Number 489 - 7th November 2009


Derren Brown Presents The 3D Magic Spectacular at 10pm on Monday 16th November on Channel 4. Featuring some of the world's greatest, funniest and most shocking magicians performing magic in stunning 3D. With Derren as host, some of Britain's leading performers dazzle the audience with incredible trickery, and amazing archive footage features performances of some of the world's greatest magic tricks. "Sainsbury's now offering free glasses for Channel 4's 3D week" Click Here. 7.11.09


John Archer lectures at the Leicester Magic Circle at 7.45pm on Monday 16th November. No booking needed - just turn up on the night. There is a £10.00 door charge for non-members for what should be a fantastic evening. Venue: Ramada Hotel, Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6ES (Map). For more information contact Secretary Barry Martin: or visit 7.11.09


Conjuring at the Court – West Ealing, London, 26th November. The next show on Thursday 26th November stars Nicholas Einhorn (photo), Richard Pinner, Oliver Tabor, Richard McDougall and Russell Levinson, with compère Paul Metcalfe. That's quite a line-up! The venue is the lovely theatre at Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). It seats over 90 people comfortably and you can have a drink while watching the magic. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets and further information via the website or on the door on the night if any are left. Free parking after 6.30pm on adjacent roads. 7.11.09


The Baltic International Festival of Wonder and Magic 'Miraculous Amber' 4th-7th March 2010, Riga, Latvia. News has come in of an exciting Festival of Magic that will take place in Riga, Latvia, next year. AMBER - The Association of Baltic Illusionists was founded in April 2008 at the Riga Black Magic Bar by two magicians from Latvia and Lithuania. This club was created to help and unite magicians interested in art of magic and illusion. The association is growing rapidly and now includes members from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Ukraine and Russia. This magic festival/convention would undoubtedly make a fascinating trip if combined with a holiday. The website includes initial information, and more details are being added all the time. Also see this article: Click Here. 7.11.09


Axel Hecklau's ColaCap is reviewed this week by MagicWeek. It's not often that a trick finds itself near the top of the 'News' pile, but this one certainly deserves to be here. Axel's meticulous attention to detail has resulted in a piece of magic that is as near perfect as can be. Read the full review: Click Here. 7.11.09


James Brown lectures live for The Academy of Magic tomorrow evening (Sunday 8th) at 7.30pm. You can 'tune in' to watch James Brown's lecture as it goes out live via for just £5. You can also interact with James and ask questions throughout the evening from your home. If you are in London the lecture is taking place at The Phoenix Artist Club, Charing Cross Road, (doors open 7pm) and tickets will be available on the door for £10.00. The bar will be open until late for an evening of sessioning after the lecture. 7.11.09


The Kings of Sizzle this year are.... Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee. Paul and Debbie toured the country last week, presenting Regional Winners with their Banger Awards for 'British Sausage Week 2009'. Organised by The British Sausage Appreciation Society, British Sausage Week celebrates the taste, quality and diversity of the sausage, of which there are some 400 individually named varieties in Britain alone. Visit for recipes and further information about the week! "Bristol bangers are magic for magician Paul Daniels" Click Here. "Chris Blake Butchers sizzle with success" Click Here. 7.11.09


MAPro' Magic (Martin Allan Professional Magic) are now advertising with MagicWeek: "Our aim is to offer you the latest products at competitive prices, the best quality, the highest level of service and to promote Magic as an art. Based near Selby, North Yorkshire, and near York, Leeds, Hull and Doncaster, we are ideally located to serve the whole of the UK. Our Magic Shop is available for dealer demonstrations for your Magic Society and for your Junior Magic Clubs we offer a "Teach In Session". We have over 7500 lines currently available, and approximately 800 lines of stock for next day shipping (and dealer dems). The products in stock range from the latest DVDs, Books and Effects from the UK and US to magical standards such as playing cards and silks. The current hot list included the new DVD '13 Steps to Mentalism' with Richard Osterlind, 'Pointless' from Gregory Wilson and 'Strip' from Paul Harris. For the dealer dems I have some nice tips and ideas that are added in that I have accumulated over the last 25 years experience performing magic." Visit today! 7.11.09


Father Christmas Quick Change + optional chimney! Quick Change is currently enjoying renewed interest with the arrival of Arturo Brachetti's Change in the West End. A seasonal theme is now being offered for a limited period by Tim for a Change? author Lee Alex - the 'Quick Change Father Christmas Costume'. The Father Christmas costume changes to any costume you wish, and the change can take place in an optional chimney - the usual hoop having been altered to form a solid based square 'tube' made from the finest brick-patterned fabric. Each costume is custom made to your specific measurements from velvet with fake fur trimmings, including leatherette boots and a luxurious beard. The whole outfit takes up to three weeks to produce depending on demand. The costume is easy to prepare thanks to the gimmicks used by Lee Alex, and the change takes place in just seconds. For those who wish to change from Magician to Father Christmas (or indeed any other costume) Lee also offers a "Quick Change Tuxedo" too. 7.11.09


