Number 810 - 2nd January 2016


Derren Brown: Pushed to the Edge. Tuesday 12th January on Channel 4. Psychological illusionist Derren Brown returns to our screens with Pushed to the Edge; his most ambitious experiment to date. He aims to persuade an unwitting member of the public to push another person off a roof, seemingly to their death. Brown is investigating the powers of social compliance: how authority, peer pressure or ideology can be used to make people carry out horrific acts. His subject is Chris Kingston, a 29 year-old member of the public who is unaware he's being filmed or manipulated at a distance. The setting is the gala launch night of a fictitious new charity called Push. Brown has recruited Hollywood special effects artists, stunt coordinators and a troupe of 70 actors to stage this carefully choreographed experiment. See TV Magic. 2.1.16


The Session and The Event take place this week! Rune Klan, Michael Weber and Danny Buckler have all been added to the line up. They'll join a host of magic stars including Max Maven, Helder Guimarães, David Berglas, Gabi Pareras and many more in Heathrow, London, for a three day learning experience like no other in magic. With less than ten tickets remaining, this is your last chance to attend! Register at 2.1.16


Additional dates added to Champions of Magic spring tour. Additional shows have now been added to the Spring 2016 Champions of Magic tour: "This year’s show includes new tricks, is a bigger production, and most importantly has more pyrotechnics!" Tour dates now include:
26th March – Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
28th March – Opera House, Buxton
29th March – Charter Theatre, Preston
30th March – Grand Theatre, Lancaster
31st March – Britannia Theatre, Chatham
1st April – Theatre Royal, Lincoln
2nd April – The Castle, Wellingborough
3rd April – The Lowry, Salford Quays (2 shows)
4th April – Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
5th April – Lighthouse Theatre, Poole
6th April – Forum Theatre, Billingham
7th April – Courtyard Arts, Hereford
8th April – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
9th April – GLive, Guildford
10th April – Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
Visit for full details. Further 2016 dates to be announced shortly.


56th Bristol Day of Magic, update. Organiser Paul MacLeavy writes: After many years of successfully holding the Bristol Day of Magic at Weston Super Mare we have lost our home of the Winter Gardens, due to the North Somerset Council selling off the venue to the local Weston Technical College. The college have ambitious plans for renovation and refurbishment of the Winter Gardens, starting in January, and we have been told that the venue is no longer available for hire. We are very disappointed about this situation, but it is something that we have no control over, and we have been forced to look for a new venue. There was nowhere suitable in Weston Super Mare, and neither could any suitable venue be found in Bristol itself. We have therefore opted to use a venue 10 miles outside of Bristol, an Academy of Performing Arts linked to Nailsea School. The modern performance area (theatre) has a seating limit of 250, so this means that we can only accept 250 registrations for our Day, whereas in the past we have regularly had between four and five hundred attendants. When we reach the 250 mark we will have to close registrations as we will have reached our capacity. This is the situation for our 2016 Day, it is not ideal, and we will have to consider further options for future Bristol Days. However, we intend to maintain the high reputation, and high standard of magic, that the Bristol Day is known for. More details nearer the time. See 2.1.16


Magic Book Auction, from the collection of Jerry Sadowitz. 26th January 2016, London. From International Magic: We have a few lectures lined up for this year but we are starting off with something a little different! Our good friend Jerry Sadowitz has arranged to auction part of his personal collection of magic books. Together with Douglas Cameron, Jerry will be hosting a one-off magic book auction at the Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map) just across the road from our shop in Clerkenwell, London on the 26th January. "Some great and rare close up magic books will be auctioned by two of magic's biggest numpties! Expect incompetence, frivolity, and high prices! Strictly cash only." Jerry Sadowitz. Event Details: Tuesday 26th January. Viewing 7pm. Auction begins 7.30pm. Admission £5 per person. 2.1.16


Life of Illusion starring Ed Masters and Company - tour of Ireland: "Ed Masters, Ireland’s biggest illusionist, is taking his jaw-dropping new show 'Life of Illusion' on tour in the emerald island. Juxtaposing traditional sleight of hand magic and big box illusions with mind-boggling predictions and cutting edge escape stunts, this family-friendly show is bound to thrill and amaze audiences of all ages!" For February/March tour dates and showreel video see 2.1.16


Chris North is giving a talk on his 50 years in magic for 'The Gathering' at the St. George Hotel, Great Yarmouth, on Thursday January 7th at 7.30pm All welcome. For full details visit 2.1.16


Luis Otero lecture, Exonian Magic Society, Devon. Ozzy Dee writes: The Exonian Magic Society will be hosting Luis Otero form Venezuela on 14th January 2016. Please note we are meeting at a different venue which is Heavitree Social Club, 2 East Wonford Hill, Heavitree, Exeter EX1 3BS (Map). Visiting magicians: £10. Luis Otero's lecture is a treasure trove of magic, moves, and philosophy for the close-up magician. What's exciting about hosting a lecturer from this part of the world is that he brings with him a new style of magic and presentation, and an entirely original philosophy of card magic. The magic is beautiful, intelligent, and unusual in construction. Tricks that appeal to the beginner will be taught, as well as more advanced and challenging material. 2.1.16


Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight is being repeated on Wednesday 6th January: "A renowned illusionist out to expose charlatans and tricksters finds his views tested when he meets a seemingly genuine clairvoyant." Starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone and Marcia Gay Harden. See TV Magic. 2.1.16


Watford Association of Magicians Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition. On Tuesday 29th December, the children of Bricket Wood were treated to an afternoon of magical entertainment at the annual Watford Association of Magicians Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition. All of the children voted for their favourite act and the winner was announced as Paul Megram (Colonel Custard). Lee Bell (Mr Belldini) was awarded with second place and Julie Carpenter (Auntie Julie) third. A special thank you to all competitors who contributed to a wonderful afternoon: Dov Citron (Captain Calamity) who compered, organisers Krisgar & Sam, and everybody who helped to make the event a success. (Photo: Julie Carpenter, John Duckett, Paul Megram, Steve Benton, Paul Freedman, Lee Bell, Father Christmas & Dov Citron.) 2.1.16


How to join The Magic Circle! If you’ve always wanted to be a part of The Magic Circle, the world’s premier magical society, then a visit to their website will give you all the information you need. If you’re ready to join straight away you can check out how the process works, what you need to do and what you can expect and if you’re interested in their Apprentice Scheme or The Young Magicians' Club then you’ve gone to the right place as well. See 2.1.16


Paul Gordon will be lecturing at the Cornish Magical Society, Carnon Downs Village Hall, Carnon Downs, Nr Truro, Cornwall at 3pm on Sunday 10th January. Visiting magicians welcome. £5 charge. Contact Paul Scott 07747 122 659 or 2.1.16


Lecture/dem by Gary James & “Tricky” Ricky McLeod. Ian Black writes: Forth Valley Magic Circle are proud to present a lecture/dem by Gary James & “Tricky” Ricky McLeod. Gary & Ricky are well-known and popular members of the magic community in Scotland. Full-time professionals for over 17 years, their work covers the full spectrum: Entertaining children and families through to corporate clients. Their work takes them all over the UK and between them have won numerous awards during their career. Ricky is Past president of S.A.M.S and Gary has recently been made AIMC with Silver Star by The Magic Circle in London. Sometime ago, Gary created the Pro-Show Magic company and has recently designed and created a unique range of leather props and wallets new to the market. Blackpool 2016 sees them bring out a joint selection of new effects, some of which they have been using for the past 15 years in their shows with great success.

In 2012, Gary & Ricky’s lecture ‘A Mix of Tricks’ was well received at its first full outing and has now been presented all over the UK. The lecture covers a wide range of magic: Close-Up, Stand-Up, a mixture of ideas for presentation and patter, with new ideas for old tricks and something for family entertainers too, so there should really be something for everyone to take away. And of course, they will also be discussing (and demonstrating) some of their newest products. This will be a unique opportunity to see them for the first time before the big launch at Blackpool. Gary & Ricky are looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at the FVMC and will be offering great discounts on the range of magic products on the night. Monday 11th January, 7.30pm start. £5 for non members. Station Hotel, Foundry Loan, Larbert, FK5 4AW (Map). For further details email Ian Black


In the Psychiatrist's Chair: Uri Geller. Saturday 9th January, on BBC Radio 4 Extra. "Spoon-bending TV illusionist Uri Geller reflects on his unusual life with Professor Anthony Clare." This radio show was produced 20 years ago. See TV Magic for details. 2.1.16


MagicNevin update:
Helen, Max and Jack would like to say a huge thank you for the kind messages and support they have received following the devastating incident that so tragically claimed the life of 17 year old Tom (Jack’s twin) on December 21st. Due to the event which has also completely destroyed their business and their home there will be a delay in dealing with any outstanding enquiries and correspondence, they would ask for your understanding and patience at this difficult time.


"James More: A look back at the British magician's year in 2015" Click Here • "Op-Ed: British magician Jamie Raven had best magic audition in 2015" Click Here • "'Above and Beyond' Magician Visits David Copperfield in Las Vegas" Click Here • "Magician stuns audiences in unique show" Click Here • "Devon magician ready to teach you the tricks of the trade" Click Here • "Why Derren Brown wants to take your mind on a rollercoaster ride" Click Here • "'Supernaturalists' bring mind-blowing magic to Foxwoods" Click Here • "Illusionist Ricky Jay and Critic Michael Kimmelman to Discuss Matthias Buchinger at the Met Museum, 1/21" Click Here • "6 optical illusions that will bend your mind" Click Here • "Interview: Magician Jeff McBride talks plans for 2016, Mat Franco" Click Here • That's it for the first of the new year... let's hope it's a good one. Your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 2.1.16