Number 927 - 31st March 2018


Gregory Wilson - UK Lecture Tour. From the tour organiser: Magic Lectures UK is proud to present Gregory Wilson, the two-time FISM Award-Winning performer, Gregory Wilson is back to lecture in the UK. His mission is simple: To share with you professional routines that are cool, clever, and cutting edge. Gregory Wilson is a bottomless well of ideas, lines and tricks. He's a master of sleight of hand, misdirection, routining and presentation, mixed with creativity, charm and lightning speed wit. He can do it all... and he can teach it all to you. He'll also talk a lot about using natural props, direct methods and compelling presentations. You can look forward to an arsenal of ideas that run the gamut from beginner to expert level and cover a wide variety of genres. Tour Dates:

• Leicester Magic Circle - 2/4/18
• The Magic Circle - 3/4/18
• Bexley Magic Society - 4/4/18
• Bristol Magical Society - 5/4/18
• High Peak Magic Circle, Buxton - 8/4/18
• 3SM Magic Society - 9/4/18
• Blackpool Magicians Club - 10/4/18
• Leamington & Warwick Magic Society - 11/4/18
• Sheffield Circle of Magicians - 12/4/18
• Southend Sorcerers Society - 15/4/18
• Portsmouth & District Magic Circle - 16/4/18
• Watford Association of Magicians - 17/4/18
• Zodiac Magical Society, London - 18/4/18
• Home Counties Magical Society Reading - 19/4/18
• Dublin, Ireland - 20/4/18 to 22/4/18
• Mid Essex Magical Society - 23/4/18
• Alakazam Magic club - 24/4/18
• Derby Magic Circle - 25/4/18
• Exonian Magical Society - 26/4/18
• Bradford Magic Circle 70th Anniversary - 27/4/18 to 28/4/18
• Nottingham Guild of Magicians - 29/4/18
• Newcastle Magic Circle - 30/4/18
• Aberdeen Magical Society - 1/5/18
• Forth Valley Magic Circle - 2/5/18
• Wessex Magical Association - 6/5/18.


Northern Magic Summit 2018. From the organisers: Steven Bridges, Craig Petty, Brian Sefton, Roy Field, Richard Cadell, Alan Maskell and Harry Robson will be lecturing at the Northern Magic Summit 2018, at the County Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 2018. Registrations are now open and cost just £40 for the full weekend, including a ticket to the 'Sooty & Friends Magic Show' plus the 'Northern Magic & Variety' Gala show at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House. Book online: or email with any questions. 31.3.18


Steve Dela Lecture - London Society of Magicians, 10th April. Dan Young writes: London Society of Magicians presents... The Steve Dela Lecture, "My Spin: Magic That I Use". Steve Dela's 2018 lecture is full of usable and workable material. Steve shares his wisdom from over 12 years of experience as a full time professional magician. You will learn: Always ready Mentalism; Marketed effects that everyone should know about; Steve's pro working close-up magic act; Tips and tricks on how to get the most from your magic and mentalism; The importance of a 30 second reset; Why always having something on you is the best way to do business... and much much more! To check out who Steve is and what he has achieved, please see the website Location: Davenport's Magic Studio ( for directions). Tuesday, April 10th. Doors open at 6.30pm, lecture starts at 7pm. Price: £12.00. 31.3.18


British Ring Picnic, Sunday 27th May, Little Theatre, Leicester. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Following on from the success of the President’s Dinner Weekend at Wookey Hole, the IBM British Ring takes on another activity. The event, known as the ‘picnic’ has been off the scene for a while and is being brought back for 2018. It will take place at the Little Theatre in Leicester on Sunday 27th May (the Bank Holiday Weekend) and will run throughout the day. Mel Harvey and Andy Storm will be appearing along with others to be announced. There will be close-up, a competition and a buffet lunch. All this for just £7 (£5 children). Tickets may be booked on 01827 912305 or email Numbers are needed to be known for catering purposes. Pay on the door (cash only). President Richard Cadell looks forward to meeting you all. Come and enjoy a magic social in the heart of Leicester. The theatre is very close to train and bus stations. Several hotels are in the vicinity with parking facilities close by. It has all the makings of an inexpensive day out where you can meet up with your magical friends. What are you waiting for? Sooty awaits your call or email. 31.3.18


Ghost Stories - in cinemas this April. Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman), professor of psychology, arch-skeptic, the one-man 'belief buster' - has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave... Starring Andy Nyman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther and Martin Freeman. Directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman. Trailer 2: YouTube. Don't miss it! 31.3.18


