2Minds. Less than 30 tickets remain for the 2015 2Minds Mentalism Conference in in Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of July. This two-day event features lectures from some of the greatest minds in mentalism, including Marc Paul, Looch, Luca Volpe, Ken Dyne, Marc Spelmann, Ian Rowland and Peter Clifford. For further information and booking details visit www.mindfx.co.uk. 23.5.15

 

12th Top Secret Magic Day: Milton Keynes. Gary Young, Producer, writes: Only two weeks to go until the much anticipated 12th Top Secret Magic Day in Milton Keynes. If you're planning on going please email straight away to reserve your places. You can then pay on the day if you wish, but please advise now! This is to cut down on administration later. Email: gary@topsecretmagicday.co.uk. Don't miss this packed day of magic featuring: Bill Abbott (photo) with an exclusive lecture, coming over especially for this event; Mark James: Great lecture on comedy, cruising and cabaret; Steve Dimmer: Exclusive 100% brand new kids lecture, with an effect that will have every children's entertainer watering at the mouth! And Jasper Blakely: Brilliant lecturer with 60% new material! Also, the one and only, Paul Gordon with a commercial card workshop, Steve Dimmer's game workshop (that has earned him more than any other business he does!). Plus Magic Dealers galore, a Q+A with the stars, and a star comedy gala! See full details at www.topsecretmagicday.co.uk Don't delay book today!" 23.5.15

 

The Magic Show Story. Saturday 30th May at 6.30pm on ITV. In this one-off special, presenter and magician Stephen Mulhern goes on a journey through sixty years of trickery, as he celebrates the mind-blowing, jaw-dropping story of magic on television. Stephen recalls the moments of magic that grabbed the headlines - from Dynamo levitating above the Shard, David Blaine being encased in a block of ice, Paul Daniels’ faking his own death on air to David Copperfield’s Flying illusion. Along the way Stephen meets some of his magic heroes - from Paul Daniels to Penn and Teller - and recreates some of the popular tricks that made TV history - including sawing Anita Harris, David Nixon’s glamorous assistant, in half. Stephen hears how the likes of Nixon and Tommy Cooper first brought magic to the masses in the early days of television. He looks at the influence of ground-breaking American stars like David Copperfield and finds out how magic went from men in tuxedos pulling rabbits out of a hat, to a new generation of hip, young street magicians, like Dynamo and David Blaine. The documentary features interviews with stars of TV magic past and present including Darcy Oake, Dynamo, Paul Daniels, Anita Harris, Penn and Teller, Geoffrey Durham and Ben Hanlin, as Stephen reveals how magic has continually reached new heights on our TV screens. See TV Magic. 23.5.15

 

Britain's Got Talent - Semi-finals week. Rehearsals for a week of live shows, set to start on Monday 25th, were thrown into turmoil on Thursday when an unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered by builders in a car park near the BGT studio, Click Here. (Wednesday night is the one not to be missed). 23.5.15

 

Trix in the Stix 2016. A convention for children's entertainers. From the organisers: Please make a note of next year's dates: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th May 2016. This year's event has only just taken place, but tickets for next year's event are shortly going on sale. Here's the line-up for 2016: one of the US's best-known magical exports, David Kaye (aka Silly Billy) will be joining us as will the one and only Paul Daniels who will be performing and lecturing. Speaking of 'one and only' we also have John Kimmons with a brand-new, all-trick lecture. In addition, there will be about a dozen dealers and 4 Power Presentations. Tickets have sold out very rapidly for the past three Trix in the Stix and we expect the same for 2016 with such an outstanding line-up. Tickets will go on sale on Practical Magic's website at 11am sharp, Thursday 28th May 2015. There are only 240 places available after which we operate a Waiting List. The venue, once again, will be the beautiful leisure resort of Lion Quays, near Oswestry in Shropshire (pictured). For more information, please visit Practical Magic's website: www.practical-magic.com. 23.5.15

 

The Magicians' Podcast with Richard Young - Series II. Richard Young has been out and about again, chatting with a broad cross-section of magicians about their careers and aspirations, views on magic and simply finding out what makes them tick. Series one was a great success and series two looks set to equal or even better it! The Magicians' Podcast, 24 free episodes, starting on Friday 29th May. See magicianspodcast.podbean.com, www.facebook.com/MagiciansPodcast and iTunes. 23.5.15

