Number 794 - 12th September 2015


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The Session moves to London! From the organisers: Last year at The Session attendees were sharing magic with Derren Brown, David Blaine, Dynamo, Troy, Ben Hanlin, Guy Hollingworth, Pit Hartling, Denis Behr, Daniel Madison, Roberto Giobbi, Juan Tamariz, and more. We sold out and had to turn away over 100 magicians who waited to register. The Session 2016 is shaping up. It is now based in a hotel just minutes away from Heathrow airport and will feature a one-off mentalism day on the Friday beforehand, curated by Luke Jermay. So far acts to be announced are: FISM legend Helder Guimarães (photo) and Swedish creative genius Tom Stone, ITV's "Benidorm" creator and writer Derren Litten, world famous magical psychologist Richard Wiseman and many more. Half the available tickets for The Session have sold out, before a single name had been announced. January 8th - 10th 2016, London. See for more. 12.9.15


The Lost Patrons of The Mother Black Cap - A Day of Magic in Winchester. 11th October from 12 noon - 8pm. Full 52 invites you to come and join 'The Lost Patrons of The Mother Black Cap' for a full day of deception, connivery, and willful trickery! The following rogues and blaggards will reveal their most cunning deceits: Mark Elsdon, Gary Jones, John Carey, Roddy McGhie, Kieron Lefever, James Went, Dave Forrest and Liam Montier. Cost: Only £10, and you will receive a £5 voucher on entry that may be redeemed against any Full 52 products so, it's basically a fiver for a full day of lectures! Where: Whitchurch Sports and Social Club, Winchester Road, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7RB (Map). Visit for more info and to book. 12.9.15


Registration for Belfast MagiCon 2016 is now open! With Roberto Giobbbi and John Lenahan already confirmed and more acts to follow, this intimate convention held in the heart of Belfast is shaping up to be an exciting event for Magicians to attend. Dates are Friday 29th April 2016, Saturday 30th April 2016 and Sunday 1st May 2016. We are pleased to announce also that Roberto Giobbi will be hosting his Dai Vernon Seminar on Monday 2nd May 2016 as an extra special treat. Filled with lectures, workshops, dealers and performances galore, you don't want to miss this opportunity to see the magic and experience the city of Belfast. Please visit for full details and registration prices, and email to register. Nicola Cunningham. 12.9.15


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 24th September. From the organisers: Conjuring at the Court - ‘the best magic show in London’ (Mel Mellers) – has perhaps its best line-up ever! I enthuse about all of our shows but the next show will be truly exceptional: John Archer is back! One of the country’s top comedy magicians returns to the Court at last. Audiences love his clever magic and direct, character-based humour. He’s toured with Tim Vine, fooled Penn and Teller on TV, and is hugely in demand for cabaret work. Michael Vadini is one of our favourite performers – breathtaking magic, beautifully performed, with sophistication, humour, and grace. Noel Britten, a fabulous comedian and magician – he has the audience in stitches with his remarkable wit and strong magic. A touch of international variety from Australia’s funniest juggler! James Bustar has brought hilarious antics, mayhem and belly laughs to arenas and corporate events for years. He holds world records for the greatest number of raw eggs juggled while hula-hooping, the longest time juggling clubs on a pogo stick, and many other equally unlikely feats. Can’t wait to see him in action. Compered by exuberant co-producer, the amazing Stephen Barry.

The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy dinner in the lovely beer garden - it must be the biggest in London – or in one of the pub’s elegant rooms. There is a bar at the back of the room so you can have a drink while enjoying the magic. Seats are comfortable and all have a good view of the stage. Just 12 minutes from Central London: take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the pub is 2 minutes walk from the station. Parking free from 6.30pm. Book now: - tickets £11 online or £12 on the door.


Close-up Magic at The Magic Circle - London. Friday 2nd October and Friday 6th November: An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. 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, often taking part themselves. 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.


Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.30pm. Tickets £19.50 plus fee via Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: 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. 12.9.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features one of the nicest guys on the British magic scene, sleight of hand expert Michael Vincent. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 12.9.15


New releases from Victor Voitko. Victor Voitko is a professional magician, creating high quality props for magicians worldwide. The majority of his products are original, Victor Voitko creations. Victor writes: The methods, effects, and technical aspects are top-level. We want to announce three exciting new products:

1. Deluxe Smokelight device. This compact SmokeLight device allows you to have a lot of smoke and light in your empty hands and in your props: Deluxe Smokelight device (compact version).

