Number 612 - 17th March 2012


Magic's moment. "At Stella McCartney’s London Fashion Week evening wear presentation, the model, presenter and fashion plate Alexa Chung was hypnotised and levitated until she was hovering three feet above ground on the tip of a scimitar. She had volunteered to play magician’s assistant to the Dutch illusionist Hans Klok, an Eighties throwback with Boris Johnson hair and the swaggering air of a young David Hasselhoff. Hans stared deep into Alexa’s eyes, clicked his fingers and raised her up, as guests, including Anna Wintour and Rihanna, looked on, agog..." To read the full story in the London Evening Standard Click Here (Photo © London Evening Standard). Hans Klock London tickets, final week, call 0844 412 4322 (Monday to Thursday half-price deal - quote 'Magic Offer'). 17.3.12


Kidology UK, the midweek convention for children's entertainers, will take place once again at The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton on Tuesday 11th September 2012. The lecturers are Gay Ljunberg, Gary James and Ozzy Dee. There will be mini lectures as before (to be announced shortly), and a Children's Entertainer competition and cabaret the night before the convention. Early bookers will get a discount on their registration. For full details visit or call Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 17.3.12


Winter Wizardry Grand Finale - 24th March: "Join us for the Winter Wizardry Grand Finale at The Magic Circle on 24th March 2012! You’ll have a chance to see some of the finest magic from the stars of The Magic Circle including the award winning talents of Tim Shoesmith, Matthew Garrett, Richard Pinner, Katherine Rhodes, Alan Shaxon and the one and only Fay Presto! You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the Headquarters of The Magic Circle including the Museum and Devant Room packed with treasures from centuries of magical history. To book, visit Book online by Friday 16th March and use Circle as the offer code and save £5 per ticket! We look forward to welcoming you at The Magic Circle soon!" 17.3.12


The Tommy Cooper and Frankie Howerd Interviews. Michael Parkinson introduces a recut of two interviews he did with Frankie Howerd during the Parkinson show series and a Christmas interview with Tommy Cooper. Frankie Howerd wanted everything scripted, resulting in an unprompted and unrehearsed interview whilst Tommy Cooper managed to run rings around a delighted Parkinson. Includes clips from Up Pompeii, The Main Attraction and The Bob Monkhouse Show. 10pm on Tuesday 27th March on BBC 4. See TV Magic. 17.3.12


An Evening of Magic, Comedy and Illusion - Young and Strange, Romsey, Hampshire. "A spectacular, fast paced and engaging magic comedy and illusion show, performed by double act 'Young and Strange'. This show features state of the art stage illusions and intimate sleight of hand magic effects never seen before at The Plaza. The show is entwined with a comedy thread with the emphasis being pure entertainment. Young & Strange were recently featured performers on ITV1′s Penn and Teller: Fool Us." Saturday 24th March at 7.45pm. Not suitable for children under 8 years. Tickets: 01794 512987 or book via 17.3.12


Chris Cox takes his award winning, multi-5-star show Fatal Distraction to New Zealand in April and May, as part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. "Determined to deliver the most satisfying hour possible Chris will be handing control over to his audience by giving them the power to control his actions with their minds. Cox manages to mix a love based narrative with some of the most unique and incredible mind-reading effects ever seen on the stage." For more info, venue details, and to book, visit 17.3.12


British Ring Great Yarmouth Convention. There are just two weeks left for IBM British Ring members to register at the lower rate for this year’s convention being held in Great Yarmouth from 26th – 30th September, as from 1st April the fee goes up to £115. Added to the list of stars is Jonathon Shotton (photo) one of P & O’s regular theatre performers. He was also the sleight of hand artiste in the film Mamma Mia. He brings with him this year some of his larger illusions. Also added to the list are lectures from Steve Gore and Chris Woodward. Registration details are on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 17.3.12


