Number 575 - 2nd July 2011


Dynamo goes walkabout... on the River Thames! Magician Dynamo defied gravity and logic by walking across the River Thames last Saturday; onlookers watched in stunned amazement. There'll be plenty more astounding feats and mind-bending tricks in Dynamo: Magician Impossible, exclusive to Watch (Sky 109 / Virgin Media 124), starting on Thursday 7th July. "Dynamo: Magician Impossible" "The magician who can walk on water: Dynamo crosses the River Thames on foot - without using a bridge" ""Illusionist 'walks' on Thames" "Trick or feat? Magician Dynamo 'walks across Thames'" "Is Magician's 'Walk On Water' Genuine?" "No this picture ISN'T faked - it's a master magician's greatest stunt: Meet Steve 'Dynamo' Frayne, the man who can walk on water..." 2.7.11


Harry Anderson - first ever European appearance! With multiple appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Johnny Carson Show in the States, as a regular guest artist in Cheers, and as the star of his own highly successful sitcoms, spanning 12 years, and as one of the USA’s most revered comedy magicians, it seems inconceivable that Harry Anderson has never appeared at a European Magic Convention. That will all change later this year when he will not only perform his one man show, but will then reveal and analyse everything in it, in a follow up lecture at The International Magic Convention in London (November 18th, 19th & 20th). If you need any more convincing that this will be a truly unmissable event, read any review of Mike Caveney’s number one best seller “Harry Anderson: Wise Guy”. Harry will open the Convention on the Friday evening. This evening is just one of the very many special events planned, not only during the Convention but also in London’s Festival of Magic in the week leading up to it. If you’re a magic fan there will be no better time to visit London – keep an eye on MagicWeek over the next month to find out about other special seminars and one-off events being planned to celebrate this, the 40th year of London’s only annual Convention, "Ron's Day". Visit for more info and to book. 2.7.11


Essential Magic Conference 7th, 8th, 9th July 2011

David Britland at EMC2011. Along with Luis de Matos and Marco Tempest, David Britland is one of the organisers of the Essential Magic Conference. He is the author of many books on magic including The Mind & Magic of David Berglas and Phantoms of the Card Table. When not writing he is developing and consulting on television shows related to magic, deception, scams and psychology. Among them are The Real Hustle and the series and specials of Derren Brown. This year David will be talking at EMC about the remarkable Chan Canasta.

Free access to Ask Alexander. Thanks to Bill Kalush and The Conjuring Arts Research Center all EMC members registering before 4th of July will receive one month’s free access to the Ask Alexander online magic library. Register today! 2.7.11


The Expert at the Card Table. Written and Performed by Guy Hollingworth. Directed by Neil Patrick Harris. The Edye, 1310 11th St. Santa Monica, California. July 13th - August 7th. Neil Patrick Harris’ latest directorial project is all fun and games until magic turns to mystery. Written and performed by sleight-of-hand master Guy Hollingworth, and developed under the artistic direction of David Babani of the Menier Chocolate Factory, this acclaimed adaptation of a notorious, anonymously penned 1902 book gob-smacked audiences with its tale of two boys whose childhood love of card tricks turns in adulthood into a deadly game of trickery and deceit. Tickets: "UK Magician Guy Hollingworth in Expert at the Card Table at The Broad Stage" Click Here. 2.7.11


British Ring Convention, Southport, September - 4 days of non-stop magic... Starring Michael Finney (USA), Rafael (photo, Belgium), Aonghus McAnally (Ireland), Jason Andrews (USA), Guy Barrett (UK), Anthony Darkstone Brook (Portugal), Romany (UK), Jeton - The Gentleman Juggler (Germany), Shawn Farquhar (Canada), Jordan Gomez (France), Paul Joyce (UK), Wes Zaharuk (Canada), David Tomkins (UK), Richard Cadell and Sooty (UK), Safire (UK), Amethyst (UK), Mark James (UK), Joe M. Turner (USA), Alex Hansford (UK), Mel Mellers (UK) and Vittorio Marino (Italy). The convention runs from 22nd – 25th September, visit for more information and to register. 2.7.11


