Number 574 - 25th June 2011


Comedy whirlwind hits London... International Magic are very happy to announce that David Williamson, magic’s greatest comedic force of nature, will be one of the many artists appearing at their special 40th Anniversary Convention in London later this year (November 18th-20th). David will be performing in both the Close-up and Stage Gala Shows, and will also no doubt be popping up throughout the convention! Known affectionately as “Ron’s” after the late Ron MacMillan who started the Convention back in the early 70s, David made his debut at Ron's in 1984, marking his first UK magic convention appearance. Once again this year the organisers plan to introduce new artistes who, although perhaps unknown to you now, are destined to become big names in magic in the future. Registration details: 25.6.11


Dynamo: Magician Impossible - series starts Thursday 7th July at 9pm on Watch (Sky 109 / Virgin Media 124). "Tipped as the most exciting British magician to emerge in decades and with a list of celebrity fans that reads like a 'who's who' of the Hollywood elite, Dynamo comes to Watch on Thursday 7th July with an explosive new series, Dynamo: Magician Impossible. Dynamo: Magician Impossible is the story of an ordinary boy from Bradford living an extraordinary life. Like his dear grandfather before him, Dynamo grew up practicing precision card-handling and developing powerful magical skills. The series sees the 28-year-old travelling the globe as the unassuming anti-hero who just happens to astound everyone he meets, whether it's an international footballer or Hollywood actor. In episode one, Dynamo performs his spectacular matrix style levitation, physically moves a girl's tan line on the glamorous Miami Beach and performs magic with Manchester rock legend Ian Brown. Other highlights in this mind blowing series include; transporting a mobile phone into a glass beer bottle, magically transforming snow into diamonds in the Austrian mountains and bringing a flutter of butterflies to life in Hollywood's famous Chateau Marmont. Throughout the series, Dynamo will take viewers on his magical journey before stunning them with incredible, headline-grabbing stunts beyond the realms of possibility." See TV Magic. 25.6.11


Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Show 2 tonight! "Jonathan Ross hosts the new series in which world-famous magical double act Penn and Teller challenge aspiring illusionists to perform their most baffling trick in front of a studio audience. If the hopefuls manage to fool the grand masters of magic, they win the right to perform with the duo in Las Vegas. In today's show, comedy magician Mark Shortland gives Jonathan the fright of his life, French genius Mathieu Bich is stupendously mysterious, double act Young and Strange give stage illusions their own special twist and card shark Daniel Madison shows why the casinos are scared of him. After facing the challengers, Penn and Teller will close the show with a fantastic new trick of their own." 8pm on Saturday 25th June on ITV1 (see TV Magic). "Penn & Teller: Fool Us was nearly the perfect magic show" "ITV1 Saturday Night Round-Up" "TV review" "Will TV magic act fool famous duo?" "Damien O’Brien to appear with Jonathan Ross, Penn and Teller" 25.6.11


The Infinite Monkey Cage... Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by actor and magician Andy Nyman, psychologist Richard Wiseman and neuroscientist Bruce Hood on this witty and irreverent science show to discuss all things supernatural. 11pm on Tuesday 5th July on BBC Radio 4. 25.6.11


Illusions Magic Bar Bristol have a number of guest magicians appearing over the coming months including Oliver Smith, Nemed Phoenix and Alex Hansford. See What's On for details. Illusions Magic Bar, 2 Byron Place, Bristol BS8 1JT (Map) 0117 909 3405 25.6.11


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!" The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD (Map). Saturday 9th July, doors open 7pm. Show 7.30pm. All tickets £15, or £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 shows in The Magic Circle's Season of Summer Sorcery (July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th). 25.6.11


Carnival of Freaks Bizarre Cabaret. An evening of comedy, magic, burlesque and more. Thursday 14th July at The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, London E8 3AS (Map). Ticket info from telephone 0208 786 3675. 25.6.11


More Terrific-trix. Another book from Ian Adair! Since retiring from performing a couple of years ago, Ian has been busy with his writing. On top of Dealing With Magic (Ian's inside story of the Supreme days) and Cedric's Kids Routines (a book born out of Ian's long professional association with the late Cedric Richardson), Ian produced a third book called Terrific-trix, which was a compilation of original effects for children's entertainers. All these books are available from Practical Magic. Now, Ian has come up with a follow-up: More Terrific-trix. This follows the same pattern as the last volume: well over 50 original tricks for the children's entertainer, and fully illustrated throughout. In addition, there is a Bonus section of valuable tips for children's entertainers. Not only are the tricks terrific, so is the value for money! The price is £16.00 plus £2.75 postage and the book is available from Practical Magic (Latest Products). 25.6.11


Will Gray is the Midlands Champion of Champions! The Leamington and Warwickshire Day of Magic hosted the tough competition between eight society winners, all competing for the title 'Midlands Champion of Champions'. After an excellent display of magic from all, it was Will (representing the Leicester Magic Circle) who came out top. Will Gray is now taking club / convention bookings for his lecture “Magic with a Capital E” visit for details. 25.6.11


