Number 688 - 31st August 2013


"Paul Daniels: this much I know. The magician, 75, on death, Derren Brown and marrying Debbie McGee" Click Here. Paul Daniels: The First Farewell Tour goes on tour from Friday - see What's On for dates. Also see and "In the world of magic, no one has enjoyed more success than Paul Daniels. From the moment he burst onto our screens, his magic shows topped the ratings. He is undoubtedly the most successful TV magician of the 20th century, and has become a true legend. Come and see Paul in his brand new show, with the lovely Debbie McGee, performing some of his best known tricks along with a few never before seen in public." 31.8.13


Make a Beeline for Buxton. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Make a Beeline for Buxton! The IBM British Ring Convention starts this Wednesday 4th September in Buxton, Derbyshire, and for 5 days will play host to a fine selection of lectures, dealers, shows, a historical event, a ladies event, a gala of youth, competitions, a dinner, Sooty’s Magic Show, stars of the future, workshops, and of course the companionship of those with a kindred spirit. This is an ideal opportunity to meet friends, old and new. Registration, full, day or weekend allows access to most respective events. Weekend registrations include a Gala Show ticket. There is also an exhibition of ‘Randini’ material in the Buxton Museum during the convention. Don’t miss the opportunity of a few days in this lovely Derbyshire spa town in the Peak District. Full details are on 31.8.13


Kidology 2013, there is still time to book for this great convention for children's entertainers which will be held on Tuesday 10th September at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, North Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1RQ (Map). Featuring the Kidology Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition and cabaret, the night before on 9th September. Just announced - the chance to win pairs of tickets for The Illusionists stage show when it visits the Civic Hall on 8th October. At Kidology Steve Evans will be running his popular workshop which will again be in the form of a question and answer session with a panel of award-winning professional children's entertainers. All you have to do to enter the draw is submit a question for discussion. Send your suggestions to For full details of the convention and to book visit or call Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 31.8.13


The International Magic Convention: "Were you there when... You had the chance to ask David Copperfield a question personally? When Juan Tamariz fried an entire audience of knowledgeable magicians with an amazing card trick with someone who was not even present? When, for 45 minutes, Uri Geller honestly answered some searching questions about his outlook and gave invaluable information on dealing with the media? When Derren Brown, the master of surprise, was surprised himself? All these moments happened during the presentation of The David Berglas International Magic Award for Outstanding Contribution to Magic at The International Magic Convention. The presentation is always a highlight, taking place on the Sunday afternoon with this year promising to be another very memorable moment. Who's the recipient? Well, as always, that is a closely guarded secret which adds to the excitement of the event, but you can be guaranteed that David Berglas, The International Man of Mystery, has pulled out all the stops this year. Details for the Convention and Festival on the newly designed website:" 31.8.13


Bill's Magical Mystery Tour - tonight! All aboard for a star-studded variety show paying tribute to Blackpool's behind-the-scenes wizard. On Saturday 31st August, the Pavilion Theatre in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens will host a one-off charity night of variety with an all-star cast including Phoenix Nights star Dave Spikey, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist magician James More and local Panto and BBC Radio Lancashire favourite Steve Royle, together with a host of surprise guests. The show, Bill’s Magical Mystery Tour, is dedicated to the memory of Bill Thompson, of Blackpool’s House of Secrets magic shop. Hosting the show will be TV magician and Countdown favourite, Paul Zenon who’s returning to his old stomping ground of Blackpool for the variety night. Proceeds from the show will go to The Wonderbus, a charity set up by Paul which provides isolated and house-bound older people with a bit of fun and companionship by taking them on day-trips to see a range of events and shows – such as this one! To find out more about The Wonderbus, visit Tickets are priced at £15 each with a special offer of half price for OAPs. Suitable for 14+, tickets are available from (booking fees may apply) or by calling 0844 856 1111. "Conjuring up magic in memory of tricks ace" Click Here. 31.8.13


Michael Vincent Lecture, Lewes, East Sussex. Nicky Lewis writes: Delighted to announce the return of close-up supremo, Michael Vincent on Wednesday 9th October from 8-10pm for a special members choice lecture. Only £8 for visiting magicians. Contact Secretary Nicky Lewis on 01903 532413 for more details. Venue: ACES HQ, Thomas A Beckett Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex 31.8.13


Lambeth children glimpse Magic Circle. "Do you believe in magic? Some children in Lambeth do after a pioneering programme to help them overcome their disabilities. Researchers found that some of the hand movements used by magicians in their tricks can be used as a form of physiotherapy..." To watch the video Click Here. 31.8.13


