Number 721 - 19th April 2014


Bristol Day of Magic. The convention is experiencing record ticket sales so far for its 54th Day of Magic on Sunday 11th May. Headlining the largest one day convention in the UK this year, the amazing Gaetan Bloom, one of the most creative magicians on the planet. He has a knack for creating entertaining effects made possible by devilishly clever methods that not only fool laypeople but magicians as well! Whether inventing close-up or stage effects, ingenuity is never far away. As a professional magician he has been a featured entertainer at the famous Crazy Horse in Paris for many years, starred in numerous television shows and acted as a magic consultant for special events, theatre and film. Gaetan is making a rare magic convention appearance; see for details. 19.4.14


MagicMonday update. Andy Reay writes: The producers of MagicMonday are pleased to announce the final lineup of artists for their first show on Monday 28th April 2014. In addition to Alan Hudson, magic lovers will also welcome the astounding Fay Presto and the legendary slight-of-hand skills of Michael Vincent. All three are highly respected performers in their own right and set the bar for London's Weekly Magic Show. Currently appearing in the UK tour of Champions of Magic, Fay Presto is one of the finest magicians on the circuit. Her magic has been requested by royalty and celebrities the world over, with too many television appearances to list here. We are very excited that Fay has agreed to perform at MagicMonday. Michael Vincent embodies the teachings of the masters of magic. Performing classical sleight of hand magic and making it relevant for the 21st century, all delivered with style, panache and class. In a career that continues with a drive, passion and dedication, his stylish and sophisticated performances take sleight of hand magic to a new level. By now you will see this is a show not to miss, tickets are available at £15 on the door or £10 in advance Click Here. 19.4.14


British Ventriloquist Convention – Thursday 29th May, Davenport’s Magic Kingdom, Norfolk. Lectures, performances and a Junior Ventriloquist competition will pack a full day of activities. Participating will be many of Britain’s leading ventriloquists, Punch & Judy performers and makers. Heading the cast are Steve Hewlett and Jimmy Tamley (Jungle Jim), who will be joined by other leading ventriloquial personalities and specialists. This ground breaking convention will be held in the magnificent surroundings of Davenport’s Magic Kingdom, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of magic, as well as Punch & Judy and ventriloquist dolls. On view will be some 50 superb examples of the vent makers art with particular emphasis on dolls and moulds made by the legendary Len Insull who worked solely for Davenports. The competition is open to all aspiring ventriloquists under 18 years of age. To register and/or apply for Competition Entry Forms contact Davenports Magic Kingdom. Telephone: 01692 405254. Email: Full catering facilities are available as well as free parking. For information on all events see Ticket prices: - All events: Adults £34, Children £17. Competition & Jungle Jim show only: Adults £8.50, Children £6.50. 11am – 6.30pm, Thursday 29th May, Davenport’s Magic Kingdom, Cromer Road, North Walsham, Norfolk NR28 0NB (Map). 19.4.14


Shuffle off! Casinos tell King of Cards to pack up and leave. "Ace magician David Redfearn is a master with a pack of cards - but he had not gambled on being banned from almost every casino in the world. The entertainer, who has performed for royalty and rock stars, now finds himself blackballed at poker and roulette tables from London to Las Vegas. And he says it is all because gambling bosses fear he might use his spellbinding skills to go on a winning streak or spring an Oceans Eleven-style heist..." To read the full story by Giles Sheldrick in the Express Click Here. 19.4.14


Help! My School Trip is Magic. "CBBC have launched the first of three free interactive magic games for you to amaze your friends with. The games have been designed to promote the brand new series of the BAFTA winning show 'Help! My School Trip is Magic'. You can play on phones, tablets and desktops at" The new series of the hit show created and Executive Produced by Anthony Owen for Objective Productions and featuring magicians John Archer, Fergus Flanagan, Katherine Mills and James Went launches on Wednesday 23rd April at 5.25pm on CBBC, see TV Magic. 19.4.14


Danny Orleans, UK Lecture Tour. Tour Manager Steve Gore writes: Danny Orleans is set to perform his whistle-stop tour around the UK between the 29th April and 9th May. He recently released a 3 DVD set, "The Art of Presenting Magic to Children," that received wonderful reviews in all the major magazines, see and He has lectured throughout the US and is booked for Kidabra in Tennessee, the Houdini Convention, and Magic in Rockies. This is his first visit to the UK so it is a rare opportunity to see his work. See Wikipedia for more info
29th April - Northamptonshire Magicians
30th April - Leamington & Warwick
1st May - Nottingham Guild of Magicians
2nd May - Bradford Magic Circle
4th May - Edinburgh Magic Circle
5th May - Newcastle Magic Circle
6th May - South London Magic Society
7th May - Devon Magic Circle
8th May - Manchester Circle of Magicians
9th May - Blackpool Magicians Club


