Number 649 - 1st December 2012


French Magician and Comedian Eric Antoine announces one-off London gig for 2013. "French superstar Eric Antoine has announced a one-off gig [Wednesday May 22nd 2013] in London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, as the ‘greatest magician in the world’ makes his way to Britain for a rare UK performance." To read the full story, and for booking information Click Here. Also see 1.12.12


Jeff Wayne's musical version of “The War of the Worlds”, starts an arena tour this December. The Twins FX are on the creative team, supplying the special visual effects. This all-new live production will feature a 3-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flame Heat Rays at the audience, and scanning them with its bug-like eyes, as it 'lands' centre stage. Special effects and illusions include a world-first 'levitation' and the Martian Fighting Machine's 'incineration' of a cast member; all contributing to the all-encompassing experience that is The War of The Worlds. Liam Neeson heads the cast in 3D holography, portraying the role of George Herbert. His groundbreaking, full-bodied, live action 3D hologram interacts with the live performers. "It's great to be part of such a big production and we look forward to the Twins FX team being on tour” Paul of Twins FX commented. Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds tours major arenas around the world. See and for more info and tour dates. 1.12.12


Don't call me Shirley... To mark the two year anniversary of the passing of comic actor Leslie Nielson, Victorian magic duo Morgan & West have released a new trick as a tribute to the great man, Click Here. 1.12.12


Tommy Cooper's Christmas, 8.55pm on Saturday 8th December on Channel 5. Classic comedy from 1974: "Tommy Cooper has the audience in stitches in this special Christmas show. Allan Cuthbertson, Tommy Godfrey, Glyn Houston, Damaris Hayman and Annette Potts join in the fun. Providing the music are guest stars Dana (the sweet-voiced Irish European Song winner and pop star in the days before she became a politician) and American crooner, Vic Damone. Also making an appearance is French entertainer Andre Tabon, who brings some of his puppets with him." See TV Magic. 1.12.12


Paul Zenon is once again special guest at The Gadget Show Live at Christmas at ExCel London this weekend with shows at 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm in the 2,700 capacity Super Theatre. Also see Paul's back on Countdown on Monday for the week, see TV Magic. 1.12.12


Luca Volpe is Rebecca Lea's guest on "Cruising with the Stars" on Friday 14th December at 8pm on Sky Channel 284. Expect: "A full hour dedicated to the magic and mystery of Luca Volpe including clips from his live show together with incredible 'mind experiments' performed live in studio!" Friday 14th December at 8pm, repeated Monday 17th December at 12 noon and 4pm, on Sky Channel 284. 1.12.12


Stu Turner appears at the O2. Formerly half of 'Magic Incorporated'; a comedy illusion double-act formed in the early 90's, Stu took a 10 year break from performing and is now back as a solo act. Along with regular nights on the London comedy circuit and at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End, Stu is now appearing in 'Sunday Night Live' at the O2 Indigo on Sunday 9th December. As well as performing a main slot in the show, Stu will be compering the evening, bringing his unique blend of magic, comedy and absolute nonsense to the proceedings, at the fabulous 1,600 seater venue. Details of the show and tickets: 1.12.12


Jay Fortune's Magick and Mayhem, London. Will you laugh in the face of death? A dark comedy and magic show for adults only. It's a virtual certainty that you have never seen magic quite like the comical and slightly disturbing tricks seen in Jay Fortune's Magick and Mayhem show. Featuring close-up magic combining horror, comedy, dark themes of life and death and a few twisted pieces for those who like something a little different. Not for those however, of a nervous disposition or those who are easily offended. Written by Jay Fortune. Produced and directed by Richard Leigh. Presented by Dee Riley. Finish work, have a drink, and start your Thursday night out in a very unusual way. A dark magic show for adults only. Every Thursday at 7pm during December, plus Thursday January 3rd. Davenports Magic Theatre, Davenports, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, Strand, London, WC2N 4HZ. Book via 1.12.12


