Number 552 - 22nd January 2011


"Don't email me about this ... I KNOW it's silly" writes Paul Daniels in his eBay wig auction listing, but perhaps it wasn't so silly after all... What started out as a bit of fun hit the headlines last week as Britain's most famous magician put one of his old wigs up for auction on eBay. With an opening bid of just 99p it is now up to £1,100.00 (Click Here) and with 48 bids and the possibility of a last minute 'sniper' coming in, it could go even higher. Now that's magic!

Daily Mail: "For his next trick, Paul Daniels will make his wig disappear - by selling it on eBay" Click Here

The Telegraph: "Magician Paul Daniels sells thousands of pounds worth of props on eBay" Click Here

Fancy a magical makeover? Bid now! Click Here. 22.1.11


Derren Brown: Faith Healer. The next 90 minute special from the incomparable Derren Brown will see the star turn his attention to the controversial world of faith-healing. In Derren Brown: Faith Healer Derren will lay bare the tricks and techniques employed by American Bible belts’ self-proclaimed faith-healers, who boast the ability to perform wonders. In one of the most audacious stunts he has ever attempted, Derren finds a member of the public who he will train to be a faith healer, before going out to see if he can manage to put on a faith healing type show, and get away with it. Transmission date to be announced. 22.1.11


Illusionist Jonathan Hawley added to Blackpool Gala Show. Blackpool Magicians' Club have had to change their top of the bill artiste for the Sunday Gala Show. Jan Rouven had to withdraw (due to an operation) and has been replaced by sensational young Illusionist Jonathan Hawley who'll be featuring an incredible levitation in his act. It is hoped that Jan Rouven will appear at the next Blackpool Convention in 2012. Just four weeks to go now - register via 22.1.11


Cumbrian Magic Circle host An Evening with Michael Vincent on Thursday 27th January. This is not a lecture. The evening is planned as a workshop session with Michael. Participants are invited to bring along effects they perform or are working on for expert advice and tuition. Houghton Village Hall, Houghton, Carlisle. The venue is only 1 mile from J44 of the M6 and 2 miles from Carlisle City Centre. Free Car Parking. Thursday 27th January. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start (ends 10.30pm) Entrance £10.00. Contact: Mobile 0777 3418892. 22.1.11


Beat the Wand is back! "A brand new year means only one thing. It is time, once again, to Beat the Wand... We had a fantastic show last year and it was all down to the amazing acts who entered. So thank you once again to all who took part. This year we want it to be bigger and better than ever, but that is only possible with your help. Non-magical acts have proved to be more popular with the audience so we would love to increase the variety aspect this year. Juggling, Escapology, Contortion, Geek Magic, Bizarre, Occult, Mind Reading, Ventriloquism, Mouth Juggling, World Record Attempts.... etc. We know you guys are out there!!! Of course magic is welcome in the show but will need a novel twist or presentation to capture the audiences interest. If you are interested in performing here are the rules: 1. Your act must last a minimum of three and a maximum of five minutes. 2. 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 place their wand in the air. If three wands are in the air the act will stop. 3. If an act reaches three minutes they are safe and will be allowed to finish their act. 4. The act who performs for the longest and/or completes their act 'beat the wand' and is therefore the winner. In the event of more than one performer completing their act, the audience will decide the winner by Clap-o-meter. 5. 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 will not be suitable. 6. If you are interested, or know someone with a crazy act who would love to be involved then please email" 22.1.11


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2011. The competition is open to all magicians over 14 and under 18 who can present a stage act suitable for a family audience, lasting between eight and twelve minutes. The heats will take place on May 8th and the Final on July 31st, but entries need to be in by January 31st, so hurry! Further information and an entry form can be found at 22.1.11