Anthony Owen's Secrets is reviewed by Paul Romhany this week: "Magician, mentalist, producer - Anthony Owen is a creative force to be reckoned with. Whether in television, mentalism, or in the repertoires of his fellow magicians, his influence can be felt far and wide. Now he brings together a collection of his favorite 'Secrets' from a lifetime of magic just for you. This superlative compilation consists not only of mentalism, for which he may be best known, but also close-up and parlor/stage effects that will inspire and get your creative juices flowing. You'll be treated to effects with cards, coins, sleight of hand and mentalism (of course!), but this just scratches the surface. You also get miraculous routines using Anthony's favorite adhesive utility item, Changin' Glue; Out of this World effects; amusing anecdotes from a lifetime in magic; a section about television magic that any aspiring TV magician needs to read; and lottery and popular game show effects that will simultaneously amuse, entertain and baffle parlor or stage audiences. This volume is packed with material for magicians and mentalists alike, and will likely sell quickly. You don't want to miss out. So, pull up a comfy chair and Anthony Owen will let you in on the real Secrets of magic..." To read the full review, including details of how to obtain a personally signed copy, Click Here. 31.3.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Fluke, in a guest appearance on 'The Big Stage' from August 1999. (Note: Due to music copyright restrictions this clip will be blocked in some countries). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 31.3.18


The first ever Wizard World Gathering. 11th, 12th, 13th May. Don your house robe, grab your wand and join us for the ultimate Wizards' Party! Enjoy a complementary “Secret Garden” colour-changing gin cocktail on arrival, take a potions class, or witness the cutting edge in levitations, test your knowledge with our fantasy wizardry quiz, dance to fantastic beats, dress for our costume contest, enjoy live magic from muggle magicians, themed food and drinks, wizard store, and more. Confirmed Vendors / Artists: The Old Curiosity Colour Changing Gin - Wizard-Scientist Hybrid Kevin Quantum - Golden Hare Books - Galaxy Shop Official Harry Potter Merch - Time-Turner Expert John Henry Blackwood - Suki Bakes - Muggle magician R Paul Wilson - Potions Master - Wizard Quiz Master - and many more names to be announced... 31.3.18


The Life of Pat Page, Merlin Magical Society, Hertfordshire. John Clayton, Secretary of the Merlin Magical Society writes: On Thursday 5th April, the Merlin Magical Society are to have a talk on the life of Pat Page, which will be hosted by Janette Page and Philip Pound. They will be speaking about Pat's life as a magician, plus showing photos and video footage never seen before. We are only charging £5 entry for non members. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. See for full details. 31.3.18


Alaka-Van! A fund raising Magic Show and Supper at The Edge, Bolton Street, Brixham. The magic will start at your table during your supper; be prepared to be amazed by the talented young magicians from The Edge. The main event is a one-man show by Gareth Foreman, packed full of stunning magic and some mind bending psychological entertainment. There will also be a silent auction with some amazing lots up for grabs. We will be raising money to help buy a new minibus for the Youth Enquiry Service (YES) who will use it for all manner of community projects including beach cleaning, garden restoration, help for the elderly, feeding and clothing the homeless, and much much more. Tickets for this one-off spectacular are £10 show only & £15 for the show and two course supper. The fun starts at 7.15pm on Saturday May 5th. For more details and to book contact Gareth on 07956 539587 or email Venue: The Edge, Bolton Street, Brixham TQ5 8AW (Map) 31.3.18


The Eugene Burger Legacy Tour - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 11th April, The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, will host the first date of The Eugene Burger Legacy Tour. We are pleased to welcome back Jeff McBride and Larry Hass for this tribute to Eugene. All visiting magicians are welcome to join us, for a small fee of £5-00. To reserve you place, please contact Sue Oakley Lecture starts at 8pm at the ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 9NL (Map). 31.3.18


Bobby Denise is Reigning Rampant by Daniel Ross. ‘Bobby Denise is Reigning Rampant’ is a journey through the lower echelons of celebrity and the grim reality of falling from grace, with a cast of over-reaching has-been magicians and deluded hangers-on. There are themes of guilt, lust for attention, moments that define entire lives and, crucially, murderous white tigers in stage magic shows. This novel and its belligerent narrator believe that showbiz is awful: showbiz makes you do the wrong thing, time and time again, and it turns good people bad. Bobby Denise's story is uncomfortably funny and takes place in a reality that's only very slightly heightened… The novel is being published by Unbound. Unbound is a crowdfunding publisher that gives people the tools, support and freedom to bring their ideas to life. For more info and to support/read ‘Bobby Denise is Reigning Rampant’ visit 31.3.18


