Number 528 - 7th August 2010


Richard McDougall: Use Your Imagination. Richard's thought stimulating 'Use Your Imagination' lecture/workshop will be staged by International Magic on Tuesday evening, 17th August: "Richard will be exploring the creativity in all of us and how it can be applied to producing an original performance piece; whether you are interested in stand up, close up or stage magic. Be prepared to challenge yourself and the way you currently think about putting together a magic routine. This is one of the most thought provoking and inspirational lectures on performance and creativity that you will ever see. There will be no 'tricks' taught as such in this lecture, this is about creating your own unique magic as a performer. The evening will include 1 hour of presentation with some video footage, then another section of approx 40mins of workshop/Q & As."  Venue: 2nd floor at ‘Casa Italiana’, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1R 5DL (Map) which is almost opposite the International Magic Shop in Clerkenwell Road, London. Time: 7.30pm (finishes approx 9.45pm). £15.00, payable on the door (must be pre-booked though). Contact Martin MacMillan as soon as possible if you are planning to attend; email 7.8.10


Paul Daniels, the Krankies, the Grumbleweeds, Dana, Syd Little and special guest host Christopher Biggins take the 'Best of British Variety' on tour this summer, starting in Blackpool on Friday 13th August. See What's On for tour dates. "Preview: Best of British Variety Tour in Blackpool" Click Here and visit for more info. 7.8.10


Jun Kim Hyun, the fabulous Korean manipulator who won 1st Prize at the Blackpool Convention earlier this year, returns to the UK for the International Magic Convention in London in November (26th-28th). One of the very top scorers in the manipulation category at FISM in Beijing last year, Jun is a member of the new breed of Asian manipulators who combine amazing technique, break neck speed and tremendous stage presence. It is only fitting that a brilliant manipulator should attend the convention, launched 39 years ago by the founder of International Magic, Ron MacMillan, a fellow FISM winner and billiard ball specialist. Please be aware that the special hotel rates on the website must be booked by the end of August to qualify. With many more star names to be announced this promises to be a great weekend. Further details: 7.8.10


International News. Paul Stone emails: The Innovention (Suncoast Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, 4th - 7th October) is now less than ten weeks away! The excitement is building with many highlights in store. Teller's lecture 'the Magic Ball' is eagerly awaited as it is such a rare opportunity to see this superstar appearing at any Magic Convention. Criss Angel will be at The Innovention too which is also a real coup, Opinions about Criss in the magic world are divided, but love him or not you can't argue with his incredible success and achievements. His 'Mindfreak' TV Shows have been seen in 90 countries around the world, and Criss is also the headline star of 'Believe' with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. It promises to be a fascinating session. There are lectures from Artistic Director Joanie Spina, Seth Kramer on Tradeshows, Shep Hyken covering Speaking and Marketing, Magic Al on Children's Magic, and the creative genius that is Gaetan Bloom. And then there's close-up sensation Lennart Green and many others too! And we mustn't forget the impressive British contingent... Mel Mellers making his USA debut, Graham P. Jolley presenting his 'One Man Show', Richard McDougall lecturing on presentation skills, and national treasure Mark Raffles, making his USA debut in Las Vegas at the age of 91! If you haven't already booked, there are still a few spaces available, but not many, for this unique event. Visit for full details. 7.8.10


Morgan & West: Time Travelling Magicians at the Edinburgh Fringe. Great Scott! The 19th Century's greatest magical duo will be at the Gilded Balloon daily from 4th -29th August at 3.45pm as part of the Edinburgh Fringe! Why not come along for a spot of magic and mystery. Last year's show 'Bamboozlement!' was well received by all (4 stars - The List, 4 stars Fringe Review, Sell Out Show 2009) and the new show promises to have more time travel than you can shake a stick at! Visit for more details. 7.8.10


Mages Thru the Ages. Time travel, appearing doves and needle swallowing are among the mysteries you'll experience as three magicians whisk you on a break-neck tour of the past, present and future of magic. Miracles, music and comedy are fused in a unique journey through the different styles of magic that have evolved over the past 100 years and beyond. The tricky trio, all former members of a real-life Hogwarts magic school, will show you suave conjuring from a bygone era, impossible physical feats, and have the audience generate enough electricity to reveal what the future holds. London preview: 17th August, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 8.30pm, tickets £7 via or on the door. Edinburgh Festival: 23-29th August, Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, Noon, Free non-ticketed. For more Ed Fringe dates see What's On. 7.8.10


