Number 540 - 30th October 2010


Saturday Night Gala Show tickets for the 39th International Magic Convention are close to selling out, so if you want a Saturday night ticket (as opposed to Sunday) register as soon as possible via to be safe. Artists this year include David Ben, the entire Flicking Fingers gang from Germany, Ponta The Smith, Tom Noddy (The Bubble Guy), Johnny Fox (Sword Swallower extraordinaire), Kim Hyun Joon the sensational Korean manipulator and a couple of surprise guests. The Close Up Competition has entrants from 9 different countries, including for the first time Iran. The recipient of the David Berglas Award remains a closely guarded secret and promises to be another memorable moment, and this year the convention also pays tribute to Jim Cellini – The King of Street Performers with a show that includes Michael Vincent, Gazzo, Richard McDougall and Ben Whiting. 26th, 27th, 28th November, International Magic Convention, London: 30.10.10


The Session, the UK's only close-up magic convention, (January 15th & 16th 2011), gets stronger this week. Comedy circuit favourite, Danny Buckler has been added to the line up and will be giving a talk about magic and comedy. Danny joins Darwin Ortiz, Denis Behr, Pit Hartling, Luke Jermay and more at the event, which sells out every year. With less than half the tickets remaining, book now to guarantee your place! 30.10.10


Benjamin Earl celebrates the publication of Gambit Magazine Issue Two and the launch of his new website for magicians by offering a free download of his amazing card routine Dr. Strangehand. Keep up to date with Ben's new releases, as well as his thoughts on magic and more by visiting 30.10.10


Marsha Meets... Pete Firman. Xfm's First Lady of Comedy talks to the magician and stand-up... Click Here. Pete Firman's second national tour, Jokes & Tricks ends at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre on 11th November. Prepare yourself for incredible teleportation exploits, devilishly sickening tricks and death defying feats. “The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century” The Times. Thursday, November 11th, Bloomsbury, London Phone 020 7388 8822 30.10.10


R Paul Wilson Lecture - International Magic, London. News from International Magic: "We are delighted to tell you that the last lecture in our series before our 39th International Magic Convention will be R Paul Wilson. Paul last lectured for us in 2007, since then has been busy performing around the world and filming for TV shows including ‘The Real Hustle’. Paul is known and respected internationally for his original magic effects as well as being a superb performer and card technician. He needs no further introduction. This is certain to be an excellent lecture, with plenty of insights and ideas for all skill levels. Ticket price: £15. Date: Thursday 4th November. Start: promptly at 7.30pm and finish approx 10pm. (please arrive by 7.15pm latest). Pre-booking essential - email Venue: 2nd floor at ‘Casa Italiana’, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). This is almost opposite our Magic Shop in Clerkenwell Road." 30.10.10


Paul Daniels to add a touch of magic to Oddsock's Hilarious Hamlet. Oddsock's Hamlet- the Comedy! On tour nationally from November 29th - March 6th. Magician and entertainer, Paul Daniels, has a reputation for taking on challenges, not least in tackling BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing. Now he is to take another change of direction in his illustrious career, by taking on a dramatic Shakespearean role this winter. Paul will be appearing, via hologram, as the ghost of Hamlet’s father in renowned touring theatre company, Oddsocks’, upcoming national tour of Hamlet the Comedy. Paul commented; "'One of the best bits about my job is designing and working on special effects for theatre. When Oddsocks came up with this idea I jumped at the chance of not only being in Shakespeare (a first for me), but also being a special effect myself. I am really looking forward to being spooky.'" Artistic Director, Andy Barrow said "The role of Hamlet's father is a key one and drives the production, so it was Important to find a performer with warmth and status. Paul is a great choice because his image is of fun, warmth and magic." The cast features Paul Daniels (a hologram of the ghost of Hamlet's father) Kevin Kemp (Hamlet), Bethan Nash (Ophelia) Robert Laughlin (Claudius) Elli Mackenzie (Gertrude/Horatio) and Andy McGillan (Polonius/Leartes). Visit for venues and dates. 30.10.10


