Number 530 - 21st August 2010


LADs, October 3rd, Birmingham. On October 3rd World Magic Store will be hosting the 'LADs' (Lectures and Dealers) convention in Birmingham. The star lecturer will be Axel Hecklau, who has been a professional entertainer for over 30 years and is a well known working magician in Germany. He has competed in numerous magic competitions and received many top prizes including 2nd place at FISM for Grand Illusion. This is a rare chance to see Axel lecture in the UK. Also lecturing at LADs, Nicholas Einhorn and David Jay, who will be launching his ‘SleeveStar’ gimmick. As well as the lectures there will be structured sessions, giving you the chance to jam with some of the top names in British magic including Lee Smith, James Brown and Ollie Mealing. Dealers include: World Magic Store, Albion Magic, Vanishing Inc, Practical Magic, Dave Charles' Hocus Pocus, Axel Hecklau, Marc Oberon and Nicholas Einhorn. Registration in advance is just £10. Register and find our more at 21.8.10


First ever FISM European Championships of Magic. Blackpool Magicians' Convention (18th, 19th and 20th February 2011) is incorporating the first ever FISM European Championships of Magic at the convention in 2011. Artistes Application Forms and copies of the rules can be downloaded by visiting and clicking on "Competition 2011". Nearly 1,000 registrations have already been processed for the 2011 Convention. Contact Arthur Casson or download a Registration Form from the Blackpool Magician's Club website to register. 21.8.10


As of last Sunday 80,000 people will have seen Ghost Stories. The production has had sensational reviews and is consequently playing to packed houses every night. The show is currently running until November 7th. Trailers, tickets and info at The Duke of York's Theatre, London WC2 - don't miss it!! and (Photo: Andy Nyman at the Duke of York's). 21.8.10


Ali Cook's 2010 Edinburgh show 'Pieces Of Strange' is a sell-out show at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, and earnt a five star review from, together with a string of four star reviews from,, and Ali is the first performer ever to recreate (with a twist) Houdini's water tank escape live every night at the festival. The press night lead to TV interviews on The One Show and The Hour Show STV: For tickets visit "Interview: Ali Cook, magician, comedian" Click Here. Water Tank YouTube rehearsals Click Here. 21.8.10


Gregory Wilson Lectures - three dates: Tuesday 31st August: South Staffordshire Society of Magicians (3SM). New never-before seen material! Limited space available - book now to avoid disappointment! South Staffordshire Society of Magicians (3SM), The Longford House, Watling Street, Cannock, Staffordshie WS12 1SJ. Contact: President Ian McGarva 07738 913293 7.30pm, lecture starts 8pm (Non-members welcome £10).

Wednesday September 1st: 7pm - 9pm at the House of Magic, 80 Brook Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 3XB Phone 01384 373209 for details.

Thursday September 2nd: British Magical Society at a special meeting to be held at the Selly Oak Ex-Servicemen’s Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL. Visitors are welcome and the lecture will start at 7:45pm. There will be an admission charge of £10 for non members 21.8.10


Laura London and Monkey Business are hosting an evening of award winning comedy and magic on Wednesday 8th September. The line-up features the amazing Barry and Stuart and the very funny Ian Cognito. It's at Proud Cabaret on Wednesday 8th September, 8.30pm-11pm. £10 on the door or you can take advantage of their 25% off Wednesday supper club deal where you can get a fantastic three course meal for £36.50 including the show. Proud Cabaret, 1 Mark Lane, London EC3R 7AH (Map) 21.8.10


Will Houstoun, Brand New Lecture for 2010: “Will's lecture provided an immensely satisfying evening. Like no other lecture I've ever seen, it was an original mix of eye popping sleight of hand, witty tales of literary sleuthing and amusing historical anecdotes worthy of Ricky Jay." - Ernest Earick. "This was a wonderful evening that illustrated to everybody in attendance the rich heritage of magic's history." - The Magic Circular. Following its launch at The Magic Circle and a tour of America, Will Houstoun is now taking bookings for his brand new lecture. For contact details and more information visit 21.8.10


Mind Pad. News from " is extremely excited and proud to finally announce that we have the much talked about Mind Pad by Hugo Shelley back in stock and ready for same day shipping after the first batch sold out before its official release date. After the initial launch of the prototype version at this year's Blackpool Magic Convention, the Mind Pad has seen some incredible changes and developments in recent months. Not only is it the smallest, lightest, most powerful device of its kind on the market, we are proud to announce a brand new secret function as well..." Find out! Visit 21.8.10


