Number 871 - 4th March 2017


South Tyneside International Magic Festival is now just two weeks away. Delegates will get the chance to learn from some of the greatest minds in modern magic, as leading performers from America, South East Asia and the UK share some of their secrets and tips in a series of lectures, demonstrations, workshops and a dealer showcase. Performers this year include Singapore’s Ning: Mind Magic Mistress, plus American favourites Rob Zabrecky (photo), Asi Wind, Mahdi Gilbert and Adam Wilber. There will also be plenty of British talent on hand, including Simon Hannah, Ken Dyne, Mark James and Michael Murray.


Booker Steve Gore, who will also be taking to the stage himself, says it will be a packed weekend for delegates: “We’ve worked hard to secure some of the biggest and best acts from across the globe who will be sharing some of their secrets throughout the weekend. The convention will include all kinds of workshops, lectures and up close demonstrations, where delegates can learn from some of the best in the business. There will be plenty of chances to browse the dealer showcase, as well as show off their own skills in the one-trick contest. We are hoping for a really good turnout, but I would encourage anyone who is thinking about coming to buy a ticket now before they sell out.” 4.3.17


The London Society of Magicians announce a One Day Magic Convention for October. Bob Pamplin writes: The London Society of Magicians is pleased to announce that to celebrate its 75th birthday they will be holding a 1 day magic convention at Woodford Memorial Hall in South Woodford, London E18, on Saturday October 14th. The day will consist of dealers, lectures and an evening Gala show. Further details can be obtained by emailing 4.3.17


Martin Duffy is the latest lecturer to be added to the lineup for the Northern Magic Summit (Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd April 2017), in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His (brand new!) lecture "Magic in Schools" will teach you how to create lucrative educational magic shows and get booked to perform them in schools. Martin has been taking his educational shows on topics like maths, the environment, anti-bullying and road safety to schools all over the UK for over 20 years and now he's going to share his secrets with you. If you're a children's entertainer, interested in adding dozens of extra bookings to your diary every year and tapping into this growing market, this is not to be missed! Book your place at the Northern Magic Summit: If you have any questions, just contact: 4.3.17


Free £5 convention pack with every Wessex Magical Association Convention registration! Steve Bowring writes: WMA Convention 2017 - Free Convention Pack (worth approximately £5) with every Convention registration! The Wessex Magical Association is holding its biennial Magic Convention on Sunday 2nd April, at The Hub in Verwood. The all day event, aimed at both professional and amateur magicians, will include a packed schedule of lectures from Chris Randall, Marc Oberon and Dave Loosley and Close-up sessions with James Brown, Rus Andrews and Wayne Fox. There’s also an impressive Dealers’ Hall, where attendees can pick up the latest products. The Convention rounds off with our ‘Stars of Magic’ Gala show which sees magicians from across the country and Las Vegas coming together for an evening choc-full of magical entertainment. Chris Randall will be bringing his award winning act all the way from the US of A! Whilst daring duo ‘Amethyst’ will amaze with their large scale illusions - with chains, fire and danger at every turn. Elegant magic from internationally acclaimed Marc Oberon will captivate the audience from start to finish and as for ‘The Great Desmondo and Cherry’, well, they have to be seen to be believed! You have to be real pros at magic to make good magic seem this bad – their comedy act "The UK’s Best Worst Magicians" will have you in stitches! The WMA’s very own honorary professional member, Marc Paul, will be upping the air of mystery with his incredible mind reading talents and Dave Loosley, magic’s very own cheeky chappy, will be entertaining with his inimitable quirky style.


The show will be seamlessly presented by a return visit from the last Gala’s hilarious compere, Noel Britten. We’re still laughing from memories of his attempts at life-risking magic from 2015! What he will do this year is anyone’s guess! All in all a not-to-be missed show. Suitable for any age - laughs and amazement guaranteed! Book now to secure the ‘Early Bird’ and ‘Junior’ Special Offers, which expire at the end of March. Go to for more information. 4.3.17


57th Bristol Day of Magic: Sunday 7th May. Paul MacLeavy writes: The list of artistes booked for the 57th Bristol Day of Magic on Sunday 7th May is now complete. Anson Lee from Taiwan will be lecturing and starring in our international Gala Show. Other performers booked are: Andrew Green, Thom Peterson, Bertie Pearce, Jon Udry, Rob James, John Carey, Ben Nickless and Callum Weaver. There will also be a Junior workshop featuring Mandy Davis, Kieron Johnson and other performers. To register go to 4.3.17


