Number 655 - 12th January 2013


The President of The Magic Circle has announced three promotions to Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star this week.

Arturo Brachetti. The Italian magician, most famous for his quick-change repertoire, has toured the world with his epic productions including The Man with 1000 Faces - which sold more than 1.5 million tickets - and Change in London’s West End for which he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. He is currently touring in Ciak Si Gira! a homage to the world of cinema. Arturo was recently knighted by the French government receiving “The Order de Arts et des Lettres” for his significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance. Arturo is Events' Director for FISM 2015.

John van der Put. John won The Magic Circle Close-Up Competition in 2011 and shot to international fame as Piff The Magic Dragon after appearing on ITV’s prime-time series Penn and Teller: Fool Us, which went viral with more than 8 million views on YouTube. In 2012 he was seen live on stage by more people than any other UK magician, appearing with Mumford & Sons on their British Tour. Other 2012 appearances included a run at Sydney Opera House and a show with The Muppets at Radio City Music Hall in New York. 2013 includes seasons in London, Edinburgh and Australia.

Will Houstoun. Will is the current editor of The Magic Circle’s journal, The Magic Circular, the longest continuously running conjuring magazine. Will burst onto the international magic scene when he became the youngest ever person to win First Prize in The European Magic Championships. Will is currently studying for a PhD based on the Victorian author of magic books, Professor Hoffmann, and recently acted as a consultant on the Martin Scorsese film Hugo.

Jack Delvin MIMC, The Magic Circle’s President said: “I am delighted to call three Members to the highest degree in our Society. They each have a unique talent within the magic arts and I’m sure our Membership will join me in congratulating each of them”.


Beat the Wand is back! "Beat the Wand is a variety talent show performed by Blackpool Convention attendees. A show for the people by the people! Juggling, Escapology, Contortian, Geek Magic, Bizarre, Occult, Mind Reading, Ventriloquism, World record attempts... and of course Magic; all welcome but remember the audience is 99.9% magicians so whatever the act, it will need a novel twist or presentation to capture the audience's interest. Last year's winner was Richard Whymark, a comedy impressionist with a magical flavour, so get your thinking caps on!" If you'd like to enter email for more info. And if you haven't registered for the convention yet hurry! 12.1.13


First Mexborough Magic Day, South Yorkshire, Sunday 7th April. From the organisers: "Welcome to the first Mexborough Magic Day at the Corner Pocket, Mexborough. There will be a morning of dealers and competitions and in the evening a magic show open to the public. Tickets are on sale now for £11 [see] which is a bargain for the fantastic line up of lecturers and dealers we have! All proceeds are going to the Cerebral Palsy Charity. Our line up is: Marc Oberon, World Champion of Parlour Magic FISM 2009; Chris Rawlins, lecturing items from his new book 'Roulette'; and John Turner, professional street performer and kids magician lecturing about busking, restaurant magic and wedding shows. And a selection of Magic Dealers too. Join us at If you'd like any more information email me (Wiz Spencer) at More news will be added in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you." Wiz Spencer, Dean Brunt and John Turner. Venue: Corner Pocket Snooker Club, Bank Street, Mexborough, South Yorkshire S64 9QD (Map) 12.1.13


Conjuring at the Court, London. From the organisers: The next show on Thursday 31st January features the funny and deceptive Terry Herbert; Nicholas Einhorn, admired by fellow-magicians for his dynamic, powerful miracles; The original, subtle and amusing conjuring of Rob James; A rare visit to the UK by Italian wonderworker Luca Volpe; Hosted by myself with a magical touch. The show is in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Parking is free after 6.30pm. Come early to enjoy dinner in one of the bars or the lovely dining room. We’ve revamped the website, so it’s even easier to book tickets now from Russell Levinson. 12.1.13


