Number 668 - 13th April 2013


Sebastian Walton is The Young Magician of the Year 2013. The Magic Circle staged their biannual competition last Sunday in their purpose built theatre at their headquarters in London. Nicholas Lee, James Longcake, Sonny Pennington, Elizabeth Rogan, Sebastian Walton and Matthew Wollons not only competed with each other, but jointly put on a really entertaining show full of originality and creativity. There were some great performances here, but it was Sebastian's charm, timing and brilliant routining, that really made him stand out as the clear winner (photo, with President Jack Delvin). This young man is a natural. "Winning felt absolutely brilliant – I was over the moon..." said Sebastian, who recently left his Sixth Form College in Leeds to follow his dream career. As part of his prize he will receive full membership of The Magic Circle when he reaches 18, and the Irving Schneider Award to go to the Jeff McBride Magic School in the USA. It was a holiday in Florida back in 2010 that kindled his passion for magic, following a magician that he saw performing at Universal Orlando Resort. Second place went to Sonny Pennington from Much Wenlock, and third to Elizabeth Rogan from Nuneaton; many congratulations to them too. In fact, all six acts should be really proud of themselves, as in any other year any of them could have been placed first. The standard was that high. Not a silent magician in sight this year; comedy magic and mindreading took full stage.


Noel Britten, himself a second-place finalist (but he doesn't like to talk about it) back in 1981, brilliantly compered the whole event. The judges were Steve Dela AIMC, Scott Penrose MIMC, John Wade MIMC and Paul Phear (from Magic 105.4 FM). Competition Secretary Michael Colley and the entire production team should be delighted with the end result; a just reward for all the hard work that they clearly put into staging this competition, which I've always rated as the most important in British Magic.


Magic convention organisers, both here and overseas, if you are looking to book a charming, funny, very magical (great twist at the end) young magician, who I think will go right to the top, then book Sebastian Walton - he was brilliant! Duncan Trillo.


NB: Sebastian Walton's act seen in the competition on Sunday had different, excellent, opening and closing routines to those seen on his current YouTube video. And, a PS to all magicians everywhere, stop putting your whole acts up on YouTube!, just have a few clips, unless you've retired the act that is. Really. "Hey presto! The slick new face of magic. The Young Magician of the Year contest is back" Click Here. "Magic back in vogue as teenagers are up to new tricks" Click Here. 13.4.13


Derren Brown: Infamous will play London’s Palace Theatre this summer. Derren Brown reunited with long time collaborator Andy Nyman to create the show which is currently on tour: “We abandoned the template that had won us a couple of Olivier’s over the years for a very different feel. It’s important to us that the shows feel like something you can’t find anywhere else in theatre or entertainment: not even my own previous efforts. I’m really excited by the result. The show is a secret so I’m not giving away what’s in it, but it’s a psychological roller-coaster based around audience participation. And it’s got a real heart to it. The response on tour has been incredible; it’s all such a treat.” June 24th to August 17th, see What's On. Derren Brown: Infamous written by Derren Brown and Andy Nyman, directed by Andy Nyman, designed by Simon Higlett, lighting by Tim Cascall, sound by Colin Pink. Produced by Michael Vine, Andrew O'Connor and Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent Management. "Derren Brown becomes record breaker at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre" Click Here. 13.4.13


The Magic History Gathering at The Magic Circle. This year the title of Collectors Day has been changed to reflect the fact that it is a function which is of interest to anyone who wants to know more about magic than just the latest trick. Also in the past some magicians have been discouraged from attending as they were not collectors. This year The Magic History Gathering at The Magic Circle will be held on Saturday June 1st from 10.00am until 6.00pm. Tickets are now on sale from The Magic Circle, Tel 020 7387 2222 or email at a cost of £40 which includes coffee, tea and lunch. More details to follow. Peter Lane. 13.4.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, May 3rd. Starring Barry and Stuart, Pete Antoniou, Chris Lynam, Delores Deluxe and MC Neil Henry. From the organisers: "Magic Night has double trouble in the mix for this show, with sightless mentalism, a mad clown, banana tricks and conjuring to make you question reality. The dark twins of magic return, tricksters Barry and Stuart need no explanation - they will be befuddling your mind with twistedly hilarious tricks, performing Voodoo, inflicting pain (on each other) and maybe sharing a drink with a member of the audience – it might be hard to say no. Psychic comedium will reveal things to you he couldn’t possibly know using your mind and sight, meanwhile physical comedian Chris Lynam will be throwing jokes, ices and himself at the audience. Delores Deluxe, a favourite at Magic Night, will be displaying her proclivities using bananas and shoes. All expertly compered by mentalist Neil Henry." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Friday May 3rd. 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 13.4.13


