Number 606 - 4th February 2012


Blackpool Magicians Convention latest news! America's sensational mindreading act "The Evasons" (photo) have just been booked for the Saturday Gala Show... Meir Yedid is performing close-up and lecturing... Amethyst have an incredible new illusion lined-up... Christian Farla will present "The Scorpion" illusion for the very first time... many of the 120 dealers have exciting new releases to launch... Competing in the Children's Entertainer National Championships: VirrVarr, Craig Petty, Andy Clockwise, David Ginn, Mark Gray and Stu-Di-Doo, with Terry Herbert as compere. Performing with Wayne Dobson in "Wayne Dobson and Friends" Brian Sefton, Michael J. Fitch, Duncan Trillo, John Archer, Russ Stevens and Joe Pasquale. And the performers entering The British Magical Close-Up Championships are Steve Faulkner, Sam Fitton, Jason Rea, Will Gray, Chris Stevenson, Shaun McCree and Stephen Ablett, with compere Harry Robson. Programme Click Here. Full details on 4.2.12


Andi Gladwin Lecture Tour 2012. Andi Gladwin sets off across the UK on February 8th, lecturing at various clubs up and down the country. For some evenings he'll be joined by friend and Vanishing Inc business partner Joshua Jay. See What's On for more details, and Magic Societies for individual club details.
8th February – The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians (with Joshua Jay)
9th February – Edinburgh Magic Circle (with Joshua Jay)
10th February – Forth Valley Magic Circle, Larbert (with Joshua Jay)
11th February – Aberdeen Magic Society (with Joshua Jay)
12th February – Scottish Conjurers Association, Glasgow (with Joshua Jay)
17th – 20th February – Blackpool convention (dealer stand, with Joshua Jay)
29th February – Riviera Circle of Magicians, Torbay
15th March – Reading Magic Circle
5th April – Hull Magicians' Circle
6th April – Newcastle Magic Circle
10th April – Leeds Magic Circle
11th April – Blackpool Magicians' Club
14th – 16th – CPH Close-up Magic Convention, Denmark
3rd May – Mid Essex Magical Society, Essex (Bickenacre)
22nd May – British Magic Society, Birmingham.


As if by Magic - Westcliff. After a complete sell out last year, Southend’s own Magic Club, Southend Sorcerers, are back by popular demand with ‘As if by Magic’, running from 7th – 11th February at the Dixon Studio in Westcliff, part of the Palace Theatre complex. It'll be a whole week of amazing magic, illusion and fun for the whole family, featuring the talented members of Southend Sorcerers Society. Expect incredible sleight of hand, unbelievable mind reading and hilarious magic suitable for all ages. With five full evenings for the whole family, and a special Saturday children’s matinee, the show has something for everyone. And with a different show every time, variety is guaranteed, so expect the unexpected! Arrive early and experience close-up magic in the theatre foyer from 7pm each evening before the main show. Tickets are nearly gone, but the few remaining can be obtained at the box office, telephone 01702 351135. Prices are £10 and £8 for concessions. For more information contact the Sorcerers’ president, Adrian Fox on 07711 982890. 4.2.12


Sideshow Illusions at Showzam. The International Monster Show and Yvette The Headless Lady are two original sideshows from the 1950s that Jon Marshall’s Sideshow Illusions will be exhibiting at Blackpool’s Showzam festival this month. The Monster Show features Robert Harbin’s Invisible Ray Illusion that was a popular sideshow in the 1950s and 60s, including its appearance at Olympia in Blackpool, the current site of Showzam Central. The Headless Lady has a long association with Blackpool from her first appearance in Egon Heinemann’s show in 1936 at Luna Park to her latest reincarnation in Showzam. New for this year is Dr Phantasma’s Ten in One Show a recreation of a traditional American sideshow attraction. A brand new, forty-foot long, banner line with a bally stage has been created with banners painted by Mark Copeland of the Insect Circus, also appearing in the Festival. Dr Phantasma presents four shows daily and acts “alive on the inside” will be Tim Cockerill, Bendini and Michael Diamond presenting, among others, sword swallowing, contortion, Princess Arachnia, The Girl with the Invisible Middle and Miss Elastina. The Monster Show and Headless Lady sideshows are open daily at Showzam Central, Winter Gardens, Blackpool from Friday 10th February until Sunday 19th February. Sideshow times are: 11am to 1pm, 1.45pm to 3.45pm and 4.30pm to 6pm, last admission 5.45pm. Admission is free. Also appearing daily is Andrew van Buren and Company. And there is more magic during the Showzam Festival with Steve Faulkner, Alan Hudson and John Archer in Magic Monday, 13th February and Paul Dabek in the play Star of Wonder. 4.2.12


