Number 676 - 8th June 2013


Smoke & Mirrors Bristol. Live shows and lectures. Paul Draper (14th, 15th June), Kockov (22nd June), Kieron the Mighty (28th June), John Lenahan (5th July), Mario Morris (12th, 13th July) and Mark Shortland (9th, 10th August), can all be seen performing, lecturing, or both, at Bristol's Smoke & Mirrors, the UK's only Boutique Magic Theatre Pub, this summer. Details can be found under What's On, but also visit for more information and to book. Photo: Kockov 'Much more than just a Magician'. 8.6.13


British Ring Buxton Convention 4th-8th September 2013. Public Relations Officer Geoffrey Newton writes: Magicians who are members of either the IBM British Ring or The Magic Circle should all now have received a flyer in their respective magazines giving details of the British Ring Convention. This is being held in Buxton (Derbyshire) from 4th-8th September 2013. Anyone not in possession of one of these is invited to email or telephone 0161 969 8222 and a copy will be forwarded, which includes a registration form. Alternatively you can register on Please note the rate for members increases on 1st July 2013. 8.6.13


He's back! From The Magic Circle: The Magic Circle's very own Dragon is coming home to join our Summer Season of Sorcery! After a hit season at the Sydney Opera House, Piff the Magic Dragon is appearing at The Magic Circle for an evening of unique entertainment. He's been seen by more than 6,000,000 people on YouTube, appeared with The Muppets at Radio City Music Hall and was the opening act for Mumford & Sons on their recent UK tour. But enough about the Dragon. Mr Piffles, the World's First Magic Performing Chihuahua™ will be cheating death as he is laminated live on stage, will confront the Strait Jacket of Insanity and will pit himself against the Cannon of Certain Doom. Will Piff find his princess? Will Mr Piffles survive? Will you be there if he doesn't? Book now for The Piff The Magic Dragon Show! 7.30pm, 16th June, The Magic Circle, London. Book via: 8.6.13


Conjuring at the Court, 4th Anniversary Show, Thursday 27th June, London: "With mind-reader Graham Jolley, the comedy magic of Christian Lee, mathemagician Art Benjamin (his last performance during his current UK visit) and glamorous mystifer Laura London. Guest compere is the magnificent Tim Fitzhigham, upholding a proud tradition of British eccentrics (he rowed across the Channel in his bathtub, and packs out Edinburgh for his stand-up comedy). 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. Come early to enjoy dinner in one of the bars or the lovely dining room, or, if it’s sunny, what may be the largest beer garden in London! Do book early to make sure of a place; tickets still just £10." Russell Levinson. 8.6.13


The June Podcast from Mark Leveridge Magic. Each month Mark produces a 30 minute Podcast in which he discusses all manner of magic related topics. The June version is available now to listen to online or to download for playback on any mp3 player. In the latest edition Mark discusses, amongst other things, honesty amongst magicians, stresses the importance of encouraging young performers into magic clubs, highlights the mistake that many convention organisers make with their event planning and reveals how he managed to sneak onto Jeff McBride's online TV show. The Podcast appears on the 1st of every month and is free to access from 8.6.13


Edinburgh Magic Circle are delighted to be hosting a lecture by someone well known to the magic fraternity, Adrian Sullivan, current President of Manchester Circle of Magicians. Adrian has been doing magic for more than 45 years and has lectured all over the world. Adrian's lecture 'Easy Miracles' features effects that hardly use any sleight of hand and yet are very strong. There is something for everyone: mentalism, close-up and stage, and a 15 minute dealer dem featuring some of Adrian's exclusive effects. The lecture is being held on Monday 17th June at our headquarters, Myreside Pavilion, The Watsonian Club, 79 Myreside Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DB (Map) at 8pm. Entry is £10 which includes refreshments. Ian Buchan. 8.6.13


Trix in the Stix 2013 took place towards the end of May when over 200 children's entertainers descended on Shropshire: "Registrants were treated to star lectures from John Kimmons (Kimmo) and Terry Herbert. Terry was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement award which resulted in a prolonged standing ovation. To watch highlights of the convention Click Here. Trix in the Stix 2014 has now been launched with an increased ticket allocation; even so, the majority of the tickets were sold in the first 48 hours. Lecturing next year: Norm Barnhart (photo) with his first lecture in the UK. This will be quickly followed by his second lecture, as he will be presenting two different lectures at the convention! Also lecturing is Glasgow funny man, Gary Dunn, with a brand new lecture. Full details of what promises to be a really fun event (ask anyone who attended this year!) can be found at" 8.6.13


