Number 654 - 5th January 2013


Blackpool Magic Convention - updates: Michael Weber returns with a new lecture and will also take part in the "Magic Speed Dating", the Master Class and the International Close-up Show. Philip Hitchcock will present his prize winning Dove Act on the Saturday night Gala Show. Germany's Antje Pode will perform her sensational Foot Juggling Act on the Saturday night Gala Show and the Lasermen from France, along with Quick Change Act Natalie & Eli from Switzerland, will all add to a fantastic variety bill. Television producer Anthony Owen will present close-up magic and lecture, mentalist Colin McLeod together with Joe Monti, Simon Lovell, Mel Mellers (photo), Michael J. Fitch and Wayne Dobson will entertain in the "Wayne Dobson and Friends Show". Star Australian comedy magician, Phil Cass will make his Blackpool debut, appearing in a number of events. The "Kidz'R'Us" lectures will be run by the very capable Gary Dunn and Michael J. Fitch on the Sunday, and on the Saturday the very popular British Children's Entertainers National Championships will take place, with Colonel Custard compering and Puzzling Paul, Zoobee, Captain Calamity, David Tricks, Mr. Bananahead and Colin Dymond as invited competitors. 22nd, 23rd, 24th February. More details via the website or ring Arthur Casson on 01253 393688. 5.1.13


'Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic' returns for second series to CBBC on Tuesday 15th January at 6.15pm with the new title 'Help! My Supply Teacher is Still Magic'. The first series was extremely popular and is currently repeating on BBC One. This fast paced, funny, jaw-dropping second series will see magicians go undercover into real school classrooms and try to convince the children they are real supply teachers. We'll see the kids shocked and amazed reactions as magical things start to happen in the classrooms right before their eyes. On the recommission, Anthony Owen, Objective Productions’ Head of Magic said, "We're thrilled that the series has been such a success for CBBC and excited about producing more amazing magic and some brilliant new strands in the next series." 5.1.13


Variety @ UCL, London's newest variety night. On Thursday 17th January, 7.30pm (doors 7pm). A new show featuring a selection of the country's finest variety artists: The wonderful Max Somerset, star of Max Magic and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, will be hosting the show that features comedy from the hilarious Katherine Ryan, the unbelievable Brendan Rodrigues, musical comedy from the fantastic Adam Kay, live music from the incredible Sahand and Felix with his magical moves... Advance Tickets now on sale Click Here (Note: If you are not a UCL Student, you will first need to create an account with UCLU to buy tickets online by following this link: Tickets are just £12.50 (£10 for concessions). Venue: Mully's Bar, 136 Gower Street, London WC1E 6BP (Map) 5.1.13


Celebrity Mastermind, now on iPlayer... 'Flog It' presenter Paul Martin, actress Jaye Griffiths, gold medal-winning Olympian Pete Reed and magician Pete Firman all took television's toughest test, answering questions on rock drummers, Ayrton Senna, the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and Tommy Cooper. (No clues as to who won, but well done Pete!!) 5.1.13


Get organised in 2013! Keep on top of your contracts and invoices with Giggio, the ultimate booking system for entertainers. Giggio will save you time by taking all the hard work out of your admin. It creates PDF contracts and invoices for clients, reminds you when they are overdue and makes your end of year income reports in a flash. Watch what Giggio can do for you here "Giggio is without doubt the best invoice and management system I have ever come across for performers. I have been using Giggio for the past year for my magic agency and also for my personal bookings. It has revolutionised my business and is indispensable for any serious performer. I couldn't live without it!" Paul Martin, A Magic Place Ltd. 5.1.13


