Number 598 - 10th December 2011


Peter Clifford's Magic Crackers. After two acclaimed sell out runs at the Tobacco Factory Theatre: Brewery, local discombobulater and Derren Brown favourite, Peter Clifford returns with a cracker of a Christmas show filled with jaw-dropping magic and hilarity. This year Peter leads you on a magical Christmas journey making the seemingly impossible possible whilst making the ordinary extraordinary. Join Peter for an evening of puzzles, propositions, revelations and fun; all presented with his unique brain stopping and heart lifting magic. Thursday 15th December to Saturday 7th January. Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatre, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF (Map) 10.12.11


The Season of Winter Wizardry. Jack Delvin MIMC, President of The Magic Circle reports: "I am delighted to announce The Season of Winter Wizardry will launch at the Circle's Headquarters on 4th February with Steve Allen AIMC (photo) presenting his Magic Circle Mysteries. The opening gala will feature an array of names from the world of magic on stage as well as close-up entertainers and tours of The Magic Circle Museum and headquarters. Tickets are now on sale. Also confirmed as part of The Winter Wizardry season is John Archer MIMC, known as the best magician in his house, though no-one at The Magic Circle has been able to confirm this yet. His unique blend of humour and magic takes place on the 2nd March at 7.30pm. Two close-up nights are open for booking on the 10th February and the 9th March featuring some of the best names in this intimate art-form. There is something for kids in this season too. "The Cheeky Dog Puppet and Magic Show with David Tomkins MIMC taking place on the 16th February. Tickets on sale from 13th December." Jack continues: "there is more to come in what promises to be an exciting season of magic and mystery and I look forward to giving you a very big Magic Circle winter welcome at our wonderful headquarters!" For more information and tickets, visit 10.12.11


Christmas Close-Up at the Circle. Following huge demand for The Magic Circle Christmas Show which has now sold out, we're pleased to announce an extra night of magical entertainment during the Christmas Season. Christmas Close-Up at the Circle will star four of The Magic Circle's finest magicians. This intimate evening of magic features some of the finest exponents of the art, all performing miracles right under your nose using everyday objects and borrowed items. Audiences will have the opportunity to meet the performers in the interval and after the show and see the exhibits in The Devant Room and around the headquarters. As ever, seeing is believing! Date: 22nd December Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £15 (£10 for Members and Friends of The Magic Circle) from the Box Office 020 7387 2222 (9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday) 10.12.11


Innovention 2012, Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas 2012. Once again limited to just 275 people, this extra-special intimate Convention promises to present another outstanding line-up of magical talent from 30th September to October 3rd 2012. Many of those who attended the first Innovention in 2010 have already registered, including several from the UK. Ask anyone who was at the first Innovention Convention, it really was a special event. Spaces are filling up fast, and the special $50 discount offer is only available until 31st December. For more information and to register email 10.12.11


Penn & Teller, Indigo2 (6th, 7th, 8th December). Last week's shows are reviewed by Julian Hall in The Independent "...swapping the glitz of their Las Vegas base for a smaller scale nightclub gaudiness of the Indig02, Penn & Teller showed just enough of their wares to remind the audience why they have been able to successfully reinvent themselves, live and on screen, but the extent to which they left them wanting more was a touch beyond the usual showbiz adage..." Click Here and by Bruce Dessau in The Evening Standard "Misdirection is presumably used frequently. In fact, that was the night's theme, with the twosome fooling fans into thinking they had seen a spectacular show rather than an amiable chat thanks to a handful of captivating stunts. It was intriguing to discover that Teller is now working as a consultant on a stage version of The Exorcist. Tonight could have done with more head-spinning stuff..." Click Here. Penn & Teller can be seen on The Royal Variety Performance 2011 on Wednesday 14th December on ITV1 (see TV Magic). 10.12.11


Tommy Cooper's Christmas, 9pm, tonight on Channel 5. Classic comedy and magic from 1973. See TV Magic for details. 10.12.11


Performing Magic: A Handbook on Performance for Magicians by Tony Middleton. In stock now. "I've been reading magic books for almost 50 years, and I can categorically state that Performing Magic by Tony Middleton is the most important magical publication of them all to date. It's a masterpiece, and long, long overdue. Congratulations to Tony Middleton and all who made this great book possible. It's a real treasure!" Steve Cook. Find out more, visit today! 10.12.11


