Number 554 - 5th February 2011


The Berglas Effects will be published on April 1st. Eagerly awaited and nearly three years in the making, this large hardcover book will reveal the innermost secrets of the card miracles performed for nearly 60 years by the legendary David Berglas. Written by magic’s most experienced author, Richard Kaufman. Foreword by Juan Tamariz. Almost 400 pages, Hardcover, Dustjacket, Includes 3-D Glasses and 3 DVDs. Available from April 1, 2011. A limited number of copies will be available directly from David Berglas at £110.00 (inc. p&p - UK and Europe). Click Here for more information and to order. David Berglas will include an autographed bookplate by request. 5.2.11


The brilliant Shoot Ogawa will start a UK Lecture tour at The Magic Circle, in London, on Monday 11th July. His tour of Magic Clubs and Societies will include the Medway Magical Society, Sussex Magic Circle, Portsmouth & District Magic Circle, Nottingham Guild of Magicians, Manchester Circle of Magicians, Blackpool Magicians’ Club, Cotswold Magical Society, Newcastle Magic Circle and Aberdeen Magical Society. If you would like him to lecture at your club (there are only a couple of dates still available) email tour organiser, Sean Lobban for details. 5.2.11


The 2011 Blackpool Magicians Convention this year incorporating the FISM European Magical Championships has sold out, for the 6th year running. The Registration Officer, Arthur Casson will try to assist anyone turning up on the day to see at least part of the convention via unclaimed tickets. Over 3,200 magicians will be in attendance! For further information ring 01253 393688 or email 5.2.11


This year sees the 50th anniversary of the Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year Competition, and on Sunday, 18th September a very special day long event is being planned to commemorate it at The Magic Circle's HQ in London. Open to everyone this full day of lectures, presentations, close-up and stage shows will be unique in that all artists appearing will be past entrants of this celebrated Competition. Noel Britten, who is organizing the event entitled "YMOTY Revisited" says, "the incredibly wide range of magic related activities that some of the entrants have gone into, and the levels that they have reached in their selected areas shows the great range of talent that this Competition has fostered over the years. And I’m not just talking about the winners. Many of the finalists are now at the top of their particular field, and I am very happy to say that a great number of them have agreed to come along and support what looks to be a very special day. In putting the event together I’ve been genuinely surprised how many well-established magicians have been in the finals of the competition – some truly surprising from a way back and can't have been called "Young" for quite a while now! And some who entered under their real names, and whose connections to the Competition have only recently come to light." The tickets are very limited in number, and priced at £27 (for young magicians under 18 and their guardians), £35 (for Magic Circle Members), and £45 (for non-members). Email to register or for more details. 5.2.11


Paul Gordon's Close-up Magic Convention in Sussex is back for 2011. Performers include Lee Smith, Marc Oberon, Chris Priest, Matthew Garrett, Steve Dela, Ollie Mealing (photo) and Paul Gordon and the day features lectures, workshops, shows and a good selection of magic dealers. Book early, as the last one in 2004 sold out. Saturday 10th September from 9am to 4.30pm at the Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH16 3DN (Map) - opposite the railway station and only 45 minutes from London. Visit for details. 5.2.11


Tom Stone and Ian Keable have been added to this years line-up for the Northern Magic Circle’s Convention: "Sweden’s Tom Stone, the critically acclaimed author of Vortex and one of the most inventive minds in magic will be presenting his new lecture which has never before been seen in the UK, Tom will also be performing in both the close-up and stage gala show. Ian Keable, the author of both Stand-up: A Professional Guide To Comedy Magic and the more recent Magic Shows: 30 Years of Programmes from Daniels to Derren will be presenting his lecture as well as performing his one man show at the Saturday Late Show followed by a performance in the Sunday evening Gala Show. As well as Tom and Ian, this year's convention also features Marc Oberon, Luke Jermay, Will Houstoun, Mat Ricardo, Thom Peterson, Ben Proos, Anthony Heaton, Brian Egerton, Paul Joyce, Darren Bonas, Clive Moore, Jeanie, High Jinx, Doug Gregg and Jay Scott-Berry." Scarborough Spa Complex, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April - book online via or by contacting the registration officer Allan Clarke on 01772 685073. The NMC Convention will once again feature the Golden Ticket Draw where all registrants are entered into a draw, 10 lucky winners will receive a free masterclass with one of the convention stars. 5.2.11


