Number 640 - 29th September 2012


Nothing Is Impossible: The Real-Life Adventures of a Street Magician. "I immersed myself in magic. I read every book I could get my hands on and practised and practised, day after day and night after night. Magic became my world...some might say an obsession." From the publishers: When you're a kid life can seem tough; tougher for some than others. But the darkest of times can also be the most enlightening. When his late granddad showed him magic for the first time, Steven Frayne knew there was more to life than hiding from bullies. He had a destiny. A calling. In that moment Dynamo was born: the most exciting magician of the 21st century. Since then, Dynamo has shocked, thrilled and amazed men, women and children, from all walks of life, all over the world. With his mind-blowing illusions, he has catalysed a whole new era of magic. Now, in his very first book, Dynamo invites you to join him on a breathtaking journey across the globe. Be prepared to levitate Lindsay Lohan in Singapore, transform snow into diamonds in the Austrian mountains, and walk on water across the River Thames. Along the way, he reveals how to make the impossible possible, what it takes to pull off the greatest stunts man has seen, and why everyone needs magic in their lives. Hardcover, 320 pages, 23.6cm x 15.2cm. Just published. To order from (with 46% off RRP + free delivery) Click Here. Dynamo joins Jonathan Ross this evening at 10.35pm on ITV1, and Keith Lemon and company on Celebrity Juice, on Thursday at 10pm on ITV2. See TV Magic. 29.9.12


Smoke & Mirrors. Illusions Magic Bar was created in 2007 by Mark Bennett and is privately owned. It is the UK's only dedicated, branded, magic bar and in 2009 won Best Entertainment pub of Great Britain from the Morning Advertiser. It has been particularly praised for its excellent atmosphere, friendly and professional service and of course consistently outstanding entertainment. Director Mark Bennett writes: "Located in the heart of Bristol, Illusions Magic Bar is no longer the only place in the UK where you can enjoy a night surrounded by live music and magic. We are pleased to announce the launch of a sister venue called Smoke and Mirrors, ready to open on the 10th October 2012. Situated at what is currently The Bunch of Grapes, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol, our rebrand makes room for a different type of magic show. With a separate theatre large enough to accommodate at least fifty people, we are able to offer our customers the chance to see some of the world’s greatest magic shows in an intimate but electric setting. True to our style the entertainment does not stop there. With a white baby grand piano situated in the bar area, we will also continue to regularly offer our customers great live music." Mark Bennett creator of Illusions and now Smoke and Mirrors says: ""I'm very excited about our new venture. The aim is to give the public what they have asked for. We are very happy that we are expanding in Bristol which has been our home for 5 years." 29.9.12


Kidology 2013. From the organisers: "Following the success of this year's convention, Kidology 2013 will take place on Tuesday 10th September 2013 at the Wolverhampton Civic and Wulfrun Hall. This is the 10th Anniversary and after consulting with many who attended this year, the programme will be announced over the coming months. Already booked is Martin Cox who was a great hit several years ago. For full details and early-bird booking discount go to or the Albion Magic website." 29.9.12


Trix in the Stix. From the organisers: "Trix in the Stix - a new convention for children’s entertainers. This is being held in the beautiful Shropshire countryside, in May 2013: Monday evening (cabaret) 20th May and all day Tuesday 21st May 2013. The cost is just £25.00. We have already notified some of our customers by email Newsletter and the response has been such that the convention hotel (Lion Quays - see picture) is already almost fully booked. There are other hotels in the area, full details of which can be found on our website. Because many people will travel to Shropshire the night before the convention, we have organised a cabaret show on the Monday evening, for which there will be no charge to attendees of the convention. Headline lectures from Terry Herbert and John Kimmons, who will be presenting a completely new lecture especially for ‘Trix in the Stix’. There will be a full complement of dealers and some great surprises in store. To read full details, book hotels and download travel directions please go to:" 29.9.12


