Number 597 - 3rd December 2011


The Session (January 14th & 15th, Cheltenham) is the UK's only dedicated close-up magic convention. Two new acts have just been announced: John Archer (UK) and Alex Pandrea (photo, Romania). John Archer will be giving a brand new talk on comedy magic and sleight of hand magician Alex Pandrea will be illustrating some of the card technique that has gained him a worldwide reputation. They join, Chris Kenner, Dani DaOrtiz, Kainoa Harbottle, Wayne Hounchin and Michael Vincent for a weekend of serious close-up magic. With only 20 tickets remaining, now is the time to register. The Session has sold out every year, so order your tickets now! 3.12.11


Piff Goes West... Star of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" and Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year, John van der Put, and his alter-ego, Piff the Magic Dragon, will descend on Las Vegas for IMX 2012 from 21st - 23rd May 2012 at The Orleans Hotel. From the organisers: "John joins over 20 of the finest performers from across the globe for one of the most hotly anticipated conventions in the US. From FISM champions to underground sensations - IMX is 3 days of nothing but magic ... some of the incredible headliner acts revealed thus far include the sheer genius of Sweden's Lennart Green, Israel's master of levitation Yigal Mesika, multi-award winner and close-up expert Johan Stahl, Nordic Stage Magic Champion and star of Sweden's Got Talent - Charlie Caper, from Australia the dazzling Raymond Crowe, the mindblowing mental telepathy of Canada's 'The Evasons', direct from America's Got Talent the juggling sensation Charles Peachock, Argentina's FLASOMA Grand Prix Champion - Latko, the one-of-a-kind mayhem of USA's Eric Buss, the mental genius of Patrick G. Redford, FISM winners from Sweden - the incomparable Brynolf & Ljung ... and many more incredible international headliners still under wraps … IMX is also proud to host the 2012 International Youth Magic Championships in partnership with FISM – a world-first! Readers can register for the exclusive special price of just $199 until the end of December with promo code PIFF at But hurry - only a limited number of Pro-Pass registrations remain. And if you're wanting to win an entire trip to Vegas ... free hotel, free registration, free flights - check out the Facebook page" 3.12.11


Magical Matilda. Following a sensational sell-out season at The Courtyard Theatre, the RSC's production of Matilda the Musical  has transferred to London's West End. Roald Dahl's much-loved story bursts into life on stage in this brand new musical version by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. The production is directed by Matthew Warchus and designed by Rob Howell with special effects and illusions by Paul Kieve "Matilda's master illusionist. The West End hit calls on Paul Kieve's powers: so does Scorsese's new film Hugo. Maddy Costa meets the master illusionist..." Click Here. 3.12.11


Jack Delvin MIMC, President of The Magic Circle reports: “I’m delighted to announce that it has been an incredibly busy couple of months for The Magic Circle with many magicians from around the world applying for membership. Among the many successful candidates are Dutch entertainer Fl!p Hallema, ‘Master of the Sword’, Hayashi from Germany, close-up sensation Eric Jones from the USA, ‘Magician Impossible’ star and TV ratings sensation Dynamo and the Formula 1 World Champion Nigel Mansell OBE.” Dynamo states “I can’t wait to spend time doing research in the incredible library at the headquarters and am pleased to become a member of this amazing club.” Nigel Mansell OBE said “I am absolutely delighted and very proud and honoured to have been accepted into The Magic Circle. Magic has been a great asset for my charity work and has changed my personal life too.” The President continues: “I am also pleased to announce that our Chairman Brian Sibley has been promoted to Member of The Inner Magic Circle and also to offer a warm welcome back to former Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year Chris Power as a Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. With magic enjoying a resurgence in popularity in recent years, I have no doubt that 2012 will be an extraordinary year for The Magic Circle and I look forward to welcoming many more conjurors from around the world into The Magic Circle family." 3.12.11


Martin Taylor Hypnotism without Hypnosis. On Monday 5th December, the UCL Union Magic Society present an evening with the incredible Martin Taylor. As one of the best hypnotists around - this is an evening not to be missed! "The reactions to Martin’s show are overwhelmingly ones of amazement and fascination: he’s easily the best on the circuit." Derren Brown. Tickets are £15 and are available online: Click Here. 3.12.11


Steve Gore Lecture - Now Booking! Steve Gore presents a lecture that has received excellent reviews from the Modern Mystic League, Huddersfield Circle of Magicians and the British Magical Society. It includes lots of his original effects, including his excellent ‘Trick Photography’, but it's not all close-up magic; there are effects for stage, stand up and children's shows too. Steve is now taking bookings for 2012. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page for more information and contact details. 3.12.11


