Number 526 - 24th July 2010


27th International Close-up Competition & Kevin Reay Trophy, 2010. Magicians hoping to take part in the annual Close-up Competition at this year's International Magic Convention are requested to contact Georgia to receive a set of rules and be considered for a place in this prestigious event. Along with a cash prize of £1,000, there is the Kevin Reay Cup and the chance to add the title to your résumé. Past winners include such luminaries as Lennart Green, Gary Kurtz, Gazzo, Michael Vincent and indeed many more. It is acknowledged as one of the magic world's top titles. The competition is judged by an international panel including many overseas convention organisers - so also acts as a great showcase, even if you don't win one of the cash prizes or Awards of Merit. The number of contestants is limited - if you plan to enter make sure you register as soon as possible. International Magic Convention, 26th, 27th, 28th November 2010, visit for hotel deals too. 24.7.10


"Hello, I'd like to register for the conference that I just missed, so that I can attend, please." Thanks to the magic of the internet you can. You may have missed the live event but that doesn’t mean you can’t join in the fun and see the conference that everyone was (and is) talking about. If you register now you will still receive the full DVD set as soon as it is published. The EMC team are currently in the process of uploading the conference sessions to their website as well, so you'll also enjoy access to all the sessions online until July 2011. The cost is 55 Euros (approximately $75). You will also become a member of EMC and will receive the 'members only' Newsletter. This offer won't last forever! The conference was the huge success predicted for it. Register at (During the conference we were asked to send in photos of ourselves watching the conference, I took one but didn't send it in, but here it is Click Here). 24.7.10


Tommy Cooper's Mirth, Magic and Mischief takes us back into the hilarious world of the master. In this volume not only do we revisit Tommy's personal joke collection but we also delve into his secret magic files. Here we will learn how to catch a bullet in your teeth - Tommy style, create a floating sausage, learn Tommy's favourite practical jokes, and perform the egg and bag trick to the amazement of all. There's only one person in the world who could produce this book: John Fisher, author of the bestselling "The Tommy Cooper Joke Book" and the biography "Always Leave Them Laughing". John was a friend and confidante of Tommy and is the possessor of the largest archive of Tommy Cooper material including a card index of 25,000 Cooper jokes, scripts, monologues and memorabilia which will make this book a 'must have' for all of his millions of fans. Hardcover, 176 pages, publication date: October 14th. To pre-order from (with a generous discount) Click Here. 24.7.10


Conjuring at the Court - London. West London's monthly Conjuring at the Court will make you smile on Thursday 29th July with an evening of magic, comedy and variety at Ealing's Drayton Court. "The show features the clever and witty Ian Keable (photo), whose subtle humour and astonishing ability to read minds have made him a top choice for cabaret and corporate events; Fletcher Ransberry, a young rising star of magic (he had The Magic Circle falling off their chairs with laughter recently); Steve Price, a funny and talented entertainer, whose comic take on Russian Roulette has inspired many imitators – none as good as the original, and the multi-talented Ian Thom is a magical clown but at the Court he’s going to show us his wonderful skills as a puppeteer, conjuring up emotion, drama and humour as he brings his creations to life. The show will be compèred for the first time by one of the producers, Stephen Barry, whose fast-paced visual comedy and fun have made him one of West London’s most popular performers." For tickets and further information visit email Venue: The Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm, show time 8pm-10pm, Thursday 29th July. 24.7.10


Kevin McMahon, Artistic Director, MagicFest emails:  "Massive thank you to all performers, volunteers and supporters of the first ever Edinburgh International Magic Festival. Thousands of people turned out to see some fantastic acts perform across the centre of Edinburgh. Many shows sold out and all received great reviews from the local press. Under 18 Competition winner, Liam Black (Scotland), stole the show with some clever manipulations and excellent comedy timing. The over 18 competition was won by Michael Neto (Portugal) whose charm and skill won over the judges and audience. Big thanks to for sponsoring this event. Magic School received rave reviews from the young participants and was covered in full by ITV Scotland and Radio 4. Links to press coverage available from The Magic and Variety Gala show finale at the Royal Lyceum Theatre received 4 star and 5 star reviews across the board. The first ever festival was a massive success and we look forward to seeing you next year." Kevin McMahon, Artistic Director Photo: Quick Change Artists Keelan and Charlotte in rehearsal for the Edinburgh Magic Festival's Variety Gala performance in the city's Royal Lyceum Theatre. 24.7.10


