Number 673 - 18th May 2013


Davenport’s Magic Kingdom. Opening Season, 25th May 2013 - 30th September 2013. Since the 1890's, the Davenport family have been professional performing magicians and collectors of some of the most important artifacts in the world of Conjuring, Illusion and Mystery. Experience the unique story of this remarkable family and their place in British magical history through the timeline exhibition, films and their family magic show. Meet characters from the past, and visit L. Davenport Ltd's 1920's shop. Then sit back and enjoy a fun filled magic show for all the family to enjoy - included in the price of admission. Davenport's Magic Kingdom is Norfolk's newest attraction. Davenport's Magic Kingdom, Cromer Road, North Walsham, Norfolk NR28 0NB (Map). Visit for more information and to book. 18.5.13


Derren Brown: Infamous. London dates now booking: 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. 18.5.13


Mat Ricardo’s London Varieties, Leicester Square Theatre, London. The next show on Thursday, May 30th, stars newly crowned Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year Piff the Magic Dragon, Abandoban, and Original Street Dance. As seen on The Jonathan Ross Show, Mat Ricardo is one of the UK's most in-demand comedy variety performers. He’s an award- winning juggler extraordinaire, a true vaudeville performer with a modern twist. With his show ‘Mat Ricardo's London Varieties’ he’ll be bringing the world's greatest variety and circus stars to London’s Leicester Square theatre. With over two and a half decades behind him as a street and cabaret performer, Mat has held audiences awestruck at festivals and stages all around the world, performing for royalty and sharing billings with some of the global greats of comedy, avant-garde theatre and circus. He currently holds the title of London Cabaret awards, ‘Best Speciality Act’ and has previously won the ‘Herald Angel Award’ which is given at the Edinburgh festival for excellence in theatre. More info: Click Here. 18.5.13


For the past three years 'Close Up Success 2.0' has been in development. From the creators: It is finally here. With the very best technology behind it, an interactive, evolving membership portal has evolved. Harnessing all the greatest elements of the original course and then improving upon them with technology and over 250 pages of new material (over 1,000 pages in total with no filler, and over 250 videos, will be released throughout the entire course). To say we are proud of this is an understatement! We had been bugged by many people asking when the release date will be... well it is here! And to celebrate I am giving away my latest DVD as a download for free! No strings, no catches. Visit This, really, after all this hard work, is a time to celebrate, and so this is our gift to the magic community. All this comes prior to a very big announcement which will be made public in just a few weeks time... "Just about the most intelligent piece I have ever read" Bob Sheets. "Chris Dugdale and Phil Jay are simply sensational. To say they are leaders in their field is the understatement of the century" Mark Mason. Visit for your free copy of Alpha today! 18.5.13


My Psychic Life, a show by Rob Bailey, the Psychic Psychologist: Returning to Oxford for the fourth year in a row, this updated version of Rob Bailey's popular Edinburgh fringe illusion show explores how a psychologist came to be a psychic performer. Weaving magic and comedy with his own life story, Rob tells the tale of a childhood fascination with the supernatural, his study of psychology, and work in secure psychiatric wards. He explores paranormal mysteries, the power of psychology, and impossible mental puzzles. Monday 27th May at 7pm; Tuesday 28th May at 8:30pm; Saturday 1st June at 4pm at The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ (Map). Tickets: £8 full price, £7 concessions, from: also see 18.5.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London on Friday June 7th, stars Chris Cox, Anil Desai, Lexi Heart, Stu Turner, David Loosely and MC Christian Lee. From the organisers: "Magic Night with multiple personas, a mugging, mind influencing, some magic for desperate love and a unbelievable scene of misplaced objects. Chris Cox returns to Magic Night befriending and influencing you into making you do things you had no intention of doing, if you thought you were free thinking, you might change your mind, unless Cox changes it for you that is! Anil Desai will channel every celebrity you have ever known with breathtaking rapidity and Lexi Heart will try and magic heartbreak away with songs and hilarious attempts at her own life. You can see what happens when a trickster is mugged with Stu Turner and also see why you should never give your money over when asked by Dave Loosley. All expertly compered by Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Friday June 7th. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. Show ticket plus dinner: £25. Tickets: Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE 020 734 3040 18.5.13


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic. From the organisers: "Travis Perkins is pleased to announce the date for the 21st Ferrybridge Day of Magic. Sunday 7th July 2013. With two Lecturettes, a Workshopette, Dealers and traders, and the Showette, the day looks promising, and all for £5.00. More news as we approach the day! Venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire. WF11 8PQ (Map). Doors open 9.45am and the day closes at 5.00pm. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Information can be obtained from Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 or" 18.5.13


Magicseen Mega Offer Weekend! From the publishers: Last year we had a fabulous response to one of these special offer periods and so we are having a similar one this weekend. This time if you take out a new or extend a current subscription to Magicseen for a 1 year period, you can choose to receive completely free one of the following Magicseen Publication titles in a downloadable E-Book format. The titles are: The Best Of British, The Man Who Would Be King (Andrew Normansell), WD40 (Wayne Dobson), and The Masterclass Volumes 1 or 2. If you take out a new sub or extend for a 2 year period, you can elect to receive any two of the titles. Some of these books are not normally offered as downloads, so you need to place your order before midnight on Sunday 19th May to take advantage. You can extend/take out either printed copy or download subscriptions in order to get this offer. We don't do these specials very often, so jump to it and go to now before the midnight deadline on Sunday. 18.5.13