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Final - update. There have been a few small alterations to the times of The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Final on Sunday 9th April. The Preview show (comprising all the acts but unjudged) will start at 2.30pm with the actual Final starting at 6pm. Tickets are now available via The Magic Circle website: at £15 for the evening or £8 for the afternoon. It promises to be an excellent show, with seven competitors and well known industry judges. Who will be The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year 2017? (I've always rated this as the UK's most significant magic competition, and one that has helped launch many a successful career. DT)  4.3.17


New Owners at The Card Collection. Clive Leewarden writes: The Card Collection has been sold and the new owner is Paul McCaig, email website Clive and Jamie would like to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of customers from around the world for their custom, support and friendship (also money!) that had made The Card Collection such a well known and successful company. We have been selling playing cards for over 48 years along with all the gimmicks, gadgets and gizmos we had become well known for. We now leave with sadness but know that it is in the capable hands of Paul and we wish him all the very best in the future. 4.3.17


Magicseen Issue 73 March 2017. From the publishers: If variety is the spice of life, then the latest edition of Magicseen is very spicy! We get behind the cool exterior of cover star Eric Jones to learn more about this enigmatic close upper, Leo Smetsers finds himself On The Psychiatrist's Couch, and Chris Congreave, who is celebrating the launch of his first major book Congreave's Curiosities, makes a welcome return to the pages too. We take a look at the powerful magical principle that is the memorised deck, and in Pros and Cons we invite you to consider which is more commercial, mentalism or regular magic? Deputy Editor Graham Hey is a busy cruise magician and he contributes an article about his exploits which shows that there's more to this line of work than two shows a week and a regular deck chair spot in the sun, Jay Fortune shines a spotlight on MagicAid, the marvellous magic charity working in the US, and Jonathan Goodwin explains how you can create more original material. Want to laugh? Good. Then take a look at another of our round ups of top one line gags from the best in the business and enjoy the really clever humour of PoliTricks, which attempts to prove that politics and magic do mix. All this plus a review of the 2017 Session Convention, Shed 7 with Caroline Ravn, all the latest product reviews, a couple of routines offered in the Masterclass section and more. If you have the energy to cope with all this content, then get your copy via a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or as a pay-as-you-go customer, or simply by ordering an individual printed or download version from 4.3.17


Rajan lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday March 9th. Adam Mosley writes: One of the UK’s finest magicians, a professional of almost 30 years, a trailblazer of the corporate and close-up world... Rajan is an amazing sleight of hand performer recognised as a superior ‘coin man’. His coin lecture features effects he uses in his day to day performances. Honed and perfected over thousands of hours and paid gigs. This lecture has something for all abilities. If you’re looking to add a little coin magic to your close-up magic, then this is one not to miss. Best of all, no gimmicked or gaff coins are used, so you can perform these effects on the fly!

Rajan will lecture selected items from his best selling coin DVD AG47, and also a number of other real world routines / sleights (that he has not lectured before). He will also be tipping the real workings on how to make your coins ‘soft’ and ‘old’ - something that will save you £££’s and the secret to getting your hands in perfect condition for coin and card work. You will be amazed by Flying Colours - Rajan’s latest offering to the magic fraternity. A barehand production of different coloured poker chips that then fly from one hand to the other (one colour at a time) then vanish! Start clean... end clean! Products will be on offer at a very special lecture price. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm; for full details contact Adam Mosley (This is the new date for postponed January lecture that had to be moved due to adverse weather).


Chris North lectures at the Associated Conjurers of East Sussex on April 12th. From the organisers: Coming soon to the Associated Conjurers of East Sussex: A lecture by one of the busiest workers of the last 50 years! Chris North will presenting his lecture at our club in Lewes on the 12th of April. Magical guests welcome. Free for members, £8.00 per non-member. "Chris North - Surviving Half a Century in Magic! A unique and interesting lecture from one of the country's most enduring and versatile professionals. 50 years of experience and knowledge including a Q & A session and a little bit of magic! Chris North has to be one of the most experienced and professional magicians in the country having presented his magic and illusions in all mediums of the entertainment business from multiple television appearances to major theatres and cruise liners. Chris has been at the top of his game and continues to change and develop his magic to suit current trends. Chris's latest show started just over a year ago and really was on the heel of a growing trend of Victorian style entertainment, You can't turn on the TV without seeing a Victorian drama in today's schedule. It goes to show that Chris really knows what he is talking about. Chris is such a lovely guy and has done more in his career than all of us put together, if you ask him the right questions it could really inspire and push your career forward." Steve Majes. 7.30pm for 8pm on Wednesday 12th April at Associated Conjurers of East Sussex, Thomas A Becket Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2AH (Map). See and 4.3.17


