Number 621 - 19th May 2012


Paul Kieve, The Real Dumbledore. "The magician behind effects for 'Ghost,' 'Lord of the Rings,' and 'Harry Potter' talks about his craft. 'I'm not using magic,' says Paul Kieve, when asked how he can make a man walk through a door in a live theatrical performance. 'I'm creating the illusion of magic...'" To read the full interview by Shareen Pathak visit (MagicWeek went to see Ghost last year and absolutely loved it! Click Here) 19.5.12


Peter Wardell is planning to host a series of 2-day intensive, residential courses this August. Each course is limited to 4 attendees and as well as looking at Personal, Professional and Performance Magic they will provide in-depth coaching and advice on requested topics. For more information visit: 19.5.12


Steve Allen's Magic Circle Mysteries. Join LBC 97.3FM's Steve Allen for an afternoon of magic with stars of The Magic Circle as he launches the Summer Season of Sorcery with his Magic Circle Mysteries. You'll be have the opportunity to explore the extraordinary Headquarters of The Magic Circle, see the dazzling display of wonder in The Devant Room and have the chance to visit the museum to see the history of mystery. There will be close-up magicians performing miracles right under your nose and then a full stage show in the intimate Magic Circle theatre. Saturday 30th June 2.30pm. Tickets: £25 via 19.5.12


Stars of Magic at EMC! Time to announce three more of the 33 featured artists at this year’s Essential Magic Conference. Register now and get the Early Bird bonuses! From the organisers: David Williamson. David Williamson is one of the greatest performers that magic has ever produced. He combines skill and comedy in way that no one else can. His magic is outstanding, his style is unique and his sense of humour leaves us breathless. David Williamson is a real star of magic. Paul Daniels. Paul Daniels is Britain’s most successful television magician, a truly talented performer with a lifetime of experience to share. His long running BBC television series influenced a generation of magicians. He is a performer, creator, consultant and a great friend to EMC. Paul, welcome back. Eberhard Riese. Eberhard Riese is the secret weapon behind many of the world’s top performers. He is a magician with enormous technical knowledge and theatrical experience and director of many awarding winning magic acts. In 2006 he was awarded the Creative Fellowship by the Academy of Magical Arts in Los Angeles. Register before May 31st and get a 25% discount on all Essential Magic Collection products. This includes the highly praised DVDs of Dani DaOrtiz, Lennart Green, Rene Lavand and Luis de Matos. 19.5.12


Tickets for The Magic Circle Christmas Show 2012 are now on sale! Join stars of The Magic Circle for the annual festive extravaganza. See magic being performed right under your nose as you mingle with magicians at the world famous headquarters of The Magic Circle before enjoying a full programme of illusion and wonder in our intimate theatre. The Magic Circle Christmas Show sells-out every year, so book now! Performances: 27th - 30th December at 2.30pm and 7pm. For bookings of over 10 and for specific seats call 0844 871 8819. To book quickly and securely, visit 19.5.12


Bravo Bravia... Last week Drummond Money-Coutts launched a joint campaign with Sony - performing magic with their new Bravia HX8, a revolution in television technology: "...a thought-of card appears inside the television itself before then being pulled out again and given to the spectator." To watch the video Click Here. For further information on the campaign visit Drummond's official Facebook page: 19.5.12


Leamington and Warwick Magic Society’s Day of Magic - 20th June. Mark Traversoni writes: It’s only just over 4 weeks now until the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society’s Day of Magic at Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa, CV32 7LN (Map). 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 Lecturing: Peter Wardell - 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. As a professional ventriloquist, he includes a section on puppets too. 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! Also, Richard will discuss his brand new “P.E.T” which is set to revolutionise the Card to Wallet genre. Mini Lecture / Teach In’s: Mark Traversoni - Mark will be running a 'Haunted by Peter Eggink' teach in / workshop (you must bring your DVD to gain entry). 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 approx’ 7.30am and breakfast when you first arrive. In the evening we will again be holding the Midlands Champion of Champions Close-up Competition. Plus a great range of dealers who quote this event as one of the most enjoyable of the year. Free parking. 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. 19.5.12


Twenty years ago Quentin Reynolds gave his first mentalism show, a show which has developed and grown dramatically since. Kennedy quizzed Quentin for two and a half hours on the transition from magician to mentalist. Covering professional routines and advice won from hard graft, Quentin freely discusses and expands on a myriad of topics, performance tips and effects for today's mentalist. Details: 19.5.12


