Number 627 - 30th June 2012


This week Drummond Money-Coutts launches his latest short film to YouTube, filmed last month in Cairo whilst the city was under military curfew. Travelling back to the supposed birthplace of magic in Egypt, the film seeks to look at quite what magic means today - having been on the journey it has, since its beginnings so many thousands of years ago. Click Here. 30.6.12


New 'bricks and mortar' magic shop opens in Tunbridge Wells! It's not often in MagicWeek that we can report the opening of a new magic shop, but can this week, as professional magician Adam Smith and Ady Finn have opened a brand new magic shop in Tunbridge Wells, aptly named iLuv Magic. The shop stocks magic for all levels, from beginner to expert, and also has a selection for young magicians too. Pay them a visit and see the 1,000 playing card wall, that is currently raising money for a local charity. iLuv Magic, 58 High Brooms Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9DB (Map). The opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am to 3pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 8pm, and Saturday from and 9.30am to 5pm. 30.6.12


Ian Rowland's Applied Cold Reading Masterclass. Ian Rowland has set up two new dates for his Applied Cold Reading (ACR) Masterclass: September 22-23 and November 24-25 (the weekend after the Macmillan International Convention). Both of these classes will be held in central London, with the precise venue given to those who sign up. The ACR Masterclass, which Ian has been running since 2008, does not teach ‘cold reading’ as such, and has nothing to do with giving psychic readings. It teaches how to use some cold reading techniques in other contexts, such as sales and management, or building up your own business. To date, attendees have included magicians (including Lior Manor, Lee Warren, Romany and Neil Henry) as well as men and women from many different walks of life and from about 15 different countries! For full details, see 30.6.12


The Final Five! Only a month to go before this year’s Essential Magic Conference. The organisers announce their final five: David Berglas. Yes, the incredible David Berglas is returning to EMC. David is a true international man of mystery. Miracles are his trademark, always taking an effect beyond the limits of magic into the realm of the impossible. Gene Matsuura. Gene Matsuura is famous for his extensive study of the magic of Slydini. In the 1970s they began a book project together. Slydini discussed his methods, particularly the timing, co-ordination and psychological ploys that underpinned his routines. Hiro Sakai. Hiro Sakai is new to EMC. He is well known in Japan and Korea where he has appeared on television many times, often in the character of ‘Dr Leon.’ Mike Caveney. We never know quite what to expect from Mike Caveney. In past conferences he has produced a fat chicken from an egg bag and explained one of the world’s greatest illusions. He is a performer, author and historian. A member of The Inner Magic Circle, was voted Stage Magician of the Year by the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Stan Allen. Stan is another welcome returnee to EMC. He is the publisher of Magic magazine and the producer of the Magic Live convention in Las Vegas. He has a lifetime of professional experience in magic and his presentations are entertaining, informative and inspirational. Essential Magic Conference, 27th, 28th and 29th July, register today! 30.6.12


Conjuring at the Court - Thursday 26th July. Conjuring at the Court enters its fourth year with a show featuring Romany, Diva of Magic, booked all over the world for her colourful, spectacular and funny act. Plus the comedy magic of Tim Shoesmith, the conjuring of co-producer Russell Levinson, and the hilarious Irish juggler Michael Pearse. Compered by magician Peter Scarlett, well-known for hosting public shows at The Magic Circle. 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. Tickets £10 from 30.6.12


Dynamo: Magician Impossible 9pm on Thursday 5th July on Watch. The first of the new series, as featured last week: "The acclaimed magician returns to Watch for a new and exclusive series. In this first episode, Dynamo attends the World Poker Tour in Venice and reads the mind of singer Labrinth." See TV Magic for listings. 30.6.12


Magic Night, Madame JoJo's - London, on Friday July 6th promises... "The glass munching, mind reading and banana trick show with the crazy clown gags and saucy songs. The natural born trickster Magic Brian joins us briefly from the US with his comic tricks using nails, glass and gags whilst Pete Antoniou, the mental marvel, ensures no mind is safe and will stroll, casually, through your head and life and then tell the world, a bit like gossip but much more gasp-inducing. The gorgeous Delores Deluxe reveals her proclivities in song and does the best banana trick in town and Chris Lynam will throw confetti, jokes and himself at the audience in costumes that will haunt your dreams forever." 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


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Magicians of Facebook UK Convention. Alex D Fisher emails: "The organisers of the Magicians of Facebook UK mini convention have extended the draw for a free ticket to Sunday lunchtime! The mini convention takes place on October 21st in Bromsgrove and features, Stephen (love the spike) Leathwaite, Tom (not the 3fly) Crosbie, Wayne (looking sharp) Goodman. and Luke (ummm just Luke) Jermay. For your ticket please go direct to the website" 30.6.12


ACES Magic Society - new website. Nicky Lewis emails: ACES Magic Society are delighted to announce they have a new website which will run in conjunction with their existing one. has a blog, things to sell and details on how to join this thriving Sussex society which now boasts members from 14 to some elder statesmen of magic too. A great atmosphere, plenty of fun and opportunities to perform. Any enquiries regarding membership or putting on a show, please contact Secretary Nicky Lewis for more details on 01903 532413. 30.6.12


