Number 732 - 5th July 2014


Derren Brown 2015 tour dates announced. "We are happy to confirm there is another tour starting in 2015 – tickets are likely to sell quickly so get in there as soon as possible. Please note the performance will not be suitable for under 12’s. No further venues are currently planned. The show will tour for a second leg in 2016 – venues are yet to be confirmed." Book early for this all-new show; see for dates and venues. "Illusionist Derren Brown chooses Dartford for premiere of new tour" Click Here. Meanwhile... "Manipulation master set for six-night stint at Aberdeen’s HMT" Click Here. 5.7.14


The Session is back! Join Asi Wind (Israel), Michael Weber (USA), Peter Clifford (UK) and Luke Jermay (UK) at The Session in Cheltenham on January 10th and 11th, 2015, with more names to be announced over the coming months. If you're keeping score, you'll know that this year marks The Session's tenth anniversary... "for this reason we are pulling every favour, and doubling our efforts to ensure that The Session will be the best yet. Wait until you see what we have in store!" Visit 5.7.14


Magic at the Barn, 10th Anniversary Spectacular - next weekend, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July at 7.30pm in Rochford, Essex. An amazing family friendly weekend of magic, variety, comedy and festivities to celebrate 10 years of the event. The main show features ventriloquist Steve Hewlett (previous Britain's Got Talent finalist), international illusionist Richard Griffin, multi-award winning magician Oliver Tabor, Acrobatic Daredevil AJ James and London's 'King of Comedy Magic' Christian Lee. A free entry open air festival from 3pm will be presenting entertainment including death defying and dangerous Guinness World Record attempts from straitjackets and handcuffs by escapologist Stuart Burrell plus free close-up/parlour magic shows, jugglers, street magicians and dance shows. An outside fair will feature miniature steam train rides, a bouncy castle, shooting ranges, swing boats, face painting and stalls offering side show games, food and drink plus much more! The weekend of magic is supporting local Havens and Little Havens charities. Tickets only £15 adult, £10 children and £40 family ticket (2 + 2). Ticketline: 0843 515 9400 The Barns, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LH (Map). 5.7.14


Escapologist Stuart Burrell will be attempting two Guinness World Record escapes and also performing an escape that has never been performed in Europe before, at the 'Magic at the Barn' event (above). The European first is an escape from a straitjacket made out of chainmail (see photo) "like something from Game of Thrones" is how one person described it. Weighing in at over ten times the weight of a conventional straitjacket the challenge escape will form part of the free entertainment taking place at Tabor Farm in Rochford prior to the Magic at the Barn event that evening. "This is an escape like no other. I just hope that I do the art justice." Said Stuart. 5.7.14


Peak Magic Festival. Saturday 13th September 11am -7.30pm. "This new collaboration between Peak Shopping Village and Derbyshire based magician and hypnotist Anthony Jacquin, aims to bring a variety of the country's best magical and mystery performers together to perform live in The Peak District. Free entertainment will be provided throughout the day, suitable for all ages which is guaranteed to provoke those wonderful feelings of awe and astonishment. In the dedicated close-up area, a variety of experts at the card table and sleight of hand masters will ensure you see the impossible happen inches away from your eyes. Several street magicians will provide entertainment guaranteed to capture your attention and create a lasting impression. Free workshops for children, the world's only Giant Flea Circus and balloon modellers will keep the younger children entertained. Tickets are also available for two incredible stage shows taking place in the renewed Old Station Building Community Space. Leading magicians, mind readers and comedy mystery performers will be providing entertainment that you will be speaking about years from now. Tickets are limited due to space considerations, the cost is just £5.00 and £3.00 for concessions so book early to ensure you can enjoy this unique show. There will be a pop-up bar, selling local ales on site for the day as well as a private 'Behind the Curtain' area for magicians to meet and discuss their art. If you think you would enjoy live magic then please come along and support this new festival." Venue: Peak Shopping Village, Rowsley, Peak District DE4 2JE (Map). Website: 5.7.14


Morgan & West: Parlour Tricks, London and Oxford. Time travelling magic duo Morgan & West present a brand new show chock full of jaw dropping, brain bursting, gasp eliciting feats of magic. The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. Be sure to wear a hat Morgan & West might just blow your mind. Ed Fringe preview, tonight in London and on Tuesday in Oxford. See What's On for details. 5.7.14


