Number 439 - 22nd November 2008


The Magic is still there. "Twenty years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, magician Wayne Dobson tells Peter Robertson why the disease hasn't dimmed his lust for life..." To read the full story taken from Tuesday's Daily Express Click Here. Wayne can be seen lecturing at the Downtown Magic Club on Monday 1st December and at the Watford Association of Magicians on Tuesday 2nd December; see What's On for details. 22.11.08


Red Hat and Phil Butler at International. Due to unforeseen problems Hun Lee has had to withdraw from The International Magic Convention this year. He will be replaced by another stunning Korean manipulator, Red Hat, who was one of the very worthy finalists at this year's combined IBM/SAM Convention in the States. Phil Butler, currently in great demand on the Comedy Club Circuit, will be compering the Friday Night Stand Up Show and Noel Britten (a MagicWeek favourite) will, as usual, be compering the Gala Show on the Saturday and Sunday nights. The International Magic Convention, November 28th-30th, Novotel, Euston, London. 22.11.08


Mark Raffles at the Barbican. In Ida Barr: So this is Christmas... "Former music hall singer turned elderly rap star and purveyor of her own brand of RnB Artificial Hip Hop, Ida Barr is leaving her retirement home behind this Yuletide to bring you a ‘flava’ of Christmas in this interactive festive delight. Get yourself comfy with a glass of warm sherry and a box of Quality Street, and enjoy some fresh rhymes and urban licks from ‘the People’s Pensioner’. With live mixing from hot young DJ Godslove, special guest Magician Extraordinaire Mark Raffles and featuring Comedy Ingenue Jess Robinson, a few rounds of Bingo for top (Poundstretcher) prizes and seasonal sing songs, this is a real Christmas cracker." Tickets £15.00. Box Office: 0845 1207511. 22.11.08


The Southern England Magic Convention is pleased to announce that J C Sum (Concept Magic, Singapore) will launch his new book "Urban Illusions" at the convention. To coincide with the launch, J C Sum will also present a 90 minute lecture, which has been especially put together for the convention. The book can be pre-ordered by contacting Mike Danata's Magic Studio or the convention organisers on 0800 1182688. Alternatively visit: 22.11.08 are now advertising on MagicWeek. They have a great range of magic, with many items that you simply won't find anywhere else. Visit today! 22.11.08


New Headquarters for Blackpool Magicians' Club. "On 13th November several hundred people attended the official opening of the new, impressive headquarters of the Blackpool Magician’s Club. The opening ceremony, the obligatory cutting of the ribbon, was performed by well-loved comedian and Honorary Life President of the club, Ken Dodd O.B.E..." To read the full report by Peter Eldin, Click Here. 22.11.08


The Surrey Society of Magicians Annual Dinner will be held on April 4th 2009 at the Reigate Manor Hotel. The cabaret for the dinner will feature John Archer, The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2008 and Scott Penrose, award winning magician and illusionist. The tickets for the dinner are £35.00 and are available from Geoff Pescud on 07940 015846, or alternatively Collin Richardson on 0800 118 2688. 22.11.08


16 year old magician and illusionist Chris Philpott was hired for a second year running to entertain shoppers in BHS on the Isle of Wight last weekend. Chris has been working on his close-up act (and other magic acts) over the last seven years. Shoppers and staff were equally entertained. Website, Click Here. 22.11.08


Illusion Through Expectation with Alex Moffat is featured in our Magic DVDs section this week, Click Here. 22.11.08


What's in your wallet? Dave Bonsall contacted us a few weeks ago regarding custom made, pre-prepared envelopes that he was having made up, for use with Jerry O’Connell wallets and others. Well, the envelopes have now been made and Dave has them in stock. Visit for details and to order. 22.11.08


The Magic Cavern Christmas Show. Thursday 4th December - Wednesday 31st December. "For something truly mystifying visit the Barons Court Theatre for The Magic Cavern" Time Out. See What's On for show times. 22.11.08


James Prince (Menu of Miracles DVD set) is now available to lecture at magic clubs and conventions worldwide. See the Lecturers page for full details. 22.11.08


