Number 804 - 21st November 2015


Derren Brown: Miracle... "I believe!"

Derren Brown has been controlling our minds on a grand scale for around 15 years now, and last Monday evening at the Palace Theatre in the heart of London's West End he once again dazzled and delighted, with his all-new show, 'Derren Brown: Miracle'. What I love about Derren's work is his instant rapport with his audience, the playfulness, the fun. Derren produces such a unique evening's entertainment. He wants to get inside our minds and we let him. Created by Derren Brown, Andy Nyman and Andrew O'Connor and directed by Andy Nyman and Andrew O'Connor, Derren Brown: Miracle is, once again, a masterclass in showmanship and presentation that you just must see. DT.

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"Derren Brown: Miracle" Trailer: YouTube.

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"Derren Brown: Miracle review – a playful, perplexing night of Derren-do" 21.11.15


The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible... "I believe!"

On Thursday evening I took the family to see The Illusionists with a few preconceptions I must admit. I'd read some online reviews, and remember seeing the previous version (albeit with a different cast) when it was televised a few years ago. It all looked a little 'overproduced' for me; too 'hyped'. Well not this time. This was the perfect magic show, starring seven world-class performers, covering all genres of magic with real wit, pace and panache, woven together in a production that was pure fun, from start to finish. From the brilliant, chaotic, antics of David Williamson, to the teeth grinding tension created by escapologist Andrew Basso - every act delivered. We really did love the whole show. The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible was produced by Simon Painter and Tim Lawson and directed by Neil Dorward. As with Derren Brown's Miracle, you really must see this perfect Christmas treat of a magic show! DT.

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The Next Great Magician. Derren Brown’s Vaudeville Productions and Crook Productions have been commissioned by ITV to co-produce a brand new magic competition show, The Next Great Magician (6 x 60’). Crook Productions is part of Andrew O’Connor and ITV Studios’ Cat’s On The Roof Media, and The Next Great Magician is Crook Productions’ first big entertainment commission since the group’s inception earlier this year. The series will feature the world’s best magicians performing their greatest tricks, many of them for the first time ever on television, as they compete to be crowned The Next Great Magician. It will air on ITV next summer.

Each episode will see five magicians perform their most sensational tricks, from close-up and comedy magic through to amazing illusions and incredible escapes, both in front of a studio audience and on location in front of astounded members of the public and celebrities. The magicians will judge each other’s performances, with each week’s highest-voted contestant going through to the final. In the grand live final, the five top magicians will perform even more astonishing new tricks in a battle to win a truly money-can’t-buy prize: their own television special on ITV.

Andrew O’Connor said: “Some of the world’s best magicians are hero-worshipped by their peers but are unknown to wider audiences, having never trusted a TV company to film them before. The Next Great Magician will see them perform their most remarkable tricks on TV and judge each other’s performances in what promises to be a mind-blowing and unmissable magical spectacular!”

Elaine Bedell added: “We're delighted to be bringing The Next Great Magician to our entertainment slate, and to be working with Andrew and Derren who are the best in the business when it comes to magic and illusion production.”

The Next Great Magician is executive produced by Andrew O’Connor, Derren Brown and Matt Crook. It was commissioned by Elaine Bedell, Director of Entertainment & Comedy and Peter Davey, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment for ITV.


Paul Daniels & Debbie McGee: The Intimate Magic Tour. "Our last shows have featured large illusions and we wanted to show the audiences a much more close up and interactive kind of magic. Via Twitter, we asked the public which effects they wanted to see and this show has been decided by them. I promise you this event will both baffle you and make you laugh. It’ll be a party!" Paul Daniels. The Intimate Magic Tour can be seen tonight, Saturday 21st November, at the Evesham Arts Centre, Evesham and on Thursday 26th at Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Southampton 21.11.15


Destiny - it's your choice. The new release by Axel Hecklau: "Does destiny exist? It always ends the other way. This is a 'law of nature'. With Destiny - It's your choice you tackle this topic in a funny, astonishing and surprising way, in your parlour or stage show. A Destiny Card is freely chosen and drawn on a piece of paper. The spectator shuffles his card into the deck. Then he throws half of the cards into the air, several times, until just one card is left... but is this the Destiny Card? Life is full of surprises - and at the end of this routine there's a big surprise. Watch the video trailer on to see what's happening. This is the first routine by Axel Hecklau that comes as a DVD and as a Digital Download. Packs small - plays big! Fully detailed explanation. English/German. Download €23.80 or DVD+Download €29.75." Available exclusively from 21.11.15


The Twins Macabre: Circus of Freaks. A dark character comedy with vaudevillian theatrics! The world's most infamous 10-year-old psychic siblings, Maurice and Ivy Macabre present their modern day freakshow, featuring a whole array of new dark and twisted characters and songs. This show will kill you... literally. As seen on BBC3's Live at the Electric, BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama and the Rocky Horror sequel 'Shock Treatment'. "They make you laugh even when your skin crawls" - The List. Saturday 21st November at 8.45pm. Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St Georges Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR (Map). Tickets: Click Here. 21.11.15


