Number 795 - 19th September 2015


Huge congratulations to Paul Zerdin on winning America's Got Talent!

"British ventriloquist Paul Zerdin's shock at America's Got Talent win" Click Here.

"British ventriloquist Paul Zerdin wins America's Got Talent" Click Here.

"Paul Zerdin: Funny Ventriloquist Amazes Audience - America's Got Talent 2015" (video) Click Here.

Big congratulations too, to British finalists' the brilliant Piff the Magic Dragon (video) Click Here, and the incredible Professional Regurgitator (video) Click Here. 19.9.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features Paul Daniels in a two-hour special edition: "We discuss his rise to fame, the TV show, his West End run and his thoughts on the magic world today. Paul also answers the questions you left on our Facebook page and Twitter feed." Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see Paul Daniels & Debbie McGee: The Intimate Magic Tour can be seen live on stage this evening at The Corn Exchange, Wallingford, Click Here for details and to book. 19.9.15


The British Ring Convention returns to Eastbourne, from September 24th to September 27th: "Why not join us, we are the friendly Convention that gives you time to meet old and make new friends. At the same time you will see some of the leading magicians from the UK, Europe and the USA. Lectures and Workshops to learn from, shows to be entertained by and dealers to buy from." Full and Day registrations available, see for details. Photo: Stand up comedy magician Mel Mellers: International Gala of Magic, Congress Theatre, Saturday 26th September. 19.9.15


Magic Moments Month 30th August - 30th September 2015. We’re half-way through Magic Moments Month. A time dedicated to performing and helping those in need through the gift of magic. Many magicians wonder how to start on this journey of using your magical performance as a unique gifting experience. Thanks to Lawrence Hass, Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger, George Parker, Robert E. Neale and Rich Bloch who have kindly donated a free download of an excerpt from the inspiring Gift Magic book. Please Click Here. All proceeds go to The Encore Foundation, a 501c3 organisation that assists magicians in times of great need. Please do check out the free download and be inspired to create your own ‘Magic Moment’. More info on our main Magic Moments page, Click Here. Jay Fortune. 19.9.15


British Magical Society - Goodliffe Memorial Lecture. Paul Cadley writes: On Tuesday 22nd September the British Magical Society presents its Goodliffe Memorial Lecture for 2015. Three times President of the British Magical Society, Charles Goodliffe Neale started his weekly magazine Abracadabra on 2nd February 1946; it ran for over 63 years. Each Autumn we celebrate the life of Goodliffe with a special lecture, and this year we also jointly celebrate the life of a magician that Goodliffe often described as his favourite: Alan Shaxon. So we are particularly proud to present a lecture and presentation on the magic of Alan Shaxon, Honorary Vice President of the British Magical Society, President of The Magic Circle and unquestionably one of Britain’s finest magicians. The lecture will be presented by Steve Short and Scott Penrose. Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £10 fee. 7.30pm at Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map) see for details. 19.9.15


Marvin’s iMagic Interactive Box of Tricks wins Gold Medal at this year’s Independent Toy Awards. Marvin’s Magic is proud to announce that its new Marvin’s iMagic Interactive Box of Tricks has been awarded the gold medal in the electronic toys category at this year’s Independent Toy Awards. The innovative product, crosses the lines of contemporary magic and digital technologies and as such has led to the Marvin’s Magic brand being recognised as the winner in this product category. Voted for by over 900 independent toy retailers around the country, a gold medal in the Independent Toy Awards is a recognised seal of approval from the people who know the industry best. 19.9.15


