Number 880 - 6th May 2017


"Josephine Lee works her magic on the Judges. Auditions Week 3. Britain’s Got Talent 2017" YouTube • "Britain’s Got Talent illusionist Josephine Lee denies she's a twin: 'My job would be a lot easier if I had one!'" Click Here • "Britain’s Got Talent’s Josephine Lee spills the beans on that illusion magic trick as fans speculate she’s got a secret twin" Click Here • "Britain’s Got Talent – who is magician Josephine Lee?" Click Here • "Britain’s Got Talent hopeful Josephine Lee: I’m here to represent women in magic" Click Here • "Richard Jones's Britain's Got Talent blog: "I’ve got a good feeling that a comedian can win this year" Click Here. 6.5.17


57th Bristol Day of Magic - tomorrow, Sunday, 7th May! Paul MacLeavy writes: Enjoy a day full of outstanding magic at the 57th annual Bristol Day of Magic in sunny North Somerset. Three 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). Doors open at 9.15am. Pay on the door. 6.5.17


Eric Jones - on tour in the UK. "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." Most clubs welcome visiting magicians - contact clubs directly for details.

08/05/2017 Cardiff Magical Society
09/05/2017 British Magical Society (Note new venue - see What's On)
10/05/2017 Leamington & Warwick
11/05/2017 Bristol Magical Society
14/05/2017 High Peak Magic Club
15/05/2017 The Magic Circle (members only)
16/05/2017 Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians
17/05/2017 North Western Society of Magicians
18/05/2017 Nottingham Guild of Magicians
21/05/2017 Cornish Magical Society
22/05/2017 Manchester Circle of Magicians
23/05/2017 Blackpool Magicians Club
24/05/2017 Newcastle Magic Circle
25/05/2017 Darlington Magic Circle
29/05/2017 3SM Magic Society (South Staffordshire).


Merlins of Wakefield - Magic Festival Day just a week away. Sunday 14th May. Artists include Amethyst, Dr Diablo, Antonio Zip, Darren Mac and more... From the organisers: "Take some advice from Rob Zabrecky see video and make sure you get a ticket! For the day registration, or full registration, you will receive a ‘Merlins Goody bag’ worth more than the ticket price, containing a Book, Key Ring, Pen, Souvenir Programme and more... If you have any queries call us on 01924 339933 or email 6.5.17


FISM Micromagic Champion Joe Givan, appearing on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' on 11th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with previous videos Click Here. (I remember Joe briefly introducing himself to me in Covent Garden at the time of the recording. A very nice man. You never forget a hairstyle like that. DT). 6.5.17


Marc Oberon Derby Magic Circle lecture. Paul Sharp writes: Derby Magic Circle's next meeting is the Bernard Rasmussen Memorial lecture. This is a special lecture (not our normal meeting night) being held at The Spot, Wilmot Street, Derby DE1 2JW (Map) on Wednesday, 10th May. Doors open at 7pm, ready to start at 7.30pm. Our lecturer for the evening is Marc Oberon. Past members and visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby. There is a small fee of £12 payable on the night (this includes a meal). Please contact our President Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. Places for this lecture are very limited (currently just 12 available), so to avoid disappointment, contact Allan asap. This is Marc's new lecture with material from his new book, so not to be missed! For more information about our programme for the remainder of the year please visit 6.5.17


A teenage Russ Stevens can be seen on BBC iPlayer for the next few weeks, in an early appearance on 'The Good Old Days' that was originally shown on New Year's Eve, 1978: "Leonard Sachs chairs the old-time music hall programme, originally broadcast 31st December 1978. Guests include Roy Castle, Dolores Gray, Robert White, Eira Heath, Russ Stevens, Parkano and Christina, Michel Arene and Four Lido Can Can Dancers." iPlayer (at 21'00"). 6.5.17



