Number 718 - 29th March 2014


Dynamo will be a guest on The Michael McIntyre Chat Show at 10.35pm on Monday 7th April on BBC 1: "Celebrity chat with comedian Michael McIntyre. TV presenter Holly Willoughby joins Michael to talk about her latest children's book, as well as all things 'This Morning'. Also on this show is the UK's top magician Dynamo who brings some magic to the studio as well as chatting to Michael. And Brit actor Ray Winstone joins Michael to talk about his latest big-screen role as Tubal-cain in the blockbuster film Noah." See TV Magic. 29.3.14


Dan Hauss tours the UK next month: "Dan Hauss, the creator of Flow, Rattled, Sleeping Queens, Lit and newly released Rubber Band Thru Hand, has a wealth of unpublished underground magic to share with you! His creative talents have been a secret source for many top magicians including David Blaine, Dynamo and Paul Harris. With many more exciting creations soon to be launched, Dan Hauss will let you into his world of magic. He will show you how to use magic in your everyday life to give you a social edge, meet people, and be the life of the party. Magic is a way of life, not just a job. This lecture will stress the real secret of magic and that is how to connect with people, not alienate them with your well practiced tricks. On top of learning some brilliant never-before-seen effects, you will come away from this lecture with a better outlook on how to use magic to enhance your personality and connect with your audience." He is touring the UK during April at the following clubs:
1st North Wales Magic Circle
3rd Liverpool Magic Circle
4th Bradford Magic Circle
7th Newcastle Magic Circle
8th Glasgow Magic Circle
14th Grimsby Ace Magicians
15th British Magical Society
16th Leamington & Warwick
17th Home Counties Magic Society
21st Leicester Magic Circle
22nd The Magic Circle
23rd Wolverhampton Magic Circle
24th Surrey Society of Magicians
28th Manchester Circle of Magicians
29th Blackpool Magicians' Club.


New London Magic Show announced: "London's West End is famous for one thing above everything else... world class entertainment, seven days a week! Storm, Leicester Square proudly introduces a new show... MagicMonday, today's platform for top class magic injected with wild, madcap, unpredictable comedy. MagicMonday will deliver two hours of performance that you are guaranteed not to see anywhere else. Storm, the West End club that has won the Chortle Award for Best London Comedy Club for the past three years, tendered the event to several companies, however it was ultimately the enthusiasm of promoters, Tom Hudson and Andy Reay that won the job. Andy will be well known to magicians as a long standing member of the magic fraternity and a well known face of The Magic Circle. Tom may be recognised for his work as a young actor on Grange Hill and Coronation Street where he played 'Paul', the Grandson of legendary 'Corrie' stars Jack and Vera Duckworth. Andy said 'We are delighted to be promoting such a prestigious magic evening in London. We will deliver the very best in magic and comedy and promise a great night's entertainment for all!' Tom added 'We are really interested in promoting new and fresh talents so we encourage any performer to come along and meet us. We will deliver the hottest magic acts in the UK today'. Andy references popular culture, 'There may be a lot of magic on the TV at the moment however nothing beats live entertainment and interaction. Come along for the inaugural performance on Monday 28th April. I dare you!'"


MagicMonday will run every Monday at Storm Club, Leicester Square, from 28th April. More updates and ticketing information shortly. Follow MagicMonday on Facebook and Twitter: @_magic_monday. 29.3.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London, Friday, April 18th. "Griffin & Jones trick up a storm utilizing razor blades, rope and magic dancing, whilst Stephen Barry has an unusual effect on objects that is almost superhuman. The awesome Romany, Diva of Magic, puts the sauce back into Sorcery with breathlessly sexy magic and brilliant escapology and the Card Ninja will be throwing cards, a lot of cards… Ninja style. You can run but you can’t hide from the Ninja. All expertly compered by the very Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. Show ticket plus dinner: £25. Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info: 29.3.14


Chris Cox: Fatal Distraction, Udderbelly Festival London date. Chris Cox is the geeky multi award winning mind-reader who can’t read minds, he’s also 'stunning' according to The Times, and The Guardian says he’s 'one of the most exciting entertainers in Britain', although Chris is far too modest to make that the first thing people read about him. Due to popular demand he returns to the cow with Fatal Distraction, an award-winning, hilarious, mind-blowing and multi-5-star magical theatrical experience. Marvel as Chris does things no human should be able to do, reads minds, controls coincidence and wonders whether love is the only real bit of magic in this world. ‘Genuinely baffling... very impressive’ ***** The Sunday Express. 12 yrs+. 3rd May at 7.45pm £15.50. Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre and London Wonderground. Jubilee Gardens, off Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX (Map) Chris can be seen in BBC 3's new show Killer Magic at 10pm on Tuesday 1st April. See TV Magic. 29.3.14


