Number 502 - 6th February 2010


Magic Is Real: A Fund-raising Event For The People of Haiti - This Wednesday, February 10th, at the Borough Bar, 8-18 London Bridge Street, London. Ian Rowland is putting together a remarkable evening and emails: "I’m delighted to say the amazingly talented singer Kirsty Newton has agreed to perform for us. Some say she can sing and play any song you ask for! As well as Kirsty we have top comedians Adam Bloom (photo) and Carey Marx, the wonderfully funny ‘stand-up chameleon’ Anil Desai, memory man Chris Hare, my friend James Brown who could teach Derren Brown a thing or two about mind control, sleight of hand artist Michael Vincent and many more (full details on the web page). This will be an evening of great entertainment!" £10 on the door - all the money goes to the disaster relief agencies in Haiti. Click Here for more info. 6.2.10


Conjuring at the Court New Year Show – 25th February. "The February features the subtle conjuring of award-winning magician Jon Allen, the fast-paced visual magic of Stephen Barry, comedy and powerful mind reading from Paul Martin, and Oliver Tabor’s extraordinary act with a violin and doves. The venue is the lovely theatre of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). It seats over 90 people comfortably and you can have a drink while watching the magic." Tickets £10.00. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Free parking after 6.30pm on adjacent roads. To book visit or buy on the door if any are left, this show does sell out. 6.2.10


Quentin Reynolds presents his one-man show The Psychic Game Show at The Lass O'Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB (Map) on Monday, 15th and Monday 22nd February at 8pm. All seats £5.00. Presented in game show format, Quentin and his audience will explore the psychic and the paranormal, using intuition, hunches, psychometry and telepathy. The show promises to have audiences both laughing and feeling amazed, and there's the chance to win prizes too! Reviewing Quentin's show in The Irish Independent, Nick Kelly wrote: "If you're the kind of person who thinks that people like Uri Geller should be beaten with a sharp spoon, Quentin Reynolds show will have you reaching for the cutlery only so that you can eat humble pie." Experience a fun and amazing evening. More details and directions: 6.2.10


The Magic Car Boot Sale, bigger and better than ever - West Bromwich, tomorrow! Alec Powell has a new venue for his Car Boot Sales for 2010; The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map). The first sale for 2010 will be held on Sunday 7th February. Admission £4.00. Doors open 9.30am. Hot refreshments and licensed bar. Free Parking. With over 25 stalls including many dealers and some special promotions too! Craig Petty will be attending on behalf of World Magic Shop demonstrating many of his released effects and will be giving a few sneak previews of products we will be launching at the Blackpool Convention. For further information contact Alec Powell 07831 115 448. 6.2.10


Showzam Festival. The UK’s only festival dedicated to circus, magic and new variety runs over the February half-term (12th-21st February). Olivier award-winning La Clique headline. Critics and audiences alike cannot find the words to describe a La Clique show, concluding that you simply have to go and experience it for yourself. Other Showzam highlights inspired by the great British traditions of circus, cabaret, magic and variety include the stunning acrobatics of Ockham’s Razor with their new show The Mill, Spymonkey’s surreal and absurd take on the tale of Moby Dick. Complementing this line-up of critically acclaimed shows are some of the hottest new variety acts currently on the circuit. This includes Australian hula queen Marawa, the irrefutable Miss Behave (photo), American operatic Diva Le Gateau Chocolat, World runner-up same sex ballroom dancers the Sugar Dandies, Hula Boy Elvis, Mrs Barbara Nice and burlesque star Amber Topaz. Visit 6.2.10


RSVPMagic will launch the 'The Step System' DVD project starring close-up magician Lee Smith, at the upcoming Blackpool Magic Convention in two weeks: "So what is ‘The Step System’? Well it stands for Simple Tricks Extraordinary Power and proves that you can get fantastic reactions and make a great living performing effects that really are simple to do. Each DVD runs for nearly two hours, featuring 14 superb routines with cards, rubber bands, business cards and lighters. Jeff McBride said of Lee's work 'Great stuff! Practical real world magic from an experienced pro!' Included on volume 1 is a free PDF copy of Lee's Walkabout lecture notes which inspired the project and normally retail for £10.00. To see just how strong the magic is watch the reactions on the trailer at" For a limited time RSVPMagic are also including a free DVD with all orders containing five complete routines with explanations from Matthew J. Dowden, Mel Mellers, Mark James, James Brown and James Prince.   6.2.10


