Number 835 - 25th June 2016

 

Edinburgh International Magic Festival set to transform Edinburgh into a Capital of Magic with a spellbinding week of events and a new MagicFair at Summerhall. Seekers of wonder and amazement are invited to ‘lose themselves in magic’ this summer as the Edinburgh International Magic Festival celebrates its 7th magical year as the UK’s biggest festival of innovative and cutting-edge magic, from 1st to 8th July. Edinburgh will sparkle with an enchanting programme of world-class magic events, unforgettable performances, and jaw-dropping stunts from some of the greatest illusionists, mindreaders and magicians from around the world:

• Three day MagicFair at Summerhall – a brand new multi-space experience with family events and late night sessions
• Matinee performance added to MagicFest Gala at the Festival Theatre
• Magic School, Secret Room and Magic à la Carte Dinner
• Grand Prix World Magic Champion Hector Mancha joins MagicFest line-up
• The legendary Juan Tamariz (‘El Maestro’) performs live for the first time in Scotland
• Show premieres from Kevin Quantum, Colin Cloud, BBC’s R. Paul Wilson, and debut performances at the Festival from Vincent Gambini and David Gerard
• Korean magic company from the world’s only magic college, featuring the Asian Champion of Magic
• City centre Magic Hunt for children and adults, and free magic performances at Krispy Kreme stores in the run up to the Festival.

For full programme details visit www.magicfest.co.uk. 25.6.16

 

The Magic Circle Christmas Show 2016. A festive treat with a chance to explore the headquarters of The Magic Circle, see close-up magic performed before your very eyes and witness the spectacular stage show. Ideal for families. (This event is for over-5s only no refunds will be issued for under-5s. The balcony is unsuitable for children under 14 who may be unable to see over the balcony railing.) Doors open at 1.30pm and 6pm. Tickets £30 (circle) and £34 (stalls) via www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events. Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map)

Tuesday 20 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Wednesday 21 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Thursday 22 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Friday 23 December at 7pm

Tuesday 27 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Wednesday 28 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Thursday 29 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Friday 30 December at 2.30pm and 7pm. 25.6.16

 

Magic at the Barn, 2nd & 3rd July, Rochford. Featuring award-winning magic and comedy from some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK, held within an enchanting 17th century converted barn theatre. Starring: Christian Lee, fresh from Britain's Got Talent, the visual magic of Richard Griffin and the conjuring feats of Oliver Tabor. Outside entertainment will be running throughout the weekend featuring death-defying escapology from Stuart Burrell, close-up magic and stalls offering face painting, magic tricks, food and drink. 4 amazing shows over 2 days plus free entertainment throughout the weekend. Saturday 2nd July: 3pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 3rd July: 12noon & 3pm. Tickets only £12.50 adult, £7.50 children, family of four £35. See www.magicatthebarn.co.uk. 25.6.16

 

Steve Allen's Christmas Cracker, The Magic Circle, London. A special show from radio host and magician Steve Allen at the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle. The show is aimed at LBC listeners and Steve Allen's loyal following. Friday 23rd December 2016. Doors open 1.30pm, show starts 2.30pm. This event is for over 5s only. Tickets £31.00 and £35.00 plus transaction fee. Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events. 25.6.16

 

MagicWeek Video Archive subscribers got to see a gentler take on politics last week in a rare piece of footage produced by the Natural Law Party featuring magician Doug Henning and Yogic Flying, first shown in April 1992, together with additional studio debate. To subscribe to The MagicWeek Video Archive, and watch this clip, Click Here (subscribers benefit from the occasional surprise bonus video, not featured on the weekly MagicWeek Video Archive page). 25.6.16

 

The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year competition 2016. From the organisers: Your chance to see top magicians competing for the title of The Magic Circle Stage Magician of The Year. This event is held every two years and past winners have included some of the best stage magicians in the country. Saturday 23rd July, doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. This event is for over 5s only. Tickets £26 plus transaction fee. Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events. 25.6.16

 

Karl Fulves Convention, Saturday July 2nd, London. Update: This is the first of a proposed annual gathering to honour an unsung giant of magic. This highly informal event will take place on Saturday July 2nd at 3.30pm at The Holiday Inn, 30 Jamestown Rodd, Camden, London NW1 7BY (Map). Anastacia Orlova, who hails from Belarus, will be demonstrating two rare Karl Fulves tricks on the day, and the idea is that all attendees must be prepared to perform or demonstrate at least two Fulves items, or material from any of his publications, or talk about some idea, publication or item of interest related to Fulves. Free entry. [Very informal, no need to register. Email if needed abrown.kfc@gmail.com] 25.6.16

 

