Number 412 - 17th May 2008


Magic Night returns in June. Barry and Stuart take you in to their nightmarish world. Miss Behave misbehaves with her bizarre and quirky act that's a cocktail of quick wit and high camp, topped with a tongue as sharp as the blades she swallows. Audiences are frequently caught between howls of laughter and gasps of shock. Mandy Muden (photo) delights with great incredible comic timing and magic tricks. And Matt Hennem is a unique illusionist/juggler. Plus resident mind reader Steve Dela and MC Tiffany Stevenson. Also featuring: Neil Henry and Lee Hathaway - ever popular and incredibly talented close up magicians, who will again be presenting their unique and innovative tabletop magic before the show. Doors open 7pm, Show starts 8pm. Tickets £10, Concessions £7 or call Ticket Web on 08700 600 100. Soho Revue Bar, 11 Walkers Court, Soho, London W1. 17.5.08


Magic Books By Post Ltd established themselves in 1973 and soon became the number one source for magic books worldwide. Last year Steve Short and Paul Cooke took over the business and have now launched a brand new website featuring over 2,500 titles. They can also be seen at major conventions, and at magic societies with their fun and informative dealer demonstration. From classic books such as 'Thirteen Steps To Mentalism' and 'The Tarbell Course in Magic' through to the very latest publications offer an amazing range of titles. They have also launched a Book Club, offering members discounts on most books. Visit today! 17.5.08


The Sugababes have just completed a sell out UK tour where they opened their show with a stunning illusion that produced the three girls in the middle of an open stage. Mark Parker was given the challenge of designing the illusion and toured with the company overseeing it at every performance, which included the Royal Albert Hall. Phil Hitchcock’s company, The Secret Workshop Ltd, finely crafted the entire illusion. 17.5.08


Magicians visiting the Greek Ionian Island of Zakynthos (Zante) this Summer should look out for appearances by Scotland's Comedy Magician Paul Brignall who will be performing at a variety of venues in the resorts of Laganas, Kalamaki, Argassi, Alykes and Zante Town before returning to the UK for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 17.5.08


The North Western Society of Magicians in Barrow in Furness held their annual Stage Competition on Wednesday (14th) and were performing to a full house at The Lisdoonie Hotel on a warm night. Eight members competed for five trophies, including the new Joe Heath Memorial Trophy for comedy. This was won by this year's president Peter Fitchett doing a comedy Scotsman act, complete with kilt and bagpipes. The competition was won by Terry Crawford & Michelle, with a stunning new illusion act (photo). Second was Stan Dacre in his first ever stage competition, and third was Bob Johnson doing a kids act he hasn't done for thirty years. The originality cup went to Richie and Phil, doing a routine as two men standing on a moving train. Reported by Jacqui Little. 17.5.08


Alakazam Magic now have a brand new DVD catalogue showcasing their entire range of unique products in full. This professionally produced DVD is now shipped out free with all orders and available via request. If you are a Magic club that would like some free copies of the DVD catalogue to give out to your members, then please email your name and postal address to: being sure to put "DVD Catalogue Request" in the subject line and include the name of the club you are requesting on behalf of. 17.5.08 has new owners and is headed by British Magical Grand Prix Champions, Keelan Leyser and Charlotte Marie. The transfer from Carl Fraser took place recently: "We have been keeping a low profile for the past few months while we get everything ready for the 'new look', which some of you may have already seen. But now we are back and better than ever! To welcome you to the new-look site we are giving away a Free Thumb Tip  with every order for the first 100 orders that come in after 14th May, as a thumbs up to you for being one of the first to order with the new owners. Visit to see all that's new today! 17.5.08


Extractor. After a lot of anticipation, the Extractor deck is available and shipping now! With well over two hundred units sold before the actual release date and the reviews and feedback have been nothing short of amazing. This latest creation by Rob Bromley and Peter Nardi has fooled some of the top professionals from all over the world. "For the first time in years I was like a layman again... totally fooled! This will catch you and your spectator's way off guard. It's like a magical slap in the face!" - Richard Sanders. See the online demos at 17.5.08


Cambridge Pentacle Club's 2008 Magic Competition Winners. Many congratulations to this year's Cambridge Pentacle Club's competition winners, Jeremy Bond (left) and Peter de Horsey. These two talented magicians were awarded their prizes at the club's 89th Annual Dinner, held on Saturday 10 May at Girton College, Cambridge. Jeremy Bond fought off stiff competition with a scintillating performance of comedy magic to win the Widger Memorial Cup for stand-up magic, and Peter de Horsey was ahead of the crowd in close-up magic with his entertaining mix of coin, card and rubber-band magic to win the Sylvia Lawrence Memorial Shield. Both are deserving winners, and received hearty congratulations from club members and guests alike. 17.5.08


