Number 658 - 2nd February 2013


Derren Brown: Infamous. Derren Brown returns with a brand new live show, which will embark on a nationwide UK tour in March and will visit Ireland in 2014. Andy Nyman directs Derren Brown: Infamous. The acknowledged master of psychological illusion, fresh from the hugely successful two-year run of his 2012 Oliver award-winning show Derren Brown: Svengali will once again mesmerise, shock and entertain the nation. Derren says: "I enjoy the stage shows more than anything else. Live on stage is the best place for what I do: it's unpredictable, and the audience knows there's no possibility of judicious editing." On stage as well as on TV Derren is in a class of his own, exhilarating audiences with his unique brand of entertainment. For the past twelve years he has created TV and stage performances that have stunned audiences, debunked the paranormal and encouraged many to improve and enhance their own mental abilities. His first show appeared in 2000, Derren Brown: Mind Control, and was followed with Trick of the Mind, Trick or Treat and a series of specials including the controversial Russian Roulette, the hugely popular Events, Hero at 30,000 Feet and the more recent Derren Brown: The Experiments, which won the 2012 BAFTA award for Best Entertainment Show. See What's On for dates. 2.2.13


Dynamo - Broadcast Awards 2013: "Cardinal Burns, Dynamo and BBC Two were among the big winners at this year's Broadcast Awards. The E4 sketch show starring Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns took home both 'Best Comedy Programme' and 'Best Multichannel Programme', while Dynamo: Magician Impossible beat the likes of Britain's Got Talent and Celebrity Juice to scoop 'Best Entertainment Programme'" To read the full story in Digital Spy Click Here (includes video). 2.2.13


Piff the Magic Dragon: Jurassic Bark, London dates. Following a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run, a hit run at the Sydney Opera House and a Time Out & Soho Theatre TOAST Award nomination, Piff the Magic Dragon embarks on his first Soho Theatre season, accompanied by Mr Piffles the World’s First Million Dollar Chihuahua™. With over 8.5 million hits on YouTube his recent role as opening act for Mumford & Sons (photo) on their UK tour secured his position as folk rock’s favourite mythical creature. Will Piff find his princess? Will Mr Piffles defy the Cannon of Certain Death? Will you be there if he doesn’t? "A hugely entertaining hour of grumpy magic." Time Out. Piff the Magic Dragon: Jurassic Bark, Soho Theatre, March 19th - 23rd, 7.45pm. Tickets £10-15 via 2.2.13


Renowned Puppeteer to make UK debut at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival. One of the world’s leading puppeteers is to make his UK debut at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival in March. American Scott Land, whose skills are on display in nearly every scene of Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster Team America: World Police, will appearing at the 10th annual South Tyneside International Magic Festival in March. Despite having performed more than 10,000 shows worldwide this will be the first British appearance in Scott’s esteemed 25 year career. Scott, who also created and operated a Julie Andrews look-alike marionette for Disney’s The Princess Diaries 2, said: “I’ve heard so much about the South Tyneside International Magic Festival and am really looking forward to making my first visit to the North East and indeed the UK.” Ticket holders for the convention will receive entry to both Gala Shows, which will see Scott sharing the stage with other leading performers from around the world. This includes Spanish close-up magician Dani DaOrtiz, living cartoon Sylvester the Jester, USA double act Charlie Frye & Co, German master of metamorphosis Gaston and UK magicians Paul Daniels, John Archer, Graham P Jolley, Brian Sefton, Rob James, Peter Turner and Ian D Montford. Tickets for the South Tyneside International Magic Festival’s convention, priced at £65 each, are available by emailing or calling 0191 4247987. More details about the festival’s other events can also be found at 2.2.13


The Magic Circle’s Winter Season of Wizardry. Access to the world’s most prestigious magical society, The Magic Circle, has been restricted to its secretive membership ever since it was founded in 1905. Now, the doors to the society’s HQ at 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD have been opened up to the public for a series of shows highlighting the best in magical entertainment. See What's On (February and March) for listings. 2.2.13


Chris Cox - Fatal Distraction Tour, Spring Dates. Fatal Distraction is the fifth brand new show from the multi award-winning, five star, fringe sell-out, mind reader who can’t read minds, Chris Cox. He’s been on TV, toured the world and is somehow still getting away with it. Fatal Distraction has picked up a magical hat full of 5 star reviews and won the 2011 Venue Magazine award for best comedy show. Chris will be doing things he shouldn’t be able to do with the fringe brochure, performing tricks nobody has ever done before, controlling coincidence, probing theories of fate and answering the FAQ: ‘Can you use this stuff on girls?’. Determined to deliver the most satisfying hour possible Chris will be handing control over to his audience by giving them the power to control his actions with their minds. Cox manages to mix a love based narrative with some of the most unique and incredible mind-reading effects ever seen on the stage. See What's On for dates. 2.2.13


