Number 533 - 11th September 2010


Jim Cellini was one of the truly great street performers. An incredibly charismatic man both on and off stage, his style and look created an act template that can be seen across the world, wherever a busking pitch is available. As he travelled, his skill and manner entranced fellow magicians and other performers alike, and some of those whose careers he touched and shaped will gather at this year's International Magic Convention in London (November 26th-28th) to pay tribute to his life, which so sadly ended last year. Artists in the Saturday afternoon show include Gazzo - perhaps the most internationally recognised busking magician of the modern day; Michael Vincent to illustrate the teachings of Slydini with whom Cellini diligently studied; Richard McDougall to talk about the man and his incredible life, and Johnny Fox, regular American Renaissance Fair performer and long time friend of Jim Cellini. (Photo by Duncan Trillo. Jim Cellini performing in London's Covent Garden 26 years ago). 11.9.10


The Academy of Magic are pleased to announce a partnership with Davenports Magic to present lectures from the perfect photographic studio just next door to the world-renowned shop. Manuel Muerte, of Flicking Fingers fame, will lecture at 7.30pm on Monday 27th September. The complete lecture will be streamed on to be seen live around the world, or you can attend the filming in person at the Davenports Studio instead (doors at 7pm) for just £10. A drink will be provided in the interval and if you dress up as a mouse then entrance is free! 11.9.10


Tricky TV series 3 starts on Tuesday at 5pm. Series 3 will retain many of the much-loved strands but with a new twist. Instead of performing all of the tricks himself, Stephen will be joined by a top team of tricksters aged 8-15 to boggle the brains of the viewing public. Each young member of this unique, hand-picked group will showcase their own brand of magic from locations all over the UK. Tuesday - Friday for 5 weeks, and again on Saturday and Sunday for 10 weeks on CITV. Magic Producer: Paul Andrews, Director: Adrian Edwards, Executive Producers: Vanessa Hill and Stephen Mulhern. More info: 11.9.10


An Evening of Magic and Comedy in Oxford. Starring Richard Young, Sam Strange and Sam Cross this Sunday night at The Chipping Norton Theatre in Oxford. Just a few tickets remain for the show which starts at 7.45pm (Box office: 01608 642350, all seats are £12). The show will feature a wide ranging mix of comedy, magic and illusion, including the first ever performance of André Kole's Squeezebox illusion which was recently made especially for Richard Young by Philip Hitchcock's Secret Workshop. 11.9.10


Strictly Come Dancing returns with a special launch show, hosted by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. Fourteen eager celebrities (including Paul Daniels) discover who they will be sharing the dance floor with as they are matched with their professional partners for the first time. "Strictly Come Dancing line-up is revealed" Click Here. 6.25pm on Saturday 11th September on BBC 1, see TV Magic. "How's Paul Daniels enjoying his Strictly training so far? Not a lot!" Click Here. 11.9.10


Conjuring at the Court – 30th September. Conjuring at the Court returns on Thursday 30th September with a top lineup: "Max Somerset is one of the UK’s leading magicians, with two series on Sky TV, Max Magic and Undercover Magic, and a starring role in another TV series, The Sorcerer's Apprentice. A versatile performer who treads the line between genius and madness! Pat Fallon has all the charm you’d expect from Ireland’s leading magical entertainer. He’s made over 90 TV appearances and delights audiences all over the world with his expert conjuring. Katherine Rhodes is a polished, professional magician and mind reader with her own show at Wilton’s Music Hall. John Kimmons is a ventriloquist that even Simon Cowell enjoys. A hilarious performer with an original approach that involves the audience in the show. Compère Otiz Cannelloni (photo) has a mind more suited to testing crash helmets, his performance fluctuates between sheer genius and downright stupidity. Just when you suspect he doesn’t have a clue, Cannelloni removes all doubt. It’s taken years of practice to make something so simple look so difficult. Conjuring at the Court is now Greater London’s longest-running monthly magic show, enjoyed by regulars and newcomers alike. The show is great value with the opportunity to see a full evening of magic from some of the UK’s finest performers for only £10." The Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map), telephone 020 8997 1019. Tickets and further information: 11.9.10


