Number 642 - 13th October 2012


Derren Brown: Apocalypse. Derren Brown announced last week that his next Channel 4 show will be entitled Apocalypse... Is this the end (or just the beginning)...? Digital Spy report Click Here. Also see 13.10.12


Dan & Dave Buck have been added to the star-studded line-up at The Session 2013 (Cheltenham, 12th - 13th January). "They changed the way close-up magic looks, and impacted a generation of magicians. In an extremely rare UK appearance, the Buck brothers will present an all-new lecture and dazzle us with their flashy, intelligent style of legerdemain. They join Simon Aronson, Jay Sankey, John Archer, Yoann Fontyn and many other ground-breaking magicians to be announced soon. This has been the fastest selling year yet and as with the past eight years, it will sell out early." 13.10.12


The London Festival of Magic and the International Magic Convention. Noel Britten writes: Just over 4 weeks to go before the London Festival of Magic and International Magic Convention. Unfortunately Joanie Spina and Andy Nyman have had to withdraw for the line up due to health and professional commitments, but we are delighted to announce that their places have been taken up by Anthony Owen (Head of Magic at Objective TV and Executive Producer for Derren Brown, The Real Hustle and overseer of all their Magic Shows) and Morgan and West (well known Penn and Teller 'Foolers') at the Monday session along with a soon to be announced special guest. The rest of the line up over the course of the seven days remains unchanged including Juan Tamariz (The World's Greatest Magical Thinker and Performer), Jeff McBride, Simon Drake, Lukas, Arthur Benjamin, Rick Merrill, Stephen Bargatze, Woody Aragon, Thomas Fraps, Joe Atmore, Richard McDougall, Chris Cox, Rob James, Neal Austin, Vincent Hedan, Will Houstoun, Michael Vincent, Oliver Meech, Ian Rowland, Richard Wiseman, Peter Lamont, JoJo and Noel Britten. Alongside these named performers we have additional surprises with a Special Late Night Show on the Friday Night with a performer making his first Convention appearance anywhere (and recently reviewed in a major magic magazine as 'intelligent, magical, fantastically original and funny enough to kill you from asphxiation'), a superb speciality act in the Gala Show making his UK debut (who will not be announced so you get to experience the full beauty of his act live for the first time rather than on YouTube) and is one of the most magical acts you'll ever see, and of course the Presentation of The David Berglas International Magic Award whose recipient is always a closely guarded secret until the day (previous recipients include Uri Geller, David Copperfield, Derren Brown and Juan Tamariz). The Close Up Competition has 12 performers from 6 countries including Japan, Korea and China, again with several performing in the UK for the first time. You'll be missing one of the great magical events of the year if you're not there. Tickets available from with the possibility of booking anything from a single evening show to the whole 7 days of magical hedonism. 13.10.12


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 25th October: "At Conjuring at the Court on Thursday 25th October, our most popular performers offer you a varied night of entertaining mysteries. Martin S Taylor performs hypnotism without hypnosis. Perhaps it’s the power of suggestion that made audience members do extraordinary things when he featured in our show last year. Harrison Richards returns to demonstrate the amazing and amusing powers of the mind. Noel Britten is a top stand-up comedian and magician who’s brought the house down many times at the Court. And co-producer Stephen Barry brings his exuberant, extrovert approach to stage performance. The show is in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. 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. Parking is free after 6.30pm. Come and witness the impossible. Why not arrive early to enjoy dinner at the pub, in the lovely dining room or the large garden. Tickets just £10 from" 13.10.12


The Complete Walton by Roy Walton, Volumes 1 and 2. Both volumes of this incredible set have been re-edited and bound to an exceptional standard. The two volumes include literally hundreds of some of the most creative card effects of our time, described as "Truly Brilliant" by Dai Vernon. These books are now available on a limited basis for pre-order, priced at £39 each or £68 for both (+p&p). In addition, if both books are ordered together, Roy Walton's latest and unreleased packet card effect, "Pocket Brainwave" will be included free. Available exclusively through Davenports Magic: 13.10.12


