Number 566 - 30th April 2011


Palladium Magic. Organiser Paul Stone writes: Tickets are now on sale for the 'Palladium Magic' Charity Show on Monday 19th September. You can book them by going to We have just 25 spaces left for Close-up magicians to entertain in the audience at the Palladium before the Show. This is a very rare opportunity to be a part of a special magic event at the most famous Variety Theatre in the world, and the PR value of being involved will be worth a huge amount to any performer. For full details of how you can perform at this prestigious event please contact If you are not able to be there at the Show yourself, you can still make an important contribution to the event by sponsoring Charity tickets for us, in association with MagiCares The Magic Charity, to donate to local London Cancer related Charities and Children's Hospices for their patients, families, carers and nurses. All donations will be acknowledged in the superb Souvenir Brochure. You can sponsor Charity Tickets by going to 30.4.11


Penn & Teller: See Us! Studio Audience tickets are now available for the brand new series of ITV1's magical showcase Penn & Teller: Fool Us - and they are free. Hosted by Jonathan Ross, this spectacular show throws down the gauntlet to every aspiring magician in the country to perform their most mystifying trick and fool Penn & Teller. The Las Vegas duo will have no prior knowledge of either the performers or their planned trick. If any magician can fool the professionals, they will win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Las Vegas to perform in Penn & Teller's headline show at the Rio Hotel & Casino. The TV series will be recorded at Fountain Studios, Wembley. If you would like to be part of the audience during the week of 16th - 20th May, then apply now, online, via (Current Shows). 30.4.11


Edinburgh International Magic Festival Casts Its Spell. The Edinburgh International Magic Festival (MagicFest) is delighted to announce it will return this summer following the great success of the inaugural five-day Festival last July. MagicFest, which will run from 1st to 8th July, is a new addition to the programme of Edinburgh Festivals. MagicFest Artistic Director, and full-time magician, Kevin McMahon said: “Building on the successful start, this year’s MagicFest has grown from 5 to 8 days full of live magic and will now host 80 shows instead of last year’s 50. We intend to craft more unique magic events and formats in order to entertain and inspire all generations of magic lovers. This year we are delighted to launch an annual award, The Great Lafayette Award, which will recognise professional magicians and their contribution to live magic and cement our intention to grow and develop the Festival into a world renowned event.” The programme for 2011 will be announced on the 7th May on 30.4.11


Romany joins the list of magical stars on the IBM British Ring Gala Show at the 2011 Southport Convention. Geoffrey Newton, PRO, writes: This very talented artiste has a string of awards to her credit and was reported in Time Out as “…a flamboyant hybrid of Bette Midler and Mary Poppins… a fascinating mix of magic, original comedy and intelligent glamour…” Similar complimentary writings have appeared in other publications including The Stage and Magic Magazine. Why not judge for yourself and register for 4 days of super magic in this well known resort in the Borough of Sefton. Details are on and the dates are 22nd – 25th September. 30.4.11


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s, London. Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s on Friday, 20th May stars Alan Hudson "The mind reading, spoon bending, nimble fingered funny man"; Luke Jermay "Luke Jermay reads minds and he can read your mind. He has an undeniable ability to read and understand non-verbal communication as well as to manipulate and even implant thoughts in the minds of others"; Oliver Meech "With his white coat and safety goggles, Oliver may resemble a mad scientist, but he's not mental, he's experimental!"; AJ The Escapologist "Winner of Stratford Circus performer of the Year, AJ is a performer who likes to take danger to extremes... Neil Henry "Neil Henry, a Magic Night favourite, will be wowing the audience with his clever mentalism, funny and supremely talented." Magic Night, now in its fifth year, continues to be one of the best contemporary cabaret nights on the circuit - with incredible and cutting edge magic acts and some of the best variety in town. 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: 30.4.11


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 26th May: "Conjuring at the Court’s May show features the hilarious and amazing John Lenahan; the elegant magic of Michael Vadini; international mind-reader James Hanrahan; and the very funny Alan Hudson. Doors open at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm, and runs to about 10pm with an interval. It’s in the attractive, refurbished function room of the Drayton Court, with a stage, theatre-style and table seating, and a bar in the back so you can have a drink while enjoying the magic. Tickets £10 from or Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map), two minutes from West Ealing station, which is 12 minutes from Paddington, or 5 minutes bus or tube from Ealing Broadway." 30.4.11


