Number 728 - 7th June 2014


Penn & Teller's UK Tour starts on Friday! Penn & Teller return to the UK bringing their latest Vegas show to audiences in Manchester, Birmingham, and London writes Ian Westhead in ATVToday: "The production will be starting in Manchester before switching to Birmingham and then finally arriving in London for a mammoth 5 nights at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith. These shows are part of the legendary team’s first ever UK tour. Previous visits to the UK have seen the duo host their own ITV series, and several telly guest spots, however now audiences can see live the action of Penn & Teller’s classic magic tricks performed amid their unique brand of humour and audience participation. Organisers say that no show will be the same and that the audience will never know what will happen on the night. For years Penn & Teller have defied labels – and at times physics and good taste – by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy. With sold out runs on Broadway, world tours, Emmy-winning TV specials and hundreds of outrageous appearances on everything from The Royal Variety Performance and Friends to The Simpsons." See What's On for tour dates. 7.6.14


Magic at the Barn, 10th Anniversary Spectacular. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July at 7.30pm, Rochford, Essex. An amazing family friendly weekend of magic, variety, comedy and festivities to celebrate 10 years of the event. The main show features ventriloquist Steve Hewlett (previous Britain's Got Talent finalist), international illusionist Richard Griffin, multi-award winning magician Oliver Tabor, Acrobatic Daredevil AJ James and London's 'King of Comedy Magic' Christian Lee. A free entry open air festival from 3pm will be presenting entertainment including death defying and dangerous Guinness World Record attempts from straight jackets and handcuffs by escapologist Stuart Burrell plus free close-up/parlour magic shows, jugglers, street magicians and dance shows. An outside fair will feature miniature steam train rides, a bouncy castle, shooting ranges, swing boats, face painting and stalls offering side show games, food and drink plus much more! The weekend of magic is supporting local Havens and Little Havens charities. Tickets only £15 adult, £10 children and £40 family ticket (2 + 2). Ticketline: 0843 515 9400 The Barns, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LH (Map). 7.6.14


Magic on the Fringe... The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, taking place every August in Scotland’s capital city. As in recent years there's a diverse range of magic on offer this year; see What's On for our magic listings, compiled for MagicWeek by Peter McLanachan ( 7.6.14


Conjuring at the Court, 5th Birthday Show, Thursday 26th June. "A fabulous night of entertaining magic for Conjuring at the Court’s 5th Birthday show – and of course a cake! Mel Mellers is one of the funniest performers in British magic today. You can catch a glimpse of him apparently chopping off a spectator’s wrist on our website’s showreel. Jon Allen is a top professional magician, with an inventive mind and original tricks, presented with wit and flair. Thom Peterson is the magical Superhero! As The Amazing Guy, he has carved out a personal and highly entertaining approach to magic and performance. Mike O’Brien’s dry wit is a scream – but he’s also a wonderful performer of the classics of magic with an artistry that makes them fresh, baffling, and entertaining. Compered by the exuberant Stephen Barry, dressed to kill. Come and enjoy a night of great magic and help us celebrate our first five years. Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets £10 from" Russell Levinson. 7.6.14


Trix in the Stix 2015 - a convention for children's entertainers. From the organisers: The 2015 convention was launched last Thursday with 240 places. It is almost sold out. The convention takes place on Monday 18th May and Tuesday 19th May 2015 at the Lion Quays Waterside Resort near Oswestry, Shropshire with lectures on children's entertainment from Mel Mellers and Mike Bent. Just added - after a sensational appearance this year which earned him a well-deserved standing ovation - the extraordinary Buster Balloon, immediately back by very popular demand! As soon as all the tickets have sold out, we will be operating our Waiting List and the sooner you get on the list, the greater your chance of securing a place. For the latest on the ticket situation, please go to: 7.6.14


Peter Samelson & The House Magicians: Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map), 7.30pm - 10pm on Friday 20th June: "Peter Samelson insists he doesn't do magic, he only helps people to see it. He is an illusionist/entertainer/philosopher, blending simplicity and sophistication. Christened 'the soft-spoken conceptualist of sorcery' by the New York Times, Peter Samelson has performed atop the Great Wall of China, in the jungles of Bali and theaters of Bermuda, for the jet set of Paris and fishermen mending their nets in Cartagena. He has been featured on every major network and the PBS special 'The Art of Magic.' Peter designs magic for Broadway and created three Off-Broadway shows of his own. You are in for an amazing, bright, touching and ultimately awesome evening of magic." Peter will be also be lecturing at clubs across the country, starting on June 9th at the Portsmouth & District Magic Circle and ending on Thursday 26th June at the Sussex Magic Circle - see What's On. 7.6.14


Britain's Got Talent Final - live, tonight, 7pm on ITV.

