Number 619 - 5th May 2012


The 36th Collectors Day at The Magic Circle will take place on Saturday 26th May. Non Members are welcome. Author Trevor Dawson will talk about highlights from his book 'Charles Dickens: Conjurer, Mesmerist and Showman.' He will also explain about Dickens crusade against fraudulent spiritualists. Matt Field will be lecturing on "Magic's Most Prolific Author" giving an insight into a reclusive mystery man from New Jersey. Margaret Steele from New York is an authority on Adelaide Herrmann and her lecture will reveal much new information about the magical Herrmann dynasty and backstage details of the spectacular Herrmann show. Ian Barradell's collecting passion is Tenyo Magic. Ian will survey the range of ingenious tricks that have been marketed, and show some rare items from his enormous collection. There will be a very large sale of surplus collectors books from The Magic Circle library. Tickets, which include lunch, coffee and afternoon tea cost £40 and are available from The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Tel 020 7387 2222. Email Payment by cheque, payable to 'The Magic Circle' or by Visa or MasterCard. 5.5.12


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 31st May 2012. "An evening of magic with glamorous Laura London, the dry wit of Mike O’Brien, Oliver Tabor’s spectacular violin act, and the comedy of alternative magician Sean Heydon. Compered by the energetic Stephen Barry. Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Or come early to make an evening of it with dinner in the pub. It’s just 12 minutes from Central London by overground rail from Paddington to West Ealing, and the pub is just 2 minutes walk from the station. Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Tickets still just £10 from 5.5.12


Cyril Harvey London Lecture - Wednesday 16th May. From International Magic: Our next lecture is Cyril Harvey from France. Cyril has lectured all over Europe and the USA at many of the world's major magic conventions and his manipulation act won him a prize in the FISM World Championships 1991. The lecture is entitled "The Visual Magic of Cyril Harvey" and contains original ideas and concepts for both stage and close up magic. It looks to be a great lecture full of novel, creative and inspirational material. 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 at £15 per lecture but you must reserve a place in advance, please email to book. International Magic, 89 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5BX. Tel: 020 7405 7324 5.5.12


52nd Bristol Day of Magic, Sunday 13th May - updates: Pat Fallon will now lecture at the convention, and Graham Lee will present a session for balloon modelers. Plus: Close-up shows from Paul Gertner, Oscar Munoz and Will Gray. Lectures by Oscar Munoz and Paul Gertner. A 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. Sunday 13th May, at the Winter Gardens and Playhouse Theatre, Weston Super Mare. For more information and to download a registration form visit 5.5.12


Magic Sam presents Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer on Friday 11th May at Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, London. Magic (Beat the Wand) Sam has a fantastic late night cabaret/clubnight planed featuring the Fabulous Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, The Awesome Wizards of Odd, and Pico's Puppet Theatre. Doors open at, show at 9pm, and dancing until 2am. Ticket £8 in advance via or £10 on the door. Also see 5.5.12


Three more speakers announced for EMC2012: Deception artist Daniel Madison is new to EMC. Daniel is a former card cheat turned card expert, famous for his skill at the card table, his knowledge of hustles and facility with sleight of hand. Eric is back! Eric is a multi-talented magician. An expert in sleight of hand he is a speaker and consultant on all areas of deception and his advice is sought out by beginners and experts alike. And finally Woody Aragón, the Spanish maestro who really knows how to deliver astounding routines. His 'A Book in English', was a magic best-seller. His card magic is subtle and ingenious. Visit for more info and to register. 5.5.12


The Scottish Conjurers' Association are pleased to announce that Chris Stevenson will be lecturing at their club rooms on Wednesday 9th May 2012. Chris won the Blackpool Convention close-up competition earlier this year. Guests £10. Time 7.30pm. Venue. SMPT, 8/10 Balcaress Avenue, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). 5.5.12


Tru Test, a mentalist's dream come true: "The Tru Test is an updated version of U.F. Grant's classic Magazine Test. It can NOW be done with almost any modern magazine! This effect has received 'Worker of the Week' from Wizard Product Reviews and you can get it now with a free bonus. When you purchase the Tru Test you'll receive all three volumes of Kranzo's Mindzilla Mentalism absolutely free! A Mentalism package that is just too good to pass up. Watch Kranzo perform the Tru Test now! Click Here." 5.5.12


Bondini, Professional services for magicians: "Doctor Bondini has been touring his own illusion shows and operating a scenery and effects company for over 30 years. He designs and builds all his own equipment for himself and for fellow magicians. His eldest daughter Vanessa is the managing director of her own events and entertainment company, Bondini Ltd, and has now incorporated the specialist skills of her father and the extensive stock of magic apparatus to offer professional services to magicians on a commercial basis. Magic and illusion is a passion for Doctor Bondini and indeed his whole family, all of whom are involved in the show in some way. Renowned comedy magician and children’s entertainer JezO has followed in his father’s footsteps. Services include the design and construction of illusions and apparatus; repairs, refurbishment and modifications; illusions for sale or hire, Java doves and equipment; lighting, sound, staging and drapes. Furthermore, Bondini Ltd has an in-house musician who composes music and edits soundtracks for individual acts or whole shows. He has extensive experience of magic performance and produces the most exquisite music. Please visit our website for further information." 5.5.12


