Number 791 - 22nd August 2015


Jamie Raven joins Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning on Friday morning, talking about his upcoming headline appearance in The Illusionists, which opens in the West End on November 14th, and also presenting a brand new illusion live in the studio. See TV Magic. "Illusionists complete London magic show" Click Here. "Britain's Got Talent misled viewers over stunt double dog, rules Ofcom" Click Here. 22.8.15


Aaron Crow will join Impossible for the final week of the run on Monday 24th August. The hit magic spectacular finishes its 5 week run at the Noel Coward Theatre on 29th August, before embarking on a worldwide tour. On joining the show, Aaron said: "I’m thrilled and honoured to be joining Impossible alongside such a talented group of illusionists and magicians, and looking forward to bringing some of my magic to the West End for the last week of the run". 22.8.15


The Magic Circle Awards Ceremony 2015. A champagne reception with stunning close-up magic followed by a star-studded stage show and the awards announcements and presentations. A chance to see inside the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle for a special awards evening. Be amazed as magic is performed before your very eyes and in the intimate setting of The Magic Circle theatre. The evening will include the presentation of awards to magicians who have been judged to have made a special contribution to the art of illusion. Saturday 10th  October from 7.30pm. Tickets £15 plus fee via Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). 22.8.15


DMC at the EMC: Scottish Exclusive. DMC will be presenting a one-off lecture at the home of Edinburgh Magic Circle at The Myreside Pavilion on Monday 14th September at 7.30pm. For details visit Tickets are £10. Venue: Edinburgh Magic Circle, Myreside Pavilion, 79 Myreside Road, Edinburgh. 22.8.15


Dynamo: Magician Impossible is being shown for the first time on Freeview, from August 30th, on Dave (Channel 12). "In the first show street magician Dynamo will have you speechless as he performs a spectacular Matrix-style levitation, physically moves a girl's tan line and performs magic with rock star Ian Brown." See TV Magic. 22.8.15


Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee are guests on Lorraine on Friday 28th August. "Gaby Roslin presents the morning show featuring a topical mix of entertainment, showbiz glamour, fashion, food, discussion and celebrity gossip. Magician Paul Daniels and his wife Debbie McGee chat about their latest national tour and tell us all about what they will be up to." See TV Magic. Also see What's On for tour dates. 22.8.15


Magic & Mirth - London. A monthly show of live comedy stage magic, hosted by cabaret magician Dee Riley. On Wednesday September 9th the evening will feature some of London's finest female cabaret magicians including Fay Presto, Loretta Von Dini, Steph Jayne and Miss. Katy Jones. 8pm at The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, Kings Cross, London. Book your seat via 22.8.15


Between the Lines is one of Michael Murray's most popular mentalism releases, having sold over 3,000 copies worldwide: "MindFX is proud to announce the release of the BTL Book which contains 100 refill pages. This gives you the option of leaving the spectator with an authentic souvenir at the end of each performance. Alternatively, you may use this book as a force book providing an extra dynamic to the routine. For those that don't yet own this stunning effect the original booklet has been expanded with further insights. For further information please visit:" 22.8.15


Close-up Magic at The Magic Circle, London. Friday 4th September. 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 Magic Circle in London. This popular event features contemporary close-up magic in an informal setting. The format is of four tables, (two in the Devant Room and two in the Clubroom) with a limited audience at each. Four magicians of contrasting styles perform a 20-minute set for each group in turn, typically with cards, coins and borrowed objects. Volunteers are often used who will be as close to the magic as possible. There is a 30-minute interval. Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up is not usually recommended for those under 12. Doors open 7pm - shows start at 7.30pm and finish at approximately 9.30pm. Tickets £19.50 plus fee via Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). 22.8.15


Nick Einhorn Lecture - Liverpool Magic Circle. September 2nd at 7.30pm. Lecture nights: Visitors £10. Full Members £5. Venue: Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map) 100 yards from Fazakerley railway station. Richard Smith, secretary: 07979 804823. 22.8.15


Sean Goodman Lecture - Liverpool Magic Circle. October 7th at 7.30pm. Lecture nights: Visitors £10. Full Members £5. Venue: Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map) 100 yards from Fazakerley railway station. Richard Smith, secretary: 07979 804823. 22.8.15


