Number 698 - 9th November 2013


Watch and Objective plan to take magic to the ‘next level’. Watch is to return to magic with its latest original commission The Happenings, from Derren Brown-producer Objective Productions. The Happenings is a 4 x 60 minute factual entertainment format for the UKTV pay channel starring Barry and Stuart from BBC1 series The Magicians. It will follow the duo as they attempt to persuade unsuspecting residents of towns across the UK and US to believe the unbelievable. One audacious stunt will include trying to convince an entire town that they have been abducted by aliens. The series is produced by Objective and Crook Productions, the indie run by Objective head of entertainment Matt Crook. It was commissioned by UKTV’s Richard Watsham, who will exec produce along with Crook and Objective’s Andrew Newman. The order follows the channel’s success with Dynamo: Magician Impossible, produced by Phil McIntyre Productions. “We’re taking magic to the next level,” said UKTV controller Emma Tennant. “We’ve set the bar once with Dynamo: Magician Impossible and now we’re resetting it.” “It’s always exciting to bring a big, new, ambitious idea to Watch and push magic in an interesting and new direction,” added Crook. The show is set to air in December. The commission underlines the growing strength of the magic genre, with both Channel 4 and Discovery hunting for new ideas following Zig Zag’s Troy and Objective’s Breaking Magic for the respective broadcasters. “You were nobody at Mipcom if you didn’t have a magician in your back pocket,” said Tennant. 9.11.13


Truly an International Competition! The line up for the Close Up Competition at next week's International Magic Convention has been released. Ludoviv Juillot (FRA), Chris Wood (GBR), Patrick Lehnen (GDR), Mario Lopez (ESP), Peter Woerde (NLD), Hornet Wu (KOR), Dave Forrest (GBR), Isidor Olsbjork (SWE), Marcus Gordon (GBR), Jon Armstrong (USA) and Adrian Vega (ESP) will all compete. May the best close-upper win. Tickets for the Saturday Gala Show including Sos and Victoria (photo), Charlie Frye and Company, Paul Zenon, Rob Zabrecky are now getting very close to selling out so if you want to attend that particular performance it's time to put your skates on, alternatively of course you may be planning to attend the Saturday Bar Magic Event with Dani DaOrtiz, Christian Engblom, Miguel Gea, Jon Armstrong, Peter Woerde, Mahdi Gilbert, Brendan Rodrigues and also seeing John Carney's one-man performance that night and seeing the Gala Show on the Sunday. Either way now is the time to nip over to and make sure you're booked in for London's annual magic extravaganza and while you're there don't forget to check out the individually themed days of the London Festival of Magic which are proving to be more popular than ever. Noel Britten. 9.11.13


See Paul Daniels live on stage tonight at the Hippodrome, Eastbourne in 'The First Farewell Tour'. "In the world of magic, no one has enjoyed more success than Paul Daniels. From the moment he burst onto our screens, his magic shows topped the ratings. He is undoubtedly the most successful TV magician of the 20th century, and has become a true legend. Come and see Paul in his brand new show, with the lovely Debbie McGee, performing some of his best known tricks along with a few never before seen in public..." Also see and for tickets and more dates. 9.11.13


Kockov is back from Russia and this time he's really mad... Witness the man, the mind, the mullet, live on stage at Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map) next Saturday November 16th at 8pm. Also see 9.11.13


Deception Convention - Liverpool 2014. A brand new one day convention is being held in Liverpool on Sunday 8th June 2014. With four lectures from Daniel Chard, Gary Jones & Chris Congreave, Dee Christopher and Wayne Goodman together with a dealers' hall and after show party including an open mic competition and performances from Wayne Goodman, Lewis Le Val and The Wizards of Odd. For more information visit 9.11.13


Karl Hein lecture tour now booking. Steve Gore writes: Karl Hein, aka Karl Koppertop is an American magician who, although has done many lecture tours throughout Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the US, has never lectured in the UK. That's all about to change around this time next year when he'll be here, in the UK. Karl Hein is known all over the world for his amazing card handling abilities and his naturally disarming performance style. He has authored many instructional DVDs including “The Heinstein Shuffle”, “Heiny 500”, “Heinstein’s Dream”, “Hein’s Catch Up” and “The Heinous Collection”. If you are looking for original and entertaining routines developed by an experienced professional magician then this lecture is for you. Karl will use these routines to teach sleights, flourishes and principles of magic and misdirection that both beginners and seasoned professionals can appreciate. More importantly, you will learn how to 'go with the flow' as Karl explains how to change his routines depending on your skill level, audience and performing conditions. "Of all the new faces I’ve met in the past 15 years, Karl Hein stands out as being one of the few magicians that I just know will be a huge success. It is rare for a magician to not only understand technique, but also entertainment and business. I feel comfortable booking Karl anytime and anywhere. I highly recommend his lecture!" Bill Malone. Contact me at your earliest convenience to secure your preferred date: 9.11.13