Magi Winner: Nick Barnes. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Nick Barnes recently won The Order of The Magi (Manchester’s Magicians’ Society) Close up Magic Trophy for the third time. His sleight of hand and amusing patter warded off all his competitors to receive top marks from both lay and magical judges at this annual competition. He not only took the main trophy but also the Best Card Trick Shield for exceptional digital dexterity with a pack of cards being probably the first person to receive both awards at the same time in the history of the Magi. Nick’s successes amongst his peer group are equally matched with his busy career as a professional children’s entertainer and cabaret magician. His activities over the Jubilee Weekend alone took him to Knutsford, Nantwich, Wilmslow, Whitchurch, and Leeds. On arrival back in his home town of Congleton in late afternoon on the Tuesday he was able to enjoy a street party from the other side so to speak. A well earned rest I’m sure. 30.6.12


Steve Price AIMC lectures at the Ilford Magical Society next Wednesday, 4th July on 'Prop Magic' Venue: The Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Goodmayes, Ilford IG3 9PP (Map) starting at 8pm. Visitors are welcome, £10 door charge. Paul Clancy. 30.6.12


Ed Fringe, in the spotlight: Morgan & West. Acclaimed magicians Morgan & West follow Vegas and Adelaide with two new shows for Edinburgh 2012: Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles and Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels. Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4.30pm (Clockwork Miracles) and 12 midnight (Lying, Cheating Scoundrels). A classic magic show for all the family, Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles, plays the Gilded Balloon Teviot from 1st–27th August at 4.30pm. Offering everything their dedicated following has come to know and love - and more - the Victorian conjurers invite you to a world of mysterious methods and magical marvels in their workshop of wonders. Later on, the prestidigitating pair will let down their hair and put on their poker faces for an exclusive interactive late-night soiree of tricks, tales and swindles in Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels. The show will allow a limited audience to get up-close and personal across a card table each night from 1st–26th August at 12 midnight. Innovative and original - from their now-ubiquitous time-travelling Victorian personae to their intricately constructed live shows - Morgan & West were first seen at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009. Now, following a sell-out run at the Adelaide Fringe and a rave reception for their Las Vegas debut, the comedic conjurors have quit their secondary-school day jobs and return to the city where it all began to blow your socks off! See What's On for Ed Fringe listings. 30.6.12


Magic Boot Sale - Hertfordshire. This Thursday, 5th July, The Merlin Magical Society is holding its annual Magic Boot Sale at Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). Here's a chance for magicians to sell their unwanted items. Doors open at 6.30pm to 9.30pm (6pm for sellers). If you would like to sell your props it’s only £5 per table. We are holding this event at our normal headquarters this year so there's plenty of easy parking at the hall. John Clayton, Secretary. More info: 30.6.12


Magicseen, July 2012. Editor Mark Leveridge writes: Magicseen Issue 45 for July 2012 is on its way to subscribers and our summer issue is the perfect companion to pop into your suitcase if you are off on holiday over the next few weeks. Our cover star is Ian D. Montfort, the alter ego of Tom Binns, whose hilarious shows featuring the mindreading psychic are getting rave reviews wherever he performs. Also getting huge praise is Florian Zimmer, the young German magician who is a winner of the German Magic Championships and whose TV career is starting to go places. We talk in detail to both these gentlemen as well as to John Marshall, who owns a number of top comedy clubs across the UK where many of the best stand up comedians first started out. If the sun shines and you suddenly fancy doing some magic busking, make sure to read Street Wise in the current issue as Noel Britten and Keith Fields will set you straight on what you need to know to make a success of it. As well as this we go behind the scenes at Merlins of Wakefield to find out what a typical week holds for them, we have a feature on Uday Magic from India, discover the good work that Marvin's Magic Schools are doing for the next generation of budding magicians, and ensure you get a laugh with a whole series of gags from Tim Vine and Gary Delaney in One-Liner Heaven. Top this off with the Masterclass featuring two good card effects, a whole list of Product Reviews, plus of course news, letters and other entertaining and informative bits and pieces, and you can see we've done our best to ensure you have a good summer. You can get your copy now from 30.6.12


Trevor Duffy Lecture - Winchester. Winchester Magical Society is delighted to announce an exclusive lecture. Trevor Duffy, the award-winning comedy magician and innovator of magic is presenting his only UK lecture this year on Thursday July 5th in Winchester. Inventor of the 'Phil Trick', Trevor will be presenting his new lecture 'Negotiating the Barriers' including discussions on close-up and platform shows, tricks with coins, thin cards, banknotes and special innovations with clothing. He'll also be discussing ways to keep oneself motivated and positive and will share his unique practice methods. A rare appearance in the UK by a world-renowned performer. The lecture starts at 8pm at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester (SO22 4QB). Visitors are welcome for a nominal £5 fee. More details contact Philip Smith ( or visit the website at Trevor's web site is at Philip Smith. 30.6.12


