Number 425 - 16th August 2008


Pure Magic! The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has fallen under the spell of a number of magicians this year - with rave reviews appearing like never before... this week Barry & Stuart are featured on the front cover of The List , and deservedly picked up a Five Star review for their show which boldly goes where no mere magic show has dared venture before... Click Here. Also see "Barry & Stuart: Part-time Warlocks" in Three Weeks Click Here. In The Ed Stage they collected a "Stage Must See!" stamp of approval Click Here, and last Sunday the two were featured in The Times, Click Here. Keep up-to-date with all Barry and Stuart goings on via their blog: "Forget rabbits and hats. The new generation of magicians on the Edinburgh Fringe want to mess with your mind..." Click Here. "Pete Firman's FlimFlam not for the squeamish" Click Here. 16.8.08


Kidology UK 2008 is now just three weeks away. This is the only UK convention specifically geared towards the children's entertainer, taking place in Wolverhampton on Tuesday, September 9th. Ireland's Pat Fallon is putting together a brand new lecture for the day entitled Magical Entertainment for the Older Child. "This can be a difficult area and some magicians shy away from it, but there are plenty of bookings for this kind of work, and Pat is a seasoned professional who is always worth listening to. Pat has lectured extensively on magic - including some clever and original twists on children's magic - but this is the first time he has tackled this challenging subject." In conjunction with the lecture, Pat will be releasing a new DVD called 'Magic for Older Children' on the day - see Magic DVDs to watch a clip. 4 lectures, 12 dealers, lunch included! Visit for full details and to book. 16.8.08


Presto Poster! A limited edition Presto poster is available from The Animation Art Gallery in London. "Dignity. Poise. Mystery. We expect nothing less from the great turn-of-the-century magician, Presto. But when Presto neglects to feed his rabbit, Alec, one too many times, the magician finds he isn't the only one with a few tricks up his sleeve!" Presto, is the animated Pixar short, currently in cinemas preceding WALL-E. Many thanks to Darryl Rose for alerting us to the availability of this poster, and also for arranging a discount for magicians (use the code '321Magic' online or when ordering by phone to receive a small discount). Expect delivery in 2-3 weeks. Visit: for more information and to order. 16.8.08


Wayne Dobson Lecture. ACES Magic Society are delighted to announce that Wayne Dobson will be lecturing for them shortly. "His personality and professionalism shines through and the evening is likely to include many of Wayne's best routines, perhaps some new ones and no doubt some comedy." Visiting magicians are welcome at £5.00 (park in the Dorset Arms car park, due to the pedestrianisation of Lewes town centre). Contact President Martin Lewis or Secretary Nicky Moon for more information on 01903 532413 or 07759 807953. 10th September 8pm to 10pm, Thomas A Beckett Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes. 16.8.08


Don't Miss a Trick. In this one-off family special, (hosted by Kate Thornton), Jessica Clement, Paul Wilson and Alex Conran from BBC3's The Real Hustle perform for the public. "Can you guess how it's done before the tricksters reveal their secrets?" Meanwhile, Pete Firman shares some shocking, stomach churning tricks! Don't Miss a Trick - 5.05pm on Monday 25th August on BBC 1. 16.8.08


Ali Bongo's Micro Magic Marathon. Ali Bongo called to ask us to remind readers attending the Eastbourne Convention that there will be a special event on the Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm, the Micro Magic Marathon, for magicians who wish to perform real close-up magic to groups of conventioneers in a convivial atmosphere. Each performer will be given a number. They will perform for as many tables and groups a possible in the time allocated. All conventioneers will have cards to register their thoughts and at the end will put down just the number of their favourite performer. The cards will be collected and the winner announced. So as not to compete with the official close-up competition there will be no official prize but some token presentation will be made, together with the glory and satisfaction of being the ‘Peoples Choice!’. It will be left up to individual performers how they approach the challenge. Originality, diversity, brevity, stamina, charm and charisma will be paramount. This will be real close-up. Ali's intention is for this event to fill two desirable objectives: more "under the nose" magic and more socialising. This will make everyone participators, instead of being purely spectators. You can call Ali on 07974 016922 for more details or just to let him know that you'll be participating. 16.8.08


James Prince: Menu of Miracles, the new two-DVD set from is reviewed by Jack Stephens this week, Click Here. 16.8.08


The Twins and Mark Parker have just been added to The Southern England Magic Convention line-up in January. Together they will "offer a rare chance to have a frank, no holds barred question and answer session... strong language may be used in this one off discussion." Visit for more information. 16.8.08


Denny Haney and Mark Mitton (photo) are two more names you'll be seeing at the IBM British Ring Convention in Eastbourne in September. Bob Hayden profiles them both, together with Close-up Competition organiser Steve Evans, who takes over from Bryan Atherton this year. Click Here for update number 10, or visit for more on the convention in general. 16.8.08


Chris Congreave lectures at the Ipswich Magical Society on Monday, August 18th. Visiting magicians are welcome, but are asked to contact the secretary first: . 16.8.08


