Number 601 - 31st December 2011


The Magicians. Live. Saturday 7th January 2012 at 6.35pm on BBC 1. "Four of the world’s greatest illusionists are joined every week by a celebrity assistant. They go head-to-head performing tricks from the classic to never-before attempted in front of a live studio audience. This year, the fate of our three acts lies in the hands of the audience and the viewing public who’ll decide who wins and who’ll face the loser’s forfeit." Meet The Magicians and find out what's new in series 2, Click Here. See TV Magic. 31.12.11


Vinny DePonto (photo), Eric Jones, John Archer, Alex Pandrea, Chris Kenner, Wayne Houchin, Dani DaOrtiz, Kainoa Harbottle and Michael Vincent... it can only be The Session, January 14th and 15th, in Cheltenham. The UK's only dedicated close-up magic convention. Join them for a weekend of serious close-up. The Session has sold out every year, hurry! 31.12.11


"We're doing it again!" Following the success of the London Festival of Magic that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the International Magic Convention in November, International Magic are delighted to announce that they will be repeating the event in the week leading up to the 2012 Convention. From the 12th to the 16th of November 2012, the Bridewell Theatre will once again host a series of one day niche seminars and fantastic evening shows. Themes for the days include plans for Mentalism, Coins, Showmanship & Direction and The Magic of Magic, with a couple of extra surprises still to come. "The feedback we have had for the last event has been tremendous, and although organising the event so close to the Convention is hard work, the success of our inaugural event, both in the quality of the presenters and the information and entertainment they imparted has left us with a feeling that it shouldn't just be a one-off" said event organiser Noel Britten. "The day seminars will again be themed and available on a day by day registration basis, which allows us to really concentrate on niche elements and genres of magic utilising both the overseas talent coming in for the Convention and also some of our very top British performers as well. One of the problems with having the first event as a one-off was that we have set ourselves a high bar to reach, but already plans are coming together and it looks like this year's event will match last year's both in scope and performers taking part. I really hope that those who attended last year will help spread the word of the quality and uniqueness of the days we presented so that we can really build on last year's fabulous event." So mark the dates in your calendar now - the Festival will run from November 12th to 16th 2012 and the Convention itself from 16th to 18th November 2012. Further details will be announced on MagicWeek and on in the weeks to come. 31.12.11


56th Northern Magic Circle Convention. Allan Clarke writes: "Still a little festive? Ready for a New Year? Well the 2012 is upon us and the 56th Northern Magic Convention is ready to roll. We thought that in 2012 we should be aiming to put the 'Great' back in Great Britain. After all we are hosting the World Olympics, The FISM World Magic Championships and our Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee. What better time to present 'The Best of British'. The Northern Magic Circle is proud to be bringing some great names from Britain's Magic scene. We have a 'Great British' line-up featuring Luke Jermay, Matthew Wright, Paul Gordon, Ian Barradell, Lee Thompson (photo), David Tomkins and Mark Shortland. These and many others will be joining us in Scarborough for a great weekend of Magic on the 31st March & 1st April 2012. Watch the trailer for a sneak preview, Click Here. Go to to book online. Everyone who registers during January will receive two free tickets for a draw with over £250's worth of great magic prizes to be won. Contact Allan Clarke on 01772 685073 or email to reserve your place at the biggest little Convention of 2012." 31.12.11


TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks - first showing tonight. 8pm, Saturday 31st December, on Channel 5. "A countdown of the greatest TV magic tricks of all time. From the astonishing set pieces of Penn and Teller to the mindbending of Derren Brown and the street magic of David Blaine, be prepared to be amazed and mystified. Contributions come from magic's greatest stars, including Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, new magician wonderkid Dynamo, Penn and Teller, and magic fans Joe Pasquale, Stephen Mulhern, and Dick and Dom." 31.12.11


Watford Association of Magicians, Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition. On Wednesday 28th December, the Children of Bricket Wood were treated to an afternoon of magical entertainment at the annual Watford Association of Magicians, Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition. All of the children voted for their favourite act and the winner was announced as Andy Clockwise. Andy has now completed the treble at WAM: Close-Up, Stage and now the Children's competition. "I'm thrilled to have won" said Andy, " really was a great competition with some fantastic opposition!" Visit (for close-up & cabaret) and (Photo: Andy Clockwise, Krisgar, Captain Calamity, Auntie Julie and Father Christmas). 31.12.11


Russ Brown lecture, 4th January, Bolton: "Russ Brown will be presenting his lecture 'Kids r Russ' at Bolton Magicians' Club on Wednesday 4th January at 8.30pm. What do you do when the hostess of the reception party that you have been booked to do a bit of close-up magic says 'If all the children move into this room the magician will show you some magic?' Russ's website is  and 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. 31.12.11


If you are in the Newcastle area on Monday 16th January, professional close-up card magician Paul Gordon will be presenting is fast-paced and jam-packed lecture at the Newcastle Magic Circle. See for information about the club and venue and for lecture info. 31.12.11


Ian Adair Lecture. After an absence from the lecture circuit, Ian Adair is back on track with a brand new lecture on children's magic, including an appearance in his home town of Kilmarnock at the SAMS Convention, in which he'll also be appearing as compère on their Gala Show. In 2011 Ian wrote four books dealing solely with children's magic published, and another, "Adair's Ideas on Kids' Magic" will be published in February 2012! 31.12.11


Steve Gore lectures on Tuesday 3rd January at 7.30pm at the North Wales Magic Circle and on Tuesday 10th January at 8pm for the Blackpool Magicians Club. Steve's lecture “Ramblings from a suspender… of disbelief” is a mixture of close up and stand up magic, together with a few children's items - it's all practical stuff. Everyone who attends will get a free copy of his e-lecture notes and the lecture also includes Trick Photography, Steve's my borrowed i-Phone effect which was released by RSVPMagic. MagicWeek called it their “Close-up Trick of the Year!” and the Wizard Product Review gave it a “Worker of the Week!” thumbs up! 31.12.11


"Like magic, one show opens and one moves" Click Here • "Magician Laurence Abel has plenty of tricks" Click Here • Young magician Zac will be performing a trick a day for January on his YouTube channel: • Congratulations to Alan and Joanne Mylecraine on the birth of their son Thomas on Wednesday 28th December, from all at the Fylde Mystics and the Northern Magic Circle • "World's first hacker identified" Click Here • "Faith in magic: the rector who does tricks" Click Here • "Magic year for talented Leeds teenager" Click Here • As promised last week, here's another orchestral cinema classic, recorded just a few months ago in London, Click Here. There's lots planned for the magic scene in 2012... Happy New Year! Duncan. 31.12.11