Number 500 - 23rd January 2010


50th Bristol Day of Magic - Sunday 9th May. Champagne corks will be popping when the Bristol Society of Magic celebrates its 50th Bristol Day of Magic on Sunday May 9th. The Gala show will star Belgium illusionist Rafael (photo) with two spots including his Dracula act, and FISM first prize winner France's Pilou. The close-up shows will see first time visits from Michael Vincent and Etienne Pradier, together with the welcome return of David Stone. Graham Jolley will be appearing on the gala show together with John Kimmons and Roy Davenport. Geoffrey Durham provides the main lecture of the day with Ian Keable featured in the special one man show. A 50th anniversary night before get together is also planned for those in the vicinity with further details to be announced. With no increase in the £30 registration price it will be a bargain day featuring close-up shows, lectures, a gala show, a special one man show and of course over 25 dealers! Registration forms will be mailed to past registrants over the next few weeks and will also be available for download via over the next week or from the registration officer Andy Mac, telephone 0117 942 2449. 23.1.10


FISM news from the Blackpool Magicians Club: "Blackpool Magicians Club's bid to obtain the European Championships from FISM has been accepted and the FISM European Championships will be held as part of the Blackpool Convention in 2011. The length of the Convention will be slightly extended in that it will commence on Friday morning at 9am and much of the Convention will be dedicated to world class Close-Up and Stage competitions.


A meeting will be held with the FISM Presidium during Blackpool Convention week to draft the plans for the conference. Entry details for competitors will be released as soon as possible. This will be the very first official FISM European Championships S ever staged. We will of course, as previously advertised be presenting the FISM World Championships in 2012 in July (as well as the normal Blackpool Convention in February, 2012). The official FISM 2012 website will be launched in the coming weeks.

Registrations for the Blackpool Convention in February 2010 are at an all time high and it is predicted that we will sell out before the event. Registrations for the FISM World Championships in 2012 have already exceeded expectations and we believe that this event will also sell out."


Northern Magic Circle Convention update. Nathan Kranzo will be appearing at this year's Northern Magic Circle Convention (Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March). Nathan will also be hosting a special Coin Magic Masterclass for 12 to 15 people on the evening of Friday 26th March at the New Boston Hotel in Fleetwood, Lancashire. Tickets for Nathan's Masterclass are £50 each and must be pre-booked. In addition to the valuable tuition, each person attending will receive 2 DVDs. One will contain detailed notes from his lecture and the other will be his acclaimed 'Stand Up Coin Magic' DVD. To apply contact Alan Mylecraine for a form or download a PDF form, linked from Nathan Kranzo's page, via 23.1.10


Pete Firman headlines the Gilded Balloon Comedy Circuit Tour in February. The tour will take in eight venues over eight days, throughout Scotland. Also appearing are Vikki Stone and Scott Agnew. Click Here for dates, venues and to book. 23.1.10


Tabula Mentis VII. Cerebral Creations. Event sponsor: Psycrets - British Society of Mystery Entertainers. Saturday April 17th at the Dragon Hall, Covent Garden, London, featuring Roundtable: Creating Mentalism and lectures / performances from Banachek, Colin McLeod and Mark Elsdon, plus MBBP and member dealers. For more info visit 23.1.10


IBM Irish Ring 85 Diamond Jubilee Convention 2010. Registration is now open for the 2010 Irish Magic Convention which takes place at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast, from April 30th - May 2nd. Registrations can be made by post or online at Anyone who pays for a full registration for the convention by Monday 1st March will be entered into a prize draw to win back the cost of their registration! Featured performers include Steve Dela, John Kimmons, Paul Gordon (photo) and Caolan McBride & Nicola. A jam packed weekend of magic in a wonderful location awaits! 23.1.10


Magic Night goes Mental on Friday, 5th February. Chris Cox will be using mind reading, psychology and good old fashioned lies whilst trying to influence you and be your friend in order to stroll through your head and reveal what's on your mind. While Anil Desai hilariously morphs into every famous person you've ever met and vintage siren Tricity Vogue strums a storm of romantic misadventure with her Ukulele. If you thought you were a free thinker when it comes to the news, then prepare to have your mind bent in a different shape with Neil Henry's predictive talents all expertly compered by Christian Lee. Doors open at 7.00pm, Show starts at 7.45pm, Tickets £10 or supper and show ticket: show ticket plus dinner for two: £40. Tickets can be bought at Ticket Web or Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SP (Map) 020 7734 3040 23.1.10


