Number 656 - 19th January 2013


Blackpool Magicians' Club have released details of this year's full Convention Programme. Registrations are pouring in. Applicants may experience a short delay in processing as registration officer Arthur Casson is currently inundated with application forms. Fantastic line-up this year - see the Convention Programme and visit to book, or email 19.1.13


Wessex Magical Association One-day Convention, Bournemouth. Paul Hyland writes: In its 81st year the Wessex Magical Association struts its stuff, bringing a great line-up to Bournemouth for its One-day Convention on Sunday 14th April 2013 from 9.30am to 9pm. Gregory Wilson (USA), Graham P. Jolley (photo), Mark Shortland, Michael Pearse, Graham Lee and more will be there for a heady day of Lectures, Workshops, Close-up, Comedy, Balloon mayhem and a sparkling Gala show. Enjoy fresh angles - Gregory Wilson on stage (and in close-up), Graham P. Jolley in close-up (and on stage). Top dealers' hall, food and free parking. Kinson Community Centre, Pelhams Park, Millhams Road, Bournemouth BH10 7LH (Map). £20 early-bird bookings (£25 after 6th April) under 16s half-price. To book email or telephone 01202 624101 or pay using PayPal via where you can also get the latest information. 19.1.13


53rd Bristol Day of Magic. Joshua Jay, Colin McLeod and FISM winner Soma will all be appearing at the 53rd Bristol Day of Magic on Sunday May 12th in Weston Super Mare. Workshops are planned, together with lectures and close-up sessions and a magic event for the night before. Full details when we have them 19.1.13


Etienne Pradier is lecturing at the Leicester Magic Circle this Monday, 21st January. Etienne will be performing some of his classics. If you've never seen Etienne perform you're in for a treat. £10 for non members, visitors welcome, 7.30pm start. Directions to the LMC HQ can be found here: Will Gray. 19.1.13


David Nixon: Entertainer with the Magic Touch. Steve Short AIMC will present his lecture ‘David Nixon: Entertainer with the Magic Touch’ this Wednesday, 23rd January, at The Ilford Magic Society. "A fascinating insight into the wonderful life of ‘The Gentleman of Magic’ a man who inspired many to take up the art of magic and someone who gave 100% in making the magic entertaining. We meet at The Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Goodmays IG3 9PP (Map) starting at 8pm. Visitors are welcome, £10 on the door. Paul Clancy. 19.1.13


Turbo Boost. CBBC are looking for children with a passion and skill. Are you aged between 9 and 12? Do you have a burning passion or raw talent for a hobby, sport or skill but need an extra push? CBBC’s Turbo Boost can offer expert help and celebrity mentoring to improve your skills and impress your family and friends in a show-stopping final challenge! CBBC is making an exciting new programme – Turbo Boost – to be filmed in February and March. We’re looking for 9-12 year olds with raw talent who will be filmed every step of the way as they achieve more than they ever thought possible! Skills and hobbies of particular interest are: Ice-skating; Cycling and Para Cycling; Baking and Cooking; Street BMX Riding; Magic Tricks; Circus skills/gymnastics. We’re not necessarily looking for the best, we’re looking for the most enthusiastic. We’ll give you the expert help but you need to be willing to put in time and effort to improve over four weeks. If you think you’ve got the enthusiasm and raw talent, then get your parent or guardian to visit our website and fill out the online application form before midday on Friday 25th January 2013. Applications received after this time may not be considered. Alternatively, send an email to This is a pilot and there are no current plans for the programme to be shown on TV. 19.1.13


Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Magic Auction on Monday 21st January at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Doors open at 5.30pm with viewing from 6pm. Auction commences 6.30pm. Star auctioneers: Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Members free, non members pay £3.00. For further information email: or phone 01253 810113. 19.1.13


Out With The New In With The Old. Will Houstoun lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 24th January. Having received positive feedback for his "Thaumaturgy" lecture Will created a brand new lecture that he toured the United States with after a successful launch at The Magic Circle. The Lecture is called "Out With the New, In With the Old" and is a reaction to the tendency within the magic community to focus on the "latest and greatest". In the lecture Will looks backwards to previously unpublished material from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries for inspiration to create effects that are as powerful today as any modern creation. The material, that is all fully explained, includes magic with cards, coins and other objects and is suitable for both close up and parlour performance. Some of the material is taken directly from Will's books Hellis in Wonderland and The Notebook and some is inspired by these manuscripts. Will will also teach a few modern creations including some of the material he has used as a Headline Performer at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, the lecture takes place in Bookham, Surrey at 8pm. For full details contact Adam Mosley 19.1.13


The Bullfrog. Astone from writes: "I wanted to share with you the fact that we just launched a magazine at the UK magic convention The Session. The response has been great with people like Andi Gladwin, Joshua Jay, Mark Elsdon, Luke Jermay, Michael Vincent and Stephen Shaw raving about it. We sold out of our first batch during the convention (maybe because we gave it out to all the participants!). This magazine is going to be a quarterly magazine containing items created by the MS team and guests. You will discover unpublished material. The subjects will vary a lot but will include: Card magic; Cheating techniques; Mentalism; Magic with usual objects; Coin magic etc. In addition to that you'll get great tips and you'll be able to follow the adventures of the Bullfrog." Visit for more info and to subscribe. 19.1.13


A night out with Tommy Cooper, Barrington Theatre, Ferndown, Bournemouth BH22 9TH (Map). "In the first half master story-teller Clive Greenaway takes you through Tommy's life. You will be entertained with a look behind the scenes at what real magic Tom performed for his closest family and friends because Mr Cooper was a member of the world famous Magic Circle. In the second half Clive is in full cabaret, now reminding us all with the classic egg-bag bag-egg, Chinese linking rings, mind reading duck, bottle-glass glass-bottle and much much more." Friday 8th March, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 - £12, Telephone 01202 894850 to book. 19.1.13


Reality Illusionist Alex Lodge, Part 1 Click Here. 19.1.13


Quentin Reynolds Lecture - Cotswold Magical Society. Cotswold Magical Society is delighted to be welcoming the Comedy/Psychic Magician Quentin Reynolds for a lecture. We invite members of other magic clubs who, for a small fee of £5, are welcome to come and be entertained by this amazing magician. Wednesday February 6th at 7.30pm for 8pm. Venue: Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT (Map). Barry Woods. 19.1.13


The Session is reviewed by Elizabeth Warlock this week, Click Here. 19.1.13


West End Magic. Richard Griffin, the Unspeakable Magician, joins 'West End Magic' cast. After winning The Magic Circle's Young Magician of the Year award and the British Magical Championships, Richard went on to perform all over the world for major cruise lines, and now performs more regularly back home here in the UK. He has represented Britain on three occasions at FISM and his technical knowledge has been used on many TV shows. West End Magic at the Leicester Square Theatre. Saturday 9th March at 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50. See and Watch the show trailer: Click Here. 19.1.13


An Honest Liar: The Amazing Randi Story. "A film about The Amazing Randi that will show how easily our perceptions are fooled – by magicians, con men, and even documentaries. An Honest Liar profiles the colorful life of famed magician turned professional skeptic James “The Amazing” Randi as he embarks on a series of public crusades to expose America’s psychics, faith healers and con artists with religious fervor. But you never know whether to trust a master deceiver - and there's more to Randi's life than meets the eye." For more information and to find out how you can help advance this project Click Here. Also see 19.1.13


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 covers 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, in fact you will not see magic for magicians but real working routines. 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" Paul Sharp. 19.1.13


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