Number 584 - 3rd September 2011


The Young Magician of the Year Revisited. With just two weeks to go before the 'Young Magician of the Year Revisited' event at The Magic Circle Headquarters on September 18th the full itinerary of this packed day of magic has been announced. This one-off celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the competition will feature previous entrants and winners and promises to be a great day of magic, anecdotes and invaluable information from some of country's top magicians.


The first session includes talks and presentations by Richard Wiseman on the psychology of magic, Angelo Carbone on creativity, Richard Griffin on working on cruise ships and Michael Colley on the history of the competition. At 2pm after the lunch break, further talks including Russ Stevens on showreels, David Owen on his work using magic in physiotherapy sessions and Paul Kieve on his illusion consultancy work in both stage and film. There will also be a couple of extra sessions and surprises! A full close-up session will start at 5pm featuring Marc Oberon, Steve Dela, Nick Einhorn, Michael Jordan and Colin Rose, and then after another short break the evening show will commence at 7.30pm starring Graham Jolley, Russ Stevens (photo), Richard Cadell, Paul Dabek, Scott Penrose, Martyn Rowland, Bertie Pearce, Amethyst, Matt McGurk and Noel Britten. Doors open at 10.30am, and the first event starts at 11am.


Tickets for the whole day are £27 for young magicians (under 18) and their guardians, £35 for Members of The Magic Circle and £45 for non members. Tickets for just the evening show are available at £20 for Members and £30 for non members. Full registration details available from 3.9.11


Jeff Hobson - Hilton London Metropole Lecture now booking. The venue for Jeff Hobson's one night only lecture on Tuesday 20th September is the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, 225 Edgware Road, London W2 1JU. The lecture will start at 8pm. Numbers are limited and tickets are selling fast. Tickets are £25, or just £15 if you have bought a ticket for 'Palladium Magic' on Monday 19th September. To book, email If you haven't already booked your ticket for 'Palladium Magic', there's still time! It's an amazing line-up starring Hans Klok, Mac King, Jeff Hobson, Silvan, Marko Karvo, Erix Logan, Michael Finney, Kris Kremo, Paul Zenon, Mikael Szanyiel, Nathalie Enterline, plus a special tribute to the 'magic legends', including John Calvert making his Palladium debut at 100 years of age! Don't miss out on being a part of magic history in the making! For full details and to book tickets visit 3.9.11


Three major Gala Shows planned for Blackpool 2012! On Friday 17th February “The Magic of the Orient” will star artistes from Japan and Korea. On Saturday 18th February “The Magic of the USA” will feature America's finest and on Sunday 19th February, “The Magic of Europe” will feature international acts from across Europe, closing with a spectacular musical finale involving dancers and lasers. On Friday night the compère will be Newcastle-born comedian, singer, actor and television presenter Steve Walls. Saturday's show will be compèred by the versatile comedy ventriloquist Jimmy Tamley who was a great hit at this year’s convention, and Sunday's Gala Show will be emceed by the brilliant comedian John Martin of whom Ken Dodd said “He is my favourite comedian, a true comedy star.” If you haven't booked yet for world’s largest magic convention then now is the time. Visit to secure the best seats. "Blackpool Tower reopens to public after £20m restoration" Click Here. 3.9.11


Teaching Timing - The Magician's Secret Weapon. Geoffrey Durham lectures at Watford Association of Magicians on Tuesday 20th September. Geoffrey Durham has been a broadcaster and magician for more than forty years. He has made over 600 appearances on British television – including co-hosting both series of The Best of Magic, occupying Countdown’s Dictionary Corner for twelve years, appearing on two Children’s Royal Variety Shows and being featured on The Fifty Greatest Magic Tricks of All Time. He has toured his one man performances to theatres all over the world. He often appears as a panellist and presenter on BBC Radio 4. The lecture will start at 8pm. All magicians welcome. Non WAM members £10. Contact Julie Carpenter for venue details: 3.9.11


