Number 373 - 18th August 2007


World class magic for Southport this September. "Every day of this year's IBM British Ring Convention is packed with superb magic, great entertainment and several top class Lectures. Right from the start at 12 Noon on Wednesday we have an excellent Opening Show featuring MC Kevin King, the award winning Paul Dabek, the funny and original Gaetan Bloom (with a new act) and the superb Canadian illusionists Murray Hatfield & Teresa. This is followed by three world class Lecturers, Bill Malone, Rocco (photo) and Bob Sheets, and a Workshop from our own Michael Vincent. In the evening, Mel Harvey hosts the new look Shield Competition, and then it's the first of three 'Late Nite Magic' shows with a sensational line-up of talent on offer..." To read executive producer Paul Stone's full run-down of performers and events at this year's convention (which is now just a few weeks away) Click Here. Also visit the official website for more information and to book: 18.8.07


Addition to Kidology 2007. Just added to the line-up for Kidology 2007, a mini lecture by Dave Charles (photo). David will be talking about games which can be added to your magic show package, and which ones are best suited to holiday camps and family-orientated events. Kidology 2007 takes place on Tuesday September 4th in Wolverhampton and also features lectures from Poz, Ali Bongo and Jozo Bozo. A full day of lectures and dealers aimed specifically at the children's entertainer - for more information visit Practical Magic's website: 18.8.07


Darwin Ortiz will both lecture and perform at this year's International Magic Convention (London, November 23rd-25th). A highly acclaimed card and gambling expert, Darwin's appearance will mark his first UK Convention performance since the publishing of his latest book "Designing Miracles" which has received excellent reviews. A marvellous chance to see Darwin perform under perfect conditions in the Shaw Theatre, which with its raked seating offers a perfect view for all. As announced last week, Al Schneider will be performing at the Convention, but he's also added an extra days magic workshop. The All Day Seminar will take place on the Friday, finishing in time for the evening lectures that normally form the start of the Convention. Material covered in the workshop will not be duplicated in Al's lecture, during the weekend. Attendees will receive individual attention and should bring 2 duplicate decks of playing cards, a large soft handkerchief or napkin, two half dollar sized silver coins and a half dollar sized copper coin. Tickets are obviously very limited for this event and anyone wishing to attend should contact Martin at International Magic. The cost of the days workshop is only £25 and includes a CD that contains a selection of Al's standard routines. Convention registrations via: 18.8.07


All3Media announces acquisition of Objective Productions. Objective Productions, the television production company founded just over ten years ago by Andrew O’Connor and Michael Vine has been sold to All3Media in a deal thought to be worth more than £40 million. Objective, best known to magicians for the hugely successful Derren Brown TV shows and many other magic related productions, said the move would be an opportunity to "grow the business and expand our output." Based in London and Manchester, Objective has enjoyed equal success with their non-magic productions including shows such as the highly original comedy Peep Show and current hits Star Stories and The Real Hustle. All3Media's executive Steve Morrison said: "Objective is the UK's leading producer of magic and comedy and they excel in their style of entertainment, one of the most sought after genres in broadcasters' schedules. Their format hits are much in demand in international markets and their presence in the All3Media Group will help us and them grow further." Michael Vine and Andrew O'Connor will remain with the company for the next five years. Now that's magic. 18.8.07


Sally Morgan: Star Psychic with Uri Geller. Anyone who has watched any of the current series of Sally Morgan: Star Psychic will especially enjoy seeing Uri Geller on the show, this Wednesday. Sally Morgan reads for Uri Geller, who shows her a crystal belonging to John Lennon that was apparently given to him by aliens or something like that (John Lennon, Uri Geller, aliens, crystals, psychic readings... what more do you want!). Also featuring ex-Atomic Kitten Liz McLarnon and a team of Extreme Basketball players. And not a clipboard in sight. 11pm on Wednesday 22nd August on ITV1. See TV Magic. 18.8.07


Paul Daniels opens Wigan store. "No, it's not an illusion – Paul Daniels has opened a shop in Wigan town centre! The world-famous conjuror teamed up with his son - also called Paul - to launch an emporium stocked with fancy dress items, wigs and jokes and soon also to be packed out with magic tricks. Shoppers could be forgiven for doing a double-take in Mesnes Street this week as the legendary entertainer helped kit out the interior and scaled a ladder to see how best to make the old Ron Leigh electricals signs vanish..." To read the full story by Charles Graham in Wigan Today Click Here. 18.8.07


