Number 819 - 5th March 2016


Houdini and Doyle, Sunday 13th March, ITV. Stephen Mangan plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle alongside Michael Weston as Harry Houdini, two of the most fascinating and iconic characters of the early 20th century: real-life friends, real-life adversaries, real-life crime solvers.

Harry Houdini: master magician, escape artist, born penniless and now the highest paid performer in the world and he wants everyone to know it. He refuses to believe in the paranormal. As a professional magician and master of illusion he knows there’s nothing supernatural about magic. To him, everything unexplained is a trick, a gimmick, or a fraud. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the creator of the greatest detective of all time - Sherlock Holmes - but is also a passionate believer in the paranormal. Because, having lost someone very close to him, he desperately wants to find a way of communicating with them.

This fundamental difference between the two men leads to conflict... and humour... and competition. High-minded competition in the pursuit of the truth and ridiculous petty competition because they’re... guys. But despite all this, they need each other. Doyle needs Houdini because he is gullible. Houdini needs Doyle because he is wrong. What can we believe? What should we believe? Is cynicism to be admired or is it what makes us human? Is reason the antithesis of hope? The series starts on Sunday 13th March, on ITV, and then moves to ITV Encore.
Stephen Mangan is Alan Carr's guest on Thursday 10th March on Channel 4. See TV Magic.


The Magicians' Podcast this week is "The Bonanza Special - direct from Las Vegas issue" with Piff The Magic Dragon! A few years ago John van der Put was a jobbing magician, now has his own show at The Flamingo on The Strip in Las Vegas. This interview with Richard Young looks at his extraordinary journey. Listen to this podcast and catch up with previous editions at Also see 5.3.16


Tenyoism by Richard Kaufman is reviewed by Quentin Reynolds this week. "At its core Tenyoism is two large and heavy volumes covering almost 1400 pages printed in full colour on museum quality paper covering every trick produced by Tenyo from the early 1960’s to 2014. While working instructions are not included with every trick, many alternate handlings are and most of these are as ingenious as the original..." Two volumes, 4 DVDs and three Tenyo Tricks. To read Quentin's full Five Star review Click Here. 5.3.16


Dangerman: The Incredible Mr Goodwin. Jonathan Goodwin is a man who combines the skills of Houdini and Superman. He is the new breed of escapologist and a professional danger-man, putting himself in the most extreme situations and dodging death every time. Share the tension and excitement as he attempts spectacular feats of out-of-this-world bravery, agility and physical strength. The new series starts on Dave on Friday 11th March at 9pm. See TV Magic. 5.3.16


Derren Brown's Ghost Train opens on Friday May 6th. Derren Brown’s Ghost Train, which can only be found at Thorpe Park Resort, is a head-spinning train journey of between 10-15 minutes, the like of which guests will never have taken before; providing a heady mixture of exhilarating live action sequences, 4D special effects, grand-scale illusions, next generation technology, and physical transit. No place for spectators, guests will play a major part in the action which will leave them questioning where perception ends and reality begins. Thorpe Park Resort’s biggest and most ambitious investment to date, Derren Brown’s Ghost Train takes theme park attractions to a whole new level, promising to derail guests’ minds with a series of multi-sensory experiences. Like its inventor, this is a smart ride that also has 12 multiple knee-shaking journeys and two endings - so not only will no two ‘rides’ on board Derren Brown’s Ghost Train be the same but every journey will provoke an intense response and reaction in each individual ‘passenger.’ So whilst guests may share the journey with others, the experience will be an individual one – and every journey, every sensation and every fear will be quite unique.


Derren Brown said: "Visitors can look forward to experiencing a heady and heart stopping combination of next generation technology, grand illusion, special effects and live action that will completely rewrite the rules of what a theme park attraction can deliver. I firmly believe that this kind of multi-sensory, mind blowing attraction represents a glimpse of what the future holds for theme parks the world over." For more information visit 23.1.16


Blackpool Magic Festival photos have now been added to last week's review. Once again Daniel Eden of Eden Photography (telephone 07759 828822, has done a wonderful job in capturing the atmosphere of the convention (thanks Dan!). Click Here. 5.3.16


South Tyneside International Magic Festival (11th - 13th March) is very different in feel to many conventions. Being small (with usually around 150 registrants) it's very informal and relaxed. Registrants get lots of chances to interact during the lectures and events, and to spend time with the acts. This year's stellar line-up includes, from the USA John Carney and Chad Long, from Belgium Rafael with his great comedy act. From Sweden Malin Nilsson and from Germany Alana. UK comedy juggler Steve Rawlings, crazy antics from Men in Coats, a Children's Show and Lecture from Paul Megram, and stand up comedy moments from Danny Buckler and Phil Butler. And some of the best magic performers in the UK to perform and lecture: Paul Wilson, Michael Vincent, Will Houstoun, Ken Nedy, Peter Clifford and John Archer. Two gala shows, a close-up gala, late night comedy, lectures, workshops, a comedy magic panel, fun history from a Magical Doctor, and lots of socialising! See 5.3.16


