Number 593 - 5th November 2011


The Magic Circle Christmas Show. This year's show features current Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year Peter Wardell; 'The Man of Steal' James Freedman; From ITV's 'Penn & Teller Fool Us' Mark Shortland; The Sleight of Hand Magic of Duncan Trillo, and Master Illusionists Jason Steele & Joanne. Hosted by Martyn Rowland. With close-up magic From Fay Presto & Friends. Tuesday 27th December, Wednesday 28th December, Thursday 29th December and Friday 30th December, with two performances a day at 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets, £25.00 from the Box Office on 020 7387 2222. The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map) 5.11.11


Derren Brown The Experiments: The Secret of Luck, 9pm on Friday 11th November on Channel 4. In The Secret of Luck, the fourth and final show of the series, Derren investigates what makes some people lucky and why others attract only misfortune. This episode takes the form of a documentary fronted by Dawn Porter, who acts as Derren's secret agent, and this time the subject of the experiment is an entire town. Together, Dawn and Derren plant a rumour about the lucky powers of a local statue and watch as it changes the lives of the residents. 5.11.11


9th South Tyneside International Magic Festival. From the organisers: Thanks again to generous sponsorship from Magic Box, the Customs House and South Tyneside Council we are pleased to announce the Ninth South Tyneside International Magic Festival will be happening again on Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March 2012. Convention booker Martin Duffy has once again come up with a veritable feast of magical names - some of which may be new to you:

David Regal (USA) David Regal is a television writer, creator of effects for magicians, and two-time Academy of Magical Arts Lecturer of the Year.

Rob Torres (Photo, USA) For the past two decades Rob Torres has travelled to over 45 countries performing in theatres, circuses, varieties, galas, TV and film. His performances at the Budapest, Moscow and Monte Carlo circus festivals have all won him awards, but more than that, laughter!

Levent (USA) Levent started out at a very young age performing throughout his native New York City. At the age of 17 he was awarded 1st prize for Stage Magic at the International Brotherhood of Magicians’ National Convention and hasn't looked back since.

Christian Schenk (Germany) Christian believes that in 2004 a client’s trade show themed “IT’s Magic” brought him back into magic as he printed his first deck of playing cards. What he thought was just a new hobby turned out to be the most serious (and fun) part of his life.

Mat Ricardo (UK) One of the UK's most in-demand comedy variety performers, Mat Ricardo has spent the last 25 years touring the world with his unique, astonishing and hilarious act. Reviving the almost-lost art of the gentleman juggler, Mat blends dazzling feats of dexterity and balance with the wit and timing of a skilled stand-up comedian (look out for his current TV commercial Click Here)

High Jinx (UK) High Jinx (Michael Jordan and Tamsyn Sear) are professional variety entertainers, their acts are a thrilling mix of Magic, Illusion, Escapology and Circus skills delivered in a way that will leave you amazed, puzzled even scared but above all entertained. Michael was the 2009 Magic Circle "Young Magician of the Year”.

Archini and Smith (UK) John Archer (the first magician to fool Penn & Teller!) and Mike Smith formed this double act back in 1995 when they won the "Alistair Wand" in the International Brotherhood of Magicians stage competition. The act was subsequently performed at many magical society dinners and conventions all over the country.
Ricky McLeod (UK) For the past 19 years the popular showman has been adding a touch of magic to thousands of children's and family events. The Scottish Association of Magical Societies have crowned him 'Children's Entertainer of the Year' on four occasions, while he has also twice received the 'Murray Wand for Showmanship'.

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March 2012. Please keep checking our Facebook page for any updates. 2012 convention price of £65
includes all lectures, close-up sessions, and Gala Shows. You can also gain free access to the exclusive “Midnight Show” on Friday night. To register contact


Over 30 Magic Dealers will be exhibiting the very latest magic at The International Magic Convention this month, representing 13 different countries from around the globe. Dealers are carefully selected and several of them do not attend any other UK convention. They will be open all day on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November, from 10am to 5.30pm in the Mermaid Theatre, Puddle Dock, London EC4V 3DB (Map). Don’t forget your Santa list! 5.11.11


La Soirée, Roundhouse, London 23rd November – 29th January. "We’re back! Following a hugely successful, rafter-bursting season at the Roundhouse in 2009 and the sensational premiere at the South Bank Big Top in 2010, La Soirée is returning to the legendary Roundhouse in Camden for another awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping and downright unmissable season from November 2011; after all, it wouldn’t be Christmas without us. A theatrical phenomenon, a unique and inspirational night of live entertainment, La Soirée’s heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety has taken the world by storm." To book tickets call the Box Office on 0844 482 8008, or visit 5.11.11


