Gotcha! The (levitating) tables were turned on David Berglas last weekend during The David Berglas International Magic Award 2014 presentation at the International Magic Convention in London, in an elaborate setup that involved theatre riggers, video operators, cup engravers!, convention organisers, and the man that David thought the award was actually going to, Dynamo.


All had conspired behind the scenes to present this year's International Magic Award to David Berglas himself, in recognition of a lifetime's contribution to Magic. Dynamo had great fun in 'receiving' the award one moment and then presenting it to David seconds later, complete with a change of name on the engraved name plaque, and can now add 'The man that fooled David Berglas' to his CV. David was clearly overwhelmed by the surprise of it all, as was the audience who responded with a standing ovation. Andy Nyman then talked to David, looking back at some of his career highlights, before taking questions from the packed theatre audience. It was a great tribute. Photo: James Freedman, Dynamo, David Berglas, Andy Nyman and Noel Britten. Click Here to enlarge.


The London Festival of Magic 2014, which runs in the week leading up to the main convention, is reviewed by Roberto Forzoni Click Here, and don't forget to make a note in your diaries for next year's International Magic Convention, which will run from Friday 20th November to Sunday 22nd, preceded by the London Festival of Magic. DT. 22.11.14


Thursday 27th November, Torn Apart: Beyond Magic with DMC. Two years ago DMC attempted an escape stunt in Scotland that nearly killed him... Click Here. This Thursday (27th November) he'll be attempting it again, in the largest episode in the current series of Beyond Magic with DMC, but this time he's decided to crank things up a little, making it even more dangerous. Don't miss it! Here's a link the latest teaser for the series: YouTube. Thursday 27th November at 8pm, also see TV Magic. "Magician DMC: Sky News interview" Click Here. 22.11.14


Conjuring up a Magic Dozen. Organisers of one of the UK’s leading magic conventions have conjured up a ‘magician’s dozen’ to celebrate its twelfth year. The South Tyneside International Magic Festival Convention, renowned as one of the friendliest of its kind, will return for three days of lectures, dealers, close-up sessions and gala shows from Friday March 13th 2015. This year’s line-up will feature 13 performers from around the world, including multi award-winners Michael Finney and mentalist Satori. They’ll be joined by mind readers Atlas and Looch and Luke Jermay, card experts John Carey and Gordon Bruce, family magicians Russ Brown and Dave Andrews, theatrical performer Kieron Lefever and illusionists The Great Nardini, High Jinx and Diamond and Jade. Former Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year, John Archer (photo), will also make an appearance and is working alongside organisers, South Tyneside Council, to help make this year’s event the best yet. He said: “I’ve been involved with the South Tyneside International Magic Festival Convention for many years now and I’m delighted to be taking an even greater role in 2015. This year’s line-up features an eclectic mix of performers from around the world and I’m looking forward to welcoming back many regular attendees, as well as some new faces.” Tickets for the convention, which runs from Friday March 13th to Sunday March 15th, are available now priced at £65 per person. For more information, or to book, call 0191 4247986 or email 22.11.14


Tom Mullica presents Viktor Renner with the first prize trophy and £1,000 cash, for winning the 31st International Close-up Competition at the International Magic Convention last weekend. Congratulations Viktor! 22.11.14


Vladimir Dimitri Kockov is a heavy-accented, tight leather-trousered, mullet-hairdoed master magician. With a highly polished mental-magic cabaret show, Kockov progressively reveals more and more of people’s inner thoughts. From card predictions and psychological influencing, to mind-reading, Kockov always adds his own comic spin. Kockov keeps them laughing right up to the last insane stunt – real live Russian Roulette! 7.30pm - 10pm Friday November 28th. Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map). Tickets: 22.11.14


