Number 596 - 26th November 2011


The 40th International Magic Convention and London Festival of Magic (14th - 20th November) was a huge success, with the themed festival days leading perfectly into the main magic convention itself. There was a real buzz about the whole event this year - with some dazzling magic on display. Many thanks to Matt Field for his full review Click Here and to Ian Keable for his review of the Harry Anderson performance and lecture Click Here. The MacMillan family, Event Director Noel Britten, and everyone else who helped out 'behind the scenes' should be really proud of being a part of, and staging, one of magic's finest events. (Photo by Arto Airaksinen: Presentation of the David Berglas International Magic Award, most deservedly, to the ever brilliant Derren Brown... now who could have predicted that?!) 26.11.11


Magic UnCorked, The Irish IBM Magic Convention 2012, will take place in Cork City, Ireland, on the 27th, 28th, and 29th April 2012. Sponsored by Soho Bar and Restaurant, this is the first time that the Irish Convention will be held in Cork and it is already shaping up to be a great event with a line up including Helder Guimarães, Luke Jermay, John Lenehan, Quentin Reynolds and Diamond Jim Tyler. The Convention headquarters will be the 4 star Ambassador Hotel, with Gala shows taking place in the nearby, Triskel Arts Centre. For full convention details, including registration and hotel details, visit 26.11.11


2012 British Ring Convention. The 2012 British Ring Convention will take place from 26th to 30th September in Great Yarmouth. Convention organisers David Ball and Peter Scarlett are now busy planning this 76th event for the society. Information of members’ early bird registration costs are on - book now and save some money. Acts, lecturers and dealers attending will be announced as details become available. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 26.11.11


Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' is magical.... Paul Kieve, assisted by Will Houston, was magic consultant on Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo'. Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. The film is Martin Scorcese's first family film and has already been hailed by Avatar director James Cameron as the greatest 3D film ever made. The film's Royal Film Performance Premiere will take place in London on Monday 28th November at the Odeon, Leicester Square. 26.11.11


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 29th December. "Enjoy the magic of Christmas with Conjuring at the Court! Featuring the amazing Gazzo, who inspired a generation of street magicians; much imitated, come and see the original! Martin Cox, a hilarious and highly skilful deceiver; top international ventriloquist Jimmy Tamley (Blackpool Gala, multiple TV, etc); and as a special Christmas present, the classical magic of Scott Penrose. Compèred by Russell Levinson. Venue: Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). You will have a good view and can have a drink or two from the bar at the back of the room while enjoying the magic. Doors open at 7.30pm, the show starts at 8 and runs to about 10pm with an interval. Tickets just £10 from the website 26.11.11


Children’s Magic at the Court – Thursday 29th December. "Let your children enjoy the magic of Christmas at the Court! It’s the annual Christmas Show for children from the team who produce Conjuring at the Court. Featuring the hilarious magic and ventriloquism of top children’s entertainer, David Tomkins; and as a special Christmas treat, the wonderful old-style conjuring of Scott Penrose. Your children will be entranced and even the parents will be amazed and amused. It’s in the charming, recently refurbished function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 2pm, show runs from 2.30pm to about 4pm. Tickets £6 for children (under 16), £8 for adults from All children must be accompanied by an adult. 26.11.11


Introducing "We at Izzy Wizzy have been in the magic business for over 20 years manufacturing and supplying magic companies worldwide. We have decided to go retail and offer our products to the magic fraternity direct. We have one of the UK's largest range of pro coin tricks in stock and will be adding more great kids and close-up items every week in our 'Hot New Lines category." Visit today! 26.11.11


The Royal Variety Performance 2011. Award-winning comedian Peter Kay is to host The Royal Variety Performance 2011 which will come from the birthplace of many of Britain’s greatest entertainers, Manchester. The Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays will play host to this gala evening in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Tony Bennett and Barry Manilow will jet in especially, US X Factor judge and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and US singer songwriter Cee Lo Green will take centre stage and the very best of British talent and an international galaxy of stars from around the world of entertainment line-up to appear on the show including: Pop sensation Pixie Lott, Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall, direct from Vegas the masters of magic Penn & Teller, record-breaking classical phenomenon IL DIVO, Adam Cooper and the cast of Singing In The Rain in an exclusive performance ahead of it’s opening in the West End next year, critically acclaimed comedians Jason Manford, Greg Davies and Tim Minchin. The star studded spectacular will take place on 5th December and be screened on ITV1 later that month. 26.11.11


