Number 579 - 30th July 2011


Stars of Magic Seminars! In the week leading up to their London Convention, International Magic are organizing a series of special one-day seminars at The Bridewell Theatre to enable those with interests in particular genres of magic to spend more time with the stars of the Convention, investigating particular aspects of the art in a combination of lectures, panel discussions and Q&A sessions:

• Monday November 14th “Marketing for Magicians” with Bob Yelland.
• Tuesday November 15th “Advanced Card Technique” with Jason England, Guy Hollingworth, Ben Earl and Paul Wilson.
• Wednesday November 16th “Mentalism” with Andy Nyman, Luke Jermay, Paul Stockman and Mark Elsdon.
• Thursday November 17th “Making Magic Meaningful” with Eugene Burger and Larry Hass.
• Friday November 18th “Creativity” with Tom Stone, Mark Setteducati and Angelo Carbone.
Each day the doors will open at 10.30am, with the first event starting at 11am and ending at approximately 4.30pm. The price for one seminar is £30, two - £50, three - £65, 4 - £75 and all 5 for £80.

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Rameses - The Forgotten Star Chris Woodward. Rameses the Egyptian Wonderworker was an illusionist of the Edwardian era. Born Albert Marchinski in Poland in 1876, he grew up in London in a distinctly middle class home. But as Rameses, he achieved financial and artistic successes beyond the dreams of most entertainers. His fast moving, exciting and colorful illusions took him to the stage of London's prestigious Palladium eight times. In addition, he played England's top theaters and made triumphant tours of America South Africa and Europe. The highlight of his career was perhaps an appearance on the very first Royal Variety Performance attended by The King & Queen of England. Yet despite his theatrical triumphs, it was the stage that proved Rameses undoing.

Little has been written about Rameses' life and magic despite his singular approach to illusions and a career most magicians would envy. Thanks to Chris Woodward's diligent research, his story can now be told. Rameses the Forgotten Star tells a rags to riches story that ends back in rags that was heretofore unknown. Along the way, readers learn the secrets behind Rameses' illusions (including his spectacular levitation), thrill at his theatrical conquests, and see how quickly that success slipped away.

Award-winning author Chris Woodward is a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats, and a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle. This 132 page deluxe clothbound edition, illustrated with rare photographs and memorabilia, colour plates, and a satin bookmark ribbon is now available, at a special introductory price of £30.00 (including delivery), signed by the author, email for details. In the States it can be ordered from your favourite magic dealer, or directly from the publisher: MagicWeek will be reviewing it next week (we've had a sneak peek and it really is a beautiful book, produced to the highest standards, crammed full of tales of wonder. It makes you want to travel back in time and be there, if just for one day).


Palladium Magic Charity Show update. Paul Stone writes: The Palladium Magic Charity Show ( is now only 7 weeks away, and so this is the 'last call' for Close-up Magicians to be a part of this very unique event. In return for buying 4 tickets for your family and friends to enjoy this special show, you will get the chance to entertain the audience at this legendary theatre before the show starts. Not only that, your biog and photo will appear in the superb Souvenir Brochure, and best of all, you'll taste the extremely rare experience of walking out to take your bow on the very stage that every major showbusiness star has performed on over the past 100 years. For full details and to book your place, go to but hurry, this offer closes on 8th August.

Meet the Legends. There are also a handful of tickets still available for the 'Meet the Legends' Reception on Sunday 18th September from 2pm-5pm at the Courthouse Hotel, close to the London Palladium Stage Door. This is your chance to meet and rub shoulders with several Magic Legends including John Calvert, Jack Kodell, Silvan, Johnny & Pam Thompson, Mac King, David Berglas, Wayne Dobson and many more. Tickets are £95 and are available from

Finally, in association with MagiCares The Magic Charity, we are launching a new Charity initiative to help us to donate 1,000 tickets for 'Palladium magic' to local London cancer charities, Children's Hospices and other deserving charities for their patients, families, carers and nurses to enjoy a magical night out. This will be a simple competition and the prize is fantastic and can't be bought! Launching on Monday 1st August, full details will be revealed shortly and will appear on MagicWeek next week, so watch this space!


