Number 759 - 10th January 2015


Now You See It... or at least tonight you will at 6.30pm on BBC1 (TV Magic). From the makers: "Submit your videos and be the star of the show. Have you filmed a magic trick, a circus skill, cabaret act or some other entertaining feat of dexterity that went just a bit wrong? Or maybe even a lot wrong? If you have, we’d love to hear from you. Whether you’re the magician, performer, volunteer from the audience, passer-by or just the person with the camera in the right place at the right time, if you’ve got footage of a trick or routine getting the wrong sorts of gasps and laughs then please get in touch and tell us about it. Who knows, in next to no time it could be your video everyone’s enjoying watching. ‎Please contact us at to be sent further information and details of how to get your footage to us. Oh, and last but by no means least, we should probably let you know there will be a payment for any clips which are used in the series." More info: Click Here. 10.1.15


Ace of Diamonds Children’s Entertainers Development Day, 27th March 2015, Gloucester: "Colin Dymond is an award winning magician and ventriloquist with over 20 years experience as a children’s entertainer. The idea behind the Children’s Entertainer’s Development Day is to give a small group of entertainers the chance to learn from Colin on every aspect of the show and the business! Trial and error is a great way to learn, but it’s a slow process with more error than you would like. By taking part in the Children’s Entertainer’s Development Day you will not only learn what Colin does in his show but the reasons why he does what he does and the errors that brought him to that conclusion. By learning the process behind the results you will be able to use this information to improve your shows with less trial and a lot fewer errors. Items covered include, Setting the stage, comedy writing for kids, building a routine, business basics and more. To make sure everyone gets as much as possible out of the Children’s Entertainer’s Development Day it is limited to just 10 participants. Each participant will receive an exclusive workbook, 'Learning From Experience', this will include all the information from the modules plus extra space for making notes! The Children’s Entertainer’s Development Day will take place on the 27th March 2015 in the grounds of Prinknash Abbey just off the M5 near Cheltenham, Gloucester. Registration is at 9.30am for a 10am start and the day will finish at 5pm. Tea and Coffee is provided and there is a lovely restaurant on site for lunch or you can bring your own sandwiches. The cost for the day is just £125 with a special early bird registration of just £100 if booked before the end of January. Email for details on how to book or if you have any questions." 10.1.15


Wayne Dobson: The Definitive Collection Lecture - Burton upon Trent. Eddie Young writes: Wayne Dobson has kindly agreed to give a special lecture in Burton on Trent for a charity night, together with 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 during 2015 and this exclusive lecture is limited to only 50 places, so it’s on a first come, first served basis. Thursday 29th January 2015. 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 via the early bird offer for £10 and a guaranteed seat by PayPal or over the phone by card (01283 537434). All profits will be going to further research into Multiple Sclerosis. 10.1.15


Merlins of Wakefield are having their biggest ever ‘January 100’ sale and write: "Over 100 items have been reduced in price by up to 50% including magic from Tora, Magic Wagon, Sankey, Merlins and many more. Some are very limited in stock, and once sold, will not be available to reorder at these prices The sale starts at 9.00am on Monday 11th January and finishes at midnight on Saturday 31st January 2015. You can check us out online, or request a PDF of the items available by emailing or call 01924 339933. Don’t miss out on these great bargains!" 10.1.15


Perspectives: The Magic of Houdini with Alan Davies is being repeated on Sunday on ITV: "Alan Davies explores the extraordinary life of Harry Houdini, who against the odds was among the richest, most successful entertainers in the world. He was the ultimate showman and one of the first American celebrities. In order to understand why Houdini felt compelled to perform such terrifying death-defying stunts, Alan tries to hold his breath under ice cold water, lies on a bed of nails, is strung up upside down in a straitjacket and takes an exclusive look at David Copperfield's priceless collection of Houdini artefacts in Las Vegas. See TV Magic. 10.1.15


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Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 29th January, London: Witness the impossible with magic and comedy at Conjuring at the Court, London’s longest-running monthly magic show. The January show features a first visit by mentalist and paranormal expert Marc Spelmann with a unique, slightly unnerving edge that fascinates everyone who sees him. Danny Buckler is a highly successful comedy magician who works around the world and made a terrific debut at the Court last year. Young and Strange have established their comedy magic double act with hit performances at The Magic Circle Christmas Show, and headlining the touring Champions of Magic show. The compere is the exuberant co-producer Stephen Barry. And there’s the wonderful Terry Herbert (photo), surely one of the funniest magicians on the planet! The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). There is a bar at the back of the room so you can have a drink while enjoying the magic. Seats are comfortable and all have a good view of the stage. Just 12 minutes from Central London: take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the pub is 2 minutes walk from the station. Come early and enjoy a dinner from the pub’s varied menu, and enjoy a drink from the bar while enjoying a great night of entertainment and mystery. Beat the New Year blues with an evening of magic and laughter; tickets still just £10 from 10.1.15


