Number 615 - 7th April 2012


Wayne Dobson International Magic Lecture, London. International Magic are delighted to have Wayne join them for a lecture in London on Tuesday 17th April. The lecture, entitled 'Look No Hands' offers exactly what it says on the tin... hands-free material from one of the UK's finest magic performers. Venue: Casa Italiana, 2nd floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Start time 7.30pm (be there by 7.15pm at the latest). Pay on the door (£15.00) but you must reserve a place in advance, by emailing 7.4.12


Steve Faulkner's Magic Show. Tickets are now on sale for Sheffield's hottest ticket: Steve Faulkner's Magic Show. Taking place on May 7th at one of Sheffield's top venues, The Greystones, the show features Andi Gladwin, Beatboxer Vid Warren and back by popular demand, John Archer (with a different set from last time). Doors 7.30pm, showtime 8pm. Tickets are priced at £10 and are available from Tickets will sell out so book now! Arctic Monkeys and Magician Steve Faulkner: "In 2011 Magician Steve Faulkner spent some time on tour with the Arctic Monkeys. With their permission, here's a little film showing how, performed well, great magic can amaze pretty much anyone, regardless of how much cool stuff they have seen." See YouTube. 7.4.12


The Magic Triangle - Magic Mart: "The Magic Triangle (N.E. Essex) invite Magicians to their 'Magic Mart' on Sunday 15th April at The Village Hall, Thorrington CO7 8HQ (Map). Doors open at 6.30pm. This is a chance to offer for sale any unwanted tricks or props. Or to buy some more tricks or props for sale at their club's next sale night. Tables only £5.00 each. To book ring The Hon. Chair: Keith Norman on 01206 543969 or email There is map on the club's website". 7.4.12


ADD-ICT by Wayne Dobson. A complete sell-out at the Blackpool Convention! Here's one of the effects: "A prediction is shown inside a small leather business card holder. A deck of cards is handed to the spectator, they can shuffle them. The spectator deals cards onto the magicians out-stretched hand. No force they stop anywhere they like. The card they stop on matches the prediction exactly. The deck is shown... every card is blank." Visit for more info and to watch a video. 7.4.12


Ten Things in Two Minutes. Merlins of Wakefield have started a new weekly feature, asking magicians to reveal Ten Things in Two Minutes about themselves, things that we didn't know and that aren't connected with magic. Merlins say that they are always interested in the 'other' side of magicians; so this should be a fun project. To launch they've asked David Regal and Levent to have their say (click on their names to watch the videos). A new magician will be added every week 7.4.12


Cardiff Magical Societies Annual Dinner and Sale Day. Russell Wells writes: Not long now until Cardiff Magical Societies Annual Dinner and Sale Day. The Dinner is going to be a good night with a nice three course meal and coffee, a raffle, cabaret, competition presentation and disco. It's at the Mount Sorrell, Barry, South Wales. It's on the 21st April, 7pm arrive, sitting down at 7.30pm. Tickets are £32 each. Please come along and bring your friends and family (please contact a member of the committee to let them know you are coming). The following day on the 22nd April is our sale day, also at the Mount Sorrell. 11pm - 4pm. There will be at least 3 dealers and second-hand tables, you can have a table for £5. There will be lectures and dealer demonstrations with food and drink available to buy at the hotel. 7.4.12


"A master of magic – and a vision of Harry Potter in 40 years’ time. All Ian Keable asks of his audience is to suspend disbelief and regress into childhood as he performs a series of baffling illusions, occasionally announcing what he is going to do beforehand – yet still we don’t get how he does it!" To read the full article by Simon Wilkinson in the Halifax Courier Click Here and see What's On for current tour dates. 7.4.12


Andy Nyman's 'The Golden Rules of Acting' - to be published on 6th September 2012: The book is a treasure trove of advice and useful tips about how to sustain a career as a freelancer. Written as an easy to dip into pocketbook for actors, it doesn't tell you how to act, but how to exist as an actor. Whilst primarily written for actors, there's absolutely loads of great material that magicians will find applicable to them. For a signed copy, with free UK p&p and 20% off the cover price of £5.99, order before 6th September using the special voucher code 'Signed copy' Click Here. 7.4.12


Marvin Berglas, creator of Marvin’s Magic, was the first resident magician in the Premier League and has been providing the magic element to match day hospitality at Arsenal Football Club since 1993. This is his 19th consecutive season at Arsenal where hospitality and corporate entertainment is big business. Marvin heads a team of Britain’s finest magicians to entertain at Club and Box Level. It is rather fitting that as part of Arsenal’s 125th Anniversary, coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of Marvin’s Magic, that Arsenal have chosen Marvin to be featured on their special banners surrounding the podium at the Emirates Stadium. The Club has selected only 60 past players, celebrity fans and loyal servants of the Club to honour in this way and the banner will remain up all season; Marvin’s is nearest the Thierry Henry statue. Says Marvin “As a massive Arsenal fan I was both thrilled and honoured to be recognised in this way… Arsenal is a big part of my life, having supported them all my life as well as playing in the Arsenal Ex Pro Celebrity XI for 16 seasons. In the past, I have had my face on the big screens at Times Square, featured on the sides of London Taxis and even on various cereal packs in the States but as a lifelong Gooner… this is magic!” 7.4.12


