Number 835 - 25th June 2016


Edinburgh International Magic Festival set to transform Edinburgh into a Capital of Magic with a spellbinding week of events and a new MagicFair at Summerhall. Seekers of wonder and amazement are invited to ‘lose themselves in magic’ this summer as the Edinburgh International Magic Festival celebrates its 7th magical year as the UK’s biggest festival of innovative and cutting-edge magic, from 1st to 8th July. Edinburgh will sparkle with an enchanting programme of world-class magic events, unforgettable performances, and jaw-dropping stunts from some of the greatest illusionists, mindreaders and magicians from around the world:

• Three day MagicFair at Summerhall – a brand new multi-space experience with family events and late night sessions
• Matinee performance added to MagicFest Gala at the Festival Theatre
• Magic School, Secret Room and Magic à la Carte Dinner
• Grand Prix World Magic Champion Hector Mancha joins MagicFest line-up
• The legendary Juan Tamariz (‘El Maestro’) performs live for the first time in Scotland
• Show premieres from Kevin Quantum, Colin Cloud, BBC’s R. Paul Wilson, and debut performances at the Festival from Vincent Gambini and David Gerard
• Korean magic company from the world’s only magic college, featuring the Asian Champion of Magic
• City centre Magic Hunt for children and adults, and free magic performances at Krispy Kreme stores in the run up to the Festival.

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The Magic Circle Christmas Show 2016. A festive treat with a chance to explore the headquarters of The Magic Circle, see close-up magic performed before your very eyes and witness the spectacular stage show. Ideal for families. (This event is for over-5s only no refunds will be issued for under-5s. The balcony is unsuitable for children under 14 who may be unable to see over the balcony railing.) Doors open at 1.30pm and 6pm. Tickets £30 (circle) and £34 (stalls) via Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map)

Tuesday 20 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Wednesday 21 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Thursday 22 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Friday 23 December at 7pm

Tuesday 27 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Wednesday 28 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Thursday 29 December at 2.30pm and 7pm

Friday 30 December at 2.30pm and 7pm. 25.6.16


Magic at the Barn, 2nd & 3rd July, Rochford. Featuring award-winning magic and comedy from some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK, held within an enchanting 17th century converted barn theatre. Starring: Christian Lee, fresh from Britain's Got Talent, the visual magic of Richard Griffin and the conjuring feats of Oliver Tabor. Outside entertainment will be running throughout the weekend featuring death-defying escapology from Stuart Burrell, close-up magic and stalls offering face painting, magic tricks, food and drink. 4 amazing shows over 2 days plus free entertainment throughout the weekend. Saturday 2nd July: 3pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 3rd July: 12noon & 3pm. Tickets only £12.50 adult, £7.50 children, family of four £35. See 25.6.16


Steve Allen's Christmas Cracker, The Magic Circle, London. A special show from radio host and magician Steve Allen at the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle. The show is aimed at LBC listeners and Steve Allen's loyal following. Friday 23rd December 2016. Doors open 1.30pm, show starts 2.30pm. This event is for over 5s only. Tickets £31.00 and £35.00 plus transaction fee. Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). 25.6.16


MagicWeek Video Archive subscribers got to see a gentler take on politics last week in a rare piece of footage produced by the Natural Law Party featuring magician Doug Henning and Yogic Flying, first shown in April 1992, together with additional studio debate. To subscribe to The MagicWeek Video Archive, and watch this clip, Click Here (subscribers benefit from the occasional surprise bonus video, not featured on the weekly MagicWeek Video Archive page). 25.6.16


The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year competition 2016. From the organisers: Your chance to see top magicians competing for the title of The Magic Circle Stage Magician of The Year. This event is held every two years and past winners have included some of the best stage magicians in the country. Saturday 23rd July, doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. This event is for over 5s only. Tickets £26 plus transaction fee. Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). 25.6.16


Karl Fulves Convention, Saturday July 2nd, London. Update: This is the first of a proposed annual gathering to honour an unsung giant of magic. This highly informal event will take place on Saturday July 2nd at 3.30pm at The Holiday Inn, 30 Jamestown Rodd, Camden, London NW1 7BY (Map). Anastacia Orlova, who hails from Belarus, will be demonstrating two rare Karl Fulves tricks on the day, and the idea is that all attendees must be prepared to perform or demonstrate at least two Fulves items, or material from any of his publications, or talk about some idea, publication or item of interest related to Fulves. Free entry. [Very informal, no need to register. Email if needed] 25.6.16


