Number 532 - 4th September 2010


Lance Burton Master Magician. Lance Burton's incredible 14-year run at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Resort, Las Vegas, comes to an end today, Saturday 4th September. I remember reading about the original $100 million contract in Magic magazine as if was yesterday, thinking to myself "now that's what I call a contract" - and it certainly was! The show itself was a real magic show, everything a magic show should be, done to perfection. Although outwardly wrapped in magic tradition, it in fact employed cutting-edge magic technology throughout, and Lance Burton had the charm, skill and dedication to make it all happen. So, perhaps today it is our turn to tip our hats to Lance Burton, and say a huge 'thank you' for staging one of the finest magic shows the world has ever seen, and to wish him the very best with whatever he decides to do in the future. DT. 4.9.10


The British Ring Eastbourne Convention is just days away! For your delight and delectation: Amethyst, Rich Bloch, Christopher Brinson, Danny Buckler, Richard Cadell & Sooty, Jimmy Carlo, Sean Carpenter, Viv Davies, Paul Dabek, Wayne Dobson, Martin Eisele, Flip, Richard Forget, Paul Freeman, Julius Flack, Charlie Frye & Co (photo), Andrew Green, Cyril Harvey, Steve Hewlett, Will Houstoun, Matt Johnson, Graham P Jolley (photo), Ian Keable, Peter Lane, Derek Lever, Manuel Muerte, The Great Nardini, Pluck, Peter Scarlett, Mike Stokes, The Black Fingers, Stephen Williams, Bob Yelland and Yogane, all crammed into four days. 22nd - 26th September 2010, Eastbourne. For Bob Hayden's latest convention highlights Click Here. For more information and to register visit 4.9.10


Bill Abbott UK Lecture Tour 2011. As one of Canada's foremost magicians, the 37-year-old native of Toronto has been performing since the age of five. Over the past 20 years, Bill Abbott has been in constant demand for private parties, corporate functions and special events. His study of magic, music and mentalism for the past 19 years as well as a university degrees in both psychology and sociology, means he's always in demand. In the magic community Bill Abbott is a respected and highly acclaimed creator, lecturer and performer. Marketed routines like The Thing, Smart Ass and The Chico Routine have found a place in the repertoire of hundreds of professional performers internationally. Lecture dates appear in What's On for March and April. There are only a very limited number of additional dates available for other clubs or societies to book. Contact Sean Lobban for more information 4.9.10


Debbie McGee, Celebrity Come Dine with Me. "In this all-new celebrity special, four famous faces compete to prove their worth as the best dinner party host. Taking part are the country's most famous magician's assistant 'the lovely' Debbie McGee; former MP, and aspiring stand-up comic, Lembit Opik; radio presenter and former 11 O'Clock Show and RI:SE host Iain Lee; and Essex glamour model and party girl Jodie Marsh. Debbie kicks off the week in style in the luxurious Thames-side home she shares with husband Paul Daniels. Without Paul around to wave his magic wand, she's flying solo and has decided to cut a few corners, using some shop bought items - something that fails to impress one eagle-eyed guest." 8pm on Tuesday 14th September on Channel 4, see TV Magic. 4.9.10


This is Hypnosis Stage MasterClass. "Stage Hypnosis is not just about learning to hypnotise and doing some funny routines. It's about show structure, audience management, promotion and marketing skills, and of course hypnotising safely and with panache! In November in Blackpool there is a rare opportunity to join Ken Webster, who has the world's longest running single venue Stage Hypnosis show at the Horseshoe Cabaret, now combining Mentalism, and Jonathan Chase author of one of the most popular and respected books on stage hypnosis 'Deeper and Deeper'. Ken is breaking into a mini theatre tour and Jon is combining his perennial Masterclass for this one-off class with two undoubted Masters of the art." Details of the event can be found at 4.9.10


Magic Moments 2010 is only one month away and we’re delighted to have support coming in from top magicians worldwide. See the MagicWeek Magic Moments page to read who has been praising the initiative this week. Building momentum for this year's event, co-organiser Richard Leigh is raising money for Momentum with three shows for Magic Moments (one already sold-out) - see Magic Moments for details. Many other performers are busy arranging their magic moment for this year's day. These include magicians visiting hospitals, performing behind bars, strolling in shopping malls, and donating a share from their professional shows happening on the day. Are you planning a magic moment? If so, do let us know: Jay Fortune. 4.9.10


