Number 891 - 22nd July 2017


Kidology 2017. From the organisers: Kidology, the convention for children’s entertainers, takes place this year on Tuesday 26th September at The Austin Sports and Social Club in Birmingham. Headlining the lecturers is Richard Cadell who needs no introduction. Richard will be calling upon his vast experience with Sooty to talk about constructing routines for children. For full details about the convention go to or join us on Facebook. To book for the convention go to or call Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 22.7.17


America's Got Talent winner 2015 Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin returns home to the UK fresh from headlining the world-famous Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas with a sparkling new show featuring his all-star cast of infamous puppets. Join Paul, Sam, Albert and Baby plus 2 crazy brand new characters for an evening of laugh out loud stand-up comedy and ventriloquism! With over 22 million hits on YouTube, Paul is a regular on The Royal Variety Show and has been seen most recently on BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show and, last Christmas, at The London Palladium. Ages 15+. For tour dates visit 22.7.17


Collecting Magic: "short ramblings on old conjuring tat by an obsessive collector". Collecting Magic is a weekly blog looking at early magic apparatus and ephemera, updated every Friday by Philip Treece. This week: "Swallowing Razor Blades, a stage spectacle. One of Houdini's most famous stage tricks was the swallowing of loose sewing needles and the apparent regurgitation of these threaded on a length of cotton. A variation of this old effect is performed with razor blades, much more visible on stage and with the same sense of peril as the needles effect. This photo, printed in many Davenports catalogues from the 1930s, shows George "Gilly" Davenport performing the effect..." To read the full story visit 22.7.17


Magic at the Angles is back on Saturday, 5th August. This month multi-award winning magician Richard Griffin introduces: comedy magician and star of 'Undercover Magic', 'Help My Supply Teacher Is Magic' and the first man to fool Penn and Teller on Penn and Tellers 'Fool Us', John Archer. Award winning international speciality act Jason Maverick who has performed at private parties for Her Majesty the Queen, Jonathan Ross, Madonna, Sting and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and comedy magician and semifinalist on 'Britain's Got Talent' with over 40 million hits to date, Christian Lee. Tickets available from only £10.00 at The Angles Theatre, Alexandra Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1HQ (Map). 22.7.17


IBM British Ring Convention 7th-10th September 2017 in Greenock, Scotland. From the organisers: Since the late and much revered Ali Bongo introduced a Micro Marathon of close-up magic at the Eastbourne Convention in 2008 it has continued to be a popular and well attended part of every convention. The competition is open to magicians of all levels of experience who wish to showcase their skills to fellow magicians in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The winner is decided by the votes of the audience and the working conditions are more like those found in the real world. The “Ali Bongo Memorial Trophy” is presented to the winner and all competitors receive a certificate of participation. For further details on how to enter the Ali Bongo Micro Marathon at Greenock please contact Rick Tynan at To register for the Convention please visit or email for further information. 22.7.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Magician & Mime Donimo, from New Faces '88, together with a young Michael Vine judging. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 22.7.17


'Dunninger on TV' An Evening with Joe Atmore - Tuesday 25th July, International Magic, London. Joe Atmore, the acknowledged expert on the great American mentalist 'The Amazing Dunninger', will discuss Dunninger's career on television and show rare television clips not seen in over 60 years. The principles of mentalism and showmanship that Dunninger used are as applicable today as they were when originally used by Dunninger and will baffle the audiences of today in the same way that they baffled the audiences of yesteryear. Joe will also cover the extraordinary "Brain Busters" that continuously received newspaper coverage. Plus, as the international consultant to Uri Geller's Phenomenon television series, Joe Atmore will tell how he got that series to perform some Dunninger inspired routines. This is a rare chance to catch Joe Atmore in London and an equally rare opportunity to learn about one of the most significant contributors to the art of mentalism. Book your place by emailing Tuesday 25th July at 7.30pm (finish approx 10pm). Venue: 2nd Floor of Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Admission £15 per person (pay on the door, but book your place in advance) 22.7.17


