Number 765 - 21st February 2015


FISM updates, from the organisers: James More, a master of illusion, an incredible TV star who has amazed the audience of Britain’s Got Talent, has been confirmed as a performer in the Olympus of Magic show, to show us the extraordinary performances he has presented around the world. FISM Italy 2015... by night it will be full of surprises, food, cocktails, music and magic! The Palacongressi, headquarters of the World Championship of Magic, will be open from 9am until 5am the next morning! There will be night shows, a magic bar, and the opportunity to exchange secrets in comfortable magic corners with tables and seats where you can eat and drink with friends. You will be able to have fun throughout the night, waiting for the dawn. This will be a very special way to experience FISM, sharing a unique opportunity with magicians from around the world. For a live reportage by Max Maven and Walter Rolfo from Palacongressi in Rimini Click Here." Main website: 21.2.15


London Presents… An introduction to TV Magic. Intensive Evening Workshop with Anthony Owen. Friday 6th March, London: "Anthony is the BAFTA award-winning producer of all of Derren Brown's specials and series. He has produced most of the UK's magic on TV and is now sharing his knowledge in a one-off unique workshop at the Hippodrome Casino in London. Attendees to this unique exclusive workshop will get a hands-on opportunity to learn first hand how they can adjust their magical performances for the television medium. If you are a magician who is interested in: Learning how to look your best on television; Showing yourself at your very best in your promotional video, showreel, website or internet footage (YouTube, Vimeo) and making a great trailer of your magic effect on sale to other magicians; Discovering the secrets of success behind the world’s leading television magicians, then you need to be a part of this one-off opportunity of a lifetime. Only a few spaces left! For tickets and further info please go to: Laura London Presents - Anthony Owen." 21.2.15


The South Tyneside International Magic Festival Convention 2015, which is being held at the Customs House, South Shields, will feature a range of workshops, performances and lectures by some of the finest magicians from around the world. The three-day event, organised by South Tyneside Council and magician John Archer, is open exclusively to professional performers and the most ardent magic fans and is strictly limited to 150 attendees. Those set to appear between Friday March 13th and Sunday March 15th include multi award-winning Satori (photo), comedy magician Paul Nardini and card expert John Carey, who promises that "attendees will leave with more than one idea to add to their repertoire." They will be joined by mentalist Luke Jermay, children’s entertainer Russ Brown, eccentric and theatrical performer Kieron Lefever, dynamic mind-reading duo, Atlas and Looch, card manipulator Gordon Bruce and multi-award winning Michael Finney. A number of additional international acts will also be taking to the stage for two Gala performances, which are included in the convention ticket price. 21.2.15


Tim Vine 2015 Tour with Special Guest John Archer. Tim Vine the punslinger returns with lots of new jokes, silly songs and twitchy dancing in his first stand-up tour for 4 years with special guest John Archer. It’s time to put the satire on hold and watch a grown man act the goat. Come along and enjoy the nonsense. For tour dates and more info see and What's On. 21.2.15


Science and Magic of Light, the Universe and Everything. March 28th 2015 10am - 5pm at Edinburgh University Eusa Debating Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AJ (Map). In recognition of the 2015 International Year of Light, why not join us in a free day-long warp speed tour of our luminous, multi coloured universe, suitable for ages 8 and up. This will be under the guidance of eminent scientists such as Professor Chris Lintott from the BBC's Sky at Night programme and Professor John C Brown, 10th Astronomer Royal for Scotland. These experts will describe and explain the wonders of light and how it interacts with matter, space time, gravity and black holes. Aerospace concepts from light sails to Star Wars will also be discussed. Assisting with the tour we have professional magicians including Kevin MacMahon, Director of the highly successful Edinburgh International Magic Festival. They will illuminate our way by using magic to demonstrate and help explain the science. The day event also includes a meteorite display, sunspot observing and parallel planetarium shows (small fee). For those interested it is followed by a separate (ticketed) evening Ceilidh (dance) event "Tripping the Light Fantastic". For more information visit: Enquiries to 21.2.15


Northern Magic Circle Convention updates. Robert Temple writes: Two more names have been added to the Northern Magic Circle Convention lineup. Elizabeth Rogan came 3rd in The Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year Competition back in 2013. Since then this confident teenager has appeared on BBC 1’s The One Show and performs regularly in shows across the country. Now you can see her fantastic act at the convention. Michael Diamond is a performer of bizarre magic (at its best) and has also been a professional children's entertainer for many years. Michael has 6 completely different 1 hour children's shows that can be performed anywhere, from your front room at home, to the largest holiday camp, theatre or outdoors. Michael will taking part in our Gala show as the infamous Doctor Diablo. The Northern Magic Circle Convention is on 11th and 12th April 2015 at Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 1QF (Map). Tickets available from or email 21.2.15


Danny Buckler's Magic Salon, Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking. Danny Buckler returns with another of his Magic Salons. The magic show where the world’s finest trick artists perform headline sets before sharing their insights about magic with genial host Danny Buckler. Danny will present three of the biggest names in UK magic for an evening of illusion, card tricks and mystery in a chat show revealing how a magician’s mind works. Returning to his hometown and the theatre where he started his career, as a stage-hand and box office clerk, Danny will welcome to his Woking stage: Victorian time-travelling magicians Morgan & West; The mindreader who can’t read minds, Chris Cox and Sleight of Hand artist Justin Monehen. 8pm on Friday 10th April. To book Click Here. (I saw Danny's Magic Salon in Windsor last week, it's a really good, original, evening. DT). 21.2.15


