Number 693 - 5th October 2013


Tricked is a brand new magic show with a difference. Magician Ben Hanlin is about to conjure up some mischief, as unsuspecting celebrities and members of the public alike get tricked by his own special brand of hidden camera magic. Ben’s irreverent brand of undercover magic is set to shock, amaze and astound as unwitting contributors get their world turned on its head. Whether he’s dropping a shipping container on an unsuspecting celebrity's car before making it reappear floating down a river, bailing out of a moving taxi then teleporting himself back into the drivers seat, or cutting up a livid shopper’s credit card before restoring it in a sealed bag of sweets – Ben’s tricks and illusions leave his victims speechless. Episode one will see Blue get the shock of their lives when Ben leads the band members to believe that Simon Webbe is in serious danger, and Rylan Clark finds himself stuck in a lift. 9pm on Thursday 10th October on ITV2. See TV Magic for details. 5.10.13


Blackpool Convention news. The Registration Officer Arthur Casson is currently inundated with registration forms, particularly from Europe and the Convention is heading for a complete sell-out with a record attendance. You can book via PayPal but you'll need to do it now or you may be disappointed! Visit 5.10.13


Siegfried and Roy and Everything After. "Ten years ago, a tiger named Montecore ended an era in Las Vegas entertainment. What did we lose? Siegfried and Roy’s show at The Mirage has been closed for a decade. Yet for all the time that has passed, their fans remain ardent, and no Strip headliner has emerged as their equal. There is still a mullet-and-tiger-shaped vacuum in the hearts and minds of tourists and Las Vegans..." To read Cindi Reed's full article in Vegas Seven, Click Here. 5.10.13


Variety @ UCL, London's newest variety night, returns to The Magic Circle on October 10th: "We've got an amazing line-up, featuring comedy, magic, music, mind-reading and more! The hilarious Noel Britten will be hosting the show, featuring incredible illusions from Paul Dabek, unbelievable flair from Brendan Rodrigues (photo) and mind-bending trickery from the fantastic Alan Hudson! Live music with a twist from Ze Trio and Edward Hilsum performing his brand new act! Thursday 10th October. Tickets £16.50 (£12.50 in advance for Students, Magic Circle Members and Concessions). Full details: 5.10.13


Mentalism Live - The Ultimate Mind Reading Experience. Saturday October 12th at 7.30pm. Fisher Theatre, Bungay NR35 1EE (Map). Sensational mind games from the psychologically perplexing to the seemingly impossible culminating in a diabolically deadly game of chance guaranteed to spark discussion long after the performance... Mind reader and mentalist Chris North brings you an extraordinary and baffling show that will have you laughing in one breath and totally amazed in the next... You may have watched this sort of stuff on TV and asked yourself:- Can this be done in the real world? The answer is emphatically - Yes it can! See for yourself, tell your friends, they probably won’t believe you... Any magicians and their family who would like to come along, please email Chris to receive a 25% discount off the ticket price, this discount is not available through the box office. 5.10.13


A Jumbo Magic Auction is being held on Monday 14th October at the Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford M5 4PE (Map). Doors open 5.45pm. Viewing from 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Members can attend free of charge. Non Members pay £3 on the door. Hundreds of items are being sold at bargain prices. Star Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever will be on duty. 5.10.13


John Archer, former Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year and the first person to fool Penn and Teller in their TV series, is giving a special one-off performance as part of a week long arts festival in Essex on Monday, 28th October. Tickets are limited so don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Britain's best! Tickets are £7 each. Refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show will begin at 7.45pm, ending at 10pm. To book tickets telephone 01268 754731. Venue: Thundersley Congregational Church, Kenneth Road, Thundersley SS7 3AL (Map). Dennis Lucas. 5.10.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's, London, on Friday October 18th stars Young and Strange, Tricity Vogue, Rob James and James Pritchard, with MC Christian Lee: "Magic Night features tricky double trouble, saucy songstresses, human puppetry and the weirdest cocktail this side of a bar." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Friday October 18th. Doors open 7pm. 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 5.10.13


