Number 416 - 14th June 2008


72nd British Ring IBM Convention, 24th - 28th September 2008, Eastbourne. Geoffrey Durham presents the Jeffery Atkins Memorial Lecture at this year's convention in Eastbourne. It is fitting that he will be delivering the annual Jeffery Atkins Memorial Lecture as Jeffery was a great admirer of Geoffrey’s work, and was hugely impressed by his one man show, ‘One Man’s Intrepid Journey Up His Own Sleeve’ after seeing its launch at the Kings Head, Islington. Geoffrey is entitling his lecture ‘Finding the Magic Ingredient’. It is an entirely brand new lecture that he has created exclusively for the Eastbourne Convention. In it he will be exploring the techniques, which raise magic from “someone showing off some tricks” to a performance skill. Drawing on his thirty-five years experience as a professional magician, Geoffrey will be demonstrating and explaining material from every stage of his development as an entertainer – none of it having been featured in his lectures before - and will show how he succeeded in making these great routines his own. (There is a rumour that, for one day only, there may be even a guest appearance by The Great Soprendo!). British Ring PRO Bob Hayden has sent through another feature article on the convention: Click Here. For registration information visit the website: 14.6.08


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) presents The David Nixon Story by Steve Short on Tuesday, 24th June, at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF (Map). Steve has carefully researched David’s life and career with the help of the family and many people who worked with David, including Ali Bongo, his magical advisor for 10 years. This is a PowerPoint presentation and includes many unseen photos telling the story, with some funny and some sad incidents, about the man who was the television magician from the 1950’s until his untimely death in 1978. Door charge applies for non members. Contact Secretary Mike Sharples on 0161 287 7865 or 14.6.08


Electric Empire presents ‘Magic Night’ at Soho Revue Bar on Friday, 4th July. Magic Night returns on 4th July with sequins and feathers. Magic Night glams-up to present a glittering night of superb sorcery from the burlesque Romany, Diva of Magic, Sergio Barros and his ingenious illusions, some very funny magic from Nick Mohammed, mind reading from Steve Dela and close-up magic from Neil Henry. Doors open 7.00pm, Show starts 8.00pm. Tickets £10.00, Concessions £7.00 via Soho Revue Bar, 11 Walkers Court, Soho, London W1 14.6.08


Blackpool Magicians Club have purchased a Theatre Club, now known as the "Blackpool Magicians Theatre Club", located off Sherbourne Road in Blackpool. Extensive alterations and renovations are taking place but many of the new features are now completed. The 200 seat theatre is operational and has been named "Ken Dodd Theatre". Already several international lecturers have lectured on stage, and been very impressed with it. The "Murray Room" contains a very impressive Magical Reference Library, a fascinating magic museum and also a wonderful Magic Shop, which is nearly ready to open. The next lecture in the theatre will be by Etienne Pradier on 26th June, 2008. Associate Membership of Blackpool Magicians Club is now available at a cost of £25.00 per year. For full details contact Derek Lever, 32 Pilling Lane, Preesall, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancs. FY6 OEU email: or Phone/Fax 01253 810113 14.6.08


Nick Einhorn and Chris Priest had a close shave with French police after the Gendarme tried to close-down a corporate party in Cannes – they succeeded in stopping the music but the magic continued well into the night for 500 VIP guests at a luxury villa in Cannes. The client, one of the world’s largest banks, were entertaining their guests at a lavish party when the noise level attracted some unwanted attention from locals. Rumour has it that the noise kicked off after Nick’s performance of 20th Century Bra and Chris’s sponge Ding Dong routine caused riotous responses! 14.6.08


Smelly Jelly with Andy Clockwise is a brand new 2 DVD set. Disc 1 feature's Andy's current children's magic show, suitable for children aged 4 - 10 years. The show was filmed in a theatre and runs for 70 minutes. Disc 2 features Andy's first kids show ("an absolute nightmare!"), his current set-up, circus workshop, Blackpool Act from 2008 and his show reel, plus, Andy is interviewed by his sidekick Charlie Rat! Here Andy passes on his top tips on advertising, cancellation fees, disruptive children (and parents!), magic... games... and lots more. The total running time is over 130 minutes and the DVD set is available directly from Andy at £27.99 including delivery. For more information and to order email 14.6.08


