Number 486 - 17th October 2009


David Nixon Entertainer with the Magic Touch by Edwin A. Dawes and Stephen Short will be published on October 30th by Jeremy Mills Publishing Ltd. For anyone that grew up watching David Nixon on television the memories will come flooding back as you delve into this beautifully produced lavish volume. David Nixon's magic had a delightful charm all of its own and this book has captured that charm. Edwin A. Dawes and Stephen Short interviewed David's many friends and loved ones to present a full portrait of his life. It is illustrated throughout with family photographs, magazine pages, show bills, magic photos and numerous television stills. I've only had a brief look, but this really is a wonderful book. Available for pre-order from the publishers. Hardback, 276 x 210mm, 288 pages, price £35.00 (I used to watch David Nixon after school, write down all the tricks, try and work them out, and then mark the guest act points out of 10! A full listing of David Nixon's Theatre and TV shows is included in the appendix). 17.10.09


Dara O'Briain, Sean Lock, Lee Mack, Dave Spikey, Bob Wooding and Paul Zenon in Last Stop the Palladium! A benefit for The Wonderbus – “Getting the show on the road for older folks” Sunday 25th October at 7.30pm. This electrifying evening of entertainment, staged at the legendary home of Variety, the London Palladium, is a one-off night not to be missed. Hosted by top trickster Paul Zenon (Street Magic, Countdown), this unique performance features the cream of the comedy crop: Dara O'Briain (Mock the Week, Three Men in a Boat), Sean Lock (8 out of 10 Cats, Fifteen Storeys High), Lee Mack (Not Going Out, Would I Lie to You?) and Dave Spikey (Phoenix Nights, 8 out of 10 Cats)... and is manned by an all-star crew including The Bar Wizards (Britain's Got Talent Finalists) and The Magnets (the UK's top a cappella group). Net proceeds from the evening will go to The Wonderbus, a Registered Charity founded by Paul Zenon to give older people from homes and sheltered housing a good, old-fashioned day out to remember. Front-of-house performers include Sav, Arbie the Robot and Vic Ellis. Box Office: 0871 297 0746 17.10.09


Free - Las Vegas Magic! News from the Blackpool Magicians' Club: "Everyone who registers for a VIP or Gold Card for next February’s Blackpool Magic Convention before 1st January 2010 will receive a complimentary copy of ‘Las Vegas Magic’, a book currently valued at £25. However, no-one will find the time to read it until they get home for there is always too much to see and do at Blackpool, the biggest and best magic convention in the world. A VIP card, of which only 500 are issued, costs just £90 (£55 for Juniors) and entitles the holder to all the benefits of Gold Card Reservation plus access to the VIP Lounge, special events and meetings with the stars of the Convention. A Gold Card at £70 (£35 for Juniors) represents amazing value for money for it allows the holder entrance to all the Convention events (except the After Gala Party) - all lectures, shows, dealers, all close-up sessions, all competitions and reserved seats for the Saturday and Sunday theatre shows." Registration forms can be downloaded from 17.10.09


Another great surprise event is planned for the International Magic Convention next month (November 27th-29th at The Mermaid Theatre). Last year's mystery guest was Uri Geller, and before Uri, Derren Brown... who will be the mystery guest this year to spend time answering questions from the conventioneers? Convention Coordinator Noel Britten is as cautious as ever not to give any clues away: "He/she/they/it is/are going to be another great event at the Convention this year. I always said that it has to be something really special for us to give it the 'secret' element. Secrecy always heightens the expectations, but I am very confident that any magic connoisseurs will be very happy when they find out what this year's event will be. Many people missed out on a fascinating Q&A with Uri Geller last year, who gave a tour de force performance in an hours session, that many people said was the best thing they'd ever witnessed at a Magic Convention. This year will not be an anti climax! The only thing I'll say is that it will be happening on the Sunday of the whole magic-packed weekend." To be there for this 'not to be repeated' moment register for the Convention via 17.10.09


