Number 588 - 1st October 2011


Congratulations to Goncalo Jorge and Pedro Teixeira, Portugal's Ta na manga, the magic duo that won the IBM British Ring Shield Competition last weekend in Southport. Geoffrey Newton, the British Ring's public relations officer, presents an overview of the convention this week, Click Here and writes: The IBM British Ring No. 25 held their convention in Southport last week where the weather had been kind adding to the enjoyment of the shows, lectures, competitions, dealers exhibition and workshops. The winner of the Stage Shield competition was Ta na manga of Portugal with a most unusual narrative act. Second prize went to Elemental of North Wales who also received the Manipulation Trophy. Ianthe from Glasgow being placed third. Tim Shoesmith from Hertfordshire received the Originality Trophy. The Close-up competition was won by Matthew Wright, with Michael Neto in second place and Marcus Taylor thired. Brian Miller has now been installed as the new president with John ‘Sly’ Smith the president elect. The Secretary and Treasurer remain as John Pye and Keith Cooper respectively. An overview on the convention appears Here. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 1.10.11


The Magic Circle Awards Dinner. This year's dinner takes place on Thursday 13th October at The Royal National Hotel in London. Dinner, annual awards, special guests, professional close-up magic, and a spectacular cabaret headlined by the one and only Paul Zenon guarantee a wonderful evening. Members, non-members and non-magicians all welcome. Tickets are £45 (£40 for members) and are available by sending a cheque (payable to 'The Magic Circle') with the names of guests to: The Magic Circle Awards Dinner, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. For any further info or BACS payments contact 1.10.11


Etienne Pradier Lecture, Tuesday 4th October, London. Organiser Martin MacMillan emails: "The next lecture in our 2011 series will be Etienne Pradier on Tuesday 4th October. This will be the last lecture we host before our 40th anniversary convention and is sure to be very well attended to so please do book as soon as possible if you wish to reserve a place. Many of you will have seen Etienne recently on Penn & Teller's "Fool Us" (and he did). Originally from France, Etienne has been living in England now for many years and is one of the best, and busiest, close-up magicians in London with a long list of prestigious UK and International Magic awards in Close Up. Usual venue - Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Start time 7.30 (be there by 7.15 latest). Pay on door at £15 per lecture but you must reserve a place in advance, please email by return to book 1.10.11


Ian Keable Funny Tricks ...a one man comedy magic show. In Funny Tricks Ian Keable, a recent recipient of the prestigious Magic Circle Comedy Award, illustrates the techniques he uses to mystify his audience. Is the hand quicker than the eye, is it all done with mirrors or does everything disappear up the sleeve? Ian performs a multitude of different tricks demonstrating these secrets, ranging from sleight of hand to reading minds - and all performed with laughs galore. Whether you want to learn some of the magician’s innermost secrets, or be thoroughly entertained by bewildering and hilarious magic, Funny Tricks is not to be missed. “...simply mind-boggling.” Islington Gazette. 8pm on Friday 7th October at The Horsebridge Centre, 11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AF (Map). To book tickets (£8 / £6 concs) call the Horsebridge box office on 01227 281 174. Also 7.30 pm on Sunday 16th October at The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn Street, Bath BA1 1UF (Map). To book tickets (£10 / £8 concs) call The Mission Theatre 01225 428 600 or Bath Box Office 01225 463 362 or book online 1.10.11


Kidology 2012 the weekday convention for Children’s Entertainers will take place on Tuesday, 11th September 2012 at The Civic & Wulfrun Halls, North Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1RQ (Map). Before announcing the line up for next year Albion Magic would like to carry out a survey of people who have attended in the past. They would like to know: The names of any lecturers they would like to see, suggestions about the format of the day, subjects that they would like to see covered and any other ideas about the convention. And also input from those who used any of the hotels in Wolverhampton this year as to value and standard. Contact organiser Alec Powell by email or by post, The Albion Magic Company, 8 Florence Grove, Stone Cross, West Bromwich B71 3LL. 1.10.11


The Hindhead Tunnel is now open! What does this have to do with Magic? Well now it's easier than ever to go to the 48th Annual Portsmouth Jumbo Day on Sunday 6th November! This year's Jumbo Day has 'The Sale' with over a hundred new and used magic dealers, a guest presentation, two workshops, Merv Cole's Auction, Bob Hamilton's videos, Close-up Sessions and a Star Lecture by Australian Comedy Magician, Brad Manuel. The day ends with The Gala Show featuring Brad Manuel, John Kimmons, High Jinx, Neil Kelso and The Vox Brothers. Fast Track Registration is £17.00 per person and £8.50 for under 16's. Closing date for registrations is 18th October. Tickets on the day will be £19.00 per person and £10 for under 16's. For more information visit - and also see Hindhead Tunnel (why not!). 1.10.11


