Number 435 - 25th October 2008


Rod Laver - live in London. The speciality act often steals the show at a Magic Convention, but this is almost guaranteed at next month's International Magic Convention (November 28th-30th) at the Novotel, Euston, London with the booking of Rod Laver. He is a world record holder, and beyond being an accomplished juggler also has one of the funniest speciality acts you will ever see. He will appear in the Gala Show (repeated on Saturday and Sunday). Last year both Gala Shows sold out and with tickets selling fast this time around it is recommended that if you're planning on going to the Convention this year you book as soon as possible! 25.10.08


Ipswich Magical Society Convention - tomorrow! John van der Put, James Biss and Max Somerset (aka Max Magic - photo) will all be lecturing at tomorrow's Ipswich Magical Society Convention and John B Born, Will Houstoun and John van der Put will all present close-up magic during the day. In the evening Scott Penrose, Michael J Fitch, Michael Pearse and Piff the Magic Dragon appear in the gala show. All this, plus a room full of magic dealers! Tickets will be available on the door but if possible call Simon Shaw 07949 907426 in advance so that your registration pack can be prepared. Sunday 26th October, The Corn Exchange, Ipswich IP1 1DH. Doors open at 9.45am. Registration £25.00 (under 14's £15.00). For more info visit: 25.10.08


Geoffrey Durham will present a new lecture at the Portsmouth Jumbo Day 2008 on Sunday, November 2nd. Geoffrey promises that the lecture will be "very different" to those he presented recently in Eastbourne and Blackpool. Enjoy around 60 dealers, workshops on Origami and Card Splitting, the always popular auction, video sessions, close-up performances from George Bleeks, James Brown, Paul Knight and the USA's Thom Peterson and a Gala Show starring Marc Oberon, Roy Charles, Peter Wardell, Thom Peterson and MC Rod Newman. All this for a credit-crunching price of just £13.00 (pre-booked) or £15.00 on the door. Visit for more information. Doors open at 9am. Venue: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). 25.10.08


Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee to star in Panto. "Magical entertainer Paul Daniels and his glamorous assistant wife Debbie McGee are starring in this year's pantomime at Bridlington Spa. Reporter Alexa Copeland went along to meet them when they visited the venue for a photocall." To read the full story by Alexa Copeland in Bridlington Free Press Click Here. 25.10.08


Electric Empire presents ‘Magic Night’ at Soho Revue Bar, on Friday 7th November: Starring Men in Coats, Barry and Stuart, Neil Henry, Anil Desai , Christian Lee and Lee Hathaway. Doors open 7pm, Show starts at 8pm, Tickets £10.00, Concessions £7.00 or call Ticket Web on 08700 600 100. Soho Revue Bar, 11 Walkers Court, Soho, London W1 25.10.08


Magicseen - soon to be available in Borders in the UK and Barnes & Noble in the USA! Issue 23 is out now featuring cover star Shawn Farquhar, Miss Magic, Lee Thompson and Natalie Davey, "gipsy" Paul Zenon, Pat Fallon, the A-Z of Commercial Close-up, The Bookshelf, and much more - but the exciting news for US readers is that following a new distribution deal the magazine is now available in further specialist outlets in the UK and also, from issue 24, Magicseen will be available in Borders and Barnes & Noble in the USA. Distribution company MMC said, "Magicseen is really developing as a magazine and our US distributors have been receiving great feedback from presentations. Therefore, from their next issue, Magicseen will be distributed across the USA, alongside the established US magic titles." Visit for subscription details or to download the latest issue. 25.10.08


Derek Lever Honoured. Derek Lever was Guest of Honour and was elected as an Honorary Life Member of Club Magico Italiano in Italy last week. The annual congress organised by Domenico Dante was a huge success featuring star names including Arthur Trace, Netcheporenko, Oscar Munoz, Pilou, Rafael and David Kaplan. 25.10.08 are proud announce a number of new products: Voitko's Vanishing SnowStorming Fan and Voitko's Ultimate Remote Control Card Fountain. These magic props are built with real pride by a professional for professionals. Coming soon - Appearing SnowStorming Fan, Magic Umbrella and Shining Levitation's Hoop. Visit today! 25.10.08


