Number 680 - 6th July 2013


Dynamo: Magician Impossible. Series 3. The first of the new series airs on Watch this Thursday... Steve Corbett reports in The Sun: "'I want to be a Britain's Got Talent judge' As his world domination continues, superstar magician Dynamo sets his sights on Simon Cowell's shows. Look out, Britain's Got Talent judges - one of the world's best magicians is after your job! In an exclusive interview and photo shoot with TV Magazine to celebrate the new series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible on Watch (Thursday, 9pm), the 30-year-old magic man reveals his new ambition..." See TV Magic for listings. 6.7.13


Dani DaOrtiz, Christian Engblom and Miguel Angel Gea to appear at the International Magic Convention in November. From the organisers: Following last week's announcement of the special extra event at the International Magic Convention on Saturday 16th November (An Evening of Bar Magic) we are thrilled to announce that just three of the many magicians performing at this event will be Dani DaOrtiz (photo), Christian Engblom and Miguel Angel Gea. Together the trio, known affectionately as The Fat Brothers, who have two phenomenal group DVDs alongside their own personal products, will be making their first combined UK Convention appearance. The format of the evening will be not only the Bar Magic session at the Press House Wine Bar featuring the above trio along with a number of other close-up mix'n'mingle, table and bar top magicians and other performers, but also a special cabaret style performance by other artistes next door at The Bridewell Theatre.


We promise a full evening of amazement, wonder and laughter starting at 7.30pm that not only will you love, but will also be a wonderful evening for your friends, partners and spouses to see some of the world's best magical artists in two of London's most convivial and atmospheric venues. This event will run at the same time as the Saturday Gala Show - but don't worry, the Gala Show is repeated in its entirety on the Sunday evening too, so you can catch it then! Our scheduling of the Convention allows you to see all the events - no need to ultimately have to choose between one event or another and miss the opportunity to see anything or anyone during the course of the Convention. Tickets available as always via 6.7.13


Magic triumphs at 'Britain Does Variety 2013'. Recent Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year winner Sebastian Walton, who so impressed us back in April when he took that title, was placed second at Britain Does Variety 2013 (Watford Palace Theatre, June 22nd) coming in just one point behind winner David Penn (reported last week). Sebastian presented the same material as in his Young Magician of the Year act, but with additional guidance from magician Matthew Wright. Sebastian's charisma and cheeky delivery was electric on the night, with the audience really warming to the sparks that went flying! Twenty seven acts featured in the final, including comedians, bands, dancers, acrobats and singers. Piff the Magic Dragon was the special guest as the judges deliberated and was excellent as ever, making it a great night overall for magic. Many congratulations to Seb, he has that comic 'magic ingredient' that only appears once in a magic generation (Daniels and Dobson). DT. 6.7.13


Alan Hudson: Magician or Superhero? Edinburgh Preview. One of The List’s “Top 5 magicians to see” at Edinburgh 2012, Alan Hudson made a splash with his debut Edinburgh show last year. He returns as a genuine superhero with a brand new show packed with comedy and magic for 2013. Being a superhero can be a burden, but not if you don't use your powers for mundane tasks like rescuing babies from burning buildings, or saving the world... Having amazing powers like super strength, X-ray vision and lightning fast speed can be fantastic fun if used wisely... for financial gain and impressing women. Expect funnies, powers that look like magic and audience participation. "Hudson is an astounding comic, magician and mind reader" **** ThreeWeeks. "Hudson performs each set piece with élan" **** Metro. "Hudson’s well-worn geniality makes the show… a joy to behold" The List. Leicester Square Theatre, London, Thursday 11th July at 8.30pm. Tickets £5 Alan is taking his brand new show to Edinburgh Festival performing everyday at 4.40pm at The Caves, Just The Tonic. This is the only chance to catch this show in London first. Edinburgh tickets: 6.7.13


Magicians of Facebook UK Convention, Bromsgrove Holiday Inn, 19th & 20th October 2013: "Magicians of Facebook UK is coming back to Bromsgrove, with more lectures, more workshops, more of your questions answered, but not forgetting a competition with an amazing prize! You can also check out the latest products and restock your close-up case in the dealers hall, so what are you waiting for? Get over to the Magicians of Facebook convention page for up to the minute updates and info as it happens!" Featuring Fay Presto, Peter Turner, Harry Robson, Kieron Johnson, Gary Jones and Lee Hathaway. Registration: £20.00 6.7.13


Kidology 2013, the children's entertainers convention taking place on Monday 10th September at The Civic Hall Wolverhampton, have just added a lecture-workshop from Paul Morley to their line-up for the day. Also added to the dealer list, 'Mission Magic' and 'One Way Puppets', plus the welcome return of Magic Books By Post. Full details of the convention can be found at - to keep up to date with news on the convention join the Facebook group KidologyUK. 6.7.13


