Number 482 - 19th September 2009


73rd British Ring Convention, Southport - September 23rd-27th. The convention starts this Wednesday, 23rd September. Day registrations are available at £50 per day for non-members and £40 for British Ring members and their partners, and £25 for junior magicians 18 years old or under on the day. (It should be noted that a day registration for Saturday does not include a ticket for the evening show, however separate show tickets will be available from the Southport Theatre Box Office, as are tickets for 'Children’s Showtime'). The Registration desk is open from 10.30am onwards on 23rd September in the Waterfront Suite entrance adjacent to the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Southport. Have fun! Visit for more details and Click Here for Bob Hayden's final 'Convention Update'. Photo: Soma, current FISM World Champion of Stage Magic. Soma will be appearing on the Saturday Night Show. 19.9.09


International Magic Convention, London - November 27th-29th. Yo Kato, first prize winner in the Manipulation category at FISM 2009, will perform his act which features some truly astonishing sleight of hand magic, presented in a delightful contemporary manner that resulted in standing ovations in all his performances at the “Olympics of Magic” earlier this year, in Beijing. This will be his first appearance in the UK, and your chance to witness his amazing skill, live. World-class international speciality act 'Heir of Insanity' (photo) will be adding their own magic to the gala show, with an incredible display of acrobatic manipulation. The rest of the convention is set to contain, as usual, a fine blend of lectures, close-up magic, and performances from around the world in the evening theatre show, making 'Ron's Day' one of the unmissable events in the Magical Calendar. This year it all takes place in The Mermaid Theatre complex. Registration details: - book now! 19.9.09


FISM 2012. Keep up-to-date with FISM 2012 via video. "The President of the International Federation of Magical Societies Eric Eswin made a visit to Blackpool just over a week ago to discuss plans for FISM 2012." Click Here. 19.9.09


Stephen Tucker's Alpha to Omega. Big Blind Media release Stephen Tucker's Alpha to Omega on September 29th. I've always been a fan of Stephen Tucker's direct understated magic, but even Stephen has excelled himself with this one... just watch the video demo and see what you think! A brilliant piece of magic from one of the UK's finest magic minds. The DVD comes with loads of 'extras' too (what would life be like without a few little extras?). Pre-order now to be sure of your copy (DT). 19.9.09


Ipswich Magical Society Convention - An audience with Wayne Dobson. One of the special features at this year's Ipswich Magical Society convention on Sunday October 25th will be 'An Audience with Wayne Dobson' that will include previously unseen footage from Wayne's life as a magician, Click Here for a preview. For full details of the convention visit 19.9.09


Magic Moments 09. The next Magic Moments Day takes place on Saturday 3rd October. Magicians are invited to visit and download a sponsor form so that they can plan their own magic moment on this day, which raises money for good causes. Last year magicians raised over £11,000 for charity in just one day, so fingers-crossed for another good day, this year too. 19.9.09


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s, London. Magic Night on Friday October 2nd stars Barry and Stuart, Christian Lee, Hulaboy, The Tenor Ladies and Magic Neil (it's going to be a goodie). Madame JoJo’s, Friday October 2nd (7pm doors, 7.45pm showtime). Tickets £10, conc. £7, or meal deal ticket (two tickets plus dinner for two) £40. Tickets can be bought at Ticket Web or call Ticket Web on 08700 600 100 or use for a magic night meal deal. Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SP (Map) 020 7734 3040 19.9.09


U F Grant - 3 disc set. Just released, featuring: "Rare lost film lectures. Original drawings of Grant’s illusions. Vintage film footage with Gen Grant Jay and Francis Marshall and other greats. Interviews with people who knew Grant. Colour film footage of Grant demonstrating his creations." Special features include: downloadable copies of Grant's most popular manuscripts and a slide show tour showing how the effects came to be. For more information and to watch a video Click Here (available from your favourite magic dealer). 19.9.09


Sean Taylor lectures at The Pentacle Club, Cambridge on Monday September 28th at 8pm. All magicians welcome (£10.00 door charge for non-members, doors open 7.30pm). The club meet at St Laurences School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map). "Sean Taylor is a world renowned magician, mentalist and speaker, and one of Australia’s top corporate entertainers. Sean Taylor was born in Cambridge and first joined the Pentacle Club in 1982. Just over 10 years later he emigrated to Australia where, over the past 16 years, he has carved out a highly successful career. Sean's Comedy, Magic and Mindreading presentations are a unique and hilarious combination of wit, intuition, audience interaction, psychology and pure magic. Sean is a ‘Gold Star Member’ of The Inner Magic Circle. He has also been granted membership of the prestigious Psychic Entertainers Association. He has over 25 years of performing experience in more than 15 countries. From the London Hilton to Las Vegas and from the Sydney Opera House to London's famous Magic Circle, he has designed lectures, presentations, talks and shows to suit every kind of event." On Monday 28th he'll be presenting his MindStorms lecture. 19.9.09


