Number 475 - 1st August 2009


FISM success for Britain's Marc Oberon. Marc Oberon was awarded first prize in 'Parlour Magic' at the FISM congress in China on Friday. A fantastic achievement and much deserved. Marc performs some of the purest magic you will ever see. Many thanks to Andy Stone for his photos Click Here (I hope our overseas readers will forgive me for putting Marc's photos at the top of the pile... but hey, he's a buddy and I'm the editor, so that's that! DT)


Here are the results for the whole competition. Congratulations to all:
FISM Grand Prix Champions for 2009: Soma (Stage - Hungary) and Shawn Farquhar (Close-up - Canada)
Mentalism: 1st not awarded, 2nd (joint) Nicolai Friedrich (Germany), Rob & Emiel (The Netherlands), 3rd Tony Montana - Argentina
Comedy Magic: 1st not awarded, 2nd Brnolf & Ljung (Sweden), 3rd Cheff Magic (Denmark)
Illusions: 1st Julius Frack (Germany), 2nd Magic Sky Group (China), 3rd not awarded
General Magic: 1st Soma (Hungary), 2nd Ma Yanyan (China), 3rd (joint) Siebensinn (Austria) and Cheff Magic (Denmark)
Manipulation: 1st place (joint) Yo Kato (Japan) and Han Seol-Hui (Korea), 2nd Sebastian Nicolas (Germany), 3rd An Ha Lim (Korea)
Invention: Jorge Luengo (Spain)
Originality: Charming Choi (Korea)
Micro Magic: 1st not awarded, 2nd Vittorio Belloni (Italy), 3rd (joint) Simon Coronel (Australia) and Johan Ståhl (Sweden)
Cards Magic: 1st Shawn Farquhar (Canada), 2nd Kristian Nivala (Finland), 3rd Olmac (France)
Parlour Magic: 1st Marc Oberon (UK), 2nd Charlie Caper (Sweden), 3rd Latko (Argentina).

"Magicians show best tricks at World Championship" Click Here

"In China, magicians popping up like rabbits out of hats" Click Here

"Who could be more magic?" Click Here. 1.8.09


FISM heads for Blackpool in 2012! Blackpool Magicians’ Club are pleased to announce that they have been awarded the honour of hosting the 2012 FISM World Championships. A delegation from the Blackpool Magicians' Club including Derek Lever, David Plant and Andrew Green headed to Beijing to this year's FISM Conference to post the UK bid to host the championships in 2012. The comprehensive 50 page bid compiled by Derek Lever was presented to the FISM committee displaying the extensive convention achievements that Blackpool have stacked up over the past 57 years of record breaking conventions in Blackpool. The group were delighted to receive the news that they had been awarded the honour at a special event in Beijing and were overwhelmed with the support from fellow magicians to host this prestigious event in three years’ time. Work will now begin on developing an incredible line up of events for the UK conference in 2012. The dates are set for 9th to 14th July 2012 in Blackpool at the Blackpool Winter Gardens, Grand Theatre and Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Registrations opened in Beijing for 2012 and have already exceeded the 350 mark! The opening registration price is 450 Euros. Information will be posted on and on the official FISM website shortly. Registration enquiries should be addressed to Arthur Casson at 1.8.09


Rhapsodies in Silver and Other Mysteries will be launched at the Magic Live convention in Las Vegas on August 16th. Rhapsodies in Silver & Other Mysteries The Classic Magic of Michael Vincent Volume 2 is a 4 disc DVD set. Magicians attending the convention will be able to visit Alakazam stand to meet Michael and have their copy personally signed. His sleight-of-hand is masterful, his presentations are inventive... as the only magician in history to have won the prestigious title of 'Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year' three times, Michael has spent the better part of three decades honing his skills to become one of finest magicians that Great Britain has ever produced. The material on this collection features some astonishing effects from Michael's repertoire. Rhapsodies in Silver focuses on magical effects using coins, while Other Mysteries features some of Michael's favourite card effects. This DVD set continues from where the first volume left off with Michael taking you on an introspective journey into his world of magic. For more information, and to watch a video clip visit (install the player at the bottom of the page if need be). 1.8.09


Monday Magic - London. Bill Davenport updates: "We had the first show last Monday, which was great, good crowd, great acts, John Archer was brilliant, also Dynamo did an impromptu guest appearance. This week (3rd August), we have Neil Henry as the compère, Laura London, Bob Percy, Richard Pinner and Mark Shortland. It is being held at the Storm nightclub, Leicester Square (between the Odeon and Capital radio building), doors open at 7pm and show starts at 7.45pm. See for more information, or call Davenports on 020 7836 0408 for ticket reservations." 1.8.09


Magic Circle Dealers' Day - Saturday November 7th. The Magic Circle Dealers' Day will take place on Saturday 7th November between 10am and 5pm at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG (Map). Free to members of The Magic Circle with current membership card; £5 for all other adults; £3 for under 16s. Dealer stands available - contact the organiser, Dr Peter Altman on 01923 404918 or via email: 1.8.09


Nick Brunger and Roy Bond are both representing the Nottingham Guild of Magicians for BBC Radio Nottingham's Big Night Out on Wednesday, August 5th. This regular event gives the radio station's listeners a chance to sample the best of Nottingham's night-life at bargain prices and the Guild have been supporting this award-winning event from the start. Roy - who recently took the Guild's close-up title for the second year running - will be performing at The Bell Inn between 6 and 8 o'clock. Admission free. Nick will be performing his Gothic Magic show at the Galleries of Justice at 7pm and 8pm. Appearing as "Dr Nicolas Grimoire - the Museum's Honorary Curator" Nick will be using some of the museum's grisly relics as props! Entry is £6 and this includes a full tour of the museum. 1.8.09


