Number 783 - 27th June 2015


David Williamson added to Illusionists UK cast. David has been featured on ABC's, Champions of Magic, where he appeared with Princess Stephanie as he performed his miracles at different locations in and around Monaco, and has also co-starred in several top-rated prime-time network specials including CBS' Magicians' Favorite Magicians, NBC's Houdini: Unlocking His Mysteries, and NBC's World's Greatest Magic III. In 1981 David became the first ever recipient of the prestigious Gold Cups Award of Excellence in Close-up Magic. David was voted "Sleight of Hand Magician of the Year" two years in a row by his peers at Hollywood's renowned Magic Castle. He was also twice awarded the "Magic Castle Lecturer of the Year" and the "Magic Castle Parlor Magician of the Year". See 27.6.15


Steve Allen's Magical New Year. Start the New Year in a magical way with a special show from radio host, magician and MagicWeek favourite Steve Allen, at the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle. See inside the headquarters of The Magic Circle, visit the museum and step inside the theatre for a stage show like no other. Doors open 1.30pm, show starts 2.30pm. Tickets £34.00. Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map) 27.6.15


Christian Farla - Magic & illusions. Blackpool Pleasure Beach is bringing the magic back for the 2015 season with award-winning illusionist Christian Farla. Amanda Thompson OBE, Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, said "We are delighted to welcome the talented Christian Farla to the Horseshoe this summer and we are certain he will be a hit with the audience. His unique brand of magic has stunned audiences across the planet and now he is to take Blackpool Pleasure Beach by storm. He was a big hit in front of the judges on Britain's Got Talent and I'm sure he will get some big reactions from his amazing show." July 3rd -August 30th, Tuesday to Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday 3pm, Sunday 7.30pm. The Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool FY4 1EZ (Map). Box office 0871 222 9090 Also see 27.6.15


Mark Elsdon 10. “10″ is an entirely new kind of immersive live performance. Elsdon’s self-imposed restriction means that he performs 10 magic tricks in 10 minutes for just 10 people at a time. Oh, and he is only allowed to say 10 words per trick. These demands mean that there is no real audience, with all 10 viewers being fully involved in this exciting piece of participatory theatre, and all present contributing to the experience of shared wonder. So far, so ‘arty’, but is it entertaining? Well yes, of course! But that’s not really the point. Rather it is magic performed as a form of self-expression, one whose goals are beyond that of simple entertainment, and whose resonance is felt long after the performance is over. Part of the Edinburgh International Magic Festival. Event Details: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June at 12 noon and 5pm. Blocks of 10 shows starting every 15 minutes. Venue: Summerhall, meet at the Library Gallery. All tickets £5. Ages 13+. 27.6.15


Dani DaOrtiz One Day Workshop, London. Sunday 6th September, 10am - 4pm. Organiser Steve Truglia writes: Three years ago, I brought Dani over for a one-day, hands-on workshop. It was truly amazing. Now he's coming back, to share with us: new ideas, insights, subtleties, and new effects. The day will comprise of performances, lectures and practice session times, with Dani in attendance to give help, as we learn from this amazing master of magic. Ask anyone who went last time, it was awesome. Dani's work has been hugely influenced by the great Fred Kaps and of course Juan Tamariz. He is a living master of magic. Only 30 places. The location is in London. Price £85. Strictly first come, first served. To book your place email for payment details. This will sell out quickly. Any questions call me 07985 621630. 27.6.15


New Magic Shop opens in Great Yarmouth! Paul Henri writes: Mike Wallis, renowned magician and former magic dealer, has opened a new shop 'Wallis's Wonders' located at the Indoor Market (Unit 3), Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. Mike says "I want it to be the best-stocked magic shop in the area. We are not interested in being online or conducting a mail-order business, rather we want to be an open, welcoming shop, with something for everyone from beginners to professionals. We have effects selling for as little as £2 up to £500+ and are delighted to be offering magic unavailable from any other dealer currently!" Assisted by Paul Henri and at 77 years of age, young Mike is certainly throwing himself into welcoming customers, old and new. To find out more you can find the Wallis's Wonders page on Facebook. 27.6.15