Danny Archer Webinar. Roy Zaltsman writes: "You are invited to enjoy a free webinar (on-line interview and training) with Danny Archer on Sunday, July 1st at 8pm GMT (see for international times). During the webinar Danny will answer your questions and teach you a few tricks that will make your day! We can hold up to 100 magicians and it's going to be full, so please 'save your seat' now:" 30.6.12


There was a magic spell of bowling in the air last week, literally, for Paul Craven the resident magician for the celebrity Bunbury Cricket team. A regular player in the team over recent years, Paul's most recent game at Carlton near Newmarket featured cricketers Michael Holding (pictured with Paul), Darren Gough, Graham Cowdrey, Chris Silverwood and Joe Denly, as well as jockey Walter Swinburn. Asked to bowl by skipper David English CBE in front of a large crowd, Paul's four over spell of slow bowling resulted in five wickets for six runs - improbably magical statistics that in Paul's words "prove that even a blind noseless pig can surely find the occasional truffle..." The Bunburys have raised over £16 million pounds for charity over the last quarter of a century, and their games always offer a great family day out with auctions, comedy, music and sideshows, especially as players have ranged from Eric Clapton to Rory Bremner to members of the Harry Potter cast. For more details see 30.6.12


Shane Morrison is the winner of the 2012 Nottingham Guild of Magicians Close-Up Competition. Moira Fletcher reports: This was held on Sunday 17th June. The setting was around tables while the guests were enjoying a buffet meal, and drinks being served at the tables. This resulted in the competition being a more realistic performance situation. Shane was a worthy winner of this award. His skill with cards is a joy to watch and with such a pleasant and friendly manner he was well received at all the tables. Card control, slights and incredible styles of cutting cards, along with very clever magic, put Shane well in the lead with his magical ability. A past winner of the Dittia Shield for Manipulation at the British Ring convention, Shane is now out working around Nottingham at various venues, and is very popular at student venues. He is very proud to have won the competition as he knows he was up against some very strong performers. 30.6.12


Watford Association of Magicians annual Fish & Chip Supper! Andy Clockwise writes: On Tuesday 3rd July it's the Watford Association of Magicians annual Fish & Chip Supper and you're all invited - you can't all come, but you're all invited. There will be WAM members performing Close-Up Magic at your table as you await for dinner to arrive - a choice of fish/pie/burger/veggie burger & chips, and an all star show featuring Martin Cox, Ian Manly, Paul Megram and the brilliant Max Somerset all held together by your compere for the evening, Andy Clockwise. All this for just £7 per person - yes! just £7 per person. Places are limited to just 70 tickets so if you'd like a great night out for very little money do drop an email to and he'll reply with all the information you need. Children welcome. 30.6.12


The Amazing Morgan Stewart St Paul (part of Morgan's team) writes: "Nine year old Morgan Price aka 'The Amazing Morgan' has been nominated by Nickleodeon TV to take part in the UK Skills Award! Morgan has been performing her own stage and illusion show since the age of 5, raising thousands of pounds for charity. She has reached the final four in the Best Trick Category. Please support Morgan as a young up and coming magician by visiting and following the link on the News page to vote for her (Maximum 20 votes per person per day). Thank you for your support." 30.6.12


Leamington & Warwick Day of Magic. Elizabeth Warlock reviews the Leamington & Warwick Day of Magic 2012, Click Here. Photo: Champion of Champions close-up competition winner Paul Kybert. 30.6.12


A Timber Idol: Mr Punch in Scotland. Martin MacGilp writes: After 15 years of research I have recently self-published a book on the History of Punch & Judy in Scotland. Entitled "A Timber Idol: Mr Punch in Scotland," the book has over 200 pages, more than 100 photographs and is fully-indexed. This book is now available direct from the author/publisher, and should appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of this centuries-old form of folk-puppetry. Many magicians, both current and historic, have included Punch & Judy as part of their act. The price is £25 plus p&p, and there are further details on my website at Martin MacGilp. 30.6.12


Comedian Roy Hudd has written a feature article on John Styles, and it appears in the current edition of "Yours" magazine. 30.6.12


Magicians Cave are currently updating their website; it will be off-line for one week. 30.6.12


Sooty at Sixty, Click Here • John Hostler's new ebook, Cryptical Envelopment, is reviewed by Al Smith this week, Click Here • "Unmissable high jinx" Click Here • David Michaels reviews Steve Dimmer's lecture, 'The Nuts and Bolts of Children's Entertaining and other Magical Perils' Click Here • "‘Fooling Houdini’ by Alex Stone" Click Here • "Five things to do in Edinburgh tomorrow" Click Here • "Edinburgh International Magic Festival starts on Friday" Click Here • "A quick chat with Dynamo" Click Here • "UKTV's Dynamo: Magician Impossible Facebook app drives positivity and anticipation for the show" Click Here • "Sylar ready for the top after magical meeting" Click Here • "Artist's Derren Brown portrait" Click Here • "Geoff still has a few magic tricks up his sleeve" Click Here • Many thanks for your news as ever - see you next week, Duncan. 30.6.12