Number 747 - 18th October 2014


Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee: The 'Back Despite Popular Demand' Tour. Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee are 'Back Despite Popular Demand' right now as they weave their spell across the land; see "Paul Daniels: 'How I saved money by living in a hotel'" Click Here. "Paul Daniels: 'I wasn't even a millionaire when I met Debbie McGee'" Click Here. 18.10.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, November 7th: "With double-crossing mind readers, Rubik's Cube trickery, juggling madness and iconic appearances (using paint!). It's tricks for the mind in this show with Chris Cox from BBC 3's Killer Magic, befriending and influencing you so that he can read your minds and casually announce your thoughts to the world. Harrison Richards will use your eyes and an eye mask in order to solve a Rubik's Cube. He may even stand on one leg whilst doing this. Juggling supremo and utter gentleman, Matt Riccardo, throws, spins and juggles objects that absolutely should not be thrown, spun or juggled. All expertly compered by Neil Henry, one of Magic Night's resident mighty sorcerers." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £13.20 including entry to Good Foot. Show ticket plus dinner: £27.50. Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info: 18.10.14


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day + Lectures, London. Saturday 25th October 2014. Royal National Hotel (Galleon Suite), Bedford Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0DG (Map). 10am - 5pm. Free entry to Members of The Magic Circle (and YMC members). More than 20 dealers booked. It will be a great day to meet and greet magicians and buy the latest magic. £5 entry to non-members. As an added bonus, the day will be followed by two star lectures in the Royal National’s Alexandria Suite. From 4.30pm – 6pm, the legendary Fay Presto will lecture on commercial close-up and, from 6.30pm – 8pm, the mind-blowing Kieron Lefever will lecture on his own brand of innovative magic. £10 entry charge for members and non-members. 18.10.14


The Victorian Conjuror - An Extraordinary Performance of Amazing Magic and Unusual Phenomena! Magician and illusionist Chris North is a specialist in devising magic themed shows. In a career spanning 47 years his successes include: Magic Affair (magic floorshow), Gerry Hatrick plus Support! (comedy illusion show), Nightfright (horror illusion show), TrickStars (comedy illusion show), Rock Magic (rock illusion show) and Mindforce (mentalism show). Once again he has hit the spot with his new show - The Victorian Conjuror. The presentation is set in the late 1800s and seamlessly blends visual magic with unusual phenomena and audience interaction with plenty to smile about! The show runs up to 60 minutes and is totally self-contained with stage set, sound system and computer controlled lighting to enhance and create the right atmosphere to enjoy this snapshot of Victorian entertainment. For further information visit 18.10.14


The Berglas Effects. Just 8 copies of The Berglas Effects will be available from the International Magic stand at the International Magic Convention (November 14th, 15th, 16th). David Berglas will be there in person on Sunday 16th to sign copies, which are priced at £90. Copies can also be ordered for those not attending the convention (in which case a signed bookmark will be included), priced at £99 to include delivery. Contact for details. "This is a wonderful, wonderful book, as well as one that resonates with me very much personally. I feel a slight voyeuristic guilt being allowed in as much as this, into his hidden world, but also the joy of seeing so lucidly before me what seems now to be the ONLY way to present card material. Where the performer is all and there's no card 'plot' to follow along with. This is a unique delight to be reading." Derren Brown. Written by magic’s most experienced author Richard Kaufman. Foreword by Juan Tamariz. Afterword by Max Maven. Includes 3 feature-packed DVDs. This title is now nearly sold out. 18.10.14


Sprezzatura Show, London. "After selling out the first show, Jake is bringing Sprezzatura back to the Charlotte Street Hotel in November! The clock strikes 8pm. Within the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street hotel, a bijou audience will have their minds read, senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Enter the world of Sprezzatura, and witness previously unseen miracles. Marvel at the strange setting in which nothing is quite as it seems. Like a great mystery novel, the plot will unfold over the course of the evening to end with a final revelation so startling, it will have to be seen to be believed." Saturday 8th November at 7.30pm at The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map) 18.10.14


Magic Tao's Weekly Magazine. Magic Tao's new weekly video magic magazine is now in full swing. Episode 4 includes: "'The Once Over' - Costas and Chris' take on new tricks. This week it's 'Octopalm' Anti Gravity Gel and 'Go Change' by N2G and Leo Xing. 'Q&A' asks 'Are card tricks boring?'. Future episodes will take a question from someone in the magic community and answer that question - it could be you if you send in your question by completing the comments box under the video. 'Blast from the Past' - a look back at an old trick, lest we forget, some of the old magic tricks are still relevant today. This week it's 'Gobsmacked' by Costas Damianou dusted off. Plus other 'Bits and Bobs' and 'Tao News' every week." Magic Tao's Weekly Magazine is Costas and Chris's view of the magic world, visit 18.10.14


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 at a special now, limited supplies, estimated release date: end of November 2014." 18.10.14


