Number 609 - 25th February 2012


Yu Ho Jin. Flawless in its conception and execution, beautifully choreographed, perfectly staged, to the right music, Yu Ho Jin's act on Friday's gala show at last weekend's Blackpool Magicians' Club Convention put an end to that old argument "is magic 'art'?" once and for all. And it was stunning. In fact is was so stunning that Yu Ho was invited back to reprise his performance on the Saturday night Gala Show, so weekend registrants could also witness it. Unprecedented. Both performances resulted in standing ovations from the 3,000+ audiences that knew that they had just seen one of magic's all time greats - live on stage! Yu Ho Jin was part of a team of highly motivated and very dedicated magicians from the Dong-Pusan College in Busan, South Korea. If you weren't in the audience then please forget YouTube, be patient, and wait to see this wonderful performer live. This was magic with soul (DT).


Peter Eldin looks back at three days of amazing magic (it really was one of the very best this year I thought) in this edition of MagicWeek Click Here and Daniel Eden of supplies the excellent photos, including the two live shots of Yu Ho Jin above. Many thanks Peter and Dan, and thank you too to Convention Organiser Derek Lever and the entire Blackpool Magicians' Club for staging, once again, the world's largest magic convention! "60th Annual Convention of the Blackpool Magicians Club" Elizabeth Warlock reports for The Stage Click Here. 25.2.12


52nd Bristol Day of Magic, Sunday 13th May, at the Winter Gardens and Playhouse Theatre, Weston Super Mare. "This year we celebrate our 52nd Day of Magic with a selection of great magical performers from the UK and abroad. Close-up shows: Paul Gertner, Oscar Munoz and Will Gray. Lectures by Oscar Munoz and Paul Gertner. Dealers Exhibition with over 25 leading magical suppliers from the UK. Spellbound Gala show, starring Romany, Richard McDougall Oscar Munoz, Kockov, Steve Hewlett and Martyn James with Music by the Ambassadors of Jazz." For more information and to download a registration form visit 25.2.12


Last week Anthony Owen, Objective Productions Head of Magic, was a guest speaker at The Story 2012 event in Central London talking about magic and story. He performed magic and spoke about his work as a creator of original magic tricks and as Executive Producer on television and multiplatform projects including Derren Brown, The Real Hustle and Barry and Stuart's BBC3 online tricks. He also spoke about his new series Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic for which he created the format. The series is currently airing on CBBC at 5.45pm on Tuesdays and is already one of the UK's most watched children's programmes. On March 24th Anthony will receive the British Magical Society's David Berglas Award for outstanding contribution to magic. Later this year a French language hardback book containing both of his best selling titles Some Tricks and Some More Tricks will be published and a new English language book of his work is due to published by Stephen Minch's Hermetic Press sometime in the near future. His products for magicians continue to be available from and magic dealers around the world. 25.2.12


Want to be in with a chance of winning £250 worth of magic? Simply register for the NMC Convention 2012 by Wednesday 29th February and it could be yours. The convention takes place on Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April at the Scarborough Spa and will feature some of the UK’s top performers including Matthew Wright, Luke Jermay, Paul Gordon, Mark Shortland, Lee Thompson, High Jinx, Make Believe Magic, Richard Cadell & Sooty, Jeanie & Clivo, Brian Sefton, David Tomkins, Ian Baraddell, Paul Freeman and Doug Gregg. As well as lectures, workshops, close-up galas and the chance to meet the stars of the convention there will also be four stage shows all included in the full weekend registration cost of just £60.00 per adult (£35.00 for juniors). Single day registrations are also available and can be booked via or by contacting the registration officer Allan Clarke on 01772 685073. Alan Mylecraine. 25.2.12


'All British' British Ring Convention News. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: International Star Illusionist Andrew Van Buren (seen here with assistants Allyson – centre and Stephanie) joins the line up for the IBM British Ring 2012 convention (26th-30th September) with an appearance on the 'After Banquet' show. There is also a tribute to the Van Buren family at a special event on the Friday afternoon. Following this, the DVD entitled “The Van Buren Story” will be available which Andrew says will be at a special convention price. Copies will be signed on request. I was lucky enough to have been invited to the preview at Stafford University Department of Media Studies a couple of years ago and it is an excellent production by Professor Ray Johnson. There’s more British talent added to the convention list including Craig Christian, Mark Mason, Oliver Tabor and James Wilson. Joining the list of dealers are Alan Astra, Mel’s Magic Company, Matthew Garrett, Practical Magic, Peter Diamond, Qualatex Balloons, Darius, and Peter Scarlett. The convention returns to the former 5 days this year starting on Wednesday 26th September and hopefully will appeal to all tastes. The full programme will be published shortly. Registration details are on 25.2.12


The South Tyneside International Magic Convention Master Class sessions. "We have another great line-up of performers from the USA and UK, some of which in addition to their lecture at the convention will be holding a Master Class. You do not have to register for the convention to attend - most are on the Sunday afternoon and the other is on the Thursday night. They are also a way of getting to see and learn from a performer in an intimate setting, and perhaps getting one-on-one instruction on a routine that has been developed and perfected over years. Each Master Class is limited to 15 people."

