Number 744 - 27th September 2014


Seeing Is Believing, Dynamo Live Tour 2015: "Dynamo has quickly established himself as one of the world's most known and most loved magicians - he's walked on water, levitated above the Shard, walked down the LA Times Building, predicted the World Cup outcome and taken a trip on the side of a bus but now Dynamo faces his biggest challenge to date as the renowned street magician will take to the stage as he embarks on his first ever live tour. Dynamo will delight fans who, for the first time, will have the opportunity to see his magic skills up close and personal in what promises to be a spectacular and unique live stage production. Dynamo said of his new venture, 'After four series of Magician Impossible I was ready for a new challenge and for a long time I have wanted to take my show to the stage. I am hoping that like I did for magic on TV, I can reinvent the live magic show and produce something fans have never seen before. This is something I have been working towards for the last 20 years and I can't wait to amaze audiences with what I have in store for them.'" The tour opens with twelve dates at Manchester’s O2 Apollo from October 6th 2015, followed by nine dates London’s Eventim Apollo from October 22nd. Dynamo - Live Tour 2015 Click Here. Dynamo Interview - Dynamo Magician Impossible Click Here. 27.9.14


Katherine Mills: Mind Games launches on Thursday 2nd October on Watch. Combining psychology, illusion, mentalism and magic, Katherine crosses the line between the possible and the truly amazing. In each episode, Katherine meets the British public and performs spectacular displays of mind magic that don’t seem possible. We will see her examine the bond between parents and children; the relationship between twins; the connection between staff in a supermarket and the interaction between friends out to dinner or at the cinema. Katherine takes the everyday world around us and makes it extraordinary. Katherine talks 'Mind Games' Click Here. 27.9.14


Full line up for London Festival of Magic announced. From the organisers: Full line up for London Festival of Magic announced.. well we say full, but extra speakers and performers are still being added so prepare for some surprises! Days consists of a mixture of lectures, interviews and panel discussions. As each day is bookable separately audiences tend to be particularly interested in that sphere of magic and consequently this gives speakers a chance to go into more niche aspects of our craft, and elements that they think are particularly relevant to that specific area of magic. Insight, wisdom and great magical effects, available every day.
Monday November 10th - Mentalism Day with Morgan And West, Joseph Barry, Master Payne & Tony Sagittarius.
Tuesday November 11th - Card Magic Day with Jon Armstrong, Joseph Barry, Michael, Vincent, Will Houstoun & Master Payne.
Wednesday November 12th - Magic History Day with Jim Steinmeyer, Mike Caveney, Pete Lamont & Master Payne Ian Keable.
Thursday November 13th - Stage and Screen Magic Day with Jonathan Pendragon, Jim Steinmeyer, Mike Caveney, Frankie Glass, Tina Lenert, Richard Wiseman, Jon Armstrong & Master Payne.
Friday November 14th - Bar and Close Up Magic Day with Tom Mullica, Doc Eason, Bob Sheets, Karl Hein, Henry Evans.
Tickets available from with a sliding scale price for the more days you book.

All events start at 11.15am and continue through till approximately 5pm with appropriate breaks, with the exception of Thursday which will run through to approximately 9pm. If you're wondering what you can do in the evening we are thrilled to announce that Richard Leigh will be presenting both his 'Magic Cavern' Show and 'Late Night Magic' each night on the Monday to Wednesday inclusive at the same venue as the daytime events (The Bridewell Theatre, Blackfriars, London), so, a perfect opportunity after a day of lectures and information to sit back and enjoy either (or both!) of these great shows. Richard has run The Magic Cavern, a wonderful family magic and illusion show, in the same theatre for over 1000 performances, spanning 12 years and counting. This is the first time the show has been seen out of its original home since it opened in 2002. It will run 10th, 11th, 12th November 2014. Late Night Magic has been presented by Richard for the last ten years at the Jermyn Street Theatre and again this is the first time its moved from its residential venue. As Richard himself says, "Magic belongs to the night. When things go bump and the sleight of hand seems that bit more mystic." A show full of big and bold magic presented by a true showman with guest magic acts makes this a wonderful and different hour-long theatre show. Tickets for both shows available from


The IBM British Ring presents a Night of Magic and Variety this evening in Bournemouth, at the Pavilion Theatre at 8pm. The show compered by Simmons and Simmons features the magic of Tensai, Daniel Dean and Fielding West with juggling from Germany’s Jeton and Carmen, shadowgraphy with Hans Davis from Belgium and vocals from Kyla Lingley from Canada. Tickets are £12.50 to £18.50. Further details on 0844 576 3000 (charges may apply). Geoffrey Newton PRO. "Magic in the air as world-renowned magician shows off tricks to 106-year-old" Click Here. 27.9.14


