Number 626 - 23rd June 2012


FISM 2012: The Dealers! Alakazam Magic, Albion Magic, Andy Magic International, Aprende Magia, Ariston, Arsene Lupin Magic, Arteco Production, Artishow, Astor Magic, Axel Hecklau, Axtell Expressions Inc., B.D.L.I., Bastrakov’s Magic, Big Blind Media, Bill Magic, Bl, Black Cat Magic, Boris Wild, Brinum-X, Cameron Francis, Caramba, Card-Shark Christian Schenk, Castle Magical Services, Chad Long, Charles Gauci Magic, Cups and Balls, Daba Products, Davenports Magic Kingdom Ltd., Discount Magic Co. Ltd., Dtrik, Eddie Gibson, Eddy’s Magic, El Cubilete, Ellusionist, Eric Jones, Essential Magic Collection, Five of Hearts Magic Productions, Full 52 Productions, Gician Magic, Greg Wilson, Hakan Varol, Hanky Panky Toys, Harries Magic, Harry Robson Magic Ltd., Henry Evans Magic, Hocus Pocus, Hong Kong Magic Industry Association, House of Magic, Illusioncraft, Jay Scott Berry, J.B. Magic, Jie Li Magic Supplies Co., Joker Magic, Jupiter, Kaymar Magic Company, Kikuchi Magic, Kovari Magic, Kreis Corporation, Labcomagic, Le Major Banks, Lewis Davenport Ltd., Losander Inc., Magic Artist, Magic Box, Magic Dream, Magic Land, Magic Magazine, Magic Museum, Magic Smith, Magic Wagon, Magic Zoom Entertainment, Magicaplanet, Magicagora, MagicTricks Ltd., Majic Brand Woodturning, Mansworld UK Ltd., Marc Oberon, Marc Antoine Productions, Markku Purho, Martin Andersen, Mephisto – The Magic Hands, Merlins, Michael Ammar, Mysco Magic, Natzler Enterprises, Near Miracles, P A Promotions Ltd., Paul Harris Presents, Patrick Page Magic, Pegani, Playtime Balloons, Practical Magic, Professional Magic, Progetto Magia, Promystic, RSVP Magic, Razamatazz Magic, Red Corner Stage Props, Reel Magic Magazine, Rhod Magic, Romantica Jewels, Select Magic, Selim, Semba, Seo Magic, Shi Jiazhuang David Magic Props, Shoot Ogawa, Siam Magic Company, Sikder Group, Soma Magic, SOS Entertainments, Spider, Spontus Creations, Stephen Tucker Magic, Tango Magic, Taylor Imagineering, The Card Collection, The Crazy Owl, The Magic Trick Shop Ltd., The Magic Workshop, The Master of Mystery, Tony Curtis Magic, Trevor Duffy Magic Products, Twister Magic, UGM, Vanishing Inc., Weber Inc., Wladimir, World Magic Shop, Yigal Mesika Magic and Zanes Magic Shop. Online registration facilities will close at on Wednesday 27th June. Daytime registrations and evening event show tickets will be available from Registration Desk at the convention itself from Monday 9th July (see advertisement feature below). 23.6.12


Marco Tempest: Techno-illusionist. Combining projection mapping and a pop-up book, Marco Tempest tells the visually arresting story of Nikola Tesla “the greatest geek who ever lived” from his triumphant invention of alternating current to his penniless last days... Click Here for close-ups and Click Here to see a fascinating "making of" documentary. 23.6.12


Dynamo Magician Impossible. Here's the brand new trailer for the highly anticipated new series of Dynamo Magician Impossible which starts on Thursday, July 5th, on Watch in the UK: Click Here. You can join Dynamo on Facebook or Twitter!/dynamomagician for more updates and exclusives. See TV Magic for times. "Dynamo: Magician Impossible launches Facebook app with Red Bee Media" Click Here. 23.6.12


