Number 634 - 18th August 2012


The UK's only dedicated close-up magic convention, The Session, returns - Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th January 2013, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Now in its eighth year, The Session has sold out every single year since its inception, and no doubt will sell out again this year, with several overseas guests making their first appearances in the UK. Simon Aronson from the USA with be lecturing and performing his amazing mind reading act with his wife Ginny; Jay Sankey will partake in a candid interview session, and will also be lecturing and staging a workshop; France's Yoann Fontyn will talk about his incredible card magic and John Archer will be giving a brand new talk on comedy magic. Many more performers to be announced soon. Register now at And for Stateside readers, Josh and Andi are reviving the Magi-Fest convention (a US convention with an 81-year history), see 18.8.12


The Mermaid Theatre Complex has recently undergone something of a renovation and extension which means that International Magic are very happy to announce that during their Convention later this year (London, November 16th, 17th, 18th) the Dealers will now all be situated in the extended Newgate Suite. Not only will this allow easier access from the theatre between events, but also the new space will allow the Convention to feature even more dealers than in the past, alongside a new extra room where Michael Vincent will be performing short Parlour type performances before the Gala Show on Saturday and Sunday night. Alongside Michael's performance there will be, as always, strolling close up performers and with the foyer space of the theatre also being doubled in size during the building work, even more room to enjoy the pre-show entertainment. Convention co-organiser Noel Britten says "We've always considered we have the best facilities of any of the all-round UK Conventions in terms of the theatre for lectures, close up and stage but the dealers have always been tucked away slightly and a bit of a walk towards the back of the building, now that has all changed, and for us as a venue choice it has added the cherry to the top of the cake." 18.8.12


Jurassic Bark has just been nominated for the newly created TOAST award. Time Out and Soho Theatre present a showcase for the first award at the Edinburgh festival fringe for cabaret shows. The TOAST award will celebrate quality and brilliance in cabaret. This is a congratulatory show highlighting the shortlisted artistes for 2012. Follow the TOAST awards on twitter @TOASTAward See Piff the Magic Dragon: Jurassic Bark at 7.10pm daily at the King Dome, Pleasance throughout the Ed Fringe Festival. 18.8.12


Paloma Faith assists much-loved Edinburgh Festival magicians Morgan & West for Radio 1 Filth & Fun. Singer-songwriter Paloma Faith traded her usual musical duties for a role as a glamorous magician's assistant last week for Radio 1's cabaret show 'Fun & Filth', hosted by Nick Grimshaw. Performing in Morgan & West's 'New Trick', a highlight of their current show at Edinburgh's Gilded Balloon, Ms Faith's initial trepidation soon gave way to wonder as a spellbound crowd saw an audience member's card unexpectedly appear in one of the 19th time-traveller's left shoe, despite all evidence to the contrary. Morgan & West said: "As a magical double-act we've rarely had call for an assistant, but after this experience we'd be happy to offer Paloma a full-time job on competitive assistant rates." Fortunately the event was filmed for posterity: Click Here. Morgan & West continue their Edinburgh Festival run with family show Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles at the Gilded Balloon at 4.30pm and late-night limited-capacity card table show Morgan & West: Lying Cheating Scoundrels at the Gilded Balloon at midnight. See What's On for Ed Fringe listings. 18.8.12


Paul Daniels and Leonard Nimoy feature in a double-bill of conversation: Star Trek's Mr Spock speaks from 1980 - and the famous magician pops in from 2009. 8am and again at 3pm today, Saturday 18th August, on BBC Radio 4 Extra. See TV Magic for Radio and TV listings. 18.8.12


A Day with Delvin. "Sheer magical indulgence from 2.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday 22nd September at The Magic Circle. Over 50 effects demonstrated and explained by the old pro. Over 500 books for sale. Only £20 for the whole extravaganza... Close-up; Stand-up; Table Hopping; Children's Magic; Cabaret, Mentalism and Stage. Tickets from The Magic Circle Box Office on 0207 387 2222." 18.8.12