Don’t miss your final chance to see London previews of “The Outsider” – the brand new magic show from the 'minds' of Ben Hart. The Outsider is Ben’s first solo Edinburgh Fringe show and is produced by Stephen Baker and Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent Management. Having spent his life using magic to solve impossible problems, Ben now turns his attention to himself. Be amazed by his magic, impressed by his skill and moved by how the owner of such a brilliant mind can still be so in need of a cup of tea and a cuddle. The Outsider is directed by BAFTA award-winning Anthony Owen (Exec Producer: Derren Brown / The Real Hustle). Tickets £7.50 (Concs £6.50), Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th July, 7.30pm. Hen and Chickens Theatre, 109 St Pauls Road, Islington, London N1 2NA (Map). Box Office: Click Here. 6.7.13


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 25th July: "With IBM two-time stage champion James Parker, former Young Magician of the Year Ben Hart, the talented and amusing Hugh Nightingale, and magician, musician and unusualist Max Somerset. Compered by the effervescent Stephen Barry. The show is in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Parking is free after 6.30pm. Come early to enjoy dinner in one of the bars or in the 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 from" 6.7.13


Morgan & West: A Grand Adventure - Greenwich Theatre, London. Gadzooks! Time travelling magicians Morgan & West have lost the secrets to all of their tricks and by hell or high water intend to get them back. Join the dashing duo on the expedition of a lifetime as they cross continents, meddle with miscreants and sneak into secret societies. Can they catch the crooks, recover their quarry and confound the crowds with their clever conjuring? Find out in... Morgan & West: A Grand Adventure! Wednesday, 17th July and Thursday 18th July. See for more info and to book. 6.7.13


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day, London. Dealers from across the country will be exhibiting the latest magic products from around the world at the Royal National Hotel (Galleon Suite), 38–51 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG (Map) on Saturday 26th October from 10am to 5pm. £5 Entry (free for members). Dealers should email Keith Pain to book a stand 6.7.13


Build a full-size car! The one and only UK lecture/workshop that Robbie Furman will present in the UK will be held on Wednesday 10th July in Sutton. The day will run from 10am to 5pm all at the bargain price of £45, which includes a DVD on how to build a car as well. The DVD is only available to those that attend the class and will not be for sale anywhere else. The car will be made from 321 modelling balloons and the day will go into every fine detail on how to build the car with tips and tricks along the way. The car is a reputation builder and will definitely get you noticed. For more details and to book visit 6.7.13


Derren Brown talks about his new West End show to Dermot O'Leary today on BBC Radio Two (see TV Magic). "Theatre Review: Derren Brown: Infamous @ Palace Theatre" Click Here. "Review: Derren Brown's Infamous at the Palace Theatre leaves us dumbfounded by his trance trickery" Click Here. "Derren Brown talks being Infamous and the pressure of living up to stunts" Click Here. 6.7.13


Marked 4 Life by Wayne Dobson. In a nutshell, if you don't already work with a marked deck then you really should! If you like the idea of a spectator shuffling a deck of cards, thinking of any number between 1 and 52 and you then instantly being able to name the card at the position they've chosen, then this book is for you! Eight stunning routines with a great contribution by one of France’s premier magicians, Boris Wild. “The essence of a marked card gives us secret information. Of course, what we do with this information is either useless or epic. Within these pages you will find only the epic!” Nick Einhorn. Visit: today! 6.7.13


Clive Anderson is joined by Derren Brown, Richard Madeley, Rich Hall and Isy Suttie for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy this evening at 6.15pm on BBC Radio 4. See TV Magic. 6.7.13


MagicNevin News and Deals: "We have some great new products added this week but are especially pleased to be offering the 2 latest Karnival Decks on pre-order (currently scheduled for release 19/07/2013), Click Here. We would also like to offer MagicWeek readers a 20% discount for the coming week (until 12/07/2013) on the Spider Pen Pro. To get the discount enter MWJULY into the coupons/discount box during checkout. You will also benefit from our standard free shipping making the total price payable £91.19." 6.7.13


Jon Allen: Manchester and Blackpool dates. Manchester Circle of Magicians members will enjoy the lecture of Jon Allen on Monday 8th July at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford M5 4PE (Map) at 8pm. Jon is one of the UK's most acclaimed performers and creators having invented "The Destination Box", "Double Back", "The Pain Game", "The Silent Treatment" and "Flexion". On Tuesday 9th July Jon moves on to Blackpool Magicians Clubroom where he will lecture to the members. Derek Lever. 6.7.13


Stuart Burrell's "Now get out of that!" A History of Escapology lecture has been added top the MagicWeek Lecturers section: "Escapology remains a magical art like no other and yet the history of this art form is not often discussed…. And no, it did not start with Harry Houdini. Comprising historical case studies and escapes the 2 hour (plus) lecture will cover the genesis of the art, through the golden age of Houdini and onto more modern examples with some simple escapes for use on stage or at a table (yes there is ‘close up’ escapology). For more information and to enquire about booking the evening for your club visit the Lecturers section. 6.7.13


