Number 749 - 1st November 2014


Derren Brown is Alan Carr's special guest on Friday 7th November, on Channel 4. Derren will be chatting to MagicWeek favourite Alan Carr about his brand new 2015 live tour, Derren Brown Miracle. Also on the show, ventriloquist Nina Conti and comedian and TV presenter Sue Perkins. See TV Magic. 1.11.14


More Dates Added Nationwide - 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 will open at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on October 6th 2015.

Original Dates:

October 6th-11th Manchester O2 Apollo
October 13th-18th Manchester O2 Apollo
October 22nd-November 1st London Eventim Apollo

November 3rd-5th London Eventim Apollo

New Dates:

November 6th-8th London Eventim Apollo

November 20th-23rd Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
November 25th-29th Edinburgh Playhouse
December 2nd-6th Nottingham Capital FM Arena
December 9th-14th Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
December 16th-20th Leeds First Direct Arena
See to book.


Oktobre, UK Premiere. Three bizarre and enigmatic characters - acrobat, trapezist, and neurotic magician - flirt with mystery and disaster at the maddest tea party since Alice visited Wonderland. As if from another dimension, from a David Lynch or Tim Burton movie, their humour and magic are black. Where truth hides behind a veil of bluff and deception, who can say what's real or not? Set in velvety darkness shot through with brilliant red, Oktobre will leave you bewitched and delighted. A winner at the prestigious Jeunes Talents Cirque/Circus Next awards in 2013, Oktobre features three of France's top young circus-theatre talents including YouTube sensation Yann Frisch, named 'World Champion of Magic' at the 2012 International Federation of Magic Societies convention held in Blackpool. The director is Florent Bergal, whose Popcorn Machine for My! Laika was a popular hit at LIMF2013. Friday 23rd January 7.45pm, Saturday 24th January 7.45pm (including after-show discussion), Sunday 25th January 3pm. Venue: Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX (Map). 1.11.14


The Young Magicians Club, which is a youth initiative of The Magic Circle, held their annual convention J-Day last weekend. The Celebrity Guest was Luis de Matos who gave an hour long inspiring presentation conducted by Darren Martin. Two Star Lectures were given by Henry Evans and Wayne Fox. Prizes were announced at the Awards Ceremony and presented by President Scott Penrose. The winner of the Mark Leveridge Close-Up Cup was Tom Elderfield with Samuel Hinch in second place and Stephen Friend in third. The winner of the Alakazam Home Counties Stage Trophy was David Hardman who also won the Pete McCahon Originality Award and the Kaymar Komedy Kup, with Dean Leavy coming second and Joe Oyelade third. The brand new Marvin Rising Star Award went to Troy (photo) who made a very appreciated surprise appearance to collect the trophy donated by Marvin Berglas. The YMC Member of the Year Award went to Callum McClure who also won the Fox Technical Ability Award for his close-up act. The very full day ended with the Gala Show which featured Justin Monehan, Henry Evans, Oliver Tabor and The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year Richard Pinner. All twelve of the competition finalists went on to perform their acts to Magic Circle members at their club night, the following day. It was a fantastic J-Day... don't miss it next year! For membership details visit 1.11.14


Charles Dickens Magician by Ian Keable. Ian Keable's latest book Charles Dickens Magician: Conjuring in Life, Letters and Literature is a fascinating insight into how Dickens became a conjurer, the contemporary magicians he saw and his own repertoire. This is a must for collectors and magic historians, but it should also be of interest to magicians generally. For instance both the tricks that Dickens did himself, and those he reported on seeing professional magicians of the day perform, are extensively detailed. The book is available either in hard back with a dust jacket (£25 + p&p) or soft cover (£10 + p &p). It can be purchased from Geoff Tibbs reviews Charles Dickens Magician this week, Click Here. 1.11.14


The London Festival of Magic App. Full timings, lecture titles and artist details for The London Festival of Magic (November 10-14) are now available on Zwoor -a handy app that can be downloaded to most tablets, iPads and phones via Once it's loaded just type in the Meeting Code LFOM2014 and revel in the amazing line up for these specially themed days. Each day, which can be booked separately, is chock-a-block with performances, presentations, interviews and lectures. No matter what your particular interest in magic is, there will be something here for you. The Thursday (Stage and Screen Magic) extends to 9pm, but on Monday to Wednesday you also have the option to sit back and watch two fantastic magic shows in the same venue in the evening ( Festival day tickets are available directly from International Magic, 89 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5BX or visit 1.11.14


