Number 428 - 6th September 2008


Blackpool 2009 - It's going to be a biggie! Next year's Blackpool Convention is set to be one of their very best - featuring an international array of magic talent that will appeal to every magical taste. Starring: Jeff McBride (USA) - with something new specially for the convention,  Rick Merrill (USA) - a master in the art of sleeving, Joshua Jay (USA) - a great ideas man, know to many for his column in Magic magazine, Daryl (USA) - the magician's magician, presenting an all-new lecture, Dr Sawa (Japan) - making a rare convention appearance with four unique performances, Eugene Burger (USA) - first appearance at the Blackpool Convention, Michael Ammar (USA) - one of America's top close-up magicians, Tony Chapek (USA) - interacting with a large flat screen TV - it's an incredible act, An Ha Lim (Korea) - stunning card manipulation from the IBM/SAM champion, Arthur Trace (USA) - innovative award-winning magic, Ervan (France) - young sensational dove magician, Tony Frebourg (France) - highly skilled juggler, Richard Osterlind (USA) - one of the world's leading mentalists, James Randi (USA) - first ever appearance at the Blackpool Convention, Obie O'Brien (USA) the famous FFFF organiser, Etienne Pradier (UK) - full of Gallic charm, a brilliant close-up worker, Marc Oberon (UK) fresh from his People's Choice Award for Close-Up Magic win at the recent joint IBM SAM Convention in the States, Ian Keable (UK) - presenting an all-new lecture on stand up magic, Ian Rowland (UK) - ever-charming mindreading miracles, David Penn (UK) - presenting his all-new lecture, and Ken Dodd (UK) - complete with tickling stick! And that's just for starters - with more names to be announced! Plus 100+ magic dealers including for the first time Magic Stars Studio from the States, and MagicWeek regulars JB Magic and Blackpool Magicians' Club are also in negotiation with magic stars Rick Thomas, Jerome Murat, Voronin and Svetlana... keep an eye on MagicWeek for all the latest updates. 20th, 21st, 22nd February 2009 - visit to download a PDF registration form today! 6.9.08


Richard Kaufman - London Workshops. Richard Kaufman will present a workshop at the International Magic weekend in November on advanced card technique on Saturday 29th November in the evening and again on Sunday morning. Richard is the both editor and publisher of Genii, and has also written and edited many books on magic. The workshops at the Shaw will be aimed at serious card magicians. There will be a £30.00 charge to attend. Korean card manipulator Hung Lee has just been confirmed for the gala show - we haven't seen him but have heard amazing things... To register for the main convention visit 6.9.08


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2009. First held in 1961, The Magic Circle's Young Magician of the Year Competition has produced such winners as Johnny Hart, Russ Stevens, Andrew O'Connor and Dominic Wood - and more recently Steve Dela and Ben Hart. Entries are now invited for this prestigious competition which is open to all young magicians aged between 14 and 18 years old on 1st January 2009. Competitors will be required to present a stage performance of magic, suitable for a family audience, and lasting between eight and twelve minutes. The heats will take place on Sunday 19th April 2009 at The Magic Circle headquarters in London, and the final on Sunday 12th July 2009. For more information and a PDF application form Click Here or contact Dr Michael Colley, The Magic Circle Competition Secretary: 01367 252482 email 6.9.08


Pat Page is presenting a lecture for International Magic in London on Tuesday 16th September at their usual venue - 2nd floor 'Casa Italiana', 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Email or phone Martin MacMillan or 020 7405 7324 if you would like to attend. 7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Finishes at 9.45pm. £10.00 per person. 6.9.08


