Number 589 - 8th October 2011


Derren Brown: The Experiments. This October, the extraordinarily talented Derren Brown returns to our screens with his new series, Derren Brown: The Experiments. The four programmes see Derren attempt some of his most ambitious and dramatic work to date, and the series promises its usual heady mix of mystery, shocks, thrills and jaw-dropping moments. Derren explains a little more about the series, and discusses everything from the joys of twitter to his favourite ever shows, Click Here. Derren Brown: The Assassin is on Channel 4 on Friday 21st October at 9pm. 8.10.11


Additional Name Added to London Festival of Magic. Noel Britten writes "In the world of magic the word ‘genius’ is bandied around rather too freely in my mind. Those of you who would like to experience the presence of someone who truly deserves the title should make sure that they are in London on November 18th. Lubor Fiedler will be making his first appearance in over 10 years, and joining the Creativity Seminar which forms part of the London’s Festival of Magic (which is taking place all that week in the lead up to the International Magic Convention). Creator of some of the most stunning visual and original effects in magic, Lubor’s methods are often as entertaining as the initial effect, and many which remain as baffling to you even when you perform them! Often uncredited it was Lubor who invented, amongst many hundreds of other of effects, the Coin thru Rubber, 4-D, Invisible Zone and Gozinta Boxes (Check them out on YouTube!). Lubor will be joining Tom Stone and Mark Setteducati for a whole day of performance, explanations, lectures and discussion and this will be an unmissable day to witness and experience three of magic’s most creative minds. I expect it to be a really fascinating day, and in these days of people thinking that using red-backed cards instead of blue as some huge creative leap, I urge people to come and be inspired into thinking in a more creative way in terms of both what they do and how they do it. The evening sees the start of the Convention with Harry Anderson’s first UK appearance and lecture, so even if you are working at the weekend, this one day alone would be worth attending” Noel Britten (talent coordinator of The Festival and Convention). Registration details at" 8.10.11


OMG! Magic - Leicester's unique new magic night. OMG Magic. "What happens when four top magicians from four dynamically different disciplines in the art of deception team up to produce something remarkable? OMG Magic is an all new show, a unique concept in magic entertainment, where four of the UK’s most exciting performers pool their unbelievable skills to produce something utterly incredible. Combining the intimate drama of close-up magic with the dramatic theatricality of stage magic into one amazing evening filled with mysteries and miracles, OMG Magic is guaranteed to have you laughing in sheer amazement." Starring Magic Amit, Mozique, Phill and Dave Vegas. Monday, 31st October at The Music Cafe, New Park Street, Leicester LE3 5NH (Map) Doors 7pm, starts at 7.30pm, £10 + £1 online booking fee. Over 18s only. 8.10.11


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 27th October. Organiser Russell Levinson writes: "Witness the impossible on Thursday 27th October as Conjuring at the Court offers you a varied evening of magic, ventriloquism and hypnotism; something for everyone! Compered by my co-producer, the ebullient Stephen Barry, featuring: The comedy magic of Darryl Rose; Top ventriloquist Steve Hewlett; Martin S Taylor – the hypnotist who doesn’t use hypnotism; and Sensational, musical magician with many TV shows to his credit, Max Somerset. It’s a strong line-up and we’re particularly glad to have Max as he had to pull out of our August show for personal reasons. Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). You will have a good view, a comfortable seat, and can have a drink or two from the bar at the back of the room while enjoying the magic. Doors open at 7.30pm, the show starts at 8 and runs to about 10pm with an interval. Tickets £10 from the website . Do book early, as we regularly fill up with audiences of over 100. There are no reserved seats, so if you can get here when the doors open you can choose the seats you prefer." 8.10.11


Quentin Reynolds at The Manchester Comedy Festival. Quentin has two different shows running each weekday night from Monday the 17th to Friday 28th October. The Psychic Game Show, the comedy mentalism show starts at 9.30pm the first week and 8pm the second week. The Late Night Bizarre show starts at 11pm each night. Bizarre is not comedy as you know it but perfect for inducing nightmares. The venue is The Lass O'Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB (Map). All seats £5. Telephone 0161 2364452, see 8.10.11


