Number 620 - 12th May 2012


The countdown to FISM 2012 has begun with the release of the final list of competitors vying for top honours in England in July 2012. Download the complete list via Register for FISM 2012 via the banner above. (Anyone who's attended the regular Blackpool convention during the past couple of years, together with Paul Stone's recent London Palladium show, will spot three acts in that very impressive list of talent that many would rank as simply the very best already! This competition looks set to be the finest FISM championship for 30+ years... you'd really have to go back to the days of Richard Ross and Lance Burton to get close to some of the talent competing this year. DT) 12.5.12


More EMC2012 Speakers! "Three more incredible performers who will be joining us in the world’s only digital conference for magic and magicians: Yaan Frisch. FISM award winner and French magic champion Yann Frisch is one of magic’s freshest talents. Yann has been creating a sensation wherever he goes with his unique take on classic magic, an absurdist take on the cups and balls. Cool, clever, stylish and oh so artful. We are proud to have one of France’s top performers at EMC. Guy Hollingworth. Guy Hollingworth is one of the world’s leading sleight of hand artists. His most famous effect is probably The Reformation, an impossible torn and restored card. His book Drawing Room Deceptions is a one of magic’s contemporary classics. His theatre show, The Expert at the Card Table, has played to packed houses and rave reviews. For us he is the personification of elegant conjuring and we look forward to his return to EMC. Jansenson. From Argentina we are excited to introduce the wonderful Norberto Janenson, a magician who brings theatre and storytelling to his magic. He is a favourite of Rene Lavand, combining culture, literature and mystery to create a unique theatrical, spiritual and emotional experience for his audience. He is famous for his theatre and television appearances in Argentina. Welcome Jansenson!" Free Screening Weekends: Register today: 12.5.12


The 2012 Magic Trek sets off from Portsmouth & District Magic Circle on Wednesday 16th May. Nine magicians, led by Harvey the seven foot tall rabbit, will walk 115 miles over six days to finish at The Magic Circle HQ in London on Monday 21st May. They are raising money for Anthony Nolan, the charity that helps save the lives of people with blood cancer.

The Magic Trek’s schedule is as follows...
Wednesday 16th - Portsmouth to The Regis Centre, Bognor Regis (eta 18.00)
Thursday 17th – Bognor Regis to Shoreham High Street (eta 17.30)
Friday 18th – Shoreham to The Dorset, 22 Malling Street, Lewes (eta 17.00)
Saturday 19th – Lewes to East Grinstead High Street (eta 18.30)
Sunday 20th – East Grinstead to South London Magic Society, Cobden Road, South Norwood (eta 18.00)
Monday 21st – South Norwood to The Magic Circle HQ, London (eta 16.00)
To follow the walkers’ progress online visit
To sponsor, please visit


Magic Nights at Madame JoJo’s, London: May 18th and June 1st. Friday, May 18th: "Brilliant illusionist Michael Vadini plays with water and money, disappearing and re-appearing coins in ways that would make the financial sector jealous, Matt G will bring out the psychic in you and control you enough to make you read other peoples minds and in-between Count Adriano Fettucini plays with cigar boxes in unusual and dangerous ways… and he won’t smoke a single one. Meanwhile Loretta Maine will be singing hilariously drunken, angry songs and Myra Dubois will treat you to her magical big kids party (don’t really bring kids, frankly she’s not very good with them and this is an 18 and over show.) Proceedings will be expertly compered by mighty sorcerer Neil Henry."


