Number 681 - 13th July 2013


The Secret Life of Uri Geller... "Uri Geller, the controversial mentalist, paranormal expert and spoon bender, has had a life in front of the cameras, a life surrounded by controversy, a life dotted with amazing psychic demonstrations. But most people do not know that, away from the bent cutlery and broken watches, he has been leading a second, covert, life as a 'psychic spy', working secretly and without recognition for nearly 30 years. This secret life has included work for military and intelligence agencies on three continents; indeed, the scientists who first did rigorous research on Geller more than 40 years ago (and concluded that he has a phenomenal gift) were funded by the CIA. In this documentary, the intriguing story is explored, with compelling interviews from Uri himself as well as those who knew and worked closely with him." 9pm on Sunday 21st July on BBC 2. See TV Magic. 13.7.13


In conversation: Derren Brown and Andy Nyman. "When thinking of collaborations, well-known names such as Gilbert and Sullivan, Kander and Ebb, and Rodgers and Hammerstein spring to mind. However, long-time collaborators Derren Brown and Andy Nyman are fast becoming a contender to that list, but whether that’s down to the pair’s ever-growing success or their supernatural abilities to literally work their way into people’s minds is unknown..." writes Kate Stanbury, for "Derren Brown is simply gobsmacking" Click Here • Theatre review: Derren Brown - Infamous at Palace Theatre" Click Here • "Derren Brown: 'I get kicked out of casinos'" Click Here • "Magic of being on stage still amazes me, says Derren Brown" Click Here. 13.7.13


Dynamo dominated in the media last week, with the launch on Thursday of Dynamo: Magician Impossible series 3. Here's a look at just some of those stories... "Dynamo: 'They treated me like Justin Bieber in Russia'" Click Here • "For his next trick: Dynamo to work his magic at V Festival" Click Here • "Kimberley Walsh, Rachel Stevens and TOWIE's Lydia Bright turned up to Dynamo's secret London show last night" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo: Samuel L. Jackson was toughest gig" Click Here • "It's On! Illusionists Dynamo And Criss Angel Go Head To Head Over Allegations Of Stolen Tricks" Click Here • "Dynamo's 12 most incredible tricks on video ahead of TV return of Dynamo: Magician Impossible" Click Here • "Breakfast's Louise Minchin caught out by Dynamo trick" Click Here • "Oops! Iggy Azalea leaves Dynamo gig with unsightly lipstick smudged across her nose and chin" Click Here • "Video: Magician Dynamo chats Robbie Williams, fainting girls and being stabbed by Jessica Ennis" Click Here • "Dynamo trumps any frilly-shirted conjuror" Click Here • "Dynamo: Magician Impossible" Click Here. 13.7.13


Davenport's Magic Kingdom: A Dream to Reality. "Amazing! Incredible! Wonderful! Wow! These were some of the utterances emanating from the four-score invited guests to the official opening of Davenport's Magic Kingdom situated in North Walsham, Norfolk on Saturday July 6th..." Donald Bevan reports on the official opening of this innovative magic exhibition / museum / entertainment venue, that enjoyed its official opening last Saturday. To read the full report Click Here. For more information and to book a visit, see "Paul Daniels at opening of Davenport’s Magic Kingdom in North Walsham" Click Here. 13.7.13


Have You Got What It Takes? A cash prize of £1,000, a magnificent trophy and the title of 'International Close Up Magician of the Year 2013' awaits one lucky contestant taking part in this, the 30th, International Close-Up Competition that forms part of the International Convention in London this year (November 15th, 16th & 17th). With many overseas Convention organisers in the audience, it also acts as a wonderful 'showcase' resulting in further work offers overseas. Those who are thinking of entering this prestigious competition, which also has 2nd and 3rd cash prizes as well, are invited to contact International Magic at for an application form and set of rules. Photo: Last year's winner Pierric, from Switzerland. 13.7.13


