Number 577 - 16th July 2011


The Event: For One Night Only! Magicseen Magazine presents 'The Event' featuring two different shows, back-to-back, on Saturday, August 20th at The Pocklington Arts Centre, near York: "Some of the world's most exciting magicians, mind-readers and illusionists are appearing for a special one night only show! World Magic Champion, Marc Oberon will be performing his incredible world championship-winning act. Also appearing is hilarious mind-reader Graham P. Jolley, who has performed all over the world with his side-splitting act. Top illusionist Shahid Malik will be performing his famous 'cardboard box' illusion which has been voted one of the fifty greatest magic tricks of all time by national TV viewers. Shahid says he will also be cutting a lady in half in a really unusual way! Two of the UK's top comedians: Sam Avery, and Dave Twentyman make up the five headline acts appearing in the theatre show (7.30-9.15) Tickets are £22. (£15 for U14's). At 9.30, there's also a late-night adult comedy, magic and mindreading show in the comedy club bar featuring John Archer, Alan Hudson, Sam Avery and Dave Twentyman. There are also one or two surprises planned for the evening! Four headliners, plus special guests for only £13. Tickets from: Book your tickets now, as we are limited to 200 for the theatre show and 120 for the comedy club event." 16.7.11


Surprise, Surprise! Latest from International: "For the last few years the ultimate event of the Sunday daytime of The International Magic Convention (18th-20th November) has been the presentation of the David Berglas International Magic Award. Always a closely guarded secret the recipients over the last few years include Uri Geller, David Copperfield and Juan Tamariz, all of whom have been happy to answer questions from the assembled audience at The Mermaid Theatre in London following the presentation. The surprise element of who the recipient is going to be has always created an incredible buzz in the theatre leading up to the proceedings and some of our most cherished memories of the Convention. Once again David Berglas has another amazing event planned for this year, and once again we’d like you to join him and us, not only for that, but also for the many other fantastic lectures and shows to celebrate our 40th anniversary." The MacMillan Family. Registration details: 16.7.11


Dynamo: Magician Impossible increases the 'Watch' audience six fold! From Dynamo's management: "We've had the initial viewing figures in and Dynamo: Magician Impossible has smashed all previous records on Watch with a 6 fold increase on their usual audience! We are anticipating a consolidated figure of over 1 million viewers which is a massive achievement for a small cable channel. If you missed the show it's on Watch (SKY 109 / Virgin 124)." "Dynamo 'Magician Impossible' interview: 'I did magic to a horse'" Click Here. "Ian Brown new album teaser 'revealed' by magician Dynamo" Click Here. 16.7.11


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 28th July, London. Conjuring at the Court returns on Thursday 28th July, and enters its third year by featuring Britain's top comedy mind-reader the man who fooled Penn & TellerGraham Jolley, together with hilarious ventriloquist John Kimmons, comedy magic and mayhem from Steve Price, British Magical Grand Prix Champion Martyn James, and magical compère Russell Levinson. Venue Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. With this line-up they expect a pretty full house – arrive when the doors open or book in advance via 16.7.11


For this year's More History of Mystery at the IBM British Ring convention in Southport, on Saturday afternoon (22nd September) Eddie Dawes will present a programme of speakers who will cover three interesting and very contrasting topics. One of the important magical centenaries of 2011, and certainly the most tragic, is the death of The Great Lafayette in the fire that occurred on 9th May at the Edinburgh Empire Palace Theatre, and which also cost the lives of nine members of his company. Even in death, mystery abounded when the body initially sent to the crematorium turned out not to be that of Lafayette... Read the full article from Geoffrey Newton Click Here. 16.7.11


Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Tonight's show (now moved back to a later 9pm slot on ITV1) features former Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year Nick Einhorn (photo), French Illusionists Cubic and Victorian style double act Morgan & West, together with another former Magic Circle Close-up Champion making a return visit, Michael Vincent.

