Number 727 - 31st May 2014


Darcy Oake is the first-ever magician in the history of Britain's Got Talent to be voted through to the Final, which will air live, next Saturday 7th June, at 7pm. On Monday evening he captured the viewers votes with an original presentation of a classic illusion, showing just how well legitimate magic can work on TV. In the final expect him to notch things up yet again, when he'll be injecting some real jeopardy into the equation. Darcy is being mentored by Russ Stevens for all of these appearances, with Russ playing a major role in the direction, staging and creation of the illusions being featured.

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"Britain's Got Talent 2014: Darcy Oake left with black eye after semi-final!" Click Here. 31.5.14


Only one month to go till MagicFest 2014! "Our brand new programme is packed full of adventures, illusions and mind-blowing magic. Dance the night away at the Four Nations Magic-Off and Ceilidh, go behind the smoke and mirrors with Professor Richard Wiseman or sit back and watch some of the world's most amazing illusionists give you something to talk about for years to come. Open up to Magic from 27th June - 4th July 2014. You can book tickets online at, by phone on 0131 473 2000 or in person at Hub Tickets, Edinburgh." 31.5.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London, Friday, June 20th: "The Magic Night crazies take to the stage tonight with some incredible tricks. We’re mixing medicine with magic in this show with Oliver Meech our mad scientist trickster. Jack Beavis will be swinging pints, throwing water, cards and slapsticking his way through some hilarious and seriously clever tricks whilst Lady Carol croons some tunes on her uke with her smoke and whiskey voice. Prepare to have your head turned inside out by Michael Vadini (photo) with some jaw-dropping magic – your perception of reality will never be the same again. All expertly compered by mighty wizard magic Neil." 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: 31.5.14


Doug Segal: I Can Make You a Mentalist, Brighton, 31st May - 1st June. Award winning entertainer Doug Segal is embarking on a brand new comedy mind reading tour that turns the audience into mind reading mentalists. Beginning in Leicester on 8th February, expect comedy, animation and interaction as well as mind blowing miracles performed by you, the audience. Pushing the boundaries of comedy mind reading, Doug will find a random audience member and turn them into a mind reading mentalist (via the Brainmatiser 3000™). The audience member will perform all the mind reading in the show, with Doug simply acting as guide, a feat that has never been attempted before. There is absolutely nothing spooky or supernatural in what Doug is doing. Everything is achieved using one or more of the following skills from Doug's background in psychology and advertising: persuasion techniques, statistics, reading body language, subliminal influence and two key advertising skills: 'Cheating and Lying', all done with laughs, rakish charm and a rock and roll attitude. Doug has been described by TimeOut magazine as “the UK’s best kept entertainment secret”. The Metro newspaper said “one of the funnier more entertaining mental illusionists”. He has won awards for the Best Cabaret Brighton Fringe 2012, and the Three Weeks Editors Award for being one of the ten best things (out of 2,700) at Edinburgh Fringe 2012. 31st May – 1st June Brighton: The Warren 07800 983 290. 31.5.14


Extra Sensory Deception, Buxton. Sunday 1st June at 7.30pm. "Can magic and science turn you into a Jedi master? Learn to read minds, influence thinking and make objects vanish from sight. Family friendly entertainment full of deception, magic and silliness, that will stretch the boundaries of believability. Dr Matt Pritchard is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle and a previous Buxton Fringe Comedy Award winner. 'A glorious blend of showmanship and science' FringeGuru. Pavilion Arts Centre, St John's Road, Buxton SK17 6BE (Map). Tickets and info: 31.5.14


Magic Moments Day 2014. From the organisers: This year's Magic Moments Day will take place on Saturday 1st November and we’re now looking for friends to take part. Please email or visit our page on MagicWeek for more details, Click Here. 31.5.14


Mark Shortland Exonian Magic Society Lecture. Ozzy Dee writes: Mark Shortland will be presenting his new lecture at the Exonian Magic Society at 7.45pm on June 2nd. This lecture will be focusing on comedy cabaret, mentalism, close-up and kid's magic. Mark is a very well established performer working many of the top cruise lines and cabaret venues. Visiting magicians £10. Venue: Exeter CVS, Wat Tyler House, King William Street, Exeter EX4 6PD (Map). 31.5.14