ATW: Anything to Wallet from Harry Robson Magic and RSVPMagic: "Brand new and limited to only 150 units, Harry Robson Magic and RSVPMagic release the ultimate wallet... Using an all new loading system, this is instant ATW. For the first time ever, using the James Prince principle, you'll be able to make any large object such as a mobile phone, borrowed watch, glasses, keys, etc, appear inside a sealed envelope, inside your wallet in under 2 seconds! Designed to the highest standards and made from the finest Nappa leather, this wallet is made to be used night after night. You'll also be able to produce multiple signed cards inside sealed envelopes during the same routine and best of all, you'll now be able to reset during the actual routine itself, using the Harry Robson Instant Reset System. The package comes with a beautiful leather wallet, a supply of Bonsall envelopes, loading gaffs, phone templates for iPhone and Blackberry devices and the full instructional DVD. You can see the trailer Click Here, for a complete unedited performance Click Here." 3.12.11


International News: The Vegas Magic Theatre opened its doors on 3rd November at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, just off the Las Vegas Strip. The shows are on Thursday - Sunday at 7pm with two shows on Saturday at 5pm & 7.30pm. Vegas Magic Theatre is different from any other magic show in Las Vegas. The Showroom is an intimate 250 seater Cabaret style room with a good sized stage and excellent sound and lighting. It is perfect for Illusions, Parlour Magic and Stand up performers. The comfortable Magic Lounge, complete with Bar, sofas and cocktail tables offers pre-show entertainment including Close-up Magic, Tarot Card Readers and other surprises, and is open an hour before showtime. The Vegas Magic Theatre presents a brand new show every week and stars the best Magicians and 'Spec' Acts from across the USA and around the world. Performers already featured are Fielding West, Mike Douglas, Dimmare, Andrew Goldenhersh and Jon Armstrong, and the line-up of talent appearing in the next few months include Christopher Hart, Scott Alexander, Murray, Keith Fields, Graham P. Jolley, Jay Alexander, Michael Goudeau and Jeff Hobson. The Show is hosted by Ben Stone, who is increasingly making a name for himself with both his singing and magic. At just $14.95, which includes the pre-show entertainment and the show, it is undoubtedly one of the best value Magic Shows in Las Vegas! 3.12.11


Instantly calculate any day of the week in 2012! One of our listed lecturers, Chris Hare The Mind Boggler, (Lecturers) has devised a system that allows you to instantly calculate any day of the week in 2012. Chris would like to share his system with MagicWeek readers (treat it as an early Christmas present) - simply email him and he'll send you a word doc copy Chris is currently taking magic club and convention bookings for his 'Harebrain Mentalism' lecture. 3.12.11


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Edinburgh Secret Society. For the past year Peter Lamont and Richard Wiseman have been running the Edinburgh Secret Society. The meetings are all very hush-hush, but have involved lots of magic (including performances by Pete Firman, Barry and Stuart, Piff, Colin McLeod and Ali Cook), oodles of optical illusions, several live experiments, and an attempt to summon the devil. Their next event is on the 9th December at a disused Victorian anatomy theatre in Edinburgh, and features the amazing card skills of Spanish magician Dani Da’Ortiz. A handful of tickets are available Click Here. 3.12.11


RSVP presents 24 Seven... "Featuring 24 stunning routines that you will use, and suitable for all magicians, this is magic that packs a kicker punch! All you need is a regular deck of cards and you're ready to go, with routines that will get your audiences talking. This set follows on from John's previous release Handle with Carey that continues to be a best seller worldwide. 24 Seven has already got raves from people such as John Guastaferro, Jack Carpenter, Michael Vincent, Peter Duffie and Lance Pierce. This is bound to make the perfect Christmas gift for any magician. 'Practical and powerful! John's entire 'Handle With Carey' series is a must for all cardicians. John strikes gold with his novel combination of doable, powerful and entertaining card magic.' John Guastaferro." Watch the trailer: 3.12.11


Merlins of Wakefield's latest 16 page 'Preview' for December is now out, and it's free. Containing over 70 great magic effects, including the New 2012 Tenyo range, there's bound to be something of interest for every magician. For a printed copy, email your address to If you'd prefer a PDF, just email them with 'Premail' in the subject box, and they'll email you a copy. 3.12.11


6th, 7th, 8th December: Conversations with Penn & Teller: 35 Years of Magic & BS! "Conversations with Penn & Teller: 35 Years of Magic & BS! is an insightful evening of candid discussion, audience Q&A, video clips and some of Penn & Teller’s classic magic tricks performed live. Celebrating 35 years as magic’s most outrageous and innovative team, Penn & Teller are Emmy award winning TV stars, best-selling authors and Las Vegas icons. Their Showtime series, 'Penn & Teller: BS!' has been nominated for 16 Emmys. Their newest ventures are ITV's 'Penn & Teller Fool Us!' hosted by Jonathan Ross on Saturday nights and 'Penn & Teller Tell A Lie,' which will premiere on the Discovery Channel in the Fall of 2012." December 6th (tickets available), 7th (sold out), 8th (sold out) from Penn & Teller are guests on The Royal Variety Performance 2011, see TV Magic. 3.12.11


