Number 696 - 26th October 2013


The Magic Circle Awards Ceremony 2013. Key figures from the world of film, television, music and magic were treated to a champagne reception, breathtaking close-up magic and a star studded gala show last Saturday, 19th October at The Magic Circle's Annual Awards Evening. Hosted by Johnny Ball, the 2013 Magic Circle Awards were presented to the following:
The David Devant (for services to International Magic): Luis De Matos MIMC
The Maskelyne (for services to British Magic): Paul Kieve MIMC
The Carlton Award for Comedy: John van der Put MIMC
John Nevil Maskelyne Award (for services to magic literature): Juan Tamariz
Cecil Lyle Award (for best trick published in The Magic Circular): Terry Guyatt MIMC
Hoffmann Memorial Lecture - Brian Lead MIMC
With Silver Wands, for service to The Magic Circle, presented to Peter Liddelow AIMC, Dennis Patten MIMC and Graham Reed MIMC.
Simon Drake MIMC was presented with Honorary Membership of The Inner Magic Circle (Professional).
The evening, produced by Katherine Rhodes, included close-up performances by Matthew Le Mottte and Danny Grew and a gala show featuring Richard Pinner, Michael Vadini, Elizabeth Rogan, Scott Penrose and Graham Jolley.

Photo: Magic Circle President Jack Delvin presenting Honorary Membership of The Inner Magic Circle (Professional) to Simon Drake MIMC.

(I'd wanted to be there, but had already booked tickets on the same night to take the family to see the equally magical Earth, Wind & Fire at The Royal Albert Hall. Oops! DT). 26.10.13


The Session, Cheltenham January 2014: "This year's guest of honour has been announced as none other than Guy Hollingworth. Simply one of the most stylish, original, and technically-gifted magicians of all time, we are honoured to have the distinguished Mr. Hollingworth as our Guest of Honour. He will present some of the effects he is best known for, as well as some things he has rarely shared with magicians. He joins Bebel, John Guastaferro, Joe Barry, Morgan & West, Jon Allen and many more at the UK's only dedicated close-up magic convention." 26.10.13


The very latest from the International Magic Convention and Festival organisers: "We are delighted to announce that Jon Armstrong has been added to the already stellar line up of Dani DaOrtiz, Christian Engblom, Miguel Gea, Peter Woerde, Terry Ward, Florian Severin, Mahdi Gilbert and Brendan Rodrigues for the Bar Magic Event of the International Magic Convention in London. Tickets for this stand alone event also include entry to a performance of one man show by John Carney at the Bridewell Theatre on the evening of Saturday 16th November (tickets: Jon Armstrong has been recognised as one of the outstanding card talents of his generation and nowhere is his skill more obvious than in a bar setting. A great chance to see this master performer close up and at his best. The evening shows at the Bridewell Theatre on Monday 11th - Wednesday 13th include full one-show sets from The Wizards of Odd and Young and Strange and also shorter guest spots from Patrik Kuffs, Terry Ward, Alan Hudson, Steve Best, Pete Turner and other guest performers. As for the day-time sessions, there is a sliding scale of prices so that the more events you book for the cheaper they work out. Also, a couple of close up competitors have had to withdraw from the Close Up Competition on the morning of Saturday 16th - so if you'd like a last minute chance to enter the contest and the possibility of walking away with not only £1000 cash but also the title of "International Close Up Magician of the Year 2013" do not hesitate to contact for a set of rules regarding the competition. It seems like a very open competition this year with entrants from nine different countries all vying to add this prestigious title to their CV - may the best performer win! 26.10.13


World Stars of MagicTM "Presented by Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle, ‘World Stars of Magic’TM is an exciting, entertaining and magical night out for the whole family, and a rare opportunity to see ‘live’ internationally renowned magicians, illusionists and speciality performers from across the globe. It is the perfect early Christmas treat!" Saturday 30th November. Doors: 6.30pm. Show: 7.30pm. Tickets: £15.00 (Concessions: £12.50 OAPs and Children). Bookings: 0844 888 4411. Book Online: The show is being produced and directed by Paul Stone for the Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle, as a 'one night only' event leading up to their Centenary in 2015. 26.10.13


Steve Truglia's The Card Shark Show celebrates its 1st Anniversary on October 29th. Steve Truglia amazes audiences with classic card tricks, cheats and scams in this unique, interactive, multimedia show that takes its magic to the audience, up close. In earlier life Steve's time with UK Special Forces taught him the use of psychological operations to defeat an adversary; skills which are also used by gambling cheats and con artists to this day. "If you want to see a specialist skill elevated to the highest level, buy a ticket to the Card Shark Show." - GQ. October: 29th (1st Anniversary show). Then dates in November and December as normal and a special Christmas series of shows on December 2nd, 6th, 10th, 11th and 20th - see What's On. Also see Book online: Click Here. 26.10.13


