Number 572 - 11th June 2011


Palladium Magic: "The Greatest Magic Show in London for Years!" From Paul Stone: Excitement for the 'Palladium Magic' Show on Monday 19th September is building as this unique show draws nearer. We've launched a new website which you should check out. The site has some great video clips featuring sensational Illusionist HANS KLOK, the hilarious JEFF HOBSON and MAC KING, and MARKO KARVO's superb Bird Act ... tickets can be booked online, now:

If you are a Close-up Magician then there is still a chance that you can be a part of this very special event! We do have a few spaces left, but not many, for Close-up Magicians to perform at this legendary Theatre before the Show. You can help to support the Show and our Charity initiative which is to donate as many tickets to cancer related Charities in the London area for their patients, families, carers and nurses.

We're asking performers to buy 4 'Best' tickets for their family and friends and, in return, not only will we guarantee you the magical experience of a lifetime and the thrill of performing in the world famous London Palladium, but we'll also put your photo, bio and contact details in the superb Souvenir Brochure which will be placed on every seat in the theatre ... and you'll get the chance to take a bow actually on stage at the start of the Show in front of a packed audience.

This is the stage where every Showbusiness legend has stood, from Sinatra to Streisand, from Bob Hope to Bing Crosby and from Channing Pollock to Tommy Cooper! You will probably never again have another opportunity like this at the London Palladium. For full details email Don't miss this very special Magic Show. People are travelling from around the world to be there! Check out the new website and book your tickets NOW!


Derren Brown: Svengali moves into the West End and Derren's live work continues to dazzle. Derren Brown: Svengali, June 8th to July 16th, 6 shows per week. Not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Shaftesbury Theatre, London. Box Office: 020 7379 5399. Website: 11.5.11


Penn & Teller: Fool Us New Series. Jonathan Ross hosts a new series in which world-famous magical double act Penn and Teller hope to find the UK's brightest up-and-coming magicians: "Each show challenges aspiring magicians to perform their most baffling trick in front of a studio audience. If they manage to fool the grand masters of magic, they win the right to perform with the duo in Las Vegas. In today's episode, illusionists High Jinx, danger man Jon Allen and comedy mentalist Graham Jolley are the acts vying for a chance to win magic's greatest gig. After facing the challengers, Penn and Teller will close the show with a fantastic new trick of their own." 8pm on Saturday 18th June on ITV1, see TV Magic. The show's host, Jonathan Ross, talks about the show with Alan Carr on Friday 17th June at 10pm on Channel 4, again, see TV Magic for details. "Jonathan Ross praises magic show" Click Here. 11.6.11


Essential Magic Conference - 7th, 8th, 9th July 2011. The world’s first web conference for magicians. 33 speakers over 3 days of conference streamed live worldwide. Register to attend today - access passes are limited. This year special guest, David Copperfield, will be joining the EMC live from Las Vegas for Q&A and a Magic Museum tour. Find out about the Conference Speakers: Click Here. Registrations: Click Here (70 Euros / US $90.00). Special offer for new registrants: A full registration for the 2011 conference plus instant access to the 2010 Online Archive. That's 16 hours of lectures, tricks and presentations by 33 of the world's leading magicians. Choose this and you can start viewing the 2010 Conference right away, Click Here. 11.6.11


Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011. Peter McLanachan has complied a list of magic and magic related shows taking place at this year's mammoth event. See What's On (thanks Peter!). 11.6.11


Giants of Close-Up Magic - From The Magic Circle Season of Summer Sorcery... Superstars of close-up conjuring. Featuring 3 times Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year Michael Vincent, and one of the country's busiest professional close-up magicians, Fay Presto. They will dazzle you with their digital dexterity, right under your nose. Prepare to be stunned! Saturday 2nd July at The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD (Map). Doors open 7pm. Show 7.30pm. All tickets £15. £10 for Members and Friends of The Magic Circle. To book tickets or become a Friend, visit or call 020 7387 2222 (see What's On for more dates in The Magic Circle Season of Summer Sorcery). 11.6.11


