Number 408 - 19th April 2008


Diamond Jim - first UK lecture tour. Diamond Jim lectures across the UK in May. The lecture will feature items from his best-selling book and DVD Pockets Full of Miracles, together with other reputation makers. Diamond Jim specialises in close-up and stand-up magic and has won awards from the TAOM and the IBM. His act has been featured at the Magic Castle on numerous occasions and his magic routines have appeared in every major US magic magazine. His style is both visual and personable - attend his lecture and learn why his magic shines! See What's On for dates. 19.4.08


Michael Vincent is the guest performer at The Cardiff Magical Society's Gala Dinner tomorrow night (Sunday 20th April) at The Novotel, Schooner Way, Cardiff. On the Sunday morning Michael will present his brand new lecture 'The Poetry of Conjuring'. To attend the lecture call the President, Viv Davies, on 02920 792789 19.4.08


John Archer's dulcet tones can be heard on 'Hearseys Half Hour' on Sunday, April 20th from 10pm till midnight on Play Radio UK. "30 minutes of entertainment crammed into two hours." It's internet radio (he's not big enough for the nationals yet) but do feel free to phone in or email the show with complaints or demands for a refund from some convention you saw him at or something along those lines... John would love to hear from you. The show can be heard again as a podcast from Tuesday the 22nd (but don't phone in for that one). John can be seen later this year on tour with Tim Vine (Star of BBC's 'Not Going Out') in May and full tour dates and venues can be found at Photo: John Archer, fending off a heckler I would imagine. 19.4.08


British Ring Convention News - Bob Hayden writes about the 'Micro Magic Marathon' being introduced at the Eastbourne convention for the first time this year, in the first of his Convention Updates, Click Here. Visit for convention information and to book. 19.4.08


Bizarre Bath scoops top award! have just rated Noel Britten's Bizarre Bath comedy/magic walk Number One in their 'Things To Do' poll. Visit the United Kingdom Overview page and then scroll down. The walk is now in its 17th year (Noel was just a nipper when it started). If you are heading to the Bristol Day of Magic on May 4th why not plan to take the walk on the Saturday or Monday evening? Visit for details. 19.4.08


Paul Zenon can be seen on Countdown all next week in Dictionary Corner. "Des O'Connor and Carol Vorderman host the show in which contestants race against the clock to pit their wits against vowels, consonants and numbers." See TV Magic for times. 19.4.08


Thirteen by Nicholas Paul - in stock at "Prepare to blow people away with Thirteen. You will laugh out loud when you see both the gimmick and the method for this brilliant piece of magic. Already being called the trick of 2008, do not miss this. The perfect card at any number, 100% correct every time. No force, a different card every time. A brilliant method and gimmick that allows you to perform this classic effect. No outs, only one deck used, resets itself every time, always bang on the card. An incredible piece of mentalism, great gimmick, Simple to do - maximum impact. Perfect for strolling and stand up performers." For more info and to watch a demonstration Click Here. 19.4.08


Mark Townsend, Magic of The Soul – ‘The Lecture’. Ex-Vicar turned Mentalist / Mystifier, Mark Townsend, is busy visiting magical clubs and societies with his spellbinding lecture ‘Magic of The Soul’. So far reactions have been extremely powerful! As leading Mentalist, Paul Brook, commented: "It was one of the best lectures I have seen." Last week Mark presented nearly two hours of material to The British Magical Society. Pat Cross, President of the Society, said "Your contribution to our evening last night was to re-awaken that special sparkle, and make our members aware that the knowledge and skills that they possess are instruments of great value, and through the medium of their own unique personality, a potent means for bringing great pleasure and joy into the lives of others. Truly, to present their magic, this extension of themselves, as 'magic of the soul', and in defining and presenting this concept, I feel you succeeded most excellently." For further details of this very unique lecture contact Dave Taylor on 01568 615882 or Mark himself on 01568 610886 or visit 19.4.08


Magic Amit has just recorded a spot for a new TV show called Desi's Have Talent, "A golden opportunity to show your talent to the UK audience on national television. Desi's Have Talent is the UK's biggest Asian talent show." The show will be broadcasted on Sky Brit Asia TV in the next few weeks. For more info visit Amit's website: 19.4.08


Jack's Magic Shop is now advertising with MagicWeek. Just added to the range Double Your Money by Eric Bailey. Visit for details and to order. 19.4.08


Reel Magic Quarterly DVD goes bi-monthly! From the next issue there will be six DVD issues per year instead of just four, delivered to your door, every two months, post paid too, from for just £36.00 per year, plus, all new subscribers will also receive a 15% discount on their first magic order via the website too. Visit for details. 19.4.08


