Number 269 - 20th August 2005


Next year's Blackpool Convention will feature two International Gala Shows (the British Magical Stage Championships is taking a break). Mick Miller will compere the Saturday night and Johnny Casson the Sunday. Performers booked to date include the ever inventive Peter Marvey from Switzerland (photo), Victor Voitko from Russia, Jerome Murat from France with his sensational statue act, Billy McComb, Aaron Crow (FISM award winner), Marc & Alex (a seven person illusion act) from Germany, Men in Coats and Ken Dodd, with more names still to be announced.

International close-up performers and lecturers already booked include: Martin A. Nash from Canada (known as The Charming Cheat), Jean Pierre Vallarino from France (FISM Prize Winner), Paul Green from the USA (Magic Castle Lecturer of the Year 2002), Chris Capehart from the USA (aka The Ringmaster), Chase Curtis from the USA (18 year old winner of the coveted Gold Cups at the American IBM convention), Rick Merrill from the USA (another young star who won both the SAM and IBM close-up competitions), and Billy McComb.

On the Friday afternoon a new addition will be a Star Lecture and an International Forum featuring Stan Allen, Hank Moorehouse, Billy McComb and Terry Seabrooke. 104 magic dealers from all over the world will exhibit in the Dealers Fair, which will be spread over two spacious halls, and the Sunday After Show Party will be held in both The Spanish Hall with star cabaret, and in the Theatre Bar, with close-up magic. This year everyone who registers for a Gold Card Registration (68.00) before 31st December 2005 will receive a free DVD. The Convention Brochure will be published within the next two weeks, but a Priority Registration Form is now available online at (or call Arthur Casson on 01253 393688) book early!


Mark Raffles, Andy Nyman, Dazzling Darren, Viva and compere Nick Keys all appear on the Gala Show at the Portsmouth and District Magic Circle Jumbo Day on Sunday, October 30th. With close-up magic from David Bonsall, Joe Tooley, Sean Heydon and James Brown, an auction, a lecture from Andy Nyman, and a video session with Bob Hamilton. Visit for more information and registration details. 20.8.05


International News: Die Zauber Schule is a newly released DVD from Austrian magicians Andreas Swatosch and Slotini Although it is produced in German it has been dubbed into both English and French. The disc features a broad selection of beginners magic aimed at 7-12 year olds and can be ordered direct from Andreas (email for just 9,90 plus postage. (I've had a quick look - it would make a perfect gift for any budding magician and features a number of young magicians both learning and performing magic.) 20.8.05


New from "Magicians and Mentalists. If you're looking for a new and different presentation that's perfect for both junior and secondary schools, as well as libraries, then this could well be up your alley. Packed with in-built educational content, it is much easier to sell than any themed magic show. Best of all there are no props. With minor adaptation it's also ideal for anything from senior citizen groups to an extra programme for the cruise ship entertainer. As the new school year will be starting shortly be sure to visit soon!" See from Quentin Reynolds for more information. Now advertising with MagicWeek. 20.8.05


Sean Heydon presents his lecture "Onion Rings" at the Scottish Conjurors Association on Wednesday 14th September. The lecture focuses on the art and business side of Restaurant Magic and Corporate Entertainment. Sean Heydon, telephone 01604 740 111. 20.8.05


Magic Live arrives in Weston-Super-Mare on 8th September. Fun, laughter and excitement for all the family, plus lots of audience participation is promised. Starring Eugene Matthias, Rodan and Andy Rice. Tickets: Adults 10.00, Children 7.50, Booking Line: 01934 654 554. 20.8.05


Children's entertainer Phil Michaelz has made it through to the finals of a national talent search and now has two weeks to wait to see if he will appear in front of an audience of 1,800 at the Blackpool Tower Circus. Phil's ten minute performance combined comedy, juggling, magic and illusion and Circus Director Laci Endresz Snr. said "Phil's act was very well presented and very entertaining to watch. He looks the part and obviously has a natural talent for magic and clowning." 20.8.05


Andy Nyman's Dead of Night is now available from "The most amazing 3 phase card routine you will ever perform. Simple and direct this is a genuine reputation maker." 20.8.05


Paul Daniels is the special guest on Radio Magic on Monday 22nd August. He'll be talking about the recent Magic Circle Centenary Celebrations and the ongoing debate on Radio Magic about politically correct illusions. 8pm 20.8.05


Hypnotist Hugh Lennon & HypnoDog appear every Thursday at Twisters Comedy Club, Albert Road, Bournemouth BH1 1BZ (Map) in a two-hour comedy show featuring the World's only hypnotic dog (as seen on Discovery Channel and live every year at the Reading Music Festival on the comedy stage). Tickets 8. Student concession 6.50 (with NUS card) Telephone 01 202 789400 20.8.05


New from Black Artefacts - Telltale Tarot. "One of the things I planned for, following our move to the Scottish Highlands, was more time to develop new effects, and Telltale Tarot is the latest." Says Keith Hart of Black Artefacts. This special deck comes with extra cards and instructions by The Black Hart himself... find out what's so special, visit and select Black Artefacts/Tarot Card Packs. 20.8.05


The John Derris lecture/presentation 'KISS' (Keep it Simple Stupid!), now entering its third year, opens in Exeter at The Exonian Magical Society on Thursday 22nd September, at Wat Tyler House, King William Street, Exeter. Details from Brian Marr 01823 665998. The lecture is also being presented for the Bath Circle of Magicians on Thursday 20th October in Saltford, details from Tony Griffith 01275 837017, and then on Friday 21st October for The Weston Wizards in Weston-super-Mare, details from Steve Taylor 01934 622440. For further information contact John Derris 020 8467 7856. 20.8.05


Making Money From Magic - The definitive, step-by-step guide to making good money from magic and mentalism by Drew McAdam is reviewed this week, Click Here "Is there anybody there?" Click Here - to order from Click Here The 8th London Juggling Convention takes place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October, Click Here This autumn look out for 'Dirty Tricks' from the makers of 'Derren Brown Mind Control' it's another magic show with a difference... Episode one features Stephen Fry as an owl and will include "extreme escapes and magicians." Drew McAdam reviews Ian Kendall's Edinburgh show this week, Click Here "Vegas Magician Keith Stickley 'Unplugs' for Boulder 'Fringe' Festival" Click Here Next week we'll bring you the latest news on the upcoming International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring Convention in Southport, in September, but that's it for this week. Your UK magic news and reviews are always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 20.8.05