Number 484 - 3rd October 2009


The International Magic Convention has a reputation for bringing exciting new talent to these shores for the first time, with debut English convention appearances from Gary Kurtz, David Williamson, Rick Merrill and Lennert Green in the past. This year many more performers will be appearing for the very first time too. Chris Mitchell (photo), a well known comedy magician who plays major comedy venues and cruise ships in America will be appearing in the Friday Night Stand Up Comedy Show and Gala Show (sure to be one of the comedy highlights of the evening) and David Minkin, a well established Californian close-up performer and finalist in last year's joint IBM/SAM $10,000 competition, will be appearing in the Close-Up Gala Show. International Magic Convention, Mermaid Theatre, London, November 27th-29th. For registrations visit 3.10.09


Ed’s Magic Stall. The Zeppelin Shelter is a themed WW1 pub in Aldgate, London, that hosts a monthly magic forum and special magic nights. Following a run of successful shows at the Zeppelin, Ed the Magician has organised a weekly ‘open mic’ style forum for locals to trial their latest tricks to a small audience in a friendly venue for like-minded illusionists. The evening is hosted by Ed the Magician on the first Tuesday of every month, with the next being this Tuesday, 6th October. Entrance is free, with performances from 7pm – 11pm, the forum also features guests and Ed’s stall where you can buy new magic! Visitors are encouraged to participate, but they may just watch. If you'd like a specific time slot or your act requires setting up, email Ed first The Zeppelin Shelter, 40 Leman Street, London E1 8EU (Map). 3.10.09


Chris Dugdale An Evening of Magic & Mindreading. "Wooed by Angelina Jolie, praised by the Queen, world class magician, illusionist and mind-reader Chris Dugdale returns by popular demand to the Riverside Studios this October with a ground-breaking new magic show. Have you ever wondered how somebody can be in two places at one time? Have you ever doubted the evidence of your own eyes? In an empowering journey through the mind of a consummate showman and magician, Chris fuses live and recorded video, cutting edge technology with close-up magic, mind-reading and theatrical artistry to create an amazing interactive spectacle that will leave you bewitched and perplexed." Chris explains: "I have spent my whole life dreaming up some of these effects, blending classical magic with modern deception. I want people to go out completely stunned and thoroughly entertained." The show runs at the Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL (Map) between 13th and 16th October. Box Office: 020 8237 1111. Tickets £14, £12 concessions. 3.10.09


Junior Masterclass. The Northern Magic Circle are staging a Junior Masterclass as part of their convention next year featuring Nathan Kranzo, John Hotowka, Chris Priest and a surprise guest. Click Here for details. 3.10.09


It's Magic Moments Day today.  Last year magicians raised over £11,000 for charity in just one day visit to see how today's event is doing. 3.10.09


Poz lectures for the Watford Association of Magicians on Tuesday October 6th at 8pm. Non-members are welcome (£10 door charge). Non-members wishing to attend should contact the club secretary, Julie Carpenter, via email first: 3.10.09


Bolton Magician's Club Close-up Magic Competition took place on last Wednesday. Congratulations to Jason Rea seen here receiving the winner's shield from the club's president Paul Molyneux. The competition was hotly contested but Jason displayed exceptional charisma and skill to win the trophy. Peter Turner and Geoff Leech were placed second and third respectively. 3.10.09


John Bannon's Bullets After Dark. "On November 4th John Bannon's 'Bullets After Dark', a 2-Disc DVD, will hit the shops, released by BigBlindMedia! It's 3 hours of sheer genius that will fire up your creative juices like nothing you have seen before. And if you pre-order with BigBlindMedia, you can get two exclusive Bannon freebies today! Chaingang (a brand new Collector's Routine) and Open & Notorious (Bannon's eBook on the 'Open Prediction'). These are only available by pre-ordering at and will be emailed to you the same day that you put your order in! Featuring brand new material, re-worked classics, and the cream of the crop from Bannon's best-selling book, Dear Mr. Fantasy, 'Bullets After Dark' is a treasure trove of workable, awe-inspiring magic - from self-workers (that will fool you) to deviously constructed sleight-of-hand routines." To watch demos, learn more and pre-order visit 3.10.09


