Number 605 - 28th January 2012


German performers conjured up for UK magic festival... Organisers of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival, which returns to the North East in March, have added mentalist Markus Beldig (photo) and card-expert Christian Schenk to the event’s increasingly bumper line-up. ‘Mind-reader’ Markus, who quit studying law to become a professional performer, is considered the master of the sixth sense and was the first mentalist to perform a full evening show at the Vienna Concert House in Austria since 1918. Markus will be bewitching audiences at the festival’s first Gala Show at the Customs House, South Shields on Friday, March 9th. Fellow German magician and card expert Christian Schenk will be appearing as part of the three-day convention, which offers professional magicians and the most dedicated magic fans the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops, lectures and masterclasses featuring leading magicians from around the globe. Tickets for the international Gala Show featuring Markus Beldig are now on sale from the Customs House box office priced at £13 each or £12 concessions. More details can be found online at or by calling the venue direct on 0191 454 1234. Tickets for the magic convention featuring Christian Schenk are also available priced at £65, which includes entry to both Galas Shows, along with a series of lectures, close-up sessions, dealer events and an exclusive Midnight Show. Places are strictly limited, visit to book. 28.1.12


Pete Firman - Jiggery Pokery Tour 2012. Star of BBC1's The Magicians and ITV1's Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford... "Funnier than most comedians and more magical than Dumbledore on a good day... a complete star" Time Out. See Pete Firman live in 2012:
Friday, February 17 The Junction Cambridge
Saturday, February 18 West End Centre Aldershot
Sunday, February 19 Darwin Suite Derby
Thursday, February 23 Artrix Bromsgrove
Friday, February 24 King Georges Hall Blackburn
Wednesday, February 29 The Anvil Basingstoke
Thursday, March 01 Ashcroft Arts Centre Fareham
Friday, March 02 The Corn Exchange Newbury
Saturday, March 03 Playhouse Norwich
Friday, March 09 The Civic Barnsley
Saturday, March 10 The Met Stafford
Sunday, March 11 City Varieties Leeds
Wednesday, March 14 Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth
Thursday, March 15 Pontardawe Arts Centre Pontardawe
Friday, March 16 The Castle Wellingborough
Saturday, March 17 The Point Eastleigh
Wednesday, March 21 Komedia Brighton
Thursday, March 22 The Arc Stockton
Tuesday, March 27 LBT Huddersfield
Wednesday, March 28 Slade Rooms Wolverhampton
Friday, March 30 Colchester Arts Centre Colchester
Tuesday, April 10 The Lowry Salford
Thursday, April 12 The Bloomsbury Theatre London

To book Click Here. 28.1.12


Paul Daniels ‘will carry on conjuring’ TV magician Paul Daniels is recovering after mangling his hand in a circular saw while doing some DIY at his Wargrave home. And he hopes to regain full use of his magical sleight of hand. The accident happened on New Year’s Day while Mr Daniels’s wife Debbie was working at Radio Berkshire in Caversham. To read the full story by Linda Fort in GetReading Click Here. "Magician feared career was over" Click Here. "Paul Daniels describes how he cut his finger off" Click Here. Spring Tour dates, Click Here. 28.1.12


Blackpool Magicians Convention - Eight new dealers just announced! Blackpool Magicians Convention will have eight new Magic Dealers amongst the 120 Dealers exhibiting in the Empress Ballroom, Empress Ballroom Balcony and the Arena next month. The Dealers Fair opens from 11am on Friday 17th February until 8pm and 9am to 5.30pm on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th. A Dealer Demonstration will take place at 11am in the Pavilion Theatre - this is a new event. Note that there are no "Dealers Only" registrations available. The only way to see the Dealers is by purchasing either a full 3 day registration at £85.00 or a day registration which costs £50.00 for Saturday and £60.00 for Sunday. Visit for details. 28.1.12


Marc Paul Lecture - International Magic London, Wednesday 8th February: "Our February lecture welcomes Marc Paul; mind-reader, psychological magician and corporate event speaker who has entertained and amazed audiences both in the UK and worldwide with his award winning mind-reading performances. Marc has been a professional entertainer for over 15 years and promises to share some of his closely guarded secrets with us including several routines which 'pack small, but play big!' To see why Marc was voted 'World's Greatest Mind-Reader' by his peers at the prestigious World Magic Awards in Los Angeles, be sure to book your place for this lecture very soon. Venue - Casa Italiana; 2nd floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Start time 7.30pm (be there by 7.15pm latest). Pay on door at £15 per lecture but you must reserve a place in advance, please email by return to book." Martin MacMillan. 28.1.12


