Number 776 - 9th May 2015


Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2015. Some of the world’s most accomplished magicians take over Edinburgh’s Summerhall this summer from 26th June - 4th July 2015. The Magic and Variety Gala Show moves to Festival Theatre, home of the Great Lafayette; there's a new MagicFest Opening Night Party with live show tasters; new adult magic classes for first time this year, and new late night ‘witching hour’ shows for adults only. This year Summerhall, Edinburgh's 'Art Laboratory', is the new MagicFest hub, creating an irresistible world of wonder and adventure with live shows, exhibitions, food, drink and doughnuts all at one magical campus! Kevin McMahon, Artist Director of Edinburgh International Magic Festival, said: "We've dreamed of having MagicFest on one site since we started the festival back in 2010, so it's incredibly exciting to take over Summerhall for 8 days and pack it full of magic. Imagine entering a portal, and winding up somewhere where normal rules don't apply. It's kinda like that but with drink and doughnuts." This is their biggest festival yet. The full lineup can be seen on the MagicFest website: (Early Bird Offer: Buy 3 tickets for any of the shows that run for 7 days and receive your free ticket to the MagicFest Opening Night Party! The offer is valid for 3 separate shows only and tickets must be all purchased at the same time. Early Bird tickets can be booked by phone 0131 226 0006 or in person. The offer closes on Friday 22nd May.) 9.5.15


The Bristol Day of Magic is on tomorrow! See Tom Stone, Mario Lopez (photo), Ali Cook, Joseph Barry, Doc Eason, Michael Dardant, Joseph Barry, Steve Rawlings, Amethyst, Phil Hoyles and Vincent Hedan. Plus 30 magic dealers and a late night bar / after-show party. Doors open 9am on Sunday 10th May 2015 and tickets are available on the door. To see this year's full line-up and for more info visit 9.5.15


Derren Brown Miracle continues to dazzle and dumbfound audiences across the UK. Tonight he's live on stage in Stoke. "The multi-award winning master of psychological illusion is back on tour in 2015 with a brand new one-man show. Derren is acknowledged as one of the world’s most exciting live performers; a dark manipulator of magic and mind control." See What's On for tour dates. "Review: Derren Brown at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent" Click Here. 9.5.15


Jamie Allan iMagician - live on stage this evening, Grove Theatre, Dunstable. In this action packed show, audiences will witness the most incredible illusions ever staged. Using the latest technology, iMagician includes high powered laser beams, iPads, Twitter, Facebook, and new for our 2015 show, the mind blowing 'Virtual assistant' a routine which involves a full scale volumetric hologram. After mesmerising American audiences for 12 years with his fusion of magic and technology, Jamie is now set to launch a spectacular UK tour - iMagician: The Evolution of Magic. For May tour dates see What's On. 9.5.15


John Archer is currently on tour with Tim Vine: "Tim Vine the punslinger returns with lots of new jokes, silly songs and twitchy dancing in his first stand-up tour for 4 years with special guest John Archer. It’s time to put the satire on hold and watch a grown man act the goat. Come along and enjoy the nonsense." For more info visit or see What's On. 9.5.15


Trix in the Stix. Monday May 18th and Tuesday May 19th: "Mike Bent (photo) is one of our Star Lecturers at Trix for a very good reason. Recently, Mike performed at the White House Easter Egg Roll. This year he had the honour of opening for both the President and the First Lady. Now that's something to crow about! Mike will be presenting two lectures at Trix on aspects of children's entertainment. Also lecturing, we have the one and only Mel Mellers, who used to be a very successful children's entertainer. Then, to top things off, and returning by huge popular demand, we have Buster Balloon, who earned a standing ovation at Trix last year. Trix in the Stix has been sold out for nearly a year. To find out the latest information, please go to Practical Magic's website ( You can also keep right up to date with the convention and all other matters of interest to children's entertainers by becoming members of our Facebook page. Just type in Trix and ask to join - well over 900 entertainers already have!" 9.5.15


