Number 561 - 26th March 2011


'Palladium Magic' - Meet the Legends. Paul Stone writes: I am pleased to announce details of a unique magic event on Sunday 18th September which is linked to the exciting 'Palladium Magic' Show. 'Meet the Legends' is a very exclusive event at the 5 Star Hilton Courthouse Hotel on Great Marlborough Street, just 30 metres from the Stage Door of the London Palladium. The 'Meet the Legends' event will be from 1pm - 5pm, and will take place in the superb 'Release' Preview Theatre and the Silk Room inside the Courthouse Hotel. This will genuinely be an extremely special event because you will have the chance to not only rub shoulders and spend time with magic legends like John Calvert, Jack Kodell, Silvan and Marvin Roy but to also hear them reminisce and talk about their experiences playing the London Palladium. You'll have the opportunity to chat to these legends and also to several of the cast of the 'Palladium Magic' Show. Star names include Mac King, Johnny & Pam Thompson, Michael Finney, Nathalie Enterline and Kris Kremo. There will also be a 'photo opportunity' for everyone to have their photograph taken with the 'Magic Legends' and the 'Palladium Magic' performers and to get autographs. Light refreshments will be provided and also a special souvenir of the event. There are only 50 places available - Tickets are £95. I anticipate that the 50 tickets will sell quickly, so if you are interested, please email to reserve your place. 26.3.11


Special accommodation rates for Shenanigans, The Irish Magic Convention which runs April 29th to May 1st in Dublin, are available until April fools day! Shenanigans' headquarters hotel, the fabulous 4-star Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown, have guaranteed rates for as little as €44.50 pps B&B. Registration, which includes Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch, is an unbelievable €110 and half price wives and girlfriends registration is €55 (also includes Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch). Shenanigans stars David Williamson, Jay Scott Berry, Peter Samelson and Paul Gordon, with more to be announced. For full details visit 26.3.11


The Wessex Magical Association Convention, Bournemouth - next week! There's just one week to go until The WMA hold their one-day convention in Bournemouth on Sunday April 3rd. Lectures will be presented by Jay Scott Berry, Romany, Phill Smith, Paul Gordon and Tony Griffith and the close-up sessions will include local card man David Carre. The Evening Gala Show will star Romany, Jay Scott Berry, Peter Wardell, Phill Smith and The Wessex Dancers; compèred by Paul Hyland. Dealers attending include: Adrian Sullivan, Jay Scott Berry, Mike Danata’s Magic Studio, Paul Gordon, Phill Smith, Playtime Balloons, Razamatazz Magic, Magic Tao, Wayne Dobson and Zane’s Magic Shop. The WMA is celebrating its 80th year and the long running bi-annual convention will be one of the highlights of the year. There is ample free parking and hot and cold food and refreshments will be available all day. The bar will be open from noon to 6 pm. Tickets (include evening Gala Show) are £18 if booked in advance, or £20 on the door. The venue, as in previous years, is the Kinson Community Centre, Millhams Road, Kinson, Bournemouth BH10 7LH (Map) 26.3.11


Mind-Messer Kockov - The Stand-up Mentalist. Just back from lecturing in Istanbul, character mind-reader Kockov (aka Jasper Blakeley) is rounding off the month by performing his brand new show “Mind-Messer” this Wednesday, 30th March, at The Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. With eight original routines, this ninety minute show promises to showcase some amazing mentalist effects, plus a world record memory attempt and Kockov’s most dangerous stunt to date... Doors open at 7.30pm. For tickets visit 26.3.11


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s - London. Friday, 1st April - Magic Night plays the fool with a big trick, biscuit guessing, chameleon birds, dancing ballerinas and the fastest tablecloth trick in the world! Starring Morgan and West, Oliver Tabor, Mat Ricardo, Madame Gallina and master conjuring compère Neil Henry. Then on Friday, 15th April  Magic Night presents broken bottles, a saw, some very delicate needles, strange cocktails, politically incorrect crooning and levitation! Starring Phil Hasted, Max Somerset, James Pritchard, Frank Sanazi and master conjuring compère Neil Henry. Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s, Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.45pm, Tickets: £12, show ticket plus dinner: £22 Tickets can be bought via Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SP (Map) For more info visit: 26.3.11