Abraca-Deborah! Debbie McGee joins BBC Radio Berkshire. Listeners to BBC Radio Berkshire will be guaranteed a bit of magic on Sunday mornings - Debbie McGee will be adding a bit of sparkle to the station's weekend line-up. Debbie is set to become a station regular every Sunday from 9am to 12 noon. Promising a light-hearted mix of entertainment, showbiz guests and tales straight from the people of Berkshire, Debbie hopes to bring a "bit of a laugh" to her adopted county's weekend lie-in. Debbie said: "I absolutely love doing radio, it is great fun and everyone at the station has been really supportive. I am just going to be myself and hopefully people will like it. It is great to be doing a show about a place that both Paul and I love. This is a real opportunity for people to get to know the real me." Debbie McGee, live on BBC Radio Berkshire, Sundays, 9am to 12noon and also via 14.6.08


Liam Montier's Ultroviolet DVD Kit is featured under Magic DVDs this week. "Liam Montier takes you into the amazing world of Ultraviolet. With your special UV light ‘hidden’ in plain sight on your key ring, and a pen in your pocket, you’ll be ready to unleash mind-melting magic at any time. Combining the amazing properties of the UV light and the UV marker, your magic arsenal will be stuffed to the gills with great material. And best of all, the gimmicks do the work for you! Over the course of 90 minutes Liam Montier and Owen Packard teach you more craziness with the UV gimmicks than you’d have thought humanly possible. Your creative juices will be gushing after you witness tomfoolery with playing cards, forearms, watches, coins, business cards and anything else Liam can get his hands on..."  14.6.08


Merlins of Wakefield are pleased to announce that they can now offer the latest Robert Albo books from the USA. Limited to just 400 copies worldwide, they can be ordered directly from their website, on a strictly first come first served basis. They will be shipped directly from the USA within 4 weeks of ordering. 14.6.08


Panto stars Christopher Biggins and Matthew Kelly made a dramatic entrance at the Mayflower Theatre with the help of The Twins, at the launch of Cinderella, The Musical Pantomime last week "Christopher Biggins descended from a helicopter onto the stage in full jungle camouflage to the cheers of the assembled audience. He then revealed the helicopter behind him on stage and the pilot who was Matthew Kelly." The Twins are famed for their large scale illusions and revealed that they will be returning to the Mayflower theatre to conjure up some special illusions again, for this year's show. Cinderella, The Musical Pantomime will run from December 5th 2008 to January 17th 2009. 14.6.08


JL2Magic's Himber Twist Wallet is reviewed by Nick Einhorn this week "The design of this specific wallet differs to others I have seen before. Specifically, there are pockets and flaps located in just the right places to allow for some interesting routines not possible with other wallets I have seen and own..." Click Here to read the full review. 14.6.08


Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Magic Auction on Monday 23rd June at the Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford M5 4PE (Map) commencing at 6.30pm. There is a door charge of £3.00 for non-members. Hundreds of items are on offer including Close-Up, Stage Magic, DVDs and a large collection of books. Star Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever will host the event. 14.6.08


Reel Magic DVD subscription offer. Mike Danata's Magic Studio are offering 12 month Reel Magic subscription for just £36.00 - that's 6 DVDs at just £6.00 each. The latest edition features Johnny Thompson and Andrew Pinard in conversation, Kozmo interviews Gregory Wilson, Simon Lovell's "Simon Said It!", Garrett Thomas with "Try This At Home", Jon Armstrong "Small Things, Big Difference", plus reviews and bonus tricks. Two hours of magic on one DVD - for ordering details visit: 14.6.08


