Number 907 - 11th November 2017


Michael Bailey MIMC (with Gold Star). Scott Penrose MIMC, President, The Magic Circle, writes: It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Past President Michael Bailey MIMC (with Gold Star) on 6 November 2017.

Michael was President of the Society between 1998 and 2003 and provided a pivotal role in helping to raise the substantial funds required to purchase and build our first fully owned headquarters in Stephenson Way, Euston, opened in 1998.

Michael had been a professional magician since 1971 and, coupled with his background in advertising, is acknowledged as being one of the key figures in adapting magic for a corporate market. Having been at the forefront of his chosen field in the UK, he published his book “The Magic Business” which soon became the authoritative guide for working magic in all aspects trade shows, product launches and business seminars. He was also the author of “The Magic Circle: Performing Magic Through the Ages” and co-edited the centennial history, “Circle Without End: The Magic Circle 1905-2005”.

In addition to his contribution towards helping members of The Magic Circle achieve their seemingly unachievable dream of owning their own Headquarters in London for the first time, Michael was an Honorary Life member of the Society, was awarded The Maskelyne for Services to British Magic in 2003 and in 2005 was given The Gold Medal for exemplary services to the Society, an honour that has only been awarded ten times since its inception in 1926.

The legacy of Michael Bailey is something to which members of the Society past, present and future will be forever indebted.


Yann Frisch's Le Camion-Chapiteau (The Truck-Marquee) "...a cocoon-like space, in which a spectator could watch a magic show under the very best conditions. The aspect of mobility revealed itself to be an essential aspect of the environment I wished to create. The image of a truck that transforms itself into a theatre began to appear..." To find out all about this imaginative project, and to support it, visit 11.11.17


Carey Super Sessions! From Tuesday 14th November at Alakazam. Alakazam write: Join John Carey for the first of a series of Carey Super Sessions! The first one-day course on November 14th is entitled Streamlined Commercial Card Magic. On it you will learn material that is extremely commercial and that plays in a wide variety of venues. Carey has built his reputation internationally in recent years with his stripped down and minimalistic approach to card magic, evident in his 4 critically acclaimed books. You will learn material that is powerful but also practical. No pipe dreams here.

In the first course John will perform, discuss and teach 15 effects from his vast repertoire. There's amazing variety of plot here with truly something for everyone. The course will be streamed live and students can interact with John and our team and ask questions and get help and tips that will take your card magic onto the next level. The course will be saved in your Alakazam streaming account for anytime viewing. We expect demand to be extremely high for this course. Why not take advantage of our early bird discount. It promises to be an amazing evening! Don't just watch the magic. Be part of it! Visit for full details and to sign-up.


Ollie Mealing London Society of Magicians lecture, Tuesday 28th November. From the organisers: The London Society of Magicians are proud to host a lecture by Ollie Mealing. Ollie Mealing is an underground legend in card magic. His creativity, approach and presentational style, have all earned him critical acclaim amongst magic’s inner circle. At just fourteen years old, Ollie made the decision to go pro, carving out a successful six-year career which notably involved him performing at the UK’s largest music festivals. In 2013, Ollie was recruited to work and tour alongside Derren Brown – working on three shows spanning across five years. Within the community, Ollie is perhaps best well known for his YouTube videos, which have gained him worldwide praise for his original and hard-hitting effects. After much demand, Ollie recently began sharing his philosophy on magic, via an online series called CHAT. Ollie’s lecture promises to feature a diverse range of material and ideas from throughout his career so far as well as some exclusives. Date: Tuesday November 28th. Venue: Davenports Magic Shop Doors: 6.30pm. Start: 7pm. Tickets: £12 on the door for non members (members free). 11.11.17


Ben Earl Medway Magical Society lecture. Neil Colley writes: Exclusive! Ben Earl to lecture at Medway Magical Society on the 21st November. We are fortunate to offer this rare opportunity to see Ben Earl, who some consider to be amongst the finest sleight of hand magicians in the world today. November 21st at 8pm at the Medway Magical Society, St George Hotel, New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB (Map). Space will be extremely limited so be sure to get there early. Members £5, non-members £10. 11.11.17


Magic at the Angles is back on Saturday 18th November at the Angles Theatre, Wisbech. Featuring international comedy magician Neal Austin, speciality act Bella Tricks, multi-award winning magician Jon Allen and your host, multi-award winning international magician Richard Griffin. Show times 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets from only £10.00. Tickets available at 11.11.17


