Number 514 - 1st May 2010


Derren Brown Investigates. Show 1 The Ghost Hunter 10pm on Monday 10th May on Channel 4. Derren Brown hits the road in this brand new three-part series to find out if some of the more extraordinary claims from around the world are actually true. He starts by investigating the world of Lou Gentile, a top American ghost hunter who, for the last 20 years, has been helping rid the haunted and possessed of America of their unwanted ghostly companions. Lou genuinely believes he can photograph and take recorded messages from ghosts and suggests in some cases that the power of ghosts can even kill you. Derren has never claimed to possess paranormal powers, but uses magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship in his work. However, Lou publically claims that he has evidence to support the existence of the paranormal. Derren Brown takes a surprising, truly bizarre and disturbing journey to find out if things really do go bump in the night. Produced and Directed by Heenan Bhatti; Executive Producers Anthony Owen and Derren Brown; Produced by Objective Productions. Trailer: Click Here. Benjie Goodhart talks to Derren Brown, Click Here. 1.5.10


Teller to lecture at The Innovention, Las Vegas. Paul Stone emails: I'm proud and excited to announce that Teller has agreed to present his brilliant and rarely seen lecture 'The Red Ball' at The Innovention at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from 4th-7th October. Anyone who has seen Penn & Teller's wonderful show at the Rio Hotel & Casino will know that it is without doubt the strongest and most original magic show in Las Vegas. The way that Penn & Teller constantly introduce stunning new items into their show is incredible.

Teller presents 'The Red Ball' in the show and it is a real masterpiece of magic. But in Teller's opinion the lecture is even better! It documents not just the devilishly clever method but the painstaking research and development over many years that culminated in this miracle! It truly is a rare opportunity to witness a magical 'gem' and is alone worth the price of admission. More proof, if proof were needed, that The Innovention will be very different from any other Magic Convention.

The line-up of talent is extraordinary, and includes The Great Tomsoni & Co, Kevin James, Gaetan Bloom, Joseph Gabriel, Jeff Hobson (as you've never seen him before!), Lennart Green, Joanie Spina, Shep Hyken, Seth Kramer, Magic Al and, from the UK, Richard McDougall and making their US debuts, Mel Mellers and Graham P. Jolley. Space is limited, and is filling up fast. For full details and to register visit


For One Night Only - Cafe De Paris, London. Magic Shaun is organising a night of magic and music to raise money for London Pride, which will take place at the Cafe De Paris, 3-4 Coventry Street, London W1D 6BL (Map, one minute from Piccadilly Circus). Featuring Magic Shaun, Paul Martin, Steve Dela, Leanne Jones, Lee Warren, Neil Henry and The Magic of Dave and Joe. Thursday May 6th. Doors 7.30pm, show 8pm - 10.30pm, party to 3am. Tickets £10 standing, £15 unreserved seating, £20 Balcony, £25 VIP Bar/Balcony. Available from 1.5.10


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s. Friday, May 21st: Starring: Harrison Richards (photo), set to demonstrate the strangest of phenomena (and explore the hidden psychology behind it). Alan Hudson, the mind reading, spoon bending, nimble fingered funny man. Anil Desai, a brilliant character comedian, having achieved his record of 50 impressions in 2 minutes. Moonfish Rhumba (Dan Lees and Guy Combes) cult favourites on the comedy and cabaret circuit. And emcee Christian Lee, 'He possesses the comic genius of Tommy Cooper along with a serious magic talent.' Doors 7pm, Show 7.45pm sharp. 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 1.5.10


Piff The Magic Dragon in 'Piff-Tacular!' The Magic Dragon is on a mission! Armed only with astounding magical skills, a mind-reading fish, and a penchant for princesses - can Piff become the greatest magic performing dragon of all time? Winner of Best Comedy at Buxton Fringe 2009 and finalist at Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2009, Piff (‘Cute, Inspired and Very Funny’ Time Out) wowed the audiences at Edinburgh Festival last year, performing to packed houses and breaking the Free Fringe record for highest box office take in a single night. Don’t miss your chance to see what all the fuss was about. May 1st - 6th in "And the Devil May Drag You Under", a variety show hosted by Des O’Conner: Also, May 21st-23rd May at 5pm at Freerange, St Peter's Church Gardens, London Road, Brighton 1.5.10


