Number 736 - 2nd August 2014


Pete Firman will tour his brand new show ‘Trickster’ in September. The show which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last Wednesday continues through until August 24th. Starting in September it will tour the UK: "After sell-out performances on his 2013 tour ‘the UK’s leading comedy magician’ (Time Out) hits the road again with his astonishing new show. Star of BBC1′s ‘The Magicians’ and special guest on countless other TV shows, which recently included BBC2′s ‘The Sarah Millican Television Programme’, BBC1′s ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ and Channel 4′s ‘Comedy Mash-Up’. Expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic. This is a show not to be missed!" See for dates and to book. "Magician Pete Firman to Bring New Show Trickster to Swindon" Click Here. "Easy card tricks you can impress your friends and family with this summer" Click Here. 2.8.14


Kidology and Ventarama convention updates. Kidology, the UK Children's Entertainer Convention (8th & 9th September 2014) have a host of lecturers lined up (no less than nine in fact) covering all aspects of entertaining children. This year headlined by top children's ventriloquist Mark Wade from the USA, talking about comedy writing for children. Mark will be sharing his venting skills with the delegates at co-convention Ventarama, taking place the following day also in Wolverhampton. Ventarama is the first convention in the UK solely for Ventriloquists with workshops for all levels from beginner to advanced. In addition there will be an exhibition of vintage Ventriloquist figures provided by the British Puppetry Guild and this will include Ray Allen's Tich & Quackers. There is a special discount for those booking for both conventions. The Kidology Children's Entertainer of the Year competition will be taking place the night before Kidology (Monday evening 8th September) and this will be followed by a cabaret featuring Mark Wade and Danny Hunt's Amethyst. For full details visit and keep up to date with developments by joining KidologyUK and/or Ventarama on Facebook. Alec Powell. 2.8.14


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, 15th August. From the organisers: Magic Night Juggles beer tricks, puts things in places they should not be and performs some slippery and anarchic magic that will leave you breathless with laughter. Tall, lanky wizard, Pete Heat takes time to tell you about his dreams involving you (don’t be fooled by this comic - this is mind control at its best), whilst Lee Hathaway places your objects in the most obscure places... caution, don’t trust him with your valuables! Matt Barnard (photo) does stuff with beer that throws health and safety to the wind and clown like Steven Barry has an unusual effect on objects that is almost superhuman. All compered by Tommy Cooperesque Christian Lee who could be levitating tonight. Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. £14 OTD. Show ticket plus dinner: £27. Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info: 2.8.14

The Magic Night Artists: Pete Hathaway - Surreal, irreverent, and downright amazing, lanky charmer 'Pete Heat' will read your mind, steal your watch and entrance your mother-in-law, all in the same breath… like Derren Brown crossed with Russell Brand – in the words of the NME, Pete is “the rock & roll magician”; Matt Barnard - Matt has performed across the world as a compere, actor, musician, and as a comedy juggler in his unique one man show. He has been seen on TV shows, at comedy clubs, variety cabarets and at street theatre festivals across Europe, in Canada, Singapore, Australia and uncountable appearances here in the UK. He has won awards for his show including, 'Best Solo Act' at the Feldkircher Theatre Festival in Austria; Steven Barry - Stephen Barry is a multi award winning magician, mind reader, hypnotist and pickpocket who shatters all the cheesy clichés of a typical magician. His performance style, sleight of hand, and audience interaction has made him a favourite amongst audiences; Lee Hathaway - Award winning Lee is a dynamic, fast paced and hilarious act and one of the greatest inventors of magic tricks around, not to mention one of the top poker trick experts in the UK; Christian Lee - An award winning, comedian/magician, finalist of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Grand Finalist of Britain Does Variety 2012 and nominated Best Host 2014 at the London Cabaret Awards!