Dynamo: Magician Impossible - Series 1-3. On DVD, the first three series of the TV show featuring Bradford-born magician Stephen Frayne aka Dynamo. "Using an array of sleight-of-hand trickery, Dynamo takes to the streets, performing to the public and celebrity fans including Rio Ferdinand, Ian Brown, Samuel L. Jackson, Noel Fielding, Mathew Horne, Travis Barker, Natalie Imbruglia, Damon Albarn, Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield and Jessica Ennis." Available from Click Here. 9.11.13


Oliver Tabor 'Stage Magic - Perceptions on Principles and Psychology' lecture now booking. Following on from his recent success in the British Ring Stage Competition at the IBM convention in Buxton in September, Oliver is now presenting his lecture 'Stage Magic - Perceptions on Principles and Psychology' at clubs around the UK. The lecture mainly covers stage magic with an introduction into how the techniques, psychology and rules followed by stage manipulators can easily be applied to all performance situations in magic; from cabaret to close-up and from parlour to children's shows. Oliver offers effects for close-up, comedy, stage and children's magic, and also demonstrates how to produce a dove. Throughout the explanations, he illustrates how to make performances more powerful by applying rules of stagecraft, how to deconstruct a routine or act whilst eliminating any unnecessary movements and actions, and how to give your magic more of an impact in general. For full details, email Oliver's lecture details can also be found on the MagicWeek Lecturers page. Oliver lectures on Thursday 14th November at the Sussex Magic Circle and on Monday 18th November at the Leicester Magic Circle. 9.11.13


Merlins of Wakefield now have the brand new Tenyo 2014 range in stock. There are four releases this year: Money Shock, Magical MRI, 4D Printer and Ghost Card. Merlins also have a great offer which includes free UK delivery if you buy All 4 2014 Tenyo releases. (Overseas customers email for a shipping quote). You can also phone them on 01924 339933 to place an order. 9.11.13


If you're a children's entertainer shouldn't you be on From the makers of MagicWeek and launched back in 2004, this site has been generating thousands of direct bookings for its advertisers year after year ever since. To read some unsolicited testimonials Click Here. The main Application Form and advertising rates are linked via the contact page: 9.11.13


Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the theatre, Ghost Stories returns to London. Ghost Stories is the smash hit play written and directed by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson. Having previously played for an incredible 13 month run in the West End before playing in Toronto and Moscow, the show has now terrified over 300,000 people. This cult show is coming back to the West End from February next year in a new production with an entirely new cast and a couple of new 'special moments' that promise to be more intense than ever! Are you brave enough to book? There's a special deal for MagicWeek readers; an extra £5 off Preview Prices from 13th - 25th February on top price tickets. To book call 020 7836 8463 or visit and quoting 'MagicWeek' when booking. Tickets are now selling fast (really!) so do it asap. 9.11.13


Calling all magic acts: For one week in July 2014 the English Riviera will burst into life hosting the first Riviera Fringe Festival! The Riviera Fringe Festival is an entertainment and art festival featuring comedy, magic, music, dance, drama, family shows, street theatre, acrobats, jugglers, art exhibitions, burlesque and more. The Riviera Fringe Festival will run from July 5th to 12th 2014 inclusive across the whole of the English Riviera. Home to beautiful views, glorious beaches, excellent attractions and accommodation, Torbay is the perfect location for an ‘Edinburgh Festival’ of the South! The Riviera Fringe Festival will feature the best established and emerging talent and offer pre-Edinburgh performers the opportunity to premier their new shows in the wonderful English Riviera. To register your interest visit Jay Fortune. 9.11.13


Become a Children's Entertainer! Mike Clarke's "Become a Children's Entertainer" training day in Bristol takes place next week (Saturday 16th November) between 10am and 4pm at Highgrove Church, 10 High Grove, Sea Mills, Bristol BS9 2NL (Map). Full details can be found at


Stand-Up: A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic. Ian Keable has only 20 copies left of his book Stand-Up: A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic. Only available in hard copy, it will not be reprinted after these last copies have gone. An indispensable guide for anyone interested in learning how to perform comedy magic, many of the techniques are also applicable to close-up magic. Details of buying this book (£25 + p & p) can be found here:, which also include a free download of the contents, Noel Britten’s highly amusing foreword and the opening chapter. Whilst there, why not also look at Ian’s Magic Shows: 30 Years of Programmes from Daniels to Derren (£20 + p & p). For anyone interested in doing their own show, this is a wonderful summary of the great – and one or two not so great – magic shows seen over the past 30 years; offering many ideas on how to routine your tricks and understanding the type of tricks that appeal to the lay public. Once again a preview of the book can be seen here: 9.11.13


Jon Armstrong's short UK lecture tour will shortly be underway. A previous recipient of the Magic Castle Close-up Magician on the Year title, Jon will entertain and share his knowledge on the following dates:
12th November, British Magical Society
13th November, Leamington & Warwick
16th November, International Magic Convention (performance)
17th November, Stirling, Contact Gary Middleton 07752 948224
18th November, Newcastle
19th November, Fylde Mystics
21st November, Blackpool
22nd November, Bradford Magic Circle Dinner/Cabaret (performance)


