Number 381 - 13th October 2007


Andi Gladwin and Rob James's Session Convention returns in January 2008 with a fantastic line-up of established artistes and new talent, including Chad Long (photo), Tom Stone and Matthew J. Dowden who will all be performing and lecturing at what is now the UK's only dedicated close-up magic convention. If you have a passion for close-up sleight-of-hand magic featuring cards and coins then this is the one event you can't afford to miss! More performers and lecturers will be announced shortly. 26th and 27th January 2008. Registration is now open: 13.10.07


Marisa Carnesky Magic War. Carnesky Productions in association with Soho Theatre presents Marisa Carnesky in Magic War from October 30th - November 10th. Highly acclaimed and ever inventive show-woman Marisa Carnesky presents Magic War, a new late-night show for Halloween at Soho Theatre. "A secret society is in session and Soho’s late-night revelers are invited to witness the bizarre ritual. The burlesquing of violent battles initiates them into a dark and deceptive new world order in Marisa Carnesky’s strange and spectacular realm of nightmarish tricks. Combining thrilling illusions and gory humour, Magic War brings to life the golden age of magic shows whilst holding a cracked mirror up to the audience's most sacred beliefs and survival strategies. Marisa uses magic to manipulate audiences to the point that they question not only her stunning visual tricks but their own complicity in a contemporary culture of violence. They are dared to risk their extremities in guillotines, to be sawn in two, and to do deals to save their loved ones." Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE. October 30th - November 10th at 10pm, + 2nd and 9th at 11.30pm. Box office: 0870 429 6883 13.10.07


The Magic Circle Annual Awards Banquet 2007. A glittering night of magic... dinner, dancing, close-up magic, cabaret magic and Britain's top magic awards, will be held on Saturday, 17th November, at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1 (6.15pm for 7pm). The cabaret stars Richard McDougall, Martyn James & Co, and from the USA, David & Dania. Special guests Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee. Round tables for ten are available and tickets are £60 each from David Ball MIMC, 40 Sandy Lodge Way, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 2AS. Telephone 01923 822589 email: Cheques payable to "The Magic Circle". Numbers are limited, so reserve your tickets now for this special event. Note: You do not need to be a member of The Magic Circle to enjoy this always excellent evening. 13.10.07


Matthew J. Dowden (photo), Graham P. Jolley, Juliana Chen, Chris Power, The Incredible Crisco, Oliver Tabor, Michael J. Fitch, Chris North, Magic Dave Allen and Peter Holloway. Lectures, Close-up, Gala Show, and magic dealers: Alakazam, Camtryx, The Card Collection, Big Blind Media, The Magicians Cave, The Magic Attic, Barrie's Magic, Zane and World Magic Shop... next Sunday, October 21st at the Ipswich Magical Society Convention. It's a great line-up, don't miss it: 13.10.07


The Magic Business - An insider's guide to corporate magic by Michael Bailey has been brought firmly up to date with this new DVD ROM release, which includes not just the original book in its 340 page entirety, but additional material on video as well. MagicWeek reviews The Magic Business this week, Click Here. 13.10.07


Graham P. Jolley, Britain's busiest comedy mentalist (just back from Monte Carlo where he entertained Shirley Bassey and a host of stars) has been booked for the 75th Annual Dinner and Cabaret of the Vaudeville Golfer's Society at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London W2, on Sunday November 4th, together with Royal Command comedian Andy Leach, The Kaned, and Joe Goodman. "With noted guest speakers Jerry Thomas and George Sanders the evening will continue the 75 year-old tradition of being the funniest and best value evening in town." For more information and tickets visit or telephone Ray Donn on 01634 672064. 13.10.07


The Academy of Magic is now advertising on MagicWeek: "We're currently sourcing more great effects and all that's best in magic and hope to continue to expand our great selection. Join our mailing list and check back often to keep up to date with the latest products as we add them to our catalogue. Remember to ask us for a free demo of our custom voiceovers and digital audio department, in addition to our great magic items, DVDs, tricks, books and effects, covering all aspects of the art of magic." Visit today! 13.10.07


