Number 413 - 24th May 2008


Andrew Fell presents Marc Salem's Out Of His Mind - July 2008, six performances only. "He doesn’t just have a sixth sense, but a seventh, eighth and ninth as well. I was bewitched and bedazzled." Time Out, Critic’s Choice. Returning to London for a seventh time, Marc Salem brings his incredible show to the Shaw Theatre from Tuesday 22nd July - Sunday 27th. "So you don’t believe in mind readers….? This consummate performer takes audiences on a fascinating journey into the workings of the mind and along the way he shares a few secrets, in his own funny, engaging and irreverent way. As an entertainer Marc has performed around the world, astounding and entertaining millions with his finely honed sense of humour and his baffling performance. A thoroughly engaging performer, Marc's interactive demonstrations delight and amaze audiences of all ages." Shaw Theatre, 100 Euston Road, London NW1 2AJ. Box Office 0871 594 3123 22nd-27th July, Evenings 8pm, Tickets £30 Golden Circle £50. 24.5.08


The Magic Circle Collectors' Day takes place at The Magic Circle on Saturday 31st May at 10am. It is open to non members of The Magic Circle. There will be a talk on David Devant, descriptions of the hundreds of different trick magic wands, a showing of early magic films, a talk on Victorian and Edwardian mind readers and a performance of some of Orrins ingenious magic tricks. Tickets must be purchased in advance from The Magic Circle. Telephone 020 7387 2222 or email The cost is £32.00 which includes morning and afternoon tea and coffee and a buffet lunch. 24.5.08


Chris Cox: Control Freak. Phil Mcintyre Entertainments in arrangement with Karushi Management presents Chris Cox: Control Freak at the Pleasance Courtyard, daily at 6.20pm from 30th July to 25th August. "You think you have free will, you think you can decide what you choose, you think fate can't be changed, you need to think again! Chris Cox will change the way you think! After selling out at last year's Edinburgh Festival (his debut) - the mind reader who can't read minds is back reading minds in an all-new show 'Chris Cox: Control Freak' which comes to the Pleasance Courtyard." 'A show that'll change the way you think about your life… a mesmerising performance' **** Edinburgh Evening News. Chris Cox : Control Freak 2008 London Previews: The Canal Cafe Theatre, Delemare Terrace, Little Venice, London W2 6ND Booking: 020 7289 6054. Tickets £7.00 (£6.00 Conc.) Running Time: 1 hour. Dates: 26th May, 31st May, 23rd June, 2008 - 9.30pm, 30th June, 7th July, 11th July, 21st July. Also: 4th July at The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford 24.5.08


Magic Sam will be appearing on BBC Radio Lancashire's Late Show on Wednesday 28th May at 10pm. He'll be performing some amazing magic and talking about recent television work and a new theatre show that he's producing, together with details of an up-coming world record attempt. 24.5.08


BigBlindMedia Cameraman Ate My Hamster! BigBlindMedia would like to offer one lucky MagicWeek reader £400 worth of Magic DVD's for, well, nothing! Simply email with the subject heading 'BigBlindMedia Cameraman Ate My Hamster' and a random email address will be plucked from the BigBlindMedia PC Tombola. The lucky winner will receive this little lot: Liam Montier's UV Kit & DVD, The Omega Mutation DVD Set with Cameron Francis, The Wicked World of Liam Montier Vol1, The Wicked World of Liam Montier Vol2, Steve Haynes The Casanova Concept DVD, George McBride The DVD, Alan Rorrison's Finger Of Fury Vol1, Alan Rorrison's Finger Of Fury Vol2, 4x4 DVD, George McBride The Classics, Jon Thompson's Strip DVD (with free Stripper Deck), The Cullfather with Iain Moran, Twofaced (11 Routines with Gaff Cards), Iain Moran's Covert Magic, 10 Below Zero with Andrew Normansell, Peter Harrison's Connected DVD, Dave Forrest's Card Thru Window DVD, a BigBlindMedia Tshirt, and, finally, they'll even throw in a Bicycle deck to get you started! We'll bring you the winner's name as soon as it is announced.  24.5.08


