Number 496 - 26th December 2009


Blackpool 2010 - Treat yourself to a VIP pass - you know you deserve it! If all you got were socks and a Marks & Sparks voucher for Christmas then perhaps you should treat yourself to a VIP pass to the greatest magic convention in the world - the Blackpool Magicians’ Club Convention, 19th to 21st February 2010. 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 too, as it allows the holder access to all the Convention events (except the After Gala Party)... that's all the lectures, shows, dealers, close-up sessions, competitions and reserved seats for the Saturday and Sunday theatre shows in the Blackpool Opera House, home of the Royal Variety Show 2009. For more information and to download a registration form visit 26.12.09


Russ Roberts is a North Wales based magician who has made leaps and bounds in 2009 in the world of magic. Russ is a multiple award winning magician with the North Wales Magic Circle in close-up, cabaret and stage magic. At the beginning of the year he performed for Channel 4 on "Come Dine with Me" and later in the year for the BBC on their "green season". Apart from this Russ has been to the Unites States three times this year to perform with The Pendragons and then as the newest cast member in Charlotte Pendragons new solo show. In June, Russ was at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and The California Magic Dinner Theater in San Francisco as headline performer; September saw him at The Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls for four shows and in November as a star performer at The Florida State Magic Convention, Daytona Beach. Russ is off to Gibraltar in February and then back to the States as part of Charlotte Pendragons show. 26.12.09


A surprise at the Blackpool Magicians' Club annual Christmas Party on December 16th in Hambleton was the presentation to Mike Gancia and Elizabeth Warlock of Lifetime Achievement Awards to magic by the president Alan Coventry. These awards took the form of large silver cups and an engraved base which will take pride of place in their home. Mike is currently president of the British Magical Society and Elizabeth is president-elect. 26.12.09


Carl Charlesworth performed alongside JLS, James Corden and a member of UB40 on Wednesday December 16th, for Rio Ferdinand’s ‘Live the Dream Foundation’ launch. Carl entertained Rio, Frank Lampard, Brian Friedman and Prince Azim of Brunei to name a few. Around 100 guests attended, including Simon Webbe, David Furnish and David Haye and top Premiership Football Players from Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. 26.12.09


Gandey's 2nd Annual International Winter Circus - Jersey: 26th December to 3rd January and Guernsey: 7th to 10th January. "Casting a magical spell of thrills and fun, Gandey’s International Christmas Circus is returning to Jersey and for the first time visiting Guernsey with a galaxy of Big Top stars performing their unique skills. Artistic Director Phillip Gandey has travelled more than 14,000 miles to choose the very best acts and artistes for the new show, and no one has more experience at judging Big Top stars! He was chairman of the judges on Sky One's hit reality TV series Cirque de Celebrité, which followed the dramas and traumas of celebrities as they attempted to perform circus feats. The stars include the internationally acclaimed illusionist Andrew Van Buren – one of the world’s most remarkable magicians. His amazing speciality act in which people are be cut in half and made to float, that even includes the mid-circus ring vanish of a motor cycle, is in demand throughout the world. He has just completed a sell-out season in Dubai and performed for members of the British Royal Family." 26.12.09


Owen Lean graduated in 2006 from Trinity College, Dublin with the world's first degree in Street Magic - and was back at college last week. Performing alongside other illustrious graduates in a cabaret celebrating 25 years of the drama department Owen performed his own rendition of Smash & Stab which has earned him several awards over the years and has been the staple of his street act for many years too 26.12.09


American Summer Arts Camp needs a Magician. "We are looking for a magician to stay at camp from June to August teaching private and small groups of campers all forms and styles of magic, culminating in shows. Free full room and board provided, plus salary and assistance getting your work visa. Please contact Geoff at or call me directly in America on 914 693 7111. We are 5 hours behind UK time. Thank you, Geoff Burnett." 26.12.09


Banstead Care & Share Balloon Fun Day. The Care & Share Balloon Fun days are back for 2010, with the next event taking place in Banstead on Wednesday 13th January from 10am to 6pm. For details visit: "Come along and join in the fun at these very friendly and formative balloon modelling days with three lectures throughout the day including one from the mystery lecturer. There are prizes to win in the fun competitions that go on during the day, including the 'one balloon challenge' and the hat competition. The day caters for all levels from the basic beginner to the more advanced twister. This day is unique as for the first time there will be two main lectures, Gerry Luff with a short talk on the history of balloon modelling plus a new mystery lecturer. A fun filled day for everyone - please note that the day is limited to a maximum of thirty people." For booking information visit: 26.12.09


Fantasmagoria Christmas Show. Following a successful launch in Brighton earlier this month Steve Dela’s “Fantasmagoria” returns to the King’s Head Theatre in London on Monday 28th December, at 7.30pm, for a special Christmas show. The show’s line up of performers includes Stephen Baker (Surrey Stage & Close-up champion), High Jinx (with Young Magician of the Year, Michael Jordan) and Ian Keable (Magic Circle Comedy Award Winner). All this fabulous live entertainment and comedy, plus Steve Dela as host delivering his usual brand of first rate stage magic. Suitable for all the family. Tickets are now on sale via the Theatre Box Office on 0844 209 0326 or 26.12.09


"My Magic Highlight of the Year" Click Here • "Slum Magician Claims Rope Trick Success" (includes video) Click Here • "Enter The Asylum with Keith Barry" Click Here • Put your cards away... Paul Gordon reveals another side to his talents, Click Here • Cranford, BBC1 Sunday 27th December at 9pm: Click Here (Paul Kieve was the magic consultant) • Very best wishes for 2010, Duncan. 26.12.09