Al Mann Lecture DVD - now available from "This DVD is a live lecture Al Mann gave in Vienna, Austria, at the 1. Wiener Zaubertheater, on November 25th 1984. To my knowledge this is the only DVD available today showing Al Mann in action. The quality is remarkably good for a live unscripted recording from a single camera from the 80s. It runs for 1 hour 40 minutes. It is wonderful to see Al in action, as well as pick up a number of tips and several excellent routines. He also explains a fantastic card force developed by Robert Parrish. This force is so fair and completely absent of any sleight-of-hand, that the knowledge of this alone is worth the entire DVD. Of course, this is just one little bit you are getting. Al shows two effects with his DiploMental pouch, several billet tests and two card tricks, plus performance only of the Lexicon Phenomenon, Master Slate Deluxe, and a symbol prediction. This is followed by a long Q&A section which reveals quite a bit more in terms of inside mentalism knowledge. Thanks to the 1. Wiener Zaubertheater, of which I am a proud member, for making this recording available and allowing me to offer it for sale." For more information and to order visit 19.4.08


SCA President's Night. Scottish Conjurers Association present a lecture by Alex R Proctor at 7.30pm on Wednesday 14th May. A past president of both the SCA and The Scottish Association of Magical Societies, Alex has lectured both in the UK and the USA with great acclaim and will be performing and teaching magic from his professional repertoire. Venue: The Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). Entrance is £5.00 for visiting magicians. Contact Brendan Kirk, Club Secretary: or on 01355 238746 19.4.08


Congratulations to young magician Jack Gleadow, on another award win! Jack won the Phillip Theodore Memorial Trophy (1st Place) in the Junior Stage Competition, together with the Tommy Aldus Cup for Comedy for the funniest act at The Northern Magic Circle Spring Parade in Scarborough last weekend. Congratulations also to Patrica Duncan from Scotland who finished 2nd in the Junior Stage competition. The judges where John Palfreyman, Clive Moore and Danny Hunt. Photo: Jack with Clive Moore, President of The Northern Magic Circle. 19.4.08


Tommy Templeton lecture. Edinburgh Magic Circle host a free lecture by Paisley Magic Circle's Tommy Templeton at 7.30pm on Monday 28th April. This will take place in their new venue, The Police Club, 28 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EP (Map). Doors open 7pm. Guests welcome. 19.4.08


Electric Empire presents ‘Magic Night’ at Soho Revue Bar on Friday 2nd May. Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm. Tickets £10, Concessions £7 via or call Ticket Web on 08700 600 100. Starring Marc Spelmann, Oliver Tabor, Christian Lee, Steve Della, singer Anil Desai and emcee Tiffany Stevenson. Should be a great night: 19.4.08


New Balloon Forum. Graham Lee has launched a balloon forum at to complement the very successful Care & Share days that he runs throughout the UK. The forum features 'Model of the Month', balloon chat challenge, a picture gallery and much more. Upcoming Care & Share days are in Leeds on Tuesday 29th April (with Twistina) and Birmingham on Thursday 1st May (with Malcolm Malan) - see for details 19.4.08


All’s well at the House of Magic! The House of Magic (UK) in Brook Street, Stourbridge are extending their shop but work has had to stop because a well has appeared just where the footings are going. Owner John says the original building was built in 1860 and this must have been their water supply. Manager Stuart Millward said "We are open as usual and if customers want to throw money and make a wish before it’s filled in they will be very welcome!" Contact Stuart Millward or John Milner on 01384 343545. 19.4.08


Houdini Movie Star. By the year 1919, Harry Houdini was known throughout the world as a master magician and escape artist. Having conquered the stage, he set out to rule the screen, appearing in a series of thrillers built upon his almost supernatural powers. Culled from film archives and private collections, this DVD set includes all of Houdini's surviving films as an actor, rare footage of actual handcuff and straitjacket escapes, and a wealth of historical information. Includes: Thee Master Mystery (1919, 238m, Color Tinted) Terror Island (1920, 55m, B&W) The Man From Beyond (1922, 68m, Color Tinted) Haldane of the Secret Service (1923, 84m, Color Tinted) The Grim Game (Fragment, 1919, 5m, Color Tinted) - Special Features include: Filmed records of Houdini escapes (ca. 1907-23) - Audio recording of Houdini speaking (1914) - Excerpts from the NY Censor Board files - Slippery Jim, a 1910 Houdini-inspired comedy - The illusion Metamorphosis performed by Houdini s brother Hardeen and others.  Just released, all regions, available via, Click Here. 19.4.08