Time-travelling Victorian Magicians, Morgan & West, are returning to the future to preview their Edinburgh show at the Canal Cafe Theatre, London on Wednesday 6th April. Come along to see some of their favourite material from last year's Time Travelling Magicians mixed with some brand new material. For their new show a strange series of events is forcing them to mix deception with detection as they show off skills beyond their standard fare of unparalleled precognitive powers and totally genuine ability to travel through time... This is the first of four previews, which will take place on the first Wednesday of each month until August. Each preview will have a different mix of material, all of which will have the Morgan & West hallmark blend of magic, wit and whimsy. Tickets are a mere £8, or £6.50 if you're already a Canal Cafe member via or call 0207 289 6054. 26.3.11


G-Sharp: The Anti-Gravity Sharpie by Steve Fearson. News from WrapedMagic: " are very pleased to announce the arrival from the USA of this fascinating new mini-illusion which uses no threads, wire, magnets or sticky stuff! The Anti-Gravity Sharpie feels and writes like an ordinary Sharpie, except this one defies gravity. It's one of the few suspension/levitation illusions that can be performed anytime, anywhere. Watch the demo video on our website - orders are now being taken." 26.3.11


Close-up magician wanted for Wonderbus days. Paul Zenon emails: We're organising a Spring Tea Dance (on a loosely Jazz/Swing theme) for The Wonderbus Charity that I set up a few years back ( which organises days out and entertainment for older people; it will take place on Friday 1st of April (no; really!) in Brighton and we're looking for someone to do some close-up for a couple of hours from lunchtime. Ideally it would suit someone local as there's no fee involved but lovely food, drink and people and slightly increased odds of getting to heaven. We run various events monthly, generally around the Sussex area, and so if anyone is in interested in getting involved at any time, please drop a line to Simone at 26.3.11


April's installment of Brighton's Absurdia Comedy Cabaret will be a full-length one-man show from irreverent mentalist, Peter Campbell-Wells. Pete will present his favourite mindreading stunts, and will also offer a sneak peek at some of the material he'll be doing in his upcoming Brighton Fringe show, 'Psychic?'! Absurdia takes place at the Quadrant Pub, Brighton, on April 15th. Doors open to the public at 8.30pm, with the show itself starting at 9pm. Admission is £5.00 on the door. Advance tickets can be bought online at 26.3.11


Magicseen Taster Issue 7 is out and has the usual mix of a few items from the current issue (No. 37) combined with a couple extracted from Back Issues. Editor Mark Leveridge writes: Issue 37 cover star Ali Cook is in Taster Issue 7 and we discover what he has been up to in the 6 years since he appeared on the cover of our very first issue in March 2005. Also from the current issue we offer you the full article on American female mentalist Angela Funovits, who talks to us about her life and work. Then from our back issues we include the first part of a major feature on working magic in restaurants called Turning The Tables, plus Daniel Lander lifts the lid on the strange world of Magic Box Unpackers, those young magicians who buy magic and then post video of themselves opening the parcels on YouTube! Taster Issue 7 is then completed with the news page from the current issue as well as some of the product reviews. Taster Issue 7 is completely free to download right now from the Magicseen website at 26.3.11


Simon Ambrose: Charlatan. As part of the Brighton Festival Fringe 2011, magician, mind-reader and escapologist Simon Ambrose presents his first one-man show “Charlatan”. The show takes you through time and shows how psychology, illusion and sleight of hand have been used for millennia to part the unwary from their money. From the bunko artists of the middle-ages to modern day psychics, Charlatan is part history lesson and part magic show, laced with a generous helping of cautionary tales. Simon will be presenting three shows on the 24th, 25th and 29th of May at the Caroline of Brunswick in Brighton. All shows start at 9.30pm and tickets are available from the Brighton Festival Fringe Box Office. 26.3.11