Coventry Magic Circle's Christmas Magic Show. 7.30pm on Tuesday 23rd November. The Coventry Magic Circle are once again organising a family magic and variety show in aid of local charities. This is the 10th consecutive show organised by the Coventry Magic Circle, which over the years have featured both local club members and international stars of magic. The show is regularly a complete sell out and tickets are now available. £7.50 adult, £5 child, £20 Family of four. This year's charity, Vibes of Coventry, is a children's and young people's service developed to meet the emotional and mental health needs of young people between the ages of 7-19 years. Also receiving funds this year will be Chron's and Colitis UK. Tickets are on sale now: 024 7638 5278. Venue: The Abbey Theatre, Pool Bank Street, Nuneaton. 30.10.10


Drummond Money-Coutts launches his latest short film this week on YouTube, "Tanzanian Devil: The Dark Truths b'hind the African Witchdoctors". Filmed in August of this year, Drummond both performed throughout the country and set out to investigate the existence of witchcraft today in Africa - Tanzania being today still one of the worst-affected countries in the world. Part 1: Click Here, Part 2: Click Here. Latest news on 30.10.10


Martin Daniels - P&O Oceana, reviewed by Jack Stephens. Martin Daniels, live in the luxurious Footlights Theatre on board the P&O liner Oceana. This was one of the finest live magic shows I have ever seen. Magic is not really the correct terminology as it is not a magic show with comedy, but a comedy show with magic. Martin only performs 3 tricks in the show (Balancing a glass of coke on a snooker triangle; Equal unequal rope; Water on head/funnel trick). But around these three tricks was an array of gags, jokes, one liners and a true lesson in the art of how to handle an audience and more specifically, an assistant. He was a marvel at both. Naturally he made a reference to his famous dad, but it was all very good humoured and very, very funny. Martin proved very popular with the mixed aged audience. He was immaculately turned out, and the show content was family orientated, despite the odd bit of lighthearted innuendo. An evening of true old fashioned fun, hosted by a talented performer. It was a pure delight to be present to witness an expert in stagecraft flying the flag of magic. Jack Stephens. 30.10.10


Karnival Dead Eyes - BigBlindMedia's Limited Edition Playing Cards. The incredibly popular Karnival range of playing cards reaches new heights of eye-popping design with the Karnival Dead Eyes! Inspired by gothic medical imagery and the world of serial killers, the deck features 56 beautiful pieces of artwork. Every single card has been painstakingly crafted by master designer Sam Hayles - from the blood splattered court cards to the aged and distressed jokers. The Karnival Dead Eyes are a beautiful yet macabre spectacle. Points to note: The entire deck has been designed – the faces of every card are in keeping with the theme and feel of the deck – in stunning full colour!; The value of each card is printed down its left and right hand side (so it can be clearly read in a ribbon spread); You get the world famous USPCC Air Flow Finish for superb handling and unparalleled durability. All Karnival Decks are manufactured exclusively on Bicycle’s sheet fed press for a higher quality product!; A beautifully realised card reveal on one of the jokers – (a Ten of Spades appears inside the skull); A bonus card with the message ‘You will choose the Five of Diamonds’ emblazoned across it; A blank faced card to use in your magic routines; A hidden card reveal on the bottom of the card case (Two of Spades)... For more info and to order visit 30.10.10


The Open Prediction. "In 1949 magician Paul Curry proposed an effect with playing cards that seemed impossible. Despite the best efforts of the top minds of his day, the effect became known as The Curry Unsolved Card Problem. For almost 60 years mentalists and magicians have wracked their brains trying to find the perfect solution for Curry’s challenge, now known as The Open Prediction. The Open Prediction Project is the largest collection of its kind in existence. It is a compilation of 51 unique and creative solutions to the Open Prediction problem. Performers such as Marc Paul, Michael Weber, Barrie Richardson, Patrick Redford, Mick Ayres and Hector Chadwick have offered their solutions for this 220 page hard-cover book; and these are just a few in a long list of creative and innovative contributors from around the globe. The First Hardcover Edition, limited to just 100 signed and numbered, dust-jacketed copies is now available for pre-order. Expected delivery by November 31st. To pre-order your Limited First Edition, signed and numbered copy of The Open Prediction Project, send $50.00 (Canadian) plus $15.00 for S&H anywhere in North America via PayPal to: For shipping charges elsewhere email first. 30.10.10 is a work referral website designed for professional entertainers. After a very successful year running the site with close up magicians (in excess of £300 000 worth of work listed), owners Rob James and Andi Gladwin have decided, for a limited time period, to open membership to children's entertainers across the UK. "I don't think you can afford not be on here if you work as a magician!" - Alan Hudson. For more information on how it works and to sign up please see 30.10.10


