Number 857 - 26th November 2016


Dynamo, guest of honour, The Session 2017. From the organisers: Having made his first convention appearance at the inaugural convention twelve years ago and having been an avid supporter and attendee, we feel that 2017 is the year to honour one of the world's most famous close-up magicians. Dynamo will be giving a candid interview where attendees will be able to ask him anything. He'll also be performing something very special during the convention. The hotel is close to sold out, so be sure to book your tickets early. Dynamo will be joined by Eric Mead, Jamy Ian Swiss, Banachek, Michael Weber, Max Maven, Benjamin Earl, Pit Hartling, Denis Behr, Guy Hollingworth, Joshua Jay, Hector Chadwick and more! Heathrow, London, January 7th-8th 2017. 26.11.16


Four more reasons to get your registrations in for next year's Blackpool Magic Convention! Jason England, Louis Otero, Hara and the spectacular illusions of Jamie Allan join the ever growing list of top artistes we have lined up for you. Alan Horne PRO officer. 26.11.16


The Stars of Magic Christmas Show - Bristol, 27th-29th December. From the organisers: Do you believe in magic? Six of the finest magicians and illusionists from around the globe come together in a breathtaking, gasp-inducing and head-scratching show that you won't want to miss! The Stars of Magic is a family-friendly show featuring world-class magicians from the UK, Germany and Taiwan. From spectacular Las Vegas-style illusions to astonishing sleight of hand magic, this show is a first of its kind in Bristol and really has to be seen to be (dis)believed. Starring: Young and Strange: Our grand illusionists and YouTube viral stars. One of their videos received ten million views in one weekend alone! Alan Hudson: The hilarious star of ITV's prime-time shows The Next Great Magician and Penn and Teller Fool Us. Alana: Enchanting, unique magic from Germany's national champion. She presents the act that won her that title and that she has performed on television shows all over the world. Anson Lee: Taiwan's master of sleight of hand card manipulation. Anson has swept the board with awards in Asia for his cutting-edge act. Rob James: The International Brotherhood of Magicians first prize winner for close-up magic 2015. Rob has amazed audiences everywhere from the Magic Castle in Hollywood to Disneyland in Paris. For more details see or 26.11.16


Pete Firman: Trix. Final show tonight, Saturday 26th November at the Soho Theatre, London. "The UK’s leading comedy magician" (Time Out) makes his Soho Theatre debut, celebrating a decade of sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Star of BBC1’s The Magicians, guest on BBC1’s The John Bishop Show and ITV’s The Next Great Magician, expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic. 26.11.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, John Gaughan and his beautifully restored 'Psycho' on The Paul Daniels Magic Show in January 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 26.11.16


Richard Cadell MIMC is appearing daily at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. He can be seen presenting The Sooty Christmas Show at 11am in the Megadome. Richard then stars with his illusion show at Zippos Circus at 12.30, 2.00, 3.30 and 5.00 pm. The large scale illusions have been newly constructed in Las Vegas by Tim Clothier and Mike Michaels. Both shows run daily until January 3rd . For more info and tickets visit 26.11.16


Black Friday Weekend Deals from Magicseen. Act now and you can benefit from three great deal ideas from Magicseen. Deal 1 - take out a new 1 year printed copy or download sub, or extend an existing one, and you may elect to receive links to any complete volume (6 issues) of Magicseen that you would like. There are currently 11 volumes to choose from going right back to 2005, and so this is a brilliant chance to get PDF copies of those complete volumes that you may have missed. Deal 2 - take out a new 2 year printed copy or download sub, or extend your current sub by a further 2 years, and you may choose to receive links to 2 complete volumes of Magicseen PDFs (12 issues). Deal 3 - place an order for any of Magicseen's range of E-Books and receive a huge 40% off the normal retail price. All three offers are available until midnight (GMT) on Sunday 27th November 2016, so make sure you don't miss out by going directly to the Magicseen Black Friday Deals order page right now and pick up some bargains. 26.11.16


