Number 510 - 3rd April 2010


Congratulations to Bob Hamilton on being awarded the 2010 David Berglas Award, presented to him by David Berglas, at the annual British Magical Society Awards Dinner held in Birmingham on March 27th. For almost 30 years Bob has been behind the video camera at all the major magic events in the country. Bob will join such luminaries as Paul Daniels, John Fisher, Geoffrey Durham, Eddie Dawes and Alan Shaxon to name just a few of the recipients of this award. The award was instigated in 1988 with Peter Warlock being the first to receive it. MagicWeek featured Bob in our 'Magic Profile' series back in 2001, Click Here. 3.4.10


Max Somerset, star of television's Max Magic, Undercover Magic and Sorcerers Apprentice heads the magical line-up at Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s on Friday, 16th April. Max, an undisputed magical Einstein, walks a fine line between genius and madness with devastating effect! Oliver Tabor, Matt Hennem, AJ The Escapologist, James Pritchard and Neil Henry join Max for an evening that promises many magical surprises. Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7.45pm, Tickets £10 (or supper and show ticket £20.00) from or Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SP (Map) 020 7734 3040 3.4.10


An Audience with Paul Daniels, Devon. "Paul Daniels is without doubt one of the most accomplished magicians in the World and certainly one of the most exciting. Add to that a unique comedy style and you have a complete entertainer and one of the funniest men in show business. In the world of TV no-one has enjoyed more success and from the moment he burst onto television, his magic shows topped the ratings. A recent book on TV facts calls him 'the most successful TV magician of the 20th century'. His creative genius enabled him to produce consistently stunning shows, never rivaled in spectacle, covering the full range of the world of entertainment magic from small 'close-up' effects to enormous outside broadcast illusions..." Join Paul Daniels for an evening full of magic, comedy and entertainment. Friday 16th April at 8pm. Tickets £16/£15/£14 Box Office: 01805 624624. The Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8HQ (Map). For more tour dates Click Here. 3.4.10


Master Pickpocket James Freedman has recently been working on a short film due to be shown on Channel 4 this summer. ‘Dip’ written by Simon Lewis and directed by Lisa Gornick, is a short film about a street pickpocket called Jason played by Robert Sheehan, star of Channel 4’s Misfits, and his interaction with Asad, one of his victims played by Said Mohamed. James choreographed all the pickpocket sequences and taught Robert the necessary skills for his role as a street thief. “Simon had captured some of the psychology that street pickpockets use to confuse and distract their victims. Lisa was brilliant at explaining her vision and really wanted to convey the pickpocket’s incredible skill in these key scenes.” said James. James Freedman can be seen on the other side of the screen in July, as one of the speakers at The Essential Magic Conference, the world’s first web conference for magicians featuring 33 speakers over 3 days. James Freedman runs the UK's largest specialist magic agency. 3.4.10


50th Bristol Day of Magic - May 9th. The Bristol Society of Magic celebrates its 50th Bristol Day of Magic on Sunday May 9th with a gala show will starring Belgium illusionist Rafael and FISM first prize winner Pilou from France (photo). The close-up shows will see first time visits from Michael Vincent and Etienne Pradier, together with the welcome return of David Stone. Graham Jolley will be appearing on the gala show together with John Kimmons and Roy Davenport. Geoffrey Durham provides the main lecture of the day with Ian Keable featured in the special one man show. A 50th anniversary night before get together is also planned for those in the vicinity with further details to be announced. With no increase in the £30 registration price it will be a bargain day featuring close-up shows, lectures, a gala show, a special one man show and of course over 25 dealers! Registration forms will be mailed to past registrants over the next few weeks and will also be available for download via over the next week or from the registration officer Andy Mac, telephone 0117 942 2449. 3.4.10


Charlie Frye & Company - Eastbourne British Ring Convention, September. News from Bob Hayden: We are delighted that Charlie Frye & Company will be returning to our Convention in September. For many they were the highlight of the 2006 Convention with their unique original eccentric comedy act of juggling, sleight of hand, physical comedy and much more. Charlie Frye plays the rubber-faced put upon juggler/magician while Sherry Frye, his wife, is the elaborately bored beautiful assistant. Charlie amazes; Sherry yawns. They are the very personification of America’s rich vaudeville tradition who synthesize skills and a passionate love of their art into something classical yet undeniably fresh – something that astounds even as it entertains. Charlie has the accolade of often being compared to classic comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel and Dick van Dykey. For more info Click Here or visit 3.4.10


Innovention 2010 - update. News from Paul Stone: Update on The Innovation taking place at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from 4th-7th October 2010. I've just returned from Las Vegas where I met up with Jeff Hobson, Johnny & Pam Thompson, Kevin James, Joseph Gabriel, Bob Kohler, Shep Hyken and Joanie Spina, and they are all excited about being involved in the innovative shows and workshops we are planning for The Innovention.

