Number 682 - 20th July 2013


The International Magic Convention and Festival is delighted to announce that Charlie Frye and Company have been booked for both events in November this year. From the organisers: Without a doubt Charlie is the modern all around Vaudevillian with amazing talents in both juggling and magic alongside many of the old time allied arts. His enormous knowledge will be utilised during three different presentations and lectures and his stunning internationally acclaimed act, a virtuoso performance of whirlwind magic and unbelievable juggling stunts, will feature in the Gala Show (repeated on the Saturday and Sunday nights). Just a small amount of his extraordinary talents can be seen in this spoof 'the making of' video 'Chip Master Charlie' a behind the scenes look at an ad he was involved in last year: Click Here.

Charlie's performance and presentations will form just a small part of the talent on show during the week. If you book for all the events (and last year many did) you'll be signing up for over 30 lectures and presentations, 7 different evening performances, the stunning Stage and Close Up Gala Shows, 5 Question and Answer panels, An Evening of Bar Magic, the 30th Annual International Close Up Magic Competition, and of course the Presentation of The David Berglas International Magic Award to a surprise, and very special recipient. Signing up for all events would work out at the unbelievably good value of under £5 per hour to soak up knowledge and information from a total of 38 performers from around the world, each an expert in their respective field, to create a week of magic hedonism that for many is the magical highlight of the year. If you cannot make the whole week no need to be disappointed though as tickets are available for each separate day and evening event during the Festival, and there are one, two or full three-day Convention registrations available too, giving you an unrivalled chance to pick and choose exactly what you can attend. Tickets available from


Andy Nyman’s Creativity Workshop. This workshop was a hit last year at Tannen’s in New York and now Andy Nyman is bringing it to LA for just one night. This is a rare opportunity to learn the secrets Andy Nyman has used and applied to all his creative pursuits; acting, writing and directing. Not only will you learn some of Andy’s thinking whilst he teaches some of his effects, but you will also get the chance to have this Olivier winning director look at some of your act and in the process help strengthen both your performance and the magic. Places are strictly limited. Venue: Todd Karr’s Invisible Manor, LA. Date: Monday 12th August. Time: 6pm-10pm. Price: $200. Book via: Also see and 20.7.13


An Evening of Mystery - Tamworth: We Are Back! Tell your friends! Tell your enemies! Tell your Dog!* (*No Dogs Allowed Except Guide Dogs!) Last month at The Evening of Mystery we had some of the best performers in the county... this month will be no exception: Anthony Jacquin - Hypnotic mind games that will show you, when you harness your imagination and open yourself up to new ideas, reality becomes plastic; Marcus Lewis - One of the best sleight of hand masters in the UK. He blends amazing magic seamlessly with suggestion; Amit Badiani - One of the busiest professional magicians and hypnotists in the UK. Specialising in original close-up magic and hypnosis that will leave you stunned. Plus Close-up Magic and Mentalism from Don Hardy, and more! 8pm, Thursday 1st August, Wherever, Orchard Street, Tamworth, Staffordshire B79 7RE (Map). Event Page with full details: 20.7.13


Magicians at the Half Moon, the monthly comedy magic show, Hertfordshire. Andy Clockwise writes: This month's show on Friday July 26th, features comedy magicians Martin Cox and Paul Abbey. The show will be held together (with gaffa tape probably) by compere Andy Clockwise. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show kicks off at 8pm prompt. Tickets are £10 and you can pay on the door but are advised to book and reserve your seat by calling 01279 659562. The Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). 22.6.13


Fay Presto Manchester Workshop/Masterclass. Martin Allcock writes: Fay Presto will be holding a workshop/masterclass in Manchester on Wednesday 28th August. Fay will be providing the real work on restaurant and banquet magic including sharing her favourite routines for these environments. This will be a hands-on interactive session where all attendees will be expected to try out the routines (props will be provided on the day) and will receive coaching and feedback to ensure that all attendees get the most from the session. The workshop will last approximately 4-5 hours and will be in the afternoon. Places are strictly limited and cost £50. This is a fabulous and exciting opportunity to learn from one of the very best and most highly respected magicians in the UK. Please enquire to 20.7.13


Jasper Blakeley (aka Kockov) at Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol. Reviewed by Heather Pickstock this week... "Kockov - a Monrokvian master mind reader and magician - had the crowd in the palm of his hands when he took to the stage of the Smoke and Mirrors boutique magic theatre pub. Dressed in eye-wateringly tight leather trousers, with a mullet that many 80's pop stars would be proud of, Kockov - aka Jasper Blakeley - performed a non-stop repertoire of mind bending tricks. But his magic routines are just part of the show as unlike some other magicians, Kockov makes his magic and illusions side splittingly funny. He had the audience in stitches with his off the cuff remarks and outrageous humour..." To read the full review, Click Here. 20.7.13