David Stone Lecture Tour, final dates: After the amazing success of The Xperience Lecture tour in 2012 with over 183 lectures in 19 countries, the crazy David Stone is back! This new lecture features exclusively strong magic tricks with cards, coins and varied objects for close-up conditions such as a pen, bottles, a pair of glasses... For those who already know David, there's no need to say the lecture will be a real show, with dozens of gags and ideas you will use for your own performances. Among the brand new tricks are: Gum - An extremely visual and above all easy routine using chewing gum, and Zenith - The 'Card on Ceiling' effect completely revisited (easier than the classic version). Also a new gimmick as powerful as 'The Tool' that will allow you to perform dozens of tricks (it's a new weapon for the close-up magician who wants to refresh his repertoire). And, The Floating Deck - A box of cards literally floating before you eyes, which is then given out for examination. And much more! Over 14 new audience tested effects and routines. David will also talk and explain how he performs in a close-up situation on stage for audiences as large as 2,000 spectators.
27th: Buxton.
28th: Leicester -
29th: Northampton - Northamptonshire Magicians Club, at Brayfield Working Mens Club, NN7 1BD. Doors open at 7.30pm, ready to start at 8pm. Free for members. Past members and visiting magicians are very welcome, door charge £12. Buffet included.
30th: Wolverhampton - The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians are hosting the final lecture of David Stone's UK tour. Visiting magicians welcome for just £5. Our venue is The ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton WV10 9NL. Contact


Amazing Black Friday E-Club Pro Sign Up Deal. If you have ever wanted to experience first hand exactly what Mark Leveridge's E-Club Pro has to offer, Black Friday Weekend is the best time to put your toe in the water. With over 600 pages of content, E-Club Pro offers members access to a vast amount of magic, advice and help from a pro who has been full time in magic for 35 years. Whether you would simply like new magic to practise and perform for friends and family, or whether you are also looking for pro quality, honest advice and assistance, Mark's knowledge is waiting to help you if you become a member of his online club. The Black Friday deal is that if you sign up before midnight (GMT) on Sunday 27th November 2016, you will receive your first three months membership for free! Yep, complete access with all the benefits of full membership will be yours for no charge. To get your special Black Friday Sign Up deal, go to and complete the normal sign up through PayPal. For the first three months, each time your membership fees are charged you will be immediately refunded the full amount, thus ensuring that your first three months will cost you nothing. So, do it now and soon you will discover how amazing E-Club Pro really is! 26.11.16


Phill Smith lecture, British Magical Society, Birmingham. Jay Adkins writes: UK based mentalist, writer, designer and consultant Phill Smith has been creating powerful mind reading effects for more than a decade, with effects performed by professionals around the world, on stage and television. Best known for his three handbooks to contemporary mentalism, Mitox, Yokai and Mokele, his creative approach yields innovative modern mentalism created for real-world situations and real-world audiences. Phill has also consulted for numerous professional performers, including writing and development credits on TV show Impossible?, as well as on-set consulting in the UK, Belgium and Ukraine. In addition to all this, Phill has also performed professionally in a wide variety of settings including sell-out public shows, to rave reviews. 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tuesday 29th November. Visiting Magicians welcome, £10.00. Should be a enjoyable evening at The British Magical Society, Selly Oak Ex Servicemens' Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). 26.11.16


Viktor Voitko presents a brand new product: The i-Lite Cup. "This is a great idea. Congratulations!" Jeff Hobson. "My friend Viktor Voitko created a perfect trick for Christmas parties. It is colorful and self-working... if you like 'lazy' tricks, you'll enjoy it as much as I do." Kate Medvedeva (President of the Russian Association of Magicians). Viktor writes: If you are looking for a bright memorable trick that does not require sleight of hand then this is it! It is colourful and self-working. You catch lights and throw them in to a glass, filling the glass with lights. Then you use a drinking straw to stir them and then drink them; finally revealing a glowing light-up smile! Watch the YouTube video. For more information and to order visit 26.11.16


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next meeting is on 6th December at 7.30pm at the St George Hotel, 7-10 Albert Square, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 3JH (Map). The aim of the social evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere, and with it being close to Christmas this one will be full of festive fun. Their will be a Bar as well as free coffee and a small buffet. If anyone wants to come along, please email or Phone Kyle on 07510 933734 for further information. 30.7.16