Close Up Magic For Children - the brand new double DVD from Practical Magic will be released on Tuesday at the Kidology Convention. Children's magicians normally shy away from close-up magic for a variety of reasons. These two DVDs aim to show how you can vastly increase your income by adding close-up magic to the list of services you offer your clients. Weddings, close -up shows, festivals, restaurants and more - there are dozens of different ways close-up magic can be used to increase your business. Starring Ethan Leeds, Russell Leeds and Jeremy Le Poidevin with a Guest Appearance by Craig Petty. Although close-up magic is normally considered difficult, on thses DVDs Russell and Ethan show you how you can perform close-up without needing lots of technical skill. Twelve routines are included and many of these would work as well in a full show as they would close-up, making the content of this DVD even more valuable. Russell and Ethan also take part in a 20 minute discussion covering how to obtain close-up work as a children's magician, and how close-up magic can change your business model. Finally, special guest Craig Petty tips three of his most closely guarded creations designed specifically for children. Craig is one of three headline lecturers at Kidology on Tuesday 7th September (that's this Tuesday!) in Wolverhampton, along with Gary Dunn and Alan Shaxon. Some tickets still available. Visit Practical Magic's website: for more details of Kidology and this exciting new DVD release. 4.9.10


Ziggy played guitar... The inimitable Amanda Eve, aka Magical Mandy, talks about magic and music in The Bath Magazine this month. Click Here to read the article. 4.9.10


Mark Leveridge Magic launches a brand new website! After months of work Mark Leveridge Magic is pleased to announce that a new product sales website is now live at "Containing most of the popular features of the old site, the look, feel and working of the site itself has been re-designed to hopefully provide all customers with an improved easy-to-use and informative visit. As well as the new site, the Mark Leveridge monthly E-Club Newsletter has also recently been upgraded and re-designed, as has the monthly E-Video Newsletter, which is now more of a magazine style video. In fact it is now possible to either watch the complete E-Video Newsletter or to select any of the main sections of the video individually, so viewers can simply cherry pick the parts of the video they enjoy most or wish to view again simply by clicking on the relevant link from the E-Club Newsletter. The E-Club Newsletter is free to sign up for - just go to". 4.9.10


Magic Car Boot Sale - West Bromwich. Tomorrow, Sunday 5th September, From 9.30am, admission £4, at The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map). Free Parking and over 20 stalls featuring both new and used magic! For further information contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or visit 4.9.10


Matthew Garrett AIMC, winner of 2010 Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year competition, will be lecturing at The Ilford Magical Society at The Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford IG3 9PP (Map) on Wednesday 15th September at 8pm. Visitors very welcome, £10 on the door. 4.9.10


Twilite Floating Bulb. "The floating light bulb is a classic grand stage illusion that has mesmerized audiences for years. Vitelli's Twilite Floating Bulb is a dynamic miniature version that fits right in the palm of your hand. What’s more, it all happens inches from your audience's faces. Introduce a tiny light bulb - it's about the same size as peanut. Make some magical passes over the bulb and it mysteriously blinks to life - this psychic lighting is doubly impressive because of the sheer intensity of the light. It's hard to believe so much light can come from such a tiny bulb.... you cause Twilite to rise off your hand and take flight!" The Twilite Floating Bulb can be performed anywhere. Visit for more info and to pre-order. 4.9.10


Irish Magic News, the official website for and about magic on the entire island of Ireland, has a great new look, with added features. Visit today! 4.9.10


MagiScape Illusion Design and Construction are proud to offer Russ Stevens' Solid Shadows Illusion. Re-designed by Russ Stevens with MagiScape Illusion Design and Construction for 2010, and fabricated in metal. Visit for details and pricing. 4.9.10


Derren Brown Live. 10pm on Wednesday 8th September at 10pm on Channel 4. "The acclaimed showman Derren Brown returns to Channel 4 with a brand new special in which a member of the public goes on a life-changing journey." Don't miss it! 4.9.10