Andy Clockwise will be presenting his children's magic and fun show "Smelly Jelly" at the Victoria Hall Theatre, Bury Road, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0ED at 1pm and 3pm on Thursday 25th July. Suitable for Children aged 4 years upwards, the show is an hour in duration and will feature some of Andy's favourite children's magic along with storytelling and, of course, his sidekick Charlie the Rat. Tickets are priced at £5 each and there are currently a few remaining. Reserve yours by calling 01279 411601. 20.7.13


Chris Rawlins will be lecturing for the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 24th July, at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby: "Chris Rawlins tells people what they are thinking. He demonstrates super human memory and knows even the most obscure of thoughts! Performing close-up, walk around mentalism for an intimate, personal and professional feel. Or performing for larger groups with his unique and engaging stage acts, Chris is guaranteed to leave his audiences speechless." Visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby, there is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Contact Secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 to attend. For more information about the programme for the remainder of the year visit 20.7.13


News from the Bristol Society of Magic: Barrie Savage becomes the new President for the 2013 - 2014 season and we also move to a new venue for the first time in 25 years. As from September we will meet at the Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2QQ (Map). For directions or membership details contact the Secretary The first meeting of the season will be on September 5th with a lecture by Jon Allen. Visiting magicians are welcome to our visiting lecture series. Our website will show the new fixture list in due course. Paul Preager. 20.7.13


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 (photo), 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" 20.7.13


Johnny Fantastica will be performing at the International Sign Circle festival at Longridge showground from 26th to 29th July. Johnny will present his hilarious "Doctor Deaf" comedy show and will also conduct magic workshops over the weekend for both deaf and hearing children. Such is the success of this festival that it has just sold out 20.7.13


Alakazam streaming video... Alakazam's Andy Smith writes: "Alakazam is proud to announce our new streaming video section on our website. It is covered in the newest edition of the Alakazam Vlog (issue 15) which as well as talking about what’s new in the magic world also offers customers a great card trick they can stream instantly from their account, using any device, for the cost of a penny and a chance to win £25 worth of magic!" 20.7.13


Adam Steinfeld's, Yo Houdini! A new horror web series: "Magician Adam Steinfeld of, Adam Steinfeld, Magic Live!®, has posted the first installment of his new Houdini-horror web series, Yo Houdini! Says Adam: '...It's a different approach, not exactly your father's version of Houdini... more for today's hip/urban young internet generation, told thru a first person account, each episode will be under 2 minutes... I first plotted out, a 12 episode story arch, each ending in disastrous results. I'm a big fan of twisted-tales, which is sort of like a magic illusion, you don't see it coming until it's too late.' Check out the under 2min short at" 20.7.13


Northumberland Village Varieties: 'The Circus Comes to Town' - Friday 6th September, Alnwick. "An evening of razzle, dazzle excitement! Expect performances of magnificent magic and illusion, stand-up comedy at its best, live local musicians, daring stunts of escapology and contortion, a world-renowned uni-cyclist juggler, a hat manipulation expert and many more acts to be announced nearer the show date. A bar will be available offering local ales from Wylam Brewery and a range of wines, spirits and soft drinks. Tickets are £6.00 each and can be purchased by emailing Chris Cross: or Tickets can also be purchased from shops locally and a limited number of tickets will be available on the night at £8.00 each. Venue: The Northumberland Hall, 1 The Shambles, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1TN (Map). 20.7.13


Peter Antoniou Comedium - Mimetic Festival, London. "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." Wednesday 24th July at 9pm. Tickets: Click Here. Venue: The Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, London EN2 6DS (Map). 20.7.13


The Secret Life of Uri Geller, tomorrow, Sunday 21st July, at 9pm on BBC 2. "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." See TV Magic. 20.7.13


Steve Dela’s Fantasmagoria: "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). Thursday 25th July. Doors 7pm, show 8pm – 10pm. Tickets £15 (show only) or £18 (show with BBQ). Tickets are available from also see See What's On for additional dates. 20.7.13


Magicians Wanted! Sean Heydon writes: "Two magicians needed in the Leicestersire and Warwickshire area. You are applying for regular work at restaurants on a long term basis (the venues have hired magicians from me weekly for over 8 years). The role will suit very good young magicians who are looking to get in to the magic business or already professional magicians who are looking for a regular income. If you are interested please email" 20.7.13


Insurance for Stage Hypnotists. Gordon Wardle writes: "'Bought by Many' is a company offering to negotiate cheaper insurance deals with large insurance companies for several niche markets. They do this through bulk buying. They have just set up a new group for stage hypnotists. If enough stage hypnotists express an interest in having cheaper public liability insurance then they will negotiate some discounted deals with the big insurance providers. They clearly recognise the unique problems faced by hypnotists in getting suitable insurance. Details here:" 20.7.13


Royle Visit to America. Controversial Stage Hypnotist and Mentalist Jonathan Royle has just signed a deal to run a 3 day training event in all matters "Mind Magic" in Las Vegas in October. He will also be performing while out there. For more details visit 20.7.13


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