Number 617 - 21st April 2012


Derren Brown wins another Olivier Award! This time for his incredible West End hit production Svengali. First recognised for an Olivier in 2006 for MagicWeek favourite Something Wicked This Way Comes, Derren's current show is perhaps a little darker, but his playfulness shines through as ever. Derren Brown Svengali is currently on tour, and will return to London's West End in the summer. Don't miss it! See What's On. "Brown wins Best Entertainment and Family Award" Click Here. Guardian photo Click Here. YouTube Click Here. 21.4.12


Blackpool Magicians Club offer FISM Convention registrants great value for money: "Each registrant will receive a special F.I.S.M. shoulder bag, a Jack Hughes World of Magic compilation hard backed 230 page book (priced at £150.00), a limited edition Magical Cooper Bear, a large colour Souvenir Programme, a box of Hanky Panky Magic Tricks, plus one lucky registrant will receive a genuine £6,500 diamond to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Joshua Jay will be presenting his brilliant one man show on Monday 9th July and Tuesday 10th July which has never been seen in the U.K. previously. Over 145 competitors have entered the World Championships of Magic. There are 3 stupendous Gala Shows, a Banquet and a night at the famous Blackpool Tower Circus, 30 star lectures and 125 International Magic Dealers. Over 2,000 magicians from 40 different countries have already registered. Are you going to miss out?" Visit or click on the FISM banner at the head of this page. 21.4.12


The Magic Circle Ali Bongo Memorial Lecture 2012. News from The Magic Circle Press Office: The Magic Circle Ali Bongo Memorial Lecture 2012 - 23rd April 2012 at 7.30pm. For the Ali Bongo Memorial Lecture, which takes place on Monday, The Magic Circle has invited a magician, who was close to Ali, to share his memories – and who better than Paul Daniels MIMC? Ali was a magical advisor and inspiration for a lot of the magic on the Paul Daniels shows through the years. Paul will pay tribute to this amazing man – performer, lecturer, inventor and, above all, mentor to so many famous and not so famous names. The lecture is open to Members of The Magic Circle. Members unable to attend the Headquarters on Monday night can watch the lecture via live streaming on the Club’s website. Visit for more information, and membership details. 21.4.12


The Berglas Effects - Last chance for First Edition. This is your last opportunity to obtain a signed First Edition of this unique book, describing the full workings of the much discussed "holy grail" of card magic - The Berglas Effect. The book includes three DVDs, a pair of 3-D glasses and by request, a signed bookplate from David Berglas. The price, including p&p in the UK, is £120. Click Here for ordering details. 21.4.12


Tickets for new Disney magic show at Echo Arena in Liverpool go on sale. "In a captivating combination, favourite Disney characters join a professional illusionist live on stage in a performance that will excite and delight children of all ages. From Feld Entertainment, the producers of Disney On Ice, Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show..." read the full story in the Chester Chronical Click Here. To book tickets: Click Here. 21.4.12


More EMC 2012 Speakers. Each week we will be announcing 3 of the 33 magicians who will be appearing at the Essential Magic Conference. This week: Armando Lucero - one of the finest sleight of hand magicians in the world. Denis Behr - one of Germany’s top card men. And, Marco Tempest - Marco is one of the founders of the Essential Magic Conference, a magician who really understands the power and possibilities of the internet. He combines magic and digital technology in new and innovative ways to create unique performances. This year he astounded audiences at the world renowned TED conference in Long Beach. See him live at EMC. Book today at and remember, visit the EMC website this weekend and watch sessions from previous conferences for free! 21.4.12


The Associated Wizards of the South One-day Convention - tomorrow in Romsey, Hampshire. Sunday April 22nd at Crossfield Hall, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8GL (Map). Lee Smith, Scott Penrose and Wayne Fox all lecture, and the evening show will star Scott Penrose, Phill Smith, Mel Mellers (photo), Matt Baker and Jason Steel. The day also includes magic dealers, workshops and close-up sessions. £22.50 on the door from 9.30am. 21.4.12


My ‘psychic’ life – a show by Rob Bailey, the ‘Psychic’ Psychologist. This is the story of how a psychologist became a 'psychic' performer. Weaving magic and comedy with his life story, Rob returns to the Oxford Fringe Festival to tell of his childhood love of supernatural mysteries, work in secure psychiatric wards, and becoming a veteran Edinburgh performer. Rob simultaneously demonstrates the power of psychology and mental traps exploited by phony mystics. 7.30pm Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June; Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RE (Map). Tickets: £12 full price, £8 concessions, £6 under 18s, 01865 812 166, 21.4.12