The Berglas Effects, the big hardcover book that reveals the innermost secrets of the card miracles performed for nearly 60 years by the legendary David Berglas is now in stock here in the UK and available for immediate delivery. Written by magic’s most experienced author, Richard Kaufman with a foreword by Juan Tamariz and nearly three years in the making, The Berglas Effects runs to almost 400 pages! Hardcover, dustjacket, complete with 3-D glasses and 3 DVDs! Click Here to order. David Berglas will include an autographed bookplate on request. Members of The Magic Circle enjoyed An Evening with David Berglas last week, in which he demonstrated some of his favourite 'effects' live on stage, much to the delight of the standing room only audience. His card and number work was simply amazing! 2.7.11


The Magic Circle presents 'Young Magician of the Year Revisited', a very special one-day event at The Magic Circle Headquarters in London on Sunday, September 18th, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the most significant competition in British magic. Featuring many past participants, including Richard Wiseman, Marc Oberon, Russ Stevens, Richard Cadell, Graham Jolley, Paul Kieve, Andrew O'Connor, Amethyst, Noel Britten, Angelo Carbone, Keith Cooper, Paul Dabek, Steve Dela, Nicholas Einhorn, Richard Griffin, Ben Hart, Philip Hitchcock, Michael Jordan, Matt McGurk, David Owen, Bertie Pearce, Scott Penrose, Colin Rose, Martyn Rowland and Martin Scott Price. Expect to see special presentations, lectures, close-up performances, a full evening show and a few surprises. Non-members £45.00, Members £35.00, Young magicians (18 and under) and their guardians £27.00. Sunday, 18th September 2011. Email for registration details. 2.7.11


Sensation - the ultimate variety show. "Richard Griffin Productions presents one of the largest variety shows in the UK. In this fast paced show you will see an explosion of Britain's top talented stars all under one roof. Singing, dancing, comedy, magic, ventriloquism, impressions, juggling, acrobatics, music, the unusual and bizarre, come together to give you everything variety has to give in this two hour extravaganza." Saturday 22nd October at the Harlow Playhouse. Book online at or call the Box office on 01279 431945. 2.7.11


Magic at the Barn. Now in its 7th successful year Magic at the Barn is back this summer at The Barn, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LQ (Map), featuring award-winning stage magic, illusion, ventriloquism, comedy and close-up magic, suitable for all the family, all set in the intimate atmosphere of 17th Century barn theatre with Oliver Tabor and special guests from around the country. The weekend of magic will be supporting the local Fair Havens charity. Show times: 7.30pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July. Starring Oliver Tabor, Paul Henri, Olly Day and Kerry-Ann Steadman. Close-up magic will be presented by local magicians Mick Geraghty, Richard Graham and Mark Keeble prior to the show. Doors open at 7pm, finishes approx. 9.30pm. Refreshments will be available during the interval. Tickets: £12.50 adults, £7.50 children (under 16 years), family booking £35 (2 adults and 2 children). Book now on 01702 543242 or online via 2.7.11


Flavour transforming sweets given The Magic Circle stamp of approval. 'Guzzle Puzzle' becomes the first sweet to be officially supplied to magicians’ society. Wednesday saw the launch of the first ever flavour transforming sweet range from The Natural Confectionery Co. Tested by members of The Magic Circle, the sweet will be the first to be officially supplied to the world famous organisation after members verified ‘Guzzle Puzzle’ to be ‘truly magical’. The extraordinary new sweets combine two seemingly normal flavours to magically conjure up a third inside the mouth. The Master Magician said, “At The Magic Circle we are committed to promoting and advancing the art of magic, especially if it’s accessible to all and can bring a sprinkling of mystery and illusion to everyday life. When we first tested Guzzle Puzzle we were genuinely amazed and baffled by the flavour transformations we experienced; something which rarely happens to a group of professional magicians!” The new magical Guzzle Puzzle is available exclusively in ASDA stores from 4th July and will hit the shelves nationwide in August. "Guzzle Puzzle brings a sprinkling of magic to the streets of London" Click Here (Photo: Magician Robert Pound levitating a selection o Guzzle Puzzles.) 2.7.11


