Number 457 - 28th March 2009


Andy Nyman: Bulletproof. Andy Nyman's Bulletproof is nearing publication. Featuring 36 reputation-making practical, commercial, routines Bulletproof also includes a dozen essays, all of Andy's published lecture notes, profiles and interviews. The covers house a bonus audio CD interview on mentalism and a DVD entitled 'A Dream Come True'. The preface is by David Berglas, and the foreword by Derren Brown. Bulletproof is a limited edition of just 750 copies, each signed by Andy Nyman and numbered. Printed on top-quality satin-finish paper, each copy is hardbound in luxurious leather with a full-colour dustjacket. What I love about Andy is that he doesn't just think "out of the box" - he thinks out of the box that the first box was in. While you're trying to work that one out why not pre-order this title now, and enjoy a $50.00 saving, before they all disappear: Andy Nyman is this month's cover story in Genii (DT). 28.3.09


The Expert at the Card Table, Written and performed by Guy Hollingworth, April 2nd - 5th, Menier Chocolate Factory, London SE1. After sold-out success at the Edinburgh Festival in 2008, and a series of international performances and a recent sell-out run at the infamous Magic Castle in L.A., The Expert at the Card Table will perform at the Chocolate Factory on April 2nd – 5th for an exclusive run. Guy Hollingworth is an acknowledged expert of sleight of hand and card technique. In this one man show, he performs dazzling exhibitions of card chicanery alongside a compelling story of trickery, deceit and death. Based on a book of the same name, The Expert at the Card Table tells the story of two boys whose innocent love of card tricks develops in adulthood into a dangerous game of hustles and street cons that lead to trickery, deception and death. Published anonymously in 1902, the book describes in great detail, original and brilliant methods for conjuring effects, whilst at the same time revealing the author’s true intent - a full exposé of the underground techniques used by hustlers, card cheats and con artists. The Expert at the Card Table. Written and performed by Guy Hollingworth. Directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Visit for more information and to book. 28.3.09


MagiCares The Magic Charity Drinks Reception and Dinner on the Terrace at the House of Lords. Paul Stone is organising an exclusive Drinks Reception followed by Dinner on the Terrace at the House of Lords in aid of MagiCaresTM The Magic Charity on Tuesday, 12th May. The event is being hosted by Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market. Naturally there will be some first class magical entertainment. Numbers are limited to 75 people, and tickets which include drinks, an excellent Dinner and entertainment, are £150 per head. There are also a limited number of 'Tables of 8' available for £1,100. The setting is magnificent, and it promises to be a very unique event. For more details, and to book tickets, contact Paul Stone by email: 28.3.09


Bob Hayden goes behind the scenes to introduce some of the performers that will be appearing at this year's IBM British Ring Convention in Southport in September. In 1995 David met Dania (photo) on a circus tour. Dania was performing her award winning hula hoop act and David was working as a singing ringmaster. Both came from a show business background, Dania being the daughter of Russian circus legend Rustan Kaseeva and David the son of a concert pianist Jerry Robert Mass. Training as a gymnast since the age of six Dania went on to acrobatics and dance. With these talents she created a hula hoop act and made her professional debut aged fourteen, in a touring production of the Moscow State Circus. She soon established an international reputation with the act not only for her masterly technique but her vibrant stage personality. David’s first circus act, at the age of eight, was juggling on a low wire. He then trained in acrobatics, dance and theatre and found he had a talent for singing. Additionally, he successfully studied magic; another strength that over the years has made a considerable contribution to his success in the world of entertainment... Click Here to read more. 28.3.09


The heats for The Young Magician of the Year 2009 will be held at The Magic Circle, in London, on Sunday 19th April. This prestigious event, which was first held in 1961, has produced many winners who have gone on to make successful careers in show business. The competition is a chance to see the magicians of tomorrow at the beginning of their careers. 16 magicians between the age of 14 and 18 will compete, from all over the UK. Tickets for the heats, which will start at 11am, are now on sale, priced at £5.00, from The Magic Circle box office, telephone 0207 387 2222. 28.3.09


Dynamo can be seen performing his unique brand of street magic tomorrow (Sunday, March 29th) around the Southport Arts Centre. He'll be back the following week to lecture (inside) at the Southport Arts Centre, when he joins John Archer, Greg Wilson, James Brown, Russell Brown and Steve Naylor at the Northern Magic Circle's Convention. Visit for more info and to book. "Magicians from all over the world will cast a spell on Southport when they arrive for the annual Northern Magic Circle convention" Click Here. 28.3.09


The Mentalist, Thursdays on Five. "Patrick Jane is a former celebrity psychic now working as a consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation. He is called in to help the investigation of a double murder that is linked to a notorious serial killer. Patrick has his own theory about the case - but can he convince his colleagues to listen to him?" Catch episode 1 if you missed it last week, when it is repeated at 7pm this Sunday on Five USA. The Mentalist was watched by 3.6 million viewers on its opening night (Thursday 26th March) - that's the highest audience figure for a US drama debut on Five ever; quite an achievement. The first episode in this new crime series didn't really do it for me (I was expecting Alan Partridge) - some of the twists being glaringly obvious, but others worked. I think it will grow, and prove to be good for real-life magicians. See TV Magic for listings (DT). 28.3.09


Greg Wilson lectures at the Home Counties Magical Society on April the 16th. Non members welcome, admission £8.00. Early booking early is advised, contact Dan Hudson for further information. Telephone: 0118 931 0981 Mobile: 07966 036 928 Email: 28.3.09


