Number 669 - 20th April 2013


Ben Earl: Trick Artist. Friday 26th April, Channel 4: "Sleight-of-hand genius, trickster, manipulator, illusionist, hustler - master of deception. This is Ben Earl. In each of four shows Ben invites a select group of guests whom he amazes with a series of tricks leading up to one mind-blowing death defying stunt. Ben focuses on a different theme each week and transforms an empty space into a wonderland of deception designed to explore the week's theme. With a belief that there is no limit to what his mind and body can accomplish, Ben has dedicated his life to mastering the unimaginable and to making his audience believe the impossible. Ben said: 'The opportunity to work with Channel 4 is incredibly exciting. They are mischievous, controversial and not afraid to push boundaries. My kind of people.' This first show is all about crime. Ben invites a select group of people to join him as he attempts to catch a speeding bullet, goes to prison to perform astonishing sleight-of-hand tricks with ex-convicts, teaches an audience member how to pickpocket, and finds himself leaping from the top of a moving car." See TV Magic for details. Interview with Ben Earl: Trick Artist, Click Here. Trailer, Click Here. 20.4.13


The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year - Saturday 27th April. The final of this major competition will be held on the evening of Saturday 27th April at The Magic Circle Headquarters in London. Eight magicians: Richard Griffin, James More, Richard Pinner, Steve Price, Tim Shoesmith, Mark Shortland, Oliver Tabor and John van der Put will take to the stage to compete for the coveted title 'The Magic Circle Stage Magician of The Year 2013'. Doors open at 6.15pm and the competition will start at 7pm... just a few tickets remain for this event which is open to the public. Visit for more information and to book. 20.4.13


Kidology, the midweek convention for Children's Entertainers. 10th September, Wolverhampton. From the organisers: "Another great lecture has been added to the line up. Scott Penrose will be lecturing on 'Making Your Magic Magical' illustrated with a number of children's effects. Scott will also include his pocket Aerial Fishing and talk about the use of animals in your act. Scott has immense experience not only as a performer but also in advising and devising effects for film, theatre and television. Recent credits include co-devising a Cirque du Soleil production which is still touring and work on the TV Series Help My Supply Teacher is Magic. For further information go to" 20.4.13


It's Kevin, 10.30pm on Sunday 28th April, on BBC 2: "In the last show of the series, Kevin Eldon celebrates with a massage and a visit from a close-up magician. He also shares some of his favourite music and Bob goes into hibernation. Starring: Kevin Eldon, Martin Bird, Amelia Bullmore, Adam Buxton, Justin Edwards, Harry Enfield." See TV Magic. 20.4.13


Phantom 52, A platform to share your thoughts on magic & deception: "An experiment to find out what lurks inside the bubble which is magic, deception and the mysterious. Collaboration is at the heart of this project; we are hoping enough people share their thoughts be part of its life blood... Share something lets see what happens... 20.4.13


Mat Ricardo's London Varieties. April 25th: Paul Daniels, Eastend Cabaret, Lisa Lottie and Johann Lippowitz. The first three shows for the 2013 season of Mat Ricardo's London Varieties have just been announced. This year they've moved to the Leicester Square Theatre but all the features and surprises you loved last year will be back, bigger and crazier than ever! Mat Ricardo writes: "Just last like year, the interview from each show will be podcast, but additionally, an edited version of the show will be professionally filmed and put online so you can watch it at home! For free! I figured if TV won't make a proper variety show, then I will! And, as you can see, we've got some big names. Some of them you'll know, and some of them maybe you won't, but every single person on all of the bills is the absolute best at what they do, and I'm proud and - frankly - stunned to be welcoming them to The Varieties. We've got some bona-fide legends and heroes of variety and circus coming your way this year. For the opening night we've got the hilarious Kev Orkian, the UK's funniest magician John Archer, the spectacle that is Craig the Incredible Hula Boy, and I'll be sitting down for a chat with the brilliant Omid Djalili - comedian, actor, and, recently, high diver! It's going to be special, and if you ever considered coming to one of these shows but haven't - now's the time! Get yourself a ticket to the first night and lets pack that theatre and show the West End that there's an audience for a knock-down, drag-out, no-apologies, no-compromise variety show!" For more info, and to book tickets Click Here. 20.4.13