Magicians is the latest addition to the European Tour 'Every Shot Imaginable' campaign. This time it pairs the unique talents of the golfers against the skill of a magician, DMC. Walk this way: Click Here. 29.9.12


Magic Marketing Masterclass - last call! From the organisers: With registrations closing on 5th October, this is your final chance to register for a day that will make a tangible difference to the way that you promote your shows and to the number of bookings that you manage to secure. Julia Bramble, who is an expert on Social Media, will get you on the right track with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, Bob Yelland will help you to create a successful marketing plan, and Mark Leveridge will reveal a secret that has enabled him to realise a 10-fold increase in his success rate for converting enquiries into bookings. The venue is the Hilton Newbury Centre Hotel, the date is Tuesday 9th October, and if you genuinely aspire to do better and to learn tried and tested techniques that will help you to get more bookings in the future, you really should make the effort to take advantage of this one-off opportunity to get the information you need. For further details and to register online go to but do so before the closing date of 5th October. 29.9.12


JP Playing Cards is a small, Leeds-based, online playing card store; with an emphasis on collectable items and accessories: "We stock playing cards commissioned by theory11, The Blue Crown, Ellusionist and smaller companies such as Bent Castle and White Knuckle. If you can't find what you're looking for contact us and we'll do our best to find it for you! Growing all the time, we have thousands of new decks coming in over the next couple of weeks to add to our offering." Visit today! Also see 29.9.12


MagicWorld Launches XPresso - The Transposition Impossible… " are the new manufacturers of XPresso… the most direct and unexpected card transposition....ever! 'signed, sealed, sayonara!' An inexplicable instant transpo that happens right in their hands, and hits them right between the eyes! Comes with DVD, gimmicks, printed instructions, and bonus effect! Incredibly simple yet strong real-world magic with many other effects possible limited only by your imagination. All for just £9.99! View at: Wholesale direct, or for US and International wholesale through MAK Magic or Dr. Robbins." 29.9.12


The Magic Fly on the Wall. From the organisers: "A free invitation to a new-style event, 'The Magic Fly on the Wall'. It’s not Piers Morgan! It’s not Parkinson! It’s much more magical! It’s a no-holds-barred TV-style in-depth interview to be filmed live for DVD before an invited audience in London for International Magic. If you would like a complimentary ticket for two people, telephone 01254 851070 leaving name and address (please speak clearly) and one will be sent to you. Donald Bevan (left), magic’s most experienced journalist and former long-time editor of Goodliffe’s Abracadabra the world's longest running weekly magic magazine, will talk to and question performer, illusion designer, TV consultant, and writer David Hemingway. For over 50 years David observed the Magic World, earning the reputation as ‘magic’s most devastating and outrageous critic’. Be there and enjoy ‘live’ the completely uncut version! Tuesday October 23rd at 5.30pm. Venue: Casa Italiana, Second Floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL. This event will be followed at 8pm (same venue) by David Hemingway’s 'Working With Genius'. An all-trick lecture featuring commercial items from the acclaimed books Working with Genius and companion volume Stand-up Magic Routined. Both re-issued and available exclusively from International Magic. Positively the final opportunity to see this acclaimed lecture which played 50 magic clubs, including The Magic Circle and other major venues. 'David talks with a casual authority borne out of many years experience - you know instinctively that he's been there, seen it and done it!' - Paul Stone, Las Vegas producer. Information and tickets at £15.00 (which must be pre-booked), from" 29.9.12


Winchester Magic Society is delighted to be hosting Richard Pinner (MIMC) with his new lecture, Half Life 2.0, on Thursday October 4th. This is a tricks lecture focusing mainly on highly performable material for most environments together with a couple of things you'll never do outside of a magic club! Richard will also discuss his brand new "P.E.T" which is set to revolutionise the Card to Wallet genre. The evening starts at 8pm at Badgers Farm Community Centre. For directions and more information see All welcome, there is a £5 charge for non-members. Philip Smith. 29.9.12


