Number 678 - 22nd June 2013


Derren Brown returns to London's West End with a brand new live show this Monday, June 24th. The acknowledged master of psychological illusion will once again mesmerise, shock and entertain the nation. Derren says: "I enjoy the stage shows more than anything else. Live on stage is the best place for what I do: it's unpredictable, and the audience knows there is no possibility of judicious editing". On stage as well as on television Derren is in a class of his own, exhilarating audiences with his unique brand of entertainment. For the past twelve years he has created television and stage performances that have stunned audiences, debunked the paranormal, won copious awards and encouraged many to improve and enhance their own mental abilities. His first show appeared in 2000, Derren Brown: Mind Control, and was followed with Trick of the Mind, Trick or Treat and a series of Specials including the controversial Russian Roulette, the hugely popular Events, Hero at 30,000 Feet and the more recent Derren Brown: The Experiments, which won the 2012 BAFTA award for Best Entertainment Show. Please Note: The performance is not suitable for under 12's. 24th June - 17th August. Book online: or call 0844 482 9676 (24hrs). 22.6.13


Dynamo: Magician Impossible Series 3 premieres Thursday July 11th at 9pm. "The most original British magician to emerge in decades, Dynamo has stunned audiences around the world with his genre-bending mix of large scale illusions, incredible sleight of hand and innovative street magic..." Sneak peek, Click Here. "Dynamo Maxs his potential. Illusionist puts the fizz back into pop as he becomes the face of Pepsi Max" Click Here. Win Tickets to See Dynamo Live: "Dynamo is performing live at our exclusive, secret gig at an intimate London venue and we want you to be there! Find out how you can win. Money can't buy tickets for this spectacular one-off event." Click Here. "Prince of Wales 'shocked' by illusionist's hand contortions" Click Here. "UKTV will premiere Dynamo series online before TV" Click Here. "Samuel L. Jackson to star in Dynamo's third series" Click Here. 22.6.13


The Magic Circle Christmas Show 2013: The Magic Circle Christmas Show is one of our entertainment highlights of the year. It’s your chance to tour our fantastic Headquarters, visit The Magic Circle Museum, see Close-up magic performed by some of our best magicians and then see an entertainment line-up of some of the best conjurors and illusionists that the world’s most exclusive club has to offer! The show sells out every year so early booking is strongly recommended." 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th December. Book online via 22.6.13


Luke Jermay: Sixth Sense. This man that can read your mind! At the Leicester Square Theatre, London from 8th to 13th July. "Luke Jermay is the most incredible man you’ve probably never heard of. He can read your mind. No, really; he can read your mind. He doesn’t use mind games or psychological tricks, he is not a magician; there are no smoke and mirrors. He can simply read your mind. His awe inspiring intuitive abilities have gained him high profile fans such as Derren Brown, Dynamo and Uri Geller who all agree Jermay’s abilities are unequalled. Now English born intuition artist Luke Jermay is bringing his Sixth Sense to the West End for the first time after years headlining his own one-man show in Las Vegas. Now is the time for Luke Jermay to bring his gifts to the spotlight; and they will leave you astonished at the power of the mind." To book visit Also see: 22.6.13


Marvin’s Magic are one of the featured attractions at West End Live in Trafalgar Square this weekend. Presented by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre, West End Live showcases the quality and diversity of entertainment on offer in the heart of London, promoting the West End as an exciting venue for all the family. It's all live, all free, and in the iconic setting of Trafalgar Square. Featuring showcase performances from every West End musical, live bands and a wonderful array of interactive exhibits from many of London’s top museums, galleries and cultural institutions – West End Live is a unique event that has grown to become a hugely popular fixture in London’s entertainment calendar. Marvin’s Magicians will be in a special marquee attraction in association with The London Film Museum with the theme of “Magic of the Movies”. The event runs Saturday June 22nd 11-6pm and Sunday 23rd 12-6pm with Marvin introducing on the main stage at 2.55pm, the Marvin’s Magic Freaky Body Illusion act performed by Justin Monehen. Two hundred thousand visitors are expected to visit West End Live this weekend. 22.6.13


Danny Cole UK lecture tour. Multi award winner Danny Cole has already made a significant mark in the world of magic at a young age. He was twice voted "Stage Magician of the Year" by the membership of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, was a guest performer on Lance Burton's second network special, has consulted and created magic for other magicians and has been a featured performer in Gala shows and at Variety Theatres around the globe. Danny Cole's stylised approach to magic uses entirely new concepts and principles. See and YouTube. Email tour organiser Steve Gore to book (for March 2014). 22.6.13


