Number 383 - 27th October 2007


"A little lad, Jack Gleadow, wearing his father’s bowler hat brought the house down at this year’s Junior Day at The Magic Circle. Not only was he adept at performing his amazingly magical wonders; he was also extremely funny. So much so that he walked away with the top prize for the Best Stage Act, and also the Kaymar Komedy Kup for Best Comedy Act. Look out for Jack Gleadow, a star of the future..." Jack Delvin reviews the Young Magicians' Club J-Day this week, Click Here. For information about the Young Magicians' Club Click Here. Photo: Magic Circle President Alan Shaxon and Jack Gleadow. 27.10.07


Gary Jones at the SODS! Gary Jones is presenting a one-day ‘no frills’ lecture and workshop, limited to 25 magicians, in Dorchester, Dorset from 11am to 6pm on Sunday 25th November 2007. The day has been organised by the SODS (The Society of Dorchester Sorcerers) and costs £15 per head. The venue is The Victoria Hotel, Maud Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2NA (Map). Gary's 2-hour lecture starts at 11am. Lunch for £4.00 will be available from the hotel and the bar will be open all day. Lecture notes and effects will be on sale and the main business of the day, for magic workers, will be Gary's hands-on afternoon workshop. To attend, contact one of the magicians below and they will give you full details of the event and tell you what you need to bring with you to get the most out of the day. Bryan Cole telephone 01305 780052 or Paul Hyland telephone 01305 257593. 27.10.07


Countdown to the 25th anniversary special. Paul Zenon appears on Countdown all next week. On Thursday he'll be presenting some Halloween-themed tricks and on Friday he'll be part of the big 25th anniversary special. See TV Magic. A number of clips from Paul's Street Magic Specials, including some Halloween ones, can now be seen on YouTube, Click Here. 20.10.07


This week sees the 20th Anniversary of Marvin’s Magic which coincided with Marvin's Magic picking up the top prize at the prestigious Hamleys Supplier of the Year Awards in London. Hamleys is the largest and best known toy shop in the world. Their CEO presented Marvin Berglas, creator of Marvin’s Magic with the award and spoke highly about their unique in-store theatre and entertainment, as well as formidable sales. Marvin’s Magic were also nominated for a prestigious Dream Toy award (voted for by top retailers) for their new Freaky Body Illusions range which has been co-created with magician Kevin James, and is being supported by a high profile PR and TV campaign. 27.10.07


The Barry and Stuart Magick Show. A feature length set with weird comedy illusionists Barry and Stuart, stars of Channel's 4's Dirty Tricks and the award nominated Tricks from the Bible. Sick and twisted tricks aplenty in this funny, eerie, cool new magic show at The Hen and Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul's Road, London N1 2NA (Map). Tube: Highbury and Islington. Time and Date: Doors 8pm show 9:30pm. Friday 16th November and Saturday 17th November. Admission: £7.00 Bookings: 020 7704 2001 “Burn the sorcerous blasphemers!” The Guardian. 27.10.07


The USA, Japan, Iceland, Hungary, France, England and Scotland will all battle it out for the £1000 first prize at this year's International Close-up Competition which is held as part of the International Magic Convention every year in London. Now rated as one of the world's top close-up competitions, this year's line up of entrants features many top award-winners, so brace yourselves for a clash of the champions! 23rd to 25th November, London. Click Here to register for the convention. 27.10.07


Fay Presto lectures for the Wessex Magical Association at 8pm on Tuesday November 13th at the Bourne Valley Community Centre, Herbert Avenue, Parkstone BH12 4EE (Map). "Fay's lecture is pure entertainment that no one should miss! Table-top magic with a big difference. The scene will be set as for a restaurant with a table for six; the magic audience will surround. Thus we shall get a true reaction from real people, (not magicians) at the table. Afterwards, the six guests will leave, allowing Fay to lecture and explain the real business of course!" Visiting magicians welcome, £5.00 door charge. Enquiries to John Williams: 01202 396599. 27.10.07


