Number 603 - 14th January 2012


Win tickets for The Houdini Experience starring Hans Klok! "Win tickets to see the greatest illusion show on earth, starring Hans Klok the fastest magician in the world in The Houdini Experience with more illusions than you can count. For the first time ever, Hans Klok the Master of Mystery arrives at the Peacock Theatre, London for 5 weeks only. Described as a ‘chilling, thrilling and breathtakingly amazing show’, Hans Klok, his Divas of Magic and a company of world-class variety and circus acts perform illusions, daredevil stunts and wizardry unlike anything ever seen before. Having starred in Las Vegas with Pamela Anderson as his magical assistant, Hans brings a new kind of theatre to London, one for all the family to enjoy this Spring. Escape from reality and get ready to relive the Houdini experience. For your chance to win 2 tickets to see this fabulous show email your name and telephone number to with 'HANS KLOK' in the subject line. Competition closes 10th February." Terms and Conditions: Prize valid for Tuesday – Thursday performances from 23 February - 2 March 2012, subject to availability. There is no cash alternative to the prizes, they are non-refundable and non-transferable and not for resale. 14.1.12


Paul Daniels in saw nightmare. "Paul Daniels thought his career was over after a DIY accident with a power saw. Paul — more used to sawing other people in half — almost severed his fingers on New Year's Day at the Berkshire home he shares with wife Debbie McGee..." To read the full story in The Sun Click Here. 14.1.12


Mind reader Marc Paul will be sharing some of his closely guarded secrets at the Watford Association of Magicians on Tuesday 17th January. Recognised as "The Worlds Greatest Mind Reader" by his peers at the World Magic Awards in Los Angeles, Marc has been a professional entertainer and speaker for over 15 years and promises to teach several routines which "pack small, but play big!" Tickets are just £10, payable on the night (free to WAM members) and all are welcome. If you'd like to attend, contact WAM secretary Julie Carpenter for more information. 14.1.12


The new, and much improved, series 2 of BBC1's The Magicians got off to an excellent start last Saturday. Promised for tonight's show: "The Magicians returns with more celebrities and more jaw-dropping illusions. Darren McMullen hosts the second programme in a series of six, which sees comedy magician Pete Firman joined by Countryfile and Watchdog's Julia Bradbury; Barry and Stuart paired with Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood; and World Champion of Magic, Latimer with American icon David Hasselhoff. With each act performing four tricks, two of which are live, anything could happen. The stakes are high, as once all three acts have performed viewers get to vote for their favourite, with the losing team having to face a terrifying live forfeit. Highlights include a death-defying escape, some ninja magic and an awe-inspiring levitation, but who will have to face the forfeit once the votes have been counted?" Tonight, 6.35pm on BBC1, see TV Magic. 14.1.12


Beat the Wand is back for 2012! Andrew James and Magic Sam write: "Thank you to the performers and audience who made last year's show the best yet. Non-magical acts have proved to be more popular with the audience so we would love to continue the variety aspect this year. Juggling, Escapology, Contortion, Geek Magic, Bizarre, Occult, Mind Reading, Ventriloquism, Mouth Juggling, World record attempts... Of course magic is welcome in the show but remember the audience is 99.9% magicians so whatever the act, it will need a novel twist or presentation to capture the audiences interest. There were some fantastic spoof magic acts last year which also went down very well. If you are interested in performing here are the rules in brief: Acts must run between 3 to 5 minutes; Five giant wands will be thrown into the audience. After an act has performed for one minute the 'voting' begins. Once a wand holder has seen enough of your act they will hold their wand in the air. If five wands are in the air the act will stop; If an act reaches three minutes they are 'safe' and will be allowed to finish; From the acts who reached the three minute mark and "Beat the Wand" the audience will decide the winner by Clap-o-Meter; Performers will be supplied with a hand mic, a table and two chairs. There are no cameras or screens in the bar so close-up/table magic will not be suitable. If you are interested, or know someone who would love to be involved or need any further info then please email Thanks guys, Andrew James and Magic Sam (The People's Magician). 14.1.12