Mark Leveridge Magic Dealer Night - Newbury, Monday 12th October. Mark Leveridge Magic's next Dealer Night which will be held at the Chequers Hotel, Newbury. Previous similar events in Bristol and Birmingham were great successes and there is just time to register for this latest evening which includes a dealer dem, a mini lecture of three previously unpublished ideas, plus the chance for attendees to receive 10% off the entire MLM entire range. There will be a full display of MLM and Magicseen products, three prize draws for items worth up to £10, £20 and £30, together with other special offers and freebies too! The evening starts at 7pm and will finish at about 10pm and is designed to be a relaxed and sociable time for everyone. Anyone who pre-registers now for just £10 will receive a Credit Voucher worth £20 to put towards their purchases on the night. For full details and a registration from visit 3.10.09


Paul Stockman: Connected, twin set DVD: "Alakazam Magic take great pride in bringing fresh new material from original artists to the forefront of the magic and mentalism communities and the latest of these exciting new talents is a name that is destined to become synonymous with modern mentalism. For over a decade, Paul Stockman has been extremely busy performing his unique and fascinating style of psychological entertainment all around the world. Appearing at almost two hundred events every year Paul is in constant demand and is a consummate and professional entertainer in every sense of the word. From intimate, high-end celebrity gatherings to full evening theatre shows for two and a half thousand people, Paul has performed in virtually all situations possible. 'Connected' is Paul Stockman’s DVD debut and showcases some of the finest modern mentalism in the world today, seamlessly blending deviously clever methods and engagingly entertaining plots this double DVD set is certain to become a must-see for all stand-up performers..." Visit for more info and to pre-order (Alakazam have a new DVD release from Michael Vincent in December - keep a watch on their site for details). 3.10.09


Kovari - Mystic Ring evening. Kovari, President of The Mystic Ring, is to lecture at the Mystic Ring clubroom on October 15th at 7.45pm. Kovari will talk on his career in magic, his TV appearances, and films and TV shows that he has advised on. The talk will be illustrated by stories about the magicians and celebrities he has known, with film clips, many rare, as well as demonstrations of some of the magical effects used. "This is a great opportunity to  go behind the scenes with one of the country's best performers and creative thinkers." The talk takes place at The Conservative Club, 49 High Street, North Dunstable, and costs £5 to non-members. 3.10.09


Amethyst perform this weekend in the gala show at Cannons Great Escapes, Escape artists convention, California. Their show features three brand new escape routines designed by the duo, one which was built by Philip Hitchcock of Secret Workshop who has brought a terrifying escape idea to life. Amethyst then return to the UK to continue their successful shows with British comedy legend, Ken Dodd visit for details. 3.10.09


Tony Griffith will be holding another of his popular 'At Homes' on Sunday 18th April 2010 in Bristol from to 5pm. Included in the registration price of £40 will be morning coffee on arrival, a great buffet lunch, and tea and cakes prior to departure. Tony has considerable experience in the world of magic having lectured throughout Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, has lectured at The Magic Circle on seven occasions and at the Magic Castle in Hollywood on five occasions, where he has also given over 100 performances. Tony is a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle. The day will cover a variety of areas including close-up magic, trade show magic, presenting and organising a One Man Show, After Dinner speaking/entertainment, and more. A discount of £5 will be given to those registering before 30th November 2009. Numbers attending will not exceed 12 persons, so if you are interested in having a more in depth look at magic with an experienced professional, contact Tony on 01275 835463 or email - for more info visit 3.10.09


Best Comedy Night in Town! News from magician/golfer John Derris: The Vaudeville Golfing Society is celebrating its 80th Annual Dinner and Cabaret on Sunday 8th November at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Acknowledged as the season's best value show biz evening with brilliant speakers and a top cabaret that includes Magician/Juggler Michael Pearse (photo). It will be a star studded gentlemen only event with the accent on comedy with celebrity guests Gary Lineker, Paul Daniels, Roy Hudd, Sir Henry Cooper, Tom O'Connor and many others. For details and tickets go to 3.10.09


Dan Garrett lectures at the Bath Circle of Magicians on Thursday 22nd October. "The Bath Circle is proud to present the return of a close-up legend. Dan Garrett is an old favourite with a score of performances for TV and top international venues. He is also one of the great magician's magicians, with regular performances at the big conventions and inner membership of the top national clubs from MIMC to National Presidency of the SAM. His wealth of performing experience incredibly includes the Presidential Inauguration Dinner for George W. Bush, who was a rational, intelligent man before he met Dan. This lecture will combine classics with brand new material to offer something for everyone. All magic folk welcome for £10 on the door. Arrive 7.45pm for an 8pm start." Contact Oli Foster for further details on 07817 726 785 or email 3.10.09


