Number 630 - 21st July 2012


Yu Ho Jin and Yann Frisch - Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques Grand Prix Winners, for stage and parlour magic, Blackpool, 2012. As predicted in MagicWeek just a few weeks ago, FISM 2012 produced arguably the finest set of competition winners for some 30 years. I had in mind Yu Ho Jin, Yann Frisch and Marko Karvo having seen them all live; add Marcel 'Prince of Illusions' to the equation, together with some of the other finalists, and the result was in fact a 'best-ever' FISM Championship. I would have loved to have seen the all-winners show but unfortunately I couldn't make it to the convention. Magic writer Walt Lees has forwarded his report written for the Blackpool Magicians' Club covering the convention events, but not the competitions which ran simultaneously Click Here. For a full list of all the competitors, together with their actual scores, Click Here. Photographs of the two Grand Prix champions © Daniel Eden/Eden Photography, used with permission (many thanks Dan), visit then 'Proofing' and enter password FISMDAY1, FISMDAY2 etc. to see the entire collection. The next FISM World Championships of Magic will take place in Rimini, Italy, from 6th - 11th July 2015: Please don't watch these winners on YouTube... wait until you can see their incredible acts as they should be seen... live. (DT). "Magicians spellbind competition judges" Click Here. Yann Frisch at the EMC Click Here. 21.7.12


Looking for Mr Wright. Following on from his FISM success last week (congratulations Matt! Joint 2nd place in 'Parlour Magic') Matthew Wright is arranging a UK lecture tour for March 2013. In this brand new lecture "Looking for Mr Wright" he will break down and discuss his award-winning act and also demonstrate effects from his upcoming DVD release "Raise The Bar". To book Matthew for your club or magic event email also see 21.7.12


The Essential Magic Conference - 27th, 28th and 29th of July. The third and final Essential Magic Conference. 33 magicians, 3 days of magic; the world’s first digital conference for magic and magicians. Dynamo and Cyril Takayama have just been added to the line up. Watch all sessions online, and on demand, for one year, and also receive an 8 DVD Box set of all the sessions once the conference is over (mailed post free worldwide). Register for the EMC2012 and get a 25% discount on all Essential Magic Collection products. The Conference package is US $99 or EUR €75. Find out more and register here: MagicWeek is delighted to once again be an EMC Media Partner in this, their final year. 21.7.12


International Magic Convention (November 16th, 17th, 18th at The Mermaid Theatre, London). The International Magic Convention is very pleased to announce that Joanie Spina will be joining them not only for a lecture at the weekend but also as one of the guest speakers on the previous Monday (November 12th) at the all-day seminar on Directions at The Bridewell Theatre. As principal performer, choreographer, and artistic consultant to David Copperfield for eleven years, Joanie Spina redressed the ancient art of magic with the flair and calibre of Broadway and Hollywood productions, and in association with David raised the stature of magic to new heights. Her regular column in Magic magazine is an unmissable read with advice that’s worth its weight in gold. During these two London appearances you will have the chance to see and hear Joanie as she explains and illustrates what it takes to raise your game. Jim Steinmeyer says "When it comes to secrets, Joanie Spina is the secret weapon behind some of the most successful magicians of our generation. As a consultant and director, she makes ordinary magic extraordinary, and turns good performances into great performances. There's no question about it, she's the magician that great magicians depend upon."


Noel Britten, co-organiser of the Convention said "the most exciting part of Joanie’s visit is that we will be able to offer personal and private artistic direction sessions with her in the week leading up to the Convention. You can take this rare opportunity to book a time slot with Joanie and receive her full attention as she works with any element of your performance that you desire. I strongly recommend that you visit her website and read the plaudits that her work so richly deserves and then jump at this chance – I guarantee it will be money well-spent. Her attitude in development of an act or performance is nurturing and encouraging, and her warm and reassuring personality would make anyone feel comfortable enough to stretch themselves, take chances and improve their act beyond measure. I’ve seen her work with all types of performers from patter to silent, stage to close-up and all have benefitted from her advice and guidance." There are only a limited number of spaces available for this opportunity. Contact to book your time slot. 21.7.12


Kidology UK 2012. From organiser Albion Magic: "Kidology UK 2012 is rapidly approaching on 11th September 2012, most delegates have also elected to register for the first ever Kidology Children's Entertainer of the Year competition which is to be held the night before on 10th September. Competitors include, Julie Carpenter, Shane West, Sally Rigley, Stephen Ablett, Pip the Clown (Carol Bosworth) and Dov Citron. That will be followed by a party with cabaret from illusionists Amethyst. Main lectures on the day are from Gay Ljungberg (Sweden) on transforming kids into instant actors on stage, Gary James (Scotland) with 'The Business of Magic' workshops; he will also have on offer his complete magic workshop kit and last but certainly not least Ozzy Dee (England) sharing a wealth of information on games for larger indoor or outdoor events. He will also host the night before competition. New faces amongst the dealers include Razamataz Magic and Axtell Puppets. Also great news is that Steve Evans in addition to hosting the day will be presenting his extremely popular 'Bits of Business' workshop which was totally oversubscribed last year. More details of the other workshops to follow." For full details and registrations contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or visit the Albion Magic website 21.7.12


