Number 468 - 13th June 2009


Room 101 with Paul Daniels. Paul Merton hosts the chat show in which guests are given the opportunity to rid the world of their pet hates. This edition features Paul Daniels, whose list of irritations is headed by 'Top Gear' (can't argue with that!). 9pm on Saturday 20th June on Virgin 1. See TV Magic for the week ahead. "Urge to entertain is still motivating master of magic" Click Here. Show dates: Click Here. 13.6.09


Derren Brown interview. "Derren Brown is a mind-reading, bullet-dodging, cabbie-confounding magician, but he's not the devil - he's just a very tired boy... Derren Brown is about to astound me. Britain’s most famous mind reader, magician, master of misdirection and a man whose book, Tricks of the Mind, tells you how to memorise whole reams of unrelated information, is in the kitchen of his north London flat, making himself a fresh coffee and me more tea..." The Telegraph's David Jenkins talks to Derren Brown, Click Here. Derren Brown Enigma, live on stage from June 15th - July 18th at the Adelphi, London. Tickets: 13.6.09


Northern Magic Circle Junior Day of Magic. This year's Junior Day of Magic will be held at St David's Church Hall, Tudhoe Lane, Tudhoe Village, Spennymoor, Co Durham. The day will include workshops on Balloon Modelling, Cards & Coins and Entertaining Children, magic dealers Cliff Lount's Bradford Magic Studio and Alan Duncan Magic, and a sale of magic props and magazines in aid of their junior funds. To close the day there will be a mini gala show. Tickets are £12.50 for the whole day which includes lunch and tea or £6.00 for the evening only. Close-up and Stage Competitions are open to all junior magicians aged 11-16 years old. Non-members welcome. Although it's billed as a Junior Day, everyone is welcome. Saturday 27th June. For full details and registration forms contact Cynthia Neptune on 0191 252 9151. 13.6.09


A Night with The Leamington and Warwick Magic Society. The Leamington and Warwick Magic Society are holding a magical evening on Friday July 10th between 8pm and 10.30pm at Dunchurch Village Hall, Rugby Road, Dunchurch CV22 6PN (Map). "It's an informal evening where the members will perform close-up magic at your table and put on a stage magic show during the evening. A buffet is included in the price and a small bar will operate serving soft and alcoholic drinks. A table for 10 costs just £100.00, or individual tickets can be bought for £12.00 each." For more information call Mark Traversoni 01788 860433 or 07882 825748. 13.6.09


MagicBox to open new shop on Thursday! On Thursday June 18th MagicBox will be officially opening the doors to its new exclusive magic shop. MagicBox email: "To celebrate we are inviting any interested magicians to join us at the store at 5.30pm where we will begin our celebrations with complimentary drinks and light buffet. We will also be offering 10% discount off any purchases made on the day and for those who can't make it to the store we'll also offer this discount to all online purchases. (This will be automatically deducted from your order!). For those who are joining us in store we will also be hosting an after-hours party at a private venue within the city centre. We have booked a fantastic international comedy singer to liven up the guests. If we have enough people interested we will also hold a close-up competition with a £50.00 MagicBox gift voucher going to the winner. (Please let us know in advance if you are interested in entering). So that the occasion is marked in style we have also invited some guest magicians and have planned some media coverage in the form of a headline prediction. If anyone wishes to stay overnight please email us at for recommended hotels." 13.6.09


BigBlindMedia have a great lineup of releases scheduled for the remainder of 2009. The UK based Magic DVD and Deck producers have been hard at work and report new projects in the pipeline from John Bannon, Greg Wilson, Paul Zenon, Dynamo, Stephen Tucker, and Cameron Francis! The new John Bannon DVD will be shot on location in the UK at the end of June, featuring brand new material together with some extended versions of current dynamite routines... "We've got the shooting list, and this DVD is going to blow your mind. It's simply the coolest, most inspiring, most exciting project we have ever done." emails BigBlindMedia's Owen Packard. "Members of the BBM Mailing List just might find that they have access to some super exclusive secret content! Yep - by joining the mailing list (, you not only get 5 free downloadable tricks/explanations from currently available BBM DVD titles, but you'll find out how to get exclusive routines from giant magic names too!" 13.6.09