Pickpocket lecture - Leicester Magic Circle. For the last time this year, Lee Thompson will be presenting his acclaimed lecture before returning to Cirque Du Soleil's hit show "Kooza" in the starring role as "The Pickpocket". Non members welcome (£10 entrance fee) at on the 21st May 2012 at 7.30pm. This unique lecture on theatrical pickpocketing focuses on two areas: getting hired by Cirque Du Soleil and an in-depth look at techniques used in picking pockets, misdirection and stagecraft. Also being featured "Sticky Fingers: The Any Time, Anywhere Pickpocket" which is the perfect routine for any magician who wants to add a dipping routine to their act. Lee has been performing professionally for over 20 years. He is the only UK Pickpocket to have been head hunted by Cirque Du Soleil to headline in their touring show, performing over 1000 pickpocketing stage shows to 2.7 million people. He has just finished consulting for National Geographic Channel and the BBC, and is due to release his new Pickpocket book "School for Pickpockets" a complete treatise on the art and practice of theatrical pickpocketing shortly. 19.5.12


Merlins of Wakefield have just released their latest 'May/June Preview' featuring 16 pages of great magic for everyone, and it's free! Just email them and they will send a copy to your postal address, or email you a PDF copy. They are also having a lecture by Chris Congreave on Wednesday 13th June at 7pm at the shop. If you would like to attend, you must book in advance as space is limited. Click Here for further details. 19.5.12


Riviera Circle of Magicians move in to the Hotel. Ozzy Dee writes: "Riviera Circle of Magicians has a new venue. It is the Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay which featured on the TV series 'The Hotel'. The new venue will be having Craig Petty lecture as its first meeting on the 23rd May 2012, visiting magicians welcome. Grosvenor Hotel, Belgrave Road, Torquay TQ2 5HG (Map). 8pm start but meet for drink in the bar from 7pm." 19.5.12


Close-Up @ The Magic Circle. Friday 8th June, 7.30pm. Close-up magic is one of the most popular and impressive forms of the art using everyday objects and borrowed items and this event showcases some of the best exponents. Audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of The Magic Circle Headquarters in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing! Currently featuring - Michael Vincent, Chris Wood, Roberto Forzoni and Ari Philips. Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm. All seats are £16 with special reduction for Members and Friends of The Magic Circle. To book online visit Telephone bookings: 0871 220 0260 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras). General Enquiries: 020 7387 2222 or Venue: The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD 19.5.12 are now taking pre-orders for The Spider Pen Pro (with DVD) by Yigal Mesika which is being released worldwide on June 25th. Priced very competitively at £113.99 demand will be high, so order soon to avoid disappointment. Newly released this week is the Trilby Deck by Big Blind Media and Kaymar Magic. Containing 2 decks of special Bicycle Cards and a full length DVD, the Trilby Deck is a whole gaffed deck system that allows unparalleled freedom in performance. stock a wide range of magic tricks and accessories to suit all ages, abilities and budgets and carry one of the largest selections of Bicycle Playing cards in the UK. 19.5.12


An Evening of Mysteries and Wonderment. Julian James and Michael Vincent's show 'An Evening of Mysteries and Wonderment' at the Lost Theatre, Wandsworth, on Sunday May 6th, was a tremendous success... so the two are returning, but this time for a 4-night run from July 3rd-6th. Enjoy an array of pre-show close-up magic in the bar, before the main show begins. More info and tickets via: 19.5.12


Covent Garden Punch & Judy Festival. Mel Harvey reports: "Last weekend Covent Garden was host to Punch Professors from all over the world including Japan and the U.S.A. There were a number of "Magical" Professors including Alan Astra, Terry Herbert and John Styles. It was a two day event with a giant birthday cake and an enormous booth into which were squeezed at least 200 hundred Mr Punch's. Festivities included several Punch and Judy Shows, dancing around the May Pole and a Punch Marching Band with a lively procession around the streets of London. The weekend culminated in a stage show at the Strand Palace Hotel featuring, Mickie Driver, The Wright Stuff, Mel Mellers and The Presto Puppets. (Photo: Mel Harvey, who features Mr Punch in his children's Seaside Show, the crocodile and the policeman.) 19.5.12


