Number 689 - 7th September 2013


Derren Brown: Infamous, widely acclaimed as his finest live show to date, will play the legendary Hammersmith Apollo for three nights next year. Derren said: "After six months of touring a much more personal show - quite a 'brave' move away from the template of previous shows - it's been hugely rewarding to repeatedly hear audience members and critics say it's the best show yet. I can't wait to get it up and running again". See What's On for nationwide 2014 tour dates. 7.9.13


Blackpool Magic Convention 2014 is enjoying record business as hundreds of magicians from all over the world rush to obtain the best seats. Blackpool have just launched a brand new website which is still being updated. Jeff McBride and Peter Moretti (presenting his father's act) are just two of the great artistes who will be performing, along with some of the stars of the Four FFFFs from the USA. Derek Lever. Visit for more info and to book. 7.9.13


More Irish Shenanigans! Juan Tamariz and John Archer are the first two acts announced to be appearing at Shenanigans, the Irish Magic Convention, taking place on the outskirts of beautiful Dublin from 2nd - 4th May 2014. The word 'shenanigans' is defined by one online dictionary as random adventures of an often silly nature, which pretty much sums up the fun atmosphere that you can expect to enjoy at this convention. A full 3 day Gold Card includes, together with all the magic, Friday finger food, a Saturday Banquet and Sunday Lunch, offering excellent value at €120. They also offer a half price 'WAGs' registration for non-magician partners or guardians. A couple (or junior and guardian) can attend all events and meals together for €180. All in a top notch hotel at a top notch conference, with world class talent. To find out more about the event, the headquarters hotel and to register, visit 7.9.13


It's the oldest genre of magic... it's the newest genre of magic... Street Magic! Noel Britten writes: Magicians throughout the ages have performed on the street and passed the hat at the end of the show. Able to do as many shows as they wanted, and collecting money from the audience at their discretion is not only a brilliant way to build up performance time without waiting for the phone to ring for a booking, but also teaches the need for commercialism and attracting and holding an audience. These techniques can be applied to virtually all areas of our craft from trade shows or mix and mingle performances to outdoor bookings or pitching magic. All these aspects of working a 'street type environment' will be covered in the Tuesday session of The London Festival of Magic (November 12th), with a line up including Pete Wardell on aspects of working a crowd within a trade show environment; Terry Ward on how to successfully be booked and work at a theme park (and he should know having over performed over 30,000 shows over the last 23 years at Walt Disney World; Andy Reay on pitching magic, a growing trend with performers to add an extra revenue at the end of shows; Noel Britten, the originator of the Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk, who will outline how anyone can set up such an enterprise for very little outlay and without affecting your current bookings; Duncan Trillo who was one of the few performers to successfully work a silent act on the street for many years at Covent Garden; and to bring us bang up to date there will be an interview with Paul Zenon, who had the first aired UK street magic TV show on how TV affects the medium and has given a boost to the current perception of magic in the country. Good street performers are without doubt the masters of crowd control and in this information packed day you will find nuggets of use and interest no matter what branch of magic you perform. Further details on 7.9.13


The Trickery is proud to present a Luke Jermay Workshop: "As well as bringing his successful one man show, 6th Sense, to Aberdeen, Luke will be holding a workshop on Saturday 2nd November. Despite being only 27 years old, Jermay has already made a profound and lasting impact on the landscape of magic and mentalism. Having published critically acclaimed books; 7 Deceptions, Building Blocks and 3510 as well as 38 other limited availability titles, his published material has made its way into the working performances of mentalists the world over. He has acted as consultant for, and directed, many leading TV performers and headlined with his one-man show ‘Mind Reader’ on the Las Vegas strip. The day will be divided into two parts. Part one will focus on 'The Alexander Approach - Making it Matter'. This part of the day will focus on scripting, delivery and concepts that are showcased within his performance. Here Luke will reveal the tricks, tips and techniques that he uses in his own material to make it more emotionally affecting. Part two will focus on 'Conjuring with Information' covering Luke’s obsession with the classic “People Reading – Questions and Answers Routine”. If you have seen either 'Mind Reader' in Las Vegas or 'Psychic Cabaret' in the UK you will know the power of a Q & A routine. The fee for this special workshop is £65 and can be reserved by emailing Iain McCarron Places are limited, sales are on a first come first served basis. Ticket price also includes entry into the Sunday night performance of 'Luke Jermay - 6th Sense'." 7.9.13


