Number 384 - 3rd November 2007


One Night Only - Special Equity Show in Blackpool. The National Theatre of Variety (Blackpool's Grand Theatre) will, on Friday 30th November, become the stage for Variety Parade, a stunning spectacle that combines the nostalgia of traditional variety performance with exciting and sparkling acts from the world of new variety. This performance will raise money for the Equity Benevolent Fund. Starring anarchic magician Pete Firman (photo), singing starlet Paloma Faith, award-winning clowns Sonny and Rainbow, king of inflatables Bob Wooding, and Pearly Queen dancing girls the Whoopee Beaux Belles, along with other artistes yet to be announced, with compère Nicholas Parsons. Tickets £10 (Equity members £8). Box Office 01253 290190. 3.11.07


Jay Fortune’s Magick and Mayhem show is a mix of the surreal, the political, and everyday matters of life and death! Jay says "the show brings together all of the elements which entertain and influence me outside magic. Combining themes of horror with comedy, it creates a strange ambience to weave the magic into." Magick and Mayhem is a card act and something which Jay hopes to grow as the show evolves. "At the moment we’re doing the show on a basic level of visual elements. In the future we aim to bring in a projector, video camera and screen to not only focus on the magic but create images which strengthen the various plots, whether comical, political or macabre." Magick and Mayhem is currently showing every Friday up until 7th December at 10.45pm at the Jermyn Street Theatre, Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST (Map). Adults only. Tickets £14.00 / £12.00 concessions (Groups 10+ £10.00). To book call the Box Office on 0207 287 2875. 3.11.07


Christmas Magic Show. The Coventry Magic Circle have organised a Christmas Magic Show featuring the amazing illusions of James Long, the comedy magic of John Archer (photo), Mark Shortland and Martin Cox together with the sophisticated magic of Tim Shoesmith and elegant manipulation from Alex Lodge. With close-up magic in the foyer from Kerry Scorah and Alan Cooper. The show will be raising funds for the Nuneaton & North Warickshire Equestrian Centre Riding School for the Disabled and the Mary Ann Evans Hospice. Tuesday 27th November at 7.30pm at The Abbey Theatre, Pool Bank Street, Nuneaton CV11 5DB (Map). Tickets £6 adult, £4 children, family ticket (2 +2) £17. To book call Jeanette on 024 7659 5277 or email 3.11.07


Chris Hare's Birthday Detector is now being advertised on MagicWeek. "Birthday Detector does exactly as its name suggests - it detects people's birthdays! It is a very powerful effect which is very easy to learn and can be performed effortlessly." Birthday Detector can be carried in a jacket pocket and be performed anywhere at anytime. For more information, and to watch a video, visit 3.11.07


Pyrofreak 2.0 "If you work with flash paper or flash string, then this is a must!" From "Pyrofreak is a revolutionary electronic device to light flash paper and flash string. Show your hands empty and produce flashes of fire! Produce fire from different objects! Use your mental powers and light a piece of paper! Transform a piece of paper into a chosen card! Only limited by your imagination!" For more information and to watch a video clip visit: Note: This product is intended for professionals to use at their own risk. 3.11.07


Nick Einhorn and Andrew Murray entertained at a high-profile fund-raising dinner for the Teenage Cancer Trust earlier this week at Lords Cricket Ground. Sir John Major, the guest of honour, was amongst the audience of 200 - all kept spellbound by Inner Magic Circle member's Nick and Andrew. The event raised over £100,000. 3.11.07


The Colombinis lecture at the Bath Circle of Magicians. The Bath Circle of Magicians present a double-bill lecture by Aldo Colombini and Rachel Colombini at 8.15pm on Thursday 22nd November at the Bath Circle of Magicians, St Mary's Church Hall, Saltford. Aldo Colombini is renowned for his charm and highly commercial approach to classic magic. His magic has won awards all over the place from FISM to the Magic Castle and Academy of Magical Arts, where he is the only magician to have been nominated in all six categories: Comedy, Stage, Close-up, Parlor, Bar magician and Lecturer! Rachel Colombini is an equally accomplished corporate performer specialising in both stage and close-up magic who, among other things, recently established a magic shop in Manchester specialising in high-quality hand-crafted effects. She has lectured at various conventions and magic societies and joins Aldo as part of a double bill to showcase their best material. Admission is available on the door at just £5 for members of the Bath Circle of Magicians and the Bristol Society of Magic or £10 for visiting magicians. For further information contact Oli Foster, Hon. Sec. Bath Circle of Magicians, 0117 934 0061 / 07817 726 785 3.11.07