'Funny Tricks' with Ian Keable... Heard the one about the accountant who went into showbiz – combining mind-boggling magic and top-class comedy? The good news is that this remarkable entertainer is coming to Otley – for one night only. The date for your diary is Saturday, 4th February – when the irrepressible Ian Keable brings Funny Tricks to the Otley Courthouse. His aim, he says, is a show where the laughs are as memorable as the magic. And he seems to be getting it right! He has been voted the British Magical Champion of Comedy and also received The Magic Circle Comedy Award. In Funny Tricks, Ian Keable will be demonstrating some of the techniques he uses to mystify his audience. These will feature mind-reading, bewildering sleight of hand, and, above all, his “trademark, laugh-out loud comedy magic”. One reviewer described Ian’s show as ideal for anybody who enjoys non-stop laughter, while simultaneously being totally bamboozled; another simply said it was “mind boggling.” Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley LS21 3AN (Map). 7.30 pm, Saturday, 4th February. To book tickets (£10 / £8 concs) call the Box Office: 01943 467 466 or visit 28.1.12


Magic Night, Madame JoJo's - London. Spoon bending, psychic phenomena, tap dancing, poker cheats, silver screen trickery and renegade magic... it can only be Magic Night, Madame JoJo's. "The hilarious John Lenahan, Sex Pistol of the magic world is back, with some subversive mind reading; Pete Antoniou sneaks into your head and makes psychic phenomena look entirely plausible; Tom Devoe controls you enough to enable you bend physical objects and Miss Josephine Shaker kicks up dust with some hot footing tap routines. Lee Hathaway shows you how easy it is to cheat at poker – and we’ll film it close up and project it on a screen so you don’t miss a trick! Hosted expertly by Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee, who will be presenting some silver screen tricks." Friday 17th 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 28.1.12


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Kirkstall Hotel, Blackpool. 3 star guest house 2 minutes from the Wintergardens, fully central heated and recently refurbished. Good food, warm atmosphere, single rooms available, all rooms ensuite. Special offer B&B Friday and Saturday for £40 per person. Evening meals available on request. Late check-out. Flexible breakfast times. Please try us you will notice the difference. 25 Hull Road, Blackpool, FY14QB. Website: Tel: 01253 623077. 28.1.12


Congratulations to Joe Pasquale - the new 'King Rat'. "The Grand Order of Water Rats" is the show-business charity formed over 120 years ago. Past Kings include such names as Frankie Vaughan, Les Dawson, Danny la Rue and Sir Henry Cooper. It is a coveted honour to be voted into this top office by fellow Water Rats and marks the respect in which Joe is held. Magicians' David Nixon, Paul Daniels, Keith Simmons and David Berglas, have also been so honoured. At his initiation last week, Joe also congratulated John Styles, on being elected to office. 28.1.12


Magicseen 'Taster' Issue No.12 is now available for free download from the Magicseen website. Editor Mark Leveridge writes: In this sampler we offer you the full exclusive interview with Cyril Takayama, plus the articles on Annabel de Vetten, It Ain't All Magic and a couple of the reviews, all of which come from the current full main issue (no.42 Jan.12). Then from our back catalogue of issues we include the feature we did on escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, whose mad exploits are always worth hearing about. So, if you want to get a feel for what Magicseen has to offer, download your free PDF Taster Issue now. Also, you have just two weeks left to take advantage of our special pre-order offer on the brand new Best of British Book which Magicseen is releasing at the Blackpool Convention. Order a copy before 15th February and you will receive a complimentary gift of a CD containing the David Copperfield book 'A Magic Life' and Andrew Normansell's 'The Man Who Would Be King'. These have not been offered previously as E-Books so this is a great opportunity to receive them for free if you order Best of British soon from 28.1.12


Morgan & West: Time Travelling Magicians. "Great Scott! Victorian magicians Morgan and West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! The plucky prestidigitators present dazzling deceptions, unparalleled precognitive powers and a totally genuine ability to travel through time. "I can't recall the last time my awe was so thoroughly struck" The Scotsman. Book on-line or call: 0207 289 6054. Friday 3rd February, 7.30pm, Canal Cafe Theare, Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, London W2 6ND (Map) 28.1.12


