Number 479 - 29th August 2009


Blackpool 2010 preview. Blackpool Magicians' Club have introduced an online video preview page to highlight performers that will be appearing at their convention next year. The site will be updated every few weeks as acts are added... Franz Harary is the first name to be announced - making a welcome return to Blackpool, Franz will be presenting an excerpt from his ground-breaking illusion show that is full of his own original creations. Britain's top illusionist Russ Stevens is the second name to be announced and Russ will present a section taken from his full evening show, Russ Stevens: Theatre of Illusion. To watch the trailer Click Here, and bookmark the page to keep an eye on it over the coming months! For registration details visit (To go full-screen with the video, mouse-over the video and then click on the little X in the bottom right-hand corner). 29.8.09


The Magic Circle Christmas Show 2009. Tickets are now on sale for The Magic Circle's Christmas Show, which sells out every year. There are two shows a day, at 2.30pm and 7pm, on Sunday 27th, Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th December. Tickets are £22.00 per person (adult or child) via the Box Office on 020 7387 2222 (10am - 4pm, Monday-Friday) using a credit or debit card. There is a 70p per ticket booking fee. Always an excellent show - in perfect magical surroundings. 29.8.09


Great Scottish Wizards. "We are often accused of stirring controversy, be it in recreating the miracles of Jesus or by causing a woman to give birth to a rabbit live on stage. But there may be something in the water of our rural Aberdeenshire which guided our dysfunctional minds as we grew up. It may seem fairly random that Barry and I would form a magical coalition in the tranquil north-east corner of Scotland but as unlikely as it seems this quiet region has produced not one but two great magicians, considered by any magical historian as hugely significant and influential figures in the world of the dark arts..." Keep up-to-date with Barry and Stuart via Fringe reviews:,, 29.8.09


Focus On Quick Change - Las Vegas. Lee Alex has  just returned from Las Vegas where Jeff McBride had kindly invited him to present a two-day class on the subject of quick change. "Focus On Quick Change" is the first two-day workshop of its kind at the Jeff McBride School of Mystery and Magic and attracted 12 enthusiastic students from all over the States, each one of a different professional level, and each one with their own purpose in attending the class. Students had the opportunity to learn new methods, try out various costumes, and, of course, pick the brains of Lee and Jeff. Betty Reilly of "Betty's Actionwear" visited during the course. Betty has a great deal of experience in costuming and quick change, having created items for Siegfried and Roy, Lance Burton and Cirque du Soleil, amongst many others. It is hoped to repeat "Focus On Quick Change" in 2011 (2010 is already fully booked!). Lee also lectured in Phoenix, Arizona and Long Beach, California. The response was very positive and he will be returning early next year to other locations in California, including The Magic Castle. Lee will be in the UK at the end of November. Any clubs or societies wishing to book Lee's lecture "Time for a Change?" are invited to make contact via (Photo: A group shot, taken at Jeff's house).  29.8.09


Arturo Brachetti returns to the London stage. "Italian magician, actor and quick-change artist Arturo Brachetti returns to the London stage this autumn in a new show written and directed by The Right Size’s Sean Foley. Arturo Brachetti – Change, which opens at the Garrick theatre on 26 October (previews from 19 October), tells the story of a legendary artiste of the golden age of cabaret whose memories of his illustrious career come to life. During the course of the show Brachetti depicts over 100 characters, from James Bond to the Queen via Johnny Rotten, in a display of the time-honoured Italian art of quick-change..." To read the full story in the Official London Theatre Guide Click Here. 29.8.09


Derren Brown: The Event Live. 10.35pm on Wednesday 9th September on Channel 4. The first of Derren Brown's special Events in which he will attempt, live on air, his most ambitious challenge to date. See TV Magic. 29.8.09


Comedy Night in Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire. Tuesday 1st September sees the launch of a new monthly Comedy Night in Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire at The Bell Kitchen & Bar. Comedian Jez Rose hosts the evening supported by guests. To start as it means to go on, the first guest act is Piff the Magic Dragon, direct from his acclaimed Edinburgh Festival show, together with local comedy magician Sam X. Jez says: "This first one has a bit of a magic flavour to it but it is a comedy night not a magic venue per-se. It's a very well supported venue with a great atmosphere and a perfect opportunity to test out new material." Jez is inviting semi-pro and professional comedy acts to get in touch if they would like to appear (email: It is paid and the venue even feed you, too! More info at 29.8.09


Under the microscope: Paul Daniels on the thyroid problem that convinced him he was going insane. "In our health quiz this week, Britain's master of magic talks about the male menopause, alternative therapies and the illness that made him feel he was losing control..." Yvonne Swann fires the questions in the Mail Online, Click Here. 29.8.09


Mind to Mind with Marc Paul - on tour again, see What's On for dates and venues. 29.8.09


Southport Convention, September 2009. Bob Hayden delivers more convention news this week, Click Here. 29.8.09


Animals at Work. John Barrowman presents the factual series Animals at Work at 4.35pm on Wednesday 9th September on BBC 1. "Tinker Magician's Assistant - Factual series about working animals, presented by John Barrowman. A Maltese terrier debuts as a magician's assistant, a dog in Namibia works as a foster mother to orphaned wild cats, and a prize-winning ferret races for charity in the UK." See TV Magic. 29.8.09


