Number 559 - 12th March 2011


YMOTY Revisited, the special one day event at The Magic Circle Headquarters in London on September 18th, that was recently announced here is now gaining momentum. Being held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the esteemed Young Magician of the Year Competition, and the many and varied magical careers that it has launched, it is shaping up in to a packed day of special events and performances. The list of those agreeing to be there and either perform, present or lecture (subject to other commitments) includes Richard Cadell, Angelo Carbone, Keith Cooper, Steve Dela, Nic Einhorn, Richard Griffin, Ben Hart, Philip Hitchcock, Graham Jolley, Michael Jordan, Paul Kieve, Matt McGurk, Marc Oberon, Andrew O’Connor, David Owen, Bertie Pearce, Scott Penrose, Colin Rose, Martin Scott Price, Russ Stevens and Richard Wiseman, all of whom at one stage were competitors in The Young Magician of the Year. Organiser Noel Britten (himself, a former competitor) promises a couple of additional surprises for the day too. Registration is £27 for young magicians under 18 and their guardians, £35 for Magic Circle members and £45 for non-members. Contact to register. With the Ali Bongo Saturday Show at the Magic Circle the night before, and Paul Stone’s Palladium Magic extravaganza the following night, it’s set to be a perfect magical three days in London. 12.3.11


Derren Brown: Svengali - Opens Monday. Dubbed a 'psychological illusionist' by the Press, Derren Brown is a performer who combines magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship in order to seemingly predict and control human behaviour. For the past ten years Derren has created TV and stage performances that have stunned audiences nationwide. His first television show Derren Brown: Mind Control appeared in 2000, and was quickly followed by Trick of the Mind, Trick or Treat and a series of one-off Specials including the controversial Russian Roulette and the hugely popular 'Events'. Derren now returns to the stage with his brand new production Svengali - which is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in theatre land so book now! See What's On for venues and dates. 12.3.11


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Drummond Money-Coutts launches his latest short film this week, "Thai-Boo, Cardsharks of Sin City". Filmed in Thailand's capital city of Bangkok, the film looks into the artistry of cards and card cheating in one of Asia's most notorious cities. Despite (or perhaps because of) the ban on gambling in Thailand - the percentage of hustlers and swindlers is startlingly high in Bangkok, as are their levels of mastery. Click Here to see the film on YouTube [Excellent work Drummond! DT]. 12.3.11


Shenanigans, The Irish Magic Convention - Online registration now open: "With their Gold Card Registration at an incredible €110 and half price WAG's for non magician partners & guardians it really is terrific value and includes Saturday Banquet Dinner and Sunday Lunch. Accommodation rates at our incredible 4 star hotel coupled with inexpensive airfare from most UK airports make this weekend superb value. Starring David Williamson (photo), Peter Samelson, Jay Scott Berry, Jeremy Le Poidevin, Paul Gordon and more it promises to be a great weekend." For full online registration details Click Here. Shenanigans, 29th April - 1st May, Dublin 12.3.11


Scrambling Your Mind. Psycrets (British Society of Mystery Entertainers) and University of Huddersfield present Scrambling Your Mind, a one-off event open to all... "Come join top UK Mentalists for an evening of Mindreading, Mysticism & Mediumship, featuring, Looch (mind reader), Paul Voodini (Medium), Roni Shachnaey (Mystic), Dr Todd Landman (Metaphysician), and Alex Marsh (Psychological Illusionist)." One Night Only! Saturday 16th April at 8pm at the Milton Theatre, Studio 1, The University of Huddersfield HD1 3DH (Map). Tickets £7.00 (£4.00 concessions) Box Office 01484 472904. This is a Public Show being put on after Tabula Mentis IX (see What's On) and is included in the ticket price for those attending that event. 12.3.11


