Number 350 - 10th March 2007


We've been banging on about Marc Oberon's work via the pages of MagicWeek for some time now and you're about to find out why! Marc Oberon's Bang On has just been released by A spectator thinks of any card from a regular 52 card deck; it's a totally free choice. You explain that the card that they are thinking of is in your wallet. It's named and sure enough, it is in your wallet! It's that clean! Brilliant magic from the man that's won just about every close-up award going, visit for more information and to watch a video demonstration. 10.3.07


Real Magic 2007 Four students from Queens College, Cambridge who call themselves The Fellowship have teamed up with top comedy magician John Archer, the Hypnotist Who Doesn't Use Hypnosis, Martin Taylor (image) and illusionist Sam X for a night of magic and mystery in the Corn Exchange, Cambridge at 7.30pm on Wednesday March 14th. The show is aimed at students, but will be suitable for anyone who loves magic and is looking for a great night out. Venue: Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB. Tickets £10 (£7 students and seniors) direct from the Corn Exchange or from the web. Contact: Sareet Shah, Queens' College, Cambridge Website. 10.3.07


Magicians: Don't ask how they do it... ...ask why coming soon. Trailer Click Here. 10.3.07


South Tyneside Magic Convention - 16th - 18th March! Here's the full line up. Friday 16th March: Daniel Garcia, John Lenahan, Ray Alan, Alex Lodge and Quentin Reynolds. Saturday 17th March: Pete Firman, Romany, Marc Oberon, Max Maven (photo). Sunday 18th March: Master Classes (additional charge) from Max Maven and Shoot Ogawa. Plus Lectures and Close-up. Registration is just £50.00 for all 3 days! Contact Karri Prinn, Events and Marketing Cultural Services Division, South Tyneside Council, Central Library, Prince George Square, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 2PE. Telephone: 0191 424 7986 Email: "Magic man in town" Click Here. "Trick treat" Click Here. More information: 10.3.07


Video footage from Keelan Leyser and Charlotte's award winning "British Magical Grand Prix Champions 2007" quick-change act can now be seen online at "We had to perform the act to 3500 magicians in the Blackpool Opera house which was scary but great fun! Since then we have had offers to perform in Amsterdam, China and America so are pretty delighted with the result." 10.3.07


Max Somerset can be seen live on stage in Camden on Tuesday 20th March at 8pm, followed by cheese and wine. Tickets are £25 each, in aid of Friends of ORT. Email: or call 020 7446 8520 for details. 10.3.07


Rob Lupine of Desborough, Kettering won the title 'Close-up Champion of the Magic Club of Great Britain 2007' back in January. Billing himself as a paranormal illusionist he is well known locally for bending spoons and stealing souls, but this time he took the title with a fifteen minute mind reading performance. Rob has worked in the world of magic for over a decade on a semi-professional basis and has now turned full-time pro and is available for corporate events, wedding receptions, parties and functions. The timing of the win couldn't have been better, "I'm delighted to have this title under my belt; it's the perfect launch pad!" said Rob. Rob Lupine is available for private bookings on 07961 396403. "All in the mind for magic Rob" Click Here. 10.3.07


International News: The Quantum Eye - Deceptions. A fascination with the mind, its potentials and common failings, joined with a love of magic, defines Sam Eaton's brand of Mentalism. Sam Eaton's Off-Broadway spectacle "The Quantum Eye - Deceptions" is an amazing evening of intimate parlor mentalism brought into the 21st century as he performs a succession of impossibilities including: predictions, mind reading, and fantastic revelations. Join him in the cozy Jewel Box Theatre, a richly decorated Victorian-style performance room perched 10 stories above 29th Street in Manhattan. Visit for details. 10.3.07


A cut above the rest. On Sunday 4th March, Richard Graham won the Southend Sorcerers Stage Competition for a record fourth consecutive year. In yet another closely fought competition, Richard won over the judges with Jay Scott Berry's Chameleon Knots, Daniel Garcia's Torn & Restored Card and a Jack Hughes Head Zopper! 10.3.07


The SAS Magic Dinner Cabaret Charity Night. Featuring the original magic of Loki and, from Radio Merseyside, Sean Stiles. Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool city centre, 26th May 7.30pm. Tickets £45 Telephone 0151 548 6899 or 07979804823. "Proudly raising money for the variety club of Great Britain sunshine coach programme." 10.3.07


An Evening with Davenports. Roy Davenport talks about the famous family business (and has a few tricks for sale) at The Pentacle Club, St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX at 8pm on March 13th. Visiting magicians are welcome (£3.00 charge). Further information from the Secretary, Alan Maskell on 01223 462647. 10.3.07


The Cherry Orchard, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Madame Ranevsky returns from Paris as the family estate, including her beloved cherry orchard, is about to be sold to pay for mounting debts. Revelling in past glories and their extravagant lifestyle, the family ignore all offers of help. One of the most popular of Chekhov's great "comedies of life", The Cherry Orchard remains as funny and potent today as when it was written. This production sees Jonathan Miller's return to the British theatre stage for the first time in nearly ten years. Joanna Lumley (photo) makes her Crucible debut as Madame Ranevskya. Matthew Cope (Matthew J - Magic & Variety Arts) was brought in as magic consultant working with the character of Charlotta, a female conjuror, on some basic card technique together with other magic effects. Tickets are £10.00 - £19.00 each from the Ticket Office on 0114 249 6000 or visit for more information. 10.3.07


