Number 800 - 24th October 2015


Gabi Pareras to appear at The Session in January. Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay write to say that the Spanish card magic legend Gabi Pareras has been added to The Session (Heathrow, January 2015) line up: "The word 'master' is thrown around a lot in magic, but we reserve that title for the select few magicians on Earth who truly embody excellence with sleight of hand, and have pioneered their own style. A full-time magician and magic instructor in Spain, Gabi has created his own philosophy of magic that governs every move he makes. His style is relaxed, fluid, and elegant, and his tricks are, well, simply astonishing. This will be his first appearance in the UK. Do not miss the chance to see this astounding living legend." 24.10.15


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day is on today, in London. Magic Circle Dealers' Day: Saturday 24th October from 10am to 5pm. £5 entry (or free for Magic Circle members). Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, Russell Square, London WC1H 0DG (Map). Also, at 4.30pm, Wayne Fox will present a lecture and workshop in the Alexandra Suite (£10 entry for members or non-members). 24.10.15


The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible. Congratulations to MagicWeek reader Mark Watson - winner of the MagicWeek theatre ticket competition that we featured back in issue 790. The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible runs at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, from 14th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016. For more information and to book tickets visit or call 020 7379 5399. "The Illusionists is a fast-paced and wildly entertaining show, featuring seven of the world's greatest magicians. Full of hilarious magic tricks and death-defying stunts, The Illusionists is set to mesmerise audiences of all ages." "A high-tech magic extravaganza" The New York Times. 24.10.15


Cabaret Boom Boom, Barnsley: "The most exciting and eccentric live variety night in Barnsley! Topping the bill is the exceptionally magnificent ‘Syrovy’, a world renowned street theatre performer with some extraordinary tricks up his sleeves... physical clowning at its best! The stunning supporting cast includes: Rachel Parris, delightfully provocative comic songstress; Harrison Richards (photo), mystifying mind reader and cutting edge magician and Chris Marley, Guinness world record holding international juggler. Hosted by three comical compères, Mr Maynard, Mr Herbert and Mr Lodge. There’s also a fully licensed bar and cabaret style seating. Book your tickets now for a ridiculously funny night out. Saturday 25th October. Recommended for ages 14+. May contain strong language. Full Price £12.50. Concessions £10." For more info and to book visit: 24.10.15


Quick Change 1 & 2 Hot Deal, from Lex Schoppi Magic: Lex Schoppi is a quick change expert. With his costume workshop he works for theatre, opera and show productions. As a coach and consultant he works closely with magicians. With these books you will learn all about costume change, for both male and female performers. Quick Change 1: rapid costume changes for men, plus, Quick Change 2: the making of a quick change act. "An important book filled with unique information on many costume effects. Quick Change is an essential textbook for every stage magician, and I highly recommend it." Jim Steinmeyer. "I have always been fascinated with the art of costume change. This is a very comprehensive exploration on the subject. The incredible genius performances of Arturo Brachetti has shown us all what heights can be reached, how inspiring and magical the art form can be. Any serious student will want this book." Kevin James. "This book fills a gap in the knowledge of the magic art. Certainly the book to answer all your quick change questions and a great collector's piece." Peter Marvey. For more info visit: 24.10.15


John O'Riordan Lectures at The Magic Triangle, Colchester, on Sunday 8th November at 7.30pm at Straws, Osborne Street, Colchester CO2 7DA (Map). Non members entrance fee just £5.00. Keith Norman, Chair of The Magic Triangle writes, "John is a proud member of The Magic Circle with Silver Star, also a committee member of the Mid Essex Magical Society with specific responsibilities for facilitating The Young Members Club, feedback nights and arranging and providing internal workshops for the club. John just won, for the 4th time, the annual close-up competition. John's lecture will aim to provide practical effects for close-up magicians. The aim is that the effects can easily be used in the commercial environment and can be added to the repertoire of those who attend. John has lectured for The Triangle before and is back by popular demand!" 24.10.15