Steve Dela's Fantasmagoria will be one of the opening shows at the 2010 Brighton Fringe Festival: "Fantasmagoria has been playing at the Brighton's Komedia Theatre and, to date, has featured some of the hottest names in magic. For its special Fringe show there is a stellar line up of magical acts. Firstly, one of the most sought after working entertainers in the UK, Lee Warren ("The Purple Magician"), who counts Prince William as both a fan and private client. Then we have the current Magic Circle Young Magician of The Year, Michael Jordan - performing breathtaking stage illusions and death defying acts alongside his sister, Siobhan. Together they are 'High Jinx!' And finally one of the finest comedy magicians in the world today - Noel Britten 'Has to be the funniest comedy magician since Tommy Cooper... had everyone rocking with laughter.' The Stage. All this magical talent, plus your award winning host, and the current UK Close Up Magic Champion, Steve Dela. Fantasmagoria is the perfect Spring evening pick-me-up. Book early to avoid disappointment!" Tickets are available in advance from the Komedia's Box Office or 0845 293 8480. 1.5.10


Aldo and Rachel Colombini UK lecture tour cancelled. Rachel Wild, wife of Aldo Colombini, has contracted Endocarditis and they have had to cancel all their lecture bookings to return to the U.S.A. for treatment. Manchester Circle of Magicians have managed to obtain the services of Mark Leveridge who will lecture on 6th May 2010 at Salford Masonic Hall instead of Aldo Colombini. Derek Lever. 3.5.10


Magic Moments Facebook Fan-Page. "Join us by becoming a fan of Magic Moments on our Facebook Fan-Page. Interact with other magicians creating their own magic moment, and comment too" Click Here. 1.5.10


Entertainers Academy. Dov Citron emails: The Entertainers Academy is a three day training program which will teach entertainers and anybody who works with children all sorts of skills taken from my experience of working in this field. The session will culminate in a live performance in front of an audience of children and detailed notes will accompany the program. I will only train a small number of people at each session to ensure that I can give everyone plenty of attention. I am working on a first come, first served basis. I am also lecturing at Kidology in Wolverhampton in September so please come along. Please view the following links for further information: Video link: Click Here, Flyer link: Click Here. Price: £80.00 for a full three day workshop. Dates: Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th and Friday 21st May. Venue: The Bowls Pavilion, War down Park, Old Bedford Road, Luton LU2 7HA (Map)." Phone Dov Citron on 07985 535472 for more information and to book. 1.5.10


Kennedy: The Subliminalist: "The brand new show from ‘mind-reading phenomenon’ Kennedy, is a slick composition of psychological wizardry, subliminal messaging and razor sharp witty banter. Expecting a terrifying night out at the theatre? Think again. The Subliminalist is a full-throttle, foot to the floor rally drive through every emotion you know. Relax in to the quirky comedy of Kennedy's Northern humour, then hold your breath as you're pushed to the edge of your seat. The performance, which Kennedy has put on to raise funds for Haiti, contains the use of subliminal messaging techniques, strobe lighting and may cause you to have a bloody good time! Thursday 10th and Friday 11th June at 7:30pm tickets £18. To book your seats call the Live Theatre box office on 0191 232 1232." For more information visit 1.5.10


Those Variety Days! High Jinx will be performing their illusion and juggling act in 'Those Variety Days!' every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 7th - 30th, at 7.30pm at The Whitehall Theatre Dundee, 12 Belfield Street, Dundee DD1 5JA (Map). Box Office 08717 029486 Produced by That's Entertainment Productions. 1.5.10 "Founded in 2009, New World Magic presents a powerhouse of creative professionals striving to produce the finest magic routines based on motivated plots, commonplace objects and strong audience reactions. Each product comes directly from a working performer’s repertoire and is manufactured by experienced craftsman under strict quality-control guidelines. As an online business we are always open to feedback whilst understanding the importance of on-time delivery, methods that fool and value for money. If you have a magic routine that you would like produced, please contact one of our friendly team members at the office. Dealer enquiries welcome." Inbrella... appearing, impaling, melting... watch the videos at  1.5.10


