Number 738 - 16th August 2014


Tom Mullica will be premiering his new stage act at The International Magic Convention in London on November 15th! Noel Britten, Talent Coordinator for the Festival and Convention writes: "We are thrilled to announce that Tom will not only be talking about his world famous Tom Foolery Bar on the Friday, during the 'Bar and Close Up Magic Day' of our Festival of Magic, and presenting parts of his Red Skelton Tribute Show on the Saturday evening as part of our Bar Magic Event, but that he will be premiering his totally new stage act as a start to his interview on the Saturday afternoon of the Convention. Tom has continually re-invented himself from his first purpose built Magic Bar venue, through to his FISM award-winning stage act which featured at The Crazy Horse in Paris for many years, to his Tribute to Red Skelton Show which has been regularly extended through several seasons in leading venues in the USA. Each of these creations has been heralded as the best of their kind, and we are elated that the premiere of his new stage act which includes all his usual brilliant blending of pantomime, comedy and magic, is to happen at the Convention.


Tom's various appearances during the Festival and Convention are a chance, unrivalled in the UK until now, to see and hear Tom talk about how he developed each one of these performances, his attention to detail, inspirations and other factors that make him one of the most in-demand of speciality acts in the world. To me personally, the only two Comedy Magicians who have truly funny bones are Tom and David Williamson and those who were at Tom's lecture at his only previous Convention performance with us in 1993 will know what I mean. Thousands of performances and a natural gift for comedy combine for an unforgettable experience. Miss this at your peril!" Remind yourselves of the brilliance of Tom Mullica, Click Here. Further details: 16.8.14


Switzerland's master magician Roberto Giobbi, card star Daniel Madison and French sleight of hand artist Boris Wild have all been added to the line up for The Session. They'll join Michael Weber, Asi Wind, Peter Clifford, Andi Gladwin, Joshua Jay, Luke Jermay and more for a weekend of intense magic and mentalism in Cheltenham on 10th and 11th January 2015. 16.8.14


Ben Earl Show, London, September 23rd - 26th. Ben Earl Show, Theatre at The Lounge, Leicester Square Theatre at 9pm on September 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th. All seats £12.00. "Ben Earl is a unique artist with a highly original, postmodern magic show that will have you spellbound. This show is about much more than just tricks; it's an amazing spectacle of skill, obsession, passion and play..." To book Click Here. 16.8.14


Steve Valentine's DVD set 'Cloth' is reviewed by Quentin Reynolds this week: "My interest in the venerable Card Through Handkerchief was piqued when I read Billy McComb’s Five Card Selection routine in one of the Ireland Year Books. It wasn’t known as the Multiple Card Selection back then. Billy’s routine climaxed with the Card Thru Hanky.... Steve has done all that work for you, which is literally a huge amount of research and I’d say, equal to a university semester..." Click Here to read the full review. 16.8.14


The Dundalk Day of Magic, Sunday 3rd May 2015. "The Irish Convention will adopt a new format next year when for one year only it becomes the Dundalk Day of Magic on Sunday 3rd May 2015. Organised by the Irish Ring 85 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians the venue will be the stunning Carrickdale Hotel and Spa who are now accepting overnight bookings. A full programme of lectures, dealers, evening meal and cabaret show is promised, along with legendary Irish hospitality! Organisers are keen at this time to hear from anyone keen to lecture, deal or perform at the convention (or all three!). Interest from overseas is particularly welcome, although budget constraints would favour those willing to include the convention as part of an Irish holiday or UK lecture tour. The organisers can be contacted on" 16.8.14


Mark Southworth lecture, Bolton Magicians' Club. James Hodgkiss writes: Bolton Magicians' Club is delighted to host, the magician and inventor, Mark Southworth (the Box and RSVP Surefire DVD) who will be presenting his hands-on lecture of Creative Magic on Wednesday 20th August 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 please visit 16.8.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, 5th September. From the organisers: It’s tricky, it’s juggly, its Magic Night replete with knives, clever handiwork, brilliant mind tricks and one mass trick to fool you all. We are back in September with some incredible acts, feats and awe-inspiring tricks. Oliver Meech joins us with his tricks to fool us all involving food and a spot of time travel. Ben Hart, smash hit of Edinburgh 2014 brings his incredible magic, weaving stories and breath-taking tricks that are mesmerising. Meanwhile knives will be played with and table cloths removed from fully laden table by Matt Riccardo then replaced again and nothing will move, whilst Jon Hicks, the Paintertainer will be calling up ghosts from the past using only his paintbrush and music. All ably compered by mighty sorcerer Neil Henry who will be placing some magic bets. 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: 16.8.14


AWS Mini Convention & Table Top Sale, Sunday 31st August - update. From the organisers: Table top sale starts at 9am; bring along your old magic items to sell. Entry / Tables £5. Please note that tables will go very quickly. Under 14 £3.50. Dealer tables - now sold out. Running Order: 8am - doors for dealers; 8.30am doors for table top sellers; 9am main doors & Welcome; 10am-11am Lecture Balloon Crew; 11.30am- 12.30pm Lecture Chris Hare; 1pm Table Top Sale ends; 1-2pm Lunch; 2-3pm Lecture Jimmy Strange; 3.30-4.30pm Lecture Wayne Fox; 5.30pm Dealers end; 5.30-6.30pm Lecture Sean Boon; 7pm till late Open Mic contest with Cash Prizes; Evening Entertainment: Live music from Paperchain cover band The Dave & Martin Duo. For Ticket info please call Darren on 07980 385832 or email Venue: Southern Parishes Conservative Club, The Hill, Upper Northam Close, Hedge End, Southampton  SO30 4BB (Map). For full details visit and 16.8.14