Magic down under. An invitation to magicians visiting magicians to Sydney, Australia. Digiquick Magic are hosting a monthly Magic Cafe in the centre of Sydney at the Gallery Cafe, 74 Devonshire Street, Surrey Hills, NSW 2010. This will be an informal get-together for local and visiting magicians. The Cafe is owned by Mark and Pearl Williams a renowned acrobatic act. Mark is now combining his juggling and balance skills with magic, so expect a few surprises! Visit for full details. 3.11.07


Hocus Pocus is currently 'Children’s Book Of The Month' in Borders book shops across the country. It has also been listed as one of the top three children's books of the year by Bloomsbury. Almost all of the first print run has already been distributed and they’re looking at a second printing just two weeks after publication; all you first edition collectors take note! Available online from Click Here. 3.11.07


Deceptive Practices are proud to present a lecture by rising magic star Benjamin Earl. The lecture will include Ben's very strong commercial gambling routines, 'Thought of' card effects, some thoughts on misdirection and a workshop section on 'moves'. There will be material for all skill levels. Ben's Past Midnight DVD set will shortly be released by Alakazam, so here is an opportunity to see Ben work live first. Sunday 11th November at 5pm. The cost is £10 and the venue is House of Magic UK, Brook Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 3XB (Map). For more information contact Alan or Dylan: 3.11.07


Mel Harvey in Dick Whittington. Mel will be playing the part of "Idle Jack" with plenty of opportunities to include his brand of comedy and magic in Dick Whittington at The Bedworth Civic Hall in December. Mel's comment on after signing the contract was "at last, four weeks on dry land!" The Panto is being directed by Freddie "Parrot Face" Davies and runs from December 12th - 29th. For details and to book visit 3.11.07


North West Dealers Day. The Order of the Magi (Manchester) is presenting the North West Dealers Day for the 5th time on Saturday 10th November from 10am to 4pm at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF (Map). Member of the Year Alan ‘Snaggers’ Russell (see photo) will be presenting a hands-on Balloon Workshop at lunch time and later in the afternoon there will be a close-up competition with an outright prize of £150. It is intended to have this projected on the large screen as last year. Ample parking, raffle, bar and snacks. Entrance is just £5.00. More information: or contact PRO Geoffrey Newton 0161 969 8222. 3.11.07


The November issue of magicseen is out now and as usual it is full interesting articles and features. Canada's Jay Sankey is on the cover and David Acer interviews him inside. Boris Wild is also featured in a full interview. Mark Leveridge emails "Closer to home we chew the cud with Mark Townsend and Paul Pleasants. The new issue also has plenty of great feature articles including So You Want To Market Your Own Ideas which is a potted guide to selling your magic creations, The Golden Age Of Magic (when do you think that was?) and 'The Clinic' in which top pro Andrew Normansell solves your magical dilemmas. All this plus reviews, news and plenty of other articles too numerous and too exciting to list here means it's another issue not to be missed." You can subscribe or buy an instant download now from 3.11.07


Headless Lady on Paul O'Grady Show. Paul O’Grady in seen here in his 'Gomez Adams' outfit showing the Headless Lady on the Paul O’Grady Halloween Special Show on Channel 4 on October 31st. The Headless Lady is one of Jon Marshall’s ( restorations of an original 1950s show, first presented by the late Jon Gresham. "Paul O’Grady was a delight to work with and the production and technical crew were brilliant, especially under the pressure of a live show," said Jon, "I think the audience thought it was a wax work but there was an audible gasp from the audience when she moved." The Paul O’Grady show has featured sideshow performers and unusual attractions previously, mainly the result of contacts with Dr Vanessa Toulmin of the National Fairground Archive. Paul O‘Grady’s reaction: "I love this sort of thing, I remember going to a fair in Ireland as a kid with my Dad and I had to stick pins in a 'sleeping princess' to try and wake her up, later we saw her coming out of the pub and she looked a right bruiser."  3.11.07


