Number 560 - 19th March 2011


The Northern Magic Circle Convention team report that registrations have risen by 50% from their 2008 levels, following some rebranding and the launch of a new website. This year's event features Jay Scott Berry, Thom Peterson, Will Houstoun, Marc Oberon, Tom Stone, Ian Keable and Luke Jermay (photo). The convention is on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April at the Scarborough Spa, with all events taking place under one roof... workshops, lectures, shows and dealers. To book, contact registration officer Allan Clarke on 01772 685073 or visit (Register before March 31st to be automatically entered into the free Golden Ticket Draw for the Luke Jermay Masterclass). "Magicians to conjure up mystifying displays" Click Here. 19.3.11


Paul Zenon dices with viewers on Countdown week commencing Monday 28th March on Channel 4. 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. See TV Magic. 19.3.11


Mel Mellers stars in 'April Foolery', a Dinner & Cabaret Fundraising Evening in aid of the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa on Friday 1st April at 7.30 for 8pm. Also appearing mixing, mingling and table-hopping are professional magicians Sean Sparling and Darren Kidby. There is a glass of 'bubbly' on arrival, a three course dinner with coffee and mints and music by 54 North. Dress is black-tie and tickets are available from the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance on 01522 548469 or the Petwood Hotel on 01526 352411 at £40 per head (book by Monday 28th March). 19.3.11


Chris Hare Mentalism Lecture. Chris Hare will be lecturing at the Thames Valley Magicians Guild in Bicester on Wednesday 30th March at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm). Non-members are welcome. Members: £2 admission. Non-members: £5 admission. Venue: Highfield Club, George Street, Bicester, OX26 2ED (Map) 19.3.11


Jay Scott Berry Lecture - Coventry Magic Circle. Coventry Magic Circle are proud to present 'The Delicate Sound of Wonder' a new two-hour lecture by Jay Scott Berry at 8pm on Tuesday 29th March at Bentley Road Club, 23 Bentley Road, Nuneeaton, Warwickshire CV11 5LR (Map). "Impeccable magic, absolutely wondrous" Channing Pollack. Are you ready to be amazed? Magician visitors, £10 including buffet. Contact Jon Stringer for further details: telephone 07723 363700, 19.3.11


Alex Crow can be seen on Come Dine With Me, as a contestant, on Sunday, 27th March... "This brand new episode comes from north west London, where Bollywood wannabe Paresh Vara takes on shop assistant Cherelle Welch, mind reader Alex Crow, and straight talking solicitor Cathie Woolhouse, in a week featuring some deep fried kofta balls gone wrong, a titanic clash of two chatterboxes, and a mystery dark parlour filled with rats, snakes and all things spooky." (Hope Alex's vegetables aren't as old as his props, Click Here!) 19.3.11 The UK Directory of Children's Entertainers now in its eighth year, features professional children's entertainers from across the UK, county by county. For advertising rates visit the contact page and follow the link: “Thanks again, best advert on the net.” J.A. “Best £60 I ever spent. Generated so much work I'm now wondering why I bother spending 10 times that in the Yellow pages?” F.W. “Already had my first enquiry from the site - thought you'd like to know as the ad's only been up a day.” G.L. “The advert went in on Thursday and I have had two enquiries already as a direct result... I’m gobsmacked!” J.C. (Unsolicited testimonials from actual advertisers). 19.3.11 are now advertising on MagicWeek. Owner Mike Keech writes: "Welcome to an established Magic Company trading for 9 years plus, on the Internet and also as a bricks and mortar Magic Shop. Recently (12 Months ago) taken over with a new management team who are focused on keeping the standards high, as you would expect. We are happy to supply magic to all types of magician from the hobbyist to the seasoned professional. As you will see from a visit to our website at we can supply you with anything from the newest items available from all over the world of Magic, to the day to day items. Another core area in magic that we are proud to be recognised for is our coin and brass products, manufactured to exacting tolerances by our team of engineers, all of whom are working magicians. On the subject of magicians, everyone that works within the business is a magician, and will be happy to advise and recommend magic tricks and effects to suit your performance style and ability. We can be found in Bolton, Lancashire at 399, Chorley Old Road BL1 6AH and contacted on 01204 419 879 with any inquiry regarding magic or support for items that you have purchased or wish to purchase. So all in all we have a great deal to offer the magical fraternity and look forward to welcoming friends old and new to our Magical World at Hope to see you soon, Mike Keech." 19.3.11


E-Club Pro. News from Mark Leveridge Magic: Customers of Mark Leveridge Magic who are looking for extra value and benefits should look no further than E-Club Pro, the online club that offers access to a whole range of 'hidden' pages on the MLM website. These Members' Only pages are filled with great extra content, much of it being video instruction not found anywhere else. There's The Archive featuring, amongst other things, footage of the Wrinkles, Teach Ins and It Could Only Happen Live from Mark's monthly E-Video Newsletter. The Vintage Vault has video performance and explanation of effects Mark has never filmed before. The Tool Box has video instruction on all manner of basic sleights for beginners. The Advice Centre not only has a wide range of FAQs about all manner of magic related topics, but is also a means for members to put their own questions to Mark. Then there's the E-Club Pro Shop with unique money saving offers for members only, the Download Portal with a free routine to download each month and The Book Corner, which features a different book extract each month. All this content is updated and supplemented every month, and there are more new features which will be added in the coming months. Membership to E-Club Pro is available for a small monthly payment and you do not have to commit to any fixed period - you can stay for as long as you want and you can withdraw at any time. For more information about E-Club Pro, go to 19.3.11