Ian Keable: Funny Tricks - tonight in Hertfordshire. "In Funny Tricks Ian Keable, a recent recipient of the prestigious Magic Circle Comedy Award, illustrates the techniques he uses to mystify his audience. Is the hand quicker than the eye, is it all done with mirrors or does everything disappear up the sleeve? Ian performs a multitude of different tricks demonstrating these secrets, ranging from sleight of hand to reading minds - and all performed with laughs galore. Whether you want to learn some of the magician’s innermost secrets, or be thoroughly entertained by bewildering and hilarious magic, Funny Tricks is not to be missed." Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans , Herts AL1 2DL (Map) 8pm on Saturday 3rd December. Box Office: 01727 857 861 3.12.11


The full line up for 'An Evening of Deception' (22nd - 25th February, Cheltenham) has just been announced. Compère Steve Knibbs and magician Andi Gladwin will be joined by Derren Brown favourite, Peter Clifford, and the fabulous Kerry Scorah. An Evening of Deception is Cheltenham's only live magic show; building on a great reputation for complete sell-outs. For updates follow the team on twitter @eodeception, join their new Facebook page Click Here or sign up to their mailing list Click Here. To book tickets Click Here. 3.12.11


Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding their Christmas Party on Tuesday 13th December at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford M5 4PE (Map) at 7.30pm: "Full buffet, close-up magic, fun and games plus Star Cabaret with Martin Gold - comedian." Price £18.00 per person. Credit card payment accepted. Contact Derek Lever on 01253 810113 or email: 3.12.11


Andrew Van Buren & Allyson are now going into rehearsals for Cinderella at The Forum Theatre, Billingham with Coronation Street's Julia Haworth and Crissy Rock - direct from the "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here" jungle, the pantomime runs from 10th December to 8th January. To book Click Here. 3.12.11


Pythagorean Cabaret. The Institution of Engineering and Technology are hosting a Pythagorean Cabaret on Monday 12th December at Savoy Place in London. Amongst the performers will be Professor Jon Holt who is an engineer, mentalist and occasional escapologist! Jon will be using a mixture of mind-reading and escapology to promote the importance of science and engineering. Other acts include stand-up comedy, chemistry, astronomy and science-learning. For more information visit 3.12.11


Catch up with Sean Hayden on SKY TV's "Cruising with The Stars" - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. 3.12.11


Winter Wonderland: "A superb night of entertainment raising funds for Blue Skies Neonatal unit. Comedy Magician 'Chubbz' will be providing pre-show entertainment, and balloons during the interval, plus he will be performing his amazing 'Snowstorm' illusion. Plus Confirmed compere for Winter Wonderland Variety Ged Mills from Radio Wave plus Brother Rabbit, Melia, Royal Funk, Disco Inferno, Chubbz, Adam Turner, Joe Boe, Ant Oliver, Becca Dixon, Phill Tattersall and many more... Tuesday 6th December 2011, Marine Hall, The Promanade, Fleetwood, FY7 6QX. 7.30pm - 10.30pm. Tickets are £5 each and monies raised will be donated to Blue Skies Neonatal Unit." 3.12.11


Richard Graham retained his title 'Close-Up Magic Champion of the Mid Essex Magical Society' last month. One of eight other competitors, Richard weaved his spell performing to guests at the Cricketers Inn, Danbury. Members performed 4 times, with a judge at each table, comprising both magicians and lay people, judging across a variety of categories including personality and entertainment value. This is the fourth time Richard has won this title and he also won the Stage Competition last year. Richard is the first person in the club's 35 year history to hold the stage trophy and the close-up trophy at the same time. Richard said, "It is always special to be recognised by one's peers - there is a lot of talent in the club and the competition gets tougher each year. Don Simpson was placed 2nd and Luke Keteleers. 3.12.11


The Grismer Lock. Steve Cook emails: "Due to the pressure of numerous magic commitments, the sole world distribution rights to the 'Grismer Lock' have now officially been transferred from myself, Steve Cook, to my good friend, Paul McCaig. I will however, still offer input in an advisory capacity, but all future enquiries and orders concerning the 'Grismer Lock' should be sent to Paul McCaig at: Thank you." 3.12.11


Jim O'Toole. Blackpool Magicians Club are very sorry to report that Committee Member Jim O'Toole has passed away at the age of 80 years, in Blackpool Victoria Hospital after a short illness. Jim was a Past President and Honorary Life member of the Blackpool Magicians Club. No details of Funeral arrangements are yet available. Derek Lever. 3.12.11


"Legendary magician Paul Daniels comes to Epsom this Christmas‎" Click Here • "Museum Of The Moving Image Hosts Magician's On Screen" Click Here • "Out of the hat comes a message" Click Here • "Comedy magician Ian Keable at Abbey Theatre, St Albans" Click Here • Rodd Hogg reviews Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic in Belfast this week, Click Here • "In 'Hugo,' Scorsese Salutes A Movie Magician" Click Here • And finally, this from Ozz: Click Here • That's it! See you next week, Duncan. 3.12.11