Number 796 - 26th September 2015


Jamie Raven Tour 2016 - New dates announced. Jamie Raven burst onto an unsuspecting world during the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent. His magic amazed audiences and even made Simon Cowell exclaim, “I now finally believe in magic!”. Jamie has been perfecting his craft over the past 11 years working as a magician around the world and his ambition was always to take it to a wider audience and BGT finally gave him that chance. His online videos from Britain’s Got Talent have now been seen over 100 million times, making him one of the most viewed magicians in the world. The first batch of dates for Jamie's rescheduled tour next year have just been released, with more dates and venues to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets will be on sale shortly, but until then here are the initial dates and venues:

16/6/2016 - St David's Hall, Cardiff.
18/6/2016 - De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
22/6/2016 - Derngate, Northampton.
24/6/2016 - Alban Arena, St Albans.
26/6/2016 - Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn.
28/6/2016 - Wyvern, Swindon.
29/6/2016 - Mercury, Colchester.
30/6/2016 - Anvil, Basingstoke.


The Magicians' Podcast this week features Michael Vine in a forthright interview recorded live on stage at The Magic Circle in London. Michael founded Objective Productions with Andrew O'Connor in 1991 and the company has been responsible for producing comedy, entertainment, and magic shows for all the mainstream UK broadcasters since. Michael also manages the career of Derren Brown. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 26.9.15


Master of the Macabre. From the producers: The most terrifying magic show you will ever see... Master of The Macabre. 7th October - 1st November. Benedict Barber is a magician with a taste for the ghoulish and grisly. In Master of the Macabre, he will take the audience on a dark autobiographical journey – from his introduction to magic at the age of just five through the trickery he employed at school to alarm his fellow pupils and terrorize his teachers to a shocking experience as a young adult that has shaped his life both on and off the stage. This fully engrossing theatrical experience will leave you wide-eyed with astonishment and bring you to the edge of your seat with fear. If you're prepared to have your prejudices challenged, your assumptions questioned, your beliefs shaken and your nerves shredded then this is the show for you. Master of the Macabre is - quite simply - the most terrifying magic show you will ever see... Warning - the show is only suitable for ages 15 and up. The Vaults Theatre, Launcelot Street, London SE1 7AD (Map). Performed by Benedict Barber. Directed by Tony Middleton. Written by Benedict Barber and Matthew Stradling. Additional Magic consultancy by Chris Dugdale. 7th October - 1st November. To book visit 26.9.15


Magic & Variety, live on stage this evening in Eastbourne. Geoffrey Newton writes: The IBM British Ring Convention Gala Show at the Congress theatre presents Charlie Mag (Spain), Niels Duinker (Holland), Natalie and Eli (Switzerland) and a host of other stars including Romany, Richard Griffin, Steve Hewlett, Andrew Green and the Zoe Pennington Dancers all introduced by Mel Mellers. Tickets are obtainable directly form the box office 01323 412000 or This is a rare opportunity of seeing such a galaxy of stars of magic and variety under one roof. 26.9.15


John Carey lecture: London Society of Magicians, Davenport's Magic, London. Daniel Young writes: London Society of Magicians are proud to host a lecture by none other than John Carey. For those who don't know in the past 5 years, John Carey has become internationally respected for his streamlined creative card and close-up magic. With 6 RSVP Magic DVDs to his name and his book Crafted with Carey to his name, John is in constant demand for his lectures and workshops both home and abroad. John's lecture will feature several powerful, practical and doable card and coin routines, all streamlined with an audience in mind! The lecture will be held at Davenport's Magic Studio in Charing Cross on Tuesday October 13th. Doors open 6.30pm, and the lecture starts at 7pm. Price is £12 for non-members (members free). 26.9.15


Chris Wood lecture, The Pentacle Club, Cambridge. Alan Maskell writes: Chris Wood will be lecturing at The Pentacle Club, Cambridge, on Tuesday 29th September and visiting magicians are welcome. Doors open at 7.45pm. Chris appears in, produces and plays host to a regular monthly show featuring close-up magic at The Magic Circle and at his local theatre venues. The following review from the Bexleyheath Magic Society sums up his lecture: "...the wording on his website is 'Magic with Charm' and that is exactly what this evening's event proved to be. No hype, no dealer dem, and no needless fillers. It was simply a master-class in presentation and misdirection." The Pentacle Club meet at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map). There is a £10 charge to non-members. 26.9.15


Sean Goodman Secrets Lecture - Bolton Magicians Club and Forth Valley Magic Circle dates. Sean Goodman has been a professional magician for over 20 years and specialises in close-up magic particularly for weddings, corporate events and private parties. Last year Sean performed at 50 weddings across East Anglia. "Secrets" is a lecture which is full of practical, workable material that Sean uses himself in his professional repertoire - emphasis is placed on solid routining rather than knuckle-busting sleights. There will be something for the pro and amateur alike, with loads of close-up material, some stand-up mentalism and applications for Sean’s Secret Servante (including the Jumbo version which will be available at the lecture). A particular highlight will be his section on wedding magic, with an emphasis on getting more wedding bookings.


Bolton Magicians Club at 8.30pm on Wednesday 30th 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.

