Number 501 - 30th January 2010


7th South Tyneside International Magic Festival, 8th - 14th March. The climax of the week-long festival, which runs in South Shields from Monday, March 8th, will be the return of the popular three-day magic convention featuring a mixture of master classes, lectures and close-up magic, running from Friday March 12th until Sunday March 14th. Performers set to lead masterclasses during the event include Swedish magician Lennart Green, humourist Tim Sonefelt and American mentalist Joshua Quinn, who will be appearing in the UK for the very first time. There will also be a very special appearance by Simon Drake, star of The Secret Cabaret and creator of the London-based House of Magic, who will be appearing via video link to talk about his experiences and answer questions from the audience. Ticket holders for the convention at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival can also attend both of the festival’s main Gala Shows, which will be held at the Customs House on Friday March 12th and Saturday March 13th, as well as being given admission and transportation to a special Midnight Show, which will be held at the Sea Hotel on Friday, March 12th. The line-up for these shows includes all three of the convention’s masterclass leaders, as well as illusionist and world-record breaking escapologist Shahid Malik (photo), and comedian Brad Manuel, who is making his first ever visit to the UK in order to compere Friday’s Gala Show.

Award-winning British magician Richard McDougall will also be taking to the Customs House stage on March 13th for a short talk on the international magic industry, while Michael J Fitch, star of Channel 4’s Freaky Magic and the BBC show Sorcerer’s Apprentice, will present an audience with legendary magician Wayne Dobson. The South Tyneside International Magic Festival is organised by South Tyneside Council with help from former President of the Newcastle Magic Circle, Martin Duffy. Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member Culture and Wellbeing said: "It is a real coup for the Borough to once again host entertainment from these top international performers and magic enthusiasts from all over the world. I'm certain that this will be a brilliant event with many delegates returning year after year to enjoy the great location, friendly atmosphere and professionalism of the convention here in South Tyneside."

Tickets for the convention, which is supported by The Customs House theatre and sponsored by Newcastle-based magic dealer MagicBox, are priced at £65 per person, with an additional charge for anyone wishing to attend a master class session. For more information, including a full list of events and how to book, visit


Blackpool 2010. VIP and Gold registrations - sold out! All VIP and Gold registrations for the Blackpool Magicians’ Club Convention (February 19th - 21st) have now been sold. If you are lucky, you may still be able to buy a Silver Card. This includes entry to all the events on Friday and Saturday as well as daytime events on Sunday (but not the Sunday Gala Show). A Silver Card costs just £50 for adults and £30 for juniors which represents excellent value for money. Email Registration Officer, Arthur Casson,, or telephone + 44 (0) 1253 393688, to check availability. Photo: David Williamson! 30.1.10


Queens of Magic! If you're going to the Blackpool Magic Convention this year, why not take in the Queens of Magic featuring Fay Presto, Mandy Muden, Romany Diva of Magic (photo), and a host of glamorous male assistants. The show runs from Wednesday 17th February to the matinee on Saturday 20th, which means you could squeeze it in on the Thursday night before the convention starts. Visit for more info. 30.1.10


The Innovention, Las Vegas. News just in from Paul Stone: Some more news about The Innovention which will be of particular interest to UK based magicians. In response to several requests, we have decided to put together a fabulous 'Magical Trip of a Lifetime' from 3rd - 11th October to attend The Innovention. It includes Direct flights, Transfers, 8 Nights at the superb Suncoast Hotel & Casino, Full Registration for The Innovention, an exclusive VIP Reception with the 'Stars', Best Tickets to 'World Stars of Magic' and also to the Mac King Show. Full details are on the website

Latest Hot News is that we've booked Joanie Spina (photo) the renowned Choreographer and Lead Dancer from David Copperfield's first ten TV Specials for a 'hands-on' Workshop and an extra 'ground breaking' session. Joanie is without doubt one of the top experts in her field, and it is a real coup to have her involved. Anyone who attended either the 'Ultimate Performers Workshop' in Las Vegas or the British Ring Convention in Southport in 2007, will know just how valuable Joanie's sessions are to a performer. David Hemingway wrote after seeing her Lecture at Southport "In fifty years of attending Conventions, I've never seen anyone who came even close to being as inspirational. What Joanie gave us was worth the price of the Convention, and moreover she did it with enormous grace, kindness and humanity as well as authority."


