Number 494 - 12th December 2009


Blackpool 2010. The new video trailer is now online, Click Here. For the full programme of events for February's Mega-Magic Convention visit Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st February 2010. See you there! 12.12.09


Beat the Wand is back at the Blackpool Magic Convention 2010! From the organisers: "We want it to be bigger and better than ever but that is only possible with your help. We want a magical flavour to the night but are particularly interested in increasing the variety aspect of the show. Juggling, Escapology, Contortion, Geek Magic, Bizarre, Occult, Mind Reading, Ventriloquism, Mouth Juggling, World Record Attempts.... We know you guys are out there! If you are interested in performing, here are the rules...
● Your act must last a minimum of three and a maximum of five minutes.
● Three giant wands will be thrown into the audience. After an act has performed for one minute the "voting" begins. Once a wand holder has seen enough of your act they will hold their wand in the air. When three wands are in the air the act will stop.
● If an act reaches three minutes they are safe and will be allowed to finish.
● The act who performs for the longest and/or completes their act "beat the wand" and is therefore the winner. In the event of a tie then the audience will decide the winner.
● Performers will be supplied with a hand or lapel mic, a table and two chairs. There are no cameras or screens in the bar so close-up/table magic is not suitable.
If you are interested in performing at the world's largest magic convention, or know someone with a crazy act who would love to be involved, then please contact" The Blackpool Magic Convention. Friday 19th, Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st February 2010. Visit for details.


Steve Dela's Fantasmagoria will be playing at the Komedia Theatre in Brighton on Monday 14th December. This all-new cabaret of classic conjuring and illusion has successfully been playing in London for three months. Steve Dela had this to say: "I perform regularly down in Brighton and have always thought the town has such an amazing vibe. It seemed the most logical thing in the world to bring Fantasmagoria down here and the response, so far, has been incredible." The line up for the Brighton launch includes Lee Warren (aka "The Purple Magician"), the incandescent Romany Diva of Magic and, force of nature himself, John Archer. Where else can you see not one, but two, Magic Circle Stage Magicians of The Year performing on the same bill? All this plus Steve Dela delivering his own unique brand of award winning magic. And, by popular demand, a repeat performance of Steve's nerve shatteringly brilliant bullet catch effect. Tickets are now on sale (£12.50 / £10.00 concessions) and can be bought from the Komedia Box Office on 0845 293 8480 or via 12.12.09


Blackpool's Showzam, the UK's only festival dedicated to magic, circus and new variety will again be taking place during the February half-term next year (Friday 12th - Sunday 21st February 2010). "Showzam and Stageworks Worldwide Productions present, in the home of magic, in the Horseshoe at Pleasure Beach Blackpool, “Queens of Magic”. This high camp magic production, with a twist, is turning the cards around for the Queens of Magic – starring: Romany, Fay Presto, Mandy Muden, The Temptress of Desire, Enchantress of Passion and the After Dark Boy Dancers. This hilarious evening of magic, illusion, comedy, song and dance will be variety at its best!" Find out more, visit 12.12.09


Scott Penrose was the magic consultant on Me and Orson Welles which was released last week. From Wikipedia: "Me and Orson Welles (2009) is a period-drama film directed by Richard Linklater and starring Zac Efron, Christian McKay, and Claire Danes. Based on Robert Kaplow's novel of the same name, the story, set in 1937 New York, tells of a teenager hired to star in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar, where he becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant. The film was shot in the Isle of Man, London, and New York in February, March, and April 2008, and was released in the US on November 25, 2009. It will be released in the UK on December 4, 2009." To read more visit and to watch a trailer Click Here. For the official trailer: Click Here. 12.12.09


Nothing in his hand, but something up his sleeve... joint Session organiser Andi Gladwin, featured on the cover of the current issue of The Magic Circle's excellent in-house magazine The Circular, has just announced that Thom Peterson (USA) will be lecturing at The Session in January. Ticket sales are going very well with just a few places left now. Visit 12.12.09


Darker Shores. A ghost story by Michael Punter. "And then it began… Unmistakable. Something within the seasound. Speaking. Speaking to me…’ Christmas 1875. Professor Gabriel Stokes retreats to The Sea House, an old childhood haunt on the desolate Sussex coast. No sooner has he arrived than his peace is disturbed by mysterious goings on. He enlists the help of an American spiritualist, Tom Beauregard. Together the two embark on a terrifying journey to discover the true history of the house..." Ben Hart and Darren Lang worked on the play that includes a number of illusions and a couple of Séance scenes. Visit for details and to book. 12.12.09