Jay Fortune's Magic Portraits are now available via his online shop. These are original hand-drawn sketches, not prints. Use the code ‘20OFFLAUNCH’ (that’s ‘twenty-off-launch’ all capitals) at the check-out and receive 20% off your first order (for most items), valid until Sunday evening: 11.11.17


Saturday Mash-Up! with Dynamo, live from 9am this morning. Yasmin, Jonny and Hacker are back for more live entertainment. This week's line-up includes online stars Lisa and Lena, actor Freddie Fox, magician Dynamo and musician HRVY. Also, the England rugby league team put Hacker through his paces, and there's another brand new edition of The Next Step and cartoon action from Danger Mouse, Ooglies and Zig and Zag. See TV Magic for details. 11.11.17


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 30th November, London. From the producers: Another wonderful night with Polish star Michael Vadini, the Edwardian conjuring of Alexander Wells, balletic magic by Megan Knowles-Bacon, and pattered prestidigitation from AJ Green. Fronted by comedian Tim Fitzhigham, whose eccentric and hilarious stunts are the basis of BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Gambler’ series. Tickets for the show are still only £11 from ...last two months were packed so do book early! The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! Parking is free from 6.30pm. 11.11.17


The Mystic Ring Entertain at the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. Mark Paul MMC, Secretary of the Northamptonshire Magicians writes: The Mystic Ring Entertain at the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club at 8pm on Tuesday 14th November. The Mystic Ring are putting on an evening of Magical Entertainment for us. This is an open night for members, friends and family, and visiting magicians with free entrance for all. The Show starts at 8pm at Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men’s Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 11.11.17


Jim Krenz - UK Lecture Tour. Magic Lectures UK write: We are proud to present Jim Krenz with his first UK lecture tour. Spending fifteen years working for Jay and Francis Marshall at Magic Inc and being a regular performer at Schulien’s Restaurant in Chicago his experience has lead him to win the Most Valuable Participant award at the FFFF convention. Jim has studied with Ed Marlo, Jim Ryan, Tony Andruzzi, Don Alan, Eugene Burger, Slydini, Tommy Wonder and Juan Tamariz. “When I was a child I was fascinated with the magical emotion that I felt upon watching magicians. I could not comprehend anything, what I would see was impossible; now I love to feel this emotion. It does not occur very often. Normally, I can see behind the curtain, I see the 'hidden' secrets and the mechanics. But from time to time a magician performs a trick, or several tricks, that seem impossible and the magical emotion returns. This happens to me with Jim Krenz.” Juan Tamariz.
Tour Dates:
• The Magic Circle - 13/11/2017
• Wessex Magical Association - 14/11/2017
• Leamington & Warwick - 15/11/2017
• Home Counties Magical Society - Reading - 16/11/2017 (8pm, at Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley, Reading RG6 3HE. Visiting magicians welcome, door charge £15 see
• Isle of Mann - 18/11/2017
• Ipswich Magical Society - 20/11/2017
• British Magical Society - 21/11/2017
• Derby - 22/11/2017
• High Peak Magic Club - 26/11/2017
• Northamptonshire Magicians club - 28/11/2017
• Shropshire Magical Society - 29/11/2017
• Bristol Magical Society - 30/11/2017.


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Max Maven, on 'Something Strange with Max Maven' recorded in 1993 - see The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 11.11.17


Ben Hart on 'Len Goodman's Partners in Rhyme', Saturday 18th November on BBC 1. "A fun, play-along family game show all about rhyming. In the 'Rhymewatch' section, the teams attempt to identify all the rhyming pairs within a short film starring magician Ben Hart." See TV Magic. 11.11.17


Paul Kieve has joined a team of Broadway collaborators to supervise the magic for a brand new Disney musical production of Beauty and the Beast. The $15 million live production opened November 8th and can be seen exclusively on board the Disney Dream cruise ship. This unique version of the Alan Menken / Howard Ashman musical will run for an estimated minimum 5 years. 11.11.17


