Number 725 - 17th May 2014


The BAFTA Nominees for Best Entertainment Programme in 2014 to be shown on Sunday 18th May at 8pm on BBC1, are: Dynamo: Magician Impossible; Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery; Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Strictly Come Dancing. Best of luck to Dynamo and Derren! See for more information. 17.5.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, June 6th: Magic Night this week offers influential mind magic, paintertainers, disappearing bananas and mash up rock songs a la Morecambe & Wise: Chris Cox, (Killer Magic, BBC 3) the mind reader that doesn’t read minds will befriend, influence and cajole you, in order to walk through your head and casually tell the world what you’re thinking, whilst Jon Hicks the Paintertainer will be calling ghosts from the past using only his paintbrush and music. Delores Deluxe plays tricks with bananas and shoes with hilarious consequences and Christian Lee tries not to stab his hand in the best hand stab routine this side of any river. Music will be provided by The Rayguns with their Morecambe & Wise/Spinal Tap mash up. All compered expertly by Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee. Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7pm. 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: 17.5.14


Northern Magic Circle Convention, this weekend in Harrogate. From the organisers: The Convention is on Saturday and Sunday, and the registration desk will be open 9am Saturday morning at the theatre. Artists appearing include: John Archer. You will probably recognise him as a Stand-up Comedy Magician with a penchant for the visual pun, and full-on audience combat with a mentalist slant. But he is also an accomplished close-up performer in the corporate field and does a fair share of comedy writing for TV. Mark Shortland grew up in Northampton, England, before heading off to St. Albans to attend college at the age of 18. Leaving with a design degree, Mark moved to Wales and started a ten year career as a canoe instructor, which also took him to Scotland and The Lake District. The design degree didn’t help much!! In 2001 Mark left the damp buoyancy aid behind to pursue a full time career in entertainment, culminating in his Membership of The Inner Magic Circle and title ‘British Magical Grand Prix Champion 2005-2007’. Mark will be both lecturing and performing at this year’s convention. Derek Lever is a very well-known figure in the magical world. He has been in magic for over 50 years in that time has lectured and performed all over the world, including the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. He is also the founder and director of The Taurus Magic Company. Derek is the author of a number of books and is the organiser of the world's largest magic convention, the world famous Blackpool Magic Convention. He also owns a vast collection of magical apparatus both rare and ingenious and frequently displays these in his lectures. With these fantastic credentials he is more than qualified to present his fantastic talk for our History of Mystery slot entitled “The History of the Magic Dealer.” John Russell, Publicity Officer, Northern Magic Circle. Visit for full convention details. 17.5.14


Doug Segal: I Can Make You a Mentalist, May Tour dates. Award winning entertainer Doug Segal is embarking on a brand new comedy mind reading tour that turns the audience into mind reading mentalists. Expect comedy, animation and interaction as well as mind blowing miracles performed by you, the audience. Pushing the boundaries of comedy mind reading, Doug will find a random audience member and turn them into a mind reading mentalist (via the Brainmatiser 3000™). The audience member will perform all the mind reading in the show, with Doug simply acting as guide, a feat that has never been attempted before. There is absolutely nothing spooky or supernatural in what Doug is doing. Everything is achieved using one or more of the following skills from Doug's background in psychology and advertising: persuasion techniques, statistics, reading body language, subliminal influence and two key advertising skills: 'Cheating and Lying', all done with laughs, rakish charm and a rock and roll attitude. Doug has been described by TimeOut magazine as “the UK’s best kept entertainment secret”. The Metro newspaper said “one of the funnier more entertaining mental illusionists”. He has won awards for the Best Cabaret Brighton Fringe 2012, and the Three Weeks Editors Award for being one of the ten best things (out of 2,700) at Edinburgh Fringe 2012.
17th May Kendal: Brewery Arts Centre 01539 722 833
23rd May Doncaster: Cast 01302 303 959
24th May Berwick Upon Tweed: The Maltings 01289 330 999
30th May Bromsgrove: The Artrix 01527 577 330
31st May – 1st June Brighton: The Warren 07800 983 290

"Mentalist reveals all" Click Here. 17.5.14


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Northamptonshire Magicians' Club are delighted to be hosting a lecture by Andi Gladwin at 8pm on Tuesday 20th May. £8 for non-members. Venue: The Yeoman of England, High Street, Wootton, Northants NN4 6LP (Map). Our new program can be downloaded from David Miller, President. 17.5.14


Smoke & Mirrors Open Nights... Mark Bennett from Smoke & Mirrors and Illusions Magic Bar in Bristol writes: I have some great news for all budding stage magicians (comedy, parlour, classic etc.) amateur or professional, Smoke & Mirrors is opening its curtains to all, every Monday night from the June 2nd. This open stage spot is a pre-booked event, this means you will need to email Mark Bennett on so we can ascertain the number of entertainers that will be performing each night who would like to try out new material and polish their acts. This open spot will be open to the public so lay people will be invited to come and see some work in progress or even have a go themselves if they are looking to get into magic. A full lighting package, microphones and PA system is available to use. I do hope to see all the acts take this great opportunity to use a stage that has had the likes of Jeff McBride and John Archer perform on it. Doors open to public at 8pm. Stage performers doors open at 7pm. Set times are 5 to 20 minutes per spot. If you have any questions please email. 17.5.14