Beyond Belief - Richard De Vere. "Now you see him! Former Mystique star Richard De Vere returns to Pleasure Beach to enthral audiences with his all-new family magic show ‘Beyond Belief’. The Master Illusionist has been a firm favourite at Pleasure Beach for more than a decade, and this spellbinding show will have even the most magic-savvy fans hooked. Plus kids will love cute canine superstar Schnorbitz who appears alongside Richard." Tickets from £5.00 - £10.00. Call 0870 444 5588 to book and check performance days and times. 27.10.07


Chris Hare's Birthday Detector. "I have been performing Birthday Detector for several years with great success and I had no intention of marketing it. When I first started performing Birthday Detector, I clearly remember a lady exclaiming, 'You are not doing magic. You are doing real mind reading!' Although for a moment I was slightly taken aback by her comment, I knew that I had created something very special. There are very few magicians who have seen me perform Birthday Detector regularly at close quarters. Those few who have seen me perform Birthday Detector several times exclaim that they can never work out how I know the participant’s birthday." Read more and watch the video clip at (it looks great!). 27.10.07


Great escape on a roller coaster. "The thought of being handcuffed and chained to the latest Pleasure Beach ride and trying to escape while whizzing through the park at 80kph is a frightening thought for many. But for world renowned escape artist and seven-time Guinness World Record holder David Straitjacket it's a stroll in the park, and so he proved this morning..." To read the full story by Tyrone Marshall in This is Lancashire Click Here. To watch the original stunt, carried out by David DeVal, on YouTube Click Here (this is a large file, allow time to download). Also see: Since its launch in May, the new roller-coaster Infusion has wowed visitors with its stunning water features and 5 incredible loops and rolls! 27.10.07


Will Houstoun lectures at the Bolton Magicians Club at 8.30pm on Wednesday 14th November (and not 31st October as advertised on their website). The venue is the Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QE (Map). All welcome. For further details of this event contact Steve Owen: 07951 753447. Will's profile can be found on his website, together with lecture details 27.10.07


When the world's fastest hands meet the world's fastest feet... Andrew Murray performs close-up magic for multi-Olympic and World Champion Gold Medalist sprinter Michael Johnson. Watch both Andrew and Michael in action on 'A Question of Sport' this Sunday, 28th October at 6.10pm on BBC1. 27.10.07


Magic Circle Dealers' Day - Saturday, 3rd November, from 10am - 5pm at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG (Map). Entrance to members and bona fide magicians on the door (small charge for non-members). Promotional company Monster Creations will once again be there. They specialise in working with magicians and entertainers creating websites, print, video, logos and artwork, and will have a designer, a videographer and photographer behind the stand to answer any questions. They have also booked a function room decked out as a mobile photo studio, so people can combine some magic shopping with having those long needed studio shots done, all at a very reasonable rate! More information email Ade: 27.10.07


Tommy Cooper Tribute Show. "Clive Greenaway re-enacts in the style of Tommy Cooper the awesome bottle glass, glass bottle, the incredible mind reading duck, the chaos of the Chinese linking rings and incredible card magic. A one man non-stop hilarious performance, ideal for works parties to family Christmas celebrations, guaranteed good clean, fun-filled entertainment for all concerned, with audience participation and photo opportunities - Jus like that!" December 14th and 15th. For more information and to book: Also see: 27.10.07


Max Somerset lecture. Wellingborough Magical Society are proud to announce 'A Slice of Max' presented by David Penn. This is a lecture by the Sorcerer himself, Max Somerset, on Wednesday 28th November at 7.30pm. The club meets at the British Rail Sports & Social Club, Harrowden Road, Broad Green, Wellingborough, Northants. Visiting guests £8.00 - and on 12th December at 7.30pm Aldo Colombini lectures, again visiting guests welcome, £8.00 charge 27.10.07


