Number 801 - 31st October 2015


Dynamo awarded the David Berglas International Magic Award 2015. Last night, the Foundation for Promoting the Art of Magic awarded the International Magic Award to Dynamo, seen here receiving the award from David Berglas. Dynamo received the award at a packed Hammersmith Apollo where he is currently starring in his live show 'Seeing is Believing' as part of its UK tour. Dynamo told MagicWeek, "David Berglas is a living legend in the world of magic. Receiving this award, which has been presented to some of the greatest names in magic worldwide is just amazing. I'm honoured and humbled." The prestigious award was conceived by David Berglas and has been presented annually since 2007. Previous recipients include David Copperfield, Derren Brown and Uri Geller.

Photo credit: James Freedman.

"Magician Dynamo talks fast cars, being from Yorkshire and his dog ahead of Nottingham tour date" Click Here.

"Tim Minchin and Dynamo in first Old Vic variety show" Click Here.

Dynamo Live. Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, is reviewed by Marc Spelmann this week, Click Here. 31.10.15


Blackpool Magic Festival have just released some of the exciting magic names booked for the Festival which takes place on 19th, 20th, 21st February, 2016. Here's the first wave: Jeff McBride, Larry Hass, Eugene Burger, Omar Pasha, Victor Voitko, Paul Wilson, Shin Lim, Pat Fallon, Guy Barrett, Norman Barrett, George Kovari, Christian Farla, Jay Sankey, Danny Hunt's Amethyst, Will Houston, John Martin, Ian Rowland, Mark Mason, Gerald Le Guilloux, The Magic Eagles, Vladimir Volkoff, Hector Mancha, Igor Trifunov, Donimo, Gwenaelle, Pierric, Otto Wessely, Duo Monastyrsky, The Jindinis, Ken Dodd and Dave Bonsall, with more to follow. All VIP registrations have now been sold. Gold Card registrations are still available, but selling very quickly so hurry! It's going to be another amazing three days of jam-packed magic! For full registration details visit 31.10.15


Piff the Magic Dragon to open at The Flamingo, Las Vegas, on November 9th. Fresh from his success on 'America’s Got Talent' and following record-breaking ticket sales throughout North America on his first US tour, Piff the Magic Dragon will finally be debuting his long awaited one-hour solo show on the Las Vegas Strip. Piff and Mr. Piffles, the World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua, will perform a selection of their greatest hits from a repertoire that stretches over six previous critically acclaimed solo shows, with each routine featuring their signature approach to conjuring that puts a new twist on the traditional magic show. But that’s not all! Celebrate the holidays with Piff’s Piffmas Piff-Tacular, which will run Monday, December 21st through Wednesday, December 30th, giving Piff a chance to take a break from the road and spread festive joy and good cheer like a particularly irritating rash. All shows begin at 8pm inside the Bugsy’s Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas.

With more than 30 million views online, Piff the Magic Dragon became the breakout star of the 10th season of NBC’s 'America’s Got Talent,' gaining more than 250,000 new followers on social media. Howard Stern and Howie Mandel were huge fans and singled Piff out as one of the funniest and most unique acts in the history of the show. America agreed and voted Piff into the finals. The Piff the Magic Dragon Solo Show and Piff’s Piffmas Piff-Tacular will be performed Monday through Wednesday at 8pm inside Bugsy’s Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas. Tickets are $49.95 plus tax and fees for general admission, $59.95 plus tax and fees for VIP, $69.95 plus tax and fees for Circle of Trust and $100 plus tax and fees for a special backstage meet and greet. Guests must be 18 years or older. All dates for The Piff the Magic Dragon Solo Show at Flamingo Las Vegas, as well as details of his current US tour and tickets can be found at


"Piff the Magic Dragon, Mr. Piffles to headline at Flamingo" Click Here.

"The Kats Report: Piff the Magic Dragon is ready to set the Strip on fire at Flamingo" Click Here.

"Comedy-magic's dragon finds weekly cave on the Strip" Click Here.

