Number 623 - 2nd June 2012


The provisional programme of events for FISM 2012 has just been announced. How's this for day one: Dealers' Magic Fair opens; Vintage Magic Poster Exhibition by Kenny Bowe; Opening Ceremony in the Opera House starring Marc Oberon, Jupiter, Joseph Gabriel, Clive Webb and Danny; Stage Competition starts (acts 1 - 20); Star Lecture by Joshua Jay; Star Lecture by Matthew Johnson; Star Lecture by Boris Wild; Star Lecture by Axel Hecklau;  Star Lecture by Henry Evans; The Late, Late Gala Show in the Opera House starring Junior Petrosyans, Soma, Tina Lenert, Compagnie Poc, Rafael, Katalin, Mike Caveney and Topas. And that's just the first day, with five more to go... Click Here to see the programme of events. Visit to register. 2.6.12


Derren Brown’s The Experiments wins BAFTA for best Entertainment Programme. Derren Brown: The Experiments (Derren Brown, Simon Dinsell, Iain Sharkey, Fiona Cotter-Craig - Objective Productions/Channel 4) won the BAFTA for best Entertainment Programme last Sunday at the British Academy Television Awards 2012 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Other nominees in the Entertainment Programme category were Celebrity Juice, Harry Hill's TV Burp and Michael McIntyre's Christmas Comedy Roadshow. See (includes link to video). Congratulations to Derren and the team for another real success. 2.6.12


The Berglas Effects - Limited number now available directly from David Berglas. "This is a wonderful, wonderful book, as well as one that resonates with me very much personally. I feel a slight voyeuristic guilt being allowed in as much as this, into his hidden world, but also the joy of seeing so lucidly before me what seems now to be the ONLY way to present card material. Where the performer is all and there's no card 'plot' to follow along with. This is a unique delight to be reading." Derren Brown. Written by magic’s most experienced author Richard Kaufman. Foreword by Juan Tamariz, Afterword by Max Maven. Includes 3 feature-packed DVDs. Limited number now available here in the UK, signed by David Berglas. Click Here for ordering details. 2.6.12


South Tyneside International Magic Convention 2013. Martin Duffy writes: Thanks to our main sponsors Magicbox, Customs House and South Tyneside Council I am very pleased to announce... South Tyneside International Magic Convention 2013. Friday 8th to Sunday 10th March 2013. The price remains at £65 and includes all lectures, close-up sessions, and two Gala Shows. You can also gain free access to the exclusive “Midnight Show” on Friday night at the convention HQ. Registration is not open yet - previous delegates will be offered spaces first - that will be sometime in the Summer. I will start to announce names of lecturers and performers in the next couple of weeks. Just this year we had David Regal, Levent, Rob Torres, Markus Beldig, Robert Temple, Ricky McLeod, Mat Ricardo, Archini & Smith High Jinx and Christian Schenk. Even if you aren’t able to join us for the full weekend you are welcome to join a Master Class on the Sunday afternoon. Master Classes are ideal because sometimes the lecturers would like to spend more time on a particular effect. They are also a way of getting to see and learn from a performer in an intimate setting, and perhaps getting one-on-one instruction on a routine that has been developed and perfected over years, saving you months of trial and experimentation. We have been running Master Classes for the last eight years and would like to invite you to attend one in 2013. Each Master Class is limited to 20 people. 2.6.12


Conjuring at the Court, 3rd Birthday Show - Tuesday 26th June. Conjuring at the Court celebrates its third anniversary with a top line-up and a birthday cake! Hosted by Noel Britten, it features TV star Paul Zenon, the graceful magic of Michael Vadini, the witty miracles of Ian Saville, and the enchanting puppetry of Ian Thom. 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 2 minutes walk from the station. The Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing W13 8PH (Map). Tickets £10 from Please note that this show is on Tuesday, not the normal Thursday. 2.6.12


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s, London. Friday, June 15th 2012. "It's a Magic Night mash up with smashing objects, record breaking magic, an unusual assistant, crazed comedy songs, prancing ballerinas and spikes! Max Somerset, the punk genius of magic, gets smashing with your objects (don’t give him anything you’re particularly attached to) and John Hicks will attempt to break a magic record with the aid of an unusual (and hilarious) assistant. Elliot Mason will interject with comic songs that make everyday life sound so much more funny and Madame Galina the larger than life ballerina will be there, still looking for her Nureyev. Christian Lee will compere and spike his hands." 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 28.4.12