Revelation - in stock. International Magic have just received stock of Revelation published by Mike Caveney's Magic Words. This new, over-size book was triggered by the discovery of more than 160 long-lost photographs of Dai Vernon’s hands that were taken in 1961 specifically to illustrate this manuscript. It is as close as you will ever get to a personal session with the Professor. Includes: A facsimile reproduction of the entire, original typed Revelation manuscript. The entire text of The Expert at the Card Table with Vernon’s annotations inserted at the appropriate places illustrated with the newly discovered photos. Plus more than 100 pages of added material including Vernon’s explanation (with photos) of Topping the Deck, Walter Scott’s Second Deal and Double Belly Cut, the Ping Pong Shift, The Hop, Allen Kennedy’s legendary Center Deal and more. 392 over-size pages with a beautiful dustjacket. The book itself measures 9" by 11½" with 392 pages and a beautiful dustjacket designed by Michael Albright. The book is bound in green cloth and stamped with copper foil. You can order it from the shop or online via 6.9.08


The Home Counties Magical Society is holding its annual dinner on Friday 26th September at the Sonning Golf Club in Sonning, Reading. A sumptuous three-course meal is planned and the brilliant Mel Mellers will provide the cabaret. Full details: 6.9.08


Drew McAdam An evening of MindPlay, Bathgate, Scotland. Taking you on a fun-filled journey to the centre of the mind. If you think your thoughts are yours and yours alone, think again. Drew McAdam's "MindPlay" abilities will blow you away! A new event is the arrival of the well-known mind reader, Drew McAdam. Even Uri Geller is impressed by him. Drew McAdam has numerous TV and radio credits to his name, including a hilarious special guest appearance on Ready Steady Cook where he not only read Ainslie Harriott's mind but bent all the spoons. Drew is also the subject of the recent BBC series "School For Genius" and has a regular spot as "The Interrogator" on the Trisha Goddard Show (next appearances on 24th and 25th of this month). Great audience participation! A wonderful night's entertainment. Come and be baffled. Friday 24th October at 8pm. Click Here for booking details. 6.9.08


Quick Change lecture - now booking. British illusionist Lee Alex will be making a rare visit to the UK at the end of January next year. Lee spends most of his time abroad and has been based in Turkey for the past nine years. His travels have taken him all over Europe, Asia, and as far north as Siberia performing at -40 degrees centigrade! Lee is the creator and producer of the best-selling Colour Change Waistcoat, Snow Leopard Vest, and the new Happy Birthday Waistcoat and co-authored the book "Quick Change". Lee is now offering a lecture on Quick Change to magic clubs. The talk gives a basic introduction to quick change with revolutionary methods that can be replicated by magicians who do not wish to make a complete quick change act. It is interactive, and uses members of the audience to demonstrate effects and methods. Volunteers are taught the correct techniques to use for maximum speed. Included: a complete breakdown of the Colour Change Waistcoat with first hand tips on how to really perform this effect. Interested clubs should contact Lee directly fore more information: 6.9.08


Chris Cox: Control Freak - on Tour. "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! 24 year old Chris Cox will change the way you think! After selling out his entire run and winning the Zebra Award at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival - the mind reader who can't read minds is back reading minds with a new 18 date UK tour entitled 'Control Freak' which kick's off in Crawley on the 5th October." See What's On for dates. 6.9.08


Andy Nyman in Big Brother nightmare! Andy Nyman, know to MagicWeek readers for his theatrical take on the magic world, stars in the upcoming E4 drama series Dead Set. The drama is set in a Britain where the walking dead are attacking the living. It stars Jaime Winstone as a production runner working on a fictional series of Big Brother who tries to fend off the walking dead alongside the remaining housemates, her producer boss Patrick (Andy Nyman) and boyfriend Riq. In Dead Set the Big Brother house suddenly becomes one of the few remaining safe places in the country, with the contestants blissfully unaware of the horrific events unfolding outside. Until an eviction night where all hell breaks loose… To watch an 18 cert video clip visit (and click on the eye). 6.9.08


Dave Allen appeared in a documentary called Animal Crackers on Satellite channel Animal Planet last week. The documentary explored relationships between humans and animals, and in this episode they interviewed Dave Allen and his infamous ducks. Click Here to watch the piece. 6.9.08


Steve and Tricia Blake are currently cruising aboard the luxury liner Regent Seven Seas Mariner until the end of May 2009. They be visiting Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean and South America and would welcome a 'hello' from any acts in port at the same time. 6.9.08


