Number 375 - 1st September 2007


UK mentalism group established. Psycrets: The British Society of Mystery Entertainers has been founded by Roni Shachnaey and Dr Todd Landman after a successful meeting of mentalists in London on 7th July 2007. The society aims to provide a formal space for mentalists and mystery entertainers to share ideas and enhance the art of mystery entertainment. Regular meetings will be scheduled to include discussion of effects, methods, tools of the trade, the business side, and to buy and sell mentalism products. Membership benefits include a lapel badge, a members card (with its own 'special' features), a newsletter, access to a 'members only' section of the website, and discounts and other bonuses relating to mentalism events and products.

The organisation is purely private, non-denominational, has no association to any organised form of occult practices, and operates a tolerant policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, political views, or any other categories of social identity. Membership comprises a £10 start up fee plus £25 per annum membership fee. In the absence of documentary evidence regarding status as a mentalist or mystery entertainer, members will carry the title of 'associate member' for one-year, after which the committee will decide full membership based on contribution to the society, evidence of public performances of mentalism, publications of effects and books, and other suitable displays of a commitment to the art of mentalism. While based in the UK, the society is international and fully welcomes members from around the world. To join, please request an application form from Dr Todd Landman, 1 Elm Cottage, Mission Lane, East Bergholt, UK CO7 6XH Email:


The Secret Cabaret with Simon Drake, Series One and Two, The Creator's Cut - out now on DVD! When the ground-breaking first series of The Secret Cabaret first aired in 1990 on Channel Four it achieved instant critical success. The show's title said it all; you did indeed enter a Secret Cabaret and at times you dared not peek. Each week master showman Simon Drake subjected himself to a series of gruesome magical feats involving swords, blades, daggers and more, all for our entertainment pleasure... Mad Max meets Rocky Horror or something like that. Now, some 15 years on, Simon Drake has managed to obtained permission for his pieces to be released as a compilation DVD featuring a wealth of material. From series 1: The Cremation, Balls from Mouth Routine, The Impaler, Needle through Arm, Laser Bending Routine, The Shadow Box, The Assistants Revenge, Smoking Routine, Swords through Body, The Dancing Cane, Drinks production and Balloon mime, Houdini’s Milk Churn Escape, The Cigarette Rolling Routine, Needles from Mouth, Spikes in Coffin, Sawing a Girl in Half (and not restoring her), Bullet Catch, Man in a Bottle, and from series 2: Hanging Routine, Silhouette Routine, Russian Roulette, Knife Through Arm, The Snake Lady, Egg Production Routine, The Hospital Scene, Flowers Production, The Pickpockets Hand, The Floating Table, The Guillotine, Death comes to Las Vegas, The Living Half-Man, The Drinking Act, Chainsaws through Head, Killer Rope, Mary Queen of Scots’ decapitated head, The Fire Routine, The Iron Maiden, The Devil of a Hat, The Voyeur Illusion, Dorian Grey parts 1 and 2. Plus a photo library of 60 rare stills, newly shot close-up magic, strange and bizarre footage and rare spooky automata from private collections. Anyone who remembers the show from the first time around will no doubt hold it in great affection - and for those who never saw it then you're in for a real treat. Essential magical viewing. Visit for more details and to order. 1.9.07


71st British Ring IBM Convention Southport - 11th-16th September! This week PRO Bob Hayden presents a run down of all the performers who will be appearing in each of the daily stage shows, which take place in the Southport Theatre: Click Here. Photo: Vik and Fabrini, direct from the Crazy Horse in Paris. They will appear in the Saturday show.  1.9.07


Kidology - 200 not out and still counting! Registrations for the Kidology Convention have gone through the 200 mark for the third year running and are going onwards and upwards. However, there is still room if you would like to be part of the UK's biggest magic festival for children's entertainers this Tuesday, 4th September in Wolverhampton. Featuring four lectures from Poz, Jozo Bozo from Croatia (photo), Dave Charles and Ali Bongo, 12 top dealers and lunch all for £35.00. To reserve your place, contact Practical Magic on 01691 690789 or email For more information visit Practical Magic's website 1.9.07