Scottish Conjurers' Association Mega Magic Auction - Sunday November 2nd. At the Walton Suite of the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. Set your SatNav to G51 4TF (Map). Books, videos, props and tricks - at bargain prices. Doors open at 12 noon for sellers to register lots, and for buyers to view. The auction then starts at 1pm, with doors closing at 6pm. The £3.00 admission fee includes tea and coffee. For more information contact Club Secretary Brendan Kirk on 07711 634254 or email 25.10.08


Scott Pepper is taking his illusion show on the high seas this month onboard P&O Cruise's Oriana which will be sailing in the Mediterranean. Scott will be performing his magic and illusion show Rev-illusion, together with an all-new show entitled Anything's Possible. 25.10.08


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) is presenting The North West Dealers Day again on Saturday 8th November at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester M8 8UF (Map). The day runs from 10am to 4pm. There will be 12 dealers and ample parking facilities. Johnny Oz (photo) will present a hands-on origami session at lunchtime (Origami paper will be provided). In the afternoon David Charles fills the magic lecture slot with a feast of ideas, tips and suggestions. Also balloon man Dr. Snaggers will be holding an 'open surgery' from 10am to 2pm, to offer help with any balloon twisting queries. There’s also a Magic Hamper to be won worth over £75 and a bar with snacks. The door charge is £5.00. President Geoffrey Newton said “The Fort Shopping Centre is next door and the Transport Museum across the road so do come along and make it a great day out in Manchester” For more info visit or telephone 0161 969 8222. 25.10.08


Geoffrey Durham lectures at the Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday, 20th November. Non members are welcome (£8.00 charge). Doors open at 7.30pm and the lecture will start at 8pm. Venue: The Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9EH (Map). Contact Dan Hudson, Programme Secretary or 0118 93 10 981 more details, or visit: 25.10.08


John B Born lectures at the Wellingborough Magical Society (the final lecture of his current tour) at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29th October. "The lecture focuses on some of the most intricate and beautiful plots magic has to offer, and is divided into three main components over a two hour period." Visiting Magicians Welcome. £8.00 door charge. Venue: The Railway Club, Broad Green, Wellingborough. 25.10.08


Scott Creasey’s new lecture 'Mental(magic)ism' will be presented for the magicians of Madrid on November 6th. Scott who brought us The BIP Book, The Swiss Army Wallet and The First Impressions Pad, is now resident in Spain but recently completed a mini tour of the UK where the lecture was presented in West Lothian, Middlesbrough, Blackpool, Liverpool and Derby. The venue for the 6th of November is: Arturo Soria Suites (Hotel), C/ Juan Pérez Zúñiga, 20 - 28027 Madrid, Spain. Scott's new lecture covers all things mental - from mental magic to pure mentalism. If you are in Madrid, or for more information, contact Scott Creasey: 25.10.08


Magic Auction. The Merlin Magical Society in Potters Bar are having an Auction on Thursday 30th October. They will be selling effects that belonged to one of their past presidents, Les Nottle. Entry for non members is £5.00 - call secretary John Clayton on 07931 525399 for venue details. 25.10.08


The Magic Zone will have a stand at The Magic Circle Dealers’ Day next Saturday (see What's On), and to make way for new lines will be having a massive clearance sale. Many items will be 50% to 60% off and if you spend over £40.00 you will receive a free mystery DVD worth £25.00. Say the magic words “Magic Zone” and spend over £20.00 you’ll receive a free gift. 25.10.08


"John pulls a top award out of hat" Click HereCriss Angel Believe is reviewed by Steve Evans this week, Click Here • "Criss Angel Believe: Traveler Reviews" Click Here • "Luxor Regretting Criss Angel Deal?" Click Here • "Angel's Vegas show gets panned" Click Here • Craig Petty reviews John Carey's lecture for the South Staffordshire Society of Magicians (3SM) this week, Click Here • Elliott Hodges reviews Mark Shortland's recent Dunstable lecture, Click Here • "The magic is back" Click Here • "ATG axes Houdini musical after producers ask cast to work for free" Click Here • "The genuine magician" Click Here • "Star is spooked" Click Here • That's it for another week, see you next week, Duncan. 25.10.08