Number 787 - 25th July 2015


Luke Jermay Lecture, International Magic, London: "Imagine yourself empowered to read minds! Specifically, in detail with no stooges, cold reading, preshow work or props? A demonstration so perfect it has even the most skeptical audience member scratching their head and so simple to perform it requires nothing more than you and a room full of spectators you want to destroy? Imagine this man sharing with you secrets that have remained secret before that night. Imagine no more. There is a man who can teach you how to demonstrate these remarkable things and many more. The Edinburgh Evening News reviewed Luke Jermay’s one man show ‘Sixth Sense’ with 5 Stars calling him ‘utterly astonishing in the extreme’ the Times Newspaper said; ‘My jaw dropped repeatedly... Jermay puts us in a state where we can wonder whether life has more possibilities than we thought it did an hour before.’ Luke promises an amazing blend of original and powerful mentalism. His live lecture focuses entirely on the mind reading demonstrations he performs for the paying public all supported by the insight and theory you need to perform these demonstrations of telepathy and hypnosis for real audiences. This is an event not to be missed." The Luke Jermay Lecture, Tuesday 11th August, 7.30pm to 10pm at Casa Italiana, 2nd Floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Just opposite the International Magic shop. £15 per person. As usual, tickets are on the door but advance reservation is essential by emailing 25.7.15


Paul Zenon in Linking Rings - Ed Fringe, August. 1926: Houdini's right-hand man deals with the death of his boss. A half century later, a Blackpool joke shop proprietor takes on a wide-eyed young protégé. An affectionate look at a misspent youth and unsung heroes; a touching true story of interlocking lives. This new work is an exciting change of direction for Paul Zenon. Not a magic show, but magical nonetheless. Tickets: Le Monde (Venue 47), 6 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF, at 3pm on August 7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-28, 30-31. 1 hour. See What's On for Fringe listings. 25.7.15


"Before you say anything I think maybe you should come outside and see the little fella!" Young & Strange are at it again. Forget Swindon - this time it's primetime! Watch the full video, Click Here.

"Watch hilarious pranksters perform magic in background of Sky News reporter" Click Here.

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"Here’s How Two Magicians Created an Illusion That Fooled the Internet" Click Here

This one is going viral - it's everywhere! 25.7.15


'It's A Kinda Magic' A cine-magical, vintage variety show from award winning Duo Bogof in September: Sue Hart and Matt Bowyer have created a show where the illusion of magic is taken a bit further and what happens on screens often mirrors reality or answers some of the questions the tricks throw up, and occasionally throws up a few more questions for the audience about the Bogofs and their strange and dysfunctional relationship. Funny, technically creative and a riff on vintage variety magicians and their assistants. Watch some of their videos here: The Duo Bogof were the London Cabaret award winners for Best Alternative Act in 2014. Tickets: £12 + booking fee. Age: 18+. Show dates: 4th 5th and 6th of September 2015. Doors 7pm. Show 8pm. Theatre Delicatessen, 119 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3DA (Map). 25.7.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features the mindreader who can't read minds, Chris Cox. Another excellent chat with host Richard Young. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see Chris can be seen live on stage in the West End starting this evening, 25th July, through to 29th August, in Impossible. 25.7.15


The Big Night Out is a variety show helping to raise money for charities based in and around Yorkshire. 7.30pm on Saturday 12th September at the Crowne Plaza, Wellington Street, Leeds LS1 4DL (Map). Starring Thomas Anthony 'The Magic Guy', Richard Daniels, magician John Danbury, Liz Keeting and Ukulele Henry. 25.7.15


FireFly by Joel Dickinson is now only £9.99 for a limited period from Warped Magic, Click Here. Also take a look at the website for other great items, like iTD and the latest effect from David Stone, Zenith! "Firefly is a super cool signed card to matchbox routine. Show a matchbox completely empty, close it and place it on a table or spectator's hand. Have a card selected, signed and lost in the deck. Pick up the matchbox and open it, a card is now seen folded up inside. It is the signed card!" Visit to watch a demo. 25.7.15