Ipswich Magical Society Convention – next Sunday! The Denis Lowe Theatre Company Dancers have just been added to the gala show line up to add a little showbiz pizazz to the evening (not that it was really needed with John Archer on the bill). The highlight of the day is still expected to be the 'Audience with Wayne Dobson', and Michael J. Fitch tells me that he has rustled up a few special surprises that not even Wayne is aware of (yet). Starring alongside Wayne during the day is Dan ‘Sponge Banana’ Garrett, John ‘Ukulele’ Archer and of course Marc ‘FISM Winner’ Oberon, who will be performing his award winning Midas Close-up routine, presenting his first class lecture, and, in the evening gala, performing both his award winning magic act and his UV act. Other artists in the evening include, Alec ‘speed camera’ Powell, Michael ‘International Children’s Entertainer of the Year’ Fitch and Graham ‘I won a silver star swimming badge aged 8’ Jolley. Visit for more info and to book. Sunday October 25th, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. 17.10.09


Steve Dela's Fantasmagoria, London. Fresh from his IBM close-up competition win at Southport, rising star of magic Steve Dela launches his own monthly show at the King's Head Theatre in London on Monday 26th October. Steve Dela's Fantasmagoria, is being billed as an evening of classical conjuring and illusion and promises to be one of the best places in London to see live cabaret magic. Each month's show will be hosted by Steve featuring the cream of UK magical talent. The opening show includes Lee Warren, Fay Presto and Magic Circle Stage Magician of The Year, John Archer. Tickets are £12.50 (£10.00 concessions) and are selling fast. To book a seat contact the Box Office on 0844 209 0326 or visit 17.10.09


Now You See It... A Short History of Magic and Conjuring Draoidheachd agus geasan:Eachdraidh Ghoirid. An exhibition giving a fascinating glimpse into the history of stage magic opens at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery on 14th November and runs until 19th December. The exhibition pays homage to the close-up conjuror, whose illusions can include anything from sleight-of-hand card tricks to the swallowing of razor blades, and charts the history of the magician from the early days of the street entertainer - or pickpocket - through to the exotic world of the music hall, up to the present day. On display is a variety of theatre apparatus, old and new, used in the performance of illusions, including a Zig Zag Lady and a copy of an elusive Robert Harbin book to keep it company. These pieces are complimented by a choice collection of old and rare magic books.  In an incredible stroke of good fortune there is to be a first edition of ‘Scots Discoverie of Witchcraft’ dated 1584 on show. This book and the Harbin are kindly lent by Gordon Bruce.

Bringing the exhibition into the 21st century is a film piece produced especially for the show by artists Graeme Roger and Kevin Reid who take a more contemporary view. Edinburgh based artist Sharon Whyte is also showing 15 screenprints entitled “A sage of the stage, not a beast in a cage”. These works are based around the theme of learned animals. During the show’s five- week run there will be public talks about the history of magic and globally-travelled magician Matthew Fraser will entertain at the Private View. Many of the pieces on show, which span over a century of conjuring memorabilia, are selections from the private collections of Adrian Harris and Inverness magician John Haydock. This exhibition is a visual dip into what magic and magicians have given us, including some of the illusions which have over the years proved to be classics and which are still being performed today all over the world. Exhibition Tour Dates: Swanson Gallery, Thurso Library 19th September – 31st October 2009, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery 14th November – 19th December 2009, St Fergus Gallery, Wick Library 19th January - 20th February 2010.


And the winners are... We had a truly fantastic response to last week's lucky draw to win a copy of John Fisher's new book 'The Tommy Cooper Joke Book'. Thank you for all your entries. The lucky winners are: Phil Smith (Manchester), Andrew Woodhouse (Coventry), Ulf Peter Winter (Weinheim, Germany), Terry Hickman (Burton on Trent) and John Rush (Devon) - your books are on their way to you! To order The Tommy Cooper Joke Book from Click Here. 17.10.09


