Number 769 - 21st March 2015


Deception Convention 2015. From the organisers: Following the release of his brilliant Perfect Score and Paragon, Jon Allen is confirmed as the final lecturer for Deception Convention, Liverpool, on the 14th June 2015. Kieron Johnson, Alan Rorrison and Geraint Clarke complete our fantastic line up, as well as over a dozen dealers and our infamous, 'Tricks & Giggles' After Show Party. For more details, visit 21.3.15


Troy on Chatty Man. "Funnyman Alan Carr is back with the 14th series of Chatty Man. There's more unashamedly addictive celeb-fuelled antics, mischievous chat and top musical performances, as Alan is joined by a host of international and home-grown stars from the worlds of music, film, TV and sport. In tonight's episode Alan is joined by the legendary Morrissey for an exclusive chat and performance of his single Kiss Me a Lot live in the studio. Former soap star Michelle Keegan drops in to discuss her new BBC drama, Ordinary Lies. Elijah Wood talks about his role in the new children's animation Over the Garden Wall, and South London magician Troy talks about his latest E4 series where he stuns unsuspecting members of the public with his distinctive blend of close-up magic, illusion and spectacular stunts." 10pm on Friday 27th March on Channel 4. See TV Magic. 21.3.15



Bristol Day of Magic 'early bird' deal. Ozzy Dee writes: There are just a couple of weeks left to take advantage of the Early Bird price for The Bristol Day of Magic on 10th May in Western Super Mare. The Bristol Committee pride themselves in bringing International acts from all over the world that you don't see at many conventions in the UK and may not know; but we can guarantee that they are all top class performers. This year is no exception, with lectures from Sweden's Tom Stone; Michael Dardant from the USA, mentalist Vincent Hedan from France, the UK's Joseph Barry, and Blackpool's very own Russ Brown. Also appearing in Close-up and Workshops Doc Eason, plus juggling sensation Steve Rawlings; FISM Winner Mario Lopez; Amethyst and West End Tommy Cooper Impersonator Phil Hoyles. Plus one more star name to be announced next week. To keep up to date visit the Bristol Day of Magic facebook group and book now for that 'Early Bird' deal. 21.3.15


These Trees are Made of Blood - Southwark Playhouse, London. Set in a timeless Buenos Aires cabaret club during Argentina’s Dirty War, These Trees are Made of Blood weaves together theatre, videography, cabaret and live music to tell the unforgettable story of the citizens who were ‘disappeared’ by the authorities during the 70s and 80s, never to be seen again. Their story is bought vividly to life by a variety of cabaret artists, featuring award-winning illusionist Neil Kelso, sell-out Fringe favourite and author of Astonishing! about the science of illusion. This new piece of political theatre promises to be an unforgettable audience experience. Wednesday 18th March – Saturday 11th April. Box Office: Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD (Map). 21.3.15


Marc Oberon Bristol Society of Magic lecture. The Bristol Society of Magic presents a lecture by Marc Oberon this Thursday, 26th March, at 8pm at the Vassall Centre Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2QQ (Map). Marc has previously featured at the Bristol Day of Magic, but this is his first lecture at the Bristol Society. Visiting magicians from neighbouring societies are very welcome to attend for £10. Further details/directions from Secretary Paul Preager 21.3.15


Sprezzatura Show, London. The clock strikes 8pm. Within the screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, a bijou audience will have their minds read, senses manipulated and experience astonishing feats of modern magic. Enter the world of Jake Banfield's Sprezzatura, and witness previously unseen miracles. Marvel at the strange setting in which nothing is quite as it seems. Like a great mystery novel, the plot will unfold over the course of the evening to end with a final revelation so startling, it will have to be seen to be believed. Saturday 18th April at 8pm. Tickets: £20. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map) 21.3.15


The Human Conditioning: Are you ready to begin? Premiering in May, The Human Conditioning is a stupefying theatrical experience with a dark psychological twist. Starring, experienced magician and member of The Magic Circle, Ben Pearl, along with cognitive neuropsychologist and magician, Roelof Stammeijer, The Human Conditioning is a mind reading and magic show like no other, in which the scenes you thought only possible on TV or in Films are recreated live in front of you. From delving into the murky waters of psychics and mystics, to demonstrating the most astonishing concepts in psychology, The Human Conditioning will leave you a little less sure whether seeing truly is believing. 1st and 2nd May 2015, 7pm - 10pm. Price: £8.00 (£5.00 concession) Running time: 90 minutes with a 20 minute interval. Greenwood Theatre, 55 Weston Street, London SE1 3RA (Map) 21.3.15