International magic star Boris Wild from France is one of the three lecturers who will be working at the 10th British Close Up Magic Symposium, which takes place on Sunday 8th January 2012 at the Redwood Hotel and Country Club, Bristol. He will be presenting highlights from his new lecture 'Creativity And Impact' which has not been seen in the UK before which will include a performance and explanation of his new bestseller 'Any Card At Any Birthday'. In his Gala Show spot Boris will be including his new Butterfly Act which saw its premiere a few weeks ago in Las Vegas and which is the sequel to his famous Kiss Act. Finally, Boris will be joining Dave Forrest and Mark Leveridge for a Discussion Forum on close-up magic and creativity in which he will answers questions from the audience. The 10th Symposium is a first class day of performance, instruction and networking held in comfortable surroundings, with excellent catering included as part of the registration. Book before the 31st October to receive an early-bird discount of £10.00. Full details and registration info: 3.9.11


Mike Marlin presents The Magician - a launch party evening of music and magic featuring a headline set by Mike Marlin débuting songs from his new album 'Man On the Ground' (including the single 'The Magician') together with live performances by some of the UK's top magicians and Hoxton Hall Theatre, 130 Hoxton Street, London N1 6SH on Wednesday 28th September from 7.30pm - 11pm (£3 in advance £5 on the door) book via MagicWeek ran a 'Magicians Wanted' story back in June, and Jarvey Moss emails: "We were overwhelmed by the quality of entrants, and the final cast didn't disappoint, the video featuring as it did: Steve Dela, Magic Singh, Dafedas B and Scott Perry. The video is on YouTube: Click Here. Scott and Dafedas, along with some of the runners up in the competition, will be performing live at the party, before a full band performance from Mike Marlin himself." 3.9.11


Chris Cox Fatal Distraction. Following another critically acclaimed, sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the mind reader who can’t read minds, Chris Cox, will be performing his brand new show Fatal Distraction across the UK throughout Autumn. He’s been on TV, toured the world and is somehow still getting away with it... See What's On for tour dates. 3.9.11


Kidology UK - Tuesday 6th September. Kidology UK is the one day convention for children's entertainers organised by Albion Magic and Practical Magic. This year's event features: 3 Main Lectures from Steve Short - Touring with a Theatre Show; George Kovari - Ideas and Inventions; Sally Rigley - Clown Doctoring and Special Needs. Plus 4 Mini Lectures: Gary Dunn - Sound Equipment; Malcolm Malan – Balloons and Magic; Steve Evans - interactive workshop on practised adlibs and one liners; Michael Diamond - Back of Room Sales and Busking. Together with the usual host of dealers and a buffet lunch which is included in the registration price of £40.00. Book via or call 01691 690789. 3.9.11 "Have you ever wanted to enter the lucrative world of professional tablehopping or corporate close-up but have little or no idea on where or how to start? Tony Strange has put together a professional training course that will show you everything. You will receive a 2 DVD boxset which will teach you Tony's actual working routine and 'The Tablehoppers Bible' a book that Tony wrote which will tell you in detail on how to enter this market, how to get bookings, how to deal with hecklers, agents, angles and reset, how to approach and leave a table, promoting yourself, pocket management, charity events, contracts and so much more. This course is designed for the beginner or keen amateur who wishes to take their magic to the next level and start to earn good money from their hobby. On this specialist course you will learn and develop a wide range of popular and enjoyable tricks and skills that will make sure your audience love your show, whether in your own home, with your friends or entertaining an audience at a function or event. You will also receive all the props that you need for the routine in an aluminum case so you can start practicing immediately." Visit for full details. 3.9.11


Black Cat Magic would like to announce that Paul Stockman's Pendant Curse is now back in stock: "This fantastic piece of theatrical mentalism proved very popular at the Blackpool Convention and has been flying off the shelves ever since. Pendant Curse has proved a big hit among magicians, mentalists and story tellers alike. Each unit is beautifully hand crafted and comes complete with Paul's enthralling story that makes it a piece of wonderful theatre, perfect for close-up. Pendant Curse can be found on Black Cat Magic's website in the mentalism section. 3.9.11


Ali Cook enjoyed some excellent reviews at this year's Ed Fringe: The Herald Scotland **** “Like a bonsai David Blaine, but not so smug and irritating, Cook does big things in small places” Click Here. Fest **** “Magic, it seems, is enjoying a renaissance and Ali Cook is one of its most talented new stars.” Click Here. Chortle **** “Awe-inspiring” Click Here. Fringe Guru **** “Expect to be genuinely amazed” Click Here. Edinburgh Spotlight ***** “ With a genuine gift for magic he astounds the crowd with each trick and has them laughing throughout” Click Here. One4Review ***** “From a total sceptic, Cook has turned me into a magic fan” Click Here. Broadway Baby ***** “The show is perfection." Click Here. 3.9.11


