Number 734 - 19th July 2014


Jim Steinmeyer will be lecturing both during the Festival of Magic and at the International Magic Convention in London, in November. Jim is responsible for popular illusions featured by professional magicians around the world, and special effects in theatrical shows from Broadway to Las Vegas. Through his designs and his writing on historical magic, he's been credited with creating the "defining illusions in contemporary magic", deceptions featured by Doug Henning, David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Harry Blackstone, Orson Welles, The Pendragons, Lance Burton, Mark Kalin & Jinger and many others. But his work is not only confined to illusions. He has created unique effects both for the stage performer and close-up worker. His lectures truly are ones that have something for everyone. His historical knowledge has been spotlighted both in his presentations at The Magic History Conference in LA and in his books, including Hiding The Elephant and Glorious Deception. The Convention will be held from November 14th -16th at The Mermaid Conference Centre in central London, and The Festival of Magic will be held from November 10th -14th at The Bridewell Theatre just off Fleet Street in London. The Festival consists of separately themed days where the stars of the Convention have a chance to speak at more length and detail, on their particular niche subjects. This year the day themes are:
Monday November 10th - Mentalism
Tuesday November 11th - Card Work
Wednesday November 12th - History Day
Thursday November 13th - Stage Magic and Performance
Friday November 14th - Bar Magic
Join International Stars of Magic at these great events. Speakers and performers alongside Jim Steinmeyer include: Tom Mullica, Jonathan Pendragon, Doc Eason, Bob Sheets, Jon Armstrong, Karl Hein, Morgan & West, and many many more. More information:


Innovention 2015, 14th - 16th July 2015, Liverpool. From the organisers: Come and experience the Magic of Liverpool at Innovention 2015. 14th - 16th July 2015. Unlike any other Magic Convention! Superb venue - The Playhouse Theatre, right in the heart of Liverpool's City Centre; An intimate Convention - We deliberately limit the number of attendees so everyone is treated like a VIP! Everyone has a great seat for all the Lectures, Workshops, and Shows; High quality professionally produced events; Exciting line-up of talent with many surprises! Part of the first ever Liverpool Festival of Magic; Excellent choice of hotels, all within 5 minutes walk of the Playhouse Theatre; No need for taxis, or long lines waiting for buses. Everything is right there! Liverpool is a wonderful city with the superb Albert Dock overlooking the River Mersey, Liverpool One Centre with great shops, bars & restaurants, and The Cavern Club, where The Beatles began their incredible career. Registration for Innovention 2015 is £195. Special Offer! If you book and pay in full by 31st August 2014, you will receive an amazing 20% Discount and pay just £155. For full details and to register - email us at 19.7.14


Kidology UK, The Children's Entertainer's Convention,  8th & 9th September 2014. From the organisers: Just added, a lecture from Quentin Reynolds, presenting 'The Magic of Eric Sharp'. Eric is one of the most overlooked of the giants of kids' magic in the UK. His books contain an absolute goldmine of effects, routines and gags for kids. All being well, Eric, who is well into his 80's, will be there, but his long time protégé Quentin will present some of Eric's strongest and most timeless routines. For full details of this convention see 19.7.14


Portsmouth and District Magic Circle 52nd Jumbo Day. Colin Rumford writes: Portsmouth and District Magic Circle are pleased to reveal their line up for the 52nd Jumbo Day on Sunday 2nd November 2014. During the day there will be lectures from Andi Gladwin, David Gemmell and Jon Armstrong. Together with a magic competition during the day and workshops. The evening the Gala show will feature Martin Cox, Ben Hart, David Gemmell and Jon Armstrong (photo). Add to this the usual buying and selling of new and second hand magic, and the annual auction, and it promises to be a day jam-packed with Magic! Further details and tickets: 19.7.14


Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee chat with Lorraine Kelly on 'Lorraine' at 8.30am on Wednesday 23rd July on ITV. "Morning show with a topical mix of entertainment, discussion and showbiz glamour, as well as featuring the latest fashion, food and celebrity gossip. As he tours the UK for the third time in as many years, veteran magician Paul Daniels and his wife Debbie McGee chat about his incredible career." See TV Magic. "Paul Daniels brings a bit of magic to new children's sensory room" Click Here. "I think the BBC has lost the plot': Paul Daniels on talent 'freak' shows and why modern magic leaves him cold" Click Here. 19.7.14


