Number 685 - 10th August 2013


Juggling with your mind... International Magic is delighted to announce the line up of performers already confirmed for the Mentalism Day, a part of their London Festival of Magic, to be held on November 13th at The Bridewell Theatre in London. Overseas performers include, from Germany, Florian Severin (photo), author of the highly acclaimed book "What Lies Inside" (sample chapter Click Here), Patrik Kuffs, one of Canada's foremost thinkers in the area of mind reading and Charlie Frye. What is juggler doing at a mind reading day? Well those of you who have witnessed Charlie's stunning personal version of Any Card at Any Number will need no convincing that he has a mind as fertile and dedicated to mentalism as it is to juggling. The UK will be represented by Morgan & West, fresh from their Edinburgh Festival run, and Pete Turner, one of the breakthrough names in new and devious thinking when it comes to mind reading. It promises to be a brilliant day with something for everyone who has an interest in the fastest growing branch of magic. Tickets are available from and are £30 each, but remember to check out the other day topics running all that week as the more days you sign up for the cheaper they become! A ticket for all 5 days costs just £80. 10.8.13


World-renowned illusionist Derren Brown and collaborator Andy Nyman tell WhatsOnStage about their latest show, Infamous, which runs at the West End's Palace Theatre until 17th August, Click Here. "Derren Brown 'terrified' as man falls from balcony at show" Click Here. "Doctor reveals further details of Derren Brown horror fall, theatre owner responds" Click Here. "Derren Brown Questions What Couple 'Were Up To' Following 'Terrifying' Fall" Click Here. 10.8.13


Dan Hauss - UK lecture tour. Tour organiser Steve Gore writes: Dan Hauss, the creator of Flow, Rattled, Sleeping Queens, Lit and newest release Rubber Band Thru Hand, has a wealth of unpublished underground magic to share with you! His creative talents have been a secret source for many top magicians including David Blaine, Dynamo and Paul Harris. With many more exciting creations soon to be launched, Dan Hauss will let you into his world of magic. He will show you how to use magic in your everyday life to give you a social edge, meet people, and be the life of the party. Magic is a way of life, not just a job. This lecture will stress the real secret of magic and that is how to connect with people, not alienate them with your well practiced tricks. On top of learning some brilliant never before seen effects, you will come away from this lecture with a better outlook on how to use magic to enhance your personality and connect with your audience. Dan doesn't have a set window to tour in, but we are looking at around April 2014. Please contact for fee details. 10.8.13


Kidology Convention updates. From the organisers: "Kidology, the UK Convention for Kids Entertainers (9th and 10th September) have now booked the Slade Rooms, where the night before event is held, from 12.30 mid-day on Monday 9th September. So early arrivals will be able to meet up and have a drink. Also, Craig Petty and Russell Leeds will be giving a lecture on 'getting into the Restaurant Entertainment market for kid's entertainers'. Craig and his business partner Russell bring a wealth of experience to this subject, which will be well worth going to. For full details go to" 10.8.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London: "Magic Night returns with some human puppetry, juggling knives, and every celebrity you have ever known with a psychic comedium who will tell you exactly what you think of him! Rob James presents some tricky illusions and uses one of you as his magic puppet, AJ will be endangering life, limb and the front row and also inviting you to hurl sharp objects at him. Anil Desai the comedy chameleon will be with us incarnating every celeb you have ever known and Pete Antoniou (photo) uses his formidable psychic power to know exactly what you are thinking about him. Psychic phenomena? Con-man? Who knows? Christian Lee will compere the proceedings." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Friday September 6th. 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 10.8.13


Illusions Magic Bar & Smoke & Mirrors are looking for two Assistant Managers: "Illusions Magic Bar & Smoke & Mirrors are looking for two Assistant Managers to work together as a team (so couples may apply, but it is not a necessity). Since Illusions opened in 2007 the bar has received many awards - we are now looking for 2 individuals to join our magical team. The Magic Themed Bars are unique to Bristol and the UK, and together with the live music, magic and a young friendly staff, offer a great, welcoming atmosphere, where nobody feels out of place. We are currently seeking two outwardly friendly and enthusiastic individuals to help lead our teams. Along with a strong background in the industry, you must be flexible and able to demonstrate attention to detail. The successful applicant must meet the following criteria: Hold a Personal License, Cask Ale Cellar Management, and at least 2 years in bar management. If you are up for the challenge and would like to join us then please send a cover letter detailing why, along with your CV. Must be available to work unsociable hours as this role involves many late night/weekend shifts and bank holidays. Closing date will be 23rd August 2013 all applicants will be contacted after this date." Mark Bennett, Director, Illusions Magic Bar Bristol Ltd 07974 005 280 10.8.13


