Number 745 - 4th October 2014


Concept Central and RIP productions proudly present James More Theatre of Illusion. Monday 27th October Harrogate Royal Hall and Wednesday 29th October Newbury Corn Exchange. "World-class master illusionist James More is bringing his magic and charm to the UK for a limited two shows, in Harrogate on the 27th October and Newbury on the 29th October. Unlike the magic you’ll often see on TV, James prides himself on being the guy that can actually ‘do it live’. No camera tricks or special edits here! With James More, what you see is what you get. Fantastic illusions from a charismatic performer - taking the art of illusion to new heights. James is travelling the world with his illusions but is now bringing them home, to amaze and shock audiences in Harrogate and Newbury. Since appearing on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, James has also appeared as the Special Guest on Diversity’s Limitless Tour and is travelling the world in one of the largest and one most successful touring magic shows ever, The Illusionists 2.0 ("

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Harrogate Royal Hall - Monday 27th October, 7.30pm
Newbury Corn Exchange – Wednesday 29th October, 7.45pm


Derren Brown Miracle 2015. Derren Brown's brand new touring theatre show for 2015 is 'Miracle' and tickets are likely to sell quickly so book as soon as possible. The performance will not be suitable for under 12’s (or magicians who just can't hack how good Derren's live shows are!). The show will tour for a second leg in 2016 – see What's On for 2015 dates. 4.10.14


Guy Hollingworth and Tony Montana added to FISM Italy 2015 lineup. From the organisers: "Guy Hollingworth: A full time barrister, among the greatest close-up magicians of our century. Awarded Magician of the Year by Hollywood Academy of Magical Arts.  Tony Montana: A renowned performer who combines talent and humour. One of the best mentalists in South America." Visit the official FISM 2015 website and find out more! 4.10.14


Magic is more than just a trick... Beyond Magic with DMC. Beyond Magic with DMC will air on National Geographic International to over 170 countries worldwide in November 2014. DMC spent 9 months filming in London, Mexico, Paris, Barcelona and Singapore - and the first episode of seven will premiere in the UK at 8pm, on 6th November on National Geographic. The show is a fusion of cultural exploration with some beautiful classical magic, with each episode ending in a large-scale stunt or illusion. Teaser: Click Here. 4.10.14


More Names Announced for The International Magic Convention (Mermaid Theatre, London, November 14th-16th). Xavier Mortimer is undoubtedly one of France's rising stars. A Finalist in "La France a un Incroyable Talent", a front cover feature in August's Magic' Magazine and one of the stars of Cirque Du Soleil's multi-million dollar Las Vegas show 'One' based on the music of Michael Jackson, Xavier is an inspired artist who mixes magic, music, mime and dance in stunning theatrical vignettes of magic. In the Convention Gala Show he will be presenting excerpts from his one man show 'L'Ombre Ochestre', which has been a hit at many of Europe's top art festivals including both Edinburgh and Avignon and has received such praise as "The surprises are never ending, and the audience lets itself be carried away, in large part thanks to the charm and candour of the performer and the mastery of his craft" in France's leading paper Le Parisien.


Alongside Xavier and other named acts Mike Caveney, Tina Lenert, Master Payne and Double Fantasy are two surprise speciality acts. Convention organiser Noel Britten explains, "Traditionally it's the speciality acts that score very heavily during a magic show. Whilst magicians may have seen the magic acts before or have heard of what they do, one of the great joys of booking the acts for the Gala Show is looking for those unusual, quirky and downright amazing speciality acts to complement the magical performers. I know if we release the names, many people will look the acts up on YouTube, so wherever possible we try and keep the spesh acts a surprise so you get to see them for the first time live and let them register even more strongly. What I can promise you, though, are two acts this year who are both appearing in the UK for the first time. One is superbly skilful, with a style unique in his genre, and the other is a belly-laugh inducing "Clown Prince" following in the steps of other great clowns such as Tommy Cooper and George Carl. The show has sold out for the last few years hence us extending to the Friday performance this year. Already the Saturday night is getting close to capacity so if you want tickets for your family, friends or work colleagues I suggest booking as soon as possible. It really will be a show with something for everyone this year." Tickets available at 4.10.14