Magicseen Issue 39 out now! From the editor: "Magicseen Issue 39 for July 2011 is now available and just bursting with sunny summer goodness! The amazing Yann Frisch is on the cover and we find out how he created his amazing FISM winning close up act and where he plans to go next in his career. Alongside him we offer interviews with two very different characters in Eric Jones, the smooth close up worker from the US, and Chris Cross, the unique talent from the UK. For children's entertainers we start a new series in this issue called 'It Ain't All Magic' in which we start to look at a range of entertainment options for kids' parties that are not magic, and in the opening article we give advice on how to run games. If you've ever wondered what it is like to try and organise an annual convention, or if you've ever come away from one thinking you could have done better, reading 'So You Want To Be A...Magic Convention Organiser' will open your eyes to what is involved as we get 4 top event coordinators to tell all. All this plus the Comedy Cavern which has gags and advice from Jo Caulfield, Emo Phillips and Richard Herring, the Masterclass with effects from Mike Gancia and Damian Surr to learn, behind the scenes info on several upcoming conventions including an interview with Luis de Matos about the Essential Magic Conference, reviews, news, letters and more, it's enough to keep even the most demanding reader happy! To sign up for printed copy or download subs, or simply to purchase a single printed copy or download, go to" 2.7.11


John Carey Lecture, Thursday July 7th. "Sheffield Circle of Magicians warmly invite you to join us as John Carey presents his 'Handle With Carey' lecture. Practicality is a key word with John's work. 'I no longer have time for effects that involve long set ups and dead time. Audience attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. Material that is direct, visual and interactive are my goals. Confusion isn't magic as Vernon once said'. The lecture is free to Members and £10 to non members (all welcome). It will begin at 7.30 pm at the excellent Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield, S2 5TG. For more information contact Andy at" 2.7.11


Safire on tour. After a sellout UK Spring Theatre Tour of "Barry Potty and his Full Blood Brother Paul, The Ghostly Shadows" Stuart and Jayne (Safire Illusionists) are now appearing in the Summer Show version, with the BBC's Children's favorites the Chuckle Brothers. Safire will be performing their illusion act, their Magic Light Puppets act ,and will also will be playing parts in the production. Featuring ghosts, ghouls and spectacular magic in this exhilarating brand new show. Guaranteed fun for all the family from ages 3 to 103! Skegness Embassy Theatre Box Office 08456740505 Tuesdays - July 26th August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Great Yarmouth Britannia Theatre Box Office 01493 842209 Wednesdays - July 27th August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. Scarborough Futurist Theatre Box Office 01723 365789 Thursdays - July 28th 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th September 1st. Safire are also appearing with their illusion act and Magic Light Puppets in the Children's Showtime at the IBM Convention Southport Theatre on Saturday 24th September at 10.30am. Box Office 08448 472380. 2.7.11


Wayne Fox 'Out Foxed' Lecture - Merlin Magical Society. Wayne Fox will present his 'Out Foxed' lecture at the Merlin Magical Society on Thursday July 7th. The lecture features: "Strong visual routines, powerful sleights, logical effects, fresh ideas on presentation and misdirection skills, easy mind reading including: the only "table approach" you will ever need. Plus: how to generate more customers, advice on how to turn professional "close upper" and real secrets on the restaurant magic business. For more information visit or call Secretary John Clayton on 07931 525399. Doors open at 7.30pm, lecture runs 8pm to 10pm. Entry for non members is only £5. The Merlin Magical Society meets at Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). 2.7.11


Magicians Wanted! AMP Music Productions Ltd email: "We are a small record label, and for our next music video we'd like to feature some magicians performing magic. We are running a competition asking magicians to post a 30 second video of themselves performing a trick to YouTube. We will then choose the winners to star in the music video. In addition we will invite our favourite performers to perform live at the single launch party. We will pay the performers who appear in the video. For full details about the competition, Click Here. To see examples of previous videos we've commissioned, please check out Mike Marlin's YouTube channel: Contact Jarvey Moss on 07870 668434 email" 2.7.11


Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic, Belfast, Sunday 27th November. For the very first time, Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic comes to Belfast, Northern Ireland Sunday 27th November 2011. It's a fun jam-packed day of 'doable' card magic: "Paul held some fifty people enthralled as he demonstrated items from his books. In situations like this, his command is phenomenal. With his showmanship and personality he makes card tricks entertaining and meaningful. He has them hanging onto his every word, not just for a few minutes but for an hour or so!" Walt Lees (Mystery Magazine). Only £30 for the day: see for full details. 2.7.11