Kane & Abel's April Fools Fool Fest. Comedy country conjurors Kane & Abel have washed down their wellies and descended on London for a celebration of the pranksters’ holiday – April Fools’ Day. Join the twin-brother duo for a mouth-watering smorgasbord of comedy, magic and silly stunts guaranteed to blow your pants off! Don’t miss your chance to experience what has made Kane & Abel a popular attraction at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (“Funny, enduring … brilliant fun.”/ “Pick of the Fringe.”), Glastonbury Festival (“People like you make this festival.”). Friday 1st April at 9.30pm at the Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU (Map). To book tickets Click Here. 5.3.16


Life Hacks Hoax. A brand new series with magician Ben Hart for BBC Three. Magician Ben Hart has a handy life hack to repair a smashed egg - but is it all an illusion? YouTube. A new one will be appearing on YouTube and the BBC Three website every Thursday. Produced by Head of Magic Anthony Owen at Second Star Productions, part of the Objective Media Group. 5.3.16


Magic Auction, Modern Mystic League, Blackburn. This Sunday, 6th March, The Modern Mystic League, Blackburn, will be auctioning the effects of Mo Howarth and books from the library of Bryce Lea at St Silas Parish Centre, Preston New Road, Blackburn BB2 6PS (Map). Star auctioneers Brian Berry and Trevor Dawson. Auction begins at 2pm with viewing from 1pm. Refreshments will be included and admission is free... as long as you buy something! Brian Lead (Chairman/Concert Secretary). 5.3.16


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 31st March. From the organisers: Another fabulous evening from London’s longest-running monthly magic show, Conjuring at the Court. It’s a celebration of 70 years of the Zodiac Magical Society with four Zodiac members on stage – all wonderful professional magicians. There’s the strong magic of Richard Pinner, vice-president of the Magic Circle. Carl Pettman is a very funny performer, combining magic with a dry wit. Bharat Patel startles audiences – including magicians - with his direct, powerful mysteries and mind-reading. Steve Rawlings is a hilarious juggler who brought the house down at the Bristol convention with his comic antics. Compere is the lively co-producer Stephen Barry. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm. Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy dinner from the pub’s great menu. There’s an elegant Victorian dining room as well as the spacious bars. Wi-fi is available throughout the pub. The Drayton Court is just 12 minutes from Central London: take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the pub is 2 minutes walk from the station. Parking is free from 6.30pm. 5.3.16


The Big Night Out Wakefield, Thursday 10th March at 7pm at Wakefield Warehouse 23, 23 Smyth Street, Wakefield WF1 1FD (Map). Starring Michael Jordan from Hi-Jinx, John Danbury (compere) and Antonio Zip (comedy mime act) as well as three fabulous singers. This is a charity event. Tickets are just £10 in advance or £12 on the door. For tickets: Click Here. 5.3.16


Magic Sam's Beautiful Magicians' Club. London's regular sell-out Comedy, Cabaret and Magic night comes to... Chorley Little Theatre on Easter Saturday, March 26th. Hosted by The Peoples Magician, Chorley's own Magic Sam. Featuring Paul Dabek - 'Superb Showman' (Time Out) 'Dabek will have you in the palm of his hand. 5 stars' (Broadway Baby). Gruesome Twosome - Internationally published alt models. Expect fire, sparks and sexiness. Kieron the Mighty - Consultant to worldwide television magicians (including you know who!) This act will have you gagging for more! Jack Charlie Beavis - Young, Welsh wizard with hilarious comedy and unbelievable juggling, who performs over 1000 shows a year. George Firehorse - The happiest man on earth brings insanity from Belfast, with a teleporting raccoon and a Monkey of truth! £10.00 + £1.00 Booking fee. Little Theatre, Dole Lane, Chorley PR7 2RL (Map). 5.3.16


New Magic Show to open at Disneyland Paris. After this being kept top secret for over a year, a new permanent magic show is to open at Disneyland Paris, which will play 5 times a day with a projected minimum 5 year run. The show that it is replacing clocked-up 27,000 performances! The magic has been created by Paul Kieve, with lighting by frequent collaborator Tim Lutkin (Dynamo Fiat launch, Matilda, Ghost, Dynamo's tour.). The show is a collaboration between the Imagineering team in California and the team at Paris Disneyland. It’s one of the initiatives for the park revamp in time for its upcoming 25th anniversary. To find out more Click Here. 5.3.16