Introducing Rubber Chicken - a new magic magazine aimed at Children's Entertainers. Editor Peter Aubery writes: "We have a wide variety of articles and interviews, reviews, and a star routine each issue and we are growing. We have already seen sales not only in the UK but the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Argentina and have featured David Kaye (Silly Billy) in Issue 1, Terry Herbert in Issue 2, Jimmy Carlo in Issue 3 and our cover star for Issue 4 is Paul Daniels. We publish every 2 months. We have just published Issue 4 and the cost of the magazine is currently £3.50 plus postage. Issue 5 is due out the first week of June." For more information and to order a copy visit 20.4.13


Chris Wood Lecture - Exonian Magic Society. Ozzy Dee writes: Chris Wood will be presenting his very commercial lecture, billed as 'Magic with Charm' (and that is exactly what you will be getting) on 25th April at 7.30pm. Venue: Exonian Magic Society, Exeter CVS Centre. 20.4.13


Harry Robson Lecture - British Magical Society. Paul Cadley writes: Celebrate St Georges Day - Come along to the British Magical Society, in Birmingham who are proud to present Manchester’s own Harry Robson's 'A Laugh A Minute' lecture on Tuesday 23rd April 2013. Aimed at magical societies the lecture is in two halves. Both consist of a performance and explanation, with a short break. At the end of the evening Harry is happy to hold a workshop for half an hour with members so they can practice some of Harry's effects. Harry's working commercial effects are for sale at the end of the evening. 7.30pm on Tuesday 23rd April at Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £5 fee. See for details. 20.4.13


Vanish, the International Magic Magazine, is now available for the iPad. Publisher Paul Romany emails: "We have teamed up with to offer the magazine to all magicians. Just download the free App from iTunes (revizzit e-reader) and sign in to get the Vanish Magic Magazine App. It's out now, and it's free." Direct link: 20.4.13


Paul Zenon could be seen on Countdown last week, and can be seen on Monday and Tuesday of this week too; see TV Magic. From May 3rd to June 2nd (nightly at 9pm, except Mondays) Paul can be seen live on stage in La Clique in the Spiegeltent on the Old Steine in Brighton as part of Brighton Festival and Fringe. He'll also be supplying a few outdoor attractions at the site. (Photo: From Edinburgh last August, with other performers that will also be appearing in Brighton this year). 20.4.13


The Creative Solutions Deck. Phill Smith writes: "I have just launched a Kickstarter for a deck of cards I created to help jumpstart sufferers of creative block but which are (secretly) a cunning magic prop designed to read minds. It's an intersection of my two trades - design and magic, and I have already had lots of positive feedback from both designers and magicians/mind readers. My Kickstarter page has a video and images that explain the project and what makes it so cool:" 20.4.13


Movie Magic, news from The Twins FX: "The Twins FX have been involved in the 'Keep Moving Projects', an innovative project by BlackBerry, designed to spark 'brilliant new ideas between creative megastars and their fans'. The goal? To create new artworks in which fans play a key role. The BlackBerry’s 'Keep Moving Projects' are inviting people all over the world to collaborate with one of the biggest names in movie-making: Robert Rodrigues. To celebrate, Blackberry asked the top special-effects companies including The Twins FX to tell us what the perfect monster looks and sounds like. The Twins FX love being part of such a wonderful project. Click below to watch Gary and Paul from The Twins FX share some of their magical ideas about creating a monster... and" 20.4.13


W!ZARD Radio Station is proud to present a brand new 'Magic Show' on-air every Saturday from 3pm to 5pm (GMT). The station write: "The show is presented by young magicians, Jay Sands and Leon Thomson – both members of the Magic Circle’s Youth Initiative, the Young Magicians' Club – with the aim of presenting magic in a ‘fresh, new, exciting light’ by using a mixture of talk, music and specially designed radio magic tricks to assist the art with its constant need to keep up with modern technology and trends. The duo kicked off the new, engaging show last Saturday to an amazing response including the London Film Museum, who tweeted all of its followers to listen to Saturday’s show! Make sure you don’t miss this amazing two-hours of fun, games and magic! Every Saturday from 3pm to 5pm at" 20.4.13