David Regal: In this workshop, attendees are encouraged to discuss and/or perform tricks that they feel should deliver more magical punch, and David will lead the group in exploring ways to improve them. Sunday 11th March 2pm 2 hours £60

Levent: In his Masterclass Levent will teach how to find, research and adapt classic stage and stand-up magic tricks and maximize their entertainment value. Sunday 11th March 2pm 2 hours £60

Rob Torres: This master class will dive into techniques for creating original routines and structure of a performance on a technical level, to give you a deeper understanding of the little things that make a BIG difference in a show. Sunday 11th March 2pm 4 hours £80

Robert Temple: In this 3-hour, intensive and information-packed workshop, hypnotist Robert Temple will expose the real insider secrets of professional stage and performance hypnosis. Thursday 8th March 7pm 4 hours £80

Markus Beldig: Staging Magic and Mentalism. In his Masterclass he will teach his very easy 3 billet test – this has previously only been shared with a select few within the Psychic Entertainers Association. He will also talk about the placement of spectators on stage in other routines for maximum impact. Sunday 11th March 2pm 2 hours £60.


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The Order of the Magi annual Dinner and Cabaret is on Saturday March 24th at The Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: This four course meal with coffee is only £32.50 and includes entertainment by Mark James, Brian Sefton and from the Penn and Teller Fool Us TV show, High Jinx (pictured). This year’s theme is based on a casino with considerable set dressing to that effect. There is even a numbered limited edition film cell from Casino Royale up for auction to add to the excitement of the occasion. Guests of Honour are President of The IBM British Ring Brian Miller and his Lady Audrey and we look forward to the pleasure of their company. The Magi dinner is always a very popular event and over 70 people have booked so far. Further details are on 25.2.12


Confessions Of Real Mindreaders. "Confessions Of Real Mindreaders sees Ken Dyne interviewing a top mentalist and mind reader each week. You can download these insightful and revealing recordings as well as submit questions and listen-in live to forthcoming ones. Ken explains the details in the short video at". 25.2.12


Fournier Marked Deck, exclusive to The Card Collection: "Off the market for over a year, we have had the Fournier Marked Deck reprinted exclusively for The Card Collection. This marked deck, printed on premium 505 card stock, is in many magicians opinions the best marked deck on the market and retails at an incredibly low £10 a deck, available with red or blue backs. The 1st 100 customers that purchase a pack will also get the Manual of Miracles booklet, compiled by Gabe Fajuri, free. 25.2.12


Magicseen Publications is pleased to announce the release of Roulette, the second book by young mentalist Chris Rawlins in ebook format, and it is full of interesting ideas, routines and essays for both close up and cabaret performance. The contents include: Credit Guard - a clever idea to reveal four numbers from a borrowed credit card; Clipboard Peek - creating a peek device from an innocent looking clipboard; My Version Of A Classic - a practical solution for the Chair Test; Scramble - an impossible seeming word prediction; Phonebook Prediction Addition - a tweak on a strong Banachek phonebook test; My Yellow Ball Which Fooled Marc Oberon - revealing which cup a bright yellow ball is under; Kicker Chirp Top - a nifty little prediction idea for close up using two poker chips; Push Slide Peek - a modernisation of an old card move; A Little Lead In - an intro which could be used as a set up for a more major routine; P.I. - using a killer principle of Luke Jermay in a strong close up mental routine. Roulette is available to download now from 25.2.12


Gary Jones will be lecturing at the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society on Wednesday 7th March at Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). The lecture starts 7.30pm for 8pm, visiting magicians are welcome for a guest fee of £10 (to be arranged in advance by contacting Mark Traversoni 25.2.12


New Release from Mark Leveridge Magic. Last week at the Blackpool Convention Mark Leveridge Magic released some new products including the El Duco/Leveridge Wallet Combo. The El Duco Hip Style Wallet was originally designed as a way to perform a no-palm version of Card To Wallet, but in fact the way the wallet is constructed means it is capable of much more. On a 60 minute DVD Mark Leveridge explores the full potential of this excellent bill fold wallet and explains how it can also be used as a 100% surefire and easy to use palm card to wallet, how you can use it to switch cards and even how it can be utilised as a peek wallet. Mark provides 6 routines using the wallet on the DVD including his version of the Ambitious Card which comes from his current working repertoire and which is included in his Going Walkabout lecture. Full details of this and other new products can be found at 25.2.12