Showstealers Las Vegas. News from Paul Stone: "I am delighted to release details of an exciting project aimed specifically at Magicians worldwide. Firstly, on 24th January we are launching Showstealers Vegas Link. This will provide a direct link for performers to Showstealers, established Las Vegas Entertainment Consultants and Show Producers. Showstealers Las Vegas operation will be headed up by Executive Producer, Paul Stone, who has been producing top quality Entertainment Shows and Events around the world for over 30 years. Showstealers are on the lookout for new and original performers to appear in our ‘Variety Live’ and ‘World Stars of Magic’ Shows, and also at Corporate Events, Tradeshows, and on TV in USA and Europe. Showstealers will be reintroducing our copyrighted ‘Vegas Dream Ticket’ promotion every month from April, offering a unique opportunity for magicians worldwide to appear in a Las Vegas Show. Showstealers will also be offering USA Representation for overseas performers (from outside the U.S.). For full details and to apply to join the select Showstealers performers roster, email your CV and promotional materials to". 22.1.11


Dobson's Choice: Special Effects - free! Wayne Dobson writes: "Special Effects is my latest, and I honestly believe my best book to date. Within its forty pages, you'll encounter fourteen really strong close-up and stand-up routines. All my own offerings appear here in print for the very first time, and include most of the core routines that elevated me to stardom not so many years ago. I have stripped away virtually all the sleight-of-hand from most of the routines and presented you with a collection of tried and tested 'workers' that are very strong in effect, but equally easy to perform." Dobson's Choice: Special Effects is currently being offered as a free gift for all purchasers of Wayne's new 3 DVD set Wayne Dobson: A Life in Magic. This book normally retails for £19.95 on its own. For ordering details visit 22.1.11


Merlins of Wakefield will be hosting a lecture by Paul Hallas on Wednesday 2nd March at 7.30pm at their studio above their shop. Paul moved to the USA several years ago, and it is not often you will get the chance to see him lecture in this country. Well known throughout the magic world for his many tricks, books, DVDs and articles, this will be his only lecture in England in 2011. Tickets must be booked in advance. For more details Click Here. 22.1.11


Jon Allen asks “Who Cares About Magic?” at the Copthorne Hotel, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday 24th January at 7.45pm. "In a must-see lecture for all magicians who do, as well as learning the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of wonderful new routines, you will learn the often overlooked ‘why’ about them. This thinking can then be applied to any type or style of magic you do. You will not only come out of the lecture with more tricks in your arsenal; you’ll come out of it inspired to look at how to make your magic better for your audiences. While covering the serious side of the performance of magic, Jon’s lecture is one of the most entertaining, informative and inspirational you will ever experience. Jon’s lecture in Newcastle will also see the introduction of a new concept with lecture notes. It has never been seen before in this country… or quite possibly anywhere!" Hosted by the Newcastle Magic Circle. Members - free; Members partners - £5; Non members - £15; Members of other magic clubs - £10. 22.1.11


House of Illusion Auditions. Last year, Rodney James Piper's House of Illusion magical dinner show in Salou, Spain, enjoyed audiences totaling twenty thousand people over the Summer. They have now opened a second House of Illusion, 'Sylvester’s Attic' in the Ski Resort of Soldeu Andorra which is also selling out every night. House of Illusion is now recruiting for its seasons in 2011. All types of magicians and mystery entertainers are needed to join the team. Auditions: Manchester 22nd January, London 23rd January and Blackpool 21st February. To apply email: phone 0207 193 7148 or +34977380940. 22.1.11


Magicseen Taster Issue No.6. Editor Mark Leveridge writes: "Magicseen Taster Issue No.6 is now available and includes some extracts from the current issue of Magicseen (no.36 Jan 11) as well as a major article from one of our back issues. The contents are: Andi Gladwin - we interview this highly successful young man who organises the Session Convention each year and who runs the magic dealership Vanishing Inc with Joshua Jay; Restaurant Magic Part 2 - the concluding part of our look at how to successfully work magic in restaurants with advice from 6 experts; Masterclass - a close up routine from Wayne Fox is fully described: Luis de Matos - from our Back Issue files we give you this interesting article on Portugal's No.1 TV magic star; Paul Stockman on Mentalism Part 2 - an extract from Paul's book on working stage mentalism in which he gives advice on handling hecklers and on incorporating stories in your act; Product Reviews - a selection of some of the reviews from the current issue; News - keep up to date with the news from issue 36 too. Magicseen Taster Issue No.6 is a great way to experience what the UK's brightest bi-monthly magazine is all about, and is available as a PDF download completely free now from" 22.1.11