Inflated Odds by Darryl Rose: "Inflated Odds is a hilarious comedy routine in which a prediction envelope is shown. A coloured balloon is freely chosen and placed into a special balloon zapper. The spectator spins the zapper chamber and the balloon is put to the magicians ear.... it does not burst. This continues until the magician predicts that it will go off and then pointing away from the ear the magician or spectator fires the zapper and it explodes. The envelope is opened and inside not only does a prediction predict the colour of the balloon, but also when the balloon bursts. Routines for Adults, Teen & Kids, Comes complete with Balloon Zapper, Envelope & Balloons." What the professionals say: "What a fantastic idea! Inflated Odd's is one of the best Russian Roulette routines I've ever seen and it's safe." Marc Paul "Never have I seen such a perplexing prediction... Perfect!" Max Somerset. "It's gonna add a BANG to my show!" Mark Shortland. For more info and to order visit 7.4.12


Harry Robson Leamington and Warwick Magic Society Lecture: "On Wednesday 18th April Harry Robson is lecturing at the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society. Visitors are welcome for a £10 guest fee which includes a buffet. 7.30pm for an 8pm start at Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). Contact Mark Traversoni if you wish to attend." 7.4.12


The Art of Tommy Cooper - 15 minutes past midnight tonight (Saturday 7th April) on BBC 4: Documentary about the life and work of comedian Tommy Cooper who was a national comedy institution. This bumbling giant with outsized feet and hands, whose mere entrance on stage had audiences erupting with uncontrollable laughter, was born in Caerphilly in 1921. The programme looks at the life and art of the man in the fez whose clumsy, fumbling stage magic tricks hid his real talent as a magician. Former Magic Circle Secretary, David Ball features and demonstrates the legs table which Tommy used the night he sadly died on stage in a live TV show. Also making valuable contributions to the programme are Magic Circle member David Beckley, Barry Cryer and Tom O’Connor. 7.4.12


Lee Thompson will be presenting his Pickpocket Lecture at the British Magical Society, on Tuesday April 10th demonstrating and explaining his pickpocketing techniques, stage handling and misdirection together with his "Sticky Fingers: The Anytime Anywhere Pickpocket Routine". Lee has been performing for over 20 years, keeping a low profile on the magic radar from conventions and magic clubs until now. He is the only British Pickpocket to be head-hunted by Cirque du Soleil to headline in their touring show, performing over 1,000 pickpocketing stage shows to 2.7 million people in 24 months. He has just finished consulting for the National Geographic channel, and is due to release his new pickpocketing book "School for Pickpockets" a complete treatise on the art and practise of theatrical pickpocketing shortly. 7.4.12


Sebastian Hunt lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on the 12th of April. "The Great Sebastiano guides you through some of the essential sleights that every true magician should have in his or her repertoire, there’s advice on performing and creating magic in the real world and lots of other stuff! Whether you’re an embittered professional magician working the corporate scene, or a young scamp aspiring to take that first step into the real art of magic, this lecture is for you! 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 please contact Adam Mosley". 7.4.12


Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic. Five in a row today, Saturday 7th April, on CBBC. Iain Stirling presents the show in which four of the UK's hottest magicians visit primary schools posing as supply teachers to deliver some surprising magical lessons to the unsuspecting pupils. See TV Magic. (My son loves this show! DT). 7.4.12


Owen Lean, Kenny Lightfoot and Jack Wise amongst others will be performing this weekend at the Titanic Center in Belfast as part of the 100 year anniversary celebrations. Owen Lean says one of his ancestors helped design the titanic - thankfully, it was the interior! 7.4.12


Bill Thompson. On Tuesday the 10th April, the funeral of Blackpool's Bill Thompson will take place at Lytham Crematorium in Lytham, Lancashire at 3.30pm with a celebration of his life at Ribby Hall, Wrea Green, Lancashire, starting at 5pm in The Rowan Suite. All are invited that knew Bill, to say goodbye. Paul Zenon and Russ Stevens have requested no flowers, but rather a donation to Paul's Wonderbus Charity ( 7.4.12


"Magician uses Microsoft Kinect to wow TED crowd" Click Here • "Scottish magician Ryan Davidson wows with incredible card prediction" Click Here • "Police look into shooting death of magician’s wife" Click Here • "Start of a magical new life" Click Here • "Owner of 'Magic Factory' in Medford Charged with Stealing 500k from Customer" Click Here and "Rich Game Developer Didn’t Notice Magician Rob Him Of Half A Million Dollars" Click Here • Andy Clockwise reviews Oliver Graham's recent WAM lecture, Click Here • "‘Avant Garde’ at the Plaza brings international edge to L.V. magic scene" Click Here • "Magic trick: How Ryan Davidson is engaging teens with sleight-of-hand" Click Here • "Fraudster set to stand trial for trying to cheat celebrity mind-reader Derren Brown out of £33,000" Click Here • That's it for another week, have a good Easter Bank Holiday weekend, see you next week, Duncan. 7.4.12