Number 646 - 10th November 2012


No rest for the wicked. Derren Brown returns in 2013 with a brand new live show, which will embark on a nationwide UK tour from March 2013. The acknowledged master of psychological illusion, fresh from the hugely successful two-year run of his 2012 Oliver award-winning show Derren Brown: Svengali will once again mesmerise, shock and entertain the nation. Derren says: "I enjoy the stage shows more than anything else. Live on stage is the best place for what I do: it's unpredictable, and the audience knows there's no possibility of judicious editing." On stage as well as on TV Derren is in a class of his own, exhilarating audiences with his unique brand of entertainment. For the past twelve years he has created TV and stage performances that have stunned audiences, debunked the paranormal and encouraged many to improve and enhance their own mental abilities. His first show appeared in 2000, Derren Brown: Mind Control, and was followed with Trick of the Mind, Trick or Treat and a series of specials including the controversial Russian Roulette, the hugely popular Events, Hero at 30,000 Feet, Derren Brown: The Experiments, which won the 2012 BAFTA award for Best Entertainment Show, and, just seen, Apocalypse. For tour dates see What's On. 10.11.12


"E4 have announced the commissioning of The Body Shocking Show, from Twofour. Hosted by comedian and magician Pete Firman (The Magicians), and actress, model and presenter Jessica-Jane Clement (The Real Hustle), the eight-part series will marvel at the outrageous and extraordinary people who have done bizarre things with their bodies." To read the full story in Click Here. Pete can be seen live on stage up and down the country next year when he takes his one-man show 'Hoodwinker' on tour, see for tour dates and to book. 10.11.12


Festival of Magic and International Magic Convention latest! From the organisers: The full programme for both the Festival of Magic and International Magic Convention running all next week may now be downloaded on the Zwoor Event App (code for Convention is RONS2012 and Festival is LFM2012). All timings and listings are there, including the running order of the Close Up Competition starting at 10.30m on Saturday 17th November featuring Sam Sebastian (Slovenia), JoJo (China), Kolos (Hungary), Jinn (South Korea), Alex Conradi (Italy), Fay Presto (UK), Nobuyuki Nojima (Japan), Rune Carlsen (Norway), Shota Irieda (Japan), Dr Gabor (Hungary), Seol Ha Park (South Korea) and Pierric (Switzerland). No need to venture outside all day as hot food is available at the Conference Centre in the River Rooms all day at £5.50 per head with stunning views over the River Thames, and the Convention Hotel, The Crowne Plaza (just across the road) is offering 15% off all food and beverage bills at all their bars and restaurants over the weekend as long as you say the magic words 'Open Sesame' to the bar and waiting staff - just hope they've told all of them! With the Saturday Gala Show now virtually sold out with just a handful of seats left, make sure you get your tickets now for either Saturday or Sunday for what is always a great show but looks particularly enjoyable this year. Registration through 10.11.12


Three new acts announced, The Session 2013. From the organisers: Three new acts announced for The Session 2013 (12th, 13th January, Cheltenham). Bill Abbott: Canada's Bill Abbott has burst onto the magic scene with an array of great products for the parlor performer. He's a full-time magician who thinks outside the box, and we're thrilled to present his full lecture at this year's convention. Quentin Reynolds: We have asked Ireland's Quentin Reynolds (photo) to join the lineup for this year's session. A knowledgeable magician and an accomplished performing mentalist, we have asked Quentin to perform a piece and talk about it in one of our "TED" style sessions. Luke Jermay: Luke's lecture two years ago (which featured three mind-reading effects with a pack of cards) was met with overwhelming praise and enthusiasm. We have invited this internationally recognized mentalist and thought leader back to our stage for a brand new presentation. They join Rune Klan, Jay Sankey, Dan & Dave Buck, Yoann Fontyn, John Archer, Simon Aronson, Tony Chang and four other performers (yet to be announced) at what is always a sellout convention. 10.11.12


Marvin’s Magic, the number one magic brand, this week celebrate their 25th Anniversary! Since their launch in 1987 they have inspired and encouraged literally millions of young magicians with their ranges of professional magic made easy. Marvin’s Magic products are now available in 64 countries worldwide. The list of past and present in-store demonstrators reads like a Who’s Who of British Magic. Creator of Marvin’s Magic, Marvin Berglas hosted a special party to celebrate which included many of the Marvin’s Magic legends. There were special presentations to Marvin’s Demonstration Managers, PA’s and long service awards. Everyone then partied through the night with great food and entertainment plus a specially commissioned cake featuring Marvin’s favourite products through the years. 10.11.12


