Number 463 - 9th May 2009


Meet The Magic Circle! Twice a month The Magic Circle opens its doors to members of the public for a special evening of magic, featuring some of the club's top magicians. The evening consists of performances of close-up magic and a full stage show, together with a short talk on the history of magic and The Magic Circle. There's time to see the many exhibits and visit the museum, and magic hosts are on-hand to answer any questions. Included in the price is a drink on arrival and light refreshments and coffee during the interval. The bar is also open. This is a great opportunity to Meet The Magic Circle. For more information contact Diane O'Brien telephone 0845 0062504, or visit 9.5.09


The Magic Circle Heritage Auction 2009. On Sunday May 31st The Magic Circle will hold a Heritage Auction at its headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, London. Approximately 175 quality lots will be offered, with prices to suit all. Lots include: Chung Ling Soo ‘Mystic Cauldron’ poster, David Devant ‘Shadows’ poster, Servais LeRoy ‘Magic Shop’ poster, Linga Singh very rare 3-sheet poster, Arthur Setterington’s coin collection, Printing blocks and plates from the Jimmy Findlay estate, Robert Harbin designs for magic tables, An almost complete file of ‘Abracadabra’, A Channing Pollock poster, and others for Lyle, Charlton, Sorcar, Raymond..., Plus books by Goldston, Hertz, Findlay, Toole-Stott, Hoffmann, Maskelyne..., Large groups of publicity photos, memorabilia, catalogues and autographed material. The Great Lafayette, Goldin, Lyle, Levante, Dante, Servais LeRoy, Chung Ling Soo, and John Ramsay rare ephemera. Rare props made by Burtini, Davenport, Jack Hughes, as well as several custom made items and much more. Illustrated Catalogue £10.00 (cheques payable to 'The Magic Circle'), available from: Heritage Auction, The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD, England. Telephone: 020 7387 2222. Emailed bids can be made (details in catalogue). No buyer’s premium. Credit Card facilities available. Auction Manager: Tim Reed AIMC, Auctioneer: Henry Lewis MIMC. 9.5.09


Lee Alex and David Williamson - London Lectures. International Magic have two lectures planned in the coming weeks. On the evening of Tuesday 19th May, British Illusionist Lee Alex is presenting his lecture on Quick Change. The lecture starts with a show of costumes and the colour change waistcoat, followed by detailed explanations of the methods used in this unique work. On the evening of Thursday 21st May, David Williamson from the USA is presenting his lecture 'The David Williamson Experience'. A great opportunity to see the incredible skill and inimitable style of this world renowned magician. Both lectures begin at 7.30pm at International's usual venue - 'Casa Italiana' (2nd Floor), 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Cost for either lecture is £10 per person, for more information or to put your name down for the lectures contact Martin MacMillan at International Magic on 020 7405 7324 or email "International Magic casts a spell" Click Here. 9.5.09


The IBM Irish Ring 85 Diamond Jubilee Convention 2010, hosted by the Ulster Society of Magicians, takes place from Friday 30th April - Sunday 2nd May 2010 at the Hastings Stormont Hotel, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast. Accommodation can be booked now at special convention rate of £80.00 BB Single Occupancy / £100 BB Double Occupancy by contacting Julie Roulston, Events Manager: 02890 676010 Interested Acts, Dealers and Lecturers are invited to contact the organisers: 9.5.09


The Scottish Association of Magical Societies 59th Annual Convention will be held at the Tontine Hotel, 6 Ardgowan Square, Greenock from Friday 30th April to Sunday 2nd May 2010. President George H. Colvan invites friends old and new to a weekend of friendship, fun and of course, magic. For registration details email 9.5.09


The Blackpool & Fylde Mystics are proud to announce two new Honourary Members. On Tuesday the society was host to Shawn Farquhar from Canada, where a capacity audience with standing room only, watched the first lecture of his UK tour. Upon completion Shawn was made an Honourary Member to recognise his achievements in magic and to mark the occasion of him being the first lecture since the society reformed. Also, on Monday, a few of the Blackpool & Fylde Mystics' members were present to see the latest live show from Derren Brown. After the show Derren was presented with Honourary Membership in recognition of his support for the society since it reformed. Derren commented that he was 'honoured to be a member of the society' and also pointed out that it is the only magic society which he is a member of, a real coup for this ever growing magic society. For more information and news on the Blackpool & Fylde Mystics visit: Reported by Alan Mylecraine. Photo: Derren Brown receiving his Honourary Membership from Alan Mylecraine. 9.5.09


