Number 828 - 7th May 2016


Impossible returns to London's West End for summer run. From the producers: Impossible, the world’s greatest magic show, will return to London this summer, following its acclaimed West End season last year. The show, which features the world’s greatest illusionists including new cast members Josephine Lee, Sabine Van Diemen and Magical Bones, will begin performances at the Noël Coward Theatre on Friday 8th July and run through to Saturday 27th August. Fusing death-defying stunts, technological trickery, grand stage illusions and close-up magic in a fast-paced breath-taking performance, Impossible reinvents the biggest illusions in history in the greatest magic show on earth. Audiences should prepare to be mesmerised and baffled as Impossible brings together world-class performers showing off a stunning range of magical artistry. Noel Coward Theatre from 8th July 2016, tickets: "Impossible opens in Beirut" Click Here. 7.5.16


56th Bristol Day of Magic - tomorrow! Paul MacLeavy writes: Sunshine Supermagic. Enjoy a day of super magic in sunny North Somerset tomorrow at the 56th annual Bristol Day of Magic. Star lectures, close-up shows and dealer' displays throughout the day, concluding with an international Gala of Magic. All in one venue: The Nailsea Arts Academy, The Link, Nailsea School, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 2LE (Map). For more details see 7.5.16


West End Magic, Leicester Square Theatre, Saturday 21st May at 3.30pm. From the organisers: West End Magic continues throughout the year at the Leicester Square Theatre featuring some of the most exciting names in magic and variety. May's offering brings international gentlemen juggler Mat Ricardo, slapdash magic duo Griffin and Jones, plus the conjuring feats of Oliver Tabor and guest vocalist Katie Paternoster. All held together by Norfolk's greatest magic/comedy export, Olly Day. Award-winning magic, juggling, illusions, death-defying escapes and comedy, all suitable for the family. Tickets: Box office 020 7734 2222. 7.5.16


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 26th May. From the organisers: A great evening of magic with top professional performers. The hilarious John Lenahan (host: Stuff the White Rabbit; toured with Jack Dee, Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry and Michael Ball); Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year, the very funny Tim Shoesmith; fast-paced illusions from Jason Steele & Joanne, and sparkling mentalism by the witty Ian Rowland. Compered by the marvellous Stephen Barry. It’s in the atmospheric function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map) just by West Ealing station, with free parking from 6.30pm. And free nibbles on the night! Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets from still just £11 in advance. 7.5.16


Eric Jones (USA) will tour his lecture across the UK next May. Steve Gore writes: Regarded by his peers as one of magic’s rising stars, Eric Jones has made quite a name for himself in the world of magic. Armed with cunning sleight of hand and a charming personality, he will astound you with his digital dexterity. When Eric performs, cards fly, coins multiply and audiences cheer! An award winning performer, Eric’s magic has been showcased at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and at NYC’s Monday Night Magic, the longest running magic show in New York. Eric has appeared on television in 13 countries. Eric's lecture will challenge you to look at your magic in a whole new light: discussing ways to make close-up effects play to large audiences; re-directing attention rather than misdirecting it and how to properly block/stage your performances to both conceal methods as well as optimise audience reactions. “After watching Eric do some of the most innovative, amazing card magic for an hour he told me he was a coin guy and then proved it....Eric Jones is the real deal!” Chris Kenner. Eric will be touring the UK from May 1st-9th. Book early! Email 7.5.16


Lost Envoy - The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare, book launch, this Wednesday in London. Readers of The Magic Circular (January 2016) will already be aware of the exciting news of the discovery within The Magic Circle Museum of a unique deck of fortune-telling cards hand painted c.1906 by the English artist and mystic Austin Spare. For the past three years, curator Jonathan Allen has been tracing the journey of this extraordinary artwork from the hands of its maker to its current home at Stephenson Way. "Lost Envoy” is the culmination of Allen’s research and reproduces Spare’s deck in its entirety for the first time, alongside new written and visual contributions from Jonathan Allen, Phil Baker, Helen Farley, Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neill, Sally O’Reilly and Gavin W. Semple. The book is published by Strange Attractor Press and will be launched this week at Camden Arts Centre on the evening of 11th May, including a public showcasing of the cards for the first time in their history. Magicians, artists, tarotists all welcome, Click Here. 7.5.16


