Number 786 - 18th July 2015


Impossible - set to thrill audiences in London's West End from next Saturday! From the producers: Impossible, the biggest magic show in decades, is set to thrill audiences in London's West End this summer at the Noël Coward Theatre. The show will feature the very best magicians and tricksters from around the world, fusing dazzling grand stage illusions, up close and personal magic, cutting edge technological tricks and death defying escapology in a fast paced, breathtaking spectacular for every generation. Starring: Jamie Allan, Ali Cook, Chris Cox, Jonathan Goodwin, Ben Hart, Luis de Matos, Katherine Mills and Damien O'Brien. Featuring a stunning range of magical artistry, from astonishing acts of epic proportions to dumbfounding up-close sleight of hand, be ready to be mesmerised and baffled by these incredible illusionists. 25th July - 29th August. Book via 18.7.15


Piff the Magic Dragon and the tale of the Golden Buzzer... "Neil Patrick Harris Gives Magician The 'AGT' Golden Buzzer" Click Here. "Piff's on fire!" Click Here. "Vegas’ favorite magic dragon is on the menu at Kuma Snow Cream" Click Here. 18.7.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features magic maker Andy Nyman. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 18.7.15


Master of The Macabre, The Vaults Theatre, Waterloo. From the producers: The most terrifying magic show you will ever see... Master of The Macabre. 7th October - 1st November. Benedict Barber is a magician with a taste for the ghoulish and grisly. In Master of the Macabre, he will take the audience on a dark autobiographical journey – from his introduction to magic at the age of just five through the trickery he employed at school to alarm his fellow pupils and terrorize his teachers to a shocking experience as a young adult that has shaped his life both on and off the stage. This fully engrossing theatrical experience will leave you wide-eyed with astonishment and bring you to the edge of your seat with fear. If you're prepared to have your prejudices challenged, your assumptions questioned, your beliefs shaken and your nerves shredded then this is the show for you. Master of the Macabre is - quite simply - the most terrifying magic show you will ever see... Warning - the show is only suitable for ages 15 and up. The Vaults Theatre, Launcelot Street, London SE1 7AD. Performed by Benedict Barber. Directed by Tony Middleton. Written by Benedict Barber and Matthew Stradling. Additional Magic consultancy by Chris Dugdale. 18.7.15


Sinister: A Murder Mystery & Magic Show. A tale of dark deeds with your host, magician Dave Reubens. Uncover a crime, a motive and twisted secrets hidden within the clues left behind by a killer. A unique magic experience where you can choose to play detective or simply enjoy the ride. The show is at the Velveteen Music Bar and lasts 1 hour. It is part of the PBH Free Fringe so just turn up and watch! August 8th to 18th at 7.10pm. Velveteen Music Bar, 93 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9AW. 18.7.15


2Minds Mentalism Conference - Newcastle upon Tyne - this weekend. 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 18.7.15


'Oliver Meech's Improvised Magic Show' hits Buxton Fringe: After sell-out shows in 2014, Oliver returns to Buxton with a comedy magic show created at the drop of a (top) hat, from your suggestions. Experience the incredible life story of a fictional magician, illustrated with amazing tricks. You shape the show - the characters, the music, even the tricks themselves. Discover what happens when spontaneity and impossibility collide.
"My jaw hit the floor"
"Could rival Derren Brown" TheatreWales.
"Hilarious" Buxton Fringe.
Total Sell Out: Edinburgh Fringe 2013 & 2014.
Showreel (previous show) Click Here 18.7.15


Introducing Piff the Magic Dragon Playing Cards. "...a completely custom totally badass deck of playing cards designed from the ground up to fulfill all your magical dragon desires. Features you'll find in this unique deck of playing cards include: Brand new pips and indices; Custom back design; Custom court cards; Redesigned tuck box; Die-Cut Harbin Table Playing Cards; Custom Joker and 3 Gaff Cards for a special Piff magic trick." Find out more, Click Here. 18.7.15


