Number 756 - 20th December 2014


MagicFest 2015 Dates Announced! The Sixth edition of the Magic Festival will take place in Edinburgh from the 26th June – 4th July 2015. Tickets for Gala and Magic Workshops are now on sale. From the organisers: MagicFest 2014 is now over. Thanks to everyone who supported this year’s festival. With over 5000 admissions at our ticketed events and an additional 3000 attending our free outdoor events, this festival was our biggest and most successful yet. MagicFest is a new addition to the programme of Edinburgh Festivals designed to bring back to the stage amazing, live, magic shows, which are rarely available for the general public these days, and let audiences rediscover seldom experienced states of awe and wonderment. We continue to look for and develop amazing, magical events and exhibitions. Find out what’s on at this year's Edinburgh International Magic Festival: 20.12.14


The Session 2015. January 10th & 11th, Cheltenham. The UK's only close-up magic convention. The Session is a conference for serious close-up magicians. Based in the regency spa town of Cheltenham, you'll learn the true secrets of performing amazing close-up magic from some of the best in the industry. This year's line-up features: Daniel Madison, Juan Tamariz, Asi Wind, Michael Weber, Peter Clifford, Luke Jermay, Andi Gladwin, Joshua Jay, Boris Wild and Roberto Giobbi. With a variety of workshops, lectures, parties and plenty of time to session (of course), it's no wonder that The Session has sold out every single year. With one-off events and lectures designed specifically for this event, The Session is not just a conference; it is a learning experience like no other in magic. Visit 20.12.14


Become a Member of The Magic Circle: "Membership of The Magic Circle gives one the right to enjoy the facilities of the finest magic club headquarters in the world. There is the Club Room, with a drinks and refreshments bar, where one can meet and entertain fellow magicians in comfort. The Library houses over 6000 magic books for loan or reference. The Museum holds a fascinating collection of magical artefacts and houses the finest collection of magic posters in the UK, possibly the world. The beautiful Devant Room is the perfect space for showing the latest tricks and moves to one’s peers. The Magic Circle Theatre offers performers and lecturers an ideal environment to complement their work, supported by an expert team of technicians using the latest hi-tech equipment. All members receive the acclaimed full colour monthly magazine, the Magic Circular, which provides news, reviews and articles on history, performers and magical effects for members only. Regular lectures by the world’s finest lecturers, the opportunity to meet and discuss magic with the world’s finest magicians, and the hands-on tuition provided by the ever-popular Summer School, ensure that you will continue to improve your magical ability. As a member you will gain the opportunity to take part in prestigious competitions and attend additional events." For details (including a video presentation) visit: (Note: There are six pages of membership information; see links on the left hand side of The Magic Circle's website). 20.12.14


Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality, Saturday 27th December on ITV. "Christine Bleakley presents a magic special starring illusionist Darcy Oake. Recorded before a live theatre audience, it is an evening of breathtaking, logic-defying, spectacular illusions in the grand old tradition of stage magic. Prepare to be amazed as Darcy promises three things: some things you will have never seen before, some things you will never see again and some things you will have to see to believe." See TV Magic. "Life's an illusion for Darcy Oake." Click Here. 20.12.14


Rob James talks magic (and doughnuts) this week in Richard Young's latest Magicians' Podcast. Last week Rob was featured in a Sky News report on Christmas pickpockets, offering advice for shoppers on how to keep their belongings safe: (scroll to "Video: Is Your Bag Safe?") 20.12.14


MAGIC - The five-part BBC series on the evolution of magic is being repeated on Watch this week, with the first episode being shown this evening (at 1.50am). The Dream of Flight, the Indian Rope Trick and how magic becomes big business. In 1847 the great French Magician Robert Houdin performed an illusion called The Ethereal Suspension – where he magically levitated his own son. From the ancient legend of Icarus man has always wanted to fly and magicians were now able to make this dream come true. Robert-Houdin was inspired by reports from India which suggested that holy men there could float on air, and so began Magic's fascination with the Mystic East. This programme includes rare archive footage of faked demonstrations of the Indian Rope Trick, beautiful reconstructions of some of the greatest levitations ever performed in Magic's Golden Age, the tragic story of The Great Lafayette – the magician most hated by other magicians - who died in a fire trying to protect his secrets, and never before seen footage of Chung Ling Soo – the magician's favourite magician. See TV Magic for listings. 20.12.14


Chris Wood's lecture Subtleties, Subterfuge and Simplicity now booking for 2015. Chris is an accomplished performer who runs The Magic Circle Close-Up shows and you will invariably find him on a Monday night in the club room, sharing and refining presentations for effects. His lecture covers the why as well as the how behind some of the routines from his working repertoire. "...a master-class in presentation and misdirection." Bexleyheath Magic Society. " of those rare magicians who can truly deliver a lecture... there was some superb magic to be seen... It was no wonder at the end of the evening he received a long ovation." British Magical Society. "...we were treated to a Master Class lecture by Chris Wood" Ilford Magic Society. "His presentations are always thoughtful and pleasing to watch. Add to this the fact that he nearly always fools me and you’ll understand why I love watching Chris perform so much." Nick Einhorn. Visit the Lecturers page for more information and booking enquiries. 20.12.14


