Number 663 - 9th March 2013


Congratulations to Tim Shoesmith - The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of The Year 2013! Last Monday, in a keenly fought competition, eight finalists competed in front of an audience primarily consisting of members of the public in the Magic Circle's Devant Room, as the event was simultaneously broadcast to a packed audience of magicians on the big screen in The Magic Circle's theatre. From The Magic Circle: "In third place was Will Gray whose entertaining routine included a Goldfish production and an impossible 'signed card in sealed deck'. Second place went to the very personable Billy Reid (left) who registered strongly with his sponge ball routine. The winner, Tim Shoesmith, won the top prize with a set that finished with a torn and restored card effect on a Shakespearian theme, as Tim recalled his childhood memories of playing Puck in his school's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream." 9.3.13


"New TV star Incredible Mr Goodwin dangles from London Eye - pictures and video" Click Here • "Real-life James Bond Mr Goodwin takes on crazy car stunt in TV show" Click Here • "Incredible Mr Goodwin: 'Life or death makes people sit up and listen'" Click Here • "I’m not an adrenalin junkie, I’m a performer" Click Here • "Meet the incredible Mr Goodwin, daredevil extraordinaire. TV's finest new risk-taker is more modern Houdini than Jackass. 'I've given my life to locks, handcuffs and rope,' he tells us" Click Here • "The Incredible Mr Goodwin - preview clips of the TV daredevil in action" Click Here • "Escapologist Jonathan Goodwin’s stunt for the Sun Online looks sew painful" Click HereThe Incredible Mr Goodwin, see TV Magic for listings. 9.3.13


Variety At The Magic Circle. Magic Circle President, Jack Delvin, writes: "As I expect most of you know the twenties, thirties, forties and fifties were a golden age for magicians. There were some 800 variety theatres in the UK where you could see a fantastic show on six days of the week, with extra matinee performances on a Saturday – and magic was included in practically all of them. Sometimes they would do the whole show like Dante. Others did the last act, like Robert Harbin. Others did a 12 minute spot like Jack Le Dair. The Magic Circle is putting on a trial show of variety in the hope that it will help to spark off another golden age of magic. The star of this show is the World’s Maddest Mystifier, Max Somerset supported by that great ventriloquist Kimmo with his crazy friend Charlie, Rodrigues a most unusual juggler who, once seen is never forgotten, the amusing vocalist Tony Arnold, and that fine and dandy couple Brian & Paula. All this will take place at The Magic Circle Theatre, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD (Map). Saturday 16th March at 7.30pm. Seats: £25. Members & Friends: £20. Variety is the spice of life – we would like your help in bringing it back." 9.3.13


The Ulster Society of Magicians is pleased to announce this year’s Irish IBM convention will be held in the stunning city of Belfast. The convention will run on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of May 2013, and will be hosted in the four star Ramada Plaza. "Come to a great convention then stay and see a country rich in history with many beautiful sites and destinations to visit. See" Artists and acts announced to date include Axel Hecklau, Andi Gladwin, Joshua Jay, Guy Barrett and Aldo & Rachel Colombini. Visit for more information. 9.3.13


Variety @ UCL. From the organisers: We have one last show and we're going out with a bang! Check out the new showreel! Thursday 14th March. The hilarious Noel Britten will be hosting the show, featuring 'Hypnotism without hypnosis' from Martin Taylor, "Easily the best on the circuit." (Derren Brown); incredible pickpocketing from James Freedman, 'The Man of Steal', and card magic like you've never seen from Card Ninja! The wonderful Richard McDougall will be performing, as will Preston Nyman, one of the country's youngest comedians who has been making a name for himself, having already performed at the Edinburgh Fringe at just 14. Plus live music from Holly Turton and a very special surprise! Advance tickets: Click Here. Tickets are just £12.50 (£10 for students in advance). Venue: Mully's Bar, 136 Gower Street, London WC1E 6BP (Map). Showtime: 7.30pm (doors 7pm). 9.3.13


Noel Britten joins Wessex Magical Association's One-day Convention in Bournemouth. Paul Hyland writes:  Noel Britten joins Gregory Wilson (USA), Graham P. Jolley, Mark Shortland, Michael Pearse, Graham Lee, Paul Gordon, Tony Griffith and more for the Wessex Magical Association's One-day Convention in Bournemouth on Sunday 14th April from 9.30am to 9pm. It will be 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. 9.3.13


