Number 461 - 25th April 2009


Michael Caine - Is Anybody There? Francine Stock talks to Sir Michael Caine on The Film Programme at 4.30pm on Friday 1st May on BBC Radio Four. Michael Caine looks back at his movie career and his role as an old magician in Is Anybody There? See TV Magic. Richard Kaufman interviews Michael Caine, the film's magic consultant Scott Penrose, and writer Peter Harness, in the current issue of Genii. Trailer: Opens in cinemas across the UK from Friday 1st May. "Caine conjures up new career" Click Here. 25.4.09


The Magic Circle Collectors' Day, Saturday 30th May. This year's varied programme features presentations by Dean Arnold on 'Some Gems from My Collection', Will Houstoun on 'Insights on 18th-Century Professional Card Magic from a Contemporary Notebook', Richard Evans on a famous 18th-century magician with 'Isaac Fawkes: Myth and Legend', and from Australia, Richard Stokes will relate some of his seminal researches on Jasper Maskelyne's Second World War exploits with 'Jasper Maskelyne's Wartime Scrapbook'. Finally Elizabeth Warlock will recall, and Mike Gancia perform, some of the creations of her famous father in 'Peter Warlock's Way'. Chairman of the Day is Eddie Dawes. There will also be an Exhibition featuring Edinburgh artist Sharon Whyte's series of screenprints relating to 'learned' or 'educated' animals - 'A Sage of the Stage, not a Beast in a Cage', and a selection of magic programmes from the collection of David Booth. Coffee will be served from 10am and the programme begins at 10.45am. Tickets £35.00 (including lunch and afternoon tea) are available from The Magic Circle, The Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Tel: 020 7387 2222. Email Payment may be made by cheque (payable to 'The Magic Circle') or by Visa/MasterCard. The venue is the Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Organised by Eddie Dawes and Peter Lane. 25.4.09


The Magic and Laughter Show will be held at the Electric Theatre in Guildford on Wednesday, April 29th, featuring legendary magician Wayne Dobson and comics Geoff Whiting, Danny Buckler and Geoff Northcott. "Laughs and tricks at the Electric Theatre" Click Here. 25.4.09


Timo Marc is a young magician hailing from Stuttgart who has quickly made an impression on the magic scene. For a number of years he worked in banking but like many others who follow their initial choice of a career he found his ambitions unfulfilled. At school Timo, together with a group of his classmates, had received a basic training in magic from a teacher who had a passion for the art. This group bonded, exchanged ideas, and organised evenings of stage and table magic, allowing Timo to realise where his preferences and strengths lay. With the knowledge he had acquired at school and becoming a member of the Stuttgart Circle Timo decided to alter course and dreamt of earning his living as a magician... Bob Hayden profiles Timo Marc and Brando & Silvana, upcoming performers at the British Ring Convention in September; Click Here. 25.4.09


The Magical Evening of Odd, May 3rd, Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, London. Unmissable comedy and magic - a rare chance to see some great performers in an intimate space starring John Archer (current Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year), Max Somerset (The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Max Magic, Undercover Magic), and Canada's Wes Zaharuk (“Cirque du Soleil meets Twin Peaks”), with magical host Neil Henry. The show starts at 7.30pm, the bar's open until midnight, and "yummy magic curry" will be available! Bethnal Green Workingmen's Cub, 44-46 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, London E2 6NB (Map). One night only. Tickets £10.00 on the door, or book online via 25.4.09


The Sunday Séance. "An evening of Dark Magick, with a glass of absinthe, tarot reading and a line of the blackest, most evil, snuff. Featuring the Bizarre Magick of Dr John and Fortune Telling from acclaimed Psychic Susan Oldman." Entry is free and the evening starts at 7pm. Last Sunday of every month, starting tomorrow on April 26th. Venue: CellarDoor, Zero Aldwych, London WC2E 7DN (Map). 25.4.09


Smoke & Mirrors - The Magic Radio Show. Matthew Duggan is joined by magic consultant and illusion designer extraordinaire Paul Kieve this week: "We'll be talking about Paul's career, who the first illusion designers were and how he creates theatrical magic for stage and screen." You can also listen again to the first episode via the Blog on the Smoke & Mirrors Radio Show website: 25.4.09


