Number 697 - 2nd November 2013


Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery. Innovative entertainer Derren Brown returns to our screens in a brand new one-off special Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery for Channel 4 in December. Master illusionist and showman Derren Brown plans to pull off the perfect crime. He’s bet renowned art collector Ivan Massow that he can steal a painting from right under his nose. In true Derren style, he will tell Ivan exactly which painting he plans to target – a work by Turner-nominated British brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman no less – as well as what time the theft will happen. He’ll even give him a photograph of the person that’s going to take it. In order to pull off the theft Derren recruits a crew. But he’s not going to use career criminals or skilled cat burglars. He’s going to use members of society that tend to slip by unnoticed. He’s going to use old age pensioners. Over a series of uplifting tests and training missions viewers will see Derren teach his senior citizens the core skills needed to pull off the gallery theft, how to move together in perfect synchronicity and with perfect timing, how to deceive a security guard who will be expecting the theft and how to hold their nerve when they’re most under pressure. This builds to an edge-of-seat finale: The attempt of the team to steal the painting under impossible conditions.

Derren Brown said: "This has been nerve-wracking for me and my team, leaving such an extraordinary task entirely in the hands of a group of contributors to pull off. The idea was to use the fact that the elderly tend to be treated as invisible as a strength. There’s only so much training you can give, so many worst-case scenarios you can try to cover. I’m used to feeling in control with these shows - but not with this one. It’s a big caper: fun, edge-of-seat, hopefully taking you to unexpected places." Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery was commissioned by Tom Beck for Channel 4. Executive Producers for Objective Productions are Martin Dance, Andrew Newman, Derren Brown and Anthony Owen.


Evening magical happenings in London. As part of the London Festival of Magic there are three different evening shows of magic taking place at the Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, London EC1 on Monday 11th to Wednesday 13th November at 7.30pm. Monday features The Wizards of Odd, Jon Armstrong, Terry Ward and Pete Turner; Tuesday, Young and Strange, Ed Hilsum, Steve Best and Chris Cox and Wednesday, Florian Severin, Patrik Kuffs and Chris Cox amongst others. Tickets available at - £20 for one night, £30 for two and £35 for all three.

A minute by minute itinerary for both the London Festival of Magic and International Magic Convention is now available through the Zwoor App, which allows you to keep fully up to date on any mobile device with all the lectures, shows, performances and experiences during these two events. The App can be downloaded at and the codes to load on the itinerary for the events are RONS2013 and LFM2013. Those of you thinking there may be clues as to who the recipient of the David Berglas Award for 2013 will be, and the exact nature of the special day on Monday 11th, will be disappointed, I'm afraid! Noel Britten. Organiser.


The Young Magicians Club, the youth initiative of The Magic Circle, held their annual J-Day convention on Sunday 27th October with 100 young magicians in attendance. Angelo Carbone and Steve Evans lectured and the celebrity guest was Marvin Berglas of Marvin’s Magic. As always the two competitions were keenly fought. For the Wayne Fox Magic Home Counties Trophy for stage, the results were, in third place: Jay Borthwick, second Fletcher Ransberry and the winner was William Tibballs (top photo). William also won the Pete McCahon Originality Trophy and Roman also won the Kaymar Komedy Kup. For the Mark Leveridge Cup for Close-up Magic, in third place was Roman Armstrong, in second Callum McClure and the winner was Joe Oyelade (second photo). The YMC Member of the Year was announced as Elizabeth Rogan. The day finished with a gala show featuring L’Homme Magique, David Weeks, Marvin Berglas and Young & Strange. The photographs show William and Jay receiving their awards from President Jack Delvin. Kevin Doig MIMC, Chairman YMC. 2.11.13


The 50th Anniversary Portsmouth Jumbo Day is on tomorrow, Sunday 3rd November. Doors open at 9am for a full day of magic. There will be mini-lectures by Jozsef Kovacs and Jimmy Carlo and a balloon workshop from Graham Lee. Bob Hamilton will present his magic films. The Close-up sessions will feature Andi Gladwin, Mike Sullivan, Jozsef Kovacs and Myles Thornton. The Star Lecture will be by Fay Presto. At the end of the day, the Gala Show will be compered by Sean Lobban and stars Fay Presto, Nick Einhorn, Jimmy Carlo, Kockov and James Brown. All-day tickets are £20 for adults and £10 for Under 16s. Full details at Sean Lobban. 2.11.13


