Number 344 - 27th January 2007


Wayne Dobson's eagerly awaited new book WD40 will be published by magicseen in just a few weeks time. The book features 40 of Wayne's favourite tricks, taken his professional repertoire, together with an autobiographical section entitled 'Star Struck' - which charts his career from early magic beginnings as a young lad through to the present day... including stories taken from his days spent performing in working men's clubs, on television and in Las Vegas. It comes with an "Adults Only" warning and knowing Wayne I'd take that warning at face value! "We are proud to be the publishers of Wayne's book, it represents great value – with 40 terrific effects and Wayne's autobiography" said magicseen editor Mark Leveridge. Available in both semi-hardback and hardback editions it can be pre-ordered today via or The semi hardback edition costs £25 plus p&p (ready for delivery from February 21st), and the limited edition hardback version costs £35 plus p&p (and should be available from March 14th). Wholesale enquiries to 27.1.07


When Will I Be Famous? Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year James Brown appears live on BBC 1's new Saturday night variety talent show When Will I Be Famous? on Saturday 3rd February. Graham Norton invites 32 contestants over a four week period to give it their best shot, and every week hands out a £10,000 cash prize to the winner. 10,000 original applicants were whittled down to the final 32. Celebrity judges in the studio offer their comments, but the actual voting goes to 101 hand-picked 'armchair judges' linked to the studio via satellite. Best of luck to James. 27.1.07


Bradley Fields presents two dazzling magic shows at the Arts Theatre and Bar, Great Newport Street, London WC2 from Thursday 8th February to Saturday 17th February. MatheMagic (day time) and Magic! (evenings). "Truly amazing!... surrealistic charm... Rarely have I seen magic with such grace and wit." Chicago Tribune. "A virtuoso magician and illusionist... Exceptionally funny!" This Week in Las Vegas. In Magic! Bradley Fields casts a spell with magic from Coney Island's Dreamland to the far Himalayas. With his original illusions and classics such as the Levitation and the Indian Basket Mystery, Bradley Fields weaves a sense of wonder and poetry. And in MatheMagic (recommended ages 7-11) Bradley Fields, captivates the audience with his famous magic illusions, and then teaches the secrets behind some startling maths tricks. MatheMagic™ is an exciting show specifically designed for school-aged audiences. Math specialists, teachers, principals (and children) have given it the highest praise for combining world-class entertainment with strong educational content. For times and to book: 27.1.07


Introducing Modus Magic: "At Modus Magic, we aim to supply magicians and those interested in magic with all their requirements; tricks, books, cards, coins, mentalism plus much, much more. We want to give our customers a broad range of ideas to help them develop this incredible art. The team at Modus Magic is built from a group of experienced magical enthusiasts with a variety of skills and interests, which we have reflected in our site. Visit us at" 27.1.07


The Bristol Day of Magic takes place on Sunday 13th May, at the Weston-super-Mare Winter Gardens complex, featuring lectures, close-up magic, children's magic, the dealer's hall and an evening gala show at the Playhouse Theatre. For registration details email Andy McLaren 27.1.07


Burning Card Magic is a brand new magic website... "We have big plans here, our main aim is to be a one stop magic shop, stocking the latest magic at a great price. Burning Card Magic has a forum so that you can seek help and advice, and a review section where you review the products! If you guys want something I'll do my best to stock it! But we can't do it without your help." Visit today. 27.1.07


Jim Pace inventor of "The Web", "Hot Leads" and more will be lecturing at the AWS on Tuesday February 6th at 7.30pm. "Jim is one of the finest and most visual close-up magicians of our time and also the inventor of some of the most popular effects around." The lecture is open to all magicians from beginner to expert. The AWS meet twice a month in Southampton, so if you are based in the area and are looking for a magic club to join, this is the perfect chance to go and visit. Tickets (£5.00 each) can be purchased on the door or booked in advance by contacting Phil Wedgbrow on 07739 407147 The Associated Wizards of the South, Woolston Conservative Club, 74 St Anne's Road, Woolston, Southampton. Free Parking - Licensed Bar. For more information on the lecture Click Here. 27.1.07


Safire Illusionists. After excellent reviews in the entertainment press following their five week run in Aladdin at The Albert Halls Bolton, Safire are now busy preparing for their next project - an 85 date UK theatre tour with BBC's Chuckle Brothers. They will present two illusion spots together with their Magic Light Puppet Company act, which promises to be bigger and better than ever before! Spooky Goings on 2 will be the biggest and most extensive tour that the Chuckle Brothers have ever staged. Safire have been busy designing and building special effects, illusions and UV puppets for the show since September 2006. For tour dates visit or 27.1.07


Corporate magician Jon Armstrong (USA) lectures at the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society at 8pm on Wednesday 7th February. The club is based at the Cubbington Sports and Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 7LN (Map). Jon was a regular at Caesar’s Magical Empire and often performs at the Magic Castle in Las Vegas and was resident magician at Walt Disney World for 5 years. He has performed in over 30 countries and this is his first lecture tour of the UK. He is an expert card worker as well as being very funny! Visiting magicians welcome, entrance £10. For details contact secretary Paul Kybert 01295 271514 27.1.07


From Accurately predict the winner of the upcoming American Football Super Bowl between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts! It's easy with our Diabolical Super Bowl Prediction. You just place your sealed prediction in full view at the start of the big game and when it's opened by anyone at the end - your prediction inside names the winning team. No fake envelopes or envelope switches. No Swami Gimmicks or Billet Knives. 100% self working. This is our third annual release of this effect; which has even been performed on TV! PDF. 1.95 MB. Free download! Click Here. 27.1.07