Peter Campbell-Wells Psychic? Brighton Festival Fringe - May 2011 "Peter Campbell-Wells returns to the Brighton Festival Fringe to blow big raspberries at the serious po-faced world of psychic entertainment. Mind-reading and clairvoyance is absurd and Pete's show revels in the daftness of it all. Classic feats of psychic prowess are sent on idiotic tangents with Pete's irreverent spin and utter disregard for tradition." Laughing Horse @ The Temple, The Temple, 121 Western Road, Brighton. May 7th, 12th-14th, 19th-21st, 26th-28th at 9pm (Running Time 50 minutes). Tickets: £6.00 (£5.00 Concessions). Brighton Fringe Box Office More info: 12.3.11


The Pageboy Speaks.. Again! by Patrick Page. The Pageboy Speaks.. Again! is now available as a book from Patrick Page Magic, the company set up by Patrick Page’s family to celebrate his life and to promote and distribute authorised versions of his work. "The Pageboy Speaks was a series of articles written by Patrick Page, the legendary magician, between 1974 and the mid 1980’s. Originally printed in the close-up magazine Pabular, The Pageboy Speaks became a diary of his own thoughts, escapades and experiences, written in his own unique style. Often controversial, he told stories of the magicians he met, what they did and what he thought of it all. It’s a complete who’s who of magic from a golden age. A time of Flosso. Fogel, Goshman, Kaps, Marshall, Slydini, Vernon and all the others. All his original articles are published in The Pageboy Speaks.. Again! and you are in for a treat. Patrick Page at his best, talking about his favourite subject – magic and magicians. Enjoy!" The Pageboy Speaks.. Again! is available exclusively from Patrick Page Magic: 12.3.11


Magic of the Mind with Ian Rowland. Sunday 22 May 2011 at 7.30pm. This is an evening of Mind Magic with Ian Rowland. All proceeds are for charity (Crohn's & Colitis UK, and Butterflies Bereavement Counselling). The ticket price includes a vegetarian supper and coffee/tea. Tickets are £17.50 per person from Peter Altman 07808 765301. Venue: Blackwell Hall, 90 Uxbridge Road, Harrow Weald HA3 6DQ (Map) 12.3.11


Ian Keable Funny Tricks. Ian Keable is performing his one man comedy and magic show Funny Tricks at Farthingstone Village Hall, Maidford Road, Northamptonshire today (Saturday), March 12th. The show starts at 7pm and is a rare chance to see Ian’s acclaimed full show. For tickets contact Chris FitzGerald on 01327 361 646 12.3.11


The Classics of Magic! Brighton Festival Fringe - May 2011 "Peter Campbell-Wells bravely attempts The Classics of Magic. "Magicians worldwide spend years perfecting the classics. Pete didn't have time to practice but what could possibly go wrong? With a bag of goodies fresh from the magic shop, Pete will dazzle and confound you with the greatest magic effects ever devised, while madly hoping that his rushed preparation and general ineptitude don't ruin the bullet catch. This is a family show, for kids and grown-ups alike." Laughing Horse @ The Temple, The Temple, 121 Western Road, Brighton. May 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th at 1.30pm (Running Time 50 minutes). Tickets: £6.00 (£5.00 Concessions). Brighton Fringe Box Office More info: 12.3.11


23rd Annual Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day - Peterborough. The Peterborough Society of Magicians invite magicians everywhere to their 23rd Annual Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day from 10am - 5pm on Sunday 10th April at The Millfield Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). With lectures by Paul Gordon and Ian Keable and a Sleeving Workshop with Alexander Allen (best wear a jacket!). Plus a Dealers Hall, including Zane's Magic Shop, Merlins of Wakefield, and many more. Admission: £12.00 / £6.00 concessions (partners and under 16s). All tables are £5 extra and must be booked in advance. If not selling, you may pay on the door. Refreshments available all day. Ample free parking. To book a table, contact Keith Downs on 01778 343167 12.3.11


Mark Elsdon presents his lecture "Magic You Might Actually Do" on Monday 14th March for The Chester Guild of Magicians. 8pm start at The Bull & Stirrup, Upper Northgate Street, Chester CH1 4EE (Map). Visiting magicians welcome; £10 door charge. 12.3.11


