Number 325 - 16th September 2006


J-Day 2006 - A One-Day Convention for young people. To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Young Magicians' Club this year's convention looks set to be extra special. Highlights include: "An Audience with the great David Berglas" (first president of YMC) and "An Audience with Ali Cook" (magic TV star). The 2006 finals of the Mark Leveridge Close Up Competition and the 2006 finals of the Young Magicians' Club Stage Competition. Plus a gala show starring: The Russian Roulette act of Richard Pinner, the award-winning comedy of Dave Allen, the illusions of Alex Lodge and the incredible mind magic of Marc Paul. Date: Sunday 22nd October, 10am - 8pm. Tickets: YMC members £12.00, Non-members (please state age, 10 to under 18) £15.00, Adult tickets (limited and only available from 7th October) £25.00. Cheques should be made payable to "The Young Magicians' Club" and sent, enclosing an SAE, to J-Day Tickets, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD "Learning to take a rabbit out the hat" Click Here. 16.9.06


An Audience with Paul Daniels. 23rd September at the Millfield Theatre and Arts Centre, Silver Street, Edmonton N18 1PJ. "The most magical of entertainers - In the first half of this show Paul interacts completely with you, the audience, answering your questions and telling stories from his early life and from his performing in Clubland, television and theatre. This master raconteur then goes on to perform, in the second half, the act that made him Clubland Entertainer of the Year. The whole show amounts to 2 hours of what is now called 'stand-up' comedy of the highest standard from one of the truly funny men of our time. This is a must-see show!" Booking information Click Here. 16.9.06


Table Top Sale and Lecture Day - Cardiff. After a successful one-day event in 2005, the Cardiff Magical Society are pleased to announce their 2nd Table Top Sale and Lecture Day to be held on November 19th at the Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff (next door to the Millennium Stadium - free parking). The day will commence at 10am in The Pack Room where there will be a table top sale and dealer dem (dealers to be announced nearer the time) until 1pm. At 2pm you will be treated to a star lecture from Wayne Dobson. Entrance fee £10.00. Pre-booked seller's tables an additional £5.00. For all enquiries contact CMS President Viv Davies 02920 792789 or email committee member Stuart Watkins 16.9.06


The Scottish Conjurers Association are hosting "An audience with legendary American Magician John Calvert." The Lecture will take place at The Walton Conference Centre in the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow on September 27th starting at 7.30pm, tickets £10.00. This will be followed by "An Evening of Magic with John Calvert" on Thursday 28th September. John Calvert will be performing his one man magic show at the St Francis Centre, Cumberland Street, Gorballs, Glasgow. The show, promoted by Alex Proctor, is limited to 200 seats, so tickets may be at a premium and at the moment can only be obtained by contacting Alex on 0141 644 4418 (price £10.00). 16.9.06


Charlie Frye lecture - presented by Paul Stone. Charlie Frye lectures in Liverpool, Bath and Nottingham on September 27th, 28th and October 1st. We've heard great things... not to be missed - see What's On for details. 16.9.06


Ever So Sleightly... Film maker Paul Squires goes out and about, camcorder in hand, in Ever So Sleightly, an always entertaining look at magic and magicians across the UK in 2006. We have a short preview in our Magic DVDs section this week together with ordering information. 16.9.06


First Premier League Resident Magician. In 1993 Marvin Berglas became soccer’s first Premier League resident magician. Today, thirteen seasons later he still manages to find the time to combine his two passions - Arsenal and Magic - as the match day entertainer for the VIP and sponsors at Arsenal Football Club. Arsenal have recently moved from Highbury to their magnificent new home, Emirates Stadium, a state of the art ground with a capacity of 60,000. With the tremendous new hospitality facilities the scale of the operation has increased significantly and Marvin now heads up his award winning team in keeping with the Club’s high standards. The photo shows Marvin with Marc Paul and Nick Einhorn (who both came up through the ranks at Marvin’s Magic). Others in Marvin’s team this season include Michael Vincent, David Redfearn, Scott Penrose, Sav and David Penn. Says Marvin "I am proud of my close association with Arsenal and of the magicians we provide on match days." 16.9.06