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s. Friday, 18th November, London. "Experience some double-dealing mind tricks with the subversively hilarious Barry and Stuart who may be asking you to make some dangerous choices... enjoy the 'Psychic Cube' as Harrison Richards uses your eyes to riddle-solve, whilst Arron Sparks makes your mind reel with the fastest spinning objects and the lovely Tricity Vogue croons with her uke about love and other things. Richard Pinner will be joining us with some devilish tricks and all will be hosted by the Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee." Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s. Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.45pm, Tickets: £12, show ticket plus dinner: £22 Tickets can be bought via Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SP (Map) For more info visit: 5.11.11


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 24th November. "Conjuring at the Court offers you a terrific line-up of strong magic and comedy. Guest compère Noel Britten is much in demand as a comedian and magician; Mind-reader Katherine Rhodes regularly sells out her 2 hour show; Jon Allen is one of the most creative and imaginative magicians in the country; Richard Pinner is a top international conjuror who regularly performs at top corporate and star events; Headliner John Archer is one of the funniest and cleverest magicians around; he fooled Penn and Teller; and he’s brought the house down at the Court before. It’s in the charming, recently refurbished function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). You will have a good view 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. We sold out last month so it was standing room only for latecomers – please don’t leave it too long to book your seat." Tickets £10 via 5.11.11


Craig Davies 'InCANtation'. News from Warped Magic: "Warped Magic are proud to announce that in association with the very talented local professional Magician Craig Davies, we are producing his brand new trick InCANtation, a jaw-dropping effect which will leave your audiences speechless. Craig has performed this trick to Magicians and spectators alike, receiving rave reviews each time and we are really excited to be producing InCANtation with him. InCANtation is due for release in early December but it can be pre-ordered now, exclusively from Warped Magic. Early indications of pre-sales show InCANtation is selling fast – watch the video Click Here and see full details at and prepare to be amazed. We are happy to offer MagicWeek readers a 10% discount on all pre-orders of InCANtation – simply enter voucher incantation10 in the checkout process." 5.11.11


Oliver Meech tours Wales with Cwtch Cabaret. Oliver Meech will be part of Cwtch Cabaret on a 7-date tour of Wales, from 13th-20th November. He joins artists from the world-famous Berlin Cabaret scene, international variety starts from London's West End La Clique and La Soirée shows. As well as Magic Boffin Oliver Meech, the line-up includes MCs Chris Lynam and Kate McKenzie, Polish acrobats Duo Majestic, Norwegian hula hoopist Tiina Tuomisto and rollerskaters Bella Kinetica. Full details and tickets at 5.11.11


Magic Smoke v2. News from Illusioncraft: "Magic Smoke has been on sale for the last three years, but has never made it to our website. The reason, is that every magic convention we show Magic Smoke it sells out, and has been in constant demand from people who have bought it, showing their friends and then their friends want to buy one, so we have never been able to build up healthy stocks. We will be having a brand new website launched very soon, which will have all our products along with some brand new effects. We would like to offer all MagicWeek readers a discount on Magic Smoke v2, the normal selling price is £140 but for MagicWeek readers just £125, for the complete kit which includes everything you need along with enough refill fluid to produce over 100,000 puffs of smoke which will last you at least a year. Anyone interested please email: for details." 5.11.11


Steve Faulkner: Distinctive Magic, Manchester Circle of Magicians. Steve Faulkner lectures at The Manchester Circle of Magicians at 8pm on Monday 7th November. Steve has been a full-time professional magician for the past ten years, and has worked as a street performer since 1996. He believes that we can all learn anything if we approach it in the right way. His recent book, Go Do, explores motivation and how to achieve your full potential and he will be sharing his thoughts on this during the lecture, which will appeal to all levels, from beginners to experts. Steve will be launching his new DVD 'Materials' on Monday Click Here. The Manchester Circle of Magicians, Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford M5 4PE (Map). 8pm on 7th November. 5.11.11


Portsmouth & District Magic Circle Jumbo Day - tomorrow! The day starts at 9am with The Sale, featuring many new and second-hand dealers. Throughout the day there will be Merv Cole's 'Legendary' Auction, Bob Hamilton's films, two workshops featuring Coins and then Mentalism, a presentation about Tarot, and Close-up Sessions with four magicians. This year's Star Lecture will be by Australian Comedy Magician, Brad Manuel. Brad will only be in the UK for a few days, so this is a great opportunity to see him. The day ends with the Gala Show, which stars, Brad Manuel, John Kimmons, High Jinx, Neil Kelso and The Vox Brothers. All this for just £19.00 per person at the door. A real bargain! Venue: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). 5.11.11


