Number 705 - 28th December 2013


Wayne Dobson - The Definitive Collection will have its official launch at the Blackpool Magic Convention in February, but can be pre-ordered now. This huge hard-backed limited edition book will contain virtually every effect Wayne has ever published, plus more, to total over 100 effects in all! The book will feature an introduction by Derren Brown and interviews with the people who worked with Wayne throughout his career including his brother who was his PA, his glamorous assistant Linda Lusardi and charismatic manager Leon Fisk, together with chapters on stage craft, management, consulting, TV, illusions, plans, personal letters, notes, press cuttings and photographs and contributions from several of the world's top performers including Lance Burton and David Williamson. For more information, details of a special deal and to pre-order, visit 28.12.13


Celebrate the New Year with a sprinkle of magic courtesy of Illusions Magic Bar, Bristol. "New Year's Eve 2014: Another chance to celebrate with us at Illusions Magic Bar! With live magic and music. Tickets are only £5 in advance or £10 on the door." To book see and 28.12.13


The Magic Circle's Christmas Show opens this evening: "The Magic Circle Christmas Show is one of our entertainment highlights of the year. It’s your chance to tour our fantastic Headquarters, visit The Magic Circle Museum, see Close-up magic performed by some of our best magicians and then see an entertainment line-up of some of the best conjurors and illusionists that the world’s most exclusive club has to offer!" There are now just a few tickets available. 28th December - 3rd January, London. 28.12.13


David Blaine: Real or Magic, 9pm on Wednesday 1st January on Channel 4. 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. See TV Magic. 28.12.13


Magician FX online shop relaunches for 2014: "Magician FX sends a warm welcome to customers new and old on the re-launch of our updated website at We'll be offering all customers: 7 days a week contact hours (9am to 11pm) via telephone or text for advice or service; free postage and a free £10 gift on all orders £40 or over; all customers who place an order will be entered into a weekly competition with 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes; 'Friday Frenzy' on varied products; 'Pick of the Week' reduction on selected item; Weekly & Seasonal Sales; Great Value Magic Bundles and much more..."For further information contact Gary Bryson 07810 796 967 or or visit 28.12.13


The Illusionists is being repeated on Wednesday 1st January 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. 28.12.13


Strictly Come Dancing Wrap Party. Michael Gee had the privilege of performing close-up magic for the stars of Strictly Come Dancing at their grand finale after-show party which took place last weekend at Elstree Studios. It was Strictly's eleventh series and the biggest production to date. Michael is seen here with legendary television presenter, Bruce Forsyth. 28.12.13


Ho Ho Ho... It's Alakazam's legendary Christmas & New Year Sale! 28.12.13


Live Hypnosis record attempt: "British Hypnotist & Mind Magician Jonathan Royle is aiming to help heal the world and set a world record for 'World Hypnotism Day' by running the world's largest ever live video streaming online group hypnosis entertainment event and hypnotherapy session. He'll be sticking people to chairs, locking their hands and eyelids together and helping them to stick to their New Year Resolutions and the event is completely free:". 28.12.13


"Just an illusion" Click Here • "TV magic legend Paul Daniels bringing 'Final Farewell' to Burnham" Click Here • "The Illusionists 2.0 Sweeps Australia, now thru Jan 26" Click Here • "Illusionists unveil 'cutting edge' balancing pineapple trick ahead of Australian tour" Click Here • "Magician blames hybrid car for speeding" Click Here • "Magic Man" Click Here • "Dan Sperry of The Illusionists is set to conjure some magic" Click Here • "Illusionist Dan Sperry gives a modern edge to an age-old craft" Click Here • Very best wishes for 2014, see you next year, Duncan. 28.12.13