Number 415 - 7th June 2008


All aboard! Harry Hill, Paul Zenon and Lee Mack, plus guests are 'On The Bus!' this month touring theatres in aid of Paul Zenon's Wonderbus project. All aboard for a top-deck night of comedy featuring an all-star crew. Visit for more information on the project. 7th June Western-Super-Mare - Playhouse, 9th June Tunbridge Wells - Assembly Hall Theatre, 10th June - Croydon Fairfield Halls, 13th June Leamington Spa - Royal Spa Centre, 15th June Southend - Cliffs Pavilion, 16th June Worthing Pavilion Theatre, 17th June Bexhill on Sea - De La Warr Pavilion, 18th June High Wycombe - Swan. 7.6.08


Best of British Variety Tour 2008. Cannon and Ball, Paul Daniels, Frank Carson, Jimmy Cricket, Brotherhood of Man and the Krankies go on tour across the country in August and September. For tour dates and to book visit or see What's On. Paul Daniels is in conversation with Steve Allen at 7am (repeated at 9pm) on Sunday 8th June (1 hour) on LBC 97.3 FM + Digital (or listen live online: No doubt the upcoming Best of British Variety Tour will be under discussion, as will the magic element of the recently screened series of Brittan's Got Talent. Steve is a life long magic fan with a vast showbiz knowledge, as is Paul Daniels of course, and both are well know for their outspokenness... Expect a riveting hour of live no-holds-barred magic chat this Sunday! 7.6.08


Wayne Dobson lectures at the ACES Magic Society in Lewes on Wednesday 10th September from 8pm to 10pm. Venue: Thomas A Beckett Church Hall, Cliff High Street, Lewes. Visiting magicians welcome (£5.00 door charge). Contact Nicky Moon for more information 01903 532413 / 07759 807953 Also see 7.6.08


Derren Brown - Something Wicked This Way Comes is being repeated at 11.05pm on Monday 16th June on Channel 4. This specially televised version of Derren Brown's award-winning live show was filmed in front of a live audience at the Old Vic in London. It's a brilliant 90 minutes. TV Magic. 7.6.08


JBTV in the USA! have just carried out a major update to their UK website:, and have also just launched a, a brand new site exclusively for their customers in the USA, who will now be able to order certain JB products for direct delivery within the USA. All existing US customers can use their current 'MyJBTV' login details to place orders. Visit or today! 7.6.08


Bibliophile Sale including Performing Arts. 85 Conjuring lots to be sold by auction on Wednesday 11th June and Thursday 12th June at Bloomsbury Auctions, London. Magic features in Lots 483-567, predominantly from Bobby Bernard's collection Click Here. 7.6.08


Blackpool Magicians' Club Ltd. have decided to create a new level of Membership, called an "Associate Member". For a membership fee of £25.00 per year each Associate Member will receive a number of benefits such as: Admittance to the new super deluxe Blackpool Magicians' Theatre Club free of charge for a maximum number of 12 events per year, Four Newsletters per year, Access to the reference library and museum, 10% Discount on all items in the Blackpool Magicians' Magic Shop, a special event at the convention, permission to purchase and wear the Blackpool Magicians' Sweatshirt and Club Tie. Associate Members can live anywhere in the world and do not need to pass an audition. Application Forms can be obtained from Derek Lever: At the recent Annual General Meeting of Blackpool Magicians' Club Limited the following officers were elected: President Harry Robson, President Elect Alan Coventry, Hon. Life Member Arthur Casson, Hon. Secretary David Plant, Hon. Treasurer Alan Coventry, Entertainments Officer Derek Lever, Librarian John Hardman, Welfare Officer Harry Greenaway, Convention Organiser Derek Lever, Committee Jim O'Toole, Mark Raffles, Jeremy Guest, Convention Registration Officer Arthur Casson, Assistant Convention Organisers David Plant and Andrew Green, Limited Company Secretary Derek Lever, Director Arthur Casson. 7.6.08