The Greatest Show on the Tyne: 'An eccentric variety show of Geordie stars and underground entertainment legends' featuring the oldest working magician in the world, Mark Raffles at Newcastle's Tyne Theatre on Friday 2nd September. Artistic Director of the show, Chris Cross, writes: Mark Raffles' mother starred alongside Charlie Chaplin in the Great British Music Halls, his show business family owned a theatrical boarding house in the 1920s and he was brought up there. He's a legend in the magic world and was once known to be 'The Best Pickpocket Act in the World'. He's performed worldwide in the golden days of variety and had numerous TV appearances. Here's an interview with Mark Raffles about his life and times in show business, Click Here. It's an absolute honour to have Mark on the bill. Alongside Mark, I've got a troupe of acrobats, a guy who climbs inside a giant balloon and does his act in there, can-can dancers, showgirls, big illusions and magic, a girl performing aerial circus from the ceiling and all sorts of wonderful performers! I will be performing my trademark upside-down straitjacket escape as well as various other magical stunts! This is my biggest show to date in the North East. I've waited 27 years for this one. Only problem is, there's over 1 Million people in the North-East of England and we only have 1,100 seats available! For more info and to book visit www.tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk. 25.6.16

 

Houdini's Magic Bar, Magic Club. Houdini's Magic Bar which is based in Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1JB (Map) have just announced the launch of an exciting new magic club which will meet every Monday. The bar will be exclusively open to members between the hours of 6pm and 11pm. Members of the Black Card Club will have a chance to mix, mingle and socialise with other magically minded people; enjoy workshops, enter competitions and attend regular lectures. The Black Card Club's first lecturer will be Etienne Pradier on July 25th. Prices are £10.00 on the door or £5.00 for members. The club boasts of a new lecture every 4-6 weeks with a star studded line up ahead, including Paul Gordon and Wayne Goodman. For more membership information email bar@houdinis.co.uk. facebook.com/houdinismagicbar. 25.6.16

 

Will Houstoun International Magic lecture, London. Martin MacMillan writes: Have a "football free" evening on Tuesday 28th June with Will Houstoun. We are expecting it will be a busy evening so be sure to book ahead. The Magic Circle’s Close-up Magician of the Year 2015, Dr Will Houstoun, has completed a PhD in Victorian Conjuring, been awarded The Magic Castle’s Literary Fellowship and is back with a new lecture based around his DVD set, 'Modern Magic'. During the lecture Will will teach a selection of card and coin magic that is suitable for close-up and parlour and on which he has been booked to lecture around the world, including multiple appearances at The Magic Castle and The Magic Circle. The material that will be taught ranges from easy to intermediate difficulty and will all be taught thoroughly, with a view to explaining the details that really make the effects work. To see a sample of the material Click Here.

"Will Houstoun's easy manner and pure sleight of hand deservedly took the title. His incredible coin and card manipulation made an audience believe in magic again. It was a real pleasure to see." MagicWeek.com "I have watched Will’s extraordinary talent develop over the last ten years and I am very excited to see this project finally come to light. His technical ability with cards and coins is simply flawless and the Modern Magic DVD project will cement his technical and creative virtuosity on a global scale." Michael Vincent. "Smooth as silk... I loved your Three Fly and all your little touches. One of the best I've witnessed. Your shadow coins move so effortlessly and your attention to detail is unmatched." Dean Dill. Events Summary: Will Houstoun Modern Magic Lecture, 7.30pm on Tuesday 28th June. Admission £15 per person (must book in advance email via www.internationalmagic.com). Venue: Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map).
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Introducing the Neptune Magic Society. The Neptune Magic Society write: The Neptune Magic Society was formed by Danny Hunt, Stephanie Clarke and Su Jayne Devine, in the memory of Cynthia Neptune, with a goal of providing a magic society that will nurture and develop the talents of performers of all ages old and new, whilst promoting the art of magic. The Neptune Magic society hosts regular junior and senior section meetings throughout the year in the north east and Yorkshire, with the aim of spreading to other counties. The society will also host an annual convention and various dinners and get-togethers throughout the year. Anyone interested in the art of magic can join the Neptune Magic Society. Adult membership is available to those aged 16 and over; junior membership is available to those between 8 and 16 years old. For more information or to join please contact the Neptune Magic Society info@neptunemagicsociety.com or visit www.neptunemagicsociety.com. 25.6.16

 

The Neptune Juniors Day of Magic, Saturday 9th July 2016. From the organisers: All young magicians and their families welcome. The day includes lectures, workshops, stage and close-up competitions and a mini gala show. Tickets £12.50 each which include a hot lunch and buffet tea. The close-up and stage competition is open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 16. Date: Saturday 9th of July 2016. Time: 10.30am - 7.30pm. Venue: Cross Keys Community Centre, Elmwood Road, Whitley Bay NE25 8EX (Map). For more information or to enter the competitions please contact Su Jayne 07899 782172 sujayne@live.co.uk. www.neptunemagicsociety.com. 25.6.16

 

MagicWorld.co.uk launches a brand new website! MagicWorld write: Nearly a year in the making MagicWorld has now been launched. It’s fully responsive, crammed with features, and over the coming weeks we are adding 2 amazing features: Daily Deals Box with Countdown System, New Modern Download Layout. To celebrate we are offering an introduction offer. Simply enter the code “NEWMAGICWORLD” to receive a whopping 15% off your first order. This will only be valid until the 22nd July. Visit Manchester Magic Shop and enter the coupon code at the checkout to receive your discount. A huge thank you for all your support over the years.... we are growing nicely and certainly putting customer service at the forefront of our new design and admin. 25.6.16

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. Penn and Teller feature this week, in a show that first aired just over 20 years ago on 27th March 1996, Click Here. 25.6.16

 