51st Bristol Day of Magic - next Sunday, 8th May, at the Winter Gardens and Playhouse Theatre, Weston Super Mare. Starring David Williamson, Jay Scott Berry, Mel Mellers, Ed Hilsum, Jason Steele and Joanne, Rafael Benetar, El Loco, Tom Saeys and Noel Britten. Special one man show with Mel Mellers; Close-up shows from David Williamson, Jay Scott Berry and Rafael Benetar; Lectures by David Williamson and Tom Saeys; Dealers Exhibition with over 25 leading magical suppliers; Spellbound Gala show at the Playhouse Theatre; Winter Gardens café and bar open all day for refreshments and evening meals. Registration opens at 9.30am on the day or better still book in advance: Click Here. 30.4.11


Blackpool Magicians’ Club President. Peter Eldin reports: On 26th May the Presidency of Blackpool Magicians’ Club will be transferred to Derek Lever for the next two years. Derek needs no introduction to magicians for he is the owner of Taurus Magic Supply and he has held many important posts in magic. He is a recipient of the ‘David Berglas Award’ and the ‘Murray Award’ and is, of course, organiser of the greatest magic convention in the world. Always busy, he is going to be busier than ever for, in addition to his presidential duties, he will be organising the annual Blackpool Magic Convention (17th-19th February 2012) and the FISM World Championships of Magic (9th-14th July 2012) 30.4.11


Axel Hecklau's done it again! After a busy 6 months and about 1,000 hours of work Axel Hecklau has released the second version of his famous Torn & Restored Newspaper. NewsFlash 2.0 - Universal is as visual and stunning as before, but now it is even easier and faster to prepare. And it's now suitable for any newspaper size, be it Broadsheet, Tabloid or US-format. You will also find a Poster version which is perfect for customised corporate shows. As a bonus Axel describes 'NewsFlash-Express' that has a preparation time of less than two minutes and doesn't use glue... in fact Axel includes so many hints, tips and variations that he couldn't fit it all on to a single DVD! You will get an entertaining double DVD Set with very clear step-by-step explanations, the new and optimised gimmick, a booklet with more than 80 professional illustrations and 3 special posters for your first rehearsals. NewsFlash 2.0 - Universal available from the inventor only at 30.4.11


Morgan & West: Crime Solving Magicians Edinburgh Preview. Time-travelling Victorian Magicians, Morgan & West, are returning to the future to preview their Edinburgh show at the Canal Cafe Theatre, London on Wednesday 4th May. 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 second 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. Wednesday 4th May, 7.30pm. Tickets are a mere £8, or £6.50 if you're already a Canal Cafe member. They can be booked via the website or over the phone 0207 289 6054. Canal Cafe, Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, London W2 6ND (Map). 30.4.11


Blackpool Magic Convention - tickets available online. You can now buy your convention tickets for the Blackpool Magic Convention online, using PayPal, via Tickets will be sent to your postal address by Registration Officer Arthur Casson. Alternatively, you can download the registration form and post it to Arthur Casson with a cheque, or quote your credit card number. 30.4.11


Ian Keable lectures at the Leamington & Warwick Magical Society on Wednesday 4th May. Doors open at 7.30pm and visiting magicians are welcome. There's an entrance fee of £10 which includes a buffet. Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map) 30.4.11


Northern Magic Circle Winners. The recent Northern Magic Circle Convention saw a number of Northern Juniors winning competitions and awards. The winner of the Junior Stage competition was 15 year old Seb Walton (pictured receiving his award from the Northern Magic Circle President, Su-Jayne), who only began performing magic last year. 2nd place went to James Orr and third to Toby Davis, who also received the comedy award. The Juniors also complete throughout the year for the Swanbrook Trophy, this is awarded based on how much each junior performs and promotes magic locally, the winner this year was Toby Davis, with 2nd place going to Ben Proos and 3rd to Leah Mae Devine. The convention may be over for another year but don't forget the Presidents Dinner on Saturday 7th May at the Headlands Hotel and the Northern Magic Circle Session Day Part Two on Sunday 8th May at the Headlands Hotel. For all the latest information visit Reported by Alan Mylecraine. "Close up card skills wins magician, 15, first trophy" Click Here. 30.4.11


School of Busking 3-Day Busking Course, Cardiff, May 6th, 7th & 8th: "This is an opportunity to get your street show ready for the summer. Your host Mario Morris and lecturers Mario Morris, Malin Nilsson and Owen Lean will be running the Workshops, Lectures, Street Shows and public show 'Twilight'. There are just a few places left, so don't delay - register today!" 30.4.11


Find the Lady... A London Film Production company is currently making a documentary about Faust and 'Find the Lady'. In the late 80's Faust (Granville Taylor) had explored the possibility of getting this illusion filmed at his local theatre, the Pendle Hippodrome theatre in Colne in Lancashire, and after inspecting the stage facilities he realised that it was possible to rig it up, but as he was still touring with his big illusion show he did not follow up the idea..." 30 years on and the story is coming to life, Click Here. 30.4.11