Steve Evans has put a brand new lecture together for 2001: "It's called 'The Stuff you will use lecture' and it features material from his working repertoire and covers, kid's, close-up, cabaret and a balloon model of Wyle E Coyote! Anyone interested in booking Steve's lecture can contact him by email: and mobile: 07900 191958." 22.1.11


Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. News from WCM President Mark Harrington: "The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians has a fantastic programme of lectures coming up this month. Mandy Muden mystifies on Wednesday 26th January, Dave Charles delivers his Dealer Dem & Lecture on Wednesday 2nd February, Fay Presto presents her banquet magic lecture on Wednesday 16th February and to finish off Richard Osterlind lectures on Mentalism on the Wednesday 23rd February. All meetings are at the West End Working Men's Club, Merridale Street West, Wolverhampton WV3 0RW (Map), doors open 7.30pm. Why not come and join us for one or more of these lectures? Visiting magicians from other societies are welcome for a door fee of £5. Please contact Mark Harrington (President WCM) on 07779 608387 or to let us know you're coming or to find out about how to join our very active society." 22.1.11


Magic Car Boot Sale. Sunday 6th February from 9.30am, Admission £4, at The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map). Free Parking. Over 20 stalls of new and used magic. For further information contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or via 22.1.11


Safire can be seen in 'Barry Potty and his Full Blood Brother Paul, The Ghostly Shadows' from February. After a sellout Christmas Theatre Tour Stuart and Jayne are now appearing on an 11th tour with the BBC's Children's favorites, The Chuckle Brothers. They will be presenting their illusion act, their Magic Light Puppets and will also will be playing parts in the production. Featuring ghosts, ghouls and spectacular magic in an exhilarating brand new show. Guaranteed fun for all the family. See What's On for dates. 22.1.11


A Charity Varity Show is being held at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood, Lancashire on Saturday 5th March featuring comedy magic from Chubbz and illusions from Alan Horne, plus singers, dancers, a juggler, Michael Jackson and JLS tribute acts, and a special guest appearance from Tony Adkins (photo). Tickets are on sale now at £5 each (from the venue). Doors open at 6.45pm, showtime 7.30pm. 22.1.11


Tony Griffith will be presenting an abridged version of his Reflections lecture at the Wessex One Day Convention in Bournemouth on Sunday 3rd April, and his four books in the Reflections series will be available at a special convention price. Visit for more information. Tony also lectures at the Anglian Magic Society, Norwich on Tuesday 17th May. Visit for details. 22.1.11


An Evening of Enchantment with Dr Todd Landman. At Studio 1, Huddersfield University, on Saturday 12th February. Act I: Unobserved Worlds. "How much of the world do you perceive? How much of what you know is based on preconception? How aware are you? What do you not see? What do you not feel? What do you not hear? What do you not smell? What do you not know?" Act II: Journeys. "What are the best journeys of your life? Where have you been? Where would you like to go? What have you learned? What other kinds of journeys have you made? Have you ever made journeys in your mind? Have you ever made journeys to other worlds? What are they like? Where are you now?" For booking information visit 22.1.11


Pete Firman on 'Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford' see TV Magic • "The UK's youngest illusionist" Click Here • "Terry Seabrooke, who died on January 11 aged 78, was one of Britain's best-known magicians, noted for the trick he called 'The Burnt Banknote'" Click Here • "The Magicians" Click Here • "Disillusioned with The Magicians. BBC1 and ITV have both recently aired magic shows with The Magicians and Penn And Teller: Fool Us. So have either of them held you spellbound?" Click Here •  Further Education, a 2 DVD set by John Archer is reviewed by Steve Evans this week, Click HereBlockbusters With Cards the 2 DVD set by Paul Gordon is reviewed by Al Smith this week, Click Here, and his recent lecture at the Anglian Magic Society is reviewed by Steve Majes, Click Here • Please remember the strict Friday 12 noon deadline for all news submissions, many thanks, see you next week, Duncan. 22.1.11