Bonhams: Carousel and Circus Memorabilia and Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata Auction, Los Angeles, 4th December 2012. There are some really fine items in this sale. Bids can be placed online. 10.11.12


A limited number of copies of 'The Berglas Effects' will be available from the International Magic stand at the International Magic Convention, Mermaid Theatre, London, 16th, 17th, 18th November. This is a rare opportunity to get a personally signed copy from David Berglas, on Sunday 18th November, either before or after the Gala Show. ('The Berglas Effects' can also be ordered direct from David Berglas: Order Form) 10.11.12


Luke Jermay hosts an evening of mind reading, telepathy, comedy and mystery in Huddersfield on Friday 30th November in a Victorian Church that has been converted into a studio theatre. One night only.  Friday, 30th November, at 7.30pm. "This uplifting, witty and highly interactive show is an expert display of intuition and mind reading developed to amazing razor sharp accuracy. Jermay impossibly knows you, your memories, your past, present and future; sometimes even better than you do. From the name of your favourite school teacher, childhood pet, even the colour of your underwear Jermay seems to impossibly know all, see all and tell all. Jermay believes everyone has the potential to develop their intuition and in Psychic Cabaret, he even teaches how to develop your intuition and psychic powers!" Friday, 30th November, at 7.30pm. Milton Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH (Map). Tickets £8 (£5 concessions). The box office can only accept cash for this event. Further details and bookings: Telephone: 01484 472904. "A show that you can’t afford to miss. This is entertainment that truly delights and spooks simultaneously, and an experience that you will talk about for a long time afterwards." The Yorker. 10.11.12


Magic Moments 2012 was another success. Jay Fortune reports: Even in these austere times, magicians helped raise smiles and funds for all manner of charities. The grand total this year is £10,332.87 and counting... thank you to everyone involved (in no particular order); Richard Leigh, Matt Barnard, Richard McDougall, Matthew Stirling, Tim Osler, Mike Sullivan, Mick Pearce, Noel Britten, Mark Bennett, Gary Young, Kenny Roberts, George Parker, Anne George, Mark Leveridge, Graham Hey, Phil Shaw and for hosting our official web page. Funds were raised for Momentum, Unseen and WHF. All styles of shows were hosted, from black-tie dinners, through to variety shows for all the family. Plus close-up magic in restaurants, street shows, comedy shows... it was another fantastic day! If you have created a Magic Moment this year, please let us know to add you to our grand total. Thanks again! 10.11.12


Here's a deal... BigBlindMedia launch two new Bicycle Karnival Decks on December 10th. The Bicycle Karnival Z-Ray and the Bicycle Karnival Earthtone9. And anyone pre-ordering more than 6 decks will receive a free Karnival Carnage deck with their order! See: Bicycle Karnival  Zray Deck and Bicycle Karnival Earthtone9. 10.11.12


Dine with Debbie. "Four celebrities compete to prove their worth as the best dinner party host: the country's most famous magician's assistant 'the lovely' Debbie McGee; former MP, and aspiring stand-up comic, Lembit Opik; radio presenter and former 11 O'Clock Show and RI:SE host Iain Lee; and Essex glamour model and party girl Jodie Marsh. Debbie kicks off the week in style in the luxurious Thames-side home she shares with husband Paul Daniels. She's decided to cut a few corners, using some shop bought items - which fails to impress one eagle-eyed guest. On night two, Lembit claims to have an innate culinary ability - but his unusual cooking methods leave a lot to be desired." Celebrity Come Dine with Me is being repeated at 12.35pm on Tuesday 13th November on Channel 4 and again later at 3pm on 4Seven. 10.11.12


David Stone Lecture Tour - The Cotswold Magical Society have just been added to the list of Magic Clubs that David is currently visiting - see What's On for all dates and venues. 10.11.12


Steve Wyrick and Icee Bikes. "It's time for some magic when an illusionist wants a bike, but Jr pulls a disappearing act. Plus, a new painter shows off and the effects are dazzling." American Chopper, 7pm on Wednesday 21st November on Quest. See TV Magic. 10.11.12