Illusions, the UK's only Magic Bar, is once again opening its doors to guest magicians, and email: "So far this year we have had Christophe Rossi, who flew all the way from Japan to tread the boards at Illusions. We also are pleased to announce we have Germany's multi award-winning Alexander de Cova guesting with us in April, a magician who released over 30 DVDs including the awesome Treasures. And we welcome back our good friend Fritz Alkemade from Holland, the crazy Dutchman, from the 17th April. Dates we have available are 1st-5th May, 8th-12th May, 15th-19th May, 22nd- 26th May, 12th- 16th June, 19th-23rd June and 26th-30th June. If you would like an opportunity to perform in the UK's only Magic Bar then please Click Here. You will need a website or at least a showreel." 17.3.12


Neil Kelso's Smoke and Mirrors: a New Magic Show. Featuring brand new illusions plus recreations of sensational moments from magic's past: John Scarne, Dr Hooker, Harry Houdini and even Erwin Schrodinger make appearances. Magic, comedy, live music and even drinks and nibbles. This Friday 23rd March at 7pm, The Tower at Kings Theatre, Winchester SO22 5PW (Map). Tickets can be booked here: 17.3.12


The Hey Presto Family Magic Show - tonight! Bradford Magic Circle presents The Hey Presto Family Magic Show on Saturday 17th March at Bingley Arts Centre from 7.30pm. Acts include: Matthew McGurk and Katia, Thom Peterson, The Wizards of Odd, Paul Sunderland, Toby Davis and The Spotlight Dancers. Tickets: £8 for adults and £6 for children/concessions. For tickets call 01274 432000 or on the door. 17.3.12


Merlins of Wakefield have their latest Mar/Apr 2012 Preview catalogue out now. It contains over 70 great magic effects, and special offers, and is now in full colour. If you would like a free printed copy, just send your address to If you would prefer a PDF version, just email them putting 'Preview' in the subject box. Merlins will also be at the Northern Magic Circle Convention at the end of March in Scarborough, so if you are going, drop by and say hello. 17.3.12


Believe it or not. "Prophecies, levitation, fortune-telling – nothing is too extraordinary for the Society for Investigating the Credibility of Extraordinary Claims. Sandra Aquilina meets its chairman and secretary-general. 'I know the rules of deception,' says Vanni Pulé. Malta’s most famous magician gives me a knowing smile. Sitting on the sofa in his living room, stroking his beautiful cat, he rather looks the part too. 'Life is prosaic – but we want the magic.' That is why he is particularly well-suited to heading the Society for Investigating the Credibility of Extraordinary Claims (SICEC)..." To read the full story in Sunday Circle Click Here. 17.3.12


ACES Magic Society held their annual close-up competition in Lewes last week. Nicky Lewis writes: With five performers the competition was rated a huge success with first time entrant, Eamonn Corbett winning with an excellent mentalist routine. A thoroughly enjoyable night, with five potential new members coming through the door too - the club is definitely on the up and up! 17.3.12


Sean Haydon in New Zealand... When I heard there would be a Brit magician/comic performing at our main comedy club in Auckland, I couldn’t resist the temptation to go along and see what this big-haired chap had to offer Kiwis. Well, let me tell you – I was very very pleasantly surprised... He may resemble the better known British comedian Russell Brand, but thankfully Heydon used a slightly toned down language – which I noticed amongst the rest of the audience was a breath of fresh air. His observations were witty and original, whilst his combination of clever magic acts was a refreshing change to the usual comedy performances. Heydon is obviously a professional magician by trade, yet his ability to throw out some excellent jokes and interact with the audience so much that he had us roaring with laughter was simply excellent. This is without doubt someone to watch on the international stand up circuit. Amber Harris, Freelance Journalist. Sean writes: "Whilst on a recent trip to NZ, I was asked to perform at one of the top spots in the country's largest and longest running Comedy Club (The Classic Comedy Club in Auckland). I was there on holiday so had no props with me but after a trip round the local hardware stores (and a fancy dress shop!) this is what I came up with: Click Here. (Look out for Sean on Sky TV's "The Showcase" on Sky 284). 17.3.12