An Impossible Made Possible. Honda Illusions, An Impossible Made Possible commercial (Click Here) is a beautifully crafted ad. There's also an accompanying behind the scenes video, for all you CGI skeptics too, Click Here. 26.10.13


Jamie Allan's iMagician - The most technologically engaging live magic show in the UK today is reviewed by Mike Danata this week: "I Magician was a perfect fusion of past and present. With glimpses into the future of 'what might be'. Informative, enlightening, thought provoking and ultimately hugely entertaining. I don’t want to ruin the show for others, by listing everything that Jamie performed in the show, it would ruin the element of surprise. I will however mention some of the stand out items for me, which were..." Click Here to read Mike's full review. Also see What's On and and Mike Danata runs in Bournemouth. Also see, "Playhouse show was just magic" Click Here. 26.10.13


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day - London. Dealers from across the country will be exhibiting the latest magic products from around the world at the Royal National Hotel (Galleon Suite), 38–51 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG (Map) today, Saturday 26th October from 10am to 5pm. £5 Entry (free for members). 26.10.13


Mind Games. "A tour de force in psychological entertainment, this uniquely devised show will have you on the edge of your seat. Combining unbelievable feats of mind reading and hypnosis, you will be guided through an evening of mystery and intrigue by one of the UK's most talented showmen. A master of influence; this is a performance not to be missed." Mind Games returns in 2014, with performances in Derby, Nottingham and Manchester, see What's On. 26.10.13


There's lots of magic on TV at the moment. Don't miss a trick! Keep an eye on our TV Magic page. 26.10.13


FISM champion lectures in the West Midlands. Ian Brennan writes: "South Staffordshire Society of Magicians is proud to welcome Jan Logemann who will be lecturing in the Midlands based club on October 28th. For anyone not in the know Jan has numerous titles under his belt including Germany’s Magician of the Year and the prestigious FISM Card Champion title. Jan’s lecture will be a chance to learn magic from a very modern magician, who is at the top of his game, in an intimate and friendly venue. We look forward to seeing you there. More details can be found at" (See What's On for other remaining tour dates). 26.10.13


Voodoo banquet metamorphosis! "In the blink of an eye, Tanlaw Mill kitchen wizards have come up with a stripped-down Bistro Buffet menu at a very tasty £16.95 per head. Early Bird tickets two for £25 if booked by 4pm Monday. Plus, of course, the veritable tsunami of table-top legerdemain to accompany a fantasy feast." October 31st. Tanlaw Mill, University of Buckingham, MK18 1EG (Map). See for details. 26.10.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's, London, on Friday November 15th stars: Chris Cox, Myra DuBois, Stu Turner, Matt Barnard, Rob James and MC Neil Henry: "Magic Night indulges in beery fun, disappearing birds, kids tricks, muggings and some mind control. Chris Cox (photo) will be using mind reading, psychology and lying whilst trying to influence you and be your friend in order to stroll through your head and casually reveal what’s on your mind whilst Mat Barnard will perform beer tricks in a way that would make any beer drinker weep with pride! Stu Turner has a mugging related trick and acid tongued Myra Dubois turns into Aunty Myra and will bring out the kid in you, using her strange sidekick with Aunty Myras Fun Show (don’t actually bring kids, she’s not very good with them!). Rob James will indulge in a spot of human puppetry that makes magicians of us all, laugh trickster, laugh! All expertly compered by mighty conjuror Neil Henry" Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Friday November 1st. 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 26.10.13


Paul Romhany Lecture Tour - now booking. Tour organiser Steve Gore writes: "Paul Romhany is known as ‘the busiest magician in the world’ as a performer, creator, author and editor of the world’s largest read magic magazine and is coming for a UK lecture tour in May 2014. In 2014 Romhany celebrates 25 years as a full time professional magician and he has put together a very unique lecture. His vast performing career includes fifteen years on cruise ships, his own regular television show, corporate and trade show work as well as tours with variety shows around the world. He is also an established creator of original magic effects, as well as author of over 25 magic books, and editor and creator of Vanish magic magazine. Paul Romhany’s lecture will not only teach you some of his prized routines from his career, but will also share stories, tips and advice he has gathered from his vast career. He will also perform a short version of his award winning Charlie Chaplin act and then explain some of the pieces from the act, as well as the thinking behind putting together a theme act. No matter what type of magic your perform or what type of skill level, you will get something from this very unique lecture." Contact Steve Gore for more information and to secure your preferred date. 26.10.13