Hot Flush by Wayne Dobson. "The magician shows five cards replicating a poker hand he was dealt. So, if you have the worst hand in poker and you are a magician, what do you do? Exactly … you click your fingers and you have a royal flush! Hot Flush is easy to do, ideal for the beginner, but don't be fooled by its simplicity. Professional magicians have been using 'Hot Flush' to fantastic reactions in the real world. A gambling effect which won't take hours of practice to perfect, and will give you great reactions. Custom made gimmick on Bicycle stock." Now available directly from 31.8.13


Derren Brown Svengali is being repeated tonight at 5 past midnight on 4Seven. "Master Showman Derren Brown presents his 2012 Olivier award-winning theatre show, filmed live in front of a sell-out audience at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Showcasing Derren's skills as master persuader and entertainer, he attempts to extract secret confessions from the audience, plays psychological mind games, and shares the dramatic history of Svengali." See TV Magic. 31.8.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. "Magic Night goes Mental with some spectacular mind magic featuring tricks in a bottle, bananas, mash up Morcambe and Wise songs and brain control! David Gerard joins us from the US with some expert mind trickery; he will know your name, your number and whether you’re lying just by looking in your eyes. Scientist and trickster, Oliver Meech will conduct a mass trick on you and will create a special souvenir for one Magic Night guest, meanwhile Delores Deluxe creates some banana magic and plays with shoes and Rayguns Look Real Enough will rock the house with their spinal tap music mash ups. All proceedings will be presided over by mighty sorcerer Magic Neil (or Neil Henry as he is more commonly known to utility companies)" Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Friday September 20th. 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 31.8.13


Magicseen Gets Their Man! "After a couple of previous attempts, the new issue of the UK's brightest independent magic magazine finally features Dynamo on the cover and inside we discuss how Steven Frayne has become the new magic favourite of the media. Philip Escoffey tells us what it's like to be part of the globally touring show The Illusionists, Ben Hart, fresh from his success at the Fringe, reveals his plans for the future, and Ali Cook explains how his film career is going alongside the magic. Issue 52 sees the start of a new two-part major article on how to create a stage act featuring the excellent advice of British Ring stage manager Neil Roberts, while the marvellous mini series by Morgan and West on creating a performance character comes to a close with a piece on how to write suitable material for your character. We have comedy with The Ultimate Guide To Writing An E-Book, the Masterclass teaches you a balloon animal and a clever card effect, and in Pros and Cons we give you the advantages and disadvantages of using skilful flourishes in card magic. Add to all this Magic In The Movies in which Nick Schager explains why magic rarely works on the big screen, a whole bunch of latest products reviews, Club Land focusing on the Modern Mystic League, plus letters and news, and you can see that while you've all been on holiday, the Magicseen team have been working hard for your benefit! The September Magicseen is available now as a printed or download copy from" 31.8.13


Jon Allen Bristol Lecture. Steve Gore writes: Top British magician Jon Allen is lecturing on 5th September for the Bristol Society at the Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2QQ (Map) The lecture is based around his book 'Experience: The Magic of Jon Allen', and DVD set 'Connection'. The majority of the effects are for close-up but there is some stand up and mentalism as well. All the routines are for the real world of performing for laymen. In the lecture, your members will not just learn the tricks and methods but also the reasoning and thinking behind why they are so effective. This invaluable advice and knowledge can be applied to any magic trick or routine they already perform. He has created some of the most universally acclaimed effects in recent years with Double Back, The Destination Box, The Pain Game, Flexion and The Silent Treatment. Close-up magician Jon Allen is England's only World IBM close-up magic champion, a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle and a natural entertainer. To see Jon's performance on 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' Click Here. See his website for more information. 31.8.13


Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles. Wander into the world of time travelling magicians Morgan & West. Uncover a multitude of magical marvels strewn hither and thither. But mostly thither. Morgan & West kick-off their autumn tour with this one-off preview date in Oxford. Tuesday 10th September at 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50 Arts at the Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ (Map) 31.8.13


Liam Montier's 'The MRD Deck' "Perform the Multiple Revelation Routine with no sleight of hand. Have from 3 to 20 members of your audience select cards, mix them up and return them to the deck – without being controlled by you! And yet impossibly you are ready to reveal all the selections in order, with no sleight of hand!" 31.8.13


The Best, le meilleur artiste. For those of you in France, Quick Change artists Keelan and Charlotte can be seen the new prime-time TV show called 'The Best, le meilleur artiste' this Friday at 8.50pm on TF1 when they will be performing in front of their idol Arturo Brachetti Keelan and Charlotte can also be seen in the gala show at the IBM Convention in Buxton next Saturday.  . 31.8.13


