Number 613 - 24th March 2012


Derren Brown Svengali - back in the West End for a limited run this summer... Due to phenomenal public demand, Derren Brown returns to the West End with Svengali for 28 performances only. Be prepared for a theatrical roller-coaster ride as the acknowledged master of psychological illusion gives audiences another opportunity to see this Olivier-nominated sensation. Svengali will reside at the Novello Theatre from 12th July - 11th August. Derren Brown said: "I enjoy the stage shows more than anything else. This one is fun, dark, funny, freaky. Live on stage is the best place for what I do: it's unpredictable, and the audience knows there's no possibility of judicious editing. Plus we've put in new material for this year and the show has grown and changed on the road more than any other." This is the last chance to see the sell-out live show that has mesmerised the nation! Age recommendation: 12+. Box Office: Also see "This man will leave you glassy-eyed and shell-shocked" Click Here. 24.3.12


The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, announced the winners for the RTS Programme Awards 2011 at Grosvenor House on Tuesday 20th March. The event was hosted by actor, comedian and radio presenter Rob Brydon. Chaired by David Liddiment, the Awards honour excellence in key genres of television programming, from children's fiction to comedy performance, history to soaps, covering both national and regional output. Held annually, the RTS Programme Awards aim to recognise the work of exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams, as well as celebrating the programmes themselves.

In the 'Entertainment' category 'Derren Brown: The Experiments' – Objective Productions for Channel 4 won. The jury said this was quite simply 'water cooler' television. Innovative, original, intelligent with a startling level of profundity. The other nominees in the 'Entertainment' category were Million Pound Drop – Endemol Productions for Channel 4 and The Graham Norton Show – SO Television for BBC 1. Full list of winners: Click Here.


Hans Klok - Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. Jack Delvin MIMC, President of The Magic Circle, is delighted to announce that he has called Hans Klok to become a Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. The honour, which is limited to just 300 Members around the world is by invitation of the President of The Magic Circle, the premier Society for magicians. Presenting the Degree, the President said “Hans is a great showman. His production, The Houdini Experience, is a sensation reminding me of the Golden Days of magic, not seen in the West End for years and I am delighted to present him with the highest level of membership possible at The Magic Circle.” Hans Klok said “I have really enjoyed performing my show in London – audiences and critics have been so welcoming and we look forward to coming back to the UK. I am honoured and thrilled to receive this award from The Magic Circle and shall be proud to wear my badge of honour, many thanks." 24.3.12


You are invited to join us at a very special evening of entertainment... On Thursday 12th April, magic fans will have a rare opportunity to meet Dynamo, star of Magician Impossible at a very special one-night-only fundraising event at The Magic Circle Headquarters. Tipped as the most exciting British magician to emerge in decades and with a list of celebrity fans that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the Hollywood elite, Dynamo will be guest of honour and available to meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos with fans, he might even do some magic! The evening, in aid of Team Poppy, will feature include a drinks reception with close-up magicians, an opportunity to tour The Magic Circle museum, a Theatre Show featuring stars of The Magic Circle and a delicious three course dinner with wine & coffee. Only a few tickets are left. For more information and to book visit 24.3.12


The Magic Circle Close-Up Competition 2012 - live streaming. The Magic Circle Close-Up Competition takes place at its headquarters, The Centre for the Magic Arts, on Monday 26th March. This year's finalists are, in appearance order, James Freedman, Rob James, Oliver Meech, Spencer Wood, Tim Shoesmith, Andy Clockwise, Steve Price and Fay Presto. Members are invited to watch the final at the HQ or online via live streaming in the member section of Previous winners of this prestigious award include John van der Put, Nick Einhorn and Pete Wardell. Jack Delvin, The Magic Circle's President said 'I wish every Member the very best of luck. With such a strong line-up it's going to be a battle to the very end, but the real winner with be magic itself!'. 24.3.12


