Number 719 - 5th April 2014


The Business Magician Seminar - a new event from Mark Leveridge. On Saturday 21st June 2014 at the Hilton Newbury Centre Hotel, Newbury, Berkshire, Mark Leveridge will be holding an exclusive half day event designed to help close-up magicians use their skills to help businesses in their local areas. Over the course of two 105 minute sessions held between 2pm and 6pm, Mark will explain how close-up magicians can do so much more than just work at company social events. There are many opportunities to use magic skills with businesses, and Mark will identify these, explain how you can approach companies to get the relevant work, and will then perform and explain examples of suitable close-up effects. This Seminar will be full of practical advice and commercial magic that will provide all attendees with the knowledge and material to tap into this extra field of potential work. Numbers are limited, and pre-registration is required as there is no entry on the door. E-Club Pro and E-Club Pro Elite members are entitled to a reduction in their registration price. For more information and to register now, visit 5.4.14


An Evening with Michael Vincent, Tuesday 15th April in London. Hosted by International Magic: "We are delighted to welcome Michael back as one of our most popular lecturers. Michael will be looking at classic plots in magic. For example, Michael believes The Slot Machine by Dr Sawa to be the best interpretation of the classic Miser's Dream plot. His presentation will then go on to demonstrate the effect and teach his version of this effect. Featured items will include: "Pasteboard Larceny" Michael's new borrowed-deck poker deal of 4 Aces over seven hands. Victor Farelli's "Card up The Sleeve"; "Look an Illusion" by Larry Jennings and Cy Endfield's "Gambler Out-Gambled". All attendees should bring a notebook, there will not be lecture notes but Michael will have a few CD-ROMs and booklets for sale. As usual, tickets are on the door but advance reservation is essential. To reserve your place email £15 per person. Venue: Casa Italiana, 2nd floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map) just opposite the Magic Shop. Time: 7.30pm to 10pm." 5.4.14


German Magician, Axel Hecklau, creator of 'Newsflash', 'Just A Cup' and 'Spoonaround' will be touring the UK for the first time in September 2014, presenting his lecture entitled 'Details' which includes high impact, practical, strong magic with effects including 'Twist', 'Fusion' and 'Out Of This World Extreme'. Axel has over thirty years experience in magic and regularly performs at Berlin's Close-up Magic Club. Axel's website is

Tour Dates:

Thursday 18th September – Bristol Society of Magic
Sunday 21st September – Southend Sorcerers
Monday 22nd September – Ipswich Magical Society
Tuesday 23rd September – British Magical Society
Wednesday 24th September – Zodiac Magical Society
Thursday 25th September – Surrey Society of Magicians
Monday 29th September – Portsmouth & District Magic Circle
Tuesday 30th September – Kent Magicians’ Guild
Wednesday 1st October – Leamington & Warwick Magic Society
Friday 3rd October – Aberdeen Magical Society
Sunday 5th October – High Peaks Magical Society
Monday 6th October – Manchester Circle of Magicians
Tuesday 7th October – Blackpool Magicians’ Club
Wednesday 8th October – Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians
Thursday 9th October – Sussex Magic Circle.


American Street Magician and Card Expert, Eric Evans will be visiting the UK for his first UK Lecture Tour in July. Eric is well known for The Secret Art of Magic, the critically acclaimed bestseller he co-wrote with Nowlin Craver. Awards include: Texas Association of Magicians Best Stage Magician 2000 and the Society of American Magicians Mystic Craig Award for Professional Promise 2001. Most of Eric’s professional career has been spent working the streets of America and Europe in a career spanning almost thirty years. During that time he learned many lessons that not only apply to the street specifically, but also to the performance of magic in general. In his lecture he will share many of those lessons learnt. In addition he will cover much of his work with cards, which is largely based upon the work of Eric’s first teacher, Ernest Earick; a veritable legend among card men. All of the magic performed and explained is most suitable for a parlour or stage, but can be easily adapted for close-up if desired.

Tour Dates:

Monday 30th June – The Magic Circle (members only)
Wednesday 2nd July – Aberdeen Magical Society
Monday 7th July – Leicester Magic Circle
Tuesday 8th July – British Magical Society
Wednesday 9th July – Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians
Thursday 10th July – Sussex Magic Circle
Monday 14th July – Portsmouth & District Magic Circle
Sunday 20th July – High Peaks Magical Society
Monday 21st July – Manchester Circle of Magicians
Tuesday 22nd July – Blackpool Magicians’ Club.