The Blackpool & Fylde Mystics are pleased to welcome David Williamson as an Honourary member of the society, in recognition of his support. The presentation was made at the recent South Shields Convention. Photo: David Williamson (right) and Blackpool & Fylde Mystics member Alan Mylecraine. 28.3.09


Mark Leveridge Magic's Dealer Night. This is a last call for those wishing to attend Mark Leveridge Magic's Dealer Night which is taking place this Monday, 30th March at the Redwood Hotel and Country Club, Beggar Bush Lane, Bristol. The evening will include a 10% discount on all MLM products, a mini lecture with three new effects explained, a dealer dem, special offers and freebies, plus an unhurried look at the whole Mark Leveridge and Magicseen range. Pre-book and receive a Credit Voucher worth twice the price of the admission charge! Hurry, hurry! Details and bookings from 28.3.09


Inferno Night of Magic - Tamworth. The Inferno Night of Magic will take place at Middleton Hall stately home near Tamworth (Map) on Saturday April 11th. The idea is to recreate a magical event in the style of Victorian and Edwardian dinner parties - very stylish and atmospheric with people encouraged to get dressed up for the event. Magic Circle magician David Taylor will perform classic parlour magic and Anthony Jacquin will present a hypnosis routine. Young up and coming female bizarre magician Evanna will be performing a spooky magic routine to bring the evening to a close and Paul Bell will be hosting the night and doing a spot of mind-reading along the way. The evening runs from 7pm until midnight, and, as well as the magic performers, the night also features a two course silver service meal. Tickets are priced at a very reasonable £59.00 each. Visit for more information and to book. 28.3.09


The Order of The Magi (Manchester) held their Centenary Dinner and Cabaret on March 21st. 150 diners in the presence of Rt Hon Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market PC OBE MIMC (Gold Star) enjoyed an excellent meal and cabaret. Centenary President Geoffrey Newton reports, Click Here. 28.3.09


Mark Mason Lecture - DownTown Magic Club. Monday 11th May, 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Space is limited for this one-off lecture at the Downtown Diner, Park Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8LS (Map) from one of Britain's best. For more information call Mike Turner on 01580 764265 or email to reserve your seat. Tickets: £5.00 for members and £10.00 for non members. 28.3.09


James Hanrahan, a member of the Ulster Society of magicians, performed close-up magic at the Emerald Ball, a key SAM fundraising event, a couple of weeks ago in Belfast. All had a fabulous evening, which helped raise a very impressive £60,000 towards funding a research project which will start later this year. To find out more about Struggle Against Muscular Dystrophy visit 28.3.09


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. 28.3.09


Edinburgh Magic School presents an opportunity for young magicians to study with one of magic's most respected teachers. This Easter Ian Kendall will be running the first session of the Edinburgh Magic School in Fettes College. Over a five day period students will learn sleight of hand magic that can be performed anywhere, together with presentation skills and stagecraft. Ian will draw from eighteen years of performing and over twenty five years of teaching, to offer the most rounded magic instruction possible. The classes run either in the morning (9.30am - 12.30pm) or the afternoon (1pm - 4pm) from 6th - 10th April. 28.3.09


International News: Nordisk Magi Kongres 2009. News from Jakob Rasmussen, of the Magic Circle Denmark. Paul Gordon and Magic Dave will be flying in from the UK, and Jeff Hobson (photo) and James Dimmare from Las Vegas, together with Denmark's Joachim Solberg, to appear at the Nordisk Magi Kongres 2009. Founded in February 1934, the Magic Circle Denmark will be celebrating the 75th anniversary by hosting the Nordic Magic Convention at the Odd Fellow Palæet, from 15th-17th May 2009, in Copenhagen. Visit for the full programme of events, and to register. 28.3.09


Bill Goldman and Shawn Farquar lecture at the Leicester Magic Circle in April and May, see What's On for details. Bill Goldman on Monday 6th April and Shawn Farquar on Monday 18th May. No booking needed, just turn up on the night, £5.00 entrance for visiting magicians. Venue: Ramada Hotel, Grnadby Street, Leicester LE1 6ES (Map) For more info contact Secretary Barry Martin: 28.3.09


International News: The 28th Annual Austin Magic Auction, April 18th, Texas, USA. "Y'all come on down now... and do be sure to check out some of the more than 250 items to be auctioned from the stage. Of course, you will have to be there to see the 1000 or so items in the Silent Auction. Here are some of the items:". 28.3.09


Tony Griffith will be presenting his Magic of Science Show at the Wrexham Science Festival on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April. This is the show that he takes to primary and secondary schools. The event takes place at Glyndwr University, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham. Tony's shows are on Friday at 6.30pm and Saturday at 12.30pm. Any magicians in the area are welcome to go along. Contact Tony so that he can reserve a seat for you. Tony will also be at the Wessex Magical Association One Day Convention on Sunday 5th April, where he will have a dealer stand exhibiting his three new books, and will also be presenting a workshop/mini lecture on mentalism. 28.3.09


" create Advertising Magic!" Click Here • "Hey presto! Huddersfield magician scoops award" Click Here • "Houdini set for second life as action hero" Click Here • "Magician conjures up prestigious championship win" Click Here • "Town's king of magic is ace" Click Here • "Man who killed wife was street performer" Click Here • "'The Great Buck Howard': mind over John Malkovich" Click Here • That's it for another week, many thanks for your news - always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 28.3.09