Number 831 - 28th May 2016


An Evening with Wayne Dobson & Friends. The Magic Circle's Club Night Committee are inviting members and non-members to join them at The Magic Circle on Tuesday 5th July 2016 at 7.30pm for An Evening with Wayne Dobson & Friends. This will be a hilarious night of entertainment with some very special guests. This will be a one-off occasion to celebrate the 59th birthday of the inspirational Wayne Dobson MIMC and to pay tribute to his outstanding contribution to the world of magic. All proceeds will go to The Multiple Sclerosis Society and a voluntary contribution of £20 is requested by all members attending. Everyone attending will receive a valuable goody bag on the night and we have a very special raffle taking place so please bring some extra funds! All guests will be charged £20.00. Payment / Donations will be made at the door. Doors will open at 6pm. Members and non-members who wish to guarantee a seat for this worthwhile event and to ensure entry, must register with The Magic Circle by sending an email to: We know this will be a sell out, so please pre book to avoid disappointment. 28.5.16


Déjà vu. I really enjoyed Christian Lee's BGT semi-final performance on Wednesday evening. The guy's fun to watch... he's a true one-off original, full of surprises and silliness, yet he still manages to slot in some strong magic along the way. On Tuesday, magician Richard Jones also appeared in the semi-finals and has made it through to tonight's final (7.30pm, ITV) where he is currently favourite to win. Watching his two previous showings I'm afraid I was left with very little apart from a feeling of déjà vu. Richard Jones: Britain's Got Talent (see Oz Pearlman: America's Got Talent), and Richard Jones: Britain's Got Talent (see 16 year old Collins Key: America's Got Talent). DT. 28.5.16


London's First Festival of Close-up Magic. 28th-31st July 2016. From the organisers: The evocative drawing room of Grand Royale Hyde Park plays host to London’s first ever Festival of Close-Up Magic. Featuring a different top class professional magic act each night, this is a unique opportunity to witness the capital’s finest illusionists in extreme close-up. Festival producer Tony Middleton - star of the 5 star sell out show The Magic Hour comments: "I’m thrilled to be bringing this unique festival to London. For the first time audiences will be able to get really close to the magic, and witness miracles in their own hands. Everyone knows that on TV it’s often camera tricks – but when it’s right in front of you, you can’t deny it!" For its first run, the star studded line up includes members of The Inner Magic Circle and magicians who have appeared on ITV’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, as well as Sky, BBC and NBC. Celebrities have loved them, and so will you! The shows: Dominick Zwolinski: Konjurations; Chris Dugdale: Up Close; Kockov: Much more than just a magician; Max Somerset: Wizard of Odd. For more information about the performers and to book visit 28.5.16


Trix in the Stix 2017. Practical Magic would like to announce details of Trix in the Stix 2017, a convention for children's entertainers held in sunny Shropshire at the magnificent Lion Quays hotel near Oswestry on the Welsh border. The dates are Monday and Tuesday 22nd and 23rd May 2017. One of the Star Lecturers will be Ken Scott (photo) from the US. Ken has three times been winner of Greater Atlanta Magician of the Year and is a highly experienced entertainer, having performed his shows for over a million people. More lecturers will be added as the year progresses. In addition, there will be dealers, Power Presentations... and surprises! This will be the 5th Trix in the Stix and the convention sells out very rapidly: for this year's convention, all 240 tickets sold out in just under 2 hours. Tickets for 2017 will go on sale on Thursday June 2nd 2016 at 11am (GMT) on the Practical Magic website. You can find out more details by visiting 28.5.16


Champions of Magic - London dates. From July 17th – 24th Champions of Magic will be appearing at Logan Hall in London’s West End. Following a hugely successful Spring 2016 tour the show comes to London as part of the Just For Laughs Festival. Featuring close-up star Fay Presto, grand illusionists Young & Strange, previous IBM Stage Magician of The Year Edward Hilsum and master mentalist Alex McAleer, Champions of Magic is an exciting evening for the whole family. Tickets available here: 28.5.16


Portsmouth and District Magic Circle Jumbo Day. Sunday 6th November 2016. Lectures from Mark Elsdon (photo), Sean Heydon and Matthew Garrett. Buying and selling of new and second-hand magic in the dealing hall. Gala Show with performances by some of our lecturers plus Sean Lobban. Venue: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT (Map). 28.5.16


Talent. Neil Bonner writes: Magic plays a significant role in Victoria Wood's first play, Talent, which is being revived at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Staffs, until June 4 (see What's On). Written when she was just 25 and first performed in 1978, the play, about a secretary bidding to become a talent show winner, features two past-it magicians called George and Arthur, superbly played by Brendan Charleson and Andrew Pollard. Between them they perform such classics as Six-Card Repeat and Silks to Cane, as well as the more adventurous Lighted Candle Through Arm. Magician and actor Liam Gerrard is the play's magic consultant. My review for The Stage can be seen at 28.5.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. The new MagicWeek Video Archive got off to a good start last week. You can subscribe to the channel via YouTube of course and add comments, knowing that just about everyone seeing them at this early stage will be a MagicWeek reader too. Visit The MagicWeek Video Archive for this week's video. DT. 28.5.16


Bank Holiday Sale at the Card Collection! Now on! Runs until 10am on Tuesday 31st May. Bargains! Bargains!! Bargains!!! 28.5.16


Coin routine Valse recently went viral via Facebook and was watched 22,000 times in just a few days (after being filmed by chance in a coffee shop). See "Valse" is Dafedas B's most used one coin routine, developed through thousands of hours of practice and performances. It is unique in style and approach. Aesthetic and magical. It can be performed for any kind of audience, in a vast range of situations. The routine uses several phases that can be performed individually or as a whole. It's also a great technical meditation aid and develop your own style. Additionally to the routine itself, you will learn several of Dafedas B personal techniques, including: O production, Instant nowhere palm, Thumb duck subtlety and MNP vanish. You can easily apply these techniques to your own work, and make your coin magic more visual, more open, and stronger overall. To purchase visit 28.5.16


Ben Hanlin: Work in Progress - London. Cheeky magician and star of ITV2’s Tricked is performing a series of intimate work-in-progress shows at the Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St George Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR (Map). This show is a blend of magic that Ben has been performing for years as well as some brand new material! Running time: 60 minutes. Age recommendation: 14+. 9th and 16th June. Tickets: Click Here. 28.5.16


Magic Bazaar - The Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove - this Sunday. From the organisers: The day will consist of magic dealers selling new items, but half of the vendors will be selling used and collectible items and so there should be a bargain or two for everyone! The day starts at 9am at The Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster B61 9AB (Map) and finishes at 5pm. It should be a great opportunity for people to see live demos of the latest products and to see older collectible pieces that you have always wanted to own. Tickets are £5 per person. If you have any questions about the day then feel free to contact us on 01384 373209. Currently we still have dealer tables left for anyone who wishes to sell their second-hand items, so feel free to get in touch about reserving one of the stands. Hope to see you there! Stuart Millward. Call 01384 373209 for tickets and information. To buy tickets visit 28.5.16


Close-up Magic at The Magic Circle - London. This event showcases some of the best close-up magicians available and audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing! Friday 3rd June. Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.30pm. Tickets £19.50 plus transaction fee from or Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up is not usually recommended for those under 10. No refunds will be issued for under 10s. 28.5.16


Extreme Clowning write: This is just to say the Magic Touch is now being supported by Inclusion East and NHS England. We have some money to purchase new equipment and will be looking to buy second hand magic to make our money go further. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped and supported our work. Donations can still be made here: 28.5.16


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