Number 659 - 9th February 2013


Ian D Montfort Is: Unbelievable. Ian D Montfort is a celebrity spirit medium and psychic, and star of a brand new series for Radio 2. A comedy character created by Tom Binns (the man behind hapless hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury) Ian D Montfort has been a hit at the last three Edinburgh festivals with his combination of magic and laughter. In each radio show Ian makes contact with the celebrity 'spirit guides' secretly chosen by audience members and reveals personal stories that make them laugh-out-loud one moment and gasp in surprise the next. Each episode features a different celebrity guest who gets a 'private' reading from Ian. The first episode stars former Corrie and Holby actress Angela Griffin who reveals more than she bargained for as a traumatic day at P.E. is revisited, and other guests across the series are Ruth Madoc, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Joe Swash. Catch up with episode one Click Here and hear episode 2 on Thursday at 9.30pm on BBC Radio 2. See TV Magic for listings. See Ian D Montfort live on stage in 'Variety @ UCL' in London, on Tuesday 26th February, see What's On. 9.2.13


American Mentalist, Paul Draper will be presenting his first UK Lecture Tour in June. Paul has appeared with David Copperfield, Lance Burton, and Teller as an expert on the History Channel. He has performed for HBO Comedy Fest at Caesar's Palace, on Criss Angel’s Mindfreak and on documentaries accompanying Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist. In addition to his corporate shows and lectures, Paul Draper is frequently called upon as an expert in fields ranging from magical history to human consciousness. As an anthropologist and member of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, Paul Draper pursues studies with Native American ghost dancers, South American cannibals, and spiritualists. In the last two years Paul Draper has lectured at MAGIC Live!, MINDvention, The Los Angeles History of Magic Conference, Fantasma Magic in New York, The Magic Castle in Hollywood, Darwin's in Las Vegas, McBride's Magic and Meaning conference, The Theory and Art of Magic conference at Muhlenberg, Magic in the Rockies, and at many more events. His website is If you would like Paul to lecture at your club contact Tour Organiser, Sean Lobban: and see What's On for June dates already confirmed. 9.2.13


Paul Daniels: The First Final Tour. Tour dates have just been released for Paul Daniels through to December - just date and venue information at the moment, visit Paul Daniels can be seen at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival in March, see 9.2.13


Witness the impossible at Conjuring at the Court on Thursday 28th February. From the organisers: A strong line-up of the UK’s top magicians features: The extraordinary mind-reading of Marc Paul; Oliver Tabor’s wonderful musical-magical act; Magical hilarity from Lee Hathaway and the exuberant conjuring of Stephen Barry. The show is in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London 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. 9.2.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Starring Young and Strange, Pete Antoniou, Tricity Vogue, James Pritchard and MC Neil Henry: "The duo Young and Strange, both strange and young, will be with us, placing each other in a box and pushing spikes through, but relationships do that to people sometimes; Pete Antoniou the 'psychic comedium', performs some of the best mind reading and in the most entertaining way possible, whilst Tricity Vogue will be strumming a storm with her small pink instrument and smart looking James Pritchard will be performing tricks with strange cocktails that are just like Fois Gras, taste nice but are just plain wrong! All expertly presided over by mighty sorcerer Neil Henry!" Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Friday March 1st. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. Show ticket plus dinner: £25. Tickets: Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE 020 734 3040 9.2.13


Hungarian Card magician, Jozsef Kovacs, will be lecturing for clubs around the UK in July. Jozsef has created tricks including ‘Element’, published three e-books and contributed to many others. His tricks have appeared in books by Aldo Colombini and by Peter Duffie. He currently has a series in the IBM British Ring magazine, The Budget. If you would like Jozsef to lecture at your club contact Tour Organiser, Sean Lobban and see What's On for July dates already confirmed. 9.2.13


DMC Sharks By Drummond Money-Coutts. "Davenports are proud to supply these exclusive and limited edition cards produced by one of the most successful private working magicians performing in the world today, namely Drummond Money-Coutts. Printed on high quality Carta Mundi card stock, poker size, with a satin effect card box." Watch the video DMC: The Shark and visit for more information or to order. 9.2.13


