Number 639 - 22nd September 2012


The IBM British Ring Convention starts this Wednesday! The 76th IBM British Ring No. 25 convention opens at 12 noon on Wednesday in Great Yarmouth and presents 5 days of shows, dealers, lectures, workshops and competitions. Paul Daniels & Debbie McGee will head the all British line-up of talent this year. On line Registration closes at 12 midnight tonight, Saturday September 22nd, but registration in person is available throughout the convention, including single day registrations at just £40 each and '18 or under' registrations at just £25 each. For registration details Click Here and for a full taster of what's to come read PRO Geoffrey Newton's convention rundown, Click Here. 22.9.12


Dynamo joins Jonathan Ross on Saturday 29th September on ITV1, Keith Lemon and company on Celebrity Juice on Thursday 4th October on ITV2, Steve Wright in the Afternoon on Thursday 27th September on BBC Radio 2 and Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning on Thursday 27th September on ITV1. See TV Magic for details. 22.9.12


Ghost the Musical will close in London on October 6th, after over 500 performances. It's an incredible production, and the most magical of shows, so this is really just a quick 'heads-up' to say catch it while you still can. We reviewed it back in issue number 583, Click Here. DT. 24.3.12


Magicseen Mega Offer! "Announcing the Magicseen Mega Offer Weekend, two days of devastating deals! Between now and midnight on Sunday 23rd September anyone who orders one of Magicseen's top printed books (Wayne Dobson and Friends, David Copperfield - A Magic Life, Best of British or The Man Who Would Be King) will receive a free one year (UK rates) subscription to Magicseen itself. Anyone who buys two of the books will receive a 2 year (UK rates) sub. For those not yet taking Magicseen this creates a fabulous way to not only get hold of some great magic books, but also to enjoy 1 or 2 years of Magicseen Magazine without further payment. Those customers who already have a current sub to Magicseen will have their present term automatically extended by a 1 or 2 year period. Overseas customers will receive a voucher equivalent to the amount of a 1 or 2 year UK sub to put towards their own new subscription or subscription extension. Don't delay, it all ends Sunday at midnight. For further details go to the Magicseen book order page which can be found at" 22.9.12


A sale of Terry Seabrooke's Props and a table top sale will take place at The Watford Association of Magicians Headquarters at The Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Ave, Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire AL2 3LQ (Map) on Tuesday 2nd October at 8pm. Entry for non members will be via a temporary membership of £5. The intention is that the larger of Terry’s items will be auctioned and smaller ones sold, with proceeds going to Terry’s family. This may be the only opportunity to purchase a memento of this great and much loved entertainer. There is also an opportunity for non members to sell their new or second-hand items at £10 per table. Contact WAM Club Secretary, Julie Carpenter, for further details at Andy Clockwise. 22.9.12


i Luv Magic has now been open 3 months and business is booming. The shop offers magic for beginners to professionals: "Come and see the great signing wall made of 974 playing cards all in aid of a local children's charity. All the latest magic effects available." 58 High Brooms Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9DB (Map). Telephone 01892 689808 or 07920 772792. 22.9.12


Congratulations to Zoobee, winner of the he Kidology Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition 2012 on September 10th. Dov Citron, Pip the Clown, Stephen Ablett, Sally Rigley, Zoobee and Aunty Julie competed in front of an audience of other entertainers and a handful of children. The winner was awarded £200 in vouchers to spend at the convention, together with a trophy, the title, and entry in to the Children's Entertainer competition in Blackpool in 2013. Zoobee's act included juggling, magic and a vent routine. Zoobee writes: "The whole Kidology convention was a huge success and full credit must go to Alec Powell and Steve Evans for making it one of the best Kidology Conventions I have attended." 22.9.12


Fantastic Four - Four great routines from Wayne Dobson: for details. 22.9.12


The Egg Trick. The Magic Circle was packed-out on September 10th for a special event with James Freedman. James talked about his experience as a Magic Consultant for various films, revealing some of the behind-the-scenes secrets and explained techniques used to create magic for the big screen. One of the projects James spoke about was 'The Egg Trick', a short film, starring Sir Ian McKellen and young Preston Nyman and directed by Stephen Kroto, all of whom had accepted James's invitation to attend. The evening ended with the film's premiere screening, followed by a fascinating question and answer session from the stars and director. 22.9.12


Ian Keable: Funny Tricks, The Rose Theatre, Chester Road North, Broadwaters, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 2RX (Map). Wednesday 26th September at 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Telephone the Box Office on 01562 743745 or email Fresh from his triumphant Conjuring Up Comedy, Ian presents his new one man show Funny Tricks: "Ian, a previous recipient of the prestigious Magic Circle Comedy Award, explains and illustrates some of the techniques he uses to mystify his audience. Is the hand really quicker than the eye, is it all done with mirrors or does everything disappear up the sleeve? With a baffling array of new tricks, never seen before, this is a magical treat for everybody to savour and enjoy. Whether you have previously laughed and been astounded, or if you are a newcomer to Ian's unique humour, it's a show most definitely not to be missed." "Simply mind-boggling." Islington Gazette. 22.9.12


Richard Wiseman rips it up on YouTube thanks to Axel Hecklau's Newsflash. To find out more about 'Rip It Up' and order via Click Here. 22.9.12