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 24th February: "Greater London’s longest-running monthly magic show features international mind-reader Marc Paul. With many TV and corporate appearances, Marc is the very top league of mentalists; his abilities are staggering. Mark Shortland returns to the show with the comedy magic that has won him many awards, and more importantly, lots of laughs and gasps from his audiences. Lee Hathaway is a popular London performer who runs a magic stall in Covent Garden; his upfront street style combines the impossible with the hilarious. Amanda Eve (photo) is one of the country’s best-known female magicians, zany, funny, and amazing. Compèred by the splendid Stephen Barry." Doors open at 7.30pm, the show starts at 8pm and finishes around 10pm. The show is in the newly refurbished function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing W13 8PH (Map). Visitors can choose theatre-style or table seating, however the show has been filling up, so the organisers recommend people come early to choose the seating they prefer. Tickets £10 via  or by email from 5.2.11


New acts appear in magical line-up. Mind reading, mystery and even more magic are heading for the North East later this spring, courtesy of the newly extended line up for the South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2011. Organisers of the week-long festival, which returns for its eighth year from Monday, March 10, have announced that another three acts are to be added to the already bumper line-up, with Colin McLeod (photo), Jon Stetson and Amethyst all set to perform. Tickets for the South Tyneside International Magic Festival are on sale now via 5.2.11


The reviews are in for Andy Nyman's 'Bulletproof' and they are sensational! Of the one-off run of 750 copies there are now approximately 50 left. When they are gone they are gone! Visit for more info and to order. Bulletproof is limited to just 750 numbered leather bound copies, each signed by Andy, including a new CD interview, a DVD documentary and an array of specially produced props. 5.2.11


Look No Hands, Wayne Dobson - new lecture and book! Wayne Dobson's latest publication features 10 incredible "hands-off" routines: "The one condition I set myself in developing these routines is that effects would not be diluted just because they were "hands-off" – in fact, if anything, they would become stronger. Well they did become stronger, much stronger! A couple of these routines have been published before however they have now been fully updated to become totally hands-off. For instance my 'Echo' routine is fully described with complete patter and a new finish. There are also lots of new routines that are all extremely commercial." Look No Hands is a 40 page soft bound book available directly from Wayne Dobson via Wayne will also be presenting the brand-new lecture Look No Hands, which received rave reviews when it was given in the USA last autumn, for the first time here in the UK on the Friday night at the upcoming Blackpool Convention - don't miss it! 5.2.11


Confessions of Real Mind Readers takes place next week. Luke Jermay, Marc Paul and Kennedy, locked in a room, spilling their deepest darkest secrets! Saturday February 12th, Newcastle. Visit for booking info. 5.2.11


Lee Alex made a rare and brief visit to Blackpool recently. He hadn't arrived early for the convention, but was filming his new DVD "Time for a Change?" on quick change for magicians, with illusionist Russ Stevens of RSVP Magic. Russ made an excellent job of capturing the in-depth information, a subject which was new to him. Braving the icy cold Lee and Russ worked long and hard, the results of which can be seen on the DVD trailer: Click Here. The DVD will be launched at the upcoming Blackpool Magic Convention where Lee Alex will be a guest on the RSVP Magic stand. After Blackpool Lee takes the DVD to Las Vegas to the World Magic Seminar, and then on to the Magic Castle, Hollywood and the FLASOMA FISM Latin American Championships in Guatemala. The DVD may also be pre-ordered via Lee Alex's website: 5.2.11


Fay Presto lectures on banquet table magic at the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians on Wednesday 16th February. Doors open 7.30pm at the West End Working Men's Club, 71-73 Merridale Street West, Wolverhampton WV3 0RW (Map). Visiting magicians welcome (door charge of £5) contact Mark Harrington on 07779 608387 or email 5.2.11


Mark Leveridge Magic is pleased to announce the release of 6 new products for 2011. "Commercial close-up for walkabout features prominently with Colour Confusion (an up-in-the-hands colour changing deck routine), The Coin Collector's Purse (stunning coin effect which happens in a spectator's hands) and Timed Piece (a killer effect with a borrowed finger ring) all coming from Mark's own current working repertoire. Mark is also releasing a terrific device called The Vanisher which can be used in all manner of effects, as well as a sneaky coin matrix routine with a surprise finish called Assembly Point. The new releases are rounded off with the publication of The Collected Card Magic of Mark Leveridge Volume 2 which is the second book of Mark's projected four volume set of card effects. Full details of all the new effects, along with video dems can be found at" 5.2.11


Congratulations to Close-up Magician Jayne Corrigan for being awarded the Vic Bradley Magician of the Year Memorial Trophy. Jayne said "I am delighted to have been given this award and feel doubly honoured as Vic was a personal friend of mine." 5.2.11


American Summer Arts Camp needs a Magician. "We are looking for a Magician to stay at camp from the end of June to August 2011, teaching private and small groups of campers all forms and styles of magic. Free, full room and board, plus salary, and we help you get a visa to work in America. Please contact Geoff at or call me directly in America on (001) 914 693 7111. We are 5 hours behind. Thank you." 5.2.11


