Derren Brown is Alan Carr's special guest on Friday 7th November, on Channel 4. Derren will be chatting to MagicWeek favourite Alan Carr about his brand new 2015 live tour, Derren Brown Miracle. Also on the show, ventriloquist Nina Conti and comedian and TV presenter Sue Perkins. See TV Magic. 1.11.14


More Dates Added Nationwide - Dynamo Live Tour 2015: "Dynamo has quickly established himself as one of the world's most known and most loved magicians - he's walked on water, levitated above the Shard, walked down the LA Times Building, predicted the World Cup outcome and taken a trip on the side of a bus but now Dynamo faces his biggest challenge to date as the renowned street magician will take to the stage as he embarks on his first ever live tour. Dynamo will delight fans who, for the first time, will have the opportunity to see his magic skills up close and personal in what promises to be a spectacular and unique live stage production. Dynamo said of his new venture, 'After four series of Magician Impossible I was ready for a new challenge and for a long time I have wanted to take my show to the stage. I am hoping that like I did for magic on TV, I can reinvent the live magic show and produce something fans have never seen before. This is something I have been working towards for the last 20 years and I can't wait to amaze audiences with what I have in store for them.'" The tour will open at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on October 6th 2015.

Original Dates:

October 6th-11th Manchester O2 Apollo
October 13th-18th Manchester O2 Apollo
October 22nd-November 1st London Eventim Apollo

November 3rd-5th London Eventim Apollo

New Dates:

November 6th-8th London Eventim Apollo

November 20th-23rd Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
November 25th-29th Edinburgh Playhouse
December 2nd-6th Nottingham Capital FM Arena
December 9th-14th Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
December 16th-20th Leeds First Direct Arena
See to book.


Oktobre, UK Premiere. Three bizarre and enigmatic characters - acrobat, trapezist, and neurotic magician - flirt with mystery and disaster at the maddest tea party since Alice visited Wonderland. As if from another dimension, from a David Lynch or Tim Burton movie, their humour and magic are black. Where truth hides behind a veil of bluff and deception, who can say what's real or not? Set in velvety darkness shot through with brilliant red, Oktobre will leave you bewitched and delighted. A winner at the prestigious Jeunes Talents Cirque/Circus Next awards in 2013, Oktobre features three of France's top young circus-theatre talents including YouTube sensation Yann Frisch, named 'World Champion of Magic' at the 2012 International Federation of Magic Societies convention held in Blackpool. The director is Florent Bergal, whose Popcorn Machine for My! Laika was a popular hit at LIMF2013. Friday 23rd January 7.45pm, Saturday 24th January 7.45pm (including after-show discussion), Sunday 25th January 3pm. Venue: Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX (Map). 1.11.14


The Young Magicians Club, which is a youth initiative of The Magic Circle, held their annual convention J-Day last weekend. The Celebrity Guest was Luis de Matos who gave an hour long inspiring presentation conducted by Darren Martin. Two Star Lectures were given by Henry Evans and Wayne Fox. Prizes were announced at the Awards Ceremony and presented by President Scott Penrose. The winner of the Mark Leveridge Close-Up Cup was Tom Elderfield with Samuel Hinch in second place and Stephen Friend in third. The winner of the Alakazam Home Counties Stage Trophy was David Hardman who also won the Pete McCahon Originality Award and the Kaymar Komedy Kup, with Dean Leavy coming second and Joe Oyelade third. The brand new Marvin Rising Star Award went to Troy (photo) who made a very appreciated surprise appearance to collect the trophy donated by Marvin Berglas. The YMC Member of the Year Award went to Callum McClure who also won the Fox Technical Ability Award for his close-up act. The very full day ended with the Gala Show which featured Justin Monehan, Henry Evans, Oliver Tabor and The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year Richard Pinner. All twelve of the competition finalists went on to perform their acts to Magic Circle members at their club night, the following day. It was a fantastic J-Day... don't miss it next year! For membership details visit 1.11.14


Charles Dickens Magician by Ian Keable. Ian Keable's latest book Charles Dickens Magician: Conjuring in Life, Letters and Literature is a fascinating insight into how Dickens became a conjurer, the contemporary magicians he saw and his own repertoire. This is a must for collectors and magic historians, but it should also be of interest to magicians generally. For instance both the tricks that Dickens did himself, and those he reported on seeing professional magicians of the day perform, are extensively detailed. The book is available either in hard back with a dust jacket (£25 + p&p) or soft cover (£10 + p &p). It can be purchased from Geoff Tibbs reviews Charles Dickens Magician this week, Click Here. 1.11.14