Magic Table-Top Sale, York Society of Magicians. Friday, 20th May. Doors open at 5pm for sellers and 6pm for buyers. Tables: £7.50, Admission: £2.00 (free to juniors). Refreshments available. To book a table contact Rex Stott, Secretary, York Society of Magicians on 01937 589727 Venue: Wigginton Recreational Hall, The Village, Wigginton, York YO32 2PL (Map). 26.3.11


New Primetime Saturday Night Comedy Show seeks magic couple. Endemol UK email: "You and your partner could be the stars of a hilarious new comedy panel show. Does your partner not understand your passion for magic? Is an argument always on the cards? Are you fed up of trying every trick in the book? Why not let our celebrity panel decide which one of you is right? No issue is too small or ridiculous for us! Email us now at for an application form or give us a call on our hotline on 0333 577 7772 (Note: Don’t forget to leave your full name and number. All 03 numbers are charged at the same rate as 01 or 02 numbers. All pay as you go mobiles will be charged at the local rate. Please also note we will use your data for the purposes of selection for the show, but we can not guarantee that you will be contacted.)" 26.3.11


Jay Scott Berry presents his "Delicate Sound of Wonder" lecture at the York Society of Magicians on Wednesday, May 11th, at 7.30pm. Visitors £5.00. To book contact Rex Stott, Secretary, York Society of Magicians on 01937 589727 Venue: Shepherd Group Social Club, 131 Holgate Road, York YO24 4DE (Map). 26.3.11


Welsh Magician Stuart Watkins will be performing his award winning close-up magic and stage show at Hollys Ball for Autism at the Millennium Stadium Cardiff on Saturday 2nd of April. Stuart will also be conducting a Q&A session with Gavin & Stacey stars Melanie Walters (Gwen West) and Steffan Rhodri (Dave Coaches). Ticket sales have exceeded 300 so far, but there are still a few left at £40.00 each. They can be purchased via the official website To contact Stuart visit 26.3.11


Peter McLanachan - - is venturing into the Midlands to present his “A Force Much Greater Than Luck” lecture for both the British Magical Society on Tuesday 12th April and the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians on Wednesday 13th April. Peter's lecture consists of card magic ranging from easy to intermediate skill levels and all magicians, whether they specialise in card magic or not, can follow along, learning moves and techniques as they go. Shortly after these lectures, Peter flies to the USA to present his first American lectures, as well as to perform at the famous invitation-only FFFF Convention in upstate New York. The lecture at the British Magical Society is at their headquarters at The Selly Oak Ex-Servicemen's Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 7DL (Map) at 7.30pm. Peter's lecture at the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians at their headquarters located at Wolverhampton West End Working Man's Club, Merridale Street W, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV3 0RW (Map) starts at 7.45pm. Visiting magicians interested in attending either of these lectures should contact the clubs directly for more details. 26.3.11


Marc Paul lectures at the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, Wednesday 30th March at 7.45pm at the West End Working Mens Club, Merridale Street West, Wolverhampton WV3 0RW (Map). Visiting magicians welcome (door charge £5), doors open 7.30pm. Contact Mark Harrington 07779 608387 for more details. 26.3.11


Mario Morris has just returned to his home town, Cardiff, following a tour of Italy where he was invited to present his lecture and show at Magic clubs up and down the country. Wherever he went he received great feedback from other magicians, and fellow performers queued to get his autograph. Club Arte Magica in Milano gave him a standing ovation at the close of his show and awarded him with honorary membership of their club, on March 10th, for services to the World of Magic, a rare honour indeed. Raul Cremona President of the Club Arte Magica said this was a very important and enjoyable lecture and show. In 2006 Mario founded the School of Busking which is dedicated to help aspiring performers in the art of street theatre Reported by Veronica Conway. 26.3.11