The Greatest Show on the Tyne: 'An eccentric variety show of Geordie stars and underground entertainment legends' featuring the oldest working magician in the world, Mark Raffles at Newcastle's Tyne Theatre on Friday 2nd September. Artistic Director of the show, Chris Cross, writes: Mark Raffles' mother starred alongside Charlie Chaplin in the Great British Music Halls, his show business family owned a theatrical boarding house in the 1920s and he was brought up there. He's a legend in the magic world and was once known to be 'The Best Pickpocket Act in the World'. He's performed worldwide in the golden days of variety and had numerous TV appearances. Here's an interview with Mark Raffles about his life and times in show business, Click Here. It's an absolute honour to have Mark on the bill. Alongside Mark, I've got a troupe of acrobats, a guy who climbs inside a giant balloon and does his act in there, can-can dancers, showgirls, big illusions and magic, a girl performing aerial circus from the ceiling and all sorts of wonderful performers! I will be performing my trademark upside-down straitjacket escape as well as various other magical stunts! This is my biggest show to date in the North East. I've waited 27 years for this one. Only problem is, there's over 1 Million people in the North-East of England and we only have 1,100 seats available! For more info and to book visit 25.6.16


Houdini's Magic Bar, Magic Club. Houdini's Magic Bar which is based in Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1JB (Map) have just announced the launch of an exciting new magic club which will meet every Monday. The bar will be exclusively open to members between the hours of 6pm and 11pm. Members of the Black Card Club will have a chance to mix, mingle and socialise with other magically minded people; enjoy workshops, enter competitions and attend regular lectures. The Black Card Club's first lecturer will be Etienne Pradier on July 25th. Prices are £10.00 on the door or £5.00 for members. The club boasts of a new lecture every 4-6 weeks with a star studded line up ahead, including Paul Gordon and Wayne Goodman. For more membership information email 25.6.16


Will Houstoun International Magic lecture, London. Martin MacMillan writes: Have a "football free" evening on Tuesday 28th June with Will Houstoun. We are expecting it will be a busy evening so be sure to book ahead. The Magic Circle’s Close-up Magician of the Year 2015, Dr Will Houstoun, has completed a PhD in Victorian Conjuring, been awarded The Magic Castle’s Literary Fellowship and is back with a new lecture based around his 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. To see a sample of the material Click Here.

"Will Houstoun's easy manner and pure sleight of hand deservedly took the title. His incredible coin and card manipulation made an audience believe in magic again. It was a real pleasure to see." "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. "Smooth as silk... I loved your Three Fly and all your little touches. One of the best I've witnessed. Your shadow coins move so effortlessly and your attention to detail is unmatched." Dean Dill. Events Summary: Will Houstoun Modern Magic Lecture, 7.30pm on Tuesday 28th June. Admission £15 per person (must book in advance email via Venue: Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map).


Introducing the Neptune Magic Society. The Neptune Magic Society write: The Neptune Magic Society was formed by Danny Hunt, Stephanie Clarke and Su Jayne Devine, in the memory of Cynthia Neptune, with a goal of providing a magic society that will nurture and develop the talents of performers of all ages old and new, whilst promoting the art of magic. The Neptune Magic society hosts regular junior and senior section meetings throughout the year in the north east and Yorkshire, with the aim of spreading to other counties. The society will also host an annual convention and various dinners and get-togethers throughout the year. Anyone interested in the art of magic can join the Neptune Magic Society. Adult membership is available to those aged 16 and over; junior membership is available to those between 8 and 16 years old. For more information or to join please contact the Neptune Magic Society or visit 25.6.16


The Neptune Juniors Day of Magic, Saturday 9th July 2016. From the organisers: All young magicians and their families welcome. The day includes lectures, workshops, stage and close-up competitions and a mini gala show. Tickets £12.50 each which include a hot lunch and buffet tea. The close-up and stage competition is open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 16. Date: Saturday 9th of July 2016. Time: 10.30am - 7.30pm. Venue: Cross Keys Community Centre, Elmwood Road, Whitley Bay NE25 8EX (Map). For more information or to enter the competitions please contact Su Jayne 07899 782172 25.6.16 launches a brand new website! MagicWorld write: Nearly a year in the making MagicWorld has now been launched. It’s fully responsive, crammed with features, and over the coming weeks we are adding 2 amazing features: Daily Deals Box with Countdown System, New Modern Download Layout. To celebrate we are offering an introduction offer. Simply enter the code “NEWMAGICWORLD” to receive a whopping 15% off your first order. This will only be valid until the 22nd July. Visit Manchester Magic Shop and enter the coupon code at the checkout to receive your discount. A huge thank you for all your support over the years.... we are growing nicely and certainly putting customer service at the forefront of our new design and admin. 25.6.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. Penn and Teller feature this week, in a show that first aired just over 20 years ago on 27th March 1996, Click Here. 25.6.16