Wayne Dobson Lectures at the Thames Valley Magicians Guild on Wednesday 29th June at 8pm. Members £3 non members (welcome) £10. Venue: Highfield Club, George Street, Bicester, Oxon OX26 2EE (Map), 12.3.11


Alex Ward Presents, Pick n' Tricks: "Pick n' Tricks is a variety night featuring, Magicians, Mind Readers, Comedians and Musicians. On the 20th of March at the Bulls head in Barnes, there will be magic from Rooster Magic, mentalism from Alex Ward comedy from Ben Righton and Emma Rutterford and music from the Fawkes with compare Eric Lampaert." Acts start at 8.30pm, £7 entry on the door, The Bulls Head, 373 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 9PY (Map). More info for Facebook users: Click Here or contact Alex via 12.3.11


Bill Abbott Lecture. The Scottish Conjurers' Association are delighted to present the Duncan Fletcher Memorial Lecture featuring Canadian magician Bill Abbott on Wednesday 23rd March. Venue: The Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). 7.30pm. Admission £10. 12.3.11


Bill Abbott will be lecturing at the Blackpool Magicians' Club HQ on 22nd March. Bill Abbott is one of Canada’s leading magicians. He has been entertaining audiences for over twenty years at holiday functions, corporate banquets, fundraisers, golf tournaments, anniversaries, house parties and weddings. Members and Associate Members will be most welcome. The clubroom, at the rear of 1 Sherbourne Road, Blackpool FY1 2PW, opens at 6.30 pm. Associate Membership is open to all magicians at just £25 a year and gives access to the clubroom for up to 12 visits a year. 12.3.11


F1 wallets - back in stock! "Alakazam are pleased to announce that after a four-week wait we finally have the F1 wallets back in stock. We started shipping out backorders yesterday (Friday) and if you place an order before Monday we will still include the bonus disc with your wallet free of charge. We want to thank everyone who has taken the time to email such positive feedback, it is much appreciated." Visit: 12.3.11


Portsmouth & District Magic Circle Jumbo Day. The 48th Annual Portsmouth Jumbo Day starts at 9am on Sunday 6th November. The day will have all your favourites... The Sale, with many new and second-hand dealers; Merv Cole's 'Legendary' Auction, Bob Hamilton's videos, two Workshops, Close-up Sessions, a Star Lecture and Gala Show. Fast Track ticket price £17.00, under 16's £8.50. Advance Dealer Registration £40.00. Closing Date for these prices 18th October 2011. Pay on the day price £19.00, under 16's £10. Full details and registration forms available now at Venue: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). 12.3.11


The Magic Circle's Young Magician of the Year Competition, originally devised by Derrick Speight, has been running since 1961 making this year's competition the 50th anniversary of that first event; the competition that started Johnny Hart on the path to magical fame. This year, eleven young magicians from across the country will be competing in the preliminary heats on Sunday 8th May for a coveted place in the Final - taking place on Sunday 31st July, at the headquarters of The Magic Circle in the Centre for the Magic Arts, Stephenson Way, London. Fittingly, the Final will be compèred by a former Young Magician of the Year, Richard Cadell, and tickets will be available from the Centre box office from 16th May onwards, telephone 020 7387 2222. Tickets for the afternoon show (which acts as a dress rehearsal) are £8 and those for the evening competition show which is judged £16 - book early to avoid disappointment! 12.3.11


The Man Who Cannot Lose. "Game over. It's the taking part (and winning) that counts. Compulsive communicator and social loser Dr Johnny Façade is returning with the greatest gamble of his life. An obsessed quest of award-winning magic, multimedia and subversive storytelling." Buxton Fringe Festival 2010's 'Best Comedy Show' runner-up. Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March at 7.45pm. Pavilion Arts Centre Studio, Buxton. Tickets £6, available from the Buxton Opera House: 12.3.11


A Jumbo Magic Auction by Manchester Circle of Magicians is being held on Tuesday 29th March at the Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Nr. Manchester. Doors open at 5.30pm, auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers, Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Hundreds of items for sale. Door charge £3.00, members free of charge. Further details from Derek Lever 01253 810113. 12.3.11


