Number 710 - 1st February 2014


Paul Daniels: The First Farewell Tour, February dates. "In the world of television magic, no one has enjoyed more success than Paul Daniels. From the moment he burst onto our screens, his magic shows have topped the ratings. He is undoubtedly the most successful TV magician of the 20th century, and has become a true magical legend. Come and see his brand new show where he will perform a selection of his favorite magic and a number of new tricks never performed in public before. He will be joined by the very lovely Debbie McGee. A show full of magic, comedy and amazement."
February 1st: St. George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth 01493 331484

February 7th Princess Theatre, Burnham on Sea 01278 784464

February 9th The Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley 01226 200075

February 23rd The Mill at Sonning 01189 698000

February 25th to March 1st The Jermyn Street Theatre, London 0207 287 2875

"Full of fun and entertainment. As sharp as ever. A must" *****

"Revealed: The magic tricks Paul Daniels used to save his £2.5m home from the floods... and the truth about those 300 groupies" Click Here. 1.2.14


Jeff McBride Super Session Workshop at the Blackpool Magicians' Convention. From the organisers: Save £30.00 at Blackpool Convention! The Jeff McBride Super Session Workshop is four hours of magical training. It is a unique teaching format that allows all students of magic, regardless of their age or skill level, to improve their abilities, develop their character and learn the inside secrets of the business of magic. Due to the strength of the pound against the dollar the original fee of £125.00 can now be reduced to just £95.00... Yes, just ninety five pounds. The workshop takes place on Saturday 22nd February at 1pm until 5pm in the Renaissance Suite at the Winter Gardens, Church Street, Blackpool as a private event within the Blackpool Convention. Only 20 places are available which must be booked in advance via the Registration Officer Arthur Casson. Phone 01253 393688 or email Visit to register for the main convention. 1.2.14


Jonathan Pendragon will present his one man show on the Friday night of the International Magic Convention in London on November 14th. The convention organisers write: Not only will Jonathan be performing, but he will also be lecturing both at the main Convention and at the Festival of Magic in the week leading up to the Convention, in a special 'Stage Magic and Illusion Day'.


With three Presidential Galas in Washington D.C., performances for the Queen of England, the Prince of Wales and the Royal Family of Monaco under his belt, it is no surprise that he is the youngest performer to ever receive a Performing Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts (the governing body of the Magic Castle). Considered by many as the Master of Grand Illusion Jonathan redefined the art of illusion with a dramatic new style, “Physical Grand Illusion.” This style of Illusion put the emphasis on the physical performance instead of the prop. At a time when magician after magician presented larger and larger illusions on television, some of which were elaborate camera tricks, Jonathan wowed international audiences with illusions based on years of physical training, including dance, gymnastics, and martial arts. He created The Pendragons, an illusion team who were as spectacular in their appearance and movement as anything they presented. Metamorphosis, their most famous illusion, involved a split-second transposition that would have fooled Houdini (the illusion’s inventor), according to the 2005 50th Anniversary Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.


This is an unprecedented chance to see and hear Jonathan talk about some of the groundbreaking illusions he has created and what it takes to create performances that have been seen in at least 14 prime time network television specials in the United States, and on television in approximately 50 countries around the world. As previously announced on MagicWeek, due to limited seating at The Bridewell Theatre, tickets for the Friday night Convention events are now only available as part of a full registration for the whole Convention and registration prices are being kept the same as last year for all events, if you book before March 2nd. This is a great opportunity to enjoy performances and lectures by Tom Mullica, Jonathan Pendragon and many more star names still to be released at a truly affordable rate. To register visit Photo by Kari Hendler. 1.2.14


Blackpool Magic Convention 2014. To help you plan ahead, here's the full programme for Blackpool 2014: Click Here. 1.2.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, February 21st. "The Duo Bogof return – the dysfunctional, divorced magician and assistant that mix reality, film and magic in a dizzying re-working of reality as they really do try to get on with each other! Peter Antoniou, the psychic comedium, will be seeing into anything and everything and predicting what you think and feel with dazzling accuracy, whilst Anil Desai parades every celebrity you have ever known in quick fire succession and Michael Vadini (photo) makes water disappear and coins appear in ways that will make you question whether you can trust your eyes. The Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee, will compere, swing a pint and play with ever increasing bottles." 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: 1.2.14