Mel Mellers lectures at The Associated Wizards of the South, Southampton this Tuesday. Jon Hutchinson writes: The Associated Wizards of the South Presents a Lecture by Mel Mellers. Mel will be joining us for the evening to perform the unique mix of comedy and magic that has made him such a highly respected figure in the world of magic. This evening is free to members and non members can come along for just £5. About Mel Mellers: Born at an early age, Mel quickly developed his trademark playful style, honed in clubs, theatres and tours. It wasn't long before Mel attracted the attention of top cruise ships, with his debut performance on the luxury liner, the Queen Elizabeth II; where his sharp wit was greeted with great acclaim. Corporate clients and high end cruise ships quickly sought Mel's services, currently, to date, he has performed for nearly every cruise line in the world. Mel's other pursuits were his love of neuroscience, culminating in a Masters Degree in Psychology. This has been put to good use, by combining his performance skills and academic knowledge to present highly motivating talks, or as Mel puts it Lecturetainment ©. "Mel Mellers is a superb comedian: sharp, visually hilarious and with immaculate timing. His perfectly executed magic is a bonus!" - Nick R Thomas, BBC comedy writer. The AWS meet every Tuesday at Southern Parishes Conservative Club, The Hill, Upper Northam Close, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4BB (Map). 22nd July at 8pm. See: 19.7.14


Michael Jordan's High Jinx Magic and Illusion Show, Blackpool. Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 7.45pm from 23rd May to 2nd November 2014 with Matinees every Saturday at 3pm from 13th September. "Join Michael Jordan and friends as they return with their hit show for a third successive year. This brand new exciting family Magic and Illusion show has something for everyone. A fast paced show filled with magic, illusion and circus skills, with a welcome return of the House of Magic Dancers and some very unusual guests. This show is a must see for all the family and Blackpool's number 1 attraction on Trip Advisor for 2013 & 2014. Box Office 0871 222 9090. Adults £10.00, Children £8.50, Family Ticket £35.00. Venue: The Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool FY4 2EZ. 19.7.14


Wayne Goodman lecture - The Medway Magical Society. Rob Glendinning writes: Wayne Goodman will be lecturing for The Medway Magical Society from 8pm to 10pm on Tuesday 5th August at St George Hotel, 7-8 New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 6BB (Map). “A Performer, Inventor and Author. Wayne is known for his no nonsense approach to entertaining. His last release 'The Definitive Guide to Restaurant Magic' sold over 1000 copies in less than 30 days, mainly because people know that when it comes to actually working, Wayne Goodman is a name you can trust. With previous releases including Lord of the Bling, Look Sharp, The Comedy Magicians Joke Files vol 1 and 2, and Clone. Wayne is a fearless performer known for his quick wit; be ready to laugh as you learn.” Visiting Magicians are welcome to attend for a door charge of £10. For more info please visit 19.7.14


Oliver Tabor, British Magical Society lecture. Paul Cadley writes: Tuesday 22nd July 2014 – the British Magical Society proudly presents Oliver Tabor. Oliver has been performing magic since the age of twelve and a year later discovered the Demon Club run by Davenports. Since then he has become an all-round magician from close-up to illusions. Currently he is enjoying particular success with his musical-magical act which was such a hit at the B.M.S. Dinner this year and with which he swept the board of major awards at last year’s I.B.M. British Ring Convention in Buxton. Being an all-rounder just what he has in store for us on the night is anybody’s guess, but rest assured it will be worth seeing and learning from. So be there! Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £5 fee. Time and venue: 7.30pm Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). See for details. 19.7.14


IBM British Ring Convention updates. Geoffrey Newton (British Ring PRO) writes: Shawn Farquhar has recently been installed as the International President of The International Brotherhood of Magicians at their annual convention in the US. He is very much looking forward to attending the British Ring Convention in Bournemouth as an honoured guest as well as a performer and lecturer. The International Secretary Don Wiberg will also be in attendance. As well as guests from America and our home grown talent, the event has visitors from Germany, Belgium, Ireland and Canada. This annual 5 day get together features: Stars of Magic and Variety Gala Show, Sooty and Friends Magic Show, lectures, competitions, workshops, dealers’ hall, History of Mystery, a visit to Beaulieu, Gala of Youth, Stars of the Future, Micro Marathon and a Gala Dinner. The convention takes place from 24th to 28th September and most activities are within the Pavilion complex. Information is on and accommodation details are on What are you waiting for, why not book now! 19.7.14