Magic and Fine Dining comes to the Midlands. Take one of Royal Leamington Spa’s finest restaurants, The Grand Union, and add one of the finest local magicians and what results is a magical evening of gourmet dining. "Grand Union is the perfect description for this stunning combination of fantastic food, superb service and amazing ambience." Leamington Courier. Prepare to be amazed as Magic Circle magician David Taylor presents his unique blend of live magic and illusion on Thursday April 30th. A three-course meal will be accompanied by amazing close-up sleight of hand magic; followed by an intimate magic cabaret to round the night off. The entire evening costs just £28.00 per head. Tickets are only available in advance - to book call 01962 421323 or email Visit: and 25.4.09


Show him your money! Jonathan Allen (aka the infamous parodic gospel magician Tommy Angel) will be exhibiting his large and ever growing collection of magician's bank notes in Vienna in a months time, in an exhibition organised by Dr. Brigitte Felderer, curator of the recent magic history retrospective exhibition Zauberkunste. If you have magician's note of your own and don't mind parting with one, Jonathan would very much appreciate it if you could contact him (urgently!), whereupon he will happily swop a Tommy Angel banknote for one of your own. The exhibition will take place in one of Vienna's huge opera houses, so it will be a feather in the cap of any UK magician to participate! Email: Jonathan Allen 25.4.09


The heats of the Young Magician of the Year Competition were held at the Magic Circle Headquarters on Sunday 19th April. The acts of fifteen competitors were considered and the following seven were selected to proceed to the final on July 12th. Edward Hilsum (silent), David Johnson (silent), Michael Jordan (patter), Megan Knowles-Bacon (silent), James Milner (patter), Sanjivan Parhar (patter), Carl Scutt (patter). Congratulations should be given to all the competitors for presenting a very enjoyable day of magic with great variety. Tickets for the Final will be available from The Magic Circle Box Office shortly. Watch this space for further announcements. Dr. Michael Colley, Competition Secretary. 25.4.09


High Jinx in the world of Juggling. Michael and Siobhan (High Jinx) have launched a brand new website for juggling supplies: "The UK's latest online juggling store, for all your juggling needs. Shop here for Diabolos, Diabolo Sticks, Juggling Balls, Juggling Clubs, Poi, Staffs, Devil Sticks, Unicycles, Fire Equipment, Spinning Plates, Juggling Rings, Juggling Books, DVDs and much more. Please check our huge range of Juggling Equipment... if you can't find what you are looking for then don't hesitate to contact us." Visit today! 25.4.09


Butterfly Knights Productions are hosting a night in association with the MTV 'Staying Alive' campaign (Staying Alive is MTV's global HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention campaign) at the Village Underground in Shoreditch, London, on Saturday 25th April, Tickets are £13.00 in advance - It is held in a collection of recycled tube carriages and will be a night of live bands, DJs, live fashion shows, interactive cocktail bars, magicians, graffiti artists, photo exhibitions, live illustrations, professional choreography... all very different! Darius Ziatabari, Chris Keward, Ben Williams, Paul Roffman, Neil Henry and Lee Hathaway will be performing close-up magic as guests sip on cocktails... 25.4.09


The Mentalist - Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4 + 5 are being repeated between 6pm and 11pm next Saturday (2nd May) on Five USA - see TV Magic for details. (Not your thing? Try some classic Partridge instead!) 25.4.09


Merlins of Wakefield have just launched a new website. They aim to keep it updated every week, and also to have a regular 'Blog' with details of new releases and items of interest regarding the magic world. It also has a Forum, which you are welcome to join and use as an area for everything magic. Special offer for MagicWeek readers: All orders placed until the end of May will receive a free magic trick - simply enter MAGICWEEK (one word, all caps) into the coupon code box during checkout. Visit today! 25.4.09


David and Dania guest on Tonight's the Night, tonight at 6.55pm BBC 1. "John Barrowman hosts another night of celebrity surprises as he makes the Nation's performing dreams come true. The cast of the smash hit musical Jersey Boys make an inspirational youth worker's West End wish come true. The Saturdays spring a spectacular surprise on a life-saving, break-dancing Brownie and Simply Red serenade a Superfan for a heart warming thank you." TV Magic. 25.4.09


