Number 839 - 23rd July 2016

 

The Naked Magicians, London 31st August - 24th September: The show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level. Stripping away the top hats and capes – and everything else - The Naked Magicians’ saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing full frontal illusions and a new meaning to ‘now you see it’. With a guest comedian to warm you up, this boisterous X-rated magic show promises non-stop laughs and more than a few blushes. Good magicians don't need sleeves and great magicians don't need pants. This show proves just that.

"They are hot, mind-blowing and seriously hilarious. Five stars!" Radio B105 FM, Brisbane
“The most entertaining show of the year.” Aussietheatre.com.au

31st August - 24th September. Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY (Map). 18+ Tickets: www.atgtickets.com.

"Sleeves up, pants down: Naked magicians take Mann Hall" Click Here. 23.7.16

 

Dynamo announces first ever live tour of Australia! He’s walked on water, walked down the side of the LA Times Building, predicted the 2014 Football World Cup outcome and casually taken a trip across London levitating off the side of a double decker bus. Now Dynamo announces his first ever Australian tour, with the renowned street magician confirmed to take to arena stages in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth with his acclaimed Seeing Is Believing tour in November 2016. Dynamo will delight fans across Australia, with the opportunity to see his magic skills in what promises to be a spectacular and unique live stage production. To date Dynamo has only taken the tour across the UK and Ireland, playing a massive 111 shows, with more than 400,000 tickets sold. Dynamo said: "The Australian fans have always been incredible and I can’t wait to bring the tour out there so they can experience my magic first hand. I don’t want to say too much, but everyone who comes to the show is in for a big surprise!" UK critics have universally applauded the Seeing Is Believing tour, which recently concluded in the UK. www.frontiertouring.com/dynamo. 23.7.16

 

Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 28th July, London. From the organisers: Witness the impossible as the best value magic show in London starts its 8th year! Two new performers to the Court: Joe Tracini, who made a big impact at Blackpool with his clever comedy magic, and Steve Doe, offering something really different with his bubble artistry and fun. Plus the ingenious Thom Peterson is The Amazing Guy, a funny and original magician and Graham Jolley (photo), whose exceptional mind-reading and devastating wit has made him one of the UK’s top cabaret performers. The MC is Stephen Barry, who builds an immediate rapport with the audience with his extrovert style, strong magic, and showy jacket! The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm. Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy dinner from the pub’s great menu. There’s an elegant Victorian dining room as well as the spacious bars. Wi-Fi is available throughout the pub. The Drayton Court is just 12 minutes from Central London: take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the pub is 2 minutes walk from the station. Parking is free from 6.30pm. Tickets still only £11 from www.conjuringatthecourt.com – it’s cheaper to buy in advance! 23.7.16

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive - Every Saturday. Think you've seen Lance's act before? Then watch again and see the perfect encore in this Royal Variety Performance that went out nearly 27 years ago, on November 25th 1989: The MagicWeek Video Archive. 23.7.16

 

The Trials of Troy. In this one off special, the magician will be set a seemingly impossible challenge: to create a jaw dropping illusion that combines magic with a death-defying stunt. Troy will have no idea what the challenge is until the clock starts ticking. He will then have just two months to prepare himself for the biggest and most terrifying magical illusion of his life. In order to be successful he will have to learn new skills that will push the magician into unfamiliar territory. To help him achieve his goal Troy will assemble a crack team of magician friends to perfect the challenge, shining a light on the process of magic and the lengths that performers will go to in order create a 'moment of wonder'. 27 year old Londoner Troy is best known for his two series of street magic for E4, the first series was E4’s biggest launch of a commissioned series for 5 years. The Trials of Troy has been commissioned by Liam Humphreys, Head of Entertainment at Channel 4 and Sarah Lazenby, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment at Channel 4 and is being produced by Derren Brown's Vaudeville Productions. It will be Executive Produced by Derren Brown, Andrew O’Connor and Martin Turner. www.troyvonscheibner.com. 23.7.16

 

