Number 490 - 14th November 2009


International Magic Convention, November 27th, 28th & 29th, London. With just two weeks to go, now would be a good time to book if you haven't done so already! The full itinerary can be seen on One of the highlights will be the presentation of The David Berglas International Award at 5pm on the Sunday afternoon. The recipient always remains a closely guarded secret, and as always the presentation by David Berglas and The Foundation For Promoting The Art of Magic is followed by a special event revolving around the recipient themselves. Last year's recipient was Uri Geller. Armando Lucero's eagerly anticipated lecture will not be recorded and released at a later date. So to benefit from this modern masters advice and wisdom you'll have to be there! This year's new venue, the fabulous Mermaid Theatre and Conference Facility (nearest Tubes are Temple, Mansion House or St Pauls) on the north bank of the Thames will host all Convention events except for Rene Lavand's One Man Show at The Bridewell Theatre. The Mermaid will be serving food throughout the day, and has a late bar open until 2am. Always a great weekend and a sign of the Christmas season approaching! 14.11.09


Blackpool Convention 2010... it just gets bigger! Two very special events planned for next year's convention are 'An Audience with Wayne Dobson' presented by Michael J Fitch and 'An Audience with the Illusionists' featuring Rafael (photo), Russ Stevens and Franz Harary. Where in the world could you see 19 magic lectures in just three days? Blackpool! The impressive line-up includes Henry Evans - Argentina, Levent - USA, David Williamson - USA, Andy Nyman - UK, Mr. Tango - Argentina, Juan Mayoral - Spain, Ed Ellis - USA, Mario Morriss UK, Yigal Mesika - USA, Mark Mason - UK, Shoot Ogawa - Japan, David Kaplan - USA, Banachek - USA, David & Dania - USA, John Bannon - USA, Oscar Munoz - USA, Jimmy Carlo - UK, Pat Fallon - Ireland, Ouentin Reynolds - UK. The close-up sessions feature some of the world's very best: Henry Evans - Argentina , Banachek - USA, Yigal Mesika - USA, David Williamson - USA, David Penn - UK, Mark Mason - UK, John Bannon - USA, Ed Ellis - USA, Oscar Munoz - USA, Shoot Ogawa - Japan, Harry Robson - UK and Andy Nyman - UK. And Sunday's Gala show stars Han Seol Hui - Korea, The Great Kaplan - USA, David And Dania - USA, Clive Webb & Danny Adams - UK, Huan Zheng - China, Levent - USA, Russ Stevens - UK, Yo Kato - Japan, Franz Harary - USA, and the irrepressible Ken Dodd (from Knotty Ash!). Plus over 125 dealers from all over the world demonstrating all the latest miracles that you know you can't live without. Visit to download a registration form. 19th - 21st February, 2010, Blackpool. Don't miss it! 14.11.09


La Clique. The wait is over! After their hugely successful nine month run at the London Hippodrome the bulldozers moved in and they had to pick up their Olivier Award and move out, but ... La Clique is back! La Clique returns to London for a limited 8 week Christmas season at the Roundhouse in Camden. With some fantastic new acts, as well as some old favourites, La Clique is guaranteed to have the crème de la crème of twisted cabaret entertainers from around the world. La Clique, 20th November 2009 – 17th January 2010 “Week in, Week out, still the best show in town” Time Out “This is probably the greatest mouth-dropping show I've ever seen.” Ruby Wax. Box Office: 0844 482 8008 14.11.09


Mental! Mentalist, Peter Campbell-Wells, presents the first in a monthly showcase of comedy talent in Brighton. "Mental! brings together some of the best new comics on the circuit on the last Wednesday of every month, and features brain tricks and other pseudo-psychic cobblers from your mindreading compère." Wednesday 25th November at 9pm. £5.00 on the door. Venue: The Quadrant, 12 North Street Quadrant, Brighton BN1 3FA (Map). . 14.11.09


Stratford Circus Magic Festival. Featuring Christopher Howell’s Enchanted Island, A Wizard Workshop, Paul Kieve’s Hocus Pocus Show, A Magical Masterclass, and in the evening a magical double bill: Love and Other Magic Tricks and Magic to Cry For. Stratford Circus in partnership with Paul Kieve and standnotamazed presents a spellbinding day full of magical entertainment for the whole family, and two evening shows for the price of one. Saturday 28th November. 14.11.09