The Surrey Society of Magicians held their Annual Close Up Competition in Leatherhead last week. Six performers battled for the coveted 'Cups and Balls' Trophy, made by Frank Preston of The South Downs Magical Society. The standard of magic this year was incredibly high, but the eventual winner on the night was Stephen Baker, who now holds the Society's "double crown" having won the recent Stage Competition. In a close-run race the 2nd prize went to Theo Theodoris, and the 3rd to Ben Williams. The magical judge for the evening was Fergus Anckorn MIMC. Steve Beam lectures at the club on May 28th, email Secretary, John Field for details. Photo: L to R: Theo Theodoris, Stephen Baker and Ben Williams. 25.4.09


Former Legal Director of Associated Newspapers and magician Ivor Cole is just off on a three day engagement in Imperia, Italy, presenting his magic show in Italian. This is just prior to preparing his programme for the Edinburgh Festival 2009 having been invited to present The Mind Magic of Cole at the world-famous annual celebration. This follows successful performances of his show in London at The New Theatre, Hampstead and The Kings Head, Islington where he was seen by the Edinburgh Festival's producers. 25.4.09


Chris Hare presents his ''Harebrain'' lecture at the Wessex Magical Association on Tuesday 12th May at 8pm. He will be explaining items that can be picked up quickly, together with more complex routines that will require real work. Chris is probably best known as the creator of the Birthday Detector and has put together a special bargain package including this and his other currently advertised items, exclusively for those attending this lecture. Chris has been a professional entertainer for over 30 years and has performed both Hypnotic and Mentalist type shows. One claim to fame is that he had the highest possible viewing figures on Maltese Television, whilst performing a Telepathy Act along with other mental effects! He also correctly memorised the entire studio audience’s first names! Visiting magicians welcome for a nominal sum. Also see: Lecturers. 25.4.09


Johnny Fantastica will be performing his award winning show "The Rose" at the City of Cattolica Flower Festival, Rimini, Italy, from April 29th to May 6th. Then on May 9th he can be seen performing his crazy comedy "Doctor Deaf" act at the Cultural Centre, Ladysmith Road, Birmingham. 25.4.09


Two Pros Talking. "Ever wanted to know what it's like to be a Pro magician in the real world? Nathan Kranzo and Keith Fields reveal all! Two Pros Talking, in a car, in a car park!" 25.4.09


Comedy performer Wayne Slater (aka El Loco) and illusion designer Mark Parker are working together on completely restructuring Wayne's 'The Dentist's Chair' show. Wayne said “I am very excited about the new direction the show will be taking. Working with Mark's unique ideas and direction is a perfect combination to deliver a whole new 'El Loco' for the world to see." 25.4.09


Magician and Illusionist Scott Pepper will be hitting the high seas again, this time for 6 months. Scott boards the Oceania Insignia on April 28th and will be cruising the Med until October. Scott encourages any other magicians sailing the Med between these times to get in touch, as it would be great to meet up. While onboard Scott will also be launching his new book 'The Working Magician' as a download, via his website. More details coming soon. 25.4.09


Tricky Ricky presents Talk 'N' Tricks, a fun and entertaining lecture on Children’s and Family Entertainment at the Glasgow Magic Circle on Tuesday, April 28th, at 7.30pm at the Rutherglen United Reformed Church, 69 Johnstone Drive, Rutherglen G73 2QA (Map). Entry for non-members is £5.00 "Great lecture, pure entertainment, very funny and practical routines" Ron Popple, UK Children’s Entertainer of the year 2002. "Ricky's lecture was the highlight of the day at Kidology" Malcolm Malan, Tactical Magic. Ricky McLeod has been professionally entertaining Children and Family audiences for the past 18 years and currently performs at over 300 events a year. He is four times winner of the Max Raskin Cup for Children’s Magic and twice winner of the Murray Wand for Showmanship awarded by The Scottish Association of Magical Societies. Ricky released his lecture booklet “Tricks Of My Trade” at the Kidology convention in September 2005 where it was a complete sell-out. In 2006 he lectured at the Blackpool Magicians' Club and then in 2007 was invited to lecture at the Blackpool Magicians' Convention. Other societies visited include Wolverhampton Association of Magicians, Perth Magic Circle, Scottish Conjurers Association, British Magical Society, West Lothian Magic Circle and the SAMS convention, Greenock. 25.4.09


