Number 641 - 6th October 2012


IBM Ring 85 Irish Magic Convention, May 2013. Trevor Price writes: The Ulster Society of Magicians are pleased to announce the Irish IBM 85 Ring convention for 2013 will take place in the stunning city of Belfast. Come to a great convention, then stay and see a country rich in history with many beautiful sites and destinations to visit. Artists booked to date are Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay (photo), as well as Axel Hecklau from Germany, with more names to be announced. Please put these dates into your diary to attend a great convention in an exciting city. 3rd, 4th, 5th May Belfast 2013. Venue: Ramada Plaza Hotel, 117 Miltown Road, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast BT8 7XP 6.10.12


Just added! And addition is the right word when it comes to Arthur Benjamin, joining the amazing line up of talent at this year's International Magic Convention (November 16th, 17th, 18th) at the Mermaid Theatre, London. Arthur is a mathematical and performing phenomena who during the Gala Show will demonstrate his wizardry with numbers as he multiplies 4, 5 and 6 digit numbers in his head. Sounds dry and geeky? Well, only witnessing Arthur live will demonstrate how with showmanship and personality you can turn the unlikely and driest of subjects into hypnotic, enthralling entertainment. Previously a guest on The Paul Daniels TV show, and with over 4 million hits for his TedTalks presentation, this is a rare chance to see Arthur in action in the UK. Now, from the sublime to the ridiculous... Neal Austin will also be in the Gala Show. Hardly off a cruise ship for more than a couple of days at a time, this is the first time in the last eight or nine years that those couple of days have coincided with the Convention dates. A truly unique performer with an eye for the absurd and a daring to go where no others performers dare, Neal will create a suitably hilarious break between the magic of Jeff McBride, Simon Drake and Lukas during a show that you can proudly bring friends and family to, to enjoy a true celebration of magic and variety. Tickets for the show, separate day registrations and full convention info at 6.10.12


Blackpool Magicians' Convention on 22nd, 23rd, 24th February 2013 promises to be the "best ever". Already confirmed are Yu Ho Jin (photo), the Stage FISM Grand Prix Winner and Marko Karvo from Finland, the FISM First Prize Winner in General Magic with his incredible bird act and the Friday night Gala will feature all the FISM Prize winning acts from Korea. Watch this space. Register via Photo courtesy 6.10.12


The Leamington and Warwick Magic Society Annual Dinner is being held on Friday 9th November at the Honiley Court Hotel, Meer End Road , Honiley, Warwick CV8 1NP (Map). The nigh consists of a three-course meal with magicians performing between courses, followed by a cabaret show headlined this year by Paul Daniels and supported by David Oakley. This cost is £35 per person and tickets can be ordered from Mick McCreath on 07747 052878. Tickets are selling fast - so don’t leave it until the last minute! Mark Traversoni. 6.10.12


Woody Aragon - UK Lecture Tour. Award winning Spanish card magician Woody Aragon will be embarking on his first British lecture tour at the start of November. Woody's lecture contains over 2 hours of top quality magic that begins with a small show which is then explained in its entirety and includes theory about the structure of the various routines, some very bad English (thanks to the Lennart Green videos!) and some routines, moves and principles including the spelling routine that he performed at the recent Essential Magic Conference, and which he won the 2011 International Magic Close Up Competition with. Most of what Woody teaches in his lecture are very easy to follow, understand, and do! See What's On for club dates. 6.10.12


Espionage Wallet By Kieron Kirkland: "Kieron has created what many magicians have hailed as the holy grail of wallets! The Espionage is a secret weapon that even James Bond would be thrilled to own. Kieron has taken elements from Peter Nardi's world famous Assassin wallet and Infinity wallet and added some incredible new features. Making The Espionage the most feature packed mentalism/magic wallet ever." See it in action at 6.10.12


