Number 720 - 12th April 2014


Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This. "A trailer for Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This has been released. The promo features David Threlfall as the comedian and magician in the one-off Simon Nye-penned ITV drama, and also stars New Tricks actress Amanda Redman and Peaky Blinders' Helen McCrory..." To read the full story from Digital Spy Click Here. "Still shamelessly entertaining: David Threlfall as Tommy Cooper" Click Here. Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This airs on Monday, April 21st at 9pm on ITV (David Threlfall is a guest on Loose Women on Thursday, see TV Magic). 12.4.14


Colin Cloud: See what you want to see. “You see, but you do not observe.” Arthur Conan Doyle. Colin Cloud is different. Imagine someone who can tell you what you do for a living, what your hobbies are and what you’ve done that day. From performing Off Broadway in New York and in London’s West End to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Magic Castle in Hollywood, Los Angeles. He’s performed sellout shows at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh International Magic Festival; headlined The Trickery, in Aberdeen, and The Stand Comedy Club in both Glasgow and Edinburgh on numerous occasions. He’s appeared reading the mind of Jonathan Ross on ITV’s Penn and Teller: Fool Us and was the first mentalist to appear on Britain’s Got Talent. Furthermore, he received four yeses from Simon Cowell and his team of judges. ‘See what you want to see,’ takes all of Colin’s now infamous skills, abilities and techniques as a ‘Forensic Mind Reader’ and offers an exhilarating, live and fully immersive experience. "One of the highlights of the 2013 fringe" Three Weeks (relating to Colin’s show ‘The Colour Ham’). The show is going to be held at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh at 8pm on Saturday April 26th. Tickets via 12.4.14


Frank: a new short documentary about a boy who is overcoming ADHD with magic premieres on 1000 Londoners. Frank is a school-boy from South London who suffers from severe dyslexia and ADHD. In the last two years he has learned to overcome the symptoms by channeling his energy into sleight of hand magic. The new documentary, directed by Rachel Wang, provides an intimate look at Frank’s home life and his love of magic. Frank keeps a set of cards on him at all times and is forever practicing his techniques and tricks to anyone that will give him an audience. Without his cards, Frank is a quiet and well-mannered teenager. His ability to perform tricks gives him a surprising confidence and great ambitions to be a master of magic, when he grows up. ‘Frank’ is one of 1000 documentaries Chocolate Films is producing as part of 1000 Londoners. Created over 5 years the 1000 films will make up a portrait of the city. Fourteen year old budding magician, Frank is one of the ten films to be launched on 24th April when it premieres on new digital online station 12.4.14


Perspectives: Alan Davies on Houdini. ITV has commissioned a brand new run of films for its Perspectives documentary strand, bringing together powerful stories and unique insights into the arts from a range of well-known figures. Alan Davies on Houdini will transmit in the Spring. Having had a huge fascination with the world of magic since he was four years old, Alan Davies explores the extraordinary life of Harry Houdini, the man who against the odds became one of the most successful entertainers in the world. In a bid to understand why Houdini felt compelled to perform such terrifying death defying acts, Alan tries to hold his breath under ice cold water, lies on a bed of nails, gets strung upside down in a straitjacket and takes an exclusive look at David Copperfield's priceless collection of Houdini artefacts in Vegas. "Alan Davies Houdini documentary airs in the UK, April 20" Click Here (Also see TV Magic). 22.2.14


British Ring Bournemouth Convention programme published. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Programme for the British Ring Convention in Bournemouth (24th – 28th September) has just been published (Click Here) and presents a well balanced selection of lectures, shows, competitions, workshops and social events. The website has been completely redesigned and updated bringing all the current information and registration details to A vast range of accommodation is available, and information on this subject is on The current members’ registration fee is only £130 until 30th June (Sooty and Friends Magic Show, Gala Dinner and trip to Beaulieu attract a nominal extra charge. Other than these events, all others take place at the Pavilion complex). Bournemouth has very good road and rail connections which makes this an ideal place for our 2014 convention. 12.4.14


Ben Hart: The Outsider. UK Tour dates. Objective Talent presents Ben Hart: The Outsider TO&ST (Time Out & Soho Theatre) Edinburgh Cabaret Award Nominee 2013. "Having spent his life using magic to solve impossible problems, award-winning magician Ben Hart turns his attention to himself. Be amazed by his magic, impressed by his skill and moved by how the owner of such a brilliant mind can still be so in need of a cup of tea and a cuddle…" Directed by Anthony Owen (Derren Brown/The Real Hustle). Age recommendation: 16+ Running time approximately 60 minutes. April-June tour dates and booking info: Click Here. 12.4.14