Case 21 - Cards through Case by Ben Howard: "This is not a card trick, it's a trick with cards. The spectator freely selects, signs and returns a card to a shuffled deck. The illusionist picks up the card case, still holding the deck, and shows the card case on all sides and then places the deck square on the face of the card case... the deck of cards slowly melts through the face of the case in full view. This can be viewed from all sides and angles in confidence. As soon as the deck is fully inside the case, there is one card resting on top of the case - it's the selected card..." For more info and to watch a video visit 10.8.13


Illusions Magic Bar will be 6 years old on September 8th: "Once again we are pulling out all the stops with live magic from the man who fooled Penn & Teller and former Magic Circle Stage Magic Magician of the Year, John Archer, plus the very funny comedy duo The Wizards of Odd and Matt Edwards (photo), who, having just travelled the world will be performing his great comedy act live at Illusions! Tickets are available from our website for only £8, doors open at 6pm." 10.8.13


The V Deck By Peter Nardi: "Imagine vanishing an entire deck of cards while they are in your spectator's hands. Peter Nardi's V-Deck is a bang-up-to-date awesome take on a classic illusion!" Find out more and watch a video at Also, Alakazam Vlog 16 is out - meet the team! Click Here. 10.8.13



Chris Wardle’s ‘New Tricks’ Lecture – Harrogate Society of Magicians. James Ward writes: Chris Wardle, A.I.M.C., makes a welcome return to The Harrogate Society of Magicians to present his lecture ‘New Tricks’ on Monday, 19th August at 8pm. 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 saw Chris last time he lectured at Harrogate will know they are in for an evening of practical material 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. Geoffrey Durham once remarked, ‘Every time I come across a brainchild of Chris Wardle’s, I learn something.’ So come along and learn something on Monday, 19th August. Even better, we’re offering free admission to other magic society members, so you really can’t afford not to be there. For further details on Chris, visit: We meet at Harrogate Conservative Club, 61B East Parade, Town Centre, Harrogate HG1 5LQ (Map). Any questions, please contact our President, Bob McBratney on 01423 340568 or email 10.8.13


Mind Games: "A show featuring spectacular illusions from Chris De Rosa, Hysterical Hypnosis from Jim Smart and impossible mentalism from Kris Blak. A unique show that will bewilder and bemuse the senses. Join us and take a seat, where we will be challenging your beliefs! Appearing and disappearing, Friday 13th September at Denny Civic Theatre, St Marys Way, Dumbarton G82 1NL (Map). Tickets available from or call 0845 388 9648. £12 Adults £10 Concessions. Doors open 7pm, show begins 7.30pm." 10.8.13


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 29th August. From the organisers: Conjuring at the Court features the welcome return of magician, hypnotist, pickpocket and ‘professional opportunist’ James Brown 9photo) who stunned the audience at his last visit, three years ago. Alan Hudson is one of our favourite performers: very funny and very magical. Matthew Le Mottee, a new face at the Court, recently gave a most impressive performance at a Magic Circle competition. Also on his maiden Court outing is that entertaining exponent of magical fun, the wonderful James Fortune. Compere is co-producer Russell Levinson. The show is in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. It’s just 12 minutes from Central London by overground rail from Paddington to West Ealing, and the pub is 2 minutes’ walk from the station. Or take the Central or District line to Ealing Broadway, and change to overground or a take a short bus ride. Parking is free after 6.30pm. Come early to enjoy dinner in one of the bars or the lovely 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" 10.8.13


"Be Brilliant, Be Brief, Be Gone." Dominick Zwolinski shares his insights, specifically into close-up magic in a corporate setting, in his lecture "Be Brilliant, Be Brief, Be Gone". His vast experience of performing for hundreds of top companies such as Aston Martin, HSBC, Hewlett Packard and Procter and Gamble, coupled with his experiences as an event manager for one of the world's top corporations, give him a unique insight and knowledge base from which to share. The lecture is now taking bookings from magic societies, and can be seen this Monday at The Magic Circle (members only). To enquire about him bringing his lecture to your club from October onwards contact Dominick via 10.8.13