Magic Prints. Mike Danata's Magic Studio are offering sets of four magic prints, produced on A4 canvas cards, including free black frames and postage (in the UK) for just £30.00 per set. Overseas customers will receive a set of 4 duplicate prints in post card size instead of the frames, again with free postage! Both offers end on September 22nd and stock is limited. Customers should phone or email to take advantage of this special offer, mentioning "Summer Offer" when ordering. Telephone: 01202 391666 or email: 6.9.08


John Little (North Western Society of Magicians, Barrow in Furness) is appearing with TV's 'The Hairy Bikers' (Si King and Dave Myers) in a variety show at Forum 28, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria on 29th and 30th of September, called 'The Hairy Bikers Big Night Out'. The show is a variety show with dancers, music and some magic too. The boys will also be doing some cooking and talking about their travels around the world. It is almost sold out on both nights. Box Office: 01229 820000. 6.9.08


Close-up magician Nic Picot is seen here entertaining wedding guests in St Tropez last week. At the party Nic bumped in to Yogano junior - his father Yogani, inventor of various levitations, was working on the famous Pampelonne beach. Yogano's magic included a coin matrix, sponge balls, card in shoe and the salt poor, and Nic's featured a mix of magic and mindreading, together with some NLP. "The NLP approach to magic is great as you have no props to carry, great for the jet set magician or if you have no pockets!" said Nic. 6.9.08


Magic Star Ali Bongo to open extension at “The House of Magic (UK)”. Magic star and magical inventor Ali Bongo will open the new extension at The House of Magic (UK), 80 Brook Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 3XB (Map) on Friday September 12th at 4.45pm. Proprietor John Milner said, “Ali is a great ambassador for magic and we are delighted that he is performing the opening ceremony.” Ali was the magic associate of the late David Nixon for nine years, creating literally hundred’s of tricks and illusions and playing David’s assistant “Alistair”, and then adviser to BBC’s “The Paul Daniels Magic Show” series for sixteen years. He is also one of a few magicians to receive The Magic Circle’s “Maskelyne Trophy” and has received America’s highest magical honour: A Master’s Fellowship from the Academy of the Magical Arts in Hollywood . He will be in attendance from around 3pm and will be giving a lecture in the evening. A few tickets are still available for the lecture. All magicians are welcome to attend the opening ceremony. Contact 01384 373209. 6.9.08


Chris Kenworthey's TeleThought Wallet... "Throw every peek wallet you have out. They’re 'old school.' Usher in a new generation of thought detection with the revolutionary TeleThought Wallet. If you truly desire Extra Sensory Deception then the TeleThought Wallet is for you. 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. And there are no moves! Remember, 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." Find out more, limited supply, available from 6.9.08


Last call for Kidology - the weekday convention for children's entertainers. Registrations have now gone well past the 200 mark, but there are still late places available. The convention takes place in Wolverhampton this Tuesday, 9th September, with lectures from Pat Fallon, Russ Brown, Tony Griffith and John Kimmons plus fourteen dealers and a buffet lunch all for £35.00. No registrations on the door. If you are going to the Car Boot Sale in West Bromwich on Sunday, you can book with Albion Magic (see What's On). Alternatively, contact Practical Magic telephone: 01691 690789. 6.9.08


Professional close-up magician Craig James was recently asked to perform his unique close-up magic for Britain's Olympic double gold medallist and world record holder, Rebecca Adlington, at her exclusive VIP homecoming party! The night was a huge success, with everyone in good spirits enjoying the magic - especially Rebecca. "It was an honour to perform for one of Britain's biggest sporting icons" said Craig. 6.9.08


Top Secret Magic dealer dem. Top Secret Magic are presenting a dealer dem at the Plymouth Magic Circle, Tothill Community Centre, St Judes, Plymouth, on Thursday 11th September at 7.30pm. All welcome. 6.9.08


Paul Daniels - live on stage tonight, Ipswich Regent Theatre - see What's On • "Conjuring up a school by magic" Click Here • "Best of British Variety: save your kisses for the Krankies" Click Here • "Paul Daniels, Rhyl Pavilion, September 20" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 6.9.08