Number 397 - 2nd February 2008


Magic Moments 08 - Update. With the sudden sad news of Jeremy Beadle's death on Thursday, the organisers of the main show at the Harlow Playhouse for Magic Moments 08, in which Jeremy Beadle was to appear, announced that the show was to be cancelled. Many other events are taking place as planned today though, visit for the latest news. Although known as a practical joker to millions of British television viewers, Jeremy Beadle had a real passion for magic and could be seen enjoying the dealers hall every year at the Blackpool Convention just like everyone else. In the 80's his Beadle's Box of Tricks show featured a major magic illusion each week. I never did work out how he made that train carriage disappear mid-tunnel. "Jeremy Beadle. Britain's top television prankster, he turned the practical joke into a public event" Click Here. 2.2.08


Geoffrey Durham Professional Secrets: A Life in Magic, is reviewed in MagicWeek today Click Here. To pre-order directly from Geoffrey Durham's website (at a special price) visit the 'Magicians Only' section today! 19.1.08


Derren Brown: The System is being repeated at 9pm on Tuesday 5th February on E4. In this one-hour special, the master of mind control anonymously tells a single mum from London which horse will win at the next day's races - again and again - culminating in a final, massive bet. Investigating the psychology behind gambling and using his unique combination of skills to create guaranteed wins, Derren proves his system works every time. Not only that, but he explains it fully to us at home. But how fool-proof is this system and will his participant, believing in him and his predictions, risk all on one more race? Another excellent outing from the Brown stable. How about the stock market next time Derren - now that would be fun (and maybe you could sort out PartyGaming's shares). "Brown wants Allen for TV show" Click Here. "A Racing Certainty" Click Here. "Derren Brown: The System" Click Here. 2.2.08


Steve Short presents his talk on David Nixon at the Merlin Magical Society in Hertfordshire at 8pm on Thursday February 7th. The evening will include video and photos in a Power Point presentation. Visiting magicians welcome, entrance £5.00. 2.2.08


Mimefreak - now this guy is entertaining! A perfect parody starring Brandon Muller as The Mimefreak Click Here. Also visit 2.2.08


Amethyst, Daniel Hunt and Annette Claire, are back in Blackpool this week following last weeks successful 'Death Tank' escape, to perform 'Torn Apart' (performed with kind permission from Arthur Coghlan). This time Daniel will be locked and chained inside a secured aluminum box, and will then have just moments to escape, before a vehicle tears the box, and Danny, apart! The escape will take place at the Olympia, Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Thursday 7th February at 11am. For more information visit To watch the Death Tank escape on video "It's always a good day when you're still alive!" Click Here. 2.2.08


The Session. "One of the most unusual things about this weekend was the sheer number of star names and professional performers who were simply attending the convention. With the registrants so talented, the booked performers had better be good! Guess what? They were. Whilst I didn’t see every event or performer, here is a brief rundown of who I did see and what I thought..." Mark Elsdon reviews The Session this week, Click Here. 2.2.08


Card Capers is a new Day of Card Magic being organised and presented by Paul Gordon. If you like card magic and want to see Paul Gordon teach everything (well, nearly everything) he knows about card magic, including tricks, sleights, presentation points, tips and much more, visit to register your interest. Card Capers will be a 'no-holds-barred' day of Card Magic. 2.2.08


One Night in Vegas, currently on tour across the UK, features Zara Mason as one of illusionist Daniel Dean's assistants. Zara was recently seen on television alongside Justin Lee Collins as "Panache" Justin Illusion's magical assistant in the "Battle of the Magicians" episode of Convention Crasher! Justin gave it his all as ever and Zara's professionalism helped steady his nerve. One Night in Vegas can be seen tonight at The Roses Theatre, Sun Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 5NX (Map) and throughout the year across the country. Visit for full tour dates. 2.2.08


Max Somerset Lecture - New Venue. Max's lecture on Wednesday March 12th for the York Society of Magicians has been moved to a new larger venue due high demand for tickets. Visit for details. 2.2.08


The Order of the Magi Annual Dinner and Cabaret is on 22nd March this year (Easter Saturday), at their Headquarters, The Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester. The cabaret stars Amethyst (photo), manipulator Brian Sefton and Bruce Thompson's one man band. Tickets are now available from President Nick Barnes on 01260 280185 for £27.50 each for the four course meal. The Magi dinner has become increasingly popular over the past few years with numbers of up to 150 attending. 2.2.08


Mind reader Rob Lupine to perform at Harborugh FM’s 1st Birthday. To celebrate their 1st Birthday, Market Harborough based community radio station Harborough FM are hosting a big listener party on Friday, February 8th from 8pm, and are inviting listeners to join them at the Copperfield Hotel in Market Harborough for a great night of entertainment which will include performances by local singer Robin Maughan, and award winning magician Rob Lupine. There's no admission charge, but you'll need to register for tickets in advance: 2.2.08


James Brown lectures at the Northamptonshire Magicians Club on Tuesday 5th February at 7.45pm. "A Lecture of modern magic and killer impromptu, out of the pocket off-the-cuff effects". Non-members welcome (£8.00 charge). The NMC meet at The Quality Hotel, Ashley Way, Northampton NN3 3EA (Map). For more information contact Hon. Secretary Steve Dimmer on 01604 409010 . 2.2.08


John Archer lectures at The Sussex Magic Circle at 8pm on Thursday 7th February at Southover Grange, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1TP (Map). Tickets are £5.00 for visiting magicians, contact Stuart Harley: 2.2.08


Benjamin Earl lectures at The Leicester Magic Circle on Monday 4th February. The lecture starts at 7.45pm and guests are welcome (£5.00 charge). For further information telephone Barry Martin, Secretary, on 01509 843066 2.2.08


