Number 775 - 2nd May 2015


Impossible - set to thrill audiences in London's West End this summer! From the show's producers: Impossible, the biggest magic show in decades, is set to thrill audiences in London's West End this summer at the Noël Coward Theatre. The show will feature the very best magicians and tricksters from around the world, fusing dazzling grand stage illusions, up-close-and-personal magic, cutting-edge technological tricks and death-defying escapology in a fast-paced, breath-taking spectacular for every generation.

Celebrating its global premiere this July in London, where Harry Houdini and the superstars of illusion stunned Victorian audiences on stage, Impossible will re-establish the UK capital as the epicenter of innovation and spectacle, hosting the greatest magic show on Earth. Directed by Anthony Owen, the multi-award winning producer and magic consultant behind Channel 4's Derren Brown, Impossible brings eight world-leading performers together live on-stage for the very first time. Featuring a stunning range of magical artistry, from astonishing acts of epic proportions to dumbfounding up-close sleight of hand, be ready to be mesmerized and baffled by these incredible illusionists.

The confirmed line-up includes: modern-day Houdini, daredevil and TV escapologist Jonathan Goodwin; mind-blowing mind-reader Chris Cox; psychological trickster Katherine Mills; boundary breaking magician Ben Hart and spell-binding digital marvel Jamie Allan, with more acts still to be announced. 24th July - 29th August: Book via


Bill Abbott to appear at the 12th Top Secret Magic Day. Organiser Gary Young writes: It is a great pleasure to announce Bill Abbott is making an exclusive appearance at The 12th Top Secret Magic Day on Sunday 7th June 2015. He will be Guest of Honour, lecturing, performing in the Comedy Gala, and will be on the Q+A Panel with the Stars. Bill is one of the most commercial magicians you are likely to see. He is in constant demand all over the world. He will join Mark James, Jasper Blakeley, Steve Dimmer, Paul Gordon, Mel Harvey and Michael Pearse in the highly anticipated return of the event. Full details at Tickets are selling so fast it is vital if you want to attend to book your place now! It is highly unlikely there will be any tickets available on the day. 2.5.15


Just one week to go to The Bristol Day of Magic on Sunday 10th May. Two more performers joining the day are Joseph Barry (photo) and Michael Dardant. Joseph Barry is a professional close-up magician and sleight of hand artist based in Staffordshire. Joe was involved in the world of gambling and now uses his skills to entertain and astonish. He has performed at both The Session and the International Magic Convention. Michael Dardant is a top award-wining magician from New Orleans, specialising in sleight of hand magic, pickpocketing and juggling. To see this year's full line-up visit 2.5.15


Three more acts join the FISM Italy cast. From the organisers: Michael Carbonaro. Michael Carbonaro (photo) is an actor, magician, comedian and improv artist. Most known for his original hidden camera magic series, “The Carbonaro Effect”, Michael hosts and performs shows of comedy, magic and other bizarre acts at various clubs around the US. Michael is an OutFest Best Actor Award Winner, as well as three time nominee for an Academy of Magical Arts 'Magician of the Year' award. David Stone. David Stone was born in Eaubonne, France. At 19, a chance encounter with a school friend allowed him to discover the art of magic and of card manipulation. At 23, he won the Diavol Grand Prix (French championships of magic). At 24, he won the Gold Dove (close-up category) award at the European Championships of Magic organized in France. The same year, David won the Close-up Grand Prix of South America in Las Tunas, Cuba. Alberto Giorgi & Laura. Illusionists Alberto Giorgi & Laura are among the most appealing examples in the European panorama of magic. Their inimitable style, which perfectly combines both tradition and modernity, will lead you into their fascinating world. Their uniqueness has led them to win the most coveted prizes on the international scene. The most significant ones are the prestigious “Mandrake d’or” won in Paris in 2008 and the second place at Shanghai’s 2009 magic festival. FISM July 6th-11th, Rimini, Italy: 2.5.15