Ali Cook can be seen in BAFTA nominated film Kajaki in which he plays Sgt “Spud” McMellon this Sunday, 7th May on BBC 2 at 10pm. Kajaki: The True Story Click Here. Ali writes: "We filmed in the desert under extreme conditions, and I was lucky enough to meet the real Spud when I was preparing for the film. The film follows troops watching over Kajaki dam in Afghanistan and received great support from the British press: “Excruciatingly tense” **** The Telegraph. "This recreation of a deadly incident with British paratroopers in Afghanistan has a lacerating power “ **** The Guardian. "Why is Hollywood’s take on the Afghan conflict so different from the UK’s? Kajaki is a very British film about the war in Afghanistan: tense without showing combat, it is the antithesis of Hollywood glory-gore" The Guardian, Click Here. 6.5.17


When Magic Goes Wrong, Sunday 7th May on Channel 5. "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. 6.5.17


UK Family Entertainer of the Year Competition. Alan Horne writes: Preparations are now underway for the 2018 UK Family Entertainer of the Year competition which again will be held at the Blackpool Magic Convention next February. Heat dates are being arranged and anyone wishing to compete should contact the Organiser for your area. This is a great opportunity to experience working on the Opera House stage. See YouTube.

Ireland: Pat Fallon
North East: Graham Shaw
Midlands:. Dave Oakley
North: Russ Brown
London: Paul Megram
Scotland:. Gary Dunn
Bristol/Wales: Ozzy Simmons


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic. Danny Hunt writes: Travis Perkins is pleased to announce the date for the 25th Ferrybridge Day of Magic; Sunday 2nd July 2017. With Lecturettes, a Workshopette, and the Showette, Dealers and Traders, the day looks like it will be another promising event - 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 ends at 5pm. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Information can be obtained from Michael Shepherd, email or Danny Hunt, email 6.5.17


Lost Magic Decoded is being repeated on Monday 8th May on Blaze: "US Magician to the millionaires Steve Cohen tracks down and resurrects some of the most mind-boggling, mysterious and deadly tricks in history, including the bullet catch." See TV Magic. 6.5.17


Enterteasement: Comedy! Magic! Burlesque! On Saturday, May 27th, Enterteasement features classical magician 'The Great Aziz'. Aziz has performed in 18 countries and recently supported Al Murray aka 'The Pub Landlord'. On June 10th the show features multiple award-winning comedy magician Chris Dinwoodie, aka 'Woody the Magician'. Tickets £14 via Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 6.5.17


Theo The Magician's Magic Sunflower Competition. Which Magician can grow the biggest Sunflower? In 2010 this competition raised £2,200 for The Neonatal Unit St Helier Hospital Carshalton, and The Royal Marsden. This year Theo is supporting four local charities and aims to raise £4,000. There are trophies for the 'Tallest', 'Widest' and 'Funniest' photo of you and your Sunflower. Magic Sunflower Seed packs are £10 each. For more information and to buy your Magic Pack Click Here. 6.5.17


Order of The Magi (Manchester) Giant Auction. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Order of The Magi (Manchester) is holding a Giant Auction on Tuesday 9th May at the Irish World Heritage Centre Irish Town Way, (off Queens Road) Manchester M8 0AE (next to Metrolink depot and Queens Road tram stop). Lots accepted from 6.30pm, sale commences at 7.30pm. Forms on or contact Mike Sharples on 0161 287 7865 6.5.17


"8-year-old magician Issy Simpson talks 'Britain's Got Talent'" Click Here • "Illusionist Derren Brown creates Freakshake for Teesside dessert diner - but all is not what it seems" Click Here • "‘The Illusionists’ includes Dan Sperry, the anti-conjurer" Click Here • "Meet the man behind the magic of The Road Trick" Click Here • "Video: This magician's take on the thumb trick will leave your jaw on the floor" Click Here • "Magician sues school after his dog is crushed after show" Click Here • "Piff the Magic Dragon tackles St Georges Day" YouTube • ​"Magic in Moggerhanger Park with award-winning magician Lewis Joss" Click Here • Thanks for your news - see you next week, Duncan. 6.5.17