Number 647 - 17th November 2012


FISM winner 'Prince of Illusions' added to Blackpool Convention Gala Show. From the organisers: Latest Blackpool Convention News... F.I.S.M. Prize Winner, Prince of Illusions has been added to the Gala Show. Lecturers already booked are: Simon Lovell, Yuji Yasuda, Zeki Yoo, Matthew Wright, David Williamson, Mel Mellers, David Merry, Nicholas Einhorn, Dirk Losander, Patrick Lehnen, Jay Scott Berry and Mark Mason, with more being added. Despite the recession registrations are running at record levels. Visit to download a Registration Form or email: 17.11.12


A Tribute to Patrick Page: British Magical Society. Paul Cadley writes:  On Tuesday 20th November the British Magical Society is proud to present – A Tribute to Patrick Page. In 1993 the members of the British Magical Society awarded Patrick Page The David Berglas Award, for “Outstanding Contribution to British Magic”. With a special evening on Tuesday 20th November 2012 we are delighted to welcome Janette and Jeremy Page, to a Tribute Evening to their father. The President and members will present a selection of Patrick Page effects, collections of memories and anecdotes, illustrated by video footage of the man himself, and Janette and Jeremy will be interviewed by the President recalling memories of their father’s long career in magic, and of the many famous names in the history of magic that became family friends. Definitely a evening not to be missed. 7.30pm on Tuesday 20th November. Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £5 fee. Venue: Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map) see for details. 17.11.12


Xmas Magic Nights @ Madame JoJo’s in December. Magic Night at Madame JoJo's: December 7th with Aj James, Chris Cox, Delores Deluxe, Wes Zaharuk and MC Christian Lee. And Magic Night at Madame JoJo's on December 21st with Aj James, Card Ninja, Delores Deluxe, Dave Loosely and MC Christian Lee. Doors open 6.30pm, Show starts at 7.45pm, Tickets £14 for seated show and club entry or £42.50 for show, dinner and club entry. All tickets include entry to The Good Foot club night after. Tickets: Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map) 020 734 3040. Visit for more info. 17.11.12


The Card Shark Show... An interactive multi-media show by award winning close-up magician Steve Truglia at the Mayfair Theatre, Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, London W1. Opening night 15th December, with performances on 26th and 31st December, and then Fridays and Saturdays from 11th January throughout 2013. Shows start at 7.30pm and some dates have a 9pm show too. Running time one hour. For more info visit 17.11.12


Application forms for The Young Magician of the Year Competition 2013 are now available. The Competition is open to young persons who will have reached the age of 14 but who are not yet 18 on 1st January 2013. Competitors must present an act of Stage Magic lasting between 8 and 12 minutes. Full rules are on the application form. The Heats will be held at the Headquarters of The Magic Circle on 10th March 2013 and the Final will be on April 7th. For an entry form or further information contact Michael Colley The Competition has to date produced 27 winners, most of whom have gone on to develop very successful careers in the entertainment industry. Photo: Current holder, Ben Proos. 17.11.12


A Laugh A Minute with Harry Robson. Harry Robson is arranging a UK Lecture Tour for April 2013. In his brand new lecture "A Laugh A Minute with Harry Robson" he will perform and demonstrate some of his favourite effects. Harry is legendary for his stories and anecdotes, gaining himself the reputation as a magical raconteur. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to give your Club a special night. Contact Harry directly: Email, website:, telephone: 07745 905500. 17.11.12


Luca Volpe Derby Lecture, 2013. Paul Sharp writes: Luca Volpe will be presenting his 'Lecture Show' for the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 23rd January 2013, at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby. Luca Volpe’s lecture is the presentation of stage and close up routines from his professional repertoire, which have been tested in hundreds of performances on live audiences all around the world. All routines are 100% commercial and easy to perform, blending new and old methods, thus creating ‘entertaining experiences’ that the audience will never forget. These lectures are created, with the spectator in mind. To promote this UK tour, Luca has allowed me to share with you his 'Double Control' routine. This free promotional PDF is only available from me. Any Magician or Society who would like a sample of Luca's creativity, please email me and I'll send you a copy of the free PDF. Visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby, there is a small fee of £8 payable on the night. Please contact our secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. For more information about our programme for the remainder of the year please visit 17.11.12


Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Magic Auction on Monday 26th November at Salford Masonic Hall, Helmsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford M5 4PE (Map). Doors open 5.30pm with viewing from 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star auctioneers, Michael Shepherd and Derek Lever. Members free of charge, non-members pay £3.00. For further information email: 17.11.12


Farnborough Association of Magical Entertainers 'Most Entertaining Close-up Act'. Lyndon Webb writes: Congratulations to Ravi Chaggar who won the Wellar Trophy for most entertaining close up act last Monday 12th November with a very entertaining routine involving flowers and GPs. He is pictured receiving his trophy from vice-president of the Farnborough Association of Magical Entertainers. Lyndon Webb. 17.11.12


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) is delighted to announce Steve Evans with his lecture “Things you will use” will be appearing on Tuesday 27th November at The Irish World Heritage Centre, 10 Queens Road, Manchester M8 8UF (Map) commencing at 8pm. Many of you will know Steve for his organisation of the Close-up Competition for the IBM British Ring Convention and also compering the British Ring Shield competition. He has been a professional magician for over 20 years and will feature effects that can be tailored to almost any situation. He will also teach you how to manage a room and work your audience. Everything he does is doable and tested. Door charge for non members. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 17.11.12


