Number 758 - 3rd January 2015


Now You See It, BBC 1's new eight-part series will feature the very best, and the very worst, of magic: "Fast-paced entertainment series voiced by Mel Giedroyc, featuring the best and worst of magic and other incredible performers from around the world. Dynamo features alongside the next generation of incredibly talented people who share their skills via social media. Plus the moments some of them would rather forget when their magic failed to work." 6.30pm on Saturday 10th January on BBC 1. Executive Producers Anthony Owen and Toby Stevens. Series Producer Jo Bunting. See TV Magic. 3.1.15


Luke Jermay takes his Sixth Sense show on tour starting in February: "Luke Jermay is the most incredible man you’ve probably never heard of. He can read your mind. No really; he can read your mind. He doesn’t use mind games or psychological tricks; there are no smoke and mirrors. He can simply read your mind. Jermay’s - Sixth Sense has gained critical acclaim with 5 Star reviews from Edinburgh to London’s West End. You’ll be amazed at Jermay’s incredible powers; he knows your past, present and future, sometimes better than you do. From your favourite schoolteacher, childhood pet even the colour of your underwear, Jermay impossibly knows all, sees all and tells (almost) all in an expert display of telepathy and personal predictions about your future developed to amazing razor sharp accuracy."
"My jaw dropped repeatedly… Jermay puts us in a state where we can wonder whether life has more possibilities than we thought it did an hour before." The Times.

"Jermay is different…to gain power like his he must be in league with the Devil. Utterly astonishing in the extreme." Edinburgh Evening News.
"Jermay is mind blowing. You would be out of your mind to miss this show!" The Sun.

See 3.1.15


Planet’s Got Talent comes to ITV. From the makers: New six-part series, narrated by Warwick Davis. ITV has commissioned a new six-part series, Planet’s Got Talent, from the producers of Britain’s Got Talent. The 6 x 30 minute series is produced by Thames (part of FremantleMedia UK) and Syco Entertainment and will be narrated by Warwick Davis. It will air early 2015. An international ratings’ phenomenon, Got Talent is officially the most successful reality television format in the world (Guinness Book of Records, 2014) with 230 series across 67 different territories. Planet’s Got Talent highlights the most incredible acts from across the globe, from countries as diverse as the UK and US, to Albania and Vietnam. Meanwhile, auditions are now open for the 2015 series of Britain's Got Talent. Any performer can apply, no matter what their age or background - all they need is a skill and star quality which they think will impress. Anything goes from comedians to contortionists, dancers to drag acts and acrobats to animals. Aspiring stars can apply via 3.1.15


Magic Academy Magician Training Course: This 2 day course is designed for the complete beginner or keen amateur so prior knowledge in the art of magic is not required. In fact my students with no magic training often pick the skills up quicker as they have no previous bad habits to un-learn first. The routine you will learn has actually taken me over 20 years of trial and error to put together. They are the effects that get the greatest reactions from spectators. The good thing about this is that most of them only require very basic sleight of hand which is why once you have learnt that you can concentrate more on your performance to achieve a better reaction. You will soon learn the basics, most students pick up the techniques within a few hours. This leaves us ample time to work on giving the routine some structure and starting to make the moves, timing and patter flow. You will also get to know how you can make a very successful income from performing close up magic. You will discover the secrets of: How much to charge; The importance of marketing; Where to find work; Charity Events; Agents; Confidence building; Misdirection techniques; Magic Societies. For full details visit today! 3.1.15


MagicNevin's New Year Sale: We have some exciting projects and offers in the pipeline for 2015 and are kicking the year off with a massive New Year Sale. We will be adding items to the sale whilst it is running, so please do check back regularly. To view the saving for each item click on its picture, the savings are between 10% - 50%. Visit today! 3.1.15


The Magic Cavern - London. Richard Leigh opened at The Barons Court Theatre with 'The Magic Cavern' in 2002. It has since become London's longest running theatrical magic show with over 1000 performances You won't believe your eyes as you witness the seemingly impossible. Wherever you sit in this atmospheric venue, you are only a few feet away from the magic which happens literally under your eyes. A traditional show of mystery from the golden age of magic. This show is interactive and suitable for all the family and all ages.