The London Festival of Magic App. Full timings, lecture titles and artist details for The London Festival of Magic (November 10-14) are now available on Zwoor -a handy app that can be downloaded to most tablets, iPads and phones via Once it's loaded just type in the Meeting Code LFOM2014 and revel in the amazing line up for these specially themed days. Each day, which can be booked separately, is chock-a-block with performances, presentations, interviews and lectures. No matter what your particular interest in magic is, there will be something here for you. The Thursday (Stage and Screen Magic) extends to 9pm, but on Monday to Wednesday you also have the ability to sit back and watch two fantastic magic shows in the same venue in the evening ( Festival day tickets are available directly from International Magic, 89 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5BX or visit 1.11.14


Bairn - The Brain Children of Ken Dyne. Ken Dyne's Bairn Mentalism Book features 41 routines for mentalists performing close-up, parlor and on stage; taken from Ken Dyne's professional working repertoire: "I've been working on this book for literally 3 years. It contains pretty much every complete routine that I have created and performed since my very first mentalism release back in 2005. A lot can happen in 9 years, especially when your clients keep expecting you to turn up each year with a new show. Inside Bairn you will find material I've used at corporate events, at public shows in theatres, castles and restaurants, and for the first time I'm including all my informal, social, close-up pieces too. 41+ effects suitable for stand-up and close-up, and a bunch of stories from my career over the past 12+ years performing mentalism professionally around the world under all kinds of conditions. The book is presented in a hard-hitting, entertaining way that is not for the easily offended. All professionally illustrated and laid out by Phill Smith. Bairn will shock you! Available in paperback or limited edition hardback." 1.11.14


James More is seen here with two magic fans, backstage in Newbury on Wednesday evening, following a brilliant sold-out performance of his live 'Theatre of Illusion' show, produced and directed by Russ Stevens. James' easy relaxed stage manner, when he is simply chatting to his audience, contrasts so well with the high energy and showmanship that he puts into his full-scale illusion sequences. His latest illusion 'Solo', where he melts through a solid sheet of steel, drew audible gasps and 'turned heads of horror' from the row in front of us, and his signature 'Table of Death' escape caused the audience to combust into a spontaneous standing ovation. It was a great night. DT. 1.11.14


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2015. The time has arrived for you to apply to enter the Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2015. The Competition is open to all young people who will be 14 but will not have reached the age of 18 by 1st January 2015. You must present a Stage Magic act, suitable for family audiences, lasting 8 to 12 minutes. You could be the winner and receive full Membership of The Magic Circle when you reach the age of 18, with 4 years Membership Fees paid, plus the Irving Schneider Travelling Scholarship to attend a Magic Workshop in the U.S.A. That’s a really worthwhile prize! All you need to do (apart from preparing a great act) is to fill in the Entry Form which can be found on the Young Magicians section of The Magic Circle website: The Form contains all the information and rules, but just to get you moving quickly the Heats will be held on 15th February 2015 with the Final on 29th March. Most importantly, the closing date is 8th January 2015. If you have any queries contact the Competition Secretary, Dr. Michael Colley 1.11.14


Storyville. Exposed: Magicians, Psychics and Frauds, 9pm on Sunday 2nd November on BBC 4. From the programme makers: "Documentary chronicling magician James Randi's debunkings of faith healers, fortune tellers and psychics. 'The Amazing' Randi has been wowing audiences with his illusions, escapes and sleight of hand for over 50 years. When he began seeing his cherished art form co-opted by all manner of con artists, he made it his mission to expose the simple tricks charlatans have borrowed from magicians to swindle the masses. The film documents his rivalry with famed spoon-bender Uri Geller, whom Randi eventually foiled on a high-profile television appearance. Another target was evangelist Peter Popoff, whose tent-show miracles and audience mind-reading were exposed as chicanery when Randi revealed a recording of Popoff's wife feeding him information through a radio-transmitter earpiece. In telling Randi's strange, funny and fascinating life story, the film shows how we are all vulnerable to deception - even, in a surprising twist, Randi himself." See TV Magic. 1.11.14


The Magicians' Podcast with Richard Young. Richard Young has just started producing a free podcast for magicians, appropriately called 'The Magicians' Podcast' in which he'll present "Informal interviews with the biggest names in magic" every Friday. Guests to date include: Paul Martin, Pete Wardell, Dave Bonsall and Fay Presto. The Magicians' Podcast is available via iTunes Click Here or Podbean Click Here, and is sure to be a great success. 1.11.14


Tommy on Titchmarsh. Afternoon chat and music with Alan Titchmarsh featuring a tribute to celebrated comedian and magician Tommy Cooper. The Alan Titchmarsh Show, 3pm on Thursday 6th November on ITV. See TV Magic. 1.11.14