Matthew Wright UK lecture tour. Two-time FISM award winner and Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2008 Matthew Wright is back in the UK next February for a brand new lecture tour packed full of magic, philosophy and humour. Anyone who has seen Matthew lecture knows that the passion he has for performing and practising is transferred into his teaching effortlessly. Your club members will not only leave with some new skills and tricks, but also with the inspiration to go away and practise what they already are working on. Matthew has been the Director of Magic at The House of Illusion in Spain for five years and during that time he has helped many magicians turn their potential into fully routined professional performance pieces. He uses this experience to teach you and your members how do develop and create your own original pieces with simple formulas and lessons on character building, routining and rehearsals. This is not a boring “theory only” lecture though. Everyone from the “new to magic” to the “seasoned professional” will find something to excite and inspire them, including brand new effects never before seen. Matthew will only be in the UK during February. Email tour organiser Steve Gore to book "Matthew presented one of the most entertaining and enjoyable lectures we have seen. If you book Matthew’s lecture it will be one of, if not the highlight of your year." Mark Traversoni, Leamington & Warwick Magic Society. "The magicians here in New Zealand rate your lecture as one of the best they have seen." Alan Watson MIMC. 22.6.13


Too Hot for the Devil. Matthew Field, former Editor of The Magic Circular and editor of more than 75 magic books has co-written his first book, with US card and coin-expert Tom Gagnon. With more than 60 items, 700 illustrations by Tom (he illustrated The Vernon Chronicles) and 200 pages, the book contains some of Tom's favourite material. For an example of what's in the book, see YouTube . The book is available at magic dealers in the UK as well as in the US, or visit to order online. 22.6.13


Mat Ricardo’s London Varieties. The next show will take place on June 27th at 9.30pm at the Leicester Square Theatre, featuring: "Legendary comedian Jimmy Cricket; hilarious and filthy Jenny Eclair; incredible acrobats So and So Circus; and astonishing mouth juggler Rod Laver. For more info and to book visit Always an excellent evening. 22.6.13


Magician plays the role of an actor. Ali Cook is set to star in four upcoming feature films; sci-fi action drama 'The Anomaly' directed by Noel Clarke and starring Ian Somerhalder; black comedy 'Epic' starring Matthew MacFadyen; crime drama 'Peterman' starring Phil Davis and Alison Steadman and heist thriller 'Get Lucky' starring Luke Treadaway. Get Lucky is being released by Universal and will be in cinemas from August 9th. Watch the trailer here: 22.6.13


Marc Spelmann will be holding a Q&A session on Facebook via open forum 'Full Circle' shortly: Watch Marc's new showreel Click Here. 22.6.13


Chris Cox - Fatal Distraction, part of the Udderbelly Festival on London's Southbank. Friday 28th June. Call the box office on 0844 545 8282 say the magic words 'Magic Cox' and you'll get your tickets for a tenner! 22.6.13


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic Sunday: 7th July. Final details from Travis Perkins and Esme for the 21st Ferrybridge Day of Magic: "First lecturette - ‘Laugh A Minute’ with Harry Robson – renowned worldwide for his slick and commercial ideas. Second lecturette – ‘Pitching the Sven’ presented by Walt Lees ‘pitcher extraordinaire’ – his approach to the Svengali deck can be utilized in many ways. The return of the Workshopette – this year we feature the master of  ‘Cups & Balls’ Brian Watson presenting ‘Chop Cup Know-how’. Plus 10 dealers and traders with a vast array of magic and books. Following a day that is set for wonderment, laughs, magic and thrills, the Showette will bring our 21st to a close, featuring Epsie Havercott, Brian Watson, Walt Lees and A N Other!" Entrance £5.00. Doors open at 9.45am, see details in What’s On section. Further details can be obtained by contacting Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 or email" 22.6.13


Creepy Carmarthen - the Spooky Town Tour. Gruesome executions, macabre murders and tales of ghosts and hauntings are among the stories told in "Creepy Carmarthen - the Spooky Town Tour" being launched this Wednesday by Dr Nicolas Grimoire. The good doctor, aka magician and story-teller Nick Brunger, has unearthed a feast of authentic and very nasty tales about the oldest town in Wales which will be available to both locals and tourists every Wednesday evening during the summer season. Illustrated by a series of mentalism effects involving everyone taking part, the ninety minute long extravaganza ends in the haunted cells and on the scaffold behind the town's Victorian police station. Tours leave the Guildhall steps at 7.30pm and bookings can be made through the local tourist information centre on 01267 231557. Tickets are £7 for adults and £5 for children and OAPs. More details available on Nick's website 22.6.13


Close-Up at The Magic Circle, July 12th, London. This event showcases some of the best in close-up magic and audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of The Magic Circle Headquarters in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing! "Absolutely fantastic, we were given tickets as a present and it's been totally brilliant!" Steve & Lynn Michaels. "I've never seen anything like that before - Absolutely amazing!" Doris Chow. Featuring John Derris, David Weeks, Matthew Le Mottée and Chris Wood. Friday, 12th July. doors open 7pm, starts 7.30pm tickets via 22.6.13


The Card Collection Sale. "We are currently having a sale to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Pop a long to our site and enjoy the bargains. Sale runs until noon on Monday 24th June." 22.6.13


60 tricks in one night! "Manchester Circle of Magicians are in for a treat on Monday 24th June when Derek Lever performs and explains 60 tricks in one night. David Hutchinson will give Derek a breather now and again and it will be like watching a mini-convention in 120 minutes. The venue is Salford Masonic Hall, Helmsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford." Further information from 22.6.13


