Number 376 - 8th September 2007


71st Annual British Ring Convention. This Wednesday, 12th September, sees the start of the 71st Annual Convention of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. For those who have pre-registered Registration Packs can be collected from the foyer of the Southport Theatre from 10.30am onwards. Registrations can also be made at the Registration Desk itself, again from 10.30am onwards. You will be able to witness the biggest array of worldwide magic stars ever assembled at a British Ring Convention... The Great Tomsoni & Co, Murray Hatfield & Teresa, David Williamson, Bob Sheets, Magic Al, Vik and Fabrini, Lennart Green, Gaeton Bloom, Les Bubb, Rocco, Paul Zenon (photo), Robert Baxt, John Fealey, Daniel Hochsteiner, Erik Borgman, Paul Kieve, The Great Voltini, Jon Marshall, Ben Hart, Su Jayne, Michael Vincent, Joanie Spina, Bill Malone, Boris Wild, Tim Gabrielson, Paul Dabek, Dan Dunn, Kevin King, Rob Torres, Romany, Ray Alan with Lord Charles, Stringfever, Tony Rix, Percy Piecrust, Eddie Dawes, Roger Woods, Mo Howarth, Andrew Sherratt, Vanessa Toulmin and Amethyst... Visit for more information and to register online. 8.9.07


Teatro ZinZanni stars added to International lineup. Two of the stars of Teatro ZinZanni have been added to the Gala Show line up at this year's International Magic Convention in London (November 23rd-25th). Voronin (photo) appeared at the Convention in 1990 and 1991 and on each occasion stole the show. Since then he has been working continually in both versions of Teatro ZinZanni in San Francisco and Seattle in the show that's been described as "a triumph of entertainment" and "like the Kit Kat Club on acid". His act, which follows in the great tradition of such artistes as Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati, is in constant demand worldwide, but his long term commitment to ZinZanni has prevented him from performing at any other events... until now. Joining Voronin will be Svetlana, who melds magic, contortion and modern dance in act that has taken her around the world for appearances in major TV shows and leading nightspots. Registration details available on 8.9.07


Hooked on Panto. Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee star in Peter Pan at the Aylesbury Civic Centre from December 8th - 30th. This will be the venue's biggest and best pantomime ever, featuring dazzling sets, stunning costumes, and state of the art flying sequences. Box Office: 01296 486009. See What's On for dates. 8.9.07


The Ipswich Magical Society's 20th Annual One Day Convention. Featuring lectures and close-up magic from Juliana Chen, Chris Power, Dave Allen, Matthew J. Dowden and Michael J. Fitch. And an Evening Gala Show starring Graham P. Jolley, Michael J. Fitch, Dave Allen, The Incredible Crisco, the dove magic of Oliver Tabor, Rock Magic from Chris North & Belinda and Juliana Chen. 21st October 2007 at the Corn Exchange, Ipswich. Visit for full details. 8.9.07


The Castle of Magic: The Sorcerers' Return is at Stirling Castle on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September from noon - 4pm each day. For one weekend only, the Castle will be transformed into a mecca of magical mayhem with areas such as the Realm of Enchantment, Gallery of Wonder, Gatehouse of Mystery and Wizard’s Way. Around 15 magicians from all over the world are set to astound with magic shows throughout the day, and a late addition to the line-up will be the yet-to-be-appointed magician's apprentice! Nick Finnigan, Events and Filming Manager at Historic Scotland said: "After a successful first year, the Castle of Magic returns, and this year promises to be bigger than ever with prolific magicians from all over the world descending on Stirling Castle to surprise and delight visitors. This year, however, we are on the search for some brand new talent to add to our line-up. The quest for Ali Bongo’s apprentice is on, so get those wands at the ready!" Stirling Castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town off the M9. Admission is £8.50 for adults, £6.50 concessions and £4.25 for children. Artistes and Entertainers booked to appear include Ali Bongo, Patrick Page, Scott Wells, Kramus Nexifius, Kristine, Dr Anthony Darkstone, Shirley Ray, Kevin McMahon, Professor Hilarius Kautz, Alissa Aladino, Maggi Clownin, David Lees, Mick Magic, Alex Proctor, Alex the Magician, Michael McMillan, Smudges the Face Painter, Doris Kautz and Helmut Kautz. Photo © Historic Scotland 2007. 8.9.07