Fergus Anckorn Evening, South Downs Magicians, West Sussex. Fergus Anckorn, the oldest performing Member of The Magic Circle at the age of 96, will be talking about his magical career in a special event for the South Downs Magicians on Wednesday July 1st. From the organisers: Fergus will discuss his performing career from his first paid engagement at the age of seven through to how magic helped him to survive Japanese prisoner of war camps during World War II. He will also share his typically forthright views on modern TV magicians and will be performing some magic himself. Wednesday 1st July at 8pm at South Downs Magicians, Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6BJ (Map). Free admission. Fergus will be "In Conversation" at the event with Paul Bromley MMC, a professional journalist and broadcaster. Fergus's amazing story and remarkable tales of survival are all the more relevant this year as commemorations are held to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Further details at Photo by Mark Hesketh-Jennings. 27.6.15


Ravi Mayar London Society of Magicians lecture. Daniel Young writes: London Society of Magicians proudly presents a lecture by Ravi Mayar. A full-time professional magician, pickpocket, hypnotist, creator and lecturer. Ravi was born in England, grew up in Montreal, Canada, and now lives permanently in London. Ravi's 2015 "No Card Tricks" lecture will be based on his latest Blackpool 2015 release "Storyteller" as well as his Collision DVD set. Ravi is known for creating organic magic with everyday items that people can relate to. Last year he released "The Mayar Approach" Hypnosis Workshop to the public. He will be discussing his approach, touching on his use of physical controls, language, and the intangible principles he has created for his mix and mingle hypnosis. Ravi will also be introducing his style of pickpocketing, discussing confidence v character, proximity of space and attention management. The lecture will be held on Tuesday July 28th from 7pm - 9pm at Davenport's Magic, London ( £10 for non-members (free for members). Email with any questions. 27.6.15


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 27.6.15


The Peterborough Society of Magicians 28th Annual Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day 2016. From the organisers: Sunday 12th June 10am - 5pm. Meet old friends and make new ones. Sell off surplus props. Dealers welcome! Refreshments available all day. Ample free parking. Admission £12 and £6 concessions (partners and under 16s). If not selling, you may pay at the door. All tables are £5 extra each and must be booked in advance. If you would like to book a table, please phone Keith Downs on 01778 343167, or write to him at 77 Eastgate, Deeping St. James, Peterborough PE6 8HH. Cheques payable to Peterborough Society of Magicians. Venue: The Millfield Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). 27.6.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features Richard Cadell in a fascinating in-depth interview with Richard Young (and Sweep). Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 27.6.15


Derren Brown: Messiah is being repeated on Tuesday 7th July on Watch. "The psychological illusionist hosts a special programme, challenging belief systems and our capacity not to question them. In particular, he promises to test the tendency for people to accept directions from someone in authority." See TV Magic. 27.6.15


The Oracle Deck. Peter Antoniou writes: Direct from my professional one-man show, The Oracle Deck has now been released to the public. An incredible divination tool with no memorisation, no psychic powers and absolutely no need to sell your soul. The deck is on Kickstarter, and with both the initial goal, and two stretch goals achieved there is a whole bunch of rewards still available to anyone interested in backing the project. The full details are over on the Kickstarter page Click Here. 27.6.15


Review: Paul Daniels & Debbie McGee, Chris Cross at Prima Ristorante, Newcastle. A light-hearted night with the veteran magician and entertainer." Click Here. 27.6.15


Magic interm and stage manager wanted. Tony Middleton 'Sonic' writes: We are looking for a magic intern and new stage manager for our show The Magic Hour, which as been running in London for over 2 years. We are looking for applications from up and coming magicians looking to develop themselves to a professional level, with an interest in theatre production. We will be offering a 2-3 month internship. CVs and covering letters to 27.6.15


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