Number 521 - 19th June 2010


Jeff McBride, Cyril Takayama, Stan Allen, Scott Hitchcock... Watch these videos and more on the Essential Magic Conference website as this very exciting event approaches.


Jeff McBride is an award winning manipulator and the founder of The Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas. He has devoted his life to magic and the teaching of illusion. Here he talks about his philosophy of performance and a school of magic where the students transcend the masters.

Cyril Takayama is a star of Japanese television where his magic specials are among the highest rated shows. In 2007 The Academy of Magical Arts nominated him Magician of the Year. Last year he toured throughout Japan and played to sold out audiences

Stan Allen is the editor of Magic Magazine. He talks about his early influences in magic, his career as a professional entertainer and how he later found his niche as the publisher of one of the world’s leading conjuring journals.

Scott Hitchcock is a professional magician now living in Las Vegas. Known for the diversity of his work he talks about the importance of developing a broad range of skills and cultivating that all important rapport with the audience.


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. 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. The various talks will go out live, on the internet, on July 15th, 16th and 17th. Visit for more information and to register. (This one is going to go down in magic history - don't miss out on being a part of it. DT). 19.6.10


Edinburgh International Magic Festival, Magic and Variety Gala. Tickets are now on sale for the finale of the Edinburgh International Magic Festival; The Magic and Variety Gala on July 11th at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. The acts have been confirmed: British Magical Grand Prix Champions Keelan Leyser & Charlotte, Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year John Archer, FISM award winner The Great Nardini, Edinburgh Fringe Outsider Award winner ‘The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet theatre’ along with Xavier Mortimer, Alan Hudson, Colin McLeod and compère Gavin Oattes. A night of melt-in-the-mouth mind reading, served with a sliver of illusion and a mouthful of mystery! This will be a fantastic evening of magic and variety not to be missed. The show is suitable for the whole family. Tickets range from £10 - £18 and are on sale now from Special family ticket deals are also available. "Edinburgh International Magic Festival joins city's roster" Click Here. 19.6.10


There's more British Ring Convention news this week as Bob Hayden profiles two of the French performs who will be appearing, Cyril Harvey and Yogane, Click Here. For registration details and the complete lineup visit 19.6.10


Two Lectures for July at International Magic. Firstly Dan & Dave make a welcome return to London with a lecture on Thursday July 8th. Tickets £20 per person. This is followed on Friday July 9th with a lecture from Jason England (photo), on a brief visit to the UK. Jason will present his 2010 lecture. Tickets £15 per person. The venue and time for both lectures is 7.30pm at 2nd Floor, 'Casa Italiana', 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL Map). Places are already going fast. Contact Martin MacMillan at International Magic on 020 7405 7324 or email if you wish to attend either event. 19.6.10


The Lincolnshire Day of Magic - tomorrow! Sunday June 20th, 2010. The South Lincs Magic Society in association with Magic Books by Post are organising the Lincolnshire Day of Magic 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, 6pm the day ends. Booked to lecture: Adrian Sullivan - Pre Event Workshop/lecture, Michael Vincent and Paul Gordon, Dynamo, and John Archer. Dealers: Magic Books by Post, Merlin's, Magic Tao, Gifts4magicians, Razzmatazz, Annabel de Vetten, Master of Mystery (Adrian Sullivan), and Discount Magic. For more info visit 19.6.10


James Freedman was brought into the BBC Radio 2 studios last week talking about and demonstrating pickpocket techniques with host Jeremy Vine. We've had ventriloquism on the radio, now pickpocketing too, and it works! The show can be heard on iPlayer for the next few days, and James's piece starts at around 34 minutes 40 seconds in: Click Here. James Freedman is one of the speakers who will be appearing at the Essential Magic Conference in July. 19.6.10


Labco in London, 16th - 18th July. One again magicians will have the opportunity to meet Niels and Soren in London, and test Labco's products in their summer workshop. Labco will be in London from Friday 16th July to Sunday 18th July. Contact Soren and let him know what time is best for you to make an appointment to see them. If there are any  products that you'd like to order let them know also so that they can bring them with them. Labco produce some of the finest magic in the world, visit to see their range. 19.6.10


Magic Contributions Required! The publishers of Magicseen are assembling a new book of magic stories and anecdotes. If you have any funny, embarrassing, quirky, unusual, or simply strange stories to tell, please write them down and send them in, preferably together with an image of yourself, to: 19.6.10


The Academy of Magic is presenting an introduction to hypnosis hosted by Anthony Jacquin tomorrow, Sunday June 20th, at The Phoenix Artist Club, London, from 7pm (or watch it live online via The Academy). For more details visit: 19.6.10


Ian Souch will be bringing his Mentalism show, 'Reality Vaccine' to the Edinburgh Fringe this year: "Reality Vaccine is a departure from reality experimentation. Medical research volunteers required at the Newsroom (Laughing Horse Free Fringe) operating theatre to be part of a psychological experiment. The surreal mentalist Ian Souch is about to commit surgery on your mind! Come along and enjoy magic, suggestion and psychology and be prepared for your very thoughts to be laid bare. Be brave, it will only hurt a little... 5th - 23rd August (not the 16th). See or for details. 19.6.10


