Number 456 - 21st March 2009


Kidology UK 2009. Albion Magic and Practical Magic are pleased to announce the line-up for this year's Kidology Convention in September. Ali Cardabra (photo) will give a talk on Walk Around Magic for Children, Derek Lever on Children's Magic Props through the Ages, Michael Diamond on Halloween Magic and Michael Fitch on Kids' Cabaret (Michael won the International Children's Entertainer award at this year's Blackpool Convention). 15 magic dealers will exhibit their latest products and the day's £35.00 registration includes a buffet lunch. Kidology UK will once again be held at the Civic and Wulfrun Halls in Wolverhampton. Tuesday, 8th September 2009. For more info visit: Book now! 21.3.09


Electric Empire presents ‘Magic Night’ at Madame JoJo’s on Friday 3rd April. Magic Night gets ‘up close and technical’ on April 3rd with ‘Video Magic’ and some very clever celluloid trickery. Watch Lee Hathaway’s incredible poker card trick and Barry and Stuart’s eye popping (eye popping being the operative word) magic - beamed live on the big screen. Adam Bloom will be dropping in via video and MC Christian Lee will show that TV time travel isn’t really that far away. Miss Vicious Delicious dances with balloons and Wez Zaharuk replaces his head with a giant balloon! Christian Lee hosts and Neil Henry presents his unique and innovative tabletop magic before the main show. See why this night continues to be one of the best contemporary cabaret nights on the circuit - with incredible cutting edge magic and some of the best cabaret in town. Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.50pm. Tickets £10.00 Concessions £7.00 via or 08700 600 100. Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F O5P (Map). 21.3.09


The Mentalist - Thursday 26th March on Five. The Mentalist stars Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane's role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents. However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon openly resists having Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane's usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. The pilot show is being shown on Thursday, 26th March, at 9pm on Five. See TV Magic. 21.3.09


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) celebrated their 100th Birthday last week with 110 people attending a party show at the Irish World Heritage Centre Manchester. Compère John Pye introduced Brian Sefton, Stuart Brown, Peter Moran, Clive Moore and Jean Ellison, vocalist Gerry Ball and Snaggers Amazing Balloons. During the interval the Centenary Plaque was unveiled and an original Sooty auctioned for society funds. The event was covered by Channel M and several magicians were featured on television news the following day. On Friday in the Manchester Evening News there was a ¾ page feature on the society. The Magi’s other centenary events are The Magic of Variety Show at the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, compered by John Thomson - all seats £10 - on Friday 27th March and The Wizard of Castle Magic, a children’s play featuring Jon Marshall at The Met, Bury - all seats £6 - the following afternoon. Details of these appear on Geoffrey Newton, Centenary President. 21.3.09


Cue Control by Axel Hecklau. Axel Hecklau (the inventor of Newsflash, the improved torn and restored newspaper) reveals his latest ingenious aid for the magical performer. Cue Control is a reliable system designed to manage music during a show, controlled by the performer. The operation is completely invisible from the audience's point of view - yet everything is under the performer's control. Cue Control allows you to concentrate on your show - not worry about important music cues. Cue Control is not a fancy technical device. It is a concept using clever ideas and standard devices that you may already have at home. For more information visit 21.3.09


Chris Woodward is presenting a talk for International Magic at 7.30pm on Tuesday 31st March, at 'Casa Italiana' (2nd Floor), 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). The talk covers two subjects. The first, the famous 20th Century Mentalist, Maurice Fogel, and the second 'Magicians who have appeared at The London Palladium'. Tickets are £10.00 each, payable on the evening. Call 020 7405 7324 or email to book a place. 21.3.09


Derren Brown Evening of Wonders is being repeated at 10.30pm on Monday 23rd March on E4. This is the specially recorded version of Derren Brown's live stage show Evening of Wonders, shot at the Garrick Theatre in London at the end of his sold-out nationwide tour and West End run. The internationally acclaimed psychological illusionist takes the theatre audience and viewers on a jaw-dropping, laugh-out-loud, mind-reading journey. TV Magic. 21.3.09


Standnotamazed presents... An Evening of Fine Wine, Dining and Conjuring. Brown’s, St Martin’s Lane, 7pm, Friday 27th March. The current UK International Brotherhood of Magician’s Close Up Champion and "Heston Blumenthal’s Magician" Metro, this is a rare opportunity to see contemporary magician John van der Put close-up and live in the heart of the West End. "A fabulous three-course dinner, lashings of lovely wines and magic to melt your heart." Followed by coffee and cabaret starring... Piff the Magic Dragon, Maya Politaki and Richard Pinner. Tickets are £35.00 each. To book visit or call 020 7395 6092. For a discount on group bookings of 8 or more email 21.3.09


