Number 365 - 23rd June 2007


Dan Dunn, Kevin King and Rob Torres, all from USA, have just been added to the IBM British Ring Convention lineup for Southport in September. Already confirmed: Tomsoni & Co, Dave Williamson, Lennart Green, Gaetan Bloom, Bill Malone, Paul Zenon, Tim Gabrielson, Boris Wild, Vik & Fabrini, Les Bubb, Rocco, Michael Vincent, Joanie Spina, Bob Sheets, Murray Hatfield & Teresa, 'Magic Al', Romany and Ray Alan with Lord Charles! This really is a world class collection of magic convention headliners... except that here they all are together - for five magical days, covering every aspect of the genre. IBM British Ring Convention Southport, September 12th-16th 2007. 23.6.07

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Andrew Fell presents Marc Salem's Mind Games Extra. World-renowned mentalist Marc Salem takes his audience on a captivating excursion into the possibilities of the human mind through a series of hilarious, astounding and mystifying Mind Games. Following sell-out seasons in 2004, 2005 and 2006, Marc Salem returns to the Tricycle Theatre. Using psychological techniques, a sharp eye, and a quick wit, he engages audiences in a series of mesmerizing and mystifying Mind Games. A thoroughly engaging performer, Marc's interactive demonstrations delight and amaze audiences of all ages - this year the show features extra Sunday performances at 3pm and 6pm for family audiences. "Tantalisingly insoluble. A fascinating evening's theatre." The Guardian. July 10th - 29th. Visit for details and to book. 23.6.07


Harry Hill, Paul Zenon, Lee Mack and Mark Raffles are On The Bus! at 7.30pm on Sunday July 8th at the Theatre Royal, Brighton. This is a benefit night for Paul's Wonderbus project. Tickets: £15.00 £17.50 £20.00. Box Office: 08700 606 650. Paul can also be seen at the Glastonbury Festival tomorrow, Sunday 24th, in the Lost Vagueness Casino venue, performing a couple of non-verbal pieces (not 'silent' as it's going to be very loud!). 23.6.07


Masked Magician gets Frozen Out! Last week we reported on ITV4's callous television scheduling, which had the genuinely groundbreaking David Blaine: Magic Man on Sunday 24th at 7pm, immediately being followed by exposure show Breaking the Magician's Code at 8pm. The good news is that ITV4 have now pulled Breaking the Magician's Code - replacing it with another David Blaine special: David Blaine - Frozen in Time at 8pm instead. All the weekly TV guides will have Breaking the Magician's Code listed, but it's not going to be shown following David Blaine... the bad news is that the following week, ITV4 are running two Masked Magician shows back to back, in the same time slot as the previous week's Blaine shows. 23.6.07


"Mr Magnificent; Highlight of the Night!" 84 Tips And Pointers To Pave YOUR Way To Professional And Financial Success As A Close-Up Magician is the rather fantastic title of a just-published booklet by close-up magician and cardshark Drummond Money-Coutts. This is a great little guide that crams 84 tips and pointers into its 16 pages, just as the title suggests. I didn't agree with points 17, 53, 55 and 69 - but out of 84 points on offer that's not too bad! You'll have to buy a copy to see if you agree or disagree with me. Retailing at just £4.50 this really should be an essential purchase for every close-up magician, regardless of whether you are just starting out or have been at it for years. In fact, if you have been at it for years then you should definitely order a copy. Highly recommended. Release date: Monday 25th June, exclusively at Davenports, London. More information: 23.6.07


Britain's Got Magic Talent After All... Barry and Stuart release previously unseen video footage, Click Here. 23.6.07


Gary Young will be know to many readers as the man behind the very successful Top Secret Magic Day's (now in their 12th year). His new website is now online, featuring a broad range of magic products from close-up to corporate to magic for children's entertainers. Marc Paul's lecture DVD Trade Show Secrets has been doing very well, and can be seen on the 'Exclusive DVDs' page. Visit today! 23.6.07


R Paul Wilson (The Real Hustle) lectures for International Magic on Wednesday 27th June, at 7.15pm - the venue is their now regular venue: 2nd Floor, 'Casa Italiana', 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL. Entrance is £10 pay on the door. All those that wish to attend should contact Martin on 020 7405 7324 or email 23.6.07


Paul Stone presents the 2nd Ultimate Performers Workshop, Las Vegas. "It will be a 4 day event, and will be held from 28th - 31st January 2008, at a terrific new venue, all under one roof, at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The Suncoast has good meeting rooms, excellent accommodation, and a fabulous Showroom, which we will be using throughout the 4 days of the Workshop. We have some outstanding presenters and special guests appearing. We are strictly limiting the number of attendees to a maximum of 35." For more information email 23.6.07


Watford Association of Magicians held their annual Close-Up Competition on June 19th. Six acts competed in front of an enthusiastic audience - with Andy Clockwise coming first. Andy also won in 2002 and 2003 (and didn't enter in 2004, 2005 or 2006, so look out in 2008!). Julie Carpenter came second and Martin Cox third. 23.6.07


Peter McLanachan will be presenting his "A Force Much Greater Than Luck" lecture for the Watford Association of Magicians on Tuesday 3rd July starting at 8pm. This is Peter's first lecture in England, having presented this lecture to critical acclaim to both Irish and Scottish Magic Conventions, as well as clubs around Scotland. Visiting magicians are welcome with a £5 entry charge for visitors. 23.6.07


