Number 545 - 4th December 2010


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2011. 50th Anniversary. Held every two years at The Magic Circle Headquarters, London, the competition is open to all magicians over 14 and under 18 on 1st January 2011 who can present a stage act suitable for a family audience, lasting between eight and twelve minutes. Every year competing acts feature manipulation, illusion, comedy, pure theatre, mind reading and more in their performances; the list of previous winners is starting to read like a who's who of British Magic. 2011's winner will hold the title "Young Magician of the Year", be presented with the Derrick Speight Trophy, and also enjoy full membership of The Magic Circle at 18, 'all paid' for the first 4 years. The heats will take place on May 8th 2011 and the Final on 31st July 2011. Further information can be obtained from the Competition Secretary Dr. C M Colley MIMC To download a PDF application form Click Here. This is the finest title in British Magic and has helped launch many a career. Go for it. 4.12.10


Private sessions at The Session! The Session is fast approaching (15th - 16th January 2011) and keeping with their format of reinventing the magic convention, an interesting new event has been added. Attendees will be able to book an appointment with card magic expert Justin Higham to receive a personal lesson on any card sleight of their choice. This is a unique opportunity to meet and receive a lesson from one of the country's leading card experts who rarely appears at magic conventions. Justin joins Darwin Ortiz, Pit Hartling, Denis Behr, Benjamin Earl, Luke Jermay and a legendary surprise guest for what is set to be yet another sellout year. 4.12.10


The Northern Magic Circle Convention 2011 takes place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April at the Spa Complex, Scarborough. "Building on the huge success of the last convention the NMC 2011 promises to be a not-to-be missed event. The convention will feature a host of international names and we are pleased to announce that the convention will feature Jay Scott-Berry, Will Houstoun (photo) and the current FISM World Champion of Parlour Magic, Marc Oberon. Registrations for the convention are now open and you can book on-line or by post. The new convention website is now live and will be regularly updated with the latest acts: Also visit The Northern Magic Circle on twitter @NorthernMC. 4.12.10


Conjuring at the Court - Christmas Show for Children, on Thursday 30th December at 2.30pm. "Our Christmas show for children proved a hit so we’re repeating it this year, this time featuring David Tomkins and Scott Penrose. It’s a show for children but it’s not childish – adults will be highly entertained and baffled too. David Tomkins is a wonderful children’s entertainer with his own magical creations and puppet routines. He was recently a UK prize winner at the Intercontinental Children's Entertainer Championships in Blackpool. Scott Penrose is a master magician who makes doves, cards and scarves appear from thin air. He’s performed at the London Palladium and all over the world, his act was a hit with the children last year and we’re delighted to have him back. The show is in the lovely and just refurbished function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 2pm, show starts 2.30pm and lasts 1 ½ hours with an interval. Tickets £6 children (up to 16) £8 adults via, email, or on the door if available." 4.12.10


"Magicians from the world over gathered at the Mermaid Theatre complex, quite near St. Paul’s cathedral and overlooking the Thames, to attend three days packed with great magic – the 39th International Magic Convention, known to most as Ron’s Day after its founder, the late Ron MacMillan. Ron’s children, Martin and Georgina, and his widow, Teresa, now run the event, as well as the International Magic shop in Clerkenwell, and there is an intimacy and warmth about this convention which I dearly love..." Read Matthew Field's full report on last weekend's the 39th International Magic Convention, Click Here. Photo: The brilliant Kim Hyun Joon from Korea (taken by Arto Airaksinen). 4.12.10


Penn & Teller: Fool Us. As hinted at (but we didn't name him) in issue 540, Jonathan Ross will act as host for Penn & Teller's upcoming 90 minute outing Penn & Teller: Fool Us for ITV1. Jonathan Ross has always had a strong regard for magic and even has some early magic posters up on his walls at home. "Wossy lands magical ITV presenting job" Click Here. "Jonathan Ross to host ITV magic show" Click Here, "Now ITV launches a magic show, too" Click Here. 4.12.10