Chris Wardle Lecture - The Pentacle Club, Cambridge. Alan Maskell writes: Chris Wardle makes a welcome return to The Pentacle Club on Tuesday 21st July, to present his latest lecture of new ideas and crafty conjuring. This is a collection of material covering close-up, stand up, children’s magic and mentalism with the emphasis on cunning, streamlined methods which produce baffling effects. Anyone who has seen Chris previously will know that they are in for an evening of practical material that they can use. Chris is an award winning member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. His ideas have appeared in books, magazines and have been used on TV, radio and the stage. The Club meets at St Laurence's Primary School, Arbury Road, Cambridge, and doors open at 7.40pm with the lecture starting at 8pm. Visitors are welcome and there is a £5 charge for non-members. 18.7.15


Derren Brown - Something Wicked This Way Comes is being repeated at 10pm on Tuesday 28th July on Watch. A specially televised version of Derren Brown's award-winning live show, fusing magic, suggestion and psychology. Filmed in front of a packed audience at the Old Vic in London. See TV Magic. 18.7.15


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishop's Stortford. Andy Clockwise writes: "I'll be back" were the words uttered by comedy magic genius Al Prendo after his first appearance at The Magicians at the Half Moon last year, and true to his word he will be back on Friday 31st July for another helping of mayhem and madness. Al has been viewed over 1,500,000 times (yes, that's over one and a half million) on YouTube but you can get to see him in person joined by our Half Moon virgin and family favourite, the very tall Sean Lobban. As if these two performers were not enough, adding to the mix is your host and compere for the evening, show producer Martin Cox. As always, doors open at 7.30pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map) and the show kicks off at 8pm. Tickets are available to purchase on the door (subject to availability) for £15 each but if you call 01279 659562 and reserve your ticket you'll save yourself £5. The Magicians at the Half Moon grows in strength month by month with more and more people sharing their experiences on Trip Advisor. Don't sit at home and read the reviews, instead come and enjoy the night for yourself... you'll love it. 18.7.15


"Captain" Mel Harvey is seen here aboard his new narrowboat with the stars of his show. When not on bigger boats Mel will be cruising the waterways with his Punch and Judy Show. Mel is a full member of the Punch and Judy fellowship and will also be using the boat as a novel venue for his course, Improving your Punch and Judy Show. Mel writes: "This is a course which teaches the full traditional show. As it is the traditional show it is not watered down (no pun intended!) to appease the P.C. Brigade! The boat is based in a Marina just two miles from junction 16 on the M1 in Northamptonshire. For booking details telephone 07860 485578 or email - beginners and improvers welcome." Mel looks forward to meeting friends old and new at the IBM British Ring Convention in Eastbourne in September when he will be joining Sooty's Magic Show for the third year running with his guitar/ vocal act. 18.7.15


The July Podcast from Mark Leveridge Magic. Have you caught up with the latest Podcast yet? The topics that Mark covers this time in his 30 minute chat include observations on Paul Daniels' latest live show, comments on whether it is right that BGT can award their top prize to a dog (!), how it seems that most of the magic that we do really takes place more in the heads of our spectators than anywhere else, and that understanding what your real value is can help hugely when quoting for shows. All this plus an update on the preparations for the launch of the MLM Academy and more makes the latest issue an interesting and absorbing listen. You can download or listen now at or at And if you enjoy this type of thing, why not take a look at Mark's monthly Chatter column too? This blog was started back in September 1992 and has appeared every month without fail since then, covering in that time a simply huge range of fascinating topics and points of view. You can read the latest one at and you can access all the previous columns in the Chatter Archive to be found at 18.7.15


Magicseen Issue 63 for July 2015. From the publishers: Magicseen Issue 63 for July 2015 wants to come on holiday with you! The latest copy of the UK's only independent magic magazine has so much to recommend it including great interviews with people such as our cover star Alan Rorrison and gothic TV performer Dee Christopher. Then we ask four top performers (Keith Fields, Terry Herbert, Peter Clifford and Matthew Dowden) to provide some top tips to help you improve your act, the Grumpy Old Magician is back with his own brand of magical rant, and we are delighted to welcome Jez Rose to our pages with the first of a short, entertaining series of articles on magic history entitled From Devant To Dynamo. The Masterclass comes up with a handling for the Chinese Sticks and a simple mental idea with an iPhone, the reviews section is full of honest comment and opinion from our panel of performing experts on a whole range of the latest marketed goodies, and there are loads of other fun bits and pieces to keep you amused while on the beach or in your holiday hotel. You can get your summer issue right now either as part of a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or you can sign up to our Pay-As-You-Go system where you simply pay on a regular basis for one issue at a time, or if you simply want to get the latest copy, then we can supply it individually through the mail or as an instant download. For all the info and ordering please go to 18.7.15


