Number 581 - 13th August 2011


The Jeff Hobson Experience - London, Tuesday 20th September 2011. News from Paul Stone: Jeff Hobson is one of the Stars of the Palladium Magic Charity Show at the world famous London Palladium Theatre on Monday 19th September. Without doubt one of magic's greatest 'live' performers, Jeff will present a special Lecture, 'The Jeff Hobson Experience' for one night only on Tuesday 20th September at a central London venue to be announced shortly. Commercial magic at its very best, together with terrific presentation and performance tips from a master of comedy & magic. Numbers are limited to 50 people and tickets cost £25. Anyone who has bought a ticket for the Palladium Magic Show can buy a ticket for Jeff Hobson's Lecture for just £15. For Lecture tickets email


If you haven't already bought your tickets for Palladium Magic, don't miss this fabulous Show featuring a world class line-up of talent including Jeff Hobson, Hans Klok, Marko Karvo, Mac King, Silvan, Michael Finney, Erix Logan, Mikael Szanyiel, Paul Zenon, Nathalie Enterline and the legendary juggler Kris Kremo. And experience a piece of magic history being made as John Calvert makes his long awaited London Palladium debut at 100 years of age. It will never happen again ... so don't miss it! Check out for details and to book your tickets. 13.8.11


Kidology UK the one day convention for children's entertainers organised by Albion Magic and Practical Magic takes place this year on Tuesday 6th September at The Civic Hall Wolverhampton. Once again a great line up of lectures, workshops and dealers is promised. Here's what they said about Kidology 2010: To book visit or call 01691 690789. 13.8.11


"Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee on being godfather and goddess of magic world. Currently starring at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011, legendary magician Paul Daniels and the lovely Debbie McGee talked to STV about why the capital has 'the best festival in the world'"... Click Here. 13.8.11


A Magical Variety Show, Nottingham. "See some of the country's best magic acts in an evening of live magic and spellbinding audience participation. Featuring John Archer and Graham P Jolley the men who fooled Penn and Teller on Penn & Teller: Fool Us, dance troupe The Mazeppa Cossacks, international escapologists and illusionists Amethyst and one of Britain s funniest comedians Billy Pearce. The Nottingham Guild Of Magicians are committed to the art of variety theatre. They have produced shows at various venues in Nottingham for over 15 years and now present their first show at the Nottingham Playhouse." Sunday 23rd October at 7pm Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham NG1 5AF (Map). Tickets (£15 or £12.50 Concessions) can be booked online at or from the Box Office on 01159 419419. 13.8.11


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s, London. There's a fantastic line up of talent for Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s, on Friday, 2nd September. "Double dealing tricks, a psychic piano and hilarious stunts! A show full of mind trickery where we fool you using only a keyboard, a bucket and a trickster named Max..." See Max Somerset, Alan Hudson, Matt Hennem (photo), Mat Riccardo, Thomas Devoe and Christian Lee! 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: 13.8.11


Coming Up: Magic. "The local branch of magic enthusiasts suspect their chairwoman Felicity has some involvement in the death of their favourite magician. So when she suggests a dramatic and spectacular finale for the society, the members resolve to stop Felicity at any cost." Starring Jane Horrocks, 11pm on Monday 15th August on Channel 4. TV Magic. 13.8.11


Marvin's Magic School opens at the 02! With almost all of the remaining summer dates pre-sold, over a hundred budding magician wannabes have attended Marvin's Magic School at the O2 last week. Adults, children and families learned new magic skills, with many performing at the end of the class. Co-founder Jay Fortune said "The feedback has been amazing. Many of the our participants are shy, yet by the end of the two hour secret workshop they are performing mind-blowing magic in front of an audience. We taught business people tricks they can use in meetings and presentations, and even had a tour guide join us to learn tricks to use on his various tours. People from all walks of life are coming for the experience, and we've also been able to point our younger magicians to apply for a new magic show coming soon to TV." Latest news can be found at 13.8.11


Nathan Kranzo has just released three brand new DVDs! The hottest being No Smoking Zone - watch the Demo, Click Here. His Comedy Magic and Mind Reading Lecture DVD has also received rave reviews as well as his EZ Add A Number DVD. Visit today! 13.8.11


The Home Counties Magical Society present a lecture by Matthew Garrett at their meeting on the 18th August. "The venue is the Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9EH (Map). Beginning at 8pm. Non Members are very welcome for which a charge of £8 will apply. Matthew is the Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year for 2010. His lecture will include his own Ninja+ trick, children's magic, mentalism, as well as his award-winning act. A lecture not to be missed. Visit our website for more details on 'How to Find Us' at" 13.8.11