Lennart Green One Day London Workshop, Sunday 23rd September. From the organisers: A one day interactive workshop with the great Lennart Green, one of the foremost magicians in the world today. His very unique style is entwined with cunning psychological techniques which leave the audience believing the impossible is happening before their very eyes. The workshop will take place from 10am to 5pm and will include performances, lectures, hands-on practice sessions, sessioning with Lennart in attendance to help out, and a Q&A session where your technical questions will be answered. This is a truly unique opportunity to learn some of the very best close-up card magic available anywhere. We would suggest that this workshop is not really suitable for complete beginners in card magic. We are determined to cram as much useful info into the day, and won’t have the time to explain basic handling techniques. 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 the Ibis Hotel Euston, 3 Cardington Street, London NW1 2LW (Map) telephone 0207 3887777. A one minute walk from Euston Station. Plenty of parking on a Sunday. Tea and coffee charged at £5 per head for all day. For more info and to book visit 21.7.12


Chris De Rosa will be appearing in an event for Glasgow City Council on 27th July in "The Merchants of Magic", a late night cabaret as part of Glasgow's Merchant City Festival. Starring: The Art of Illusion (Chris De Rosa), The Great Aziz, Gypsy Charms, Laser Harpist Greig Stewart and Can Can Dancers French Fling, together with a few other surprises. Tickets £15. Doors open 10pm until 12.30am at The Old Fruit Market, Merchant City, Glasgow. Booking office hotline: 0141 353 8000. More info on this and other Merchant City Festival events can be found at 21.7.12


The Golden Rules of Acting that nobody ever tells you. Andy Nyman's first book for the public will be available from next week. It is an absolute treasure trove of advice for actors, magicians, singers and any freelancer or dreamer who wants to make their ambitions come true. "A wonderful insight into the secrets of success that will help anyone achieve their dreams." Richard Wiseman. "Andy's distilled guidebook is smart, hilarious, and just might get you work!" Neil Patrick Harris. You have a couple of days left to pre-order a signed copy at the bargain price of £4.79 incl p&p (instead of £5.99 + p&p) via (use the code 'signed copy' at the checkout). 21.7.12


Peterborough Society of Magicians Annual Convention, Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day for 2013 will be held on Sunday 7th April 2013 at their usual venue, the Millfield Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). "As this is the 25th anniversary of this event our aim is to make this a very special occasion, so make a note of the date in your diary. Whether you are buying, selling or just want a fantastic day of magic and entertainment this is the event for you and should not be missed. Keep a look out for further information on this site or contact Keith Downs our Event Organiser Tel: 01778 343167." 21.7.12


Jon Allen last weekend presented an exclusive online magic lecture, including never-before-released effects. If you missed it, you can download the full lecture via 21.7.12


Psychic Cabaret returns to York on August 2nd at The Basement after a complete sell-out last month: "Headlined by Luke Jermay, each event sees different performers and performances brought into one two-hour evening show. This month's performers, as well as Jermay, include Chris Rawlins, Craig Stephenson and Tom Crosbie. The show is a phenomenal way to see professional magicians and mentalists perform their No. 1 sets to a 'lay' audience and then have the opportunity to meet them afterwards. At the July show, we had to turn people away, so to avoid disappointment, book your tickets now!" To book visit or for a special group discount rate. 21.7.12


David Lees and Denis Shields present their "Something for All" magic lecture at the Fort Theatre, Kenmuir Avenue, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 2DW (Map) on Thursday 26th July at 7.30pm. Entry fee £5 on the door. 21.7.12


The Pye's the limit! Geoffrey Newton IBM British Ring PRO writes: It is with great pleasure that I report that Northwest magician from Clitheroe John Pye has just been installed as the International President of The International Brotherhood of Magicians at their 2012 convention held in Norfolk Virginia USA. He is only the 4th British person to take this role in the society’s 90 year history. Achieving this accolade of a worldwide organisation must be the ultimate outer limit of success for any magician. John has worked hard for the art of magic for many years now so this is a well deserved honour to recognise his efforts. He still remains Secretary to the IBM British Ring and been president of the British Ring in 1995. He was Secretary to the Northern Magic Circle for 13 years. This local man who has never lived more than 10 miles from where he was born is now about to take on a global year travelling to represent the IBM at many Ring conventions throughout the world. It’s therefore bon voyage John wherever your wand takes you and I look forward to reporting on your travels over the next 12 months. 21.7.12