Magicians wins BBC1 recommission and sales. "Shine TV’s The Magicians has been recommissioned for a second series by BBC1, while the format has been sold to Russia and The Ukraine. Spintrex in the Ukraine has commissioned the format, while WeiT Media in Russia has licensed the format. The Magicians also launched on SVT1 in Sweden on 1 Oct. The Magicians will air live when it returns to BBC1 in January 2012, marking the first time a live magic show has been broadcast on TV in the UK in more than 30 years. The new season will also include live voting." To read the full story in Televisual Click Here. 8.10.11


Oliver Meech Performs Live Brain Surgery In Wimbledon. Magic boffin Oliver Meech brings his hit show 'Oliver Meech: Live Brain Surgery' to London for one night only on Monday 10th October. Following standing-room only shows and great reviews in Edinburgh - "**** funny, endearing, impressive showmanship” ThreeWeeks, “...real gasps of awe” Broadway Baby - his Magic-meets-Neuropsychology show comes to New Wimbledon Studio. Experience strange surgery, bizarre neurological phenomena and freaky tricks in this mind-expanding, mind-blowing magic show. It’s time for Wimbledon to go under the knife. Monday 10th October, 7.45pm, New Wimbledon Theatre (New Wimbledon Studio), Tickets £12 (+ booking fee). More details and tickets from 8.10.11


Ian Rowland lecture, Blackpool. Peter Eldin writes: Ian Rowland will be lecturing at Blackpool Magicians’ Club on Tuesday 18th October. Ian is a top mentalist who has performed all over the world. His lecture at the Blackpool Convention this year was universally well received and his spoon bending was amazing - even more so when he explained how he did it. Ian has written the definitive book on the art of ‘cold reading’ and writes a regular column for The Magic Circular and the Italian magazine Magia. His show of amazing mind-reading, psychic-flavoured effects and intriguing impossible events, peppered with plenty of laughs, receives critical acclaim wherever he performs. In addition to performing in cabaret and private events Ian is considerably busy in the corporate field as an entertainer, motivator and teacher. For a thought-provoking lecture with a difference Ian Rowland is your man." 8.10.11


Celebrity Impossible? 11pm on Wednesday 12th October on Channel 5. "Celebrity magic-themed gameshow fronted by illusionist Philip Escoffey. Presenter Jeff Brazier and former Atomic Kitten member Jenny Frost face six unique challenges." See TV Magic 8.10.11


10th Symposium Payment Plan. Organiser Mark Leveridge writes: Good news for anyone looking to benefit from the £10 Symposium registration discount for all seats booked before 31st October - there's no need to pay immediately if you don't wish to as there is now a booking option available which allows registrants to spread the cost of their seat over three equal payment amounts. By simply providing payment card details, an applicant will have his numbered seat confirmed straight away and the cost will then be debited in three equal installments at the end of October, November and December. This will hopefully be of interest to those who wanted to take advantage of the discounted price but for whom cash flow might have been an issue. For more details and to register for the event, which takes place at the Redwood Hotel and Country Club, Bristol on Sunday 8th January 2012, go to 8.10.11


Stephen Ablett's 'Complete Guide to Wedding Magic' lecture, now booking. Stephen Ablett has been a professional magician for over 16 years. This lecture will look at magic that's suitable for weddings. The first half will be parlour based magic, suitable for large groups of people as a small 25 minute show. This includes his sponge hearts and paddle routine, heart and silk routine and story-deck; followed by an explanation of the effects. The second half focuses on reception and table magic, which will include finger ring manipulation, pendant routines, card tricks and mind-reading. He will also share a few stories from the road, such as his experience of Britain’s Got Talent. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page for more information and to enquire about availability. 8.10.11