Pete Firman's World of Magic - iPlayer. Made for 4 Extra. From Ancient Egypt to the modern day, the act of conjuring has captivated audiences for centuries. It's a world of secrecy and intrigue that deals in incredible acts of wonder and stunning feats of deception. For magician and comedian Pete Firman, it's a world that has enchanted him since he was an 8 year old child watching Paul Daniels on TV. In this compilation Pete makes a pilgrimage to the Magic Circle in London to dig deeper into the history of the art's colourful past. Assisted by president Scott Penrose they trace the roots of modern day illusionism from Harry Houdini, The Maskelynes and Chung Ling Soo through to contemporary kings such as Derren Brown and David Blaine. They also delve into the world of trick inventors, go behind the scenes with theatrical illusionists and get a crash course in performing street magic. Available on iPlayer for the next three weeks. 18.7.15


The Magic Hour - Internship opportunity: Established over two years ago, The Magic Hour has received 5 star reviews and the 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Performed by magician and director Tony Middleton (author of Performing Magic) it is London's most exclusive magic show, in the style of the Victorian Masters. Each season, we offer an up an coming magician the opportunity to shadow our production and gain valuable insights into professional magic and theatre practice. The internship lasts a minimum of 1 month. For further information please visit To apply for the position, email marking the subject with 'internship'. Please provide a covering letter stating your intent to pursue magic professionally, and your current CV. Links to websites and video may also be included. 18.7.15


An Evening of Deception - Cheltenham Playhouse, Sunday. 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. 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 and 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". Sunday, 19th July 2015 at 7.30pm Tickets £12. 18.7.15


Dave Jones Lecture - Bolton Magicians Club. Paul Goodman writes: Dave Jones is a professional magician with over 15 years experience! A versatile performer, his unique blend of baffling magic and hilarious comedy has been on display at literally thousands of events all over the UK, Europe and the USA. He is a past National Champion of Magic, having won the prestigious "International Brotherhood of Magicians" Close Up Trophy and also is a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle - an honour given to only a select few performers! Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 22nd July 2015 at The Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £5.00 for non-members. For directions to the Doffcocker Inn visit or telephone 07889 676003. 18.7.15


Matt Grindley's Magique. Matt Grindley launches his all-new comedy and illusion show "Magique" running between July 26th and 30th October 2015 at the Philharmonic Hall in Blackpool. It promises to be full of fast paced comedy and jaw dropping illusions. The show features Matt's regular dance crew the Diamonette Show Girls. Tickets are available now from or Box Office 0844 477 1000. Kids go free! 18.7.15


The Black Project. From the publishers: A decade in the making, 2015 is the year of 'The Black Project'. The masterwork of award winning mentalist Looch. Two books totalling nearly 600 pages, with online performance videos, audio interviews and downloadable additional content, The Black Project sets new standards in quality mentalism. Fore more information, and to take advantage of the exclusive 'Hangar-18' offer visit: 18.7.15


John Carey British Magical Society lecture, Birmingham: "I have been interested in magic for about 35 years. I wasted the first 8 years of my life. I truly love all forms of magic, but sleight of hand with regular ungaffed objects is closest to my heart. I love working on card and coin problems and try to find ways to streamline, without diluting the impact of the effect. Practicality is a key word with my work. I no longer have time for effects that involve long set ups and dead time. Audience attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. Material that is direct, visual and interactive are my goals. Confusion isn't magic as Vernon once said. I had a great teacher and friend in the late Kevin Reay who taught me to respect our craft. He would take me through the classic texts and work on one item at a time until he gave me his approval. I will never forget how patient, friendly and inspirational he was." Chairperson: Russell Leeds. Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £10 fee. Tuesday 21st July at 7.30pm at Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map) see for details. 18.7.15


