Number 763 - 7th February 2015


Danny Buckler's Magic Salon, Windsor. The magic show where the world’s finest trick artists perform headline sets before sharing their insights about magic with our genial host. Danny will present two of the biggest names in UK magic in an evening of illusion, card tricks and mystery in a chat show revealing how a magician’s mind works. A firm favourite of Laughing Coyote and The Firestation, Danny will welcome to his Windsor stage: Denmark’s biggest star of magic and comedy – TV star and author Rune Klan, and one of the world’s leading sleight of hand artists and star of C4 show 'Trick Artist' Ben Earl. The show will open with close-up card tricks and sleight of hand before Ben Earl joins Danny on the sofa for a discussion about how he designs his tricks and his relationship with magic. The final act of the evening is Denmark’s equivalent of Michael McIntyre. The biggest star on Danish TV – host of TV shows, live tours, author of bestselling book ‘Rune's World’ – Rune Klan has toured Europe and North America and performed all over the world with his combination of comedy and magic – making guest appearances on mainstream comedy showcases as well as specialist magic shows Rune is the perfect way to close a very special evening of magic and chat and a special treat for UK audiences as he sets out to make 2015 his year in the UK. 8pm on Thursday, 19th February, at The Firestation, Windsor. Tickets: 7.2.15


Warning: Blackpool's Festival of Magic is about to sell out! "Only a few seats remain for all three Gala Shows in the Opera House. Due to the heavy bookings for the Friday, extra entertainment will be provided from 10am on Friday morning. You'll need to act straight away if you want to attend the world's biggest and best Magicians Festival. or ring Arthur Casson on 01253 393688." 7.2.15


Conjuring at the Court, London: For our show on Thursday February 26th we’re delighted to present three completely new acts. There’s the astounding Mat Ricardo, who’s performed at comedy and theatre festivals around the world, international cabaret, variety and burlesque, and TV shows including the Jonathan Ross show, with prizes galore for his smart, entertaining and unusual juggling. Another scoop is the world-renowned Fay Presto, who’s performed for the Queen, Elton John, Dustin Hoffman, Rod Steward, Eric Clapton and had many TV appearances. The extraordinary Justin Monehen; trained originally as a ballet dancer, he uses mime and illusion to create a unique and mind-blowing visual style. Returning to the Court is one of our favourites, Tim Shoesmith, a funny and engaging comedy magician. Hosted by co-producer, genial magician Russell Levinson. A night of variety, magic, comedy and entertainment. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Book now: 7.2.15


Wayne Houchin Lecture at The Magic Circle, London. Wayne Houchin (USA) will be performing his two-hour lecture ‘Strange Ideas’ on Wednesday 11th February 2015 exclusively in London at The Magic Circle. This is part of The Magic Circle Star Lecture Series. "'Strange Ideas' is the new presentation from Wayne Houchin, whose work as a performance artist, magician, and dare-devil has made him one of the most popular mystery entertainers in the world. Part performance and part lecture, Strange Ideas features a variety of new magic and surprising variations. Attendees will learn magic with needles, string, a helium balloon, dollar bills, cards, and more. Houchin’s magic is powerful and practical, and is suitable for both close-up and parlour style performances. Wayne Houchin has performed around the world in more than 30 countries. He’s appeared on NBC’s Today Show, headlined the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and made history when he stopped time during a live nationally televised stunt in Santo Domingo. Houchin currently stars in the Discovery Channel's Breaking Magic and The Magic of Science which has been watched by more than 100 million people worldwide." The Magic Circle will open at 5.30pm and the lecture will run from 7pm-9.30pm (with a break). Entrance is free for members or £15 for non-member magicians. Non-members should email to have their names added to the guest list in advance. 7.2.15


Digital Hijack with Troy. Digital Hijack with Troy  (working title) will demonstrate just how easy it is to be scammed, have your private pictures used or your identity stolen. The one-hour programme from Objective Productions will be fronted by south east London street magician Troy Von Scheibner and reveal the simple scams used by thieves, conmen, advertisers, multi-national corporations and even politicians to access your personal data. Who is watching you? Using a series of stunts Troy and his crack team of undercover agents will track down the over sharers, the careless and the many who simply don’t take their data security seriously to show them how easy it is to be scammed and how they can protect themselves against it. Digital Hijack with Troy was created by Objective Productions’ Head of Magic, Anthony Owen. 7.2.15


