Number 792 - 29th August 2015


Neil Henry pulls off his best ever trick Click Here. Many congratulations Neil and Charlie! Full story: 29.8.15


Russ Brown's Carnival of Magic. This October, the Carnival comes to town! Take a magical journey as the Carnival rolls into town. What lurks deep in the Ghost Train? What secrets are to be revealed in our sideshows? Enjoy a fantastic evening at Russ Brown's Carnival of Magic and who knows, you could even be the star of the show. The Carnival arrives at The Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach on Sunday 4th October. All tickets £10. Family ticket:2 adults and 2 children (11 and under) £30. For dates and times visit 29.8.15


This weekend marks the start of Magic Moments Month! Now in its 8th year, with magicians taking part across the globe - all raising smiles and funds for charity through magic. From Mark Bennett’s Smoke & Mirrors bar in Bristol, to the streets of Las Vegas, you can take part Click Here. Creating a Magic Moment is easy and you could also win a truly magical experience thanks to Jeff McBride and the Mystery School in Las Vegas! This weekend loads of magicians will be raising funds at the Riviera Fringe Festival for Parkinsons UK. And so the shows continue all next month. Will you be creating a Magic Moment? If so, please share it and let us know. Jay Fortune. 29.8.15


Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight is being shown tomorrow evening on Sky. A renowned illusionist out to expose charlatans and tricksters finds his views tested when he meets a seemingly genuine clairvoyant. Romantic comedy. Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden Director: Woody Allen. See TV Magic. 29.8.15


Magic Car Boot Sale, West Bromwich. From the organisers: Now in its 22nd year. Will be held at The Masonic Lodge in Edward Street West Bromwich on Sunday 6th September 2015 from 9.30am. Stalls are still available at £14. General admission is £4. The Sale will be followed by an auction headed up by Gordon Astley. Anyone wishing to submit a lot or book a stall should contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 29.8.15


Tricked: More Favourite Tricks is being repeated next week on ITV2. Ben looks back at the best moments from the second series, including magical wind-ups on the public and the most popular celebrity tricks on Kym Marsh and The Vamps, plus the amazing Joey Essex car vanish. See TV Magic. 29.8.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features magic writer, lecturer and performer Paul Gordon. Paul's new DVD set will be released shortly. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 29.8.15


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). 29.8.15


International News. Torino Mind Festival. From the organisers: From 26th to 29th of November 2015, in Turin, Italy. 4 Days that will make history... 9 Lectures; 1 Multi Lecture; 3 Workshops; Mind After Night Party; IV Italian Championship of Mentalism; 2 Amazing Gala Shows; An Exhibition of Optical Illusions; Specialised Dealers. Limited places - book now! Until September 14th discount of 15% on regular passes. VIP Passes limited to 30 persons! These are the first 4 artists announced: Alexander; Christian Chelman; Luca Volpe; Marc Paul with more artists to come... Open your mind! 29.8.15


Jimmy Carlo can be seen at the Riviera Fringe Festival on the Main Stage today, Saturday 29th August, at 3.50pm. He’s been around the world and back, supported legendary entertainers such as Ken Dodd, and is classed as one of the most unique comedy magicians in Europe! And now he’s coming to Torbay for the Riviera Fringe. Jimmy Carlo will perform a special family show at the Fringe, see: 29.8.15


The Bexley Magic Society will be hosting a lecture by Robert Teszka on Wednesday, 2nd September. Roy Marsh writes: Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Visiting magicians are very welcome at £10 on the door and our club details can be found here: His lecture is called, "Now You See It, Now You Don’t: The Psychology of Magic". Robert is a cognitive psychology researcher, science promoter, and consultant, as well as a member of The Magic Circle in London. His research uses the techniques of conjurors to understand how people perceive their environment, make decisions, and interact with each other. Robert has given talks on some of the more surprising findings in psychology for CFI Vancouver & London, Neuroscience Week in Barcelona, and the Market Research Society. He has worked as a consultant on magic, games, and other psychological topics for creative and market research agencies in New York and England. Robert's captivating talks inform the audience about how our own minds deceive us as readily as any magician, and how magician's tricks can help us understand our minds a bit better. Expect a curated collection of demonstrations, experiments, and original research, and perhaps a magic trick or two, as Robert attempts to convince you that sometimes, you just can't trust your own mind. 29.8.15