Young Magicians Wanted for French Television. Aurélia Couturier of Coyote Conseil (France) emails: "We are currently working on a TV broadcast called Qui sera le meilleur ce soir? Spécial enfants which is dedicated to children's talents that will be aired prime time live on TF1, the first French channel in January 2010. We would love to have magic performed on our set so we are looking for young talented and passionate magicians between 6 to 15 years old to come and give a performance for us here in Paris. All the travel expenses (train tickets, meals, hotel room) would be covered by our company. Feel free to visit our website and the channel's Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I can be reached over the phone 0033 1 40 53 46 08 or via email 14.11.09


Ed Ellis lecture tour now booking. Magic Books by Post is pleased to announce that they are organising a lecture tour for top American close-up performer Ed Ellis. Ed was a hit at this year's IBM convention. Ed will be in the UK and available to lecture from 24th February until March 31st 2010. For availability contact Paul Cooke: 07713 574799 or email 14.11.09


Derren Brown Presents The 3D Magic Spectacular 10pm on Monday 16th November, on Channel 4. "Derren Brown Presents the 3-D Magic Spectacular features 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." The special glasses are available from Sainsbury's. 14.11.09


Spoonaround by Axel Hecklau! Spoonaround is a new comedy prop from Axel Hecklau in which the performer attempts to rotate a spoon in their mouth using sleight of tongue... eventually turning the spoon into a fork instead! For more info and to watch a video Click Here. 14.11.09


The Associated Wizards of the South Centenary Convention. The AWS are celebrating their 100th year by staging a Centenary Convention on Sunday 11th April 2010 in Romsey, near Southampton. Artistes booked to date include Kostya Kimlat, Paul Gordon, Mike Stokes, James Brown, Mel Mellers, Mark Worgan and Tensai. Advance registrations are £20.00. For more information visit 14.11.09


The Society of Irish Magicians celebrate their 70th Birthday with a very special event on 1st December featuring current Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year, John Archer. The evening is in three parts: John Archer Lecture, Birthday Party and John Archer Cabaret. The Party and John's show are open to family and friends, and the lecture to magicians only. The SIM look forward to welcoming you and promise a superb night's entertainment. It all takes place at Cassidy's Hotel, Dublin 1 on Tuesday 1st December from 7pm. And because it's a party it's all free! Visit for full details. 14.11.09


The Ross Presto Magic Show, and friends. Ross Presto is joined for a night of magic and illusion by a cast of friends including singer Craig Powell, Alina Eskina, the Bugrova Sisters and Duo Moskova. Ross will perform a mix of classic illusions all with his own twist, together with some new magic, mind reading and card tricks. 3rd November 2009 - 6th December 2009. For full tour details and booking info visit 14.11.09


Some of the UK's finest mystery performers entertained over 6500 guests at the launch of Windows 7 in Berlin, Germany last week (left to right: Alex Crow, Urban Magik, Marc Spelmann, Noel Qualter, Sav, Benjamin Earl and Alan Hudson). They all agreed it was a brilliant three days and aside from performing had their own mini convention into the early hours each and every night! Photo: Alex Crow, larger Click Here. 14.11.09


Squeaky Saltshaker from Practical Magic: "Just in - a beautifully made salt or pepper shaker which emits a ridiculous squeaking noise when it's shaken. The shaker is about 3" high and made from brushed aluminum. (The egg is purely for comparative sizing.) So what does it do? Well, it squeaks... but that's not the real point. Keep it in a pocket and ditch some object as you go to fetch the shaker from your pocket. Great comic potential as you say you need some Woofle Dust, then the shaker starts squeaking. £12.50" For more information and a video demonstration, visit 14.11.09


The Order of the Magi North West Dealers Day is on Saturday 21st November 2009 from 10am to 4pm at The Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester M8 8UF. Many of the usual dealers will be there plus this year we also welcome Magic Books By Post to this event now in its 7th year in the hands of The Magi. Earlier this year we lost one of our most respected members Kevin Fox (photo) and his good friend Brian Glover will present a memorial lecture. Also there will be a dealer’s demonstration competition with a trophy prize. A magical Hamper raffle prize is on offer. There is plenty of parking, refreshments, bar and a big shopping centre next door. No advance tickets have been sold so the first 30 people paying on the door will each receive a complimentary pack of Bicycle Playing Cards. Strictly no admission before 10am. This should be a very social occasion with the opportunity to top up your props for the festive season shows. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 14.11.09