Magic: Unleashed - A new magic convention in North Yorkshire, Sunday June 9th. From the organisers: Imagine if you could create your very own magic convention. A convention where you could cherry pick the best of all UK conventions and wrapped them up in one single day. ‘That's was our dream for Magic: Unleashed,’ says organiser Martin Hunt of MAPro Magic, ‘and that's what we're aiming to deliver... all for less than a round of beers!’ This new magic convention is on Sunday 9th June. The venue is the Riccall Regen Centre just 10 minutes south of the historic city of York. The unique line up of lecturers is bound to whet any magician's appetite: Paul Morley explains the secrets of performing for children in schools, John Scotland will be demonstrating how our beliefs shape our perceptions, Stephen Laithwaite shares his signature card magic routines and Joel Dickinson (photo) will be entertaining with his distinctive mix of close up and circus skills. Unique to any convention registration the day also includes the opportunity to walk on fire, a bacon sandwich on arrival and a BBQ lunch. ‘We’ve tried to think of everything to make this event a great day out,’ says organiser Mark Foster of Mission Magic. Registration is only £20 for adults and £12 for children. Those registering before 15th May will receive a £5 voucher to spend on the day in the dealer’s room! The convention will be raising money for the charity Help for Heroes. 13.4.13


Cardiff Magical Society present 'Matthew Garrett Lecture and Magic Convention' on Sunday 28th April at The Legacy Cardiff International Hotel, Merthyr Road, Cardiff CF15 7LH (Map) from 10.30am to 3.30pm. With dealers Magic Tao, Adrian Sullivan and Matthew Garrett and members tables selling second-hand magic. Admission is £10 per person. 13.4.13


An evening with Michael Weber, Sunday, 12th May, York. "Hailed by many as one of magic’s greatest thinkers, creators and performers, Michael Weber needs little introduction. The only thing stronger than Michael’s original material is his thinking about magic and performance. This is a rare opportunity to experience not only Michael’s original performance material, but also his astonishing thinking behind his magic and mentalism. This is an event that will leave you thinking about magic and mentalism in new and exciting ways. This rare opportunity to spend an evening with Michael will sell out. To avoid disappointment, please book tickets early. Ticket purchase includes a set of special lecture notes. This is a seminar style teaching event lasting over 4 hours." For more details, and to book, visit: 13.4.13


Peter Wardell lectures at the Cotswold Magical Society on Wednesday April 17th at 7.30pm. "Peter is the only magician in the history of The Magic Circle to win both the stage and close up competition. Peter started his career performing as a professional street performer in Covent Garden, this will be a great evening. Members of other clubs are welcome to join us for the modest sum of £5, including coffee and biscuits." Venue: Cotswold Magical Society, Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT (Map) 13.4.13


Wessex Magical Association One-day Convention - tomorrow in Bournemouth. Noel Britten joins Gregory Wilson (photo, USA), Graham P. Jolley, Mark Shortland, Michael Pearse, Graham Lee 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). £25, under 16s half-price. 13.4.13


Magicseen Taster Issue No.19: "Magicseen Taster Issue No.19 is now available from the Magicseen website and is a great way to experience a little bit of what Magicseen is all about. In Taster 19 we offer you our cover star article from the current full issue (49 / March'13) on the legendary Andy Nyman, plus from that same issue we include a major article on Hypnotism, the comedy piece on '20 Magic Headlines We'd Like To See in 2013', a feature on the good work being done to restore the gravestones of famous magicians by S.A.M.P.A. and a selection of the product reviews. Then to top it all off we also re-print a big article on Paul Zenon from our back issue no.2. Taster Issue 19 is free and you can download your digital copy now from" 13.4.13