"Winnipeg magician Darcy Oake has 'risky' piece for 'Britain's Got Talent' finale" Click Here

"Dynamo backs Darcy Oake to win as he promises ‘risky’ surprise for Britain’s Got Talent final!" Click Here

"Britain's Got Talent 2014 final: Darcy Oake could die with new trick" Click Here. 7.6.14


Deception Convention, Liverpool, tomorrow, Sunday 8th June, at the Adelphi Hotel. Main Event: 10am - 7pm, pay on the door (note: the After Show party is now sold out). The day will feature lectures from BBC3's 'Killer Magic' star Dee Christopher and Daniel Chard, Wayne Goodman, Gary Jones and Chris Congreave, plus a dealers' hall featuring Flat Cap Productions, The 1914, Magic Tao and more. A handful of tickets are still available for our after-show party, including an open mic competition, and performances from Wayne Goodman, The Wizards of Odd and Discovery Channel's new show 'The Mind Control Freaks' star Lewis Le Val. These tickets are in short supply - when they are gone they are gone! For more information and ticket sales, visit Jonti Sparrow, Convention Organiser.


The Leamington Day of Magic, Wednesday 18th June. Mark Traversoni writes: The Leamington Day of Magic is now just over a week away, taking place on Wednesday 18th June at the Cubbington Sports and Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). The main lectures have been booked and include Peter Eggink, Tom Crosbie, Noel Qualter (photo) and Jimmy Carlo. If children's magic is not for you then when Jimmy’s lecture is on there will be lecture from Alain The Story Teller for those who like magic from the darker side! Tickets are priced at £25 which includes breakfast for early arrivals, lunch and weather permitting, an evening BBQ. In the evening we have the Midlands Champion of Champions Close-up Competition. Full details can be found on the club's website: Click Here. 7.6.14


Mind2Magic The Colour of Thought. Mind2Magic is the website of professional magician John Vincent. Originally set up to promote his ground breaking book, 'The Art of Suggestion and Influence: Practical Applications for Magicians and Mind Readers'. Over the years John has released several items for the magic community, mostly focusing on Mentalism effects. John’s new effect is The Colour of Thought. As well as being a full-time magician John is also an NLP Trainer, hypnotist, writer and speaker and is currently involved in a huge worldwide consciousness project. Watch the video demo and order it here: John has also arrange a couple of free gifts for you. 'At The Beach' and 'Visual Memory Distortion' - you can download them via 7.6.14


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) is holding their annual close-up competition on Tuesday 10th June at the Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map) commencing at 8pm. It is an open night so visitors are welcome without charge. Directions are on This is always an interesting evening for the society and often generates a fair sized audience of both magicians and non-magicians. If you are in the area and want a free night out do come and join us and the beer is at reasonable prices too! Geoffrey Newton PRO. 7.6.14


Riviera Fringe Festival: "Your chance to get spotted and become a name in the entertainment world. One of our judges at Support Me! is the Executive Producer for nine Royal Variety Performances, four Children's Royal Variety Performances and The BAFTA Television Awards! Register your talent today at Support Me! is a major talent search with amazing opportunities including the chance to support leading names like Milton Jones, Lee Nelson and Craig Campbell at this year’s Riviera Fringe Festival July 5th-12th. Plus, being seen by industry experts. Open to all ages and abilities." 7.6.14