Colin Cloud to join The Illusionists for 8 month US tour. After a very successful few months hosting and starring in The Illusionists at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End Colin Cloud has been invited to join The Illusionists North American tour for 8 months. Meanwhile here in the UK Colin's solo show premieres at MagicFest next weekend, Click Here. Show goers are advised to not think about anything they wouldn’t want Colin to know or reveal as the 5-star forensic mindreader attempts to survive a lethal injection, inviting the audience to join him after the show on the streets of Edinburgh in search of the life-saving antidote. Colin commented: "Every year I work incredibly hard to write, create and perform the most astounding and impactful experiences I'm capable of and, after six successful years, I'm looking forward to sharing what I believe is my strongest and most daring work yet. I'm am also truly excited to have the world debut of my brand new show 'Exposé' at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival." 25.6.16

 

Magician Ali Cook in The Call Up. Ali Cook can be seen in The Call Up, a sci-fi thriller about a group of elite gamers playing a virtual reality shoot 'em up game which turns out to be real (see www.amazon.co.uk). Ali plays Edward, a lonely city boy and one of the gamers. It also stars Max Deacon (Into The Storm) and Morfydd Clark (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). The film has had great reviews, see: www.britflicks.com, www.thisisxbox.com and www.garbage-file.com. You can view the brand new trailer here: YouTube. 25.6.16

 

Rare Opportunity. Could your child be the next little big shot? TV production company Wall to Wall write: From pint-sized piano players to tiny tap dancers or spelling superstars, ITV wants to see it all! Little Big Shots is looking to showcase awe-inspiring talent as well as the downright cute or funny. The TV show is solely focused on celebrating and showcasing young talent - it is not a competition or game show. Parents, if your child has an amazing, funny or just entertaining talent please let us know. We cannot accept applications from children. A parent or legal guardian must complete this application form. There is one simple eligibility requirement, your child must be aged 3-13 to take part (born between 1st September 2003 and 31st August 2013). More info and application form: www.walltowall.co.uk. 25.6.16

 

International News: The Ehrlich Brothers of Germany had a tremendous show at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt on June 11th, performing in front of an audience of approximately 38,500 people! A figure that has never been reached before by a magician and officially confirmed by Guinness World Records as "The greatest number of people attending a magic show at a single venue". Immediately after the show the Ehrlich Brothers received the official certificate by Guinness World Records for this unique success. In the second half of the show, the magic brothers started a second world record attempt. They managed to predict with 8,500 spectators what the other 30,000 spectators had been thinking of. Whether this will bring a second world record title for the “most participants in a magic trick” will be decided after the evaluation of the documents at the headquarter of Guinness in London. Tickets for the new show "Fascination" are available via www.ehrlich-brothers.com. 25.6.16

 

The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next meeting is on the 5th of July, at the St George Hotel, 7-10 Albert Square, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 3JH (Map). 7.30pm start. The aim of the social evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere. Tea and coffee is provided along with a buffet free of charge, others drinks are available for purchase from the bar. For more information regarding the hotel, please visit www.st-georgehotel.co.uk. If anyone wishes to come along or requires further information, please email thegathering@mail.com or Phone Kyle on 07982 819727. Stephen & Kyle. 25.6.16

 

Stuart Burrell British Magical Society Lecture. Jay Adkins, President, writes: Stuart Burrell, ten times World Record Breaking Escapologist and Stamina Strongman will be presenting his lecture “Now get out of that” at the British Magical Society meeting at the Selly Oak Ex Servicemens' Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map) on Tuesday 28th June. Comprising historical case studies and escapes, the lecture will cover the genesis of the art, through the golden age of Houdini and onto more modern examples with some simple escapes for use on stage, in the street or at a table the lecture sets out to show the links and shared history of the art form. “I am honoured to have been asked to lecture for the British Magical Society. I am indebted to them for giving me the opportunity.” Said Stuart. Stuart Burrell has been performing for over 14 years and has developed a number of unique escapes whilst researching the history of the art. His recreation of a Houdini Escape from 1911 was even featured on the BBC News website and he has been featured on the One Show in relation to Houdini and Conan Doyle. His work has been featured in the Handcuff Annuals of 2006 and 2007 and his escape products have been sold since 2004. He has set ten world records, five for Escapology. His website www.escapart.co.uk features his escapes, his strength act and links to up and coming events. He is a member of the United Kingdom Escape Artists Group and also the International Brotherhood of Magicians. www.britishmagicalsociety.co.uk. 25.6.16

 

Circus Skills lecture by John Parnell - Coventry Magic Circle. James Cannon writes: The Coventry Magic Circle are delighted to welcome John Parnell. John, who is also a very accomplished magician, will be lecturing on the subject of circus skills. This will be an evening of fun and laughter and promises to be a great night. Entrance fee for visiting magicians is £10. 8pm on Tuesday 28th June at the Bentley Road Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR (Map). www.coventrymagiccircle.co.uk. 25.6.16

 

Star of BBC3's award winning Killer Magic, Damien O'Brien, will be hosting and performing at a private screening of Now You See Me 2 at a secret location in London on 30th June. For a chance to win tickets to attend the screening Click Here. www.damienobrien.com. 25.6.16

 