DMC: Faking the Dead. DMC's latest short film - exploring the dark world of spirit mediums and their fight with legendary magician, Harry Houdini. Click Here. 5.10.13


Mel’s Magic Moments. An evening of fun, frolics and amazing feats of magic from Mel Harvey and Friends: "On Friday 11th October Mel Harvey, in association with the Wellesbourne Lions, will be presenting his fourth annual charity show. This year proceeds will be going to Parkinson's UK. The venue is once again The Kineton Village Hall, Kineton, Warwickshire. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. In addition to Mel's zany comedy magic and audience participation the show includes Elizabeth Rogan (third in this year's Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year competition), ventriloquist Andy Greaves and one-man band Bruce Thompson. This show has all the makings of a good night out and there are only a few tickets left. Tickets are £12.50 including a two-course supper. There's also a bar and a raffle." To book one of the remaining tickets ring Mel on 07860 485578 or email 5.10.13


News from Magicseen: Magicseen is delighted to announce that, starting with the next issue (issue 53 Nov.13) Merlins of Wakefield have been signed up as the magazine's sponsor for at least the next year. Merlins have had a long association with Magicseen as they have advertised consistently for several years as well as sold copies of each issue in their bricks and mortar shop, and so they make an ideal partner for the UK's most vibrant magic magazine. Magicseen's independent status and ownership will remain unaffected, but Merlins plan to offer Magicseen readers special deals and offers through their increased in-magazine advertising, plus they will also be authorised to supply some of Magicseen's range of books. Magicseen is very pleased to be linked with a dealership such as Merlins and looks forward to a long association with them. 5.10.13


Steve Evans, the one and only 'magic bloke, who also does balloons', lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 10th October. His love of comedy and innate ability to make people laugh culminated in 1989 with him working as a comedian on the comedy club circuit during which Steve’s childhood love of magic was rekindled when working with magicians such as John Lenahan and Ian Keable. Magic started to creep into the act and in 1992 he joined the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. He accepted the invitation to “do some magic” at a friend’s child’s birthday party the following year and it wasn’t long before he was working locally in Wolverhampton as a children’s entertainer and the rest is history as they say... Expect a fun-packed evening from 'Steve the magic bloke, who also does balloons!' 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 contact Adam Mosley 5.10.13


The Order of The Magi (Manchester) is holding a “My Favourite Magician” night on Tuesday 8th October 2013. Guest speaker Dr Roger Woods, President of The Northern Magic Circle (photo), will talk on Houdini having studied this subject for over 40 years. Jack Steel will tell of Al Koran’s beginning as a stage and cabaret magical entertainer and the change to TV mentalist. Trevor Dawson speaks on Chung Ling Soo and the link with a local firm in Bolton who made his illusions. Geoffrey Newton presents a potted history of the comedy giant Tommy Cooper and the tricks he made famous. He also gives information on the plays, statue, books and tributes that followed his tragic death in 1984. The evening starts at 8pm. Visiting magicians welcome; there is a door charge for non members. Directions on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 5.10.13


Transformational Day for Magicians. Jay Fortune writes; I'm excited, delighted and thrilled (oh yes!) to announce The Big Day of Creation, a brilliant day of creativity with one of Europe's most in-demand magicians and speakers. This is the first time it's being staged in the UK, taking place in Torquay on Friday 25th October. Introducing George Parker; motivator, magician, alchemist, creator, inventor, performer, lecturer and all round nice guy! George has lectured alongside leading names as Daniel Pink, Malcolm Gladwell and Anthony Robbins. With over 4,000 LectureShows (his unique creation of inspirational talks) worldwide and a global blue-chip clientele that reads like a who's who of the Fortune 500 list, this is a full day of fun, experimentation, creativity and surprises. In his native Amsterdam this course sells at €395 per person. You can enjoy The Big Day of Creation for a fraction of the usual price! Registration is only £75, but hurry, places are limited to only a handful of participants due to the nature of this incredible day. To watch a video, meet George and find out more about how The Big Day of Creation will benefit you, visit George and I look forward to welcoming you on Friday 25th October at The Grand Hotel on Torquay's seafront at 9am for what we guarantee will be a truly inspirational and transformational day. 5.10.13