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s, London. Friday, 21st October. Magic Night’s Brain Bender! With some surgery, floating water, psychic phenomena, bending metal, flying knives and Greek drama! Starring: AJ Eescapolgist, Oliver Meech, Tom DeVoe, Ariadne the Greek Wag, Myra Dubois, and MC Neil Henry. 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: 1.10.11


Today is Magic Moments Day. This is the fourth year of this charitable initiative whose simple aim is to promote magic and magicians throughout the day whilst making someone's day magical. Why not join in and create a magic moment for someone today? A magic trick at an unexpected time can truly brighten someone's day. This year the organisers also had a Zimbabwe Magic Trick appeal for African Orphans. Jay Fortune says that so far, thanks to kind donations, they have over 350 tricks to ship out! Updates and details will appear on the Magic Moments page here on MagicWeek in the coming weeks. 1.10.11


Ian Rowland's Applied Cold Reading Masterclass. Ian writes, "Here’s a special offer for MagicWeek readers. Mentalist Ian Rowland teaches his ACR or ‘Applied Cold Reading’ Masterclass once a month in central London. It’s not about magic, mentalism or psychics as such. It’s about how some cold reading techniques can be used in other, non-performance contexts. ACR has been described as ‘like being able to read minds, but for business and professional purposes’. You can find out more about ACR, what it is and why it’s useful, on Ian’s website: The next ACR Masterclass runs October 29-30th in a venue near Covent Garden, London. 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and then 10am to 4pm on Sunday. The class normally costs £430, but MagicWeek readers can book a place for just £125. That’s over 70% off the normal price! However, this offer is limited to the first two MagicWeek readers who take advantage of it. If interested, email and mention ‘MagicWeek Special Offer’." 1.10.11


Congratulations to Matthew Wright on winning the British Ring IBM close-up competition last weekend. Matthew is only the second person to have won The Magic Circle's close-up competition, the British Ring IBM close-up competition, and the 'International Magic' close-up competition. The only other person to have done so was the late Kevin Reay. 1.10.11


Lee Smith lectures at the Mystic Ring on Thursday the 13th of October. The lecture will feature material from his acclaimed DVD releases The Step System and his best-selling DVD Eye Candy. There will also be some new thoughts and twists regarding previously released material, together with some brand new items. Lee will also be selling lecture notes for this new lecture, and some new effects. Don’t miss this evening of doable magic that you will use again and again! The Mystic Ring meet at The Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire. The lecture starts at 7.45pm and admission is £5 for non-members of The Mystic Ring. For more details email Steve Milroy, club sec or see Find out more about Lee Smith at 1.10.11


Modern Mystic League Magical Banquet and An Afternoon with Faust. "On Saturday 8th October 2011, The Modern Mystic League will be holding their annual banquet. This is a sumptuous 3 course meal with Coffee & Mints followed by close-up magic at tables by members and a fabulous cabaret featuring comedy duo, High Jinx who starred on Penn & Teller's 'Fool Us' and Magic Circle 'Young Magician of the Year', Ben Proos. The show will be compèred by none other than Shaun McCree who got such great reviews at the IBM last week. Tickets are limited, but can be obtained on a first come first served basis by contacting the Allan Clarke: or by telephone on 01772 685073. The dinner is to be held in the very pleasant surroundings of the Mytton Fold Hotel & Golf complex, Whalley, Blackburn. 7.00 for 7.30pm. Tickets are £31.00 Some accommodation may still be available, contact the hotel direct As if that weren't enough, the League will be hosting 'An afternoon with Faust' on the following day, Sunday 9th October at the headquarters in Blackburn. Granville Taylor will be talking about his life and times as one of the last great masters of illusion. Visiting magicians welcome at £5 on the door. Full details can be found on the website at" Allan Clarke. 1.10.11


Steve Price Lecture, Bolton. Steve Price will be presenting his lecture 'Prop Stuff' at Bolton Magicians' Club on Wednesday 5th October at 8.30pm. Steve has been described as 'professionally crazy' with a unique mix of comedy, magic and mayhem and is definitely a magician to look out for. Steve's website is The venue is the Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £5.00. For directions to the Doffcocker Inn visit or telephone Jim Hodgkiss on 01204 522651. 1.10.11