Today is the 7th annual Magic Moments Day. Each year the dedicated MM team grows, with more and more magicians taking part to raise awareness, smiles and money for charities. Updates will follow on our Magic Moments page, here on MagicWeek! 1.11.14


Champions of Magic - live on stage at the Watford Colosseum this evening. "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; Fay Presto - Queen of Close-up; Alex McAleer - Master Mind Reader; Edward Hilsum - Magic’s Latest Sensation. Champions of Magic includes world class, award winning entertainers performing everything from stage-filling illusions to magic right in the palm of a spectator's hands. Along with a live video feed, fiery pyrotechnics and stunning lighting, the show is an immersive experience in the art of magic. November Tour Dates:

Saturday 1st Watford Colosseum 08450 753993
Sunday 2nd Kings Lynn Corn Exchange 01553 764864
Thursday 6th Leicester De Montfort Hall 01162 333111
Saturday 8th Crawley The Hawth 01293 553636
Sunday 9th Swindon Wyvern Theatre 01793 524481
Friday 21st Hornchurch Queen’s Theatre 01708 443333

More information on the tour can be found at 1.11.14


The Fylde Mystics are delighted to present John Carey, with his latest magic lecture entitled 'Crafted with Carey'. Alan Mylecraine writes: In the last five years John Carey has become internationally respected for his thoughts and work on card magic and his ability to streamline effects without diluting the impact. Having put out 5 best-selling DVDs with RSVPMagic, John is in demand both at home and abroad to lecture and hold workshops. He promises something for all skill levels, with a wide variety of powerful and practical card and close-up magic taught. The meeting will be held on Tuesday 4th November at the South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool FY4 5HZ (Map) at 8pm with a £5 on the door charge for visiting magicians. For more details visit or contact Alan Mylecraine 1.11.14


The Portsmouth Jumbo Day takes place tomorrow, Sunday 2nd November and this year it'll be the biggest ever with lectures and performances from Andi Gladwin, Jon Armstrong, Ben Hart, Martin Cox, David Gemmell, James Piper and Dave Loosley. Plus the largest second-hand magic sale in the country, Merv Cole’s magic auction, Bob Hamilton’s magic videos and the Southern Magician of the Year competition, it's an absolute bargain at only £22. Doors open at 9am at Bucklands Community Centre, PO2 7BL (Map). Philip Smith. 1.11.14


The Ulster Society of Magicians is pleased to announce that Jon Armstrong will be lecturing in Northern Ireland on Sunday 9th November. The lecture will commence at 2.30pm for a 3.00pm start in the Ramada Plaza, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast. Admission is £10. For further details, contact Secretary, George Bleeks, on 07860 115611 or email 1.11.14


Peter Antoniou - Happy Medium. Award-winning Psychic Comedian, Peter Antoniou is bring his all-new mind reading show to the Mimetic Festival! Simply focus on a question about anything and he'll read the question from your mind and provide an answer. It doesn't matter if it's about your past, present, future, or your love life, anything goes in this fully interactive and improvised comedy show. Prepare to have your frontal lobe fondled and funny bone tickled, and ask, is your mind safe? "His ad libs are fast and sharp; a balance between humour and astonishment" The Scotsman. Thursday 20th November at 7pm. Venue: The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN (Map). Tickets: £10 (£8.50 concessions). Box Office: Click Here. 1.11.14


Derren Brown: Infamous the DVD is now available for pre-order from This title will be released on November 24th. "BAFTA-Award winning magician and psychological illusionist Derren Brown performs his latest stageshow, recorded live at the Grand Theatre in Leeds. The performance, which mixes humour with inventiveness and intelligence, sees Derren use his skills to encourage audience members to take control of their lives." To pre-order Click Here. 1.11.14


John Carey Magic Tao Lecture, 11th November, Birmingham. MagicTao write: We are pleased to announce the first lecture to be held at the Tao on the 11th November 2014; the very knowledgeable and skilled card magician John Carey. John is internationally respected for his creativity and streamlined approach to sleight of hand card magic. His five, critically acclaimed DVDs have proven extremely popular with magicians around the world. John promises that you will go away from this lecture with powerful and practical commercial card magic. Doors open at 7.30pm for some chat and refreshments, before the lecture starts at 8pm. Everyone is welcome. The entrance fee is £10.00. You also get a £2.50 discount on any purchases with John or MagicTao on the night. The number of places is limited - Click Here for venue details and to reserve your place. 1.11.14