The wait is over. Andy Nyman’s Bulletproof is back from the printers and is now being prepared for shipping. This 296 page book is packed with all Nyman’s published work so far, plus new, never-before published routines. Todd Karr says "It's the most concise yet powerful book I've published... it's an epic work!" Here’s what magicians are saying: "Nyman is my man. A new book full of his twisted and wonderful thinking - will be a treasure for those who get the chance to look inside." Michael Weber. "Andy Nyman is a creative dynamo. When he starts thinking, the sparks start flying." Max Maven. "Andy's work is an inspiration! I am in awe of his ability to fuse elegant methods with dynamic plotlines." Jeff McBride. Bulletproof is limited to just 750 numbered leather bound copies, each signed by Andy, including a new CD interview, a DVD documentary and an array of specially produced props. Almost two-thirds have been pre-sold, so order now before this book is sold out! 4.12.10


Britain's Got Talent... but it's busy working overseas. Illusionist and magician Craig Christian is currently appearing alongside Timo Marc, Timothy Trust & Diamond, Gaetan Bloom, Malin Nilsson and Sebastian Nicolas at the Krystal Palace Theatre in Leipzig, Germany for a three-month season in 'Illusia' a full evening of comedy, illusion and magic. Craig co-produced some of the pieces so that the cast could be interwoven into different parts of the show. 4.12.10


Paul Zenon returns to Countdown's Dictionary Corner on Channel 4 for a week of magic and trickery commencing Monday 13th December. "Jeff Stelling and Rachel Riley host as contestants race against the clock to pit their wits with nothing more than vowels, consonants and numbers up their sleeves. With Dictionary Corner guest Paul Zenon." See TV Magic. 4.12.10


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday evening, 30th December. "The regular show sees Conjuring at the Court back at the Drayton Court after two months away. It features both performers new to the Court and also the return of some of the best of those who have stunned us before. Tremble at Martin Cox, the hard man of magic; laugh at the sophisticated magicomic vignettes created by talented Richard McDougall; wonder at the stylish conjuring of Scott Penrose; and be entranced by the astounding hypnotist Anthony Jacquin. Compered by the very funny Stephen Barry. The show is in the refurbished function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8pm and lasts 2 hours with an interval. Tickets £10 via, email, or on the door if available." 4.12.10


Close-up magician and publisher Andi Gladwin is profiled in MAGIC Magazine this month. The 12 page feature includes a biography, detailing his move from a career in marketing to becoming a professional magician. The article is followed be a one-man Talk About Tricks column featuring six of the best from Andi. Subscribe to MAGIC:, and keep up-to-date with Andi: 4.12.10


Beyond ESP3 - just released! MagicBox email: "Our much anticipated Beyond ESP3 package has finally been released. Beyond ESP2 sold 10,000 decks and has received rave reviews from the worlds finest mentalists. This unrivaled set of marked ESP cards comes complete with two decks, gimmicks and several routines from several top mentalists including Osterlind, Maven, Earle, Banacheck and more..." Visit today! 4.12.10 are holding a massive competition giving away hundreds and hundreds of pounds worth of magic goodies. Entering is simple, just follow the 3 easy steps on the screen - visit All the names will be put into a hat and 3 winners will be drawn at random and the lucky winner will be announced on their Facebook page, winning all the magic tricks in the photo! 2nd and 3rd prize will win a smaller selection of items. Good Luck! 4.12.10


Congratulations to Mark Conlin for winning both the Newcastle Magic Circle Close-Up Competition and the North East Inter-Society Magic Competition recently. Mark is pictured here receiving his trophies from Newcastle Magic Circle President Graeme Shaw. 4.12.10


The Merchant of Magic is giving away a full Extreme Snowstorm Canon set (Worth £90) to one lucky winner. The Extreme Snowstorm personal cannon, can be used to fire snowflakes, confetti, sponge balls, silks and rope etc, directly from the performers sleeve. MoM are looking for interesting, creative ideas on how you would use your Snowstorm Cannon if you won one! For full details and a demo trailer visit The competition closes on 12th December. 4.12.10


