Number 472 - 11th July 2009


The Pete Firman Magic Show - Southbank, London. Pete Firman, described as the Tommy Cooper for the MySpace generation, and recently seen performing alongside Justin Lee Collins on Channel 4's Convention Crashers and on ITV's For One Night Only brings his magic show to the Southbank Centre for the first time this Thursday, 16th July at 9pm. "Gob-smackingly talented" Metro. Visit for more info and to book. "Just had a 1 hour haircut. It looks exactly the same" - Pete's on Twitter! 11.7.09


Monday Magic - An all-new live magic cabaret venue, in the heart of London. Bill Davenport (Davenports Magic) writes: "We are organising a new, weekly magic show in central London, at the Storm nightclub in Leicester Square (the old Comedy Store). The first night is on the 27th July, and will be a magical cabaret variety type event. We aim to have a different show on each week, and will be using it to showcase new talent, as well as some of the more established acts. The show itself is for stage acts, though we will also sometimes have close-up magicians entertaining the audience before the show as well. Tickets are £10 or £7 for concs. Bookable via the Davenports web site or by calling us on 020 7836 0408. Ticket price includes entry to the club until 3am." Visit for full details of the opening night. 11.7.09


The Fringe is back! Bob Hayden reports: "In the Late Night Magic Shows of the past two Conventions there was an abundance of fine and entertaining magic performed but the atmosphere that had been generated by the Fringe shows in past years was clearly lacking. The Fringe for many of the Conventioneers was the highlight of their Convention. Here’s some great news. It is now confirmed that this year the Fringe is returning. The Fringe is completely independent of the British Ring and is essentially a series of additional free shows organised, and to date financed by, Fay Presto. This year Fay has received some commercial sponsorship from the dealers Magic Cave, so it’s a big thank you to them for their support for without Magic Cave it would not have happened..." To read the full story, from British Ring PRO Bob Hayden, Click Here. 73rd British Ring IBM Convention. 23rd - 27th September 2009, Southport 11.7.09


Magic at the Barn. Now in its fifth year, this successful magic and illusion show will once again be taking place this summer at The Barn, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex. The show will feature award winning magic, mind reading and comedy featuring Oliver Tabor and special guests at 7.30pm on Saturday July 18th. This year the show will be supporting Georgie's Fund, a charity for research into treatments and cure for Neuroblastoma. The show is set in an intimate 17th Century barn which over the last year has gradually been transformed into a mini theatre. The year's guest artists are Steve Majes, a top professional magician and amazingly creative balloon twister, his outstanding balloons have appeared on the 'Paul O'Grady Show' and Richie Austin - with his own brand of fun, magic and illusion. Close-up magic will be presented by James Prtichard and Oliver Meech before the show. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets: £10 adults, £5 children, available now by phoning 01702 543242 or online via 11.7.09


Deafblind Blackpool Convention trip appeal. Imagine going to a magic convention and not being able to see nor hear anything. That is what Jimmy does with the help of clown magician Jonathan Lucia-Wright who is a support worker with Deafblind UK. Jimmy was born deaf and had sight in only one eye. He underwent an operation when he was eighteen but something went wrong leaving him blind in both eyes, so he can now neither see nor hear. His carers take him to the Blackpool Magic Convention to stimulate his mind and imagination. They communicate through a sign language that requires them to ‘type’ on his hand. This in itself is magic of the highest kind. Jimmy’s carers are hoping to take him to the Blackpool convention again in February next year but as the party consists of four people funding can be a problem. Not a great deal of money is needed for this visit but the costs of travel, accommodation and food for four people can mount up so any help that the magic fraternity can give will be much appreciated. Any donation, no matter how small, will help to bring this Jimmy’s wish to attend the convention to fruition. Perhaps you can help to provide a pleasurable, fantastic and stimulating weekend to a man who can neither see nor hear? Cheques can be made payable to Jonathan Lucia-Wright, who is Jimmy’s advocate, at c/o Jimmy Blackpool Appeal, 59 Dingley Court, Westwood, Peterborough PE3 7AW, England. For information about the Deafblind charity visit, for more information about Jonathan Lucia-Wright visit and, of course, for details of the Blackpool Convention visit 11.7.09


Sean Heydon - Trevor George Entertainer of Year Awards 2009. Last Sunday Sean Heydon was invited to perform his Illusion show at the grand final of the Trevor George Entertainer of Year Awards 2009. The standard was incredibly high and in front of a large audience of cruise directors, event bookers, entertainment journalists and industry specialists Sean was awarded Speciality Act of The Year 2009. 11.7.09