Paul Daniels at The Quayside Cabaret Club. "The Quayside Cabaret Club presents the nation's favourite magician Paul Daniels and the lovely Debbie McGee on Thursday 18th June. Also featuring Newcastle's favourite magician Chris Cross. Doors 7pm, meal 7,30pm, showtime 8pm. Prima Ristorante, 40-46 The Side, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JA. £45 per person includes three course meal and cabaret. Call 01912 331011 to book." 7.2.15


Magic Partnership enters 12th year. A long running North East partnership is making magic happen as it enters its 12th landmark year. Specialist retailer Magicbox, which sells a range of magic tricks, props and accessories at stores in Newcastle, intu Metrocentre and online, has signed up to sponsor the South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2015. The week-long event, which attracts hundreds of professional magicians and magic fans from around the world, has been organised annually by South Tyneside Council since 2004. Magicbox has been there right from the beginning and have sponsored the event for the past nine years. Graeme Shaw, a partner at Magicbox said: "The South Tyneside International Magic Festival is a highlight in the worldwide magic calendar and delivers a huge boost not just to the borough’s economy but to the North East magic fraternity as a whole."

As part of its long-standing sponsorship agreement, Magicbox are once again organising one of the South Tyneside Magic Festival’s showcase events, the Family Magic Extravaganza. This year’s show, which takes place at the Customs House, South Shields on Wednesday March 11th, will feature live performances by some of the North East’s top magicians, including Graeme, who was the youngest ever president of the Newcastle Magic Circle. He will be joined by experienced children’s’ entertainers Tony Parx, Russ Brown, Magic Mickey, Dain Cordean and compere Tony Junior, as well as juggling and comedy double act Double Trouble. Further details and a full line-up for the South Tyneside International Magic Festival can be found at


MindFX. Michael Murray has been a creating mentalism effects for over 15 years. His very first commercial release, Beyond ESP, has sold over 15,000 copies worldwide to date. Since then he has continued to receive high praise for his work, from such names as Banachek, Richard Osterlind, Paul Vigil, Peter Turner, Colin McLeod, Mark Elsdon and Jerome Finley. In May 2014 Michael opened MindFX, a website dedicated to his personal mentalism releases. Amongst the items available is his first official book 'A Piece of My Mind' which won the Tarbell Award (Book of the Year) 2014 on the Magic Cafe. Specialising in linguistic deception and a pioneer of new principles within mentalism, Michael has quickly established himself as one of the UK’s leading creators of mentalism. With new ideas being developed on a daily basis MindFX is certainly one site that you do not want to miss. 7.2.15


Luke Jermay: Sixth Sense UK Tour. "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.

Now on tour, see What's On and 7.2.15


Variety Live at Thwaites Empire, Blackburn: "On March 12th we'll be bringing a world class variety show to Blackburn. There's hilarious comedy, mind boggling illusion, jaw dropping juggling and unusual oddities as we present modern vaudevillian delights in a show for all the family. The show's hosted by comedy magician Mark James and features: juggler Michael Jordan. One half of High Jinx, an incredible juggler with a flair for creating hilarious high energy routines; Unusualist, Doctor Diablo, one of the world's finest purveyors of the odd and strange. Headlined by illusionist Andrew Green. Andrew has performed in summer seasons, television and variety for over 20 years. When booking tickets via the box office quote discount code VARIETYLIVEDISCOUNT to get adults tickets for just £6. That's 33% off a full price ticket. See full details at and find out how to win a poster signed by the cast at 7.2.15


Too Hot To Handle. RSVPMagic presents a brand new trick by Kieron Johnson Too Hot To Handle: "Imagine being able to seemingly control temperature! A cold can of soda handled by the spectator, suddenly becomes hot and now contains a chosen hot drink! Any drink can be used. Coffee, tea, latte, black, white, one sugar or two even! This is being pre-released at Blackpool and will only be available from us at RSVPMagic until its official launch on 28th February worldwide. Due to the manufacture of the two special Glo Holders supplied, numbers will initially be limited. You can pre-order now however and get it early on the 19th February only from See the trailer and the amazing reactions that this trick gets: Click Here." 7.2.15


