Pete Firman will tour his brand new show ‘Trickster’ in September. The show which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last Wednesday continues through until August 24th. Starting in September it will tour the UK: "After sell-out performances on his 2013 tour ‘the UK’s leading comedy magician’ (Time Out) hits the road again with his astonishing new show. Star of BBC1′s ‘The Magicians’ and special guest on countless other TV shows, which recently included BBC2′s ‘The Sarah Millican Television Programme’, BBC1′s ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ and Channel 4′s ‘Comedy Mash-Up’. Expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic. This is a show not to be missed!" See www.petefirman.co.uk for dates and to book. "Magician Pete Firman to Bring New Show Trickster to Swindon" Click Here. "Easy card tricks you can impress your friends and family with this summer" Click Here. 2.8.14

 

Kidology and Ventarama convention updates. Kidology, the UK Children's Entertainer Convention (8th & 9th September 2014) have a host of lecturers lined up (no less than nine in fact) covering all aspects of entertaining children. This year headlined by top children's ventriloquist Mark Wade from the USA, talking about comedy writing for children. Mark will be sharing his venting skills with the delegates at co-convention Ventarama, taking place the following day also in Wolverhampton. Ventarama is the first convention in the UK solely for Ventriloquists with workshops for all levels from beginner to advanced. In addition there will be an exhibition of vintage Ventriloquist figures provided by the British Puppetry Guild and this will include Ray Allen's Tich & Quackers. There is a special discount for those booking for both conventions. The Kidology Children's Entertainer of the Year competition will be taking place the night before Kidology (Monday evening 8th September) and this will be followed by a cabaret featuring Mark Wade and Danny Hunt's Amethyst. For full details visit www.kidologyuk.co.uk and keep up to date with developments by joining KidologyUK and/or Ventarama on Facebook. Alec Powell. 2.8.14

 

Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, 15th August. From the organisers: Magic Night Juggles beer tricks, puts things in places they should not be and performs some slippery and anarchic magic that will leave you breathless with laughter. Tall, lanky wizard, Pete Heat takes time to tell you about his dreams involving you (don’t be fooled by this comic - this is mind control at its best), whilst Lee Hathaway places your objects in the most obscure places... caution, don’t trust him with your valuables! Matt Barnard (photo) does stuff with beer that throws health and safety to the wind and clown like Steven Barry has an unusual effect on objects that is almost superhuman. All compered by Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee who could be levitating tonight. Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. £14 OTD. Show ticket plus dinner: £27. Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info: www.magicnight.co.uk. 2.8.14

The Magic Night Artists: Pete Hathaway - Surreal, irreverent, and downright amazing, lanky charmer 'Pete Heat' will read your mind, steal your watch and entrance your mother-in-law, all in the same breath… like Derren Brown crossed with Russell Brand – in the words of the NME, Pete is “the rock & roll magician”; Matt Barnard - Matt has performed across the world as a compere, actor, musician, and as a comedy juggler in his unique one man show. He has been seen on TV shows, at comedy clubs, variety cabarets and at street theatre festivals across Europe, in Canada, Singapore, Australia and uncountable appearances here in the UK. He has won awards for his show including, 'Best Solo Act' at the Feldkircher Theatre Festival in Austria; Steven Barry - Stephen Barry is a multi award winning magician, mind reader, hypnotist and pickpocket who shatters all the cheesy clichés of a typical magician. His performance style, sleight of hand, and audience interaction has made him a favourite amongst audiences; Lee Hathaway - Award winning Lee is a dynamic, fast paced and hilarious act and one of the greatest inventors of magic tricks around, not to mention one of the top poker trick experts in the UK; Christian Lee - An award winning, comedian/magician, finalist of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Grand Finalist of Britain Does Variety 2012 and nominated Best Host 2014 at the London Cabaret Awards!
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The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year competition 2015 will take place at The Magic Circle Headquarters in Euston early next year. Heats will take place on Sunday 15th February 2015 with the Final on Sunday 29th March 2015. Part of The Magic Circle's youth initiative, the competition, which is held every other year, attracts entries from some of the finest young magicians in the country, competing for what many regard as the best prize in British magic: the title 'Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year', four years free membership of The Magic Circle (on reaching their eighteenth birthday), attending The Mystery School and the award itself, The Derrick Speight Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Trophy. Recent winners include Ben Hart, Paul Dabek, Steve Dela, Michael Jordan, Ben Proos and current holder, Sebastian Walton. Application forms will be available shortly and their availability will be announced on MagicWeek and The Magic Circle's website. 2.8.14