Bairn - The Brain Children of Ken Dyne. Ken Dyne's Bairn Mentalism Book features 41 routines for mentalists performing close-up, parlor and on stage; taken from Ken Dyne's professional working repertoire: "I've been working on this book for literally 3 years. It contains pretty much every complete routine that I have created and performed since my very first mentalism release back in 2005. A lot can happen in 9 years, especially when your clients keep expecting you to turn up each year with a new show. Inside Bairn you will find material I've used at corporate events, at public shows in theatres, castles and restaurants, and for the first time I'm including all my informal, social, close-up pieces too. 41+ effects suitable for stand-up and close-up, and a bunch of stories from my career over the past 12+ years performing mentalism professionally around the world under all kinds of conditions. The book is presented in a hard-hitting, entertaining way that is not for the easily offended. All professionally illustrated and laid out by Phill Smith. Bairn will shock you! Available in paperback or limited edition hardback." 1.11.14


James More is seen here with two magic fans, backstage in Newbury on Wednesday evening, following a brilliant sold-out performance of his live 'Theatre of Illusion' show, produced and directed by Russ Stevens. James' easy, relaxed stage manner when he is simply chatting to his audience, contrasts so well with the high energy and showmanship that he puts into his full-scale illusion sequences. His latest illusion 'Solo', where he melts through a solid sheet of steel, drew audible gasps and 'turned heads of horror' from the row in front of us, and his signature 'Table of Death' escape caused the audience to combust into a spontaneous standing ovation. It was a great night. DT. 1.11.14


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2015. The time has arrived for you to apply to enter the Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2015. The Competition is open to all young people who will be 14 but will not have reached the age of 18 by 1st January 2015. You must present a Stage Magic act, suitable for family audiences, lasting 8 to 12 minutes. You could be the winner and receive full Membership of The Magic Circle when you reach the age of 18, with 4 years Membership Fees paid, plus the Irving Schneider Travelling Scholarship to attend a Magic Workshop in the U.S.A. That’s a really worthwhile prize! All you need to do (apart from preparing a great act) is to fill in the Entry Form which can be found on the Young Magicians section of The Magic Circle website: The Form contains all the information and rules, but just to get you moving quickly the Heats will be held on 15th February 2015 with the Final on 29th March. Most importantly, the closing date is 8th January 2015. If you have any queries contact the Competition Secretary, Dr. Michael Colley 1.11.14


Storyville. Exposed: Magicians, Psychics and Frauds, 9pm on Sunday 2nd November on BBC 4. From the programme makers: "Documentary chronicling magician James Randi's debunkings of faith healers, fortune tellers and psychics. 'The Amazing' Randi has been wowing audiences with his illusions, escapes and sleight of hand for over 50 years. When he began seeing his cherished art form co-opted by all manner of con artists, he made it his mission to expose the simple tricks charlatans have borrowed from magicians to swindle the masses. The film documents his rivalry with famed spoon-bender Uri Geller, whom Randi eventually foiled on a high-profile television appearance. Another target was evangelist Peter Popoff, whose tent-show miracles and audience mind-reading were exposed as chicanery when Randi revealed a recording of Popoff's wife feeding him information through a radio-transmitter earpiece. In telling Randi's strange, funny and fascinating life story, the film shows how we are all vulnerable to deception - even, in a surprising twist, Randi himself." See TV Magic. 1.11.14


The Magicians' Podcast with Richard Young. Richard Young has just started producing a free podcast for magicians, appropriately called 'The Magicians' Podcast' in which he'll present "Informal interviews with the biggest names in magic" every Friday. Guests to date include: Paul Martin, Pete Wardell, Dave Bonsall and Fay Presto. The Magicians' Podcast is available via iTunes Click Here or Podbean Click Here, and is sure to be a great success. 1.11.14


Tommy on Titchmarsh. Afternoon chat and music with Alan Titchmarsh featuring a tribute to celebrated comedian and magician Tommy Cooper. The Alan Titchmarsh Show, 3pm on Thursday 6th November on ITV. See TV Magic. 1.11.14


Today is the 7th annual Magic Moments Day. Each year the dedicated MM team grows, with more and more magicians taking part to raise awareness, smiles and money for charities. Updates will follow on our Magic Moments page, here on MagicWeek! 1.11.14


Champions of Magic - live on stage at the Watford Colosseum this evening. "Join our award winning team of tricksters, swindlers and cheats for a spectacular night of mystery you'll be trying to work out for a very long time to come. Audiences will witness mastery of card manipulation, death defying stunts, mind boggling sleight of hand and spectacular illusions from some of the foremost performers in magic including: Young & Strange - Grand Illusionists; Fay Presto - Queen of Close-up; Alex McAleer - Master Mind Reader; Edward Hilsum - Magic’s Latest Sensation. Champions of Magic includes world class, award winning entertainers performing everything from stage-filling illusions to magic right in the palm of a spectator's hands. Along with a live video feed, fiery pyrotechnics and stunning lighting, the show is an immersive experience in the art of magic. November Tour Dates:

