Number 816 -13th February 2016


Derren Brown Miracle Live - on tour nationwide for the next 7 months! The multi-award winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion is back. Having confessed that performing live on stage gives him the greatest pleasure, Derren is, once again, looking forward to the challenge that comes with being acknowledged as one of the world's most renowned live performers; a dark manipulator of magic and mind control. This will be Derren's seventh show since 2003. Since then he has toured every year and been watched by an estimated audience of over one and a half million people. He has won two prestigious Olivier Awards, for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012). His last show, Infamous, was universally acclaimed by critics and audience alike. Written by Derren Brown, Andy Nyman and Andrew O’Connor and directed by Andy Nyman and Andrew O’Connor. This production is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. February - July. See What's On for dates. Book via "Canterbury: Master of illusion Derren Brown brings his show Miracle to Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre" [that's tonight!] Click Here. 13.2.16


Dynamo to return to Birmingham for three more shows. "The star adds more dates to his hit Seeing Is Believing tour. Magician Dynamo is returning to Birmingham for more dates on his hit tour. The star had six shows at the Barclaycard Arena in December but demand has been so great that he has added 11 extra performances. He will return to the arena for three shows on March 26th and 27th including a Sunday matinee..." To read the full story in the Birmingham Mail Click Here. Also see What's On for all tour dates. 13.2.16


Masterclasses added to South Tyneside International Magic Festival line-up. The South Tyneside International Magic Festival Convention, which returns for its 13th year from Friday March 11th, will feature three days of lectures, workshops and shows designed exclusively for professional performers and the most ardent magic fans. The trio of masterclasses are now being added to the already bumper line-up, offering attendees the chance to get practical guidance from three leading lights in the modern business. This includes sessions led by The Magic Circle’s Close-Up Magician of the Year 2015, Dr Will Houstoun; master magician Michael Vincent, who has also won that very same title three times, and the ‘mind reader guy’, Kennedy.

Michael’s masterclass will focus on sleight of hand card and coin magic, while Will’s will outline the technique, performance and theory behind several of his favourite creations, with time to discuss additional subjects of the participants’ choosing. Mentalist Kennedy will be sharing some of his secrets and offering guidance on how active empathy, body language and even reading can help hone a performer’s mind reading skills. All three masterclasses will take place simultaneously at the end of the standard STIMF programme on Sunday March 13th and will be open to convention delegates and non-delegates alike. Places at the masterclasses, which cost an additional £60 each, must be booked separately by calling 0191 4247281.


Northern Magic Circle Convention. From the organisers: The Northern Magic Circle are proud to announce the return Wayne Goodman to the convention at the Harrogate Theatre this year on the 9th and 10th of April. Wayne is a versatile magician, known for his fearless approach. He is also a creator, author and performer. If you have seen Wayne before you know you are in for a treat. This year's convention will also feature the manipulative magic of Oliver Tabor, time travelling illusionists Morgan & West and The Magic Circle's Young Magicians of the Year Destiny. As well as star-studded lectures from Andi Gladwin, Paul Stone, Morgan & West and Luke Jermay. There is a fantastic Children's Show and Gala Show with some of magic's biggest stars! Convention prices are £55 for members £65 non members. Tickets can be booked online at More acts to be announced soon!  13.2.16


Magicseen At Blackpool! Magicseen write: If you are attending the Blackpool Convention be sure to stop by the Magicseen stand in the main dealer hall. We will have the new Mel Mellers book, The Travelling Trickster, ready for you to collect if you have pre-ordered your copy, or to purchase at the event if you haven't. It's a brilliant book full of great routines, sage advice and with so many hilarious lines that you will be laughing out loud as you read it! So don't leave it too late in case we run out of stock! Then we will also have a few copies of the awesome limited edition Wayne Dobson Definitive Collection, supplies for which are starting to get low now, plus you will be able to pick up your copy of John Carey's Crafted With Carey or one of our other titles, as well as renew your Magicseen sub, or take out a new one. We'll have plenty of back issues for you to get your hands on too and shhhh, don't tell anyone else, but we may have one or two special offers to tempt you too. So come along to the stand where stars such as Jeff McBride hang out from time to time (well, he is on the cover of the March edition), and be a little part of the world of Magicseen, the only independent magic magazine published in the UK. 13.2.16