Letters to Friends is the latest PDF ebook from Britain's John Carey. From the foreword by Jack Carpenter: "In these pages, you will find many mind-bending effects that you'll be able to perform 'on command' with any dog-eared pack put in your hands. You won't find any bad angles, stupid moves done at a stupid time, and usually your spectator is dead in the water long before the effect is finished, he just doesn't know it yet. I recommend that you pick say, 5 or 6 items that you like among this collection, and commit them to memory. You're going to find that in real world performing you are going to fall back on these items more times than you perform your current 'favorites.' That's just the way it is, you'll see!" The ebook costs US $15 dollars via paypal to (or email John for more info). 1.5.10


New series of BBC2 Quiz Show Eggheads is looking for contestants! The hit BBC2 quiz show Eggheads is back for a 12th series and they are looking for vibrant, diverse and fun teams of 6 to take on their resident general knowledge Goliaths! If you, your family, friends or colleagues would like to challenge ‘The Eggheads’ and possibly win a cash prize visit for an application form. 1.5.10


“Oh Eck Doris!” as Les Battersby may have said. Malcolm Hebden – right (Corrie’s Norris Cole) appears somewhat bewildered when Order of The Magi (Manchester) member Peter Moran presented a version of the Twentieth Century Silks. What then was this all about? It all started when the soap’s Sunita (Shobna Gulati) became aware that 5 year old Madison Allan from Lower Darwin was suffering from neuro-blastoma (a rare childhood cancer that affects the nerve cells) and wanted to raise money for her to go to Euro Disney in Paris after the completion of radiotherapy treatment. In true showbusiness tradition colleagues rallied round to present a show at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn. Peter was happy to oblige as he has a long association with Granada Television and particularly Coronation Street where he has worked on the production side for many years. Several stars of the show attended this variety extravaganza. The comedy came from Jimmy Cricket and the role of compère in the safe hands of Ted Robbins. Music and dance also featured not forgetting the vocal talents of Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor in the programme). Over £4,000 was raised for this very worthwhile cause. Reported by Geoffrey Newton PRO. (Photo courtesy of Mikeseye Photographic). 1.5.10


Ali Cook is continuing his tour of the UK in the run up to his new Edinburgh Show - Pieces of Strange. He recently appeared at Loughborough Town Hall and was featured in The Leicester Mercury as "The wild man of magic". To read the article: Click Here. His next tour date is 20th May in Blackwood Miners, Caerphilly. For tickets Click Here. 1.5.10


Chris Cox's run in New Zealand has been going so well that extra dates have had to be added... visit for details. 1.5.10


Graham Lee has another Balloon Fun Day coming up in Bristol on Monday 10th May (see "The day will run from 10am - 5pm with three hands-on lecture/workshop sessions throughout the day. Topics covered will include 'one balloon wonders', 'weaving' and 'make me a bike, clown' plus there will be all the usual fun of a 'Care & Share Day' with a few light hearted competitions for everyone to enter. From the basics, explaining some of the fifteen different twists and what to use them for, through to quick, easy and impressive models to use in the real world. The day is designed to help everyone, with a more advanced workshop in the afternoon demonstrating the art of weaving." To book: Click Here. 1.5.10


