Number 636 - 1st September 2012


"Guess Who?" That's the question on everyone's lips before the presentation of the David Berglas International Magic Award at The International Magic Convention every year. Always a closely guarded secret, previous recipients have included Uri Geller, David Copperfield, Juan Tamariz and Derren Brown all of whom, following the presentation, have taken questions from the Convention audience and provided an amazingly frank, illuminating and entertaining hour. This year promises to be no different with the recipient being ... well that would be telling. The only way to find out and be part of this amazing annual event is to be sure to be in the audience on the Sunday afternoon. The presentation closes the daytime events of the Convention which runs from the Friday evening to Sunday (November 16th-18th) and this year features 7 lectures, 2 special stage shows, the close-up competition, and two Gala Shows - one close-up and one stage. A full weekend of top notch magic, comedy and variety to satisfy even the most voracious of magical appetites, and as if that isn't enough you'll even have a chance to have in-depth day seminars on your particular interests in magic at The Festival of Magic in the week leading up to the Convention. For full details and registrations visit: 1.9.12


American Magician, Joe Monti starts his UK lecture tour on Monday, in Cardiff. Sean Lobban writes: Joe’s lecture promises to be a “not to be missed” event. It will be a special experience because of the tremendous amount of ground that it will cover. National TV, Multi Million Dollar Live Las Vegas Shows, Close-up, Stage, Parlour, Children's shows, Cruise Ships, Private shows, Trade Shows, Inventing (Joe has two patents) and the list goes on. Joe Monti has been a TV producer for 3 solid years as well as a TV contestant on a massively successful Invention Show during primetime US TV (14 million viewers) coming in 2nd place to a million dollars (winning $50,000). This lecture is loaded with more information than you’ll be able to sit still for. Joe Monti’s approach is fresh, honest and cuts to the point. Real world information and a lot of practical card, coin and miscellaneous handlings that have been underground for years. No one snoozes at this lecture. Watch, participate, ask questions, etc. It’s all here. For those who want to really bust knuckles Joe also has a 4 hour intensive workshop for the advanced coin and card men/woman that takes handlings with objects and real world stage and close-up psychology to a skyscraper level of skill and entertainment. See What's On for tour dates and details. 1.9.12


Close-Up @ The Magic Circle. "Join us for an intimate evening of entertainment! Close-Up magic is one of the most popular and impressive forms of the art and this event showcases some of the best exponents. Audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of The Magic Circle Headquarters in London. Seeing is believing!" Next performance: Friday 7th September, featuring Rob James, Carlos Vinuesa, Steve Faulkner and Peter Scarlett. Doors Open 7.00pm - Shows start at 7.30pm and finish at approximately 9.30pm. All seats are £16 with a special reduction for Members and Friends of The Magic Circle. For more information and to book Click Here. 1.9.12


The Magic Circle Experience. 11am on Monday 10th September. "Enjoy a visit to the house of 10,000 secrets and enjoy a unique experience at the headquarters of The Magic Circle. A Monday morning event, bookable in advance only, for groups and individuals lasting two hours, which leaves plenty of time to explore the rest of London. Hear about the fascinating history of mystery, magic and the world famous Magic Circle in the hallowed clubroom where magicians from all over the world meet to discuss their latest miracles... A morning of magical history, with some close-up magic and a short stage show." Click Here for details. 1.9.12


The IBM (British Ring) is pleased to announce that Brian Sefton is the latest name to be added to the list of lecturers at the 2012 Great Yarmouth Convention (26th – 30th September). Brian's “Tips on Manips” will detail the handling and manipulation of cards, billiard balls and thimbles taken from his long standing and highly successful manipulation act. Many people will be more familiar with Brian’s Dove and Patter acts but this former British Ring Shield winner clearly has plenty more to offer. The event takes place at 2pm on Thursday 27th September at the Britannia Pier theatre. For further information on this 76th British Ring convention visit Geoffrey Newton PRO. 1.9.12


The Magic Circle's Annual Dealers Day will take place on Saturday 27th October; once again at the Royal National Hotel in London. This event is free for members of The Magic Circle and the Young Magicians Club, with a small admission fee for non-members. Any dealers wishing to exhibit who haven't already received a booking form should contact Katherine Rhodes MIMC via 1.9.12