An Evening of Deception - Cheltenham. "Gloucestershire’s only contemporary magic show, 'An Evening of Deception', is back at the Everyman Studio for 2015. Now in its sixth year, the show has always sold out and this year looks like being no exception. Headlining is the fabulous Peter Clifford (photo) fresh from his own sell-out show at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol. Peter was part of the original creative team for Derren Brown’s TV shows and co-created and directed Derren’s first UK tour and West-end run. He has worked as a magical advisor for many theatre productions and is also an accomplished actor. Last year he played the lead role of the Cheltenham Victorian magician, JN Maskelyne, in 'The Mysterious Gentleman'. Peter’s magic is classy, sublime and mindblowing! Joining Peter will be Magician and Mindreader Kieron Kirkland who will bring his unique blend of technology and magic to An Evening of Deception. Prepare to be amazed by his all knowing lie detecting robotic monkey and the world's first (and only) brain controlling headbands! Also on the bill will be Gloucestershire’s very own Andi Gladwin. Andi, from Newent, is one of the organisers of the show and one of the highest regarded and talented magicians around the world. 'An Evening of Deception' will be compered by magic fan Steve Knibbs, from BBC Points West, who promises a few tricks too!" More details and updates can be found on the show’s Facebook page: 'An Evening of Deception' runs from 18th - 21st March at The Everyman Theatre Studio. Box Office 01242 572573 or via 21.3.15


Joshua Pickering Presents Live at the Seagull. "Live at the Seagull Theatre brings local performers together for an evening of Music, Dance, Magic and more! Hosted by Joshua Pickering with magic from Jake 'Ace' Allen, ventriloquism and comedy from 'Potty' Paul Henri and George T Monke, plus song and dance too, this is a one night only show to remember!" 7.30pm on Saturday 21st March. Tickets £6.00. Seagull Theatre, Morton Road, Pakefield, Lowestoft NR33 0JH (Map) 21.3.15


Introducing The Classic Leveridge Range. Over the last 30 years Mark Leveridge has released a huge number of original routines and ideas. While some of these earlier products are still available to this day, there are a number of other excellent effects which have not been part of Mark's catalogue for many years, which means that many magicians today will not have seen them. With this in mind, Mark is now going to make a small number of the best of these earlier releases available again for a limited period as part of The Classic Leveridge Range. The first product under this new banner is Ultimate Jumbo Stretch, a cheeky jumbo card routine for stand-up work or a close-up show. Easy to do, the special set of cards supplied enables you to apparently stretch and then shrink again a Jumbo court card, with a nice little twist at the finish. You can get your copy of this fun effect right now from 21.3.15


The 'Deception - Podcast for Magicians' is a weekly audio show. Jonti Sparrow, Aaron Hayes and Jordan O'Grady take an irreverent look at magic news from around the globe and discuss some of the topics and questions that turn up in the magic community. Plus giveaways, special guests and much more: "This week's Deception Podcast is available and now on YouTube. We talk about the return of Killer Magic, viral videos and Derren Brown Live as well as our 'Pop Quiz', 'Mass Debate' and other regular features. Plus, we give away a bumper 'Big Blind Media' goody bag of DVDs and cards. Find us on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, RSS or at" 21.3.15


Merlins DVD Sale! Sleight of Hand with Cards—Sankey, No Tear—Magicmakers, New York Coin Seminar—Vol 15, Skip Switch Project—Mealing, Masterminds 4—Angel, CollisionV1—Mayar, RE—Chris Webb, Radical Korn—Korn, Magic Castle Live Vol 6—Ellis, 10 Below Zero—Normansell, Connected—Harrison, Trio—Forrest, I Link—Sankey, Mitigation—Johnson, Delorian—Forrest, About Face—Sankey, Elergy Shift—Ward, Redux n– Forrest, Dice Stacking—Schleussner, You Ring—Elliss, Hand Wash Technique—Smith, Revolutionary Coin Magic—Sankey, Spirit—Renegado, Scared—Daws, New York Coin Seminar—Vol 16, Deception Vol 1—Forrest, Superstition—Montier, Linking Rings—Daryl, Sucker Punch—Peterson, Pocket This—Congreave, Best Card Magic—Sankey, Casanova—Haynes, Totally Blue It—Ellis, The Cullfather—Moran, Event Horizon—Mayne, Sponge Balls—Daryl, Mental XL—Clermont, Exchange—Francis, Akross—Fields, Master Magician—Capehart, Effortless Effects—Shultz, Cups and Balls—Daryl, Snapped—Cameron Francis. Any DVD £10, 2 for £18, 3 for £25, 4 for £30 - plus UK postage £2.95 for up to 2 DVD’s, £3.95 for 3 or 4. All DVDs subject to availability. Orders can only be made via telephone 01924 339933 or email Sale ends 31st March. 21.3.15