Colin Cloud to join The Illusionists for 8 month US tour. After a very successful few months hosting and starring in The Illusionists at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End Colin Cloud has been invited to join The Illusionists North American tour for 8 months. Meanwhile here in the UK Colin's solo show premieres at MagicFest next weekend, Click Here. Show goers are advised to not think about anything they wouldn’t want Colin to know or reveal as the 5-star forensic mindreader attempts to survive a lethal injection, inviting the audience to join him after the show on the streets of Edinburgh in search of the life-saving antidote. Colin commented: "Every year I work incredibly hard to write, create and perform the most astounding and impactful experiences I'm capable of and, after six successful years, I'm looking forward to sharing what I believe is my strongest and most daring work yet. I'm am also truly excited to have the world debut of my brand new show 'Exposé' at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival." 25.6.16


Magician Ali Cook in The Call Up. Ali Cook can be seen in The Call Up, a sci-fi thriller about a group of elite gamers playing a virtual reality shoot 'em up game which turns out to be real (see Ali plays Edward, a lonely city boy and one of the gamers. It also stars Max Deacon (Into The Storm) and Morfydd Clark (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). The film has had great reviews, see:, and You can view the brand new trailer here: YouTube. 25.6.16


Rare Opportunity. Could your child be the next little big shot? TV production company Wall to Wall write: From pint-sized piano players to tiny tap dancers or spelling superstars, ITV wants to see it all! Little Big Shots is looking to showcase awe-inspiring talent as well as the downright cute or funny. The TV show is solely focused on celebrating and showcasing young talent - it is not a competition or game show. Parents, if your child has an amazing, funny or just entertaining talent please let us know. We cannot accept applications from children. A parent or legal guardian must complete this application form. There is one simple eligibility requirement, your child must be aged 3-13 to take part (born between 1st September 2003 and 31st August 2013). More info and application form: 25.6.16


International News: The Ehrlich Brothers of Germany had a tremendous show at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt on June 11th, performing in front of an audience of approximately 38,500 people! A figure that has never been reached before by a magician and officially confirmed by Guinness World Records as "The greatest number of people attending a magic show at a single venue". Immediately after the show the Ehrlich Brothers received the official certificate by Guinness World Records for this unique success. In the second half of the show, the magic brothers started a second world record attempt. They managed to predict with 8,500 spectators what the other 30,000 spectators had been thinking of. Whether this will bring a second world record title for the “most participants in a magic trick” will be decided after the evaluation of the documents at the headquarter of Guinness in London. Tickets for the new show "Fascination" are available via 25.6.16


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next meeting is on the 5th of July, at the St George Hotel, 7-10 Albert Square, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 3JH (Map). 7.30pm start. The aim of the social evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere. Tea and coffee is provided along with a buffet free of charge, others drinks are available for purchase from the bar. For more information regarding the hotel, please visit If anyone wishes to come along or requires further information, please email or Phone Kyle on 07982 819727. Stephen & Kyle. 25.6.16


Stuart Burrell British Magical Society Lecture. Jay Adkins, President, writes: Stuart Burrell, ten times World Record Breaking Escapologist and Stamina Strongman will be presenting his lecture “Now get out of that” at the British Magical Society meeting at the Selly Oak Ex Servicemens' Club, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map) on Tuesday 28th June. Comprising historical case studies and escapes, the lecture will cover the genesis of the art, through the golden age of Houdini and onto more modern examples with some simple escapes for use on stage, in the street or at a table the lecture sets out to show the links and shared history of the art form. “I am honoured to have been asked to lecture for the British Magical Society. I am indebted to them for giving me the opportunity.” Said Stuart. Stuart Burrell has been performing for over 14 years and has developed a number of unique escapes whilst researching the history of the art. His recreation of a Houdini Escape from 1911 was even featured on the BBC News website and he has been featured on the One Show in relation to Houdini and Conan Doyle. His work has been featured in the Handcuff Annuals of 2006 and 2007 and his escape products have been sold since 2004. He has set ten world records, five for Escapology. His website features his escapes, his strength act and links to up and coming events. He is a member of the United Kingdom Escape Artists Group and also the International Brotherhood of Magicians. 25.6.16