The Magic Car Boot Sale - Now in its 19th Year! The next West Bromwich 'Magic Car Boot Sale' will take place on Sunday 5th February 2012 at The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map). It starts at 9.30am and admission is £4. "Always a great get-together, as usual you never know what bargains you may find there, even the dealers have surprises to spring as they clear out their back catalogues. More than 20 stalls and hot breakfasts." For any further information call Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 14.1.12


Exclusive Charles Gauci Blackpool Convention Special Offer. "For the Blackpool Convention only... Body Language including Bag, Balls and PK Ring, Diabolical Wallet including gimmick and cards, and Eye to Eye including gimmicks and new method - all three effects for just £55.00 (a genuine 50% discount). Limited offer of 150 sets only, on a first come, first served basis. Reserve your order prior to the convention by emailing No deposit required." 14.1.12


Dynamo: Magician Impossible has been shortlisted for a prestigious National Television Award in the Best Entertainment category which will be announced live on ITV on Wednesday 25th January. Being shortlisted is an massive achievement in itself, but with your help Dynamo could do one better and win! All you need to do is click the following link and vote for Dynamo: Magician Impossible in the 'Entertainment Programme' section, followed by 'Next' and Finally 'Submit Your Vote'. 14.1.12


Double Levitation on a Bar Chair: "FISM prize winner Victor Voitko has finished production of his latest magic - 'Double Levitation on a Bar Chair' which is now on sale. This is the most amazing levitation you will ever witness! The bar chair is passed on the stage. Either you or a spectator sit on it. At your command, you or the spectator begins to float upwards. They actually levitate! It looks unbelievable! Then you or the spectator begin to float down, until they are back in their original position! A balloon can fly with you at the same time. The Double Levitation on a Bar Chair can be done surrounded. You can levitate on the chair with its back in position or not. A number of variants are possible." Visit for more information and to watch a video demonstration. 14.1.12


Thom Peterson lectures at the Bradford Magic Circle on Friday 16th March from 7.30pm at the Harold club, Low Moor, Bradford BD12 0UD (Map). An evening of close-up and stand up magic suitable for all levels. All magicians welcome. [Thom is the one in the striped shirt]. 14.1.12


Luke Jermay Lecture - The Ilford Magical Society. Luke Jermay will be lecturing at The Ilford Magical Society on Wednesday 18th January at 8pm. Your chance to see miracles performed and explained. Non members welcome (£10 admission). Temporary change of venue: Brentwood County High School, Seven Arches Road. Brentwood CM14 4JF (Map) 14.1.12


Merlins of Wakefield's latest 16 page 'Preview' for January/February is now out, and it's free. "Containing over 70 great magic effects, including the latest from Tora Magic, specials, and brand new items, there's bound to be something of interest to every magician. For a printed copy, email your postal address to If you'd prefer a PDF, just email with 'Premail' in the subject box, and you'll be sent a copy." 14.1.12


Egg, Sausage & Peas - a new, bizarre, comedy-psychic style mentalism show, from Jonathan Royle. The show plays at The Three Minute Theatre in Manchester city centre on Wednesday 25th April, 30th May and July 4th at 8pm. "You'll discover the secrets of the lost ancient art of 'Belly Button Reading' and witness demonstrations of apparent Extra Sensory Perception & Psychic Phenomena which will truly amaze you and your friends. From Paranormal Metal Bending that puts Uri Geller to shame through to the World's Most Dangerous and totally Random Version of Live Russian Roulette this show will quite literally have you on the edge of your seats. Your thoughts will not be safe - so be careful what you're thinking as Royle Reveals how Body Language, Verbal Suggestion, Subliminal Influence and other Psychological Techniques are used by everyone from Sales People through to Fraudulent Psychics to manipulate us in everyday life." See What's On for dates or visit to book tickets. This show is being filmed for future DVD release. The Three Minute Theatre 3MT, Afflecks Palace (Ground Floor), Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JG (Map). 14.1.12


Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Magical Auction on Monday 16th January at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Auction commences 6.30pm. Viewing commences at 6pm. Star Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever are your hosts. Hundreds of items being sold. Members free of charge. Non members pay £3.00. Contact Derek Lever - or phone: 01253 810113. 14.1.12