Enterteasement: Comedy, Magic, Burlesque: "Enterteasement is a premier monthly variety show featuring some of the best acts from around the UK. They have a reputation for selling out and have an impressive 4.6 star average customer review. October's show features Dee Christopher, the alternative magician, who has been described by Uri Geller as 'One of the most skilled and talented mentalists that I have met' The line-up also includes: The Reverend Obadiah: Writer for Frankie Boyle; Bruce Morton: Perrier nominated comedian; Susan Murray: Jongleurs 'Best New Act'; Cat Aclysmic: Burlesque dancer from USA and Rosie Whine: Glasgow's up and coming burlesque star." Saturday, October 12th, at 8pm. The Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G7 2DA (Map). 5.10.13


The cast of Houdini - The Play and magician Paul Zenon unveiled a plaque commemorating Houdini's season at the Hippodrome in London's Leicester Square on Thursday. Houdini appeared at the Hippodrome late February until early April, 1904, during which time he was challenged by the Mirror newspaper to escape from a set of specially-made handcuffs. This became one of the most famous and celebrated stunts of his career. Pictured here with Paul together with a pair of original Houdini handcuffs is actress Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter movies), who plays Bess Houdini. For remaining Houdini tour dates see What's On. 5.10.13


Zane will be presenting his Dealer Dem/Lecture at the Leicester Magic Circle's headquarters this Monday 7th October. Doors open at 7pm. "I will be bringing a lot of the latest magic products for sale on the night. There will be a great selection of magic for everyone! I will be also be giving the low down and top tips on some of my own routines and sleights that I perform in close-up real world situations. I believe non members are welcome too - so please get in touch with LMC. I am looking forward to it and hope to see you there! Also please visit my 'Zane's Bargains' pages at Zane's Magic Shop website as I have just added a lot of excellent products at greatly reduced prices!" 5.10.13


Ali Cardabra presents his 'Ali Conjures Great & Small' lecture at the Merlin Magical Society on Thursday the 10th October. The lecture will start at 8pm and entry for non members is £8. For full details visit 5.10.13


The Scottish Conjurers Association are pleased to announce that The Tommy Frederick Memorial lecture will be presented by Dee Christopher on Wednesday October 9th. "Dee Christopher is a professional magic performer based in the UK specialising in psychokinesis. Seen as a mystery artist, his job is to astound and amaze onlookers with feats of metal bending, the psychic movement of objects and otherwise affecting matter with his mind." 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £10.00 door charge. Venue. SMPC 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). 5.10.13


Jeff McBride and Mario Morris: Focus on Street Magic: "Las Vegas, October 11th–13th, 2013: This special three-day class will share insights and magic effects best suited for today's 'Street Magic' environments. We will cover both real 'Street Performance' and 'Street Magic For Television'. Three days of learning, theory, workshops and fun with street magic - including performing before real street audiences in various locales around Las Vegas. Learn and watch master street performers and perform on the Las Vegas Strip." 5.10.13


History & Hauntings At Newton House... The ghosts that really scared TV's "Most Haunted" team could be taking part in a pre-Halloween "History and Hauntings" night at Newton House in Carmarthenshire. Listed as one of the National Trust's spookiest buildings, the property has a spirit that tries to strangle guests and a horribly haunted corridor and nursery as well as ghosts of a blue boy and a grey lady. Dr Nicolas Grimoire - with not a magic trick in sight - will be joining Newton House's own historian to explore some of the darker corners of the building. Thursday & Friday October 24th & 25th. Tours begin at 7 and 8.30pm. Tickets for the walk are £12 each and are available from Newton House on 01558 823902. Newton House, Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RT (Map)