Chris Cox: Mind Over Patter at the Redgrave Theatre, Clifton, Bristol. Saturday 9th October at 8pm. "One night only – the first local show for the Bristolian mind-reader in 3 years. The UK’s most exciting mind-reader who can’t read minds, Chris Cox is renowned for his incredible ability to predict the unpredictable. Fresh from sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, New Zealand International Comedy Festival and a UK tour Chris returns home with his award-winning show for one night only, featuring a selection of previously unseen feats to frazzle your brains and astound your minds. Venue: Redgrave Theatre, Percival Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3LE (Map) 9th October 8pm - 9.15pm. Tickets: £10. Box Office 0117 922 3686 21.8.10


David Berglas card footage wanted. Richard Kaufman is seeking any privately shot footage of David Berglas performing any card tricks for possible inclusion on DVDs that will be included with an upcoming book on his card work. If you can help please email Richard Kaufman with details. 21.8.10


ColaCap: The visual penetration of a bottle cap into a bottle. "A factory-sealed glass Coca-Cola bottle is opened (including the real 'hiss') and the bottle cap is examined by a spectator. The contents is poured out. Seconds later the bottle cap penetrates the solid glass bottle! The spectator can immediately examine everything. He will notice that the cap is undamaged in the bottle and there is no non-violent possibility of freeing the bottle cap again. Other routines end here. For ColaCap this is the starting point..." Incredibly powerful magic from Axel Hecklau (see our review from last year) - visit for details of this routine and more. 21.8.10


The World’s Most Expensive Magical Apparatus. Derek Lever will be presenting an unusual lecture on Thursday 26th August about The World’s Most Expensive Magical Apparatus. This will include $15,000 worth of Collector’s Workshop props and is a special ‘one off’ lecture never to be repeated and one not to missed. The meeting will be held in the Blackpool Magicians’ Club headquarters in Sherbourne Road, North Shore, Blackpool. Doors open at 6.30pm (lecture at 8pm) and, as always, there is a fully licensed bar and cafe serving hot food and drink and library and magic shop. Members and associate members only. 21.8.10


Mac King, The Amazing Jonathon and Johnny Thompson - The Innovention, Las Vegas. From Paul Stone: The Innovention which is taking place at the excellent Suncoast Hotel & Casino in Summerlin, Las Vegas and is now only just over 6 weeks away, really has a stellar line-up of talent! Quite apart from two of Magic's Superstars Teller and Criss Angel, who rarely, if ever, appear at any Magic Convention, The Innovention also has a terrific line-up of several of the top Stars in Magic.

Johnny Thompson, as well as being a magical treasure, is arguably the best all round magician in the world. Johnny is a great Stage performer, a terrific Close-up worker, a successful Tradeshow worker and is probably the world's most sought after Magic Consultant and has played a major role for Lance Burton, Criss Angel and more recently Penn & Teller. Johnny will be presenting the 'Johnny Thompson Hour' which promises to be a fantastic session. Johnny will also be appearing with Pam in their multi- Award Winning Act, The Great Tomsoni & Company, which is a true classic.

Gaetan Bloom is another world Star who is flying in from France specially to appear at The Innovention. Gaetan will be presenting his fantastic Lecture and will also perform his Stage Act, direct from 'The Crazy Horse' in Paris. Another wonderful performer. Add to that Lennart Green, Joanie Spina, Richard McDougall, Joseph Gabriel (photo), Shep Hyken, Seth Kramer, Bob Kohler, Magic Al and many more surprises, and you'll realise just what an outstanding Convention this will be.

Hot News! We have just added another fantastic session to The Innovention! As part of the Night Before Reception will be a 'Comedy Classic' event featuring three of best Comedy Magicians in the world, Mac King, The Amazing Jonathon and Johnny Thompson! Remember that numbers are limited, and the last remaining spaces are now filling up fast. So, if you don't want to miss this one-off and unique magical event, go to now for full details, You might even be able to take advantage of the 'Special Offer' if you hurry by going to This offer ends on 31st August..