Italian Mentalist Luca Volpe will be performing at the Phenomenon Magic Cabaret on Sunday March 4th with an excerpt from his full show In My Mind. Luca will present a series of mindblowing routines with the collaboration of his assistant Rebecca Lea. Doors open 8pm, tickets are £8.00 in advance or £9.00 on the door. Phenomenon Magic Cabaret is one of the UK’s only regular magic cabaret night outside London, taking place in one of the most haunted rooms in Shropshire; The Loft in the Old Post Office, 1 Milk Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1SZ (Map). "Phenomenon's aim is to create a regular performance platform for professional magicians to reach a new audience, have fun and educate the audience about just how incredible live magic can be." Starring Phil Knoxville, Luca Volpe and Paul Ray. or 4.2.12


Magical entertainment for the whole family. A former child magician will be headlining a special North East event later this spring. As part of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2012, the Customs House, South Shields will be hosting a Family Magic Extravaganza on Wednesday, March 7th. The two-hour show, sponsored by MagicBox, has been designed to cater for all the family and will include performances from some of the North East’s best magicians, compèred by pantomime star Tommy the Trumpeter. Leading the line-up is multi-award winner Graeme Shaw (photo), partner at MagicBox and the youngest person ever to be elected president of the Newcastle upon Tyne Magic Circle – one of the oldest and most successful magic societies in the UK. He will be joined by leading children’s entertainer and balloon modeller Mr Twister, and versatile performer Tony Junior, who has clocked up more than 25,000 mesmerising performances across the UK. Magical-double act Michael Jordan and Tamsyn Sear, better known as High Jinx, will also be taking to the Customs House stage, performing a thrilling mix of magic, illusion, escapology and circus skills. In 2011 the multi-award winning duo were runners-up in the European FISM (International Federation of Magic Societies) championships in Blackpool and will go on to represent the UK in the FISM world championships in July 2012. For more information visit 4.2.12


BigBlindMedia Facebook Page: "The new look Bigblindmedia facebook page launched this week. It features a 'Cool Thing' every day of the week and a great community of magic fans. Anyone who clicks 'like' at gets instant access to a video download of Cameron Francis' Cagey trick. It's a fabulous card routine that's easy to do and mega visual. Bigblindmedia also give away routines from BBM DVDs to fans on the page - so members can expect to get free material from the likes of John Bannon, Jon Racherbaumer, George McBride and Joshua Jay!" 4.2.12


Matthew Wright is lecturing at the Leicester Magic Circle this Monday, 6th February. Matthew will be performing some strong magic in his new "If Carlsberg Made Magic Tricks" lecture. I've heard this is a superb lecture so come down or up to the LMC and enjoy some great magic. £10 for non members, all visitors welcome. How to get to the LMC HQ can be found here: Will Gray. 4.2.12


Party Magic. "Boxer Amir Khan introduces his knockout fiancée Faryal at £150,000 engagement party... held at Bolton Wanderers Reebok stadium" Click Here. Magician Prince Abdul was delighted to be hired to entertain guests at the lavish party last Sunday, where he performed his magic for many celebrity guests including Former boxer Ricky Hatton. 4.2.12


The Middlesbrough Circle of Magicians have booked Duane Laflin for their annual dinner on Friday 9th November. Duane plans to be in this country until 19th November and will be available for a short lecture tour. Contact Reg Heasley for available dates on 01642 278896 mob 07758 844475 4.2.12


Paul Gordon: Commercial Card Magic Lecture. "Paul Gordon presents his all-new card magic lecture, jam-packed with worker tricks you can and will do and use!" Thursday 20th September at 7.30pm at the Home Counties Magical Society, Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9EH (Map). 4.2.12


International News: CPH Close-up Magic Convention 2012. Claus Liljeberg writes: "It is a first for Copenhagen to host a close-up convention. With professional magicians as organizers, the CPH Magic Club as the official body, and with well known domestic and international magicians, it looks like a success already. The convention is commencing 14-15 April in Copenhagen, Denmark. From the USA the close-up specialist Joshua Jay is coming. From the UK there is the renowned Andi Gladwin. From Sweden the magnificent Lennart Green. From Spain there is Felix. And from Denmark you can experience Rune Klan, Thomas Krantz and Anders Moller. With 2 full days of lectures and a gala dinner show the participants gets a lot for their money. Read more on the website:" 4.2.12


Amazing Norvil & Josephine appearing at Salon Rouge, Cambridge. Salon Rouge takes place monthly at The Junction in Cambridge. This month, the award-winning magic cabaret duo The Amazing Norvil & Josephine will appear on stage along with foot juggler and burlesque star Amelia Wood as well as Salon Rouge's very own Cherry & Ruby. Music will be an electric mix from the 40's, 50's and present day by Vintage de Luxe and DJ Crash & Burn. Saturday 18th February. £12.50 in advance. To book and for more information, Click Here. 4.2.12


