Number 379 - 29th September 2007


South Tyneside International Magic Convention 14th to 16th March 2008. For the fifth year running Martin Duffy and South Tyneside Council have put together a fantastic lineup of magical talent. Starring Juan Tamariz (photo - Spain), Charlie Frye & Company (USA), making their first appearances in the UK Alain Nu (USA) and Brando & Silvana (Spain), and from the UK, John Archer and Terry Herbert - with more names to be announced. To register, download the "Word Doc" registration form by: Clicking Here and for more information visit the special page on the MagicBox website: Click Here. Sponsored by MagicBox and The Customs House Theatre. 29.9.07


Now that's what I call "a Corporate!" British Illusionist Russ Stevens is seen here pointing out across the heads of an audience of over 4,000 delegates at last week's TIGI World Release 2007 event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Russ's full illusion show was flown out ten days ahead of the presentation, with Russ and illusion team in hot pursuit. Over 40 models took part in the live show that required 4 full days of rehearsal to stage. The evening climaxed with Anthony Mascolo, International Creative Director of TIGI, vanishing from an overflowing tank of water, having been shackled and forced into it seconds earlier - reappearing in the audience moments later! To watch a short clip Click Here and select the 'Evening Session' icon on the right. 29.9.07


Juan Ordeix (Argentina), top prize winner in the Mentalism category at FISM last year, will be performing and lecturing at The International Magic Convention in November. At the recent SAM Convention in Dallas he had many knowledgeable magicians completely baffled with a routine that didn't even form part of his FISM act! He will be presenting both pieces in the Gala Show at the Shaw Theatre. His lecture contains many practical, baffling effects that are easy to produce, and contains invaluable information on the presentation of mental effects to the public. If mentalism is your thing then this Convention will be unmissable, as Anthony Owen will also be presenting his lecture, that was one of the highlights of the Magic Live! Convention in Las Vegas earlier this year. Based on his articles in Magic, all the effects are direct, baffling and entertaining with simple elegant methods. Joining Juan from Argentina will be Mr Daba who, as well as being a successful performer and inventor, is also a mentor for many of the exciting new magicians emerging from South America. Juan and Mr Daba lead a number of performers who will be making their debut in the UK. This convention enjoys a very healthy reputation for introducing new talent to the UK for the first time, including many now well know names, such as David Williamson, Gary Kurtz, Lennart Green, and Raymond Crowe. Registration details: 29.9.07


An Audience with Dynamo, 2nd-6th October. "Street magician Dynamo (MTV / Channel 4) presents his debut West End stage act at the Soho Theatre. "Having performed on numerous TV shows (Richard & Judy / Jonathan Ross) and after wowing countless celebrities Dynamo returns with a unique stage act that combines magic, music and popular culture. From incredible card handling displays to stunning visual magic, Dynamo reinvents the genre for a new generation and kicks the old clichés of stage props and top hats into orbit! 'I want the show to be like a good thriller, it’s always best when you don’t know what’s going to happen next… I’m an improvisational performer by nature so anything could happen – and probably will!'" Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London, 2nd – 6th October, Doors open 10pm. In advance: £15 (£12.50 conc.) On the door: £17.50 (£15 conc.) 29.9.07


The Crypt - Martinis, Magic & Mystery "London's Premier new nightspot The Cellar Door is hosting a new Magic and Mystery Evening every Sunday featuring renowned Magician and Bizzarist Dr John. He will be entertaining customers with his unique blend of Gothic Magic and Mindreading. Proprietor Paul Kohler had been keen to get Dr John booked for his new nightspot and said 'I feel Dr John is perfect for my club as we are an intimate venue and his style of performance fits in perfectly with the image and atmosphere we have created at the Cellar Door.' Described by The Times as a mini Moulin Rouge the venue will also be featuring short readings by renowned psychic Susan Oldman, who will give customers a peek into their year ahead." Every Sunday from October 7th from 6pm onwards, Cellar Door, Zero Aldwych, London WC2E 7DN (Map). Tickets are £7 in advance and £10 on the door. To book telephone 020 7240 8848. Dr John's website: Venue: 29.9.07


