Number 806 - 5th December 2015


The Event 2016: A mentalism day at The Session. From the organisers: The Event will be hosted on 8th January 2016, the day before The Session, and will feature some of the brightest minds in mentalism, including Max Maven, Luke Jermay, Marco Fida and more. We are pleased to announce yet another guest - and another living legend - who will present a show at The Event, the incomparable David Berglas, who will present a short, intimate live show of mental card routines for guests of The Event, and then talk to us about his mentalism afterwards. This is an extremely rare public appearance for Mr. Berglas, and an equally rare opportunity for guests to see this living legend do what he does best. Tickets for both The Event and The Session are now extremely limited. Register now! 5.12.15


Troy: Cyber Hijack. Tuesday 15th December on E4. With a series of large-scale stunts, unexpected pranks and surprise demonstrations, magician Troy reveals in this one-off show just what can go wrong on social media and online. From viruses to selfies to secure passwords, Troy pulls out all the stops to make over-sharers, social media addicts and careless data users realise that security really does matter - with hilarious and eye-opening results. In London's Piccadilly Circus, Troy makes some supposedly internet savvy individuals gape as he goes password busting. An innocent temp gets more than she bargained for when she unwittingly downloads a virus. Serial selfie fanatics become the face of an unappealing product. And look out jobseekers - see what happens when a potential employer trawls your social media. Finally, an over-sharer's most personal photographs and information provoke Troy's most audacious stunt of them all. See TV Magic for details. 5.12.15


As the year draws to a close let's catch up with DMC:
Visit to Cartamundi YouTube.
Be the Change - Delhi orphanage trip YouTube.
Dunhill commercial YouTube.

Showreel 2015 YouTube. 5.12.15


Britain Does Variety 2016. From the organisers: Britain Does Variety 2016 - A nationwide quest to prove that Britain really does have talent! Do you want to perform in front of talent scouts, top producers and some of the biggest entertainment bookers in Europe? Would you like to win a huge cash prize? Britain Does Variety is a talent competition for all types of acts, including Singers, Acrobats, Jugglers, Animal Acts, Novelty Acts, Impressionists, Dancers, Gymnasts, Magicians, Contortionists, Comics, Mime Artists, Musicians, Ventriloquists, Vocal Groups, Buskers, Beatboxers, Footballers, Crazy Acts, Entertaining Acts, Glee Clubs, Wacky Acts, Modern Variety, Musical Theatre, Show Choirs, Impersonators... if you're entertaining you can audition - pretty much anything goes! Auditions are being held across the country in February and March 2016, but book your audition quickly to avoid disappointment. 5.12.15


Conjuring at the Court, London, Sunday 27th December: Conjuring at the Court has a top line-up for its Christmas show. Featuring comedy magician Mel Mellers, mind-reader Roberto Forzoni, hilarious ventriloquism by John Kimmons and the exquisite classic magic of Scott Penrose. Compere Russell Levinson. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy dinner in one of the pub’s spacious bars or the elegant Victorian dining room. There is a bar at the back of the room so you can have a drink while enjoying the magic. Seats are comfortable and all have a good view of the stage. Just 12 minutes from Central London; take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the pub is a 2 minute walk from the station. Parking is free from 6.30pm. Book now on Tickets: £11 online or £12 on the door. 5.12.15


Mark Leveridge Magic's Big Box Bundle is back! "To celebrate Christmas 2015 Mark Leveridge has put together a cracker of a package of eight of his most popular products and is offering them until Friday 18th December at an unbeatable price. The Big Box Bundle contains Ring and String Deluxe, The Vanisher, The Invisible Coin, Excalibur, Choin, Safety Catch, Ultimate Jumbo Stretch and Keyed In. This would make a fabulous Christmas present for you (if you can point the right person in its direction), or maybe you just want to treat yourself directly with a reward for all the hard work you are going to do with your shows this festive period. Either way, the Big Box Bundle is unbelievable value and is ready to be sent out to you right now. For more information and to order, please go to" 5.12.15


Mansfield Pantomime Magic. Mansfield Magic fans are in for a real treat this Christmas as UK Productions are staging yet another festive season spectacular at the Palace Theatre. This year it's Aladdin and alongside the flying carpet, appearing Genie and enough miniature explosions to keep the Wet Bandits from Macauley Culkin’s door… there are also three magicians! Taking on the role of Wishee Washee, brother of the eponymous hero is Mark James. Mark has performed in numerous pantomimes and is weaving (shoe-horning) his comedy magic, juggling and ukulele playing into the show at every available opportunity to great effect. He is joined in the show by the double act of Stephen D’Allanson and Frankie Rogers, otherwise known as 'Two Men Without Assistance' (reviewed this week by Donald Monk, Click Here). The pair are also pantomime veterans and bring a welcomed flash of illusion alongside their well honed comedy partnership. The cast includes Waterloo Road and Holby City star Philip Martin Brown, GoGoGo’s Gemma Naylor, HI-5’s Chris Edgerley and a whole host of dancers, singers and actors. It’s playing at the Mansfield Palace Theatre until January 3rd. 5.12.15


