Number 781 - 13th June 2015


The Magic Circle Christmas Show 2015. Tickets are now on sale for this year's Christmas Show at The Magic Circle. This is always a popular event and the highlight of many people's magical calendar. Visitors have a chance to explore the headquarters, visit The Magic Circle Museum and mix and mingle with some top magicians before entering the intimate Magic Circle Theatre for a show of wonder. Every year sells out, so it is advisable to book early. Ideal for ages 5 and above. The balcony is not suitable for children under 8. All performances will be at The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD.

Tuesday 22 December (2.30pm and 7pm)

Wednesday 23 December (2.30pm and 7pm)
Sunday 27 December (2.30pm and 7pm)
Monday 28 December (2.30pm and 7pm)
Tuesday 29 December (2.30pm and 7pm)
Wednesday 30 December (2.30pm and 7pm)
Saturday 2 January 2016 (2.30pm and 7pm)
Sunday 3 January (2.30pm)
Tickets cost £34 (stalls) and £30 (circle/balcony) plus £2.50 transaction fee from or


Two weeks to go to Edinburgh's MagicFest: "Our brand new Magic Village moves the festival to one main site with bars, cafes, restaurants, exhibitions, interactive illusions, a colour-changing bed of flowers and up to 16 shows each day. We hope that in excess of 10,000 people will see live magic across the city over 9 days. There's nothing quite like seeing top magicians 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 - 4th July 2015." See for details. 13.6.15


Conjuring at the Court celebrates its 6th birthday on Thursday 25th June, with a cake and a troupe of entertaining magicians: Spanish illusionist Jammes Garibo, performing his sophisticated magic in the UK for the first time, exclusively at Conjuring at the Court; The magical hilarity of Terry Herbert; The inventive and original magic of Jon Allen; Stunning and powerful mysteries from the astounding Nick Einhorn, and compere is co-producer Russell Levinson. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). There’s a bar at the back of the room so you can have a drink while enjoying the magic or come early and enjoy a dinner from the pub’s varied menu. Parking free from 6.30pm. Tickets £11 in advance, £12 on the night from 13.6.15


All the Fun of the Fair: Genii The Conjuror's Convention, Orlando, Florida. 30 performers. A Million memories. Join hosts Richard Kaufman, Joshua Jay, and Andi Gladwin for the second Genii Convention. 30th September - 3rd October 2015: 13.6.15


Portsmouth and District Magic Circle Jumbo Day 2015. Colin Rumford writes: Portsmouth and District Magic Circle have revealed their line up for this year's Jumbo Day convention on Sunday 1st November. Magicians lecturing this year are Marc Oberon (photo), Ryan Schlutz, Children's magician Silly Scott and Alakazam's Dave Loosley. With magic dealers, a second-hand magic market, auction and a full Gala Show in the evening this, the 53rd Jumbo Day, is looking to be the busiest yet. For full details and tickets visit 13.6.15


Pete Firman joins John Bishop this evening, on BBC 1. "Comedy entertainment series hosted by award-winning comedian John Bishop, coming each week from the Hackney Empire. Across the eight-part series, John introduces his favourite comics from all over the world, as well as music guests and variety acts. This show features two tracks from Florence and the Machine and stand-up from comedians Tom Stade, Ellie Taylor and Phil Wang. John also gets to try his hand at a bit of magic with magician and comedian Pete Firman." See TV Magic. 13.6.15


Deception Convention returns to Liverpool on 14th June 2015 after a fantastic first year, attended by well over 100 delegates. As well as our now infamous 'after show party', we will be hosting 4 fantastic lectures from Jon Allen, Alan Rorrison, Kieron Johnson and Geraint Clarke and over a dozen dealers. Plus, new for 2015, 2 'hands on' workshops. For more information or to book tickets, visit 13.6.15


James Freedman: Man of Steal. There is just one week left to see the current run of 'James Freedman: Man of Steal' which will be ending on June 20th. James has just been appointed by City of London Police as the UK's first Fraud Prevention Ambassador and in this role will be working with the police nationally to raise awareness of modern stealth and cyber crime. James plans to stage his one-man show again in the foreseeable future and said, “I am delighted that the show has been so well received and excited by this opportunity to use my skills again for important crime prevention work." Interview: James talks about how he became a pickpocket and his current show Man of Steal YouTube. 13.6.15