Paul Derek - The Birdman of Magic, one-off London show. Lee Hathaway writes: "If you missed Blackpool this year, you'll probably have heard about the legendary bird man Mr Paul Derek. Back by popular demand, Paul Derek is appearing in a special one off show in London on the afternoon of 30th November! This is seriously not to be missed! Tickets available from" 1.11.14


David J. Marks - Another Night of Magic & Comedy. After David's sell out one-man show from last year he is back in a new venue with lots of new ideas. Ticket price includes a cheese board and soft drinks; feel free to bring along your own alcohol and glasses will be provided. Doors open at 7pm. Seating will be first come first served on the night, however for bookings of 8 people you can have the choice of reserving a table. Comments from last year's show: "We loved the show. It was fantastic, the whole evening was brilliant; the cheese board and the fact that we could bring a bottle, it was such a nice relaxed atmosphere. You're very talented David" "Everyone really awed at the show, they were all talking about it long into the evening." "Brilliant night David, My party really enjoyed it..." Saturday 29th November at 7.30pm at Kirton Church Hall, 21 Church Lane, Kirton, Suffolk IP10 0PT (Map) 1.11.14


Magicians Wanted: Ashley Turner writes: "Due to an increase in restaurant residencies I am looking for Magicians in Luton, Northampton, Huntingdon areas, for occasional restaurant work. Please drop me an email Thanks, Ash." 1.11.14


'The Cointreau Magic Experience' with Dafedas B. "Remy Cointreau offers some visual prestidigitation with your cocktail, every Tuesday evening at Brasserie Gustave. Come and enjoy the 'Cointreau Magic Experience' with Dafedas B's cutting edge close-up magic. Coins, cards, thimbles... and whatever you put into his hands! 1.11.14


Enterteasement: Comedy - Magic - Burlesque, Glasgow. Enterteasement is a monthly comedy, magic and burlesque show based in Glasgow, this month starring well known American street magician Todd Various. three 'As Seen On TV Comedians and two International burlesque performers. Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th, 8pm - 10.30pm. Tickets: Saturday £14, Sunday £10, Book via Venue: The Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G27 DA (Map). 1.11.14


Terry Herbert Bexley Magic Society Lecture. Roy Marsh writes: Bexley Magic Society is very pleased to announce that the one and only Terry Herbert will be delivering his latest lecture at our next meeting on Wednesday November 5th. Terry will be presenting the lecture that went down a storm at the recent IBM British Ring Convention in Bournemouth. Entitled, 'Children's Magic - Past and Present' it is not only funny, but educational. In the second half of the evening, Terry will have a question and answer session, not just about his talk, but about children's magic in general. There will be a £5.00 charge for non-members (visiting magicians only please). 8pm start. Doors open 7.30pm. Visit for map details. 1.11.14


The Cornish Magical Society present the Paul Stockman Lecture on Sunday 16th November at 3pm at Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Road, Carnon Downs, Truro, Cornwall TR3 6JQ (Map). Visiting magicians £5. Not to be missed. Paul Scott. 1.11.14


Saturn Magic Dealer Dem, The Coventry Magic Circle. James Cannon writes: The Coventry Magic Circle are delighted to welcome Mark Traversoni's Saturn Magic to our society. Mark will be holding a Dealer Dem. Mark is a brilliant professional magician. Free entry to all magicians. Food will be laid on. We have a licensed bar for refreshments. This will be a very relaxed evening. It will be a great evening to meet and greet other magicians from other societies. Saturn Magic has the very latest magic on the market. The evening will start at 8pm on Tuesday 4th November. Venue: The Bentley Road Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR (Map). Contact James Cannon, telephone 02476 545704 1.11.14


David Ginn's UK KidBiz Spring 2015 Tour. This will be David Ginn's final full UK lecture tour (he'll be back for occasional one-off events only). Full details nearer the time. Dates confirmed:
April 8 Wolverhampton
April 9 Airdrie, Scotland
April 10 Dundee, Scotland
April 13Portsmouth
April 14 Northampton
April 15 Leamington
April 16 Dunstable
April 18 Manchester FCM-UK Kidbiz & Christian Workshop 10am – 3pm
April 20 LSM Davenports.


