Number 733 - 12th July 2014


Alan Alan, November 1926 – July 2014. Remembered by Michael Vincent.


It is with great sadness that I report the death of my dear friend and mentor Alan Alan. He passed away on Friday July 4th at 21:00. The last two years of Alan's life were extremely challenging to his health and fiercely independent spirit. Between myself, Richard McDougall and Noel Britten, we took on the responsibility of taking care of Alan ensuring that he could enjoy a quality of life while preserving his sense of worth and personal dignity. Without question Alan was a giant among men. His contribution to show business with his death defying escapes, his generosity of spirit to the world of magic, through his magic shop "The Magic Spot", The Magic Circle and to all of his students he mentored over the years, is a legacy of a life well lived........on his own terms.

From a personal perspective, his contribution to my life has been extraordinary. My life would have looked a lot different if I hadn't walked into his shop at the age of thirteen. The laughs and the adventure we shared will be treasured memories for the rest of my life. Thank you Alan for being my best my friend...

Michael Vincent


[A Memorial event will be held later this year. If you would like to be informed of further details email Noel Britten]. 12.7.14


Illusionist James More has just announced two special UK theatre dates for his full stage show 'Theatre of Illusion'. These dates have been scheduled between performances in Dubai and Russia, and are the only opportunity to see his full theatre show in the UK, this year. "I'm very excited to announce two very special shows for the UK this October and I can't wait to show everyone what I've worked so hard to achieve. I want people to experience the magic as it should be seen, up close and personal! Tickets are very limited. I can promise a great night with some spectacular illusions that will have you on the edge of your seat," said James. Latest trailer: Click Here. Tickets are now on sale.

Monday 27th October, 7.30pm, Harrogate Royal Hall

Wednesday 29th October, 7.45pm, Newbury Corn Exchange 12.7.14


Steve Dela in Sensual Dreams, The Hippodrome Casino, London. Vaudeville is back, kinkier and naughtier. West End Singers Rosalind James, Kelly-Anne Gower join your host for the evening Miss mince Meat and the amazing Steve Dela Magician, Aerialist Elizabeth Williams, Pole Dancer Miss Kirty-lou, Cirque du Soleil star Darren Tait and his sidekick Vikki-Anne Lee with the cast of Sensual Dreams, fusing Dance, Theatre, Cirque and Magic creating a dynamic experience for the audience with creative choreography by Ricardo Canadinhas and Naomi Jeffery. The show fills the audience with anticipation and love. The High standard of dance and acts in the show needs no trickery or smoke and mirrors. The show is a suggestive, clean cut to a high standard which leaves the audience in suspense and hearts racing during this grand spectacular. The story is based around a man who falls asleep and wakes up in an imaginary world filled with seductive women and men teasing and playing with his emotions. As he attempts to interact with his dream he realises he can produce magic. The first show sold out, the next is on Sunday 27th July at 8pm. Tickets £15.00 - £35.00. See and 12.7.14


Summer at The Magic Circle: "A chance for all the family to visit The Magic Circle, mix, mingle and marvel at some of the club's finest magicians, tour the Museum and HQ before going to The Magic Circle Theatre for some magical entertainment. If you're lucky, you may spot Sooty too. Targeted age range; 7+" Sunday 3rd August at 2.30pm (doors open 1.30pm) and 7pm (doors open 6pm), Sunday 10th August at 2.30pm, Sunday 17th August at 2.30pm and 7pm, Sunday 24th August at 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets priced £25 from Venue: The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). More info: 12.7.14


Dutch magician Peter Eggink will visit the UK to lecture in May 2015. Steve Gore writes: Here is some info for those who need an introduction to his awesome work. His dates are 2nd - 23rd May 2015. About Peter Eggink: Peter's name is well known in the field of magic, being synonymous with both the performance of magic and the creation of some of the most amazing magical effects. Peter’s creations are performed by magicians around the globe including Dynamo and David Blaine. With over 20 years of experience, Peter knows the “real secrets” of being a successful magician and shares them with magicians around the globe. Peter’s new lecture covers subjects such as personality, presentation, people skills and how to become successful as an artist. Email for more details. Also see 12.7.14


Record Audience Numbers For Fifth Edinburgh International Magic Festival. The fifth Edinburgh International Magic Festival saw record numbers this summer as 8000 people enjoyed eight days of magic across the Scotland's Capital. Local magicians featured alongside internationally acclaimed performers as magic collided with theatre, science, comedy, history, sideshow, technology and psychology. German performance artist Johan Lorbeer took the festival to new heights as he levitated on the Grassmarket during the opening weekend. Seen by more than 3000 people, Johan’s appearance trended on Twitter and created a huge buzz around the city... to read the full article Click Here. Penn and Teller Speech, Click Here. Johnny Tomsoni receiving The Edinburgh International Magic Festival Great Lafayette Award, Click Here. 12.7.14


2015 Edinburgh International Magic Festival Dates: 26th June - 3rd July. "Since 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. Follow us on twitter @magicfest and" 12.7.14