Simon Drake opens his small but select online magic emporium from his London venue 'Simon Drake 's House of Magic', which was established 18 years ago and is still packing them in. The store opens with a special limited edition effect for magicians only, based on Karl Germain's Faust Padlock: Simon's full evenings of magical entertainment are listed here: with an excellent description of his monthly public shows in this review: Click Here. 10% ticket discount for magic club members till autumn 2013. 13.4.13


News from Zane's Magic Shop: "Zane's Magic Shop, based in Kent, has for a limited time slashed prices on hundreds of tricks and products including new releases right across the shop! Visit the website to look through all the categories where you will find unbeatable prices! (This is for a limited time only and only whilst stock in the UK lasts). You can either buy online on the secure website or simply phone your order through. Zane is seen here with Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee at a recent magic convention." 13.4.13


Quentin Reynolds - London Lecture, Tuesday 23rd April. International Magic write: "We are delighted to welcome back one very popular lecturer and magician, Quentin Reynolds to lecture for us on 23rd April. Quentin's lecture will cover mentalism, close-up and children's magic. All items from his current professional repertoire. Regardless of whether or not you choose to perform any of the items taught, you will learn performance techniques that can be used for any trick or routine you do to increase your audience's reaction and response. Quentin has been a professional magician since leaving school and has over 10,000 live shows under his belt. He has shared his experience with magicians at conventions and clubs all over the world. Don't miss this excellent lecture packed with insights from a true professional. Book your place now, email £15 per person. 13.4.13


The Business of Show-Business. “A Brilliant Master Class, tailor made for Performers, Actors & Cabaret Artistes! The only one of its kind.” Whether you are a working professional or about to embark on a career in the Entertainment Industry, this full day workshop will empower you with techniques to increase your overall confidence and performance skills, enhance and protect your reputation, promote your talent, communicate your message clearly and create positive relationships in every area of the business! Packed with tips for auditions, some invaluable “tricks of the trade” and sound business advice, this exclusive workshop is incredibly informative and also great fun! Saturday 27th July – The CAA, London – 10.30am - 5.30pm. Places are limited to ensure plenty of hands-on experience and individual attention. Special Early Bird Offer: 13.4.13


How to fill a full diary without having to travel more than 20 miles. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: On Tuesday the 23rd April 2013 The Order of The Magi presents their own member Nick Barnes with his successful lecture “How to fill a full diary without having to travel more than 20 miles”. He will advise on marketing and promoting your business as well as tried and tested routines for all situations. The lecture will include children’s magic, close up and stand up. Also another very interesting topic, that of corporate working and what bookers like. The venue is the New Irish World Heritage Centre 1, Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map) commencing at 8.00pm. Door charge for non members. 13.4.13


Home Counties Magical Society events. Robin Maddy writes: The Home Counties Magical Society are proud to announce two outstanding lectures during the month of April. Firstly we have Greg Wilson on the 18th April and secondly Colombini on the 25th April. Greg Wilson is a two time FISM award winner and recipient of the IBM Most Creative Magician of the Year award. What you are going to experience is a wide array of hard hitting, action packed routines directly from his professional repertoire. Colombini is on his final world tour and his magic is punchy, doable for all levels and always most effective and wide ranging. Visitors are most welcome at a fee of £10. Meetings start at 8pm at the Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield RG2 9EH (Map). For details on how to find us please visit our website at Look forward to seeing you. 13.4.13


Faust & 'Find the Lady'. London film production company, Spicer & Moore, are making a documentary about Faust & 'Find the Lady'. They filmed Faust presenting Amac's 'Find the Lady' at Pendle Hippodrome theatre in Colne, Lancashire, when they hired the theatre for one week back in April 2011. With two new assistants, Faust rehearsed them in just three days. Spicer & Moore also filmed an interview with Professor Eddie Dawes in Anlaby, and also interviewed two of Faust's ex-stage assistants who had assisted him on tour tours of Japan. The film company have had another documentary to complete, before resuming editing on the Faust documentary. In the meantime, they have used some of the footage from 'Find the Lady' for a music video for folk group Cheek Mountain Thief, currently touring in France, see the video on YouTube. 13.4.13


