Number 477 - 15th August 2009


An Audience with Paul Daniels - Live show dates for 2009. Paul Daniels continues to make appearances at Art Centres and more unusual venues throughout the year. We've heard first-hand just how good these evenings really are. They included a Q&A session followed by the magic routines that Paul is famous for, together with other routines that you won't have seen before. See Paul Daniels joins Marcus Brigstocke on BBC Radio Four's "I've Never Seen Star Wars" at 11pm on Thursday 27th August.

5th September Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston 7.30pm
18th September Woodclyff Hall, Wargrave 7.30pm
25th September The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 7.30pm
3rd October Tiddington Community Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon 7.30pm
9th October Boughton Village Hall, Boughton Under Blean, Kent 7.30pm
19th November Memorial Hall, Battle (Hastings) 7.30pm
20th November Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough 7.30pm.


David & Dania will be closing the International Magic Show at the British Ring Convention next month. Although both came from a show business background initially neither had trained in magic or quick-change. Dania trained as a gymnast going on to acrobatics and dance, and with these talents created a hula-hoop act performing with the Moscow State Circus. David’s first circus act was juggling on a low-wire, but additionally he trained in acrobatics, dance and theatre. He even found time to study magic. How did their extraordinary act come into being and how was it developed? Some of the answers to these questions will be revealed when John Pye is in conversation with the duo at the British Ring Convention in Southport. If there are any questions you would like John to put to David & Dania you are invited to submit them to him by email in advance: For the very latest convention update Click Here (thanks to Bob Hayden). 15.8.09


Portsmouth Jumbo Day 2009. The South Coast's Largest Annual One Day Magic Event - Sunday, 1st November. Doors open at 9am. Featuring up to 100 new and used magic sellers, close-up magic sessions, an auction, a star lecture from Mel Mellers, workshops and an evening gala show. Pre-booked all-day pass £15 or admission on the day £17 (Fast-Track early registrations and advance Dealer Registrations close October 14th). Venue: Portsmouth & District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). For more information visit 15.8.09


Kidology UK 2009 - New magic for the children's entertainer! A Christmas version of the popular Growing Hat is to be released at Kidology UK 2009 by Practical Magic. The artwork is brightly coloured on no-tear paper and each of the shapes/designs relates to Christmas: a small green triangle is one of the elves' hats; a large red circle is Rudolph's nose; a red triangle is Santa's hat; the next picture is blue with snow flakes; then there's a large stack of presents; and finally, Santa himself. Price: £15.00 - but remember that this will not be released before Kidology which this year is on Tuesday September 8th. It's at the usual venue: the Civic and Wulfrun Halls in Wolverhampton. Tickets need to be booked in advance and cost £35.00 which includes a buffet lunch. This year's lecturers are Ali Cardabra (Walk Around Magic for Children); Derek Lever (Children's Magic Props Through the Ages); Michael Diamond (Halloween Magic) and Michael Fitch (Kids' Cabaret). 14 dealers with all the latest children's props. Visit for more information. 15.8.09


Join your host, comedian Jez Rose - the man who Jonathan Ross calls “hilarious!” - on the first Tuesday of every month for a new Comedy Night of jaw-dropping comedy cabaret with guests. At The Bell Kitchen & Bar, a vibrant and modern pub in the beautiful village of Waddesdon in the heart of Buckinghamshire. Great atmosphere, delicious food and top entertainment – an amazing evening not to be missed! Only £8 or why not eat then stay for the comedy?...only £18 including a 2 course meal from the specials menu. Plus... enter the Comedy Night monthly competition for your chance to win 6 bottles of wine! Simply complete your caption on one of the special Comedy Night bar mats found in the bar for your chance to win! Advance booking recommended. Call The Bell to book: 01296 651320. 15.8.09


Jason Steele and Joanne are seen here with Bo Thomsen, President of the Magisk Cirkel Danmark. They met Bo and his family midway during there current summer season touring hotels in Mallorca. 15.8.09


Tanpari eBook Readings. An exclusive invitation for magicians to join The Leicester Magic Circle for Tanpari eBook Readings, this Monday 17th August, at 8pm. They meet at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6ES (Map). There will be a small charge for non-members of £5 15.8.09


Shadowmagic by John Lenahan. "A Lord of the Rings for the 21st century. Only a lot shorter. And funnier. And completely different. Conor thought he was an average teenager. OK, so his father only had one hand, spoke to him in ancient languages and was a bit on the eccentric side but, other than that, life was fairly normal. Until, that is, two Celtic warriors on horseback and wearing full armour appear at his front door and try to kill him. After that, things get pretty weird. Shadowmagic is a fantasy adventure for young adults (although grown ups will like it too). Written by one of the most popular magicians in the country it brings a fresh approach to the genre and will have a broad appeal beyond the fantasy sections." For more info and to order visit 15.8.09


The Fylde Mystics. Alan Mylecraine reports: The recent meeting at The Fylde Mystics saw the society celebrating its first anniversary since its re-formation last August. To celebrate, the society was host to the premier of the new lecture by Mark James, the star of the new Super Charged Classics DVD set. There were a number of non-members of the society present at the lecture and all of them commented on what a friendly society the Fylde Mystics is, with a membership of 19 and still steadily growing, the first twelve months of the society have been truly outstanding and long may it continue. For a full review of the evening visit and for further information email 15.8.09


Tyler Wilson Lecture Tour, September 2009. Tyler Wilson will be presenting his brand new lecture in the UK next month, see What's On for dates and for more information email Kerry Scorah “Tyler Wilson has a wonderful, creative mind. His work with cards is top notch.” Joshua Jay. 15.8.09


Cabaret/stage magician wanted! Rose Thorne emails: "Hello, I'm looking for a cabaret/stage magician to perform at a new cabaret club in the East End of London. The club is inspired by David Lynch and the darker side of cabaret. This is a paid opportunity. Please contact me with fees and act details." or email 15.8.09


The 16th annual Repro Magic Cruise took place aboard the Fred Olsen cruise liner the Balmoral from 26th July to 9th August - Ali Cardabra reports, Click Here • "Magician Paul never misses a trick with Fringe holiday" Click Here • "Illusion of success" Click Here • "Living statues - the art of not falling over" Click Here • "Abracadabra! Magicians share love of tricks with Longview" Click Here • "Magician to help raise ambucopter cash" Click Here • Card magician Paul Gordon has recently has overhauled his website. Visit to see what's new • "Heath Ledger's Final Movie Trailer Released" Click Here • That's it for another week. Many thanks for your news items, see you next week, Duncan. 15.8.09