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 28th March. Russell Levinson writes: The show in just 3 weeks is going to be one of our strongest ever! John Lenahan has performed his hilarious, deceptive magic all over the world, touring alongside Jack Dee, Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry and Michael Ball. He starred in BBC1 show, Secrets of Magic, and BBC2 series, Stuff the White Rabbit, and has had many other TV appearances including Red Dwarf, TFI Friday, Celebrity Squares and Hoax Busters. Michael Vadini is a Polish performer of charm and great skill with an entrancing act that will make you believe in magic again. Jon Allen is witty, clever, inventive; one of the UK’s top performers. Bharat Patel brings the colour and music of India, with his fast-moving, spectacular, entertaining magic that fills the stage. Hosted by Russell Levinson. 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. Tickets from 9.3.13


Sean Alexander returns to Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park in Suffolk this summer with his grand illusion show. The show opens on March 29th and runs through to November 4th and is set to be bigger and better than last year's production, with some of the most spectacular illusions ever to be featured in a UK show. Both Jim Steinmeyer and Mark Kalin have consulted on aspects of the show together with Adam Topham of Illusioncraft. For details and tickets visit and 9.3.13


IBM British Ring No.25, 77th Annual Convention, 4th - 8th September, Buxton. Geoffrey Newton outlines some of the events planned for this year's convention, which will take place in Buxton, in September, Click Here. 9.3.13


Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic Live! Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent Management presents: Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic Live. Based on the hit CBBC show 'Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic' the live show comes to the Southbank Centre for Easter weekend. Featuring some of your favourite magicians from the series, John Archer, Katherine Mills and James Went, this is a jaw-dropping magic spectacular for all the family. Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic will contain some of your favourite sections from the TV show such as “Tricks of the Trade” a magical master class where the magicians demonstrate the secrets behind tricks and conundrums which you can fool your mates with and “Interactive Illusion” – a magic trick that you can play along with from the audience. All live on stage in an astounding hour of absolute magic! Directed by Anthony Owen, BAFTA award winning Executive Producer of The Real Hustle and all of Derren Brown's TV specials for Channel 4, Help My Supply Teacher Is Magic Live is sure to amaze. ‘Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic’ is an Objective Productions format and was created by Anthony Owen. Recommended for ages 7+ Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Friday 29th March - Monday 1st April. Tickets, times and info: 9.3.13


March Magicseen: "Magicseen Issue 49 for March 2013 is out and just bursting with March Magical Madness (or at least, as it says on the cover, it has several 'mildly interesting things'!). The human whirlwind that is film actor, mentalist and magical advisor Andy Nyman is our cover star - does the guy never sleep? Find out by reading the big article on him in this issue. Also get the lowdown on Steve Gore, Paul Daniels, Sylvester The Jester and Charlie Frye too while you're at it. Hypnotism - entertainment or medical science? We get experts in the two fields to talk about how they use the art for their separate purposes. We also delve deep into the world of Magic Collectors and discover it's more than just an obsession to hoard stuff! All this plus an interview with Mark Bennett who has opened a new magic performance venue in Bristol called Smoke And Mirrors, the Masterclass with two close up items for you to practise, the results of the Magicseen Awards for 2013 (just who did our readers vote for?) and more. We're so excited about it all that we can't wait to send you your copy, so order yours now on subscription, as a single printed copy or download now from" 9.3.13


New! From Victor Voitko: "Last year Victor Voitko developed a number of new magic products,; and finally the details of those creations can be announced: 1. Voitko's Production Table: A wine bottle, a glass, a vase with a rose and a candle in a candlestick appear on an absolutely empty table top in one second. 2. The Appearing Saw: You can make this Saw appear from a small box, a top hat, a paper bag, a handbag, or out of thin air! 3. The SnowShot: A very useful gimmick. You can transform any small object into confetti! 4. The CardGun and The CoinGun: The most compact and thin card fountain, will also be on sale soon. Make coin and card fountains from your hand! 5. The FlashCigarette: A flash of fire appearing from cigarettes... Find out more! Visit 9.3.13