Richard Pinner Lecture - Home Counties Magical Society. Richard Pinner presents his updated lecture 'Half Life 2' at the Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday 26th April at 8pm. This is a tricks lecture focusing mainly on highly performable material for most environments together with a couple of things you would never do outside the walls of a magic club! Richard will also discuss his brand new "P.E.T." which is set to revolutionise the Cards to Wallet genre. The lecture will take place at the Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield, Reading, Berkshire RG2 9EH (Map). Full details: Visiting magicians are welcome, £8.00 on the door. Steve Graham. 21.4.12


Steve Cohen, The Millionaires' Magician, was in London last week recording a segment for his upcoming two-hour 'Lost Magic' special, which will go out on the History Channel later this year. Past President of The Magic Circle David Berglas filmed with Steve at The Magic Circle HQ. 21.4.12


E-Club Lite. "There is just over a week left to claim a free download copy of the Strolling Magician Resource E-Book which features the 18 routines extracted from the main Strolling Magician book. To get your copy, you simply have to sign up for Mark Leveridge Magic's free E-Club Lite email newsletter by midnight on 30th April 2012. The E-Club Lite newsletter is published on the 1st of each month and has first news of the Web Offers for that month, plus other news of interest to all MLM customers. It also has the link to Mark's very popular E-Video Newsletter, the magazine style video presentation featuring the Teach In, Wrinkles, It Could Only Happen Live, 60 Seconds To Success and other interesting and fun sections. Hundreds of magicians already access this every month, and you can join them too if you sign up for E-Club Lite. To enroll go to" 21.4.12


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 26th April. There’s an extra performer for next Thursday’s show as magician Jon Allen joins the line-up. In an evening full of variety, there is Punch and Judy for grown-ups by John Styles, comedy illusionists Carl & Dave, and the spectacular manipulation of award-winning Roy Davenport. Doors open 7.30pm and show starts at 8pm. Tickets still just £10 from Why not get there early to enjoy a great dinner and reserve a seat for the show! It’s just 12 minutes from Central London by overground rail from Paddington to West Ealing, and the pub is just 2 minutes walk from the station. Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). 21.4.12


Peterborough Society of Magicians Annual Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day. Ian Schollar writes: The Peterborough Society of Magicians invites magicians everywhere to its 24th Annual Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day Sunday 29th April 2012 (10am - 5pm) at The Millfield Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). Lecture and workshop with Dave Forrest. Lecture with Jimmy Carlo. Dealers Hall. New this year: Close up and Stand up Competition. Cash prize for best close-up trick and best stand-up trick. £10 to enter, competition open to all attendees. All competition entrants must pay in advance. Further details from Keith Downs on 01778 343167. Meet old friends and make new ones. Sell off surplus props. Dealers welcome! Refreshments available all day. Ample free parking. Admission £12 and £6 concessions (partners and under 16s). If not selling, you may pay at the door. All tables are £5 extra each and must be booked in advance. If you would like to book a table, please phone Keith Downs on 01778 343167, or write to him at 77 Eastgate, Deeping St. James, Peterborough PE6 8HH. Cheques payable to 'Peterborough Society of Magicians'. 21.4.12


The West Coast Day of Magic will be taking place on Sunday May 6th. It’s wands at the ready this May as the West Coast Day of Magic comes to town. The Southport Magic Circle has organised the extravaganza in support of The Legacy Rainbow House, which helps children with brain injuries, disabilities and life limiting conditions. The fundraiser includes events appealing to all ages, with the Dealers Den for the UK’s magical enthusiasts; guests will then be treated to an insight into the world of magic as four experts take to the stage to talk about their life as a magician. Late afternoon will see renowned family entertainers Paul Bimbo and Gary Gizmo wow the crowds with their magic shows. A top of the range raffle is also set to take place with prizes to include a signed Manchester United football shirt, a Nintendo Wii, a BBQ and hotel stays. Peter Spafford, Organiser commented: “After seeing what The Legacy Rainbow House has done for some family friends and their young son Aiden, I felt compelled to nominate them as our charity of the year and to organise this event.” The West Coast Day of Magic will be taking place on Sunday May 6th at the Royal Clifford Hotel, Southport. The Dealers Den and Magic talks will run from 10am till 4pm, the magic show will run from 4.30-6.30pm. Tickets are £5 adult, £3 child, family saver ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £10. For more details, contact Peter Spafford on 01704 211944 or visit 21.4.12