 

Shane Cobalt 2016 lecture tour - now booking. Tour organiser Steve Gore writes: 'Chasing Dovetails' is the lecture from Canadian magician Shane Cobalt. It's packed with magic you are capable of doing. The whole lecture was designed with the audience in mind. It is all from his working repertoire, and it is all within the reach of the average person. There is only one or two things that will stretch your fingers a bit. He is touring in April 2016. Here is also a quick link that someone put up from the Genii Convention: Click Here. Shane has received incredible feedback for his lecture and workshop. Michael Fredrikson in Denmark says the Erdnase Workshop was the best workshop he'd ever been to. It's not uncommon for people to tell him it's the best (or second best) lecture they've ever seen (Juan Tamariz often being the first!). He'd love to conduct his Chasing Dovetails lecture, Erdnase or Advanced Card Workshop for your club. Contact tours@stevegore.co.uk. 23.5.15

 

Diego Minevitz 2016 lecture tour - now booking. Tour organiser Steve Gore writes: With many years of experience, Diego Minevitz has developed a lecture about the secrets of Harry Houdini's Escapes, Russian Roulette and Fakirism, entitled 'Extreme Magic For Everybody'. Please see the clips which show how anyone can learn these secrets in a fun, informative and hands-on lecture. He is lecturing around England, Scotland and Ireland in March 2016. He is also available to do any shows too. Contact tours@stevegore.co.uk. Lecture overview: Click Here. Sky Escape: Click Here. The Sword: Click Here. In his lecture we see psychology in magic, staging and mentalism. It is designed to work for magicians of any style. This Lecture has been delivered in 22 countries, 50 cities and 60 magic associations, for more than a thousand magicians. The themes of his lecture are very different from normal, but not less interesting. It's a very funny reunion where magicians learn, get amazed, laugh a lot and take part in every subject developed in it. 23.5.15

 

Influence: The Show. "Influence: The Show is an intimate fun evening full of astonishment and intrigue. Based on the science and research of compliance professionals and con men, Roberto demonstrates in an amazing and fun-filled evening, methods, techniques and strategies used for influence and persuasion. You will never believe your own choices again! The show is now showing at Belair House in Dulwich Village before heading to the West End." Remaining dates: Friday 19th June, Thursday 16th July, Thursday 20th August, Thursday 17th September. Bookings: www.kweekweek.com. 23.5.15

 

John Carey's 'Crafted with Carey' lecture - Medway Magical Society. Rob Glendinning writes: Sleight of hand expert John Carey will be lecturing some of his finest creations with a deck of cards on Tuesday, 2nd June, at 8pm. Internationally renowned for his streamlined approach to close-up, workable magic, John promises a lecture loaded with powerful, practical and doable material. Having lectured throughout Europe over the past 12 months, we are delighted to welcome John to Kent and the Medway Magical Society. Non members welcome - £10 entry on the night. Venue: Medway Magical Society, St George Hotel, New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB (Map). www.medwaymagicalsociety.org.uk. 23.5.15

 

MindFX is celebrating its first year of business by launching a fresh new website. Included on the site is Michael Murray’s latest release 'Calculated Risk'. Calculated Risk allows you to very easily unlock two borrowed mobiles. For details visit www.mindfx.co.uk and enjoy a 10% discount on any purchase by using discount code HAPPYBIRTHDAY (valid until Saturday 30th May). 23.5.15

 

Ken Dyne’s ‘Practical Mentalism Tour’ Lecture - Newcastle Magic Circle, Tuesday May 26th. "One of the UK’s busiest working mentalists, Ken Dyne, aka Kennedy, lectures on material from his highly acclaimed book Bairn, together with previously unreleased material, at Newcastle Magic Circle this Tuesday. The lecture features many of Ken’s pet routines suitable for close-up, stand-up, formal and casual performances, with a focus on practical, entertaining mentalism." For more information contact Newcastle Magic Circle. To find out more about Ken’s upcoming lectures see www.mentalunderground.com/lectures. "He sees outside the box from the inside, then proceeds to reach on to those elusive dreams to make them a reality whereby his creations become the new box others look out from." Banachek. (That's quite some quote! DT) 23.5.15

 

FISM competitors 2015. The official list of FISM stage and close-up competitors has just been released, Click Here. 23.5.15

 

