Number 513 - 24th April 2010


Penn & Teller set to ignite Apollo's torch. Magic guys' Penn & Teller return to London in July to play five dates at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo. It's a great venue that in recent years has played host to as many comedians as bands, in fact I saw Earth, Wind & Fire there about three years ago... but I digress (blame the jet lag!). Here are the details: Live Nation presents Penn & Teller, 8pm, Wednesday 14th July - Sunday 18th July. No support. Tickets £33.25 to £48.25 (inc booking fee). To book, Click Here. "Edgy, provocative and hilarious, Penn & Teller's live show on any given night can involve knives, guns, a fire-eating showgirl and a duck. Known as the 'Bad Boys of Magic,' for supposedly revealing the secrets to their tricks, they may show you how it's done, but they still manage to leave you startled." 24.4.10


Wayne Dobson A Life In Magic is a brand new 3 DVD set produced by Wayne Dobson is joined by special guests Matthew J. Dowden, Mark James and Michael J. Fitch as they all perform and teach some of Wayne’s signature routines that have made him a world magic star. See these classic routines performed on stage by Wayne and then watch as they're performed in bars and restaurants to a whole new audience. The 3 DVDs (over 6 hours running time!) are now available for pre-order, and if you hurry you'll receive a copy of the best selling DVD 'Corporate Close-Up with Martin Sanderson' completely free! (value £24.99). "This is our biggest project to date and has taken many months to prepare. Wayne has wanted to do this project for some time, but due to his condition, this wasn't possible. I then had the idea to involve three of our busiest close-up magicians to help and have ended up with a project like no other" said Russ Stevens. To watch the trailer and pre-order visit 24.4.10


Collectors Day at The Magic Circle. This popular annual event will include a variety of talks and demonstrations on the history of magic. Anne Davenport will speak about some of the gems in the John Salisse archive of Maskelyne and Devant material. There will be three talks on the lives of magicians of the past. Paul Freeman on Frikell (1862 to 1889), Marco Pusterla on Chefalo the forgotten illusionist and Nigel Dutt on his grandfather Linga Singh. The history of Davenports will include demonstrations of some of their exclusive tricks, and Richard Kaufman will talk about De Land and his trick cards. The event is open to non-members of The Magic Circle, and tickets can be obtained from the box office, (Tel: 020 7387 2222) at a cost of £35 which includes coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. Saturday June 5th. Official opening at 10.45am by President Jack Delvin. Venue: The Magic Circle, London NW1 2HD (Map) Organised by Peter Lane. Tickets are available from The Magic Circle, The Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Telephone 020 7387 2222 email Payment can be made by cheque (payable to ‘The Magic Circle’) or by Visa or MasterCard. 24.4.10


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s. Friday, May 7th: "Magic Night gets saucy, sorcerous and dexterous, with sexy escapology, money appearing from thin air and the fastest tablecloth disappearing act ever witnessed by the human eye, huskily interspersed by the ukulele toting Lady Carol. Michael Vadini will produce water from nowhere and make money appear whilst Mat Riccardo (photo) will not only remove a tablecloth laden with china, but put it back again! The awesome Romany puts the Sauce back into Sorcery with breathlessly sexy magic and a brilliant escape. Escapology never looked so good! And just when you thought it was safe to take your coats off, Mighty sorcerer and MC Neil Henry will produce some snow." 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 24.4.10


Ali Cook recently completed a comedy circuit tour in Scotland, and now has upcoming dates across the UK; see: for details. Ali was featured in Plush magazine a couple of weeks ago to coincide with his date in his home town of Harrogate. "Cook returns to Harrogate to perform his original and irreverent routine at Harrogate Theatre, supporting the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Orchestra. It's first public performance in Harrogate, and he is looking forward to visiting family and old friends. So what can we expect from the multi-talented entertainer? 'It's alternative magic really, in the way the 80s had alternative comedy, championed by the likes of Ben Elton and Bill Hicks. It all started with the TV shows, we just wanted to do magic that wasn't cheesy. The banter is much more like a stand-up comedian's, and the humour's quite dark.'" To read the full article visit: 24.4.10


The London School of Magic is opening in the centre of London. The school is already up and running in Surrey and Kent but now Jack Delvin, the principal, is delighted to announce that he has found the perfect premises in the heart of London, easily reached by all forms of transport. A very recent visit to the Nottingham Guild of Magicians brought the comment: "All of your participants were extremely motivated by your critique of their individual performances as were the assembled throng. It was an extremely enlightening evening which has certainly inspired all who attended. This is clearly an extremely up-market version of Britain’s Got Talent, except those showing their wares were encouraged, advised and gleaned your exceptional expertise in the craft of magic and presentational skills. We thank you for a wonderful, educational, and fun evening." Graham Harper. Jack said: "After over 60 years of performing in the real world, I have knowledge and practical experience that is of great value to those magicians who are starting out, and also to those already working professionally who may need help to improve." For dates, times, further information, or just for a chat, call Jack Delvin on 01689 826169. 24.4.10


