Number 293 - 4th February 2006


Feed The Children Variety Performance 2006. Feed The Children is a humanitarian and international relief organisation and charity that's very active in several African countries. On Saturday March 18th at the Bearwood College Theatre, Sindlesham, Wokingham, Berkshire RG41 5BG (Map) at 7pm they'll be staging a fund raising show starring Ali Bongo, Alan Shaxon, Loki, Fluke, Mark Shortland, John Derris, Martyn James & Co., Jonathan Shotton, Sarah Banks and dance troupe Show Perfection, with close-up magic from Mike Alderman, David Ball, Mike O'Brien and Kerry Scorah. Adults 25.00 Children 18.00. To book call 0118 932 0095 or visit for more information. 4.2.06


Arthur Setterington. March 22nd 1924 - January 26th 2006. Arthur Setterington died on Thursday 26th January 2006 age 81. A prolific magical inventor, writer and performer, and member of The Inner Magic Circle and recipient of The Magic Circle J N Maskelyne Literary Award in 2003, he had published over 1000 tricks and ideas in many magical publications throughout the world, starting in 1947 in Abra. Arthur is acknowledged as the originator of The Penetrating Rubber Bands and was a winner of many Linking Ring Awards. A warm, generous magical personality who will be sadly missed by his many friends and correspondents throughout the world. Arthur is remembered by Jon Marshall, Click Here. 4.2.06


The Real Hustle BBC 3 "Think you could never be tricked into falling for a con or a scam? Think again... We are all at risk, especially when we least expect it. Our only hope might just be to learn from the professionals how it's done, so we don't end up falling for it. That's where the Hustlers come in. There's confidence trickster Alex Conran, scam artist Paul Wilson and sexy swindler Jessica-Jane Clement. Together, they carry out some of the most notorious scams on unsuspecting members of the public." To read the full article from the BBC Click Here. Photo: R Paul Wilson, Jessica-Jane Clement and Alex Conran. See TV Magic for times. 4.2.06


The Northern Magic Circle present their Golden Jubilee Easter Parade Convention, which will include magic dealers, lectures, competitions and a Gala Show starring Paul Daniels, from Saturday 15th April to Monday 17th April 2006 at The Swallow Three Tuns Hotel, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AQ (Map). Information and registration details from Bill Peckitt, 18 Pentland Drive, Huntington, York YO32 9PQ. Telephone: 01904 762910. 4.2.06


Respect! Many congratulations to Abracadabra on their 60th birthday. That's 60 years of non-stop magic... every week! This week's issue has articles on entertaining children, "Dr Cagli-Astro's Casebook," an article on performing close-up magic, "Chris's Crafty Conjuring," and much more... For subscription rates write to: Goodliffe Publications Ltd., 150 New Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 2LG enclosing an SAE. (Weekly, 70p plus p&p). 4.2.06


Blackpool Magicians Convention have over 50 Dealers exhibiting in the Horseshoe Area on Friday 24th February and 104 Dealers exhibiting in the Empress Ballroom and Arena on Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th February. New overseas Dealers this year are: Joe Porper Magic from USA who manufacture some superb precision metal products, John Moehering selling MUM magazine from the USA, Magic Land (Ton Onasaka) from Japan, Fukai Magic from Japan, Patrik Kuffs Mentalism from Canada, Paul Green from the USA, Victor Voitko Magic from the Ukraine, UGM (Kenji Minemura) from Japan, Rick Merrill Magic from the USA, Michael Ammar Magic from the USA and Vallarino from France. Only 100 tickets are left for the Sunday Gala Show and they can only be purchased via a Gold Card Registration. Contact Arthur Casson on 01253 393688 or visit 4.2.06


Irish magician and Gold Star member of The Inner Magic Circle Pat Fallon added another movie advisory role to his list of credits recently, advising Stephen Rea (The Amazing Albert) and Cillian Murphy (Patrick "Kitten" Braiden) in their roles in the recently released Neil Jordan movie "Breakfast on Pluto" starring Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea and rising Irish star Ciallian Murphy. "The magic scenes were quite surreal featuring a real 'bleeding' heart and lots of dripping blood for the sawing in half. The script also called for a very different version of the long card, dagger chest and a blooming flower from tea mug! The set was also dressed with many other props of the period including many Jack Hughes items, but you have to be quick to spot them all!" Said Pat. 4.2.06


Graham Lee's is now advertising with MagicWeek. Graham is passionate about improving the perception of balloon modelling and runs "Care & Share Balloon Jam/Workshop Fundays," sponsored by Sempertex. Upcoming dates include 22nd February in Rotherham, 29th March in Bristol, and 26th April in Birmingham, with more dates to be announced for June. Graham also offers a full range of modelling balloons, private lessons, and a lecture for magic clubs. Look out for the Balloon Art Wholesale stand, and Graham's lecture, at the Blackpool Convention in February and at the Irish convention in April. Graham has been performing professionally for 20 years and recent work includes helping to launch a new Disney Channel (this month) and recording for "A Question of Sport" (seen here in the photo with Roger Black). For more information visit - today! 4.2.06


Manchester Circle of Magicians report: "The recent Manchester Circle of Magicians Magic Auction proved to be their best ever with nearly 180 magicians attending from all over the country. Hundreds of items were sold in 5 hours of frantic bidding with Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever doing a magnificent job. The next Auction takes place on Tuesday 16th May, 2006. The next meeting is on Monday 27th February with a double star lecture featuring Michael Ammar from the USA and Martin A. Nash from Canada. This event is for members only. Membership costs just 10.00 per year." Full details: 4.2.06