Kent Close Up Magician of the Year. On Tuesday 20th April magicians from all over Kent met to compete in the first ever 'Kent Close Up Magician of the Year' competition. The event, organised by the Medway Magical Society, attracted the best magicians from across the county and proved to be a very interesting night. First place was awarded to Terry Herbert a leading member of The Magic Circle; second place to full time professional magician Sam Beedle from Rochester; and third to 11 year old Lewis Fuller of Biddenden, near Ashford. The judges praised Lewis for the confident way he handled his audience and his entertaining and strong magical performance. Despite being so young Lewis was competing on a level basis with experienced professional magicians. Paul Denbow, the newly elected President of the Medway Magical Society praised all the contestants. "This is the first time we have held this competition and it was a great success. Our audience have commented on how much they have enjoyed the great variety of magic they have seen. And our 3 judges, which included two non-magicians have told me how impressed they were with the high standard of magic from the contestants. We are already looking forward to this competition being a regular fixture in our calendar. I would also like to thank Alakazam Magic of Ashford for providing prizes for our contestants." More information about the contest including some video of the performers can be seen at Reported by Tim Decker. 1.5.10


Matthew Garrett, The Magic Circle's current Close-up Magician of the Year, lectures at the Southend Sorcerers on Sunday 2nd May, the Kent Magicians Guild on Tuesday 25th May, and Riviera Circle of Magicians on Wednesday 26th May. Matthew's lecture will feature material from his award winning act, including his own creation Ninja+ (which has recommendations from Shoot Ogawa and Derren Brown) and has become a great success. The lecture will also include his routine "Monty The Spiv - The English Story Deck Trick" which is now available on DVD and comes with gimmicked cards. An Associate of the Inner Magic Circle, Matthew recently spent 6 weeks performing in Dubai and just returned to perform at The Ritz. For more on Matthew visit 1.5.10


Magic Marty's London Marathon success. Martin Sanderson ran in last week's Virgin London Marathon raising money for the school that his children attend, Wisborough Green School. "First 9 miles were a constant shuffling like sardines in a tin! Then it seemed to filter out a little, but by mile 14 I had to stop and do a little walk as last week I picked up a chest virus. My heart rate monitor reading was much much higher than normal and pure fatigue set in. It was then a mental game for the last 12 miles." writes Martin. To make a contribution visit: 1.5.10


The Home Counties Magical Society have been busy booking some great lectures for the months ahead: "The much talented and extremely popular Noel Britten (photo) will lecture on June 17th. Magician, writer, comedian and all round nice guy Mark James on July 15th, and Thom Peterson will be back again on August 19th. Noel Britten will be imparting his knowledge and experience on magic. Mark James's lecture will be in two parts, the first half being mainly close-up magic, and the second half stand-up and comedy magic. Thom Peterson joined us last year, and his lecture was met with such positive comments that we're bringing him back for a brand new lecture on August 19th. This lecture will be completely different to last years and Thom will only be doing 2 card effects, the reminder of the lecture will be non-card effects, covering close-up and stand-up magic." Non members are welcome at these lectures; an £8.00 charge will apply 1.5.10


The Academy of Magic is looking for a Sales and Marketing Director. Applicants should be passionate, enthusiastic, have sales (and ideally marketing) experience as well as a good working knowledge of online businesses. Full details of the position can be found on or by emailing 1.5.10


Alakazam Magic Bank Holiday 10% Off Sale! "As a special May Bank Holiday treat and way of saying thank you for all your continued support, you can save 10% on any order you place online (sorry - no telephone orders) over the Bank Holiday weekend - stating now! You can still use your Loyalty Points in conjunction with the discount code and you will still be earning more Loyalty Points on purchases you make during the sale! So it is great news with great savings all around! The all important coupon code to enter when ordering is: elegantdeceptionsn." Visit this weekend! 1.5.10


El Loco - Dentist by day, Superhero by night! 12 Months ago Wayne Slater (a.k.a El Loco) commissioned British illusion designer Mark Parker to help restructure his how. Performed around a unique comedy stage set, El loco (Dentist by day, Superhero by night) dares go where no Superhero has gone before! Visit for more information and to watch some show highlights Click Here. 1.5.10


Axel Hecklau's Newsflash - The optimisation of a classic. Tear up a newspaper and restore it. Lightning fast and extremely visually, at chest height, full-sized and with totally natural movements. Learn the new and simple method from Axel Hecklau. Current Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year winner Michael Jordan mastered this routine for his award winning act last year. Watch a video: Click Here and visit for more information and to order. 1.5.10