Yogano levitations. Christian Glenwright writes: I have been in the amazing world of magic as a stage performer for many years. Over time I have also become an experienced builder of unique electronic props and illusions. Some years ago I was fortunate to be invited to meet Yogano, the world famous French illusion builder, at his home in France. Since then, the sessions with my good friend Yogano have inspired me to promote the longevity of his amazing illusions and I have benefitted greatly from his expertise. Two years ago he allowed me to purchase the rights to officially and exclusively, build Yogano levitations. I feel it is a great honour to carry on this wonderful tradition in his name. 29.8.15


Free Magic Tuition for under 18s. Ian Brennan, President of 3SM, writes: Do you know any under 18s in the Midlands who would benefit from free magic tuition? It’s not an uncommon tale: A young person wants to learn more about magic but doesn’t have anywhere to go or any real-life magicians to speak to. 3SM are hosting 'An Evening With The Magicians'. A chance for under 18s to come to a magic club, share tricks and routines and learn more about the art of magic. We are based in Staffordshire, West Midlands, and we are hoping that by providing events like this we can inspire the next generation and help nurture the future of magic by pointing young, would-be magicians, in the right direction for a future in magic. First meeting September 21st. Free. Contact for more details and to reserve a place. 29.8.15


Magicseen Issue 64, September 2015: From the publishers: A smouldering issue of Magicseen complete with fearsome dragon on the cover is now ready for despatch. Piff The Magic Dragon has been a huge success worldwide and we catch up with the man behind the fire breathing monster to find out what he (and his cute dog!) have been up to. The September issue also features one of magic's big men, Dan Garrett, plus we force UK pro Iain Moran into the Psychiatrists Chair to discover what makes him tick. Want to get video footage of your act on your website? We give you a potted guide for how you can do it yourself, plus we ponder the fact that some people truly hate magic, and so we consider what the reasons for this might be and how we can avoid the situation. This issue also has a free gift for those buying a printed copy as we supply a great Bicycle gaffed card that you'll need to do the three Masterclass routines from Craig Chadwick. All this plus part 2 of Jez Rose's magical history mini series entitled From Devant To Dynamo, a behind-the-scenes look at the Casablancas performance tour of Australia, a big selection of our trademark trusted product reviews, and more besides. There's no point in us writing it if you don't read it, so get straight over to and get your copy via a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or sign up for our issue-by-issue Pay As You Go printed copy option, or failing all that, just purchase the latest issue to give it a try. 29.8.15


Chris Dugdale’s Sleightly Dishonest gets 5 stars at Edinburgh: He was featured on STV doing the bullet catch following the success of the show. Next stop: Master of The Macabre with the crazy and bizarre Benedict Barber… "Chris Dugdale: Why a magician should never reveal his tricks… or should he?" Click Here. 29.8.15


UK Escape Artist Riley successfully escapes from cell No.1 at Ripon Police museum. On August 15th 2015, UK Escape Artist Riley successfully escaped from cell No.1 at Ripon Police museum. Riley was contacted via the United Kingdom Escape Artists (U.K.E.A), by Rebecca Taylor who is the daughter of David De-Val. She put up a challenge to escape from the very cell her father managed to emancipate himself from back in 1983 after declaring that he had worked out Houdini's method of escaping from jail cells. In July of 1983, De-Val was successful and proved he really had worked out Houdini's secret.

At 12 noon the time had come for Riley to attempt the challenge Rebecca had set. The cell was thoroughly searched and a full strip search was then performed by Dr Derek Jeary to make sure Riley had nothing concealed that could aid his escape. Rebecca provided the locks and restraints, these were checked by the Museum staff, the Doctor and a member of the public. After everyone agreed they were happy Riley was positioned for the escape attempt, his arms and legs through the iron bars, handcuffs and leg irons attached.

The public were at the end of the corridor along with a video camera to ensure that the door was securely locked and no other person was present. The stopwatch started. Whilst waiting in suspense, Rebecca Taylor gave the guests a talk on the history of the cell and spoke about her father David De-Val escaping from the cell. After 3 minutes, 16 seconds all were all amazed when Riley arrived at the main entrance behind all the guests, not only had he escaped from Cell No 1, but he had also managed to get through three further doors and outside the building at the main entrance, behind all the waiting public!


