Number 524 - 10th July 2010


Is Anybody There? A bitter-sweet tale of an unusual friendship, starring Michael Caine as retired magician Clarence... Edward hates living in the old people's home run by his parents. His only interest is an obsession with ghosts, death and the afterlife. Until, that is, the arrival of reluctant new resident, Clarence - a retired magician with a liberating streak of anarchy. Together the odd couple overcome their personal drawbacks. Scott Penrose was the magic consultant. First showing on British television. 8pm on Saturday 17th July on BBC 2 (also in HD), see TV Magic. 10.7.10


Nathan Penlington presents 'Uri & Me' an obsessive deconstruction of the spoon-bending cultural icon that fuses stand-up, spoken word, and psychic ability: "Uri & Me looks behind the celebrity that we all know and love, to reveal the subtle, complex, mindful and caring man that has created an exhaustive series of board games, an impressive folding bike, a range of porcelain plates, over fourteen fiction and non-fiction books, a line of jewellery produced exclusively for QVC, a collection of psychically energised teddy bears, and a pop album. If you've never wondered what Uri has been up to since 1971, then this isn't the show for you." Venue: Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7BU (Map) at 9pm. Dates: 12th-14th August, All tickets: £7.50 via 08444 77 1000 or 10.7.10


Magic At The Barn. Now in it's sixth year, this successful magic and illusion show will again be taking place this summer at The Barn, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex. The show will feature award-winning stage magic, grand illusion, ventriloquism, mind reading, comedy and close-up magic, hosted by Oliver Tabor on Saturday July 17th & 18th July at 7.30pm. The weekend of magic is supporting the local Little Havens charity. Each years 'Magic At The Barn' show is set in the intimate and enchanting atmosphere of a 17th century barn theatre. The whole evening is suitable for all the family and this year stars Neil Henry - Funny, unique and highly innovative, a 'Mighty sorcerer'!, Oliver Tabor - Sophisticated illusions and award-winning stage magic, Paul Henri - Combining magic, comedy, ventriloquism & general buffoonery!, Kerry-Ann Steadman and Hayley Kember - Two exceptional dancers with added assisting skills, plus exceptional close-up magic from Oliver Meech and James Pritchard before the show. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are only £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children (under 16 years). Discounted family booking £35 (2 adults, 2 children). Available now by phoning 01702 543242 or online via The Barn Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LQ. 10.7.10


The Essential Magic Conference - 15th, 16th, 17th July! This is just about your last call to sign up for the Essential Magic Conference which is now just days away... visit today! 10.7.10


Tommy Cooper: Just Like This! Sean Lock looks at the life of a man who is as popular today as he ever was, and who is still finding new fans via the wonders of the internet. In a magical mix of Tommy from the archives, as well as new interviews, Radio 2 celebrates the career of a unique force in British comedy. The programme features a host of new interviews with people who knew and loved him including Michael Parkinson, Ronnie Corbett, Barry Cryer, Sheila Steafal, Jimmy Cricket, John Miles (the man who looks after Tommy's estate), Royston Mayoh (producer and director, who worked on The Tommy Cooper Hour) and David Ball (from the Magic Circle, and Tommy's bank manager!). 10pm on Wednesday 21st July (1 hour) on BBC Radio Two. 10.7.10


MagicTao have just released Naked Mentalism 1 and 2. "After extensive testing by experienced performers, the wait is finally over. This book represents a new departure in the field of mentalism. The techniques it contains will enable you to perform impromptu, without the usual tools, techniques and compromises. You could, if you wish, perform naked to prove there’s no subterfuge. Track a spectator's thought process as she makes choices, harness psychological forces, turn misses into hits, perform book tests for complete strangers (even over the phone), but above all, replace the intuition of the psychic with solid models of the world that give hit rates far higher than the real thing can ever hope to achieve." Volume I, Volume II, or buy I and II together and save, Click Here . 10.7.10


Children's Magic at Magician's Cave Productions. Stu-Di -Doo, Cumbria's top children's entertainer has, put his face in front of the video camera to demonstrate some of Magician's Cave Production's range of magic for the children's entertainer - visit to see what's new! 10.7.10


News from MagicianFX are adding new items to their website weekly... Hawk 2.0 by Alexander Kolle is selling fast (don't miss it!) and pre-orders can now be taken for WOW 2: "Make sure you keep a look out for the exclusive and exciting new releases coming out over the next couple of months. We are releasing some quality real world effects we think you will find these new lines excellent products, with quality material and content already field tested, ready for your acts. Magician FX are always looking out for great exclusive products to add to our range, so if you feel you have a new effect or an idea you would like professionally producing and releasing into the magic world please contact us and we can take a look at your concept and go on from there together. Any Magic Societies interested in a Magician FX Dealer Demonstration or a Lecture on the world of a Corporate, Wedding and Private Function Magician please contact Gary Bryson for more details on or Tel: 07810 796 967." 10.7.10