£100 of free gifts to Top Secret Day Registrants. From the organiser: £100 of free gifts to Top Secret Day registrants who book their tickets before the day - this will include a book worth £20 from Wayne Goodman, a bundle from Paul Gordon, items from Martin Cox and much more! This will only be available to registrants who book their tickets before the day! Don't miss out on this massive offer and book your tickets now. See www.topsecretmagicday.co.uk. A packed day of magic featuring Wayne Goodman with a brand new lecture full of new material, Martin Cox - fresh from the USA with his acclaimed lecture, Stephen Leathwaite giving a very rare lecture full of new material and some old goodies! All commercial effects with Rus Andrews; this guy is so creative, and his effects will blow your mind! Also featuring workshops by Paul Gordon and Rus Andrews, Question Time with the stars, and a Comedy Cabaret to end this great day of magic in sunny Weymouth. 23.7.16

 

Kevin Quantum: Illuminations. CatFace Talent Presents the brand new show from 2015 sell-out, award winning magician, and Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Magic Festival; Kevin Quantum (formerly Kevin McMahon). After a sell out show last year, Kevin Quantum returns to the Edinburgh Festival with his new offering ‘Illuminations’ at the Gilded Balloon’s Debating Hall. Ten years ago, unassuming scientist Kevin paused his Physics PhD to become a magician, being tutored by none other than magic royalty Penn & Teller. Kevin has thrived in this field, applying a rigour to the world of mystery with fascinating results. A decade on and still a conjuror, Kevin shoots magic into the 21st century by illustrating scientific principles so amazing you need to turn to magic to express them live. This show is inspired by light; our relationships with it, the thoughts and feelings light can evoke and the wondrous sights which can be created before our eyes. ‘Illuminations’ is the exotic space where science ends and magic begins. Each day, Kevin will showcase stunning light-based illusions including creating fire in the palm of his hands, recreating a will-o-the-wisp, (for the first time at the Fringe), flying this glowing ball of light above the heads of the audience and, (for the first time ever), the creation of a rainbow live on stage. Kevin Quantum has designed state of the art magic and fused it with incredible science. In turn, he has created some extraordinary results.

 

As magic creatures go, Kevin fits somewhere between Gandalf and Brian Cox and is the closest thing to real magic a believer, or a cynic will ever find at the Fringe. “Epic stunts, genuinely impressive magic” Broadway Baby. Venue: Gilded Balloon, Debating Hall. Dates: 3rd-29th August (Not 4th, or 22nd) Previews 3rd & 5th August. Time: 4.30pm. Age Range: PG. www.quantummagician.com. 23.7.16

 

Major update to Giggio! The booking system used by professional entertainers worldwide has had it’s biggest update ever. The look of Giggio has been redesigned from scratch, and the slick new user interface makes the system clearer, cleaner, and more user friendly than ever. Whether you're on a desktop or mobile device, your admin will be easy. Plus there’s a wealth of new features including Quick Venue Search to enable you to save even more time on your admin. Read what other entertainers say about Giggio and take your free 30 day trial at GetGiggio.com. 23.7.16

 

James Brown lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians this Thursday, 28th July. James shares the foundations of audience management and shows you how to create magic, not just on the table but in the minds of the audience. Ever wanted to try pickpocketing but where afraid of being caught? James teaches the perfect way to get your feet wet in this fascinating art. James will perform his full hypnosis routine whilst simultaneously explaining everything as it happens! “This has to be seen to be believed!” Bath Circle of Magicians. During this time James will teach everyone how to stick someone’s foot to the floor effortlessly and without fear of failure… and give you the opportunity to practice. What you will witness will make you question what you know about hypnosis… there's time to ask in the Q&A. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details email Adam Mosley info@surreymagic.org.uk. 23.7.16

 

Magicians' Advice Podcast. Phil Taylor writes: Brand new podcast. Magicians Advice Podcast is for magicians looking to improve the quality of their performance and to get a deeper understanding of this art we call magic. The podcast is for beginners to professionals, discussing all aspects of magic from table hopping to stage magic and everything in-between. Please take a listen: magicianscorner.co.uk/category/podcast. Hosted by UK magicians' Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan. 23.7.16

 

Chris Dugdale recently headlined the Motor Trader Awards with Jodie Kidd on stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The act closed with a car prediction that stunned the room. Chris later “revealed” on Facebook how the stunt had been achieved! This last two weeks have been the craziest of his career to date, with Royal performances both here in the UK and in Africa, and a performance for new prime minister Theresa May. You can see Chris live in London on Friday 29th July in 'Something A Little Different', for one night in London Click Here, and catch him in Edinburgh in Full Circle Click Here. Chris was the special guest on Tony Moore’s Musical Emporium on Soho Radio last week, in a two hour chat/music show. Magic meets Led Zeppelin... Click Here. 23.7.16