Harry Robson in Magic Under Fire! is the soon to be released DVD from "Faced with an array of disinterested people and very difficult and demanding conditions, watch as Harry battles against impossible odds. Not only will he reveal the tricks of his trade, but he'll also give you hints and tips on how to deal with the harshest of working environments. Along the way, listen to some of the hilarious things that have happened to Harry and then just pray that they won't happen to you!" As a special offer pre-order from before the 1st October release date and you'll receive a free CD-ROM file of the entire DVD to play on your iPod! To see a short clip visit: And to order an Apple iPod (with video playback) from Click Here. 16.9.06


Evening of Magic - Winchester. Tickets are now available for the Winchester Magical Society’s “Evening of Magic” on Friday October 13th at the Winchester Rugby Club. This event combines close-up magic at the tables, a stage show and a dinner, for just £15. The show has been running for 19 years and this year's special guest stage performer is John Archer "comedian, magician, actor, singer, musician, writer, didgeridoist... and all round modest guy" (according to his website, and indeed according to John in person, if you ask him!). John will lecture on the night before (Thursday 12th) as well and guests are welcome for a £5 entrance fee. For further information and to book contact Bob Yelland 16.9.06


Alan York emails: Further to your news item about the forthcoming film “The Prestige”, readers might like to know that this film is based on a novel “The Prestige” by Christopher Priest published in 1995. According to the author, “The Prestige” is what UK magicians would call “The Effect”. The novel includes lots of theory about magic and magicians which is unlikely to be included in the film. The plot line revolves around Nicola Tesla and early experiments in electricity. The Sunday Times described it as “a magnificently eerie novel.” Available from with 20% off Click Here. 16.9.06


Following the sell-out success of Merlin’s Secret in February 2006, The Fabulous Magic of Doctor Bondini comes to the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. "Featuring the talents of Erin Downton and Carly Graves as the Ladies of Mystery, Doctor Bondini promises a fun-filled show for all the family, with lots of audience participation as well as great drama, hilarity, spectacle and grand illusion. He is a traditional magician – with a twist. With sumptuous sets and costumes, he will transport you to ancient Egypt, India and the Orient. Further mystery and suspense is presented in an operating theatre where a body transplant takes place, and of course, this would not be a Bondini show without his famed doves. This is a truly exciting and spectacular show, which will leave you spellbound. It is a unique experience, and is perhaps the only full-scale illusion show touring today." Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, Essex. Friday 22nd September at 7pm. Box Office: 01708 443333 16.9.06


The Magic Cavern is enjoying its fourth year at The Barons Court Theatre. Such is the success that now families and tourists can be found in the audience. Every Thursday (from October 19th) and Sunday at 3pm. Shows are listed under What's On and on the website: Richard Leigh is now booking performers through to March 2007. 16.9.06


Joe makes magic. "A teenage magician's career has taken another leap forward - with an invitation to wow the crowds at one of the country's biggest magic events. Joe Harper, 14, will take to the stage next Sunday at a five-day convention organised by the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, which features performers from all over the world." To read the full story in Driffield Today Click Here. 16.9.06


Castle of Magic - Stirling Castle, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September, 12 noon – 4pm each day. "Join us for a weekend of magic, mystery and wonder in a brand new event! Allow yourself to be taken on a fantastic journey into an enchanted world as we provide you with magical entertainment throughout the castle. Headlining is Ali Bongo, one of the most famous magicians of all time, as well as a tremendous supporting cast from the USA and Europe who will amuse and amaze with trickery, sorcery and illusions." Visit for more information. 16.9.06


Michael Diamond emails: "I am looking for acts or individuals with freaky talents or abilities, for a new project starting early 2007. The more shocking, exotic or erotic the act, the better! I am looking for males and females - particularly human pincushions, snake acts and sideshow performers. Acts must be North West based, or willing to travel. Please send publicity photos, DVDs, videos, biogs etc. to: Michael Diamond, PO Box 125, Liverpool L14 8WA. Website: Note: Please do not email your details." 16.9.06


"It's no illusion: Magicians can make big bucks" Click Here • Simon Shaw reviews Fay Presto's recent lecture at the Ipswich Magical Society this week, Click Here • Haim Schlesinger has produced a new magic directory full of useful links: • Al Smith's A Way with Cards featuring The Diskard Protocol is reviewed by Paul Gordon this week, Click Here • Giles Cartwright reviews "Houdini: Life, Death & the Rest - a lecture by Stuart Harley" Click Here • Edd Withers has produced a new magic review site for magicians at • "Schoolgirl magician gets big break" Click Here • "100 years of pranks" Click Here • That's it for this week, see you down in Eastbourne towards the end of the week! Duncan. 16.9.06