Edinburgh Magic Circle are delighted to be hosting a lecture by Dave Forrest on Monday 11th November. This is (for the most part) the lecture put together especially for The Magic Castle, Hollywood where Dave performed twice. The lecture consists of some off-beat close-up magic and mentalism and also some items more suited to parlour type situations. "Wow! Many people said that last night was our best night ever. Dave Forrest is a great magician, a clear thinker and full of practical ideas. What an amazing session. There was so much that I wanted to remember! Still buzzing from the great magic!" John Field, The Surrey Society of Magicians. The lecture is being held at our headquarters at Myreside Pavilion, The Watsonian Club, 79 Myreside Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DB (Map) at 8pm. Entry is £5. Ian Buchan. 2.11.13


Magicseen Issue 53, November 2013 - out now! "Comedy magician Matthew Wright is a seriously good magician. Well, it took the amazing Yann Frisch to stop him winning the close-up at FISM in Blackpool, which tells you all you need to know, and we have an enjoyable chat with our affable cover star in the latest issue. Matthew is ably supported by feature articles on Patrick Kun, Steve Evans and Sebastian Walton, all of whom also have a story to tell. Last time Neil Roberts arrived with an excellent article of advice on how to put together a stage act, and in the November issue he returns with the concluding part that is once again full of important info. We also invite Scott Watson to give us a starter guide to how social media can help magicians to promote themselves, and Jay Fortune presents the 2nd part of his chat with Tobias Beckwith, manager of Jeff McBride, on the business of show business. All this plus two effects in the Masterclass, loads of show and product reviews, letters, news and more, plus we even manage to squeeze into a phone box to spend 30p chatting to none other than Penelope Cruz! Yep we aim high and so can you by getting your hands on the latest Magicseen, sponsored by Merlins of Wakefield, which is available now from" 2.11.13


The Bradford Magic Circle are hosting their annual Dinner and Cabaret on Friday 22nd November at the Mercure Bankfield, Bradford Hotel featuring a host of magicians including, the chairman of The Magic Castle, Jon Armstrong (photo). It is the only opportunity to see Jon, previously named "Close up Magician of the Year" perform close-up around the tables and also in cabaret, during his short visit to the UK for a lecture tour this month. Tickets are available from or 01274 818805. Steve Gore. 2.11.13


The Card Collection's Autumn Sale is now on! The sale will run until 10am on Monday 4th November. Receive a 10% discount on orders over £25.00 and 15% on orders over £40.00. Hurry - don't miss out! 2.11.13


East Coast Magic Collective groups inaugural meeting, Thursday 14th November, Great Yarmouth. Following on from the news of the formation of a new magic group, the East Coast Magic Collective are thrilled to announce their inaugural meeting will take place at 7pm on Thursday 14th November in the function room of the Avenues Public House, Beatty Road, Great Yarmouth NR30 4BJ (Map) followed by a lecture from 'Control Freak', Ollie Mealing. This young, dynamic performer will give us an hours lecture - it will be an amazing event to mark the start of this new group. The meeting is free to attend and the lecture is £7.50, but free to anyone signing up to Premium Membership of ECMC! Paul Henri. 2.11.13


Magician and Hypnotist Damien O'Brien took to Twitter in an attempt to hypnotise people via the social network for Halloween: "It was a strange test that I had been thinking about doing for a long time. I contacted Ravi Mayar and Anthony Jacquin to gain some advice about this experiment to see if it could be possible; without these two guys the experiment would never have happened. Throughout the week I dropped minor hints as to what would be happening to people without giving anything away. Then on the 31st at 7.30pm the challenge began. Within 10 minutes I was being bombarded with tweets from people all over the world, saying they was either stuck to their chairs or phones! This was an incredible feeling to know this had worked as I was still very unsure - it was a huge risk, but it was a complete success and I was still receiving tweets the next day from people being stuck! It was an incredible experience. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped me make it a success." Damien. "Magician Damien O'Brien 'hypnotises' Twitter followers to be GLUED in their seats" Click Here. 2.11.13


Reigning Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Sebastian Walton will be appearing on The Slammer at 5.30pm on Friday 8th November on CBBC. In March, 2014, after a visit to Las Vegas to attend the Jeff McBride Magic School, Sebastian will be moving further west, performing at The Magic Castle, Hollywood, 3 times a night, for a whole a week. 2.11.13


