Number 779 - 30th May 2015


Wow! Jamie's in the final! For the first time in BGT's nine-year history, a British magician has made it through to the finals - which go out live on Sunday night on ITV. Jamie Raven captured the hearts of TV viewers, and in doing so also captured their votes, coming first out of nine competing acts in last Wednesday's show. Jamie has a natural, endearing manner, combined with great magic skill. Expect more exceptional magic from Jamie Raven this Sunday. DT.

"BGT: Jamie Raven on making the final" Click Here.

"BGT: Amazing Jamie Raven magic trick and hitting back at critics" Click Here.

"Britain’s Got Talent finalists 2015: who’s performing on Sunday, including Jamie Raven, Matisse, and The Neales" Click Here

"Jamie Raven's incredible magic moment. Semi-Final 3. Britain's Got Talent 2015" YouTube.

"Britain's Got Talent 2015: who's in the final?" Click Here. 30.5.15


Meanwhile, over in the States, Piff, Britain's favourite dragon, slayed both audience and judges in the opening show of the new series of America's Got Talent last week, with a brilliant performance that will take him through to the next round and the finals too I am sure. DT.

"Watch a Guy in a Dragon Suit Charm the ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges" Click Here.

"Entertainment Weekly: America's a better place after meeting Piff the Magic Dragon" Click Here.

"Piff the Magic Dragon: Heidi Klum Helps Comedic Magician in Dragon Suit - America's Got Talent 2015" YouTube.

Even Dragon's tweet: 30.5.15


Innovention Convention and 'World Stars of Magic' shows - July, Liverpool. From the organisers: The Innovention takes place from 14th-16th July, and the 'World Stars of Magic' Shows take place on 15th and 16th July. The Convention is mainly being held at the Beatles themed 'Hard Day's Night' Hotel and the Shows in the beautiful and intimate Victorian Epstein Theatre, Liverpool. We've just added a couple of stellar names to the line-up. Mike Chao from Taiwan, who will be appearing in the 'World Stars of Magic' shows, and the brilliant close-up and stage performer Armando Lucero from Las Vegas. We're also delighted to welcome a couple of very special guests: the current President of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Erika Larsen, and the Princess herself Irene Larsen. The Innovention is limited to 100 attendees, and there are very few spaces remaining. Register via: 30.5.15


Armando Lucero will be appearing at the Innovention Convention in July (above). Few performers can capture an audience like Armando Lucero. Without saying a word, Armando grabs hold of the viewer’s attention, and then takes their heart and mind on a journey of wonder. There is a bit of Marcel Marceau in this interesting man, and a bit of David Copperfield. It is the little bit of Charlie Chaplin though, that will bring a smile to your face and will make your heart ache. Watching a performance by Armando Lucero is a wonderful journey, for you experience extremes of the mind, the heart, and the spirit. Armando Lucero has performed for magicians worldwide, and was invited to perform at FISM, after which the trade magazines raved about his performance. Since then he has entertained audiences both live and on television, and was recently featured in 'The Illusionists 1903' touring show. Armando was featured on the cover of the August issue of Magic magazine last year. 30.5.15


One month to go till MagicFest 2015! "This summer magic comes to Edinburgh. See top magical performers live on stage at our Magic Village. We're running 6 theatre spaces, on one site, over 8 days with 30 performers including Paul Wilson, Will Houstoun, Ali Cook, Richard Wiseman, Colin Cloud, Mark Elsdon, Rob Jagerhorn and many more. There's still time to enter our competitions for under 18s. There's nothing quite like seeing magic live, close-up, with no screens, Hollywood effects or fancy TV editing getting in the way of something beautifully impossible. So Awake in Wonder at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival from 26th June till 4th July." Tickets can be booked online via 30.5.15


240 tickets sold in 2 hours! From the organisers: Trix in the Stix, a convention for children's entertainers, is now sold out for 2016. Tickets went on sale at 11am on Thursday 28th May 2015 and were sold out two hours later. We are operating a Waiting List for those still hoping to attend. The dates are Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th May 2016 and the venue is the popular Lion Quays Waterside Resort in Shropshire. To read more about the event, or to ask to go on the Waiting List, please go to 30.5.15


The Magic Show Story is on ITV this evening at 6.30pm: "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. 30.5.15


The Magicians' Podcast is back! Series 2 begins with a double-bill of magical talent: Ben Hart and Luke Jermay. See and 30.5.15


