Number 723 - 3rd May 2014


Penn & Teller are Steve Wright in the Afternoon's special guests at 2pm on Wednesday 7th May on BBC Radio Two when, no doubt, they'll be talking about their upcoming UK theatre tour which starts in Manchester on June 13th and ends at the Apollo in London on Sunday 22nd (see What's On). Celebrating 40 years as magic’s most outrageous and innovative team, Penn & Teller are Emmy award-winning TV stars, best-selling authors and Las Vegas icons. Their Showtime series, “Penn & Teller: BS!” was nominated for 16 Emmys. Their latest ventures were the highly successful ITV's "Penn & Teller Fool Us!" hosted by Jonathan Ross and “Penn & Teller Tell A Lie” for Discovery Channel. 3.5.14


Breakfast at Piffany's Las Vegas, starring Britain's favourite Dragon, is an intimate late night parlour style show: "Space is tight as only 30-40 people a night can squeeze into the Study at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. to enjoy some early morning libations with a magical dragon and his furry friend. But what use is company without cuisine? Not much. And that's why we're launching a full range of exclusive Breakfast at Piffany's snacks and beverages. Try the Hair of the Chihuahua, a morning-after cure for the night before (even if that was only moments ago). Or Piff's Princess Potion, a spell binding concoction guaranteed to leave you feeling all lady like. And if you're hungry why not order some Chihuahua Chow, Remains of the Knight or Fish Angel's Friends and Relations (served on Flatbread). Breakfast at Piffany’s is part of Vegas Nocturne, Wednesday - Saturday, 7.30pm & 9.30pm at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. deep in the heart of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. "In the tub with Piff the Magic Dragon" Click Here "Now Rose.Rabbit.Lie. Has Breakfast at Piffany's" Click Here. 3.5.14


Frank. A 1000 Londoners Documentary. Frank is a teenager with ADHD, which he channels into his passion – his magic. Seeing an elder cousin perform card tricks, Frank became hooked on learning how to perform his own tricks. He takes a pack of cards around with him wherever he goes. Watch the video and find out more at ‘Frank’ is one of 1000 documentaries Chocolate Films is producing over 5 years to make up a portrait of the city of London through 1,000 people. 1000 Londoners will be the largest video portrait of a city ever undertaken. 3.5.14


Pit Hartling is holding a one-off 'Memorised Deck Magic' workshop in Manchester on Tuesday, 27th May. This 4-5 hour hands-on workshop offers a rare opportunity to improve your knowledge and skills regarding one of magic's most secret and valuable techniques, from one of the world's foremost practitioners. Pit uses Juan Tamariz's Mnemonica system but much of the material taught will be stack-independent. Pit is also happy to teach any of his previously published effects if there is time. The workshop is expected to start at around 2pm and costs just £50. Places are strictly limited (there will be no more than 14 people attending). For further information and to book email Martin Allcock: 3.5.14


The Leamington Day of Magic. Mark Traversoni writes: The Leamington Day of Magic this year is on Wednesday 18th June at the Cubbington Sports and Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). The main lectures have been booked and include Peter Eggink, Tom Crosbie, Noel Qualter (photo) and Jimmy Carlo. If children's magic is not for you then when Jimmy’s lecture is on there will be lecture from Alain The Story Teller for those who like magic from the darker side! Tickets are priced at £25 which includes breakfast for early arrivals, lunch and weather permitting, an evening BBQ. In the evening we have the Midlands Champion of Champions Close-up Competition. Full details can be found on the club's website: Click Here. 3.5.14


50 Greatest Magic Tricks is being repeated on Bank Holiday Monday at 1.20pm on Watch. "Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish host this two-hour cavalcade of conjuring. An insightful, entertaining, and not very reverent journey through the most amazing, bizarre and spectacular tricks in the history of magic. Magicians interviewed include Paul Daniels, Penn and Teller, Lance Burton, David Berglas and Derren Brown, while celebrities reveal their personal favourites, from Richard Branson, to Keith Duffy, Jeremy Beadle, Sooty, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson from League of Gentlemen, Trevor and Simon, Nicholas Parsons, and ex-magician's assistant Linda Lusardi." See TV Magic. 3.5.14


Second Hand Magic: A lecture by Norman Gilbreath. International Magic, London. From the organisers: We are proud to offer a rare opportunity to attend a lecture in developing and presenting unique card magic by the man behind the Gilbreath principle. The lecture is called Second Hand Magic because, while all the magic has been used by Norman Gilbreath and is audience proven, for you the magic will be second hand. But after you learn how each routine is actually an improved version of an earlier routine - it will be your turn to make the magic yours. None of these improved routines has ever been published, not even in Gilbreath’s just-published book, Beyond Imagination. Following the performance of each routine, there will be a description of its evolution. When the Gilbreath principle is used, the principle will be explained. At the end of the lecture everyone will be taught how to perform an act that will wow any audience.

