Number 380 - 6th October 2007


Guy Hollingworth will be presenting his one man show "The Expert at the Card Table" at the International Magic Convention in London on Friday 23rd November at 7.30pm. Previously only seen at a limited number of International Festivals, this is a wonderful chance to see the whole 75 minute show, performed by one of the UK's greatest card magicians. The show is framed around the book of the same title, written by SW Erdnase, and first published in 1902. Guy tells the story behind this classic textbook in this original play and demonstration of legerdemain, by delivering a captivating insight into both the world of conjuring and card cheating as described in the book, and the story of the lives and deaths that lay behind it. Aspects of the book, including false shuffling, false dealing and a myriad of other crooked gambling techniques are demonstrated, before your very eyes, with all the charm and finesse of a typical Hollingworth performance. Organisers of the Convention are thrilled to be able to offer this chance to see this magical theatrical performance, and have it as the first official event of the weekend. Highly recommended! The show will be followed by two lectures from Anthony Owen and Dynamo. (Note: The third previously scheduled lecture for the evening from Mr Daba will be moved to the Saturday). Full registration details: Also see 6.10.07


Michael Vincent presents his ground breaking lecture/workshop "The Tapestry of Deception" for The British Magical Society Goodliffe Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 23rd October 2007. Michael has presented this lecture all over Europe, the USA including The Magic Castle and Denny's Magic Shop in Baltimore. Most recently it was seen at the IBM Convention, Southport. Michael's lecture is not a dealer demonstration but a serious attempt to communicate one of the most important and dynamic elements of deceptive magic, "Audience Attention Control". If you are serious about your magic, then this is the lecture/workshop for you. Venue: The Selly Oak Ex-Servicemens' Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). Call John H Price 0121 706 5614 for details. 6.10.07


Paisley Magic Circle Convention with Mark Mason. Paisley Magic Circle is proud to host An Evening with Mark Mason (lecture and cabaret performance) on Saturday 27th October at 6pm. "Mark has been a full time professional magician for over 15 years and has performed his unique brand of magic at every type of event imaginable, from small select celebrity parties to the Las Vegas Strip. With his silky skills and fast wit he has rapidly become one of the most sought after magicians in the corporate world." Mark Mason's JB Magic Dealer Room will be open after the lecture. Venue: Normandy Hotel, Inchinnan Road, Renfrew, PA4 9EJ (Map). Tickets: £10 for Lecture only, £20 for Cabaret Dinner only, and £25 for Lecture and Cabaret Dinner. Book tickets by sending an email to Stuart Chalmers: or telephone 01436 860816 6.10.07


Portsmouth & District Magic Circle Jumbo Day. Sunday 28th October, doors open at 9am. Featuring a huge sellers hall, an auction at 1.30pm, a lecture by Wayne Dobson at 3pm, close-up sessions, video sessions, and a gala show starring Mark Shortland, Michael Pierce, James Smith (Reflections), Graham Lee, Shadowlands and Wayne Dobson. Venue: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). £15 on the door or £13 fast track. 6.10.07


3rd Commercial Close Up Forum. This is the last call for those who wish to join Mark Leveridge, Shaun McCree and Peter Wardell for the 3rd Commercial Close Up Forum on Sunday 14th October at the Ramada Hotel in Peterborough. Each of the presenters will perform, lecture and take part in the Forum. The whole day will provide small group tuition for all attendees, ensuring that everyone receives maximum value for money. Many aspects of working close-up commercially will be covered including mix and mingle techniques, tableside work and corporate events. The venue is easy to find on the outskirts of Peterborough which is well served by major roads from the Midlands, the East and South. There is free onsite car parking, and hot and cold food will be available for purchase from the bar in the hotel. It's all set to be a relaxing and informative day! For more information and to register online visit 6.10.07 are now advertising with MagicWeek. Matt Leatherbarrow had his first effect published in 2005 by JB Magic. While this was an incredible experience, and Mark Mason was very helpful in developing the effect (Spot It), Matt decided to give himself complete creative freedom by producing his own range of magic effects, and was born. Matt writes: "I don’t have a regular venue or stage; I might need to perform at any given moment. That’s why my magic has to be as handy as my set of keys and make sense in any environment. In short, [in.magic] is about magic that is fashionable." Visit today! 6.10.07


