Number 569 - 21st May 2011


Palladium Magic, starring: Silvan, Hans Klok, Mac King, Kris Kremo, Mikael Szanyiel, The Great Tomsoni & Co, Michael Finney, Erix Logan, Nathalie Enterline, Paul Zenon, Jeff Hobson and Marko Karvo. From Paul Stone: "I'm pleased to announce a very special limited time offer only available to magicians for the 'Palladium Magic' Show taking place at the world famous London Palladium Theatre on Monday 19th September. Until 1st June, any magician supporting our MagiCares Charity initiative by buying either a £25 or £50 ticket for us to donate to a local London Cancer related Charity or Children's Hospice for their patients, families, carers and nurses, will receive a ticket of equivalent value absolutely free. There is no limit to the number of tickets that can be ordered whilst there is availability. This will help us to give many very deserving people a magical night out! Buy the tickets now as this offer is only valid until 1st June. To order Charity tickets go to and to receive your free tickets please email confirmation of your donation to There are still a few places available for Close-up Magicians to experience the thrill of performing at this superb entertainment venue before the 'Palladium Magic' Show at the London Palladium and to take a bow on stage at the Palladium in front of a packed audience of over 2,000 people. For full details contact" 21.5.11


6 More Impossible Things Before Dinner. Having stormed the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival and with an extended 4 week season at Sydney Opera House under his belt, star of Channel 5’s brand new magic game show “Impossible?”, Philip Escoffey is back for one night only at The Purple Cow on the South Bank in London on Friday 8th July with his new show “6 More Impossible Things Before Dinner”. For booking info Click Here. "Impossible! Mind reader is the Biz" Click Here. 21.5.11


Nathan Penlington: Uri & Me. "Nathan Penlington fuses psychic magic with an obsessive and interactive deconstruction of the spoon-bending icon/oddball that we all know and love. Featuring live telepathy, clairvoyance, oil dowsing and a death-defying motorbike stunt. Uri wrote in 1987: "If I could write a book exposing myself as a fraud and a charlatan I would readily do so. But unfortunately I cannot do this because the things that have happened to me are real. Nathan Penlington's Uri & Me will make those things 'telepathy, clairvoyance, ESP, dowsing for oil, bending metal' real for you too." "An absolute sensation" The Guardian. Friday 27th - Saturday 28th May. Tickets £8/£6. 8.30pm. Upstairs at Three and Ten, 10 Steine Street, Brighton. Tickets via: More info and future dates: 21.5.11


The Secret is Out! On the 1st June 2011, a new kind of mystery will be unleashed on the magical Mediterranean island of Malta. Marvelous Magician, Mr. Matthew Wright (former Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year and current International Champion of Close-up Magic) is set to wow locals and holiday-makers alike in an all-new evening dinner/theatre show held in the old cellar dungeon beneath famed restaurant Razzett L-Antik 1743 in Qormi. The evening dinner show, which will start with a three course meal of the finest traditional Maltese cuisine accompanied by free-flowing wine will finish with a truly astonishing display of magic, mind-reading, illusion, comedy, singing and puppetry - all in the intimate setting of the custom designed mini theatre. “I have performed at or visited many of the greatest magic venues in the world and I aim to take that experience and put it all together to create what I hope will become one of the greatest close-up magic shows in the world. As soon as I came here to Malta and walked into what has now become known as the “Chamber of Secrets” I knew that it was possible. There have been so many friends who have believed in this project and helped along the way and I have been amazed by how generous and supportive the people of Malta have been about the whole thing.” said Matthew. The Chamber of Secrets is a small intimate 36 seater theatre allowing for a real up-close experience for everyone. Reservations are now being taken for the summer; visit for more info. 21.5.11


Canada's Matthew Johnson will be giving his Monkey Business lecture at The Ilford Magic Society, Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Goodmayes, Ilford IG3 9PP (Map) on Wednesday 25th May at 8pm. Visitors very welcome, £10 on the door. In his lecture Matthew draws on his extensive background as a versatile entertainer to bring you a lecture that has won rave reviews all over the world. "The lecture is an eclectic mix of Close Up Magic, Stand Up Magic & Comedy Magic that just about anyone can do. Matthew's magic is easy to do, fun to do and most importantly fun to watch! Did we also mention that all of Matthew’s close up magic instantly resets, which means it is perfect for the working performer! This is a lecture packed with commercial magic that you will use!" 21.5.11


Merlins of Wakefield will be holding another 'Magic Seminar' at their shop in Wakefield, on Sunday 26th June. Although aimed towards beginner to intermediate magicians, it will also be useful for anyone wishing to improve their magic skills. Places must be booked in advance - Click Here for details. They are also holding several workshops for younger magicians (age 10-16) throughout the summer - Click Here for details. Merlins can also offer individual tuition on most aspects of magic including close-up, stage and kids shows, and can even help build an act to your requirements. For more details call 01924 339933 or email 21.5.11


