Number 716 - 15th March 2014


Ben Hanlin's Tricked returns to ITV2. Following the success of Tricked in 2013, ITV2 has commissioned a second series of the magic show with a difference. Magician Ben Hanlin will be conjuring up mischief once again as he tricks more unsuspecting members of the public and celebrities, with his own special brand of hidden camera magic. This time, Ben will be pulling bigger, more elaborate setups on members of the public – like helping a bride trick her entire wedding party by ruining her own wedding – or helping someone get revenge on a friend by convincing them they’ve won a Ferrari – and then transforming it back into their own rusty old banger! He’ll also be using sleight of hand to fool the public as he poses as a pretend barman, shopkeeper or market stallholder. Ben always serves the unwary with a smile – and a cheeky trick. Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions Angela Jain said: “The first series of Tricked showed the versatility and enduring appeal of magic and Ben’s hidden camera stunts have paved the way for a new breed of magic shows. The second series will see Ben performing even bigger and more audacious tricks on unsuspecting members of the public and famous faces alike." The 6 x 60 minute series will air in the autumn. Keep an eye on TV Magic for details. 15.3.14


Killer Magic (working title) is a brand-new programme in which five young magicians (Dee Christopher, Chris Cox, Jasz Vegas, Damien O'Brien and Ben Hart) compete against each other in a series of tasks, in the hope of avoiding having to face a killer trick – a notorious illusion or magic trick that has jeopardised the lives of those who have tried to perform it throughout history. With a new theme each week, each contestant must create a trick that suits their unique, individual style to impress the audience and their conjuring comrades. Anything goes on Killer Magic – one-upmanship, trickery and even outright sabotage. By impressing their fellow tricksters, they must aim to get points and avoid being the lowest scorer, because the losing magician will then risk it all and recreate an infamous, breath-taking trick. Killer Magic was commissioned by Zai Bennett and Alan Tyler, BBC Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, and will be made by Objective Scotland. Executive Producers are Anthony Owen, who created the format, and Objective chief executive Andrew Newman. Series Producer is Toby Stevens. The show will air on BBC 3 later this year. 15.3.14


Mind-readers, ventriloquists and illusionists from around the globe are gathering in the North East for one of the UK’s most magical events this weekend. More than 150 magicians will be flying in for a three-day convention at the Customs House, South Shields as part of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2014. Teesside magician John Archer, who has attended or performed at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival every year since its launch in 2004, said: “The South Tyneside International Magic Festival is an annual highlight in the UK’s magical calendar and draws visitors from around the world due to its intimate and friendly approach. This year’s event is another great success and I’m already looking forward to 2015.” Photo: Mayor of South Tyneside, Cllr Ernest Gibson, with magician Michael Murray of event sponsors MagicBox. "Magician John Kimmons wows schoolchildren in South Tyneside" Click Here. 15.3.14


British Ring Close-up Competition, 25th September, Bournemouth. Geoffrey Newton, British Ring PRO, writes: Applications are invited for entry for the Zina Bennett Close-up Competition to be held during the IBM British Ring Convention in Bournemouth this year (24th - 28th September). Prizes are: First £500, Second £250 and Third £100. There is also the Rovi Trophy awarded to the performer displaying the greatest skill with playing cards. This takes place on 25th September in the Pavilion Dance Studio (photo). It has an excellent performance area and the seating has good sight lines. All performances need only to be presented once and will be relayed onto a video screen in the studio. There are terms and conditions relating to the competition (which include membership status and registration) either for the full convention or day registration for the 25th September. Andy Stone has kindly agreed to take over the running of this popular annual event and he can be contacted on 02083 545487 or 07717 804315 or by email Convention registration details are on and membership details and an application form on 15.3.14