2. The Appearing-Folding Table. Table appears in the one second; three different styles are available: The Appearing Folding Table, The Appearing-Folding Table: Card Style, The Appearing Folding Table: Classic Style.

3. Deluxe Two Shot Magic Wand. This is a professional quality double shooting magic wand. At anytime during your performance , you can produce a bang and a flash: Deluxe 2 Shot Magic Wand. 12.9.15


Magic at Merlins. Phil Peters writes: Merlins Magic Club held a lecture at the shop last week by Amethyst. To a full house, Danny Hunt and Steph Clarke explained the many aspects of escapology. There were demonstrations of various handcuffs and stories and anecdotes which had the audience spellbound. In the second half, they explained some of the methods used by Houdini to reveal how fake psychics used to con the public. The production of a ‘Spirit Hand’ was particularly interesting, as was the psychic surgery Danny performed on Steff. Overall it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening presented by true professionals. 12.9.15


Stu-Di-Doo British Magical Society Lecture. Paul Cadley writes: On Tuesday 15th September the British Magical Society is pleased to present Stu-Di-Doo. To open its Autumn season of lectures, the BMS has a treat for Children’s Entertainers with one of the best in the business: Based in Cumbria but working throughout the UK and beyond, Stu-Di-Doo’s fun-filled magic shows and amazing balloon models are always in high demand. Stu-Di-Doo has performed in all manner of venues from birthday parties in living rooms and village halls to wedding receptions in the grandest of hotels and he has even appeared on stage at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool in the final of the UK Children’s Entertainers National Championships. Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £10 fee. Time and venue: 7.30pm, Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). See for details. 12.9.15


The Business Magician Seminar. Back in June 2014 Mark Leveridge ran a special live event designed to provide key information to those looking to use their magic in more ways with local businesses. If you missed the original seminar you will be pleased to know that it is going to be repeated on Saturday 10th October 2015 at the Mark Leveridge Magic Academy in Exeter. The Business Magician provides two big sessions. In the first half, Mark will explain how he has successfully created a number of extra work opportunities by offering his strolling magic skills to companies for a range of events outside the normal dinners and social functions. He will reveal what these opportunities are, ways to get to the right people to pitch for the work, and will give examples of suitable magic to use. Then in the second half, Mark turns his attention to trade shows and divulges a method which enables good performers to make a real difference to businesses at exhibitions, and he explains everything you need to know in order to decide whether this demanding area of work is right for you. The Business Magician Seminar is a professional event that is full of practical, real world advice, hints, tips and targeted magic, and is an important opportunity for those performers who are serious about wanting to work more with business in their local area. Register now at for one of the limited places. The seminar runs from 11.30am - 3.30pm. 12.9.15


Bradford Magic Circle Annual Dinner and Cabaret. Steve Gore writes: The Bradford Magic Circle invite you to their Annual Dinner and Cabaret on Friday 27th November at 7.30pm. The cabaret features Deanna, Dennis Calvert, Luke Jonas & Scott Olgard and top of the bill, the 'Amazing Guy' himself, Mr Thom Peterson. There is a varied choice of menu and hotel accommodation if required. It is at the Dubrovnik Hotel in Bradford and tickets are £28 for members and £30 for non-members. Tickets and menus can be obtained via Keith Pickles on 01274 818805 or email 12.9.15


Ali Cook at The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor. 8pm on Friday, 25th September. From the organisers: Rescheduled from last season, Ali Cook is a historian of deception. He's a sleight of hand expert, a street magician, escapologist, stage illusionist and performer of thought control. Star of ITV's ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us', BBC1's 'Now You See It', Channel 4's 'Dirty Tricks' and Channel 5's 'Monkey Magic', witness breathtaking trickery from a master of his craft. "Supremely talented" Time Out. "You blew us way" Penn & Teller. "Astoundingly good" Mail on Sunday. Tickets and info: 12.9.15


Now That's What I Call Magic! Al Prendo (aka Alan Taylor) writes: I am holding a very good magic show called 'Now That's What I Call Magic!' on 21st November at the Q Ball Snooker & Sports Bar, Times Square, Southernhay, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DJ (Map), featuring myself, Martin Cox, Andy Clockwise, Dean Maudsley and Claudia the contortionist. Tickets are £10 in advance, or £15 on night. Magic clubs: I'm charging £8 each for a minimum 6 people in a group. Email me: or call me on 07917 285133. Hopefully this will be the first of many magic night at the venue. 12.9.15