Destiny, the new release by Axel Hecklau, will be reviewed next week. Life is full of surprises - and at the end of this routine there's a big surprise. Watch the video trailer on This is the first routine by Axel Hecklau that comes as 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 5.12.15


Children's Magic Show, London, Sunday 27th December: John Kimmons presents a marvellous afternoon of magic and ventriloquism with colourful, cheeky puppets. John is one of the top children’s entertainers in the UK, a hilarious, award-winning performer offering fun and mystery for adults and children alike. And Scott Penrose brings his amazing act to the show; classic magic that appeals to all ages. The show starts at 2.30pm and will run to about 4pm with an interval. £7 children, £9 adults (16+). All children to be accompanied by an adult please. The show is in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Refreshments are available in the room. Seats are comfortable and all have a good view of the stage. Just 12 minutes from Central London; take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the pub is a 2 minute walk from the station. Tickets available at 5.12.15


Dynamo: A-Z. New on Watch. "Take an alphabetical journey through some of the fantastic magical moments that Dynamo has created during the last four seasons of Magician Impossible." See TV Magic for details. 5.12.15


An Evening of Mystery presents: The Sleight Before Christmas! 10th December, Naomi's Cafe Bar, Banbury. Join empath Ian Harvey Stone, psychic comedian Peter Antoniou and comedy rock 'n' roll magician Phil Knoxville for a riotous night of mystical entertainment, comedy and twisted magic! Venue: Naomi's Cafe Bar, 67 Bridge Street, Oxfordshire OX16 5QF (Map). Doors open at 7pm, and it's a "pay what you want" venue! Suggested donations: £15 for dinner & performance, or £10 performance only. 5.12.15


Introducing the Aquatica Deck by MagicWorld: are proud to launch our Kickstarter Campaign for the Aquatica Deck. By teaming up with prolific designer James Howells we have created a deck of cards that is both visually stunning and great to handle. Aquatica is a Phoenix quality USPCC deck that will flow through your fingertips. It has been 2 years in the making and we are extremely excited to launch this Kickstarter project. Please back our campaign and help us make the Aquatica Deck a reality. Click Here to check out our Aquatica Deck on Kickstarter and thank you for your support. 5.12.15


Paul Gordon's all-new Gold Dust Live lecture is now booking for 2016 and 2017. The lecture is based on the Paul's new 3-DVD set produced by Alakazam, and is all about worker card magic: Even if you don't like card magic, there's much to be learned from Paul Gordon's fast-paced fun-filled lecture. See for information, videos, photos and reviews by Boris Wild, Aldo Colombini, Harry Lorayne, J C Wagner and more. 5.12.15


John Styles MBE is currently appearing at London's Brick Lane Music Hall in 'Vincent’s Christmas Wonderland' which runs daily until December 23rd, 2015. Join Vincent Hayes and friends for all the fun of the festive season. This is a special show designed purely with Christmas in mind, a chance to celebrate with family or friends – the more the merrier. Unbeatable three course Christmas dinner, served by candlelight, three course Christmas lunch or tea. To book visit 5.12.15


The Prestige is being repeated on Saturday 12th December on BBC 2. Period thriller set in Edwardian London. Two rival magicians, partners until the tragic death of an assistant during a show, feud bitterly after one of them performs the ultimate magic trick - teleportation. His rival tries desperately to uncover the secret of his routine, experimenting with dangerous new science as his quest takes him to the brink of insanity... See TV Magic. 5.12.15


The Magicseen Subscription Gift Card. Magicseen write: Here is the Christmas gift that just keeps giving. Magicseen are offering Gift Cards that can be purchased so that the recipient can exchange them for any of our printed copy subscriptions. So irrespective of whether the gift recipient lives in the UK, Europe or elsewhere worldwide, there is a 1 or 2 year Subscription Gift Card available for them. It's a great way to give a Christmas present this year which is easy to wrap (!) and yet which provides magical pleasure for the next 12 or 24 months. So order your Magicseen Subscription Gift Card now by going to and sort your Christmas gift problem in the best possible way. 5.12.15


Potter & Potter Winter Magic Auction. December 5th, 2015: "Our December sale features a mixture of vintage magic memorabilia: books, posters, ephemera and photographs in every price range. Houdiniana - including autographs and photographs - will lead the auction, along with uncommon props, automatons, puzzles, and association items. Large lots of books, as well as contemporary and collectible apparatus will also be offered. The auction takes place at 10am on Saturday, December 5th in our Chicago Gallery." See Bid online via 5.12.15


Living the Life, Monday 14th December on Sky Arts. Derren Brown and film composer Hans Zimmer get together to discuss their childhoods, careers and rise to fame. See TV Magic for details. 5.12.15


Book a top magic lecturer for your club today! Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers section. 5.12.15


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