Number 645 - 3rd November 2012


Alan Shaxon. Such sad news to report that Alan Shaxon died last Sunday morning (28th October). Alan was a brilliant magician, a former President of The Magic Circle, modest, kind, and always a real pleasure to be with. He was simply the nicest of men and will be hugely missed by his many friends in magic. Here's Alan, together with his wife Anne, in 1964, performing at The Magic Circle Click Here (DT). The funeral for Alan Shaxon, MIMC, will take place at 1.15 pm on Tuesday 13th November at St Mary's, Church Street, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 2QS. Following the service, there will be a private crematorium committal, but friends are invited to make their way to the reception which will be held at Burhill Golf Club, Burwood Road, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 4BX. The following link provides a map of the location: It is requested that there only be family flowers, but it is Anne's wish that anyone wanting to make a charitable donation in Alan's memory, do so to The Maskelyne Endowment Fund of which Alan was a trustee and the income of which "may be applied to provide monies for grants and bursaries to or for the benefit of Members of the Society in connection with projects or activities which advance the art of magic." Donations can be sent to The Maskelyne Endowment Fund, ℅ The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. 3.11.12


International Magic Convention & Festival of Magic - latest! Just confirmed, Michael Vine will take part in the Directions Day on the Monday (November 12th) of the Festival of Magic. As the manager of Derren Brown he will be able to give an unparalleled view of where magic is going and what it takes to be spotted and picked up as an act. As an ex-performer he has a unique position in knowing both sides of the business and those of you that know him already will know that there will be anecdotes and asides galore. Add his name to Richard McDougall talking about body language and showmanship, Morgan & West lecturing on character development, and Anthony Owen discussing not only what it takes to break into TV but also what works and what doesn't work in that medium, and it will be an unmissable day for those who want to take their magic to the next level... and all for the unbelievable price of just £30 with additional different days available during the rest of the week for only £20. Registration for the Festival and Convention: 3.11.12


Derren Brown: Fear and Faith, Friday 9th November on Channel 4. The BAFTA winning Derren Brown continues his specials for 2012 with his customary inventive, intelligent mix of thought-provoking, compelling entertainment, stunts and suggestion, combined with tried and tested psychological tricks and experiments. The first of a two-part event, Fear and Faith is an extraordinary film looking at what happens when people have the experience of fear removed through the use of a powerful new drug. See TV Magic for times. 3.11.12


The Blackpool Convention, 22nd, 23rd, 24th February 2013. From the organisers: February 2013 looks like being one of the 'best ever'. Already booked are: F.I.S.M. Grand Prix winner Yu Ho Jin from Korea. Marko Karvo (photo) from Finland, First Prize in F.I.S.M. General Magic, Haon Gun from Korea, Second Prize in F.I.S.M. General Magic, Les Chapeaux Blancs from France, joint Second Prize in F.I.S.M. General magic, Simon Lovell from U.S.A., David Williamson from U.S.A., Matthew Wright from U.K. joint Second in F.I.S.M. Parlour Magic, Yuji Yasuda from Korea, Zeki Yoo from Korea, Third Prize in F.I.S.M. Card Magic, Haon Gun from Korea, Special Award F.I.S.M. Invention, Lukas from Korea, Second Prize F.I.S.M. Manipulation, Ted Kim from Korea Special Prize F.I.S.M. Most Original Stage Act, Kim Hyun Joon from Korea Third Prize F.I.S.M. Manipulation, Mel Mellers from U.K., Vittorio Marino from Italy, Jan Logemann from Germany First Prize F.I.S.M. Card Magic, Johan Stahl from Germany Second Place F.I.S.M. joint Second Prize F.I.S.M. Parlour Magic, David Merry from Canada, Dirk Losander from U.S.A. and many more being added every day. Friday night will be The Korean Magic Gala Show and Saturday night and Sunday night will feature International Gala Shows. Nearly 1,500 registrations have been sold already. Visit to download a Registration Form or email: 3.11.12