Human Ventriloquist Masks. Izzy Wizzy Magic write: "Human Ventriloquist Masks are now back in stock after a total sell out at the International Magic Convention, as seen on TV show Celebrity Juice! A great comedy item that can be used for kids or cabaret, turn your assistant into a human ventriloquist's dummy! This mask is made of a strong durable plastic, and has sponge lining on the inside so it is easy on the assistants face. It has got a strong, durable, invisible string to move the mouth and 2 Velcro straps; one goes around the back of the neck and the other around the head just over the ears. 'Best buy I’ve had at the convention' Jeff McBride." Order from: 1.12.12


Midwinter Magic - Croydon. "A marvellous magic show for all the family celebrating the magic of Christmas. A blend of fun and interactive magic with beautiful and spectacular magic, all themed around Christmas. Presented by Paul Brown." Doors open 15 minutes before the show which starts at 3pm every Sunday on 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th December. Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions). For more information and to book visit Venue: Croydon Park Hotel, 7 Altyre Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 5AA (Map). 1.12.12 are pleased to announce the UK exclusive release of SKYCAP: "You start with nothing in your hands but an empty water bottle and its cap. You tightly screw the plastic cap onto your bottle and then take a normal straw (or pen or rolled-up dollar bill) and slowly push the straw through the center of the cap and completely into the sealed bottle! Rap your knuckles on the cap to show it's still solid... and immediately hand the capped bottle out for examination." Watch a video and order today with free UK delivery from 1.12.12


Morgan & West's Magical Menagerie with Rob James & Alex McAleer. "Roll up roll up! Time travelling magicians Morgan and West bring you the UK's finest magical talent - psychics, conjurers and prestidigitators live and in captivity! Morgan and West have travelled to the four corners of the empire to bring back the greatest specimens the magical world has to offer. Each show sees two new dabblers in the dark arts unleashed upon the audience, presided over by conjurer-collecting duo Morgan and West. Minds will be read, impossibilities realised and thoroughly good times had by all. With guest magicians Rob James & Alex McAleer. Thursday 6th December at 7.30pm at Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2QA (Map) Tickets £7 via Also see 1.12.12


The Only Way is Alex. Alex Lodge can be seen on hit TV show The Only Way is Essex this Sunday at 10pm on ITV2 in their Christmas special. Alex was asked to provide some magical entertainment and help reality star 'Little Chris' make Lucy levitate in the season finale as part of a TOWIE variety show. See TV Magic. 1.12.12


"Magician's Head Set on Fire by Host on National TV Show" Click Here. Dreadful news; our thoughts go to Wayne Houchin with the hope that he makes a full recovery. DT. Also see "Vegas magicians respond to attack on ‘Breaking Magic’ star Wayne Houchin" Click Here and "Did a TV show host set a magician on fire because he thought he was a witch-doctor?" [Warning: The following article from the NewStatesman contains a link to YouTube video footage of the incident that is distressing to watch] Click Here. (Photo: Wayne Houchin in Discovery Channel's 'Breaking Magic'.) 1.12.12


"Musha Cay, David Copperfield's Magic Private-Island Resort in the Bahamas" Click Here • "Penn & Tell-all: Magician Jillette rips into Donald Trump and 'Celebrity Apprentice'" Click Here • "Shanghai promotes young magicians" Click Here • "Neil Patrick Harris Has Magic to Do, Directing Nothing to Hide, Opening Nov. 27 in L.A." Click Here • "First Look at Geffen's Nothing to Hide, Directed by Neil Patrick Harris!" Click Here • "It's tough to make the cut in Las Vegas" Click Here • "Illusionist develops physical therapy program using magic tricks" Click Here • "Derren Brown's 'Apocalypse' smashes Channel 4's Friday slot average" Click Here • "Magician crosses Yangtze River in 15 seconds" Click Here • "Illusion builder stands behind Las Vegas’ top magic acts" Click Here • "Jewell Cardwell: Magician’s assistant Huntley dead at 106" Click Here • "Taiwanese magician makes bread grow out of his hands" Click Here • "Tulisa and Flo Rida in Charlton magician Damien O'Brien's YouTube video advent calendar where he dumbfounds celebs" Click Here • "Meryl Streep Stunned By David Blaine Stunt" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 1.12.12