Number 402 - 8th March 2008


Southern England Magic Convention announced for 2009. An all-new magic convention will be held at Lakeside Leisure Complex (which can cater for up to 1,000), in Surrey, on January 31st 2009. The event is being promoted by GCR promotions, in cooperation with the Surrey Society of Magicians. Acts already booked include Mel Mellers, James More (YouTube) and from Singapore, Ning (Ning is interviewed in the current edition of Magicseen). Tickets will be priced at £28.00 for the day, and will include free parking and an after gala party. The showroom offers tabled seating for all. JC Sum of Singapore will also perform and lecture, and Mike Danata will also be appearing on the gala. There will be room for 30 - 40 magic dealers. Special rates have been offered at the Complex for registrants wishing to stay the night at £55.00 per single room and £77.00 per double. Next week we hope to bring you more details. 8.3.08


Harry Hill, Paul Zenon and Lee Mack plus guests are 'On The Bus!' in June, touring theatres in aid of the Wonderbus project that Paul Zenon set up a while ago. All aboard for a top-deck night of comedy featuring an all-star crew. See What's On for tour dates and visit for more information on the project. 8.3.08


Joshua Jay lectures across the UK in April and May. One of magic’s most eclectic and accomplished rising stars, has a purpose: to show people that things aren’t always as they seem. “Good magic hides the trick,” Joshua says. “Great magic reveals some sort of truth. It’s a form of self-expression. I want my magic to be meaningful. I want people to find more in it than deception. People should enjoy it, of course, but they should also feel connected to others through it and to reconsider what they think they know and the way they perceive things.” See What's On for dates. 8.3.08


The Dirty Secret Club. The new magic and comedy night from TV's hottest magic stars returns - expect grand illusions, esoteric rituals, death defying stunts and dirty, dirty secrets... revealed! Starring the eerie magic of Barry and Stuart: the 2magicians, ever-sane escapologist Jonathan Goodwin and master mouse swallower Pete Firman along with Very Special Mystery Guests. Thursday 27th March, doors 7pm, show 8pm, at The Paradise, 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London W10 4AE (Map). Admission: £7/£6. Book early to avoid disappointment. 8.3.08


Paul Daniels has a beer with the nation's favourite pub landlord, Al Murray, tonight at 10.10pm on ITV 2, with guests including Lord of the Rings and King Kong star Andy Serkis, Kelly Osbourne and Canadian rocker Bryan Adams. 8.3.08


Kent Magicians Guild 25th Anniversary Dinner. David and Ruth Berglas will be Guests of Honour at the Kent Magicians Guild 25th Anniversary Dinner on June 28th. To be held at the Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley. Terry Herbert will compere the after dinner cabaret featuring: Graham Lee, Mell Mellers and Scott Penrose. Tickets £45.00. For details: 8.3.08


Marc Paul presents his only Scottish lecture of 2008 on 12th March at 7.30pm at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). Tickets are £5.00 each for visiting magicians. Contact Club Secretary Brendan Kirk on 013552 38746, or email to book. 8.3.08 - Visit Lex Schoppi's website for details of his original range of specialist products: "My products are produced in a German factory in order to maintain standards and have a great reputation. Professionals and top performers use these effects." 8.3.08


AWS Magic Convention, Southampton. The Associated Wizards of the South are once again staging their convention (they alternate every year with the Wessex Magical Association) on Sunday 6th April at the Colbury Memorial Hall, Main Road, Colbury, Southampton SO40 7EL (Map). Featuring four lecture sessions, a balloon workshop, an excellent selection of dealers including Alakazam, Big Blind Media, The Card Collection, Magic Books by Post, Mark Worgan, Merchant of Magic, Paul Gordon, Playtime Balloons, Ron Gilbert, Wayne Dobson, and Zane's Magic Shop, plus an evening show starring Romany, Mark Worgan, Zane and current Young Magician of the Year winner Ben Hart. For full details visit: 8.3.08