iContact - the brand new easy-to-do card trick that promises to get amazing reactions! "Watch Richard Bellars, star of Penn & Teller Fool Us, and see just what incredible responses this trick gets... every time! Best of all it's really easy to do with no sleight-of-hand involved. Includes full instructional DVD and special deck of Bicycle Playing Cards. We are running a special competition from 1st September until the 7th September for everyone that pre-orders this DVD. Customers will be placed into a draw and one lucky winner will be chosen at random to win a selection of RSVP DVDs valued at over $300.00 (£200.00). These will include Stand and Deliver, Jump, Handle with Carey, Professional Opportunist Volumes 1 & 2, iCandy, Corporate Close-Up and the entire Wayne Dobson Life In Magic DVD set (3 Volumes)!" Visit 3.9.11


Demonstrator of Extra-Sensory Curiosities. On Wednesday 7th September professional magician Robert Bone will be performing his new show, “Demonstrator of Extra-Sensory Curiosities” at New Greenham Arts, Newbury. The show boasts a combination of sleight of hand, memory feats, psychological reading and hypnotic suggestion. “I am genuinely scared, there are elements to the show that are impossible to rehearse. No matter what happens it’s sure to be an interesting evening for everyone, I just hope it goes to plan.” Tickets are £8.50 (£6.50 concessions) via and there will be a limited supply available on the door. Further information about Robert and the show can be found at "Extra-Sensory Curiosities to bamboozle and amaze" Click Here. 3.9.11


Bloomsbury Auctions, London. Conjuring & Circus: Books, Prints, Posters and Apparatus from the collections of Chris Pratt and Bob Read. Thursday 8th September (with viewing from Monday 5th September) 730 lots. 3.9.11


The Order of The Magi (Manchester) were delighted to receive a talk from The Magical Claudine on 23rd August. Claudine had a long and distinguished career in magic. Her father was Claude Chandler, Honorary Vice President of The Magic Circle from 1958 until his death in 1977. He was also at that time President Elect of The Magi so it seemed fitting to use the occasion to grant Claudine Honorary Membership. The photo shows President Mike Sharples making the presentation. At the beginning of her career she had a very wide general training in theatre and dance becoming one of the Tiller Girls at the age of 15. Claudine told of her magic acts both silent and patter and many anecdotes about this illustrious career. She married pianist Chester Harriot, father of TV chef Ainsley. Claudine introduced her guest, Derek Hilton who told about the Top Hat Club in Manchester which had been set up in opposition to The Magi who would not let Derek and his friends join as they were too young. The evening was full of nostalgia, very enjoyable and highly recommended as an evening that is different. Finally, Claudine is a great supporter of the Myasthenia Gravis Association and The Magi were only too pleased to make a donation to this very worthwhile cause as an appreciation for such a memorable night. Geoffrey Newton PRO 3.9.11


Michael Finney Lecture - Forth Valley Magic Circle. "Forth Valley Magic Circle are proud to announce, A lecture by Michael Finney on Tuesday the 13th September. Comedian, magician, philanthropist, corporate spokesman, motivational speaker and more. Michael Finney has more sides to his life than a well-cut diamond. There is an authenticity to him that seems to disarm an audience instantly, causing everyone to feel as if a friend has just stepped on stage. One reason for the respect Finney gets from other professionals may be the incredible amount of entertainment he's able to squeeze out of what seems to be so little. Give him a deck of cards, a pair of scissors, a rope and for the next hour the crowd can have the time of their lives! Finney's confidence is a by-product of sincerity and the audience connects with it and feeds it back to him in a beautiful way. In Michael's case, sincerity and authenticity transform a simple mixture of character, context, humour, and magic into something that not only entertains but inspires." Entrance is £10 for visiting magicians. Contact the club secretary for more details 3.9.11