Chris Cox - Epsom and Windsor dates. Chris Cox - Everything Happens for a Reason plays the Epsom Playhouse on Thursday 20th September and the Windsor Arts Centre on Friday 21st September - see What's On for details. Edinburgh 2007 Reviews. Click Here. 1.9.07


Tabula Mentis: The London Mentalism Meeting II. Drawing on the success of their first meeting, a second meeting has been organised for 27th October - 10am until late. Lectures, performances, informal discussions. Registration is £10. For full details Click Here or for more information contact Dr Todd Landman on 01206 298972 1.9.07


Close Up Success - Parts 1 and 2, from the 12 part "Close Up Success" course, which also includes a DVD package and live seminar, are reviewed in MagicWeek this week. Click Here to read the review. With just a handful of places remaining for inclusion in the live seminar, don't leave it to late to register, visit for full details. 1.9.07


Magic Sam's Dead Good Night Out! After reaching the grand final of BBC2's Let Me Entertain You Magic Sam has used the £2000 that he won to produce his own theatre show. "It is a new concept for the traditional variety show. It's on Saturday 6th October and tickets are £10.00 This is not a show for children but isn't too offensive!" Magic Sam and Chorley Little Theatre Presents 'Magic Sam's Dead Good Night Out!' Featuring The Lancashire Hotpots "hilarious approximation of washboard-wielding Lancashire folk music", Name In Brackets "one man and his guitar making shouty, sweary, drunken, rappy acoustic stuff in one hell of a funny way." Nick Frazer "a hands down great stand up comic!" The Glitter Kittens "If you are yet to witness the revival of burlesque you are in for a bloody treat." With your host The People's Magician Magic Sam! Plus " To book call 07930 177331 Chorley Little Theatre, Dole Lane, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 2RL (Map). 1.9.07


Bosom pals. Pamela Anderson just re-signed her contract for The Beauty of Magic with Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas through to December 2007. She's having a blast performing with Hans Klok and wants to do more illusions in the show (including some dangerous ones). Illusion consultant Rafael is seen here with Pamela, having just returned from Las Vegas where he worked on some new material for the production. 1.9.07


Confessions of a Miracle Worker: "Top Television Hypnotist and Mystery Entertainer Dr. Jonathan Royle will be holding a unique two day training course on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October in Rochdale, Lancashire, teaching the true inside secrets of developing a Super Power Memory, performing mind-blowing Mind Control style feats, mastering the many arts of the Super Human Side Show Yogi and also revealing reputation making magic secrets and shortcuts to stage and therapy hypnosis success. There's something for everyone and when you book now you'll save £350 on the usual cost of attending." Visit for full details. 1.9.07


Alexis Conran, Jessica Clement and Paul Wilson demonstrate how to stage the real hustle every Monday on BBC 3, with repeats throughout the week. Last week saw Paul Wilson's excellent card technique put to good effect in a game of cards that had his opponent scratching his head as he lost hand after hand... See TV Magic for details. 1.9.07


Dial-Abolical and Plunge of Death - released by Alakazam Magic on Monday! In 'Plunge of Death' Alakazam Magic is proud to introduce Jasper Blakeley, performing in character as Monrokvia's greatest mindreader and magician - Kockov. "This DVD features his heart-stopping 'Plunge of Death' routine, as well as a special bonus performance and explanation of his reputation-making 4 gun finale, 'Real Live Russian Roulette'. And in Dial-Abolical for the first time ever, the mullet-haired maestro reveals some of the mentalist routines that have helped make him a house-hold name in his former Eastern-block homeland. This DVD features his incredible 'Dial-Abolical' routine, an unbelievable Phonebook mind-reading effect. As a special bonus he also performs and explains the full working of his sensational blindfolded 6-person book test using 6 ordinary books." Pre-Order today to purchase both discs for just £24.99! More information from: (scroll down a little). 1.9.07