Merlins of Wakefield are now taking bookings for their 2013 magic workshops. There are two types: one for children from 10-16 years old who are interested in developing their magical skills and one for adults with a basic knowledge, but who wish to learn some more advanced techniques. Mark Lee will also be preparing some special effects exclusively for the workshop! For more details on the 0-16 years workshop Click Here and for more on the Adults, Click Here. If you have any queries call Merlins on 01924 339933 or email 6.7.13


Historic Escapology Event at Southend on Sea's Adventure Island Fun Park - 14th September. Escapologist Stuart Burrell (above) will attempt to complete a quadruple set of escapes at Adventure Island Fun Park in his home town of Southend-on-Sea, Essex as part of the “Escape for Life” series. The Escapes themselves are both historic and ground-breaking and include an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the most handcuffs unlocked in one minute, a recreation of a chair escape performed by Harry Houdini himself when he visited and performed in Southend on Sea in 1911, an escape from a regulation medical Straitjacket whilst riding inside one of the cars of the big wheel and the first attempt in over twenty five years to escape from restraints whilst riding a rollercoaster which has a full vertical loop! Harry Houdini performed at the Hippodrome Theatre in Southend on Sea and also at a private function at the Alexander Yacht Club where he performed a Chair Escape for the members. He performed between the 27th of March and the 1st of April 1911. It remains his only performance in Essex throughout his career. The Strait Jacket being used is manufactured by Posey ( an American based Medical Restraint and equipment manufacturer established in 1937. The jacket in question meets the regulation requirements of the verification committee of Guinness World Records. The jacket has not been modified and requires a different escape method to the ones commonly associated with strait jackets. The escapes will take place from 5.30pm on Saturday 14th December. Adventure Island is the UK's leading 'Free to Enter' Fun Park and is located on Western Esplanade, on the Sea Front, in Southend on Sea. 6.7.13


Chris Stevenson - Act and Lecture at the Order of the Magi. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: On Tuesday 9th July 2013 The Order of The Magi welcomes back award winning and highly successful magician Chris Stevenson to present his competition act followed by a total explanation of everything with lots of advice for the working performer. Effects include a Purse Frame routine, Ring on Rope, The Classic Force (this alone is one of the best I have seen G.N.) and his multiple card routine. The reviews from others who have seen this lecture are very complimentary so come along and watch someone in the know. Chris will have some effects and a DVD available on the night. The lecture starts at 8.00pm at the New Irish World Heritage Centre 1 Irish Town Way (off Queens Road) Manchester M8 0AE (Map) look out for the big Metrolink sign. There is a door charge for non members. 6.7.13


Magic Outlaws. Street magic. From the biggest cities to the smallest towns people everywhere share a common explosive emotional reaction when confronted with a seemingly impossible feat of magic. Magicians, more than any other type of performer, have the uncanny ability to confound all normal expectations and Street Magicians do it as up close as possible. In Magic Outlaws, three world class magicians travel the US performing unbelievable acts of street magic in a journey that is part classic street magic show, part travel log and part The Hangover. The Magic Outlaws descend on a city or town in their convertible Cadillac and explore everything that makes the place great, giving a first-hand look into the people, places and things they find through the eyes of ground-breaking original street magic. Starring Chris Korn, David Minkin and Ben Seidman. Travel Channel (Sky 251, Virgin 288, Freesat 405) Wednesdays at 7.30pm. See TV Magic. 6.7.13


"Derren Brown's mind games" (for video enter PostCode: BT7 1EB) Click Here • Dynamo does the trick for loyal fan The Queen" Click Here • "Luke Jermay: I want to know who you lost your virginity to and your deepest, darkest secrets" Click Here • "Illusionist review: Luke Jermay, Edinburgh" Click Here • "I can make the Burj disappear: Emirati magician" Click Here • "Arab Magician Claims he Can Make Burj Khalifa Disappear" Click Here • "How to respond to a heckler? The rules are different depending who you are." Click Here (and to order 'How To Handle Hecklers' mentioned in the article, visit • "Now You See Me: Magic makes a return to the movies" Click Here • "Dynamo 'terrified' filming show in hurricane" Click Here • "Now You See Me - video review" Click Here • "'Magician' bites cop during arrest in Saudi" Click Here • "'Mentalist' Lior Suchard shows his mind-reading skills in our TV special" Click Here • "A grand night predicted" Click Here • Looks like another beautiful sunny weekend ahead here in the UK. Turns out that the sun only has another 5 billion years worth of fuel left, so enjoy it while it's hot. See you next week, Duncan. 6.7.13