This will be unlike any other Magic Convention. The Innovation will definitely not be an Annual Convention and there are no immediate plans for producing another one. I just felt that although there are many Magic Conventions to choose from, there was still room for a high quality event in Las Vegas featuring world class talent produced professionally at a great venue offering excellent facilities, and with the numbers carefully limited to ensure that everyone attending was treated like a VIP! We are currently on the verge of making a couple of major additions to the already impressive line-up of talent and will announce this news shortly.


The Essential Magic Conference, the world’s first web conference for magicians, will feature lectures and demonstrations by some of the most important thinkers in magic, including Anton Lopez (Spain), Apollo Robbins (United States), Barry Jones (United Kingdom), Cyril Takayama (Japan), Dani DaOrtiz (Spain), David Britland (United Kingdom), De'Vo Vom Schattenreich (Germany), Eric Mead (United States,) Gaetan Bloom (France), Gazzo (United Kingdom), Gene Matsuura (United States), Guy Hollingworth (United Kingdom), Helder Guimarães (Portugal), James Freedman (United Kingdom), Jason England (United States), Lennart Green (Sweden), Luis de Matos (Portugal), Marco Tempest (United States), Max Maven (United States), Miguel Angel Gea (Spain), Mike Caveney (United States), Paul Kieve (United Kingdom), Paulino Gil (Spain), Ponta The Smith (Japan), Richard McDougall (United Kingdom), Richard Wiseman (United Kingdom), Stan Allen (United States), Stuart Macleod (United Kingdom), Ton Onosaka (Japan), Topas (Germany), William Kalush (United States). You'll be able to watch the lectures live on your computer, or 'on-demand' immediately following their broadcast. There will be opportunities for you to interact with and question the conference speakers. And, as an additional bonus, every subscriber will receive a set of DVDs containing all the lectures. The EMC is being organised by Luis de Matos, Marco Tempest and David Britland. Visit for more information and to register. 3.4.10


The Official Sponsorship Pack for Magic Moments 2010 is now available here on This downloadable pack gives you all the info you will need to successfully stage your own magic moment on our annual Magic Moments Day this coming October. Click Here to download your free pack. Thanks for your support! Jay Fortune. 3.4.10


The Ulster Society of Magicians meeting on Monday April 12th will take place at The Stormont Hotel in Belfast. This is in preparation of their hosting of the IBM Irish Ring 85 convention from April 30th - May 2nd 2010, to show off the facilities on offer. The 'Press Launch' commences at 7.30pm for 8pm and is open to all. Sneak previews of the weekend's performers will be on offer, together with live performances and one (un)lucky guest will be sawn in half! 3.4.10


Leamington Day of Magic, Wednesday 23rd June. This all day midweek event, staged by The Leamington & Warwick Magic Society, always attracts busy working professionals and amateurs alike, and this year features something for everyone with lectures from Mark James, Dave Allen, Andrew Normansell, David Taylor, Graham Lee and Smudgy, a selection of dealers, and a competition for the Midlands Champion of Champions Close-Up Magician of the Year. Tickets cost just £20 each and include parking, a full English breakfast, lunch and afternoon barbecue (last year they sold out quickly!). Tickets are available from Mick on 07747 052 878. Time: 10am - 9.30pm. Venue: Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map) 3.4.10


Ian Adair, author of over 250 books on magic and originator of over 1,000 marketed tricks, has been writing his autobiography for the past year and a half. "You would think writing this would come easy to me, but it's not as easy as writing a text book. I have struggled at times, but it has been worth it in the end" Ian admitted. Amongst many things, his book deals with his 36 years at The Supreme Magic Company, and discusses, at length, the rise and fall of the firm, which became the largest of its kind in the world. Ian also reveals his methods for originating magical effects. "Dealing" with Magic - The Rise & Fall of The Supreme Magic Company, is scheduled to be published in November 2010. 3.4.10


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic. Travis Perkins is pleased to announce the date for the 18th Ferrybridge Day of Magic, Sunday 4th July 2010: "With two lecturettes, dealers and traders, the 27 minute workshop, the showette and contracts permitting another Question and Answer session, the day looks promising, and all for £3.50." Venue: The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ (Map). Doors open 9.45am. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Further information can be obtained from Travis Perkins or telephone Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500. 3.4.10


Magicseen -  Free 'taster' issues! Every two months the publishers of Magicseen will be posting a link on the Magicseen website to enable anyone to download a taster issue PDF of the UK's highly popular bi-monthly independent magazine completely free! Each taster issue will contain extracts from the current issue plus articles and features from earlier issues of the magazine and will be about half the number of pages of a regular issue. The taster issues will be made available about a month after a new edition of the magazine is released, giving anyone who is interested a quick and easy way to dip into some of the current issue's contents and also enjoy extra articles from the previous 5 years' worth of magazines. Your free taster issue of the magazine is just one click away! Visit 3.4.10


