Number 516 - 15th May 2010


David Williamson will star at Shenanigans, The Irish Magic Convention which will be held in association with IBM Ring 85 and The Society of Irish Magicians, between 29th April and 1st May in Dublin next year. From the organisers: "The word Shenanigans is defined by one online dictionary as 'random adventures of an often silly nature' which pretty much sums up the atmosphere at Irish Magic Conventions. The Irish have a more colloquial term for it called 'craic', pronounced 'crack'. It is a word used to portray a feeling of fun, happy times and great company. But that still doesn't describe the atmosphere you will experience and memories you will bring home from an Irish convention... 'The guys in Ireland treated me so unbelievably kindly and were so hospitable during my stay. And I had such a blast at their annual convention - it sticks out in my mind as one of the best, ever! I would come back anytime!' Joshua Jay." Visit for all the latest info (including Facebook and Twitter links). 15.5.10


Perth Magic Circle's 60th Anniversary Day of Magic - next Sunday 23rd May! A really great day is promised. From the organisers: "Bill Davenport will be making the long trip North to demonstrate and show all the latest magic available from L. Davenport & Co. This will only be Davenports second visit North of the Border in the past 60 Years. There will be two lectures, from Roy Davenport and Trevor Lewis both Grand Masters of our art. A special Scottish Close-up Card Cavalcade will feature Gordon Bruce (say no more!), Peter McLanachan who performed at the 2009 Four F's Convention in USA, Eireanne Leverette (originally from U.S. but now residing in Edinburgh) and Neil Stirton originally a Perth Member but now also based in Edinburgh.

"Perth City Council has granted the Society a Civic Reception in recognition of the charitable causes supported by the club in the past, and this will then be followed by the 60th Anniversary Gala Cabaret. Trevor Lewis will emcee the evening which will see Roy Davenport perform his award winning manipulative act that has taken him all over the world. Also performing is Colin McLeod, fresh from his successful show at last year's Edinburgh Fringe with his mind reading act. The Day of Magic is being held in the Grampian Hotel, 37 York Place, Perth PH2 8EH, Scotland (Map). Doors open at 10am for a 10.30am start. The price for the full day is only £20.00 payable at the door (£10.00 for juniors under age 16, if accompanied by a responsible adult) There will also be bar facilities, with snacks and meals available throughout the day." Further information from Adrian Harris on 01738 628985 or


Criss Angel to present a special session at The Innovention, Las Vegas. Paul Stone writes: "As promised, here is some more breaking news about The Innovention taking place at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from October 4-7, 2010. Hot on the heels of the announcement that Teller will be presenting his very rarely seen 'Red Ball' lecture, I am delighted to now be able to confirm that Criss Angel, star of the major TV hit show Mindfreak and headliner in the live show Believe with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor Hotel & Casino, will be presenting a special session at The Innovention. These major names are in addition to an already stellar line-up of talent including The Great Tomsoni & Co, Kevin James, Joseph Gabriel, Jeff Hobson, Lennart Green, Richard McDougall, Joanie Spina, Shep Hyken, Seth Kramer, Mel Mellers, Graham P. Jolley, Bob Kohler, and Magic Al. And there are a few more names still to be announced! The Innovention will be unlike any other magic convention! Don't forget we are limiting the numbers to just 375 people! At this time space is still available." For full details and registration visit 15.5.10


The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year, John Archer will lecture for Portsmouth & District Magic Circle on Monday 14th June. The evening starts at 7.45pm. Non members welcome £5.00 admission. Venue: Portsmouth & District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map), Organised by Sean Lobban, PDMC secretary. 15.5.10


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday, 27th May, London. Witness the impossible on Thursday 27th May with a full evening of magic and comedy at Conjuring at the Court. Noel Britten hosts a terrific line-up featuring Nicholas Einhorn, Rajan, comedian Wes Zaharuk, and Michael Vadini (photo), runner up in The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year competition. The show takes place in the lovely theatre at Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm, the show starts at 8pm and runs for 2 hours with an interval. Seating is comfortable and you can enjoy a drink while watching the magic. Tickets £10, only 90 available, so to avoid disappointment book via or through They’ll also be available on the door, if any are left. 15.5.10