Steve Faulkner's Magic Show moves to a bigger venue! Steve Faulkner is taking his sell-out show to the Sheffield City Hall on Sunday October 28th. Featuring Graham Jolley (photo), Romany and Alan Hudson, (all who have appeared on Penn and Tellers Fool Us), and hosted by Steve, this is the biggest one yet! This show has garnered quite a following, so get your tickets now to avoid disappointment! Doors are at 7.30pm, showtime 8pm. Tickets are £12 and are available via, or at the Sheffield City Hall box office in person, or call 0114 2 789 789. Also see 13.10.12


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s, London. Friday 2nd November: "Morgan and West the time traveling Victorian conjurers return with rabbit destroying tricks and incredibly sharp needles whilst John Hicks brings us his trained grey elephant beasts performing in gravity defying tricks. Meanwhile Matt G performs some mind tricks on you that may leave you feeling a little exposed and transparent, Josephine Shaker hotfoots in between with the sassiest tap routine this side of a dance shoe and Mat Ricardo plays with big Knives and objects that never move no matter what he does to them. All expertly presided over by Christian Lee who will show you a world of danger and all in the best possible taste." 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: 13.10.12


Morgan & West's Magical Menagerie with Rob Bailey and Ian Keable. Roll up roll up! Time travelling magicians Morgan and West bring you the UK's finest magical talent - psychics, conjurers and prestidigitators live and in captivity! Morgan and West have travelled to the four corners of the empire to bring back the greatest specimens the magical world has to offer. Each show sees two new dabblers in the dark arts unleashed upon the audience, presided over by conjurer-collecting duo Morgan and West. Minds will be read, impossibilities realised and thoroughly good times had by all. Special guests for October are Rob Bailey, a wonderful gentleman who will baffle, amaze and down right bamboozle you with his mind reading capabilities and Ian Keable, a simply brilliant magician, performer and indeed recipient of the Magic Circle Comedy Award. Thursday 25th October, 7.30pm. Venue: The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ (Map). Tickets: 13.10.12


David Blaine: What is Magic? This show is being repeated tonight, on E4. "David Blaine travels across America to perform tricks in the UK premiere of his show What Is Magic? He visits New Orleans where he carries out a money trick in front of locals, producing hundreds of dollars at their fingertips before stopping off in New York to conduct magic in front of Orlando Bloom. But the jewel in David's crown is his shot at the infamous Bullet Catch; a trick which sees a 22 calibre bullet being fired at point blank range directly at the magician, who then has to catch the bullet in a small metal cup held in his mouth. The stunt is filmed using Phantom Camera technology which shoots 10,000 frames per second so that not a fraction of the action is missed." 10pm on Saturday 13th October, see TV Magic. "Illusionist David Blaine taken to hospital after channelling one million volts of electricity through a metal suit" Click Here. 13.10.12


News from Andrew Normansell: “Andrew Normansell is proud to present ‘Devilish Desires Catalogue of Strange’. A new and exclusive range of bizarre effects, a veritable cornucopia of twisted occult delights, for the showman, sensationalist, and necromancing sorceror, delve deeper into the unknown and indulge your darkest and most devilish desires! Available at”. 13.10.12


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) presents an evening with Richard Cadell on Tuesday 23rd October at The Irish World Heritage Centre M8 8UF (Map) commencing at 8pm. Richard is an entertainment entrepreneur and magician, in fact a former Young Magician of the Year and is best known for being the hand of Sooty since 1999. He also runs “the largest amusement park in the South West of England”, Fun City in Brean (Somerset). In June 2008, Sooty’s 60th anniversary, Richard bought the rights through his new company Cadells Limited. As well as touring with a new live show, reusing a script written by Matthew Corbett (son of the originator Harry Corbett) Richard has proposed three new TV shows for the brand, including a sitcom type format – similar to how previous Sooty shows have been made – featuring the gang working in a handyman agency, a studio-based live variety show and a pre-school game show. I am sure Richard’s success story will prove to be very interesting and entertaining. Door charge for non members. Directions on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 13.10.12