Magic Night, Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, October 19th 2012. Starring Pete Hathway, Mat Hennem, Oliver Tabor, Pete Antoniou, Tricity Vogue and MC Christian Lee. 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. 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. 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: 29.9.12


Yang Xian Cantonese restaurant in North Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 9AB plays host to members of The Peterborough Society of Magicians who will entertain diners on the evening of Saturday 6th October, to raise funds for both the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation on the occasion of Magic Moments Day. The proprietors, staff and magicians are confident that the evenings diners will help support these two most deserving charities and look forward to a very successful, entertaining night. The Society has members from Bourne, Stamford, Market Deeping, Deeping St James, Peterborough and surrounding area. John Learoyd. 29.9.12


Bold Magic with Rus Andrews. From Rus's new DVD 'Bold' this lecture will show you how to pull off the most impromptu street / close-up magic, as bold as brass! With cards, coins and everyday objects. Tuesday 2nd October at 7.30pm. Guests £5 on the door. Venue: The Associated Wizards of The South, Woolston & Sholing Conservative Club, 74 St Annes Road, Southampton SO19 9FF (Map) Darren Holden. 29.9.12


Dave Jones will be lecturing at the Devon Magic Circle at Collaton Parish Hall, Blagdon Road, Paignton TQ3 3YA (Map) on Wednesday 10th October at 7.45pm. Visiting magicians welcome £8. 29.9.12


Shaun McCree presents his "Stand and Deliver" lecture at Northamptonshire Magician's Club on Tuesday October 2nd at 8pm at the Yeoman of England, 31 High Street, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6LP (Map). £8 for non-members.  For dates of upcoming lectures including David Stone, Max Somerset and Paul Gordon visit 29.9.12


Pat Fallon Lecture, Tuesday 2nd October. Martin MacMillan writes: We're fortunate to have professional Irish magician Pat Fallon in London for one day next week, so have taken the opportunity of asking him to present his lecture. Pat is one of few magicians performing classical stage magic and illusions, dressed in elegant traditional costume. He has won many awards internationally for his stage act and accolades for stand up and close up magic both of which are full of very commercial and practical magic effects. Pat's lecture will be something for everyone, full highly entertaining close up and stand up magic. Make sure you book your place now, this will be a very enjoyable evening from a working professional who has excellent information and advice to impart. Payment on door at £15 per lecture but you must reserve a place in advance, please email to book. Venue - Casa Italiana; 2nd floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map) 29.9.12


Magicseen Taster Issue 16 is ready! "The latest free download taster issue is based on Magicseen Issue 46 (Sept.12) and has, from that issue, the full interviews with cover star Uri Geller and long time pro magician Shaun McCree, Graham Lee teaches you how to make a Parrot Balloon Animal from the Masterclass, plus we have a comedy piece on TV whizzo Dynamo and a selection of the letters and product reviews. Then to round off the taster issue, we offer from one of our back issues, a major article on the Egg Bag, which includes reviews of a whole range of Egg Bag products. Taster Issue 16 is available as a free download now from, so get your copy and see what Magicseen is all about." 29.9.12


Oliver Tabor lecture - South Downs Magicians. Oliver Tabor, the self-styled Sophisticated Illusionist, will be sharing some of his ideas and thoughts about stage magic in a lecture at the South Downs Magicians at 8pm on October 3rd at Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6BJ (Map). The lecture will highlight methods used to steal, switch and make objects appear on stage, the psychology behind the moves, and how these techniques can be adapted to be used with effects for close-up, stand-up and even children's magic. There is a £5 entrance fee for visitors. More details: and 29.9.12


Italian mentalist Luca Volpe will be touring the UK next month with his lecture 'In my Mind'. The lecture focuses on the presentation of stage and close-up routines from his professional repertoire. After the great success this lecture had during the recent tour of North Europe, Luca is looking forward to lecturing for various clubs around the UK. If you would like Luca to lecture at your club contact Luca directly:
Tuesday 30th October; Northamptonshire Magicians Club
Tuesday 20th November; Mid Essex Magical Society MEMS
Wednesday 21st November; Riviera Circle of Magicians
Wednesday 30th January 2013; Zodiac Magical Society
Monday 4th February 2013; The Magic Circle
More dates to follow, see for more info.