 

Enterteasement: Comedy Magic Burlesque - Glasgow, Saturday, August 9th, 8pm - 10.30pm. "Enterteasement's Comedy Magic Burlesque show features Gary Dunn, a professional magician and funny man from Newcastle, together with: Michael Redmond - Irish Comedian who played Father Stone in Father Ted; Billy Kirkwood - Scottish Compere of the Year 2014; Graham Mackie - 2 x Scottish Comedian of the Year Finalist; Vendetta Vain - World Burlesque Games Star; Daiquiri Dusk - Received a standing ovation on BGT. Tickets £10 / £14 via  www.enterteasement.com. Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 2.8.14

 

Champions of Magic - Autumn 2014 Tour. "Join our award winning team of tricksters, swindlers and cheats for a spectacular night of mystery you'll be trying to work out for a very long time to come. Audiences will witness mastery of card manipulation, death defying stunts, mind boggling sleight of hand and spectacular illusions from some of the foremost performers in magic including: Young & Strange - Grand Illusionists 'Fantastic, just amazing' Jonathan Ross; Fay Presto - Queen of Close-up 'Incomparable' The Stage; Alex McAleer - Master Mind Reader 'Phenomenal' BBC; Edward Hilsum - Magic’s Latest Sensation 'A great act' Derren Brown. Champions of Magic includes 5 world class, award winning entertainers performing everything from stage-filling illusions to magic right in the palm of spectators’ hands. Along with a live video feed, fiery pyrotechnics and stunning lighting, the show is an immersive experience in the art of magic." September, October, November - see What's On for venue information and to book. 2.8.14

 

The Order of the Magi (Manchester) presents a lecture by their PRO Geoffrey Newton MIMC on Tuesday 12th August. The subject is ‘Paper Magic’ and having seen the lecture material I note it details a fair number of tricks, puzzles, origami, paper folding and paper cutting items all of which you should be able to do with ease and are suitable to include in most magical performances. This is going to be a ‘hands on’ night so you will be able to work through the items as the lecture progresses. All Geoff asks is that you bring with you a pair of scissors. It starts at 8.00pm at the New Irish Centre off Queens Road Manchester M8 0AE (Map). Directions are on www.orderofthemagi.org.uk. Door charge for non members. Mike Sharples – Secretary. 2.8.14

 

Mark Leveridge's Lecture Milestone! Mark writes: This year I am celebrating the fact that I have been presenting lectures to magic clubs all around the world for 35 years. From the very first lecture (The Low Down On Close Up) which was presented to the Zodiac Magical Society in 1979 until the present day, not a single year has gone by without me being out and about taking lectures to clubrooms large and small, and it's always been one of my favourite things to do! My latest lecture is entitled E-Club Pro - Live and it brings to life some of the elements available to members of my online club and information resource. There will be new routines performed and explained, some great moves taught, advice segments, fun stories from my pro life and the chance to buy selected products at 40% off the normal retail, a privilege normally only available to members of the club. Full details of this latest lecture can be found at www.markleveridge.co.uk/lectures.php. 2.8.14

 

Fry's English Delight - 'Magic'. Stephen Fry celebrates the mind-altering and mysterious language of magic. Language and magic have a mysterious relationship, which is explored in this programme by Stephen. It's a beguiling, secret world in which magicians and psychologists feel equally at home. The common factor – nobody knows exactly how either works. Derren Brown, illusionist and mentalist, is Stephen’s guest. He describes how the idea of magic features in his work, how the art of persuasion is akin to magic, and how some people are more susceptible than others to this mysterious - largely verbal - art. Derren also exerts an amazing power over Stephen, despite them being 200 miles apart and he does it using words alone. 9am and again at 9.30pm on Monday 4th August on BBC Radio 4. See TV Magic. 2.8.14

 

Peterborough Society of Magicians Annual Day of Magic. Peterborough Society of Magicians have changed the date for their next Annual Day of Magic to Sunday, 14th June 2015. It will then be held on the second Sunday in every June thereafter. This is to try and avoid clashing with other magic events and also to avoid the variation of dates caused by Easter etc. The society will strive to make this one of our best annual conventions to date! John Learoyd. 2.8.14

 

London Presents... Laura London will be hosting a series of unique workshops at London's Hippodrome Casino, bringing you the best sleight of hand artists, magicians and industry consultants to talk intimately about what they do and to teach you what they know. The first, for 2014 is An Intimate Evening with Dani DaOrtiz and Christian Engblom on 13th & 14th August. For a lucky few, Dani and Christian will be sharing some of their closely guarded secrets. In great detail, you will learn some incredible feats and unpublished effects. Their magic is ingenious and exciting. Rarely have these two presented a workshop together. Drinks and Canapé reception. Only 25 seats available each evening. Over 18 only. For more info and to buy tickets Click Here. 2.8.14

