Number 667 - 6th April 2013


The Birthday Whirligig: Music, Magic and Merriment. "Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday and the launch of our 2013 Season of Plenty with an incredible evening of music and magic. With music from the aptly named The Magic Numbers and singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn (Viola in Twelfth Night), prepare to be astounded by mind-blowing magic from Barry and Stuart (BBC1's The Magicians), Piff the Magic Dragon and the 'mind-reader who can't-read minds' Chris Cox. In place to compere and control the magic, should it get out of hand, is Bridget Christie, a regular on the sketch and stand-up circuit. So, come join in the merriment and party like it's 1564!" Sunday 21st April, 7pm. Tickets: £10/£20/£30. Box Office: 02074019919. Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT (Map) 6.4.13


53rd Bristol Day of Magic - Sunday 12th May. Tim Stracey writes: It’s that time already... the biggest one day convention in the UK is back, and it’s back with some great names and new events. The convention will have lectures and close-up, but new this year, two great close-up masterclasses! Get closer to the act, ask questions, and be totally interactive. Also for the first time ever, Bristol will have its own competition on the Saturday night; a chance for you to battle your fellow magicians and win the much to be coveted brand new magic trophy 'The Bristol Bucket'. And let’s not forget the evening gala show which this year includes stars from the TV as well as a FISM World Champion. Lectures: Jimmy Carlo - A master when it comes to children’s entertaining and magic; Joshua Jay - All the way from the USA, a great chance to see Joshua lecture in his own unique style; Soma (photo), from Hungary - a FISM Grand Prix Winner will be delivering a great lecture on putting your act together and performance - a must for anyone who performs in front of people! Masterclasses: Colin McLeod – This will be a great opportunity to get up close and personal to Colin and explore his amazing take on Mentalism; Eric Roumestan from France and Vittorio Belloni from Italy – Another up close and personal masterclass, Eric and Vittorio will be going through anything ‘coins’ - a great opportunity for you to improve your coin magic. Close Up: Joshua Jay, Eric Roumestan, Vittorio Belloni. Gala Show: The Bellini Girls - vocal harmony group, Compere - Scott Wells from USA, Oliver Tabor - music and magic, Colin McLeod - as seen on Britain’s Got Talent and Penn and Teller: Fool Us, Soma - Award winning act at FISM, Max Somerset - As seen on TVs The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Arthur Benjamin from the USA - the Mathmagician, Celtic Storm - Illusions. To book visit (book before 1st May and receive a £5 discount). 6.4.13


British Ring Convention, 2013. Geoffrey Newton writes: Things are now really moving for the IBM British Ring Convention to be held from Wednesday 4th – Sunday 8th September in Buxton Derbyshire. It all starts at 12 noon with the opening of the registration desk and dealers hall. Most events will appear either at the Opera House (photo) or the adjacent Pavilion Gardens. After the official opening on the Wednesday there is the traditional welcoming short show to herald a few days of great magic. The first lecture is from Tim Wright from the USA. There will be a wide variety of lecturers including the Jeffery Atkins Memorial lecture, this year to be presented by Fergus Roy on the Davenport Story. Also, a tribute to Alan Shaxon will be presented by Michael Bailey... To read Geoffrey's full update Click Here and to register for the convention visit 6.4.13


Who's Fooling Who? "Spot the difference in this magic trick routine... Magicians say their tricks are increasingly being ripped off - either by fellow magicians, or on cheap Chinese websites." reports the BBC's News Magazine, Click Here. And, "Magicians have stolen each other's secrets for as long as the art of magic has existed. But the interconnectivity of today's world is making it easier - and magicians can't always rely on the law to protect them." writes Arun Rath, for the BBC, Click Here. 6.4.13