Quartz Festival "Audiences gasp in amazement as their thoughts are revealed, coins bend in their hands and impossible predictions become a reality. Blending mysterious mind reading methods with cutting edge psychological techniques, Harrison will be performing at the Quartz Festival with his highly entertaining brand of mystery entertainment." Monday 1st October. 7.30pm Queen's Hall, Taunton, Somerset. Tickets £8.00 29.9.12


The Thirteenth Box Returns. "In Jewish folklore, a dybbuk is a malicious or malevolent possessing spirit believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person. The story of the Dybbuk box has gone global! Now with the movie 'The Possession' out, based on the true story of the Dybbuk box, there is no time like the present to get The Thirteenth Box out one more time! Last time the box was opened, locked inside Cheddar caves, we had a number of unexpected and strange things happen; from being picketed by a religious group wanting to save our souls, to someone collapsing and much more! This time, for 2 days only, 'safe' in the function room at The White Hart, Cheddar, The Thirteenth Box will be opened again and you are being invited to witness what happens when a Dybbuk is released! Hear the true story of the original Dybbuk box and it's history of how it came to be!" Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November. Doors open 7pm ready for a 7.30pm start. 16+ and not for the faint of heart! For Tickets call: 07749 538016. Venue: The White Hart, The Bays, Cheddar BS27 3QN (Map) 29.9.12


Steve Price lecture - Cotswold Magical Society. Barry Woods writes: Cotswold Magical Society is delighted to be welcoming Steve Price, one of the UK's top comedy magicians to our club on Wednesday October 3rd. We would be happy to welcome members of other magical societies who, for a small sum of £5 will be able to join in the fun. 7.30pm for 8pm. Venue: Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote, Gloucester, GL3 3RT (Map) 29.9.12


Christmas Starlight is a variety show with comedy, magic, music and dancing for all the family. Starring up and coming names in the entertainment business. Peter Baffles will present comedy magic with his dry sense of humour. From 31st October 2012 until January 1st 2013. 2.30pm matinee and 8.15pm evening show. For more information on prices and times contact the box office on 01803 328385 or visit Babbacombe Theatre, Cary Point, Babbacombe Downs TQ1 3LU (Map) 01803 322233. 29.9.12


Planning next year's programme of events for your club? Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 29.9.12


Live training workshop for future children's entertainers. Mike Clarke is running his last ever live training workshop for people interested in working as children's entertainers. It is being held in Bristol on Saturday November 3rd from 10am-6pm. Full details can be found on 29.9.12


Steve Shaw's Magic Blog. Steve Shaw, a member of the staff at Magicbox has set up a magic blog aiming to provide timely, honest reviews, on current affairs and product releases within the magic community: 29.9.12


"And for his next trick... David Blaine will risk electrocution in his most shocking stunt yet" Click Here • "I’ve walked on water but Snoop freestyling about me was cooler, says Dynamo" Click Here (someone should have photoshopped the deck) and "Dynamo: I used magic on two brothers who bullied me at school ... after that people were a bit frightened of me" Click Here • "David Copperfield discusses hospitalization, brush with death and more" Click Here • "'Mind reader' shocks strangers in internet security campaign - video" Click Here • "Limerick magician set to open first magic centre" Click Here • "A Day Full of Magic" Click Here • "HJPR picked as magician Dynamo's personal publicist" Click Here • Thanks as ever for your UK magic news - always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 29.9.12