Everyone gets a front row seat at the Essential Magic Conference, the world’s only digital conference for magic and magicians. Five more fantastic names to conjure with are: David Britland. David Britland is a television writer and consultant specialising in magic and deception. He co-created The Real Hustle and has worked on many British television shows including Secret Cabaret, Max Maven’s Mind Games and Derren Brown’s specials. Debbie McGee. Debbie McGee is the wife and stage assistant of Paul Daniels and as famous in the UK as Paul himself. “The lovely Debbie McGee” is a national catchphrase and Debbie frequently appears in the media as well as presenting her own radio show. Luis de Matos. Luis de Matos is a professional magician in Portugal and creator of Studio 33, the facility that hosts this web conference. He, along with David Britland and Marco Tempest, created The Essential Magic Conference. He has been appearing on Portuguese television since 1990, his latest series being the 13 x 1 hour show Mistérios. Tina Lenert. Tina Lenert is renowned for her awarding combination of magic and mime. Her famous Mopman act has taken her around the world as a professional magician and helped win her the Academy of Magical Arts Stage Magician of the Year award. William Kalush. William Kalush is a lifelong student of sleight of hand and the history of magic. He is the founder of the Conjuring Arts Research Center in New York and the co-author, with Larry Sloman, of The Secret Life of Houdini. He created the Ask Alexander database, an online research facility that is surely one of the most important ideas in magic where, finally, our knowledge can be gathered, indexed and shared. Essential Magic Conference, 27th, 28th and 29th July, register today at 23.6.12


Wayne Dobson and Friends - a brand new book by Wayne Dobson, published by Magicseen Publications. Magicseen write: Wayne's previous big book release, WD40, was a huge international sell out success, and now Magicseen Publications are delighted to announce that they will be publishing another terrific Wayne Dobson book on Monday 9th July 2012. This new book runs to just under 200 large size pages and contains magic, anecdotes and articles from Wayne himself plus material contributed by 21 top international performers, all of whom are good friends with Wayne. The contributors are: Andy Nyman, Bill Abbott, Charlie Frye, Danny Buckler, David Regal, David Stone, David Williamson, Dirk Losander, Eugene Burger, Gregory Wilson, Hans Klok, Jeff McBride, Joe Pasquale, John Archer, Joshua Jay, Ken Brooke, Kevin James, Kozmo, Mark Mason, Max Maven and Patrick Page. This book is not only a great source of magic routines and ideas with its 31 articles, it is also a wonderful collection of memories and photos from Wayne's career to date, and the huge respect and affection with which Wayne is regarded by his peers really shines through. Wayne will be at FISM for the book's release, but Magicseen will not be attending. However, we are able to offer a special pre-publication offer to anyone placing their order for Wayne Dobson and Friends with us before midnight on 8th July 2012, and full details of this along with online ordering is available right now from the Magicseen website 23.6.12


Piff the Magic Dragon Jurassic Bark, 26th-28th June and 24th-26th July London Ed Fringe Previews. It's 2012, the Year of the Dragon, and Piff is back. But more importantly, so is Mr Piffles! Can the World's First Million Dollar Chihuahua™ cheat death on a nightly basis as he is laminated live on stage, escapes from a flaming straight jacket and is fired from the Cannon of Certain Death? Book early to avoid disappointment. Tristan Bates Theatre, Tower Street, London W1. Tickets just £7 (£5 concessions). Showtime 9.15pm. Total sell-out in 2011. As seen on BBC, ITV, C4 & C5. More info 23.6.12


Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles preview. Join Morgan & West for one of the first outings of their all-new show for 2012 Edinburgh fringe. Wander into the world of time travelling magicians Morgan & 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 & West will literally blow your socks off. A sell out show 2009-2011. "Simply spiffing!" Three Weeks ***** "Feel-good entertainment courses through this show" Fringe Guru ***** "Genuinely baffling" The Herald ****. Tuesday 26th June, 7.30pm Canal Cafe Theatre, Delamere Terrace, London W2 6ND (Map). Book online Click Here or call 0207 289 6054. 23.6.12


Edinburgh International Magic Festival, 29th June - 6th July. Last year’s festival received rave reviews and brought live magic to more than 5,000 people. This year’s festival programme officially launches at the end of April offering mix of Classic Magic, Close-up Magic and Mind Reading. In response to last year’s sell-out Magic & Variety Gala Opening night, there will be an afternoon Gala preview, giving you the opportunity to see many of the world’s finest magicians for just £10. MagicFest, Managing Director, Svetlana McMahon said, “We believe magic is at its best when seen live on stage with your own eyes, and ticket sales show the public agree. Half of the evening tickets for the Magic & Variety Gala Opening night on 29th June have now gone, which is a tremendous achievement considering we have yet to announce the line-up.” MagicFest, Artistic Director, Kevin McMahon added, “Magic is the dream that any impossible challenge can be overcome. MagicFest aims to inspire the audience in every show and to spotlight the Art of Magic like no other event on a national scale.” Immerse yourself in the extraordinary world of mystery and illusion from the 29th June – 6th July. Be amazed, see things differently and “unbelieve it” at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2012. Visit for full details. 23.6.12


