Number 543 - 20th November 2010


International Magic Convention London - starts this Friday! Ricky Smith (USA) and Ben Whiting (USA) have just been added to the International Magic Convention lineup, together with plenty of other surprises! The Gala show on Saturday evening is now sold out but all other events (including the Sunday evening Gala) are still currently available. International Dealers will be open from 9.30am-6pm on Saturday 27th November and 10am-5.30pm on Sunday 28th November. Dealers attending: Angelo Carbone (UK), Astor Magic Bt. (Hungary), Bob Little (USA), Card Shark (Germany), Cups & Balls (Netherlands), Domenico Dante (Italy), Five of Hearts Magic (UK), Gycklaren Magic (Sweden), Hank Moorehouse (USA), Hocus-Pocus (UK), International Magic (UK), Tyler Wilson (Canada), Joker Magic (Hungary), Jupiter (Hungary), Kreis Magic (Japan/USA), The Magic Circle (UK), Magic Victoria (Belgium), Magicaplanet (France), Magix Effect (France), Patrick Page Magic (UK), Pelican Stagewear (UK), Progretto Magia (Italy), SEO Magic USA (Japan/USA), Stephen Tucker Magic (UK), Wayne Dobson (UK), Wladimir (Slovenia). Photo: 'The Flicking Fingers' from Germany, making their first UK appearance. Visit for details (London, 26th, 27th, 28th November). 20.11.10


Have you booked for Blackpool 2011 yet? News from The Blackpool Magicians Club: Bookings for the Blackpool Convention (18th to 20th February, 2011) are already up on previous years so if you have not already booked you need to get in quick. Register before 31st December 2010 and you will receive a free book ‘The World’s Most Ingenious Magical Apparatus’ by Convention Organiser, Derek Lever. To book your place for the world’s biggest and best magic convention contact Arthur Casson, 44 Bryan Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, England FY3 9BE or telephone him on 44 (0) 1253 393688. A registration form is also available on the Blackpool Magicians’ Club website At only £85 per person the Blackpool Convention has to be the best value for money in magic. 20.11.10


The Modern Escape Artist's Handbook. Escape Artist Jonathan Goodwin is self-publishing a new book, The Modern Escape Artist's Handbook. "There has been almost no new publication dealing with escape artistry for fifty years, and most of the seminal texts are older than that and drier than the Sahara desert. I wanted to write a book which covers this topic for a modern audience in an easy to read/understand format. It includes techniques on escaping from handcuffs, ropes, duct tape, zip ties, being vacuum sealed, picking and hacking locks, creativity, risk, safety and a ton of other stuff." The book is now available for pre-order, email Jonathan directly for details: Jonathan's TV credits include Monkey Magic, Dirty Tricks and One Way Out. 20.11.10


Love and Other Magic Tricks - One Night Only! Love and Other Magic Tricks. 8pm, Thursday 25th November £8/£5 concs. Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green E2 6NG (Map) "Love is like a magic trick, you can try and work it out but that would spoil the fun." 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 line between love and need. Reviews: and 20.11.10 Stephen Tucker, after publishing his own close-up orientated magic magazines, Spell-Binder and Chicanery, went on to edit the Pabular magazine for a number of years. He has written a number of books (including Cardinal Sins, Cardiac Pacemakers, Cardiac Stimulation, Cardiac Arrest, The Gemini Book, Thought Waves and Card-Bored), produced various DVDs, marketed numerous effects and published routines in most magic magazines. He is proud to have been honoured with two one-man issues of Harry Lorayne's Apocalypse magazine. He has lectured at magic societies and conventions throughout the world. Over the years he competed in virtually every close-up and stand-up magic competition, and was lucky enough to win (or be placed in) most of them. In 1994 he appeared on BBC television, on The Paul Daniels Magic Show, and these days, in addition to being, for the past fifteen years, the editor of The Budget - the magazine of British Ring 25 of the I.B.M. - he is also a magic dealer/lecturer with his own unique range of magic (and one of the country's brightest magic minds in my opinion too! DT). Visit Stephen's site today (and have a look at the WOWallet package). 20.11.10


Terrific-trix for Kids’ Shows. Practical Magic are pleased to announce that they have exclusive stock of the new book from Ian Adair, specially for the children’s entertainer, Terrific-trix for Kids’ Shows. During his long association with the Supreme Magic Company, and in the years since, Ian has been a hugely prolific writer on all aspects of magic, though he has always retained a special love for children’s magic. Here, in his latest book, are 60 tricks, complete with patter and routines all of which have been tried and tested. Over 200 A5 pages and signed by Ian, the book is packed with fine illustrations from Alexander Allen. For full details, visit 20.11.10


