Number 629 - 14th July 2012


An Evening with Luke Jermay and Marc Paul, Tuesday 17th July - London. International Magic present 'An Evening with Luke Jermay and Marc Paul' on Tuesday 17th July in London: "Luke Jermay performed a two year run in Las Vegas and is the mind reader Derren Brown says "...puts the rest of us to shame". The Edinburgh Evening News exclaimed "Jermay has to be seen to be believed. Grab a ticket to this show". Luke Jermay’s lecture features the theory, method and thinking underpinning his professional performances from Las Vegas to London. Marc Paul is one of the most well known and loved mentalists in the country. His ability to create hard hitting, simple to perform material is always met with praise. From his live tour dates and corporate work to his TV appearances including an appearance on Parkinson he knows how to construct hard hitting material. This event will focus on theory, performance and execution .... with tricks thrown in for good measure! This is a special ‘seminar’ style lecture with hands-on teaching and Q&A sessions." Usual London venue: Casa Italiana, 2nd floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). For price, times, and to reserve your place email 14.7.12


Charlie Frye & Company will join Sylvester the Jester, Dani DaOrtiz and Scott Land at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2013. Acknowledging America's rich vaudeville tradition, Charlie Frye & Company synthesize virtuosic skills and a passionate love of their art into something classic yet undeniably fresh - something that astounds even as it entertains. For the last twenty-odd years (some odder than others), Charlie and his wife Sherry have been delighting audiences worldwide with their singular blend of silent comedy, magic, juggling, slapstick, and acrobatics. Together, they have thrilled audiences around the world in many exotic venues. Besides being one of the world’s most sought after American specialty acts, they are also in constant demand throughout the United States, where they were named Las Vegas’ Specialty Act of the Year for their star billing in the Follies Bergere. Charlie Frye’s first desire was to grow up to be Batman. But since that didn’t work out, he chose to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who were both clowns. Right away, he knew that he had some pretty big shoes to fill. For a short while, Charlie performed on the streets of New York City, laying the groundwork for an act that was soon to land them on the stages of Nevada’s top casinos. Shortly after arriving in Las Vegas, they became close friends with the legendary George Carl who was to become their most ardent supporter. Other inspiring friendships were soon to follow, and perhaps it is this connection to the greats of the past, and his close relationships to the best of today, that has enabled Charlie to become a variety artist of unmatched skill and mastery. Renowned throughout the world for the versatility of his talent, when it comes to combining world class juggling, sleight of hand, and physical comedy, no one does it better. Register today and enjoy a 10% discount off the £65 registration fee. Call Karri or Jess on 0191 424 7987 to request a registration form or book with a card. 14.7.12


Giggio, the ultimate booking system for entertainers, is about to become even more accessible! Giggio 2.0 has all the same great features of the original system (client management, PDF contract and invoice generation, payment tracking and much more), but this time it's 100% web-based, with no need for any additional software. It's also available to users worldwide. The system is currently in the final stages of beta-testing and will be released shortly. If you'd like to be amongst the first to take a free 30 day trial, just fill in the form at (Highly recommended this one. DT). 14.7.12


The Puppet Hut goes 'bricks and mortar'. Based in Handcross, West Sussex and close to Brighton, Haywards Heath and Gatwick Airport The Puppet Hut specialises in Puppets for magicians, ventriloquists and entertainers in general. Jamie Clark, children’s entertainer and founder of the shop, commented, "Puppets are massively popular at the moment and are second to none at bringing in the bookings. If you don’t have one in your act then you are surely missing out! With the release of The new Muppet movie and the continued success of acts like Terry Fator, Jeff Dunham and Paul Zerdin this country has been crying-out for somewhere to view any buy a professional puppet for your act. Previously most of the puppets we stocked were only available overseas and after months of trawling websites. We deal with some of the world's very best puppet makers including Axtell Expressions in the USA and stock a huge range of creatures, instructional material and even some excellent magic tricks!" The Puppet Hut is a great place to visit and Jamie is a great source of knowledge. The 'hut' is open on Thursdays from 10am - 5pm and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm, but telephone 07725 418751 first to double check before making a long journey. They can also open by appointment and also operate a fast efficient mail order business via their website, complete with free UK delivery: The Puppet Hut, The Old Garage, High Street, Handcross RH17 6BJ (Map). 14.7.12


