Number 651 - 15th December 2012


London International Mime Festival, 10th-27th January 2013, eighteen days of wonderful art-circus, illusion, animatronics, extraordinary puppetry, dark clown theatre – and more. Promoting innovative, visual theatre since 1977, London International Mime Festival starts each year with spectacular, intense and unusual performance, cutting edge and essentially wordless. The season is packed with UK premieres including new work by Les Ballets C de la B artists Romeu Runa and Miguel Moreira, Switzerland’s circus-theatre stars Zimmermann & de Perrot and Britain’s outstanding puppeteers, Blind Summit, plus a tenth anniversary revival of Aurélien Bory’s boundary-breaking production for his Compagnie 111, Plan B. LIMF 2013 features fifteen productions from Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Russia and Switzerland as well as work by some of Britain’s top visual theatre performers, plus workshops and after-show discussions. Book early! Visit 15.12.12


Conjuring at the Court – London. Make Christmas really magical with a trip to 'Conjuring at the Court' on Friday 28th December. Russell Levinson writes: The show features the witty and amazing Ian Keable; the funny and clever Martin Cox; the legend of the Wolverhampton magic world that is Steve Evans; and the classic magic of Scott Penrose, an entrancing performance full of colour, music, and mystery. Compered by Stephen Barry. It’s going to be a great night of magical entertainment. The show is in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH. 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. Why not arrive early and enjoy dinner at the pub? Tickets just £10 from The Christmas show always fills up early, so please don’t leave it too late to book. 15.12.12


Morgan & West: The Time Traveling Magicians. Smoke & Mirrors welcomes the dashing duo of deception Morgan & West, the world’s finest time travelling Victorian magic act. See the plucky prestidigitators present dazzling deceptions, unparalleled precognitive powers and a totally genuine ability to travel through time on Thursday, January 24th at 8pm and Friday January 25th at 10pm. Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map). 15.12.12


Ollie Mealing: Fate. Ollie Mealing is launching a series of magic web videos, the first of which is now 'live'. He'll be uploading a new video every Wednesday for the next five weeks. You can see the first episode here: 15.12.12


TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks is being repeated at 7.10pm on Wednesday 26th December on Channel 5. "A countdown of the greatest TV magic tricks of all time. From the astonishing set pieces of Penn and Teller to the mindbending of Derren Brown and the street magic of David Blaine, be prepared to be amazed and mystified. Contributions come from magic's greatest stars, including Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, new magician wonderkid Dynamo, Penn and Teller, and magic fans Joe Pasquale, Stephen Mulhern, and Dick and Dom." See TV Magic. 15.12.12


Children’s Magic Show – London, Friday 28th December. Russell Levinson writes: Make Christmas really magical for your children with the return of the Children’s Magic Show to the Drayton Court. Professional children’s entertainer David Tomkins will give your children a marvellous afternoon of magic and ventriloquism with colourful, cheeky puppets. David is one of the leading children’s entertainers in the UK, an award-winning performer with fun and mystery for adults and children alike. As a special bonus, master magician Scott Penrose returns to the Xmas show with an amazing performance that has been seen around the world, a feast of visual amazement. The show is in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing W13 8PH. Doors open at 2pm, the show starts at 2.30pm and will run to about 4pm with an interval. 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. The pub has good food available too. Tickets £6 children, £8 adult from All children to be accompanied by an adult please. The show always fills up early, so don’t leave it too late to book. 15.12.12


"You'll like this... Magician Paul Daniels and the lovely Debbie McGee return to Basingstoke" Click Here. 15.12.12


The latest Warped Magic podcast featuring Gary Jones, Iain Moran, Chris Congreave, Jonathan Grice and special guest Steve Gore is out now. Interviews, product reviews, magic stories and more. Visit 15.12.12


The Order of the Magi (Manchester). Geoffrey Newton PRO reports: The Order of the Magi had the highest number of members and guests on record at their Christmas party earlier this week. 106 revellers attended the Irish World Heritage Centre to enjoy an evening of games, quizzes, spot prizes, hot pot supper and entertainment which featured vocalist Karl Seth and award winning magician Danny Jewell. All this was free for members and only £6 for guests. The IBM British Ring was well represented and the photo shows (l to r) a knotty problem demonstrated by new Council member Rick Tynan to Treasurer Keith Cooper and Pam, June Smith and President (and Magi Life Member) John ‘Sly’ Smith. Many Magi members attending are also Ringers including Adrian Sullivan, David Yorke, Carol Tynan (thanks for the photo) Paul Warren, Peter Moran, Trevor Dawson, Jack Griggs – a former Budget editor, Dave Magee, Geoff Radford and Alan Russell. It was like a mini convention as well as a party. The Magi hopes to relocate to their new premises early in 2013 and you will hear about it first on MagicWeek. 15.12.12


Tommy Cooper's Christmas [1973] is being shown at 10.05pm on Saturday 22nd December on Channel 5: "Classic comedy from 1973. Failed magician but side-splitting comedian Tommy Cooper, in his trademark fez, hosts a hilarious Christmas Special 'just like that'". See TV Magic. 15.12.12