Halloween Fun in Bury. Mentalist/Magician Anthony Quenten from the MCM, along with TV paranormal presenter Steve Mera, will be entertaining guests at the Mind & Body Centre (Zen Lounge), 52 Bolton Road, Bury BL9 0LL (Map) for Halloween on October 31st (doors 6.30pm) in an informal and intimate setting. For further information phone 0161 764 1440. Tickets £15. Advanced booking only. 24.10.15


The Magic Hour, London. "Are you looking for a truly different night out? The Magic Hour is an exclusive magic show in the heart of London. Following 5 star reviews and sell out audiences at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, experience top class close-up magic like never before in an intimate theatrical setting. One of the most talked about things to do in London, this show will leave you stunned and amazed. Performed in the beautifully renovated old lounge of Grand Royale Hyde Park, this show reflects the style and opulence of the Victorian masters of magic. At the turn of the 1900s London was full of tricksters and illusionists - a period known as the 'Golden Age of Magic'. The upper classes experienced dazzling sleight of hand in the comfort of their own homes - and now you can do the same. Come and enjoy the strange and the bizarre, as objects disappear, time stops still, and the spirits write messages from 'the other side'. We guarantee that this will be a night to remember - an evening with a difference that you will talk about to all your friends." October 30th; November 5th, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th; December 4th, 11th, 18th at 8pm. Grand Royale London Hyde Park. 24.10.15


Wallis's Wonders of Great Yarmouth magically doubles in size. Paul Ried writes: Mike Wallis, of Wallis's Wonders in Great Yarmouth's Indoor Market, Regent Road is doubling in size! Mike says "In the first 6 months of opening I've been flabbergasted by the custom and support of local and visiting magicians, and because of stocking different and unusual lines as well as 'WW Exclusives', I am thrilled to be expanding into the neighbouring unit and having alterations to the Wonder Lair to accommodate even more stock!" Mike is often quoted as having no interest in 'online' business, preferring 'real' customer service delivered in the real world, wanting to be the 'best stocked bricks and mortar' establishment any enthusiast or professional could visit. His first six months has proved to be a success and hopes to welcome new and established customers to his 'lair'! The Facebook page is 24.10.15


Street Magic in Shoreditch. Jake Banfield has taken to the streets of London once again to astound unsuspecting members of the public with some incredible magic…! In his latest YouTube video, Jake performs magic on the streets of Shoreditch, shocking passers-by by reading their minds, astounding them with a card trick and making a £5 note float in mid-air... He also tries something slightly crazy with a SmartCar! See YouTube. 24.10.15


Dave Rawson Comedy Hypnotist, November shows. Dave Rawson writes: ! am returning to the UK at the end of October, after a 6 month Summer Season in Ibiza having performed over 150 shows. I have booked two theatre performances in the North for November; on Friday 13th November at The Lyric Theatre, Dinnington, Sheffield and on Saturday 14th November at The Civic Arts Centre, Oswaldtwistle, near Blackburn. In the past I have performed my close-up and stage magic at the IBM and Northern Magic Circle, winning some awards. There will be no magic, but the comedy hypnosis show is magical and suitable for all the family. You can find more details on my website 24.10.15


Coventry Magic Circle Stage Competition. James Cannon writes: Coventry Magic Circle are proud to present their stage competition. This promises to be a wonderful night of magic. In the interval magicians will perform close-up magic to entertain everyone. This would be an ideal evening for families, their children and their friends. Free admission. For everyone interested in magic. The club has a licensed bar. The evening starts at 8pm on Tuesday, 3rd of November. Venue: Bentley Road Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR (Map). 24.10.15


Colin Boardman is the 2015 Magician of Mann. Mike Clague writes: The magic club on the Isle of Mann recently staged a charity magic show for the Rotary Club of Ramsey, and six members performed stage acts. Others taking part were Keith Greenland, John Cain, Michael Daniels, Lexi Watterson and Juan Corrin. Colin, a previous winner of The Magic Circle's Young Magician of the Year competition, was awarded the Arthur Culpin Challenge Cup. 24.10.15 The UK Directory of Children's Entertainers. If you are a children's entertainer then perhaps you should be on From the makers of MagicWeek and launched back in 2004, this site has been generating thousands of direct bookings for its advertisers year after year ever since. The main Application Form and advertising rates are linked via the contact page. 24.10.15


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