Zane's Magic Shop is offering 10% off all products this weekend: "Only whilst UK stock lasts - offer ends Sunday at Midnight! Lots of new tricks/products in stock in the UK now!" Visit 31.5.14


Steve Dimmer presents his 'Children's Nuts & Bolts' lecture at The Magic Triangle Magician's Club, Essex, on Sunday 15th June at 7.30pm. "Steve explains many original effects with props all magicians will own and also goes into the practical side of being a children's entertainer. He explores how to sell your services more effectively, promoting yourself at parties with a view to getting more work, as well as how to make your shows more fun with new bits of business and sub-routines. Also addressed, the tricky issue of entertaining older children and tactics on the thorny problem of how to keep the adults quiet! Steve is an Associate Member of The Inner Magic Circle with silver star and has won The Pip Ayres Memorial Trophy for children's entertainment 8 years out of the past 10. He has devised tricks for many magic dealers including Practical Magic, Davenports, Merlins of Wakefield and Made-to-Measure Magic. He is one of only three people to be asked to contribute twice at Kidology." Visiting Magicians £5.00. The Magic Triangle, The Village Hall, Church Road, Thorrington CO7 8HQ (Map) at 7.30pm. Keith Norman 31.5.14


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). 31.5.14


Dave Loosley, Bexley Magic Society lecture. "Bexley Magic Society is delighted to host a lecture by Dave Loosley on 4th June. 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. Venue: Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JP (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Visiting magicians are very welcome, for a minimal £10 fee. 31.5.14


Roberto Forzoni lectures at The Ilford Magical Society on Wednesday 11th June on the subject of Mentalism and Psychology in Magic. The lecture starts at 8pm at The Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford, Essex IG3 9PP (Map). Roberto is an excellent performer, and many will know him from his recent performances and lectures at The Magic Circle. Guests £10 entrance fee. Email for more info, or to book a place. Kevin Bird. 31.5.14


Aberdeen Bookshop to Host Unique Evening. An evening of literary entertainment is set to take place in a popular Aberdeen bookshop on June 3rd, blending writing with world-class music and magic. Bath musicians 'The Bookshop Band' will headline the event at Waterstones on Union Bridge, which will also feature a reading from acclaimed author Alan Spence and a performance by local magician Eoin Smith. Over the past three years, magician Eoin Smith has become a regular face at variety and comedy nights in and around Aberdeen. Blending humour with jaw-dropping illusions, he is guaranteed to leave the audience spellbound and will also compere the show. For more information visit Waterstones, Union Bridge, Aberdeen, 3rd June. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets £8, available in store and from 31.5.14


Expert Masterclass: "On Thursday 12th June in an exclusive one day Expert Masterclass event, the rule book is going to be ripped in half as Jez Rose reveals the secrets to becoming an expert in your industry - and 'making it happen' like a pro. If you want to know how to attract bigger companies with bigger budgets who pay much more and love what you do; have a flock of prospects visiting your website, catapult your online following and enable you to double or even triple your prices and get more customers by doing it - you need to be here:" 31.5.14


Magicians Wanted for TV projects. "Anthony Owen (Objective Productions’ multi-BAFTA winning Head of Magic, Executive Producer of Derren Brown’s C4 TV shows and creator and Executive Producer of CBBC’s ‘Help! My School Trip is Magic’ and new BBC3 series ‘Killer Magic’) is looking for new magic talent for TV projects in development. If you are a UK based magician aged 18 and over with ambitions of television fame please send your contact details along with a photograph and a link to a short video of your performance to" 31.5.14


News deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 31.5.14


"Johnny Depp shackled to 'Indiana Jones-style' Harry Houdini movie" Click Here • "Why Kids Are Better At Figuring Out Magic Tricks" Click Here • "The secret to making balls appear out of thin air" Click Here • "US magician David Blaine to make UAE debut" Click Here • "The Mind Illusionist" Click Here • Bristol Day of Magic 2014 survey, Click Here • Northern Magic Circle Convention 2014 is reported by Donald Bevan this week, Click Here • "Pupils learn tricks from visiting magician" Click Here • "Magician to start Wargrave road race" Click Here • "Video: Magician Richard Sanders wows at Comedy Nest" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 31.5.14