Number 485 - 10th October 2009


Han Seol Hui, joint first prize winner in the Manipulation category at FISM Beijing will be performing at The International Magic Convention in London in November. His fast-paced and contemporary manipulations led to a standing ovation in Beijing - it's a brilliant act! He'll be joining fellow top prize winner Yo Kato in the Gala Show. So, a rare opportunity to see two world-class award winners in the intimate Mermaid Theatre, which will perfectly suit their styles of performing. More magic convention newcomers this year are 'The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue' who are stalwarts of the Comedy Club circuit in the UK and will be appearing in the Friday Night Comedy Show. Using music and props this duo raise the roof wherever they go. Miss them at your peril! International Magic Convention, London, November 27th-29th. Register via (don't miss this one!). 10.10.09


Blackpool 2010 Beckons. It may be next year, but it's only months away now. If you have not already registered for the 2010 Blackpool Magic Convention (19th - 21st February 2010) you are advised to do so quickly - the signs are that it is going to be yet another sold out year. Among the stars already booked are Franz Harary, back by popular demand, and British illusionist Russ Stevens. Also appearing will be the ever popular David & Dania, crazy duo Clive Webb & Danny, as well as Henry Evans, Banachek, Yigal Mesika, David Williamson (photo), David Penn, Mark Mason, Jay Sankey, Andy Nyman, Juan Mayoral, Joe Mogar, Steve Axtell, Tony Stevens, Dave Allen, Han Seol Hui, David Kaplan, Huang Zheng, Levent, Yo Kato and, of course, the irrepressible Ken Dodd. Talks are underway with Max Maven to present his one man show and other artistes are also in the process of being booked. Download a registration form from the Blackpool Magicians’ Club website: (but don't leave it too late!). 10.10.09


Derren Brown 2010 Tour Dates announced: "Derren Brown posts bizarre rant on YouTube saying he earns a living out of 'smug guess work'" [WARNING: Contains strong language] Click Here. (Excellent!). 10.10.09


5 copies of The Tommy Cooper Joke Book to be won! We have 5 hard-backed first editions of the newly published Tommy Cooper Joke Book compiled by John Fisher to give away this week. 166 pages crammed full of pure Cooper... hand written notes, photos, props, hundreds of lines, gags, and more. 'My wife is a magician - yesterday she turned our car into a tree.' To enter the draw simply email MagicWeek with 'Tommy Cooper' as your subject heading, together with your full name, address, and post/zip code by 12 midnight on Wednesday 14th October. 5 lucky winners will then be selected at random (their names will appear next Saturday). This lucky draw is open to MagicWeek readers worldwide. We were going to make it a competition, but in the end I opted for a lucky draw instead to give everyone an equal chance in an unequal world. (It's a fantastic book by the way, the hand written notes really draw you in, and it makes a perfect accompaniment to John Fisher's Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing: The Definitive Biography of a Comedy Legend which was published in 2006.) To order The Tommy Cooper Joke Book from Click Here. 10.10.09


Ipswich Magical Society Convention - two weeks away! This year's lineup includes lectures by Marc Oberon (winner, 'Parlour Magic' at FISM in July), John Archer (The current Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year) and Dan Garrett, plus an audience with Wayne Dobson that will feature previously unseen footage from his life as a magician, Click Here for a preview. The evening gala show also promises to be one of the best, with Graham P. Jolley, John Archer, Alec Powell, Michael J. Fitch (International Children’s Entertainer of the Year winner 2009), and of course Marc Oberon who will be performing not just his award winning stage act, but also his superb UV act! Visit for more info and to book. Sunday October 25th, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 10.10.09


The Magic Cabaret - a Children in Need fundraiser. On Wednesday 18th November, Laura London is staging a show for Children In Need. Starring Barry & Stuart, Richard McDougal, Romany, Still House Orchestra, Richard Bellers, Laura London and compère Fay Presto, with close-up magic from Katherine Mills and Troy Von Scheibner throughout the interval and before the show. It all takes place in the upstairs bar at The Garage, Highbury and Islington, London. Doors open at 7.30pm, show starts at 8.30pm on Wednesday, November 18th. For more info email Laura or to book tickets visit 10.10.09