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic. Travis Perkins is pleased to announce the lineup for the 17th Ferrybridge Day of Magic on Sunday 5th July at The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ (Map). Doors open at 10am: "The first lecturette, Behind The Red Curtain, will be presented by International Close-up Magician and Illusionist Andrew Green. The second lecturette will be presented by Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year John Archer. The ‘4.15’ Showette features Tony Stevens, Andrew Green and John Archer. Travis Perkins and Esme should be in attendance between 3.13 and 3.23pm! Dealers and traders will be open for business from 100am. Refreshments will be available all day. 5pm will be the time to say goodbye! The cost for this extravaganza is just £3.50 per person!" Further details can be obtained from Travis Perkins or Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500. 13.6.09


RSVPMagic - Super Charged Classics. launch a brand new two DVD set today: "Supercharged Classics by Mark James" aimed at close-up magicians everywhere. "These DVDs have a very unique premise. Rather than learning just a set of individual tricks, they will teach you two complete sets of material that you will be able to go out and use to work as a professional close-up magician" says Russ Stevens. Each volume takes you step-by-step through the effects, gags and bits of business. You'll be able to watch each routine performed in a real venue before paying customers and you'll see just what great reactions they get. Volume 1 also includes Mark's superb 'Chicago Quadropener' and disc 2 features "Skittled', an unusual routine with a great finish. To see these complete unedited routines, and the trailers, visit 13.6.09


Peter Campbell-Wells More Mental! Psychic Party Games For Any Occasion. Mentalist Peter Campbell-Wells returns to the good old days of Victorian Britain, when dabbling in the occult was a respectable pursuit of the upper middle-classes. Taking the concept of occult parlour games from past to present, he presents a session of psychic-themed party games, ranging from the classics of mesmerism, through spirit communication to his own peculiar take on Psychic Charades. Some of what you'll see is genuinely weird. A lot of it is utter humbug. But that s just how the Victorians liked it! Pete's demonstration is irreverent, manic, possibly irresponsible, and thoroughly interactive. August 15-30th at Midnight. This is a free show, presented as part of Laughing Horse's Free Festival in Edinburugh. Venue: Espionage, 4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate). In Kasbar. 13.6.09


Labco in London! LabcoMagic will be visiting London from the 10th to the 12th of July 2009. If you would like to meet them and see their products in person email and they will arrange a meeting at their hotel. 13.6.09


Bluto Balthazar's School of Surreal Sorcery - Edinburgh. A place where magic and comedy collide to make… momedy – an audacious show in which audience members compete and perform magic to become the sorcerer’s next apprentice and where no two shows are alike. Come witness the incredible mind-reading python, frog hypnosis and Bluto’s world famous lemon entry mystery. The School of Surreal Sorcery is suitable for the whole family; packed full of magical happenings, musical flights of fancy and bits where you’ll wonder… ‘how the heck did he do that?’ Bluto Balthazar is the alter ego of Glasgow magician, Mark Walbank. His comedy cabaret act has drawn crowds, young and old, in venues across Scotland, showcasing his comic wit and sleight of hand. Belly laughs guaranteed every time. 6th – 16th August at 2.40pm daily (45 minutes) Laughing Horse @ Espionage, Mata Hari – Fringe Venue 185. Free Entry. 13.6.09


Ken Dodd, Honorary Life President of the Blackpool Magicians’ Club, unveiled a statue of himself at Liverpool, Lime Street railway station on Thursday 11th June. Attendees at the Blackpool Magicians’ Convention each February know and love Ken for he invariably says ‘a few words’ during the Gala Show on Sunday evening. Britain’s favourite comedian was born and still lives in Knotty Ash, an area of Liverpool made famous by Ken Dodd, and now his effigy will greet travellers arriving at the station. "It will give the pigeons something to aim at." he said. "Ken Dodd unveils bronze statue complete with tickling stick" Click Here. 13.6.09


It's a small world... Whilst working in Dubai at the Hotel Atlantis Etienne Pradier and Paul Martin bumped into fellow magicians Ben Earl and Magic Singh. Etienne and Paul were there to open a new office based in Dubai for their company Premier Magic. Etienne has just launched a new website featuring his own effects: 13.6.09