Fancy a magical weekend with one of the world's greatest magicians? Bristol's newest magic venue, Smoke and Mirrors, are proud to announce their first Las Vegas Headliner! Jeff McBride is performing his sensational one-man show on Friday 23rd November. Immediately following the show is Jeff's lecture. Then on Saturday 24th November Jeff presents his McBride Magic Experience; a full 4 hour Masterclass. The cost for the show is only £15, the lecture is also only £15. The Masterclass is £75. Special Offer: Book the Lecture and Masterclass for £90 and get a free ticket  for the Friday night show! This is a rare opportunity to spend time with a renowned master and move your magic to the next level. In an increasingly crowded market, does your magic stand out? Can you really afford not to be there? Book today: Limited seating available per event. Jay Fortune. 3.11.12


"Derren Brown brands 'fake' Apocalypse rumours 'hurtful'... as he posts video debunking conspiracy theories. Derren Brown has hit out over allegations that the 'victim' of his zombie stunt is an actor. Viewers have been gripped by Brown's latest mind-bending illusion on Channel 4 show Apocalypse, which saw him convince Steve Brosnan that the world has been devastated by a meteorite and later taken over by Zombies..." To read the full story, and watch the video, in Mail online Click Here. "If they were actors we would have to quietly kill anyone who knew them"... "Frustrated Derren Brown slams accusations that Apocalypse victim faked reactions", Click Here. 3.11.12


Noel Britten and Mark James live at Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol's all-new magic venue, on Thursday 29th November. Paul Preager writes: "Mark Bennett who only recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of his Illusions Bar on the Triangle in Clifton has now opened his second bar on Denmark Street off the city centre. In the place left by the previous Bunch of Grapes opposite the Hippodrome stage door is now ‘Smoke and Mirrors’. Opened on 26th October, with its first show featuring very funny Wayne Goodman and even more hilarious John Archer, the main feature is a compact 50 seat show room that is going to be presenting a significant magical performer once a month. With the Illusions Bar featuring close-up magic up the road, Smoke and Mirrors will cover stand up magic. Is Bristol becoming the UK’s magic city?" On Thursday November 29th Mark James will be supporting the one and only Noel Britten, visit for more info and to book. 3.11.12


Portsmouth & District Magic Circle Jumbo Day - tomorrow! Walt Lees 'Pitching The Sven'; Paul Gordon 'All-new Killer Card Magic' Rikki Mark 'Rubber Band Workshop'; Merv Cole's Auction; Bob Hamilton 'Films and recordings'; Star Lecture David Stone; Close Up Sessions with Paul Gordon, Dave Forrest, Walt Lees and Joe Tooley; The Gala Show starring Ian Keable, Richard Pinner, Chris Rawlins and Rob Roy Collins. Plus loads of dealers and second hand deals! Sunday November 4th, from 9am. Pay on the door. Venue: Portsmouth & District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). More info:


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 29th November, London. "Witness the impossible with an entertaining night of fun and magic! Top comedy magicians John Archer and Steve Price; hilarious ventriloquist John Kimmons; mind-boggling mentalism from Chris Hare; and genial magical compere Russell Levinson. 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. Parking is free after 6.30pm. Why not arrive early to enjoy dinner at the pub, in the lovely dining room or the large garden? Tickets just £10 from 3.11.12


David Stone: The eXperience. As part of his 2012 World Lecture Tour, David Stone is now in the UK his ‘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. 3.11.12


Award winning Spanish card magician Woody Aragon starts his first UK lecture tour today in Scotland... 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! See What's On for tour dates. 3.11.12


Henry Lewis: Practical Mentalism for a Magic Program. A lecture with a difference... "Mental tricks that are practical which you can add to your magic act. It is to the point and most magicians are capable of making the necessary items themselves. I have nothing to sell and I bring with me sufficient instruction papers (free for those who attend). If required I am happy do a full evening." For full details of Henry's lecture visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page. 3.11.12


