Number 585 - 10th September 2011


Booked for Blackpool, 2012. Peter Eldin updates: "Artistes so far booked for the greatest convention ever, Blackpool 2012, include Ed Alonzo, the misfit of magic; Amethyst, international escapologists and illusionists; Christian Farla, spectacular illusions from Holland; Charlie Frye & Co., unique blend of comedy, magic and juggling; Axel Hecklau, baffler from Berlin; John Martin, brilliant comedian; Jimmy Tamley, versatile ventriloquist with a host of unique characters; Steve Walls, Newcastle-born comedian, singer and actor, and Michael Weber, award-winning magic and mentalism. More names to follow. The convention runs from 17th to 19th February 2012. At just £85 (Juniors £55) it is amazing value for money. Registration includes entry to all events, a book entitled 'David Howarth’s Miracles of Magic' value £25, and a souvenir programme value £6. There are also tickets available for individual days and/or the three gala shows. Log on to for more details and a registration form." 10.9.11


Paul Zenon is back home following a run of 23 guest spots (in a week!) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which included a one-off show, 'Paul to Paul', interviewing Paul Daniels and raising funds for the Wonderbus charity in the process All this week Paul Zenon can be seen on Channel 4's Countdown in Dictionary Corner, his 8th year guesting on this ever-popular show. On Monday 12th he'll be presenting a talk at The Magic Circle, entitled 'Harry and the Mystery of the Disappearing Aeroplane', on the subject of Houdini being the first person to pilot a powered aircraft in Australia, a century ago, and the following Monday, 19th September, Paul can be seen live on stage in Palladium Magic, (and in the audience there'll be a crowd from the Wonderbus itself). 10.9.11


The Session is back! Boasting a fantastic new venue and an all-star international line-up, the team have done it again. The Session will take place on January 14th and 15th in a new venue in Cheltenham (just a couple of miles from the previous venue) and the line-up includes Kainoa Harbottle (USA), Wayne Houchin (photo, USA), Michael Vincent (UK) and Dani DaOrtiz (Spain) with many more names to be announced. Tickets always sell out at least a month before the event, so book your ticket today 10.9.11


Paul Daniels 'Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow'. The Autumn Tour will feature Debbie McGee and Martin Daniels - visit for tour dates (September, October, November) and venues. 10.9.11


Dynamo: Magician Impossible will be released on DVD by Universal Pictures UK on October 10th: "Tipped as the most exciting British magician to emerge in decades and with a list of celebrity fans that reads like a 'who's who' of the Hollywood elite, Dynamo: Magician Impossible is the story of an ordinary boy from Bradford living an extraordinary life. Like his dear grandfather before him, Dynamo grew up practicing precision card-handling and developing powerful magical skills. The series sees the 28-year-old travelling the globe as the unassuming anti-hero who just happens to astound everyone he meets, whether it's an international footballer or Hollywood actor. In episode one, Dynamo performs his spectacular matrix style levitation, physically moves a girl's tan line on the glamorous Miami Beach and performs magic with Manchester rock legend Ian Brown. Other highlights in this mind blowing series include; transporting a mobile phone into a glass beer bottle, magically transforming snow into diamonds in the Austrian mountains and bringing a flutter of butterflies to life in Hollywood's famous Chateau Marmont. Throughout the series, Dynamo: Magician Impossible will take viewers on his magical journey before stunning them with incredible, headline-grabbing stunts beyond the realms of possibility." Dynamo: Magician Impossible will be released on October 10th; to pre-order from Click Here. 10.9.11


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 29th September. Organiser Russell Levinson writes "Our September show presents the sheer variety of magical entertainment. Four well-known international performers, each with a completely different approach to the art of conjuring: Ian Rowland is one of the most successful international mind-readers; much in demand in the corporate world for his uncanny insights into psychology. Marc Oberon, presenting miracles that have even magicians’ jaws dropping. Michael Vadini (photo), a Polish magician, performs visual magic with grace and elegance and Tim Shoesmith, fresh from his show in Edinburgh; quick-witted, lively, his clever conjuring is full of humour. I’ll be hosting the night. You will have a good view, a comfortable seat, and can get a drink or two from the bar to enjoy while watching the magic. The pub also serves food." Venue: The Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm, the show starts at 8pm and runs to about 10pm with an interval. Book in advance if you can: 10.9.11


Wessex Magical Association Dinner: "Laura London is the star attraction at the Wessex Magical Association's dinner at 7pm on Friday 21st October at the Carrington House Hotel, Bournemouth, BH1 3QQ (Map). Laura will perform at the tables and her after-dinner cabaret show. In dramatic contrast, the Vox Brothers will entertain with psychic mysteries, culminating in their Spirit Cabinet act.  Jana Bundy will introduce these artistes to bring her year as WMA president to a fitting climax. Laura was the youngest ever female magician to be admitted to The Magic Circle, works internationally and performed at the Queen's 80th birthday. Although she didn't actually fool Penn & Teller during their August bank holiday show, Penn told her, 'we need you in Vegas!' We need you in Bournemouth! Tickets for the black-tie/lounge-suit event dinner, with close-up magic, music, illusioneers tombola and stylish cabaret are available from treasurer Andy Nineham on 01305 833439 at only £30.," 10.9.11