666 Sign of the Beast, Wellington Hotel, Boscastle. On 15th October mentalist/magician Tony Quenten will be making a guest appearance, on behalf of the world famous Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, at their informal 'Day of talks on Halloween Past and Present'. Tony will perform a small selection of effects from his new close-up/parlour show '666 Sign of the Beast'. This informal event will take place at the Wellington Hotel, Boscastle, (a few minutes walk from the museum). Tickets cost £25. 15th October, from 10am to 4pm, followed by full evening entertainment. Tickets are available from the museum tel: 01840 250111 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are not available on the day. For information on the guest speakers and the event in general contact the museum: www.museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk www.anthonyquenten.com. 25.6.16

 

Anglian Magic Society Open Night. Tuesday 19th July at 7.30pm. Andy Allen writes: The Anglian Magic Society are holding an open night for everybody interested in anything magical, from the hobbyist to the professional, from age 12 to 100+. Free entry. A chance to watch and chat about all types of magic: close-up, children's entertaining, balloon modelling, Punch and Judy, puppets etc. We are hoping to increase our membership, especially in the junior section. Check out our FB page Anglian Magic Society. Venue: White Horse Public House, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). Email andy-allen@supanet.com. 25.6.16

 

Aberdeen Magician Conjures Up Two Trophies in Prestigious Competition. An Aberdeen-based magician has scooped two prestigious prizes in a hard-fought magic competition. James Dickson was awarded the Ulster Cup for Close-Up Magic and the President’s Plate by a panel of his peers at the Aberdeen Magical Society. James, a magical inventor who recently released the acclaimed 'Aberdeen Thread' through Theory11, triumphed with a creative act which culminated with a signed coin appearing inside a sealed tin of peas. James said: “Magic is an art form that has helped me find my place in the world. Competitions are an opportunity for me to create and collate ideas, and it means a lot to me when other people like one of my performances.”

The Ulster Cup is presented to the magician who displays the best technical skill and entertainment value in Aberdeen Magical Society’s annual close-up magic competition. The President’s Plate is awarded by the society’s current president to his favourite act of the competition. Although James has won the President’s Plate on two previous occasions, this is the first time he has lifted the Ulster Cup as he wowed the judges with his creative magic and comedic timing. He says, “Magic is an art form at its heart and all art is an expression of the individual. The more I perform and study magic the more I end up learning about myself. When I create a trick I do not sit down and think what I can do that is unique or individual to me; instead I explore ideas that I find interesting and it can lead to some unusual places. Even if it means investing two years of work to find a solution to a problem I am willing to go that far – and what’s more, I have. This open approach to magic and commitment has allowed my work to be picked up by others who can see the value of my efforts.”

“I have no idea where magic might take me but if the experiences, travel, friendships, discoveries and fulfillment that I have experienced so far are anything to go by, I am looking forward with excitement.” James, who cites his early influences as TV stars Paul Daniels, David Copperfield and David Blaine, has always been fascinated by the challenge presented by magic, likening it to the finest ‘whodunit’ mystery. But it was joining Aberdeen Magical Society that he feels really allowed him to hone his craft. He explains, “Before I joined Aberdeen Magical Society I was happy self-studying magic, but upon joining I discovered why being part of a magic club is so important for a magician. The society is established enough to attract many of the greatest magicians in the world to come and lecture, and at every meeting there is magic to see and opportunities to perform tricks that you are working on. And to top it all – it’s fun! I have made great friends and it’s fantastic that every couple of weeks I can hang around with people who share the same passion in life. I would recommend anyone with an interest in performing or studying magic – who can keep a secret – to join.”

Aberdeen Magical Society was founded in 1926, and is one of the most active magical societies in the country. With a membership ranging from full time professionals to amateur hobbyists, all those with a genuine interest in magic are welcome to join. Providing a warm and welcoming environment for magicians in the north east of Scotland, Aberdeen Magical Society is dedicated to developing the art of magic. In 2016, the society celebrates its 90th anniversary. For more information, visit www.aberdeenmagic.com or like Aberdeen Magical Society on Facebook at facebook.com/aberdeenmagicalsociety.
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Steve Rowe lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians this Thursday, 30th June. Adam Mosley writes: Steve Rowe 'Suck it and see' - A lecture like no other. After his successful release of mINt, Steve Rowe is fast becoming one of the most creative minds in UK magic. Known for his fun, visual and organic style, magicians worldwide are using his props and effects in their professional working repertoires. The lecture focuses on the full creative process with in-depth explanations covering the initial idea, prop building, routining and pocket management. Along with demonstrating some of Steve's popular effects, unpublished work will also be shared. Don't miss this chance to see some of his unique magic up-close and in person. The lecture is accompanied by a free booklet which could help you become more creative with your own magic; everyone is sure to take something away from this fabulous evening. OK, so there may be some sweet magic too! Members free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, the lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details please contact Adam Mosley info@surreymagic.org.uk. 25.6.16

 