 

Summer at The Magic Circle. "A chance for all the family to visit The Magic Circle, mix, mingle and marvel at some of the club's finest magicians, tour the Museum and HQ before going to The Magic Circle Theatre for some magical entertainment. Sunday 3rd August at 2.30pm (doors open 1.30pm) and 7pm (doors open 6pm), Sunday 10th August at 2.30pm, Sunday 17th August at 2.30pm and 7pm, Sunday 24th August at 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets (£25 each) via seetickets.com/tour/summer-at-the-magic-circle. Venue: The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). More info: www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events. 2.8.14

 

Alakazam Vlog Wallet Special. Join Peter and Dave from Alakazam Magic as they take a weekly look at what's hot in magic. Last week they ran a very useful wallet special, Click Here. Visit www.alakazam.co.uk to find out more. 2.8.14

 

Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol's Boutique Pub & Magic Theatre. Want to receive updates of what's coming up at Smoke & Mirrors? Sign up at www.smokeandmirrorsbar.co.uk. 2.8.14

 

Breaking Magic, all weekend long... 22 editions of Breaking Magic will be shown back-to-back next weekend on Discovery Science starting at 12 noon on Saturday 9th August. "Get ready to learn the chemistry, physics and biology powering the world's greatest illusions. Breaking Magic fuses the showmanship and mystery of street magic with the raw power of science. Watch as each trick surprises unsuspecting bystanders with mystifying results. Starring Billy Kidd, Wayne Houchin, James Galea and Ben Hanlin." See TV Magic. 2.8.14

 

Matt Grindley Live, Queens Theatre Blackpool. James Pritchard writes: Having spent most of my life wanting to perform on stage as a magician and only being able to master the basics, I read on MagicWeek about a show in Blackpool; the Matt Grindley Show. I was torn between this show and another well known Blackpool magic show, but decided to go with the Matt Grindley Show. It promised big illusions and comedy and it did not fail to deliver. From the go, Matt commanded the audience and for such a small theatre to deliver such a big show was amazing. The theatre was full when we arrived and the show started with a brilliant dance routine and ended with a spectacular 3 sword trick with the audience, young and old, loving it. After the show Matt waited and met everyone who wanted to see him, to discuss magic and have photos taken. It was lovely. My only criticism is that the show needed to be longer! I was told the show will be back for Christmas and maybe so will I. 2.8.14

 

"Bristol Hippodrome plays host to first wedding on stage" Click Here (congratulations Chris!) • "Penn & Teller challenge magicians to ‘Fool Us’" Click Here • "What Is 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'? A Magician Reality Show That You'll Actually Enjoy" Click Here • "Decked by a pack of cards, swallowed up by a coin con - it was my trickiest task yet..." Click Here • "This Is New York: Magician Rogue Overcomes Insecurities on ‘America’s Got Talent’" Click Here • "Woody Allen's mighty 'Magic'" Click Here Trailer Click Here • "It’s a kind of magic... show!" Click Here • "Indian street magician makes the homeless smile by changing one rupee into 100" Click Here • "Hear Philly: Watch A Magician, Learn To Become One At ‘South Street Magic’" Click Here • "Woody Harrelson Hosts David Blaine at Black Olive Inn Charity Dinner" Click Here • "Now you see me" Click Here • "How to protect your personal space on the Tube" Click Here • "How Jim the Magician hopes to deal in a Fringe winner" Click Here • "Is this theatre haunted? CCTV footage captures the spooky moment a chair moves all on its own... hours after a medium's show" Click Here • Many thanks for all your news items this week, see you next week, Duncan. 2.8.14

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Last Week: Number 735 - 26th July 2014

 

Katherine Mills: Mind Games. Katherine Mills: Mind Games blends Katherine’s skills in mentalism, together with her love of magic, to perform stunning acts of mind control. In each illuminating episode Katherine meets the British public and performs spectacular displays of mind magic that don’t seem possible. We will see her examine the bond between parents and children; the relationship between twins; the connection between staff in a supermarket and the interaction between friends out to dinner or at the cinema. Katherine takes the everyday world around us and makes it extraordinary. Katherine, who studied psychology and sociology, explains how we are all unconsciously influenced throughout our daily lives. Whether in supermarkets, restaurants, art galleries or in our homes she shows us how outside forces are often at work even when we think we are displaying free will. Brand new and exclusive to Watch. Autumn 2014. 26.7.14