At Home with The Magic Circle - London. An evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians. See What's On for dates in September, October and November. You'll learn about the history of magic and The Magic Circle itself and get to witness amazing close-up conjuring and a magical stage show as part of this highly entertaining evening. Doors open at 7pm and the event finishes at around 10pm. You'll be able to enjoy a drink in the Club Room bar and browse the treasures of The Magic Circle Museum before the magic begins at 7.30pm. During the interval you'll have a further opportunity to explore our fabulous Headquarters before it's time for a dazzling show in The Magic Circle Theatre to finish off your evening. Tickets £34 for individuals or £30 for groups of 20 or more people. Tickets available from Suitable for ages 14 and above. Under 14s will not be admitted. Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). 12.9.15


Now You See It, or at least you will tonight, at 6.30pm on BBC 1. "Fast-paced entertainment series voiced by Mel Giedroyc, featuring the best and worst of magic and other incredible performers from around the world." See TV Magic. 12.9.15


International News: Moonstone lectures present Neal Scryer in Berlin, November 6th - 8th: "Neal Scryer is...well, was...a well-kept secret in the mentalism community. That changed with his first book 'The Practical Psychic's Little Black Book', followed by 'The Practical Psychic's Little Black Book', 'Scryer's 13', 'Scryer's Band Of Readers' and other now classic books. These publications put Neal Scryer in the spot-light of mainstream mentalism. But even before his first book, Neal was consulted regularly by top mentalists from around the world to help them create unique performances. What Neal teaches are not the newest, fancy mental magic moves, or the next blind-folded Ferrari test-drive. No. What Neal teaches are the techniques that psychics, mediums and mystery workers all over the world are using on a daily basis to connect with their clients, to read them like an open book, and to tell them things about their lives that they have not told anyone. What Neal teaches are techniques of genuine psychic workers. Techniques that feel real, because they are. Techniques that are convincing. Techniques that build trust and deep relationships in the process. Make no mistake. Neal Scryer is the real deal. He is a successful New York psychic and mentalist. In November 2015, in Berlin, he will share everything he learned in 40 years, with a select few people." For more info and to book visit 12.9.15


Danny Hunt  Anglian Magic Society lecture. Steve Majes (Secretary, the Anglian Magic Society) writes: The Anglian Magic Society has the amazing Danny Hunt lecturing on Tuesday 15th September. Hot from his busy summer schedule Danny will share his wealth of experience in his lecture "In The Footsteps of Houdini". The lecture will feature various escapes and lock-picking techniques, a history of handcuffs and a look at the life of Harry Houdini, including archive footage. This promises to be a fascinating evening from a very warm and generous performer. Members £2.00, visitors £10.00, tickets available on the door, all are welcome. Starts 7.30pm at The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). See our Facebook page for more info 12.9.15


Trevor Duffy Derby lecture. Paul Sharp writes: Derby Magic Circle's next meeting is the Trevor Duffy lecture. This is a special lecture (not our normal meeting night) being held at the Spot (DE1 2JW) on Wednesday, 16th September. Doors open at 7pm, ready to start at 7.30pm. Magicians from neighbouring societies such as Nottingham Guild, Leicester MC, BMS, Coventry MC, Wolverhampton CM are very welcome at Derby. Our past members and other visiting Magicians are also invited to this special gathering. There is a small fee of £10 payable on the night (this includes a light buffet meal). Please contact our secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. Places for this lecture are limited, so to avoid disappointment, contact Allan asap. This lecture is part of Trevor's UK tour. A rare and unique lecture (with a meal), not to be missed! For more information about our programme for the remainder of the year please visit Derby Magic Circle held their annual Close-up competition recently. Well done to all 7 competitors who took part. Clive Moore won the competition, with Paul Sharp runner-up. A special thank you to Anthony Jacquin who was our Magical Judge for the evening. Our thanks go out to all who attended and supported this event, without your commitment these events won't be half as magical. 12.9.15


Trevor Duffy Blackburn lecture. Brian Lead writes: Catch the North West lecture by Trevor Duffy, as part of his national tour; hosted by the Modern Mystic League. Hailing from South Africa, Trevor (the creative mind behind effects such the Phil Deck) will be appearing at the St. Silas Parish Centre, Preston New Road, Blackburn BB2 6PS (Map), on Tuesday, September 22nd, at 7.30pm. Visitors just £5, including refreshments! 12.9.15


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on 6th October, 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. Entrance is free. If anyone wants go come along, please email or phone Kyle on 07510 933734 for further information (with regret that we have to cancel the ticketed event planned for 27th October). 12.9.15


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