The Magic Circle's Thirty-Sixth Collectors' Day. A reminder and final call for The Magic Circle's Thirty-Sixth Collectors' Day, open to non-members, which will be held at the Centre for the Magic Arts, Euston, on Saturday 26th May. Speakers include Trevor Dawson on Charles Dickens, Conjurer, Mesmerist and Showman, Matt Field on Karl Fulves, Magic's Most Prolific Author, Margaret Steele on Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic and Ian Barradell on Tenyo Magic . There will also be an Exhibition of Some Treasures from the Collection of Trevor Dawson. Additionally, hundreds of collectable books will be available for sale. Tickets (including lunch and afternoon tea) are £40.00 and available from The Magic Circle, The Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD Tel. 020 7387 2222 Email Payment may be made by cheque (payable to 'The Magic Circle') or by Visa / MasterCard. 19.5.12


Reality Vaccine: Reading Date. Having just returned from a successful engagement abroad the Pacific Princess presenting his show 'Reality Vaccine, Ian Souch can be seen closer to home when he performs once again at the South Street theatre in Reading in June. The January show was a sell out so book early. Date: 8th June 2012 at 8pm. Venue details: South Street Arts Centre, Reading. Box office: 01189 960 6060 £10 + booking fee. Also see: Cost: £10 + booking fee. With close-up magic in the bar at 7pm. Showtime 8pm. Interval included. "Ian performs feats so impressive he appears psychic" 3 Weeks Edinburgh Fringe Review. 19.5.12


Andi Gladwin will be presenting his “Modus Operandi Lecture” at the BMS Birmingham on Tuesday 22nd May: "Professional close-up magician Andi Gladwin receives rave reviews as he lectures around the country. This Tuesday he comes to Birmingham to present his “Modus Operandi Lecture” at 7.30pm Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map) see for details." Paul Cadley, President, British Magical Society. 19.5.12


Andrew Normansell will be lecturing for the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 23rd May at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby. Paul Sharp writes: Andrew will be presenting his unique lecture combining magic, comedy and an experience to remember. Many unusual presentations and original ideas plus extensive professional performance tips from years of performing in the real world. Visiting magicians are very welcome, there is a small fee of £5 payable on the night. Please contact our secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. 19.5.12


South Staffordshire Society of Magicians Competition results. Ian Brennan writes: The South Staffordshire Society of Magicians are proud to announce the winners of their 3rd annual Stage competition. Overall winner Ian Brennan and comedy winner Craig Davies, performed along with a wide range of other magicians to a packed venue in Monday night’s competition lasting nearly 3 hours. This was Ian Brennan’s first entry to the competition. He obtained a unanimous decision from the judges (both magical and lay judges) for his dramatic and thoughtful presentation of mentalism effects. Craig Davies, who last year made a clean sweep across both the stage and close up awards, collected the comedy award again this year for a very funny and inspired puppet routine leaving the audience giggling in their seats. For another chance to see Ian Brennan and Craig Davies perform check out for information about the club’s end of season show where they will all be performing alongside well known magicians. For more information on the magicians or on club activities please visit 19.5.12


Michael Vincent: Elegant Deceptions. Friday 20th July 2012 7.30pm. The Magic Circle Summer Season of Sorcery continues with an evening with Michael Vincent: Elegant Deceptions with special guest Julian James. Three times winner of The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year competition, and seen on Penn & Teller's "Fool Us", join Michael for a celebration of magic, its history and its practitioners through conversation and performance. In addition to the classical magic of Michael Vincent, you'll be treated to the contemporary Mind Reading skills of Julian James. A truly unmissable event! Suitable for ages 12 upwards. For tickets and more information visit Venue: The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD


At their recent AGM, Paisley Magic Circle voted to make Peter McLanachan an Honorary Life Member in recognition of all that he has done for the Club. The official presentation was made by President Graham White, pictured with Peter, at his President’s Night held last week in Paisley. Upon receiving his Honorary Membership Peter said “I am very humbled to receive this and wish to thank everyone at Paisley Magic Circle for this wonderful honour. Paisley was the first magical society I ever joined and has always, and will always, be very close to my heart.” 19.5.12


Jubilee Variety Show, Wolverhampton. Amy Majhu writes: Tettenhall Division of Girlguiding UK are delighted that Romany - Diva of Magic is headlining their Jubilee Variety Show on Saturday 26th May 2012, starting at 10am at the Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton. Other acts include escapologist Mark Harrington, Jake McCormick and Master Tom Jones. There are limited spare tickets available for this event. If you are interested in coming to see this show or have a short non-magic act that you would like to perform then please contact Amy Majhu 19.5.12


