Number 396 - 26th January 2008


South Tyneside International Magic Convention, 14th - 16th March. Mel Mellers (photo) has just been added to the Friday Gala show lineup (Alain Nu, Brando & Silvana, Charlie Frye, Mel Mellers and compere Pat Monahan) and Paul Zerdin to the Saturday Gala show lineup (Brando & Silvana, Juan Tamariz, Terry Herbert, Zane, Paul Zerdin and compere John Archer). For information about all the events, and a PDF booking form, visit today! 26.1.08


Magic - The Return starring Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger and special guests. Kernow Magic Presents Magic - The Return live at The Princess Pavilions, Falmouth, Cornwall 3rd April. Tickets are £17.00 each. To book visit 26.1.08


Amethyst (Daniel Hunt & Annette Claire) will be attempting three brand new stunts for Blackpool's Showzam festival. The first escape attempt entitled 'The Death Tank', inspired by Houdini's Water Torture Cell escape challenge, will take place at 11am on Tuesday 29th January at the Sea Life Centre, Promenade, Blackpool. Daniel will be secured and lowered head-first into a small clear box, two stocks will secure his neck and will be locked in place with additional secure padlocks. The escape attempt will begin when water is released into the box... will Danny escape in time?! 26.1.08


Max Somerset Lecture. Charismatic magical entertainer Max Somerset will be lecturing at the AWS in Southampton on Tuesday February 5th. Star of Max Magic and The Sorcerers Apprentice the lecture will appeal to all magicians from beginner to expert. 7.30pm at the Associated Wizards of the South, Woolston Conservative Club, 74 St Anne's Road, Woolston, Southampton. Free Parking - Licensed Bar. Admission: £5.00 on the door. The AWS meet twice a month in Southampton. If you are based in the area and are looking for a magic club to join then this is the perfect opportunity to meet members and introduce yourself. For more information contact Phil Wedgbrow: 07739 407147 Max lectures in York on March 12th - see What's On for details. 26.1.08


Barry and Stuart: Part-Time Warlocks. A feature-length show with comedy magicians Barry and Stuart, stars of Channel's 4's Dirty Tricks and the award nominated Tricks from the Bible. Come be seduced by their sorcery and be converted to the cult of the 2magicians. Doors 8pm, show 9.30pm on Friday 22nd February and Saturday 23rd February at The Hen and Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul's Road, London N1 2NA (Map). Admission: £7.00, Bookings: 020 7704 2001. 26.1.08


London Sweeney Todd premiere - magic by Dugdale and Jay. Chris Dugdale and Phil Jay entertained VIP's at the after Sweeny Todd premiere party held at London's Royal Courts of Justice last week. Guests included Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman, and the feedback was great. “Hi Chris and Phil, thank you both so much for adding your magic to the party last night. Warner Bros were really thrilled and you clearly thrilled and delighted a lot of guests. Really hope we get to work with you again.” 26.1.08


Welcome to Wonderland 5... The Magic Returns. With the success of the previous show, Gary Scott is proud to present Welcome to Wonderland 5... The Magic Returns on Saturday 1st March at the Fairway Hall, Borehamwood at 2pm and 7pm. Starring Michael Jay and Tony Spallino from the USA and David Fung and Gary Scott from the UK. "With this being the 5th incarnation of the Welcome to Wonderland series, we are going back to the roots of what made these shows so popular in the first place and now have a more intimate venue, where we can really interact with the audience" said Gary. Visit to book. 26.1.08 - Strong Magic and Mentalism delivered on-demand. Two brand new ebook PDFs from TrickShop arrived this week, one for mindreaders and one for magicians, and as ever they are simply first class in every way. In the Stolen Thought Book Test, a spectator is given a free choice of three different hardcover books, opens his chosen volume to any page and finds any word on any line, writes down that word on a piece of paper, folds it up and places it in his pocket. The books are put away and the performer asks his helper to concentrate intently on the word he chose. Next, the performer introduces a large pad of paper and a marker. Slowly he begins to write on it – first one letter, then another, and another – as he seemingly zeros in on the spectator’s thoughts. Finally, the performer stops writing. He stares at the pad for a moment and then turns to the spectator; asking him to reveal for the first time the one word he chose out of the many thousands of possibilities he was given. The performer turns his pad to the audience and reveals the word he just wrote down. It matches! Click Here for more information and to order. (The method here is really clean and 100% practical). The second ebook PDF SoloTear revisits the classic tearing off of a corner of a playing card, and offers a simple solution that virtually automates the whole process! Click Here for details and to order. 26.1.08


Willows are now advertising with MagicWeek: "We are a new but small company based in Wrexham N. Wales run by a working magician for over 17 years and cater mostly for the beginner. You get a warm and friendly welcome on home visits. We take pride in our service from putting shows together from close up, stage or kids. This service is free of charge." Visit their online shop today: 26.1.08


The Backstreet Business. "Peter Nardi invents conjuring tricks and produces the equipment for them at his workshop in Kent." Nicola Heywood Thomas visited Alakazam Magic on Friday for Radio 4. To hear the broadcast Click Here. 26.1.08


