Number 546 - 11th December 2010


This is the big one... Blackpool 2011. Michael Finney (USA), James Dimmare (USA), Jupiter (Hungary), Richard Osterlind (USA), Jay Sankey (Canada), Clive Webb and Danny Adams (UK), Craig Dickson (USA), George King (UK), Victor Michaels (UK), Dolphin Dancers (UK), Jimmy Tamley (UK), Rosemary Quaye (UK), Milan (UK), Michel (Argentina), Xavier Tapias (Spain), Andy Eastwood (UK) and Jan Rouven (Germany), will all be appearing, with more names to be announced. Michael Finney (photo) alone is worth the trip, no matter where you're starting out from! James Dimmare will be presenting a new act - keep an eye on MagicWeek for updates and visit to book. 18th, 19th, 20th February 2011. To download the PDF registration form Click Here. 11.12.10


The Magic State of Mind. Peter Wardell, current Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year, will present his Magic State of Mind talk at The Session (15th-16th January) in Gloucester. Pete joins an already strong line-up featuring Darwin Ortiz, Pit Hartling, Denis Behr, Luke Jermay, Ben Earl, Justin Higham and a surprise guest! With only 20 tickets left now is the time to reserve your place at The Session. 11.12.10


West End Magic at the New Players Theatre. The Davenports Demon Magic Club Presents West End Magic. "A a unique showcase featuring some of the country's best and finest magical artistes starring: Oliver Tabor, Paul Henri, Phil Blackmore, Wayne Trice, James Pritchard, Steve Majes, Lee Hathaway and vocalist Georgia Lee." Sunday 26th February at 7.30pm. Adults £15, children £12.50 11.12.10


Paul Zenon counts down to Christmas. As well as appearing daily on the Countdown Finals this week (Monday to Friday, 3.25pm on Channel 4 - see TV Magic) Paul is the Special Guest in the critically acclaimed show 'La Soiree' at the South Bank Big Top for four performances on the 17th and 18th December, having been a regular in its previous incarnation (La Clique) since it started five years ago Paul Zenon's Tricky Christmas "Kick-starting the millennium, streetwise magician Paul Zenon returned in this hour-long Christmas special with his distinctive 'hit and run' magic and stylish stings" Watch it again on 4D Click Here. 11.12.10


Wayne Dobson: A Life In Magic - Special Offer. One of the stand-out DVD releases of 2010 - right now orders for the three-disc set placed via before December 31st will include a free copy of Wayne Dobson's Special Effects, which features 14 really strong close-up and stand-up routines. 11.12.10


The Academy of Magic are giving away Paul Gordon's Easy Estimation Ace routine. You can watch the performance and explanation on for free. Also, there are just two spots left for anyone wanting to take part in the upcoming Open-Mic Lecture on Thursday 27th January which will be streamed live online. If you have an effect that you'd like to share then apply now. The most popular participant, as voted for by the viewing audience, will be given the opportunity to give a full lecture later in the year. 11.12.10


Stand & Deliver - from "Stand & Deliver is a new two-DVD set that features over 3 hours of magic from the incredible Shaun Mc Cree. 11 Routines, many multi-phase, are performed and then explained in intricate detail by Shaun. What makes this extra special is that every single routine has been used by Shaun in his live shows and performances for many years. The entire project was shot in High Definition and so you can expect superb quality on a technical, as well as magical level. As usual with all RSVPMagic productions, we show you each routine in a live environment, in this case a corporate party for chemical engineers, so that you can see just how good these routines really are. As a special offer for the next few days we're offering a free copy of Menu of Miracles 3 by James Prince (valued at £24.99 - $40.00) completely free with every order of Stand & Deliver. This offer runs through until the release date of 16th December. Please visit the following link to benefit from this offer and to watch the trailer: Click Here". 11.12.10


Luke Jermay is appearing for three nights only at the Canal Cafe Theatre, Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, London W2 6ND on December 13th, 15th and 16th at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) in a cabaret style show with intimate material that will mark his first public performances in the UK for over 4 years. Tickets are £6 each. Book via 11.12.10