Good news and bad news: Paul Gordon's 10th May Card Capers Day of Magic in Worthing has sold out! That's good news for Paul and bad news for you. But tickets are still available for Sunday 13th September in Leamington Spa. For the day's itinerary and previous reviews visit It's a fun and informative day of Paul's "doable" card magic! 25.4.09


The brand new Anglo Poker Edition 09 deck of high quality playing cards by Offason has just been released. The cards are made by magicians for magicians and are fully described on the official website A panel of 16 experienced card magicians (including a former Word Champion and several Swedish and Nordic Champions) have tried and tested the cards prior to their release and many changes have been implemented. A Gaff Deck and a Rainbow Deck (same back design but 52 different colours, looks like a rainbow when ribbon spread in new deck order) will be released shortly. (Thanks to Gay Ljungberg for the news). 25.4.09


A free lecture on The Art of Presentation will be held at the South Downs Magicians on Wednesday, May 6th. Actor, magician and entertainer Bertie Pearce, a member of the Inner Magic Circle with gold star, will be demonstrating how to make magic more dramatic. Bertie is one of the most engaging, amusing and entertaining lecturers on the circuit and has a wealth of experience in theatre, cruise ships and television. All performers, no matter what their level of skill or experience, are guaranteed to learn something from this lecture. 8pm at Handcross Parish hall, High Street, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6BJ (Map) 25.4.09


Mike Smith lectures at The Merlin Magical Society on Thursday April 30th. Doors open at 7.30pm, and the lecture starts at 8pm. Entrance is £5.00 for non-members. Venue: Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map) "Mike Smith's Hand Wash Utility Technique is the most unique and versatile version of the hand wash to-date. With this technique you can vanish items, produce them and hide almost any small object, whilst showing your hands apparently empty. Cards, coins, notes, rings, balls and keys are just some of the items that can be used. HWUT is only limited by your imagination and will turn your effects into something truly special. The lecture is split into two parts. The first is on close-up and stand-up magic and the second on Handwash routines from the DVD. The lecture has something for everyone." 25.4.09


John Martin The Master Magical Mechanic A Genius at Work, by Granville Taylor (Faust the Magician) is still available directly from the author. The book has over 100 A4 pages, 100 colour photographs and 10 detailed workshop plans, featuring some of the Martin replicas made by Granville Taylor, with an introduction by Professor Edwin A Dawes and a preface by Peter Diamond. Price £60.00 plus delivery. For more information email 25.4.09


Controversial Hypnotist, Magician and Mentalist Jonathan Royle has just set up a new Video Blog to share ideas and techniques at no charge with fellow mystery arts performers. There are 100's of free books and courses to download at 25.4.09


MagicWeek/Club News - This new section on MagicWeek is for Magic Club News and Updates and is in addition to our regular 'News' and 'What's On' sections. I decided to go for a soft launch on Tuesday, so that there would be content by the time we reached Saturday. It will be updated throughout the week, in fact more or less as soon as items come in. It is designed for fast, quick, Magic Club related messages - say all you want in 60 words or less...
● Just updated your magic club's website?
● Added club night reports to your club's website?
● Last minute lecturer announced?
● Looking for new members?
● AGM results?
● Added a review to your club's website?
● Events Diary - Have you just published your schedule of upcoming events?
● Want to remind MagicWeek readers about a visiting lecturer?
● Magic Sale night?
● Want to post a mini-report?
● Nearly sold out of tickets for an upcoming event?
● Want to remind MagicWeek readers of an upcoming event?
● Had a new website made?
● Change of venue?
● Change of event?
● Date change?
Use this section for quick news items, reminders and updates, relating to your club: Club News.


"Viva Las Vegas as Keith Barry moves for good to magic city" Click Here • "Mini Magician" Click Here • "Head Case: Lance Burton has lost His Magic" Click Here • Alan York reviews Derren Brown: Enigma this week, Click Here • "Master of magic" Click Here • "Mada's touch. Magician Adam Mada discusses the psychology of illusion with Andrew P Street" Click Here • "No business like magic business for Leamington conjuror Woodward" Click Here • "Blaine to turn himself into husband?" Click Here • "Big names at Random go digital" Click Here • "What is Va Va Voom?" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 25.4.09