Number 573 - 18th June 2011


"Brown is a consummate showman with a connection to his audience and a lightness of touch that is matched only by the greatest actors and comedians. If every era has one great magician, then he is certainly ours." Alistair Smith, The Stage. Tuesday 14th June, 2011. This, Derren's fifth all-new full evening show, transports audiences to a place they seldom visit, playing tricks with their minds and delivering bucket loads of bafflement and fun in the process. The pace is rapid and the delivery fast, with ad-libs and one-liners coming in from all sides. Derren is as brilliant as ever, and the set, a sort of Jules Verne's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' meets 'The Time Machine', is just perfect. Do see this show (DT). What the papers say:,,,,,,,, "'I want to reclaim my 20s… which means poncing around in pirate clothes'. The master of mind-control on fainting fans, pooing parrots and his new-found love of cravats..." Click Here. 18.6.11


Penn & Teller: Fool Us. The first in this new seven-part series airs tonight at 8pm on ITV1. The format is simple: "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." See TV Magic for details. "Magicians got talent" Click Here. "Penn & Teller reveal the secrets of TV magic" Click Here. "Radlett magician Jon Allen stars in ITV show Penn and Teller: Fool Us" Click Here. 18.6.11


Meet The Legends. From Paul Stone: There are still around 25 tickets left for the exclusive 'Meet The Legends' Reception on Sunday 18th September 2011 at the Courthouse Hotel on Great Marlborough Street, near to the London Palladium Stage Door. This event is linked to the 'Palladium Magic' Charity Show taking place at the London Palladium the following evening, Monday 19th September. Numbers for this event are limited as the excellent Preview Theatre at the Courthouse hotel only holds 85 people. Thirty places have been allocated for VIP's and the Legends themselves. This your chance to meet and rub shoulders with some genuine Magic Legends including John Calvert, Jack Kodell, Mac King, Johnny & Pam Thompson, Silvan, Jeff Hobson and David Berglas ... plus a few other surprise guests! You'll see rare video footage and hear stories and anecdotes from the Legends themselves about their incredible careers and also about other magic Legends like Channing Pollack and Jay Marshall, and we've built in time for you to get your photographs and autographs. This will be a 'never to be repeated' event, and if you have any interest in the real history of magic, you should make a date to be there! Remember there are only 25 tickets left, and once they've gone, we literally can't fit anyone else in! Tickets are £95. To book email to 18.6.11


The Boys are Back in Town. Chris Power and JJ hold a high level meeting in leafy Borehamwood to finalise plans for the presentation they will be making at this year's EMC 2011... The outcome: The story of Opus Magazine, how it was born, how it stayed alive and "stuff" that never made it to print, will all feature in their talk. All EMC 2011 members will receive free PDF copies of volume one (12 issues) as a special gift. Register now... 18.6.11


Max Maven will be lecturing all new material (to the UK) at the International Magic Convention being held later this year (18th-20th November) at The Mermaid Theatre, London: "This will herald Max’s first appearance in London for 10 years, and we are thrilled to announce that in addition to his lecture at the Convention, he will also be presenting his full evening one man show .Max Maven Thinking in Person: An Evening of Knowing and Not Knowing. at the Bridewell Theatre on the Saturday evening. This show, that the New York Times observed as 'a category defying mind-reading show that veers into conceptual art', has never been performed before in the UK, and proves why Entertainment Tonight crowned him 'the master mind reader' in this show which has been described as 'a rare and precious piece of magical theatre'. Max’s show will be one of the extra events being organized throughout the week, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of London’s only annual magic Convention. Tickets for this two hour show are available individually at £25, but may also be taken instead of a Convention Gala Show ticket if you are booking a registration for the convention." Visit for more info and to register. 18.6.11


Portsmouth & District Magic Circle Jumbo Day, Sunday 6th November 2011. The line up for the 48th Annual Portsmouth Jumbo Day is now complete. The day starts at 9am with The Sale, featuring many new and second-hand dealers. Throughout the day there will be Merv Cole's 'Legendary' Auction, Bob Hamilton's films, two workshops featuring Coins and then Mentalism, a presentation about Tarot, and Close-up Sessions with four magicians. This year's Star Lecture will be by Australian Comedy Magician, Brad Manuel (photo). Brad will only be in the UK for a few days, so this is a great opportunity to see him. The day ends with the Gala Show, which stars, Brad Manuel, John Kimmons, High Jinx, Neil Kelso and The Vox Brothers. Fast Track ticket price £17.00, under 16's £8.50. Advance Dealer Registration £40.00. Closing date for these prices is 18th October 2011. Pay on the day price £19.00, under 16's £10. Full details and registration forms available now at Venue: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). 18.6.11


