Number 616 - 14th April 2012


Artistes appearing at FISM 2012: Lecturers/Close-up performers: Boris Wild (France), Marc Oberon (UK), Shoot Ogawa (Japan), Mark Mason (UK), Jay Scott Berry (USA), Kozmo (USA), Rocco (USA), Michael Weber (USA), Henry Evans (Argentina), Cameron Francis (USA), Joshua Jay (USA), Jon Archer (UK), Eberhard Reise (Germany), David Stone (France), Axel Hecklau (Germany), Michael Ammar (USA), Matthew Johnson (Canada), Eric Jones (USA), Sos and Victoria Petrosyan (Germany). Stage performers: Tony Chapek (USA), Soma (Hungary), Frank Wilson - Holland, Dolphin Dancers (UK), Clive Webb and Danny (UK), Marc Oberon (UK), Jon Archer (UK), Victor Michaels (UK), Ernesto Planas (Brazil), Han Seol Hui (Korea), Rocco (USA), Greg Frewin (Canada), Stan Allen (USA), Topas (Germany), Sabrina Fackelli and Gennady Kil (Germany), Amethyst (UK), Jupiter (Hungary), Rafael (Belgium), Paolo Giua (Italy), Mike Caveney (USA), Tina Lennart (USA), Great Nardini (UK), Richard McDougal (UK). Plus 100 Stage Competitors and 50 Close-Up Competitors in the FISM World Championships. Visit for more info and to register! 14.4.12


An Evening of Mysteries & Wonderment. "Richard Leigh's season of magic at The Lost Theatre continues with guests Julian James and Michael Vincent. Enjoy a presentation of mind reading, audience participation and charming classic magic. Close-up Magic will be presented in the bar before the show and during the interval." Sunday 6th May at 7.30pm. Tickets £12. Concessions £10. Family Ticket (minimum of 4 seats) £8 each. The Lost Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2JU (Map). Box Office 0844 8471680 or book online: 14.4.12


A (free!) Weekend of Wizardry. Visit the EMC website this weekend and watch sessions from previous conferences at absolutely no cost. Each weekend, between now and July, they'll show screenings from past conferences. Incredible magicians, amazing talks and spectacular presentations. Enjoy the screenings and register for this year’s Essential Magic Conference. Register before May 31st and get a 25% discount on all Essential Magic Collection products: First three speakers for EMC2012 announced: Bill Malone, a highly skilled card magician combing skill and entertainment in one magnificent bundle; Chris Kenner, the man behind Threefly and executive producer for David Copperfield; Paul Harris, his influence on contemporary magic runs deep, a real magic star. 14.4.12


Here tonight, Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow. Paul Daniels' 'Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow' can be seen this evening at The Elgiva Theatre, St Mary's Way, Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 1HR (Map). "In the world of television magic, no one has enjoyed more success than Paul Daniels. From the moment he burst onto our screens, his magic shows have topped the ratings. He is undoubtedly the most successful TV magician of the 20th century, and international sex symbol! He promises not to dance! He will be joined by the lovely Debbie McGee and Martin Daniels. A show full of magic, comedy and amazement" See for more tour dates. 14.4.12


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 (photo) 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 14.4.12


Magic Night, Madame JoJo's - London: "Throw it, catch it, predict it... with flying objects, levitating balls and some serious audience mind control! Pete Antoniou exercises audience control to make you do what he wants and is able to look into your brain in hilarious and bafflingly accurate ways. Mat Ricardo will be throwing and catching objects that should never, ever be thrown or caught. In between Matt Hennem will appear to levitate a seemingly weightless orb while he dances and moonwalks about it, Delores Deluxe will present the famous bandanna trick and James Pritchard will be drinking the most dangerous cocktail this side of a bar. Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee will expertly compère the show and saw a member of the audience in half - bring spare friends!" Friday May 4th. 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 14.4.12


Dani DaOrtiz One Day Card Magic Workshop - Sunday 29th April in London. Organiser Steve Truglia writes: "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! 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. 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. 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)." Visit for more information and to book. 14.4.12


Playtime Balloons is now open 24/7 - with a new online shop. In January the business was taken over by Stuart McDowell, better known as 'Mr Stix'. Playtime Balloons was originally established in 1973 by Doug Brearley. Today it offers and excellent range of products including books, DVDs and accessories. In the coming months the company will be adding new products, and will also be introducing a newsletter. Visit or call Stuart  McDowell on 01704 534363 for all you balloon needs. 14.4.12


A Jumbo Magic Auction is being held on Monday 16th April by Manchester Circle of Magicians at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Nr. Manchester, M5 4PE (Map). Doors open 6pm, auction commences 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers are Michael Shepherd and Derek Lever. Hundreds of items for sale including stage magic, kids props, books and DVDs. Members can attend free of charge, non-members pay £3.00 on the door. For more details ring 01253 810113 or email: 14.4.12


