Number 751 - 15th November 2014


A Celebrity Gala starring TV's iMagician Jamie Allan and Steve Hewlett. The Garrick Theatre, London, will play host to a very special Christmas night of music, comedy, magic and illusion with proceeds from the evening going to the Starlight Children's Foundation on Sunday 16th November. Headlining will be one of the UK's top illusionists ‘Jamie Allan' who will astound you with his incredible magic and illusion, all enhanced through cutting-edge projection and world-class sleight of hand. Described as one of the finest magicians the UK has ever produced, Jamie will run through a highly charged set of amazing illusions enhanced by high-powered laser beams, flat screens and interactive technology. Jamie burst onto our screens last year as the ‘iMagician' with a string of TV appearances including: BBC ‘The One Show', ‘BBC Breakfast' and ‘The Alan Titchmarsh Show'. You will see magic like never before and will be amazed by illusions that you will think impossible! Prices if booked in person at the Box Office (includes a £1 Theatre Restoration Levy) Stalls: £45, £35, Premiums £75. Dress Circle: £45, Grand Circle: £25, £15. Prices if purchased online or over the phone (includes booking fee and a £1 Theatre Restoration Levy) Stalls: £47.50, £37.50, Premiums £77.50 Dress Circle: £47.50 Grand Circle: £27.50, £17.50. Sunday 16th November at 6pm. Duration: 2 hours including one interval. More info: 15.11.14


Steve Allen's Magical New Year. Start the New Year in a magical way with a special show from LBC radio host and magician Steve Allen, at the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle. Thursday 1st January 2015. Doors open 1.30pm, show starts 2.30pm. Tickets £32.00 plus transaction fee via or Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). 15.11.14


Make Christmas Magical. This Christmas, 4,000 homeless people will spend their festive period with Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, at one of its temporary Crisis at Christmas centres across London, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Crisis at Christmas centres are positive, bustling places where guests have access to healthcare, podiatry, massage, haircuts and a whole range of activities that they may miss out on the rest of the year, provided by more than 8,000 volunteers. Entertainment is a really important part of what we offer, as the chance to see and participate in performance helps our guests regain confidence, build self esteem and shake off the depression or frustration homelessness causes. This year we’re looking for something a little bit… different! If you’re able to give up some time between 23 – 29 December to make Christmas that bit more magical for our guests then we’d love to hear from you. You can find out more and register on the Crisis Website: Crisis at Christmas last year: YouTube. 15.11.14


Close-up at The Magic Circle, Friday 16th January 2015. 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 and finishes at 9.30pm. Tickets £16.50 plus fee via Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up is not usually recommended for those under 12. No refunds will be issued for under 12s. 15.11.14


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. 15.11.14


Wayne Dobson: The Definitive Collection Lecture - Burton upon Trent. Eddie Young writes: Wayne Dobson has kindly agreed to a special lecture, plus, I clamped his wheelchair and made an offer to taste real beer, until he agreed to visit the home of the product you love or hate (Marmite) and the Brewing capital of the UK. Wayne is visiting Burton on Trent for a charity night lecture and he’s bringing Mike Sullivan. Wayne has recently completed one-off lectures with standing ovations. Please note Wayne is not visiting any other societies in the Midlands region. The lecture will be on Thursday 27th November. Doors open at 7pm and the lecture runs from 7.30pm - 10.30pm. Refreshments available. Venue: National Brewery Centre, Horninglow Street, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1NG (Map). Tickets will be £15 on the door or order online at just £10 and guarantee a seat as spaces are limited (see All profits will be going to further research into Multiple Sclerosis. 15.11.14


Tricked: Favourite Tricks is being repeated at 9pm on Monday 17th November on ITV2. "Hidden camera magic show starring Ben Hanlin. Ben looks back at the highlights from the series, including magical wind-ups on the public and the most popular celebrity tricks on Helen Flanagan, Joe Calzaghe and the band Blue, among others." See TV Magic. (Found myself in very close proximity to Ben in the Gents at The Festival of Magic last Thursday... very disconcerting, but he assured me that there were no hidden cameras and that they definitely weren't recording! DT). 15.11.14


Kilmarnock Magic Circle invite you to a lecture by Kieron Johnson on Wednesday 19th November at 7.30pm. "Kieron arrived on the Magic scene with a bang in the form of his 'To The Max' DVD, an effect which leaves the spectator with a block of ice in their hand and a true sense of astonishment. Since then Kieron has unleashed his highly acclaimed 'Chaotic' DVD and the ultimate finale to any impossible card location effect in 'Remaxed Iceolation', where the spectator's signed card is encased in a block of ice. Expect something unique and entertainingly outrageous!" Kilmarnock Magic Circle, Barrmill Hall, Barrmill Road, Galston KA4 8HH (Map). £10 cover charge for visiting magicians. 15.11.14


FISM European Championships 2017. Blackpool Magicians' Club have once again been chosen to host the FISM European Championships at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The BMC successfully launched the very first FISM European Championships in 2011 and we are delighted to have been chosen once again. 15.11.14


Kieron Johnson Lecture - Forth Valley Magic Circle: "Forth Valley Magic Circle are proud to present Kieron Johnson's first ever Scottish Lecture! Kieron's a true eccentric with a flair for the theatrical, presenting incredible awe-inspiring and often shocking magic. There's beauty in this madness, but much more than being beautiful, it's a magical journey you'll want to ride again and again. This will be an interactive lecture, that everyone will get something from." Tuesday, 18th November, at 7.30pm. Venue: Stenhousemuir Cricket Club, Tryst Road, Stenhousemuir, Stirlingshire FK5 4QJ (Map) Elliot Bibby. 15.11.14