Ipswich Magical Society presents Beyond Belief. From the organisers: The Ipswich Magical Society is putting on a one night magic spectacular in Stowmarket on June 28th. Tickets are just £10. The evening will feature a number of members performing close-up magic before the show and during the interval and the show itself has a stellar line up, including: Magic Olly, Gemma Raymond, Wayne Goodman and many more. Tickets are £10 each from www.regalstowmarket.co.uk. 23.5.15

 

Magicseen's Bank Holiday Bonanza: "Every now and again someone goes a bit nuts in the Magicseen office and puts together a great offer, and it's happened again this Bank Holiday weekend. Take out a new 1 year printed copy or download copy sub, or extend your current sub by 1 year, and you can elect to receive free downloads of any three of our back issues (issues 1-61). Or......take out a 2 year printed copy or download sub (or extend your current one by 2 years), and you can elect to receive free up to six download back issues. To claim your free download copies you simply need to type into the Additional Comments box at the foot of the online Checkout page which back issues you would like to receive. We will then send you the links to download your selections. This is already a good deal as it offers you either £12 or £24 worth of free downloads, but there's more! Every person who takes part in the above promotion will also be entered into a draw and two lucky winners will each receive free copies of both the Masterclass Volume 1 and Masterclass Volume 2 E-Books, which provide you with all 117 effects that appeared in the first 8 volumes of Magicseen! To ensure that you can take advantage of the free downloads and get entered into the draw, you need to place your subscription order no later than midnight on Monday 25th May 2015. So do it now by going to www.magicseen.co.uk and clicking on the 'subscribe' tab. 23.5.15

 

Bluelight Comedy & Magic, Northampton: "On Friday the 5th of June Bluelight Comedy features two fantastic acts. Comedian Alfie Moore and comedy magician John Lenahan. Bluelight Comedy is Ashley Turner's bi-monthly evening of cutting-edge Stand-up Comedy and World Class Magic held at The Sun Inn, 9 High Street, Hardingstone, Northampton NN4 7BT (Map). This event sells out every month, and tickets are £10. For more information visit www.facebook.com/Bluelightcomedy or contact Ashley for ticket reservations via www.thetrixta.com. 23.5.15

 

The 55th Bristol Day of Magic is reviewed by Elizabeth Warlock this week, Click Here. 23.5.15

 

The Card Collection Whitsun Sale - Now On! "It's the Whitsun Bank Holiday so it's time for a short sale at The Card Collection! The sale runs from now until 10am on Tuesday 26th May. Up to 20% of all products in our massive range. Don't miss out, visit www.cards4magic.co.uk and save some money!" 23.5.15

 

It's official: Swindon is the new Las Vegas. "...we emailed, this has been going on for weeks" You've got to love Young & Strange. Watch their latest exploits, Click Here. 23.5.15

 

The Home Counties Magical Society is pleased to announce the election of their new president, Steve Graham, pictured here receiving the president’s chain from the former president, Robert Bone (left). The Home Counties Magical Society regularly meets in Lower Earley, near Reading, Berkshire, usually on the third Thursday of each month. It was established in 1947 and remains one of the most enthusiastic and well respected magic societies in Great Britain. New members are always welcome and can find information on joining the society at www.hcms.org.uk. 23.5.15

 

Deanna (Steve Gore's daughter) will appear in the S.A.M.'s Stars of Tomorrow show at their convention in Philadelphia in July. Steve says that Deanna, who turned 10 this week, is one of seven acts chosen from around the world and will be performing her Frozen act which has received fantastic comments from Jeff McBride and Shawn Farquhar. 23.5.15

 

International news: Daryl Easton, The Magician's Magician, Special Guest at Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp this Summer. From the organisers: With a record number of best selling DVDs & books, having traveled the world several times over, winning the card category at FISM, and probably sitting on a ton of great unpublished ideas – Daryl has lots to offer the campers. He's famous for his decades of innovative thinking behind sleight of hand, which has garnered him international acclaim. Now imagine what it would be like to spend a camp session with this guy?! Are you aged 8-20 or know someone who is and would benefit from a week at Sorcerers Safari? Learn more about attending Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp with Daryl this year - visit: www.sorcererssafari.ca. 23.5.15

 