Fried Mind Show with David Terrence at the Hove Grown Festival. Unique live mind reading show to hit Hove Grown Festival! With his 50-minute high energy mind reading show with loads of comical moments, mind reader and stand up comedian David Terrence fuses the two arts together, and presents his audience with the amazing Fried Mind Show. Performing professionally abroad and also in the UK for the past 10 years, David is now expanding his repertoire, and brings his solo mind reading show to Hove Grown Festival.

Audience members will be selected, and their thoughts revealed live on stage. David said, "I am really excited to be performing in my local town and bringing some of my best and also newest mind frying routines to Brighton and Hove audiences." The Fried Mind Show will be on for 2 nights over the Hove Grown New Writing Festival on the 24th and 30th March inside the beautiful drawing room of the 5-star Claremont Hotel on Second Avenue, Hove. Both shows start at 8pm, with a bar serving refreshments before the show. Due to limited seating at the venue book your tickets in advance. The Claremont Hotel, 13 Second Avenue, Hove BN3 2LL (Map). Friday 24th March 8pm & Thursday 30th March 8pm. £5 per ticket (£4 concessions) plus small online booking fee via


Mark Leveridge Magic's E-Video Newsletter March 2017. Your monthly online magical video fix awaits with the release of the latest E-Video Newsletter. This month the contents are: The Teach In - learn a neat coin and purse routine using no gimmicks. Top Tips - how to elevate a Sharpie pen into a classy prop. It Could Only Happen Live - jokes really don't bear repeating - to the same people! Web Offers - a useful Audio Book and a visual stand up or strolling effect on offer this month. 60 Seconds To Success - why you shouldn't always keep your act exactly the same. The Review Corner - Rob Thompson's Pizza Paddle is in the spotlight. Access to all the above content is cheap and cheerful if you want to make a single purchase, or reduce the unit cost even further by taking out a 1 year (12 edition) sub. Either way it's the perfectly entertaining and instructive way to start your magic month. For more information, and to watch a trailer, visit 4.3.17


Chris Mayhew lectures at The Liverpool Magic Circle on Monday 6th of March at 8pm. Visiting magicians are welcome (£10.00 payment on the night). Liverpool Magic Circle, Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map). 4.3.17


British Ring President’s Dinner. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: One hundred tickets have now been sold for The British Ring President’s Dinner on the 25th March at the Hallmark hotel in Mickleover, Derby. President Clive Moore and Jean have just announced that only 10 tickets remain for this event, which is clearly proving to be very popular. A star packed cabaret with ventriloquist Andy Greaves, Jack Dent’s amazing magic, soprano Lily Taylor-Ward and the wit and humour of Tony Rix are all you need in the way of entertainment to round off this exciting night in the IBM British Ring calendar. There is plenty to see and do in Derbyshire so why not make this a long spring weekend to relax and enjoy the countryside. Further details: 01332 763206 or 07711 139479 or email 4.3.17


Carmarthen Magic Circle has restarted regular monthly meetings on the last Monday of the month at the Ivy Bush Hotel. Nick Brunger has more details and would love to hear from you. Call 07752 438901 or email The next get-together will be on Monday 27th March at 7pm. 4.3.17


Daryl 'The Magician's Magician'. Very sad to report that Daryl Easton 'The Magician's Magician' died on Friday 24th February. From the website: "In a magical career that spanned more than 50 years, Daryl touched tens of thousands of people around the world with his warmth, his humor, and his passion for his craft. Daryl spent his final days performing at the Magic Castle, the iconic Hollywood venue that meant so much to him over the years, not only as a place that brings the magical arts to so many members of the public night after night but also as the home and heart of a community of magicians who have dedicated their lives to the study and performance of illusion and wonder." See 4.3.17


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