Magic History Day. Peter Lane writes: On Saturday 10th May 2014 there will be another Magic History Day at The Magic Circle (formally known as Collectors Day). A very interesting selection of talks has been arranged covering subjects such as 18th century magicians and the magic included in a Max Beerbohm novel. The feature lecture will be given by Bill Kalush from the USA who will speak about the Houdini diaries. There will also be a performance of some early and rarely seen magic tricks and an exhibition of posters and playbills. The Gathering is open to non-members of The Magic Circle. Coffee will be served from 10am and the official opening is at 10.45am. Registration costs £40 which includes coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. To register email Payment can be made by Visa/MasterCard, or a cheque made payable to 'The Magic Circle' and can be sent to The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. 5.4.14


The East Coast Magic Collective. Paul Henri writes: The East Coast Magic Collective are holding our next meeting on Wednesday April 9th at Bloaters Bar in Great Yarmouth and are thrilled to announce we have the amazing Michael Vincent lecturing! Michael is famous for his incredible close-up magic embodying classic sleight of hand, all performed with great panache and style. This is one not to be missed and visitors are most welcome for the modest entry cost of just £7.50. More details for the ECMC can be found on 5.4.14


Wayne Dobson Definitive Collection - back in stock! "The initial batch of this fabulous hard backed 432 page book featuring the life, magic and thoughts of one of Britain's magic gems, Wayne Dobson, sold out very quickly. Now the second batch of the limited edition book is ready and available for immediate dispatch. Books of this value and importance do not get published every day, and with each copy being numbered and signed for authentication, it is sure to be a collector's item in the future. But it's not just some 'dry' collectible tome, it is a vibrant, funny, moving, and indeed, thanks to the 80+ Wayne Dobson effects included, highly useful book that will entertain as well as educate. As publishers, Magicseen are delighted to have been chosen by Wayne to produce this book, and we are proud of the result. You can secure your copy now by going to" 5.4.14


Chris Wardle 'More Tricks You Can Do' Lecture, The London Society of Magicians. Mark Saltissi writes: The London Society of Magicians is delighted to host a lecture by Chris Wardle on the 22nd April at 7pm. Chris Wardle returns to the LSM with a new lecture of ideas and crafty conjuring, with something for everyone. Chris is a writer and magical inventor and some of his tricks have been used on TV, radio and the stage. He is the author of the recently published book 'Maths Tricks and Number Magic' and he has a regular column in 'The Magic Circular', the house magazine of The Magic Circle. He will be sharing a mix of close up and stand up items, all using subtle methods. Venue: Davenports Magic Shop, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ. Start time 7pm. Visitors welcome, pay on door: £10. (Lectures are free for LSM members). Our website is 5.4.14


Magicians Workshop: Just three weeks to go until the next Magicians Workshop with Gary Jones and Chris Congreave (27th April at the Mercat Bar in Edinburgh). Learn about approaching a table, pocket management, holding a table, choice of effects and much more... Get £40 worth of magic, plus lunch, tea and coffee all for the price of £85 for the whole day. See for more details or to book. Limited availability. 5.4.14


Manchester Circle of Magicians Jumbo Magic Auction Monday 7th April at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Doors open at 5.30pm, viewing commences at 6pm and the auction commences at 6.30pm. Members free of charge. Approved non-members pay £3.00 door charge. Star Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Hundreds of bargains for sale including items from the late Tony Shelley's estate. Further information from Derek Lever, email: or phone 01253 810113. 5.4.14


PropDog's Starbucks Espresso Chop Cup: PropDog are very proud to announce the release of their Starbucks Espresso Chop Cup. These are a genuine Starbucks Espresso Cups that we purchase from Starbucks, an instantly recognisable worldwide brand, no suspicion will ever be drawn towards the cup. It's the perfect size to fit in your pocket, so is easier to carry around than standard Chop Cups. It comes with two red perfectly balanced crochet balls. These cups are ‘chopped’ using a revolutionary new process and are 100% examinable! They were previewed at Blackpool and the feedback was excellent. PropDog are also currently developing chopped white and brown sugar cubes which will soon be available as an optional extra and the final load can be a larger ball, small fruit, a coffee creamer pot, cookie etc. Visit PropDog for more information: 5.4.14


Paul Gordon's 'worker' Card Magic Lecture, Watford Association of Magicians. "Paul Gordon presents his worker card magic lecture at the Watford Association of Magicians on Tuesday 3rd June at 7.3pm. The lecture is fun, fast paced and full of killer card stuff. All the magic is powerful and commercial and all from Paul's best selling Gold Dust books. See and for info. Venue: Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Avenue, St. Albans AL2 3LQ (Map). 5.4.14