IBM British Ring Convention. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: "The IBM British Ring Convention held in Great Yarmouth last week attracted hundreds of delegates, enjoying a variety of shows, lectures, competitions and workshops during a spell of fine Norfolk weather. John ‘Sly’ Smith has now been installed as the President for 2012-2013 (seen here with his lady, June) and a report appears under Reviews." 6.10.12 Jonathan Grice writes: Warped Magic consists of Gary Jones, Iain Moran, Chris Congreave and Jonathan Grice, the philosophy is simple, give honest and unbiased advice to novices and professionals alike. Whilst selling magic products is all well and good, we wanted to make sure that everything we sell here at is fit for purpose and reaches a certain level of quality. Our key products have approved banners. On products where this banner is visible it means one or more of our team have tried the trick as well as performed it in front of a live audience. We also do a review show which has had amazing feedback from the magic community. Visit today! 6.10.12


Today is the 5th Magic Moments Day! A day dedicated to bringing a moment of magic to the lives of those who need it most. Raising money and smiles for good causes. Today's shows are taking place in Falmouth, Bournemouth, Bristol, Bath, Lincolnshire and Birmingham together with a host of variety shows across the capital. If you've not taken part before then why not go out today and perform a magic trick to someone for the simple pleasure of sharing the experience? Magic shouldn't be all about a fee! We'll have updates of all the shows and this year's total on our dedicated Magic Moments page here on MagicWeek in the next few weeks. Thanks to everyone taking part for supporting this charitable initiative. Jay Fortune, 6.10.12


Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Auction on Monday 15th October at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Nr. Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Doors open 5.30pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers Michael Shepherd and Derek Lever. Members free entry, non members £3.00 door charge. Hundreds of items already submitted! 6.10.12


Blackpool Magicians' Club welcome Steve Evans with his fun-packed lecture on Tuesday 9th October. This is the first time Steve has lectured at the B.M.C. and all Members and Associate Members are welcome. 6.10.12


The Bolton Day of Magic. Sunday 21st October, 9am to 5pm at Horwich RMI, Ramsbottom Road, Horwich, BL6 5HN (Map). Tickets are £4.00 in advance or £6.00 on the door. Two Lectures, Dealers, and a Junior Close-up Competition, refreshments and bar. For tickets contact Chris or Andy Hurst on 01204 419879. 6.10.12


Arcane Encounters: An evening of supernatural entertainment. Three dates over Halloween: 26th October, Wood Green (The Animals Charity), King's Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire PE29 2NH Tickets via with £5 per sale being donated to the Wood Green Charity. 27th October, The Nogg Inn, Wincanton, Somerset. Full details: 2nd November, Lucy's Tea room, 81 High Street, Desborough, Northamptonshire. Full Details: There are still a couple of free nights available during Halloween week. If you run a public venue, or want a private party contact Rob directly: 6.10.12


Merlins of Wakefield have some great magic for Halloween, and write: The Audience With the Count DVD is now back in stock again. We have a special ½ price offer on Marvins Freaky Eyeball Illusions at just £7.50. To check out our Halloween range Click Here. We will also be at the Bolton Day of Magic on Sunday 21st October. If you are going and want something bringing, give us a call – 01924 339933. 6.10.12


Mind Games: "Aaron Calvert in association with, Nottingham Hospitals Charity Children's Appeal, brings you his Brand New Show Mind Games. Aaron's Live demonstrations of Psychological and Social Experiments designed to predict, control and influence human behavior, combined with his unbelievable trance-slamming, hypnotic phenomena makes this a must see show. The show is full of audience participation, devilish manipulation and astonishing feats. As always these are live experiments, there is no knowing how the show will turn out, and is never the same twice, making this truly edge of your seat entertainment." 7.30pm - 9.45pm on 2nd, 3rd, 4th November, Nottingham Arts Theatre. Tickets £12 adults, £10 concessions via (Not recommended for children under 12) Directed By: Aaron Calvert and Tim Berryman. Written by: Aaron Calvert and Sam Fitton. Trailer, Click Here. 6.10.12


Peter Antoniou. "Join award-winning comedy mind reader Peter Antoniou as he guides you through his world of psychic weirdness. The enfant terrible of stand-up and mind reading, Antoniou will reveal what you are thinking and tickle your funny bone. All of it will leave you asking is your mind safe?" "Brilliant" BBC. Saturday, 13th October at 9.30pm. Venue: 303 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield S11 8ZF (Map). For tickets visit 6.10.12