Anthony Owen Lecture - London Society of Magicians. Tuesday 25th July. Daniel Young writes: He is a magic creator, producer, director and writer. He was Head of Magic at Objective TV Productions, London from 2002 - 2016. He has received awards for his work from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society, Rose D’or, The Magic Circle, The British Magical Society and others. He created shows such as "Killer Magic", "Help My Supply Teacher is Magic" and "Now You See It!" Owen also worked as Producer and Executive Producer on all of Derren Brown’s UK and international TV programmes from 2000 - 2015, was Executive Producer on all eleven series of BBC’s "The Real Hustle", UKTV's "Incredible Mr Goodwin" and on other programmes for broadcasters in the UK and around the world. He is excited to be lecturing at Davenports about some of his magic and mentalism creations, many of which have been performed on stage and screen by some of the world's most successful magicians. His new book, Anthony Owen’s Secrets, will be published by Vanishing Inc later this year. Price: £12.00. Date: Tuesday 25th July. Time: 7.30pm. Location: Davenport's Magic ( 22.7.17


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishops Stortford: Friday 28th July. From the organisers: On Friday 28th July the doors to the Long Room at the Half Moon swing open again as Martin Cox returns from performing at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, (yes, the actual Hollywood, California, USA), to present another night of Magicians at the Half Moon. This month Martin has invited back Jamie Docherty and newcomer to the Half Moon, but certainly not to magic, the very funny John Eaton. Entry is still just £10 and doors open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm (finishing around 10pm with a 20 minute interval). To reserve yourself a front row seat, contact Martin on 01279 659562. For more information visit 22.7.17


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1st August, at Grosvenor Casino, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map). The aim of the evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere. Our social evenings are free of charge and there will be a free buffet, and you will be able to buy drinks from the bar. The evening starts at 7.30pm, so come along and enjoy the atmosphere. If anyone wants go come along, please email or you can phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 22.7.17


Tony Griffith’s 'At Home' event on Sunday 8th October in Bristol is now only ten weeks away. For information see What's On or visit Tony’s website for full registration details. Tony Griffith, 01275 835463 22.7.17


The Magic of Houdini with Alan Davies is being repeated on  PBS America (UK) on Friday 28th July. Having had a fascination with the world of magic since he was a boy, Alan Davies explores the extraordinary life of illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini, the man who against the odds became one of the most successful entertainers in the world. In a bid to understand why Houdini felt compelled to perform such terrifying death-defying acts, Alan visits New York where the young Eric Weiss arrived as a child with his Hungarian immigrant family, made his entry into show business and ultimately performed some of his most death-defying stunts. Immersing himself in the world of Houdini, Alan tries to hold his breath under ice cold water, lies on a bed of nails, gets strung upside down in a straitjacket and takes an exclusive look at David Copperfield's priceless collection of Houdini artefacts in Vegas. Alan talks to Houdini enthusiasts and delves into the family history of a man driven to conquer his rivals and be the very best. See TV Magic. 22.7.17


Little Big Shots USA. Saturday 22nd July on ITV. "Extraordinary kids featured in this week's episode include a singer from England who has become an internet sensation, a gifted string quintet, a magician team composed of siblings and a dynamic five-year-old performer." See TV Magic. 22.7.17


Peter Diamond. Peter Diamond is remembered by Andrew Miles, Click Here. 22.7.17


"America’s Got Talent magician Tom London on why he chose to audition across the pond" Click Here • "Tom London: Tech Savvy Magician Goes Around The World With Magic Trick - America's Got Talent 2017" YouTube • "Demian Aditya: Escape Artist Attempts Deadly Performance - America's Got Talent 2017" YouTube • Eric Jones: Magician Smashes The Judges’ Expectations With A Magic Trick - America’s Got Talent 2017" YouTube • "David Blaine shares stories and shocks at Majestic Theater" Click Here • "Kess The Illusionist" Click Here • "‘Circus 1903’ gets real with faux elephants" Click Here • "Illusionist Criss Angel gets Hollywood star, says inspired by Houdini" Click Here • "Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin introducing new puppets to his act" Click Here • "What the magician Penn Jillette can't travel without" Click Here • James Ward reviews Chris Wardle's Crafty Conjuring lecture at the Harrogate Society of Magicians, Click Here • See you next week, have a good weekend, Duncan. 22.7.17