Christmas Magic at the Barn - Rochford, Saturday 6th, and Sunday 7th December. A unique evening of magic to start the festive season offering close-up wizardry presented at tables followed by a stage show featuring magic, mystery and comedy. The main show features the dove magic of Brian and Audrey Miller, the multi-award winning Oliver Tabor, international gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo on Saturday and the deadly and hilarious Card Ninja on Sunday, all skillfully held together with magic and comedy by compere by Adrian Fox, plus a whole host of close-up magicians throughout the evening within the warm, intimate and enchanting atmosphere of a 17th century barn theatre. The ticket price includes a free glass of mulled wine for adults and soft drink for children, plus a mince pie. Drinks are served on admission and other refreshments are available to purchase including wine and beer. Showtimes Sunday 6th at 7pm, Sunday 7th at 6pm. Magic at the Barn, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LH (Map). Tickets only £12.50. Book tickets online: Ticket line 01702 543242. 22.11.14


Wayne Dobson: The Definitive Collection Lecture - Burton upon Trent, this Thursday. Eddie Young writes: Wayne Dobson has kindly agreed to give a special lecture in Burton on Trent for a charity night, together with Mike Sullivan. Wayne has recently completed one-off lectures with standing ovations. Please note Wayne is not visiting any other societies in the Midlands region. Thursday 27th November. Doors open at 7pm and the lecture runs from 7.30pm - 10.30pm. Refreshments available. Venue: National Brewery Centre, Horninglow Street, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1NG (Map). Tickets will be £15 on the door or order online at just £10 (offer ends Tuesday evening) see All profits will be going to further research into Multiple Sclerosis. 22.11.14


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishop's Stortford. Andy Clockwise writes: Friday 28th November will be the last outing for the 'Magicians at the Half Moon' this year (they'll be back February 27th 2015) and they're seeing out the year with a bang! This month sees Half Moon debuts for Lee Bell and Darryl Rose, who promise to amaze and astound with their award winning magic, with the evening compered by the ever present Martin Cox. Doors open at 7.30pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishop's Stortford, Herts. CM23 2LD (Map). Entry is £10 and if you'd like to secure a seat, please call Martin on 01279 659562. For more information, please visit 22.11.14


Alan Shaxon - The Sophisticated Sorcerer The Life and Magic of an International Magician. Alan Shaxon, with Scott Penrose and Stephen Short is reviewed by MagicWeek this week, Click Here. 22.11.14


Chris Rawlins Recalled - University of Huddersfield. Chris Rawlins demonstrates his super-human memory live on stage. This act is like nothing you have ever seen before. Chris demonstrates razor sharp accuracy and concentration, showcasing the true power of the human brain. Chris will not only demonstrate the true power of his well sculpted memory and its super-human capacity, he will also make you laugh and gasp. He will even teach you a unique skill that will never be forgotten. An experience not to be missed! Tuesday 16th December at 7.30pm at Milton Theatre, Studio 1, The University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH (Map). All tickets £5.00. For further details and to book email the Box Office: 22.11.14


Wayne Dobson - The Definitive Collection. From the publishers: The latest batch of Wayne's fabulous book has now arrived from the binders and so Magicseen Publications can supply you directly from stock. This has to be the publishing event of 2014, as the book is hugely imposing both in physical size, with its hard backed covers containing over 400 large size pages, and in terms of its contents, with a fascinating blend of anecdotes and info on Wayne's life, advice on all manner of magical topics, contributions from famous friends from around the world, and of course over 80 of Wayne's trademark magic routines. Each copy is numbered and once the limited edition run is sold out, there will be no more. So now is the time to get yourself a small slice of magical history (Christmas is coming up so it would make a great present if you drop hints in the right places!) and don't forget that customers who already subscribe to Magicseen directly with us in the UK receive a 20% price reduction, making this landmark book an even more attractive buy. For more info and to order go to 22.11.14