Magicians Cave Productions have just updated their website with a number of new and exclusive items, and have also added to their ever growing second-hand section. Paul and Penny email: "We are the only magic manufacturer to offer a totally free choice of materials for any type of bag we sell and also a totally free choice of spray finishes and colours for any of the products we manufacture, here in the Magicians Cave. Visit to see what's new! 17.5.08


Andy Nyman is currently filming for "a very controversial new series for Channel 4 and E4" written by Charlie Brooker (Screen Wipe, Nathan Barley) which will go out in the Autumn. Moonlight & Magnolias starring Andy, and which was a great hit last year, is being revived. It plays from July 2nd - August 2nd at the Tricycle Theatre. To book tickets Click Here. 17.5.08


Paul Gordon lectures at the Watford Association of Magicians June 3rd at 8pm. "His card magic lecture is all about 'worker' material he does at weddings, parties and trade shows - it's commercial and 'do-able'. Paul has written many books over the last 20 years and has contributed tricks to magazines for 30 years. The lecture is fun, light-hearted and full of magic." Entrance is £10.00 for non WAM members. For venue details email the WAM secretary 17.5.08


Close-up inflation! Adam Keisner has recently acquired a small quantity of jumbo £2 coins. "These are brass-based, electroplated, two tone silver and gold coins and are replicas of our classic £2 coin, front and back. They are nicely weighted and at 2¾" in diameter perfect for any manipulation work and ideal for Gary Kurtz's wonderful routine 'Flouriuos'." Price: £20.00 each, £35.00 for two, to this PayPal email address: Postage is free within the UK, or add £1.50 for recorded UK delivery, also email enquiries to 17.5.08


Craig Christian headlined at the Suncoast Hotel, Las Vegas with his dove act last week. Other acts included Jeff Hobson and Joseph. Craig is seen here with his partner and Lance Burton's manager, Peter Reveen, who said "if he continues what he's doing he will go far!". 17.5.08


Magician Damien O'Brien recently performed for rap superstar Nelly. Damien filmed with the rapper for his new DVD and for "Nelly was really cool to perform for, he loved the magic and suggested that we hit Las Vegas - we even exchanged numbers!" Damien has been seen performing magic to celebrities such as Akon, Ciara, JD, Estelle, and Chris Brown. All will be seen on Damien's new DVD 17.5.08


Left of Centre Illusion presents Kockov's new "Fully Loaded" lecture. Award-winning International Magician, Jasper Blakeley MMC, probably best known for his outrageous Kockov Alakazam DVDs, wants to tell you about the most important part of being a professional magician ­ performance. As a trained actor and creator of more than a dozen unique characters, Jasper hopes to inspire you to re-examine some of your priorities when it comes to being a working professional in a trick-obsessed world. Covering close-up, children's magic, cabaret, one-man shows and even comedy clubs, Jasper will make you laugh as he not only performs as Kockov, but also as his deranged stand-up comedy children's entertainer, "Uncle Al the Kiddies Pal". For more information email or call 07973 731335. 17.5.08


Eccentric explorer, magician, balloon modeller and clown Phileas Flash (aka Rupert Appleyard) will be in Iceland at the end of May to perform a week of activities for the Icelandic Magic Society (26th May to 2nd June). The week's activities will be focused on performance skills and street arts and will include a lecture, workshop, street show and commissioned balloon sculpture. For further information about Rupert/Phileas visit or or if you are interested in attending any of his lectures contact Jon Vidis: 17.5.08


Card Capers 2009. Paul Gordon's second informative, fun and full day of card magic 'Card Capers' will take place on Sunday 10th May 2009 featuring "tricks, sleights, tips, advice, the biz, style, presentation..." Tickets are £25.00 each. For more details visit This year's day (just gone) is reviewed by James Stubbs this week, Click Here. Paul's just returned from lecturing in America, culminating in lecturing, dealing and performing at Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolics in New York. Paul surprised everyone by singing and doing magic to the beat of Sinatra's One For My Baby! Before turning pro as a magician he used to sing in a 20-piece jazz-swing band. At FFFF, Paul met his co-author of The Second 16th Card Books; Mr Tom Craven. Their new project, The Keeper Card Book will be out soon: 17.5.08


Cyril Critchlow. "Blackpool variety legend dies." Lisa Ettridge remembers Cyril Critchlow in The Gazette, Click Here. 17.5.08


The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of The World's Greatest Mystifier is reviewed by Simon Roberts this week, Click Here. (Many thanks to Simon who is a neighbour as opposed to being a magician) • "Fury at Derren Brown 'cat killer' TV show" Click Here • "Derren Brown: Mind Reader" Click Here • "What a talented bunch we are!" Click Here • "Magician Roy undergoes knee surgery" Click Here • "Comedy is magician’s secret" Click Here • "Abracadabra! Boy saves own life with magic" Click Here • "Ask: Paul Daniels" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 17.5.08