Andy Nyman is currently on location in Germany where he is filming a new feature film called 'Black Death'. Directed by Chris Smith (Severance), it is the tale of a band of Medieval mercenaries who are journeying to a village to find out why it is untouched by the plague. Andy stars alongside Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne and John Lynch in this medieval 'dirty dozen' which will be released in 2010. 9.5.09


Diction - A stunning Book Test for the modern thought reader from Kranzo Magic. "Imagine having in your pocket a powerful demonstration of thought reading. Perform one on one, or on the largest stage. A thought reading demonstration with a pocket dictionary. Over 35,000 words. Effect: You introduce Webster’s Pocket Dictionary containing over 35,000 defined words. You have a page selected by people choosing random numbers. No cards, dice, or math of any kind are used to select a page in a contrived way. Lets say page 42 is selected. The person holding the dictionary is asked to turn to that page. The performer can now instantly reveal at least two word revelations for any page selected. Not only that but the performer can even give details about the word and even full definitions!" Find out more, visit today! "Simple, practical, strong, and fits in your back pocket. What more could you ask for?" Lee Asher. 9.5.09 is pleased to announce the arrival of the Bicycle Karnival Midnight Deck. "Priced at £4.99 there is sure to be huge demand - and don’t forget there is free UK shipping on all orders over £10. Having recently extended our range of playing cards, now carries an even greater selection of Bicycle and collectors cards. Following problems earlier in the year with our web server, we are delighted to announce improvements have been made and the website should now be functioning faster and more efficiently than ever before! Furthermore, we are participating in the PayPal £10,000 a week giveaway which runs until May 29th, 2009 and gives buyers who pay with PayPal a chance to win £10,000 (terms and conditions apply)." Visit to see the range of cards now available. 9.5.09


Worker's Corner. Chris Congreave and Gary Jones, the guys behind Flying Tonight, Pocket This and Pseudo Pickpocket, are planning to produce a DVD featuring easy to perform commercial magic and would like to involve a selection of magicians, so, if you have an original piece that you would like to share with fellow magicians contact Chris Congreave or Gary Jones in the first instance at to discuss your ideas. 9.5.09


The Manchurian Approach - Hypnotism for Magicians. Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th July 2009. Become The Hypnotist; Learn an observation/attitude-based hypnosis model. Learn how to perform with hypnosis; Apply it to magic and mentalism. No history and theory lessons; Just tuition and practice. Mixture of classroom training and public performance. Day 1. In intensive practical sessions everyone will learn a solid but flexible approach to hypnotizing. Training and supervised practice will continue in the afternoon on the street and in bars until late. Intro: Subject selection: Set Up: Set Piece: Inductions: Fractionation: Testing: Re-Induction: Suggestion: Catalepsy: Corpsing: Amnesia. Day 2. Further classroom training to cover in depth more specialized knowledge. This will be put into the context of typical magic settings including impromptu, street, walk around, stage and TV. Hypno Forces: Hypno Peeks: Hallucinations: Control: Post Hypnotic Act: Managing reaction: Permanosis: Routines: Covert pre-show applications. Delivery: Intensive classroom training: Street and bar practical with the public. Training Manual: DVD: Mentoring. The cost of the course is £275. The trainers are Anthony Jacquin and Kev Sheldrake. This is not a stage hypnosis course. Venue: Liverpool City Centre, Liverpool. For more info visit: 9.5.09


Magicseen issue 26 - out now! Editor Mark Leveridge emails: "The latest issue features Irish success story Keith Barry on the cover. Keith has had success in the United States both with his own TV series and also in his performances in Las Vegas, and we learn more about this young star. We also chat to Magic Unlimited, the exciting illusion act from Holland, to James Randi who speaks of course about Uri Geller amongst other things, and we learn about Victor Trabucco, who not only is a smooth close up worker but who is also one of the world's leading glass artists. As well as personalities we offer you useful info, such as how to best get a good webpage to advertise your act, and we also look at the art of sleeving, in which we discuss the various techniques and offer three Masterclass tricks using it. The Bookshelf takes a retrospective look at The Cervon File from the 1980s, the review section is full of comment on the latest releases, plus there are fond farewell articles on Ali Bongo and Abra as well as a range of other interesting and entertaining features covering the magic world. Your copy awaits you! You can subscribe, buy a single copy or purchase an instant download from, or you will find it also in selected Borders stores around the country." 9.5.09


