Number 757 - 27th December 2014


Champions of Magic 2015 tour dates announced: "Champions of Magic is heading back on the road from February to April 2015, including an extended tour of Scotland, the first time the show has headed North of the border. Witness stunning illusions including disappearances, teleportation, levitation and a heart stopping finale that sees one performer walk through the spinning steel blades of a giant industrial fan, all presented with lighting and pyrotechnics to rival the biggest arena productions."
'World-class illusionists... you will have to go to see what happens'
Jersey Evening Post.
'Spectacular family show... take a seat and prepare to be astounded, astonished and amazed'
Heart FM.
Starring: Young and Strange, Fay Presto, Alex McAleer and Edward Hilsum.
February 2015
Friday 13th Swansea - Grand Theatre - Tel 01792 475515
Saturday 14th London (Hayes) - Beck Theatre - Tel 020 8561 8371
Friday 27th Coventry - Belgrade Theatre - Tel 02476 553055
Saturday 28th Newbury - Corn Exchange - Tel 0845 521 8218
March 2015
Sunday 1st Harlow - Playhouse - Tel 01279 431945
Friday 6th St Albans - The Alban Arena - Tel 01727 844488
Friday 27th Glenrothes - Rothes Halls - Tel 01592 611101
Saturday 28th York - Barbican - Tel 0844 854 2757
Sunday 29th Greenock - Beacon Arts Centre - Tel 01475 723723
Monday 30th Barrow - The Forum Theatre - Tel 01229 820000
Tuesday 31st Darlington - Civic Theatre - Tel 01325 486555
April 2015
Wednesday 1st Hull - New Theatre- Tel 01482 300300
Thursday 2nd Ayr - Gaiety - Tel 01292 288235
Saturday 4th Inverness - Eden Court Theatre - Tel 01463 234234
Friday 24th Clacton-on-Sea - Princes Theatre - Tel 01255 686633
Saturday 25th Reading - Hexagon - Tel 01189 606060

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London International Mime Festival. 8th - 31st January 2015. New circus, extreme dance, physical imagery, fairground commedia and exotic Japanese puppetry are just some of the exciting and essentially wordless media through which the Mime Festival’s artists tell their stories. At LIMF 2015 ballet dancers collaborate with Sean Gandini’s brilliant jugglers, and Basil Twist's sly foxes dance through a hundred hand painted Japanese ‘dogugaeshi’ theatre screens. From Belgium, Peeping Tom makes its UK debut with a thriller set in a chilly landscape of wind and ice, while Circus Ronaldo’s grandiose puppet opera brings high tragedy and raucous comedy in equal measure. Entrapped in a forest of light, the extraordinary Japanese dance Kaori Ito performs in London for the first time, in Olivier Award nominee Aurélien Bory’s Plexus. LIMF 2015 offers fabulous contemporary visual theatre for everyone. 27.12.14


Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality, this evening, Saturday 27th December, on ITV. "Christine Bleakley presents a magic special starring illusionist Darcy Oake. Recorded before a live theatre audience, it is an evening of breathtaking, logic-defying, spectacular illusions in the grand old tradition of stage magic. Prepare to be amazed as Darcy promises three things: some things you will have never seen before, some things you will never see again and some things you will have to see to believe." See TV Magic. 27.12.14


At Home With Joshua Jay. A Box of Tricks, Studio Size. "At Home With Joshua Jay. A Box of Tricks, Studio Size. "Mr. Jay fell in love with magic at the age of 8. His father, Jeffrey, a dentist in Canton, Ohio, showed him a card trick from the 1940s known as Out of This World. The subject, invited to use the power of the mind to discern whether cards being dealt face down in two piles are red or black, is shown to have perfect accuracy. Mesmerized, Joshua retreated to his room to sort things out, not surfacing until he had reverse-engineered the trick. 'That was a seminal moment for me,' he said. 'It really hooked me in.'" To read Sandy Keenan's full article in the New York Times, Click Here. Joshua Jay will be appearing at The Session next month: 27.12.14


Derren Brown: An Evening of Wonders is being repeated at 10.55pm on Friday 2nd January on Watch. A specially televised version of Derren Brown's stage show Evening of Wonders, recorded at the Garrick Theatre in London. The internationally acclaimed psychological illusionist takes the theatre audience and viewers on a jaw-dropping, laugh-out-loud journey to a climax of the most astonishing mind-reading. See TV Magic. 27.12.14


Children’s Christmas Magic Show - London. "A fabulous children's magic show for Christmas! From the producers of Conjuring at the Court, this is their sixth annual Christmas Magic Show for children. Brilliant entertainer John Kimmons will give your children a marvellous afternoon of magic and ventriloquism with colourful, cheeky puppets. John is hilarious, one of the top children’s entertainers in the UK; an award-winning performer offering fun and mystery for adults and children alike. And there’s master magician Scott Penrose, President of the Magic Circle, returning to the Christmas Show with an amazing performance that has been seen around the world, a feast of visual amazement that will have you and your children open-mouthed in wonder. Saturday 27th December. Doors open at 2pm, the show starts at 2.30pm and runs to 4pm with an interval. All children to be accompanied by an adult please. The show is at the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). It's always very popular, so to be sure of tickets, book now!" 27.12.14


David Blaine: Real or Magic is being repeated on Tuesday 30th December on Channel 4. For more than a decade, David Blaine has been captivating the world with his high-profile endurance stunts. Starting his career as a magician who appeared to do the impossible with a deck of cards, he was soon following in the footsteps of Houdini, seeking out that which seemed physically impossible, and actually doing it. This special programme follows Blaine's signature brand of street magic and mystifies some of the most recognisable celebrities in the world, including Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Will Smith, to name a few. Blaine goes into the homes of Kanye West and Olivia Wilde, and visits Stephen Hawking at his office at Cambridge University. He also travels the world, astonishing people from all walks of life with never-seen-before, inconceivable magic. See TV Magic. 27.12.14


Conjuring at the Court - London. "Witness the impossible with magic and comedy at Conjuring at the Court, London’s longest-running monthly magic show. The Christmas show features the legendary street performer Gazzo – you’ll see his act copied around the world, but he’s the original! Billy Kidd wowed the Court in her first performance – she’s a lively, engaging performer of strong magic. Then there’s the hilarious magic and ventriloquism of John Kimmons, and the classic magic of Scott Penrose, an entrancing performance full of colour, music and mystery that will leave you stunned. Compered by genial co-producer, Russell Levinson. Saturday 27th December. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). There is a bar at the back of the room so you can have a drink while enjoying the magic. Seats are comfortable and all have a good view of the stage. Just 12 minutes from Central London: take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the pub is 2 minutes walk from the station. Come early and enjoy a dinner from the pub’s varied menu, and enjoy a drink from the bar while enjoying a great night of entertainment and mystery. Don’t miss a real Christmas treat for you, your family and friends. Book now! Tickets still only £10 from". 27.12.14


Michael Gee performed at both the BBC EastEnders Christmas Party and the BBC Strictly Come Dancing Wrap Party last week. Michael performed magic for the cast and crew of EastEnders at their company Christmas party which took place on-site at the BBC Elstree Centre. Then, the following day, Michael also performed at the wrap-party for Strictly Come Dancing which took place at Elstree TV Studios. Michael is seen here with the winners of this year’s show, Caroline Flack and professional dance partner Pasha Kovalev. 27.12.14


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