Trevor Duffy visits the UK next year, with his 'Negotiating the Barriers' lecture tour, from 7th - 30th September 2015: "Trevor is an award-winning comedy magician and innovator of magic, residing in South Africa; a full-time professional entertainer for private parties and corporate events, as well as having worked at one of Johannesburg’s top restaurants for 11 years. Trevor has developed a unique blend of comedy and magic, as can be seen in his new lecture, 'Negotiating the Barriers'. His magic encompasses close-up and platform shows, and includes tricks with coins, thin cards, banknotes and special innovations with clothing and playing cards. In this lecture, Trevor also shares valuable ideas based on his fascinating and sometimes tough, performing experiences. The second half of this lecture incorporates more magic as well as insights and methods for keeping oneself motivated and positive. Trevor also shares his unique method of practice. With Trevor Duffy, you are assured of a very professional, entertaining and informative evening, guaranteed to motivate any magician who wishes to make better of his or her career." If your club is interested in booking Trevor's lecture contact Mark Traversoni on 07882 825748. 18.10.14


Introducing Ye Olde Magic Mag: A new digital magazine on magic history and magic collecting has just been launched. Ye Olde Magic Mag is the first magazine on this subject that is completely digital, collecting stories of smaller magic events or performers, while keeping a watchful eye on the thriving market of magic collecting. Editor of the magazine is noted magic historian and collector, Marco Pusterla M.M.C. The subjects covered in the magazine will be magic stories that have fallen into the cracks of history, the small events that nobody has considered important to record, but that still are a part of the vast tapestry of our magical heritage. Issue Zero of the magazine, a sampler of the format and material, is available free from  with articles covering Robert-Houdin in England; a review of recent magic auctions; a presentation of the Roxy Award for Research on Magic History; the source of an anecdote about Houdini, and more. The magazine is in PDF format and it has been especially designed to be read on tablets, smartphones and computers. For hard-core collectors, a print version is also available. If you are interested in the history of magic, or if you are a magic collector, then this one's for you! 18.10.14


Trick or Treat? Why not have both and treat yourself to a night of comedy and magic at this month's 'Magicians at the Half Moon' on Halloween itself, Friday 31st October. Starring Martin Cox and Dean Maudsley, ready to entertain you with a spooky twist. As per usual, doors open at 7.30pm and the show kicks off at 8pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Entry is £10 and you can reserve yours by calling Martin on 01279 659562 or paying on the door. More information can be found at Andy Clockwise. 18.10.14


The Twins FX are part of the creative team behind the UK tour of Barnum, a Cameron Mackintosh / Michael Harrison presentation of the exhilarating musical. Barnum follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman. The story of his life and his marriage to Chairy reveals a couple who looked at the world from opposite sides of the spectrum, and also reveals that Chairy was the practical one who made Barnum’s dreams come true. We follow the legendary showman’s life as he lit up the world with colour, warmth and excitement, finally teaming up with J A Bailey to create Barnum and Bailey’s Circus – the Greatest Show on Earth. "Barnum is a big, sharp, witty, breathtaking and emotional show" The Observer, starring: Brian Conley (Oliver!, Hairspray, Jolson) and Linzi Hateley (Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Les Misérables). The tour is non-stop around the UK and continues until August 2015. See 18.10.14


Two World Records confirmed. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Southend Sorcerers and United Kingdom Escape Artists member Stuart Burrell has successfully set two verified records, bringing his lifetime total of records set to 10. “I can honestly say that even after all the attempts, all the training, all the setbacks and injuries, these were the hardest. I was up against targets set by two very proficient and highly professional Escape Artists and to even come close, let alone be faster, is amazing. I am humbled to be able to claim these and it is as much a result of the support we, as performers, still get at club level and the education and training through the UKEA, that has led to me setting these. I also need to thank Oliver Tabor, the organiser of Magic at the Barn, for letting me perform and set these at his event.” Stuart said shortly after receiving confirmation. The two records were Fastest Escape from Prisoner Transport Irons, and, Fastest Handcuff Escape whilst Blindfolded. Both records were set at the Magic At The Barn event at Sutton Hall, Rochford, Essex, UK, on 13 July 2014. 18.10.14


Not So Serious Magicians At Play. Prince Darius writes: What a surprise to watch and enjoy a magic show titled 'Not So Serious Magicians At Play' at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre on Friday 10th October starring Carl & Dave. The comedy magic and illusion act performed by Carl & Dave was fast paced; combining incredible Illusions with comedy twists. Carl & Dave’s presentation of the illusions was very original and the banter between the two was highly amusing. They translated/twisted standard illusions into something one cannot imagine and took it all to a different level featuring The Zig Zag, Find the Lady, Man Trap, Box of Doom, The Card Sword and many more. The impossible made possible! They had the audience with them all the way and they enjoyed every minute of it, wanting more. What an excellent evening. It was a highly professional show with excellent selection of music and dress changes and one can see that audience are witnessing something different and unusual in a magic show. It was George Kovari who phoned to say would I like to see a show. I recommend you not to miss this highly charged show if it comes your way. You will not regret it! 18.10.14