Chris Dugdale finally releases "All In" "Brilliant!" Wayne Dobson. "Now that is a table top stunner!" John Carey. This is one of Chris's favourite routines of all time. It is being released exclusively to Close-up Success 2.0 members and five more exclusive releases will be made to members throughout the coming year. See the routine here: The routine is taught step by step on the portal and the videos are now live! 1.2.14


'Oliver Meech: When Magic and Science Collide' hits London for one night only. Following a 22-night Sell-Out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Oliver Meech brings his comedy magic show with a science twist to London for one night only. This word-of-mouth smash features amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. It's the Natural Selection! "my jaw hit the floor" BBC, "hilarious" Buxton Fringe. Etcetera Theatre, Camden, Monday 10th February, 7.30pm, £10 (£8 concs). Tickets and info: 1.2.14


Magic Car Boot Sale, West Bromwich - tomorrow! The next Magic Car Boot Sale in West Bromwich takes place on Sunday 2nd February at The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map). Doors open at 9.30am and admission is £4. A few tables are still available. To book contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448. It's always a great social event and a chance to pick up some second-hand bargains that you can actually examine before you buy. With the usual selection of dealers including Harry Robson, Dave Charles and Adrian Sullivan. Alec Powell.. 1.2.14


The Definitive Guide to Restaurant Magic by Wayne Goodman: "A brand new book revealing the secrets behind working in restaurants. Chapters include: Working in restaurants, Business of show business, Getting the gig, Reasons they should book you, Fees, Contracts, Contacts, Follow up, First night, Approaching the table, Talking Points, P.L.I., Tips, Publicity material, Keeping the gig, Leaving the table or leaving an impression, Plus many more... The book will be released at Blackpool. For pre-orders contact Wayne via email:" 1.2.14


Dave Loosley's brand new magic lecture is now taking bookings: "Dave Loosley is fast becoming a creative name in the world of magic. Dave's unique take on classic routines and his original thinking sets the stage for a new, fun and entertaining lecture. Be sure not to miss out!" For more information or to book Dave for your magic club email 1.2.14


PropDog updates... The PropDog team are very much looking forward to catching up with friends at Blackpool in a few weeks and are pleased to announce that at long last our Crystalline Deck is back in stock and will be available on the stand! We will also be releasing a very long awaited X-rated adult gag from the brilliant mind of Gary Jones! PropDog are also very pleased to announce that we now offering totally FREE postage/shipping for all UK and International orders totalling over £50, that's around $80 or €60. 1.2.14



Kirkstall Hotel, Blackpool. 3 star guest house 2 minutes from the Wintergardens, fully central heated and recently refurbished. Good food, warm atmosphere, single rooms available, all rooms ensuite. Special offer B&B Friday and Saturday for £40 per person. Evening meals available on request. Late check-out. Flexible breakfast times. Please try us you will notice the difference. 25 Hull Road, Blackpool, FY14QB. Website: Tel: 01253 623077. 1.2.14


The Ulster Society of Magicians Annual Chairman's Dinner and Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture. James Hobart writes: The Ulster Society of Magicians will be hosting their annual Chairman's Dinner and Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture on 22nd March 2014 at Rockmount Golf Club, Carryduff, Belfast. Chairman James Hobart, a familiar face at British Ring and other conventions, is hoping that many friends will follow the example of British Ring President Neil Roberts and travel to support the event. This year the guest of honour will be the legendary Fay Presto who will present her lecture in the afternoon and star in the after dinner cabaret. Also appearing, Dublin magician Shane Gillen, with more acts to be announced. Please book by contacting George Bleeks before noon on Wednesday 19th March. You can contact him by email at or by telephone on 07860 115611 or by post to 114 North Parade, Belfast BT7 2GJ. Payment will be made on the night. For those wishing to stay overnight at the nearby Ivanhoe Hotel (Telephone 028 9081 2240) we have arranged a specially discounted rate of £49.50 single or £71.10 Double or Twin B&B. Please mention you are attending the magic function when booking. 1.2.14


