Number 427 - 30th August 2008


Derek DelGaudio, Bob Kohler, Nicholas Einhorn, Jason England, Jon Armstrong and Glenn Farrington appear together on the International Close-up Show at the British Ring IBM Eastbourne Convention next month. Bob Hayden reports: "Derek DelGaudio (photo) is one of the breed of young and great knockout card workers currently residing in Hollywood. A native of Colorado, Derek began making a name for himself in the world of magic and sleight-of-hand at the tender age of fourteen. His peers gave him the nickname ‘Wonder Boy’. Driven by this reputation, he became an avid student in the art of prestidigitation and entertainment. Over time, Derek’s interest in astonishment was combined with his laid-back style and innate ability to entertain and make people laugh. He continued his captivating performances through college. Since that time he has earned a reputation as a world-class entertainer. He now spends most of his working hours on the road, dazzling and entertaining at corporate events, private parties, trade shows, hospitality suites and theatre engagements..." To read the latest Convention news Click Here. 30.8.08


Another first for the International Magic Convention in London this year is the booking of Peter Samelson, a man who insists he doesn’t do magic, but just helps people see it. Peter has combined his twin passions, magic and theatre, to carve out a unique place in the world of show business. This "soft-spoken conceptualist of sorcery" (The New York Times) has created two solo off-Broadway shows, The Magician and PaperWork, and has designed illusions for theatre, film and television. Both his ground-breaking, and now hard to find, book “Theatrical Close Up”, and his contribution to Jeff McBride’s tome “Mystery School” showcase his abilities as part illusionist, part philosopher, to blend simplicity and sophistication - to create moments of wonder. The mid 1990’s saw Peter join Michael Chaut to create Monday Night Magic, which, now, in its eleventh year, is the longest running magic show in New York. Having performed atop the Great Wall of China, in the jungles of Bali and the universities of Tokyo, this will be Peter’s first UK Convention appearance and he will be lecturing and performing in both the Stage and Close Up Gala. 28th - 30th November, London. Registration details: 30.8.08


If you missed Pete Firman at Montreal's ‘Just For Laughs’ Comedy Festival, missed him on 'Don't Miss A Trick' last Monday on BBC1, or couldn't make it to the Edinburgh Fringe this year to see him wowing audiences and receiving rave reviews like this... "He’s funnier than most comedians and more magical than Dumbledore on a good day. This guy is a complete star." Time Out (5 Stars) “With the giddy fakir style trickery skills of Tommy Cooper and the flirtatious warmth of Eric Morecambe, he's a northern crowd-pleasing wonder.” The List “He's such a pro at the business of show that you'll be aching for much more.” Metro “ of the best comedy shows you'll see this Fringe.” Fest then fear not. You can catch him live on his UK tour where he'll be performing 'Flim-Flam', his all-new 2008 show. Dates and locations: Pete will also be appearing in London's West End at part of the 'Late Night Laughter' charity show at the Noel Coward Theatre to raise money for Myeloma UK. For details and how to buy tickets Click Here. 30.8.08


Music & Magic Tribute Show. A Music & Magic Tribute Show in memory of Ron Gilbert and John Williams will be staged on Sunday 14th September at 6.30 for 7pm, at The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3AE (Map). A bar will be open for pre-show, and during the interval for drinks. Both Ron and John were respected and long serving members of The Wessex Magical Association based in Poole, Dorset, and were well-known members of the magic fraternity. The show will star members of the WMA including Steve Rogers, Carvaggio & Emily, Jana Bundy, Jamie Adams, Taro the Jester and Paul Hyland, together with singer Kelly Adams and dancers from the Steppin’ Out Academy. All proceeds will go to charities supported by Ron and John. Tickets are £5.00 each from Steve and Julie Savage, phone 07787 311186 or email or for details. 30.8.08


Insight is back! Insight, the highly acclaimed book test from Keith Fields, is available once again. Keith emails "I have taken delivery of the books and am about to redo the instructions, should be ready to send out next week! Order before the end of September to get an amazing discounted price and a free gift! Insight received rave reviews and initially sold for £125. Order now for a discounted price plus a special free gift worth £25! The whole package is available at a very special price of just £70 post free (UK Only) for orders received before the end of September. From the beginning of October the package above will be available for £105 plus P&P so get in quick." Payment can be made by cheque, credit card or PayPal, email for more information and full ordering details. 30.8.08


Magicseen issue 22 for September 2008 is now out and includes the usual fun mix of magic star interviews, feature articles, letters and news: "We interview magic entrepreneur Marvin Berglas to discover how he has created such a successful magical empire with his Marvin's Magic business, John Lenahan tells us why he is enjoying his performing life more than ever, we chat to Lex Schoppi to learn what it takes to be a top Quick Change artiste, we celebrate with Marc Oberon following his terrific IBM/SAM Convention competition win, and we find out first hand what Paul Stone is up to with his laudable MagiCares charity project. Then we take an in-depth look at the classic Egg Bag - why have some of the best performers chosen to use it? - and provide you with a range of Egg Bag product reviews. Andrew Normansell answers your questions in his Close Up Clinic, and despite the fact that it's been summer we find a whole range of new products to review. All this plus other articles, the Masterclass trick section, news, letters and various other bits and pieces to get your new magic season off to a great start." magicseen is available by subscription, single issues, or as a PDF download, from 30.8.08


