Number 778 - 23rd May 2015


2Minds. Less than 30 tickets remain for the 2015 2Minds Mentalism Conference in in Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of July. This two-day event features lectures from some of the greatest minds in mentalism, including Marc Paul, Looch, Luca Volpe, Ken Dyne, Marc Spelmann, Ian Rowland and Peter Clifford. For further information and booking details visit 23.5.15


12th Top Secret Magic Day: Milton Keynes. Gary Young, Producer, writes: Only two weeks to go until the much anticipated 12th Top Secret Magic Day in Milton Keynes. If you're planning on going please email straight away to reserve your places. You can then pay on the day if you wish, but please advise now! This is to cut down on administration later. Email: Don't miss this packed day of magic featuring: Bill Abbott (photo) with an exclusive lecture, coming over especially for this event; Mark James: Great lecture on comedy, cruising and cabaret; Steve Dimmer: Exclusive 100% brand new kids lecture, with an effect that will have every children's entertainer watering at the mouth! And Jasper Blakely: Brilliant lecturer with 60% new material! Also, the one and only, Paul Gordon with a commercial card workshop, Steve Dimmer's game workshop (that has earned him more than any other business he does!). Plus Magic Dealers galore, a Q+A with the stars, and a star comedy gala! See full details at Don't delay book today!" 23.5.15


The Magic Show Story. Saturday 30th May at 6.30pm on ITV. In this one-off special, presenter and magician Stephen Mulhern goes on a journey through sixty years of trickery, as he celebrates the mind-blowing, jaw-dropping story of magic on television. Stephen recalls the moments of magic that grabbed the headlines - from Dynamo levitating above the Shard, David Blaine being encased in a block of ice, Paul Daniels’ faking his own death on air to David Copperfield’s Flying illusion. Along the way Stephen meets some of his magic heroes - from Paul Daniels to Penn and Teller - and recreates some of the popular tricks that made TV history - including sawing Anita Harris, David Nixon’s glamorous assistant, in half. Stephen hears how the likes of Nixon and Tommy Cooper first brought magic to the masses in the early days of television. He looks at the influence of ground-breaking American stars like David Copperfield and finds out how magic went from men in tuxedos pulling rabbits out of a hat, to a new generation of hip, young street magicians, like Dynamo and David Blaine. The documentary features interviews with stars of TV magic past and present including Darcy Oake, Dynamo, Paul Daniels, Anita Harris, Penn and Teller, Geoffrey Durham and Ben Hanlin, as Stephen reveals how magic has continually reached new heights on our TV screens. See TV Magic. 23.5.15


Britain's Got Talent - Semi-finals week. Rehearsals for a week of live shows, set to start on Monday 25th, were thrown into turmoil on Thursday when an unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered by builders in a car park near the BGT studio, Click Here. (Wednesday night is the one not to be missed). 23.5.15


Trix in the Stix 2016. A convention for children's entertainers. From the organisers: Please make a note of next year's dates: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th May 2016. This year's event has only just taken place, but tickets for next year's event are shortly going on sale. Here's the line-up for 2016: one of the US's best-known magical exports, David Kaye (aka Silly Billy) will be joining us as will the one and only Paul Daniels who will be performing and lecturing. Speaking of 'one and only' we also have John Kimmons with a brand-new, all-trick lecture. In addition, there will be about a dozen dealers and 4 Power Presentations. Tickets have sold out very rapidly for the past three Trix in the Stix and we expect the same for 2016 with such an outstanding line-up. Tickets will go on sale on Practical Magic's website at 11am sharp, Thursday 28th May 2015. There are only 240 places available after which we operate a Waiting List. The venue, once again, will be the beautiful leisure resort of Lion Quays, near Oswestry in Shropshire (pictured). For more information, please visit Practical Magic's website: 23.5.15


The Magicians' Podcast with Richard Young - Series II. Richard Young has been out and about again, chatting with a broad cross-section of magicians about their careers and aspirations, views on magic and simply finding out what makes them tick. Series one was a great success and series two looks set to equal or even better it! The Magicians' Podcast, 24 free episodes, starting on Friday 29th May. See, and iTunes. 23.5.15


Shane Cobalt 2016 lecture tour - now booking. Tour organiser Steve Gore writes: 'Chasing Dovetails' is the lecture from Canadian magician Shane Cobalt. It's packed with magic you are capable of doing. The whole lecture was designed with the audience in mind. It is all from his working repertoire, and it is all within the reach of the average person. There is only one or two things that will stretch your fingers a bit. He is touring in April 2016. Here is also a quick link that someone put up from the Genii Convention: Click Here. Shane has received incredible feedback for his lecture and workshop. Michael Fredrikson in Denmark says the Erdnase Workshop was the best workshop he'd ever been to. It's not uncommon for people to tell him it's the best (or second best) lecture they've ever seen (Juan Tamariz often being the first!). He'd love to conduct his Chasing Dovetails lecture, Erdnase or Advanced Card Workshop for your club. Contact 23.5.15