An Afternoon of Mindreading and Mayhem - Canterbury. "Join us as Psychic Illusionist David Fowler presents an afternoon of magic, mindreading and a good splash of fun. The show is a charity event raising money for the New Lives Hostel for Homeless Children in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Admission is free but any donations to New Lives will be gratefully received. No booking is necessary, just turn up on the day." Saturday, 24th November. Doors open at 2.30pm. Venue: Dominican Priory, St Peter's Lane, Canterbury, Kent. 6.10.12


Derek Lever is the Guest of Honour at the German Magic Circle's Convention in Hamburg on the 6th and 7th October, where he will be presenting his "World's Most Ingenious Magic" lecture. 6.10.12


Las Vegas School of Magic and Mystery. Veronica Conway  writes: Mario Morris - a Cardiff born street performer, comedy magician, lecturer, teacher and founder of the School of Busking UK - travels next week to Las Vegas to teach alongside Headliner Jeff McBride on the 'Focus on Street Magic' Course at the School of Magic and Mystery in Las Vegas. This will be Mario's 3rd year teaching at the Las Vegas school and is part of the teaching faculty of the McBride School. "When I started street performing almost 20 years ago there were no courses, DVDs or lectures on the subject - I just went out there and kept doing it until I got my first £5 hat - then I thought - wow! I never have to work again! It's taken me many years to learn the art of street theatre and I am still learning!" Mario continues "What both the School of Busking and the Focus on Street Magic doesn't do - is replace the stage/street time needed to make a good street performer! We aim to give a gunshot synopsis of methods and advice of street theatre, learned from combined years of tried and tested experiences. It's a creative and safe space for people to learn the art." Focus on Street Magic - Magic and Mystery School School of Busking 6.10.12


James Prince lectures at The Mystic Ring on Thursday October 11th. Steve Milroy writes: The lecture is on the ever popular subject of performing close-up magic in restaurants, covering material from his first two DVDs. The Mystic Ring meet at The Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 1JE (Map). Lecture starts at 7.45pm. Visiting magicians welcome, £5 admission. For more information contact the club secretary: 6.10.12


Perth Magic Circle Events. Adrian Harris writes: On Wednesday 17th The club will have a visit from Neil Stirton, author of the recently published book, "Nine of Diamonds". Based in Edinburgh, Neil is a card enthusiast, who is rapidly making a name for himself among his peers and has put together many routines, most of which have their own twist. He will perform and explain some of the effects from his book, and no doubt other items as well! Visiting magicians will be very welcome, contact the secretary for more details. On Wednesday 21st November, the club will again have its annual Auction and Table Top sale. Last year, all the tables were taken up and it is anticipated the same will happen again. Tables will be available on a first come, first served basis but must be pre-booked. Admission is £2 at the door and this will include a free raffle! Email or telephone 01738-628985 to book your table now! 6.10.12


Paul Gordon Lecture - Blackpool Magicians Club. "Paul Gordon's all-new killer workable card magic lecture. Paul Gordon presents his fast-paced fun and jam-packed lecture on killer worker card magic." Visit and Tuesday 13th November at 8pm. Blackpool Magicians' Club Headquarters, (Rear of) 1 Sherbourne Road, North Shore, Blackpool FY1 2PW. 6.10.12


Ali Cardabra lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 11th October. Adam Mosley writes: Paul Buonocore (aka Ali Cadabra) presents his brand new lecture, 'An Evening With the Count'. Ali was about seven years old when he started his lifelong interest in magic and puppetry. As well as performing, he has manufactured feather flowers, polished aluminum Chop cups, Zombie balls, dove pans, multiplying bottles etc. for many magicians and dealers including Ken Brooke, International Magic, Repro Magic and Kovari. Ali specialises in performing in character; his most popular being a tribute to Charlie Chaplin which he has performed worldwide. He performed before members of Chaplin’s own family with favourable reviews at a festival of silent film in Holland with a live orchestra conducted by Clive Davis. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, the lecture takes place in Bookham, Surrey at 8pm." For more information contact Adam Mosley 6.10.12


