Number 443 - 20th December 2008


Blackpool 2009 - ready to rock! The doors will open at 1pm on Friday, February 20th, for the world's largest magic convention, the 57th Blackpool Magicians' Club Convention. 115 magic dealers will fill the Empress Ballroom and Arena, many demonstrating their latest releases for the very first time. Later in the day the Junior British Magical Close-up Championships take place, followed by the European Magical Close-up Championships. James Randi, Richard Osterlind, Ian Rowland and Wayne Dobson will all take part in "A Melange of Master Mentalists" and the day will continue with three Star Lectures. Saturday starts with the opening of the Dealers' Fair at 9am, The Children's Entertainer International Championships, Close-up Colossus (featuring eight world-class close-up stars), a "Kidz R Uz" lecture, more Star Lectures, and finally the Intercontinental Magic Championships. Sunday opens with the dealers at 9am, An Audience with Jeff McBride (photo) and Eugene Burger, Star Lectures, the Close-up Colossus featuring eight more world-class close-up stars, another "Kidz R Uz" lecture, an International Gala Show, and an optional After-Gala Party. The Gold Card registration, which is just £70.00 for all three days, includes admission to every event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (except the after-gala party), all lectures, shows, dealers, close-up sessions and competitions, plus reserved seating for the Saturday theatre show and Sunday theatre show. For more information, to see who's appearing, and to download a PDF registration form, visit Book by January 1st to receive a free copy of "Down a Magical Memory Lane" volume two, by Derek Lever. 20.12.08


Mind to Mind with Marc Paul. "Imagine what it feels like to come 'Mind to Mind' with someone who can read your thoughts! Come 'Mind to Mind' with Marc Paul and experience one of the most fascinating, thrilling and thought provoking shows you have ever seen. Master mind-reader Marc Paul (star of TV’s Mind Games and featured Parkinson Show guest) will take you on a journey to make you question what your mind is truly capable of. He integrates the psychology of perception, persuasion, and personality to create convincing demonstrations of mind-reading in this thoroughly entertaining and unique show." 8th January 2009, 8pm at The Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL. Tickets are £16.50 from the box office on 01372 742555. 24th January 2009, 7.30pm at The Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 2UE. Tickets £16.50 from the box office on 020 8561 8371. 31st January 2009, 7.45pm at The Queens Theatre, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, Devon EX31. Tickets £15.00 from the box office on 01271 324242. 20.12.08


Jon Allen has been added as a lecturer at The Session 2009. A previous winner of The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year title and the IBM Gold Cups, Jon is one of the most creative commercial magicians in the UK. Tricks like "Double Back" and "Destination Box" have helped add something special to the acts of magicians worldwide. Jon joins Ray Kosby, David Acer and others for an unmissable weekend of magic. 20.12.08


Magician David Copperfield's assistant sucked into the blades of a giant wind machine as horrified audience looks on. "Illusionist David Copperfield's assistant was rushed to hospital on Wednesday night after suffering horrific injuries during a live show. A technician named Brandon was accidentally pulled into the vortex of an oversized fan on stage of Copperfield's An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas..." To read the full story by Emily Sheridan in Mail Online, Click Here. 20.12.08


Axel Hecklau's Newsflash is reviewed this week, Click Here. 20.12.08


Dynamo's Five Nights in Miami (Parts 1 & 2). In 2007, street magician Dynamo took a trip to visit DJ Maseo of legendary Hip-Hop pioneers ‘De La Soul’ fame, in Florida. It was the Miami Winter Music Conference and parts of Dynamo's performance as he travelled from the streets of Boca Raton to the South Beach were captured on tape. The result is a 4-part short film, generating explosive reactions along the way, Part 1, Part II, (Note: Contains strong language). Also see: 20.12.08 - instant downloads! News from Russ Stevens at “We’re very proud to announce a brand new facility that will enable people to instantly download some of our favourite routines from various RSVPMagic products. From easy-to-do magic right through to harder skill levels, the one thing that all these downloads have in common is that they’re great effects! Visit our download page and simply click on a banner to watch a chosen routine in full (with no edits). Nearly all of our routines have been shot in front of real people and in genuine situations. This will give you an idea of just how strong these routines really are and this has always been something that we’ve tried to adhere to when filming our projects. If you like what you see, just click on the ‘Buy Now’ button and after payment the video will immediately be sent to your computer.” Visit 20.12.08


Wessex Magical Association One Day Convention, Sunday 5th April 2009. Kinson Community Centre, Millhams Road, Kinson, Bournemouth BH10 7LH (Map). Doors open at 9.30am. Workshops, lectures, close-up magic, dealers: Alakazam, The Card Collection, Magic Books by Post, The Magic Zone, Mike Danata's Magic Studio and Playtime Balloons, and evening gala show starring 'Kockov' and 'Taro the Jester'. 20.12.08


