Number 436 - 1st November 2008


The Robert Harbin Centenary, 15th and 16th February 2009 at The Centre for Magic Arts, London. An exciting series of exceptional events are being planned for a one-off celebration of the life of Robert Harbin, one Britain’s greatest magicians. Jim Steinmeyer MIMC will deliver a Centenary Lecture: Robert Harbin and the Polemics of Modern Illusion A discussion of Harbin’s influence on illusions, his insights and inspirations for modern performers. Mike Caveney MIMC will tell the complete story of The American Zig-Zag Scandal that was the catalyst that prompted Bob to write his now highly collectible book The Magic of Robert Harbin. John Gaughan MIMC will discuss the history of The Blades of Opah, one of Bob’s early inventions. Megumi & Steve Biddle AIMC will talk about Bob’s pioneering Origami contribution.

John Fisher MIMC presents ‘The Television Wizard,’ a celebration of Robert Harbin, the performer and inventor, illustrated by film and video clips and featuring his special guest Geoffrey Durham MIMC. Included will be previously unseen footage of Harbin spanning a period of fifty years. Long-time Harbin friend Rolf Harris CBE will be present at some stage during the two days. There will be an exhibition of wonderful Harbin related items, some never seen before! Registration for this Sunday event only is £60.00 which will include morning coffee, hot buffet lunch and afternoon tea. Email with your details to register. There will be a separate registration of £55.00 for the Monday unveiling of a Blue Plaque followed by a superb lunch in The Devant Room at The Centre for Magic Arts. Further details will be announced, but in the meantime make a note in your diary of these two very important dates. 15th and 16th February, 2009. The Centre for Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 1HD.


Alana to make UK debut at Northern Magic Circle Convention - April 2009. Alana will star in the Gala Show at the society's annual convention next year. She recently qualified to represent Germany at FISM in Beijing (2009) and is well know on the German night club circuit for her original magic act. Alana will join Gregory Wilson, Dynamo and recent Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year winner John Archer, for this two-day event. More names to follow (readers are advised to book their accommodation early on as the convention coincides with the Grand National weekend). Visit for more information. 1.11.08


South Tyneside International Magic Festival, 13th - 15th March 2009. Two more names have just been added to the line-up. First, Patrick Redford, who will present a lecture on mentalism focusing on the creation of effects, that will also include a number of actual rouitines including "Any Card at Any Number", "a sure-fire method to make anyone forget virtually anything", and "a chair prediction that’s incredibly direct and clean". The second performer is Paul Romhany (photo), originally from New Zealand. "Paul Romhany combines his skill and artistry as a magician with his natural comic ability to bring to the stage a highly entertaining and hilarious show that is filled with original magic and illusion. In 2004 Paul was awarded the People’s Choice Award from PCAM for his innovative performance as Charlie Chaplin. His ability to take a room full of people and turn them in to an audience, and then to elevate that audience to an extremely high level of fun and laughter is what keep this act in such high demand in the corporate market and on cruise ships throughout the world." (Unfortunately Rick Maue has had to withdraw from appearing at the convention due to health reasons.) Visit for more information and a registration form. 1.11.08


Dynamic FX transform into ''... as if by magic! A new name and identity for Europe’s leading magic company has just been announced. As of 31st October, Dynamic FX will be known as, to better reflect the company’s core businesses. The Dynamic FX brand is well known across a wide range of industries including live entertainment, film and television. "Our new name is an important landmark in the company’s evolution.” said James Freedman, Director of, “While our name, branding and website have changed, the essential aspects of technical expertise, customer service and teamwork that have made the company a trusted provider, partner and employer are unwavering.” As well as magical entertainment, also delivers magic presentations, branded magic, marketing, corporate training, illusion design, magic consultancy and special effects for its client partners. 1.11.08


Derren Brown - Something Wicked This Way Comes is being repeated this week, late night Sunday (1.05am Monday) on E4. This is the specially televised version of Derren Brown's award-winning live show, that was filmed in front of a packed audience at the Old Vic in London. See TV Magic. 1.11.08


Geoffrey Durham will present his new lecture for the Bradford Magic Circle at 7.30pm on Friday, 7th November at St James Church, Thornton Road, Thornton, Bradford BD13 3AB (Map). £10.00 door charge for non-members. 1.11.08 "Workers Corner is a magic company with a difference! Professional magicians Gary Jones and Christopher Congreave have joined forces to deliver new material with the working magician in mind. All of the routines that will be released through Workers Corner have been tried and tested in the 'real world', under fire, by professionals. Not only will they be releasing their own material, but also material from other working professionals. Everything will be designed to get maximum spectator reactions, but will be easily or instantly reset." Illustrated: The Pseudo Pickpocket DVD. "The Pseudo Pickpocket DVD contains several routines that allow you to get a signed spectator’s card into their own wallet/purse. Also included is a way of getting your contact details into their wallet/purse, all accomplished with a logical reason. Good, strong, to the point magic. Also, as a bonus you will learn Gary’s no-palm 'card to card box' and his take on the Dunbury Delusion." Visit today! 1.11.08


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day - today in London. This popular annual event always attracts a large 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). 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 at the door. 10am - 5pm, Saturday 1st November. 1.11.08


