Number 313 - 24th June 2006


The International Brotherhood of Magicians is the world's largest organisation for magicians, boasting nearly 13,000 members worldwide. These members are divided into "Rings" and in the UK we have the "The British Ring" of the organisation (Ring number 25). So when your hear a UK based magician referring to the upcoming "IBM" convention or the "British Ring" convention, or, by location, "The Eastbourne Convention" (the annual UK convention will be held in Eastbourne this year) you'll know that they are referring to one and the same event - The British Ring Convention, Eastbourne, September 19th - 24th. You don't need to be a member to attend the convention, but if you'd like to apply to join The British Ring of The International Brotherhood of Magicians visit or to join The International Brotherhood of Magicians visit Members of either the main IBM or British Ring of the IBM receive monthly magazines. The organisation as a whole does a lot for magic and was founded in 1922 by Len Vintus, Gene Gordon and Don Rogers. This year's convention is The British Ring's 70th, and plans are underway to make it their best ever. Over the next few weeks we'll be focusing on various sections of the convention, starting this week with Children's Showtime. 24.6.06


British Ring Convention 2006 - update: Children's Showtime. Children's Showtime 2006 will take place at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne BN21 4BP on Saturday 23rd September at 10.30am. Once again Terry Herbert is producing the show, that this year stars: From the USA Silly Billy, complete with his 'trademark' jumbo sized glasses and no clown make-up, appealing equally to young and old. Magic Rose, who features three live rabbits and dove productions in her show and has over 30 years experience in working with children. Jimbo (a.k.a. Jimmy Carlo), one of the busiest children's entertainers in the country, with major seasons both at home and abroad to his credit. On three occasions he has been the recipient of The British Ring Comedy Award, and has also received awards for originality. Gingernutt the Clown - The current holder of the Auguste Clown of the Year Award from Clowns International UK - with Gingernutt the Clown you get the very best of magical clowning! Bharat & Jyoti Patel - Attired in authentic Indian costumes Bharat & Jyoti will present a series of illusions to close the show. As usual the IBM Clowns will be there, both before and after the show. Tickets are 5.00 from the Devonshire Park Theatre. (It is requested that Conventioneers occupy seats in the Circle leaving the seats in the Stalls for local children). 24.6.06


Spelmann weaves a magic spell. Marc Spelmann lectures at the Ipswich Magical Society on Monday, July 3rd. Marc is one of the UKs top working mentalists, and amongst other things will be exploring the boundaries of magic and mentalism - where the two genres meet. It promises to be a fascinating evening. This event takes place at the normal IMS meeting HQ. Details and a map can be found at Guests are welcome, but please contact the secretary first, Click Here. 24.6.06


The Exhibiting Show (ExCel London, 28/29 June) is the UKs only event dedicated to exhibitions and trade shows. Over 150 companies, including Brand Magic and Dynamic FX, will showcase the very best ideas for trade show and exhibition success. Each year the programme includes seminars from some of the most innovative thinkers from the world of exhibitions and exhibition marketing. Among the nine speakers this year, James Freedman from Magic Management Limited, will be lecturing on the psychology of magic applied to business. For more information visit 24.6.06 are now advertising on MagicWeek. "Magic for professionals - magic for everyone!" The site features a comprehensive range of magic under the following categories: Accessories, Beginners, Books/Booklets, Cards, Close-up, General, Kid-Show, Magic with Money, Platform, Video UK format, Magic Sets, Video Demos, Weekly Specials, DVD Section, and even an Auction section. Visit today! 24.6.06


John Styles makes a return visit to Buckingham Palace tomorrow (Sunday, 25th June) accompanied by his "Mr Punch", Judy, their baby and a crocodile for The Queen's 80th Birthday Children's Party, which she will be hosting. This is John's fourth appearance at the Palace, having previously performed his magic and Chelsea Pensioner acts there. On his last visit he received his MBE from the Queen. 24.6.06


Marc Oberon presents his one man show at the Nottingham Arts Theatre on July 1st. The show will include the act that he will be performing at FISM, his Back Art act, manipulation, illusions and mind magic. Plus a short spot from Marc's 8 year old son Xavier. Tickets are available from the box office 0115 947 6096 Show times 2pm and 7.30pm. Prices: 10 (concessions 8). Last year was a complete sell out, so book early! 24.6.06