Scotland's Alex Proctor lectures at the Merlin Magical Society on Thursday 29th May. "He will be showing a variety of effects, with something for everyone." Entrance is £5.00 for non-members. Doors open around 7.30pm and the lecture will start at 8pm (ending around 10pm). The Merlin Magical Society, Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ. For more info contact John Clayton (Secretary of the Merlin Magical Society) on 07931 525399. 24.5.08 has had a makeover. The site features many exclusive lines, including Zane's Fly Catcher: "A spectator's chosen card is revealed in the form of a squashed dead fly! If you like your magic to freak people out then you'll love this trick! From the creator of 'Con-fused' Zane has now come up with a truly unusual and bizarre effect. Guaranteed to give you a buzz! A card is chosen and signed and returned to the deck. But when the magician is about to attempt to find their card he becomes irritated by a fly, cuts the deck in half and slams the two halves together, exclaiming 'I think I got it!' Yes he has caught the fly which is seen now squashed onto the back of a card but when the spectators look closer they are in for a real shock because the squashed and mangled fly's legs and body have formed themselves into the shape of the chosen card!" Find out more, visit: (under 'Exclusives'). 24.5.08


On top of their game. Andrew Murray and John Carey were invited to Wembley Stadium last Saturday to entertain 1000 VIP's at The FA Cup Final between Cardiff City and Portsmouth. Just as pre-match betting closed, Andrew produced a prediction of the match score, the goal scorer and time that the goal would be scored at. 90 minutes later he was proven right - on all three counts! 24.5.08


Congratulations to Chris Kostecki MMC, who was awarded The Cambridge Pentacle Club's Member of the Year 2008 Award at the club's Annual Dinner on 10th May. The award is in memory of John Whitmore MMC, who was a staunch supporter of the club, but who was sadly taken away from this life too early. The award is given to the member who, according to the whole membership, has given most to the club over the year. The photograph shows Chris (right) receiving the award from the Pentacle Club's President, John Davenport MIMC. Reported by Ian A Thomson. 24.5.08


German magician Henning Koehlert will be visiting the UK in October and is offering his two-part lecture/workshop to Magic Societies in the North of England and Central/Southern Scotland. Henning’s lecture covers practical close-up and stand-up magic from his own performing repertoire and covers subjects such as Card Magic, Ring and Rope Magic and Mental Magic. Henning, a member of The Magic Circle, Magischer Zirkel von Deutschland and the Northern Magic Circle, will be in the UK from 12th to 25th October 2008. Further details can be gathered by contacting Henning via email at 24.5.08


Mike Danata's Magic Studio are having another one of their May Madness Sales - with 15% off all stock! They'll be open Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 10am - 4pm. Mike was interviewed recently at his studio in Bournemouth, Click Here to watch it on YouTube.. 24.5.08


News from Lomond Magic: The Leath Technique by David Lees is now available as a PDF Click Here for details. Also, just launched, their Psychic Wallet Act: "This is an entire 30/40 min Psychic/mentalist show which is carried in your wallet (special wallet supplied) including additional notes which detail a full performance which can be performed almost anywhere. All of the effects use blank cards and/or business cards and envelopes. A complete one person psychic show." Click Here for details. Email to be added to their newsletter or visit to see what's new. 24.5.08


Barry Miller's swansong show at the Mick Jagger theatre, Saturday 10th May. Barry put on the show in aid of Darenth Valley Hospital as a thank you for the life-saving surgery they administered to him a few months ago. I have seen Barry perform many many times under all sorts of conditions and I can tell you I have never seen him better. It was a wonderful swansong befitting the old-pro that he is. Ably supported by a young group of dancers and a super lady ballad singer, Barry, also introduced, as the future of magic, Megan Knowles-Bacon with the act that we all know and love. Barry performed Invisible Deck, a great rope routine, a vanishing watch that ended up in a sealed tin of baked beans and his signature Dart Catching in the Mouth. Amongst the many illusions he featured were Floating Lady, Dissected Lady, Girl Through Mirror, Sword Through Neck, Escape from Steel Rings and, to finish, the famous Zig Zag Illusion. Barry bid farewell by saying that it was time for him to disappear, upon which he walked out of the spotlight for the very last time. Reported by Jack Delvin. 24.5.08


Made to Measure Magic Dealer Dem. Made to Measure Magic will present a dealer dem at the South Downs Magicians new headquarters on Wednesday 4th June at 8pm. Entrance is free for all visiting magicians: Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, near Crawley, West Sussex RH17 6BJ (next to The Fountain puB0. The first meeting at the new HQ will be a dealer dem by Made to Measure Magic at 8pm on Wednesday, June 4th. The dealer dem is free to all magicians. Contact club secretary Paul Bromley 01444 871161 24.5.08


Camwatch, Europe’s largest CCTV monitoring company, wins SED 2008 Showstopper Award. The judges were looking for a stand that could really pull in the visitors and magician Keith Fields (centre) certainly did the trick. The stand also had to be well organised showing the full potential of the exhibitor’s equipment to its best advantage – Camwatch ticked all the boxes and secured the award. 24.5.08