Liam Montier's UV Kit & DVD offers something very original in the way of close-up magic that would work brilliantly under the toughest 'real world' night club conditions. The kit includes an ultra violet keying 'torch' and UV marker pen, some special cards, and a 90 minute disc full of material. I've had a quick play with this and it's excellent - the possibilities for very strong mindreading/prediction type effects are endless, and the impossibility factor "high". We'll be featuring the disc next week under Magic DVDs, but if you can't wait until then visit for more info right now. 7.6.08 Bristol-based children's entertainer Mike Clarke has released a comprehensive training system for anyone looking to enter the world of children's entertainment. Says Mike: "10 years ago, I was looking for information on becoming a children’s entertainer. While there seemed to be a lot of 'marketing courses for magicians' around, I found it very hard to find real useable information about how to actually enter the children's entertainment environment in the UK from scratch." The system has been created with the complete beginner in mind - so if you've been wondering HOW exactly to start as a children's entertainer, you now know where to look - 7.6.08


Magic to Cry For - 26th June. "Fresh from the London Burlesque Festival, Romany the Diva of Magic will be headlining the night. Romany is the current Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year - come and find out why! The Legend that is Piff the Magic Dragon returns, with brand new material and an even newer website standnotamazed will once again be providing a mixture of old and new favourites... and finally, we are very lucky to have Danny Schlesinger of CircoRidiculoso with his Amazing Balloons ('Delightful...putting the special back into speciality act' Blackpool Gazette)." Book online at 7.6.08


Drag Idol 2008. Heats have been held up and down the country over the past few weeks to find Britain's most talented Drag Queen. Drag Idol competitor 'Miss Direction' has made it through to the semi-finals via two heats, with a magic routine. The final takes place at Europride, Leicester Square, on Saturday 1st July. Maybe Britain has got some magic talent after all. 7.6.08


Illusions Magic Bar are very pleased to be part of some great things at the moment. The team have just come back from a two day Medieval Pagean in Templecoombe in which they helped raise over £2000 for local charities, and last week they were helping raise awareness and money for the Red Cross for their Chinese earthquake appeal. Their busy week will end by helping out Paul Zenon at Weston Supermare, with his Wonder Bus tour - the Illusions Magic Bar team will be performing and raising funds for Paul’s charity. And finally, if you ever get that "I want to buy a new magic trick right now!" feeling, and it's 2 o'clock in the morning, fear not - Illusions now stock magic tricks too! 7.6.08


At The Zodiac Magical Society's 62nd Birthday Dinner, the result of The Al Atkinson Rosebowl Competition was announced. This year's winner was Bob Sacco and the runner up, for the second year running, Stephen Barry. This was Bob's first entry into a competition. Photo: Bob Sacco being presented the trophy by President Richard Pinner. 7.6.08


South Downs Magicians pulled a series of rabbits out of hats to mark their move to a new headquarters. The group held their first meeting at Handcross Parish Hall on Wednesday (June 4th) after moving from the Turners Hill accommodation they had used for the last nine years. The rabbits included a real one supplied by past president Robin Carr (centre of photo holding the wand), puppets from secretary Paul Bromley (far left) and current president Jonathan Cann (second from right) and a balloon model of a white rabbit coming out of a black hat made by Paul Bromley. The rabbit table at the front of the picture was supplied by Made to Measure Magic, who also gave a dealer dem on the night. Photo by David Baxter of Made to Measure Magic. Website, Click Here. 7.6.08


Michael Vincent emails: "Thursday 5th June. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with former president of The Magic Circle David Berglas. David had seen my television appearance on Channel Five's Extraordinary People, featuring my relative Stephen Wiltshire. As you may know, Stephen is world famous for his ability to draw complex buildings from memory. This is due to the fact that Stephen is among a handful of people in the world labelled as an Autistic Savant. His eidetic memory has been amplified with incredible accuracy, to such an extent, that he has drawn beautiful panoramas of London, Rome and New York. Not to mention many beautiful works of art. David has been a fan of Stephen since he first appeared on the QED program “The Foolish Wise Ones”. I was able to set up a meeting with David and Stephen and we spent an enjoyable afternoon at Stephen’s Gallery in Pall Mall, London." 7.6.08