Warped Magic Christmas Deal! Warped Magic email: "We would like to offer all MagicWeek readers a special discount of 20% off all full-priced magic items in stock from now until Christmas 2011. To take advantage of this special offer visit and upon checkout simply enter the discount code xmasdeal." 26.11.11


Peter Wardell (Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2010 & Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2009) lectures for Sheffield Circle of Magicians and guests at 7.30pm on Sunday 27th November. The lecture is free for members and £10 for non-members. Venue: Magic Lounge, Magick Enterprises, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield S2 5TG (Map). More info: 26.11.11


The Engima Bicycle Deck - in stock at! "Limited to less than 3000 decks worldwide, Martin Adams is back to amaze us with this new mysterious and enigmatic deck. First deck of a limited edition five deck series. The stylish black case has a fascinating colour contrast with the grey playing cards. On the backs there is the special signature 'Enigma' - it is produced in a font that makes it readable upside down or 2-way. The same can be said for the text on the Jokers (one of which hides a prediction). Priced at £8.99 this strictly limited deck will not be around for long! Also, new in, is the Houdini Deck Special Limited Edition Bicycle Cards by The USPCC & The Magic Apple, priced at £6.99. Remember you will find an enormous range of Bicycle and other playing cards together with a huge range of magic tricks to suit all abilities and budgets. All items are held in stock in the UK for dispatch within 24 hours and UK shipping is free on all orders over £10." Visit to order (under 'New Arrivals'). 26.11.11


Presidential Citation awarded to Elizabeth Warlock by International President of the I.B.M. Vanni Pulé. Vanni Pulé writes: While in London, as International President of the I.B.M., I presented a Presidential Citation to Elizabeth Warlock for her twenty six years of writing in the Linking Ring, keeping the international magic fraternity informed of what was happening on the British magic scene. Her monthly article 'Our Side of the Pond' replaced her father, Peter Warlock's, contributions in the same magazine since 1967. This column has now been taken over by Peter Scarlett who is writing, 'The London Eye'. Citations were also presented by me, during the Southport Convention, to Geoffrey Newton, Tom Owen, Mark Raffles and John Palfreyman. 26.11.11


Ali Cook presented his water tank illusion on The Slammer a week last Friday. Ali writes: "For some mad reason they asked me to do a water tank escape and it really scared the kids! I was recently not allowed to do this on a prime time ITV show in case of 'copy cat acts' by kids, yet a kids TV channel CBBC for BBC1 requested it. That's health and safety for you!" Watch the routine on YouTube: Click Here. 26.11.11


The Cotswold Magical Society 2011-2012 stand up/cabaret competition. Congratulations to Darren Campbell for winning the Edgar Westlake Trophy for his stand up magic act. Darren is pictured here with the judges and other competitors. Colin Dymond was placed second and Tom Arnold third. 26.11.11


Luke Jermay lectures at The Watford Associations of Magicians on Tuesday 6th December at 8pm. Luke has performed in more than 20 countries and has written a total of 33 books and manuscripts on magic and magic theory, and is also a magic consultant for TV. This lecture is £10 for non WAM member magicians. Contact Julie Carpenter for venue details. 26.11.11


Jayne and Stuart Loughland (illusion act Safire) have been made joint Presidents of The North Wales Magic Circle. It's the first time in the history of the society, formed in 1942, that a double act has been made 'President'... The presidents write "One of our aims as President is to Produce a 'Stars of the North Wales Magic Circle Show' at Theatr Colwyn next year. This is to raise the profile of the club and some of our members are really good performers and people need to see them. The show is also to encourage new and younger members as with Derren Brown, Penn & Teller and Dynamo etc etc being so high profile on TV at the moment magic has become really popular again. We have 75 members at present." 26.11.11