Saturday 1st Watford Colosseum 08450 753993
Sunday 2nd Kings Lynn Corn Exchange 01553 764864
Thursday 6th Leicester De Montfort Hall 01162 333111
Saturday 8th Crawley The Hawth 01293 553636
Sunday 9th Swindon Wyvern Theatre 01793 524481
Friday 21st Hornchurch Queen’s Theatre 01708 443333

More information on the tour can be found at 1.11.14


The Fylde Mystics are delighted to present John Carey, with his latest magic lecture entitled 'Crafted with Carey'. Alan Mylecraine writes: In the last five years John Carey has become internationally respected for his thoughts and work on card magic and his ability to streamline effects without diluting the impact. Having put out 5 best-selling DVDs with RSVPMagic, John is in demand both at home and abroad to lecture and hold workshops. He promises something for all skill levels, with a wide variety of powerful and practical card and close-up magic taught. The meeting will be held on Tuesday 4th November at the South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool FY4 5HZ (Map) at 8pm with a £5 on the door charge for visiting magicians. For more details visit or contact Alan Mylecraine 1.11.14


The Portsmouth Jumbo Day takes place tomorrow, Sunday 2nd November and this year it'll be the biggest ever with lectures and performances from Andi Gladwin, Jon Armstrong, Ben Hart, Martin Cox, David Gemmell, James Piper and Dave Loosley. Plus the largest second-hand magic sale in the country, Merv Cole’s magic auction, Bob Hamilton’s magic videos and the Southern Magician of the Year competition, it's an absolute bargain at only £22. Doors open at 9am at Bucklands Community Centre, PO2 7BL (Map). Philip Smith. 1.11.14


The Ulster Society of Magicians is pleased to announce that Jon Armstrong will be lecturing in Northern Ireland on Sunday 9th November. The lecture will commence at 2.30pm for a 3.00pm start in the Ramada Plaza, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast. Admission is £10. For further details, contact Secretary, George Bleeks, on 07860 115611 or email 1.11.14


Peter Antoniou - Happy Medium. Award-winning Psychic Comedian, Peter Antoniou is bring his all-new mind reading show to the Mimetic Festival! Simply focus on a question about anything and he'll read the question from your mind and provide an answer. It doesn't matter if it's about your past, present, future, or your love life, anything goes in this fully interactive and improvised comedy show. Prepare to have your frontal lobe fondled and funny bone tickled, and ask, is your mind safe? "His ad libs are fast and sharp; a balance between humour and astonishment" The Scotsman. Thursday 20th November at 7pm. Venue: The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN (Map). Tickets: £10 (£8.50 concessions). Box Office: Click Here. 1.11.14


Derren Brown: Infamous the DVD is now available for pre-order from This title will be released on November 24th. "BAFTA-Award winning magician and psychological illusionist Derren Brown performs his latest stageshow, recorded live at the Grand Theatre in Leeds. The performance, which mixes humour with inventiveness and intelligence, sees Derren use his skills to encourage audience members to take control of their lives." To pre-order Click Here. 1.11.14


John Carey Magic Tao Lecture, 11th November, Birmingham. MagicTao write: We are pleased to announce the first lecture to be held at the Tao on the 11th November 2014; the very knowledgeable and skilled card magician John Carey. John is internationally respected for his creativity and streamlined approach to sleight of hand card magic. His five, critically acclaimed DVDs have proven extremely popular with magicians around the world. John promises that you will go away from this lecture with powerful and practical commercial card magic. Doors open at 7.30pm for some chat and refreshments, before the lecture starts at 8pm. Everyone is welcome. The entrance fee is £10.00. You also get a £2.50 discount on any purchases with John or MagicTao on the night. The number of places is limited - Click Here for venue details and to reserve your place. 1.11.14


Paul Derek - The Birdman of Magic, one-off London show. Lee Hathaway writes: "If you missed Blackpool this year, you'll probably have heard about the legendary bird man Mr Paul Derek. Back by popular demand, Paul Derek is appearing in a special one off show in London on the afternoon of 30th November! This is seriously not to be missed! Tickets available from" 1.11.14


David J. Marks - Another Night of Magic & Comedy. After David's sell out one-man show from last year he is back in a new venue with lots of new ideas. Ticket price includes a cheese board and soft drinks; feel free to bring along your own alcohol and glasses will be provided. Doors open at 7pm. Seating will be first come first served on the night, however for bookings of 8 people you can have the choice of reserving a table. Comments from last year's show: "We loved the show. It was fantastic, the whole evening was brilliant; the cheese board and the fact that we could bring a bottle, it was such a nice relaxed atmosphere. You're very talented David" "Everyone really awed at the show, they were all talking about it long into the evening." "Brilliant night David, My party really enjoyed it..." Saturday 29th November at 7.30pm at Kirton Church Hall, 21 Church Lane, Kirton, Suffolk IP10 0PT (Map) 1.11.14


