Number 462 - 2nd May 2009


49th Bristol Day of Magic - Sunday May 10th. Presenting a rare chance to see an extended 40 minute set from John Archer in his own 'One Man Show' spot, lectures and close-up sessions from Shawn Farquhar and Nick Einhorn, and an evening show starring Craig Christian, Daniel Dean, Michael Pearce, Brian Sefton, Colin Rose, Shawn Farquhar and John Archer! Plus 25 magic dealers (that's more than ever before). Steve Beam, currently on a lecture tour, will be performing different material for the day too. Excellent value, at £35.00 on the door, or just £30.00 if you book it by Monday, May 3rd: 2.5.09


The Amazing Chang - Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. The Magic of Whittington-Wickes, 17th October 2009 – 10th January 2010. An exhibition featuring the notable early 20th century magician, The Amazing Chang, will open at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum on 17th October 2009. Sandra Evans, whose biography of Chang was published in 2006, meticulously pieced his history together after discovering that she is living in his former home in Leamington Spa. Samuel L. Whittington-Wickes MIMC was born in 1893 in Leamington Spa. Such was his passion to pursue a career in magic, 12-year-old Samuel ran away from home in 1905 and returned years later a successful, wealthy illusionist/magician. He performed in New York and Paris and toured the UK with his performances. The exhibition will bring together fascinating original props used in Chang’s acts, as well as stunning stage backdrops and advertising material that reflect an era when going to the theatre was a very common and popular form of entertainment. For more information Click Here. 2.5.09


Cambridge Pentacle Club's 90th Anniversary. There are still a few places left for The Cambridge Pentacle Club's 90th Anniversary celebrations, which take place on Saturday 9th May, at Girton College, Cambridge. The daytime magic extravaganza starts at 10am and boasts lectures from star performers Geoffrey Durham, Alan Shaxon, Paul Kieve and William Houstoun. Magic dealers Magic Books By Post, Practical Magic and the Card Collection will be displaying their wares. Tickets for the daytime cost £35.00 (which includes a free lunch and commemorative booklet). To reserve a place email The evening event is a formal dinner followed by a cabaret starring Graham Jolley. The dinner starts at 7pm for 7.30pm, and tickets cost £40.00 (also available from For more info visit: 2.5.09


Champion of Magic. Card and coin aficionados are in for a treat when renowned magician Helder Guimaräes lectures at the Blackpool Magicians’ Club headquarters on 23rd June. Helder, the 2006 World Champion of Card Magic, famous for his fantastic magic with cards and coins, will be imparting his ideas for the benefit of members and associates. Helder is a brilliant and talented performer who believes in clear, direct, powerful magic. His ‘Small Miracles’ DVD has received rave notices throughout the magical world. Here is a chance to see the maestro in action. If you are not a member or an associate of Blackpool Magicians’ Club this one lecture alone would be a good enough reason for joining, details of which can be found at 2.5.09


James More - Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde. Following on from two weeks ago, James emails that the UK broadcasts of Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde are actually a month behind the French transmission, so he will be seen on the show later this month here in the UK, on channel 799. Alternatively, his performance can be seen on YouTube right now, Click Here. The show airs to millions of people across the globe and features many world class performers - with a strong focus on magic. 2.5.09


Magic Trek takes off on Tuesday! Robert Bone, Laurie Brokenshire, Ian Marriott, Rod Newman, Glen Stone, Harold Straker, Laura Tasker and Sean Lobban will begin The Magic Trek to raise money for The Anthony Nolan Trust. They will arrive at the following clubs at the following times… Associated Wizards of the South at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5th May, The Winchester Magical Society at 5pm on Wednesday 6th, The Magicians of Basingstoke at 5pm on Thursday 7th, The Home Counties Magical Society at 5pm on Friday 8th, Queen Victoria statue, Windsor at 5pm on Saturday 9th, and will finish their 106 mile walk at The Magic Circle Headquarters at 6.30pm on Sunday 10th. It would be great to see fellow magicians at any of these locations. Rod Newman has pledged to do an underwater mailbag escape if the £5000 sponsorship target is reached: "Magician plans to do the great escape" Click Here. On Monday 11th May at 7.45pm, Portsmouth & District Magic Circle will be holding a Magic Trek Homecoming evening of magical entertainment, all welcome, free admission. For more information visit and to donate online visit 2.5.09


Mark Raffles appears in Ida Barr's Variety Parade at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, on Sunday, 24th May at 7.30pm. "Sheffield Theatres and The University of Sheffield present a one-off special event at the Lyceum Theatre. Saucy and sassy, bold." Adults only. Tickets, £18.00 - £22.00. Box office: 0114 249 6000. 2.5.09


Learn how to become a children’s entertainer. Mike Clarke is a children's entertainer based in Bristol. His “Beginners Guide To Entertaining Children System” details the step-by-step process Mike has created to facilitate the simplest route to becoming a children's entertainer, with a show that is both entertaining for children and in demand from parents. The system is ideal for somebody interested in becoming a children’s entertainer, but unsure of how best to proceed. “I can whole heartedly recommend Mike and his system. It works. The proof is that it has helped me grow my existing business by over 50% in the last year.” James Kennedy Visit today! 2.5.09


Sean Heydon is due to appear on Monday's Paul O'Grady special bank holiday show with Robert Powell, Sandi Toksvig and Tina Hobley. He will be performing an illusion with Paul together with a very special assistant 2.5.09


