Number 491 - 21st November 2009


Just announced! Arturo Brachetti will be interviewed and involved in a Q&A session at the International Magic Convention in London next week. With his unbelievably busy schedule currently including 8 shows a week at the Garrick Theatre it has been a challenge to find suitable time for Arturo to visit the convention, but everything has now come together and the convention's revised schedule will be up on at the beginning of next week. It means a slightly earlier start on the Sunday to fit in all the lectures, the Close Up Gala and the Presentation of the David Berglas Award to its surprise, still undisclosed recipient, in addition to the Exact Change Only with Arturo Brachetti session. Bearing in mind the earlier start please be aware that if you are travelling by tube that Blackfriars Tube Station is currently closed for building work. The nearest tubes are now Temple, Mansion House and St Pauls. Registrations available via See you there! 21.11.09


South Tyneside International Magic Convention - March 2010. The first three names for next year's South Tyneside International Magic Convention have just been announced. First, Lennart Green (photo) - World Champion of Close Up and Card Magic. This will be his only appearance in the UK in 2010. Then, Tim Sonefelt - one of America's top Children's Entertainers, and finally, An Audience with Wayne Dobson - which will prove to be one of the convention highlights. With more names to be announced in the coming weeks. Friday 12th March, Saturday 13th March, Sunday 14th March 2010. To pre-register email Karri at or call 0191 424 7986. For more information Click Here. 21.11.09


Rune Klan - The Session 2010. Rune Klan is a major celebrity in his native country, Denmark. He has starred in dozens of his own television magic specials and due to his television commitments and live performances (which are always a sellout), he is very rarely seen attending conventions, or more, performing at them. His appearance at The Session 2010 will be his only magic convention performance for a long time, and this may be your only chance in the near future to see Rune teach and perform his amazing, hilarious magic. Rune is on the cover of MAGIC Magazine this month (and just 35 tickets now remain for the convention!) 16th and 17th January 2010. 21.11.09


Magic Show opens at QUAD (Derby’s new centre for art and film) on November 28th and runs until January 31st. This is the first venue on a five-stop tour of a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition curated by visual artist Jonathan Allen (aka the fictitious gospel magician Tommy Angel) and writer Sally O'Reilly, which brings together 24 artists for whom theatrical magic is an important form, intellectually and performatively. In addition, many collectors from the international magic community (Eddie Dawes, Paul Kieve, Scott Penrose, Peter Lane, and John Fisher, to name but a few in the UK, as well as The Magic Circle) have loaned items for an archival section that explores magic's sometimes surprising connections to the world of politics, warfare, marketing and religion. A richly illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition, containing essays on art and magic by the curators, as well as texts on each of the featured artists. It also includes new writing on the cultural history of magic by Simon During, Brigitte Felderer, Peter Lamont, Pierre Taillefer, Helen Varola and Marina Warner. After QUAD, 'Magic Show' tours to Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (13th February – 10th April 2010, coinciding with the magic convention); Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle (15th May – 4th July 2010); Chapter, Cardiff (30th July – 12th September 2010) and Pump House Gallery, London (6th October – 19t December 2010). More information can be found on the South Bank Centre website. 21.11.09


Showzam! Taking place during February half-term (Friday 12th – Sunday 21st February 2010), Showzam! will celebrate the art of circus, magic and new variety in its natural home of Blackpool. The festival will feature some of the world’s most exciting and talented artists such as Olivier award winning variety act, La Clique who will be bringing their heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety to Blackpool’s Tower Circus from Friday 12th to Saturday 20th February. Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Stageworks present ‘Queens of Magic’ (Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th February) which will feature some of the world's best female magicians including illusionist Fay Presto and the fantastic Romany Diva of Magic. Other confirmed shows are, ‘Variety Notes’, (The Grand, Saturday 13th February) which will play host to a range of different acts from the mesmerising Elvis the Hula Boy to up and coming music variety act Frisky and Mannish. For more information on all of the shows and events taking place as part of Showzam visit or call 01253 478 204. 21.11.09