Magic Moments Day 2009, Saturday 3rd October. Hypnotist Matthew Stirling created a magic moment, performing his hypnosis and mentalism show ‘Driving the Mind' to a sell-out 600 strong audience, in the process raising £4500 for SPIRE (the spinal injuries unit at Stanmore hospital). Richard Leigh produced a sell-out show for Momentum, raising £1469 for children and families coping with cancer, and Jay Fortune raised £1200 for MSRC (Multiple Sclerosis Research Centre). Organiser Jay Fortune says "we have big plans for the next Magic Moments Day, indeed for Magic Moments in general and would love to hear from like-minded magicians who would like to help create and stage fund raising events for good causes in the future." Magic Moments is not a charity, but simply a fund-raising venture created by a small, hard-working team of magicians and performers. Email for further information and to get involved. The next Magic Moments Day is scheduled for Saturday 2nd October 2010. Photo: Jay, shortly after presenting MSRC Honorary President Wayne Dobson with a nice big cheque! 10.10.09


Direct from Canada - two lectures for the price of one! The House of Magic (UK) are pleased to announce that Christopher Taylor and Matthew Johnson will be lecturing for them on Wednesday October 14th at 7pm. "Christopher Taylor is a mentalist of the highest caliber from Canada. He has created effects for some of magic’s biggest stars and is also the man behind a huge array of magic products such as Equinox and T3 Real Ghost. He was also the first magician outside the UK to be featured by Inner Mind Productions on DVD. Matthew Johnson is a professional magician, lecturer, actor, comedian and magical inventor. His magic effects, books and DVDs have been sold to magicians all over the world. Matthew is proud to be featured on other magician’s products and in 2009 was a guest performer on the True Astonishments DVD set by Paul Harris." Christopher and Matthew are excited to announce that they will be unveiling a brand new product on this lecture tour, a joint venture, that will officially be released at Mindvention in Las Vegas in November. It will be priced at about £125 to £150 and is an incredible effect we hear. They will also have many new DVDs with them, with special prices. Wednesday, October 14th at 7pm. Telephone 01384 373209 for more info and to book. 10.10.09


Portsmouth Jumbo Day. The South Coast's Largest Annual One Day Magic Event - Sunday, 1st November. Dealers, Workshops, Lecture, Close-Up and Gala Show with Alex Lodge, Zane, Jon Allen and Mel Mellers. The closing date for Fast-Track early registrations and advance Dealer Registrations is October 14th. Pre-booked all-day pass £15.00 or admission on the day £17.00. For more information visit 10.10.09


Magic goes green, with GreenCards! "GreenCards offer a contemporary twist on a timeless product. These beautifully designed playing cards feature unique ‘court’ card characters from original illustrations. GreenCards are the first playing cards that are manufactured using sustainable and recycled materials." RedWood, the makers, kindly sent through a deck of these cards, and they really are very special. Not only are they eco friendly, but they handle beautifully too. And 4 indices make them ideal for left and right-handed fans. They retail for just £3.99 per deck post paid direct from and get our highest recommendation (DT). Wholesale enquiries welcomed too. 10.10.09


Tales From The Darker Side are among the Halloween attractions at Nottinghamshire’s spooky Newstead Abbey, once the home of the poet Lord Byron. Nick Brunger is appearing as his alter ego “Nicolas Grimoire” to tell suitably sinister stories of the county’s past, embellished with his own unique brand of Gothic Magic. There are two performances on October 30th followed by shows the following weekend. More details on the Newstead Abbey. Nick can also be seen at Nottingham’s (and possibly Britain’s) oldest pub Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem on the first Sunday night of every month where he performs a short magic slot at 8pm as part of an evening of Tarot readings he organises. 10.10.09


The Zeppelin Shelter presents A Spooky Night of Illusion featuring mentalists and magicians: Ed Francis, Russell Levinson, Josh Maddocks and Joe Stone and compere Stef Brown. Halloween, Saturday 31st October, doors open 7.30pm - show 8pm 'til late. Admission £9.00, or £15.00 per couple, or £27.00 for groups of 4. Includes a glass of mulled wine, snacks and Halloween treats. For tickets call 020 74881406. The Zeppelin Shelter, 40 Leman Street, London E1 8EU (Map). 10.10.09


Zane is seen here standing in front of The Magic Castle in LA, complete with a carrier bag in his hand, spreading the word! The latest release from Zane's Magic Shop is Anniversary Tango - visit for details. 10.10.09


CSI: New York - Sleight Out of Hand. "After a string of magic-trick inspired murders occur, including a woman being cut in half while inside a wooden box and a man being burned to death, Mac and Stella try to tie popular illusionist Luke Blade (Criss Angel) to the crimes. Meanwhile, Danny goes to Montana to support Lindsay as she testifies against the man who murdered her friends." 11.20pm on Thursday 15th October on Five USA, see TV Magic. 10.10.09