A summer offer from Magicseen! From Editor Mark Leveridge: "If you are going off on your hols you might want to take some holiday reading with you, and here at magicseen we would hate to see you go without. So, starting from Saturday 11th July, anyone taking out a new subscription to magicseen will be entitled to select a book title from us completely free! Sign up for 1 year and you may choose to receive a complimentary copy of either WD40 in hardback (worth £35.00), or a copy of The Man Who Would Be King (worth £20.00). Sign up for a 2 year sub and, if you wish, you can request to receive both titles free. Offer ends Friday 28th August 2009 so if you are not a subscriber to magicseen already, act now and get your freebies before any of us at magicseen come to our senses!" Subscribe via 11.7.09


Smoke & Mirrors Radio Show. The whole series of the Smoke & Mirrors Radio Show can now be found on iTunes and online at, where you'll also find biographies and videos of the guests. The ten episodes featured performers including John van der Put, Paul Daniels and Marc Paul, making a total of five hours of magic chat and performance in all. Hosted by Matthew Duggan and featuring Julia Barnett, the show ran on Resonance FM in London and online across the world via The programme will form the topic of a talk on 'Radio Magic' by host Matthew Duggan as part of Jack Delvin's 'On The Air' Summer School at The Magic Circle on 20th July. 11.7.09


Israeli Mentalist Roy Zaltsman lectures for The Chester Guild of Magicians on Monday 13th July at 8pm. This will be the first meeting at the club's new headquarters: The Bull & Stirrup, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 4EE (Map). Visiting magicians welcome (£5.00 entrance fee). Contact Steve Cooil for details 01244 881462 11.7.09


Ian Keable is delighted to announce he now has in stock the second edition of his book Stand-Up: A Professional Guide to Comedy Magic; a must-have book for anyone interested in performing comedy magic. Ian will be lecturing the book at the Wolverhampton Magic Society on 22nd July, Shrewsbury Magic Society on 7th September, Cotswold Magic Society on 15th October and the British Magic Society on 10th November. "Possibly the best book ever to be written on modern Stand-up Comedy Magic. I wish I'd had it 20 years ago." John Archer, MagicWeek. "There is a massive amount of accurate, interesting and totally relevant information in this book. Ian's writing style is easy to read, intelligent and coherent. The subject matter is covered exhaustively and humorously. If this doesn't become the standard stand-up magicians' bible, I will be very surprised." Mark Leveridge, Magicseen. "I absolutely loved your stand up book. It's the first book of its kind I have read where I actually believed the author had real life experience in the subject he was writing about. I genuinely think this book should be considered a modern classic." Derren Litten, writer of British TV sit-com hit, Benidorm. To order visit: 11.7.09


John Dornan wins the 2009 Nottingham Guild of Magicians stage magic competition. The Nottingham Guild of Magicians held their annual competition on Thursday 2nd July and this year it took on a different format, instead of it being held at their HQ in Arnold, Nottingham it was held at a local theatre. The first half of the evening was a close-up competition where nine magicians circulated the tables that were set out in a cabaret format; they then moved onto the stage competition, each having 12 minutes to impress the judges and audience. Among the judges was John Palfreyman, who has 70 years experience in magic. During his career he was associated with the David Nixon and Tommy Cooper shows amongst others. John Dornan won the stage competition with his comedy act and the competition was hailed a great success, with thanks to  Andrew Morrison, Graham Harper and a big thanks to Dawn and her team for the magnificent food! John Dornan is from Keyworth in Nottingham. 11.7.09


The Nottingham Guild of Magicians would like to announce that Roy Bond successfully defended his title of 'close-up magician of the year 2009/10'. In his acceptance speech Roy said that he would not be entering next year's competition as "I feel that one title win and one defense is enough.". He did say that he would still perform as part of the evening's entertainment though, and he thanked everyone involved in organising and supporting the event. 11.7.09


Simon Southerin (aka Simon Magic) will be performing close-up magic and cabaret for 33 days at the Bluecoat, Liverpool, from July 30th - August 31st in the afternoons, 7 days a week, for their Slow Magic exhibition "... are we looking at something real or imagined? Is a painting flat or three-dimensional? The selection of works included in the exhibition highlights this much like a conjurer, it is the artist's sleight of hand that makes painting magical." For more on the exhibition visit 11.7.09


The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Maths, Art, Music, Sport, and Just About Everything Else. "'Talent. You've either got it or you haven't.' Not true, actually. In The Talent Code, award-winning journalist Daniel Coyle draws on cutting-edge research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured. In the process, he considers talent at work in venues as diverse as a music school in Dallas and a tennis academy near Moscow, to demonstrate how the wiring of our brains can be transformed by the way we approach particular tasks. He explains what is really going on when apparently unremarkable people suddenly make a major leap forward. He reveals why some teaching methods are so much more effective than others. Above all, he shows how all of us can achieve our full potential if we set about training our brains in the right way." Available from Click Here. 11.7.09


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