Paul Kieve's Hocus Pocus was officially launched at The Magic Circle last Wednesday. The evening was a great success and even included a magic show starring current Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year Romany (seen here with Paul), current Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Ben Hart, current Nice Guy of the Year Pete Wardell (I couldn't leave you out Pete) and Paul himself as compere. MagicWeek had planned to be there, but unfortunately couldn't make it at the last minute. To read a review of Hocus Pocus Click Here, or to order a copy from Click Here. 27.10.07


Paul Gordon's Corner of Picadilly is now available in a beautiful set of long antique-looking cards, designed by Christian Schenk of Germany. "Gaff-free and easy to do!" For more information and to watch a basic video demonstration visit 27.10.07


Far from being jinxed High Jinx have done it again! Hot on the heels of their Shield win at the IBM British Ring convention, the couple have just been awarded the annual George Powell Trophy for Comedy by the Leeds Magical Association. "The highlight of this talented brother and sister act from Huddersfield was the hysterically funny double straightjacket escape performed to the music of ‘Duelling Banjos’. Runner up in the competition coming second was Rex Stott from York." In the photo from left to right, Rex Stott, Anne Powell wife of the late George Powell, Colin Fox president of the LMA and High Jinx. 27.10.07


Sheffield Circle of Magicians are holding an Open Night on Thursday 1st November at 7.30pm at the Three Cranes Pub, 74 Queen Street, Sheffield S1 2DW (Map). All welcome. Their annual President’s Dinner will be held on Friday 9th October (7pm for 7.30pm) at Tapton Masonic Hall, Shaw Lane, Sheffield. Entertainment will be provided by Peter Greenwood and close-up magicians will be performing at the tables throughout the three course meal; with music from 'Scuppered'. Tickets are £20.00 each (dress: lounge suits) and all are welcome. Contact Craig Frith (Entertainment Secretary) 01142 014770 or 07816 989 946 or Dave Chambers (President) 01302 537720 07740 404 948. 27.10.07


Magician and TV Presenter Paul Metcalfe will bring his own brand of magic to the live tour of TV's popular game show Family Fortunes later this month. The brand new series of 'All-Star Family Fortunes' returns to ITV1 this autumn. October 26th - Wood Green Mall, October 27th - Ilford Mall, October 28th - Galleries Broadmead Bristol, October 29th - Romford Mall, October 31st - Sutton Coldfield Mall, November 1st - Norwich Mall, November 2nd - Barnsley Mall, November 3rd - Blackburn Mall, November 4th – Preston Mall, November 7th - Camberley Mall, November 8th - Southampton Mall, November 9th - Maidstone Mall, November 10th - Ashley Epsom Mall, November 12th - Gloucester Mall, November 16th – Walthamstow Mall, November 17th - Arndale Luton. 27.10.07


Magician wanted for Charity event in Somerset. Fran White emails: "I am looking for a magician to perform for our local Charity event in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice. I am a member of Eastern Promise Belly Dance and we are producing a show called 'Eastern Promise Present a Variety Xtravaganza'. It will be held in our small theatre called The Warehouse in Ilminster, Somerset (between Taunton and Yeovil). We are putting on a variety show and have plenty of singers and dancers and would very much like a magician. Unfortunately because profits are going to the Hospice we can not offer a fee. The show is being performed for one night only on Saturday 5th April 2008." If you would like to offer your services please email or telephone 01460 54356. 27.10.07


The Tommy Cooper Hour - 3 disc DVD set just released! 450 minutes of pure Cooper, available from Click Here • "Magician 'Levitates' In Front of White House" Click Here, video: Click Here • "Copperfield axes shows after raid" Click Here • Anthony Pearson reviews Jay Fortune's Magick and Mayhem show this week, Click Here • Phill Smith reviews Paul Brook - Open to Influence this week, Click Here • "David Nulty's up to his tricks!" Click Here • "Detroit native works magic on Vegas" Click Here • "NBC’s ‘Phenomenon’ shouldn’t make magic disappear" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 27.10.07