John Derris: The Ultimate KISS Lecture. "John Derris's KISS Lecture (Keep It Simple Stupid!) has been seen during the last three years in over 50 magic clubs in the UK and Europe. It's a system acknowledged as a breakthrough to better magic presentation, better bookings and better fees and it took him to engagements in over 14 countries! This was followed by the success of his acclaimed and now out-of-print book 'KISS', both here and in the USA. We have invited John to give what is in his words 'the last Ultimate KISS Lecture/presentation' on Wednesday 22nd August. John has kindly added items from his personal programme to this lecture including his famed goldfish bowl production. The lecture will include performing tips passed on over the years from many of his friends in magic which have included Al Koran, Dai Vernon, Pat Page and Alex Elmsley. This is not a lecture on specialised technique. It is a presentation on selling yourself and your magic and it's based on a simple premise: People pay you for what they see, not what you do. Payment on the door at £15 per lecture but you must reserve a place in advance, please email via to book." Venue: Casa Italiana, 2nd floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). 18.8.12


Channel 5 invited Mr Snuggles (aka magician Steve Dela) made a return visit to the Big Brother House last week, but this time to complete an entire task with the housemates. Snuggles Salon was set up to perform horrific beauty treatments on unsuspecting housemates. Videos of Steve's performance can be seen on the Channel 5 Big Brother site Click Here, 2.55 onwards. (Contains profanity. The 'housemate' is even more horrific that Mr Snuggles. DT). 18.8.12


Chain Reaction. Derren Brown talks to comedian and musician Tim Minchin. Tag-team interview show, where last week's interviewee is this week's interviewer. Today, Derren Brown talks to comedian and musician Tim Minchin about beliefs, magic and music. 12.30pm on Saturday 18th August on BBC Radio 4. 18.8.12


Magiclatex - in the UK. MagicNevin are now stocking Magiclatex products and are the only UK dealer that is stocking their entire range. From lemons to doves, and feet to fingers, visit to see the range and watch demonstration videos too. 18.8.12


Andy Nyman will star alongside Chloë Grace Moretz, Aaron Johnson and Christopher Mintz in Kick-Ass 2 next year playing the role of 'The Tumour' one of the movies bad guys. 18.8.12


Confessions of Real Mind Readers - York: "Confessions of Real Mind Readers is a special, day long event taking place on August 25th at The Royal York Hotel, York. Featuring talks, workshops and hands-on instruction from three of the country's leading, performing mentalists, Luke Jermay, Paul Voodini (photo) and Chris Rawlins, this is not your average ‘magic lecture’ but rather an intensive examination of what it means to read minds in the modern age. Filled with usable material as well as techniques, tips and tricks to instantly improve your performance, Confessions of Real Mind Readers is a full-day seminar that will make you and your show better! Places are strictly limited to 40 so book now to avoid disappointment!" Visit for details. 18.8.12


Castle Magic Inter-Society Quiz. "A big thanks to everyone who attended the recent Castle Magic Inter-Society Quiz at Orlando’s restaurant near Huddersfield. With teams from Huddersfield, Barnsley, York and Wakefield everyone had a great night. The Quiz master was Michael Shepherd, ably assisted by Bob West on the scoreboard. The contest was won by Merlin’s of Wakefield Team, consisting of Phil Peters, Mark Lee and Ian Waring (seen here receiving the trophy from Michael Shepherd). The trophy and prizes were generously supplied by Travis Perkins, via Castle Magic." Phil, Merlins of Wakefield. 18.8.12


"Paul Daniels and his Bizarre Magic Calculator App" Click Here • "Who in Hollywood Owns a Private Island" Click Here • "Top mind-bender uses hypnotism for good" Click Here • "Chris Addison talks to Derren Brown" Click Here • "Morgan and West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels" Click Here • "Blindfolded magician reaches Mangalore on his scooter" Click Here • "Edinburgh Festival 2012: Pete Firman at Edinburgh Festival" [video] Click Here • "Barrow man Dave hopes to create TV magic for CBBC show" Click Here • "Journeys are magical for Hackney train passengers" Click Here • "Magician Ian conjures up new role as Rotary Club president" Click Here • "Escaped chimp resting at magician's house, headed for sanctuary" Click Here • The News deadline for MagicWeek Number 635 (Saturday 25th August) will be 12 noon Tuesday 21st August • See you next week, Duncan. 18.8.12