The Deviant: "House of Illusion brings together a gathering of mysterious minds this October 8th, 9th and 10th in Salou, Spain. Featuring guest speakers John Archer, Dani Da Oritz, Juan Luis Rubiales, Dave Jones, Will Houston, Jean-Luc Bertrand, Sav, Xavier Tapias, Mark Elsdon, Rodney James Piper and Matthew Wright. This is not another 'set of trick' lectures but talks and performances that are set to get the mind thinking and inspire all mystery performers. The event is 'invitation only', but anyone who is serious about wanting to attend may contact us about obtaining an invitation by emailing Rodney James Piper. 7.9.13


Magic Moments in association with Magic 105.4. Jay Fortune writes: We're chuffed to bits to be hosting our flagship event this year with one of the UK's busiest and best radio stations. Magic 105.4 will be offering 3,000 tickets to our main event on Saturday 21st September in Hertfordshire; raising money for Cash 4 Kids. Magic Moments 13 is now just two weeks away. If you wish to be part of our main event, drop an email to Alternatively, be inspired and stage your own event. Please visit our page here on MagicWeek for further details. Thanks for your support! 7.9.13


Geoff Williams Lecture - London. Wednesday 18th September, hosted by International Magic: "Well folks we gave ourselves a little holiday over the summer from organising lectures but now we are back with a vengeance! Can't think of a better way to kick start our autumn season of lectures than with the talented and very funny Geoff Williams. Some of you may remember Geoff was one of the stars of our 2009 International Magic Convention. Geoff has won over two dozen comedy and magic awards over his 26-year career. He’s performed and lectured in over 17 countries and throughout most of the US, has written for “The Late Show with David Letterman” and is a frequent performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He specializes in both close-up, strolling sleight-of-hand entertainment as well as larger, stage shows and his performance style is 'powerful sleight-of-hand illusions mixed with offbeat comedy'. Treat yourself to an excellent night of magic and comedy at Geoff's lecture on the 18th September. As usual, tickets are on the door but advance reservation is a must by email to £15 per person. Venue: Casa Italiana; 2nd floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). 7.9.13


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) are holding a Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 17th September at The Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map) commencing at 7.30pm prompt but with viewing from 6.30pm. Lot numbers are now available so if you need one please contact Max Townsend Entertainments Officer on 07800 618218 or email Details are on Door charge £3 for non members. Do come along as there might be there the very thing you are looking for. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 7.9.13


Rhines Revenge By Clint Barron. New, from Alakazam: "Clint Barron's Rhine's Revenge is one of the cleanest, fairest ESP tests we have ever seen! Rhine's Revenge has been Clint's go to effect for many years and finally he's agreed to share it." Watch the video and find out more at 7.9.13


The Magic Circle Awards Ceremony 2013. Saturday 19th October. What have Paul Daniels, Debbie McGee, Derren Brown, Marc Almond, Steve Allen, and Harvey Goldsmith, to name just a few, all got in common? They were all at The Magic Circle Awards Ceremony 2012. Make sure you're there this year! Champagne reception with stunning close-up magic followed by a star studded stage show and the awards announcements and presentations. Doors open: 6.30pm. Show Starts: 7.30pm. The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD (Map). Ticket price: £30 (inc VAT) Tickets available from The Magic Circle website or call the box office 0871 220 0260. 7.9.13


World of Magic have started running weekly free competitions again. This week you have the chance to win Mark Raffles' “The Legacy” DVD. The competition ends on Thursday September 12th and no purchase is necessary. For full entry details simply visit 7.9.13


Say Abracadabra to Cancer! Two magicians whose families have been invaded by cancer have pledged to strike back by using their skills to raise funds in the battle with the disease that claims over 300,000 people in the UK each year. John Derris and John Styles are mounting a unique magic show “Say Abracadabra to Cancer” to be staged at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, on 4th October at 8pm. John Derris will present part of his show “Behind The Doors of The Magic Circle” with tales and tricks of the last 100 years, from Houdini to Tommy Cooper, from Maskelyne & Devant to Paul Daniels and from David Nixon to H.R.H. Prince Charles, their most celebrated member. John Styles, with a lifetime of wit and wizardry, will present excerpts from his performances for Royalty and Sultans from Buckingham Palace to Jordan, for Tom Hanks in Hollywood and many other international stars of stage and screen from James Bond to Derek Trotter. Tickets for this unique performance are £21.00 plus booking fee from ATG Tickets on 0844 871 7620 or All profits from this performance will be donated to Cancer Research UK. Come and help make Cancer vanish! 7.9.13