The Sorcerer's Apprentice - 9am, Sunday, BBC 2. It's back, and this time The Sorcerer's Apprentice has more magic, more pupils and more amazing guests than ever before. Ortis Deley guides us through the tears, tantrums and trickery as 14 Sorcerees battle it out for the ultimate prize - to be the next Sorcerer's Apprentice. Under the watchful eye of teachers Miss Evans (Sophie Evans) and Mr Knight (Tariq Knight) the hopefuls hit the ground running as they're introduced to their first magical genre, escapology. Of course, the sorcerees aren't the only ones competing, Miss Evans and Mr Knight are also locked in fierce battle in a new round of 'Teacher Challenge' - a series of crazy, chaotic and often messy head to heads. See TV Magic. Also available on BBC iPlayer. 17.10.09


Tenyo Elite. News from Tenyo Elite: "In early 2008, after nearly a year of negotiation and work, magicians Jason Palter, Peter Loughran and Steve Brooks (JPS Magic Studios Ltd.) met in New York to sign an historic agreement with representatives of Japan’s legendary Tenyo Company. JPS Magic is now the only organization to be officially and exclusively licensed worldwide to create, manufacture and sell a line of high-end renditions of Tenyo's original magic tricks—Tenyo Elite! By combining the brilliance and cleverness of the original Tenyo items with the ultimate in durability, top-quality materials and service, JPS has created a product line of magic tricks that discriminating professional, performing, amateur and collecting magicians demand worldwide. JPS has skilled and committed professionals whose energy and initiative is constantly focused on delivering the utmost satisfaction to the magic customer. What the magic world has dreamed about for half a century is now a reality! We are proud to say that our first two Tenyo Elite releases (Fortune Sticks and Moonspinner) are officially in production and being manufactured as you read this! Our other two products (Blue Crystal and Soft Coins) will follow in a couple of months." Visit for more info and to order.


Fortune Sticks and Moonspinner will be shipping from November 1st: "These sold out in Japan and quantities are extremely limited. For more information see our official website at We want to thank everyone for their incredible enthusiasm and for their patience and understanding during the past few months. We will continue to keep you up-to-date here on our official site, on our Facebook page, our Twitter page, our MySpace page, YouTube, the Magic Café, and on other various forums online. In addition we will be sending news and updates through emails to those of you on our mailing list. And by the way, if you haven't joined our mailing list yet but are interested in being amongst the first to know about updates and product information, please go and join right now!" 17.10.09


James Brown: Professional Opportunist. Russ Stevens of RSVPMagic is just about to release a brand new twin DVD set by James Brown, featuring a mixture of magic, pseudo hypnosis and pickpocketing. Called "Professional Opportunist", this two disc set runs for nearly three and half hours and features twelve new routines from James' working act. "As usual we shot everything in a live environment, this time using Illusions Magic Bar in Bristol, so that people can see just what great reactions the magic gets. Just watch the trailers to see just how good these routines are!" said Russ. To watch the two trailers, each with complete effects, visit (These discs capture James at his very best, featuring some brilliant technique and routines. DT). 17.10.09


James Brown lectures at the Scottish Conjurers' Association on Wednesday 28th October. Entry is £5.00 for visiting magicians on the door. Venue: Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, 10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map) 17.10.09


Aldo and Rachel Colombini 2010 lecture tour - now booking. Aldo and Rachel Colombini will be touring the UK in 2010 from 23rd April to 18th May, if you are interested in booking them for a lecture at your magical society you are invited to contact Barry J Martin in the first instance for more details. The lecture is a very original one and includes magic, comedy and anecdotes. The routines presented cover a variety of topics such as card magic, close-up, rope, stage, children's magic and more, with something for everyone of all skill levels. Aldo Colombini moved to the United States from Italy in 1993 and has taken the country by storm! He has performed in over 60 countries including every European country, the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, South Africa, China and South America. 17.10.09


Buy 1 - get 2 Free! Before Wayne tells us this is a typo rush over to and order a copy of Ping & Pong, Echo or Second Chance, and get the other two routines free! Simply place an order for any one of these three publications, and they'll send you the other two as well! Visit today! 17.10.09