Magician aladin delivered a talk on leadership at the World Petroleum Council congress in Paris on November 20th in his capacity as a leading interdisciplinary expert on management The speech can be seen here. At the very end of the video aladin fired a playing card to the back of the auditorium and the person who managed to catch it was rewarded with a copy of the wonderful Book of Cool in which aladin teaches how to throw playing cards amongst other things. aladin has unofficial world records for throwing a playing card at speed (108 mph) and distance (71 metres indoors). The organisers bought 300 copies of the Book of Cool to give out as gifts to their VIP guests. 12.12.09


Sim Sala Bim, The Magic and Illusion Show, Saturday 16th January at 7.30pm. "A full evening of stage magic, a visit with Merlin and his assistants, a trip to the Middle East, Out in Space, and lots more." Tickets: adults £8, over 60 and under 16 £6. For tickets call 020 8803 1723. Venue: St. Peter's Church Hall, Bounce Road, Edmonton, London N9 8JP (Map) Contact Richard Sanders: 020 8803 1723. 12.12.09


Remembering Ali. On Tuesday 8th of December it would have been Ali Bongo's 80th Birthday. At Peterborough Society of Magicians, the monthly meeting night was planned as 'President's Challenge' and to be a surprise to the members. Our President Josh Miller had to plan the evening events. Josh, knowing it would have been Ali's 80th Birthday that day, planned the night in Ali's honor with a Magic quiz and team challenges in true Ali style, by getting teams to do things like make the tallest newspaper trees and putting their heads through playing cards! We had pictures of Ali on the walls around the room and in the break Josh had arranged for us to all raise a glass for Ali with Ali's close friend and neighbour Stuart, saying a few words on the phone through a sound system about Ali's life and how much he is missed, but will never be forgotten. So a big thanks to Stuart, your words meant so much, and to Josh for a great fun night and for keeping Ali's memory alive. Will Pyatt, Peterborough Society of Magicians. 12.12.09


December's Mystery Magazine is out now: "It has a really great interview with Dynamo as well as loads of great tricks, a full report on the J-Day at The Magic Circle as well as the usual society reports and lots more. As always it’s available in printed or PDF versions via". 12.12.09


Stuart and Jayne Loughland (Safire Illusionists) are currently appearing in the sell-out Christmas Chuckle Tour. They perform two illusions, a general magic spot and a black art puppet spot YouTube as well as appearing in routines during the show. When the tour ends on 22nd December at Blackpool Opera House they will transfer to The Magic Circle Christmas Show, which runs from 27th-30th December (see What's On). Starting in February Safire will be appearing in 'An Audience with The Chuckle Brothers' spread over 50 dates nationwide. Having completed the 21st series of the ever-successful series “ChuckleVision” for the BBC. Paul and Barry have decided to interact live with their audience and fans. In this one-off tour special they will be showing film clips of some of their favourite routines as well as performing some of your favourite live routines with supporting artistes. They will speak about the most memorable incidents from their career, which changed their lives and turned them in to one of Britain’s best loved family double acts. (Again, see What's On for dates). 12.12.09


Damien was recently seen performing backstage at the T4 Stars of 2009 event where he amazed a number of stars including Peter Andre, Alexandra Burke, Jedward and Diversity: YouTube "That was one of the greatest tricks I have ever seen I can't even begin to think how Damien could of done that - it's simply amazing!" Ashley (Diversity). 12.12.09


Mike Stokes of Playtime Balloons is currently working on a fifth DVD to be launched at the Blackpool Convention, it will be titled Table Hopping with Balloons and will be filmed and produced by Rob Gaffney. "All models will be made with 160 Qualatex balloons giving more space on the tables and a bigger aaah factor." Mike is now taking lecture bookings for 2010 12.12.09


Darren Bonas aka 'Mister Twister' received the Newcastle Magic Circle's Edmund Younger Cup for Stage Magic at their annual dinner last week. Presentations took place at the Old Assembly Rooms in Newcastle. Darren will be performing at the Fleetwood Marine Hall, Lancashire on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March 2010. 12.12.09


