Number 382 - 20th October 2007


Award winning acts added to the International Magic Convention line-up. Jade, winner of the US IBM Gold Medal, FISM award-winning manipulator Mahka Tendo, and Dana Daniels, voted Comedy Magician of the Year by The Magic Castle, will all appear on the Gala Show which now has something for everyone with mentalism from FISM Prize winner Juan Ordeix, silent comedy from Russia's Voronin, internationally acclaimed speciality from Svetlena, drama and artistry from Just Alan, illusions from the UK's James Long, theatricality of the highest order from Francis Menotti, and MagicWeek's favourite emcee, the brilliant Noel Britten. The show is repeated on the Saturday and Sunday nights and tickets are available separately for family and friends who don't attend the convention. If you're ordering tickets for the whole Convention then you decide which night you wish to see the Gala Show, allowing one evening for dinner with friends, bookings(!), or an early start home. International Magic Convention, London, November 23rd-25th 20.10.07


Real-life Hogwarts reunites for one-off London show. The Demon Magic Club presents A Night of Magic at the Albany Theatre in Deptford, London, on Thursday 15th November at 7.30pm. Every year the Demon Magic Club staged a Christmas magic show for the public, The London Society of Magicians, and The Magic Circle. The last of these shows took place exactly ten years ago, in 1997. The club consisted of young magicians who met every Saturday in the magic studio behind the oldest family-run magic shop in the world, Davenport's Magic in Charing Cross. Members would show each other their latest effects, exchange ideas and develop new routines, going on to follow their dreams working professionally in cabaret, theatre, onboard cruise ships, as magic consultants and even presenters on Saturday morning television. Some went on to win top national and international awards. 'A Night of Magic' will celebrate what the club offered, and showcase the talents of its ex-members ten years on. It should be a great evening. Tickets: £12.50 adults / £8.50 children/OAPs (family ticket £40 - 2 adults and 2 children). Box Office: 020 8692 4446. Albany Theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG (Map). 20.10.07


Imagine the most amazing, most mysterious, most masterful magicians in history coming back to life and putting on the a magic show to end all magic shows — just for you... Hocus Pocus - A Tale of Magnificent Magicians and Their Amazing Feats is reviewed by MagicWeek this week, Click Here. Watch the YouTube promo Click Here, visit the publisher's website Click Here. Meet Paul Kieve the author for a book signing in Harrods at 2pm on Monday, October 22nd. Order from Click Here. 20.10.07


Benjamin Earl - Past Midnight. "Alakazam are proud to release a debut DVD set by one of the best underground card magicians in the world: Benjamin Earl. For years, Ben has been one of Europe's top professional performers and innovative creators. Like many of these quiet achievers, he has previously avoided magicians, conventions and all attempts to get him to share his original material. Until now... We can't tell you how we managed it, but you'll be very pleased that we did! This new DVD set comprises three volumes of startling, original material that will surely find its way into the repertoires of hobbyists and professionals alike." Visit for more information and to watch the trailers. Past Midnight is due for release early December. Pre-order your set now for only £49.99 Special Bonus: If you are lucky enough to be one of the first 100 to pre-order Past Midnight you will receive a very special bonus effect. This effect is one of Ben's favourite routines and has never appeared in print before! 20.10.07


David Penn performed for over 3,000 guests last weekend at the Liberata conference at the Telford International Arena for the second year in a row, sharing the stage with Olympic gold medalist, Sir Matthew Pinsent. At the finale of David’s 45 minute illusion show he made a helicopter appear - and Bob Gogel, Liberata’s Group CEO, stepped out! 20.10.07


Countdown with guest Paul Zenon. Des O'Connor and Carol Vorderman host the show in which contestants race against the clock whilst juggling with vowels, consonants and numbers. Daily at 3.25pm from Monday 29th October - Friday 2nd November on Channel 4. TV Magic. 20.10.07


Scott Pepper will be staging his theatre illusion show 'Rev-illusion' at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne on October 27th. The show is a mixture of amazing magic, hilarious comedy and breath-taking illusions. Rev-illusion features the original illusions and comedy magic of Scott pepper and also special guest artist, Oliver Tabor, performing his award winning dove magic. Rev-illusion is suitable for the whole family. The show starts at 8pm, Tickets are £12.00, £10.00 for concessions, and a family ticket (2 adults 2 children) is £36.00. Box Office: 01323 412000. 20.10.07


Paul Daniels opens magic shop. "Paul Daniels stepped into town to officially open his son's magic shop and told the crowd: 'You'll like it!' The veteran magician and his wife, Debbie McGee, delighted customers as they launched the Paul Daniels Magic Party Shop, on Mesnes Street. The TV twosome chatted with crowds, keeping them entertained with endless stories and showbiz anecdotes..." To read the full story by Kristina Santus in Wigan Today Click Here. 20.10.07


Jumbo Magic Auction - Manchester Circle of Magicians, at 6.30pm on Tuesday October 30th at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester (Map). Doors open 5.30pm, viewing from 6pm. Auctioneers: Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Hundreds of items available including: a Head Chopper, Sword Through Neck, Dagger Chest, Three Axe Suspension illusion, a Zig Zag Lady, plus DVDs, books and much more... Door charge: Members: free, Non-Members: £3.00. Further details from Derek Lever Phone/Fax: 01253 810113 email: 20.10.07


Big Blind Media have just released George McBride The DVD: "George McBride is notorious among his fellow magicians as a card man of devastating caliber! Get ready to learn the moves and routines that have earned him that notoriety along with the respect of some of the biggest names in magic!" Visit 20.10.07


