Number 677 - 15th June 2013


Find the clues to win one of 25 pairs of tickets to Derren Brown's Infamous. has teamed up with the producers of Derren Brown's latest live show, Infamous, which commences at the West End's Palace Theatre on 24th June, on an exclusive opening promotion - watch the video, Click Here, get searching, and win some tickets! ( also offer theatre ticket deals via their 'Daily Ticket Offer' newsletter).  15.6.13


Registration for the 50th Portsmouth Jumbo Day is now open. Sean Lobban MMC writes: The Portsmouth Jumbo Day has come a long way since it began. Starting out as a magic jumble sale, it has grown in to the south coast's biggest one-day magic event. This year we will continue the theme of having a day crammed full of magic for you to enjoy. There will New and Used Magic Sellers, Merv Cole's Auction, Bob Hamilton's Magic Films, 2 Mini Lectures, A Star Lecture, Close Up Sessions and a Gala Show. All the latest news and announcements are available at the Facebook page You can register in advance with a Fast Track Ticket: £17.50 for adults and £9.00 for juniors (under 16). These tickets are available until Tuesday 15th October. If you wish to sell at Jumbo Day, you can book an Advance Dealer Stand for £41.00 (which admits two people). Tickets will be available on the day: £20 for adults and £10 for juniors (under 16). Registration Forms are available from the website Sunday, 3rd November 2013 at 9am. Venue: Portsmouth & District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). 15.6.13


Kidology Golden Tickets! Organiser Alec Powell writes: "Thanks to the generosity of Heidi, Sam Brooks and Duncan Trillo this year we are offering the chance to win one of Four Golden Tickets for: 1. A waistcoat from Heidi’s Costumes, made to measure up to £50. 2. 100 Business Cards designed and printed by Sammy Brooks. 3. Free registration for Kidology 2014. 4. A one-year subscription to Duncan Trillo’s children's entertainers website directory, Anyone registered to attend Kidology 2013 by the end of June will go into the draw to win one of these great Golden Tickets. For more information about Kidology and booking go to" 15.6.13


See The Card Shark Show at The Royal Institution, London, for just £10. (Follow this link to book £35 seats for £10 each Click Here). "The Card Shark show stars Steve Truglia, an accomplished sleight of hand expert and close up magician. Having passed the notoriously rigorous performance exam for The Magic Circle, Steve sought out long ago hidden secrets within the Magic Circle’s incredible library, to further study these dark arts. In earlier life Steve’s time with UK Special Forces taught him the use of psychological operations to defeat an adversary; skills which are also used by gambling cheats and con artists to this day." An interactive multi-media show by award winning close-up magician Steve Truglia at The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4BS. Shows start at 7.30pm. Running time one hour. For more info visit 15.6.13


Webinar for children's entertainers. Mike Clarke is running a webinar on Thursday 20th June entitled "How to become a children's entertainer". For full details and to register (it's free!), visit 15.6.13


Free Wayne Dobson PDF with every order! Wayne Dobson is currently offering a free PDF (of your choice) with every order... Visit today! 15.6.13


'Evening of Mystery' in Tamworth. Anthony Black writes: I have started putting on a live 'Evening of Mystery' in my home town of Tamworth as there is nothing else like it in the area. We have just had our debut evening last Thursday and because it went so well I have decided to go ahead and host it once a month. I will be performing each month with selected guests. We have just secured Peter Turner for a guest spot. There will be more performers announced on the Official Facebook page here:, and the event page can be found here: 15.6.13


Merlins of Wakefield News. Phil Peters writes: Merlins of Wakefield had a Lecture by Ali Cardabra this week at the shop. The lecture was a new one that contained twelve great effects that were simple but very impressive. The ‘Sounds of Chaos’ and ‘Chop Cup Coin Cup’ were excellent effects which sold out, but will be available from Merlins next week. Lecture notes (CD ROM) and other effects were sold afterwards, and everyone said what a great evening it had been. Well worth contacting Ali if you are looking for a lecture at your club. Also, Merlins have their latest 16 page Jun/Jul Preview out, which is available as a printed or PDF version. Just email for a free copy:" 15.6.13


Peter Antoniou Comedium @ Mimetic Festival, Wednesday 24th July at 9pm. "Join the psychic comedian, Peter Antoniou, as he fondles frontal lobes and tickles funny bones. More accurate than a psychic, just as funny as a stand-up. Whether you've pondered what the future holds, facts about the past, secrets of the universe, or just how a psychic spends his day, Peter has answers for you. It's like he has been possessed by the spirit of a cosmic Google. So just think of your question, sit back and enjoy the answers." Tickets: Click Here. Venue: The Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, London EN2 6DS (Map). 15.6.13


The Magicians Workshop. Gary Jones and Chris Congreave would like to thank all the magicians who have already signed-up for their one day seminar 'The Magicians Workshop' which will take place on Sunday 7th July at Longford House, Cannock WS11 1SJ (Map), and would like to announce that there are only two spaces left. The day will include: How to approach a table; Misdirection techniques; Blocking; Choice of effects; Pocket Management; How to perform at large tables; Psychology; How to interact with staff; Dealing with challenging spectators, and much, much, more. Price: £85 including light refreshments and lunch. For full details visit 15.6.13