Steve Dela - London Lecture. Steve Dela is presenting a lecture for International Magic on Wednesday 19th May at 7.30pm. It’s being held at their usual venue - 2nd Floor, 'Casa Italiana', 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). The cost is £15 per person payable on the evening, for more information or to attend contact Martin MacMillan at International Magic on 020 7405 7324 or email 15.5.10


Al Smith lectures at Merlins of Wakefield on Wednesday 9th June. Al is well known throughout the magic world for his publications, published reviews and effects. The lecture contains nothing particularly difficult featuring a mix of self-working magic and card material designed to make you look like an expert. The evening starts at 7pm and costs just £5.00, including lecture notes and refreshments (bargain!). Numbers are limited, and places must be pre-booked by calling Merlins on 01924 339933. Bookings will be taken on a first come basis 15.5.10


Lex Schoppi - new website launches! Lex Schoppi's specialist publications have made a significant contribution to the popularity of quick change on the magic scene. The international magic press and leading Las Vegas magicians constantly recommend his books as being the essential work on the subject. Lex Schoppi's new site feature his full product range, and free delivery on all book orders for the week ahead. Visit today! 15.5.10


Mark Leveridge Dealer Night, 7th June. At Mark Leveridge's next Dealer Night, which takes place on Monday 7th June in the Derby/Nottingham area at the Holiday Inn, Junction 25 M1, not only will attendees be able to buy all Mark Leveridge Magic products at a 10% discount, but there will also be deals on the Magicseen range of products too. All Back Issues for the evening cost less than a quarter of their normal price, and if you take out a 1 year subscription/subscription extension you can select 3 free back issues (or 6 for two years). Register now to take advantage of these on-the-night offers, and also benefit from Mark's mini lecture covering three previously unpublished effects, plus much more! Visit 15.5.10


A celebration of the life and work of Billy McComb. Terry Seabrooke emails: "Great week in August from 23 through 29th August this year with the celebration of the life and work of Magic Castle favourite Billy McComb. Many of Billy's pals will be taking part including Mystina, Terry Seabrooke, and many Castle friends of Billy. What a week!" . 15.5.10


Thom Peterson "The Amazing Guy" will be joining Kimmo and Al Conway to complete this year's line up for the Vickers Carnley "Meet the Presidents Night" on Monday 14th June at Outlane Golf Club, Huddersfield. "Entry is £5.00 including a fantastic supper, and as usual Presidents from visiting societies enjoy free admission. All we ask is that you let us know you are coming so that people aren't disappointed. Tel Mark Jordan 07837 080225 or email" 15.5.10


Oliver Meech is lecturing at the Aberdeen Magical Society on Tuesday 8th June: "Described by Genii Online as 'wildly creative', Oliver Meech (The Creative Conjuror) loves developing tricks with new plots. His first book, The Plot Thickens, was a critical and commercial success, and his work has been compared to Paul Harris and Jay Sankey. In this fun and informative lecture you’ll learn a range of original yet practical tricks. There will also be a mini-workshop teaching a powerful creativity technique that makes it easy to develop new tricks of your own." Tuesday 8th June at 8pm, £10 for non-members. Contact: for more info. 15.5.10


Steve Dela will be presenting his 'Work & Play' lecture at Portsmouth & District Magic Circle on Monday 19th July. The evening starts at 7.45pm Non members welcome £5.00 admission. Venue: Portsmouth & District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map), Organised by Sean Lobban, PDMC secretary. 15.5.10


Magicians and their families visiting the Ionian Island of Zakynthos (Zante) this summer should look out for popular Scottish comedy magic entertainer Paul Brignall who will be performing his Close-up Magic and Cabaret Shows (and music!) at various venues in the resorts of Kalamaki, Argassi, Alykes and Zante Town. 15.5.10