The Chamber of Secrets, Torremolinos, Spain, opened its doors for the first time this month and has been amazing holidaymakers and locals every night since. FISM award-winner Marvelous Matthew Wright, his fiancé Alarna Love, and multi talented close-up magician Tom Crosbie have put together an incredible show that mixes magic, comedy, music, mental feats, illusion and puppetry to create an evening that is taking the Costa Del Sol by storm! One of only a very few specifically designed magic theatres in the world, the Chamber of Secrets has been built from the ground up. Matthew said, "I have been planning this theatre for many years. I studied for a degree in theatre practice to learn about lights and sound, I studied for a degree in special effects to learn how to build everything I needed and I spent many years performing in various magic venues across the world learning how I could put together a show that people would enjoy. I think we have something very special here and the response so far has been incredible." 30.5.15


Close-up Magic at The Magic Circle, London. This evening, Saturday, 30th May. This event showcases some of the best close-up magicians available and audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of the headquarters of the world-famous The Magic Circle in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing. Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.30pm. Tickets £19.50 plus fee via Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up magic is not usually recommended for those under 12. 30.5.15


Tim Vine 2015 Tour with Special Guest John Archer - Bloomsbury Theatre, London, tonight! 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 see or What's On. 30.5.15



John Carey will be lecturing for The Cornish Magical Society on Sunday 14th June 2015 at 3pm at Carnon Downs Village Hall Carnon Downs (between Truro and Falmouth) TR3 6GH (Map). Visiting magicians £5. Contact Paul Scott on 07747 122 659. 30.5.15


An Evening of Mystery presents: Magic & Mayhem: A heady mix of stand-up comedy, sideshow, magic and hypnosis. Thrill to the delights of the UK's best magic acts. Bizarre rock 'n' roll magic from the irrepressible Phil Knoxville (Britain's Got Talent), Sherlockian mind over matter feats from the mind-mangling modern maven of deduction Ben Cardall. Top International hypnotist Anthony Jacquin fondling your noodle at the inception controls and psychic comedian Ian Harvey Stone channelling the tuneful dead with his haunted guitar! 12th June. 8pm start. Tickets: £8 advance, £10 on the door. COG Art Space, 113 Southgate Road, Dalston, London N1 3JS (Map). Tickets: 30.5.15


Urban Voodoo Club - Leeds: "Here comes the summer, and with it a tidal wave of trickery, as Urban Voodoo Club brings sunny sorcery to the good people of Leeds. Pack your trunks and dive into our inviting pool of magic, accompanied by the finest cocktails served up by LAB's high priests of booze. June's line-up features fresh, fast sleight of hand from Ollie Smith, a taste of the unusual from Simon South, magic with a smile from Steve Gore, and cool and crafty conjuring from Chris Clarke. Plus Delta blues from Sleepy Jake Segrave." Thursday June 11th 2015, doors at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm. LAB Bar, Merrion Way, Leeds LS2 8BT (Map). 30.5.15


'Steve the Magician' lecture, Coventry Magic Circle: "The Coventry Magic Circle are delighted to welcome children's entertainer Steve the Magician who will be lecturing at 8pm on Tuesday 2nd June. Steve is a past winner of the NMC Close-up Magician of the Year. This promises to be a great evening. £10 entrance fee for visiting magicians." Venue: Bentley Road Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LT (Map). 30.5.15


Now You See It returns on Saturday 6th June: "Fast-paced entertainment series voiced by Mel Giedroyc, featuring the best and worst of magic and other incredible performers from around the world." See TV Magic. 30.5.15


Chris Wood to lecture at the Winchester Magical Society. Bob Yelland writes: On Thursday 4th June at 8pm Chris Wood will deliver his new lecture, “Subtleties, Subterfuge and Simplicity” which covers the why as well as the how behind some of the routines from his working repertoire. Throughout the emphasis will be on performance, in theory and practice, covering many principles to help you improve your own magic. Visitors admitted for just £10. Please note our new venue at Weeke Community Centre, Taplings Road, Winchester SO22 6HG (Map). 30.5.15