Andy Nyman is starring alongside Jill Halfpenny in a major revival of Mike Leigh's classic play 'Abigail's Party'. The play will run from March 2nd - April 21st at London's Menier Chocolate Factory theatre - to book tickets visit "Nyman joins Halfpenny for Menier party" Click Here. 4.2.12


Paul Anthony of Magic Supreme, owner of the entire stock of the former Supreme Magic Company, will be bringing a selection of brand new Supreme Magic items to the Magic Car Boot Sale in West Bromwich this Sunday, 5th February, together with a selection of second-hand goods. The sale is at The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map). Admission £4, from 9.30am. 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. Further details from Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 4.2.12


Etienne Pradier South London Magic Society Lecture. Mike Sullivan writes: "South London Magic Society is proud to host Etienne Pradier for this month’s lecture. Etienne has just returned from his performance in Las Vegas at the Penn & Teller Show so I am sure he has some great stories to share. If you haven’t seen this man lecture, then you are in for a treat. Etienne is one of our top elite workers and the content of his lecture will not disappoint. We will meet at the United Reform Church Hall, Cobden Road, South Norwood, London SE25 5NX (Map). Thursday 9th February 2012, 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start. As always guests from other clubs are welcome at a small fee of £10. See you there!" 4.2.12


International News: Suomen Taikapiiri's Honorary Member Lennart Green. "Finnish Magic Circle has awarded honorary membership to World Champion Card Magician Lennart Green. Lennart's unique magic and skill has been seen and witnessed several times in Finland during the last twenty years. As a lecturer and performer he is a top professional and his personality and friendship is much beyond average. He has been the favorite artist at 'Kouvola Magic Days' as well as 'Varieté Magica' shows, both magicians and audiences always admire Lennart Green very much. It is the great honor for Finnish Magic Circle to give the Honorary Membership to Lennart Green." Timo Kulmakko. 4.2.12


Festival of Magic and Mentalism in Manchester. Zena Barrie emails: "I'm organising a festival of Magic and Mentalism in Manchester from March 26th - 1st April 2012. If you're a magician, mentalist, or have a psychic stage show of some kind and you'd like to take part in this new annual festival I'd love you to get in touch with us. The email address is" 4.2.12


The Southend Sorcerers' Wayne Dobson Lecture, Update. Wayne Dobson's lecture, which was due to take place on Sunday 5th February, has had to be postponed at the last minute due to unforseen circumstances. Wayne and the club committee apologise for the mix-up; hopefully the lecture will be re-arranged for later in the year. Adrian Fox. 4.2.12


'An Evening with Franklin at the Merlin Magical Society' 3rd February 2012, reported by Martin Peirce. A lecture entitled Beyond The Veil impressed and enthralled all members and guests who attended. The mind magician performed some amazing effects then thoroughly explained how to achieve them with maximum impact. Franklin impressed the attendees with his original blend of magic and also his enthusiasm for the art he enjoys. His lecture is highly recommended and is a must for all magicians who want to perform strong, powerful magic that will literally stay in people's minds. Thank you Franklin for a great evening. Martin Peirce, Merlin Magical Society Editor. 4.2.12


The Pendle Witch Seance. "400 years ago on the 30th of March 1612 Alizon Device confessed to witchcraft and also incriminated Demdike and Chattox. The following trials ended with 9 people being put to death. Were they innocent or were they really witches? On the 400th anniversary night of Alizon's confession we will be using the wonderful Whittington Castle and the mysteries of the parlour seance to see if those that suffered can reveal the truth. 30th March at 8pm at Whittington Castle. Tickets £15. Limited places. Contact Whittington Castle on 01691 662500. Whittington Castle, Castle Street, Whittington, Shropshire SY11 4DF (Map). Organised by Whittington Castle & Rob Chapman 4.2.12


Facebook group just for secretaries of magic societies. Ozzy Dee emails: "have started a Facebook group just for secretaries of magic societies, to advertise lectures , events and chat about general meeting nights. If you wish to be invited please contact me Please note no detrimental content will be allowed, it is just for ideas for meetings, upcoming events and general news and reviews." 4.2.12


The Ollie Mealing online store is now open... Click Here • "Masterchef hosts have a recipe for magic" Click Here • "Mystery and humor mingle in 'Elephant Room'" Click Here • "President of Magic Circle, Jack Delvin, passes on wisdom to young magicians" Click Here • "UKTV orders two more series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible" Click Here • "'Dynamo: Magician Impossible' renewed for two more series by Watch" Click Here • "Computer Used To Decode Brain Activity" Click Here • "Derren who? Doug Segal messing with minds in Norfolk" Click Here • That's it for another week, see you next week, Duncan. 4.2.12