Number 512 - 17th April 2010


An Evening of Magic with Etienne Pradier. "From Los Angeles to London people's jaws have literally dropped after witnessing the incredible magic of Etienne Pradier. Born in France, Etienne moved to England and achieved International recognition as one of the world's finest magicians. After only 3 years as a member of the elite Magic Circle he was invited to become a member of The Inner Magic Circle, with Gold Star. Uniquely skilled, creative, charismatic and immensely entertaining, Etienne Pradier is now one of the UK's most successful magicians. Awards include: 'The Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year'. Now coming to The Playhouse to mystify and amaze you whilst also helping to raise funds for the New Marlowe Development Trust. This evening is organised by the Friends of the Marlowe so whilst you are being astonished by a supreme magicianís skills you are also putting another brick in the wall of the New Marlowe Theatre." Saturday, 22nd May at 7.45pm. Tickets £17.50 Box Office 01227 272042 (Monday to Saturday 10am to 12 noon) or online via 17.4.10


Chris Cross has just made it through to the Semi-Finals of 'Greece Has Got Talent' and will be filming his next dangerous 'never before attempted' Escape next week in Athens. You can watch Chris get through the first round on YouTube Click Here. So far this year Chris has performed at 'The World Buskers Festival' in Christchurch, NZ (one of the world's major street performance festivals) and French cabaret night clubs in Paris, and in March he was playing the main cabaret stage at the Bahrain Formula One Circuit. In two weeks he'll be hitting the US with shows in New York and LA for three weeks. This Summer he is already booked to appear at Glastonbury Festival, Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals, The Big Chill Festival, The Big Splash Festival, Hard Rock Calling Festival, Bridlington Arts Festival, The Green Festival and The Cambridge Comedy Festival to name just a few... Find out more: See Chris Cross 'Escaping from Reality' at the Brighton Fringe Festival on April 30th. 17.4.10


One Magical Night - Woburn, Bedfordshire. MK:Magic are hosting a Magical Dinner evening on the Friday 30th April 2010 at The Inn at Woburn in support of Cancer Research UK. The evening will include close-up illusionists and mind magicians to enthral and entertain you as you dine. The evening starts at 7pm with a drinks reception and light entertainment. This will be followed by an exquisite three course meal and two after dinner cabaret acts. Dress Code: Formal evening wear. Tickets are on sale at £68.00 with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. For bookings and more information visit (group bookings welcome). 17.4.10


Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic. Paul Gordon's all-new card magic lecture, workshop and advice session features magic from his new 3-DVD set, Card Startlers. Plus, a lot of advice, tips, stories, assistance and energetic enthusiasm! A full day of card magic; fun and informative. Only 7 tickets remain. Visit for reviews and to book. Sunday 9th May 2010 9.30am to 5pm. Only £30. Venue: Vintner's Parrott Pub, Warwick Street, Worthing BN11 3DL (Map). 17.4.10


The latest issue of The Mystery Magazine is out now. The cover story features Andrew van Buren and in addition to their usual mix there's a full review of the recent South Tyneside convention. Available from 17.4.10


IBM British Ring Secretary John Pye (right) has been awarded Honorary Membership of The Order of The Magi (Manchester) for exceptional service to the art of magic and also for his help and assistance to The Magi over the years. Examples are, on several occasions he has travelled from his home in Clitheroe to their headquarters at the Irish World Heritage Centre, to act as a judge for their annual competitions. He has also acted in this way at the North West Dealers Day. Johnís contributions to The Magi Centenary Celebrations included acting as compere at the 100th Birthday Party Show and being Toastmaster at their Centenary Banquet. The certificate was presented at the Northern Magic Circle Convention last weekend by Magi PRO Geoffrey Newton. 17.4.10


Adam Keisner recently returned from Dubai where he was entertaining dignitaries at the Dubai World Cup, performing alongside Gaston Quieto, James Harrington and Phil Fenton. They all had a fantastic time... which concluded with front row seats to see Elton John and the legendary Santana. Very nice work if you can get it boys! 17.4.10


Merlins of Wakefield have some original 'Dippy Ducks' in stock. They found the component parts, assembled them in their workshops, and then brought this classic comedy prop back to life. Merlins email: "Although there are some slight blemishes on the paintwork, these Ducks work perfectly, and we believe are far superior to the modern day copies made abroad. The last price we can find on these is £64.95 in 1993, so we are doing them at the same price for the time being. Get one now, as once these are gone, that's it - for ever!" 17.4.10


Michael Vincent Lecture. "ACES Magic Society are delighted to host a lecture with previous Magic Circle winner, Michael Vincent. Visiting magicians £5 on the night. More details available from Secretary Nicky Lewis on 01903 532413." Wednesday, 13th October. Venue: Thomas A Beckett Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex. 17.4.10


Magic Circle Magicians, Terry Herbert, Tim Decker and Barry Hicks performed close-up magic at the Essex Business Network's Black Tie Ball in aid of Help for Heroes, the charity that helps injured serviceman on Saturday 10th April. Tim, who served in the Army for over 20 years said "It was an honour to give up some of our time to help this very worthy cause." Dorothea Jacobs, one of the organisers thanked the magicians: "The magic was fantastic and greatly appreciated by all present." I am pleased to report that the event raised over £8,500. Tim Decker. 17.4.10


The Academy of Magic has changed how they offer video. Rather than limited period 'rentals', you can now buy to own, adding the video to your own personal digital video shelf. You can also still watch via their 'on demand' service, and just pay for the parts of any video that you watch. For a limited time all their videos are just £10 to own, so visit them soon before it's too late. Facebook: 17.4.10


Michael Ammar Lecture - York. On Wednesday 13th October York Society of Magicians present a lecture by Michael Ammar. Venue: The Four Alls Inn, Malton Road, York YO32 9TW (Map). Visitors £7.50 Contact Rex Stott 01937 589727 17.4.10


The LaBal. Paul Gordon emails: "I'm not a great fan of the so-called glossies. Too many adverts for my liking. The alternative is/are the privately published magic magazines. Trouble is, too many fold (excuse pun) or are - kindly put - late! Al Smith's The LaBal is never late, it's not glossy and there are no ads. So what is there? Well, it's jam packed with news, reviews, tricks, thoughts, ideas, strong opinions, stories and more. It's a whopping 55 pages (or more) and it's of the A4 format. It's big. I love it and I highly recommend it. If you liked Al's Abacus, you'll love The LaBal. IMHO, it's better! Well, it's certainly different. To find out more, email Al for details: 17.4.10


Mr. Coffee is a name that has disappeared from the magic scene. For many years he was a popular children's entertainer working in and around the London area. As one of the 'Reg Webb' team he worked regularly on cruise ships and at many top venues in and around London. His client list included many well known stars of TV and film. It can now be revealed that he is alive and well. Retired from the commercial world of entertainment he is enjoying life in North Wales. Deeply involved with Christian church work he still performs occasionally in his local area and in Romania, working with orphaned and local poor children there. Alan Tuttle. 17.4.10


Congratulations to Alan Cooper on retaining the title 'Coventry Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year' last week. Alan will now go forward to defend his title as the Midlands Close-Up Champion of Champions at the Leamington Day of Magic in June. 17.4.10


Ghost Stories is transferring to the West End! The production opens at the Duke of York's Theatre on June 25th. Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office on 0844 871 7623 or online via 17.4.10