Bloomsbury's first ever sale on March 1st, dedicated entirely to Books, Memorabilia and Apparatus from the Collection of John Fisher was an unknown quantity and a very pleasant surprise for the auction house. The sale items were the result of a ‘cull’ by John Fisher the renowned magician and collector, as he wanted to sell off the duplicates and the more cumbersome items whose storage and display had ‘become a challenge rather than a pleasure.’ Viewing had been steady and on the day the saleroom was packed to the rafters, with international magicians, historians, collectors and consultants to the magic world. Internet and telephone bidding was brisk. The first part of the auction consisted of magic books and prices exceeded all expectations. The sale kicked off with a resounding £3500(estimate £250-350) for lot 1, various books and printed material by Mr SW Erdnase. The Great Wizard’s Hand-book of Magic, or Parlour Entertainment by John Henry Anderson (c.1850) sold for £1500 ten times the low estimate and more or less the same applied to a group of five French magic books which made £1300. Bloomsbury Auctions was delighted and encouraged by the positive response to their first foray into the world of magic. 10.3.07


Tom Rose was featured in a three-page spread in the March issue of 'For The Bride' a national bridal magazine. This came hot on the heels after a two-page interview for 'Bliss For Brides' magazine last year. Recent engagements (pun intended) include performing at the wedding of a premiership footballer and being flown out to Switzerland to perform at a wedding. 10.3.07


Leeds Magical Association Annual Auction will be held at The Quaker Meeting House, 188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9DX on 10th April. Doors open at 7pm. Admission charge £2 for non members. For details contact Franklin Arbisman, tel: 0113 267 7190, 10.3.07


The Boy's Are Back In Toon. Newcastle Upon Tyne played host to VIP charity party last week raising over £25,000 for underprivileged children. Back on home ground and providing the magical entertainment for the 5th year running was David Diamond of Corporate Illusion. Sir Bobby Robson, one of the charity's patrons, brought along a few friends who turned out to be keen magic fans and were delighted to take time to pose for a photo after being entertained. 10.3.07


Graham Lee lectures at The South Lincs Magical Society on Monday 26th March at 8pm at The Magic Stage Room, Westfield House, Main Road, Thornton, Nr Horncastle, Lincilnshire LN9 5 JU. £1 for members and £5 for visitors, all welcome. 10.3.07


The North Western Society of Magicians (Barrow in Furness) held their annual stage competition on Wednesday evening, to a packed house at The Lisdoonie Hotel, Barrow. Jacqui Little reports: The winner was newly elected president Ian Tudor, who also won the originality cup for his 'Birthday Party' themed silent act, which included a new self-levitation illusion. Second place went to Richie Cottam, who had the place in stitches doing his comedy act in a fully inflated blow up sumo wrestler suit. Third place went to stalwart Terry Crawford and Michelle, who performed a new act to music. The money raised on the night went to the local hospice funds. The picture shows Ian Tudor receiving his first place cup from Colin Yare, programme controller of local radio station, Abbey FM, who gave lots of publicity to the event. 10.3.07


London Society of Magicians Stage Competition. Last Friday the Annual Bridger Lewis Stage Competition was held in the clubroom of the London Society of Magicians after a very close contest with a few marks separating the contestants Paul Brown was declared the winner by LSM President Mike Dix. Paul will be well known to many as he works in Davenports, where the LSM meet. 10.3.07


Magic debut. Young magician Ollie Mealing premieres his first full length magic show at the Colwall Village Hall on Friday, March 16th "A jam-packed show of visual antidotes to replace your vision of reality with a series of enjoyable/impossible feats, all swallowed with a healthy amount of comedy and audience participation." Click Here. 10.3.07


AOL will be revealed. "Want to impress your friends and family by learning something new? You've come the right place! AOL Show Me is packed with easy-to-follow videos, on a range of topics from party tricks to cooking." AOL's new 'AOL Show Me' page, which is featured on their homepage, features a number "how to" type magic video clips performed by Tim Dixon, including AOL's version of the double lift and French drop. (Thanks to Aladin for the link... Aladin is featured in the incredible Book of Cool performing magic as it should be performed: 10.3.07


Magician wanted for Preston Nightclub. "I own a nightclub in the Preston area, and I am looking into employing a magician twice a month, on a trial basis, depending on the popularity. I would require maybe 2 hours work, 11.30pm to 1.30am" Contact Adam Clark for details: 07960 082439. 10.3.07


Art & Artifice and Other Essays of Illusion Jim Steinmeyer - now in paperback and available from Click HereLeslie Melville's Magictales... The Lecture is reviewed by Allen Tipton this week, Click Here • "Magic in the aisles" Click Here • "Lords tricked by magician" Click Here • "It'll be magic!" Click Here • "Think good thoughts near Gary Kurtz" Click Here • The Second 16th Card Book is reviewed by Ian Keable this week, Click Here • "Ollie has a few tricks up his sleeve" Click Here • "Charity slams Derren Brown TV stunt" Click Here "The ultimate car-crash TV" Click Here "Charity slams Derren's new crash stunt" Click Here • See you next week when we'll to bring you more book reviews and another report from Blackpool, Duncan. 10.3.07