The Order of The Magi - update. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Last Saturday MagicWeek announced that The Order of The Magi in Manchester is holding an open night at their new headquarters on February 12th with a limited edition of free tickets. The Magi wishes to inform readers that the response has been so overwhelming, all ticket allocation has now been distributed. The website has been updated to reflect this. Thank you for your interest. 9.2.13


Two new training programmes for children's entertainers. Mike Clarke has created two new training programmes for children's entertainers. One teaches his popular Maths & Magic workshop, which runs in primary schools and is suitable for KS1 and KS2. The other teaches how to run a Wizard School holiday club for children aged 6-11. Further information on both training programmes can be found here (There's a pre-release price until 15th February, so make sure you don't miss out!). 9.2.13


Deaf Magicians at Blackpool Convention. Blackpool Magicians' Club issued a statement on Tuesday 5th February entitled Deaf Magicians at Blackpool Convention. This topic came up on the Genii Magic Forum on January 30th. I've attended a number of magic lectures where a Signer simply worked to the side of the lecturer, on stage, and everyone was happy. DT. 9.2.13


Scottish Association of Magical Societies Annual Convention. The annual SAMS convention will be held in Troon, situated on the Ayrshire coast, south of Glasgow. The convention runs from Friday 3rd May till Sunday 5th May. The Headquarters hotel is the South Beach Hotel Troon. Full details will be published in the SAMS web site George Colvan. 9.2.13



Kirkstall Hotel, Blackpool. 3 star guest house 2 minutes from the Wintergardens, fully central heated and recently refurbished. Good food, warm atmosphere, single rooms available, all rooms ensuite. Special offer B&B Friday and Saturday for £40 per person. Evening meals available on request. Late check-out. Flexible breakfast times. Please try us you will notice the difference. 25 Hull Road, Blackpool, FY14QB. Website: Tel: 01253 623077. 9.2.13


Free MSM download: "Magicseen Taster Issue 18 is now available and is your chance to dip into Magicseen and see what it is all about. The latest issue includes the full article on cover star Luke Jermay from the current full issue (iss.48 Jan 13), plus it includes from that same copy the article on Gary Jones entitled A Week In The Life Of, the article by Anthony Boe on why we should be thankful for lecturers attending our clubrooms, the Club Land feature on the Home Counties Magical Society and a selection of the product reviews. Then from our Back Issues we also include a major article on Paul Daniels plus a moving piece on the great work done in war torn African countries by Magicians Without Frontiers called Sleepless In Skopia. So, plenty to read and to interest you, and the free download is available now from" 9.2.13


Digital by Phil Taylor: "...have a card chosen and signed by a spectator. You lose the card in the deck. You ask the spectator to cut the cards into 4 piles. You then ask the spectator to take the 'Digital' deck and place it on the 1st pile explaining that it will help locate their card. Nothing happens. You do this for the 2nd and 3rd piles. When the 'Digital' deck is placed on the 4th pile it activates. It starts reading … 'Loading, loading, loading, your card is located 8 cards down have a great day goodbye' You then deal 8 cards down and the 8th card is the spectators signed card..." MagicTao are currently offering a very special deal on Digital right now, find out more and watch the video at 9.2.13


The Plank, 11.55pm this Monday 11th February on Channel 5. "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 for listings. 9.2.13


'I Love Magic' dealer dem at ACES, East Sussex: Dealer dem with Adam from I Love Magic (Tunbridge Wells). Visiting magicians and potential members welcome. Contact Nicky or Martin Lewis for more details. Venue: Thomas A Beckett Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex on Wednesday 13th February from 8-10pm Nicky Lewis. 9.2.13


Variety At The Magic Circle. The Magic Circle have announced the bill for its first-ever Variety show which will be staged on Saturday 16th March at The Magic Circle in London. "Variety At The Magic Circle: A night of variety with top-notch entertainment from the world of music halls and magic starring Brian and Paula - musical duo; Rodrigues - very original juggler, once seen never forgotten; Tony Arnold - the dancing comedian; Kimmo - hilarious ventriloquist; Max Somerset the funniest magician around today. Musical Director is Liz Worth at the keyboard." Saturday 16th March, Book Online: Click Here, Doors Open 7.00pm, show 7.30- 9.30pm approx. All seats £25. 9.2.13