Magicseen issue 24 - out now! Editor Mark Leveridge emails: "The January '09 issue of magicseen is out and on its way to subscribers and it contains enough fun and entertainment to keep you all amused over the holiday period. On our cover we have young mentalist Chris Cox who tells us about the pressure that success has brought to him so early in his career. We find out more about MagicWeek's owner Duncan Trillo who for years has been plying his magical trade as a top stage act, we chat to Anthony Jacquin who uses his hypnotism skills in unusual ways, and we conclude our 2 part interview with top Canadian prize winner Shawn Farquhar. As well as personalities we have terrific information articles on working cruise ships and performing magic on TV, we review the new magic related film The Great Buck Howard and interview two of its stars Emily Blunt and Colin Hanks. Plus, there's the Bookshelf with a retrospective view of Vernon's More Inner Secrets Of Card Magic, the Dealer's Booth, product reviews and so much more. So if you want to have more fun than you get from kissing under the mistletoe, subscribe, download or purchase a single copy now from". 20.12.08


Jamie D Grant's 'Anything Is Possible Bottle'. "These art pieces, that were featured by ‘Ripley's Believe It or Not’, are hand made by Vancouver magician Jamie D Grant and are guaranteed to use unaltered milk bottles and Bicycle Brand playing cards, sealed, and still wrapped in their original cellophane wrap. Whenever times get tough, look over your magical bottle and remind yourself that anything is possible!" Available from Wayne Dobson - see the 'Specials' page: 20.12.08


Out Foxed - Wayne Fox's Close-up Magic Lecture. "Wayne Fox is an Associate of The Inner Magic Circle, and has been performing magic for 20 years. In that time he has devised, invented and manufactured magic to suit the ‘working magician’. In this lecture you will learn magic that fits a working situation, not magic for magic's sake. More so, magic for a busy working, environment, with no, or minimum reset. Quick, visual and logical routines that get to the point in an instant, yet, enthrall an audience from group to group, table to table." Wayne's lecture is now listed on the Lecturers page, for more information, Click Here. 20.12.08


Merlins of Wakefield have just received the first batch of the new Tenyo 2009 magic range featuring five great effects. Visit or call 01924 339933 for details. 20.12.08 have just decreased the price of their Bicycle Cards to just £1.40 per deck, maximum 4 decks per order. Postage is free on all orders over £20.00. visit today! 20.12.08


David Penn and Chris Priest were booked to perform their unique close-up magic at a private event in Buckingham Palace hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and attended by the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne last week. They amazed Her Majesty’s guests with their magic and were both delighted to meet the Queen personally. Although 2008 has been a great year for both performers, this was certainly the highlight! 20.12.08


Close-Up Magic 'Open Mic Night'. Corporate Magic Ltd are looking for close-up magicians in the Midlands to work at restaurants and bars in Leicester, Rugby and Northampton. They will be staging 'open mic nights' on Sunday evenings at Aspects in Enderby, Leicester. For more information contact Sean Heydon:, or 01604 521 086. 20.12.08


Chris Dugdale receives a standing ovation from Eton College students and staff at their Christmas Party, Angelo's House, Eton College, on December 8th 2008. 20.12.08


Congratulations to Stephen Barry seen here receiving The Zodiac Magical Society's Close-up Competition Trophy from Past President Peter Pinner. This is the second year in succession that Stephen has won this competition. Daniel Sokul was the Runner-up. 20.12.08


Stuart Watkins will be performing live on BBC Radio Wales between 9am-12pm New Years Eve. Stuart will be entertaining presenters Louise Elliott and Alan Thompson along with studio guests with live mind magic! Listen live: 93 - 104 FM 657 & 882 MW, Digital Satellite: Sky - 0117, Freesat - 715, Freeview 719, Cable 931. 20.12.08


Magician and Illusionist Chris Philpott raises money for the NSPCC in 40 seconds! Chris Philpott of Ventnor on the Isle of Wight escaped from a series of chains, handcuffs and rope at Sandown High School assisted by Emily (also known as Miss Flea!) in just 40 seconds. Together they raised £70.00 for the charity. The escape was filmed by Meridian Television, and Chris also appeared in local papers. Video: Click Here. Website: 20.12.08


News from Jonathan Royle: "Hypnotist and Mentalist Jonathan Royle has an amazing free gift for you all by way of wishing everyone a very Merry Xmas and all the best for 2009. Simply email him on and he will send you a free 35 Page Report revealing the top seven secrets of making money from Mind Magic & Hypnosis - also he will send details of how you can claim Sixty Free DVDs with re-sale rights when you book a place on his April 2009 'Mind Miracles' seminar in Manchester UK." 20.12.08


Top Secret Magic would like to apologise to customers who may have had to wait a day or two longer than usual for their orders during the past two weeks. This was due to illnesses, which everyone is now recovering from. "Everything is getting back to normal hopefully next week!" emails Malcolm Norton. 20.12.08


Former Cold Feet actor John Thomson makes his debut in Coronation Street next week as electrician-turned-children's entertainer Jesse Chadwick. The part, which was specifically written for the comic, sees Jesse arrive on the Cobbles without the other half of his double act Hia Lowa, who also happens to be his wife..." To read the full story in Digital Spy, Click Here. 20.12.08


"Magician performs on home territory" Click Here • "Evening of magic and good advice with TV wizard" Click Here • "Is the Spa's Panto good? Oh yes it is!" Click Here • "Magician teaches 'rip-off' tricks" Click Here • "Norfolk's David Blaine has global appeal" Click Here. 20.12.08


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers, contributors and advertisers worldwide, from the MagicWeek team: Duncan, Keiko (support dept), Amelia (fashion dept) and Louis (head of chocolate acquisitions), see you next week, have a great Christmas, Duncan. 20.12.08