Number 604 - 21st January 2012


Blackpool Magicians' Club Convention have now released the full list of artistes appearing on 17th, 18th and 19th February at the Winter Gardens, Church Street, Blackpool.

Close-up lecturers and performers: Michael Weber (workshop) (USA), Charlie Frye (USA), Axel Hecklau (Germany), Garrett Thomas (USA), Ponta The Smith (Japan), Dirk Losander (USA), David Roth (USA), Ian Barradell (UK), Andy Nyman (UK), Meir Yedid (USA), Yoo Hyun Kim (Korea), Chad Long (USA), Stephen Tucker (UK), Matthias Rauch (Germany), Danny Cole (USA), and Stu-Di-Doo (UK).
Gala Show 17th February: Compere Steve Walls, starring: Yuji Yasuda, Yoo Hyun Min, Do Ki Moon, Lee Hun , Park Eung Kyoung, Kim Tae Won, Ha Won Geon, and Yu Ho Jin - all from South Korea.
Gala Show 18th February: Compere Jimmy Tamley, starring: Danny Cole, Dirk Losander, Charlie Frye & Co., Andost, Chris Hart, Richard Forget, Jason Latimer - all from the USA.

Gala Show 19th February: Compere John Martin, starring: Jean Garin, Aaron Crow, Compagnie Poc, Sebastian Nicolas, Amethyst, Ken Dodd, Les Chapeaux Blancs, Marc Metral, Christian Farla, and Lumina - all from Europe.

To book visit "Blackpool's comedy carpet is unveiled" (including a number of magicians) Click Here. 21.1.12


Kidology UK, the midweek convention for professional children's entertainers, will take place (for the 9th year running) on Tuesday 11th September 2012 at the Civic Centre Wolverhampton. Finishing touches are being put to the programme which will be announced in full in the next few weeks. The convention has been moved back a week to avoid coinciding with 'return to school day' in many parts of the country. This popular convention will be staging a special event, the night before, under the watchful eye of top children's entertainer, from Devon, Ozzy D. The registration price from last year will be held, with special discounts for early bookers. Full details will be published in MagicWeek shortly and will also be available on The Albion Magic Stand at The Blackpool Convention next month. All enquiries to organiser Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 21.1.12


September's IBM British Ring Convention (26th – 30th September, Great Yarmouth) has a host of British acts lined up for its 76th event. Artistes confirmed to date include Nicholas Einhorn, Mandy Muden, Roy Davenport, Steve Hewlett, Chris Woodward, Rajan, John Styles, Richard Cadell, Jason Steele & Joanne, Richard Griffin, Andy Greaves, Matthew Garrett, Mel Harvey, and Young & Strange. Dealers confirmed include JB Magic, Davenports, Practical Magic, Zane's Magic Shop, George Kovari, Barries Magic, Adrian Sullivan and Aquarius Magic. Approximately 200 delegates have already taken advantage of the early bird registration offer which runs until April 1st. Members’ full registration fee is £105 until that date. The organisers would ask registrants to book their accommodation directly through Greater Yarmouth Tourism on 01493 846485 as it helps the size of the grant that the British Ring will receive from the Authority. Further announcements of artistes, lecturers and dealers will be made in MagicWeek and on the convention's own website: 21.1.12


Iain Stirling to present brand new CBBC show Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic. ‘Help My Supply Teacher is Magic’ is a brand new CBBC magic show (13 x 30min) presented by Iain Stirling (CBBC presenter and stand-up comedian) and starring a team of four magicians, newcomers Fergus Flanagan, Katherine Mills and James Went plus John Archer, the first magician to fool Penn & Teller. This fast paced, funny, jaw-dropping series sees magicians go undercover into real school classrooms and try to convince the children they are real supply teachers. We'll see the kids shocked and amazed reactions as magical things start to happen in the classrooms right before their eyes. The pages of school books will magically turn, cookery lesson ingredients will come to life and the teacher might even levitate up into the air! The series was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh and Bridget Banton is Executive Producer for CBBC. The Executive Producer for Objective Productions is Anthony Owen who created the format. To find out more, or catch-up via iPlayer Click Here. For listings see TV Magic. 21.1.12


The Associated Wizards of the South are holding a one-day convention on Sunday April 22nd at Crossfield Hall, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8GL (Map). Lee Smith, Scott Penrose and Wayne Fox all lecture, and the evening show will star Scott Penrose, Phill Smith, Mel Mellers (photo), Matt Baker and Jason Steel. The day also includes magic dealers, workshops and close-up sessions. Advance registration will open in a few weeks time at £20, or £22.50 on the door. Doors open at 9.30am. 21.1.12