Instead of Abracadabra, the 2010 Oscar nominated short from Sweden. Part One, Part Two, Part Three. "...I'm more up close, Gothic, death and mayhem..." Do you do children's parties? "Sure, absolutely..." 10.9.11


Blackpool Magicians' Club, lecture programme change. In a last minute change to the programme Geoffrey Durham will be lecturing at Blackpool Magician’s Club on Tuesday 13th September instead of Ian Keable. It is hoped that Ian will be available at a later date. Geoffrey’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 from 6.30pm. 10.9.11


Sensation - the ultimate variety show. Richard Griffin writes: "I have now been able to add two more fantastic acts to the bill. Iona Luvsandorj, an amazing contortionist who appeared on Britain's Got Talent and is a world record holder, who Simon Cowell called 'utterly spellbinding' and a great street dance act called Makin Steps. I now have 14 acts in one of the largest variety shows in the UK. Tickets are unbelievably priced between £13.50 and £17.50. These are all top pro acts that work all over the world and are personal friends of mine and that's why I can sell tickets at this price. Saturday, 22nd October, at the Harlow Playhouse. Book online at or call the box office on 01279 431945." 10.9.11


Joker Magic Dealer Dem/lecture at The Mystic Ring. Gyula Czili, award winning magician from Hungary and owner of Joker Magic, will give a lecture/dealer dem at the Mystic Ring on Thursday 15th September at 7.45pm. The Mystic Ring meet at Dunstable Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire. For more details visit 10.9.11


The New Sooty Show. Geoffrey Newton ( British Ring IBM PRO) writes: The New Sooty Show is now being broadcast weekdays on Mini CITV (Sky Channel 621, Freeview 72, Virgin Media 734, Talk TV 307 and Freesat 602) at 10.10am and 1.25pm. Those of you with young children, or young grandchildren I am sure will enjoy watching this 26 part series with them. Or maybe like me it will bring back those black and white memories of 60 years ago when Harry Corbett brought this lovable little character to the TV screen. There are guest stars in the series including Matthew Corbett (Harry’s Son) and Debbie Magee. The programmes are produced by Tivoli Media which is wholly owned by Cadell’s Ltd an established entertainment and leisure business based in the South West of England and owners of the Sooty brand. If of course want to see Sooty on stage, well he features with Richard Cadell at the IBM British Ring Convention Children’s Show at the Southport Theatre on Saturday morning 24th September. You might even win a Sooty Goodie Bag! Convention details are on 10.9.11


Chris Hare Harebrain Mentalism Lecture. Portsmouth & District Magic Circle will be hosting Chris Hare's "Harebrain Mentalism Lecture" on Monday 12th September at 7.30pm. Non PDMC Magicians are welcome £8.00 admission. Venue: Portsmouth & District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). 10.9.11


High Jinx can be seen in the High Jinx Magic and Circus Roadshow in October "Packed with awesome illusions and dangerous escapes, along with fantastic fun and crazy circus tricks, this is a show for all of the family" and Aladdin "the most magical pantomime of them all" in December. See What's On for details. 10.9.11


Michael Finney Lecture - Darlington Magic Circle. Darlington Magic Circle are pleased to be hosting a lecture by the 2009 World Comedy Magic Act of the Year, Michael Finney on Thursday 15th September. Michael Finney's magic and comedy have taken him around the world. Comedy clubs, corporate functions, network TV - you name it, he's done it, including an appearance at the US Presidential Inaugural Ceremony. The lecture will be held at The Railway Institute, 93 North Road, Darlington DL1 2PP (Map) with a prompt 8pm start. For visiting magicians entry is just £5 - contact the Secretary, Stuart Hodgson to confirm your attendance as numbers may be limited. 10.9.11


Lex Schoppi, the German quick change artist, author and coach, also draws magic cartoons and is the in-house cartoonist for Wittus Witt's magazine 'Magische Welt' Lex has now added a gallery of "funny world class magicians" to his website including Liu Chien with his ACAAN effect seen at the EMC, Jeff McBride, Banachek, Penn & Teller, and many other magic favourites: 10.9.11


Luke Jermay Lecture - Watford Association of Magicians. "Luke Jermay - Mind reader extraordinaire. Direct from a two-year run in Las Vegas and hit reviews, Luke Jermay lectures for the Watford Association of Magicians on the 6th of December at 8pm. Luke shares the theory, method and thinking underpinning his professional performances. All magicians welcome. Non WAM members £10. Further details at or email To see him perform on CBS Click Here. WAM meets in Bricket Wood near St Albans, email Julie Carpenter for details." 10.9.11


