Number 611 - 10th March 2012


Michael Vincent International Magic Lecture - London. Tuesday 20th March. Martin MacMillan writes: "One of our most popular lecturers, Michael Vincent, makes a welcome return this month. Michael will be presenting a lecture on classic books in magic that have inspired him. This will be both educational and entertaining. Michael includes many fascinating stories about the books, and meeting the magicians who authored them and will be performing routines from many of them. Michael is very generous with his time and magical knowledge and this is an opportunity to spend some time with, and learn from, one of the UK's biggest magical talents. 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 (£15) but you must reserve a place in advance, please email to book." International Magic, 89 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5BX Tel: 020 7405 7324 10.3.12


Geoffrey Durham Lecture - Leamington and Warwick Magic Society. Geoffrey Durham lectures at the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society on Wednesday 21st March. Visitors are welcome for a £10 guest fee which includes a buffet. The meeting starts 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). Contact Mark Traversoni to attend. 10.3.12


Actor, magician and writer Andy Nyman will be a guest on Matthew Wright's The Wright Stuff on Monday 12th March, on Channel 5 at 9.15am. Andy will be talking about the revival of Abigail's Party on the London stage. 10.3.12


The 2012 Magic Trek. Sean Lobban writes: Here is the latest news on The 2012 Magic Trek. Nine Magicians, Children’s Entertainers and Magic Club members are walking the entire route from Portsmouth to London, over 112 miles. They will set off from Portsmouth & District Magic Circle on Wednesday 16th May and walk over 22 miles to Bognor Regis. The next day they will walk from Bognor Regis to Shoreham by Sea, a distance of 21 miles. Day Three will take them along the seafront, through Brighton and up to The Associated Conjurers of East Sussex, in Lewes, 15 miles. On Saturday, 19th May they go across The South Downs, leaving Lewes to walk to East Grinstead. This will be a hilly 21 miles! Then on Sunday they will walk from East Grinstead, through Croydon to finish at South Norwood, home of the South London Magic Society, 22 miles. Their last day of walking will be from South Norwood, through central London to The Magic Circle HQ, almost 11 miles. The Magic Trekkers walking the whole distance are Harold Straker, Rod Newman, Glen Stone, Roy Charles, Nikki Stapleford, Andie Penn, Sharon Lobban and Harvey the Seven Foot Rabbit (carrying Sean Lobban). Other magicians are taking part for a day or two on the route. They are fundraising in aid of Anthony Nolan, the charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. Donations can be made securely at If any magicians would like to be part of The 2012 Magic Trek, please email For more information visit or To watch a short video Click Here. 10.3.12


Nicholas Einhorn BMS lecture. On the 20th March Nicholas Einhorn will be giving the special end of year lecture for the British Magical Society in Birmingham. For more information see the BMS's website John Ward. 10.3.12


Sunday Night Live. Richard Leigh and Jay Fortune had two productions play to packed houses last weekend. Jay's Magick and Mayhem Show, with guest support from Wayne Fox, occupied the Late Night Magic slot at the Jermyn Street Theatre in the West End on Friday 2nd March. The show is now being written for a new performer to present in a 7 week run this summer. Sunday Night Live was a sell-out at the Lost Theatre and featured Kev Orkian (currently on tour with Paul Daniels), mentalist Matthew Stirling and the Shaolin Warriors, with close-up magic from Mike Sullivan. The next Sunday Night Live is on June 3rd and already tickets are selling well. Booked so far: magician Edward Hilsum, speciality speed-painting act Jen Allen and top comedian Paul Eastwood. Another magic act is yet to be booked - you can still register to appear by emailing Jay Fortune: 10.3.12