E-Club Pro. For many years Mark Leveridge Magic has offered a free email newsletter to all those who sign up to E-Club Lite. The newsletter is sent out on the 1st of each month and includes news of that month's Web Offers and other information of interest to MLM customers, as well as a link to the highly popular E-Video Newsletter, the magazine style online video. Now, Mark is pleased to announce the launch of a much enhanced additional version of the E-Club called E-Club Pro. Those who select this option will have password protected access to a special section of the MLM website which has a wide range of member benefits including free downloads, big money saving offers, instructional teaching videos, advice, free extracts from books and much more. Subscriptions are available either for 6 or 12 months and constitute amazing value for money. For more information about E-Club Lite and E-Club Pro please visit 5.2.11


Ian Souch will be bringing his successful Edinburgh Fringe Mentalism Show, 'Reality Vaccine', to Windsor and Shinfield in March. "He performs feats so impressive they make him appear physic." 3 weeks Edinburgh Fringe review. Dates: Friday 18th March at the Windsor Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture. Box office telephone: 01753 866865. Saturday 19th March at Shinfield Players Theatre near Reading. Box office number: 01189 758880. At both venues, enjoy close-up magic at the bar from 7pm. The show starts at 8pm and runs for one hour. Tickets are £8. Surreal Mentalist, Dr Ian Souch is about to commit surgery on your mind... be brave, it will only hurt a little. 5.2.11


Magic Car Boot Sale, tomorrow, in West Bromwich. Alec Powell's next Magic Car Boot Sale takes place on Sunday 6th February from 9.30am with free parking and over 27 stands featuring dealers and second-hand magic. Admission £4, at The Masonic Hall, Edward Street, West Bromwich B70 8NT (Map). For further information contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or via 5.2.11


The South London Magic Society is proud to present a lecture by Jon Allen on Friday 11th February at The United Reform Church Hall, Cobden Road, South Norwood, London SE25 5NY (Map). All welcome, non-members £10.00 on the door. 7.30pm for an 8pm start. 5.2.11


Cold reading and séance/paranormal magic are the subjects of a forthcoming seminar run by Paul Voodini, author of several books on both cold reading and séance. "Through the Looking Glass" takes place on Sunday 27th February at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes. Tickets and details can be found at 5.2.11


New Public Relations Officer for the British Ring. John Pye writes: "Bob Hayden has retired as PRO for The British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and his position has been taken by Geoff Newton from Sale. Geoff is well known as a former President and PRO for The Order of the Magi, Manchester and former Secretary and Director to the Centre of Magic Arts Ltd located at The Magic Circle, his e-mail address is Geoff will be keeping readers updated on developments of The British Ring, both with their forthcoming Convention at Southport from the 22nd to the 25th September and other events." John Pye, Executive Secretary. [I'd like to add a huge thanks to Bob Hayden for tirelessly keeping MagicWeek readers updated with all the latest British Ring Convention news every year, year after year, thanks Bob! I'd also like to welcome Geoffrey Newton into his new role as PRO for The British Ring of the IBM. Duncan Trillo] 5.2.11


Own Lean - Hit and Run Magic Lecture. Owen Lean will be lecturing on 'Hit and Run Magic' at the Preston Conservative Club, 299-301 Torquay Road, Preston, Torquay, Devon TQ3 2EY (Map) at 8pm on Wednesday 16th February. Entrance is £2.00 for members and £8.00 for visiting magicians, payable on the door. 5.2.11


The Ultimate Guide to Optical Illusions. Ms. Brooke Pierce, a teacher from the USA emailed to say that one of her students, Matty, spotted this page and thought it would be of interest to our readers: The Ultimate Guide to Optical Illusions, so many thanks to Matty, I'm sure magicians will enjoy these illusions that trick both the eye and the mind. DT. 5.2.11


Gazzo emails: "I'm looking for a gentleman called Steven Wylie... not sure how to spell his last name. He was a friend of Eric Mason. He used to frequent the pub at Chenies Mews on Monday nights 20 years ago. If any readers could put me in touch I'd be grateful." Email Gazzo: 5.2.11


New Magic Group for West Sussex. Tom Sparks emails: "I would like to set up an interest group in Rustington, West Sussex, BN16, as there are no magic clubs in this area. The nearest is Portsmouth or Hassocks both an hours drive away." Email Tom for details: 5.2.11


The Illusionist will be released on DVD on Valentine's day ("Happy Valentine's Day darling!"), to pre order via Click Here • "David Blaine Welcomes a Daughter" Click Here • "Magician denies memorabilia sale means it’s over" Click Here • "Magician twins early favourites to win Britain's Got Talent" Click Here • Stuart Bowie reviews Michael Vincent's recent lecture at the Cumbrian Magic Circle this week, Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - please remember the strict 12 noon deadline for all submissions. Have a great weekend, Duncan. 5.2.11