After the lecture a CDR will be for sale. Every routine in this lecture is explained and illustrated in a self-contained Flash program on the CDR, which also has JPGs for labels and special cards. “You certainly have put a lot of deep, and very productive, thought into your famous principle. I wish I could be at your lecture in order to see for myself how it all works when it's properly done.” Paul Curry. “Norman's creations have baffled many of the brightest minds in the world of magic ... prepare to be inspired!” Jeff McBride.


Friday 16th May at 7pm (please note start time of 7pm - slightly earlier than our normal lecture times). As usual, tickets are on the door but advance reservation must be made via email to £15 per person. Venue: Casa Italiana, 2nd floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Ends: 9.30pm. 3.5.14


Danny Orleans's UK lecture tour comes to an end this week. The lecture is based on his recently released 3 DVD set, "The Art of Presenting Magic to Children" that received wonderful reviews in all the major magazines, see and
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


Danny Orleans and Jan Rose's Edinburgh Magic Circle  Lecture. Ian Buchan writes: Just a reminder that 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 at 8pm. Entry is £10. Ian Buchan, Secretary EMC. 3.5.14


The Anomaly. Ali Cook stars alongside Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries), Luke Hemsworth and Alexis Knapp in sci-fi action thriller 'The Anomaly'. Cook plays 'Agent Travis', an American secret service agent hell-bent on finding the truth at any cost, alongside his partner Agent Elkin, played by Hemsworth. Directed by the BAFTA winning actor Noel Clarke, Universal Pictures have bought the worldwide rights. The Anomaly will be in cinemas from July 4th. Trailer: Click Here. 3.5.14


Wayne Dobson's Exchange - back in Stock! "One the simplest and funniest routines... Wayne Dobson is a genius." Joe Pasquale. "Here is yet another great routine from Wayne. I hope this one doesn't get noticed. I want to keep it for myself!" Jeff Hobson. The trick they all wanted, but could not get. Originally intended for Wayne's own use and now available again having been out of stock for the past six months. Limited supplies... first come, first served. Find out more and watch the video at 3.5.14


John Derris Bexley Magic Society Lecture: Presentation - The Practical Side of John Derris's New Book - Your chance to catch a hands-on presentation of his latest book “Days of Wine and Magic”. On Wednesday 7th May at the Bexley Magic Society at 7.30pm. John will be showing many of the unique items from the book that goes back 50 years to the days of Koran, Avis, Elmsley, Walton and others who gathered in wine bars and cafes and developed ideas at the beginning of the age of close-up magic. Like the animated banknote that performs on a silk held by the spectators, the coin that visibly jumps through a solid ring and the absolutely free choice from six cards which has the only different coloured back. All will be revealed in this fascinating lecture/presentation. Guest magicians are invited. A fee of £10 is payable on the door. Venue: Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Hall, Barton Close, Bexley Heath, DA6 8JP (Map) 3.5.14


Conman heads to Cannes! During a break from stage shows and Cirque Du Soleil, pickpocket Lee Thompson has been appearing in and consulting on several TV and movie projects. This Sunday, May 4th, Lee will be attending the premier of Ochus Bochus, a film written and directed by Christian Evans. In this dark comedy thriller, Lee plays a conman, who is caught cheating. His partner in crime is forced to clear his debts with the seedy casino boss. Later in May, Lee will be travelling down to France to help promote the movie, which will be featured at the Cannes Film Festival. 3.5.14


The TwinsFX are supplying new effects for EFEX at the Benidorm Palace in Spain. The TwinsFX team have been on site for a month working on the production: "It’s going to be an amazing show; we have some fantastic effects and illusions with appearances, disappearances, 'cutting in halfs' and even flying." or 3.5.14


MagicMonday. Tom Hudson writes: "On MagicMonday this week we have a spectacular line-up of conjuring talent. Dave Loosley is a fresh new talent in stand-up magic. Andy Reay delivers magic and mayhem, and if that wasn't enough we bring you the spellbinding magic of Hugh Nightingale. When: Monday 5th May. Where: Storm Nightclub, 28a Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LE (Map). Tickets are £10 in advance or £15 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm and Curtain Up is 8.30pm. Get your tickets from Eventbrite today:" 3.5.14


