Number 424 - 9th August 2008


A Tribute to Siegfried & Roy at the London Palladium - Sunday 28th September. All ticket sales for the show are now being handled exclusively by London Theatre Bookings. The Telephone Booking Number is 020 7851 0300. Tickets can also be booked online through their website (under "Tribute to Siegfried & Roy"). MagiCares - The Magic Charity which is being launched at the show has nominated DebRA to be the beneficiary of funds raised from this show and also the Gala Charity Fundraising Dinner at the Landmark Hotel on 1st October honouring Siegfried & Roy. The Guest of Honour is HRH Princess Michael of Kent. DebRA funds vital research into Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), the horrendous life threatening skin condition which afflicts children and for which currently there is no cure. Visit for more information - the line up is amazing! 9.8.08


Yo - it's Dynamo... Click Here. 9.8.08


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day - Saturday, 1st November, London. This popular annual event always attracts a good crowd of magicians from all over the country. This year The Magic Circle expect to have about 50 dealer stands, selling a wide variety of magic effects and props, as well as specialist books and DVDs. Venue: The Edward and Alexander Rooms, The Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG (Map) from 10am - 5pm. Entrance is free to members of The Magic Circle on production of a current membership card. Other guests - £5 per adult and £3 per person aged 16 or under. Tickets available on the door. Stand prices for dealers are £60 (incl VAT) for a 6 foot table. Dealers may reserve 1, 2, or 3 such tables. Contact organiser, Dr Peter Altman, for a booking form: Dr Peter Altman telephone 01923 404918 (Dealer spaces are limited so please contact Dr Peter Altman sooner rather than later, if you would like to book a stand.). 9.8.08


Magic to Cry For: 15th , 22nd, 29th August at 7.30pm. Standnotamazed present three shows at the Canal Café Theatre in Little Venice, London, with each week with Standnotamazed and Piff the Magic Dragon (John van der Put), beginning on Friday 15th August with special guests Fay Presto and Mandy Muden, then on Friday 22nd with special guests Paul Foot and Richard Pinner, and on Friday 29th with special guests Scott Penrose and Kalki Hula Girl. Showtime 7.30pm £10.00 (concessions £8.00) Advance tickets: 020 7289 6054 or Venue: The Bridge House, Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, London W2 6ND. Also see for more info. (John van der Put's recent Zodiac Magical Society lecture is reviewed this week by Dan Alexander, Click Here.) 9.8.08


'Anna and Rose' with JP Quirky Magician in Weapons of Mass Seduction. JP Quirky is one of the male leads in the true story Anna and Rose... Weapons of Mass Seduction as a Gypsy Street Magician. It is a comedy /tragedy laced with some Magic, Flamenco and Belly Dancing as well as Burlesque. Read all about it on the website as there are many levels of this story to enjoy. Venue: The Courtyard Theatre, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, N1 6EU (Map). August 12th - 31st at 7.30pm nightly. Adults £16.00 Concessions £12.00 Box Office: 0870 163 0717 For more info contact: Visit: 9.8.08


The Magic of the Circus. Momentum Magic in association with Richard Leigh presents 'The Magic of the Circus'. A family magic and illusion show in aid of Momentum (Richard Leigh's chosen charity). A Circus themed show featuring Soft Cabaret, Richard Leigh, Jay Fortune, Jenifer Allen, Michelle Roberts and David Major. Sunday 21st September at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Kingston Grammar School Theatre, London Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT2 6PY (Map). Adults £10.00, Children and Concessions £7.00. Box Office: 020 8255 0945 or email For more information and to book online visit 9.8.08


Wayne Dobson Lecture. Back to lecture by popular demand - one of Britain's best known magicians. Tuesday 2nd December 7.30pm for 8pm. Venue: The DownTown Diner, Park Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8LS (Map). Members £5.00 Visitors £10.00 (members of other magic clubs will benefit from a reduced rate on proof of membership) Contact Miki Travis (01233 620120) for more info. 9.8.08


