Number 666 - 30th March 2013


Magie Nouvelle, London. Saturday 13th April at 8pm and Sunday 14th April at 6pm. Wilton's Music Hall will be hosting Magie Nouvelle, a delightful evening of dance and magic created by Marie Audran of Silencio in Paris fame. The show will feature a mix of numeric arts, handcrafts, poetry, imagination and history by amazing talents such as FISM champion Yann Frisch, who recently won Champion du Monde at the 2012 Beijing International Magic Convention. Tickets include table seats at £20 each, standard seats at £15, and partially restricted view seats at £10. Venue: Wilton's Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB (Map) 30.3.13


The International Magic Convention and London Festival of Magic. Noel Britten writes: Some dates for your diary! The International Magic Convention and London Festival of Magic will both be taking place this November. The Convention is responsible for introducing many of the present great names of magic to an English audience for the first time, over the last 41 years, and plans to keep that tradition alive this year too. Surprises are in store, together with some of the very best variety acts in the world, and true masters in the art of magic.


The Convention will be held at the Mermaid Conference Centre in the heart of London, offering wonderful facilities, from the evening of Friday 15th November to the evening of Sunday 17th November. A weekend of magical delights with Gala shows of both stage and close-up magic, lectures and seminars, the International Close Up Competition and the annual awarding of the David Berglas International Magic Award to a surprise recipient, and a star studded international line up.


In the 40th year of the Convention an extra five days of talks and performances were organised to complement the Convention, each day specialising in a particular niche area of magic. Although organised as a "one-off" the Festival had such positive feedback from those that attended that it was repeated last year and is returning again this year too! From the 11th to the 15th of November you'll have a great chance to spend extra time, not only with the star names of the Convention but also many other great performers brought in for the Festival. With tickets available from a single day to the whole week you have the chance to pick an itinerary to suit your particular interests and needs, and as always no events will clash - no difficult decisions between one lecturer or another - you will have the opportunity to see everything advertised. Finally we're delighted to announce the winner of the Competition held during last year's Convention as being Andy Lewis, who will receive free registration to all Festival and Convention events this year! Congratulations Andy! 30.3.13


Online Cardini memorabilia auction, April 6th 2013. On April 6th, Potter & Potter Auctions will offer the personal property of this iconic sleight-of-hand artist at public auction. Included in the sale are the very props and costumes he made famous; playbills and posters; association items; correspondence; Cardini's own scrapbooks, filled with unpublished photographs; awards, and autographs (from George Burns, Ed Sullivan, and many more); and many personal items. The items have been consigned to auction by Cardini's family, and are being offered for sale publicly for the first time. This will be, undoubtedly, a once-in-a-lifetime offering. A well-considered selection of Houdini memorabilia, rare conjuring books, ephemera, posters, and apparatus from private collections will round out the sale.


Welsh by birth, Cardini (1895 - 1973) become the most celebrated conjurer of the nightclub era with performances in every major theatre in American and Europe, and beyond, from the mid-1920s until his retirement in the 1960s. Pre-auction exhibition will include a museum-like display of remarkable artifacts and a catalog of exceptional quality to match. PDF and print catalogues are available from Potter & Potter. Live internet bidding will be hosted through See for more information. 30.3.13


Aldo & Rachel Colombini will be performing at Bristol's Smoke and Mirrors Bar on Friday 19th April at 8pm. This is a great opportunity to see one of magic's best performers in an intimate and relaxed setting. Following the show (which has guest spots from Wayne Fox and Jay Fortune) Aldo will present his new lecture, for magicians only. Smoke and Mirrors offers excellent beers, wines and spirits, an intimate theatre, the chance to meet Aldo and Rachel, and the opportunity to see some incredible entertaining magic. Why not bring a friend and enjoy the show? Tables can booked for up to 4 people with a free bottle of wine. But hurry, tickets will disappear like magic! Aldo is a multi-award winner, a FISM prize-winner, and has performed and lectured in over 52 countries. Limited seating ensures everyone has a great view of the magic. Tickets available from only £8. Visit to book. 30.3.13


The David Berglas Award for Outstanding Contribution to Magic was awarded to Duncan Trillo [MagicWeek] last Saturday at the British Magical Society's Annual Dinner and Cabaret at the aptly named Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting Centre in Birmingham. The British Magical Society was founded in the heart of England in 1905, enjoys a rich history, and is the oldest magical society in Europe. David Devant was their first President and his equally famous partner, J.N. Maskelyne, designed the society's emblem. Previous recipients of The David Berglas Award, judged annually by the immediate five past presidents of the BMS, include Peter Warlock, Paul Daniels, John Fisher, Ali Bongo, Alan Shaxon, Pat Page, Roy Johnson, Ron MacMillan, David Berglas, Donald Bevan, Wayne Dobson, Jeffery Atkins, Derek Lever, Edwin Dawes, Elizabeth Warlock, Geoffrey Durham, Alex Elmsley, Paul Kieve, Mark Raffles, Terry Herbert, Roy Walton, Bob Hamilton, Derren Brown and Anthony Owen. Photo: BMS President Paul Cadley (left) and Duncan Trillo. Donald Bevan reports on the evening in full: Click Here. 30.3.13


