Number 743 - 20th September 2014


The IBM British Ring Convention starts this week in Bournemouth. Geoffrey Newton, PRO, writes: The IBM British Ring Convention starts this Wednesday, 24th September, in Bournemouth and presents a packed 5 days of magic including shows, international lectures, workshops, a dealers’ hall, gala of youth, British Ring Shield Competition, nostalgia, gala dinner, a trip to Beaulieu, special venue shows, international close-up gala, stars of the future, Sooty and Friends Magic Show and a Gala of Magic and Variety. How’s that for a magical marathon! If you have not already registered you can do so on arrival for the full convention, daily rate or weekend. This is an ideal opportunity to meet up with old friends or make new ones. As you can see there is just about something for everyone in this packed programme. Why not B in Bournemouth, as many will B! 20.9.14


FISM Italy, 6th-11th July 2015 - First artists announced: Armando Lucero, David Williamson, Luke Jermay, Raymond Crowe, Rob Zabrecky, Otto Wesseley and Xavier Mortimer. Visit for all the latest FISM Italy 2015 news. 20.9.14


More names announced for London's International Festival of Magic in November. Joseph Barry (photo), whose recent "Inscrutable" DVD releases marked the debut of one of magic's newest rising stars, will be lecturing on both the Monday (Mentalism Day) and Tuesday (Card Magic Day). If you haven't seen Joseph's material prepare to be well and truly fooled by direct hard hitting effects. From America, Master Payne, will be presenting a 'daily dose of Payne' during the Festival. Those who have read his regular columns in Magic magazine will know the level of thought Master Payne approaches every subject with. However, until you have seen his audio visual presentations that accompany his live talks, nothing will prepare you for the sublime mixture of humour, slides and downright good advice that each presentation encompasses. Known as the Prince of PowerPoint in the world of magic he was the only presenter to be asked to give two different presentations at the last Magic Live Convention in Las Vegas and is always one of the keynote speakers at the Magic and Meaning Conferences. On the Thursday (Stage and Screen Magic) it will be an education for anyone who has ever thought of giving a PowerPoint type talk, with both Payne and Richard Wiseman, another PowerPoint wizard, both giving talks. Full festival details, with more guest names being added all the time, can be found at 20.9.14


Magician Ben Hanlin joins ITV's 'Loose Women' to discuss his new series of Tricked on Tuesday 23rd September at 12.30pm on ITV. The first in the new series can be seen at 9pm on Tuesday 23rd September on ITV2. See TV Magic. 20.9.14


Derren Brown Infamous, Monday 22nd September, 9pm on Channel 4. "Bafta and RTS-winning Derren Brown returns to Channel 4 with his extraordinary, acclaimed sell-out stage show Infamous. Featuring his singularly inventive, intelligent mix of thought-provoking, compelling entertainment that leaves his audiences enthralled and enlightened in equal measure, Derren is captured live on stage at the Grand Theatre, Leeds during his Olivier-nominated tour. The Times described the show as "a thrilling evening in which Brown offers us the gorgeous idea that we can take control of our own lives while also ensuring that we remain putty in his hands". 20.9.14


Andi Gladwin takes over Genii magazine's Magicana column. Starting with the October issue, Andi Gladwin will take over Genii magazine's Magicana column. Following in the footsteps of Charlie Miller, Richard Kaufman, Jim Patton, Tony Giorgio and David Acer, Andi will be responsible for teaching three or four tricks every month from magicians from all over the world. He will be the youngest, and first ever magician from outside North America to be at the helm of magic's longest running trick column. 20.9.14


3Sixty by Wayne Dobson: "3Sixty is a revolutionary card to box effect. A perfect ending to your ambitious card routine. A small clear Perspex box with a folded card inside has been on display either on the table or in the spectators hand throughout your favourite card routine. A freely chosen signed card has disappeared from the deck, nowhere to be found; there is only one place it can be! You ask the spectator to remove the lid from the box and the folded card within is removed and found to be the spectators signed card. Everything can now be fully examined! 'The best card in box ever!' Chris Dugdale. Pre-order now, limited supplies, estimated release date October 2014." 20.9.14


Luke Jermay Lectures at the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians on Wednesday 24th September: " Luke Jermay has performed magic since the age of 12. When he was only 15, Luke wrote his first published book 7 Deceptions (Wonder Wizards, 2000) which launched him as an innovator within the magic community. Since then he has written a total of 34 books on the subject of mentalism and mind illusion. Luke has performed his show worldwide in venues from local pubs to the London Palladium. Best known for his use of suggestion and covert forms of psychological influence, his trademark routines are a self-induced cessation of his pulse, followed by stopping of a random audience member’s pulse, and The Chair Prediction, a routine in which he predicts which chair a spectator will choose to sit in. Luke's consulting work has been with Derren Brown on season 1, 2 & 3. and with Criss Angel on seasons 1 and 2 of Mind Freak. He has also worked with Marco Tempest on The Virtual Magician. Luke also served as consultant for the television series The Mentalist. More recently he has consulted for Dynamo. Visiting magicians welcome for only £5.00. For details, contact Sue Oakley (President & Secretary) Or visit our website 20.9.14


