Number 770 - 28th March 2015


Dynamo presents The House of Mystery featuring the UK's most incredible acts. In an OnBlackheath festival first, and prior to his sold out UK tour, magician and illusionist extraordinaire Dynamo joins the OnBlackheath 2015 line-up, curating The House of Mystery. The House of Mystery will feature Dynamo alongside some of the UK's most exciting new magicians, and joins a festival line-up that includes Elbow, Madness, Manic Street Preachers, Kelis, Laura Mvula and Anna Calvi. With a focus on music, food, and wider entertainment for all, OnBlackheath offers festival goers a magical two days on the historic green space of London’s Blackheath Common in South East London. 12 noon – 10pm, 12th, 13th September 2015, Blackheath, London SE3 0UA (Map). "Dynamo: Cynical modern audiences mean TV magic is dead - so see it live at a festival" Click Here. 28.3.15


Magic Night at The Shadow Lounge - London, Friday, April 17th. Magic Night at the Shadow Lounge continues for this season, with a bag of tricks, some beer, levitations, and 'using dreams to predict the future', interspersed with some incredible songs from the heart. Starring Pete Heat, Oliver Tabor, Tricity Vogue as Marilyn Monroe, Matt Barnard and MC Christian Lee. Magic Night at The Shadow Lounge. Doors open 6.45pm; Show starts at 7.30pm; Tickets £13.20; Show ticket plus dinner £27.50; Tickets: The Shadow Lounge, 5 Brewer Street, London W1F 0RF (Map). 28.3.15


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition. If you've not yet got your ticket for the Final of The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition, which takes place tomorrow, Sunday 29th March at 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD, there will be a number available for sale on the door. Seven acts have won through from the heats and will be competing for this prestigious title in The Magic Circle theatre. There is an afternoon show at 3pm, (which isn't judged), for which tickets are available at £8 and The Final itself at 6pm, when the judging takes place and the results are announced, with tickets available at £15. The judges will be well known names from the magic world, including former Young Magician of the Year competitors, and the compere will be the star of 'Killer Magic' Ben Hart, himself a past winner of the title. Alan Maskell. 28.3.15


Bristol Day of Magic - update. Ozzy Dee writes: Each week we will profile a couple of names for the Bristol Day of Magic on our Facebook page. This week we look at one man who really doesn't need any introduction, the fantastic Doc Eason, who will be performing live with Bunco Booth Magic, and also the FISM award winning magician Mario Lopez (photo). See: Book now for the early bird discount via 28.3.15


Chris Cross's 'Quayside Cabaret Club' - Newcastle. Chris Cross's ''Quayside Cabaret Club'' at Prima Ristorante in Newcastle back with more great acts on April 22nd Featuring: Rubik's Cube Wizard Tom Crosbie, Sultry Singing Trio The Nightengales, Magic & Escapology from Chris Cross, and The Contact Juggler Duo - watch as these gents manipulate glass balls in their hands in a hypnotising manner! With more acts to be announced. Tickets include a 3-course Italian meal and the after-dinner cabaret show and are priced at £20. Available from Prima direct: 0191 233 1011 for reservations. For anything else, email (Note: Chris Cross celebrates his 26th Birthday on the 22nd - so feel free to bring presents!). 28.3.15


Castle Tavern Magic, Oswestry. Rob Chapman writes: Once again the Castle lowers its drawbridge for a night of close-up magic, music and merriment. Great close-up magic from four of Shropshire's finest. Plus live music from Freshly Squeezed Hippy. Music and magic meet for one awesome night. So come join us at the Castle Tavern, Shropshire's only Magic Pub, the home of mystery.... Easter Sunday 5th April from 8pm. Free Entry. For more info phone 07800 799578. Castle Tavern, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1PZ (Map) 28.3.15


Catch up with Troy on Chatty Man tonight at 11pm on Saturday 28th March on 4Seven. "2015 NTA Best Chat Show Host and Bafta Award-winning 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." 28.3.15


Dundalk Day of Magic 3rd May 2015. From the organisers: Unfortunately Kieron Lefever has withdrawn from his appearance at the Dundalk Day of Magic. He is very sorry and has promised to reschedule his visit to Ireland for another time. With only six weeks to go, we are delighted to have secured the services of Wayne Goodman as a replacement Headliner. Runner up in the British Magical Championships at the Blackpool Magic Festival 2015, Wayne is a versatile performer, known for his fearless approach. He is often to be found surrounded by a group of people, all engaged in what he is doing, laughing at what he is saying and in awe of the mastery of his craft. He is equally skilful in the field of close-up, stand-up, restaurants or trade shows, making him the perfect lecturer and performer to make his Irish debut. Wayne has been a professional performer for over 25 years, during which time he has worked across Europe, Scandinavia, Mexico and the USA. He is the creator of such effects as Look Sharp, Clone, Lord of the Bling, Wayne’s Kings and Marked and author of a number of books including “The Definitive guide to Restaurant Magic” and “Comedy Magician’s Joke File”. For further information please visit the convention website 28.3.15


Magic Moments 15, update. Following on from our last update here on MagicWeek, we have decided to break the mould for this year's event, given that various performers wish to do a Magic Moments event on different days! So, we’re pleased to announce the first Magic Moments Month! This year from August 30th - September 30th you can arrange a Magic Moment for any charity or cause close to your heart. Any event, small or large, will be included in our Grand Total. Magic Moments is all about feel-good magic, putting a smile on the faces of those who need it most. And while the economy for some is recovering, for others life is still a struggle. Magic allows us to forget our problems, albeit fleetingly, and at the same time feel good. From performing for the homeless to raising funds, to fixing the church roof, raising awareness for mental illness or cash for cats in distress, whatever your Magic Moment is for, let us know via and check out our webpage Click Here. Magic Moments Month August 30th - September 30th 2015. Magicians - we need you! Jay Fortune. 28.3.15