Ian Rowland, South London Lecture. Mike Sullivan writes: "Ian Rowland, internationally known as 'Ian who, from where', will be lecturing at the South London Magic Society on Friday 14th October. This is a great opportunity to see the master at work. Ian is both a superb mentalist and ACR specialist. So in the words of the man himself, expect the lecture to be fun and there will be a few new bits and pieces people will enjoy! The venue as always is the United Reform Church Hall, Cobden Road, South Norwood, London SE25 5NY (Map). 8pm – 10pm. Non-members £10." 8.10.11


Wayne Dobson to lecture at the Home Counties Magical Society. Wayne will be presenting his lecture "Look No Hands" to the HCMS on Thursday 20th October beginning at 8pm. Guests are very welcome for which a fee of £8 is charged. The venue is Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield, Reading RG2 9EH (Map). Further details: "Wayne is one of our most outstanding magicians and this is going to be a superb evening. Miss it at your peril!" Robin Neil Maddy. 8.10.11


Bexley Magic Society recently held another round of its Challenge Medal Competition. The holder since last November has been Ed Hilsum who previously successfully beat Roberto Forzoni. Now Ed’s title was in the sights of David Klass. Ed was handicapped by the rules, not being able to use any effect that he had used in previous competitions, whilst David could perform anything in each of the five categories he could choose from. This time the tricks selected were mentalism, close-up, card, children and rope items. A very entertaining and close run competition ensued and this time David Klass (photo) came away with the prestigious award. Who will be next to lay claim to the title? The result will be reported here. Roy Marsh. 8.10.11


MagicNews TeleVision. James James (the 'Tartan Trickster' now based in Adelaide) writes: "It's back, it's here. MagicNews TeleVision is returning early November with a fresh new format. To herald its return we are running 'The Contest'. A great competition to win some really cool stuff. All of James James's Busking Gear, yes... all of it. From his Gazzo Pouch, Gazzo Cups, and Table, through Liberty Silver Dollars, to Mark Masons' 'Come Fly With Me'. With daily prizes up for grabs also: 'Ambition Omnibus', 'Busking the Mall', 'How to Swallow Three Feet of Cold Hard Rubber'. Visit to find out more, enter and have a chance to win one of the top prizes. Made for a lifetime on the streets. These props have been around the world, and are not pristine which obviously adds to their character... All will be explained at" 8.10.11


Don't sleep on the beach! Peter Eldin writes: "If you have been to the Blackpool Magicians Club Convention in the past you will probably have your favourite accommodation already planned for February. Bear in mind, however, that if you attend the FISM Magical Championships in July this is part of Blackpool’s summer season when many hotels, etc will be full so it will pay to book as soon as possible. If you have never visited Blackpool before you have a whole range of accommodation to choose from. There are more than three hundred accredited hotels, guest houses and self catering providers - something for all tastes and budgets. From friendly, family-run bed & breakfast establishments to modest or luxury self-catering apartments and large stylish hotels Blackpool has them all. To check up on what is available log on to and click on ‘accommodation’. You can also book online to make a reservation at your chosen establishment. Alternatively you can telephone Blackpool’s Tourist Information Centre on +44 (0)1253 478222 and they will help you find accommodation that is right for you and, if you wish, make all the arrangements for you. From the website you can also download a number of guides such as a Destination Guide, an Access Guide, an Events Guide and a Street Map. Advance planning now will save you the need to sleep on the beach if you cannot arrange suitable accommodation! And while you are planning ahead don’t forget to register for the conventions! Registration forms are available at or from the Registration Officer Arthur Casson, 44 Bryan Road, Blackpool, Lancs FY3 9BE. Email: Tel: +44 (0) 1253 393688." 8.10.11


Wessex Magical Association Dinner. The Vox Brothers, demonstrating thought transference and their dramatic Spirit Cabinet Act, will join Laura London and Mike Danata to perform at the Wessex Magical Association's dinner at 7pm on Friday 21st October at the Carrington House Hotel, Bournemouth, BH1 3QQ (Map). Jana Bundy will introduce these artistes to bring her year as WMA president to a fitting close. Tickets for this black-tie/lounge-suit event dinner, featuring close-up magic, music, illusioneers tombola and stylish cabaret are available from treasurer Andy Nineham 01305 833439 at only £30. Paul Hyland. 8.10.11