The Houdini Experience Starring Hans Klok and Company - ticket deal! Top Price Tickets just £23.50 (half price) for Monday to Thursday performances. Subject to availability. To book call 0844 412 4322 and quote 'Magic Offer'. "Hans Klok is most definitely the magician of the moment! The Dutch master of mystery is now the talk of the town with his new show The Houdini Experience, at the Peacock Theatre. This is your last chance to book tickets for 'the fastest magician in the world', and watch his Divas of Magic plus a company of world-class variety and circus acts perform illusions, daredevil stunts and wizardry unlike anything ever seen before." Interview "The fastest magician in the world Hans Klok comes to London" Click Here. 10.3.12


Mark Shortland Lecture - Portsmouth & District Magic Circle. Comedy Magician, Mark Shortland will be lecturing at Portsmouth & District Magic Circle on Monday 12th March at 7.30pm. Non PDMC members are welcome, £8 admission. Venue: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). 10.3.12


The University of Nottingham Magic Society is proud to present our award-winning MagicSoc Gala Show! This year we are excited to feature three professional and internationally acclaimed acts. The 24th March will be an unforgettable evening! Amethyst: Dynamic and world renowned stage act specializing in escapology and large scale illusions! They recently designed all of the forfeits for the hit TV show 'The Magicians' and worked with the illusions team on the TV drama 'Sherlock'. Their act has been dubbed ‘A modern day Houdini’ (Blackpool Gazette) and will leave you amazed and enthralled! James Brown: Has spent the past 20 years perfecting his skills as a world class magician, he is considered 'to be in the top three close-up performers in the world' (Ian Rowland - Magic Circle member). Invited to appear on Penn and Teller's 'Fool Us', and certainly out to fool you! This year he brings to Nottingham his breathtaking act, prepare to be left asking for more! Chris Cross: Multiple award winner for close-up magic and famous for his showmanship as a comedy magician and contortionist. Billed as one of the top performers in the UK, there isn't much that this man can't escape from! Doors will open at 7pm for an 8pm start. Refreshments and close-up magic will be provided before 8! The address of the venue is: Great Hall, Trent Building, University of Nottingham, University Park, NG7 2RD (Map). For tickets please contact our president Chris on 07805 219141 or alternatively Victor on 07970 130485. Prices are:£10 Advance, £12 on the door. Victoria Tudorica. 10.3.12


Andi Gladwin lectures at the Home Counties Magical Society, Shinfield Parish Hall, Reading on Thursday 15th March. The lecture features a selection of close up and stand up magic, a talk on marketing and a introduction to the Master Pushoff. £8 charge for non-members. For more details visit Andrew Lewis. 10.3.12


The Kent Magicians Guild present "A Magical Lecture with Spyros Melaris" on Tuesday 27th March from 8pm - 10pm. This month a fascinating lecture by Spyros Melaris. Visiting Magicians only £10 or you can sign up for a whole year for £25. Venue: CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map). Simon Darnley 10.3.12


Shropshire Magic Society Close-up Competition. Colin Dorning writes: "Update on the Shropshire Magic Society Close-up comp on Wednesday 7th March 2012. We had a very good evening of Close-up Magic, congratulations to all the magicians that entered. The Results are as follows: Winner of the Senior Close-up competition - Adam Evens. Winner of the Junior Close-up competition - Sonny Pennington (photo). The Trophies were kindly presented by the Shropshire Magical Society president Geoff Ray. And a very good performance from the other competitors, well done." Colin Dorning MBE. 10.3.12


Chris Hare's Mindboggling Show - Brighton Fringe Festival. Tickets are now available for Chris Hare's Mindboggling Show at the Brighton Fringe Festival. The performance dates are Thursday 10th, 17th and 24th May 2012. The venue is The Temple Bar, 121 Western Road, Brighton BN1 2AD (Map). Ticket Hotline: 01273 917272 or via Tickets £6.00. 10.3.12