Popular magician and children’s entertainer Jack Stephens has sadly died at the age of 62 after a short illness. Jack was born in South Africa but lived in Wiltshire for the past 25 years. He was a well-respected magician and a member of The Magic Circle and The International Brotherhood of Magicians. Jack entertained at numerous parties, schools, playgroups, libraries and hospitals, and also performed close-up magic at weddings and formal functions. Jack also featured in television programmes. He entertained a number of high profile individuals - a highlight of his career was entertaining the Queen at a private lunch party. Jack brought happiness and laughter to many, especially thousands of children in hospitals in Bath, Bristol and Swindon. He will be greatly missed, especially by his wife Rosemary and daughters Caroline and Susie. His funeral will be held at Semington Crematorium, Devizes Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire at 1.45pm on Thursday 4th June where all are welcome. Providing entertainment was so important to Jack, and Rosemary will be continuing to run the business and provide entertainers as Jack had done.

"Jack Stephens: 8th December, 1952 - 14th May, 2015" Remembered by Ian Keable, Click Here.

"Tributes paid to Wiltshire magician Jack Stephens" Click Here.

"Popular Wiltshire magician dies, 62" Click Here. 23.5.15

 

"Dynamo wants to tip the scales: Now fat's magic" Click Here • "Cheltenham magician John Elliott gets four yeses from Britain's Got Talent judges" Click Here • "Cheltenham magician John Elliott talks Britain's Got Talent" Click Here • "Newcastle magician Chris Cross tells of dream team-up with legend Paul Daniels" Click Here • "'Troy Street Magic': New TV Show Starring British Magician Troy ‘Von Majik’ Scheibner Airs Tonight On SYFY" Click Here • "‘Band Of Magicians’ tours NZ" Click Here • "'The Magicians' Trailer Released; Plot Details Of New Syfy Series Revealed!" Click Here • "'Godfather of Magic' Paul Daniels heads to Gladstone Theatre" Click Here • "Video: Teenage magician becomes overnight hit thanks to these tricks" Click Here • "Linking Rings review" Click Here • "The Illusionists bring shocking tricks to the Straz stage" Click Here • "British Illusionist DMC Takes Sofia Beyond Magic" Click Here • "TV series gifts Houdini bust to Appleton" Click Here • "Penn Jillette: How we freaked out Letterman" Click Here • "Royal magician has tricks up his sleeve for Huddersfield audience" Click Here • And finally... "The internet is obsessing over this real-life optical illusion that looks like an M.C. Escher drawing — here's how it works" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 23.5.15

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Last Week: Number 777 - 16th May 2015

 

James Freedman: Man of Steal transfers to London's West End for a six week limited season. Following a sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre, Chocolate Factory Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group present James Freedman: Man of Steal at Trafalgar Studio 1 from 26th May – 4th July 2015. "It blew my mind" Dynamo. Persuader, showman, thief... James Freedman will steal a whole lot more than you might expect and one member of the audience will lose the most valuable thing possible... "One of the ultimate all-stars in his field today" Edward Norton. He’s even caught the eye of Prime Minister David Cameron, who was recently heard being flummoxed by his skills... YouTube. Funny and fast-fingered, Freedman exposes how the bad guys really work, the show reflecting a life-time spent studying hustlers, street criminals and con-men. Fuelled at an early age after falling victim to muggers and further inspired by watching child pickpockets on the streets of Paris, he began a lifelong study of stealth crime and the psychology of thieves. Man of Steal is directed and co-written by Edward Hilsum, the founder of production company Love Variety.

 

James Freedman: Man of Steal. Trafalgar Studios (Trafalgar Studio 1), 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY (Map). 26th May – 4th July 2015. 8pm Monday to Saturday, plus matinees at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday. Box Office: 0844 871 7632 www.atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios. Tickets: £15.00 - £39.50 (+£3 transaction fee). Premium tickets also available. Group rate of £25 for groups of 6+* Students rate £19.50* *Subject to availability. www.manofstealwestend.com. 16.5.15

 

Breakfast at Piffany's. Direct from Las Vegas, Piff returns to the Ed Fringe with an hour of new tricks, old snacks and sweet, sweet prizes. And yes, he’s bringing the dog too. Part magic show, part game show, part cry for help, Breakfast at Piffany’s sees Piff split the audience into teams to fight for points and prizes, and along the way witness incredible magic tricks, delicious snacks, surprise special guests and epic thumb wars.

