Number 848 - 24th September 2016


The Magic Circle Awards 2016. At a magical event held at The Magic Circle Headquarters on Thursday, President Scott Penrose MIMC presented the winners of the annual awards:

The David Devant Award
Awarded to those who have made a significant contribution in advancing the art of magic or who have given outstanding service to magic internationally. The trophy is a miniature bust of David Devant, the first President of The Magic Circle. The original life size bronze is on permanent display in the Headquarters. Winner: Lance Burton MIMC (seen here in Las Vegas; award presented by Paul Stone).

The Maskelyne Award
Awarded for services to British magic. The trophy is a sculpted head of John Nevil Maskelyne, founding father of a magical dynasty which presented magic in London for an amazing 60 years. Winner: Dynamo MIMC

The Carlton Award
Given to a performer for outstanding comedy in magic. The award is a framed portrait of Carlton, ‘The Human Hairpin’, who was Britain’s leading comedy magician in the early part of the last century. Winner: John Lenahan AIMC

The John Nevil Maskelyne Prize
The Magic Circle administers The John Nevil Maskelyne Memorial Fund. One of the objects of this Fund is to provide a monetary prize for noteworthy contributions by a member or non member of The Magic Circle to the art or literature of magic. Winner: Harry Lorayne

The Cecil Lyle Award
Given to the author of the best trick published in The Magic Circular during the past year. Winner: Katherine Rhodes MIMC. 24.9.16


Magician assaulted in Ireland. "Friends of Filipino magician Mark Beltran are trying to raise funds for him after he and his friends were assaulted by a gang in Dublin on Friday, September 9. A GoFundMe campaign for Beltran recounted, he and three of his friends were attacked and Beltran was hit on the face with a bottle, severely injuring his right eye. 'He has undergone surgery in Mater Hospital in Dublin. We still hold out hope for a miracle, but doctors have told Mark that the wound on the eye was severe, and that he will not likely recover sight in his eye,' wrote Beltran's friends." To read the full story, Click Here. To support visit Also see: "Fil-Canadian magician lives his dream" Click Here. 24.9.16


Magic & Mayhem, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar, Tuesday 25th October. Prepare to be amazed this October as a brand new show comes to the Wyllyotts Theatre, brought to you by The Watford Association of Magicians. With spectacular illusions, interactive magic, endless comedy and amazing puppets, Magic & Mayhem promises to deliver surprises and wonder for all the family to enjoy. Featuring an award winning cast including: Martin Cox, Mr Belldini, Carl & Dave, Ian Manly and Christopher Garside's 'Illusive'. Experience magic and mayhem, the perfect half term treat! Book your tickets at: 2pm on Tuesday 25th October. Adult £10, Child £8, Family Ticket £34 (2 adults, 2 children). Wyllyotts Theatre, Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 2HN (Map). 24.9.16


Russ Brown's Carnival of Magic, Blackpool. September, October, November 2016. From Mark James' review: "What’s wonderful about this show is the way things are woven together. Leaning heavily on its theme park surroundings each routine is linked with a wheel of fortune type selector that tells us which part of the fairground we are visiting next or some vintage footage projected on either side of the stage. The real star pieces of the first half are undoubtedly an extremely well worked and baffling version of another Steinmeyer creation called Hospitality. Multiple drinks are poured from a simple milk carton and then given out to the audience to try. Russell performs the piece with great enthusiasm and for my money it’s the best version I’ve seen outside of Lance Burton’s show." To read the full review Click Here. Every Saturday & Sunday from Saturday 17th September to Sunday 6th November 2016, plus each weekday evening at 7.30pm from week commencing 17th October 2016, up to and including Sunday 6th November 2016 (excluding Saturday 22nd Saturday 29th October & Saturday 5th November). Show Times: 5.30pm (Saturdays only) and 7.30pm all other days. Show Length: 2 x 45 minutes plus a 20 minute interval. Seat Prices: £12 all seats. £10 with valid Pleasure Beach wristband. £40 Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children). September, October, November. For more details visit 24.9.16


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 29th September. From the organisers: A stunning line-up with fabulous entertainers. Michael Vadini’s wonderful act is stage magic at its best. Beautiful to watch, engaging, and utterly mystifying. John Kimmons is always a hit at the Court with his hilarious ventriloquism and magic. And we’re delighted to present one of the world’s top card men, Bebel, in what may be his first ever public show in the UK. Don’t miss the chance to see his astonishing work at Conjuring at the Court. Also from France, Jerome Bourgeon won the European Magical Championships at Blackpool with his amazingly original ideas. Compere Stephen Barry. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, recently refurbished throughout. Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! Address is the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Just 12 minutes from Central London. Parking is free from 6.30pm. 24.9.16


