Number 849 - 1st October 2016


W25 A Celebration of Women Magicians. From The Magic Circle: Join us to celebrate 25 years of Women at The Magic Circle! We bring you an exciting and unique event, showcasing our top female members. From close-up magic to stage illusions, this amazing show has something for everyone. Doors open at 6pm - visit our museum, grab a drink at the bar and watch some wonderful close-up magic. Then it's on with the show in our exclusive theatre where you'll witness two hours of magic from some of the best British and international female names in the world of magic today. A show combining the talents of our top female members including: Romany, Mandy Muden, Fay Presto and the future of magic, Divine, as well as many more! Sunday 9th October at 7pm (doors 6pm) at The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). To book Click Here. "How female magicians broke through The Magic Circle's boys' club" Click Here. Also see: "How L.A.'s Female Magicians Are Making the Glass Ceiling Disappear" Click Here. 1.10.16


The Session and The Event line up is stronger than ever. This year The Event (a day of mentalism on Friday 6th January) will host mentalism legend Banachek along with Luke Jermay, Chris Rawlins, Alex Ray, and a whole host of surprise guests. And The Session (7th and 8th January), just announced that Woody Aragon will join Eric Mead, Jamy Ian Swiss, Ben Earl, Danny Buckler, and a world famous guest of honour. The convention is held two minutes from Heathrow airport and tickets always sell out late December - so book yours now. (Photo Credit: Chris Gillett Photography). 1.10.16


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2017 will take place at The Magic Circle Headquarters in Euston early next year. Heats will take place on Sunday 12th February 2017 with the Final on Sunday 9th April 2017. Part of The Magic Circle's Youth Initiative, the competition, which is held every other year, attracts entries from some of the finest young magicians in the country, competing for what many regard as the best prize in British magic: the title 'The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year', four years free membership of The Magic Circle (on reaching their eighteenth birthday), a trip to the McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas, and the award itself, the Derrick Speight Trophy. Recent winners include Ben Hart, Paul Dabek, Steve Dela, Michael Jordan, Ben Proos, Sebastian Walton and current holder, Leah Mae Devine. PDF application form: Click Here. Further information can be obtained from the Competition Secretary, Dr. Michael Colley 1.10.16


Marvin's Magic takes over Hamleys display windows. There's a real buzz of excitement along Regent Street right now. Passers-by have been mesmerised by the Marvin’s Magic engaging window display at Hamleys, where holographic gloved hands perform incredible magic enticing shoppers in to experience the magic live and close-up. More than 30 years ago, Marvin’s Magic launched its first internationally renowned magic department within Hamleys London store. Its magic sets are consistently amongst the best-sellers, with recent successes being the cutting edge i-Magic range.

Marvin Berglas, award-winning magician and creator of Marvin’s Magic sais: “We are proud of our magical partnership with Hamleys, inspiring and encouraging the next generation of magicians through excellence in magic. It is always good to see that we are still bringing magical smiles and wide eyed amazement to children and adults alike. We can’t give away any secrets but our captivating window display at Hamleys will certainly give passers-by a real treat and if they’re lucky, they may even see me lose my head!”

Marvin's Magic shop windows can be seen at Hamleys stores in Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester, Cardiff, Lakeside and also throughout Scandinavia. There will be various ongoing Marvin's Magic demonstrations, promotions and events in all their stores internationally, including the latest huge superstore just opened in Prague and Nanjing, India. Visit Hamleys before the end of October to watch Marvin’s Magic latest displays.


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, from The MagicWeek Video Archive, Catford Youth Club's Young Magician of the Week, the brilliant Joe Pasquale, on New Faces of 87 from 25th September 1987: The MagicWeek Video Archive. Joe won this heat and went on to be placed second in the Grand Final. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 1.10.16


Ben Earl has been heralded as one of the finest sleight of hand artists of our time. Lennart Green said “his philosophy and ability is supernatural” and mentalist Colin Mcleod said “his skill level, thinking, style and approach is close to unrivalled”. In an effort to find out what makes Ben the best, Vanishing Inc. have arranged a full-day workshop on Ben's "Neo-Movement" framework. The workshop will be held in an art gallery in Hackney, London, on 13th November 2016. There are just 30 spaces, of which over half sold out within 12 hours. Book your ticket now at 1.10.16


Modern Magic, The Charlotte Street Hotel, London. Prepare to believe in magic...! Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, an audience will have their minds read, senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. Saturday 15th October 2016. Tickets: £20 Parlour, £30 Front Row. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15 - 17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map). 1.10.16


Steve Beam Fylde Mystics lecture. Alan Mylecraine writes: On Tuesday 11th October the Fylde Mystics will be hosting a lecture by Steve Beam. This is not the usual meeting night but we had to change to fit in with Steve's tour. The venue is also different from the usual one and the evening will commence at 7.30pm at Cleveleys Community Church & Centre (formerly the Frank Townend Centre) Kensington Road, Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire FY5 1ER (Map). Visitors are welcome. £5.00 on the door. For more information please visit (See What's On for all Steve Beam Lecture Tour dates). 1.10.16


Chris Rawlings International Magic Lecture. Mel Mellers writes: The lecture put on by International Magic on September 27th in London featuring Chris Rawlings was well attended and rightly so. The man has great presentation skills with methods that were obnoxiously good. He weaved splendid mentalism with a disarming chatty style that held the audience. This is a "go and do it mentalist" with clear and well thought out presentation hooks. If he is lecturing or performing near you my advice would be GO. 1.10.16