The Order of the Magi's final lecture of the current session on Tuesday 13th March is "Ramblings from a suspender….of disbelief" from Steve Gore. This has been very well received by a number of magic societies including Blackpool Magicians' Club, North Wales Magic Circle, The British Magical Society, Huddersfield Circle of Magicians and the Modern Mystic League. The lecture has a mixture of close up, stand up, and some children’s effects. It is all do-able practical stuff. Including his Trick Photography, Steve’s borrowed iPhone effect, released by RSVP Magic. All those attending this lecture will receive a free PDF copy of Steve’s lecture notes. The Magi meet at 8pm at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF and details are on Door charge for non members. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 10.3.12


A tribute to the Moulin Rouge will be appearing at the Carlton theatre Teignmouth on the 12th April, This Parisian spectacular, with fabulous vocals and beautiful can-can girls, rarely gets the chance to perform in the UK due commitments overseas that have seen them perform recently in Dubai, Marbella and India, to name just a few The culinary cabaret of Beastro, also known as El Loco, adds the comedy and magic to this magnificent Montmartre extravaganza! 10.3.12


The Magic Triangle presents 'It's Fun to be Fooled' a fun magic show for all ages on Sunday 1st April at 8pm at Thorrington Village Hall, Colchester, Essex CO7 8HQ (Map). "Hosting and compeering the show, Mike Austin, who will introduce the Children's Entertainer Magic Marvo, the illusions of David J. Marks, finalist in the recent Magic Circle 'Young Magician of the Year', the Clubs' President Keno, the comedy Psychic and Mentalist Rod Bourne and the Cultured Conjuring of Gavin Davey. Tickets £5.00 from or 01206 543969." Keith Norman. 10.3.12


The Manchester Magic & Mentalism Festival. Monday 26th March to Sunday 1st April at The Kings Arms, Salford. Click Here for details, including links to book tickets, plus videos of some of the acts that will be appearing. 10.3.12


Comedy Mind Reader & Hypnotist Jonathan Royle has made it through the Britain Does Variety heats, and is now confirmed to appear at the Leeds regional final on Saturday 21st April. Several of last year's entrants have since appeared on TV so who knows where this could lead... Jonathan needs your help to get through to the London National Final Click Here. 10.3.12


Alex Lodge was interviewed by Debi Jones for the Holiday & Cruise Channel's ‘Cruising with the Stars’ recently, performing some magic Click Here. 10.3.12


Ali Cardabra - The Classic Count. Ali Cardabra presents his new lecture in one of his most popular characterisations - The Classic Count for The Magic Triangle on Sunday 18th March at 7.30pm at Thorrington Village Hall, Colchester, Essex CO7 8HQ (Map). Visitors admission £3.00. The first will be a performance of weird and bizarre type effects in true 'Gothic' style. The effects are all carefully explained, by Ali Cardabra, in detail in the second half. It promises to be an entertaining evening of macabre merriment and delightfully deadly deeds! Keith Norman. 10.3.12


The South Downs Magicians held their annual close-up competition on Wednesday 7th March with eight performers taking part in front of an audience of members and invited guests. The winner was Peter Atkinson who produced an impressive display of coin productions from a purse frame and a series of coin matrix routines with accompanying patter about the "gregarious" nature of coins. More photos from the event will appear on the club's website Paul Bromley. 10.3.12


The Nottingham Guild of Magicians are pleased to announce Roy Bond as the winner of their recent 'Card Magician of The Year Competition'. The event was an open evening which was well attended by contestants and spectators alike. Ten members entered and were given 10 to 12 minutes each in which to wow the judges (made up of magicians and lay people). Marks were given for presentation, technique and entertainment value and marks were deducted for over-running. Roy secured the top spot with a mixture of card magic involving mind reading, prediction and a fantastic finish with an Omni Deck that had the audience gasping in astonishment. He received the Bertram Millidge award for card magic from Guild president Graham Harper and thanks went to Andrew Morrison, Dawn, Charlie, Clive and other committee members for organising such a well run event. 10.3.12


Zane's 'Joe Swing' act which combines crooning with magic skills is looking for bookings at magic society diners and conventions or private events readers may be holding. Joe recently performed at an event with Harry Hill who was very complimentary about the act. To watch a short video of Joe in action Click Here 10.3.12