The Cricketers presents Magic Realm at Richmond. Featuring Josh Maddocks, Katherine Rhodes, Ed Francis and Lee Hathaway. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Friday, 30th October, tickets £6.00. For more details contact: 10.10.09


London De La Creme appear at the Monkey Business Comedy Club, 97 Haverstock Hill, London, this evening, Saturday, 10th October. London De La Creme features Laura London and Claudia. 10.10.09


Paul Gordon Card Magic Lecture, Sussex and Sheffield. Paul Gordon's all-new card magic lecture features magic from his new 3-DVD set, Card Startlers. Plus, a lot of advice, tips, stories and energetic enthusiasm! 8pm on Thursday 22nd October, at The Sussex Magic Circle in Hassocks, Sussex ( and at 7.30pm on Thursday 26th November for Magick Enterprises, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield S2 5TG (Map) 10.10.09


Congratulations to Steve Gore, winner of the Bradford Magic Circle annual Close-up Competition on Friday 3rd October with a new act solely featuring material that he invented, using only 1 single freely selected playing card and lots of modern technology, including iphones and some laptop interaction with his daughter Deanna (aged 4). Patrick Madison, a previous IBM winner, came 2nd and Anthony Heaton came 3rd. 10.10.09


Paul "Voodini" Bell, author of "The Paranormal Entertainer" and "Reader of Minds", presents Inferno - an evening of pre-Halloween spooky séance-based mentalism at the haunted Crypt at Oxford Castle. Taking place between 7pm and midnight on October 22nd, this promises to be an evening to remember! Tickets are just £25.00 and are available via 10.10.09


Martyn Smith Gives You Awegasms. Awegasm Noun (Aw-gaz-uh m) 1. Intense, unrestrained excitement caused by amazement, bewilderment and disbelief. 2. Manifestations include breathlessness, manic laughter and spontaneous applause. 3. The sensation witnesses experience from Martyn Smith's unique form of magic. Martyn Smith is known throughout his native land of Cornwall for his stunning close-up magic and his sure-fire wit. In this show Martyn takes you on a wonderful magical journey. You will explore many themes including topical, the fantastical and Martyn's own life experiences. A cross between Paul Daniels and Ricky Gervais, and hailed as a Harry Potter for adults, Martyn is a true virtuoso in his field. A night you will never forget. 16th, 17th and 18th November at 9.30pm. Tickets £10.00. Box Office: 020 7482 4857 or book online via Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU (Map) 10.10.09


Conjuring at the Court Halloween Special – Thursday 29th October. Conjuring at the Court returns on Thursday 29th October for a Halloween Special! The show features the best of British comedy magic, with Mark Shortland (photo), Christian Lee, Piff the Magic Dragon, Stephen Barry and compère Richard Pinner. The venue is the lovely theatre of the Drayton Court in West Ealing. It seats over 90 people comfortably and you can have a drink while watching the magic. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets (£8.00 each) and further information via or by email Tickets, if still available, can also be purchased on the evening. The venue is 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, W13 8PH (Map) - opposite West Ealing Train Station which is 12 minutes from Paddington. Free parking after 6:30pm on adjacent roads (free after 4pm in some areas). 10.10.09


Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic. Paul Gordon's all-new card magic lecture, workshop and advice session features magic from his new 3-DVD set, Card Startlers. Plus, a lot of advice, tips, stories, assistance and energetic enthusiasm! A full day of card magic; fun and informative. Visit for details. Sunday 9th May 2010 9.30am to 5pm. Only £30. Venue: Vintner's Parrott Pub, Warwick Street, Worthing BN11 3DL (Map). 10.10.09


Terry Seabrooke lectures for the South Lincs Magical Society at The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire on Monday 26th October starting at 8pm. Members: £2.00 Guests: £10.00. For more info contact President /Secretary Burger Bill 01400 262323. 10.10.09


Midweek Magic: An Evening of Deception. Wednesday 14th October, from 6.30pm to 9pm with internationally renowned magician Michael Vincent. Hosted in the Private Media Lounge by G Casino, Leicester Square, London W1D 6BL (Map). The evening includes: A Welcome Drink, Full Magic Cabaret with Michael Vincent, Private ‘Learn to Play’ Session with G Casino’s Croupiers, Interval Snacks and drinks, and a Cash Bar. Tickets cost £28.75 each. For more information Click Here. 10.10.09