Michael Vincent Lecture. An Evening with one of the top close-up magicians in the world. Monday 18th August 7.30pm for 8pm. Venue: The DownTown Diner, Park Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8LS (Map). Members £5.00 Visitors £10.00 (members of other magic clubs will benefit from a reduced rate on proof of membership) Contact Miki Travis (01233 620120) for more info. 9.8.08 presents Illusion Through Expectation - the brand new DVD from close-up magician Alex Moffat: "This DVD features some of Alex’s most prized routines and moves - material he’s been performing commercially for the last fifteen years. Some of the magic is truly eye-popping, including S4hades of Dobson (a superb four coin matrix routine), Reboxed (an instant vanish of the complete deck which re-appears immediately inside the card case) and Alex’s Mofusion - which is probably the best ever version of the fused signed card plot. Best of all, we are offering a special 15% discount for all pre-orders received within the next few days," says Russ Stevens. A teaser can be seen by visiting 9.8.08


Evening of Magic - Winchester. Tickets are now available for the Winchester Magical Society’s “Evening of Magic” on Friday October 10th at the Winchester Rugby Club. This event combines close-up magic at tables, a stage show and a dinner for just £16.00. This show has been running for over 20 years and always features a special guest stage performer, this year's being John Lenahan. Further information and tickets are available from Bob Yelland 01420 85067. 9.8.08


Chinese Sticks by Wayne Dobson. Custom made in ¾" square, 18" long aluminium tubing and anodised in electric blue with white plastic ends these Chinese Sticks have been designed with the working professional in mind. They also have a white plastic ball on the end of each chord, making them perfect for the Wayne Dobson routine 'Ping & Pong' which is included with every pair. These sticks work like a dream! Visit for more information and to order. (Also see the new 'Mini Smash & Stab' made in aluminium - take the fear up close with this version!). 9.8.08


Last Monday Spencer Wood took Etienne Pradier, Paul Martin, Paul Denbow, Dan Tyrrell, and Stephen Karl to entertain 1000 guests from Skandia at Cowes International Sailing Regatta on the Isle of Wight. Great fun was had by all entertaining many international top directors and VIP's from around the world! 9.8.08


Voitko's SnowStorming Fan - in stock now! "The quality is amazing! It's really professional, extremely well made, powerful and a killer effect! The design and craftsmanship are simply what you would expect from the best magic prop builders. You've really surpassed yourself! The belt looks great, the fan is a beauty and the mechanism is superb!" Laurent Beretta, Monte Carlo Magic Stars Grand Prix Winner 2004. For more info, and to watch a video Click Here. 9.8.08


4 weeks to Kidology 2008! The only UK convention specifically geared towards the children's entertainer takes place in Wolverhampton on Tuesday, September 9th. John Kimmons (photo) has performed close to 10,000 shows since starting out as a full-time professional entertainer 25 years ago and has performed at just about every conceivable type of venue from birthday parties in living rooms to large theatres and festivals. During the nineties he represented the Supreme Magic Company at conventions all over the world and presented the ‘Supreme Seminars’ at clubs and societies throughout the UK. John now concentrates on performing and has been delighting young audiences with his unique blend of comedy, magic and ventriloquism for many years. In his lecture ‘Talk To The Hand!’ John will be presenting some of his most popular ventriloquism routines and exploring ways to combine puppets with magic when performing for family audiences. 4 lectures, 12 dealers, lunch included! Visit 9.8.08


It really is magic! "Ian Kendall’s new show looks back to the magic tricks of yesteryear, before camera tricks and TV magic, between 1850 and 1930, when magicians were the rock stars of the day. These tricks are mixed with Kendall’s humour and anecdotes about the men who made them famous..." To read the full review by Kathryn Mack in Broadway Baby Click Here. The Expert At The Card Table. "Guy Hollingworth is the expert, the green baize providing a canvas on which he can create mysterious visions with nothing more than a pack of playing cards and a little dexterity. A top-notch, close-up magic show, The Expert At The Card Table draws heavily on the seminal book written by SW Erdnase, originally published in 1901, and looks into the story behind the writing of the book..." Eddie Harrison reviews The Expert At The Card Table in Thursday's Metro, to read the full review Click Here. New acts conjuring up something special - "A few years ago you would have been hard-pressed to find any form of top-class magic and mental chicanery at the Festival. However, times have changed and this year magic/mentalist fans are again spoilt for choice." Click Here. "'Fake' magician appears at Fringe" Click Here. . 9.8.08


