Number 753 - 29th November 2014


Wessex Magical Association Magic Convention 2015. "The Wessex Magical Association proudly presents its one-day Convention on Sunday 19th April 2015. Whether you are a seasoned magician or keen amateur, the Wessex Magical Association Magic Convention is a great way to meet other magicians and enhance your knowledge of the art of magic. Lectures and Close-up Sessions will be taking place throughout the day, with a high-quality Dealers’ Hall also providing demonstrations of the latest magic - the perfect opportunity to add to your repertoire. The event will culminate in the full evening Gala Show, which is open to both magicians and the general public." Kockov, Amethyst and Morgan& West will all be appearing in the Gala show and PropDog, Card-Shark and Paul Gordon are the first dealers to be confirmed. Sunday 19th April 2015, The Hub, Brock Way, Verwood, Dorset BH31 7QE (Map) Early Bird registrations: Click Here. 29.11.14


DMC tries his hand at a Japanese illusion originally created by magician Ten Ichi, Click Here. Beyond Magic with DMC, see TV Magic for listings. 29.11.14


Dundalk Day of Magic, Sunday 3rd May 2015. From the organisers: The Irish Ring 85 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians are pleased to announce that the headliner at the Dundalk Day of Magic on Sunday 3rd May 2015 will be the eccentric and outrageous performer Kieron Lefever. Kieron arrived on the Magic scene with a bang in the form of his 'To The Max' DVD, an effect that leaves the spectator with a block of ice in their hand and a true sense of astonishment. Since then Kieron has unleashed his highly acclaimed 'Chaotic' DVD and his ultimate finale to any impossible card location effect 'Remaxed Iceolation'. Expect something unique and entertainingly outrageous! This will be an exclusive appearance in Ireland and as well as his two-hour lecture and after-dinner cabaret appearance, Kieron will be sessioning all day, and probably long into the night! "Brilliant, mad, obsessive thinking, that has created spectacular effects. You are a true one off. Keep up the brilliant work." Andy Nyman Magician, Actor & Director.

The venue is the stunning Carrickdale Hotel and Spa which is now accepting overnight bookings. Mention that you are attending the convention for special one, or two, night deals. Accommodation on the Saturday night is extremely limited and likely to sell out within the next few weeks. Further lecturers, dealers and performers, as well as details of how to register, will follow in the new year, but anyone planning to travel and stay is advised to make arrangements as soon as possible as the convention falls on a Bank Holiday weekend. To contact the organisers email


Christmas Magic at the Barn - next weekend! Saturday 6th, and Sunday 7th December. A unique evening of magic to start the festive season offering close-up wizardry presented at tables followed by a stage show featuring magic, mystery and comedy. The main show features the dove magic of Brian and Audrey Miller, the multi-award winning Oliver Tabor, international gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo on Saturday and the deadly and hilarious Card Ninja on Sunday, all skillfully held together with magic and comedy by compere by Adrian Fox, plus a whole host of close-up magicians throughout the evening within the warm, intimate and enchanting atmosphere of a 17th century barn theatre. The ticket price includes a free glass of mulled wine for adults and soft drink for children, plus a mince pie. Drinks are served on admission and other refreshments are available to purchase including wine and beer. Showtimes Sunday 6th at 7pm, Sunday 7th at 6pm. Magic at the Barn, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LH (Map). Tickets only £12.50. Book tickets online: Ticket line 01702 543242. 29.11.14


The Magicians' Podcast with Richard Young. Russ Stevens is Richard's guest this week. Richard writes: "He talks with such passion and conviction that I really want to spread the word on this episode. Also, in his episode, there is a chance for listeners to win $200 worth of Vanishing Inc downloads by simply sharing our 'Attention Magicians' status on The Magicians' Podcast Facebook page:" The Magicians' Podcast has really taken off! Available via iTunes Click Here or Podbean Click Here. 29.11.14


Will Houstoun Lectures at the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, on Wednesday 3rd December: Will Houstoun is back with a new lecture based around his recently release DVD set, Modern Magic. During the lecture Will will teach a selection of card and coin magic that is suitable for close-up and parlour and on which he has been booked to lecture around the world, including multiple appearances at The Magic Castle and The Magic Circle. The material that will be taught ranges from easy to intermediate difficulty and will all be taught thoroughly, with a view to explaining the details that really make the effects work. Join us to delve into the world of Modern magic. "I have watched Will’s extraordinary talent develop over the last ten years and I am very excited to see this project finally come to light. His technical ability with cards and coins is simply flawless and the Modern Magic DVD project will cement his technical and creative virtuosity on a global scale." Michael Vincent. “[Will] is a really fine magician with some serious chops… this is a remarkable collection that serious students of close-up magic will enjoy for quite some time.” Genii. Visiting Magicians welcome for just £5.00. Lecture starts at 8pm at the ECC Sports and Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton WV10 9LU (Map). Contact Sue Oakley 29.11.14


Paul Derek - The Birdman of Magic. One-off London show, this Sunday! Lee Hathaway writes: "If you missed Blackpool this year, you'll probably have heard about the legendary bird man Mr Paul Derek. Back by popular demand, Paul Derek is appearing in a special one off show in London on the afternoon of 30th November! Expect big boxes, contraptions and absolutely bloomin mayhem! Not for the faint hearted! This is seriously not to be missed!" Tickets available from" 29.11.14


