Number 793 - 5th September 2015


The Illusionists held a preview launch party at the Café de Paris in London on Thursday evening. As a sneak peek we saw some brilliant performances from four of the show's cast of seven. Jamie Raven (Special Guest), Andrew Basso (The Escapologist), Colin Cloud (The Deductionist) and Den Den (The Manipulator) mesmerised. All four really engaging with their audience. In November they will be joined by Kevin James (The Inventor), Ben Blaque (The Warrior) and David Williamson (The Trickster) in what is shaping up to be an amazing show. The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, Road Show Entertainment LLC, Stuart Galbraith and MagicSpace Entertainment. The production was conceived by Simon Painter and is directed by Neil Dorward. Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 14th November 2015 - 3rd January 2016. More info and tickets: 5.9.15


Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality. The UK tour starts in Rhyl on Tuesday 15th September. "Darcy delivers a magical extravaganza that promises to be an evening of breath-taking, logic-bending illusions in the grand old tradition of stage magic fused with his very own modern twist."

“A magician who specialises in sleight of hand and illusions – and blowing our minds” Daily Mirror.

For tickets and more info see

"Britain's Got Talent illusionist Darcy Oake releases debut book" Click Here. 5.9.15


Now You See It returns to our screens on Saturday 12th September. "Fast-paced entertainment series voiced by Mel Giedroyc, featuring some of the world's best illusions, alongside a few moments the magicians might wish had never been caught on camera. There's footage of bewildering stunts, cheeky camera tricks, bizarre performances and talented pets mixed in with the magic. Someone floats in mid-air between two four-storey buildings, beer is poured from a tablet computer, a man jumps off a moving speedboat to catch a Frisbee, and Mel finds out how a Star Trek transporter illusion is actually done." See TV Magic. 5.9.15


Mel Mellers Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians lecture. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday the 9th September, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, kick off their new season with a lecture from the one and only Mel Mellers. Mel's original style has been captivating audiences all over the world, with globe-trotting performances and rave reviews. Entertainer, explorer, researcher, lecturer, presenter, comic, actor, raconteur, and stand up comedy magician, Mel Mellers' quick witted comedy with sharp, fresh presentations has found its place; whether it’s the corporate market or high-end cruise ships. Reviewers have described his trademark interaction with the audience as 'pure comedy'. The lecture is mainly comedy magic from the angle of a professional. It does include original presentations and working methods, mentalism, visual magic, plots and routines. Mel calls it lecturtainment because there is always an element of fun en-route. Visitors welcome for a fee of £5. Venue is the ECC Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton WV10 9LU (Map). Lecture starts at 8pm. Contact Sue Oakley 07912 421038 or email 5.9.15


Magician: Astonishing Life of Orson Welles. "Archive interviews and clips of Orson Welles' work from stage, screen and radio paint a unique portrait of one of the finest filmmakers of the 20th century." 9pm on Wednesday 16th September on Sky Arts. See TV Magic. 5.9.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features Jonathan Goodwin. Jonathan's one-off TV special a few years ago I've always rated as the best of the new wave of British magic... blending comedy with real jeopardy. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see DT. 5.9.15


Multi-award winning magician Richard Griffin will be supporting BGT finalist, ventriloquist Steve Hewlett in The Steve Hewlett Show at the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange on 2nd October at 7.30pm. Tickets only £10.00 each; available now via Box office 01553 764864. 5.9.15


Huddersfield Circle of Magician Visitors' Day: Are you into Magic? Do you perform or want to learn magic? Do you watch magic on TV and say I would love to do that, how do they do that or I can do that? Have you always wanted to learn more about magic, increase your performance skills or just have some fun chatting and mixing with other great people who are also interested in this ancient art then look at The Huddersfield Circle of Magicians. We are looking out for likeminded people of any age and ability who would like to join in with all we do and stand for. As a society we are the keepers of ancient secrets although you have to be part of our circle to learn you do not have to have any experience to start. We have members who started as beginners, hobbyists, semi pros and professionals alike and in all areas of magical interests including: Children’s Magic, Mind Reading, Close up, Sleight of hand, illusions and stand up stage magic we have members who do the lot. We are a warm open group of magicians who welcome and nurture new members to achieve their magical best.

Want to find out more? We are holding a Visitors' Day on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at Orlando’s Italian Restaurant, Grange Moor. The evening will include: current members performing, a chance to chat and ask questions, and breakout sessions where you will learn a trick. So, beginner, professional, or just someone with an interest, then this is a fantastic night jam-packed with fun, laughter and above all magic! You must book your place, email or call John Danbury on 07774 490 172.


Killer Magic has been nominated in the "Best Reality Non-Competition Show" category at this year's National Reality Television Awards Click Here. To vote Click Here. 5.9.15


New Release from Mark Leveridge Magic. It has been a little while since Mark has marketed an effect specifically for children's entertainers, but now he is pleased to announce the release of one of his pet effects entitled DC's Rope Routine: This is a hilarious 7-8 minute presentation for the classic cut and restored rope which is chock full of great gags and bits of business and which is aimed at the 3-6 year age bracket. This has been a regular feature in Mark's own shows for over 30 years and the supplied DVD contains a live performance of the full routine followed by a careful explanation of the many funny interludes and of course the handling for the cut and restored rope itself. All you need to supply is a length of rope and a pair of scissors and then by studying the contents of the DVD you will soon be adding a guaranteed winner to your children's show this Autumn. To watch a trailer and to order, go to 5.9.15