The Safety Net. New, from "If you are going to spend in excess of £100 on something that can harm you ... doesn't it make sense to spend a little more on something that can protect you? The Safety Net is 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 finality 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. To see The Safety Net being demonstrated go to" 10.9.11


Take Me Out, ITV1’s hit Saturday Night Show - auditioning now! Once again host Paddy McGuinness is ready to play cupid. The show is looking for single men to take part, and are keen to hear from magicians as the show includes a short performance spot. Remember... No Likey No Lighty! To apply visit or call 020 7691 6050. 10.9.11


Music Control RF Remote System for the iPod. Gary Dunn has a new batch of RF remote controls for the iPod in stock (as featured in his 'Sound of Music' workshop at Kidology 2011). They can be ordered directly from Gary for £25 plus £2.50 p&p. Email for details. 10.9.11


The South Downs Magicians held their annual stage competition on Wednesday, 7th September. Paul Martin won the event for the second year running, beating six other competitors. He impressed the audience of magicians, family and friends with a series of well-executed effects including multiple paper flower productions, a three Linking Ring routine and a Gypsy Thread using the string attached to a balloon. The competition is held in the memory of Shaun O'Donoghue, one of the co-founders of the South Downs Magicians who served as the club Treasurer for 25 years. 10.9.11


Merlins of Wakefield's latest 16 page Preview for Sep/Oct is now out, and it's free. Containing over 70 great magic effects, there's bound to be something of interest for every magician. For a printed copy, email your address to If you'd prefer a PDF, just email them with 'Premail' in the subject box, and they'll email you a copy. Merlins will be at the IBM Convention in Southport, and if you are going, can take items there for you to save on postage. 10.9.11


Camelot Theme Park's resident jester 'Scoop' will be presenting a night of magic and variety at Blackburn Thwaites Empire Theatre tonight (Saturday 10th). Scoop (Paul Dawson) will present a show packed with magic and juggling and music from his special guest Sarah Dunn, performing hits from Kylie and Rihanna. The show starts at 7.30pm and will run for approximately one hour 45 minutes and is suitable for all the family. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children from the theatre box office on 01254 685500 or online via The Thwaites Empire Theatre is situated on Aqueduct Road, Ewood, Blackburn BB2 4HT (Map). 10.9.11


The first Midlands Magic Day was held nearly two weeks ago now, with organisers enjoying great feedback from their visitors, dealers and lecturers. Ginny and Matthew email: "On the day our dealers and lecturers made generous donations of magic prizes and Annabel de Vetten-Peterson very kindly made us two outstanding 'magical' cakes, all for our raffle in aid of Acorns Children's Hospice and we have today been advised by Acorns that the proceeds amounted to £242.92, and we are extremely grateful to everyone. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone who took part and to all those who attended for making our first Midlands Magic Day a special day. Thanking you, Ginny and Matthew." 10.9.11


John Holt ebook. John Holt emails: I've just released a brand new ebook of card transpositions, called 'Planging Chaces'. All of the routines, except one, can be done with a borrowed and shuffled deck. I'm offering this ebook on a 'pay what you think it's worth' basis. Download the book, read it, try out the routines and then decide what you want to pay for it. I'm running this offer until 30th September, after which, the ebook will be withdrawn. All people have to do is visit and follow the instructions." 10.9.11


Film Extras Needed for 'Anna Karenina' starring Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson and Jude Law. "We are looking to recruit adult extras (aged over 16) from the Russian community in London for filming on dates between the end of September and late December... Priority given to casting Specific Roles. We are looking for: Circus Performers, Magicians (9.30am - 10.30am). Open Casting on Saturday 17th September 2011 between 09.30am and 5.30pm at St. Clements Church, Treadgold Street, London. Documentation: Please be aware that we can only involve those who have a valid UK work permit, UK or EU passport (together with a registration certificate if applicable). Please bring your documentation as proof, as we cannot consider you without this. We would like the men if possible to grow their hair, including facial, for the casting. On the day of the audition - if the Director chooses you - we will photograph you and take your contact details and measurements. Payment will be a daily rate of £100, although there will be additional payment for featured performances, especially for singers and musicians (amount to be confirmed.) If you have any queries, please email Charlie: 10.9.11


Magic at the National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield. A reminder from the National Fairground Archive at the University of Sheffield: "We are holding an open day on Tuesday 20th September between 10am & 4pm to promote our magic and illusion resources. We have an amazing collection of items which include posters, programmes, handbills and film and a selection will be on view in the reading room. We have some magicians that have volunteered to show their skills and entertain our students during the day but we would welcome more! For more info contact Ange or Jane" 10.9.11


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