Look out for Jamie Raven on BBC 1 London News at 6.30pm on Monday 26th September. Jamie will be talking about his upcoming shows at The Magic Circle in October, from The Magic Circle HQ itself. For tickets see: Video Click Here. Also see 24.9.16


Penn & Teller: Fool Us in Vegas. This new run launches with show 10/13, this Sunday at 6.25pm on Channel 5. The previous shows went out back in the spring. Here's the press release from Channel 5: "Magicians try to baffle Penn and Teller with their tricks." (Really, that's it. Ten words. Got a feeling that there may be a vacancy for a publicist in the Channel 5 press office real soon, or at least there should be. DT). 24.9.16


Entrepreneur Performers' Business and Marketing Conference - London, September 25th. From the organisers: This September a brand new conference is being held for entertainers. Rather than tricks and routines, this special event focuses on building your entertainment business. With speakers and delegates flying in from all over the world, the day is going to be jam-packed with cutting edge marketing, branding and career building lectures from people who are really out there doing it. The event is perfect for professionals wanting to learn to reap the rewards of the latest marketing innovations, as well as entertainers who are still trying to make that leap to their first gigs. Speakers include Balloon Man Andy Smith from Hong Kong - speaking on how to charge premium prices, YouTube magic sensation Steven Bridges and professional corporate entertainer Ken Dyne with more names to be announced. Early bird discount pricing is available if you snap up tickets now at It all starts at 10am on Sunday 25th September 2016 at the Crown Plaza London Heathrow. 24.9.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Derren Brown, dabbling in a little politics for The Channel Four Political Awards, in February 2003. See: The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 24.9.16


When Magic Goes Horribly Wrong. "Entertaining documentary special looking at the sometimes funny, often dramatic, and sometimes even deadly consequences when magic tricks fail. Witnesses, escapologists and magicians, both famous and amateur, tell their stories, illustrated with archive clips and specially shot material, while graphics help to dissect the tricks to discover what went wrong and why." See TV Magic. 24.9.16


Wayne Goodman Lecture - Houdini's Magic Bar, Broadstairs, Kent. Sam Watson writes: Houdini's Magic Bar, located in Broadstairs, Kent, is pleased to announce a third lecturer for our Black Card Club on Monday 26th September. Wayne creates commercial magic, is author of a number of magic publications and has performed across Europe, Scandinavia, the USA and Mexico. Wayne's fun lecture will feature commercial close-up magic. We welcome magicians, and those learning magic and with genuine interest. £10 on door, £5 to Black Card Members. Houdini's Magic Bar, 158 High Street, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1JB (Map). See 24.9.16


Liam Montier Coventry Magic Circle lecture. James Cannon writes: The Coventry Magic Circle are delighted to welcome Liam Montier to our society. Liam creates magic effects, and is also a very talented magician. This promises to be a wonderful evening of magic. Not to be missed. Tuesday 4th October at 8pm. £10 entrance fee for travelling magicians. Starts at 8 o'clock at the Coventry Magic Circle, Bentley Road Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR (Map). 24.9.16


The September Mark Leveridge Podcast. This month Mark dives straight in with a varied selection of topics for you to enjoy. For instance, Mark invites you to consider what your personal USP is when promoting your shows, he reflects on Magic Magazine's sudden demise, thinks about the new season of magic ahead, gives an opinion on Dynamo's transition from the small screen to the big stage, and wonders why so many performers fail to get proper professional help with their advertising. Plus, there's a first with a sample recording of one of Mark's wonderful stories from the 'It Could Only Happen Live' section of his E-Video Newsletter. All this and more. Access for free from or from, where you can also sign up to receive each new Podcast as soon as it is released on the 1st of each month. 24.9.16