STM. Alex Proctor MMC, Mark Fisken MMC, Michael McCurry and Peter Wright have joined forces to create STM (Scotland's Top Magicians), a monthly show to be held on the last Thursday in every month. The show takes place at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Theatre in Glasgow. October's 'Halloween Special' will feature a Houdini Séance and Kramus Nexifius, the amazing magical wizard. Mark Fisken MMC. 8.10.11


Desirable Items Wanted! Channel 4’s Hit Series Four Rooms is back and looking for more extraordinary items to feature in the second series: "Do you own something unique, rare or beautiful that you want to sell? Our four top dealers are ready to part with their cash for something truly exceptional. From iconic memorabilia to beautiful or rare objects, or even the grotesque and macabre, your item could be bought for life changing amounts of money. If you own an item that you would like to show the dealers, we want to hear from you! To apply please call 0207 861 8499 or email a photo and description to" (The producers contacted us as they would love to see a rare magic related item. DT). 8.10.11


The Halloween Castle of Magic. Mark Fisken MMC writes: "Now in its 10th successive year the Palace of Magic returns to the Scottish Borders with a brand new event, The Halloween Castle of Magic, Traquair House, Traquair on Sunday 30th October from 11am – 4pm. Adults £7.00/ Children £4.00 Families £18.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children). The house is the oldest inhabited dwelling in Scotland and has been home to 19 Scottish kings. The Halloween Castle of Magic will bring the flavour of past Palace and Castle of Magic events, with a Halloween Special. Join Dr Pitcairn, Vincent the Victorian Prestidigitator and Illusionist, Psychic Detective Inspector Mcleod and Kramus the Magical Wizard as played by Alex Proctor, Paul Dabek, Colin Mcleod and Mark Fisken in 16 programmed performances throughout the day. Traquair is located just south of Peebles, near the beautiful River Tweed, EH44 6PW (Map)." 8.10.11


Paul Daniels - Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow. Andrew Pearson writes: "It was nice to see my friend again with the lovely Debbie, and Paul's son Martin, at the Whitley Bay Playhouse on Wednesday 5th October. The show started with Paul & Debbie chatting to the audience and then performing a number of routines and a classic illusion with a young girl from the audience. Next it was time for Martin Daniels who entertained the audience with comedy and magic. In the second half lots more magic with Debbie and Paul, leading up to Paul's classic electric chairs before closing with his brilliant note in a walnut routine. Thank you again Paul, Debbie and Martin for a great night of magic." Andrew Pearson. (Photo: Paul, Andrew and Debbie). Paul Daniels - Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow, tour dates, Click Here. 8.10.11


Perth Magic Circle Table Top Sale & Mini Auction. Perth Magic Circle is holding a table top sale & mini auction on Wednesday 19th October at the Perth & District Ex-Servicemens Club from 7.30pm. Tables are free for sellers, but as space is limited they must be reserved in advance by emailing Adrian Harris In addition, anyone can have up to three items put up for auction (again this is free) and not only that, but admission is free to all magicians too! "Come along, join in the fun, have some banter and grab a bargain." 8.10.11


Matthew Garrett lectures for The Chester Guild of Magicians on Monday 10th October at 8pm. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 door charge. Venue: The Bull & Stirrup, Upper Northgate Street, Chester CH1 4EE (Map). 8.10.11


Wayne Goodman is pleased to announce his new lecture "Thoughts in my Head", a mixture of close-up and stand-up magic, is now available for bookings for 2012. Contact for details. 8.10.11


Hypnotic News from Jonathan Royle: "Hypnotist & Psychic Entertainer Jonathan Royle has recently celebrated 21 years in Showbiz and to commemorate this landmark is offering Over Four Hours of Free Hypnosis and Mentalism Training Videos. To register and receive your Free Videos visit". 8.10.11


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