Number 438 - 15th November 2008


Magic At The Rock, 20th February 2009, Hastings, East Sussex. Starring the award winning magic of Oliver Tabor, the unique magic and mindreading from Galithia Conexion and illusions, comedy and magic from Richie Austin. The show is in memory of Richie's 3 year old nice, Gemma Sharpe, who died of Neuroblastoma (a very aggressive childhood cancer) in June 2007. All money raised will go to Georgie's Fund who fund research into Neuroblastoma. Tickets are available from the box office 01424 462288 (£8.50 Adults, £6 Children, £25 Family ticket) and also from Ticketmaster. 7.30pm Friday, 20th February 2009. The White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1JX (Map). 15.11.08


Magic Night - Surrey. The Surrey Society of Magicians has been engaged to put on an Evening of Magic to raise money for The Rose Theatre in Kingston. This is the only new theatre to open in the UK this century, has Sir Peter Hall as its patron, and is built in Elizabethan style, seating around 1000. Magic Night, Saturday 10th January 7pm - 10pm at the Ross Theatre, Kingston. "What better way to start the New Year than a fun packed, magical family evening at the Rose Theatre? 12 of the best magicians in Surrey will be performing close-up magic in the Culture Cafe before taking to the stage for an evening full of mystery and surprises. Tickets are £10.00 each, call 0871 230 1552 to book. This is a fundraising event for the Rose Theatre. 15.11.08


One could argue that Jonathan Goodwin single-handedly reinvented the tired and often contrived art of the escapologist with his ground-breaking one-off television show The 7 Most Stupid Things to Escape From that was shown three years ago. For me the show worked on just about every level. It was genuinely funny, the escape stunts very real, the subdued madness quite apparent, the tension palpable. The dead-pan approach (and the involvement of Jonathan's Dad!) being the perfect antidote to the over-hyped nonsense we often connect with more traditional escapology presentations. It was Jackass with brains. So I was more than happy to have been sent this just-published 2 disc audio CD set in which Jonathan talks freely to Jay Fortune about his whole approach to escapology, magic and performing. To read a review in this week's MagicWeek, Click Here (DT). 15.11.08


International Magic Convention 2008 - Schedule of events. Friday 28th November: 7pm Doors open, 7.30pm Richard Turner The Cheat (One Man Show), 8.30pm Richard Tuner Interview by Matt Field, 9.30pm Comedy Show with Phil Butler, Rafael, John Lovick, David Kaplan. Saturday 29th November: 10am International Close up Competition - for the Kevin Reay Trophy, 2pm Richard Turner Lecture, 3.30pm David Kaplan Lecture, 4.30pm Awards Ceremony, 5pm John Lovick Lecture, 7.30pm Gala Show, 8pm Richard Kaufman Workshop (pre-booked only). Sunday 30th November: 9am Richard Kaufman Workshop (pre-booked only), 10am Doors open - Dealers Fare all day to 6pm, 11am Close Up Gala, 12.45pm Peter Samelson Lecture, 2pm Andrew Goldenhersh Lecture, 3.30pm Denis Behr Lecture, 5pm Special Event!, 7.30pm Gala Show. For booking information visit 15.11.08


Registrations are now being taken for the Northern Magic Circle Convention, which takes place on April 4th and 5th 2009. Featuring Gregory Wilson (USA), John Archer (UK), Dynamo (UK), Alana (Germany), James Brown (UK), Russ Brown (UK) and Steve Naylor (UK). Full weekend tickets are just £50 and single day tickets £30. There is a fabulous deal for the first 50 registrants, who will not only get the best gala show seats, but also a specially compiled Gregory Wilson DVD absolutely free. Book online via: 15.11.08


