Number 394 - 12th January 2008


Showzam, Blackpool - Probably the World's Greatest Magic Show. Jeff McBride, Greg Frewin, Victor Voitko, Junge Junge, Sabrina Fackelli & Gennady Kil, Keylan Leyser & Charlotte Marie, John Archer, The Great Nardini & Company, and Noel Britten star in "Probably the World's Greatest Magic Show" which is being exclusively produced for Showzam, Blackpool's new annual festival of Circus, Magic and New Variety. The show is produced in partnership with the M&M Agency, organisers of the Blackpool Convention. Friday 8th February at 7.30pm, Saturday 9th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and Sunday 10th at 7.30pm. Venue: Opera House, Winter Gardens, 97 Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 1HL. Tickets: £15.00 (£10.00 concessions) from or call 0844 856 1111. Visit for more information. 12.1.08


Showzam, Blackpool - Magical Mela at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach on Saturday 16th February from 12 noon. Shahid Malik headlines a unique new event as part of Showzam, Blackpool's new annual festival of Circus, Magic and New Variety. Shahid will escape from a straight jacket whilst suspended upside-down from a crane on a burning rope! In the afternoon from 1pm there's close-up magic in the Horseshoe Showbar from Darius, Barat Patel, Peter Mehtab and Rajan followed by a stage show at 3pm hosted by Ali Bongo. Free entrance. The World Junior Magicians Championships takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 19th February. See some of the world's most talented young magicians as they battle it out in 6 different categories. Tickets £10.00 adults, £5.00 children/concessions. For full details of all events visit: "The Magical Mela" Click Here. Showzam - Stunt Town. Escapologist Danny Hunt plans not one, but three death-defying street stunts. Locked inside a wooden case, Danny will be torn apart by two powerful vehicles unless he escapes within just three nail-biting minutes. A claustrophobic flight case escape will push Danny’s contortionist skills to the limit and a three minute clock will tick down as the escapologist tries to free his head from a Perspex tank of water, with his hands in chains! At 10am on Thursday January 29th outside the Sea Life Centre, Blackpool. For details of various workshops running from February 9th - 15th see What's On. 12.1.08


Magic Moments Day 2008, the National Day of Magic, is fast-approaching! On Saturday 2nd February magicians are staging events to raise money for charitable causes. As part of Magic Moments 08, Richard Leigh will present a whole day of magic at The Arthur Cotterell Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames, which is the home of his chosen charity ‘Momentum’. 2pm: Mr Tiz goes to the Circus, (children's show 4+) Tickets £10.00 (Adults) £7.00 (children). 4pm & 6pm: The Magic Cavern (Family show 6+) If you haven't seen this production yet, take this opportunity to see this show. It's a great themed magic show with close-up and stage magic. Tickets £10.00 (Adults) £7.00 (children). 8.45pm: Momentum Magic Gala Show (Adults only) An evening of magic, illusion, comedy and variety. Featuring original magic acts, comedy novelty acts, singers and juggling! Tickets are £25 each. Full details and booking information: More events will be announced shortly. If you'd like to take part visit 12.1.08


South Downs Magicians. A half-page feature article on the South Downs Magicians was published in the January 4th edition of the West Sussex County Times newspaper. The story, under the headline "Local magicians conjure up interest in club", was a follow-up to a short news item published in the paper last year to coincide with the club's 25th anniversary party. The feature focused on Tony Hoare from Horsham who was one of the founders of the South Downs Magicians and who still performs as "Tony the Magician" and included three photographs of Tony - with four aces in hand, performing cups and balls and sawing his wife Rita in half. 12.1.08


IllusionCraft had a number of their products featured on the recent Keith Barry: the Escape Live TV show (see the new 'Videos' section on their website: and IllusionCraft's Adam Topham tells us that he'll be releasing 'Flash Money' at the Blackpool convention next month. "magicians all over the world are emailing us, telling me it is their best effect and that it is getting phenomenal reactions!". Visit the IllusionCraft stand at the convention. 12.1.08


Wayne Dobson lectures at the Medway Magical Society on April 22nd at 8pm. Visiting magicians welcome, entrance: £10.00 12.1.08


UK Magician Andrew Green is currently expanding his 'Inspired Events' company portfolio of artistes and attractions, for what is already looking to be a very busy 2008. Any magicians interested in being included should send their details and publicity material to Inspired Events Ltd, PO Box 1170, Preston, Lancashire PR2 0GE. 12.1.08