Quick Change Tie! New from "Quick Change Tie is ideal for close-up or table hopping. Don't confuse this tie transformation with other principles which change one and the same tie. Here you are actually changing one tie for any other tie that you wish. This version is suitable for the most elegant occasions and is no cheap clown gag. The pièce de résistance - after the color change your tie may be examined and even untied by a spectator - you are absolutely clean!" 19.6.10


Wizard Product Review. David Penn and Craig Petty are now producing an online show that takes a ten minute look at the looks at the latest items from the world of magic. This weekly show has now been running for four weeks. To catch up visit: Viewers can also subscribe to the show on iTunes by searching for ‘Wizard Product Review’. There will also be an exclusive ‘First Look’ at a hot new magic product on next week's show, which is normally uploaded on a Wednesday every week at 12 noon (GMT). 19.6.10


Jan Culshaw of Loch Ness Magic has a busy summer in store. His one-man mentalism show "The Cabaret of Mysteries" starts a 12-week run at The Lovat Boutique Hotel in Fort Augustus on July 1st. Jan is also appearing in his acting persona in "The Great Cattle Raid" at Eden Court, Inverness and is currently in rehearsal for the stage version of "Dad's Army". 19.6.10


The Mystic Ring are holding a bring and buy sale and mini-auction this Thursday, June 24th. Magicians in the area are welcome to take part. The Mystic Ring meet at The Dunstable Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable and the evening will start at 7.45pm. Free admission, but there may be a small commission payable to the club if you sell anything. For more information email 19.6.10


Martin Peirce lectures at the Merlin Magical Society on Thursday 24th June at 8pm. Martin's lecture will include close-up magic, children's magic and mental effects. Entry for non members is £5 (on the door). Venue: Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). 19.6.10


Workshop Plans by Granville Taylor (Faust the Magician). Featuring the original plans drawn by Granville Taylor over many years when making magical equipment to be used by himself as Faust the Magician in his theatre and cabaret tours around the world, and some to be marketed by “Taylor-Made Magic” for other magicians. Including plans for The Arabian Cabinet; Coin Stand; Table for Decanter, Glass, and Handkerchief; Table for Smoke Vase; Devant’s Vest Servante; Special Crocodile Clip for a Martin/Hammerton “Flying Ring” Reel; Martin’s Release Clip; Brass Bowl for Cigarette routine; Mirror Box illusion; Murray’s “Beheaded Princess” Illusion, and many more. Plus an eight page list of all the tricks and illusions built by Granville Taylor since 1941. A Limited Edition of 200 copies numbered and signed by the author. 129 pages, including 16 pages in full colour, with 36 photographs, A4, stapled and bound. Price £60.00. Email Granville Taylor for more information and to order: 19.6.10


Kerry Scorah and Andrew Green failed to make Iceland's ash cloud disappear back in April, but did manage to make it to a rescheduled Hotel Industry Conference in a 5 Star Resort in Portugal last week to wow delegates with their sleight of hand trickery. 19.6.10


Mathew Youngs and Tinie Tempah. "On Tuesday I was hired to perform close-up magic at the Trent Uni Graduation Ball, held at the famous Trent FM Arena. After nearly three hours performing for the 2500 guests in a hot, loud environment, I found myself backstage in a rather lighter and quieter environment (phew!). As I regained composure, I was lucky enough to meet the girl pop group 'The Saturdays' just before they went on stage, next thing I knew I was performing for Number 1 Hip Hop artist Tinie Tempah (photo) and being filmed by Radio 1 DJ- Huw Stevens (I'm trying to get hold of this footage). Luckily I overcame the pressure and pulled off some strong effects. Tinie Tempah was amazed and 'all round nice guy Huw Stevens' gave me rave reviews as I hung-out back stage. I made it home at about 2am, knackered and without much of my voice remaining but buzzing from a great night!" 19.6.10


Matt Pritchard of LabMonkey Productions present Parannoyance, "A fast-paced interactive show that uniquely fuses magic, multimedia and stand-up comedy. Hilarious 'clean comedy' that will appeal to a broad age range making this an ideal treat for all the family. Short listed for Best Comedy Show at the Buxton Fringe Festival 2009." 8pm on Wednesday July 21st at Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. For more info and free tickets email: 19.6.10


Do you remember this magician, Alfred Giddings, aka ‘Zomah’ the mind-reader? Jay Fortune emails: "...he and his wife did a double mind reading act and he died in a Denmark Hill S.E. hospital after a short illness aged 70. His real name was Mr. Alfred Giddings, a former architect. If any readers of MagicWeek have any details of this chap, including the Institute of Magicians of which he was President, that would be great. Having asked around some pro’s from the war-era, nobody appears to have heard of this couple! Any news readers have can be sent to Many thanks." 19.6.10


"The Illusionist, Edinburgh Film Festival" Click Here • "Paul Daniels gets political ahead of Rhyl Pavilion performance" Click Here • "Houdini's Flight" Click Here • "Magician Pete hopes to cast a spell over Berwick" Click Here • "Public liability cover for stage and street hypnotists" Click Here • "Strange magic" Click Here • "Some Hogwarts Magic In The Florida Sunshine" Click Here • Thanks to everyone who contributed news this week, see you next week, Duncan. 19.6.10