An Evening with Mike Wallis & Friends, Great Yarmouth: "Mike Wallis claims to have done everything in show business that does not require a talent, but in this - the fifth in the trilogy of 'Evenings with', Mike is joined by brilliant young magician, Edd Crafer and talented ventriloquist Paul Henri for an evening of magic, comedy and reminiscing. Mike has been a full-time entertainer his entire life, working as a magician around the world, a Punch and Judy performer, as well as an experienced actor working on stage and in TV and film. Mike will take you on a journey through his lived in life, illustrated with live action, photographs and video presentations. The last time Mike appeared at St George's Theatre Gt. Yarmouth was in 1994 he is delighted to have been asked back so soon. Mike promises this will be his last farewell appearance. Wednesday 18th September 7.30pm. Tickets £6.50 from or 01493 331484 or visit the St. George's Theatre box office. Venue: St. George's Theatre, King Street, Gt. Yarmouth NR30 2PG (Map)." 31.8.13


Charity Dinner in aid of Kids'n'Cancer at Rookey Manor Hotel & Spa, Weston-Super-Mare BS24 0JB (Map) on Saturday 16th November at 7pm. Starring Daniel Dean's World of Illusion. For more info and to book tickets (£40 each) contact Sarah Nelson or call 07595 069213 Kids’n'Cancer is a charity designed to help children in the UK receive life saving Proton Therapy treatment for their cancers and tumours. It is a sad fact of life that some children diagnosed with cancer do not qualify in certain situations for funding by the NHS. Kids’n'Cancer and their Patrons are determined to assist families caught up in this sad situation of not meeting the criteria, and will always try to assist families where possible. 31.8.13


Skilled card magician József Kovács, from Hungary, will be relocating to the UK in late October. József, after a very successful UK lecture tour of ten societies in July, will also launch his own website on September 1st at There are only six items in his product range so far, but he hopes to add to this in the near future. If you think your magic society, or magic day/convention, would enjoy a lecture from József email for full details. 31.8.13


Gary James Lecture. Geo Fitzpatrick writes: The Scottish Conjurers' Association are chuffed to announce that Gary James will present the opening lecture for the 2013/14 season which kicks off on Wednesday 4th September. Gary was recently awarded AIMC with Silver Star by the Magic Circle so he must be good. Time 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £5.00. Venue: SMPC, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). 31.8.13


Magic Moments - just 3 weeks away. Jay Fortune writes: Calling all magicians... We need you! Magic Moments is only 3 weeks from today. We're delighted to be hosting a Magic Mega Party raising vital funds for a brilliant charity. But we desperately need magicians to come and help. If you live in and around Hertfordshire, we have the venue, the chance of some great publicity and need to provide enough magicians to cater for 3000 people on the day! This is Magic Moments biggest show yet and you can be part of it. To register your interest, please ping an email to So please, give a little time, put a smile on someone's face and let's make magic for a great cause. This year with your help we'll pass the £50K mark. Thanks for the support! 31.8.13


Slightly Unusual are performing their full stage show at 'The Hall Green Little Theatre' in Birmingham on 27th and 28th October and 1st November. "The show will feature our full illusion show combining stunning grand illusions and laugh out loud comedy. We will be supported by amazing comedy magician Alec Powell and brilliant Street Dance Act 'Steps 8'." Tickets are priced at £10 and doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start with close-up magic on arrival. Book via the theatre's website For information about Slightly Unusual visit Show trailer: You Tube. Venue: Hall Green Little Theatre, Pemberley Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham B27 7RY (Map). 31.8.13


September E-Video Newsletter from Mark Leveridge Magic. Mark Leveridge writes: The September E-Video Newsletter from Mark Leveridge Magic is now out and features an explanation of the Card Spin in The Teach In. The Wrinkles section has a new handling for The Horizontal Card Rise, while in It Could Only Happen Live I relate the tale of how I almost fell foul of the law! There are dems and background information on this month's Web Offer Bundle, in 60 Seconds To Success I explain a way of accessing new magic which you might not have thought about and in the Review Corner I talk about Practical Magic's new DVD on how to present magic for children. The E-Video Newsletter is a 30 minute online magazine style video presentation which is released on the 1st of every month and access is available to purchase for a tiny sum individually, or for an even smaller sum per issue if you take out a 1 year sub. Alternatively, if you join E-Club Pro, our online club and information resource, you receive the E-Video Newsletter each month for free. For more information and to watch a trailer of the latest E-Video Newsletter go to 31.8.13


The Watford Association of Magicians is pleased to announce that Fay Presto is lecturing for them on Tuesday 3rd September at 8pm at the Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Ave, Bricket Wood, AL2 3LQ. Temporary membership for non-members is £10. Contact Julie Carpenter at for details and directions. 31.8.13


The Oval Test of 2013 was magical for England as the Ashes series finished in a 3-0 victory, but for former Australian cricket stars Merv Hughes (pictured) and Jeff Thomson, the real fun was in the VIP stand where Paul Craven spent the Friday afternoon entertaining with cards, coins, mind-reading and spiders! Combining two of his favourite loves, cricket and magic, Paul has also recently performed for the England Women's Cricket Team at Lords and Wormsley, in support of the Chance To Shine children's charity 31.8.13