 

Festival of Close-up Magic - London. From the organisers: From the 22nd to the 31st of July a new festival of close-up magic hits London. It begins with a unique show at The Vaults in Waterloo, featuring Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year Brendan Rodrigues, and is followed by a series of hour-long performances by international award winning magicians in Hyde Park. The evocative drawing room of Grand Royale Hyde Park plays host to London’s first ever Festival of Close-Up Magic. Featuring a different top class professional magic act each night, this is a unique opportunity to witness the capital’s finest illusionists in extreme close-up. Festival producer Tony Middleton - star of the 5 star sell out show The Magic Hour comments: "I’m thrilled to be bringing this unique festival to London. For the first time audiences will be able to get really close to the magic, and witness miracles in their own hands. Everyone knows that on TV it’s often camera tricks – but when it’s right in front of you, you can’t deny it!" For its first run, the star studded line up includes members of The Inner Magic Circle and magicians who have appeared on ITV’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, as well as Sky, BBC and NBC. Celebrities have loved them, and so will you! The shows: Dominick Zwolinski: Konjurations; Chris Dugdale: Up Close; Kockov: Much more than just a magician; Max Somerset: Wizard of Odd. For more information about the performers and to book visit www.magichourshow.com/london-festival-of-close-up-magic. 23.7.16

 

Now You See It is back, on Saturday 30th July on BBC 1. Featuring the best and worst of magic and other incredible performers from around the world. See TV Magic. 23.7.16

 

Free magic gifts from Mark Leveridge Magic. You have just one week left in order to get some free magic gifts when you sign up for Mark Leveridge's online club and information resource, E-Club Pro. With almost 600 pages of online magic content, most of it video, split across ten separate sections, E-Club Pro offers magicians of all levels a trusted place to access relevant, practical knowledge, advice and magic material. It helps everyone to get more from their magic interest. To sign up and become a member and gain access to all this content is straightforward, with a small monthly payment being set up on PayPal. Do the deed before the 31st July 2016 and on completing three months of unbroken membership you will receive a magic gift worth £20, and on successfully reaching six months, you will be sent a second gift worth £30. So, this summer why not become part of a club that is now in its 6th year and where all ten sections of the members' only pages are updated every month? There's no fixed subscription period so you can stay as long as you like. For more information and to sign up visit www.markleveridge.co.uk/eclubpro.php. 23.7.16

 

Magicians at the Half Moon. Andy Clockwise writes: While the cat's away, the fox will play..... Martin Cox (producer and regular compere) is travelling around the United States of America for the next few weeks lecturing, which means Wayne Fox will be back at the helm when The Magicians at the Half Moon return on Friday 29th July. As per usual the doors open at 7.30pm and the show will kick off at 8pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Joining Wayne this month are two returning Masters of Magi, Anthony Zerillo and James Hanrahan, who both received fantastic reactions last time they appeared. Entry is £10 on the door. More information at www.halfmoonmagic.co.uk. 23.7.16

 

The Order of The Magi presents a lecture from Chris Stickland on Tuesday 26th July commencing at 8pm. Directions on www.orderofthemagi.org.uk. The lecture will contain something for everybody, covering: coins (gimmicked and ungimmicked), cards, ropes, and will also include some interesting ideas using a Topit. Chris has been performing for over thirty years, is a member of Bolton Magic Club and Blackpool Magicians' Club where he is part of the new convention team, is a member of the committee and also President elect. There is a door charge for non-members at this Magi lecture. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 23.7.16

 

Magician Rodd’s TV series date revealed. "Irish TV has announced that Coleraine magician Rodd Hogg’s much awaited new television series will begin on Thursday, August 4 at 8.30pm. The six-part show follows Rodd as he wows audiences across the British Isles with his inimitable brand of close-up magic and illusions..." To read the full story in the Coleraine Times Click Here. 23.7.16

 

