Number 809 - 26th December 2015


Christian Farla: Blackpool Convention 2016. Christian Farla performs over 40 pieces, from sleight of hand magic to grand illusions, together with his wife Bianca and 14 strong crew, in his current theatre show 'Night of Illusions' which is on tour in the Netherlands and Belgium. Everything takes place in his 'Magic Castle' were the illusions are experiments, to find the secret of immortality. In February Christian can be seen here in the UK, when he stars in the Saturday night Blackpool Magicians' Convention Gala Show. See YouTube and 26.12.15


Jamie Raven will appear on Bruce's Hall of Fame on Saturday 2nd January on BBC 1. Alexander Armstrong will take to the stage as master of ceremonies at the Dominion Theatre to welcome some of the UK’s best-loved entertainers to celebrate the artists who inspired their careers. Joining Alexander in paying tribute to their inspirations are award-winning comedian and actress Catherine Tate, former Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt, Australian film star, singer and dancer Adam Garcia, EastEnders actress and singer Shona McGarty, Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, magician and illusionist Jamie Raven and West-End musical sensation Beverley Knight. Hall of Fame puts a modern twist on the most famous acts of all time. It’s a chance for today’s stars to pay homage to their heroes and find out what it’s like to perform as their showbiz legends would have done. The one off special promises a night packed with festive treats and surprises. See TV Magic. 26.12.15


Harry Price: Ghost Hunter. Supernatural drama about the celebrated real-life paranormal investigator Harry Price. When MP's wife Grace Goodwin is found naked on a London street, notorious ghost hunter Harry Price is summoned to investigate claims that her house is haunted. With the help of housemaid Sarah Grey, Harry uncovers a dark history surrounding the Goodwins' Finchley home. Can Harry provide a rational explanation for the haunting, or is there more to this case than even he can understand? Sunday 27th December on ITV. See TV Magic. 26.12.15


Aladdin - starring Paul Daniels: Take a magical carpet ride to the far east in our fun-packed family pantomime! Legendary magician Paul Daniels, X-Factor runner-up Andy Abraham and Disney Channel presenter Samantha Dorrance lead the cast of the Ipswich Regent’s Christmas Pantomime Aladdin. The pantomime features an amazing live band and will be packed with a host of top TV stars including: the most successful TV magician of the 20th century Paul Daniels as The Emperor, platinum-selling recording artist and X-Factor runner-up Andy Abraham as Genie of the Lamp, Disney Channel Presenter and West End leading lady Samantha Dorrance as Princess Jasmine, Chris Stanton ‘Mr Flatley from CBBC’s hit children’s TV show M.I. High’ as Abanazar, hilarious impressionist and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Andrew Fleming as Wishee Washee, Ciaran Joyce from 'CBBC's Tracy Beaker & Young Dracula' as Aladdin and, of course, the lovely Debbie McGee as Slave of the Ring. Come and join in the festive fun as The Ipswich Regent and Enchanted Entertainment bring one of the world’s best loved pantomimes to life. Packed with great songs, amazing dance routines and plenty of laughter, this is a tremendous treat for all the family you won’t want to miss! Ipswich Regent to 3rd January 2016. More information, Click Here. 26.12.15


56th Bristol Day of Magic, Sunday 8th May 2016. Next year's day will take place at a new venue, featuring a 250 set theatre. Nailsea Arts Academy, The Link, Nailsea School, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 2LE. More details nearer the time. See 26.12.15


Killer Magic, the complete first series, is being repeated back to back on Tuesday 29th December from 0.30am to 3am on BBC 3. "Five young magicians [Dee Christopher, Chris Cox, Jasz Vegas, Damien O'Brien and Ben Hart] compete to avoid facing the perilous killer trick. After judging one another's performances, the lowest scorer will take on a trick that has previously killed or injured a magician." See TV Magic. 26.12.15


The Card Collection Christmas Sale is now on! It runs until 10am on Monday, 4th January 2016! Up to 20% discount available on our full range of amazing items. Don't miss out on some real bargains! 26.12.15