Simon Sparkles (aka Simon Hopkins MMC www.kids-magic-show.co.uk) will be presenting his lecture on entertaining children and family audiences with magic and fun at the Cardiff Magical Society on Monday 27th June at 7.30pm. Non-members welcome, £10 entry - see www.cardiffmagic.org.uk for details. Currently one of the busiest kids magicians in South Wales, Simon draws from his many years of experience as a children's and family entertainer to bring you his "Sparkly-Warkly-Woo" lecture which features: Entertaining family and children audiences with Magic and Fun; Tricks & Routines; Tips & Ideas; What he does, Why he does it & How! 25.6.16

 

Tony Griffith is now booking his Creative Magic Lecture for the year ahead: "The magic presented in this lecture is pure commercial material that has served Tony really well for the last 25 years as a professional magician. It is not the finger flinging type of magic which is sometimes seen today. Well scripted presentations and clever and easy to do methods allow you to focus on interacting with your audience and express your personality. In an age where so much ‘new’ material is devised more with a view to just fooling the purchasing magician than being suitable for lay public entertainment, Tony’s magic bucks the trend. The material presented covers a wide range of the magic art. There is something for everyone, whether you perform close up magic, stand up magic or children’s magic.

"During the lecture Tony will also cover such subjects as 'Be seen and be heard', 'Presenting talks to organisations looking for Speakers', 'Publicity and organisation'. Tony Griffith has been all the way around the magic roundabout. He is a member of The Inner Magic Circle where he has lectured on five occasions. He has lectured throughout the U.S.A, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the U.K. He has lectured six times at The Magic Castle, Hollywood where he has also presented his close up magic show over 100 times. Tony is the author of a number of publications, the latest being the Reflection series of books.

"The most frequently heard comment from those who have seen Tony’s lecture is that it is choc full of genuinely commercial magic for anyone who wishes to go out and entertain the public. What more could you wish for? For more details and booking contact Tony on 01275 835463 or tony@tonygriffith.co.uk."
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Steve Dimmer's third 'Magic of the Mind' win. On Tuesday 21st June at The Northamptonshire Magician Club Steve Dimmer chalked up his third win in the club's 'Magic of the Mind' competition. His routines intrigued the club's members (who also individually voted for the winner) as he wrote the responses to a spectator's questions before the replies were heard; the whole audience seeing the information before it was divulged. He finished by divining the PIN numbers of both the President and Hon. Secretary of the club! These were both effects that Steve had devised himself. www.northamptonshiremagicians.uk. 25.6.16

 

Magic Mikes. The Order of The Magi (Manchester) held their annual close-up competition last week where six enthusiastic members battled it out for the prizes. The overall winner was 19 year old Michael Bates, with Mike Sharples taking the ‘Sly’ Smith Best Card Trick Shield. Prizes were awarded by President Alan Johnston. It was a closely fought event, well supported by members and visitors, and enjoyed by all. Applications for membership are welcomed and information is available on www.orderofthemagi.org.uk or by contacting secretary@orderofthemagi.org.uk. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 25.6.16

 

Stage Hypnosis lecture and demonstration. Dave Rawson writes: Am currently performing my 17th Summer Season in Ibiza and just been featured in the Daily Mail and Daily Express, Click Here. I am returning to the UK at the end of October till March 2017. If any Magic Clubs are interested in having an insight to a Stage Hypnosis Show then am willing to give a lecture and demonstration on the subject. They can contact me via email daverawson88@hotmail.com. 25.6.16

 

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Number 834 - 18th June 2016

 

Richard Jones to guest star in Impossible. From the producers: Magic sensation Richard Jones will guest star in the return of smash hit West End show. Lance Corporal Richard Jones, the first ever magician to win Britain’s Got Talent, will guest star in the return of West End magic show Impossible at the Noël Coward Theatre from 8th July – 27th August. Impossible, the world’s greatest magic show, returns to London this summer, following its acclaimed West End season last year. The show features the world’s greatest illusionists including Josephine Lee, Sabine Van Diemen, Magical Bones, Jonathan Goodwin, Ben Hart and Chris Cox. Lance Corporal Richard Jones rose to stardom in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, where he stunned the judges and audiences alike with his captivating performances. Richard didn’t just impress the judges, he also stole the hearts of the nation. After more than 2.5million people voted in the final, Richard was crowned the winner of BGT’s 10th series. The show's producer Jamie Hendry said “I’m delighted to welcome Richard Jones to Impossible as we return to the Noël Coward Theatre this summer. Having watched him wow the judges and audiences on Britain’s Got Talent, I knew he’d be a wonderful addition to our show and I’m delighted to make his dreams come true by casting him in a starring role in the West End!” Although Richard always enjoyed watching magic as a child, it wasn’t until he joined the army that he took it up, first performing in front of friends and family. After developing his act, Richard started putting on shows in front of his colleagues. Richard will now make his dreams come true by starring in the West End. See www.impossiblelive.com for more information and to book. "Britain’s Got Talent's Richard Jones to remain in Household Cavalry during West End gig" Click Here. 18.6.16

 

Just two weeks to Edinburgh's MagicFest! This year's Edinburgh International Magic Festival opens on July 1st with a brand new three-day Magic Fair with performances and stunts from some of the greatest magicians and illusionists around the world. Choose between Morning (10-2pm), Afternoon (2-6pm) or Late (7.30-11.30pm) sessions and watch up to 10 magic shows all with just one ticket! Morning - Magic fun for all the family (under 7s go free). Afternoon - Mix-up your perfect magical afternoon. Late - Soak up the party atmosphere and enjoy late night horror magic, menacing mentalism, gambling dens, and pop-up bars, street food and entertainment in the courtyard. The Festival runs to 10th July with many varied events. Book your tickets and see the full line up today at www.magicfest.co.uk/whats-on. Magician Events here: www.magicfest.co.uk/pro. 18.6.16

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now in previews at the Palace Theatre London, ahead of the official opening on 30th July. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two Parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.