Magicians Wanted: Ashley Turner writes: "Due to an increase in restaurant residencies I am looking for Magicians in Luton, Northampton, Huntingdon areas, for occasional restaurant work. Please drop me an email Thanks, Ash." 1.11.14


'The Cointreau Magic Experience' with Dafedas B. "Remy Cointreau offers some visual prestidigitation with your cocktail, every Tuesday evening at Brasserie Gustave. Come and enjoy the 'Cointreau Magic Experience' with Dafedas B's cutting edge close-up magic. Coins, cards, thimbles... and whatever you put into his hands! 1.11.14


Enterteasement: Comedy - Magic - Burlesque, Glasgow. Enterteasement is a monthly comedy, magic and burlesque show based in Glasgow, this month starring well known American street magician Todd Various. Three "As Seen On TV" comedians, and two International burlesque performers. Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th, 8pm - 10.30pm. Tickets: Saturday £14, Sunday £10, Book via Venue: The Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G27 DA (Map). 1.11.14


Terry Herbert Bexley Magic Society Lecture. Roy Marsh writes: Bexley Magic Society is very pleased to announce that the one and only Terry Herbert will be delivering his latest lecture at our next meeting on Wednesday November 5th. Terry will be presenting the lecture that went down a storm at the recent IBM British Ring Convention in Bournemouth. Entitled, 'Children's Magic - Past and Present' it is not only funny, but educational. In the second half of the evening, Terry will have a question and answer session, not just about his talk, but about children's magic in general. There will be a £5.00 charge for non-members (visiting magicians only please). 8pm start. Doors open 7.30pm. Visit for map details. 1.11.14


The Cornish Magical Society present the Paul Stockman Lecture on Sunday 16th November at 3pm at Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Road, Carnon Downs, Truro, Cornwall TR3 6JQ (Map). Visiting magicians £5. Not to be missed. Paul Scott. 1.11.14


Saturn Magic Dealer Dem: Coventry Magic Circle. James Cannon writes: The Coventry Magic Circle are delighted to welcome Mark Traversoni's Saturn Magic to our society. Mark will be holding a Dealer Dem. Mark is a brilliant professional magician. Free entry to all magicians. Food will be laid on. We have a licensed bar for refreshments. This will be a very relaxed evening. It will be a great evening to meet and greet other magicians from other societies. Saturn Magic has the very latest magic on the market. The evening will start at 8pm on Tuesday 4th November. Venue: The Bentley Road Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR (Map). Contact James Cannon, telephone 02476 545704 1.11.14


The North West Magical Close Up Competition. Mike Hinde writes: Manchester Circle of Magicians hosted the North West Magical Close Up competition in front of an audience of sixty last week, and presented a fabulous show featuring eight top magicians battling for superb trophies and the opportunity for a prestigious award to put on their business cards. Any of the eight were worthy of winning a close up competition but on the night third prize went to Dave Hutchinson (2014 President) for a mad cap and zany selection of very funny effects and stunts with excellent audience management and a sound track for every effect. Second prize (and best card trick) went to Douglas Tilston who has stayed as a member despite moving 'darn sarth'. Always elegant and silky smooth, with a collection of classic effects beautifully performed. First prize went to Clive Mansfield (aka Clive Chaos) who brought the house down with his performance as a Welsh magician who (dare I say it) was a bit of a dimwit and did the most simple of tricks. But was the funniest act ever to be seen in a close-up competition. Trust me, his nan would have been proud. The prize for "best Welsh magician" was not awarded this year as the judges felt that nobody reached the required standard, but Clive came runner up. 1.11.14


MagicWeek celebrates its 750th edition next Saturday. That's a MagicWeek every Saturday since 1st July 2000, well, apart from a couple of late issues a few years ago when Icelandic volcanic eruptions left me stranded on the other side of the world with ash on my face, so to speak, but that's another story... What would be nice, is, if this week, you could Tweet/Facebook (or similar) a quick " is 750 weeks old on Saturday 8th November!" or something like that. That would be nice. Thank you. Duncan. 1.11.14


"Our Magic: Documentary about magic, by magicians" Click Here and Click Here • "Joshua Jay teaches life lessons through magic" Click Here • "Paul Daniels has tetanus jab after bite from stage rabbit" Click Here • "Magician Paul Daniels turns down offer of stuffed rabbit for stage show" Click Here • 'The Modern Mystic League Workshop: Tony Griffith' is reviewed by Roger Woods this week, Click Here • "A Magician Among the Spirits: The Improbable Friendship of Harry Houdini & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" Click Here • "Peter Andre tricked by magician Ben Hanlin: watch the jaw-dropping video" Click Here • "Derren Brown: Paintings and Photographs" Click Here • And finally, "Why are we so scared of clowns?" Click Here • See you next week, Duncan. 1.11.14