Leamington and Warwick Magic Society’s Day of Magic, 20th June 2012. Mark Traversoni writes: Leamington and Warwick Magic Society’s Day of Magic at Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa, CV32 7LN (Map) is the main event of our year. Admission: £21 (Including £1 booking fee) order your tickets now online at Admission includes breakfast for early morning arrivals, a lunch time buffet and evening BBQ weather permitting for all pre-paid tickets. The lecturers are: Pete Wardell (photo), the only magician to have won both Close-up Magician and Stage Magician of the Year in the history of The Magic Circle; David Tomkins, award winning Children’s Ventriloquist and Magician, David Tomkins offers a colourful, varied and entertaining lecture; Richard Pinner, '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 of a magic club! Mini Lecture / Teach In’s with: Mark Traversoni: Mark will be running a 'Haunted by Peter Eggink' teach-in/ workshop. Mark was the first person to come up with the handling where the card comes out on its own at the end, which was released as a bonus handling. Workers Corner: As the day attracts a large number of professional magicians we will be having a kind of session where a few people will show something they don’t mind sharing. Timings: The doors open to the public from 7.30am with breakfast when you first arrive. In the evening we will again be holding the Midlands Champion of Champions Close-up Competition. Also add to this a great range of dealers who quote this event as one of the most enjoyable of the year. Plus free parking - it doesn't get much better than this! For ticket reservations please use the website, if you do not wish to book online you can pay by cheque, please contact either Mick McCreath 07581 533397 or Mark Traversoni 07882 825748." 24.3.12


Dani DaOrtiz One Day Card Magic Workshop, London, Sunday 29th April. Steve Truglia writes: "We are glad to announce that the incredibly talented card magician who has astounded some of the most experienced magicians in the world, will be hosting a one day workshop in London. After his unbelievable appearances and lectures at The Session, Dani has been touring the world as one of the most remarkable card men on the planet! When 120, mainly highly experienced magicians give a huge standing ovation, you know you are in the presence of someone very special. His relaxed style belies a formidable technique, coupled with amazing psychological wizardry which leaves his audiences completely dumb struck. You will start using this stuff right away, it's incredible. The workshop will take place from 9am to 6pm. It will include performances, lectures, hands-on practice sessions, sessioning with Dani in attendance to help out, and a Q&A session where your technical questions will be answered by the man himself. This is a truly unique opportunity to learn some of the very best close-up card magic available anywhere. We would suggest that this workshop is not really suitable for beginners in card magic. There will not be time to cater for beginners who may not understand basic terminology or techniques. We are not trying to be elitist, but equally we wouldn't want a beginner to waste their money. A good basic knowledge of stock card sleights is all we ask. Places are limited to keep this event personal and allow everyone to get the most out of this fantastic day. Cost of the day is £80 per person and this includes tea and coffee all day. The car park is around £18 for the day, but there is plenty of free parking nearby as it's a Sunday. The hotel is a 1 min walk from Euston Station. Venue: Hotel Ibis Euston St Pancras, 3 Cardington Street, London NW1 2LW (Map). Website: 24.3.12


Blackpool Magicians Club have booked John Archer to lecture in their clubroom on Thursday 29th March. His lecture is full of commercial material with that vital humorous touch. He'll also explains the trick which baffled Penn and Teller on television. Derek Lever. 24.3.12


Number One South Beach - 5 Star Luxury Boutique Guest Accommodation in Blackpool. "With stunning views of the sea, new South Beach Promenade, Mirrorball and Solaris gardens, Number One South Beach offers 21st century accommodation for both the business traveler weary of impersonal hotel rooms and couples seeking a romantic break in luxurious surroundings. All rooms have been thoughtfully and individually styled to include a sumptuous king-sized bed, (some four poster), with Egyptian cotton bed linen atop deeply divine quilts and Siberian goosedown pillows, 42” Plasma TV, Sky inc Sky Sports, DVD and film library, free Wi-fi and full bathroom ensuite with a Whirlpool bath, SplashTV and power shower. With every contemporary and hi-tech convenience Number One South Beach is simply Blackpool’s Number One Place to Stay!" VisitBritain 5 Star Gold. Visit for more information and to book. 24.3.12


Stephen Ablett lecture, 28th March, Bolton. Stephen Ablett will be presenting his lecture 'Wedding Magic' at Bolton Magicians' Club on Wednesday 28th March at 8.30pm. Stephen's website is and the venue is the Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £5.00. For directions to the Doffcocker Inn visit or telephone James Hodgkiss on 01204 522651. 24.3.12