Lecture/Dealer Dem & Magic Auction - Blackpool. A lecture and dealer demonstration will be presented by Alec Powell of Albion Magic from 4pm-5pm on Tuesday 10th November. Admission is included in the door charge of £3.00 (Associates and Members are free of charge). The Auction will then commence at 7pm with viewing from 6pm. The Lecture and Jumbo Auction will all take place at Blackpool Magicians Theatre Club, Rear of No. 1, Sherbourne Road, North Shore, Blackpool FY1 2PW (Map). Licensed Bar plus toasties, sandwiches and pies available all afternoon and evening. Visit the magic shop and museum. Star Auctioneers Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd. All enquiries in respect of this Auction should be directed to Derek Lever, 32 Pilling Lane, Preesall, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire FY6 0EU Phone/Fax: 01253 810113 email: 7.11.09


Lex Schoppi, magician and costume technician from Germany, presents his new book Quick Change volume 2. This new volume describes a complete Quick Change act featuring 12 designer costumes. The techniques described in this book explain in detail the required methods to gain maximum speed. The book is a high quality publication aimed at magicians who are seriously interested in learning the art of high speed costume changes at the top level. Lex Schoppi's technique "tied ball gowns" differs substantially from old well-known classic costume changes - his new technique for the final costume employs an innovative method. Available from your favourite magic dealer or direct from 7.11.09


World Magic Shop are now advertising with us: "The business are creators of the ‘Wizard Range’ of magic including such products as The Wizard PK Ring, Coinvexed and The Mirage Coin Set. As well as having over 7,000 products available online they have over 3,000 items in stock in their Birmingham based shop, just five minutes from Spaghetti Junction." For more details visit or download a PDF map: Click Here. 7.11.09


Northern Magic Circle Convention update. Online registration is now available for the Northern Magic Circle Convention which will be held on 27th - 28th March 2010 at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood, Lancashire. Acts booked to date are Nathan Kranzo, Chris Priest, Brian Sefton, Stephen Williams, John Hotowka (photo), Darren Bonas, Paul Joyce, Clive Moore, John Dixon and Kostya Kimlat with more names to be announced shortly. For more convention news and to book visit 7.11.09


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day - Today! Saturday November 7th. The Magic Circle Dealers' Day will take place on Saturday 7th November between 10am and 5pm at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG (Map). Free to members of The Magic Circle with current membership card; £5 for all other adults; £3 for under 16s. 7.11.09


November's Magicseen has just been published. Editor Mark Leveridge writes: On the cover we are delighted to feature international superstars JC Sum and 'Magic Babe' Ning from Singapore. Inside you will find an in depth article on the lively duo which reveals the dedication and drive that have been required to get them where they are today. Also featured in issue 29 are interviews with Alan Hudson (proving that magic and comedy clubs do mix), Stephanie Preacher (aka Henrietta Rabbit, the children's favourite) and Scott Penrose (classy stage performer and magical advisor). If you are after great information articles, we have those too. Craig Petty returns with the second part of his series on fake coins, John Helvin takes a look at the psychology of Street Magic, and we offer you a major piece on how to work magic on the radio, with sage advice from experienced performers Ian Keable, Jay Fortune, Alan Jones, Mark Waddington and Stuart Watkins. Then if reviews are your thing, we have plenty to offer. As well as letting our review panel loose on a selection of marketed products, we also have reports of three live events, namely the Edinburgh Festival magic shows (Chris Cox, Jerry Sadowitz, Barry and Stuart, Piff The Magic Dragon, Philip Escoffey, Lewis Barlow and Pete Firman), Ivardo's Minnekongress in Norway and Jay Fortune's Magic Moments 09 fund raising events. So there's plenty to excite and entertain in the latest issue and you can get yours right now as part of a 1 or 2 year subscription, or as a single paper copy or as a download from the magicseen website 7.11.09


Illusionist Rides His Magic Carpet Again. Following a short break from touring to work on other projects, International Illusionist Doctor Bondini and the Ladies of Mystery will dust off their magic carpet and again travel the length and breadth of the kingdom to astonish audiences with their stories, dance and magic. Doctor Bondini promises a fun-filled show for all the family, with lots of audience participation as well as great drama, hilarity, spectacle and grand illusion. Doctor Bondini will be presenting some of his much loved illusions together with some impressive new magical content. “You can enjoy my magic whatever age you are. I try to rekindle the childhood dreams which linger in all of us, dreams which are all too easily forgotten as we grow older and succumb to the pressures of modern life.” said Doctor Bondini. Visit for tour dates. 7.11.09


Congratulations to Douglas Maddy, 1st prize winner at the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club 'Neville Ayris Memorial Trophy for Children’s Entertainment' competition last Tuesday. 7.11.09


Missing Pieces. Matt Colman emails to let us know that he has just released a new eBook Missing Pieces. "Veering away from the conventional style of writing, it's a crazy concoction of real world repertoire material, pipe dreams and moves..." Visit for details. 7.11.09


Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed (again) 6pm on Saturday 7th November on ITV4. "The Masked Magician returns to television to defy his fellow illusionists and reveal the secrets that lay behind tricks that have astonished audiences for centuries." See TV Magic. 7.11.09


Richie Austin has just returned from a non-stop 9 months of performing all over the world clocking up about 115,000 air miles and emails that he is delighted to have had such a busy year considering the current financial climate. Richie can be seen starring as Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, Dorset from December 6th to January 2nd. Richie's new website is now online: with photos and design by 7.11.09


Alan Mylecraine and Allan Clarke can be heard on Radio Lancashire 103.9FM between 9am and 10am this morning (Saturday) discussing the history and continued growth and progress of The Fylde Mystics. For membership details visit or email Alan Mylecraine: 7.11.09


Jeremy Dyson (writer of League of Gentlemen) and Andy Nyman have co-written a brand new play called 'Ghost Stories'. It plays at the Liverpool Playhouse from February 4th - 20th and then the Lyric Hammersmith from February 24th - April 3rd. It will be a terrifying 80 minutes with moments of extreme tension and high shock! Tickets are selling fast at both venues. Watch a teaser on YouTube. 7.11.09


British street performer James James emigrated to Australia last winter and has now set up a blog which he'll be updating regularly... "Met a girl, settled down... (sounds like a Cat Stevens song), fell in love and got married. Now I can say I've travelled 13,000miles to work in a shopping mall (always gets a laugh)." Keep up to date via 7.11.09


Play your cards right... It was strictly entertainment last weekend when Paul Martin, Mark Williams and Etienne Pradier entertained the stars of the BBC's hit show Strictly Come Dancing. At the private event in London the trio of magicians amazed guests that included host Bruce Forsyth and the shows' stars. The photo shows Bruce Forsyth reliving his past by playing his cards right, but it was the bottle through table trick which really left him speechless! 7.11.09


Acclaimed balloon modeller and comedy magician Flash (Rupert Appleyard aka the eccentric adventurer Phileas Flash) returns to the UK this weekend having completed his contract for First Choice. The last nine months has seen him perform in the Dominican Republic, Egypt and Spain, during which time he has brought his unique flair for craziness to thousands of holidaymakers. Whilst in Spain he premiered his new show 'The Spy who Shoved Me', a comic tribute to James Bond, which sees Flash attempt to save his uncle from an unknown evil genius planning to create a dooms-duck device and take over the world! Suitable for all ages, the show has been described as innovative and has been receiving fantastic responses from audiences. He has also been remodelling his critically acclaimed show; 'The (not so) Amazing Flashdini' and adding new material to his walkabout and compering. He would like to thank his brilliant team for one of the most challenging and memorable summers of his life. Flash will be appearing at Chatworth House for their bonfire event today (Saturday 7th). Catch up with some of his misadventures on online via You Tube. For booking enquiries please email 7.11.09


S1L3NC3: Mind Reading & Reality Abuse. "S1L3NC3 makes a stunning return to full form. Mind Reading & Reality Abuse was a complete sell out at the Camden Fringe 2009, and the show is coming to Oxford from the 17th-21st November. After the 5 star sell-out success of the last show in Oxford, 9 months of preparation, experimentation and collaboration will bring you a stunning and deeply thought provoking display of the capabilities of the human mind. S1L3NC3 is an evening of distorted reality, a journey through the uncharted realms of the human mind and an exploration beyond the boundaries of human interaction and control. You will be eyewitness to demonstrations of feats that will astonish, astound and confuse your perceptions of reality. Strictly over 18s, not for the faint hearted. Contains visual scenes of self harm." "Undeniably impressive" OxStu "The stuff of nightmares" DailyInfo. Tickets available via: 7.11.09


Gavin Davey was awarded first place in the George Key Memorial Trophy (for stage magic) at the Mid Essex Magical Society Sandon Village Hall, near Chelmsford, on Tuesday 27th. 7.11.09


"Carl Ballantine, an 'amazing' comedy magician and 'McHale's Navy' co-star, has died" Click Here • Carl Ballantine Actor, entertainer, 92 Click Here • "The Man Behind the Magic" Click Here • "World's best magician to perform in Pattaya" Click Here • "Cruise ship performances are just magic" Click Here • "Win tickets to Arturo Brachetti - Change at the Garrick Theatre" Click Here • The Magic Castle Celebrates 100 Years" Click Here • "A year in, Criss Angel’s ‘Believe’ hasn’t changed much for the better" Click Here • "The Science of Magic: Not Just Hocus-Pocus" Click Here • Nick Brown reviews George Kovari's recent lecture in Dunstable this week, Click Here • Two in the Bush... a game of chance that you control, in eBook format from Paul Brook, Click Here • Chris North reviews the recent Ipswich Magical Society Convention, Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 7.11.09