Vodka & Shots. Boris Nicoli (X-KGB Mind Reader) and the lovely Russianette dancers will be performing their new quirky comedy cabaret, "Vodka & Shots" at this year's Birmingham Arts Festival. Boris Nicoli will read your mind while the Russianettes will blow you away! The comedy is 100% proof. The good news is that admission is free, as it is part of one of the largest free arts festivals in Europe. Sunday, 12th September at 1pm. Venue: Old Joint Stock Theatre, Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5NY (Map) 4.9.10


Julian James will be appearing as a special guest at ‘Jaggers’ Comedy Club in Bournemouth on Saturday 18th September... "presenting his inimitable flavour of iconoclastic conjuring. Jaggers is the hottest venue on the Bournemouth comedy circuit and promises an unforgettable night of adult entertainment! ... the only Saturday night Comedy show every week in Bournemouth - we provide our customers a cocktail of fun, comedy talent, food and great nightlife." To book tickets visit 4.9.10


Magicseen Issue 34 for September is out now: "Issue 34 offers you the chance to learn about and hear the views of a top Belgian stage magic performer and creator, a daredevil lady entertainer, a young Finnish card performer with eyes on FISM, a British performer who Sir Richard Branson says is the best he's seen and a card magic performing pro wrestler! Yes, we have interviews with Rafael, the Great Cindini, Miika Pelkonen, Chris Dugdale and Desmond Wolfe. The latest issue also has a feature on how to work dove magic, we get taken on a tour of the Magic Circle Library, there's a Magicseen Mega Quiz with three prizes to be won, the Grumpy Old Magician returns with some more whinges, Dave Forrest's steps into the Dealer's Booth, Phil Evans explains why but not how he gets a full deck of cards into a bottle, we give our verdict on the Essential Magic Conference which was the world's first online magic convention, plus there's loads more including reviews, letters, news, and other interesting and fun stuff to enjoy." Issue 34 is available as a download, as a single printed copy or as part of a 1 or 2 year subscription from 4.9.10


Love and Other Magic Tricks - tonight, at The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, Manchester M50 3AZ (Map) Part love story, part magic show, Love and Other Magic Tricks reveals the smoke and mirrors between a couple as they search for that delicate balance between love and need. Inspired by the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the comical strangeness of Kafka and the longing of Edward Hopper, the debut show from standnotamazed brings to life a world where anything can happen. The cast features international performance artists Maya Politaki and award-winning contemporary magician John Van der Put. 4.9.10


Free Family Magic Show at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. Peter Hopkins emails: "I’ll be performing a free Family Magic Show at the prestigious Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay as my latest magical character, The Amazing Simon Sparkles, with fellow Welsh magician, The Magnificent Johno We aim to raise money with the British Red Cross for the terrible Pakistan Flood Appeal. The performance will take place on Sunday 12th September at 3pm at the public area stage so no tickets needed, just pop past, join in the fun and please give a donation to the British Red Cross representatives if you can afford it…..every little helps." 4.9.10


Merlins of Wakefield have another UK Exclusive from Mentalist Paul Carnazzo. The Test Book - Book Test is not the traditional 'book test' where a spectator thinks of a word, and the mentalist reveals the word. As the title implies, this is more of a "Book of Tests". "Using this book you will be able to reveal thought-of words, numbers, symbols, etc. The Test Book-Book Test is an authentic looking telepathy testing manual from the National Institute of Parapsychology. It has a total of 11 tests that can be used as a demonstration of telepathy or as a test of the spectator’s abilities... and of course, the mentalist (or the spectator) is always successful." Merlins will also be at Kidology on Tuesday 7th September. 4.9.10


Standing room only! Andy James presented his unique blend of magic, comedy and illusion to packed audiences of 3600 passengers last week aboard the largest Royal Caribbean Cruise Liner currently sailing in the Mediterranean, the Independence of the Seas. 4.9.10


Mel Harvey had an unusual Bank Holiday weekend working on the set of the new series of BBC's The Hustle alongside Robert Vaughan (The Man From Uncle) and Roger LLoyd Pack (Trigger, Only Fools and Horses). When the series airs in January look out for Mel as a "bidder" in a fake auction scene, and later as a stunt double in a casino scene. It seems all those nights in the cruise ship casinos doing tricks with the chips have finally paid off! Mel looks forward to meeting friends and customers at the upcoming Kidology and IBM Eastbourne conventions. 4.9.10