Das Spiel. Are you part of the game? "This game is different from other games. It grows as you play it, it becomes larger than you. It reaches into your past and creates the present. It makes you comfortably uncomfortable. The players are different every night and therefore The Game is different, every night. There is one rule: You must do everything you are asked. You are part of The Game." This is a psychological immersive theatre show, blurring the lines of performance and reality. A new show by illusionist and performer Philipp Oberlohr. Tonight, March 15th at 9pm at The Yard Theatre, London. For more information visit: 15.3.14


The Ulster Society of Magicians Chairman's Dinner and Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture. James Hobart writes: Just five more days remain to the booking deadline for The Ulster Society of Magicians Chairman's Dinner and Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture on 22nd March 2014 at Rockmount Golf Club, Carryduff, Belfast. A sparkling wine reception with pre-dinner close-up magic, a four course meal and three act cabaret are on offer for the amazing bargain of just £25. 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 alongside Dublin mentalist Shane Gillen and young vocalist Grant Cartwright. Top table guest speaker is Neil Roberts, President of IBM British Ring. Please book by contacting George Bleeks before noon on Wednesday 19th March by email or telephone 07860 115611. 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. 15.3.14


Cornish Magical Society's 52nd Annual Dinner. Paul Scott writes: On Saturday 22nd March the 52nd Annual Dinner of the Cornish Magical Society takes place at the Membly Hall Hotel, Cliff Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4NT (Map). 7.30pm for 8pm. We are pleased to announce that the cabaret will be provided by the one and only Paul Daniels. Tickets £25.00 Telephone Paul Scott on 07747 122 659. 15.3.14


Magic Store Network is looking for creative magicians to sell their magic online. The store is set up like Amazon, you pay a small set-up fee to get your own store front, then pay a small percentage per transaction and get paid instantly. Aimed at magicians with one or two items, lecture notes, ideas or anything magic related they would like to sell and who would like to be part of a network of magicians selling one-off, creative and original ideas. Visit for more details. 15.3.14


The Mysterious Gentleman. "John Nevil Maskelyne was a master magician. His illustrious career began when he exposed charlatan spiritualists in Cheltenham Town Hall. He then went on to create illusions that amazed Victorian audiences, and still astonish people today. But why did he explore dark magic? Were his powers supernatural? And who was the mysterious gentleman in black who convinced him never to dabble in darkness again? This new production uses a combination of stage magic and theatre to tell the story of this Cheltenham born showman." The play, The Mysterious Gentleman, and will be staged at the Cheltenham Playhouse, from May 8th-10th at 7.45pm. Tickets £10.00. Box Office 01242 522852. Venue: Playhouse Theatre, Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7HG (Map). 15.3.14


Marc Oberon, UK Lecture Tour - now booking. Steve Gore writes: Top UK magician, Marc Oberon, is taking bookings for his new astounding lecture. Marc has been a brilliant creative magician and inventor for many years and now wants to share some of his knowledge and effects with you. His lecture really does have something for everyone; close-up, parlour, stage, theory, visual magic and mentalism. Awards include FISM World Champion Parlour Magic and American Champion SAM/IBM 2008 amongst many others. Numerous television appearances include, Sorcerers Apprentice, The Slammer, Trix & Trax and  Tricky Business. Marc is known for some of his best-selling effects, including 'Bang On', 'Oddball', 'Mental Epic Pad' and his recent, brilliant, 'Way Out', but this is not a 'dealer dem', all the effects in the lecture are explained in detail and some can be self made. Contact Marc directly with your preferred date. Also see 15.3.14


E-Club Pro March Madness! Mark Leveridge is so convinced that more magicians would benefit from belonging to E-Club Pro, his online club and information resource, that he is offering a really crazy guarantee for any new members signing up in March. Exactly what that guarantee consists of you can discover by watching this short video Click Here in which Mark will also explain why you need to be a part of this now well established online club, a club which offers 10 monthly updated website sections full of advice, information and new ideas and magic. E-Club Pro is designed to be of help and interest to all magicians from the hobbyist up to the professional, and it provides a place to receive a regular infusion of reliable, quality information and magic. So watch the video now and catch that nutty guarantee! 15.3.14