The Magicseen Monthly Money-Saver for November. From the publishers: This time we have a great deal for you on our download subscriptions. We can offer you either a 1 or 2 year subscription period now at half price. This applies obviously to new subscriptions, but also those readers who already have a current download subscription can extend it for either 1 or 2 years and benefit from the same discount. This special 50% off deal is only valid until midnight on Friday 17th November 2017, so you need to act quickly. Download subscribers not only get their copies of each issue ahead of printed ones arriving, they also benefit from a 20% discount on all book and E-Book purchases from Magicseen Publications, plus each time a new issue of the magazine is released, download subscribers can email and request to receive any two other download back issues completely free, making a download sub even better value. So sign up for the convenience of Magicseen as a download and catch yourself a terrific all round bargain by going to 11.11.17


The November E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce that the latest half hour online video presentation featuring 6 all-new items is awaiting your attention. The contents this month are: The Teach In - learn a totally impromptu version of the Lie Detector card trick that is easy to do. Top Tips - Mark gives advice on how to ensure you get paid at shows without any hassle. It Could Only Happen Live - another story from Mark's magic career, this time he discovers that supermarket employees don't make a good audience. Web Offers - background info and dems of a convincing penetration effect and a great book test which are on offer in November. 60 Seconds To Success - Mark explains how to make the most of a magical moment. The Review Corner - Mark takes a critical look at iCharge 2.0. Access to the complete online video presentation costs a tiny amount, and if you take it as part of a 1 year sub, the cost reduces even further, making this one of the best deals in magic! For more info and to order go to 11.11.17


Portsmouth Jumbo Day 'Southern Magician of the Year'. Colin Rumford writes: The Southern Magician of the Year competition took place at the Portsmouth Jumbo Day on Sunday 5th November 2017. Sponsored by PropDog, the event required competitors to perform an act of between 8 and 12 minutes twice to 2 separate audiences. The audiences then got to vote for the winner. This year's winner of the title "Southern Magician of the Year" was Timmy Taylor who received a trophy and £100 of PropDog vouchers. The runner-up was Huxley Hunt who received £50 of PropDog vouchers. The results and prizes were awarded during the evening Gala show by PDMC President Lee Roberts and Jim Stone, who took charge of the competition on the day. 11.11.17


Totally Awesome Mega Epic Winter Family Variety Show! December 21st in Ealing. In aid of Rainbow Trust Children's Charity (caring for families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness) Beautiful Magicians' Club: Kids presents the 'Totally Awesome Mega Epic Winter Family Variety Show!' Expect epic stunts, mind boggling magicians, bad boy breakdancers, hysterical hula hooping, trapeze artist swinging, Disney princess singing, bubble blowers bubbling, and jugglers juggling. For full details and Early Bird tickets Click Here. 11.11.17


Andy Robertson Peterhead Prison Museum Cell Escape. Stuart Burrell writes: The 31st of October 2017 saw the first Jail Cell escape performed by an Escapologist in Scottish history when Andy Robertson conducted a Cell Escape at Peterhead Prison Museum under test conditions made famous by legendary Escapologists Harry Houdini and David DeVal. Mr Robertson was challenged by Rebecca Taylor, representing the DeVal family to escape from one of cells at the museum as well as escaping from regulation handcuffs and leg manacles provided by a third party. World Record Holding Locksmith and member of The Magic Circle, Chris Gower, was in attendance to confirm the validity of the locks used.


The test conditions required Mr Robertson to be subject to a full examination by a medical professional and subject to a strip search and that the cell was searched and examined beforehand. Mr Robertson was then required to be locked in the cell, whilst near naked. The Escape was covered by STV2’s “Live at Five” show, with interviews with Mr Robertson and members of the public that had paid to be present. Mr Robertson escaped in 8 minutes and 12 seconds, pausing only to put his clothes back on and secure the handcuffs to the door of the cell. The escape was significant as not only was it a personal first for Mr Robertson and the first such escape by an Escape Artist in Scotland, but it also represented the first time that the Houdini / DeVal test method had been applied to a cell which had been in active use with the Prison Service after the turn of the millennium. A video of the escape and the buildup can be viewed on YouTube. 11.11.17


Jon Dorenbos on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 17th November. Ellen chats to former Vice President Joe Biden about his new memoir. NFL player and magician Jon Dorenbos also makes an appearance. See TV Magic. 11.11.17


Omar Pasha's Black Art act from the 70s can be seen on The Good Old Days on 17th November on BBC 4. Leonard Sachs presents the old-time music hall programme, first broadcast on 2 July 1980. Featuring Moira Anderson, Jack Douglas, Robert White, Audrey Jeans, Jenny Till, Omar Pasha, Marc Metral and members of the Players' Theatre, London. See TV Magic. 11.11.17


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