Mario Morris hosts the School of Busking this weekend in Cardiff with guest lecturer Owen Lean: "The school, taking place in Mario's Magic Center in Cardiff will take students talent and help them turn it into a profitable street show, culminating with them performing on the streets of Cardiff on Sunday Afternoon." 19.5.12


Theo The Magician of Sutton, Surrey, was a winner of one of the main awards in the "Best Business for Commitment to the Community" at Epsom Downs Gala Dinner organised by South London Business in Association with Handelsbanken last week. Theo also took runner-up places in 'Sutton's Favourite Business' (voted for by other businesses and clients) and 'Best Business for Hospitality & Leisure'. In the other main award “Business of the Year” Theo took third place. He has now just heard he is a Finalist in The South London Business Awards, which includes all twelve Boroughs in South West London for 'Best Business for Commitment to the Community' and for 'Best Business for Hospitality & Leisure'. Sir Bob Scott, chairman of South London Business, said: "We are delighted with the success of the inaugural Sutton Business Awards which saw 180 companies register for the awards and 34 short-listed. Theo’s success in the Awards is down to his continuous support and fundraising work he does with local charities (including raising over £20,000 for the Neonatal Unit at St Helier Hospital Carshalton where his daughter was born 10 weeks early weighing 2lbs) and the support he gives to local and new businesses in his Business Charity Networking Events organised throughout the year. For further information on all Theo’s Community visit 19.5.12


John Dornan teams up with the Champions. The Champions (UK) plc have asked John Dornan to join them at an event taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham later this month, performing magic for guests at an evening in aid of the Rainbows Charity. The evening features “An evening with Anton and Erin” (from Strictly Come Dancing), and guest speaker from the world of snooker, Willie Thorne. John is developing a snooker based trick just for Willie and has had plenty of time for practice while recovering from a hip resurfacing operation. This opportunity to work with such a well-established company has come as a great boost for John's recovery. The Champions UK specialise in Marketing, PR, Event Management, Celebrity Management, Golf Management and After Dinner Speakers. They have asked John to work with them at future at events around the country. 19.5.12


The South London Magic Society. "Following their AGM on Friday 11th May 2012, Roy Mackenzie the president of The South London Magic Society took a well earned rest and stepped down as president and Mike Sullivan was unanimously elected in his place." Sarah Campbell. 19.5.12


Eugene Matthias writes: Since we introduced our Schools educational magic show programme we now have magicians who we have been passing work onto since last November. With the Olympics coming up we are now getting inquiries for our 'Olympic' magic show from areas of the country where we do not have magicians to pass this work onto. We are offering an opportunity for children's entertainers to be part of a professional organisation who has been working with local educational authorities for the last 12 years. On offer is a fully tried, tested and successful system for working in education as a full time magician. If there are any children's entertainers who would like to break into the education sector (working Monday to Friday) I would be interested in hearing from them. For more information they can contact me (Eugene Matthias) on 07730 111111. 19.5.12


John Edward Koudelka [Jack Kodell] November 4th 1927 - May 17th 2012, Click Here. 19.5.12


"John Forrest [magician John Klox], best known as an actor in British films during the 1950s, died suddenly at his London home in April, just short of his 81st birthday." By Charlotte Fawley in The Stage Click Here. 19.5.12


"Miracle magician defies the doctors" Click Here • "The Magic Life" Click Here • The 52nd Bristol Day of Magic is reviewed by Elizabeth Warlock this week, Click Here • "Video of magician walking through glass door watched by 12,500 people" Click Here, the video Click Here • "Yarmouth to host international magicians convention" Click Here • "Magician couple" Click Here • "Magician to be burned at stake for Renaissance Faire's opening day" Click Here • "Renowned magician on tour" Click Here • "Magician Max Maven's Thinking in Person Set for Off-Broadway Run" Click Here • "Spot of bunny bother for allergic magician" Click Here • "Twenty-one-year-old Tommy Wind is a quintuple-threat: magician, musician, martial artist, comedian and dancer" Click Here • "Magic & Science: What Magicians' Sleight Of Hand Reveals About Brain Function" Click Here • "Penn & Teller still driven to create" Click Here • "Record breaking magician heads for HAC" Click Here • "The ‘jadugar’ in town" Click Here • "Under the Spell of Gilded Age Magicians" Click Here • Many thanks for all your news submissions this week, see you next week, Duncan. 19.5.12