Magic Tao Shop Now Open On Saturdays! "Christmas has come early! From this Saturday 22nd November Magic Tao will be open for business on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm. Come visit us, browse, have a coffee and a chat, about all things magic. Many of you know that Magic Tao has a bricks and mortar shop; some of you may already have paid us a visit. It's only now that we've decided to open on Saturdays - the graffiti wall itself is worth a look, not to mention our stock of magic; we have Tao brands and a range of effects for all abilities and interests. See you soon." Magic Tao, Unit B2 Castle Vale Enterprise Park, Park Lane, Birmingham B35 6LJ (Map). See: 22.11.14


Two Magic Night Christmas Specials at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, December 5th: "Magic Night mind benders. Pete Antoniou will reach into your head (in the funniest way possible) and tell you exactly what you think of him, whilst Lee Hathaway burns money, breaks eggs and finds objects in the most unusual places. AJ James will be endangering his life, his limbs and the front row with sharp objects whilst balancing on a skateboard and Michael Vadini will perform some jaw dropping magic – your perception of reality will never be the same again. Expertly compered by Neil Henry, the mighty sorcerer."

Friday, December 19th: "We’ll be taking you to the realms of fantasy in this show with BBC 3 Killer Magic star Ben Hart and his tricky yet compulsive stories as he weaves clever illusions with narrative. Pete Antoniou will reach into your head (in the funniest way possible) and tell you exactly what you think of him. Card Ninja will make an ordinary deck of cards slice and fly through the air in Ninja like feats that would make a crouching tiger and hidden dragon stand and applaud and the lanky, tall wizard, Pete Heat is with us playing with bread, reading your minds, invading you dreams and restoring objects to their original state in impossible tricks that will make you gasp (we kid you not). All expertly compered by Christian Lee." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 6.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Reserved seating £14 including entry to Good Foot. Show ticket plus seated dinner and club: £46. Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info:


This year, Magic Moments 14 raised £2,356.87 for, a specialist holiday centre and the first of its kind in Europe catering for those with special needs. Some of the UK’s best magic acts came together to raise smiles and money over two sell-out shows; Richard Leigh presented a full stage theatrical family Halloween show with the 'Headless Lady', 'Ghost Mirror' and other brilliant pieces. Assisted by Mike Sullivan and Michelle Roberts, kids came in fancy dress and prizes were given to the best dressed. The evening MM14 show, hosted by Jay Fortune and featuring Oliver Tabor, Richard Leigh, The Casablancas, Vox Magique and Chris Cox showed the public’s support for variety shows. Two amazing magic performances in one day. Magic Moments is now in its 7th year and you can take part in 2015. Keep an eye on MagicWeek for future details. 22.11.14


The Magic Show Story. Following on from last year’s Come On Down: The Game Show Story, The Magic Show Story, presented by Stephen Mulhern, will air on ITV in 2015. This special will tell the tale of how British TV fell in love with magic and how it played host to international stars like David Copperfield. Stephen Mulhern will embark on a journey through 60 years of magic, recreating some of the tricks that left audiences spellbound along the way. Produced by Stuart Ramsay, with Andrew Nicholson acting as executive producer for production company Shiver. 22.11.14


Chris Cross launched ''The Quayside Cabaret Club'' on Thursday evening by Newcastle's Quayside to rave reviews! The Show was completely sold out and featured Simon Donald (stand-up comedian and cofounder of VIZ), Carl Cape (One Man Music Marvel), Natt Lunatrick (Knife Juggling on a Unicycle and Hat Manipulation), Graham Hey (Magicseen Magazine's very own Comedy Mind-reader!) and Chris Cross, who compered the evening with his acts of Escapology, Magic and Stunts! The next show will be on 23rd December featuring Harrison Richards, Mr. Cross and acts from The Moscow State Circus and Gerry Cottle's Circus! Venue: The Montana Lounge (Above Prima Ristorante) Quayside. Tickets: £25, available now from: "Quayside Cabaret Club - First Night Review" Click Here. 22.11.14