Paul Gordon's Card Capers. This is a final reminder for Paul Gordon's Card Capers; a full day of card magic on January 16th in Glasgow and January 23rd in Manchester: "Non-stop performance, chat and lecturing (teaching) from Paul Gordon in his usual enthusiastic and witty style. Paul will be featuring many new items including material from his new 2-disc DVD, Blockbusters With Cards." Visit for more information. (Just a few places remain). 11.12.10


Zane's Magic Shop Christmas Offer. Zane emails: "I have just added a lot of brand new tricks and DVDs with videos to my website - also for one week starting from this Saturday customers who spend £60.00 or more in one order will receive a Free Trick as a Christmas present from Zane's Magic Shop, worth over £10.00." 11.12.10


Illusionist Andrew Van Buren and his principle assistant Allyson Ford can be seen the pantomime Aladdin at the Albert Halls in Bolton, as Genie of the Lamp and Slave of the Ring from December 3rd. Andrew and Allyson will also be presenting a number of themed illusions in the production. Aladdin runs until 8th January and tickets are available from Look out for Andrew Van Buren in London in early 2011. 11.12.10


Neil Burger's The Illusionist is being shown again on Friday 17th and Wednesday 22nd December on ITV2. "Sparks fly when childhood sweethearts Eisenheim and Sophie are reunited after 15 years. But Sophie is engaged to volatile royal Crown Prince Leopold and he doesn't take kindly to his fiancé's feelings. Starring Edward Norton. James Freedman Magic Consultant. PG, 2006, 4 Star. 11.12.10


Young Magicians Wanted for lavish French TV production. Jonathan Seban of Coyote Conseil emails: "We are currently working on a show dedicated to children and their talents and we are looking for children up to 15 years old. I want to know if you know some children who have a magic trick that would be interested to be on our show and perform! Of course, it's better for the show if it is spectacular. The show is called Qui sera le meilleur ce soir? Spécial enfants, it is the third edition since the last show was a big success here and it will be aired prime time live on the channel TF1, the French main channel and the biggest one in Europe. The shooting will take place in Paris in February 2011 and the production company will take care of all the travel expenses for the children and for one of a parents to come to Paris (train tickets, meals, hotel room). Feel free to check our company website and the channel website The show is a competition with 3 personalities who judge the children. But they are very kind with them and all the children win gifts. (The big winner of the show wins a most important gift). You can see some videos of the last edition on YouTube: Click Here. Feel free to contact me if you need any further information, I can be reached over the phone +33 1 40 53 45 30 or on my email: There will be a big casting the 19th January but I think it we'll be difficult for you to be here in Paris, so I need videos of what you can do exactly on the stage. I hope you understand everything, sorry for my English." Additional video, Click Here. 11.12.10


Magic Sam's Christmas Jamboree. Magic Sam is hosting an evening of music and variety at The Imperial pub, Union Street, Chorleyon at 8pm on December 20th (free entrance). This is the third time that Magic Sam, aka The People’s Magician, has hosted the event. Magic Sam's Christmas Jamboree is for over-18s only. 11.12.10


Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology. Catch up on some magic reading this Christmas, Click Here. Confessions of a Conjuror by Derren Brown (Kindle Edition) Click Here. (It'll be the end of book signings!). 11.12.10


A brand new forum specifically for children's magicians and entertainers has recently launched: "'The KidShow Entertainers Unite' is a free online forum where children's entertainers can meet, debate and collaborate about all things KidShow specific. Jamie Doyle of the USA is endeavoring to meet the needs of Children's Entertainers who have requested a forum dedicated to the working children's entertainer. He hopes you will consider visiting and registering. Forum users will get to rub shoulders with some well-known and respected entertainers including Jolly Roger, Barry Mitchell, Greg Phillips, Potty the Pirate just to name a few." Visit to register today!. 11.12.10


"Secret star from the world of magic" Click Here • "'Dirk Arthur: Wild Magic' more impressive when sitting up close" Click Here • "Magician Steve spins into the record books" Click Here and "Inception fan spins his way into the record books" Click Here • "Neuroscientists reveal magicians' secrets" Click Here • "Potters Bar firefighters to recreate David Blaine stunt for charity" Click Here • "LaughFest adds comedy stars to March showcase" Click Here • "Christmas Books: Celebrities" Click Here • "Is seeing believing? Study helps explain optical illusions" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is welcomed as ever - see you next week, Duncan. 11.12.10