New Talent show! ITV are making a new talent show with a difference... it's on ice! The producers of Dancing on Ice would like to hear from magicians (whether you've been skating for 5 minutes or 5 decades) who think they have something different to offer. Email for more details. ITV emailed: "We are not necessarily looking for the finished article, so anyone interested wouldn’t need to be the greatest skater, primarily we are looking for the entertainment factor. I would point out that as this is a talent show, we can’t pay for contestants, but the overall winner will receive an incredible prize. It would also be a great opportunity for someone to get exposure for their talent." 1.9.07


Paul Hallas, well known to magicians in the UK as both a performer and dealer, has just released two sets of DVD's. Set one Mind Stuff and set two Clever Card Magic. Fans of Paul will find both sets available by visiting the new magic website, operated by Eddie Burke and Lady Kerrensa Burden. 1.9.07


Legerdemain Magic starred in new BBC series 'The Restaurant'. New magic duo James Pritchard and Kane Sojka, who together make up Legerdemain Magic, appeared in the second episode of BBC2's 'The Restaurant', which aired last week. They were hired by one couple who had to throw a successful birthday party to survive the series' first elimination round. James and Kane gave an engaging and lively performance that contributed to getting their clients through to the next round of the show. To find out more about the duo, visit 1.9.07


Mark Worgan lectures at the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on September 4th. Admission for non members is £8.00. The event will be held at the club's new venue - The Quality Hotel, Westone, Northampton. To attend contact either Malcolm Chase Secretary, 01604 232639 day (01604 460570 evening) or Club President Roy Gilbert on 01604 411413. 1.9.07


Jay Fortune’s agency Corporate Kids Parties is expanding and entertainers of all descriptions are welcome to submit their details for possible future work. Jay is particularly keen to hear from young, dynamic children’s entertainers for both private parties and corporate work. Corporate Kids Parties are also supplying various shopping centres across the UK with Santa Claus costume characters and would welcome enquiries from outgoing people who have had experience in this field. Contracts run throughout November and December and are variable and lucrative. Contact Jay directly with photographs and CV/biog: (Please note all performers must be CRB checked and hold the relevant certificates). 1.9.07


Trevor Duffy lectures for the Edinburgh Magic Circle on Monday 10th September. The club would like to extend an invitation to visiting magicians to join them at The Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter Place, Edinburgh EH1 3AF (Map). The lecture starts at 8pm and the doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £10 for non EMC members and £5 for members. 1.9.07


Mel Harvey visits the Sussex Magic Circle on Thursday 6th September to present "An Evening with... Mel Harvey" The evening will cover magic hints, tips and anecdotes picked up during Mel's virtual forty years as a full time award winning magical entertainer. Topics will include working at large holiday camps, children's TV and touring UK theatres in variety shows. There will also be a section on promotion and publicity, routines for close-up and children's shows, plus details of cruise work on five star American cruise ships. For more information visit 1.9.07


Wanted! Experienced magicians, illusionists, jugglers, street entertainers and variety/specialist acts wanted for work throughout the year at Alton Towers Theme Park and hotels. DVD or CD-ROM showreels should be sent to: Daniel Wood – Creative Manager (Entertainments), Alton Towers, Alton, Staffordshire ST10 4DB. 1.9.07


The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero (now in paperback). "Using exclusive access to newly uncovered archives, Kalush and Sloman reveal the clandestine agreements in which the British and Americans recruited Houdini to be an active secret agent. In exchange for his cooperation, the governments of these two countries facilitated his rise to the top of the world stage." The authors give thrilling accounts of his assignments, such as his participation in early aerial surveillance and his use of his own magic magazine to communicate espionage-related information. "Amazing... meticulously researched, imaginatively written and passionately presented" David Blaine. Available from Click Here. 1.9.07


James More's recent Bournemouth Star Trail / Search For A Star win is reviewed by Mike Danata this week, Click Here • "Illusion for the Masses" Click Here • "Something totally out of left field" Click Here • "Criss Angel Dispels His Magic Spell Over Women" Click Here • "For our next trick, nine films to star at Toronto" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK news is always welcome but please remember the Friday 12 noon deadline. See you next week, Duncan. 1.9.07