The House of Q: Silhouettes. Magician Neil Kelso, Showgirl Felicity Furore and Pi The Mime present an all-new show: Silhouettes. As darkness falls, visions may become obscured. How certain can you be when you can't see the whole picture? Not everything is as it seems in this sinister evening of noir, suspense and moral ambiguity. A bellhop's grudge. A porter's vice. A showgirl's secret. Check in for the night and step into the shadows with The House of Q for an immersive experience of theatre and cabaret unlike any other. Enjoy your stay. “An extraordinary evening... This trio are the perfect for of escapism.” Access London. Thursday 28th July at 7.45pm at Looking Glass Cocktail Club, 49 Hackney Road, London E2 7NX (Map). Tickets: £12: Click Here. 23.7.16

 

The Exonian Magic Society 80th Anniversary Convention, October 2nd, Devon. Ozzy Dee writes: We have lectures from 'The Amazing Guy' Thom Peterson, alternative magician Sean Heydon, Victorian magicians Morgan & West, a children's lecture by Dave Andrews and the crazy off the wall thinking of Kieron Johnson (whose effects have been featured on the last two years of BGT). Also included: A three course meal and Gala show! All this for £30 daytime only, or £45 for whole convention. There will be a few dealers, a close-up session and some surprise guests. The last two conventions have been a great success. This year we are in a new elegant hotel: the Deer Park Country House, so make a night of it and stay over. Full details are on the website: www.exonianmagicalsociety.co.uk. 23.7.16

 

Joshua Jay New and Exclusive London Lecture - tonight, Saturday 23rd July, in London. Martin MacMillan writes: We have a fantastic surprise for you. Joshua Jay (USA) will be delivering a new lecture exclusively for International Magic. He is not on any tour, and this is his one and only UK lecture. Joshua Jay is one of magic's most dynamic performers, authors, and lecturers. In this lecture Joshua will perform and explain (for the first time) his "Out of Sight" effect that fooled Penn & Teller on Fool Us. Joshua will also detail the closing piece of his show, the best impromptu card effect he knows, his favorite effect without cards, and a host of other mentalism and magic effects. The focus of the lecture is on parlour and formal close-up magic, and much of the material remains entirely unpublished. Join us for an unforgettable evening with one of magic's most acclaimed creators. Make sure you book your place early! 5pm on Saturday 23rd July. Admission £15 per person. Venue: Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). www.internationalmagic.com. 23.7.16

 

Review of Sean Lobban's 'Tall Tale' lecture. David Miller writes: If Magic Clubs are looking for a Club lecture that's a little bit different to the norm, Northamptonshire Magicians Club would refer you to Sean Lobban's Tall Tale Lecture that they enjoyed recently. You won't learn a lot of new tricks or routines at this lecture, although Sean does demonstrate 2 or 3 of his original effects. What you will get however, is a very entertaining evening giving your membership an opportunity to discuss or dispute Sean's sincerely held views and opinions on various aspects of what working magicians should consider about their performance. Make no mistake, the evening can, and probably will, get quite controversial, but in a very healthy way - and we can guarantee that Sean's lecture will give your membership plenty to think about. David Miller, President. 23.7.16

 

Ferràn Rizo and Nataly Machado - lecture now booking. Steve Gore writes: This is an introduction to recommend Ferràn Rizo from Spain, who is touring the UK this November. He and his wife are teachers at the Ana Tamariz School of Magic in Madrid. Please contact them directly to discuss any queries or to book a lecture/workshop date for your club: magferran@gmail.com. 'With the Rizos' is a lecture about his professional close-up magic with cards and coins and lasts approximately two hours. Together with his choreographer/magician wife Nataly he also offers a separate Billiard Ball workshop/masterclass. The workshop lasts around four and a half hours. See www.ferranrizo.com. All enquiries to magferran@gmail.com. 23.7.16

 

The Family Feast. Following a sell out performance at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Gary Dunn brings his One Man, One Chicken show to the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. "The Family Feast" plays at The Stand in the Square (Venue 372) on 4th, 5th and 8th-12th August. Sixty minutes of family fun and some great magic from Scotland’s No1 Family Entertainer and his trusty sidekick, ‘Colin the Mind Reading Chicken’. If laughter is the best medicine, this show guarantees to give you a shot in the arm! Tickets and more details: www.edfringe.com. 23.7.16

 