Philip Partridge has just added a new video clip to his children’s magic website The item was shown on BBC News in December as part of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Philip can be seen entertaining children with learning difficulties at Pear Tree School, hence a "Partridge in a Pear Tree!" 27.1.07


Robert Bone is preparing for a one-off stunt at a Wedding Fair on January 29th "Robert is a professional magician in Dorset and the stunt is a one-off that he has never performed before, and never will again. The actual illusion has not yet been revealed by the organisers, but is thought to include a bride and her bridesmaid as a helper!" 7pm on Monday 29th January at the Royal Chase Hotel in Shaftesbury, Dorset. For information regarding the Wedding Fair contact Lisa Notley 27.1.07


Paul Gordon presents a new lecture at the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday 27th June. Paul will be presenting and teaching new material in his usual light-hearted way. This is magic Paul uses in his act, together with some "underground" items. For details of his new magic visit 27.1.07


At the AGM of the Bexleyheath Society of Magicians on January 24th, Jack Delvin became the new President of the Society (pictured here with out-going President, Mary Linter). Jack is largely responsible for the quality of the club's programme, as well as organising the shows the club perform for other organisations. For more information about the Bexleyheath Society of Magicians visit 27.1.07


Jon Armstrong lectures at Scarborough Circle of Magicians on Tuesday 6th February. Doors open at 7.30pm, lecture starts at 8pm, visiting magicians welcome (£5 charge). For more details contact Jason Marshall 07875 345010 email 27.1.07


"This DVD, the third in the 'Tapestry of Deception' series, illustrates how effects can be elevated a further notch on the "Wow!" scale by the application of love and meticulous attention. Such detail extends the to the explanation sections of the DVD. He does everything for you, bar come around and perform it live in your own lounge." Graham Nichols reviews Michael Vincent's Tapestry of Deception Part 3 this week, see Reviews. 27.1.07


A Touch of Magic Show. "Featuring the mind blowing magic and illusions of Lee Kiddie plus special guests." A show for all the family on Saturday, 17th February 2007. Afternoon performance at 2.30pm (all profits to the Princes Theatre Youth Company), evening performance at 7.30pm (all profits to the Multiple Sclerosis Society). Princes Theatre, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE (Map) Tickets: £6.50 adults, £4.50 senior citizens/children. Box Office 01255 686633. For more information Click Here. 27.1.07


Eugene Burger is the special guest for the first weekend in February on Edd Withers' magic forum The Magic Woods, with Lee Asher and Whit Hayden set to guest in the near future. "As a forum we are very keen on proving that forums can be more than gossiping and cliques, but an educational resource. Because of this, we have started a Book Studies forum, where people can discuss classic and new magic books, and develop the ideas inside. We also have a 'History and Tradition' forum, to encourage people to learn about the esoteric past of magic, an online mentoring forum and more." Visit for more information and to sign up. 27.1.07


Gary Jones emails: "I've just come back from visiting Magic Circle member Chris Lee (photo) who moved out to the Costa Del Sol last June and is really making a name for himself as a top flight magician. Chris would like any magicians, whether working or holidaying out there, to contact him for a drink and magic session. His email address is" 27.1.07


Harry Price: The Psychic Detective. A new book about the Edwardian psychic researcher Harry Price has just been published. To the people of his day Price, a member of The Inner Magic Circle, had a status that no ghosthunter of today can hope to share. His extraordinary life story includes links to the Piltdown Man forger Charles Dawson, rows with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Society for Psychical Research, and friendships with Harry Houdini and Adolf Hitler. Harry Price: The Psychic Detective is published by Sutton. Richard Morris' fascinating book investigates the truth about Harry Price and reveals whether he was a charlatan or a gifted pseudo-scientist. Available from Click Here. 27.1.07


Roni Shachnaey (House of Darkness UK) has a new list of Bizarre/Séance type effects. Email him directly for a copy: 27.1.07



Bev and Dawn welcome you to The Award Winning Willswood Hotel, Blackpool. We pride ourselves on offering you clean, comfortable accommodation, where your care and comfort is our prime concern. We offer en-suite rooms all tastefully decorated to a high standard all having colour TV's, tea and coffee making facilities and Central Heating; some have Blackpool Tower views. We are 5 mins away from all Blackpool attractions including Blackpool Tower, Winter Gardens and Town Centre. We are accredited with Visit Britain 3 Stars and Welcome to Excellence Award we also hold Green Environmental policy and Healthy Eating awards. Find us at: 27.1.07


John Todd M.I.M.C. Derek Lever writes: Blackpool Magicians' Club regret to announce the death of Hon. Life Member John Todd M.I.M.C. at the age of 77 in Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Complications set in after having a leg amputated. John was a former Registration Officer of the B.M.C. and we send our sincere condolences to Elizabeth, Rachel and Peter. The funeral is on Tuesday 30th January at 12.30 pm at Lytham Park Cemetery, Regent Avenue, Lytham St. Annes, Lancs. Then afterwards at the Blackpool Magicians' Club Clubroom at the Savoy Hotel, Queens Promenade, Blackpool. 27.1.07


The Illusionist - pre-order now on DVD! Via Click Here • Stourbridge Magic Club in the West Midlands welcomes new members, visit: • "Hocus pocus: Magician David Williamson reappears locally" Click Here • "Abracadabra, presto ... making a little magic" Click Here • Jon Armstrong lectures at the Doncaster Magic Club on Monday February 5th - visiting magicians welcome, £5.00 door charge • "Uri Geller accused of TV trickery" Click Here • "WI visit just magic" Click Here • "Laugh out loud" Click Here • Back in June 2001, I wrote in MagicWeek "Maybe one day someone will do for magic what Cirque du Soleil did for Circus" (issue 52) well it looks like Cirque de Soleil themselves are finally going to do it, Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 27.1.07