Peter Antoniou - Happy Medium. Award-winning Psychic Comedian, Peter Antoniou is bringing 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 26th February and Friday 27th February at 8pm. COG ARTSpace, 113 Southgate Road, Above The De Beauvoir Arms, London N1 3JS (Map) 7.2.15


Kieron Johnson lecture, York University. Kieron Johnson presents his fantastic lecture on the weird and wonderful magic he's created on Tuesday 10th February at 7.30pm. Hosted by the University Magic Society, tickets are £5 for non-members. Free parking from 6pm. Magic Society members will be there to direct guests from the car park to lecture room P/L/005 and the car park (first big car park on your right, students will direct you to the lecture room) can be found on Newton Way, YO10 5DE (Map). Come see what Kieron has to offer! (Kieron will also be talking about tricks from his upcoming Blackpool release, Too Hot To Handle). Organised by Tom Crosbie and The University of York Magic Society Tel 07791 306976. 7.2.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features the award winning Will Houstoun! Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at Also see and iTunes, Click Here. 7.2.15


Bath Circle of Magicians Cody S. Fisher Lecture: The Bath Circle of Magicians will be hosting a Cody S. Fisher (USA) lecture on Thursday 19th March at 8pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Saltford (Near Bath) BS31 3EL (Map). There will be a £10 charge at the door for non-members of the Bath Circle of Magicians who are very welcome to attend! Contact for further information. Ian Fraser, Secretary Bath Circle of Magicians. 7.2.15


Jamie Allan iMagician Tour. In this action packed show, audiences will witness the most incredible illusions ever staged. Using the latest technology, iMagician includes high powered laser beams, iPads, Twitter, Facebook, and new for our 2015 show, the mind blowing 'Virtual assistant' a routine which involves a full scale volumetric hologram. After mesmerising American audiences for 12 years with his fusion of magic and technology, Jamie is now set to launch a spectacular UK tour - iMagician: The Evolution of Magic. Tour starts Wednesday, 11th February, see What's On. 7.2.15


The Mark Leveridge February Podcast. Grab a coffee and spend half an hour in the company of Mark Leveridge as he chats about a range of interesting magical topics. For instance, did you know that some of your spectators may have Rhabdophobia? If you don't know what that that is, listen to the Podcast. Mark also comments on Rick Lax's assertion that only 1% of all magicians are genuinely creative, explains why he thinks that strolling magicians should make sure they 'educate' their bookers so that they understand what is, and what is not, possible, and he observes how increasingly people attending large dinner functions seem to be spending less and less time sitting at their tables, even when the food's there! All this, plus more, will hopefully provide plenty to get you thinking and to keep you entertained. You can listen now at or 7.2.15


UK mentalist Michael Murray scooped the Tarbell Award (Book of the Year) 2014 with the release of his first official book 'A Piece of My Mind'. Receiving almost 30% of the nominations, his book was singled out as the must have title of the year. Michael's book was also listed as one of the top ten releases of 2014 on Jheffs Market Place of the Mind. To read more about the contents, or to purchase a copy of this book, head over to 7.2.15


Wayne Houchin  Edinburgh Magic Circle lecture: Just a reminder that Edinburgh Magic Circle are hosting a Scottish exclusive lecture by Wayne Houchin from the USA on Thursday 12th February. Doors open 7.15pm, lecture starts at 8pm. £10 entry. Venue: Coltbridge Bowling Club, 1A Coltbridge Gardens, Haymarket, Edinburgh EH12 6AQ (Map). Ian Buchan, Secretary EMC. 7.1.15


Mid Essex Magicians are hosting 'A Night of Wonder' on Tuesday 10th February: "Michael Leach, with permission from Tommy's estate, will present a night exploring the great work of Tommy Wonder with theories and psychology, explained along with some of his great routines including: Two Cup routine and Tamed Card and Ambitious Card to Ring Box. 8pm at The Cricketers Arms, Penny Royal Road, Danbury, Chelmsford CM3 4ED (Map)" 7.2.15