Tricky Teddy's Seaside Magic Show. Experience a day at the beach as never before as you embark on a magical journey with Krisgar & Tricky Teddy! Endless fun is to be had with jaw dropping magic and illusions, interactive games. Smiles and laughter are guaranteed! Watford Association of Magicians Children’s Entertainer of the Year winner 2013-14 and Gil Leaney Stage Magician of the Year winner 2015-16. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Bedford Festival Fringe, Sunday 24th and Wednesday 27th: bedfringe.cloudvenue.co.uk/tricky. 23.7.16

 

"Tributes paid to Colwyn Bay illusionist who lost battle with cancer" Click Here. 23.7.16

 

"Wayne Dobson: The one trick I cannot do is make my MS disappear" Click Here • "Would you be brave enough to take a ride? MailOnline boards Derren Brown's spine-chilling new ghost train at Thorpe Park" Click Here • "17 things you need to know about Derren Brown's Ghost Train - it's the 'longest list' of Thorpe Park ride restrictions!" Click Here • "Hara: Japanese Magician Pulls off Amazing Trick with Box, Fire & Swords - America's Got Talent 2016" Click Here • "Review: Impossible at London’s Noel Coward Theatre" Click Here • "Magicians accuse Impossible producer Jamie Hendry of copying tricks" Click Here • "Impossible at the Noël Coward Theatre" Click Here • "Review: Magic Show Fails To Pull New Tricks Out Of The Hat" Click Here • "Stacey Solomon left red-faced when magician reveals she used Joe Swash's sock after running out of loo roll" Click Here • "Local magician dreams big for career" Click Here • "Magician performs, talks Society of American Magicians convention" Click Here • Many thanks to everyone who contributed news this week, always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 23.7.16

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Number 838 - 16th July 2016

 

London Festival of Close-up Magic, 22nd-31st July, London. From the organisers: The very first London Festival of Close-Up Magic will run at venues across the city from Friday 22nd July to Sunday 31st July. Featuring the talents of Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year 2016, Brendan Rodrigues; Max Somerset, winner of The Magic Circle’s prestigious Carlton Comedy Award and many others, this is a unique opportunity to see some of the UK’s finest magicians up-close and personal. The festival is the brainchild of Tony Middleton – a top magician in his own right. Tony says "I love the spectacle of a big show. I love what Dynamo and The Illusionists do, but there’s nothing quite as amazing as seeing something utterly impossible happen right up close, right in front of your eyes. I’m delighted with the programme we’ve put together – we’re lucky enough to have attracted some world-class performers, and we hope this will be the first of many..." Launching on Friday 22nd July with Magic & Mixology in the atmospheric surroundings of The Vaults, Waterloo, the festival continues with a series of performances by award-winning magicians in the plush surroundings of the Grand Royale Hotel Hyde Park.

Performances:
Official Launch Night: Magic & Mixology. Featuring Brendan Rodrigues, Chris Dugdale and Tony Middleton 'Sonic' on Friday 22nd July at 7, 8 and 9pm at The Vaults, Waterloo.
Thursday 28th July - Dominick Zwolinski: Konjurations at 7 and 9pm at the Grand Royale Hotel, Hyde Park.
Friday 29th July - Chris Dugdale: Up Close at 7 and 9pm at the Grand Royale Hotel, Hyde Park.
Saturday 30th July - Kockov: Much more than just a magician at 7 and 9pm at the Grand Royale Hotel, Hyde Park.
Sunday 31st July - The Magic Hour at 5.45 and 7.45pm at the Grand Royale Hotel, Hyde Park.
Prices: £15-£21. www.magichourshow.com.
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Entrepreneur Performer's Business and Marketing Conference. September 25th, London. From the organisers: This September a brand new conference is being held for entertainers. Rather than tricks and routines, this special event focuses on building your entertainment business. With speakers and delegates flying in from all over the world, the day is going to be jam-packed with cutting edge marketing, branding and career building lectures from people who are really out there doing it. The event is perfect for professionals wanting to learn to reap the rewards of the latest marketing innovations, as well as entertainers who are still trying to make that leap to their first gigs. Speakers include Balloon Man Andy Smith from Hong Kong - speaking on how to charge premium prices, YouTube magic sensation Steven Bridges and professional corporate entertainer Ken Dyne with more names to be announced. Early bird discount pricing is available if you snap up tickets now at mentalunderground.com/epic/conference2016. It all starts at 10am on Sunday 25th September 2016 at the Crown Plaza London Heathrow. 16.7.16