The North West Magical Close Up Competition. Mike Hinde writes: Manchester Circle of Magicians hosted the North West Magical Close Up competition in front of an audience of sixty last week, and presented a fabulous show featuring eight top magicians battling for superb trophies and the opportunity for a prestigious award to put on the business card. Any of the eight were worthy of winning a close up competition but on the night third prize went to Dave Hutchinson (2014 President) for a mad cap and zany selection of very funny effects and stunts with excellent audience management and a sound track for every effect. Second prize (and best card trick) went to Douglas Tilston who has stayed as a member despite moving 'darn sarth'. Always elegant and silky smooth, with a collection of classic effects beautifully performed. First prize went to Clive Mansfield (aka Clive Chaos) who brought the house down with his performance as a Welsh magician who (dare I say it) was a bit of a dimwit and did the most simple of tricks. But was the funniest act ever to be seen in a close-up competition. Trust me, his nan would have been proud. The prize for "best Welsh magician" was not awarded this year as the judges felt that nobody reached the required standard, but Clive came runner up. 1.11.14


MagicWeek celebrates its 750th edition next Saturday. That's a MagicWeek every Saturday since 1st July 2000, well, apart from a couple of late issues a few years ago when Icelandic volcanic eruptions left me stranded on the other side of the world with ash on my face, so to speak, but that's another story... What would be nice, is, if this week, you could Tweet/Facebook (or similar) a quick " is 750 weeks old on Saturday 8th November!" or something like that. That would be nice. Thank you. Duncan. 2.3.13


"Our Magic: Documentary about magic, by magicians" Click Here and Click Here • "Joshua Jay teaches life lessons through magic" Click Here • "Paul Daniels has tetanus jab after bite from stage rabbit" Click Here • "Magician Paul Daniels turns down offer of stuffed rabbit for stage show" Click Here • 'The Modern Mystic League Workshop: Tony Griffith' is reviewed by Roger Woods this week, Click Here • "A Magician Among the Spirits: The Improbable Friendship of Harry Houdini & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" Click Here • "Peter Andre tricked by magician Ben Hanlin: watch the jaw-dropping video" Click Here • "Derren Brown: Paintings and Photographs" Click Here • And finally, "Why are we so scared of clowns?" Click Here • See you next week, Duncan. 1.11..14


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Last Week: Number 748 - 25th October 2014


Last Saturday's award presentations at The Magic Circle Awards 2014 were as follows:


The Devant, for services to International Magic
David Copperfield MIMC - one of the greatest illusionists of all time, he’s the first living illusionist to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was knighted by the French government. He, along with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Colin Powell, received the Living Legend award from the United States Library of Congress now adds ‘The Devant’ to his collection of honours. Seen here accepting the award via a live video link to Las Vegas.


The Maskelyne, for services to British Magic
George Kovari MIMC - one of the world’s leading magicians, ‘The Great Kovari' has many television appearances under his hat, has also acted as magic advisor for films, television and theatre and is known for supplying a number of original creations, manufactured in his own workshop, to professional magicians around the world.


The John Nevil Maskelyne Prize, presented for noteworthy contributions to the art or literature of magic

Roberto Giobbi - author of ‘Card College’ Volumes 1 - 5, this landmark course sets the groundwork for magicians. His choice of material is impeccable, featuring not only original effects and handlings of his own, but tricks and routines by world-masters as well and the series has been acclaimed by magicians worldwide.


The Carlton Award for Comedy
Mark Shortland MIMC. A previous winner of "The Ken Dodd Award" for best comedy magic, Mark engages audiences with a mixture of prestidigitation, visual gags and audience participation. His winning personality and unique brand of comedy are blended with an individual style of magic, in an act that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Other presentations included Silver Wands for services to The Magic Circle, to Dr Terry Wright MIMC,
David Hibberd MIMC and Dr Michael Colley MIMC and The Cecil Lyle Award, for best magic trick published in the Magic Circular, to Chris Wardle MIMC. Winners are selected from nominations from Members of The Magic Circle overseen by a panel of judges that include The President and Secretary of The Magic Circle. The full list of previous winners and further details of each award can be found at 25.10.14


An Evening with Michael Vincent - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. This new lecture for 2014/15 is Michael's heartfelt tribute to his friend and mentor Alan Alan. This will be a conversation on taking our magic to the next level and achieving personal mastery in the craft of magic. Michael will feature many classic routines from his repertoire which features many of the lessons passed onto him by Alan Alan and Slydini. This conversation will look at the steps we magicians can take to make the magic we already do even better. Mastery is about self-discovery, living with our material, refining, finessing and testing in front of our audience. The steps to achieving mastery in any field require passion, dedication and a commitment to performance excellence. The intention of Michael's lecture is to inspire magicians to look at the tricks they already perform and ask, "How can I make this effect better, how can I transform this effect and make it play big for a large audience?" The lecture starts at 8pm on Wednesday 5th November. Visiting magicians welcome for a fee of £5.00. Venue: ECC Sports and Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton WV10 9LU (Map). Contact President, Sue Oakley 25.10.14