Paul Romhany arrives in the UK in May for a lecture tour. UK Tour Manager Steve Gore writes: "Paul Romhany is known as ‘the busiest magician in the world’ as a performer, creator, author and editor of the world’s largest read magic magazine and is coming for a UK lecture tour in May 2014. In 2014 Romhany celebrates 25 years as a full time professional magician and he has put together a very unique lecture. His vast performing career includes fifteen years on cruise ships, his own regular television show, corporate and trade show work as well as tours with variety shows around the world. He is also an established creator of original magic effects, as well as author of over 25 magic books, and editor and creator of Vanish magic magazine. Paul Romhany’s lecture will not only teach you some of his prized routines from his career, but will also share stories, tips and advice he has gathered from his vast career. He will also perform a short version of his award winning Charlie Chaplin act and then explain some of the pieces from the act, as well as the thinking behind putting together a theme act. No matter what type of magic you perform or what type of skill level, you will get something from this very unique lecture. The magic taught ranges from close-up, mentalism, visual comedy to family magic."

11th May - Bristol Day of Magic (Performances)
14th May - Zodiac Magical Society
15th May - Leamington & Warwick
16th May - Bradford Magic Circle
19th May - Manchester Circle of Magicians
20th May - Blackpool Magicians Club
21st May - Riviera Circle of Magicians
22nd May - Sussex Magic Circle


Urban Voodoo Club, Thursday, April 24th at 7.30pm in Leeds. From the organisers: "A night of wonder, amazing magic and daredevil feats. Treat yourself to a slice of awe from the most incredible magicians, mind readers and more. Always harboured a sneaking suspicion that the magic you see on TV is faked? Then watch incredible performers right in front of your eyes at Leeds' only regular, monthly night of magic. Don't forget to pick your jaw up off the floor. April's line up includes the fantastic Tom Crosbie, fresh from his appearance on Channel 4, mind reader Atlas Brookings from the USA, and local magician Thomas Anthony. Plus close-up magician Chris Clarke performing miracles amongst the crowd." Tickets are £7 in advance or £10 on the door from: Venue: The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ (Map). 19.4.14


Life is like a Box of Chocolates by Michael J Fitch: "A smash hit at the 'Wayne Dobson & Friends' show in Blackpool. After numerous requests this routine is now available. 'If you are serious about your comedy don't let this one pass you by! Maximum laughs minimum effort!' Wayne Dobson. 'Michael brought the house down with this at Blackpool and I wanted to be the first in line to buy the rights to perform it. Great work Michael.' Nicholas Einhorn. This will be a very limited edition, if interested please email". 19.4.14


Edinburgh Magic Circle are proud to present the only Scottish lecture by Danny Orleans and Jan Rose on Sunday 4th May 2014. Danny and Jan will be presenting a lecture based on their popular 'Art of Presenting Magic to Children' DVD set. We welcome you all to come and join us for what should be a memorable lecture at our headquarters, Myreside Pavilion, The Watsonian Club, 79 Myreside Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DB (Map) at 8pm. Entry is £10. Ian Buchan, Secretary EMC. 19.4.14


Manchester Circle of Magicians have just launched a brand new website full of information about the club, its members and history, their junior section, what's on, how to join, and more. Visit today! 19.4.14


Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This. "Tommy Cooper was a magician, a comedian, an entertainer and a celebrity adored by the public. But he was a troubled man who drank too much and slept too little, and who spent the last 17 years of his life loving both his wife Dove and his assistant Mary. Tommy was unable to live without either, and his shocking death from a heart attack in front of millions of television viewers in April 1984 meant that he never had to make that impossible choice." ITV, Monday 21st April at 9pm, see TV Magic. "Tommy Cooper anniversary marked by heart defibrillator drive" Click Here. 19.4.14


An Easter Treat from Magicseen! Don't just gorge yourself on chocolate this weekend, give yourself a real thrill this year by taking advantage of our great Easter Treat offer. New stocks of the Wayne Dobson Definitive Collection, Wayne's fabulous 432 page, hard cover tome featuring his life story, performing advice and over 80 of his signature routines, are now ready and so if you have been thinking of getting your copy, this weekend is the perfect time to take the plunge. Anyone who orders the book by no later than midnight on Sunday 20th April (Easter Sunday) can opt to receive free a 1 year printed copy sub to Magicseen Magazine. For those not currently receiving a printed copy of the UK's only independent magic magazine, it's a great way to get free a bi-monthly ball of magical goodness dropping through your letterbox for the next 12 months! Those who already receive a printed copy will have their current subscription extended by 12 months. Please note that this offer only applies to printed copy subscriptions and not to download subs or Pay-As-You-Go customers. But be quick! You have less than 48 hours to get your order in. Place your order and in the Additional Comments box at the foot of the Checkout page add the words Easter Treat and we will set up your new free 1 year sub or extend your current one. Order the book now from 19.4.14