Sean Lobban ‘Tall Tale’ Lecture - Ipswich Magical Society. On Monday 19th January, Sean Lobban will be presenting his ‘Tall Tale’ lecture at Ipswich Magical Society. Sean feels very honoured to be able to present this, as it is The Denis Tubb Memorial evening. The Tall Tale lecture is based on his book Click Here in which he shares his experience and presents a theory which can help children’s entertainers and other types of magician increase the chances of getting repeat bookings and recommendations. He recently presented this lecture at The Magic Circle. Neal Austin said about the lecture, “Well done to Sean on a really informative, interesting and useful evening that fearlessly tackled many areas that we magicians often unknowingly develop a blind spot to.” 10.1.15


Two lectures, one evening, the Associated Conjurers of East Sussex. Nicky Lewis writes: Brighton magical legend Lynn Thomas will be sharing some of his tricks and ideas with members of the Associated Conjurers of East Sussex, plus long standing IBM member and magical hero of many, Mike Pettitt will be coming up trumps with more magical mysteries too. Two lectures in one night! Wednesday 14th January, 7.30pm for 8-10pm. More experience than you could imagine and all for the cost of pint of Lewes' finest Harveys! Come along to this friendly club to meet the members and enjoy some great magic. Members free, visitors only £5! Venue: Thomas A Beckett Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex. Also see 10.1.15


Dave Jones Home Counties Magical Society lecture. Andrew Lewis writes: Home Counties Magical Society are proud to present a lecture by Dave Jones to be held at 8pm on Thursday 15th January 2015 at Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley, Reading, Berkshire RG6 3HE (Map). Dave Jones is a professional Magician with over 15 years experience, he is a Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle and a versatile performer. His unique blend of baffling magic and hilarious comedy have been seen at literally thousands of events all over the UK, Europe and the USA. Dave has also been the first choice Magician used by International Magic for many years to conduct their teach-in courses. A lecture to start the New Year off with a bang. Visiting magicians welcome for a door charge of £10.00. 10.1.15


Thom Peterson: The Amazing Guy - Friday and Saturday, January 16th and 17th, Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol: "Thom’s combination of dry humor and mind-twisting feats of magic are sure to leave you rolling with laughter, and slack-jawed with amazement. Thom has performed in over 40 countries, has been seen on television all over the world, and is a regular performer at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. In fact, he’s one of the few performers to be authorised to perform in every showroom there. When not aboard ships, Thom can be seen performing in theaters and comedy clubs, as well as high-end corporate events and celebrity affairs, all over Europe and the U.S." More info: 10.1.15


Now You See It, tonight at 6.30pm on BBC 1. "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." See TV Magic. 10.1.15


The Magicians' Podcast features John Lenahan this week. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at Podbean, Click Here. Also see and iTunes, Click Here. 10.1.15


Bill Davenport - the first magician to learn the secrets of the Piddingtons! "Piddington’s Secrets, by Martin Hart, Solves the Greatest Mystery in World Magic History. Bill Davenport was asked to be the first magician in the world to review the ground-breaking book, which reveals the secrets of the Piddington’s world famous mentalist act of the late 1940s. The book explains, finally, exactly how the Australian husband and wife mentalist team of Sydney and Lesley Piddington gave one of the most famous stage and radio telepathy acts of modern times in London. The book is based on a notebook belonging to author Hart’s grandfather, Brian Hart, a London bus driver who observed the Piddington’s methods while working on the BBC broadcasts where the Piddingtons demonstrated ESP to over 20 million listeners every week. Martin Hart handed over a copy of the manuscript for Bill Davenport to read on December 19th and his review will be available in the second week of January. Paul Daniels says 'If Piddington was alive today, he would still use these methods.' The book suffered a delay in late December due to new information about Piddington’s methods coming to light, but now the book is due for release on January 29th, but can be purchased in advance, by visiting" 10.1.15


Amy Dawes. Amy Dawes died on December 30th 2014 in Hull Royal Infirmary after suffering a fall before Christmas, whilst being treated for a fractured pelvis. The funeral will take place on Monday the 12th January at 12.30pm at Haltemprice Crematorium, A164 North Willerby, Hull. Alexander Allen. 11.1.15


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