The Magicians, tonight on BBC 1. Show 3. "The Magicians returns with more celebrities and more jaw-dropping illusions. World Champion of Magic, Latimer, is joined by Pussycat Doll and Got to Dance judge Kimberly Wyatt; comedy magician Pete Firman is paired with Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc, and Barry and Stuart team up with former world heavyweight boxing champion David Haye. Viewers at home get the chance to vote for their favourite act, with each act performing four mind-blowing magic tricks, two of which are live, so anything could happen. The battle is firmly on, as the act with the fewest votes must face a terrifying live forfeit - but who will it be?" See TV Magic. 21.1.12


UK mentalist Doug Segal signed by top comedy promoter. Following a 22 date sell out UK tour in 2011 and a critically acclaimed debut Edinburgh Fringe run which picked up ten 4 & 5 star reviews, as well as being ranked 8th best show at the Fringe by the Guardian’s Edtwinge online rankings, Doug Segal has been signed by legendary promoter Mick Perrin. Mick was the first comedy promoter to run stadium events with names including Eddie Izzard, Ross Noble, Julian Clary and Paul Merton. The deal covers all live public shows from August 2012 onward and will start with a full month-long run at Edinburgh Fringe 2012. In the run up to August a limited number of public shows have been scheduled: Feb 1st – UEA, Norwich; Feb 23rd - Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar; Mar 17th - The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Stowmarket; May 20th – The Lowry, Manchester; May 25th – 27th The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton. 21.1.12


Creative magician and mentalist, Mark Elsdon will be under the spotlight on 9th February. Ken "Kennedy" Dyne will be conducting the first in a series of telephone Confessions With Real Mind Readers. Kennedy writes: "Elsdon has promised to share a pet effect of his that has never been put in print before, a discussion of practical techniques to make a performer more memorable to the audience, a recommended-reading list of under-the-radar books filled with great material, five mentalism techniques you must master, thoughts on the contemporary mentalism scene here in the UK, Derren's legacy and how to turn it to your advantage and much, much more." Listen in live and/or get the recording now. Find out how at 21.1.12


Glasgow Dealer Night. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce that he is hosting one of his special Dealer Night evenings at the Glasgow Pond Hotel, Great Western Road, Glasgow on Monday 12th March. Mark has already held similar Dealer Nights in Bristol, Birmingham, Northampton, Newbury and Nottingham, but this is the first time he has taken the event north of the border. A Dealer Night is a relaxed and informal evening in which attendees get the chance to take an unhurried look at the Mark Leveridge Magic and Magicseen ranges of products and to benefit from a 10% discount on purchases on the night, as well as take advantage of other special offers and freebies. During the evening Mark will present a 30 minute dealer dem of some of his more recent releases, plus he will present a mini lecture featuring three new routines not previously released or published. Although there is a small entry charge, anyone who pre-registers receives a voucher equivalent to the entry amount to spend on the evening, refunding the entrance fee paid. For more information and to register for one of the limited number of available places visit today! 21.1.12 "The free Performing Arts Community! Do you love performing? Are you a Singer? Musician? Actor? Model? Magician? Juggler? Makeup Artist? Prop Builder? Set Designer? Something else? Perhaps you just love the Musicals? Or can't get enough of Live Music Gigs? LovePerforming is a free website that allows you to network with likeminded people." Find out more, visit 21.1.12


The Magic Uncorked ebook is a celebration of magic in Cork and Kerry and a celebration of the first 'Magic Uncorked' international convention. It features two dozen effects, and contributors include internationally renowned names such as Luke Jermay and Diamond Jim Tyler, and it features something for everyone - from card men to children's entertainers, and everything in-between. You will find a way of telling someone's star sign without the usual fishing; full instructions on eating a balloon; simple electronics for magicians; how to use a card trick to leave your phone number with a client, and lots more. All the funds generated through the sale of this ebook will go towards the costs of bringing you the best possible convention for 2012. Visit for more details and to order. 21.1.12


Paul Gordon's Commercial Card Magic Lecture. Paul Gordon presents his new lecture which is crammed full of "worker" card effects and professional advice. It's a fun light-hearted lecture. See the Magic Lecturers page for reviews and more info. Wednesday 6th June 2012 at 8pm. Venue: Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent Visiting magicians welcome. 21.1.12


International News: Saint-Vincent Magic Convention XI. April 19th to 22nd, Italy. Marzia Giacoia writes: "This year we will have incredible artists such as Jeff McBride, René Lavand, The Great Tomsoni, Xavier Mortimer, Eric Jones, Danny Cole, Andrew Mayne, Mark Mason, Dani Da Ortiz and, just announced, Juan Tamariz. Our program is packed full: 8 lectures, 5 Gala Shows, 2 International Contests, 5 Workshops, the escape day, street-magic shows, parties and after-nights. This convention is one of the most fun to attend in the world!" For information email or call +393480011257 or visit 21.1.12