The first big name for the 10th South Tyneside International Magic Festival is... Sylvester the Jester! The Festival were the first to book Sylvester for a UK convention 9 years ago, and now he's coming back. 10th South Tyneside International Magic Festival, 8th -10th March 2013. 23.6.12


BigBlindMedia's Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks DVD: "For the past twelve months the eager beavers at BBM HQ have been working on a project - the ultimate self working card tricks. And if you pre-order it before the July 2nd release date we'll send you a special download package containing video instruction on the 'Gemini Twins' trick and a PDF of Cameron Francis' 'Nothing but Trouble'. Both are 100% self working and 100% awesome! And you get them as soon as you pre-order! Now if you're anything like us, you have some DVDs or books on this topic already. And you took them home and excitedly delved into the material only to find it was jam packed with horrendous mathematical procedure and tricks so well known that your Granny learnt them off the back of a box of cereal! This DVD is nothing like that. We have sourced eleven of the greatest card tricks ever invented. Magical effects that will simply slay audiences; and each of these tricks just so happens to be self working. That's the key. These tricks are easy enough for a beginner, but strong enough for the working pro!" Find out more and watch the trailer, visit 23.6.12


Advertisement Feature


Blackpool Magicians' Club is pleased to announce that there are Daytime Registrations available at £60 per day.
Also there are a limited number of Evening Event show tickets available at £30 each.
These registrations and tickets will only be available from the Registration Desk from Monday 9th July.

For further details contact our Registration Team
Arthur Casson - Tel: 07870 661464
Ann Plant - Tel: 07743 724383


Magic at the Barn. "This summer, Oliver Tabor will be presenting top ventriloquist, Steve Hewlett, and London's King of Comedy Magic, Christian Lee, in 'Magic at the Barn' at the Red Brick Barn Theatre, Rochford in Essex. On Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July. The show, now in its 8th year, boasts a combination of sleight-of-hand close-up magic, stage magic and illusion, ventriloquism and comedy, held within the intimate and enchanting atmosphere of a 17th century barn that's now a theatre. A unique evening of magic for all ages. Refreshments available during the interval. Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm, finishes approximately 9.30pm. Red Brick Barn Theatre, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LQ (Map). Tickets only £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children (under 16 years). Discounted family booking £35 (2 adults & 2 children). Ticketline 01702 543242 or book tickets online via 23.6.12


Magicians Wanted! Objective Productions, the company behind Derren Brown, The Real Hustle and The Cube are looking for enthusiastic magicians who are sharp thinking and quick to learn. This is an open casting to take place in July in Central London with a view to filming in London from August to October. If you fit the bill, please send your CV, showreel and details to 23.6.12


Marc Paul Lecture - Portsmouth & District Magic Circle. Portsmouth & District Magic Circle are pleased to host a lecture by Marc Paul on Monday 25th June 7.30pm. Non PDMC Magicians welcome, £8.00 admission. Venue: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO2 7BL (Map). 23.6.12


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic, Sunday 1st July. Mike Shepherd writes: "Final details from Travis Perkins & Esme regarding the 20th Ferrybridge Day of Magic. First lecturette 'Getting To Grips With Graphology' by Alec Powell, second lecturette 'Stuff You Can Use 2' with Steve Evans, a Magical Question Time – your chance to ask a skilled and knowledgeable panel anything you like really! 10 dealers and traders with a vast array of magic and books. Following a day that is set for wonderment, laughs, magic and thrills, the Showette will bring our 20th to a close, featuring Epsie Havercott – Alec Powell – Steve Evans – Amethyst – Scott Penrose – and a 20th Anniversary surprise guest! Entrance fee £4.00. Doors open at 9.45am." See What’s On for more information, or email 23.6.12


The Apprentice by Darryl Rose.  In 2006 Darryl Rose watched a ground breaking TV show... and then he had an idea! For the last 6 years he has kept this effect for himself, but it's now being made available for the first time. Here's the effect: A prediction is shown in full view of the audience. 'The Boss' is called to the stage to find 'The Apprentice'. A shuffled pack of cards are shown and are placed into The Boss's pocket. The entire audience of 'Apprentices' stand up and The Boss starts to fire them in amusing ways. The rejects sit back down, until eventually just one person is left standing... The Apprentice, whose first decision is to call out any number between 1 and 52. The Boss removes the pack of cards, and counts to that chosen number in the pack. The card at that chosen number is removed, and placed aside, while the rest of the cards are shown again to be all different. The Apprentice reveals the prediction, and the chosen card is then shown to show be a perfect match! "Darryl's Apprentice is a really fun and interactive routine with an incredible practical method that gets the job done!" Nicholas Einhorn. "The Apprentice is one of the most commercial presentations of a card trick I have seen that you can drop straight into a professional show." Michael J Fitch. For more info and to order visit 23.6.12


