Number 466 - 30th May 2009


Ah-ah, I know what you're thinking, "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Derren Brown is known to his devoted fans as a brilliant showman. His television shows attract audiences in the millions and his live show plays to sell-out audiences every night. But in his spare time, Derren uses a very different skill. He is a prodigiously talented artist who paints caricatures of famous faces from around the world. He has painted everyone from Richard Dawkins to Robbie Williams, from Anthony Hopkins to Amy Winehouse, and here for the first time they are all collected together, with Derren's thoughts on the person concerned and why he wanted to paint them in the first place. A must for all of Derren's fans, available from, Click Here. 30.5.09


Pete Firman is performing on Friday, 5th June, in Carlisle at The Sands Centre. Live and Ungagged is a charity comedy event starring Pete, Jason Manford (8 out of 10 Cats), Tim Minchin (Secret Policeman's Ball), Russell Kane (Big Brother's Big Mouth) and Robin Ince (The Office). All proceeds will go to the Carlisle branch of Amnesty International. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets can be booked via He's also bringing 'The Pete Firman Magic Show' to E4's Udderbelly, at the Southbank Centre in London. The famous purple, upside down cow is hosting a 7 week season of shows and Pete is performing an evening of the best bits from his last two sell-out Edinburgh shows. The show is on Thursday, 16th July, at 9pm, tickets are £12 and can be booked via (no under 16's). 30.5.09 has just launched. Produced by Irish magician Brendan Byrne the site will focus on magic and magicians making the news in Ireland, together with links to magic societies and events based in Ireland. "I really hope that this site becomes the first port of call for all magicians considering visiting Ireland. In the past it has been troublesome for lecturers to find the right people to talk to. Hopefully that is a thing of the past." said Brendan. MagicWeek wishes them well, visit today! 30.5.09


Chris Cox: Mind Over Patter. Phil McIntyre Entertainment presents Chris Cox: Mind Over Patter at Pleasance Dome King Dome, at 8.30pm, from August 5th - 31st. "The UK’s most exciting contemporary mind-reader, Chris Cox is renowned for his incredible ability to predict the unpredictable. He returns to Edinburgh for the fourth consecutive year with a brand new show full of previously unseen feats. Unleashing the dormant mind-reader in every audience member, Chris envisions a perfect world where the mundane can be magical, getting a seat on the train is always assured, the objects of your desire always find you irresistible – and even winning the lottery could be a possibility. He constantly astonishes audiences with cutting-edge and highly imaginative stunts, charmingly delivered with a warm and mischievous sense of fun. 'Stunning.... has other magicians scratching their heads.' The Times. See What's On for dates and London preview dates. 30.5.09


Three more Pavel lecture dates just in: Sunday 31st May, at 2pm, at the Scottish Conjurers' Association. Tickets are £10 for non-members, available on the door. Venue: Walton Suite, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow. Website: Monday 1st June, at 7.30pm, at the Newcastle Magic Circle, The Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle Quayside. £10 entry for members of other societies. Tuesday 9th June, at 7.30pm, at the North Wales Magic Circle, Rehearsal Room of the Little Theatre, Vale Road, Rhyl LL18 2BS. (This date is out of sequence to their usual schedule). Guests and prospective members welcome. 30.5.09


Paul Daniels' Wizbit returns to children's TV. "Paul Daniels' magical creation Wizbit is to return to TV screens 25 years after the series was first created. The little wizard, who was actually a very large magician's hat, has a knack for flying and spinning around, was last seen on our TV screens in 1985. The show was introduced from Paul's Playhouse - an old fashioned theatre - and in between telling the viewers about Wizbit's Adventures the famous magician also displayed his repertoire of tricks..." To read the full story in the Telegraph Click Here. 30.5.09


Keelan Leyser and Charlotte Marie, owners of, appeared on Britain's Got Talent last Saturday performing their Quick Change Act. The auditions were filmed back in January and they received an incredible response from the three judges as well as the entire audience of the Hammersmith Apollo, London, which resulted in the entire theatre giving them a standing ovation. Keelan and Charlotte were put through to the live semi finals of the show but could not perform due to prior contracted events in India, despite being pressed by the Britain's Got Talent producers. To see the clip of them on the show visit 30.5.09


