Number 473 - 18th July 2009


Michael Jordan is The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year 2009. All seven finalists who appeared on stage at The Magic Circle headquarters in London last Sunday should feel really proud of their achievement. Twenty-two young magicians initially entered, with just seven making it through to the final stage of this career-launching biennial competition. I've always rated this competition as the most important in British magic. Since its inception in 1961 it has showcased a rostrum of magical talent... from Johnny Hart onwards. So, many congratulations to Michael Jordan whose lively personality, variety of material, pace and humour captured the judges votes last Sunday. And many congratulations also to Megan Knowles-Bacon for being placed second with her ballet magic act, and to Carl Scutt for coming third with his comedy magic act. Mary Stupple, Bertie Pearce, Ian Keable and Peter Scarlett judged, Alan Maskell compered and David Ball was the chairman of the organising committee. Rob Page directed.


Now if this had been a real magic competition then everyone would have won - all seven! I thought Edward Hilsum's dove act was excellent. He really knows how to project and could easily play an 800 seat theatre tomorrow. Carl Scutt's timing, ad-libbing and delivery was something that simply can't be taught - there were flashes of genuine comic brilliance (bowled me over to be frank). Sanjivan Parhar had a great look and easy manner on stage that the audience instantly warmed to, James Milner's dry delivery worked well and David Johnson's manipulative skills were first class.


The competition was originally conceived by Derrick Speight 48 years ago; how nice to see him in the audience on Sunday. The Magic Circle has a very active Young Magicians Club and it's so good to see new talent coming through like this. Again, many congratulations to winner Michael Jordan, Megan Knowles-Bacon in second place and Carl Scutt in third. Click Here for a photo of the magnificent seven (DT). Photo: Michael Jordan is presented with his award by Magic Circle Vice President Jack Delvin MIMC. "Golcar magician Michael Jordan conjures up an award" Click Here. 18.7.09


Northern Magic Circle Convention 2010. Nathan Kranzo (photo - USA), John Hotowka and Stephen Williams have been booked to appear at next year's Northern Magic Circle Convention which takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March 2010 at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood, Lancashire FY7 6HF (Map). All the latest convention news can be found on the newly launched website The registration desk opens in November, but you can register your interest in attending now, by emailing This year's convention was a great success and the active Convention Committee will be booking more top acts and lecturers from the UK, Europe and the USA in the coming months. 18.7.09


Conjuring at the Court. June's show went so well that they've decided to stage another. The next date is Thursday 13th August, in West Ealing. The show stars John Archer, Russell Levinson, Stephen Barry, Scott Penrose and Katherine Rhodes, and is compered by Richard Pinner. Visit the new website for full details 18.7.09


Pete Firman - The Paradise Comedy Club, London. Pete Firman headlines at the intimate music room at The Paradise Comedy Club on Wednesday July 22nd where audiences sit and enjoy the show at tables, cabaret style. Supporting Pete will be comedians Ross Lee, Sara Pascoe, Ahir Shah and MC James Everett. To guarantee entry email reservations to or call 07855 375 760. Show time 8.30pm - 10.30pm. The Paradise, 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Rise, London W10 4AE (Map). 18.7.09


Skillicious - with special guest Dynamo. "The series kicks off with the incredible beat boxing talents of Petebox performing in the studio. We get introduced to the world of Skill Seeking with a master class from street magician Dynamo and the Access All Areas crew hit the track with racing driver Alice Powel. Get involved at home by trying out today's Boredom Busters - and witness the amazing talents of Spoon Boy." 10.30am on Monday 27th July on CITV - see TV Magic. 18.7.09


Stars of Tomorrow Show, Buffalo, New York. Edward Hilsum appeared on the Stars of Tomorrow Show at The Society of American Magicians' Convention in Buffalo, New York last week, together with Jack Gleadow. More than 30 young magicians applied to be on the show, with just six acts being selected to appear. "Magicians Convention Appears in Buffalo This Week" Click Here. 18.7.09


Morgan & West present their Edinburgh Fringe 2009 show - Bamboozlement! at the Balcony, Gilded Balloon Teviot every day of the Fringe (5th to 31st August) at 5pm. Visit to book. Bamboozlement! is an evening of magic, mystery and whimsical ideas taking the form of a classic Victorian Parlour show. Taking to the stage in full Victorian evening dress, magical duo Morgan & West entertain the audience with their powers of dupery, hoodwinking and confabulation in a myriad of magical feats with a healthy dose of silliness. An hour of laughs, hasps and rather splendid magic tricks with a veritable bucket-load of audience participation. 18.7.09