Magic: Unleashed 2014 - tomorrow in York. "Magic:Unleashed, York's very own magic convention, is back on Sunday 21st September, and tickets are still available for both adults and children. With a number of dealers, workshops and lectures, the York Priory Centre will be packed with tricks, laughs and amazement. The popular lecture series this year will feature 3 astonishing and experienced magicians eager to pass on their insights and tips. Alex Pandrea, Chris Congreave and Wayne Goodman will all be taking to the stage to give their tips and tricks to fellow magicians." Venue: York Priory Centre, 15 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET (Map). For more information visit and also Click Here. 20.9.14


Axel Hecklau's UK Lecture Tour is now fully underway. "German Magician, Axel Hecklau, creator of 'Newsflash', 'Just A Cup' and 'Spoonaround' presents his lecture entitled 'Details' which includes high impact, practical, strong magic with effects including 'Twist', 'Fusion' and 'Out Of This World Extreme'. Axel has over thirty years experience in magic and regularly performs at Berlin's Close-up Magic Club. Axel's website is See What's On for dates. 20.9.14


SMS presents #PopUpMagicFest: Secret Magic Sessions uses the art of magic to inspire young people to learn new skills, connect, and share unique experiences with others. Next month we are proud to present our first ever #PopUpMagicFest where young people aged 8-18 years can learn secrets to create their own magic in interactive workshops and experience the beauty of live magic at a spectacular end of festival performance. This weekend of free interactive magic activities will be run on 18th and 19th October in the Marlborough Theatre (Brighton) in support of World Mental Health Day 2014. Visit our website for full information: 20.9.14


The Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle’s Star Lecture for 2014. Richard Tynan writes: Fielding West at the Epstein Theatre Bar, Liverpool. Check out his website and you’ll be blown away and queuing to get in, This is the man who Brooke Shields describes as her favourite comedy magician, and of whom Lance Burton says “I love his act!” More than a magician, he’s a teacher, motivational speaker and consummate performer. Wednesday 1st October at 7pm. Guest magicians welcome (£10), for details contact 20.9.14


Enterteasement: Comedy Magic Burlesque, Glasgow, October 11th & 12th, 8-10.30pm. Enterteasement's monthly shows have a 4.7 star average customer review and a reputation for selling out. Every performer in this bill has won awards, received 5 Star Reviews and has been on TV! Line-up for October: Des Mclean: Multi-award winning stand-up comedian, TV & Radio presenter; Gary Little: voted: "Best Headline Comedian in Scotland"; Scott Agnew: Scottish Comedian of the year 2008; Chris 'Woody' Dinwoodie: 5 x Scottish Close-up Magic Champion; Sukki Singapora: "One Of The Most Beautiful Women In Burlesque" Click Here; Stakatto: Mind-blowing hula-hoop routines. Saturday £14, Sunday £10. Venue: The Admiral, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 20.9.14


Steve Short and Scott Penrose 'Life and Career of Alan Shaxon' lecture at the Peterborough Society of Magicians. John Learoyd writes: Steve Short and Scott Penrose will be presenting their new lecture on the Life and Career of the late Alan Shaxon (based on their book: Alan Shaxon - The Sophisticated Sorcerer) on Tuesday 18th November at 7.30 pm at The Millfield Community Centre, New England Complex, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). In the first half Steve will talk about Alan's life and career, enhanced with PowerPoint and video clips. In the second half Scott will show and explain some of Alan's effects, all of which are "workers" in which Alan had ironed out any problems over the course of many hundreds of performances. Tea or Coffee and Biscuits are included during the interval. Admission: Non members £5 at the door or £20 for groups of 5 or 6. 20.9.14


Celebrity Juice. "Keith Lemon continues the twelfth series of the outrageous comedy panel show. TV presenters Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby return as team captains, joined this time by magician Dynamo and This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes." 10pm on Thursday 25th September on ITV2. See TV Magic. 20.9.14


Portsmouth Jumbo Day just got bigger! Phil Smith writes: We’re delighted to announce two new items at this year’s Jumbo Day on Sunday November 2nd. James Piper (photo) will be lecturing and demonstrating material from his latest DVD set PiperActive and Alakazam will hold an extensive Dealer Dem with (we are promised) some very special prices for Jumbo Day attendees. Alongside the biggest second-hand magic sale in the country, lectures from Jon Armstrong, Andi Gladwin and David Gemmell, a Gala show featuring BBC TV’s Ben Hart and Martin Cox, the Magic Auction with some fantastic bargains, and the 'Southern Magician of the Year' magic competition in which you vote for the winner. It’s only £18 if you book by September 30th (or £22 on the door and for bookings after this date). Online booking at Clubs and groups email us about our special ’10 tickets for £150’ offer - also only available until September 30th. That’s a £7 saving per ticket! 20.9.14


