Number 817 - 20th February 2016


Paul Daniels 'diagnosed with incurable brain tumour'. Dreadful news to report. Paul Daniels, 77, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, his family announced today. His manager said all his future shows have been cancelled. In a statement, he said: "We can confirm that one of our greatest magicians and entertainers of all time, Paul Daniels, has sadly been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour. On behalf of Paul, Debbie and their families, we thank you for your kind concerns and support at this sad time and ask that their privacy continues to be respected. There will be no further comments at this time." 20.2.16


Brendan Rodrigues, the new Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year dazzled on Wednesday's edition of The One Show on BBC 1. Adam Hills, Michael Sheen, Anita Rani and Matt Baker were completely enchanted by his magic (that I raved about just a few weeks ago following his win in issue 814!). UK readers can watch this performance on iPlayer for the next few weeks. Brendan appears at the top of the show, and then again for a full spot at 44' 45" Click Here DT. 20.2.16


John Carney Manchester Workshop Session. Martin Allcock writes: From Los Angeles to Manchester via South Shields. Master Magician John Carney is coming to Manchester for a one-off exclusive workshop session. John Carney is widely acknowledged by his peers as one of the finest sleight of hand performers in the world, with awards and accolades worldwide. Hollywood's Magic Castle have awarded Carney more awards than anyone in their history, as well as the Academy of Magical Arts prestigious Performing Masters Fellowship. Television appearances include Late Show with David Letterman and the Jerry Seinfeld HBO Special. He has performed in theatres throughout the world, as well as casinos in Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas.


John often incorporates different characters, from silly to sentimental, into his performances, creating a complete theatrical experience. He is a tireless creator of original material, and has shared many of his ideas, techniques and presentations in several books and instructional videos of advanced sleight of hand. He has lectured extensively throughout the world, and his books Magic by Design, Carneycopia, and The Book of Secrets are considered modern classics in instruction of the art form.

This is a rare opportunity for you to pick the brains of one of magic's greatest sleight of hand practitioners in a friendly and supportive environment. Got a routine you're working on or a sleight you're struggling with? This is your opportunity to ask specific questions, get coaching on your performance, and learn strategies for personal advancement. The workshop will be held from 6pm on Tuesday 15th March in Salford (very close to the MCM HQ) and will last for around 4 hours. The cost is £60 per person. Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 14 people. Contact Martin Allcock: 07880 380984.


The Cabaret Club at the Red Brick Barn. From the organisers: A new regular night for 2016 at the Red Brick Barn presenting a different array of top London acts delivering the best in music, variety and comedy. Featuring the hilarious and deadly skills of the Card Ninja, top UK burlesque dancer Isabella Bliss, acrobatic daredevil AJ James, music from A & J Connection, dance troupe Delusion and the multi-award winning magic of Oliver Tabor. All held together by your 'ever so slightly camp' host, Mystic Mick. Suitable for over 16s, ticket price includes free drink on arrival. Tickets £15. Ticketline 01702 543242. Saturday 27th February at 8pm at The Barn, Tabors Farm, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LH (Map). 20.2.16


Focus Events and show, Hertfordshire. This is your last chance to snap up one of the last remaining tickets and spend quality time in an intimate group with the world’s leading magic teachers: Jeff McBride, Lawrence Hass and Eugene Burger. Focus events take place in Hertfordshire specialising in Stage, Parlour, Bizarre, Mentalism and Story-telling and include lunch, refreshments, live shows and  hands-on workshops... Plus a free MasterKey package unlocking over £300 worth of online magic lessons and more. Can you afford not to be there? Only 5 places remain for Saturday 27th February Focus on Stage & Parlour Magic and just 4 places for Sunday 28th February Focus on Bizarre, Mentalism & Storytelling. The only time all three teachers are performing together outside of the Blackpool Convention - with new material not being shown elsewhere. Tickets for full day event £90 (plus booking fee). It’s an old magic cliché but true… the last few tickets will shortly disappear! And Masters of Magic, the public show featuring all three magicians has only 20 seats remaining. This ticket is included as part of the price for Saturday's Focus event, but can be purchased separately Click Here. 20.2.16


Roy Davenport lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 25th February. Roy Davenport is a fourth generation magician and a member of The Inner Magic Circle. His many awards include World Jr. Magic Champion in 1988 and 3rd place in manipulation at the World Magic Championships (FISM) in Dresden in 1997. The first British success for 36 years. Roy trained at Mountview Theatre School and his extensive performance experience includes theatres all over the world from the Cirque Magique D'Alsace in Strasbourg to It's Magic in Los Angeles, the Hansa Theatre in Hamburg, and the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Roy is also often called upon as technical advisor for many television programmes. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey, at 8pm. For full details contact Adam Mosley: 20.2.16


The Magicians' Podcast this week features Derek Lever, organiser of the world's largest magic convention which is on this weekend in Blackpool. Listen to this podcast and catch up with previous editions at Also see 20.2.16


Aladdin The New Broadway Musical opens in May at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End. Brought to theatrical life by a legendary creative team, Disney's new Broadway musical Aladdin will sweep you into a world filled with beauty, comedy and breath-taking spectacle. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) with music by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), Aladdin features lyrics by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Rice (The Lion King) and Chad Beguelin (Elf), who also wrote the book. Featuring the timeless songs from the classic film including A Whole New World, Friend Like Me and Arabian Nights along with new music written for the production, Aladdin is an extraordinary theatrical event you will want to be amongst the first to experience. (Featuring the best flying carpet in the business, from Jim Steinmeyer!) See YouTube. Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, London W1. 20.2.16