Deafblind UK. Jonathan Lucia-Wright from Deafblind UK emails: As you know the Blackpool Magic Convention is nearly upon us and this year it will be attended for the first time by a deafblind gentleman (both deaf and blind), who will be there with his guides, researching magic that can be solely appreciated by touch alone. So if there are any magicians out there who feel they cannot learn any more, and fancy a stab at a challenge (please no more sponge balls!) please get in contact with me, JJ, at This trip has been supported by Uri Geller, Derren Brown, Beard Juggling, Kaymar Magic and the IBM Blackpool. 2.2.08


Coinvexed. are now taking pre-orders for David Penn's Coinvexed which is being launched at the Blackpool Convention. "David Penn has the best solution for a signed, bending coin routine I have ever seen! This is sure to become a regular performance piece for many professional magicians." Nicholas Einhorn. 2.2.08


The Real Hustle Does Vegas. The team of hustlers are back, but this time they are in Las Vegas. With R Paul Wilson, Jessica-Jane Clement and Alex Conran - 8.30pm on Monday 11th February on BBC 3 (+ repeats), see TV Magic. 2.2.08


Aaron Fisher lecture - Ipswich Magical Society. Aaron Fisher lectures for the Ipswich Magical Society on Monday February 2nd at the Holiday Inn, Ipswich. Guests are welcome, but they should contact the secretary first: 2.2.08


Last Wednesday Stephen Barry performed magic at the Big Brother Celebrity Hijack wrap party. Stephen is seen here with host Dermot O Leary who now leaves the series after 7 years. 2.2.08


Doug Segal has just returned from Holland where he worked with Philips on the Global relaunch of their consumer electrical division performing four shows a day for 1,000 people from every continent. A Philips spokeswoman said: "Everybody really enjoyed your performance, I am so happy that we chose you!" Doug's next two public shows are at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth on February 19th (contact venue for tickets) and at the New Hall Theatre, Tiverton  EX16 6QP (Map) on 14th March 14th at 8pm - tickets £10.00, call 01884 255999. Doug will also be performing on October 16th as one of headliners at the Annual Quartz Visual Arts Festival in Taunton. 2.2.08


South Downs Magicians present a free dealer dem by Top Secret Magic on Wednesday, February 6th at 8pm at the club headquarters near Crawley in West Sussex. All visiting magicians welcome. Further details from 2.2.08


Steve Taylor lecture. 7.30pm on 15th February, Steve's latest lecture, straight from The Magic Castle, "motivating your magic to make you more money." Venue: Davenports Magic Studio, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ. Tickets £10.00 from Bob Pamplin 020 8504 0979. 2.2.08


Mark Elsdon travels to Scandinavia this week to deliver his lecture, ‘Tricks You Might Actually Do’. Here are the dates: February 7th Horsens, Denmark (Lecture), February 8th Copenhagen, Denmark (Lecture), February 9th Halmstad, Sweden (Workshop), February 10th Halmstad, Sweden (Lecture), February 11th Norrköping, Sweden (Lecture). Mark is currently organizing 5 one-day seminars on his ‘Rubik Remembered’ routine, where he will be teaching his full, exclusive method for solving Rubik’s Cube whilst blindfolded. If you would like to be placed on the mailing list for these limited-availability events email Mark at: 2.2.08


Tabula Mentis III: Psychology, Suggestion, and Mentalism. Psycrets: The British Society of Mystery Entertainers is proud to host Tabula Mentis III: Psychology, Suggestion, and Mentalism. Lectures, effects, and discussions, plus special sessions with Paul Brook and Enrique Enriquez. 12th April 2008, 7 Mallow Street, London from 10am. Visit for more details. Limited to 50 participants - book early! £20.00 for Psycrets members, £30.00 for non-members. Lunch and light refreshments provided. 2.2.08


Bolton Magicians Club are holding a 'New Members' night at 8.30pm on Wednesday, 6th February. This is at the usual venue, The Doffcoker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton. Potential new members and visitors are welcome to visit the club. There's no pressure to perform, but you're welcome to if you'd like to. The club has a number of first class lectures lined up for the year ahead. Visit for details. 2.2.08


An evening with Dave Chambers MMC. "Hilarious comedy evening intertwined with fun magic. Laughter will be heard during the whole show, you cannot help it!" 7.30pm to 9pm, Friday 11th April Phoenix Theatre, 22 Station Road, Bawtry, Doncaster DN10 6PT (Map). Bar and refreshments. Tickets £6.00, to book telephone 01302 537720 or 07740404948. 2.2.08


A Comedy Cabaret Magic Competition is being held in Doncaster on Friday March 14th, with a First Prize of £250. Acts can be up to 10 minutes in length and the competition (with musical interludes) will be held in the concert hall of Hallcross Upper School, Thorne Road, Doncaster. It is being produced by the Friends of Doncaster Grand Theatre and the Northern School of Magic, Doncaster, as part of the ongoing endeavour to re-open the Grand Theatre in the centre of Doncaster. To enter contact M Rennison, 3 Whitton Close, Bessacarr, Doncaster. Telephone: 01302 535546 Registration is £10.00 per act and several regional magicians have already entered. 2.2.08


"It's a kind of magic!" Click Here • "Talented teenager more than an illusion" Click Here • Ed Hall and Kristian Digby are in Southport to conjure up a splendid, but spooky, new home for a magician and his family in To Buy or Not to Buy - see TV Magic • Granville Taylor (Faust the Magician) has just launched three new magic DVDs, for details visit • "Being Funny" Click Here • "The Great Buck Howard’: A Sundance Review" Click Here • That's all for this week, your UK magic news is always welcome. See you next week, Duncan. 2.2.08