Number 943 - 21st July 2018


FISM 2018. First Place results:
Grand Prix Stage: Miguel Muñoz (Spain)
Grand Prix Close-up: Eric Chien (Taiwan)
Manipulation: Tie: Ha Lin An (Korea) & Florian Sainvet (France) joint winners
General Magic: Miguel Munos (Spain)
Invention: Tie: Javier Botia (Spain), Han Manho (Korea)
Micromagic: Eric Chien (Taiwan)
Card magic: Bill Cheung (China)
Parlour: Marc Weide (Germany)
Stage Illusions: (no winner)
Mentalism: Javier Botia (Spain)
Most Original Close-up Act: DK (Korea)
Most Original Stage Act: Sangsoon Kim (Korea)
Comedy Magic: (no winner)
Special awards: Creativity & Artistic Vision: Derek DelGaudio (USA)
History & Research: Stephen Minch (USA)
Theory & Philosophy: Jeff McBride (USA)

Full list of results:

"FISM World Championships of Magic comes to end" Click Here.

Official FISM Québec 2021 website: 21.7.18


Jeff McBride wins FISM Special Award for Theory & Philosophy. The FISM Special Awards began in 2006. There are three categories. Each is intended to address more than a single accomplishment; to consider a person’s work covering a wide span of time. Over a hundred people from around the world are asked to propose names. A slate of five nominees in each category is determined, and then the same group of over a hundred vote.

Jeff McBride was in the category of Theory & Philosophy. This award pays tribute to a person who has approached magic from a viewpoint that is analytical, academic, perhaps even spiritual. Prior recipients were: 2006, Tommy Wonder (Netherlands); 2009, Juan Tamariz (Spain); 2012, Eugene Burger (USA) and 2015, Roberto Giobbi (Switzerland). This year’s nominees were: Dan DaOrtiz (Spain), Pit Harlting (Germany), Jeff McBride (USA), Darwin Ortiz (USA) and Gabi Pareras (Spain). And, as announced before an audience of 2,500 in Busan, the winner this year was Jeff McBride. McBride’s response was, "For thousands of years, the secret arts of magic have been passed down from master to student. It is a joy and an honor to be able to be part of this legacy."


A 10-year headliner at his popular McBride’s Wonderground, in Las Vegas, McBride has long been known as a foremost innovator in the world of magic, being among the first to incorporate masks and pantomime with world-class sleight-of-hand skills. His early career saw him as opening act for such superstars as Diana Ross & Tom Jones. Later, his full-evening shows won raves off-Broadway, in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. He is founder of the McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas, McBride’s Wonderground (magic nightclub) and can be seen regularly on such popular television shows as Masters of Illusion and Penn & Teller’s Fool Us. He is author of the book The Show Doctor and host of the Monday Night Mystery School webcast, currently with over 350 episodes archived. 21.7.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, here's what all that "Theory & Philosophy" looks like in action: Jeff McBride and his masterly Miser's Dream routine in a guest appearance on John Fisher's The Best of Magic from 11th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. DT. 21.7.18


Giggio Launches ‘GiggioPay’. Giggio already makes invoicing for gigs easy, but as of Monday 23rd July, Giggio subscribers in the UK will be able to start accepting credit and debit card payments instantly using their Giggio account. This fully integrated payments solution, called GiggioPay, allows clients to pay their invoices online quickly, easily and securely by card.

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'Oliver Meech: When Magic and Food Collides' debuts at Edinburgh Fringe. After two sell-out runs, Oliver's back with his latest magical mash-up. A comedy magic show stuffed with jaw-dropping, mouth-watering tricks. Tummies will rumble, ribs will be tickled and gobs will be smacked. "Could rival Derren Brown" ( "Hilarious" **** ( "My jaw hit the floor" (BBC). "Charisma and panache" ( Ages 7-107, family-friendly, adult-friendly, generally-friendly. venue: Just The Tonic, 2-18th August (not 13th), £10 (£8 concs). 21.7.18