A smash hit on the Las Vegas Strip, Piff has dished up desserts to Shania Twain, sold Hollywood star Brad Garrett a croissant for $1,000, and dazzled David Copperfield himself with sleight of paw dragony miracles. Piff and Mr Piffles (the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua) fly into Edinburgh for sixteen nights only to give UK audiences a taste of what they’ve been missing. Venue: Beauty – Underbelly, The Meadows at 10.40pm from 14th - 29th August. Tickets: www.underbelly.co.uk Age restriction 12+.
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Illusionist James More talks 'The Magic Circle' and Jamie Raven: "British illusionist James More chatted with Digital Journal about his recent promotion to Member of the Inner Magic Circle (MIMC), as well as fellow magician Jamie Raven." To read the full story by Markos Papadatos in Digital Journal, Click Here. (Look out for Jamie in Tuesday's OK! magazine.) 16.5.15

 

An Audience with Paul Daniels - live via Ginicam. Ginicam write: Bring a bit of magic to your day and join Paul Daniels on Sunday 24th of May for an intimate afternoon of food, fun and Paul talking about his life in the limelight. Presented at the prestigious Hippodrome Casino in London’s Leicester Square. Head to www.hippodromecasino.com for tickets and more information. This event is on behalf of The Grand Order of Water Rats and profits from this event will benefit The Water Rats. King Rat Rick Wakeman told us, “This is the first in a series of events at the Hippodrome planned for this year, featuring some legendary names from the world of entertainment, talking about their lives and raising money for good causes supported by The Water Rats at the same time. We offer our thanks to Paul who is launching the series”. Can’t make it to Leicester Square? You can view the event live from the comfort of your own home through video broadcasting platform Ginicam, ensuring you don’t miss any of the magic of the afternoon. Tickets are £5 for a Premium Plus ticket allowing you to text chat questions and feedback throughout the live broadcast. You can secure your online interactive ticket at www.ginicam.com (currently available on Google Chrome only). 16.5.15

 

Just 50 days to go to FISM 2015. Lu Chen has just been added to an already incredible line-up. See www.fismitaly2015.com. 16.5.15

 

Professor Stephen Hawking and Dynamo to appear at Glastonbury 2015: "Glastonbury’s Kidz Field has been a magical place for children over the past last 20 years and to celebrate their 21st anniversary, renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking and Dynamo The Magician will both appear there at this year’s festival." Click Here. 16.5.15

 

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Set at the beginning of the 19th century, England no longer believes in practical magic, until the reclusive Mr Norrell vows to prove himself England's greatest magician... Based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke (MagicWeek issue 221), Eddie Marsan and Bertie Carvel take on the roles of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell in this seven-part BBC One drama series. Starting at 9pm on Sunday 17th May. 16.5.15

 

Doc Eason - Three hour Magic Circle Masterclass, London. From the organisers: The Magic Circle is opening its doors for a very special event on Friday 29th May 2015 for the one and only Doc Eason, voted Lecturer of the Year by the Magic Castle. Doc will host a Master Class for members and non-members that afternoon featuring his signature routine ‘Card Under Glass’  (38 years in development) at the Magic Circle HQ for a small limited group. This workshop runs about 3 hours and has been enthusiastically received, both here in the UK and in the US. Time: 3pm-6pm. The price is £65 and it includes the Card under Glass DVD set (a £35 value in itself). Spaces are limited so please put your name down as soon as possible if you would like to be part of this MasterClass from the world best Bar Magician. For more information please contact michaeljfitch@themagiccircle.co.uk. 16.5.15

 

Doc Eason - Magic Circle Lecture, London. At 7pm on Friday 29th May 2015 Doc Eason will be presenting his 2 hour lecture at The Magic Circle in London. The Magic Circle will open at 6.15pm. 1st half 7pm - 8pm, 30 minute break, 2nd half 8.30pm - 9.30pm. Entrance is free for members or £20 for non-members. Non-members wishing to attend should email guestlist@themagiccircle.co.uk to have their names added to the guest list for the evening. www.themagiccircle.co.uk. 16.5.15

 