Ghost Stories by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman is back in the West End at The Arts Theatre; now booking to 18th January 2015. The emotion that live shock and fright (followed by an inner glow and laughter at being ‘got’) is one that is rarely experienced, but it's all here in the brilliant Ghost Stories, and yes, there's magic too in this finely crafted theatrical ghost train of a ride (DT). Ghost Stories was written and directed by The League of Gentlemen's master of the macabre, Jeremy Dyson, and Andy Nyman, co-creator and director of Derren Brown's ground breaking television and stage shows. 4.10.14


The Magic Circle Awards Ceremony, Saturday 18th October 2014. From the organisers: What have Paul Daniels, Debbie McGee, Derren Brown, Simon Drake, Luis DeMatos, Paul Kieve, John van der Put, Marc Almond, Johnny Ball, Steve Allen, and Harvey Goldsmith to name just a few, all got in common? They have all been to the recent The Magic Circle Awards Ceremonies. Make sure you’re there this year! Champagne reception with stunning close-up magic followed by a star studded stage show and the awards announcements and presentations. Doors open: 6.30pm, Show Starts: 7.30pm. The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD (Map). Ticket price: £30 (inc VAT). Tickets available online Click Here or call the box office 0871 220 0260. 4.10.14


Ed Hilsum wins British Ring Shield Competition 2014. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The IBM British Ring Convention took place in Bournemouth last week where Edward Hilsum (photo) won the British Ring Shield. In second place and also taking the Dittia Shield for Manipulation was Dave Andrews and third, Matthew Blackwell, who was also awarded the Tom Harris Cup for Comedy. Propdog (Dave Bonsall) took the Craig Trophy for the most attractive dealer stand and Bernard Jones walked away with the Ali Bongo Micro Marathon trophy. A fuller report on the convention appears under Reviews. Mike Danata reviews the Gala show, Click Here. 4.10.14


Argentinean Mentalist Tony Montana is now taking lecture date bookings in the UK between 9th and 29th March 2015. Tony studied in the National Acting School in Argentina (1990), and started to practice magic in 1992. In the 2009 he competed in Beijing FISM wining the third prize in the Mental Magic category. Since then he has lectured in the USA (Magic Castle), Spain (National Convention of Madrid), Canada and in Latin America (Flasoma Guatemala). Awards: 2007 - 3rd Prize in Abano Terme Convention (Mental Magic), 2009 - 3rd Prize FISM Beijing (Mental Magic), 2010 - Magic Award as The Most Important Mentalist of Argentina. In the lecture he will explain effects from his FISM act and more. He will also talk about the magician as a performer, applying acting to mentalism or other kinds of magic, from the actor's point of view. If you are interested in booking this lecture for your society contact Mark Traversoni on 01788 860433. 4.10.14


Mel Harvey is seen here on the steps of The Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth following his musical contribution to Sooty's Magic Show. Mel appeared alongside Jeton, Terry Herbert and of course Sooty and Richard Cadell. Mel is no stranger to The Sooty Show having been the guest artiste on several tours with the originator, Harry Corbett, and also having appeared on TV with his son Matthew. Mel also took out a one man show "Sooty's Magic Rocket" for an eighteen month theatre tour, prior to Richard taking the reins. This wasn't Mel's only appearance on the Pavilion stage as he compered the After Banquet Show and even appeared as a Funky Chicken for Simmons & Simmons in the Gala Show. A busy week but great fun! 4.10.14


Warped Magic are releasing two great new effects: "The first, FireFly by Joel Dickinson is a super cool signed card to matchbox routine. This is available now and if you order before midnight Wednesday and use the code 'FireFly2' at the PayPal checkout you will receive free worldwide shipping! The second effect is iTD by Sam Fitton. Visually change an iPhone into a deck of cards! Modern visual magic! This will be available mid October. 4.10.14