Tom Owen's magic will carry on... "Mel's Magic Co are pleased to announce that they will be displaying a full range of "Tom Owen Magic" on their stand at the forthcoming Blackpool Magic Convention. It was Tom's wish that Mel should take over from this year, whilst he just attended the shows. Sadly the latter was not to be. Alan Bailey of Preston, Tom's Blackpool assistant, has agreed to pop by Mel's stand from time to time and assist with some of the demonstrations. Mel Harvey is putting together a 'Tribute to Tom' as a lecture/dem for magic clubs and is interested in hearing any anecdotes that other magicians may wish to share. Mel is particularly interested to talk to anyone who remembers Tom's stage act as parts of this will be re-created for the talk." You can contact Mel by email, telephone 07860 485578, or on his stand at the convention. 9.2.13


The V Club Variety Evening, Stourbridge. "On the 15th March Moochers Jail House, 11 New Road, Stourbridge DY8 1PH (Map) opens its doors to the bizarre, the beautiful, the funny and just darn talented. The evening will feature Magic, Mind Reading, Burlesque, Puppets, Mime, Music and lots more so what are you waiting for?" Tickets are £8 and can be purchased from or email 9.2.13


News from The School of Busking: "The School of Busking has great things happening in 2013. Firstly this year's School of Busking takes place over the weekend of the 31st of May to the 2nd of June - we are taking reservations now and it's limited to just 8 places. In addition, the School of Busking 3 DVD set is now available as a download. Also, Mario Morris is regularly writing in his blog, giving helpful free advice on street performing, magic and life. Find out more by visiting the website Veronica Conway." 9.2.13


Red Carpet Magic. "Inspired by the magical atmosphere of the Red Carpet, UKC Magic Society brings you Red Carpet Magic, a show dedicated to being as enchanting as the stars that walk the Red Carpet themselves. For one night only, our magicians perform acts themed on a variety of well-known movies, from Batman to Black Swan to the Little Mermaid. In good red carpet fashion, there will be performers on hand from 7.00pm to give a small taster of what is to come before the show. Tickets cost just £5, and we are raising money for Kent Air Ambulance, so we ask you to come along, enjoy the show and help us save lives!" Book online direct from the Gulbenkian theatre: Click Here. Wednesday, 27th February, 7.30pm. Venue: The Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NB (Map). The show is being staged by UKC Magic Society, and Directed by Megan Knowles-Bacon MMC. 9.2.13


Magician Alex Lodge flies to Norway shortly to join the MS Color Magic and MS Color Fantasy. "After a showcase appearance last year in Blackpool the bookers were so impressed with Alex's close-up magic and stage magic they have booked him for both ships in February and March" 9.2.13


Merlins of Wakefield have just released their latest 16 page ‘Preview’ catalogue containing over 70 great magic effects, and it's free! For those who prefer the printed version just call them on 01924 339933 or email with your address and they will post a copy to you. If you’d prefer a PDF, just email them with ‘Preview’ in the subject box and they will email you a copy. 9.2.13


Wayne Slater (El Loco) emailed to let magic friends know that he suffered a heart attack on Friday 1st February, whilst on a cruise ship off the coast of Dubai. He has since had an operation and will spend three weeks in Dubai as he can't yet fly, returning to performing work from March 9th. (We know Wayne, so, get well soon Wayne! Hope you make a swift recovery. DT). 9.2.13


Look out for Sparky Marky appearing weekly on John Bishop's Only Joking. "The Sheffield based comedy children's and family entertainer can be seen delivering hilarious gags" Sky 1 Fridays 8.30pm. 9.2.13


"Civil partnerships are wonderful… but they’re second best, says Derren Brown" Click Here • "Magician's Cereal Marshmallows ... Straight Outta Germantown" Click Here • Dov Citron’s lecture ‘What a Character’ is reviewed by Julie Carpenter this week, Click Here • "Magician makes cash disappear on cheese counter at Harrods" Click Here • "Magicians star talks Mastermind, Come Dine With Me and Derren Brown" Click Here • That's it for another week, many thanks for all your news submissions - always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 9.2.13