 

Jamie Harrison is the magic and illusion consultant. Recent credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Tomorrow for Brighton Festival, The Wheel and Peter Pan for the National Theatre of Scotland, Dragon for the Edinburgh International Festival, A Christmas Carol and The Cherry Orchard for the Dundee Rep Theatre, A Conversation with Carmel for the Barrowland Ballet and Pinocchio for the Royal Lyceum. Harrison is the co-artistic director of the award-winning theatre company Vox Motus. www.harrypottertheplay.com. "Keep The Secrets - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" YouTube. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Part One preview reactions" YouTube. 18.6.16

 

Magic, Mind Reading & Mayhem Show, London. From the organisers: Come along and enjoy an evening of sorcery, trickery, sleight of hand and illusion.  Doors open at 7pm for a drink or meal beforehand and to reserve your seat. There's close-up magic in the bar from 7pm featuring members of The Magic Circle and from 8pm three of the UK's finest performers take to the stage. Starring: Magician Danny Lee Grew - in 2012, Danny became the first entertainer to perform at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford for 5,000 people. In 2016, Danny was the runner-up in The Magic Circle's Close-up Magician of the Year competition and has reached the final of Britain Does Variety; Mind Reader Alex McAleer - since 2014 Alex has toured nationwide, performing to over 30,000 people, in Champions of Magic. In 2014 he took his one-man show to Edinburgh Fringe Festival playing to packed houses every night, and in January 2016 to sell-out crowds in Australia; and Comedy Magician and National Treasure Terry Herbert - Member of the Inner Magic Circle. He has an enviable reputation for his stand up Cabaret spot. He has appeared on television many times, including such high profile programmes as "The Paul Daniels Magic Show" and many of the entertainment cities across the world including Las Vegas. Friday July 15th, 8pm-10pm (doors 7pm) Tickets: £10 in advance or £15 on the door. Venue: The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE (Map). www.magicmindreadingandmayhem.co.uk. 18.6.16

 

David Narayan: The Psychic Project - The Canal Café, London. A mind reading show based on the true story of America's psychic spies. In 1975, the Cold War took an unusual turn. The CIA learnt that Russia was investing in mind-control research and achieving some remarkable results. Not wanting to be left behind, US scientists began a secret project to train civilians as psychic spies: stealing secrets, manipulating memories and finding out if thoughts can kill. David Narayan explores the archives and attempts their experiments, in a debut show that's as disturbing as it is astonishing. Tickets £8, but save £1 with the code "remoteview" available from www.thepsychicproject.com or by telephone on 020 7289 6054. Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July at 7.30pm. Venue: The Canal Café Theatre, Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, London W2 6ND (Map). 18.6.16

 

Magicians at the Half Moon, Friday 24th June, Bishops Stortford. Andy Clockwise writes: Having missed two "Magicians at the Half Moon" shows regular compere and show producer Martin Cox is back at the helm on Friday 24th June with a super-packed show. Not only is Martin chomping at the bit to get back in the saddle and perform, he's got Oliver Tabor back by popular demand who not only produces his own West End Theatre Show, "West End Magic", represented the UK at the FISM World Magical Championships in 2012, but also performs extraordinary illusions with his bare hands. If that's not enough to tempt you along, Inner Magic Circle Gold Star Member Steve Price will be making up the team (how Martin persuades these guys to come down and perform is a mystery in itself). Steve is a globe trotting Cruise Magician who will be sharing his magical skill's with the Half Mooners for the first time. These nights are very popular and reserving a seat is advised (unless you're happy sitting at the back) by calling Martin on 01279 659562. Entry is £10, doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts 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. 18.6.16

 

Marcus Morgan will be bringing his quirky blend of mentalism and infotainment to Coventry today (Saturday 18th). He's appearing at The Box as part of the city's LGBT Pride Festival. All the events are free to attend and while there are over 45 artists performing, Marcus is the only magician. www.coventrypride.org.uk/artists/lady-go-diva. 18.6.16

 

12 Time World Record Holding Escapologist and Stamina Strongman will be attempting to set two new, and quite unusual, World Records on the 2nd and 3rd of July at the Magic at the Barn event in Rochford. The two records are “Most Iron Bars bent in one minute” and “Most Frying pans Rolled in one minute”. Both require the performer to just use their hands, without additional mechanical assistance. Stuart Burrell is attempting these records to raise money to help Chelmsford Community Radio, a local community radio station run by volunteers, acquire a FM Transmitter. These records are in addition to attempting to better his personal best times and (and at least one World Record), for escaping from handcuffs, chains and straitjackets. Stuart said “For the last two years, I have been fortunate to set at least one World Record whenever I have performed at the Barn. That in itself is an amazing achievement but this time I am not just attempting Escapology, this time I am attempting to set new world records for strength, which, given the summer heat and the nature of the records, is just as vexing and challenging. I tried to set a strength record last year only to fail, due to exhaustion.”