Rafael Benatar will shortly be undertaking an extensive 16 venue lecture tour of the UK. The first lecture will be on Wednesday 11th April for the Associated Wizards of the South in Southampton, ending with a lecture on Tuesday 1st May for the Surrey Society of Magicians in Leatherhead. Rafael’s full tour schedule is listed under What's On. The tour is being organised by Tony Griffith, to whom all queries should be addressed or 01275 835463. 24.3.12


Supernatural scenes amaze in 'Ghost the Musical' "Surprising special effects and sizzling love scenes brought the Oscar-winning movie 'Ghost' to life on Broadway Thursday night..." Paul Kieve is the man behind the incredible magic in this production Click Here to read the full article. 24.3.12


James Prince Lecture - Merlin Magical Society. James Prince presents his Menu of Miracles - Close Up Restaurant Magic lecture at the Merlin Magical Society on Thursday 29th March. Based on material from his best selling DVDs the lecture includes not just 'tricks' but the thinking and reasoning behind them. Doors open at 7.30pm and the lecture starts at 8pm. Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar EN6 1JJ (Map) £8 Entry Fee. Visit for more info. 24.3.12


Spirit Sideshow. "Darkly comical Humbug for grown-ups at this year's Brighton Fringe! Magician and mentalist Peter Campbell-Wells shares his passion for haunted antiques and possessed nicknacks. Showing no respect for the spirits of the departed, Pete presents a selection of his favourite curios for your entertainment and pleasure! 'a technically superb mentalist' Fringeguru. 'Campbell-Wells clearly has a talent for reading people (or is actually psychic...)' ThreeWeeks." Saturdays in May, 8.15pm. Tickets are priced at £6.00 (£5.00 conc) and available from the Brighton Fringe Box Office: Venue: Laughing Horse @ The Temple, The Temple, Western Road, Brighton BN1 2AD (Map). 24.3.12


Ali Cook has just finished filming on heist feature film "Get Lucky" where he stars alongside Luke Treadaway (War Horse), James Cosmo (Braveheart), Craig FairBrass (Terminator), and Emily Atack (The Inbetweeners). Ali plays a professional thief and safe breaker, who lands himself in serious trouble when he steals from the Russian Mafia. The film is distributed by Universal Pictures and will be in the cinemas this Autumn. Photo Ali Cook as 'Kirby'. 24.3.12


Andi Gladwin Lecture, 28th March, Cardiff: "Doors open at 7.30pm, lecture starts at 8pm - limited places. To be held at The Magic Centre, 27 Dalton Street, Cardiff CF24 4HB (Map) 07865 402281. In his lecture, Andi will demonstrate the versatility of this incredible double push off technique, perform selected effects from his professional repertoire (including a 15-minute stand-up act that fits into a very small bag), give some excellent tips on getting more gigs, and settle the argument once and for all: Windows or Mac? Book online at £10.75 or £12 on the door - booking in advance is advisable." 24.3.12


Magicseen Taster Issue 13 is now ready and available as a free download: "In the latest sample copy we offer you, from the current issue (no.43 Mar.12), the complete main feature article on Teller, The Magic of Scotland, in which Eoin Smith looks at the magic scene north of the border, Under The Hammer, which is our foray into the world of antique magic with Potter And Potter, the Comedy Page and some of the reviews. Then from our back catalogue we present a major piece on the state of children's entertainment in So You Want To Be A Children's Entertainer. The Magicseen Taster is a great way to find out all about the UK's No.1 independent full colour magazine and to experience some of the great things that our readers enjoy every two months." Download your free copy now from 24.3.12


Jimmy Cricket: Great Value For A Tennner Show, Thursday 29 March at 2.30pm at Palace Theatre, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 1NG (Map) 01623 633133. "Join us for an afternoon of hilarious comedy, featuring legendry comedian Jimmy Cricket and a full supporting cast of singers and musicians, with magic from Freddie Wilkinson. "Jimmy has appeared in many TV shows during his career, including the Royal Variety Show. He will no doubt be reading his 'letter from his Mammy' as well as performing some good clean comedy in a great show suitable for all ages. As Jimmy says 'it's great value for a tenner!' You are advised to book early for this great show. £10 All Seats / Block Bookers: Buy 10 get 11th free. Box Office 01623 633133. 24.3.12


