Number 771 - 4th April 2015


Magic history was made last Sunday at The Magic Circle in London as Leah Mae Devine was crowned 'The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year 2015', and in doing so became the first female magician to win this prestigious title. Leah Mae was ably assisted by her younger sister Sara Jade in an act that combined full scale magic illusions such as the classic Assistant's Revenge and Jim Steinmeyer's Modern Art with an elegant Linking Ring routine performed in unison. The joint runners-up were Callum McClure and David Hardman and the competition was emceed by 2007 winner Ben Hart. The judges were Alan Astra, Michael Jordan, Laura London and David Tomkins. Photo: President Scott Penrose making the presentation. "Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner" Click Here. "Magic duo take crown for national competition" Click Here. Leah Mae and Sara Jade, performing as 'Destiny', can be seen in the "Magic & Variety" Gala show on the Sunday night of the Northern Magic Circle Convention next weekend. The Northern Magic Circle Convention, 11th and 12th April 2015, Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 1QF (Map). See 4.4.15


Geordie Legends: Them Off The Viz! Britain's best selling Viz! celebrates 30 years of national publication on Wednesday 5th August at Tyne Theatre Bistro Bar, Newcastle, in aid of St. Oswald's Hospice. Simon Donald and Chris Donald will be there to take all your questions in a Unique Q&A Show hosted by Newcastle's favourite magician - Chris Cross! This will be ''A Geordie Night OOT Not to Be Missed, Like!'' Expect a cabaret show of comedy magic, trickery and escapology from your host, Chris Cross, plus live music from 'The Purest Green' Band, stand-up from Simon Donald's alter egos, an interview with Chris Donald, and the Q&A's Session with The Donald Brothers. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for any Viz fan that's not to be missed and promises to be a thoroughly entertaining evening for all! Over 18's Only. No Ticket Refunds Afterwards! Tickets via 4.4.15


Sleight of Dance, London: "You think you've seen it all before, but you're in for a real surprise! One of the most exciting talents to emerge from the magic industry, breakdancing magician Magical Bones, presents the Sleight of Dance, a 60-minute action packed magic show. Combining his love of magic with incredible moves honed from a career dancing for some of the biggest names in the music industry including Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas and Plan B. With stunning visual magic and original dance pieces such as the breakdance straitjacket escape; this cutting-edge show promises to revolutionise the traditional magic show!" Friday 10th April at 7.30pm, and Saturday 11th April at 6pm. Tickets £16.50 (including booking fee) from Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road Coach Park, London SE1 8XX (Map). Presented by Corrie McGuire for Objective Talent Management. 4.4.15


Bristol Day of Magic 'early bird' deal - extended for another week! Just announced: Ali Cook, taking time out from a very busy schedule will be performing his act. There's a lot of talent lined up this year... see 4.4.15


Steve Gore has been added to next weekend's Northern Magic Circle Convention line-up. "A truly versatile magical entertainer, who regularly performs magic of all types from close-up and balloon modelling at weddings and functions to children’s parties and stage illusions to comedy magic. Steve will be performing his own unique blend of magic as part of the close-up Gala Show at the convention." See for details. 4.4.15


John Carey International Magic Lecture, London. "We are very pleased to announce our next lecture is from John Carey. In the past 5 years, John Carey has become internationally known and respected for his streamlined approach to commercial close-up card magic. In the past 12 months he has lectured extensively in Europe and the UK and is in constant demand. With effects from his six DVDs and a new book, "Crafted with Carey", John promises a lecture loaded with powerful, practical material. The lecture duration is 2 hours (with a short break) and is crammed full of powerful, practical and, most importantly, do-able commercial card and coin magic. There is truly something for all skill levels in the lecture and we know that attendees will leave with multiple items to add to their repertoires." Tuesday 14th April, 7.30pm to 10pm at Casa Italiana, 2nd Floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). £15 per person. As usual, tickets are on the door but advance reservation is essential, by emailing 4.4.15


Anthony Darkstone Lecture - The London Society of Magicians. Mark Saltissi writes: The London Society of Magicians is delighted to host a lecture by Anthony Darkstone, a.k.a. Tony Brook on Tuesday the 28th April 2015 at 7pm. Dr. Anthony Darkstone does Magic of the Mind. Internationally respected as an entertainer for several decades, he has been referred to as a Magician, Psychic Entertainer, Thought Receptor and as a Sorcerer of the 21st Century. Tony is not only a great magical performer, he also produces and manages many outstanding magic shows in Europe and the United States of America. His approach to magic is not in creating complicated routines, but in using simple ideas to produce strong commercial magic. Venue: Davenports Magic Shop, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ. Start time 7pm. Visitors welcome, pay on door £10 (Lectures are free for members). Any questions or to reserve a place email 4.4.15