Morgan & West Pentacle Club Lecture, Cambridge. Alan Maskell writes: On Tuesday 4th October The Pentacle Club presents a highly recommended two-part lecture by the world’s finest time traveling Victorian magic act - Morgan & West. The first half is called 'Coding in the Pub' and teaches quick, easy, practical, and very fooling tricks utilising two people for use out and about (and on stage if you so wish) and other mentalism tricks, both for two people and the solo magician. Morgan & West are a character act and always have been and in the second part they talk extensively about how you can create an authentic character which connects with an audience. The Club meets at St Andrews church centre, behind St Andrew's church, at the junction of Coldham's Lane and Cherry Hinton High Street, Cambridge: The lecture starts at 8pm, visiting magicians are welcome and there is a charge for non-members. Morgan and West will also be appearing at the Cambridge Junction on Monday 3rd: 24.9.16


Steve Beam’s fifth UK lecture tour. Tony Griffith, who is organising Steve Beam’s fifth lecture tour of the UK in October, has supplied us with the following dates:
Monday 3rd Surrey Society of Magicians
Tuesday 4th Medway Magical Society
Wednesday 5th Devon Magic Circle
Thursday 6th Bath Circle of Magicians
Saturday/Sunday 8th/9th Magicians of Man
Tuesday 11th Fylde Mystics
Wednesday 12th Perth Magic Circle
Saturday 15th Cumbria Magic Circle
Sunday 16th Newcastle Magic Circle
Monday 17th Hull Magicians Club
Tuesday 18th British Magical Society
Wednesday 19th Shropshire Magic Society
Thursday 20th Home Counties Magic Society
Friday 21st Bexley Magic Society
Those wishing to see Steve’s lecture should make contact with the appropriate magic club. Further details can obtained from Tony Griffith: 01275 835463 or


The Titanic Staircase becomes a Magical Stage. Paul Ormonde performed his magic on a rather interesting stage last weekend at the Oasis Travel Cruise Fair. It was at the Titanic Belfast, which has been voted the most popular tourist attraction in Europe. The stage was a beautiful replica of the Titanic staircase. Paul performed many of the classics of magic including the appearing and disappearing billiard ball routine and the Chinese linking rings. The truly magical part of the story is that Paul’s grandfather worked onboard the sister ship to the Titanic, the Olympic. The Paul Ormonde Magic Show will be back in Belfast at The Belfast Central Library on Saturday October 1st, at 2pm. Paul is pictured on the staircase with Zara McDowell of ACA Models. 24.9.16


Perth Magic Circle new season. Adrian Harris writes: The Perth Magic Circle has resumed their meetings for the new season and are already off to a flying start! On Wednesday 12th October, we look forward to welcoming Steve Beam for what will be his only Scottish lecture during his current U.K. Tour. As the author of the 'Semi Automatic Card Tricks' series of books, this lecture is sure to have lots of good, easy to do effects and everyone should get something new to add to their repertoire. The lecture will be held in the Main Lounge (upstairs) of the Perth & District Ex-Servicemens Club, 5 Brown Street, Perth commencing 7.30pm. A warm welcome is extended to all Scottish magicians (and further afield!) to join us for this special evening. Admission will be £10.00 payable at the door. 24.9.16


Care & Share Balloon Fun Day, 4th October, Northampton. Organiser Graham lee writes: There are still some early bird tickets available, which makes the day free to attend. The day runs from 12noon to 5pm, with three balloon workshops during the day and a fun competition as well, to take part in if you wish. For more info and to book visit 24.9.16


"Derren Brown’s New Book ‘Happy’ Slams Self-Help Industry: ‘The Universe Doesn’t Give A F**k’" Click Here (order from Click Here) • "Derren Brown: 'Performers can be shy and despite my dramatic stunts, in reality, I truly do not like the attention'" Click Here • "No Tricks: An Evening with Derren Brown comes to the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells" Click Here • "Bernie Ecclestone asks magician Dynamo to make Mercedes disappear" Click Here • "The Holy Trinity schoolboy who could be the next Dynamo" Click Here • "The V&A's plans for the Tommy Cooper Collection" Click Here • "He aced it! Magician uses a clever card trick to propose to his unsuspecting girlfriend - who can't quite believe her eyes" Click Here • "Watch: Magician Dynamo stuns Carlos Sainz at Singapore GP" Click Here • "How Dan White, a Magician, Spends His Sundays" Click Here • "Magician Penn Jillette worked with Trump - 'However bad you think he is, he's worse.'" Click Here • "Burton magician embarks on adventure to attempt survival on Scottish island and to perform at school" Click Here • That's it for this week, see you next week when we'll present more adventures from the land of make believe, Duncan. 24.9.16