Phill Smith joins Romany, Peter Wardell and an as yet to be announced international star for the Wessex Magical Association's One-Day Convention on 3rd April 2011. "Phill Smith, author of the acclaimed Mitox, Yokai and Mokele handbooks to creative mentalism, presents an exciting lecture exposing the secrets of performing engaging mentalism and mental magic. With a focus on realistic practical methods and impactful presentation, Mitox mentalism is intent on delivering real-world experiences to real people." The WMA One Day Convention will feature lectures, workshops and performances. The WMA will be celebrating its 80th year in 2011 and the long running bi-annual convention, which will be attended by the usual wide variety of magic dealers, will be one of the highlights of the year. Full Day tickets (include evening Gala Show) are £18 if booked in advance, or £20 on the door. The location, as in previous years, will be the Kinson Community Centre, Millhams Road, Kinson, Bournemouth BH10 7LH (Map). 30.10.10


Mario Morris was invited to Las Vegas earlier this month to teach at the Magic and Mystery School operated by Las Vegas headliner Jeff McBride. Whilst in Las Vegas Mario taught alongside Jeff McBride to students from all over the US. Mario performed his renowned international act in front of The Mirage and at other locations in Las Vegas which proved to be a huge attraction. Mario Morris is an international comedy magician and street performer who has performed his show in many cities all over the World. He is the founder of the School of Busking, the UK based school that teaches students the art of street theatre. The School of Busking have just released a new DVD Mario Morris The Showman and Busker: 30.10.10


The Infinity Wallet. New from Alakazam: "Following the worldwide success of the Stealth Assassin, we have had countless requests for a peek wallet that incorporates a good card to wallet, a peek, and will fit in the back pocket. With over two years of development, and after numerous prototypes, The Infinity Wallet is finally available. This clever all-in-one wallet is the answer to a working magicians dream..." Visit or to watch a video demo and find out more about this incredible wallet. Place a pre-order today and receive a free bonus "Pre-Order Special DVD" - visit Alakazam for full details. 30.10.10


Portsmouth & District Magic Circle Jumbo Day, Sunday 7th November. There's just a week to go to this year's Portsmouth Jumbo Day on Sunday 7th November at Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map), and this year there's a record number of dealers attending. You'll be able to choose from the very latest new releases or a wide range of second-hand bargains. The day features... John Archer, Paul Zenon, Bob Hamilton's videos, Workshops by Mike Stokes and Wayne Fox, Close-Up sessions and The Gala Show with John Archer, Matthew Garrett, Edward Hilsum, Steve Price and David Croucher. Tickets on the door £18.00. For more information, visit 30.10.10


Nottingham Guild of Magicians Table Top Sale. 4th November at 7.30pm "This is always a popular evening and a great opportunity to pick up a bargain. If you have effects in your collection gathering dust, book yourself a sale table for only £5.00! Tables can be booked by contacting Andrew Morrison on 07966 494095. Venue: Pond Hills Lane Arts Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR (Map) 30.10.10


Bob Hamilton Evening - Blackpool. If you attend a magic convention or lecture in Britain and there's a professional videoing the event it is almost certain to be Bob Hamilton. Bob has been recording magic happenings for some thirty years and he will be showing some of his remarkable library of videos at the headquarters of Blackpool Magicians’ Club on Tuesday 9th November. Over the years Bob has filmed most of the stars of magic, many of whom are no longer with us, so this evening is a unique opportunity to see some of them in action. In recognition of his sterling work Bob was awarded this year’s prestigious David Berglas Award by the British Magical Society. The headquarters of the Blackpool Magicians’ Club is to the rear of No 1 Sherbourne Road, North Shore, Blackpool FY1 2PW (Map). Doors open at 6.30pm. 30.10.10