Rare opportunity. Marvin's Magic at the O2. A well known events company has teamed up with Marvin's Magic to offer magic workshops at the O2. Marvin Berglas, Jay Fortune and Steve Sampson are proud to announce the launch of "Marvin's Magic School". The official launch date by web giants Groupon is 24th July at The 02 in London. Offered as a magic experience for all budding magicians, Marvin's Magic School are now searching for part time assistant trainers. To become a sorcerer's apprentice at the Marvin's Magic School visit for details. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for energetic young magicians. Good communication, presentation and teaching skills rather than performing skills would be an advantage. Interested? Visit the above link and register today! 11.6.11


Leamington and Warwick Magic Society's Day of Magic - Wednesday 22nd June. Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). Admission £20.00; includes breakfast for early morning arrivals, a lunch time buffet and evening BBQ weather permitting for all pre-paid tickets. Lecturing: Paul Gordon (10am cards), Colin Dymond (11.30am adding puppets to your act), Andrew Normansell (2pm new mentalism lecture) and Andi Gladwin (photo - 3.30pm professional close-up and stand-up routines). Doors open at approximately 7.30am. Lunch 1pm - 2pm. Graham Lee workshops throughout the day. Large video screen. The evening Midlands Champion of Champions Close-up Competition takes place. Magic dealers: Merlins, World Magic Shop, Graham Lee, Adrian Sullivan, Heidi's Costumes, Albion Magic, Keith Bennett, Andrew Normansell, Razamatazz Magic, Hocus Pocus, House of Magic, Vanshing Inc, Paul Gordon, Andrew Normansell, Colin Dymond and The Magic Attic. Plus free parking! For ticket reservations contact Mick McCreath 07581 533397. 11.6.11


Vaudeville Festival - Chester. "Roll up, roll up and see the greatest cabaret acts on Earth as we re-live the heady days of British Variety in Chester's first jam-packed Vaudeville Festival." Vaudeville in the Day: 18th and 19th June, Click Here, Vaudeville - Evening Cabaret Shows: 18th and 19th June Click Here. 11.6.11


MISTÉIR, a new musical magic lecture by Alexander de Cova - now taking magic club bookings. After much preparation Alexander de Cova's new lecture is ready to be presented to magic clubs. Alexander de Cova is well known throughout the world of magic for his original and baffling creations; with many professionals using his ideas and magic in their daily work. To celebrate his 25 years in the magic convention/lecturer business, Alexander has put together a special 'Jubilee' lecture, featuring all kinds of magic including; close-up, stand-up/stage, mentalism and manipulation. Full of fresh ideas and baffling concepts that will fool you badly (ask magicians who have seen him work). The lecture will have a duration of almost 3 hours (including two short breaks) and Alexander will use his talents on the accordion to bring some fun and Irish/Scottish tunes into the lecture. Send enquiries for a tour schedule, to be arranged, to: Alexander de Cova, email: Telephone: +43 664 376 8557. 11.6.11


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2011. "With the heats completed, six young magicians going through to the Final on 31st July, at the headquarters of The Magic Circle, in the Centre for the Magic Arts, Stephenson Way, Euston, London. There are two performances, the afternoon show, (tickets @ £8), and the competition, which starts at 6.30pm. Tickets are £16 and available from the box office now - 020 7387 2222 or 0845 006 2502 (open from 9am - 5pm Mon. - Fri). We are pleased to announce that the competition will be compèred by former Young Magician of the Year, illusionist, and Sooty's right hand man, Richard Cadell. The finalists are as follows - Joe Strickland, a Young Magicians Club member from Walthamstow; Henri White, a Medway Magic Society member from Gravesend; James Wilson, a YMC member from High Wycombe; Oliver Ward, also a YMC member and from Brentwood; Sonny Pennington, a member of both the Shropshire Magic Society and the YMC from Much Wenlock; and Ben Proos, member of both the YMC and Northern Magic Circle from Blackburn. Please come and support them or just to enjoy the show!" Alan Maskell. Visit: 11.6.11


Ali Cook, Comedy Cafe, London. Ali Cook is back in London after his amazing success at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe with his show 'Pieces of Strange' which was one of the best reviewed shows (within the top 2%) at the Edinburgh Fringe according to The British Comedy Guide. 14th June, 28th June, 12th July: 11.6.11