Tricked, the hidden camera 'gotcha' magic show is half-way through the new series as magician Ben Hanlin goes undercover to astonish unsuspecting members of the public with amazing magic. 9pm on Tuesday 7th October (1 hour) on ITV2, see TV Magic. 4.10.14


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Newcastle Magic Circle News: We are all deeply saddened as our esteemed and multi-talented member Dennis Dillon passed away last month. His funeral was very well-attended, showing how popular this larger than life character was. Our thoughts are with his wife, Maria, and his family during this very difficult time. "Popular North Tyneside magician Dennis Dillon dies after cancer battle" Click Here.

On October 27th, we proudly present the Steve Gore lecture at Nevilles Hall Newcastle, specialising in Close-Up, Cabaret and Children's Magic. All members of other magic clubs and guests welcome, entrance fee £10 - Non-Members - £15.00. We will also be continuing with the Magic Sale theme following last month's auction success – Glenn and Tony Junior will both have some quality items up for perusal and purchase throughout the evening. On November 22nd, we present our 80th Annual Dinner at the Newcastle Civic Hall complete with Host & Compere Tony Junior, performances by Illusionists Amethyst, and the Star Cabaret of the night 'Kokov'. Additional attractions include B 4 (a 7 foot tall robot), Dancing Show Girls, Groovy Heads (a popular video feature), 10 Close-Up Magicians with Disco to end - and of course the 3 Course Meal. Tickets are £35.00 per person. Please Contact Tony Junior,, for all information.


Manchester Circle of Magicians. Mike Hinde writes: Monday 6th October at Salford Masonic Hall. Axel Hecklau is a brilliant German magician known to everybody for his amazing torn and restored newspaper which is considered "the best" by so many who use the effect. It is not the only thing he will explain in the talk but, believe me, it will be worth your journey if that is the only thing you see! 4.10.14


Grand Centenary Banquet of the Modern Mystic League. Brian Lead writes: Paul Daniels and the lovely Debbie McGee (along with the equally lovely Brian Sefton) will be performing at the Grand Centenary Banquet of the Modern Mystic League on 11th October. Although all tickets are now taken for the Banquet, Debbie will be talking the following afternoon (Sunday, October 12th at 2pm) at the Headquarters of the MML: The St. Silas Parish Centre, Preston New Road, Blackburn BB2 6PS (Map). All are invited to come along and find out just what it takes to be a top magician’s assistant. There will be a nominal admission charge of just £5, which includes refreshments. What is there to dislike about that? Not a lot! Further details from Concert Secretary Brian Lead: 01254 52070 or 4.10.14


Escape Attempt, Ghost Hunt and Séance. Allan Taylor writes: The connection between Houdini and Halloween is well known, however the connection between arguably the greatest magician and performer of the twentieth century and Dick Turpin and York Castle is less so. Following a formal challenge from Rebecca Taylor, the daughter of Escapologist David De-Val, with the support of Pontefract Paranormal, and in collaboration with the United Kingdom Escape Artists group, Halloween night at York Castle will see World Record Holding Escapologist Weasel Dandaw attempt to recreate the escape performed by De-Val from a prison cell in the Castle which once allegedly held Dick Turpin, a challenge that Harry Houdini is reported to have declined. The escape will be held on the same evening as a Ghost Hunt and also a Séance at the Castle to try and contact the legendary escapologist Houdini himself. This event is in support of the Sophies Appeal Charity. Tickets are available online, Click Here. 4.10.14