The Leamington and Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic. Mark Traversoni writes: Next week is The Leamington and Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic on 18th and 19th June. On the evening of the 18th there will be a dealer demonstration from Saturn Magic and a Mental Miracles Lecture from Mick McCreath. The following day will have lectures from Jamie Allen, Luke Jermay, Shane West (Zoobee) and James Brown, there will also be a workshop from Mike Gancia. Early evening there will be a show from Luke Jermay followed by the Midlands Champion of Champions close-up Competition. Food will be provided from breakfast through to an evening BBQ all for the bargain price of £25.00. Full details including the list of dealers attending can be found on the club website 15.6.13


Mike Stoner's "Close Up Magic - Done The Easy Way" lecture is now being featured on the MagicWeek Lecturer's page: "Close-up magic is all about the effect on the spectator, not the method used to achieve it. So why make it hard for yourself with complex sleights and fancy props? Keep things simple! This lively and entertaining lecture takes a number of classic routines and shows how to create the ultimate 'easy-to-do' version of each. The 'wow factor' is the same but the techniques required have been minimised - and with no difficult moves you can concentrate on performance and patter, making your magic that much more enjoyable for everyone..." For more information, and to book, visit the Lecturers page. 15.6.13


Wayne Fox makes a welcome return to The Order of The Magi in Manchester on Tuesday 25th June to present a new lecture, and demonstration of his favourite products from This is a try before you buy night, showing tested material and is supported by honest advice. The lecture starts at 8.00pm at The New Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way (off Queens Road), Manchester M8 0AE (Map). For those of you who have visited The Magi before this new venue is about 500 yards further down the road from the previous meeting place. Just look for the ‘Metrolink’ sign and turn in there. Door charge for non members. For further details please see Geoffrey Newton PRO. (To book Wayne's evening visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page. DT). 15.6.13


Paul Gordon Card Magic Lecture - Liverpool Magic Circle. Paul Gordon presents 'Gold Dust - The Lecture': "Boris Wild recently wrote, 'It is rare to see a magician who can entertain an audience that much with just a deck of cards. But Paul Gordon is one of them! His shows and lectures are as funny as the magic he performs is strong. Paul perfectly knows what the spectators enjoy and delivers it to them with great humour and killer effects.' Why don't you come and watch Paul in action?" Paul will be performing and teaching magic from his new best-selling best-of book, Gold Dust. Thursday 4th July, 7.30pm at the Crown Inn, Leyfield Road, Liverpool L12 9HA (Map). More info: and 15.6.13


Clive Grewcock - Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. With confirmed booking at the acclaimed Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival this summer over the 2nd and 3rd of August on the outskirts of Inverness, Highland based magician Clive Grewcock is making a return appearance following last year's success with walkabout amongst festival goers, as well as an additional Saturday night spot on the "Venus Flytrap stage" along with performer Magical Bones. Clive commented, "...thrilled to be involved once again and this year in particular as it's the 10th birthday of the festival. The celebration theme is Carnival which will only add to the friendly atmosphere of the event with around 15,000 attending daily. A music festival with James headlining this year and entertainment non-stop for the duration, the organisers have always been a great supporter of magic which makes it a great platform for my work." 15.6.13


Jan Logemann Fylde Mystics Lecture. The Fylde Mystics will be hosting a lecture by Jan Logemann, the current FISM Card Magic Champion, at 8pm on Tuesday June 18th. This will be the only North West lecture from Jan and is sure to be a great night and one you won't want to miss. The lecture will be held at The South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool FY4 5HZ (Map) with a £5.00 on the door charge for visiting magicians. For more information contact Alan Mylecraine or visit 15.6.13


Ozzy Dee will be presenting his interactive children's lecture with a difference entitled 'Thinking Outside The Magic Box' at the Chester Guild of Magicians on October 14th. If any other clubs in the area would be interested in booking the evening other dates are available; email 15.6.13


"Father-son Team Demonstrates Simple Optical Cloaking of Large Objects" Click Here • "Magician will rise to the occasion to entertain dads (video)" Click Here • "Magician Paul Daniels to unveil latest trick at Wargrave Festival" Click Here • "Magician turns $1 into $100 for homeless people - video" Click Here • "Magician Pete Firman will have tricks up his sleeve when he performs Saltburn preview gig" Click Here • "Magician hoping to conjure up a disappearing act for his parking ticket" Click Here • Keith Bennett's recent lecture on coin magic is reviewed by Russell Levinson this week, Click Here • "Emirati magician becomes first Arab to win 'double Oscars' for magic" Click Here • Walt Lees reviews Magic: Unleashed this week, Click Here • "Young magician proving he's got more than enough talent" Click Here • "Which football clubs employ magicians?" Click Here • "Aberdeen magician to appear at festival" Click Here • "Magician Penn Jillette Lists Candy-Colored Mansion (House of the Day)" Click Here"Derren Brown: Man who blew up the World comes to Hull" Click Here • "Video: Woody Harrelson shows off tricks learned from illusionist Keith Barry" Click Here • And finally, it's not magic, but this Space Shuttle Model video Click Here acts as a perfect prequel to this one Click Here which is, in itself, a masterclass in comic timing. That's it for another week, see you next week, Duncan. 15.6.13