Ian Keable lecture - House of Magic, West Midlands. Wednesday 15th June, 7pm - 9pm, £10 admission, at The House of Magic, 80 Brook Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 3XB (Map). "Ian combines a razor sharp wit and an excellent rapport with his audience to produce mind blowing mentalism at the same time as producing belly laughs. A rare combination! He learnt his craft working in some of the UK's finest comedy stores, but now at the top of his game, he works mainly in the corporate market. Ian works all venues, from Hotels to Conference Centres, Restaurants to Private Houses and Clubs; and is equally at home performing at Product Launches, Trade Shows, Golf Days or Sales Conferences. To book your place to see this fantastic lecture then either ring 01384 373209 or email, don't delay as this lecture will sell seats fast!". 11.6.11


The Watford Association of Magicians holds its annual fish and chip supper on Tuesday the 21st of June. Stage Acts from Katherine Rhodes, Tim Shoesmith, Martin Cox and Dan Riley. Close-up performances from Lee Bell, Peter Gardner, Dave Le Fevre, Ian Manly, David Milne, and Mick Ramsden. Magicians and non magicians welcome. Doors open at 7.15 for 7.30 pm. Ticket price - £7.00 inclusive of fish and chips! Reservations necessary. Contact Barry Harris for tickets: 11.6.11


Dude That's Cool Magic £1,000 Crossword Competition. From the dude: "Excitement is in the air! It's finally time for us to reveal our competition, where you could win £1000 worth of Magic! Yes, that's right, a grands worth or tricks and DVDs... this is huge! All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning £1,000 worth of magic is to download and complete our crossword (Click Here). Once you've completed all the clues, you'll note that the yellow squares will reveal the magic related winning word. Once you have your 8 letter word, please email it along with your name and address to no later than 5pm on Thursday 30th June 2011. All correct entries will be entered into a prize draw. Winners will be drawn and announced during our July 4th DTC-MTV product review. 11.6.11


Luke Jermay lectures for the Liverpool Magic Circle at 7.30pm on Thursday 4th August. "Luke Jermay is the author of 7 Deceptions, Building Blocks, 3510, Building Blocks Extended and the performer on the DVDs Skullduggery, EI, Seeing with the fingertips and Colorblind. Luke is a professional mentalist and consultant. And has been a creative writer and director for Derren Brown, Criss Angel, Marco Tempest and Laurence Kong. He was also the consultant for CBS drama The Mentalist starring Simon Baker and can be seen performing 2 hours of mentalism alongside the cast of the show on the second season DVD box set. He has spent the last 6 years based in Las Vegas where he headlined at O'Sheas Casino with his one man show Mind Reader which he performed 2 times a night, 5 nights a week and 4 times a night on Saturdays." Visitors £6, Associate Members £5, Full Members £4. Venue: Crown Inn, Leyfield Road, Liverpool L12 9HA (Map). 11.6.11


Magic School at MagicFest has featured in the Sunday Times top 80 summer days out in the UK. MagicFest's artistic director said: "We are delighted that Magic School has made this list of Amazing Family Days Out in the UK. Children always have an great time at Magic School and importantly come away with a new skill to impress their friends and family with. This year's head master is Gary James - the President of the Edinburgh Magic Circle; it's a great opportunity to learn with one of the best magicians in Scotland." Magic School runs from the 2nd - 8th July 2011 at MagicFest. More info via 11.6.11


Nathan Penlington: Uri & Me. Presented by 'Show + Tell' 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. "An absolute sensation" The Guardian. Uri & Me premiered as a commission piece at the London Word Festival in March 2010. It sold out four nights at the Camden Fringe in August 2010. In October 2010, it played for two nights at Brighton Comedy Festival. In April 2011, Uri & Me was performed at Christ Church College Oxford, as part of The Times Oxford Literature Festival, and is directed by Tom Bell (Tommy & The Weeks, Delete The Banjax). Nathan Penlington has performed with Ricky Gervais, Stewart Lee and John Cooper Clarke and has appeared on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 4. His written work has featured in everything from The Journal Of Experimental Fiction to Peaches Geldof's magazine, Disappear Here. Venue: The Wee Coo, Udderbelly's Pasture (Number 300), Dates: 3rd - 29th August (not 15th), Time: 4.10pm to 5.10pm, Tickets: £9.50 to £10.50 (previews 3rd-5th August £6.00). Box Office: 0844 545 8252. Online: 11.6.11