The Mentalist's Gym: "This book is a practice tool for anyone who is looking to seriously improve any of their mentalism routines, with a specific focus to the dynamic and interesting presentation of Q&A, widely accepted as the strongest thing a Mentalist can do. With a few ideas and lots of practice material you can take this book and use it as a springboard to generating unique, engaging and thrilling demonstrations. Like a book test you do on yourself. This is a random fact/question generator to sharpen you gift of the gab generated from Mowgli's own Q&A slips collection from his years of performing this feat. An invaluable tool to improve your improvisation and reveal. Are you ready for a workout?" The Mentalist's Gym can be ordered via Lulu, Click Here. "Really helped me create and rehearse patter for unexpected information in Q&A. An invaluable preparation tool for strong demonstrations." Alexander Marsh. 1.2.14


The Fellowship of Christian Magicians UK Conference. Brian Hodge writes: The Fellowship of Christian Magicians UK are holding their conference at High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG (Map) from Monday 17th to Friday 21st February. Magicians lecturing during the week are Steve Price, Jon Kimmons, Kovari, Matt Pritchard and Peter Gardner. There is a special one-off offer for up to 18 young magicians (aged 16-25) to attend for only £175 (a saving of £140). For more info head over to or email Simon 1.2.14


Paul Gordon Lecture dates for 2014/5 now booking. Steve Gore writes: Paul Gordon is back on the road with his fun fast-paced lecture containing not only doable, but powerful, commercial card magic. You have probably seen or heard of Paul and know his reputation for an enjoyable evening of card magic. The Paul Gordon Close-up Magic Lecture has travelled the world. In fact, he has lectured in America seven times since 1994; the first being at Tannen’s Jubilee in New York and also at Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolics in New York. In the UK, he has lectured for over 90 different clubs since 1994; including four times at The Magic Circle in London and at Mark Leveridge’s Close-up Symposium. Plus lectures in France, Monaco (Stars of Magic), Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Spain, France and Germany. “The lecture is very entertaining (fun and light-hearted) and full of 'doable' usable (and strong) magic from his best-selling and highly acclaimed books, DVDs and award-winning professional repertoire.” Mike Gancia. Contact with your preferred date for more information. 1.2.14


Chris Stevenson AIMC will be presenting a lecture at Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on Tuesday 4th February at 8pm. Chris was the British Close-Up Champion of Magic 2012 at the Blackpool Convention and has won many other awards. Entry is £8 for non-members. Venue: The Yeoman of England, High Street, Wootton, Northants NN4 6LP (Map). David Miller, President, Northamptonshire Magicians' Club 1.2.14


Order of the Magi news. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Order of the Magi (Manchester) presents a lecture by Adrian Sullivan on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at their headquarters, The Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map) commencing at 8pm. Adrian is a well known, very entertaining magician and dealer with props at reasonable prices.  Door charge for non members.


The Magi dinner this year is on 22nd March at the same venue, with a four course meal and entertainment from Vocalist Cooper, Ventriloquist Dave Andrews, and the Magic of Elemental. As many know these dinners take on a different theme each year and for 2014 President Max Townsend will welcome you to “The Magic of the Movies”. Guests are invited to attend as their favourite movie star or character and there are prizes for the best. You are equally welcome to be in normal evening wear though. The choice is yours. Details are on Sounds like a good night out to blow away the winter blues. 1.2.14


Le Grand David and His Own Spectacular Magic Company Auction, USA. After more than 35 years entertaining live audiences, the world’s longest running stage magic production, “Marco the Magi Presents Le Grand David and His Own Spectacular Magic Company,” is closing the doors of their landmark Cabot Street Cinema Theatre. A long established staple of downtown Beverly, the Cabot Theatre will be finding a new owner, as will the numerous sculptures, stage curtains, props, paintings, and magic illusions inside. On February 23rd Kaminski Auctions will present at auction the unique and intriguing contents of the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre. From artwork celebrating Le Grand David’s Spectacular Magic Company to elaborate illusions, there will be something of interest for local fans and illusionists alike.


