Number 772 - 11th April 2015


FISM Italy 2015. Walter Rolfo, President of FISM Italy2O15, is delighted to announce that Uri Geller will be appearing at the conference, for the very first time in its history: "It will be one of the most awaited and important appointments of FISM Italy 2O15, with an extraordinary conference full of unexpected revelations. A unique opportunity to meet live, one of the greatest legends of the world ever!" 11.4.15


The International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring No.25 79th Annual Convention: Eastbourne.  Geoffrey Newton PR British Ring IBM writes: The IBM British Ring have just released their draft programme for the 2015 convention in Eastbourne, Click Here. The dates are 24th to 27th September and the venues are mainly the Congress theatre, Winter Gardens and Gold Room which are all part of the same complex. You can register online at or via our Registration Officer Jill Pratt who may be contacted on 01707 270222 or email for further information. The convention hotel is ‘The View’ and accommodation for all hotels etc. can be booked via It’s a great line up of shows, lectures, workshops, competitions, dealers and all the other things that go to make a good convention. 11.4.15


Top Secret Magic Day: 7th June 2015. Producer Gary Young writes: I am in negotiation with a top American comedy magician who is almost certain he can appear at the Top Secret Magic Day on Sunday 7th June 2015. Watch this Space! and and Also, another exclusive, Steve Dimmer will be giving a 100% brand new lecture on children's magic with tons of new original routines. Finally, PayPal is now on the site, to make it easier to book tickets. Book now to make sure you don't miss out! 4 Star Lectures, Q+A with the Stars, 2 Workshops, Dealers Galore, and a Star Comedy Cabaret all for £36.00 - reserved seat for all events! 11.4.15


James Freedman: Man of Steal - opens in London this Sunday. A brilliant exciting new show is coming to the Chocolate Factory, London, for 6 performances only! James Freedman: Man of Steal. Persuader, showman, thief… James Freedman will steal a whole lot more than you might expect. One member of the audience will lose the most valuable thing possible - it could be you! Funny and fast-fingered, his unique and extraordinary show exposes how the bad guys really work, sharing a life-time spent studying hustlers, street criminals and con-men. Hailed a genius in his field by Derren Brown, stealth-crime expert James Freedman is the only man to have picked the pockets of the Mayor of London, the Chancellor and the Governor of the Bank of England. No wonder then that his hands have been insured for £1 million. You can’t afford not to see this show… Tickets from just £19.50. 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th April. At Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU (Map) 11.4.15


Wessex Magical Association Convention. From the organisers: There is still an opportunity to snap up the last remaining tickets for next weekend’s Wessex Magical Association Convention which is taking place on Sunday 19th April at the HUB, Verwood, Dorset. With the free convention pack (worth £5), 2 Dealer Halls, Gala Show entry and 8 lectures and workshops to choose from, we think this convention is fantastic value for money. We have lectures and workshops during the day by Jasper Blakeley, Morgan & West, Danny Hunt, Marc Paul, Christian Schenk (Card Shark), Wayne Fox, Matthew Garrett and Paul Gordon. The Evening Gala Show features Noel Britten, Kockov, Amethyst, Marc Paul and Morgan & West. Convention Tickets are strictly limited to 150, so book now at or via our club page (Adult £25, Under 16's £12.50). 11.4.15


Paul Daniels Quayside Cabaret Club - Extra date added. "The Quayside Cabaret Club presents the nation's favourite magician Paul Daniels and the lovely Debbie McGee on Wednesday 17th and 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. Tickets (£45.00) from Prima Ristorante in person or call 01912 331011 to book.". 11.4.15


Conjuring at the Court, London: "A fantastic night of comedy and illusion at Conjuring at the Court with a star line-up! Mandy Muden – a very funny performer, she is one of the UK’s top comedy magicians! Quentin Reynolds – a powerful and entertaining mind-reader who’s always been a great success at the show. Richard Griffin stunned the Court at his first outing last year. A talented, slick magician and illusionist. Jason Steele and Joanne - fast moving, big, colourful illusions. A top international magical duo: the sort of act you’d normally only see on a big stage! Compere is co-producer Russell Levinson with his genial magic and wit. After being held steady for five years, ticket prices are going up from April to £11 online, and £12 on the door, but if you book before Monday 13th April, you can still get tickets at the old price of £10." The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval at Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). 11.4.15