Surrey Society of Magicians 21st Anniversary celebration dinner: "Saturday 24th March sees the Surrey Society of Magicians 21st Anniversary celebration dinner. Performing on the bill will be international star cabarets; Mr Eerius aka Martin Gardiner & Beastro as performed by renowned cabaret artist El Loco aka Wayne Slater. This is a unique opportunity to see two of Britain’s finest speciality magic acts on the same bill. For more information please visit the artists websites and" 24.3.12


Spook Circus! "For the Brighton Fringe this year, Peter Campbell-Wells has taken some of his favourite stunts from the repertoire of fraudulent 19th Century spirit mediums, and put them together as a children's magic show! Our intrepid magician presents a dazzling troupe of eerie entertainers: These are the most highly-trained and talented spooks working in entertainment today - although that, admittedly, isn't saying much! His card magician is in a huff, the orchestra is tone deaf, and the star of the show is always hungry! Can Pete keep control and bring them in line for the show?" May, weekends, 2pm. Tickets available from the Brighton Fringe box office: Venue: Laughing Horse @ The Temple, The Temple, Western Road, Brighton BN1 2AD (Map). 24.3.12


Liverpool Magic Circle lecture dates: Rafael Benatar lecture Friday 20th April, Morgan Strebler lecture Thursday 7th June, Joe Monti lecture Thursday 6th September and Andrew Normansell lecture Thursday 4th October. (Andrew's lecture is a one-off for Liverpool Magic Circle and includes free lecture notes worth £15). All lectures start at 8pm at the Crown Inn, Leyfield Road, Liverpool L12 9HA (Map). For more info visit 24.3.12


Edinburgh Magic Circle, Close-up Competition 2012: "The Sonny Day Award, Monday 12 March 2012. A good evening of close-up magic with a very high standard of magic from all competitors. Congratulations to all the following performers who entered: Brian Mitchell, Sandy Wilson, Grant Mitchell, Paul Temple, Stephen Allison and Jack Bryce (winner). The Sonny Day Trophy was presented by Edinburgh Magic Circle President, Gary James." 24.3.12


Illusionists/magicians wanted. The Twins FX write: "Illusionists/magician wanted for a land based large production show in Europe. You will be part of a number of different shows in the same theatre featuring some world class magic and illusions. Illusions will be supplied. The contract will start May to September 2012 for around 24 weeks. For the first instant please reply A.S.A.P with a bio with photo and contact details to (no telephone calls please) Gary Brown, Twins Worldwide Ltd." 24.3.12


Mel Harvey can be seen the Flanagan and Allen Story on the following dates: March 31st Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells; June 21st Woodville Halls, Gravesend and October 10th Oakengates Theatre, Telford. Mel is seen here with Tim Raffles, who wrote: "Just a line to say how much we enjoyed your performance as Jimmy Nervo in the Flanagan and Allen Story. It’s surprising how many of the gags and routines are still used today by modern comedians, how they have stood the test of time and are still funny if they are told correctly, as they were in your show. Rather like the fact that magic tricks of yesteryear are still being performed today in various different guises, if they are performed well, they are as good as ever." 24.3.12


Kevin Cunliffe's 'Inside Your Mind' - Manchester Festival Magic & Mentalism. "Kevin Cunliffe has been performing professionally for almost 30 years. Over this time he has won many awards for his performances, he now works touring the world with his critically acclaimed shows. He has recently appeared with the circus of horrors and the BBC. Now it is your chance to see this not to be missed performer." Sunday, 1st April 6pm - 7pm at The Kings Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford M3 6AN (Map). Tickets £6.00 from: 24.3.12


Conjuring at the Court on 29th March is sold out. All the seats and standing tickets were taken three weeks in advance, and there is a waiting list for cancellations. It’s unlikely that any tickets will be available on the door. To get on the waiting list contact Tickets are available on the website for April & later shows on 24.3.12


Jack Coleman. Chris Coleman writes: Jack Coleman from Taunton passed away on the evening of Monday 19th March 2012 peacefully aged 82. The funeral will be held on April 2nd at 2.30pm at Taunton Deane Crematorium. No dark clothes. All are welcome. My condolences go to his wife, Christine. 24.3.12


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