Among the most highly valued items in the upcoming auction is a 500-pound sculpture by artist David F. Bull entitled, “Marco the Magi's Production of Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company.” The twenty-four inch high bronze on canted mahogany base depicts “The Broom Levitation,” (Aerial Suspension) with Le Grand David (DESC) floating above his stage partner Marco the Magi and surrounded by four other magic company characters. Signed and dated, and bearing the foundry mark from “White Horse Production Inc.,” the piece is valued at $25,000 to $35,000. Previews will be held at both the Larcom and Cabot Street Theatres, on Thursday, February 20th through Saturday, February 22nd, from 10am to 5pm daily. Previews will also be held the day of the sale, February 23rd, beginning at 8am. The auction will commence at 10am in the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre. To view the auction catalog, or to register to bid online, visit 1.2.14


Wayne Goodman Pentacle Lecture, Cambridge. Alan Maskell writes: Every wondered what goes on inside Wayne Goodman's head? Well, on Tuesday 4th February, the Pentacle Club gives you a chance to find out when Wayne brings us his lecture of effects, ideas and presentations for both close-up and cabaret magic. With lots of practical experience and several marketed effects to his name, Wayne has plenty to share. The 'Inside My Head' lecture takes place at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map) and starts at 8pm, (doors open from 7.40pm). There is a charge of £10 for non-members and visiting magicians are welcome. 1.2.14


Liverpool Magic Circle Swap, Sell & Buy Night. At 8pm on Thursday 6th February The Liverpool Magic Circle are holding a Swap, Sell & Buy Night: "A chance to either off load tricks that you don't use anymore, pick up a bargain, or maybe swap your unwanted items for something else. All welcome." Contact for venue details. 1.2.14


The Magic Club of Great Britain. Jay Adkins writes: "For 12 years the Magic Club of Great Britain ( have been developing educational magic shows with various Government agencies and Local Authorities. We are now looking for more children's entertainers to become part of our learning program. If you would like work in education between Monday to Friday we would like to hear from you. Jay Adkins (Training and Course Director) will be at this year's Blackpool Convention. To arrange an initial meeting call him on 07776 415065 or email: ." 1.2.14


Egg Sausage & Peas (E.S.P.) with Comedy Mind Reader Jonathan Royle. Saturday, 15th March at 7.30pm. "Comedy Mind Reader Jonathan Royle presents this hilarious and surreal 75 minute show. You will witness mind blowing feats of mentalism and audience members will become instant psychics. Plus, will Royle survive the world's most random and dangerous version of Russian Roulette?" Venue: Korova Arts Cafe & Bar, 15-16 St. Wilfrid Street, Preston, Lancashire. Box Office 01772 250701 or via to book. 1.2.14


Comedy Hypnotist, Robert Temple will be taking the to stage at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre on Saturday February 8th with his all new show Robert Temple: The Hypnotist. "The new show is packed with original comedy sketches, and really innovative multimedia which makes it a fully immersive, modern hypnosis experience" says Robert. The show, which is co-written and produced by mentalist Kennedy is suitable for people aged 14+ and is family friendly. Tickets are available from priced at £12 (£10 Concessions £6 Students). 1.2.14


Basic Balloon Modeling Workshop. Chubbz is holding a basic balloon modeling workshop at Fleetwood Library, North Albert Street, Fleetwood FY7 6LP (Map) on Saturday 8th February from 11am to 12 noon. Everything you make you can take home, and it is completely free. Paul Davis. 1.2.14


"'He Looks Like A Cheap Magician': Doctor Who Fans React As Peter Capaldi's Costume Is Unveiled" Click Here • "Magician works magic at fundraiser show" Click Here • "The Chinese internet is not kind to Spring Festival magician 'Yif'" Click Here • "Liars and swindlers" Click Here • "Bozeman illusionist hopes to beat Houdini" Click Here • Congratulations to Dutch illusionist Hans Klok who was awarded a Silver Clown at The Monte Carlo International Circus Festival which ran from 16th to 26th January • "Silent magician Teller opens up about pet documentary" Click Here • "Criss Angel reveals secrets and surprises of ‘Magic Jam’ debuting next week at Luxor" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo shoots TV show on UC Berkeley campus" Click Here • And finally, "The weird five-second trick that can show whether your friends are liars" Click Here • That's all for this week, keep an eye on the MagicWeek For Sale ads for a run of bargain magic outfits! See you next week, Duncan. 1.2.14