Award winning magician Rob Lupine will be performing an evening of psychological mind reading experiments on the Saturday 1st September at the annual "Wadfest" event. Wadfest is an annual camping event with a discworld theme that has activities going on all weekend that are fun for all the family. Wadfest also works to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK. As well as the Saturday evening performance, Rob has penned the "Murder Mystery" that will be ongoing throughout the day and is also involved with the organization of the event. Day tickets are £5, and the full weekend tickets (Including Camping) are £15 18.8.07


Tommy Cooper - Stories from the Street. Tommy Cooper moved away from Caerphilly when he was just four, but it is here that the Tommy Cooper Society was founded - and now thrives. Lucy Owen travels to Llwyn On Street to the house where Tommy was born and meets somebody whose mother witnessed his birth. Plus, neighbour Dorothy Jones recalls a way of life when the street was surrounded by fields and most people grew their own food in allotments. 7.30pm on Thursday 30th August only on ITV1 in Wales. See TV Magic. 18.8.07


Paul Gordon is presenting his new card magic lecture at The South London Magical Society on October 12th and at the Liverpool Magic Circle on November 15th, see What's On for full details. 18.8.07


Mr E Enterprises have the stamp album trick featured in the recently released Mel Mellor's DVD set in stock, priced at £10.00 plus delivery, Click Here. They also stock the excellent DVDs themselves. There are two volumes, and they're available for immediate delivery from (Volume one features the Stamp Album routine "Mass Hypnosis"). 18.8.07


Liverpool Magic Circle Dealer Day. December 9th St Mary's Social Club, Trent Road, Billinge. Admittance: non-members £5.00 members £3.00. Includes Keith Bennett lecture. Dealers: To book a table call Alan Singleton 07973 492027 or Dave Hooper on 07796490034 18.8.07


Full IBM members receiving the August edition of the Linking Ring will see a familiar face on the cover, Romany - Diva of Magic, and current Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year, together with an article inside Click Here. Romany can been see at this year's IBM British Ring convention in September 18.8.07


Superstar Sooty is Honorary Mayor of Blackpool. Izzy Wizzy... Sooty will be returning to his show business roots at North Pier, Blackpool this Summer. To celebrate this historic occasion Sooty was honoured with a very special Honorary Mayoral Ceremony at Blackpool’s Town Hall where The Right Honourable Worshipful Mayor Robert Wynne officially made Sooty the resorts Ambassador of Family Fun and officially bestowed upon Sooty his own Mayoral Chain, velvet cloak, rights of office and Mayoral Duties. A heritage blue plaque at the North Pier entrance proudly marks the spot where Sooty was born and now the little yellow bear will continue to entertain generations of children with his mischievous antics. A star of stage and screen for decades, Sooty was originally developed by Harry Corbett. The nephew of fish and chip shop chain owner Harry Ramsden, he bought the puppet for seven shillings and sixpence as a present for his son Matthew, from a stall on North Pier in 1948. Sooty will be strutting his stuff with Mike Newman in The Izzy Wizzy Holiday Show on North Pier every Saturday afternoon until September 1st. 18.8.07


Kennedy lecture. Kennedy emails: "After the kind and positive reception I got from my first real lecture at Ipswich Magical Society last week I am keen to offer my lecture Thoughts Across to other magic clubs around the UK. In the lecture I teach a number of routines, some that I have released and many that I have not, due to the fact that I'm still using them in my corporate shows. Including some new approaches to fork bending where the bending takes place in the audience, as well as some new bends that happen in my hands. Along with fork bending I perform some card mentalism and a good amount where the spectators read each other's minds, under all kinds of conditions." For more information contact Kennedy: or visit 18.8.07


Flying Car on YouTube! Click Here • There's 10% off next weekend at Mike Danata's Magic Studio in Bournemouth for all personal callers - and on Sunday 26th just along from the studio young magician James More is competing in the Search For A Star finals, visit for details • "Britney's no Angel: Tears dry up as she meets magician for steamy liaison" Click Here • "Magic and illusion all part of the fun" Click Here • "The Magic Cabaret" Click Here • "Pam Clicks with Klok" Click Here • "Frank Oz & Andy Nyman Interview, Death At A Funeral" Click Here • "Chris Cox - Everything Happens for a Reason" Click Here • Many thanks for your news which is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 18.8.07