Ian Souch is performing his final week of his Mentalism show 'Reality Vaccine' this week at the Edinburgh Fringe. "Ian Souch clearly has a facility for carrying out interesting tricks. Over the course of the show he performs feats so impressive they make him appear psychic." Three Weeks. The show starts at 6.15pm at The Newsroom Venue 93, and it's part of the free festival, and the final night is August 23rd - so hurry! 21.8.10


The Famous Five go adventuring! Within 3 miles of Faringdon in Oxfordshire is Faringdon Folly – the last folly to be built in England. It was built in 1935 by Lord Berners, the then owner of Faringdon House and is a perpendicular building in the classic style, topped with gothic flourishes and mock battlements. 152 steps lead you to the top where there is the most wonderful view of five counties: Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. Scanning the horizon you can see the Cotswold Hills, Didcot Power Station, the Uffington White Horse, the Iron Age Barbury Castle and even the huge Honda factory in Swindon. Plus 1001 other well known local sights.

What has all this to do with magic? Friends of the Folly are a local group who support the Folly Trust, and active in this group is well known comedy magician and Max Milller impersonator Peter Wentworth. On a glorious August morning he led a group of fellow magicians on a private tour of this unique site. And not a pack of cards or a sponge ball was in sight! It was like something out of an Enid Blyton Famous Five novel! Enjoying the stunning views from the top of the folly are magicians Jack Stephens, Peter Wentworth, Ray Del Nevo and Peter Stedman. Missing from the group is fellow magician John Simonett – he of course was taking the photograph! Reported by Jack Stephens.


The Extractor. "The Extractor is one of the most incredible devices that I have ever seen in card magic." David Blaine. "Now used by many top professionals the world over the Extractor is now back and better than ever before. In addition to the routines previously on the Extractor DVD the Gold Edition also has the following bonus footage: How to Re-box your Extractor with your own chosen brand of Playing Cards (poker size) and How to ensure your Extractor is in top condition at all times. New routine ideas Including Peter Nardi's Intact routine. The much talked about signed card in sealed deck!! Don't miss out on your chance to own one of the effects of the year and one that has baffled some of the top magicians in the world." Alakazam UK - Alakazam USA - (cheaper and faster shipping direct from USA - all the favourite features from UK site and run by the same Alakazam team!). 21.8.10


Explosive Card Magic by Jamie Adams. "This is my first ebook and in it I offer a collection of 15 fantastic card effects that have developed through a) a passion for card magic b) experience and c) the need for powerful effects to be used in the real word. These effects are strong workable effects that you will immediately want to add to your performing arsenal." Available from 21.8.10


TV opportunity. TalkbackThames email: "Want to be on TV? Are you a single guy? 'Take Me Out' is back and wants you! Take Me Out, ITV1’s big Saturday night dating show is back and looking for single guys to take part. Host Paddy McGuinness is ready once again to play cupid and guide single ladies and a whole host of single men to find their perfect partner, but remember, no likey no lighty! To apply to appear on the show or find out more email: [The show includes an opportunity to perform some magic]" 21.8.10


Daleks and Cybermen to tour in Doctor Who live. Taking in nine cities and 25 dates, Doctor Who Live kicks off in London at Wembley Arena on 8th October, and will visit Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff and Liverpool, culminating in Belfast on the 7th November. Developed in association with Doctor Who’s Executive Producer and show runner, Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Live promises the same excitement, adventure and suspense that viewers have come to expect from the TV programme and will feature specially filmed new video scenes. The Twins, are magic consultants for the production: "It's a fantastic show and has some ground-breaking special effects." said Gary. For more info and tour dates visit 21.8.10


Sideshow Illusions at Margate and Sheffield. You can view Jon Marshall’s restored, original Sideshow Illusions, back by popular demand this weekend at Margate’s Dippers and Dunkers Festival, Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd August, 11am to 6pm at The Market Place, Margate, Kent. Next week, Sunday and Monday, 29th and 30th August they are being presented at Sheffield Fayre, Norfolk Heritage Park, Sheffield. Admission is free. This year the shows will include the newly restored Monster Show which features a new version of Robert Harbin’s Invisible Man or Out of this World. The other attractions include Yvette, the Headless Lady - can medical science keep her alive? Visitors can also marvel at Cleo, The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, a living, tiny, five inch girl and wonder at the statically charged Electra – she’s electrifying!

Many of the shows were debuted at Margate’s Dreamland between 1961 and 1965, they were first exhibited by showman Jon Gresham and they have been restored to full working order by Jon Marshall of Sideshow Illusions working with Pat Gresham, Jon Gresham’s widow expert restored Dave Whatt and a multi-talented team.