Sean Goodman lectures at Magical Mayhem in Hitchin on Thursday 21st August: "This will be a fantastic lecture, it will be held at the Sun Hotel in Sun Street at 7.30pm and will only be £5 to non members. Anyone who has seen Sean before knows that this is not to be missed." For more info telephone Lee smith 07731 916965 or visit 9.8.08


Ricky McLeod (Tricky Ricky) has been invited back for the third year in a row to provide walkabout magic and "teach a trick" sessions at the Edinburgh International Book Festival Schools Gala Day on August 26th 9.8.08


Nicky McAllister, Kerry Scorah and Mandy Davis snapped at The Magic Circle's Afternoon Tea Party held at the IBM/SAM convention in Kentucky last month - and having a good time too by the look of it (that'll be all the free cakes). 9.8.08


A Magical Upbringing: Collected Letters and Articles of June Barrows Mussey. "June Barrows Mussey aka Henry Hay was a remarkable man. Imagine, a boy of 14 going on an international magic tour all by himself; corresponding with one of the greatest magicians of all time, T. Nelson Downs; later becoming friends and business partner with the great John Mulholland; translating books into German although German was not his native language; translating books from seven other languages (truly a genius with languages); starting his own publishing business; writing one of the most read and respected magic books; and being considered a brilliant ad copy writer during his later years. This work brings Henry Hay, the person, closer through his letters, early articles, unpublished photos, and articles about him." Visit for more information (there's a special deal if purchased together with Henry Hay's classic 'The Amateur Magician's Handbook' ). 9.8.08


Ashley Turner performs his Comedy Mind Control Act at the Northampton Balloon Festival on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th August in the comedy tent starting at 730pm. Entry to the Festival is £4.00 Also appearing Steve Royal, Bill Woolland and Rob Riley. Promises to be a great evening - contains adult content. 9.8.08


The Magician's Tale by Mark Townsend. Published by O Books on 31st August. "Mark Townsend is a wonderful magician, not least because he is such an appealing human-being. As a vicar his parishioners thought the world of him, and his magic is somehow infused with the same calm, caring, spiritual quality that enhanced his ministry." Brian Viner, The Independent. Visit for more information. "Magic priest's new book" Click Here. To pre-order from Click Here. 9.8.08


Blackpool & Fylde Mystics. Alan Mylecraine emails: "After a number of discussions we are pleased to announce the re-formation of the Blackpool & Fylde Mystics. This magical society was originally established in 1958, so it is therefore fitting that it is re-formed in this, the society's 50th Anniversary year. The first meeting was held on Tuesday 5th August 2008 in Cleveleys, Lancashire and was attended by 7 people, including one of the original founder members, Ken Ashburn. It was agreed at the outset that both Ken Ashburn and Laurie Gleeson, one of the other founder members, should be made Honorary Life Members in recognition of their involvement in forming the society all those years ago. In preliminary discussions it was agreed that the main aim of the Society would be the performance of magic. With a full programme of events compiled for the next twelve months it is hoped that the society will begin to grow with other like minded magicians joining. We would also like to dispel any myths that this is a breakaway society from other clubs. This is not the case and members are actively encouraged to be members of other societies, firmly believing in “Friendship Through the Art of Magic”. Membership is open to all practicing magicians who wish to perform and share their magical experiences with a small group of fellow enthusiasts. Meetings are held at 8pm on the first Tuesday of each month at the Frank Townend Community Centre in Cleveleys." For more information or an application form, email 9.8.08


Award Winning Magician James Piper has put together a lecture featuring with his own style of visual close-up magic, and would be happy to hear from magic clubs interested in booking him for an evening. Click Here to watch a video, and visit James's website to make direct contact: 9.8.08