RSVPMagic are holding a special 48 hour sale this weekend, finishing at midnight on Sunday. "We don't do this very often, in fact the last time was nine months ago, so it's your chance to get a great deal with anything that's on our website. From DVDs through to custom playing cards and even downloads!" Simply place an order and then enter BGT15% at the checkout: 7.9.13


Geoff Williams Magic Workshop. Martin Cox writes: All the way from the USA - a one-off Geoff Williams Magic Workshop on Sunday September 29th. We have two sessions, one at 2pm and one at 6pm at The Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Avenue, Bricket Wood, St Albans, Herts AL2 3LQ (Map). Cost £30.00. We have limited spaces so book now. For information call Martin 01279 659562 or email 7.9.13


Dafedas B's KATA DVD will be released on 1st October: Kata is a collection of cutting-edge coin routines, all using the muscle pass. The routines have a unique style: underground, sophisticated, groovy and delicate, with constant attention to maximum finger openness. It is a study of moves, angles, and motions; something between ballet and martial arts display... with coins." Ponta the Smith said: "...his coin magic is unique, beautiful, and stimulating. The many concepts in this DVD inspired me. This will fascinate coin workers." See: and contact your favourite magic dealer for availability. 7.9.13


Exonian Magic Convention, 22nd September. Ozzy Dee writes: There are only a few weeks to go to the Exonian Magic Convention 22nd September. Lectures from: Wayne Fox, Angelo Carbone, Russell Leeds and from the States Geoff Williams. Dealers include Kaymar Magic, Paul Gordon, Magic Attic, Adrian Sullivan, Top Secret Magic and Discount Magic. All of this and 3 course meal and fantastic Gala Variety show thrown in for just £45 or £25 just for the day. Please go to for all the details. 7.9.13


Resources for children's entertainers - new products added. Mike Clarke has recently added a couple of new resources for children's entertainers to his online store. In addition, two resources are now back in stock in limited quantities. So if you're a children's entertainer wanting to stay ahead of the competition, be sure to visit and if you're a parent or grandparent with a young magician in your family, you might also like to look at Mike's Learn Magic DVD series for children, 7.9.13


Martin Cox lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 12th September. Adam Mosley writes: Martin’s lecture is entitled 'Four'. One: Look at the Comedy, Two: Is the Beginning, Three: Making a Trick Yours, Four: is Knowing. By the time Martin has finished his lecture you will feel that you know him personally. The lecture covers Close-Up, Stage and Children’s magic, as Mr Biscuit Martin was one of P&O’s top family entertainers. With over 25 year’s experience. "Will Martin entertain us?" Yes. "Will we go home with something we can do?" Yes. "Is it good value?" Yes. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, the lecture takes place in Bookham, Surrey at 8pm. For full details please contact Adam Mosley 7.9.13


Harry Houdini, Conan Doyle, & the Curious Case of Jack the Ripper! The novel that's taken 125 years to write! From magicians and mentalists Paul Voodini and Iain Dunford comes this tale of Victorian and Edwardian intrigue. Featuring a cast of thousands including Houdini, Conan Doyle, Jack the Ripper and the Cottingley Fairies, this is a supernatural melodrama of the highest order. When magic and the occult meet, there you'll find high adventure! Climb aboard - the game is afoot! Support magic and excitement by backing this Kickstarter project. Visit for details. 7.9.13


David Ginn Lecture - Yatton. Brian Banwell writes: I have booked the well known children's entertainer David Ginn to do a lecture for me on Friday October 25th at the Claverham Church to start at 7pm prompt. Tickets £10. Booking advised. Call 01934 835275 or email 7.9.13


Enterteasement: Comedy! Magic! Burlesque! Glasgow. Enterteasement is a premier comedy, magic and burlesque night, based in Glasgow. Our relaxed friendly atmosphere combined with top quality acts has secured a 4.6 star average customer rating and has allowed us to sell-out most of our shows. September 14th sees the return of Gary Dunn. Gary is full time professional comedy magician and his two previous performances at Enterteasement have seen him win Act Of The Night. Also on the bill we have: JellyBeen Martinez: 2 x Scottish Comedian of the Year Finalist 2012 & 2013; Allan J Park: Scottish Comedian of the Year Finalist 2012; Chris Conroy: One of the friendliest comperes in Scotland; Vendetta Vain: International burlesque starlast performance in Scotland and Teniah Twisted: Edinburgh Burlesque Sensation. September 14th 8pm - 10.30pm Ticket £14 / £10 from Venue: The Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G72 7AS (Map). 7.9.13


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