House of Illusion Auditions. Last year, Rodney James Piper's House of Illusion magical dinner show in Salou Spain enjoyed audiences totalling twenty thousand... they are now recruiting for Summer 2013: "Do you want to improve your skills as a magician? Do you want to spend 6 fun-filled months in the sun performing twice nightly six days per week in one of the biggest and best magic shows in Europe? If so, then perhaps you should try auditioning for The House of Illusion team. The House of Illusion has been the launch pad for dozens of professional magicians careers and is a hotbed of talent and ideas for creativity and development. With a twice-nightly theatre show packed full of close-up, comedy, magic, mind-reading, dangerous escapes and dazzling illusions we are looking to hear from people no matter what your specialty is. Auditions: Friday 25th January - Britannia Hotel Birmingham; Saturday 26th January - The Portland By Thistle Hotel Manchester; Sunday 27th January - D&B Theatre School London; Monday 25th February - Blackpool Magic Convention Ruskin Hotel Blackpool. To apply email Recruitment Hotlines: 0207 096 0777 or 0161 871 7429 (or 0034 9773 80940) - 5.1.13


Mark Elsdon: Equivoque Workshop. "Many thanks for sharing your expertise, absolutely priceless." " delivered all that it promised to and more." "A great day, worth every last penny and I strongly recommend you attend." On Saturday, February 2nd, Mark will be holding the third Equivoque Workshop, once again in central London. The goal of the Workshop is to make attendees into experts on Equivoque, providing them with full insight into this under-valued technique, an analysis of its strengths and weaknesses, one-on-one instruction on several reputation-making unpublished effects and the ability to construct powerful, original Equivoque effects for themselves. There are only three places still available for this exclusive event. To book your place and find out about the full programme visit 5.1.13


Bill Abbott's 'Pack Smart Play Anywhere' UK lecture tour starts on Monday (more dates have just been added; see What's On). The ‘Pack Smart Play Anywhere’ lecture includes 6 complete stand-up routines that feature General Magic, Geek Magic and Mentalism, all performed as a full show and then explained. The theory of ‘The Pack Smart Play Anywhere’ approach is discussed, examined and demonstrated during the performance. Plus how to develop your own ‘Pack Smart Play Anywhere Show’ to take with you on your next flight, throw into the glove box of your car or perform at your next paid function. 5.1.13


Dafedas B has released a trailer previewing a DVD that he'll be releasing later in the year, Click Here. 5.1.13


Mark James Lecture, Huddersfield. Darron Woodward writes: On Tuesday the 5th of February 2013 Huddersfield Circle of Magicians are proud to have one of Britain's top Comedy Magicians, Mark James. Mark will be presenting his new lecture for us. A fantastic night for everyone. All welcome, however places are limited the price is £5.00 (non members) £25.00 per society. Contact Secretary Darron on for more details. Venue: Orlandos Italian Restaurant, 5 Wakefield Road, Grange Moor, Wakefield WF4 4DS (Map). 5.1.13


The Home Counties Magical Society is delighted to announce an outstanding lecture by Tony Griffith at our meeting on Thursday 17th January 2013. Tony will be presenting his popular and well received lecture entitled 'Reflections' based on items from his past four published books. There is something for everybody of all skill levels covering Close Up, Stand Up and Children. Guests are very welcome at a fee of £10. Meetings are held at Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield RG2 9EH. For details on how to find us visit our website at Whilst looking at our website visit the programme section where you will discover the outstanding schedule of guest lecturers arranged for the coming year. Robin Maddy. 5.1.13


Merlins of Wakefield we are holding a magical January Sale. From the 2nd - 19th January they are offering 15% off all magic items in stock. The offer can be claimed by visiting the shop in person, by calling 01924 339933 and quoting 'Jan 15% Off', or by entering 'Jan15' in the coupon code on the website Offer applies to in-stock items only, is limited to availability, and may be withdrawn at any time. The discount does not apply to delivery charges. 5.1.13


Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding their Annual General Meeting followed by a mammoth Dealer Demonstration by Castle Magic, Master of Mystery, Albion Magic and Peter Diamond & Co. Each dealer will have a booth with a full range of items and will also present a 20 minute demonstration of their products. Monday 7th January at 8pm at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Manchester M5 4PE (Map). The Dealers will be open from 7.30pm. 5.1.13