Magicians Wanted! The team behind ‘Derren Brown’ and ‘The Real Hustle’ are looking for new talent! "We are looking for Magicians from all over the UK to take part in a brand new major entertainment show. Could you be what we’re looking for? Are you a Magician and/or Hypnotist with new and innovative ideas? Are you extremely confident in your ability as a trickster, hustler or magician? Do you have the charm, charisma and big personality to wow any audience with your ingenious tricks and talents? We want magicians who know they have what it takes to appear on prime time TV and blow the rest of the competition away with original and mesmerising acts. For more information on how to take part, email" 10.12.11


Luke Jermay is in York on Sunday 11th and Monday 12th December - see What's On for details. 10.12.11


Paul Gordon's Worker Card Magic Lecture. "Paul Gordon presents his fun light-hearted and jam-packed lecture for the first time in the North East. If you want to learn a handful of powerful card routines you can use, this is the lecture to attend." Monday 16th January at 7.30pm. Venue: Benton Conservative Club, Hoylake Avenue, Benton NE7 7UN (Map) 10.12.11


Coming soon from Alakazam: Big Reaction by Andy Nyman; Warlock by Andy Nyman; and F1 Wallet Nitro Edition! Visit for more info and to pre-order. And keep an eye on Alakazam via the Alakazam News Channel. 10.12.11


Time for more exciting magic from Magic Tao! Magic Tao write: ‘Flash’ by Chris Webb and ‘Lift’ by Nefesch have been available to pre-order for one week and all we can say is “WOW”! Pre-sales have gone through the roof. Thanks to everyone who has placed a pre-order; your support is appreciated. The pre-sale and introductory price for ‘Flash’, of £12.99, ends at midnight Monday 12 December 2011 GMT. ‘Flash’ will then increase to its usual price of £14.99. It's a visual bill change that is 100% self contained. You will love performing this. ‘Lift’ is a mentalism technique, involving one single movement. It has hundreds of applications. Watch the trailers for both ‘Flash’ and ‘Lift’ to see what they are all about. To benefit from free delivery on all pre-orders, wherever you are in the world, and the introductory price for ‘Flash place your orders now! All pre-orders will be dispatched on 12th December - in time for Christmas. Flash: Click Here, Lift: Click Here. 10.12.11


Michael Jordan's High Jinx Magic & Illusion Show - Blackpool. Starring Michael Jordan and friends this show is sure to have everyone on the edge of their seats as Michael presents a fast paced mix of Magic, Illusion, Escapology Juggling, Music and Dance delivered in a way to leave you amazed, puzzled, even scared but above all entertained! With superb illusions, incredible circus skills and outstanding magic this show offers great excitement for the whole family, whether you're aged 6 or 106 you will have a fantastic time in their company! Evening shows 7.45pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 23rd May to 26th October 2012, 3pm Matinee shows Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 6th, 7th, 8th June, 4th July to 31st August, and 24th, 25th, 26th October 2012. Prices: Matinee £7.50 (all seats), Evening Show £10.00, Children and Senior citizens £8.50, Family ticket £35.00 (2 adults + 2 children), Box Office 0871 222 9090. Venue: The Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool 2012., 10.12.11


Craig Davies' nCANtation: "Warped Magic are now proud to announce the release of InCANtation. The release of this trick is a first for Warped Magic and is in association with the very talented local magician Craig Davies. This award winning, mind blowing, Destroy, Vanish and Restore trick uses the easiest methods available, making it an extremely effective and totally entertaining trick which anyone can do, using no sleights of hand, no wires, no magnets and can be performed close up leaving your audience spellbound. The trick contains two gimmicks, and a DVD with full explanation, 3 full working routines and live performances. Watch the video and see full details at Readers are offered a 10% discount on all orders of InCANtation – simply enter voucher code incantation10 in the checkout process." 10.12.11