Anthony Jacquin Lecture - West Midlands. Ian Brennan writes world renowned hypnotist, Anthony Jacquin, will be lecturing in the West Midlands on Monday 30th April. Anthony is one of the leading authorities on speed induction hypnosis which is suitable for using in almost any act from stage mentalism to close-up street performances. Anthony and the Head hacking team are here to show hypnosis can be learnt and that it is as much about technique and understanding as it is personal influence and confidence in your skills. Learn how to approach people and safely create an experience your audience will never forget. If you are new to these areas of magic, previously thought you couldn't do it, or just want to learn more then this is the place for you. Cost £5 to non members, check out for more details and the address. 21.4.12


Magic Table Top Sale - York. Table Top Sale on 18th May at Wigginton Recreation Hall in York. Tables are £7.50 and need to be booked in advance. For more details or to book a table please contact Grenville Dowson on 07515566786 21.4.12


2012 is Mr Punch's 350th Birthday, and The Punch and Judy Fellowship are celebrating in style with an event at The Strand Palace Hotel, Covent Garden, London. The reception, with cabaret from Mel Mellers, The Wright Stuff, Mickie Driver and Geraldine, and Presto Puppets starts at 7pm on Sunday 13th May, following on from the May Fayre celebrations in The Actors' Church, Covent Garden. Tickets are £15, and are available from 21.4.12


Kids’ Show Routines Using Changing bags a new book by author Ian Adair. Designed for the children’s entertainer, the book contains 34 complete routines using all sorts of change bags – pivoting handle bags, one-handed bags, flat and mesh bags, plus novelty bags. Patter and bits of business are included and the book is well illustrated throughout the 124 pages. “In the past there’s been a couple of little booklets dealing with simple trick ideas with changing bags, but this one is different, says Ian, this publication provides complete tried and tested routines which can be featured in kids’ shows.” Publication date is 1st May 2012, and Practical Magic will handle orders . 21.4.12


David Gemmell Lecture - Merlin Magical Society. Secretary John Clayton writes: On Thursday 26th April we are having a Lecture by David Gemmell. The Lecture consists of the following: Close-up card magic from the self working to easy-to-do effects that are commercial and workable for the real world. Some mentalism including an unpublished chair test that packs a punch with minimal work, thoughts on presentations, misdirection, audience handling, (effects taken from e-books published and on sale at these will be on sale on the night at special prices for the lecture on CD-roms... Also special handling for the infamous 3-fly called free-flying, a finger tip 'coins across' that is direct and easy to do with no gaffed coins. 21.4.12


Sideshow Illusions at The Roundhouse, Camden, London: Step right this way for the most incredible, the most stupendous and the extraordinary! Visitors to Professor Vanessa’s Wondershow, Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th April will be able to see six of Sideshow Illusions amazing collection of Sideshows from the 1950s. You will be amazed by Gloria, the Living Half-Lady! Witness Yvette, the Headless Lady, kept alive by the miracles of modern science! See Cleo the tiny, bikini-clad Girl in the Goldfish Bowl. Experience the terror, be astonished in The Mummy Show as Princess Elmira’s clothes melt away from her body and she transforms, before your eyes, into a hideous, mummy monstrosity. And there are more inexplicable marvels in Sideshow Illusions’ collection of the most thrilling shows you will ever see! The half-girl, half-insect, Butterfly Girl will be exhibited - £1000 if she is not alive! Electra will provide a truly shocking experience when she is charged up with 27,000 volts of electricity. These wonderfully fun shows, originally created by showman Jon Gresham, brought amusement and mystery to many thousands. “Sideshows are no longer seen, these are the only original sideshow fronts remaining in this country,” said Jon Marshall, “I’m sure Jon Gresham would be pleased that his shows will now be seen by a whole new generation of thrill seekers”. Adding to the bizarre fun are the wonderful Insect Circus and Miss Behave. The first two shows are sold out! 21.4.12


Magic Mike's Wizard School - coming to Bristol, August 2012. Great news for parents of children aged 7-11 looking for something exciting for their kids to do in the summer holidays. Wizard School 2012 provides 5 days of the most exclusive magic training available for children in the UK. Perfect for children who loved the Harry Potter books and movies, BBC1's "The Magicians" or who just love magic and tricks! For full details and to download a registration form, visit 21.4.12


Rafael Benatar UK Lecture tour - new date added. The Magic Triangle have been fortunate enough to book Rafael Benatar to lecture on Sunday 29th April at 7.30pm at The Village Hall, Thorrington, Near Colchester CO7 8HQ (Map). Visiting magicians £5.00 entrance charge, See What's On for other club dates. 21.4.12


Steve Price, winner of the originality prize at The Magic Circle's Close-up Magician of the Year competition this year, will be presenting his 'Prop Stuff' lecture for the South Downs Magicians on Wednesday 2nd May. The lecture includes Steve's performance of, and thinking behind, the classic Selbit's Blocks as well as his Coin in Bottle routine. The event starts at 8pm at Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, West Sussex RH17 6BJ (Map). There is a £5 charge for non-members. Further information: 21.4.12