Diego Minevitz 2016 lecture tour - now booking. Tour organiser Steve Gore writes: With many years of experience, Diego Minevitz has developed a lecture about the secrets of Harry Houdini's Escapes, Russian Roulette and Fakirism, entitled 'Extreme Magic For Everybody'. Please see the clips which show how anyone can learn these secrets in a fun, informative and hands-on lecture. He is lecturing around England, Scotland and Ireland in March 2016. He is also available to do any shows too. Contact Lecture overview: Click Here. Sky Escape: Click Here. The Sword: Click Here. In his lecture we see psychology in magic, staging and mentalism. It is designed to work for magicians of any style. This Lecture has been delivered in 22 countries, 50 cities and 60 magic associations, for more than a thousand magicians. The themes of his lecture are very different from normal, but not less interesting. It's a very funny reunion where magicians learn, get amazed, laugh a lot and take part in every subject developed in it. 23.5.15


Influence: The Show. "Influence: The Show is an intimate fun evening full of astonishment and intrigue. Based on the science and research of compliance professionals and con men, Roberto demonstrates in an amazing and fun-filled evening, methods, techniques and strategies used for influence and persuasion. You will never believe your own choices again! The show is now showing at Belair House in Dulwich Village before heading to the West End." Remaining dates: Friday 19th June, Thursday 16th July, Thursday 20th August, Thursday 17th September. Bookings: 23.5.15


John Carey's 'Crafted with Carey' lecture - Medway Magical Society. Rob Glendinning writes: Sleight of hand expert John Carey will be lecturing some of his finest creations with a deck of cards on Tuesday, 2nd June, at 8pm. Internationally renowned for his streamlined approach to close-up, workable magic, John promises a lecture loaded with powerful, practical and doable material. Having lectured throughout Europe over the past 12 months, we are delighted to welcome John to Kent and the Medway Magical Society. Non members welcome - £10 entry on the night. Venue: Medway Magical Society, St George Hotel, New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB (Map). 23.5.15


MindFX is celebrating its first year of business by launching a fresh new website. Included on the site is Michael Murray’s latest release 'Calculated Risk'. Calculated Risk allows you to very easily unlock two borrowed mobiles. For details visit and enjoy a 10% discount on any purchase by using discount code HAPPYBIRTHDAY (valid until Saturday 30th May). 23.5.15


Ken Dyne’s ‘Practical Mentalism Tour’ Lecture - Newcastle Magic Circle, Tuesday May 26th. "One of the UK’s busiest working mentalists, Ken Dyne, aka Kennedy, lectures on material from his highly acclaimed book Bairn, together with previously unreleased material, at Newcastle Magic Circle this Tuesday. The lecture features many of Ken’s pet routines suitable for close-up, stand-up, formal and casual performances, with a focus on practical, entertaining mentalism." For more information contact Newcastle Magic Circle. To find out more about Ken’s upcoming lectures see "He sees outside the box from the inside, then proceeds to reach on to those elusive dreams to make them a reality whereby his creations become the new box others look out from." Banachek. (That's quite some quote! DT) 23.5.15


FISM competitors 2015. The official list of FISM stage and close-up competitors has just been released, Click Here. 23.5.15


Ipswich Magical Society presents Beyond Belief. From the organisers: The Ipswich Magical Society is putting on a one night magic spectacular in Stowmarket on June 28th. Tickets are just £10. The evening will feature a number of members performing close-up magic before the show and during the interval and the show itself has a stellar line up, including: Magic Olly, Gemma Raymond, Wayne Goodman and many more. Tickets are £10 each from 23.5.15


Magicseen's Bank Holiday Bonanza: "Every now and again someone goes a bit nuts in the Magicseen office and puts together a great offer, and it's happened again this Bank Holiday weekend. Take out a new 1 year printed copy or download copy sub, or extend your current sub by 1 year, and you can elect to receive free downloads of any three of our back issues (issues 1-61). Or......take out a 2 year printed copy or download sub (or extend your current one by 2 years), and you can elect to receive free up to six download back issues. To claim your free download copies you simply need to type into the Additional Comments box at the foot of the online Checkout page which back issues you would like to receive. We will then send you the links to download your selections. This is already a good deal as it offers you either £12 or £24 worth of free downloads, but there's more! Every person who takes part in the above promotion will also be entered into a draw and two lucky winners will each receive free copies of both the Masterclass Volume 1 and Masterclass Volume 2 E-Books, which provide you with all 117 effects that appeared in the first 8 volumes of Magicseen! To ensure that you can take advantage of the free downloads and get entered into the draw, you need to place your subscription order no later than midnight on Monday 25th May 2015. So do it now by going to and clicking on the 'subscribe' tab. 23.5.15