‘Piddington’s Secrets’ to be published next month. From the publishers: We know how they did it! A London bus driver reveals the biggest secret in magic history. Sydney and Lesley Piddington were an Australian husband and wife mentalism team who performed as The Piddingtons and gave one of the most famous stage and radio telepathy acts of modern times. Sydney Piddington could transmit his thoughts to his wife without talking, even if she was miles away. Today, baffled magicians are still unable to work out how they did it. A ‘throw-away’ comment by retired London bus driver Brian Hart to his son Martin, a journalist, led to the discovery that his granddad worked on the BBC broadcasts where the Piddingtons demonstrated ESP to over 20 million listeners every week. At the time Martin’s Granddad had made notes in an RAF notebook revealing their methods. The notes were pertinent to his job on the shows.

“I was interviewing magician Paul Daniels for my radio show when my dad mentioned that his own father worked with a famous magician once. So I investigated further and discovered it was Telepath Sydney Piddington. I searched through Granddad’s affects and discovered the notebook. I had no idea that the methods were still unknown,” said Martin Hart.

The Piddingtons act was the most unfathomable ESP demonstration the world had ever witnessed and many scientists were convinced their powers were real. They performed in theatres across Britain which included the London Palladium. Sydney Piddington invented his secret methods during his 3 year imprisonment in the Changi POW camp in Singapore during WW2. He later married Lesley Pope and they formed the act in Australia before bringing it to England. To this day their methods have remained unfathomed, although many theories have emerged.

Actual BBC recordings and film footage from British Pathe, supports the methods in the notebook and clearly shows they are genuine. Martin says once you understand the methods you can spot all their mistakes. Piddington’s surviving family gave Martin Hart permission to publish the secrets as a book and his investigation uncovered an incredibly revealing story behind their cunningly skillful journey to fame.

The book ‘Piddington’s Secrets’ will be available from December 2014 through magic shops and online. You can also reserve a copy via the website where you can hear the Piddington broadcasts and add your own theories to the collection.


"The Piddingtons Telepathy Act Revealed" Click Here. 22.11.14


The Order of The Magi Christmas Party. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s time for The Order of The Magi Christmas party on Tuesday 9th December 2014. There will be games, competitions, spot prizes, a hot pot type supper and if that isn’t enough a three part cabaret starring top comedian Bill Wooland, well known local guitar vocalist Lesley Davies and the hilarious magic of one of the north west’s busiest comedy magicians Peter Dean (photo). All this for only £5, yes just £5! Advance booking only as catering numbers need to be in by 2nd December. Details on or contact tel: 0161 969 8222. 22.11.14


Dr Nicolas Grimoire lectures for the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 26th November, at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby. Paul Sharp, President, Derby Magic Circle writes: Doors open at 7.30pm, ready to start at 8pm. Dr Nicolas Grimoire entertains audiences with stories of witchcraft, murder, crime and punishment, illustrated with mind-reading effects. Among the venues that have taken his one-man show are Carmarthen's Castle House, Arundel Jailhouse, Nottingham's Galleries of Justice Museum, Bolsover Castle, Gainsborough Old Hall, Leicester Guildhall and Nottingham Castle, as well as pubs, private homes and a host of museums large and small. In his lecture he demonstrates some of his core routines and outlines how these are constructed, often from very simple tricks which he developed to fit his stories. "I experienced the show a few weeks ago at the Leicester Guildhall and was amazed at the reactions from the audience. As Magicians, we can use patter to entertain the audience. Nick has developed a special skill set that blends Magic and Mentalism with the age old art of story-telling that truly engages the audience and elevates the performance to a higher level". Paul Sharp. A rare and unique lecture, not to be missed! Visiting Magicians are very welcome at Derby. There is a small fee payable on the night. Please contact our secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. 22.11.14


Tony Griffith celebrates 25 years as a professional magician, Click Here. 22.11.14


