Number 799 - 17th October 2015


Sold out dates and standing ovations... Everyone loves a success story and Dynamo's tale is just that. I zipped up to Manchester last week with Russ Stevens and Jamie Raven to see Dynamo Live at the 2,700 seat O2 Apollo. Dynamo covered all genres of magic, from intricate sleight of hand (projected on the big screen), to full-blown illusion, in an original production that really allowed the audience to get to know the magician that has been captivating them for years, via his hugely successful TV series, Dynamo: Magician Impossible. That's really what made the show and Dynamo stand out from typical large-scale type magic productions; the fact that we really got to know the performer. Here was the heart warming real-life story of a school boy who dreamt of becoming a magician, and did (and then some!). Dynamo and his production team rose to the challenge, that must have initially faced them, of "how to present 'TV street magic' on stage without it all turning into glitz?" and they got it just right. Do see this show. Dynamo is on tour until March 2016. See What's On or for dates. DT.

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Dynamo: Magician Impossible is currently being repeated on 'Dave' - see TV Magic. 17.10.15


The Magic Circle Awards Ceremony, Saturday 10th October 2015.


The Devant Award for International Magic: Johnny Thompson MIMC. Awarded to those who have made a significant contribution in advancing the art of magic or who have given outstanding service to magic internationally. The trophy is a miniature bust of David Devant, the first President of The Magic Circle. The original life size bronze is on permanent display in the Headquarters.

The Maskelyne Award for services to British Magic: Marvin Berglas MIMC. Awarded for services to British magic. The trophy is a sculpted head of John Nevil Maskelyne, founding father of a magical dynasty which presented magic in London for an amazing 60 years.

Carlton Award for Comedy: Paul Zenon MIMC. Given to a performer for outstanding comedy in magic. The award is a framed portrait of Carlton, ‘The Human Hairpin’, who was Britain’s leading comedy magician in the early part of the last century.

John Nevil Maskelyne Prize For Contributions to Magic Literature: Ian Adair MIMC. For noteworthy contributions by a member or non member of The Magic Circle to the art or literature of magic.

Silver Wands awarded for service to The Magic Circle were awarded to Peter Pinner MIMC and Don Robertson MIMC. The Silver Wand, engraved with the recipient’s name, is given for outstanding services to the Society.

The Cecil Lyle Award for best trick published in The Magic Circular: James Ward MMC. Given to the author of the best trick published in The Magic Circular during the past year.

Called by the President of The Magic Circle, Scott Penrose MIMC to membership of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star: Jamie Raven MIMC.

The evening took place at The Magic Circle in London where guests also enjoyed a stage show featuring Richard Pinner, Rajan, John Lenahan and Marc Paul. Photo: President of The Magic Circle, Scott Penrose MIMC, left, presenting the Maskelyne Award for services to British Magic to Marvin Berglas MIMC. Marvin’s father, past president David Berglas MIMC, also won the award, some 20 years earlier. It was a fun night. For Magic Circle membership details visit


Early Dobson + Stand-Up Dobson DVD bundle for just £10! Michael Sullivan writes: You must remember Black Friday? Well, here at DTRIK we are having a purple weekend! On Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can buy both of Wayne Dobson's new DVDs for just £10! That is 'Early Dobson' + 'Stand-Up Dobson' for just £10 – normal retail £30! It's a no-brainer - visit 17.10.15


Magicians wanted to work for The Illusionists Merchandise Store for its London run. Interested parties must be available to work for the entire period: November 14th 2015 to January 3rd 2016. Contact Christopher Wayne for details: 17.10.15


Andi Gladwin lectures for the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 19th October at 8pm: "Andi Gladwin is cofounder of Vanishing Inc. Magic, and is a professional British close-up magician, lecturer, publisher and performer. He has appeared on television numerous times, has lectured for magicians throughout the UK, US and Europe and written / published several books on magic (especially on card magic). Andi is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle and his TV engagements include performances on BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4 and The Young Magician's Showcase; a television special where he was picked by Las Vegas illusionist Lance Burton as one of the best young magicians in the world. Gladwin was the only non-American magician on the show. For full details visit (visitors £5). Mike Hinde. 17.10.15


Bradford Magic Circle Close Up Competition. Darren Mac won the Bradford Magic Circle Close-Up Competition last week. The competition was held in a table hopping format with each of the six entrants performing across three tables. The competition was judged by every spectator and the standard was high. Darren will receive his award, previously won by Steve Gore, Ali Cook and Stephen Frayne amongst others at The BMC Annual Dinner in November. 17.10.15


Brian Watson Derby Magic Circle lecture. Paul Sharp writes: Brian Watson will be lecturing for the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 28th October, at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby DE21 5LF (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm, ready to start at 8pm. Brian is a South Yorkshire based professional performer and lecturer who is at the top of his game. His lecture promises to be thoroughly entertaining and mystifying; and Brian will demonstrate his mastery of the Cups and Balls. Brian is an excellent teacher and goes to great lengths to ensure that all fully understand the subtle nuances of some of his moves. His lecture will also include skilful card magic and some stunning mentalism. All of which will be fully explained in his excellent lecture notes. Some of his items have received endorsement from Jeff McBride. A unique lecture, not to be missed! Past members and visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby. There is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Please contact our secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. For more information about our programme for the remainder of the year please visit 17.10.15