Dates for MagicFest 2012 Announced! The Edinburgh International Magic Festival will once again take place during the first week of the school summer holidays. Running from 29th June - 6th July, MagicFest 2012 will bring more amazing magic acts from all over the world to Edinburgh. The 2011 festival enjoyed another year of growth, doubling its audience to bring live magic to more than 5,000 people in the city. One of the festival’s major success stories this year was Magic School which enjoyed twice as many attendees year on year, attracting nearly 200 budding wizards aged 7-12. This year saw the introduction of the inaugural “Great Lafayette Award”, a worldwide award in honour of the Great Lafayette who created the greatest live magic shows of his time. The first recipient of this annual award was Paul Daniels, a legend of British magic, who said: “I’m honoured to win the first ever Lafayette award. This is a great thing that you [MagicFest] are doing here and I must say the Gala show was one of the best magic shows I have ever been to!” MagicFest’s sleight of hand competition “War of the Wizards” attracted competitors from all over the UK and was hotly contested. The under 18 winner Chris Dougall, from Lanarkshire, will be mentored by Kevin McMahon and the over 18 winner Alan Rorrison, from Port Glasgow, will have the opportunity to present a show at next year’s MagicFest. MagicFest Artistic Director Kevin McMahon said: “There seems to be a renaissance happening within magic at the moment, similar to the emergence of the Impressionist movement in the 19th century. As painters and artists had to reinvent their work to deal with the modern innovation of photography, so magicians have had to reinvigorate their work with the advent of CGI in movies showing people the impossible. This has inspired a new generation of performer trying to put more emotion into their work and find the magic within the magic. We have so many ideas for growing and developing the Festival into a world renowned event and look forward to showing magic lovers and new audiences how powerful live magic can be.” Watch highlights from this year's event: 30.7.11


Derren Brown Svengali 2012 Tour Dates announced:

February 15, 16, 17, 18 – Wycombe Swan
February 20, 21, 22, 23, 25 - Leeds Grand Theatre
February 27, 28, 29 - Milton Keynes Theatre
March 1, 2, 3 - Milton Keynes Theatre
March 5, 6, 7, 8 9, 10 - Manchester – The Lowry
March 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 - Southampton – The Mayflower
March 29, 30, 31 – Dublin Grand Canal Theatre
April 2, 3, 4 – Opera House, Blackpool
April 6, 7, 8, 9 - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
April 18, 19, 20, 21 – SECC – Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow
April 26, 27, 28 - Princess Theatre, Torquay
May 7 – Newcastle Theatre Royal

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Manipulators - Live at the Edinburgh Fringe. "Fresh from hit shows at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Hollywood Fringe Festival, award winning close-up illusionists Simon Coronel and Vyom Sharma bring their show 'Manipulators' to the Edinburgh Fringe. Simon Coronel is a world championship award winner, being the first Australian in over a decade to take home a prize at the FISM world championships of magic and illusion. Vyom Sharma is two-time award winner at the Australian Society of Magicians smackdown challenge. He's also a medical doctor. Between the two of them, Manipulators will be an experience not to be missed. Venue: theSpace @ Surgeon's Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW. Tickets: £12, £10 (concessions), £5 (previews - Aug 5th and 6th). More info and bookings via: See What's On for full 'Magic Fringe' listings. 30.7.11


Derren Brown Trick of the Mind is currently being repeated on 4Music. "In the third series of Trick of the Mind, Derren Brown deploys his fusion of magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship in startling and stylish new forms." See TV Magic for details or watch Derren Brown on the internet via 4oD Click Here. 30.7.11


Catch up with Dynamo: Magician Impossible - four in a row on Saturday 31st July on Watch at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm "Brand new and exclusive. One of the most exciting street magicians in the country, Dynamo has worked with celebrities from Will Smith to Russell Brand, and now he comes to Watch!" See TV Magic. "Dynamo ends on 900,000" Click Here. 30.7.11


The final Penn & Teller: Fool Us will be show at 9pm this evening on ITV1. "Jonathan Ross hosts the show in which aspiring magicians attempt to fool masters of magic Penn and Teller with their most mystifying illusion. At stake is the prize of a lifetime - the chance to perform with the legendary duo in Las Vegas. This week, the reigning world card trick champion, Shawn Farquhar, does the impossible right under Penn's nose. Plus Cuba's greatest magician - Manuel Martinez, who now lives in Margate - takes to the stage, and one act performs the most stunning climax to a trick ever seen on TV. Will any of the hopefuls manage to fool Penn and Teller?" "Pair win trip to Vegas after fooling Penn and Teller" Click Here. "Trick questions: Dynamo v Penn and Teller. Two very different magic shows on our screens just goes to show that we're still happy to be hoodwinked" Click Here. Also see TV Magic 30.7.11


Self working signed card to pocket! "Ali Nouira's Wormhole is a face slapping, jaw dropping, eye bulging behemoth of a magic trick. A self working signed card to pocket! Two freely selected and signed cards are lost in the deck (you don't even control the cards). You offer to dead cut directly to their selections. You make one cut and show the top card. You missed. But you know what, that's not surprising is it? Why not? Because after cleanly showing your hands are empty you slowly reach into your back pockets and remove both signed cards! A supernaturally miraculous 'Signed Card To Pocket', Wormhole is dead easy to do. The special gimmicks do the work for you. ands shown empty at all times. Regular deck - just add the gimmick and you're ready to rock. Resets instantly. No duplicate cards." Available from Special Deal from BigBlindMedia: "We are offering a free DVD (Liam Montier's Wicked World Vol 2 - worth £22.99) to anyone who pre-orders!" Click Here. 30.7.11