Red and Black American Thin Flash Paper - now available in the UK. MagicNevin write: This is quite simply the best flash paper we have ever seen! Very clean and fast burning with a bright flame. These packs contain 10 sheets, each measuring 8" x 9.75" sheets (20cm x 25cm). Fire effects used at your own risk and only sold to persons over 18 years of age. We offering a 30% discount against orders. Type 'thin' into the coupons/discount box during the checkout process on our website (this week and next week only). 21.2.15


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." For tour dates see or What's On. "Mind reader taps into sixth sense for live tour" Click Here. 21.2.15


Lost Magic Decoded. US Magician to the millionaires Steve Cohen tracks down and resurrects some of the most mind-boggling, mysterious and deadly tricks in history, including the bullet catch. 7pm and 11pm on Saturday 28th February on H2. also see TV Magic. 21.2.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features Laura London. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at Also see and iTunes, Click Here. 21.2.15


The Anglian Magic Society are very proud to announce that Chris North has been made a life honorary member of the society. This is in recognition of his many years service to the society and the constant support Chris offers to the committee and our members. We are also delighted that Chris’s new act “The Victorian Conjuror” has been selling out in local theaters. Chris previewed this act at the society's December meeting with great reviews from our members and will be featuring part of this new act at the Blackpool Magic Convention in the after gala show party, on the Sunday evening. On behalf of the whole society may we wish Chris continued success. Steve Majes, Secretary, The Anglian Magic Society. (Larger photo: 21.2.15


Young Magician of the Year 2015 Final. The Heats of the Young Magician of the Year 2015 were held on Sunday 15th February, and the Finalists are: Leah Devine, David Hardman, Chris Head, Dean Leavy, Callum McClure, Oliver Paice and Giorgio Rand. The Final will take place on Sunday 29th March and there will be two performances: the first at 3pm will act as a dress rehearsal with an audience and the actual (judged) Final will be at 6pm. Tickets for the afternoon performance are £8 and for the evening £15. Details for purchasing tickets will be available soon. Michael Colley, Competition Secretary. 21.2.15


Magicians at the Half Moon. Andy Clockwise writes: They're back! Friday 27th February sees the return of Bishop's Stortford's only monthly magic show, 'Magicians at the Half Moon' after a looooong Christmas break - and what a great first show of the year it will be. Martin Cox hosts, introducing Half Moon favourites Michael Vincent and Tim Shoesmith (both former winners of The Magic Circle's Close-Up Magician of The Year Competition). As always, it'll be a fun and entertaining evening full of magic and wonder and it all kicks off at 8pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Entry is £10 and doors open at 7.30pm. To reserve yourself a ticket or two, call Martin on 01279 659562 and for more information visit 21.2.15


The Trixta presents Bluelight Comedy & Magic: This event has been running for almost two years in a private invite-only venue and has seen some fantastic acts perform. It is now moving to a public venue in Northampton. Every first Friday of the month at The Sun Inn, Hardingstone, Northampton. On March 6th John Archer and Andi Gladwin perform along with some up and coming comedy talent. Doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. This night always sells out so book early. £10 a ticket: 21.2.15


Shane West Coventry Magic Circle lecture. James Cannon writes: Coventry Magic Circle are delighted to welcome Shane West (Uncle Zooboo). Shane is a brilliant professional magician who this year performed at the Blackpool Magic Convention. This lecture is for those magicians who want to perform children's entertainment at a very high level. To perform at Blackpool you have got to be very good. £10 entrance fee and visiting magicians welcome. Tuesday 24th February (8pm - 10pm) at Bentley Road Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR (Map). 21.2.15


Sorcerers Safari Magic & Performance Summer Camp, Canada: See what our Magic & Performance Summer Camp is all about, from our campers perspective, Click Here. After watching this documentary you’ll see what makes magic camp so special and why campers keep coming back year after year. While the grounds are amazing, the teaching is top quality and the nightly shows are stellar, magic camp is much more than the sum of its parts - this documentary helps explain why. Sorcerers Safari Magic & Performance Camp runs at Camp White Pine in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada for one awesome week every summer. For more information, or to join us this August 15th - 19th, 2015, visit Thanks, Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp Team. 21.2.15


"With Up-And-Coming YouTubers, Big Frame Looks To The Stars" Click Here • "A Disappeared Houdini Film Escapes from Obscurity" Click Here • "Cartamundi debuts new Carta Magic range" Click Here • "Penn & Teller Technology has morphed the magic act" Click Here • "Lev Grossman’s ‘The Magicians’ Trilogy Coming To Syfy Channel This Spring With Pilot Episode" Click Here • Steve Short's lecture: "Alan Shaxon - The Sophisticated Sorcerer" is reviewed by Steve Majes this week, Click Here • "Watch this magician do all his magic tricks on an iPad" Click Here • "Teen magician from Windsor reaches Magic Circle final" Click Here • "Master illusionist Franz Harary has a few tricks up his sleeve" Click Here • "Like magic, 'Illusionists' star turned into a New Yorker" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome, either use the red 'Submit' buttons (below) or simply email your news items. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday. That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 21.2.15