Ian Adair's latest book released. From the publishers: "'You don't have to be crazy to be a magic dealer - but it helps!!!' is the title of Ian Adair's latest and final book in the series of books relating to his times at the famous 'Supreme Magic Company'. Entertainingly written, Ian remembers a wealth of amusing incidents, all of which happened over his 36 years with the firm: disasters, failures, catastrophes, misjudgements, misfortunes, blunders, bloopers and quirky situations which he reminisces about with readers. The author reveals those 'behind the scenes' incidents, that although being disastrous at the time, now appear to be ridiculously funny. The contents covers incidents which happened at the depot, in transit, and at conventions, and features some of those unreasonable customers. Nicely produced in similar format to his previous books, it is illustrated, with a laminated full coloured cover. 'I thought the book was most entertaining. This sort of book appeals to me more than those with all the 'new and latest tricks'. It is now sitting on my top shelf along with all your other books' Adrian Harris - well-known magic dealer. The author points out that he must be crazy to even think about writing a book like this. Crazier still is the fact that the book is actually printed and published at a price under a 'tenner'. Contact Ian at" 22.11.14


Bobby Bernard 1931-2014. Bobby Bernard is remembered by Dave Brown, Click Here. 22.11.14


Wedding Bookings Workshop. From the organisers: "Are you looking for more wedding bookings for 2015? Sean Goodman is running an exciting workshop on 10 January 2015 aimed at generating new business in the recession proof and highly lucrative wedding market. Having provided close up magic at some 50 weddings in 2014, if you are looking for practical and proven sales techniques and marketing strategies then this workshop is for you. For more information, go to" 22.11.14


"First Magic Tricks Created by Computer Fool Audiences and Outwit Magicians" Click Here • "Watch out Dynamo! Computer uses artificial intelligence to create magic tricks" Click Here • "What a Magician Carries in His Travel Bag" Click Here • "'You too can be fooled': An Honest Liar looks at magician's crusade against deception" Click Here • "Pick a card, any card: Inside Perth's society of magicians" Click Here • "Dynamo: The day my tricks made Robbie Williams scream" Click Here • "Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee to host Thames Hospice Christmas concert" Click Here • "Dynamo: 20 Mind-Blowing Tricks You Need To See" Click Here • "Technology Is An Engineered Illusion, MIT's Digital Magician Marco Tempest Says" Click Here • Thank you for all your UK magic news as ever. Please remember the strict Friday 12 noon deadline for all submissions. And finally, I don't really do Facebook (or Twitter), but if I did I expect I'd post stuff like this, spotted by my daughter: "26 Pictures That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence" Click Here, just to keep things in perspective! See you next week, Duncan. 22.11..14

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Last Week: Number 751 - 15th November 2014


A Celebrity Gala starring TV's iMagician Jamie Allan and Steve Hewlett. The Garrick Theatre, London, will play host to a very special Christmas night of music, comedy, magic and illusion with proceeds from the evening going to the Starlight Children's Foundation on Sunday 16th November. Headlining will be one of the UK's top illusionists ‘Jamie Allan' who will astound you with his incredible magic and illusion, all enhanced through cutting-edge projection and world-class sleight of hand. Described as one of the finest magicians the UK has ever produced, Jamie will run through a highly charged set of amazing illusions enhanced by high-powered laser beams, flat screens and interactive technology. Jamie burst onto our screens last year as the ‘iMagician' with a string of TV appearances including: BBC ‘The One Show', ‘BBC Breakfast' and ‘The Alan Titchmarsh Show'. You will see magic like never before and will be amazed by illusions that you will think impossible! Prices if booked in person at the Box Office (includes a £1 Theatre Restoration Levy) Stalls: £45, £35, Premiums £75. Dress Circle: £45, Grand Circle: £25, £15. Prices if purchased online or over the phone (includes booking fee and a £1 Theatre Restoration Levy) Stalls: £47.50, £37.50, Premiums £77.50 Dress Circle: £47.50 Grand Circle: £27.50, £17.50. Sunday 16th November at 6pm. Duration: 2 hours including one interval. More info: 15.11.14


