Number 695 - 19th October 2013


International Magic Convention: There's a  phenomenal line up of international talent from five countries in the Close Up Gala Show at the International Magic Convention on Sunday 17th November, including The Fat Brothers, Charlie Frye, Rob Zabrecky (photo), Peter Woerde and John Carney, all hosted by John Archer. The show promises incredible skill, uncontrollable laughter and a chance to sit back and be entertained by some of the foremost close-up artists in the world. The lunchtime show is always one of the highlights of the Convention and looks to reach the high bar set by previous year's shows. The steeply tiered seating at the excellent Mermaid Theatre allows a perfect live view from every seat, with big-screen projection aiding the ability to see the action really close-up. Day tickets for the Convention start from just £35. If close-up magic is your thing make sure you book for Thursday 14th November at the Festival of Magic where 10 lectures spread over the whole day will give you enough to work on and think about for the next year! Participants include Dani DaOrtiz, Miguel Gea, Christian Engblom, John Carney, Charlie Frye, Peter Woerde, Michael Vincent, Andi Gladwin and Will Houstoun. An unmissable day and evening of high quality lectures for just £30. Tickets bookable via 19.10.13


Morgan & West's Magical Menagerie. "Roll up roll up! Time travelling magicians Morgan and West bring you the UK's finest magical talent psychics, conjurers and prestidigitators live and in captivity! Next month we are joined by magician Neil Kelso and mentalist David Meade - star of 'The David Meade Project' on BBC Northern Ireland. Tuesday, November 5th at 7.30pm at The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ (Map). Tickets £8.50, available from also see 19.10.13


ITV2's 'Tricked' starring a bright-eyed Ben Hanlin has been very well received by its target audience. The third in this six-part series that blends the current TV 'street magic' format with a revamped harder-hitting 'Candid Camera' format, goes out at 9pm on Thursday on ITV2. "Magician Ben Hanlin conjures up mischief as unsuspecting celebrities and members of the public are taken in by his unique brand of hidden camera magic. The rising star's tricks and illusions leave his victims speechless every time. In the third show of the series, Ben messes with Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton and boxing hero Joe Calzaghe." See TV Magic, and catch up via 19.10.13


Ali Cook - Final tour dates. In-between filming a role for ITV's Mr Selfridge Ali Cook has been touring the UK with his sell out show Principles and Deceptions. There are only 2 tour dates left this year; Aldershot on 14th December and Swanage on 21st December. "Review: Ali Cook, Principles and Deceptions - The Lowry, Salford. 5 out of 5" Click Here. Also see 19.10.13


Mysteriosophy Volume 1 is a unique collection of routines, effects and essays by Steve Drury, covering the performance mentalism, bizarre magick, storytelling and readings. Hardbound, with over 175 pages and 15 chapters, it features individual guest contributions from Ed Solomon, Banachek, Roni Shachnaey and Les Cross, plus an exclusively authorised essay on The Psycho-Geometrics® profiling system. The foreword is by Ed Solomon. Details, including a preview, are available via: 19.10.13


Is Anybody There? The bittersweet tale of an unusual friendship, starring Michael Caine as retired magician Clarence. Edward hates living in the old people's home run by his parents. His only interest is an obsession with ghosts, death and the afterlife. Until, that is, the arrival of reluctant new resident, Clarence - a retired magician with a liberating streak of anarchy. Together the odd couple overcome their personal drawbacks. Magic consultant Scott Penrose. Wednesday 23rd October on BBC 1. See TV Magic. 19.10.13


If you're a magician then Giggio was made for you... "It has revolutionised my business and is indispensable for any serious performer. I couldn't live without it!!" Paul Martin. "Giggio is in a class of its own. It’s now an essential part of my day-to-day business. If you are a working professional, you can’t afford to be without it." Nigel Mead. "From the initial enquiry to receiving payment, Giggio will streamline your workflow and do the hard work for you. Stay organised with all your client and gig information in one place. See all your upcoming jobs and outstanding invoices at a glance. Keep a professional appearance with clear, well designed PDF contracts and invoices. Save time calculating mileage and looking up maps – Giggio does it all for you. Try all the features for yourself with the free 30 day trial. Sign up now, and we’ll get you set up with your own database on our secure server – you’ll be up and running in no time on your Mac or PC. You’ll soon wonder how you managed without it." Visit and to find out more, to take the tour! 19.10.13