Friday 1st June: "Chris Cox will be using mind reading, psychology and lying whilst trying to influence you and be your friend in order to stroll through your head and reveal what’s on your mind, Whilst the polite Victorian gentlemen, Morgan and West will second guess your moves and biscuit preferences. AJ James will be endangering his life, his limbs and the front row with sharp objects whilst balancing on a skateboard and Katinka, the Russian ballerina shows us moves in the type of ballet shoes that would stop traffic… literally! All expertly compered by Christian Lee who will be spiking cups and risking his hands." Doors open 7pm show starts at 7.45pm for both evenings. 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 12.5.12


Morgan & West: Time Travelling Magicians 21st - 24th May 9pm (8.30pm on 22nd). Great Scott! Victorian magicians Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you. Victorian magic duo Morgan & West present an hour of baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers and a totally genuine ability to travel through time. No future is left unforeseen, no timeline left unaltered as this pair of temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with their trademark mixture of magic, wit and whimsy. Tickets £9 (£8 concessions) Call 01273 572101 to book tickets or visit Venue: Iambic Arts, 38 Regent Street, Brighton BN1 1UN (Map) 12.5.12


52nd Bristol Day of Magic - tomorrow. 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 and Will Gray. Lectures by Oscar Munoz, Pat Fallon and Paul Gertner. A balloon session with graham lee. 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 12.5.12


Man U Magic! Matt Windsor emails: "Just a note from our group of magicians to say: Man Utd finished the season off with 28 magicians at the last home match with a total of 350 bookings for magicians during the season. If there are any experienced working professionals that are interested in working next season they can contact me on Click Here to enlarge the photo. 12.5.12


Street magician Owen Lean stars in the newly rebooted web series 'I Am Tim', alongside Jamie McKeller and Jennifer Jordan. Owen plays Richard Timmons, a documentary filmmaker creating a documentary about Tim Helsing, the last remaining descendant of Van Helsing: "By day he's an ordinary office worker, by night he fights the stinking horde of the filthy undead - except on Thursdays when he has band practice. The hilarious mockumentary is very much in the great British tradition of horror comedy such as Sean of the Dead, and features extraordinary special effects, and a tiny bit of magic now and then too." 12.5.12


Children's Magic Fun Show 'In A Box'! "Interested in working 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 - including the special pre-release discount and new 2-month payment plan option - visit" 12.5.12


The second Equivoque Workshop will be taking place in central London on Saturday, June 16th. Run by renowned linguistic deceptionist Mark Elsdon, it is sure to receive similar raves to the first one. For more information and booking visit: 12.5.12


The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians held their annual Stage Competition, "The Tony Shelley Cup", last Wednesday, May 2nd. There were 5 competitors and the deserved winner was Steve Evans. Steve was diagnosed with life limiting cancer last September but with good health at the moment he continues to make the most of life. As well as his win last week he has also won the WCM close-up and British Magical Society’s Parlour Magic competitions. He has also been booked for numerous magic events including lecturing at the British Magical Society and the Travis Perkins Assembly, hosting Kidology and compering the stage competition at the IBM convention in Great Yarmouth. Steve discussed living with his condition recently in an interview on national radio; to download Click Here. 12.5.12 Owner, Garry Sprackling writes: "Hello, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you all to my new on-line Magic Supply website: I have been a passionate follower of Magic all my life and I have performed sleight of hand and card tricks for the past ten years. This passion has caused me to open a business selling magic props. Please feel free to visit the site and I will be more than happy to answer any queries that you may have. Thanks for looking, Garry Sprackling." 12.5.12


Mark Leveridge goes “Walkabout” at the BMS, Birmingham on Tuesday 15th May. "A great chance to see someone who needs no introduction: Mark Leveridge dealer, inventor, author, publisher and Professional Magician for more years than many of us can remember, presents his acclaimed lecture 'Going Walkabout' on this lucrative style of magic. Whether you are a seasoned professional or neophyte wanting to break into this rewarding market, you will be hard-pressed to find a better teacher. Mark presents his 'Going Walkabout' lecture at 7.30pm at Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). Visit for details." Paul Cadley, President, British Magical Society. 12.5.12


Luke Jermay Lecture. Tuesday, 15th May at 8pm at The Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Yeoman of England, 31 High Street, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6LP (Map). Non-members £8. Further details from club President David Charles Miller 07870 140958. 12.5.12


