highly acclaimed 'On and Off Stage' DVD. 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 visit www.boltonmagic.co.uk or telephone James Hodgkiss on 01204 522651. 12.4.14

 

The Surrey Society of Magicians held their annual close-up competition on Thursday 10th April. The winner was Craig Longhurst, who was presented the trophy by magic judge Paul Gordon. www.craiglonghurst.com www.surreymagic.org.uk. 12.4.14

 

The Voice Wrap Party. Last week Michael Gee had the pleasure of performing close-up magic at The Voice end of show wrap-party which took place at Elstree Studios. Michael is seen here with the winner of the series, Jermain Jackman. www.michaelgeemagic.com. 12.4.14

 

Zane's Magic Shop: "Zane's Magic Shop have just added several top notch brand new products to our 'New Tricks' category at www.zanesmagicshop.com. If any readers would like to receive a free Newsletter every month with special offers and discounts etc. then just pop in your email address in the box on our website and click 'Go'. It can be found on our home page (bottom of left hand category column) on our secure website." 12.4.14

 

The April Mark Leveridge Magic podcast awaits you! "In this month's 30 minute edition, Mark ruminates (it's a free country!) on whether as performers we have 'comfort zones' and if so, where are they and are we prepared to step out of them. He also invites you to consider the dilemma that can sometimes face you when you are required to pass a booking on to a colleague, and suggests ways that you can stop putting off doing those things in magic which you want to do, but never seem to get round to! All this plus details of Mark's new event, The Business Magician Seminar, suggestions for how to keep your performing enthusiasm up even under trying conditions and also reflections on which elements of your magic skill set develop as you get older. It's a really interesting listen and it's free to access online or to download to an mp3 player from www.markleveridge.co.uk/podcast.php." 12.4.14

 

The Card Collection's Easter Sale starts at 4pm on Tuesday 15th April and runs until 4pm on Tuesday 22nd April, order on-line or over the phone. 10% Discount on goods orders over £25.00; 15% Discount on goods orders over £45.00; 20% Discount on goods orders over £75.00! Don't miss out, visit www.cards4magic.co.uk or call 01233 647878. 12.4.14

 

Andrew James, tonight: Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol. "Andrew James: half man, half magician, half comedian. A genuine all-rounder, his performances seamlessly blend comedy, sleight of hand, mind reading, freaky body feats and escapology to create a truly unforgettable entertainment experience! Adults only; Andrew will be joined by owner Mark Bennett for one hell of a magical ride!" Saturday April 12th www.smokeandmirrorsbar.co.uk. 12.4.14

 

Cardiff Magical Society Annual Dinner and Sale Day. Daniel Thomas writes: Our Sale Day starts at 10.30am on Saturday, 26th of April with cabaret artiste Kockov (Jasper Blakeley) lecturing (free admission). The day includes new and second-hand magic sales, card and balloon jams, and dealer demonstrations from Enigma, Adrian Sullivan and Magic Supreme throughout the day until 4pm. All change for the Annual Dinner (Black Tie) at 7pm with guest artiste Kockov, until late. Tickets £35.00 from Bob bob@balloons-unlimited.co.uk. Venue: The Mount Sorrel Hotel, Porthkerry Road, Barry, South Wales CF62 7XY www.cardiffmagic.org.uk. 12.4.14

 

New Magic Lecture - Dave Loosley. Steve Gore writes: Dave Loosley's original routines - and twists on the classics - set the stage for a fun, unique and entertaining lecture which concentrates on adding an extra something to your persona, to create an extra visual piece of magic. Dave's creative thinking and unique outlook on magic has allowed him to devise a large amount of effects and routines which have been kept to himself until today! Dave also works with Peter Nardi of Alakazam Magic, creating and advising on brand new products and future releases. This lecture is great for magicians who want to put their own originality into their magic and is aimed at the close-up working magician. 'Dave Loosley is not only a top magical thinker and performer, but a great presenter and teacher too. Dave has packed a lot of experience into a very short time and this shows in his Lecture, as does his passion for magic.' Wayne Goodman. Contact Dave Loosley directly for availability and fees daveloosley101@yahoo.com www.uniquemagic.co.uk. 12.4.14

 

Magician and Magic Demonstrator Bruce Smith lectures at the Watford Association of Magicians, on Tuesday 15th April, at Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Avenue, Bricket Wood, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL2 3LQ (Map). Bruce will share his 25 years worth of experience and techniques in selling magic in the retail world showing how these principles can be used by all magicians when performing in all areas of magic. This is a truly magical lecture, not to be missed. Non WAM members welcome, £10 temporary membership fee payable. Andy Clockwise. www.wamclub.co.uk. 12.4.14

 

There's Magic in the Music. "Trap Door Productions Ltd are proud to present, 'Magic of the Music', a new jam-packed summer show full of variety. A magical look at music through the ages of variety, intertwined with stand up and sketch style comedy. Starring a professional cast, including international comedy magician and illusionist Richie Austin. There is bound to be something to tickle your fancy! At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. Dates: 9th April at 8.15pm; 16th April at 8.15pm; 23rd April at 8.15pm and then every Tuesday and Wednesday until 8th October at 8.15pm, plus matinee performances on 28th May &and 27th August at 2.30pm. £16.50 / £15 concessions / £8 (under 12s). www.richieaustin.com. 12.4.14

 

The Order of The Magi. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: At the AGM of The Order of The Magi (Manchester) held recently the membership attending ratified the Council’s recommendation that Adrian Sullivan be promoted to Life Membership. For this to be considered the rules of the society state that: “Life Membership may be conferred on Full Members who have at least twenty years of continuous membership in good standing and have, in the opinion of the Council, rendered exceptional service to the Society. Life Membership carries membership for life, without further payment of subscriptions, and constitutes the highest honour which the Society can bestow upon its members. Life Members are not subject to annual re-election and the honour can only be withdrawn in exceptional circumstances.” The society does not give these awards lightly, the last one being presented 5 years ago. Adrian has been a member for 25 years and served as President in 1994. He is a regular attender twice monthly and makes a good contribution to meetings. He has also often lectured for us. He has on more than one occasion come to our rescue when a lecturer has at the last minute been unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. The vote for this honour was unanimous. The new President is Dave Magee and society information can be found on www.orderofthemagi.org.uk. 12.4.14

 

Magic internship offered. Tony Middleton writes: Magic internship for young magicians on a professional magic show. Middleton Enterprises UK is interested in hearing from any young magicians aged 18 or over who would like to be considered for an upcoming magic internship on a new permanent, professional magic show in London. Details of the show will be released to a shortlist of successful candidates. Requirements: The candidate must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the art of magic, must live in the London area, and must have a willingness to learn, and work efficiently under pressure. Previous experience in sales, front of house, or theatre production is desirable. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills. Your Application: A current CV detailing your experience as a magician, age, and any relevant experience as indicated in the requirements. Links to video footage may be included in your application, but are not essential. A short paragraph (300 words max) detailing your aspirations for the future, and what an internship with a professional magic show would give you in terms of development. A current headshot. Please email your application to: anthonyjjmiddleton@gmail.com by 5pm on Wednesday 16th April. 12.4.14

 

Dave Rawson's Comedy Hypnosis Show. Dave Rawson writes: "I am currently touring on mainland Spain with my Comedy Hypnosis Show before returning to 6 months summer season in Ibiza. Any magicians visiting Ibiza this year give me a shout. I will then be back in the UK from November to April so for any Magic Society that may be interested, I could give a talk and demonstration of Hypnosis. See my website www.stagehypnotist.co.uk." 12.4.14

 

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