Magic Night, Madame JoJo's - London. Friday August 3rd [cancelled]: "Dark duos, balloon heads, mass predictions, multiple personas and vanishing bandannas! The brilliantly hilarious Barry and Stuart (BBC1 The Magicians) return to Magic Night with reality subverting dark tricks, whilst Oliver Meech will be performing some delicate brainwork and making all of you think and behave the same way at the same time, if you thought you had a free mind, this may prove otherwise! The gorgeous Delores Deluxe reveals her proclivities in song and does the best banana trick in town and Anil Desai, master of a thousand voices morphs into every celebrity you have ever known. Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee will expertly oversee all tricky proceedings." 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 14.7.12


Derren Brown: An Evening of Wonders is being repeated next Saturday, 21st July, on E4 (see TV Magic). This is the specially produced version of Derren's live stage show Evening of Wonders, which was recorded at the Garrick Theatre in London. Meanwhile Derren Brown: Svengali is back, live on stage, in the West End for a limited run right now! He's playing the Novello Theatre until August 11th. Be prepared for a theatrical roller-coaster ride as the acknowledged master of psychological illusion gives audiences another opportunity to see this Olivier-winning sensation. This is the last chance to see the sell-out live show that has mesmerized the nation! Age recommendation: 12+ Box Office: Also see 14.7.12


Pickpocket James Freedman performs as "The Man of Steal", but offstage, James is passionate about reducing real street crime. See how easy he makes it look in this TED@London video Click Here and follow him on twitter for pickpocket prevention tips. 14.7.12


Young and Strange: An Evening of Magic, Comedy and Variety. "A spectacular, fast paced and engaging illusion show, performed by double act 'Young and Strange'. The show features state of the art stage illusions and intimate sleight of hand magic effects, never seen before at The Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BP (Map). The show is entwined with a comedy thread with the emphasis on pure entertainment. A guest act will guarantee a fun and memorable evening. A treat for the whole family. Friday July 20th at 7.45pm 14.7.12


Lubors Lens by Paul Harris. Mark Traversoni writes: " now have the amazing Lubors Lens by Paul Harris in stock. This is a great trick at a great price, yes it’s been out a while with a booklet included but now it’s been brought up to date with DVD instructions. The main effect is the ability to twist the centre of a pen out of shape in the spectators hand. It gets great reactions and it’s easy to do! Lots of other items have been added to the range in the past couple of weeks also, so check out the website for all the new products." 14.7.12


Ed Fringe, in the spotlight: Rob James. Rob James will be performing his show 'Magicana' in London this month and then during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. Described as a 'Retro-modern magic show', Rob presents some lost and rarely-seen classics of magic with a modern spin. From the House of Commons in London to three engagements at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, Rob James is a veteran of over 2000 performances in the last ten years. The show is previewed in London on Tuesday 24th July. For tickets for the London date Click Here and for Edinburgh Click Here. "Rob James was excellent. Dry humour, classic magic and some elegant sleight of hand wowed the audience" Stuart Bowie, reviewing the show at the Edinburgh Magicfest last year. 14.7.12


The Order of The Magi (Manchester) are holding a Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 24th July at The Irish World Heritage Centre, Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF (Map) commencing at 7.30pm prompt but with viewing from 6.30pm. Lot numbers are now available so if you need one please contact Max Townsend Entertainments Officer on 07800 618218 or email Details are on Door charge £3 for non members so do come along as there might be there the very thing you are looking for. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 14.7.12


Steve Faulkner British Magical Society Lecture. Paul Cadley writes: Steve Faulkner the Distinctive Magician lectures for the British Magical Society in Birmingham Tuesday 17th July 2012. Steve Faulkner is renowned for his high class close-up magic, and after dinner entertainment for social, commercial clients, and tradeshows. A great opportunity to see an outstanding lecture by this renowned performer. 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. 14.7.12