Magician FX Blockbuster Summer Sale: "Magician FX would like to make all customers aware that over 100 new Tricks, DVDs, Books... have been reduced to crazy low prices in a Blockbuster Summer Sale, while stocks last. Please check out the Sale Section on the home page to pick up an amazing deal. Also, Magic Magazine yearly subscription is being offered at £55 plus a free DVD. You will receive a glossy magazine each month, post free for 12 months. Many thanks to all customers from Gary Bryson MMC" 17.5.14


Brand New One Man Magic Show in Arundel, West Sussex. Magic Circle member Damian Jennings ( is putting on a one man magic and comedy show. Running for two nights, at The Victoria Institute, Arundel, West Sussex, Damian promises a night of, well, magic and comedy. He has called the night “Magic and Comedy Show”. His magic is better than his creation process for show titles. The show starts out with formal card magic, leading to a parlour act and ending with a character mind-reader called Tony Sagittarius. 8pm on 6th & 7th June at The Victoria Institute, 10 Tarrant Street, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9DG (Map). Tickets are priced at £10 and available from To keep an intimate feel to the event, there are only 40 tickets available for each performance. 17.5.14


Announcing Mark Leveridge's Big Box Bundles! "I was looking through my range of marketed products and realised that many of them fell into specific categories. So I thought, how cool would it be to put together a few mega bundles of themed products and offer them at a truly great price! Well, that's what my Big Box Bundles are. There are 6 different boxes to choose from - a Books Box (7 items), a DVDs Box (7 items), a Kids' Tricks Box (5 items), a Card Magic Box (10 items), a Money Magic Box (6 items) and a Brass Products Box (4 items). Each box is priced way below the normal combined total of the individual items inside, making them exceptional value. However, be warned - I have only made up 6 of each box and they will only be available for a total of 2 weeks, after which any boxes remaining will be unpacked and the items sold once more at their normal individual prices. So get moving quickly if you want to get these fantastic bargains, because you only have at the very latest until midnight on Friday 30th May, and remember there are only 6 Box Bundles of each type available - so if others get there before you, you could miss out! Go now to for more info and to order." 17.5.14


Keep Calm and Carey On! John Carey's British Magical Society lecture, Tuesday 20th May. "John Carey has been interested in magic for about 35 years and says he wasted the first eight of his life! Practicality is a key word in his work with no time for effects that involve long set-ups or dead time. His philosophy is respect our craft and it will pay you back tenfold." Non-members are invited to attend for a modest £5 fee. Time and venue: 7.30pm at Selly Oak Ex Serviceman’s Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map) see for details. 17.5.14


Free Online Video Training For Children's Entertainers. Bristol children's entertainer Mike Clarke has just added a complimentary 68-minute training video to his website. If you're interested in training as a children's entertainer, this video gives a great overview of how and where to start. You'll learn what a children's entertainer does, how they do it, the 4 keys to marketing yourself successfully in the real world and you'll get to see some clips of Mike's show. Watch it online now at 17.5.14


Paul Romhany is half way through his UK lecture tour: "In 2014 Romhany celebrates 25 years as a full time professional magician and he has put together a very unique lecture. His vast performing career includes fifteen years on cruise ships, his own regular television show, corporate and trade show work as well as tours with variety shows around the world. He is also an established creator of original magic effects, as well as author of over 25 magic books, and editor and creator of Vanish magic magazine. Paul Romhany’s lecture will not only teach you some of his prized routines from his career, but will also share stories, tips and advice he has gathered from his vast career." See What's On for more info and remaining dates. 17.5.14


Faust's 'Find the Lady' can be seen on the new series of Channel 4's Four Rooms, which starts in June. Faust will be appearing on Sunday 6th July at 7pm. Faust owns Amac’s original equipment and sole performing rights throughout the world since he bought the illusion from The Great Lyle’s widow, Lucille Lyle, in 1960. 17.5.14


John Styles MBE was honoured to be elected President of The Punch & Judy Fellowship at their Covent Garden AGM last Sunday. He was a founder member, 34 years ago. John's fellow Water Rat Ken Dodd OBE is a great Punch fan too, having performed it in his youth and is Patron of the Fellowship. John's show will be in evidence at next week's Chelsea Flower Show. 17.5.14


Craig Ousterling’s beautiful craftsmanship is reviewed by David Diamond this week, Click Here. 17.5.14


Speaker Masterclass. Jez Rose writes: "On Thursday 12th June 2014 I am running a Speaker Masterclass and have just a few places remaining. This is very much a 'by popular demand' Masterclass as the first one sold out in 9 days. I'll be sharing all of the secrets to professional presentations and public speaking I have earned a living from for the last 10 years. Full information and to reserve your space here:" 17.5.14


Phillip Jones, Pembrokeshire. "Warm tributes following death of popular magician Phillip Jones" Click Here. 17.5.14


"Review: Derren Brown, Opera House, Blackpool" Click Here • "Review: Derren Brown - Infamous, Venue Cymru, Llandudno" Click Here • "Dynamo on teaching One Direction magic tricks" Click Here • Elizabeth Warlock reviews the 54th Bristol Day of Magic, Click Here • "Tricks up his sleeve" Click Here • "How David Copperfield Cooked Up a 'Death-Defying' Roadblock for 'Amazing Race'" Click Here • Many thanks for your news, see you next week, Duncan. 17.5.14