Chris Cox - London date. Mick Perrin for Just For Laughs Live in association with Mike Leigh Associates presents Chris Cox - Everything Happens For A Reason at The Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB on Saturday, 1st December at 9.30pm. Box office: 0870 060 1742 "Everything Happens For A Reason is a comedy-fuelled, interactive, theatrical experience that showcases cutting-edge magic, multimedia technology and innovative showmanship, without a wand, fez, saw or crystal ball in sight. During the show Chris ‘The Magician’ Cox from BBC Radio 1 will delve into the minds of his audience through subliminal messaging and subtle suggestion, and will lead them to develop a finale that he will have already predicted prior to the start of the show." 13.10.07


Misers Delight Pro. A J B Magic Exclusive. Mark Mason writes: "We think this is one of the hottest effects in years. When I saw this effect we signed up a deal immediately to be the UK exclusive distributor. You have to see these bags to believe both the effect and quality of them. Perfect for stand up, children's shows or cabaret. Using a red D’Lite you pluck a bright red lite from thin air. The light appears and vanishes at will. Finally toss the light into the bag. The light shows through the semi transparent frosted bag, then visually drops down inside the bag (this looks amazing). When the bag is full any time you wish you blow in the bag and all the lights instantly vanish." D’Lite users everywhere will absolutely love this. See the video at J B Magic. Limited numbers - don't miss out! 13.10.07


20 Questions With… Andy Nyman. Actor Andy Nyman – who stars in Moonlight & Magnolias, Ron Hutchinson’s play about the making of Gone With the Wind - discusses David O Selznick, Derren Brown and the differences between magic and mentalism. To read the full article from What's on Stage Click Here. 13.10.07


Max Somerset lectures at the Kent Magicians Guild at 8pm on Tuesday 30th October at the club's headquarters: CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map) Visiting guests: £10.00. 13.10.07


International Magical Entertainer and British Champion of Close-Up Magic, Chris Priest, will be presenting his all-new lecture at the Coventry Magic Circle on Tuesday 16th October at the Bentley Road Sports & Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5LR (Map). Lecture starts at 8pm. Visiting magicians welcome (entrance £5) Call Alan Cooper 07970 262579 for details. 13.10.07


Ticket sales for the Annual Bolsover Fireworks display have rocketed through the roof as nearly half of the 5,000 have already been sold. With just under a month to go until the big bang, organisers Bolsover District Council promise that the ‘Pirates from the Caribbean’ themed spectacular hosted and compeered by Safire Illusionist’s Stuart Loughland will provide a night of top music, fun, entertainment and explosions! Saturday 27th October - the castle gates open at 5pm in readiness for the Fireworks Display. Admission to the event is strictly by advance ticket only (£4.95 each, with under 5’s £1.50) telephone 01246 242349. 13.10.07


Chav Magic. 'Chav' from Channel 4's popular Freaky Magic is out of jail and will be performing live on stage at the Ipswich Magical Society Convention on Sunday October 21st... you have been warned! 13.10.07


Congratulations to Daniel Brookes, winner of last week's Southend Sorcerers Close-up Competition. At just 17 Daniel was the youngest entrant in the senior competition, and presented card and coin magic with his own original twists. Adrian Fox was placed second and Ryan Shloem won the junior competition. 13.10.07


Iain Moran lectures for the Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday 18th October. Non members are welcome (£5 charge) the lecture will start at 8pm and doors open at 7pm. Venue: Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9EH (Map) Contact Dan Hudson, Programme Secretary, for more information telephone 0118 9310981. 13.10.07


Derby Magic Circle Annual Table Top Sale & Auction. The Annual Derby Magic Circle Table Top Sale & Auction this year will be held on Tuesday Evening 20th November at Breadsall Memorial Hall, Derby. Doors open at 5.30 pm, Auction starts at 8.00pm. Refreshments available. o book a table at £10.00 each and for further details contact secretary Andy Sloper: 01332 758918 as soon as possible. Visitors only £1.00 pay on the door. 13.10.07


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