Number 395 - 19th January 2008


Derren Brown: The System. Derren Brown has a system for winning at the horses. In this one-hour special, the master of mind control anonymously tells a single mum from London which horse will win at the next day's races - again and again - culminating in a final, massive bet. Investigating the psychology behind gambling and using his unique combination of skills to create guaranteed wins, Derren proves his system works every time. Not only that, but he explains it fully to us at home. But how fool-proof is this system and will his participant, believing in him and his predictions, risk her life-savings on one more race? As Derren reveals: "I took a member of the public and I told her which horse would win in a certain race; when it did win she was intrigued and I did it again and again and she started to bet more and more money according to my system. She's scraped together every last penny she could find and she is risking it all on one final race. Is it really possible to predict every time which horse will win? Welcome to The System." Friday 1st February, Channel 4, 9pm. "It's a man's world: Derren Brown" Click Here. 19.1.08


Geoffrey Durham's eagerly awaited first book, Professional Secrets: A Life in Magic, is now available for pre-order from his website, at a special introductory price. "In his long-awaited first book, Geoffrey Durham explores magical classics, including The Himber Ring, Selbit Blocks, Gypsy Thread, Asrah Levitation, Coin in Bottle, Gold Medallion and Magic Square. All these routines come directly from his close-up, television, theatre and cabaret repertoire. His streamlined methods and presentations are honed to perfection after thousands of performances. But this isn’t just a book of tricks. Geoffrey shares his thoughts on showmanship, patter, audience volunteers, rehearsal and more, in a series of essays that aren’t so much magical theory as true magical practice. Drawing on his vast experience of every kind of performance, Geoffrey helps you learn from his mistakes. He sets you on the road to real show business success..." We've been sent an advance copy, and will be reviewing it on Saturday February 2nd - but don't wait until then, visit the 'Magicians Only' section on today. 19.1.08


McBride Master Class, Cornwall 2008. Kernow Magic are pleased to announce the return of Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger, for a second UK Master Class, to be held at the Greenlawns Hotel in Falmouth on April 4th, 5th and 6th. Each day will run from 12 noon - 9.30pm and the first ten registrants will have the opportunity to perform for Jeff and Eugene and have a personal critique recorded for future reference. Book early as a number of last year's students have already booked for this year. If you can't make the Master Class then Kernow Magic, in association with Romany - Diva of Magic, are offering, for intensive small group coaching "The Secret Sessions", to be held on April 10th and 11th in Brighton. Full details of the Master Class and Secret Sessions can be found at or call 01326 211713 to book. 19.1.08


Only four places remain for The Session 2008 next weekend! This year's line-up is the strongest to date with Chad Long, Tom Stone, Matthew J Dowden, Aaron Fisher, Michael Vincent, Alan Hudson (photo), Will Houstoun, Dave Forrest, Ricky Smith and Ollie Mealing all either performing or teaching (or both) over the weekend. Registrants are travelling from all over the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada to attend. Hurry! 19.1.08


Magic Moments Day 08. Saturday February 2nd is Magic Moments Day where entertainers from across the UK will perform free shows to raise money for charity and bring a moment of magic into the lives of those who need it most. Harlow Playhouse is delighted to be hosting this year’s flagship event. The show is produced by Jay Fortune Entertainments and features such performers as Jeremy Beadle, Jonathan Goodwin, Scott Penrose, Graham Hey, Kev Orkian, Blues Brothers Banned and, star of show, Wayne Dobson. Book your seats early for what is sure to be a fantastic night. Proceeds go to the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre. Tickets £17.00 - £19.00 (£15.00 - £17.00 concessions) showtime is 8pm and tickets are selling fast! Click Here to book. 19.1.08


Magic Moments Day 08. Magic Underground - Featuring Scott Pepper, Oliver Tabor, Richie Austin,  magic duo Galithia Collection and Grant Martins. Magic Underground is an intimate magic show of incredible sleight-of-hand and illusion, that you just won't believe! The show takes place at The Underground Theatre, Eastbourne, and all monies raised go to Georgie's Fund. Saturday February 2nd at 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50 (£5 concessions). Pay on the door or in advance via If you live locally do support some of the fantastic magic shows being staged by magicians in the UK, raising money for important causes. See – there’s still time to take part! 19.1.08


