Number 320 - 12th August 2006


I'm Mac King. Las Vegas headliner Mac King's "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show" has been extended for five more years at Harrah's Las Vegas. "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show" has delivered non-stop laughs and dazzling magic to audiences of all ages at Harrah's Las Vegas since 2000. "I'm pleased to extend my great run at Harrah's for five more years," said Mac King. "To be able to continue performing at this amazing venue and make people laugh every day is a great feeling." King was named Magician of the Year by The Magic Castle, and Entertainer of the Year in the Las Vegas Weekly "Readers Choice Awards." In September he can be seen live on stage in the UK. First at the British Ring Eastbourne Convention and then in London in WOW! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. See What's On for details. 12.8.06


FISM 2006. Here's a quick run-down of the award winners, congratulations to all...

World Champion Grand Prix Stage Magic

Pilou (France, photo 1)
World Champion Grand Prix Close-up Magic

Rick Merrill (USA, photo 2)
1st Prize: Dai Bin Chun (China)
2nd Prize: Davide Sousa (Portugal)
3rd Prize: Arthur Trace (USA)
General magic
1st Prize: Eu-Gyeol Lee (South Korea)
2nd Prize: Die Zauderer (Germany)
3rd Prize: Dion (Netherlands)
Micro magic
1st Prize: Martin Eisele (Germany)
2nd Prize: Shawn Farquahr (Canada)
3rd Prize: David Stone (France)
Close-up card
1st Prize: Helder Guimaraes (Portugal)
2nd Prize: Lodewijk de Widt (Netherlands)
3rd Prize: Kiko (Spain)
Parlour magic
1st Prize: Gaston (Germany)
2nd Prize: Shawn Farquhar (Canada)
3rd Prize: Julia Guilhem (France)
Stage illusions
1st Prize: Sittah (Netherlands)
2nd Prize: Hugo Valenzuela (Argentina)
3rd Prize: Marc & Alex (Germany)
1st Prize: Not awarded (Homeless)
2nd Prize: Timothy Trust and July (Germany)
2nd Prize: Juan Ordeix (Argentina)
3rd Prize: Robert & Emiel (Netherlands)
3rd Prize: Jean Thomas Loewe (Germany)
Invention awards

Mathieu Bich (France), Pierric (Switzerland), Ross Mickael & Bethy (France), Cesaral Magic (Spain)
Comedy magic awards

Die Zauderer (Germany), Mikael Szanyel (France), Rick Merrill (USA), Stonkel (Germany)
Most original act awards

Hugo Valenzuela, stage (Argentina), Rocco, close-up (USA)
Country ranking list
Germany 8 awards
France 6 awards
USA and Netherlands 4 awards each
Argentina 3 awards
Canada, Portugal, Spain 2 awards each
China, South Korea, Switzerland 1 awards each
FISM Special awards
Creativity & Vision: Gatan Bloom (France)
History & Research: Eddie Dawes (England)
Theory and Philosophy: Tommy Wonder (The Netherlands)

Contract awards
Las Vegas: Eun Gyeol Lee
France/Monaco: Sittah
London: Mikael Szanyiel
Swedish Magic Circle: Pilou & Rick Merrill 12.8.06


What's the Asher Twist? "It's an impressive impromptu card effect with only four regular cards. Aces turn face down and face up in the most magical way. Follow along with cards in hand as you discover this visually explosive technique taught by me, Lee Asher." Watch the online video demonstration of this brilliant piece of visual close-up magic at and also visit for details of a trade-in offer. 12.8.06


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Terry Herbert will be on the Pat Marsh Show on BBC Radio Kent 96.7 FM on Monday 4th September at 12 noon. Terry will be talking about the forthcoming British Ring Convention and the various acts that will be appearing focusing on the Children's Showtime that he is producing this year. 12.8.06


Being a Colonel is simply magic! "When Mark Mason returned from a tricks masterclass trip to the US last month, he never realised it would make him a celebrity. But when he opened the mail yesterday, the South Shore businessman was shocked to find out he had been given the highest honour in one of the country's biggest states. The 40-year-old, who owns JB Magic on Lytham Road, has been awarded the title of "Colonel of Kentucky" after leaving one of the state governor's right-hand men spellbound. Other personalities to have been awarded the Colonel of Kentucky include boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, and Fred Astaire," writes Nick Hyde, reporting for the Blackpool Gazette. See and 12.8.06