Magic with a Capital E. Award winning magician and FFFF’s attendee Will Gray started his new lecture tour (Magic with a Capital E) with rave reviews from the BMS and the Order of the Magi. “Will's lecture really does contain something for everyone - a good mix of cards, coins, mentalism, Monopoly pieces and even goldfish! Since Will is a full-time professional, the magic is very sharp, snappy and practical to do. Will's laid-back manner makes things very easy to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed it!”. Iain Moran. For details on booking Will for your society call 07989 258319 or email 17.10.09


Ian Souch: Reality Vaccine. Ian Souch will present his one-hour mentalism cabaret at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden on Saturday the 24th of October at 9.30pm. "The surreal Mentalist Dr Ian Souch is about to commit surgery on your mind." Details can be found on: (click on 'what's on' and then 'Reality Vaccine'). Tickets are £7.50 and can be booked via the website. 17.10.09


The Card Collection are proud to present, for the first time, the release of a new deck from USPCC, the Bicycle Lefty Poker Deck. Especially printed for left-handed persons, all the symbols are on the right hand corner instead of the usual left hand corner. Fan the deck from left to right and it looks like a blank deck! Red back only! Only £6.00 per deck from 17.10.09


David Blaine: Street Magic is being repeated this evening at 10pm on E4. First seen over 11 years ago, this original show stands up very well against the ravages of time, and has deservedly been selected as a 'Choice of the Day' in Radio Times. See TV Magic. 17.10.09



Mel Mellers - Free show! You and your friends are invited to attend a free Mel Mellers show at 7.30pm (sharp) on Wednesday 4th November at The Allsebrook Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth BH12 5BB (Map). Mel Mellers is filming clips for his new DVD - it's going to be a fun evening! (No children under 14). Email 17.10.09


Manchester Circle of Magicians - Jumbo Auction. A Jumbo Auction is being held on Wednesday 21st October by Manchester Circle of Magicians. The venue is Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford near Manchester commencing at 6.30pm with viewing from 6pm. Star Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever are your hosts. It promises to be a long night as many items including a Robert Harbin Chair Levitation, a Floating Table, Guillotine, books and DVDs have been submitted. Members are admitted free, non-members pay £3.00. Further details from Derek Lever. Phone: 01253 810113 or email: 17.10.09


British magician Andrew Green jetted off to the majestic city of Rome last week to perform at a rooftop pool-side party in a luxury hotel attended by over 85 top international airline executives at their annual conference. The delegation, made up of over 25 different nationalities, were enthralled by Andrew’s sleight of hand wizardry, proving that magic knows no boundaries. 17.10.09


Mark Elsdon's Whacked! From "Designed for the serious working performer, ‘Whacked!’ is a 10 minute mind-reading routine which revolves around Dave Gorman’s best-selling comedy book Googlewhack Adventure. This Second Limited Edition manuscript gives full details of Mark’s script and psychological approach – which is one of the things that lifts ‘Whacked!’ head and shoulders above so many other book-tests. The presentation has been honed over many, many performances for a wide variety of audiences, which ensures that the routine plays as well for a group of top professionals at a business lunch, as it does for a crowd of college students at a birthday party. The presentation is funny, sophisticated and guaranteed to deliver a great audience reaction every time it is performed." Visit to find out more! 17.10.09


Steve Faulkner won the National Street Performing Championship held over the summer in Milton Keynes. To listen to Steve in a recent radio interview, Click Here. 17.10.09


An Evening of Magic. Bryan Atherton reports. On Saturday, 10th October, John Milner, owner of House of Magic in Stourbridge, arranged 'An Evening of Magic' at the Theatre on the Steps, a converted Baptist Chapel half way up the hill between the High and Low Towns of Bridgnorth. This difficult location, only reached on foot, created logistical problems, particularly in getting popular illusions into place. Such problems were overcome by Saxon Tylney who sensibly kept his props to the minimum and entertained the full house with his versions of Howard de Courcy's Canary through the Mirror; Roy Johnson's Chewing Gum Card reveal; Harbin's Card in Whisky bottle and Martin Lewis' Cardographic. The show was enhanced by a troupe of local dancers; John was assisted by his son, James and a very comedic magician, Al Rudge with lots of throw-away gags and props, made a lot of new friends. It was good to see this small and unique theatre giving the locals an entertaining evening out away from the X-factor and Strictly Come Dancing. See, magic lives on in the provinces! 17.10.09