'Hangmen', starring Andy Nyman, alongside David Morrissey and Johnny Flynn has garnered 5 star reviews and has just won the 'Best New Play' award from The Critics' Circle. It runs in the West End until March 5th, and has been playing to packed houses. On Thursday March 3rd there will be an NTLive cinema broadcast, where the play is screened live to cinemas around the country. To see where your nearest screening is, and to book tickets, visit Trailer: Click Here. 13.2.16


The Magicians' Podcast this week features top magic thinker and creator Noel Qualter: "Noel Qualter has won the prize for originality for the last 3 years in a row at The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year Competition. He is a working professional, a magic consultant, and has also had a close call with some big time television success. This is perhaps the most gut wrenching story on the podcast to date, as Noel explains how he was cut from a major prime time TV magic show not once, but twice." Listen to this podcast and catch up with previous editions at Also see [Noel is currently taking bookings for his lecture, which gets a very strong recommendation. See Magic Lecturers for details. DT] 13.2.16


Richard Griffin Lecture - Anglian Magic Society, Norwich. Steve Majes writes: The Anglian Magic Society has the very creative and talented performer Richard Griffin presenting his new lecture "Cruise Ship Magic" for the society on Tuesday 16th February at 7.30pm. Richard has always been a creative force with his magic and was highly acclaimed at a young age when he won “The Magic Circle’s Young Magician of The Year” competition, this was his first win of many competitions including “The International Brotherhood of Magicians Silver Shield” and “The British Magical Championships”. Richard's slick and creative performances with his doves, manipulation and illusions have taken him all over the world and on to great success in the cruise ship market. Richard is a very busy man so don’t miss out on this rare chance to peep behind the curtain and discover more about working as a pro on the cruise ships. All magicians and magic enthusiasts are welcome; members £3.00 visitors £10.00. Tuesday 16th February at 7.30pm at The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). 13.2.16


This year's winner of the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians' 'William Stevens Shield' was Careena Fenton, who performed a stage act. The competition was open to anyone with less than 6 years membership of the WCM and competitors could perform close-up or stage. The trophy was presented by our president, Dave Pitt. Sue Oakley. 13.2.16


The Mark Leveridge February Podcast. Mark writes: Got half an hour to spare? Well I'd like to invite you to sit in on my latest Podcast which, amongst other things, this month covers topics such as: do you adapt your performing style depending on who your audience happens to be? I discuss how fortunate we are as magicians to be able to involve spectators in our acts and what benefits it brings. I look at why you may sometimes be reluctant to add new routines to your working repertoire. I reveal what my favourite type of show is and why I simply love it when I get such a booking. And I discuss how inhibiting it can be when you are required to work tables in a really quiet environment! These plus one or two other topics will hopefully provide you with an interesting 30 minute listen, and it's totally free to access either from or from I look forward to your company and while you're there, why not take a browse through the other Podcasts from previous months?". 13.2.16


Three new routines from DTrik. DTrik is proud to present Paul’s Balls - The Tossed Out Lottery Book Test: Created by one of the UK’s busiest working magicians, Paul’s Balls is a great trick that can be used anytime in your act. Not just for stage, you can also use this effect for close-up and walk-around too. If you wanted to do a lottery prediction type effect, but were unable to buy or justify spending heaps of money on a 'device', then you can’t go wrong with Paul’s Balls. This effect as everything; drama, magic, mind reading and audience participation. The presentation is entirely hands off! Comes complete with pocket sized lottery book, routine, gags and performance rights. "I love this trick, it has gone straight in my working act! It's so easy to do" Etienne Pradier. "I was lucky to get this before it came out and I used it to great effect over all my Christmas Gigs, the reactions were great!" Lee Hathaway. "This is a real workers' effect that can be put into any act as an opener, filler or closer!" Magic Singh. See for details of Paul's Balls, and two more new routines. 13.2.16


Now You See It Series One is currently being repeated on BBC 2. Featuring the best (and worst!) of magic. See TV Magic for details. 13.2.16


An Evening of Magic and Michael Bublé. TV’s Puzzle Paul presents An Evening of Magic and a Tribute to Michael Bublé featuring top magicians Jamie Docherty, Matthew Garrett and Mark Paul, also featuring the sounds of Michael Bublé by Nick Martland. The show features magic, mind reading, comedy and grand illusions suitable for all ages! You will not believe your eyes as you see the impossible happen right in front of you! The team have been touring for the past two years and are looking forward to bringing the show to the Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering on Friday 26th February. Tickets available from just £11 via 13.2.16