New Escapology Show to debut in October. "Escapology and the Challenges of Harry Houdini" is a new production featuring the multiple Guinness World Record Holding Escapologist, Strongman and member of The Magic Circle Stuart Burrell. Taking its inspiration not only from the legendary public challenges faced by Houdini himself, the show will cover the history; from the death-defying through to the light-hearted. The show will debut on Friday October 30th at the Red Brick Barn in Rochford. Tickets from £10 for adults and £8 for children, family tickets and 'be on stage' options available" Click Here. 29.8.15


Hypnotism Exposed Reloaded! "Just a reminder that the discounted 75% off ticket offer to Jonathan Royle's October Hypnosis training event will end at midnight on Friday 4th September. Usually £797 a ticket, you can grab your place now for just £199.25p. If you want to become a Master Hypnotist now is the time to book" 29.8.15


Chris Rawlins Fylde Mystics Lecture: The Fylde Mystics are pleased to present a lecture by Chris Rawlins on Tuesday, 1st September, at 8pm at the South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool FY4 5HZ (Map) with a £5.00 on the door charge for visiting magicians. The lecture includes methods and routines that will allow you to know information from a spectator's credit card that you never see or touch; a routine that sees one spectator find another spectator's thought of selection, when their eyes are closed; a lottery prediction; a newspaper test; a drawing duplication, and much more. For further details visit 29.8.15


Magic & Mirth: An evening of live stage magic and laughs. Friday 18th September at 7pm. Tickets: £15 adults, £12.50 children (includes burger & fries). "This show includes some of London's finest stage, close-up and cabaret magicians. Hosted and performed by London cabaret magician Dee Riley and featuring multi award winning magicians Oliver Tabor and Siegffried Loew. We invite you to enjoy an evening of laughs and live stage magic - an evening to remember! Book online or alternatively contact our Box Office on 01536 512475. Venue: Wicksteed Park, Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6NJ (Map). 29.8.15


Adrian Sullivan Lecture - Bolton Magicians' Club. "Adrian is a very experienced close-up and stage magician. He has performed his act all over the world including Egypt, the USA, the Far East and China. In Adrian's lecture he will be sharing his vast experience and knowledge. Adrian also teaches magic at many magic societies at home and abroad. Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 2nd September 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 Paul Goodman on 07889 676003." 29.8.15


Steve Beam May-June 2016 lecture tour now booking. Tony Griffith will be organising a lecture tour for Steve Beam in 2016 (3rd May – 10th June), and writes: This will be Steve’s fifth lecture tour of these islands. Each of the previous tours have been a great success. Steve will be travelling on a systematic route around the country; from London along the M4 to the West Country, then north on the M5/M6 to Scotland and then back to London on the A1(M)/M1 network As he travels he will be popping off the motorway system to take in lectures and on the way is hoping to be able to pop over to Ireland for a few days to lecture there.

Due to the systematic nature of his route it may not always be possible to accommodate a club on their usual club night, although every effort will be made to do so. Steve Beam is certainly one of the top card magicians in the world, and definitely one of the most entertaining. His humour and professionalism comes across very strongly. Steve is the author of numerous publications, notably 'The Semi Automatic Card Trick' series. The first eight volumes of this tremendous collection of great card magic are shortly to be joined by volumes 9 and 10. Previously Steve was the editor of The Trap Door magazine, which is now available in three superb bound volumes. Clubs wishing to book Steve’s lecture should email or call 01275 835463. Early booking is advised as the previous four tours have sold out very quickly.


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next meeting will be at 7.30pm on 1st September, 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. 29.8.15


Smokin' Aces. "Las Vegas magician and would-be crime boss Buddy 'Aces' Israel agrees to testify against former partner and friend Primo Sparazza in return for admittance into the Witness Protection Programme. But before the deal can be hammered out, Sparazza orders a hit on Israel, and a host of hit men and women race to kill the snitch and take the bounty, while the FBI endeavours to keep their source of information alive." See TV Magic for times. 29.8.15


"Magicians Penn & Teller to return to UK TV with Channel 5's Fool Us in Vegas" Click Here • "Magician Jamie Raven performs for young cancer patients in London" Click Here • "Interview: Britain's Got Talent magician Jamie Raven kicks off his tour at the Bath Forum in 2016" Click Here • "40 Paul Daniels illusions bring magic to show" Click Here • "The Illusionists Plan to Wow 'America's Got Talent'" Click Here • "Banachek discusses fall tour dates with 'The Supernaturalists'" Click Here • "Challenge for Mat Franco is to really ‘reinvent’" Click Here • "Criss Angel's 'The Supernaturalists' to embark on multi-city tour" Click Here • "Marvin's iMagic Review: Can a Smartphone App Make You a Master Magician?" Click Here • "Magician Darcy Oake coming to Bristol" Click Here • "Magician Jeff McBride talks Magic and Mystery School and future" Click Here • "Magician Mat Franco debuts his new show at the Linq" Click Here • "Magicians use tremendous trickery on stage for Taranaki Arts Festival" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is welcomed as ever. Enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend, Duncan. 29.8.15