Children's Entertainers Training Day. On Wednesday 4th November, Mike Clarke is running a training day for people interested in becoming children's entertainers. The 'hands-on' training will be held in Bristol between 10am-4pm and is based on Mike's training course - and is ideal for complete beginners. For further information, pricing and to book your place, email Mike: 10.10.09


2009 British Ring Shield Competition results:

Stage Competition
First (The British Ring Shield): Tai-Hsiang Chou (Taiwan)
Runner Up: Dave Andrews
Third Prize: Christopher Howell
The Conventioneers Trophy: Not awarded
The Dittia Shield: Tai-Hsiang Chou
The Tom Harris Comedy Cup: Not awarded
Close-up Competition
First (Zina Bennett Trophy): Steve Dela
Runner Up: Rob James
Third Prize: Kevin Gallagher
Rovi Cards Trophy: Kevin Gallagher.

Congratulations to all and thanks to Roger Yates for the information. 10.10.09


Terry Herbert will be featured at the Australian Adelaide Convention (16th-18th October) where he will be repeating his success from the recent British Ring Convention at Southport. Details can be found on Following that he will be crossing over to New Zealand to appear at the Palmerston North Magical Get Together on the 24th and 25th October. Terry is also featured in the October issue of New Zealand's 'Magicana' Magazine. 10.10.09


The Freddie Valentine Halloween Spectacular. The monthly variety show, which features talent from the worlds of music, comedy, magic and burlesque will be holding a special Halloween themed event on Thursday 29th October. On the magic related front, this special show features mind-reading from Voodoo Mick, mystery from Robert Bone (photo) and the sensational Katherine Rhodes. The show also features music from hosts Freddie Valentine & Holly Blue, Voodoo Mick, comedy from Freddie, Holly and Donna, live house band The Valentinos and burleqsue. More acts to be added. The show takes place on Thursday 29th October at Inn On The Green, 3-5 Thorpe Close, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 9XL (Map). Show starts 9pm, tickets are just £7.00. 10.10.09


Anthony Jacquin, author of the best-selling book, "Reality is Plastic - The Art of Impromptu Hypnosis" and "The Manchurian Approach" will be lecturing at Portsmouth & District Magic Circle on Monday 12th October. The lecture starts at 7.45pm at the Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). PDMC members free, visiting magicians £5.00. 10.10.09


Amethyst have just returned from Ontario, California where they successfully performed in the Gala show at Cannon's World Escape Artist's Convention. Alongside Amethyst was Rick Maisel, 'Ripley's Believe It or Not' escapologist, who performed an escape from a washing machine! Danny Ray, and the UK's Jonathan Goodwin. Also performing were Mark and Sheila Cannon and Jay Leslie as compère. Danny and Annette also met up with the UK's Master Locksmith and Houdini historian, Mick Hanzlik, who presented a lecture about the world famous mirror cuff and exhibited an exact replica, that he'd crafted. Photo: Danny and Annette with Mark and Sheila of Cannons Great Escapes. For more information on Danny and Annette's next stunt visit or email 10.10.09


Dan Garrett lectures for The Scottish Conjurers Association tomorrow, Sunday 11th October, at 7pm. "The Scottish Conjurers Association is proud do announce that Dan Garrett will be performing for them in their first Sunday evening lecture. Mr Garrett has performed for presidents, and has a very enviable Magic CV. An entertaining evening should be had by all." Venue: The Walton Centre, Southern General Hospital, 1345 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 4TF (Map). 10.10.09


Dan Garrett Lecture, Newcastle. Newcastle upon Tyne Magic Circle's next visiting lecturer is Dan Garrett on Wednesday 14th October. If you are a member of another magical society then admission is £5, if not then it's £15 Venue: The Copthorne Hotel, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3RT (Map). Free secure car parking (hand ticket in at reception as you are leaving and they'll cancel the charge). For more info email Martin Duffy or call 0191 237 6240. 10.10.09


Michael Diamond emails: "Following my lecture on children's Halloween magic at 'Kidology', I sold out of all my products! Just to let you all know that I now have more supplies all ready for Halloween and upcoming witch & wizard shows! Now available: The Children's Entertainer's Halloween handbook, Billy Bonehead, The Locked Book of Dark Secrets, Complete Book of Shadows and The Incy Wincy Wand." Email Michael Diamond for ordering details: 10.10.09


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