The Wellingborough Magicians Guild presents... An Evening of Mystery at the British Rail Social Club, Northamptonshire, on Thursday 29th April from 7.30pm - 9pm. Several acts will be performing both stage and close-up magic. Tickets: £3. Venue: British Rail Social Club, Broad Green, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. 24.4.10


ACES Magic Society Annual Dinner. "ACES Magic Society is offering tickets to its Annual Dinner this year with guest cabaret Dave Allen (Magic Dave) Tickets £30 a head or book a table for 8 and pay for 7! Contact Secretary Nicky Lewis on 01903 532413 for more details." Saturday, 23rd October at the Halland Forge, Halland, East Sussex. 24.4.10


Alex McAleer's Psychomagic Mind Reading & Psychological Magic. At the Bury Fringe in Bury St. Edmunds, May 6th. Venue: The Attic @ Benson Blakes at 8pm, tickets £7.50 in advance £8.50 on the door. "Described by the BBC as 'phenomenal' and 'a star in the making', we're very excited to have Alex bring his superb, and frankly astonishing act back to the Bury Fringe. His contemporary combination of magic and psychology has to be seen to be believed - whether he appears to be reading minds, influencing thoughts or manipulating perceptions, this young man s skills will entertain and fascinate in equal measure. Blending sharp wit with a flair for showmanship to create a memorable and highly interactive performance, we promise you that this is one show you don't want to miss!" Doug Segal will also be appearing in the same venue one week later (still as part of the Bury Fringe) and there will be a special price to see both shows. 24.4.10


Magic For Performance at The City Literary Institute. "It’s now the 10th year of Paul Abbey’s popular course 'Magic For Performance' at The City Literary Institute, Keeley Street, London - the only study course of its type in the country, using magic principles combining stage craft, acting skills and basic script writing to build an effective commercial act to start your new career in the wonderful world of magical entertainment!" The current course has just started (Sunday’s 2pm-5pm) and there are still places available. Enrol on line via or call 0127 8317831. Photo: Paul in receipt of his City & Guilds Certificates, the first ever awarded for teaching magic as a performance course in an accredited drama college. Paul has had a variety of students ranging from captains of industry and TV producers to professional magicians. Students have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary and then put them into practice in the fun environment of working with others in small groups, then performing to each other making sure they are fully confident before being unleashed on the general public. 24.4.10


Fantasta 2010: The 90th Anniversary Jubilee Convention of the Magischer Zirkel Berlin. 9th – 12th September. Visit for details. 24.4.10


The Ultimate Elastic Rubber Bands! Malcolm Norton emails: "If you caught the Ed Elliss lecture tour, you will have seen him use some fabulous rubber bands. Not normal brown colour but bright yellow! Unfortunately I missed it but was asked if I could supply some. Well with help we tracked some down and I can see why people are raving. They are as good if not even better than the Crepe gold I already sell. So what is the big deal you may ask? Well here in the UK we seem to make our bands out of something different to those made in the USA. The Pale Crepe Gold are far stretcher than any other band I have found until now... Now you have a choice Pale Crepe or Bright Yellow! These bands are fab." More info: ... "We are moving premises at the end of the month. Watch the webpage for complete details as phone numbers will change also. Meanwhile I do have a few bargains left on the webpage at silly prices to stop me having to kart it over. Also lots of stuff here in the shop itself so come grab a bargain (how about a Gumball machine for £260!) Yes bargains to be had!" 24.4.10


Cardiff Magical Society is pleased to announce that Mark James will be lecturing at the Cardiff Yacht Club at 8pm on Monday Night, April 26th. (Non-members are welcome to attend for a £10 admission charge, payable on the door.) Contact: for more info. 24.4.10


Forth Valley Magic Circle will once again be hosting their 'Tricks at the Tryst' show on Saturday, 15th May. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start at Falkirk Town Hall. The format of the show will be a mix of cabaret magic and close-up magic suitable for the whole family, performed by members of the circle. Tickets are £5 each and can be booked via email from Peter Kinney PayPal accepted. Following last year’s sell-out show, they will be holding the show on the main stage in the main arena of the Town Hall, but to avoid disappointment please contact Peter in advance if you would like tickets. For more details visit the Forth Valley website 24.4.10


Ron Escott lectures for The Merlin on Thursday 29th April. He will be presenting a mixture of magical effects. The Merlin meet at Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map) and the lecture will run from 8pm to 10pm. Entry is £5.00. For further information contact John Clayton (Secretary) on 07931 525399. 24.4.10