The Merchant of Magic 'Tweet Treat' - On the last Friday in March will give away a magic goodie bag worth at least £30.00 to two randomly chosen lucky entrants. To enter, visit their page on Twitter and send a Twitter message containing #MerchantofmagicGiveaway - that's it. You can include other text in your tweet, but you must have the full hashtag as written. You only need to tweet once to be entered in all the March giveaways. Don't forget to follow @merchantofmagic. They will announce weekly winners on Friday March 27th at 12pm GMT on their Facebook fan page, so make sure you're a fan. The submission period for the Merchant of Magic 'Tweet Treat' ends at 10am GMT on Friday March 27th, 2009. Winners will be contacted via direct message on Twitter. 21.3.09


Gregory Wilson Lecture - Coventry. News from The Coventry Magic Circle: "The Coventry Magic Circle have engaged none other than the legendary Greg Wilson from the USA to blow you away with his awesome talent. This promises to be a fantastic lecture and is certainly not to be missed. You will regret it if you do! The lecture starts at 8pm on Tuesday 14th April. Visiting magicians are welcome for a fee of just £10.00. Highly recommended." Venue: Bentley Road Sports & Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR (Map). For more information contact Alan Cooper 07970 262579 or visit 21.3.09


Blackpool Magicians’ Club have appointed Peter Eldin as their Press Officer. Peter is a successful freelance writer and the author of numerous books, including many on magic. He was the founder editor of Watford Association of Magicians’ magazine, edited The Magic Circular for eight years, and has also acted as editor of Abracadabra. Peter said: "I am excited to be associated with Blackpool Magicians’ Club and their annual convention, the biggest magic convention in the world, which takes place in February every year at the magnificent Opera House and Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England." Bookings for the 58th Blackpool Convention (19th to 21st February 2010) are already flooding in, with numerous magicians registering even before this year’s convention had finished. A downloadable registration form will shortly be available from - it is advisable to book as soon as possible. Photo: Young magician 'Sonny', on stage with Jeff McBride during the Gala Show at this year's convention. (Photo by Mandy Davis) 21.3.09


Merlins of Wakefield's website will be off line until the end on March, when their new site launches at Merlins latest preview catalogue for March/April is now available. Just send your postal address, or your email address if you'd prefer a PDF, to for a free copy, or call 01924 339933. 21.3.09


Ian Souch - Home Counties Champ! The Home Counties Magical Society held their annual Close Up/Stage Competition on Thursday 20th March and Ian Souch was announced the winner. He was awarded the Paul Pearman Cup for the 'most entertaining magical act'. His act consisted of a combination of close-up magic and mentalism. He is not only a member of the Home Counties Magical Society but also a member of The Magic Circle. Ian is seen here receiving the cup from the Home Counties President Simon Williams. 21.3.09


Jumbo Magic Auction - Manchester Circle of Magicians. On Tuesday 31st March at 6.30pm at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Star auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Phone: 01253 810113 or email: for details. 21.3.09


Award winning magician John Archer presents his lecture at The Mystic Ring on Thursday April 2nd at the Dunstable Conservative Club, 29 High Street North. The lecture starts at 7.45pm and visiting magicians are welcome. Admission £7.00. Don't miss it! For more details email 21.3.09


This coming April Mel Harvey celebrates forty years as a full time entertainer. Mel's first summer season ran for 36 weeks for Butlins at Heads of Ayr, Scotland, back in 1969. To celebrate his 40th year Mel will be presenting his comedy and magic act along with Bob Brolly at 7.30pm at Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester on Friday April 3rd. The show will be compered by Malcolm Boydon from Radio Oxford and includes the Irish country music of Bob Brolly. It is being staged to raise funds for Worcester Wheels, a charity supplying community transport to hospitals in the area. Tickets, priced at £15.00 (£12.00 for concessions) are available from the Worcester Live Box Office on 01905 611427 or via Mel looks forward to seeing friends, old and new. 21.3.09


Black Artefacts CD: "Black Artefacts have just released a fantastic new weapon in the armoury of any psychic performer or psychic reader - a CD - Neanderthal - that is claimed to actually trigger people's latent psychic abilities or 'sixth sense'. This unique soundscape features an interpretation of the pre human voices of our distant cousins the Neanderthals, who contrary to popular belief were bigger than modern humans and actually had a larger brain capacity! Harking back to a time when our ancestors had not developed language fully and relied on their natural instincts to survive the CD combines the joint effects of psychology and music in its developmental infancy. During our development into this modern age humans have mainly forgotten how to use these instincts, such as we now call ESP and clairvoyance. The soundscape contained within Neanderthal the CD is full of unique and sometimes guttural voices and sounds that at times are frightening, soothing and sometimes challenging. You can use the CD as a feature of your act or readings by telling the audience that you are about to help unleash their latent mental powers and then go on to prove it! Neanderthal comes with the CD, an explanatory booklet by The Black Hart with performance ideas and a laminated disclaimer to pass around your guests that is guaranteed to get them in the mood for some of your psychic showmanship. This is very different from the usual 'New Age' music CDs that you normally hear. Available from Black Artefacts:" 21.3.09