Mel's annual charity show, 12th October, Kineton Village Hall. Mel Harvey writes: This year's show is in aid of Shipston Home Nursing. Apart from my own contribution of magic and music I will be joined by Anthony Mason from The Flanagan and Allen show who will be presenting his tribute to George Formby plus "Little Joe" a junior dancer (he is twelve) from the finals of Stratford's got Talent. During my recent visit to the I.B.M. at Great Yarmouth I was lucky enough to catch the magic and Illusions of "Morgan" who was appearing on the "Stars of Tomorrow" Show. Morgan is only nine but I am sure she will make a big impact on our audience. I have a few tickets left but not many should anyone want to support a very worthy cause. Last year we raised £1,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support 6.10.12


Andrew Melia was seen on television across Holland last week with his new stage act, 'The Plasma Screen'. The act was shown on RTL4 and RTL8 last Saturday and can be seen if you Click Here . To see the full act highlights video Click Here. For lots more visit Andrew's site 6.10.12


Paul Voodini Lecture - Scotland. George Fitzpatrick writes: The Scottish Conjurers Association are delighted to be hosting a lecture by Paul Voodini on Wednesday 10th October 2012. Paul is a full time working mentalist from England, specialising in the areas of séance, tarot card reading and the paranormal. He works almost exclusively amongst "shut eye" circles, and the information he gleams for this environment he condenses into his books to pass on to the mentalist community. Venue: The SMPC, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). Starting at 7.30pm, cost to visiting magicians £10, payable at the door. 6.10.12


The Magic and the Madness. Douglas Maddy will be presenting his evening show entitled: 'The Magic and the Madness' at Moulton Theatre in Northamptonshire on 27th and 28th October. Tickets are £10 each. To find out more and book your tickets online, visit 6.10.12


Peter Baffles entertained guests at a the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay last week. Special guest Simon Weston OBE and many well known celebrities including Jan Molby and Russ Williams attended to make the event a very successful charitable affair. 6.10.12


Dov Citron lecture, Watford Association of Magicians. Julie Carpenter writes: "Dov Citron runs one of the UK's most successful children's entertainment companies specialising in character driven entertainment. His clients include Madonna, The Sultan of Brunei, Downing Street, The Arsenal Football Club and more, and Dov is an entertainment trainer and consultant for the holiday industry. On Tuesday 16th October Dov will be lecturing at the Watford Association of Magicians, demonstrating how building a repertoire of entertaining and accessible children's characters for your parties or corporate shows can not only revitalise seldom used magic props and magic, but also allow you to reach a much more varied and profitable market. Lecture starts at 8pm sharp! (arrive from 7.30pm) at The Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Avenue, Bricket Wood, St. Albans, Herts. AL2 3LQ (Map). Visitors are welcome and will be charged £10 temporary membership." For further information contact club secretary Julie Carpenter 6.10.12


Magicians Wanted: South Wales' magician Simon Sparkles is looking for children's magicians in Ireland. "I'm helping a client to cover about 20 gigs within a hotel throughout December (no agents commission!) I would like to hear from anyone who might be interested" writes Simon. Contact Simon Sparkles on 07780 841262 email: 6.10.12


Hey now... Not magic but a great late-night antidote to whatever the day has thrown at you, The Larry Sanders Show from the mid-nineties still stands up amazingly well (pi). I picked up the box set of the complete series a couple of years ago in its native US format, but it's now available over here as a 'Region 2' (UK) DVD box set and can be ordered via Click Here. DT. 6.10.12


Dynamo: Magician Impossible Series 2 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday October 22nd. To pre-order via Click Here • "1 million volts: Magician David Blaine prepares for his most electrifying stunt yet [with video]" Click Here • "'I hope my daughter never wants to do anything like this!' US illusionist - and new dad - David Blaine prepares for his latest electrifying stunt" Click Here • "It’s no illusion: That’s David Copperfield calling to promote gambling in Maryland" Click Here • "Let's work some magic!" Click Here • "Criss Angel, David Copperfield to work together on children’s fundraiser" [includes a nice look at parts of David Copperfield's Magic Collection] Click Here • The third L.A.D.S day is reviewed by Elizabeth Warlock this week, Click Here • "Paul Daniels and magicians praise Yarmouth for successful hosting" Click Here • "Top entertainer at Waterstones in city centre" Click Here • And finally, there's some interesting 'body magic' in this video 'World Order 2012' Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 6.10.12