The Chester Guild of Magicians and Simon South present: The Porthole of Opportunity. "Come and see Chester's best close-up magicians and the club's current Stage Magician of the Year perform for your entertainment on this incredible evening of fun, frolics and laughs! The Chester Guild of Magicians is an association that has been helping to produce some of the best magicians in the North West for over 50 years. They're a mixture of magic enthusiasts ranging from full-time entertainers through to amateur performers who are all united in their love of magic. Simon South is an award-winning comedy magician with three Edinburgh Fringe Festivals under his belt. From Saudi Arabia to Scotland, Simon has performed around the world with his unique brand of magic that will amaze and astound, and will undoubtedly be an act you will not forget in a hurry! Start your Christmas celebrations with a bang, book your tickets for this incredible event now!" Sunday 21st December. Venue: Alexanders Jazz Theatre, Chester. Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door. Ticket hotline: 01244 340 005. Doors 7.30pm. 20.12.14


A Message from the Magi. The President (Dave Magee), Council and Members of The Order of The Magi wish magicians, their families and friends everywhere, peace and happiness over the festive season. Let’s Keep Magic Alive in 2-0-1-5. May your magic continue to flourish, your knowledge be increased and success be something you gain. The Magi normally meets twice a month at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester where new members are welcome. For details of the society please see or contact Mike Sharples Geoffrey Newton PRO. 20.12.14


Merlins of Wakefield would like to wish all their customers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. To celebrate, they are having a special Jay Sankey DVD Sale on these selected releases: Sleight Of Hand With Cards, Best Card Magic, Ilink, and Revolutionary Coin Magic. You can order any one for £10, any two for £18, any three for £25 or all four for just £30 + postage. If you just want one title order online, or for more that one, call them on 01924 339933 and they will be happy to take your order. The offer is on until 31st December 2014, subject to availability. 20.12.14


IBM British Ring Season’s Greetings. The Astras, (Barbara and Alan) send Season’s Greetings to Magicians, their friends and families throughout the world and also wish you all a very successful 2015. IBM British Ring President Alan Astra said “I look forward to meeting many of you at the dinner we will be hosting on Saturday 25th April 2015 at the Cromwell Hotel in Old Town, Stevenage. Tickets are at the special price of £45 if purchased before 1st January 2015. How’s that for a Christmas treat? They will be £50 after that date. This event has all the makings of a very successful evening. Please contact us on 01438 722001 for further details and preferential hotel accommodation rates.” The next British Ring convention is from 24th - 27th September 2015 in Eastbourne and details are on This website is updated as further information becomes available and membership details are on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 20.12.14


The TwinsFX planned and manufactured special effects for over 30 pantomimes and musicals this year, helping to break box-office records in Christmas productions across the UK. The creative team have been working hard on some major new projects 2015 including a full sized T Rex that’s so real, the audience will be gripped with fear, as well as a truly enchanting flying Santa’s sleigh, along with Rudolph, which spins upside down! See for more. 20.12.14


Magic in the Moonlight. "Woody Allen writes and directs this romantic comedy starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone. In the 1920s, English magician and illusionist Stanley Crawford (Firth), who on stage masquerades as Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo, travels to the French Riviera where he attempts to expose the secrets of spirit medium Sophie Baker (Stone). Sophie is suspected of exploiting the wealthy Catledge family and Stanley finds her staying in their home, having been invited there by Grace Catledge (Jacki Weaver), who wants the clairvoyant's help in contacting her deceased husband. Though he is initially certain she is a fraud, the more time Stanley spends with Sophie, the more he begins to believe she might be genuine. The cast also includes Marcia Gay Harden, Eileen Atkins and Simon McBurney." The DVD will be released on February 2nd 2015, pre-order via Click Here. 20.12.14


Alan Wright, 1924 - 2014. Alan Wright, once a magical manufacturer for The Supreme Magic Company, passed away peacefully on Monday 1st December at his home in Poole, Dorset. He was in his 90's and was a long-standing member of British Ring 25 of the IBM. Alan was a skilled metal worker, and over four decades manufactured a great many items in metal for the company, including his improved version of Run Rabbit Run. He and his wife Joan often travelled from Dorset to Bideford in Devon to deliver quantities of his metalwork and it was always a great pleasure to meet up with him in particular - a very kind and gentle man. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Ian Adair. 20.12.14


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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers, worldwide! It's been another full year of magic here in the UK, with live theatre magic set to really take off in 2015. In March, the ever-brilliant Derren Brown embarks on a five-month nationwide tour with his all-new show, 'Miracles', directed by Andy Nyman and Andrew O'Connor (tickets); Britain's Got Talent finalist, Darcy Oake will take his theatre show on tour in September (tickets); and, in October, Dynamo is set to make his big-stage debut, touring the largest venues in the country, a number of which have already sold out! (tickets). Three contrasting performers, all set to do record business. Thanks to everyone who submitted magic news, reviews, reports, photos and all sorts throughout the year. Thank you for reading MagicWeek every week, and thanks to all our magic dealer advertisers. Big thanks also to Chris North for keeping an eye on my terrible typos. Merry Christmas and very best wishes for 2015, from the MagicWeek team: Duncan, Keiko, Amelia and Louis. 20.12.14