Auld Reekie Magic Cabaret, Edinburgh. Wednesday 23rd July at 8pm. From the organisers: As the Edinburgh Fringe approaches it can start to become quite daunting for city residents as we prepare for the population of our city to nearly treble for 3 or so weeks. There are over 3000 shows this year, but only a handful of them bring you magic in fact barely 60 of those 3000 shows are magic based. We've hand-picked some of the best magic at the Fringe this year from local Edinburgh magicians. Live at the Voodoo Rooms on July 23rd you can get a wee taster of the magic from: Colin Cloud, John Henry Blackwood, Cameron Gibson, Craig Williamson and Todd Various. A night of comedy, mind reading, time travel, comedy and beauty. Tickets are available from the HubTickets: Click Here. Auld Reekie Magic Cabaret is a monthly magic show. Every month we showcase 5 amazing acts from around the UK, including some incredible Scottish magicians. There is a mix of stage, card and mind reading magic - something for everyone! Every month there will be something different for you to enjoy. Venue: Voodoo Rooms, 19a W Register Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AA (Map) 19.7.14


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day - London. Doors open 10am on Saturday 25th October at the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, London WC1H 0DG (Map). This event is open to all magicians and features a broad selection of dealers together with two lectures in the afternoon from Fay Presto and Kieron Le Fever. Admission: Free entry to Magic Circle members, £5 for non-members. Lectures: From 4.30pm, separate lectures by Fay Presto and Kieron Le Fever, entrance £10 to attend both (for members and non-members). 19.7.14


Table Top Sale & Mini Auction. Adrian Harris writes: Perth Magic Circle is gearing up for the new season commencing in September and is pleased to announce that the annual Table Top Sale & Mini Auction will be held in the Perth Ex-Servicemens Club on Wednesday 15th October, commencing at 7.30pm. Because of the popularity of this event, the sale this year will be held in the Function Suite so we will be able to offer more tables and there will be more space for buyers to browse. The cost of entry is being kept the same as previous 5 years at £3.00 with sellers paying £5.00 if booked in advance. Last year's sale resulted in every table being booked and there were magicians present from all the Scottish Clubs - plus one real enthusiast made the long journey from Preston to attend by bus! He got back home at 4.00am with a bag full of goodies! For more info, and to book a table, contact the Hon. Sec. or tel. 01738 628985. 19.7.14


Marc Oberon - Derby Magic Circle lecture. Paul Sharp writes: Marc Oberon will be lecturing for the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 23rd July, at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby DE21 5LF (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm, ready to start at 8pm. Marc Oberon is one of the UK’s most inventive magicians and is the creator of ‘Bang On’, ‘Way Out’, ‘Oddball’, and many more products. Marc Oberon, the multi-award winning entertainer, will be sharing his latest ideas and techniques in this thought-provoking and very magical lecture. Visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby, there is a small fee payable on the night. Please contact our secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. For more information about our programme for the remainder of the year visit 19.7.14


Eight Tips for Reviewing Magic. Neil Kelso offers sage advice for anyone contemplating the formidable task of reviewing a magic show in 'Eight Tips for Reviewing Magic' this week, Click Here. 19.7.14


Chris Wardle, MIMC, makes a welcome return to The Pentacle Club, Cambridge on Tuesday 22nd July, to present his lecture 'Crafty Conjuring'. This will be an evening of ideas and tricks with something for everyone. Chris is a writer and magic inventor and his tricks have featured on TV, radio and the stage. He is the author of several books, including the recently published 'Maths Tricks and Number Magic' and he has a regular column of effects in 'The Magic Circular', the house magazine of The Magic Circle. He will be sharing a mix of new close-up, children's magic and mentalism items, all employing subtle methods. Magic you can do and magic you will use. The Club meets at St Laurence's Primary School, Arbury Road, Cambridge, and doors open at 7.40pm with the lecture starting at 8pm, visitors are welcome and there is a £5 charge for non-members. 19.7.14


Sue Oakley elected President of The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Bryan Atherton writes: The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians broke new ground at their AGM on 16th July by installing Sue Oakley as the first Lady President in their 67 year history. Sue will also continue as their hard-working Secretary and will be supported by Treasurer, Bryan Atherton, Membership Secretary, Dave Taylor and a strong Council of 9 Members. Dave Pitt will be Vice-President and Tony Maskell is the Welfare Officer. Sue has already lined up a strong programme of visiting lecturers and club nights. Visiting magicians are always assured a warm welcome at this friendly club. Check the website for details of the programme. 19.7.14


