Number 731 - 28th June 2014


Tricked Triumph at Broadcast Digital Awards 2014. The award for Best Entertainment Programme (sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group) went to Tricked (ITV Studios for ITV2) on Wednesday evening at the Broadcast Digital Awards 2014. The show was up against Made in Chelsea, Sexy Beasts, The Revolution Will Be Televised, Release the Hounds and Troy. The judges said: ‘Tricked boosted Thursday night on ITV2 and provided a strong inheritance for Keith Lemon’s Celebrity Juice’, describing Ben Hanlin as a ‘fresh, engaging new talent who brings panache and innovation to a familiar genre’. Congratulations to the entire Tricked team on their success. Photo, l to r: Martyn Rowland (Magic Producer/Writer), Ben Hanlin (Performer/Writer), Nigel Mead (Magic Producer/Writer), Paul Mackay (Series Director). Full list of nominees/winners: Click Here. 28.6.14


MagicFest on BBC 1: Last Monday, the festival was featured on the BBC 1 Show 'On the Road'. The show aired at 7.30pm across the country. Comedy legend Fred MacAulay chatted with Artistic Director Kevin McMahon about the 2014 programme, how the festival started and also about the enigmatic Great Lafayette. Watch it on iPlayer Click Here. The festival is on now, until July 4th, see "Edinburgh Magic Festival: The secrets of success." Click Here. 28.6.14


Penn & Teller perform for Prince Charles at Windsor Castle. "Las Vegas headliners Penn & Teller were welcomed to Windsor Castle on Monday by Prince Charles" Click Here to read the full story. "Strip Scribbles: Prince Charles, Penn & Teller; ‘Marriage Can Be Murder’; WFC downtown" Click Here. 28.6.14


"Illusionist and magician Uri Geller reveals he is quitting the UK. In an exclusive interview and photoshoot with HELLO! magazine, illusionist and magician Uri Geller reveals he is quitting the UK to return to his native Israel – and says he wishes Roy Hodgson had taken him to Brazil to inspire our footballers with his psychic powers..." Click Here. 28.6.14


Marc Oberon Lecture - Winchester Magic Society, Thursday 3rd July. One of the UK's most inventive magicians, multi-award-winning entertainer Marc Oberon (creator of Bang On, Way Out, Oddball and much more) will be sharing his latest ideas and techniques in this thought-provoking and very magical lecture. Free for members, £10 for visitors on the door. Winchester Magic Society, Thursday 3rd July, doors 8pm, lecture starts at 8.30pm. How to Find us: Neil Kelso. 28.6.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London, Friday, 18th July: "Magic Night switches on with electric magic, human puppets, blindfolded mind readers and a multi-persona comedian. Wendy Watts dances onto the Magic Night stage with an electrifying performance that involves disappearing lights which re-appear in the most unusual places (really, we kid you not). Meanwhile Anil Desai morphs into every celebrity you have ever known this side of the silver screen. Pete Antoniou, the psychic comedian, knows everything about you! What’s in your pocket, what’s in your head and who taught you at school and Rob James, trickster extraordinaire, will fool you with vanishing objects, human puppetry and birds, whilst visiting places in your mind that he shouldn’t really be visiting! The very Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee will also be with us, trying to avert disaster with spikes." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. £14 OTD. Show ticket plus dinner: £27. Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info: 28.6.14


If you're a magician then Giggio was made for you... "It has revolutionised my business and is indispensable for any serious performer. I couldn't live without it!!" Paul Martin. "Giggio is in a class of its own. It’s now an essential part of my day-to-day business. If you are a working professional, you can’t afford to be without it." Nigel Mead. "From the initial enquiry to receiving payment, Giggio will streamline your workflow and do the hard work for you. Stay organised with all your client and gig information in one place. See all your upcoming jobs and outstanding invoices at a glance. Keep a professional appearance with clear, well designed PDF contracts and invoices. Save time calculating mileage and looking up maps – Giggio does it all for you. Try all the features for yourself with the free 30 day trial. Sign up now, and we’ll get you set up with your own database on our secure server – you’ll be up and running in no time on your Mac or PC. You’ll soon wonder how you managed without it." 12 new features have just been added to Giggio, see also see 28.6.14


David Blaine: Beautiful Struggle. "Documentary revealing the inspiration behind David Blaine's infamous stunts. Including footage from Blaine's historic meetings with fellow daredevils such as Evel Knievel." 10pm on Tuesday 8th July on Watch. See TV Magic. 28.6.14


12 Again Magicians Special. "Famous faces revisit the music and TV shows they loved and the big news stories that happened when they were kids. A cast of superstar magicians including Dynamo, Stephen Mulhern, Ben Hanlin, Dom Wood (with his friend Dick) and Help! My Supply Teacher is Magic stars Fergus Flanagan and Katherine demonstrate their first cool magic tricks, and share their memories from when they were 12. Step back in time and find out what first inspired them to become the mega magicians that they are today, what their favourite television shows were, what music they loved and what news stories had a big impact upon their lives. 9am on Monday 7th July (30 minutes) on CBBC. See TV Magic. 28.6.14


Merlins of Wakefield’s ‘Flaming’ June Sale ends on Monday 30th June, so if you are interested in any items, order soon by clicking here! "We have also just started stocking some great new Sponge production items from Alexander May. The items look great and compress down so can be produced from the smallest of spaces. Ideal for children’s entertainers, comperes or as a gag during your performance. These are all hand made and painted to give many years of use. Click Here to see them and the other sponge items they have in their range." 28.6.14