Zee & Co. Andi Brooks emails: "Do you remember/are familiar with Eric Lindsay's act Zee & Co? I first met Eric when I was researching a biography of Bela Lugosi. In his pre-magician days, Eric was a stage, TV and film actor. In 1951, he toured the UK for 6 months with Bela in a production of Dracula. We have kept in touch since then. When I set up a blog dedicated to Bela, I decided to interview Eric again, but this time focusing on his whole life and career. I believe it is the first such interview with Eric. You can read it at the following link. It contains many photos of Zee & Co from Eric's personal collection." Click Here. 14.1.12


The Elmsley Count Project with Liam Montier. New, from BigBlindMedia: "Welcome to Liam Montier's 2 disc extravaganza on false counting skills - a new offering in BBM's range of technique based DVDs. (See also The Cullafther and The Master Pushoff). This is not an offhand two minute blast through a move. It's an entire arsenal on Elmsley based counting techniques, across two jam packed discs. Liam Montier will teach you a bombproof Elmsley Count, 7 awesome Elmsley variations and then a heap of other counts. And once you have that nailed you can move onto an entire disc of killer material (including tricks from John Bannon, David Solomon, George McBride, and Peter Kane)." For a run down of the full contents of these two discs, to order, and to watch the trailer visit 14.1.12


Jimmy Carlo presents his lecture on entertaining children for the Exonian Magic Society at 7.30pm on Thursday 26th January (£8 for non members, pay on the door). CVS Watt Tyler House, King William Street, Exeter EX4 6PD (Map). Email Ozzy Dee for more information 14.1.12


Matthew Wright’s New Lecture Tour calls in at Manchester on Tuesday 24th January to visit The Order of the Magi at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF (Map). Matthew is very much an award winning magician with several accolades to his credit and a B.A. degree in special effects. The lecture is a fun, quirky and comedic evening with fascinating tales of great magicians, nightmare shows and excellent performance tips. He is well versed in character performance and will explain how he developed it. Also how his strong direct effects suit this purpose. He is the Director of Magic-House of Illusion, has great bar magic experience and is the owner of Chamber of Secrets. This is a night not to be missed and as a special Magi New Year treat the entry fee for all non members is only £5 on this occasion. It starts at 8pm. Full directions are on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 14.1.12


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. "Mentalism, some delicate brain surgery, predicting your future, a drugs bust, a crazy clown, flying objects and some playtime... it can only be Magic Night at Madame JoJo's: "Chris Cox is back! Reading minds, predicting your future and influencing you to make you do what he wants. Oliver Meech will be performing some delicate brainwork and making all of you think and behave the same way at the same time. If you thought you had a free mind, this will prove otherwise! Myra Dubois and her twisted puppet will indulge the big kid in you with some dirty tricks and Chris Lynam throws water, confetti and himself in a fit of comic madness, whilst Alex McAleer goes psychic on you. All this will be expertly compèred by mighty sorcerer Neil Henry." Friday 3rd February. Doors open 7pm show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to 'Good Foot'. Show ticket plus dinner: £22.00. Tickets: or Ticket Web on 08444 77 1000. Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map) 020 734 3040 14.1.12


Illusions Magic Bar once again open their doors to guest magicians, for one to two week engagements. Illusions, the UK's only Magic Bar, is looking for magicians who have the ability to perform for 5 hours a night and have at least 3 hours of material. This is not for the beginner, we are looking for magicians who want to expand their repertoire and gain the best experience they'll ever get in a single week! This year we have already booked in Wayne Goodman (Look Sharp, Lord of the Bling), Christophe Rossi (The French Magician in Japan) and Lord Lucan (Covent Garden). If you are interested in performing at Illusions we will pay a weekly fee of £250 plus accommodation. Please contact Mark via email only: Dates are available for February, March and April. For a brief description of what is involved please Click Here. Mark Bennett. 14.1.12