Children's Magic Fun Show In A Box! "Interested in starting to work (full or part-time) as a children's entertainer but not really sure were to start? Mike Clarke ('Magic Mike' - The Kids Magician) is releasing his 'Magic Show in a Box' at the end of the month. For full information, visit and be sure to check out the pre-release discount!" 5.5.12


Dani DaOrtiz One Day Workshop Aberdeen Scotland, Sunday 10th June 2012. Organiser Steve Truglia writes: "Following on from the amazing one day workshop held in London in April, 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 Aberdeen, Scotland. After his unbelievable appearances and lectures at The Session Convention, Dani has been touring the world as one of the most remarkable card men on the planet! His style is a highly friendly, hilariously funny mixture of Tamariz and Lennart Green, and belies a formidable understanding of the construction of devastatingly strong magic, which, coupled with amazing psychological wizardry leaves his audiences completely dumb struck. You will start using this stuff right away as it’s simply incredible. The workshop will take place from 9am, to 5pm. It will include performances, lectures, hands-on practice sessions, sessioning with Dani and a Q&A session. We would suggest that this workshop is not really suitable for complete beginners in card magic. 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. Venue is to be confirmed in the City of Aberdeen in Scotland, UK." For more info and to book visit 5.5.12


An Evening of Magic, The Arts Depot, London. 'Nicki's Smile' presents An Evening of Magic at The Arts Depot, North London, on Sunday 13th May 2012 at 7.45pm. Following the success of their launch event, Nicki's Smile is excited to announce their next event - An Evening of Magic. The following magicians will be performing: Nicholas Einhorn, winner on Penn & Teller's Fool Us, Justin Monehen, Martyn Rowland, James Freedman and Duncan Trillo. Hosted by Craig Squires and Darren Ruback. Tickets are £20. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your seats, email and for more information, visit or follow Nicki's Smile on Twitter Also see: 5.5.12


The Surrey Society of Magicians is pleased to announce that John Carey will be lecturing at the club on Thursday 10th May. John will feature material from his best selling DVDs Handle with Carey and 24 Seven produced by RSVP Magic. The lecture will feature card, coin and close-up magic with John's hallmark, stripped down, streamlined, handlings explained in great detail. There will truly be something for all skill levels, in what promises to be a fantastic evening! 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 5.5.12


Summer Seaside Special: 16th June to 29th September. "Celebrating 35 years of Seaside Special at Cromer Pier. Starring: Comedy Magician Dain Cordean, Comedy Performer Ben Langley , Vocalists Rob McVeigh & Sophie Bloom, The Seaside Special Dancers and a Surprise Specialty Act. Tickets: £10.00 - £19.50. Box Office: 01263 512495 or book online via 5.5.12


Magicseen Issue 44 May 2012. "The latest issue of Magicseen is determined to give you a laugh. We have comedy King Mac (or Mac King to his friends) on the cover and inside he tells us how a small town boy from Louisville made it big in Vegas. Jay Sankey provides a hilarious interview with fellow Canadian funster David Acer, while there are magical moans a-plenty when The Grumpy Old Magicians Ride Again. And to top it all off, Jay Fortune turns up the comic irony with his latest Think Tank column. If you want to teach your fellow magicians a thing or two, we provide you with help in So You Want To Be A...Lecturer, Ken Ford-Powell relates the great work he is doing with his magic and teaching in Bagladesh, and Rafael and friends cause a stir in Kuwait! All this plus loads more including Club Land featuring the Blackpool Magicians Club, the Masterclass, reviews, letters, news and other bits and pieces to help your month along. Available now from" 5.5.12


James Brown Update: New book available for pre-order, and Seminar dates announced! James Brown is back with an exciting new look at the psychology of performance. His new book, The Professional Opportunist, will be published in June and is now available to pre-order Click Here. By visiting you can register to receive an exciting free chapter on 'confidence'. James is also pleased to announce new dates for the P.O.W.A. (Professional Opportunist Wrongless Approach) Hypnosis Seminar, taking place in central London on June 9th and 10th. This course will give participants all the soft skills and practical training required to hypnotise people right away. Step out of your comfort zone, engage with anyone and develop powerful confidence! Click Here for more details. 5.5.12