Steve Allen's Magical New Year. Start the New Year in a magical way with a special show from LBC radio host and magician Steve Allen, at the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle. Thursday 1st January 2015. Doors open 1.30pm, show starts 2.30pm. Tickets £32.00 plus transaction fee via or Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). 15.11.14


Make Christmas Magical. This Christmas, 4,000 homeless people will spend their festive period with Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, at one of its temporary Crisis at Christmas centres across London, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Crisis at Christmas centres are positive, bustling places where guests have access to healthcare, podiatry, massage, haircuts and a whole range of activities that they may miss out on the rest of the year, provided by more than 8,000 volunteers. Entertainment is a really important part of what we offer, as the chance to see and participate in performance helps our guests regain confidence, build self esteem and shake off the depression or frustration homelessness causes. This year we’re looking for something a little bit… different! If you’re able to give up some time between 23 – 29 December to make Christmas that bit more magical for our guests then we’d love to hear from you. You can find out more and register on the Crisis Website: Crisis at Christmas last year: YouTube. 15.11.14


Close-up at The Magic Circle, Friday 16th January 2015. This event showcases some of the best close-up magicians available and audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of the headquarters of the world-famous The Magic Circle in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing. Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.30pm. Tickets £16.50 plus fee via Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up is not usually recommended for those under 12. No refunds will be issued for under 12s. 15.11.14


The Berglas Effects. Just 8 copies of The Berglas Effects will be available from the International Magic stand at the International Magic Convention (November 14th, 15th, 16th). David Berglas will be there in person on Sunday 16th to sign copies, which are priced at £90. Copies can also be ordered for those not attending the convention (in which case a signed bookmark will be included), priced at £99 to include delivery. Contact for details. "This is a wonderful, wonderful book, as well as one that resonates with me very much personally. I feel a slight voyeuristic guilt being allowed in as much as this, into his hidden world, but also the joy of seeing so lucidly before me what seems now to be the ONLY way to present card material. Where the performer is all and there's no card 'plot' to follow along with. This is a unique delight to be reading." Derren Brown. Written by magic’s most experienced author Richard Kaufman. Foreword by Juan Tamariz. Afterword by Max Maven. Includes 3 feature-packed DVDs. This title is now nearly sold out. 15.11.14


Wayne Dobson: The Definitive Collection Lecture - Burton upon Trent. Eddie Young writes: Wayne Dobson has kindly agreed to a special lecture, plus, I clamped his wheelchair and made an offer to taste real beer, until he agreed to visit the home of the product you love or hate (Marmite) and the Brewing capital of the UK. Wayne is visiting Burton on Trent for a charity night lecture and he’s bringing Mike Sullivan. Wayne has recently completed one-off lectures with standing ovations. Please note Wayne is not visiting any other societies in the Midlands region. The lecture will be on Thursday 27th November. Doors open at 7pm and the lecture runs from 7.30pm - 10.30pm. Refreshments available. Venue: National Brewery Centre, Horninglow Street, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1NG (Map). Tickets will be £15 on the door or order online at just £10 and guarantee a seat as spaces are limited (see All profits will be going to further research into Multiple Sclerosis. 15.11.14


Tricked: Favourite Tricks is being repeated at 9pm on Monday 17th November on ITV2. "Hidden camera magic show starring Ben Hanlin. Ben looks back at the highlights from the series, including magical wind-ups on the public and the most popular celebrity tricks on Helen Flanagan, Joe Calzaghe and the band Blue, among others." See TV Magic. (Found myself in very close proximity to Ben in the Gents at The Festival of Magic last Thursday... very disconcerting, but he assured me that there were no hidden cameras and that they definitely weren't recording! DT). 15.11.14