Paul Gordon Lecture news: "Paul Gordon will be presenting his all-new "Gold Dust" lecture (and/or workshop) at the Wessex Magic Day in April, The Top Secret Magic Day in June, The 'Magic Clips' get-together in June, Peterborough Day of Magic in June and the IBM Convention in September, as well as club lectures in Essex and then various cities abroad. See for reviews, a promo video etc. if you are a club secretary interested in booking Paul Gordon for your society and/or convention. Paul's lecture is fun, fast-paced and full of powerful commercial 'worker' card magic." 4.4.15


MindFX Easter Sale! MindFX is offering 20% discount off all physical and digital books this Easter. To claim the discount simply enter the discount code “HAPPY” at the second stage of the checkout. Offer valid until Saturday 11th April. Visit to browse the range. 4.4.15


The Magic Triangle, Colchester, Bring and Buy evening. Keith Norman writes: The Magic Triangle, Colchester, are having a 'Bring and Buy' (doors from 6pm) on Sunday 12th April at their new meeting venue, Straws, 21 Osborne Street, Colchester CO2 7DA (Map). There is no charge to buyers or sellers, and the Tea and Coffee is also free. If you would like table space, please call 01206 543969 to book; it's another chance to clear out those cupboards and drawers of props... and fill them with new props! 4.4.15


Northern Magic Circle Convention Magic Auction: A Magic Auction is being held as part of the Northern Magic Circle Convention on Sunday 12th April from 12 noon until 2pm at Harrogate Theater, Oxford Street, Harrogate HG1 1QF (Map). Star Auctioneers are Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Books, DVDs, Kids Tricks, Close Up Magic all available at bargain prices. If you wish to enter items for sale contact Derek Lever on 01253 810113 or email 4.4.15


John Carey comes to Edinburgh. Sleight of hand expert John Carey is coming to Edinburgh to demonstrate some of his finest creations with a deck of cards - then share the work behind them! John only has two Scottish tour dates and we're very pleased to be hosting him for the evening on Monday 11th May at 7.30pm!. John's mantra is: "If I can do it, then so can you!" As an added bonus for the Edinburgh lecture John is offering attendees a free copy of his ebook. Venue: The Police Club, 28 York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EP (Map). More info: Neil Stirton. 4.4.15


Hey Presto! Magic Show - The Bradford Magic Circle. The Bradford Magic Circle presents their annual family magic show on Saturday 4th April at 7.30pm at Bingley Arts Centre, Main Street, Bingley BD16 2LZ (Map). It stars Danny Hunt with his Amethyst illusion show, Morgan & West, John Hotowka and Deanna Gore performing her 'Frozen' act. Tickets are available from 4.4.15


Troy. Catch up with the final episode of this series: "Troy plays a trick on two unsuspecting music lovers in a vinyl record store in London. And on a holiday break in Barcelona with friends, Troy can't help but unleash the magic at Park Güell where he becomes a conjuring currency converter. He astounds holidaymakers on the beach, and finishes off by wowing football fans with his ultimate prediction at Barcelona FC's legendary stadium, Camp Nou." 10.35am this morning, Saturday 4th April, on E4. See TV Magic. 4.4.15


The Alan Shaxon Lecture presented by Steve Short and Scott Penrose. Tony Junior, NMC Secretary writes: Steve Short and Scott Penrose delighted the Newcastle Magic Circle with the presentation of the lecture based on their book. Steve started the evening with a very entertaining talk and accompanying slide and video clip show from Alan's life; including his magical influences, family life, and friendships with other iconic figures such as Robert Harbin. Some of the video footage of Alan in e.g. the David Nixon show were a real joy to watch. This was magic gold. Then, Scott, presented and explained a number of Alan's effects, including the classic 'Aerial Fishing', die-box and rabbit production, 'Confabulation', Alan's version of Robert Harbin's 'Captain's card trick', finally finishing with the ingenious card in whiskey bottle. This was real classic magical entertainment at its best. An excellent evening’s magical entertainment and a fine tribute to a true great of British magic. 4.4.15


The Card Collection's Easter Sale! The Card Collection's Easter Sale is now running until 12 midnight on Monday 13th April. All orders for goods over £20.00 will get a 10% Discount, over £45.00 a 15% Discount and over £75.00 a 20% Discount! Don't miss out - check the amazing deals. Free UK mainland postage on orders over £50.00. 4.4.15


Attention Podcast lovers! "This is to tell you that the Mark Leveridge all singing, all dancing Podcast (OK, not literally, that would be an achievement for an audio broadcast!) is ready for your earholes. In the April Podcast Mark discusses, amongst other things, why it's important to have an interest in all branches of magic and not just perhaps in our key areas of activity, how it is revealing to discuss with lay people their views on magic, a way to turn business cards that you may collect into a proper valuable resource, whether you are a creature of unthinking habit and if eye-candy magic is better or worse than properly routined effects. So if you have half an hour to spare this Easter to indulge yourself a little, why not log on and relax with the Mark Leveridge Podcast. It's free and is available from or from" 4.4.15