Derren Brown: An Evening of Wonders is being repeated late night Wednesday, 9th September. This is the specially televised version of Derren Brown's stage show Evening of Wonders, recorded at the Garrick Theatre in London. "The internationally acclaimed psychological illusionist takes the theatre audience and viewers on a jaw-dropping, laugh-out-loud journey to a climax of the most astonishing mind-reading." This is Derren at his very best, see TV Magic. 29.8.09


Tyler Wilson Lecture - Blackpool. Joshua Jay described the Canadian magician Tyler Wilson as having "a wonderful, creative mind. His work with cards is top notch". Members and Associates of the Blackpool Magicians’ Club when he lectures at the club headquarters on 28th September. Tyler is a close-up magician and stand-up comedian from Alberta, Canada who has gained a great reputation for his originality and creativity with cards, coins and mentalism. He is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Dominatrix’ which is packed with innovative magic that he uses himself. Lectures are free to all members and associates of the Blackpool Magicians’ Club so if you are not a member or an associate do consider joining. Details of membership and associate membership can be found on 29.8.09


Tyler Wilson Lecture - Ipswich Magical Society, Monday September 7th. The Ipswich Magical Society are proud to be hosting a lecture by Canadian Magician, Tyler Wilson on Monday 7th September. Tyler is one of the funniest, most creative and original magicians in the world (or at least that is what he tells us), and this promises to be another great night of magic. Guests are welcome, but please contact the secretary first. 29.8.09


Anniversary Tango. Zane's Magic Shop are now taking pre-orders for Zane's brand new trick Anniversary Tango. It comes with specially designed cards in Bicycle stock and is exclusive to Zane's Magic Shop. Orders will be dispatched on 21st September in time for the launch at the IBM Convention in Southport. Zane said "I think this is my best trick to date. It has an amazing impact on people!" For more info visit (Pre-orders before 21st September also receive a free Bicycle Deck). 29.8.09


Don't Ring That Bell! by John Breeds. This item will be released by Practical Magic for children's entertainers at this year's Kidology. "A fantastic bit of business which you can use any time you have a few volunteers to help you. Three children come up to help. One is the timekeeper and is given a bell push and switch. He presses the bell to make sure it works. You explain that he must only press the bell when you tell him. Meanwhile, you turn your back, and, holding a wrapped prize, explain to the other two children how to win the prize. At that moment… THE BELL RINGS! You hasten to the timekeeper and tell him only to ring the bell when you tell him. Back you go to your other helpers when… THE BELL RINGS! You change timekeeper… and still THE BELL RINGS! Completely under your control at all times. A smart red bevelled board and a doorbell with a loud chime. Don’t miss out on one of the best bits of business in a long time! Price: £35.00 - 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." Kidology tickets need to be booked in advance. 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). Plus 14 dealers with all the latest children's props! To register visit 29.8.09


Troy Star: Fake It Till You Make It "Driven by a burning passion to succeed at any cost, Gold Coast magician Troy Star who specialises in close up magic sets off on a world tour with a documentary "crew" (ie one judgmental, difficult cameraman) in tow. Aiming to create an exciting, globe-trotting look at the glamorous, mysterious world of magic, Star (who also directs, narrates, edits and produces) instead ends up with something far more fascinating and original: a nakedly honest, often scathing self-portrait. Troy Star bravely and willingly shows himself to be overly ambitious, self absorbed, reckless. He also cannily shows the magic industry to be one populated almost exclusively by the eccentric, the sleazy and the highly insecure. Though stylistically rudimentary, Troy Star: Fake It Till You Make It is utterly compelling (and occasionally hilarious) from beginning to end, while the excellent special features (commentary, featurette, deleted scenes, magic lesson) make this a great buy." Available now to buy from - quite an adventure! 29.8.09


The Magic Alliance - Introduction Night and Jon Allen Lecture. The Magic Alliance is a brand new non-profit organisation for magicians in the UK. The opening evening will feature a new lecture by Jon Allen. Tickets are £7.50 each and include a buffet. Order via: Friday 4th September at 7pm. Venue: St Michaels Irish Centre, 6 Boundary Lane, Liverpool L6 5JG (Map). Contact Paul Gilligan (aka Giggs Kadabra) telephone: 075998 27130 for more information. 29.8.09


Tabula Mentis VI: Paranormality Personified. Saturday 21st November at The Music Room, Hitchin Priory, Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 2DL (Map) Featuring: Mystery Morning Lectures with Margaretta Hicks, Evanna Harris, Raven and Paul Bell – The Paranormal Entertainer. Tools of the Trade Roundtable with Phill Smith, Iain Dunford and Roni Shachnaey, and Keynote Lectures from Roger Curzon and John Archer. Visit for details. (Don't leave it too late to book!) 29.8.09


