Number 855 - 12th November 2016


Jeremy Le Poidevin. Very sad news from Practical Magic: As many of you will already know Jeremy passed away on the afternoon of Sunday 13th November. We will do our best to dispatch existing orders as soon as possible and apologise that delivery will not be as swift as our loyal customers expect. At the moment we are unable to accept any new online orders. We thank you for your understanding and support at this difficult time. 14.11.16

The International Magic Social Day, 20th November, London. From the organisers: Just a few tickets are still available for The International Magic Social Day on Sunday November 20th. If you are serious about your magic, and how to improve it, this promises to be a day not to be missed. The itinerary for this information-packed thought-provoking day is: 2pm Doors; 2.10pm Focus Session, followed by Marc Oberon Lecture (photo). Short break. 4pm Interview with Bill Herz followed by Jez Rose Lecture. 5.30pm Dinner break. 7pm Performance by Beau Roberts followed by Bob Gill Lecture. Short break. 8.45pm Lecture by Asi Wind. 11pm doors close. Events will be held in the spacious function room of The George IV, 185 Chiswick High Road, London W4 2DR (Map). Food available all day in the main bar area, where there is also plenty of room to hang out, session and socialise. Email for ticket availability (£10 for the whole day) or any questions. 12.11.16


South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2017. News from Steve Gore, the new magic talent booker for the South Tyneside International Magic Festival: It is with huge excitement that the South Tyneside International Magic Festival can announce the first batch of Star lecturers and performers at our convention next year. All these guys appeared in the documentary 'Our Magic' created and filmed by R. Paul Wilson, which will be shown at the convention.

Rob Zabrecky From Los Angeles
As a magician there is simply no one like him. In live performances he invents a magical World through a series of strange and beautiful effects, which combines with remarkable timing and theatrical edifice. He has become a prime attraction at the Magic Castle. There he has received multiple award nominations by the Academy of Magical Arts.

Mahdi Gilbert from New York
A Canadian professional sleight of hand card magician, he has created every technique he uses due to being born without hands and feet. Because all instructional material on magic has been created for people with hands Mahdi has had to invent techniques for every trick he performs. Mahdi has appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season three where his was successful in fooling Penn Jillette and Teller with a version of the card effect 'Oil and Water'. He also contributed to the research of the book The Greatest German Living by Ricky Jay about Matthias Buchinger who was also born without hands or feet.

Asi Wind From New York
This NYC based Corporate Mentalist is one of magic's most influential thinkers and performers. Magicians all over the world study and perform his creations. Recently he was presented with the Merlin Award for the most original show (previously given to Penn & Teller and David Copperfield). Asi's recent off-Broadway show, “Concert of the Mind,” completely sold out, extended its run, and received rave reviews and critical acclaim. His new show " Do You Want To Change Your Mind?" is due to premier in London on Nov 8th 2016.

Remember to pop the dates in your diary (17th -19th March 2017) or just pay now by calling Ian on 0191 424 7823. Any general questions call Karri on 0191 455 4031 or email Cost for the convention remains at £65 and includes all 7 star lecturers, Q&A sessions, close-up gala, 2 amazing gala stage shows, 'Our Magic' movie, access to dealers and our new 1 trick contest.


SAMS Convention 2017. From the organisers: The 2017 convention will be taking place at The Park Hotel, Montrose on 5th, 6th & 7th May. For the Saturday Night Gala Show the following acts have been confirmed: The local dance group from Montrose; the winner of the 2016 SAMS Stage competition, Fraser Stokes; One of our top magicians from the west coast of Scotland, George Colvan; from England, one of the UK's top children's entertainers, Shane West and also from England, performing "alternative magic" and the star off BBC3's Killer Magic, Dee Christopher. Last, but no means least, all the way from the USA, comedy magician and past winner of "Magician of the Year" at the Magic Castle, TC Tahoe. The show will be compèred by Malcolm Wilson, better known as Magic Malky.

Lecturers: TC Tahoe will be giving his "close-up lecture", Dee Christopher will be lecturing on "TV / Alternative Magic" and Shane West will be doing a lecture on "Kids Magic". Plans are afoot for Harry Robson to do a workshop on "close-up" as well. Dealers: Harry Robson, Shane West, Alan Duncan, Heidi Costumes, Jimmy Craig and Green Tea. Hotel Rooms: Hotel rooms in the Park Hotel are £90 per room per night for a double and £60 per room per night for a single. These are B&B rates per room, so effectively a couple are £45 each per night for B&B. Rooms should be booked through our secretary Elizabeth McNamara. Please contact her rather than book through the hotel as it makes it easier to monitor the room allocation, email phone 01563 821241. Our Registration Secretary this year is Lynne Kennedy and she can be contacted via Competition Organiser: Dave Ennis is running the competitions again this year and can be contacted on or 07760 173392.


Quirkology Mind Games. Richard Wiseman has teamed up with Marvin’s Magic to create a Quirkology box of jaw-dropping illusions, surprising science stunts, and bets that you will always win. You can move objects with the power of your mind, transform into a zombie, defy gravity and lots lots more. The box has everything you need to astound your friends and family, and even has a specially filmed Quirkology DVD. More info here: 12.11.16