Northern Magic Circle Presidential Dinner. Steve Gore is holding his Northern Magic Circle Presidential Dinner on Saturday 13th February 2010 at the Ramada Jarvis Bankfield in Bingley, West Yorkshire. To stay at the hotel visit: The cabaret will feature the comedy magic of Darren McDonald and a 30 minute illusion show from Alex Lodge. Tickets for the dinner and cabaret are just £25.00 per head. Email Steve Gore to reserve: 19.9.09


John Danbury's Intimate Intrigues - An evening of Magic, Mind Reading, Music and Mirth. Wellhouse Moravian Church, Mirfield, Saturday October 10th at 7.30pm. £10.00 Adults £5.00 Children. Plus, in the day, John Danbury's Crazy Capers for Kids! at 2.30pm, Adults £5.00 Children £2.50. Tickets from Rev K G Evans, telephone 01924 496967. 19.9.09


Andy Clockwise Lecture, Kent. Andy Clockwise lectures at the Downtown Magic Club, Downtown Diner, Park Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8LS (Map) on Monday 21st September at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Visiting magicians welcome (small door charge). 19.9.09


Reader of Minds. "Reader of Minds is the latest publication from Paul 'Voodini' Bell, whose previous book 'The Paranormal Entertainer' met with huge critical acclaim within the mentalist community. Having worked for many years alongside the UK's most popular 'shut eye' mediums and clairvoyants, he has studied their performance techniques and is now able to present the art of ungimmicked mind-reading - as practised by mediums, clairvoyants and psychics around the world. However there is no talking with dead people! What Paul presents here is a totally new approach to mind-reading, free from billet switches, centre tears, electronic gimmickry and accomplices. This is 'hands free' mind-reading, made possible by studying techniques employed in the shut eye world. These techniques have been honed and improved until Paul is now able to teach you how to present a mind-reading show that appears to be more genuine than the real thing!" Visit for more info and to order. 19.9.09


Win a copy of Experience: The Magic of Jon Allen. Following the competition that we featured two weeks ago we a pleased to say congratulations to winner Alan Clarke, whose name was randomly selected from all the submissions that were received by Monday 14th September. "For the first time ever, Jon Allen (creator of 'The Silent Treatment' and one of the busiest magicians in the UK) is tipping his most prized routines, and ideas — fifty effects packed into more than 200 pages of polished, performance-ready magic. More than 400 photos are included to make your learning experience a pleasurable one. Written with the inimitable style and wit of John Lovick, this important book contains amazing magic that will fit directly into your real-world repertoire." Visit  for more info and to order. 19.9.09


Derby Magic Circle Day of Magic, Sunday 25th October. Derby Magic Circle are holding a full day of magic with dealers, a table top sale, lectures and an auction on Sunday 25th October from 9.30am - 5pm. The table top sale will include over a thousand tricks, books, magazines, videos and DVDs from the magic estate of late member of the Derby Magic Circle, Brian Holland. £2.00 entrance fee, tables available for £10.00. Book in advance. Venue: The Willington Sports & Social Club, Twyford Road, Willington, Derby DE65 6PP (Map). To book a table or enter an auction lot contact Stuart Brown: 01332 768321 and for updates visit 19.9.09


Magical Mayhem will be having a lecture from the Worker's Corner team, Gary Jones and Chris Congreave, on Thursday 24th September. "This promises to be a fantastic evening presented by two of the best magicians in the country." Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, 7.30pm. Further details from Lee Smith 07731 916965 or Nick Brown 07884 045554. 19.9.09


The Path of the Blue Raven. Revd. Mark Townsend served as a C of E priest for over ten years. However his love / hate relationship with organised religion came to a head in June 2007 when he resigned from full time ministry to work as a magician and spiritual writer. While still an ordained member of the Church he now also follows a more Nature-Based spiritual path and feels that we can learn much from our pre-Christian Celtic ancestors. The Path of The Blue Raven is thus the story of a struggling man who all his life has wrestled with questions, searched for meaning and discovered it in unexpected places. Available to pre-order from Click Here. 19.9.09


Perth Magic Circle celebrates its 60th anniversary on 9th February. Adrian Harris writes: The new season has got off to a good start in anticipation of a special year. Perth President, Ian Dougall has invited all Scottish Club Presidents to come to the club on November 18th, with their club members for an opportunity to 'Meet the Presidents'. (We would be delighted to welcome any other magic club president out with Scotland as well!) A celebratory Dinner & Cabaret is arranged for Friday 16th April 2010 with special guest artists, and on Sunday 23rd May, A Day of Magic is planned. This will feature at least two Star lectures, not seen in Scotland, the attendance of one of the biggest and best established U.K. Magic Dealers making their first appearance in Scotland, an elite Close Up session plus an All-Star Cabaret following a Civic Reception. Details will be announced shortly and also seen on the website" 19.9.09