Andrew Murray lectures in Ashford this Monday, April 21st. It is a lecture of two halves: The first half features some of Andrew's own commercial creations - tricks that he uses every time he works (close-up and stand-up magic), and the second half is an abridged version of his full day training programme 'Magic by Numbers'. Doors open at 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start. Members £5.00, non members welcomed, £10.00 charge. For more info contact Chris Harding or visit 19.4.08


Jay & George. Jay Fortune teams up with George Parker for two shows in Amsterdam next week on April 26th and 28th, just before the Queen’s Day festival on April 30th. Contact Jay for more details: 19.4.08


Dave Forrest, Ipswich Magical Society, Monday April 21st. The Ipswich Magical Society will be hosting a lecture by Cardician Dave Forrest on Monday April 21st. Visiting magicians welcome, but please contact the secretary first: 19.4.08


York Society of Magicians. "Our next event on Wednesday 14th May 2008 will be the YSM Auction, this is being held at the Next Generation Fitness Centre in York, (If you wish to sell your unwanted props please contact us for a lot number), Visiting magicians are welcome (Admission £2). Wednesday 11th June: Kaymar Magic dealer demonstration, again visiting magicians are welcome, there will be a £1 door charge. 7.30pm at Shepherd Social Club, York. Wednesday 13th August: Star Lecture by Jack Delvin, 7.30pm at the Four Alls, Malton Road, York. Visiting magicians are welcome, £5 Admission, if you would like to come along, please let us know so we can reserve your seat for you." Martin Hunt. More info: 19.4.08


Congratulations to Chris (Woody) Dinwoodie, winner of the Scottish Conjurers' Association's annual Close-up contest last week. Woody was one of 7 competitors who entertained around 40 members and 7 guests in what proved to be a very enjoyable evening. His act consisted of a very slick rope routine, crazy man's handcuffs, and an impressive display of sleight of hand with coins that culminated in the production of a giant coin. Added to all of this, he couldn't resist bringing out his trademark hotrod (!). David Lees was placed second and Steven Holt third. 19.4.08


The Society of World Deaf Magicians recently held their conference festival at Los Angles. Johnny Fantastica won the World Deaf Merlin Stage Magic for the UK and was awarded 2nd place in the World Deaf Comedy Magic section. Johnny was reelected as President of the Society and can be seen performing both winning acts at the Scottish Deaf Magicians in Aberdeen in May. The next World Deaf Festival is in Rimini, Italy, in 2010. 19.4.08


Amethyst (Danny Hunt and Annette) Houdini Lecture report. Ian Wragg, President, Darlington Magic Circle, reports: It was with great pleasure that we at the Darlington Magic Circle sat thoroughly enthralled at their lecture. It was clear to all that both Danny and Annette are masters of the craft and with great banter and humour Danny gave a lecture of two halves. The first being about Houdini and his life with a fantastic encyclopedic knowledge of Houdini and his methods, along with some great examples of some of Houdini's shackles and even some films clips of the man himself - he held us spellbound. Danny was worried about time but we had him continue, not once did it seem too long due to his performance and interaction with us and our many questions. The 2nd half was purely on lock-picking and escapes, boy did he tip many secrets in this part! He inspired a few who had never even thought about escapology to try lock picking, and was very gracious with his tuition afterwards. Danny and Annette are great couple with a fantastic lecture that I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. A fantastic night. 19.4.08


The Magicians of Mann present an Evening of Magic at the Peel Centenary Centre on Saturday 19th April at 7.30pm. "The show will include startling sensations and illusions eclipsing anything ever attempted in the world of magic." Tickets available on the door, visit 19.4.08


Reg Maskell. "It is with huge regret that we have to announce that ACES dear friend Reg Maskell died last week after being ill for some time. Reg was a true gentleman of magic and with his many routines performed to rhyme, Reg was always a delight to watch - an absolute entertainer and friend to so many. Our love and thoughts go out to Reg's wife Margaret and his family at this very sad time." All the members of ACES Magic Society, Lewes. 19.4.08


"Houdini, with Score by Elfman and Yazbek, Aiming for Broadway Arrival in Spring 2010" Click Here • "A variety pack!" Click Here • Magic inventor Angelo Carbone lectures for The Magic Circle on Monday April 21st 7.30pm start (members only) • Dale Shrimpton reviews the South Shields convention this week, Click Here and Elliott Hodges reviews a recent lecture by James Brown, Click Here • "Criss Angel show in Las Vegas named after Houdini legend" Click Here • "Cirque announces Criss Angel's Believe" Click Here • "Could it be magic?" Click Here • "Woman arrested for murdering magician husband" Click Here • "Magician elected as president" Click Here • "Fundraising night by Southport magicians on the cards" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 19.4.08