Mind reader and mental marvel Peter Antoniou is heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a second year... "Is your mind safe? Learn the true story of Peter Antoniou's journey into the merky world of 'psychic' espionage. Peter will reveal, for the first time, the unbelievable trail of events that saw him being offered into the world of corporate mind control. See him demonstrate his amazing abilities, and learn how they are already being used against you!" 4 stars ThreeWeeks; 'Phenon-mentally good' Kerrang! Show runs from the 18th-30th of August at 2:55pm at Sweet Grassmarket, tickets are £7 (£5 concessions) - to book tickets for the show Click Here. Peter is also the official festival blogger for the review publication Broadway Baby. To keep abreast of his adventures in Edinburgh here: Click Here. For more magic listing see What's On. 7.8.10


Heroes of Comedy. 11pm on Friday 13th August on More4. "Northern humour is synonymous with Les Dawson and few comedians were blessed with a more vivid sense of observation of the world around them. This collection of great moments follows his career, from those first tentative appearances on Opportunity Knocks to his years with Yorkshire Television where he received staunch support from John Cleese; a hilarious double-act with television magician David Nixon; and his partnership with Roy Barraclough as the indomitable Cissie and Ada." See TV Magic. 7.8.10


Parannoyance featuring Dr Johnny Façade (Matt Pritchard) can be seen at the Camden Fringe in August. It's a fast-paced interactive show that uniquely fuses magic, multimedia and subversive storytelling, appealing to a broad age range; making it an ideal treat for all the family. "Best Comedy Show" award runner-up at Buxton Fringe last year. "A hard driving mix of magic and twisted science." Oxfringe. 16th and 17th August at 8.45pm. Camden Head, 100 Camden High Street, London NW1 0LU (Map). Tickets £7.50 on the door or online in advance 7.8.10


Failure: Admit It, Accept It, Embrace It - Tonight! Holder of world' first degree in Street Magic to perform in London. In 2006 Owen Lean graduated from Trinity College Dublin with the world's first degree in Street Magic. He had started doing a drama degree but had specialised in the subjects of Magic and Busking in his essays to such an extent that his tutor declared he had created the worlds 'first degree in street magic'. For three years now Owen has been working on a new feel-good stand up comedy magic show that he will be debuting in London on August 4-7th. The show entitled Failure: Admit It, Accept It, Embrace It. Promises to be as hilarious as it is thought provoking dealing with subjects such as romance, politics, employment and questioning whether the criteria society uses to define people as 'successes' and 'failures' are actually completely the wrong way around. Owen Lean: Failure 4-7th August at the Intermission Theatre, St Saviors, Walton Place, London S23 1SA (Map). Tickets £10.00 (enter 'magicweek' in the online concession box on for a reduced rate) Box office 020 7823 8979. 7.8.10


Nathan Penlington presents 'Uri & Me' - 12th - 14th August, London. Nathan Penlington's obsessive deconstruction of the spoon-bending cultural icon 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 "Psyched up – Uri Geller to attend Fringe" Click Here. 7.8.10


CSI: New York - Sleight Out of Hand. "After a string of magic-trick inspired murders occur, including a woman being cut in half while inside a wooden box and a man being burned to death, Mac and Stella try to tie popular illusionist Luke Blade (Criss Angel) to the crimes. Meanwhile, Danny goes to Montana to support Lindsay as she testifies against the man who murdered her friends." Sunday 8th August on Five USA. See TV Magic for details. 7.8.10


Congratulations to Ricky Gardiner, winner of the Nottingham Guild of Magicians recent close-up competition (left) and Rhys Smith, winner of the Brian Holland Stage Competition. The competition night is reviewed by Neil Tittensor this week, Click Here. 7.8.10


Psychic Joe Power cut dead by Edinburgh Fringe spirit. "A major Edinburgh Fringe venue has defended its decision to put a 'psychic medium' on the bill. Joe Power - 'The Man Who Sees Dead People' - is to play a three week run at The Assembly. However, Power was booed and heckled during the Assembly's 30th anniversary gala." To read the full story from the BBC Click Here. 7.8.10


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