Wayne Dobson: The Definitive Collection Lecture. Eddie Young writes: Wayne Dobson has kindly agreed to a special lecture, plus, I have 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. 25.10.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, November 21st: " Psychic comedians, money from thin air, dangerous knife routines and huskily sung tunes by the ukulele toting Lady Carol. Michael Vadini (photo) will be on the Magic Night stage producing water from nowhere and making money appear and disappear, whilst AJ will be endangering life, limb and the front row, with sharp implements in ways no sane person should ever be allowed to do! Meanwhile Peter Antoniou will sneak into your head and make psychic phenomena look entirely plausible. It would be scary if he wasn't quite so hilarious, and the beautiful Lady Carol will rework some classic tunes with her smoke and whiskey drenched voice and a ukulele. The Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee will compere and also perform the best hand stab routine around." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £13.20 including entry to Good Foot. Show ticket plus dinner: £27.50. Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info: 25.10.14


The International Magic Close Up Competition has been won by some of magic's top names including Woody Aragon, Gary Kurtz, Shoot Ogawa, Pit Hartling and Michael Vincent. The prestige of the Award always brings out top new close-up talent, and the £1000 cash prize doesn't hurt, but every three years the Competition, when it precedes the following summer's FISM Convention seems to bring out a particularly high standard. Many performers see it as a 'warm up' for FISM, and certainly past winners of the Award have used it to create a buzz before competing at FISM. Performers such as Carl Cloutier, Lennart Green, Shawn Farquhar, Martin Eisle and Marc Oberon all used it as a stepping stone to great success at FISM walking away as the World Champion in their field.

Certainly the field in this year's competition is as international as ever, with only one British entrant. The other 11 artists coming from Spain, Hong Kong, Sweden, Austria and Russia. Will it be a chance to see a preview of next year's FISM World Champion of Magic? Only time will tell, but it promises to be a highly entertaining and mind boggling three hours as the competitors appear before a highly regarded panel of international judges. Noel Britten, Convention and Festival Booker.

Full details of exactly what lectures and performances are due to take place on each day of the Convention can be seen here and Festival of Magic info (November 10th-14th) can be seen here


"The art of the illusionist. Britain’s Got Talent illusionist James More chats to Jasmin Hayward about playing with fire" Click Here. On Monday 27th October, James can be seen live on stage at the Harrogate Royal Hall, and on Wednesday 29th October, at the Newbury Corn Exchange, in his own one-man show 'Theatre of Illusion'. See What's On for details. 25.10.14


Dan Sperry, David Kaplan and Tony Frebourg added to FISM 2015 lineup: "Dan Sperry (photo), also known as 'the Anti-Conjuror', has become a social media phenomenon with over 20 million hits on YouTube and hundreds of thousands of loyal online followers. David Kaplan has for over 25 years thrilled audiences internationally with his innovative performances. He combines Illusion, music, juggling and deadpan comedy in his hilarious vaudeville style show. Tony Frebourg is a 10 times World Champion of Diabolos, and has 8 different World Records. He has been with Cirque du Soleil for the past six years." See 25.10.14


PropDog are very pleased and honoured to announce that on the 16th October, they became the proud new owners of the Jerry O'Connell leather magicians' goods business. PropDog will continue to produce the full range of Jerry's excellent quality leather goods in exactly the same way ensuring the same high standards are maintained and PropDog also hope to produce some new lines in the near future. All wholesale enquiries should now be directed to PropDog Ltd and no longer to Jerry O'Connell. The full range of Jerry's products can be found here: 25.10.14


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) are holding a Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 4th November at The Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map) at 7.30pm prompt, with viewing from 6.30pm. Lot numbers are now available from Max Townsend, Entertainments Officer on 07527 387146 or email Details are on Door charge £3 for non members. Do come along as you may find the very thing you are looking for. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 25.10.14


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day, London - today! Saturday 25th October 2014. Royal National Hotel (Galleon Suite), Bedford Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0DG (Map). 10am - 5pm. Free entry to Members of The Magic Circle (and YMC members). More than 20 dealers booked. It will be a great day to meet and greet magicians and buy the latest magic. £5 entry to non-members. As an added bonus, the day will be followed by two star lectures in the Royal National’s Alexandria Suite. From 4.30pm – 6pm, the legendary Fay Presto will lecture on commercial close-up and, from 6.30pm – 8pm, the mind-blowing Kieron Lefever will lecture on his own brand of innovative magic. £10 entry charge for members and non-members. 25.10.14


"Magician James Anthony shares tricks of the trade at his new shop in Denton [Manchester]" Click Here. Also see 25.10.14


