Number 258 - 4th June 2005


British Ring Convention updates: There's a strong emphasis on close-up magic at this year's British Ring Convention in Southport (Wednesday 27th September to Sunday 2nd October). Michael Close, Reed McClintock, Joshua Jay, Simon Lovell, Sean Carpenter and Marc Oberon (photo) have all been booked to perform in the close-up gala (two identical sessions to ease viewing) with Michael Close, Joshua Jay and Simon Lovell lecturing as well. For children's entertainers Tim Hannig will be performing a section of his 'Pro Kids Show' to an audience of 150 children. Then, after the show and when the children have left, he'll present his specialist children's lecture covering the thinking he applies to his performances. Scott Penrose will lecture on contemporary magic. In 1997 he won the Dittia Shield for Manipulation and in 2000 became the first Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year. Updates in a few weeks. Visit for more information. 4.6.05


March 1973, and a magician called Poz asks a young boy whether it is his birthday. The boy nods. Poz asks him what is behind his ear. The boy looks puzzled, not quite knowing where this is going. With a smile the magician reaches behind the boy's ear and comes out with an egg. The young boy, just five years old, looks up in amazement. The seed had been planted... Ian Kendall is featured in Magic Profile this month, Click Here. 4.6.05


Congratulations to Kevin Gallagher who finished third in the Jubilaumskongress 2005 European Close-up Magic Championships held by invitation in Austria last week. The final placings in the Close-up competition were: 1st Hayashi (Germany), 2nd Ferenc Galambos (Hungary), 3rd Kevin Gallagher (UK). And in the stage competition: 1st Florian Zimmer (Germany), 2nd Arsene Lupin (Poland), 3rd Karim (Spain). For a review of both competitions, Click Here. 4.6.05


10,000 giveaway at The Magic Gadget! The Magic Gadget aim to have a video clip for every item they sell and are inviting magicians "from budding beginners to seasoned performers" to send in video clips featuring themselves performing their favourite magic tricks, the best of which will be uploaded onto Every clip that's used will earn the maker a 10 voucher and there'll also be a monthly competition where the lucky winner will receive 100 worth of magic vouchers. Visit for full details. 4.6.05


The Mystic Ring is hosting The Magic Circle Road Show on Thursday June 16th at 7.45pm. Magic Circle President, Alan Shaxon, will give a brief history on The Magic Circle. Mandy Davis will give a short talk on The Young Magicians Club, and Tim Reed will discuss buying and selling magic on the internet. The evening will also feature close-up magic from Mike O'Brien and Mandy Davis and stand-up from Alan Shaxon. The Compere for the evening is Richard Stupple. The venue is The Dunstable Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire. The show starts at 7.45pm. For further information email The Mystic Ring Secretary, Steve Milroy 4.6.05


Merlins of Wakefield stock over 2000 magical DVDs, books, tricks and accessories. Their latest DVDs are from the Canadian magician Richard Sanders, "Each one of these incredible DVDs contains several creative stunners that have been part of Richard's close-up arsenal for over 20 years! You'll learn underground miracles that are practical for real world use. Take your magic to the next level with The Richard Sanders Show!" Special offer, buy the set of three DVDs for 60, including delivery. Telephone: 01924 339933 email: or visit 4.6.05


International News: Adelaide Magic Convention, Australia, 26th - 28th August 2005. Starring Pavel and Chuck Hickok the weekend includes a wide variety of lecturers and performances. "Once again we have a magnificent venue, the Lakes Resort, with plenty of good accommodation and excellent facilities including the essential bar and large dealers room. The Gala Night will be held in the grand hall, overlooking the lake, with fine dining and entertainment from Pavel, Chuck Kickok, James Slight, Raymond Crowe, Joel Howlett, George Stas and Darren Schutz, hosted by Gary Edwards. The Adelaide Convention represents good value for money as all your meals are included in the price. If you are bringing your family we have a special tourist pack for you to make your Adelaide experience a memorable one." For the latest information and registration forms visit 4.6.05


Fabrice Delaure Productions celebrate 10 years of magic making this month. They were the first to use micro technology and microprocessors in traditional magic tricks and continue to develop ingenious new magic today. Their list of clients reads like a who's who of magic. To say a big 'thank you' to all their customers, old and new, they are offering free shipping and a 10% discount on all orders placed during June, an offer they don't plan to repeat for another 10 years so hurry! Visit 4.6.05


Quick Change - Rapid costume changes for men has now been printed and is ready to ship. 4 lessons, 7 chapters, 15 secrets, 112 pages, several hundred possibilities... "This book fills a gap in the knowledge of the magic art. Certainly the book to answer all your quick change questions and a great collector's piece." Peter Marvey. For more information, and to order, visit . 4.6.05