Mel Mellers Lecture, International Magic, London, Wednesday 20th March: "We are pleased to announce that Mel Mellers will be our next guest lecturer on 20th March. Although a regular customer and friend of International Magic, we have been unable to book Mel for his lecture until now, simply because has been too busy working! He recently appeared at the Blackpool convention and was one of the highlights. Mel brings a wealth of experience as a professional entertainer and his original style has been captivating audiences all over the world, with globe-trotting performances and rave reviews from Vegas to Venice. Entertainer, explorer, researcher, lecturer, presenter, comic, actor, raconteur, and stand up comedy magician, Mel Mellers' quick witted comedy with sharp, fresh presentations has found its place; whether it’s the corporate market or high end cruise ships. Book your place now, email for details. £15 per person. 9.3.13


Manchester Circle of Magicians are delighted to have secured the services of Steve Evans to lecture for them on Monday 11th March at 8pm at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, M5 4PE (Map). Members are admitted free of charge. Non-members pay £5.00 or you may join on the night for just £15.00. In April we have The Harry Robson Lecture on the 8th, and also Aldo and Rachel Colombini on the 15th, with the Jumbo Auction on Monday 22nd April. Further details email: Derek Lever. 9.3.13


James Prince lectures at the Farnborough Association of Magical Entertainers on Monday 11th March at 8pm (doors open 7.45pm) with his unique blend of close-up restaurant magic. Visiting magicians are welcome (£5 door charge). St Mark’s Church Hall, Guildford Road East, Farnborough, GU14 6PX (Map). More information: Phil Sweeting. 9.3.13


Join Julian James and Michael Vincent for the last show in their Late Night Magic Season, produced by Richard Leigh of ‘False Impressions’ at the Jermyn Street Theatre, Piccadilly Circus this Friday 15th March: "Look forward to a unique and amazing blend of contemporary 'Mind Magic' and 'Elegant Sleight of Hand Deceptions' that will make your Friday evening a true night to remember. The Jermyn Street Theatre has also just been newly refurbished, offering more comfortable seating within this beautiful environment for live magical entertainment. Julian James says, 'I just adore working this theatre. It’s so intimate, it’s like performing a show in your own living room. And that’s the way magic should be – right there in front of your eyes!'" Show begins at 10.30pm and finishes at 11.45pm. Tickets: 9.3.13


Annual Dinner of the Cornish Magical Society, Saturday 23rd March. The star cabaret for the Dinner this year is Morgan & West. Tickets £25 from Paul Scott, 1 Ashley Close, Penwithick Street, Austell, Cornwall PL26 8UB. Telephone 01726 851823. Venue: Membly Hall Hotel, Sea Front, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4NT (Map) 01326 312869. Saturday 23rd March 7.30pm for 8.00pm. 9.3.13


The Fylde Mystics will be hosting a lecture by Mark Leveridge on Tuesday 12th March, commencing at 8pm at The South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 5HZ (Map). The lecture, titled 'Going Walkabout' features many great tricks and information on performing close-up and walkabout magic. Visiting magicians can pay on the door at £5 per person. For more information email Alan Mylecraine or visit 9.3.13


Magic Marker. "A marker pen turns into a cane in the blink of an eye – but the effect on the audience is quite amazing! They will jump out of their skin, look amazed, or fall into a fit of giggles! This cool effect brings the appearing cane bang up to date. Any time you do a trick with a card or a bill that you need signed try this – reach into your pocket, take out the Magic Marker and wham – guaranteed to generate big laughs and an amazing reaction." Find out more and watch the video at 9.3.13


Keyed In: "New from Mark Leveridge Magic is a walkabout close up effect called Keyed In. A big seller at Blackpool, this unusual trick is ideal for anyone who works in mix and mingle situations. The plot centres on front door keys and how perhaps in the future they will be supplied as key 'cards' instead of physical keys. Four blank cards print themselves one at a time with colourful keys, and then one of the printed keys suddenly vanishes from the card and drops as a real key into the spectator's hand. No re-set, this comes with all cards, key, plus printed and DVD instructions. Watch the online dem or purchase now from" 9.3.13


Jon Allen's new 3 DVD set 'Connection' is now available: "23 inspiring effects and many thought-provoking conversations with Dan Harlan, this set is a must-have for those who want more than just new tricks and methods. 'The Jon Allen Connection is one of the best releases in the past couple of years.' Wayne Houchin. Buy online from" 9.3.13