Double Reward Points this weekend at MagicTao! Plus pre-order Noted, Stick-It or Gambit which will be released on October 10th and receive double reward points on these brand new effects too. 1.10.11


"Tricky" Ricky McLeod recently won the Harry Kidd Cup at the West Lothian Magic Circle for his stage/parlor act. The late Harry Kidd was Scotland's popular comedy ventriloquist who donated the cup to West Lothian Magic Circle a few years ago. His son Gary James, a professional magician from Edinburgh, is pictured here presenting the cup to Ricky. 1.10.11


Mark Leveridge will be giving his "Going Walkabout" lecture/dealer dem at the South Downs Magicians on Wednesday 5th October. The lecture covers how to approach people at receptions and the types of effects to use to maximise audience attention and participation. Mark will be performing and explaining several different routines which are ideal for walkabout magic. The lecture starts at 8pm at Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6BJ (Map). Visiting magicians are welcome - £5 on the door. More details: 1.10.11


Eric Jones Lecture, Portsmouth. Eric Jones lectures at Portsmouth & District Magic Circle on Thursday 20th October at 7.30pm. Non PDMC Magicians welcome £8.00 admission. Portsmouth & District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map) 1.10.11


Paul Gordon, Pentacle Magic Club Lecture. On Tuesday 11th October The Pentacle Club are hosting a lecture by Paul Gordon on "do-able and entertaining card magic" to which visiting magicians are welcome - to quote Paul "I promise you a fun jam-packed night!" The Pentacle Club meets at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map) and the lecture will start at 8pm, doors open at 7.40pm, and there is a small charge of £5 for non-members. Click Here for club info and visit for details about Paul's magic. 1.10.11


Gatling Magic took part in the British Shield Stage Competition last week and came 2nd, winning the Theo Speaker Cup, and were also awarded the Dittia Shield for Manipulation. On Friday October 7th they can be seen at the newly refurbished Colwyn Bay Theatre in the Happy Faces Charity show Summer Spectacular 1.10.11


Mel's annual charity show. On Saturday 22nd October Mel Harvey and Dave Short will be appearing at The Kineton Village Hall, Mill Street, Kineton, Warwickshire in Mel's annual charity show. Last year Mel raised £900 for The Shakespeare Hospice and this year the proceeds will be going to MacMillan Cancer Support. It will be a fun evening, a real variety show for real people! Mel and Dave will be recreating snippets from The Flanagan and Allen Story which is currently touring UK theatres. Tickets are £12.50 per person which includes a two course supper. There will also be a bar, a raffle, a charity auction and a competition with a special prize for the magician who raises the most money at their table as a result of their close-up magic. Tickets are available from Lion Robin Hammond on 01926 641005 or direct from Mel on 01789 470331. Also joining them, Paul Kybert from The Leamington and Warwick Magic Circle and Jim Gregory, a Member of The Inner Magic Circle. 1.10.11


Bishops Stortford Care & Share Balloon Day, Wednesday 12th October. Featuring three lectures. For more info and booking details visit 1.10.11


Penn & Teller: Fool Us Ukrainian edition. STB TV , Ukrain, email "Dear all, STB TV Channel invites qualified magicians to participate in shooting of famous British TV Show 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' Ukrainian version in Kiev, Ukraine. Your goal in this show is to surprise Penn & Teller with your authorial magic act on the stage, if you don’t have one, then classical act in your special interpretation will do it (please, send us a link on video with this trick if you are interested to participate). If you win you will get the opportunity to participate in the show of Penn & Teller in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel & Casino. There could be few winners, not only one! To get a better idea of 'Penn&Teller: Fool Us', please check the following link: For the shooting of the show participant stays for 3 days (2 days of rehearsals and 1 day of shooting) in Kiev, Ukraine during 11th – 17th of December. We’re planning to finish shooting at 7PM, so that you could leave right this evening. As we want your act to be fabulous and great we use a consultancy of Penn & Teller’s producers and their magic expert Johnny Thompson from the US. For terms and conditions and more information email: (Olga Getun) or call via cell-phone: +38 095 282 49 96 (Olga Getun) Administration of the project 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' – Ukrainian version, STB TV Channel." 1.10.11


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