 

The Magicians' Podcast. Host Richard Young writes: This week I speak to first female magician in the UK to secure her own TV series, Katherine Mills. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at magicianspodcast.podbean.com also see www.facebook.com/MagiciansPodcast. 16.7.16

 

Direct from Las Vegas, Piff the Magic Dragon brings his smash hit sell out show to the Just For Laughs Festival in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for its UK premiere. Piff the Magic Dragon stole the show on Penn and Teller’s ‘Fool Us’ and was a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. In 2014 Piff left the UK to headline a show at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. After the success of his stint on America’s Got Talent, Piff was offered a solo show at the iconic Flamingo hotel where he now resides three nights a week. On his days off, Piff tours the USA and in the past six months has broken records at major comedy clubs, sold out Foxwoods and Borgata, twice, and sold over 100,000 tickets. "How are you going to top a guy in a dragon suit?" New York Times. Just For Laughs Festival in London, from July 14th–21st – further details and tickets here: www.justforlaughslondon.com. Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 3rd–13th – further details and tickets here: tickets.edfringe.com. 16.7.16

 

Champions of Magic - London, 17th-24th July. Champions of Magic will be appearing at Logan Hall in London’s West End. Following a hugely successful Spring 2016 tour the show comes to London as part of the Just For Laughs Festival. Featuring close-up star Fay Presto, grand illusionists Young & Strange, previous IBM Stage Magician of The Year Edward Hilsum and master mentalist Alex McAleer, Champions of Magic is an exciting evening for the whole family. Tickets available here: www.justforlaughslondon.com/shows/champions-of-magic. 16.7.16

 

Aaron Calvert: Mind Games. "Jaw-dropping entertainment from a modern day wizard" Derby Telegraph. "Astounding mind reading and fascinating hypnotic feats await in Aaron Calvert's highly anticipated Fringe debut. Brilliant, hilarious and very clever" Key 103 Radio. Qualifying as a doctor in 2015, Aaron chose to leave the medical field to deliver this fast-paced, edge of your seat experience that showcases his mastery in mind control, hypnosis and psychology. Are you ready to play Mind Games? Written by Aaron Calvert and Sam Fitton. PBH Free Fringe - free entry - seating on a first come, first served basis. 6th - 28th August 2016 (excluding 17th) 1.30pm daily. Venue: La Belle Angèle (venue 301), 11 Hastie's Close, Edinburgh EH1 1HJ (Map). www.aaroncalvert.com/edinburgh-fringe-magic. 16.7.16

 

Record visitor numbers attend the Edinburgh International Magic Festival. The Edinburgh International Magic Festival, which came to a spectacular grand finale at Festival Theatre on Friday 8th July with the MagicFest Gala Show, has announced record-breaking visitor numbers. The festival’s new MagicFair event at Summerhall attracted more than 3,500 visitors across the opening weekend (1st – 3rd July), with family-friendly 'Morning' and adult-themed 'Lates' sessions selling out. Visitors delighted in shows from world-class magicians including German Patrick Lehnen (whose mesmerising show brought a desk lamp to life), Scottish mindreader Colin Cloud, local Edinburgh magic man Elliot Bibby and Californian mentalist David Gerard.

Kevin Quantum, Artistic Director of MagicFest, commented… "The new MagicFair concept was a huge hit for us. People loved the variety of experiences from the ribbon maze to courtyard hustling as well as world-class magic shows. We're proud to give people the full spectrum of magic experiences and we're already planning for 2017 (30th June - 8th July)."

The MagicFest Gala Show saw audience numbers more than double after organisers added a matinee and evening show. Eight performers wowed the audience with spellbinding performances, including Spanish world magic champion Hector Mancha and Korean Young Min Kim, whose glittering alchemy skills left audience members transfixed. The Great Lafayette Award, which honours magicians who have excelled in live stage performances, was awarded to Juan Tamariz. Other sell-out shows included all four sessions of The Secret Room event at Lauriston, Juan Tamariz’s solo show at George Square Theatre, Magic School and Kevin Quantum’s ‘Illuminations’ at The Scottish Story Telling Centre.
(Photo by Victoria Murray) 16.7.16

 

Impossible Reviews. See What's On for dates.