Quentin Reynolds presents his one-man show The Psychic Game Show at Bar XS, 341 Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6XS on Monday 12th, 19th and 26th November at 8pm. Tickets are £6. More details and directions: Presented in game show format, Quentin and his audience will explore the psychic and the paranormal, using intuition, hunches, psychometry and telepathy. The show promises to leave audiences both laughing and amazed, and there's the chance to win prizes too! Reviewing Quentin's show in The Irish Independent, Nick Kelly wrote: "If you're the kind of person who thinks that people like Uri Geller should be beaten with a sharp spoon, Quentin Reynolds show will have you reaching for the cutlery only so that you can eat humble pie." Experience a fun and amazing evening. Licensed premises - patrons must be 18 years or older. 29.9.07 are now advertising with MagicWeek: "Welcome to our magic shop where you will find a wide range of magic tricks, jokes and pranks ranging from the latest street magic or mentalism trick to practical jokes for all ages. We also stock a range of clown accessories. Whether you are a professional magician, a beginner or a keen amateur we have magic tricks to suit your budget and offer free worldwide shipping on all orders over £5.00. If you are in a hurry or want extra insurance we have other shipping options available. All the items shown as available on our online shop are in stock and most orders (placed before 2pm GMT) will ship the same day or the next working day at the latest. We are constantly updating our online store with new products added every week. We currently stock in excess of 1260 items and have access to over 15000 lines from the world's top suppliers." Visit today!. 29.9.07


The Secret Cabaret With Simon Drake. In celebration of 25 years of Channel 4, More4 presents another chance to see some classic shows from the archive. First shown in January 1992, master illusionist Simon Drake presents gothic and modern magic specialising in everything from defying gravity to regurgitating the impossible. 10 past midnight on Saturday 6th October on More4 TV Magic. 29.9.07


Wessex Magical Association 75th Anniversary Celebration. "Join us for the mind-blowing magic of Marc Paul, the comedy magic of Mike O'Brien, the colour of the Starburst Dancers and music by Michael Brent plus banquet, close-up table magic, dancing and late bar at 7pm for 7.30pm on Friday, October 5th." Dress: lounge suits. Venue: Heathlands Hotel, Grove Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AY Telephone 01202 553336. Ticket info: Please make cheques for £25 (dinner & cabaret) payable to the WMA and send to Derek Roberts, 41 Leeson Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH7 7AZ. Telephone 01202 247370, email: You may also request a special hotel rate (while available) of £30 per room for bed and breakfast from the Heathlands Hotel for the Friday night. Quote "Wessex Magical Association Banquet" 29.9.07


Edinburgh Magic Circle would like to extend an invitation to visiting magicians to join them in an auction on Monday 1st October, featuring Stuart Pettigrew's magic props. The auction will consist mainly of children's effects and some close-up magic. Stuart was a long serving member and past President of EMC who passed away prematurely in December 2005. Doors open 7pm and the auction begins at 7.45pm and will be held at Edinburgh City Football Club, 7 Baxter Place, Edinburgh EH1 3AF (Map). 29.9.07


Andrew Van Buren's Abracadabra – Magic Around The World has added a number of evening dates to the current schedule, which is now as follows: October 5th 2.30pm, 12th 2.30pm, 13th 8pm, 19th 1pm & 4pm, 20th 8pm, 23rd 8pm, 24th 8pm, 25th 8pm, 26th 1pm & 4pm, 27th 8pm, November 2nd 2.30pm. This is the fourth time that extra shows have been added to the run due to the high number of advance bookings - good news for magic. 29.9.07


John Derris is presenting his KISS lecture in London on Wednesday 10th October for International Magic at their usual venue: Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1. Those interested in attending should contact Martin first: telephone 020 7405 7324. 7.15pm for 7.30pm, £10 per person. 29.9.07 have just released their latest DVD set 1 deck... 14 tricks... 24 hours... featuring Matthew J. Dowden. "We set Matthew a challenge - learn 14 world-class easy-to-do card tricks within 24 hours and then go out onto the streets of London and amaze an audience! At only £14.99 per volume, these DVDs represent great value for money" said producer Russ Stevens. On these discs you'll see Matthew performing 14 fantastic card tricks that require no skill and absolutely no sleight of hand. Only you'll know just how simple they are to do! Aimed at the beginner and professional, after seeing the reaction these tricks have, you'll wonder why you've never used them before. Visit 29.9.07


Steve Dela is seen here, celebrating his two Southport convention wins (first place for close-up and Rovi trophy for card skill). Pictured (L to R) Neil Henry, Ian Rowland (kneeling), Lee Warren, Romany, Gaeton Bloom, Lee Hathaway, Steve Dela, Angelo Carbone and Sergio Barras, at the Magic Cave sponsored private awards party. Steve can be seen on stage at the Soho Review Bar in 'Magic Night' on October 5th, see What's On. 29.9.07


Unearthly Magic have just released "The Stack of Dice" designed to appeal to anyone interested in mentalism and suitable for close-up, parlour or even cabaret, this multiphase routine has a finish that no one will see coming... Details and video: 29.9.07