International News. MARS (Magic at The Red Sea) Seminar, November 22nd - 24th 2006, Eilat, Israel. Featuring three days of lectures, workshops, performances and various attractions with Greg Wilson, Pavel, Quentin Reynolds, Nimrod Harel, Amir Lustig, Hezi Dean, Menny Lindenfeld, Shay Nassi, Eitan Klerer, Shimon Nhamani and Ori Livney. Participants will be accommodated at their choice of one of the hotels in the Isrotel chain. For more information visit 12.8.06


Jimmy Carlo Presents Jimbo's Magical Fun-Time Show throughout the summer at Centre Parcs Holiday Village, Sherwood Forest, Nottingham. "Jimbo’s comedy magic show-time is a must-see show for children of all ages. The Saturday night show is the highlight of the children’s holiday, and the parents may have to join in as well!" See What's On for dates 12.8.06


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) has just agreed a rule change to reduce the membership age limit from 18 years to 16 years. Any young magicians reaching 16 are welcome to apply for membership and can download a form from or contact Mike Sharples for further details. This thriving society has been in Manchester for nearly 100 years and normally meet twice a month with a programme of lectures, competitions, auctions and social occasions. The syllabus can be viewed on their website together with their history, news items and location. Preparations are underway for their Centenary in 2009. 12.8.06


Magicseen Back Issues Offer. Magicseen magazine has a special offer on Back Issues during the month of August. Select any three available numbers, from 2-8 inclusive, and pay for only two! This is an ideal opportunity to either try the magazine for the first time or to fill in those Back Issue numbers you may have missed. Visit and click on the 'subscribe' button to place your three-for-two Back Issue order. Offer ends August 31st so hurry! 12.8.06


Educating Trillo... I spent a few hours watching 'Educating Archer - The Comedy, Mentalism and Magic of John Archer' last week. If you're looking for very workable professional material then this 2 disc DVD set has it all. Highly recommended (note: I'm mentally having to block out John's dodgy taste in shirts as I write this). Visit for a full contents listing and to order. 12.8.06


Tony Griffith has only a couple of places left for his Creative Magic Lecture/Teach-in Day at his home in Bristol on Sunday 15th October. The day runs from 10.30am to 5pm and includes morning coffee, buffet lunch and a light tea. Also included in the price is an aide-memoire of the day. Areas covered include Close-up Magic (in its various guises) After Dinner Speaking/Entertainment, Trade Shows and other areas of the corporate field. Seating is very limited to ensure everyone is able to get the maximum out of the day. For reviews of previous days see Reviews and scroll down to July 2003 and March 2006. Tony Griffith: Telephone 01275 837017 email 12.8.06


The Wellingborough Magical Society are a group of magic enthusiasts who meet every two weeks at The Railway Club, Broad Green, Wellingborough on a Thursday from 7.30pm. "The atmosphere is very friendly and very welcoming for any new members, or prospective members. From amateurs buzzing with new and innovative ideas, to professionals giving peer to peer guidance; there is something for everyone." Visit their new website for more information: 12.8.06


The Leicester Magic Circle are holding their President's Night on Saturday 7th October 2006. The star guest is Geoffrey Durham, with supporting act James Parker and compere Tony Rix. For more information telephone Secretary Barry Martin 01509 843066. 12.8.06


The Associated Conjurers of East Sussex (ACES) are delighted to be hosting a lecture by South African magician Trevor Duffy on Wednesday 13th September at Thomas A Beckett Church Hall, Lewes. Visiting magicians are always welcome (£5 charge). Contact Secretary Nicky Moon for more information. 12.8.06


Tony's Trick and Joke Shop on Broughton Street, Victoria, Canada, a favourite haunt that always welcomed visiting cruise ship magicians, has been has just been sold by Tony Eng (photo) to Murray Hatfield Click Here and "It's International Magic Week" Click Here • Jack Stephens reviews John Lenahan, live onboard the Aurora this week, Click Here • Paul Daniels is the special guest on next week • Chris Cox has been invited to host one of the stages at the Fringe in Edinburgh Castle on Sunday, it's the biggest event the Fringe have ever put on with an estimated audience of 6,000 • Michael Close lectures in the UK in September, Click Here for dates • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcome - have a magic week, Duncan. 12.8.06