Derek Lever Lecture: The History of the Magic Dealer, Northern Magic Circle Convention. John Russell writes: A recent addition to the lecturers at the forthcoming Northern Magic Circle Convention on May 17th and 18th is Derek Lever. Derek is a very well known figure in the magical world, has been in magic for over 50 years and in that time has lectured and performed all over the world. He is also the founder and director of The Taurus Magic Company. Derek is the author of a number of books including 'Stranger Than Fiction', 'Jack Hughes World of Magic', 'Ken Brooke and Friends' and the 'Encyclopedia of Crocodile Magic' and has written numerous articles for magic magazines. He is the Organiser of the world's largest magic convention, the world famous Blackpool Magic Convention, as well as being a past president of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Order of the Magi. With these fantastic credentials he more than qualifies to present his fantastic talk entitled The History of the Magic Dealer. (See the What's On for more details of the convention). 5.4.14


Amazing opportunity to support one of the UK’s leading stars at this year's inaugural Riviera Fringe Festival: Introducing ‘Support Me!’, the new talent search run by Fringe creators and organisers Trevor George Entertainments Ltd. To register visit and if you’re successful you will be selected to appear in live heats. The winner will support one of our top headline acts; Milton Jones or Lee Nelson! A fantastic platform to be seen by industry entertainment experts, open to any discipline whether comedy, magic or juggling. Great PR, unique prize up for grabs and the chance to be a star at this year's Riviera Fringe Festival. has full details of this new and exciting festival created by Anne George and Jay Fortune. 5.4.14


Champions of Magic. "Minds will be boggled as the White Rock Theatre [Hastings] is overtaken by an award winning team of liars, swindlers and cheats in Champions of Magic on Saturday, April 12 from 7.30pm. Champions of Magic is a showcase of four world class magicians, Ali Cook, the star of Sky One’s Secret World Of Magic, Monkey Magic and Dirty Tricks, Luke Jermay who comes direct from headlining in Las Vegas, Fay Presto, Britain’s premier close-up magician, voted The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2012 and Edward Hilsum, one of the world’s top young magicians, Edward was the magician of choice at the London 2012 Olympics..." To read the full article Click Here. Also see What's On for more dates. 5.4.14


Mark Shortland Huddersfield Circle of Magicians Lecture. Darron Woodward writes: HCM are pleased to announce the Mark Shortland Lecture on Tuesday 15th of April at 7.30pm. Mark has gained twelve national and international awards including British Magical Grand Prix Champion and culminating in membership of The Inner Magic Circle. Mark performs nationally and internationally. From The Orleans Casino and Hotel, Las Vegas to The World Economic Forum, Davos; from The Magic Castle, Hollywood to The Grand Opera House, Blackpool. Mark entertains his audiences with his unique style of magic and comedy. Tickets are £5.00 per person or £25.00 for group bookings of six or more. Venue: Orlando's Restaurant, 5 Wakefield Road, Grange Moor, Wakefield WF4 4DS (Map). 5.4.14


Merlins of Wakefield have just received the latest effect from Magic Wagon, the Emperor Ring Cabinet: "These are excellent quality and in limited supply. We have also started stocking the American Magic Magazine to compliment the successful UK Magicseen. Finally, we still have a couple of spaces left for the Thomas Anthony Lecture next Wednesday. This must be booked in advance by calling 01924 339933 to book a space." 5.4.14


John Styles was the magic advisor for the 'Midsomer Murders' episode entitled, 'The Magician's Nephew', screened last Tuesday on ITV. He will be appearing at The Pavilion, Worthing next Sunday, 13th April. 5.4.14


Home Counties Magical Society Close-up Competition. Andrew Lewis writes: Home Counties Magical Society held its Close-up Competition on Thursday, 20th March. This was won by Dan Hudson (pictured on the left) who was presented with the "Bill Hammersley Trophy". The Burford Award for originality was won and presented to Ian Bailey (right). For more info visit 5.4.14


Gerry Cottle's Turbo Magic Circus. Mel Harvey writes: Gerry Cottle's Turbo Magic Circus came to Coventry last week and I was lucky enough to get a ringside seat. No big stars were involved as it was an "ensemble" piece. Here were the talents of the students of Gerry's Wookey Hole Circus School and what a great line up of talent it was. Juggling, balancing, roller skating, unicycling, plus magic and illusion from a radio that vanishes, to a very convincing "Walking Through a Fan" there was magic to suit all tastes and not a card trick to be seen! I witnessed the last performance of the week but the enthusiasm and the speed that these performers worked at, it was as if it was the first show. I said to Gerry if he ever manages to bottle the energy of the show put me down for a crate! The show will be at Uttoxeter Racecourse this weekend and then it moves to The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, for Easter (8th to 21st April). Box Office 0845 835 5050. 5.4.14


Bristol Day of Magic dealer stands. Ozzy Dee writes: The deadline for dealers who wish to attend the Bristol Day of Magic and be in the brochure is Tuesday 9th April. If you would like a stand at the largest one day convention in the UK please contact Bob Boulton for details. Only a few spaces left. 5.4.14


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