Just Giving. Sean Carpenter reports: Sue Oakley has had a rather extreme haircut! Sue says: 'My very good friend Steve Evans has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and sadly it's untreatable. I wanted to do something to help and as I'm too old to start running marathons and couldn't think of anything else to do, I took the easy option and had my head shaved. All of the money I raise will go to Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton, which is a cause close to Steve's heart.' Steve Evans is a hugely popular figure in British magic and a well-known face at conventions across the country. Many MagicWeek readers will know him as the very funny compère of the British Ring Shield Competition. If you’ve met Steve, or are one of his many friends in magic, and would like to help, here is the link to Sue’s Just Giving page 26.11.11


Christmas Magic Show. The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians are staging a Christmas Magic Show’ this Wednesday, 30th November. This festive show, for all the family, will feature cabaret from Sean Carpenter, David Oakley, John Mosedale, Mark Harrington, Damon Conlon, Dave Pitt, and Keith Bennett’s legendary rubber chicken act … Plus close-up magic from WCM members. 8pm start at The West End Working Men’s Club, 71 Merridale St, Wolverhampton WV3 0RW (Map) Entry is free, but we will be collecting donations for Sue Oakley’s Compton Hospice Appeal (see above). Sean Carpenter. 26.11.11


Magicseen 'Taster' Out Now! Mark Leveridge writes: Magicseen Taster Issue 11 for November is now out and arguably has the most varied line up of contents offered so far. Leading the way is the full article from the current issue of Magicseen on Swedish stars of stage and TV, Brynolf and Ljung. Find out more about this hugely successful double act in this Taster Issue. Also from the current November issue we have Shawn Farquhar's highly entertaining behind-the-scenes tale of his successful appearance on Penn and Teller: Fool Us, an article on the new Copperfield Exhibition in Paris, and if you have ever worried about how to deal with your invisible thread, Break A Thread will tell you all you need to know to help you get started. From our Back Issues we also offer the Living Magic Prop, which explores the right way to get the best out of spectator assistants, Visual Gags, in which a host of comedy experts provide info and examples of gags you can use, and finally everything is rounded off with one of Jay Fortune's humorous Think Tank columns. The Magicseen Taster Issue 11 is free to download right now from 26.11.11


The Magic of Christmas. A magic show for all the family. "Max Francis brings his fabulous magic show to the Co-operative Theatre to get Christmas off to a great start. Be amazed as things appear and disappear before your very eyes, gasp as he wows you with his sleight of hand, and watch as you see your children’s eyes light up with wonder. A true magic show to delight all the family and get you into the Christmas spirit. The Co-operative Theatre, Watersmeet Road, Wyken, Coventry CV2 3HX (Map) on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December, two shows per day at 2pm and 5pm. Tickets cost £8.50 for adults and £5.00 for children via or 02476 456179. Tickets are non refundable. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance starts. 26.11.11


Magician/Illusionist wanted! O-T Fagbenle emails: "I am currently looking for a magician/illusionist who is interested in breaking into work as a magic consultant. I am directing and producing a music video for a new artist called Mr Moses. The song is from the writing team that created the internet hit 'Storm' feat Tyga which received 8 million hits on This is a totally self funded venture, so we are looking for someone enthusiastic about the opportunity to diversify their craft, get a credit and experience as a magic consultant as well as make some useful connections within the entertainment industry..." Email O-T Fagbenle for details. 26.11.11


New and Improv'd. "Mowgli is a critically acclaimed improvised comedian and magician. For the first time ever he is revealing the cogs that make his comedy mind turn. Whether you want to create unique material, learn how to improvise more effectively on stage, deal with the unexpected or just add humour to your show Mowgli draws back the curtain on his improvised comedy world, and guides you hand in hand (not in a creepy way) round the techniques he has used and taught others to great effect..." Visit for more info and to order. 26.11.11


The Complete Magician: Everything You Need to Put on a Show [With Magic Props Including Linking Rings, Deck of Cards and DVD] by Joshua Jay, available from Click Here • "7 Tragic Magician Deaths" Click Here • "Magician to Hold Fundraiser for Magic Castle Repairs" Click Here • "Pickpocket offers theft prevention advice to lunchtime crowds" Click Here • "The nominees for the 2012 Broadcast Awards have been announced" Click Here • "Weymouth donkeys snubbed by TV show" Click Here • Penn & Teller to appear on this year's Royal Variety Show, Click Here • "Hereford magician joins Movember fund-raiser" Click Here • "North Korea: Land of totalitarian magic" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome. See you next week, Duncan. 26.11.11