Whilst Stuart will be performing outside, prior to the shows, inside, the event once again boasts a world class line up of performers, including, fresh from Britain's Got Talent Christian Lee, international illusionist Richard Griffin and the award-winning conjuring feats of Oliver Tabor. Tickets are available online at or via www.magicatthebarn.co.uk or through the ticket hotline on 01702 543242. Stuart added: “To be associated with an event like Magic at the Barn is a true honour and I am thrilled to once again have an opportunity to perform there and, hopefully, raise some funds for a worthy cause”.
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Andy Clockwise's "Clockwatching" Lecture now booking. A professional award winning magician with over 20 years performing experience, Andy shares in great detail some of his best selling effects as well as several new ideas, creations and twists yet to be released in his new lecture, "Clockwatching". Everything in this lecture is "worker" material, suitable for Close-up and Stage, for children and adults - there's something for everyone! "He's a creative wizard, a comic genius and explosion of energy. Do not miss!!" Dov Citron - Secretary of The Watford Association of Magicians. "Can I just say, what an incredible lecture we were treated to last night. The name Andy Clockwise certainly pulled in a crowd and the man himself did a very fine job indeed. Everything Andy has created to date is a 'worker', which made demonstrating each effect second nature for Clocky. A thoroughly enjoyable evening, the room was buzzing, you certainly missed out if you couldn't make it." Christopher Garside - W.A.M. Committee Member. "Andy was a breath of fresh air, as he did exactly what he said he was going to do." John Clayton - Secretary & Vice President Merlin Magical Society. If you are the secretary of a Magic Club and would like Andy to come along, get in touch via the contact page on www.andyclockwise.com. 18.6.16

 

Steve Beam October Lecture Tour. Tony Griffith writes: Steve Beam will be making his 5th lecture tour of the UK this coming October. There are still one or two vacancies for additional lectures, see details below. Steve is the author of the best selling ten volume 'Semi Automatic Card Trick' series and one of the most entertaining card magicians around. Don't pass up this opportunity to see him.

October 2016
3rd Surrey Society of Magicians, Bookham
4th Medway Magical Society, Chatham
5th Devon Magic Circle, Exeter area
6th Bath Circle of Magicians
7th Travelling to Liverpool
8/9th Magicians of Mann, Douglas
10th Free, Liverpool area
11th Fylde Mystics
12th Perth Magic Circle, Scotland
13th Free
14th Free
15th Free
16th Newcastle Magic Circle
17th Hull Magicians Circle
18th Free
19th Shropshire Magic Society, Shrewsbury
20th Home Counties Magic Society, Reading
There are still vacancies for possible lectures as follows: 7th & 10th Liverpool area; 13th- 16th Scotland / North of England; 18th North of England / Midlands. For further information contact Tony Griffith 01275 835463 tony@tonygriffith.co.uk.
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The June Mark Leveridge Podcast. Free to listen to, the latest 30 minute broadcast from Mark Leveridge is packed with interesting and thought provoking comment and opinion. Some of the topics covered this month include a discussion on what it is that makes comedy funny and how we can make it work in our acts, Mark ponders on why it seems that more shows get booked at a distance from home rather than really locally (or maybe that's just him?!), he takes a look at ways that we can harness lay people's perceptions of our magic and turn them to our advantage, and he looks at why pro performers are often so slick at what they do, as well as how summer weather can affect our props and the way that we perform. This is the 42nd consecutive monthly podcast that Mark has released and you will find access to all of them, including the latest release, at www.markleveridge.co.uk/podcast.php, plus all of the more recent ones are available at www.markleveridge.podbean.com, where you can also sign up to 'follow' his podcasts and thus get each one automatically when it is released on the 1st of each month. With an average of over 500 downloads per episode, clearly it's something worth tuning in to! 18.6.16

 

Free £500 worth of magic every hour at the Manchester Circle of Magicians Jumbo Magic Auction on Monday 20th June at 6.30pm at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent Salford, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Star Auctioneers Derek Lever and Quentin Reynolds. Everyone attending will receive a free raffle ticket worth £500 and every 15 minutes one £25.00 magic prize will be given away. Enquiries to d.lever1@sky.com. 18.6.16

 

Charles Gauci October lecture tour now booking. Charles writes: 'The Workers Lecture' is aimed at professional magicians. Ten brand new stunning effects from my own repertoire. These are reputation makers. A mixture of strolling, close-up and stage effects which you will perform within three minutes of reading the instructions. No finger flinging. Dates: 11-31st October 2016. Interested clubs please email me at charlesg37@hotmail.com. 18.6.16

 

Christian Magicians UK - a brand new organisation with thirty years history. Austin Siviter of Christian Magicians UK writes: Christian Magicians UK - a brand new organisation with thirty years history. The Fellowship of Christian Magicians UK - FCM(UK) began as a single step taken with The International Fellowship of Magicians (IFCM) based in America. Over the past thirty years the UK organisation has grown and changed direction many times but always with the same Christian ethos and the support of IFCM. However as a child grows and matures so do organisations and at the 29th annual conference of FCM(UK) earlier this year, a unanimous decision was taken to continue our journey as an independent organisation. All with the agreement and support of IFCM. So it was that at the beginning of May, Christian Magicians UK was born. This means we now have a new constitution relevant to our new status. This will be available to view on our website www.christianmagiciansuk.org in the very near future. Our independence does not preclude individual members of Christian Magicians UK being individual members of IFCM. Clearly this sort of change does not happen in a flash, even for magicians, therefore for the next few months we will be operating under two banners - FCM(UK) and Christian Magicians UK.