"All the magic is astounding but there are two tricks which simply defy belief - one with words, one with numbers. Take the whole family to witness and ponder in amazement, like we did. Do not miss this show." Five Stars - Jane McDowell for remotegoat. Barons Court Theatre, "The Curtains Up", 28a Comeragh Road, London W14 9HR (Map). Nearest tube: Barons Court on the Piccadilly Line or West Kensington on the District Line. 2 minutes walk from either. Adults £12.00 and Concessions £9.00 Box Office: 020 8932 4747 or book online at: Sunday 4th, 18th, 25th January at 3pm. 3.1.15


Mark Leveridge January 2015 Podcast. Mark writes: Looking to chill out after all the festive celebrations? Well, there's no better way to ease yourself back into magic than by sitting down with a cuppa and listening to the latest free Mark Leveridge Podcast. In the January edition I reflect on Christmas 2014, consider whether printed or digital books are best for learning magic, discuss what criteria you might use for deciding if a new trick is to be considered for your act, and suggest why you may need Public Liability Insurance and where to get it from. All this plus more is squeezed into a relaxing half hour of interesting magic chat and comment, and is yours to listen to right now from 3.1.15


Magicseen's latest. From the publishers: The first issue of Magicseen for the New Year is out and features, on the cover, one of France's finest, Boris Wild. Not only does he chat with us about his new act and more, but he also provides a brilliant routine for the Masterclass, an effect which he in fact used on a TV special. Boris is kept company in issue 60 by Magic Babe Ning, who drops a bit of a bombshell for all her fans, by Sam Dallal, who is arguably India's top magic supplier, and by Ve Spero, an up-and-coming talent from Greece. Ever get bothered by performance nerves? Well, help is at hand in the January Magicseen as we get practical help and advice from a half a dozen experienced performers. We also provide a guide for rookie kid show workers for how to avoid the 7 Deadly Sins Of Children's Entertainment. All this plus loads of product and live show reviews, news, letters and more helps to ensure that if you get your copy you'll be guaranteed to make 2015 a happy new year right from the start. Magicseen issue 60 is available now as part of a 1 or 2 year printed or download copy sub, or as an individual issue, from 3.1.15


At Home with The Magic Circle, London. "A regular evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians in 'At Home with The Magic Circle'. This event features history, close-up and stage entertainment and happens throughout the year and lasts for a full evening. Doors open at 7pm and the Club Room bar and museum are open. Parlour magic begins at 7.30pm. During the interval, The Magic Circle museum and the Club Room bar are open once again and you'll have a chance to explore the fabulous headquarters. Then it's time for a dazzling show in The Magic Circle theatre to finish off your evening." Tuesday 13th January at 7.30pm. Tickets £34.00 via Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: 3.1.15


The Magicians' Podcast with Richard Young. David Williamson and Edward Hilsum are Richard's guests for January 1st. Catch up with previous podcast guests: David Penn, Rob James, Noel Britten, James Freedman, Russ Stevens, Andi Gladwin, Anthony Owen, Graham Jolley, Fay Presto, Dave Bonsall, Pete Wardell and Paul Martin on Podbean Click Here. Also see and iTunes, Click Here. 3.1.15


Derren Brown's Trick of the Mind is currently being repeated on Watch. Derren Brown demonstrates his unique powers of psychological mentalism, hypnotism, misdirection and showmanship. See TV Magic. 3.1.15


"All about Dynamo: Favourite album, illusion, meal and comedian" Click Here • "Veteran magician makes New Year Honours list" Click Here • "Winnipeg magician Darcy Oake debuts TV special in UK" Click Here • "Ratings: Pointless Celebrities beats Top Gear as Darcy Oake flops" Click Here • "Hans Klok - World record - 15 grandes illusions en 5 minutes" Click Here [unfortunately this contributes about as much to the art of magic as this does this to fine dining...] • "Magician Steve Fisher, of Alma Street, Sheerness, to appear on ITV's Take Me Out" Click Here • "Bird in the hand just the start for magician" Click Here • "Magician Criss Angel to play 'Mindfreak Live' shows in New York" Click Here • "From banking heir to TV magician" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 3.1.15