Mystery Magazine launches. News from Paul Cooke of Magic Books by Post: "We here at MBBP have launched a new magazine called Mystery Magazine… a magazine which we feel fills a need in magic, but especially in British magic. Since Abra folded last March, we’ve been besieged by people who really miss it. Its demise certainly created a void in British magic, with that in mind we have created The Mystery Magazine. The magazine is available in both printed & electronic (PDF) formats. It’s edited by Walt Lees, it’s in full colour and it will be published monthly. For subscription details please go to" 21.11.09


Hocus Pocus Magic Co. have just launched a brand-new website featuring their full range of magic including Stage Magic, Children's Magic, Mentalism, Coin Magic, Card Tricks, Stage Wear, Puppets, Books, DVDs, and more. Visit today! 21.11.09


Stratford Circus Magic Festival - 2 for 1 tickets for the evening shows! (To qualify call the box office on 0844 357 2625 and simply quote '2 for 1 offer'.) 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: At 7pm on November 28th standnotamazed are proud to present a double bill of theatre and cabaret showcasing the finest in contemporary magic, bringing the inaugural Festival of Magic at Stratford Circus to a close. Love and Other Magic Tricks Winner Best Production Buxton Fringe. Nominated for Best New Writing. “Love is like a magic trick. You can try and work it out but that would spoil the fun” Part love story, part magic show, Love and Other Magic Tricks reveals the smoke and mirrors between a couple as they search for that delicate balance between love and need. Followed by Magic to Cry For standnotamazed return with another night of their all star, sell out New Magic cabaret and variety show. Starring John Lenahan, Piff the Magic Dragon, Richard Pinner, standnotamazed and very special guests! Time Out Critics' choice: Click Here. "Harry Potter's favourite magician" Click Here. 21.11.09


Martyn James - Magi Lecture. Following the huge success of Martyn James at Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle recently [Review] The Order of The Magi (Manchester) have booked his lecture “From Illusion to Reality” for Tuesday 24th November at 8pm. This will be at their headquarters The Irish World Heritage Centre Queens Road M8 8UF (Map). It is expected to be a very entertaining evening from an illusionist well known to the magical fraternity. In fact Martyn topped the bill at The Magi Centenary Dinner in March this year. Further details are on Door charge for non members. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 21.11.09


Zane's Magic Shop is now offering free postage and packing on all orders worldwide - whatever you spend! They also accept credit and debit cards and PayPal Visit to see what's new. 21.11.09


Magic Noir - An Evening of Comedy Magical Entertainment. Starring Paul Abbey, Careena Fenton, Martin Cox and Steve Dela. Tuesday 8th December 2009 Doors open at 7.30pm, Show starts at 8pm. Prices: £7 Full Price, £6 Concessions. Box Office: 01483 278000. Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh GU6 8AS (Map). Paul Abbey emails: I always remember the way Ali Bongo brought folk together, either via chat at the Magic Circle or during supper after, and particularly as a result of the many Saturday night shows again at the Circle, even after his sad loss earlier this year his spirit lives on because of a tribute show Richard Pinner put on. As a result of a casual conversation with some from the show that night, I was inspired to try and put together a commercial show. It was suggested it would be best to do it as a charity show as a celebration of my birthday next year, Martin Cox said why not do it as a short tour, Steve Dela and Careena Fenton joined the gang and after an initial pre production meeting 'The 50th Birthday Tour' was created, the first show 'Magic Noir' is on the 8th December 2009 at The Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey and is the beginning of a short tour of the home counties over the next 6 months, resulting with a huge charity event to be held at the Capitol Theatre, Horsham, West Sussex. We are all very excited about this as so many folk have commented on how great it is to see this sort of thing in suburban theatres, how great it is to see live entertainment, I guess magical entertainment is alive and well in this so called recession and has a great future! 21.11.09


Henry Lewis MIMC Past Vice President and now Honorary Vice President and Curator Emeritus of The Magic Circle has been invited to appear as the guest performer for Thanksgiving in the USA at the Larcom Theatre on the 27th November 2009 and at the Cabot Theatre on the 29th November 2009. Beverly, Boston MA. 21.11.09


