Number 551 - 15th January 2011


Terry Seabrooke, 1932 - 2011.

Terry Seabrooke sadly died on Tuesday 11th January.

Terry is remembered by John Wade, Click Here

"My Friend Seabrooke" by Myles Sinclair, Click Here.

"Bushey-based Magician and entertainer Terry Seabrooke dies." Click Here. 15.1.11


The 59th Blackpool Magic Convention begins at 9am sharp on Friday, 18th February with seventy magicians (yes, seventy!) participating in the first ever FISM European Championships of Magic. This year you can expect to see 32 Close-up artistes, 61 Stage Performers, 8 Lecturers and 4 Children's Lecturers. Added to this there will be the usual dealer’s showcase with some 125 international magic dealers displaying the latest must-have miracles. And, as if that wasn't enough, there will be a massive magic auction in the Spanish Hall on the Thursday, the day before the official start of the convention! Registrations are already at an all-time high and only 250 tickets remain out of the initial 3,000 - you don't have to be Derren Brown to predict that it will be a sell-out. Registration forms are available on the Blackpool Magicians’ Club website At only £85 per person the Blackpool Convention represents excellent value for money. The World's Biggest Magic Convention just got bigger - don't miss it! 15.1.11


Confessions of Real Mind Readers. With Luke Jermay, Marc Paul and Ken Dyne (Kennedy). "How would you like to spend a full day with three of the most successful, professional mind readers and mentalists in the UK today? Saturday, February 12th at a venue in Newcastle Upon Tyne yet to be announced; Marc Paul, Luke Jermay and Ken will be throwing open the doors at a one-off intensive ‘no holds barred’ day-long seminar. To make sure none of them hold back, they’re limiting numbers to just 35 places. As well as 6 workshops, detailing everything from ‘tricks’ to getting gigs and working trade-shows, the day will end with a Q&A, where the three will spill the blunt, honest truth about everything you’ve always wanted to ask." Visit for booking info. 15.1.11


John Archer will be making several appearances at the week-long South Tyneside International Magic Festival, which begins its eighth year in South Shields on Monday, March 7th. The comedy magician, who has been performing professionally for the past 13 years, was one of only two magicians on the ITV special Penn & Teller: Fool Us to actually fool the magical duo and as a result John will now have the opportunity to open for them in their show at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. After that John will be making a number of appearances at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival, including compering the Gala Show at the Customs House theatre on Friday, March 11th – which he has done for the past few years. The multi-award winning magician will also be delivering a lecture and performing in the special Midnight Show, both of which are open solely to professional magicians and the most dedicated magic fans, as part of the three-day Magic Convention, which runs as part of the festival from March 11th to March 13th. Tickets for the South Tyneside International Magic Festival’s Gala show are available directly from the theatre on 0191 454 1234 or via priced from £12. Tickets for the three-day Magic Convention are available by emailing More details are also available online at "Teesside magician wins a trip to Las Vegas" Click Here. "Disappearing off to Vegas after magic moment" Click Here. 15.1.11


Tabula Mentis IX: A Day with Barrie Richardson. Psycrets (British Society of Mystery Entertainers) are proud to announce Tabula Mentis IX: A Day with Barrie Richardson on Saturday 17th April at the Milton Theatre, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield HD1 3DH (Map). Psycrets is pleased to welcome Barrie Richardson, celebrated mentalist and author of the Theatre of the Mind books. Barrie will present a morning and afternoon lecture which should be of interest to anyone working in mentalism and its allied arts. These lectures are complemented by lectures from Looch on Mental Minimalism and Nik Taylor on Bizarre Magic. The day also features presentations by Lebanon Circle, Smoke and Mirrors and Subversive Circuits, lunchtime members' dealer tables and much more! Join mentalists and mystery entertainers from around the world for an amazing day! For tickets and further details visit 15.1.11


The Northern Magic Circle are pleased to announce that Luke Jermay and Thom Peterson (photo) have been added to the line up for their forthcoming convention. Luke will be lecturing and performing in both the close-up session and Sunday evening gala show and Thom Peterson, back by popular demand, will host and compère the Sunday gala show with his unique comedy act. Luke and Thom join Jay Scott-Berry, Will Houstoun and Marc Oberon. The convention takes place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April at the Spa Complex, Scarborough and bookings can be made online via or by contacting the registration officer Allan Clarke on 01772 685073. 15.1.11


Peter Samelson has been added to the line up at Shenanigans, The Irish Magic Convention, which runs from 29th April to 1st May at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Other names already announced include David Williamson and Jay Scott Berry. Peter Samelson is an illusion designer for theatre, film and television. He is also a performer who seamlessly combines his twin passions - magic and theatre - to carve out a unique place in the world of show business. He is the author of the acclaimed Theatrical Close-Up. Equally adept at close-up magic and large-scale illusions, Peter is an eclectic artist whose work appeals to a broad audience. He co-produces Monday Night Magic and Magical Nights at Feinstein's in New York, and will perform and present on all three days of the convention. Gold Card Registration is €110 which includes a Banquet dinner on Saturday and Sunday lunch, and bring your non-magician partner or guardian for only €55, which also includes the Banquet and Sunday lunch. Four star accommodation at the fabulous headquarters hotel is €89 for a double/twin room per night. For more information visit 15.1.11