Steve Dela’s Fantasmagoria, Thursday 25th July. An evening of spectacular magic, mind reading and visual illusionary culminating with the world famous ‘Bullet Catch’ as you have never seen it before! Steve began performing magic professionally at the age of 16. Just one year later he won The Magic Circle's prestigious ‘Young Magician of The Year’ competition which meant that he also gained automatic entry to this world famous organisation at 18. Within just two months he had been promoted to ‘Associate of The Inner Magic Circle’ with Silver Star. Steve still holds the honour of being the youngest ever recipient of that degree. Venue: Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham BR3 3SR (Map). Doors 7pm, show 8pm – 10pm. Tickets £15 (show only) or £18 (show with BBQ). Tickets are available from also see and What's On for more dates. 13.7.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. "Magic Night on  Friday, August 2nd, features nut and egg tricks, toilet paper, private detectives, fruit, and a dangerous 'hand stab' that makes unsolicited body piercing look safe. We have concocted a fun, high-octane night of tricks and for this show. It’s August, it’s hot (hopefully) and we have some fine laughs and magic for you. Steven Barry returns with some mind bending trickery whilst the excessively tall Lee Hathaway is onstage (we advise not lending him money). AJ will be playing with knives and endangering himself in ways no human ought to. Wez Zaharuk, the prop meister extraordinaire, plays with an array of objects and whips up members of the audience (literally). Compered by the Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee with spikes." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Friday August 2nd. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. £14 on the door. Show ticket plus dinner: £25. Tickets: Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE 020 734 3040 13.7.13


Harry Robson Home Counties Magical Society Lecture. Robin Maddy writes: The Home Counties Magical Society are very pleased to announce that Harry Robson will be presenting his lecture 'A laugh a Minute with Harry Robson' at their meeting on Thursday 18th July. The lecture will be in two parts, Performance and then Explanation, of a wide variety of effects. A half-hour workshop will follow the lecture to reinforce the items taught. Visitors are most welcome at a fee of £10. Meetings start at 8pm at the Shinfield Village Hall, School Green, Shinfield RG2 9EH (Map). For details how to find us please visit our website at we look forward to seeing you there. 13.7.13


Magic Show becomes top Blackpool attraction. Michael Jordan's High Jinx Magic and Illusion Show became Trip Advisor's number one attraction in Blackpool last week. The Family variety show which features magic, illusion, juggling, music and dance has been an instant hit with Blackpool visitors, since it opened at the Horseshoe last year. The two-hour evening show is on every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 7.45pm until November 4th. Matinee shows are every Saturday with additional selected dates throughout the season 13.7.13


Kidology UK update. Alec Powell writes: Julie Carpenter will be one of the lecturers at Kidology UK, the convention for Kids Entertainers held on 9th and 10th September 2013. She will be focusing on entertaining the under fives in a presentation entitled 'Julie Noted'. This is a very important market for children's entertainers and will be of great value to anyone wanting to get into that area of work. She will also be appearing in the 'night before the convention cabaret' with her G.I. Julie act. The cabaret will also star Sammie Brookes with the Magic of Dean Martin and the fabulous 'Slightly Unusual' Comedy Illusionists. Tickets for the night before are now in short supply. To book go to 13.7.13


Chris Congreave and Gary Jones's 'Magicians Workshop' took place on Sunday, 7th July, and was a great success. Here's some of the feedback: "Just a quick note to once again thank you for a fantastic day yesterday, the whole day was fun and extremely informative" Gary Plumridge. "Brilliant, practical advice from two guys who really know the business!" Grant Maidment. "You could not ask for two better tutors. Gary and Chris’s experience just shone through in everything they said and did." Derek Gustard. "Words of wisdom in spades and great tricks given by two superb professionals." Paul Turner. Chris emails: "In light of the really positive feedback, we are in the early stages of planning another, and would ask if anyone is interested in coming along to the next one, to contact us via our website and we will keep you fully informed as to when and where it will be. 13.7.13


News from Warped Magic: " is run by a full time professional close-up magician, so please feel free to call or email with any questions. Warped Magic is an online UK based magic shop that stocks all the latest magic effects, DVDs, decks of cards and accessories, including a full range of Sherpa pens and the latest releases from Marc Oberon and Richard Sanders." Visit to see what's new. 13.7.13