This year's Magic Moments Day raised £5,391.61 bringing the grand total raised to date to an impressive £52,289.83. See the Magic Moments page for more on this very worthwhile magic fund-raising project. 19.10.13


Voodoo Banquet at Tanlaw Mill, Buckingham: "The spirit cabinet séance of the notorious Davenport Brothers will be the 'Secret Cabaret' highlight of a special Halloween dinner at the University of Buckingham's historic riverside Tanlaw Mill Restaurant. It's been organised by English Department Lecturer, and self-confessed magic nut, Richard Adamson. The event is open to town and gown, and Adamson is promising a super gastro-feast plus a fright-fest of legerdemain around the tables, provided by Magic Circlers Paul Megram, Dave Jones and the 2013 Magic Circle Close-up champion Tim Shoesmith." October 31st. Dinner from 6.30pm. £30 per head. Tanlaw Mill, University of Buckingham, MK18 1EG (Map). Visit for details. 19.10.13


Wireless Wallet by Yaniv Levy and Wayne Dobson. Wayne Dobson writes: "I am very pleased to offer this very good quality product from Cobra Magic. I first met Yaniv Levy from Israel a few years ago at the Blackpool convention and he showed great interest in my 3 choice wallet and from that he developed an electronic version and now has made it totally hands-off. It is so effective and so easy it’s criminal – when presented you will look like the real deal and it is so versatile for close-up/walkaround/parlour/stage or anywhere! I am so impressed with the wallet that I have developed a few routines which are included." Visit to watch and demonstration video and learn more! 19.10.13


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishops Stortford. Andy Clockwise writes: On Friday 25th October it's time for another evening with the 'Magicians at the Half Moon'. This month's show features Magician Richard Pinner and Mind Boggler Chris Hare and compere Andy Clockwise, who will attempt a new world record! Entry is £10 on the door (subject to availability - best to call Andy on 07958 415518 to reserve your seat). Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The Half Moon Public House, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford CM23 2LD (Map). For more information visit 19.10.13


Just two places remain for The Big Day of Creation: "First time ever in the UK. Friday 25th October - Torquay, Devon. Magicians coming from all across UK to take advantage of this unique, insightful and transformational day with George Parker. Will you be there? Hurry and book your place today:". 19.10.13


Lex Schoppi Magic now have a number of their titles available as ebooks including the best-selling Quick Change (in English and French) and inventive Pimp your Dummy. See 19.10.13


Jon Armstrong Lecture - The Fylde Mystics. Alan Mylecraine writes: The Fylde Mystics are pleased to announce that on Tuesday 19th November they will be hosting a lecture with Jon Armstrong from America. The lecture will commence at 8pm at the South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool FY4 5HZ (Map), visiting magicians welcome, £5.00 on the door. This will not be just another trick lecture or a dealer show. Jon will not only teach you some great, original card magic, he will teach you some sleights and techniques that you may have thought were out of your reach. One of the things that makes Jon such an in demand performer, is the way he has developed and integrated his character into his magic. It's this synthesis of performance; effect and character that can make 'tricks' become magic. In addition to learning his original card ideas, he will also cover topics such as learning, performance and character. These ideas are useable whether you are a full time pro or just do a few tricks for family and friends. For more info visit 19.10.13


Astonishment Night, with Joel Dickinson. 7pm on Thursday 7th November at Custodians Cottage, Abbey Mill, Barrow in Furness LA13 0PJ (Map). "With over a decade of full-time performing experience, Joel's renowned intimate close-up magic shows sell out quickly. The evening features misdirection, psychology, sleight of hand magic and amusement. Plus an amazing buffet banquet fit for a king. This is a strictly first come first served basis and not to be missed!" Tickets cost £12.50 - to book email 19.10.13


Mel Harvey was awarded the title Best Stage Act by the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society in their annual competition for a fourth time on Wednesday October 16th. "In an act that contained comedy and audience participation, Mel also included a live dove production for the first time. Mel thanked the judges and the other five contestants for their input. Mel's wife, Nicky, played the part of the glamorous assistant also for the very first time! Mel also thanked member Elizabeth Rogan for appearing on Mel's charity show last week which helped to raise nearly £1,000 for Parkinsons UK." 19.10.13