The Wrongless Lecture - James Brown. Professional Opportunist James Brown presents his 'Wrongless' lecture for The Associated Wizards of the South at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 4th September. James has spent 20+ years developing various routines specifically with the close-up worker in mind using techniques incorporating magic, pickpocketing and hypnosis. During this lecture James will share some of his personal favourite routines including a method for signed card to any wallet that requires no gimmick! He will also share his thoughts on performance psychology and Wrongless Approach to magic. Tickets are £8 for guests. Contact Darren Holden on 07980 385832 for more information. Venue: The Associated Wizards of the South, Woolston & Sholing Conservative Club, 74 St Annes Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO19 9FF (Map). 1.9.12


Bloomsbury Auctions are holding an exciting sale of Conjuring equipment, books and pictures on 20th September 2012. Also included in the auction are various books from the collection of Christopher Woodward, trade and cigarette cards from the collection of the late Chris Pratt and an extensive collection of circus photographs formed by the late Lewis Teasdale. Full details will appear on the Bloomsbury Auctions website shortly: Photo: An ornamental object constructed by Robert Harbin consisting of concentric metal rings linked by short threads on a wooden base. The rings of the ornament spin in all directions at the slightest touch. Notes of authenticity are included in the lot (featuring a number of additional items) stating that all of the items were formerly in the collection of Bayard Grimshaw, together with 28 photographic slides depicting a Harbin performance. 1.9.12


Magic Car Boot Sale - West Bromwich. Magic Car Boot Sale, Sunday 9th September, at The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map) starting at 9.30am. Now in its 19th year. Many stalls with second hand bargains. Admission £4. For more information contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 1.9.12


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) have booked Franklin The Mind Magician to present his lecture ‘Beyond The Veil’ on Tuesday 11th September at the Irish World Heritage, M8 8UF (Map) commencing at 8pm: He worked as a mentalist and hypnotist on the club circuit from 1972 until 2000 when he left that market to concentrate on social and corporate events. The lecture demonstrates what he does full time for a living at receptions, in close-up and cabaret. The routines demonstrated utilise the minimum use if props as these are considered the least important in mentalism. The contents of the lecture submitted make impressive reading and this should prove to be a most enjoyable evening. Door charge for non members. Magi details can be found on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 1.9.12


Magic Night, Madame JoJo's - London Friday 21st September. Magic Night is London's top destination for cutting edge cabaret, offbeat variety acts and of course magic! At our fortnightly shows at Madame JoJo's, you'll find sorcery, comedy, music and physically impossible feats. Sharp mentalist Pete Antoniou reads your past, present and controls your future and might know the colour of your phone before he even sees it, acid tongued Myra Dubois turns into Aunty Myra and will bring out the kid in you using her strange sidekick with Aunty Myras Fun Show (don’t actually bring kids, she’s not very good with them). Those Victorian conjurors, Morgan and West will time travel in to show you tricks with apples that defy the laws of physics, whilst Ria Lina sings hilariously dark songs with her uke. Neil Henry will preside over the proceedings using a rabbit and a saw. Doors open 7pm show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 or £25 with food. All tickets include entry to The Good Foot club night after. 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: 1.9.12


Matthew Garrett lecture, East Sussex. "Matthew will be joining the ACES for an evening of workable close-up magic on Wednesday 12th September from 8pm-10pm, sharing some of his secrets in a new lecture. Matthew is a previous Close-up Magician of the Year for the Magic Circle and we will be delighted to host him. Visiting magicians welcome, only £5. Venue: ACES HQ, Thomas A Beckett Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex." 1.9.12


Geoffrey Durham Lecture - Southend Sorcerers. On Sunday 2nd September, Southend Sorcerers are delighted to be hosting Geoffrey Durham’s lecture at their meeting venue, The Ekco Club, Thornsford Gardens, Southend on Sea, Essex SS2 6PU (Map). Starting at 7.30pm, the lecture is open to all visiting magicians at a ticket price of just £5 and promises to be a fascinating evening based on Geoffrey’s wealth of experience built up over more than 600 appearances on British Television, and thousands of theatre performances throughout the UK. A great opportunity to see one of Britain’s best in action. For more details, contact the club’s president Adrian Fox. Telephone 07711 982890. Adrian Fox. 1.9.12