Mark Leveridge Magic is pleased to announce the integration of a new shopping basket ordering system onto their website. A key advantage of this is that all purchases of E-Routines, Master E-Routines and E-Books will now be automated as customers will receive an instant link which they can use straight away to download their selections. Mark Leveridge is also now offering a range of 20 video routines called TricKlips. Each routine has been extracted from his range of professionally produced DVDs and includes performance and full explanation footage supplied as a Windows Media Player file. Customers can select any combination of clips and their choices will be burned on to a disc and sent to them by mail, post free. More routines are lined up to be added to the list in the near future. Visit for more information. 3.11.07


Magician Damien O'Brien was seen at the 2007 Kickers Urban Music Awards in London last week presenting the award for best music website as well as performing for music stars on the red carpet. Damien's new TV show 'Mind & Magic' was shown throughout the night. It will be screened on Invincible TV in coming weeks. For more information visit 3.11.07


Gary James is Sam the Scam! On Friday, November 9th, Gary James can be seen on BBC1 Scotland at 10.35pm in the latest episode of the new BBC series Dear Green Place (from the team that created "Chewing the Fat" and "Still Game"). In this episode, Gary is in character as Sam the Scam and performs his table magic for Gabriele Quigley and Paul Riley - with hilarious consequences. 3.11.07


Harvey Berg is lecturing at the AWS on Tuesday November 6th. "Harvey is from the USA and is one of the world's greatest mentalists, he must be seen to be believed. Harvey had to cancel his Great Britain Tour, but fortunately he made an exception for The Associated Wizards of the South and The Magic Circle. So you only have two opportunities to see his fantastic lecture and purchase his products direct." The cost for magicians that are not members is £5. For more details contact  Phil Wedgbrow: 07739 407147. 3.11.07


The Demon Magic Club presents A Night of Magic at the Albany Theatre in Deptford, London, on Thursday 15th November at 7.30pm. Starring: Roy Davenport, British Magical Champion and winner of a FISM World Championship of Magic award in manipulation, the comedy magic of Steve Majes, Lee Hathaway and Bill Davenport, juggler Phil Blackmore, the music and dove magic of Oliver Tabor, host Paul Henriand and close-up magicians James Pritchard, Kane Silva and Oliver Meech. The show will be performed to remember Jermaine Hakim and Nick Hughbrect, two talented young magicians who both unfortunately died at an early age. Albany Theatre, Deptford, London. Thursday 15th November at 7.30pm. For details see What's On. 3.11.07


Scottish Conjurers' Association Mega Magic Auction - this Sunday! At the Walton Suite of the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. 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 3.11.07


Comedy, Magic & Mayhem - next Saturday! Mist and El Loco are putting on a show 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). 3.11.07


CSI: New York - Sleight Out of Hand "After a string of magic-trick inspired murders occur, including a woman being cut in half while inside a wooden box and a man being burned to death, Mac and Stella try to tie popular illusionist Luke Blade to the crimes. Meanwhile, Danny goes to Montana to support Lindsay as she testifies against the man who murdered her friends." Guest star: Criss Angel, see TV Magic. 3.11.07


Tesco Brooklands Charity Fun Day in Surrey. Saturday 10th November 10am - 4pm. "Raising money for British Red Cross and Hospital Radio Wey. Come along and see Jason Steele and Joanne performing an illusion show." Or to offer your services contact Michael Cooley on 01932 747417. 3.11.07


"Magician is celebs' Dynamo" Click Here • 'Halloween Magic at Great Easton' is reported by Diane O’Brien this week, Click Here • "Accountant is magic with VAT" Click Here • "My birthday really was magical" Click Here • "Leak Complicates Copperfield Case" Click Here • "Magic War" Click Here • "A helicopter? It takes three seconds" Click Here • See you next week, Duncan. 3.11..07