Axel Hecklau's Cue Control. Cue Control is a 36 page A5 book laying out Axel Hecklau's remote control system using an MP3 player together with a transmitter and receiver. (He kindly sent through a copy). For any magician wanting to add music and/or sound effects to their act, whilst maintaining total control over all cues, Axel's system is just perfect. Axel goes into great detail with the aid of diagrams and photographs and recommends the right equipment to use, and how to have 'invisible control' over it. Axel is a perfectionist, and as with his impressive 'News Flash' paper tear, nothing is left to chance. Highly recommended. For more info visit: 30.5.09


The annual "Tri-Wizard Tournament" between the three magic clubs in Sussex takes place on Wednesday, June 3rd. This fun and friendly competition tests the skills and ingenuity of magicians in a series of categories similar to the event held in the Harry Potter books between Hogwarts and other magic schools. Visiting magicians are welcome (free admittance). The tournament is being hosted by the South Downs Magicians at their headquarters at Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6BJ (Map). Performers from the South Downs Magicians, Sussex Magic Circle and the Associated Conjurers of East Sussex (ACES) will be taking part. The overall theme is "Anniversaries in 2009" and the categories are: "Darwin" (to mark 150 years since Charles Darwin's Origin of Species), "Doyle" (to mark 150 years since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birth) and "Cradock" (to mark 100 years since TV chef Fanny Cradock's birth!). "Let the games commence" - for further information visit 30.5.09


Magic Books By Post announced on 27th May that Steve Short is to step down as a Director of MBBP, as he will be concentrating on his performing career and his other business interests. This leaves Paul Cooke as the sole director of MBBP. All future correspondence should be addressed to: Paul Cooke MMC, Director, MBBP, Westfield House, Main Road Thornton, Lincolnshire LN9 5JU, UK. All telephone and email details will remain the same. "I wish to thank Steve for his contribution to MBBP, he helped the company through a challenging period and to make progress on a number of fronts. I wish him well in his future endeavors." said Paul. 30.5.09


Wessex Magical Association. On Tuesday 9th June at 8pm, Peter Gardini will be delivering his latest magic lecture, as presented at The Magic Circle in London. Visiting magicians welcome (£5.00 charge). Describing his lecture Peter says: ''This will be professional magic for magicians who like to make things for themselves. No special tools or equipment required and everything is so simple to do that you won't believe it till you have a go. Bring a pen and paper to make all the notes that you can. There should be something for everyone.'' 30.5.09


The Order of The Magi recently held their close-up competition which was won by Brian Berry with an act featuring multiplying sponge stars with and enormous one as a climax. His acrobatic match boxes created great interest as they operated when not even together. Brian’s forte was the cups and balls with tangerines to finish. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform this at the Centenary Close Up Night at The V & A Marriott Hotel in Manchester City Centre and this clearly is a winner for him. Brian is an enthusiastic member of The Magi and is a past joint winner of their stage competition. The picture shows Brian (left) receiving the trophy from Ian Ball MMC who is the Magi’s first president of their new century. The society has another excellent syllabus for this year which appears on Reported by Geoffrey Newton PRO. 30.5.09


John Derris's Mirrorcle. News from John Derris: "Ten years ago I launched a stunning close-up award-winning effect Mirrorcle in which a handbag mirror was placed in a leather wallet and visibly penetrated by a pen; it was extensively sold in Europe, USA and Japan. It has not been available for many years but many requests for this exclusive effect have been received from magicians during that time. A limited quantity has been specially made for immediate release in response to the many enquiries and is available by return on a first come, first served basis. This is visual close-up magic at its best whereby a 4 x 4 solid mirror is inserted into a leather wallet and without any cover a pen is pushed right through the centre. More. The spectator can view inside the wallet and actually see the pen penetrating the mirror after which it is withdrawn right through the centre of the pen. It's high profile, powerful magic and has been an international success since it was released over ten years ago. Yes it's done with a Cornelius pen but the routine and high quality props that have been performed in palaces and pump houses all over the world have made this a very successful close-up magic highlight. If you want this exclusive, limited edition effect contact me today." Visit to watch a demonstration and to order. 30.5.09