Britain Does Variety 2012 Auditions. From the organisers: "Are you entertaining enough to perform on TV? Do you have the talent to perform at the O2? Are you entertaining enough to share in a prize fund worth thousands of pounds?! Audition dates for Britain Does Variety 2012 have just been released and you can reserve your audition slot right now! Check out a video from the 2011 Grand Final here: Places are limited so we can ensure fair audition times, so don't hesitate or you might just miss out on your chance to perform in front of a huge live audience in some of the UK's best theatres ... more importantly, representatives from some of the UK's leading entertainment agencies will be watching for any new talent they think could take 2012 by storm and be Britain's next big thing! Three magicians who took part in Britain Does Variety 2011 appeared on Penn and Teller: Fool Us, and one very talented duo have now performed with Epic Creative, one of the UK's leading suppliers of cruise ship entertainment and a proud supporter of Britain Does Variety! There is a £5 reservation fee which is refunded if you're unsuccessful at your audition. This is to ensure you use your audition slot. Sign up now: Places and dates: Newport 10th March, Aldershot 11th March, Kettering 25th March, Maidstone 31st March, Exeter 1st April. Full details: 10.3.12


Jay Adkins Presents Mind Jam at The Manchester Magic & Mentalism Festival on 31st March 2012 At 7.30pm. The Kings Arms will host a huge array of shows and demonstrations of the magical and mysterious at the end of March, as the Bloom Street venue plays host to 25 different events over 7 days. From good old fashioned conjuring and close-up card tricks, through mind-reading and hypnosis to mediumship and ghost hunting. 26th March 1st April, The Kings Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford M3 6AN. Tickets £5 - £10 To book tickets for Mind Jam Click Here. 10.3.12


The Magic Mart, North Essex. Keith Norman writes: "The Magic Triangle (North Essex) invite magicians to 'The Magic Mart' on Sunday 15th April at 730pm at Thorrington Village Hall, Colchester, Essex CO7 8HQ (Map). 'Remember how the same old magic gets recycled at the club Sale Nights? Here is the chance to recycle it further afield. Ipswich, Cambridge, Mid-Essex, Southend, Ilford, and other Clubs have been invited. Tables just £5.00 each includes admission. Admission £3.00. To Book a Table call: Keith Norman 01206 543969". 10.3.12


Life In The Bus Lane was the name of Jonathan Royle's bizarre comedy TV series filmed in Amsterdam almost ten years ago... "It features magic, mentalism, hypnosis and surreal comedy all presented in a unique variety show sitcom format with numerous storylines running throughout each show. Following numerous direct emails asking for more after we posted the link to the shows pilot on MagicWeek some weeks ago, we have now posted all Six Episodes on YouTube for your enjoyment:" 10.3.12


Pelham Lodge. Magician and owner Martin Scott Price emails: "I would like to say a big thank you to all the visitors that stayed with us at Pelham Lodge Guest Accommodation this year; meeting new and old friends was a magic experience. Plans have now been submitted for future extensions which will incorporate an Old Fashioned Tea Room and house a unique Punch & Judy Puppet Museum. I hope the magicians will come along and support the museum - helpful advice is always welcome. Mr Punch is 350 years old this year so we are hoping to have the start of the museum later in the year which will expand as the extensions are built. Visit to see where we are and visiting magicians will be warmly welcome with refreshments." Regards, Martin. And Roy Davenport emails: "During this year's Blackpool convention I stayed at a great little hotel, 'Pelham Lodge' with some good friends in magic. If anyone is looking for somewhere to stay during FISM, they tell me that they still have a couple of vacancies." 10.3.12


Chester Guild of Magicians - event change. The John Carey lecture for The Chester Guild of Magicians on 12th March has had to be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. However, Sean Goodman will now be lecturing on that evening. The venue is The Bull & Stirrup, Northgate Street, Chester. 8pm start. Members free. Visiting magicians £10. Stephen Cooil. 10.3.12


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