Order of the Magi Christmas Party. The Order of the Magi (Manchester) is pleased to announce that they have secured the services of Max Blake and Tony King as bill toppers for their Christmas party entertainment on December 14th. These two are back working together with their unique blend of comedy and magic. This act has been honed to perfection over many years and clearly demonstrates their ability to entertain an audience. When asked, Max and Tony said “It’s great to be working together again: it’s as if we have never been away!” The line up also includes past Presidents Nick Barnes and Peter Moran and guest vocalist Graham Cooper. Balloon expert President Alan “Snaggers” Russell will teach you all how to make a ‘snowman’, there’s a quiz, spot and raffle prizes together with a surprise auction item. Please make a note of the date in your diary now. Tickets are £5 and include a hot supper. Over 50 have already gone. The cut off date for tickets is 7th December. Please contact or 0161 969 8222. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 20.11.10


Ben Proos - Modern Mystic League Stage Competition Winner. Northern Magic Circle, Fylde Mystics and Modern Mystic League member Ben Proos was recently crowned the Modern Mystic League Stage Competition winner for 2010. At the age of 15 Ben is a rising start in the magic world having also won the title 'Northern Magic Circle Junior Stage and Close-Up Champion' earlier this year. Photo: Ben Proos receiving the trophy from Modern Mystic League President Allan Clarke. 20.11.10


Polly wants a Christmas Cracker Prize Draw. As many of you know - Derren is the proud patron saint of The Parrot Zoo and its charity The Parrot Zoo Trust (registered Charity Number 1062413). Here is your opportunity to help and support his chosen charity and stand the chance of getting some exclusive and ultra-rare Derren related prizes too. Please help towards the care of over 2,000 rescued parrots. Visit for details. 20.11.10


Tommy Cooper's Mirth, Magic and Mischief by John Fisher. The second in the Tommy Cooper library of merriment, following 2009's Christmas bestseller: The Tommy Cooper Joke Book. "Relive the mirth, magic and mischief of everybody's favourite magic man with gags galore, tricks unlimited and a priceless trip down memory lane courtesy of many previously unpublished photographs from the Cooper archives - jus like that!" Hardcover. 176 pages. Avaialble from Click Here. 20.11.10


International News. "While the rest of Las Vegas is sleeping... We will enter a world of magic like no other! A celebration of culture, magic, dance, theater and performance art. Non- stop magic and variety all night long! I'll hope to see you there on the third Thursday of each month!" Jeff McBride 20.11.10


Russ Roberts, known to many for being a past cast member of Charlotte Pendragon's illusion act, clearly has another string to his bow. Russ is pictured here with his trophies, including the two latest additions received on Saturday 13th November for winning the North Wales Magic Circle Close-up Competition for an amazing 5th time, as well as having won the cabaret and stage competition and the Ben Jackson cup for outstanding contributions to magic twice in previous years. Russ said “the standard of this year’s competition was extremely high and I am delighted to have received this close-up award yet again, receiving the award for the 5th time is close to a record with the NWMC so it makes it a double honour for me. I am over the moon.” More about Russ and his company “Invisible Inc. Magic” can be found at 20.11.10


Merlins of Wakefield held their annual close-up competition last week. In a tightly fought contest, members of Merlins Magic Club competed for a trophy, certificates and vouchers donated by the company. The winner was Dave 'Bobo' Magic who performed a four ace routine and card in fruit effect to wow the assembled audience. For more details and pictures visit Merlins Blog, Click Here. 20.11.10


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) has needed to change their scheduled lecturer for Tuesday 23rd November due to health issues. They have managed to secure the services of two speakers to fill this slot in the programme. Firstly David Yorke (pictured in Victorian guise) will present his talk “The Changing Face of Magic” based on his over 50 years in the business. He is three times past president of The Mercian Mystics, a former secretary of the Medway Magical Society and the only known magician to work in a triple act (three magicians performing in harmony). He also appears as a Victorian conjurer on the Churnet Valley preserved steam railway on special occasions. The second half of the evening is being covered by balloon expert and current Magi President Alan ‘Snaggers’ Russell who will present a workshop on Christmas Balloons which could be very useful in the near future especially for children’s entertainers. Door charge for guests, please contact Geoffrey Newton on 0161-969 8222 or Directions are on Geoffrey Newton. 20.11.10


The World's Smallest and Quaintest Magic Shop is a short video that takes you in to Malcolm Norton's Top Secret Magic shop in Barbican, Plymouth, Click Here. Matthew Keys emails "It takes a look at Malcolm Norton's new Top Secret Magic shop, and offers the chance to see the shop and hear a brief interview with my friend and mentor. I'm considering making further shorts/documentaries about magic shops in the UK, and people can contact me about this via mjjkeys+magicshopfilm at" 20.11.10


