Number 638 - 15th September 2012


Derren Brown is The Terminator (not really). Derren Brown: Svengali, 9pm on Tuesday 18th September on Channel 4. Master Showman 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. 15.9.12


International Magic: Festival of Magic, November, London. From the organisers: Following last year's inaugural success, International Magic is once again running their Festival of Magic in the week leading up to the Convention (November 12th-16th) at The Bridewell Theatre. As last year, it gives attendees a chance to spend more quality time with some of the overseas visiting stars of the Convention, along with top UK magicians, in specially themed days; with the added bonus of the more days you book the cheaper they get! This year the themes of the days are: Monday: Directions, Showmanship and Development with Joanie Spina, Andy Nyman, Richard McDougall and Morgan and West. Tuesday: Cards, Technique and Routining with Woody Aragon, Michael Vincent, Will Houstoun and Vincent Hedan. Wednesday: Mentalism with Joe Atmore, Chris Cox, Luke Jermay, Ian Rowland, Vincent Hedan. Thursday: Perception and Deception with Richard Wiseman (photo), Pete Lamont, Arthur Benjamin. Friday: Comedy Magic with Stephen Bargatze, Rick Merrill, Neal Austin and Juan Tamariz. All the days will follow roughly the same format of individual talks, lectures or workshops by each artist and a panel Q&A with all of them at the end of the day. Each individual day is £30 but book two for £50, three for £65, four for £75 or all week for £80. Each evening there are additional shows available for you to book separately. A chance between the Festival seminars in the day, and the shows in the evening, followed by the 3 day Convention to have a hedonistic week of magic of up to seven incredible days. Registrations are available for both Festival days, shows and the Convention at  With the full range of tickets and deals listed there you can choose exactly what you want to see and participate in, and make up a package to match your particular interests and specifications. 15.9.12


David Stone: The eXperience. As part of his 2012 World Lecture Tour, David Stone visits the UK in November with ‘The eXperience’ Lecture. David says that the tricks, explanations and entertaining surprises involving the audience will change the concept of a traditional lecture. See What's On for tour dates. (Note: There are still a few dates available. For more details contact tour organiser Sean Lobban 15.9.12


Award winning Spanish card magician Woody Aragon will be embarking on his first British lecture tour at the start of November. Woody's lecture contains over 2 hours of top quality magic that begins with a small show which is then explained in its entirety and includes theory about the structure of the various routines, some very bad English (thanks to the Lennart Green videos!) and some routines, moves and principles including the spelling routine that he performed at the recent Essential Magic Conference, and which he won the 2011 International Magic Close Up Competition with. Most of what Woody teaches in his lecture are very easy to follow, understand, and do! November 2012. See What's On for tour dates. 15.9.12


Bill Abbott: Pack Smart Play Anywhere. Bill Abbott returns to the UK in January with a brand new lecture. The ‘Pack Smart Play Anywhere’ lecture includes 6 complete stand-up routines that feature General Magic, Geek Magic and Mentalism, all performed as a full show and then explained. The theory of ‘The Pack Smart Play Anywhere’ approach is discussed, examined and demonstrated during the performance. Plus how to develop your own ‘Pack Smart Play Anywhere Show’ to take with you on your next flight, throw into the glove box of your car or perform at your next paid function. See What's On for tour dates. (Note: There are just a few dates still available. For more details contact tour organiser Sean Lobban 15.9.12


Dynamo makes a guest appearance on This Morning at 10.30am on Thursday 27th September on ITV1: "Presented by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. Magician Dynamo performs some incredible magic, Sharon Marshall has all the soap news, and Sue Hill needs viewers' help to solve more crimes." See TV Magic. 15.9.12


The Children’s lecture scheduled for the British Ring convention (26th – 30th September) is in the very capable hands of Andy Greaves. Here is a man with 38 years of experience in show business who made his fist TV appearance in 1974 at the age of just 13. In due course he appeared on TV shows for Sky, Granada and the BBC. He has had many years working in holiday parks and appeared in pantomimes with John Inman and Darren Day. In his lecture he will share with delegates the importance of using the right tricks for the right age group. How to get the best out of your audience with various hints and tips that have worked for him well, and hopes they will work for you too. Oh, by the way the stork is called Lewis. Full details of the convention programme appear on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 15.9.12


