Number 826 - 23rd April 2016


Edinburgh International Magic Festival. 1st–8th July. Seekers of wonder and amazement are invited to ‘lose themselves in magic’ this summer as the Edinburgh International Magic Festival celebrates its 7th magical year as the UK’s biggest festival of innovative and cutting-edge magic, 1st – 8th July. Edinburgh will sparkle with an enchanting programme of world-class magic events, unforgettable performances, and jaw-dropping stunts from some of the greatest illusionists, mindreaders and magicians from around the world:

• Three day MagicFair at Summerhall – a brand new multi-space experience with family events and late night sessions
• Matinee performance added to MagicFest Gala at the Festival Theatre
• Magic School, Secret Room and Magic à la Carte Dinner
• Grand Prix World Magic Champion Hector Mancha joins MagicFest line-up
• The legendary Juan Tamariz (‘El Maestro’) performs live for the first time in Scotland
• Show premieres from Kevin Quantum, Colin Cloud, BBC’s R. Paul Wilson, and debut performances at the Festival from Vincent Gambini and David Gerard
• Korean magic company from the world’s only magic college, featuring the Asian Champion of Magic
• City centre Magic Hunt for children and adults, and free magic performances at Krispy Kreme stores in the run up to the Festival.

For full programme details Click Here. 23.4.16


Illusionist Jamie Allan appears on Michael McIntyre's Big Show this evening at 7.15pm on BBC 1. See TV Magic. 23.4.16


Craig ChristianEvolution of Magic - the mind-blowing magic show, starring Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best is now running to 11th September at the Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Selected dates. Show Times: 6pm & 7.30pm. Prices: Premium £15.00, General Seating £12.50. There's a discount for magicians (tickets £8) on production of a Magic Club membership card or other magic 'proof' (i.e. your website). For more info on the show and specific dates see Showreel: 23.4.16


Bristol Day of Magic. Paul MacLeavy writes: Bristol Day of Magic - Sunday 8th May 2016. There are just 7 days left to get your early bird registration for the 56th Annual Bristol Day of Magic. Just £35 for a full day of lectures, close-up performances, workshops, dealers, and international Gala Show. For more information, and to register, go to 23.4.16


Kennedy 'That Mind Reader Guy' will be the special guest on Steffen Peddie’s Chat Show Thing at The Stand, Newcastle Upon Tyne, tomorrow evening, Sunday 24th April. Steffen Peddie’s Chat Show Thing is a chat show, live with no cameras and no censor. Your host Steffen Peddie will welcome you to pull up a chair and listen to some inside chat that audiences don't normally get to hear. With live stand up and conversation from his guests, and the chance to put forward questions yourself and maybe win a prize from the “Table of Tat” why would you not want to be there? Sunday 24th April, playwright and poet, Tom Kelly and mind reader Kennedy. With food available in the club, or treat yourself to some pre-show dining from The Stand Bistro. More information about Kennedy see, and to book tickets visit Doors open at 6pm. 23.4.16


Mel Mellers: The Travelling Trickster is reviewed by Jay Fortune this week. "Reading it with my performer's hat on, it was the ‘bits of business’ that were, in my opinion, really worth their weight in gold. And these are littered throughout the book. Many may pass them by, but to the savvy and experienced performer you’ll read a sentence for a gag or bit of business that might give birth to a whole routine inspired by Mel’s thinking..." To read Jay's full review, Click Here. 23.4.16


Five! An Evening of Magic and Comedy, Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford. From the organisers: What a treat we have for you! Award-winning magician, Martin Cox, a member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, brings his unique comedy magic to Rhodes for an intimate show of fun, magic and laughter. Martin’s expert handling of both close-up and cabaret magic have been enjoyed all over - from The Magic Circle in London, to the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Martin is hailed as one of the best! Saturday 28th May at 8pm. Tickets: £12 (£8 concs.) Rhodes Bishops Stortford, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 3JG (Map). Box Office 01279 710200 23.4.16


Congratulations to both Antonio Zip (photo) and Darren Mac, through to the National Finals of Britain Does Variety after making it into the final four of the Yorkshire Regional Finals. 25 acts took part and now Zip and Darren will both perform in St Albans on 11th June! 23.4.16


Merlins of Wakefield update: We have just received our order of the amazing Split by Yves Doumergue and Jean Luc Bertrand. All pre-orders have been sent out - we still have a few in stock, order now! Congratulations to Darren Mac and Antonio Zip, members of Merlins Magic Club who are through to the finals of Britain Does Variety. Good luck in the final guys! You can see them both at our 21st Birthday Magic Celebrations Day on 15th May 2016. Buy tickets online, or call 01924 339933 for more details 23.4.16


International News: XIV Magic Congress in Saint-Vincent, Italy. May 26th-29th 2016. From the organisers: More than 100 hours of magic, 70 shows, 13 lectures, 4 days of live emotions... all at a great price! Here's the cast: Tom Stone, Michael Weber, Daryl, Sittah, Rudy Coby, Aaron Fisher, David Kaye, Eugene Burger, Max Maven, David Regal, Harry Anderson, David Merlini, Alana, Tempei, CY, Anson Lee, Jabba, Richard Kaufman, Raul Cremona, Walter Rolfo, Adam Grace and Diego Minevitz! Grand Hotel Billia is the HQ hotel: For more information and to register visit 23.4.16


