Number 377 - 15th September 2007


Scott Wells from Houston, Texas, lectures at the Aberdeen Magical Society on Tuesday, September 18th. Scott has been at the forefront of magic for many years. Recognised by his peers for his expertise, Scott received the coveted "Magician of the Year – 2002" award at the annual banquet of the Society of American Magicians in Houston. He is also Banachek's business partner, so expect some real goodies, notes and DVDs! To attend, contact Norn Bichan at the AMS beforehand. For more information visit 15.9.07


Magic & Laughter Show - Nottingham. The Nottingham Guild of Magicians are once again staging a Magic & Laughter Show at the Bonington Theatre, Arnold Leisure Centre, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 7EE (Map), on Sunday 23rd September. Freddie Wilkinson emails "This time we are delighted to have with us probably the world's greatest ventriloquist Ray Allen (with Lord Charles!), International Illusionists Amethyst, The Crazy Stunts of Kevin Burke & Company, Graham Harper, Clive Moore and Jeanie and, provisionally booked, Scott Penrose. Show time 7.30pm - 10pm, doors open at 7pm and tickets are £12.50 each. Amethyst (Danny Hunt and Annette), Kevin Burke and Scott Penrose (contract permitting) will also be lecturing during the afternoon from 2pm - 5.30pm. Tickets for this are £5.00 each." Tickets for both events are available from Freddie Wilkinson on 0115 9614551 15.9.07


Illusions Magic Bar, Bristol, opening weekend. Mark Bennett emails: "I would like to thank all that came to the opening weekend - it was of great success. We had guest performances from James Brown, and Dave Jones was in town, so he jumped in too. This was a welcome break for Matt Colman, my head magician, as he'd performed for over 4 hours non-stop! I do hope everyone that does come to town can pop in for a chat, or even have a go behind our purpose built magic bar." Illusions Magic Bar, 2 Byron Place, South Triangle, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1JT (Map) Telephone: 0117 909 3405. 15.9.07


10 days of freebies, no catches! Chris Dugdale emails: "Phil and I have a MagicWeek offer for all of your readers... 10 days of freebies - no catches! This is a genuine thank you to all MagicWeek readers for the response to our course which has been phenomenal. They'll get 10 days of emailed full-value articles, including 2 full pieces from the course: Click Here. Close Up Success Course DVD reviews: The Classic Force with Phil Jay, The Invisible Pass with Chris Dugdale, and Sleights Click Here. 15.9.07


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Dave Forrest, a full time professional magician and inventor of magic effects, will be lecturing at the Davenports Magic studio in London on Saturday, 22nd September at 1pm. Dave is acknowledged as an innovative magical thinker and recently enjoyed success with his DVD twin set Trickery. "Dave Forrest has established himself as one of the most creative minds in magic today." Sean Fields. Tickets £10, from Davenports Magic, or 020 7836 0408. 15.9.07


South Downs Magicians present a lecture on presentation by John Derris, Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, at 8pm on Wednesday, October 3rd at the club headquarters 'The Ark' Community Centre, Mount Lane, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 4RA (Map). £5 for non-members. John was head of an international advertising agency for 30 years and now specialises in close-up and corporate entertainment. His lecture's entitled, "KISS" (Keep It Simple Stupid). More information: 15.9.07


Andy Nyman stars in the British Premier of Ron Hutchinson's play Moonlight and Magnolias. It plays at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn from September 27th - November 3rd. Tickets can be ordered via the website: 15.9.07


Scott Penrose lectures at The South Lincs Magical Society on Monday 17th September at The Magic Stage Room, Westfield House, Main Road, Thornton, Horncastle Lincolnshire LN9 5JU (Map). Visiting magicians welcome (entrance fee £5 to non-members). The Lecture will start at 7.45pm.. 15.9.07


Paul Gordon - Close-up Magic Lecture in Ireland. Paul Gordon lectures for the first time ever in Ireland at the Southcourt Hotel, Limerick, at 8pm on October 8th. Local magicians who would like to see a fun, but informative, close-up "professional card magic" lecture, should contact Vincent Finucane for details. Also visit for more information. 15.9.07


The Riser Deck - now in stock at Alakazam! "Created over a decade ago, the Riser Deck has long been one of magic’s best kept secrets. Previously shared with only a handful of fellow professionals, Mark Elsdon has finally decided to release his show-stopping effect to the general magic community. At the climax of an Ambitious Card routine, the performer offers to repeat the effect ‘one last time, under test conditions.’ The deck is replaced in the case to prevent any possible manipulation by the performer, and the signed selection is held by the spectator. Read carefully now, this is exactly what happens: the spectator himself pushes his own signed card into the cased deck, anywhere he wants – in the middle, near the bottom, wherever. The deck and card can be fully shown face-up if desired as the spectator pushes his selection flush into the deck. The case is closed and given a little shake. The case is re-opened and completely fairly the top card is removed – it is the signed selection! " Visit: 15.9.07


Andrew Green lectures at the Bolton Magicians Club on Wednesday, 19th September. His magical expertise extends from award winning close-up magic to illusion work, to trade show presentations and corporate hospitality. The lecture will start at 8.30pm at the Doffcoker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QE (Map). There will be a small charge of £5 for visiting magicians, all welcome. Further information on Bolton Magicians Club activities and lectures can be found at or for more information contact Steve Owen 07951 753447. Andrew Green's website: 15.9.07


14 year old magician in Japan. Alan Singleton from The Liverpool Magic Circle emails: "I would like to congratulate Stephen Williams one of our younger members (only 14) who to date he has won many awards including the Liverpool Magic Circle Stage competition. Now, as I write this, he is in Japan. Electronics giant Sony were looking for someone across the globe for a new TV commercial, and I am proud to say our own Stephen Williams beat strong competition and got the job! So I would like to congratulate him on behalf of all The Liverpool Magic Circle." Alan Singleton, President elect 2008. 15.9.07


Reel Magic DVD subscriptions. The Mike Danata's Magic Studio special £20.00 subscription deal for a year's supply of Reel Magic ends at the end of this month. Sign up now and Mike guarantees the very best price for year two as well. Visit and click on 'News' for details. 15.9.07


News from "Television Hypnotist Dr. Jonathan Royle is delighted and excited to announce that a top name from the world of Mind Magic and Mentalism will be presenting a 90 minute lecture as part of his October Memory Magic, Mentalism & Hypnosis Training Event: The 'mystery' guest has toured Europe for many years and enjoyed many sell-out theatre shows with his unique shows and has authored 13 works which have received rave reviews from the mentalism world. Seating is strictly limited and with only a few tickets left you are advised to book now!" 15.9.07


"A day in the life of a magician" Click Here • "A magical mystery tour, lovely assistant style" Click Here • "How do lovable losers get hot babes? It's magic" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, together with articles and reviews. See you next week, Duncan. 15.9.07