Number 622 - 26th May 2012


Plagiarised Piff Pickles Pretender. A Ukrainian magician has stolen Piff the Magic Dragon's act - and appeared with it on a Russian TV show called 'Surprise Me!' Andrey Chekanyuk performs in a replica dragon outfit, complete with sidekick. Van Der Put has a Chihuahua called Mr Piffles, Chekanyuk has a guinea pig called Mr Piffles, but it doesn't stop there... the props, main trick and jokes are the same as Van Der Put performed on the ITV 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' show last year, which subsequently appeared on YouTube – amassing 1.7million views. John van der Put said: “Since I performed the act on national television and it went viral on YouTube, I've had a few emails from individuals asking me how to build a Tacular, where to buy a magic sneeze and claiming to have had the same idea many years ago. Whilst I had a nasty feeling it was only a matter of time before someone did something, this is ridiculous. He even ate a banana! And a guinea pig called Mr Piffles? A guinea pig??! Can it levitate? No. Can it do card tricks? No. Does it cost £900? No. Mr Piffles would be spinning in his grave if he weren't alive and well, currently deep in preparation to stake his claim as the World's First Cannonball Chihuahua in his return to Edinburgh with Jurassic Bark every day at 7.10pm, King Dome, Pleasance. Needless to say I am supremely annoyed as I had hoped the Russian market was where I would truly establish my name. Now I guess they will have heard of my younger brother. Andrey." A plagiarised Piff pickles the pretender on this side-by-side video Click Here. Full copy: Click Here. 26.5.12


'Dynamo: Magician Impossible' returning to Watch. "Watch have confirmed today that the highly-acclaimed Dynamo: Magician Impossible will return to the channel for a second series in July." To read the full story by Jordan Howell in imediamonkey Click Here. (Also, watch this Click Here, as Dynamo tips his cap to Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi. DT). 26.5.12


Three more top names announced for EMC: "Please welcome three more Speakers to EMC’s astonishing line up of 33 amazing magicians. Three of the world’s greatest professional magicians, from France, Germany and the USA. Register now and get the Early Bird bonuses! Gaetan Bloom - one of the most ingenious magicians on the planet. He has a knack for creating entertaining effects made possible by devilishly clever methods that not only fool laypeople but destroy magicians. Best of all, his thinking often make his tricks delightfully easy to do. Gaetan, we look forward to you fooling us again. Steve Cohen is known as “the millionaires’ magician” working for a stylish clientele at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York where he has established a unique salon show. The show draws rave reviews and has earned a very special place in the world of magic. Meet this virtuoso of conjuring at EMC and learn what it takes to make a dream come true. Topas - Topas is a World Champion Manipulator. His dexterity has taken him around the world. He was awarded Grand Prix Magiques de Monte Carlo and World Magic Award 2008 in the USA. None of this prepares you for Topas because he’s also one of the funniest guys in magic. Brilliant performer. Crazy ideas. If you saw him at EMC last year, tell your friends that he’s here again. Welcome back Topas." 26.5.12


Magicians of Facebook UK are staging their first-ever convention on Sunday 21st October at the Holiday Inn Bromsgrove, in the Midlands. From the organisers: "The day will feature lectures from Luke Jermay (performance, some effects and a Q+A session), Stephen Leathwaite (Stephen has produced some great DVDs recently), Wayne Goodman (one of the funniest workers out there, you may know him from Look Sharp! He also has some great new effects on the way), and Tom Crosbie (this young man is a master of memory and the stacked deck, and has just released his first DVD – Recall). Also, we have some great dealers onboard some of which you will all know!, plus many deals for you with some great competitions! We also have a fun night the evening before (Saturday). We will have a show with Luke, Tom and Alex Fisher (Bizarre Magic) and finish off in the bar for a drink and a jam, this is however very limited. All this is for only £20 for the day. Please check the link below!"!/groups/364280026946237 Here's a link to their new website 26.5.12


The 2012 Magic Trek finished at The Magic Circle HQ on Monday, 21st May. Eight magicians had walked the entire route of 115 miles from Portsmouth to London, via Brighton. Another two took part for stages. The magicians were welcomed at The Magic Circle's HQ, The Centre for the Magic Arts by Fay Presto, who kindly provided food, drink and a cake for the walkers, Magic Circle president Jack Delvin, and friends and family. The Magic Trekkers look likely to reach their target of raising £4,000 in aid of Anthony Nolan, the charity that save the lives of people with blood cancer. Donations are still welcome online at Click Here to enlarge the photo. 26.5.12