Annual Stage Magic Competition. On Monday, February 6th, The Shropshire Magical Society are holding their annual Stage Magic Competition followed by a professional magic show featuring some of the best magicians in Shropshire. The evening starts at 7.30pm at the Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury. Tickets available at the door: 5 adults, 2 children. A donation from the profits will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 4.2.06


Steve Dela, the current Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year, has just returned from Paris, having been flown out to perform on the number one TV show, Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde. Described as having an "enchanting stage presence," there is the possibility that Steve will return in the near future with one of his other award winning acts. 4.2.06


SpeakEzee is a new low-cost portable mains/battery powered PA system that's supplied complete and ready to go for just 99.99 "SpeakEzee is different - you literally just get it out of the box and start using it! Best of all, it's fraction of the cost of other systems." Supplied complete with three wireless microphones (handheld, lapel and headset!). For more information visit 4.2.06


Ten new releases for 2006 from Mark Leveridge Magic! The new material includes four DVDs, a book, a CD, three effects for close-up performers and a versatile prop for children's entertainers. Mark will have all these new items with him at the Blackpool Convention later this month, or you can order now directly from to avoid the crush. 4.2.06


TV hanging show sparks complaints. "A failed attempt at a live TV hanging stunt by an escapologist has received complaints by viewers who feared it could encourage copycats. Media watchdog Ofcom is now investigating whether the Channel 4 digital channel E4 show Death Wish Live breached broadcasting guidelines." To read the full story by the BBC Click Here. "Viewers complain after TV stunt hanging is cut short" Click Here "TV hanging stunt halts death show" Click Here. 4.2.06


Illusioncraft are launching "Cantastic - Anything in a Can" at the Blackpool Convention, and email: "One man operation - no assistant needed, instant reset, use a signed card, watch, ring, or anything else that can fit into a can! Available at a fantastic low price of 25 from Illusioncraft and all good magic dealers. Reserve yours now to avoid disappointment as stocks will be low. Dealer enquiries invited." Email: or telephone 01253 314868. 4.2.06


Mandy Davis has been appointed Chairman of The Young Magicians Club, with immediate effect. Part of The Magic Circle Youth Initiative, the club is open to young magicians over 10 years old and under 18. Members receive a free trick, membership badge, membership card and wallet and an excellent bi-monthly magazine. They also enjoy access to the members area of the website that features a lively forum, and help from top magicians. Visit today! 4.2.06


Radio Magic is changing the way that they broadcast their show. It will still be available on Mondays at 8pm (GMT), 12 noon (PST) via the website (and podcast) as usual, but will no longer be streaming via another site. Listeners can download the latest show every week from and can also now take part in competitions after transmission. Jay Fortune writes "As the show continues to grow ever more successful we have made changes to provide an even better free service for magicians world-wide. The website and podcast changes will take approximately one week to complete, therefore there will not be a Radio Magic show on Monday 6th February." Jay and Layman Steve will be back from Monday 13th February - make sure you tune in then! 4.2.06


Henry Evans lectures at Davenport's Magic Studio, 5-7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Stand, London WC2N 4HZ (Map) on Friday, February 10th. Tickets: 8.00 from Bob Pamplin (Secretary London Society Of Magicians) on 020 8504 0979. 4.2.06


Penn and Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour is currently being repeated on Sky Travel. There's some excellent magic on the series, from both Penn and Teller and the magicians that they meet on their journey, but the duo's "all clear" Cups and Balls exposes more than the secret itself. See TV Magic. 4.2.06


Sim Dala Bim plays at St. Peter's Church Hall, Bounces Road, Edmonton, London N9 on Saturday March 11th at 7pm. Tickets are on sale at the hall every Sunday, or from Richard Sanders on 07958 200723. Adults at 6.00, Child & Seniors 4.00. 4.2.06


Gary Sumpter's launched a new website and would like readers to contribute. Gary emails: "I need magicians to go on and add their business cards to the gallery and make a posting or two in the forums. Hopefully the website will become a useful resource in designing and making the most out of your business card." Visit for more information. 4.2.06


Santa Claude brings curtain down at last. "The motto 'the show must go on' could have been coined for veteran magician Claude Perry. For 38 years the conjuror has pulled a white rabbit from a hat to bring down the curtain on his Christmas show for infants in Sawston. But pupils at John Falkner Infant School will not have that treat to look forward to this year - Claude, 84, has decided it is time to hang up his magic wand." To read the full story in the Cambridge Evening News Click Here. 4.2.06


Jonathan Royle has released a new book entitled Confessions of a Showbiz Celebrity: How I Became Rich and Famous as a Showbiz Celebrity which is a 250+ page paperback priced at 9.99 or as an ebook at just 4.99. Visit for details. 4.2.06


The Commercial Close-up Forum is reviewed by David Hawkins this week... "I'm sure everyone present would agree that this was a truly unique and enjoyable day. The amount of invaluable information and advice presented was amazing, the chance to witness three of the best close up magicians in the country both performing and sharing their experience was fantastic, and plenty of time during the day to socialise, chat with old friends and make new ones all contributed to a wonderful atmosphere." To read the full review Click Here. 4.2.06


The Magic & Laughter Show, Nottingham Guild of Magicians is reviewed by Graham Harper this week... "Wayne's dry humour, impish smile and immaculate sense of timing all added to the absolute delight of the audience. Peter Presto, a seasoned performer himself, was literally crying as he assisted the Maestro with a Bill vanish, the tempo was relentless." To read the full review Click Here. 4.2.06


"Inside the mind of the magician - Copperfield shares his thoughts but not his secrets." Click Here "Magicians oppose move to introduce magic in arts fest." Click Here "Hocus-focus." Click Here "A lot of tricks up his sleeve." Click Here "Future will be magic." Click Here Thanks for all your UK magic news, it's always welcomed. Have a magic week, Duncan. 4.2.06