Merlins of Wakefield. "Merlins of Wakefield would like to thank everyone for their support at the Blackpool Magic Convention. As a result of Russ Stevens' 'Unknown' we completely sold out of all versions of the Clone Coin. Those who placed orders should receive them next week. If you would like to order yours please get in touch. Also our special offer 'Buy 4 - Pay for 3' for our own effects was so successful, we have decided to carry it on till the 3rd March. Click Here for further details." 25.2.12


Vegas Magic Theatre. Graham Jolley has just returned from appearing in Paul Stone's Vegas Magic Theatre in Las Vegas and writes: Had a wonderful time. The theatre at the Gold Coast Hotel is perfect for presenting magic. The audiences of around two hundred are very enthusiastic, and the whole evening is held together superbly by Paul's son Ben. The engagement was over four days, and I shared the bill with Christopher Hart, who I thought was outstanding. Paul looks after you, picks you up from the Airport, and provides excellent accommodation. Should you be given the opportunity to appear on the show, I'm sure you will have a great experience. 25.2.12


Andy Clockwise clocks up a big win! Congratulations to Andy Clockwise (seen here with Ken Dodd) winner of the United Kingdom Children's Entertainer National Championships competition held at the Blackpool Convention last weekend. Craig Petty was placed second, and David Ginn third. 25.2.12


Southport's West Coast Day of Magic - Sunday 6th May. Incorporating a Dealers Day, 10am till 4pm, £3.00 admission on the door. For Dealer table rates and availability visit At 4.30pm (to 6.30pm) there will be a family magic show featuring Paul Bimbo and Gary Gizmo, two of the top family entertainers in the northwest, entrance fees for the show are £5.00 per adult and £3.00 per child a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is available at £12.00. With raffle and prizes. All proceeds are donated to The Rainbow House disabled children's charity. Venue: The Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport Promenade, Southport, Merseyside 25.2.12


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Alex Robertson - Cotswold Magical Society Close-up Champ! Congratulations to Alex Robertson for being placed first, Darren Campbell came second and Nigel Hursthouse third. The competition is held annually and the winner holds the Hugo Cup. (Photo L to R: Darren Campbell, Nigel Hursthouse, President Colin Dymond and Alex Robertson.) 25.2.12


John Carey Lecture - Chester Guild of Magicians. The Chester Guild of Magicians are hosting a lecture by John Carey at The Bull & Stirrup, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 4EE (Map) at 8pm on Monday March 12th. Members free, visiting magicians welcome for a £10 entrance fee. 25.2.12


Darlington Magic Circle are pleased to be hosting a lecture by Marcelo Insua otherwise known as Mister Tango on Thursday 1st March: "Marcelo is the owner of Tango Magic gaffed coins factory and will be presenting his lecture “Stress Free Magic” featuring practical and easy-to-do effects using coins and cards. 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 to confirm your attendance as numbers may be limited." 25.2.12


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Peter McLanachan heads south at the beginning of March to present his “A Force Much Greater Than Luck” lecture for both Leicester Magic Circle, on Monday 5th March, and The Mid Essex Magical Society on Tuesday 6th March. These lectures will mainly concentrate on card effects that can be done when performing for groups in walkaround situations, especially for situations where more than one card is selected. Visit for more on Peter. The lecture at Leicester Magic Circle will be held at their headquarters at Braunstone Civic Centre in Kingsway, Leicester LE3 2PP (Map) with the meeting starting at 7.30pm. The following night’s lecture at The Mid Essex Magical Society will take place at their usual meeting place at The Cricketers Public House, Penny Royal Road, Danbury CM3 4ED (Map) and will start at 8pm. Visiting magicians interested in attending either of these lectures should contact the societies directly for more details. 25.2.12


Sean Goodman is presenting his “Goodies Galore” lecture for Sheffield Circle of Magicians on Thursday 1st of March. It will include close-up magic and mentalism, as well as information on the business side of magic. The lecture is free to paid up members and £10 for guests and visitors. The event starts at 7.30pm at Magick Enterprises, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield S2 5TG (Map). 25.2.12


The Great Sebastiano, Sebastian Hunt, is lecturing at The Mystic Ring on Thursday 1st of March. His lecture is based around his new book "The Book of Magic Bo**ocks". The lecture starts at 7.45pm, visiting magicians are welcome; £5 admission. The Mystic Ring meets at Dunstable Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 1JE (Map). or email 25.2.12


The Vox Brothers lecture at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday March 8th, visit for details. The duo have recently updated their website, visit to catch up. 25.2.12


