Number 497 - 2nd January 2010


Death Defying Acts. The year is 1926, and Houdini (Guy Pearce) is a household name. Isolated by fame and drowning in regret over having not been present to hear his mother's last words, Houdini announces that he will pay $10,000 to anyone who can prove spiritual contact with his deceased mother. But in his determination to prove that there is life after death, he becomes the target of countless charlatans, scam artists, and self-proclaimed spiritualists... Starring Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Timothy Spall. 8.30pm on Monday 4th January on BBC 2, see TV Magic. 2.1.10


Magic Night, Friday 8th January, Madame JoJo’s, London: "For January, Magic Night has teamed up with the charity AddAction to raise money and we bring you: Magic Night does One Trick Pony…. This is for Holly. January, a new year with new tricks at Magic Nights One Trick Pony and this time it’s for charity! We bring you the some of the best tricksters around all performing some new and clever tricks at Magic Night. Judging the best trick will be Barry and Stuart’s magic horse's head, who, along with the audience, will decide which magic pony wins - the winner gets to body surf across the audience. Neigh, neigh no groping! With master manipulator Oliver Tabor, the infamous Barry and Stuart, hilarious trickster Alan Hudson, Lee Hathaway, Neil Henry, James Pritchard, Dark Mistress of magic Careena Fenton and a musical dance interlude from Madame Galina the fat ballerina. All expertly compered by our modern day Tommy Cooper, Christian Lee. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to AddAction the UK’s largest specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity, working with 26,000 people every year. They also work with children like Holly, growing up in families where mum or dad has a drink or drug problem." Doors open at 7.00pm, Show starts at 7.45pm, Tickets £10 or supper and show ticket: show ticket plus dinner for two: £40. Tickets can be bought at Ticket Web or Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SP (Map) 020 7734 3040 2.1.10


Hey Presto Show, March 20th, Bingley. Tickets for Bradford Magic Circle's annual 'Hey Presto' production are now available. This year's show, held at Bingley Arts Centre, will star current Young Magician of the Year winner Michael Jordan, the brilliant Terry Herbert, current Bradford Magic Circle President Jon Harris, Sibling rivalry and Illusions via 'High Jinx' (photo) and The Spotlight Dancers. The show always sells out, so book early via, telephone 01274 432000. Tickets are also available from Keighley and Shipley Information shops, The Council Shop and Travel Options on Main Street Bingley, or any Bradford Council ticket agency. 2.1.10


David Blaine's Vertigo is being repeated on Friday 8th January on Channel 4 (TV Magic), offering a chance to once again see David Blaine's famous stunt, when he attempted to balance on top of a small freestanding pillar, 100 feet above the streets of New York, for 35 hours. With no food, water, or sleep Blaine tested his physical and emotional endurance to the limit. 2.1.10


Mini Magic Sale - Hammersmith, London. On Saturday January 9th, Andy Nyman and Anthony Owen will be having a mini-magic clear-out for the new year. There will be lots of books, tricks and 'stuff' on offer at very reasonable prices. The sale is at The Hepsibah Gallery, 112 Brackenbury Road, Hammersmith, London W6 0BD (Map). They'll be open from 10am-4pm so why not drop in for a coffee and some great second hand magic. First come, first served! 2.1.10


An Evening of Enchantment, 12th February, Colchester. "Join Dr Todd, the world's first Metaphysical Magician for an Evening of Enchantment, which explores magical, mystical, and mysterious realms. The journey will take you through stories from your childhood, Victorian madness, historical psychic events, and scholar magicians from the past. The evening features live demonstrations, experiments, and interactions that will leave your jaw dropped, your mind boggled, and the child inside you awakened." Tickets £10 (£8 concessions). 12th February, 2010 at the Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AT (Map) Telephone: 01206 366000 2.1.10


Four Appearing Guitars From Suitcase! "An absolutely astonishing appearing act where you produce not one but four full size guitars from a suitcase. The guitars are made of wood and look like the real thing." Visit for more info, additional photos and to order. 2.1.10


Des & Cherry King are currently onboard MS Insignia in the middle of their winter contract for Oceania Cruises. The ship is cruising in South America and on Christmas Day they, together with cruise director David Peterson, dressed as Santa Claus, and went along to Aldeas Infantiles SOS, which is an orphanage in Montevideo, Uruguay. Santa delivered Christmas gifts bought with contributions given by officers and staff on board, and Des & Cherry entertained the children with some magic. It was a great day; the children really appreciated the visit and Des, Cherry and David really enjoyed sharing their Christmas Day with the children 2.1.10


Adrian Sullivan will present his 'Easy Miracles' lecture at Bolton Magician's Club on Wednesday 6th January at the Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton at 8.30 pm. Adrian is perhaps best known for the card effect 'Eliminator' and his ability to make performing good magic seem easy. Visiting magician's from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £5. Adrian Sullivan's website is Please refer to the club's website for directions to the Doffcocker Inn or telephone Jim Hodgkiss on 01204 522651. 2.1.10


Sleight Out of Hand... CSI: New York - 12 midnight on Sunday 3rd January on Five USA: "After a string of magic-trick inspired murders occur, including a woman being cut in half while inside a wooden box and a man being burned to death, Mac and Stella try to tie popular illusionist Luke Blade (Criss Angel) to the crimes. Meanwhile, Danny goes to Montana to support Lindsay as she testifies against the man who murdered her friends." See TV Magic. 2.1.10


Questions, Questions, BBC Radio 4. Can you protect your magic invention rights? That was the question posed in 'Questions, Questions' on Thursday 31st December (towards the last 10 minutes of the programme). To 'listen again' Click Here. 2.1.10


Joan Raffles. Sad news to relate that Joan Raffles, Mark's wife, passed away on Boxing Day. Mark and Joan were married for 60 years and she spent a large amount of that time assisting him on stage. Of a sunny nature she will be sorely missed by her many friends in magic and beyond. 2.1.10


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