"NJPAC Presents Piff The Magic Dragon" Click Here. 31.10.15


Impossible to embark on major UK theatre tour in 2016. From the producers: It has just been announced that Impossible, the most dangerous show the West End has ever seen, will arrive at the Mayflower Theatre in spring 2016 before embarking on its inaugural UK tour, visiting Liverpool, Birmingham, Sunderland, Stoke, Edinburgh and Manchester. The show features the world's greatest illusionists live on stage in a magic spectacular that will thrill and amaze audiences of all ages. Tickets to go on general sale on Friday 6th November 2015. Fusing death-defying stunts, technological trickery, grand stage illusions and close-up magic in a fast-paced breath-taking performance, Impossible reinvents the biggest illusions in history in the greatest magic show on earth.

Lloyd Wood (Director): “The Impossible team are embarking on an extraordinarily exciting journey bringing together masters of their craft from the UK and abroad to demonstrate their exceptional skill, dexterity and fearlessness, presenting original and inventive stage magic. Exploring the feats of the impossible with grand illusion, sleight of hand, daredevil escapology and mind-blowing mentalism we aim to inspire and thrill our audiences from all around the UK whilst taking them on a journey through the light and dark of magic, mysticism and mystery across the ages.”

Jamie Hendry (Producer): “I am thrilled that after the phenomenal reception audiences of all ages gave Impossible in London’s West End, we will be touring the show around the UK featuring bigger illusions and spectacles than ever seen in the show before. I’m delighted to see so many magic shows open since Impossible launched last year proving the magic really is back!” For more info visit


Jamie Raven was the special guest on Loose Women on Friday morning, talking about his upcoming appearance on The Illusionists, and his summer tour. Available on ITV Player for the next 6 days: Click Here. 31.10.15


Juan Luis Rubiales UK lecture tour dates confirmed. Steve Gore writes: Juan Luis Rubiales is coming to lecture in the UK for the first time. This is a real treat! Juan Luis is a great magician specialising in close-up magic with coins, cards, knives etc... He is a member of the Madrid Magic School (EMM), Jornadas Cartomágicas del Escorial attendant and a direct student of Juan Tamariz and León Camacho. Awards include: First Spanish Close-Up Magic National Award in 2005 and First Magic Valongo Portugal Award in 2006. He has a new DVD set out. This is a rare opportunity to see him live! "Juan Luis Rubiales is one of today’s most creative and original magicians. He has an authentic and unique style. Like his magic, authentic and genuine; a real marvel. Thank you Juanlu for what you are doing." Juan Tamariz.

Tour dates:
02/11/2015 The Magic Circle (members only)
04/11/2015 Cotswold Magical Society
05/11/2015 Sheffield Circle of Magicians
06/11/2015 Bradford Magic Circle
09/11/2015 Newcastle Magic Circle
10/11/2015 Blackpool Magicians Club
11/11/2015 Shropshire Magical Society
12/11/2015 Hull Magicians circle
16/11/2015 Manchester Circle of Magicians
17/11/2015 British Magical Society
19/11/2015 Nottingham Guild of Magicians


The Young Magicians Club is a youth initiative of The Magic Circle. Last Sunday they held their annual 'J-Day' one day convention with 90 young magicians in attendance. Crammed into a full day were two lectures, one by Dave Loosley and one by Andi Gladwin, a star interview with Scott Penrose conducted by Richard Young, a close-up competition, a stage competition, a dealers hall, the YMC Awards Ceremony and a Gala Show which featured Ben Hart as compere introducing Andi Gladwin, Steve Hewlett, Scott Penrose with his special guest Megan Knowles Bacon, Jamie Raven and Duncan Trillo. The awards were won by the following: The Pete McCahon Award for originality was awarded to Theo Mellor, the Kaymar Komedy Kup went to Fletcher Ransberry and the Fox Magic Technical Ability award was won by Callum McClure. The Mark Leveridge Close-Up Cup was won by Amos Wollen with Joshua Hennes in second place and Stephen Friend in third. The Alakazam Home Counties Shield for Stage Magic was won by Callum McClure with Theo Mellor second and Fletcher Ransberry third. The Marvin Berglas Rising Star Award was presented to Jamie Raven and finally the YMC Member of the Year cup was awarded to Fletcher Ransberry. Photo, l to r: Magic Circle President Scott Penrose, Fletcher Ransberry, YMC Chairman Kevin Doig. 31.10.15


Andy Nyman stars in the new West End play 'Hangmen'. Andy replaces Reece Shearsmith in Martin McDonagh’s highly acclaimed play, when it transfers from the Royal Court to the Wyndham’s Theatre where it will run from December 1st to March 5th. He stars alongside David Morrissey and Johnny Flynn, who both starred in the play’s original run. In interview Andy said "I am absolutely delighted. It's a truly brilliant play, right up my street - very funny and very dark. I can't wait to do it". For more info and to book visit: Tickets are available here 31.10.15