Chris Ball wins Jack Delvin Trophy: On Wednesday 16th July, Chris Ball became the youngest winner of the Jack Delvin Trophy for magic to music. The 14 year old from Orpington in Kent is a new member of the Bexley Magic Society and has won this competition at his first attempt. A number of CDs were chosen at random by the contestants, one each, which contained pre-recorded tracks. They were then given just over a month to put together an act which was appropriate, in their view, for the music. Chris’s act contained billiard ball and card manipulations as well as a version of the Miser's Dream, recently popularised by Teller. Other entrants were Roberto Forzoni and Angeline Mystique. The trophy was awarded by the President of The Magic Circle and originator of the cup, Jack Delvin. 19.7.14


Snow White and The Twins FX: "For the first time, The Twins FX 'Flying without wires' system has been premiered in a production in Sydney, Australia. The team whet out to Sydney in June ready for the show rehearsals and production run, which ends at the end of July. The show, ‘Snow White’, is now breaking box office records at the State theatre in the city. Snow White – Winter Family Musical is an updated contemporary version of the classic fairytale, in the style of a traditional British family Pantomime. The sets and costumes are guaranteed to be spectacular and the show has phenomenal special effects provided by 'The Twins FX'." 19.7.14


Cornish Magical Society fixtures update: Paul Scott writes: The new fixtures for The Cornish Magical Society are as follows 2014 July 20th Mentalism-August 17th Stage & Parlour Magic-September 21st Rope Magic-October 19th Pocket Tricks Drive-November 16th Paul Stockman Lecture-December 7th Xmas Get Together 2015 January 18th Gary Jones Lecture-February 15th Close-up Competition-March 15th Paul Scott Lecture-March 21st Annual Dinner Membly Hall Hotel-April 19th AGM all magicians welcome contact Paul Scott on 07747 122659 19.7.14


Chris Wardle lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 24th July. Chris Wardle, MIMC, lectures for the Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 24th July, presenting an evening of ideas and crafty conjuring, with something for everyone. Chris is a writer and magic inventor and his tricks have featured on TV, radio and the stage. He is the author of several books, including the recently published 'Maths Tricks and Number Magic' and he has a regular column of effects and ideas in 'The Magic Circular', the house magazine of The Magic Circle. He will be sharing a mix of close-up, stand up, children's magic and mentalism items, all employing subtle methods. Magic you can do and magic you will use. 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 contact Adam Mosley 19.7.14


Oliver Meech: When Magic & Science Collide 2.0" - Edinburgh Tickets Selling Fast! Just under two weeks until Oliver's 2013 sell-out smash returns to the Edinburgh Fringe, upgraded, and some dates are already close to selling out. Expect amazing tricks inspired by astounding science, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. It's the natural selection! ‘My jaw hit the floor’ BBC. ‘Could rival Derren Brown’ 22 night sell-out run Edinburgh Fringe 2013. Plus sell-out shows in London, Brighton Fringe, Buxton Fringe and Brighton Science Festival. 31st July to 24th August (not 12th), 2.20pm, tickets £7-9. Info and Box Office: Click Here. 19.7.14


David Blaine: Drowned Alive [there is no other way...] is being repeated tomorrow at 11pm on Watch: "Another mind-blowing feat of physical and mental endurance from David Blaine. In Drowned Alive, David puts his life on the line as he attempts to live in an eight-foot acrylic sphere filled with water for seven days and nights in front of New York's Lincoln Centre. In addition to his underwater drama, the special features new illusions as Blaine performs his signature street magic." 19.7.14


Eddie Harris's Memorial Service: 3pm on Monday 21st July at Hinton Park Woodland Burial Ground, Wyndham Road, Walkford, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 7EJ. 19.7.14


"Dynamo: Magician Impossible series four confirmed with guest stars Coldplay and One Direction" Click Here • "The Champions of Magic" Click Here • "Watch Dynamo predict Germany's World Cup win two weeks ago - how did he do it?" Click Here • "Getting to the meat of a magic act" Click Here • "American illusionist David Blaine to come for his first show here on Sept 8" Click Here • "Las Vegas's gamble with dance music" Click Here • "Illusion Plus Humor" Click Here • "Watch Dynamo’s 14 best tricks, predictions and illusions as the magician is hailed ''truly amazing'' by celebrities" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 19.7.14