Derren Brown - Something Wicked This Way Comes is being repeated at 10.50pm on Thursday 11th February. A specially televised version of Derren Brown's award-winning live show, fusing magic, suggestion and psychology. Filmed in front of a packed audience at the Old Vic in London. 30.1.10


Merlins of Wakefield announce that on the Wednesday 10th February they will be staging a special event. Edwin A. Dawes and Steven Short will be presenting a lecture on the life of David Nixon, including special events, and clips from his many TV appearances. The new book, David Nixon - Entertainer With the Magic Touch, will be available to buy, signed by the authors. Edwin and Steven interviewed David's many friends and loved ones to present a full portrait of his life. Lavishly illustrated using family photographs, publicity posters and television stills, this is a truly enchanting book. This is a reservation-only event. For more details and to reserve a space telephone 01924 339933. Spaces are strictly on a first come basis. 30.1.10


JB Magic - New UK and US websites. JB Magic have redesigned their websites: and - have a look and see what's new! 30.1.10


Houdini artefacts now on display. "Locks and handcuffs used by famous escapologist Harry Houdini are about to go on display at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. The amazing artefacts are on show as part of the BBC’s 'History of the World in 100 Objects' project. They were once owned by Sheffield-born Randolph Douglas, an expert lock picker and magician who performed in the early 1900s as Randini. Douglas was a friend and adviser to Houdini and helped devise one of his most famous escapes – from a straitjacket while hung upside down..." Read the full story on the Derbyshire County Council website Click Here. 30.1.10


Magic's Most Amazing Stories... "Reports from the road, at the airport, technical problems, hecklers, lost props, fire, animal mishaps and anything else you can think of is all here! Get an inside look to what happens to the pros while they travel and work in this exciting profession. With tales from Houdini, Doug Henning, Dai Vernon, Larry Jennings, Charlie Miller, Tony Slydini, Tommy Cooper, Jimmy Grippo, Martin Nash, Harry & Gay Blackstone, Billy McComb, Jeff Hobson, Mac King, Mike Finney, Dana Daniels, Tom Burgoon, Tom Ogden, Gazzo and many more." Visit for more info and to order. 30.1.10


Mel Harvey is off to Dubai as part of a cultural exchange organised by The Stratford upon Avon Tourist office next week. For nearly a year now Mel has been one of the official guides for the Stratford Town Ghost Walks, showing visitors the more haunted Shakespearean houses in the Town. In addition to the ghostly goings on Mel has been presenting some spooky magic on the tour, culminating in the levitation of the "close up" table. The Burj Tower in Dubai is now officially the highest tower block in the World and Mel is hoping that his table will float at least some of the way up! This will be Mel's second visit to The United Arab Emerites as it was one of the destinations on a cruising contract last year. The idea caught on that it would be a good opportunity to publicise the new high rise Burj Tower in Dubai and "The Magic of Dubai" with some magic with a high rise table. Mel promises to bring back some interesting photos when the event takes place around the 8th February. Mel will be back in time for The Blackpool Convention and looks forward to meeting friends and customers, old and new. 30.1.10


Magic Venue for Camden Crwal Music Festival, London. Because of the growing popularity of magic among younger crowds, Camden Crawl Music Festival has decided to host a magic venue for the first time ever this year, alongside the 40 other music and comedy venues. It will be organised by Pete Hathway, and will feature a range of different magic from different people, including comedy/mentalism/cabaret and possibly even small illusions, interspersed with music from top bands. Pete is open to submissions from people looking to perform (anything from 5 to 45 minutes). Fees are available for the right acts, plus expenses, food and drink and VIP access to the rest of the festival... The biggest incentive, however, would be the massive exposure that would come with playing what is one of the biggest and most popular festivals in England, including massive coverage in all the London press, on MTV (official sponsors of the Crawl), and online. The date is Saturday the 1st of May, and there are slots available all afternoon, into the early evening. Anyone interested in getting involved and opening up their magic to a new crowd should email Pete, regardless of genre, with their details and any relevant links (showreel/CV/website etc) to (Pete emails: "Listing deadlines are looming, so the sooner they get in touch, the more publicity they will get!). 30.1.10


Dobson's Choice, Special Effects is reviewed by Ian Keable this week. "For me, though, the ‘pièce de résistance’ are two effects direct from Wayne’s cabaret act. A great re-working on the Invisible Deck (incorporating a superb way of doing the magician’s force), where the chosen card is found folded in a purse; and his five card repeat. The latter is one of the best opening tricks I have seen from any magician: when Wayne did it, fast paced and with a drum beat highlighting his words and actions, it was a joy to watch. And here you have not only the exact method used but also the patter..." To read the full review, Click Here. 30.1.10


Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson aim to terrify audiences with their new stage production Ghost Stories. They combine their passion for the macabre from their work on Derren Brown's stage shows and The League of Gentlemen. Kirsty Lang talks to them about the lack of thrillers in theatre... 'listen again' via the Radio 4 website: Click Here (at 1.34 min). "Ghost Stories co-creator Nyman in Playhouse role" Click Here. Book now: Liverpool, London. 30.1.10


Adrian Sullivan lecture - Merlin Magical Society. On Thursday 4th February Adrian Sullivan will lecture for The Merlin Magical Society. Doors open at 7.30pm and the lecture runs from 8pm to 10pm. Entry for non members is £5. Visit for more information and a map. 30.1.10