Magic Car Boot Sale, Sunday 7th September, West Bromwich: "Now in its 21st year the next Magic Car Boot Sale will take place on Sunday 7th September at The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map). Admission is £4 and doors open at 9am. There are over 20 stalls, so you never know what is going to turn up. There are three new stall holders this time, all having a major clear out; one with a lot of Supreme and Alan Warner items. Hot food available and some stall space left. For full details look at the Albion website or call Alec Powell on 07831 115448. This is not far from Wolverhampton where the Kidology Children's Entertainers Convention will be taking place the following two days and the day after that it is Ventarama the Ventriloquists Convention for beginners or experienced vents, also in Wolverhampton. Same contact details apply." 16.8.14


Sideshow Illusions in Sheffield. Jon Marshall and the Sideshow Illusion's team will be presenting three live Sideshows from the 1950s: Cleo, The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl; Mademoiselle Yvette, The Headless Lady and The Mummy at Sheffield Fayre, Norfolk Heritage Park, Sheffield S2 2PL (Map) on bank holiday Sunday and Monday, 24th and 25th August, 11am to 4pm. 16.8.14


You Are Feeling Sleepy. The history and science of hypnosis in medicine, illustrated by sometimes inspiring, often eccentric, tales of the maverick medics who have harnessed its powers. Interviewees include psychiatrist Dr John Butler and illusionist Derren Brown. 'Archive on 4', 8pm on Saturday 16th August on BBC Radio 4. See TV Magic. 16.8.14


West End Magic, Leicester Square Theatre, 20th September 2014. From the organisers: The brilliant and popular family friendly magic show returns this September to Leicester Square Theatre with flying, slicing cards, magic thimbles, exploding balloons, tricky mind reading, comedy magic and some very Tommy Cooperesque compering. This autumn shows features some eye-popping tricks from the Card Ninja, he’ll be throwing cards… a lot of cards, through the air, at objects, even at himself, boomerang style. Clever comedy trickster Alan Hudson (photo) will be using your eyes to predict what he simply cannot know and playing with bursting balloons, bags and thimbles. Multi award-winning magician Oliver Tabor will perform his extraordinary illusions, where objects change form and shape in a dazzling display of magic that might leave you wondering whether reality really can be bent and manipulated in this man's hands. The very Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee comperes all proceedings and will perform the best hand stab routine seen around! The Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX (Map). Doors 3pm; Show 3.30pm; Tickets: £15 full price, £10 children, £40 family ticket for four. Recommended ages: 8 upwards. To book in advance Click Here. 16.8.14


Perth Magic Circle. Adrian Harris writes: Perth Magic Circle meets on Wednesday 3rd September after the summer break. A full and varied syllabus has been prepared to ensure there will be a lot of fun along with the magic! To get the season off to a great start, Adrian Sullivan is coming to Perth on 17th September to present his acclaimed lecture as well as show some of his exclusive effects which he will have for sale (and maybe even preview one or two new tricks before the IBM Convention!) All magicians are cordially invited to come along for what is sure to be a great night of magic. The lecture will be held in the Perth & District Ex-Servicemen's Club, commencing 7.30pm. Entry is £5.00 payable at the door. 16.8.14


News from Merlins: Merlins of Wakefield’s latest Aug/Sep Preview is out now, containing over 70 great magic effects. To get your free copy, just email us your home address and we will send you a copy. If you would prefer a PDF, just Click Here. We will also be at Kidology in Wolverhampton on Tuesday 9th September. This is a great convention for children’s entertainers, and we will have some new items on display. Our Magic Club meeting had an extra member call by last week, ‘Dynamo’ made a surprise visit. If you are in the area, you too can call in and see us at the shop from Mon-Sat from 9.15am – 4.45pm 16.8.14


Shawn Farquhar Fylde Mystics Lecture. "The Fylde Mystics are pleased to announce another exclusive. On Wednesday, 17th September, we will be hosting the only north of England lecture by current International IBM President and Honorary Fylde Mystics member Shawn Farqhar. This will be Shawn's new lecture, titled 'Powerful But Justified', and will be held at the South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool FY5 4HZ (Map). The lecture will commence at 8pm with a £5 lecture fee per person. To secure you place please email Alan Mylecraine or visit for more details." 16.8.14


Steve Gore has added two more dates to his UK lecture tour. "Steve Gore presents his lecture which has received excellent reviews at the Magic Castle, the IBM British Ring Convention, the Blackpool Magicians' Club and at around twenty magic societies. It includes lots of his original effects, including 'Trick Photography', 'Visions from Vegas' and his latest effect 'The Casino Con', which has just been released by Steve with input by Gregory Wilson. All the effects will be performed and explained in full. It’s not all close-up though, there are effects for stage, stand up, mentalism and kids too, so there’s something for everyone. Plus all of his effects are also easy to master, allowing you to focus on the presentation."

Wednesday 27th August - Liverpool Magic Circle, note new venue address: Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map)
Thursday 18th September - Exonian Magical Society
Monday 27th October - Newcastle Magic Circle
Wednesday 29th October - North Western Society of Magicians
Monday 16th March 2015 - The Magic Circle (members only)

See What's On for full details. 16.8.14


Did Derren Brown put a spell on Suzuki ad execs? The new Suzuki Swift TV ad: Click Here. Derren's original piece: Click Here. 16.8.14


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