Magicseen Issue 47 out Now! From editor Mark Leveridge: Magicseen Issue 47 (November 2012) is out and about and begging for your attention. We sent Deputy Editor Graham Hey down to the West Country to move in for a while with cover star Paul Stockman, and the results of Graham's stay are amply covered in this issue. We also talk to two highly creative people, Angelo Carbone and French inventor Mickael Chatelain, about how and why they do it! We also risk getting our fingers singed when we talk with Steve Spade, fresh as he was from being burnt at the stake. Issue 47 also sees us delve into the mysteries of the Chop Cup and gives you advice a-plenty about how to break into groups of spectators who are all standing, in the concluding part of It's All In Your Approach. Then there's the Dealers' Booth featuring Warped Magic, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians appear in Club Land, Gary Jones takes over the Masterclass, and our team of trusted and knowledgeable reviewers get stuck into the latest product releases. All this plus much more is available now as a printed copy or digital download from 3.11.12


Richard Graham, proud to be magic champion four times over in one year! Richard has been successful in winning the trophies for both Stage and Close-up Magic at both the Southend Sorcerers and Mid Essex Magical Society in 2012. Richard said, "Both clubs have very talented performers and so it's a great privilege and honour to be the winner of these competitions." For more details see 3.11.12


A John Gaughan built giant 'Rice, Orange and Checkers', beautifully decorated and standing two feet tall, one of only two ever made, is being offered for sale by Taurus Magic Supply. Shown in detail in Volume 4 of 'Further Classic Magic With Apparatus' by Robert Albo. Manufactured in 1975, it was used by Johnny Hart and Zee in the London "Magic Castle" show. The price is £1,800.00 plus shipping. For more information contact Derek Lever via 3.11.12


Julie Carpenter aka 'Auntie Julie' will be debuting her new lecture 'Julie Noted - Entertaining the Under 5's and other nice ways to drive you insane' at the South London Magic Society on Friday 9th November at 7.30pm. Julie will also be demonstrating her new Magic Colouring Book routine 'Zoo Time'. All are welcome; there is a £10.00 charge for non-members. The venue is, as always, The United Reform Church Hall, Cobden Road, South Norwood, London SE25 5NU (Map). Mike Sullivan. 3.11.12


The Spirit of Fire Awards, London. Matt Wainwright recently had the pleasure of being invited back to perform at The Spirit of Fire Awards in London for the 4th consecutive year. It is the most prestigious event in the fire and rescue services' calendar, recognizing acts of selfless sacrifice within the fire and rescue community. It was a real honor to be part of such an amazing evening, enjoyed by Kevin Keegan (photo), Michelle Heaton, Ken Livingstone, actors and actresses and GB Olympic medal winners 3.11.12


John Derris is back! Following a noticeable absence of nearly a year of information on, due to domestic health reasons, comes the announcement of an immediate resumption of regular postings. The site 'Come a Little Closer' features news, comment, routines, original effects and opinion on what is current in the magic world as well as reminiscences that cover John Derris's half century in the business. Coming up is news of the sell-out in the UK and USA of his book KISS and the production by International Magic of a new DVD of his widely acclaimed lecture. In this version he revealed many of his exclusive routines that he has presented around the world in the last 15 years, including his acclaimed production of a bowl of goldfish! 3.11.12


Guinness World Record for the biggest ever magic lesson. Kevin McMahon, Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Magic Festival, reports "Delighted to say that we smashed the Guinness World Record for the biggest ever magic lesson on 27th October 2012 at Fettes College in Edinburgh; the building that inspired JK Rowling's vision for Hogwarts and a very fitting venue. Massive thanks to all the performers, volunteers, staff, friends and all 1,500 audience members that turned up to break the world record in wintery conditions. Massive achievement. Well done to all involved especially to all at Royal Blind Charity who did a fantastic job organising the event." "Rosyth magician breaks world record" Click Here. 3.11.12


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