Christmas Magic Show - Coventry. The Coventry Magic Circle are staging a Christmas Magic Show at 7.30pm on November 25th at The Abbey Theatre, Pool Bank Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5DB (Map) in aid of a local charity. This annual event is always a huge success and usually a sells out. The performers this year include Dave Allen, Tony Rix, Steve Evans, Alex Lodge, and Carlo & Brent in a magical tribute to Laurel & Hardy. "Great family entertainment with comedy, magic and illusions. Early booking recommended." Tickets: Adults £7.50, Children £5.00, Family Ticket (4 persons) £20.00. Tickets available through Alan Lissaman on 024 7645 8681. For more information contact Alan Cooper: 1.11.08


Eran Blizovsky - Math Magic and Beyond lecture. Eran Blizovsky is offering his "Math Magic and Beyond" lecture to magic clubs and organisations worldwide and is now listed on our Lecturers page. Eran Blizovsky has been a professional magician for over 20 years, performing for adults and children at both corporate and private parties. A certified CPA with a BA in Business Management and Accounting, Eran has served for the last 12 years as the CFO and CMO in an international trade company. Eran's lecture includes: A quick opener, add a number, juggling with numbers, mathmagic – magic squares, numbered cards, mental calculator...  Visit the Lecturers page for more information and to make booking enquiries. 1.11.08


Cheque Mate by Andy Clockwise. From the maker: "Cheque Mate is an effect that I came up with 10 years ago. I wanted something more than a bill switch but liked the idea of turning a blank piece of paper into a £20 note. It then struck me that it would make sense to tear out a cheque from a cheque book and change that into a £20 note." Since then Andy has developed the trick even further, and a number of ideas are included with this very well produced effect. Based on the Svengali deck principle Cheque Mate allows the performer to change cheques into Pounds, Euros and Dollars. You'll have a lot of fun with this one. "Great idea, it makes Dollars and Sense!" Marvin Berglas. Email requesting more details to be emailed to you, or order directly, cheques payable to "Andy Clockwise" for £20.00 to: Andy Clockwise, 164 Spring Hills, Harlow, Essex CM20 1TD. 1.11.08


Many congratulations to Edward Hilsum, winner of the Young Magicians' Club Stage Competition on Sunday 19th October at their annual Junior Day convention. Ed presented his excellent dove act; seen recently at the British Ring Convention in Eastbourne. We'll be hearing a lot more from Edward in the future I am sure. 1.11.08


Christmas is... Magical. "Music, Magic and Mirth in all its guises is what Christmas is... Magical is all about. This year's Christmas production from Babbacombe Theatre has just opened to superb reviews and promises to be an enormous cracker, with side splitting humour from Tank Sherman, magic and comedy from Peter Baffles, comedy antics from Wayne Champagne and singing soprano Donna Marie... The production is backed by a troupe of sassy dancers, Dance Fantazy, and a guest appearance from the winner of 'Torbay's Got Talent' Emily Kindon rounds off this spectacular variety show... once more provided by producer Colin Mathews a leading figure in the quest to keep the future of live entertainment well and truly alive with his company Matpro Productions. The show runs from 28th October to 1st January. Visit for times and prices." 1.11.08


Keith Barry Interview. "Magician, illusionist and hypnotist-extraordinaire Keith Barry chats to us about his love of magic, finally making it in Las Vegas and freaking out Hollywood star Keanu Reeves..." To read the full story from RTE Entertainment Click Here. 1.11.08


Magicians Wanted! Objective Productions, the makers of Derren Brown, The Real Hustle and Peep Show are looking for young, talented magicians between the ages of 16 and 30 for potential inclusion in some exciting new projects. You can be male or female just as long as you have what it takes! If you are interested and are available to attend an audition day in London then please send a photograph, brief CV and a link to online footage of you performing (max 3 mins) to 1.11.08


Magicians Wanted for O2 commercial. One male 30-35, a teenage boy 17-19 (or very young looking 20-22 year old), one woman 30-35 and one teenage girl 17-19 (or a very young looking 20-22 years old). You'll need sleight of hand skills and be able to perform card and coin sleights (palming cards, coin vanishes, fake transfers, changes etc.) Shooting: November 27th and 28th (plus rehearsals), auditioning this week. For more information email Casting Director Lesley Beastall: 07956 516 603. 1.11.08


Merlins of Wakefield have just released their latest 16 page 'Preview'. With over 60 effects, there is something for everyone. Simply email your name and address to and they will send you a copy. Just published: 'Leave Your Ego at the Door' by Bill Herz - only available in the UK from Merlins of Wakefield, email for details. 1.11.08


Oliver Meech's first book, The Plot Thickens, is reviewed by Rob James this week, Click Here • "You’ll never believe your eyes" Click Here • Boris Wild at the House of Magic UK, reviewed by Dr Phil Cox, Click Here • "Drew plays spellbinding mind games" Click Here • "An Evening of Fine Wine, Dining and Conjuring" is reviewed by Jez Rose this week, Click Here • "Interview: Chris Cox" Click Here • "Super-scary me! Andy stars in zombie-com" Click Here • If you are attending The Magic Circle Dealers Day in London (today) or The Portsmouth Day of Magic (tomorrow) visit Paul Gordon's stand and ask about his "credit-crunch super-discount" to benefit from some special offers! • "Show's on-stage hanging scene sparks protests" Click Here • "Laugh, then be amazed" Click Here • "Criss Angel's 'Believe' hard to believe" Click Here • "Vegas magicians backing Angel’s ‘Believe’" Click Here • The For Sale and Wanted ad sections are busier than ever at the moment. That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 1.11.08