Sam Hurst (aka Magic Sam) appears on 'Magic Party' ( BBC 2 Northern Ireland) at 10pm on Friday 28th November. The show can also be seen on Sky channel 992 on Friday nights. 22.11.08


Mid Essex Magical Society Close-up Competition Results. "Mid Essex Magical Society recently held their annual close-up competition and once again, standards were very high. 8 competitors performed a 10 minute act with John O'Riordan triumphing for the second year running. John performed a variety of card effects, culminating in a medley of continuous shuffles, producing first the 4 aces, then the spades in number order and finally showing the rest of the deck in remaining suit and sequence order. Don Simpson and Richard Graham were in joint second place. Pictured from left to right is Don, John and Richard." 22.11.08


Richard Smith has launched a School for Magic offering one day 'Magic Master Classes' - visit for details. 22.11.08


Paul Gordon - New "Doable" Card Magic Lecture. Paul Gordon presents his new card magic lecture for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 12th March 2009 at 8pm. See the Lecturers page for more details. Venue: Leatherhead Constitutional Club, 13 Linden Road, Leatherhead KT22 7JB (Map). For more info contact Colin Peters: 07970 102295. 22.11.08


Stuart and Jayne Safire appeared in the Royal Masonic Variety Show 2008, on November 9th, in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent at The Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End appearing alongside Bradley Walsh, Claire Sweeney, Paul Zerdin, John Maloney, The Christians, Joe Tracini and leading cast members from London’s top musicals Hairspray, Wicked, Grease and Chicago. They performed three illusions including their very own 'Legs Off' and 'Crystal Sub Trunk' illusion. Photo: Jayne seen in the finale line up with Joe Tracini, Bradley Walsh and Paul Zerdin. 22.11.08


Dean Nicholas is appearing at the Regency Hotel Kensington throughout the festive season. Dean is seen here with Bill Wyman. 22.11.08


The Children's Party Fair - March 2009. Clive Hyams and Gordon Drayson have teamed up to stage the first ever Children’s Party Fair on 13th March 2009 at The Holiday Inn, Sutton, Surrey, in conjunction with local newspaper Parents News. A number of entertainers and exhibitors have signed up already and from the start of the new year the organisers will be promoting the event to parents in the South London / Surrey area via Parents News, their website, their own mailing lists, and through local schools. Gordon and Clive are both very excited by this new venture. Tables are only £50.00 if booked before the end of the year, or £75.00 if booked in 2009. For more information visit or call Clive Hyams on 01737 350586. 22.11.08


International News: Startissimo 2009, Dresden. Startissimo, the 7th International Variety and Circus Festival, will take place in Dresden, Germany next April. They will be staging a competition for 'Young Professionals' between the ages of 18 and 27 years. The closing date for applications is January 15th 2009. Andrew Watson (Director of Creation/ Cirque Du Soleil), Cynthia Akanga (Choreographer), Werner Buss (member of the executive board of the GOP Entertainment Group), Renate Wasdrack (Casting Director), Arnd Schimkat (comedian, actor), Julia Trush (Trio Bingo, artist), Sven Daniello Pawlitschko (comedian & conjurer), Rustam Tsodikov (Artist) and Moritz Denker (managing director of "think entertainment") will all be making guest appearances at Startissimo. The competition is aimed at all professional artists and promises prize money in excess of 20,000. For more information visit 22.11.08


Cardiff Magical Society - Magic Sale postponed. The Table Top Sale has been postponed from November 30th to a new (yet to be announced) date in February 2009. Visit for updates. 22.11.08


Magic: The Complete Course, book and DVD by Joshua Jay. Pre-order now via and save 34%, Click Here. Joshua Jay Methods in Magic - Live in the UK, the new DVD from Big Blind Media, available now, Click Here • "Magician Dabek to return to Chester’s Forum Studio Theatre as actor" Click Here • "Magician lands Halifax Panto role" Click Here • "Why must producers say ‘Bombs away’?" Click Here • The Mike Danata's Magic Studio website has been given a revamp, visit • "Magician making laughs appear in act" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 22.11.08