Be part of a new Saturday night BBC ONE entertainment show! "Lee Mack’s All Star Cast will bring together a host of talents, personalities and celebrities and we want members of the public to be a part of it! What would you do with your 15 seconds of fame? Whatever it is, we want to see it! We want to see you showcasing yourself & your talent and you could be in with a chance to perform in front of the nation. No matter how obscure, unique or jaw dropping your talent may or may not be, we want to see it! If you’re over 18 and feel you could entertain the nation for up to 15 seconds, we want to hear from you as soon as possible! Email your name and contact number to:" 21.5.11


Ian Barradell lectures at the York Society of Magicians on Wednesday, June 8th at 7.30pm. The lecture includes a look at Ian's close-up competition act, and Tenyo magic products. Visiting magicians welcome (£5.00 charge). For details contact York Society of Magicians, Rex Stott on 01937 589727 or email Venue: Shepherd Group Social Club, 131 Holgate Road, York YO24 4DE (Map). 21.5.11


Paul Gordon's Close Up Magic Convention in Sussex makes a welcome return on Saturday 10th September in Haywards Heath, Sussex. Magicians include Marc Oberon (photo), Matthew Garrett, Lee Smith, Steve Dela, Ollie Mealing, Chris Priest and organiser, Paul Gordon. Visit for more information. Tickets are only £30 for a full day of magic. 21.5.11


Simon Drake's House of Magic, London's best kept secret. Irene and Henry Webb email: "This is the best kept secret in London. The mystery starts when you see the website. You're not told where you are going until after you have booked your tickets, when you arrive on a date and time as pre-arranged you walk through the secret garden to be met at the front door by the butler who welcomes you into the house. Once inside you are transformed into a bygone age. The tour of the Haunted Cellar and the ghostly appearances are startling. The Drawing Room has some really old Posters, Books & Automina. It is a lovely place to sit and relax and admire the history of Magic. There was a meal with our ticket price. The buffet food was well displayed and tasted very good. There are two close-up Magicians working the room who were very good. The Show was really well done and Simon hasn't lost any of his originality. The knife though arm and the guys face after he got out the guillotine are not to be missed! I still remember Channel 4's The Secret Cabaret, so I am comparing then and now. I have the DVD of The Secret Cabaret which I'm told is now a collectors item and no longer for sale. We were the only Magicians in the audience that night and we enjoyed the experience. We would definitely go back again and we would recommend it to everyone." Visit 21.5.11


Congratulations to Malcolm Norton, winner of Devon Magic Circle's (Ken Savage) Close-up Cup last week. Malcolm reports that there was an incredibly high standard this year, making his win even more special! Back in the shop and he's just released  "The Scarlet Pimpernel Strikes Again!" Watch the video demonstration recorded in the shop, Click Here. 21.5.11


Jon Allen - Watford Association of Magicians. Jon Allen, working professional magician, asks the question magicians are often too afraid to ask: “Who cares?” He answers it, with gusto, illustrating his philosophy with wit, intelligence and humour. He shows and explains: “Ghost” a three-phase animated bill routine; “The Wedding Trick”, “burning rubber”, and “Schrödinger's Card”. The lecture starts at 8pm on Tuesday 7 June. All magicians invited. Non members £10. Contact for further details. 21.5.11


Clifford Morrow Cup Competition and Mini-lecture night. On Thursday 26th May the Merlin Magical Society are holding their annual Clifford Morrow Cup Competition for the most original magic effect. The competition is being judged by Franco The Magician (photo) and Franco will also be performing a mini lecture for the remainder of the evening featuring a mixture of his magic routines. The Merlin meet at the Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map) and the evening will run from 8pm - 10pm. Visiting magicians welcome, entry is just £5. For further information contact John Clayton (Secretary) on 07931 525399. 21.5.11


Noel Qualter's Alarmed was released in a small quantity at the Blackpool convention and was a runaway success. Since then there has been great demand for it due to the excitement created. Good news! On June 6th it will be officially released by Alakazam; complete with scratch cards, refills and a full instructional DVD. A live performance featuring Richard Bellars can now be seen at 21.5.11


David Milne is the Watford Association of Magician's Close-up Magician of the Year 2011. David's winning routine used his trusted favourites: a torn and restored newspaper; card divination; Spooked; and a flash production and transformation of bank notes. In a close run competition, Lee Bell was runner up and Jawwad Rasheed won the award for Technical Merit, and third place. Congratulations to all. 21.5.11