House of Illusion Auditions. Last year, Rodney James Piper's House of Illusion magical dinner show in Salou, Spain enjoyed audiences totaling twenty thousand and was featured by TripAdvisor in the '10 most talked-about attractions in Europe' category. House of Illusion is now recruiting for Summer 2012 and email: "Do you want to improve your skills as a magician? Do you want to spend 6 fun-filled months in the sun performing twice-nightly, six days per week in one of the biggest and best magic shows in Europe? The House of Illusion has acted as a launch pad for dozens of professional magicians' careers, and is a hotbed of talent and ideas for creativity and development. If you are a young David Copperfield in the making we can give you the opportunity to work with some of the best illusions around. If you are a budding David Blaine you can hone your close-up work around the terrace, bar and theatre. With a twice-nightly theatre show packed full of comedy, magic, mind-reading, dangerous escapes and dazzling illusions we are looking to hear from people, no matter what your specialty is. Auditions: Birmingham 20th January, Manchester 21st January, London 22nd January and Blackpool 20th February. To apply email Audition information:" The House of Illusion features in TripAdvisor's "10 most talked-about attractions in Europe" together with Noel Britten's Bizarre Bath, Click Here. 14.1.12


Matthew Wright will be offering some of his superb effects and vast experience when he lectures at the HQ of Blackpool Magicians’ Club on Thursday, 26th January. As an award winning performer, renowned for his quirky comedic style and stunning visual magic, Matthew will be explaining some of the material he has honed over thousands of live performances throughout Europe. He has been awarded The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year, the International Close-Up Magician of the Year and he was placed second in Parlour Magic at FISM Europe last year so he knows his business. This evening is a must for those who want to enjoy fantastic magic and to gain an insight into what works in the modern world of entertainment. Certainly one not to be missed. Doors open at 7pm and the lecture starts at 8pm. As usual, entry is free to all members and associates of the Blackpool Magicians’ Club so if you are not a member or an associate you should consider joining. Details of membership and associate membership (which is only £25 a year) can be obtained from the club website Peter Eldin. 14.1.12


The Hey Presto Family Magic Show. Bradford Magic Circle presents The Hey Presto Family Magic Show on Saturday 17th March at Bingley Arts Centre from 7.30pm. Acts include: Matthew McGurk and Katia, Thom Peterson, The Wizards of Odd, Paul Sunderland, Toby Davis and The Spotlight Dancers. Tickets: £8 for adults and £6 for children/concessions. For booking information telephone 01274 432000 or visit Tickets available in person from The Alhambra and St Georges theatres and Bradford Council Ticket Agency. 14.1.12


Magic at the Rose. The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames are holding their annual Magic at the Rose event on 21st January. Magicians from the Surrey Society of Magicians will be joined by the Vox Brothers, performing their Spirit Cabinet routine and their version of the Bullet Catch. "This sensational act first appeared in the 1850s and befuddled Queen Victoria herself. The Vox Brothers have adapted the illusion for the 21st century and it still defies rational explanation. They will also be performing their version of the deadly Bullet Catch, which has killed over 12 magicians including the great Chung Ling Soo. A trick so dangerous that even Harry Houdini refused to perform it on stage. After the stage show, the audience is invited to adjourn to the bar areas where some fine magicians will perform incredible magic before your very eyes! A night to remember and a theatrical experience which will astound you for years to come." Tickets are available at 14.1.12


Britain Does Variety: "A nationwide talent competition for all variety acts. 'Britain Does Variety' is a nationwide hunt to find the best entertainment the nation has to offer. Auditions commence February 2012. For your opportunity to win from a package of huge cash prizes, a performance at the Indigo O2, a spot in one of the UK'S leading entertainment booker's annual showcase and much more... reserve your audition slot now!" Visit for more information and to reserve an audition slot. 14.1.12


"Magician plays mind games for an injured friend in need" Click Here • "Crazy stupid faces: Steve Carell shows the funny to co-star Olivia Wilde on set of Burt Wonderstone" Click Here and "Set photos from Las Vegas" Click Here and "Crazy stupid stunt! Steve Carell apes magician David Blaine... as he hangs from the air in a Perspex cage... for new film" Click Here • "Conjuror on the River Kwai: How Britain's oldest magician performed his greatest trick - surviving as a Japanese PoW" Click Here • "'Vegas Magic Theatre' offers close-up tricks by variety of performers" Click Here • "The Great Magician Review" Click Here • Bobby Davro meets Sean Hayden's Doug Flemming Click Here • "The Infamous Brothers Davenport" Click Here • "Abracadabra: Magician will formally buy North Theatre" Click Here • "Magician Matthew Dowden" Click Here • "That new black magic" Click Here • "Now that’s magic!" Click Here • That's it! See you next week, Duncan. 14.1.12