Costas Damianou’s Magic Tao - the newest name in magic! Costas brings over 20 years of experience in magic to the table and to Magic Tao. Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional, the site features not only the latest magic tricks, but also news, new product releases and exclusive offers to tempt, impress and inspire! Over the coming months there will also be a few surprises so "watch this space". Intimately involved in some of the most established brands in the magic business Costas’s knowledge and passion for magic always shines through. Whatever the particular area of magic you’re interested in Costas looks forward to Magic Tao becoming "the source of your ability". Magic Tao – open for business at Plus: There's currently a 10% discount coupon code, which is: MAGICWEEK. 18.7.09


S1L3NC3: Mind Reading & Reality Abuse. "S1L3NC3 makes a stunning return to full form, with a brand new stage show: Mind Reading & Reality Abuse at the Camden Fringe Festival 2009. After the 5 star sell out success of the last show in Oxford, six months of preparation, experimentation and collaboration brings a stunning and deeply thought provoking display of the capabilities of the human mind. S1L3NC3 is an evening of distorted reality, a journey through the uncharted realms of the human mind and an exploration beyond the boundaries of human interaction and control. You will be eyewitness to demonstrations of feats that will astonish, astound and confuse your perceptions of reality. A demonstration of the confines on self-control, mind over matter, and a look into our dreams, and our nightmares." Box Office: 08444 771000 or for tickets. Strict over 18 age restriction. Venue: Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU (Map). Sunday 16th, Monday 17th August at 9pm. 18.7.09


Mental Case By Steve Cook. "Show an exquisite veneered wooden box which has a brass plaque on its lid depicting all 5 ESP symbols. Now ask a spectator to freely select and remember anyone of the 5 symbols shown. The spectator now names which symbol they have chosen. In a dramatic and entertaining fashion a prediction is now revealed from inside the box by the performer. The prediction showed perfectly matches the ESP symbol chosen by the spectator. Mental Case is a completely self contained effect which can be repeated with a different outcome each time." For more info and to order visit: today! 18.7.09


Mel Harvey starts off the new cruise season with a tribute to the Magic of the Blues Brothers or "Duckin and Divin" where he plays the part of Elwood or should that be Melwood and where "Jake, the Drake" plays himself. Mel has been booked as comedy magic headliner on board the Boudicca for Fred Olsen Cruises for their voyage next month to Norway. The new show has been written in conjunction with Dave Short of The Magic Circle who worked with Mel on his last Panto. Mel will be performing his own 45 minute stage show plus two further comedy shows during the fourteen day cruise. Mel said the beauty of this cruise is that as he will be embarking from a UK port, rather than flying, so he can take the bigger comedy items. Jake the Drake is apparently already practising his writing skills for his "Derren Brown mind reading act"! 18.7.09


Tony Griffith presents his 'Reflections' lecture for the Leicester Magic Circle on Monday July 20th at 8pm at the Ramada Hotel, Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6ES (Map). Visiting magicians welcome, no booking needed. For more information contact Secretary Barry Martin: or visit 18.7.09


Eleven year old Jamie Mckeller from Bridlington won the Hull Magicians’ Circle Spooner Trophy competition for young magicians age 10 to 16. The competition was held on Thursday 17th July at Holderness Road Methodist Church, Hull. Proceeds went to the Church Ladies’ Group Charity. Magical judges, Danny Hunt, Annette Claire and Joe Hustler with lay judge Hilda Wildridge picked Jamie from the line up of six entrants – Nathan Ayer came second and finalists were Kai Weymes, Joseph Lee, Alex Pawinski and James Fisher. Kai Weymes was awarded the Charles Tadman Trophy for winning the most points at monthly workshop meetings. President of Hull Magicians’ Circle, Eddie Dawes made the presentation of trophies, certificates, books and DVDs. Thanks go to Magic Books by Post, Geoff Maltby, Walt Lees and Rob James for assistance with the prizes. Richard Morrell organized the show assisted by Malcolm Bromwich, Brian Wilson and Ben Hall on sound. Reported by Jon Marshall. Click Here to enlarge photo. 18.7.09


