Number 460 - 18th April 2009


Leamington Day of Magic. The Leamington & Warwick Magic Society are pleased to announce details of their forthcoming Day of Magic, to be held on Wednesday 24th June. Doors open at 8am. This all day event includes lectures from Jon Allen - England's only World IBM Close-Up Champion, John Archer - current Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year, and Kimmo - current BMC World Children's Entertainer. With additional mini lectures by Shane West on Puppets and Venting, Arthur MacTier on the Gilbreath Principle and Smudgy the Clown on Balloon Modelling. Dealers booked so far include Merlins Magic, Kaymar Magic, Albion Magic, Zane's Magic Shop, Adrian Sullivan, World Magic Shop, Made to Measure Magic, Razamatazz Magic and Barries Magic. During the evening the Midlands Champion of Champions Close-Up Competition take place. Tickets to the Day of Magic are limited to just 150 so book early. Includes complimentary breakfast (8am - 9am) and a mid-afternoon buffet for all prepaid tickets. Admission: £20.00 with ample free parking. Cheques should be made payable to 'Leamington & Warwick Magic Society' and posted to: Ivor Williamson, 4 Woodleigh Road, Westwood Heath, Coventry CV4 8GT. Venue: Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). Website: 18.4.09


Allenby & Mellers - An Evening of Sorcery and Song! Featuring songs from the shows and madcap magic, starring two of the country's best entertainers! Will Allenby star of Radio 2's "Friday Night is Music Night" and Mel Mellers acclaimed comedian and magician. 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th May at the Barrington Theatre, Penny’s Walk, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 9TH (Map). Tickets £8.00 (£7.00 concessions) Ticket Hotline: 01202 894858. Email: for more info. 18.4.09


Magic Night - Friday May 1st at Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F O5P (Map). Starring John Lenahan, Christian Lee, Hula boy, Lady Carol, Franco, Neil Henry and Sergio Barros. "Come along to one of London's most dynamic and exciting entertainment haunts, Madame JoJo's, and see why this night continues to be one of the best contemporary cabaret nights on the circuit - with incredible and cutting edge magic acts and some of the best cabaret in town." Tickets £10/£7 concessions. Tickets can also be purchased via 08700 600 100. Friday 1st May, doors 7pm / showtime 7.45pm - 10pm. 18.4.09


The Scottish Association of Magical Societies 58th Annual Convention takes place at the Park Hotel, John Street, Montrose from 1st - 3rd May. The line-up includes Graham Lee, Ron Popple, El Fantastico, Colin Mcleod, Michael Pierce and Patricia Duncan. Lectures, close-up sessions and a Gala show, with magic dealers Razamatazz, Cooper's Magic, Adrian Sullivan, Jimmy Craig, Bill Mcleod and Lydia Ashby. For registration details email or download a registration form via 14.3.09


James More will be appearing on Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde this evening (Saturday 18th April). The show airs to millions of people across the globe and features many world class performers - with a strong focus on magic acts. It is available on France2 at 8.35pm and on TV5 Monde. It can be viewed in Britain on Sky channel 799-TV5 at 8pm tonight. For more information on James More visit 18.4.09


Derren Brown Enigma. The all-new theatre show. An evening of groundbreaking, extraordinary mind-feats and staggering audience manipulation from the man that reinvented the genre. Dark, funny, chilling and utterly baffling. On tour now (but virtually sold out) - see What's On for tour dates. Derren can be seen in his first acting role on BBC 4 at 10pm on Thursday 23rd April playing 'Sir Roger Widdowson' in Crooked House. 18.4.09


Steve Beam and Pavel to lecture at the British Magical Society. President Mike Gancia has announced that as well as fantastic domestic lecturers in his programme until the Summer Recess both Steve Beam and Pavel are to lecture. On May 12th the creator of the ‘Semi-Automatic Card Tricks’ series Steve Beam from the USA will be presenting to us a night on Close-Up magic. Later on the June 16th the FISM award winner Pavel from Switzerland who has invented such classics as the 'Walking Knot' will be presenting a lecture on magical invention. Attendance is welcome from any magician from another Society and a small charge of £5 is made. Further information is available on the BMS website: 18.4.09


