Number 520 - 12th June 2010


Dan & Dave will be in London on July 9th for a one-off private workshop on card magic and flourishing. Tickets are selling fast - to book your spot before it's too late visit this facebook page: Click Here. YouTube: Click Here. 12.6.10


The Lincolnshire Day of Magic - next Sunday. The South Lincs Magic Society in association with Magic Books by Post are staging the Lincolnshire Day of Magic on Sunday June 20th at the Washingborough Community Centre, Washingborough, Lincoln LN4 1AB (Map). 9am: Pre-event lecture/workshop (1st 40 tickets only will be eligible, you will be notified when you purchase your ticket), 10am Main Doors open. Booked to appear: Adrian Sullivan - Pre Event Workshop/lecture, then lectures from Michael Vincent, Paul Gordon, Dynamo and John Archer. Plus a good selection of magic dealers. For more information visit 12.6.10


Noel Britten evening - The Home Counties Magical Society.  "Join us for an evening with Noel Britten on Thursday 17th June 2010 at The Home Counties Magical Society. Doors open at 7.30pm and the lecture starts at 8pm (Map). Non members are welcome at this lecture, an £8.00 charge will apply to any non members attending. Please see our Programme and Lectures Page for full info. 12.6.10


John van der Put - London Lecture, 16th June. John van der Put is an award-winning contemporary magician and part time magical dragon. He was crowned International Brotherhood of Magicians Close-Up Champion in 2009, has released two best-selling DVDs and created magic for The Fat Duck and Heston Blumenthal amongst many others. His stand up act Piff the Magic Dragon is a staple of the cabaret and burlesque scene and enjoyed a record breaking run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2009. Lecture starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.45pm. Price £15.00, payable at the door (must be pre-booked though). Contact Martin as soon as possible if you are planning to attend: 12.6.10


Morgan & West Edinburgh Preview, London. 'Time travelling Victorian magic duo Morgan & West are off to the Etcetera Theatre in Camden on 26th June to preview their forthcoming Edinburgh Show - Time Travelling Magicians! Morgan and West: Time Travelling Magicians marks the triumphant return of the magical Victorian duo to the stage, and to the future. Revisiting their roles as the 19th century’s finest magical duo, Rhys and Rob present another hour of baffling magic, mind-reading and their totally genuine ability to travel through time. After selling out at the Oxford Fringe (tickets wise, that is!) make sure that you book in advance to see the mustachioed men make their mark on the Etcetera's stage! More information can be found at 12.6.10


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic. Travis Perkins is pleased to announce some of the line-up for the 18th Ferrybridge Day of Magic on Sunday 4th July at the Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ (Map). "The first 'lecturette' will be presented by the incomparable John Archer, premiering his new lecture 'The Hannibal Lecture!' Contracts are still in negotiation for the 'afternoon stint' but expect to see one of the leading magical advisers to stage and film at Ferrybridge. A 'workshopette' on the Slydini Silks will be staged by Peter Roberts, and subject to weather conditions a further 'workshopette', Juggling Jinx, with Siobhan and Michael Jordon will be held in The Square. The 4.15pm 'Showette' will feature a veritable cornucopia of magical talent. Dealers and traders will be open for business from 9.45am. Refreshments will be available all day which ends at 5pm. The cost is just £3.50 per person." Further details can be obtained from Travis Perkins or telephone Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500. 12.6.10


John Archer Lectures at the Portsmouth & District Magic Circle on Monday 14th June. The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year, John Archer will lecture on Monday 14th June 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. 12.6.10


Burlesque Paraphernalia and Side Degree Specialties and Costumes. Today, DeMoulin Bros. & Co. is one of the largest suppliers of costumes for marching bands in the US - but in 1930 the company produced an amazing array of props and devices created specifically to be used in minor 'hazing' of candidates by various fraternal organisations. The great 1930 DeMoulin Bros. catalog of 1930, reprinted here, is truly a holy grail for the prankster, armchair sadist and those interested in some of the zanier historic arcana lurking behind America's neighbourhood odd-fellows lodges. This is a reprint of an actual catalog from the 1930's that sold magic illusions, 'gag' type tricks, friendly torture devices, and intricate costumes. Gary Groth (Editor), Charles Schneider (Introduction), David Copperfield (Introduction). To pre-order from Click Here. 12.6.10 are pleased to announce that they will be attending the Lincolnshire Day of Magic on Sunday, June 20th. Why not visit them in the Dealer Hall to see a selection of their huge range of products with special on the day savings? On the day they will be launching their new UltiMulti Wand which is great for children’s entertainers. 12.6.10


Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010 Programme Unveiled. "In its 64th year, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is delighted to launch its biggest and most exciting line-up to date comprising a staggering 2,453 shows. With the number of shows increasing by 17 percent on last year’s total, the 2010 programme ensures that the Fringe offers the world’s best and most original comedy, theatre, dance and physical theatre, events, exhibitions, children’s shows, music, musicals and opera." And magic! Thanks to Peter McLanachan for compiling a list of all this year's magic related shows and events - see What's On. 12.6.10


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's, Friday, 18th June. "Magic night goes animal with mind reading fish, magical grumpy beasts, smashing eggs and the fastest rotating hoopster this side of the hemisphere! Tall Paul Daniels aka Mr Lee Hathaway will be tricking your objects into the strangest places possible, whilst Piff the magic Dragon is back, he's still angry (well kind of annoyed) and he's armed with tricks and a mind reading fish. Yes, a real fish, called Chris, who reads minds, will swim through your thoughts and present them to the world. Tricity Vogue will strum some sexy tunes on her ukulele and Pippa the Ripper puts new meaning into the word spin with her many hula hoops, it's gonna be wild!" Doors 7pm, Show 7.45pm sharp. Tickets £10 (or supper and show tickets for 2 £40.00) from or Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SP (Map) 020 7734 3040 12.6.10


Dave Allen will be lecturing at the Leamington Day of Magic on Wednesday 23rd June. The lecture includes work on children's shows, family shows, close-up and cabaret magic. Also lecturing: Mark James, Andrew Normansell, David Taylor and Arther MacTier. The whole day including breakfast, lunch and dinner is £20.00. Visit for more information. 12.6.10


Graham Lee has another Balloon Fun Day coming up in Birmingham this time, 'Celebrating The Art Of Balloon Modelling' on Wednesday 30th June from 10am - 6pm. More details: "There will be three hands-on lecture/workshops sessions throughout the day, two fun competitions, plus all the usual fun of a Care & Share Fun Day. From the basics, explaining some of the fifteen different twists and what to use them for, onto 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. All the lectures and workshops vary at each event" To book visit 12.6.10


New, from! Shahid Malik's have just launched their second product - 'Electro-Magic Squeeker', a purpose built electronic unit which will enable you to squeek anytime, any place and anywhere! "Totally hidden, you're always ready to squeak! Now you can perform the classic squeeker gag with your hands totally empty! Imagine being able to make anything you touch, press or squeeze squeek! Visit for details. Version 2 of last year's hit 'Instant Radio' is now available. The new version is packed with some incredible features making it faster, slimmer, clearer and louder (over twice as loud as before!). Right now there are some special early bird offers on these products, pre-order today by visiting (and if you're a previous purchaser of Instant Radio you'll be able to save even more on Version 2). 12.6.10


The Classics of Magic. "Peter Campbell-Wells brings his thoroughly unorthodox presentation of Magic's greatest illusions to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010. The show will feature cups, balls, rings, ropes... even a family-friendly bullet catch... but definitely no bunnies! Magicians worldwide spend years perfecting these classics. Pete didn't have time to practice but what could possibly go wrong? With a bag of goodies fresh from the magic shop, Pete will dazzle and confound you with the greatest magic effects ever devised, while madly hoping that his rushed preparation and general ineptitude don't ruin the bullet catch. This is a family show, for kids and grown-ups alike." 19th - 29th August, See What's On for details. 12.6.10


Wild at Heart, compiled by Kyle MacNeill. Kyle emails: "As you probably know, very sadly, Rachel Colombini has contracted an infection, and now needs $200,000 Heart Surgery. I had an idea to create an Ebook with tricks from lots of magicians, and sell the Ebook, all the money going to Aldo and Rachel, as they have given so much to magic. After posting on various forums, I got a massive response, and I have now created the Ebook. It has over 40 contributions, and is selling at All money from the Ebook goes to raising money for Rachel Colombini's needed heart surgery."  12.6.10