IBM Close-up Winner Steve Dela has announced that he will be lecturing in the early/mid part of 2008 throughout the UK. The lecture will be aimed at working magicians and hobbyists who want to brush up on their performing skills. Containing much of Steve's working material (cards, mentalism etc) there will also be a strong focus on performing environments, table hopping approaches and related aspects of performance. Parties interested in booking Steve should contact Lee Hathaway on 07837 328739 or email 6.10.07


Ian Keable is appearing in his one man show Conjuring Up Comedy in Bath on Wednesday and Thursday 24th and 25th October - see What’s On for details. For Ian Rowland's review in MagicWeek, Click Here. 6.10.07


Mist and El Loco are putting on a show together on Saturday 10th November at the Carlton Theatre in Teignmouth, Devon in support of The Helen Foundation, a local charity. The show Comedy, Magic & Mayhem! stars El Loco The Dentist, International Illusionists Mist and the stand up comedy of Simon Sands. Tickets are now on sale from the box office on 01626 778991 (£9.50 for adults and £5.50 for children). Early booking is advised as many tickets have already been sold! 6.10.07


The Cardiff Magical Society have just announced the following additions to their day of magic on the 11th of November 2007. Mandy Davis of the Young Magicians Club will be running a Young Magicians Workshop (ages 10-17) with Paul Daniels and Stephen Tucker will be joining the dealers. In the evening gala Max Somerset will also be performing with Sorcerers Apprentice winner Tomos Power. Tickets are still available for the day and the gala show seating has been extended making another 60 seats available. For tickets telephone T Ricks on 0845 6300219 or visit: 6.10.07


Leamington & Warwick Magic Society Annual Dinner. Just 20 tickets remain for the Leamington & Warwick Magic Society Annual Dinner on Friday 9th November. "Enjoy a wonderful 4 course meal and watch the amazing illusions of Andrew Green (photo), the superb comedy magic of Tony Rix and compere Steve Evans." The venue is Honiley Court Hotel, Honiley, Nr Warwick CV8 1NP (Map). Tel: 0870 609 6142. Rooms are available, call the Hotel direct for details. The ticket prices for the dinner and show are £32 each and available from the President, Mick McCreath on 07747 052 878. 6.10.07


Magic For Everyone - Chris Wardle. For the fourth year running Chris Wardle AIMC has been placed in 'The Magician' magazine's 'Trick Contribution of the Year' competition. He achieved third place in 2004, won in 2005 and 2006, and it has just been announced that he came second this year. All of his prize-winning tricks, together with 60 other effects can be found in his book 'Magic For Everyone' which includes mentalism, children's magic, close-up and cabaret material. The book has a foreword by Geoffrey Durham and is available from Practical Magic, telephone 01691 690789, price £18. 6.10.07


Miracle Chip - the best bet in magic! From JB Magic’s brand new 'Elite' line comes the Miracle Chip (featuring Wayne Dobson’s 'Unique Prediction'). "With this single piece of apparatus you will look like a sleight of hand master. Perform vanishes, transformations, penetrations, find selected signed cards and achieve incredible mentalist effect. Along with the special chip comes an instructional DVD with 9 knockout effects. Each routine is fully performed and taught using the Miracle Chip. Made from genuine high grade poker chips, each deluxe set comes with 1 Miracle Chip, 1 Matching Chip, 1 Half Dollar, 1 Custom Printed Screen and the DVD featuring all 9 effects." Available from and 6.10.07


