Number 341 - 6th January 2007


Etienne Pradier lectures upstairs at 'The Rugby Tavern', 19 Great James Street, London WC1N 3ES (Map - nearest tube stations Chancery Lane or Holborn) this Wednesday, 10th January. Doors open at 7pm. The lecture will start at around 7.30pm and end at 9pm. Entrance fee is £10 - payable on the night. To reserve a place, or for further information, contact Martin at International Magic, 89 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5BX telephone 0207 405 7324 Website: 6.1.07


The Session - Open Mic Workshop. Andi Gladwin and Rob James have introduced an innovative new event for their Session Convention (20th / 21st January 2007). The Open Mic Workshop will be held after the Saturday evening lectures. Andi Gladwin hosts the event and is joined by Allan Ackerman, Paul Cummins and other star names who will teach some of their favourite moves with a deck of cards. Convention attendees are invited to join in and teach their pet moves to the group too. Anyone attending the convention is invited to contact Andi and Rob with details of any particular sleights that they'd like to learn or work on, and they'll endeavour to arrange an expert to teach it to the entire group during the workshop. For more information on the Open Mic Workshop visit Tickets are almost sold out... don't leave it too late to register! 6.1.07


Gary Young's 2nd Corporate Zone Magic Day. Full details of the day have now been posted on the website Seth Kramer from the USA presents a 90 minute Trade Show talk and is flying in especially, Paul Stone presents "Magic - It's the Business", Jon Armstrong "Corporate Branding" and Mark Worgan "Team Building". Plus a full Q & A session. Registration £70.00 in advance only: 6.1.07


One Day of Magic. This popular convention, organised by the Wessex Magical Association, will be held in Kinson, Bournemouth, on Sunday April 1st 2007. There will be two main lectures; the first from Dave Allen, (Magic Dave) presenting his acclaimed "Little people – Big business" lecture and the second from Ian Keable (photo) focusing on cabaret magic. Plus two workshops, from Paul Gordon on cards and Graham Lee on Balloon Modelling. The evening Gala Show features Alex Powell, Graham Lee, Ian Keable and illusionists Jason Steele & Joanne. Plus magic dealers throughout the day. Kinson Community Centre, Millhams Road, Kinson, Bournemouth, Dorset BH10 7LH (Map). Free parking, hot and cold refreshments all day. More information from Ron Gilbert, Convention Liason Officer, on 01202 517584 6.1.07


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South Downs Magicians present a lecture/dealer dem by Peter Scarlett on Wednesday, February 7th, at 8pm at the club's headquarters: The Ark, Mount Lane, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 4RA (Map). £5 for non-members. Contact club president Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 for more information or visit 6.1.07


Bexleyheath Society of Magicians Annual Magic Auction. Auctioneer Barry Miller promises a number of very interesting lots from the collection of a former magician who sadly passed away. Date: Wednesday 10th January, doors open at 7.30pm and admission is free to all visiting magicians who should contact secretary Nick Warrell via to make arrangements for admission. 6.1.07


Philip Partridge will be appearing at BETT 2007. The educational technology trade show at Olympia runs from 10th to 13th January. Philip will be introducing expert speakers in the PC World presentation theatre and performing close-up magic on their stand. 6.1.07


Fabrice Delaure Productions celebrated ten years of magic making and innovation in 2006. Keep an eye on this incredible company in 2007... 6.1.07


Tony Griffith will be holding another of his Creative Magic Lecture/Teach-in Days at his home in Bristol on Sunday 7th October 2007. This is a day long event for those looking for an in-depth discussion and learning experience. The day runs from 10.30am to about 5.30pm. Registration is £45 (£40 if booked before the 1st June 2007) and includes Morning Coffee, Buffet Lunch, and Light Tea. Numbers attending will not exceed eight. The intimate nature of the group will ensure full coverage of items shown and will enable questions to be answered and discussed in detail. An aide-mémoire of the day will also be included. For details and registration contact Tony directly: 6.1.07


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year 2007. Application forms must be submitted by January 31st 2007. The heats will be taking place in April, and the final in July. The winner will receive the Derrick Speight Trophy and the title "The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year 2007." They will also, on reaching 18, receive full membership of The Magic Circle with the entrance fee and the first four years subscription paid. The first, second and third prize winners will also receive prizes of magic books. If you are over 14 and under 18 years old, it's still not too late to take part! Application forms are available from Dr Michael Colley MIMC, The Magic Circle Competition Secretary, The Hollies, Oak Street, Lechlade, Glos. GL7 3AX, telephone 01367 252482, email 6.1.07


Svengali Deck + free DVD offer. are currently offering a US Playing Card Co Bicycle Svengali Deck, complete with a free Svengali DVD for just €12.95. Hurry - offer ends mid January 6.1.07


David Jones makes a welcome return to The Chester Guild of Magicians on Monday 8th January when he'll be presenting his latest magic lecture. The meeting starts at 8pm; visiting magicians welcome (£5 entrance fee). Venue: The Home Guard Club, Canal Street, Chester. Contact Steve Cooil, secretary, for details 01244 881462. 6.1.07


Magicians/Illusionists wanted! Sareet Shah emails from Queens’ College, Cambridge University: "I have undertaken a project along with three other fellow students whereby we aim to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust. This is a charity which works with underprivileged young people in the UK to help them find employment. Amongst other means of raising money, we have come up with the idea of staging a magic show in Cambridge, and are therefore scouting about for stage magicians or illusionists. We are looking for a performance in a theatre or hall to a crowd of about two to three hundred people. We aim to publicise our event across the whole university (all 25-odd colleges), and there is also the possibility of doing more than one show if the demand is high (subject obviously to the availability of the performers). The event will be held in the first week of March or the last week of February, and the fee is negotiable." Contact Sareet 07843 681892 for more details. 6.1.07


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