Magic Is Real: A Fund-raising Event For The People of Haiti. Wednesday February 10th, Borough Bar, 8-18 London Bridge Street, London. Ian Rowland is putting together a remarkable evening of "fun, live entertainment, music, magic, comedy and general wonderfulness". Anyone can go, all are welcome, ten pounds on the door, all the money goes to the disaster relief agencies in Haiti... Click Here for full details. 23.1.10 Based in Switzerland, yet shipping all over the world, (aka have been advertising on MagicWeek for a number of years, building a loyal following during that time. Some of the key features that they offer customers, are: "Availability - We have 99% of all items in stock! Selection - We have access to more than 5000 magic products worldwide. Products - The latest and best magic items. Price - Our prices are some of the lowest you’ll see in Europe. Order - No minimum order! Video-Clips - The largest collection of magic video demos in Europe. Free Trick with Order - Get a free trick with orders above 50 Euro. Free Tricks - Get a free magic trick each month. Rating - Most items are rated with the degree of difficulty. All emails are answered within 24 hours - 7 days a week!" Visit to see what's new! 23.1.10


John Kimmons lectures at the Watford Association of Magicians on Tuesday February 2nd at 8pm. £10 for visiting magicians, contact Julie Carpenter for details 23.1.10


David Copperfield - A Magic Life. Magicseen Publications will be releasing a new book on the life and work of legendary illusionist David Copperfield in mid-February 2010, and it is sure to be a hugely popular read. Written by French magician and author Benoit Grenier, the original French edition has been translated and augmented by the Magicseen team and will provide readers with a real insight into what it takes to be the most recognised magician on the planet. Until 31st January 2010 purchasers can pre-order their copy and in doing so save £4.00 on the normal retail price. With just a week to go until the deadline, interested parties should order their copy now from the Magicseen website to make sure they don't miss out on this great offer. More details from 23.1.10, Lee Alex's quick change website, has now returned to normal service after server problems last week. As compensation to all users Lee is extending his New Year book offer until the end of January. Receive $20.10 USD off (or the equivalent in your currency) when you purchase "Time for a Change?" by Lee Alex together with "Quick Change 2". In order to take advantage of this offer visit You will be purchasing directly from Lee Alex - this is the only site that allows you to have your book personally autographed before dispatched. 23.1.10


Northern Magic Circle Presidential Dinner. Steve Gore, President of the Northern Magic Circle, is hosting his dinner / cabaret on Saturday 13th February at the Bankfield Hotel in Bingley, West Yorkshire. The cost is £25 per head and the cabaret features Alex Lodge, performing a manipulation act and an illusion show, and Darren McDonald performing his comedy magic act. The meal is four courses with choices and vegetarian options. Email Steve Gore if you are interested in attending as soon as you can as places are now limited: 23.1.10


Dobson's Choice: Special Effects by Wayne Dobson - now in stock! Wayne's latest publication 'Dobson's Choice: Special Effects' is now in stock and available for immediate dispatch. We've had a quick look. Once again Wayne has produced a collection of super-strong magic effects (13 in all) designed for the working professional. Easy to do, yet strong in impact, I predict 'Dobson's Choice: Special Effects' will be another best-seller for Wayne. For a full list of the contents and to order visit today. (Hurry - there's a free gift included with all orders right now!) 23.1.10


Jon Allen Lecture, Portsmouth and Torquay. Jon Allen presents his new lecture 'Who Cares About Magic?' for the Portsmouth & District Magic Circle on Monday January 25th at 7.45pm at the Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth (Map). Non-members are welcome, £5 admission. On Wednesday 27th at 7pm, he will be lecturing at the Riviera Circle of Magicians at Churchill’s Hotel, 63 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay TQ1 3LP (Map). 23.1.10


Free Decks of Bicycle Cards! Magicians Cave Productions are offering a free deck of Bicycle Cards with every order over £5.00 made between January 18th-31st. During January and February Magicians Cave Productions will be adding and number of new and unique effects for the children's entertainer. Visit today! 23.1.10


Professor Pepper's Ghost. The Magic Lantern Society is currently running a second series of free talks at the University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, under the title of 'Professor Pepper's Ghost'. Talks are held fortnightly and centre on forms of optical magic old and new such as the magic lantern, 3D, stage illusions and other unusual material. On Thursday 28th January theatrical illusion consultant, Paul Kieve, will be presenting a talk about his stage illusion work - entitled 'Grappling with Ghosts - Staging Ghost Effects in the Modern Theatre'. The presentation starts at 7pm and lasts about an hour. Admission for this and all talks is free. Further details about all talks can be found on Or via the organiser's website: 'Professor Mervyn Heard' 23.1.10