Dynamo: Magician Impossible has been nominated for a BAFTA, in the 'Entertainment programme' category, alongside Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Strictly Come Dancing and The Voice. 11.4.15


Mentalism & Mind Reading Revealed two-day workshop with Paul Draper. From the organisers: "Las Vegas Headline Mentalist and Mind Reader is teaching his, first ever 2 day, tell-all, reveal-all-secrets intensive workshop in the UK this June. Limited places... Sign up now. 20th, 21st June 2015. Las Vegas Headline Mentalist Paul Draper, will be coming to the UK to teach you how to do what he does all over the world. He is one of the hardest working mentalists and magicians we know. An anthropologist, magician and mentalist all in one, Paul has traveled the globe performing, lecturing and spreading his knowledge of these arts, even having had the honor of performing at the world famous Magic Castle. Paul has appeared on TV on several occasions and won the Merlin Award in 2014 for Best Corporate Performer. Paul will be performing and explaining pieces of both magic and mentalism. He will also be discussing the limitations of mentalism, how to create a character and much more. We welcome you as we step inside the mind of Paul Draper!" "Paul Draper has the educated wit and humor of Ricky Jay, the wisdom and authority of a young Eugene Burger, the energy and enthusiasm of Tim Conover, and a lot of Las Vegas experience that takes years to learn!" Jeff McBride. For more information visit 11.4.15


The Card Collection's Sale is still running! "There are great discounts on all items until Midnight on Monday 13th April, don't miss out on the bargains! Visit or call us on 01233 647878." 11.4.15


Kieron Johnson Nottingham Guild of Magicians Lecture. Dean Grimshaw writes: Kieron Johnson will be our next guest lecturer at The Nottingham Guild of Magicians on 16th April. Known for tricks such as To the Max, Chaotic, Lollypop and many more. £10 entry fee for all non-members. Our meeting place is Pond Hills Lane Community Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR (Map). Doors open at 7pm. 11.4.15


Bolton Magicians' Club present Chatterfox - the brand new lecture from Wayne Fox: If you've ever been asked to show some magic when you're not at a gig, or you've just been caught off guard, this is the lecture for you. With over 20 years of performing experience, Wayne now lifts the lid on what makes his magic so memorable. 8.30pm on Wednesday 15th April 2015 at The Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £5.00 for non-members. For directions to the Doffcocker Inn visit or telephone Paul Goodman on 07889 676003. 11.4.15


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Kyle Sarocen and Stephen Bolam write: We have David Penn lecturing on April 28th. All magicians and guests are welcome, at a cost of £10 per ticket - only a few seats left! The regular Monthly Gatherings are free, however there is a charge for special events, such as this one, purely to cover costs. Our next regular meeting is on the 5th May, at the St. George Hotel, Great Yarmouth. The aim of the evenings is to allow magicians to meet, chat and exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. Email or phone Kyle Sarocen on 07510 933734 for further information about either evening. 11.4.15


Merlins of Wakefield will be at the Northern Magic Convention in Harrogate today and tomorrow: "This is a fun convention where we hope to meet old friends and make some new ones; it's well worth a visit. Also, we have our latest 16 page ‘Preview’ available, which is free, featuring over 70 great magic items and offers. Just email for a copy (either printed or as a download)" 11.4.15


MagicWorld Reviews: "The MagicWorld Reviews have gone from strength to strength thanks to you the viewer at home. Because of this we have tried out a green-screen version of our show this week. You can check it out on the front page of: This week we review the Flash-Deck-Switch-2.0 by Shin Lim vs. The Cooler by Christian Engblom vs. The Art Of Switching Decks by Roberto Giobbi. Please remember to subscribe!" 11.4.15


Manchester Circle Jumbo Auction. A Jumbo Magic Auction is being held on Monday 13th April by Manchester Circle of Magicians at the Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester. Doors open 5.30pm. Viewing commences 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd. Members admitted free of charge. Non members pay £3.00 on the door. Lots of bargains: Close Up, Books, Stage Magic, Collectors items and Kids magic. 11.4.15


The Carbonaro Effect. US hit hidden camera series with Michael Carbonaro, magician by trade and prankster at heart. 7pm on Sunday 12th April on TruTV. See TV Magic. 11.4.15


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 211.4.15


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