ACES Magic Society in Lewes are delighted to be hosting a lecture with Paul Gordon on Wednesday 9th January at 8pm. Paul will be sharing some of his secrets of many years performing and is the first time for a while he has been to the ACES. Visiting magicians are welcome at a budget busting £5 a head. More information about the club and Paul's lecture can be found at or telephone Secretary Nicky Lewis on 01903 532413 for directions and details. 5.1.13


Listen, watch and enjoy with Mark Leveridge Magic. Mark Leveridge writes: I am pleased to announce the launch of a monthly Podcast which is free to listen to either online from the MLM website, or to be downloaded for playback on any mp3 device. Lasting about half an hour, the Podcast is designed to be an interesting chat about things of interest to MLM customers but also on magic in general. A new Podcast will be posted at the start of each month and can be linked to either directly from the MLM website or from our E-Club Lite or E-Club Pro Newsletters. E-Club Lite is the free monthly email newsletter featuring news and offers from MLM, while E-Club Pro is the huge online resource which paid up members have access to giving them instruction, help and advice with a large databank of video covering all manner of routines and topics. Full details of both Lite and Pro, along with the new Podcast, can be found at 5.1.13


Steve Gore Lecture, Bolton Magicians' Club. James Hodgkiss writes: Steve Gore lecture, 9th January. Bolton Magician's Club is delighted to host Steve Gore, multi award winning magician and magical inventor. Steve will be presenting his lecture entitled ' Ramblings from a Suspender ... of Disbelief ' at Bolton Magicians' Club on Wednesday 9th January 2013 at 8.30pm. Steve's lecture which received great reviews at the Blackpool Magicians Club and the IBM British Ring Convention includes lots of his original effects. It’s not all close-up though, there are effects for stage, parlour and kids too, so there’s something for everyone. Everyone who attends will receive a free copy of his lecture notes. Steve's website is and the venue is the Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £5.00. For directions to the Doffcocker Inn visit or telephone James Hodgkiss on 01204 522651. 5.1.13


Happy New Year and Fáilte (Welcome), that’s the message from Michael Ford (right) Chairman of the New Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester as he greets Mike Sharples, Secretary of The Order of The Magi. This brand new state of the art building will now be the meeting place for the society and is sited only a few hundred yards from the original centre. It is in an area where Irish settlers made their home many years ago just off Queens Road and now officially named “Irish Town Way”. Mike Sharples has more than a Magi interest in this project as he is employed by GBM in Manchester, a firm who specialise in large format printing and have been responsible for a considerable amount of signage used for the new premises. His work on this subject is currently on going. Magi members are currently being informed about their new home. The annual dinner will be the Magi’s first major event there and details are on Geoffrey Newton PRO. Photo Editor: Peter Moran. 5.1.13


South London Magic Society, updates... Mike Sullivan (President of the South London Magic Society) writes: I am pleased to announce a new meeting day and venue for the South London Magic Society. Over many years the SLMS have been meeting on the second Friday of every month at the United Church Hall, South Norwood. Due to a growing number of members finding Fridays a “work night” it was agreed to change the meeting date. We were also offered the use of a new premises, with an offer we could not refuse (a bar!). Therefore from Tuesday 5th February, the South London Magic Society will meet on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the South Norwood and Woodside Social Club, 12 Enmore Road, London SE25 5NQ (Map). If you have been to our old address, the new one is opposite the church. Not far at all. If you are interested in joining the SLMS there will be a meeting on Tuesday 8th January with the theme “What you got for Xmas”. Please come along and join us: 5.1.13


Leamington and Warwick Magic Society Annual Auction. Mark Traversoni writes: On Wednesday 9th January the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society are holding their annual auction. Entrance is free of charge and lots can be viewed from 7pm onwards with the auction starting at 8pm, at Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN. See the club website for other club lecture details 5.1.13


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