Scott Wells lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 23rd May: "These are troubling economic times all over the world and the entertainment industry is taking the brunt of the downturn. Companies and private individuals have cut back on their budgets for parties and events. So how can we as magicians find work today? Scott Wells' lecture, 'Alternate Streams of Revenue' provides information, ideas and suggestions on how and where you might find some additional work using the expertise you already have. This lecture will help teach you how to exercise your creative muscle to find alternative venues to perform. This lecture is heavy on marketing ideas but it also includes loads of practical, commercial tricks for use in each of these venues. Tricks will include close up, parlor, stage and Mentalism plus more. There is something for every skill level regardless of whether you are a beginner, intermediate of advanced conjuror. I guarantee that you will learn a lot and certainly enjoy this one." 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 18.5.13


Scott Wells will also be lecturing for the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 22nd May 2013, at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby. Visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby, there is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Please contact our secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. For more information about our programme for the remainder of the year please visit Paul Sharp. 18.5.13


Merlins of Wakefield’s Mad May Sale is now half way through: "Lots of items have gone at great prices, but more are being added every day. To get the latest details Click Here. Remember, sale ends 31st May. The Ali Cardabra Lecture on 12th June has a few spaces left, so Click Here to book. The new 16 page Preview will be available in June, along with details of a free competition to win hundreds of pounds worth of magic. Details will be announced at the end of May." 18.5.13


The Dreaded Mentalist. "Jez Starr welcomes you to his world of Magic, Mystery and Mental Illusions. In this exciting show, magician and mentalist Jez Starr, performs various demonstrations and experiments to show you, yes you, what a mentalist is and what a mentalist does. Featuring experiments and demonstrations on Group Consciousness, Intuition, and Personality Tests, Mind-Reading, Mind Control and Mind-Over-Matter. A fun and lively show, bringing something different to Warminster! Expect the unexpected! Must be seen to be believed! Over 16's only! Audience Participation." Saturday 20th July at 7.30pm at Warminster Civic Centre, Sambourne Road, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 8LB (Map). Tickets £8, booking advised. Available from or from Jez on 07749 538016. 18.5.13


Ben Earl Trick Artist DVD. This title will be released on October 14th. Pre-order via From the makers: "Sleight-of-hand genius, trickster, manipulator, illusionist, hustler--master of deception. This is Ben Earl. His new DVD, Trick Artist, allows him to do the unthinkable through a series of seemingly unbelievable and impossible challenges. In each show 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 such as money or art 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." Final cover artwork not yet produced. 18.5.13


Magic & Mayhem: Van Buren & Gandeys present "Magic & Mayhem" a show for all the family filled with magic, illusions, comedy, escapology and circus skills. Also starring Peanuts the UK's smallest clown. At the Brighton Fringe Festival from 25th May until 1st June 2013. Shows at 2pm every day in the Sabai Pavilion, Victoria Gardens, Brighton. Book in advance on 08717 058 888 or buy tickets on the door. 18.5.13


Pointless... Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman present a 'variety' celebrity special of the quiz 'Pointless' that tests the depths of your general knowledge. These celebrities try to come up with the answers that no-one else could think of. Featuring Cannon and Ball, Hale and Pace, Keith Harris and Orville, Bobby Davro and Kenny Lynch, with a special appearance by Paul Daniels. 4.45pm on Saturday 25th May on BBC 1, see TV Magic. 18.5.13


Mario Morris: Showmanship from the eyes of a Street Performer - Lecture and Workshop. Saturday July 13th, Bristol. From the organisers: "Mario Morris is an international comedy magician and street performer who has performed his Family Magic Show in over 20 countries throughout the world. He is the founder of the School of Busking and is part of the teaching faculty of the Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas. He will be bringing his Lecture and Workshop to Smoke and Mirrors as well as performing his show in the evening on Saturday July 13th. 11am Introduction to Mario Morris' Life Inspiring Story; 12noon Secrets of street performing; 1pm go and get lunch; 2pm Secrets of Street performing part two (workshop); 3pm Showmanship, the whole world is your stage and questions; 4pm photos and goodbyes. This unique workshop is from the perspective of Street Theatre, but is applicable to most areas of showmanship. A real greenhouse effect in growing in the art of showmanship. Ideal for hobbyists, intermediate or experienced performers. July 13th, 11am - 4pm. Cost: £35 (note: this does not include tickets to the Mario Morris Magic evening show)." 18.5.13


Ian Adair will be launching his latest and final book in his Kids' Magic series at the Trix in the Stix convention (20th-21st May). Novel Notions for Kids' Shows is the eleventh in the series, containing 40 original effects and routines over 124 pages. Ian says that some of his best ideas are included in this publication and that the material has been tried and tested in front of audiences of children of all ages. Over the period of the last two years the complete series, consisting of more than two thousand pages must surely be a record of some sorts. "I've enjoyed writing and illustrating these as well as being able to share my ideas with fellow children's entertainers." Ian said. This latest book is exclusively available through Practical Magic: 18.5.13


Celtic Storm, Magic, Dance & Illusion: "Celtic Storm, Magic, Dance & Illusion performed and closed the show at the Bristol Day of Magic last Sunday. This was the first time Martin and Kerry had performed together in nearly two years due to the arrival of their little boy Sullivan. Before this they had been one of the UK's busiest acts on the south coast circuit and the act was very well received by the audience and you can see some of their performance at Martin and Kerry look forward to their next show together later on in the year but for now Martin goes back out on the road solo as 'Mr Eerius'!" 18.5.13


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