Delusions of Time A fusion of dance and illusion featuring dance artist Paula Templeman and illusionist Doctor Bondini. "Two highly regarded performers have combined their arts to create an original and sensational presentation of dance, magic and grand illusion. This creative piece of theatre takes us on an exciting journey exploring the realms of conflicting emotions and phases within the lives of various characters. Music, physical theatre and drama complement the dance and illusion to create a lively, colourful and thought-provoking experience. Bondini has created some astonishing new illusions for this show, which combined with the beauty and elegance of Paula’s diverse range of creative movement and various dance genres makes a visual spectacle not to be missed." On tour, UK and Ireland, October 12th - November 12th, see What's On for details or visit 25.6.11


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic Sunday, 3rd July. "Final details from Travis Perkins and Esme regarding the 19th Ferrybridge Day of Magic – first lecturette ‘Ideas From The Notebooks’ presented by Neil Roberts – second lecturette ‘Stuff You Can Use’ with Steve Evans – a Magical Question Time with a panel including Steve Evans, Alec Powell, Derek Lever, Neil Roberts and Danny Hunt – a Workshopette hosted by Brian Watson – The Watson Way! Following a day that is set for wonderment, laughs, magic and thrills, the Showette will bring our 19th to a close, featuring Steve Evans - Epsie Havercott - The Great Powell - Lady Agatha." Doors open at 9.45am, see What’s On. Further details can be obtained by emailing Travis 25.6.11


Blackpool Magicians Club members and associates will be treated to an Extravaganza of Magic on Thursday 30th June when they enjoy a Double Dealer Demonstration and a Lecture. Castle Magical Services (Mike and Maisy Shepherd) and Taurus Magic Supply (Derek and Anne Lever) will demonstrate their various wares and Derek Lever will present a lecture on Alan Warner Magic. It is a night not to be missed. Next month's lecturers are Doc Hilford from the USA on Wednesday 13th July and Shoot Ogawa also from the USA, on Tuesday 19th July. 25.6.11


Linking Britain. Geoffrey Newton writes: Linking Britain is a new book just completed by IBM British Ring member Roy Field documenting the history of the society. This A4 publication of about 30,000 words is double columned with approx 60 pages and 70 plus illustrations. It tells of the first edition of the Budget in 1929 and the 14 editors who have produced it through the years. Information is there from the first convention in Cheltenham in 1931 through to modern times. These are classified into gala shows, competitions, late night shows etc through 80 years of existence. It goes on sale at the special price of £10 at the British Ring convention in Southport (22nd – 25th September). It is sure to be a welcome addition to the library of any magician. Roy is a retired chartered librarian who has researched the material well and brought Linking Britain out to celebrate the 75th convention of the British Ring. If any family or friends approach you with “What is this British Ring we hear about?” then let them read (or buy a copy of) Linking Britain. Convention details are on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 25.6.11 The UK Directory of Children's Entertainers is now in its eighth year, and features professional children's entertainers from across the UK, county by county. “Thanks again, best advert on the net.” J.A. “Best £60 I ever spent. Generated so much work I'm now wondering why I bother spending 10 times that in the Yellow pages?” F.W. “Already had my first enquiry from the site - thought you'd like to know as the ad's only been up a day.” G.L. “The advert went in on Thursday and I have had two enquiries already as a direct result... I’m gobsmacked!” J.C. (Unsolicited testimonials from actual advertisers). For advertising rates visit the contact page and follow the link: From the makers of MagicWeek (DT). 25.6.11


Graham Lee's Balloon Days. 10am - 5pm on Tuesday 12th July and Wednesday 13th July at Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield EN1 4RQ (Map): "This is a basic balloon modelling day that will cover the fundamentals to get you started in this great art form. There will be three 1 hour sessions starting off with the basics with many tips and tricks of the trade thrown in. Then continuing with some basic sculptures to use during line work/shopping centres, including everything you could possibly want to know to make this an excellent add-on to any event. The day will run from 10am - 5pm. There will be a session on hats as well that will be quick, easy and impressive. This would be an excellent day for the novice to attend. Please bring with you to the day the following: Pump, bin liner, camera and a big smile. There are only 30 spaces per day so please book ASAP." For booking details visit: 25.6.11


Jay Scott Berry lectures at Bolton Magicians' Club on Wednesday 29th June at the Doffcocker Inn, Bolton at 8.30 pm. Jay will be presenting his lecture 'The Delicate Sound of Wonder' featuring his silk routines, his 'A Question of Destiny' routine with two packs of cards, a floating flame on banknote and much more. Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. Entrance fee: £5.00. Jay's website is, visit for directions to the Doffcocker Inn or telephone Jim Hodgkiss on 01204 522651. 25.6.11


The Leicester Magic Circle are now taking lecture bookings for their 2011-2012 programme. If you have a lecture and would like to be considered contact Barry Martin on 25.6.11