Dutch magician Peter Eggink lectures across the UK this month. Peter's name is well known in the field of magic, being synonymous with both the performance of magic and the creation of some of the most amazing magical effects. Peter’s creations are performed by magicians around the globe including Dynamo and David Blaine. With over 20 years experience, Peter knows the “real secrets” of being a successful magician and shares them with magicians in his new lecture, which covers subjects such as personality, presentation, people skills and how to become successful as an artist. For tour dates see What's On. 2.5.15


Magic on Broadway: Magic makes its way to Didcot’s Broadway this May with the fantastic upcoming show ‘Magic on Broadway’, an evening of spectacular illusions, lively comedy and mind-bending mentalism from four of the country’s finest Magic Circle Magicians. Featuring: Your compère for the evening’s tricks and treats, International Magician and Associate of the Inner Magic Circle Carl Pettman; Straight from his full house at Magician’s Live at the Hartlington Theatre, Ed the Magician; Multi-faceted and massively talented hypnotist, inventor, memory man and mentalist Chris Hare; The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year Richard Pinner. Don’t miss the experience of an amazing evening with these star magical performers and their head-spinning, award-winning acts. Book your tickets now for ‘Magic on Broadway’ at the Didcot Civic Centre Hall. Friday May 29th at 8pm. Blink and you’ll miss it! Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 7JN (Map). Box Office 01235 512436. Free parking. Doors: 7.00pm, Show: 8pm, Bar: 7pm. Tickets: £12 on the door, £10 in advance. Seating: Theatre. Suggested age: 14+ as there may be mild adult language. 2.5.15


Magic Nevin's 'Wish List' and 'Gift Registry' feature - now live. Magic Nevin write: Earlier this year we promised some great new features on Following the introduction of Loyalty Points I am now pleased to announce testing has finished on our next feature: 'Wish List & Gift Registry'. Logged-in customers can now add items to a 'Wish List' or any number of 'Gift Registries' to keep track of wanted items. Links to the gift registries can be emailed to other people making sure everyone knows exactly what you want for your Birthday, etc., and they can buy the item directly from the link without needing to have an account with us! For full details see 2.5.15


Ravi Mayer Sheffield Circle of Magicians Lecture. Andy Cooper, Secretary, Sheffield Circle of Magicians writes: Sheffield Circle of Magicians warmly invite you to join us for a lecture by Ravi Mayer on Thursday 7th May. The lecture is free to Members and £10 to non members (all welcome, pay on the door). It will begin at 7.30 pm at the Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield S2 5TG (Map). 2.5.15


May Day Bank Holiday Weekend Sale at the Card Collection: "Great discounts, up to 20% off basket checkout totals. It's going to be a rainy cold weekend so visit, get a bargain and brighten up your weekend!" 2.5.15


The Order of the Magi Jumbo Auction. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Order of the Magi (Manchester) are holding a Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 12th May 2015 at The Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map) commencing at 7.30pm prompt but with viewing from 6.30pm. Lot numbers are now available so if you need one please contact Secretary Mike Sharplers on 0161 287 7865 or 07748 833666, email Details are on Door charge £3 for non members. Do come along as you might find the very thing you are looking for. The Magi had a lecture from Alan Astra on 28th April and a report can be found under Reviews this week. 2.5.15


IBM British Ring news. For the past 86 years the IBM British Ring has published a magazine called the Budget and for 20 of those years it has been edited by Stephen Tucker who has now decided to stand down after such long loyal service. We live in changing times and the so the society decided it was time for rebranding. Earlier this year the members were invited to suggest a new name for the Budget and the list received was very comprehensive. The council eventually decided on Key Ring submitted by Dennis Patten. The new editor is Geoffrey Newton who has been a member for nearly 50 years and already serves as PRO and Advertising Manager to the British Ring. The first edition of Key Ring is now in circulation and the editor can be contacted via Membership details can be found on and convention details are on John Pye Executive Secretary. 2.5.15