Forth Valley Magic Circle at 7.30pm on Monday 5th October at the Station Hotel, Larbert. Visiting magicians are welcome - £5 at the door. For further information please visit or contact Ian Black


Leamington & Warwick Magic Society Dinner. Mark Traversoni writes: The Leamington & Warwick Magic Society dinner takes place on Friday November 13th and features the brilliant Martin Daniels and Tony Rix. To be held at Honiley Court, near Warwick. Four course meal and table magic. Tickets £35 - junior members £25. For ticket reservations call Mick 07930 404346. 26.9.15


John Carey Nottingham Guild of Magicians lecture. Dean Grimshaw writes: John Carey will be joining us at The Nottingham Guild of Magicians HQ on Thursday October 1st lecturing on a wide range of very practical, powerful and doable close-up card and coin material from his book, Crafted with Carey. All magicians welcome, with an on the door charge of £10. Visiting magicians must have evidence of membership to a magical society or be vouched for and signed in by a current member. Address is: Pond Hills Lane Community Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR (Map) 26.9.15


Winchester Magical Society remembers "Alan Shaxon - The Sophisticated Sorcerer".  Bob Yelland writes: On Thursday 1st October at 8pm, Steve Short and Scott Penrose will present the life and magic of one of magic's most respected performers. Steve will relay details from Alan's life, influences, and performances illustrated with photographs and video. From how Alan became interested in magic through to his friendship with Robert Harbin. Scott will then present and explain a number of Alan's signature effects, including the classic aerial fishing, die-box and rabbit production, 'Confabulation' and more. Visitors admitted for just £10. Please note our new venue at Weeke Community Centre, Taplings Road, Winchester SO22 6HG (Map). 26.9.15


Northern Magic Circle - Inter-Society Close-up Competition. Rob Temple writes: At next year's Northern Magic Circle Convention (9th-10th April, Harrogate), there will be an Inter-Society Close-up Competition. Any magical society in the North of England is welcome to submit the winner of their own close-up magic competition to enter. The winner will receive a trophy for themselves and another for their society. If your magic society would like to enter a competitor for the competition, please contact Rob J. Temple via email: 26.9.15


A Night with Kevin Burke at The Nottingham Guild of Magicians. Dean Grimshaw writes: The Nottingham Guild of Magicians is proud to present A Night with Kevin Burke on Thursday October 15th. Kevin, a member of The Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians, has been performing for over 30 years throughout the country for clients such as: BBC, Warwick Castle, Nottingham Racecourse, Lloyds TSB and many more. He is bringing his energetic and truly wonderful act to the Charde for one night only. Tickets are £12.50 per person and include a buffet dinner. Please contact Dawn May on 01159 304 892 or message us on Facebook to book. Alternatively visit our website Everybody is welcome: The Charde Oriental, 97 Melton Road, Tollerton, Nottingham NG12 4EN (Map). 26.9.15


Chris Cross: Straight Outta Newcastle. Newcastle's Chris Cross was gigging in Ireland last week at DJ Yella's Gig Backstage. Yella was one of the five members of NWA, alongside Superstars: Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E & MC Ren. The current hit Movie ''Straight Outta Compton'' is all about the five of them. Rather topical. He gave Newcastle's Favourite Magician some Compton Love - From the Westside of California to the West End of Newcastle! He loved Chris's tricks. YouTube. 26.9.15


Northamptonshire Magicians Club proudly present A Golden Gala of Magic in aid of Cynthia Spencer Hospice on Friday 2nd October at 7.45pm at the Royal Theatre, Northampton. Tickets £16, Box office 01604 624811. Six Magicians will be performing on stage with others performing close-up magic in the foyer. This show is being held in memory of John Goldsborough who sadly passed away last year, who was a Committee member of NMC. David Miller, President. 26.9.15


Paul Rae awarded Jocky Scott Trophy for Entertainment by members of the Aberdeen Magical Society. The trophy was presented by president Garry Seagraves after a close competition on Tuesday, September 22nd. To fight off tough competition from four other local magicians, Paul performed a unique routine in which he predicted the outcome of a superheroic battle to pick up the trophy, which is awarded for pure entertainment value. Paul said: “I am almost speechless. I really never expected to win. I have been playing about with this idea for a while as I wanted to create something that was interactive and fun with lots of laughs.”

The Jocky Scott Trophy for Entertainment, named after a popular former member of the society, is one of three annual competitions held by Aberdeen Magical Society, and was first awarded in 1985. Judged by a panel of magicians and invited members of the public, the award is given to the competitor who – simply – is the most entertaining. Aberdeen Magical Society was founded in 1926, and is one of the most active magical societies in the country. With a membership ranging from full time professionals to amateur hobbyists, all those with a genuine interest in magic are welcome to join. Providing a warm and welcoming environment for magicians in the north east of Scotland, Aberdeen Magical Society is dedicated to developing the art of magic. In 2016, the society will celebrate its 90th anniversary. For more information, visit or


United Kingdom Escape Artists. Stuart Burrell writes: Following on from last week, the United Kingdom Escape Artists group has now completed its consultation and approved the changes to its Code of Ethics. This will come into effect at midday on Saturday the 26th of September 2015. The United Kingdom Escape Artists group is a UK based society with a remit to promote escapology and takes that position seriously. Membership runs from April each year and application for new membership is welcome at any time. Applications can be made via 26.9.15


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