The Chuckle Brothers in a 2014 Space Oddity. Through 2014 Stuart and Jayne Safire are looking forward to once again touring the UK’s top theatre venues in a new adventure 'The Chuckle Brothers in a 2014 Space Oddity'. This will be Safire’s 14th outing with BBC children’s favourites, which will run from the beginning of February to the beginning of September. As well as performing their new sci-fi themed black art puppet act, Stuart and Jayne will be playing parts and presenting not only their illusions but also their magical robots Safire and Steel. Don't miss this all-new adventure as The Chuckle Brothers head into Space. Fun for all the family starring the country’s favourites with full supporting cast Jimmy and Brian the Patton Brothers, Stuart and Jayne Loughland, Safire Illusionists, Richard Morgan, The Magic Light Puppets. Songs, slap-stick, spectacular magic, UV puppets and fun for all the family. All dates to be announced soon. 19.10.13


Jon Armstrong Manchester workshop. Martin Allcock writes: "Top USA Card Expert Jon Armstrong will be holding a workshop in Manchester on Wednesday 20th November as part of his brief UK lecture tour. Jon will be offering in-depth, hands-on teaching covering some of his core material and will also teach effects not being shown in his standard lecture. The price is £50 payable in advance. The workshop will start approx 3pm and will run well into the evening (min 4 hours). Places are strictly limited to 12 (in order to maximise the participants learning experience) and will go fast. Previous workshops this year with Greg Wilson and Fay Presto have been a great success. Quentin Reynolds and Iain Moran both stated that the Fay Presto workshop was 'the best money I've ever spent on magic.' Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn directly with one of the world's best." Contact Martin Allcock for more information and to book. 19.10.13


International Magic launch the new John Derris lecture - with free Jack Avis effect 'Find the Phantom' for all who pre-book. This is John's new lecture based around his book that has just been released "Days of Wine and Magic". An evening of magic, ideas, routines and presentations conceived in wine bars and taverns during the last fifty years. Reflecting on the early days of Elmsley, Avis, Walton, Koran, Page, Danson and others who used to meet in a Greek cafe in Vernon Place, you will witness a treasure trove of ideas from some of magic's most creative minds. Roy Walton commented "magicians are in for a treat!" 7.30pm on 23rd October. Book your tickets now with International Magic: 020 7405 7324, email £15 per person. Venue: Casa Italiana, 2nd floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL, opposite their Magic Shop 19.10.13


David Ginn is lecturing at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford M5 4PE (Map) for Manchester Circle of Magicians commencing at 8pm on Monday 21st October. David is one of the most prolific inventors of children's magic and is a well known author of kids magic books. Members can attend free of charge, visitors pay £10.00. Why not join Manchester Circle of Magicians for just £15.00 per year? (David Ginn is also lecturing at Blackpool Magicians Club on Tuesday 22nd October at 8pm. Members and Associate members only.) Derek Lever. 19.10.13


The Pentacle Club presents The Dennis & Jean Collins Lecture, in memory of two of the great children's entertainers, with the emphasis on the latter on Tuesday 22nd October at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map). All are welcome to join us for an evening devoted to entertaining with magic for children and families when JezO, aka Jeremy Bond, shares his wealth of experience, tried and tested effects and performance ideas. The doors open at 7.30pm and there is a charge of £10 for non-members. Alan Maskell. 19.10.13


David Ginn presents Kidbiz Live - the Workshop! Over two hours of comedy, magic, and fun...shared by the man who has lived it all in 300+ shows yearly for 43 years and who has produced 90 books, tapes, videos and DVDs teaching you how to entertain children. Not only will David perform children’s magic routines, warm-ups, and musical magic - but he will explain how they work, why they work, and how you can get more fun and laughs into your show. Every magician attending will receive free a copy of David’s book Bringing Home the Laughs, plus a Magic Belt Hook and a Caterpillar Puzzle you can do on stage! We hope you will join us for this lecture which promises to be a breath of fresh air for children's entertainers, and all other magical folk too... not to be missed! Wednesday October 23rd - 8pm start. Visiting magicians welcome; please let us know in advance or come along with a CMS member. Visitors will be asked to pay £10 at the door. Sadly we cannot allow entry to non-magicians. Russell Wells. 19.10.13