WOW Smoke! Produce smoke from your mouth at anytime! Available now from 4.10.14


Merlins of Wakefield latest: "Merlins of Wakefield are pleased to announce that they are sponsoring Magicseen magazine for another 12 months. It is the only regular full colour magic magazine in the UK and circulation continues to grow. If you have not tried it, give it a go. Merlins also have their latest magic ‘Preview’ for Oct/Nov available, which contains over 70 great magic effect. For a free printed copy, contact them with your postal address on If you would prefer a PDF download, just Click Here. Merlins will be performing a Dealer Demonstration at the North Wales Magic Circle this Tuesday, 7th October. If you are booking Demonstrations for your club or society for 2015 please get in touch for details, call 01924 339933


Conjuring at the Court - Thursday 30th October. "Witness the impossible as top magicians take to the stage. With Alan Hudson (photo), Sean Heydon, Hugh Nightingale, Oliver Tabor and compere Alan Green, it will be an entertaining night of magic to remember. The show is in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing W13 8PH. Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. It’s just 12 minutes from Central London by train from Paddington to West Ealing, and the pub is 2 minutes’ walk from the station. Or take the Central or District line to Ealing Broadway, change to the train or a take a short bus ride. Parking is free after 6.30pm. Come early to enjoy dinner in one of the bars or the lovely dining room." Tickets still just £10 from 4.10.14


Catch up with Katherine. Katherine Mills: Mind Games 5pm and 10pm on Sunday 5th October on Watch. "Combining psychology, illusion, mentalism and magic, Katherine crosses the line between the possible and the truly amazing." See TV Magic. 4.10.14


Matt Grindleys "Spooktacular" can be seen on 25th October at The Wave Theatre, Maryport and on 31st October at Thornton Little Theatre, Blackpool. The night promises a fast and funny show with stage illusions and special guest Thomas Bounce from Britain's Got Talent. As well as Matt's Assistants the Karen Hunter Dancers. Tickets are available for the Blackpool show at and for Maryport at 4.10.14


The free E-Club Pro taster eBook. "Available now from Mark Leveridge Magic, this interesting E-Book contains examples of all 10 sections of the E-Club Pro website pages. With your copy you'll get linked through to video instruction for a classic coin move from The Tool Box and a nice close up routine from The Vintage Vault. You'll be able to read an extract from The Strolling Magician taken from The Book Corner, and see the replies to two of the 100+ questions that are currently in The Advice Centre. This E-Book will also allow you to watch video instruction for the Cigarette Through Chip taken from The Instruction Locker, and see a live bite size extract from the Going Walkabout lecture which is housed in The Lecture Room. You'll be able to save £14 if you purchase the product shown on the E-Club Pro Shop page of the E-Book, and you'll be able to watch and learn video instruction for a commercial walkabout trick through The TricKlip Viewer as well as download a pdf detailing a bank note effect using The Download Portal. And if that isn't enough, you'll even be able to watch a complete Mark's Monthly Message video extracted from The Archive section. All this comes to you completely free, so go to now and sign up for your copy of the E-Club Pro Taster E-Book and see what it's all about." 4.10.14


Beautiful Magicians’ Club – Fright Night. Saturday 1st November. The Beautiful Magicians’ Club cordially invite you to board its ghost train on a voyage to its annual ‘Fright Night’, taking place at Satan’s Circus within the realms of Wenlock & Essex, London. Expect a smorgasbord of tricks, treats and teases from the UK’s wildest magicians, fire artists, outrageous variety acts and hottest bands. Having outgrown its previously residency in Dalston, BMC is delighted to welcome you to its new home in Angel, central London. Joining comedy country conjurors Kane & Abel (photo), Northern trickster Magic Sam and ‘the world’s most dangerous women’ Missy Phillips at the ‘Fright Night’ will be a band so cool it’s scary – The Coolness. Don’t miss this show in which the acts will amputate limbs, read minds, recreate their births and put a magical twist on Halloween party games. A select number of tickets are available for the next week at just £5, so book them now before they disappear: Click Here. 4.10.14