Gary Jones Liverpool Magic Circle lecture: "Gary Jones has, without doubt, one of the best magical minds in the business today. Both as a creator and a performer of magic. He also carries the respect of fellow magicians around the world. His lecture is not to be missed." Thursday 7th November at 8pm. Liverpool Magic Circle, Crown Inn, Leyfield Road, Liverpool L12 9HA (Map). £5 members, £8 visitors. Richard Smith, Secretary. 2.11.13


Mystic by Steve Drury, Roni Shachnaey. "Mystic encapsulates a lifetime of Roni's Shachnaey's mentalism and bizarre knowledge. Hardbound, with over 250 pages, it features 40+ effects and ideas from his professional repertoire plus his personal approach to Numerology, Tarot and Palm readings. Foreword by Docc Hilford and personal notes from Todd Landman, Sheila Lyon, Lior Manor and Guy Bavli. For more information and to order Click Here. 2.11.13


The Lost Lectures ‘Big Fight Live’. The Lost Lectures is a unique series of ‘Enchanting Talks from Secret Locations’ that are all about taking lectures out of traditional corporate and academic environments and into incredible secret spaces that surprise, delight and bring the imagination to life. An immersive world of inspiring talks and unforgettable experiences, featuring a world-class mix of scientists, artists, techies, designers, entrepreneurs and entertainers and many more... Pickpocket James Freedman will be among the speakers at this year’s final event this month in the Lost Lectures Big Fight Live on 22nd November. It looks set to be an unforgettable evening. Full line-up of speakers: Click Here. 2.11.13


Home Counties Magical Society are to host a lecture evening by Liam Montier on Thursday 7th November. This is a rare opportunity to see this very creative magician lecture. Shinfield Parish Hall, Reading RG2 9EH (Map) at 8pm (doors 7.30pm). Non members are welcome for a charge of £10. For more details visit Andrew Lewis. 2.11.13


Watford Association of Magician's Stage Magician of the Year Competition. Andy Clockwise writes: On Tuesday 5th November (yes, bonfire night), it's the annual Watford Association Of Magician's Stage Magician Of The Year Competition and fighting it out for this year's title are Dee Riley, Andy Clockwise, Steve Rowe, Lee Bell, Darryl Rose and Julie Carpenter. As this is an "open" night - anyone over the age of 16 years is invited and it's free entry! Doors open at 7.30pm upstairs at the Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Avenue, Bricket Wood, St. Albans, Herts. AL2 3LQ (Map). The competition will start at 8pm prompt. 2.11.13


Chris Dugdale Supports Madness and Simple Minds in Spain. On October 29th Chris Dugdale supported Madness and Simple Minds in the Palau de Congressos in Barcelona. Chris was invited back for the second time to the World Conference after being voted the audience's favourite act beating Queen's Roger Taylor and The Who's Roger Daltrey! An international audience of 700 enjoyed a 40 minute segment of Chris's Edinburgh show Magic and Mischief. "Gigs don't get much bigger or better than this! And Simple Minds were incredible," Chris commented afterwards. He was immediately invited to take the show to Chicago and to Florida. 2.11.13


Enterteasement: Comedy, Magic, Burlesque. "Enterteasement is a premier Comedy Magic Burlesque show with an average customer rating of 4.6 stars! Our magician for Saturday, November 9th four times SCA Close-up Magic Champion and regular on the Scottish comedy circuit Chris Dinwoodie aka Woody The Magician. The line-up also boasts Burlesque from Sukki Singapora, highly regarded as one of the most phenomental burlesque artists of our time." 8pm - 10.30pm. £14 Standard, £10 Student... book via Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 2.11.13


Magic Martyn James. Philip Partridge writes: “My local Grosvenor Casino (Didsbury in Manchester) had the comedy magician Martyn James performing last Friday (25th). This is the third month they have had a magician but the first time we were able to attend. On Friday and Saturday nights they book acts and you do not have to gamble to watch the show. Martyn was a true professional – you forget he has been there and done that in all aspects of our magical world of entertainment; I personally would not have liked to take on this gig. The majority of the audience were not there to see Martyn but had other things on their mind including speed dating! It was a master class in stand-up comedy magic; I think Martyn deserves a mention in the next edition of Ian Keable’s A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic. You can see Martyn in CITV’s Sooty playing himself at the end of the month – as I said a truly versatile performer.” 2.11.13


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