Christmas Close-up Magic at The Magic Circle - London. Friday 18th December. 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 £24.50 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. 31.10.15


Richard Wiseman is on the cover of Magic Magazine this month, complete with extra sensory bear by the looks of it. Richard's just uploaded a new Quirkology video 'The Impossible Pink Cards' YouTube that caught me out and made me chuckle, and will be speaking at The Session in January. 31.10.15


Eran Blizovsky - Math Magic and Beyond lecture. Eran Blizovsky is offering his "Math Magic and Beyond" lecture to magic clubs and organisations worldwide and is now listed on our Lecturers page. Eran Blizovsky has been a professional magician for over 30 years, performing for adults and children at both corporate and private parties. A certified CPA with a BA in Business Management and Accounting, Eran has served for the last 20 years as the CFO and CMO in an international trade company. Visit the Lecturers page for more information and to make booking enquiries. 31.10.15


The Slammer Halloween Special. "It's all gone very spooky in a Halloween special as the Governor hatches a cunning plan to try and scare Mr Burgess. Performing on The Freedom Show are goth pop band Betty Curse, Penrose the Magician, Dr Bunhead and the Skeleton Crew." See TV Magic. 31.10.15


Chris and Belinda North's Victorian extravaganza: A Night of Mystery. A Night of Mystery - An Extraordinary Performance of Amazing Magic and Unusual Phenomena will be appearing at the Fisher Theatre, Broad Street, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1EE (Map) next Saturday the 7th November at 7.30pm. This show features their own unique presentation of the Spirit Cabinet and is receiving great reviews: "Just a note to thank you for a really memorable night of magic and mystery. Your professionalism and all round entertainment value led to a truly great night. We have had many comments from the audience saying how much they enjoyed themselves and how different and 'original' the show was". Tickets available online at 31.10.15


An Evening of Deception, Cheltenham, Sunday night. From the organisers: The magic is back in the 'house! Cheltenham’s fabulous magic night, An Evening of Deception, is back at the Cheltenham Playhouse this Sunday night, November 1st. It promises to be another night of magic and comedy with Mark Shortland and Alan Hudson on the bill. Mark is a truly international magic star performing everywhere from the Magic Castle in Hollywood to casinos in Las Vegas and beyond. His magic is unique - a mixture of illusion and visual gags that the edge of your seat was made for! Mark has won multiple awards and was most recently honoured by The Magic Circle for his comedy magic. Alan appeared at An Evening of Deception a few years ago but only for a couple of shows so we're excited to bring him back for everyone to see! He'll be showing off his stunning sleight of hand trickery as he misdirects you with his razor sharp wit! He's recently been awarded Associate of The Inner Magic Circle and is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival with his own show. Compered by Steve Knibbs, tickets are on sale now 31.10.15


Kieran Johnson Bexley Magic Society lecture. Roy Marsh writes: A Date for your Diary - the Bexley Magic Society is hosting the one and only Kieran Johnson on Wednesday 4th November. About 80% of Kieran’s material will have never been lectured before - so see it first at the Bexley Magic Society. Kieron arrived on the Magic scene with a bang, in the form of his 'To The Max' DVD, an effect which leaves the spectator with a block of ice in their hand and a true sense of astonishment. Since then Kieron has unleashed his highly acclaimed 'Chaotic' DVD and the ultimate finale to any impossible card location effect in 'Remaxed Iceolation', where the spectator's signed card is encased in a block of ice. Expect something unique and entertainingly outrageous! We can be found at Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JP (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. It's only £10 for visiting magicians - and 25p for tea and a biscuit! How can you possibly pass this over? Hope to see many of you there. 31.10.15


Perth Magic Circle Dinner & Cabaret. Adrian Harris writes: Following the successful Table Top Sale last week, the Perth Magic Circle is having a Dinner & Cabaret next Saturday, 7th November at The Grampian Hotel at 7.30pm. Following a three course dinner the cabaret will be compèred by Alex Proctor and will feature Dave Andrews from London, who will perform both his manipulation act plus his vent act. Top of the Bill is Michael Diamond and Jade presenting their illusion act and this will be their first appearance in Scotland with this act... another scoop for The Perth club. Tickets have sold well and there are now less than 10 still available. We are strictly limiting the numbers so that everyone is able to see what is a great line-up, in comfort. The Grampian Hotel is a privately owned, family run hotel, renowned for its fine quality fare and warm welcome for all their guests. For more information email 31.10.15