IBM Gala Dinner and Star Cabaret. IBM British Ring President Keith Cooper and his lady, Pam are hosting a Gala Dinner and Star Cabaret at the Garden Suite, Tillington Hall Hotel in Stafford in just two weeks time. (Saturday 9th April) The cabaret features Scott Penrose, Diamond and Jade, Paul Dabek, Mandy Fletcher and a surprise. Tickets at £47 are available from Keith Cooper on 0151 426 9270, or 07999 891211 or This is an ideal opportunity to show your support for the British Ring so why not make it a weekend away and incorporate a visit to the nearby Complete Working Shugborough Historic Estate that is considered to be well worth seeing. Another date for your diary is the Southport Convention from 22nd to 25th September and you will find details of this on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 26.3.11


Home Counties Magical Society Paul Pearman Cup.  Keith Churcher reports: The competition for the Paul Pearman Cup took place on 17th March, and saw five of members competing; Rob Bone, Steve Cantwell, Danielle Corbishley, Rob Gaffney and Danny Jurmann. An appreciative and responsive audience were both entertained and mystified by the varied programme offered. Judging was in the capable hands of Martin and Katie Pearman (son and daughter-in-law of the Cup's donor) and Robert Heinemann. The winner was Danielle Corbishley with her delightful Victorian Style presentation and the Pearman Cup was handed over, by Robin Maddy (President). All in All - an enjoyable and satisfying Competition which showed very clearly that not only has "Britain Got Talent" but that "The Home Counties Magical Society has got Magical Talent". Further information about the Danielle Corbishley can be found at 26.3.11


Andrew Van Buren & Allyson join Harry Hill in the West End. TV Burp's Harry Hill will be part of the line up performing in 'The Horne Section' at the Lyric Theatre for a unique event this Monday evening. Alex Horne has gathered some of the UK's finest jazz musicians and mixed them with the most exciting comics in the country to create what has been described as “jazz-infused comedy”. Also featured, award winning comedians Jonny Sweet and Tim Key, and human beat-boxer Shlomor. The show is at 7.30pm on 28th March at The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1. Tickets and more info: 26.3.11


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) held their AGM on 22nd March. Geoffrey Newton reports: Mike Sharples was installed as President for 2011-2012. This is the second time Mike has held this position, the first being in 2004. What has he been doing in between you may ask. Well for most of the time he has held the post of Secretary and for the next twelve months will be keeping both appointments, and they say only women can multi task! The Magi is over 100 years old and meets normally twice a month at The Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester their headquarters for 17 years now. Details of the society are on Membership enquiries are welcomed and an application form can be downloaded from the site. The new syllabus can also be found there. The society’s annual dinner took place on 19th March and a report appears on the Review section [Click Here]. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 26.3.11


An Evening with The Vox Brothers at Portsmouth & District Magic Circle is reported by Rod Newman this week, "The Evening with The Vox Brothers promised to be a spectacular and interesting event. And so drew a packed audience which left our club bursting at the seams..." Click Here. 26.3.11


Dave Lindill has successfully reached the regional final of Britain Does Variety to be held at The Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering on Sunday 1st May at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the venue's website or directly from David David, who has been performing for 11 years, is excited to be appearing at this fantastic venue and promises to present an amazing show to help secure a place in the national finals and to be in with a chance of winning the £1000 1st prize. For more info visit 26.3.11


Magicians Cave Productions email to say that custom made product orders will be held up for a few weeks as Paul is in hospital, but orders for regular 'in stock' items will be going out as normal. A new showroom and workshop will be opening in Darlington in a few weeks. Watch this space! 26.3.11


Ralph Hall, February 13th 1932 - February 28th 2011, is remembered by Peter Zenner, Click Here. 26.3.11


Houdini got Googled, Click Here and "Video Game Expert Unlocks Secret Animation in Google’s Houdini Doodle" Click Here • World Magic Seminar 2011 - Summary Review, Click Here • "'Magician' row won’t disappear" Click Here • "Magician seeing history repeat" Click Here • "Mind manipulator Segal tours East Anglia with hot new show" Click Here • Bolton Magicians Club have a new website at • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 26.3.11