Merlins of Wakefield will be stocking the Tenyo 2015 range of Magic in November. If you are wanting any for Christmas, please contact them to reserve yours. The 2015 effects are Magic Butterfly, Security Lock, The Alchemist and The Great Escape. Order all 4 and get a free Magic Pop Up and free postage (UK only). Tel 01924 339933 or email to place your order. 25.10.14


Magic Moments 2014, Saturday 1st November. What do Jeff McBride, Oliver Tabor, Richard Leigh, Chris Cox, Matthew Stirling, Graham Hey, Tim Osler, Faye Smith, The Casablancas, Vox Magique, Jay Fortune, Mike Sullivan, David Major, George Parker and many others all have in common? Next Saturday they’ll be performing for Magic Moments, which is now in its 7th year! There’s still time to take part in your own small way, or large for that matter, and raise smiles, awareness and even cash for causes and charities close to your heart. Visit our page here on MagicWeek Click Here to find out more. Magic Moments 2014, Saturday 1st November. Jay Fortune. 25.10.14


'The Genie in a Bottle Trick' by Zane: "Zane's Magic Shop have just released a brand new magic trick called 'The Genie in a Bottle Trick' by Zane. This is a very commercial, charming and entertaining routine, that would even impress Aladdin and is now available to buy! An ideal trick to perform over the Christmas season! You can watch Zane performing it on the product page at Zane's Magic Shop: The product is only £16.99 and comes with easy to follow instructions with a great routine and props!" 25.10.14


WOW! This Show is Magic. "The last performance of WOW! This Show is Magic 2014 featuring Doctor Bondini and JezO will take place at 2.30pm on 2nd November at the Harlow Playhouse, Essex. Don’t miss out! Tickets can be bought from the Harlow Playhouse website or call the box office on 01279 431945. For more information about the show and to see what else we get up to, please go to" 25.10.14


Blackpool's High Jinx Magic & Illusion Show. Philip Partridge writes: 'High Jinx' (seen last week) was a fabulous Magic & Illusion Show fronted by the excellent Michael Jordan and ably assisted by his fiancée Tamsyn Sear. Now on their third Blackpool season, the show had great pace, was well choreographed and costumed, and had a modern sound track and lighting, including lasers. I spotted two brand-new illusions being premiered. Michael is also a very talented juggler. The family audience lapped it up. Magic is in safe hands with this couple inspiring young holidaymakers. You’ve only got until Sunday November 2nd to catch the High Jinx Show at The Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. 25.10.14


The Scottish Conjurers Association are delighted to be hosting a lecture by diabolical clever magician Karl Hein on Sunday evening 9th November. "Of all the new faces I've met in the past 15 years, Karl Hein stands out as being one of the few magicians that I just know will be a huge success. It is rare for a magician to not only understand technique, but also entertainment and business. I feel comfortable booking Karl anytime and anywhere. I highly recommend his lecture!" Bill Malone. Venue: The SMPC 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). Starting at 7.30pm. Cost to visiting magicians £10 payable at the door. Geo Fitzpatrick. 25.10.14


Fortune Reading with Tarot Cards - a Complete Practical and Ethical Guide. Sometimes an artiste is looking for something new, to add a bit of variety, but without embarking on a huge career change. Close-up magician and musician Paul Hurst discovered such a strand with tarot readings; often so that in the weddings and functions he had arranged and at which he was performing, the proceedings had to be halted while he provided the guests with readings! In his book, 'Fortune Reading with Tarot Cards', Hurst outlines to the newcomer the principles behind giving tarot readings for entertainment, and as a (now retired) business guru, gives advice on placing the activity on a sound business footing. Available from 25.10.14


Four Beasts Playing Cards by SiShou Playing Cards. Nurul Alam writes: "This is a deck for collectors, poker players, playing card enthusiasts and magicians alike. The project is currently on Kickstarter and has already met its funding goal. The theme is of the Four Beasts, mythical ancient Chinese creatures, who would protect and serve the illustrative Golden Dragon. You can read more on the project here: The playing cards have a two way marking system, perfect for the magician in you and consist of 52 custom playing cards plus 2 Jokers. Also included in the deck a magicians gaff card. The deck will be printed by Legends Playing Card Company, owned by Hong Kong Magician, Lawrence Sullivan. If you've never used kickstarter before, there's a helpful guide on the SiShou project page to guide you. 25.10.14