Zodiac Magical Society celebrated a new winner of their Francis Haxton Card Magic Competition on Wednesday 26th October. Held once every two years, the 2011 winner was AJ Green (left) - his first victory in a competition at the club following a string of second place finishes over the past two years. Second place this time was taken by newcomer to the club Steve Truglia (right). Both men are seen being presented with their awards by club president, Richard Pinner. 5.11.11 is taking pre-orders for Pure Smoke by Ellusionist: "Produce smoke from your bare hands whenever you want. Thick, vaporous smoke.... and safe. Comes complete with 11 cartridges of white smoke – over 850+ puffs! Clean, easy and very practical to operate. Expected to be in high demand and priced at a competitive £142.49, it will arrive at MagicNevin early next week, with an anticipated ship date to customers of November 9th. Also, new from Ellusionist is the Green Artifice Deck, the striking new colour to be added this range. Like the Blue Artifice 2nd edition, it has the functional border on the back which was added to improve upon the deceptiveness of sleights requiring the alignment of cards. Priced at £7.50, both green and blue 2nd edition Artifice Decks are expected to ship to customers on November 9th. Finally, the Karnival Hornet Deck, the latest release in the Karnival Range from Big Blind Media is set to arrive soon. Featuring a beautiful borderless 'Skull & Crossbones' back design, the Karnival Hornets are printed on high grade Bee Stock for a slick & smooth feel. Priced at £4.99 this exciting new limited edition deck can be pre-ordered now with a ship date to customers of November 14th, 2011. Demand will be high so get yours quick and remember standard UK shipping is free on all orders over £10." 5.11.11


John Carey Valleys Circle Lecture. "After the success of our Gary Jones lecture, we are very pleased to announce that the very talented John Carey will be lecturing at the Valleys Circle on November the 15th at 8pm at Cornerstone Church Centre RCT, CF44 0AS (Map). Put it your dairy, it promises to be a night not to be missed!" Contact James Piper for details. 5.11.11


Zane's Magic Shop have just added a number of brand new magic tricks and products to their range: - 'Zane's Magic Shop Dealer Dem' is now taking bookings from magic clubs for 2012. 5.11.11


Dave Allen - Bish Bash Bosh. Dave Allen presents his Bish Bash Bosh lecture at the ACE Performers, Scotland, on Thursday 10th November. The lecture will be on Family, Children's, Cabaret and Close-up Magic and Ventriloquism, with lots of information on how Dave runs his shows, and why, with plenty for everyone with an interest in magic. 7pm at St Margret's Hall, 96 Hallcraig Street, Airdrie ML6 6AW (Map). non members £10.00. For more info, contact the club directly on 01236 767374 5.11.11


The Scottish Conjurers' Association, Lecture and Auction. The Scottish Conjurers' Association are pleased to present a lecture by close-up magic expert John Carey on Wednesday 9th November at The Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). Visitors welcome (£10 door charge). For more details visit The annual Mega Magic Auction will take place on Sunday 13th November at The Premier Inn, Ballater St, Gorbals, Glasgow G5 0TW (Map). Books, DVDs Props and Tricks at bargain prices. Doors open at 12 noon for sellers to register their lots and for buyers to view. The auction will then start at 1pm. Admission £3.00. For more details visit George Fitzpatrick. 5.11.11


German Quick Change Artists Lex Schoppi & Alina honored 'Artist of the Year 2011' at the German Golden Artist Gala. Official institution, the Association of Show and Entertainment Artistes, awarded the magic duo in the category 'Best Quick Change Act 2011'. This event is one of the most comprehensive show programs in Germany with a total of 25 acts presenting 10-minute previews from their shows. An excerpt from the new Lex & Alina Quick Change Show 2011 can be seen on 5.11.11


Is Your Mind Safe? Award-winning mind reader Peter Antoniou guides you through his world of psychic weirdness in his new interactive show. Jaw-dropping mind reading demonstrations wrapped up with Peter's trademark humour are bound to leave you asking, is your mind safe? Friday 25th November at 8pm at The Dovehouse Theatre, Kineton Green Road, Olton, Solihull B92 7ER (Map). Visit for tickets, or call 0121 706 7139 or text 07939892199. 5.11.11