The Chuckle Brothers meet The Phantom at the Theatre. After finishing in their own sell-out Pantomime Aladdin, Stuart and Jayne Safire are looking forward to once again touring the UK’s top theatre venues in a new adventure “The Chuckle Brothers meet The Phantom at the Theatre”. This will be Safire’s 13th outing with the BBC children’s favourites, running from the beginning of February through to the beginning of September. As well as performing their new Ghostly Themed Black Art Puppet act, Stuart and Jayne will also be playing parts and presenting their illusions. Once the tour is up and running in between Stuart and Jayne's Magic Light Productions will start preparing for their Summer Pantomime in Llandudno based on Alice in Wonderland and also for their third Christmas offering at Theatr Colwyn, Dick Whittington. For tour dates visit 2.2.13


Where the Magic Happens: "Where the Magic Happens focuses on professional, accomplished magicians and chronicles a year-long roller coaster of trials and triumphs as they pursue their greatest passion: magic. Lance Burton is the film's Executive Producer. Filming is almost complete, and we are in the home-stretch. To get the movie finished and into theaters, we are gathering post-production funds on the popular funding site Kickstarter. We are offering great magic-related premiums, including tours of the Magic Castle, magic lessons, and a private lunch with Lance Burton. We'd love to get the word out to the magic community, as the campaign ends February 5th. Here is a video featuring a sneak peek of the film, along with the rewards for donation: Click Here." Marcie Hume, Christoph Baaden and Theodore James, Producers, Where the Magic Happens 2.2.13


The Magic Show - Nottingham. Just 40 tickets remain for “The Magic Show” in Nottingham, a tribute held in memory of Allen Tipton who sadly died last November. The show organised by Freddie Wilkinson will be a full night of magic, illusion and comedy, with all profits going to the charity When You Wish Upon A Star. Freddie Wilkinson writes “I’m amazed and truly grateful that so many busy performers said yes, and have kindly donated their time and talent; it just goes to show how well loved and respected Allen was. Special thanks must go to Mark Roberts for not only agreeing to perform but for also being there for me to bounce ideas off of, suggesting such a brilliant charity, and listening to me grumble and moan now and again!” The amazing line-up includes – FISM winner Marc Oberon, international illusionists Andrew Van Buren & Allyson, IBM winner James Parker, Mark Roberts, Neil Haywood, Steven Garrison, Liam A. Black, Freddie Wilkinson, Roy Bond and Anthony Chan. Even the Stage Manager for the night is a IBM winner – James Smith. The show will be held at the Bonington Theatre, Arnold Leisure Centre, High Street, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 7EE (Map) on Friday 8th February. Show time 7.30pm; doors open 7pm. Tickets are £10.00 and available from the box office on 0115 9670114. 2.2.13


Bullet Catch. Bullet Catch, written and performed by Rob Drummond, plays 'The Shed', a temporary venue by the National Theatre, London, from 21st May to 1st June. Celebrating new theatre that is original, ambitious and unexpected. Bullet Catch is a unique theatrical experience exploring the world of magic, featuring mind reading, levitation and the most notorious finale in show business. 2.2.13



Kirkstall Hotel, Blackpool. 3 star guest house 2 minutes from the Wintergardens, fully central heated and recently refurbished. Good food, warm atmosphere, single rooms available, all rooms ensuite. Special offer B&B Friday and Saturday for £40 per person. Evening meals available on request. Late check-out. Flexible breakfast times. Please try us you will notice the difference. 25 Hull Road, Blackpool, FY14QB. Website: Tel: 01253 623077. 2.2.13


The first 'Variety @ UCL' was a huge success! From the organisers: "Check out the showreel for highlights YouTube. The night returns on Tuesday 26th February, hosted by the fantastic Christian Lee, featuring gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo, the mindreader who can't read minds, Chris Cox, plus a rare London performance by the amazing spirit medium, Ian D Montfort (photo), hilarious comedy from Jo Below, live music from Jasmine Tribe and a very special surprise act which you don't want to miss! We are also giving away 2 top price seats for A Chorus Line, the award-winning Broadway musical which is currently playing at the London Palladium. Simply buy your tickets online Click Here by Tuesday 5th February to be entered into the draw. Tickets just £12.50 (concessions £10). Venue: Mully's Bar, 136 Gower Street, WC1E 6BP (Map). Doors 7pm, show 7.30pm.". 2.2.13


Wow! This Show Is Magic. "See two of the country’s foremost magicians in this newly created stage show for all the family. Doctor Bondini and JezO have been wowing the crowds with their incredible magic, comedy and audience participation for many years in their own shows and now they combine their talents into one amazing production. See the two generations of professional magicians at work in one of the few full-scale illusion shows touring the UK today. Mixing traditional and modern magic this is a show that will make you go wow! as JezO brings comedy magic and hilarious audience participation and Bondini presents sophisticated magic and grand illusion." See What's On for current tour dates, with further dates to be announced. 2.2.13