Interflora Card by Zane - new from Zane's Magic Shop. Zane writes: "Interflora Card is a very magical and charming magic trick that is easy to do and now available. I think this is probably my most creative and magical item yet; it really does get the 'wows', especially from the ladies! The price is £19.99 and for a limited time a free matching deck will be given away with each purchase! This brand new original effect is available exclusively at 28.3.15


Urban Voodoo Club, Leeds. "Spring is almost here, so it's time for our amazing magicians to blossom forth, bringing miracles and marvels to the fine people of Leeds. April's line-up features slick sleight of hand from Andy Taylor, funky finger flinging from Oliver Parker, tales from the dark side from Alex D Fisher, and a touch of real voodoo from Jay Dee. Plus, live foot stompin slide guitar blues from Ben Blue Waters." Thursday April 2nd doors 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm. Venue: LAB Bar, Merrion Way, Leeds LS2 8BT (Map) 28.3.15


Magic Nevin: Loyalty points and Vectra Cobra Electronic Thread Reels: Magic Nevin have just introduced a loyalty points scheme for customers. All orders will qualify for reward points (as long as the customer is logged in to their account). There is no requirement to have an account to place an order, but any orders placed without an account will not benefit from the reward points. For details see They are also excited to announce that they have just taken delivery of a batch of the revolutionary Vectra Cobra Electronic Thread Reels from Steve Fearson. The versatility of this thread reel is exceptional and it is bound to take levitation magic to a new level. For full information and a video demo Click Here. 28.3.15


Order of the Magi's first Lady President. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: At the Order of the Magi AGM last Tuesday night their first Lady President in the 106 year history of the society was installed. Kay Murray takes the mantle for the next twelve months and advised that it is going to be a different year. Kay is no newcomer to magic as her mother performed on the Manchester scene as Trixie Queen. The Magi greatly welcomes Kay to the long list of presidents and looks forward to pledging their support through her year of office. Alan Johnson was made President Elect and Steve Manford took the role of treasurer on the retirement of Joe Abrahams. All other officers were re elected. Membership details can be found on or by telephoning Secretary Mike Sharples on 0161 287 7865. The society normally meets twice a month at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester. 28.3.15


The Cornish Magical Society’s Annual Dinner. "On Saturday the 21st March the Cornish Magical Society held its 54th Annual Dinner. 48 members and guests sat down to a three-course meal and were entertained by close-up magic at the tables from members of the society. In welcoming the guests, Brian Adams, the outgoing president, was especially pleased to welcome Peter Penwarden one of the society’s founding members. In his speech, Brian paid tribute to Paul Scott for the support he has given to the Society in a number of ways but particularly for his service as Secretary for the past 21 years. In recognition of his contribution, Brian announced that Paul was to be awarded honorary life membership of the society. Martin Daniels responded on behalf of the guests by bringing warm wishes from Paul Daniels (the Cornish Magic Society’s Honorary Vice President) and wishing the society a long and prosperous future. The cabaret was provided by Martin Daniels (photo) who entertained the audience with a mixture of comedy and magic. He got a number of guests involved with his antics on stage ensuring that we all had a night to remember." Brian Adams – President of the Cornish Magical Society. 28.3.15


Eight Scottish Presidents, plus five Vice-Presidents met up in Perth last week as guests of Perth Magic Circle. As a prelude to the forthcoming Scottish Association of Magical Societies Annual Convention being held in Perth in May, this was intended to be a fun night with everyone having the opportunity to get acquainted with one another. Clubs represented were Aberdeen Magic Circle, Dundee Society of Magicians, Edinburgh Magic Circle, West Lothian Magic Circle, Forth Valley Magic Circle, Scottish Conjurors Association, Glasgow Magic Circle and Paisley Magic Circle. Perth's President, James Boyd welcomed the Events Co-ordinator for Perth Council, Michael Boyle who said a few words to the audience members and then acted as the compère for the evening. Every President performed some magic and then following a brief interval for some refreshments, other guests took turns to entertain. This was a real fun night of magic with no politics involved and was a great way to set the mood for the Convention. Details of the Convention can be found on the Scottish Association of Magical Societies website Adrian Harris. 28.3.15


"Damien O'Brien on Killer Magic: 'I've got respect for Dynamo and Troy but this is completely different'" Click Here • "Killer Magic: Meet the magicians" Click Here • "The True Story of Harry Houdini's Tefillin" Click Here • "Magic on the menu: Darwen restaurant to close as owner follows his dreams" Click Here • "Israeli Illusionist dazzles pedestrians by floating in the air" Click Here • "Champions of Magic, York Barbican, March 28" Click Here • Sad to report that Egil Egelo Berg, one of Norway's biggest ever magicians and owner of Norway's oldest magic shop Egelo, died on Thursday • "Catching up with Real Hustle star Alexis Conran on his new show" Click Here • Identify this unusual job, from 13:14 and again from 26:58 on BBC Whiltshire Click Here • "Dad amazes son with mind-reading trick – with help from his daughter" Click Here • "St. Cloud native Dan Sperry makes magic at the Ordway" Click Here • "David Copperfield’s rooftop pool bursts, floods building" Click Here • "'The Illusionists' comes from Broadway to the Ordway" Click Here • Many thanks for all your news submissions, see you next week, Duncan. 28.3.15