Number 637 - 8th September 2012


The IBM British Ring Convention in Great Yarmouth is just around the corner (26th-30th September). One of the special events this year will be a series of three workshops by Michael Vincent. Michael will cover expert card handling and share his knowledge and experience. Take your magic to the next level! Michael will have material available in both the printed form and on DVD at each session. You can register for the convention via and accommodation can be booked through Greater Yarmouth Tourism on 01493 846485. "Paul Daniels, Debbie McGee and Sooty are among those heading to Great Yarmouth for magic convention" Click Here. 8.9.12


The Magic Circle Awards Gala 2012 will take place on Saturday 13th October at The Magic Circle Headquarters. Enjoy a champagne reception and stunning close-up magic followed by a star-studded awards presentation and gala show in The Magic Circle Theatre featuring the legendary Paul Daniels and some big surprises. This is an ideal time to bring your non-magic friends to experience the wonder of The Magic Circle Headquarters and the hidden treasures it offers. Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets are only £30. Numbers are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment, this promises to be a sensational evening. The dress code for the evening is formal. 8.9.12


Derren Brown Svengali. 9pm on Tuesday 18th September on Channel 4. Derren Brown presents his 2012 Olivier award-winning theatre show, filmed live in front of a sell-out audience at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Showcasing Derren's skills as master persuader and entertainer, he attempts to extract secret confessions from the audience, plays psychological mind games, and shares the dramatic history of Svengali. See TV Magic for details. 8.9.12


International Magic Convention and Festival. Tickets are selling fast for both the International Magic Convention and Festival, in fact it's already too late for both Juan Tamariz's one man show and Joanie Spina's one-to-one sessions which have now sold out completely with waiting lists having been created for both. Not that that means you can't get to see both of them during the rest of the Festival and Convention, with Joanie lecturing at the Directions Day of the Festival (Monday 12th November) and during the Convention on Sunday morning (18th November). Juan will be giving an extended lecture during the Convention on the Sunday afternoon. Just added to the Gala Show line-up is Lukas (photo). This fantastic manipulator, a recent FISM award winner, is reviewed in the current edition of Magic: "What we'd witnessed was manipulation in its purest form. The silence in the vast auditorium was deafening as we witnessed technical skill slowed down so precisely, so beautifully that we were convinced we were seeing something very special indeed. During the ecstatic standing ovation, the magician to my right whispered 'That looked like real magic'. He was right." Your chance to see him will be in the Gala Show repeated on the Saturday and Sunday evenings at the Mermaid Theatre. Registration details: 8.9.12


Uri Geller makes a scene... From the publishers: The very latest issue of Magicseen (issue 46 Sept 12) has burst out of Magicseen Towers and is rampaging all over the country creating pleasure and interest wherever it goes! The one and only Uri Geller fronts the issue with an exclusive interview in which our readers not only get to discover what he is up to these days, but also get the chance to visit Uri in his home if they win our special competition. We also talk to illusionist extraordinaire Sean Alexander, and to long time friend of Magicseen Shaun McCree. We also offer you a behind the scenes foray into the world of the travelling circus, explain the best way to deal with approaching a table in close-up work, pop into the phonebox to speak with Marvin Berglas, and somewhat strangely, discover Wayne Dobson's favourite swear word in Gone In 60 Seconds! All this plus our popular line up of tricks in the Masterclass section, stacks of honest Product Reviews, a Club Land feature on the Leamington and Warwick Magical Society, plus letters, news and more. Your copy awaits via 1 or 2 year printed copy sub, via a pay-as-you-go sub, or by download sub or single purchase from 8.9.12


International News: Britain's Guy Hollingworth will present a 90 minute show, and lecture, at the Genii 75th Anniversary Birthday Bash next month. Also appearing, Juan Tamariz, Uri Geller, Michael Weber, Dr. Sawa, Charlie Frye, David Ben, Eric Mead, Eugene Burger, Jon Armstrong, John Carney, Jon Racherbaumer, Jonathan Pendragon, Kisuk Lee, Max Maven, Paul Wilson, Roberto Giobbi, Tom Stone, Jonathan Levit, Yumi, Rob Zabrecky, Alba, Alex Ramon, Scott Land, Peter Samelson, Jamy Ian Swiss, Tomo Maeda, Bob White, Christian Engblom, Sonny Fontana and Woody Aragon. That's quite a line-up! Genii's 75th Anniversary Birthday Bash, October 4th, 5th, 6th, Orlando, Florida. For more information, and to register, visit For direct flights from London Heathrow to Orlando from £450 Click Here. 8.9.12


Bark plays Opera. Direct from a hit season in Edinburgh, as part of Sydney Fringe 2012, Piff the Magic Dragon makes his Sydney Opera House debut, accompanied by Mr Piffles, the World’s First Million Dollar Chihuahua™. Combining stunning award-winning magic with delightfully deadpan humour and a penchant for princesses, Piff has gone viral on YouTube after appearing on television with Penn & Teller. He’s opened for Mumford & Sons, appeared in New York at Radio City Music Hall, performed with La Soiree and sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe. John van der Put takes his Jurassic Bark show to the Sydney Opera House next week with a nine-date engagement at the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House presented by Sydney Fringe starting on Saturday, September 15th. Piff in the Press: Click Here and Click Here. For Mumford & Sons/Piff fans you can now listen to the band whilst staring at a photo of Piff the Magic Dragon on the cover of their upcoming CD! Click Here. 8.9.12


