Number 635 - 25th August 2012


Paul Daniels: Magic Days. A unique one-day magic convention and opportunity: "This concept came about because Paul recently did the great EMC internet convention that went out to 70 countries and he received far more questions than he could possibly answer. In his emails and on Twitter and Facebook he is constantly being asked if he will mentor some magician or if he takes pupils. The answer, so far, has been ‘no’ but now he is hoping to spend more time at home and decided to try out the idea of small groups of those keen to learn, spending a day at his home near Reading/Henley..." For more information, dates, and to book, visit 25.8.12


Illusions Magic Bar - 5th Anniversary Party Night! Paul Zenon has been a great supporter of the bar and will be their special guest performer on Sunday 9th September. Paul will be joined by 'The Wizards of Odd' (Aaron Hayes & Jonti Sparrow), Kieron the Mighty, Steve Williams, Fritz Alkemade and host Mark Bennett. Tickets are priced at £8 (last year they sold out) and the doors will open at 6.30pm with the first act starting at 7.30pm. Book online and bring your PayPal receipt with you on the night. Visit for more info and to book. 25.8.12


Portsmouth Jumbo Day, Sunday 4th November 2012. Sean Lobban MMC writes: The line up for the 49th annual Portsmouth Jumbo Day is now complete. The Sale which starts at 9am will include many 'Big Name' Dealers and a hall full of second-hand sellers. There will be a presentation by Walt Lees, called 'Pitching The Sven'. This will be about his days of selling Svengali decks and the people he met and worked with. There will be two Workshops - one is a mini lecture by Paul Gordon, 'All-new Killer Card Magic', the other will be a Rubber Band Workshop by Rikki Mark. After the Sale, we will have Merv Cole's Auction and Bob Hamilton will be presenting his films and recordings. Our Star Lecture will be by International Award Winning Magician, David Stone (photo). We will then have Close Up Sessions by Paul Gordon, Dave Forrest, Walt Lees and Joe Tooley. The day ends with The Gala Show which will feature Ian Keable, Richard Pinner, Chris Rawlins and Rob Roy Collins. The best news is that we have held 2011's prices, which means this whole day can cost just £17.00 per person with Fast Track Tickets. To register for Fast Track Click Here where you can download a Registration Form. Fast Track Tickets will save you £2.00 off of the 'Pay on the day' price, will save you time queuing and will guarantee entry on the day. So it is well worth registering in advance. Venue: Portsmouth & District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). Website: 25.8.12


Kidology 2012 update. Organiser Alec Powell writes: With the convention on the 11th September fast approaching, another Workshop has been added. Following on from his popular 'Halloween Magic' lecture a few years ago, Michael Diamond will be presenting 'Halloween Update'; adding a few more routines and games. Great news also is that Illusion act Amethyst will be performing in the cabaret at the night before the Convention event. For more details and registration info contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or visit the Albion Magic website 25.8.12


Conjuring at the Court, London. Thursday 30th August 2012. The show features Max Somerset, star of TV series Max Magic, Undercover Magic, and the Sorceror’s Apprentice. Max combines music with magic to create a memorable, funny, and dramatic performance. With the comedy magic of Alan Hudson (photo), fabulous ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, and top mindreader Marc Paul. Compered by co-producer Stephen Barry 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 25.8.12


Magic Night, Madame JoJo's - London: "At our fortnightly shows at Madame JoJo's, you'll find sorcery, comedy, music and physically impossible feats. Forget rabbits n hats, this is magic as you've never seen it before! Think turning water into wine and raising the dead and then you're on track. Friday September 7th: The brilliant and hilarious Barry and Stuart (BBC1 The Magicians) return to Magic Night with reality subverting dark tricks, whilst Oliver Meech will be using some mental trickery and making all of you think same way, if you thought you had a free mind, this may prove otherwise. AJ will be throwing, balancing and endangering the front row with huge, sharp knives whilst standing on moving objects and the gorgeous Delores Deluxe reveals her proclivities in song and does the best banana trick in town. Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee will expertly oversee proceedings whilst trying not to spike his hand." 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. For details visit: 25.8.12


