Number 229 - 13th November 2004


Andrew Murray wins The Magic Circle's Close-up Magician of the Year Award 2004. Reported by David Beckley, Press Officer, The Magic Circle: Last week, The Magic Circle awarded Andrew Murray, a London based magician, its coveted title 'The Close-Up Magician of the Year' for him it was "a lifelong ambition - a dream come true." On Monday evening at The Magic Circle headquarters, before a packed audience made up almost exclusively of magicians, Andrew Murray calmly walked on and impressed his audience with a superb display of baffling magic that combined pure skill with tremendous entertainment. Andrew demonstrated the importance of introducing novel twists into classic routines. Coins appeared by magic and Aces defied the laws of physics by changing places in a seemingly impossible way. An amazing triple prediction, to close, left everyone speechless. The Judges were unanimous in awarding Andrew the Devano Trophy, £500 and a special invitation to attend the FFFF magic convention in New York, an 'invitation only' event dedicated to the art of close-up magic. Second place went to Larry Barnes who presented an authentic 'Doc Holiday' gambling routine and third place went to Bruce Munton who, again, used classic card magic combined with novel presentation. (Photo: The Magic Circle's President Alan Shaxon presents the award to Andrew Murray) 13.11.04


Sim Sala Bim... Derek W. Hilton's Sim Sala Bim Magic and Illusion show will be at the Little Theatre, 77a High Street South, Dunstable, Bedfordshire on Saturday, December 4th, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the night or can be booked via the theatre on 01582 667387 or via Sim Sala Bim on 01582 617854. 13.11.04


MAGIC - Programme Five: Dangerous Magic is on tonight at 9.25pm on BBC 2. The legacy of Houdini. "Houdini was such an extraordinary showman that even today he continues to dominate the world of "dangerous magic" long after his death in 1926. A short, aggressively competitive, mother fixated, psychologically complicated immigrant with a squeaky voice, Houdini came to represent the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. His act was a metaphor for everyone who hoped to throw off the shackles of repression, persecution and poverty." In this show Robert Gallup (photo) performs an escape that he designed specially for the programme and that has never been seen before. High above the banks of the Thames he's strait-jacketed inside a Blaine like Perspex box. But this is no feat of endurance – the floor of the box has been fitted with a hair trigger and unless Robert Gallup escapes in time he'll be sent hurtling down to be impaled on a rack of blazing spears...! 13.11.04


Mick Hanzlik is a Master Locksmith and Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star. He is recognised as one of the UK's leading authorities on the life of Houdini and has put together a hi-tech audio visual presentation "Harry Houdini… The World's Greatest Escape Artiste" containing many rare movie clips, photographs and escape demonstrations. Together with David Berglas he was responsible for the design and construction of the Houdini exhibit at The Magic Circle headquarters in London. Recently, he acted as assistant escape manager for Robert Gallup's BBC2 appearance on Magic (see above). His most recent project, "SupaLok" has just been launched with very favourable comments from many leading performers. The most important aspect of this effect is that it is completely self working, and all the magic takes place in the spectator's hand. "It's my kind of trick... faultless" Wayne Dobson. "You want magical entertainment? You'll get it from this" Donald Bevan. "It's a professional prop... highly recommended" Peter McCahon. Visit for more information. 13.11.04


Magicseen magazine. Early 2005 will see the launch of a new magic magazine Magicseen. "The top-quality publication is produced by an experienced publishing team who have previously launched five successful national magazine titles. The Bi-monthly title, priced at £3.50 will be UK biased, and will also include magic from around the world. Issue one will feature exclusive interviews, magic tricks, celebrity pieces, reviews and lots more. Contributions will come from some of the world's leading magicians – and if anyone would like to contribute editorial material for consideration – they are welcome to send it in! Editor is Mark Leveridge, and the writers are professional journalists with extensive experience on the national press. 'Magicseen will be a real breath of fresh air to the magic world,' said Mark Leveridge, 'The aim is to make Magicseen more entertaining than the current magic magazines – and one that will not take itself too seriously. The standard of journalism is brilliant, and we are receiving lots of support from people such as Sky TV and the major production companies, to get those behind-the-scenes exclusives.'" Subscriptions will be available from January 1st. Editorial material should be marked 'Editorial' and can be sent to: Advertising and wholesale enquiries to Peter Salter: 13.11.04


Congratulations to Richard Graham who, on Sunday 7th November, followed up his recent success in the Southend Sorcerers Society's Stage Competition, by winning their Close-up Competition. The competition was enjoyed by all and closely fought. Richard's entertaining act consisted of The Diceman, Dobson's Invisible Lie Detector, Hopping Halves and Shoot Ogawa's Ninja Rings. 13.11.04