Jay Scott Berry completes the line-up for the Wessex Magical Association's One-Day Convention on Sunday April 3rd. Jay joins Romany, Peter Wardell, Phill Smith, Paul Gordon and Tony Griffith in an all star line-up. Jay will launch his first tour of the UK for six years with an exclusive lecture and two spots in the Gala Show. "His fabulous style makes magic truly magical. Channing Pollock described his act as 'impeccable…absolutely wondrous.' What’s more, his signature Lecture will not be seen elsewhere on this tour and includes many of his finest ideas, gimmicks and routines, all still active elements of his professional shows. It’s the best of JSB. Don’t miss it!" The WMA One Day Convention will feature lectures, workshops and performances from a full range of magicians. 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. Whole day tickets including a ticket for the evening Gala Show will be £18 if booked in advance and £20 on the door. The location, as in previous years, will be the Kinson Community Centre, Millhams Road, Kinson, Bournemouth BH10 7LH (Map). 15.1.11


Black Cat Magic are now taking pre-orders for 'Soundbox', as seen on John Archer's new DVD 'Further Education', for delivery early February. John's routine is funny, entertaining and very baffling. The box comes complete with a Maxi Supalok and is available in a variety of colours. Visit for details. 15.1.11


David Hemingway Comedy Pro-file Lecture, London. Presented by International Magic: "This is an ideal starting point for comedy magicians, comedians, compères and after-dinner speakers. The content will include how to entertain with humour, getting big laughs, and perfect opening and closing ideas as well as great stories. David will also be launching his new book on the subject at the lecture. Duration: 1 hour lecture followed by Questions & Answers. Ticket price £15. 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th January (please arrive by 7.15pm at the latest). Venue: 2nd floor at ‘Casa Italiana’, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map) almost opposite our Magic Shop in Clerkenwell Road. Please book in advance:" 15.1.11


As if by Magic 2011. An evening of magic and illusion in an all new magic spectacular presented by The Southend Sorcerers at the Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre, Westcliff on Sea from Tuesday 8th February to Saturday 12th February. "The show will feature different performers from our club on each night, thus ensuring each show will be completely different! Tickets are selling fast, in fact, both the Saturday matinee and evening shows are now sold out. Tickets are still available for the Tuesday to Friday shows so if you would like to see a spectacular evening of magic and illusion, presented by Southend's own magic society, please book fast. You will need to book tickets direct from the Cliffs Pavilion box office: 01702 351135 - tickets are priced at £10 (£8 concessions). Close-up magic will take place in the foyer from 7pm - 8pm with the main show commencing at 8pm." Further information: 15.1.11


Jumbo Magic Auction - Manchester Circle of Magicians. "A Jumbo Magic Auction is being held by the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 24th January at the Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, near Manchester. Doors open 5.30pm, Auction commences 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. The auction includes two 'retirement' sales with hundreds of items including Humpty Dumpty, Wizzy Dizzy Milk, Lovey Duck, Destination Moon, Head Chopper, Roy Johnson books, a Card Sword and lots more! Door charge £3.00. Members free of charge. Further details from Derek Lever 01253 810113." 15.1.11


Oliver Meech lectures at The Magic Circle on Monday 17th January at 7.30pm. "Described by Genii Online as 'wildly creative', Oliver loves developing tricks with new plots. He has written the critically-acclaimed books The Plot Thickens and Plot Twists, and his work has been compared to Paul Harris and Jay Sankey. In this fun and informative lecture you’ll learn a range of tricks, designed to be original yet practical. There will also be a mini-workshop teaching a powerful creativity technique that makes it easy to come up with new tricks of your own." This is a members only event. Not a member? Click Here. 15.1.11


The Order of the Magi is holding a Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 25th January at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF at 7.30pm, with viewing from 6.30pm. "Lot numbers are now available so if you need one please contact Max Townsend Entertainments Officer on 07800 618218 or email Details are on Door charge £3 so do come along as there might find the very thing you are looking for!" Geoffrey Newton. 15.1.11


Richard Pinner will be presenting his latest lecture, 'Half - Life' for the Portsmouth & District Magic Circle on Monday 14th February. Non members are welcome, £8 admission. Arrive in time for the 7.30pm start. Venue: Portsmouth & District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). 15.1.11


Paul Gordon will be giving his entertaining and informative card magic lecture at The Ilford Magic Society at The Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford IG3 9PP (Map) on Wednesday 19th January at 8pm. Visitors very welcome, £10 on the door. 15.1.11