Woody Aragon workshop. Iain McCarron writes: Following on from the fantastically successful Dani DaOrtiz workshop earlier this year, Aberdeen Magic Society is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Woody Aragon workshop as well. The workshop will be the only one of its kind in the UK this year and will be held at the Craighaar Hotel on Saturday 3rd November. Tickets are priced at £30 for this half day workshop, and anyone who has seen Woody before will tell you that this is a bargain! To book tickets or to find out any more information, please just email me at 8.9.12


Irish Magician To Attempt Burning At Stake Escape: "Limerick Magician Steve Spade will attempt one of the most spectacular and dangerous escapes ever performed in Ireland on 15th September when he bids to escape from being burned at the stake. The illusion, which has never before been performed in modern times in Europe, will be the headline act in an event entitled 'Night of Fires' at the medieval King John’s Castle in Limerick, part of the inaugural Limerick Elemental Arts and Culture Festival." 8.9.12


Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic, Newcastle, next Sunday. "Card Capers comes to Newcastle! Card Capers is a full day of powerful magic, lecturing, tuition, performance, advice/tips, stories and lots of fun from professional card magician, Paul Gordon. It's a fast-paced jam-packed day. See the webpage for reviews, video clips etc." For beginners to full-time pros. Only £40 for the day; advance booking only. Sunday 16th September 2012 at 9.30am to 6pm. Venue: The Centurion Bar, Newcastle Central Station, Neville Street, Newcastle NE1 5DG (Map) 8.9.12


Magic Marketing Masterclass: "Just one month to go until the Magic Marketing Masterclass which takes place on Tuesday 9th October at the Hilton Newbury Centre Hotel, and the limited places available are starting to fill up. If you would like to give yourself the best chance of getting more paid bookings in the future, this one-off day, which is dedicated to providing professional advice and information on how to effectively market yourself and your shows, is just what you need. Three big sessions are scheduled, with social media expert Julia Bramble providing all the info you need to harness Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to your cause, with Bob Yelland explaining how best to create an effective marketing strategy, and with Mark Leveridge revealing how he has managed to achieve a consistent 1 in 3 success rate of converting enquiries into bookings. Invest your time by attending this packed day, and you will be all set up to implement what you learn to make a difference and to help you get ahead of the competition. You know that most performers won't see the huge benefits of a day like this and that they won't be sufficiently motivated to make the effort to attend, but you can, and there's still time to book your place now by going to" 8.9.12


Magic Circle Tribute to Larry Barnes - September 17th, London. The Magic Circle invite you to their HQ at 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD to join in a celebration of the life and times of Larry Barnes, the sorely missed Pearly King, Music Hall entertainer, Escapologist, Paper Mechanist and Magician. So, return with us to the ‘Ackney Marshes and a right East End Entertainment of Music Hall, Magic and Pie and Mash. A show with a galaxy of stars in the theatre, followed by a banquet of Pie and Mash and Spotted Dick in the Devant Room wiv a bit of a sing song rahnd the Ol’ Joanna. Show tickets £15 with Pie and Mash available after the show for a further £5. Non-members welcome. Monday September 17th, starts at 7.30pm. Tickets must be pre-booked by 5pm on September 14th via No tickets will be available to purchase on the door. 8.9.12


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 27th September. Witness the impossible with a great magical line-up: Richard Pinner is a top international magician; this year he created the magical effects for The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe in Kensington Gardens. Pat Fallon’s charm, humour and dexterity have made him Ireland’s best-known magical entertainer. Katherine Rhodes performs stunning feats of mystery. Genial co-producer Russell Levinson will be hosting the show. If you came to our packed August show you’ll have seen Richard give a spectator sealed envelopes to bring back in September. Only Richard knows what’s inside. Could the contents be the solution to an enigma? Could they be an impossible prediction about the future? Could they be his old bus tickets? Come and join us as we reveal the mystery of the sealed envelopes at the show. Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. It’s just minutes from Central London by overground rail from Paddington to West Ealing, or take the Central or District line to Ealing Broadway, and change to overground or a take a short bus ride. Parking is free after 6.30pm. Come early to enjoy dinner at the pub, in the lovely dining room or the large garden. Tickets £10 from Last month we were full so please don’t leave it too late to book. Russell Levinson. 8.9.12


Marc Paul Lectures at The Merlin Magical Society on Thursday, 13th September. This lecture teaches incredible magical effects as performed by Marc at some point in his career. Most of the techniques taught are used by Marc on a regular basis, and you can be guaranteed to learn many effects which contain direct plots and simple methodology. The Lecture is at the Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). Non-members welcome, entrance £8.00 John Clayton, Secretary. 8.9.12