Bluelight Comedy & Magic, Northampton: "On Friday the 5th of June Bluelight Comedy features two fantastic acts. Comedian Alfie Moore and comedy magician John Lenahan. Bluelight Comedy is Ashley Turner's bi-monthly evening of cutting-edge Stand-up Comedy and World Class Magic held at The Sun Inn, 9 High Street, Hardingstone, Northampton NN4 7BT (Map). This event sells out every month, and tickets are £10. For more information visit or contact Ashley for ticket reservations via 23.5.15


The 55th Bristol Day of Magic is reviewed by Elizabeth Warlock this week, Click Here. 23.5.15


The Card Collection Whitsun Sale - Now On! "It's the Whitsun Bank Holiday so it's time for a short sale at The Card Collection! The sale runs from now until 10am on Tuesday 26th May. Up to 20% of all products in our massive range. Don't miss out, visit and save some money!" 23.5.15


It's official: Swindon is the new Las Vegas. "...we emailed, this has been going on for weeks" You've got to love Young & Strange. Watch their latest exploits, Click Here. 23.5.15


The Home Counties Magical Society is pleased to announce the election of their new president, Steve Graham, pictured here receiving the president’s chain from the former president, Robert Bone (left). The Home Counties Magical Society regularly meets in Lower Earley, near Reading, Berkshire, usually on the third Thursday of each month. It was established in 1947 and remains one of the most enthusiastic and well respected magic societies in Great Britain. New members are always welcome and can find information on joining the society at 23.5.15


Deanna (Steve Gore's daughter) will appear in the S.A.M.'s Stars of Tomorrow show at their convention in Philadelphia in July. Steve says that Deanna, who turned 10 this week, is one of seven acts chosen from around the world and will be performing her Frozen act which has received fantastic comments from Jeff McBride and Shawn Farquhar. 23.5.15


International news: Daryl Easton, The Magician's Magician, Special Guest at Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp this Summer. From the organisers: With a record number of best selling DVDs & books, having traveled the world several times over, winning the card category at FISM, and probably sitting on a ton of great unpublished ideas – Daryl has lots to offer the campers. He's famous for his decades of innovative thinking behind sleight of hand, which has garnered him international acclaim. Now imagine what it would be like to spend a camp session with this guy?! Are you aged 8-20 or know someone who is and would benefit from a week at Sorcerers Safari? Learn more about attending Sorcerers Safari Magic Camp with Daryl this year - visit: 23.5.15


Popular magician and children’s entertainer Jack Stephens has sadly died at the age of 62 after a short illness. Jack was born in South Africa but lived in Wiltshire for the past 25 years. He was a well-respected magician and a member of The Magic Circle and The International Brotherhood of Magicians. Jack entertained at numerous parties, schools, playgroups, libraries and hospitals, and also performed close-up magic at weddings and formal functions. Jack also featured in television programmes. He entertained a number of high profile individuals - a highlight of his career was entertaining the Queen at a private lunch party. Jack brought happiness and laughter to many, especially thousands of children in hospitals in Bath, Bristol and Swindon. He will be greatly missed, especially by his wife Rosemary and daughters Caroline and Susie. His funeral will be held at Semington Crematorium, Devizes Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire at 1.45pm on Thursday 4th June where all are welcome. Providing entertainment was so important to Jack, and Rosemary will be continuing to run the business and provide entertainers as Jack had done.

"Jack Stephens: 8th December, 1952 - 14th May, 2015" Remembered by Ian Keable, Click Here.

"Tributes paid to Wiltshire magician Jack Stephens" Click Here.

"Popular Wiltshire magician dies, 62" Click Here. 23.5.15


"Dynamo wants to tip the scales: Now fat's magic" Click Here • "Cheltenham magician John Elliott gets four yeses from Britain's Got Talent judges" Click Here • "Cheltenham magician John Elliott talks Britain's Got Talent" Click Here • "Newcastle magician Chris Cross tells of dream team-up with legend Paul Daniels" Click Here • "'Troy Street Magic': New TV Show Starring British Magician Troy ‘Von Majik’ Scheibner Airs Tonight On SYFY" Click Here • "‘Band Of Magicians’ tours NZ" Click Here • "'The Magicians' Trailer Released; Plot Details Of New Syfy Series Revealed!" Click Here • "'Godfather of Magic' Paul Daniels heads to Gladstone Theatre" Click Here • "Video: Teenage magician becomes overnight hit thanks to these tricks" Click Here • "Linking Rings review" Click Here • "The Illusionists bring shocking tricks to the Straz stage" Click Here • "British Illusionist DMC Takes Sofia Beyond Magic" Click Here • "TV series gifts Houdini bust to Appleton" Click Here • "Penn Jillette: How we freaked out Letterman" Click Here • "Royal magician has tricks up his sleeve for Huddersfield audience" Click Here • And finally... "The internet is obsessing over this real-life optical illusion that looks like an M.C. Escher drawing — here's how it works" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 23.5.15