Kilmarnock Magic Circle invite you to a lecture by Kieron Johnson on Wednesday 19th November at 7.30pm. "Kieron arrived on the Magic scene with a bang in the form of his 'To The Max' DVD, an effect which leaves the spectator with a block of ice in their hand and a true sense of astonishment. Since then Kieron has unleashed his highly acclaimed 'Chaotic' DVD and the ultimate finale to any impossible card location effect in 'Remaxed Iceolation', where the spectator's signed card is encased in a block of ice. Expect something unique and entertainingly outrageous!" Kilmarnock Magic Circle, Barrmill Hall, Barrmill Road, Galston KA4 8HH (Map). £10 cover charge for visiting magicians. 15.11.14


FISM European Championships 2017. Blackpool Magicians' Club have once again been chosen to host the FISM European Championships at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The BMC successfully launched the very first FISM European Championships in 2011 and we are delighted to have been chosen once again. 15.11.14


Kieron Johnson Lecture - Forth Valley Magic Circle: "Forth Valley Magic Circle are proud to present Kieron Johnson's first ever Scottish Lecture! Kieron's a true eccentric with a flair for the theatrical, presenting incredible awe-inspiring and often shocking magic. There's beauty in this madness, but much more than being beautiful, it's a magical journey you'll want to ride again and again. This will be an interactive lecture, that everyone will get something from." Tuesday, 18th November, at 7.30pm. Venue: Stenhousemuir Cricket Club, Tryst Road, Stenhousemuir, Stirlingshire FK5 4QJ (Map) Elliot Bibby. 15.11.14


Ken Dyne: "The Bairn Lecture". Available for magic society lectures in the UK week commencing March 30th 2015: "Following the incredible success of his brand new book, Bairn, full time professional mentalist, Ken Dyne has cleared his diary for the week commencing 30th March 2015 for magic society lectures. In the lecture, Ken will teach performance pieces from his professional, working act, that he performs at corporate events for companies such as Mars, Yahoo, and Proctor & Gamble, as well as on cruise ships and at the private parties of the rich and famous. You'll learn real world mentalism including close up and stand up mentalism for people of all skills. If you're interested in taking one of these limited dates, contact Kennedy:" 15.11.14


'Life and Career of Alan Shaxon' lecture - Peterborough Society of Magicians. John Learoyd writes: Steve Short and Scott Penrose will be presenting their new lecture on the Life and Career of the late Alan Shaxon (based on their book: Alan Shaxon - The Sophisticated Sorcerer) on Tuesday 18th November at 7.30 pm at The Millfield Community Centre, New England Complex, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). In the first half Steve will talk about Alan's life and career, enhanced with PowerPoint and video clips. In the second half Scott will show and explain some of Alan's effects, all of which are "workers" in which Alan had ironed out any problems over the course of many hundreds of performances. Tea or Coffee and Biscuits are included during the interval. Admission: Non members £5 at the door or £20 for groups of 5 or 6. 15.11.14


Andy Nyman in Assassins. The first major production of Stephen Sondheim's musical 'Assassins' for over 20 years is playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory from November 21st - March 7th. The production is directed by Jamie Lloyd and has a stellar cast led by Catherine Tate, Andy Nyman and Broadway star Aaron Tveit. It has almost sold out, but some tickets are still available via 15.11.14


The Naked Magicians were a huge hit in Las Vegas! Chris Dugdale, Andrew Goldenhersh and Jason Baney's show enjoyed standing ovations, incredible reviews and lots of TV and Radio coverage during its two-week run at the Tommy Wind Theater opposite the Monte Carlo... "I went to see 'The Naked Magicians' again. This show, directed by Charles Bach, has all the makings of a Vegas hit. The close-up illusions are all performed with perfect timing by the three magicians. Each has his own unique style that grabs the audience and holds them throughout the entire show." Monti Rock III in Gaming Today. "Unbelievable!" Shawn Tempesta, The Morning Blend, Las Vegas KTNV. "...fascinating to watch, I think that they will be back." Robin Leach, Las Vegas Sun. "Four new shows in only 48 hours on the Las Vegas Strip, downtown" Click Here. Also see and 15.11.14