Big Night Out! Stuart and Jayne Loughland (Safire) and Magic Light Productions are producing Big Night Out, a Charity Variety Show at Theatr Colwyn, North Wales: "Featuring songs from top musical shows by West End singer Neil Hurst, sensational vocalist Nikki Shaw, the clever mind magic of mentalist Mark Thorold, Safire Illusionists and from The Chuckle Brothers Show, and Magic Light Puppets. You will be entertained throughout the evening before the show starts in the auditorium and in the bar during the interval by members of the North Wales Magic Circle. There's even something for the children. A show with Music, Magic and Laughter. A good family show suitable for ages 6 to 100!" 7.30pm at Theatre Colwyn on Thursday 29th October. Adults £6.50. Pensioners and Children £5.00. Box office 01492 532668. 19.9.09


Dean Dill. David Stones emailed us last week to see if we could help draw readers attention to a fund-raising page that has been set up by Hocus Popcus Magic in America to raise funds to help towards medical costs for Dean Dill's cancer treatment. Please Click Here for details and to donate (there is a link button in the top left-hand corner of the page, and then you will need to click the orange 'More Info' button). 19.9.09


Magic on the Bowls Green. 'Magic Theo' of Sutton, known for his magic and fundraising, became one of the youngest 'Cheam Fields Two Wood Bowls Champions' last weekend. Proud Dad Magic Theo is pictured receiving his Trophy with his delighted daughter Elena, who was born ten weeks prematurely weighing just 2lbs. She has now just turned eight and is one of the tallest in her class. A couple of months ago Magic Theo presented The Neonatal Unit with a new £17,000 Incubator and recently helped Queen Mary’s Children’s Hospital celebrate 100 years, by performing a magic show at Sutton Arena for over 70 families 19.9.09


Mel's all at sea! Following good reports from both passengers and crew on the Fred Olsen ship Boudicca Mel Harvey has been booked to appear on sister ship The Black Watch from September 24th - October 7th. Mel will be presenting a different series of shows all of which will be comedy based, with some signature audience-participation routines. George Kovari kindly supplied a number of items for the shows from his own personal collection. Both Mel and George will miss the British Ring Convention in Southport but hope to see friends and customers at The Blackpool Convention in February, emails Mel. 19.9.09


Magicians Wanted. Nick Einhorn is putting together a team of magicians for an exciting new project later this year. If you are aged 18+, have a great sense of humour, basic sleight of hand / close-up skills, and are available for performances between 27th November and 24th December in the Surrey area you are invited to send your CV to This is a great opportunity for young magicians to gain lots of (paid) experience over a one month period. 19.9.09


Tony Griffith 'Reflections' lecture, Ireland. Following his recent success at the Minnekongress in Lorenskog, Oslo, Tony Griffith will be presenting his 'Reflections' lecture for the Society of Irish Magicians at Cassidy's Hotel, Parnell Square, Dublin on Tuesday 6th October at 9pm. For further details contact Pat Fallon +353 1 6211 900. 19.9.09


Playtime Balloons News. Playtime Balloons email: "We were delighted to have 'Twistina' aka Christine Belcher demonstrating on our stand at another excellent Kidology. She will also be with us at the IBM Convention this week and hopes to have a new CD Rom out soon. Look out for her 'Balloons' Fantasy Flowers, something unusual for the ladies." 19.9.09


Use Your Illusion (Magic and Mind Control Night). Adam Smith and Joel Harrop are staging a 'Mind Control and Magic show' in Tunbridge Wells on 30th October. Tickets are £10.00 from Adam on 07920 772792 or Joel on 07975 797125 and the venue is the Relish Entertainment Suite, Tunbridge Wells. 19.9.09


Legend: An anecdotal tribute to Ken Brooke. Steve Cook emails: "Just to let readers of 'Magicweek know that my book: 'Legend: An anecdotal tribute to Ken Brooke' is still available. I can be contacted on 01472 349753 or email: I will then give prices, postage and any details required. The book is hardback, 220 pp and limited to 1,000 signed and numbered copies worldwide." "A monument of love to a monument in magic". (Gaetan Bloom). "Fabulous and moving... the great, dear man comes to life!" (John Fisher). "I believe your efforts have resulted in a unique masterpiece". (Bob Ostin). 19.9.09


Derren Brown talks to Benjie Goodhart, Click Here • "Franz Harary performs 'Mega Magic' within Riverside Resort" Click Here • "Derren Brown to predict roulette wheel" Click Here • "Popular Stevenage magician dies after losing cancer battle" Click Here • "Busking it. David Blaine seems confident enough doing it, but how terrifying is it to try and make it as a street magician?" Click Here • "Intruders leave Barry's grandad in coma" Click Here • Jon Holt reviews The Manchurian Approach – hypnotism for magicians this week, Click Here • "Win Paul Daniels tickets" Click Here • I managed to see Marc Paul's stage show 'Mind to Mind' at The Elgiva Theatre, Chesham on Thursday night and am pleased to report that Marc did a great job - do try and see this show if you can, see What's On • That's it for another week, see you next week, Duncan. 19.9.09