Pat Fallon lecture, 9th May, Bolton. Pat Fallon, Ireland's only Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle, will be presenting his lecture on Close-up and Stand up Magic '87 to 2012 (25 years of magic)' at Bolton Magicians' Club on Wednesday 9th May at 8.30pm. Pat'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. James Hodgkiss. 5.5.12 email: Due to unforeseen circumstances will be ceasing trading beyond June 20th 2012. We are selling off all the stock with up to 75% off many items. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their loyalty and custom throughout the last couple of years. 5.5.12


Chris Wood presents “Magic with Charm” at the British Magical Society, Birmingham, on Tuesday 8th May at 7.30pm at Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). See for details. 5.5.12


Ed Sumner writes: "I've been invited to take part in an question and answer session on the website - head over there and ask me whatever you like, and I'll try to answer your questions as best I can. Feel free to check me out at or on facebook and twitter. Thanks." 5.5.12


Hypnosis Training Event: "Dean Gold presents Jonathan Royle. They don't want you to meet him. So exclusive, they won't know! Twenty Six places only! Fascinated with hypnosis? Still lacking confidence to hypnotise anyone fast? Want to be fully accredited, licensed, safe and ready to perform therapy or mind-magic and mentalism, any time, anywhere, without any props? No need to spend another penny on hypnosis courses or material, ever! That's our guarantee. 2 Day Intensive Accelerated Learning Course in Hypnotherapy – NLP – Complete Mind Therapy – Rapid Inductions For Stage, Street & Clinical Purposes. Everything you need. Guaranteed. Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October 2012, Luxury Venue: The Arch Hotel, Great Cumberland Place, London W1H. London’s best contemporary luxury boutique hotel. To book and for further details visit: 5.5.12


Watford Association of Magicians is pleased to announce that after the passing last year of Terry Seabrooke, Michael Dix is going to be our new president. Michael first became interested in magic during the 1940's, when a friend of the family gave him a box of magic tricks. He joined WAM when he was a teenager when they met in the tower at Watford Roman Catholic Church. He left magic in his early 20's but rejoined WAM in the late 70's and has remained a member ever since. He has also been a member of the London Society of Magicians and has been their President for the last 10 years. He will be resigning in October and is looking forward to being President of WAM. Julie Carpenter. 5.5.12


Bristol Care & Share Balloon Fun Day. Organiserr Graham lee writes "Bristol Care & Share Balloon Fun Day, 10am to 5pm on Monday May 14th (the day after the Bristol Magic convention). There will be three lecture/workshops throughout the day with a basic class in the morning, plus a 'show and tell' request session where if I make it I’m happy to show my version of the model/sculpture, and we are planning a couple of mystery guest spots. So hopefully a fun filled day. Booking details: 5.5.12


Paul Gordon will be lecturing at the Southend Sorcerers Society tomorrow, Sunday 6th May... "performing and teaching some new gems he has never before shown other magicians." See for contact info and to attend. 5.5.12


The Fylde Mystics Close-up Competition. Alan Mylecraine reports: The Fylde Mystics recently held their annual close-up competition which saw 11 year old Harry Moulding take first place in a very strong line up. Harry is sure to be one to watch in the future with his magical skill and well timed patter, the prize winners were 3rd Place: Paul Joyce; 2nd Place: Alan Mylecraine; 1st Place: Harry Moulding; Best Card Trick: Colin Williams and the Tyro Trophies went to Harry Moulding and Jonathan Joyce. The Fylde Mystics is open to all enthusiastic magicians and actively promotes the performance of magic, for more details visit or email Alan Mylecraine (Photo: Harry Moulding receiving his award from Northern Magic Circle President Steve Bellerby). 5.5.12


Winchester Magic Society are delighted to be hosting Pat Fallon for a lecture on stand-up/stage/cabaret magic this Thursday, 10th May. The lecture will commence at 8pm at the Badger's Farm Community Centre, SO22 4QB (Map). Non-members welcome for a nominal £5 entrance fee. 5.5.12


Every Trick in the Book - Cardiff Magical Society. Cardiff Magical Society present an evening with the author of "Every Trick in the Book", Charlie Dancey, on May14th: "Charlie will be telling us all about the book, and teaching us some "Tricks" from within its pages... it's full of tricks, scams, juggling patterns, every day tips, lion taming and lots more! The book will be on sale at the end of the night at a special price and if you ask him nicely he will sign it too! The evening is open to all, so bring your friends and family." More info: 5.5.12


Gatling Magic will be presenting their brand new street show The Mystic Emporium this weekend at the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza in North Wales. If you’re travelling the streets of the Extravaganza, then why not stop by the weird and wonderful Mystic Emporium, a shop of strange oddities and wondrous sights? Join the proprietors Jay Gatling and Amelia as they take you on a tour of their marvelous, miraculous, magical world. The Victorian Extravaganza runs throughout the weekend on the 5th, 6th and 7th of May. For more information visit out or 5.5.12


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