Dave Allen lectures and performs at the Danish Magic's Nordisk Magi Kongress 2009 on 16th May. Dave says he is very much looking forward to working alongside one of his all time favorite magicians, Jeff Hobson, who will be comparing the Gala Show. Other lectures include Paul Gordon and Paul Wilson. For convention details visit 9.5.09


Dealer Night - Birmingham. Following the success of the Bristol Dealer Night in March, Mark Leveridge Magic is pleased to announce the event will now be taking place at the Westmead Hotel, Hopwood, Birmingham on Monday 22nd June. The 3 hour session, which starts at 7pm, will offer attendees 10% off all Mark Leveridge Magic products, a 30 minute dealer dem, a mini lecture featuring three ideas not published anywhere before, plus the chance to browse, in an unhurried way in comfortable surroundings, the Mark Leveridge and Magicseen range of products. There will also be 3 prize draws on the evening with winners receiving items worth up to £10, £20 and £30, plus other special offers and freebies too! Pre-register and you will receive a Credit Voucher which not only refunds your entrance money, but which also gives you a further £10 to go towards your purchases on the night! It's too good to miss. Registrations have already been taken, so register yourself and maybe a friend or two now via 9.5.09


Sean Heydon's recent appearance on the Paul O'Grady Show can now be seen on YouTube. Sean reports that he's been invited back next season to perform some more illusions. Last week he has appeared in the following papers; Harborough Mail, Leicester Mercury, Northampton Chronical & Echo, Rugby Observer, Rugby Advertiser and Daventry Express. Sean has also been interviewed to appear on BBC Radio Northampton, BBC Radio Leicester and Harborough FM. "Crick magician pulls Paul O'Grady Show appearance out of the hat" Click Here. 9.5.09


49th Bristol Day of Magic - tomorrow! Sunday May 10th - Winter Gardens & Playhouse Theatre, Weston Super Mare. This year's line-up of magical stars  includes last November’s International Magic Convention competition winner Shawn Farquhar, the UK’s Nick Einhorn (who with Shawn will lecture and perform in the close-up sessions and stage show), Steve Beam, from the USA, who will take part in the close-up sessions and the incomparable John Archer, who will present a special day-time 'One Man Show'. The superb facilities at the Winter Gardens will house an extensive dealer’s exhibition (which this year will be located in the larger ballroom), whilst the main hall will provide better conditions for the lecturers. Top children's entertainer David Tompkins will lecture on ventriloquism for children and Mandy Davis, Chair of The Magic Circle’s Young Magicians Club, will be organising an event especially for under 14s, which will feature many of the stars of the day. The evening show at the Playhouse Theatre stars the fire magic of Colin Rose, slick manipulation from Brian Sefton, comedy juggling from Michael Pearse, Craig Christian (from his recent appearances in Las Vegas), Shawn Farquhar, Nick Einhorn, illusionist Daniel Dean and Company, and compare Steve Evans... plus live music from The Ambassadors of Jazz. 9.5.09


JezO’s Magic and Laughter Show. "Featuring the rising star of comedy magic JezO (Jeremy Bond), this show will appeal to children from 4–10 and, importantly, to their parents and grandparents. JezO’s great comedy skills, together with a thorough grounding and understanding of magic and illusion, put the emphasis very firmly on entertainment. His performance is high energy and he presents original magic as well as some great classics, all in his unique style, all with great comic twists. There is much audience involvement and participation. JezO has a special talent for developing an instant rapport with children, young teenagers and adults. The inevitable result is that everyone who sees his show wants to see it again… and again." Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex on Saturday 6th June at 2pm. Box Office: 01206 500900. 9.5.09


The 'Tricks at the Tryst' show on the 16th of May at 6.30pm at the Falkirk Town Hall, Falkirk FK1 5RS (Map) promises to be a night of wonder and amazement, courtesy of the Forth Valley Magic Circle. The club includes dedicated amateurs and seasoned professionals amongst the membership, and has been promoting the art of magic for the last three decades. The format of the show will be a mix of cabaret, stage and close-up magic. Tickets are £5 each and can be booked by emailing Peter Kinney: Following last year's sell out show, contact Peter as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 9.5.09