Etienne Pradier lectures at the Sussex Magic Circle on Thursday 13th June at 8pm at the Hassocks Hotel, Station Approach East, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8HN (Map). This is the public house behind Hassocks Railway Station. Guests are welcome (£5.00 door charge). Simon Vertue. 8.6.13


Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Auction on Monday 17th June at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, M5 4PE (Map). Doors open at 5.30pm, with viewing from 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd. Door charge £3.00. Members of M.C.M. free of charge. Hundreds of items available at bargain prices. For further information email or phone 01253 810113. 8.6.13


Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks Vol 2 - out June 17th! New from Big Blind Media: "Featuring creations from some of the greatest minds in magic, Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks Vol 2, is jam-packed with incredible card tricks that require no sleight of hand. The nine stunning routines on offer prove that it's not how the trick is done - it's 100% about what your audience perceives. None of these tricks require sleight of hand, but they are absolutely, mind fryingly awesome. Some of the methods are so devious that you'll fool yourself when you perform them. From John Bannon's self working, instantly resetting packet trick 'Poker Pairadox' to Ryan Schlutz's three-phase masterpiece 'Sense-sational' to Peter Duffie’s ingenious ‘Four Most’ – these are tricks that you will perform again and again and again. So grab a deck and join hosts James Went (from the smash hit BBC show 'Help, My Supply Teacher Is Magic'), Liam Montier, Iain Moran, Ryan Schlutz and Owen Packard, and prepare to learn some of the greatest card tricks ever invented! 1. Mind Mirror (Jack McMillan), 2. Convergence (Cameron Francis), 3. Stock Exchange (John Guasterferro), 4. Sense-sational (Ryan Schultz), 5. Poker Pairadox (John Bannon), 6. Four Most (Peter Duffie), 7. Password Fallacy (Jim Steinmeyer), 8. Amara Rises Again (Ryan Matney), 9. Blind Choice (Roy Walton)." Pre-order here: 8.6.13


Taurus Magic Supply have just added 500 items to their Used Magic Section and will be uploading many more props to in the next few weeks and also write: "We want to buy the following: David Howarth's Ultimate Prediction Slate, Alan Warner items, Davenport's Orrin's 3 in 1 Cabinet, Orrin's Matchboxes, Props Magic Blocks of San Yen, Eddie Taytelbaum Rising Cards, Jack Hughes Snake Basket, Supreme Magic Wessex Die Box, Taurus Magic Electric Act, Harbin's My Lady's Ring, Inzani-Henley Flyover Cage, Chinese Cigarette Cabinet and Caliph's Treasure." 8.6.13


The Associated Conjurers of East Sussex 21st Birthday Celebrations. Nicky Lewis, Secretary of the ACES, is delighted to announce that a 21st Birthday celebration of the formation of the Society will be held on Wednesday 12th June from 7.30pm. Many members, old and new, plus some potential new members who will be providing the entertainment by way of presenting their auditions, and the local press will be attending. The Associated Conjurers of East Sussex was originally formed by Mark Worgan, Tony Richards (aka Tony Lusion) and Robin Toft to form a magic society with an emphasis on friendship and magic. Original President Paul Matthews would have been so proud of the society's continued success. Founding member and current President Martin Lewis recalls early days at the society as being real fun with some great magicians and plenty of charitable shows and performances. The society's motto states "Friendship through the art of magic" and this still continues with bonds being formed and close friendships forged. For full details of the event, please get in touch: Venue: The Dorset Arms, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex. 8.6.13


Blackpool Magicians' Club News: Blackpool Magicians' Club Annual General Meeting last week elected Russell Brown as the new President for 2013/2014. Derek Lever was elevated to Honorary Life Vice President joining Mark Raffles and Bill Lamb. Mike Shepherd proposed a vote of confidence in Derek Lever for his work on the conventions and British Magical Championships and this was unanimously endorsed by all the members. Derek was re-elected as Convention Organiser for another 2 years. Also elected were the following officers: Treasurer: Michael Shepherd, Registration Officer: Arthur Casson, Secretary: David Plant, President Elect: Bill Richardson, Entertainment Officer: Derek Lever, Committee Members: Harry Robson, Jeremy Guest, Mark Raffles. Assistant Convention Organisers: David Plant and Russ Stevens, Librarian: John Hardman, Welfare Officer: John Hardman, Media Coordinaters: Adam Walker and Mark Woodsford, Clubroom Manager: David Plant. 8.6.13