Current Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Sebastian Walton has been made President of the Leeds Magical Association. The Leeds Magical Society was formed in 1919 and despite various changes over the years Sebastian at 16 years 5 months is the youngest ever President. The Leeds Magic Circle was formed in 1934 as a breakaway group from the Leeds Magical Society which was led by Walter Geary. It's conventions over the years have attracted such stars as Paul Daniels, Ali Bongo, Ken Brooke, Johnny Hart and the legendary Fred Kaps. The circle was the first to bring over top American lecturers. Could Sebastian be the Youngest ever President of a Magic organisation? Graham Walton. 31.8.13


The Magic Car Boot Sale - West Bromwich. The Magic Car Boot Sale at West Bromwich is now in its 20th year! The next one takes place on Sunday 8th September at The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map), doors open at 9.30am and admission is £4. A few tables are still available, to book contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448. It's always a great social event and a chance to pick up some second-hand bargains that you can actually examine before you buy. Plus the usual selection of dealers. Alec Powell. 31.8.13


Wayne Houchin Lecture - The London Society of Magicians. The London Society of Magicians is delighted to host a lecture by Wayne Houchin on the 8th October 2013 at 7.00pm. Genii Magazine calls Wayne Houchin, "One of the hottest magicians on the planet!" He has released some of the most popular magic effects in the past decade, headlined at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and Le Double Fond in Paris, and stars in the Discovery Channel's Breaking Magic: The Magic of Science. He has astonished audiences in more than 30 countries and he co-founded the popular website Theory11. During his 90 minute lecture, Houchin presents an exploration of close-up, parlor and shock magic. In addition to covering several of his popular marketed effects including The Signed Coin in Can and Stigmata, Houchin presents brand new, unreleased magic. A wide variety of material is discussed including magic using string, coins, soda, photographs, lighters and more. Venue: Davenports Magic Shop, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ. Start time 7pm. Visitors welcome, pay on door £15 (Lectures are free for LSM members). Please reserve a place by emailing the LSM Secretary Mark Saltissi Our website is Mark Saltissi LSM Secretary. 31.8.13


Sean Goodman Lecture. Keith Norman, Chairman The Magic Triangle writes: On Sunday 15th September The Magic Triangle is pleased to have Sean Goodman lecturing. Sean is one of East Anglia's most popular magicians, performing both adult and children's magic. Sean has originated the following effects: iCalc, a fantastic effect using a borrowed iPhone. It's cool, even Dynamo did it on his TV show! Shredded, a great routine for stand-up (even for kids!); Colour by Numbers, Sean's multi-layered chair routine which makes a fitting finish for any show; Starstruck, you predict someone’s star-sign in the cleanest of ways. The Lecture starts at 7.30pm at The Village Hall, Thorrington CO7 8HQ (Map). Visiting Magicians £5.00. 31.8.13


El Loco. Six months on since his heart attack whilst performing aboard a cruise ship, Wayne Slater, aka El Loco, is now back performing full time. Though Wayne had many offers to buy his 'dentist chair' act he decided he could just not let it go. "I have spent the summer restructuring the show bringing in more comedy and re branding as just 'The Dentist Chair'." The website has also been updated 31.8.13


Ryan Schlutz's 'Miracles Without Moves' "Miracles without Moves features seven jawdroppingly incredible slices of card magic that require no sleights at all. Eschewing technical knucklebusting moves for ingenious trickery, routining and plain old sneaky clever thinking Ryan Schlutz unleashes tricks that will utterly floor your audience yet are simple and fun to perform." 31.8.13


Chester Guild of Magicians have moved to a new venue: The Cross Keys, 2 Duke Street, Chester CH1 1RP (Map). 31.8.13


Come Dine with Me, next Saturday 7th September on Channel 4: "DJ Dave James is preparing a showbiz-themed evening for his guests and has asked them to come dressed as pop stars. While bar manager Claire Flatt and speed-dating guru Nicki Yucel have mixed views on their host's celebrity connections, professional magician David bonds with Dave after discovering his secret collection of Star Trek memorabilia. But Dave's food leaves a sour taste when his guests discover that he had help with his cooking." Plus repeats throughout the week, see TV Magic. 31.8.13


"Foundation: David Copperfield On The Art Of Magic And Eternal Curiosity" Click Here • "Crawley magician to share stage with Oasis star" Click Here • "Illusionist Jan Rouven Films Dangerous Straightjacket Escape for German National Television" Click Here • "The Illusionists: Spellbound in Dubai" Click Here • "We interview local magicians ... and come away with dating tips." Click Here • "Dynamo casts a spell on Seven" Click Here • "How I unwind: Cosentino" Click Here • "David Copperfield: The master of illusion and his fountain of youth" Click Here • Thanks for your news, always welcomed. Have a good week, Duncan. 31.8.13