Magic on the Fringe. Mel Harvey writes: Just a short overview of magic at The Edinburgh Fringe that I witnessed this week. It was my first time at the Fringe and a birthday treat and what a buzz it was. All the leafleteers out on the streets all vying for business; even most street entertainers were including magic and escapology. It's impossible in six days to see all 4000 plus shows, but I managed to see a few. They ranged from student dramas to the pros strutting their stuff, I even managed to bump into Rodney Bewes of the Likely Lads and had a meal with the staff of Fawlty Towers. Michael Jordan presented a family show of magic, juggling and illusion to a packed family crowd. Paul Dubeck surprised many with an edgy show of comedy and magic, which he topped with his hand shadows. Ed Hilsum, back from his tour, was granting magic wishes with some help from James Freedman. Los Angeles magician Magiko thrilled a parlour crowd with his laid-back magic and mind reading which held the audience spellbound. To round off my birthday treat I was taken to Breakfast at Piffany's with our own John van der Put as Piff the Magic Dragon, who, with his team, created a very special magical game show. The showgirl in the photo had come over with John from Las Vegas specially for the Fringe!" 22.8.15


'The Big Variety Night' - Calderfields Golf & Country Club, Walsall: "Slightly Unusual are hosting 'The Big Variety Night' on Thursday 17th September at Calderfields Golf & Country Club in Walsall. This is a charity event - every penny raised will be donated to 'Good News All Round' which raises money to supply clean water to children in Africa. It promises to be an excellent night and the ticket price of £20 includes a full carvery as well as the following entertainment: Close-up magic from Nemed Phoenix and Alex Foden; Caricatures from Chris Ryder; Cabaret from Comedy Magician Sam Leeds (resident magician at Alton Towers); Grand Illusions from Slightly Unusual;  Musical performance from David Kettle (international superstar who has performed in front of the Queen three times). Tickets are only £20 (or £10 for children) and can be booked by visiting or calling Craig Petty on 07947123967. Also see YouTube." 22.8.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features London based magician Marc Kerstein. It's another good'un! Listen to the Podcasts and catch up with previous ones at also see 22.8.15


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishop's Stortford. Andy Clockwise writes: Friday 28th August, put it in your diary now! Why? Because it's time for another 'Magicians at the Half Moon' and this month promises to be another cracker of a show (aren't they all?). Wayne Fox (Foxy! Foxy! Foxy!) will be hosting and performing throughout the evening introducing this month's visiting magicians: Oliver Tabor (multi-award winning magician) and Chris Wood (Member of the Inner Magic Circle - Gold Star). As per usual, doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Tickets are £15 on the door or you can save yourself £5 by calling Martin Cox (show producer) on 01279 659562 and reserve your seats. 22.8.15


Tom Peach/Oracle Team write: "Do you have what it takes? Do you have a brilliant idea for a new original magic trick or gimmick? Oracle are interested! Oracle is a new exciting magic effect company looking for exciting new magicians and effects. If you have an exciting idea we would love to hear from you, here's what you do. Record some footage of the effect. Upload it on YouTube as an unlisted link. Send us the link together with a description and the subject title 'Submission'. Out of respect all submissions are kept in strict confidence and will not be publicised without prior agreement with yourself. Email all submissions to my personal address at Our team will look over the effect and get back to you within 24 hours. You could be the next big thing! We are looking forward to working with you!" 22.8.15


Behind the Illusion: Unlocking the 9 Types of Magic. From the publishers: Darcy, a thrilling Canadian illusionist, won the coveted People's Choice Award in Seattle and performed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood before he was legally of age. Aged 26, he dazzled the nation as a finalist on ITV's Britain's Got Talent and on ITV special Edge of Reality. In Behind the Illusion, magician Darcy Oake takes you through the nine traditionally accepted forms of magic. He reveals the origins and science behind various illusions, and explains why there is a difference between what the eye sees and what is actually happening on stage; as well as giving famous examples from history, and his own personal twists on them. Hardcover, 224 pages. To be published by Cassell on 3rd September 2015. 22.8.15


Jack Stephens Magic Sale. Paul MacLeavy writes: Reminder: Don't miss the unique opportunity this coming Thursday (27th August) to take a trip into the beautiful Wiltshire countryside to the home of the late Jack Stephens. The family are holding an Open Day and Sale of Jack's extensive collection of props, tricks, books, DVDs, equipment, costumes, and magic artifacts, from 8am to 8pm. All potential buyers are welcome to come, browse and buy. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day. The address is Cotswold House, 42 Netherstreet, Bromham, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2DW. We hope to see you there. 22.8.15


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