Skype Me! As computer users across the world register with for free telephone calls via their internet connections Black Artefacts are the first magic dealer to invite users to add their Skype ID "blackartefacts" to their Skype Contacts list. You are welcome to call through orders between 9am and 6pm GMT. For perfect results use a decent headset and connect via broadband. 4.6.05


Doug Segal returns to The Magic Cavern in August "Doug's performances sold out last year, smashing the theatre's box office record for the fastest selling show in the process. As a student of Psychology Doug reasoned that by taking the framework of magic and using such techniques as Neuro Linguistic Programming, the study of non verbal communication and suggestion, he could perform miracles. Although all of the workings would be in the open, the effect would still be jaw dropping... You will be amazed!" Tuesday 9th - Sunday 21st August 2005. See What's On for details. 4.6.05


Jon Allen lectures at The Pentacle Club on Tuesday, June 7th. All magicians are welcome but there's a small charge for non members. Jon will be releasing a brand new effect. For more information Click Here. 4.6.05


TV Magic Limited are releasing a new edition of Andy Nyman and Anthony Owen's Miracle Monte, which was originally released by Anthony's Magic Dungeon Publications in 1995. This visual monte routine received excellent reviews from Mike Close in MAGIC, Danny Orleans in Genii, Phil Willmarth in The Linking Ring and Donald Bevan in Abra. Unavailable for many years it is now available with a completely rewritten sixteen page step-by-step instruction booklet which is illustrated with 29 full colour photographs by John Woolvett. A video demonstration of the routine can be seen in the 'Magicians Only' section of 4.6.05


The Magic Circle Road Show rolls into Warwickshire on Wednesday June 22nd. Starring Alan Shaxon, Richard Stupple, Mark Shortland, Tim Reed, Alan Martell and Kerry Scorah (photo). The venue is the regular home of the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society: Cubbington Sports and Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Nr Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 7LN (Map). Doors open at 7pm when a light buffet (included in the ticket price) will be served and drinks will be available at the bar. Then at 7.30pm Magic Circle President Alan Shaxon presents a short talk on The Magic Circle followed by close-up magic from Kerry Scorah and Alan Martell. Tim Reed lectures on collecting magic and his experiences selling the Paul Daniel's magic collection and after an interval Richard Stupple and Alan Shaxon will questions from the floor in the form of a forum. This will then be followed by a Stand Up Show featuring Mark Shortland and Alan Shaxon, emceed by Richard Stupple. Tickets: Magicians 10.00, Partners and Juniors 5.00. Cheques should be made payable to "Myles Pollock (Midlands TMC Road Show)" and sent, enclosing an SAE, to Myles Pollock MIMC, 12 Clifford Chambers, Nr. Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8HR. 4.6.05


The Cotswold Magical Society is hosting two star lectures in June. Alan Shaxon (President of The Magic Circle) on June 8th and Jay Scott Berry on June 15th. (Non-members 5). For more information visit 4.6.05


Magic Aid 2005 update from Michael Chandler: Well I have returned from working in the survivor camps of Southern Thailand. I worked in many different venues and for all sorts of audiences. I was well looked after by Linda Cruse and her assistant Soumchai. When I arrived at one totally devastated village school, Ban Nam Khem, I was told that the canteen roof had just fallen in due to the heavy rain that was falling. Luckily no one was in there at the time. It was in this canteen that I had been scheduled to perform in but I moved into a wall-less classroom and did the act there instead. All the audiences, adults and children, were very appreciative. They all live sparse lives in the camps but exercise tolerance, patience, resolution and often humour as they struggle to cope. It was a pleasure to be involved in this project and I have accepted a request to go to Sri Lanka at the end of July and continue performing in the camps there. I have been told that the devastation is far worse there than in Thailand. 4.6.05


Michael and Siobhan Jordan (High Jinx) appear in the "Stars of Tomorrow Show" at the SAM convention in Boston in July. Other UK acts appearing at the convention are Mark Shortland in the gala show and Mark Mason in the close-up. For more information visit: 4.6.05


Andrew Murray performs at The Magic Cavern in July, see What's On "A party of internationally known magicians (a spell of magicians?) came to spend a weekend on the island of Sark" Click Here and scroll down Gary Sumpter has just launched a new website featuring a number of his own magic effects: Magician P C Sorcar for patenting of magic tricks, Click Here Penn and Teller trash Mother Teresa, Click Here That's it for another week! Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 4.6.05