RadioMagic News. are now playing 24/7, so you can 'tune in' and hear previous shows via their site whenever the mood takes you. Simply click on the 'Listen Live' graphic (top left-hand corner of They've also added a number of other new features to the site including an online magic calendar and tips on downloading the show using either a Windows Media Player or WinAmp. Plus each week listeners can win some great magic via their various competitions... visit to see what's new! 24.6.06


Liverpool Magic Circle Charity Show. After putting on a great performance to a sell out crowd for the Liverpool Magic Circle Charity Show in aid of the Variety Club of Great Britain last Saturday, Paul Daniels went on to present their secretary, Richie Smith, with his Guinness World Record certificate for the "longest magic show of 35 hours 45 minutes" adding 6 hours 45 minutes to the previous world record. Paul Daniels was then made an honorary member of the Liverpool Magic Circle. 24.6.06


Christian Chelman's new book, Hauntiques is almost ready. It follows on from where Capricornian Tales left off, describing the bizarre magic of Christian Chelman in the form of complete theatrical pieces. 192 pages divided into six chapters, each and every one dedicated to a different type of 'magick' show; with 142 photos, most of which are in full colour. Visit for more information. 24.6.06


Chris Dugdale and Mark Mason were recently flown out to Italy, along with Bryan Adams, to entertain guests at a private party in the hills overlooking Florence. Dugdale and Mason performed close-up magic, followed by Heather Smalll of "M People" and then rock star Bryan Adams. Chris then flew to LA to star in the world premier of the Naked Magicians at the Hudson Backstage theatre in Hollywood. 24.6.06


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day. Saturday 18th November, at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Square, London WC1H 0DG (Map). Dealers should contact Peter Altman for dealer booking forms. Email:, telephone: 01923 404918. 24.6.06


Richard Leigh's season of 'Late Night Magic' Cabaret at The Jermyn Street Theatre in London's West End has just been extended and is now booking to July 21st. Every Friday at 10.45pm, doors and bar open at 10.35pm. 12.00 in advance, 14.00 on the door. Box Office 020 7287 2875 or book on line via 24.6.06


Current Young Magician of the Year award winner Steve Dela recently performed for the Chamber of Commerce in Birmingham at their annual dinner, entertaining some 300 business men and women for the third year running. The organisers have already booked Steve for next year's event - ahead of finalising the venue! "We had magicians at our events before we found Steve... but will not change again. He helps us to make our events truly memorable and presents the most amazing entertainment I have ever seen." Said Eva Fishern. Steve will be moving down to London shortly 24.6.06


Congratulations to Nick Chapman! The Ipswich Magical Society would like to congratulate Nick Chapman who recently won their annual stage competition, The Hickson Cup. Simon Shaw reviews the competition, Click Here. 24.6.06


Silent magicians wanted! Objective Productions, the makers of Derren Brown's TV shows, are seeking to find two young magicians to appear in a forthcoming feature film. Are you aged between ten and fifteen? Can you perform silent stage magic? (doves, manipulations, apparatus.) If so, you are invited to send a three minute video of yourself (DVD or VHS), together with a photograph, to: Anthony Owen, Head of Magic, Objective Productions, 3rd Floor, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB. 24.6.06


Let Me Entertain You. Lion Television have just started production on a new family entertainment series for BBC2, hosted by Brian Conley. The idea of the show is that different types of talented people will entertain the studio audience and nation watching at home, who will be able to instantly vote for their favourites. The show will differ from the current spate of talent shows as they want it to be "refreshing, light-hearted and positive." For more information and an application form contact: Danielle Thornton, Researcher, Let Me Entertain You, Lion Television telephone: 020 8846 2010. 24.6.06


David Redfearn asks... "I went to see Luciano Pavarotti in concert last week, it was a great concert but he doesnt like you joining in. OK, its an old gag, but do I have a right to join in and perform at another performer's show, what are your feelings on this? While you contemplate this I will give you an example..." To read David's article Click Here. 24.6.06


Hooties Bar in Palma Nova, Mallorca - sold! Andy and Jean have sold Hooties, a favourite haunt of magicians visiting the island and Andy is now working in the Sol Lunamar hotel as a Barman (a close-up magic barman, of course) and also performing at local hotel and at private functions on the island. Andy and Jean would like to thank all magicians who helped make their time at Hooties bar so special, and would still like to hear from visitors via 24.6.06


"And for Blaine's next trick..." Click Here "Ant and Dec pull strings" Click Here Congratulations to Bob and Jan Averill (aka Swift Eagle and Running Deer) on their recent marriage in Sedona, Arizona, USA The launch party of the Pure Magic Bar is reviewed by Philip Partridge this week, Click Here That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 24.6.06