Magic Moments Day 08. Momentum Magic - One venue, four shows. In aid of Momentum. Saturday February 2nd, Arthur Cotterell Theatre, Kingston Hall Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2AQ. 2pm: Mr Tiz goes to the Circus, (children's show 4+). 4pm & 6pm: The Magic Cavern (Family show 6+). 8.45pm: Momentum Magic Gala Show (Adults only). Full details: Close-up magic will be presented in the theatre bars and foyer throughout the day. Tickets range from £5.00 - £25.00 Box Office: 020 8255 0945 or book on line at 19.1.08


Magic Moments Day 08. Late Night Magic Charity Show - Friday 1st February, part of 'Magic Moments Day 08' - with proceeds going to Momentum this adult comedy magic show is the first piece of magic to be presented on 'The National Day of Magic' - "A feast of magic, comedy and variety acts for an adult audience with pre-show close-up magic at 10.45pm and then the main show at 11pm featuring Soft Cabaret, Zac Bauman, Benson and Malcolm Marvelle and the lovely Rita. Tickets £14.00 (Doors and bar open at 10.45pm) Box Office 020 7287 2875. Book online: Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6ST (Map) 1 minute walk from Piccadilly Tube Station. 19.1.08


Pete Firman - Hokum at the Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH (Map), on Friday 25th January at 8pm. Book now: tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the day (£10 concessions). Tickets can also be booked by calling 0207 388 8822. “Firman is a delight.” The Independent. "If you are partial to a bit of magic with your comedy, Firman is the best of the bunch." Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard. “The audience is caught between guffawing laughter and amazed gasps.” The Guardian. 19.1.08 Graham Lee is back advertising with us once again with his Sempertex Balloon range. The web shop features balloon products and accessories, busking bags, balloon aprons, cutters, pumps and more (with some great volume discounts). For details about Graham's “Care & Share” Balloon Fun Days, which are run all over the UK and include three workshops and a mystery lecturer, visit Graham is the current holder of “The European Balloon Entertainer of the Year” award. There are upcoming days in Banstead, Surrey on Wednesday, 30th January and in Bristol on Wednesday, 13th February Click Here for details. 19.1.08


Marc Paul lectures in Scotland. Marc Paul, officially voted the "World's Greatest Mind-Reader" by his peers, presents his only Scottish lecture of 2008 on 12th March at 7.30pm at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). Tickets are £5.00 each for visiting magicians. Contact Club Secretary Brendan Kirk on 013552 38746, or email to book. 19.1.08


Manchester Circle of Magicians elected their first lady President at their Annual General meeting by appointing founder member Anne Lever. Members were informed that the club had enjoyed a very successful year with four auctions, The North West Close Up Championships, Christmas Party and lectures by Lennart Green, John Armstrong, Greg Wilson, John & Anne Davenport, Marc Oberon, John Archer, Ali Bongo, Jack Delvin and Bruce Kalver. Lined up for 2008: Lennart Green, Shoot Ogawa, Mark Shortland Danny Hunt, Diamond Jim Tyler, Joshua Jay and Thom Peterson, with Jeff McBride lecturing on Monday 11th February. The Junior Section now has 42 active members. The next Jumbo Auction is on Monday 28th January at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Manchester at 6.30pm. Membership of Manchester Circle of Magicians costs just £12.00 per year. Ring Derek Lever on 01253 810113 or visit for details. 19.1.08


A Super Scottish Magic Auction will take place on Sunday 30th March in the Perth Ex-Servicemen's Club, Perth. This event has been organised by Perth Magic Circle for several years, but it was decided to change the traditional October date to make it easier for visiting magicians to travel. The format of the sale is also being changed slightly this year in an attempt to make it more profitable for sellers and buyers alike. For more information, contact the club secretary, Adrian Harris on 01738 628985 or email 19.1.08


A Night of Magic & Illusion. Andrew Green and Paul Roberts join forces on Saturday 26th January to present, ‘A Night of Magic & Illusion’ at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn. It will be Andrew’s fourth visit to the theatre. Paul (formerly 'Merlin' at the Camelot Theme Park) is looking forward to bringing his unique style of comedy magic to the show. Call the theatre box office for information and tickets. Blackburn Thwaites Empire Theatre, Aqueduct Road, Blackburn BB2 4HT (Map). 01254 680137. 19.1.08 There are always lots of interesting items on Martin Breese's website. Just added, The Self-Manipulating Billiard Ball (see the online video), and featured a couple of weeks ago, Blockbuster, plus the Peter Duffie Range of Magic, magic from Terry Rogers and much more. Visit to see what's new (scroll down the homepage). 19.1.08