Oliver Meech: When Magic and Science Collide 2.0' Comes Home. Hot from a 22-night Sell Out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Oliver Meech returns to the Etcetera Theatre for his only London date. Catch his 2013 sell-out smash, upgraded. Expect amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. Oliver meddles with forces we barely understand, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. It’s the natural selection! Ages 7-107. ‘My jaw hit the floor’ BBC. Total Sell Out: Edinburgh Fringe 2013 and 2014. Plus Sell Out performances in London, Brighton and beyond. Magic Consultant: Discovery Channel. Performer: London 2012 Olympics. Recommended: Time Out and Metro. YouTube trailer: Thursday 2nd October 2014 at 9.30pm (1 hour), Etcetera Theatre, Camden. Tickets and info: 20.9.14


Kalanag. German lawyer, historian and amateur magician Susanne Benöhr-Laqueur ( is currently writing a book about Kalanag, and writes: "Is anyone in possession of historical material about, or by, Kalanag? Any information would be very helpful to me. I am particularly interested in the years of the '3rd Reich' (1933-1945). Please contact: Thank you." 20.9.14


Abrakazam, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Prepare to be amazed this October as a brand new show comes to the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin. Presented by two of the region's favourite entertainers, Cheeky Dog and Krisgar. With spectacular illusions, interactive magic, endless comedy and amazing puppets, Abrakazam promises to provide surprises and wonder for all the family to enjoy. Come along and experience the Queen Mother Theatre come to life for an unforgettable afternoon; the perfect half term treat! Saturday 25th October at 2pm. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 9SP (Map). Tickets: £8 full, £6 concessions. Buy tickets here: 20.9.14


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) held their annual Comedy and Cabaret competition last Tuesday with secretary Mike Sharples (photo, with President Dave Magee) receiving the comedy award and Steve Manford taking the cabaret cup. Magical judges on this occasion, from the Modern Mystic League, were Peter Dean and Donald Monk. Both members and visitors enjoyed a good evening of mixed magic from all the competitors. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 20.9.14


National Lottery Awards. Michael Gee performed close-up magic last week at the star-studded wrap-party of the National Lottery Awards. This prestigious event took place at Pinewood Studios. National Lottery players raise more than £33 million for projects across the UK every week, and the Awards are held to recognise and reward the inspirational impact of the great work that the projects do, from helping young people to protecting our heritage. Michael is seen here with the presenter of the show, John Barrowman. 20.9.14


The Chestnut Man is the title of magician Richard Smith's new book (which features a magician in the story). "Emily regularly stared out of her bedroom window at the chestnut man across the street. She was fascinated by the way he let down-and-out people put their potatoes on his fire to cook, even though they had no money to buy his chestnuts. They would laugh and talk all night, sitting around his fire keeping warm. She didn’t know where they went at night as when she got up to go to school in the morning they had gone; all except the chestnut man, he was always there. One day, Emily, through curiosity more than anything else, walked over to the other side of the street to ask him a question. Little did she know it was to be a meeting that would change her life in more ways than she could ever have imagined." The Chestnut Man is available via 20.9.14


Balloon Modelling Care & Share Fun Day with Daz Cooper, 30th September, Manchester. Organiser Graham Lee writes: The day will run form 10am - 5pm with four workshop sessions and a competition or two with a few prizes to win as well. Daz has a very unique style and will be sharing his body torso technique. There are a few pictures to view on the Balloon Chat forum, Click Here. There is a small fee to attend the day or you could join the Balloon Artistes Guild and attend up to ten Balloon Days throughout the year with the three star lecture days being recorded for club members only. Booking details, Click Here or contact Graham Lee for more information. 20.9.14


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"Magician Mat Franco Wins Ninth Season of America's Got Talent" Click Here • "‘AGT': Rosie O’Donnell’s Raunchy Magic Trick With Mat Franco" Click Here • "Boothstown's answer to Dynamo returns from magical trip to the capital " Click Here • "‘If magic isn’t baffling, it isn’t worth doing’ – Paul Daniels to bring new tricks to Barking" Click Here • "Michael Vine quits Objective Productions" Click Here • "Magicians Penn & Teller on Houdini, Graceland and their first Memphis show in 17 years" Click Here • "Skeptic joins Blaine in water tank routine" Click Here • "David Blaine astounds Manila in 'Real or Magic' show" Click Here • That's it for another week! Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 20.9.14