BMS Fund raiser, Higham, Kent. Roy Marsh writes: Following a sell-out success last year, Bexley Magic Society were invited back to Higham Village Club on Saturday 27th September to perform a full evening of magic and to raise funds for their society and Kent Air Ambulance. The evening started with members David Klass, Gary Lawrence, Ken Francis, Steve White, Adrian Sels, Roberto Forzoni and Jason Deverell performing close-up magic for the full house, sitting at tables around the room. This was immediately followed by stage performances from Ian Thom, Roy Marsh, David Klass and Roberto Forzoni, all ably compered by BMS Club chairman, Kevin Doig. Society member Steve Bacon, provided the technical support, looking after the sound system. The whole event was again organised by BMS member and resident of Higham, John Horn (photo), creator of "Smudged". The Mayor of Gravesham, John Caller, was in attendance with his lovely wife Sue and they both found themselves on stage as part of the proceedings. Performers and audience agreed it was an excellent evening of fun and magic. Here's to next year? 4.10.14


Robert Temple: The Hypnotist - Live. Comedy Hypnotist, Robert Temple will be taking to the stage at the York Barbican Theatre on Thursday 9th October 2014 with his all-new show: Robert Temple: The Hypnotist - Live. “The new show is packed with original comedy sketches, and really innovative multimedia which makes it a fully immersive, modern hypnosis experience.” says Robert. The show, which is co-written and produced by mentalist Kennedy, is totally family friendly. Tickets are available from priced at £15 (£12 Conc/NUS). 4.10.14


Choccywoccydoodah: Starstruck. A show all about the ultimate chocolate shop. Derren Brown requests a taxidermy-inspired birthday cake with a trick inside and gets a demonic creation. 8pm on Thursday 9th October (1 hour) on Watch, see TV Magic. 4.10.14


Portsmouth Jumbo Day Fast Track... "It’s the last chance to save on Fast Track bookings for Portsmouth Jumbo Day on Sunday November 2nd. To give everyone a last weekend to do their pre-booking we have extended the deadline to Sunday 5th October. This year's event includes lectures and performances from Andi Gladwin, Jon Armstrong, Ben Hart (photo), Martin Cox, David Gemmell, James Piper and Dave Loosley. With the largest second-hand magic sale in the country, Merv Cole’s magic auction, Bob Hamilton’s magic videos and the Southern Magician of the Year competition it is an absolute bargain at only £18 Fast Track (£22 on the door). Fast Track also gives you access to the best bargains, allowing entrance 10 minutes earlier than on-the-day tickets! Book your tickets at" Phil Smith. 4.10.14


The Pentacle Club offers all magicians an early chance to see 'The Life and Career of Alan Shaxon' presented by Steve Short and Scott Penrose on Tuesday 14th October starting at 8pm at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map). The evening is in two parts, Steve Short will cover Alan's life and career in a biography illustrated with pictures and clips and Scott Penrose will show several of Alan's classic magical effects. There will also be an opportunity to buy their book 'Alan Shaxon - The Sophisticated Sorcerer', released at the Bournemouth convention and already well on the way to becoming a magical best seller. Pentacle Club members admitted free, non-members £10. 4.10.14


Rod Bourne presents his ESP (Easily Simply Performed) lecture for the Merlin Magical Society on Thursday October 9th. The lecture features a selection of easy to perform mentalism miracles. Doors open at 7.30pm, and the lecture is from 8pm to 10pm. £8 entry for non members: John Clayton. 4.10.14


Henry Evans starts his 'Magic As A Composition' UK lecture tour later this month. "Henry is a world famous lecturer who has travelled the globe since being placed first in Close-up Card Magic at FISM in 2000. He has amazed both laymen and magicians with his devious mind, producing miracles with cards, silks and coins, all with his own particular twist. If you have already attended one of his previous lectures you'll know why he has achieved such success. If you have never seen him lecturing before, you are invited to peek into his original world of magic. From clever uses of gaffes, to effects with nothing other than a borrowed deck of cards, Henry’s approach to magic is something not to miss." See What's On for tour dates. 4.10.14


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