Paul Hallas lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 14th March. Adam Mosley writes: This award winning performer and writer is a specialist in both sleight of hand and sleight of mind, he appears to take his demonstrations very seriously, but then you see the beginning of a smile, a twinkle in his eye, and you realize that the strange things he accomplishes are inherently funny and suddenly you are smiling or laughing yourself because he has turned all you believe in upside down and you’ve just witnessed the impossible! 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 email Adam Mosley 9.3.13


UK Escapologist & Magician, Chris Cross featured on ESPN's SportsNation in the US last week. Following the challenge stunt he recorded with Mike Tyson, former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Watch it on YouTube: Click Here. Twitter: @TheChrisCross. 9.3.13


One of the Far East’s finest young magicians is heading to the UK to hone his skills. Anthony Leung, 16, is travelling more than 5,000 miles from Hong Kong to the North East to attend the South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2013. Anthony, who has never visited the UK before, first developed an interest in magic aged 12 and has been performing small shows in his native city for the past few years. As a delegate at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival’s convention, which started on Friday, he will have the opportunity to attend a variety of lectures and workshops and receive tips and advice from some of the best in the business. The main event has now sold out, but there may be one or two places available for the workshop sessions, see for more info. 9.3.13


London magician Steven White performs card flourishes with train tickets for Williams Hill's 'Are You In' advertising campaign, Click Here. 9.3.13


Two Day Balloon Event, Leeds. News from Graham Lee: Tuesday 19th March's 'Basic Balloon Twisting Day' is free to attend. Graham Lee will run four one-hour hands-on lecture/workshops taking you through everything you will need to start balloon modelling, with plenty of tips and tricks along the way. On Wednesday 20th March, at the same venue, Shirley Ray, one of the leading balloon artistes in the UK will be running a deco/twisting day showing you how to incorporate rounds and modelling balloons into your balloon art. For more details, Click Here and to book, Click Here. 9.3.13


A record breaking magician who put on a free show to cheer up ‘gloomy’ residents of Tonbridge will be on TV this week reporting on whether his campaign has worked. Jordan Barker, 16, who only took up magic a year ago and already holds the world record for the highest throw of a playing card, will be featured on ITV News Meridian on Tuesday, March 12 from 6pm. Working with Fixers, the national movement of young people ‘fixing’ the future, Jordan spread his magic around businesses and an old people’s home. He finished the day with a free magic show held at the Angel Centre which was attended by Tonbridge and Malling Mayor, Councillor Dave Davis. 9.3.13


Taste of Magic Productions write: "The production company behind Matthew Wright and Harry Robson's brand new effects, are offering their services to the magic community for a 30% discount. This offer applies for bookings made until the end of March 2013. So if you're looking for a summer promo, book now to get your discounted rate! Taste of Magic Productions specialise in product DVDs and show reels for magicians and for the first time, they are offering the opportunity to help boost your profile at a discounted price. For more information visit or email Do not miss out on this opportunity". 9.3.13


A new magic society for Kings Lynn? Peter Wray emails: "I was wondering if there was any possibility of starting up a new magic society in the Kings Lynn area? I am looking for anyone, complete novices to seasoned professionals! Please email me and let me know that you are interested. I have the necessary knowledge, contacts and ideas, I just need other enthusiastic and passionate magicians to get this started! There is not much in the way of magic around the Norfolk area and I really want to change that! Thank you all in advance. 9.3.13


MagicWeek News Deadline reminder! Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday. No exceptions. DT. 9.3.13


"Houdini conjures a magic result" Click Here • "Video: Wakefield magician Thomas Anthony proves he’s as good as TV’s Dynamo" Click Here (congratulations to Thomas on his recent 'Associate of The Inner Magic Circle' with silver star membership success) • "Hey Presto! Magician Dynamo backs Bradford Magic Circle's family show" Click Here • "Teller sues Belgian magician for theft- then magician vanishes" Click Here • "Godfather of magic Paul Daniels won't be retiring soon" Click Here • "Simon Cowell searching for short BGT magician's assistant" Click Here • "David Copperfield in plane emergency" Click Here • "Magic Man: A Q&A with Burt Wonderstone‘s Steve Carell" Click Here • "Watch: Amusing Casino Promo Ad for 'Incredible Burt Wonderstone'" Click Here • "Wargrave Festival 2013: Carry On theme with judge Paul Daniels" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 9.3.13