The Magic Show - Nottingham. On Friday 8th February some of the country’s best magicians will come together to present “The Magic Show” a tribute held in memory of Allen Tipton who sadly died last November. The show organised by Freddie Wilkinson will be a great night full of magic, illusion and comedy, with all profits going to the charity When You Wish Upon A Star. Freddie Wilkinson writes “I’m amazed and truly grateful that so many busy performers said yes, and have kindly donated their time and talent; it just goes to show how well loved and respected Allen was. Special thanks must go to Mark Roberts for not only agreeing to perform but for also being there for me to bounce ideas off of, suggesting such a brilliant charity, and listening to me grumble and moan now and again!” The amazing line-up includes – FISM winner Marc Oberon, international illusionists Andrew Van Buren & Allyson, IBM winner James Parker, Mark Roberts, Neil Haywood, Steven Garrison, Liam A. Black, Freddie Wilkinson, Roy Bond and Anthony Chan. Even the Stage Manager for the night is a IBM winner – James Smith. The show will be held at the Bonington Theatre, Arnold Leisure Centre, High Street, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 7EE (Map) Show time 7.30pm; doors open 7pm. Tickets are £10.00 and available from the box office on 0115 9670114. 12.1.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's London, Friday February 1st. Starring Oliver Meech, Alan Hudson, Richard Pinner, Abi Collins as Terrylene Tetracycline, Mat Ricardo and MC Neil Henry. Magic Night at Madame JoJo's; Doors open 7pm, Show starts at 7.45pm; Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. Show ticket plus dinner: £25 Tickets: and Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map) 020 734 3040 12.1.13


Merlins of Wakefield Magic Seminar: Merlins of Wakefield are holding a Magic Seminar for adults on Sunday January 27th from 10am to 4pm at their shop in Wakefield. The day is aimed magicians from beginners to intermediate, but would also be useful for anyone wishing to improve their magic skills. This is a fun day, and includes performing and presentation techniques, patter, structuring, magic pack and various magic effects. Lunch is included as well, at the discounted price of just £65.00. Places are limited and must be booked and paid for in advance by contacting Merlins on 01924 339933 or via 12.1.13 - brand new, just launched, Zane's "The shop is very user friendly with a really cool design and offers a choice of over 10,000 magic products and has some special features including a really quick 'Trick/Product Finder' and a fantastic video watching experience second to none! Zane invites magicians to sign up to the free newsletter found on the home page for special deals and discounts in the future. Go to" 12.1.13


Fergus Flanagan will be appearing on Blue Peter this week to promote the brand new series of 'Help! My Supply Teacher is Still Magic' which airs on CBBC on Tuesday 15th January at 6.15pm (see TV Magic). This time around the tricks and reactions are even bigger and better! 12.1.13


South Tyneside International Magic Convention 2013. Friday 8th to Sunday 10th March 2013. Key Performers: Scott Land (USA), Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee (UK), Sylvester the Jester (USA), John Archer (UK), Tom Binns AKA Ian D Montford (UK), Peter Turner (UK), Rob James (UK), Charlie Frye & Co (USA), Gaston (Germany), Graham P Jolley (UK), Brian Sefton (UK) and Dani DaOrtiz (Spain). Tickets for the South Tyneside International Magic Festival’s three day convention are £65 each and are available by emailing or by calling 0191 4247987. More details about the festival’s public events, including the individual Gala Shows, can also be found at 12.1.13


News from Harry Robson Magic: Well it's a new year and a new start. Harry Robson is launching a new web shop as of now! The new site is full of Harry's current products and feature all his latest releases. The concept for the shop is "Worker's Only"…which doesn't mean you need to be a professional working magician to use it, but what you will find there are only workable effects. Effects that can be used by professionals and amateurs alike. There will be no elaborate 'one time only' effects and nothing that Harry would not use himself. As one of the country's busiest working magicians, Harry knows what he is talking about and he wants to let you in on the secret… join us now at 12.1.13


Michael Jordan's High Jinx Magic and Illusion Show. "Michael returns for a second summer season at the Horseshoe with a whole new show. This fast paced mix of Magic, Illusion, Escapology, Juggling, Music and Dance. This hit show from last year is back for more nights and matinees with new illusions, awesome magic and a few surprises. Whether your 6 or 106 you are sure to enjoy this fast paced wicked variety show for all the Family". "Unmissable" Blackpool Gazette. May to November throughout the summer. See for specific dates and to book. Box Office 0781 222 9090. The Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool. 12.1.13


Wizard Radio: "Wizard Radio launched in 2010. It now has a brand new magic radio show featuring Magic Circle award-winning magician Edward Hilsum, and magician Harry De Cruz. It proved to be a massive hit on its opening broadcast (January 6th) as the boys chatted to a wide audience on a variety of magic topics; allowing the public to take an inside look into the crazy world of magicians (without revealing any secrets!). On Saturday January 19th Uri Geller will be featuring on the show in an exclusive interview. Geller’s career as an entertainer has spanned almost four decades, with TV shows and appearances in many different countries. Catch the new show every Saturday from 3pm to 5pm at" 12.1.13