The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes! A Music Hall Musical of Elementary Magnificence: Morphic Graffiti is thrilled to announce that they will present The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes! at the world famous Hoxton Hall in April/May 2013. Based on the novels of Conan Doyle, and written by legendary composer and lyricist Leslie Bricusse, this unique production will pay a Music Hall homage to the Victorian era’s greatest living detective, as Sherlock Holmes finds himself embroiled in an all-new mystery that will push even him to breaking point! Audiences will find themselves stepping back in time as this historic venue is brought back to its former life. The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes! will feature eight major magic sequences created by Thomas Moore, to authentically recreate classic Victorian miracles, with puppets by Billie Achilleos, making this “More Victoriana than even Prince Albert could handle”. Wednesday 10th April to Friday 10th May 2013. Performances take place Wednesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 3pm and Sundays at 2pm and 6pm. Tickets are now on sale at £20 (£18 concession) from the Hoxton Hall Box Office on 020 7684 0060 or online, via the theatre website 6.4.13


Mat Ricardo's London Varieties, April 25th. The next show on April 25th features Paul Daniels in performance and conversation, Eastend Cabaret, Lisa Lottie, and Johann Lippowitz, all hosted by Mat Ricardo. One night only. April 25th at 9.30pm at Leicester Square Theatre. Box Office: or call 08448 733433. More info: 6.4.13


Magicians at the Half Moon. On Friday 26th April a new monthly magic show "Magicians at the Half Moon" kicks off at The Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). The opening show features host and compere Martin Cox with guest magicians Tim Shoesmith and Andy Clockwise. Doors open 7.30pm, and tickets are £10 in advance from 01279 659562 or on the door (subject to availability) for £12. More information can be found at 6.4.13


The first lecture of the new BMS Year; Paul Brook presents Mentalism and Modern Day Marketing at the British Magical Society in Birmingham this Tuesday, 9th April: "Paul's lecture on marketing in the modern world has received rave reviews from other societies. But if you're desperate to learn some new effects, we've persuaded Paul to include some mentalism in his lecture too. Paul has written many acclaimed books on the subject, and you will definitely learn something new. 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th April at Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £5 fee. See for details." Paul Cadley. 6.4.13


Magic Auction - The London Society of Magicians. Mark Saltissi writes: The London Society of Magicians will be hosting an auction for unwanted Magic Effects on Tuesday 14th May. Please come along to grab yourself a bargain! If you would like to sell your own magic effects please email the LSM Secretary Mark with the number of items you would like to auction. Venue: Davenports Magic Shop, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ. Start time 7.30pm. Visitors welcome, pay on door £3 (Free for members. Full Annual Membership is £40 or £25 for Students/Seniors). Our website is 6.4.13


The team have changed their brand name to Magic Direct, along with a brand new website they also have a new free iphone and android app, where you can stay up-to-date with the latest magic shop releases, offers and magic articles. Visit to read more. 6.4.13


"At a Derren Brown live performance there are decisions to consider, many choices to make and the outcomes really do ‘mess with your head’! Predominantly, the audience is in the 20-40s age range and loves every second. The reactions are big and enthusiastic and build throughout the show and I’m now a convert to the power and style of mental magic performed by Derren Brown..." Rick Tynan went to see Derren's new show last week and reviews it for MagicWeek this week, Click Here. For Derren Brown: Infamous tour dates see What's On. 6.4.13


News from Giggio: We have been working hard to create an enquiry form that can be easily integrated into your own website – and it’s now live! (See It puts enquiries from your website straight into Giggio and enables you to respond to clients faster with custom stock response emails. Once you have the form on your site, all enquiries will be sent to you via email, but you’ll also see them on your Giggio Dashboard. From here, you can view the details and send a stock response which can even include information merged from the enquiry. With one click you can make a new client and a new event in the system. Giggio also manages you bookings, invoices, payments and much more. With the new tax year starting, it's a great time to get organised with Giggio! 6.4.13


MagicNevin's Easter Sale - extended! MagicNevin email: "We ran an Easter Sale last weekend but did not promote it as we had server problems and our website kept disappearing. This was very frustrating for us as you can imagine. The problem was resolved Tuesday afternoon and our website has been stable since, so we decided to extend the promotion to cover this weekend as well. We have many items at up to 50% off including tricks and playing cards. They can all be found by following the link from our homepage:". 6.4.13