Peter Campbell-Wells: Psychic? "Description: Peter Campbell-Wells returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to blow big raspberries at the serious po-faced world of psychic entertainment. Mind-reading and clairvoyance is absurd and Pete's show revels in the daftness of it all. Classic feats of psychic prowess are sent on idiotic tangents with Pete's irreverent spin and utter disregard for tradition. Remote viewing, thought reading and fortune telling methods are crudely exploited for the simple and vulgar aims of raising a giggle. He's equally happy to poke fun at the new generation of evangelical sceptics, who seem bent of asserting their righteousness while sapping the fun and mystery from anything remotely odd. Just for them, he proudly wears the label of Psychic!" 16th - 29th August, See What's On for details. 12.6.10


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). 12.6.10


Last week John Archer and Danny and Annette (Amethyst) joined forces and performed together for the Gentoo Live Conference held in Houghton-le-Spring, Durham. Gentoo is a property business which delivers housing solutions to the community, John, with his usual witty banter, together with Danny and Annette, presented Gentoos latest creation, the 'Gentent' and caused a sensation among the 2,000 delegates when they miraculously made the Chief Executive, Peter Wall, appear from nowhere! 12.6.10


Darryl Rose MIMC "The Stars’ Favourite Magician" has just returned from Paris, where he served his own aces entertaining players, officials and dignitaries at The French Open. Darryl’s favourite moment was producing a tennis racket and balls from a small paper bag! 12.6.10


Matt Wainwright performed close-up magic at an awards ceremony held at Wembley Stadium last Friday. "Just thought I join the 'celeb' club" emails Matt, "It was great to catch up with Bruce and his wife again, as well as meeting Martin Lewis - Money Saving Expert, TV's Jenny Powell, Minty from Eastenders, Nicholas Owen BBC news reader, Anna Williamson GMTV girl, Charlie Boorman - motorbike adventurer and Barry Cryer - British writer and comedian. The coin & finger ring trick was really leaving them stunned in the Green Room, and I got some great reactions at the tables too!" 12.6.10


Congratulations to magician Lee Kiddie and Tracy Juden on their marriage on May 29th in London. Lee writes that he was banned from doing any magic on the day but took part in a Lego Guinness World Record attempt whilst on their honeymoon at Butlins, Bognar Regis... 12.6.10


Would you like to win a home in the stunning British countryside? A new and exciting Channel 4 series is offering you a life-changing opportunity to live in an idyllic village and compete to win the villagers' votes and a mortgage-free life. Have you had enough of fast paced urban life? Are you are trying to get on the property ladder? Do you think you could be a valued member of a village community and win their vote? The producers are keen that the participants will have a wide range of professions and skills to offer to the village and therefore would like to extend this opportunity to the Magician community. In the first instance email your name and contact details to or call on 0207 534 2029 or visit for an application form. 12.6.10


Merlins Magic Studio, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. As part of an ongoing series of sessions, workshops and tutorials, Mark and Phil at Merlins invited Al Smith to the studio to lecture recently. All tickets were sold for what Al calls 'The SOS Session' which contained nothing too difficult to master. This was borne out by the high interest level of both guests and club members throughout the evening. The session featured tricks, subtleties, the odd mistake and more information on cards than all thought existed. Card trickery is alive and well in Yorkshire. The next session at Merlins of Wakefield will be on Sunday 27th June and is aimed at beginners/intermediate magicians who want to take their magic that little bit further. Visit for details, or contact them on 01924 339933 or Places are limited and must be booked in advance. 12.6.10


Johnny Fantastica came second in The World Deaf Merlin Stage Championship, held in Cattolica, Italy, recently. Johnny was also awarded a special award for outstanding achievement in magic, and all Countries re-elected Johnny as President of the Society of World Deaf Magicians, the next festivals will be held in Finland in 2012 and Chicago in 2014. 12.6.10


"Me and a celeb!" As mentioned last week I was feeling a little left out recently, so here's a picture taken last weekend with my son Louis, together with the most evil man in the history of cinema... Lord Darth Vader (Dave Prowse). Not even the magnificent Derren Brown can rival Darth Vader's mind control abilities (or his use of the force!). DT. 12.6.10


"Magicians show off their skills in Sark" Click Here • "David Tennant to play magician in remake of Fright Night" Click Here • "Review: Enigma: Derren Brown, The Playhouse" Click Here • "A record bunny?" Click Here • Stephen Williams 'The Show' is reviewed by Richard Blackie this week, Click Here • "How blind to change are you?" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 12.6.10