Second Chance by Wayne Dobson. "A wickedly clever effect that's easy to do and really packs a punch! Second Chance is Wayne Dobson thinking at its best. Without you even touching the deck, a spectator thinks of any card, removes it from the deck and hides it in their pocket. You then take another deck and claim that you are going to try and choose the same card that the spectator has hidden in their pocket. You remove one card and the spectator removes their card from their pocket, however it is not the same card. You ask for a Second Chance to prove that you have chosen the same card. Turning over your card it is seen that the spectators 'Thought of Card' is written on the back, proving that it is the Same Card! Sounds impossible? It's that good! 100% Self Working; Regular Decks; No memory; Instant reset. Wayne’s Second Chance comes with Second Chance Deck (supply your own second deck) and a full instructional DVD featuring additional ideas by Peter Nardi and Michael Sullivan." Visit 19.10.13


Dick Whittington. Following a great pantomime run at Theatr Colwyn, North Wales, with record box office sales exceeding any previous pantomime, Magic Light Productions (Stuart and Jayne Loughland, of the Illusion act Safire) are pleased to announce that they will once again be producing, writing and directing Dick Whittington, this year's show, and their third offering. Featuring all the traditional pantomime ingredients including magic and illusions. The Panto runs from 21st December to 4th January. To book visit also see and 19.10.13


Last few places available for free magic and technology workshop. "Ever wanted to use technology in your magic, but don't know where to start? We're running a free 'hack' event on 12th & 13th November in Bristol. We'll provide space, food, kit and a team of technical geniuses. We're offering a small number of magicians the chance to work with these technology experts over 2 days to create new magic gimmicks and products and get a glimpse at new technologies. What's in it for you? Get hands-on experience in new and emerging technologies that could be used for magic. Come away with ideas and prototypes for your act! Interested? Find out more, Click Here or email Kieron Kirkland 19.10.13


Ali Cardabra entertained the Merlin Magical Society on Thursday October 10th with his brilliant mixture of original workable magic. His lecture entitled 'Ali Conjures Great and Small' enthralled the packed club room with no less than twelve mind blowing effects from his repertoire. All aspects of magic were fully covered in this enjoyable experience and it also ensured that there was something for everyone to take away with them. Ali explained the clever thinking behind his ingenious ideas and clearly explained how to perform these magical gems. This lecture is fully recommended to all magical societies looking to fill their programmes with great entertaining magic. Thank you Ali Cardabra for a marvelous evening. Martin Peirce, Vice-Chairman Merlin Magical Society. 19.10.13


Bexley Magic Society Marvello Cup winners. On Wednesday 17th October, Bexley Magic Society held their annual close-up competition, called the Marvello Cup, a stage name of the late magic dealer Terry Wright of M & M Magic. There were five entrants on the night performing in front of a large audience of magicians, family and friends. First to perform was Joe Greenaway, followed by, Adrian Sels, Steve White, Jason Deverell and Gary Jones. Two hours later club Vice President, Tony Western, awarded the prize to joint winners Steve White (photo, left) and Jason Deverell who share the trophy six months each during the coming year. Congratulations to both and commiserations to the runners up who all contributed to a great evening’s entertainment. Roy Marsh. 19.10.13


Magic Cavern Magic Opportunity: "Due to expansion Richard Leigh has opportunities for magicians to work at The Magic Cavern in London. These vacancies will suit London based people with a keen interest in the running of a theatre as well as a magic show. You will have training in all areas of Front of House, Lighting, Stage Management, Box Office and performance in one of London's busiest Fringe theatres. Performance opportunities are in close-up magic and for the right people, full training to present excerpts from 7 productions scheduled to play The Magic Cavern theatre in 2014. Including the original production which celebrates 1000 performances in 2014. You do not need your own act, as full training is given. Only serious, hard working people above 16 years of age, who are team players please. Immediate start. Part time shifts to suit. Enquiries and applicants please email or head down to The Magic Cavern and see the show and introduce yourself. Full schedule at" 19.10.13


East Coast Magic Collective. "East Coast Magic Collective is a newly formed club with a board of magicians with huge experience in the entertainment and magic world. Our mission is to create a magic club for its members and with its members sharing ideas and operating an open forum for magicians to grow and share knowledge. We will be putting on lectures, performances, having quiz nights, open learning nights, competitions, and more." Submitted by Paul Henri. 19.10.13


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