Mark Leveridge Magic comes to Manchester. The latest of Mark Leveridge Magic's Dealer Nights will be taking place on Sunday 4th November at the Britannia Airport Hotel, Northenden, Manchester starting at 7pm. Mark will bring a full display of his product range plus the Magicseen line of products and attendees will not only get plenty of opportunity to browse and ask for dems of items which interest them, but they will also benefit from a 10% discount for the evening. Mark will also present a 30 minute dealer dem of the latest releases plus he will be performing and explaining three new ideas not previously published in a mini lecture. There are also 3 prizes awarded during the evening too. Previous Dealer Nights in Bristol, Birmingham, Derby/Nottingham, Newbury, Winchester, Northampton and Glasgow have all been sociable and relaxed occasions that have been hugely enjoyed by those who attended. There is a small charge to register, but those who register in advance will receive a credit voucher for the entry sum to spend on the evening thus making their attendance free. For more details and to register online go to 13.10.12


RSVP presents To The Max! "Imagine producing a block of solid ice at any time during your act! That's right. At any time hold out the spectator's hands and produce, from nowhere, a block of ice, in their hands! This is stunning magic that is sure to be a reputation maker! Imagine taking a coin, having it signed and without any funny moves, freezing it into an ice cube. This is all made possible using Keiron Johnson's gimmick holder that allows you, for the first time produce the same block of ice multiple times during walkaround performances. Keiron has been using this in his act for many years and is finally releasing the method, technique and most importantly the special gimmick for the first time. A real reputation making routine. You can see this stunning routine at" 13.10.12


Colin Dymond lecture - Edinburgh Magic Circle. Ian Buchan writes: "Edinburgh Magic Circle are delighted to be hosting a lecture by Colin Dymond on Monday 29th October. Colin is one of the country's few professional ventriloquists. His lecture will comprise not only ventriloquism but also magic for entertaining in both adult and children's shows. Join us at our new headquarters, The Watsonian Club Pavilion, 79 Myreside Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DB (Map). Starting at 7.45pm, cost to visiting magicians £5, payable at the door." 13.10.12


Head Case! "Head Case is a great new Halloween effect from Izzy Wizzy Magic. A lifelike scull finds cards and coins, makes predictions, and can be used in many different ways. A winner for Halloween, easy to do, and a great effect. Ideal for kids and close-up, complete with two routines, head case, gimmicked card box, and a list of gags that are sure to tickle your funny bone." 13.10.12


John Field lecture - Nottingham Guild of Magicians. On Thursday 18th October, John Field AIMC will be giving his lecture on "Speaking With Magic" to the Nottingham Guild of Magicians. All enquiries to Andrew Morrison: 0115 960 5844. 13.10.12


Gary Fairplay - The South London Magic Society Close-up Champion 2012. Congratualtions to Gary Fairplay (left) seen here receiving the newly named “Ron Romaine” Cup from President Mike Sullivan on Friday 14th October. Congratulations also to Marcus Morgan for winning the “Virgin” cup, and to all the other competitors a very well done. Mike Sullivan. 13.10.12


MagicNews TeleVision. James James writes: "After a hiatus of over a year MagicNews TeleVision is making a welcome return in January 2013. With new software, new website, better content, great interviews, a comedic take on popular websites and magicians, MagicNews TeleVision will hopefully be 'what magic has been waiting for'. Unlike other popular websites there will be no 'tricks' to buy. Just News, Reviews, Interviews, and a whole bunch of other goodies. We have, at present, in our run up to our mega prelaunch, advice and thoughts on what it takes to put a street show together. Advice some may know, but then again... Go to to immerse yourself in what may be of benefit. See you there. For MagicNews TeleVision, James James." 13.10.12


Steve Evans lectures for his home society, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, on Wednesday 17th October. All friends of the WCM and Steve welcome; there's no charge. The lecture starts at 8pm at The West End Working Men's Club, Merridale Street West, Wolverhampton WV3 0RW (Map). 13.10.12