Blackpool Magicians Club Jumbo Magic Auction - Tuesday 13th July at Blackpool Magicians Theatre Club, Rear of No.1, Sherbourne Road, North Shore, Blackpool FY1 2PW (Map). The auction will commence at 7.30pm with viewing from 6pm. (Please note that there is no lecture prior to the auction.) Hundreds of items have already been registered, including kid's magic, books, videos, DVDs, stage magic and also part of Cyril Critchlow's Magic Collection containing some nice collector's items. Contact Derek Lever 01253 810113 for details. Email 10.7.10


Karnival Ryujin - Limited Edition Bicycle Deck. Pre-order 3 decks today and receive a free Renegade deck! Karnival Ryujin's represent a totally new look for a Bicycle Deck, incorporating beautiful oriental styled imagery and a glossy metallic gold ink. With a brand new, eye catching back design... new Ace of Spades, new Jokers, new case and two useful bonus cards. The metallic gold ink has also been used to replace all the red from the faces of the deck, creating a truly distinctive deck of cards. Visit for more info and to pre-order. 10.7.10


Mark James Mini Lecture Tour. Following a successful gig in Germany last weekend, and a packed-out lecture for Leicester Magic Circle on Monday, Mark James embarks on a mini lecture tour this week. Mark will be performing at 3SM on Monday, the BMS on Tuesday and Home Counties Magic Society on Thursday. The lecture features material on close-up and stand-up magic. There will even be a quick stop off at the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society on Wednesday to perform two 35 minute spots of cabaret. All are welcome at these events but check with individual societies for exact details. 10.7.10


Paul Gordon is a professional close-up card magician, performer, author, lecturer and organiser of the very popular Card Capers Day of Magic and his magic is tried and tested (and he's been creating card magic for thirty years now). Most of his material is described in his best-selling books and DVDs. Visit to keep up-to-date with his latest releases and news of his three upcoming 'Card Capers Day of Magic' events across the UK. Just added Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic, Glasgow, January 16th, see What's On. 10.7.10


James Munton lectures for The Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday September 15th at 8pm. James hails from Texas, USA and has performed for Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney and guests at the White House on three occasions. You can find out all about him on The lecture will take place at Gregory's, The Function Room, Aspen Drive, Off Derby Road, Spondon, Derby DE21 7SG (Map). The venue has bar facilities and comfortable surroundings with free parking and is only a 5 minute drive from junction 25 off the M1. Visitors £5 in advance or £7.50 on the door. For further details contact Stuart Brown on 01332 768321 10.7.10


Quick Change has just been translated into French 'Changements de costumes rapides pour les homes' and is now available as an eBook or directly from Lex Schoppi via 10.7.10


Merlin's of Wakefield. With the success of several recent events at Merlin's of Wakefield, their next session will be on Sunday 25th July, aimed at beginners/intermediate magicians who want to take their magic that little bit further. See for details, or contact them on 01924 339933 Places are limited and must be booked in advance. If your Magic Society would like to hold a meeting at the shop, then you are invited to contact them also. It can be arranged for most evenings, and Merlins will put on refreshments, provide a room for up to 20 members, keep the shop open, and best of all it's totally free! 10.7.10


Merlin Magical Society Magic Boot Sale, Potters Bar. 6.30pm - 9.30pm on Friday 16th July at The Tilbury Hall, United Reformed Church, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1BZ (Map) Your chance to sell or buy second hand magic props, tables are £5 each. Free entrance, under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. To book a table or for more information contact John Clayton (Secretary) 07931 525399 10.7.10


Just why do magicians give up their time and energy for Magic Moments? Richard Leigh, West-End show producer, and creator/director of London’s longest running magic show, explains why Magic Moments means so much to him, Click Here. 10.7.10


Ollie Mealing's New Card Constructions DVD + Special Offer. "Ollie Mealing has a passion for playing cards that knows no bounds. And his incredible enthusiasm will benefit you! On this DVD Ollie reveals five of his signature moves. From the simple, but mind-blowingly effective, Seesaw Peek to the beautiful Barrier Shift - it's a veritable arsenal of sleights to take every aspect of your magic into a brave new world! And you don't need to be a card ninja to learn and use these moves." Featuring The SeeSaw Peek, The Barrier Shift, The Pit Control, The Clay Switch and The Station Double (ever wanted to pull a double from the centre of the deck? Well, now you can!) Plus eight of Ollie's favourite routines: Constructing the Deck, Four Sugars, Triple Coincidence, The Sandwich Meal, King of Clues, Impromptu Stunner, Flat Pack and Graffiti Sandwich. Place your order before July 28th and receive Alex Ward's Elegy Shift DVD free! 10.7.10


Wayne Fox lectures at The Order of The Magi on Tuesday 13th July. He has lectured at The Magic Circle in London and other magical societies and always received rave reviews. Now he brings his talents to Manchester with an evening of fresh ideas on presentation and misdirection skills. He has advice on how to become a professional close-upper, real secrets of the restaurant magic business and much more. Further details from Mike Sharples or 0161 287 7865. Door charge for non members. The Magi website has directions  Geoffrey Newton PRO. 10.7.10