Scott Creasey lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 12th February: "What do you do when the luggage containing your props goes to Madrid as you arrive for an important show in Barcelona? How would you cope if you arrived at a venue and the client, who booked you for a close-up strolling performance, suddenly changed his mind and asked you to perform a full stand-up/cabaret set? Learn how seven years of performances for unforgiving holiday makers on the Spanish Costa del Sol club circuit have shaped Scott’s mentalism performances to ensure all his routines are interactive, fast paced and personal, and can be performed in almost any environment. In this brand new lecture Scott performs and dissects his 'Act in a Paper Bag', a full stand-up/cabaret/close-up act the props for which can be purchased for a few pounds on any high street. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, the lecture takes place in Leatherhead, Surrey at 8pm for full details contact Adam Mosley" 7.2.15


RSVPMagic have just released a brand new DVD from the brilliant Brendan Rodrigues entitled Visualize: Featuring some of the most amazing visual magic that you'll see, Brendan's DVD is quite unique in that no card tricks are featured! Hard hitting and eye popping, you'll learn magic using pens, rubber bands, sponge hearts and crystal balls that make Visualize a unique DVD. Watch the trailer: Click Here. Available from 7.2.15


The Secret World of Charles Dickens, mirth, marvels and the mysterious featuring Ian Keable. Ian Keable, a previous recipient of The Magic Circle’s prestigious Comedy Award and resident of Highgate, performs the favourite magic tricks of Charles Dickens and replicates the spooky practices of Victorian psychics. Charles Dickens, in addition to being one of the world’s greatest writers, was an expert conjurer. He was also intrigued with Spiritualism, attending séances when they were first introduced in the mid nineteenth-century. This humorous and mystifying show tells how Dickens was inspired to take up conjuring and reveals how his tricks are just as deceptive today as they were in his time. Venue: Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate, London N6 4BD (Map). Thursday to Saturday, 19th to 21st March at 7.30 pm. Sunday 22nd March Matinee at 4pm. Tickets £12-£16 (concessions available) Box Office: 020 8340 3488 7.2.15


Kieron Lefever Manchester Circle of Magicians lecture. "The eccentric and outrageous Kieron Lefever arrived on the magic scene with a bang in the form of his 'To The Max' DVD. Since then Kieron has unleashed his highly acclaimed 'Chaotic' DVD and 'Remaxed Iceolation'. Expect something unique and entertainingly outrageous! He advises Troy. "Brilliant, mad, obsessive thinking, that has created spectacular effects. You are a true one off. Keep up the brilliant work." Andy Nyman. This weeks 7.30 session sees two members share effects they are working on. Peter Roberts and Mike Hinde both have tricks to show us and will take half of the session each. 9th February." 7.2.15


Mark James returns to lecture at the Order of The Magi on Tuesday February 10th at 8pm. It has been almost three years since the last one and this evening is sure to be a treat. If you've never seen Mark's lecture before this is a great time to do it. The evening will be a 'best of' lecture, featuring stacks of new material along with a few requested favourites from the previous lecture. The evening will be split into two sections, featuring, close-up magic as well as stand-up and children’s routines. It's guaranteed there'll be something for everyone along with hilarious stories and a no holds barred Q&A session. There is a door charge for non members. Directions on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 7.2.15


Wayne Houchin Fylde Mystics lecture: "The Fylde Mystics are proud to present the brand new lecture from Wayne Houchin. This will be the only North of England lecture on Wayne's current tour. Wayne will be presenting his Strange Ideas lecture where attendees will learn magic with needles, string, a helium balloon, dollar bills, cards, and more. Houchin’s magic is powerful and practical, and is suitable for both close-up and parlour style performances. Wayne Houchin has performed around the world in more than 30 countries. He’s appeared on NBC’s Today Show, headlined the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and made history when he stopped time during a live nationally televised stunt in Santo Domingo. Houchin currently stars in the Discovery Channel's Breaking Magic and The Magic of Science which has been watched by more than 100 million people worldwide. The lecture will be on Monday 16th February, at 8pm at the South Shore Lawn Tennis Club (FY4 5HZ) with a £5.00 on the door charge for visitors, although booking is advised as we have already received a lot of enquires from visitors for this lecture. For more details and to confirm your place email Alan Mylecraine or visit" 7.2.15