MagicMonday, London. The producers of MagicMonday, London's new weekly magic show, are pleased to announce that Alan Hudson is the first of three acts lined up for the opening night on Monday 28th April. Alan is a regular on the UK comedy circuit, appearing at both The Comedy Store and Up The Creek. A finalist in The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2010, Alan has twice taken his magic to the Edinburgh Fringe with 'Alan Hudson's Not So Secret World Of Magic' (4 Stars) and 'Magician or Superhero'. Tickets for 'MagicMonday' are now available. They are £15 on the door or in advance at just £10 via Keep up-to-date with MagicMonday via Twitter and Facebook to find out which new acts have been booked and also to benefit from future offers and competitions: 12.4.14


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 24th April, London. From the organisers: John Lenahan has performed his hilarious, stunning magic all over the world, touring alongside Jack Dee, Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry and Michael Ball. He starred in a BBC1 show, Secrets of Magic, had his own BBC2 series, Stuff the White Rabbit, and has had many other TV appearances including Red Dwarf, TFI Friday, Celebrity Squares and Hoax Busters. And is, of course, a great live performer. Nick Einhorn is one of the most clever, deceptive and entertaining magicians around – a much appreciated mystifier at the Court when we can get him! Billy Kidd is a rare breed - one of a handful of female stage magicians. A vibrant, energetic performer, “impressive …charismatic, original” (The Stage), she will leave you astonished. Tim Shoesmith is a favourite at Conjuring at the Court, a delightfully witty and funny magician with some bizarrely astounding tricks up his sleeve. Compered by the irrepressible Stephen Barry in one of his spectacular outfits. It’s going to be an evening full of mystery, fun and entertainment! Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Parking is free after 6.30pm. Come early to enjoy dinner in one of the bars or the lovely dining room. Tickets from 12.4.14


A new batch of Wayne Dobson's 430 page 'The Definitive Collection' has just arrived at Wayne's online shop This hard-backed limited edition book contains virtually every effect Wayne has ever published, plus more. In fact there are over 100 effects in total! The book features an introduction by Derren Brown and interviews with people who worked with Wayne throughout his career. There are chapters on stage craft, management, consulting, TV, illusions, plans, and a selection of press cuttings and photographs, with contributions from several of the world's top performers including Lance Burton and David Williamson. Plus Wayne's updated life story and lots of funny anecdotes. This is a limited edition and it comes signed and numbered by the publisher. This book is for adults only as it does contain some strong language! Over 430 pages. In stock and available from 12.4.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, May 2nd. "Young and Strange (both strange and young) show long-term relationships can sometimes go awry and use magic to punish each other in the most spectacular way. Meanwhile Dee Riley neatly demonstrates Descartes' theory of' I think therefore I am' in a beautiful piece of magic, then plays with bottles. Have you ever known what someone was going to say before they said it? Well meet Peter Antoniou, he knows what’s on your mind and what you’ll say, he knows what’s in your pocket too. It would be scary if he wasn’t quite so hilarious. But no show is complete until a diva sings, especially when it’s about tea and done by Tina Turner Tea Lady! All expertly compered by Mighty Trickster Neil Henry." 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: 12.4.14


Adrian Sullivan Lecture, now booking. Steve Gore writes: Adrian Sullivan, has been doing magic for more than 45 years and been a dealer for 25 years. He has dealt at all major magic conventions all over the world. He has lectured in England, America, Malta, and Germany. He is a fantastic creator of magic and all effects will be explained in full detail. He is also one of the friendliest and likeable magicians I know! He has the following dates in 2014 available: 22nd May to 5th June; 7th to 24th July; 11th to 25th August, and 13th to 23rd October. He could also be available outside these dates throughout the year and into 2015. His fee is very reasonable as regardless of distance his fee is all-in with no hotel or travel needed. He can offer either a lecture or a dealer dem evening. Please contact me direct to book either of these options 12.4.14