Paul Brook Mind Reader - Birmingham Theatre Show, this Sunday. As part of ArtsFest, the largest free arts festival in the UK, Paul Brook will be performing a thirty minute stage show where psychology and entertainment intersect at The Crescent Theatre this Sunday, 9th September. Admission is free on the door and the show starts at 2pm. The Crescent Theatre, 20 Sheepcote Street, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B16 8AE (Map). More info: 8.9.12


Merlins of Wakefield's latest ‘Preview’ catalogue for September/October is out now. If you would like a free copy, just email and they will send you a PDF. If you would prefer a printed copy, email them your postal address. They will also be at Kidology 2012 on Tuesday 11th September, so if you want to collect anything from their range on the day, contact them beforehand by email or phone 01924 339933 8.9.12


Iain Moran's “Greatest Hits”. The British Magical Society is pleased to open its Autumn season with Iain Moran's “Greatest Hits” lecture, featuring proven favourites. As well as discussing the methods, Iain will also go in to why certain effects work and explain the all important details of 'cleaning-up' and resetting for the next table. A lecture for the real working performer. Tuesday 11th September at 7.30pm at Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map) see for details. Non-members welcome, £5 charge. Paul Cadley. 8.9.12


Razamatazz Magic and Ozzy Dee present Twisted - to be released at Kidology 2012. Ozzy Dee writes: "This is a very easy to do Balloon Routine which doesn't involve a force. Comes with 8 beautifully laminated cards, is being released with Razamatazz, and will be sold during the Lecture. Also if anybody would like to join us for a Chinese meal on the Tuesday please email places are going fast." 8.9.12


Fickle by Chris Webb: "A spectator freely chooses any card from the pack and signs their name across its face. The card is lost in the deck. The magician attempts to find the spectators signed card and brings out a card, but it is the wrong card. In the blink of an eye, right in front of the spectator, the wrong card instantly changes into the spectator’s signed card. The signed card can be given to the spectator to keep! Instant reset; Very easy to do; No sleight of hand; Custom made gimmick; DVD with full explanations. 'A visual beauty I will definitely use all the time!' - Kevin Schaller." Pre-order today and receive free shipping worldwide: 8.9.12


Chris Dugdale's 2 Faced Deception became the largest selling new show in Assembly1 and the 3rd best selling show overall for the space at the recent Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Producer Michael Harris commented "To come to Edinburgh for the first time and to do these kind of figures, well we are delighted." It looks like some interesting things are on the horizon already as a result of the 27 date run. The show was filmed for the Fringe Performance Archive during the Festival and the director Professor Wesley Monroe Shrum described the show as "one of the very best magic shows he had ever seen in Edinburgh. It had close-up magic, mind reading, big screen projection... it had it all." 8.9.12


International News. Gregory Wilson Seminar, October 7th & 8th, Israel. Roy Zaltsman writes: "Would you dare to miss a two-day workshop with Gregory Wilson? After all, he is a two-time FISM award-winner and probably most known for his best-selling instructional DVDs. For the first time ever Gregory does a full two day seminar, which is a combination of his latest and greatest. This covers his collection of old and new tricks, including impromptu and formal routines (sleight of hand, gambling demos and mentalism). Be the first to fool your audiences and fellow-magi with effects that Greg has never-before-published and are straight from his professional performances. Plus, the workshop is a two-part structure of scheduled tricks and personal requests (if people are familiar with his work). In other words, he’s holding nothing back! All in all, it's very hands-on and everyone will walk away with full and complete routines in their memory banks and hopefully their own working repertoire. The workshop will take place on October 7-8, 2012 at Hasharon Hotel, Netanya, Israel. Details and registration: Click Here. 8.9.12


The Magic Triangle Lecture Night with John O'Riordan - Sunday 16 September. "John will present his tried and tested ideas to old and new effects in close up magic. The lecture will highlight that by careful study before any presentation; we can simplify the methods and handling in order that the audience are magically entertained and experience a sense of wonder. The importance of timing ,body language and audience management will be considered. John's primary objective is to be sure that those attending will find some practical hints and tips to enhance their magic! Surely an evening not to be missed." Keith Norman. The lectures will start at 7.30pm at The Village Hall, Thorrington, Colchester, Essex CO7 8HQ (Map). Visiting Magicians £5.00 payable on the night. 8.9.12


Sussex Magic Circle lectures. Martin Peirce presents "A magical and fun evening with lots of original and easy to perform miracles with full tuition" on September 13th and mind magician Franklin presents "Beyond the Veil" on October 11th. Guest Magicians welcome, £5 door charge. Venue: The Hassocks Hotel (on the car park of the Hassocks Railway Station), Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8HN (Map) 8.9.12


Care & Share Balloon Party Days & Ed Chee Lecture. Graham Lee writes: The last of the Care & Share Balloon Fun Days have been booked, next week after Kidology on Wednesday 12th September, in Birmingham. The Manchester day will be on Wednesday 10th October and then we have the last two day super event for 2012 with Ed Chee coming over from America. This event is in Sutton, Surrey, on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November. More details can be found in the events section on the forum and booking details for any of the days at 8.9.12


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