Number 404 - 22nd March 2008


Electric Empire presents ‘Magic Night’ at Soho Revue Bar on Friday 4th April. Doors open at 7pm, the show starts at 8pm. Tickets: £10 (concessions £7) via Another unique night of magic and comedy starring Max Somerset, Michael Valdini, Lee Hathaway, Steve Della, Hils Barker and Christian Lee. Soho Revue Bar, 11 Walkers Court, Soho, London W1. Max Somerset lectured for the York Society of Magicians on March 12th. Rex Stott reviews the lecture this week, Click Here. 22.3.08


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... Starring the eerie magic of Barry and Stuart: the 2magicians, ever-sane escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, master mouse swallower Pete Firman, one-of-a-kind performer on the circus/burlesque circuit Red Sarah and Singer-songwriter/comedian Earl Okin. Thursday 27th March, doors 7pm, show 8pm, at The Paradise, 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London W10 4AE (Map). Admission: £7/£6. Tickets available on the door but it is best to book early to avoid disappointment: 0208 969 0098 (Clare or Melissa / option 3). 22.3.08


Stylish British illusionist Craig Christian is appearing in Italy for the next seven months in a full-scale production show featuring 6 dancers, a troupe of flamenco dancers and guest speciality acts from Las Vegas - all enclosed in his full show entitled Forbidden. Craig will be taking a week out of the show to appear at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino with Jeff Hobson, where he'll be presenting his brand new dove and illusion act, featuring illusions built by Bill Smith's Magic Ventures, in Las Vegas. 22.3.08


Southern England Magic Convention 2009 - update. As part of the day's events a 'British Isles Children's Entertainer of the Year 2009' competition is being planned. It will be open to both amateur and professional entertainers, and entrants will be invited to initially submit their performances on DVD, before six performers are selected for the live final. The winner will receive a trophy, plus airfare and 4 nights in a hotel in Las Vegas and the title 'British Isles Children's Entertainer of the Year 2009'. And for close-up magicians "The British Isles Close-up Magic Entertainer of the Year" competition has also just been announced. For entry details and more information visit The Southern England Magic Convention website: 22.3.08


Raymond Crowe  - The Naked Zombie Ball International Magic have Raymond Crowe's new DVD 'The Naked Zombie Ball' in stock - we'll be featuring the disc in our Magic DVDs section shortly. Raymond casts a whole new light on this classic of magic: 22.3.08 Professor Richard Wiseman (Psychology Department, University of Hertfordshire and Magic Circle member) is carrying out a large survey of magician's beliefs about the paranormal. This is the first time that this issue has been tackled in such depth and MagicWeek readers are invited to complete the online questionnaire at Please do spare a couple of minutes to contribute to this fascinating research - the results will be made available in a couple of weeks. 22.3.08


Think the unthinkable, believe the unbelievable - The Illusioneers are breaking all box office records this year at Oakwood Theme Park in Wales! "You can witness illusions being created, constructed and tested by The Illusioneers. Produced and Directed by The Twins, this show is making entertainment history as it is Europe's largest illusion show! This theatrical extravaganza includes illusions and effects costing over £150,000.... 'Absolutely breathtaking' wrote one newspaper after the press call this week!" Visit or for more details. 22.3.08


Jumbo Magic Auction - Manchester Circle of Magicians. Monday 31st March at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, commencing 6.30pm. Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Door Charge: Members free, Non-Members £3.00. Hundreds of items including Ladder From Briefcase, Card Sword, Exploding Briefcase... plus books, DVDs and videos. Further details from Derek Lever: 01253 810113 22.3.08


Award-winning close-up magician James Brown presents his lecture ‘No Fluff’ at The Mystic Ring on Thursday, April 3rd. "Learn how James blends sleight of hand, misdirection and psychology in his presentations. Hold on to your watches, wallets and ties as James is also a master pickpocket. A unique and entertaining lecture at The Mystic Ring. Don’t miss it." Lecture starts at 7.45pm. Visiting magicians welcome. Admission £5. For more details email or visit 22.3.08