Nick Brunger's bizarre walking tour of Carmarthen has been shortlisted for a tourism award, as well as being named as the city's number one visitor attraction on the TripAdvisor website. "Creepy Carmarthen The Spooky Town Tour" has been shortlisted in the Visitor Experience of the Year category of the 2013 Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards. Launched in June the weekly walking tour, conducted by Nick's alter-ego Dr Nicolas Grimoire, has won rave reviews from the public. Blending bizarre magic with (mainly) true stories from Carmarthen's past, comments have ranged from "we've talked about it ever since" to "the highlight of our week in Wales". The tour has just finished its first successful season but will be back as a regular fixture from Easter next year.  5.10.13


An Evening of Magic and Comedy. Jamie Curtis writes: "The night is in Kidderminster at Carters Bar, 4-5 Oxford Street, Kidderminster DY10 1BB (Map) on the 25th October. I have got some local stand ups performing in the first half and the in the 2nd half I will be performing doing a risky set of needle swallowing and mentalism. Matt G Mentalist will also be there and possibly a special guest but still waiting for confirmation! It's all in aid of Cancer Research UK. £5 in advance gets your name on door, or £8 on door if you turn up on the night. My email is to put your name on the door - hoping for it to be a great night!" 5.10.13


Young Magician Wanted: "Could you pull a helicopter out of a hat? This is an exciting opportunity to work with TheTwinsFX on a fantastic project with big ideas and big illusions. We are seeking a young magician (full or part time) who isn't afraid of hard work and is ready to perform on a worldwide stage to massive audiences with ground breaking illusions. If you have the nerve and flare then we need you. Please email a bit about yourself 'your story so far', CV photos etc. to" 5.10.13


Steve Cook Magic & Mentalism Session days: "Steve Cook will be presenting a very limited number of Magic & Mentalism Session days for magical societies throughout 2014. These will be set on Sundays from April to September. They will commence at 11 am and finish around 5pm with a ten minute break every hour. The day will consist of close-quarter tuition, on many of Steve's effects. Included in the price will also be a Session Manual of 100+ pages! Hopefully, some 20 effects will be performed, plus ideas, gags, bits of business, Steve's inspiration from quality cinema and info on the legendary Ken Brooke. After these few session dates, there will be no more such lecture/sessions. The curtain is slowly descending! A minimum of ten registrants is required per session. Price is only £45 per person! Bring your own popcorn & ice-cream! As stated, only a few of these Sessions will be allocated, so any societies interested in a magic-mentalism crammed day away from the telly, then contact me asap on or tel 01472 349753. Thank you." 5.10.13


"The Illusionists" Click Here • "Review: The Illusionists [sold out], Royal Concert Hall" Click Here • "Illusion show cancelled" Click Here • "Illusionists Trick Day 3 - Thread From Eye" Click Here • "Goth magician is casting his spell" Click Here • "Dynamo wined and dined family and friends at Wollaston restaurant" Click Here • Last Sunday's L.A.D.S (Lectures and Dealers) convention is reviewed by Elizabeth Warlock this week, Click Here • "David Blaine Lands Celebrity-Studded Magic Special on ABC" Click Here • "Hugh Jackman Talks New PT Barnum Movie Musical & Houdini On Broadway" Click Here • "Following in the footsteps of Houdini" Click Here • "Magician to bring iPad magic to Croydon's Fairfield Halls" Click Here • "Magician Andy Reay bringing triple bill of talent to Central Studio" Click Here • "Magician Paul Daniels talks to the Derbyshire Times" Click Here • "Davenport's Magic Kingdom, North Walsham, says first season a big success" Click Here • "Top Magicians Perform at Portsmouth Magic Circle's 75th Anniversary Show" Click Here • "John Calvert dies at 102; stage magician was also in movies" Click Here • "Actor and magician John Calvert, who performed in Las Vegas for decades, dies at 102" Click Here • Well, that's it for another week, many thanks for your UK magic news, always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 5.10.13