Wolverhampton on the Fringe: Comedians on way to Edinburgh Fringe stop off for unique hilarious season at Light House. Light House in Wolverhampton introduce a new and exciting comedy season endorsed by Edinburgh’s famous Fringe Festival featuring some of the best UK comedians, new faces and seasoned professionals. It’s a chance to see sneak preview performances before they are taken to Edinburgh Fringe in August 2011. The season continues through until July with performances from Carey Marx, Simon Donald, Pete Firman, Matt Kirshen, Mick Ferry, Chris McCausland, Shazia Mirza and Zoe Lyons. Pete Firman and Matt Kirshen will be performing at the third show on Thursday 7th July, 8.15pm, for 8.30pm start. Tickets cost just £12 per night, over 18s only. For more information visit 18.6.11


Edinburgh International Magic, 1st - 8th July. This year’s Edinburgh International Magic Festival programme opens the door to a world of visually astounding and cutting-edge illusionists, mind readers and magicians from the Netherlands, France, America, New Zealand and the UK. The full programme is now available as a glossy (if you've got a reflective screen ) PDF, Click Here. Early Bird Special Offers: save up to 20% if you book tickets before 24th June, Click Here or visit for more information. 18.6.11


Marvelous Matthew Wright presents a lecture of magic in a quirky quest for comedy, character and the "Greatest Magic Trick in the World". Winner of a number of coveted awards such as The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year, The International Magic Close-up Magician of the Year and FISM Europe Parlour Category (2nd place), Matthew is one of the most decorated magicians in the country. A busy professional, and past head magician at Illusions Magic Bar Manchester, and Director of Magic at The House of Illusion in Spain, Matthew is now owner of his own Parlour Theatre in Malta. He now looking to take bookings for next year for club lectures as well as convention appearances for close-up, parlour and gala shows. He will only be the country in January, February and March 2012, so don't miss this opportunity to book him. Contact via 18.6.11


Paul Kieve: The real-life Jonathan Creek. "Stage illusionist Paul Kieve tells Jasper Rees about the tricks of the trade..." Click Here, "Paul Kieve’s five greatest illusionist tricks" Click Here. 18.6.11


Steve Dimmer's ‘Childrens Nuts & Bolts’ lecture is now taking bookings for club and convention appearances. In the talk Steve explains many original effects using props that magicians already own, and also goes into the practical side of being an children’s entertainer. He explores how to sell your services more effectively, promoting yourself at parties with a view to getting more work, as well as how to make your shows more fun with new bits of business and sub-routines. Also addressed it the tricky issue of entertaining for the older child and tactics on the thorny problem of how to keep the adults quiet! Steve is an Associate Member of The Inner Magic Circle with silver star and has won The Pip Ayres Memorial Trophy for Children’s entertainment 8 years out of the past 10. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page for more details and to make contact. 18.6.11


Kockov aka magician/comedian Jasper Blakeley, is appearing at the Glee Club in Cardiff this week on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June. Having packed-out the venue earlier this year with his new one-man show, Mind-Messer, top UK comedy bookers ‘Off The Kerb’ asked Jasper to compère one of their regular nights. As MC, Kockov will be introducing three great stand-ups, Chris Ramsey, Shelley Marshall and Kevin Gildea as well as entertaining the audience with his trademark edgy mind-reading routines. 18.6.11


Nick Does The Trick! Geoffrey Newton reports: The Order of The Magi (Manchester) held their annual Close Up competition on Tuesday 14th June when Nick Barnes took the trophy for the second time. In a room packed with members and guests, 6 competitors battled it out for the award finely scrutinised by both lay and magical judges. Although some of the marking was close Nick peaked over the rest with his very comical handling of card on forehead and an equally amusing story using the acrobatic matchboxes. The Chop Cup with double load climax completed his performance. It just goes to show that in the right hands even well known effects can achieve different presentations that collect good marks. The Sly Smith Shield for the Best Card Trick went to a new and enthusiastic member Paul Feldman who only joined the society three weeks ago. The Magi Cabaret and Comedy competition is on the 8th November and guests are equally welcome to attend. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 18.6.11