The Order of The Magi Annual Dinner and Cabaret. Geoffrey Newton PRO emails: The Annual Dinner and Cabaret this year takes place on Saturday 20th March 2010 at our headquarters The Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester. Tickets for a four course meal and three part cabaret are only £30 which makes remarkably good value for money. Providing the entertainment this year is the sophisticated dove act of Danny Jewell who won both the Northern Magic Circle trophies recently. We have the comedy magic of Martyn James and superb illusions from Andrew Green. The President (Ian Ball) and Council are looking forward to seeing our guest of honour Shirley Ray, President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring 25 (pictured) together with her husband Dave Cass whose musical skills are well known to British Ring conventioneers. Shirley is known internationally for her expertise in the area of balloon modelling and has won many awards on this particular subject. Shirley is a Past President of Leeds Magical Society and a Member of The Magic Circle. Put the date in your diary now 20th March 2010. All information is on Tickets are available from Ian Ball at or telephone 01457 835990. 6.2.10


Manchester Irish World Heritage Centre. On Sunday 31st January 2010 The Order of The Magi President Ian Ball MMC headed a small delegation from the society to meet His Excellency Bobby McDonagh The Irish Ambassador (left of picture) where the official launch of the plans for the new Manchester Irish World Heritage Centre took place. The event was opened by Michael Ford, Chairman of the centre, who with the aid of a projected power point went through all the features this new centre will have. It includes a theatre, conference centre, restaurant, meeting rooms and gardens. After this the Ambassador made a formal speech about the exciting new venture and how he hoped to return to Manchester to see progress of construction now scheduled to be completed by November 2011. He then went on to meet representatives of groups who use the centre and talked enthusiastically with Ian about magic and our long standing association with the existing Irish Centre. After some light refreshments it was time to return home through the snow feeling The Magi had something really wonderful to look forward to in the way of a new headquarters in the now not too distant future. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 6.2.10


Craig Petty will presents his 'Accessible Coin Magic' lecture for The Chester Guild of Magicians at 8pm on Monday 8th February. Visiting magicians welcome for £5 entrance. Venue: The Bull & Stirrup, Upper Northgate Street, Chester CH1 4EE (Map). Contact Steve Cooil 01244 881462 for details. 6.2.10


Mark Leveridge Magic is pleased to announce the arrival of its 'New Releases for 2010'. The items are: The Commercial Card Magic of Mark Leveridge Volume 1, which is the first of four projected volumes of Mark's commercial card magic containing 15 effects; Ring And String Deluxe, the ultimate instruction package for 6 ring moves including a DVD, a reference booklet and 3 metres of thin rope; Impossible!, which is a killer card effect for walkabout; Vacation Destination, a simple to do prediction effect for tables; the Mini Leveridge Envelope, which is Mark's versatile gimmicked envelope made in a size that's designed for use with Bicycle cards and business cards; Unavoidable Destiny - Reloaded, an improved and streamlined handling for Mark's version of the Brainwave Deck. Online video dems and full details on all the above are available now from 6.2.10


Congratulations to 'Simon Says' on becoming the Watford Association of Magicians' Children's Entertainer of the Year 2009/2010. The evening, which took place on December 29th, was attended by 50 children who acted as judges for the event. Each act had up to 15 minutes to impress the judges as best they could. and once all the acts had performed, the children placed a ball into the box of their favourite entertainer. Simon said "I'm very thrilled and excited to receive the title and am glad I have something to show for all the hard work I have put in over this past year!" To find out more about 'Simon Says' visit 6.2.10


Lecture by Ali Cardabra. Ali Cardabra will be presenting his 'It's Only a Gimmick' lecture at the London Society of Magicians on Friday 12th February. Tickets are£10.00, contact Bob Pamplin on 020 8504 0979 or email Venue: Davenports Magic Studio, 5, 6 & 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ (Map). 6.2.10


Michael J Fitch has been invited by Colchester United to make an appearance at Weston Homes Community Stadium, on Monday 8th February. He will be performing a little magic at half time on the big screen entertaining over 8,000 football fans! 6.2.10


Kirstie’s looking for a little magic... From Channel 4: "Kirstie's back (Kirstie’s Homemade Home - Series 2) and this time she's here to help you! We're looking for potential contributors to take part in the second series of Kirstie's Homemade Home. Kirstie wants to help people create their own dream interiors using reclaimed and restored second-hand furniture and handmade objects from fantastic craftsmen and women around the country. We are currently looking for people with interesting occupations. If you would like to apply please email and describe your home, your budget and why you think it needs Kirstie's help to turn it into a homemade home." 6.2.10