Mel Harvey's just returned from a break on the island of Kefalonia where by chance he managed to book himself into the only hotel on the island owned by a magician! Billy Vosnakis runs The Pelagos Bay Hotel in Scala and welcomes visiting magicians. "Billy is a very hospitable host and if any magicians and wives decide to go to the hotel there is an opportunity to 'strut your stuff' at the weekly Magic Barbecue. This event includes all the food you can eat, fun and games, Greek dancing, bingo, a quiz run by Billy's English wife Barbara plus of course Billy's Extreme Magic." Emails Mel. Mel can be seen today, Saturday 23rd June, in his Wacky Wizard Show at The Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex. Performances times are at 11.30am and 2pm. Box Office: 01206 500900. 23.6.07


Kerry Scorah, Christopher Howell and Paul Mealling worked their respective magic at a property launch held by Damac recently. The trio performed to around 300 guests at the invitation only event held at London's Intercontinental Hotel. The evening was even more magical for Paul as it was also his Birthday! 23.6.07


Sean Carpenter lectures at the Bolton Magicians Club, on Wednesday 27th June at the Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton. Admission is free for members and £5.00 for non-members. For more information visit or contact Steve Owen 01942 511388 or 07951753447 23.6.07


Illusionist James Long and partner Emma, who received excellent comments from the judges in the British Magical Championships at this year's Blackpool convention, head for the high seas this week, performing onboard Oceana for P&O Cruises, introducing two new illusions into their show. A brand new website has also just been launched at 23.6.07


Paul Gordon presents a new lecture "crammed full of magical, workable, entertaining and professional card magic" at the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday 27th June. The new lecture contains magic from both best-selling 16th Card Books, Paul's new DVD, and his new 205 page book, Cardistry. With Paul's card-creator friend Jack Parker in mind, 50% of all profits of Cardistry (sold directly by Natzler Enterprises) will be donated to The Anthony Nolan Leukaemia Trust. Visit 23.6.07


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic. Michael Shepherd emails: "Esme Perkins is pleased to announce the line-up for the Ferrybridge Day of Magic on Sunday 1st July 2007. Venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8ND. Doors open 10.00am. The first lecturette – Save Money, reuse those props twice! – will be presented by Maurice Roberts at 11.00am. The second lecturette by Daniel Hunt and Annette Claire – In the Footsteps of Houdini, - will be at 1.45pm. This lecturette will be followed by a short workshop on lock-picking – in a ‘secret locked’ room! The ‘4.15’ Showette, introduced by Bill Swallow, features Andrew Normansell, Maurice Roberts and Amethyst. Travis Perkins should be in attendance between 3.15 and 3.27pm! Dealers and traders will be open for business from 10.00am. Refreshments will be available all day. 5.00pm will be the time to say goodbye! The cost for this extravaganza is £3.00 per person! The Community Centre staff has asked that magicians and visitors do not start queuing before 6.00am on the morning!" Further details can be obtained from Michael Shepherd, telephone: 01904 709500, email, 23.6.07


Comedy Magician Rob Hendy entertained magicians and friends at the after-diner cabaret for the Bristol Magical Society and Bath Circle of Magicians at The Riverside, Saltford Marina last Thursday evening. "A great night was had by all." Photo, L to R: President of the Bristol Magical Society Lewis Taylor, Rob Hendy and Dave Alexzander President of the Bath Circle of Magicians. 23.6.07


The 24th Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition takes place on Sunday 15th July at The Magic Circle Headquarters, London. In April seven magicians won a place in the Final: Ben Farrar, Michael Jordan, Josh Miller, James Milner, Joe Ray, Marcus Taylor and Lexi Watterson. They each have to present a stage act, suitable for a family audience and will judged on their technique, ability, patter, presentation, originality, appearance, personality and the overall routining and magical content of their act. Awaiting the winner is the title “The Young Magician of the Year 2007", the Derrick Speight Trophy and admission to full Membership of The Magic Circle at the age of eighteen. Tickets are now available from The Magic Circle box office on 020 7387 2222 for the Final at 6.30pm (£12.50 each), and also for the afternoon show at 3pm (which isn't judged at £7.00 each). 23.6.07


Congratulations to Graham Lee, just awarded the title "European Balloon Entertainer of the Year" in Belgium after attending The Millennium Jam, a convention for balloon twisters. Graham will perform in China later in the year at a clown and mime festival. On Wednesday July 11th Graham is running another 'Care and Share' day in Ashford, Kent: 23.6.07


America's Got Talent is currently being shown on ITV2. Illusionist Eli Kirk appears on show 3 with a sword basket and Kevin James on show 4 with his Charlie Chaplin routine. Thanks to Carl de Rome for the news. 23.6.07


"Professor" Guy Higgins. Member of The Inner Magic Circle and the Grand Order of Water Rats, "Professor" Guy Higgins passed away in hospital on the 19th June. He had been Weymouth's Punch and Judy Man for 30 years but had to reluctantly retire due to failing health in 2004. His show was frequently featured in magazines and on television and gained notable publicity when, following the success of 'Dallas' on TV, he introduced a "J.R." puppet into his show. He will be particularly remembered as the Punch and Judy consultant and performer in the BBC'S hit Sitcom, "Hi-Di-Hi". John Styles. 23.6.07


The York Society of Magicians have a brand new website: • Hans Klock video: Click Here • Brian Fantastic video Click Here • "Vicky scouted by magician David" Click Here • "The Underground Lair of the Budapest Magic Circle" Click Here • "Tommy’s magic is still alive" Click Here • "Viva Las Vegas" Click Here • "Gasp! I just held my breath for 15 mins" Click Here • Look out for Magic Singh at the Glastonbury Festival - performing in the Cabaret Tent area • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 23.6.07