Marcus Bailey's Effectus: Improving Performance lecture is now taking bookings: "The Latin word effectus has many meanings, mainly: doing, execution, performance, effect, result. Marcus Bailey has been performing in one guise or another for 25 years and in the last seven years has become a teacher of The Performing Arts teaching in the F.E. Sector and Secondary Schools. During this time not only did magic take predominance in his life, but also the art of performing took a new turn in his search for better performance skills and he began looking into the Psychology of Performing, Practice. He feels that a lot of people in the entertainment industry need to be made aware of more strategies to improve ones performance in any discipline. For this lecture there are three areas which are covered which have been collated through research and experience to form a set of notes for people to peruse. The three areas are: The Zone, Practice, and Audience. Although there are no magic effects to be taught, there are ideas on how to improve performance, plus the opportunity for peer feedback on ‘Performance’ only, from anyone wishing to participate." Testimonial: "I just felt I had to drop you a line to say how much I enjoyed your lecture on presentation. I could see that you had put a lot of time and effort into a really slick presentation, and boy did it pay off! I have been a professional magician for over twenty years and for me it was a reminder of the way to do it. All I can say is well done, and anyone who comes to see your lecture will go away a better performer." Steve Charrett AIMC. For booking enquiries email and for more information see Lecturers and 19.4.14


Magicians at the Half Moon, 25th April, Bishop's Stortford. Andy Clockwise writes: "You'll be thinking, surely, it can't be that time again already but it is..... it's time for another Magicians at the Half Moon next Friday, 25th April at the usual place - The Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm and the show kicks off at 8:00pm featuring Multi-Award winning Magicians Jon Allen & Dave Allen (no, they're not Brothers and not related in any way, shape or form) and the evening is compered by the very mysterious Dean Maudsley. As per usual, it's going to be a fun packed evening and you're all invited. Tickets are £10 on the door but if you'd like to reserve a ticket please drop an email to" 19.4.14


Jon Allen Derby Magic Circle Lecture. On Wednesday 23rd, Jon Allen will be lecturing for the Derby Magic Circle. Full details can be found on their website then on Friday 25th, Jon will be performing at Magicians at the Half Moon (above) 19.4.14


MagicWorld's first major release, book test Infamous. "MagicWorld is set to release its first major trick entitled Infamous. It comes in two versions, one with a DVD and cards (£19.99) and the deluxe with a specially prepared well-known gimmicked book (£49.99) that works specifically with the special cards. Infamous is a book test like no other. Where other book tests end, you're only just getting started! Infamous is a routine with a kicker climax that brings things full circle. This effect by Daniel Meadows and MagicWorld is available through all good magic shops from the 22nd April or directly from" 19.4.14


The Card Collection's Easter Sale is on now until 4pm on Tuesday 22nd April. Order online 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. 19.4.14


Alakazam's 15% Off Easter Sale! 19.4.14


Magicians Cave Easter Bank Holiday Sale: "We are offering a great 30% Discount on online orders over £30.00. From 16:00 Thursday 17th April until 20:00 hrs Monday 21st April 2014. This offer excludes any custom made items that we have to custom make for you! Simply enter the word Easter into the voucher code box at check out and your 30% discount will be applied. Orders will be posted on Tuesday 22nd April. Have a great Easter break, Paul & Penny, 19.4.14


Shenanigans - sold out! Shenanigans, the Irish Magic Convention starring Juan Tamariz and a host of other top names is now completely sold out! However organisers are operating a waiting list. To add your name to the waiting list and for full convention details visit 19.4.14


Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians Dan Hauss lecture - change of venue. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 23rd April, The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians welcomes Dan Hauss, the creator of Flow, Rattled, Sleeping Queens, Lit and the newly released Rubber Band Thru Hand. Lecture starts at 8pm. Visiting Magicians welcome for just £5, but please note this lecture has had to be moved to a different venue. We cannot use our usual meeting place, due to circumstances beyond our control. The meeting will now take place at The Old Wulfrunians Sports & Social Club, 253A Castlecroft Road, Castlecroft, Wolverhampton WV3 8NA (Map). Sat Nav will take you to the rugby club, but if you go 200 yards past the rugby club, you will see the signs for the Old Wulfrunians. The club is accessed down a narrow drive between houses. Contact Sue Oakley Tel 07912 421038. 19.4.14


Introducing Ireland's Only Graveyard Theatre! An Evening of Mystery, Magic, Fun and Fear at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula. Ireland's most quirky and bizarre night in Dublin's most extraordinary venue. See our incredible Vampire Show and a hilarious Comedy Magic Show with a tour of Bram Stokers Castle Dracula. Our unique venue hosts memorabilia from the Dracula movies and all the History of Bram Stoker. Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula, every Friday night at 7.30pm in Clontarf. Find out more, visit and YouTube. 19.4.14