Ali Cook: The Art of Astonishment, London, April 1st. "Star of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Dirty Tricks and Monkey Magic, award winning TV magician Ali Cook promises an intimate night of breathtaking close-up magic. 'Jaw-dropping' Metro. 'Effortlessly funny... Jonathan Creek eat your heart out' Telegraph. Tickets £10/£8 from the box office on 020 7240 6283 or via Tuesday 1st April at 9.15pm. Venue: Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NP (Map). 29.3.14


American magician Danny Cole lectures for Manchester Circle of Magicians on Tuesday 1st April at 7.30pm at the Salford Masonic Hall. "Danny's lecture will focus on a 5-step process that he uses to make the magic he does look even more magical. Various effects and techniques will also be taught that help to illustrate this process, including magic with cards and coins that is suitable for both stage and close-up performances. The lecture is an explanation of Danny's creative process that he has developed over the last 25 years. One definitely not to be missed." Admission is free for members of MCM and £5 for bona fide non-member magicians (who should contact David Hutchinson 0161 941 3963 for approval). Mike Hinde. (See What's On for other UK tour dates). 29.3.14


Star of ITV2’s ‘Tricked’ begins search for the UK’s next generation of Street Magicians: New fruity Greek yoghurt brand Fruyo has joined up with street magician, Ben Hanlin to find the UK’s next generation of Street Magicians! Ben features on the new Fruyo TV commercial where he can be seen performing a magic trick to an audience of passers-by. In a blink of an eye, he transforms a pot of Total 0% Greek Yoghurt and a slice of peach, into a delicious pot of Fruyo. The trick was filmed as a single shot in real time, without camera trickery or post production enhancement. The strapline for the advert is 'The Magic is in the Taste'.


To support the advert, both Fruyo and Ben are looking to find the next generation of Street Magicians. Four lucky winners will be invited to London with their families where they will attend a Magic Workshop, hosted by Ben and star in their very own mini magic movie. Ben said, 'This is a really exciting competition; I am looking for four young magicians that have a passion for magic and display a basic level of skill, showmanship and creativity. I am looking forward to going through the entries and meeting the winners.'

The competition is open to parents or guardians with children between the ages of 6 and 16. There are two age group categories for the competition. 6-12 and 13 and over. All entrants require parental permission to enter the competition and for those who fit into the former category, entries should be submitted by the parent or guardian themselves. The participant must present their favourite magic trick to camera. The film must be no more than 40 seconds in length and should be emailed to Alternatively entries can be posted onto the FAGE UK’s social network sites, using the hashtag #FruyoFeeling. Full details, terms and conditions can be found on the company’s website


Bring and Buy Sale at ACES HQ, Lewes, from 7.45pm on Wednesday 9th April. Magicians are invited to browse and perhaps find a bargain at this year's Bring and Buy event. Tables are free for ACES club members however others can hire one for £5 on the night. Entrance is free; refreshments available. Contact Secretary Nicky Lewis on 01903 532413 for more details or to book a table. Venue: Thomas A Becket Church Hall, ACES HQ, Cliffe High Street, Lewes 29.3.14


I Wouldn't Want To Play Cards With You. "In his debut show 'I Wouldn't Want To Play Cards With You' Woody will demonstrate some of his award winning magic and reveal how he defeated 170 poker players to win the title. Expect some top class magic, mind-reading and cheeky humour from one of Scotland's most in-demand comedy magicians. Did he cheat? Use body language secrets?...or was it pure luck? All will be revealed." Wednesday, April 2nd at 8.30pm at The Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). Website: 29.3.14


The Beautiful Magicians' Club are pleased to announce that former Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year and Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourite Paul Dabek has been added to the line-up for its show on Thursday April 3rd. Dabek's dynamic and high-energy style has resulted in multiple accolades and awards sending him and his cheeky brand of magic to audiences across six continents. He has just got back from the Adalaide Fringe Festival and will be heading off to Montreal's Just For Laughs festival in July, so catch him while you can at Beautiful Magicians' Club. Dabek joins an already stellar line-up including northern funny man Magic Sam, Missy Phillips and comedy country conjurers Kane & Abel. Tickets are priced at just £7, via Venue: Manero's Private Members Club, 232 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London E2 8AX (Map). 29.3.14


'Oliver Meech: When Magic & Science Collide 2.0' Edinburgh tickets released. Tickets are now available for Oliver's Edinburgh Fringe show this Summer. Experience his 2013 sell-out smash, upgraded. Amazing tricks inspired by astounding science, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. It's the natural selection! ‘My jaw hit the floor’ BBC. ‘Could rival Derren Brown’ ‘Hilarious’ Buxton Fringe. **** Broadway Baby. 22 night sell-out run, Edinburgh Fringe 2013. Plus sell-out performances in London, Brighton Fringe, Buxton Fringe, Brighton Science Festival and Green Man Festival. Magic Consultant: Discovery Channel. Performer: London 2012 Olympics. Recommended by the Metro and Time Out. Tickets: 29.3.14


500th edition of The Billet, Bradford Magic Circle's in-house magazine, just published. In recent years members have received their copies of the magazine as an e-magazine, but for their 500th edition the club produced a physical copy. Wayne Dobson features on the cover and is interviewed inside, and Keith Pickles looks back through some back issues and pulls out some interesting facts about the life of the magazine. To find out more about the club and for membership details visit 29.3.14