Blackpool Family Entertainer of the Year. Alan Horne, BMC PRO officer, writes: Two more winners through to the Family Entertainer of the Year competition. Malcolm the Magician and Magic Monty are representing their areas in what will be a superb event. BMC would like to thank David Oakley and Gary Dunn for their help. Special thanks to all who have helped make these regional heats happen and of course to all who entered the competition. 26.11.16


Magicians Advice Podcast. Phil Taylor writes: In this episode (see we talk to Rus Andrews about his approach to magic. If you like jazz magic this is the podcast to listen to. Rus goes into detail about how he only uses jazz magic to keep it fresh for himself and how he entertains spectators with that style. This is a great episode and you will learn a lot from listening to Rus; please sit back and enjoy our latest episode: "You're Thinking Too Much Like A Magician". Thanks Rus for taking the time out. Thank you for downloading and listening. Your support means a huge amount to us. Please join us and the conversation on Facebook: Find all the latest episodes on iTunes where you can subscribe and never be behind. 26.11.16


The Undateables, 1st December on More 4. "It's five years since 23-year-old footballer George had a near-fatal car accident that left him paralysed from the chest down. George now wants a girlfriend, but since his accident he's been too nervous to ask anyone out. Will his charm win the heart of Nathalie? Magician David from Essex, who has a learning disability, has never had a relationship and says he finds social situations awkward. How will his meeting with Claire go? Bethany from Leicestershire meets plenty of boys at her local theatre group but says she doesn't imagine any of them would ever fancy her. The 20 year old, who has Down's syndrome, wants to experience love - will her date with Bradley provide a taste of real romance?" See TV Magic for details. 26.11.16


Jonathan Allen: Casting for the voice of Strength. Jonathan Allen’s recently published book ‘Lost Envoy’ offered the first critical readings of a previously unknown deck of fortune-telling cards, hand-painted in the first decade of the twentieth century by the English artist and mystic Austin Osman Spare (1886–1956). In Casting for the voice of Strength Allen continues his reactivation of this anomalous relic of the British Occult Revival by giving voice in absentia to a card currently missing from Spare’s tarot deck: its eleventh Major Arcana trump, known as ‘Strength’.


Casting for the voice of Strength recalls Pietro Aretino’s satire ‘The Speaking Cards’ (Le Carte Parlanti, 1543) in which an imaginary dialogue takes place between a deck of playing cards and the cards’ artisanal maker. While Aretino’s cards laid bare the intrigues of Italian Renaissance social and political life, the two iconographic figures that comprise Spare’s lost card bear witness to the early modernity through which they passed unrecorded. Emerging now in the twenty-first century, their repartee points to cartomancy as a productive, if contested, site of enchantment. Stanley Picker Gallery, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University, Knights Park, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ. Opening Event: Wednesday 30th November at 6pm. More information: 26.11.16


Barry and Stuart's 'The Happenings' is being repeated on W, next Saturday, 3rd December: "Alien Invasion. Extraordinary epic-scale show from the makers of Derren Brown. This show follows a series of unexplained phenomena created by the master magicians, Barry and Stuart." See TV Magic for details. 26.11.16


The Order of The Magi are holding their Christmas Party on Tuesday 13th December at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester at 8pm. It will be a night of fun, games, competitions, prizes and a hot pot type supper followed by the exciting magic and music of Jez Mansfield and Emma. This magic duo is making quite a name these days so it is an opportunity to see them in action. Tickets are £7.50 each and available from or telephone 0161 969 8222. Closing date for ticket application is 3rd December. Directions on Geoffrey Newton. 26.11.16


Alec Powell's legendary Car Boot Sale is back. Alec writes: Due to many requests the Magic Car Boot Sale will return on 22nd January 2017 at a new venue in Birmingham: The Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). This venue is right next door to Longbridge Railway Station and less than 10 minutes from Junction 4 on the M5. There is plenty of free parking with barriers on the car park. There is a Premier Inn and Beefeater just across the road. Stalls remain at £15 and can be booked by calling 07831 115448, or by email The first stall booked is Gordon Astley who is selling items on behalf of Paul Zenon! 26.11.16