Ken Joy lectures at the Kent Magicians' Guild at 8pm on Tuesday 26th January. Mike Bonfield writes: The lecture will take place at the club premises: CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map). Ken Joy is a well-known Water Rat, who works mainly on cruise liners nowadays with his very successful comedy magic act. He also gives talks on various aspects of show business and appeared for many years as a Panto dame. The lecture will include a film show with footage of many of the famous acts he has known throughout his career. This promises to be a fantastic evening for comedy as well, because Ken can talk the hind legs off a donkey! Admission for non-members is only £5.00. 26.12.15


Season’s Greetings from the British Ring: The President, Council and Members of the IBM British Ring send season’s greetings to magicians and their families throughout the world. May you all have a peaceful and happy time and 2016 bring good health and prosperity to everyone. Our house magazine Key Ring now with 16 pages in colour, will, in 2016, along with our regular feature writers have new ones including Trevor Dawson’s Gallery of Master Magicians, Paul Stone’s Showbiz Page, and Mastering Magic from Brian Lead, who has been teaching youngsters the basic skills of magic for a long time. There’s more to come and all this for only £40 per year! The 'Early Bird' members’ convention (8th – 11th September in Buxton) registration fee is open until 31st December 2015 and details are on Membership information can be found on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 26.12.15


Pantomime Magic: "JezO (aka Jeremy Bond), Cambridgeshire’s favourite comedy magician, is currently playing Wishee Washee to packed houses at the Theatre Royal, Margate, in Wicked Productions’ Aladdin. Meanwhile his brother Tim Bond has produced the music for Cinderella at the Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Harlow Playhouse. A number of illusions and effects have been provided by Doctor Bondini for three pantomimes this year: Red Riding Hood at the Greenwich Theatre as well as for Aladdin and Snow White. A local review by Your Harlow said: '…there is one particular special effect in the second half that is worth the entrance fee alone. We won’t give away the surprise but it had the children and adults in awe.' Seasonal greetings to all magicians from the Bondini dynasty, and we hope to see you next year at one of our shows." 26.12.15


The Complete Final Series and A-Z of Dynamo, on DVD: "The King of magic returns for the fourth and final series of the multi award winning Dynamo: Magician Impossible. In four brand new episodes we follow magician Dynamo as he travels to France, India and the USA, amazing everyone he meets with his unique brand of jaw dropping magic. Featuring appearances from Coldplay, Sam Smith, One Direction and Bollywood star Irrfan Khan, Dynamo takes us on a magical adventure which will astound even the biggest cynics! The Exclusive A-Z of Dynamo: Dynamo is one of the World’s Greatest magicians… he’s entertained everyone from Los Angeles to Mumbai with his extraordinary TV series Dynamo: Magician Impossible, performing over 16 hours of magic across 4 record breaking series. To celebrate this we’ve put together the A-Z of Dynamo - an exclusive, encyclopedic look at his magic, his persona and of course the reaction to his impossible magic from his many, many fans across the globe." To order from Click Here. 26.12.15


MagicNevin Fatal Fire. MagicNevin regret to announce that they are temporarily closing the business due to the devastating fire which happened at their premises on Monday 21st December. They will keep you updated on any news but thank everybody for their support and concern during this very difficult and sad time. "Boy, 17, dies and woman and two men are injured when fire tears through magic shop and causes blasts 'like bombs going off'" 26.12.15


"Floating magician fined for traffic disruption" [video] Click Here • "MK magician Carl Charlesworth performs for Gary Barlow, JLS a, James Corden and Blue members" Click Here • "Magician uses smart phone app to make a cockroach appear on woman's hand... with a brilliantly cruel twist" Click Here • "Saturday night TV used to be magic, why don’t they find another me, says Ipswich Regent Panto star Paul Daniels" Click Here • "The science of Magic" Click Here • "A Card Trick To Explain Why Everyone Should Be A Feminist" Click Here • "BBC Breakfast in 360 degrees, with Andrew Van Buren's plate spinning" Click Here • "Magician Criss Angel getting sued by ex-fiancee" Click Here • "Watch: ‘The best trick is making sick children smile’ - Alfred Mifsud, The Balancing Magician" Click Here • "DMC: Thank You 2015" Click Here • And finally, as the force awakens, I've got to share some Star Wars love for Christmas... YouTube, YouTube, YouTube. Star Wars The Force Awakens was brilliant! YouTube. Happy New year, Duncan. 26.12.15