Dynamo: Magician Impossible,  Dynamo Revealed and Dynamo Top Ten Greatest Moments - three in a row from Dynamo next Saturday, 14th May, from 4.30pm on W - see TV Magic for details. 7.5.16


The Mark Leveridge Magic E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge writes: The May edition of the half hour online video release is ready for your attention in exchange for a meagre amount of your cash! This time I provide details of one of my ring and string moves in the Teach In, Wrinkles offers you an excellent idea from Andy Stone for my colour changing deck routine Colour Confusion, and in It Could Only Happen Live I tell the tale of the time I turned up for a booking to find another magician already there ready to perform! I also go through the two children's effects that are featured this month in the Web Offer Bundle, take a look at Profit At The Party in Mark's Bookshelf which was the publication that set me off on the path to providing games at children's parties, and in 60 Seconds To Success, I consider the ever present question about how you decide what to charge for shows. You can gain access to all the above as a one off purchase, or you can subscribe for a year which brings the monthly cost of each issue down even further. The E-Video Newsletter has been going for many years and always provides an entertaining and helpful selection of content on the 1st of each month, so switch on to it now by going to 7.5.16


Steve Short's lecture on the Supreme Magic Company given to the Hull Magicians’ Circle last month is reviewed by Jon Marshal this week: "There must be so many older magicians around who used to wait with anticipation for the postman to deliver that brown parcel with a Bideford postmark bringing the latest tricks from Edwin Hooper’s Supreme Magic Company..." To read the full review Click Here. 7.5.16


The Three-volume set 'The Mentalism & Mind Reading Secrets of Repro Magic' compiled by Jonathan Royle is reviewed by Stuart Cassels this week: "On opening the parcel, I began to dive straight in to the first volume, eager to see what would be revealed, and I can honestly say I was not disappointed! I was presented with some amazing effects, ideas and methods, from masters of Mentalism, that sent my mind racing. In fact, at this point I decided that this trilogy of “books” formed a real Encyclopedia of Mentalism. Within minutes I had found ideas, full routines, and methods that I know will be used in the near future, along with practical, workable solutions to complete routines I had already started to develop..." To read the full review, Click Here. 7.5.16


Paul Stone Manchester Circle of Magicians evening. Mike Hinde writes: The MCM welcome Paul Stone on this coming Monday, 9th May. Paul Stone has been around the magic scene for many years. A successful cabaret and trade show performer, he moved into show and event production over thirty years ago and has produced his "World Stars of Magic" and "Variety Live" shows in several top Hotels and Casinos in Las Vegas and at the world famous London Palladium Theatre. Paul has produced more than 20 shows including "A Tribute to Siegfried & Roy at the London Palladium" and "Palladium Magic" celebrating 100 years of magic at the Palladium and honouring Master Magician John Calvert. Paul was Magic Consultant on both "The Best of Magic" and Penn & Teller's "Fool Us" TV series. Paul has also produced three "Innovention" Conventions, two in Las Vegas with magic luminaries including Teller, Lance Burton, Siegfried & Roy, Amazing Johnathan, Mac King and Criss Angel; and last year in Liverpool with Jeff Hobson and Armando Lucero. Paul's fast moving and brand new lecture, (his last UK lecture tour was in 2005) will feature a number of commercial ideas and tricks specifically aimed at the working performer, which will be available to buy at the end of the lecture. Paul will also be telling some fascinating stories about the many great magicians that have appeared in his shows, including Hans Moretti & Helga, Siegfried & Roy, Lance Burton, Fred Kaps and Silvan, to name just a few. Definitely a lecture not to be missed! Full details: [See What's On for other tour dates]. 7.5.16