Magicseen - latest issue out now: "Magicseen Issue 40 for September 2011 has creative powerhouse Richard Sanders on the cover. Richard has devised some of the most universally popular visual magic effects in recent years, and we are delighted that he found time to chat to us. Also on the conversation sofa are Keelan and Charlotte, whose Quick Change act has taken them to more countries than you and I have had hot dinners, and also Steve Faulkner, whose career started in the street and who has gradually developed into a fine all round performer and lecturer. Issue 40 also boasts a number of feature articles, including part 2 of It Ain't All Magic in which we give you the lowdown on how to do face painting, Image Rights, in which we discuss the link between your performing image and your success, and Magic Seen Online, where George Luck talks to Tom Weil about his online magic venture The Academy of Magic. In the comedy section we give you a humorous article on what it takes to be successful in making others laugh, while Jay Fortune and Richard Leigh tell us more about their charity day Magic Moments 2011 which takes place on 1st October. We have reports on the recent Essential Magic Conference and MagicFest events, a whole range of product reviews, as well as the Masterclass, Club Land, letters, news and more. Your copy awaits you as a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or as a pay-as-you-go sub, or simply as a single download or printed issue from" 3.9.11


Ian Keable Lecture, Blackpool. Ian Keable will be lecturing at The Blackpool Magicians’ Club on Tuesday 13th September. As anyone who has attended magic conventions or other events knows he is a great success wherever he performs for he has a wealth of experience gathered in the top echelons of the entertainment business. Much of this experience will be passed on in his lecture entitled Stand-Up Classics. This is about mainly classic tricks he performs in his one-man show. It is his presentation and interpretation of classic tricks, using the techniques described in his book Stand-Up: A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic. Even if you never intend to do comedy you ought to read this all-inclusive book. It covers everything you need to know - and a lot more besides. Peter Eldin. Ian’s lecture is open to all members and associates of Blackpool Magicians’ Club at their headquarters to the rear of 1 Sherbourne Road, North Shore, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 2PW. Doors open 6.30pm. 3.9.11


Colin McLeod "the man whose material raises the bar in mentalism" lectures for the Scottish Conjurers Association at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7th September. Visiting magicians very welcome (£10 charge). Venue: The Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map) 3.9.11


Marc Oberon, current FISM World Champion of Parlour Magic, will be lecturing at Northamptonshire Magicians Club on Tuesday 6th September at 8pm. Non-members £8. Venue: The Yeoman of England, High Street, Wootton, Northants NN4 6LP (Map). More info from David Miller, on 01604 517406 or email 3.9.11


Jack and the Beanstalk. Magic Light Productions in association with Theatr Colwyn present Jack and the Beanstalk starring Stuart and Jayne Loughland, Marc Whincup, Steve Bloor, Libby Edwards, Neill Scullard and from the Chuckle Brothers Live Shows ‘Safire’s Magic Light Puppets’. Choreographed by and featuring Pearl Shaw School of Performing Arts. Written and Directed by Stuart and Jayne Loughland. "Enter the wonderful, colourful world of our hero Jack, Dame Tilly Trott, Fairy Blossom, Squire Crumble and Jill and join in with the boos and hisses for our baddie, the wicked Mr. Creeper! Fun for all ages with magic, puppets, comedy, song and dance." From 17th-31st December. Visit for show times and to book. 3.9.11


Gary Jones Lecture - Valleys Circle. Gary Jones lectures for the Valleys Circle on 15th of September. "One of today’s leading close-up magicians; it's a lecture not to be missed. Everybody is welcome for the bargain price of £10." For more details contact James Piper 07939 118562. 3.9.11


Chris Hare will present his Harebrain Mentalism Lecture at Grimsby Ace Magicians Club on Monday 5th September in the lounge rear room at The Jubilee Inn, Wyber's Wood, 350 Saint Nicholas Drive, Grimsby DN37 9SF (Map) at 8pm. Guests welcome (£5 entrance fee). For more information contact Gary Bryson 07810 796 967. 3.9.11


John Carey is lecturing at the Leicester Magic Circle this Monday, 5th September. John is one of the best close-up magicians around, so this is one is not to be missed. £10 for non members, all visitors welcome. For directions to the LMC HQ visit 3.9.11


Magic Car Boot Sale - West Bromwich, tomorrow! 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 3.9.11


Find the perfect lecturer for your club or convention! Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page. 3.9.11


The force is strong with this one... Star Wars: The Complete Saga is being released on Blu-ray on Monday September 12th in a nine-disc collection featuring many hours of additional behind the scenes footage, restored out-takes and new documentaries. To pre-order via Click Here. (MagicWeek receives a commission on all sales generated via a click-through from MagicWeek. DT). 3.9.11


Mid Essex Magical Society are looking to book lectures for 2012, 1st Tuesdays of the month, mainly close-up and stage. Contact Don Simpson 01268 778642. 3.9.11


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