The Commercial Paul Gordon Magic Lecture. Tuesday 5th June at 8pm: Paul Gordon presents his commercial card magic lecture in North Wales. See for details and for details of Paul's lecture. Venue: Prestatyn Constitutional Club, 15 Eden Avenue, Prestatyn LL19 9DL (Map) 'The Real Secrets of Card Magic' Paul Gordon's new ebook, is reviewed by Al Smith this week, Click Here. 14.4.12


Supreme Magic Archive - Blackpool. Andrew Miles writes: "Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes... Supreme Magic Archive to hit Blackpool on Sunday 8th July at 4.30pm, Wednesday 11th July at 5pm and Friday 13th July at 5pm the ashes...Supreme Magic Archive to hit Blackpool on Sunday 8th July at 4.30pm, Wednesday 11th July at 5pm and Friday 13th July at 5pm. The venue is Tiffany's Hotel, 250-252 North Promenade, Blackpool FY1 1SA (Map) tel 01253 313414. Three identical shows (to give guests an opportunity to pick a convenient time to attend). The Shows will display a mass array of magic from the Supreme Magic's Hallmark range, thought to be lost forever! As well as other Supreme effects and stories about working for Supreme in the Edwin Hooper era! After all The Boss did want his magic to live forever! (Well Edwin..I am trying so hard!) Experience a blast from the past. Howard the General Manager of Tiffany's has waved his magic wand to give his guests an opportunity to attend. To book Tiffany's Hotel call 01253 313414." Andrew Miles. 14.4.12


David Hemingway's 'Comedy Pro-File' Lecture - Blackburn. Allan Clarke writes: On Sunday 15th April magicians will get the last chance to see David Hemingway present 'Comedy Pro-File'. First presented this year in London to first class reviews this lecture, centred around his latest book is an ideal starting point for comedy magicians, comperes and after-dinner speakers. The lecture will take place at the headquarters of the Modern Mystic League: St Silas Parish Centre, Preston New Road, Blackburn BB2 6PS (Map). Full details: Visiting magicians welcome, £5.00 on the door. Contact Allan Clarke on 01772 685073 for further information. 14.4.12


Two-day Balloon Event - Leeds. Graham Lee writes: This coming Tuesday and Wednesday, 17th and 18th April, there is a super two day balloon event happening in Leeds with Shirley Ray and Colin Myles running two hands-on lecture workshops on the Tuesday, the day being filmed for Balloon Artiste Guild members. Then on the Wednesday Daniel McCullough will be running a two hour workshop with guest lecturers in the afternoon. This will be a fun filled event that is open to everyone, for more details, Click Here. Tuesday runs from 10am to 8pm approx and the Wednesday from 10am to 5.30pm. To book Click Here. 14.4.12


Perth Magic Circle's annual Social Evening. Adrian Harris writes: Perth Magic Circle's annual Social Evening will be held on Wednesday 18th April in the Perth & District Ex-Servicemen's Club, Milne Street, Perth starting at 7.30pm. By way of a change this year, the Perth magicians will be performing close-up magic at the tables for our guests, then following the Buffet, a Cabaret will be presented with three guest acts. From Aberdeen, Gary Seagraves & JJ is returning to the club to present his polished act which was well received the last time he performed for us. Glasgow will be represented by Mandy Fletcher whose delightful award winning act has been seen at various magical events throughout the U.K. and to add a bit of variety, there will be a first time appearance in Perth of an Elvis look-a-like tribute act! It promises to be another good night. Tickets are available price £8.00 from the Hon. Sec. Adrian Harris, Tel.01738-628985 or 14.4.12


“Great hands… great intelligence… great feeling.” Juan Tamariz. “He has real flair for presentation and his sleights are as smooth as silk.” Michael Skinner. “Rafael is, without doubt, a master.” Ascanio. So what do you think? See the Raphael Benatar Lecture at the BMS in Birmingham, Tuesday 17th April see Paul Cadley, President, British Magical Society (and see What's On for a full list of Raphael's lecture tour dates). 14.4.12


JezO, the Cambridge-based entertainer, had a busier week than usual last week. On Tuesday he entertained and educated at the Northamptonshire Magician’s Club with a lecture on his own high-energy way of entertaining children, then after a few parties during the rest of the week he went on to a special wedding on Saturday (7th April) – his own. He married Miss Sara Neech at a ceremony full of surprises. This was followed by a reception with the theme of JezO’s Fun Fair, complete with Steam Gallopers; Fortune Teller; Fire Artist and much more. JezO and his bride performed a death-defying illusion for the delight of the crowd. This was followed by a spectacular firework display and the evening ended with a disco in which JezO even took to the decks for one session. There were many magicians among the guests and they will no doubt remember this wedding for a long time to come. Congratulations to Sara and JezO! 14.4.12


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