Magic & Comedy Nic & Leon - London. Nic Picot and Leon Thomson present an entertaining evening of illusion, mind reading and a chance to win millions of pounds! 7.30pm on Saturday 31st October. Box Office: 020 8340 3488. Tickets £15 (£12 concessions). Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London N6 4BD (Map). Leon is a young and up and coming member of The Magic Circle. Leon created and performed his own illusion at a table tennis club in Barnet, where to the absolute astonishment of the onlookers he walked through a locked glass door. The live footage subsequently went viral on YouTube bringing Leon praise from high profile magicians, his school and viewers of the illusion across the world. Leon's talents range from exciting street magic to variety performances to audiences of up to 3,000 people. Nic Picot has been performing magic since he was eleven years old and joined The Magic Circle on graduating from Exeter University. From the 1980's Nic performed professionally working all over the UK and overseas including Bahrain, Dubai, Oman, Thailand, Miami and The Magic Castle with Billy McComb. Nic has entertained at The Magic Circle in London where he has also lectured several times. 31.10.15


Zodiac Magical Society. On Wednesday October 28th, the Zodiac Magical Society held its bi-annual Francis Haxton Card Magic Competition. Pictured is special guest magical judge Martin Cox (left), handing the trophy over to winner AJ Green. Second place was awarded to Russell Levinson. 31.10.15


Bexley Magic Society Close-up Competition. Roy Marsh writes: On Wednesday 21st October, Bexley Magic Society held their annual close-up competition for the Marvello Cup. There were four entrants this year: Gary Jones, Kevin Goodwin, Adrian Sels and Steve White. Each of them had to perform a set of not less than 5 minutes and not more than 10 minutes or face disqualification. After an entertaining hour the eventual winner was Steve White (pictured right, receiving the trophy from club President Chris Latham) Congratulations Steve and commiserations to the other contestants. 31.10.15


Paul Ormonde Magic Show - Northern Ireland. From the organisers: 'Remember, remember the fifth of November!' This will certainly be a date to remember. On Thursday 5th November the sky above Loughbrickland will be set alight with magic. As part of the college's 20th anniversary celebrations the Drama Department of New-Bridge Integrated College has invited Northern Ireland’s popular magician, Paul Ormonde, to perform his magic show in the school's assembly hall. Paul Ormonde is a member of The Magic Circle, London. Tickets are available from the College reception. Adults £3.00 Children £1.50. This will be an evening of mystery, fun and illusion as Paul and his assistant, Perri, present a mixture of the classics of magic, including sawing a lady in three! 31.10.15


Peter D'Arcy. July 1927 - 29th September 2015. Quentin Reynolds writes: The funeral of the late Peter D'Arcy (Peter John Syrett, July 1927 - 29th September 2015) took place on Friday, 23rd October in Leathehead.


I first encountered him through his book Children's Parties a Speciality, published by Goodliffe. Two complete one-hour themed shows were detailed, one about the house of The Little Crooked Man, and the other a box of large children's building blocks which contained tricks. At the end of the show the bricks were reassembled to from a castle. The portcullis was raised to reveal a live rabbit. Much to the chagrin of my mother, I took over part of the kitchen table for a couple of months as I made up this show.

Peter was a regular at the British Ring conventions for many years, often helping as a steward and went on many of the Repro cruises. Five years ago, after his partner John died, Peter moved to a retirement home in Chorley Wood. Besides being a Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle, Peter was a top Toastmaster and active member of the Concert Artists Association.


Run, Rabbit, Run - Rights! James Griffin writes: "When I first started out in magic, I used the tin version of Run Rabbit Run for about 10 years or so. I then decided to make a larger version in wood as I was working larger audiences, plus I added two extra features. I have been using this version now for many years with great success. I have made enquiries to the rights about who owns the rights to the prop - but with no luck. Not wishing to step on anybody's toes, if anyone out there can help with any information relating to the manufacturing rights, or who I should contact, please get in touch. Thank you. Jimmy. telephone 01858 468277." 31.10.15


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