Magic Sundays with Magic Malka, Bristol. Description: On the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month The Three Tuns pub are hosting free close-up magic shows with Magic Malka, plus guest magicians from 6pm to 10pm. "Magic Malka takes a step away from the stage show act and brings magic straight to your table. Grab a seat, sample the pubs diverse selection of craft beers and locally made spirits and ciders and wait to be entertained! A world class act of close-up and parlour magic. Are you ready to gamble with the devil?" Venue: The Three Tuns, 78 St Georges Road, Bristol BS1 5UR (Map) 0117 907 0689. Also see 2.5.15


Paul Gordon, Devon Magic Circle lecture. A last minute addition to Paul Gordon's busy lecturing schedule is a visit to the Devon Magic Circle on Wednesday 13th May. Paul will be lecturing on his 'worker' brand of commercial card magic, from his best-selling Gold Dust Trilogy. See for venue information and for reviews by Boris Wild and others and for a promo video of Paul Gordon at work. A fun jam-packed fast-paced lecture for cardmen and non-cardmen alike is promised. Early bird notice: Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic is on Sunday 4th October. Now in its fifteenth year, it always sells out, so book early: 2.5.15


Magic & Mirth - London. London's newest monthly stand-up comedy and magic night! 8pm on June 4th at The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, Kings Cross, London. An evening of stand up comedy and live stage magic. Hosted by cabaret magician Dee Riley and featuring some of London's finest comedians and magicians including other acts such as Fay Presto, Andy Clockwise and Siegffried Loew. Show £10, show and meal £18. To book Click Here. 2.5.15


Hot on the heels of their performances at the FFFF Magic Convention in Batavia, New York, Darryl Rose (, Mandy Farrell and Simon Lane performed in New York at the latest monthly magic show, The Parlor of Mystery to a sold out theatre crowd. All three, together with American host and creator of the show Mike Maione, put on a show entitled ’The British are Coming’. Mike Maione said, "Our three Brits amazed our audience, and they all left saying it was one of the funniest magic shows they have seen! We welcome them back to Long Island whenever they are in New York! All magicians are more than welcome to come along to visit us.". 2.5.15


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be on 5th May, at the St. George Hotel, Great Yarmouth. The aim of the social evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere. Entrance is free and refreshments are available including a small buffet. If anyone wants go come along, please email or phone Kyle on 07510933734 for further information. 2.5.15


Alan Shaxon – The Sophisticated Sorcerer. Based on their excellent book Alan Shaxon – The Sophisticated Sorcerer, a double lecture was presented by Stephen Short and Scott Penrose (President of The Magic Circle) at the April meeting of The Modern Mystic League (Blackburn & District Society of Magicians) last week. Stephen spent the first half telling us in an entertaining and humorous way about the life and career of Alan Shaxon using many photographs, video clips and lots of stories and anecdotes. Scott presented the second half and explained eight of Alan’s signature effects including Aerial Fishing, The Ultimate Nudist Deck, Confabulation (explained fully in print in the book for the first time), Headline Prediction, The Captain’s Card Trick and The Card in Whisky Bottle (a Robert Harbin item passed on to Alan when he inherited Harbin’s items). This was an excellent afternoon and a fine tribute to the late Alan Shaxon whom we remember fondly at The Modern Mystic League as he and Anne were guests of honour at our Annual Banquet in 2005; the year of the Centenary of The Magic Circle during the period when Alan was President. The book is highly recommended as is this wonderful lecture (details are available at Roger Woods. President The Modern Mystic League. 2.5.15


Lothar Malmberg writes: I will be performing and lecturing at Whitby's Doomsday VI, and am looking for clubs interested in booking my lecture on Bizarre Magic, as well as a host or two in Scotland, for two people to tour your wonderful and magical country 2.5.15


Carmarthen Magic Circle's Uncertain Future. Nick Brunger writes: One year since the first meeting, Carmarthen's Magic Circle may disband because of lack of interest. Although the first meeting was well attended only a few locals continued to come to the monthly meetings until a hard core of only three were attending. We would love to carry on, but we do need some more members. It's not that we don't get on, but we've grown a little tired of discussing our own selection of tricks and effects with each other and need a bit of fresh inspiration. If you are interested in joining the group please call 01267 290819 or email 2.5.15


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