"TV review: Penn and Teller: Fool Us; Law and Order: UK; and Mildred Pierce" Click Here

"Penn and Teller: Fool Us saw teenager Daniel Cramer wow the magicians" Click Here

"And for my next trick... I'm going to be a top magician" Click Here. 16.7.11


The Magic Symphony. Saturday 24th September and the every Saturday in October and November at 3pm at Davenports Magic Theatre. "An astonishing magic show for the whole family. Staged to classical music and themed around the theatre orchestra. A new weekly magic show from the producer of The Magic Cavern. A show for the whole family in the heart of the West End of London, where the magic is intimate and highly original. Set in a fully operational model theatre. Playing cards form the theatre orchestra and the conductor has more than one trick up his sleeve. Astonishing magic set to classical music. Performed by multi award winning magician Paul Brown and produced and directed by Richard Leigh." See What's On for details. 16.7.11


Andi Gladwin: The Modus Operandi Lecture. Professional close-up magician Andi Gladwin has performed and lectured all over the UK and North America. He has been featured in almost every English-language magic magazine (including cover features in the Magic Circular and Magicseen) and his DVD The Master Pushoff is a modern best seller that received rave reviews in the magic press. At his lecture, you'll learn: An introduction to the Master Pushoff; A decent helping of close-up tricks from his professional performances; A 10-minute stand up routine that fits in a small folder, yet fills a stage; A brief talk with some new and interesting thoughts on marketing for magicians; One or two selected tricks, books and DVDs from the Vanishing Inc. Magic line. For booking details visit the Lecturers page. 16.7.11


Will Houstoun is lecturing at the Leicester Magic Circle this Monday, 18th July. £10 for non LMC members, visitors welcome. For directions and more info visit 16.7.11


Magicians Cave Productions, workshop and showroom. News from Magicians Cave Productions: "We have now moved Magicians Cave Productions from Hartlepool to Darlington where we have found fantastic premises to operate out of which include our wood working shop, spray room and sewing room, along with a packed-out showroom with new items being made and added to our range every week. The main part of Magicians Cave Productions is and always will be specialising in custom made magic for the children's entertainer, but we do have a great range of close-up and stage magic available in our showroom and online... The showroom opening times vary and visitors are always welcome. No appointment is necessary but a phone call is advised if you are making a special journey to visit us. All the best, Paul & Penny" 16.7.11


Wizard's Sleeve. In the last two years Mark James has travelled the world performing his show on cruise ships, at corporate events and at global holiday destinations. He is now extremely pleased to announce that he will be performing just five minutes away from his house! As part of the Preston Tringe Comedy Festival, Mark will be performing his show 'Wizard's Sleeve'. The shows will take place on July 21st at The Adelphi, Preston at 7pm and on July 26th at The Angel, Preston at 8.30pm. Tickets are just £3 on the door. The show features stunts, jokes, magic, visual gags, awkward moments, music and audience participation. Over 16s Only. More details can be found at or by contacting Mark directly via Facebook. 16.7.11


Warped Magic’s Big Summer Sale of Magic "Fantastic bargains to be had in Warped Magic’s Big Summer Sale – everything in stock has been reduced by between 5% and over 50% in our special sale which runs right through to the end of July. pride itself on customer service and aim to dispatch all ordered items via first class recorded delivery within 24 hours. Visit our website now." 16.7.11


The Safety Net. Richard Smith of writes: "How many of you have stopped performing an impaled trick because of the fear of it going wrong or would like to buy the trick but don’t for the same reason? Now you can perform one of magic’s gut churning tricks without the fear of getting hurt thanks to the Safety Net. If you’re going to spend in excess of £100 on something that can harm you... doesn't it make sense to spend a little on something that can protect you? The Safety Net is an enhancement to any impaled trick you already own. It provides protection to the performer or his volunteer... The Safety Net does it all. You will be purchasing a precision made system to remove possible danger from an impaled illusion. A device that is invisible to the audience, but gives you the performer the freedom to commit 100% to the final of the trick. We all know that’s how strong magic is created. With the fear of getting hurt out of the way... you can now concentrate on your performance." Visit for details. 16.7.11