The Working Magician. "The Working Magician is an in-depth look into the different types of work available for magicians in the light entertainment field. Over the course of the book Scott explores holiday parks, ferries, fly-back work, pantomimes, children’s parties and cruise ships. Each section gives you valuable advice on getting the booking, suitable material to use, venues and stages, types of audiences, dealing with agents, showcases and lots more hints and tips to help you succeed in these areas. Scott Pepper has been a working magician for over 10 years and has performed all over the world. He has performed in many different types of venues and for many different types of audiences in the UK and abroad and has certainly had his share of ups and downs..." Visit for more info and to order. Also, coming soon, free audio downloads of interviews with working magicians from around the world. Scott will be armed with his microphone at the Blackpool convention. If you would like to contribute you are invited to email Scott at Facebook users may also like to visit Scott's 'Working Magician' Facebook page where magicians can talk about aspects of the business and add links to products, websites and more. 6.2.10


Jon Allen is back in the USA having been granted a work visa. He is currently in Columbus, Ohio performing and lecturing at the Magi-Fest convention. His stage performance will include a first showing of the stage version of his effect 'The Silent Treatment'. Jon will be returning to the USA in May, to present a mini lecture tour on the East Coast. 6.2.10


Zane's Magic Shop - Cuff-Linked: "The magician casually shows and removes his stylish playing card cuff links and says 'I’ll show you a trick with them'. He starts off performing a one in the hand, one in the pocket routine where the cuff link placed in the pocket always returns to the hand'. Then for the finale both cuff links are placed in a spectators hand and the magician asks 'Have you ever wondered why they call them cuff links?' The spectator is then asked to open their hand and to everyone’s amazement the cuff links are now inexplicable linked permanently together!" Find out more, visit 25 new products have just been added to the website, including video demonstrations too. 6.2.10


Casting Call For French TV. "Magic families wanted for a prime time Live show on the French channel TF1 "Is magic a family passion? You have a magic act that you perform with one or several members of your family (such as Quick Change, The Laser pen illusion, etc...) Contact us to come perform in Paris and get a chance to win €15,000. All the travel expenses (train tickets, meals, hotel room) will be covered by our company. Please make contact by email: or or by phone: +33 1 40 53 46 08" Thank you very much! Aurélia Couturier. 6.2.10


Mike Stokes The Balloon Man has been re-booked for the 5th year running to perform at the Intech Science Park near Winchester. He will perform five 20 minute magic shows per day during school holidays throughout the year, no doubt the odd balloon model will also make an appearance! 6.2.10


John Derris is doing  well following the heart attack which he suffered on January 23rd. He was immediately rushed into hospital and only came out on Monday, 1st February. I talked to John two days ago and he told me he'd been over-doing it over the Christmas period, so is now taking it very easy for the next few weeks... but he sounded great. He's got his Mac out so I'm sure he'd love to hear from friends via his email address: 6.2.10


Dennis Collins MIMC. Alan Maskell writes: It's my sad duty to report the passing of Dennis Collins MIMC. As 'Uncle Dennis and Auntie Jean', Dennis and his late wife entertained hundreds of thousands of children in East Anglia and on the South Coast with their holiday and schools road safety shows, the latter featuring their living marionettes. Never one to blow his own trumpet, Dennis was one of the best children's entertainers around and remained well known long after his retirement, indeed a recent archive photograph of one of his shows in the local paper elicited a big response of warm memories and he was often approached by people who recognised Uncle Dennis from their childhood. A stalwart of The Pentacle Club and inspiration to many a fledgling magician, Dennis will be missed by many. His funeral takes place at Cambridge Crematorium (on A14) on Tuesday 16th February at 12.45pm. 6.2.10


"The mathematics of magic" Click Here • "Meet magic Morgan: Britain's youngest illusionist at just six years old" Click Here • "Why Have Women Magicians Vanished? Working magicians conjure up rationales — both beneficial and baneful — for why so few women perform magic." Click Here • "HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust present - 'Colin McLeod - He'll read your mind and you'll like it!'" Click Here • Johnny Fantastica will be performing his crazy magic comedy show 'Doctor Deaf' at the Reading Centre for the Deaf, Reading, on Saturday 13th February at 8pm • 'Love and Other Magic Tricks' (John Van der Put and company) plays the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth on Friday 12th February, and Chris Cox reviews the show this week, Click Here • Many thanks for your news items - see you next week, Duncan. 6.2.10