Magic Moments Day 2012 is just 3 weeks from today! With variety shows, close-up shows and stand-up taking place. Are you planning a magic moment for Saturday 6th October? Click Here to find out how to get involved. Good causes, good magic, good feelings! Jay Fortune. 15.9.12


The Sussex Magic Circle 60th Anniversary Show, Thursday, October 25th at 8pm starring Des & Cherry King and a surprise act. Tickets for non-members just £5.00 - contact Stuart Harley 07887 986324 for more details. Venue: The Hassocks Hotel (car park, Hassocks railway station), Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8HN (Map). 15.9.12


American Magician, Joe Monti in halfway through his current UK lecture tour. Sean Lobban writes: 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... it’s all here. See What's On for dates. 15.9.12


Children's Entertainer Training System now on Pay-Per-View! Mike Clarke is delighted to announce that his bestselling "How To Become a Children's Entertainer" training system is now available via pay-per-view. No more waiting for delivery of the DVDs, say hello to instant viewing as and when you want! In addition, the system has been broken down into 5 separate sections, so you only pay for what you want to watch! Full details available at the new website: 15.9.12


The Magic Circle presents A Day with Delvin: "The most wonder full day of your life. A unique convention featuring Jack Delvin President of The Magic Circle. Acts; Lectures; Masterclasses; Over 50 tricks – many brand new – demonstrated and explained. Over 500 books for sale in job lots." 2.30pm to 9.30pm Saturday 22nd September at The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD (Map). Tickets £20, send cash or cheque to Jack Delvin, 18 Lodge Close, Orpington, Kent BR6 0QQ. Telephone 01689 826169. 15.9.12


As Uri Geller prepares to make a rare magic convention appearance at Genii's 75th Anniversary Birthday Bash (October 4th, 5th, 6th, Orlando, Florida:, flights from the UK Click Here), Damian Jennings has a chat with him... What will he be lecturing about? What will he perform? Find out, Click Here! 15.9.12


Art of the Impossible Lecture at The Magic Circle HQ, London. Paul Hyland MMC presents his Art of the Impossible lecture at The Magic Circle on Monday September 24th at 7.30pm. Paul is part author (with four ‘Books of the Year’ in US and UK broadsheets) and part magician – he has performed for Pepsi Cola, Jasper Conran, Hallmark Hotels, Destinations Unlimited and made magic in the hands of Henry Kissinger, Ronnie Corbett, Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, Julian Fellowes and many others. Paul’s lecture comes in two parts: ‘Pocket Cabaret’, magic designed for banquets where close-up effects don’t project; and ‘No Gaffs or Sleights (Almost)’, which focuses on effects in which spectators are baffled by the power of their own imaginations. Tickets are available for non-members at £15 each and need to be booked by 5pm on Friday September 21st via No charge for members. 15.9.12


The Scottish Conjurers Association. George Fitzpatrick writes: The Scottish Conjurers Association are delighted to be hosting two new lectures and a dealer dem by Craig Petty and David Penn of on Wednesday 19th September. The lecture promises to be an exciting evening based on the success and experience gained by the duo over many years. Venue: The SMPC 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). Starting at 7.30pm. Cost to visiting magicians £10 payable at the door." 15.9.12


Magic Night, Madame JoJo's - London. October 5th: "Fool your eyes, minds and brains with big illusions, big tricks, a dancing quick-change, multiple personas and a large singing lady. Chris Cox, the mind reader who doesn’t read minds, is at Magic Night trying to befriend and influence you in order to see what’s in your head. Those strange young men, Young & Strange will present unusual and hilarious illusions, silent magician Simon South shows you the unbelievable and Jayde Adams dances into a quick change whilst Anil Desai changes quickly into characters. And remember, no show is over till the fat lady sings! Neil Henry oversees the proceedings expertly." 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: 15.9.12