Will Houstoun Lecture Tour. Back from taking Span by storm at the House of Illusion, Will Houstoun is delighted to announce a new lecture tour, which will begin in March 2008. Will's lecture, which he debuted at the International Magic Convention last year, features cards, coins and his finger trick that generated these comments: "Your bending finger trick made me cringe... in a good way. Superb!!!" Wayne Dobson and "Will Houstoun, watching coins fritter with sophistication around that man's fingers made the endorphins in my eyes crackle!!!" Max Somerset. To book Will for your club contact Kerry Scorah on 07876 332933 email 20.10.07


Quick Change - book deal. For a limited time only Quick Change is available at the reduced price of €40.00 Euro (normal retail €55.00) when purchased together with a Colour Change Waistcoat or Snow Leopard Vest from The Colour Change Waistcoat is available in red, white and blue stripes in all sizes for immediate delivery. Other designs including the Union Jack, Stars and Stripes, Italian, German and custom designs are made to order. Snow Leopard Vest is available in L and XL only with just a few ready for delivery, and once they are gone no more will be produced. 20.10.07


Scottish Conjurers' Association Auction. The Scottish Conjurers' Association are delighted to announce that they are holding their inaugural Mega Magic Auction in Glasgow on Sunday the 4th of November 2007 in the Walton Suite of the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. This is an ideal opportunity to pick up magic books, videos, props, and tricks at bargain prices. Doors open at 12 noon for sellers to register lots, and for buyers to view. The auction then starts at 1pm, with doors closing at 6pm. The £3.00 admission fee includes tea and coffee. For more information contact Club Secretary Brendan Kirk on 013552 38746 or email 20.10.07


Stuart and Jayne Loughland AKA Safire appear on the brand new Chuckle Brother's DVD Spooky Goings On Live. They perform character parts, present two illusion spots and also feature their Magic Light Puppet Company, as well as operating Heidi, the little girl puppet character who appears throughout the show. Also available on DVD ‘Pirates of the River Rother’ also featuring Safire. To order from Click Here. 20.10.07


Reel Magic Quarterly number 2 has just been released. Mike Danata emails: "We now have a very limited number of subscriptions available. If you subscribe right now you will get issue one and issue two together, with another two to come (next one will be in January). These four issues on DVD will complete year one, all for an amazing £20.00 post free! This edition features interviews with Jason Alexander (aka George from 'Seinfeld') and Kevin James talks to Tim Trono about life on a reality show and how Simon Cowell contributed to him getting him ousted. Visit for full contents listing and to order (see under 'News') 20.10.07


Ouija Card. New from Black Artefacts an ideal 'impromptu' effect that you can easily carry with you at all times - and one that leaves your details on a 'membership card' with the spectator! Ouija Card comes with its own mini Ouija board, that reveals which card the spectator just wrote on. Featuring a set of 'International Paranormal Research Society' membership cards, that are specially printed with your details. A great effect that is simple to perform and sure-fire every time. Visit for a full description and to order. 20.10.07


Congratulations to Alex Michael, winner of the Nottingham Guild of Magicians Close-up Competition for a third year running. Six acts competed for the title last Thursday. Alex's act included a colour changing deck routine, cups and balls and a trick that he devised involving the production of a 14" cucumber! 20.10.07


The Academy of Magic offer high quality digital audio showreels, voice overs, introductions and more produced to your specific requirements. They also offer a voice-over package that contains a selection of popular introductions, playoffs, short name tags, and effects in a variety of styles and moods all at one great price... customised for you! Email for a demo, or visit 20.10.07


"Members of the Associated Conjurers of East Sussex were enthralled by the magic and comedy of international illusionist Alex Lodge at their annual dinner in September. Top marks go to this young man who entertained the entire audience (including the unexpected children of our hosts!) at Halland Forge nr Lewes. Delightful company, fantastic magic and a beautiful dove routine too ... a truly magical experience. The members were also given the opportunity to meet President Martin Lewis's alta-ego Prof. Adolf von Mindabenda with a terrific comedic mentalism routine. The members at ACES always know to expect the unexpected with Martin. Roll on next year! Annual prizes handed out included the Tony Richards Memorial Trophy to first time winner John Holden (aka Pierre). Thank you to all concerned in organising this event especially Mani, David and Martin." Nicky Moon. 20.10.07


Ian Keable is performing his one man show, Conjuring Up Comedy, at The Mission Theatre in Bath on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th October. Contact the Bath Festivals Box Office, telephone 01225 463 362, for tickets. Ann Pownall (stage name Fluke) recently took some shots to promote the show. For excellent show/promotional photos visit 20.10.07


Coventry Magic Circle are now taking applications for new members. The Society meet fortnightly in Nuneaton CV11 5LR and have an exciting year ahead with lectures, dealer dems and an annual theatre show. Lectures booked so far for 2008 include the following top flight performers: Marc Oberon, Aaron Fisher, Joshua Jay, Paul Gordon, Bernard Anderson (aka BJ Powers), Peter Scarlett, Keith Bennett, Mark Shortland and Jack Delvin. And Dealer Dems from Mark Leveridge, Peter Scarlett and Made to Measure Magic. For details of membership and an application form email or telephone 07970 262 579. 20.10.07


"Daniels: I love Boro (quite a lot)" Click Here • "FBI raids Copperfield warehouse" Click Here • "Johor Buzz: Master of magic tricks has everything on the craft in his shop" Click Here • "The Great Omani" Click Here • Last Sunday's 3rd Commercial Close Up Forum is reviewed by David Hawkins this week, Click Here • "And for my next trick..." Click Here • That's it! Many thanks for your contributions, news and reviews always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 20.10.07