The Mark Leveridge E-Video Newsletter, October 2016. The latest 30 minute online video presentation from Mark Leveridge is now ready and as usual it contains a variety of interesting content: The Teach In - watch and learn Miracle Match, a clever card matching effect. Top Tips - an idea to help prevent pocket clutter for strolling magicians. It Could Only Happen Live - the story of when Mark flew 3000 miles to sell products that didn't arrive! The Web Offer Bundle - save £10.00 on two kids' show products this month. 60 Seconds To Success - how to decide the number of tricks to carry for close up shows. The Review Corner - Jim Prace's Jumping Gem Pen comes under scrutiny. The E-Video Newsletter is available either as an individual purchase for a small payment, or for even less if taken as part of a 1 year sub. To watch a trailer of the latest episode and to order visit 1.10.16


An Evening With Steve Majes at The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Steve has been a professional entertainer and magician for 30 years. Starting his magical journey as a demonstrator at Davenport's Magic Shop in London, he moved on to work as a Butlins Red Coat and following that built a career as a cabaret performer and a touring illusionist with his shows "Active" and "Frite Nite". After 10 years touring he now works closer to home and enjoys the less stressful schedule touring locally with his family cabaret and party shows. Steve has also built up a great reputation as a creative balloon twister and works constantly under his character name "The Tricky Twister". During the evening at the Gathering, Steve will be passing on his experiences and stories and presenting his magic creations and balloon ideas, so come along for a relaxed evening from a fun and ready to share entertainer. The Lecture is free. If you wish to come along please email Kyle at or call 07982 819727. Tuesday 4th October at 7.30pm. The Gathering, St George Hotel, 7-10 Albert Square, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 3JH (Map). 1.10.16


Magicians Advice Podcast with Daniel Chard: "In this feature length podcast, Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan talk with Daniel Chard. We start off the podcast talking about all the different styles of card magic, we then move into life as a working magician and what it's like working at Ellisons Bar in Bristol, and so much more. Please take a listen it's an interesting podcast with loads of information for the working magician. Special thanks to Daniel for giving up his time to make this episode of the Magicians Advice Podcast." 1.10.16


Enterteasement: Comedy! Magic! Burlesque Show - Glasgow. Saturday, October 8th at 8pm. 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: The Dutch Dynamo, Fritz Alkemade, and a star studded cast including Tanyalee Davis from Live At The Apollo. Tickets £14 via Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 1.10.16


Neptune Magic Dinner. From the organisers: The Neptune Magic Society are proud to announce their first annual dinner. It will be held at the Manor House Hotel in West Auckland, County Durham DL14 9HW (Map) on Friday October 21st. Tickets are £25 for adults and £15 for children (includes dinner and a star studded cabaret). For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Steph or call 07824 707207. 1.10.16


Pat Fallon Lecture - Modern Mystic League, Blackburn. Brian Lead, chairman of the Modern Mystic League writes: Pat Fallon, Ireland's own national magical treasure, will be presenting a one-off lecture in the UK, at the Modern Mystic League in Blackburn on Sunday, October 9th. Pat has an international reputation, having performed in the most prestigious venues in Ireland, the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. He has also acted as an adviser for stage, screen and television. Pat was the first non-British performer to win the British Magic Championships in 1995, and was the first Irish Member of The Inner Magic Circle. On top of that, he was presented with the Merlin Award in 2009 as the top family magic performer of the year, so we are in for a very special event. The lecture will begin at 2pm at the St Silas Parish Centre in Preston New Road, Blackburn BB2 6PS (Map) and admission for non-members is just £5. 1.10.16


Steve Short's Supreme Magic Company lecture, Kent Magicians' Guild. Did you ever wait for a parcel from Edwin Hooper's Supreme Magic Company? Steve Short brings the experience back to life with his well researched and brilliantly illustrated talk, on the founding and history of Supreme Magic. His fascinating slides and film are interspersed with comment, humour and affection. Steve's second half performance of many original Supreme items demonstrates the range and quality of their products. Kent Magicians' Guild, CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map) on Tuesday October 25th at 8pm. Admission is £5.00. 1.10.16


Magic, Mind-Reading & Mayhem Show, London. From the organisers: Close-up Magic in the bar from 7pm from members of The Magic Circle, and from 8pm three stage acts from some of the UK's finest performers. Come along and enjoy an evening of sorcery, trickery, sleight of hand and illusion." Tickets £10 in advance or £15 on the door. This week we have Alan Taylor who received a standing ovation at his audition for The Magic Circle (a rare feat) with comedy magic; Steve Doe with his bubble act and Richard Pinner, Vice President of The Magic Circle and previous Stage Competition winner at both The Magic Circle and the IBM. Friday 21st October at 8pm at The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE (Map). 1.10.16


Luke Lamont's Edinburgh Success. Dawn Sherratt writes: Luke Lamont, a magician and stand up living on the Isle of Wight, is enjoying a brief spell at home following a second 5 star reviewed performance at Edinburgh Fringe this year. Luke appeared with fellow cast members of Interrupt the Routine in their 1947 based play The Gin Chronicles - A Scottish Adventure. 2015 marked his first appearance there and he was delighted at the 5 star reviews then, especially as these were a factor in this year's show being voted one of the 49 "Hot Picks" from over 3,260 shows. London previews for the show had been very well received and Luke was consistently singled out for praise.

Luke was hoping for a little free time on his return but was working again within days. He is also producing his own show and acting in a short but very grisly horror film. He is undertaking a few charity performances between now and the end of the year and generally looking forward to more developments in both his magic and comedy performances. Many people in the South of England will be aware that train travel has been difficult this summer at one time Luke's journey from London to Ryde, Isle of Wight took over 10 hours and a dose of heatstroke, so Luke is understandably looking forward to a comparatively slow pace for a few weeks.


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"Magician left blind in one eye after violent thugs smash bottle into his face." This is a follow-on to the awful story we reported on last week, Click Here. To support Mark Beltran visit 1.10.16


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