Time is running out for Magic Competition. There are only two spaces left for entries for the British Ring Stage Competition to be held at the Southport convention on Saturday 24th September. The main prize is The British Ring Shield to be kept for one year, with a replica to keep permanently, plus £1,000 (also to keep permanently!). Second prize is the Theo Speaker Cup plus £500 and third prize the Alastair Wand plus £250. There are also trophies for originality, comedy and manipulation. The photograph shows the 2010 President Shirley Ray with the current shield winner Romany. The competition is limited to 10 entrants (on a first come first served basis) who are members of the British Ring and have registered for the whole convention. Rules and details are available from Shirley Ray, Sadler Hall Lodge, Church Lane Adel Leeds LS16 8BU telephone 0113 225 4816 email and the closing date is Monday 25th July 2011. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a name for yourself in the world of magic! Geoffrey Newton PRO. 21.5.11 have taken delivery of another new item direct from the USA. "Cup Zero by George Iglesias is a trick which will blow everyone’s mind. An amazing levitation system making it possible to float even heavy objects which were not able to float before. No special backdrops or attire are needed and its easy to set up; get amazing reactions from your audience from only 10ft away. Cup Zero comes with an instructional DVD to guide you step by step to enable you to perform this wonderful trick and includes 2 special gimmicks plus a supply of a very special secret that has been especially developed and manufactured for this trick and which will last you for a long time." See Cup Zero at 21.5.11


Mafia Mel nails it! Last week at the annual close-up competition of The Leamington and Warwick Magic Society "Mafia Mel" Harvey ran off with The Frank Allen Trophy for best close-up act, promising to bring it back in time for the official presentation at the annual dinner! The three judges, two magicians and a lay person, stated that it was a close fought competition but Mel's Mafia act was definitely the winner. Mel now goes on to represent the LWMS in the Midlands "Champion of Champions" competition to be held at the LWMS Day of Magic on June 22nd (see This is the fourth time Mel has won this competition and after thanking the judges and the members for their support he thanked Stewart Williams who is the Society's last remaining founder member for his mentoring over the last forty five years. A double celebration for Stewart who was 90 only last week. Mel is currently preparing for his comedy role as one of the "Crazy Gang" in the touring show "The Flanagan and Allen Story" coming to a theatre near you from August onwards. 21.5.11


Johnny Fantastica will be performing his award winning magic comedy show "Doctor Deaf " in Kuopio and Helsinki, Finland, from May 24th to June 3rd. 21.5.11


Care & Share Balloon Fun Day. The next Care & Share Balloon Fun Day is on Wednesday 8th June in Manchester. "This will be a large sculpture day; come along and see how to construct a large plane. Weaving techniques and tips will be given during this hands-on day, where you will be split into groups to all help build and see the construction techniques needed for the plane and any other large sculptures, as all the principles are similar." Booking details, Click Here. 21.5.11


Wanabe Wizards. Scott Perry emails: "About 2002 I was one of the kids involved in filming a magic pilot for ITV called 'Wanabe Wizards'. It was Stephen Mulhern that was in charge of the filming and it was filmed around Tottenham Court Road in London. I know there was a certain amount of people that had copies of the pilot. I never actually got to see it and I was one of the main 5 'characters'. Does anyone still have a tape (or disc)? I would love to have a copy or at least see it." If you can help please email Scott directly: 21.5.11


The late Richard Stupple's collection of Eric C. Lewis Props and Books will be sold at W&H Peacocks Auction House Bedford. Also in the sale are Magic Magazines, Magic Posters and Ventriloqial Ephemera dating from 1889. W & H Peacock provide internet and telephone bidding. Vist the website for time and date: 21.5.11


Robert John Knight. “Robert Knight passed away peacefully on 12th May aged 75 years, following a long illness over recent years. Robert was perhaps best known for his presentation skills, particularly with larger illusions introducing tigers and miniature horses into his act. Throughout his career he devoted a great deal of his energy in charitable contributions not just within the field of magic but was also a key fundraiser for the `Stars Organisation for Spastics`, and the Queen's Jubilee Trust. Following a short stint working with tigers in Billy Smarts circus at Olympia he commenced his magic career in the 1960`s at holiday camps and social functions before moving to the USA to appears on the Ed Sullivan show. Returning to England and a successful `day job` in business, he maintained his love of magic with T.V appearances in the UK and cabaret spots across the country. Throughout this time he was a constant supporter of numerous charities giving generously of his time to raise funds for many worthwhile causes. He was a life member of The Magic Circle and also a member of the I.B.M. Robert will be missed and remembered fondly by Rhonda, his children Jonathan and Victoria, grandchildren, family and friends.” Rhonda S Davis. The funeral will be held on Tuesday 24th May at 3pm at The St. Marylebone Crematorium, East End Road, Finchley. Magic friends welcome. The family request no flowers – but any donations to the Alzheimer's Society in Robert's name would be appreciated. 21.5.11


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