Alex Pandrea Lecture Tour - now booking. Tour organiser Steve Gore writes: "Alex Pandrea is known throughout the magic community for his high level of skill with a pack of cards and is coming to the UK for his first UK lecture tour in September 2014. He is considered a master of sleights such as the Pass, Anti-Faro, Diagonal Palm Shift, and more. His work has been praised by top pros such as Chris Kenner, Richard Kaufman, Dani DaOrtiz, and many others. In addition to his card work Alex has also created a lot of original material with coins, straws, pens, matches and more. As the founder and CEO of The Blue Crown, Alex has brought several of his own stunning effects to the market, plus creations from magicians around the globe. In his 3-part lecture, Alex will teach tips on classic card moves, plus many original sleights and effects. Alex will share the methods, but also his philosophies and theories on performing in the real world, and his minimalist approach to routining. All attendees will also receive 5 free video downloads via email after the lecture." Contact Steve Gore for more information and to secure your preferred date. 26.10.13


Wayne Fox AIMC Lecture and Dealer Dem at The Ilford Magical Society. Paul Clancy writes: On Wednesday 30th October Wayne Fox AIMC will be lecturing and doing a dealer dem at The Ilford Magical Society. We meet at The Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford IG3 9PP (Map) at 8pm. This will be a fantastic night and visitors are very welcome. £10 on the door. 26.10.13


Luke Jermay Workshop - Aberdeen. Just 5 places remain. "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'." 26.10.13


Training day for children's entertainers - 3 weeks to go! With just 3 weeks to go until Mike Clarke's "Become a Children's Entertainer" training day in Bristol, time is running out to book your place. If you book your place before 31st October, you'll also receive the latest version of Mike's DVD and audio CD training system as a complimentary bonus, so early booking is advised! Full details can be found at 26.10.13


The North Western Society of Magicians Annual North West Stage Magic Championships: "On October 16th The North Western Society of Magicians (NWSM) held their Annual North West Stage Magic Championships. Seven magicians competed and the night was compered by Adam Hudson at the NWSM headquarters. An amazing evening of magical entertainment was had by all. The competition standards were high for the top three spots with Roger Heath in third place, Steve 'Stan' Dacre in second and Joel Dickinson (photo) in first. Peter Fitchett won the Originality Trophy and Steve 'Stan' Dacre the Comedy Award." 26.10.13


JezO (Jeremy Bond) will be on the road next week appearing in Treasure Island (produced by LP Creatives). He has collaborated on developing the show and script and his character ‘Potwash Pete’ is the perfect vehicle for the JezO brand of comedy magic and visual humour. A bigger tour of the production is planned for 2014. JezO is then appearing as ‘Pimple’ in Beauty and the Beast (Imagine Theatre) at The Woodville Theatre, Gravesend from 14th December until 4th January prior to another tour of Wow! This Show Is Magic with Doctor Bondini (PMB Productions) in February. See What’s On. Doctor Bondini appears at The Empire Theatre, Halstead, Essex, for a half-term family show on Thursday 31st October at 2.30pm. 26.10.13


The Dreaded Mentalist Rises Again. "Jez Starr returns for his Halloween Spook-tacular! A darker show for Halloween, with more experiments and demonstrations but this time with a spooky flair. Featuring tests on Old Psychic Experiments, Influence and Suggestion, The Dark Arts and much much more. Do Something Different For Halloween, be part of it and witness something truly extraordinary!" Saturday 9th November at 8pm. The Old Bell, 42 Market Place, Warminster BA12 9AN (Map). Over 16's only! Audience Participation. Tickets only £8.50 from or call or text 07749 538016. Booking Advised. Limited Seats. 26.10.13


High Jinx - Final week, Blackpool Pleasure Beach! Philip Partridge writes: "See Michael and Tamsyn in their final week of their second year at the Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Yes they’re back with a new show in 2014. The intimate venue shows off their talents brilliantly with superb sound and lighting. It’s a fun-packed fast paced show. Michael is not just a magician but a great juggler and one of my favourite new sequences involved a themed glow-in-the-dark juggling sequence. It was great to see families being wowed with his new illusions and comedy magic. Tamsyn even does quick change. High Jinx have been very generous to the magic community throughout 2013 by offering their full evening show at the discounted rate of £5 on display of a Magic Circle or IBM membership card. Keep up your hard work High Jinx; you are superb ambassadors for our magic art." 26.10.13


Escapologist Chris Cross appeared on The Slammer on Friday 26.10.13


The Magic Triangle Competition 2013. Joe Oyelade, aged 13 years won both the Junior Section Trophy and Close Up Shield at the Magic Triangle's Competition on 20th October 2013. The Stage Competition was won by Martyn Reeve and the Cup for The Most Entertaining Act was awarded to Jeff Bolt. Photo: Joe Oyelade receives his Certificate from the Chairman and the Competitions Magical Judge, Ali Cardabra. Keith Norman, Chairman The Magic Triangle. 26.10.13


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