Rare opportunity for magic collector. John Derris has a portfolio of personal letters (circa 1930) of magicians of the last century in their own handwriting including complete letters and signatures from Kalanag, Dante, Cecil Keech, Raoul, Deveen, Silent Mora, James Wakefeld, Ino, Herbert Milton, Merlin, Ernest Sewell, T. Nelson Downs, Chris Charlton, Professor Edgar, Chong, Vernon Foster, Alf Browne, Pierre Cordell, The Great Levante, Chas. Crayford, Louis Lam, The Great Ovette, Edward Proudlock, Jack Le Dair, Cyril Yettmah, Charles O. Williams and James A. Revill. Together with a 12 page feature article with photos of Cardini. If you're interested contact John Derris or 020 8467 7856. 4.12.10


Tenyo 2011. Merlins of Wakefield have just received the first batch of the new 2011 Tenyo range. There are four different effects for 2011, all from the classic magic range. The effects are 4D Surprise, Cloud Money, Ghost Lamp and Trap Box. For more information, videos, and details of the Tenyo 2011 'Special Offer' visit Merlins: today. 4.12.10


How to start cults and influence people. Kieron Kirkland is performing his contemporary mentalism show "How to start cults and influence people" at the Jermyn Street theatre, London, at 10.45pm on Friday 10th December, as the final show of the 'Late Night Magic' season. The show takes a light hearted look at some of society's modern cults, and lets the audience experience some of the skills a cult leader may employ to get you involved... You'll see everything from Star Wars to Countdown, and Russian roulette played with a cup of bleach! Tickets available from for just £7. 4.12.10


Paul Gordon presents his all-new commercial card magic lecture for Wellingborough Magicians Guild on Thursday 9th December at 7.30pm at All Hallows Church Hall, Church Street, Wellingborough. 4.12.10


This magical shot shows Magician, Jayne Corrigan with Theo Pathitis from Dragon’s Den, and has also captured John Cleese perfectly in the background! Jayne says “I was both amazed and delighted when I saw the picture; I knew John Cleese was amongst a whole host of celebrities at the event, but I had no idea he was standing right behind me at the time!” she adds “I did see him later on in the evening when I performed magic at his table though!” Jayne concludes “I’m definitely going to add this picture to the celebrity gallery on my web site. There are about 20 pictures on there already and I have about 20 new ones to put on, and this will definitely be one of them!” 4.12.10


Magicians - Sunday 5th December at 10.45pm on ITV1. "Harry and Karl haven't spoken since the day Harry discovered his wife's infidelity with his magic-act partner and then accidentally cut her head off on stage. But when an international magic competition offers a big cash prize, they decide to re-form." British magic's very own cult classic, don't miss it! (DT). Like the poster? Click Here! 4.12.10


Magic Show - Last chance to see this highly successful Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition curated by visual artist and magician Jonathan Allen as it completes the final weeks of its year-long UK tour at the Pump House Gallery in London's Battersea Park, ending 19th December (Map). Four-starred exhibition of the week in Time Out magazine, Magic Show brings together 24 visual artists whose work explores how visual art and magic often share common ground. Highlights include art-world bad-boys Jake & Dinos Chapman working in collaboration with Derren Brown, and an archival section exploring magic's sometimes surprising connections to the world of politics, warfare, marketing and religion, including rare items from the collections of Eddie Dawes, Paul Kieve, Scott Penrose, Peter Lane, John Fisher, and The Magic Circle. A richly illustrated catalogue contains new writing from Simon During, Brigitte Felderer, Peter Lamont, Pierre Taillefer, Helen Varola and Marina Warner. More information is available on the South Bank Centre here. 4.12.10


Fundraising Event - Fleetwood. 7.30pm-11pm on Saturday 5th March at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood: "Superb line up of artists including comedy Magician Chubbz, 9 year old singing sensation Chloe Ann, dance troupe Royal Funk and another 12 acts on the bill, please support this very worthy cause." For tickets and further details email 4.12.10


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