The Cigarette and Trade Card Collection of the late Chris Pratt (former Secretary and Vice President of The Magic Circle) will form part of a Conjuring and Circus auction in London on Thursday 8th September. The cards, collected by Chris over many years, relate to magic, puzzles, hand shadows, optical illusions etc. and were lectured on by Chris at conventions in both England and America. Also included in the sale will be items of magic ephemera, some tricks and apparatus including the lovely Rings 'N Things 'Mandarin Transformation', together with a quantity of books and posters. Catalogues will be available from Bloomsbury Auctions, London: 13.8.11


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." 13.8.11


Steve Dela is lecturing at the Leicester Magic Circle this Monday 15th August. "Steve is the only two time IBM British Ring Close-up Champion so this is one is not to be missed." £10 for non members, all visitors welcome. How to get to the LMC HQ can be found here: 13.8.11


Chris Ballinger’s Redemption. are pleased to announce the imminent arrival of a brand new multi-use trick direct from America - Chris Ballinger’s Redemption: "This amazing kit can be used for covert switches, visual restorations, card revelations or as a secret switching device and all with little or no sleight of hand. Imagine people's faces when their signed card is torn up and placed in their open hand. The torn pieces and signature are seen until the last second when they unexpectedly vanish from their hand. You turn over the top card of the deck and find that it is their signed and restored selection..." Visit for more info and to watch a demo. 13.8.11


Magic Car Boot Sale. The next Magic Car Boot Sale run by Alec Powell of Albion Magic will take place on Sunday 4th September at The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map) starting at 9.30am (admission £4.00). This time anyone attending apart from stall holders can bring up to three items to go on sale, the only condition is that they must be complete and have instructions. For more details contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or visit 13.8.11


Triabolical by John Bannon and Liam Montier. "Triabolical is a brand new 50 page booklet that contains 3 dynamite packet tricks, all of which end clean and examinable." John Guastaferro said: "Bannon and Montier hit the trifecta with Triabolical. It's scary what you get when you combine Bannon's mastery and Montier's devious young mind. This amazing trio of effects takes Bannon's Bullet Party Count to new heights. All three tricks are cunning, practical and surprising as hell."  Currently only available from in the UK, or in the USA. 13.8.11


Sideshow Illusions at Sheffield Fayre, Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday, 28th and 29th August, 10.30am to 5.30pm, admission free, Norfolk Heritage Park, Sheffield S2 2PL (Map). Jon Marshall and the Sideshow Illusions’ team will be presenting three Sideshows at Sheffield Fayre 2011. Two being original 1950s shows, The Mummy, and The Living Half Lady together with the newly reconstructed Butterfly Girl that debuted at the Showzam festival in Blackpool in February this year. These shows, originated by showman, Jon Gresham in the 1950s and 60s are based on illusion principles that date back to Pepper, Tobin and Dr Lynn. 13.8.11


Scottish Conjurers' Association. It is with deep regret that I have to report that Hon Vice President Alan S Hodgson passed away peacefully at the Marie Curie Hospice Glasgow on Thursday 12th August. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Funeral arrangement are unavailable at the moment. George Fitzpatrick. 13.8.11


I Can't Believe It's Not Hypnosis. Comedy Hypnotist Jonathan Royle presents "I Can't Believe It's Not Hypnosis" a "Hilarious Adults Only Trance Illusion Show" on Saturday August 14th, Click Here. 13.8.11


"My Edinburgh: Paul Daniels, magician" Click Here • "Edinburgh 2011: Paul Daniels, Assembly George Square One, review" Click Here • "Morgan Freeman To Get His Masked Magician On In 'Now You See Me'" Click Here • "11-year-old magician works for smiles" Click Here • "Las Vegas magicians strive to bring innovation to field" Click Here • "Teenage magician Ben is a class act" Click Here • "James Galea may hate rabbits but he gets a kick out of magic" Click Here • "High on production values, low on magic" Click Here • The Skinny Fringe Reviews: Click Here • "There's a trick to Endeavour Hills magician's success" Click Here • "Preview: Ali Cook: Principles & Deceptions, Gilded Balloon" Click Here • "Magician stalls thieves with tricks until police turn up to arrest them" Click Here • That's it for another week, many thanks for your news as ever, Duncan. 13.8.11