Britain's Top Talent. Following on from last week's story about Paul Zenon appearing in Las Vegas, the show, entitled 'Britain's Top Talent' was produced by Paul Stone, and also starred Jeff Hobson (who emceed the show), Nathalie Enterline (a legendary baton twirler and acrobat who was seen in the Magic Circle's Centenary), Arron Sparks (a young Yo-Yo guy), and singer Ben Stone, who performed with an 8 piece 'live' Band and backing singers, and The Overtures, the 60's Tribute Band. 3.10.09


Christopher Taylor and Matthew Johnson, two of Canada's most creative thinkers, join forces on Tuesday 13th October at 8pm to lecture at the Northampton Magicians' Club, Westone Manor Hotel, Ashley Way, Weston Favell, Northampton NN3 3EA (Map). Visitors £8 Telephone 01604 517406 for details. 3.10.09


At the British Ring Convention Banquet last week Toastmaster Geoffrey Newton (the immediate past President of The Order of The Magi) presented President Trevor Lewis with a framed and mounted front cover of almost the last edition of Abracadabra, which was The Magi’s Centenary issue. The picture is of the birthday cake and the magazine contained tricks, experiences, articles and greetings. 3.10.09


The Fylde Mystics will be hosting a lecture on Tuesday 6th October from top children's entertainer Paul Guy. The lecture will start at 8pm and visiting magicians are welcome at a charge of £5.00. This meeting will mark the first at the society's new venue which is The South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 5HZ (Map) just off the M55. For more info visit or email 3.10.09


The Punch & Judy Fellowship's Annual Covent Garden Festival - tomorrow, Sunday 4th October from 10am until 4pm in the North Hall of Covent Garden Piazza. Mark Andrews emails: "Come along and enjoy the performances given throughout the day by members of the Punch & Judy Fellowship. For more information visit The PJF will also be holding its AGM on the same day at 6.30pm, at the CAA, Bedford Street, and shall be entertained afterwards by John Kimmons (ventriloquist and magician) who was recently awarded the title of 'World Champion Children's Entertainer'. Whilst the AGM itself is for PJF members, we do welcome guests and friends who would like to enjoy the entertainment of John Kimmons." 3.10.09


New lecturer, Roberto Forzoni MMC. 'Magic, Mentalism & Psychology' "Looking at the psychology behind the magic, Roberto Forzoni, one of the county’s leading sport psychologists, takes you on an intriguing journey of magic, mentalism and psychology. After launching the full lecture at the Kent Magicians’ Guild comments included 'Excellent, a wonderful lecture... great effects, very well presented with loads packed in!' Comments about the effects shown included: 'Wow' 'very powerful' and 'brilliant ideas'. To see for yourself why not ask Roberto to visit your club?" Telephone 07956 263348 or email 3.10.09


Magical Showtime - Gibraltar. Magical Showtime was a special fund-raising event produced by StageOne Productions in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. It featured Jamie Zammitt, Levi Attias, Jordan and Shailah Lopez (from 'Faster Than Magic') and special guest, Hans Kazan, from Holland. The three performances all sold out and the audiences loved it. The moto was 'Keep the Magic Alive' - for more information on the details of the charity, and what the show was all about, visit 3.10.09


Magician Wanted for International Day of Climate Action. A Rocha, a Christian environmental organisation (, are planning to join with the Global Climate Action Day on Saturday 24th October, as part of the campaign. "We are trying to organise an event at Southall Park, and are desperately looking for a magician, someone who could make the event more fun, and be a part of our action. The Event will be opened by peaceful multi-faith meditation for a period of 350 seconds in Southall Park, followed by different acts: magic, dance and speech etc. Each act will have 350 seconds allocated time. We want to make it fun for people of all backgrounds and levels who will be joining us for the event. On October 24, the International Day of Climate Action will cover almost every country on earth, the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. If you'd like to be a part of this event contact: Kailean Khongshai, Community Worker, A Rocha, Phone: 0208 574 5935 or email 3.10.09