Chris Cox - Fatal Distraction. Bristol homecoming show at the Tobacco factory Theatre, 8pm on 24th September. ‘One of the most exciting entertainers in Britain….The hottest ticket in town’ The Guardian. ‘Brilliant, he’ll blow your mind’ Ricky Gervais. "Close your eyes. Now think of a song or a picture. What would you like Chris Cox to do? Draw the image? Dance the routine? Because he knows what’s going on in your mind and he reckons he can do what you’re thinking of. You’ll be left educated, shocked, amazed and probably attracted to him. Even likes of Dannii Minogue, Kelly Osbourne, Agyness Deyn, Tim Minchin and Jonathan Ross are huge fans." Monday 24th September 2012 at 8pm. Tickets £14, Box Office 0117 902 0344. 1.9.12


The Timeless Project DVD. New from rsvpmagic: "The Timeless Project DVD features 5 stunning routines built around their best selling deck, 'Timeless'. 'Inside the Timeless Deck are hidden secrets that allow you to perform some amazing magic; all unique to this deck of cards' said Russ Stevens. The Timeless Project includes 1 gimmicked Timeless Deck, 1 Regular Timeless Deck and a full instructional DVD starring Gary Jones. Included is the stunning routine, 'Second Hand'. A spectator is merely asked to think of their favourite time. Nothing is written down and no-one is told the time at any moment during the routine. The magician now takes a Timeless Deck that has been sitting in full view throughout and opens the box, showing all the cards are face up, except for one... the magician removes the card and for the first time the spectator names the time that they merely thought of. When they turn over the card the illustration is holding a timepiece with their exact time on it! No pre-show, no stooging and the first moment that the spectator names their thought of time is when they are holding the card!" Watch the trailer for The Timeless Project here:" 1.9.12


Richard McDougall - Winchester Lecture. Hot on the heels of his recent acclaimed performances at FISM, Richard McDougall is presenting his lecture on 'The Performance of Magic' on September 6th at Winchester Magic Society. Richard lectures very rarely these days and this promises to be a tremendous evening that will benefit all magicians - professional or amateur. The lecture kicks off at 8pm at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester, SO22 4QB (Map). All are welcome, there is a nominal £5 fee for non-members of WMS. Philip Smith. 1.9.12


Zane's Magic Shop would like to invite magicians to re-visit their website "We have added a number of new features including a 'Half Price Sale', which changes every week featuring brand new tricks with some real bargains to be had and Zane's Magic Shop 'Best Sellers'. Also just added to the site are a number of new tricks to ZMS, found in 'New Tricks' category! We appreciate you taking the time out to take a look and hopefully you will find the new additions helpful and maybe find something you are looking for. Thanks a lot, Zane". Visit: 1.9.12


Genetics - Now in Stock at! Fresh from the lab, Genetics is’s newest release… Sean Goodman has genetically modified the traditional 'Out of this World' plot into something that is easy to perform, hard hitting and no longer a card trick. Genetics is the ideal trick to perform for couples and is the perfect addition to your wedding magic repertoire. You explain that men and women make different choices and offer to prove it. By the end of the trick, your audience won’t know if you subtly influenced them using psychology, hypnotism or a Jedi mind trick! If you haven’t seen the demo video yet, visit now! 1.9.12


One last KISS... Following the success of what was announced as John Derris's final presentation of his famed lecture KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) by International Magic, comes news that the whole evening was filmed extensively and will be released as a new style DVD. Rather than just a selection of effects with explanations, the DVD is being specially edited and produced to include many additional comments and personal details by John Derris about magicians of his past including Dai Vernon, Al Koran, Alex Elmsley, Roy Walton and many others. The new DVD is a valuable adjunct to his book KISS which was a sell-out on the evening and which is now out of print, but with stocks still held by International Magic. For details contact International Magic on 020 7405 7324 1.9.12


Latex by Nefesch. Now available from MagicTao: "You borrow a coin from a spectator. You ask the spectator to sign the coin, on both sides. You show the spectator a balloon and ask them to place their signed coin inside the balloon. You then inflate and tie off the balloon. For effect, you can shake the balloon to verify that the signed coin is still inside. You then proceed to do the impossible; you start to pull out the spectator’s signed coin from inside the balloon. The spectator will see the coin emerging from the balloon. You then show that, in fact, there is no hole in the balloon for the coin to emerge from. As an additional kicker, you can burst the balloon and then show it repaired. No duplicate coins; Borrowed coin; No palming; Start clean - end clean; Perform surrounded! For more info visit 1.9.12