An additional event has been added to programme for the IBM British Ring Convention at Eastbourne. Bob Hayden writes: The Cassadaga Propaganda is a new show written by Ben Hart and Neil Kelso with their company "Kindred Phenomena Theatre". The period spanning 1840 to 1940 provides the inspiration for the show. Voices from the grave and spooky mediums and their stories are featured. It's a show about ghosts and spiritualism, which runs for seventy minutes with no interval. You can see it at midnight in the Jevington Room of the Convention Headquarters hotel, the Landsdowne, after the Saturday Gala. Seating is limited to 80 so this will be a ticketed event, with a charge £5 to cover the cost of the room hire. Tickets will be available from the registration desk from the Thursday morning of the Convention onwards. The British Ring is very pleased to be able to offer an early preview of this new show to Conventioneers. Ben Hart, a winner of The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year, and Neil Kelso are both members of the Winchester Magical Society, a very active magical club. The show has been devised for the general public but will be of special interest to magicians who are into mentalism or enjoy bizarre magic. It includes many mental effects not seen for some time. This is a theatrical show appropriate to the bewitching hour. To read more from Bob Hayden this week, Click Here. (Ben Hart greatly impressed when I saw him win the Young Magician of the Year Competition back in 2007, Click Here DT). 11.9.10


The 4 complete Ed Sullivan Shows starring The Beatles will be released on DVD on Monday. The shows also feature other guest acts including FISM champion Fred Kaps who had the unenviable task of actually following The Beatles on one of the shows. This digitally remastered two disc set runs for over four hours, complete with all 15 songs performed by the band over their four appearances on the show, including the hits "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "Help" and "Yesterday". This special new package also includes an exclusive Ed Sullivan Show ticket replica from The Beatles 1st appearance and approximately 13 minutes of additional footage. Available from Click Here. 11.9.10


Ian Rowland to lecture at the Wessex Magical Association this Tuesday. A rare lecture from Ian Rowland is scheduled for the President’s Night at the Wessex Magical Association on Tuesday 14th September: "Ian Rowland is admired by Banachek and James Randi. He has lectured on the psychology of deception to the Ministry of Defence (UK) and the FBI (US). His book, The Full Facts book of Cold Reading, has sold 20,000 copies. He writes a monthly column for The Magic Circular. Ian’s recreations of psychic shows, spoonbending and spiritualist séances take him around the world. Ian promises a great two-hour lecture, ranging from easy-but-good stuff anyone can use to more advanced material for hard-core enthusiasts, plus some good stories about his most recent lecture-trip for the FBI." Guest tickets for bona-fide visiting magicians are just £5. Come and see Ian Rowland at the WMA on Tuesday 14th September at 8pm at the Bourne Valley Centre, 56 Herbert Avenue, Poole, Dorset BH12 4EE (Map). 11.9.10


Will Gray lectures at the Merlin Magical Society on Thursday 16th September. "Will's 2010 lecture 'Magic with a Capital E' is getting rave reviews from the magical world. Magic with a capital E (where E stands for Entertainment) is a lecture which focuses on entertaining in real life working environments where the E bit is just as important as the clever stuff. The lecture includes a mix of Cards, Coins, Kids Magic, Mentalism and Comedy." Doors open at 7.30pm, lecture runs from 8pm to 10pm, entry for non members is only £5. The Merlin meet at Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). For more info contact Secretary John Clayton on 07931 525399. 11.9.10


Mark Leveridge's next Dealer Night takes place in just four weeks time, on Sunday 10th October at the Holiday Inn, Winchester. Previous events in Birmingham, Bristol, Northampton and Newbury were very enjoyable for all who attended as they gives everyone the chance to browse the full Mark Leveridge Magic and Magicseen range of products and to buy at a 10% discount, and to benefit from Mark's mini lecture in which he performs and explains three brand new previously unpublished routines. There's also the opportunity to see the latest effects performed in the dealer dem and to request information and dems of any other products of personal interest. There is plenty of time between the start at 7pm and finish at 10pm to have a leisurely browse, and to relax and socialise in the comfort of the hotel, and even to win one of the three valuable prizes to be awarded on the night! So, register now and book your place on the latest Dealer Night by visiting 11.9.10


DUPES - new from BigBlindMedia: "Gary Jones and Chris Congreave have a sterling reputation as working magicians. The material they create and perform is the sort of stuff you will want to do and audiences love to see! DUPES is an entire DVD devoted to one of their favourite ideas – using duplicate cards to create perfect miracles. With a heap of insights and sneaky ideas to elevate this underused ruse, you will have your jaw pinned to the floor as you watch the genius ideas these two have laid down for you. Easy, performable, entertaining magic!" Anyone ordering in the next two weeks will receive a free copy of the Connected DVD (Torn & Restored Card to Spectator's Pocket, worth £15.99). 11.9.10