Peterborough Society of Magicians Annual Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day - tomorrow! From the organisers: Peterborough Society of Magicians 27th Annual Day of Magic 2015 is tomorrow Sunday 14th June. It promises to be a great day for all. Doors open at 9.45am and close at 5pm. Lectures by: Mark Lee, Paul Gordon and Alan Astra the British Ring President. We have sold out of Dealers stands; plus there are several stands selling second-hand magic and props. There is excellent catering, with refreshments available all day. Free on-site parking. Admission: £12 and £6 concessions (partners and under 16s). And most important we are a friendly society whose members just love all forms of the magic arts. You could say we are addicted to it so come and join us! For information please see or contact Keith Downs on 01778 343167 or email Venue: The Millfield Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). 13.6.15


Magician double act, The Deckchair Dandies, aka Jasper Blakeley and Frank E Haschka, are delighted that their latest social media video (featuring no magic!) has caught the attention of local and national government, and local press: YouTube. Jasper and Frank run, an agency that promotes their various double and solo acts; their latest creation being 'The Deckchair Dandies'. Earlier this week, with the help of Jasper's wife, Fay, they popped over to the newly regenerated Barry Island to shoot a spoof tourism video featuring The Deckchair Dandies. Since Fay is a marketing and branding specialist, she made sure the video reached as many people as possible. What she didn't expect was the local council and then the Welsh Government Minister for regeneration to retweet it. From there local press asked to run a news story on The Deckchair Dandies. 13.6.15


Crafted With Carey. The first print run of John Carey's fabulous new hardbacked book sold out within a few short weeks. Now the second print is in stock and available directly from the publishers Magicseen, so if you have yet to get your copy of this 200 page photo illustrated book containing the very best of John's output, now would be a good time to act before this second batch disappears! And don't forget, those people who are current subscribers to Magicseen Magazine directly with Magicseen in the UK, can purchase any of their publications, including Crafted With Carey, at a special subscriber discount amounting to 20% off the retail price. Magicseen is now half way through its 11th year of publication and continues to provide a vibrant, interesting and highly readable magazine that offers you great performer interviews, background stories, helpful information articles, comedy and more, and as the only independent magic magazine published in the UK it's your best way to keep in touch and to stay informed. To subscribe, to purchase Crafted With Carey or to find out more about any of the other great offerings from Magicseen Publications go to 13.6.15


Tricked: More Favourite Tricks is being repeated on Sunday 21st June.  Ben looks back at the best moments from the second series, including magical wind-ups on the public and the most popular celebrity tricks on Kym Marsh, The Vamps and Joey Essex. See TV Magic. 13.6.15


The June Mark Leveridge Podcast. Mark Leveridge writes: "After last month's Podcast Special, in which I talked about three key things that you need to consider if you want to turn pro, this month's offering is back to the more normal format where it features a range of varied topics. Those subjects include a discussion about whether magicians these days are buying their magic more regularly online rather than waiting until they attend a convention, the perils of trying to perform in summer heat, whether comedy performers should consider some subjects to be taboo, information about the soon-to-be-launched MLM Academy, how to get round the problem of eating when you are performing or travelling over meal times and a couple of observations about Jamie Raven's latest BGT success. The Podcast is free to listen to or download and will only take up half an hour of your life, thus making it the perfect companion while breaking for a cuppa. Catch it now either at or at" 13.6.15


Perspectives: The Magic of Houdini with Alan Davies is being repeated on Thursday 18th June on ITV. Alan Davies explores the extraordinary life of Harry Houdini, who against the odds was among the richest, most successful entertainers in the world. He was the ultimate showman and one of the first American celebrities. In order to understand why Houdini felt compelled to perform such terrifying death-defying stunts, Alan tries to hold his breath under ice cold water, lies on a bed of nails, is strung up upside down in a straitjacket and takes an exclusive look at David Copperfield's priceless collection of Houdini artefacts in Las Vegas. See TV Magic. 13.6.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features a double-bill: Etienne Pradier and Alex McAleer. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 13.6.15