Mark James - Live in Preston, Tomorrow! Mark James will be performing his one hour, one man show, 'Jokes & Tricks' as part of the Preston Tringe Comedy Festival tomorrow, Sunday, September 2nd. The show combines comedy, magic, visual gags, sleight of hand and awkward moments. Tickets are £4 on the door and the show starts at 7pm. The Adelphi, 43 Fylde Street, Preston, PR1 7DP (Map). Arrive early for a good seat. 1.9.12


The E Wallet by Promystic - Exclusive to Alakazam Magic! "Promystic have been working for over 30 months on a product that we are extremely proud of. With permission from Richard Bloch (the first creator of an early form electronic wallet over 20 years ago), Promystic has taken the electronic wallet concept to another dimension. From the creative minds of Craig Filicetti and Darius Ziatabari and over 30 months of extensive R&D, we bring you the eWallet." (Also; Wayne Dobson’s Sub-Zero has just been released and is in stock now!). 1.9.12


Wayne Fox, 'Outfoxed', Watford Association of Magicians. "On Tuesday 4th September, professional magician Wayne Fox will be presenting his 'Outfoxed' lecture for the Watford Association of Magicians. Wayne has been a professional working magician for over 20 years and promises to share his secrets on restaurant magic in the UK, along with tips on increasing your business and how to turn professional. Add to this Wayne's teachings on strong, visual routines and powerful sleights and you've got a lecture that no amateur or professional magician should miss. Wayne's lecture will start at 8pm prompt at WAM's HQ in Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire. Visitors are welcome for a fee of £10 - payable on the door. If you would like to attend, please contact WAM Secretary Julie Carpenter ASAP Please note that Wayne's lecture will be recorded for a DVD release. By attending the lecture, you agree to being filmed and for the footage used by Wayne." Andy Clockwise. 1.9.12


Magic Workshops for kids. "Have you ever thought about performing Magic Workshops for kids, but been unsure of where to start? Then head on over to Kidology 2012 Kidology 2012 where Gary James will be giving one of the main lectures. His lecture gives the full lowdown on performing workshops for children. It covers every aspect of teaching workshops - like an A-Z of everything you need to know. Gary will be offering for sale his 'Workshop in a Box' containing all the materials required to perform at least half a dozen workshops. It also includes 2 DVDs with over 40 tricks for you to teach. Please note that the lecture is not a dealer-dem of the box contents. The box is being released to complement the lecture. For details please visit" 1.9.12


The Home Counties Magical Society. Robin Maddy writes: The Home Counties Magical Society is delighted to announce that Paul Gordon will be presenting his superb lecture on card magic on Thursday 20th September at Shinfield Village Hall, School Green, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9EH (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm and the lecture starts at 8pm. This is doable card magic for all occasions. No 'knuckle busting' but powerful stuff presented in an amusing and light hearted manner. Visitors are very welcome and there is a £10 charge. Full travel directions on our website at Robin Maddy. 1.9.12


The Death & Life of The Great Lafayette. Allen Tipton writes: The 100 page book, The Death & Life of The Great Lafayette just arrived - ordered 2 days ago! It contains dozens of photos including some of the funeral procession, Beauty's transparent coffin with TGL's ashes in a wooden box by her paws, The giant floral tribute saying, The Last Act, The old Empire and its destroyed stage and the Festival Theatre with Ian Robertson and Gordon Rutter, the book's authors, standing in the Lafayette corner (4th. floor next to the stairs) with some of the exhibits on the walls. There are more photos of Lalla Selbini, plus her efforts to take part of TGL's show which had not been burned back on the road. These included The Lion's Bride and a startling appearance of The Great Lafayette at the end of the show - do not get too excited. Miss Selbini having worked so closely with TGL knew all his mannerisms etc and created a double. Also she did not succeed and went back into a sell out show called Happy Days! which ran for years. There are photos and stories of Oswald Stoll, legends like Chung Ling Soo, Houdini, Kellar and miscellaneous variety acts. Plus of course Lafayette himself. At £10 (and this includes £1.20 postage) it is a snip for any real magician who treasures Magic's History and the traditions and brilliant performers of the past. Published by 1.9.12


Wessex Magical Association Annual Dinner & Cabaret. Friday 5th October 2012. Wessex Magical Association Annual Dinner & Cabaret starring Steve Price with music from The Red River Hogs, 3-course meal with coffee, Table Magic, Tombola and Dancing. Carrington House Hotel, Bournemouth BH1 3QQ (Map). Tickets £30 from Ken Leonard, email or call 01202 624101. Paul Hyland. 1.9.12