The Fylde Mystics are pleased to present a lecture by magician and inventor, Mark Southworth. Mark is know for The Box, Magic Smiths Double Cross, Handomatic, Shoe't and his Surefire DVD). Mark will be presenting a hands-on lecture of Creative Magic on Tuesday 7th April commencing at 8pm. The venue is the South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 5HZ (Map). There is an on the door charge of £5.00 for visiting magicians from other societies, who are most welcome. For further information email Alan Mylecraine or visit 4.4.15


Killer Magic. "Five young magicians, Dee Christopher, Chris Cox, Jasz Vegas, Damien O'Brien and Ben Hart, compete to avoid facing the perilous killer trick. After judging one another's performances, the lowest scorer will take on a trick that has previously killed or injured a magician." Next edition: 10pm on Tuesday 7th April on BBC 3. See TV Magic. 4.4.15


David Ginn's UK KidBiz Spring Tour starts this week: "In the span of two or three hours, David will share numerous routines which might include: the Honk Horn, Sixth Finger Countdown, Jumbled Numbers Silk, Blooming Blossom, Tipple Topple Wand, Jumbo Flower Wallet, Magic Shoelaces, Magic Top Hat, Stripes Blendo, Giant Picture Silks, Vanishing Jumbo Deck, Giant Bouquet Appearance, Linking Ropes in Color, and Harry the Magic Rabbit and His House! Not only will David perform the magic, but he will also explain how everything works, why it works, and how you can get more applause and laughs from what you do! Each attendee (one per family) will receive a free David Ginn booklet and two free tricks, plus David will bring a large selection of kidshow magic and DVDs at special lecture prices. Cash or credit cards accepted." See What's On for dates. 4.4.15


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: 4.4.15


Magic & Mayhem - A Night of Magic at The Exchange, Leicester, this Thursday! Phil Knoxville and An Evening of Mystery Presents: Magic & Mayhem - A Night of Magic at The Exchange, Leicester, on Thursday 9th April: "Bringing you the UK’s top magic acts: 'The Hypnotist' Anthony Jacquin (Head Hacking, The Manchurian Approach) will be bending minds with non-hypnosis hypnosis (no hypnosis required!); ‘The Detective’ Ben Cardall (Sherlockian) will reveal your inner thoughts and the contents of your pocket; ‘The Empathist’ Ian Harvey-Stone (The Devil Without) will read your mind and tickle your funny bones. Compered by ‘The Comedian’ Phil Knoxville, who promises to make you laugh one minute, then wince and grimace at his tricks the next. Come join us for a night of Amazing Stunts, Mind Reading, Stand up Comedy, Close up magic and Magic That Isn’t Sh*t!" For more info visit: or Suitable for ages 16+. ‘Magic & Mayhem’, The Exchange, Cultural Quarter, 50 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RD (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm - Free entry! 4.4.15


Derby Magic Circle. Paul Sharp writes: Last Wednesday, at Derby Magic Circle’s AGM, Paul Sharp handed over the President’s chain of office to Terry Hickman. Terry announced this year’s programme of lectures which include: Morgan & West, Peter Eggink, John Kimmons, Scott Creasey, Trevor Duffy, Brian Watson, Steve Short & Scott Penrose, Mel Mellers and Mark James. The annual membership subscription has remained the same, only £42 per year, which is excellent value for money. Visiting Magicians are very welcome at our meeting nights; there is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. For more information about our programme of lectures or on joining the Derby Magic Circle as a member, please visit our website 4.4.15


The Fez Lectures. Martin Cox is proud to present the first Fez Lecture: 'Wayne Fox Chatter Fox' at 7.30pm for 8pm on Tuesday 14th April at The Half Moon Pub, 31 North Street, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Book now, tickets £5, from 01279 659562 or email 4.4.15


British Ring Parade for the Linking Ring. Geoffrey Newton PR British Ring writes: The annual British Ring Parade for the Linking Ring (the IBM international magazine) is currently in preparation and Ian Adair is seeking contributions for this special edition. It will be published in January 2016 but all the material has to be in the US by July 2015 so now is the time to put your thinking caps on and send contributions to Ian at Mystic House, 15 Oak Tree Drive, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 0HE or by email to This Parade is something we are proud of on this side of the pond and Ian has been compiling it for approaching 40 years now, so why not pledge your support and let’s keep the keep the British flag flying. 4.4.15


Magician Mel Harvey is pictured here with co-star tenor Lawrence Robinson following their successful shows on board MV "Marco Polo". The ship visited Iceland, Faroe Islands, Orkney Islands and Invergordon for the Eclipse and the Northern Lights. Lawrence was selling CDs after the show and Mel had some nice jars of apple Chutney! Mel is booked for more comedy and magic aboard MV Azores on 8th April. Mel looks forward to meeting magicians on 7th June at Milton Keynes when he joins Michael Pearse, Mark James, Gazzo, Jasper Blakeley, Steve Dimmer and Paul Gordon for Gary Young's 12th Top Secret Magic Day. Photo by John Riley Photography. 4.4.15


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