The Card Collection now stocks the complete collection of Anglo playing cards from Sweden. Included in this fine range are the popular Jumbo Cards 3½" x 5" with large indices and now poker decks to match; both with fake cards available. Added are the series of 6 colour choices of Rug pattern, introduced at FISM 2006, designed by magicians for magicians, and also a series of 6 different coloured Jumbo Index decks. Plus a new Rainbow deck which when spread in new deck order looks like a rainbow and you don't have to sing for them! See the complete range at 1.5.10


The Merchant of Magic is now taking pre-orders for the much anticipated book 'Mischief'' by Martin Nyrup and Ian Harling: "'Sleight of Mind' and 'Geist' were milestone titles for mentalists who have an interest in using NLP, suggestion and hypnosis. Martin and Ian have revised both books and combined them with a further 100 pages of additional material, making their new title 'Mischief' one of the industry's must-buys for 2010." Pre-order the first edition now at 1.5.10


Jackson Baugh joins Sales and Marketing team. The Magic Circle Headquarters, London’s most magical venue, has appointed Jackson Baugh as Sales and Marketing Executive. “I am delighted to be working at such an iconic London building. The intriguing displays and the state-of-the-art facilities at this fantastic modern conference venue still amaze me.” said Jackson, who is responsible for corporate bookings at the venue. “And for my next trick, I’ll be making available dates disappear!” 1.5.10


Chris Kenworthey's Mastermind (Any Card at Any Number) has been featured by Kreskin on both "The David Letterman Show" and "Live with Regis and Kathy Lee." MAProMagic email: "Many top performers have stunned audiences using this powerful weapon in their daily work. Mastermind is now finally available in Bicycle Playing Cards produced by the US Playing Card Company. If you were permitted to perform only one effect before your town's local newspaper editor, before a Magic Castle membership audition, or for Grand Prix Competition at FISM, this would be it. Special thanks go to Hiro Hirata for releasing this peerless mind teaser to the magic fraternity. Every mentalist or magician has the desire to foretell destiny, to look into the future..." Find out more, visit today! 1.5.10


Bloom blossoms in May's Magicseen! The May 2010 edition of Magicseen (Issue 32) is hard to miss with its striking cover picture of French master magician Gaetan Bloom: "Paul Stone interviews Gaetan on our behalf as we try to get a bit closer to one of magic's most lauded stars. We also sit down to chat with Australian funny man Brad Manuel, with whip-wielding trick roper Chris McDaniel, with multi-award winning Dave Allen (Magic Dave), with TV star Mike McClean and with Dutch supernatural illusionist Ramana. This issue also contains a feature on the Coin Into Bottle, which includes reviews of currently available related products, we get Marc Paul, John Archer and Kennedy to provide plenty of sage advice in So You Want To Be A Mentalist, plus we find out from Mark Mason, Simon Lovell, Paul Hallas and Martin Lewis what it takes to emigrate and work as a magician in the USA. As well as all this we have a special report from Andrew Haggar on the Magic of Sri Lanka, Paul Stone tells us more about his latest idea, the Innovention, and there is the usual line up of Masterclass tricks to learn, of product reviews, as well as letters, news and more." Mark Leveridge. Magicseen is available right now on a 1 or 2 year subscription, as a single paper copy, or as an instant PDF download, all via 1.5.10


Top Secret Magic on the move... Malcolm Norton's Top Secret Magic is still in the process of moving, but all should be up and running in just a few days. The new telephone number is: 01752 262756 1.5.10


The Liverpool Magic Circle. Two upcoming events for you diary: Etienne Pradier 6th May Members £4, Associate members £6, Visitors £7. Swap, Sell & Buy Night, Thursday June 3rd... a chance to sell or swap tricks that you don't use anymore, and get fresh tricks without spending. Members £1, Associate members £2, Visitors £3. Michael Ammar Lecture, Thursday October 7th, Members £4, Associate members £6, Visitors £7. For info: 1.5.10