First wave of artists announced for the Revolution Festival Magic Convention, Italy. The convention runs from 26th-29th May and the English language website is now live: "Experience unforgettable emotions with the greatest Masters of Magic, for only 99 Euros! Come and enjoy the greatest live magic, at the smallest price! We look forward to having you in Saint-Vincent to share the Revolution with you." 13.2.16


The Gathering presents 'An Evening with Dee Riley' on Tuesday, March 1st, at 7.30pm. From the organisers: Dee is a very well known West End cabaret performer and cabaret show producer. He has been featured on Sky One's 'Don't Stop Me Now' and is sought after by many cabaret venues across the UK. What makes Dee so popular is his originality and creativity towards the art of magic and his performing art. 'The Gathering' is presenting a unique event where Dee will be featuring his current show. Being Dee, Alt by Default is a personal lecture given by Dee Riley consisting of a performance and talk on Dee's journey into becoming a full time professional magician. The talk features an interactive Q&A session at the end. 'The Gathering' is a very friendly and free, monthly meeting of invited magicians. If you would like to come along please contact Kyle at Out meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at the St George Hotel, 7-10 Albert Square, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 3JH (Map). For more information about The Gathering please contact Kyle via - if you require information on the hotel please go to 13.2.16


Chris Wood lectures for the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on Tuesday February 16th at 8pm. Venue: The Yeoman of England, 31 High Street, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6LP (Map). Non-members £10. Further details from President David Miller 13.2.16


Mel Harvey looks forward to seeing friends, old and new, on his Dealer Stand at the Blackpool Convention next week, where he'll be able to tell you all about his latest adventure, auditioning for Britain's Got Talent. 13.2.16


‘Das Spiel: Are You Part of the Game?’ - London. "The Game has found you. As you read this you are becoming part of it. You are part of The Game. Das Spiel is a psychological immersive theatre show, a mindreading experience blurring the lines between performance and reality. Imagine being unsure if someone else has planned your greatest moments. You discover more only by playing. This Game is different. As you play, it becomes larger than you. It reaches into your past and creates the present. It makes you comfortably uncomfortable. The players are different every night and therefore The Game is different every night. Play The Game and let The Game play you." Written and performed by Philipp Oberlohr, theatre-maker, performer and illusionist. "Intelligent, artistic, very funny" ★★★★★ Everything Theatre. "This feels personal." ★★★★★ Theatre Fullstop. "It’s funny, very funny." ★★★★ The Londonist. 7.15pm 13th-14th February. Plus Matinee 4.30pm 14th February. Tickets £12. The Cage, Vault Festival, London 13.2.16


David Blaine: Real or Magic is being repeated on Tuesday 23rd February on E4. For more than a decade, David Blaine has been captivating the world with his high-profile endurance stunts. Starting his career as a magician who appeared to do the impossible with a deck of cards, he was soon following in the footsteps of Houdini, seeking out that which seemed physically impossible, and actually doing it. This special programme follows Blaine's signature brand of street magic and mystifies some of the most recognisable celebrities in the world, including Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Will Smith, to name a few. Blaine goes into the homes of Kanye West and Olivia Wilde, and visits Stephen Hawking at his office at Cambridge University. He also travels the world, astonishing people from all walks of life with never-seen-before, inconceivable magic. See TV Magic for details. 13.2.16


"MagicLab - 24 Drone Flight" Click Here • "The Intimate Magic Tour review" Click Here • "You’ll like this ... not a lot!" Click Here • "Review: Impossible at Liverpool Empire Theatre" Click Here • "Magician Benjamin pulls title out of the hat" Click Here • "Juggling Redcar magician's act left up in the air after custom-made unicycle is stolen" Click Here • "iPad magician celebrates Year of the Monkey by annoying chimps" Click Here • "Top illusionist Sean Alexander from Britain's Got Talent coming to The Brindley" Click Here • "Illusionist Dan White Performs 'Hidden Spike Trick' on Tonight" Click Here • Steve Short's "The Supreme Magic Company" lecture is reviewed by Paul Ray this week, Click Here • The Gathering Magic Competition is reviewed by Steve Majes, Click Here • And finally, two for Valentine's Day: "There Was Something Magical About Her" Click Here and "Proposing to your girlfriend in front of 5000 people!" Click Here • Unfortunately I won't be making it to the Blackpool Convention this year. Hope you all have a great time - I think it's virtually sold out. That's it for another week, see you next week, Duncan. 13.2.16