Paul Voodini  Lecture - Derby. "On Thursday, 8th March, Paul Voodini presents his highly interactive and amusing lecture for magicians at the Hilton House Hotel, Derby DE65 5GP (Map). Paul works as a full time professional mentalist, specialising in areas such as cold reading, ESP, and past life regression. In his lecture Paul recounts the story of his journey from a believer in the paranormal to professional mentalist, demonstrating along the way such weird and wonderful phenomena as spirit communication, telepathy, tarot card reading, and out of body experiences - all punctuated with amusing anecdotes and lots of audience participation (that means you!). Please be there for 7.30pm, to start at 7.45pm. Visiting Magicians are very welcome. there is a small fee of £5 payable on the night. Please email the President of Derby Magic Circle, Paul Sharp, at prior to attending." 25.2.12


The Paul Ormonde Illusion Show - St. Patrick's Night, Saturday 17th March at 8pm, to raise money for The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children and the Briagh Hull Memorial Fund. All tickets £6 (family tickets £20) available from The Wallace High School Lisburn on 02892 672311. 25.2.12


Northamptonshire Magicians Club will be holding their annual dinner on Tuesday 20th March at St George's Hall, St George's Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JA (Map). Ticket's cost £22.50 for an excellent 3 course meal with choice of menu, cabaret by FISM World Champion Marc Oberon, and close-up magic at the table. 7pm-11.30pm. Tickets and more info from President David Miller: 07870 140958 or 25.2.12


Lost Ring. Dave Bonsall emails: "Whilst visiting my stand and watching a ring flight demo, a magician’s girlfriend left a ring on my stand. I was hoping you could put a little note on MagicWeek to see if we can track down its owner, it’s a silver Tiffany & Co Ring." Email Dave: 25.2.12


Magicians Wanted for London Charity Show. Wendy Bird, Parents Circle, Hoe Bridge Pre Prep emails: "Do you know any up and coming magicians who would like to practice their up close magic for free at our charity lunch for 100 guests? I am contacting you on behalf of Hoe Bridge Pre Prep Parents Circle who are hosting a fund raising lunch for parents on Monday 12th March, 11.30am to 3pm at the Church of The Good Shepherd in Pyrford, near Woking in Surrey. The charity we are supporting is Link Leisure who help children and adults with learning difficulties take part in the kind of activities we all take for granted but they cannot do without our support. We would love it if you are able to come and help us with our worthy cause and enjoy our hospitality. Ideally we would like two magicians if they are available on the above date and time to have as much interaction with our lunch guests as possible." If you can help, please telephone Wendy Bird on 07793 185253. 25.2.12


100 Days of Magic. Alan Taylor emails: "100 Days of Magic will run as a countdown on twitter and facebook to the 2012 games. The idea is to give UK magicians a profile boost and I'm going to get it supported via as much media as I possibly can. If UK magicians want to be included they can send me their clips via twitter @alprendo or email" 25.2.12


Learn how to become a Children's Entertainer - live training workshop: On Saturday 12th May, Mike Clarke ("Magic Mike") is running a 1-day training workshop teaching how to become a children's entertainer. In addition to the training, you'll get to see Mike perform his Magic Fun Show live in front of an audience of children, to see how well the show really works. Full details: (N.B. As the workshop is running the day before the Bristol Society of Magic's "Day of Magic", you could make it a magic-packed weekend!). 25.2.12


Martin Breese. Very sad to report the death of Martin Breese. Martin had been suffering from leukemia and died in hospital in Brighton on Thursday morning. I think we first met in his basement magic studio (somewhere in London) in the late 70's or early 80's. We would bump into each other over the years and I last saw him at a magic show I was in, at the Komedia in Brighton, just a few years ago... Despite being a magic dealer and publisher he rather charmingly remained a real magic 'fan' - delighting in every new magic effect as if it was his very first. He will be greatly missed by his many friends in magic (DT). 25.2.12


Geoffrey Newton reviews Blackpool's Showzam Festival this week, Click Here • "United nations of magical fun" Click Here • "Magical evening..." Click Here • "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow - review" Click Here • "Paul Daniels at the Kings Theatre - Sean Boon Reviews" Click Here • "Melton date for magician" Click Here • "The Chron gets up close and personal with Northamptonshire’s magicians" Click Here • "Robert makes shopping magic" Click Here • "Nothing short of magic" Click Here • "Wishaw magician Chris Dougall wowed by Paul Daniels’ advice" Click Here • "The Geek Life: The Magic Castle" Click Here • "You've Got David Blaine: Magician Submerges In A Tank, Spits Out A Goldfish" Click Here • "Magic Dan scoops £10,000 prize" Click Here • "Brown’s mind-melting magic returns" Click Here • Your UK Magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 25.2.12