Steve Dela has just launched his 2010 Lecture and Two Disc DVD set, entitled "Work and Play", which is being released in conjunction with The Magic Cave. The first run sold out at Steve's Magic Circle lecture two weeks ago. This is the world's first magic DVD to include a revolutionary "screen flip" option, which reverses the view for both left and right handed magicians. Steve Dela is a two-time British Ring IBM Close-up winner and a former Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year winner. Both the DVD and lecture include his full award winning professional repertoire, his views on the current magic scene and lots of hints, tips and suggestions on how to effectively market yourself. For 2010, so far, Steve has been invited to 4Fs in New York, and to headline at the Irish IBM Convention in May. If you would like to book Steve to lecture at your Magic Club or Society email 30.1.10


Mister Meech's Merged Mail-Outs by Oliver Meech. Year One. All 26 issues of Oliver's newsletter in one place. 13 effects, 13 ideas, 13 links. Magic with playing cards, photos, pizza and more. Plus bonus card trick 'Walking Fingers'. With new layout and index. 95 pages. The ebook costs £9.99 and is available from Ian Keable reviews Mister Meech's Merged Mail-Outs this week, Click Here. 30.1.10


The Order of the Magi is holding a Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 9th February at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF (Map) commencing at 7.30pm, with viewing from 6.30pm. Lot numbers are now available so if you need one please contact Max Townsend Entertainments Officer on 07800 618218 or email Details are on "Door charge £3 so do come along as there might be there the very thing you are looking for!" 30.1.10


Last week Andrew Green took first place in the Blackpool Magicians’ Club - Close Up Magician of The Year 2010 competition. He also managed to scoop the award for the best card trick on the night as well, which was an added surprise. Andrew has recently been consulting on a magic feature for Channel 5’s Gadget Show and has a busy year lined up with the Blackpool/ FISM Convention team together with a calendar full of UK and international performances of his own to fit in. 30.1.10


Chris Cox UK tour. "The UK’s most exciting mind-reader who can’t read minds, Chris Cox is renowned for his incredible ability to predict the unpredictable. He will bring his award-winning five-star Edinburgh 2009 show to the Pleasance theatre Islington for a short run. Unleashing the dormant mind-reader in every audience member, Chris envisions a perfect world where the mundane can be magical, getting a seat on the train is always assured, the objects of your desire always find you irresistible – and even winning the lottery could be a possibility." Click Here for venues and dates. 30.1.10


From Yateley, Hampshire to Blackpool - assistance required. If any reader is travelling up to the Blackpool Convention by car and could help transport a number of boxes containing copies of the newly published book 'Beating a Dead Horse: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall' written by his son, Sandy (Sandy will be lecturing at the convention), please email the MagicWeek office so that we can pass on the relevant details. There are 12 boxes in all, weighing 25 lbs each. Any assistance with any number of boxes would be gratefully received. 30.1.10


Mysticals Top Hat Family Magic Bar. The opening of the 'Mysticals Top Hat Family Magic Bar' in Blackpool has been set for Wednesday 10th February. Some tickets are still available by contacting Alan Chesteron 01253 408893 (Alan is also offering help with arranging B&B accommodation nearby at £20 per person, per night). 30.1.10


Magic in Chester. Barnaby emails: "On Wednesday 24th February, a magic meeting (we hesitate to call it a club) will be starting at The Bridge Inn, Chester on Tarvin Road. The inaugural meeting will start at 7.30pm, with a short lecture/dealer dem by Barnaby at 8pm. The emphasis of the meeting is on the amateur/hobbyist magician, although anyone of any skill level will be made welcome. We would like to point out that there is already a Magic Society in Chester called Chester Guild of Magicians and that our meetings are certainly not intended to compete with their evenings. Members of Chester Guild, or any other societies, will, of course, be welcome to come along. We currently intend to hold our meetings on the last Wednesday of the month. If you require any information, please email Barnaby at" 30.1.10


Magic Sale. Mark Worgan is selling his complete stock from his magic store. Close-up Magic, Children's Magic, Cabaret Magic... "I need to sell it all so any reasonable offer invited, visit to see what's there. Prices are retail on the site, negotiation on wholesale." Email 30.1.10


Magic, 1400s-1950s by Caveney & Steinmeyer - this is the one that they are all talking about. Hardcover, 670 pages, 50.6cm x 32.8cm x 7.6 cm and available from right now for just £86.75 (saving 36%) with free delivery Click Here • "Steve Wyrick Theatre a dark monument to struggling Vegas showrooms" Click Here • "Authorities: David Copperfield's accuser charged with lying to police" Click Here • "OMG! Did you see that? Young illusionist's slick, stunt-based show is magic for the Jackass generation" Click Here • Your UK news is always welcome. Please remember the strict Friday 12 noon deadline, and try to include a photo to bring your story to life. See you next week, Duncan. 30.1.10