Keith Bennett lectures on coin magic at The South Downs Magicians on Wednesday May 7th. Meetings start at 8pm, and run until 10pm. Visiting magicians welcome; £5 door charge. Venue: The Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6BJ (Map). 15.3.14


Parkinson: Masterclass. Sir Michael Parkinson meets magician Dynamo, who discusses how he used magic to ward off bullies as a child, and the inspiration behind some of his greatest stunts. Sir Michael Parkinson explained: "Masterclass is an innovative series and it is the set of interviews I've always wanted to do because you never know what you might discover about an artist and their craft. Their work is spellbinding and I hope the studio audience and Sky Arts viewers will find the demonstrations of their artistic talents as inspiring and thought-provoking as I do." Parkinson: Masterclass, 8pm on Tuesday 25th March on Sky Arts 1, see TV Magic. 15.3.14


The Millionaire Matchmaker. US reality show. "Patti tries to find a date for an illusionist from Las Vegas." 5.05pm on Friday 21st March on ITV2. See TV Magic. 15.3.14


Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic is now only a few weeks away: "If you've been before, this year boasts a new format and new material. If you've not been before, there is a warning: be prepared to be bombarded with killer magic and lots of fun. It's a fast-paced day of tuition, workshops, gags, stories, advice, tips and tricks. Food included in the price. A chance to make new friends, too. Advance booking only." Sunday 6th April. See for videos, reviews and full information. "Paul Gordon is one of the best lecturers and card magician entertainers I've ever seen. His pace, energy, humour and magic are/is riveting. Wonderful!" J C Wagner. 15.3.14


WOW! This Show Is Magic - more tour dates added: Sunday 23rd March, Yarm School, Stockton-on-Tees, 3pm and Saturday 24th May, The Ark Theatre, Borehamwood, 2pm and 6.30pm "The retro-modern show consists of spell-binding story-telling and illusions from Doctor Bondini, while JezO keeps the audience enthralled with an array of quick tricks and jokes. The show culminates with a fast paced grand finale!" 15.3.14


Associated Conjurers of East Sussex. Nicky Lewis writes: Members recently took part in the annual Tom Hooper Memorial Close-up Competition. Six competitors, using a wide range of effects including a lizard, rubber gloves and hydrochloric acid(!) participated with the overall winner, Mike Pettitt, being voted for by members, winning by just one vote. It was the closest competition for many years and a great evening's entertainment for everyone. 15.3.14


Dancing on Ice Wrap Party. Michael Gee had the privilege of performing close-up magic for the stars of Dancing on Ice at their grand finale after-show party which took place last weekend at Elstree Studios. It was their ninth and last ever television series and in recognition of this special occasion, all past and present contestants of the show were invited back along with many other celebrity guests. Michael is seen here performing magic for Christopher Dean and Philip Schofield. 15.3.14


Scottish Conjurers Association Close-Up Competition 2014. Brendan Kirk, Secretary to the SCA, writes: The youngsters are coming! Campbell Black was a worthy winner of the 2014 Close-up Competition of the Scottish Conjurers Association on Wednesday March 12th. Campbell presented a variety of card effects, ring to nest of wallets and a finale of the Cups and Balls. The photo shows Campbell being awarded the trophy by the competition organiser Harry Gallacher. 15.3.14


Richard De Vere. "Blackpool stunned by death of showman Richard De Vere. Blackpool’s entertainment community was today in mourning after the sudden death of resort favourite Richard De Vere. The master illusionist, magician and showman died while holidaying in Thailand, friends and colleagues confirmed. Details have yet to be released as to the cause of death of the 46-year-old Thornton-based entertainer." To read the full story in The Blackpool Gazette Click Here. "Tributes paid to magician Richard" Click Here. 15.3.14


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