Merlin Magical Society Annual Magic Boot Sale. On Friday 1st July The Merlin Magical Society are holding their Annual Magic Boot Sale. This is a chance for people to sell or buy a bargain. The Boot Sale is being held at The United Reformed Church, Tilbury Hall, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1BZ (Map). Doors Open at 6pm (ends around 9.30pm). Entrance is free or £5 if you wish to have a table to sell. There is plenty of parking in and around the venue. For more info visit 25.6.11


Fund raising event at Fleetwood Rugby Club, Lancashire. Chubbz & Co are appearing at a fund raising event at Fleetwood Rugby Club, Lancashire, on Saturday 9th July. Chubbz emails: "Fund raising event at Fleetwood Rugby Club 2pm-midnight, loads going on  comedy magic from Chubbz & Co, also a disco, a puppet show from Krazy Karl, groups, singers, a bouncy castle, face painting, break dancers and loads more. The event is in aid of Molly a local girl who has recently been diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. She's having 6 months of chemotherapy to begin with and that is making her family and friends the proudest people ever. Mollypops is the most perfect, caring, happy little girl ever and I think the least I can do is try and raise some money to help make her dream come true and take her to Disneyland. Cancer Research will also be getting a large donation from the funds raised." 25.6.11


The Watford Association and Magicians is hosting Martin Cox’s lecture “Four” on the 5th of July. Martin will be giving his insights into: “close-up”, “stage”, and “children’s” magic, and will illustrate them with routines: cup & ball; the watch steal; card to pocket; tightrope; bucket head and the folding chair! Martin, a long established working professional, is always entertaining, and this night promises to combine his humour with some serious thoughts. All magicians welcome. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm. Non members £10.00. Contact Julie Carpenter for details: 25.6.11


The LSM are pleased to announce that Graham Lee will be lecturing at their next meeting on Tuesday 28th June: "As many of you will know Graham is one of the UK's leading balloon artists and is known for making balloon art that gets noticed. This should be a evening of fun for anyone interested in twisting." Guests welcome, the lecture starts at 7.30 at Davenports Magic Studio in Charing Cross Underground Arcade London WC2N 5HS. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets £10.00 from or Bob Pamplin 07831 274263 25.6.11


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Tug Wilson illustrated lecture and presentation "My Magical Life In Variety". Keith Norman writes: "OM: Keith Norman Thursday July 14th is a Red Letter day for Magical History at Frinton Magic Triangle, Soken House, The Triangle Shopping Centre, Frinton on Sea CO13 0AU. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tug Wilson will be giving an illustrated lecture and presentation on 'My Magical Life In Variety'. Tug Wilson when he was a young man worked on the variety theatres for Cecil Lyle's show "A Cavalcade Of Mystery". This was a full evening illusion show and featured many of the finest mysteries ever created for the theatre. 'Biff' The Vanishing Motor cycle ad Rider' David Devant's 'Artist's Dream', the legendary Amac's 'Find the Lady' and many more sensational illusions. Not only did Tug assist The Great Cecil Lyle on stage, but he also toured with his company around the world. The Australian escapologist Murray also employed him as stage manager for 'Around The World With Magic'. Latterly Tug was employed by The Great Levante with his full evening show 'How's Tricks!'. We are in for a fascinating and enlightening evening as Tug unveils his book, 'Tug's Tales' published by Arcady Press. Tug Wilson will be available to sign copies if you so wish. Visitors welcome at a fee of £5.00. There is plenty of Free Parking and the club has bar facilities." Keith Norman. (For further information contact secretary, Keith Norman, on 01206 543969). 25.6.11


The late Richard Stupple's collection of Eric C. Lewis Props and Books will be sold at W&H Peacocks Auction House Bedford on Friday 1st July. Also in the sale are Magic Magazines, Magic Posters and Ventriloqial Ephemera dating from 1889. W & H Peacock offer internet and telephone bidding. Books, Maps & Ephemera, 2pm on Friday 1st July 2011, Bedford Auction Centre. Main site: Click Here, Sale lots: Click Here. 25.6.11


Ken Whitehouse. Ozzy Dee writes: Devon magician Ken Whitehouse 'Daddy-Long-Legs' has sadly passed away. Ken was a magician full of life and energy, never afraid of learning something new at his young age of 64. Ken was a mentor to many magicians and would always be willing to share his knowledge and expertise with those who wanted it. He was a member of the Devon Magic Circle, Exonian Magic Society and IBM. The funeral will be Thursday 30th 1.30pm in Bovey Tracey, for further details please contact Ozzy 25.6.11


"Magician Peter Clifford brings Friends to Bristol Tobacco Factory Theatre" Click Here • "Fork Off! Magician thrown out of Lichfield bar for doing tricks" Click Here • "David Blaine - David Blaine Plans Magic TV Special" Click Here • "Paul Daniels returns to Morecambe" Click Here • Please try to let us have your news submissions by Thursday if possible, that's it for this week, see you next week! Duncan. 25.6.11