 

"Model magician Troy Von Scheibner is casting a spell over the fashion world. London magician Troy says his profession is becoming 'cool' again — and has proved it by becoming the new face of French Connection. The 25-year-old, whose first magic series, Troy, was broadcast on E4 earlier this year, said he had never considered himself as a model..." To read the full story by Miranda Bryant in the London Evening Standard Click Here. "French Connection Taps Rankin" Click Here. 26.7.14

 

David Blaine's Vertigo is being repeated tomorrow, Sunday 27th July, on Watch: "A chance to see David Blaine's famous stunt, when he attempted to balance on top of a small freestanding pillar, 100 feet above the streets of New York, for 35 hours. With no food, water or sleep Blaine tested his physical and emotional endurance to the limit." See TV Magic. 26.7.14

 

The AWS Magic Tabletop Sale & Magic Jam Sessions - Southampton. Darren Holden writes: On Sunday 31st August the AWS are hosting a mini convention at our club from 9am - 11pm. The table top sale starts at 9am. Bring along your old magic items to sell. Entry / Table is £5. Please note that tables will go very quickly and are on a first come first served basis. Under 16 £3. Dealer tables £10 (we are only saving 6 tables for dealers). Workshops and lectures all day. Open mic contest in the evening. Come and join us! Anyone interested in doing a workshop or lecture please contact me. Lectures confirmed and lots more to follow: Sean Boon - The Power of Social Media; David Schollenberger - Balloon Lecture; Tony Hyams - Close-up Magic. We also have the Pig In A Bun Hog Roast Company coming along, as well as Trickett's Funfair. A great day for everyone. Dealers: Magic Tao, Razamatazz Magic, The Magic Attic with more to be added. Venue: Southern Parishes Conservative Club, The Hill, Upper Northam Close, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4BB (Map). Organised by Darren Holden, The Associated Wizards of The South, email darren@magicdarren.co.uk 07980 385 832. See www.awsmagic.co.uk and facebook.com/events/1455215894726737. 26.7.14

 

Tickets for The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2014 are now on sale: "Competing for the title are: Dave Andrews, Richard Griffin, Edward Hilsum, Richard Pinner, Mark Shortland, Oliver Tabor and Young & Strange. Who will win? Join us on the 6th September and find out! For more information visit www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events." 26.7.14

 

Alan Hudson: Trick Teaser. Alan Hudson is bringing his unique, original feel good magic show to the Edinburgh Fringe. It's an unashamed out-and-out magic show for the masses. PINs will be predicted, volunteer’s personal objects will get the magic treatment, bags and balloons will make an appearance and the skills that pay the bills will be on display (for instance, a manipulating thimbles routine to Boom Shake the Room). Magic, funnies and audience participation from one of UK’s brightest cheeky comedy conjurers. A collection of his bestest sleight of hand tricks and some new ones. Comedy magic doesn’t just mean stupid tricks - Hudson uses laughter as a means of misdirection to stun you with his wizardry. For tickets: Click Here. www.alanhudson.net. 26.7.14

 

Steve Wright in the Afternoon. Steve chats to Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee as well as Dead Ringers stars Jon Culshaw and Lewis MacLeod. Plus Factoids and another half-hour of Non-Stop Oldies. 2pm on Wednesday 30th July on BBC Radio Two. 26.7.14

 

Sean Lobban wins Bob Day Close-up Competition. Portsmouth & District Magic Circle held their annual 'Bob Day Close-up Competition' last week. Eight competitors took part and provided an entertaining evening for the audience of magicians and lay people. When votes were counted, Rikki Mark took third prize, John Shuttleworth second and Sean Lobban first. The photograph shows the club’s President Rikki Mark (left) presenting the prize to Sean. www.seanlobban.co.uk. 26.7.14

 

Beautiful Magicians Club at the Fringe: Beautiful Magicians Club, London's sexy sellout magic music and club night will be taking a break in August. But do not worry, it is just travelling up to the Edinburgh Fringe with a more compact relaxed show. The show will still be a blend of raucous comedy, magic, music and beautiful people but just 45 minutes long and this is where we want you to come in. As the show is part of the PBH Free Fringe. We are inviting any other performers be they magic, music, comedy or burlesque, that would like to perform just that opportunity. Whether you are just travelling to the festival for a few days, or there for the long run, we will endeavor to get you on. In return you will get a healthy split of the shows takings and use it to promote your own show at the fringe. The show will run the entire fringe at Lola Lo's, 43B Frederick Street, Edinburgh, at 17.45 nightly from the 3rd of August. Anybody interested contact us at beautifulmagiciansclub@outlook.com or through facebook/beautifulmagiciansclub. Also see: edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/event/420563-beautiful-magicians-club. 26.7.14