Dealer Night - Birmingham. This is the last call for those wishing to pre-register for Mark Leveridge Magic's latest Dealer Night which will be held at the Westmead Hotel, Birmingham Road, Hopwood, Birmingham on Monday 22nd June. When you book in advance you will receive a Credit Voucher which not only refunds your entrance money but which also gives you a further £10 credit to go towards your purchases on the night! The evening starts at 7pm and ends at 10pm and includes a dealer dem, a mini lecture by Mark featuring three un-published items, a 10% discount on all MLM products, three prize draws plus other offers and freebies. Mark will also have the full Magicseen range available for browsing and purchase. So book now for a relaxed and sociable evening with plenty of money-saving offers to tempt you. Bookings and further details from 13.6.09


Helder Guimaräes Lecture - Devon. "A fantastic lecture from The 2006 World Card Champion. This lecture is to feature powerful commercial magic with cards and coins. For those who have seen his Small Miracles DVD know you are in for a treat" Thursday 2nd July at 7.15pm at the Devon Magic Circle, Colyton St Mary Church Room, Blagdon Lane, Paignton, Devon TQ3 3YA (Map). For more info contact Ozzy 01392 461881 13.6.09


The Fylde Mystics. News from Alan Mylecraine: "At a recent meeting it was agreed that the Blackpool & Fylde Mystics would now revert back to its original name of The Fylde Mystics. We are also pleased to announce that following the discovery by Life Vice-President Ken Ashburn of an original Fylde Mystics certificate from the 1960's the society's logo has been updated to include some of the features from the original logo. The Fylde Mystics continues to grow with a strong membership of like minded individuals who are choosing to join the society and at each meeting magic is performed which is a great appeal to members. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, for further details go to or email Alan Mylecraine on". 13.6.09


Mentalist and Psychological Entertainer Paul Stockman is the resident Mentalist for Channel 4's Big Brother series for 2009. Paul's first appearance was on Friday 5th June live on Big Brother's Little Brother with presenter George Lamb. Look out for future appearances over the next three months of the show. Paul has just returned from a four week tour of the USA and you can read an interview with him in Magicseen in a couple of months. Paul is also about to record a 3 DVD box set of some of his most cherished material, with Peter Nardi of Alakazam saying this will be their best mentalism release to date! 13.6.09


The Chrysalis of a Polymath. Mentalist author Paul Brook has just released his 6th book, 'The Chrysalis Of A Polymath'. It is just under 600 pages long and is full of some of Paul's favourite underground effects. His other works have been very well received by professionals and hobbyists alike, and have been touted as classics of the future. Visit: 13.6.09


Sean Heydon now has three monthly radio slots. BBC Radio Northampton on the Bernie Keith show, BBC Radio Leicester on the Chris Baxter show (repeated on the breakfast show) and Harborough FM on the Moley show. Sean has been performing radio magic on these shows for two months and has been enjoying a huge response from listeners resulting in all three stations asking him to perform a monthly slot. Still to air this month: Monday 15th June on Harborough FM. 13.6.09


Stuart and Jayne of Safire have just finished a successful 60 date UK theatre tour with BBC’s Chuckle Brothers Chuckle Trek the Lost Generation. Their new Robot Magic act 'Safire & Steel' was very well received and due to the interest generated from agents and the corporate market they have decided to carry on performing this act after the tour finishes. Safire now take a short break then start on a Summer Season version of the show which will be performed on mid week dates at The Britannia Pier Theatre Great Yarmouth, The Embassy Theatre Skegness and The Futurist Theatre Scarborough (see What's On). They will also be appearing once again with The Ken Dodd Laughter Show on various dates throughout the Summer. 13.6.09


For Sale and Wanted. Our For Sale and Wanted classified ads section features many hundreds of magic bargains every week, it's updated virtually daily and it's free! 13.6.09


"Criss Angel begins Season 5 of 'Mindfreak' and launches third Las Vegas store" Click Here • "Huddersfield Magic Circle to celebrate 60th anniversary" Click Here • "Magician & Street Performer Magic Brian Talks Tricks" Click Here • Jamie Daws has recently added a Podcast section to his site, featuring interviews with Alan Rorrison and Liam Montier, with more planned. Visit: • Andy Nyman's on Twitter: • Bob Hayden's 7th British Ring convention update: Click Here • That's it for another week, have a great weekend, Duncan. 13.6.09