Circus Skills lecture by John Parnell - Coventry Magic Circle. James Cannon writes: The Coventry Magic Circle are delighted to welcome John Parnell. John, who is also a very accomplished magician, will be lecturing on the subject of circus skills. This will be an evening of fun and laughter and promises to be a great night. Entrance fee for visiting magicians is £10. 8pm on Tuesday 28th June at the Bentley Road Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR (Map). 25.6.16


Star of BBC3's award winning Killer Magic, Damien O'Brien, will be hosting and performing at a private screening of Now You See Me 2 at a secret location in London on 30th June. For a chance to win tickets to attend the screening Click Here. 25.6.16


666 Sign of the Beast, Wellington Hotel, Boscastle. On 15th October mentalist/magician Tony Quenten will be making a guest appearance, on behalf of the world famous Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, at their informal 'Day of talks on Halloween Past and Present'. Tony will perform a small selection of effects from his new close-up/parlour show '666 Sign of the Beast'. This informal event will take place at the Wellington Hotel, Boscastle, (a few minutes walk from the museum). Tickets cost £25. 15th October, from 10am to 4pm, followed by full evening entertainment. Tickets are available from the museum tel: 01840 250111 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are not available on the day. For information on the guest speakers and the event in general contact the museum: 25.6.16


Anglian Magic Society Open Night. Tuesday 19th July at 7.30pm. Andy Allen writes: The Anglian Magic Society are holding an open night for everybody interested in anything magical, from the hobbyist to the professional, from age 12 to 100+. Free entry. A chance to watch and chat about all types of magic: close-up, children's entertaining, balloon modelling, Punch and Judy, puppets etc. We are hoping to increase our membership, especially in the junior section. Check out our FB page Anglian Magic Society. Venue: White Horse Public House, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). Email 25.6.16


Aberdeen Magician Conjures Up Two Trophies in Prestigious Competition. An Aberdeen-based magician has scooped two prestigious prizes in a hard-fought magic competition. James Dickson was awarded the Ulster Cup for Close-Up Magic and the President’s Plate by a panel of his peers at the Aberdeen Magical Society. James, a magical inventor who recently released the acclaimed 'Aberdeen Thread' through Theory11, triumphed with a creative act which culminated with a signed coin appearing inside a sealed tin of peas. James said: “Magic is an art form that has helped me find my place in the world. Competitions are an opportunity for me to create and collate ideas, and it means a lot to me when other people like one of my performances.”

The Ulster Cup is presented to the magician who displays the best technical skill and entertainment value in Aberdeen Magical Society’s annual close-up magic competition. The President’s Plate is awarded by the society’s current president to his favourite act of the competition. Although James has won the President’s Plate on two previous occasions, this is the first time he has lifted the Ulster Cup as he wowed the judges with his creative magic and comedic timing. He says, “Magic is an art form at its heart and all art is an expression of the individual. The more I perform and study magic the more I end up learning about myself. When I create a trick I do not sit down and think what I can do that is unique or individual to me; instead I explore ideas that I find interesting and it can lead to some unusual places. Even if it means investing two years of work to find a solution to a problem I am willing to go that far – and what’s more, I have. This open approach to magic and commitment has allowed my work to be picked up by others who can see the value of my efforts.”

“I have no idea where magic might take me but if the experiences, travel, friendships, discoveries and fulfillment that I have experienced so far are anything to go by, I am looking forward with excitement.” James, who cites his early influences as TV stars Paul Daniels, David Copperfield and David Blaine, has always been fascinated by the challenge presented by magic, likening it to the finest ‘whodunit’ mystery. But it was joining Aberdeen Magical Society that he feels really allowed him to hone his craft. He explains, “Before I joined Aberdeen Magical Society I was happy self-studying magic, but upon joining I discovered why being part of a magic club is so important for a magician. The society is established enough to attract many of the greatest magicians in the world to come and lecture, and at every meeting there is magic to see and opportunities to perform tricks that you are working on. And to top it all – it’s fun! I have made great friends and it’s fantastic that every couple of weeks I can hang around with people who share the same passion in life. I would recommend anyone with an interest in performing or studying magic – who can keep a secret – to join.”