News from Magicbox: "We have now reorganised and expanded the instant download section of our website. We have more downloads which will be added on a daily basis and would love to hear from anyone who wishes to have us host their eBooks. Contact us on Direct link to the section: 16.7.11


The Final of The Young Magician of the Year Competition, compèred by former Young Magician of the Year, illusionist, and Sooty's right hand man, Richard Cadell, takes place on Sunday 31st July, at the headquarters of The Magic Circle, 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 with tickets at £16 available from the box office 020 7387 2222 or 0845 006 2502 (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday). The finalists are: Joe Strickland from Walthamstow, Henri White from Gravesend, James Wilson from High Wycombe, Oliver Ward from Brentwood, Sonny Pennington from Much Wenlock, and Ben Proos from Blackburn. You are invited to support them and enjoy a great show. 16.7.11


Merlins of Wakefield had a great lecture from Danny Hunt of Amethyst on Wednesday 13th July at Merlins Magic Club. Danny has escaped from police cells across the country, and also acts as consultant to many TV and stage productions. He talked for over 2 hours about all aspects of escapology, lock picking and the amazing Harry Houdini. His knowledge of the history of handcuffs is something he has spent a lifetime acquiring. With pictures and videos to accompany the lecture, it was fascinating to see this very specialised form of entertainment being explained by a true master. Danny was assisted by Annette who kept him from running overtime (well almost), but his enthusiasm for the subject was obvious and I'm sure he would have talked till midnight given the chance. If you need a lecture for your club or anything to do with escapology, then I suggest you get in touch with Danny or Annette Phil Peters, 16.7.11


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) is holding a Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 26th July at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF (Map) commencing at 7.30pm prompt but with viewing from 6.30pm. Contact Max Townsend Entertainments Officer on 07800 618218 to submit lots and visit for more information. Door charge £3.00. "Do come along - there might be the very thing you are looking for!" 16.7.11


Magic Workshops: Watford Association of Magicians. Watford Association of Magicians are holding four workshops offering 'hands-on' tuition on Tuesday July 19th at 8pm featuring 'Balloon swallowing' with Carl Charlesworth; 'Card controls and simple tricks' with Andy Clockwise; 'Flick Drift control' with Wayne Fox; and 'Bar Bets' with Peter Gardner. All magicians welcome. Further details: 16.7.11


Kovari in Blackpool. "Kovari, a legend in British magic, will be lecturing at Blackpool Magicians’ Club on Thursday 28th July. Illusionist, inventor, dealer and magical advisor for films, television and the theatre he will be talking to members and associates of Blackpool Magicians’ Club about his ideas and original inventions. This is a wonderful chance to see one of the most original and creative magicians of the current age. But Kovari’s contribution to magic is so vast that this evening will only be Part One of his lecture. Nothing is fixed yet but no doubt Blackpool will be looking forward to seeing Part Two at some time in the future. The lecture starts at 8pm (doors open 7pm) and entry is free to all members and associates of the Blackpool Magicians’ Club. Visit for details of membership and associate membership." 16.7.11


Special Care & Share Two-day Event. Graham Lee writes: "The very first Care & Share Super day, in fact a two-day event, will incorporate 'The David Grist Memorial Lecture 2011' on Wednesday 20th July and 'The Party Day' on Thursday 21st July at Benjamin’s Bar, Restaurant & Banqueting Suites, Birmingham Street, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3HN (Map). The memorial lecture will be run every year with a top name balloon artiste being invited to lecture. The idea of the day is to help promote our wonderful art of balloon modelling while remembering a very good friend who brought and gave so much to our industry. This will be a fun full day 'hands-on' Lecture/Workshop and will run from 10 till 5 with two sessions, 10.30 till 1.00 and 2.00 till 4.30. Dennis Hogers will run the hands-on memorial lecture/workshop, booking details: Click Here. The party day is also a 10 till 5 day on the 21st July with four lectures being given by members of 'The Balloon Artistes Guild' and a couple of fun competitions. Booking details: Click Here. You can either book for one day or both; everyone is most welcome to attend these very entertaining and fun events that are sponsored by Qualatex Balloons." 16.7.11