Derren Brown joins Chris Tarrant at 2pm on Thursday on BBC Radio Two. "Chris Tarrant sits in for Steve and chats to illusionist Derren Brown. Plus half an hour of non-stop oldies, loads of great music and more." See TV Magic for TV and radio listings. 23.6.12


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) are looking forward to The Tenyo Lecture from Ian Barradell on Tuesday 26th June at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF (Map) at 8pm. Ian reputedly has the second largest collection of these items in the world. He will show how his collection came about and demonstrate the ingenious methods of working of Tenyo’s magic gadgets and toys. Many magicians will have some items from this manufacturer and to see such a collection should prove to be a very interesting and unusual lecture evening. Door charge for non members. General information on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 23.6.12


Ed Fringe, in the spotlight: Tom Lauri: Good With His Fingers. "All the way from Switzerland! Gasp at magic greater than English lovemaking! Chortle at comedy funnier than a German. Swoon at a magician cooler than Swiss yodelling. Deadpan humour meets breathtaking magic." Tom Lauri: Good With His Fingers. Venue: Sweet Grassmarket, Apex International Hotel, 31-35 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS August 11th - 27th. See What's On for Ed Fringe listings. 23.6.12


Merlins of Wakefield are having a 'Dealer Dem' at the shop on Tuesday 3rd July from 7pm to 9pm. They'll be having some special offers (only available on the evening) and the event is free, but you must book in advance as space is limited, Click Here for details They are also running an Adult Magic Class on Sunday 22nd July aimed at beginners to intermediate magicians, Click Here for details. And, finally, they have released their Summer Magic School dates for 10 - 16 yr olds, Click Here for details. For further information call them on 01924 339933 or email 23.6.12


Comedy Magician Wayne Goodman lectures for the BMS in Birmingham Tuesday 26th June. "Wayne Goodman is a very popular magician at events and functions all over the UK. His unique style of comedy and magic, combined with lots of audience participation has taken him all over the world from Las Vegas to Cancun, and Crete to Scandinavia and Spain. Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £5 fee. Time and venue: 7.30pm Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL see for details." 23.6.12


South Downs Magicians are hosting the annual "Tri-Wizard Tournament" between the three magic clubs in Sussex on Wednesday 4th July. This fun and friendly event tests the skills of the conjurers in a series of categories in a competition which mirrors the tournament between Hogwarts and other magic schools in the Harry Potter books. The South Downs Magicians have chosen American Independence Day as the theme for the night and the performers will entertain in the categories of: Hollywood, Presidents, and Stars and Stripes. Visitors are welcome to attend with free admittance. The tournament involves the South Downs Magicians, Associated Conjurers of East Sussex (ACES) and the Sussex Magic Circle. The event takes place at the South Downs Magicians' headquarters at Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6BJ (Map). Further information: 23.6.12


Caught Amid Life’s Own Sly Tricks ‘Fooling Houdini’ by Alex Stone... "In 2005 Alex Stone joined the Society of American Magicians. He swore an oath, learned a secret handshake and seldom left home without a deck of cards and three Kennedy half dollars. He tried hard to make the group’s bimonthly meetings a big part of his social life. 'I thought magic would actually make me less nerdy,' he recalls." To read the full review by Janet Maslin in The New York Times, Click Here. In the UK you can order 'Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind' from Click Here. To see more magic related books that have been featured in MagicWeek over the years Click Here. "How to fool Houdini–and avoid fooling yourself" Click Here. 23.6.12


Chesterfield Street Entertainment Festival. Chesterfield is holding a Street Entertainment Festival on Saturday, 25th August. Human statues, cartoon artists, face painters, jugglers, magicians, illusionists, escapologists, dancers, in fact all street entertainers are welcome. Performers must be over 18. To find out more about Chesterfield's first ever Street Entertainment Festival telephone organiser David Miller on 01246 297890. 23.6.12


"Chris Cox Fatal Distraction, Udderbelly Festival Southbank London review" Click Here • "Curious friendship of an author and a magician" Click Here • "Not a magician, only a psychological illusionist" Click Here • "Famous US magician to perform in T&T" Click Here • "Meet Cyril Takayama, the Magician" Click Here • "Magician Keith Barry hacks caller's mind" Click Here • "Everything is magic; it’s everywhere" Click Here • "Max Maven Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway" Click Here • That's it for another week, thanks for your news items, have a magic week, Duncan. (PS Larry's back... Curb season 8 came out last week, and here's the complete 1-8). 23.6.12