Matthew Wright, Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2008 and International Champion of Close-up Magic 2010, will be lecturing at Winchester Magical Society on Thursday February 2nd, starting at 8pm. The society meets at Badger Farm Community Centre just outside Winchester, SO22 4QB (Map). Visiting magicians are very welcome to attend for a small fee of £5. 28.1.12


Franklin Lecture - Merlin Magical Society: "On Thursday 2nd February we are having a lecture by Franklin. Franklin has been entertaining with mentalism and hypnotism now for almost 40 years in all manner of venues. With the launch of his forthcoming book ‘Beyond the Veil’ and in his lecture by the same name, Franklin demonstrates how mentalism can be performed with the most minimal number of props in all environments. The mentalism routines in the lecture and book have been specially chosen for their impact and commercial appeal. They are the result of many years of painstaking trial and error and many methods will be revealed for the first time." John Clayton (Secretary) Merlin Magical Society. Visit 28.1.12


Get Real by Roslyn Walker. "Learn how to add realism and believability to your escapes. This is my first ebook that I've made available to the escape community and is something I've wanted to do for quite some time. I don't teach any methods of escape, the purpose of this little publication is to help those who perform escapes to Get Real..." Find out more, visit 28.1.12


The Magic Car Boot Sale - West Bromwich. 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. All visitors may bring up to three items to sell on a dedicated stall free of charge, the only requirement is that the item is complete and has instructions. New stall holders this time include John Hotowka, Andi Gladwin, Jimmy Carlo and Russ Stokes and amongst the dealers, Kaymar Magic. For any details contact Alec Powell 07831 115448.


Darlington Magic Circle are pleased to be hosting a lecture by magical ventriloquist John Kimmons on Thursday 2nd February. In 2008 John won the title of Children’s Entertainer World Champion and also received the Ken Dodd Award for Comedy at the Blackpool Magic Convention. Since then he has lectured and performed at some of the most prestigious venues including the Magic Castle in Hollywood and The Magic Circle in London. He has worked in almost every conceivable type of venue from village halls to theatres, and luxury cruise liners to television. The lecture will be held at The Railway Institute, 93 North Road, Darlington DL1 2PP (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm with a prompt 8pm start. For visiting magicians entry is just £5 although please could you contact the Secretary, Stuart Hodgson on to confirm your attendance as numbers may be limited. Stuart "Stu Di Doo" Hodgson, Secretary, Darlington Magic Circle. 28.1.12


Is There Anybody There? Seance Night. "A night of mesmerism, regression, psychic experiments and seance. Mystery entertainment in one of the town's oldest pubs. The pub will be closed to the public so you will need to contact them to book a place. 8pm on 7th February. Admission £10. Contact the venue on: 01746 764804." The New Inn, 4 St. Mary's Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV16 4DW (Map). Website: and YouTube. 28.1.12


An Everlasting Love a night of seance and mystery entertainment. "The power of love it is said can hold a soul within the earthly realms. A true story of a life of love, hardship and tragedy. A Haunting! The excitement of the parlor seance. A night not to be missed!" February 12th at 8pm at The Lord Hill Hotel and Restaurant, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6AX (Map). Tickets (£10) available in advance from Lizz: 07868 524738 or on the door (best to book in advance to avoid disappointment). See: and You Tube. 28.1.12


Way off topic... In 2009, Casey Pugh asked thousands of internet users to remake Star Wars into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. Here it is: Click Here. 28.1.12


"TV psychic Sally Morgan sues Daily Mail for defamation" Click Here • "Magician claims mass hypnosis" Click Here • "The Magician. Chris Pilsworth used to wonder how to get a cactus inside a balloon. Once he solved that, his goal was to make it matter" Click Here • "Magicians gather at Downtown convention" Click Here • "Malton magician Chris Cassells takes show to Edinburgh Fringe" Click Here • How to deal with a mobile phone interruption during your performance! Click Here • "Okay, here goes..." Wayne Dobson on 'The Magicians', Click Here • "Sean's amazing adventure" Click Here • "Houdini on Chicago Stages" Click Here • "The Ballyragget illusionist who wowed Paul Daniels" Click Here • Many thanks for your news contributions this week - always welcomed! See you nest week, Duncan. 28.1.12