Richard Pinner lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 22nd March. Richard Pinner is very pleased to return to the Surrey Society of Magicians to present his new lecture Half Life 2.0. This is a tricks lecture focusing mainly on highly performable material for most environments and a couple of things you'll never do outside a magic club! Also, Richard will discuss his brand new "P.E.T" which is set to revolutionise the Card to Wallet genre. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in Bookham, Surrey at 8pm for full details contact Adam Mosley 17.3.12


Magicians Wanted for magic opportunity at the Olympic Stadium. Ashna Patel, ( writes: I work for the Gold Challenge, the UK’s first Olympic and Paralympic sport based charity challenge. We will be hosting a key test event in the Olympic Stadium for 20,000 on Sunday 1st April, 2012, offering members of the public a once in a lifetime opportunity to run 100m in the Olympic Stadium watched by friends, family and a cheering crowd. A key part of the event will also be a parade of 4,000 people around the Olympic track. The parade will mirror the opening ceremony and will incorporate members of the public, celebrity ambassadors and Team GB legends, but the majority will be children from schools nationwide. While these 2,000 or so children are waiting to join the parade we will need to keep them entertained and we were hoping that some magicians could use their skills to entertain them. In return we will be able to provide a complementary ticket per performer to the event. After the parade, you will be able to attend the event and watch the celebrity races and a number of different acts performing in the afternoon including Britain’s Got Talent winners Spellbound and other musical acts yet to be announced to the media. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email. This is a fantastic opportunity to be one of the first in the Olympic Stadium. I look forward to hearing from you. Ashna Patel. 020 7099 8895 17.3.12


Magic Night, Madame JoJo's - Friday April 6th, London: "Magic Night’s Good Friday with dark duos, balloon heads, mass predictions, very posh tricks and hotfooting tap work... Darkly hilarious Barry and Stuart return to Magic Night with reality subverting tricks whilst Oliver Meech influences the news to predict what you do. Sir Reginald Buckfast shows us some very posh tricks whilst Josephine Shaker burns the stage with the hottest tap routine and prop Meister, Wes Zaharuk, sticks his head in a balloon and uses you to eat bananas, leaving images in your mind that will stay with you forever! Mighty sorceror Neil Henry will preside over proceedings with his mental tricks." Friday 6th April. Doors open 7pm show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to 'Good Foot'. Show ticket plus dinner: £24.00. Tickets: or Ticket Web on 08444 77 1000. Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map) 020 734 3040 17.3.12


Will Gray is once again taking bookings for his lecture 'Magic with a Capital E' - it's had great reviews in The Magic Circular and The Linking Ring. If you would like to book Will for your club email 17.3.12


Welcome to Wonderland, a one-man magic show starring Gary Scott. Friday 6th April at 7pm and Saturday 7th April 2012 at 2pm + 7pm at The Playhouse theatre in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. All seats £7.50 from the Box Office on 01246 272271 at these times: Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7.30pm to 9pm and Saturday mornings 10am to 12 noon. Gary writes: "I am so honoured to be able to do this show, as the first magician to perform here. The Hasland Theatre Company are so busy and only let out the theatre for three weeks in any one year. I'm pleased to present 'Welcome to Wonderland' ...sharing the magic... a one-man show. I'll present my favourite pieces of classical magic, original routines and a few mind mysteries along the way. See you there..." The Playhouse, 50 Storforth Lane, Hasland, Chesterfield S41 0PW (Map) 17.3.12


Scottish Association of Magical Societies Convention 2012. Ian Adair is coming “home”. SAMS are delighted that Ian Adair is coming back to his home-town to perform at this year’s convention. The venue for the convention is the Park Hotel, Kilmarnock and takes place from Friday 4th May to Sunday 6th May. All events will be under the one roof as the hotel’s function room is capable of staging the gala show. The Gala Show will feature – Pat Fallon, John Kimmons, June Leith, Peter Kinney, Michael Neto and Toby Davies. The Gala Show compere is Ian Adair. Lecturers are Pat Fallon, John Kimmons and Ian Adair. Close up acts are Michael Neto, John Bowden, Toby Davies and Pat Fallon. For further details see or contact Janet Colvan (Registration Secretary) telephone 0141 585 5222. Kenny Kerr. 17.3.12