Twins wizard Christmas! The Twins had no time to rest over Christmas having taken part in a Spanish Christmas Television show featuring their Helicopter production together with magical consultant work on over 20 pantomimes and musicals. Shows that The Twins have been involved with this year include Irving Berlin's White Christmas in Edinburgh and Cardiff which runs until 14th January, Santa Claus - The Musical in Birmingham, and The Wizard of OZ in Southampton which runs until 19th January, as well as Pantomimes in Bradford, Exeter, Frome and Northampton! “The audience went away wondering how the Witch melted. Superb!” The Stage. 12.1.08


Laughter & Magic Lounge! Starring the visual comedy magic of Diamond Dave, the mind reading magic of JP Quirky, compere Dave Twentyman and comedian Tim Ewins. Plus close-up magic. Friday 1st February at 7pm at the Jaguar Sports and Social Club, 97 Chorley Way, Radford, Coventry CV6 3LL (Map). Tickets £5 (with champagne reception). Box Office: 07805 114658 (complete this magic name when booking "Harry H------" to be entered into a VIP Competition prize for four). 12.1.08


George McBride The Classics. BigBlindMedia's latest DVD George McBride The Classics is featured under Magic DVDs this week. 12.1.08


Two for the price of one! Mark Worgan is seen here with Bargain Hunt's David Barby. Mark was on a cruise at the end of 2007 performing his comedy cabaret and new sit-down close-up magic show and David Barby was lecturing on the same ship. 12.1.08


Ben Earl lecture in Kent. Hot on the heels of his best-selling "Past Midnight" DVD set, Ben Earl can be seen performing in person when he lectures for The Downtown Magic Club, in Ashford, Kent at 8pm on Monday 21st January. The lecture will feature Ben's original blend of commercial, gambling and psychological card magic. Members £5.00, visiting magicians £10.00. Doors open at 7.30pm. Email Chris Harding for details or visit for more information. 12.1.08


Alex Lodge's ‘Tricks of the Trade’ lecture is now taking bookings. "I can promise and action packed lecture with something for everyone at every level. I also sell lecture notes afterwards with text and pictures making them easy to follow." Telephone 01256 326839 or visit 12.1.08


Paul Gordon is giving a number of lectures over the next three months, see What's On for details or visit 12.1.08


Electric Empire presents ‘Magic Night: Mind Magic’ at Soho Revue Bar on Friday 8th February. Magic Night returns on 8th February 2008 with, ‘Mind Magic’. "It's a more than magical night with a distinct 'Extra Sensory Perceptive’ twist. From the close-up magicians to the stage magicians, we will be bending your brain, reading your mind and predicting your movements. With incredible magic acts and the best cutting edge comedy in town, Magic Night at the Soho Revue Bar continues to be one of the best contemporary cabaret nights on the circuit." Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets £10 (concessions £7) from or call Ticket Web on 08700 600 100. Soho Revue Bar, 11 Walkers Court, Soho, W1 12.1.08


Congratulations to James Piper, winner of the Cardiff Magical Society's Close-up Competition last week. This was James's second time in the competition, and the second time he's been awarded first place! The standard was very high with Arnold Paul coming second. 12.1.08


Looking for a lecturer for your magic club? Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page. Nic Picot's lecture (photo) concentrates on close-up magic and also covers publicity, choosing the right tricks, handling volunteers, approaching your audience, and the “business” of show business. 12.1.08


The Order of The Magic are holding a Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 22nd January at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF (Map) commencing at 7.30pm prompt, with viewing from 6.30pm. Many lots have already been submitted - contact Ian Ball MMC Entertainments Officer on 01457 835990 or email Full details: Door charge £3.00. 12.1.08


Stop press note for members of The Magic Circle: Shawn Farquhar lectures at The Magic Circle this Monday, January 14th, in a change to the published event. Members only. 12.1.08


"Whatever happened to The Amazing Kreskin?" Click Here • "Hypnotist emphasizes the power of the mind. James Wood grad travels the world as cruise-ship entertainer" Click Here • "John Lenahan: Up Close" Click Here • "Foretold the front page! Terence tells all" Click Here • "What has sawing a lady in half to do with global warming?" Click Here • Ian Keable: Conjuring Up Comedy can be seen in Goole, Yorkshire, on Saturday 19th January. See What's On for details • Good news: French charmer Etienne Pradier has been reinstated as a Member of The Inner Magic Circle (with Gold Star) • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan.12.1.08