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year competition 2015 will take place at The Magic Circle Headquarters in Euston early next year. Heats will take place on Sunday 15th February 2015 with the Final on Sunday 29th March 2015. Part of The Magic Circle's youth initiative, the competition, which is held every other year, attracts entries from some of the finest young magicians in the country, competing for what many regard as the best prize in British magic: the title 'Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year', four years free membership of The Magic Circle (on reaching their eighteenth birthday), attending The Mystery School and the award itself, The Derrick Speight Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Trophy. Recent winners include Ben Hart, Paul Dabek, Steve Dela, Michael Jordan, Ben Proos and current holder, Sebastian Walton. Application forms will be available shortly and their availability will be announced on MagicWeek and The Magic Circle's website. 2.8.14


Enterteasement: Comedy Magic Burlesque - Glasgow, Saturday, August 9th, 8pm - 10.30pm. "Enterteasement's Comedy Magic Burlesque show features Gary Dunn, a professional magician and funny man from Newcastle, together with: Michael Redmond - Irish Comedian who played Father Stone in Father Ted; Billy Kirkwood - Scottish Compere of the Year 2014; Graham Mackie - 2 x Scottish Comedian of the Year Finalist; Vendetta Vain - World Burlesque Games Star; Daiquiri Dusk - Received a standing ovation on BGT. Tickets £10 / £14 via Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 2.8.14


Champions of Magic - Autumn 2014 Tour. "Join our award winning team of tricksters, swindlers and cheats for a spectacular night of mystery you'll be trying to work out for a very 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 including: Young & Strange - Grand Illusionists 'Fantastic, just amazing' Jonathan Ross; Fay Presto - Queen of Close-up 'Incomparable' The Stage; Alex McAleer - Master Mind Reader 'Phenomenal' BBC; Edward Hilsum - Magic’s Latest Sensation 'A great act' Derren Brown. Champions of Magic includes 5 world class, award winning entertainers performing everything from stage-filling illusions to magic right in the palm of spectators’ hands. Along with a live video feed, fiery pyrotechnics and stunning lighting, the show is an immersive experience in the art of magic." September, October, November - see What's On for venue information and to book. 2.8.14


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) presents a lecture by their PRO Geoffrey Newton MIMC on Tuesday 12th August. The subject is ‘Paper Magic’ and having seen the lecture material I note it details a fair number of tricks, puzzles, origami, paper folding and paper cutting items all of which you should be able to do with ease and are suitable to include in most magical performances. This is going to be a ‘hands on’ night so you will be able to work through the items as the lecture progresses. All Geoff asks is that you bring with you a pair of scissors. It starts at 8.00pm at the New Irish Centre off Queens Road Manchester M8 0AE (Map). Directions are on Door charge for non members. Mike Sharples – Secretary. 2.8.14


Mark Leveridge's Lecture Milestone! Mark writes: This year I am celebrating the fact that I have been presenting lectures to magic clubs all around the world for 35 years. From the very first lecture (The Low Down On Close Up) which was presented to the Zodiac Magical Society in 1979 until the present day, not a single year has gone by without me being out and about taking lectures to clubrooms large and small, and it's always been one of my favourite things to do! My latest lecture is entitled E-Club Pro - Live and it brings to life some of the elements available to members of my online club and information resource. There will be new routines performed and explained, some great moves taught, advice segments, fun stories from my pro life and the chance to buy selected products at 40% off the normal retail, a privilege normally only available to members of the club. Full details of this latest lecture can be found at 2.8.14


Fry's English Delight - 'Magic'. Stephen Fry celebrates the mind-altering and mysterious language of magic. Language and magic have a mysterious relationship, which is explored in this programme by Stephen. It's a beguiling, secret world in which magicians and psychologists feel equally at home. The common factor – nobody knows exactly how either works. Derren Brown, illusionist and mentalist, is Stephen’s guest. He describes how the idea of magic features in his work, how the art of persuasion is akin to magic, and how some people are more susceptible than others to this mysterious - largely verbal - art. Derren also exerts an amazing power over Stephen, despite them being 200 miles apart and he does it using words alone. 9am and again at 9.30pm on Monday 4th August on BBC Radio 4. See TV Magic. 2.8.14


Peterborough Society of Magicians Annual Day of Magic. Peterborough Society of Magicians have changed the date for their next Annual Day of Magic to Sunday, 14th June 2015. It will then be held on the second Sunday in every June thereafter. This is to try and avoid clashing with other magic events and also to avoid the variation of dates caused by Easter etc. The society will strive to make this one of our best annual conventions to date! John Learoyd. 2.8.14