Merlin Magic Society celebrated its eighty years of existence with a superb celebration at Whitewebbs in Enfield. The function room was packed with members, members' families and visitors from other societies. There was an interesting optical puzzle before the meal that had been produced by Ali Cadabra. The meal itself was excellent. After the raffle, that had numerous prizes, the audience were treated to a first class cabaret. The compère was Ali Cadabra who performed many fun filled routines in between introducing the artists. First on, and fresh off a cruise ship, was Barry Jordain. He not only performed colourful magic but sang beautifully in the style of Sinatra. Next was John Clayton with amusing patter and very good effects. Finally, and bringing the show to a close, Michael Wilkie with a fast moving, silent, production routine that involved umbrellas, cards, silks and the appearance of a bird cage complete with bird! The evening finished on time to great applause and at only £12 for a ticket must have been the magical bargain of the year. Michael Chandler. 24.4.10


Magician Matthew Le Mottee has just finished his final week of performances at World Famous Covent Garden pulling in crowds of tourists daily. Matthew was looking forward to flying off to join the team in Salou, Spain, working at the House of Illusion but due to flight problems couldn't. If you are planning a holiday in Salou this Summer make sure you visit the House of Illusion for a great magic night out, for all the family. 24.4.10


Paul Gordon Lecture. The Scottish Conjurers' Association are proud to announce that Paul Gordon will be lecturing for them on their President's Night, Wednesday, May 12th at 7.30pm. Paul promises to lecture on card magic that's "clean, direct and entertaining". Venue: Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow For more information email 24.4.10


Ed Hilsum wins Bexley Magic Society George Trophy for Stage Magic. On Wednesday, April 21st, Ed Hilsum won the Bexley Magic Society George Trophy for Stage Magic for a second time. Pictured here with club President Roy Marsh (last year's winner, also for a second time) he performed the act that has seen him achieve great acclaim in other competitions around the world. A modern take on the classic dove/manipulation act, Ed beat his fellow contestants, Ron Wheatley who performed a comedy patter act and previous winner Megan Knowles-Bacon, this time performing with her father Steve in a Star Wars based tableau act. The judges were the non magicians, sitting in the audience, and it was their decision alone as to who won. Dave Andrews acted as compère with the aid his various assistants and his ventriloquial talent. Behind the scenes club chairman Kevin Doig and Bernard Pinnock provided stage management services and Barry Miller acted as the time keeper. (Each act had to be not less than 5 minutes and not more than 10 minutes in length to avoid disqualification). Everyone agreed that it was a great evening. Congratulations Ed. Roy Marsh. (Ed has just been awarded the Irving Schneider Sponsorship Award, run by The Magic Circle, to attend the Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas as well). 24.4.10


Irish illusionist Paul Ormonde and Sara provided entertainment at the BBC studios in Ireland on Thursday 15th April and Saturday 17th April as a prelude to the recording of a four part comedy series "Our  William" starring William Caulfield. They performed their unique psychic routine using a 'flying' leprechaun which was well received by the audience of 400 on both occasions. 24.4.10


Final 'Stranded' update. Many thanks to everyone who submitted news recently, and emails wishing me luck! (See previous update, Click Here). I wasn't able to reply as I normally do, but thank you. Some items became out of date unfortunately, and some magic reviews that came in will appear next week, but essentially MagicWeek is now back to normal (if you submitted a news item and can't see it in the three weeks of news above and below please re-submit it). I decided to sort out the temporary news page that I'd cobbled together in Tokyo into regular weekly news pages; so you will now see news for April 24th above, and April 17th and 10th below.


I finally made it home. Following our turned-back flight on Thursday April 15th (5 hours out and 5 back) I managed to get a flight from Japan to Milan this flight on Monday 19th (which actually ended up in Rome) with Alitalia by booking the ticket online via the airport's wi-fi, using the little notebook lap top that I'd bought in Akihabara a couple of days earlier as I stood in a long line of people at the Alitalia counter (maybe 200 going for about 10 seats). That little lap top saved me. They were only offering their 'Magnifica class' seats, which were indeed 'magnifica' (as was the price!). I was staying in a nearby hotel and zipped into the airport every morning trying to get a flight. My wife Keiko, and our children Louis and Amelia are still in Japan (staying with her parents) and have a confirmed flight, fingers crossed, for May 1st - we knew that it would be near impossible for all four of us to fly out together in the early days. Flights from Tokyo to Europe were virtually non existent. The worry that planes would be diverted to obscure airports resulted in some airlines simply cancelling I think, or there were simply no landing destinations available anyway. From Rome I flew up to Milan the next morning (London and Paris were still closed), and then took five trains up through Switzerland (over night in Basel) before crossing into France the next day. Then on to Calais via smaller local trains as Eurostar was booked four days ahead, and finally I took a freight ferry that was taking walk-on passengers, over to Dover, followed by trains into London, Sunningdale Station, and then a taxi home. I'd hooked up with three other 'strandees' for the final leg of the journey in Europe; Kevin, Han and Alice, "my new best friends" and that really helped. Duncan Trillo. 24.4.10


"Magician Barry Stephenson becomes UK's oldest dad at 76" Click Here • "Woman drops sexual assault suit against David Copperfield" Click Here • "Lu Chen has turned himself into a star magician with his sleight of hand." Click Here • I'm not going anywhere - see you next week! Duncan. 24.4.10