Number 303 - 15th April 2006


Jon Archer lectures at the Doncaster Magic Club on Monday April 24th at the Regent Hotel, Regent Square, Doncaster DN1 2DS (Map). "Meet John Archer, possibly one of the best comedy magicians in the UK today. Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. Comedian, Magician, Actor, Singer, Musician, Writer, Didgeridoist... and all round modest guy." (It says here!) Visiting magicians are welcome (door charge 5.00). Visit for more information, or call 07710 933185. This will be a great evening, don't miss it. 15.4.06


Leeds Magical Association Presidents Dinner - Saturday 10th June at the Springbank Masonic Hall, Bradford. 18.00 per person, including a three course meal and entertainment. Topping the bill Ali Cardabra (photo) presenting his award winning act 'Magic in Character' plus the illusions of Thomas Anthony, and this years LMA president Franklin performing his Mind Magic cabaret, with compere John Hotowka. For further details contact Graham Roe: 01943 465203 (mobile: 07947 686449). 15.4.06


Diverting Coin Magic by Andrew Galloway is now in stock and available from at 22.50 "In the 72 pages of this beautifully produced book, the following sleights and routines are explained in great detail with excellent line drawings. Sleights: Finger Palm, High Finger Palm, Lower Finger Palm, Thumb Palm, Classic Palm, Ramsay Concealment, Drop Switch, Utility Switch, Throw Vanish. Routines: Pegasus Coin, Cut-Price Copper and Silver, Subterranean Silver, British Gadabout Coins, Scrupulous Stack, Koran's Romany Coin Trick, Coins of The Realm. The added bonus in this book are the chapters devoted to misdirection. At the conclusion of each routine, Andrew Galloway provides a complete section on the misdirection for the routine, including when it should be used and why it works." Visit for more information and to order. 15.4.06 announce the release of more new exclusive souvenirs. On offer, a very limited number of signed posters of TV magician (and previous Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year winner) Dominic Wood, and a limited number of signed photographs of the entire cast of Sky One's Undercover Magic: John Archer, Loki, Marc Paul, Kerry Scorah and Max Somerset. Both these products are in very limited supply and may not be available again. Visit today! 15.4.06


The ABRAindex. Dr. Michael Colley has produced the ABRAindex for PC users on disc covering the first 120 volumes of Abra from February 1946 to November 2005. Featuring 28,139 entries each with Author, Title, Location, (Vol/Iss/Page) and up to 10 categories with over 500 categories in total. Easy to use, searches can be by any part of Author or Title and/or by category. The price is 54.50 including postage in the UK (Overseas, please enquire). Also now available is Part 12 of the ABRAindex in hardcopy form (covering volume 111 to 120), and all the previous parts of the ABRAindex are still available in hardcopy form, as are hardcopy indices to MAGIGRAM and The GEN. For more information and prices contact 15.4.06 is a balloon twisting website run by a team: "The team has a devoted love for twisting and sharing their knowledge with others. They are dedicated to bringing you the very best information and designs as well as helping you improve and increase your entertainment business or hobby. This site is all about you and as a result you too can contribute: balloon designs, articles, photos..." Visit 15.4.06


International News. MAGIC(S) Takes Best International Film award at the 7th Annual Westchester Film Festival. MAGIC(S), the feature documentary that follows a Medical Magician (Michael Tulkoff) as he practices "tikkun olam" (to heal the world) throughout pediatric hospitals in Israel, has been awarded "Best International Film" at the 7th Annual Westchester Film Festival, USA. This win comes only days after MAGIC(S) celebrated its east coast premiere at the Delray Beach International Film Festival in Florida. Film clips, Click Here. 15.4.06


Graham Lee will be at the Bristol Day of Magic on May 14th with a dealer stand, and will also be helping with the children's lecture. And Graham Lee's Care & Share Balloon Jam/Workshop Funday is in Edinburgh on Tuesday 9th May and Darlington on Wednesday 10th May. Sponsored by Sempertex Balloons. Visit for details. See What's On for other upcoming dates. 15.4.06


Corporate Zone Magic Day - Sunday 23rd April. Anton Zellman, one of the USA's highest paid trade show magicians will feature in a short video piece that has been specially recorded for the day, with thanks to Marc Paul. For more information on this unique event, and to book, visit 15.4.06


Richard Turner, one of the World's greatest card mechanics, will be on holiday in the UK from June 16th - 21st 2006 presenting two lectures, one at The Magic Circle (Monday June 19th members only), and one for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 22nd June. Richard is looking for a magician to show him and his family the sights of London for a couple of days during his stay and would like to offer free lessons in card technique and a set of his DVDs as a thank you. Contact Colin Peters if you think you could help or phone 01306 883938. For information on Richard's work visit If you would like to see Richard's lecture at The Surrey Society also contact Colin Peters (above). 15.4.06


A Night of Magic Cabaret. As part of the Falkirk Tryst Arts Festival, Forth Valley Magic Circle presents "A Night of Magic Cabaret" on Sunday May 21st at 7pm at the Falkirk Town Hall, West Bridge Street, Falkirk, FK1 5RS (Map). Tickets: 7 standard, 5 for children, students and senior citizens. (All children must be accompanied by adults). Ticket price includes buffet. Bar available. The show includes mind reading magic, comedy, illusions and close-up magic. Box Office: or call Mark on 01324 814835 (P&P and credit card handling fee 1.50). 15.4.06


8 Lesson Evening Magic Course. International Magic are hosting a magic course starting on Tuesday April 25th presented by award winning international magician Dave Jones. It will cover basic sleights in card and coin magic together with classic magic including understanding and applying misdirection and how to create your own routines in close-up magic. Each lesson will be approximately one hour of demonstration and explanation, followed by one hour of group workshop. Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. The full course if only 180 and on completion all attendees will be receive a DVD of each lesson. Lessons start at 7.30pm on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. Call Martin MacMillan on 020 7405 7324 for information or to reserve a place or visit 15.4.06


That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 15.4.06