Top UK Magician David Redfearn chosen as captain of the Variety Club 2014. "The Variety Club is a charity very close to my heart" said The Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, "I am truly honored to join a long list of showbiz and sporting legends including, Tommy Copper, Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth, Geoff Hurst, Russ Abbot, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Henry Cooper and many other household names. I have performed shows for the VCGS worldwide and witnessed close-hand, the amazing work this charity undertakes to enrich the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children. I can’t wait to begin my captaincy in 2014. I’ve a busy year ahead." The photo shows Sting and Trudie Styler with David. 9.11.13


News from "John Derris's website has had intermittent updates in the past due to all sorts of delays, but it is now running at 'full blast. The site features news items and announcements about John Derris's magic lifestyle; for example: There is a report on the recent charity magic show with John Styles 'Say Abracadabra to Cancer'; An update on the just-published book 'Days of Wine and Magic'; News about a special offer for a number of selected magic clubs; An under-discussion possibility of an important opportunity for certain magicians; A future announcement of world interest to card magicians about one of the greats of the past..."  Keep up-to-date with John's happenings via: 9.11.13


Comedy magic double act Carl & Dave, had another great review in The Stage last week: "Closing out the first half of the evening was a comedy magic act called Carl & Dave. This is to all intents and purposes a prop comedy show with a magical twist, but there was one big difference. The lads presented their show as modern comedy and this could prove the key to their success. Carl & Dave is exactly the type of act we should be seeing guesting on television shows, but rarely do. In short, I just loved these guys." Mark Richie The Stage. 9.11.13


Christmas Cards in Bottles. "For a limited time Chris Harding is offering personalised Cards in Bottles for a special knock-down price. You can now give the perfect one-of-a-kind gift to important clients, or favourite agents, as each deck can be personalised with a message of your choice! This is a gift that will say much more than just a Christmas card. Visit the website for more details." 9.11.13


Angelo Carbone lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday, 14th November: "Angelo Carbone is an established and respected consultant and inventor of magic effects. As a prolific writer for magic magazines, he has contributed over 50 effects to various periodicals worldwide. As one of the very few European Tenyo inventors, Angelo has had three of his creations released through Tenyo of Japan with great success and acclaim. Since performing his first trick at the tender age of five, Angelo continues to have magic as his major passion in life." 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 email Adam Mosley: 9.11.13


Paul Gordon Wessex Magic Association lecture. Due to a cancellation, Paul Gordon is now presenting his lecture at the Wessex Magic Association this Tuesday, November 12th: "Paul's lecture is fun, fast-paced and full of commercial worker card magic. The 'Gold Dust' lecture is, according to Boris Wild, 'the one to see'." For more info and to attend, visit 9.11.13


Lee Bell - Watford Association of Magicians new Stage Magician of the Year. On Tuesday 5th November the Watford Association of Magicians held their annual Stage Magician of the Year Competition and after 5 very different acts had performed, the audience voted Lee Bell first, seen here holding the Gill Leaney Shield with WAM President Michael Dix. Lee performed a very amusing colour changing record routine, beautiful Losander Floating Table and a very funny vent mask routine. Second place went to Andy Clockwise and third to Steve Rowe. Andy Clockwise. 9.11.13


Strange Tales from the Darker Side. "The Judge's Lodging, Presteigne's Ancient Courthouse, is the setting as Dr Nicolas Grimoire presents some of his celebrated criminal collection of Unusual and Macabre Tales illustrated with Bizarre Artifacts, Psychological Illusion and Mind Manipulation. With your help The Doctor uncovers some unsettling stories from the past illustrated with arcane objects of all kinds. Join him in the Courtroom to hear of our criminal past; the terrifying story of the town's most notorious murder; discover the secrets held in ancient photographs and help summon up the spirits of those who are dead. During the evening someone's heart will stop! Could that someone be you? Strange Tales From The Darker Side is not a ghost hunt nor a seance but a most unusual entertainment that you will talk about for many years to come." Saturday 16th November. 7.30pm. Tickets £10 available from 01544 260650 or from the venue, The Judge's Lodging, Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2AD (Map) 9.11.13


The Secret Castle of Magic at Bram Stokers 'Castle Dracula' Dublin is back... "Some things never really die. The Secret Castle of Magic ran for 3 years from 2009 to 2011. It's now back with the original magicians' Ronan MacGabhann and Nevin Cody and a cast of spooky characters. We have two amazing shows, an incredible Vampire Show and a hilarious Comedy Magic Show." Find out more, visit 9.11.13


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"Dynamo to give fans a festive treat with two Christmas specials on TV this year" Click Here • "Dynamo: Magician Impossible reveals inspiration for trick" Click Here • "Neil Patrick Harris, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Steven Pasquale and David Blaine Celebrate Opening Night of Nothing to Hide" Click Here • "It's magic, b****! Breaking Bad stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston team up again... this time for David Blaine special " Click Here • "Magician Ben Hanlin's TV tricked KO'd former boxing champ Joe Calzaghe" Click Here • "Magician merges sleight of hand with technology" Click Here • "Magic Mod mingles with stars" Click Here • "Criss Angel’s intense focus is something to ‘Believe’" Click HereThanks for your news! Have a great weekend, see you next week (and at the London Festival of Magic on the Tuesday and Ron's on the Sunday), Duncan. 9.11.13