Crafted With Carey. John Carey's new hard backed book, which is being published by Magicseen Publications on February 20th at the Blackpool Convention, contains nearly 70 top effects from the creative mind of John himself and some of his friends. If you already have some of John's material and wonder what might be included in the book, go to the special Magicseen pre-publication book order page Click Here and you will be able to download a file which lists all of the book's contents. If you place your order for the book by Saturday 14th February, you will also receive a free download of Best of British, one of Magicseen's most popular books. John will be spending some time each day at the Blackpool Convention on the Magicseen stand demonstrating routines from the new book, so make sure you call by to catch John in action and to see what else Magicseen has to tempt you with. 7.2.15


Patrick Page Auction. Sale of items relating to Chung Ling Soo, Houdini, Thurston, Kellar, Fred Karno and more. Janette Page writes: We are selling some of our dad's collection of magic ephemera. The sale will take place on Saturday 7th February 2015 at Potter & Potter Auctions, the magic auctioneers in Chicago, USA. The sale starts at 10am Chicago time and is also online. Many of the lots are Houdini related, there is a Chung Ling Soo signed performance contract (see photo at the bottom of the page), some Thurston and Keller items, and much more. Dad's 'magical treasures' start at lot no 409 and are included in the sale of 'The Collection of J P Jackson'. For more information see 7.2.15


The Real Secrets of Magic by Jack Delvin. Originally planned as a monthly magic course Jack Delvin's 'The Real Secrets of Magic' has instead been released as a 238 page ebook: "The most wonderful, beautiful, thing about the art of magic is that anyone can learn it. Most people think that to be a magician you have to be extremely dexterous with your hands, but that is not necessarily so. Some tricks are entirely self-working, relying on clever subtleties, crafty apparatus, or what magicians call gimmicks. All you need is the knowledge. You can perform magic anywhere, anytime, anyhow, amuse and amaze people and make them happy, and, what’s more, make yourself happy at the same time." Featuring around 100 tricks/routines/ideas, available from 7.2.15


John Styles is up to his old tricks, back on the road again in 'The Magnificent Music Hall'. So far, venues include Oxford, Epsom, East Grinstead, Northampton, Camberley, Stoke on Trent and Chatham. 7.2.15


Perry Salmon - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians' winner. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 4th February, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, held their annual competition for newcomers. It was a strong competition and the worthy winner of the 2015 William Stevens Shield competition was Perry Salmon. 7.2.15


Tony Green. Quentin Reynolds writes: Tony Green passed away on Thursday, 5th February in Ipswich. Before turning pro, Tony was a cabinet maker and that skill came in very handy in making his own props and puppets. For many years he performed Punch & Judy, Vent and Magic in the Clacton area. Multiple daily performances on the beach during the summer season led him to devise many extra interludes and bits of business for his Punch shows. These were published in two books, Professional Punch, and Puppets With Punch, by The Supreme Magic Co. For a number of years Tony also made all the Punch puppets for Supreme. Tony retired from performing in the 80's and moved to Ipswich opening a toy and joke shop Gags and Giggles. Condolences to his wife Rosemary and son and daughter. 7.2.15


James Brown writes: Would you like to feel confident in any and all areas of your life? Would you like to have the confidence to perform and achieve? I am giving away 3 free videos teaching you all about confidence and my approach to fears and failure. If you want the confidence to do everything then click on the link below! 7.2.15


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 7.2.15


"Microsoft Advertising teams up with Fiat and magician Dynamo for campaign extension" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo hails Charles help" Click Here • "Watch teenage magician Dean Leavy bamboozle our reporter" Click Here • "Researcher studies psychology of magic" Click Here • "Penn & Teller: Technology has morphed the magic act" Click Here • "Misdirections Magic Shop: The Inner Sunset's Wizard School" Click Here • "I want to believe in magic" Click Here • Wayne Slater's final 'El Loco' show will take place at the old Butlin's hotel, The Grand Hotel Scarborough, on 22nd February, closing a weekend of comedy • "The Incredible Candles" Click Here • "Chloe Crawford receives 'Assistant of the Year Award' from Society of American Magicians" Click Here • Many thanks for your news submissions as ever. See you next week, Duncan. 7.2.15