Chubbz & Co will be appearing at "Tram Sunday", in Euston Gardens, Fleetwood, Lancashire on Sunday 17th July. This is a great day out for all the family taking place in Fleetwood town centre and the whole day is free. It all starts at 10am and ends around 7pm, but live bands will be playing into the night at certain venues. Absolutely loads going on, vintage cars and bikes, displays, live music, street entertainers, stalls galore, a food market, mini children's fun fair and loads more. 16.7.11


Rare collector's opportunity. John Derris has a portfolio of personal letters, etc. circa 1930's of magicians of the last century in their own handwriting including, Dante, Kalanag, Cecil Keech, Horace Goldin, Raoul, Deveen, Silent Mora, James Wakefield, Ino, Herbert Milton, Merlin, Ernest Sewell, T. Nelson Downs, Chris Charlton, Professor Edgar, Chang, Vernon Foster, Alf Browne, Pierre Cordell, The Great Levante, Chas. Crayford, Louis Lam, The Great Ovette, Edward Proudlock, Jack Le Dair, Cyril Yettmah, Charles O. Williams and James A. Revell. Also a 12 page feature article with photos on Cardini. Offers to John Derris, 16.7.11


Sim Sala Bim starring Paul Dabek and Romany Diva of Magic. Last month, Chester’s Vaudeville Festival brought over 40 performers from all over the world to the historic city as part of the MBNA Chestival. The event was a huge success and is set to be even bigger and better next summer. Featuring in their own gala show were multi award-winning magicians, Paul Dabek and Romany Diva of Magic; Jon Marshall reviews the show, Click Here. 16.7.11


Magician Can't Make Marriage Problems Disappear. Manchester based magician and hypnotist Alistair Stevenson of appears on ITV1's 'The Marriage Ref' tonight at 10pm, see TV Magic. 16.7.11


Magic Sale, Berkshire. Maurice Weller emails: "I'm having a Magic Sale in my back garden for 2 consecutive weekends. 27th & 28th August - 3rd & 4th September. All Magic must go. Illusions, Lots of Dove magic, cages, vanishing & appearing. Lots of candles & canes, silks. Magic previously used on board Cruise ships over the last few years. Costumes - male & female - There are also some magicians tables. Reason for blockbuster sale - health. There is no new magic - All used with some attention required. Venue details - 25 Bramshaw Road, Reading, Berks, RG30 6AT. Tel: 07989 046543 Maurice Weller" 16.7.11


Notice. Steven Lount (Cliff Lount's son) writes to advise that all Bradford Magic Studio stock and rights to all its exclusive magic effects and books have been passed to Castle Magic Services of York (Michael & Christine Shepherd). 16.7.11


"Spilling the Magic Beans: An Interview with Barry and Stuart" Click Here • ""Mansell’s Magic Maneuver" Click Here • "Surreal illusions, mind-reading and vanishing shoes in new Borehamwood magic show" Click Here • Ollie Mealing's 'Handmade' lecture now booking. DVD trailers: Click Here and Click Here, to contact Ollie email • Best of Peter Duffie Volume 4 is reviewed by Al Smith, Click Here • Ian Keable reviews Tug’s Tales, Click Here • Paul Stockman's recent show at The Queens Theatre, Barnstaple is reviewed by Kirt Carling, Click Here • "Shropshire magician set for Edinburgh Fringe Festival" Click Here • And finally, this is pretty amazing: Click Here and Click Here, see you next week, Duncan. 16.7.11