Jon Marshall’s Sideshow Illusions were presented in Margate last weekend at the Dippers and Dunkers Festival. 3,000 people took the tour around all five shows which included The Headless Lady, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Living Half Lady, Electra and The Mummy. All these shows were first shown by their original proprietor Jon Gresham at Dreamland, Margate in the 1960s and many locals remembered seeing them at that time. The festival included Magic, Circus and Burlesque workshops, outdoor aerial acts and a Sassy Seaside variety show, produced by Amy Saunders (Miss Behave) and Professor Vanessa Toulmin, that included Marisa Carnesky’s Temple of Banares routine. The sideshows next outing will be an appearance at Sheffield’s Fright Night on Sunday 25th October. See 29.8.09


Julie Carpenter is currently working at the Apollo theatre in Shaftsbury Avenue in 'Carrie's War 'which is based on a novel by Nina Bawden about two children evacuated from London to Wales to live with a lovely lady called Auntie Lou and her tyrant brother and shop keeper Mr Evans. Julie isn't in cast but is the 'interval magician' and is loving every minute of it! Julie performs her ten 10 minute cabaret in the stalls based on her War themed magic act, seen at the Southport Convention in 2005. Julie also performs up in the Circle and often manages to do some close-up magic in the bar as well. Nick Einhorn is responsible for a magic illusion in the show - a disappearing skull. Photo: Prunella Scales who plays Mrs Gotobed and Julie Carpenter. 29.8.09


Multi award winning magician Etienne Pradier will be lecturing in the Phoenix Artists Bar, Charing Cross Road, London, on Sunday 13th September at 7pm. Tickets are £10 on the door or £8 if you register in advance by emailing or  from 'Magic Cave' in Covent Garden. 29.8.09


Etienne Pradier also lectures at WAM on Tuesday 1st September at 8pm. £10 for non-members. Contact Julie on 01923 720040 or email for venue details. 29.8.09


Magic Car Boot Sale, West Bromwich, Sunday 6th September! As usual there will be over 20 stalls, some dealers and some second-hand, with one of the second-hand stalls selling illusions too. Doors open at 9.30am and admission is £4.00. Hot breakfasts will be available. There will be a final clear out of props from The Beechmen Circus including an 8 foot giraffe unicycle, freestanding tightrope and outdoor trapeze rig for anyone feeling up to it, and also a 14 foot mobile stage unit. This will be the last sale at the old venue which is: 43 Union Street, West Bromwich B70 6BP (Map). For further details call organiser Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 29.8.09


Wessex Magical Association presents Sammy Sunshine on Tuesday 8th September. The evening starts at 7.30pm for 8pm and visitors are especially welcome for a nominal £5 fee. The location is the Bourne Valley Community Association, 56 Herbert Avenue, Poole, Dorset BH12 4EE (Map). The Association attracts members from Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and beyond, visit 29.8.09


Magicbox's sister company - Whether your act includes clowning, puppets or juggling, why not visit Magicbox's sister company You'll find everything from rubber chickens to the latest in fancy dress accessories (Photo: Lucy the Sheep Puppet). 29.8.09


Celebrating 100 years of Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli at Pinewood Studios. Chris Dugdale was invited to entertain at the very exclusive Bond event at Pinewood on Sunday. The original print of "From Russia With Love" was screened, on loan from MGM, followed by a VIP lunch and entertainment from Chris Dugdale. Speakers included Honor Blackman (photo), Eunice Gayson, John Glen, Lewis Gilbert, Oscar winner Norman Wanstall, Shirley Eaton and many others. A massive Bond fan, this was a real treat for Chris. Oscar winner Norman Wanstall commented: "There’s little doubt you made a huge impression and really added a new dimension to the day. I always feel very proud when I watch you perform. Maybe if I live long enough I’ll work out how you do the dog trick!" 29.8.09


Alex Lodge reports that he has had a busy year touring holiday parks, appearing on cruise ships, in hotels and theatres, as well as appearing on television. Alex has been asked to perform at the Mayor of Basingstoke's Varity Concert ‘The Royal Varity Show of Basingstoke’ at the Anvil Theatre on October 3rd at 7.30pm. Tickets: £12.00 (over 60s and under 16s £8.00) via 29.8.09


Magic - back on the Menu. Jim Sisti is about to re-launch his classic Magic Menu and has asked Paul Gordon to be the trick editor. It'll be a quarterly magazine. The Magic Menu was a great back in the 90's - so let's hope it can be again! Paul emails, if you have any 'worker" type material (non card, preferably) that you'd like Paul to consider, please contact him directly: 29.8.09


Brian Eames. I am very sorry to have to report the death of a dear friend and fellow professional magician and children's entertainer Brian Eames. He had been a pro for over 40 years and his career spanned nearly all aspects of the entertainment world including Television, Radio, Theatre, Summer Shows, Cabaret, Pantomime and Children's Entertainment. He had been for ill for a long while and the end came peacefully on the morning of Thursday 20th August 2009. He will be sorely missed by his many friends in the business. RIP. Terry Herbert. 29.8.09


Potter & Potter's auction of magicana from the collection of Walter Graham is now online: • O2 Money: Click Here (starring Billy Kidd), and Click Here (starring Brendan Patricks) Dynamo consulted • "Hocus Soakus" Click Here • Your UK magic new is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 29.8.09