Mark Shortland Lecture - Bolton Magician's Club. Bolton Magicians' Club is delighted to host Mark Shortland who will be presenting his lecture on Wednesday 16th April at 8.30pm. Mark's lecture will include effects for close-up, cabaret and stage from his highly acclaimed 'On and Off Stage' DVD. The venue is the Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). There will be an nominal entrance fee of £5.00 for visiting magicians from other societies, who are most welcome. For directions to the Doffcocker Inn visit or telephone James Hodgkiss on 01204 522651. 12.4.14


The Surrey Society of Magicians held their annual close-up competition on Thursday 10th April. The winner was Craig Longhurst, who was presented the trophy by magic judge Paul Gordon. 12.4.14


The Voice Wrap Party. Last week Michael Gee had the pleasure of performing close-up magic at The Voice end of show wrap-party which took place at Elstree Studios. Michael is seen here with the winner of the series, Jermain Jackman. 12.4.14


Zane's Magic Shop: "Zane's Magic Shop have just added several top notch brand new products to our 'New Tricks' category at If any readers would like to receive a free Newsletter every month with special offers and discounts etc. then just pop in your email address in the box on our website and click 'Go'. It can be found on our home page (bottom of left hand category column) on our secure website." 12.4.14


The April Mark Leveridge Magic podcast awaits you! "In this month's 30 minute edition, Mark ruminates (it's a free country!) on whether as performers we have 'comfort zones' and if so, where are they and are we prepared to step out of them. He also invites you to consider the dilemma that can sometimes face you when you are required to pass a booking on to a colleague, and suggests ways that you can stop putting off doing those things in magic which you want to do, but never seem to get round to! All this plus details of Mark's new event, The Business Magician Seminar, suggestions for how to keep your performing enthusiasm up even under trying conditions and also reflections on which elements of your magic skill set develop as you get older. It's a really interesting listen and it's free to access online or to download to an mp3 player from" 12.4.14


The Card Collection's Easter Sale starts at 4pm on Tuesday 15th April and runs until 4pm on Tuesday 22nd April, order on-line or over the phone. 10% Discount on goods orders over £25.00; 15% Discount on goods orders over £45.00; 20% Discount on goods orders over £75.00! Don't miss out, visit or call 01233 647878. 12.4.14


Andrew James, tonight: Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol. "Andrew James: half man, half magician, half comedian. A genuine all-rounder, his performances seamlessly blend comedy, sleight of hand, mind reading, freaky body feats and escapology to create a truly unforgettable entertainment experience! Adults only; Andrew will be joined by owner Mark Bennett for one hell of a magical ride!" Saturday April 12th 12.4.14


Cardiff Magical Society Annual Dinner and Sale Day. Daniel Thomas writes: Our Sale Day starts at 10.30am on Saturday, 26th of April with cabaret artiste Kockov (Jasper Blakeley) lecturing (free admission). The day includes new and second-hand magic sales, card and balloon jams, and dealer demonstrations from Enigma, Adrian Sullivan and Magic Supreme throughout the day until 4pm. All change for the Annual Dinner (Black Tie) at 7pm with guest artiste Kockov, until late. Tickets £35.00 from Bob Venue: The Mount Sorrel Hotel, Porthkerry Road, Barry, South Wales CF62 7XY 12.4.14


New Magic Lecture - Dave Loosley. Steve Gore writes: Dave Loosley's original routines - and twists on the classics - set the stage for a fun, unique and entertaining lecture which concentrates on adding an extra something to your persona, to create an extra visual piece of magic. Dave's creative thinking and unique outlook on magic has allowed him to devise a large amount of effects and routines which have been kept to himself until today! Dave also works with Peter Nardi of Alakazam Magic, creating and advising on brand new products and future releases. This lecture is great for magicians who want to put their own originality into their magic and is aimed at the close-up working magician. 'Dave Loosley is not only a top magical thinker and performer, but a great presenter and teacher too. Dave has packed a lot of experience into a very short time and this shows in his Lecture, as does his passion for magic.' Wayne Goodman. Contact Dave Loosley directly for availability and fees 12.4.14


Magician and Magic Demonstrator Bruce Smith lectures at the Watford Association of Magicians, on Tuesday 15th April, at Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Avenue, Bricket Wood, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL2 3LQ (Map). Bruce will share his 25 years worth of experience and techniques in selling magic in the retail world showing how these principles can be used by all magicians when performing in all areas of magic. This is a truly magical lecture, not to be missed. Non WAM members welcome, £10 temporary membership fee payable. Andy Clockwise. 12.4.14