Bexley Magic Society’s Magic to Music competition. Wednesday 18th July saw the latest in Bexley Magic Society’s Magic to Music competition. Three contestants, David Klass, Rob Page and Joe Greenaway had all been given different pieces of music a few weeks earlier. They then had to come up with magic routines to perform in front of an audience of their peers and lay people. Only club members were allowed to mark the acts. This year the winner was David Klass (pictured) who performed Jon Allen’s Silent Treatment, Billy McComb’s Blendo Sucker Silk and a lovely version of the Gypsy Thread. Also providing entertainment on the night (but not competing) were past winners, Megan Knowles Bacon, club secretary Dave Andrews and club president Roy Marsh. The evening was compèred by club chairman, Kevin Doig. Congratulations to David; commiserations to the other year maybe. Roy Marsh. 21.7.12


David Penn Lecture - Cotswold Magical Society: "We are very pleased to be welcoming David Penn to Cotswold Magical Society once again. He is always thoroughly entertaining and we are sure that we will be in for a magical night. We welcome visitors from other societies to join us for the evening at the very modest cost of £5 per head. Wednesday August 1st at 7.30 for 8pm." Venue: The Hucclecote, Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT (Map) 21.7.12


Merlins of Wakefield have their new July/August Preview catalogue available now, and it's free. Just email and they will send you a PDF copy. If you would rather have a printed copy, just include your postal address. They aslo have a few spaces available in their 'Kids Summer Magic Schools' programme. This is for 10 to 16 year olds who are beginners and want to learn some great magic tricks. For more details Click Here, or call Merlins on 01924 339933 for availability. 21.7.12


Phillip Northfield - Paradox. "The Magician, Mind Reader, Mentalist and general strange egg will be attempting to predict the lottery, play Russian Roulette with Staple guns, read the minds of random audience members, do a card trick like no other and attempt a feat of mental wizardry, the magnitude of which is a headache to even consider! (Hint: It involves a blindfold, a Rubik s cube and the 26 letters of the Alphabet)." Venue: Theatre on the Steps, Stoneway Steps, Bridgnorth WV16 4BD (Map), 25th & 26th July, 8-9pm, tickets £5. Box Office 01746 764 949 21.7.12


"Paul Gordon's all-new killer workable card magic lecture" Leeds Magic Association host Paul Gordon at 7.30pm on Tuesday 25th September: "Paul Gordon presents an evening of entertaining 'worker' card magic you can and will use" Venue: St Johns C of E Church, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 7BZ (Map). More info: and 21.7.12


Dr Nicolas Grimoire brings his haunting presence to Castle House in Carmarthen for Saturdays during the summer. Dr Grimoire (aka South Wales based magician and story teller Nick Brunger) will be offering eerie walkabouts interspersed with his own brand of Gothic Magic in this former Victorian police station and lock up. These free tours will include unsettling stories and terrifying tales of crime and execution in the town once described as the "wild west of Wales". For information and bookings call 01267 231557 or visit 21.7.12


Magicians Wanted! Eugene Matthias writes: Magicians needed to work in education. For the last 12 years Eugene Matthias has been working in education having been commissioned to develop a series of educational magic shows in conjunction with different Government agencies and local authorities. These magic shows are now marketed direct to schools through the brand name of the Magic Club of Great Britain Due to the success of this programme we now need a limited number of professional children's entertainers who are interested in working and developing a business in education, working between Monday to Friday (9.30am – 3.00pm) in their own areas. For more information visit or contact Eugene Matthias on 07730 111111. 21.7.12


"Magician's trick goes wrong as illusionist passes out from lack of oxygen" Click Here • "Barry recounts near-death experience" Click Here • "The future of magic" Click Here • "'It was devastating': Magician David Copperfield breaks silence over the sexual assault allegations that threatened to ruin his career" Click Here • Kevin Doig reviews Oliver Meech and Bruce Glen's show - part of the Season of Summer Sorcery at The Magic Circle, Click Here • "Magical Visitors" Click Here • '2 Minds Combined' wanted to present a completely 'hands-off' newspaper headline prediction. With a little help from James Biss and some reverse engineering this is what they came up with Click Here • "Magician Nathan Burton is popping up on TV around the world" Click Here • "Masters of Illusion" Click Here • The MagicWeek office has just upgraded the broadband to BT Infinity (fibre-optic) and it's great, but not quite 'as advertised' - still waiting for that knock on the door... Click Here. That's all for this week, I'm off to buy some Custard Creams, see you next week, Duncan. 21.7.12