Buxton Festival Fringe - Fringe 30 celebrated in a magical awards ceremony. "Buxton Festival Fringe presented its eagerly awaited Fringe Awards on Sunday, July 26 in the Fine Dining Room at the Dome, home of Fringe sponsor, the University of Derby Buxton. Chair Stephanie Billen welcomed the Mayor of the High Peak, Tony Bingham, to the event and praised the high standard of entrants to this, the 30th Buxton Fringe: 'The Fringe Awards recognise excellence, and the competition is very fierce, given the amount of excellence that was present at this year's Fringe." To read the full article Click Here. Congratulations to 'Best comedy show' Piff the Magic Dragon (Piff-tacular), 'Theatre Best production' to Love and Other Magic Tricks (standnotamazed) and 'Best other event' to High Jinx Deliverance (photo). 1.8.09


The New Real Vanishing Coca-Cola Bottle. Maxello Magic is introducing a new version of the classic Vanishing Bottle. The bottle disappearing in a tube has been on the market for a long time, but this new model has liquid inside (you see it splashing) and it even has the real, rounded closed bottom. You can't see any difference from an ordinary bottle even from a few feet away, and even if you see it from below. Yet, it disappears in the traditional way! The photo shows the actual bottle. The trick, which has taken years to develop to perfection is extremely deceptive! 1.8.09


Ian Kendall returns to the Edinburgh Fringe, again. Ian Kendall is marking his 18th year performing in the Fringe with the aptly named show Ian Kendall's 18th Birthday Magic Show. When acts who have been to Edinburgh four or five times start using the word 'veteran' you know the definition has been diluted somewhat says Ian! Over the last two decades Ian has put on successful magic shows in all kinds of venues, and this year's event is a mixture of new routines and some old favourites from Fringes past. It's on at the Zoo (down the road from the Pleasance) at 9.05 pm. More details are available at 1.8.09


Merlins of Wakefield have their latest 16 page Aug/Sep Preview out now. Containing over 70 great items, its absolutely free! Just email your address to and they'll post it to you. Alternatively, just email them, and they'll send you a PDF version. You can check out all the new items at Also, for any budding 10 to 16 year old magicians, there are still some places left on the Merlins Summer Magic School Days, get in touch for details. 1.8.09


“Wizards of Waverly Place” magic soundtrack CD. There's magic in the air as Walt Disney Records is set to release the new CD, Wizards of Waverly Place. Inspired by the Emmy-nominated hit Disney Channel series starring Selena Gomez, as well as the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie of the same name, the 'Wizards of Waverly Place' album features brand new songs and interpretations of classic tracks from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, each one about magic. The CD arrives in stores August 4th, while “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” premieres on Disney Channel in the States August 28th. The songs: 1. Disappear Selena Gomez, 2. Magical Selena Gomez, 3. Magic (Pilot) Selena Gomez, 4. Strange Magic (1976 ELO classic) Steve Rushton, 5. Magic (The Cars) Honor Society, 6. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (the Police) Mitchel Musso, 7. Magic Carpet Ride KSM, 8. Magic (Xanadu, Olivia Newton-John) Meaghan Martin, 9. You Can Do Magic Drew Seeley, 10. Some Call It Magic Raven-Symoné, 11. Do You Believe in Magic Aly & AJ, and 12. Everything Is Not As It Seems Selena Gomez. To listen to track samples or to place an order Click Here. 1.8.09


The Paul Ormonde Illusion Show. "Experience the excitement and mystery of the Paul Ormonde Illusion Show. Paul Ormonde is Northern Ireland’s master of illusion. He is a member of the prestigious Magic Circle, London, and has performed illusion and escapology on television with his assistant Lisa. This is professional entertainment with a touch of class and lots of laughter. This show will include Houdini’s Metamorphosis, Levante’s Sword Box, Harbin’s Zig-Zag Lady, the head chopper illusion and so much more. The perfect family show with supporting artists." 8pm on Saturday November 7th 2009 at the Portadown Town Hall Theatre. All tickets £8.00, available from the Portadown Town Hall on 028 38335264 and Also see 1.8.09


I Know - Colin McLeod's Brand New Show for 2009. 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th August: Tea Tree Tea, 13 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AL at 7.15pm. Tickets £7.00 in store or via 0131 228 3100. 1.8.09


News from Jamie Daws: "T.A.G is an awesome device I discovered not to long ago. Imagine having a device that could advertise your number, e-mail, web site and anything else while you’re performing. Imagine a device that is so small, it can hang around your neck and look sleek and cool. Imagine a device that is eye catching and will get you more bookings. Imagine a device that can do all of these things and still hold a number of magic effects. Imagine no more!" Visit for details. 1.8.09


"Steve Wyrick files lawsuit over failed July 4 stunt on Strip" Click Here • "Magician juggles comedy, stunts with magic" Click Here • Chris Cox has re-launched his website in for his upcoming Edinburgh Fringe shows: • There's another British Ring Convention update from Bob Hayden this week, Click Here (thanks Bob!) • "Boffins are launching a bold bid to cheer up Britain - on the internet" Click Here • "Local magician started early, making a name for himself" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 1.8.09