Indoor Magic Car Boot Sale - Wigan. Albion Magic and Hocus Pocus Magic will be amongst the stands at the event and have added to the hundreds of other bargains that will be on sale a range of end-of-line stock and other selected items all at half price. The sale runs from 11.30am - 4pm on Sunday, March 13th at Orwell Pub, Wigan Pier, Wallgate, Wigan, Lancashire WN3 4EU (Map). Admission £3 (free parking, refreshments and lunch available), Telephone: 07785 712 714 for further details. 12.3.11


Matthew Garrett, The Magic Circle's Close-up Magician of the Year for 2010 lectures at the Leamington & Warwick Magic Society on Wednesday 23rd March. Doors open at 7.30pm and visiting magicians are welcome. Admission: £10.00 (which includes a buffet). Venue: Cubbington Sports and Social Club, Cubbington, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 7LN (Map). Details: 12.3.11


Magic Moments Day returns for its fourth year. Organisers Jay Fortune and Richard Leigh have set the ball rolling for more feel-good charitable magic shows and as always are looking for magicians everywhere to get involved. This year's Magic Moments Day is Saturday 1st October 2011. If you would like to be involved please email including your name, age and address. 12.3.11


Ollie Mealing's first ever lecture 'Handmade' - now booking. "If you are a card enthusiast looking to learn impromptu, workable, hard-hitting card sleights and routines from one of the UK's most creative up and coming talents, then Ollie Mealing's first ever lecture 'Handmade' is ideal for your society! Incredible card magic doesn't have to be about gaffs and gimmicks! Based on material from his successful DVD releases Card Constructions and The Skip Switch Project, the lecture consists of two halves (roughly an hour each) which focus on the highlights of these DVDs. Although none of the material requires insane finger flicking abilities, 'Handmade' is aimed at those with a solid foundation, who are ready to put the extra time in to their craft to reap some serious rewards!" To book Ollie's lecture for your club email: DVD trailers: Click Here and Click Here. "Ollie Mealing has some great ideas with playing cards, and his material has fooled me on numerous occasions." Joshua Jay. 12.3.11


Chris Priest lectures at the House of Magic UK at 7pm on Wednesday March 23rd. "Chris Priest is a full time, professional close-up magician. He is the Millennium British Champion of Close-up Magic and the only magician to have been trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Chris has performed for TV and movie stars, music celebrities, various heads of state and members of the Royal Family including a private party for HM The Queen. 'His card work left me breathless, his presentation showed what you can do with a pack of cards, a few coins and a few balls. You can understand why he is in such demand all over the world.' J Price, President of the British Magical Society." Contact the House of Magic UK on 01384 373209 or email to book. Seats are £10 each. Wednesday March 23rd, 7pm - 9pm Venue: House of Magic UK, 80 Brook Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 3XB (Map). 12.3.11


No likey, no lighty. International Illusionist and close-up magician James Anthony appears on ITV's Take Me Out! this evening. "Anthony sets out to prove that not all magicians are geeks, and attempts to woo the girls with his unique brand and style of magic." Does he get a date? You'll have to watch to find out! 9.05pm tonight (Saturday, 12th) on ITV1 12.3.11


Congratulations to David Pitt, winner of the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians Tom Law 2011 Close-up Competition which was held on  Wednesday 2nd March. Other competitors included David Stevenson, Max Jacklin, Steve Evans and Sean Carpenter at the end. 12.3.11


Tommy Cooper Birthday Tribute. "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 19th March , more info: and 12.3.11


Peter Greenwood Lecture - Cambridge. The Pentacle Club is hosting a lecture by well known children's entertainer Peter Greenwood at 8pm on Tuesday 22nd March at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map). Visiting magicians are welcome for a small charge of £5. 12.3.11