Ken Dyne: "The Bairn Lecture". Available for magic society lectures in the UK week commencing March 30th 2015: "Following the incredible success of his brand new book, Bairn, full time professional mentalist, Ken Dyne has cleared his diary for the week commencing 30th March 2015 for magic society lectures. In the lecture, Ken will teach performance pieces from his professional, working act, that he performs at corporate events for companies such as Mars, Yahoo, and Proctor & Gamble, as well as on cruise ships and at the private parties of the rich and famous. You'll learn real world mentalism including close up and stand up mentalism for people of all skills. If you're interested in taking one of these limited dates, contact Kennedy:" 15.11.14


'Life and Career of Alan Shaxon' lecture - 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. 15.11.14


Andy Nyman in Assassins. The first major production of Stephen Sondheim's musical 'Assassins' for over 20 years is playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory from November 21st - March 7th. The production is directed by Jamie Lloyd and has a stellar cast led by Catherine Tate, Andy Nyman and Broadway star Aaron Tveit. It has almost sold out, but some tickets are still available via 15.11.14


The Naked Magicians were a huge hit in Las Vegas! Chris Dugdale, Andrew Goldenhersh and Jason Baney's show enjoyed standing ovations, incredible reviews and lots of TV and Radio coverage during its two-week run at the Tommy Wind Theater opposite the Monte Carlo... "I went to see 'The Naked Magicians' again. This show, directed by Charles Bach, has all the makings of a Vegas hit. The close-up illusions are all performed with perfect timing by the three magicians. Each has his own unique style that grabs the audience and holds them throughout the entire show." Monti Rock III in Gaming Today. "Unbelievable!" Shawn Tempesta, The Morning Blend, Las Vegas KTNV. "...fascinating to watch, I think that they will be back." Robin Leach, Las Vegas Sun. "Four new shows in only 48 hours on the Las Vegas Strip, downtown" Click Here. Also see and 15.11.14


Birmingham Care & Share Two Day Balloon Spectacular with Twistina and Dan Catt. Graham Lee writes: You can attend either day or stay for the full event. Others attending stay at the Halesowen Travelodge, which is a two minute walk from the venue. A buffet lunch is included in the price. Both days are hands-on lecture workshops, with a fun competition or two to take part in if you wish, with a few prizes to win along the way.  For booking details see: Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th November, Birmingham. 15.11.14


Merlins annual competition. Phil Peters writes: Well done to everyone who was at Merlins Magic Club annual competition last Wednesday evening. The contest was very close, with third place going to Theo Carson, second to Kev Gateaux Johnson and first to Nathan James. Nathan is pictured here receiving his award and trophy from Merlins co-owner Mark Lee." 15.11.14


Night of Wonders, Cardiff. Chay Wisdom writes: Night of Wonders - showcasing talent in Cardiff on Saturday 22nd November. Fun theatre show filled with Music, Magic, Comedy, Mind Reading and much more. Tickets are £6 pre-ordered or £8 on the door. Price includes interval refreshments. Doors open 6.30pm, show starts 7pm. Pre-order tickets from Venue: YMCA Centre, The Walk, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3AG (Map). 15.11.14


Magic with Style. When a magician's assistant drops dead on stage, DCI Barnaby investigates the secretive world of Midsomer's Magic Circle. "The Magician's Nephew", an episode in the "Midsomer Murders" series was screened last Tuesday on ITV 3. John Styles was the magic advisor. 15.11.14


The Grand Order of Water Rats. "On Thursday 13th November Andrew Van Buren had the great pleasure to join David Berglas and Chris Woodward representing magic at a very special star studded evening held in Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Phillip to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the wonderful Show business Fraternity and charity Organisation - The Grand Order of Water Rats." 15.11.14


Tommy Templeton Cumbrian Magic Circle Lecture. Andrew Hagga writes: "Cumbrian Magic Circle presents a lecture by Tommy Templeton (a.k.a. Cheeko the Clown) on Tuesday, 18th November, with the doors open at 7.30pm for the usual 8pm start. Tommy's lecture, "Begged, Stolen and Borrowed 2" is based on his experience as a working magician. He has been performing as a stand up and as a children's entertainer for over 40 years. As a working professional everything in the lecture is practical. It is not one of these lectures were you go 'wow', but never use, or can't use the stuff you see. Details of venue is on our website. also see 15.11.14


Bobby Bernard 1931-2014. Bobby Bernard died peacefully on Monday 10th November 2014. I first met Bobby in the 70s by chance at the International Magic Studio in Brewer Street. I was probably about 13 and was about to buy a Tenyo 'Penetration Frame' and he was trying to persuaded me not to. Needless to say I didn't listen and went ahead and bought it, later realising that he was quite right. It really wasn't a very good trick! That was my first encounter with Bobby Bernard. Years later, when I worked in the Magic department of Hamley's Toy Shop, Bobby would often pop in (for an hour or two!) and talk magic and auditions. As a character actor he had some great parts over the years. Bobby had a wealth of magical knowledge and a real passion not just for 'magic', but more so perhaps, for the performance of magic. I'll never forget his vivid, excited, description of Jeff McBride's act that he'd just seen, long before we'd see it here in the UK. Bobby was one of British Magic's great characters. The Funeral of Bobby Bernard (Bernard Samuel Lerner) MIMC and Honorary Life Member The Magic Circle will be held at The West Chapel, Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, London NW11 7NL on Friday 28th November 2014 at 1pm. No flowers by request of the family. DT. 15.11.14


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