Illusions 'Bar Magician of the Year 2013'. Illusions Magic Bar are holding a competition to find the Bar Magician of the Year 2013. An 'Illusions Magic Bar Magician of the Year 2013' trophy, £200 cash and vouchers from Alakazam Magic UK will be awarded to the winner. The aim of the competition is to provide an entertaining, routined Magic Bar Act which furthers the art of magic. The performance must be no less than 10 minutes and no longer than 15 minutes. The performance must be given behind the Magic Bar at Illusions Magic Bar. There will be two magical and three lay judges and the results and Trophy will be announced and presented on the night. The competition will take place in September. For full entry details contact 10.8.13


Magic with Punch. Punch and Judy has been around in England since 1662 (it's mentioned in the Diary of Samuel Pepys) and in Wellesbourne, near Warwick, lives a man who not only carries on that tradition but also teaches the next generation of performers or Punch Professors as they are known. Mel Harvey started performing Punch and Judy back in the Seventies and was himself taught by the late Guy Higgins of Worcester who had a permanent site on Weymouth beach. Mel now has a very colourful collection of Punch and Judy figures mostly carved in wood but there are also some speciality puppets made from papier-mâché. To make sure that the tradition does not die out Mel teaches the rudiments of Punch and Judy. One student came all the way from Damascus to learn the show and is now performing in a shopping centre in Dubai! Mel performs his shows all over the country at fetes, private parties and weddings and for special “Seaside” days at schools and retirement homes. Mel often includes his comedy magic as a warm-up to the Punch and Judy Shows and he is the only Punch and Judy man in Warwickshire to be awarded full membership of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. Read more about Mel in the Stratford Observer Click Here. 10.8.13


Angelo Carbone Lecture - The London Society of Magicians. Mark Saltissi, LSM Secretary, writes: The London Society of Magicians is delighted to host a lecture by Angelo Carbone on 10th September 2013 at 7.00pm. Angelo Carbone is a prolific magic inventor and magic consultant. He has created magic for Tenyo, consulted with top name magicians, contributed over 50 effects to various magic periodicals and consulted on several TV shows. Angelo is also a member of The Inner Magic Circle. During the lecture Angelo will talk about creativity and let us into the mind of a magic inventor. We should also expect to see various baffling effects performed and explained. Venue: Davenports Magic Shop, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ. Start time 7pm. Visitors welcome, pay on door £10 (Lectures are FREE for members). Please reserve a place by emailing the LSM Secretary Mark using Our website is 10.8.13


BAFTA nominated Film and Television Director, Alex Winckler is looking to speak to magicians as research for his forthcoming Feature Film. Since being named Screen International Star of Tomorrow, Alex has gone on to direct an adaptation of Richard Bean’s Harvest for C4’S Coming Up strand and a new sit-com he developed for E4, Living the Dream. He has a feature in development with BBC Films, which he is writing with Nick Payne, and he recently finished a pilot of Tom Basden’s new BBC sit-com Very Few Fish. He is currently directing the new series of My Mad Fat Diary (E4). Alex is looking to speak to magicians about the day-to-day details of their working life, i.e. how and when they first got started and how frequently they perform etc. Alex is also looking into the possibility of a magician to play the protagonist in his feature. Anyone who would like to chat to Alex or discuss this further, please contact Sarah Bason: 10.8.13


Dynamo - Nothing Is Impossible: My Story: "'I immersed myself in magic. I read every book I could get my hands on and practised and practised, day after day and night after night. Magic became my world...some might say an obsession.' When you're a kid life can seem tough; tougher for some than others. But the darkest of times can also be the most enlightening. When his late granddad showed him magic for the first time, Steven Frayne knew there was more to life than hiding from bullies. He had a destiny. A calling. In that moment Dynamo was born: the most exciting magician of the 21st century. Since then, Dynamo has shocked, thrilled and amazed men, women and children, from all walks of life, all over the world. With his mind-blowing illusions, he has catalysed a whole new era of magic. Now, in his very first book, Dynamo invites you to join him on a breathtaking journey across the globe. Be prepared to levitate Lindsay Lohan in Singapore, transform snow into diamonds in the Austrian mountains, and walk on water across the River Thames. Along the way, he reveals how to make the impossible possible, what it takes to pull off the greatest stunts man has seen, and why everyone needs magic in their lives. This is no illusion. This is the real story of the awe-inspiring Dynamo." This new paperback edition has just been published and is available from, Click Here (MagicWeek receives a small commission on all sales generated via this link). 10.8.13


Stephen Shaw's MagicBlog.Org is well worth a visit: 10.8.13


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