The December issue of The Linking Ring celebrates Ian Adair's fifty years of contributions to the magazine. The 1962 December issue of the magazine featured Ian's first One Man Parade which concentrated on dove magic, for which he won a major award. Since then he has had twelve One Man Parades published over the years. The magazine also carries photos and profiles on his lifetime in magic and praises him for his thirty six years of compiling The British Ring Parades. "Editor Sammy Smith suggested this issue should carry my celebration, so it is a great honour to me to have it on record." said Ian. 15.12.12


'Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic' In the build-up to the brand new series of 'Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic' the CBBC channel is showing highlights from the hit first series every day from Saturday 29th December. The second series of the show, which was created and executive produced by Anthony Owen for Objective Productions, will return to CBBC early in 2013 with the same team of top magicians - John Archer, Fergus Flannagan, Katherine Mills and James Went. 15.12.12


MagicTao's Magic Christmas Offer: "As a 'Thank You' to all our customers for your support in 2012, Magic Tao is offering a festive December Deal up to, and including, 23 December 2012. We have new products lined up for 2013 so we're making some space at the Tao. You can purchase four of our MagicTao range of products for only £50, including free worldwide delivery. All you have to do is choose one trick from each of the price range boxes on our site (Click Here). The total money saved varies between £6 - £55. The money you save will depend on the products that you choose to add to your bundle. For example, if you choose the cheapest product from the drop down boxes you automatically get a £6 saving. If you choose the most expensive product from each of the boxes you get a £55 saving! In addition, we will throw in a free DVD, worth a minimum of £17 15.12.12


Instantly calculate any day of the week in 2013! (For example, what day does 14th February 2013 fall on? Answer: Thursday). One of our listed lecturers, Chris Hare The Mind Boggler, (Lecturers) has devised a system that allows you to instantly calculate any day of the week in 2013. Chris would like to share his system with MagicWeek readers (treat it as an early Christmas present) - simply email him with the subject heading 'Speed Dating 2013' and he'll send you the method 15.12.12


Tommy Cooper and Eric Sykes star in The Plank at 11.10pm on Saturday 22nd December on Channel 5 in this classic silent comedy written and directed by Eric Sykes about two bungling workmen trying desperately to transport a wooden plank through a suburb of London to a building site. Director: Eric Sykes. Starring: Tommy Cooper, Eric Sykes, Jimmy Edwards, Roy Castle, Graham Stark, Stratford Johns. See TV Magic. 15.12.12


Myth by Mark Gray... A thought of card, a random number and an impossible double revelation! "Myth is a stunning piece which is choreographed to perfection. I genuinely love it" Marc Spelmann. Visit for more info and to order. 15.12.12


Peter Antoniou: Psychic Comedian - London dates. Join award-winning comedian Peter Antoniou as he guides you through his world of psychic weirdness. What is it like to read minds? Can anyone do it? Does he ever use his powers for evil? Peter will answer these and many more questions. The enfant terrible of stand-up and mind reading, he will reveal what you are thinking and tickle your funny bone. All of it will leave you asking is your mind safe? 15th, 16th 17th January at 9.30pm, plus 2.30pm show on the 17th as well. Tickets: £8.50. Venue: Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU. Phone: 020 7482 4857. Website: 15.12.12


Harry Blackstone Sr., restored... John Davis, owner of Poster Mountain Inc., walks you through the preservation and restoration of an amazing Stone Lithograph One Sheet Poster of Harry Blackstone Sr. With his staff, and special guest magician Mike Caveney, you will learn about vintage poster restoration and hear stories from the talented team. Watch as the staff take you through the many steps of the restoration process, including the de-mount, masking, airbrushing and fine detail work, and see this beautiful poster brought back to life. The reaction of the poster's owner, Joe Herzer, on seeing his restored Blackstone poster at the end, is worth the price of admission: Part One; Part Two; Part Three. I collect original science fiction movie posters (and also run and spotted this series of YouTube whilst looking at poster restoration, not magic. DT. (Here's another restoration video, where things didn't work out quite so well, Click Here). 15.12.12


Mel Harvey has just put a new Mad Hatter Magic Show together for the Christmas season and was featured in a report of this, and his fund raising charity show, on the front page of his local paper. The new show includes a Cheshire Cat, the Dormouse and a white animated rabbit that kicks his feet that Mel believe is French, and was given to him by the late Arthur Culpin. 15.12.12


"Ghost the Musical embarks on UK tour in 2013" Click Here • "The Dynamo magic, willing giantkillers Bradford all the way to Wembley, after shocking Arsenal" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo: I made Vermaelen miss key penalty against Bradford" Click Here • "Sly thief with magician’s touch steals phones from under customers’ noses" Click Here • "Seven Network renews Dynamo: Magician Impossible" Click Here • "The Script Enjoy Mini Rubix Cube Trick With Magician James Went At Jingle Bell Ball – Video" Click Here • "Wayne Houchin, Chico magician, is back home and healing after bizarre burn incident in Dominican Republic" Click Here • "A string of light bulbs propelled 'Mr. Electric' to success as a magician" Click Here • "Dynamo conjures Oz, NZ sales" Click Here • World Order levitate, Click Here... World Order at the airport, Click Here • Your UK magic news and reviews always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 15.12.12