The Nine of Diamonds book on card magic has just been released: "This book is a collection of card effects brought to you by some of Scotland's finest underground magicians. It is intended for those at intermediate-advanced level, and is split into four chapters: "Sleights & Techniques", "OK Show Me Something" (FASDIU tricks), "Minus 52" (for those who like to dabble with more than just a deck of cards), and “Some Set-Up Required” (tricks requiring preparation). This project has been a long time in the making, with the contributors meeting weekly for the past six years in a bar in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. Over time (and many beers!) the concept of the book was formed, and 12 months after starting writing the project it is now complete. Please see for further information, contact details and links to purchase!" 26.5.12


Cheeky Mentalist Colin McLeod promises to keep his trousers on at this year’s MagicFest! "Britain’s Got Talent’s Colin McLeod promises to keep his trousers on at this year’s MagicFest as he replicates the mythical deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes in 'Sheer Luck?' The first mentalist to appear on BGT, Colin left this year’s judges stunned with a mind reading trick as he took to the stage in front of them, along with their autobiographies. He asked the panel to select a book, page number and line, then had Ant and Dec join him on stage to pick out the longest word from the line on the page in the book that the judges had chosen. Wowing the audience and judges, Colin proceeded to reveal the same word had been written on his bottom all along! Colin says, 'BGT was great fun to be a part of. I was apprehensive at first as there is a risk of them making you look bad, so I decided to plan something to perform that they instantly connected to and of course became memorable and funny. I think I managed to achieve that with four yes's! Ant and Dec were great sports and literally had me performing for them personally for a good 45 minutes back stage revealing all sorts of things about them, unfortunately nothing I'm allowed to mention here, but put it this way, you wouldn't believe what I found out!'" Edinburgh International Magic Festival Dates: 29th June – 6th July 2102. Tickets available online via or by calling Hub Tickets on 0131 473 2000. Follow on twitter @magicfest and 26.5.12


Win a Mindbuster Competition. Soren Harbo emails: We have now been selling our Mindbusters for 4 Years: The original Mindbuster in 2008; Mindbuster Mini in 2010; Mindbuster Exclusive in 2011; and Mindbuster Pocket in 2011. We think there must be lots of great routines out there, so now everyone can join Lacomagic's "Mindbuster Competition". Send in your best routines to Labcomagic before the 1st of July 2012. The entrant sending in the best routine will win a free Mindbuster of their choice. All routines will be collected in an e-book that will be free for download on our website. 26.5.12


International News: The I.B.M. convention in Norfolk, Virginia, is going to witness the confirmation of the fourth British International President in its long history. Succeeding Vanni Pulè will be John Pye who will take over the honour and responsibility at the end of the convention. Previous British Presidents were Bill Stickland, Jeffery Atkins and Tony Shelley. Chris Hannibal, Paul Gertner, David Acer, Dani DaOrtiz, Arthur Trace, Master Payne's Magykes, Geoff Williams, George Saterial, Frania Ramirez, Wayne Houchin, Chris Capehart, Justin Flom, Chip Romero, Butterfly Lovers, May Yanyan, Yuji Yasuda, Hou Kai and Juliana Chen are going to be among the performers. The headquarters hotel is the Norfolk Waterside Marriott and the registrations can be made on the I.B.M. portal  The events will take place between the 3rd and 7th July. It will finish just in time for FISM. 26.5.12


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 26.5.12


Chris Cox: Fatal Distraction E4 Udderbelly, London. Chris Cox returns to London's Southbank on Tuesday 29th May at 9pm with his award-winning show Fatal Distraction for two performances only at the E4 Udderbelly Festival. Fatal Distraction is the fifth brand-new show from the multi award-winning, five star, fringe sell-out, mind reader who can’t read minds, Chris Cox. He’s been on TV, toured the world and is somehow still getting away with it. Chris will be doing things he shouldn’t be able to do with the fringe brochure, performing tricks nobody has ever done before, controlling coincidence, probing theories of fate and answering the FAQ: ‘Can you use this stuff on girls?’ ‘Stunning.... has other magicians scratching their heads.' The Times. Tickets/info: (book tickets for the Tuesday show, quote 'MAGIC' to the box office, and pay just £10 per ticket) 26.5.12