"Impossible, theatre review: Britain's Got Talent star shines in slick but soulless magic show" Click Here

"Impossible review at the Noel Coward Theatre, London – ‘patchy and old-fashioned’" Click Here

"BWW Review: Impossible, Noël Coward Theatre, 13 July 2016" Click Here

"Impressive tricks in Impossible, but haven't we seen lots of them before?" Click Here. 16.7.16

 

Aquatica Playing Cards. MagicWorld write: Aquatica Playing Cards have finally arrived from the USPCC, controlled by Card-Shark and Christian Schenk of Germany. The quality of these cards is significantly higher than regular bicycles, and you can feel this right from the start. The edges are super smooth and the whole deck of cards handles beautifully. Think Tally Ho meets Phoenix. These will be available through Murphy’s Magic in the coming weeks and are also available right now at: www.magicworld.co.uk/aquatica. Remember the more you order the more you save! 16.7.16

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, a short clip demonstrating the intrinsic fun of magic when it's in the hands of a natural entertainer. In this case champion jockey Frankie Dettori: The MagicWeek Video Archive. 16.7.16

 

Deception. Saturday 20th August, Cleethorpes. "Deception comes to The Parkway Theatre in Cleethorpes for an evening of magic, illusion and comedy. Dave Burns presents his fast paced, high energy show." Ticket: £10, £8.50 and family tickets £34.00. Venue: Parkway, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire DN35 0AQ (Map) www.parkwaycinemas.co.uk. 16.7.16

 

Punch and Judy maker and performer Bryan Clarke launches new website: For over 60 years Bryan Clarke from Suffolk has been synonymous with the art of Punch and Judy and children's entertainment. Bryan has been making puppets for performers and magicians alike for 40 years; famously for Supreme Magic in the 80s and 90s. Over the years Bryan has made many thousands of puppets for people all over the world and is in demand today more than ever. Not only does he make puppets, but he also performs many magic and puppet shows all over the UK. Visit www.bryan-clarke.co.uk today! 16.7.16

 

Chris Wardle Lecture - The Pentacle Club, Cambridge, Tuesday 19th July. Chris Wardle returns with a brand new lecture of simple ideas and 'crafty conjuring'. This is a collection of new material covering close-up, stand-up, children’s magic and mentalism, with the emphasis on cunning, streamlined methods which produce baffling effects. Anyone who has seen Chris previously will know that they are in for an evening of practical material that they can use. Chris is an award-winning member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. His ideas have appeared in books and magazines, and have been used on TV, radio and stage. The club meets at St Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 9LR (Map) and the lecture starts at 8pm. Visiting magicians are welcome. There is a charge for non-Pentacle members. www.pentacleclub.com. Alan Maskell. 16.7.16

 

John Carey Bolton Magicians' Club Lecture. Paul Goodman writes: "In recent years, John Carey has become internationally respected for his minimalistic, streamlined approach to close-up card magic. With 7 DVDs and 2 hardbound books to his name, including his recent release, Minimalistica, John is in constant demand in Europe to present his lecture and private card workshops. John's lecture is a 2 hour event, comprising a myriad of practical, powerful and doable commercial close-up items. John says if he can do them, then so can you!" Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 20th July at The  Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £5.00 for non-members. 16.7.16

 

Enterteasement: Comedy Magic Burlesque - Glasgow. Saturday, August 13th, 8pm - 10.30pm. "Enterteasement is Glasgow's monthly Comedy Magic Burlesque show. This month, Tom Crosbie will be showing off his Rubik Cube skills, alongside Graham Stewart a comedy magician and a burlesque act from London who will be performing a straight jacket escape routine." Tickets £15 via www.enterteasement.com. Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 16.7.16

 

Associated Conjurers of East Sussex. Nicky Lewis writes: Delighted to announce that after the AGM on 13th July members have voted their Committee on for the forthcoming year as: President Martin Lewis, Chairman David Pattenden, Treasurer John Holden and Secretary Nicky Lewis. All enquiries for membership or the coming programme, should be forwarded to Nicky via the website www.acesmagic.co.uk. 16.7.16

 

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