Take Me Out. "King of dating Paddy McGuinness returns for the seventh series of the smash hit programme where 30 single girls battle it out for a dream date on the Isle of Fernandos. This time, the love lift delivers gamekeeper Ash from East Sussex, school bus driver Scott from Newcastle, magician Steve from Somerset and student Craig from Leamington Spa." (This is a repeat). Monday 22nd February - see TV Magic. 20.2.16


The Magic and Mystery School hits Manchester. From the organisers: On Monday 22nd February 'The Magic and Mystery School' hits Manchester with Larry Hass, Eugene Burger and Jeff McBride. As part of the 25 year Anniversary Celebration of the Magic and Mystery School three of the most influential magicians on earth present a lecture/workshop. They will be fresh from Blackpool. Usual details from 20.2.16


Dynamo: Magician Impossible is being repeated on Saturday nights on BBC1 "The acclaimed magician Dynamo travels the world, dazzling those he meets with his illusions." See TV Magic. 20.2.16


Life of Illusion starring Ed Masters - now touring 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!"

February dates:
Limerick Millennium Theatre Saturday 20th
Carlow G B Shaw Theatre Sunday 21st
Ratoath Venue Theatre Saturday 27th
Mullingar Arts Centre Sunday 28th
March dates:
Longford Backstage Theatre Saturday 12th
Dundalk An Tain Arts Centre Sunday 13th
Dundrum Mill Theatre Saturday 19th
Waterford Theatre Royal Sunday 20th

Also see 20.2.16


Andy James wins 'Weddings Online' Entertainer of the Year 2016 at Ireland's most prestigious Event Awards evening on Monday night in Dublin. Andy performed at over 70 weddings last year and his work with Sir Richard Branson in the National TV #HereComesTheMagic Virgin Media campaign clinched it for him. 20.2.16


Steve Short's Supreme Magic lecture, the Pentacle Club Cambridge. Alan Maskell writes: Packs flat and plays big! On Tuesday 1st March the Pentacle Club hosts Steve Short with his illustrated lecture on the history and magic of the one time major force in the magic world, the Supreme Magic Company - the Devon dealers who sold magic to the world..... The lecture starts at 8pm and doors open at 7.30pm, visiting magicians are welcome, (£5 charge for non-members), and we meet at Pentacle Club, St Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 9LR (Map). 20.2.16


Northern Magic Circle Convention update. From the organisers: 'Two Minds Combined' have been added to the list of great performers at the Northern Magic Circle convention in Harrogate on the 9th and 10th of April, along with Oliver Tabor, Morgan & West, The Magic Circle's Young Magicians of the Year Destiny, Andi Gladwin, Paul Stone and Luke Jermay. There will be some great lectures, a fantastic Children's Show and Gala Show, as well as an additional pay to view event with limited numbers from Morgan & West and Luke Jermay. For more information please visit the Northern Magic Circle website or facebook page. Convention prices are £55 for members £65 non members. Tickets can be booked online at More acts to be announced soon! 20.2.16


Magic Touch KickStarter project: "We have been adapting, performing and teaching magic to visually impaired and disabled people since 2003. We perform free shows up and down the country to various schools and disability groups. Enabling access to a world of magic which they may have never experienced before. Our work has become in such demand that we are in desperate need of expansion and new equipment. This new KickStarter project will hopefully provide this plus allow several of our guys to attend magic conventions with support and interpreters." Visit for full details. 20.2.16


Masters of Magic Convention, More names announced. 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th May 2016, Saint-Vincent, see 20.2.16


Legends of Stand-Up and Bernard Righton. John Thomson - in character as Bernard Righton - presents archive stand-up footage in a fantasy comedy bill that includes classic performances by Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson and a young Woody Allen. Saturday 27th February on Gold. See TV Magic. 20.2.16. 20.2.16


Tom Mullica. One of magic's true originals sadly died on February 18th. He was 67 years old. "Comedian and Comedy Club owner Tom Mullica performs some crazy tricks on this classic 1985 David Letterman show. He performed at over 3,000 sold-out shows during his eleven year run at the famed Tom-Foolery Magic Bar Theatre (1976-1987) in Atlanta, Georgia." YouTube. Tom Mullica Wikipedia, Click Here. 20.2.16


"Derren Brown: Miracle – Milton Keynes Theatre" Click Here • "Review: Derren Brown's show Miracle at Milton Keynes Theatre" Click Here • "Magical night is in store at festival" Click Here • "Morecambe magician’s Peter Kay link" Click Here • "Bride 'gobsmacked' by celebrity-packed wedding day video" Click Here • "Morgan and West will magic up a treat for rural Dorset" Click Here • "Piff the Magic Dragon brings his deadpan comedy to Sarasota" Click Here • "Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Offer Pre-Show Magic Lesson from Magician Kostya Kimlat, 3/25" Click Here • The Richard Griffin Lecture - Cruise Ship Magic! is reviewed by Steve Majes this week, Click Here • "Penn Jillete: ‘If you liked rock ‘n’ roll in 1971, you have to love video games today’" Click Here • "Watch the Maidenhead magician who stunned Floyd Mayweather Jr." Click Here • "Magician from Moscow" Click Here • "Watch the magic - Former Huddersfield student becomes a professional magician" Click Here • "Irish TV to air interview with local Magician, Rodd Hogg" Click Here • "Magician impossible: Dynamo to perform in Newcastle" Click Here • "Schoolboy magician raises hundreds for charity in York" Click Here • "Dynamo: A show that has to be seen to be believed at the Metro Radio Arena" Click Here • And finally, "7 Street Magic Spoof Videos That I Still Laugh At" Click Here • That's it for another week, many thanks for all your news submissions - always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 20.2.16