An Evening with Neil Kelso: Classical Magic and Comedy Music. Back fresh from his second year as a sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe, Neil Kelso and his jazz band will be performing at the world-famous Concorde Club on Monday 24th September. With comedy, magic, and live jazz, Neil Kelso will guide you through his whimsical world of imagination. "Neil Kelso displayed considerable skill and performed several beautiful tricks but his mastery was in leading the audience deeper into the magic and the mystery until we were fully immersed and grinning ear to ear. He has an incredible stage presence, something like a cross between a bumbling Disney narrator and a Tim Burton character, giggling and shrugging and slurring throughout." Review ★★★★★ (Five Stars). Full details and tickets, Click Here. 22.9.12


Richard Leigh celebrates 10 years of The Magic Cavern at Barons Court Theatre in London this Sunday, 23rd September. See What's On for details. 22.9.12


Steve Price, Secretary of The Magic Circle, has just released two performance-only DVDs titled “The What, Who, Where, When, Why & How of Magic” and “Razor Sharp Twit”. There are nine effects on each DVD, including his signature trick “Omelette Roulette” and his “Visual Coin in Bottle” (which helped him win the Originality prize in The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year competition). Extracts from the DVDs can be seen on Steve’s website If you would like to buy copies, it's just £12 for the pair (including p&p). Contact Steve Price 07986 219997. 22.9.12


Steve Short lecture - The Pentacle Club. Alan Maskell writes: The next meeting of The Pentacle Club is unusually being held on a Monday night, 24th September, when Steve Short will be lecturing on children's entertainment, providing the full party, games, magic and extras! Steve is, of course, an experienced children's entertainer and cites our late members Dennis & Jean Collins as a major influence on his magic. Visiting magicians are welcome to attend, with a charge for non-members of £5, and the lecture starts at 8pm. The Pentacle Club meets at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map). 22.9.12


Encore for widely acclaimed KISS lecture. Following John Derris's very successful presentation of his KISS lecture back in August, comes the announcement that it is to be repeated in the New Year. Originally announced as the last performance ever, after over fifty lectures staged in the UK and Europe, Martin MacMillan of International Magic said "We have had so many letters, wonderful comments and requests about the evening that we have persuaded John Derris to repeat the presentation after Christmas." Details when we have them. 22.9.12


Zane's Magic Shop will have a stand at this year's British Ring Convention in Great Yarmouth. Zane writes: "I will be bringing a number of new products along as well as many classic tricks and supplies and look forward to seeing you there. If there's anything you'd like to specifically see please contact me and I'll bring it along." 22.9.12


Steve Gore presents his “Ramblings from a suspender… of disbelief” lecture for the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday 26th September. The lecture, which has received great reviews at over a dozen clubs, includes lots of his original effects, including ‘Trick Photography’ his RSVP hit DVD. Steve is also looking forward to lecturing and performing in the Close-up Gala show at the IBM convention next weekend in Great Yarmouth. The lecture offers a good mix of magic for close-up, stage, parlour and children's shows too. There will also be chance to purchase his latest mental effect “Visions from Vegas” YouTube. Everyone who attends the lecture will receive a free copy of his PDF lecture notes. Visiting magicians are very welcome, there is a small fee of £8 payable on the night. Contact secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 to attend. 22.9.12


Drawn In by Oliver Meech is reviewed by Oliver Tabor this week: "'Drawn In' is his first released effect, it is essentially another book but is to be used alongside the invisible deck as an alternative presentation. The concept of the routine is a spectator reads the story out aloud and decides at the end of every page where the story proceeds by means of a multiple choice at the end of each passage, this process is inspired from the Choose Your Own Adventure Books popular with children..." To read the full review Click Here. 22.9.12


Kids Show Selection is yet another book by author Ian Adair for the children's entertainer; in fact it's his ninth in succession! As the title suggests, the contents are varied, with over 43 tried and tested original effects and routines designed for the children's entertainer. The 111 illustrations and colour photographs provide additional information and Ian assures readers that all items are practical and register well in front of child audiences of all ages. Ian didn't set out to break any records, but the amount of pages dealing with kids' show material within those nine books almost amount to two thousand. Publication date is 29th September and the book will be available exclusively through Practical Magic 22.9.12


Brian Glover. Brian Glover, from Prestwich, Manchester in England, passed away on Saturday 15th September after an illness that struck in January this year. Brian, an amateur magician in the purest sense of the word was an expert card magician with an encyclopedic knowledge of the subject. Many of his contributions were published in various magazines, especially Abra. He always had something to show and you had only to ask him about an obscure move. Not only would he know it, but also its history and multiple variations. Brian read card magic books avidly and could remember with surprising detail all the moves and tricks. In addition he had a wonderful sense of humour and a devilish deadpan delivery comedians would give their eye teeth for. Brian and the late Kevin Fox regularly attended conventions together including FFFF where they made many friends. Brian's funeral will be held at Blakely Crematorium, Manchester at 11.30am on Thursday 27th September and afterwards at the Longfield Suite, Prestwich. If you will be attending the funeral please let his family know at Likewise if you have a story, anecdote or a few words to say about Brian, his family are assembling a compilation and would appreciate hearing from you at the same email address. Quentin Reynolds. 22.9.12


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