Magician Ali Cook plays Spud McMellon in the new war film Kajaki. From the producers of the Kings Speech, Kajaki is a true story following British Paratroopers in Afghanistan caught in the middle of a minefield and the desperate attempt at rescue. This film is a must-see with a four star review in Time Out and glowing reviews from The Guardian and The Independent to name but a few. Kajaki is in cinemas from 28th November 2014. 29.11.14


Silly Scott Watford Association of Magicians Lecture. Family Entertainer Silly Scott will be lecturing this Tuesday, 2nd December, at the Watford Association of Magicians. Scott is very excited as this will be his first UK lecture following his performance at the Blackpool British National Championships in February and rave reviews from his KidTalk lecture in California at the KAX (KIDdabra/Steve Axtell) conference in January. 8pm at Watford Association of Magicians Club, The Hall, Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Avenue, Bricket Wood, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL2 3LQ. 29.11.14


Breaking Magic series 2 is currently being repeated on Discovery: "It's back for a second season of jaw-dropping illusions performed by four of the world's most innovative magicians around the globe as they transform pure science into head-scratching magic tricks. As Ben, Billy, Wayne and Nate wow audiences on the streets of London, New York and Warsaw, you'll learn about the chemistry, physics and biology behind 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; including overpowering an entire American Football team to levitating fast food to a life-threatening underwater escape and many more. Hidden cameras on the streets capture bystanders awestruck by these magicians' unexpected tricks, while viewers get the benefit of the magicians' insight, as they explain the scientific reality behind each illusion." See TV Magic. 29.11.14


Magician breaks club record: "David Baker from Prestatyn has become the only magician in history to win the North Wales Magic Circle Close-up competition, Mental Magic competition, and the Stage Magic competition in the same year since the Circle began in 1942. The NWMC is a most prestigious magical society; some members are internationally known performers, two have had their own TV series and we have a World Champion of Magic in the membership. In addition to winning all of the competitions, David was awarded the Derek Lawrence Wand for services with the club magazine and the prestigious Presidents Cup. Alan Astra, president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring, presented David with the awards at the NWMC annual dinner on the 22nd November in the Springfield hotel Holywell. If that wasn't enough David was also presented with the North Wales Magic Circle presidency on the same evening." L to R: Alan Astra, David Baker and Peter Hewson (NWMC Award Organiser). 29.11.14


David J. Marks: Another Night of Magic & Comedy - tonight in Suffolk. After David's sell out one-man show from last year he is back in a new venue with lots of new ideas. Ticket price includes a cheese board and soft drinks; feel free to bring along your own alcohol and glasses will be provided. Doors open at 7pm. Seating will be first come first served on the night, however for bookings of 8 people you can have the choice of reserving a table. Comments from last year's show: "We loved the show. It was fantastic, the whole evening was brilliant; the cheese board and the fact that we could bring a bottle, it was such a nice relaxed atmosphere. You're very talented David" "Everyone really awed at the show, they were all talking about it long into the evening." "Brilliant night David, My party really enjoyed it..." Saturday 29th November at 7.30pm at Kirton Church Hall, 21 Church Lane, Kirton, Suffolk IP10 0PT (Map) 29.11.14


Stanley Kubrick’s majestic 2001: A Space Odyssey is enjoying a limited nationwide cinema release starting this week. Theatre, cinema and indeed all the arts should be allowed to crossover into magic thinking. Will 2001 help you with your double lift? Probably not. But if you want to inject a little theatre into your performances it may inspire you in some way. This is a rare opportunity to see this masterpiece, nearly 50 years on, on the big screen, in all its digitally remastered glory. To watch the trailer and find out if it's on near you Click Here. Still not tempted? The movie features numerous visual illusions, and even a 'no thread' floating pen sequence to ponder over, but really just see it for its sheer cinematic brilliance. DT. 29.11.14


"Britain's Got Talent's Darcy Oake lands one hour magic show Edge of Reality" Click Here • "Abracadabra: The 10 Best Magicians in the World" Click Here • "A Little Abracadabra on the Phone" Click Here • "Keith Barry’s coming home for Christmas" Click Here • "Elizabeth Banks reveals Jennifer Lawrence is obsessed with 'close-up magic'" Click Here • "Seven magicians to star in 'The Illusionists'" Click Here • "Seeing Is Disbelieving. Adam Trent, Magician, Makes Broadway Debut" Click Here • "Derren Brown on the disappointment of coming out: 'It’s not that people react badly to it – they really don't care'" Click Here • "Renewed and returning: 'Fool Us,'" Click Here • "Q+A: Murray Sawchuck’s blind drive leads to 21 escapes, TV appearances galore" Click Here • "Magicians to bring high-tech illusions to Broadway" Click Here • Magicians stage effort to restore Houdini's grave" Click Here • Gigs not flowing in? This will cheer you up, Click Here • "How does Dover mentalist Ben Murphy plan to shock us next?" Click Here • "Magicians labor in shadow of big names, but they’re tenacious" Click Here • "£19.50 tickets to 'Ghost Stories' at the Arts Theatre" Click Here • "Australian magician Paul Cosentino to perform in Vietnam" Click Here • And finally, here's a fun video from 'World Order', featuring an ingenious levitation, spotted by my son Louis, Click Here, and the Star Wars TFA teaser 1, just in case you haven't seen it yet, Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 29.11.14