London Presents... Laura London will be hosting a series of unique workshops at London's Hippodrome Casino, bringing you the best sleight of hand artists, magicians and industry consultants to talk intimately about what they do and to teach you what they know. The first, for 2014 is An Intimate Evening with Dani DaOrtiz and Christian Engblom on 13th & 14th August. For a lucky few, Dani and Christian will be sharing some of their closely guarded secrets. In great detail, you will learn some incredible feats and unpublished effects. Their magic is ingenious and exciting. Rarely have these two presented a workshop together. Drinks and Canapé reception. Only 25 seats available each evening. Over 18 only. For more info and to buy tickets Click Here. 2.8.14


Summer at The Magic Circle. "A chance for all the family to visit The Magic Circle, mix, mingle and marvel at some of the club's finest magicians, tour the Museum and HQ before going to The Magic Circle Theatre for some magical entertainment. Sunday 3rd August at 2.30pm (doors open 1.30pm) and 7pm (doors open 6pm), Sunday 10th August at 2.30pm, Sunday 17th August at 2.30pm and 7pm, Sunday 24th August at 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets (£25 each) via Venue: The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). More info: 2.8.14


Alakazam Vlog Wallet Special. Join Peter and Dave from Alakazam Magic as they take a weekly look at what's hot in magic. Last week they ran a very useful wallet special, Click Here. Visit to find out more. 2.8.14


Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol's Boutique Pub & Magic Theatre. Want to receive updates of what's coming up at Smoke & Mirrors? Sign up at 2.8.14


Breaking Magic, all weekend long... 22 editions of Breaking Magic will be shown back-to-back next weekend on Discovery Science starting at 12 noon on Saturday 9th August. "Get ready to learn the chemistry, physics and biology powering the world's greatest illusions. Breaking Magic fuses the showmanship and mystery of street magic with the raw power of science. Watch as each trick surprises unsuspecting bystanders with mystifying results. Starring Billy Kidd, Wayne Houchin, James Galea and Ben Hanlin." See TV Magic. 2.8.14


Matt Grindley Live, Queens Theatre Blackpool. James Pritchard writes: Having spent most of my life wanting to perform on stage as a magician and only being able to master the basics, I read on MagicWeek about a show in Blackpool; the Matt Grindley Show. I was torn between this show and another well known Blackpool magic show, but decided to go with the Matt Grindley Show. It promised big illusions and comedy and it did not fail to deliver. From the go, Matt commanded the audience and for such a small theatre to deliver such a big show was amazing. The theatre was full when we arrived and the show started with a brilliant dance routine and ended with a spectacular 3 sword trick with the audience, young and old, loving it. After the show Matt waited and met everyone who wanted to see him, to discuss magic and have photos taken. It was lovely. My only criticism is that the show needed to be longer! I was told the show will be back for Christmas and maybe so will I. 2.8.14


"Bristol Hippodrome plays host to first wedding on stage" Click Here (congratulations Chris!) • "Penn & Teller challenge magicians to ‘Fool Us’" Click Here • "What Is 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'? A Magician Reality Show That You'll Actually Enjoy" Click Here • "Decked by a pack of cards, swallowed up by a coin con - it was my trickiest task yet..." Click Here • "This Is New York: Magician Rogue Overcomes Insecurities on ‘America’s Got Talent’" Click Here • "Woody Allen's mighty 'Magic'" Click Here Trailer Click Here • "It’s a kind of magic... show!" Click Here • "Indian street magician makes the homeless smile by changing one rupee into 100" Click Here • "Hear Philly: Watch A Magician, Learn To Become One At ‘South Street Magic’" Click Here • "Woody Harrelson Hosts David Blaine at Black Olive Inn Charity Dinner" Click Here • "Now you see me" Click Here • "How to protect your personal space on the Tube" Click Here • "How Jim the Magician hopes to deal in a Fringe winner" Click Here • "Is this theatre haunted? CCTV footage captures the spooky moment a chair moves all on its own... hours after a medium's show" Click Here • Many thanks for all your news items this week, see you next week, Duncan. 2.8.14