The paperback edition of Paul Kieve’s book ‘Hocus Pocus’ has just been published and named book of the month on Sky Kids website, where Paul is interviewed. The book was recently published in the USA, Italy, The Netherlands (featuring an additional introduction by Hans Klok) and Brazil and it will shortly be published in Portugal, Israel and Poland - making it available in over 10 languages. For more info visit The hardback UK edition is now out of print and unavailable from publishers Bloomsbury, but is still available for a limited period from 15.11.08


Can you copyright a magic trick? By Clive Coleman. "It's the sort of conundrum that apprentice wizard Merlin - eponymous hero of the current BBC children's drama - needn't concern himself too much about: how do magicians stop others from pinching their tricks? Mere mortal magicians, however, are less fortunate and often find themselves wrestling with this very down to earth difficulty. It's a problem that has tested Guy Hollingworth in both his profession (intellectual rights lawyer) and his ardent passion (Hollingworth is a highly regarded magician)." To read the full story from the BBC (with video) Click Here. 15.11.08


Jon Allen (pictured with professional racing driver and stuntman Ben Collins) performed for the UK launch of the Mini Coyote, the world’s first real-time speed camera alert system. Journalists quizzed Jon on stage about the unit’s ability, before he stunned them with his close-up magic. Fixed and mobile speed camera zones are automatically updated daily, while users can also report cameras themselves. 15.11.08


A Drink With Death is a brand new effect in the Black Artefacts Psychic Magic Range, released this week. "Designed with modern props it has a contemporary presentation. Your guest chooses just one of six possible futures, only to find that all predict ‘death’ within the next 24 hours - except the one they picked which predicts ‘life’! You receive 6 high quality black wooden coasters, plain on one side with an inlaid engraved metal square on the other, with a ‘future’ engraved on it. Your guest has a free choice at all times. The coasters are in full view throughout the presentation and can all be examined afterwards." For full details visit 15.11.08


Blackpool Magicians' Club Ltd are holding a Jumbo Magic Auction and Lecture on Tuesday 18th November at Blackpool Magicians' Theatre Club, Rear No. 1 Sherbourne Road, North Shore, Blackpool FY1 2PW (Map). with auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Danny Hunt & Annette of Black Cat Magic will present a lecture at 3pm (£3.00 door charge for visitors). Auction viewing from 6.30pm, starts at 7pm. Magic Shop and Museum open from 3pm. Associate membership is now available (£25.00 per year). For more information email or telephone 01253 810113. 15.11.08


Balloon Party! News from Graham Lee: "To celebrate the end of the first three years of sponsorship of the 'Care & Share' days by Sempertex Balloons we have decided to have a party. Everyone is invited and it's completely free. It will be held on Tuesday 25th November in Halesowen from 10am - 6pm. For your free registration visit We will be having two great mystery lecturers plus competitions with fantastic prizes and a raffle to help Graeme Ash (Billy Wiz) with his 'Make a Smile' appeal. Graeme goes over to Belarus once a year to help the children in orphanages and cancer hospitals, here's the link for more details about this worthwhile cause". 15.11.08


Merlins of Wakefield are hoping to help with the Credit Crunch by offering items every week until the end of the year at really 'Crunchtacious' prices! These special deals will only be available via their 'Premail', which they will be sending out every Friday - email to be added to their mail list. 15.11.08


The Twins “Europe’s Hottest Illusionists” were commissioned by a women’s underwear company for a photo shoot on a beach in Mexico this month. The advertisement campaign is set to be seen throughout Europe. On their return to the UK the duo were invited onto the flight deck by the captain: "The Twins were very lucky indeed to be asked up onto the flight deck by the Captain on there return flight home. The Captain and his family had seen The Twins on BBC1’s BAFTA winning television programme “The Slammer” which had the recently be shown, yet again. The Twins had won the prize of freedom by a huge lead, no other magic/illusion act has achieved this still!" For more information visit 15.11.08


Christmas in a Bag - A Magicians Cave Productions exclusive. This is a brand new effect for the children's entertainer in which the magician magically decorates a Christmas tree with fairy lights. Can be used in conjunction with 'D'Lite'. The trees are available with either all-red lights, or multi-coloured lights. For details of the complete routine and more information visit 15.11.08