Sunday Night at The Victoria Theatre, Halifax. An evening of elegant entertainment featuring the UK's finest cabaret and comedy performers. Hosted by Magician & Entertainer Extraordinaire John Danbury once a month on a Sunday, introducing top artists including jugglers, mind readers, magicians, comedians, singers and a long list of headline acts from major West End shows: Les Miserables, Chicago, Wicked, The Producers, The Sound of Music, Evita and Sunset Boulevard. Live in the Green Room Bar, The Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax HX1 1BP (Map). Sunday 2nd August. Box Office: 01422 351158, or book online: "A marvellous show, will leave anyone roaring for more" The Stage. 25.7.15


West End Magic - in York. Great Yorkshire Fringe - The Turn Pot, 31st July and 1st August: "London's premier magic show hits York featuring some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK bringing with them comedy, magic, time travel, and jaw dropping feats. Expect gravity defying feats with Oliver Meech where water is stopped in its tracks, impossible tricks with rice and a spot of time travel. Mind-melting magician Neil Henry will make you experience barn-bending impossibilities whilst award-winning Oliver Tabor (photo) will be performing his incredible illusions in a dazzling display of magic that might leave you wondering whether reality really can be bent and manipulated." Suitable for all the family. Details: 31st July-1st August 2015. The Turn Pot, Great Yorkshire Fringe. Show 2.30pm. Tickets: £8.50 standard, £30 family of four. 25.7.15


"'We're more than just scantily clad assistants': meet the woman making magic's glass ceiling disappear. Often sawn in half but rarely the ones wearing the white gloves, few women make a career in magic. Katherine Mills talks about how she tricked her way into ‘the old boy’s club’ – and gives a mind-reading masterclass..." To read the full story by Hannah Ellis-Petersen in The Guardian, Click Here. 25.7.15


Ravi Mayar Lecture - London Society of Magicians. 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. 25.7.15


Congratulations to John Danbury, winner of the Yorkshire Pride Award for Close-up Magic (for a second time!) which is organised by the Leeds Magical Association. Once a year magicians from across the region are invited to take part and compete in front of a mixed audience of magicians and lay people. The evening takes the form of real close-up, with each magician repeating their act to various groups, nine times over (nine contestants). In the photo John is being presented the cup by Leeds president Alan Beet. 25.7.15


Paul Gordon lectures at The Magic Triangle (Colchester) on Sunday 13th September at 7pm at Straws, 21 Osborne Street, Colchester CO2 7DA (Map). From the organisers: The Paul Gordon Close-up Magic Lecture has travelled the world. In fact, he has visited (and lectured in) America seven times since 1994; the first being at Tannen's Jubilee in New York and also at Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolics in New York. In The UK, he has lectured for over 90 different clubs since 1994; including four times at The Magic Circle in London and at Mark Leveridge's Close-up Symposium. Plus lectures in France, Monaco (Stars of Magic), Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Belgium and Germany. The lecture is entertaining (fun and light-hearted) and full of 'doable' usable (but strong) magic from his best-selling and highly acclaimed Gold Dust books, DVDs and award winning professional repertoire. Visitors welcome, admission £5.00. 25.7.15


Alan Maskell lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 30th July: Alan has performed his magic in a whole host of locations, from London theatres to close-up at The Dorchester; stand up in Covent Garden to front room children's parties. He has performed regularly at Magic Circle events and has made the occasional radio and television appearance. Alan has lectured and performed at a number of Conventions as well as leading workshops and teach-in sessions for The Young Magicians Club. Alan has lectured at a number of magical societies including the world famous Magic Circle and he both lectured and compered the Gala show at the Scottish Association of Magical Societies Convention in 2004. Such was his success that he was asked back to perform his cabaret act as part of the Gala Show in 2005. Alan is the current Chair of the Magic Circle Council and he has served on the Council for a number of years. Visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details contact Adam Mosley 25.7.15


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on 4th August, at the St. George Hotel, Great Yarmouth. The aim of the social evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere. If anyone wants go come along, please email or phone Kyle on 07510 933734 for further information. 25.7.15


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