Jon Allen has just returned from presenting his lecture and workshops at The College of Magic in Cape Town. Forty magicians from across the continent attended the weekend event. This week Jon sets off to France for a 12-day lecture tour 30.10.10


Julian James’ Late Night Magic event at the Jermyn Street Theatre last Friday evening played to a sell out audience! Special guest magicians Michael Vincent and James Prichard joined Julian in a show of classic magic, mentalism and great entertainment. Julian will also be starring in the upcoming 4 week run of ‘The Twilight Ballrooms’ comedy and magic spectacle in Jermyn Street, beginning on Friday 5th November, at 10.45pm. For more information visit: 30.10.10


The Magic Circle of Rotterdam. The Magic Circle of Rotterdam is open for visitors from abroad. "Every first and third Thursday of the month we have our club evenings in Manege Lansbergen, Bergweg zuid 135 in Bergschenhoek (10 minutes from Rotterdam airport). For further information check our website We would love to meet you! You can call Hans Matena (secretary) + 31 6 20 21 31 11 or John Anders (chairman) + 31 6 53 60 26 10." 30.10.10


Spring into Magic. "Starring International Illusionist and the UK's number one plate spinner Andrew Van Buren and top ventriloquist and comedy magician Ward Allen with Roger the Dog, together with compère/speciality act Tom Rolfe." Saturday 26th March 2011 at Altburn Community Theatre, Albion Terrace, Saltburn-by-the-Sea. Tickets: Adults £7, Concessions £5, Family ticket £22, Groups (ideal for magical societies) 10+ £1 off per ticket. Box office 01642 490129. 30.10.10


Magicians Wanted. September Films email: "Does your magical talent deserve a slot on primetime Saturday night television? We are looking for the very best British magicians of all ages who think they have what it takes to completely stun the viewing public with an incredible magic trick. The winner will get the chance to perform as part of a major Las Vegas show. If you think you have what it takes and want to be part of the show, please contact by November 5th. Please include your name, a description of your best trick and a bit about yourself, a photo, any video links and full contact details!" (The show will be recorded on Saturday 18th December in London where the chosen magicians will perform in front of Penn & Teller and a studio audience. The show will be hosted by a very well-known magic fan. You will also need to make yourself available for 1-2 days filming in the run-up to the studio day. ) 30.10.10


Rare Magic Posters, Magic Movie and Theatre Posters and Prints For Sale. Perfect for your office, home office, magic room, or even (if you are brave enough) the living room, Click Here. (These are from my personal collection so most are 'one-offs' DT). 30.10.10


The Grand Order of Lady Ratling’s Masked Ball. Darryl Rose, Paul Brown, Richard Pinner, Katherine Rhodes and Bharat Patel entertained guests at The Grand Order of Lady Ratling’s Masked Ball last Sunday evening. Guests included Anita Dobson, Brian May, Wayne Sleep and Barbara Windsor. The Queen Rat herself Babs Bruce (Member of The Magic Circle) hand picked the performers for her special day. Steve Allen (also a magic collector) from LBC 97.3 was awarded their special ‘Cup of Kindness’ Award. The magic highlight was Darryl making Barbara Windsor’s chosen card melt away... along with the entire deck! (Photo L to R: Darryl Rose, Steve Allen and Barbara Windsor) 30.10.10


West Coast Dealers Day 2011. Hosted by the Southport Magic Circle on Sunday 8th May 2011. Doors open at 9am and will close at 8pm. Admission £3 payable on the door. The Windsor Suite, Royal Clifton Hotel, The Promenade, Southport PR8 1RB (Map). Limited free parking at the front and rear of the hotel. Contact the club for table rates: 30.10.10


Riviera Circle of Magicians Close-Up Competition 2010/11. Congratulations to Chris Tennant (right) winner of the recently held Riviera Circle of Magicians Close-Up Competition for 2010/11. Chris performed his signature Ambitious Card Routine, alongside his popular Ninja Duck routine. Chris Perks (left) has won the Amateur Close-Up award with a hilarious act featuring a school boy learning his first tricks from a Marvin's Magic kit! Both acts were well received, competing against some very experienced professional members, of particular note, Jack Bryce performing a very ingenious Card into Sealed Box routine. 30.10.10