Mark Leveridge at the Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle. Mark was delighted to have been invited to present his latest lecture, E-Club Pro - Live!, to the members of the Merseyside club just over a week ago. President Keith Wells (pictured) commented afterwards, "Thank you so much for the whole manner you went about your planning, preparation and, subsequently, presentation. Not only was what you delivered worthwhile and accessible to all levels but there was lots of 'hidden' teaching to be discerned for those who had the eyes to see, too. By that I mean the attention to detail you so obviously pay to everything you do and your unspoken insistence that ‘only the best is good enough'." With E-Club Pro - Live!, Mark brings to the clubroom varied elements from his online club website pages, and delivers a lecture that is full of ideas, moves, routines and anecdotes, making for an entertaining and instructive evening. Clubs wishing to book the lecture can get details from or call Mark on 01392 252000. 19.9.15


E-Club Pro Sign Up Offer. Mark Leveridge's online club and information resource is in its fifth year and the amount of magic, ideas and advice contained in its near 500 pages of online content is bound to be of huge use to anyone who wants to get more out of their magic. For a small monthly payment members get password protected access to all of this material, and every one of the 10 sections of the E-Club Pro website is augmented or changed on the 1st of each month, meaning that there is always something new and of interest. With members ranging from teenage beginners to experienced full time pros, E-Club Pro has established itself as a trusted and reliable magical resource that is of help and relevance to all magicians. If you would like to get a sample of what E-Club Pro has to offer, you can sign up to receive a free E-Club Pro Taster E-Book, which will give you access to examples of all the different sections. And to encourage you further to give it a try, anyone who signs up in September will receive a free gift worth £20 when they reach three months of unbroken membership, and a further gift worth £30 when they get to six months. So there's never been a better time to get involved with E-Club Pro, and since there is no set subscription period, it means you can join and then stay for as long as you wish. For more information see 19.9.15


Gordon Drayson: Kidology UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year. Filling a theatre stage with a snowstorm this September was just one magic trick which won South Croydon magician Gordon Drayson the trophy in the Kidology UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year Competition held in Wolverhampton on September 8th. Winning a trophy, and automatic entry to the UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year competition to be held at the Blackpool Magic Convention in February 2016, Gordon performed his act, specially created for the event, to about 25 children and 100 children’s entertainers. Votes were cast by the adults in the audience, so to be voted best by his fellow entertainers is a great accolade. 19.9.15


Bexley Magic Society held their annual Magic to Music competition for the Jack Delvin Trophy on Wednesday 16th September. Three acts performed new routines to music chosen at random and previously unheard by the contestants. This year Angeline Mystique, Chris Ball and Jason Deverell fought it out in front of an audience of fellow members, friends and relatives, who each had a single vote. All the acts were well constructed with content designed to reflect the music. The eventual winner (pictured receiving the trophy from club President Chris Latham) was Jason Deverell who performed (to a track by Bond) a series of effects including endless productions of items from a purse too small to hold them; finishing with a string of razor blades previously swallowed along with some separate thread. Congratulations to Jason and commiserations to the other contestants who helped make it a fun evening. Roy Marsh MIMC.  19.9.15


Congratulations to David O'Connor, winner of the McDonald Shield for Stage Performance at the Farnborough Association of Magical Entertainers this month. David, ably assisted by Crispy Duck, performed some fantastic mind reading and kept the audience laughing - leading to a well-deserved win. FAME meet on the second Monday of every month - see for more information on our programme for the year ahead. Philip Sweeting. 19.9.15


'Dice 14' by Chris Wardle: Two dice - fourteen possibilities! These two special, laser engraved dice ensure that the 'force' is definitely with you! Plus: perform an 'Ultra-Easy Card At Any Number' and 'Lightning Calculation'. Magic that's both simple and direct. Instruction booklet, dice and velvet drawstring carrying bag, £11.99, plus delivery, from Merlins: 19.9.15


Enterteasement: Comedy Magic Burlesque - Glasgow, Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th, 8pm-10.30pm . Enterteasement is a monthly comedy magic burlesque show featuring some of the most popular entertainers in the UK. This month Woody the magician, one of Scotland's most popular comedy magicians, will be joined by: Mark Nelson: Voted Scotland's Best Comedy Headliner at the 2015 Scottish Comedy Awards; Gary Meikle: Recently featured by the BBC as one of Scotland's most exciting new comedians; Chris Henry: A Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist with many 5 star reviews from his Edinburgh Festival shows; Daiquiri Dusk: Finalist at The Milan Burlesque Awards; Tootsie Annie: Finalist in Miss Pin-Up Scotland 2015. Tickets £14 via Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 19.9.14