Oliver Meech lecture - Bolton Magician's Club. Bolton Magician's Club is delighted to host Oliver Meech, the creative conjuror, who will be presenting his lecture on Wednesday 9th July at 8.30pm. The venue is the Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). There will be an nominal entrance fee of £5.00 for visiting magicians from other societies, who are most welcome. For directions to the Doffcocker Inn visit or telephone James Hodgkiss on 01204 52265. 5.7.14 launches "Brand New Super Magic Site" and write: "After many many months of design, ideas and creative moments we have finally decided to put our new MagicWorld live. Please checkout our new Responsive Layout along with many incredible features including Downloads, and More Magic Tricks section, as well as all our latest releases including Infamous and our brand new Deadly Marked Deck. Please bear with us while a few little areas get improved upon, however, as per usual, our site is super secure at checkout and ready for your orders… Look out for our Official Super Launch Sale next Saturday. Thanks so much for all your continued support over the years. James Anthony," 5.7.14


Magicseen Issue 57 - July 2014. From the publishers: "Apparently men don't multi task, but I suspect that most of our male readers are quite capable of topping up their tan while reading the latest issue of the UK's only independent magazine! Sean Alexander, who keeps really busy with his large touring shows, is on the cover, and he is joined inside by top card men Dani DaOrtiz and John Carey. We prove that hindsight is indeed a wonderful thing as we get 14 experienced performers to tell us a few things that they wish they'd known when they first started magic, and in a bid to help children's entertainers avoid some of the pitfalls of the 'job', we offer solutions to seven commonly experienced kid show problems. Deputy Editor Graham Hey offers another of his great comedy pages, with a good visual gag and a raft of one liners from top comedy people, and in Secret Agent, Jay Fortune talks to theatrical agent legend Trevor George about his magic performing past. Jez Rose contributes a thought provoking article on how we can manipulate our audience's perception of us, while one of the Magicseen staff braves the bad smells of his local phone box to spend 40p chatting to Ali Cook. The issue also has 10 product reviews as well as live show reviews on Danny Buckler and Jon Allen, the Masterclass has tricks to learn from John Carey and Arun Bonerjee, and there are letters, news snippets and other celebrity bits and more to keep you happy across the summer. Magicseen issue 57 is available on subscription in printed copy or download formats, or as individual issues, all from" 5.7.14


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic Sunday 13th July 2014. From the organisers: The Ferrybridge Day of Magic this year is to be staged on Sunday 13th July instead of the usual first Sunday in July. In its 22 year history the first Sunday in July has always been the Ferrybridge Day, but for 2014, due to Yorkshire proudly hosting the Grand Depart of the Tour De France, the decision was made to stage the event on the second Sunday. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 13th July in Ferrybridge. Entrance fee £5.00. Doors open at 9.45am but see details in What’s On section. Further details can be obtained by contacting Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 or email 5.7.14


Close-up at The Magic Circle, London, Friday 11th July at 7.30pm: "This event showcases some of the best close-up magicians available and audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing!" Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50 plus fee via Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: 5.7.14


Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This is being repeated on Sunday 13th July on ITV Encore: "Drama telling the story of one of Britain's best-loved comedians - a giant of a man with a delicate soul, a man who was in love with two women and was unable to choose between them. 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." See TV Magic. 5.7.14


Going Walkabout - a new eBook release from Mark Leveridge: "This is volume 1 in a planned collection of E-Books called The Professional Worker Series which will aim to offer magicians all they need to know about everything that matters in magic performance. The first part of this series offers focused advice, tips and information on how to make a success of working at mix and mingle functions where the spectators are mainly standing and where there are few or no tables. This 28 page E-Book cuts straight to the facts and presents solid advice that will help beginners to get off on the right track, and will remind more experienced performers of good practice which they may care to follow. Professional advice like this is often hidden away in larger books, or is couched in theory that can prevent clarity of message. The Professional Worker Series will remove the padding, avoid the waffle, and get straight to the information that is valuable to you. For more information on Going Walkabout please go to" 5.7.14