Egg, Sausage, Peas - The Bizarre Comedy Psychic Show by Jonathan Royle has completely sold out for its next Manchester show on May 30th, but some tickets are still available for the following performance on July 4th. To claim a 50% discount on tickets (so that they only cost you £5 each) enter the discount code julyeggs at the checkout. To see clips from the show and reviews of past shows Click Here. 26.5.12


Peter McLanachan is lecturing at the Cardiff Magical Society on Monday 28th May. Entry for non-members is £10. To attend contact Cardiff Magical Society directly for full details: 26.5.12


Magician James Maunder is seen here with his daughter Ellie, photographed last week with an Olympic torch. "I was booked to do some close up magic by Plymouth's BMW dealership who had organized a promotional event for past clients to visit the showroom and have their photographs taken with the Olympic Torch which was to begin the national relay from Lands End the following morning. 650 people attended the event, experiencing some live close up magic before donning the white gloves to hold the torch. After two and a half hours of performing, I was offered the chance to hold the torch along with my daughter, Ellie. She, naturally, was thrilled with the opportunity, commenting afterwards, "If you had a normal job like a builder, we'd never have had the chance to do that!" 26.5.12


Paul Gordon is presenting his all-new lecture at the North Wales Magic Circle on Tuesday 5th June and The Bexley Magic Society on Wednesday 6th June. See for reviews, schedule, promo video and full information. 26.5.12


The Sussex Magic Circle has entered its 60th year and is having a "mega line up of star lecturers" to celebrate. Visiting magicians are always welcome! Simon Vertue. 26.5.12


News from the Nottingham Guild of Magicians. The Nottingham Guild of Magicians close-up and stage magic competitions will take place at the John Godber Centre, Ogle Street, Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 7FQ (Map), on Sunday 17th June, 2012, starting at 6.30pm (doors open at 6pm). Admission is by ticket only. These are £10 each, include a buffet and are obtainable from Dawn May (tel: 0788 2603832) or Andrew Morrison (tel: 0796 6494095). Ricky Gardiner (Secretary). On May 17th The Nottingham Guild of Magicians were privileged to witness the debut presentation of Graham Colvan's lecture with the working title 'Technical Stuff for Magicians', the title is as clear as the instructions on the tin of that famous wood stain and fits the bill exactly. Magic forms a small part of the presentation in suitably high tech fashion, clips from acts demonstrate staging possibilities in terms of both sound and lighting and are very funny to boot. Stage forms, lighting, sound systems and the author's favourites, smoke and fire effects, are all expertly explained, brought to life by examples of the appropriate kit and fascinating anecdotes, all combine to form an evening of informative entertainment. Highly recommended. Graham Harper President Nottingham Guild of Magicians. 26.5.12


Congratulations to Martin Cox who won this year's 'Watford Association of Magicians Close-Up Magician of The Year Competition' last Tuesday evening. Second place went to Harry De Cruz (who also won the Technical Award) and third to Kane Sinclair-Sojek. Reported by Andy Clockwise. 26.5.12


Wednesday Night is Variety Night - Live at the Pier. Wednesday 30th May to Wednesday 12th September, Pier Theatre, Bournemouth. "A modern type Variety Show featuring some of the top U.K. entertainers. Also introducing fresh new young talent making a name for themselves in show business." One free child ticket with every full price adult ticket. 26.5.12


"A Conversation with Greg Frewin" Click Here (see Greg Frewin live on stage at FISM 2012) • "Win! - Tickets to York magic show" Click Here • iPad ap worth downloading Click Here • "Derren Brown Svengali Nottingham Theatre Royal" Click Here • "Derren Brown: Inside Your Mind' premieres July 7th in the States Click Here • "Magician will get back to his roots for show" Click Here • "Magician spellbound with fame" Click Here • "Paul Daniels at the Mill at Sonning" Click Here • "Murray keeps laughs coming along with magic staples" Click Here • Thanks to everyone who contributed news this week, your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 26.5.12