Darryl Rose MIMC conjured up his own magic reality at the National Reality TV Awards held in London on Thursday night. Stars from TOWIE, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Made in Chelsea, The Apprentice, I'm a Celebrity Get me Out of Here!, Big Brother, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent got a taste of  real close-up magic. Keith Chegwin who won the Lifetime Achievement Award was thoroughly amazed as Darryl also won for him £20 notes from plain lottery tickets! He said Darryl was 'Unbelievably Amazing!' 1.9.12


Tony Griffith - Isle of Man. For the last fifteen years or so Tony Griffith has been presenting his 'At Home' days on a regular basis at his home in Bristol. An At Home is a day long event for those looking for a more in depth discussion and learning experience in magic. Following his last At Home in October last year when he celebrated 25 years as a professional magician, Tony decided to take his 'At Homes' on the road. Having already presented this new format in the USA on a couple of occasions Tony will be presenting this day long event on the Isle of Man for the Magicians of Man on Saturday 22nd September. Clubs who might be interested in this type of event should contact Tony on 01275 835463, or email Visit for more info. 1.9.12


Aladdin. Safire Illusionists are proud to announce that their Theatre Production Company Magic Light Productions will be presenting "Aladdin" at Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay over the 2012 Christmas period. The show will feature Comedy, Magic, Puppets, Song and Dance. Featuring Stuart Loughland as the delightful Mrs. Twankey, Jayne Loughland as the mischievous Spirit of the Ring, Marc Whincup as the Cheeky Wishee Washee, Steve Bloor as our young hero Aladdin, Neill Scullard as the Evil Sorcerer Abanazer, Libby Edwards as the Princess and Ian Wilson as the wise but strict Emperor. Written, Staged and Directed by Stuart and Jayne Loughland of Magic Light Productions. This year's spectacular family pantomime comes complete with brand new scenery and costumes and stunning special effects. We guarantee you more than just a Magic Carpet ride. So take that first step and contact the Box Office now and treat your family to the magical world of Aladdin. Tickets on sale now! Box Office: 01492 577888/872000. 1.9.12


Perth Magic Circle supported the Perth Rotary Club's Annual charity Street Fayre last Saturday with great success. Fortunately for the 38 Stallholders the sun decided to make one of its rare appearances this summer which resulted in a high volume of shoppers and visitors stopping to be entertained with some magic, making donations into our Top Hat and buying some small close-up tricks. Pictured are Club President, Gus McGregor (right) and Adrian Harris just before the start of what was a long but profitable day. Other members, including Jim Boyd and George Jenkins also appeared and performed through out the day. Adrian Harris. 1.9.12


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." 1.9.12


Stratford's Got Talent. Over twenty acts recently auditioned for "Stratford's Got Talent" at the Stratford College, with ten going through to the live final on Saturday 17th November at The Civic Hall, Stratford upon Avon (7.30pm start). Mel Harvey was one of the lucky ones, and goes through to the final with his new comedy magic act. 1.9.12


Take Me Out ITV1 - Magicians Wanted! Thames TV write: "We are entering into our fifth series, and we haven’t had many males or females from the magic world apply to be on the show in the past, so we’d love to change that this time around!" Click Here for details and to request an application form. 1.9.12


Dunninger Knows. Joe Atmore writes: Dunninger Knows is now available for pre-order! In the ten years since the publication of Dunninger's Brain Busters, I have collected a huge amount of TV scripts, researched the popular and magic press, conducted interviews with cast and crew and located film footage of his television work. This new book covers all of his television series in chronological / airdate order and some of his guest appearances on other shows. The "in between series" years are also covered. There is quite a lot of the behind the scenes history into his four series and rare and unique photographs and documents tell the story. While consulting on Uri Geller's show in Germany a few years ago, we even tracked down a 1955 television film in Europe. Over 100 Brain Busters are examined not only by me, but by Banachek, Jan Bardi, Stuart Cumberland, Ken Dyne, Lee Earle, Mathias Fischedick, Nicolai Friedrich, Devin Knight, Looch, Drew McAdam, Colin Mcleod, Max Maven, Richard Osterlind and Marc Paul. The forward is being written by a very special person who can truly understand Dunninger's impact to the world of mentalism. This hardbound book will be 8½" x 11" and over 400 pages in length. The cost is $70. Publication date is expected early November 2012 - but you can order it now. Pre-order special includes free shipping anywhere in the world and a special Dunninger gift. To order, email for payment details. 1.9.12


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