Sean Goodman lectures at the Merlin Magical Society on Thursday 12th June. The lecture is simply entitled 'Good Stuff' and Sean will be presenting a variety of different effects. Venue: Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). Contact John Clayton for more information: 07931 525399. The entry fee for non members is £5.00 and the doors open at 7.30pm (lecture 8pm - 10pm approx). 7.6.08


ACES (Associated Conjurers of East Sussex) 15th Birthday Party. ACES would like to invite all members, past and present, to their 15th Birthday party in Lewes on Wednesday 13th August 2008 from 8pm to 10pm at the Thomas A Beckett Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes. Contact President Martin Lewis or Secretary Nicky Moon for further information on 01903 532413 and visit for events ahead. 7.6.08


Thom Peterson (USA) lectures at The Exonian Magical Society on Thursday, June 19th. The lecture focuses on the close-up and stand-up routines that Thom uses in both his corporate work, and at comedy clubs. Visiting magicians welcome (£8.00 door charge). 8pm prompt at Wat Tyler House, King William Street, Exeter, Devon EX4 6PD (Map). For more information contact Brian Marr 01823 665998. 7.6.08


Craig Petty lectures for the Watford Association of Magicians on Tuesday 15th July at 8pm. Visiting magicians are welcome (£10.00 charge), and the club meet in Bricket Wood near St Albans. Contact Julie Carpenter for more details. 7.6.08


Paul Gordon presents his new professional card magic lecture; featuring material from his live act plus tips, hints, patter, presentation points, "the biz" etc. for the Sussex Magic Circle in Lewes on June 19th at 8pm. Venue: TBC. Contact: Stuart Harley 01444 450196 for details. 7.6.08


Etienne Pradier lectures at the Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday 19th June at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm and visiting magicians are welcome (£8.00 charge). Venue: Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9EH (Map). Contact Dan Hudson, Programme Secretary or 0118 93 10 981 for more details. 7.6.08


The Radium Girl Illusion. Michael Diamond emails: "I hope someone out there can help me with this. I am doing some historical research, and am trying to locate an old illusion, designed by Val A. Walker (The Wizard of the Navy). It is called the 'Radium Girl Illusion' and is like an upright sword/blade box. Quite a few of these were originally made, along with many rip-offs. Apparently, Jeff Atkins had one, and used to perform it. If anyone out there has one of these illusions, or knows where one is, could they please contact me? Many Thanks, Michael Diamond - Mobile 07836 385069". 7.6.08


Keith Bennett emails: "Just to let you know that I have had an offer for my shop that I can't refuse so within a few weeks the shop at 2a Brennand Road, Oldbury B68 0SB ,will be shut. I am not ceasing to trade and I will still offer mail order and internet sales and I will continue to be at dealer days and conventions. By shutting the shop I will be able to improve the postal service and do more lectures. It's only the bricks and mortar shop that will close. Until I close there will be discounts up to 50% on items in the shop for callers only. I am open Tuesday and Friday pm till seven and Saturday 10-4. Coffee and biscuits and discounts for anyone who wants to call. Before coming they should phone  0791 437 9743." Trev Stone reviews Keith's recent lecture at the Riviera Circle of Magicians, Torquay, this week, Click Here. 7.6.08


Eric Harris. Jayan Pillai emails: I have been informed that the Funeral Service of Eric Harris will be held at 1540 hrs on Wednesday, June 11th at the Crematorium at Basset, Southampton. Eric was 88. Eric sadly passed away on Friday May 30th 2008. Rev. Derek McFaull, President of the IBM British Ring will conduct the service. Eric was a long standing member of the Associated Wizards of the South (AWS) and a past Librarian of the IBM British Ring. 7.6.08


"Criss Angel's 'Believe' a bunny show?" Click Here • "Magician put out by smoke ban stunt" Click Here • "Less than two years left to claim $1 million" Click Here • "Alan Davies to return to Jonathan Creek for one-off" Click Here • Many thanks for your news submissions - but please remember the Friday 12 noon deadline for the following Saturday. See you next week, Duncan. 7.6.08