Close-up magician Damien O'Brien has started to film his new TV show "Mind & Magic" which will be shown on Invincible TV on Sky digital. The six-part show will feature Damien performing around the UK on the streets, in nightclubs and back stage at celebrity events. "The show is looking great there's a lot of new magic what ain't ever been seen before" said Damien. Urban trickster on TV, by Kerry Ann Eustice: "Following in the mysterious footsteps of the likes of Derren Brown and David Blaine, an up-and-coming young magician has bagged his own TV slot. Damien O' Brien, from Lee Green, was spotted by chairman of the Urban Music Awards Jordan Kensington, who also runs Invincible TV. As well as being offered a job performing back stage and at the show's afterparty he's also been given a six-part TV show..." To read the full article in News Shopper Click Here. 29.9.07


The Bilston Bear Show. Crackajack Children's Theatre Productions in association with Jimmy Carlo Entertainments, present this all-new fun-time show featuring amazing magic, silly songs, crazy games, super prizes, loads of fun, laughter and audience participation. Meet all the characters from Rainbow Forest, Bilston Bear, Jimbo, Polly Pigtails, Doofus the Dog, Tic Toc the talking clock and Oscar the know-it-all bird in this fun-filled musical and magical extravaganza, ideal for children 3 to 10 years. A children's show that the whole family will enjoy - guaranteed to be a magical adventure! See What's On for dates and venues. 29.9.07


Lex and Alina (seen closing the show at last year's International Convention) have just been awarded 1st prize at the "German Preliminaries Tour" (parlour magic with music). The couple presented 13 quick-change effects featuring 10 designer outfits. Lex is the author of Quick Change – rapid costume changes for men and Alina is a dancer: Product range: 29.9.07


New Magic Club in Tunbridge Wells. Mike Bonfield is launching a new magic club called The Presto Klub and is keen to hear from local magicians who would like to join, together with lecturers' for dates in 2008. Contact Mike directly: 29.9.07


The Northern School of Magic, Doncaster. "Providing training in the art of magic. Training is available to help magicians improve their skill levels in order to become entertaining, proficient and professional. All training is given by the school's owner Dave Chambers MMC, a magician for over 30 years, and member of The Magic Circle and the Magic Castle in Hollywood. IBM member and all round professional magical entertainer. Dave who is the current president of the Sheffield Circle of Magicians can be contacted anytime on 01302 537720 or mobile 07740 404948 so if you feel it's time to take the next step forward with your magic feel free to ring Dave." 29.9.07


Ian Kendall is pleased to announce that the second year of the Virtual Sessions is about to start. The Sessions are an online magic school with downloadable tutorials on many different subjects, and the next batch carries on in the same vein. With production values that can best be described as minimal, Ian draws on twenty five years of teaching experience and over twenty years of magic to deliver unrivalled instruction and value for money. You can read about the Sessions, and read some reviews at and 29.9.07


The magic stall at Greenwich Arts and Crafts Market is looking for enthusiastic and talented young demonstrators to display a range of tricks for the general public. The job is generously commission-based and available at the weekends. With the lead up to Christmas this is an excellent time to get involved; if you are interested email Laurence at for details. 29.9.07


Freddie Wilkinson suffered minor burns during a house fire last Tuesday. He has lost most of his magic props but luckily not the ones he uses in his act. Freddie would like to thank everyone who phoned him to wish him well and would also like to thank the acts that took part in the Gala show in Nottingham on the 23rd. Freddie can't thank them himself as his computer will be out of action for a while and he's also lost some paperwork. 29.9.07


Faust Illusion Sale update. Granville Taylor emails: "All the illusions and magical equipment in rented storage has now been sold as one lot. Several illusions, including Amac's "Find the Lady", and all the rest of my big illusion show that is stored at my home, are still available. Price lists (11-pages) for tricks, illusions, stage equipment, costumes, and memorabilia for sale can be obtained by sending me an email" 29.9.07


Teacher takes up new career - as a magician. "A deputy head has turned his back on teaching after more than two decades to take up a new career as a magician. Andrew Jeffrey has put down his board marker and picked up his magic wand as he prepares for a completely new way of life." To read the full story by Andrew Chiles in The Argus Click Here. 29.9.07


"Caught live: Barry and Stuart" Click Here • Lee Alex visits Madrid's “La Cripta Magica” Click Here • Bob Hayden reviews the recent British Ring Southport Convention Click Here • "Wizard appears in court" Click HereReflections by Tony Griffith, is reviewed this week, Click Here • "Slideshow: Paul Daniels and the lovely Debbie McGee" Click Here • "Tricks of the trade" Click Here • "Paul brings a touch of magic to Civic Centre panto" Click Here • "Asian American Magicians Have the Magic Touch" Click Here • "Talking Business: Magician makes shop appear" Click Here • "The capitalism of magic" Click Here • "Mr Robinson works his magic" Click Here • "Dads, Mentalists Coming to NBC" Click Here • "Girls’ tricks leave dad pulling his hare out" Click Here • "Magic in the air" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 29.9.07