Number 722 - 26th April 2014


Canada's Got Talent... Canadian Darcy Oake's dove act went viral last week, clocking up over 12 million YouTube views in its first 6 days, following great success on Saturday's Britain's Got Talent. "Britain's Got Talent 2014 auditions: Top 5 acts from second show" Click Here, "'Britain’s Got Talent's' Darcy Oake Stuns Audience with Magic" Click Here, "'Darcy Oake on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ controversy: ‘It’s never been pitched as a show for amateurs’" Click Here, "From magician Darcy Oake to singing sensation James Smith: The only five acts you need to see from the latest Britain’s Got Talent" Click Here, "Canadian magician hitting it big thanks to Britain’s Got Talent" Click Here. 26.4.14


Magic History Day at The Magic Circle. On Saturday 10th May another Magic History Day at The Magic Circle will take place. This is open to both members and non members of The Magic Circle. One of the highlights will undoubtedly be Bill Kalush from the USA speaking about fascinating information contained in the recently discovered Houdini diaries. Pietro Michele from Italy will present his research into Jonas the card conjuror who flourished during the 18th century. This will be followed by Richard Evans speaking on Isaac Fawkes and Thomas Yeates who both performed in the same period. Michael Symes will explain the magic of Zuleika Dobson the magicienne in Sir Max Beerbohm's novel. Eddie Dawes will pay tribute to Brian McCullagh, Australia's leading magic historian who died earlier this year and the Day will conclude with a performance by Scott Penrose and John Davenport of some wonderful magic from the past. Coffee will be served from 10am. Admission is £40 which includes coffee, tea and lunch. To register email or send payment to The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Visa/MasterCard accepted, cheques payable to 'The Magic Circle'. 26.4.14


The Fifth Edinburgh International Magic Festival - Eight days of outstanding performances from the world’s best magicians. The Fifth Edinburgh International Magic Festival will once again bring the most innovative and talented performers from all over the world to Edinburgh from 27th June - 4th July 2014. This year magic collides with theatre, science, comedy, history, sideshow, technology and psychology as performers from the widest fields of interest come together in Edinburgh to give festival goers the most magical experience possible.

In the Year of Homecoming Scotland, local magicians feature prominently in the main programme. Glasgow magician Michael Neto, who represented Scotland at FISM in 2012, brings his new theatre and magic production, in collaboration with Sonic Boom Theatre Company, to MagicFest. Harthill’s Colin Cloud is a master of deduction; he explores the snap judgements we all make about other people and life’s scenarios in his new show Forensic Mind Reader. Actor and magician Scott Smith from Edinburgh makes his MagicFest debut in the main programme. After a sell show at the Fringe last year, Scott performs at new venue MagicFest venue Adam House Theatre. London Magic Circle Competition finalist Billy Reid from Glasgow is one of the UK's most devilishly brilliant close-up magicians and an expert sleight of hand artist.

Kevin McMahon, Edinburgh International Magic Festival Director, said: “Five years ago we waded into the busy Edinburgh festival market aiming to get live magic in front of public and to find acts that didn’t just amaze but also excited and inspired. Now over 5000 people come to MagicFest each summer. In the last few years there’s been a groundswell in the Scottish magic community of performers willing and able to create innovative shows and I’m delighted to programme so many quality Scottish acts this year.”

Each year a wide array of international artists also feature in the programme. This year the award winning line-up includes Lukas from South Korea who brings a sense of poetic artistry and visual manipulation techniques to Scotland for the first time, USA’s Rob Zabrecky a Magic Castle illusionist and character actor who has been twice voted ‘Stage Magician of the Year’ by the Academy of Magical Arts and Xavier Tapias from Spain, whose amazing animatronics act evokes the story of Pinocchio as he magically builds a boy from household rubbish.