Bigblindmedia presents Cameron’s Francis’ Exchange Rate Inc. "Cameron Francis’ Exchange Rate gimmick allows you to make an eye popping change between a coin and a folded note. You borrow a coin from your spectator. He signs one side, you sign the other. You then offer to blow their mind. And if you can’t, you say, you’ll give them the note in your pocket (can be any currency!). Holding their signed coin at your very fingertips (sleeves rolled up), you give one tiny shake and you are now holding the note! No cover, and almost no sleight of hand. You then reach into your pocket (or have the spectator do it if you’re feeling brave), and retrieve the signed coin." And that's just for starters... find out more, visit 3.4.10


Labco launch MindBuster Mini. Two years after the original MindBuster was released LabcoMagic's new release MindBuster Mini is mini is a reality. Experience gained from producing the original MindBuster, feedback from their customers and many hours in the workshop developing and testing this latest version have resulted in this state-of-the-art prop that features everything the original had, but smaller! Email Soren Harbo for details or visit 3.4.10


The Associated Wizards of the South Centenary Convention. The AWS are celebrating their 100th year by staging a Centenary Convention on Sunday 11th April 2010 in Romsey, near Southampton. Artistes booked include Kostya Kimlat, Paul Gordon, Mike Stokes, James Brown, Mel Mellers, Mark Worgan and Tensai. Advance registrations are £20.00. For more information visit 3.4.10


Award Winning Illusionist Chris De Rosa returns to Flamingo Land Resort and Theme Park in North Yorkshire for a second season with a brand new illusion production show called Afterdark. Following on from the success of last year's show, Fantasy, Chris was asked to create illusions for a new show. Afterdark features 8 dancers, 5 acrobats and 2 singers, along with some mind blowing stage illusions. As well as the performances, Chris also built and designed all of the illusions and effects for the show. Afterdark runs every Saturday evening until October 30th. 2010. 3.4.10


International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring President's Dinner. 2009/2010 IBM President, Shirley Ray and Dave welcome you to the president's dinner and an Evening of Magic in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales at The Coniston Hall Hotel - Dinner & Cabaret, on Saturday 17th April 2010, featuring John Archer, John Kimmons and Amethyst. Tickets available from Dave Cass, Sadler Hall Lodge, Church Lane, Adel, Leeds LS16 8BU (Telephone 0113 225 4816) Price £45.00. Venue: Coniston Hall Hotel, Coniston Fold, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 4EA (Map) Telephone 01756 748080. 3.4.10


All the Fun of the Fair - a new musical. The Twins are creating magical special effects in the new West End production of All the Fun of the Fair starring David Essex. "A roller coaster ride of a musical, underscored by a helter skelter of David Essex hits and album favourites. This moving and contemporary story with a heartbreaking twist, reaches out to every parent and anyone who has ever been torn in love. Dodgems and motorbikes, crafty cons and candy floss, fairground horses and fights, along with romance and rock and roll bring out the carnival atmosphere, but beware… all is not always fun... " The show previews from April 20th, opening on the 28th at the Garrick Theatre. 3.4.10


The Surrey Society of Magicians held their Annual Close Up Competition in Leatherhead on Thursday March 25th. Both audience and judges agreed that the standard of magic was exceptionally high this year. Steve McShane was the eventual winner (centre), with Steve Lobley being placed 2nd (left) and Stephen Baker 3rd... all three winners are bizarrely called 'Steve' so you know what to do if you want to get placed next year! The magical judge for the evening was David Weeks MIMC, ably assisted by two lay judges; Pauline Colley and Peter Bassett of The Kingston Rotary Club. For more information on The Surrey Society of Magicians contact Club Secretary, John Field. 3.4.10


Vizage are performing their Quick Change / Illusion act in the Variety show "Hooked on Laughter" at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne throughout the summer. See What's On for dates. Box Office 01323 412000 Credit Card Hotline 01323 411555. All seats bookable; Stalls and Dress Circle £16, Seniors and Children under 16 £15, £1 off all prices for the Grand Circle. 3.4.10


Potter & Potter Auctions, Inc. Rarities from the Collection of Jay Marshall. Including Houdiniana, posters, apparatus, photographs, books and choice ephemera. At Auction May 16th, 2010. Visit for details including the location of the gallery, exhibition schedule, information and to make enquiries. Catalogues available for purchase and download the week of April 15th. Visit the Chicago gallery to preview items in person. 3.4.10


"Tricky debut for Firman" Click Here • "Magic! Bedford performer wins The Magic Circle's Close Up Magician of the Year competition" Click Here • "Warner Bros. Option Carter Beats the Devil. Yessss!" Click Here • "Warner Brothers Options ‘Carter Beats the Devil’" Click Here • "Will Smith 'may leave Men In Black 3'" Click Here • "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" Click Here • "Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier wants Y: The Last Man" Click Here • "Trickster Colin bags top magician award for third year running" Click Here • The next issue of MagicWeek (Number 511) will appear much later than usual due to the Easter holiday period. Your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week! Duncan. 3.4.10