Secret World of Magic is being repeated on Sky1. Friday's edition features the brilliant Gaetan Bloom at the Crazy Horse. "Magicians Pete and Ali find it takes more than 'Is this your card?' to impress the ladies. They also meet France's answer to Tommy Cooper and struggle with the language barrier." See TV Magic. 25.8.12


Morgan & West will be bringing their acclaimed magic show Time Traveling Magicians to Burnham Park Hall, Windsor Lane, Burnham, Slough SL1 7HR (Map), on Friday 5th October. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £12.50, from Jacqui at the hall on 01628 661381. 25.8.12


George Kovari Lecture - Blackpool Magicians Club. Blackpool Magicians Club members and associate members have a treat in store on Thursday 30th. August when George Kovari returns with Part 2 of his lecture "Kovari's Ideas and Inventions". George presented Part 1 of his lecture 12 months ago to great acclaim and Part 2 promises to be even better. Derek Lever. 25.8.12


Gregory Wilson Lecture tour now booking. Steve Gore writes: "Gregory Wilson, the funny and popular two-time FISM winning magician is coming to do a new UK lecture tour in April 2013. If any clubs want him to do his “Latest and Greatest” lecture for them can you please contact Steve Gore, who is arranging his tour. His DVDs are on most magicians 'wanted lists' including “On the Spot”, “Off the Cuff”, “Pyrotechnic Pasteboards”, “Freakey”, “Hundy 500”, “Double Take”, “Pointless”, “Foreign Affair” and “Ring Leader”. 25.8.12


Perth Magic Circle will be represented at the Annual Charity Street Fayre organised by Perth Rotary Club on Saturday 25th August. Perth was the only Scottish town to be recently awarded City Status by Her Majesty the Queen as part of her 60th Jubilee Celebrations and the Perth Magic Circle is the only known Magic Society in the UK to have permission from the Lord Lyon to use an official Coat of Arms (this being the Perth Coat of Arms). This is the first time the club has been invited to participate in what is a popular event and leading the team will be club President Gus McGregor and Secretary Adrian Harris. They will be delighted to welcome any visiting magicians during the Fayre which will take place in King Edward Street between 10am and 4pm. 25.8.12


Andrew Murray MIMC will be giving his ‘Forget what you know, believe what you see’ lecture for the Ilford Magic Society at The Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford IG3 9PP (Map) on Wednesday 29th August starting at 8pm. Visitors very welcome, £10 on the door. Paul Clancy. 25.8.12


Miguel Angel Gea 'Essence' 4 DVD Set: "One of Spain's finest close-up magicians, the winner of many awards including the Ascanio Prize and the National Grand Prix of Magic in Spain shares all! On these four DVDs he explains his prize-winning magic including magic inspired by Spain's legendary coin worker Joaquin Navajas. Also included are Gea's outstanding sleeving techniques, his jaw-dropping catapulta move, eye-popping coin through glass, one-hand Matrix, Essence, competition act and much more. Plus, for the first time ever, an English language version of his awesome Spelling Routine." "Miguel Angel Gea is a superb coin magician with some very clever moves and ideas. His magic looks like magic, and he is truly is an actor playing the part of a magician." David Roth. Visy to order. 25.8.12


Magic: The Complete Course by Joshua Jay (Book & DVD) "Joshua Jay's 'Magic' is a complete course, jam-packed with over a hundred amazing but easy-to-learn effects. Much more than a collection of tricks, this book teaches both the mechanics and presentation necessary to perform each trick - since only a mastery of both (plus a lot of practice) makes a real magician." Available from for just £12 including delivery Click Here. 25.8.12


Planning next year's programme of events for your club? Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 25.8.12


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