More Shows In 2013. News from Mark Leveridge's Magic Marketing Masterclass: Marketing yourself and your shows just got a bit easier with the release of the Magic Marketing Masterclass Resource Pack. This feature rich pack contains all four of the books provided to the attendees of the live event, books which provide a huge amount of relevant, up-to-date information and advice on the use of social media for magic, creating a workable marketing strategy and how to implement it effectively, plus a fabulous method for increasing your success rate at converting enquiries into shows. As well as all this, the pack also contains 9 DVDs which record the entire talks given on the day by the three speakers, Julia Bramble, Bob Yelland and Mark Leveridge. Professional children's entertainer Ron Popple commented after the event that "the Magic Marketing Masterclass has provided me with all of the marketing information I will probably ever need", and there can be no doubt that anyone who implements the contents of this pack will give themselves the best chance of getting more booking next year. For more information and to watch a video explanation go to 10.11.12


UK Escapologist Chris Cross challenged 'Iron' Mike Tyson to a Contest of Strength and The Meanest Man in the World Accepted... The challenge took place last month, Tyson had to tie Chris Cross up and Chris Cross proposed to escape in just 90 seconds' he succeeded! Lots of people who have challenged Tyson in the past haven't even lasted 20 seconds! To watch the stunt unfold Click Here. And for more on Chris visit 10.11.12


Midwinter Magic, Croydon. "A marvellous magic show for all the family celebrating the magic of Christmas. A blend of fun and interactive magic with beautiful and spectacular magic, all themed around Christmas. Presented by Paul Brown." Doors open 15 minutes before the show which starts at 3pm every Sunday on 25th November, and then 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th December. Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions). For more information and to book visit Venue: Croydon Park Hotel, 7 Altyre Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 5AA (Map). 10.11.12


Mark Elsdon's revolutionary new manuscript 'Conversation As Mentalism' will be released at the International Magic Convention next weekend. Why is it revolutionary? To find out (or grab a pre-release copy) Click Here. 10.11.12


Gil Leaney Shield for Stage Magic: "The winner of this year’s Gil Leaney Shield for Stage Magic at the Watford Association of Magicians was Dee Riley with his 'In the Dark' cups and balls and matrix routines. In second place, Julie Carpenter with Archie the Bear and in third place Dov Citron and Martin Clark looking for Professor Moriarty in a Sherlock Holmes themed magical sketch." Photo: Dee Riley. 10.11.12


Anthony Jacquin & The Head Hackers lecture at The Associated Wizards of South at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 20th November. "Magic and hypnosis have been closely linked in the eyes of the public for over a century, yet the two are rarely performed together. By blending hypnotism with magic, Anthony Jacquin and the team have developed a devastatingly effective performance style that ranges from impromptu and prop free at one end of the scale, to stage and television performances at the other. In this unique lecture, you will learn what hypnosis is (and what it isn't), its practical uses and limitations, and how to make it work in a performance setting. We will discuss working details such as our patter, structure and success rates and we will demonstrate the routines we perform with close-up magic and mentalism." Guests £8 on the door. The Associated Wizards of South, Woolston & Sholing Conservative Club, 74 Saint Anne's Road, Southampton SO19 9FF (Map) 10.11.12


Chris Congreave Lecture - Home Counties Magical Society. Robin Maddy writes: The Home Counties Magical Society has an outstanding evening planned for the 22nd November 2012 when Chris Congreave will be presenting his brilliant lecture. He will covering magic for all occasions so there is something for everyone. The meeting starts at 8pm but the doors open at 7.30pm. Guests are very welcome at a fee of £10. Meetings are held at Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield RG2 9EH (Map). For details on how to find us please visit our website at Look forward to seeing you. 10.11.12


Angelo Carbone  Lecture - Watford Association of Magicians. Julie Carpenter writes: Angelo Carbone is a creative guy who invents magic, whether big scale illusions or small close up effects. His widely copied "Out of Order" card trick has been a world-wide success. He is the first British person to have a trick produced by the Tenyo Company. We are very lucky to have Angelo come and lecture for us at The Watford Association of Magicians on Tuesday 20th November, at 8pm at The Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Ave, Bricket Wood AL2 3LQ (Map). Temporary membership for non members - £10, contact Julie Carpenter at 10.11.12