There's Magic in the Music. "Trap Door Productions Ltd are proud to present, 'Magic of the Music', a new jam-packed summer show full of variety. A magical look at music through the ages of variety, intertwined with stand up and sketch style comedy. Starring a professional cast, including international comedy magician and illusionist Richie Austin. There is bound to be something to tickle your fancy! At the Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne. Dates: 9th April at 8.15pm; 16th April at 8.15pm; 23rd April at 8.15pm and then every Tuesday and Wednesday until 8th October at 8.15pm, plus matinee performances on 28th May &and 27th August at 2.30pm. £16.50 / £15 concessions / £8 (under 12s). 12.4.14


The Order of The Magi. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: At the AGM of The Order of The Magi (Manchester) held recently the membership attending ratified the Council’s recommendation that Adrian Sullivan be promoted to Life Membership. For this to be considered the rules of the society state that: “Life Membership may be conferred on Full Members who have at least twenty years of continuous membership in good standing and have, in the opinion of the Council, rendered exceptional service to the Society. Life Membership carries membership for life, without further payment of subscriptions, and constitutes the highest honour which the Society can bestow upon its members. Life Members are not subject to annual re-election and the honour can only be withdrawn in exceptional circumstances.” The society does not give these awards lightly, the last one being presented 5 years ago. Adrian has been a member for 25 years and served as President in 1994. He is a regular attender twice monthly and makes a good contribution to meetings. He has also often lectured for us. He has on more than one occasion come to our rescue when a lecturer has at the last minute been unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. The vote for this honour was unanimous. The new President is Dave Magee and society information can be found on 12.4.14


Magic internship offered. Tony Middleton writes: Magic internship for young magicians on a professional magic show. Middleton Enterprises UK is interested in hearing from any young magicians aged 18 or over who would like to be considered for an upcoming magic internship on a new permanent, professional magic show in London. Details of the show will be released to a shortlist of successful candidates. Requirements: The candidate must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the art of magic, must live in the London area, and must have a willingness to learn, and work efficiently under pressure. Previous experience in sales, front of house, or theatre production is desirable. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills. Your Application: A current CV detailing your experience as a magician, age, and any relevant experience as indicated in the requirements. Links to video footage may be included in your application, but are not essential. A short paragraph (300 words max) detailing your aspirations for the future, and what an internship with a professional magic show would give you in terms of development. A current headshot. Please email your application to: by 5pm on Wednesday 16th April. 12.4.14


Dave Rawson's Comedy Hypnosis Show. Dave Rawson writes: "I am currently touring on mainland Spain with my Comedy Hypnosis Show before returning to 6 months summer season in Ibiza. Any magicians visiting Ibiza this year give me a shout. I will then be back in the UK from November to April so for any Magic Society that may be interested, I could give a talk and demonstration of Hypnosis. See my website" 12.4.14


Modern Mystic League Magical Variety Show, reviewed by Geoffrey Newton, Click Here • This Magician's Card Tricks [Charlie Caper] Will Blow Your Mind" Click Here • "Magician Rory Johnston's Area 52 project" Click Here • "Coldplay's Chris Martin plays lovestruck assistant who saves beautiful 'magicienne' from an abusive marriage in new video for Magic" Click Here • The Magic Circle Christmas Show 2014, tickets now available: Click Here • "Mulhern cures Cowell's magician allergy" Click Here • "Magician Keith Barry slates Irish radio station which cancelled his appearance last-minute" Click Here • "Four talented magicians come to the Wycombe Swan" Click Here • "Video: Magician Dynamo makes kids dreams come true" Click Here • "Video: Sad farewell to Blackpool magician" Click Here • "Paul Daniels: ‘It’s a show for the kid in all of us out there’" Click Here • "7 Immigrants Who Made It Big In India" Click Here • "How technology, the Internet and the iPad are changing a magician's secret work" Click Here • "Paul Daniels stars in Alice in Wonderland at The Hexagon" Click Here • Bafta Television Awards 2014. Nominated in 'Entertainment' Derren Brown: the Great Art Robbery v Dynamo: Magician Impossible Click Here • "Pictures! Britain's Got Talent 2014 auditions first look" Click Here • And finally "Watch The Simpsons pay tribute to retiring late-night host David Letterman with special show-opening couch gag" Click Here • We love The Simpsons here at MagicWeek. That's it for another week, please remember to submit news by Thursday if possible, absolute deadline 12 noon Friday. See you next week, Duncan. 12.4.14