Tommy Cooper Photographs by John Claridge. A collection of rarely seen photographs. As part of its season celebrating the life and work of Tommy Cooper, the Museum of Comedy is proud to present an exhibition of photographs of the iconic magician and comedian, by English photographer John Claridge. “In 1967 I spent the most enjoyable afternoon with Tommy Cooper shooting portraits of the great man. We introduced ourselves and I explained that I wanted to do some serious pictures of him. He didn’t say a word; he just gave me that ‘Tommy Cooper Look’. I said to him, “I am serious about this, do not make me laugh!” The session went very well with these sad and very serious photographs. He then said to me “This is very serious … ah-ha.” From that moment the session changed its complexion entirely. For the next hour or so I couldn’t stop laughing, as you can see by some of the portraits. It was not just a memorable afternoon, but one spent with someone who was gracious and charming and, of course it goes without saying, one of the funniest men ever.” John Claridge. 2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of the death of Tommy Cooper. This stunning exhibition of images is part of a season curated by The Museum of Comedy to celebrate his life and work this Autumn with a season that will include an exhibition of his handmade props, archive footage of his performances and a brand new show Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show which is written by and stars John Hewer and comes to the Museum’s Cooper room direct from a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  – Learn, Laugh and Discover. Current Exhibition. Venue: The Cooper Room – The Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR (Map) 27.9.14


Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show - Museum of Comedy, London. 30th September - 24th January. Tommy Cooper was a true comic genius. His impeccable timing, love of slapstick and quick-fire gags made him an international star. Complete with his trademark fez and a plethora of misfiring magic, the man was an undisputed icon of live entertainment. Commemorating 30 years since his death, this all-encapsulating show of magic, music and mirth is the perfect celebration of arguably Britain's top comedian of all time. Also featuring live musical accompaniment, this is a laugh-a-minute extravaganza that comedy fans of all ages simply can't miss - just like that! “John Hewer really captures - and bottles - the essence of Tommy Cooper." – Louth Leader. Supported by The Tommy Cooper Estate and Vicky Cooper. Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR. Booking September 30th 2014 - January 24th 2015: 27.9.14


Objective Productions Bafta-winning ‘Head of Magic’ Anthony Owen writes about the experience of capturing Derren Brown’s hit UK live tour ‘Infamous’ and the challenges of filming the impossible for TV, Click Here. 27.9.14


Wayne Dobson & Friends - PDF ebook edition launched. Wayne Dobson’s book, WD40, was a huge international sell out success, and now Wayne is back with an even bigger book full of stories, articles and routines, from Wayne and a star studded array of his magic friends. In the 200 pages, you will find 31 articles and effects contributed by 21 different performers featuring close up, mentalism and stage magic. The contributors are: Andy Nyman, Bill Abbott, Charlie Frye, Danny Buckler, David Regal, David Stone, David Williamson, Dirk Losander, Eugene Burger, Gregory Wilson, Hans Klok, Jeff McBride, Joe Pasquale, John Archer, Joshua Jay, Ken Brooke, Kevin James, Kozmo, Mark Mason, Max Maven, Patrick Page and of course, Wayne himself. As well as the magic, the book features various Galleries with photos showing Wayne at work throughout his career, plus there are stories from Wayne about the top magicians he has worked with and stories about Wayne by top celebrities such as boxer Frank Bruno, Jeff Hobson, Mac King, Linda Lusardi and Paul Zerdin. The huge respect and affection with which Wayne is regarded by his peers really comes through in this wonderful collection of magic and anecdotes. Published by Magicseen and available directly from 27.9.14


Das Spiel. Are you part of the game? The Game has found you. As you read this you are becoming part of it. This Game is different from other games. It grows as you play it, it becomes larger than you. It reaches into your past and creates the present. It makes you comfortably uncomfortable. The participants are different every night and therefore the Game is different every night. You are part of The Game. Das Spiel. Are you part of the game? October 4th, 8pm, Lyric Hammersmith. To book: 27.9.14


Spelmann: The Prestige Revelation Click Here. 27.9.14


The ideas & inventions of George Kovari. "George is a well respected and established magician, and over the last 50 years has travelled the world performing and lecturing. In this lecture he gives an insight into his thinking while he performs and explains just some of the many original magic tricks he’s devised. George is one of the top performers in the magic world, so this is going to be both educational and entertaining. Added to the lecture, there’ll be TV and video clips featuring George and some film footage of actors that he’s advised and taught magic to. There’ll be anecdotes and stories, information and tips – in all, an entertaining and educational evening of good visual magic. Tuesday 30th September from 7.30pm to 10pm 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." 27.9.14


The Ulster Society of Magicians is pleased to announce that Ian Rowland will be lecturing at their next club night on Monday 6th October. The lecture will commence at 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start at the Ramada Plaza, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast. Admission for non-members is £15. For further details, contact Secretary, George Bleeks, on 07860 115611 or email 27.9.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, October 17th: "This Magic Night show has philosophical tricks, underpants, bread, beer and unusual assistants! Magic Night features some magical renegades and record breakers, sort of: John Lenahan will be on stage with his hilarious tricks whilst Dee Riley will demonstrate Descartes ‘I think therefore I am’ in a beautiful and breath-taking piece of magic that will make you question reality. Pete Heat, a Magic Night favourite will be with us too, and will be showing us the impossible using cans and mind control whilst Ultracadabra will be attempting to break a magical world record featuring Jon Hicks and his unusual assistant. All expertly compered by Matt Barnard, purveyor of beer tricks." 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: 27.9.14


