Number 704 - 21st December 2013


Blackpool Magic Convention - 21st, 22nd, 23rd February, 2014. The following performers will be appearing at the Blackpool Magicians' Convention on 21st, 22nd and 23rd February, 2014: Jeff McBride, Dan Garrett, Hayashi, Woody Aragon, Rick Merrill, Henry Evans, Aldo & Rachel Colombini, Mel Mellers, Francis Tabary, Jordan Gomez, Daryl Martinez, Oscar Munoz, Shoot Ogawa, Paul Gertner, Mathieu Bich, Jay Sankey, Rocco Silano, Clive Webb & Danny, Valerie, Attraction, The Supertells, Claudius Spect, Graham Jolley, John Martin, Wayne Dobson, Michael J. Fitch, David Ginn, Ian Rowland, Anson Lee, Colonel Custard with more to follow. That's some line-up! Registrations are at an all time high and the Convention is heading for another sell out. Contact Arthur Casson or visit to register. 21.12.13


The Illusionists - tonight at 9.10pm on ITV! Six of the world's top magicians and illusionists give a special performance in front of a celebrity-packed audience at London's Hammersmith Apollo. The show features dazzling large scale illusions, comedy magic and death-defying escape stunts which have the audience enthralled and on the edge of their seats. Hosted by Stephen Mulhern, with Andrew Basso, Jeff Hobson, Kevin James, Mark Kalin, Jinger Leigh and Dan Sperry. See TV Magic. 21.12.13


David Blaine: Real or Magic. For more than a decade, David Blaine has been captivating the world with his high-profile endurance stunts. Starting his career as a magician who appeared to do the impossible with a deck of cards, he was soon following in the footsteps of Houdini, seeking out that which seemed physically impossible, and actually doing it. This special programme follows Blaine's signature brand of street magic and mystifies some of the most recognisable celebrities in the world, including Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Harrison Ford, Lenny Kravitz and Will Smith, to name a few. Blaine goes into the homes of Kanye West and Olivia Wilde, and visits Stephen Hawking at his office at Cambridge University. He also travels the world, astonishing people from all walks of life with never-seen-before, inconceivable magic. 9pm on Wednesday 1st January on Channel 4. See TV Magic. 21.12.13


The Session (Cheltenham, 11th and 12th January 2014) is just three weeks away. This unique convention is certainly not afraid to innovate. This year's Saturday and Sunday shows will be a complete surprise, with fresh formats with unannounced, mystery acts. On top of that, Emmy Award winner Larry Wilmore (photo) has just been announced. An accomplished magician, writer and actor, he is a regular on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show in the US, had a starring role in Dinner for Schmucks and was a consulting producer on the US version of The Office. Larry Wilmore's talk will look at how magic and acting can work harmoniously together. He will join Guy Hollingworth, Bebel, John Guastaferro, Joe Barry, John Carey, Morgan & West, Jon Allen, Bizaua Cristian, Ben Train, Hector Chadwick, Iain Sharkey and many more! Only a few tickets remain... 21.12.13


Dynamo's Magician Impossible to air on BBC One in January. Three episodes, taken from the original four-part series which was first seen on Watch in 2011, will be shown for the first time by the BBC every Saturday, at 5.35pm, starting on January 11th. 21.12.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's, London, on Friday, January 17th: "Magic Night returns in 2014 with a new bag of tricks, some nifty card work, a silent trick, philosophy (I kid you not), Goose music and Rabbits (very big rabbits) with clever sleight of hand and mind tricks. Jon Hick’s giant rabbit will create magic with smaller rabbits, till you think there are no tricks left to play. AJ will be endangering life, limb and the front row with large knives, whilst Dee Riley will make you question the very basis of reality. Siegfried Loew (photo) will perform beautiful manipulation that is breathtaking. All interspaced with comedy music from We Are Goose and trickster duo Griffin and Jones presenting bizarre, hilarious and anarchic tricks." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. Show ticket plus dinner: £25. Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info: 21.12.13