The TwinsFX, are having one of their busiest winter seasons ever, planning and manufacturing special effects for over 35 pantomimes and musicals across the country and even breaking box office records. "2012 has been an amazing year for brand new effects at The Twins FX, including an 8 metre tall animatronic sliverback gorilla ['Little Ernie' helps Theatre Royal set new Panto record Click Here], a 12m long animatronic snake and a brand new flying effect called the Revolver." Press: “...spectacularly staged by The Twins FX” The Stage; “...a magic carpet special effect that has to be seen to be believed and even then you don't believe it?” 5 STARS; “...spectacular effects from the Twins FX” The Stage; “...terrific special effects” Independent. See or "Giant Gorilla Invades Theatre Royal" video Click Here. 12.1.13


Michael Jordan's High Jinx Magic and Illusion Show, Easter Special. "Michael returns for a second Easter season at the Horseshoe with a whole new show. This fast paced mix of Magic, Illusion, Escapology, Juggling, Music and Dance. This hit show from last year is back for more nights and matinees with new illusions, awesome magic and a few surprises. Whether your 6 or 106 you are sure to enjoy this fast paced wicked variety show for all the Family". "Unmissable" Blackpool Gazette. Friday 29th March, Saturday 30th March, Sunday 31st March and Monday 1st April. Shows at 3pm and 7.45pm (no evening show on 30th March). See to book. Box Office 0781 222 9090. The Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool. 12.1.13


Michael Jordan's High Jinx Magic and Illusion Show, with guest Russ Brown. Two of the hit Blackpool shows of the summer join forces to be part of the 2013 Showzam Festival. "This exciting wicked family variety show is sure to have everyone on the of their seats as Michael is joined by Blackpool's very own Russ Brown and the 'Creatures of the Blackpool Lagoon' in a fast-paced mix of family fun and entertainment." Friday 15th to Wednesday 20th February at 7.45pm. See to book. Box Office 0781 222 9090. The Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool. 12.1.13


The much anticipated Les Misérables from Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title was released in the UK yesterday. The film which has already received rave reviews and several Golden Globe and Oscar nominations features Sasha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as the thieving innkeepers Monsieur & Madame Thénardier. In the Frost Fair scene, James Arnott (photo) provided a Punch and Judy style sequence with puppet characters of the Thénardiers. Both actors were taught pickpocket skills by specialist consultant James Freedman who also choreographed the pickpocket sequences. The musical is unique in that all of the vocal performances were captured live on set, rather than pre-recorded, which has produced some beautiful, naturalistic performances. To watch the trailer Click Here. 12.1.13


Magic Car Boot Sale, Sunday 3rd February 2013. Now in its 20th year the next Magic Car Boot Sale takes place at The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map). From 9.30am, admission £4. Over 20 stalls, with few stall spaces available. For information contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 12.1.13


Max Somerset Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians Club. Club President, David Miller writes: We are delighted to be hosting a lecture with Max Somerset, star of Max Magic and The Sorcerer's Apprentice at 8pm on Tuesday 22nd January at The Yeoman of England, 31 High Street, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6LP (Map). Visiting magicians are welcome to come and share this rare opportunity with us for £8. For full contact details and our future programme please visit: 12.1.13


Anthony Owen, double BAFTA winning producer and Executive Producer of television magic shows, has written 'Okay, Let's Shoot the Magician' a book of essays on the art of television magic. Geoffrey Durham (star of Countdown and The Best of Magic) said: "Anthony Owen knows more about television magic than any other producer working in the UK. This beautiful book talks practical sense from beginning to end. Every magician should read it, from TV stars to people doing card tricks on YouTube. It's a little gem." The print edition is available exclusively from and a digital edition, which also includes audio, is available from the Apple iBookstore. More information about both editions from 12.1.13


Every two years The Magic Circle holds its 'Young Magician of the Year' competition, inviting young people between the ages of 14 and 18 to compete for one of magic's most prestigious titles. The closing date for entry is 31st January; heats take place on March 10th, with the Finals on April 7th. Competitors have to present a stage act, suitable for family entertainment, lasting between eight and twelve minutes. They are judged on their technique, general ability, presentation, originality, appearance, personality and the routining and magical content of their act. The winner holds the title "The Young Magician of the Year", is awarded the Derrick Speight Trophy, admission to full Membership of The Magic Circle at the age of eighteen, all-paid for four years. The Competition has kick-started careers in entertainment for many, including such names as Johnny Hart, Russ Stevens, Richard Cadell, Andrew O’Connor, Dominic Wood and more recently Michael Jordan, currently gearing up for a full season in Blackpool. For more information and an application form email the Competition Secretary Dr. C. M. Colley, M.I.M.C. 12.1.13