Magic Moments 15 Update: Thanks for the kind emails and interest shown from the magic community supporting the feel-good charitable initiative Magic Moments. As usual, we select one day per year to stage Magic Moments Day and are currently looking at various schedules of interested magicians to finalise a day when everyone is available! Not an easy task. We’ll have a solution/date soon and will announce it here first on MagicWeek. If you’re interested in performing please email Thanks for the support. Let’s make this year's Magic Moments the best ever! (New to MagicWeek? Click Here to read all about Magic Moments). Jay Fortune. 21.3.15


Mark Shortland - Northamptonshire Magicians' Club Lecture. Thursday 26th March at 8pm at Yeoman of England, 31 High Street, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6LP (Map). This is a preview of Mark's lecture that he'll be giving at The Magic Castle and is sure to be a fun-filled evening. We also have David Ginn on the 14th April. For more information contact President, David Miller on 07870 140958 or via 21.3.15


Ian Adair is preparing a book on the comedy magic of the late Johnny Geddes. Scottish born Johnny was billed as 'The Biggest Dope in Magic', and for decades appeared regularly on stage and television, at one time having his own TV series. As an originator of comedy effects and prop gags, he created almost two thousand which appeared in most of the magic magazines of the day. He authored several books; Gags with Gimmicks, published by Max Andrews being his best known. Johnny was also a theatrical agent, and later in life had his own magic and joke shop in Dundee. Ian is anxious to hear from magicians who knew Johnny, in particular those who may have interesting stories to share. He is also seeking photos of Johnny (coloured or black & white) for publication, to add to others he already has. Contributors would be acknowledged in the book. To contact Ian email 21.3.15


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishop's Stortford. "After last month's 'sell out' of a show, the Magicians at the Half Moon return this month, on Friday 27th March, featuring more top talent including 3 members of The Magic Circle: Lee Hathaway, Hugh Nightingale and your host and compere for the evening, Mr Chatterfox himself, Wayne Fox. As always, the doors open at 7.30pm and the show kicks off at 8pm. Admission on the door is £15, but if you ring and reserve by calling Martin on 01279 659562, you'll gain entry for £10. The Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). More information:" 21.3.15


The WMA Convention Free Registration Pack (worth approximately £5) is included with every Convention registration! Book now to secure the Early Bird and Junior Special Offers, which expire at the end of March. The Convention is taking place on Sunday 19th April at The Hub, Brock Way, Verwood, Dorset BH31 7QE (Map). More info: Steve Bowring. 21.3.15


Merlin Magical Society Auction (Hertfordshire). John Clayton, Secretary, writes: On the 9th April the Merlin Magical Society are auctioning the effects of the late Geoffrey Harding. There are over 350 items in the sale, with something for everyone. Doors open at 7.30pm. Auction: 7.45pm to 10.15pm at Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). Entry: £5 for non members. For more information see: 21.3.15


Great Lives: Tommy Cooper. From November 2003. Writer and broadcaster Clement Freud chooses comedian Tommy Cooper. With Humphrey Carpenter. 6.30pm on Thursday 26th March on BBC Radio 4 Extra. See TV Magic. 21.3.15


Peterborough Society of Magicians. John Learoyd writes: Peterborough Society of Magicians experienced a most enjoyable lecture/come workshop, at their monthly meeting on Tuesday 17th March when Peter Gardini entertained them. Peter's lecture was a truly refreshing change from what we have come to expect, with many of the effects being made by Peter. Not only did Peter teach the methods, but also how to make the props which looked very professional and certainly as good as many of the products offered to us at not inconsiderable prices. Peter gave us a most enjoyable evening. Many Thanks Peter from all at PSM. 21.3.15


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