Granada scores magic deal with ITV. "The trend for paranormal continues as ITV lines up a new daytime magic show with a celebrity twist. Granada International will be launching the format to international buyers at Cannes this month..." To read the full story by Ed Waller in C21Media visit 21.12.13


Steve Truglia's Card Shark Show will be moving to a new venue as it heads into its second year. The show will be running every Friday night, with two shows per night, from January 24th. "Enter the dark and dangerous world of the Card Shark. From the middle ages through Wild West saloon bars to murderous gangsters, discover how sleight of hand techniques honed by hardened gamblers influenced modern card magic. One of the UK’s foremost magicians and expert close-up magic star Steve Truglia AIMC amazes London audiences with classic card tricks, cheats and scams in this brand new and interactive multimedia show with film, images, music and live camera action. See world class sleight of hand card magic like never before. The Card Shark Show is now playing at the stunning 5 star intimate private theatre of the Courthouse Hotel, in London's Great Marlborough Street. An historic Grade II listed building which was formerly the Marlborough Street Magistrates Court. Charles Dickens worked in the building in 1835, and many famous people were tried in the court, including Oscar Wilde, Mick Jagger and John Lennon. The courtroom is now the hotel restaurant Silk, and features the original judge's bench, dock and witness stand. In the bar the original cells remain, doors open, including the cell that Christine Keeler was held in at the start of what became the Profumo Affair in the 1960's. The theatre space hold only 96 people, making the show a truly intimate and personal experience. A fitting venue to explore the crooked ways of gambling cheats and con artists." Ticket prices: (There's a 2 for 1 deal using this 'CARD13' promo code) Premium £58 (front four rows), Standard £47. Two shows per night at 7.30pm and 9pm. Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes. Box office opens at 6.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Dates: January 24th, 31st (2 shows per night 7.30, and 9pm). February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th; March 7th, 14th, 21st. Venue: Courthouse Hotel London, 19-21 Gt Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HL (Map). 21.12.13


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Christmas Greetings: "The President of the IBM British Ring No25, Neil Roberts, sends greetings to magicians throughout the world and wishes them a peaceful and happy time. He would like to remind British Ring Members that there is an early bird registration at £120 for the Bournemouth convention (24th – 28th September 2014) running until 31st January 2014. (On the 1st February it goes up to £130 and on 1st July increases again, this time to £145. Please be aware of the cancellation policy). Following the success of the ladies outing this year, for next year we have arranged an optional coach trip (at a small extra charge) to Beaulieu which will be open to all. A registration form was enclosed with the December Budget or you can register online at where there are also special hotel rates. The main British Ring website is Bournemouth has ideal convention facilities with good transport connections and a wide range of accommodation at prices to suit all pockets. If you are not already a member, perhaps now is an ideal opportunity to consider joining. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy your magic and save money too!" Geoffrey Newton PRO. 21.12.13


Michael Gee performed magic at the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? wrap party last week following a live filming of the Christmas Special which took place at Elstree Studios. It was also the last-ever edition of the long-running quiz show. Chris Tarrant invited stars including former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and This Morning's Eamonn Holmes to take the hot seat to celebrate this special occasion. Michael is seen here with the presenter of the show, Chris Tarrant. Michael also performed magic for the cast and crew of Coronation Street at their company Christmas party which took place at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester. 21.12.13


It has been a busy few days for Chris Dugdale! On Wednesday he appeared on the ITV national news to review the new design of bank notes and do a little magic with our existing currency and Thursday saw him drive and review the new American Super Car the Tesla S electric car, which is faster than a Porsche 911. He was one of the first to drive it in the UK. See for details. 21.12.13


The Wowlett - the wallet with the Wow gimmick! From RSVPMagic: "From a concept by Luke Dancy, ‘The Wowlett’ allows you to perform card to wallet like never before. At last the Wow gimmick is made logical and completely invisible. Imagine having two cards selected and shuffled into the deck; they vanish! The magician now picks up his wallet, that has seemingly been sitting on the table throughout and opens it to show the first selected card inside the plastic window of the wallet. Now for the kicker that makes this unique, the magician then holds the wallet close to the spectator as they see the first card visibly morph into the second signed card! This is reputation making magic at its best." See 21.12.13