Piff’s Edinburgh show hits London for one night only! Just the Tonic presents Piff-tacular 2: Get Rich or Die Trying on  22nd September at 8.30pm at Leicester Square Theatre. "Lock up your princesses, Piff’s back and this time he means business! With brand new tricks and Mr Piffles, the world’s first levitating Chihuahua." Top 3 picks of the fringe – The One Show (BBC) - Three to See - ThreeWeeks **** Edinburgh Spotlight, **** Edinburgh Evening News. (The show will be listed on shortly). 11.9.10


Chris Dugdale: An Evening of Magic and Mindreading - until September 19th. "Chris Dugdale, world class magician, returns by popular demand to Riverside Studios with a show that will leave you spellbound. From over 100 performances at the Monte Carlo Casino in Las Vegas, to a private audience for Her Majesty The Queen in Windsor, he has mesmerised audiences at the top level. He is the face and expert behind the new Britain’s Got Talent Stage Magic kit, and is currently developing two television projects. Experiencing magic before your eyes is a sensation like no other. Join Chris for a very different night that you will never forget." Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL (Map). Box office: 020 8237 1111. More info: “The Riverside's intimate theatre space allows the audience to enjoy Chris at his best, because he's the undisputed king of the close-up card trick and a mind-boggling maestro of modern magic.” Roger Foss, LBC radio, 3rd September 2010. "Chris Dugdale - Magic and Mindreading" Click Here. 11.9.10


School of Magic in Gillingham. Jack Delvin MIMC writes: It gives me great pleasure to announce the opening of a new branch of The London School of Magic in the Medway area. I honestly think, bearing in mind it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, that I am offering a valuable service to magic and magicians. A little over a year ago I started a magic school in my home town of Orpington. It has been running very successfully since then every Saturday morning from 10am – 12noon. Following on from that, three months ago I started another school this time in Banstead, Surrey, on Sundays. I am now planning to open up in Gillingham, every Saturday afternoon from 2pm - 4pm at The Spyglass and Kettle, 2 Woodside, Gillingham, Kent. ME8 0PG

Free Open Day. I am holding a free open day on Saturday 18th September from 2pm - 4pm. The number of students at any one time will be limited so that they all get personal attention. Whatever your interest, or level of ability, I am confident I can help you. The cost is just £10 per session and you do not have to commit yourself to a set course. This is ideal for anyone who has a particular aim in mind; to enter a competition, take an audition for The Magic Circle, turn pro. or just improve. No magician is perfect, we all need a bit of help. Why don’t you just come along and see what it is all about? I would greatly welcome your support.

Please feel free to give me a ring if you are at all interested, or just turn up on the day. I am not setting out to make a fortune, I just want to cover my costs and put something back into magic. Incidentally if you live too far away to get to the meetings I have a fantastic new way of helping you wherever you live!


Jack Delvin, M.I.M.C. 01689 826169 11.9.10


Edinburgh Magic Circle are pleased to announce the forthcoming lecture by master mindreader Colin McLeod on 20th September at The Police Club, 28 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EP (Map). Colin is heading to Las Vegas to perform at Mindvention 2010 and has offered to give Edinburgh Magic Circle a first taste of what to expect. He has just finished filming a DVD set with Peter Nardi's Alakazam which will contain many of the effects from the lecture. Doors open at 7.15pm and the lecture will begin at 7.45pm. Entrance £10. 11.9.10


Claudine Boyer-Chandler to lecture at the Modern Mystic League. On Sunday 12th September the Modern Mystic League in Blackburn are hosting a very special lecture. Claudine Boyer-Chandler, is the daughter of Claude Chandler, one of The Magic Circle's earliest and most influential. Claude Chandler was a meticulous performer, as was Claudine. She was one of the original Tiller Girls and the first female magicienne to appear in Saudi Arabia. She performed a silent act with an assistant, involving dogs. She is a Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle and has lectured there on her extensive experiences which took her all over the world in the 50s, which included appearances on the David Nixon Show on television. The lecture is open to visiting magicians. Contact Allan Clarke on 01772 681522 or visit for details. 11.9.10