Magicseen Issue 56, May 2014: The latest issue of the UK's favourite independent magic magazine sponsored by Merlins of Wakefield is out and features on the cover and inside the man who seems to have done everything possible in magic, Johnny Thompson. We chat exclusively to him about his magic life and times. From someone who is well known around the world to someone who is up-and-coming, Atlas Brookings. We discover more about the American mentalist who now resides in the UK. We also interview one of the UK's busiest professionals, Jamie Allan, and conclude our two-part in-depth look at P&J's no.1 man, John Styles. As well as all this we take a look behind the scenes at a school in Blackburn that would give Hogwarts a run for its money, we offer you 7 tips for how to increase your show income, Graham Hey pulls together some visual gags for you to use, and in Pros and Cons we look at which is best to learn from, books or DVDs. The Masterclass has two close-up routines for you to try, there are loads of product reviews, plus news, letters and more. Available now via 1 or 2 year printed copy or download subscription, via Pay As You Go, or simply as a single copy purchase in printed or download format, Magicseen issue 56 is a bundle of magical happiness just awaiting your attention. Get yours now from 3.5.14


The Bristol Day of Magic, next Sunday, 11th May. Ozzy Dee writes: Only 16 Tickets are now left for the Gala Show, and we have just 4 spaces available for any dealer that would like a last minute stand. 3.5.14


E-Club Pro - Live! Announcing the brand new clubroom lecture from Mark Leveridge. Now in its fourth year, E-Club Pro, Mark's online club and magic information resource, has collected a large quantity of moves, ideas, routines and advice, and now Mark is bringing selected elements of that online resource to magic clubrooms. E-Club Pro - Live! will feature the performance and explanation of routines not seen by magicians live before, taken from the Vintage Vault and The Archive, it will include the explanation of a range of useful moves extracted from the Tool Box, it will be embellished by some entertaining stories from Mark's 30+ years as a pro lifted from It Could Only Happen Live, and it will feature a selection of the questions and answers featured in the Advice Centre. Plus, there will be a few of the products offered in the E-Club Pro Shop which will be available at the 40% discount normally reserved for members only. E-Club Pro - Live! will provide an entertaining and instructive evening presented by someone who has long experience of providing value-for-money lectures both in the UK and around the world. For further information see Club secretaries can contact Mark regarding dates directly: 3.5.14


20 Years of Magic. The Great Alprendo writes: "I'm performing my '20 Years of Magic' show on Saturday May 10th at the Dick Whittington pub, Prestwick Road, Watford WD19 6LH (Map). The performance will start at 9pm and will include tricks I have performed on Britain's Got Talent and the Absolute Radio breakfast show, along with my Barrymore TV spot. It is the first public performance of my new show and entrance is free." 3.5.14


Dave Loosley lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 8th May. Adam Mosley writes: Dave Loosley is fast becoming a creative mind within the magic world. His original routines - and twists on the classics - set the stage for a fun, unique and entertaining lecture. The lecture concentrates on adding an extra something to your persona to create an extra visual piece of magic. 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's lecture is first class. Full of creative visual working magic that you'll use. Dave is a funny guy and one of magic's great thinkers, there is something for everyone." Lee Smith. Members free. Visiting magicians welcome for a £10 entrance fee, the lecture takes place in Bookham, Surrey at 8pm. For full details email (Adam Mosley) also see 3.5.14


Northamptonshire Magicians Club are delighted to be hosting a lecture by Steve Gore at 8pm on Tuesday 6th May. There will be a charge of £8 for non-members. For more details of the lecture see What's On. To download a copy of our new program, go to our website: David Miller, President. 3.5.14


The Magic Triangle 'Bring and Buy' sale. Keith Norman, Hon. Chair The Magic Triangle writes: On Sunday 18th May at 7.30pm at Thorrington Village Hall, CO7 8HQ (Map), between Colchester and Clacton on Sea, The Magic Triangle are holding a 'Bring and Buy' sale of Tricks and Props. All Magicians welcome. To hire a table at £5:00, ring Keith Norman on 01206 543969 or email 3.5.14


"The Confabulist by Steven Galloway: review" Click Here, to order from Click Here • "Beat the Brief 2014 contestant: Alan Hudson" Click Here • "Worth a look: An Honest Liar" Click Here • "It's Magic!" Click Here • "History Readies First Live Stunt: Magic" Click Here • "Derren Brown interview: ‘Maybe I was an eccentric. Part of it was me not dealing with my sexuality’" Click Here • "Blaine makes a splash at lecture series" Click Here • "Syfy Goes Magical With ‘The Magicians’ TV Series" Click Here • There's 10% off all stock on Bank Holiday Monday (2pm-7pm) at Mike Danata's Magic Studio in Bournemouth, Click Here • "Samba magic" Click Here • "Video: Magician Kirby VanBurch says he's been 'targeted'" Click Here • And finally, "Inside Amy Schumer - Magic Man" Click Here • That's it for another week, many thanks for your UK magic news which is always welcomed! See you next week, Duncan. 3.5.14