Dean Maudsley lecture - Leicester Magic Circle. Barry Martin writes: "On Monday 19th March 2012 you will have the rare chance to see Dean Maudsley lecture, if you’re at the Leicester Magic Circle that is. Dean is an accomplished Close up worker and has his own sell out stage show 'A Devious Mind'. All visitors welcome, £10 for non LMC members, how to get to the LMC HQ can be found here: The Leicester Magic Circle are now taking lecture bookings for their 2012-2013 programme. If you have a lecture and would like to be considered contact Barry Martin on 17.3.12


Stuart and Jayne (Safire Illusionists) are now appearing in their 12th tour with the BBC's children's favorites The Chuckle Brothers. This year's show is based on a famous children's film series and is entitled The Return of the Pirates of the River Rother - In Stranger Tights. They will be performing their illusion act, their Magic Light Puppets and will also be playing parts in the production. Not only have they created the magical Jungle UV sequence but they have also designed and built many special effects and illusions for the production. For dates and to book Click Here. 17.3.12


Cornish Magical Society Dinner. President Paul Scott invites you to the 51st Annual Dinner of the Cornish Magical Society which takes place on Saturday 24th March at the Membly Hall Hotel, Sea Front, Falmouth 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are £25 from Joan Burford, 15 Bay Court, Falmouth TR11 4NP telephone 01326 315476. Star cabaret with Thom Peterson. Membly Hall Hotel are also offering special rates for anyone wishing to stay. 17.3.12


The Show of Assortments - Westcliff-on-Sea: "A charity fund raising evening in aid of The Epilepsy Society. Mystery-entertainments (AKA Mick Geraghty & Mark Keeble) have produced and are hosting this great night of entertainment in association with the fund raiser, Kristian Cornell. Enjoy close-up magicians as you arrive. Then on to a show featuring psychological entertainers (Mick Geraghty and Mark Keeble), singer musician (Dougie Hunter), an escapologist (Stuart Burrell), dancers (Expressions Dance Academy), comedian (Del Strain) and jugglers (Glowball Export). The show is followed by a raffle featuring fantastic prizes and then on to music and dancing. Have a great night at a bargain price and support a charity too!" Friday 30th March, 7pm - 1am. Venue: The Westcliff Hotel, 18-20 Westcliff Parade, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7QW (Map) 17.3.12


Aladdin - a magical family pantomime. Following a great pantomime run at Theatre Colwyn, Magic Light Productions (Stuart and Jayne, from the Illusion act Safire), are pleased to announce that they have been asked to produce this year's show, which will be the exciting adventure pantomime Aladdin. "This story will give us a great opportunity to put lots more special effects and illusions in which will include a full size flying carpet!" said Stuart. "The last pantomime, Jack & The Beanstalk was a huge success, and broke all attendance records. We had a great time, with all the cast and crew working hard and this reflected in the whole Pantomime experience." The Panto Runs from 22nd December 2012 to 6th January 2013 and tickets are on sale: 17.3.12


"New photo of Houdini and his Water Torture Cell unearthed in Scotland" Click Here • 2012 Olivier Awards nominations include Derren Brown Svengali ('Best Entertainment and Family') and the magical Ghost the Musical (with 4 different nominations) Click Here • "Derren's act is theatrical magic" Click Here • "IT devices, multimedia fuel already growing popularity of magic" Click Here • "Magicians conjure up charity cash" Click Here • "Magicians go from talent show to Strip" Click Here • "Tricky Business" Click Here • "A magical trek for charity" Click Here • "Top magic convention to return" Click Here • Jay Fortune reviews three new releases this week: Click Here (see 'Tricks') • "Magician Paul Daniels on his month from hell and why the memory of the public toilets in one Valleys town has never left him" Click Here • "Paul Daniels: I wish I could turn back time and start this year again" Click Here • "Magician back in hospital" Click Here • That's it for another week (get well soon Paul, again!) see you next week, Duncan. 17.3.12