Deeper and Deeper: The Secrets of Stage Hypnosis by Jonathan Chase. "Jonathan Chase's book Deeper and Deeper is a very nuts & bolts approach to Stage Hypnosis a Complete Instruction Course in a book; and should be appreciated by those with experience, as well as by newcomers to the profession. I linked instantly to Jonathan's wit and directness in Deeper and Deeper and read parts of the book several times. If you get only one piece of useful information from any book then it's well worth the time and money. From this book, I'm sure most Stage Hypnotists (whatever their level of ability or experience) will get a great deal more! I especially liked Jonathan's obvious concern for the safety and wellbeing of his volunteers as well as his attention to the behind the scenes professionalism of a successful Stage Hypnotist. I recommend this book very highly and look forward to any subsequent writings from Jonathan." Grant Boddington - editor Hypnotes. Available from Click Here. 11.9.10


Penrith magician, Stuart Hodgson, has become a magic champion for the second year running after a year of competitions with fellow entertainers from throughout the North of England; winning the coveted President’s Wand Trophy at Darlington Magic Circle. The popular and busy children’s entertainer who goes by the name Stu-Di-Doo had to take part in six different competitions featuring different aspects of magic throughout the year and was judged upon his performance, magical content and ability. To add to this he was also nominated and elected to become the next Secretary of the Darlington Magic Circle. Stuart said, “I’m really pleased to win the Presidents Wand again, especially as so many good magicians took part over the year. It was good fun and also a chance to prove that I do more than balloon models and children’s parties. To be elected to act as Secretary for the Circle is an incredible honour, even though it will no doubt involve a lot of extra work. I’m now looking forward to a very busy year and hopefully trying to defend my title.” 11.9.10


Theo The Magician raises a further £430 for The Neonatal Unit, St Helier Hospital, Surrey, where his daughter was cared for after being born ten weeks early weighing only 2lbs. Theo hosted a Quiz Night, as a favour to a local Croydon School, which included a Balloon Modelling round, Close-up Magic and a Cabaret Show. Then, to Theo's surprise they presented him with the money raised, for him to pass on to his favourite Charity. Theo was surprised and delighted. The money will help buy a SISS Baby Control Monitor. Theo is pictured here presenting Junior Sister Analyn Campbell with the monitor. For the full story visit Theo's Blog on  Theo's daughter celebrates her 9th birthday tomorrow. 11.9.10


Paul Gordon presents his all-new lecture this coming Monday, 13th September, at 8pm for The Chester Guild of Magicians. Members free, visitors £5. Venue: The Bull & Stirrup, 8 Upper Northgate Street, Chester CH1 4EE (Map) a 11.9.10


Further Workshop Plans by Granville Taylor (Faust the Magician). Just published. A Limited Edition of 200 Copies, each one numbered and signed by the Author. 92 pages, including 12 pages in full colour. "This book is the third volume of my Workshop Plans books and I have saved the best until the last. As a stage assistant to Murray in 1951, and later with The Great Lyle (1953) I had the opportunity and pleasure of seeing two Masters of Magic performing twice nightly, presenting some of the best illusions of all time. Secretly I recorded details of the tricks and illusions in two notebooks, and filed descriptions and measurements of them later for future reference. This book includes much of that information and it appears here for the first time. Also included are the original plans I drew up over many years when making magical equipment to be used by myself as Faust the Magician in my theatre and cabaret tours around the world, and some to be marketed by ‘Taylor-Made Magic’ for other magicians..." Email to be sent the full flyer, together with ordering instructions. 11.9.10


Stephen Barry at the TV Choice Awards, at the Dorchester last week, leaving Denise Welch lost for words! • "Okay, Derren... how did you do that?" Click Here, "Derren’s blast at claim of TV" Click Here, "Derren Brown's Hero at 30,000 Feet: liveblog tonight" Click Here, "Derren Brown a hero for 2.6m" Click Here • "Drew McAdam: Unleash the power of your mind" Click Here • "Angel takes issue with Valentino" Click Here • "Celebrity Reveal - Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - BBC One" Click Here • "Mike Weatherford: Looking back on Lance Burton" Click Here • It's not magic, but, I couldn't not link to this! Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome. Please remember the strict Friday 12 noon deadline for all submissions. See you next week, Duncan. 11.9.10