This unique collection of original shows, the only working shows from the 50s and 60s in the UK, returns to Margate, from Showzam at Blackpool where Jon Marshall worked with the Professor Vanessa Toulmin of the National Fairground Archive of Sheffield University, to enthral thousands of visitors earlier this year. “This will be a glorious celebration of the Sideshow”, said Jon, “There are so many people who have never seen one, it will be a pleasure to re-introduce them to a new generation. For those older visitors, I know it will evoke many happy memories of a different era and of course they are great fun”.

Also captivating audiences will be Professor Jon's Flea Circus in an amusing recreation of the Victorian and Edwardian Flea shows that were seen in Margate’s Dreamland and many other amusement parks and fairs throughout the UK.


Paul Gordon will be presenting his all-new lecture in Chester on Monday 13th September and in Birmingham on Tuesday 14th September. "Fun, fast-paced and jam-packed with powerful doable card magic" and Paul will be offering great discounts on his products at each event. Visit for more info. 21.8.10


Craig Petty lectures for the Scottish Conjurers Association at 7.30pm on Wednesday 1st September. Non-members welcome £10 admission charge. Venue: SMPC, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow, G12 0QF (Map). 21.8.10


Psycrets welcomes Scott Grossberg to Treadwells Bookshop on Tavistock Street near Covent Garden today, Saturday 21st August, from 1pm to 5pm. Join Scott Grossberg (IBM Order of Merlin) for an afternoon of applied mentalism using his 'Masks of Tarot', 'Deck of Shadows', and 'Seven Keys' systems for readings. Scott is based in California and has developed his 'Thinking Magically' approach to a wide range of mentalism routines that combine mind reading demonstrations with character readings in ways that are devastatingly accurate. Lecture notes and products will be on sale. Tickets are £15 (£10 for Psycrets members). For more information visit the Psycrets events page: or contact Dr Todd Landman 21.8.10


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day takes place on Saturday 30th October from 10am until 4.30pm at The Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG (Map). Entrance is free for Magic Circle members (with card). £5 for non-members and £3 for under 16s. Contact Dr Altman for further information or to book a stand, email or phone 01923 404918. 21.8.10


Steve Cook's highly acclaimed book 'Legend: An anecdotal tribute to Ken Brooke', is now available exclusively from Magic Books by Post, here in England. Each copy is signed and numbered by the author. Limited Edition. "I believe your work has resulted in a unique masterpiece" Bob Ostin, "The best magic book I've ever read with no tricks in it!" Gaetan Bloom, "Fabulous and moving... the great, dear man comes to life" John Fisher. 21.8.10


Ultimate Reflections. "When Tony Griffith started writing his Reflections series of books a couple of years ago he had in mind a trilogy of books. However, he decided to write a fourth and final volume 'Ultimate Reflections' which he has just published. Like the three previous volumes, Reflections, Further Reflections and Final Reflections it has been produced in both Comb Bound and Channel Hardbound formats. Ultimate Reflections follows the pattern of the three previous books and contains some of Tony's commercial routines, items from his school Magic of Science shows, anecdotes and articles. Visit / 'Publications' for ordering details. A special 10% discount on prices shown is in operation until the 30th September 2010. 21.8.10


Plot Twists by Oliver Meech. The long-awaited follow-up to Oliver’s critical and commercial hit ‘The Plot Thickens’. This time it’s all about taking plots you know and twisting them until they become new again. 23 twisted items using cards, coins, flashlights, dog tags and more. "Oliver Meech has realised what most magicians instinctively know: there are far too many tricks out there. So better to play around with existing effects and methods and try and come up with some new plots. And in this book he certainly delivers the goods. The book is divided into four sections, Card Twists, Coin Twists, Mind Twists and Other Twists. It is hard to generalise about the direction that Oliver takes a particular trick – because he scatterguns in all directions, mostly to productive effect. For instance in Card Twists, he combines a D’Lite with a miniature card appearing inside a torch, a way of getting a spectator to genuinely separate colours in an ‘Out of This World’ variation and combining a folded prediction with a signed card to pocket..." To read the full review from Ian Keable, Click Here. 21.8.10


Magic TV. The Merchant of Magic have just launched their new Magic TV service. They now offer a huge range of instant streaming magic videos from the best magicians, creators and performers worldwide from just £3.95 each. There are over 90 titles for you can collect and watch 24/7 from anywhere, worldwide. Best of all, your collection is backed up, secure, available instantly, and you will never run out of storage space! Visit today! 21.8.10