Forth Valley Magic Circle 2015-16 Season. It’s the start of a new season at Forth Valley Magic Circle on Monday 21st September. Opening night this year concentrates on Packet Tricks and Impromptu Magic (or just bring any trick you’re happy to perform). We’re quite friendly, not too formal and have members of all ages from just 16 to over 90! We meet once a month at the Station Hotel in Larbert and prospective new members are always welcome. Further information is at or contact Ian Black by email: 19.9.15


The North Western Society of Magicians present A Grand Night of Magic. In their centenary year The North Western Society of Magicians present A Grand Night of Magic at The Laurel and Hardy Museum, Brogden Street, Ulverston, Cumbria on Friday 25th September 2015 from 7pm to 10pm. The evening will be packed full of various award winning magical acts, performing magic close-up, strolling, parlour style and on stage. Tickets are £10 and include a delicious pie and peas supper. Tickets are available from The Laurel and Hardy Museum or via Facebook Nights at the Laurel and Hardy Museum. Adam Hudson, Secretary, The North Western Society of Magicians. 19.9.15


News from the UKEA (United Kingdom Escape Artists). Stuart Burrell writes: Following on from recent events in the United States and at home the United Kingdom Escape Artists group has chosen to amend their Code of Ethics for members. The sections on 'Health and Safety'. 'Promotion' and 'Conduct online and in Social Media' have all been expanded and updated. Members are encouraged to take part in the consultation, which closes on Wednesday 23rd of September at 12 noon. United Kingdom Escape Artists is a UK based society for Escapologists and takes the responsibility associated with that position seriously. Membership runs from April each year and application for new membership is welcome at any time. Applications can be made via or via email to 19.9.15


Gospel Magic - One Day Hands-on Workshop. Mark Foster writes: Gospel Magic - One Day Hands on Workshop. Wednesday 4th November in Newcastle, Wednesday 11th November in London, and Friday 11th December in Nuneaton. Learn the secret of how to be an effective and entertaining Gospel Magician. Ideal for school, youth and church workers. Led by Paul Morley of Mission Magic. Limited spaces. Delegate tickets at or call Mark Foster on 07446 780241. 19.9.15


Britain’s Got Talent is back. Thames / FremantleMedia Ltd write: Britain’s Got Talent is back, celebrating its 10 year anniversary and we’re on the lookout for more amazing acts. Previous winners Paul Potts, Diversity, Collabro and Ashleigh & Pudsey changed their lives forever by applying for the show and this year, it could be your turn… 19.9.15


"How illusionist David Blaine helped inspire Snapchat's Live Stories" Click Here • "Houdini – Menorah Honors the Undisputed Maestro of Magic" Click Here • "Terrifying moment magician nearly drowns in glass box when death-defying underwater stunt backfires" Click Here • "A Welsh magician has invented the 'Jeremy Corbyn card trick' and people are loving it" Click Here • "Illusionist and TV Star Murray SawChuck Owns a 1973 Corvette Stingray" Click Here • "No hard feelings after split with wife, Vegas magician says" Click Here • Rex Stott reviews the Steve Short and Scott Penrose 'Alan Shaxon - The Sophisticated Sorcerer' lecture this week, Click Here • "OMG! Magician David Blaine posts video that is impossible to watch! Kanye West and Will Smith do it" Click Here • "Levitating magician groom starts married life in the coolest way possible" Click Here • "A gang of magicians violated the sanctity of my mind video" Click Here • As always your UK magic news is welcome; thanks to everyone who contributes! See you next week, Duncan. 19.9.15