Northern Magic Circle President's Day. On Sunday 11th July Northern Magic Circle President Su-Jayne host her President's Day, which this year will take place at Cross Keys Community Hall, St Peters Church, Elmwood Road, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE25 8EX (Map). The day starts at 1pm with a barbeque followed by a lecture from Phil Smith which will offer tips and advice on performing for television. Phil Smith has worked for the BBC for many years. The rest of the day will feature a magic orientated quiz and games along with a full gala show starring the magic of Phil Smith, Stephane Bommel, Don Beattie, Tony Parx, John Marshel and Su Jayne. The price for the event is £10.00 including lunch or an 'evening gala show only' ticket can be purchased for £3.50 on the day or in advance by contacting Su-Jayne direct at 10.7.10


"The man who cannot lose" at the Buxton Fringe Festival. "Game over. It's the taking part and winning that counts. Compulsive communicator and social loser Dr Johnny Façade (Matt Pritchard) is returning to Buxton Fringe Festival for his 4th year with the greatest gamble of his life. ‘The man who cannot lose’ is a brand new show from Buxton Fringe 2009's Best Comedy award runner-up (he's not bitter… honest). Featuring an obsessed quest of award-winning magic, multimedia and subversive storytelling." Showing at Underground Venues (The Square, Buxton, SK17 6BD) on 16th, 17th & 25th July at 5pm-6pm and 18th & 19th July at 3.30pm-4.30pm. Box Office 07980 29 29 78 or (And Click Here for more magic at the festival). 10.7.10


Magicians Wanted! "Are you a modern day magician that’s between the age of 16 – 30? MGC will be a group of magicians with a unique twist, performing at large events. Whether your skill level is amateur, intermediate or professional we would like to hear from you. Auditions will take place on Friday 23rd July 2010 in Hassocks, East Sussex. For more information or an application form please visit or email Matt Parro". 10.7.10


'Time Warper' hits the Edinburgh Festival. Magician-turned-time-traveller, Oliver Meech, takes audiences on an amazing adventure through time. It’s like ‘Back to the Future’, but live! History is altered, clocks are stopped, and there’s a daytrip to 2060AD. Along the way, future events are predicted, water floats in mid-air and sparks fly from fingertips. It’s a magic show like no other. Time waits for one man! 23-29th August, Laughing Horse @ City Cafe (Venue #85), 3.45pm (1 hr), Free Non-ticketed. See What's On for Fringe listings. 10.7.10


MagicWeek 10 years on. MagicWeek was 10 years old on July 1st. This week we look back, Click Here. 10.7.10


Brand new Channel Five dating show needs you! "Fancy putting your pulling (and magical) power to the test? Reckon you've got what it takes to clinch a date in just a few minutes? Maybe you've got a freakishly impressive talent to show-off, stunning looks or just great banter! If you're 18-30 and very much a live wire, a brand new TV show wants to hear from you. Please email or call me on 0207 324 0747. Love bus.... Coming to a town near you!" 10.7.10


Sale of the late Henery Smith's effects, Taunton. Henry Smith MIMC, editor of the gospel Column in Magigram and founder member of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians passed away in Feb 2010. Prior to his death a few of his close friends helped him arrange a bargain sale of many of his props (but not all) and magicians from all parts of Devon and Cornwall attended. The sale was a great success. A second, much larger sale, containing items not previously available, will take place at The Salvation Army Hall, South Street, Taunton TA1 3AA (Map) on Friday 16th July. Doors open at 6pm. Magicians wishing to attend are invited to come along and view (and hopefully purchase) some of the many hundreds of items. All proceeds will go to Henry's widow, Kathy. 10.7.10


Book Sale. "Featuring hundreds of books from the estate of Don Masters (USA). The list will be updated periodically and will be available to download from Thanks to all in advance from myself and the family of Don Masters. Jeff Pierce" 10.7.10


Tony Corinda, 1930 - 2010. Tony Corinda is remembered this week by David Berglas and Martin MacMillan, Click Here. 10.7.10


"Penn and Teller interview" Click Here • "Aspiring Harry Potters hit Edinburgh's wizarding school" Click Here • "Shazam! The first Edinburgh Magic Festival begins" Click Here • "Two performers at a Planet Hollywood show fall during a performance" Click Here • Danny Buckler and Ian Keable are profiled this week by Bob Hayden - both will appear at the IBM Convention in Eastbourne, in September, Click Here • Win tickets to see Ghost Stories, via • Last Sunday's Travis Perkins Assembly Eighteenth Anniversary Day of Magic is 'overlooked' by Al Smith this week, Click Here • Mischief - Radical Hypnosis & Mind-Control by Ian Harling and Martin Nyrup is reviewed by Ian Keable this week, Click Here • Sammy Cortino's card manipulation world record attempt, Click Here • Steve Gore lectured for the Modern Mystic League on July 4th, Click Here • "Ian Souch at Danesfield School" Click Here • "Faking It magician Kevin McMahon launches Edinburgh Magic Festival" Click Here • "Magic Mike's award is no illusion" Click Here • "Magic shows see changes, challenges" Click Here • "Why are Scotland's magicians in crisis?" Click Here • Many thanks for all your contributions, see you next week, Duncan. 10.7.10