David Schneider plays Dan Black in Hotel Babylon in a couple of weeks on BBC1. "...infamous illusionist Dan Black is at the hotel to promote his latest mystery stunt, and Anna and Ben attempt to prove he's a fraud. But Dan gets the last laugh." David Schneider last appeared in a similar role in Alan Partridge's Knowing Me, Knowing You. Hotel Babylon - Tuesday, 1st April, 9pm on BBC 1. Ah-Ha. TV Magic. 22.3.08


David Blaine - Street Magic, David Blaine - Frozen in Time, David Blaine - Magic Man... Three in a row from magician and endurance artist David Blaine, today from 11am on ITV4 TV Magic. 22.3.08


Mark Elsdon presents "Tricks You Might Actually Do!" - a lecture from the inventive mind of Mark Elsdon at 8pm on Tuesday 25th March at Wilsons (opposite Babbacombe Theatre), 63 Babbacombe Downs Road, Babbacombe, Torquay TQ1 3LP (Map). There will be a small charge of £5.00 for visiting magicians, payable on the door. For more information contact Nigel Hocking (secretary), The Riviera Circle of Magicians telephone 01803 520283 The venue will be open from 6pm and serves good food. Parking available on street, or at a nearby car park. 22.3.08


Matt Wainwright is pictured here with Amanda Holden at last weekend's "The Spirit of Fire Awards" - a prestigious event held by the Fire Service each year at Wembley Stadium. Well supported by many Government and Fire Ministers, Matt was invited to perform in the Green Room for Amanda Holden, Jon Culshaw, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Vine. The evening was a huge success. 22.3.08


Jon Allen and Andrew Murray (pictured with the new GT2) were invited by Porsche UK to entertain their top clients and management at the opening of the new Porsche Centre in Leicester last week. 22.3.08


Ashley Turner aka The Tabletop Trixta will be taking his comedy Mind Control Act 'Stupid Mentalism' to Birmingham to perform for 'Comedy @' on March 26th. Venue: The Newt, 58 Stephenson Street, (city centre) Birmingham, B2 4DH. Doors open at 8pm Should be a good night of stand up! 22.3.08


Congratulations to Alex Moffat - winner of the Leicester Magic Circle's Close-Up Competition for the Roy Johnson Trophy 2008, for the second year running. As usual the competition was tough... "the act needed tweaking since last year to ensure a win" said Alex, who also won last year. In the photo, l to r: Roy Johnson, Alex Moffat and Club Chairman Kevin Hargreaves. 22.3.08


Professional Acts wanted! Jay Fortune emails "Looking for professional acts of all descriptions for adult and family summer shows/tours both here in the UK and abroad. Magicians, illusion acts, comedians, singers and dancers. Varying contracts 6 weeks to 6 months. In the first instance, please send CV and photo to Please note that due to the high volume of emails we receive, personal correspondence cannot be entered into. We will contact you if your act is suitable. Thank you." 22.3.08


Wayne Dobson lecture - date change. These two upcoming lecture dates, 21st + 22nd April, have had to be postponed. Wayne will now lecture at the Ipswich Magical Society on October 20th. See What's On for details of all upcoming events. 22.3.08


Joshua Jay Lecture Tour and Workshop - for updates, see What's On • Following his recent surgery Mike Stokes is doing well and making a good recovery • "UK's top magicians gather in Shields" Click Here • "Fire-eating magician was a benefits cheat" Click Here • "Al’s magic touch pays off" Click Here • "Magician will have dental team spellbound" Click Here • "Even Houdini couldn't match magic man's great escape" Click Here • "The magic castle may disappear" Click Here • I saw Criss Angel by chance, late on Thursday evening, performing magic tricks at his old school. Can't help thinking he should have stayed on for a year or two - what a missed opportunity • That's it - have a good Easter weekend! Your magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 22.3.08