Magician and psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman makes his MagicFest debut. An international bestselling author, Richard’s YouTube channel has over 1 million subscribers and 200 million views. Join him as he takes you backstage to discover the secret science of sorcery. MagicFest are delighted to welcome German artist Johan Lorbeer to Edinburgh for the first time. He is famous for his public "Still-Life" performances, which feature Lorbeer in an apparently impossible position, standing in mid-air 'leaning' against a wall with one hand.

The Secret Room at Lauriston Castle is back with three of Scotland’s finest magicians who animate the castle's intriguing past with stories, performances and illusions. Magic Dinner at The Royal Scots Club also returns with an evening of fine dining and immersive magical entertainment. Magic School wizardry workshops offer 7-10 year olds the choice of either a 2.5 hour workshop or 5-day course with a fun show for parents. Street Magic Masterclass gives 11-15 year olds the chance to learn some mind-blowing techniques and the secrets behind sleight-of-hand. Brand new show Tower of Illusion at Camera Obscura takes you on a magical journey where you must work together to defy illusion, solve riddles, challenge mystery and confront the unknown in a unique treasure hunt.

Since its conception in 2010, MagicFest now produces one of the UK’s largest magic events, has consulted for the National Theatre of Scotland, broken a Guinness World Record and put together a series of shows and workshops as part of the celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday at the Globe Theatre in London. The Edinburgh International Magic Festival is leading the charge in the newly developing market of Magic Festivals appearing around the world, and aims to be the world leader in programming and producing innovative, cutting edge magic.

MagicFest works with various organisations that have supported the festival development and collaborated on some exciting projects and events. Among them are Point Hotel Edinburgh (now Double Tree by Hilton), IDEAS,, Lothian Buses, Krispy Kreme, Jenners and Tree of Knowledge.


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Multi-award winning magician Richard Griffin continues to tour with Britain's Got Talent Finalist, ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, on his 'Thinking Inside The Box' tour. See and
27th April Marina Theatre, Lowestoft 
6th May Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe 
8th May The Playhouse, Harlow  
14th May Palace Theatre, Redditch 
15th May Mansfield Palace Theatre  
18th May Playhouse Theatre, Weston-Super-Mare 
22nd May Dorking Halls, Dorking 
31st May Embassy Theatre, Skegness  
1st June Cromer Pier 
5th June Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells 
6th June White Rock Theatre, Hastings 
14th June Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay 
19th June The Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield 
21st June The Haymarket, Basingstoke  
22nd June Assembly Rooms, Derby 
25th June Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage 
26th June Civic Theatre, Darlington 
27th June Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl 
28th June Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering 
4th July Leeds City Varieties  
6th July Shanklin Theatre, IOW 
8th July Grand Theatre, Swansea 
11th July Lyceum Theatre, Crewe 
16th July Truro, Hall For Cornwall 
19th July West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea 
20th July Fairfield Halls, Croydon 
28th July Buxton Opera House 
3rd August Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London, Friday, May 16th: "This show has all the tricks, with Michael Vadini's breathtaking water producing, coin appearing tricks (photo), whilst Pete Heats shuffles bread with hilarious results and the brilliant Rob James trifles with birds and human puppets. Ms Tricity Vogue would like to sing to you about love and other bad habits with her booze soaked Ukelele. James Pritchard will also be with us and will be concocting and drinking the most dangerous drinks' shot, this side of a bar. All expertly emceed by ultra tall trickster Pete Heat." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7pm. 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: 26.4.14


Chris Cox: Fatal Distraction, Udderbelly Festival, London. Chris Cox is the geeky multi award winning mind-reader who can’t read minds, he’s also 'stunning' according to The Times, and The Guardian says he’s 'one of the most exciting entertainers in Britain', although Chris is far too modest to make that the first thing people read about him. Due to popular demand he returns to the cow with Fatal Distraction, an award-winning, hilarious, mind-blowing and multi-5-star magical theatrical experience. Marvel as Chris does things no human should be able to do, reads minds, controls coincidence and wonders whether love is the only real bit of magic in this world. ‘Genuinely baffling... very impressive’ ***** The Sunday Express. 12 yrs+. 3rd May at 7.45pm £15.50 (or use the code ILOVECOX when booking for £10 tickets). Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre and London Wonderground. Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX (Map) 26.4.14