Sunday Night Live - "A modern day variety show featuring an ever changing programme of magicians, illusionists, variety and speciality acts. Hosted by the incomparable Jay Fortune. This performance includes Edward Hilsum (award winning dove act), Jen Allen (Elegant stage speed painter), Dee Riley (comedy magic) and top of the bill, comedian Paul Eastwood. Sunday 3rd June, tickets £12.00, concessions £10.00. Family Ticket or Group rate at £8.00 each (minimum of 4 seats). Close-up magic is presented in the bar before the performance. The Lost Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2JU (Map). Box Office 0844 8471680 or book online: 2.6.12


Young and Strange are set to perform four shows over the coming week, in their hometown of Oxford. The show is a combination of large scale illusion and intimate sleight of hand magic, all performed with an emphasis on entertainment. The show dates and times are as follows. 4th June, 8.40pm. 6th June 8.40pm. 7th June 5.40pm. 10th June 8.40pm and the venue is The Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ (Map). Tickets are £8 and can be ordered via 2.6.12


Introducing Mark Traversoni writes: "I would like to announce the launch of the official UK & Europe Paul Harris Presents website The site supplies the UK and Europe with Paul Harris Presents products and other specially selected items. Everything featured on the site is in stock and for a limited time orders will be delivered free to the UK for purchases over £25 and free to Europe for purchases over £45. Honest reviews and ratings will be posted on all effects; but as many will know Paul Harris Presents only releases high quality products so you can rest assured if it is on the site it has to be good! Customers will also benefit from bonus handlings and tips which will be made available so keep your receipts as the product part number will be your password for access. As a bonus for every purchase over £25 in the first month you will receive my Bill in Egg trick free! You can just register on the site by creating an account to receive up to date news on products etc. As is the case with Paul Harris Presents products, the emphasis on the site will be to feature commercial quality products that are within the ability of most magicians (in our opinion). If you have any questions, would like to buy a product that is not currently stocked or have a product that you would like us to stock then please contact us at" 2.6.12


An Evening with Master Magician Michael Vincent. From Michael Vincent: I am delighted to be able to offer 10 exclusive tickets to a forthcoming show I am performing at Roehampton Club, London’s premier multi-sport private members’ club, nestled in the heart of South West London. The evening, on Friday 15th June, will include a drinks reception, a 3 course dinner as well as an evening of magic. Tickets are £75 each and must be booked by emailing Roehampton Club at Contact 0208 480 4233. Michael Vincent, The Michael Vincent Academy of Magical Arts. 2.6.12


Will Houstoun Lecture - for International Magic, London, Wednesday 6th June. "We're delighted to welcome Will Houstoun with his new lecture 'Out With the New, In With the Old' created as a reaction to the tendency within the magic community to focus on the 'latest and greatest'. He has recently presented it at the famous Close up Convention 'Fechters Finger Flinging Frolic' in New York to much acclaim. In the lecture Will, who is also the editor of The Magic Circular, looks backwards to previously unpublished material from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries for inspiration to create effects that are as powerful today as any modern creation. The material, that is all fully explained, includes magic with cards, coins and other objects and is suitable for both close up and parlor performance. Some of the material is taken directly from Will's books Hellis in Wonderland and The Notebook and some is inspired by these manuscripts. Will will also teach a few modern creations including some of the material he has used as a Headline Performer at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles." Venue: Casa Italiana, 2nd floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Start time 7.30pm (be there by 7.15pm at the latest). Pay on the door (£15) - but you must reserve a place in advance, by emailing 2.6.12


PlayStation 3, PlayStation Move and new title ‘Sorcery’  inducted into The Magic Circle’s Museum, sitting beside historical and famous wands of Tommy Cooper, Paul Daniels and Professor Hoffman. The collection charts the history of the magic wand with the console’s induction bringing the art of magic into the digital age. The Magic Circle inducted the PlayStation 3 and Sorcery as examples of how people can immerse themselves in fantasy role playing games and the newly released PlayStation 3 game ‘Sorcery’ is a great example of that. The title takes the concept a step further as the player takes on the role of a sorcerer’s apprentice and uses the PlayStation Move controller as a magic wand, conjuring up spells while mirroring your actual movements in-game. Scott Penrose, Vice President of the Magic Circle and Curator of the Museum commented; “In the 21st Century the challenge on magic comes in the form of digital technology. However, as the internet and computer gaming distracts the next generation, magic has again found its niche. Some may fear that the computer age threatens the art of magic, however the new generation can wave the PlayStation Move – a digital wand - in the game ‘Sorcery’ and immerse themselves into the world of magic and illusion.” See the game in action on YouTube. 2.6.12