Aaron Fisher is presenting a lecture for International Magic in London on Thursday 7th February at their usual venue: Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1. Those interested should contact Martin in advance or 020 7405 7324. Arrive by 7.15pm for a 7.30pm. £10.00 per person. 26.1.08


A Night of Sorcery and Illusion. The Lord Mator's Charity Appeal 2007/8 (Liverpool) present a Night of Sorcery and Illusion at The Devonshire Hotel, Liverpool on Thursday 28th February at 8pm. Hosted by Ken Dodd OBE. Three course meal, close-up magicians, illusionists, comedy magicians... Tickets £40.00 (cheques payable to "The Lord Mator's Charity Appeal") Telephone: 0151 252 5742, or 0151 706 3153, or 0151 298 2666. 26.1.08


News from Mark Leveridge Magic: "Mark Leveridge Magic is pleased to announce the release of five new products for 2008. Three of the new items are designed for mix and mingle or table work, including Ultimate Ripped, which is a very strong version of a torn and restored bank note which uses a borrowed and signed £10 note. There is also a wonderful participation routine for children's entertainers called Jumbo Animal Antics which comes straight from Mark Leveridge's own act, plus his highly popular book on envelope magic, Forever Flapping, has been formatted as an ebook and has had 8 more envelope routines added to the contents." Full details on: 26.1.08


Marc Spelmann lectures at the South London Magic Society Friday February 8th. Marc is an excellent close-up magician and mind reader. For more information contact with Roy Mackenzie: or visit 26.1.08


The Kent Magicians Guild first meeting for 2008 is on Tuesday 29th January when John Archer will be lecturing at 8pm. Magicians wishing to visit should contact Colin Perrotton 020 8289 2674. The Kent Magicians Guild meets in Dunton Green, near Sevenoaks, Kent on the last Tuesday of every month. For further information log on to 26.1.08


Martin Sanderson's got a little sausage... and he tells us that he is looking forward to showing it to everyone at the Blackpool convention next month. 26.1.08


World of Magic and Illusion. International illusionists Jason Steele and Joanne present a fast-moving show for all the family featuring magic, illusion, comedy and dance. With guests Palma Nova Puppets (a UV speciality act), vocalist Georgia Lee and the Starlight Dancers. Saturday 8th March at 7.30pm at the Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, Devon TQ3 3HF (Map). £12.50 adults (£10.00 concessions), Box Office 01803 665800. 26.1.08


Paul Gordon presents his "Professional & commercial close-up lecture" at The Watford Association of Magicians on June 3rd at 8pm. Visit for contact information to attend. Also see: 26.1.08


"MagicTales" Lecture by Leslie Melville. "Perth Magic Circle invite all magicians to what will be a great lecture from one of the country's leading children's entertainers. Leslie's lecture will include something for everyone because he includes entertaining routines which are intended for adults as well as younger audiences." 7.30pm on March 18th at Perth & District Ex-Servicemens Club, Brown Street, Perth. Tickets £10.00 on the door. Contact: 01738 628985 26.1.08


Wanted: Magicians that can act. John Plews emails: "I’m writing to you from Upstairs at the Gatehouse, home of John Lenahan’s Monday Night Magic. We are a north London Fringe Theatre and in March we are producing a Victoria Wood play entitled 'Talent'. Two of the characters in the play are amateur performers waiting to take part in the weekly talent show. They are required to sing (a music hall type song) and perform some magic tricks. Both characters are aged between 50 and 70 and the standard of magic will be somewhat determined by the actors skills. So, I am looking for two actors. The Gatehouse is a fringe theatre , productions are done on a profit share basis, the actors receive travelling expenses and a share of the profits at the end of the run. We start rehearsals (daytime) on 18th February and 'Talent' runs from 8th March to 6th April 2008 (evenings). All will take place at The Gatehouse in Highgate London N6." To contact John telephone 020 8340 4256 or visit 26.1.08


The Magic Car Boot Sale. Sunday 3rd February, 43 Union Street, West Bromwich B70 6BP (now in its 14th year!). Doors open 9.30am (shouldn't that be boots open?). 20 stalls of new and used magic plus the Albion Magic Shop and Fandango Fancy Dress. Hot breakfasts available. Admission £4.00 Enquiries: 0121 532 4509. 26.1.08


News submissions. Please remember our strict 12 noon Friday deadline for news submissions. 26.1.08


Masters of Comedy: Tommy Cooper - out now on DVD. Available from Click Here • "The Great Buck Howard: A Sundance Review" Click Here • Mike Clague, Secretary, Magicians of Mann emails that two half-hour radio programmes by David Callister about Dr. Alexander Cannon are being broadcast on Manx Radio. The first went out last week and can be heard if you Click Here, the second will discuss magic, next week, • Final reminder for the Laughter & Magic Lounge starring the visual comedy magic of Diamond Dave, 1st February, see What's On • "The Real Hustle" Click Here • "Life of Illusion" Click Here • "David Copperfield secretly fathered two children with Czech model" Click Here • "Jim Harris, aka 'Uncle Red' Magician's hobby is full-time source of fun performing at kid's parties" Click Here • "Tri-Cities home to famous magician" Click Here • "Conjuror is out to light up Blackpool by magic" Click Here • "Mind games" Click Here • That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 26.1.08