Magician John Carey lectures for The Watford Association of Magicians this Tuesday. Andy Clockwise writes: On Tuesday 15th January, Magician John Carey will be presenting his Close-Up Magic lecture at The Watford Association of Magicians performing and explaining visual, interactive and direct magic with high impact. A student of the late Kevin Reay, John has released several DVDs over the past few years, "Carey On", "24 Seven" and "Handle With Carey" along with several ebooks. This promises to be a great lecture - if you would like to come along, please contact WAM club Secretary for more information. Prompt 8pm start, £10 temporary WAM membership payable for non-members. 12.1.13


Ollie Mealing's series of six magic videos is now complete, Click Here to watch. 15.12.12


Trix in the Stix 2013 is now sold out! From the organisers: This is a convention for children's entertainers being held in Shropshire on Monday and Tuesday May 20th and 21st. Full details are on the website: There were 200 places available, but these have now been snapped up. Accordingly, we are opening a Waiting List in case anybody has to drop out. The Waiting List will be run on a first-come-first-served basis, so, if you're still hoping to attend, the sooner you get on it, the better! Please contact Practical Magic at or by phoning 01691 690789. 12.1.13


Italian mentalist Luca Volpe tours the UK with his lecture 'In my Mind' shortly. The lecture focuses on the presentation of stage and close-up routines from his professional repertoire. After the great success this lecture had during the recent tour of North Europe, Luca is looking forward to lecturing for various clubs around the UK. See What's On for dates. In March Luca Volpe will return to Italy for a mentalism seminar at the Unicorn in Rome. Then in April he'll be cruising again. "Luca Volpe & Rebecca 'Cruising with the Stars'" Click Here. 12.1.13


Etienne Pradier Lecture - London Society of Magicians. "The next Lecture at The London Society of Magicians will be Etienne Pradier on Tuesday 12th February at 7pm. Uniquely skilled, creative, charismatic and immensely entertaining, Etienne Pradier is now one of the UK's most successful London based magicians. He recently appeared on Penn & Teller's 'Fool Us' show where he did just that! After only 3 years as a member of the Magic Circle, he was invited to take membership of The Inner Magic Circle, with Gold Star in recognition of his excellence as a professional magician. During this lecture Etienne will reveal his complete working professional repertoire and share with us the lessons he has learned from more than twenty years of professional experience, plus much more! Venue: Davenports Magic Shop, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ. Start Time 7pm. Visitors welcome, pay on door £12, free for members. This lecture is in high demand, please reserve a place by emailing the LSM Secretary Mark Saltissi Our website is". 12.1.13


Perth Magic Circle extend an open invitation to any magician to visit the club on Wednesday 23rd January. Adrian Harris writes: We are starting off 2013 with a visit from the current President of the Scottish Association of Magical Societies, Alan Duncan, who will be revealing details of the 2013 Convention later in the Spring. Alan will also lecture and give a demonstration of some of the magic that he supplies to magicians around the country. It will be a fun and relaxed evening with no business (hooray!). Entry will be completely free (who said the Scots are not generous?) and the meeting starts at 7.30pm in the usual venue, Perth & District Ex-Servicemens Club, Brown Street, Perth. Further information can be had from the club secretary," 12.1.13


Britain Does Variety 2013. A nationwide talent competition for all variety acts. Britain Does Variety is returning for a third year in 2013. If you'd like to be part of it then book your audition now. In 2011 and 2012, acts from around Britain auditioned in front of a panel of industry judges to compete for a place in one of the Britain Does Variety regional shows which took place in some of Britain's best theatres with each show staged and managed by an experienced, professional team. Visit for full details. 12.1.13


"David Copperfield's guide to finding your own private island" Click Here • "Magician dresses up as car seat to prank fast food drive-thru workers in viral hit" Click Here • "Magician Bill Chaudet dies at 91" Click Here • "Minding his Business: An ‘adventure’ of ‘reading people’s thoughts’; The Amazing Kreskin coming to Shuler Theater" Click Here • "Nothing To Hide, Helmed by Neil Patrick Harris, Extends Again Through February 3 at Geffen Playhouse" Click Here • That's it for this week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, have a magic week, Duncan. 12.1.13