Mark Leveridge presents his Pick and Mix Lecture/dem at 8pm on Wednesday April 9th at ACES Magic Society, Thomas A Beckett Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex. "Mark has a unique concept in lecturing! Normally when one books a lecturer, it is he who decides which items you are going to see. This is fine if the selection of material happens to match the interests of the club members, but clearly not so good if too many of the items fall outside those areas of interest. Now, for the first time, Mark is offering clubs the chance to see a lecture which contains effects which they choose! We have chosen from a possible list of 20 varied routines, and selected up to 8 that we would like him to perform and explain. The list of effects comprises of 20 of his E-Routines, a set of tricks which have been collected from his many books and lecture notes. Some of these have been in lectures before, but many haven't. Virtually no specialist apparatus is required for any of the routines." Visiting magicians £5.00.For further details contact Nicky Moon, Secretary, on 01903 532413 8.3.08


An Evening of Magic is being held at The Addison Centre, Addison Howard Park, Kempston MK42 8PN on Friday 4th April. The event is to raise money for Sue Ryder Care in memory of Richard Stupple. Starring Peter Scarlett, Roy Davenport, Alan Shaxon, Terry Herbert, Ali Bongo, Jonathan Shotton, Mike O’ Brien and Brian Miller & Audrey. Tickets are available from Mary Stupple on 01234 851607 they are £12 each and include a Ploughman's. 8.3.08


International News: Pavel Kožíšek emails: "Dear Magic Friends, I would like to sincerely invite you to the 5th International Festival and Competition in Modern Magic - 'Grand Prix of the Magic Hall' which will be held in Líbeznice just outside Prague from Friday to Saturday – October 10th - 11th 2008. We are looking forward to meeting you in Prague." Email for a PDF brochure. 8.3.08 have combined their 'Mind Reader's Wallet' and 'Paradox Boxes' to form a unique routine entitled The Paradox Séance, with a special price too - Click Here for full details and to order. 8.3.08


American Summer Arts Camp needs a Magician. "We are looking for a magician to stay at camp from June to August teaching private and small groups of campers all forms and styles of magic. Full room and board provided, plus salary. Please contact Geoff at or call me directly in America on 914 693 7111. We are 5 hours behind. Thank you." 8.3.08


Will Houstoun is presenting a lecture for International Magic in London on Tuesday 18th March at their usual venue, Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1. Those interested should email or phone Martin on 020 7405 7324 Arrive by 7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. £10.00 per person. 8.3.08


Buy two - get one free! Wayne Dobson has a limited time deal on his DVDs TV Stuff Volume 2 and TV Stuff Volume 3. Right now, if you purchase the two discs together, you'll also receive a copy of Wayne Dobson Unclamped - his live in London lecture DVD free! Visit for more details and to order (also, just back in stock, Masuda's "Wow!"). 8.3.08


The Mind Magic of Chris North, Ipswich Magical Society, Monday, March 17th. Chris is celebrating 40 years in show business and will be presenting his 'Mentalism Cabaret' act followed by a lecture entitled 'Being Pro' which will include invaluable advice, hints and tips, plus a questions and answers session. Visiting magicians are welcome, but you are asked to contact the secretary first: 8.3.08


Steve Hayne's 'Casanova Concept' is the latest release from Big Blind Media: "Steve Haynes has tweaked and developed this closely guarded secret for 17 years! Now, it can be yours! The ‘Casanova Concept’ is an easy to apply principle that will allow you to perform bona-fide miracles with both playing cards and business cards. It's simple and straightforward, requires the minimum of sleight of hand and will go straight into your repertoire. This is not a trick, it's a principle that can be applied to hundreds of routines..." Find out more and watch the trailer at 8.3.08