Luca Volpe lectures at the Riviera Circle of Magicians on Wednesday 21st November. Guests welcome (£8 charge). Meetings are held at the Grosvenor Hotel, Torquay. Contact Chris Tennant for more details. 17.11.12


The Leamington and Warwick Magic Society Annual Dinner. Mark Traversoni writes: Held on 9th November, the night was a sell-out success. We would like to thank Paul Daniels and David Oakley for providing a great night's entertainment, along with the other Society members performing close-up magic at the tables. The club has a very active programme of events that can be found on our website If you are local to Leamington Spa why not consider joining, annual subs are only £40 and include free entry into our ever popular Day of Magic. For more details contact Mark Traversoni 17.11.12


Merlins of Wakefield’s Winter Preview is now available and it's free! With over 70 great magic effects including the 2013 Tenyo range - ideal Christmas presents. If you would like a copy, email your address to If you would prefer a PDF, just email them with ‘Preview’ in the subject box. Also, a big thanks to everyone who entered the recent Merlins Magic Club Close-up Competition. With 3rd Place going to Alan Marlow, 2nd place to Bobo and the winner Ian Waring (pictured receiving the trophy from Mark Lee). Phil, Merlins of Wakefield. 17.11.12


Manchester Circle of Magicians Christmas Party: "Manchester Circle of Magicians Christmas Party is being held on Wednesday 12th December at 7.30pm at Salford Masonic Hall, Helmsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford M5 4PE (Map), with John Archer topping the bill, plus a fabulous buffet. The price of just £18.00 per person is a bargain. Contact Derek Lever, 32 Pilling Lane, Preesall, Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire, FY6 0EU. Phone: 01253 810113 or email:" 17.11.12


Mark Shortland: ‘Live in 3D’ at the Picturedrome, Northampton. On Sunday 25th November, comedy magician Mark Shortland, will be performing his brand new show in his hometown, Northampton. Mark has travelled the world with his unique blend of comedy and magic. A regular performer on luxury cruise ships and for private and corporate events; Mark has just returned from an 8 day, 21-show booking at the Magic Castle, in Hollywood and is now ready to perform his brand new show, ‘Live in 3D’ back home. When asked why he is performing his new show in the town, Mark said, “If I can survive Northampton, I can survive anywhere!” If you fancy an afternoon of mystery, mind reading and pure fun, tickets to Mark’s show are available via priced £8.50 for adults and £6.00 for children you are sure to have a magical afternoon. 17.11.12


Free newsletter for UK-based children's entertainers: Mike Clarke provides a newsletter 6 times a year, aimed at children's entertainers. Each newsletter features some "top tips" for the business side of children's entertainment. The newsletter is free to sign up to, and is designed to help you get more work. The next issue is being mailed out on the 26th November. Sign up via to receive your copy. 17.11.12


The Ghost of Sherlock Holmes is Paul Voodini's latest compendium of magic routines, inspired by the Great Detective and other assorted Victorian Gothica! The routines featured utilise nothing more complicated than playing cards and pendulums, allowing the bizarre magician and the story-teller plenty of scope to take their audience on a journey into the amazing and the fantastical. While reading this PDF do not be surprised if you can suddenly see London fog swirling around your window or detect the distinct aroma of the Thames on the breeze! Priced just £5 from 17.11.12


David Tomkins 'Cheeky Dog Chatters' Lecture - Merlin Magical Society. On Thursday 22nd November award winning Children's Ventriloquist and Magician, David Tomkins will present original and creative children's magic not seen in any other lecture. As a professional ventriloquist, he includes a section on puppets too. Having turned full-time pro at sixteen, he has a wealth of experience to share. David has lectured at The Magic Circle, London, The International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention, Southport and The Blackpool Convention. The Lecture is at Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). Entry is £8.00. See for more information. 17.11.12


Des King will be appearing as Dame in Sleeping Beauty this year, at the New Theatre Hull. This will be Des’s 30th Pantomime and in the last 12 has played the part of Dame, which he clearly enjoys as he keeps coming back for more. This year he is particularly looking forward to it having had a break from Panto of 15 years. During this time he and his wife have been working on luxury cruise ships with their comedy act “The Great Desmondo and Cherry - The Worlds Worst Magicians”. Now back on dry land he couldn’t be more thrilled to be doing Panto at the New Theatre Hull. Des last played this theatre 30 years ago, so if he’s a success he might be back again in 30 years time. 17.11.12


Perth Club's annual Table Top Sale and Mini Auction. Adrian Harris  writes: There are now less than six tables available for the Perth Club's annual Table Top Sale and Mini Auction this coming Wednesday, 21st November. These are available free of charge to the first six applicants to contact the Hon. Sec. Adrian Harris on 01738 628985 or by email to The mini auction is also available free to anyone wishing to auction up to three items, we will not even take any commission so what you sell is all yours! Doors open to sellers from 7pm who will then only have 30 minutes to get ready for the rush of buyers at 7.30pm. Admission is only £2.00 at the door and this even includes a free raffle! Everyone is welcome to come along, join in with the banter and grab a bargain. 17.11.12


Allen Tipton. The funeral service of Allen Tipton who passed away last week will take place on Friday 23rd November at 2pm in the Main Chapel at Wilford Hill Crematorium, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7FE. Floral tributes may be sent care of Baguley Bros, 500 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 2FB Telephone 0115 9605197. Freddie Wilkinson. 17.11.12


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