International News: Vito Lupo: Making The Invisible Visible. 30th International Pantomime Festival Dresden, November 8th - 18th 2012. Workshop: November 10th from 10am to 3pm. Vito Lupo will offer and define the "mime body" in a "magic-al show" and the power of magic-al effects in a mime performance. A unique workshop during which participants will explore and experience a creative exchange and the embodiment between corporeal mime and performance magic. During this "sleight-of-hands-On" workshop, participants will also exercise alternative pre-show preparations and improvisational free association with simple props, in a mashup of Theater, Movement, Mime, and Magic. The workshop's aim is to provoke an awareness of the wonderful dance when illusionary mime meets illusionary magic: the moment of passage, the floating, the suspension, the make-believe, between the two. For more information visit 10.11.12


Haunted Secrets of the Heath House. Begins Friday January 25th 2013. Magician Chris Stokes brings his legendary 'ghost tours' to one of Staffordshire's most iconic stately homes. The Heath House has all the classic ingredients of the haunted house; the rich opulence of the main property, coupled with dark lonely cellars and an abandoned upper floor, steeped in history, tradition and long-forgotten secrets. Join Chris on an enthralling 90 minute tour which brings together story-telling, magic and illusion to create the ultimate fright night for fans of things that bump in the night. For details visit or Facebook: Chris Stokes Magic. 10.11.12


Congratulations to Magic Triangle Competition winners' Joe Oyelade in the Junior Section, and David J Marks (photo, with Keith Norman) for Close-Up, Stage and The Most Entertaining Act Section. The competitions were held on October 21st. David is seen here being congratulated by Keith Norman, Chair of The Magic Triangle, in front of an audience of over sixty. 10.11.12


Merlin Magical Society Stage Magic Competition. On the 27th October the Merlin Magical Society held an evening of Magic and Variety at St Thomas's Church Hall. The fist half incorporated the society's 'Harry Kay Cup Stage Competition' which was won, for a second year running, Bob Pamplin. The competition is judged by members of the audience for entertainment and magical content. 10.11.12


S.A.M. Disaster Relief Fund. The Society of American Magicians Endowment Fund is offering assistance to magicians and allied artists who have suffered losses from the “Sandy” storm . Victims can contact the Disaster Relief Fund. The fund will cover the loss of props, spoiled foods, clothing etc., and non insured losses in a limited capacity. Each request will be handled confidentially on a case by case basis after verification. More critical needs will take priority as long as money is available. For more information visit 10.11.12


Allen Tipton. Allen Tipton sadly passed away in his sleep on Thursday 8th November. Freddie Wilkinson writes: My closest and dearest friend Allen Tipton sadly passed away in his sleep on Thursday 8th November after a short battle with cancer. Allen was well known to many magicians for his valued help and advice, be it FISM and IBM winners or just average Joe's like myself. Allen had a long running article in "Abra" and in later years became a very active magic forum member and contributor. He was also a great performer staging his own tribute to "Dante" and entertained thousand of children as "Mr Tippy" When he wasn't performing or advising he was the driving force behind the "Nottingham Guild of Magicians" and was its President on numerous occasions. Outside of magic he was a well known ventriloquist, actor, director, producer and drama teacher, who could boast teaching the likes of Richard Beckinsale, Chris Gascoyne and many many more famous names. Most importantly he was a loving husband to his wife Barbara, and a loving owner of his little dog Pixie. I will miss him greatly. 10.11.12


"Comedian Of The Week: Piff The Magic Dragon" Click Here • See Piff live, Click Here • "Derren Brown, Apocalypse, Part Two Channel 4, review" Click Here • "More than just magic - the JezO experience!" is reviewed by Alan Maskell, this week, Click Here • "Uri Geller's quirky gift to Sonning" Click Here • "Flytippers dump demolished kitchen on Wanstead Flats off Lakehouse Road in Wanstead" (MagicWeek 'Crim' of the Week) Click Here • "Cards in Motion" Click Here • "Magician Chris is a real card" Click Here • And finally... Uri Geller on The Dimbleby Talk-In, for everyone who missed this masterful performance first time around Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 10.11.12