Anthony Owen lectures at The Ilford Magical Society this Wednesday, 6th February. They meet at The Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford IG3 9PP (Map) at 8pm. Visitors welcome, £10 on the door. 2.2.13


The Order of The Magi (Manchester) Open Night. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Order of The Magi (Manchester) is holding an open night at their new headquarters, the fabulous Irish World Heritage Centre 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE. This is about 500 yards further along Queens Road past the old building which is familiar to many. The date is Tuesday 12th February 2013 from 8.00pm. The invitation is free, but, in order to control numbers, it is strictly by ticket only. It is hoped that many Magi members and their guests will attend, as well as others over the age of 18 who have an interest in magic. Anyone aged 16 – 18 years with an interest in magic may also attend but must inform the President on arrival. The guest of honour will be the International President of The International Brotherhood of Magicians John Pye who will officially declare our new headquarters open by cutting the ribbon – and no doubt restoring it! Guests will be offered a glass of bubbly (or suitable alternative) and a piece of celebration cake. The entertainment will be by Mark James with his brand new one hour show. Mark is well known for his work on cruises. The last one being on the Fred Olsen Line, Boudicca down the Amazon and the next one with the same line on the Black Watch to India. If you would like to attend, please email with your name. All e.ticket holders’ names will go into a hat for a mystery prize to be drawn at the Magi dinner on 23rd March 2013. 2.2.13


Britain Does Variety 2013. A nationwide talent competition for all variety acts. "Would you like to be seen on Sky's Showcase TV? Would you like to win a performance at London's O2? Would you like the chance to perform in front of the Executive Producer of The Royal Variety Performance? Britain Does Variety is returning for a third year in 2013. If you'd like to be part of it then book your audition now. In 2011 and 2012, acts from around Britain auditioned in front of a panel of industry judges to compete for a place in one of the Britain Does Variety regional shows which took place in some of Britain's best theatres with each show staged and managed by an experienced, professional team." Visit for full details. 2.2.13


The South London Magic Society are please to present Steve Evans's 'The Magic Bloke' lecture: "A lecture not to be missed by one of the most funniest men in the business! Time and date are 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start on Tuesday 5th February and this will be held at our new venue The South Norwood and Woodside Social Club, 12 Enmore Road, London SE25 5NQ (Map). As always, non-members are welcome and a temporary membership of £10 is payable." Mike Sullivan 2.2.13


Chris Stevenson, the current British Close Up Magic Champion, will be presenting his lecture at Winchester Magical Society on Thursday February 7th. The lecture is based on his winning act from Blackpool 2012 and includes coin, rope and card routines as well as discussions on his handling of the Classic Force and his Multiple Card routine. The lecture starts at 8pm at the Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester SO22 4QB (Map). Non-members are very welcome for a nominal £5 charge. Philip Smith 2.2.13


Peter McLanachan will be presenting his "A Force Much Greater Than Luck" lecture for The Ulster Society of Magicians on Monday 4th February at the USM's usual meeting place The Ramada Hotel at Shaw's Bridge, Belfast. The meeting starts at 7.30pm for 8pm. The majority of Peter's lecture concentrates on card effects that can be done when performing for groups in walkaround situations, and requiring more than one card to be selected which means more audience participation. Any non-members wishing to attend should email George Bleeks, USM Secretary: See 2.2.13


James Prince lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 7th February. James has been performing magic professionally for over twenty years and in that time has performed at literally thousands of Hotels, Clubs and Restaurants and at numerous Corporate and Private Functions, both in the UK and overseas. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, the lecture takes place in Bookham, Surrey at 8pm for full details contact Adam Mosley 2.2.13


The Pentacle Club (based in Cambridge) have a new website up and running at, built by club member Stacy Smith. 2.2.13


Don't Try This – The Magic of Illusion & The Mystery of The Mind: "What happens when you put together one of the most dynamic and respected illusion acts with the South West’s leading mentalists and mind readers? You get something that is not 'just another' magic show. Don't Try This is a new show featuring spell binding illusions, mind melting magic and inexplicable demonstrations of psychological manipulation. Alex and Emily, known internationally as Matricks are the illusionists together with dancer Natalie, joined by Alan Jones who brings his brand of award winning mentalism. You can see the premier of this show at The Acorn Theatre, Penzance on Saturday 9th February. Tickets from Cornish Riviera Box office Telephone: 01726 879 500. Adults £9, Under 16's £5, Family Ticket Adult x 2 Children x 2 £25, Doors Open 7pm, Show starts 7.30pm." 2.2.13


Playing Cards 1: Spades is a remarkable new production from world-renowned theatre-maker Robert Lepage. True to this outstanding director’s rich artistic legacy, the show makes brilliant use of theatrical wizardry and has been created specifically for presentation in the round within the Roundhouse’s stunning Main Space. Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH, 7th February - 2nd March, see 2.2.13


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