Graeme Shaw was appointed Newcastle Magic Circle President last Monday. At 29 he is their youngest ever president, and the 14th since the Circle was founded in 1933. He will remain in office for up to a maximum of three years. Graeme is seen here behind the counter at MagicBox in Newcastle (and adds that they now take PayPal on their website! Visit!) 2.5.09


Etienne Pradier presents his classic table magic at The Zetter in London on Thursday May 7th and Thursday June 4th. To book a table call 0207 324 4401 or (Etienne Pradier and Paul Martin are also doing a full magic show at the same venue - tickets £12 direct from Etienne's office, email for more information). 2.5.09


Extraordinary People: The Million-Dollar Mind-Reader. "Derek Ogilvie claims to be able to read the minds of infants who are too young to communicate verbally. See how Derek and his paranormal 'gift' are put through a series of rigorous scientific tests and controlled experiments to establish the limits of his claimed abilities. Derek even faces the ultimate skeptic in the form of professional magician James Randi." 8pm on Thursday 14th May on Fiver, see TV Magic. 2.5.09


It was heaven, not hell, at the wrap party for ITV1's ‘Hells Kitchen’. The stars' favourite magician, Darryl Rose, performed his close-up magic on Monday night. Cast and crew were hugely impressed with his entertaining routines. 2.5.09


The Magicians Golf Society. Matt Windsor, Carl Royle and Harry Robson have just played an inaugural round of golf, as 'The Magicians Golf Society'. They are looking for people who like magic and golf, nationwide, who'd would like to join them. No membership fee or subscription, playing using the Bits rules (explained on the website). The plan is to raise awareness and money for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK. For more information visit 2.5.09


Royal Vauxhall Tavern: Hot August Fringe! News from the RVT: "From 27th July - 28th August the RVT will be hosting the anarchic / fantastic fringe festival all of London has been clamoring for! Up to four shows a night - 100 shows in all - featuring the best of London's alternative performance scene - theatre, stand up, music, magic, drag, improv, cabaret... We're looking for talented, extraordinary, brilliant, enthusiastic performers who want to take part in this memorable festival at the world famous Royal Vauxhall Tavern - one of the best pub-theatres in all of London." Visit for application forms (allow time to download). 2.5.09


Alakazam Magic's Chris Harding (photo) gets "Hypno-attacked" by Anthony Jacquin, author of Reality is Plastic. Anthony's unique hypnosis course for magicians and mentalists The Manchurian Approach is reviewed by Chris this week, Click Here. 2.5.09


Max Sommerset lectures for The South Lincs Magical Society on Monday 18th May at 7.30pm in Petwood. £10.00 admission for visiting magicians. Contact newly crowned President/Secretary Burger Bill on 01400 261323 for more info. 2.5.09


Oxford Castle hosts a night of mind-reading, psychic illusion and séance theatre with Paul Bell on Saturday May 9th. The "Inferno!" night includes a spooky tour of the old Oxford prison, a mind-reading and psychic illusion show, and a séance in the dark. Priced at just £15.00, this event promises to be one that will haunt the guest for a very long time and takes place at Oxford Castle Unlocked on Saturday May 9th, from 9pm - midnight. Tickets are not available from the venue, but can be booked by phoning 0114 2764644 during office hours or by visiting 2.5.09


The Mental Detector and The Secret Agent - Two great new items for the mind magician, available from right now! (See the 'Specials' page) 2.5.09


Shawn Farquhar, The Bread & Butter Tour, London and Ipswich dates. Shawn Farquhar lectures at the London Society of Magicians on Friday 8th May at 7pm. Tickets: £10.00 from Bob Pamplin 07831 274263 or Venue: Davenports Magic Studio, 5,6 & 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ (Map). The Ipswich Magical Society are proud to be hosting Shawn's lecture on Monday 11th May at the Holiday Inn, Ipswich. Visitors are welcome, but places are limited - contact the secretary first: See What's On for other dates. 2.5.09


Robert Temple Hypnotica: Live "The World's Most Outrageous Comedy Hypnotist, 21 year old Robert Temple recently filmed his first full-length, xxx-rated comedy hypnosis show for DVD in front of a sell-out audience in Manchester. This two and a half hour, unique show is certainly not for the easily offended, but earned a standing ovation!" Available from 2.5.09


Bella's the youngest in 100 years! The Order of The Magi (Manchester) recently celebrated their centenary. One of the activities was to bring The Magic Carpet Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Castle Magic to The Met theatre in Bury. In the audience on this occasion was 11 year old Annabella Horridge (daughter of past president Barrie) who wrote a report for the magazine. PRO Geoffrey Newton considers her to be the youngest writer since the Magi was formed in 1909. A copy was sent to Jon Marshall (Magic Carpet Theatre) who was very impressed and sent a letter of thanks and some magic goodies. The Order of The Magi now has a new president, Ian Ball MMC, who leads the society in the first year of their second century. The new syllabus is on their website: 2.5.09


Most entertaining non-card trick competition! "For some years the Medway Magical Society has held a 'Most Entertaining Card Trick' competition, to counter the myth that card magic couldn't be entertaining. This has always proven to be a really fun event for competitors, members and guests. In 2009 we have decided to take this a stage further by holding a competition where cards couldn't be used. Each magician can only do one trick (albeit with more than one ending along the way!) Please join us for fun evening. Free admission, but we may get you to buy a raffle ticket." Tuesday 5th May at The Gordon House Hotel, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX (Map). For more info contact Tim Decker 07920 478437. 2.5.09


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