An Evening of Hypnosis and Magic. Starring Anthony Jacquin (Stage Hypnotist) and two magical supporting acts, Adam Evans and Rob Chapman. At The Regency Suite, Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury SY2 6AX (Map) at 7pm on 17th September. Tickets £10 – in support of the Salopfibro Support Group. To book contact Adam Evans on 01743 232601 or 0845 3455941 or buy in person at the Lord Hill Hotel 21.8.10


Joe Swing 'The singer with the magic touch' is currently appearing in summer season in a variety show called Stardust at The Winter Gardens Theatre in Margate which runs until September 10th. Joe combines singing Rat Pack songs with magic. Here's a picture of Joe with Harry Hill at a recent VIP event in London where he was booked to sing. 21.8.10


When was the last time that you saw 50 magicians perform at the same time in a shopping mall? A week ago it happened in the Renanim Mall, Ra'anana Israel. It was the first ever Magic LipDub clip for YouTube: Click Here. "A LipDub clip is a one-shot video. It is done by one camera man who switches from performer to performer every few seconds. Each performer sings a line from a song which is playing in the background. The end result is a fun and unique clip performed by the general public. Roy Zaltsman is a professional mentalist and the organizer of the annual Magic At the Red Sea convention. He also released 'The Roy DVD' this year. When he saw the LipDub concept he decided to make one of his own… Making the clip was far from easy. It turned out to be far more complicated than could have been expected. If one of the participants made a mistake, you have to start filming all over again. Add to that the fact that there are hundreds of customers in the shopping mall and you get literally pure mayhem… The participants in his LipDub clip are all professional and amateur magicians. This fun clip was created as a non-profitable art form for your enjoyment. The making of the LipDub was taken up by the Israeli national news (Channel 2) and was aired on the 8th of August.". 21.8.10


Michael White (of White Magic - Magic, Illusion & Contortion) will be performing in the 'Extravaganza On Ice' show touring UK theatres from the September 7th - 14th. Extravaganza On Ice is a dazzling ice skating show suitable for all the family, presenting breathtaking international ice skaters on the theatre stage. For dates and box office numbers see What's On. 21.8.10


New demo videos for Instant Radio Version 2 and Electro-Magic Squeeker are now online. Shahid Malik emails: "Several MagicWeek readers have been asking if there are any demo videos available for these products; so we now have a video online, for each product." Click Here and Click Here. 21.8.10


Chris Philpott from Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, has just returned from performing in Nova Scotia, Canada, for the second year running. In 2009, Chris and Canadian magician Tim Vallillee (aka The Great Tim Beanie) performed for Kids Camps around Kings County, Nova Scotia. This year two (both members of ‘The Canadian Association of Magicians’) performed a brand new act for one of Canada’s largest chain stores promoting a new brand of ice cream. The two magical friends hosted afternoons of magic for both children and adults to enjoy. Chris can be seen in the UK next month, when he'll be entering the Shield Competition at the British Ring Eastbourne Convention in Eastbourne. 21.8.10


News from 'Made to Measure Magic' "Terry Herbert’s Wishing Box is a great routine for younger children but has been unavailable for many years. Paul Stone (who owns the manufacturing and marketing rights having purchased them from Ken Brooke) has kindly agreed that Made to Measure Magic can start to produce the item again. It is hoped to have the first batch ready for Kidology in September" 21.8.10


A Routine for the Traditional Set of 8 Linking Rings by Peter Stedman is reviewed by Jack Stephens this week, Click Here • "Magic Mandy is a tricky character. Mandy Muden talks about all things magic and performs some fantastic tricks." Click Here • "It’s a kind of magic" Click Here • "Fringe Review – Paul Zenon – Lounge Wizard" Click Here • "David Copperfield discovers fountain of youth" Click Here • "Cage casts a spell" Click Here • "Criss Blaine at the Comedy Inn" (Video, contains strong language) Click Here • Camden Fringe Review: Nathan Penlington @ Etcetera Theatre" Click Here • "Carex Marx, Scoundrel, The Stand" Click Here • "Five Reasons to See … Magicians! Behind the Magic!!" Click Here • "Pete Firman's magic comedy" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you nexct week, Duncan. 21.8.10