Wayne Dobson - Specials! Wayne Dobson has added a 'Specials' page to his website, featuring special items at very special prices! Visit to see what's on offer. 15.11.08


Workers-Corner DVDs. Matt Wainwright reviews a selection of DVD releases from Chris Congreave and Gary Jones this week, Click Here. 15.11.08


Scottish Conjurers' Association's annual competition for Stand-Up Magic is won for the second year running by Paul MacAtear. "Paul's silent act to music took him to a well-deserved first place in this the 85th Anniversary Year of the founding of the club. The competition featured previous competition winners and included Sean McQueen, Jim Kelly, Chris Dinwoodie, Scott Cuthbertson and Ewen Wilson. Competition organiser was Past President of the club, Harry Gallacher." 15.11.08


Magic Dave (Dave Allen) presents his new lecture 'Bish Bash Bosh' for the Leicester Magic Circle, on Monday 17th November, at the Ramada Hotel, Leicester. This new lecture features the very best of what Dave performs in his children's shows, close-up magic and cabaret. For more information contact Barry Martin 15.11.08


A Touch of Christmas Magic. A Late Night Christmas show devised and directed by Tony Middleton, designed by Oliver Townsend. 17th, 19th, 22nd, 27th, 29th and 30th December, 10.15pm at the Studio. "Experience the magic of magic and the magic of Christmas with a specially devised performance by top UK close-up magician Tony Middleton. Gems of festive poetry and other Christmas readings are blended together and punctuated by real illusion, in the intimate setting of Theatre by the Lake’s Studio. Tony, known as 'Sonic', has performed all over the country from The Natural History Museum to Blenheim Palace. He has dazzled celebrities Sir Roger Moore, Will Carling, Keith Floyd and James Martin. This exclusive show for Theatre by the Lake contains unique magic effects blended with atmospheric Christmas readings." 15.11.08


Daniel Dean is currently appearing for P&O Cruises onboard some of their superliners, but will be back performing in the UK again early in 2009. 15.11.08


The Education of the Eye: The history of the Royal Polytechnic Institution 1838-1881. Paul Kieve emails: "This is a great new publication charting the history of the development of optical entertainment at The Royal Polytechnic, Regent Street – the birthplace of Pepper’s Ghost etc." Available from Granta Editions (see 'Book Sales' page). 15.11.08


The Insect Circus is coming to Town! Roll up! Roll up! See Astonishing Acrobatic Ants! Marvel as Captain Courage enters a cage of wasps! Wonder at the Worm Charmer! Be dazzled by Mayflies, Mantids and more! With its spectacular combination of circus, magic, theatre and extraordinary costumes, The Insect Circus is a variety show without parallel. Aerialists, a contortionist, knife-throwing and magic are all presided over by ringmaster extraordinaire Sir Ronald McPeak. Jacksons lane Theatre, London, November 28th - 30th: 15.11.08


Magicians wanted for The Magic Trek - A Sponsored Walk From Portsmouth To London. "5th May to 10th May 2009 visiting Magic Clubs and Societies on the way! Raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust. The Magic Trek will take place over 6 days. Starting At Portsmouth it will visit Southampton, Winchester, Basingstoke, Reading, Windsor and will finish in London. You can take part by walking from your Town to the next or join us for the whole Magic Trek. For more information or to register your interest contact The Magic Trek organiser, Sean Lobban on 023 9271 7568 or email" 15.11.08


"Turned Out Nice Again: The Story of British Light Entertainment by Louis Barfe" Review: Click Here. To order from Click Here • "Fall from Grace. Criss Angel's show is so bad, you actually need to see it." Click Here • "Angel's early exit offends magician" Click Here • "Young magician wins Cromer talent show" Click Here • Turned out nice again, see you next week, Duncan. 15.11.08