Oliver Meech Collides Magic and Science at Smoke and Mirrors, Bristol. Following his performance at the London Festival of Magic 2012, Magic Boffin Oliver Meech brings his hit Magic-meets-Science show to Smoke and Mirrors in Bristol on Wednesday 24th April. Oliver meddles with forces we barely understand, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. Amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. It's the Natural Selection! **** 'Funny, endearing, impressive showmanship' (ThreeWeeks). 'Real gasps of awe' ( Sell out performances: Brighton Fringe, Oxford Fringe, Green Man Festival. Recommended: Metro, Time Out. After melding magic with Neuropsychology and Time in previous one-man shows, Oliver turns his attention to the rest of the universe. Wednesday 24th April, 7.30pm. More info: 20.4.13


Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Auction on Monday 22nd April at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford M5 4PE (Map). Doors open 5.30pm, viewing from 6.00pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers, Mike Shepherd and Derek Lever. Members free. Non members pay £3.00. Hundreds of items available at bargain prices. For further information email: or phone: 01253 810113. 20.4.13


Newly crowned Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Sebastian Walton will be appearing at the House of Illusion in Spain from May 5th to the end of October. (In fact they signed him before his recent win, very shrewd!). See and 20.4.13


Make Believe Magic are performing at two different events this weekend, the IBM Presidential Dinner in Buxton on Saturday and the regional finals of 'Britain Does Variety' at City Varieties in Leeds on Sunday. If you would like tickets for the talent show on Sunday email as soon as possible! 20.4.13


Bexley Magic Society Stage Magic Competition. Roy Marsh reports: On Wednesday 17th April, Bexley Magic Society held their annual stage magic competition, The George Trophy. Inaugurated in 1965 by late member George Burrowes. The entrants were Jason Deverell, Dave Andrews, Roberto Forzoni and Joe Greenaway. This year, the winner was Roberto Forzoni (pictured) with a part of his much longer one man mentalism show, each act being limited to a maximum of 10 minutes. He predicted the order in which three people would choose a large, stuffed, Angry Bird and where they would sit with it. He then moved on to determine three words each of those people chose at random from three different books, closing with the prediction of a word selected from an imaginary book. Congratulations to Roberto and better luck next time to the other contestants. 20.4.13


Training programmes for children's entertainers - super-saver offer! Following a number of enquiries, children's entertainer Mike Clarke is now offering a special discount for his three training programmes when ordered together. These programmes all feature material Mike has used and still currently uses in his market (Bristol, UK). Full details of the discount can be found at 20.4.13


Continuing their farewell lecture tour, Rachel and Aldo Colombini bring their talents to the Southend Sorcerers Society on 28th April, commencing 7.30pm. The lecture has been well described here on MagicWeek so you will know it is one not to be missed. It will be a unique night with a unique lecture. Visiting magicians welcome for a guest fee of just £5.00, although members of the Mid Essex Magical Society have free entry. Venue: Ekco Social Club, Thornford Gardens, Southend on Sea, SS2 6PU (Map). Richard Graham. 20.4.13


Gregory Wilson's 'Latest & Greatest' UK Lecture Tour is in full swing - see What's On for details • Britain's Got Talent 2013: Magician Ryan Tricks gets Aleha Dixon involved with his act" Click Here • "Digging Into Ricky Jay's 'Deceptive' Card Tricks" Click Here • "Movie Review: 'Deceptive Practice' - 3.5 stars" Click Here • "Keeping His Secrets Well Up His Sleeve. ‘Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay’" Click Here • "No hit, Sherlock – it’s magic. Did detective cheat death with help of illusionist Derren Brown?" Click Here • "Alesha Dixon plays staple roulette" Click Here • "Make the Magic Happen in Your Business" Click Here • "'Now You See Me' Movie: 7 Things We Learned On Set" Click Here • "Dynamo is conjuring up a BAFTA nomination" Click Here • "Arts: Magician Luis de Matos awarded the Golden Grolla Prize – Italy" Click HereAnd finally, it's not magic, but, "Harrison Ford Won't Answer Star Wars Questions" Click HereThat's it for this week, thanks for all your contributions, see you next week, Duncan. 20.4.13