Janne Raudaskoski/Magic Theatre presents Wally Watthead and His Lost Glow. "Welcome to the bizarre, oversized world of Polly’s bedside table: a truly unique Lilliput-sized world where Wally Watthead lives. On it, we see a cell phone, a bedside lamp and a picture of Polly. All is going well, until one day, the light bulb on Wally Watthead’s head goes out – a cue for the magic to commence! This adventurous and theatrical circus performance is for both, young and old alike and breaks new ground with its unique use of technology. Wally Watthead is a new kind of theatrical performance combining magic, clowning, mime, black light theatre and video, with lashings of humour and plenty of compassion. Janne Raudaskoski is a magician and performer. As a Finnish and Nordic champion in magic, he has worked on several art projects combining new circus, theatre and magic. In his first solo production, Wally Watthead and his Lost Glow, Janne has researched and developed the combination of magic, theatre, clownery, mime and video technology. Janne aims to create a performance which is a powerful experience for both children and adults, and that is easily translated into any language. Expect magnificent special effects, sparkles, magic, bubbles and levitation!" Venue: Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA (Map) Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th April at 2pm. Suitable for all ages 4 - 104. All tickets £9.95, box office: 020 8341 4421 12.3.11


Wilton's Magic Show, Friday 18th March, at 7.30pm. "Katherine Rhodes is returning for another season of incredible magic at Wilton's Music Hall. Complete with special guests, celebrate one of the most popular forms of Victorian entertainment in this derelict Victorian relic!" Tickets £12, £10 concessions, children under 16 come for £5 as long as one adult is with them, maximum of 4 in the group. Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets or by phoning the Box Office on 020 7702 2789. Venue: Wilton's Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB (Map)., 12.3.11


Kids of Bolton charily. As a supporter of Kevin Davies charity, Kids of Bolton, magician Alan Mylecraine was recently asked to provide the magic entertainment at a fundraising Masquerade Ball. Many top footballers and managers were in attendance, together with Bolton comedian Peter Kay. Alan worked some close-up magic on band McFly which was very well received, as can be seen from the photo featuring Tom, mid finger-chop! 12.3.11


Kung Fu Mind-Reading is the latest concept in mentalism from Paul Voodini. He describes it as "a brave new approach to mind-reading and the magic of the mind" and "perhaps the most radical new approach to the art for many years". Kung Fu Mind-Reading is not a book, but is a seminar where the principles are explained and demonstrated. Paul assures all delegates that the "Kung Fu" element is purely to do with a mind-set, and has nothing to do with keeping fit, exercise, or indeed unarmed combat! The next seminar takes place on March 26th in Milton Keynes. Details: 12.3.11


Children's Magic and Ventriloquism Lecture, Gloucester. Cotswold Magical Society presents a lecture on Children's Magic and Ventriloquism by Colin Dymond, the society's president, on Wednesday March 16th at 8pm. Members of other magical societies will be given a warm welcome. The fee to non-members of CMS will be £5 payable on the night. Venue: Club Room, Huccelcote Community Centre, Huccelcote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT (Map) 12.3.11


Chubbz emails: "Massive big thank you to everybody who supported the Charity variety event at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood last Saturday evening. £4,000 was raised on the evening and money is still coming in. The money raised will be split between a young local Fleetwood girl Summer Atkinson who has a rare genetic disorder, and Brian House Children's Hospice." Chubbz & Co. 12.3.11


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"Illusionist Lance Burton Making Indie Film About Magic" Click Here • "Las Vegas magic prize won by British act Romany - Diva of Magic" Click Here • "Criss Angel, award winner and new Magic Hall of Fame member" Click Here • "It’s a magic time for Scarborough" Click Here • "Piff Paff Poof! Magic Circle at Scarborough" Click Here • The University of Nottingham Magic Society are staging a show on March 18th, see What's On for details • "For my next trick, I'll take taxpayers' cash: Local council paid Magician £19,000 to perform motivational talks" Click Here • "Barry magician casts his spell to win top award" Click Here • "Auckland Arts Festival: Magician still draws crowds in internet age" Click Here • "Rare Houdini poster will vanish at Potter & Potter auction March 26" Click Here • Many thanks for your news this week, see you next week, Duncan. 12.3.11