Telethought Wallet by Chris Kenworthey - UK Exclusive! "Once in a while something comes along that I just have to rave about! This is it! I am very proud that Chris has allowed me to sell this here in the UK! Imagine a spectator is invited to think of any word, symbol, picture, number, etc. He writes it on a card. It is inserted into a sleek, black wallet face down. Nothing is ever added or taken away. Without any moves at all, without withdrawing anything from the wallet, one hundred percent of the spectator’s information is delivered secretly, ingeniously, and imperceptibly to the performer. The principle relies on state-of-the-art, cutting edge technology. The Telethought Wallet - in stock now, visit for full details. 24.5.08


Oliver Tabor is currently appearing in 'The Magic of Laughter' at the Pier Theatre in Bournemouth. The show opened on Tuesday 13th May and runs every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8.15pm through to 24th September. Tickets are £15 for adults and £13 for children available by phoning 0844 847 2391 or from 24.5.08


Children's Magician Wanted! Wonky Rabbit Magic is looking for a children's magician who is available from the 31st of May to work on board the MV Brettange for Brittany Ferries. The contract is initially for just two days, however there will be plenty of opportunity for further work throughout the year. You will be working with a professional and supportive entertainments team. Along with a fee you will receive expenses, meals and accommodation. This is great opportunity for someone looking to progress their magic career. Call Darren Wray on: 07896 707 252 or email: for an informal chat and further information. 24.5.08


That Reminds Me: Finding the Funny in a Serious World (Paperback). "Michael Close’s book, 'That Reminds Me: Finding the Funny in a Serious World,' is a painful read. Your face and sides hurt from laughing. It should be a breezy afternoon romp — it’s just 211 pages, but when you factor in stopping to laugh each time you read one of the classic jokes, it may take you a few days to get through it. Maybe longer, if you stop to tell the jokes to your friends. It’s not your typical joke book because it includes personal revelations by Close, a jazz pianist and sleight-of-hand magician..." Jerry Fink reviews "That Reminds Me" in Las Vegas Sun Click Here. Available from Click Here. 24.5.08


Merlins of Wakefield Dealer Dems: Tuesday 17th June at the Anglian Magic Society, Monday 23rd June at The Magic Circle, Wednesday 25th June at the Leaminton and Warwick Day of Magic. They still have some spaces for Dealer Dems in 2008, and are now booking for 2009. 24.5.08


Marc Oberon lectures at the Ilford Magical Society on Wednesday 28th May at 8pm at the Parkside Community Centre, Goodmayes Lane, Ilford, IG3 9PP. Guests £10.00. Contact Dave Kay on 07834 678876. 24.5.08


Mark Worgan presents his "Simply Professional" lecture covering children's magic, close-up and comedy cabaret at the Medway Magical Society on June 3rd at the Gordon House Hotel, 91 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX (Contact Tony Hanscombe 01634 366192 for details) and on June 4th at the Zodiac Magical Society, Northfields Community Center, Northcroft Road, Ealing, London W13 9SS. 24.5.08


Anthony Crabbe. From Daniel Dean: Anthony Crabbe sadly passed away at 8pm on 14th May 2008. He was a distinguished member of The Inner Magic Circle whose career spanned a complete spectrum of audiences, including royalty. He performed many times at the exclusive Magic Castle in Hollywood, a Mecca for magicians worldwide, and made three cabaret appearances representing the United Kingdom in an international Magic Convention in Evansville, Indiana USA. He appeared on the Paul Daniel's Show for BBC television, and played many well known theatres, including the West End’s Scala Theatre, the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, the Chichester Festival Theatre, the Yvonne Arnaud, Guilford, and the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. Anthony, a friend to all and a true gentleman, you will be sadly missed. Funeral service at All Saints Parish Church, Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HY on Tuesday 27th May 2008 at 1.45pm followed by private cremation. Family flowers only, but donations if desired for St Peters Hospice may be sent to R Davies & Son, 381 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8TN. 24.5.08


Jeff Hobson, Gene Anderson, Michael Close, and Juan Tamariz... Bob Hayden turns the spotlight on four of the headliners appearing at the Eastbourne Convention this year, Click Here • "How Magician David Blaine Held His Breath For 17 Minutes" Click Here • "Interview with Rocco Silano from Vh1’s CelebraCadabra" Click Here • "Master of the decks" Click Here • "Abraca-drab-ra" Click Here • "ITV presenters have a talent for encouraging cruelty" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 24.5.08