Close-up at The Magic Circle - London, Friday 10th October and Friday 14th November: "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 The 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 transaction fee from or Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up magic is not usually recommended for those under 12." Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). More details: 27.9.14


Norway's Jan Crosby 'Smart Magic' Lecture - now booking: "Smart Magic is a different kind of lecture – magic without dexterity and nerves! To perform magic can often be more scary than to watch it. Why? Many get nervous when facing an audience. They are afraid of not being good enough. They are afraid of making mistakes - especially with new tricks and effects. But it doesn't have to be like that. On the contrary! With Smart Magic you don't have to be nervous." For a PDF lecture brochure and dates email 27.9.14


The Associated Conjurers of East Sussex Annual Dinner. Nicky Lewis writes: "Delighted to ask anybody wishing to join our Society in attending our Annual Dinner to get in touch. Cabaret for this year are Des and Cherry King and tickets are available at £30 a head. There's a choice of Menu and accommodation discounts too." Saturday 18th October at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The Forge Hotel, Halland, Near Lewes, East Sussex. Contact Secretary Nicky Lewis on 01903 532413 for full details. Also see 27.9.14


International News: Torino Magic Festival, Italy: "From 20th to 23rd of November we will be in Italy with the Torino Magic Festival, 8 shows with the Greatest Magicians in the World, 12 Lectures, 4 Workshops, 3 After Night Magic evenings, 1 Real Close-Up Competition. Among the artists there will be Juan Tamariz, Jonathan Pendragon, Tom Mullica, Gaetan Bloom, Richard Osterlind, Lukas, Joshua Jay, Dani DaOrtiz, Viktor Voitko, CY, Mathieu Bich, Aurelio Paviato, Nefesch, Dion, Elliott, Trabuk, Francesco Scimemi, Daniel Brocci and many others. For information and registration:" 27.9.14


Strange Tales From The Darker Side. If you love Derren Brown then Strange Tales from the Darker Side is for you. The Tales are a selection of creepy stories linked together by experiments in mind-reading that you can join in with. Dr Nicolas Grimoire is back in the Great Hall of the Castle and promises to reveal strange secrets from the past, relate weird stories from the castle's past - and call on the spirits of the long departed. (Not suitable for under-14s or those or a nervous disposition.) To book, call Picton Castle on 01437 751326 Tickets £12 including a glass of sparkling wine. Friday 24th October at 7pm. Venue: Picton Castle, The Rhos, Pembrokeshire SA62 4AS (Map). 27.9.14


There’s Magic In The Music. Running since April this year There’s Magic In The Music will be coming to a close after its six and a half month run at the Eastbourne Royal Hippodrome with headline act ‘Richie Austin’ international comedy magician & illusionist, and a cast of local professional singers and dancers. Its been a very successful season at the 131 year old Hippodrome theatre, playing to packed audiences twice a week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Tickets are still available for the last four performances; 30th September, 1st, 7th & 8th October, from the box office on 01323 412000. 27.9.14


Hull Magicians’ Circle youngest member, Leo, garners publicity. Jon Marshall writes: Leo Claughton, age 16, has become the youngest member of Hull Magicians’ Circle at the first meeting of the club's new season. The oldest member, Professor Eddie Dawes, presented Leo with his Certificate and society jewel and welcomed Leo into full membership. Leo has been a member of the Humberside Young Magicians’ Workshop for three years and now helps to run that group. He credits Dynamo with the initial inspiration to develop his interest in magic and especially close-up magic. Leo has a resident magic spot at a Beverley Restaurant. BBC Radio Humberside interviewed Leo and the Hull Daily Mail devoted almost a full page to the story with an associated video piece. Leo said that he is looking forward to attending the forthcoming season of events at Hull Magicians’ Circle starting with a lecture by Axel Hecklau on Thursday 2nd October. There is a packed programme of club nights and visiting lecturers planned including Keiron Lefever, Karl Hein, Tom Wright, Cody Fisher, Steve Short and Scott Penrose with Shaxon the Sophisticated Sorcerer, James Went, Noel Qualter, Peter Eggink and more. The season will culminate in 2015 with a Banquet and Theatre show honouring Eddie Dawes’ fifty years as President in his 90th year and starring Paul and Debbie Daniels. Visiting magicians are welcome. Syllabus and membership details are available at 27.9.14


George Hills lectures at The Mystic Ring on 2nd October: "George will lecture on easy to make children’s magic. The lecture features doable, proven magic effects and routines for the children’s entertainer. Most items will be easy enough to make yourself, though he will have some for sale. The lecture takes place at The Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 1JE (Map) starting at 8pm and costs £5 for non-members. For more details contact or check out the website" Steve Milroy, Club Secretary. 27.9.14


Harry Davies is remembered by Neil Walker Click Here. 27.9.14


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