ACES Magic Society are delighted to announce that they will be celebrating with friends old and new their 15th birthday party in Lewes on Wednesday 13th August: "We are hopeful that some members will perform their original audition routines and there will be many happy memories shared by all there. If you were a member or are interested in joining the magic society that's anything but "the norm" and where vanishing an elephant is all part of a club night, or want to come along to see what ACES is all about for the night (and perhaps enjoy a slice of birthday cake), give Martin Lewis (President) or Nicky Moon (Secretary) a call on 01903 532413 for more details." Visit 9.8.08


Look out for Alan and Allan at The Wizard Festival on August 22nd and 23rd at the New Deer Showground, Aberdeenshire. Tickets can be purchased from 0870 220 1116 or Allansmagic, winners of the 2008 Scottish Children’s Entertainers of the Year Award, have been confirmed as the opening event for the “wee wizards” children’s arena on Friday August 22nd. Performing throughout the weekend, Allansmagic will be making audiences gasp with two stardust sprinkled shows that are aimed at keeping both kids and their parents entertained throughout the festival weekend. Also look out for their 7ft tall pet rabbit, called Jamie, and a few tropical birds with plenty to say, and a host of other walkabout entertainment all provided by Scotland’s leading festival entertainers, Allansmagic. 9.8.08


News from Lomond Magic. David Lees emails: "I am delighted to inform you of one or two new items being offered by Lomond Magic. First of all my own favourite close-up routine titled simply 'Coins Across' there is a gimmick supplied with the routine. This is an ideal performance piece for walk about and close-up situations.. I am also offering my own handling for the Centre Tear. I have used this handling for years, and have had a lot of fun with it. I have also recently added 'Kaleidoscope Cards Limited Edition.' This is an outstanding handling of the Rainbow Deck with a triple climax. I am also very pleased to offer you 'Technicolour Aces' a lovely three-phase routine by Daryl with a totally unexpected surprise finish! Do not forget that I am still offering my 'Psychic Wallet act'. This is a full mentalist act (easily 30 mins) carried in your wallet. For all those magical societies looking for a dealer demonstration for your society meetings, please do fell free to get in touch. I am happy to discuss visiting your magic society and presenting my current dealer demonstration. I am sure that you will find it to be an enjoyable evening. If you are running a convention and looking for magic dealers Lomond Magic will be happy to come along to your convention and to join in the fun. For more information about our products do feel free to visit our site at or give me a call on 01389 755305." 9.8.08


Derek McFaull. Bob Hayden, Public Relations Officer for the British Ring emails: It is with much sadness that we have to report the sudden death of our President, Ring Chaplain and Chief Welfare Officer Derek McFaull on Monday 4th August. His passing leaves a massive void in the British Ring, a Society to which Derek was so committed and leaves the remaining Officers and Committee in total shock. As Chief Welfare Officer since 2004,his devotion to the membership has been exemplary as any member who has been sick, suffered an accident or who have found themselves in distress will testify. He was the ultimate caring person. Not only that, but as he has done every year since 1994, he had already arranged the Hospital and Special Venue shows and these will go ahead exactly as he had planned. The Organising Committee are now more than ever determined to make Eastbourne 2008 the finest and most enjoyable British Ring Convention ever making it a fitting tribute to Derek, who was so looking forward to it as the climax of his Presidential year. To his two children and their families and his two sisters we extend our sincere condolences at this distressing time and assure them our thoughts are constantly with them. The funeral will take place on Monday 18th August at 13.15 hours at St Mary’s Church in Calne Wiltshire. Derek requested Family flowers only with any donations going to the British Ring I.B.M. Welfare Fund. They can be sent care of the Funeral Directors W. Wooton & Sons 47 Market Place, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 3HU. 9.8.08


Mad TV pays homage to Criss Angel Click Here. 9.8.08


"Magic man Paul is still the best of British" Click Here • "Korean Student Wins World Magic Contest" Click Here • "Keith: I'm not ready to be Dad" Click Here • "Paul Daniels working his magic again" Click Here • "Mime artist breaks his silence to blast permits" Click Here • "Magic Moments with Jamie Zammitt" Click Here • "Death Defying Acts" Click Here (now showing at your local Odeon, Click Here) • Many thanks for your news items - always welcomed! Please remember the strict 12 noon Friday deadline for Saturday's MagicWeek. That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 9.8.08