MagicDirect Presents Wayne Fox's Lecture Dem: "Announcing the brand new Lecture Dem from Wayne Fox. Wayne takes you on a magical journey of his favourite 'out of the box' magical products from Magic Direct, the company behind many exclusive magical products including, Mind Pad, Tick Tock, Knockout Prediction Outdone, Genetics plus many more. This is your chance to see these effects and others in the range, performed real time, by one of the UK's leading Professional Close-up Magicians. Want to try out Mind Pad and iCube? Here you have a 'first' in opportunities to ask direct questions to Wayne as he answers with frank honesty and professional opinion. This then gives you the choice to see whether the effects will fit your chosen routines before you commit to buy. Need To Know More On Structuring Your Act? Mix this in with Wayne's added routines and ideas on 'magical presentation' and routine construction on your 'close up' act and the dealer dem turns into a lecture like no other. With funny stories told in Wayne's unique impish manner, this is one dealers night you'll be talking about for a long while." See the Lecturers page for more details, or call 07956 453 679 or email to book. 13.4.13


Aldo and Rachel Colombini. David Oakley writes: Aldo and Rachel Colombini will be presenting their farewell lecture at the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians on Wednesday 17th April at The West End Working Men's Club, Merridale Street West, Wolverhampton. Visiting Magicians welcome at only £5.00, contact our secretary Sue Oakley It will be a unique night, a unique lecture, with many surprises, prizes to be won, full colour commemorative lecture notes, never before released DVDs, music and of course lots of magic. The evening will be full of magic, anecdotes, comedy and entertainment. Aldo has released many books and DVDs over the years and is an excellent entertainer and inventor. Rachel is an accomplished performer in both Stage and Close-up magic. For more information and to keep up to date with our programme please visit 13.4.13


The Pentacle Club. Alan Maskell reports: John Davenport, seen here on the right, performs his last duty as Pentacle President and completes his five year term in office with the hand over of the Pentacle Club Presidential collar to his successor, well known local magician, children's entertainer and Pentacle Club stalwart Chris Kostecki. 13.4.13


Meet the Artist: "Meet the Artist (a promotional platform for emerging artists) is looking for an amateur magician keen to get exposed to a new audience in an exclusive evening. He/she would be interacting with an amazing cellist who plays ethereal instrumental music in an unusual venue. Please contact:" 13.4.13


Alan Shaxon. Steve Short and Scott Penrose, Vice President of The Magic Circle, are completing the book which the late Alan Shaxon had been writing about his life and his many well known magic routines. They would like to include any stories or anecdotes from those that knew or worked with Alan. If you have any information contact them via either telephone 07803 125180 or telephone 07767 336882. 13.4.13


Brian Nye. Michael Chandler writes: I have been given very little information but I learnt on Sunday that Brian Nye, the previous owner of Practical Magic, sadly died last week. The service will be taking place in Peterborough where his daughter lives. 13.4.13


"Second Fun Trailer for 'Now You See Me' Magician Heist Movie" Click Here • 45th Annual Academy of Magical Arts Awards Show. Many congratulations to David Britland (Special Fellowship), Alan Shaxon (Lifetime Achievement), and Paul Kieve (Creative Fellowship) • "Why Dynamo is pure hip-hop magic" Click HereThunk by Liam Montier is reviewed by Elliott Hodges this week, Click Here • Sean Heydon's new website is now live, featuring 15 video clips of various performances Writing: Handwriting Analysis for Mentalists and Magicians by Ariel Frailich is reviewed by Ian Keable this week, Click Here • "Ben mixes with a galaxy of stars after casting his magical spell" Click Here • "Documentary about magician Ricky Jay" Click Here • "Dynamo, Make Bradford British and Room at the Top up for BAFTA honours" Click Here • "Magician who performed at holiday camps for 18 years is jailed for abusing children he groomed with his magic tricks" Click Here • "Iranian magician to make Bitexco building disappear" Click Here • "Ackergill audience left spellbound by mind magician" Click Here • "Stand-up comedy magician Pete Firman stands out from all the rest" Click Here • "Peter Reveen, stage illusionist and hypnotist, dies at 77" Click Here • "Birthday shoutout: David Blaine" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 13.4.13