The Wizards of Kent - November 16th: "The Wizards return to The Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs due to popular demand. Professional magicians once again present a mind blowing show of close-up and cabaret magic. It will be an unforgettable show of amazing magic, comprising an hour of close-up magic split between the four Wizards and a 45 minute cabaret show. Amusing, funny, baffling, the show will appeal to all ages. The Wizards will perform the close-up magic at 4 different tables so the audience is really 'hands-on' and after 15 minutes the audience gets to see the next performer. Who are the Wizards? Kent based professional magicians Phil Tilston, Mike Davis, Andy Paul (all members of The Magic Circle) and Douglas Tilston, past winner of The North West Close Up Championships and 2009 Junior British Close Up Magic Champion. The show is at The Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs at 3pm on November 16th. Tickets cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door and are available from Tel: 01843 863701." 25.10.14


North West Close-Up Championships. Mike Hinde writes: Prestigious prestidigitators compete in the North West Close-Up Championships on Monday 27th October at the Manchester Circle of Magicians. The evening is 'open' and non-members and non-magicians are very welcome to come and watch some of the finest close-uppers for free, yes free. Doors open 7pm and the competition starts at 8pm in the Salford Masonic Hall. More details: 25.10.14


J-Day at The Magic Circle. Kevin Doig writes: "The Young Magicians Club is part of the youth initiative of The Magic Circle. This Sunday (26th October) they are holding their annual convention J-Day at The Magic Circle Headquarters. The celebrity guest this year is Luis de Matos who is coming to the UK just for the convention. The international star lecturer is Henry Evans and the UK star lecturer, Wayne Fox. The Gala Show features Justin Monehan, Henry Evans, Oliver Tabor and The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year Richard Pinner. The Award Ceremony will have Scott Penrose presenting the awards which will include the brand new 'Marvin' YMC Rising Star Award sponsored by Marvin Berglas. There are also the usual close-up and stage competitions as well as a selection of dealers. The convention is open only to members of YMC and is now completely sold out." For membership details visit 25.10.14


Edinburgh Magic Circle are proud to present a lecture by Messrs Morgan and West, the world's finest time travelling Victorian magic act on Monday 3rd November. The set of three lectures have been presented at conventions and clubs across the world (including The Session, Shenanigans, MagiFest and the International Festival of Magic in London). They are on two-person mentalism, character, and turning an act into a theatrical experience. We welcome you all to come and join us for what should be a memorable lecture at our headquarters, Myreside Pavilion, The Watsonian Club, 79 Myreside Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DB (Map) at 7.45pm. Entry is £10 for non members. Ian Buchan Secretary EMC. 25.10.14


The North Western Society of Magicians host a lecture by Steve Gore on Wednesday 29th October at the Lisdoonie Hotel, Barrow-in-Furness. 7.45pm start. Visiting magicians welcome for a £5 donation. "The lecture will include lots of his original effects such as ‘Trick Photography’, which MagicWeek called 'Close-up Trick of the Year' and 'Visions from Vegas', an ingenious mentalism effect. Everyone who has seen and purchased this effect has said that they haven't seen a book test, or indeed any effect, using this method. There are effects for Mentalism, Stage, Stand up, Close up and kids too, so there’s something for everyone. The majority of his effects are also easy to master, allowing you to focus on the presentation." Roger Heath, North Western Society of Magicians. 25.10.14


For magician and public speaker Paul Craven, it was a privilege to be asked to perform some ‘tricks of the mind’ at a small breakfast gathering at the Savoy Hotel in London recently. The group included England cricketer Kevin Pietersen who was taking time off his busy schedule promoting his autobiography, and former Australian rugby international Michael Lynagh. “It was lovely to demonstrate to KP how the brain does and doesn’t always work,” laughed Paul, “and I am constantly aware of how lucky we are as magicians that our participants’ reactions speak louder than our words…" 25.10.14


Congratulations to Michael Late on being awarded Tony Hassin's "International Magicians Society Merlin Award" for "Best Stage Magic, Austria". The presentation was made in Austria on October 9th. Michael creates his own fun magic, that includes a number of brand new illusions. See 25.10.14


Highlands based Magician Clive Grewcock (Golspie, Sutherland) has been short-listed in the prestigious Scottish VOWS Awards which recognise companies within the wedding industry in Scotland who provide excellence in customer service. Clive is 1 of 10 in the running, under the 'Musician and Entertainer' category, with businesses nominated from across Scotland. The winners in all the categories will be announced at the awards ceremony and dinner held at the Hilton hotel, Glasgow on the 24th of November which also marks 10 years of the VOWS Awards. Of the nomination Clive commented, "this is indeed an honour and I am thrilled that couples for whom I have entertained with my magic during their wedding receptions have put my name forward." Clive provides entertainment across Scotland for celebrations, corporate clients and family audiences. 25.10.14


Lubor Fiedler is remembered by Ian Adair, Click Here. 25.10.14


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