Pizza Express Magic. Star of BBC Three’s Killer Magic, Damien O’Brien, was recently asked to film a hidden camera magic video for Pizza Express. Disguised as a waiter, Damien plays with the customers, turning water into wine, making pizzas appear and straws levitate! To watch the video visit 5.9.15


Star of BBC's Killer Magic Dee Christopher is lecturing at House of Magic UK, 80 Brook Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 3XB (Map) on the 14th September: "Dee will be teaching a range of mentalism effects, ranging from the superb psychokinetic effects he is fast getting a well deserved reputation for his direct and workable mentalism effects and techniques. If you fancy meeting Dee and attending the lecture then simply ring House of Magic on 01384 373209 or you can book your seat through the shop's website Click Here. The lecture starts at 7pm and finishes at 9pm. Book soon as seats are expected to sell quickly!" 5.9.15


The September Mark Leveridge Podcast. Mark writes: As well as being hopefully an entertaining listen, these podcasts also provide help and advice. For instance, does it frustrate you that even though you might do a great close up show, your audiences rarely seem to remember your name afterwards? Well, in the September podcast I reveal a way to help your audiences to retain your name. Then I also suggest a strategy to prevent any problems with securing your fee after a show, as well as comment on the phenomenon that no doubt many performers have experienced of suddenly going blank during a trick! You know how it is, you've worked a routine for years yet suddenly you can't seem to remember what comes next! These plus other interesting topics are featured this month in the free 30 minute podcast which is available from or from 5.9.15


Manchester Circle of Magicians Teach-In. Mike Hinde writes: Four reasons to attend the Teach-In on Monday September 7th at the Manchester Circle of Magicians (7.30pm) organised by Quentin Reynolds: A chance to get hands-on tuition from experienced magicians; Get to know more members; Learn a new move; Add a new trick to your repertoire. The annual Teach-In gives you an opportunity to learn something new in a relaxed and friendly environment, as well as getting to know and chat with fellow members. The room is set up with six tables, each hosted by an experienced magician. There are four sessions, each lasting 30 minutes, so each host repeats his session four times. You get to pick four of the six to attend and move from table to table at the end of each session. Each table host will teach a move or trick and give hands-on tuition, as well as tips that you normally wouldn't find in a book or DVD. The sessions are friendly and relaxed, so feel free to ask as many questions as you like. There's a maximum of ten at each table so it also gives you the chance to get to know each other better. Come along and just bring a pack of cards and the coins in your pocket. 5.9.15


Monday Night Magic at Grosvenor Casino Salford. Further to the great success of the launch event (photo), the second Monday Night Magic at Grosvenor Casino Salford will take place on September 21st with close-up magic shows at 8pm and 9.15pm this month featuring the magic of Shaun McCree, Adrian Sullivan, Carl Royle. Tickets are £7.50 with free parking and the opportunity of gaming tuition and a free bet . Strictly 18+. Photo ID needed. Venue: Grosvenor Casino Salford, 5 Derwent Street, Salford M5 4SW (Map). YouTube. 5.9.15


Trevor Duffy lecture at the Surrey Society of Magicians. Thursday 10th September. Trevor Duffy is a professional magician and innovator of magic, who has performed all over the world and now resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has received Gold Medal awards in the South African National championships. In 2002, he won a Gold Medal in the category of invention, for his and Denton Cooley’s card trick, 'Minds in Focus', and later in the year was placed 2nd in the Australian I.B.M Close-up competition. Members free; visitors are £10 on the door. The lecture takes place in East Horsley. For more information (and to attend) see or email Adam Mosley 5.9.15


John Danbury presents Cabaret @ The Coal Face, including Magic, Comedy, Music and Song: "Brand new shows being staged at The National Coal Mining Museum in West Yorkshire where you can see top class variety acts from the region and a headline vocalist from London's West End stage. These are evenings of high class entertainment where you can just sit and enjoy the show or come and eat as an optional extra - great relaxed intimate cabaret environment." Saturday 26th September (including Darren Mac - a previous British Magical Champion) and Saturday 31st October at 7.15pm. Tickets £15.00. Book on 01924 848 806. 5.9.15


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishop's Stortford. "Are you in for a treat? Yes you are... well, you are if you come along and see the Magicians at the Half Moon on Friday 25th September. Martin Cox (show producer and compere) has managed to secure two of the country's busiest and well known magicians for his next show, Marc Paul and Nicholas Einhorn - wow! Both have travelled the world entertaining people, be it on TV, on a cruise ship, in a theatre or at corporate functions - these guys are epic and it's going to be a night you will not want to miss. Entry is £15 but you can save yourself £5 by calling Martin on 01279 659562 and reserving a seat (subject to availability - book now!). As per usual, 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. More information at" 5.9.15


Perth Magic Circle 2015 Season. Adrian Harris writes: Perth Magic Circle 2015 Season has just started and a full syllabus has been arranged with 'something for everyone'! A Table Top Sale and mini Auction will be held on 21st October in the Club Room starting at 7.30pm. This annual event is now more popular than ever with visiting magicians last year coming from all over Scotland plus Preston and South Wales. Because space is limited, tables must be booked in advance, cost for a table is the same as in the past 3 years, only £5.00 and entry for non-sellers is £3.00. We will also have our ever popular free raffle, plus lots of bargains. Make a note of the date and book your table now for what is a good night of fun and laughs! 5.9.15


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