Ed Fringe, in the spotlight: Spirit Sideshow. Peter Campbell-Wells is to present a one-off preview performance of his 'Spirit Sideshow' Ed Fringe show in the Sussex village of Hurstpierpoint on 4th August at 8pm. Pete has redesigned the show since Brighton Fringe, to take advantage of the larger stage and more formal layout offered at Edinburgh's counting house, and the Hurst preview will be the first performance of 'Spirit Sideshow' in its new form. The core narrative and effects remain the same, but the experience as a whole promises to be bigger and more immersive. Tickets are on sale now from the show's website and from the Players Theatre box office on the night. Venue: Players Theatre, 147 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 9PU (Map). For Ed Fringe times, and also details of Pete's other Ed Fringe show, 'Spook Circus' (below) see What's On. 14.7.12


Spook Circus was a massive success at the Brighton Fringe - achieving sell-out audiences and being nominated for Best Children's Event by the readers of Latest7 magazine. Now, the show is on its way to Edinburgh Fringe as part of the Laughing Horse's Free Festival. Can Peter Campbell-Wells get his ghostly performers in line and make them behave this time round? Or will chaos reign supreme once more? 19th - 26th August - 12.10pm at The Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DD. 14.7.12


Darryl Rose MIMC took the Olympic Torch to The Magic Circle clubroom last Monday. Members had their photos taken with it for a donation to CICRA, The Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association and £140 + gift aid was raised. Darryl's sister Amanda at 10 years old had Ulcerative colitis, and brother, Mark and niece, Paige (14 years old) also suffer from Crohns. New member Dynamo also suffers with Crohns and both he and Darryl are working hard to make the disease disappear. Photo: Jack Delvin MIMC, President of The Magic Circle and Darryl Rose MIMC. 14.7.12


TV Magic Show Needs You! "Objective Productions, the company behind Derren Brown, The Real Hustle and The Cube are making the children’s magic show: ‘Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic’ Are you a talented young magician, card flourisher or juggler? Perhaps you’re a brilliant beatboxer, BMXer or a pro with a yo yo? If you are aged between 10-15 and have a wonderful, exciting talent we want to hear from you! Is this your moment to shine, show us what you are made of by sending us a video! To get involved please apply through the official website: Click Here." 14.7.12


Magicians Wanted! Lee Hathaway writes: I am looking for demonstrators over the summer to work on our stall in Covent Garden. Previous experience is great but not essential. Amazing sales skills most welcome. Interested parties should email a CV and a brief bit about themselves to 14.7.12


The Order of The Magi - competition report correction. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Order of The Magi (Manchester) has been asked to point out that although Nick Barnes won both the cup and best card trick shield in this year’s Close-up Competition -which is unusual- it is not the first time this has been the case as in 2007 Ken Ashburn also took both prizes in the same competition. I may have given the impression on MagicWeek (30th June) that Nick was the first one to do this. I apologise to Ken. 14.7.12


"Abracadabra! Paul Daniels turns into David Beckham" Click Here • "Saturday interview: Dynamo, the magician who walks on water." Click Here • "Wimp who walks on water: Bullied at school for being puny he's the council house boy who's become our most mesmerising magician" Click Here • "Watch closely - before this show vanishes" Click Here • "Illusionist rushed to hospital after 'hook form the eye' trick goes hideously wrong" Click Here • "Bewdley magician celebrates 20 years" Click Here • 'Sean Alexander at Pleasurewood Hills' is reviewed by Chris North Click Here and 'Andrew Van Buren and Company' are reviewed by Geoffrey Newton Click Here • Owen Lean is representing England currently at the first ever Vancouver International Buskers Festival • "World Championships of Magic held in Blackpool" Click Here • "Magic duo to wow international crowd" Click Here • "Choi Hyun-woo Invited to Judge World Championships of Magic" Click Here • "Magic week ahead in Blackpool" Click Here • "Dynamo: Magician Impossible episode two draws 990,000" Click Here • "Dynamo shows us some freaky tricks and tells us about Magician Impossible series 2" Click Here • "Marco Tempest: The first cyber illusionist" Click Here • We'll be bringing you FISM reports, photos and (as at the time of writing unannounced) competition results next week • And finally, forget fancy number plates or the latest Merc... if you really want to stand any chance of impressing a big-shot client then you'd better turn up in one of these: Click Here. See you next week, Duncan. 14.7.12