Michael J Fitch has been asked to be guest speaker at the 165th annual Colchester Oyster feast. Michael is honoured to have been asked to attend this prestigious occasion and plans to vanish a guest's ring and have it appear inside a rock oyster! 30.10.10


Care & Share Balloon Fun Day, Banstead, Surrey. Graham Lee has another Care & Share balloon fun day coming up in Banstead, Surrey with Special Guest Star, American twister Mark Byrne, “Bad To The Balloon” with his one and only lecture in the UK on Monday 15th November. For more info; Click Here. Mark will be presenting four hands-on sessions throughout the day: 1. Bad to the Balloon Vol 1 and 2; 2. Working the real world; 3. Marketing; 4. Requests. A fantastic day is lined up with an early bird discount available, the day is being sponsored by Qualatex Balloons/Pioneer Europe. Booking details: Click Here. 30.10.10


Paul Voodini's "How Psychic are You?" Drama at The University of Huddersfield are proud to present Paul Voodini's "How Psychic are You?" stage show on Friday, November 12th from 7.30pm - 10pm. Paul Voodini presents his "How Psychic Are You?" stage show, live at the University of Huddersfield. All are invited to this wonderfully entertaining show which asks such questions as: "Is it possible to read minds?" "Can we foretell the future?" "Is hypnosis real?" and "Do the spirits talk to us?" Expect a lot of audience interaction, lots of fascinating psychic experiments, and perhaps a shock or two along the way! Paul's relaxed and informal style will lead you on an entertaining journey into the darker recesses of the human mind! Tickets are just £7.00 or £5.00 concessions. Contact the box office by emailing Milton Theatre, Drama Department, University of Huddersfield, Page Street, Huddersfield HD1 3DH. 30.10.10


Paul Voodini presents Above & Beyond Cold Reading - A Workshop for Mentalists & Magicians on Saturday November 6th, from 12 noon - 4pm. Paul Voodini is the author of the highly successful and acclaimed book on cold reading techniques and its applications for the mentalist, "Reader of Minds". This workshop is ideal for beginners, intermediates, and experts alike, and will concern itself with several areas of the technique known as "cold reading". Areas covered include: What is cold reading? Where did cold reading come from? Why are mentalists and magicians interested in cold reading? How to actually "cold read". Traditional uses of cold reading. How can mentalists and magicians utilise cold reading in their performance? Is there really such a thing as "intuition"? How to make money from cold reading. The ethics of cold reading. Tickets are priced at just £15, and places are very limited. This will be an interesting, informative afternoon with plenty of scope for discussion and questions. You will not be lectured to. Paul's lectures and workshops tend to be both informative and jolly good fun! To purchase tickets visit 12 noon - 4pm University of Huddersfield, Page Street, Huddersfield HD1 3DH. Part of the Performance Magic Research Programme within the Division of Drama at the University of Huddersfield. 30.10.10


Congratulations to Chris Tennant of Devon, winner of the Hidden Wren chop cup competition sponsored by and Chris chose to name the cup "The Legacy Goblet." Great name Chris, enjoy your new cup! Brian Watson. 30.10.10


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Confessions of a Conjuror (Unabridged) Audio Download by Derren Brown (Author, Narrator) available via Click Here • "Feature: Inside the Magic Circle - A look at the 'House of 10,000 Secrets'" Click Here • Drew McAdam is a regular guest on The Hour - the Scottish television evening magazine show. Here's a link to his most recent appearance Click Here • "WikiMagic is an online collaboration project to make crediting Sleights and Routines in Magic as easy as possible" Click Here • "That's magic: David Blaine opens exhibition about his hero, magician, illusionist and escapologist Harry Houdini" Click Here • "Handcuffs, Shackles and a Straitjacket on Display at New Houdini Exhibit" Click Here • "Exclusive: Lance Burton’s two new TV projects; Jerry Lewis’ new movie" Click Here • "Magic and science: Together again at last" Click Here • Many thanks for all your news - see you next week, Duncan. 30.10.10