Dominic Twose lecture, Tuesday 2nd August, London. International magic write: "We're delighted to announce our next lecture will be from Dominic Twose - an incredibly knowledgeable performer with over 40 years experience in magic. The focus of this lecture is on card magic; the classic material Dominic has used professionally and semi-professionally over this time; he will share the material he has chosen as being the most impactful for lay audiences, including those details which help maximise their impact, developed over thousands of performances. An Associate of the Inner Magic Circle, Dominic lives in Leamington Spa, England. He was a pupil of the late Fred Robinson, and was a major contributor to the book The Magic of Fred Robinson. He helped with the publication of the Cervon Castle notebooks, including preparing the massive index. His material has been published in Harry Lorayne's Best of Friends 3, Profile, Magic Magazine, England Up Close, The Open Prediction, Mind Blasters 1 and 2, Profile, The Crimp, and The Magic Circular. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Dominic's quality lecture. Usual venue - Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Start time 7.30pm (be there by 7.15pm latest). Pay on the door at £15 per lecture but you must reserve a place in advance, please email by return to book:". 30.7.11


Mike Clarke Workshop update: "The live training workshops I am running in August are now fully booked. I am however offering a 'summer sale' of the "Become a Children's Entertainer" DVD system, for one month only. Details of the system, along with the summer discount price, can be found here:". 30.7.11


Albion Magic Dealer Dem at the Merlin Magical Society. The Albion Magic Company will present a dealer dem at the Merlin Magical Society on Thursday August 4th demonstrating and selling a large selection of magical effects. Doors open at 7.30pm, Dealer Dem 8pm to 10pm, Entry for non members £5. Venue: The United Reformed Church, Tilbury Hall, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1BZ (Map). Visit or call Secretary John Clayton on 07931 525399 for more information. 30.7.11


Barry Miller interview - Bexley Magic Society. "On Wednesday 3rd August Roy Marsh will be interviewing Barry Miller at the Bexley Magic Society. The whole evening is dedicated to reviewing this remarkable man’s career in magic starting with the early years of course, but taking in along the way his many stories about people he has worked with, some strange happenings and his time as Stage Manager for the IBM, finally bringing us up to date with his views on modern magic. Over fifty years of fun, fear, laughter and extraordinary goings on. One not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome." 30.7.11


Magicov the Magnificent, Grand Illusionist, earns his living entertaining the geriatrics of Lotus House Care-home... "How to Forget" - A book of Laughter and Regretting by Marius Brill. "Magicov the Magnificent, Grand Illusionist, earns his living entertaining the geriatrics of Lotus House Care-home. But Mr Magicov (also known as Peter) envies them – they’ve mastered a trick that eludes him. They can forget. There are so many things Peter yearns to forget: the shameful moment an eight-year-old wrecked his life; the FBI agent who hunted him like a dog; that suitcase stuffed with a million pounds. More than anything Peter wants to forget Kate, the expert con woman. The one he loved and left. For renowned brain-scientist Dr Chris Tavasligh, Peter’s craving to escape makes him the perfect candidate for his bold experiment in changing minds - forever. Faced with such an opportunity, will Peter go through with it? And if he does, who will he become?" The perfect summer holiday 'magic' read, available in hardcover and Kindle from August 4th. Pre-order via Click Here . 30.7.11


Dave Andrews wins ' Magic to Music' Competition. Roy Marsh reports: "On Wednesday 20th July Dave Andrews (photo) won the Bexley Magic Society Magic to Music Competition. This was his second success but this time he won it outright. Last time he was joint winner with club President Roy Marsh. He triumphed against some stiff opposition from fellow club members, Ken Francis, Ian Thom, Angeline Mystique, Joe Greenaway and club chairman Kevin Doig. The competition, instigated by former club president Jack Delvin, is based on entrants selecting a CD with a track on it but not knowing what the piece of music is until they get it home. They then try to put together an act suitable for the track. The judging, in front of a lay audience, is carried out by the club members. Well done Dave and thanks to the other contestants for a fun evening." 30.7.11


The Fylde Mystics will be celebrate the third anniversary of their reformation on Tuesday 2nd August and will present a lecture by Shaun McCree; one of only a handful of professional magicians responsible for introducing close-up magic into restaurants, weddings, and corporate events over twenty years ago. Shaun McCree’s real ability as a close-up magician can be seen on his best selling DVDs Mix & Mingle and Stand & Deliver ( which have received excellent reviews. The Fylde Mystics meet at 8pm the South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 5HZ (Map). (£5.00 on the door for non-members). Since the society re-formed it has continued to grow, welcoming new members. Alan Mylercraine writes: "The society 'promotes the performance of magic' with every member attending each month having to get up and perform, the very reason our membership is continuing to grow is due to our trick sessions and performance evenings." Visit for more info. 30.7.11


Ian J. Lea will be sharing his intimate close-up Mini Mystery shows this weekend at The Magic Loungeabout Festival. For information about the festival visit and also visit 30.7.11


Take Me Out, ITV1’s hit Saturday Night Show is back! And once again they are looking for single guys and girls to take part, and are always keen to hear from magicians. Remember... No Likey No Lighty! To apply visit or email or call: 020 7691 6050. 30.7.11


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