Big Top. A colourful, upbeat comedy set in and around a travelling circus, Big Top stars Amanda Holden, John Thomson (a magic fan in real life), Sophie Thompson, Tony Robinson, Ruth Madoc and Bruce Mackinnon. What do you do when you've advertised a death-defying stunt that everyone has bought tickets to see, and the performer is just a little bit too injured? How do you manage a group of people who are so jealous of each other that they are happy to sabotage their colleagues' performances? What do you do about others who are so dedicated as performers that they are willing to sabotage their own chances of survival? How do you hold onto your star acrobat when he is being chased by immigration officials? Fraught with problems and dealing with a cacophony of egos, Ring Mistress Lizzie must somehow keep the whole thing going. Every Wednesday from 2nd December at 7.30pm on BBC1. 21.11.09


The Groaning Magic Wand hasn't been available for years, but now it's back - bigger and louder than ever! Hand the wand to your young helper and it starts to groan, much to the amusement of the children watching, and your helper of course! Measuring approximately 46cm in length and made entirely from hard wearing ABS plastic it is built to last. For ordering info visit: 21.11.09


The Academy of Magic have added a video documentary of the IBM British Ring Fringe to their site, featuring an interview with Fay Presto and performance clips from John Lenahan, Hyashi, Lee Hathaway and John Kimmons. Visit 21.11.09


The Manchurian Approach Training - Hypnosis for Magicians with Anthony Jacquin. 9am Saturday 12th - 4.30pm Sunday 13th December 2009 Concepts: Become The Hypnotist. Learn an observation/attitude-based hypnosis model. Learn how to perform with hypnosis. Apply it to magic and mentalism. No history and theory lessons. Just tuition and practice. Mixture of classroom training and public performance. The cost of the course is £399. Book with deposit by emailing expressing your interest. The trainers are Anthony Jacquin, Kev Sheldrake and Amit Bad'ass'iani. Venue: Head Hacking, Shoreditch, London E2. For more information visit: 21.11.09


Geoff Williams will be presenting his "The Lecture Your Mother Never Gave You" lecture for Paisley Magic Circle at 7.30pm on Thursday 3rd December at their usual location, St Margaret's Church Hall in Renfrew. Geoff is the author of the critically acclaimed 2-DVD set "Miracles For Mortals". His DVD "The 'I Hate David Copperfield' Trick" reached number 2 on the Murphy's Magic Supplies bestsellers list last year. He has presented his lecture around the USA, including at the Magic Castle, the Las Vegas Magic Invitational and the Midwest Magic Jubilee and also in Italy and Australia. Before lecturing at Paisley, Geoff will be performing and lecturing at this year's International Magic Convention taking place next weekend in London. 21.11.09


Dynamo has a new showreel for 2010 (and it's excellent) Click Here • "Young Ewell magician wins award in London" Click Here • "Rise and fall of the Indian rope trick" Click Here • "Cyril’s magic set to conquer Asia" Click Here • "Magician David Copperfield pulls back the curtain on some lingering questions" Click Here • Seven Keys of Kalanag by Val Andrews is reviewed by Ian Keable this week, Click Here • Where do the best magic lecturers advertise their services? Here! • There are still a few seats left for Steve Dela's Fantasmagoria at The King's Head on Monday 23rd November. Don't miss Steve attempting a live bullet catch! King’s Head Box Office: 0844 209 0326 • UK magic acts The Twins and Stuart & Barry were featured on The World Magic Awards in the States on Thursday: • Alan Rorrison emails that he has launched some new iphone apps: Click Here • Pete Hathway is one of two magicians that have made it through to the final 12 in an online talent competition. The other magician is Steven Bridges. To vote for Pete visit - he'd really appreciate your support • Andy Nyman emails that unfortunately due to commitments on 'Ghost Stories' he has had to pull out of performing at the Blackpool convention next year • "Teen magician has magic in the blood" Click Here • "Staten Island teen wins top magician honors" Click Here • That's it! See you next week, Duncan. 21.11.09