Will Houston Home Counties Magical Society lecture. Andrew Lewis writes: Home Counties Magical Society is to have current Magic Circle Close Up Competition winner Will Houston lecture for them at their next meeting on Thursday 18th June 2015 at 8pm at Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley, Reading RG6 3HE. Visiting magicians welcome for a door charge of £10.00. For more info visit 13.6.15


Martin Cox's One Man Show: Up Close and Personal. An evening of Comedy and Magic. Saturday 20th June at Furneux Pelham Village Hall, Furneux Pelham, Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 0LJ (Map). Tickets £12 / £8 concessions. Email or phone 01279 659562 to book. Online booking: 13.6.15


Tony Griffith lecture - now booking: "Magic Club Secretaries. Are you looking for that lecture that offers something different for your members? Tony Griffith (MIMC) is now offering his Magic of Science lecture presentation. Tony is a retired Head Teacher of a primary school. For the last 25 years he has been visiting both primary and secondary schools with his Magic of Science show with great success. A couple of years ago Tony presented part of this lecture at the Christian Magicians Association Annual Conference and it was greeted with much enthusiasm. This is now available for magic clubs throughout the UK. Lasting two hours the presentation demonstrates lots of the items from Tony’s show. In the presentation he gives the low-down on visiting schools and how to get repeat bookings. The items shown can easily be adapted to become part of a children’s magic show. If you are not a children’s entertainer many of the ‘science tricks’ can be included in your adult presentation or talks. This lecture is completely different from the usual lecture seen at magic clubs. Details: email or call 01275 835463 Tony’s other lecture 'The Reflections Lecture' is still available and is based on material found in his best-selling books in The Reflection series." 13.6.15


Order of The Magi Close-up Winners. Geoffrey Newton PRO reports: Two younger members of The Order of The Magi both from the Oldham area took the prizes in the close-up competition held earlier this week. Peter Cholewa (27) from Dobcross (right) was placed as the overall winner with Michael Bates (17) from Grotton, taking the Sly Smith Shield for the best card trick. A high standard was set throughout and judged on entertainment value by two lay judges and on magical content by well-known professionals Andrew Normansell and Jonathon Royle. By the number of members and visitors attending it showed that close-up magic is as popular as ever. Whilst scores were being totted up Alan ‘Snaggers’ Russell presented a balloon modelling interlude and I am not quite sure which he had the most of, balloons or one-line gags. It was though, as usual, a very enjoyable experience seeing not only his tried and tested items but some new ones as well. The timekeeper was Max Townsend and the evening was compered by Secretary Mike Sharples. 13.6.15


The Anglian Magic Society is holding a fun quiz night at their next meeting on Tuesday 16th June. Anyone is welcome to pop along and we have a reduced door fee on this evening for visitors. The quiz is a mixture of fun quiz formats taken from famous TV quiz shows and will have our visitors and members working in teams to gain the most points. You don't have to be very knowledgeable to take part; you may even learn some fun trivia about magic. It's always a fun evening full of laughs with some very tongue-in-cheek moments. Members £2.00. Visitors £4.00. 7.30pm at The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). For more information please go to our FaceBook page: Steve Majes, Secretary, Anglian Magic Society. 13.6.15


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 13.6.15


Magic technicians required for cruise contract. Chris De Rosa writes: "I am currently working on Jeff Hobson's Illusionarium for Norwegian Cruise Lines and we are in urgent need of a Lead Magic Tech. Urgently required! Magic Techs, Lead Magic Techs, Assistant Magic Techs for world's leading illusion show. Possible 6 months on, 6 months off, for the right people. Potential 5 year project. Must have experience with stage illusions, prop making, maintaining theatrical props and equipment. An intermediate knowledge of electronics. Job requires good eye for detail and hard working individual. High level of fitness. Ability to work at heights and confined spaces essential." Contact for more details. 13.6.15


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