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 25th April. "A cracking evening of magic and comedy is coming up on Thursday 25th April with the hilarious Mel Mellers (photo), the very funny Sean Heydon (if you missed him last time it was unforgettable), and the entertaining mentalism of Quentin Reynolds. The exuberant Stephen Barry hosts. Richard Pinner will be performing his competition act that he'll be entering into The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year. As you know the show is in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing W13 8PH. Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. It’s just 12 minutes from Central London by overground rail from Paddington to West Ealing, and the pub is 2 minutes’ walk from the station. Parking is free after 6.30pm. Come early to enjoy dinner in one of the bars or the lovely dining room. Last show was standing room only for latecomers, so do book early; tickets from" 6.4.13


Andi Gladwin lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 11th April: "This past year Andi has lectured and performed at clubs and conventions all over the world. Fresh from a performance in Washington, DC for President Obama's 2013 Inauguration, Andi will be lecturing on a combination of his world-class close-up magic (including his famous Master Pushoff) and on his stand-up magic. 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 please contact Adam Mosley". 6.4.13


The final of The Young Magician of The Year competition takes place this Sunday at The Magic Circle Headquarters in London. Six competitors will compete for coveted Derrick Speight Trophy. They are: Nicholas Lee, James Longcake, Sonny Pennington, Elizabeth Rogan, Sebastian Walton and Matthew Wollons. The biannual competition, which started in 1961 has a long list of winners that went on to achieve notable careers in the art of magic including Johnny Hart, Russ Stevens, Andrew O'Connor, Richard Cadell and Dominic Wood. The final takes place at 6.30pm with limited ticket availability on the door. Visit for more info. "Matthew Woollons through to finals of Young Magician of the Year" Click Here. 6.4.13


James Brown Lecture - The London Society of Magicians. The London Society of Magicians are delighted to host a lecture by James Brown on Tuesday 28th May at 7pm. James Brown was awarded The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year title in 2006, and came second in the 2006 International Magic Convention Close-Up Competition. James is well known and respected for his sleight of hand, pickpocket and misdirectional skills. His lecture is aimed at the performing magician and those who wish to perform close-up magic more often. Crammed with powerful, commercial and practical effects as well as the psychology behind the magic, this lecture is a must for all magical performers. Venue: Davenports Magic Shop, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ. Start time 7pm. Visitors welcome, pay on door £12 (Lectures are free for members. Full Annual Membership is £40 or £25 for Students/Seniors). Please reserve a place by emailing the LSM Secretary Mark Saltissi Our website is  Mark Saltissi. 6.4.13


Aldo and Rachel Colombini will be presenting their Farewell lecture for the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 24th April at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby. Paul Sharp writes: "Aldo has written and published dozens of books on magic, produced many DVDs and created many magical effects used by magicians all over the world. He also lectures on magic worldwide and was nominated by the Academy of Magical Arts twice 'Lecturer of the Year'. Rachel is an accomplished full time performer in both Stage and Close-up Magic at both private and corporate events as well as the Magic circuit. The lecture is bound to be entertaining as Aldo was the only magician, in the history of the Magic Castle, to be nominated in all six categories: Comedy, Stage, Close-up, Parlor, Bar Magician, and Lecturer. Come and join us for the Colombinis' Farewell Lecture (this is part of Aldo and Rachel's Farewell tour of the UK). Visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby, there is a small fee of £10 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 6.4.13


Greg Wilson is lecturing at the Scottish Conjurors Association on Wednesday 10th April 2013 at 7.30pm. Two-time FISM Winner Greg specialises in close-up magic, and is a regular performer at the Magic Castle. The lecture will held at the SCA club room in the Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, Balcarres Avenue, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). Visiting magicians welcome; £10 door charge. George Fitzpatrick. (See What's On for full tour dates). 6.4.13


During the Christmas period the Merlin Magical Society held their annual Close-Up evening. Over 50 local people supported the event which raised £500 for Jessie's Fund, a charity which helps children with serious illness or complex needs to communicate through music. Victoria Wood is their Patron. Michael Penn, President MMS. 6.4.13