Steve Gore and his not so glamorous assistant Debbie Magoo (played by Stevie B) are top of the bill in next week's "The Skipton Factor" charity show in Yorkshire. The act was the first magic act in the Northern Magic Circle's 48 year history to win four awards (1st prize, comedy, originality and the V P trophy) in the same year in their stage competition in 2004. "The Skipton Factor" takes place on Friday 12th October at the Town Hall, High Street, Skipton from 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 each and can be reserved by calling 01756 792879 or 07754 671340. On Saturday, 13th October, Steve is performing alongside Roy Davenport and Clive Moore at the Modern Mystic League's dinner in Blackburn. 6.10.07


Rodney James Piper's House of Illusion in Spain had Will Houston performing during the summer and sponsored Will to represent them in the Spanish National Magical Championships in Barcelona. After battling red tape and paperwork Will performed fantastically and got a massive ovation, walking away with third prize in 'Micro Magic' making all of the House of Illusion team proud. House of Illusion has some very exciting news coming soon... keep an eye on MagicWeek! 6.10.07


Swedish Comedy Magician Carl-Einar Häckner brings his show to the intimate Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London, on December 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th and 12th. John Lenahan: Up Close also plays the Etcetera, throughout October, November and December. See the theatre's website for actual dates. 6.10.07


America's Bruce Kalver lectures for the Northamptonshire Magicians Club on October 23rd. Non members welcomed (entrance £8.00) - contact Malcolm Chase 01604 232639 (daytime only) or President Roy Gilbert on 01604 411413 in advance. 6.10.07


West Lothian Magic Circle welcome members and visitors to help them blow out the candles on the cake at their 10 Year Anniversary Lecture featuring Charlie the Magician presenting 'Primary Magic' on 25th October, at 7.30pm at the East Calder & District Homing Society, Oakbank Road, East Calder, West Lothian EH53 0EL (Map). Non members welcome, tickets £10.00 (includes complimentary drink, nibbles, and, of course, a slice of cake). 6.10.07


The AWS Presidents Night. Tuesday 16th October 2007. Phil Wedgbrow emails: "The club has organised a great evening's food and entertainment. The cabaret act is Mark Worgan (photo) and close-up magic will be provided by club members. The food is a two course buffet. There is a bar as well as tea and coffee. Tickets are £13.00 per head for what has always been a very enjoyable evening's entertainment. I brought a table of lay people last year and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. So make sure you let your friends and family know as they will undoubtedly have a very entertaining and different time. The evening starts at 7.30 for 8pm and will finish around 11pm. Please either contact Alan Judd 023 80578069 or our treasurer Geoff Gould 023 80844677 to book your tickets and for more information. You can pay for the tickets on the night although we need them booked in advance to inform the caterer of numbers attending." 6.10.07


The date for the Associated Wizards of the South Magic Convention has now been confirmed as April 6th 2008. Details when we have them. 6.10.07


Magician Barry criticised over latest stunt. "Celebrity magician Keith Barry is in hot water over his latest stunt. The Waterford magician has plans to perform a stunt on an ITV show in which he will appear to hang himself in front of a live studio audience. He is to hang up six nooses, one of them a dud, and the audience will chose which one he's to use to hang himself with..." To read the full story in RTE Entertainment Click Here. 6.10.07


Harvey Berg lecture. Tony Griffith will be hosting an exclusive lecture in Bristol, by New York magician/mindreader Harvey Berg on Friday 16th November at 7.45pm. The lecture will take place at Tony's home at 33 Davids Road, Whitchurch, Bristol. Admission is £10 and booking is essential as seating is limited to 12. Email: Harvey Berg's new book test Ne Plus Ultra has received outstanding reviews. 6.10.07


"Hip-hop Houdini" Click Here • "Heartthrob Darren Romeo conjures and croons at Bally's" Click Here • Van Buren’s Abracadabra - Magic Around The World is reviewed by Stan Twigg this week Click Here • Paul Gordon lectures in Limerick on Monday October 8th, and London on Friday October 12th - see What's On for details. Latest special offers: • Mike Danata emails regarding slight delays dispatching recent orders, Click Here for details • That's it for another week, your UK news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 6.10.07