Marvin's Magic! What do Marvin Berglas and David Redfearn have in common? Both are busy working pros who seem particularly prevalent performing in the celebrity circuit. Both are members of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. Both are the resident magicians at Premiere League Clubs... Marvin at Arsenal and David at Chelsea. They are also good friends who last Friday found themselves by chance, again mirroring each other. Marvin was booked to entertain the Barbarian Rugby team ahead of their clash against England at Twickenham while David entertained the England team on the same night. Both magicians were a big hit according to the positive messages of appreciation on Twitter from both sets of players and their respective managers. Photo: Marvin with Barbarians coach John Kirwan, a Rugby World Cup winner with New Zealand. 2.6.12


Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles at Oxfringe. Wander into the world of time travelling magicians Morgan and West. Uncover a multitude of magical marvels strewn hither and thither. But mostly thither. Be you urchin, industrialist or lady of leisure prepare to cover your ankles - Morgan and West will literally blow your socks off. Running every night from Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th June at 8pm come along to the Simpkins Lee Theatre, Oxford OX2 6QA (Map) for magic, mystery and mild peril aplenty. Tickets: 2.6.12


Jester At The Castle - London. Michael Gee presents... Jester At The Castle, the new monthly magic show, the second of which will take place on Thursday 7th June starring Paul Megram, Chris McGeever, Ian Manly and Nicholas Einhorn, hosted by Michael Gee. Doors 8pm for 8.30pm at The Castle Rocks, 452 Finchley Road, London NW11 8GD (Map). Tickets £10 each: 07970 525 083. 28.4.12


Magicseen 'taster' issue 14. Magicseen email: Magicseen Taster Issue 14 is currently available from the Magicseen website and features selected extracts from the current issue of Magicseen (issue 44 May 12) as well as a feature article from one of our back copies. If you take advantage of this free download you will be able to read the full article on cover star Mac King, enjoy the fun included in Jay Sankey's interview of Canadian magician David Acer, in Jay Fortune's Think Tank and in the rants of the Grumpy Old Magicians who Ride Again, plus there's a selection of the product reviews, a report on Pete Firman's latest show and a feature on David and Dania from one of our earlier issues. So plenty to keep you informed and entertained while the country goes nuts with Bank Holidays and royal occasions. Available now from 2.6.12


The Ed Fringe Magic Listings are in, compiled once again by Peter McLanachan (many thanks Peter!). See What's On (August). 2.6.12


Ed Fringe, in the spotlight: Mind Reading for Breakfast, by Rob Bailey, the ‘Psychic’ Psychologist 11-27 August, 11.30am (but not 18th or 25th) Edinburgh Festival Fringe show. This Edinburgh show is the story of a psychologist turned ‘psychic’ performer. Weaving magic and comedy with his life story, Rob explores his childhood love of supernatural mysteries, work in secure psychiatric wards, and becoming a veteran Edinburgh performer. Delivered with sensitivity, humour and baffling psychological illusions, Rob simultaneously demonstrates the power of psychology and mental traps exploited by phony mystics. You’ll laugh and think. "Ditches paranormal waffle without compromising the air of mystique" **** Big Issue. "Genuinely impressive stunts of psychological detection…" ThreeWeeks. "A chaotic yet cool hour of tomfoolery" Scotsgay. "Very funny … very entertaining…" Oxford Times. Sweet Grassmarket, Venue 18, Edinburgh. Tickets 0131 243 3596, £9 (£8). 2.6.12


Magic Dave (Dave Allen) Lecture - Associated Wizards of the South. Dave Allen lectures for the AWS on Tuesday 19th June. "Now a full time entertainer with a very unique and endearing style his family show uses a mix of comedy magic and some very baffling illusions, and also original ventriloquist routines using members of the audience. Dave is the proud winner of many titles including being the International Comedy act of the year 2010/11, for the International Brotherhood of Magicians, which he also won in 2005. He is also the current holder of British Isles Family Entertainer of the Year, and the W.A.M Stage Magician and Close-up Magician of the Year 2008." Doors open at 7.30pm. Lecture starts at 8pm. Non members £8 on the door. Free Parking. Bar. For more information call the Programme secretary on Darren Holden 07980 385832. Venue: Woolston & Sholing Conservative Club, 74 St Annes Road, Southampton SO19 9FF (Map) 2.6.12


