Number 366 - 30th June 2007


The Sorcerer's Apprentice. From the BBC: "It's the beginning of an exciting magical journey for 14 lucky children. The Sorcerer – master magician Maximillian Somerset – is looking for an Apprentice and has hand-picked seven boys and seven girls to attend his magic school, where they will compete with each other for the title of The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Magic school is a huge manor set deep in the heart of the English countryside. For two weeks these boys and girls will eat, live and breathe magic at this enchanting boarding school, miles from home. The trainees must battle it out with one another, learning and performing a different magic trick every day. Presenter Barney Harwood follows every twist and turn of the Apprentices' journey over the gruelling fortnight. On arrival at their new school, the 14 spellbound children come face to face with The Sorcerer – whom they must impress. They are also introduced to the magic school rules by no-nonsense housemistress Miss Ford, and witness the mysteries of magic first hand. Magic teachers Mr Knight and Miss Evans will teach the budding Sorcerers the basics of magic. Before long, however, it's clear there are mountains to climb if the magic teachers are going to succeed in turning the lucky 14 into potential Apprentices." From Monday, July 9th. See TV Magic. 30.6.07


British Ring Convention updates: "Over the decades organisers of the British Ring Convention have strived to include The Great Tomsoni & Co. in their programme. Regretfully it has not been possible to do so. Last year we had hoped it would happen but due to contractual commitments our hopes were dashed. However a pledge was made to come this year. So at long last British Ring conventioneers will be able to enjoy the world famous act of The Great Tomsoni & Co. 'Poland’s Greatest Magician'. Mark Tan in Variety, the USA’s showbiz newspaper wrote 'their act is quite baffling as well as the best comedy team in show business' while Jim Parker in the Las Vegas Revue Mirror said 'Tomsoni is to magic what Victor Borge is to music….Simply hilarious!'" British Ring PRO Bob Hayden has sent through all the latest convention news, Click Here. 30.6.07


The 3rd Commercial Close-up Forum is set to take place on Sunday 14th October 2007 at the Ramada Hotel, Peterborough. Organised by Mark Leveridge Magic the day is dedicated to the performance, explanation and discussion of working close-up magic commercially. This year's event features input from Shaun McCree, Peter Wardell and Mark Leveridge. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 60 and delegates are divided into three groups so that everyone who attends gets the maximum benefit from the shows and lectures. With comfortable surroundings, plenty of free venue parking, on-site catering and complimentary tea/coffee all day, the atmosphere is not so much that of a convention as of a gathering of like minded close-up enthusiasts, who spend a day exchanging views and information. For reports and comments on the previous two events, and to register for the 3rd, visit: 30.6.07


Mark Phillips, US Trade Show performer from Washington DC presents his only UK lecture this year at Il Ponte Restaurant, 91-101 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QF on Sunday August 12th. Registration includes: At 12.30pm a three course lunch, and at 2pm the lecture, including a set of specially produced lecture notes. Several new items will be taught mostly suitable for close-up or stand-up work. Numbers are limited to 25, and the cost is just £40.00. To book contact Peter Scarlett: 30.6.07


Hayashi lectures for International Magic on Tuesday, 10th July, at 7.15pm, at their usual venue - the second floor of 'Casa Italiana', 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL. Entry is £10 per person, contact Martin MacMillan in advance on 020 7405 7324 email 30.6.07


Hocus Pocus: A Tale of Magnificent Magicians and Their Amazing Feats - Paul Kieve. "Paul is obsessed with magic. Ever since he was given a magic set at the age of ten, he has been buying magic books, props and posters and honing his skills as a magician. He keeps all his magical paraphernalia in his house in Hackney, right around the corner from the magnificent Hackney Empire, a venue played at by all the great illusionists of the golden era of magic, some hundred years ago. One day, Paul is on the phone to his friend, sitting in his 'Poster Room', and chatting about how well his magic show from the night before went, when he gets a strange sensation ...Suddenly, the huge figure of Alexander steps out of the poster and starts telling Paul off for getting too big for his boots! Alexander and the other brilliant magicians in the posters are going to show Paul what magic is really about!" Introduction by Daniel Radcliffe, Hardcover, 304 pages, Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (15th October 2007). Pre-order from The Lord of the Rings, opening night video, Click Here. 30.6.07


The Ultimate Signed Deck... Graeme Smith spent the last six months contacting magicians around the world to sign a playing card to auction for the Make-A-Wish Foundation - the charity that runs magical experiences/days out for children with life-threatening illnesses. The deck has now been re-assembled and features a great collection of magical signatures from all over the world. The auction will start on July 11th on eBay (and will run for 10 days). To see the signatures and to be notified of the auction details visit: 30.6.07


Chris 'The Magician' Cox of BBC Radio 1’s Chris Moyles Breakfast Show, is performing 'Everything Happens for a Reason' (Preview of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe show) at The Canal Café Theatre, London at 8pm on 9th and 16th July, and at The Redgrave Theatre, Bristol at 8pm on 22nd July. Following his hugely successful and unique Edinburgh Fringe '06 debut show, He Can’t Read Minds?, Chris Cox is back, fusing magic, psychology, illusion, technology and mind-reading, in a new entertainment experience that will not only amuse, baffle, delight and screw with audiences minds as ever before, but will have them leaving the show asking big questions and wondering if Everything Happens for a Reason 30.6.07