The Home Counties Magical Society will be holding their 63rd Annual Dinner on 14th May 2010 at Sonning Golf Club, Sonning. A sumptuous three course meal, followed by entertainment from Mike O'Brien will provide a truly wonderful evening. Tickets are selling faster than ever, and they would love to see some of the long-term friends of the Society at the event. Tickets cost £35 from Brian Dodridge 01635 876948 and full details can be found at either or 1.5.10


Terry Seabrooke book sale. Much to his wife Hilda's amazement, Terry Seabrooke is tidying up his attic. Having collected magic books for over 50 years Terry has found hundreds of books, some of which are definitely collectors items. A full list can be found at Contact details are on the website and postage will simply be at cost, or collection can be arranged. 1.5.10


Will Gray - Pentacle Club Cambridge lecture. On Tuesday 4th May at 8pm, multi-award winning magician, Will Gray will be at The Pentacle Club presenting his 'Magic with a capital E' lecture. Visiting magicians are welcome at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map). Cost: £5 on the door. 1.5.10


David Hambly. John Oakley writes: I regret to have to advise the fraternity of the sudden death, due to Heart Disease, of 56-year-old David Hambly on 6th April 2010. His funeral took place on Friday 23rd April at Hainault, Essex. David’s magical life rose to prominence during the early 1980s through his pioneering work with ‘Magic on Computers’, the highlight being his 25 page booklet with that title which is full of magic stunts using the ZX-81 Sinclair computer, (now a collectors’ item) published in 1983 by Martin Breese. He authored two other books, mainly on Card Magic, and was a prolific contributor to Abra during the 1980s. He had been a member of the Redbridge & Epping Magic Society and the Inter Services Magical Society (ISMS). Photo: “MIicro-Magician David Hambly shows ITV presenters Tessa Shaw and Valentine Nonyelu a trick or two with a Spectrum. David was making a guest appearance on ‘Video and Chips’, the network teatime show for young computer enthusiasts.” [October 1984 issue of "The Sinclair User"]. John Oakley. 1.5.10


Shirley Critchlow. Martin Scott Price writes: Shirley Critchlow, Wife of Cyril Critchlow passed away last week. The funeral arrangements will be on Tuesday at Carleton Crematorium, Blackpool to be held at 2pm. Refreshments will be served after the funeral at the Gardner's Arms, close by. Shirley was Cyril's partner in the renowned "Witches Kitchen and Magical Museum" on Coronation St Blackpool for many years. Cyril then opened the Palladium Theatre; where Russ Stevens performed for a season. Shirley was always busy serving teas and coffees and was a devoted wife and partner to Cyril and much loved mother to Pat, her daughter. Shirley passed away peacefully in hospital after a short illness. Martin Scott Price. 1.5.10


Make Your Own Props? Quentin Reynolds emails: "I've discovered a company in South Wales that manufactures a range of items, which are extremely useful for the DIY prop maker. They make the best - and blackest - black flock paper which is ideal for Square Circles and Black Art. It is available in self-adhesive and non-adhesive lengths in 650mm and 1300mm widths. Full details: 1.5.10


Secrets of Improvisational Magic by Justin Higham is reviewed twice this week, by Al Smith Click Here and by Alan Hudson Click Here • Al Smith also reports on the 22nd Peterborough 22nd Day of Magic, Click Here • "3 arrested on suspicion of magician's murder" Click Here • "Further Sales for Breaking the Magician's Code" Click Here • "Magician who is starry-eyed about science" Click Here • ""Lance Burton departs Monte Carlo run five years early" Click Here • Freddie Wilkinson reviews An Audience With The Chuckle Brothers - with Safire (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham) this week, Click Here • Quentin Reynolds reviews Paul Gordon's Card Rarities DVD this week, Click Here • Jason Steele and Joanne will shortly embark on a five-month summer season, touring the island of Menorca • "DS Icon: Andrew O'Connor" Click Here (sorry Andrew!) • That's it for another week, see you next week, Duncan. 1.5.10