Tom Crosbie British Magical Society Lecture. Paul Cadley writes: Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – the British Magical Society proudly presents Tom Crosbie, 'Magic Without Cards'. The title is a puzzle in itself, since Tom is a noted card exponent and professional performer from York. In 2009 he came close to being Junior Champion at the Blackpool Convention with a stylish entertaining act. He’s moved on since then and will no doubt have intriguing magic to show on the night. Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £5 fee. Time and venue: 7.30pm Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). See for more details. 19.4.14


Three's A Crowd - Magic and Comedy Show, Leicester Square Theatre, London. A night out produced by Ady Lloyd performed by up and coming three-man act Three's a Crowd. Combining absurd humour, fantastic comedy and stunning magic performances. A perfect night out with Ady Lloyd, Diobo and Clint Stevenson. "You need to watch out for these guys they are going to be big" Iain Sharkey (Derren Brown's writer). Guest performers this month include: Comedy country conjurers Kane & Abel. Since swapping the Shropshire sticks for London in January, Kane & Abel have made a big impact on the capital - come and see why! Friday 25th April, Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX (Map). Tickets: £10 19.4.14


Tony Griffith is now booking his Reflections lecture for the 12 months ahead: "Most of the material is taken from his highly acclaimed Reflection series of books. They are commercial items he has used as a professional magician for the last 27 years. The lecture covers a wide selection of material and there is something for most tastes. Emphasis is upon subtlety, routining and entertainment. This is an old fashioned type of lecture in which everything that is demonstrated is explained in full detail. It is not a finger flinging type lecture where the lecturer’s approach appears to be ‘ look how clever I am, but you can’t do any of it etc.’ Those watching will go away armed with all the information they need to perform the tricks seen. Tony Griffith has a considerable experience in education including the Headship of a Primary school and this is clearly seen when he presents his Magic of Science show for primary and secondary schools. He is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle, has lectured worldwide including many visits to The Magic Castle, Hollywood. He is a regular speaker/performer for organisations looking for ‘Speakers’ and has presented his magic for some of the country’s leading firms at trade show exhibitions and other corporate functions. All this experience and know how is brought to you in the Reflections Lecture" For more details visit call 01275 835463 or email 19.4.14


Brighton based magician Chris Nicholson can be seen auditioning on this Saturday's Britain's Got Talent in front of judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams performing some classic card manipulations. 19.4.14


Bexley Magic Society Stage Competition: On the 16th April, Jason Deverell became the latest winner of the George Trophy for stage magic at the Bexley Magic Society. Compered by Terry Hebert, the audience saw performances from David Klass, Adrian Sels and Ron Wheatley then following the interval Jason Deverell, Roy Marsh and Steve White. Each act has to perform for a minimum of five minutes and a maximum of nine minutes or else face disqualification. The judges apparently had a difficult task in picking the eventual winner, as the top three acts were separated by only three points. Jason’s winning set included a burnt and restored banknote found inside a kiwifruit that had been held by the audience volunteer throughout Jason's performance. Congratulations to Jason and a big thank you to all the other contestants, for providing a great evening of entertainment. Roy Marsh. 19.4.14


Professor Solomon's Lives of the Conjurers volume 1. Professor Solomon tells the stories of these masters of deception. 165 pages. Illustrated. Free download: 19.4.14


Canada's Darcy Oake appears on Britain's Got Talent this evening - a little birdy (a dove) told us he'll get through • "America is stealing another British television show and bringing U.K. based magicians to our U.S. television screens" [Penn & Teller: Fool Us] Click Here • "Joaquin Phoenix Pimps Out Marion Cotillard in ‘The Immigrant’" Click Here • "The Amazing Jonathan announces retirement" Click Here • "DJ Neil Prendeville blasts Keith Barry over cancelled appearance row" Click Here • "‘Revollusionists’ set for Music City Centre" Click Here • "Chance to catch Auld Reekie Magic Cabaret" Click Here • "Story of a… Magician" Click Here • Peterborough Day of Magic, overseen by Al Smith Click Here • ‘The Sooty Show’ as seen by Chris Wardle, Click Here • Masters of the Web Competition (scroll down for English version) Click Here • "Magician Dynamo inspires Leicestershire teenager at charity event" Click Here • "Bacup twins part of TV team up for Bafta" Click Here • "Restless Artist Finds Joy in Unusual Medium" Click Here • "Mind-boggling show came to The Mayflower Theatre" Click Here • "Derren Brown: The master of mind control in his latest show, Infamous. You better believe it." Click Here • Happy Easter! See you next week, Duncan. 19.4.14