Number 515 - 8th May 2010


50th Bristol Day of Magic - tomorrow, Sunday May 9th. The Gala show will star Belgium illusionist Rafael and FISM first prize winner France's Pilou. 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. Plus 25 magic dealers displaying the very latest magic products from around the world! Registration is £30. For more info visit 8.5.10


Essential Magic Conference 15th, 16th, 17th July 2010. What is the Essential Magic Conference? Find out in 60 seconds, Click Here. The world’s first web conference for magicians looks set to exceed all expectations. It will take place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of July and the entire conference will be broadcast via the internet. It features lectures and demonstrations by some of the most important thinkers in magic and you'll be able to watch the lectures live on your computer, or view them on-demand immediately following each 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 every lecture.


The cost of registering for the conference is EUR €55 (US $75.00) via On registering you will create your own personal account and member page. This will entitle you to access various privileges together with the conference newsletter, which will keep you up to date on all the latest developments. One registration covers one computer but the organisers encourage you to invite your friends to watch the conference with you. Register today to attend at The EMC is being organised by Luis de Matos, Marco Tempest and David Britland. It is a not-for-profit venture designed to bring together magicians of all kinds via the internet to learn, share and collaborate. This event has 'history in the making' stamped all over it. Set aside a few days in July and join in. (DT) 8.5.10


British Ring Convention, Eastbourne, September. This year's convention will feature no less than thirteen different lectures. Bob Hayden (British Ring PRO) updates: "Bob Yelland is responsible for a multi million dollar marketing budget for a large multi-national company. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He is also a keen amateur magician. In his lecture he will apply the marketing techniques and strategies used by successful companies to a one-person magic business. He’ll look at how a magician might go about getting more profitable bookings, increase their fees and attract the right customers for their services. This is a business lecture with no tricks which will challenge you to think seriously about your own business aspirations and potential. Some of the most interesting lectures at our convention have been such non trick ones covering a variety of subjects. This years lecture ‘Strategic Marketing for Magicians’ by Bob Yelland is the first of this subject to be given not only at a British Ring Convention but possibly any Magical Convention worldwide." For more, together with news of the close-up gala, Click Here, or visit 8.5.10


Wayne Dobson: A Life In Magic. Rapidly becoming the most talked about DVD release of the year, Wayne Dobson A Life In Magic hits the magic shops on Monday. This 3 DVD set features Wayne Dobson, joined by special guests Matthew J. Dowden, Mark James and Michael J. Fitch as they perform and teach some of Wayne’s classic routines. See these brilliant 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 (around 6 hours running time!) are now available for pre-order, direct from (with a very special pre-order deal) and also from (with an equally tempting pre-order offer). 8.5.10


Stephen Williams Presents: The Show. 16 year old magician Stephen Williams is holding a charity variety show to celebrate the fact that he's leaving school and to raise money for the RNLI. Performing alongside Stephen: the hilarious Steve Royle, the crazy antics of ventriloquist John Kimmons, the dazzling Beverley Edmunds Dancers and comedian and emcee Brendan Riley. Plus commentaries from X-Factor voiceover man, Peter Dickson. To find out more, and view the promotional video which includes a message from Stephen Mulhern visit Tuesday June 8th at 7pm Crosby Civic Hall. Crosby Civic Hall, Back Lane, Crosby, Liverpool L23 4UA (Map). Tickets £10 (£8 concessions). 8.5.10


The Ammar Experience. "Featuring totally new magic! New video enhanced format to maximize the Fun Factor! Michael's Lightning Round reveals more magic per minute than ever! In store for you at the Michael Ammar experience... Your questions answered! Rekindle your passion! Reignite your imagination! Infuse your magic with fresh, new ideas! Renew your enthusiasm!" Visit for more information, and What's On for UK tour dates (September and October 2010). 8.5.10


Pete Firman - Jokes & Tricks. Pete returns to Southbank Centre and E4 Udderbelly after last year's sell-out show. The popular comedic conjuror presents an evening of jaw dropping tricks and side-splitting comedy. Recently seen on Derren Brown's 3D Magic Spectacular and at the Royal Festival Hall in Sandi Toksvig's Christmas Cracker. Presented by Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent Management. 'This guy is a complete star.' Time Out. 'The best magic tricks in the universe.' The Independent. Recommended for ages 14 and over. Running time 60 minutes. Saturday 15th May at 7pm. Book via Pete's in Liverpool at the Liverpool Comedy Festival the night before: 8.5.10


Derren Brown Investigates: The Man Who Contacts the Dead. 10pm on Monday 10th May on Channel 4. In this brand new series, Derren Brown hits the road to find out if some of the more extraordinary claims from around the world are actually true. He starts off by travelling to Liverpool to investigate the world of Joe Power, a psychic medium who claims he can communicate with the dead. Joe alleges that one of the many people he has made contact with is Liverpool's own John Lennon. The claims that Joe Power makes are seriously on a large scale and Derren hopes to blown away by him and experience directly what can't be explained on paper. It's an extraordinary, unexpected and rather argumentative journey. See TV Magic. See Derren Brown live on stage this evening: What's On. 8.5.10


Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic. There are just a few hours left to book the last three remaining tickets for Paul Gordon's Card Capers which takes place tomorrow, Sunday May 9th, in Sussex. Visit to book. Sunday 9th May 2010 9.30am to 5pm. Only £30. Venue: Vintner's Parrott Pub, Warwick Street, Worthing BN11 3DL (Map). Paul Gordon's all-new card magic lecture, workshop and advice session features magic from his new 3-DVD set, Card Startlers, plus advice, tips, stories, assistance and energetic enthusiasm! Phone Paul on 01903 211785. 8.5.10


Nottingham/Derby Dealer Night. Monday 7th June is the date for Mark Leveridge's next Dealer Night. The venue is the Holiday Inn, Junction 25 M1, and all magicians are invited to pre-register now to ensure their place on this entertaining and money-saving evening. Starting at 7pm and finishing at 10pm, the evening includes a dealer dem, a mini lecture featuring 3 previously unpublished routines, 10% off the MLM and Magicseen products, prizes, and a sociable and relaxed atmosphere. Simon White sent the following words following the last evening in Northampton: "Fantastic – the only word to describe Mark Leveridge’s lecture/dealer demo that I attended last night at the Northampton Magic Club. As well as being a great magician and entertainer, Mark certainly knows how to market and manage a dealer dem. Prior to the event everyone who had confirmed their attendance was sent a £10 voucher to spend on the night. Yes, £10 - just for turning up! There was a further 10% off anything purchased on the night too. The actual evening was a mixture of lecture and dealer demo. It was both structured and informal – a difficult balance which Mark successfully pulled off. Mark was more than happy to answer questions and demonstrate any of the effects that were for sale. How good was it? Well, I spent more last night than I did at Blackpool! (and more importantly, everything that I bought last night will get used!)." For more information and an online registration visit 8.5.10


Paul Voodini's séance and paranormal workshop and lecture 'What Lies Beneath' will be taking place at the Galleries of Justice visitor attraction on Friday June 4th, from 7pm to 10.30pm. The evening will include a lecture and workshop on séance magic and paranormal entertainment followed by a demonstration of a séance and a ghost tour of the venue (claimed to be the most haunted in England). All attendees will also receive a copy of Paul's books "Reader of Minds" and "The Paranormal Entertainer", and Paul will be ably assisted by Christ Carter (IBM). The What Lies Beneath event taking place in London on May 29th, sold out within the first week, so those interested in this evening on June 4th are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible via 8.5.10


MAPro Magic Dealer Dem, Hertfordshire. On Thursday 13th May The Merlin are holding a Dealer Dem by MAPro Magic, and email: "We run a competition also on the same evening which is judged by our dealer. He will then take the rest of the evening demming magic items etc. Meeting runs from 8pm to 10pm, with a £5 entry fee for non members. We meet at Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map)" For more information contact Secretary John Clayton on 07931 525399 8.5.10


The Annihilation Deck. News from Big Blind Media: "We are excited to announce the release of our latest product - The Annihilation Deck. The package contains a DVD and a USPCC Red Deck packaged inside an extra wide DVD case. The Annihilation Deck is a super invention from the warped mind of Cameron Francis. It's a self working slab of mental agility that totally floors people. Absolutely anyone can perform this, and it's mega-strong!" Coming soon from (watch the demo online). 8.5.10


The South London Magic Society is proud to present a lecture by Ali Cardabra on Friday 14th May. All welcome (non-members £10.00). "Ali has been performing puppetry and magic since he was seven years old and is well known for his menagerie of characters, including The Mad Hatter, Willie Wonka and of course Charlie Chaplin (the tribute is a must see!). Ali will present his children’s lecture based on the one he gave at Kidology last year, so if you missed it then, here’s a second chance!" The South London Magic Society, United Reform Church Hall, Cobden Road, South Norwood, London SE25 5NY (Map). More info: 8.5.10


Edinburgh Magic Circle are holding their Annual Open Night at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh on Friday 14th May. Tickets are £6 and doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. 8.5.10


Ian Keable will be lecturing at Portsmouth & District Magic Circle on Monday 10th May. Ian is the author of 'Stand Up - A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic'. The lecture starts at 7.45pm at Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). Non members welcome, £5 admission. 8.5.10