Patrick Page Magic Presentation, South London Magic Society, Tuesday 7th August. Simon Rosselli writes: The presentation includes his daughter Janette Page talking about how Patrick became a magician, growing up in a magic household and the Patrick Page Audio Archive, together with her husband Philip talking about: 'The Big Book of Magic' and 'Magic Page by Page'. With lots of photos and video footage of Patrick performing, most of which you will not have seen before. Patrick worked with Simon Drake on Channel 4’s ground-breaking Secret Cabaret, with Wayne Dobson on ITV’s A Kind of Magic, and was a source of inspiration to magicians across the world. He was a consultant to magicians, and a consultant to magicians’ consultants! Free admission for non-members. 7pm 'Hands On' session, 8pm main lecture. South London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP (Map). 21.7.18


Phantasmagorical, Buxton Fringe, 2018. "This show is true immersion into the shadowy world of Victorian gothic spiritualism with magical Spirit Guide, the impish and engaging Miss Sylvia Sceptre. Wonderfully evocative storytelling prepares believer and sceptic alike for thrills and spine-tingling chills with dazzling magic, mind-reading and psychic demonstration. Audience members don’t need to commune with the spirits to enjoy expertly performed magic and misdirection from a character created by one of the few female Magic Circle Members. Trick or treat? Scene or séance? Magic or misdirection? Gift or curse? You decide. But whatever you do, challenge yourself to sit with the shadows in the company of Miss Sceptre before she heads to Edinburgh’s ghostly streets."  David Carlisle, Buxton Fringe, 9th July 2018. See Phantasmagorical has been nominated for a Fringe Female Theatre Award for 'Storytelling and audience engagement of the highest order.' 21.7.18


The David Berglas Digital Scrapbooks. This week, we go back to 1983 'Magic & Technical Advisor on the James Bond epic, Octopussy, starring Roger Moore.' See YouTube. 21.7.18


Evolution of Magic - Blackpool. Craig Christian & Elizabeth Best star in Evolution of Magic at The Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, from 30th March to 28th October 2018. From the promoters: Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best ignite the stage, packing 1000-seat theatres many times over. Craig’s fresh approach is pioneering the future of magic. His charismatic, witty, personality captures audiences creating a show where magic and entertainment are fused together to produce a flowing dynamic, visual spectacle! "Of course it’s a Magic Show, but it’s not just about the magic. We have developed over the years a show that we are really proud of. It’s everything a show should be, exciting, captivating, and most of all, entertaining!" Craig Christian. For more information and to book visit, also see 21.7.18


Chris Wardle MIMC, returns to The Pentacle Club, Cambridge, to present his new lecture on Tuesday 24th July. Chris is well known for his magical creations and lecturing. His effects have appeared in several books and have been used on TV, radio and on stage. His material appeared in Ian Rowland’s column in ‘Magic’ and Andi Gladwin’s column in ‘Genii’. He has his own regular ideas column in The Magic Circle’s house magazine and is a former winner of the Cecil Lyle Award from The Magic Circle. This will be an evening filled with crafty methods and practical effects that you can use, covering a wide range of magic. The Club meets at 7.45pm at St Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 9LR (Map). (There is a charge for visiting magicians). 21.7.18


Conjuring at the Court - London, Thursday 26th July. From the organisers: Witness the impossible as top magicians take to the stage! With the hilarious Terry Herbert, the dramatic Max Somerset, and the impossible mentalism of Roberto Forzoni. Compere Russell Levinson. 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. Tickets still just £11 in advance from 21.7.18


Chris Stickland Lecture, Liverpool Magic Circle, Thursday 2nd August. Alan Singleton writes: Liverpool Magic Circle are proud to announce a lecture by Chris Stickland on Thursday 2nd August at 8pm. £10 for non-members. Free for LMC members. Liverpool Magic Circle, The Crown Inn, Leyfield Road, West Derby, Liverpool L12 9HA (Map). 21.7.18


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam and Kyle Sarocen write: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th August, 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. 21.7.18


Mr. Bean - A Magic Day Out, Wednesday 1st August on Boomerang. "A Magic Day Out. The animated antics of the hapless bumbler Mr Bean. Mr Bean and Irma are off for a day at the seaside. Irma is travelling light, but Bean wants to take almost everything he owns in an enormous trunk. Arriving at the seaside, Bean's trunk gets accidentally swapped with that of a famous stage magician. As Bean entertains Irma pulling rabbits out of hats. the angry magician arrives on the scene - and he is not a happy bunny." See TV Magic. 21.7.18


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