Win tickets to see The Card Shark Show! "Enter the dark and dangerous world of the Card Shark. From the middle ages through Wild West saloon bars to murderous gangsters, discover how sleight of hand techniques honed by hardened gamblers influenced modern card magic. One of the UK’s foremost magicians and expert close up magic star Steve Truglia amazes London audiences with classic card tricks, cheats and scams in this brand new and interactive multimedia show with film, images, music and live camera action." To enter, answer the following question: Which of these poker hands is ranked the highest? A. Two of a Kind, B. Three of a Kind, C. Full House. Send your answer to with Card Shark as the title of the email. Venue: The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4BS, see Terms and conditions: Valid for all 2013 performances of The Card Shark Show. Subject to availability. Competition closes on Friday 5th April. Winner will be selected at random. Prize is as stated and cannot be transferred or exchanged. No cash alternative will be offered. 30.3.13


Wessex Magical Association One Day Convention, Early Bird Registrations. "There is only one week left to register for the early bird price of £20 (saving £5) for the Wessex Magical Association One Day Convention on Sunday 14th April at the Kinson Community Centre in Bournemouth. Register now to guarantee a place at an incredible day for every sort of magician, with Gregory Wilson (photo, USA); Graham P Jolley (who fooled Penn & Teller); Mark Shortland and Graham Lee, all lecturing and/or performing during the day. During the breaks, wander through our new and improved dedicated dealers’ hall. To top it off, Noel Britton will compere the evening show, introducing our four headliners, plus the amazing comedy juggler Michael Pearse. Even after the 6th, convention admission is just £25. Please note that “under 16s” are half price for the full day plus the gala show. And a limited number of “Gala Show only” tickets are also available. Register now by: 1) posting a cheque payable to the “WMA” to Ken Leonard, WMA Treasurer, 11 Saltings Road, Upton, Poole BH16 5RN or 2) using PayPal via" David Pennington. 30.3.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Starring Wes Zaharuk, Pete Heat, Lee Hathaway, Tricity Vogue, Oliver Meech and MC Neil Henry. From the organisers: "Magic Night has a few smash ups in this show with food, out of control prop meisters, magic sliced bread, gourmet tricks and saucy strumming ukes. Mad trickster scientist Oliver Meech will stop water in its tracks and will then conduct a mass trick with everyone asking you to pick a dish, any dish! Pete Heat will be engaging you in bread tricks and weasel magic whilst Tricity Vogue, a Magic Night favorite, strums up a saucy storm. Lee Hathaway will be placing your objects in the most unusual places whilst prop Meister puts his head in a balloon and plays with props in hilarious ways that will haunt your dreams forever. All compered by mighty sorcerer Neil Henry." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Friday April 19th. 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 30.3.13


The Card Collection Easter Sale is on right now, ending 9am on Tuesday 2nd April. All orders from £25.00 to £45.00 will receive a 10% discount on goods purchased, and orders over £45.00 will receive a 15% discount. Don't miss out! Visit 30.3.13


The inimitable Harry Robson ventures south this week to lecture at the Winchester Magical Society on Thursday April 4th. Philip Smith writes: He'll be explaining his unique brand of highly commercial ideas and entertainment gleaned from a lifetime's experience in professional close up. At the end of the evening he'll be holding a workshop to help everyone practice what they've learned. The evening starts at 7.30pm with a nominal £5 cover charge to visitors. Please note that for this event only the venue is changed to Littleton Village Hall due to electrical work at the usual venue. Littleton Village Hall can be found at SO22 6QL (Map) and here 30.3.13


Aldo and Rachel Colombini Farewell lecture. James Hodgkiss writes: Bolton Magician's Club is delighted to host Aldo and Rachel Colombini as part of their Farewell lecture tour of the UK. Aldo and Rachel will be presenting their lecture on Wednesday 3rd April at 8.30pm, which will include Card, ESP, Money, Rope and Parlour Magic and Rachel's own effects. The venue is the Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). There will be an nominal entrance fee of £5.00 for visiting magicians from other societies, who are most welcome. For directions to the Doffcocker Inn please visit or telephone James Hodgkiss on 01204 522651. 30.3.13


Hull Magicians' Circle Annual Dinner. Jon Marshall emails: Great dining, Great magic! Hull Magicians' Circle President Eddie Dawes invites guests and friends to join HMC members at their Annual Dinner, Friday, 12th April. After the five-course meal guests will be entertained with close-up magic and then enter the theatre for the Jasper Maskelyne Silver Wand Competition for originality, a competition which, over the years since 1932, has resulted in the creation of many marketed magical effects. The after-dinner stage show features the magic, illusions and escapology of Hi Jinx (Michael Jordan and Tamsyn, photo), and a presentation of Robert Harbin's invention - The Invisible Ray or Out of this World direct from Jon Marshall's Sideshow Illusions' re-creation of Jon Gresham's The Monster Side Show. The show will be compered by the hilarious Martyn James who will be returning to his home town to present his comedy magic. Tickets are £35 and available from David Hand, tel: 01724 850518, email: 30.3.13