Angelo Carbone WAM Lecture. On Tuesday 19th June, Angelo Carbone presents his lecture at the Watford Association of Magicians. Angelo promises unique magic that anyone can do. Angelo is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle, consultant to many of the biggest names in magic on TV and stage; and the first British magician to have tricks produced by Tenyo (Mini-Morphosis, Prison Box and Floating Card). The evening promises to be a great session for all. Non WAM magicians welcome - £10 temporary membership. If you're a non WAM member and would like to attend, please contact the club secretary Julie Carpenter for more details. Andy Clockwise. 2.6.12


Exonian Magic Society - Convention 2013. Ozzy Dee writes: After last year's great success with the Exonian Magic Society's 75th anniversary, the club will be organising another convention next year on October 6th 2013. If anybody would like to be considered to lecture, or perform in the gala show, please contact Ozzy on 01392 461881 or email please include what you can offer and fees. Many thanks, Ozzy Dee. 2.6.12


David Lees and Magic Den SFA (something for all) Lecture, now booking: "David Lees and Denis Shields have teamed up to present a lecture of two halves. In the first hour Magic Den will deliver his 'Creating Magic' lecture, with a host of original ideas for close up, stand up and walkabout family shows. He will explain how to make some really commercial props which will also inspire you to come up with your own ideas. After a break David Lees will deliver his 'Remembering Annemann' lecture, a complete mentalist act. Here you will learn how to perform some really strong magic with some of David’s personal touches; the full act can be carried in your pockets, with the exception of a large notepad. With the SFA lecture both David and Denis will provide a night of, fun, comedy, magic and mystery that will appeal to a wide variety of club members. Both lecturers will have notes for sale as well as some items for those who do not wish to make their own props." Visit the Lecturers page for booking enquiries, and more information. 2.6.12


Magicians of Facebook UK Convention. We featured details of this convention last week. The convention will feature Luke Jermay, Stephen Leathwaite, Wayne Goodman and Tom Crosbie. Here's a link to their new website 26.5.12


Merlin Magical Society, 2012 Clifford Morrow Cup. Martin Peirce reports: Well done to Michael Chandler who won the 2012 Clifford Morrow Cup at the Merlin Magical Society last Thursday evening. The standard for this year's contest was extremely high with lots of members keen to lift the trophy. Michael was a worthy winner with his ancient Tibetan Banana effect that was wonderfully entertaining and truly magical. Thanks also to our guest judge Alan Maskell who had the unenviable task of selecting the victor for this originality contest. 2.6.12


Jack Stephens writes: In 2006 I was booked to entertain with my close up, mix n mingle magic at a private lunch party near Gloucester. Waiting to approach my first table, I noticed a guest walk past me who looked remarkably like the Queen. I work alongside a lot of lookalike artists, the most popular being Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and James Bond. I assumed this lady was a Queen double, hired as a novelty bit of entertainment. You can imagine my surprise when I was told- it WAS the Queen. One of my feature tricks is where I give the guests a chance to win some money from me (fat chance!) and although all seems fair, they always end up with a penny. When this happened at the Queen's table, I said, "You know it yours ma’am-it has your picture on it!" Alongside my magic I perform balloon sculpturing. I make a host of animals out of these special modelling balloons, but I have no idea on how to make a corgi. Instead, I made the Queen a cute little pink balloon poodle, and when I gave it to her, I said "This is a corgi going to a fancy dress a poodle!" She was amused! This was the most memorable day in my life as a magician; a lunch party I will never forget. Now, I have my magic tricks (including my Union Jack) packed, and I look forward to entertaining at a host of Jubilee parties over the weekend. Yours faithfully, Jack Stephens. 2.6.12


Martin Peirce Lecture - Merlin Magical Society. "On Thursday June 7th The Merlin Magical Society are having a lecture by Martin Peirce entitled 'Perfect 10'. This is following his success at lecturing at many other Societies around the Country. The Lecture consists of ten easy to perform card effects which are very strong in performance." The Merlin Magical Society meet at Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm. Lecture starts at 8pm (to 10pm). Entry for non members is £8. For further information visit 2.6.12


Lee Smith is presenting his “Walkabout” lecture for Sheffield Circle of Magicians on Thursday 7th of June. Featuring routines from Lee's working repertoire, with lots of hints and tips on audience management, pocket management, and working professionally. The lecture is free for members and £10 for guests and visitors. The event starts at 7.30pm at Magick Enterprises, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield S2 5TG (Map). 2.6.12


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