Steve Gore is presenting his “Ramblings from a suspender… of disbelief” lecture for the Middleborough Circle of Magicians on Monday 17th September at 7.30pm. His lecture, which has received great reviews at over a dozen clubs, includes lots of his original effects, including ‘Trick Photography’ his RSVP hit DVD. Steve is also looking forward to lecturing and performing in the Close up Gala show at the IBM convention at the end of September in Great Yarmouth. The lecture includes a good mix of effects for close up, stage, parlour and kids too, so there’s something for everyone. There will also be chance to purchase his latest mental effect “Visions from Vegas” which has received amazing reviews: YouTube. Everyone who attends will receive a free copy of his PDF lecture notes. "Overall, one of the best lectures I have seen at the Guild" John Scott, Nottingham Guild of Magicians. 15.9.12


The Cornish Magical Society present the first society presentation of The Supreme Archives Lecture by Andrew Milles on Sunday 30th September at 3pm at Carnon Downs Village Hall (near Truro). Learn the history, see a rare collection of Supreme props and share in some of the stories from Bideford. Visiting magicians welcome £5. Telephone Paul Scott on 01726 851823. 15.9.12


Mel Harvey congratulates Sooty and his new partner Richard Cadell on Sooty's sixty years in showbusiness. Mel's association with Sooty goes back to the early Seventies when as a young comic Mel worked for Thames Television as their "warm-up" man, including warm-up for The Sooty Show. Mel was seen by Sooty's originator Harry Corbett and asked to join the Sooty theatre tour with his magic and music act. Mel still remembers coming out of the stage door at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham to shouts of "there goes the singer" and looking around to see who they were talking about! Mel was booked for further tours with Sooty and then appeared on Sooty's TV show, this time in front of the cameras. Mel later appeared on the 1000th programme of the popular TV series "Rainbow" with Rod, Jane and Freddie and Matthew Corbett (Harry's son) and Sooty. When Matthew retired he asked Mel if he would present "Sooty's Magic Rocket Show" on a nationwide theatre tour (photo) which Mel did for the next eighteen months. Mel is looking forward to working with Sooty and Richard Cadell again in the Children's Show at The 76th annual IBM British Ring Convention in Great Yarmouth later this month, where he'll be recreating his magic and music act. Mel will also be seen in part of the "Britain's Best" opening show at the convention. 15.9.12


The Manchurian Approach - Hypnotism for Magicians. From the organisers: "Whether it is to satisfy a fascination with hypnosis, the desire to mix hypnosis with your magic or you want to be able to perform impromptu hypnotism this course is for you. Open only to amateur and professional magicians and mentalists. This unique course is aimed solely at performance hypnosis. As well as intensive classroom training we will be taking these skills to the streets. You will gain the confidence, attitude, patter and techniques required to excel. The cost is £575. We train in a small group with multiple trainers. 6th-7th October, London. You can see video, hear testimonials and book by visiting" 15.9.12


Merlins of Wakefield write: Merlins of Wakefield would like to thank Alec Powell (centre) and his team for another great Kidology Convention last Tuesday. Next year is the 10th and Alec has promised to pull out all the stops, so book now for 2013. Also, the brand new ‘Audience with the Count’ DVD launched at Kidology is now back in stock. This features nine great Halloween routines you can perform, or adapt to any theme. All the routines are easy to make up and the DVD is available only from Merlins of Wakefield. 15.9.12


Magic & Jazz featuring Rajan "The Magic Man" The 606 Club is proud to present a new venture, a dazzling evening of jazz and incredible magic from internationally renowned magician Rajan and world class pianist Janette Mason and her quartet. After 21 years at the top of the magic business, Rajan has become one of only 200 people Worldwide to be honoured with the highest and most coveted degree of Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star . His sensational sleight of hand and stunning illusions, combined with a great sense of humour and some devilish skills in conversational hypnosis, make his shows absolutely brilliant. He has toured the world performing at prestigious venues and for celebrities and public figures such as the Sultan of Brunei, Richard Branson and Boris Johnson amongst many, many more. Rajan is featured on the Channel 4 series Dirty Tricks and has his own recent E4 series Rajan and his Evil Hypnotists. Wednesday, September 19th at 7.30pm. 606 Club, 90 Lots Road, London SW10 0QD (Map) 15.9.12


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