Psychic Hangman is a new mind game where you correctly call out the letters and tell them where they go. A game you will win every time! "I like this. The Hangman Game is something everyone can relate to. There aren't many good hooks to present a booktest with and this combines a great presentation with a multi layered method that leaves the audience without a chance or a clue." Nathan Kranzo. Keith Fields emails "I have already used this both in close-up and on stage, and it works even better than I thought it would! A joy to perform and easy too! And the fact that the book is pocket sized means that I can slip it in a jacket pocket. A book test designed for close-up, yet suitable for the largest stage. Ask the guys at the IBM Grand Blanc, it got a great response when I showed it there at a lecture a few days ago. The plot is a simple one (so simple that I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before!) A word is chosen and you play a game of psychic hangman – which means you pick the letters and tell them where they go and get it right – And no-one gets hung! Nothing to memorize or learn as it is self contained and the clever script virtually eliminates any fishing or ‘no’ answers. This routine quickly moves away from the book and becomes more of a word test than a book test and gives you plenty of scope for jazzing as well. The normal price for psychic Hangman will be $125, but right now there is a special price for MagicWeek readers of just $75 (plus shipping $5 USA $10 rest of world) – This price won’t last long so you know what you have to do. Get back to me now! Payment can be made via to" There are a limited number of copies available at this price. Don’t be disappointed... order now. 17.10.09


Evans plus Evans perform their stylish and mesmerizing show Beyond Coincidence? - a fast paced journey into the baffling world of magic, mind reading, telepathy, illusion, and fun at Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre, Highgate Village, London N6, on Monday, 9th November. This dynamic husband and wife couple, Mike and Julie Evans, have been amazing audiences all over the world and have just finished a busy and successful 6 months summer season in Cyprus. Tickets cost only £10 with all profits going towards CLIC Sargent (Caring for Children with Cancer). Ticket Hotline: 0208 340 8054 17.10.09


The Levett & Lee Balloon Roadshow. A full day hands-on lecture/workshop in Banstead, Surrey, from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday 21st October. "Thelma and Graham will go through everything you ever wanted to know about balloon modelling but were afraid to ask. From explaining all the fifteen different twists, and what to use them for, to quick, easy and impressive models to use every day. The day is designed to help everyone and will include a section on how to come up with and improve your own designs." For more details and to book visit 17.10.09


Leamington Magic Society Annual Dinner. The Leamington & Warwick Magic Society are holding their annual dinner on Friday 13th November, 7pm for 7.45pm, and have a few tickets still available. Four course menu and cabaret from Vizage and John Archer, compered by Peter Greenwood with table magic from the members. Tickets are £35 available through Mick McCreath on 07747 052878. Venue: Honiley Court Hotel & Conference Centre, Meer End Road, Honiley, Nr Warwick, Warwickshire CV8 1NP (Map). 17.10.09


The School of Busking 3 DVD set, featuring Gazzo and Mario Morris has just been released. "This 3 DVD multi pack is packed with the theory of busking. Gazzo and Mario Morris don't hold back, but give priceless tips. Over 3 hours of Marteral. Disc 1 Mario Morris Lecture, Disc 2 Mario Morris Lecture, Disc 3 Gazzo crowd drawing plus Bonus Martial." Visit the shop page on for more information and to order (or email enquiries to Mario Morris Don Driver reviews the discs, Click Here. "Busking school for streetwise acts" Click Here. 17.10.09


John Carey is now taking lecture bookings for 2010. His lecture 'Spotlight on Carey' includes a wide range of card and coin material with something for all skill levels. The lecture features material from John's DVD and eBook. For more information email 17.10.09


"EK magician picked out by psychic" Click Here • Mark Leveridge's Dealer Night in Newbury on 12th October is reviewed by Andy Stone this week, Click Here • "Magician Paul Daniels to perform at Napton village hall" Click Here • "Criss Angel taking a break from ‘Believe’" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 17.10.09