Ian Keable is appearing in his one man show Conjuring Up Comedy (+VAT*) at The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, on Friday 28th September. See What’s On for details. For Ian Rowland's review in MagicWeek, Click Here (*Very Amusing Tricks) 8.9.07 is the world's largest magic ebook publisher and retailer, with more than 500 ebooks across all categories. You'll find old and rare items like Artanis Bottom Deal or a complete digital file of The Sphinx, all-time favourites by Vernon and Slydini, modern classics by Roberto Giobbi or hot new items by Daniel Garcia, Bob Cassidy and more. Benefit from the permanent storage feature where all your ebook purchases stay accessible and downloadable forever. Visit today!. 8.9.07


Winchester Magical Society's Evening of Magic. Tickets are now available for the Winchester Magical Society's Evening of Magic on Friday October 12th at the Winchester Rugby Club. This event combines close-up magic at tables, a stage show and a dinner, all for just £15.00. This year the show features guest stage performer, Roy Davenport. Roy is also lecturing for the Society on the previous night (Thursday 11th) and guests are welcome for a £5 entrance fee. Further information and tickets for both events are available from Bob Yelland: 8.9.07


Steve Faulkner, Peter Wardell and Adam Keisner have just returned from performances at the Lisboa Magica Street World Magic Festival in Lisbon, alongside Lennart Green, Bob Sheets, Armando Lucero, Helder Guimaraes Don Lagaf, Javier Benitez and Dr Marrax. The festival, organised by Portugal's Luis de Matos, was a great success. Steve ended up in hospital one day with severe food poisoning, but managed to perform his straight jacket escape that evening non the less! Adam Keisner is the subject of a two page story about a 'London Magician' in TimeOut this week. 8.9.07


Stephen Barry is seen here with Kym Marsh at last week's TV Choice Awards at the Dorchester where he dazzled guests including Ant and Dec and Phil and Fern with his close-up magic. 8.9.07


Merlins of Wakefield's latest September/October 16 page Preview catalogue is now available, and it's free! If you are not already on their mailing list simply email your name and address to, and they'll be happy to send you a copy. Also, don't forget to visit their new website, which has just been completed: There are still a few teething problems, but it is up and running with pictures, video clips and new items. You can also see them in person at the British Ring convention in Southport. 8.9.07


Amazing Norvil & Josephine in Circus Showdown. The Amazing Norvil & Josephine, aka magician Christopher Howell (USA/UK) and dancer Desireé Kongerød (Norway/UK), will present their comedy stage magic variety act as part of the Hackney Empire's upcoming Circus Showdown at 8pm on Thursday September 27th. The finest circus cabaret acts today will be strutting their stuff before a live audience voting. Amazing Norvil & Josephine's world class act features their inimitable blend of stage illusions, singing and acrobatics, all set during the magical era of the Belle Epoch. For tickets and complete details visit: Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ (Map). Box office 020 8985 2424. 8.9.07


Safire can be seen in the upcoming Chuckle Brother's Aladdin The Magical Adventure tour in November and December. The production features a cast of 12 in which Stuart plays the Genie and Jayne the Slave of the Ring. The duo will also perform their illusion act and also a new Eastern themed UV puppet act with their Magic Light Puppet Company. See What's On for venues and dates. 8.9.07


JezO’s Magic and Laughter Show, a new children’s show, is about to begin touring the UK. "Featuring the rising star of comedy magic, JezO (Jeremy Bond), the show will appeal to children aged from 4–10 and importantly to their parents and grandparents. JezO’s great comedy skills, together with a thorough grounding and understanding of magic and illusion, put the emphasis very firmly on entertainment. His performance is high energy and he presents original magic as well as some great classics, all in his unique style, all with great comic twists. There is much audience involvement and participation. JezO has a special talent for developing an instant rapport with children and adults. The inevitable result is that everyone who sees his show wants to see it again… and again." See What's On for dates. For further information visit 8.9.07