Doc Eason - British Magical Society Lecture, Birmingham. Paul Cadley writes: Magic convention goers will have come across Doc Eason on more than one occasion. ‘Doc’ specializes in bar magic. For 27 years he was featured entertainer at John Denver's world famous Tower Comedy Magic Bar, and recently was involved in the Fox TV show ‘Masters of Illusion’. Widely recognized as one of the world’s premier bar magicians he has lectured in many countries. This promises to be a great night of magic and entertainment. Chairperson: Jay Adkins. Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £10 fee. Tuesday 26th May at 7.30pm at Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). See www.britishmagicalsociety.co.uk for details. 16.5.15

 

Doc Eason - Manchester Circle of Magicians Lecture. Mike Hinde writes: Magic convention goers will have come across Doc Eason on more than one occasion. ‘Doc’ specializes in bar magic. For 27 years he was featured entertainer at John Denver's world famous Tower Comedy Magic Bar, and recently was involved in the Fox TV show ‘Masters of Illusion’. Widely recognized as one of the world’s premier bar magicians he has lectured in many countries. This promises to be a great night of magic and entertainment. May 18th. See www.manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk for details. 16.5.15

 

The Magic History Gathering at The Magic Circle takes place on Saturday 13th June and is open to both members and non-members. There is a full day of talks and performance. For details of the six speakers and performers see What's On. Admission is £40 for the day including lunch and coffees and must be paid in advance. For details of admission contact Bob Loomis on bobloomis@themagiccircle.co.uk. 16.5.15

 

John Carey's 'Crafted with Carey' lecture - Medway Magical Society. Rob Glendinning writes: Sleight of hand expert John Carey will be lecturing some of his finest creations with a deck of cards. Internationally renowned for his streamlined approach to close-up, workable magic, John promises a lecture loaded with powerful, practical and doable material. Having lectured throughout Europe over the past 12 months, we are delighted to welcome John to Kent and the Medway Magical Society. 8pm on Tuesday 2nd June. Non members welcome - £10 entry on the night. Medway Magical Society, St George Hotel, New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB (Map). www.medwaymagicalsociety.org.uk. 16.5.15

 

Ian Harvey Stone's 'The Devil Without' comes to the Brighton Fringe for a limited run of six performances in May starting on the 16th at The Dukebox Theatre. 'The Devil Without' is an interactive and immersive one-man show, based on Marlowe's Faust and inspired by the works of Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore, and features a unique blend of magic, mentalism and theatre. "If you have any interest at all in magic as an art form, then you must find time to see 'The Devil Without'" Fringe Guru. "Highly Original" The Stage. "It truly is an all-consuming experience. Despite my determination to be sceptical I found myself constantly surprised and impressed by Stone's brilliant magical escapades." Broadway Baby. Tickets: www.brightonfringe.org. 16.5.15

 

Andy Leach Lecture - The Anglian Magic Society. Steve Majes writes: Andy has traveled the world with his comedy and magic, performing at the Royal Variety Performance, Montreal Comedy Festival, Tokyo International Comedy Festival and the Laugh Factory (LA), along with numerous worldwide television appearances. Andy has also toured the UK and performed at many of the top theatres and cabaret venues. So you can imagine the wealth of experience and stories Andy has to share. Come along for a fun filled and informative night from a true pro! Tuesday 19th May at 7.30pm. Members £2.00 Visitors £10.00 - all are welcome, payment on the door. The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). More details: www.facebook.com/TheAnglianMagicSociety. 16.5.15

 

Introducing Magic Books Online: "Hello! Welcome to Magic Books Online, an online only business, based up t’North (near Preston) in the UK. We LOVE magic books. In an age of the one-trick DVD and YouTube tutorials we feel that it is important to extol the virtues of real life, physical books. Remember the first time you received a magic book through the post? Excitedly ripping open the parcel to get to what’s inside (no, not the polystyrene chips and bubble wrap!). Carefully tearing off the cellophane wrapper to gain access to your investment. Riffling through the as yet un-fingered leaves. Letting them riffle off your thumb like a new deck of Bikes just under your nostrils as you breathe in deeply, inhaling the knowledge within! Just us then?


