Number 699 - 16th November 2013


The International Magic Convention is on all day today and tomorrow (16th and 17th November). A full weekend of world-class magic awaits, with gala shows, close-up magic, lectures, seminars, the International Close Up Competition and the presentation of the David Berglas International Magic Award to a surprise recipient on the Sunday. 16.11.13


Session set to sizzle... The Session, the UK's only convention dedicated to close-up magic has just announced even more great performers, including the illusive Hector Chadwick whose cult book, The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick, has been one of the most sought-after mentalism titles in recent years. Hector will be making his first ever magic convention appearance at The Session to discuss the most talked about section of his book: his innovative work on Equivoque. Joining him will be Iain Sharkey, Derren Brown's co-writer who will talk about writing for television and how it applies to your magic. They will appear alongside Guy Hollingworth, Bebel, John Guastaferro, Joe Barry, John Carey, Morgan & West, Jon Allen and more at this not to be missed convention. January 11th & 12th 2014, Cheltenham, UK. 16.11.13


Conjuring at the Court, London. "Many people think of magicians as something for the children’s birthday party, or Uncle George and his card tricks. But as magicians, we’re aware of how much variety there is within magic. How different performers and personalities can make magic entertaining in completely different ways. Take our next show. Harrison Richards has read the palms of celebrities on TV, demonstrated direct mind-to-mind communication on the radio and predicted future events in The Sun. In complete contrast, there’s Martin Cox, an entertainer with the accent on comedy in magic. Edward Hilsum is a talented young performer whose fresh twist on the classic dove act has won him international awards. Michael Jordan’s “High Jinx” (photo) is a variety act in itself, with magic, illusion, juggling, circus and escapology! Michael and Tamsyn have performed all over the world, represented the UK in the world magical championships, and have just completed a season at Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach. Compere is co-producer, genial magician Russell Levinson." Thursday 28th November at Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Book early to make sure of a place via 16.11.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's, London, December 6th and 20th. Magic Night at Madame JoJo's on December 6th stars Ben Hart, Pete Antoniou, Delores Deluxe, Rayguns Look Real Enough and MC Christian Lee. "Ben Hart is with us bending reality, controlling your actions and producing some of the cleverest illusions around whilst Pete Antoniou will reach into your head (in the funniest way possible) and tell you exactly what you think of him. Meanwhile the delightful Delores Deluxe will show her proclivities with bananas and shoes and The Rayguns will rock the house with their Morecambe and Wise mash up songs. All expertly compered by Christian Lee" Magic Night at Madame JoJo's on December 20th stars: Pete Antoniou, Oliver Meech, Delores Deluxe, Card Ninja and MC Christian Lee: "Oliver Meech will be using some pretty nifty science magic to conduct a mass trick on you all and Pete Antoniou can look into a room without using his eyes and will make you wonder if you are as free-thinking as you supposed you were. Delores Duluxe will show off her tricks with bananas and shoes and the Ninja is back with his slicing cutting cards! Oh yes, you can run but you can’t hide from the Ninja! All proceedings will be expertly compered by Christian Lee. Who will attempt not to stab his hands in the best hand stab trick this side of sharpened spike." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Show ticket plus dinner: £44. Seated Show £14. Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info: 16.11.13


Help! My Supply Teacher Is Still Magic has been nominated for a BAFTA 'British Academy Children's Awards' 2013, see Also see: 16.11.13


Derren Brown's recent appearance on Alan Carr: Chatty Man is being repeated at 10.35pm on Sunday 17th November Channel 4. "In tonight's show Alan is joined by comedian Russell Brand to talk about his new DVD The Messiah Complex, while host of Channel 4's The Last Leg, Adam Hills, discusses his Happyism DVD. And Derren Brown discusses his one-off Channel 4 special, Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery. Plus a live performance from The Wanted. See TV Magic. 16.11.13


The Berglas Effects - A limited number of signed copies of The Berglas Effects will be available this weekend at International Magic's stand at the International Magic Convention. "This is a wonderful, wonderful book, as well as one that resonates with me very much personally. I feel a slight voyeuristic guilt being allowed in as much as this, into his hidden world, but also the joy of seeing so lucidly before me what seems now to be the ONLY way to present card material. Where the performer is all and there's no card 'plot' to follow along with. This is a unique delight to be reading." Derren Brown. Written by magic’s most experienced author Richard Kaufman. Foreword by Juan Tamariz, Afterword by Max Maven. Includes 3 feature-packed DVDs. Price £90.00. Following the convention copies can be purchased from International's shop in London. 16.11.13


Tricked: Favourite Tricks. 11.30pm on Sunday 24th November on ITV2. "Ben Hanlin looks back at the highlights from the series, including magical wind-ups on the public and the most popular celebrity tricks on Helen Flanagan, Joe Calzaghe and the band Blue, among others." See TV Magic. 16.11.13