One Day Pickpocket Seminar - Derby. Sunday 31st March. This one-day seminar is specifically aimed at close-up magicians who want to add 'theatrical dipping' to their repertoire. This is not about stage pickpocketing! This is all about dipping in the close-up, walk-about settings. For more information, dates and locations visit 30.3.13


Alakazam Easter Sale! The Alakazam Easter Sale is now on, offering 15% off over the Easter weekend. Finishes at 9am Tuesday April 2nd. 30.3.13


The Order of The Magi's Annual Dinner. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Not even the cold icy winds and snow that covered parts of the country prevented guests of honour The International President of The International Brotherhood of Magicians John Pye and his lady, Carol (picture) attending The Order of The Magi dinner last Saturday. They joined IBM British Ring President John ‘Sly’ Smith and his lady, June with 70 other guests who also braved the elements to settle down to an excellent 4 course meal at the New Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester. After a very witty speech by John (Pye) it was cabaret time with Magi member Peter Moran introducing the amazing comedy juggling of Steve Royle and the very multi talented illusion act of Vizage. All were very well received by a most enthusiastic audience who then bopped away with “The Wizard of Oz” well into the night. It was a most enjoyable occasion with many of the party faithful there, along with a good number of new guests. You can keep up with the Magi’s activities on 30.3.13


Virgin London Marathon. Dave Bonsall emails: "I will be attempting to run the Virgin London Marathon for charity in 3 weeks time. I had a major spinal operation 10 years ago where part of my spine was fused with titanium cages, bars, bolts and bone grafts, resulting in restricted movement in my lower back. After this I was told that I'd never be able to run properly again. But I have spent the last 10 years, rehabilitating myself, determined to get fit again. It's been a long and slow journey, but I'm now there and on track to be able to complete the marathon and finally prove the doctors wrong! Because of my military background, the charity I've chosen to run for is The Royal British Legion. I'm still quite short of my target amount, so am turning to my fellow magicians to ask if anyone who knows me would be kind enough to donate a small amount towards my cause. Any amount, no matter how small would be very much appreciated! The link to my Charity Page is: Thank you all in advance." 30.3.13


Chris Wardle Lecture - The London Society of Magicians. The next Lecture at The London Society of Magicians is by Chris Wardle on Tuesday 23rd April 7pm. Chris Wardle is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle and has contributed effects to numerous magazines as well as having several tricks and books marketed. Chris has also devised effects for Geoffrey Durham's TV appearances. His lecture draws on all of this experience offering ideas and tricks covering close-up, stand up, mentalism and children's magic. A lecture with something for everyone, with the emphasis on tricks which are simple to work but baffling to watch. Venue: Davenports Magic Shop, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ. Start time 7pm. Visitors welcome, pay on door £10 (free for members). Please reserve a place by emailing the LSM Secretary Mark Our website is Mark Saltissi, LSM Secretary. 30.3.13


The Close-up Competition of the Cornish Magical Society for the Frank Farrow Cup was won by Paul Scott last week. Paul is also celebrating 40 years as a professional magician. The Cornish Magical Society, now 52 years old, is looking for new members. Contact Paul Scott on 01726 851823 or visit the website for membership details. 30.3.13


Cotswold Magical Society Auction. Barry Woods writes: Cotswold Magical Society is holding an auction of props, tricks and magic books at its headquarters, Hucclecote Community Centre, on Wednesday April 3rd. 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Members from other clubs who wish to snap-up a bargain are welcome to join us for the princely sum of £1 which includes coffee and biscuits. The Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT (Map). 30.3.13


Alan Shaxon Effects Sale. Scott Penrose will be taking some of the late Alan Shaxon's books and effects to the Peterborough Society of Magicians' annual convention on Sunday 7th April. This is the first opportunity that magicians will have to purchase any of these items. For information contact Keith Downs on 01778 343137 or go to John Learoyd. 30.3.13


Paul Dawson & Friends Variety Show. Magic, Comedy, Fun, Games & Spectacular Illusions. Moor Allerton Sports and Social Centre, Stonegate Road, Leeds LS17 6EL (Map) on Saturday 20th April, 7pm - 9pm, advance tickets £5.00 each, On the night £6.00 each. Raffle on the night in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice. Ticket Hotline: 07580 229 413 or email 30.3.13


"A Point of View: Chess and 18th Century artificial intelligence" Click Here (also see "A man and his machines" Click Here) • "Magician Rod predicts headline in Times over next month" Click Here • "A magic moment as Charley, 12, takes card-trick crown" Click Here • "Abracadabra! David Copperfield taps the next great magician" Click Here • "It's magic! David Copperfield helps Natalie float in midair" Click Here • "Danny Boyle Hypnotised Trance Cast" Click Here • "Review: Derren Brown, Liverpool Empire" Click Here • "Magician and mentalist join forces" Click Here • "High Jinx talk us through the tricks of the magician's trade" Click Here • "Danny Boyle recruited Derren Brown for Trance" Click Here • "Illusionist always dreamed of a career in magic" Click Here • That's it for another week, have a good long Easter weekend, Duncan. 30.3.13