The Big Brother wrap party wouldn't been the same without the stars' favourite magician Darryl Rose, who performed his close-up magic under the scrutiny of the housemates and crew last Monday. The Channel 4 bigwigs were hugely impressed with his entertaining magic; here's Darryl with winner Big Brother winner Brian. 8.9.07


Mark Shortland lectures at The Chester Guild of Magicians on Monday 10th September. Venue: The Home Guard Club, Canal Street, Chester, 8pm start, visiting magicians welcome, door charge £5. Contact Steve Cooil 01244 881462 or email 8.9.07


Faust's Great Magic Show – For Sale. Tricks, Illusions, Stage Equipment, Stage Clothes, Costumes, Wardrobe Trunks and Memorabilia. Including the original famous illusions of Arnold De Biere, David Devant, Amac, The Great Lyle, Murray, Chris Charlton, Cingalee and Ali Bey with sole performing rights. Plus tricks and illusions built by Granville Taylor and John Martin. Email Granville Taylor for details and a price list and visit and for more information. 8.9.07


South Downs Magicians 25th Anniversary. South Downs Magicians held a special evening of celebration to mark their 25th anniversary on Wednesday September 5th. Founder members and former presidents were welcomed back to the club for a special party hosted by club president Alan Newland; celebrations included a magic cake decorated with wands, cards, coins and a set of cups and balls! Members Paul Bromley and Stan Reynolds gave short cabaret performances ahead of special guest Terry Herbert. South Downs Magicians was formed in 1982 after a meeting between Tony Hoare and Shaun O'Donoghue. Photo: South Downs Magicians president Alan Newland (centre) cuts a special cake flanked by founder members Tony Hoare (left) and Shaun O'Donoghue (right) 8.9.07


Hot seat: John van der Put. "Gone are the days of children’s parties, conjuring rabbits from hats and sawing pretty girls in half. According to UK contemporary magician, John van der Put, the art of magic is going through something of a revival. Becky Lucas caught up with the sharp-suited showman, currently wowing crowds around Mall of the Emirates, to find out why card tricks are cool." To read the full article in TimeOut Dubai Click Here. 8.9.07


Stan Marshall Cornwall's Tallest Magician passed away suddenly on Monday 3rd September. His funeral takes place on Friday 14th September at 2pm at Penmount Crematorium, near Truro, Cornwall. No black, no flowers. Donations to Cornwall Air Ambulance. Paul Scott. 8.9.07


Close-up magician and magic inventor Mark Elsdon lectures at the Cardiff Magical Society on Monday September 10th at The Cardiff Yacht Club, Cardiff Bay from 8pm. Members free, non-members £10.00. All welcome. For further information email Stuart Watkins 8.9.07


Top Secret Magic have just added an autograph section to their shop website featuring signed photos from David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Lance Burton and many more: 8.9.07


Custom printed Tarot Cards and ESP decks. Ian Broadmore can supply small quantities (100 deck minimum order) of custom printed Tarot and ESP decks featuring an exclusive design that can be printed on the back with your name/logo, or even your own design. For more information email Ian Broadmore 8.9.07


A Magical, Musical, Variety Show in Dorset. Starring Jamie Adams, Jon Brett and Janna, 'Tommy Cooper Remembered' with Clive Greenaway, Roy McKenzie plus music and dancers on Saturday September 22nd. Doors open at 7.15pm, show starts at 8pm at The Verwood Hub, Brock Way, Verwood, Dorset BH31 6WW (Map). Tickets are £8.50 each, telephone 01202 828740 email 8.9.07


Magicians - out on DVD next Monday! Click Here to order via • "Music and comedy to dazzle Coro audience" Click Here • An extra show at has been added to Magic Sam's Dead Good Night Out! (see last week's news) at 7pm, with the original show now taking place at 9.30pm • "Teenage magician conjures up extra pay" Click Here • Gifts and give-aways for magicians: • "Talented dad to perform in Vegas" Click Here • "Teen magician blowing minds in the south suburbs" (includes video) Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 8.9.07