Billionaire Sol Kerzner spared no expense in staging his wife Heather's 40th birthday party at the Dorchester last week. Guests included, the Duchess of York, Steve Wynn, Kevin Spacey, Simon Le Bon and Geri Halliwell. With performances from Dame Shirley Bassey, Nathalie Cole and Sam Young. Sav was delighted to have the opportunity to sit down chat to Steve Wynn about his friendship Mike Skinner in the 70’s. Brendan Patricks meanwhile was charming Liz Hurley at her table with his SWE Shift and Hugh Grant looks! "Brummie conjurer performs for Pirates of The Caribbean star Keira Knightley and Chelsea star Frank Lampard" Click Here. 21.3.09


Doncaster Magic Club will hold an evening get together on Wednesday 8th April from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at The Regent Hotel, South Parade, Doncaster for all those interested in keeping this club in Doncaster. Old and new friends/members welcome. Beginners welcome too. Email for more details. 21.3.09


The Science of Ghosts. On Saturday, 4th April, psychologist and magician Professor Richard Wiseman, illusionist Paul Kieve and a host of other experts gather in Edinburgh for a special one-day event examining the science and history of hauntings. Richard will discusses his research into the science of ghostly experiences, whilst Paul reveals the smoke and mirrors used to create spectres on stage. The day will also include a reconstruction of a Victorian phantasmagoria presented by Mervyn Heard. More details at As part of the project, Richard has also asked people to submit their best 'ghost' photos for analysis - see 21.3.09


Magic in the 21st Century - an open conference on Copyright, Content Distribution and Digital Rights Management for the Magic Industry. Lee Hathaway emails: "Calling all video production companies, creative magicians and publishers. You are invited to attend this free one-day conference in London this April, featuring guest speakers from experts in the magic and media industries. Of particular interest will be Chris Nesbitt-Smith, formerly of 321 Studios who produced the highly controversial DVD X-Copy product line. With the increasing number of torrent sites providing illegal downloads and an epidemic of pirated magic DVDs this conference will discuss and give a deeper insight into many of the problems that the industry now faces, along with attempting to present ideas and strategies to confront these issues. Interested parties should contact for more details." 21.3.09


Magician/Children's Entertainer Wanted: 7 month contract. Darren Wray emails: "I am looking for a Magician/Children's Entertainer who is available immediately for a seven month contract in Egypt. You must be able to perform at least two, thirty minute magic acts suitable for a family audience. You will also be participating in two production shows, Magic and Illusion and Circus Spectacular, there will be other duties such as daytime walkaround and 'Kids Hour' every evening. You will receive full training and continued support throughout the contract, and will be working with a team of professional performers. Competitive salary, flights, accommodation, food and drinks, working at a four star Holiday Village. This is a really exciting opportunity, don't miss your chance! Please email: with a current CV and covering letter, or just email for further details." 21.3.09


International News: Magic Convention in Latvia. Enrico Pezzoli, President of the Latvian Magic Club A.M.B.E.R. (Association of Magicians of Baltic - Established in Riga) emails: "This year we are going to join the I.B.M. as a Ring. To celebrate this event (it will be the 1st I.B.M. Ring in the Baltic and Scandinavian area of the EU) we are organising the 1st Latvian Magic Day on 30th May 2009 at the Congress Palace of Riga (Latvia, EU). We will have Dirk Losander, Aaron Crow, Roy Davenport and a comedy magic MC in the gala show. During the day we will have two lectures (Losander and Roy Davenport) and a Dealers room. The cost of the Magic Day (2 lectures, coffee break, dealers) is 40 Euros, the prices of the gala' show vary from 10 to 30 Euros." Email for more information. 21.3.09


And finally... I've just finished building a new website that has absolutely nothing to do with magic whatsoever, but may be of interest to some readers, so I thought I'd include it this week. features original science fiction movie posters, from Alien to Zardoz. These are actual cinema posters, not to be confused with souvenir type reproductions. It's the world's first "sci-fi only" movie poster website, so if science fiction is your thing I hope you enjoy it: 21.3.09


"In praise of ... magicians" Click Here • "Magic and music in one memorable Memorial show" Click Here • John Archer reviews Jon Allen's The Pain Game this week, Click Here, and Paul Moore reviews Disney Live - Mickey’s Magic Show, Click Here • "Teen magician to perform in national competition" Click Here • "Amazing Johnathan: Presto change-o, it’s a drive-in replica" Click Here • "Penn Jillette Answers Your Questions" Click Here • That's it for this week - your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 21.3.09