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The Paul Gordon Gold Dust Magic Lecture. "Paul Gordon's fast paced and informative 'worker' card magic lecture features his best ever magic. This is commercial, doable and fun card stuff. All delivered in Paul's humorous and energetic manner." See for info about the club and see for info about Paul. Price to be confirmed. Wednesday 2nd April 2014 at 7pm. Venue: Lord Hill Hotel, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6AX (Map). 21.12.13


Giant effects pack a punch... "The TwinsFX have been preparing for one of their busiest Christmas seasons ever. The TwinsFX visual special effects helped break box office records for Christmas productions across the UK last year, and included such creations as a 7 metre tall animatronic silverback gorilla, a 12m long animatronic snake and a brand new flying effect called the 'Revolver', to name but a few. So what’s in store for 2013? Watch this space, or click - it’s going to be a giant year for special effects!" 21.12.13


A Christmas Carol at the Dukes Lancaster is receiving 5 star reviews in the press and features the illusions of Liam Gerrard who also plays Bob Cratchitt and Jacob Marley. The British theatre guide features an article on him and the original illusions in the show, see 21.12.13


All aboard for the ride of your death. Actress Sarah Jayne Deery and magician Matt Grindley have made a feature length film that is going to premiere at The Picture House in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on 21st December. Based on the play ‘The Ghost Train’ by Arnold Ridley of Dad’s Army fame this new re-imagining of the 1926 classic was filmed at Oakworth Station near Haworth in just 9 nights. The Ghost Train follows the story of six unlucky passengers who find themselves stranded overnight in a remote Yorkshire train station, the night before Christmas Eve. Throughout the night the station guests experience increasingly strange happenings and unexpected arrivals of all kinds... For more information visit 21.12.13


British Ring and Magi member Peter Moran is appearing in the pantomime Aladdin at the Gracie Fields Theatre in Rochdale, Lancashire, this Christmas. Performance details are on and Peter will appear along with Janey Lee Grace from Radio 2’s Steve Wright Show, Coronation Street’s Amy Forrest, Sky TV’s Simon Blake and other well known artistes. Peter plays Widow Twanky and will be bringing magic into the character part. He has always wanted to do Panto so his wish has come true. Perhaps he rubbed the lamp! Geoffrey Newton PRO. 21.12.13


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) sends seasonal greetings to magicians, their families and friends throughout the world and wishes you all a very successful 2014. You can keep in touch with us at Geoffrey Newton PRO. 21.12.13


"GQ&A: Derren Brown" Click Here • "TruTV gets in on magic act" Click Here • "Discovery buys Troy across Europe" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo wants to perform trick for Eminem" Click Here • World-renowned playing card expert Tom Dawson has purchased, the world's largest playing card forum, from playing card designer, Alexander Yusupov • "Derren Brown: the Great Art Robbery – TV review" Click Here • "Rewind TV: Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery – review" Click Here • "Andrew Newman: 'There are lots of challenges with Derren Brown'" Click Here • "The Illusionists 2.0: Under their spell" Click Here • "Thanet magician sells out West End show" Click Here • "James Galea makes magic" Click Here • "The Open-Sorcerers" Click Here • "Magician Justin Willman Shows 52 Deck Card Trick on Jay Leno" Click Here (the dealers are going to love that one) • "Grandparents sparked young magician’s global journey" Click Here • "It's a kind of hi-tech magic" Click Here. 21.12.13


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers worldwide, from the MagicWeek team, left to right, Keiko, Louis, Duncan and Amelia. It's been another very good year for magic, which as an entertainment genre is enjoying a real revival with TV production companies scrambling over themselves to add magic to their rosters. Thanks to everyone who submitted magic news, reviews, reports and photos throughout the year, it is really appreciated. Thank you also to all our magic dealer advertisers - the best on the web and to Chris North for untangling some of the terrible typos he spots on Saturday mornings. Finally, thank you for reading MagicWeek every week. Have a great Christmas. 21.2.13