Roughing Spray. The Card Collection email: "There has been an ongoing problem for the last few months in obtaining Roughing Fluid from the States. We have now produced it here in the UK from a well established formula, its sole purpose is to rough cards - it is not a by-product of anything else. It does what it says on the 200ml spray can and comes with instructions and safety warning. Price £11.00 per can." Available from The Card Collection: 30.8.08


American John Born lectures at Bolton Magicians' Club on Wednesday 3rd September. The start time is 8.30pm upstairs at the Doffcoker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QE (Map). John specialises in elegant sleight of hand magic and has just won 1st place at the IBM convention in Miami. For more info contact Steve Owen: 079517 53447 or 01942 511388. 30.8.08


Eccentric colonial explorer and comedy magician Phileas Flash (aka Rupert Appleyard) has just returned from a successful summer season with Thomson holidays and the Production suite in Fuerte Ventura and Mallorca. Performing at three of their largest hotels (Oasis Papagaya, Bonaire and Coma Gran) he has been receiving great praise from guests and the company alike. His role at the hotels entailed a huge variety of performance disciplines involving stage work, walkabout, workshops and interactive storytelling. He also created four distinctively different new half-hour family shows specifically for the contract. Going under the title of 'The misadventures of Phileas Flash" the shows each had a different theme (jungle, science, spying, magic) and were designed to enthral both young and old. He will be performing a section from one of these shows (entitled 'The incredible Flashdini') for members of the Ipswich Magical Society at their Presidents Night on Monday September 1st. For more information about the weird world of Phileas Flash visit his Myspace page: or contact Bev at the Production Suite on 020 86726485. 30.8.08


Dave Allen (Magic Dave) will be presenting his brand new lecture 'Bish Bash Bosh' at the Zodiac Magical Society, Ealing, on Wednesday 3rd September at 8pm. Dave's new lecture has Ventriloquism routines as well as silent puppet routines, and discusses lots of aspects of children's entertainment, as well as cabaret and close-up magic. For more information contact the club secretary, Peter Pinner 30.8.08


Chris Cox was on 6Music with Lauren Laverne last week, Radio 1 with Colin Murray, all over the TV on the Five Thirty show in Scotland and on the 5-19 Show on BBC Switch. Barry Cryer, Richard Bacon,
Kirsten O'Brien, The Hamiltons and Colin Murray came to see Chris's Fringe Show, with Barry Cryer even taking part in a routine on stage. Chris will go on tour shortly - dates soon.


West Lothian Magic Circle present a lecture by Scott Creasey on "Mental(magic)ism" on Thursday 25th September at 7.30pm at East Calder & District Homing Society, Oakbank Road, East Calder, West Lothian EH53 0EL (Map). Non-members £10.00, Members £5.00. Scott will have lecture notes, the Swiss Army Wallet and First Impression Pads for sale. Website. 30.8.08


Magicseen Ebooks. MSUK Publications, who own and publish magicseen magazine, are pleased to announce the availability of two new ebooks, available from the magicseen website. The first is the ebook of Wayne Dobson's best selling WD40 which tells the story of Wayne's life in an entertaining and candid way and also includes 40 of Wayne's best close up and stand up routines. The ebook is already very attractively priced but for the month of September you can save a further 33% off the normal price! The second ebook is a brand new publication by magicseen Deputy Editor Graham Hey, Comedy Buffet. Graham has been writing comedy for over fifteen years and has written extensively for several top performers such as Hale & Pace, Griff Rhys Jones and Russ Abbot. Over two hundred original one liners and visual gags for all types of audiences are contained in Comedy Buffet. The book has been recommended by Graham P. Jolley, Michael J. Fitch and others. Available now from 30.8.08


John van der Put lectures at the Surrey Society of Magicians on 4th September - Non members should contact John Field for details: 30.8.08


Further Reflections - Tony Griffith. Last year Tony Griffith published the first in a trilogy of books entitled Reflections. This book has now been republished in hardback format together with the newly published Further Reflections, the second book in the trilogy, also in hardback. "These books, each containing over 100 pages are fully illustrated and contain some of Tony's award winning routines from his commercial repertoire. These cover close-up, platform and children plus many in depth articles, plus ten items in each book from Tony's highly successful Magic of Science show which he presents in primary schools." The books cost £25 each (+ £3.00 p&p), or £40.00 together (+ £5.00 p&p) Pay Pal accepted. Tony will have both these books available at the Kidology Convention where he is presenting his Magic of Science lecture. Email for more information. 30.8.08


Mark Worgan's Secrets of Entertaining Children will be published in time for the upcoming Eastbourne Convention in September - we've had a quick look and I'm sure this title will be snapped up by children's entertainers across the country. Mark has just returned from a cruise and will be leaving for Athens September 14th, returning on the 24th in time for Eastbourne. Then in October he's off cruising again, but will be home for December when he'll be appearing as guest act at the Pavilion Theatre, Cromer in their Christmas Variety Show. 30.8.08


Magic Workshops. Outline: "To train for highly polished performances which encompass both the richness and skill of intensive preparation and the vitality and spontaneity of live theatre. Not only for the experienced performer who will benefit from one who has perfected his craft but worked under the many and varied conditions of the theatrical world for sixty years. It is specially for beginners as Harold Wells will send then away full of the inspiration that he will supply." To be held in Blackpool in October and November. Email for more information. 30.8.08


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