From Sceptic to Psychic? Can a scientist become a psychic and win a million dollars? Dr. Matthew Smith left behind the safety of academic life last week to pursue a unique and rather ambitious project. After more than fifteen years of researching ‘paranormal’ experiences from a scientific perspective, Matthew will set aside his scepticism to see if he can discover and develop his own hidden psychic abilities. In a year-long project, he will work with some of the world’s leading mediums and psychics to discover if he has any hidden psychic talents. Leading parapsychologists will monitor his progress by subjecting him to scientific tests along the way. At the end of the year he will take the million dollar challenge offered by American magician and sceptic James Randi for anyone who can demonstrate genuine paranormal abilities. ‘This challenge takes me outside of academia, and out of my comfort zone, to explore these topics from a very different perspective.’ Said Matthew. Matthew is writing about his experience for a book, Million Dollar Psychic, to be published next year.


Matthew’s first challenge will be today, Saturday 3rd October, when he will be giving readings at a psychic fair in Witney, Oxfordshire. ‘They will be readings based on tarot, and maybe a little cold reading!’, explained Matthew, ‘I’m keen to find out how good my readings are before I’ve even started any psychic development.’ Matthew will give readings for free and ask his clients to compare his with those they get from other readers at the fair. Saturday 3rd October: Psychic Fair, Langdale Hall, Market Square, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX8 6AB (Map). 3.10.09


Christmas Gothic Victorian Séance. Experience the mystery and secrets and tricks of the Victorian Séance with Paul Bell. "As you get to be part of a real Victorian Séance, prepare to encounter a night of terror as you are taken on a journey of suspense and intrigue. You will be involved in the fear factor of a traditional Victorian Séance using all the old techniques. This is a night of genuine séance phenomena mixed with psychological illusion. Not for the faint hearted!" Saturday, 5th December at 10pm. £22.00. Bookings: 01789 298070. Venue: The Falstaff Experience, 40 Sheep Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6EE (Map). 3.10.09


The Amazing Chang, The Magic of Whittington Wickes. Delve into the magical world of Samuel L. Whittington-Wickes at this exhibition which celebrates the life and career of the famous Leamington magician. The exhibition has drawn interest from magicians and illusionists worldwide, including David Copperfield who said: ‘Every age has its superstar illusionists. Chang was one of the greatest of his era.’ Grand opening: Saturday 17th October, 12noon – 3pm, Royal Pump Rooms Museum, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Entry is free, just drop in and join in. David Taylor MMC will be performing a range of classic parlour and close-up magic. All ages are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information on the exhibition Click Here. 3.10.09


IBM Southport Fringe. Tom Weil emails: "The IBM Fringe last weekend was a great success. It was largely sponsored by The Academy of Magic and The Magic Cave and organised by the incomparable Fay Presto and Richard Pinner. We are currently working on and editing a full documentary video featuring highlights of this year's Fringe events, which will be available to stream free of charge on These is already a trailer up on You Tube and the peoples' choice pick of the fringe, Lee Hathaway's hilarious lottery prediction is available to watch here: You Tube." 3.10.09


Johnny Fantastica will be performing his award winning "The Rose" at the evening cabaret of the GLDA Young Arts and Film Festival at the Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street, London Bridge, London, on Saturday October 5th at 6.30pm. 3.10.09


David Gemmell's new eBook Pasteboard Paradise as well as his take one the famous Curry / James plot '51 for Two' is reviewed by Andrew Loh at This book and more of David's work can be purchased from, Merchant of Magic and Kernow Magic. David is now taking bookings for lectures in 2010 and can be contacted by email 3.10.09


Bring your ideas to fruition! John Harrower emails: "Would you like to make your contribution to the magic world? If you’ve released products before or are looking to get your first product into the market then can help you; let us sell it and we’ll share the profits fairly. specialise in downloadable products so if you have written a PDF/eBook or filmed a magic video then we’d love to hear from you at We also can design promotional artwork and convert DVDs into downloadable products." For more information visit 3.10.09


"Derren Brown meets Roushan on ICRadio" Click Here • "Youthful mentalist a magician at reading minds" Click Here • "Essex magician's amazing day inside the remarkable world of David Copperfield" Click Here • "A magical trip into childhood" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 3.10.09