Bradford Magic Circle welcomes Shawn Farquhar on Friday 22nd May when he'll present his 'Bread and Butter Tour' lecture. Visiting magicians welcome: £7.00 charge. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start at the Thornton Church Hall, Thornton, Bradford. For more info, contact Mark Waddington 07754 671 340 9.5.09


Don Caldwell, America’s number one balloon twister presents a performance workshop on Friday 29th May in Banstead, Surrey. "Come and see Don perform his full 45 minute family balloon show and then Don will give his reasoning and thought process behind everything that goes into making him the number one balloon show in America." Followed by 'The David Grist Memorial Lecture' - a hands-on lecture/workshop in Birmingham on Wednesday 3rd June, which will include the best bits from his 'Mad Hatz & Wild Wearables' lecture, plus plenty of new sculptures that have still to be released, from stupidly simple sculptures to his huge show stoppers. Come and learn the secrets that make him America's number-one twister." For more details and to book visit 9.5.09


The Reflections Lecture. Tony Griffith recently published the final book in his Reflections trilogy. These books contain commercial and practical material that Tony has been performing throughout his magic career and reviews of these books have appeared in Abra, LaBal, Magicseen and MagicWeek. Tony is now in the process of taking bookings for 'The Reflections Lecture' (booking 12 months ahead). The lecture draws on material from all three books, with detailed explanations. Tony will have the books for sale at the end of each lecture at a specially reduced price, however, it won't be necessary to be in possession of the books to understand the lecture. Club secretaries are urged to contact Tony as soon as possible to book the lecture, which is, to quote from a review in Magicseen, "full of genuinely commercial magic for anyone who wishes to go out and entertain." For more info visit: 9.5.09


Magic at the Fringe. High Jinx in association with Underground Venues will be presenting their brand new show "Deliverance" at this year's Buxton Fringe Festival. They will be appearing in the Pauper's Pit at the Old Hall Hotel on various dates throughout July. See or for details or phone the booking office on 07980 292978. Tickets are £7.00 (£6.00 concessions). 9.5.09


Magicians and their families holidaying on the Greek Ionian Island of Zakynthos this summer, should look out for popular Scottish comedy magician Paul Brignal. Paul will be performing his close-up magic and cabaret acts in various venues in the resorts of Kalamaki, Argassi, Tsilivi and Agios Nicholas. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it! 9.5.09


Standnotamazed are appearing at the Speigeltent in The Parlure’s flagship cabaret show The Aviator Club! Alexis Terry, John van der Put and Piff the Magic Dragon are starring alongside Dusty Limits, Top Shelf Jazz and The Bees Knees tonight, May 9th. Visit for individual show times and tickets. 9.5.09


Mark Mason Lecture. Mark has given over 200 lectures at magic clubs across the world - and on May 21st Mark will be presenting his lecture at the Liverpool Magic Circle! “The best lecture I have ever seen” - Al Cohen, Washington DC. The lecture will be held at The Alder Sports Club, Alder Road, Liverpool L12 2BA (Map). Tickets: Members £3.00, non Members £6.00. For more details email or visit 9.5.09


Dave Moylan lectures for The Chester Guild of Magicians at 8pm on Monday 11th May. Visitors welcome for £5 door charge. Venue: The Home Guard Club, Canal Street, Chester. Details from Steve Cooil 01244 881462 9.5.09 is a new site produced by Lloyd Barnes and Geraint Clarke: "A site aimed at the niche market of new visual magic, and the production of new magicians' tricks, sleights, products, ideas or websites. Whether it be a great sleight, or a visual miracle, we want to know, and we'd like to help you get your name out there. With our help we will produce, advertise and market your creations." Visit: 9.5.09


"Art student's car vanishing act" Click Here (Thanks to Phil Smith at BBC North West) • An Evening of Fine Cuisine and Conjuring, featuring the magic of Dave Taylor, is reviewed by Paul Stevens this week, Click Here •  • "Youngest president for Newcastle Magic Circle" Click Here • "Samsung Houdini, T-Mobile G1 version 2 (Bigfoot) Rumored" Click Here (Thanks Angelo) • "Wacko Jacko’s Cop out" Click Here • "Las Vegas headliner Lance Burton cancels shows" Click Here • "Piers: Where's the magic gone?" Click Here • Not magic but... "Tony Alleyne decided to turn his flat into a Star Trek spaceship after his wife left him" Click Here - make sure you see the new movie on the big screen - it's fantastic! (Trailer) • That's it for this week, many thanks for your news contributions - see you next week, Duncan. 9.5.09