International News: Lex & Alina ( have just appeared at the Nights of International Magic Dinner-Variety Show in Santa Susanna, Barcelona. They were the first German magicians to perform on this annual show and in October they can be seen at the German Magic Convention in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Together with Lee Alex, Lex Schoppi has a brand new lecture presentation on the art of quick change, which will follow a lot of the work covered in the best selling book Quick Change. Now taking bookings, convention/magic event organisers should visit and click on the Lecture button for details, or email 30.6.07


Nick Langham MMC emails: "Last week I was booked for a wedding reception at the Martinez Hotel Beach Restaurant, Cannes. As a keen football supporter I was pleasantly surprised on arrival to find the groom was Richard Dunn, Manchester City captain. He had flown over family, friends, players and WAGS - all were staying at the hotel for a few days. The evening was a fantastic success and the most popular effect was 'Ascension' (which just happens to be my latest creation and is available exclusively from Alakazam!)" 30.6.07


"Angel's illusion of corporate bonding. On March 22, 2007 a memorable press conference was held at Luxor to announce a new show marrying the creative vision of Cirque to the illusions of Criss Angel. For one thing, when this show opens (Summer 2008) it will be the sixth permanent Cirque show on the Strip. ...But the most memorable thing about the press conference was the total lack of chemistry demonstrated between principals: the Luxor suits, the Cirque creative team and magician/star Criss Angel. In fact, Angel's use of an obscenity and longwinded and narcissistic speech had some Luxor executives looking fairly uneasy behind him on stage." To read the full story in the Los Angles Times Click Here. 30.6.07 email: "We have updated our website so now magicians and performers can have total control over the colour or pattern they require for change bags, egg bags, etc. Simply place an order and then email or telephone the code number of the material you require, and your item will be made up and posted within 24 hours. We also update our material once a month! A custom made bag doesn't cost anymore than a standard change bag /egg bag as we make them to order here in the Magicians Cave." See 'Props' and then scroll down: 30.6.07


The Order of the Magi is holding a Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 10th July at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF commencing at 7.30pm prompt, with viewing from 6.30pm. Lots are available from Ian Ball MMC Entertainments Officer on 01457 835990 or email Details: Door charge £3 so come along as there might be there the very thing you are looking for! Geoffrey Newton PRO. 30.6.07


John Styles, MBE, President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians - British Ring No.25, is profiled in the current edition of "Yours" magazine (16th June - 2nd July). A full page colour feature looks back on his beginnings in magic with dealer Oscar Oswald, and his consequent involvement with Punch and Judy. 30.6.07


Magicseen issue 15 (July 2007) is out now: "Featuring French award winning maestro David Stone on the cover - look how excited he is to be there! We interview David and hear about the imminent release of the second part of his excellent DVD project 'The Real Secrets of Magic' along with other fascinating behind-the-scenes info. Issue 15 also has interviews with corporate magician Andrew Normansell and with a number of lady magicians in the Women In Magic feature. We take a detailed look at working close up commercially in 'So You Want To Be A Commercial Close Up Magician' with input from many close up workers from around the country, discover why Steve Owen is 'not a magician', plus catch up with the latest from Jay Fortune in the 'Think Tank' and Paul Zenon on the road. Our extensive selection of reviews, news and other articles and features completes another busy issue which awaits you if you subscribe or buy an instant download now from" 30.6.07


70? 80? - BBC Needs You! Marco Crivellari, Assistant Producer, BBC Documentaries, emails: I am making a 50-minute documentary for BBC One on Britain's oldest entertainers - desperately seeking magicians who are still performing into their seventies, eighties, and even beyond…! If you fit the bill, please do call me for a chat on 0208 752 6123, or send me an email at 30.6.07


John has to stub out his trick. "A Black Country magician will have to stub out a popular trick he has done for 40 years because of the smoking ban which will come into force on Sunday. John Milner has entertained people for decades with his ability to make a cigarette disappear in a jacket borrowed from the audience after he stubs it out in the folds of the material." To read the full story in the Express and Star Click Here. Also Click Here, and Click Here. 30.6.07


Magic trick goes up in smoke. "A vital part of a magician's act will be going up in smoke from Sunday. The ban on smoking in enclosed public places is bad news for Tracie Hughes, who has appeared on TV and now performs on the corporate entertainment circuit. 'One of the highlights of my routine is a six-minute segment in which I place a lighted cigarette in a gentleman's jacket and make it disappear,' said Tracie, 40, of Tarragon Way, Bourne.' To read the full story in the Rutland & Stamford Mercury Click Here. 30.6.07


Dynamo is answering questions on The Magic Woods forum for the next few days: • "The Talent Upload - You Tube meets America’s Got Talent on, launching July 4." Click Here • "What's up with magician dork Klok pimping out Pamela Anderson in Las Vegas?" Click Here • "Now you see it, trick and treat" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 30.6.07