Mel does Variety. Following a successful audition Mel Harvey is through to the regional Final of "Britain does Variety". The show takes place at 7.30pm at The Princes Hall, Aldershot on Saturday 21st May. Mel has only five minutes to impress the judges with his comedy and magic (and custard suit) before the next act comes on. It will be a show packed with all types of variety acts and should be a good evening for all. Any magicians in the area are welcome to attend with their families - the more the merrier as it is the audience votes that count and as Mel says it's a case of "votes make prizes!" Before that Mel looks forward to meeting friends old and new at The Bristol Day of Magic on 8th May. 30.4.11


"Launch of KISS unbelievably successful!" The words of President Roy Mackenzie of the South London Magic Society at the official magic club launch of John Derris's new book KISS (photo). "The publication that promises to help magicians achieve a new level of performance, by adopting a business principle that John Derris successfully used in his advertising agency for 30 years. On retirement John adopted the system KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid!) to magic that led to engagements all over the world including Japan, Russia, Africa and all parts of Europe. This could be the book you've been waiting for ever since you took up magic! Members were the first to see the new book and the presentation included a summary of the concept, together with the unique routines and effects that made the KISS programme so successful. On Thursday April 21st John gave a special presentation of his new book at The Nottingham Guild of Magicians. During the evening he covered the concept of selling and presenting magic as well as a programme of the simple and visual effects. Club President Graham Harper said "It was a stunning lecture and members gleaned a valuable lesson in getting back to basics in magic and keeping the effects and presentation as simple as possible. The value of the evening and the information disclosed was proven by the fact that 50% of the membership purchased this new, unique book on the spot." Ian Keable reviews KISS this week, Click Here. 30.4.11


Dean Maudsley and Tim Shoesmith are appearing at The Shed in Bedford on the 6th of May on the last leg of their national tour of Devious Minds. The show travels to Edinburgh in the summer for the festival. Details and tickets can be bought via the website 30.4.11


Forth Valley Magic Circle present a lecture by Kozmo on Wednesday, 11th May at 7.30pm at The Station Hotel, 2 Foundry Loan, Larbert FK5 4AW (Map). There will be a £10 door charge for non-members. Kozmo will begin his lecture with a performance of his professional street act: "This is a treat in and of itself. Kozmo will proceed to explain each effect in his street act. Kozmo pushes the envelope by teaching you why he has chosen each effect and why he has placed each effect where it is in his act. You will hear Kozmo talk about conditions on the street, and he will give you his thoughts on how to make your 'hats' bigger..." Kozmo produces Reel Magic Magazine, the successful DVD magazine for magicians and also runs Kozmo Magic. For more information visit 30.4.11


Illusions Bar, Manchester. From the owners: From Monday 2nd May 2011 Illusions Manchester will be no more. Unfortunately, the lease of the premises has ceased with no option to renew. We have had a great run up there and we wish to thank everyone who made it such a roaring success. Especially all those who worked for us from 2010 till 2011. We are sad to have to close during such a boom season, but c’est la vie! So what’s next then for Illusions? We have a few things up our sleeves (no pun intended!) so stay tuned! Illusions Brighton is still on the cards but we are again having lease issues - red tape! Thanks, Illusions Magic Bar. 30.4.11


James Piper is a professional close-up magician, who has recently become interested in mixing magic with stand up comedy. A couple of weeks ago he entered The Welsh Factor; an event that lasts for a couple of weeks where performers from all over South Wales compete. On Friday 22nd, after impressing the judges for the last time, James was awarded first place. The Judges said James was "a breath of fresh air" and "the entertainment world is crying out for someone like this." For more information contact James via 30.4.11


Behaviour Patterns by Alan Chitty. Alan Chitty emails: Behaviour Patterns has been very well received and there have been some very good suggestions about how to adapt the trick to suit different situations and personalities. I am particularly impressed by a presentational idea from Daren Rotherham, and he is happy for me to share it with anyone else who has bought Behaviour Patterns. His handling is so good that I wish I had thought of it myself! If you have the trick and would like information about Daren’s approach please email me Also see 30.4.11


Music Control RF Remote System for the iPod. "Following a sell out after his lecture at the South Tyneside Magic Convention, Gary Dunn is pleased to announce he has stock again of his RF Remote System for the iPod. This will enable you to control all music and sound effects for your show or party games as demonstrated by Gary in his performance for 200 school children and 150 delegates at the convention. No line of sight required, works via radio frequency with a range of up to 150 feet. £25 plus £2.50 p&p." For more information email 30.4.11


Cliff Lount (Bradford Magic Studio) sadly passed away last weekend. Alan Mylecraine. 30.4.11


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