New Monster Partnership Launches in Colwyn Bay! A creative partnership formed in Colwyn Bay is set to take the theatre world by storm with a new production of the children's adventure “Kamakan The Vampire Slug” Author and producer, Huw Roberts, has teamed up with illusionists Safire to produce a touring version of the show that premiered at Theatre Colwyn in 2007. Following rehearsals and performances at Theatre Colwyn in October the show will embark on a UK tour early next year. Stuart and Jayne Loughland make up Safire who, as an illusion act, perform around the world. They also work as magic and special effects consultants for The Chuckle Brothers live shows as well as working with Joe Pasquale, Ken Dodd and other major variety stars and as Magic Light Productions they also create puppets, special effects and illusions to order and produce original stage productions. Stuart says of the new partnership, “We’ve been looking for a new stage show for some time and are thrilled to have found Kamakan. Its brilliant and suits our style perfectly. It’s the perfect mix of comedy and fantasy that allows us to get creative with illusions and effects. Kids are going to love it.”. 18.7.09


Paul Gordon's Card Capers takes place on Sunday 13th September at Cubbington Sports Centre in Leamington Spa. A full day of card magic (lecture and workshop) is promised for just £25. Visit for full details. Paul's new 3 disc DVD set Card Startlers is now ready for pre-ordering. Featuring 40 professional card tricks from Paul's repertoire. Visit for details of the contents. 18.7.09


Congratulations to Stuart Hodgson winner of the Darlington Magic Circle’s Presidents Trophy Competition last week. The popular and busy children’s entertainer who goes by the name Stu-Di-Doo had to take part in six different competitions featuring different aspects of magic throughout the year and was judged upon his performance, magical content and ability. The six disciplines in this year’s competition were Mentalism, Children’s Magic, Close-Up, Stage Magic, Ropes & Bands and Cards. Each year a unique trophy is created for the competition and this year it featured the famous cups & balls. Stuart said, “I am delighted to have won. It was exciting and great fun to take on the challenge myself and show people that I also do grown up magic as well as puppets and children’s parties. It was hard work finding the time for extra practice and rehearsals but to be awarded the top prize has made it well worth the effort.” Noel Brooks, President of The Darlington Magic Circle said “There has been a very large field of competition this year but Stu-Di-Doo has consistently shown himself to be a very worthy winner and I am very pleased to present him with his award and certificate.” Photo: DMC President Noel Brooks (right) the award and certificate. 18.7.09


Sixteen year old Danny Jewell (Daniel Wardle) has won The Northern Magic Circle Junior Stage Competition and is seen here receiving the shield from Cliff Lount. He also won the Close up competition taking the Johnny Neptune Trophy. His coach for this excellent dove act was Scott Christian who also coached Paul Dabek in 2003 who went on the win The Young Magician of The Year competition at The Magic Circle. Danny’s mentors for close up magic were Chris Stevenson and Neil Fletcher. All three of his tutors are members of The Order of The Magi in Manchester. It is hoped that Danny will be appearing at a Magi event in the near future. Reported by Geoffrey Newton PRO. 18.7.09


Barry Harvey will be entertaining on the MV Amorique between Plymouth and Roscoff between July 20th - 30th and August 10th - 20th. Barry emails: "Passing magicians feel free to say hello but please wait until I’m off duty if you want to talk magic! I’m also entertaining at the gala dinner following the Rick Wakeman Celebrity Golf Classic. The day teams up groups of three amateur golfers with a celebrity for a round of gold during the day and a wonderful dinner and cabaret in the evening. The event is to raise money for the SPARKS charity – Sports Aiding Medical Research For Kids – and last year they raised over £43,000." 18.7.09


Mentalism goes Bizarre. Roni Shachnaey emails: "Just back from the USA after six weeks. My lecture 'Mentalism goes Bizarre' was extremely well received and now it is available for bookings here in the UK. For details please contact me direct quoting: 'Mentalism goes Bizarre' and I will send you the relevant info pictures etc." 18.7.09


Dawn Chester. Alan Chester writes: Dawn has gone to rest now and we have prayed for her soul there will be a service of thanksgiving for her life in Blackpool at 1pm at Alexandra Church, 44 Bolton Street 23rd July and a drink afterwards and a bite to eat please email me if you can come or have any wishes to send. Thanks, Alan and Kelly-Anne Chester. 18.7.09


"A summer of magic for Beijing" Click Here • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice series 3 starts on Sunday 18th October at 9am • Alexis Gora and his Magic Green Shoes: Click Here • Do seagulls like magic? Catch up with the latest from Ollie Mealing on YouTube, Click Here • "Chinese magician's The Legend of Magic" Click Here • "Magician to hold anti-ID show" Click Here • "Bob Arno: A pickpocketer on the right side of the law" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 18.7.09