Use Your Illusion. After 9 sell out shows Adam Smith will be staging his new 'Use Your Illusion' show at the Science Theatre, Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells TN3 0TG (Map) on July 9th. "This highly acclaimed show will leave you baffled and wondering how it is all possible." 18.6.11


More Terrific-trix for Kids’ Shows. Following on from his best-selling book ‘Dealing with Magic’ The Rise & Fall of the Supreme Magic Company, Ian Adair published four more titles, and now has another four on the way! His latest book, a sequel entitled, 'More Terrific-trix for Kids’ Shows' is due for publication later this month, containing 200 pages and scores of drawings, with a foreword by David Ginn. In it Ian explains yet another sixty different effects and routines for children's entertainers, including many performance hints and tips. Following this, Ian’s big book on hand puppet magic, a book on paddle trick magic, and a non-trick title called 'Chit-chat on this and that - magical', will all be published. To finish off his planned eight book run Ian is preparing yet another, this time covering a pet effect of his – 'Just Chance' featuring scores of methods for this popular effect. And after a long break, Ian will be appearing at two major conventions, both dealing with children’s magic. Not bad for one year’s work! More Terrific-trix for Kids’ Shows will be available exclusively from (Ian's 270th book; his first being published when he was just 14 years old). 18.6.11


Kovari Lecture. George Kovari presents his "Ideas and inventions of Kovari part 2" lecture at the Mystic Ring (Luton and Dunstable) on Thursday July 21st at 7.45pm. The meeting takes place at the Conservative Club, Dunstable. Visit for more information. 18.6.11


Fay Presto & Piff The Magic Dragon - From The Magic Circle Season of Summer Sorcery. "A favourite with the Royal Family, the legend that is Fay Presto will be at her dazzling best for an evening of illusion and wonder. The award-winning Piff the Magic Dragon clambers onto the stage of The Magic Circle with Mr Piffles, the world's first levitating Chihuahua. Yes really! 'Cute, inspired and very funny' (Time Out). If you think you've seen everything, wait until you've seen these two Magic Circle Superstars!" Saturday 9th 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. 18.6.11


What Do I Know? Is the title of the new eBook from Magic Circle President Jack Delvin: "Over 100 pages of practical experience collected during 65 years of professional magic at a very high standard for only a fiver! Here is a treasure trove of thoughts, ideas, articles, over 40 superb tricks, and also, amazingly, a brilliant 40-page book entitled Act Factor. This is a brand new in-depth treatise on the creation of new acts. Questions answered cover the what, why and how of close-up, children's, mental and stage magic. How do you benefit from this fantastic offer? Order it today and it will magically appear on your computer, just like that!" Visit and scroll down for more information and to order. 9.4.11


Rob James and Alan Hudson preview their new one man shows "Magicana" & "Alan's Not So Secret World of Magic" together, at the Wickham Theatre in Bristol on Monday 27th June. Tickets are only £5.50 each and are available from 18.6.11


Jumbo Magic Auction - Manchester Circle of Magicians on Tuesday 21st June at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Nr. Manchester commencing 6.30pm, with viewing from 6pm. Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Door charge £3.00. Members free of charge. Hundreds of items available including apparatus, books, DVDs etc. Further details from Derek Lever, phone 01253 810113 email 18.6.11


The Grumpy Magicians (Paul Temple and John Hearn) will be performing during the PBH Free Fringe in Edinburgh at Ryan's Bar, Princess Street, between 6th-28th August at 7.30pm-8.30pm. Paul and John will offer their unique brand of strong old fashioned visual magic! 18.6.11