Birmingham Care & Share Two Day Balloon Spectacular with Twistina and Dan Catt. Graham Lee writes: You can attend either day or stay for the full event. Others attending stay at the Halesowen Travelodge, which is a two minute walk from the venue. A buffet lunch is included in the price. Both days are hands-on lecture workshops, with a fun competition or two to take part in if you wish, with a few prizes to win along the way.  For booking details see: Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th November, Birmingham. 15.11.14


Merlins annual competition. Phil Peters writes: Well done to everyone who was at Merlins Magic Club annual competition last Wednesday evening. The contest was very close, with third place going to Theo Carson, second to Kev Gateaux Johnson and first to Nathan James. Nathan is pictured here receiving his award and trophy from Merlins co-owner Mark Lee." 15.11.14


Night of Wonders, Cardiff. Chay Wisdom writes: Night of Wonders - showcasing talent in Cardiff on Saturday 22nd November. Fun theatre show filled with Music, Magic, Comedy, Mind Reading and much more. Tickets are £6 pre-ordered or £8 on the door. Price includes interval refreshments. Doors open 6.30pm, show starts 7pm. Pre-order tickets from Venue: YMCA Centre, The Walk, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3AG (Map). 15.11.14


Magic with Style. When a magician's assistant drops dead on stage, DCI Barnaby investigates the secretive world of Midsomer's Magic Circle. "The Magician's Nephew", an episode in the "Midsomer Murders" series was screened last Tuesday on ITV 3. John Styles was the magic advisor. 15.11.14


The Grand Order of Water Rats. "On Thursday 13th November Andrew Van Buren had the great pleasure to join David Berglas and Chris Woodward representing magic at a very special star studded evening held in Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Phillip to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the wonderful Show business Fraternity and charity Organisation - The Grand Order of Water Rats." 15.11.14


Tommy Templeton Cumbrian Magic Circle Lecture. Andrew Hagga writes: "Cumbrian Magic Circle presents a lecture by Tommy Templeton (a.k.a. Cheeko the Clown) on Tuesday, 18th November, with the doors open at 7.30pm for the usual 8pm start. Tommy's lecture, "Begged, Stolen and Borrowed 2" is based on his experience as a working magician. He has been performing as a stand up and as a children's entertainer for over 40 years. As a working professional everything in the lecture is practical. It is not one of these lectures were you go 'wow', but never use, or can't use the stuff you see. Details of venue is on our website. also see 15.11.14


Bobby Bernard 1931-2014. Bobby Bernard died peacefully on Monday 10th November 2014. I first met Bobby in the 70s by chance at the International Magic Studio in Brewer Street. I was probably about 13 and was about to buy a Tenyo 'Penetration Frame' and he was trying to persuaded me not to. Needless to say I didn't listen and went ahead and bought it, later realising that he was quite right. It really wasn't a very good trick! That was my first encounter with Bobby Bernard. Years later, when I worked in the Magic department of Hamley's Toy Shop, Bobby would often pop in (for an hour or two!) and talk magic and auditions. As a character actor he had some great parts over the years. Bobby had a wealth of magical knowledge and a real passion not just for 'magic', but more so perhaps, for the performance of magic. I'll never forget his vivid, excited, description of Jeff McBride's act that he'd just seen, long before we'd see it here in the UK. Bobby was one of British Magic's great characters. The Funeral of Bobby Bernard (Bernard Samuel Lerner) MIMC and Honorary Life Member The Magic Circle will be held at The West Chapel, Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, London NW11 7NL on Friday 28th November 2014 at 1pm. No flowers by request of the family. DT. 15.11.14


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