Steve Dela’s Fantasmagoria. Following a triumphant launch last month Steve Dela’s “Fantasmagoria” returns to the King’s Head Theatre in Islington on Monday 23rd November. Acts performing include James Fortune, Dave Loosley, Joe Derrington and Richard Pinner. And, after seeking permission from the Metropolitan Police, Steve will be attempting his own version of the legendary bullet catch effect. All in all an unmissable night of cabaret magic. Tickets available now from the King’s Head Box Office on 0844 209 0326 or via From next month Fantasmagoria will be playing in both London and Brighton – more details soon! 14.11.09


Darryl Rose MIMC has just returned from Nigeria, where he scored his own hat-trick entertaining players, officials and dignitaries at the FIFA U17 World Cup. Even the locals, some of whom had never seen magic before were tantalised by his entertaining style. Darryl’s favourite moment was when in 45 degree heat, he made a football appear, disappear and then end up in block of ice! 14.11.09


The Fylde Mystics. Alan Mylecraine reports. On Saturday 7th November The Fylde Mystics opened its doors to the John Gillmore programme on BBC Radio Lancashire. Maria Felix Vas and a BBC radio crew interviewed Fylde Mystic members Alan Mylecraine, Allan Clarke and Jack Clarke as part of the series 'My Favourite Year' which in this case was 1958, the year that The Fylde Mystics was formed. We talked about the founders of the Society, the history of magic, what its current members do, and future events. To listen to the programme and for further details visit (Photo L to R: Allan Clarke, Radio Presenter Maria Felix Vas and Alan


Etienne Pradier lectures at The Downtown Magic Club, Park Street, Ashford, Kent TN24 8LS (Map) doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start, on Monday 23rd November. Members £5.00, non-members £10.00. 14.11.09


Congratulations to Colin Watkins, 1st prize winner at the Watford Association of Magicians Stage Magician of the Year competition last Tuesday. Julie Carpenter was placed 2nd and Magic Dave and Carl Charlesworth joint third. 14.11.09


The Collections of Dai Vernon and Bruce Cervon at Auction. Lovers of sleight-of-hand and collectors of magicana are already abuzz about Potter & Potter’s January 30th, 2010 sale, featuring the collections of master magicians Dai Vernon and his student, Bruce Cervon. Among the highlights are: Dai Vernon’s prop wooden prop case, including apparatus (cards, coins, Malini Egg Bag, Holdout, gaffs, silhouette shears and more) and tricks used by Vernon. And, Vernon’s first and most personal scrapbook, begun upon his emigration to New York City from Ottawa in 1915. Jammed with photographs of Vernon and his contemporaries, it serves as a unique archive of mostly unpublished images from magic’s golden age and beyond. The sale takes place on January 30th, 2010. For questions on any lot in the sale email View the illustrated catalog (available the second week of December), and sign up to bid at Live bidding will be handled through Potter & Potter's partner site, 14.11.09


Speciality/Illusion Acts Required for summer tours across the UK in 2010. "Are you a speciality performer with at least 30 minutes of stage material? Double acts/illusionists and dancers/solo acts all considered. Please email your CV, biog and headshot to We regret that we are unable to enter into personal correspondence." 14.11.09


Chris Dugdale is seen here with his wife Alexis and a-ha front man Morten Harket at the band's after show party following their first ever gig at the 02 last week. Chris was wowing party guests with his magic • "Magician's lucky escape from stray rocket" Click Here • "The circus is coming to town" Click Here • Stephen Barry cuts up his sister-in-law as a wedding day surprise Click Here • "Halloween, capturing the imagination" Click Here • Yaniv Deautsch releases 'Telepathy Report' in eBook format. Enter your email address into the form at for more info • Al Smith reviews a book and an eBook this week: The Magic Gourmet by Lewis Jones and Pasteboard Adventures by David Gemmell • Many thanks for all your news submissions this week - always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 14.11.09