E-Club Pro, Mark Leveridge Magic's unique online club, has added a new section. Called The Lecture Room, it will contain bite size video segments of Mark's lectures, enabling those who have not been able to catch Mark working live see the lecture contents. This month the first part of Mark's latest lecture 'Going Walkabout' can be seen, with subsequent months eventually featuring the entire lecture. This is just one of the many benefits afforded to members of E-Club Pro, which offers an astonishing amount of monthly updated members' only website content offering instruction, advice and entertainment. Membership is offered for a small monthly payment which is available as a pay-as-you-go subscription enabling anyone who joins to stay as long as they wish and to finish their membership at any time. To find out more and to register visit 2.7.11


The Magic Circle's Season of Summer Sorcery continues tonight with 'Giants of Close-Up Magic' starring Michael Vincent, Fay Presto, Julian James and Chris Wood. See What's On for details of all these shows, open to the public, in The Magic Circle's Season of Summer Sorcery (July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 30th). 2.7.11


Topsy Turvey Bottles! Practical Magic announce a great new modern version of a classic effect. "The magician and his volunteer assistant each have a bottle and a tube. No matter how hard they try, as each turns their tube over with the bottle inside, their respective bottles end up flipping in different directions. Magically, on the last try, the magician's bottle finally matches the volunteer's bottle... then the magician magically produces a third bottle to give away as a souvenir! Manufactured with lightweight, genuine half litre soda bottles. Finally, a set of tricky bottles that can't break! Bottles are actually filled with real cola and can be handed out as souvenirs at the end of the routine!" Available exclusively in the UK from Practical Magic 2.7.11


Tricky Toons by Wayne Dobson (Wayne Dobson's 'Split Personality' for children!) "The magician displays two sets of Jumbo cards and a prediction. The sets have the names of famous children's cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny. One pile of cards to the left has the first names of the cartoon characters, the other to the right has the last names. A single prediction card is placed in the middle of the two piles. As the trick progresses the cards are turned over one by one to show that the names match up. They are then returned to their original piles and mixed up so no one knows what position the names are in. The top card from each pile is turned over and are supposed to match, but disaster... They don't match!!! So what did the magician predict with the middle card? The prediction card is turned over to reveal a funny cartoon picture with sucker ending. Beautifully illustrated Jumbo cards with every character name having its own cartoon font. Every name has its different coloured background and all the card backs show a fun cartoon TV. Visually stunning! 100% self working. £29.95" The original Split Personality by Wayne Dobson is also now back in stock, visit for more info and to order. 2.7.11


Amazing mentalist Docc Hilford is the star lecturer at Blackpool Magicians’ Club on Wednesday 13th July: "Celebrated as the foremost psychic entertainer on the planet Docc has created numerous effects, written several books and produced popular DVDs for magicians and mentalists. If you want to read people’s minds, predict forthcoming events or tell people what their future holds then this lecture is bound to appeal. Although Docc is famed throughout the world for his mentalism, cold reading and bizarre magic his routines also contain humour and a great deal of audience and individual participation." The lecture, to be held at the headquarters of Blackpool Magicians’ Club (which is bound to be packed for this event), is open to all members and associates. For details of Associate Membership visit 2.7.11


Merlins of Wakefield have now started hosting 'Exclusive Magic Club Evenings' at their shop in the centre of Wakefield. Mark and Phil will open the shop in the evening for magic clubs to visit. Clubs can then hold a meeting there and see some of the latest magic (not to mention tea, coffee and biscuits!) and it's free for the club. Club secretaries should contact Merlins for details Also their latest 16 page Preview is now available, it is packed with loads of great magic and it too is free for the asking. Call 01924 339933 for a copy or email for a PDF copy. 27.11


Jay Scott Berry lecture - final date. This week is the last chance to see Jay Scott Berry lecture, when he finishes his tour (planned to be his last) in London on Thursday 7th July at International Magic. It is being held at their usual venue: 2nd floor at 'Casa Italiana', 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map) at 7.30pm (finishes 9.45pm). Entrance is £15.00, pay on the door. All those who wish to attend should contact Martin on 020 7405 7324 or email 2.7.11


Cornish Magical Society 50th Dinner: "President Paul Scott invites you to join him at the 50th Dinner of the Cornish Magical Society on Saturday 9th July at the Membley Hall Hotel, Cliff Road, Falmouth Cornwall. Tickets £25 available from Joan Burford, 15 Bay Court, Cliff Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4NP cheques payable to 'Cornish Magical Society'. The cabaret is Paul Stockman one of the UK's top psychological entertainers." 2.7.11