Paul Daniels Honorary Vice President of the Cornish Magical Society. The Cornish Magical Society are pleased to announce that Paul Daniels has agreed to be their Honorary Vice President. At their Annual Dinner on March 22nd, President Jon Martin presented Paul with an engraved magic wand to mark the occasion. In accepting the wand, Paul said that he was very pleased to become the Honorary Vice President of the Cornish Magical Society as Cornwall was where he had started his professional career. Paul went on to give a superb cabaret performance for the assembled members and guests (see Reviews). Brian Adams, President elect, 29.3.14


Doc Eason: Illusions Magic Bar One-day Masterclass, 16th April (sold out) & 17th April (last few places). Doc Eason has been a featured entertainer in Snowmass, Colorado for over 34 years. Last year he was awarded Close-up Magician of the Year -for the second year in a row- and Lecturer of the Year from the Academy of Magical Arts. He was the first magician ever named 'WC Fields Bar Magician of the Year' in 2004. His legendary 27 year run at John Denver's World Famous Tower Comedy Magic Bar speaks for itself. His enjoyable and informative lecture is about much more than Bar Magic. It is loaded with tips, lines, bits of business as well as audience tested material from his working repertoire. This acclaimed talk is designed so that everyone, from the absolute novice to the seasoned pro, will walk away with something useful.


Here is your chance to sit down with a working pro and pick his brain. To ensure that everyone has the opportunity to ask Doc what ever they want, attendance will be limited to 15. This type of gathering can easily run 3-4 hours depending on the enthusiasm of the group. The £55 charge includes a set of his notes and refreshments. Doc generally starts with a performance of his classic card under glass which is a masterpiece of routining and card handling. Techniques such as his false shuffle, double lift and his top change are fully discussed. Usually this discussion sparks other questions and thoughts and the time goes quickly. Supplies needed are a deck of cards and a close-up mat. If time and the attendees interest level warrant, why not bring some half dollars along as well. 16th April: Sold out. 17th April: Only a few spaces remain. To book visit 29.3.14


Centenary 'Festival of Magic' to close with 'A Magical Variety Show'. Allan Clarke, Secretary the Modern Mystic League, writes: Now 100 years old, Blackburn's Modern Mystic League is to bring their Centenary 'Festival of Magic' to a spectacular finish with a fabulous 'Magical Variety Show'. The show will take place on Saturday 29th March at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn. (Curtains 7.30pm). The show features The Zoe Taylor Dance Academy, magnificent magic from Brian Sefton, Children's entertainment from Paul Joyce, comedy from Donald 'The Average' Monk and the irrepressible Peter Dean with fantastic illusions from cruise ship entertainer Rick Green. The show will be hosted by Burnley's award winning 'Card Shark', Shaun McCree. A great night out for all the family. Tickets available from the Thwaites Empire Booking office on 01254 685500, or online at Box office open 10am - 12.30pm Monday - Saturday. 29.3.14


Paul Gordon will be presenting his fast-paced 'worker' card magic lecture for the Shropshire Magic Society in Shrewsbury on Wednesday, April 2nd: "This is commercial, doable and fun card stuff; all delivered in Paul's humorous and energetic manner." If you are in the area you are welcome to attend. Visit for info about the club and for info about Paul. Time: 7.30pm. Venue: Lord Hill Hotel, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6AX (Map). 29.3.14


Enterteasement: Comedy Magic Burlesque, Glasgow. "Enterteasement is a premier Comedy Magic Burlesque show. They regularly sell out and have an impressive 4.7 star average customer rating. Starring: JoJo Sutherland; 'A performer the audience could have watched all night' The Herald; Jamie Dalgleish: Scottish Comedian of the Year 2011 ; Chris Dinwoodie: 4 x SCA Close-up Magic Champion; Jasz Vegas: International Burlesque Star from 'Burlesque On Ice' and new BBC show 'Killer Magic'; Stakatto Blue:  Award winning Hula-Hoop act with high energy music and great choreography; Nona Nightmate: Burlesque dancer with magic themed routines -featured on Sky Living's The Love Machine. Saturday & Sunday, 29th & 30th March, 8pm - 10.30pm. Tickets: £14 / £10 from Venue: The Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 29.3.14


Magic/Illusion acts wanted in Manchester. Kelly Jones writes: "I am a freelance producer looking for big Illusion acts for City square. City square is home to Manchester City presented by Mike McClean. We are looking for good acts to come on to city square and perform live in front of 10,000 people just before the match. It's presented by Mike and he would really like to get some good magic acts on board. Especially large illusion acts. There is no fee as none of the bands etc. get paid, that said, your act will be filmed and we can give you a copy of it and also tickets to see the game as well as the chance to perform in front of ten thousand people. If you have a YouTube clip or video then email me the link and we can get you on City Square. Many thanks. Kelly Jones." 29.3.14


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