Richard Special's recent lecture at the Harrogate Society of Magicians was very well received, with President James Ward writing: "Coming from a working professional, your material - which was practical, easy to understand and simple to perform - was worth its weight in gold, as was your advice on presentation and approach, which I know our members found very useful. The fact that you use material from your working repertoire makes your lecture of particular benefit to the professional magician. However, because it is entertaining and easy to perform, it is also of great value to part-time hobbyists, who often make up the bulk of a magic club's membership. Either way, no one could fail to benefit from advice that can only be gleaned from years of working, as you do, in a real-life environment. Thank you again for a very entertaining evening." For booking information contact Richard Special MMC on 0208 549 9234 15.5.10


Magi Magic! When Past President of The Order of The Magi Nick Barnes was asked to help a charity night for a school that a friend’s disabled daughter attended, he was only too pleased to offer his services as a close up magician. The event was held last weekend at the Hallmark Hotel in Wilmslow in aid of Park Lane and Valley Special School. The only thing was at almost the last minute Nick was informed that 30 tables of 10 had been sold which made it a bit of a problem to get round in the time allotted, even for someone with Nick’s award winning skills! Being the popular lad that he is Nick soon rounded up some of his fellow members and provided a great night to the guests at this Gala Ball. There was a special appearance of Graham Hawley (Corrie’s John Stape) who thoroughly enjoyed the magic. The total income for the night (including auction items) was £12,000 and Nick would like to thank The Magi members for their support of this very worthwhile cause. The photo shows members Simon Hobday, Nick Barnes, (actor) Graham Hawley, Alan “Snaggers” Russell (current President of The Order of The Magi) members Paul White, Geoff Radford, Dave Hutchinson and Barrie Horridge. The two ladies at the front (L & R) are Ella Rowe and Ali Davies the event organisers. Reported by Geoffrey Newton PRO. 15.5.10


Stuart and Jayne (Safire) recently appeared at the famous Batley Variety Club (The Frontier), on Thursday 29th April, in a Variety Show starring Billy Pearce, Cannon & Ball, John Parr, Duncan Norville, Amen Corner, Linda Newport and Momentum. The evening was hosted by James Brandon (of BBC Radio Sheffield) in memory of Sam Sorono, who rose to fame as Tom Jones on "Stars in Their Eyes". Funds were raised for the Rotherham Hospice. Interview with the organisers: Click Here. 15.5.10


The Academy of Magic are looking for a sales and marketing director to get involved and join the team. Most importantly applicants should be passionate and enthusiastic about magic and should have sales and marketing experience. For full information visit 15.5.10


For Sale and Wanted Ads. Reminder: Please fully read the terms and conditions and very clear fraud warnings before buying or selling via the free classified ads on MagicWeek. 15.5.10


Comedy Magician Eric Buss. Quentin Reynolds emails: "Comedy Magician Eric Buss from Los Angeles, was booked along with a bunch of other acts to perform in Puyang, China. His stories of the trip are simply .... well, check them out for yourself. What an amazing experience: Click Here (for Facebook users)". 15.5.10


Pennywise Magic. Due to unforeseen circumstances Pennywise Magic are not currently able to take orders. 15.5.10


Sean Heydon's alternative magic. Magic clubs wishing to hire Sean to perform at dinners or lecture are asked to note his new website address 15.5.10


Wayne Dobson: A Life In Magic DVD set - special offer extended! The pre-order special free DVD offer has been extended, and the discs are now in stock... visit for details! 15.5.10


"Magician Derren Brown turns ghostbuster" Click Here • "Derren Brown: I don't exploit the gullible" Click Here • "Paul Daniels: 10 things you need to know about the TV magician" Click Here • "Fire ban on top TV magic star Paul Brown is tragic" Click Here and "Magic is too hot to handle" Click Here • "Weekend of magic spells a wizard fundraiser" Click Here • "Magic Paul: I like Stevie (but not a lot)" Click Here • "Chris Dugdale Returns To Riverside Studios Aug 31- Sept 19" Click Here • "The physics of magic, the magic of physics" Click Here • "50th Bristol Day of Magic" Click Here • "Local magician sweeps the boards" Click Here • Lots of good things on the horizon magic wise at the moment... see you next week, Duncan. 15.5.10