Steve Hewlett tour news. Tony Denton Promotions presents: The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza starring The Osmonds with special guests ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and singer Charlie Green plus The Moon River Singers & Dancers. "It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year, and my brothers Jay, Merrill and I are looking forward to once again bringing back some of that Christmas cheer. Last year's UK Christmas tour was so much fun, that we are bringing it back following the run in the USA. The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza, is American tradition that started in the 60s and beloved around the world. It was Andy’s wishes and now my great honor and privilege to continue his amazing legacy of family friendly action-packed variety at its best. This award-winning show has proven to warm hearts and get you in that warm and fuzzy Christmas mood. Come celebrate Christmas with us" Jimmy Osmond 2016. Special guest stars from Britain’s Got Talent – ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and one of the shows stand out young singers Charlie Green complete this unforgettable festive family tradition alongside the Moon River Singers and dancers. For December tour dates Click Here. Steve Hewlett YouTube. 26.11.16


The Surrey Society of Magicians Stage Competition 2016. Adam Mosley writes: What a great evening. I want to say thank you to all the competitors who took part and a big thank you to our magical judge Matt Stirling, and also to all the spectators that turned up and packed the theatre out to cheer on the acts. It was a very high standard as it is every year and the audience were thoroughly entertained. The first 3 places in the competition went to Jack Bedell-Pearce (third), Steve Day (second) and Colin Peters, first, pictured here holding the Zig-Zag trophy. The comedy award went to Terry Lambert (voted for by the members). A fantastic evening again and we are now looking forward to the Close-up Competition in April. This was our last meeting of the year so Merry Christmas to everyone. 26.11.16


New visitor attraction for Stratford-upon-Avon. Mel Harvey (aka 'The late Blake Barrington') will shortly be starting a new Shakespeare Ghost Walk in Stratford-upon-Avon. This walk takes in the various historic houses and graveyards of Stratford-upon-Avon and includes comedy, magic and ghostly stories, plus a bizarre magic show in one of the most haunted houses in town! Mel, who has just been given a Long Service Award from The Shakespeare Hospice will be donating some of the proceeds of the Ghost Walk to the Hospice. Book now (if you dare) on 07860 485578. 26.11.16


Steve Truglia. Very sad to report that magician and stuntman Steve Truglia died in a tragic accident whilst performing a stunt in Chongqing, China on November 17th. Steve Truglia's 'The Card Shark Show' opened in London on December 15th 2012 and was still running successfully. In this photo, taken in July 2013, Steve is seen combining his two passions: magic and a dangerous stunt. To read that original story Click Here.

"Wanstead James Bond stuntman Steve Truglia dies during 100m abseil race in China"

"Daredevil fell 300ft James Bond stuntman and SAS hero Steve Truglia killed in abseil race after plunging from a helicopter in China"

Repatriation of Steve Truglia 'Go Fund Me' page: 26.11.16


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"Perth fans flock to see Dynamo" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo mobbed by Perth fans" Click Here • "Magician Todd Landman Brought Subversion To Nottingham" Click Here • "North Finchley magician set to dazzle Hindu members at community centre" Click Here • "Skydive magician ‘couldn’t feel the tricks’ as sub-zero temperatures almost scuppered world record" Click Here • "Real-life Dumbledore to perform in magic show at KiMo" Click Here • "Illusionist Kevin James wants to make you feel things" Click Here • "Jamie Raven – The Lowry, Salford" Click Here • "DMC: Dunhill commercial 2016" YouTube • "Wolverhampton teacher leads double life as a magician" Click Here • "Magician helps facilitate epic Christmas proposal" Click Here • "British Library conjures up Victorian magic" Click Here • And finally "Kate Bush exclusive interview: 'I'm not sure you’re ever really happy with what you create'" Click Here [in which she recounts the time she pulled a magic trick on Paul Kieve] • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 26.11.16