Henry Evans' UK Lecture Tour, now underway. "Henry has travelled the globe since being placed first in Close-up Card Magic at FISM in 2000. He has amazed both laymen and magicians with his devious mind, producing miracles with cards, silks and coins, all with his own particular twist. If you have already attended one of his previous lectures you'll know why he has achieved such success. If you have never seen him lecturing before, you are invited to peek into his original world of magic. From clever uses of gaffes, to effects with nothing other than a borrowed deck of cards, Henry’s approach to magic is something not to miss." See What's On for October and November tour dates. 18.10.14


Two-day 'Care & Share' Balloon Spectacular, Sutton, Surrey. From the organisers: "With two international balloon artistes, 'The Macaroni Girls' Brenda and Petra from Holland, who possibly invented the craze that is the balloon hair band. Come along and join in the fun of two full days of balloon workshops with some competitions as well. If you would like details about joining the Balloon Artistes Guild then please email Graham Lee as you can then attend up to 10 days for the one inclusive price and also receive 3 DVDs from the star lecture days that are filmed for club members. Two-day 'Care & Share' Balloon Spectacular, Sutton, Surrey, Tuesday and Wednesday, 21st and 22nd October." More info: 18.10.14


Internationally known Deaf Magician Johnny Fantastica (aka Johnny Gapp) will be performing his brand new 'Phantom Mind' show next week at theatres in Napperville, Illinois, USA. The following week he will attend the World Deaf Magicians Convention in Chicago, with delegates travelling from 11 different countries to be there. Johnny will also be performing during the week in competitions, shows and workshops and will take part in special shows at a local children's deaf school. Johnny has been President of the World Deaf Magicians for fifteen years and will be retiring in Chicago where he has been nominated to become the Honorary Life President of the World Deaf Magicians. He will perform The Phantom Mind ("a strong mentalist show") on his return to the UK and welcomes enquiries for convention appearances, stage shows and dinners. to: 18.10.14


Margaret Mayne, Ian Adair and Steve Short: Margaret Mayne, sister of the late Edwin Hooper, founder of The Supreme Magic Company, Devon met up with Ian Adair and Steve Short recently. Margaret, now in her eighties, worked at the firm for more than thirty years. She also accompanied Edwin when he was President of The British Ring and is still an active member of British Ring 25. Steve Short made a special visit to meet both at the Seagate Hotel, Appledore for lunch, having journeyed from Bournemouth following the recent British Ring convention, where he and Scott Penrose were promoting their new book, 'Alan Shaxon - The Sophisticated Sorcerer. 18.10.14


Chris Cross received the title 'Best Wedding Entertainment in the North East' at the UK Wedding Industry Awards 2014 last week. Also, the 'The North of England Wedding Awards' have awarded him the 'Outstanding Customer Service Award' 2014 and Belle Bridal presented him an award for 'Best Wedding Fair Exhibitor 2014' too - all in the space of just a few months! Follow Chris Cross on Twitter @TheChrisCross. 18.10.14


Cruise ship headliner act for sale. Wayne Slater (El Loco) writes: I have not performed the show since suffering a heart attack whilst on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship 18 months ago, and I have no intention of doing so again. I don’t want to just mothball the act that has a successful and proven track record with cruise line companies. I have had contact with my previous management company who represented the act. He is willing to audition anyone who buys the act and if successful would be willing to represent them in finding work on cruise ships throughout the world. Please serious enquiries only. 18.10.14


Searching for members or ex-members of the Three Counties Magical Society. Nicky Lewis writes: We have been given a presentation shield for this club and wonder if there is anyone out there who can shed any light on this club or perhaps knows of someone who holds an archive for them. Please get in touch and we can pass this on to the relevant holder. The last winner of this shield appears to have been Robin Toft in 1990. Anyone who can help can contact Nicky or Martin Lewis on 01903 532413 or email Grateful thanks as we want to get this back to its rightful owner or owners. 18.10.14


Captivating Cardistry Wizards, Singapore Click Here • Epic Pen Spinning Click Here • "David Blaine-style mind-reading by Ilfracombe magician amazes London crowds" Click Here • "MO-FLY by Moritz Mueller" Click Here • "Dynamo labelled a demon child at school" Click Here • Ian Rowland's recent USM lecture is reviewed by Sam Blair this week, Click Here • "From The Illusionist to Big: 5 films being rebooted for TV that we really don’t need" Click Here • "Warden at jail where David Blaine performed magic act is fired" Click Here (See: "David Blaine puts on magic show for dangerous inmates" Click Here) • "Martin Freeman Gets the Giggles During Card Trick with Illusionist Derren Brown" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 18.10.14