The Academy of Magic Open Mic Lecture. In just a couple of weeks The Academy of Magic are hosting their first Open Mic Lecture featuring a host of talent from across the UK. Each participant will be giving a mini-lecture, which you'll be able to watch live online and it's up to you to vote for your favourite who will be given the chance to host a full Academy lecture later in the year. The lecture will be live at 19:30GMT on 27th January. Participating: Paul Brown, Stephen Leathwaite, Daniel Young, Ben Williams, Neil Kelso, Gareth Shoulder, Dave Loosley, Raj Virdiand Ollie Mealing. 15.1.11


Jus' Like That! Clive Greenaway as Tommy Cooper. "Clive Greenaway returns to the Lamb for more classic TC magic, Jokes and anecdotes. This wonderfully funny tribute is brimming with all of TC's greatest tricks, including glass-bottle-glass, the Incredible Mind Reading Duck, and many more!" Lamb Theatre, Eastbourne 29th and 30th January, more info: and "Comedy: Clive’s a magical Tommy!" Click Here. 15.1.11


The London Society of Magicians. Robert Pamplin emails: "2011 is a year of change for the London Society of Magicians. As from the 11th January the LSM will meet on Tuesday nights. The meetings will be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Details can be found on the website New members and visitors welcome; if interested please contact the Secretary Peter Blundell" 15.1.11


Magic Circle President Jack Delvin presented David Deanie with his Associate of The Inner Magic Circle certificate last Monday. David writes: "Jack Delvin presented me with my membership to The Magic Circle – AIMC with Silver Star on Monday night at The Magic Circle headquarters. Michael Vincent shared his views about the recent Magic programmes on TV, I got a tour of The Magic Circle headquarters where a sale of the late Jeremy Beadle's props was taking place and I had a chance to read up some magic in the Library with a magician who was visiting from Sweden. My first time at the HQ, hopefully the first of many visits. I will be updating more about my visit on my website – find it under the blog section." 15.1.11


International News: Casino Saint-Vincent 9th Magic Convention in Aosta, Italy, from April 14th - 17th. Starring Daniel Garcia, Banachek, Armando Lucero, Karl Koppertop and many more. Email for registration details. 15.1.11


Shirley Ray lectures at the Darlington Care & Share Balloon Fun Day on Wednesday 9th March. "Shirley will be running four one-hour hands on lecture/workshop sessions throughout the day. This will be the very first time Shirley has lectured at any of the Care & Share Days, so this is definitely a day not to be missed, especially with the early bird special at just £10. This must be the bargain of the year to spend the whole day gaining advice, knowledge and design experience from one of the world’s top twisters. The day is being sponsored by Qualatex Balloons." For more information and booking details visit 15.1.11


Look out for Poz in an anti-violence film that has been produced for the F.A. which will be on the big screen at all football games in a couple of weeks. Poz spent the day being sworn at and shouted at by Mr Ruddock... much the same as at an average 5-year olds birthday party really! 15.1.11


The 'Grismer Lock' News from Steve Cook: "Steve Cook welcomes enquiries from those seriously interested in purchasing from him the sole world rights to world 's most exclusive magical lock, The 'Grismer Lock'. I am thinning-down my magic transactions, and this is the only reason I would part with the rights to this wonderful lock. The late Ray Grismer granted me the sole world rights to it some years back, after seeing and praising the new model which was produced for me by my good friend, and master locksmith, Mick Hanzlik. Whoever takes over the rights to this lock will, I'm sure, still have the services of Mick to hand. I also supply a beautiful A4 booklet with the lock, and recently, Richard Osterlind has very kindly submitted his own previously unpublished routine for the lock, which is now to be included with future sales, and only, to those purchasers of the Grismer Lock. Email me only if you are seriously interested in this great opportunity... don't miss out! Thank you." 15.1.11


Friends and clients of Adrian Harris may be wondering why they have not been able to make contact since early December... When Adrian and May returned from Australia after Boxing day, they found a burst water tank had caused extensive damage to their home. They had to move into temporary accommodation and are currently still waiting for the phone and broadband to be re-instated. Adrian had to suspend his magic dealing, but will definitely be at Blackpool as usual and the backlog of correspondence will be dealt with as soon as possible. 15.1.11


Card Magic USA (eBook) compiled and edited by Peter Duffie is reviewed by Al Smith this week, Click Here • "The Weekend's TV: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Fri, ITV1" Click Here • "Tricks are the trade. Modern-day magicians work to give new life to old wonders" Click Here • "Magician Bob Elliott, mentor to many, dies at 76" Click Here • "Hey presto – Michael is honoured by Magic Circle" Click Here • "Comic magician John Archer fools Penn & Teller" Click Here • "Magician defends controversial tiger show" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 15.1.11