Travis Perkins Assembly 23rd Ferrybridge Day of Magic, Sunday 5th July 2015. More details from Travis Perkins and Esme: First lecturette – The Construction, Destruction and Reconstruction of an Award Winning Magic Act presented by Leah Mae Devine and Sara Jade Devine of Destiny, Su Jayne Devine and Danny Hunt. Second lecturette – Over My Dead Body It’s Not A Dealer Dem! - presented by Brian ‘Mr Cups & Balls’ Watson. Plus 10 dealers and traders with a vast array of magic and books. Following a day that is set for wonderment, laughs, magic and thrills, the Showette will bring our 23rd to a close, featuring Epsie Havercott, Alec Powell, Danny Hunt & Steph’s Amethyst, and Destiny. The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ (Map). Entrance fee £5.00. Doors open at 9.45am. Further details can be obtained by contacting Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 or email 30.5.15


Wilton's Magic Show, Wednesday 17th June, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. From the organisers: Wilton's Music Hall's very own Prestidigitateuse Extraordinaire, Katherine Rhodes, has been entertaining and baffling audiences at the Hall since 2010. During that time, she has graduated to the hallowed heights of The Inner Magic Circle and devised ever more ingenious and unfathomable tricks to keep us all amused and infuriated. This is the final show in Katherine's current series and will be her last public performance for a little while. It's also her birthday so she's cooked up some brand new celebratory routines exclusively for the occasion - perfect for die-hard fans and curious newcomers alike; all delivered with her trademark dry humour. Not to be missed. Venue: Wilton's Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB (Map) 30.5.15


Cavort Theatre presents Ian Harvey Stone in 'The Devil Without' Ian brings his critically acclaimed one-man magical interpretation of Faust inspired by the works of Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore to London's COG Art Space for three nights! Immersive and interactive, experience a night in the company of renowned sorcerer John Faust as he tries to outwit the demons on his trail. 8pm start. Tickets £12 / £10 Concessions. COG Art Space, 113 Southgate Road, Dalston, London N1 3JS (Map). June 17th, 18th, 19th at 8pm. Tickets: "A chilling late night treat" Edinburgh Spotlight. "Highly original… keeps the tension up throughout" The Stage. 30.5.15


Andy James: 50 different cruise ships in 7 years! Andy is one of the cruise world's top magicians and has just performed on his 50th ship, the phenomenal Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's newest cruise liner. Upon arriving home in Dublin he was awarded "Entertainer of the Year 2015" for his performances at weddings and corporate events in Ireland by Mrs2be. 30.5.15


The Fylde Mystics host their annual Close-up Competition at 8pm on Tuesday, 2nd June. Eight magicians will compete for the title 'Fylde Mystics Close-up Champion 2015' and visitors (magicians and non-magicians) are welcome. There's no admission charge. The venue is The South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool FY4 5HZ (Map). For more details visit or email 30.5.15


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 Venue: The Millfield Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). 30.5.15


Uplifting Magic. Adrian Harris writes: Last Saturday I was asked to entertain severely handicapped and terminally ill children who were invited to go for flights in light aircraft courtesy of the Douglas Bader Foundation. Over 25 families attended the day long event at Scone Aerodrome near Perth, and the volunteer pilots excelled themselves because not only did they take the children up for flights lasting up to 1 hour, they also took all the siblings, carers, parents and grandparents for flights. My task was to interact with the children with my puppets while they waited their turn for the trip. After the last child had returned from his flight, a 20 minute aerobatic display was given by a 75 year old pilot, which got great gasps and applause from the assembled crowd. The highlight of the afternoon for me was to be given a flight in a Gyro Copter. It was amazing to fly over the City of Perth at 1000ft, with only a safety harness for protection. Scary, but great fun! 30.5.15


Magicians Wanted in Luton. Ashley Turner writes: "I am looking for Magicians in and around the Luton area for occasional restaurant work. The venue is in Luton centre, near to the university, on Fridays and Saturday nights. If you are a confident performer with experience please get in touch and include any promotional material." 30.5.15


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT.  30.5.15


Jamie Raven popped into the MagicWeek office last week, just before Wednesday's BGT semi-final (l to r: Duncan Trillo, Jamie Raven, Russ Stevens) - best of luck in the final tomorrow Jamie! • "Review: Derren Brown: Miracle, Sunderland Empire" Click Here • "Paul Daniels announces intimate new magic dinner show" Click Here • "Chloe Crawford misses out on spot in Britain’s Got Talent final" Click Here • "Blackburn magician's slick trick viewed by millions online" Click Here • "Meet Richard Turner: magician, expert card shark, and blind" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 30.5.15