Large quantity of magic books from the collection of Richard Stupple. W and H Peacock Auction, Bedford, 5th February 2010 11am. "We are very pleased to have been instructed to sell a large quantity of magic books from the collection of Richard Stupple. Richard, who lived in Kempston, Bedfordshire most of his life, was Chairman of The Magic Circle when he died in 2007. He was well known locally and recognised as one of the country’s leading children’s entertainers. 23.1.10


Peter McLanachan is venturing back into Germany to present his card magic lecture to Magischen Zirkels Hannover – Hannover Magic Circle (Click Here for the English translation) – at RSV Restaurant, Elbestraße 39, 30419 Hannover (Map) on Sunday 7th February at 3pm. Details of the entry fee for non-members can be obtained directly from the club themselves via their website. Peter is also taking bookings from societies in the UK and Ireland for his lecture entitled "A Force Much Greater Than Luck", which covers material from his manuscript of the same name. If you would like details on a lecture by the relatively unknown Scottish cardman that Paul Wilson describes as "A good guy and a great cardman. Be prepared for a few surprises...", then contact Peter at or on 07746 590 086 for full details. 23.1.10


Kaymar Magic dealer dem, West Sussex. Kaymar Magic will be holding a dealer dem at the South Downs Magicians on Wednesday, February 3rd. Visitors welcome - free admittance. Starts at 8pm at Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6BJ (Map). 23.1.10


Matt Grindley the comedy magician and illusionist from the show Beach Magic Laughter will be appearing on Britain's Biggest Heists on Sky channel 553 a 8pm on Thursday 28th January (repeated the following week). Matt begins filming a new television project in Bournemouth next which is currently under wraps, but we'll bring you more details when released. 23.1.10


Ed Ellis will be in the UK this year, lecturing at the Blackpool Convention. Following this he will be available for magic club bookings until the end of march. Although he has a pretty full diary there are still a few dates left so any club interested in booking him should email or call 0845 3700455 as soon as possible for more information. See Ed in action at 23.1.10


Stephanie Walpole, stage magic winner, Northampton. News from the Northampton Magicians Club: "Congratulations are in order to Stephanie Walpole, winner of this year's stage magic award at the Northampton Magicians Club on 19th of January. Her silent act was executed with a feminine touch and included a mutilated parasol and beautiful colour changing CD routine. To add to the pressure of the competition was the fact her partner Graham Sargeant was also competing for the top prize, but she showed him no mercy beating him in to the runner-up position." 23.1.10


The Fabulous Magic of Bondini Tour 2010. A magic spectacular for all the family, featuring international illusionist Doctor Bondini and The Ladies of Mystery. International Illusionist Doctor Bondini and the Ladies of Mystery will dust off their magic carpet and again travel the length and breadth of the kingdom to astonish audiences with their stories, dance and magic. Doctor Bondini promises a fun-filled show for all the family, with lots of audience participation as well as great drama, hilarity, spectacle and grand illusion. See What's On for dates. 23.1.10


Magic and Mystery Show, East Kilbride Arts Centre, Scotland, Friday 29th January at 8pm. "Prepare yourself for an evening of astounding feats of mind-reading and spellbinding conjuring from two of Scotland’s most dynamic and engaging magicians. Steven Holt is a man who can predict future events, read minds with unerring accuracy and control your actions like a real-life Jedi. Bluto Balthazar aka Mark Walbank (photo) is one of Scotland’s most unusual and sought after cabaret entertainers delivering a show that's packed full of magical happenings, comedic flights of fancy and bits where you'll wonder... how the heck did he do that? For one night only East Kilbride Arts Centre combines these two top entertainers in a double bill of magic that is sure to live long in the memory." 23.1.10


Diamond Jim Tyler, from Dallas, Texas will perform and lecture at the Blackpool Magic Convention in February. He has just released Bamboozlers: The Book of Bankable Bar Betchas, Brain Bogglers, Belly Busters and Bewitchery volume 2, and a new DVD, DiaMonte, which features his handling of a visual 'in the hands' three card monte. 23.1.10


Derrick Speight. Derrick Speight, who has died aged 83, combined a high-powered management career at Marks & Spencer with that of a highly accomplished amateur magician. Derrick Speight's obituary appears in The Telegraph, Click Here. 23.1.10


The Magic Circle's Christmas Show is reviewed by John Derris this week, Click Here • "My heart scare ‘nothing to be uppity about’ says magician" Click Here • "Filmmaker, Magician John Nichols Booth Is Dead at 97" Click Here • "Collection of master magician Dai Vernon in Jan. 30 Potter & Potter sale" Click Here • "David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 min" Click Here • That's it for another week (our 500th - that was quick!) many thanks for your magic news which is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 23.1.10