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 31st July. From the organisers: Conjuring at the Court enters its 6th year with a great line-up of top performers. Max Somerset is a wonderfully amusing performer in a classically eccentric British style – with several TV series to his credit, and a superb musical talent put to good use in his performance. Like no other magician you’ll see! Richard Griffin is a talented, slick magician and illusionist – but don’t take it from me, "A brilliant magician" The Stage. James Fortune really makes it fun for the audience; he seems to be as bewildered as anyone at the magical events going on around him. A delightful piece of entertainment. Matthew Le Mottee has a heritage of performing on the street – where you have to work hard to keep the audience! He is forceful, energetic, and funny. Compered by co-producer Russell Levinson. Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets £10 from 12.7.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's, London, Friday, 1st August. From the organisers: Magic Night turns tricks with shuffling psychic bread, large dancing ballerinas, philosophical trickery and strip poker. The Lanky, tall wizard, Pete Heat (photo) is with us playing with bread, reading your minds, invading your dreams and restoring objects to their original state in impossible tricks that will make you gasp (we kid you not), whilst the Madame Galina with the ballet pumps floats like a butterfly whilst searching aggressively for her Nureyev. Dee Riley demonstrates Descartes theory of "I think therefore I am" in a most beautiful piece of magic and then plays strip poker whilst Jack Beavis clowns around with tricks and magic, rings and drums in a hilarious performance of magic. All expertly compered by Pete Heat. 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: 12.7.14


Modern Magic. A Lecture from Will Houstoun, International Magic, London: "We are delighted to welcome Will Houstoun to lecture for us on 22nd July. Many of you will already be familiar with Will's work in magic as a performer, historian and author. Will also specialises in consultancy for film and advertising as well as instruction on both the technical and historic aspects of magic. He also edits The Magic Circle's 105 year old magazine, The Magic Circular. In this special lecture for International Magic, he will teach and discuss a number of items that he has been working on over the past decade, including some of the effects that made him the youngest ever European Champion of Close-up Magic and for which he has been booked to lecture around the world, including multiple appearances at The Magic Castle and The Magic Circle.


Featured items will include: Order and Chaos: Will's closer for every show, this performance piece with cards fooled the theatre audience when it was premiered at The Magic Circle. Bouncing Shadows: An effect Will has performed on national television multiple times. Will also teaches a selection of novel moves and flourishes and discuss his interest in the history of magic, as well as some of the most startling discoveries he has made in his research. 7.30pm to 10pm on Tuesday 22nd July at Casa Italiana, 2nd Floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (just opposite our Magic Shop). As usual, tickets are on the door but advance reservation is a must by email to £15 per person. 12.7.14


Dave Bonsall will be lecturing for the Home Counties Magical Society at 8pm on Thursday 17th July at Shinfield Parish Hall, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9EH (Map). Visiting magicians welcome for a door charge of £10. For more details visit Also see and 12.7.14


Steve Gore updates: Back from his recent lecture and run of parlour shows at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, Steve Gore has a few more UK lecture dates to announce. Some dates have changed, so do check.

Thursday 18/9/14 Exonian Magic Society
Monday 27/10/14 Newcastle Magic Circle
Monday 16/3/15 The Magic Circle, London (members only)
Steve has just been contacted by Jeff McBride, who loved his show so much he wants him to appear in his Wonder Ground show in Las Vegas. Steve's Magic Castle show: Click Here.


Steve Dimmer lectures for The Anglian Magic Society this Tuesday, 15th July, at 7.30pm at The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). "Steve will explain many original routines with props all magicians own and will also go into the practical side of being a children's entertainer. He will explore selling your services more effectively, promoting yourself at parties with a view to getting more work, and how to make your shows more fun with new bits of business and sub-routines. Members £2.00 / Visitors £10.00. Steve Majes (Acting secretary, The Anglian Magic Society). 12.7.14


Reality Abuse: "Mind Control? Illusion? Hallucinations? Join magician and mind reader S1L3NC3 on a dark, interactive experience examining the psychology behind hallucinations, and how to control them. "An audiovisual feast for the eyes and ears" JUKE Magazine; "Terrifying but beautiful" GQ Magazine; FringeGuru: "A thing to behold ... I couldn't tear my eyes away" FringeGuru. Note: This show is not for the faint hearted. Strictly limited to 13 seats per performance. Ages 18+. Weekends throughout August at 2pm and 4pm at The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7AN (Map) Tickets £10. More info and to book: 12.7.14


The Mark Leveridge Podcast: The Mark Leveridge Podcast for July 2014 is another interesting mix of news, comment and opinion. In this month's issue Mark rants (a little!) about the way spectators are increasingly fiddling with their mobile phones when you are trying to entertain them, he ponders on the importance of magic sets to the future of our art, explains why working a kids' show outdoors is definitely not for him, and considers the importance of reading audience reactions when doing walkabout so that you don't overstay your welcome. These plus other topics are free to either download or listen to online, perfect in fact for when you're chilling out in the garden and want half an hour of magic chat to enjoy. The Mark Leveridge July Podcast can be accessed from 12.7.14


Andrew Normansell presents his new lecture for the Nottingham Guild of Magicians, this Thursday, July 17th. Any societies wishing to book this lecture should contact Andrew via 12.7.14


American Street Magician and Card Expert, Eric Evans is mid-way through his UK lecture tour. Eric is well known for The Secret Art of Magic, the critically acclaimed bestseller he co-wrote with Nowlin Craver. 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 remaining dates. 12.7.14


Eddie Harris, 83, who died on Saturday 5th July, is remembered by Mel Harvey. "Eddie Harris was one of the leading children's entertainers in Leamington Spa who sadly died peacefully in his sleep at Bournemouth Hospital last week. Apart from his magic shows he had one of the best Punch and Judy Shows in the area, always cheerful, always joking. He also made puppets for me that I use in my current show. I knew Eddie for over thirty years during which time he made all the special magic props for my touring theatre shows, even acting as Stage Manager to make sure I used them properly! He always asked if there was any art-work for a particular prop, there never was. The finished product however was always something to behold and very unique. Eddie was not a great joiner of magic societies or a conventioneer as he was very busy with his main business "Harris Signs" and there are many premises around Leamington today which show his expertise as a top sign writer. He will be sadly missed by all of us who knew him including his wife Margaret, daughter Victoria, son Keith and their families." 12.7.14


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