Sherlock's magic. Danny Hunt and Annette Claire of Amethyst are the creative/escapology consultants on the new BBC three-part drama, 'Sherlock'. Sherlock is a modern day take on the classic Sherlock Holmes originally created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Danny and Annette had a great time filming on set in Wales. Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the new Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as his loyal friend Doctor Watson. Sherlock starts on Sunday 25th July at 9pm on BBC1. For more info Click Here or visit Amethyst's blog: 24.7.10


Knock knock... Carl Charlesworth and Dave Allen, have just been awarded the Billy McComb trophy of excellence and named 'Watford Association of Magicians Members of the Year'. The trophy was presented at the club's 'Fish & Chips Supper and Awards Night' on Tuesday evening to the comedy duo for all their hard work, commitment and performances given at the club. Carl and Dave are currently working on a new double act, which they hope to be performing at the British Ring IBM Convention in September. 24.7.10


'Instant Radio V2' and 'Electro Magic Squeeker' come highly recommended by Steve Cook: "The new version of Instant Radio has some excellent improvements from the original; it's louder, clearer, slimmer, faster and more powerful. So if you want to turn any item into a radio - instantly, with empty hands, then get this great little gadget. Comes with a very clearly detailed booklet, and all you need. The Electro Magic Squeeker works on the same lines but allows you to 'squeek anything' at a touch, whilst your hands are empty. Think of the fun you can have with this item! You can use both items anywhere, anytime, and there's nothing to palm or hide! Use both on stage, in close-up table-hopping, at kids' shows - anywhere you feel an item could do with a squeek! This item too comes with a very nicely produced booklet. Looking for something different, then look no further. Very highly recommended." Steve Cook. Visit for more info. 24.7.10


Colin McLeod DVD shoot - free tickets. Alakazam Magic are opening their doors for a live DVD shoot next weekend. Direct from a 5-star sell-out run in Edinburgh, Colin McLeod will be taking to the Alakazam stage to perform some of his finest creations for a new DVD set release. If you would like to be in the audience simply email for further details and to book free tickets. There will be no explanations, so partners and non-magicians are very welcome - the more the better! Tickets will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so book quickly as spaces will be limited! Sunday 1st August, Rochester, Kent, doors open at 5.30pm, showtime 6pm. See Colin in action on YouTube. 24.7.10


The Paul Ormonde Illusion Show. "Experience the mystery, excitement and laughter of The Paul Ormonde Illusion Show at Portadown Town Hall Theatre on Saturday November 6th at 8pm. All tickets £8.00 via or Portadown Town Hall Theatre. Paul's special guest will be Silouette and he will also be joined by his dazzling assistants Lisa and Sara. The show will include Houdini's Metamorphosis, Harbin's Zig Zag Lady, The Levante Sword Box, and Paul Ormonde's Flying Psychic Leprechaun routine." The Paul Ormonde illusion Show can also seen in Omagh on Friday, November 12th. 24.7.10


International News: "IMX 2011 is a new event heading to Las Vegas. 15+ of the world’s greatest performers invade The Orleans Hotel from the 23rd to 25th May 2011 for 3 days of non-stop magic – incredible performances, unrivalled training and mind-blowing skill. Welcome to the International Magic Experience 2011. IMX is different. IMX provides you with an unparalleled amount of choice. You get to choose your own sessions and create your own unique experience. Gone are the days of being forced to sit through a mass lecture that doesn’t interest you in the slightest. Choose your lectures, choose which workshops to attend and choose the things which interest you." Visit for more information. 24.7.10


Jimbo's Magical Funtime Extravaganza. 45 minutes of child friendly close-up magic followed by a 45 minute stage show. Venue: Center Parcs, Nottingham, Saturday 24th and 31st July. 24.7.10