Julian James: Extreme Mind Magician returns to Jermyn Street, on Friday 2nd May, to present his interactive Mind Magic theatre show: An Evening of Mysteries! "Combining dynamic audience participation with wondrous moments of astonishment that will mesmerise and delight you, this show will take you on a fascinating journey into the domain of the deeply mysterious... a journey you’re bound to remember for a very long time! Look forward to an exciting array of incredible psychic coincidences, astounding feats of direct mind control and audacious mental marvels, to leave your mouth hanging wide open in disbelief! Julian’s special guest will be award-wining sleight of hand expert Michael Vincent, who will charm and amaze with his special world-class brand of 'classical conjuring'. A true master of the craft, his stylish and sophisticated performances take sleight of hand magic to a new level. You will experience all of this within the beautiful and intimate setting of the Jermyn Street Theatre, in the very heart of London's Piccadilly Circus. Doors open at 10.30pm. Show finishes just before midnight. Tickets are £12, available from" 26.4.14


Mark Shortland Fylde Mystics lecture. The Fylde Mystics will be hosting a lecture with Comedy Magic Champion Mark Shortland on Tuesday 6th May at 8pm at the South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool. Visiting magicians are welcome with a £5 door charge for non-members. Further details at Alan Mylecraine. 26.4.14


The Magic Cavern: 1,000th Performance. This May Richard Leigh celebrates a few milestones with a number of his long-running London shows. The Magic Cavern, London's weekly magic show created and presented by Richard, has its 1,000th performance on Sunday 4th May 2014. Richard has presented this show every Sunday since 2012 with additional shows during holiday periods. This show has never moved from the intimate and atmospheric Barons Court Theatre, a hidden gem in London's theatre land.

Also this May Richard will celebrate 10 years of producing and scheduling magic at The Jermyn Street Theatre in London's West End. Late Night Magic features Richard's cabaret act interspersed with guest acts. During the last 14 years Richard has built up a strong London based business and schedules 150-200 theatre magic shows per year. A dedicated, quiet man, he hand crafts every single prop, illusion and scenic element in every production, which currently stands at 12 different themed hour-long theatrical magic shows.

This year Richard is delighted that the highlight of the Spring/Summer season of magic at the Barons Court Theatre will feature an amazing project called 'The Dobson Experience'. Wayne Dobson has been tutoring and directing Mike J Sullivan for the last three years to present a repertoire of past and present routines by Wayne and is currently recreating these in a live theatre format. See What's On for booking details.

The Spring/Summer season includes the one man shows by Oliver Meech and Dee Riley, the full evening show by Julian James and Michael Vincent, a new show called 'After Dark at The Magic Theatre' and from Richard's stable of shows, 'Late Night Magic' has a celebration on Friday 13th June with a superstitious theme. The Side Show of Wonders remains a firm fun family magic favourite and The Magic Cavern is currently booking Every Sunday to August 31st, heading into its 12th year at the Barons Court Theatre. A warm welcome awaits all who go and support any of his magic productions. Full details on all shows created, produced or instigated by Richard Leigh can be found at


Luke Jermay Sheffield Circle of Magicians lecture. Secretary Andy Cooper writes: Sheffield Circle of Magicians is very proud to host Luke Jermay for a very special lecture on Thursday the 1st of May. Luke has performed his unique mind reading shows in more than 20 countries, written over 30 books and consulted for many performers around the world. For one night only he will be lecturing for us at Magick Enterprises in Sheffield, doors open at 7pm and we start at 7.30pm. Admission is free for Sheffield Circle members and £10 for visiting magicians. For more details about the lecture visit our website 26.4.14