Paul Gordon lecture. On Thursday 28th August, Paul Gordon presents his brand-new professional card magic lecture for the Blackpool Magicians' Club. Featuring magic from his books Cardistry, Card Collective and his new book - Cool Card Stuff! Paul will also be performing new dealer items that he will be releasing next year. 16.8.08’s new audio offerings include the Martin Breese Collection, Classic Blackstone Magic Detective Radio Drama. Expanding their line of audio downloads, is proud to announce the addition of the complete Martin Breese audio magic series as well as digitally restored copies of all existing Blackstone Magic Detective episodes. Although best known for their magic ebook products, also offer both audio and video downloads. Now, they are proud to announce a major expansion of their audio download catalogue. is the exclusive source for audio downloads of the famed Martin Breese MagiCassette and MagiCD series. They have also commissioned digital restoration of all known episodes of the Blackstone, Magic Detective radio program. Both collections are available as convenient, high quality MP3 downloads or on disc. Visit for more information. 16.8.08


The Nottingham Guild of Magicians once again staged their Children's Entertainer Competition at the Bonington Theatre, Arnold. Four performers took part with the audience voting for their favourite at the end of the afternoon. The winner was Magician Cliff (Cliff Arram). L to R: Dizzy Dez, Jolly Jingles, Magician Cliff, Carlo the Clown and compere Uncle Barrie. 16.8.08


Mark Elsdon Lecture. Wellingborough Magicians Society will be hosting a lecture by Mark Elsdon on Wednesday 20th August at 7.30pm. Visiting Magicians welcome. Members £3.00. Visitors £8.00. Venue: The Railway Club, Broad Green, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 4LH (Map) 16.8.08


Peter McLanachan is presenting his “A Force Much Greater Than Luck” card magic lecture for International Magic on Thursday 28th August at their usual venue - 'Casa Italiana', 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). If you are interested in going along email or telephone Martin MacMillan or 0207 405 7324. Times are 7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start, finishing at around 9.45pm. £10 per person 16.8.08


Magicians Wanted! Matt Windsor emails: "Man Utd have booked me and our magic team Think Magic for the 9th year now. They are also looking at extending the rooms that magicians perform in, so I might well need a number of new magicians for them. It could be very helpful if any magicians are interested to get in touch. We entertain in the corporate areas and boxes both pre and post-match, performing close-up table hopping magic." Email: 16.8.08


Christopher Pratt, 1947 - 2008. It is very sad to have to report that Chris Pratt died on Monday 11th August. Chris had been ill for a number of years following the diagnosis of a brain tumour in the Summer of 2005. Chris was one of the first welcoming faces I met when I joined The Magic Circle years ago and someone that I had the greatest of respect for. A former Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year winner Chris loved magic and The Magic Circle, and made a huge contribution to the success that the society enjoys today. One of the main forces behind its Meet The Magic Circle evenings and annual Magic Circle Christmas Show, Chris had served the society as its ever-efficient secretary for over 20 years and was also its current Vice-President. I'll never forget a trip we shared to a Society of American Magicians convention in New Orleans a few years ago when Chris, together with his wife Jill, led a group of magicians through the sweltering back streets of New Orleans in search of a tucked-away jam-packed jazz club that somehow had escaped the perils of time. It was a wonderful evening. I'll really miss Chris. Duncan Trillo.


Chris is remembered by Magic Circle President Alan Shaxon, Click Here, Brian Miller, Click Here and by Peter & Ilona Scarlett Click Here. A private family Cremation will take place on Friday 22nd August. This will be followed by a Celebration of Chris's life at St Marys Church, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TN (Map) on Friday 22nd August 2008 at 3.45pm to which everyone is invited. (Family flowers only requested, but if people would like to make a donation, they can do so to either The Isabel Hospice, or Marie Curie Cancer Care, who both helped to look after Chris. Donations can be sent to the funeral director at the following address: Chas. A. Nethercott & Son Ltd., 150 Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1AF. Please write Christopher Pratt on the back of any cheques.) Chris requested that black ties should not be worn! We are celebrating his love of life. After the service, tea and cakes will be served in the Parish room next to the church. 16.8.08


A Very Happy Birthday to Nottingham Magician Fred Wilkinson - 75 today (have a great day Fred!) • A Magical Wedding - Jack Delvin reports Click Here • Burning Card Magic - Super Massive Sale Now On! Visit to pick up a bargain • Magic to Cry For - Friday 22nd August with special guests Paul Foot and Richard Pinner, see What's On • "Best of British Variety Tour" Click Here • "Death Defying Acts" Click Here • Mike Danata's Magic Studio is having a 10% off the lot sale with extended opening hours over the bank holiday weekend (10am - 3pm Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday) - the sale applies to mail order orders as well: • Gary Jones reviews John Carey's recent lecture at the Riviera Circle of Magicians, Click Here • Rex Stott reviews Jack Delvin's recent lecture at The York Society of Magicians, Click Here • That's all for this week, your UK magic news (especially up-coming events) is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 16.8.08