News from The TwinsFX: "The TwinsFX have incorporated some of their unique special effects into a brand new stage rock opera production in Greece. The famous Greek Rock Opera 'Demons', by Nikos Karvela, with lyrics by Stavros Sideras, is a breath-taking piece of theatre, and very unique. Anna Vissi stars in the title role directed by Yannis Kaklea. 22 years after the first successful production, 'Demons' will continue to captivate a new generation in March 2013. 'Its great to be part of such a big production and we look forward to the Twins FX team creating the wow factor!' Paul commented. 'The show runs for 9 weeks in Athens and then onto a tour of Greece, which is breaking all box office records' added Gary." See for more info. 6.4.13


US Mentalist Christopher Bolter will be performing in the UK in September and invites enquiries from UK magic clubs looking to book a lecture around that time. His lecture, entitled "Boltergeist!" - Real World Material & Methods For a Working Mentalist" runs for two hours plus, and includes in-depth work on Chris' own memorized decks and stacked decks; How to perform a magic square with comedy and excitement; Mentalism with playing cards... that isn't boring; Chris' Question & Answer routine, which has been used by a couple of big name mentalists around the world; Some of Chris' pet routines demonstrated and explained in detail. Plus: Marketing to corporate clients and universities; How to get booked by colleges/ universities, corporate clients, and trade shows; and Promotion and advertising via the internet and in print. "Christopher Bolter has been performing non-stop since he was 4 years old! Chris has performed his unique blend of mentalism and psychological mind reading at over 350 campuses from Los Angeles to London. Chris is a regular guest for corporations such as Apple, Microsoft, Bank of America, Price Waterhouse, Goldman Sachs and Mattel. Having performed at The World Famous Magic Castle on multiple occasions, Chris was asked to release some of his methods to the magic world Chris' lecture will take you through some of his pet material and into the nitty gritty work on getting into the college market and corporate world! This is one lecture you don't want to miss!" Email booking enquiries to Christopher Bolter: also see 6.4.13


Congratulations to Martin Peirce, who won the Merlin Magical Society Close-Up Competition on Thursday 28th March, pictured here being presented with the cup by our President Michael Penn. John Clayton, Secretary. 6.4.13


Perth Magic Circle is very pleased to announce that Aldo Columbini and Rachel will present their "Farewell Lecture" at an extra meeting of the club on Wednesday 10th April commencing at 7.30pm. After many years lecturing worldwide, and following Rachel's recent open heart surgery, they have decided that it is now time to unpack the suitcases and settle down to a 'normal' life! Visiting magicians are cordially invited to attend what is sure to be a great night as Aldo and Rachel have promised that this will be unlike their previous lectures, and that there will definitely be something for everyone, from close-up to stand-up and cabaret! Aldo is renowned for his originality and will have some of his exclusive magic for sale on the night. As this is an additional meeting, please note the change of venue. The lecture will take place in The Grampian Hotel, York Place, Perth PH2 8EH (Map). Admission is only £10.00, payable at the door. A warm welcome is extended to all magicians to attend. Adrian Harris. 6.4.13


"Trailer: 'Now You See Me'" Click Here • "For Female Magicians, The First Trick Is Being Accepted" Click Here • The 'Magic Marketing Masterclass' Resource Pack - Module 2: Marketing Strategy and Communication with Bob Yelland is reviewed by Jay Fortune this week, Click Here • Wow! This Show is Magic is reviewed by Chris Wardle, this week, Click Here • Kevin Burke reviews Paul Gordon's recent Northamptonshire Magicians Club lecture this week, Click Here • "Teen magician Derek McKee living in box to help homeless children" Click Here • "David Gregory-Kumar: The rubber hand experiment" Click Here • "Win Derren Brown: Svengali on DVD" Click Here • "Magician Rodd to attempt Houdini underwater escape" Click Here • "Onlookers amazed by mind reader’s headline forecasts" Click Here • "Review: Derren Brown at the Regent Theatre in Hanley is the master at the top of his game" Click Here • "Magic’s Legends Hail Penn & Teller’s Offbeat Style" Click Here • "Falkirk man can unlock the inner secrets of the human mind" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, have a good week, Duncan. 6.4.13