International News. "Artist of the Year 2008". The independent German “Artist Magazine” have just nominated Lex and Alina for the “Golden Artist Gala” as the best quick-change artists of the year for the "Golden Artist Magazine" award. In recent years David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Peter Marvey, Hans Moretti, Marvelli and the Magic Orvellis have all been nominated. in the past the awards have included singers, magicians and variety artists. And now, for the first time, quick-change artists. This is the most important German show-biz award. Lex and Alina: 19.1.08


Jeff McBride lecture at The British Magical Society. Jeff McBride lectures at The British Magical Society on Tuesday 12th February at 7.30pm at the Selly Oak Ex Servicemen's Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). Admission for non members is £10.00. For more information contact John Price 0121 706 5614. 19.1.08


Merlin Magical Society Dealers Showcase. Saturday 26th April, 9am - 5.30pm, entrance £10.00 (or £8.00 in advance - see website) Potters Bar United Reform Church, Tilbury Hall, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1BZ (Map). With ten dealers and demonstrations throughout the day, plus a couple of small lectures including a special lecture by Keith Bennett. 19.1.08


The Quitters. "'I've given up you can tell can't you. Just by looking at me? I’ve got the look of a non smoker... that clean iceberg lettuce fresh look.' A couple smoking, two lives driven by those little white death sticks. Is it ever ok to really need something? To need someone? An acceptance is reached, an understanding gained, he quits giving up, she quits giving in; everyone needs a vice in the city." Fusing movement, magic and physical theatre, standnotamazed present ‘The Quitters’, a search for the line between love and need. Tickets are available from The Place’s website 19.1.08


Jon Allen provided the magical entertainment for the 2nd birthday party for Jean-Christophe Novelli’s gastro pub ‘A Touch of Novelli’. As well as the sumptuous food, guests were treated to some sumptuous magic, despite Jon having severely injured his back the same afternoon. To book a table visit 19.1.08


Ashley Turner performs his comedy mind control Act 'Stupid Mentalism' for Fun House Comedy @ The Maze comedy club in Nottingham on Thursday, January 31st. Visit for more information and tickets. 19.1.08


Family close-up entertainers wanted. John Harding emails: "Following our success in the North of England my company, Archimage Productions Ltd, is now looking for more family close-up entertainers. We have weekly restaurant residencies to fill in Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol, Cheltenham, Swindon, Portsmouth, Poole and Southampton. If you perform close-up, balloons or anything else suitable and are interested please email your details to, putting the name of the town as the subject. Thanks, John Harding" 19.1.08


Berkshire Magicians' Evening of Magic, Illusion, Mentalism and Fun. Close-up, mentalism, classic magic, stage magic, dancers... and a bar! What more could you want on a Saturday night! At the Shinfield Players Theatre, Shinfield Park, Whitley Wood Lane, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9DF (Map) on Saturday 26th January. Doors open 6.30pm with close-up magic in the licensed bar. Curtain up 7.30pm. Tickets are £10.00 each bookable in advance by calling 01189 310 981. 19.1.08


Magician Wanted. David Lewis emails: "International, residential training centre in Hampshire (SO32 3LH, near Winchester) is looking for a magician to perform once a month, throughout the year, on Tuesdays from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Fee paid: £90. Free cordon bleu dinner beforehand at 7pm (to get to know audience and fill up stomach) also available." For further information contact David Lewis 19.1.08


UK Escape Artists (UKEA) 2008 Maidenhead Meeting. Saturday 5th April, 10am - 5pm, at the Salvation Army Hall, East Road, Maidenhead SL6 1PJ Entry £12.00 (£6.00 juniors) which includes food and drink. For more information and to book email 19.1.08


Congratulations to Stuart and Jayne Loughland, AKA Safire Illusionists - the couple have just been made Honorary Members of the North Wales Magic Circle. See What's On for tour dates • Daniel Alexander reviews the Close-up Success Seminar staged by Phil Jay and Chris Dugdale in London earlier this month, Click Here • Alan Shaxon replaces Pat Page on February 3rd in Nottingham, see What's On • More lecturers have just been added to our Lecturers page, including Chris Priest and Mark Cosby • "Magic on the plate" Click Here • "Hocus pocus: Magic takes center stage at this weekend's swap meet." Click Here • "Trick with magic items is knowing their worth." Click Here • "Magician: Anything is possible." Click Here • "Jay Alexander, rock's favorite magician, takes show to Novato school benefit." Click Here • "Magic kingdom" Click Here • "Now you see it – a feast of magic" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed. Have a magic week, Duncan.19.1.08