Marco Tempest's latest visual treat 'iPod Magic - Deceptions' can be seen on YouTube Click Here. The application that Marco uses to sync the iPods together is available at the App store, and it's free: Click Here. Marco credits: "Karl Germain (1878-1959) for the inspiration. David Britland for adding the magic of words, Kevin Blanc for relentlessly tweaking the motion graphics and bringing the butterflies to life, Alain Renold for making Karl smile one last time, Jojo Mayer for the wicked soundtrack. Matt, Sherry, Emily and sweet Carmen for their cameo appearances. Tobias Beckwith for Karls' voice. A super special shout out to Eric Redlinger for programing MultiVid. And to Paul Cope for inventing thermoplastic glue, without it this project would not have been possible." "Magician creates iPhone illusion show" Click Here. Marco can be seen live at the TED conference in Edinburgh on July 13th, Click Here 18.6.11


Mad Sponges... Warped Magic has taken delivery of yet another special limited edition trick direct from the USA. Magic Geek have only produced 100 sets of Mad Sponges worldwide, based on the 'Angry Birds' phenomenon. Use the sponges in conjunction with your Smartphone for an up to date, charming routine. The set consists of nine hand carved and painted sponges, and an instructional DVD detailing alternate routines. See Mad Sponges at 18.6.11


Magic Worlds, V&A Museum of Childhood. This autumn, the V&A Museum of Childhood will explore Magic Worlds. The exhibition will delve into the captivating world of magic, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the imaginary and fantastical realms of witches, wizards, fairies, elves, dragons, magicians and illusionists. The exhibition will feature Harry Potter, Sooty, Tommy Cooper, Derren Brown and more. The exhibition runs from Saturday 8th October 2011 to Friday 4th May 2012. Entry to the exhibition and the Museum is free. The V&A Museum of Childhood aims to encourage everyone to explore the themes of childhood past and present and develop an appreciation of creative design through its inspirational collections and programmes. 18.6.11


Young & Strange. "As seen on ITV's Penn & Teller; Fool Us, Young & Strange make their Edinburgh debut with an hour of magic, comedy and illusion. The Southsider, 3 - 7 West Richmond Street, EH8 9EF" August 6th-26th at 8pm (1 hour). Free, non-ticketed. More info: "We are Young & Strange" Click Here. 18.6.11


Darlington Magic Circle are pleased to be hosting the lecture “Stand Up Classics” by Ian Keable this coming Thursday, 23rd June: "In his lecture Ian performs and explains several tricks from his professional repertoire to illustrate not only how to, but also how not to, do Cabaret magic. Ian also talks about choosing Cabaret material, how to be funny, patter to avoid, dealing with hecklers, using assistants from the audience and other aspects of Cabaret magic which can only be learnt through solid performing experience. The lecture will be held at The Railway Institute, 93 North Road, Darlington DL1 2PP (Map) with a prompt 8pm start. For visiting magicians entry is just £5." Contact the Secretary, Stuart Hodgson to confirm attendance as numbers may be limited. 18.6.11


Fake: An Evening of Paranormal Experiments. "You are invited to an evening with world famous psychic, Madame Ceasefire (Steve Ace) and her trusty Butler, Piles (Gavin Dean) This 'must see' show is full of gasps, shivers and laughs. Minds will be read, ghost stories told, unseen forces witnessed close up and put to video live for the whole audience to see. Remember, you will never forget the night you saw a show called "Fake!" Not suitable for the under 12's. Saturday 6th August, 7.30pm, at  Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston on Sea, Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk Friday 19th August , 7.30pm at The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8BY Also see 18.6.11


The South Staffordshire Society of Magicians are now taking lecture bookings for their 2011/12 season. If you have an existing lecture and would like to be considered contact the society via 18.6.11


CBBC Magic Show. "Are you a young magician between the ages of 10 and 15? Or do you have another special skill? Are you fantastic with a yo-yo? Can you juggle or perform other circus skills? Do you have a specialist skill or are you a young magician? We're looking for young magicians and young people from all over the UK with a skill to take part in a brand new CBBC magic show. If you're a magician, a wiz with a yo-yo, pen spinner, card flourisher or have another unique skill (see the list on the form for more details) then we want to hear from you..." Click Here for full details and to apply. 18.6.11


"Paul Gertner chronicles his path to master magician" Click Here • "Jason Reitman hired to polish Steve Carell comedy" Click Here • "School’s awards magic success" Click Here • Michael Chandler reviews 'An Audience With The Count' Click Here • "Thousands of pounds raised at Wargrave charity run" Click Here • "Barry and Stuart at South Street Arts Centre" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 18.6.11