Dave Loosley lecture, Merlin Magical Society, Potters Bar. John Clayton writes: "On Thursday the 21st May, the Merlin Magical Society is having a Lecture by Dave Loosley. The Lecture starts at around 8.15pm and ends at 10.15pm. Entry is £8 for non-members. Venue: Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). Dave Loosley's original routines and twists on the classics, set the stage for a fun, unique and entertaining evening. Dave's creative thinking and unique outlook on magic has allowed him to devise a large number of tricks and routines, which he has kept to himself until today! Dave also works with Peter Nardi and Alakazam Magic, creating and advising on brand new products and future releases. This lecture is aimed at the close-up working magician." More info: 9.5.15


West End Magic - Leicester Square Theatre, London, this afternoon at 3pm. West End Magic returns in May at its regular residency at The Leicester Square Theatre, with some of the most exciting names in magic and variety: Oliver Tabor, Sean Heydon (photo), Mat Ricardo, and compere Christian Lee.  The Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX (Map).  Saturday 9th May. Doors 3pm; Show 3.30pm; Tickets: £15 full price, £10 children, £40 family ticket for four. Recommended ages: 8 upwards. 9.5.15


Wayne Dobson Presents The Key. Inspired by Peter Crush and designed by Alan Rorrison: "I have always loved this effect and Wayne's gimmick is awesome! The Key is a must have prop for any magician. Innocent looking and beautifully engineered. Well done Wayne for breathing new life into this modern day classic. " Peter Nardi. Pre-Order now via 9.5.15


Peter Eggink's UK Lecture Tour is now well under way. With over 20 years experience, Peter knows the “real secrets” of being a successful magician and shares them in his new lecture, which covers subjects such as personality, presentation, people skills and how to become successful as an artist. See What's On for remaining tour dates. 9.5.15


Magicseen Issue 62 May 2015: "TV magic in the UK has arguably been shaped in many ways over the last few years by the output from Objective Productions, and we have head honcho Anthony Owen on our latest cover and inside where we get to find out more about this vibrant award winning company. We also get to chat to Denis Behr, one of the world's best card magicians, and Jasz Vegas, female star of TV's Killer Magic (from Objective Productions, of course!). There's an interesting piece on the famous telepathy act The Piddingtons, we have a live review of the Ehrlich Brothers spectacular illusion show, and Mark Shortland finds himself on the Psychiatrist's Couch (not before time, some might say!). We like to help and inform our readers too, and in this issue we discuss the benefits of branded give-aways as a method of self promotion, plus in Pros and Cons we look at whether it is better to arrive at the close-up gig set up and ready to go or unset. The May issue is also a Masterclass Special one with no less than 6 ideas for you to try, plus we have a ton of reviews (at least that's how much the pile of review props weighed!) as well as a whole host of other entertaining and informative articles and features. You can get your printed or download copy now from the home of the UK's only independent magic magazine," 9.5.15


Back-to-Back Magic. London, 26th May: A double bill of illusion and theatre. Christopher Howell and Philipp Oberlohr bring you two unusual theatrical approaches to magic with these two back-to-back one-man shows. Howell will present 'A Peculiar Night with Norvil' in which he plays his beguiling alter-ego Norvil. Howell's unique approach creates a magical and theatrical world for audiences. Through magic, story and song, Norvil is your host as he leads the audience through deliciously dark and comical tales. Philipp Oberlohr presents 'Closer. Intimate Illusions'. He does everything he can to get to know you. He will read your mind, if he has to. You will be happy to take part. You will be happy to share. You will be happy. How do we know? Many before you did and were. You are different, yet similar. One night only. £5. Show info and booking Doors at 7.30pm and Show at 8pm. Comedy Cafe Theatre, 68 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY (Map). 9.5.15


The Mark Leveridge Podcast, May 2015. The latest edition of the free audio presentation is a Podcast Special in which Mark spends half an hour discussing three of the main issues that face any performer who is thinking of turning pro. It's often the wish or fantasy of semi pro entertainers to be able to give up the day job and concentrate on the thing they love instead, but actually making the jump is a step many fail to take. With this in mind Mark highlights some of the things that need to be thought about, information which he has drawn from his own professional experience, and which he hopes will be of interest and assistance to anyone who wants more information. The May Podcast is free to listen to. or 9.5.15