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s - London Friday, July 15th. Magic Night gets tricky and saucy with bananas, semi naked predictions, vexed magical beasts and saws! Starring Chris Cox, Piff the Magic Dragon, Delores Deluxe, Lee Hathaway and MC Neil Henry. 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: 2.7.11


Morgan & West: Crime Solving Magicians London Preview. Wednesday 6th July at 7.30pm. You've watched the film (Click Here!), you've played the game, and you've admired the splendid facial hair... now all that's left is to see the show! Morgan & West's new show is now ready and raring to go, so join the dashing duo as they face their hardest challenge yet - solving their own murders. If you've been waiting through the previews for the finished product, here it is! If you've seen it in development, come again and it'll be £1.50 cheaper! Tickets £8. Book via website or 0207 289 6054. Venue: Canal Cafe Theatre, 10 Westbourne Terrace Road, London W2 6NG (Map) 2.7.11


Chris Burns from Peel is the Magician of Mann for 2011, and was presented the Arthur Culpin Challenge Cup by Jay Scott Berry last Friday, during Jay's lecture on the Isle of Man. The competition was held as part of a charity show given by the Magicians of Mann in May, when Chris performed as 'Cookie the Clown'. 2.7.11


Andi Gladwin is lecturing at the Leicester Magic Circle this Monday, 4th July. £10 for non members visitors welcome. For directions and more info visit 2.7.11


Midweek Magic at The Corinthian Club, Glasgow. Following a successful run in May and June, Midweek Magic will now take place weekly, instead of fortnightly, starting in July. For details visit Tickets can be bought from 2.7.11


Ian Adair has come out of retirement to feature in a pop video! "I don’t sing on the video, thank goodness" remarked Ian, "a young lady who goes under the name of TSV sings whilst I perform a number of ‘visual quickies’, mainly birthday type tricks. Note the number of jacket and tie changes I have!" To watch TSV Happy Birthday' Click Here. 2.7.11


Dave Allen presents his 'Magic Dave, Bish Bash Bosh' lecture on 7th July at the Nottingham Guild of Magicians. The lecture includes lots of information on children's/family and cabaret entertainment, and promises to inspire you in your magic thinking. 7.30pm at The Guild Arts Centre, Ponds Hill Lane, Arnold, Nottingham. For details email Andrew Morrison, 2.7.11


Keith Bennett presents a lecture and dealer dem at The Coventry Magic Circle, on Tuesday 5th July at 8pm. Visiting magicians from other societies are very welcome; £5 admittance. Venue: Bentley Road Club, 23 Bentley Rd, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5LR (Map) 2.7.11


D. John Michael Hilford, scheduled to perform at this year’s Edinburgh International Magic Festival, has regrettably had to cancel his appearance due to an administrative error with his travel documents. MagicFest Artistic Director Kevin McMahon said: “We are understandably very disappointed at this turn of events. We were looking forward to welcoming John to Edinburgh and this year’s festival and apologise to everyone who has bought tickets to his shows.” All tickets to D. John Michael Hilford’s shows Illumineseance on Mon 4 - Tue 5 July, Psychic Cabaret Sat 2 July - Fri 8 July (not Mon 4 & Tue 5 July) and Ladies Only Psychic Cabaret on Sat 2 July will be refunded from point of purchase. Contact Hub Tickets (The Hub, Castlehill EH1 2NE) on 0131 473 2000 for full refund 2.7.11


Manuel Martinez (photo) and Paul Stockman have their respective shows reviewed by Jack Stephens this week, Click Here • "Destination Florida: Peter Moran" Reported by Geoffrey Newton, Click Here • "Magicians take different approaches to afternoon family shows" Click Here • "Use your illusion" Click Here • "Warner Bros. waves its wand over 'Carter Beats the Devil'" Click Here • "Lessons in magic. Local Society of Young Magicians hones the craft" Click Here • Illusions Magic Bar have moved their Open Mic Nights to Wednesdays, contact them via for details • "Big Howard is hiding something and Little Howard is determined to find out what it is. Featuring mentalist and magician Chris Cox." Click Here • "Magician duo set to wow audience" Click Here • Thanks for your news - see you next week, Duncan. 2.7.11