Luke Jermay's 'Urban Mystic' show and lecture, York. Tom Crosbie writes: Direct from a two year run in Las Vegas, Luke Jermay has a brand new show, 'Urban Mystic'. The Edinburgh Evening News exclaim 'Jermay has to be seen to be believed. Grab a ticket to this show' and Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker star of the hit US drama The Mentalist explains 'Jermay is @£$%^&* good. Amazing!' This uplifting, witty and highly interactive show is an expert display of intuition developed to an amazing razor sharp accuracy. Jermay impossibly knows you, your memories, your past, present and future; sometimes even better than you do. Luke has been a creative coach to the likes of Derren Brown, Dynamo and has been called the inspiration to the Hollywood block buster The Mentalist. Urban Mystic will be in York for one night only on Monday 12th of December at 8pm. Age Restrictions: 16+ Tickets: £12 via Venue: City Screen, The Basement, St Martins Courtyard, 13-17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL (Map). In Luke's brand new lecture on Sunday 11th December he will share the theory, methods and thinking underpinning his professional performances. All magicians welcome. £10 per person, pay on the door. Arrive early for a good seat! Any questions email or call or text 07791 306976. Lecture venue: The Royal York Hotel, Station Parade, York YO24 1AA (The venue is built onto York train station if travelling by train. Free parking for all attendees. Across the road from the bus centre of York). 5.11.11


Dave Forrest uses his business to market his many creative ideas, and at the 10th British Close Up Magic Symposium taking place on 8th January in Bristol he will be joining Boris Wild and Mark Leveridge in a special discussion forum in which creativity in close-up will be one of the subjects covered. Questions will be encouraged from the audience and if you would like to be there to put your questions to the panel and are willing to register together with a few magic friends, you can apply for a Mates' Rates Registration. This special Registration package offers discounts for all tickets purchased in groups, and can take as much as £20 off the ticket price. Get one or two friends organised and come along to a great day of close-up magic. For more information visit 5.11.11


Michael J Fitch was Guest Speaker at the prestigious Colchester Oyster Feast on October 28th. This is his second time as guest speaker; and the first to be invited back! This year Michael made a prediction which was sealed in the Mayor's Vault two days before the event. His prediction proved to be spot on and was met with a standing ovation. 5.11.11


Sean Heydon will present some 'radio magic' on BBC Radio Leicester today at 8am and will also be  being appearing on "Cruising with the Stars" on Sky Channel 284. It will be repeated 4 times over the next 2 weeks, see Sean performed at last week's Tony West Entertainments Grand Annual Showcase, which The Stage reported on: "Next up was comedian and magician Sean Heydon and I loved him. Imagine a much more animated version of Alan Davies as Jonathan Creek and you are close. The approach was just far enough away from comedy club-style to be of interest. A performer as fresh, fizzy and original as this one deserves success." Mark Ritchie, The Stage. 5.11.11


For Halloween Mel Harvey headed out around Stratford upon Avon with some street magic and some spooky tales of ghosts and ghouls... Most Thursdays Mel can be found heading a Ghost Tour around Stratford in his Ghost Guide Character "Blake Barrington". For Halloween, in addition to Mel's street magic there is also a visit to Hall's Croft, thought to be the oldest house in Stratford upon Avon where the group is taken around and shown some of its scary secrets. The photo shows Mel in character as Blake or maybe he was just exhausted after a two hour Halloween children's party with 44 six year olds. Mel's wife Nicky, as "Winnie the Witch" is looking much more cheerful as she knows there is a glass of mulled wine waiting for her at Dr Hall's House. This was a Stratford Town Walk production. Photo by Helen Hogg. 5.11.11


New Television Series - Magicians Wanted! "A TV production company with experience of producing high quality magic shows is in the middle of developing brand new magic based series for terrestrial and satellite channels in the UK. Capitalising on their recent success in the genre we are looking for new young, talented, spirited performers. If you are aged between 18-35 and would like an opportunity to be the new face of magic on TV, please send a recent photo, ideally a showreel, website details and a brief description of your experience, your influences and your style to" 5.11.11


"Fire at Magic Castle is no Halloween trick" Click Here, and to contribute to the Magic Castle 'Inferno' fund Click Here • "Michael Caine Joins Magician Heist Movie 'Now You See Me'" Click Here • "Teller, of Penn and Teller, speaks at Halloween 'Séance of a Lifetime' to honor memory of Houdini" Click Here • "The spirit of Harry Houdini" Click Here • "Houdini Relative Unlocks Some Family Secrets" Click Here • "Apple Valley magician sues AirTran for loss of bird due to no-fly rule" Click Here • "Magicians share trade secrets at magician's festival in Gujarat" Click Here • "Young magicians take a shot at abracadabra delights at city club" Click Here • "The Great Escape" Click Here • "Cleaner removes 'stain' from acclaimed artwork" Click Here • That's all for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 5.11.11