Gadget Man. Stephen Fry shares his passion for gadgets and new tech, from the everyday to the extraordinary. In this episode, he looks at how gadgets can make shopping and cooking so much easier and far more entertaining. He escorts the world's only driver-less shopping trolley around his local supermarket, tests high-end barbecues and tries out an array of fancy kitchen gadgets as he prepares to host a spectacular dinner party for his friends Derren Brown, Carol Vorderman and Jo Brand. 6pm on Saturday 22nd June on Channel 4, see TV Magic. 22.6.13


Morgan & West's Magical Menagerie with Peter Antoniou and Mat Ricardo. Roll up, roll up! On Tuesday 2nd July at 7.30pm Morgan & West have another two very special guests appearing at their monthly Magical Menagerie. They will be joined by the enfant terrible of stand-up comedy and side show entertainment, Peter Antoniou, and award winning gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo. Tickets £8.50 from Venue: Arts at the Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ (Map) 22.6.13


Walt Lees lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 27th June. "Walt is a past winner of The Magic Circle Close-up Competition and multi-award winner in the British Ring shield, as well as winning the British Magic Championship (Comedy) at Blackpool. He is also a past editor of Magic Info, Pabular, Club 71/The Magician and Abracadabra, and has written many books of original magic. In the lecture, he draws on his long experience as a full-time professional performer and observer/reporter of the UK magic scene (he has probably attended more conventions and watched more magicians in recent years, than anyone else in the British Isles), to pass on hints, tips and suggestions to help improve your own presentations. He also demonstrates some of the solutions that have worked for him." Entry is free for members. Visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in Bookham, Surrey at 8pm. For full details email Adam Mosley 22.6.13


News from The Twins FX: "We have been nominated for two exclusive, high profile industry awards! The voting has just opened and you can vote for The Twins FX in The Technical Theatre Awards, created to highlight the outstanding achievements of individuals and companies working within the theatre industry. The TTAs offer all individuals and companies recognition for the time and commitment that they dedicate to the arts. We have been nominated for the following: The 'AVW' Award for Outstanding Achievement in Automation and The 'StageBitz' Award for Outstanding Achievement in Prop Making. So please vote for The Twins FX". 22.6.13


Midlands Table Top Sale. The South Staffordshire Society of Magicians are hosting a Table Top Sale in the evening on Monday 1st July. There's no entrance fee for visitors who wish to browse and purchase items. Tables are £5 for those wishing to sell; all welcome. For more details visit or email Tables must be booked in advance. Ian Brennan, on behalf of 3SM. 22.6.13


The David Grist Memorial Lecture. Graham Lee writes: Next week is "The David Grist Memorial Lecture". This is a two-day event taking place in Birmingham on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June. On the Tuesday we have a deco/twisting day that incorporates round and modelling 260 balloons. This is being taught by Pam and Paul Pearce. On the Tuesday night we have Robbie Furman from the US who is definitely a larger than life character in the balloon world and then the "Star Lecture" on Wednesday is Antonio all the way from sunny Spain. So a fun-filled packed couple of days. For more details see, You can either attend both days or just the odd day if you are unable to get away for both, booking details: Both days are kindly being sponsored by Qualatex Balloons/Pioneer Europe. 22.6.13


Magicians at the Half Moon, Hertfordshire. Andy Clockwise writes: On Friday 28th June it's time for more "Magicians at the Half Moon", the monthly Magic Comedy Magic show organised by magician Martin Cox. This month's show features comedy magicians Oliver Graham and Mark Shortland (you know, the guy from Penn & Teller's TV Show "Fool Us") compered by The Magic Circle's current Close-up Magician of The Year, Tim Shoesmith (who is also quite funny). Doors open at 7.30pm and the show kicks off at 8pm prompt. Tickets are £10 (you can pay on the door but are advised to book and reserve your seat by calling Martin on 01279 659562). The venue is at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). 22.6.13


Become a children's entertainer with online video training: "If you're interested in becoming a children's entertainer but not sure how to start, you'll want to visit Mike Clarke's new online membership site. With instant-access online video training and two membership levels, this is the place to learn a magic show for children that actually works in the real world!" Visit for full details. 22.6.13


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 22.6.13


"Psychic wins £125,000 over comic's article" Click Here • "Derren Brown on the best cafés for bookworms" Click Here • The Nottingham Guild of Magicians Annual Stage and Close-up Competition is reviewed by Graham Harper this week, Click Here • "For illusionist Jeff Evans, it's all about tricking people while still making them laugh" Click Here • "Can Dynamo save magic on TV?" Click Here • "Magic Singh to appear at Glastonbury" Click Here • Jan Logemann's recent lecture for The Fylde Mystics is reviewed by Allan Clarke MMC, Click Here • "Making magic is tricky business" Click Here • Paul Draper gave a great lecture at The Magic Circle on Monday - see What's On to catch one of his last two dates • Many thanks for all your news submissions - MagicWeek heads into its 14th year next month and has never been busier. See you next week, Duncan. 22.6.13