Paul Gordon at 3SM. On Monday 1st June at 8pm, Paul Gordon will be presenting his new professional close-up card magic lecture at 3SM (South Staffordshire Magicians). To attend, contact Chris Congreve via Paul's lecture is fun, informative and jam-packed with doable card tricks, tips, stories and more. 30.5.09


Returning from a successful run of cruise liner work Andrew Van Buren has just sent a 40 ft shipping container full of equipment back out to the United Arab Emirates, ready for performances in Dubai this summer. Andrew emails: "The logistics of moving large shows can be a bit of a nightmare at times, keeping track of, moving, maintenance and storage can prove a challenge, often with equipment stored in different parts of the world. It can seem daunting, but keeping the family business going I have fortunately grown up in this environment and so I am used to it. Many talented magic entertainers are successfully concentrating on close-up work nowadays, but having listened to the public views we are concentrating on breaking the perception that illusion shows are either boring and badly presented or pretentious and relying on dark lighting. It is most important to remember that we are part of the entertainment industry, we have some very good performers in Britain, but sadly many performers seem to forget the entertainment part." Photo: One of the Van Buren Lorries. 30.5.09


School of Busking. The School of Busking take place between the 19th and 21st of June. Your host Mario Morris and VIP guest Gazzo, an international street performer, will be teaching the art of street performing over the three day period. The course takes place in Cardiff, and just two places remain. The cost is £200. Contact Mario for more information: 30.5.09


Brian Caswell will at Magical Mayhem in Hitchin on 4th June demonstrating effects from his new book '10 Tricks With a Borrowed Deck'. Those familiar with Brian's work will know not to miss this one! Free entry, all magicians welcome. 7.30pm The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1AF (Map). For more info contact Lee Smith 07731 916965 or Nick Brown 07884 045554. 30.5.09


Derren Brown An Evening of Wonders - out now on DVD. More 'magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship' from psychological illusionist extraordinaire Derren Brown. Here Derren brings his mind-bending powers to the stage for his live show An Evening of Wonders. The show fuses Derren's established trickery with impressive feats of memory, and astonishing stage theatrics. Available form with 39% off! Click Here. 30.5.09


Mahka Tendo. 18th March 1960 - 26th May 2009. Very sad to report that Japan's Mahka Tendo died of cancer on Tuesday morning. A highly skilled magician, Mahka made a number of gala show appearances at British magic conventions, and won the manipulation award for stage magic at FISM in Madrid in 1985. Dressed as a classic manipulator, his clever use of movement and music (From Frankie Goes to Hollywood to John Williams!) brought real drama and excitement to his live performances. Mahka Tendo on YouTube Click Here. 30.5.09


Magician David Gemmell travels from his home in South Wales this week, to the south coast to lecture for the magicians of Portsmouth and District Magic Circle on June 1st and the Associated Wizards of the South in Southampton on June 2nd. The lectures will include effects from his 2009 Lecture ebook which will be on sale at a special lecture rate, and can also be purchased online via Merchant of Magic and David will also be previewing effects from his upcoming ebook Pasteboard Adventures, available only at a special pre-release lecture price. 30.5.09


"Magician's prediction hits bookies" Click Here • "Keith's magic bet costs bookies a fortune" Click Here • Mike Stokes of Playtime Balloons is delighted to have been asked to hold his ever popular balloon workshop at The IBM Convention in Southport this September • Congratulations to Herb and Ruby Everest on the birth of a 7lb 15oz baby boy, James Herberte, on 26th May • Congratulations to Owen Lean winner of the London Society of Magicians Card Magic competition last week, with an act that included an original story deck routine and finished with the entire deck changing color • "Magic Circle works wonders at Royal Free Hospital" John Derris reports, Click Here • "Pinner magician meets stars at soap awards" Click Here • "Talented young magician vows to keep waving his wand" Click Here • Many thanks for your news contributions - see you next week, Duncan. 30.5.09