Magic Societies and Zanes Magic Shop. News from Zanes Magic Shop: "Attention Magic Societies! Zane's Magic Shop is taking bookings now for this year and next to present his superbly entertaining & enlightening Dealer Dem lecture - Which will include dems of a lot of the latest products available to buy and a fantastic display of magic for everyone! Zane says 'I really enjoy performing Dealer Dems and meeting the members and I am always happy to help and share my knowledge as a professional magician for many years in Stage magic, Close-up and Children's magic'. Zane invites Magic Societies to contact him. Details at Email -". 11.6.11


Comedium. Comedy Mind Reader Peter Antoniou returns to the West End to guide you through his world of psychic weirdness in his brand new interactive show. Using his amazing skills and quick wit, Peter has performed all across the world. A unique blend of thrilling documentary and jaw-dropping mind reading demonstrations all wrapped up with Peter s trademark humour this show is a one of a kind. Your pin number, your first kiss, the last thing you lied about, nothing is safe from Peter's mind probing. This show will leave you asking, Is Your Mind Safe? "All in all the most thoroughly freaky and entertaining hour I have spent Five Stars." Wednesday 6th July and Thursday 7th July, at 8pm at the Phoenix Arts Club, 1 Phoenix Street, London. Tickets: July 6th July 7th 11.6.11


The Columbo of Mumbo Jumbo: A show by the Psychic Psychologist. Following sell-out shows at the Oxford Fringe Festival 2010 (Oxfringe), the Psychic Psychologist returns with illusions of Reiki, homeopathy, psychoanalysis, guardian-spirits and ESP. Mumbo-jumbo? Truth? The audience decides. "Very informative, very funny" Oxford Times; "Ditches paranormal waffle without compromising the air of mystique" **** Big Issue. Also appearing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the whole August run, under the title "Mind-reading for Breakfast". Wednesday 22nd - Sunday 26th June at 8pm. Tickets:£8/7 concessions, Venue: Upstairs @ Copa Bar, 9-13 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AU. 11.6..11


More Jay Scott Berry Lectures: At the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society on Wednesday 15th June. Visitors are welcome for a £10 guest charge which includes a buffet. The meeting starts 7.30pm for an 8pm start at Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). and at Northamptonshire Magicians Club on 21st June at 8pm. Venue: The Yeoman of England, 31 High Street, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6LP (Map). Non-members £8. More Info from David Miller, NMC President on 01604 517406 or 11.6.11


MAGIC YOU ARE! DVLA's new '61' plates are now available, so, for example, for magicians "MA61 CXX" (MAGI CXX), XX being your initials, or similar, and 61 representing a GI, and the space in the wrong place being the legal requirement, can be had from £405. Not really my thing, but fun if number plates are your thing I guess! Visit to see the various permutations on offer (DT). 11.6.11


Lecture tour organisers/magicians that lecture: Please let us have complete details of lecture tours rather than asking individual clubs to send in details, when possible, otherwise we end up with dribs and drabs that aren't in chronological order, spread out over weeks, which prevents non-member magicians planning a trip to their logical nearest club. Many thanks, DT. 11.6.11


Overpayment scam reminder. Just a quick reminder - never take bookings from anyone offering to send you a fat cheque or payment, asking you to then forward a part of it to another 'supplier' because the booker is out of the country or whatever. See these links: Click Here, Click Here. 11.6.11


Simon Pierro's iOS 5 update, Click Here • "Will BGT magicians make Simon Cowell disappear?" Click Here • "Britain's Got Talent final a low note" Click Here • "Award-winning magician Ali Cook set to amaze at The Courtyard" Click Here • "Famed magician stages outdoor illusion in Taipei" Click Here • "Magician drives blindfolded to kick off the San Diego County Fair" Click Here • "And now for his next trick: Jesse Eisenberg to star in magician heist thriller 'Now You See Me'" Click Here • "Steve Trash Eco-Friendly Magician Turns The Magic Castle Green" Click Here • "A friend managed to trick me, cooking spaghetti bolognese with cat food. It wasn’t too bad" Click Here • "Campus Star Andy Nyman Has A Lot To Laugh About" Click Here • Multitracking fun... not magic, but I liked it, Click Here • Many thanks to everyone who contributed news this week, and do have a look at the incredible line-up of talent appearing at the London Palladium in Palladium Magic in September. Don't miss Derren's London run. Have a great weekend, Duncan. 11.6.11