Steve Gore presents his lecture 'Ramblings from a suspender... of disbelief' for the York Society of Magicians on Wednesday 12th June and also for the Darlington Magic Circle on Thursday 20th June The lecture now includes Trick Photography and Visions from Vegas. 8.6.13


Breaking Magic is currently being repeated on Discovery (see TV Magic). "Get ready to learn the chemistry, physics and biology powering the world's greatest illusions. Breaking Magic fuses the showmanship and mystery of street magic with the raw power of science. Watch as each trick surprises unsuspecting bystanders with mystifying results." Starring James Galea, Ben Hanlin, Wayne Houchin and Billy Kid. 8.6.13


Mark James, now taking lecture bookings for 2014: "In a groundbreaking new format, the full evening magic lecture will comprise a 25 minute cabaret spot direct from Mark's current working set (not explained), and two brand new lecture spots, one being close-up magic and the other parlour and stage magic. The evening will round off with a no holds barred Q&A session. Mark will be supported on the tour by Darren Robinson and his company G Playing Cards who will provide a full dealer's stand, giving club members a chance to stock up on useful items as well as checking out some of the latest releases. All of this comes at the price of a regular lecture booking. Due to a busy performing schedule the lecture is only available in January and February 2014. Get in touch via to receive the full information pack." 8.6.13


Magician Shane Sterling entertains Prince Harry alongside The Stereophonics and Ellie Goulding at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, on Thursday 30th May for the Walking with the Wounded Crystal Ball 2013. Shane, himself an ex injured soldier and now a professional magician, was invited to entertain His Royal Highness Prince Harry at the Ball. His Royal Highness was so impressed with Shane's magic that he later invited Shane to his table to perform more of his magic, where the Prince said that it was some of the best magic and misdirection he had ever seen! For more information on Shane Sterling visit 8.6.13


Joe Swing aka Zane of Zane's Magic Shop recently sang at a wedding at The Royal Berkshire Hotel in Ascot where pop star 'Duffy' (photo) was the sister of the Groom. "Duffy was very complimentary about my singing and even made a point of coming up to me and praising me after I finished singing one of the songs, which I thought was really nice - I was chuffed for days! Afterwards we had a nice chat and had some photos together." Joe Swing will be appearing on the Friday night gala show at this year's IBM Convention in Buxton performing his act which combines Rat Pack style crooning with magic. If you would like to book Joe Swing to sing at your Event or Dinner visit 8.6.13


Extreme Clowning Update. J.J. of Extreme Clowning writes: Calling all magicians, children's entertainers and jugglers. Extreme Clowning started in 2003 and the work we have done in the last 10 years has been small, but needed. There is no one else that offers what we offer and we are becoming a C.I.C (Community Interest Company). There is a huge number of people in Peterborough who are disabled, visually impaired and have learning disabilities. We would like to offer them something different, something fun. We have a venue in mind and already people have shown interest. Our activities will focus on the alternate arts, such as balloon modelling, magic, puppeteering, prop building, mime and clowning. Some of you may have met my friend Jimmy at the Blackpool Convention a few years ago. Jimmy was born deaf and went blind at the age of 18, he learnt about magic through Extreme Clowning. We are currently looking for sponsors of equipment and in the past we have been sponsored by The Berglas Foundation, Derren Brown, Uri Geller, Kaymar Magic, and Beard Juggling. Anyone can help by donating props which we can use in our sessions. I am pleased to announce that Beard Juggling are already on-board and are donating some juggling equipment. These items do not have to be new and a lot of the magic will be adapted to be used with the visually impaired, so condition is not a major requirement. If you can help in anyway please email me at and we will add you on our website as a sponsor. Please spread the word and think of us if you have any unwanted magic / props that we could use and teach a new generation of performers. J.J. 8.6.13


Royle Wedding. Controversial Hypnotist, Magician and Mind Reader Jonathan Royle was married to Rachel Houghton in Cyprus on Thursday 6th June. Friends past and present are invited to join them for drinks, music, food and fun on Friday 5th July in the function suite, upstairs at The Flying Horse Hotel on Town Hall Square in Rochdale. Full details: Click Here. 8.6.13


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