Peter Antoniou 'Psychic' Detective - Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival, Sunday 19th February at 5.45pm. "Peter comes to the Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival with his brand new show. Peter will finally reveal what he has been up to for the last 6 months... The show is a unique blend of thrilling mind reading demonstrations, wrapped up with Peter's trademark humour. This show is bound to leave you asking, is your mind safe?" ***** - WhatsOnStage. **** - Three Weeks. "Phenon-mentally Good" - Kerrang! "That's Brilliant" - BBC. More info: Tickets: (Special Offer: Buy a ticket for this show, and you can watch as many of the other shows on this day at Kayal as you like for free! Venue: Kayal Restaurant, 153 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6FE (Map). 21.1.12


Matthew Garrett, a former Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year winner, is lecturing on "Magic at the Dining Table" for the South Downs Magicians. The lecture will include Matthew's Ninja Rings+, Monty the Spiv story-telling routine using a deck of cards, a version of the Magic Square plus lots of other material suitable for performing at dinners and other events with guests seated at tables. The lecture is aimed at all levels of performer and takes place on Wednesday 1st February at 8pm at Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6BJ (Map). £5 charge for visitors. Further information at and 21.1.12


Derby Magic Circle have launched a new website: Paul Sharp, President of Derby Magic Circle, writes: Like many societies, we are a working Circle and rely on the media of the internet to interact with the local people and businesses. We hope you view the site and find it easy to navigate. Andy Clockwise will be lecturing on Wednesday, 25th January at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby. His lecture contains mainly close-up effects; cards, coins, rope, with a couple of stand-up routines thrown in for good measure. All simple to perform but with great reactions. Visiting magicians are very welcome, there is a small fee of £5 payable on the night. Please contact our secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. 21.1.12


Henry Lewis MIMC with Gold Star Hon. Vice President of The Magic Circle has been booked to present his stage show on the stage of the Cabot Theatre, Beverly, Boston, USA for a lay audience on Sunday 19th March 2012. Theatre details are available on the Le Grand David website: 21.1.12


Amazing Magic Van For Sale! Russ Stokes emails: "I advertise on, and have done for a number of years, with great success may I add - thank you! Last year as project, I bought a rather unusual looking van, a Nissan S-Cargo (also known as a snail van!). It was one of only 12,000 ever produced so it is very rare. I had it re-sprayed and vinyl wrapped in such a way that it could be easily adapted if another entertainer chose to buy it, all they would have to do is to change the telephone number as the website address would be sold with the van. Due to the high level of business commitments last year, I never actually had chance to use it to advertise the business. I thought it may be a good idea to offer it to the children's entertainer's market first, and as every entertainer I know reads MagicWeek, this seemed an ideal place to start!" For more information and a couple of much larger photos email Russ Stokes directly, email: 21.1.12


Impossible Prediction. "In late December 2011, The Newark Advertiser issued a challenge to Nottinghamshire based mind reader Looch. They wanted to put his skills to the test by having him predict the final score of a Rugby match between Newark RUFC & Melton Mowbray. The match was to be played on the afternoon of Saturday 7th January 2012, upon agreeing to the challenge a series of stipulations were given to ensure everything was fair and to eliminate the possibility of trickery..." Find out what happened! Read the full story at 21.1.12


Playtime Balloons, change of ownership announcement. Marjorie Stokes of Playtime Balloons writes: Passing The Baton. As of Monday Jan 23rd. Playtime Balloons will be under new ownership, it passes into the capable hands of Stuart McDowell of Southport [Mr Stix], a professional entertainer, as has always been the case in Playtime's long and successful history. We sincerely thank all customers and friends for their support over the last 10 yrs. for family and health reasons I am retiring although Mike will continue to entertain and run teaching days. Particular thanks go to Gerry & Ann Luff and of course Mel & Lyn Moore for starting us on what has been an enjoyable if sometimes exhausting journey. Stuart can be contacted on 01704 534 363, he will continue to offer the same personal service whilst adding the technology that we have steadfastly ignored!! Watch the website for details. We will all be on the Playtime stand at Blackpool so please come and see us. It's goodbye from me, Marjorie , goodbye from him, Mike and over to you Stuart. 21.1.12


"Where's my ad?" Our free For Sale and Wanted section has always been a real success, but please do take a minute to read the Terms & Conditions before submitting your ad. About 10% of ads that are submitted currently don't make it! Also note that anyone selling or offering to sell or trade illegal material via the free ads (either in an ad or in reply to an enquiry) will be barred from using this service. This has been our policy since launching MagicWeek in 2000. Please also read the very clear Warnings regarding internet fraud. DT. 21.1.12


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