David Williamson, up to his old (and new) shenanigans...  David Williamson has been announced as the 'not so little' surprise for registrants of the now sold out Shenanigans Irish Magic Convention taking place next weekend in Dublin. Organisers are thrilled that David is making a return visit. He joins Bruno Copin, Quentin Reynolds, Andi Gladwin, Morgan & West, Ramón Riobóo, John Archer, Paul Wilson, Joe Barry, John Carey, a host of local talent and of course Juan Tamariz. 26.4.14


Mark Shortland lectures for the Home Counties Magical Society on 1st May at Woodley Baptist Church Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley, Reading RG5 4UX (Map). Visiting magicians welcome for a £10 door charge. For more details visit 26.4.14


Calling all Magicians. MagicMonday Organiser Andy Reay writes: Calling all Magicians. With the final lineup announced for the first MagicMonday on 28th April 2014, we would now like to make an open offer to all magicians interested in gaining some performance experience. Maybe you would like to perform stand up comedy magic but have never had the opportunity. Well now you have! As a regular platform for the best in magic 'MagicMonday' are now offering you the chance to try out your material in front of a real live audience. If you've got five minutes of magic, why not video it and upload it on YouTube and let us see it? If we like it we will arrange for you to come and take part in one of our weekly shows. If you are really good and the audience likes you, we might even offer you your own 20 minute set. It's a great way to find out if this style of performance is for you. If you don't try, you'll never know. Please note, this is not an open mic night. All artists are invited to perform. Kindly email any video links to Tickets for MagicMonday London's Premier Weekly Magic Show are available from 26.4.14


Dan Hauss Lecture. Mike Hinde writes: Monday 28th April, Manchester Circle of Magicians welcome Dan Hauss, the creator of Flow, Rattled, Sleeping Queens, Lit and the newly released Rubber Band Thru Hand. Non-members must contact President David Hutchinson in advance - or 07808 549 031. [See What's On for other Dan Hauss lecture tour dates]. 26.4.14


Dennis Patten will be giving a talk on his career in magic and ventriloquism at the Mystic Ring on Thursday, May 1st. All visiting magicians welcome. Admission £5. The talk starts at 8pm and will be held at the usual club venue The Dunstable Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable LU6 1JE (Map). For further details contact the club secretary or visit 26.4.14


Bristol Balloon Fun Day, Monday 12th May. Graham Lee writes: Bristol Balloon Fun Day, Monday 12th May. The day after the Bristol day of Magic. There will be 3 lectures during the day and a fun competition to join in with if you wish. Gabrielle Hodge will be running two workshops during the day; see her Facebook page to look at some of her balloon work Graham Lee will run a basic class for anyone needing some extra tuition. The day costs £25 to attend but includes a £25 balloon voucher to spend on the day so making it a free event. Booking details: 26.4.14


Swarovski® Elements, creating a kaleidoscope of colour... "Wayne Slater aka El Loco has been officially recognised by Swarovski Crystal to incorporate Swarovski® Elements in stage sets, stage wear and stage props worldwide. Wayne has already created a unique stage set for a Royal Caribbean liner, a violin incrusted with over 5,000 Swarovski® Elements and many individual pieces of framed art and pop art. To fully appreciate how Swarovski® Elements create a kaleidoscope of colours and can give you or your stage set the 'wow factor' please take a moment to watch the short DVD at". 26.4.14


The Balloon Artistes Guild. "This is your last chance to join the Guild at the early bird special reduced rate. Membership allows you to attend all ten balloon days around the country with lecture/workshops at every event. There are also three international star lecture days that are filmed and club members receive a DVD from the days. There is an easy monthly payment scheme and also just a DVD membership if you are an international member or unable to attend the mid-week workshops. See and contact Graham Lee for more details 26.4.14


The Fylde Mystics recently held their annual Close-Up Competition with 8 strong competitors. This year saw Brian Taylor (pictured with Northern Magic Circle President Dr Roger Woods) named Close-Up Champion with Ken Ashburn winning the award for Best Card Trick. A full review of the competition can be found at Alan Mylecraine. 26.4.14


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