May Bank Holiday Sale at the Card Collection! Up to 20% off all stock items. Sale starts Thursday 28th April at 2.30pm and runs until 10.30am on Tuesday 3rd May. Don't miss out on the bargains! 23.4.16


Terry Herbert Lecture - Kent Magicians Guild. Mike Bonfield writes: 8pm on April 26th at CIU Dunton Green Social Club, London Road, Kent TN13 2TA (Map). Tickets on the door £5.00. "The Godfather of Children's Magic - The Master of Comedy" - this lecture is a PowerPoint presentation on Children's Magic, Past and Present, first presented in Blackpool in 2015. Michael Bonfield 23.4.16


A Wonderfully Weird Evening of Magic - Chesham. From the organisers: On the 7th May, London cabaret magician Dee Riley in association with The Chesham Theatre Company brings his sell-out London show “A Wonderfully Weird Evening of Magic” to Chesham for one night only. The evening starts with a formal sit down dinner complemented by a highly skilled close-up magician roaming the room, soon followed by dessert and then the live show! Dee will be demonstrating live all of his multi award-winning stage acts, from comedy magic classics to mind reading and psychological trickery, to meaningful philosophical moments... as well as a finale trick which has been kept top secret - not to be missed! Tickets have sold thick and fast since their release in February with some table seating at £25 per head still available (dinner and show). One night only straight from London’s West End - Dee is one to dazzle. Bookings and reservations via - Venue: Temperance Hall, Chesham. 23.4.16


Luke Murray: Mystifier. From the organisers: Be prepared for a theatrical roller-coaster ride as master magician Luke Murray brings his new one-man show to London. The Award-Winning Mentalist will provoke, astound, baffle and amaze! Impossible predictions, devious divination and his extremely risky version of Russian Roulette are just a selection of what you can expect this psychologist illusionist to display in this new one-hour show. Once a stand-up comedian and compere, this show will also leave you in hysterics as Luke Murray combines his unique brand of comedy with his mentalism. "Luke Murray infuses some much-needed levity and humour into the 'heady' art of mentalism" (Huffington Post blogger). YouTube. 7.30pm on 15th June at the Canal Cafe Theatre, Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, London W2 6ND (Map). For more info and to book Click Here. 23.4.16


Oliver Tabor lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 28th April: Oliver has been a full time magician for over 15 years, was the winner of multiple awards at the 2013 IBM British Ring Convention and is the producer for 'West End Magic' at the Leicester Square Theatre, and the 'Magic at the Barn' shows in Essex. Oliver has lectured at The Magic Circle, the IBM British Ring Convention and for the Blackpool Magicians' Club. His lecture mostly covers stage magic and looks at how the techniques, psychology and rules used by stage manipulators can easily be applied to all performance situations: from cabaret to close-up and from parlour to children's shows.

He offers effects for close-up, comedy, stage and children's magic, and also demonstrates how to produce a dove. Throughout the explanations he illustrates how to make performances more powerful by applying the rules of stagecraft, how to deconstruct a routine or act, whilst eliminating any unnecessary movements and actions, and how to give your magic more of an impact in general. Lecture notes and products will also be available. Entrance: Members free, visiting magicians welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For details contact Adam Mosley We are always looking for new members so please check out our web site or find Surrey Magic on Facebook. Adam Mosley.


Catch up with Criss. Criss Angel: Mindfreak is being repeated on H2, for the next few weeks. Criss Angel performing his take on 'Street Magic'. See TV Magic. 23.4.16



Steve Beam Lecture Tour. Tony Griffith writes: I am organising a lecture tour of the UK for Steve Beam (Cary, North Carolina, USA) in October. I am looking for clubs willing to take Steve’s lecture in the North of England, on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 15/16th October and on Tuesday 18th October. Clubs who would like to host this brilliant entertaining lecturer should contact me as soon as possible on 01275 835463 or email This will be Steve’s fifth lecture tour of this country since his first visit in the early 1990’s. Steve is the author of Semi Automatic Card Tricks Vols 1 -10 and The Trapdoor Magazine 23.4.16


Congratulations to Simon Jones from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, winner of the Bill Hammersley Close-up Magic competition held by the Home Counties Magical Society last week. Eight acts competed in front of an invited audience and were judged on entertainment quality and magical content. Simon wowed the crowd with a series of effects using cards and Rubik Cubes. He is seen here receiving the award from club president Steve Graham. 23.4.16


News from the Northern Magic Circle: Northern Magic Circle President, Robert Temple and his partner, Emma Ward, would like to say "thank you" to the council and the members for their support at the beginning of their Presidential year. They began their 12 months in office at the NMC convention, earlier this month. The President's Dinner takes place on Friday 28th October 2016 at The Kings Head Hotel in Richmond, North Yorkshire and will feature a three-course meal and fantastic cabaret. Tickets are £35 and available from Robert, directly. The following day will be their President's Day, including a guided tour of the beautiful Georgian Theatre Royal (the oldest working theatre in the UK), lectures, a close-up magic performance and a full evening magic show. Tickets are £10. Full weekend registration is just £40 and available now. Put the dates into your diary and then call to book your tickets on 0191 500 9568. It's guaranteed to be a magical weekend. 23.4.16


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