Zane's Magic shop Dealer Dem now booking. "Zane's Magic Shop is taking bookings for their excellent dealer dem for 2012 and 2013. 'It's been a couple of years since I performed my dealer dem at magic societies and would like the chance to do some more this year and next'. Zane's always brings a fantastic array of lots products to sell, for all genres of magic. Lots of brand new effects demonstrated and insightful information on the props and tips on how to use them. Very open discussion on the products so the customer is left with no doubt as to whether the product is the right buy!" To book the evening contact via 21.4.12


Johnny Fantastica is presenting magic workshops at deaf schools in Finland shortly and will also be performing his comedy show 'Doctor Deaf' at additional venues. He will then attend the World Deaf Magic Festival in Helsinki of which he is President. Johnny has recently been acting in a starring role in the comedy drama film "Still Here" (Mutt and Jeff Pictures) directed by international award winning director Louis Neethling. This will be shown in June on Film4, Sky315, Freeview 15, and 21.4.12


Paul Gordon's Killer Card Magic Lecture - Nottingham. "Paul Gordon's all-new killer workable card magic lecture". Nottingham Guild of Magicians, Thursday 4th October at 7.30pm. Venue: Pond Hills Lane Arts Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR (Map) Visit for information and reviews. 21.4.12


Rhubarb Cabaret. Bondini Events & Entertainment and PMB Productions have teamed up with Comberton Leisure in Cambridge to bring you a spectacular night of cabaret entertainment! The line up this month includes Magic Kev, mime artist Adrian Hedley, Burlesque performer Sophia St Villier, Doctor Bondini and music from Tom Copson with special guest appearance by jazz pianist Craig Stallwood. DJ Smyley Jay will round off the evening with some cool and sophisticated electro swing. There’s a fully licensed bar and delicious deli style platters supplied by The Larder at Burwash Manor. What more could you want?! April 28th, doors open at 8pm, performance starts at 8.30pm. Comberton Leisure, West Street, Comberton, Cambridge CB23 7DU (Map). Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door. Over 18s only. Tickets are available from the Comberton Leisure Box Office on 01223 264444 or For more information visit  or 21.4.12


Roy Mackenzie (aka Uncle Mac), president of the South London Magic Society, celebrated his 60th birthday party on Friday 13th April. Mike Sullivan writes: "Falling on a club night, it was only apt to celebrate with Roy, members, family and friends. A show was put on compered by Mike Sullivan with performances from Roy Mackenzie, debut stand-up comedians Ewan and Leighton Mackenzie, Chippy Wood, David Blyth, Colin Perrotton and Michael Pearse with stage management by Ray Collins. After the show everybody got stuck in to a fantastic spread and Roy was presented with a fantastic cake, then our treasurer Gary Fairplay presented Roy with a honorary membership for his 10 year service as president. A great night was had by all and it was the only time the members had seen Roy speechless. Happy 60th Roy!" "Party for magician's birthday" Click Here. 21.4.12


Mike & Marjorie  Stokes. "After passing Playtime Balloons into the capable hands of Stuart McDowell, Mike Stokes is keeping busy with his Balloon Man show, and Marjorie has just returned from 3 weeks in Japan, but will be joining Mike on three cruises this summer and one in the Autumn. Mike & Marjorie are looking forward to attending the AWS Convention in their hometown Romsey, the Bristol Day of Magic and the IBM Convention. They hope to catch up with old friends and agree it will be strange not to be working, but hopefully a lot more relaxing!" 21.4.12


Magic Collection Survey. Philip Treece emails: "I'm currently doing a MA degree in Conservation of Historic Objects and The University of Lincoln, concentrating on magic collections for my dissertation. I was wondering if there was any chance you could help me gather participants for a survey I am carrying out on magic collectors? The survey itself is quite brief, and quick to fill out. It doesn't ask for any personal information, and the results are totally anonymous. I'm offering a £20 Amazon voucher draw to participants, and the emails collected from those will not be used for any other purpose than informing the winner of the draw. All the emails will be deleted after the prize is accepted. The survey can be found here: Any help would be much appreciated." 21.4.12


Alan Taylor aka The Great Alprendo writes: "I've launched 100 days of magic on twitter. If people want to follow or be included in the event I have space follow or contact via twitter @100daysofmagic. It will from now until the Olympics. If successful I will do it next year. Thank you." 21.4.12


News deadlines. Reminder: Please let us have all News/What's On submissions by Thursday whenever possible. Final deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. 21.4.12


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