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic. Mike Shepherd writes: Travis Perkins is pleased to announce the date for the 20th Ferrybridge Day of Magic. Sunday 1st July 2012. With two Lecturettes, Dealers and traders, the Showette, and contracts permitting, another informative Question Time session, the day looks promising, and all for £4.00. Returning with a sequel to his last Lecturette will be the ever effervescent Steve Evans – ‘Things you Can and Will Use 2’. A departure from magic will be a Lecturette presented by Mr Alec Powell – ‘Getting to Grips with Graphology’. Along with Steve in the Showette will be the new ‘Illusory Illusions’ of Amethyst, and something special from ‘someone special’. More news as we approach the day! Venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ (Map). Doors open 9.45am. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Information can be obtained from Travis Perkins or telephone Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500." 12.5.12


Service to Scottish Magic. Since 1991, the Jim Craig Quaich has been awarded to magicians who have given outstanding service to Scottish Magic. In the past, the award has been presented annually at S.A.M.S. conventions to Eddie Dawes, Pat Page, Roy Walton, Peter Duffie, Johnny Geddes and Tom Owen, to name but a few. This year's award has been presented to Ian Adair, who first performed at early S.A.M.S. conventions in the 1950's, graduating throughout the years to become a well known magical author, dealer and lecturer. "It was a great honour to receive this special award and also to feature in this year's convention programme" Ian said. "The convention took place in my home town of Kilmarnock, and it has been fifty years since I last visited the place where my magical interest was first aroused." 12.5.12


Edinburgh Magic Circle are holding their annual Open Night on Friday 18th May at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Over 18's only. Tickets are only £5 and are selling fast so contact The Secretary Ian Buchan if you are interested in coming along to see some top class entertainment. Ian Buchan. 12.5.12


The Twins FX are part of the creative team behind Vampirette, a musical comedy – a vampire love story. "Premiering at the Manchester Opera House, as part of Manchester Get it First, Vampirette is a fangtastic brand new musical that gives you a lite nite bite of blood curdling fun. Life sucks when you’re young – but try being a vampire too, it’s a real pain in the neck! Vampi isn’t your typical vampire, she dreams of a normal life; boys, fashion – having a reflection! But she soon shows us that just because you’re ‘undead’ doesn’t mean you can’t have a life! This brand new musical which promises excitement, rock anthems, classic romantic ballads plus a host of incredible effects, including a flying vampires, making this show a spooktakular! You’ll go batty at this wickedly funny new musical in May at The Opera House, Manchester." 12.5.12


Peter McLanachan lectures at the Cardiff Magical Society on May 28th: "We are having a lecture by Peter McLanachan. He will be traveling down to Wales, then early the next day flying of to Germany. 'A good guy and a great cardman. Be prepared for a few surprises…' R. Paul Wilson Visiting Magicians are welcome at £10 each but please inform a member first. Full Details can be found at" Russell Wells. 12.5.12


'Oliver Meech: When Magic and science Collide' comes to Brighton and Oxford Fringes. Following sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and Manchester Comedy Festival, magic boffin Oliver Meech returns to meddle with forces we barely understand. Expect amazing tricks inspired by astounding science, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. It's the Natural Selection!**** 'funny, endearing, impressive showmanship' ThreeWeeks, 'real gasps of awe' Broadway Baby. Brighton: 21st-24th May, 8.15pm (1 hour), Laughing Horse @ The Hobgoblin, £5 (£3 concs), tickets: Oxford: 31st May & 2nd June, 7.30pm (1 hour), Turl Street Kitchen, £8 (£7), tickets: 12.5.12


The Karnival of Kitsch. Wednesday 30th May sees the Karnival of Kitsch return to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern with a night of intensely cheesy cabaret thrills with your hosts, Freddie Valentine and Holly Blue. Together Freddie and Holly perform the kitschiest of duets. "The wildest of variety shows also has a top-class line-up of unusual and talented performers, hand picked by Freddie and Holly. Expect a hugely diverse mixture taking in mind reading, burlesque, comedy, magic and some of those unusual acts you are unlikely to see very often…" More info: 12.5.12