Hull Magicians' Circle Shirley Watts Close-up Magic Competition 22nd March 2018, Sailmakers Arms, Hull. Jon Marshall writes: The competition this year had four entrants: Roland Tuplin had tricks with cards and a chain mystery. Russ Appleby conjured with currency bills, turning notes into Euros and back again. Paul Kitchen in street busker style avoided being caught in a Rat Trap while discovering a chosen card and showed his skill with the classic Cups and Balls trick. Walt Lees amazed with a clever Dice routine and a mysterious cards and coins routine. Judges were - Lorraine Myers and Amanda Strides and the magical judges were Brenden Craw and Steve Jackson from our friends, York Society of Magicians. Eddie Dawes, HMC President, awarded the Trophy to the winner, Walt Lees and congratulated Russ Appleby on second place. Photo: HMC President Eddie Dawes presenting the trophy to Walt Lees. 31.3.18


Manchester Circle of Magicians Jumbo Magical Auction. From the organisers: Manchester Circle of Magicians present a Jumbo Magical Auction on Monday 9th April at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Free for Members. Door charge of £3.00 for non-members. Doors open at 5.30pm. Viewing commences at 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers are Derek Lever and Quentin Reynolds. Hundreds of items being sold in 9 lots. Many without reserve such as DVDs, books, close-up, kids tricks, mentalism, etc. See you there! 31.3.18


E-Club Pro April Sign Up Offer. With about 700 pages of quality online content, E-Club Pro is a wonderful resource for magicians of all standards and type. Updated with fresh content every single month, it gives access to instruction on a wide range of moves and sleights, provides clear detailed video instruction for a huge variety of close up, stand up, mental and children's effects (most of which have not been seen elsewhere), offers professional advice on all aspects of magic, and everything is based on Mark Leveridge's 35+ years experience as a full time pro. You can get access to all this fabulous content within minutes of completing the simple PayPal sign up process, and if you decide to do so during April 2018, you will also receive a free download routine in each of your first three months of membership! There is no fixed subscription period (the membership payment is simply taken automatically each month via PayPal), and so you can stay a member for as long as you like. So why not open up the massive E-Club Pro resource for yourself by joining, and remember if you do it between the 1st and 30th April 2018 you will receive your free download routines. For more information and to sign up please go to 31.3.18


Paul Gordon Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. Mark Paul MMC Secretary of The Northamptonshire Magicians Club writes: A lecture not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome £10 charge, The lecture starts at 8pm on Tuesday 3rd April at Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 31.3.18


Modern Magic: Jake Banfield. Prepare to believe in magic...! Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, an audience will have their minds read, have their senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. Saturday 12th May. Doors 7.30pm. Show 8pm. Tickets: £39. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map). 31.3.18


Robert Temple is taking to the stage for the spring leg of his UK theatre tour, "The Hypnotist - Live & Outrageous" in just a few weeks, starting at Westlands Centre in Yeovil on Monday, 16th April. This larger-than-life, 18+ comedy hypnosis show will play 17 venues throughout April/May, including Stamford, Dunstable, Bromsgrove, Felixstowe, Manchester, Barking, Bristol, Weymouth, St. Helens, Retford, Birmingham, Torquay, Chesham, Leicester, South Shields and Blyth. Co-written and directed by Kennedy. Tickets: 31.3.18


Babylon 5, Friday 6th April on Pick. "Day of the Dead. Series 5, episode 8. The crew gets caught up in the Brakiri's eerie Day of the Dead celebrations. Guest starring Penn and Teller." (Repeat) See TV Magic. 31.3.18


Quentin Reynolds won first prize at the recent Blackpool Magicians' Club close-up competition. Here is president Chris Stickland presenting him with the shield and an Easter Egg. Quentin also won the cup for the best card trick. Congratulations to other prize winners Brian Sefton and Andy Collins. Paul Roberts did a great job hosting the evening. 31.3.18


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday April 3rd, at The Grosvenor Casino, 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 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 to come along, please email or you can phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 31.3.18


Fergus Anckorn. "War veteran and magician Fergus Anckorn who used magic to survive the Japanese death camps, has died age 99" Click Here. "Fergus Anckorn, magician and Burma Railway survivor – obituary" 31.3.18


"Magician Dynamo opens up about Crohn's struggle" Click Here • "Moonlighting as magician, Surrey nurse raises funds for hospital ICU" Click Here • "Review: The Illusionists' practised feats of magic enjoyable and engaging" Click Here • "Illusionist Derren Brown discovers the magic of vegan food" Click Here • "Coraline review – creepy adaptation of Neil Gaiman's tale will turn kids on to opera" Click Here • "Skin illusionist's incredible works of art go viral" Click Here • "YouTube sensation and illusionist Collins Key on headlining the YouTube India FanFest" Click Here • "Stout of this world! Magician makes beer disappear then reappear in mind-boggling tricks in front of awe-struck crowd of cheering drinkers" Click Here • Philip Partridge (Magic Philip) looks back at his time at the recent South Tyneside International Magic Festival, Click Here • That's it for another week - I hope you have a really good Easter weekend. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 31.3.18