Behaviour Patterns by Alan Chitty, and marketed by JB Magic, sold out at its UK launch at the Blackpool convention last month. Alan Chitty writes: "A pocket-sized spiral-bound booklet which is fully examinable is supplied. Each page is different and shows a pattern consisting of a number of ESP and other symbols plus a unique number. As the pages are slowly turned the spectator says stop. In a two stage revelation, the magician proves, with the aid of an envelope which has been on show throughout, that the page selected was predicted from the start. A step by step instructional DVD is provided." For ordering info email and to watch a demonstration on YouTube Click Here. 19.3.11


3SM Close-up Competition Winner. Scott Whitney reports. Monday 28th February saw the 3rd annual Close-up competition held by the 3SM (South Staffordshire Society of Magicians). Nine competitors competed, performing in two rooms to over 100 spectators. The standard was very high. The competitors compete for two trophies, the ‘3SM Close-up Magician of the Year’ and ‘Best Amateur’. This year saw Craig Davies win both trophies. The trophies where presented by club president Ian Magarva. 19.3.11


ESPionage @ Headgate Theatre, Colechester. Psychic Comedian Peter Antoniou brings his unique brand of mind reading and comedy to Colchester. Learn the true story of Peter Antoniou's journey into the murky world of 'psychic espionage'. Through laughter and amazement he reveals how your mind has been compromised. "That's brilliant. Marvellous Stuff" BBC. "This man is Penon-mentally good" Kerrang! With support from Jo Maycock. 7.30pm - 10.30pm on 30th April. Tickets £8 (£5 concessions) from Headgate Box Office on 01206 366000. Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester. 19.3.11


Bill Abbott UK Lecture Tour. As one of Canada's foremost magicians, the 37-year-old native of Toronto has been performing since the age of five. Over the past 20 years, Bill Abbott has been in constant demand for private parties, corporate functions and special events, becoming one of the most sought-after experts in this unique field of entertainment. His study of magic, music and mentalism for the past 19 years as well as a university degrees in both psychology and sociology, means he's always in demand. Bill tours the UK from March 21st - 31st, see What's On for details. 19.3.11


Nottingham Guild of Magicians – Andrew Normansell lecture review. John Dornan writes: Andrew Normansell lectured last Thursday at the Nottingham Guild, and everyone there agreed it was one of the most useful lectures they have seen for many years. Andrew Normansell has been well established as an entertainer, magician and mentalist for over twenty five years, and has performed extensively both in the UK and abroad, He brought his experience to this new lecture, themed around using simple props that can be bought from local shops at a reasonable price. He started with card and mentalism routines, following on with coins and cards across. If you get the chance to see this lecture we would all agree you will get something out of it. 19.3.11


The Southend Sorcerers held their annual stage competition on Sunday 6th March. Amongst the five strong contenders were Oliver Ward, Andrew Smith, Stuart Burrell and Don Simpson. The winner for the second year running was Mick Geraghty. Mick's "Elec-trickery" Act was imaginative, well choreographed, captivating and sometimes a little edgy. Wayne Fidgeon. 19.3.11


Paul Gordon presents his lecture live on The Academy of Magic this Tuesday 22nd March at 19:30 GMT. Tune in to for details. The lecture is being filmed at Davenports, London, for any visiting magicians who would like to attend in person. (Have a deck of cards ready!) 19.3.11


Doctor Diablo: Secrets of Fire DVD. Michael Diamond emails: "Extremely Strange Pictures have released a brand new DVD 'Doctor Diablo's Secrets of Fire' - fully revealing the real secrets of fire eating and blowing, including: How to learn and practise, Make your own torches, Advanced tricks, Safety, Hand flashers and gimmicks and more... Filmed in HD and really high spec! To purchase, or for dealer wholesale enquiries, contact Michael Diamond:". 19.3.11


The next Care & Share Balloon Fun Day takes place on Wednesday 6th April in Banstead, Surrey with star lecturer David Brenion from the USA. The day (10am - 5pm) will feature David running four hands-on lecture/workshop sessions throughout, explaining and going through some of his newer designs covering 'Twisting with Rounds' and 'Hearts & Backpacks'. David won the Ralph Dewey “Rising Star” award last year. For more details and to book visit 19.3.11


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Devastation by Wayne Dobson... watch the demo on"Magician makes a refund offer to Cotswold District Council" Click Here • The 8th South Tyneside International Magic Festival is reviewed by Walt Lees, Click Here • The Modern Mystic League's Magical Variety Show at the Empire Theatre, Blackburn, is reviewed by Geoffrey Newton this week, Click Here • "Piff the Magic Dragon - It's Not Easy Being Green" Click Here • "Delving into the unknown at the Lit & Phil" Click Here • Japan. Keiko's friends and relations in Japan are all fine, many thanks to everyone who called or emailed. Of course we are all now hoping that the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is somehow brought under control. That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 19.3.11