Marc Oberon lectures at the Bath Circle of Magicians on 27th March. A name to conjure with; due in no small part to his range of original marketed effects and his incredible stage and close-up acts, which have played to great acclaim at top venues around the world, including Hollywood’s Magic Castle, Spain’s House of Illusion and our own Magic Circle. Marc's magic is always of the completely impossible variety and has won him many accolades in recent years, including the European Magical Championship 2005. This lecture will feature his close-up act and obligatory dems of his superb product line. Admission on the door at £10 for an 8pm start on Thursday 27th March at St Mary's Church Hall, Saltford, Bath. All welcome. For further information contact Oli Foster on 07817 726785 Joshua Jay lectures at the Bath Circle of Magicians on Friday 11th April - see What's On. 8.3.08


David Forrest lecture. Edinburgh Magic Circle extend a warm invitation to visiting magicians to "A Lecture with David Forrest" on Monday 17th March. This is the first time David has lectured in Scotland and will feature mainly card magic from his catalogue. The venue is The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE (Map). Doors open 7pm, and the lecture will start at 7.30pm. Visiting magicians £10.00, members £5.00. 8.3.08


The Snuff Box on Sundays. After a successful trial run last year the Cellar Door in Covent Garden is proud to announce its new Sunday Night entertainment. Featuring the unique talents of Trixx - a unique trio of magicians and mindreaders. The Snuff Box on Sundays also features the talents of renowned clairvoyant Susan Oldman. Club owner Paul Kohler said “after a successful trial run with Bizarre Magician Dr John we decided to expand the night by using all three members of Trixx, with readings by Susan Oldman and Honky Tonk piano by Paul Saunders from Dexy’s Midnight Runners late into the night.” The Snuff Box is every Sunday from 7pm, free entry. For more details visit and also 8.3.08


Escapologist Daniel Hunt, one half of Amethyst with partner Annette Claire, is to break out of the Condemned Cell at the Castle Keep, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Tuesday 11th March 2008 at 11am. Daniel will be searched by a doctor and the police, before being handcuffed, padlocked and then restrained, with 100ft of steel chain (all of which will be supplied by the Castle). The prison door will then be securely locked behind him and he'll have 30 minutes to escape, before his time is up. If he's not out, he will have to spend the next 24 hours in the cell - alone! Visitors and press will be able to watch Daniel's escape as it happens on a large screen. Daniel is performing this amazing feat in the lead up to the South Tyneside Magic Festival which runs from 10th - 16th March, Click Here for details. In the news: "Daniel is ready for Houdini escape!" Click Here, "Video News" Click Here. 8.3.08


International News: Stars of Magic 2008 - Istanbul. Stars from the world of magic and illusion will gather in Istanbul, one of the world's most enchanting cities, for Stars of Magic 2008 in April. From London Lee Alex, with a mixture of characters, choreography, acrobatics and illusions specially created for this show as he celebrates his 25th year on the stage, from Las Vegas Jeff McBride fusing Kabuki theatre, Shamanism and martial arts to create a unique show, also from Las Vegas the ever inventive Kevin James, from Italy the large-scale illusions of Erix Logan, and from Belgium the theatrical magic of Aaron Crow. The show runs from April 16th - 20th and will be preceeded by a two day Master Class by Jeff McBride on April 12th and 13th. Lee Alex has been based on and off in Istanbul for a number of years and together with his manager and producer, Tamer Kurter, has spent many months planning this production. Any magicians wishing to visit Istanbul for "Stars of Magic 2008" or wanting to take part in the Jeff McBride Master Class can purchase tickets on line: Click Here or contact Lee directly: 8.3.08


Magi update. Mark Tait of MAT Systems Ltd emails: "I have had a huge amount of interest in Magi since it was reviewed on MagicWeek and have had a great deal of feedback; most has been very positive. The only negative feedback has been around the pricing of the product, as it seems to be beyond the reach of many magicians. When I formulated the price of £499 it was based on the assumption that only a handful of magicians would be interested in Magi. However, since the review on MagicWeek, I have had over 200 magicians showing an interest in less than a week. As such, I have decided to reduce the cost to £350, to make it more widely accessible to the magic community. You can now download the free trial directly from the website Thank you to MagicWeek and all those who've given us feedback." To read last week's review Click Here. 8.3.08