Join The British Magical Society. Membership Secretary Jay Adkins writes: The British Magical Society is situated in Birmingham, England. Established in 1905, it is one of the oldest and most well respected societies in Great Britain and the world. Our members range from casual hobbyists right through to working professional magicians, mind readers, and other entertainers. We have meetings at least three times a month and at the majority of meetings, there is a lecture. These lectures are given by working professionals, not just from the UK, but all around the world. And currently we are looking for new members to join our society, whether you know two tricks, or two hundred, we'd love for you to come along. Anyone wishing to join will be required to fill out an application form, along with their first year's subs and one-off joining fee. Applicants will be interviewed and, if accepted, are usually considered as Candidates in the first instance. Within a few months, Candidates will be required to present an audition act for consideration for full membership. For a membership application form email: 13.7.13


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Chris Wardle Lecture - The Pentacle Club. Alan Maskell writes: Chris Wardle, A.I.M.C, makes a welcome return to The Pentacle Club on Tuesday 16th July, to present his latest lecture ‘New Tricks’. This is a collection of brand new material covering close-up, stand up, children’s magic and mentalism with the emphasis on cunning, streamlined methods which produce baffling effects. Anyone who has seen Chris previously will know that they are in for an evening of practical material that they will use. His ideas have appeared in books, magazines and have been used on TV and the stage. He has a regular column in The Magic Circle’s monthly magazine. The Club meets at St Laurence's Primary School, Arbury Road, Cambridge, and doors open at 7.40pm with the lecture starting at 8pm, visitors are welcome and there is a £5 charge for non-members. 13.7.13


Hungarian Card Magician Jozsef Kovacs is currently in the middle of his UK lecture tour.  A regular columnist in the IBM British Ring magazine The Budget and contributor to a number of magazines and publications, Jozsef’s original creations are not to be missed. See What's On for remaining venues and dates. 13.7.13


Paul Scott Cornish Magical Society lecture: On Sunday 21st July 2013 at 3pm the Cornish Magical Society presents the Close-up & Card Lecture of Paul Scott. "A lecture packed with tricks and routines from over 40 years as a professional performer." It takes place at Carnon Downs Village Hall which is between Truro and Falmouth. Visiting magicians welcome. For more details ring 01726 851823. 13.7.13


News from the Northampton Magician's Club: Tony Griffith will be presenting his highly acclaimed Reflections lecture for the Northampton Magician's Club on Tuesday 16th July. The venue is the Yeoman of England, High Street, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6LP (Map) and the time, 8pm. Non-members welcome, £8 charge. Details from Royston on 01604 411413. Tony is now booking his Reflections lecture for the next twelve months. For more details see 13.7.13


The Magic Triangle Magic Mart, Sunday 21st July. Doors open 6.30pm, sale starts 7.30pm. Thorrington Village Hall, Church Road, Thorrington, Colchester, Essex CO7 8HQ (Map). An opportunity to sell all those tricks and props that you have bought and never used and an opportunity to buy tricks and props that others have bought and never used, to replace them with! To book a table (£5 each) call 01206 543969 or email: Keith Norman, Chairman, The Magic Triangle 13.7.13


Magical writer and performer Adam Hudson has created a new "Any Card at Any Number" effect titled 'Annabelle’s Card' which has been labelled "elegant and deceptive" by mind reader Marc Paul and "a step closer to the Holy Grail of card magic" by Wayne Dobson. Proceeds generated from the effect will be donated to The Sick Children's Trust which is a charity that Adam is an ambassador for. The effect can be obtained as a instant download from and all support for this campaign would be much valued and appreciated. 13.7.13


"Review: Luke Jermay – Sixth Sense" Click Here • "Joe Hadsall: Journalists clueless in covering magicians" Click Here • "Arsenal have a resident magician... but after eight years without a trophy isn't it time he pulled some silverware out the hat?" Click Here • "‘Magic Camp’ Allows Kids To Discover Tricks — And Themselves" Click Here • "Teen magician works his magic in Las Vegas" Click Here • "Las Vegas’ crown prince of magic: Jan Rouven follows in the footsteps of masters" Click Here • "Magician honoured after receiving honour from his hero" Click Here • "Local teen magician heads to convention in Las Vegas" Click Here • "David Copperfield's magical relationship with God and Judaism" Click Here • "The Tricky Business of Innovation: Can You Patent a Magic Trick?" Click Here • Another busy week. Many thanks for your news, see you next week, Duncan. 13.7.13