Be part of the audience for the television filming of 'Late Night Magic in the West End' at The Jermyn Street Theatre this Friday, 19th November. With close-up psychological magic from Doug Segal in the Getti Restaurant and Late Night Magic featuring the gambling routines and street act of Peter Wardell (photo), in the theatre. For full details and tickets visit 13.11.04


Professional Magician Sean Heydon recently made front page news in several papers for attracting huge crowds to stands at the NEC. Sean has just won the Northamptonshire Magicians Club Annual Magic Competition, and is just about to be flown out to Italy by one of his corporate clients, but his bread and butter work comes from restaurant residencies. Sean is currently creating a CD to help magicians book residencies with tips on how to keep them, how much to charge, how to make cross sales and how to book more work through them! If anybody has any questions they would like answering on this CD then Sean invites you to email them to him at 13.11.04


Last Sunday's Great Escape day featured an awards presentation for the first time, and we've just been sent the results of the votes made by members of the 'Mentalist's Asylum' group and those who attended on the day. The Black Belt in Magic Award went to David Lang, Life Time Achievement in Mind Magic to David Berglas, Best Mind Magic Effect on UK TV to David Berglas for his pulse stopping routine, Best Contribution to the Advancement of Mentalism to Derren Brown. Plans are already underway for next year's event, run by Spyros. 13.11.04


The Order of the Magi presents The North West Dealers Day on November 21st at Barnton and Anderton Royal British Legion Club, Meadow Drive, Barnton, Near Northwich, Cheshire from 10am to 4pm. With a lecture from Ali Bongo and a performance by Patrick Page. Dealers booked: Adrian Sullivan, David Charles, Castle Magic Services, Peter Diamond & Co., David Baxter, Stephen Tucker, Mr E Enterprises, Practical Magic and Merlins. Entrance is just £5 and there's a £50 Dealer Voucher to be won in their raffle. More information: 13.11.04


"For Example" features magician Christopher Howell and artist Olivia Plender in a varied exploration of magic, mediumship, and illusion at the Hayward Gallery, on Tuesday November 30th. The event will touch on the historic connections between magic and mysticism, and each concept will then be illustrated with a magic demonstration. This event defies categorization: part talk, part magic performance, part sιance. For Example was created by Howell (photo) and Plender especially for the Hayward to further explore the concepts behind the current Eyes, Lies, and Illusions exhibition. Admission: £5.00 Time: 6.30 pm (price does not include entry to the exhibition). To book, call the Hayward Gallery's Talks & Events Box Office: 0870 169 1000. 13.11.04


Watford Association of Magicians President Terry Seabrooke hosted a lunch in Bushey on Thursday for Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle) President Dale Hindman, who is visiting to attend The Magic Circle's Annual Banquet. Other prominent WAM members present were Julie Carpenter, Martin Cox, Tim Shoesmith, Patti Sinclair of Magical Wonders and John Star. Both Shoesmith and Star have recently returned from performing at the Magic Castle, Cox was today invited to perform at the Castle, Patti is a Life member of the Castle, and Julie - who recently won WAM's Gil Leaney Shield received much interest and looks to have a very bright future. Terry Seabrooke retains the record as an international performer with over 100 appearances at the Magic Castle, and holds every award from the Academy! 13.11.04


El-Loco "The Dentist" combines the visual arts of comedy, mime and magic to help relax his patients (the audience!) in the waiting room as they all pay a visit to The Dentist... 13.11.04


The Magic Wand Shop is running a pre-Christmas Giveaway. Three lucky visitors to their website will win a 14" mahogany magic wand, complete with very rare phoenix feather. The Magic Wand Shop's wands all come complete in a striking silk-lined presentation box, and are much-loved by magicians and wizards of all ages! All you have to do to enter the competition is visit and follow the links. While you're there, why not take a look at their full range of magic wands and associated magical paraphernalia? All of their gift items are sure to make Christmas morning even more magical! 13.11.04


Everybody's Magic is now in stock and available from "A unique publication, with all proceeds going to charity - this book is a must-have for anyone interested in magic!" • "Objective Productions, the independent company specialising in magic programmes such as Derren Brown's Mind Control and comedy series The Peep Show, is opening a new office in Manchester in order to access new talent." To read the full story by Liz Thomas in The Stage Click Here • Paul Stone's Making Magic Pay seminar is reviewed by Mandy Davis this week, Click Here • "Watch any magician at work, from Paul Daniels to David Blaine, and you are watching science experiments in action. Even mind magicians such as Derren Brown are using a knowledge of biology when they read people's body language and behaviour to predict their thoughts." To read the full article from RedNova Click Here • have Spider Pens in stock, Click Here for details and to order • That's it! See you next week, Duncan. 13.11.04