Harry Lorayne's 90th Birthday Party. Paul Gordon writes: I've been a fan and friend of Harry Lorayne's for nearly forty years and have contributed tricks to his books and Apocalypse. So, it was a great honour to be invited by Steve Cohen to Harry's 90th birthday party in New York last Sunday. Attendees included Michael Vincent, David Regal, Jean-Jacques Sanvert, Jon Racherbaumer, Richard Kaufman, Joe Monti, David Roth and Wes James. Video tributes came in from David Copperfield, Mel Brooks, Alan Alda, Meir Yedid, Allan Ackerman, David Berglas, David Blaine and a host of other big names in magic. (Facebook friends of mine can see the photos and videos on my Facebook page.) Impromptu performances came from Michael Vincent, Jean-Jacques Sanvert and David Regal. Harry was in top form and visually touched by the event and he and I shared a hug and a tear. I then got to lead in the singing of Happy Birthday! The final surprise was a telegram from Barack Obama thanking Harry for his contribution to the American way. Wonderful! It was an incredible event and I'm proud to have been a part of it. 7.5.16


24th Ferrybridge Day of Magic, Sunday 3rd July 2016. Michael Shepherd writes: Travis Perkins is pleased to announce the date for the 24th Ferrybridge Day of Magic. Sunday 3rd July 2016. With two Lecturettes, a Workshopette, the Showette and Dealers and Traders, the day looks very promising - put the date in your diary now. More news as we approach the day! Venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire. WF11 8PQ (Map). Doors open 9.45am and the day closes at 5pm. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Information can be obtained from Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 or email 7.5.16


Adrian Sullivan Dealer Dem / Lecture, South London Magic Society June 7th. From the organisers: Adrian has performed his acts in the UK, Egypt, the USA, the Far East, Germany, Tunisia, France, Cyprus, Dubai and China. He will be doing a Dealer Dem at the South London Magic Society and specialises in high impact effects that provide value for money. Best of all, South London Magic Society won't be charging for this event - yes, it's free entry! Please let us know in advance if you would like to attend so we can put you on the guest list. Tuesday June 7th at 7pm. Venue: Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham BR3 4JP (Map). 7.5.16


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) are holding a Jumbo Auction this Tuesday, 10th May, at The Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map) commencing at 7.30pm prompt but with viewing from 6.30pm. Lot numbers are now available so if you need one please contact Max Townsend on 07527 387146 or email Details are on Door charge £3 for non-members. Do come along as you may find the very thing you are looking for! Geoffrey Newton PRO. 7.5.16


Newcastle Magic Circle Dinner, Saturday 12th November 2016. Tony Junior, NMC Secretary writes: Newcastle Magic Circle presents The President's 83rd Annual Dinner on Saturday 12th November 2016, from 7pm to 1am. Venue: Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 5HP. Tickets now on sale at £37.50 per person. As last year we are limiting tickets to the first 200 people. Price includes: a 3 course meal (vegetarian option available) and two cabaret shows and the Magicians Flashmob along with a lot more on the night. The 2016 Cabarets are the superbly hilarious impressionist 'Danny Posthill' a Britain's Got Talent 2015 finalist and fantastic UK illusionists, Amethyst. Tickets are only available from our treasurer Michael Harney, email Also include the secretary with all correspondence: Cheques should be made payable to 'Newcastle Magic Circle' and should be sent to: Michael Harney, 34 Hipsburn Drive, Sunderland SR3 1UA. Or pay by BACS, please email for BACS details. 7.5.16


The Motion Show, Wednesday 11th May, on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Graeme Garden chairs the debating game with Gyles Brandreth, Scott Capurro, Arthur Smith and Paul Daniels. From June 2001. See TV Magic for details. 7.5.16


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