Champions of Magic, starring Ali Cook, Ed Hilsum, Michael Vincent and Young & Strange. "Join our award winning team of liars, swindlers and cheats for a spectacular night of trickery you'll be trying to work out for a long time to come. Audiences will witness mastery of card manipulation, death defying stunts, mind boggling sleight of hand and spectacular illusions from some of the foremost performers in magic. Champions Of Magic is a brand new show which includes 4 of the country's top magicians as seen on ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us', Sky 1's ‘Secret World Of Magic' and Channel 4's ‘Dirty Tricks'." 20th November Epsom Playhouse, Discounted group rates are available to magic societies and clubs. Contact for further information. 16.11.13


Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Magic Auction on Monday 18th November 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: Derek Lever and Mike Shepherd. Hundreds of bargains available including Books, DVDs, Kids tricks, Close Up tricks and Stage material. It is the biggest and best Auction around. Admission Free for members. £3.00 for non members." Further details from Derek Lever on 01253 810113. Email: 16.11.13


The Skull and Tophat Gentleman's Club run by magician, escape artist and stand up comic Luke Lamont, will see Luke go head to head in an escape challenge with former London Gangster Dave Courtney. Luke will attempt to escape from a man once dubbed by the media as "Britain's most feared man." The two have met before when Dave accepted Luke's challenge of securing him into a regulation straitjacket which Luke successfully escaped from... this time they both intend to up the ante. Along with the escape Dave will be talking about his life and career in crime and his reformation to best-selling author and star of film and TV. There will also be Burlesque, music and a sideshow. 'The Skull and Tophat Gentleman's Club present an Audience with Dave Courtney' will be held at Coburgs Ryde on the Isle of Wight on November 29th and tickets are priced at a mere £5 in advance and £8 on the door, but be quick as the shows always sell out! Find Luke Lamont and the Skull and Tophat Gentleman's Club on Facebook for further details. 16.11.13


Mark Raffles writes: R.I.P. I’ve just done something that Houdini said he would and never did, come back from the dead. Mind you I have died on a number of occasions but never permanently! This time it looks like the real thing because I have obituary cards to prove it. I have been declared, dead, poof, gone, in the pages of the Budget. Let me know if you want a little table rapping at your next function, house haunting I charge by the number of rooms. On reflection was it me or my spirit who appeared in a show with Ken Dodd at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool last Sunday? Spookily yours, Mark Raffles. 16.11.13


The Order of the Magi Christmas Party. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: "The Order of the Magi (Manchester) are holding a Christmas Party on Tuesday 10th December from 8.00pm. This will be their first one at the New Irish World Heritage Centre (photo). There will be games, competitions and prizes before a hot pot supper and afterwards entertainment with the vocals of Karl Seth, comedy from Dominic Woodward and a mystery magical guest. There may even be a small gift for everyone from Santa! Guests are welcome for only £7.50 and full details are on Cut-off date for ticket supply is 3rd December. The President, Council and Members of the society take this early opportunity of sending magicians and their families everywhere best wishes and happy holidays." 16.11.13


The Mark Leveridge Magic monthly Podcast. Mark Leveridge writes: The Mark Leveridge Magic monthly Podcast is still going strong and in the November issue I discuss the pros and cons of working with other magicians, ask you to think about which 6 tricks you would select to take with you to a gig if you could only have half a dozen on you, touch on the subject of social media for magicians, reflect on whether we all practice magic as much as we should, take a look at show fees and explain why having a minimum fee is a good idea, plus more. The Podcast last for 30 minutes and is free to download to any mp3 player or to listen to online from 16.11.13


Phil Tilston, North West Close Up Champion 2013. On Monday November 11th the Manchester Circle of Magicians hosted the North West Close Up Championships. First place was awarded to Philip Tilston, second place to Mark Fell and third to Derek Gustard. In addition to placing second, Mark Fell also won the award for Best Card Trick presented with his unique rhyming patter. 16.11.13


Perth Magic Circle, Lecture and Dealers Demonstration. Adrian Harris writes: "Perth Magic Circle would like to extend a warm invitation to all magicians to a Lecture and Dealers Demonstration to be presented by Alan Duncan from Glasgow. This will be held in the Perth Ex-Servicemen's club on Wednesday 20th November starting at 7.30pm. Alan is the immediate Past President of the Scottish Association of Magical Societies and is a well known and respected performer who will show and explain some of the many original ideas and routines he has come up with. As this is intended to be both a fun and informative evening as well as an opportunity to buy some props before the Christmas season begins, there is no charge for non-members and a warm welcome is assured." Email Adrian Harris or telephone 01738 628985 for venue details. 16.11.13


KISS on the Kindle. Three years ago John Derris wrote and published KISS - 31 ways to better magic, better bookings and bigger fees. John writes: "It described a marketing system that I'd used for over 25 years in running my advertising agency. On turning professional magician I successfully applied it to the performance and presentation of magic, which I did all over the world. KISS was successfully sold in the UK, Europe and the USA, went into a second edition but is now out of print. And yet we still get emails from magicians worldwide asking for a copy or if it is available in Kindle or other electronic version. Well now it is! It has been negotiated and prepared for you to read on your Kindle, laptop or other computer or tablet for just £6.46. 127 pages, including the programme of effects that John Derris performed successfully for many years. Just go to Amazon, or the Kindle Store and enter John Derris in the search box to find full details. You can download this acclaimed book any time." 16.11.13


