Number 784 - 4th July 2015


Cheltenham Playhouse presents An Evening of Deception: One Night Stand! The team behind Gloucestershire's premier magic show, which has been wowing sell-out audiences in Cheltenham for the past six years, are proud to present two stunning magicians who have amazed audiences worldwide with their unique talents. Multi-award winning comedy magician John Archer was the first magician to fool Penn & Teller on their ITV "Fool Us" show and also stars in and writes for the BBC's "Help! My Supply Teacher is still Magic". Rob James performs elegant sleight of hand and inexplicable illusions with humour and flair and has appeared everywhere from the Edinburgh Fringe to Hollywood's Magic Castle. Sunday, 19th July 2015 at 7.30pm Tickets £12. 4.7.15


Paul Daniels appears at the Balham Comedy Festival, London, on Monday 13th July. This event has unreserved seating [60%] with remainder standing. Seats will be on a first come first served basis - doors open at 7pm. Show 7.30pm. Concessions are available to the unwaged and students. Please bring concessionary ID to receive a £3 rebate. £16.00 + £1.60 Booking fee. The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9HD (Map). 4.7.15


The Glastonbury Magic Festival: July 17th, 18th & 19th, 2015. Jay Scott Berry, producer of The Glastonbury Magic Festival, has just announced that Sunday July 19th is being dedicated to local and visiting magicians: "Just £30 gains entrance to a jam-packed day of world-class magic. Registration and Dealers opens at 10am. The day's schedule includes The Wizards of Wonder Stage Gala, The Visual Wizardry Close-up Gala and lectures by Mario Morris and Pat Fallon. As a bonus, Jay Scott Berry will present his brand new lecture which premiered last month at The Magic Castle and has received rave reviews and standing ovations in Ireland and Scotland. The All Star International Cast also includes Tim Stracey, Scott Cuthbertson, Amanda Eve, Colin Dymond, Nigel Carr and Astro Aladino. Seating is limited for this historic first annual event." For information and to register, see: and 4.7.15


Something Tricky 2. Matthew Garrett, Jamie Docherty and Mark Paul take to the stage in Something Tricky 2! Hosted by TV's very own Puzzle Paul, this spectacular show features grand stage illusions, mind reading feats and comedy magic. Something Tricky has something for everyone, and is designed to appeal to all ages. We also have the vocal talents of Sally Franklin taking to the stage at various points throughout the show. Tickets start from just £7.50 and can be purchased direct from the website: Friday 10th July at 7pm. Kettering Science Academy, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 7AA (Map). 4.7.15


D Trik presents Stand Up Dobson: "Wayne Dobson is proud to present rediscovered archive TV performance footage of some of his finest stand up material, performed in his classic style in front of a live studio audience and on various TV show guest appearances. Now with the help of his right (and left) hand man Mike Sullivan, 7 powerful 'Real world' effects are explained in detail, covering the methods and routining, in order for you to add them to your magic repertoire." Only £14.99 and in stock now! 4.7.15


Magic at the Barn - Rochford, next weekend. Award-winning magic and comedy featuring some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK held within an enchanting 17th century converted barn theatre. 4 amazing shows over 2 days plus free entertainment throughout the weekend featuring the alternative magic of TV magician Sean Heydon, celebrity-performing magician Stephen Barry and the multi-award winning illusions of Oliver Tabor. Plus Guinness World Record escapologist Stuart Burrell will be attempting to smash his own records by escaping from chains, handcuffs and straitjackets! Outside entertainment will be running throughout the weekend featuring the death-defying escapes, close-up magic and street performers, plus stalls with face painting, food and drink. Saturday 11th July and Sunday 12th July. £12.50 adult, £7.50 children, £35 family of four. Infoline: 01702 543242. The Red Brick Barn, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LH (Map). 4.7.15


Three Guinness World Records will be attempted in one afternoon at a free to view event to promote the Magic at the Barn Spectacular in Rochford on the 11th and 12th of July (above). World Record Holding Escapologist and Member of the Magic Circle, Stuart Burrell, will not only attempt to better his own existing records of “Most Handcuffs unlocked in One Minute” and “Fastest Escape from Prisoner Transport Irons” but he will also attempt to better another, strength related record, of lifting more than 12,337Kg over the course of an hour by lifting a Kettlebell over 500 times. The World Record attempts are free for the public to view and will take place around the ticketed Magic at the Barn Spectacular on the 11th and 12th of July. Both are taking place at Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex. 4.7.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features double act Morgan & West. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 4.7.15


Ravi Mayar Storyteller. From the producers: Enigma Ltd is proud to announce that Ravi Mayar is back with seven brand new organic 'No Card Tricks' routines on his latest DVD 'Storyteller'. Ravi is known for creating stunning visual magic with everyday items that people can relate to. Ravi takes you step by step through each effect to ensure you will be ready to perform these effects in no time. Storyteller is available from your favourite Magic Dealer. 4.7.15


Close-up Magic at The Magic Circle, London, this Friday 10th July. 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. 4.7.15


London cabaret magician Dee Riley hosts Magic & Mirth at Star of Kings, 126 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 0AX (Map) 8pm on 16th July "An evening of comical magic featuring some of London's greatest stage magicians: Oliver Tabor, Siegfried Loew and Martin Cox". Tickets at £10 via 4.7.15