Yvette the Headless Lady can be seen this weekend at Carters Steam Fair, Pinkney’s Green, near Maidenhead, SL6 5DN (Map), Saturday 12th May (12 noon-11pm) and Sunday 13th May (12 noon-9pm). Jon Marshall, proprietor of Sideshow Illusions, said, “I’m delighted that these wonderful old shows, with the original show fronts, first created in the 1950s by Jon Gresham are now thrilling new audiences.” The Headless Lady comes direct from her appearance with five other sideshow illusions at the Roundhouse last week in a sell out run of shows. This will be the first time for over fifty years that this show has been seen on a Fairground and Carters, a traditional, vintage fair is the ideal venue for Yvette to make her re-appearance. Yvette, The Headless Lady, is kept alive by the miracles of modern medicine. She moves, she breathes, she lives! In this brilliant Sideshow Illusion Dr Van Bergh explains, “Many people believe such a thing is impossible. You have all heard of artificial hearts and artificial lungs so you may believe the evidence of your own eyes, from her neck come tubes…So step right in…Just as you see her depicted on the outside so you will see her inside, she is Alive!” 12.5.12


Thursday will be a busy day for magician Steve Gore. At 1pm he'll be performing two spots in the Little Diamonds award ceremony show at St. Georges Hall, Bradford with his daughter Deanna for an audience of over a 1,000 in a Diamond Jubilee themed show. Then in the evening he'll present his lecture 'Ramblings from a suspender of Disbelief' for Hull Magic Circle. The lecture features lots of original ideas for close-up, stage and children's magic. It also includes his effect Trick Photography, the borrowed iPhone trick. All attendees at the lecture will receive a free PDF copy of Steve's lecture notes. Door opens at 7pm, lecture starts at 7.45pm. 12.5.12


The 'Tricks at the Tryst' show on Saturday 19th of May at 6.30pm at the Falkirk Town Hall, Falkirk FK1 5RS (Map) promises to be a night of wonder and amazement courtesy of the local Forth Valley Magic Circle: "Comprising dedicated amateurs and seasoned professionals, the club has been promoting the art of magic for the last three decades. The format of the show will be a mix of cabaret, stage and close-up magic." Tickets are just £5 each and can be booked by either emailing Mark Dunn, or calling Mark on 07968 792134 or in person from the Steeple box office in Falkirk town centre. This event has sold out for the last 4 years, so do contact Mark in advance if you would like tickets to avoid disappointment. 12.5.12


Camelot Theme Park’s jester, Scoop, will be taking his juggling talents to new heights in Scotland, England and Wales as he attempts the daunting National Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for Donna's Dream House, a Blackpool charity. Paul Dawson, otherwise known as Scoop the Jester, will tackle the daunting challenge on May 14th, when he will attempt to climb the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland - Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis - in less than 24 hours. Scoop will wear his colourful jester’s costume for the duration of the challenge, and will even do some juggling at the top of each peak. For more info. You can find out more at or donate at or visit Scoop's website". 12.5.12


Magician James Piper will be featured on Panorama this Monday at 8.30pm on BBC1. James is playing the part of a crooked account who can make your tax bills disappear, by magic! • "Magician David Copperfield sues over work at private island retreat" Click Here • "Summer festival kicks off with entertainment" Click Here • "Magician Richard Bellars midway through 100-hour challenge" Click Here • "Pick a card, any card ... study finds magicians can influence the choice" Click Here • "The Prestige: 6 Magician Movies That Dare to Amaze" Click Here • "Magicians Book Up Fast" Click Here • Ghost the Musical: Feeling Is Believing Commercial Click Here • Criss Angel talks to Lance Burton Click Here • That's it, the sun is shining, have a great weekend, Duncan. 12.5.12