Psychic's Credit Card by Menny Lindenfield. "Let a spectator hide a banknote in one of several unmarked envelopes. If you perform in a pub or restaurant, let him hide it under beer mats or napkins. Your task is to find the money or face dire consequences - losing your hard earned cash! If you win, the next round is on him. Being so sure of your psychic abilities, you decide to add your very own credit card to the stake. The stage is set. Concentrate for a moment and you'll always be able to find the money, win the bet, and get the free drinks! Original Concept, Simple and quick setup, Perform anywhere and fully surrounded... Mike Danata Comments: "I saw this at Blackpool, where it was released and had to have this for my customers! Limited supply - order yours now, you won't be disappointed - it's excellent!" Visit for more details and to order (see "Shop/Just In") 8.3.08


Paul Gordon - Close-up Card Magic Lecture. Paul Gordon presents his 'Professional Close-up Card Magic Lecture' for the High Peak Magic Society at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Hotel, High Street, Longnor, Staffordshire SK17 ONS on June 1st at 8pm. To attend, email Paul Gordon 8.3.08


Southend Sorcerers Society held their annual stage competition last Sunday - and Richard Graham maintained his run by winning the competition for an unprecedented 5th time in a row. Although this was one of the lowest turnouts for some years with just 3 competitors, it was also one of the closest yet, with just 5 marks (out of 150) separating all three competitors. Richard, second from left, said, "It gets harder each year - each of the acts tonight deserved to win." 8.3.08 announce an exciting new addition to their exclusive range of products that includes material from Derren Brown, Andy Nyman and John Archer. Anthony Owen's Natural Lottery; one of the hits from his 2007 lecture at MAGIC Live! in Las Vegas and at the International Magic Convention, in London. Thanks to Paul Stone and Alan Shaxon are now able to offer all the necessary props, so that this can be a hit for you too. Here's the effect: The magician asks six random audience members to each select a different number between 1 and 49. Amazingly these numbers prove to be the same six which are on the printed lottery ticket the magician bought earlier that day and has been carrying in the zippered compartment of his wallet! also have some amazing special offers at present with some items up to 75% off. 8.3.08


Dr Todd Landman lectures at the Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday 20th March. Doors open at 7pm and the lecture will start at 8pm. Visitors welcome (£5.00 charge). Venue: Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield, Reading, RG2 9EH (Map). For more information contact Dan Hudson, Programme Secretary, or 0118 9310981. More information: 8.3.08


Top Secret Magic is now taking bookings for dealer dems - contact Malcolm Norton for details. 8.3.08


Congratulations to Sav, married on February 29th to fiancé Kim. In the picture, l to r: Malcolm Norton, Chris Priest, Sav, Alex Crow, Rodney James Piper, Noel Qualter and Andy Lewis (what about Kim?!) • "Magician sold illegal sat TV cards to pubs" Click Here • "Man loses pants during bar heist" Click Here • "World crown for student king of cards" Click Here • "Their magic moment" Click Here • Award winning comedy magician Mark Shortland is lecturing at The Pentacle Club at 8pm on Tuesday 11th March and visiting magicians are welcome, non-members subject to a small charge, Click Here • "Controversial Limerick priest refuses to apologise" Click Here • "How dream of reading someone's mind may soon become a reality" Click Here • "There's magic in Las Vegas rank-and-file talent" Click Here • "Derren Brown - An Evening of Wonders" Click Here • "Derren Brown" Click Here • If you bought 'Kovari's Turbo Bunny' from Adrian Harris last week please contact him on 01738 628985, he found a missing part! • What a week - many thanks for all your news items, they are always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 8.3.08