Launching The Circle of Charitable Magicians – South Wales. Peter Hopkins emails: "Now, like I said this is a launch. That’s because I’ve put together an ever growing team of like minded magicians here in the South Wales area called The Circle of Charitable Magicians. It’s open to keen amateurs to full time professionals, who are happy to give their time to help raise funds for a wide variety of charities throughout the year. In return you’ll gain experience and guidance if you need it, be able to showcase your performances and get that warm fuzzy feeling that you are actually making a positive difference to charities by doing something you enjoy doing….magic. I’m still working on the CCM website but if anyone wants to contact me they can through either of my performance websites or just email: website:" 4.9.10


Magicians Wanted! "Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres is holding its annual Night Hike on the 17th September 2010. Maggie’s provides free emotional, psychological and practical support for anyone affected by cancer. The start point is Guildhall and we are looking for volunteer Magicians to entertain the hikers before they depart. Magicians are required between 6.30pm and 10pm. For more information please contact or phone 0207 386 3506." 4.9.10


Magical proposal. A night of magic and fun was greatly enjoyed by all at Britannia Royal Naval College when eight magicians entertained the Royal Navy's officers and guests at their summer ball. Local magicians have been entertaining at the college since 1990, often performing at the college up to three times a year. To top off an excellent night of magic one of the officers proposed to his now fiancée, and Zac Stone magically produced the engagement ring from and orange which was his final production in an excellent Cups & Balls routine. Ken Whitehouse presented the couple with a bouquet of freshly made balloon flowers! Photo back row - Trev (Zac) Stone, Malcolm Norton and Lez (The Fez) Ellis, front row - Gary Mac, Ozzy D, Ken Whitehouse, Rob Veale and Gary Jones. 4.9.10


Magic get-together, Chorley, Lancashire. Wayne Goodman emails "On the 15th of November we will be having a social get together at The Pheasant Pluckers, Hunters Lodge, Preston Road, Charnock Richard, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 5LH (Map). The night starts from 7pm. It gives us all a chance to have a chat and show off some magic (if you want to that is). There is a bar if you want to have a drink and they do bar food which is handy if you are working during the day. if you would like any more info please email me - or" 4.9.10


Ozzy Dee emails: "The annual Chinese meal for all Kidolgy goers, will be going ahead this year on Monday 6th October. If you would like to attend please contact Ozzy Times 6.30pm at the Connaught hotel or 7.00pm at The Imperial. Also don't forget we have a special rate at the Connaught hotel for convention goers, please contact Ozzy for details." 4.9.10


Cumbria has a new magic club! The Cumbrian Magic Circle already has fifteen members and membership is open to anyone over sixteen with a genuine interest in magic or the allied arts. The circle meets between September and July, on the third Tuesday of the month in Houghton Village Hall. The venue is easily accessible from Carlisle and from junction 44 of the M6. Doors open at 7.30pm and the meeting start at 8pm. Visiting magicians are always welcome. This will be the second time a magic club has been started in Carlisle. The first, founded by Northern Magic Circle member Alan Driffield, ran for about ten years from 1959, since then the nearest club to Carlisle has been over sixty miles away in Newcastle or Barrow in Furness. The new club brings together a good mix of ages and skills. Members range from 16 to over 70 years of age and include children's entertainers, close-up workers, cardicians, a juggler and some people new to magic. Most of all, everyone shares an enthusiasm for magic and for getting together to share knowledge and to learn new skills. For more information or to enquire about membership contact Stuart Bowie 0777 3418892 email 4.9.10


MAK Magic Inc. is a wholesale magic and novelties distributor. They don't sell to the public, they sell directly to magic retail stores. Magicians, if you see any magic product on their site that you like, contact your favorite magic shop and tell them you saw it on MAK Magic's website. 4.9.10


The Amazing Book of Cards: Tricks, Shuffles, Games and Hustles by Joshua Jay, over 200 pages + DVD, available now from Click Here • "Chris Dugdale - An Evening of Magic and Mindreading" Click Here • "Caring Conjuror Calgary club honours magician" Click Here • Paul Gordon has added more club lecture dates for 2011 - see What's On • Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 4.9.10