Balloon Art Wholesale, the company that Graham Lee has been running and selling Sempertex balloons from via, are pleased to announce that they will be now also be selling Qualatex balloons via their new web shop "There are some excellent bargains on both sites with Balloons, DVDs, Pumps, Busking Bags/Aprons etc., and the price you see is the price you pay; there is no VAT to add." Emails Graham. Balloon Art Wholesale are currently sponsoring the 'Care & Share Balloon Fun Days' up and down the country. The next one being on Monday 10th May in Bristol. More info from either website. 8.5.10


Jon Allen is presenting his lecture Who Cares About Magic? for The Chester Guild of Magicians on Monday 10th May: "A 'must-see' for all magicians who do... As well as learning the 'what' and 'how' of some wonderful new routines, you will learn the 'why' as well! This can then be applied to any type or style of magic. You will not only come out of the lecture with more tricks in your arsenal; you'll be inspired too - to look at how to make your magic better for your audiences." Monday 10th may at 8pm at The Bull & Stirrup, Northgate Street, Chester. Visitors welcome (£5 door charge). Contact Steve Cooil for details on 01244 881462, email: or visit 8.5.10


Mike Stokes 'The Balloon Man' will be joining the new P&O superliner Azura as a children's entertainer for a Mediterranean cruise from June 9th to the 25th. Playtime Balloons will be closed for this period as Marjorie will be joining him. 8.5.10


Peter Wardell Lecture, Northampton. Peter Wardell lectures for the Northampton Magicians Club at 8pm on Tuesday 18th May. Venue: The Conference Room, The Worlds End, Ecton, Northamptonshire NN6 0QN (Map). Non-members welcome £8 door charge. For more info contact President: David Miller 01604 517406 8.5.10


Balloon Twisting on the radio! On Tuesday 4th May, Gordon Drayson was invited to appear as the guest speaker on Colourful Radio. The interview, conducted by daytime host Rosemary, focused on Gordon's balloon twisting skills, and the world of balloon modelling. Gordon taught Rosemary how to make a simple balloon dog, live on air, and presented her with a bouquet of flowers made entirely from balloons. It was so successful that they have asked him to return at some point in the future to talk about his magic. To hear the full interview visit: 8.5.10


Meet the magical man in the bright green suit. "Piff The Magic Dragon, aka magician John van der Put in a green suit, was one of our favourite discoveries of 2009. Combining dead pan humour with some pretty cool tricks, Piff returns to the Brighton Fringe for 2010. We spoke to John about his character, his magic, and why he feels most comfortable in the cabaret community..." Read the full article in Three Weeks, Click Here. 8.5.10


Amazing Alakazam Deal! Bruno Copin is one of the world's leading experts on close-up thread work and right now Alakazam Magic are running a special offer for his two DVD kits... "All of the effects on these DVDs are accompanied by specially composed music to allow you to see them showcased in their best possible manner - as if you were really there experiencing the magic from Bruno first-hand. The explanations are specially filmed in interactive multiangles to make learning extremely easy and effective so you can get the most out of the tutorial segments. As well as the DVD itself, in the beautifully presented box set, you are also provided with specific materials that accompany some of the effects on the DVD so you can get started immediately!" Find out more: Volume 1 Volume 2. 8.5.10


Andrew Normansell Lecture, Ipswich Magical Society, Monday May 17th. "The Ipswich Magical Society are proud to be hosting a lecture by top UK magician Andrew Normansell on Monday 17th May 2010. This replaces the previously advertised lecture with Aldo and Rachel Colombini who sadly have had to return to the USA due to an unexpected illness. We wish Rachel and Aldo all the best and hope they will be returning to the UK in good health soon. Meanwhile we are confident that Andrew Normansell will be an excellent replacement. Guests are welcome, but please contact the secretary first through the website." 8.5.10


Max Somerset Lecture, Watford. Watford Association of Magicians is proud to announce the only lecture Max Somerset intends to give this year will be at their club on Tuesday 15th June at 8pm. It will be an amazing night and all other magic clubs are invited to bring members along (£10 for non WAM members.) Email Julie at for more details. Venue: Watford Association of Magicians, Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Avenue, Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire AL2 3LQ (Map). 8.5.10


"Mac King celebrates 10 years of comedy magic at Harrah’s" Click Here • "Rotary Magic in Ramsey" Click Here • "Bumbling magician's assistant (and reviewer) fails to ruin show" Click Here • "'El Magnifico,' Young Magician, Murdered A Mile From Home in Robbery, Say Police" Click Here • "Slain magician honored with broken wand" Click Here • "A Q&A with Illusionist David Copperfield" Click Here • "Inside The Magic Circle Of London" Click Here • Dr P W Cox reviews Thom Peterson's lecture at The House of Magic last week, Click Here • "Criss Angel to attempt death-defying Houdini stunt Saturday" Click Here • "Trailer: Derren Brown Tests The ‘Psychics’" Click Here • "Derren has mysterious magic on the cards" Click Here • That's it for another week, your magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 8.5.10