East Coast Magic Collective July lecture: "The East Coast Magic Collective are thrilled that BBC3's 'Killer Magic' star Dee Christopher is lecturing for our July meeting. Being one of the current stars of television magic, he brings us some interesting close up effects that can be performed in the real world and have been tried and tested in front of spectators at his many public and private performances. Meeting at Kings Wine Bar on King Street in Great Yarmouth, on Wednesday July 9th and starting at 7pm, visitors are more than welcome. Tickets are available on the door at £10 but free for Premier members of the East Coast Magic Collective! Look forward to seeing many there, for this exciting and contemporary performer. Check out our Facebook page:" 5.7.14


Manchester Circle of Magicians Jumbo Auction: Monday 7th July at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Doors open at 5.30pm, with viewing from 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Members free of charge. Non-members pay £3.00 door charge. Star Auctioneers Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Hundreds of bargains available including books, DVDs, Close-up magic, kids magic and stage apparatus. Further information from Derek Lever or ring 01253 810113. 5.7.14


Comedy Magicians Carl and Dave performed their Edinburgh Fringe Preview Performance at Watford Association of Magicians on the 1st July, with great success writes Club Secretary Dov Citron. "The venue was packed out. One of the busiest nights on record, for the club. With an attendance of well over 100 people last night's brilliant evening of magic and illusion with Carl and Dave was an absolute triumph. Well done guys, you stormed it!" The evening was a warm up, in preparation for their Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut, when they'll be performing daily at 12 noon, from the 17th to the 24th August at The Voodoo Rooms, Ballroom, 19a West Register Street EH2 2AA. "Thanks for a great night guys, you were brilliant" Stephen Mills. "Great night. Best ever fiver spent. You were brilliant as usual" Tracey Ward. "I was taken back by the timing of your act. I can tell you worked really hard on it" Colin Watkins. 5.7.14


Andi Gladwin lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 10th July. "Over the past year Andi has lectured at clubs and conventions across the UK, Europe and America and has received nothing but rave reviews. His lecture consists of two parts: the first half features his exceptional close-up magic and the second features his comedy stand-up magic. Andi's lecture contains a perfect blend of easy and difficult magic. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, the lecture takes place in Bookham, Surrey at 8pm for full details please contact Adam Mosley" 5.7.14


Alan Maskell and Chris Wardle will be reviving their joint lecture to help celebrate the centenary of the Modern Mystic League, on Sunday, July 13th at 2pm in the St. Silas Parish Centre, Preston New Road, Blackburn BB2 6PS (Map). Visitors £5. Contact Concert Secretary Brian Lead tel. 01254 52070. 5.7.14


Magic Monday - London, 7th July. Andy Reay writes: "An amazing line-up of home grown magical talent with comedy and magic from three of the UK's finest; Martin Cox (photo), Andy Clockwise and Tim Shoesmith. Tickets £10 in advance or £15 on the door. 7.30pm at Storm, 28A Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LE (Map)." 5.7.14


Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Want You Dead... "When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror..." Matt Wainwright writes: "Best selling author Peter James approached me and asked if I could help him when he was writing he latest release Want You Dead. The story is about a girl who has an online dating experience, and when she dumps him, he turns into her worst nightmare. Two of the caricatures are close up magicians, and I helped Peter, advising him on that aspect of the storyline as well as some of the fire-fighting which goes on due to the ex-boyfriend being a pyromaniac! I even get to appear in the book as myself!" If you are looking for a good read to take with you on holiday this summer then this may well be it! See and 5.7.14


Dee Christopher Lecture - The London Society of Magicians. Mark Saltissi writes: The London Society of Magicians are delighted to host a lecture by Dee Christopher on the 22nd July at 7pm. Dee Christopher is a one of a kind in the magic world. Dee mixes a rock and roll attitude with a quick wit and a varied skill set to create a unique brand of high-impact, ultra-slick entertainment. Dee is recognised as one of the world’s leading experts in ‘psychokinetic magic,’ or ‘mind over matter’ as it is more commonly known. The lecture will be based on a mix of Mentalism and Magic effects that will work close-up, on stage and across the board. Plus a variety of things including character building and playing to your strengths. Venue: Davenports Magic Shop, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ. Start time 7pm. Visitors welcome, pay on door £10 (lectures are free for members). Reserve a place by emailing [Mark Saltiss] Our website is 5.7.14


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