Chris Wood Manchester Circle of Magicians lecture. Mike Hinde writes: "You will invariably find Chris in session at The Magic Circle on a Monday night in the club room, sharing and refining presentations for effects. This led to requests for him to lecture and share at local magic clubs as well. His subsequent lecture shares some of his ideas and attention to detail, that help transform effects from being 'tricks' into 'magic'. Examples provided cover coins, cards and mental effects. Chris' main influences are Dai Vernon, Slydini, John Ramsey and Fred Kaps. His mentor in his youth, (alongside Michael Vincent) was Alan Alan. Chris is a regular close-up performer at various events at The Magic Circle and organises their Close-up shows. He believes from experience, that thoughtful, intelligent magic still appeals to a modern audience, all the more perhaps because it treats them with respect" Monday 20th July. Full details at 18.7.15


Northern Magic Circle President's Dinner: Northern Magic Circle president Danny Hunt invites you to his President's Dinner on Saturday 31st October 2015 at the George Hotel, Piercebridge. An evening of Halloween entertainment. Adult tickets £35 and children's tickets £20. For more information contact Stephanie on 07824 707207 or email Tickets only available until the 31st August, on a first come first served basis due to limited availability. 18.7.15


Kids Club Comedy: Morgan and West, Windsor. Time travelling Victorian magic duo, Morgan & West, unload another boxful of bafflement and impossibility. Mixing brain busting illusion and good old-fashioned tomfoolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound! 2pm, on Saturday 25th July at The Firestation Centre for Arts & Culture, The Old Court, St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3BL (Map). £9.00 - £15.00, Concs £6.75 - £11.25, Family £28.50 - £47.50. Tickets: 18.7.15


The John Salisse Luncheon Club. Chris Woodward writes: The John Salisse Luncheon Club was formed in February 2002 by John so that a group of his friends and like-minded collectors, historians and those interested in the preservation of magical heritage could gather. The Luncheon Club has met four times a year in various locations with, from time to time over the years, a variety of different excellent speakers from all corners of the magical world. On 13th July an extraordinary surprise luncheon took place at the historic Liberal Club in Westminster London to honour Dr Eddie Dawes’ 90th birthday. 28 friends sat down to a sumptuous meal with a key speaker Mike Caveney who gave an illustrated history of the America’s Egyptian Hall. Ably organised by Trevor Dawson, the lunch was hosted by Michael Bailey and other attendees who spoke were Wittus Witt, Magic Christian, John Gaughan, Paul Kieve, John Davenport, and Jon Marshall long time friend of Eddie's. A special presentation of an inlaid Puzzle Box was made by Peter Lane containing a collection of three decks of cards signed by all those present and well wishers from all corners of the globe. As a finale, a cake in the shape of a giant book was produced and together with a glass of champagne we all toasted Eddie on this very special occasion. It was a truly memorable day and I know Meg and John Salisse were there with us in spirit! 18.7.15


"Why magician David Blaine decided to show up for the Pluto mission" Click Here • "Magic touch - Ben Hart on his new career as a magician" Click Here • "'Every day I'm shufflin'... US magician does amazing card trick to top hit lyrics" Click Here • "Burnley-born magician launches his own Spanish theatre of tricks" Click Here • "The Enchanting Story Of Nigeria’s Most Famous Magician, Professor Peller" Click Here • "Viral Video Magician Fools Penn & Teller: Rubik’s Cube Magician Teaches Illusionist Duo Lesson On CW!" Click Here • "Donald Trump blasts comedian who called him 'nutty' and mocked his ties" Click Here • "The Cult of Dave Ready to Take Over 81 Renshaw Street" Click Here • "Cosentino brings Twisted Reality show to NZ" Click Here • "Saddleworth magicians impress to clinch top prizes at Order of The Magi event" Click Here • "There's nothing James Freedman doesn't know about fraud ... so why won't HE use contactless cards?" Click Here • "Penn & Teller on Broadway review – still magical after all these years" Click Here • "'Penn & Teller on Broadway' review: The meh-gic show" Click Here • "Watch Audience Member Get Levitated by Penn & Teller on 'Wendy Williams'" Click Here [Penn and Teller eh... the silent one that you wish would just occasionally talk, and the shouty one, that you really wish didn't] • "Dynamo adds his magic touch to help Crohn’s charity" Click Here • FISM 2015 results: Click Here • "Young man ends Taiwan's drought at world magic contest" Click Here • That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 18.7.15