Beautiful Magicians’ Club – July 12th, London. "Star of BBC Three’s Killer Magic Dee Christopher will be headlining the Beautiful Magicians’ Club at Manero’s Private Members Club, in Dalston, on Saturday July 12th. Dee Christopher will perform his brand of alternative magic and mindreading alongside BMC regulars Kane & Abel and Magic Sam. Also joining them on the bill this month, comedy magician Ady Lloyd and alternative stripping duo The Gruesome Twosome. Ticket holders will receive entry to the Beautiful Magicians' Club and gain access to after show club night." Doors: 8pm. Stage show: 9pm. Tickets: £9. More information: Manero's Private Members Club, 232 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London E2 8AX (Map). 28.6.14


Zane's Magic Shop have just released 'Blackjack Surprise' by Alisdair Chisholm and Zane: "This is an easy-to-do, entertaining and commercial routine, with an impossible triple prediction, with props creating a sense of the bright lights of Las Vegas casinos. You receive the specially designed props and a great entertaining routine! At present this product can only be purchased from Dealer enquiries welcome. To view this brand new trick in detail visit 28.6.14


Steve Hewlett's 'Thinking Inside The Box' tour with Richard Griffin is in full swing, playing the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering this evening. Multi-award winning magician Richard Griffin is Steve's special guest on the tour. See What's On for future dates. 28.6.14


Ben Earl: Trick Artist is being repeated on Watch from Wednesday 9th July. "Ben Earl is a master of sleight of hand and deception - he is the ultimate trick artist. Ben has spent the last few months in an old warehouse in London devising four special programmes based on themes that fuse deception and mind-blowing stunts. This first show is all about crime. Ben invites a select group of people to join him as he attempts to catch a speeding bullet, goes to prison to perform astonishing sleight-of-hand tricks with ex-convicts, teaches an audience member how to pickpocket, and finds himself leaping from the top of a moving car..." Writers: Ben Earl and Mark Elsdon. Magic Consultant: Ben Hart. See TV Magic. 28.6.14


Liverpool Magic Circle - change of venue: "We are having our next meeting on Wednesday 2nd July at the Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map) not the Crown Inn. Any enquiries email me at Richard T Smith, Secretary." 28.6.14


Eric Evans UK Lecture Tour - starts June 30th. American Street Magician and Card Expert, Eric Evans will be visiting the UK for his first UK Lecture Tour in July. Eric is well known for The Secret Art of Magic, the critically acclaimed bestseller he co-wrote with Nowlin Craver. Awards include: Texas Association of Magicians Best Stage Magician 2000 and the Society of American Magicians Mystic Craig Award for Professional Promise 2001. Most of Eric’s professional career has been spent working the streets of America and Europe in a career spanning almost thirty years. During that time he learned many lessons that not only apply to the street specifically, but also to the performance of magic in general. In his lecture he will share many of those lessons learnt. In addition he will cover much of his work with cards, which is largely based upon the work of Eric’s first teacher, Ernest Earick; a veritable legend among card men. All of the magic performed and explained is most suitable for a parlour or stage, but can be easily adapted for close-up if desired. See What's On for June and July tour dates. 28.6.14


The Order of The Magi (Manchester) presents a lecture by Jonathan Royle on 8th July at the Irish World Heritage Centre Manchester M8 0AE at 8pm. He will share with you some of his highly original entertaining and mystifying magic including mentalism routines. Jonathan has over 35 years of experience and has a vast knowledge of magical entertainment to impart for your delight. It is just over 2 years since he last lectured for the Magi where he was well received and this has all the makings of another successful evening. Door charge for non members. Directions on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 28.6.14


New, informal, Liverpool 'Magic Meet'. Neil Collett writes: "Most casual of casual magic meets: 1pm on Tuesday 8th July at The Crown Pub, 43 Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1JQ (Map) Telephone: 0151 707 6027. Food and drinks are served by the pub (at your own expense of course) but there are no fees and no rules. If wished, I will do a little tuition, for what it's worth. Anyone else who fancies teaching an effect or an affiliated skill is welcome to do so, though no-one is required to perform unless they wish to. If you have any items to sell, I don't see a problem with that, though please be respectful of the space in the pub. Nothing is specifically arranged with the pub, although I have informed the management as a matter of courtesy. If a few turn up and they enjoy themselves, perhaps it will occur frequently. Please note it's not a magic club and it is intended merely as a mutual meeting place for those with an interest in magic. Hope to see a few people there. The venue was chosen because it is particularly easy to get to by public transport and it's near to Aaron Haye's magic shop for those wishing to have a little wander." Neil Collett 07791 744913. 28.6.14


"Judex, Blu-ray (1963/2014) A remarkable illusion disrupted by skulking realism. Edward Gorey’s favorite movie" Click Here • "Magician Documentary Wins Audience Award at AFI Docs" Click Here • "Dynamo works his magic on the Donnelly Brothers" Click Here • "Hull Magicians' Circle to perform at St Stephen's Shopping Centre" Click Here • "For Young Offenders, a New Confidence Game" Click Here • "Las Vegas magician Jan Rouven ‘next Siegfried and Roy’" Click Here • "Magician from Kettering learns new tricks" Click Here • "Derby shoppers to be entertained by street magician Steve Price" Click Here • "Uri Geller 'could have improved England's World Cup fortunes' if Roy Hodgson had invited him to Brazil" Click Here • And finally... "Romford impersonator to double as BGT magician instead of X-Factor’s Shayne Ward" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 28.6.14