The Northern Magic Circle is set to relaunch its website in the next couple of weeks, together with a 'convention only' website featuring all the latest convention news. The NMC 2011 Convention will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April at the Spa Complex in Scarborough featuring a host of international magic stars. The first announcement will be within two weeks. Stay up to date with the latest NMC news via twitter @NorthernMC. 20.11.10


Lee Smith: The Walkabout Lecture - Merlin Magical Society. On Thursday the 25th November the Merlin Magical Society are having a lecture by Lee Smith entitled The Walkabout Lecture. Lee will be showing a mixture of effects. Doors open at 7.30pm, lecture 8pm to 10pm. Entry for non members is only £5. The Merlin Magical Society meets at Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). If anyone needs further info Secretary John Clayton on 07931 525399. 20.11.10


Keith Cooper MIMC A Life in Magic. The Ilford Magic Society host an evening with Keith Cooper MIMC on Wednesday, 24th November: "Presenting his 'A Life in Magic' will see Keith talking about his life from his early days as The Young Magician of the Year, through the international cabaret years, up to the present in his latest role as President of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. The interview will be illustrated with pictures, film clips and Keith performing some of his favourite effects. We meet at The Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford in Goodmays IG3 9PP (Map) starting at 8pm. Visitors are welcome £10 on the door." Paul Clancy 20.11.10


Isle of Wight Magic Circle HQ Floods. Chris Philpott emails: The Isle of Wight Magic Circle HQ located in the basement of the Royal Esplanade Hotel in Rude, Isle of Wight was found to be flooded on Thursday 11th. Nearly 100 books, 4 stage illusions and numerous props and club documents were damaged in the 5 foot high flood. Some of the many magical items were recovered and put in storage but most had to be got rid off due to the horrific damage. Chris Philpott the clubs Liberian & Alan Philpott (former Chairman) were called to collect the remaining props and put them in storage. Signed autographs were damaged and historic props made by the late Sid Edwards of The Magic Box were destroyed. The HQ has now moved to Ryde Methodist Church Hall in Garfield Road, Ryde due to possible future flooding. The new HQ has been provided by member of the IOW Magic Circle Rev. Marie Attwood. The hotel's residents were evacuated early Thursday morning. Meetings will now take place at the new HQ in next year, with no meetings for the rest of this year 2010. 20.11.10


"Chubbz Comedy Christmas Cracker" at Wyre Light, London Street, Fleetwood, Lancashire on Saturday 4th December from 3pm -5.30pm. Admission free, but all children must be accompanied by a adult. "A Festive magic show with Top comedy Magician 'Chubbz' plus party games and balloon models for everyone, and loads more!" 20.11.10


Fantasma Magic's Grand Illusion Set. Angelo Carbone emails: "Just wanted to say for only another 2 or 3 weeks you can buy Fantasma Magic's Grand Illusion Set at any Costco store for a very affordable £14.99. Then they will be gone from Costco's line. The Magic Set contains over 200+ magic tricks along with an Instructional DVD featuring Ed Alonzo as well as the main Head Twister Illusion I designed. Other effects included are a biscuit that restores itself after a bite, a gimmick to reveal a card on toast, pen through tongue, Psychic Deck, rope illusion, linking rings and more. It also includes an instructional DVD featuring Ed Alonzo teaching cool magic tricks. It is a good present for Christmas for anyone starting out in magic." 20.11.10


Ziggy Zoo at the Big Switch On. Hundreds of people showed up for the 'Big Switch On' of the Christmas lights in Basildon, Essex last week. Ziggy Zoo asked BBC Essex presenter Sadie Nine live on air if she would be his magician's assistant on stage that evening, and she willingly accepted. Ziggy Zoo wowed the crowds with his magic act, and even attempted to cook a meal in a spectator's shoe on stage, while Sadie later confessed her showbiz career all started as a magician's assistant before her radio days! For more details visit 20.11.10


Congratulations to Jim Kelly winner of the Scottish Conjurers’ Association Stand-Up Competition. In what was a very entertaining contest Paul McAtear was runner up and Chris Dinwoodie came third. The event was well organised by Harry Gallacher. The SCA meet on the first, second and fourth Wednesday of each month. New members are always welcome. 20.11.10


Wanted! A host for a Monthly Magic night in central London. Tim Bergmeier emails: "I am wanting to run a monthly (Thursday) Magic evening for up and coming talent. Initially I am seeking one or two enthusiastic London based up and coming Magicians who would like an outlet for their performance. We have held a monthly comedy night, which the comedians love. We simply make them feel welcome and give them a few beers and they are grateful to add another gig to their list. We can pay expenses." Email Tim Bergmeier for more info 20.11.10


Pickpocket James Freedman escapes from The Slammer, (BBC iPlayer 17.05) Click Here • "Making magic on 'nightmare cruise'" Click Here • "Frankly, the future is all too predictable" Click Here • Many thanks for your UK magic news, always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 20.11.10