International Award. A selected group gathered to celebrate a prestigious award presentation at the Park Hotel in Barnstaple, Devon on Monday 2nd June. Ian Adair M.I.M.C. was awarded a gold medal and diploma from the Israeli Magical Society, twinned with Dr Dhotel (Paris), and was bestowed Presidents of Honour of both societies. Etpan Ayalon journeyed from Israel to present Ian with the awards for his 50 years of service to magicians and magic. He thanked Ian for his continuous achievements as a prolific magical originator, author, lecturer and in particular, his 36 year partnership with Edwin Hooper at The Supreme Magic Company. Following a casual finger buffet, magical entertainment was presented by Eytan who scored heavily with his quick-fire Chapeau act, resulting in over twenty six different hats being formed from a circle of felt. Ben Allen, a young magician from Ilfracombe performed a series of stunning card effects, and Ian closed the programme with some of his best loved close-up magic, including the Hades Examined Finger Chopper. National and local press were there to record the event. Ian said "It was a super evening and one I shall remember for the rest of my life. I was thrilled to receive this great honour." "Barnstaple magician Ian Adair honoured with lifetime award." Click Here. 7.6.14


Trevor Liley Pentacle Club lecture. On Tuesday 10th June Trevor Liley lectures at The Pentacle Club with 'The Things I Love to Do & Do to Live' - a lecture that includes close-up magic and trade show performance, and a look at material, routining etc. As many will know, Trevor has a wealth of knowledge in these areas and this is a rare opportunity to gain from his experience. The Pentacle Club meets at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map). Visiting magicians are welcome; there is a charge of £10 for non-members. Alan Maskell. 7.6.14


East Coast Magic Collective, open Auction. From the organisers: The East Coast Magic Collective next meet on Wednesday 11th June and will be holding an auction of magic props, books, original DVDs & gimmicks. Everyone is welcome, £2 entry and if you have any items to auction bring them along with a list, including brief descriptions, plus two extra copies, and they'll be included. We hope to see lots of magi there! Paul Henri will be the auctioneer and promises a fun and busy evening! See our Facebook page for more details: Click Here. 7.6.14


Brand new from Mark Leveridge Magic: "Mark Leveridge writes: Just released, a new walkabout close-up effect called The Leveridge Beverage (yeah, the title was too obvious to pass up really!). As the title suggests, it's a routine featuring drinks you might buy at a bar, and it comes with a set of nicely produced cards with which you will soon be able to royally entertain anyone at the drop of a hat. The DVD instructions explain a total of 5 different presentation variations, and technically, the trick is almost self working. What's not to like? If you work drinks receptions, or dinners, or you are simply looking for something novel and fun to carry around with you for those unexpected 'impromptu' moments, The Leveridge Beverage will fit the bill. This effect is the first one for nearly three years to work its way straight into my own personal working repertoire - I now take it and use it every time I perform at a suitable commercial event. If it's good enough for me, I would like to think that it is good enough for you! For more details and to watch a dem of one of the routines online, go to 7.6.14


Key Mysteries is a unique study into the use of Keys in magick and mystery entertainment. Hardbound with 286 pages it features essays on the historical and symbolic concepts of keys in magic, plus feature contributions by over 30 highly respected performers on presentation approaches and many routines - both seminal and new. Contributors include David Berglas, Eugene Burger, Bruce Bernstein, Kenton Knepper, Docc Hilford, Marc Salem, Jeff McBride, Roni Shachnaey, Christian Chelman, E.Raymond Carlyle, Professor BC, Robert E. Neale, Bob Fitch, Ed Solomon, Luca Volpe, Dale Hildebrandt, Lary Kuehn, Barrie Richardson, Paul Prater, Simon Drake, Daniele Nigris, Leslie Melville, Paul Voodini, Alan Jones, Jim Magus, Barry Cooper, Ariel Frailich, Master Payne and Mark Fishman. Foreword by Ed Solomon. Author / Editor Steve Drury. Contents preview Click Here. To order Click Here. 7.6.14


Last Monday Mel Harvey met up with BAFTA Award winning actor and Caretaker for Harry Potter, David Bradley. Mel is an official volunteer at the Shakespeare Hospice in Stratford upon Avon and David is one of their supporters. Both Mel and David met with Prince Charles who was at The Hospice to unveil the plaque for the opening of the new wing that will now admit young people with life threatening illnesses. Mel performed his comedy close-up magic for the children during the Prince's visit and entertained the staff and patients at the tea party that followed." 7.6.14


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