If you have never had the pleasure of owning a magic book you are in for a treat. We have made every effort to make our online bookshop as easy to use as possible. If you know what you’re looking for then our intelligent search facility will help you locate it quickly and accurately. If you are looking for inspiration then why not browse a category that interests you? What’s that? 'How much is it going to cost to get my book delivered?' Not a sausage (if you live in the UK) and for everywhere else in the world it’s just £20. No minimum order, no voucher codes, nice and easy. So get yourself a brew and some biccies, get settled in your favourite chair and start mooching!" Michael Palin, Magic Books Online. www.magicbooksonline.com.
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Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishop's Stortford. "Wow! ... 'French Champion of Magic', International performer, author, creator and lecturer Boris Wild will be joining the Magicians at the Half Moon this month, alongside World IBM and Magic Circle Close-Up Champion Jon Allen, with your host for the evening, comedy magician (and professional Shrek lookalike) Martin Cox. Friday 29th May is going to be one amazing night of magic that you really do not want to miss. Tickets are £15 on the door but if you reserve your tickets by calling Martin on 01279 659562 you'll get them for £10 each. Doors open at 7.30pm and the fun and amazement kicks off at 8pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map) and the show kicks off at 8pm. More information at www.halfmoonmagic.co.uk." Andy Clockwise. 16.5.15

 

A comedy magic special at Conjuring at the Court on Thursday 28th May. Starring: Michael Dardant (photo) from New Orleans, who recently starred at the Bristol convention, a very funny performer and a real FISM prospect; Carl Pettman – dry wit in a very British style; Wes Zaharuk – zany, hilarious magical madness! Graham P Jolley – rapier wit and extraordinary mentalism and compere is Roger Dunlop, Conjuring at the Court’s answer to the Reverend Richard Coles! The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). There’s a bar at the back of the room so you can have a drink while enjoying the magic. Seats are comfortable and all have a good view of the stage. Just 12 minutes from Central London: take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the pub is 2 minutes walk from the station. Parking free from 6.30pm. Come early and enjoy a dinner from the pub’s varied menu. Tickets £11 in advance, £12 on the night from www.conjuringatthecourt.com. 16.5.15

 

Chris Congreave Lecture - South Staffordshire Society of Magicians. Ian Brennan writes: South Staffordshire Society of Magicians are proud to be hosting a lecture by Chris Congreave on May 18th. Visiting magicians are most welcome to come and join us for these events. Cost for non-members is £5 for each night. On June 1st The South Staffordshire Society of Magicians will be holding our annual Close-up Competition. Free entry to visiting magicians and to non-magician spectators. More details for all of the above can be found at www.3sm.org.uk or by emailing brennan@3sm.org.uk. 16.5.15

 

Cheeky Dog Entertainment Lecture, Coventry. James Cannon writes: The Coventry Magic Circle are delighted to welcome Dave Tomkins. Dave is a master magician and ventriloquist. He was recently a UK prize winner at the Intercontinental Children's Entertainer Championships in Blackpool. For all children's entertainers this is one not to be missed. £10 entrance fee for visiting magicians. 8pm on Tuesday 19th May. The Coventry Magic Circle, Bentley Road Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR (Map). 16.5.15

 

World Record holding Escapologist Stuart Burrell will be performing a short series of escapes dubbed 'The Dark Origins of Escapology' at Doomsday VI in Whitby this weekend. He, and fellow Southend Sorcerers member, the award winning Tracy Wise, are performing on Saturday. Stuart became a member of The Magic Circle last week having successfully completed the audition process and said "May is a very magical month for me already, but to have joined The Magic Circle and have the privilege to be considered as a member, on top of the honour to be able to perform at an event as prestigious as Doomsday, well, it is still taking some time to sink in." Stuart is now taking bookings for his lectures on Escapology for late 2015 and early 2016 (see the MagicWeek Lecturers page for booking details). 16.5.15

 

The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be on 2nd June, at the St. George Hotel, Great Yarmouth. The aim of the social evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere. Entrance is free. If anyone wants go come along, please email thegathering@mail.com or phone Kyle on 07510933734 for further information. 16.5.15

 

Toast of London. Not magic, but by chance I featured thespian rooted comedy Toast of London back in issue 764, so I was really pleased to see Matt Berry (Toast) picking up a BAFTA last week. If you like Curb, early Partridge, Peep Show, then try a slice of Toast. Series 1 and 2 is out now on DVD, with series 3 on the way. Available from Amazon.co.uk Click Here. DT. 16.5.15

 

Jack Stephens. Very sad to report that Jack Stephens died on Thursday, May 14th, of Pancreatic Cancer. Jack was a very popular magician specialising in children's parties and close-up magic. Although we never met, he was also a keen contributor to MagicWeek. No more details at this time. DT. 16.5.15

 

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