E-Routines from Mark Leveridge Magic. "Treat yourself to one of the best deals in magic by purchasing Mark Leveridge's downloadable E-Routines. There are 34 different ones to consider covering close up, children's effects, mentalism and more. Extracted from Mark's books and lecture notes, each effect requires little or no specialised equipment and comes with carefully written explanations with illustrations where necessary. This month Mark has added two new titles to the range, one being a fabulous fun activity for children's entertainers, the other being a startling quick card routine. The very low price asked for each E-Routine is just one of the reasons why you should consider them, the other reasons being the variety and quality of the contents and the fact that with them being instant downloads, you can be enjoying them seconds after placing your order." Full details can be found at 10.12.11


Dreamflight. "Once a year, 192 deserving children from all over the UK, accompanied by a team of medical carers, board a chartered Boeing 747 and head to Florida to spend 10 magical days of fun and excitement. Many children could not undertake such a trip without the support of the army of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and non-medical volunteers who care for the children 24 hours a day. Dreamflight was setup to help raise the much needed funds to accomplish this. This year’s Dreamflight ball was held on 26th November at the Hilton Terminal 5 Heathrow. Apart from the variety of entertainment our very own magicians Matt Gupwell, Danny Grew, Adam Longley, Kevin Croombs, Gary Fairplay, Mike Sullivan, Alex Sprackling, Ken Francis, Dale Shrimpton and Roy Mackenzie took part in this fantastic charity. For more information on Dreamflight visit" Mike Sullivan. 10.12.11


Chubbz Comedy Christmas Cracker: "Saturday 17th December, 1pm-4pm at Fleetwood Conservative Club, Lowther Road, Blackpool FY7 6QZ. "An afternoon of festive fun and frolics featuring a festive Magic show by 'Chubbz & Co', face painting, balloon models, music & party games, kids tombola, and a visit from Father Christmas himself with a gift for every child. Tickets Adults £5.00; 13yrs-18yrs £2,00, and all children under 13yrs free, but must be accompanied by an adult". 10.12.11


Dave Allen was the main cabaret performer at the South Downs Magicians Christmas Party last Wednesday: "Dave, along with Daisy the Cow, entertained a packed hall of club members, their families and guests with a lively 45-minute show. The sell-out audience at Handcross Parish Hall in West Sussex enjoyed a series of routines with lots of audience participation. The warm-up cabaret was provided by members Jonathan Cann and Tony Hoare who performed a cod mentalism routine as 'The Professor and Helga'." Paul Bromley.  For a full review of Dave Allen's cabaret act, Click Here. Also see and 10.12.11


Iconoclasts: David Blaine on Chuck Close. Illusionist David Blaine meets visual artist Chuck Close to discuss the ways in which they both manipulate reality and ignore accepted limits to create astonishing work. 8pm on Wednesday 21st December on Sky Arts 1. See TV Magic. 10.12.11


A Fine Deception, Radio 4's afternoon play on Tuesday 13th December. "A stage magician arrives in town just before a jewel robbery at Edinburgh Castle. With Brian Cox, Siobhan Redmond, David Ashton and Michael Perceval-Maxwell." See TV Magic for details. 10.12.11


Jim O'Toole. The Funeral arrangements in respect of Jim O'Toole are as follows: Date: Tuesday 13th December 2011. Venue: Victoria Congregational Church, Newton Drive, Blackpool. Time: 2.00 p.m. After the service the funeral party will proceed to Carleton Crematorium, following which refreshments will be available at St. Kentigerns Parish Centre, Newton Drive, Blackpool. Derek Lever (Further details can be obtained from Derek Lever on 01253 810113 or Welfare Officer John Hardman on 01253 738894). 10.12.11


Magic Page by Page, in stock now. For ordering details and a free download of the foreword written by Patrick Page visit • "Derren Brown, Hallowed Be Thy Name" Click Here • "Magician who fooled Penn and Teller set for capital show" Click Here • "Is the Internet transforming—or destroying—the magic of magic?" Click Here • "Suspension of Disbelief: magicians' friends targeted by new phishing scam" Click Here • "Card trick worked magic on once-wayward teen" Click Here • "Sony works its magic on AXN" Click Here • And finally (stick with it to the end) Click Here • Many thanks for your UK magic news which is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 10.12.11