Das Spiel. Are you part of the game? This psychological immersive theatre show blurs the lines between performance and reality. It is a refreshing take on the crossover of magic and theatre. The opening night is already sold out, but there are still tickets available for the remaining 5 shows. The Game has found you. Ovalhouse, London, May 12th -16th: 9.5.15


Sunday Night at the Palladium. "Jimmy Carr hosts tonight's show which features the cast of the multiple Olivier award-winning Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, who perform a medley of hits from the show. The world's fastest illusionist, Hans Klok, flies in to wow the Palladium audience - and to teach Jimmy a few tricks. Comedy comes from Rob Beckett, while dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace perform a stunning routine. Also featuring Westlife's Markus Feehily, Rebecca Ferguson and the legendary Deacon Blue." 8pm on Sunday 17th May on ITV. See TV Magic. 9.5.15


Scott Creasey British Magical Society lecture. Paul Cadley writes: On Tuesday 12th May the British Magical Society is pleased to present Scott Creasey with his all-new lecture: "What do you do when luggage containing your props goes to Glasgow as you arrive for an important show in Bristol? How would you cope? Seven years performing for unforgiving holiday makers on the Spanish Costa del Sol club circuit has shaped Scott’s mentalism to ensure his routines are interactive, fast-paced and personal." Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £10 fee. Time and venue: 7.30pm at Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). See for details. 9.5.15


Magic Circle Dealers' Day. Keith Pain writes: Magic Circle Dealers' Day. Saturday 24th October 2015. Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, London WC1. 10am to 5pm. £5 entry (free entry to Magic Circle members). Lots of Dealers booked. Also at 4.30pm, lecture and workshop by Wayne Fox (in the Alexandra Suite), £10 entry for all. 9.5.15


Peterborough Society of Magicians Annual Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day. From the organisers: Peterborough Society of Magicians invite you all to come and meet old friends and make new ones at their 27th Annual Day of Magic 2015 on Sunday 14th June. And this year promises to be a great day for all. Doors open at 9.45am with the official opening by I.B.M. British Ring President Alan Astra at 10am. Lectures by: Alan Astra, Paul Gordon and Mark Lee. Dealers so far registered are: Adrian Sullivan, Albion Magic, Astra Magic, Andrew Normansell, Hocus Pocus, Magic Nevin, Merlins of Wakefield and Paul Gordon. Also several tables for second hand magic have been booked. There is free on-site parking. Refreshments available all day. Free Draw with several excellent prizes. Admission: £12 and £6 concessions (partners and under 16s). If not selling, you may pay on entry. All tables for selling are £5 extra each and must be booked in advance (set up from 8.45am). For further details see or contact Keith Downs on 01778 343167 or Venues: The Millfield Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). 9.5.15


Creep into Criss' Crib at 6am on Wednesday 13th May on MTV: "Criss Angel, Marques Houston and Derek Anderson let us into their homes to take a look around in this episode." See TV Magic. 9.5.15


Death Defying Acts. The year is 1926, and Houdini (Guy Pearce) is a household name. Isolated by fame and drowning in regret over having not been present to hear his mother's last words, Houdini announces that he will pay $10,000 to anyone who can prove spiritual contact with his deceased mother. But in his determination to prove that there is life after death, he becomes the target of countless charlatans, scam artists, and self-proclaimed spiritualists... Starring Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Timothy Spall. 11.20pm on Thursday 21st May on BBC 2. See TV Magic. 9.5.15


"Taiwanese magician Lu Chen confirms marriage with model 10 years younger" Click Here • "Review: Champions of Magic, Theatre Royal, Winchester" Click Here • "Meet the smoldering magician casting a spell on celebs" Click Here • "Q&A: Professor talks upcoming mentalist performance" Click Here • "America's Got Talent star comes to Holland's Tulip Time" Click Here • "Illusionist Darcy Oake Pulls Off Coffee Shop Levitation Stunt In New Tim Hortons Campaign" Click Here • "The magician who astounded the world by conjuring spirits and talking with mummies" Click Here • "Did Kimlat fool Penn & Teller?" Click Here • "NYC magician Oz Pearlman wins Long Island Marathon" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 9.5.15