More Workshop Plans by Granville Taylor (Faust the Magician). A Granville Taylor Publication. A Limited Edition of 200 copies, each one numbered and signed by the author. 124 pages with 49 colour photographs. A4 size, stapled and bound with cardboard covers. "These are the original plans drawn up by Granville Taylor over many years, including: Production of Two Trays of Beer Glasses, Close-up Carrying Case/Table, Horace Goldin’s Chair to Suitcase, The Golden Wand, My Dancing Cane, Thimble Holders, Board for Rapping Hand, The ‘Bean’ Card Holdout, the ‘Miracle’ Billiard Ball, Smoking the Thumb, Box for Vanishing Garter... and many more. Email for a flyer that includes full contents listing and ordering details. 24.7.10


News from China: "The Twins are still wowing audiences with their performance in 'Aladdin’s Magical 3D Adventure' which is breaking box office records the length and breath of the country! 'The Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors have been the highlight so far, and the Chinese people are so lovely' said Paul to the gathered media." 24.7.10


The Pentacle Club James Ward Lecture. "With the holidays upon us, The Pentacle Club is hosting one last lecture before the summer break and visiting magicians are invited to join us on Tuesday, 27th July, for an evening of 'Mind, Magic and Mirth' when magician, author and TV scriptwriter James Ward brings along a mix of mentalism, magic and ideas on comedy. There is a small charge for non-members and the lecture starts at 8pm at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map)." 24.7.10


Riviera Circle of Magicians. The next meeting on Wednesday 28th July will be split into two halves. Firstly performances of self working cards tricks, followed by a mini-lecture on presentation, routining and design by Zak Stone. Guests welcome, admission only £2.00. 24.7.10


Steve Price lectures at the Kent Magicians Guild at 8pm on Tuesday 27th July. Visiting magicians welcome: "special summer offer for visiting magicians only a fiver!" The Kent Magicians Guild meet near Sevenoaks on the last Tuesday of every month - it's a fun place to learn and share magic and is always welcoming to new members. Visit for details. 24.7.10


Bill Miller (Dusty) emails: "With a view to taking the idea of 'things in bottles' to a new level, I have produced a range of impossible bottles using unique one-off containers. My challenge has been to create a range of puzzle bottles which would really be a talking point in any magic den. check out (Not to be confused with Phil Evans' site)." Dusty (aka Bill Miller). 24.7.10


Blackpool Magicians' Club AGM. At the recent Annual General Meeting of Blackpool Magicians Club the President Alan Coventry handed the chain of office over to the new President Jeremy Guest. Officers elected were: President Elect: Derek Lever; Registration Officer: Arthur Casson; Treasurer: Alan Coventry; Convention Organiser: Derek Lever; Assistant Convention Organisers: Russ Stevens and David Plant; Clubroom Manager: David Plant; Entertainments Officer: Derek Lever; Librarian: John Hardman; Welfare Officer: John Hardman; Committee Members: Mark Raffles, Harry Robson, Jim O'Toole. Members expressed their deep satisfaction at the huge success of the 2010 Blackpool Magicians’ Convention and much discussion ensued regarding the forthcoming 2011 FISM European Championships on the 18th, 19th, 20th February 2011 and the FISM World Championships on the 9th to 14th July, 2012. Honorary Life Vice President, Tom Owen presented a beautiful Unique Magic Studio Card Sword, to the BMC Museum which was gratefully accepted by Curator Derek Lever. 24.7.10


David Brandwood (magician David Rie) won an award for volunteer work that he does in his local community which resulted him being presented to the Queen at a garden party held on Tuesday 20th July at Buckingham Palace. "It was a wonderful day for me, meeting members of the royal family including HRH Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and other members of the royal family. The award is the highest award available for voluntary work! I performed magic to many of the guests on the day." 24.7.10


Two readers review Penn and Teller's recent London shows this week, Click Here • "Camden Fringe 2010: Interview – Nathan Penlington, ‘Uri & Me’" Click Here • Magic, 1400s-1950s [Hardcover] Mike Caveney, Jim Steinmeyer, Ricky Jay & Noel Daniel - now with 43% off at Click Here • There's another look ahead to the British Ring Eastbourne Convention this week, Click Here • "Dan Hewitt and Sean Hayden win first heat of The Next Big Thing" Click Here • That's it, many thanks for all your submissions. Please remember the strict Friday 12 noon deadline though. See you next week, Duncan. 24.7.10