Magic Night at the Victoria Hall Theatre, Old Harlow. On Friday 9th November Andy Clockwise will be compering as well as performing in a Magic Night at the Victoria Hall Theatre, Bury Road, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0ED (Map). Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Guest performers include Tim Shoesmith, Wayne Fox and comedy hypnotist Stephen Mills. Tickets are £10 each and are available from or on the door on the night (subject to availability). The intimately tiered theatre seats just 120 so if you want to go, it's best to book in advance. 13.10.12


Cups & Balls Street Style with Glen Stone at The Associated Wizards of The South. Glen Stone writes: "Many years ago I saw a street magician at Covent Garden building a crowd and then entertaining them before offering his hat. I've never forgotten that experience and the fascination of entertaining people with magic has stayed with me only as a dream, until now. Now I live that dream by bringing my visually stunning close-up magic to your event. A relaxed and friendly manor that appeals to young and old alike has allowed me to build a reputation as one of the most sought after magicians around. Performing at weddings, birthday parties and corporate events I will provide for you the perfect entertainment, and unforgettable experience." Street entertainer Glen Stone will be teaching you the tricks and tips on how to create an audience as well as tipping the hat routines. Great night for all. Bring some change for his hat! Darren Holden. Tuesday 18th 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). 13.10.12


Magic Moments has come and gone for another year. Thank you to everyone who took part raising money and smiles for good causes. We're collecting all of the stories and amounts and will post the total from this year's efforts shortly on our dedicated Magic Moments page here on MagicWeek. Jay Fortune. 13.10.12


For Sale: Cardini canvas hand painted by renowned artist Annabel De Vitten. 35" x 28" - see for details. 13.10.12


Magician and Hypnotist Magic Amit was invited to perform at a recent Mike Tyson Event organized by Leicester City Ex Captain Steve Walshon on Thursday 12th October. Magic Amit had a great time performing for all the guests and is seen here with Mike Tyson. 13.10.12


Sleights of Mind: What the neuroscience of magic reveals about our brains. What can magic tell us about ourselves and our daily lives? If you subtly change the subject during an uncomfortable conversation, did you know you're using attentional 'misdirection', a core technique of magic? And if you've ever bought an expensive item you'd sworn never to buy, you were probably unaware that the salesperson was, like an accomplished magician, a master at creating the 'illusion of choice'. Leading neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde meet with magicians from all over the world to explain how the magician's art sheds light on consciousness, memory, attention, and belief. As the founders of the new discipline of NeuroMagic, they combine cutting-edge scientific research with startling insights into the tricks of the magic trade. By understanding how magic manipulates the processes in our brains, we can better understand how we work - in fields from law and education to marketing, health and psychology - for good and for ill. To order via Click Here (MagicWeek receives a small commission on sales via 13.10.12


Magus of the Dark Order: Halloween Magic From Beyond the Grave: "The Magus of the Dark Order, who include international magicians including Mr Frank Allan (Allan the story teller), Mr Ian Milton (Ethan Black), Mr Matt Redmond and Mr Ivor Williamson, present Halloween Magic From Beyond the Grave on Saturday 27th October at 8pm at Owen Street Comunity Arts Centre. Persons of a nervous disposition should pre book their funeral arrangements. Tickets are £5.00 and can be reserved by calling 07816 334 136. Venue: Owen Street Comunity Arts Centre, Owen Street, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 1AH (Map)". 13.10.12


"He's fine, just a bit frazzled: David Blaine completes One Million Volts stunt in New York after three days playing conductor" Click Here • "Magician David Blaine unplugs after high-voltage NYC stunt" Click Here • "Gee, you fined me for that!" Click Here • Ollie Mealing's peeked: • "Derren Brown's cleaner jailed for blank cheque thefts" Click Here • "Magician's next trick: Create hit on reality TV" Click Here • "Chat to magician Dynamo LIVE on Thursday October 18. Find out more about the man behind the magic" Click Here • "Nathan Burton, Michael Turco reappear after disappearing act in tangle" Click Here • "Master of Illusion" Click Here • "Magician John Calvert, 101, performs at Bjornson Hall" Click Here • Karma... Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday. See you next week, Duncan. 13.10.12