News from Zane's Magic Shop "There is now a video demo for Zane's new trick 'Anniversary Tango' at (click on 'Zane's Tricks' to watch it) Also magic dealers can now order this trick as well from Murphy's Magic Supplies Inc in the States. Zane is also offering MagicWeek readers 10% off orders made before 31st December 2009 - together with free p&p. Just mention 'MagicWeek' if you place an online order and 10% will be refunded or phone 01843 850036 to speak to Zane in person." 12.12.09


Wessex Magical Association presents Mark Worgan on Tuesday 12th January 2010. Mark talks about how to entertain with magic in, ''Comedy and Comedy Cabaret'' including: the definition of comedy illustrated using his own material; tips on setting the working area; presentation and timing; moving from stage to cabaret floor, and using the right magic. He also covers hecklers and how to deal with them, and the difference between magic and comedy, and ''comedy magic''. Mark talks about his own stage show and includes lots of other tips and routines. The evening starts at 7.30pm for 8pm and visiting magicians are especially welcome for a nominal £5 fee. The location is the Bourne Valley Community Association, 56 Herbert Avenue, Poole, Dorset BH12 4EE (Map). Any queries to Alan Chitty, WMA Publicity Officer on 01202 883474 or The Wessex Magical Association attracts members from Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and beyond. 12.12.09


Young magician and illusionist Chris Philpott was hired for a third year running to entertain shoppers in BHS on the Isle of Wight in the lead up to Christmas. Chris said: " I do this gig every year, not only to entertain customers, but to get more Kids involved in magic - remember our faces when we were five!" 22.11.08


The All Star Impressions Show at 9.30pm on Boxing Day on ITV1 features Tim Healy and Paul Daniels as an old version of Ant and Dec, in the Jungle! 12.12.09


Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story. Keiko and I were invited to the West End premiere of Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story last week. Back in the day, when Eddie and I were both street performing in London's Covent Garden I used to be into video making, and would make showreels for some of the acts, including Eddie's 'escapology on a unicycle' act. I also made a 10 minute short called 'To Boldly Go' for a Sony sponsored video making competition in 1987, all about the street performers of Covent Garden. The video won first prize and Eddie remembered this so contacted me to see if he could use some of the footage for his up-coming documentary film Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story. So, all these years later, it was great fun to see some of my footage of Eddie and other street performers up on the big screen. Mind reader Ian Rowland was also at the party. Ian and Eddie go back many years as well, having performed together at University and at the Edinburgh Fringe under the banner "Sheffield University Fringe" (or "SUF" for short!). Ian is interviewed in the documentary and talks about the early days with Eddie. The film charts Eddie's amazing career, but more, it is an uplifting story, a story of self determination, self belief and discovery... Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story opens at selected cinemas nationwide from January 2010 and will be released on DVD in March. (DT). Trailer Click Here. . 12.12.09


Magic bar opening in Blackpool in 2010. Alan Chester emails "I have some exciting news to share with the community, I am opening a magic bar in January in Blackpool it will provide live magic on stage from time to time the bar staff and catering staff will be performing at tables and we will offer 'open mike nights' at least two nights per week. We will be a family bar so children can utilize the facility and a special play area is set aside for children, there is also a party room for hire. We are opening mid Jan and on Feb 1st there will be a special night with entertainment and prizes etc tickets are free but are limited to 150. All enquiries and to book tickets call our hotline on 01253 408893 or email". 12.12.09


Laws and regulations for Stage & Street Hypnosis. Jonathan Royle emails: "Following the recent news that laws and regulations for Stage & Street Hypnosis (even when combined with magic) are to be more strictly enforced Click Here hypnotherapists and members of the UK Street Hypnosis and magic community Nick Davies and Alan Whitton have persuaded Jonathan Royle to create a free series of online training videos teaching fans of Magical Street Hypnosis how to remain 100% legal in England 12.12.09


My Magic Highlight of the Year (hum it to yourself using one of Harry Hill's themes if need be). We'd love to hear from you - what was your personal magic highlight of the year? Large or small, something you achieved or something you saw, just for you or enjoyed by many... tell the magic world via MagicWeek! Please send a few lines to MagicWeek and we'll run them just before the end of the year... 12.12.09


"Magician Ali Bongo left cash to help struggling performers" Click Here • "Report: Magician Wyrick's Show Canceled" Click Here • "Waltham Forest Council enlists help of magician to show how card scams work" Click Here • Many thanks for your contributions this week - see you next week (or on Monday if you are going to The Circle), Duncan. 12.12.09