Houdini is being repeated on More4 next weekend. Got to be frank I only lasted about 20 minutes when this two-part drama was first shown. It just wasn't 'right'. Adrien Brody was miscast and it all went a bit too 'Hollywood' if I remember. I'll see how I do this time around. DT. "Two-part US drama that follows the epic tale of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America's first bona fide, world-renowned superstar. From humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold-out concert halls, Eastern European immigrant Erich Weiss rose to become a household name - Houdini - across the globe. Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody stars as The Great Harry Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from US presidents to Arthur Conan Doyle and Rasputin. A thrilling ride through Harry's psyche, Houdini delves behind the curtain in to his life through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion. Joining Brody is Kristen Connolly as Bess Houdini, the love of Harry's life and his right-hand woman when it came to some of his most amazing feats, and Evan Jones as Jim Collins, Harry's assistant and confidant. Houdini is written by Nicholas Meyer and directed by Uli Edel. Starring Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly and Evan Jones. Late Saturday night and Sunday night on More4. See TV Magic. 4.7.15


Daniel Chard Presents '́Chardistry'. Steve Gore writes: Daniel is a professional magician from Bristol. He has been a resident at the UK'́s premier magic bar “Illusions Magic Bar” and performed two seasons at the “House of Illusion” in Salou, Spain. When he ́s not rocking the bar, you'll find Daniel performing at weddings, corporate events and at private parties. His debut sell out release “Chardshark” (RSVP Magic) received great reviews and helped spread word of Daniel ́s work. He released some of his pet sleights on a project called “Violin” (Magical Sleight) then followed a series of downloads with Ellusionist, one of the biggest online magic stores. Maturing as a creator and a performer, his latest project “Chardistry” is quickly gaining recognition among his peers as a respected creator. He has also contributed items to “Magic Magazine”. What is the lecture about? Two hours of strong and visual card magic taken from Daniel's working repertoire. Material designed to be performed in the real world, ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced. "Daniel Chard is a terrific magical thinker and creator. I love his card work." Joshua Jay. Contact Daniel directly to discuss fees and availability for your club. He is looking to book dates from December 2015 to March 2016. His email address is 4.7.15


Brian Watson is now taking bookings for his 'Eclectic' lecture. “This was, by common consent, one of the best evenings we have had for several years. I will long remember the stunned silence when Brian produced the final loads in his Cups and Balls routine. I will not spoil it by giving any clues. You will just have to go and see him for yourself!” Rex Stott - President of The York Society of Magicians. Creator and manufacturer of many unique high quality magic effects (including the exclusive fine English pewter range) and author of many books on the Cups & Balls, Brian Watson presents: Eclectic a lecture with something for everybody. For full details see Brian's listing in the Lecturers section 4.7.15


Comedy country conjurors Kane & Abel invite you for a delicious lunchtime Tricnic. Join them for a mouth-watering smorgasbord of comedy, magic, escapology and silly stunts all out of a traditional picnic hamper. The twin brother duo will read minds, amputate limbs, transform taste buds and even recreate their birth all whilst you consume your ‘meal deals’. So butter a bap, slap some spread on a sarnie or whack something tasty in a wrap and join this cheeky duo for a 50-minute feast! Don't miss your chance to experience what has made Kane & Abel a festival favourite. 4.7.15


The South Staffordshire Society of Magicians (3SM) recently held their close-up competition and would like to send their congratulations to Shaun Miles, the winner of the event (pictured here with Scott Whitney). The night was very well attended. Five magicians performed to a packed out room in the Longford House, Cannock, and audiences of all ages came and enjoyed the performances. Thank you to all who came along to support the club. We look forward to seeing you next year as Shaun goes on to defend his new title. If you would like to find out more about the 3SM please visit our new and improved website over at where you can see event photos and our upcoming provisional programme for next season. Ian Brennan, Club President. 4.7.15


Magician wanted for children’s fun day fundraising event in Billingshurst, West Sussex. Jess Blanch writes: I'm looking for a magician to help raise funds for a trip I am taking to Ghana next year to improve the education of Ghanaian children. As a trainee teacher I am passionate about the education of all children and I believe all children should be entitled to a good education. I will be teaching, providing resources and improving the school’s environment. Last year I went to Kenya; the trip meant that the overcrowded basic classroom could have windows to air the dramatic heat. My children’s fun day fundraising event will take place on the 16th August 2015 in Billingshurst, West Sussex. The event is from 11-4. I would like a magician for any duration to perform to the children at the event on a stage. Please email me on if you can contribute to this charitable cause. Thank you. 4.7.15


Derek W. Hilton peacefully passed away at home on 22 June 2015. Inspired by Dante, he was known for his own version of the Sim Sala Bim show which kept him busy in the United States for 15 years before he brought the show back to his UK homeland in 1986. He passionately trained many young magicians in the theatre of magic and firmly believed that magic should be fun. Derek was particularly famous for his unique version of the 6-card repeat. The funeral will be held at the Luton Crematorium on Friday 17th July at 4pm followed by a reception at the Oxen Road Club (High Town Club) LU2 0DZ. Denham Holmes. 4.7.15


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