 

The Magicseen Super Summer Sign-Up Special! "Everyone at Magicseen Towers works hard to produce interesting, informative and fun issues and so we want as many people as possible to enjoy the fruits of our labours. With that in mind, for the next week we are making a special summer offer - take out a 1 year sub and we will supply you with 7 issues for the price of 6, or take out a 2 year sub and we will deliver 14 issues for the price of 12. This will not only mean you get more Magicseen for your money, but also don't forget that all subscribers are entitled to buy any of the range of Magicseen books at 20% off, plus subscribers can also opt to receive a FREE advance download copy of each issue while their printed sub runs as well. Already a current subscriber? You can benefit too. Just extend your current sub now, irrespective of when it actually expires, and we will add either 7 or 14 issues to your current entitlement. This offer will run until midnight on Friday 1st August, so act now to get your extra free copies by going to www.magicseen.co.uk." 26.7.14

 

Series 3 of BAFTA winning CBBC show 'Help! My...is Magic' finished last week on a high. The final episode, once again, beat all other multiplatform channels in its time slot. The series, created and Executive Produced by Objective Productions Head of Magic Anthony Owen, features magicians John Archer, Fergus Flanagan, James Went and Katherine Mills. UK residents can watch the final episode on BBC iPlayer: Click Here. You can also play three free 'Help My School Trip is Magic' magic games on your Smartphone, PC, tablet or Mac, Click Here. 26.7.14

 

Spanish City Farwell Show: "Chris Cross, is officially closing The Legendary Spanish City Dome before its redevelopment and aims to send the old girl off in style... Chris will present his Trademark Comedy Stunt Show, featuring magic, escapology and contortion in one off-the-wall performance! A few extra surprises are up his sleeves too - including some very special guests. This is the last ever show to be performed in The Spanish City as we know it. An event that will go down in Geordie history." Chris Cross said ''I remember going there and having fun as a kid. One of my favourite songs, 'Tunnel of Love' by Dire Straits is based on The Spanish City too. It's a local iconic and historic monument of entertainment and I believe it should be given a truly grand farewell, before work begins on its redevelopment. Tickets are selling well and I'm looking forward to Sunday! All profits are being donated to The Spanish City from Chris Cross Entertainment.'' 9pm on Sunday 27th July, Spanish City Dome, Whitley Bay. Tickets: £5 via: www.eventbrite.co.uk. 26.7.14

 

Mel Harvey is just back from the finals of The Fringe Show at The Palace Theatre, Paignton. Mel has now been booked as the special guest act for Steve Hewlett's Show at The Leiston Film Theatre in Leiston, Suffolk, next Saturday August 2nd at 7.30pm. Mel will be presenting his own brand of comedy and magic for this family audience. Steve was a finalist on TV's Britain's Got Talent and is currently on an extensive UK theatre tour. Mel will also be appearing in The Sooty Show at The Pavilion, Bournemouth, on September 27th as part of this year's British Ring I.B.M. Convention. 26.7.14

 

"'British Houdini': Farewell to Alan Alan, who lived for magic and great escapes" Click Here • "Alan Alan. Escapologist known as 'the British Houdini’ whose flaming rope act left audiences aghast" Click Here • "David Blaine to bring his unique brand of magic to Manila" Click Here • "Interview: Jasz Vegas, Burlesque Magician" Click Here • "For childhood pals it’s really a kind of magic" Click Here • "Do you have what it takes to be a magician?" Click Here • "Business Lessons From A Professional Magician" Click Here •"Kerala Magician Gets The 'Oscar of Magic'" Click Here • "Woody Allen's 'Moonlight' pleasant, but not magical" Click Here • "Illusionist Rob Lake Makes Home at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal and Shoots New CW series" Click Here • "Video: Paul Daniels at '2 to Twickers' challenge launch" Click Here • "Why ‘The House of Magic’ Is The Movie To Go See This Weekend" Click Here • And finally "2001: A Space Odyssey. In cinemas from 28 November 2014" Click Here (not magic, but nearly 50 years on and still wonderful) • Hope you are all surviving the heatwave; please note the news deadline for next week: Midnight Tuesday 29th July. See you next week, Duncan. 26.7.14

 

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