Steve Gore is the new president of the Northern Magic Circle; one of the youngest presidents in its history. Steve will be holding a President's Day in Haworth, West Yorkshire, on Saturday 18th July entitled “Wuthering Sleights” it will be a family day out in Haworth, finishing with a traditional pie and pea supper and 'Micro Magic Marathon' (email or phone on 07986 499671 to attend). For more info on the NMC visit and download an application form. Their convention just two weeks ago was enjoyed by all, with guest magicians Greg Wilson and Dynamo mixing with registrants and sharing their magic. 18.4.09


Newmarket Magic Club - the first meeting is set to take place on Wednesday, April 22nd at The Palomino Pub Function Room, 122 Valley Way, Newmarket CB8 0QQ (Map). Wayne Goodman emails: "We have had a massive response for the new club, mainly thanks to MagicWeek. Our first meeting is on Wednesday (22nd) at The Palomino Pub Function Room, doors at 7pm, meeting starts at 8pm." To attend contact - also visit for more info. 18.4.09


British Quick Change Artists Keelan Leyser and Charlotte Marie took part in a large scale magic and illusion show in Cairo, Egypt last week, entitled Abracadabra at the Cairo Exhibition Centre which seats over 2000 people. The show sold out and was extended to four performances. The artists also presented one of the shows for charity to over 2000 orphans for Orphan's Day. Other artists in the show were illusionists The Pendragons, comedy magician Jay Mattioli and aerial magician Kristi Toguchi. Visit for more. 18.4.09


The Mental Detector and The Secret Agent - Two new items for the mind magician, available from right now! 18.4.09


Edinburgh Magic Circle Sale & Exchange. Members of the Edinburgh Magic Circle are holding a Sale and Exchange on Monday 20th April at 7.30pm at The Police Club, 28 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EP (Map). Free Admission. (Tables are not available for non members). 18.4.09


York Society of Magicians - First Table-Top Sale and Mini Auction. The York Society of Magicians is holding its first Table-Top Sale and Mini Auction on Wednesday 13th May at The Grasshoppers FC Hall, Mill Lane, Wigginton, York YO32 2PU (Map). Doors open for setting up from 5.30 pm and the Sale begins at 6.30pm and an opportunity for sellers to auction off up to 6 of their items (commission free) will take place from 8.30pm. Tables (including entry) £7.50. Entry for browsers and buyers £2.00 (free to juniors). Ample parking, easy access, and light refreshments available. To book a table contact Rex Stott, Secretary: or phone 01937 589727. 18.4.09


How to Create Kids’ Magic and Triple Your Income! Practical Magic have added a number of PDFs to their site, allowing customers to have a look at some of the content of John's new book, before ordering. "With introductions by Terry Herbert and David Kaye. Terry regards this as one of the best books published on entertaining children. Here you’ll find approximately 200 A4 sized pages, crammed with all you need to know on children’s entertaining. Sure, there are routines – and some outstanding ones at that! – but this book is also full of the business of entertaining children, a subject which many books have omitted." 18.4.09


Blackpool Magicians’ Club is pleased to announce that the legendary Pavel will be lecturing at their new headquarters at 8pm on 8th June. If you want to add some new and stunning effects to your repertoire, or if you simply want to watch a creative genius at work, then this is the lecture for you. Pavel is a prolific and inspired inventor. For the benefits of becoming an associate member of the Blackpool Magicians’ Club visit 18.4.09


Mel Harvey takes on the role of "Blake Barrington" for Stratford Town Ghost Walks. As the ghostly tour guide Mel will be showing visitors around Stratford upon Avon, highlighting various places where ghostly happenings have taken place. Stories run from the outbreak of the plague in 1564 to the present day. Interspersed with ghost stories Mel will be performing his street magic which will help to "prove" that strange things can happen on the streets of Stratford! Catch up with Mel at The Bristol Day of Magic on May 10th on his magical antiquities stand. 18.4.09