Christian Magicians UK is a group of Christian entertainers, who use their performing skills to spread the good news about Jesus Christ. The tricks and routines that are performed are either visual aids or simply used to attract and engage an audience. It is a very effective method of presenting the Gospel in a clear and memorable way. Each year we have a national conference (along with several regional events) which include lectures, hands on workshops and shows. Through these and our quarterly magazine we provide ideas to help members develop their magic and entertainment skills to enable them to share their faith through good magic. Our 2017 conference (13th to 17th February 2017) will be a rather special event, since it is our 30th but also our 1st as Christian Magicians UK. Membership is open to Christian magicians of all denominations, so take a look at our website www.christianmagiciansuk.org and find out some more.
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Blackpool Magician’s Club update. Blackpool Magicians’ Club write: Further to last week’s notification, Blackpool Magicians’ Club is pleased to announce the rest of its new Convention Team: Guy Barrett, Russ Brown, Arthur Casson, Guy Haslam, Alan Horne, Jim Lumsden, David Plant, Mark Raffles, Harry Robson, Michael Shepherd, Russ Stevens, Chris Stickland, and Mark Woodsford. The team is working hard to make 2017 a huge success with some exciting changes and we look forward to seeing you in February. For more information and tickets please visit www.blackpoolmagic.com. 18.6.16

 

Hypnosis Week - a new venture being launched by Stage Hypnotist and Mind Magician Jonathan Royle on Sunday 26th June. Each week from 9pm to 10pm, Royle will give a free online Training Class in a different area of Hypnosis by way of a Facebook Live Video Feed on his Profile. To register and grab some free gifts visit www.hypnosisweek.com. 18.6.16

 

Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic - Sunday 3rd July 2016. More details from Travis Perkins and Esme for the 24th Ferrybridge Day of Magic: First lecturette: ‘Tantalisingly Tenyo’ presented by Mark Lee of Merlins; Second lecturette: ‘Still in the Melting Pot’ and it is! Workshopette: "Memorised decks - worth the effort?” A demonstration of its capabilities with hints and tips on the learning process. Come along and decide, presented by Alex Csurko; 10 dealers and traders with a vast array of magic and books. Following a day that is set for wonderment, laughs, magic and thrills, the Showette will bring our 24th to a close, featuring: Epsie Havercott, Alec Powell, Brian Watson, Katie Trickett with a Cocktail of Delights and Destiny. Venue: The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire. WF11 8PQ (Map). Entrance fee £5.00. Doors open at 9.45am but see details in MagicWeek’s What’s On section. Further details can be obtained by contacting Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 or email admin@castlemagicalservices.co.uk. 18.6.16

 

Houdini: America's Most Badass. Discovery History, 10pm on Saturday 18th June: "Neil Armstrong, Teddy Roosevelt, John Dillinger and Harry Houdini all lived life on the edge and they all have one thing in common they're badass Americans." See TV Magic. (Not sure if any of the subjects of this documentary would have chosen to refer to themselves as 'badass', but there it is. Wonder which TV 'dumbass' came up with that! DT). 18.6.16

 

John Breeds’ How To Create Kids’ Magic and Triple Your Income! Parts 1 and 2 are now available as Kindle eBooks at an even more affordable price. "John Breeds’ How To Create Kids’ Magic and Triple Your Income! are unique working manuals for job changers and working professional entertainers alike. There are no other books out there that give every insight you need to turn your hobby into a lucrative business. Even if you do not perform for kids, the marketing and sales secrets in Part 1 are invaluable for the working pro. Well written and beautifully illustrated by a professional writer and kids’ entertainer with over 30 years experience. Great job." Bobby Gill. For full details and to order visit www.johnbreeds.com/create-kids-magic.htm. 18.6.16

 

The Fylde Mystics advise that all future meetings, unless advertised otherwise, will now take place on the first Wednesday of each month at the South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool FY4 5HZ (Map). Visit www.fyldemystics.co.uk for the latest news on upcoming events. 18.6.16

 

Where's my News? As noted last week, the news deadline for today's MagicWeek was 12 noon, Thursday 16th June, 24 hours earlier than usual. Material submitted after that time and date will appear in next week's MagicWeek. DT. 18.6.16

 

Martyn 'Giggio' Rowland and Cassandra Crouch got married! Many congratulations to Martyn and Cassandra on their beautiful wedding yesterday, in the heart of the Devonshire countryside. Martyn will be known to many readers as the man behind the excellent Giggio of course, but was also co-writer and Magic Producer on all three series of the hit ITV2 show Tricked, starring Ben Hanlin. Look out for an upcoming special, currently in production. DT. 18.6.16

 

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