Creepy Carmarthen - the Spooky Town Tour has been named as the local "Visitor Attraction of the Year" at the 2013 Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards. Nick Brunger's walking tour of the town, which combines mentalism with true local stories of crime and punishment, horrible hauntings and bizarre executions was launched in the summer and quickly became a popular with both locals and tourists. Listed as the area's Number 1 attraction on the Trip Advisor website for the area, Creepy Carmarthen has attracted rave reviews. More details: 16.11.13


South London Variety Night in Aid of the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. Simon Rosselli of Amigo’s Magic is staging a variety night to raise funds for the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal and writes: "Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, causing catastrophic damage. It is the strongest storm ever to make landfall, hitting an area where thousands of people are already homeless after an earthquake in mid-October. The 300-mile wide typhoon has left a trail of destruction with thousands feared dead and many more without homes or access to food and water. Saturday 30th November 6pm – 8pm (doors open at 5.30pm). Variety Night to include Music, Dance, Comedy & Magic. TV Ventriloquist Foxy the Funky Genie and Mentalism with Forzoni Magic. Haslemere Hall, 2A Haslemere Road, Thornton Heath CR7 7BE (Map). Minimum Donation Tickets £7 per Adult, £5 Per Child (Family of Four £20). Delicious food available to buy during the interval, cooked by some wonderful Filipino ladies. All Proceeds to go to the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. Tickets on a First Come First Served Basis - Ideal for Families. Please Call 0208 480 8176." 16.11.13


Magicians Wanted. Ashley Turner writes: "Due to an increase in the number of restaurant residencies I am keen to hear from magicians in Luton, Market Harborough and Huntingdon interested in some regular work. All my restaurants are vetted for suitability and a real pleasure to work in. The staff and management are all very appreciative of the magic so you will be very well looked after. This is a great opportunity to try new material or develop your performance skills. All gigs pay cash on the night. Please drop me an email" 16.11.13


Bob Rose. Tony Griffith writes: Bob Rose (92) died peacefully on Tuesday 12th November in hospital following a fall at his Bradford On Avon home. An Honorary Life Member of the of The Bath Circle of Magicians he had also been the club’s Secretary for a number of years. Bob had been a regular face in the dealer’s room at conventions over a number of years where he had shared a stand with Mel Moore’s Playtime Balloons. Here he demonstrated some of his ingenious inventions. Whilst in recent years he had not been active in making magic props he maintained an active interest in his other hobby, radio controlled modelling i.e. flying aircraft, sailing boats etc. Bob had been a Glider Pilot’s Regiment pilot in his earlier years. Before his retirement Bob was a Chief Inspector with Wiltshire Constabulary’s traffic department. Bob’s funeral will be held on Monday 25th November at 1.45 p.m. at The West Wiltshire Crematorium at Semington, Nr Trowbridge, Wiltshire. 16.11.13


Geoffrey Moss Longden. Derek Lever writes: Blackpool Magicians Club regret to announce the death of long standing member Geoffrey Moss Longden at the age of 85 years whilst in hospital. Geoffrey was an Honorary Life Member, a Past President and former Committee Member of Blackpool Magicians Club and rarely missed a meeting. The funeral is being held on Wednesday 20th November, 2013 at the Crematorium and Cemetery, Regent Avenue, Lytham St Anne's, Lancs. at 12.30 pm. 16.11.13


David Blaine on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Part 1 Click Here Part 2 Click Here • "Minds Blown: David Blaine stuns Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul with magic" Click Here • "New York: Troy Von Scheibner met up with TV Real to talk about his new magic series and perform a trick for our cameras." Click Here"'Magician Impossible' Dynamo: Bullies inspired magic tricks" Click Here"The Art of Escapology" Click Here"Magician abused me at my eighth birthday party, Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson reveals" Click Here • "Magicians Make Tickets Disappear" Click Here • The Leamington & Warwick Magic Society Annual Dinner is reported by Elizabeth Warlock this week, Click Here • The London Festival of Magic (Day 1 & 2) is reviewed by Roberto Forzoni this week, Click Here"The Enduring Magic of Chicago" Click Here • "Criss Angel ruins the illusion on Believe" Click Here • "Magician, 15, is 'mentalist' of Trinity School" Click Here • "Movie magic: What happens when a film focuses on regular, working magicians?" Click Here"A Magician's magician!" Click Here • And finally, "Derren Brown on Bristol Star Wars auditions: 'Looking forward to tractor beams featuring in film'" Click Here • 700th edition next week! Many thanks for your news and reviews, more from the London Festival of Magic next week, Duncan. 16.11.13