Aberdeen Magical Society was founded in 1926, and is one of the most active magical societies in the country. With a membership ranging from full time professionals to amateur hobbyists, all those with a genuine interest in magic are welcome to join. Providing a warm and welcoming environment for magicians in the north east of Scotland, Aberdeen Magical Society is dedicated to developing the art of magic. In 2016, the society celebrates its 90th anniversary. For more information, visit or like Aberdeen Magical Society on Facebook at


Steve Rowe lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians this Thursday, 30th June. Adam Mosley writes: Steve Rowe 'Suck it and see' - A lecture like no other. After his successful release of mINt, Steve Rowe is fast becoming one of the most creative minds in UK magic. Known for his fun, visual and organic style, magicians worldwide are using his props and effects in their professional working repertoires. The lecture focuses on the full creative process with in-depth explanations covering the initial idea, prop building, routining and pocket management. Along with demonstrating some of Steve's popular effects, unpublished work will also be shared. Don't miss this chance to see some of his unique magic up-close and in person. The lecture is accompanied by a free booklet which could help you become more creative with your own magic; everyone is sure to take something away from this fabulous evening. OK, so there may be some sweet magic too! Members free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, the lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details please contact Adam Mosley 25.6.16


Simon Sparkles (aka Simon Hopkins MMC will be presenting his lecture on entertaining children and family audiences with magic and fun at the Cardiff Magical Society on Monday 27th June at 7.30pm. Non-members welcome, £10 entry - see for details. Currently one of the busiest kids magicians in South Wales, Simon draws from his many years of experience as a children's and family entertainer to bring you his "Sparkly-Warkly-Woo" lecture which features: Entertaining family and children audiences with Magic and Fun; Tricks & Routines; Tips & Ideas; What he does, Why he does it & How! 25.6.16


Tony Griffith is now booking his Creative Magic Lecture for the year ahead: "The magic presented in this lecture is pure commercial material that has served Tony really well for the last 25 years as a professional magician. It is not the finger flinging type of magic which is sometimes seen today. Well scripted presentations and clever and easy to do methods allow you to focus on interacting with your audience and express your personality. In an age where so much ‘new’ material is devised more with a view to just fooling the purchasing magician than being suitable for lay public entertainment, Tony’s magic bucks the trend. The material presented covers a wide range of the magic art. There is something for everyone, whether you perform close up magic, stand up magic or children’s magic.

"During the lecture Tony will also cover such subjects as 'Be seen and be heard', 'Presenting talks to organisations looking for Speakers', 'Publicity and organisation'. Tony Griffith has been all the way around the magic roundabout. He is a member of The Inner Magic Circle where he has lectured on five occasions. He has lectured throughout the U.S.A, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the U.K. He has lectured six times at The Magic Castle, Hollywood where he has also presented his close up magic show over 100 times. Tony is the author of a number of publications, the latest being the Reflection series of books.

"The most frequently heard comment from those who have seen Tony’s lecture is that it is choc full of genuinely commercial magic for anyone who wishes to go out and entertain the public. What more could you wish for? For more details and booking contact Tony on 01275 835463 or"


Steve Dimmer's third 'Magic of the Mind' win. On Tuesday 21st June at The Northamptonshire Magician Club Steve Dimmer chalked up his third win in the club's 'Magic of the Mind' competition. His routines intrigued the club's members (who also individually voted for the winner) as he wrote the responses to a spectator's questions before the replies were heard; the whole audience seeing the information before it was divulged. He finished by divining the PIN numbers of both the President and Hon. Secretary of the club! These were both effects that Steve had devised himself. 25.6.16


Magic Mikes. The Order of The Magi (Manchester) held their annual close-up competition last week where six enthusiastic members battled it out for the prizes. The overall winner was 19 year old Michael Bates, with Mike Sharples taking the ‘Sly’ Smith Best Card Trick Shield. Prizes were awarded by President Alan Johnston. It was a closely fought event, well supported by members and visitors, and enjoyed by all. Applications for membership are welcomed and information is available on or by contacting Geoffrey Newton PRO. 25.6.16


Stage Hypnosis lecture and demonstration. Dave Rawson writes: Am currently performing my 17th Summer Season in Ibiza and just been featured in the Daily Mail and Daily Express, Click Here. I am returning to the UK at the end of October till March 2017. If any Magic Clubs are interested in having an insight to a Stage Hypnosis Show then am willing to give a lecture and demonstration on the subject. They can contact me via email 25.6.16


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