Day of Magic. The Leamington & Warwick Magic Society present their annual 'Day of Magic' mid-week, on Wednesday 25th June. There will be a full day of events, with lectures from close-up magicians, David Penn, Paul Gordon and Andrew Murray. The day will also feature workshops on balloons, ventriloquism, Cups & Balls, elastic bands, cards and coin work. Dealers include Zane's Magic Shop, Merlins Magic, Andrew Normansell, Keith Bennett, Made to Measure Magic, Kaymar and Adrian Sullivan. 10am - 6pm, Leamington & Warwick Magic Society, Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). Tickets are £15 and include a mid afternoon buffet. Cheques should be made payable to 'Leamington & Warwick Magic Society' and sent c/o Mr M McCreath, 242 Lutterworth Road, Nuneaton CV11 6PG 14.6.08


Tony Griffith will be presenting his lecture 'Creative Magic' for the Portsmouth and District Magic Circle on Monday 21st July. 14.6.08


Happy Mondays. Spike's Lookalikes - 2: A Kind of Magic. "Sitcom by Mark Watson, set in a lookalike agency. Against all the odds, Spike and Maggie get a booking to reprise their infamous Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee double act. One booking leads to another, but the result is far from magical." Starring: Ardal O'Hanlon, Doon McKichon. 11pm on Monday 23rd June (30 minutes) on BBC Radio Four. 14.6.08


Special Offer and news from Lomond Magic: "Lomond Magic is delighted to present you with a special offer. Four separate items are being offered in one package. The offer includes a four ace routine. A mini card programme (Signed card to wallet with bonus routine), my very own Centre Tear and an ESP effect. The items would sell individually for a total of £21.00 however for a limited time you can purchase them all in one package for £15.00 post free, Click Here. Also, we are now accepting bookings from magic societies for dealer dem/lectures. If you are now planning your syllabus for next season you may wish to consider Lomond Magic for an evenings entertainment. You can email me at or call on 01389 755305. Catch the bargains while you can." 14.6.08


Proposed new Magic Society in Lancashire. Alan Mylecraine and Paul Joyce email: "The possibility of a new magic society in Lancashire is currently being explored. It is proposed to meet in the Fylde & Wyre area (near Blackpool) with the society being called Fylde and Wyre Magic Society. The purpose of this post is to establish if there would be any call for the proposed establishment of a new society in the area. We aim to promote the performance of magic and would encourage all amateur, professional and hobbyist magicians to get in touch. Please email if you are interested in attending and we can keep you informed with developments and where the meeting will take place etc." 14.6.08


The Pentacle Club Lecture for 2008, Alan Maskell emails: "The Pentacle Club Lecture for 2008, will be held on Tuesday 17th June, when we are delighted to be welcoming British Ring stage manager, competition winner and creative thinker Neil Roberts with his acclaimed 'From Page to Stage' lecture; following the evolution and building of an act from first ideas to fruition. Visiting magicians will be welcome, the lecture will start at 8pm at St Laurences School, Arbury Road, Cambridge, CB4 2JX. There is a £5 charge for non Pentacle Club members." 14.6.08


Mr ‘E’ Enterprises email: "Mr. ‘E’ Enterprises will offer only a skeleton service for two weeks starting the 17th June 08 as Eddie is to have a major operation the following day, following six months of essential treatment. Lady Kerrensa will continue to operate a limited service on straight forward orders and inquiries during this period, but please forgive if things are a little delayed. Anything Kerrensa cannot attend to will be updated just as soon as Eddie is home again following surgery. Eddie would also like to thank everyone for all their kind words of support and encouragement during his fight with Cancer he feels that things are going well and remains in a positive state of mind." 14.6.08


The Magic Circle celebrate 10 years in their new headquarters, the Centre for the Magic Arts, this week. The Magic Circle Performing Magic Through the Ages by Michael Bailey captured the club's first 100 years, available Click Here • "Magician's daft raider vanishes" Click Here • "Magician pulled career out of a hat" Click Here • "Keith set for magic of fatherhood after miracle crash escape" Click Here • "Britain's Got Talent Exclusive - Vizage hit back" Click Here • "Siegfried and Roy Welcome New Cubs" Click Here • "It’s official, you can’t pop corn with your cell phone." Click Here • "Interview: Paul Zenon gets On the Bus" Click Here • "Paul Daniels is magic" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 14.6.08