Steve Beams in to Bath. The legendary Steve Beam will be lecturing at the Bath Circle of Magicians at 8pm on Thursday 7th May. Steve is the acclaimed author of the Semi-Automatic Card Tricks' volumes, and has penned a myriad of diabolically clever near-self-working card magic in his time. He is also renowned for his long-running underground magazine, The Trapdoor, which confirmed his status as a "magician's magician". £10.00 on the door, just turn up at St Mary's Church Hall in Saltford near Bath or, for further information, contact Oli Foster: 18.4.09


The Blackpool & Fylde Mystics - Award winners. The Blackpool & Fylde Mystics were well represented at the recent Northern Magic Circle convention with three members winning awards. Alan Mylecraine won both the Vice Presidents Trophy for representing the Blackpool & Fylde Mystics and the Jim Lumley Challenge Cup for 1st Place in the Close-Up competition. Jack Clarke claimed second place in the Junior Stage Competition and Allan Clarke both the prize for the best article in the Northern Lights together with the Presidents Wand for the work he has done in promoting the Northern Magic Circle. 18.4.09


Dr Todd Landman the Metaphysical Magician lectures at the Magical Mayhem Club in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, on Thursday April 22nd: "Those who are familiar Todd's work will know that this will be a fantastic lecture and not to be missed. Guests should arrive by 7.30pm everyone is welcome but there will be a fee of £5 to non members." For more information contact Lee Smith on 07731916965 or email 18.4.09


Craig Petty lectures at the Aberdeen Magical Society on Tuesday April 28th. "Craig is hot news at the moment and in great demand everywhere - don't miss this one!" Visit for more information. 18.4.09


Zodiac Success. President Richard Pinner presents awards to 'Freddie Firth Appreciation Trophy Competition' winner Stephen Barry and runner-up, Fay Presto, at the Zodiac Magical Society last week. It was a very close contest with a high standard throughout from all seven competitors. 18.4.09


Zane's Magic Shop have added new video demo's to their site, for their own range of magic including 'Fly Catcher', 'Con-fused', Zane's Invisible PK Magnet holder/Vanisher and the 'Ace Detective Coin'. Visit and click on 'Zane's Tricks'. 18.4.09


Zodiac Magical Society 63rd Birthday Dinner. Saturday 30th May at The Bridge Hotel, Greenford UB6 8ST (Map). Three course dinner, close-up magic, world class cabaret, live music and dancing - all for only £40.00. Tickets from: 18.4.09


Paul Brook’s Self Service. Following a serious car accident and then a cancer scare Paul Brook was more or less out of action for six months. Paul emails: "As a big 'thank you' for the support that you have all given me whilst I have been recovering, here is a free E-Book effect from me." Visit to download. 18.4.09


Tonny Van Rhee - lecture dates. Belgium's Tonny Van Rhee is a direct descendant of the famous Bamberg dynasty of magicians. He is a regular attendee at the FFFFs convention and a judge at many of magic's most prestigious competitions. His lecture provides is a unique opportunity to see the man whose routines have been used by such magic luminaries as Fred Kaps and Ken Brooke. Tonny's lecture will include close-up, cards, coins and rings... a variety of direct, commercial magic that is suitable for performers of all skill levels. As well as being peppered with stories of the many greats he has known and worked with, this lecture is a rare chance to learn some fantastic tricks and routines from a man who has been creating magic for almost 50 years! April 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th - see What's On for more information. 18.4.09


Top Secret Magic Day. Gary Young emails: "I would like to let all who support my Top Secret Magic Day, that unfortunately due to venue problems, and family commitments I am unable to produce my 12th Top Secret Magic Day this year but I am pleased to say that the 12th Day will be back, bigger and better than ever, next year! Watch this space! Thanks for your continued support." 18.4.09


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