Mel Moore Memorial lecture, Bristol. Chris Payne writes: Will Houstoun will give a special lecture at 7.45pm on Thursday 29th October at the Bristol Society of Magic. The event is in honour of Mel Moore, a member for over 45 years, Past President and key organiser of the popular Bristol Day of Magic. Mel loved all aspects of magic and would have highly appreciated Will’s wide ranging lecture. Winner of The Magic Circle Close up trophy, Will presents some extraordinary magic with full explanation, some powerful theory and intriguing links to the history of magic. The evening is open to members of all neighbouring magic societies to attend without charge, thanks to generous sponsorship from Mel’s widow Lynn. If you would like to come please register with Paul Preager 17.10.15


Merlins of Wakefield held their annual Magic competition at the shop last week. They would like to thank all the competitors and spectators for attending. 3rd Place went to Craig Roe, 2nd to Magic Theo and 1st place to Kev Mark (pictured). The next event at the shop is on Wednesday 11th November, entitled ‘Mark Lee’s Magic Collection’. Mark has been collecting magic for over 30 years and will be showing some of his rare and unusual collection. Entry is £7.50 and is by pre-booking only, either online or by calling Merlins on 01924 339933. With Halloween fast approaching, their effect Alchemy is ideal for creating a mysterious atmosphere at any Halloween party! . 17.10.15


Zane's Magic Shop have just added a number of new imports from the US to their online shop; so in stock and ready to go in time for those upcoming Christmas bookings! 17.10.15


Magic Brother and Sister award winning performance. Jacob Allen (7) and sister Ruby (8) from Houghton Regis, have just returned from winning the Park Resorts Big Talent competition at Cooper's Beach Holiday Park in Colchester last weekend. The brother and sister duo performed in the competition final after winning their talent show heats whilst on holiday in July. The two wowed the audience with magic and illusions, and performed a range of effects including metamorphosis. They will now go to Skegness in November to perform in another round of heats against over 40 other winners, with a chance to then perform in the Grand Final to be crowned the Park Resort National Talent show winner 2015. Mum, Dad (Dave Allen AIMC), two big sisters and all the family couldn’t be prouder of them! 17.10.15


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) are holding a Jumbo Magic Auction on Tuesday 27th October at The Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map) at 7.30pm prompt, but with viewing from 6.30pm. Lot numbers are now available so if you need one please contact Secretary Mike Sharples on 0161 287 7865 or 07748 833666 Details are on Door charge £3 for non-members. Do come along as you may find very thing you are looking for. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 17.10.15


Enterteasement: Comedy Magic Burlesque - Glasgow, Saturday, November 14th at 8pm. "Legendary Dutch magician, Fritz with a Z, will be joining Enterteasement to perform his madcap magic on their comedy magic burlesque show. Tickets £14 via Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 17.10.15


Perth Magic Circle Table Top Sale and Mini Auction. Adrian Harris writes: This is the last call for all Scottish Magicians (and all others elsewhere!) to attend the annual Table Top Sale and Mini Auction this Wednesday 21st October in the Perth & District Ex-Servicemen's Club commencing at 7.30pm. This event is very popular because there is always lots of banter, plus there are always bargains to be had. Whether you are into close up, comedy or stage magic there is sure to be something for you. In the past, there has been a good selection of books and DVDs plus tricks and props which are now considered 'collectable'. There are still a few tables available if you want to sell your unwanted or surplus magic, but these must be booked in advance. Admission at the door for visiting magicians is £3.00 which also includes a free raffle ticket for a great prize! Last year we had visitors from South Wales and Lancashire and we hope to repeat the success this time. For more information email 17.10.15


Magic & Mirth - London. London's monthly stand-up comedy and magic night! An evening of stand up comedy and live stage magic featuring Christian Lee, Siegffried Loew-Walker, Andy Clockwise and Dee Riley. Doors 7.30pm, show 8pm on Thursday 22nd October at The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, Kings Cross, London. £10 per ticket. Telephone 07849 603484. 17.10.15


The Magic Show Story is being repeated on Thursday 29th October on ITV. In this one-off special, presenter and magician Stephen Mulhern goes on a journey through sixty years of trickery, as he celebrates the mind-blowing, jaw-dropping story of magic on television. Stephen recalls the moments of magic that grabbed the headlines - from Dynamo levitating above the Shard, David Blaine being encased in a block of ice, Paul Daniels’ faking his own death on air to David Copperfield’s Flying illusion. Along the way Stephen meets some of his magic heroes - from Paul Daniels to Penn and Teller - and recreates some of the popular tricks that made TV history - including sawing Anita Harris, David Nixon’s glamorous assistant, in half. Stephen hears how the likes of Nixon and Tommy Cooper first brought magic to the masses in the early days of television. He looks at the influence of ground-breaking American stars like David Copperfield and finds out how magic went from men in tuxedos pulling rabbits out of a hat, to a new generation of hip, young street magicians, like Dynamo and David Blaine. The documentary features interviews with stars of TV magic past and present including Darcy Oake, Dynamo, Paul Daniels, Anita Harris, Penn and Teller, Geoffrey ‘The Great Soprendo’ Durham and Ben Hanlin, as Stephen reveals how magic has continually reached new heights on our TV screens. See TV Magic. 17.10.15


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