The Classic Leveridge Range. Mark Leveridge writes: "Last year I launched the Classic Leveridge Range in which there will be occasional re-releases of popular products which have not been available from me for some years. In 2015 Ultimate Jumbo Stretch was released and now another great favourite is being made available again, an excellent card matrix effect called Jumpers. Designed as a close up presentation effect, this matrix is very clean in handling and has a terrific and unexpected surprise finish. The method has been streamlined from the original in order to make the ending even more open. Quantities of Jumpers will be limited and when the current batch is gone it may not be possible to get any further supplies. So, go to and watch the dem and if you like what you see, get your order in quickly to avoid disappointment." 5.3.16


Now That's What I Call Magic is returning to the Q Ball, St Martin's, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DJ (Map) for the Easter Holidays on 2nd April at 8.30pm. Featuring The Great Alprendo, Richard Graham and the award winning Oliver Tabor. Tickets are £10 for adults and £3 for children. The last one sold out. Reserve your tickets by emailing 5.3.16


John Palfreyman lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 10th March. In "Over 80 years of being a Magical Nut" John will talk about his progression through the world of magic. It starts with the first trick he ever saw when he was 6 years old through to his journey as performer, inventor, consultant, dealer and author, right up to the present day. Through the talk he'll perform many tricks that have been in his adult and children's shows, together with items of his own invention with many personal anecdotes. The evening will include a number of items for sale: Lecture Notes, Tricks and a book for Children's Entertainers. 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 5.3.16


John Carney Workshop - Manchester. 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.


Close-up Magic at The Magic Circle - London. This event showcases some of the best close-up magicians available and audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of the headquarters of the world-famous The Magic Circle in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing! Friday 8th April and Friday 6th May. Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.30pm. Tickets £19.75 plus transaction fee from or Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up is not usually recommended for those under 10. No refunds will be issued for under 10s. 5.3.16


Steve Beam’s lecture tour in October is almost fully booked. Tony Griffith emails: He will be lecturing for the following clubs: Surrey Society of Magicians, Medway Magical Society, Devon Magic Circle, Bath Circle of Magicians, Magicians of Man, Fylde Mystics, Perth Magic Circle, Hull Magicians' Club, Shropshire Magic Society, Home Counties Magic Society. There are vacancies for two more lectures. One on Saturday/Sunday 15/16th October in the North/North East of England, and one on Tuesday 18th October in South Yorkshire/Lancashire/North Midlands, en route from Hull to Shrewsbury. Interested clubs please contact Tony Griffith 01275 835463 5.3.16


Leicester Magician Abz wins Scoot Headline Award for his magic. Abz competed against more than 500 other nominees in the Awards. Presentations will be made at a glittering ceremony in St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London on April 25th. Abz has been performing close-up magic for over 10 years now. His client list includes singers, actors and also boxer Amir Khan. 5.3.16


Enterteasement: Comedy Magic Burlesque - Glasgow, Friday & Saturday, March 11th & 12th, 8pm - 10.30pm. "Enterteasement is Glasgow's Comedy Magic Burlesque show. They proudly boast a 4.7 star average customer review and have a reputation for selling out. This month accompanying a full line-up of 'As Seen On TV' Comedians is one of Scotland's most highly rated comedy magicians Chris Dinwoodie aka Woody." BGT. Tickets £14 via Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 5.3.16


Planning your programme of events for your club? Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 5.3.16


"Irene Larsen, Magic Castle Co-Founder, Dies at 79" Click Here. 5.3.16


"Just like that! Tommy Cooper to be honoured with London blue plaque" Click Here • "Street magician performs clever trick, but can you spot how he did it?" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo On How Crohn's Disease And Childhood Bullies Drove Him To Achieve The Impossible" Click Here • "Dynamo’s 2016 tour kicks off in Belfast! Dates & tickets" Click Here • "Vlasta Dalibor, puppeteer - obituary" Click Here • "Review: Dynamo at Echo Arena" Click Here • "Derren Brown returns to Swansea with the 'brain-blowingly brilliant' Miracle" Click Here • "Inside the mind of miracle man Derren Brown" Click Here • "Watch the moment magician makes Plymouth landmark vanish" Click Here • 'An Evening With Dee Riley' is reviewed by Steve Majes this week, Click Here • That's it for another week, many thanks for all your news submissions, see you next week, Duncan. 5.3.16