'Alan Shaxon - the Sophisticated Sorcerer' lecture. Paul Sharp writes: Scott Penrose and Steve Short will be presenting their 'Alan Shaxon - the Sophisticated Sorcerer' lecture for the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 25th November, at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby DE21 5LF (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm, starts at 8pm. Scott Penrose and Steve Short have recently completed the book that Alan had started about his life, career and his magic. The book titled 'Alan Shaxon - The Sophisticated Sorcerer' The Life and Magic of an International Magician was published and this accompanying lecture will give an interesting insight into the life of one of magic's legends. During the first half, Steve will talk about Alan's life and career with a PowerPoint presentation and video clips. After the break, Scott will show and explain some of Alan's effects all of which are "workers". They are not pipe dreams as Alan had performed them hundreds of times and had ironed out any problems during countless performances. 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 21.11.15


Antonio Zip & John Danbury. John Danbury presents his last big variety show of the year, live at The National Coal Mining Museum for England just outside Wakefield in West Yorkshire, next Saturday night, 28th November. This will be the 9th full variety show John has produced this year and as well as performing magic on each show himself there is always another speciality act on the bill. This month is the outstanding magic, mime and mirth of Antonio Zip, who is definitely one to watch out for. Tickets are just £15. To book either call the venue on 01924 848 806 or visit 'John Danbury Presents' at 21.11.15


News from E-Club Pro! Just 1 week left to receive £50 of magic gifts. Time flies when you're having fun, and if you want to receive magic gifts worth £50 from Mark Leveridge Magic, you will need to sign up for Mark's E-Club Pro online magic and information resource before midnight on the 30th November. E-Club Pro is already stunning value, with its 500+ pages of online content that is fully updated every month and which provides help, advice, instruction and interest for all magicians, irrespective of their levels of magic knowledge, yet this offer makes it even better. Current members range from beginners to full time pros, and all of them find content on the E-Club Pro pages that is relevant and helpful to them. Mark has 30+ years of full time pro knowledge and experience to pass on to you, and using his lecturing expertise and teaching know how, he delivers a consistently reliable, quality learning experience for all members. So, join E-Club Pro before the end of month deadline and when you complete three months of unbroken membership you will receive the first of your gifts, then on six months you will receive the second. For more details and to sign up go to 21.11.15


Trentham Guest House, Blackpool. Awarded Three Star Guest Accommodation by Enjoy England The Trentham Guest House is a small family run business and enjoys a central location on Albert Road, Blackpool, just a two minute walk from the Blackpool Magic Convention at the Winter Gardens. Facilities: CD player, TV, DVD player, Freeview, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing board, Wi-Fi... Visit for more information and to book. 21.11.15


Celebrity Come Dine with Me is being repeated on Monday 30th November on 4Seven. "Four celebrities compete to prove their worth as the best dinner party host: the country's most famous magician's assistant 'the lovely' Debbie McGee; former MP, and aspiring stand-up comic, Lembit Opik; radio presenter and former 11 O'Clock Show and RI:SE host Iain Lee; and Essex glamour model and party girl Jodie Marsh. Debbie kicks off the week in style in the luxurious Thames-side home she shares with husband Paul Daniels. She's decided to cut a few corners, using some shop bought items - which fails to impress one eagle-eyed guest. On night two, Lembit claims to have an innate culinary ability - but his unusual cooking methods leave a lot to be desired." See TV Magic. 21.11.15


The Order of the Magi Christmas Party. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Order of the Magi Christmas Party is on Tuesday 8th December at The Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester. It all starts at 8pm with games, competitions and prizes. A hot pot type supper follows and then entertainment will be provided by top comedian Dominic Woodward, sing-along with Barrie ‘Ukelele’ Horridge and magic from the Master of Mystery Adrian Sullivan. All this for only £7. This is a ticket event and they must be purchased by 1st December. Contact or call 0161 969 8222 to book. Website: 21.11.15


Steve Gore Bristol Society of Magic lecture. Steve Gore presents his lecture for the Bristol Society of Magic on Thursday 26th November: "The lecture has received excellent reviews at the IBM British Ring Convention, The Magic Circle, The Blackpool Magicians' Club, The British Magical Society, The Magic Castle in Hollywood and over twenty other magic societies. It includes lots of his original effects, including 'Trick Photography’', which MagicWeek called 'Close-up Trick of the Year' and 'Visions from Vegas', which is an ingenious and easy mentalism effect which is a new method in magic. It’s not all close-up though, there are effects for stage, stand-up, mentalism and kids too, so there’s something for everyone. The majority of his effects are also easy to master, allowing you to focus on the presentation." "I don't think I've seen/met a magician with such an interesting array of effects and variations on originals at the Guild before. You have a very creative mind." John Scott, Nottingham Guild of Magicians. 21.11.15


Jacob and Ruby Allen, from Houghton Regis in Bedfordshire, have just returned home from Skegness after competing in the National Finals of the 'Park Resorts Big Talent show 2015'. The brother and sister duo made it to the finals having competed in three previous rounds nationwide, and were judged by The Chuckle Brothers, X Factor winner Sam Baily, Deme from Stavros Flatley, and actor Andy Wyeman in the final. They gave a perfect performance and came 2nd winning a trophy and £1,000. All the family were there to cheer them on, and were so proud. Jacob and Ruby said that they will be working more and more on the act and may even try out for Britain’s Got Talent next year. Highlight showreel: YouTube. 21.11.15


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