Magic & Mixology at The Vaults. From the organisers: Magic & Mixology, Saturday 19th November. Following its sell-out success, Magic & Mixology returns to The Vaults. Witness performances from three top-class magicians at 7pm or 8.30pm and enjoy the rest of the evening in the atmospheric Vaults bar. The shows will feature: Brendan Rodrigues. Originally from Mumbai, Brendan moved to London to pursue his passion for magic, which ultimately led to him winning The Magic Circle’s prestigious Close-Up Magician of the Year award earlier this year. Laura London is one of the world’s only female card manipulation artists. Her show about a female card sharp in 1920s 'Cheat' premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 receiving 4*reviews. She will be seen on ITV this November in the new TV series The Next Great Magician. And finally Tony Middleton. Headliner of the five-star sell-out show ‘The Magic Hour’ – London's most exclusive magic show, established in 2013. His show has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence several years running. Performances last 1 hour 20 minutes and the bar is open late. Please arrive on time as latecomers will not be admitted. 12.11.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week Jeff McBride performing on 'The Hippodrome Show' in 1989. Every so often a magician comes along and reinvents a particular genre of magic. David Blaine did it for close-up, Derren Brown did it for mentalism, and Jeff McBride did it for silent magic, with this act that he started to develop in the late '70s. Brilliant. Note: You may be redirected to watch it directly on YouTube. This is so that the music's copyright owners receive royalties from YouTube. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here DT. 12.11.16.


Genii Convention - The Magical Experience of A Lifetime. The third Genii Convention will be held in 2017 in Orlando, Florida, on October 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th (with extra charge workshops on Sunday the 8th) at the wonderful Florida Hotel and Conference Center. The hotel, which is only 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport, is part of the largest mall in Central Florida, with an enormous food court only steps away. You’re right in the middle of the largest vacation destination in the United States, with Universal Studios’ two theme parks (home to two Harry Potter lands), Walt Disney World’s four theme parks, SeaWorld, and many others all within a half hour drive. The special convention rate at our luxurious hotel is only $115 a night, and the resort fee is waived for our registrants—so all you pay is $115 a night plus tax.

There are 25 artists currently booked for the four-day convention, including Pit Hartling, Bill Malone, Jared Kopf, John Carney, Bernard Bilis, Jean-Jacques Sanvert, Michael Weber, Jean Merlin, 'Dai Vernon', Jim Steinmeyer, David Ben, Max Maven, Håkan Berg, Axel Adlercreutz, Tom Stone, Guy Hollingworth, Dana Daniels, Peter Samelson. Harrison Greenbaum, David Regal, Chris Hannibal, Shintaro Fujiyama, Chad Long, Lindsay Benner, Brett Loudermilk, Robert Ramirez, Naathan Phan, and John Gaughan.

You don’t have to choose between events at The Genii Convention: you will be able to see every performance and lecture on 9 x 16 foot hi-definition video screens in our main showroom, which has tiered seating, with close-up magic performed in intimate venues around the hotel. Genii Conventions are held on an irregular basis—don’t miss this one! Attendance is limited. Early Bird Registration is only $325 until January 1st. You can place a $100 deposit to hold your place and the balance won’t be charged until January, 2017. Register Now! Visit for more details.


Black Cat Magic: Magic & Mentalism props and supplies, for working Magicians & Mentalists of the world. Black Cat Magic write: For a little while I had been making my own gimmicked Sharpies for personal use, as well as some envelopes and 21st Century Phantom cutouts. After a short I realised that more and more magicians and mentalists were asking me how they could get hold of some of these items. So, one morning in mid July 2016, I woke and decided that the best thing to do was to create a website and host my items together in one place, as a source of reference with an option to buy. I asked the Mrs what I could name such a site and she immediately came up with Black Cat Magic... because we own a black cat, called Alf for those who care. Within 30 minutes of waking up I had decided to create an online shop, had a name and purchased the domain name. It was an unusual start to a day, especially as it had not crossed my mind previously. By late July 2016 the site was live. It later transpired that there had previously been a magic shop under the name of Black Cat Magic that was owned by Danny Hunt. So for those who were wondering if it is one and the same I must point out that we are completely different and it was coincidental. I have since contacted Danny and he has been an absolute gent. As it stands to date, we are continuing with our own range of home-made items and are gradually adding a selection of items from other suppliers. Visit today! 12.11.16


Zane's Magic lecture, Anglian Magic Society. Steve Majes, Secretary of The Anglian Magic Society, writes: Zane's Magic will be lecturing this Tuesday, 15th November, at The Anglian Magic Society at 7.30pm at The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). This is going to be a fabulous evening of magic demonstrations featuring some of the latest products on the market and valuable advice, techniques and magic from a very experienced professional entertainer. £3.00 for members; £10.00 visitors. For more details about the lecture and membership please go to our Facebook page Click Here, also see 12.11.16


David Blaine joins Ellen DeGeneres on Friday, 18th November. Diane Keaton talks about the DVD release of Finding Dory and David Blaine chats about his show David Blaine: Beyond Magic. See TV Magic for details. 12.11.16


BGT winner Richard Jones will be appearing on 'Children in Need Wales 2016' on 18th November. Wynne Evans presents from the Great Hall, Swansea University and meets students and staff who have been raising money for Children in Need. Wynne also spotlights two projects in Wales that benefit from Children in Need funding. Plus children from local Swansea schools join in the massed UK choir. Wynne is joined in Swansea by magician and Britain's Got Talent winner Richard Jones. See TV Magic for details. 12.11.16


Magic Gift Cards for Christmas. Matrix Magic write: With Christmas fast approaching our Gift Cards could make an ideal gift for somebody. Our gift cards can be exchanged for any items in our store and values range from £5 right through to £1000. The link is and all instructions for redeeming the gift card will be emailed instantly upon payment being made. 12.11.16


New from Mark Leveridge Magic. Mark is pleased to announce the start of a series of new download releases. Called Premier E-Routine Downloads, these feature full colour photo illustrated instructions for some of Mark's major effects, offered at a highly reasonable price. The first two releases are Brainstormer, featuring a new streamlined handling for this classic 'blank deck' routine not published before, and Ring and String Deluxe, the first time that all 6 of Mark's popular ring and string moves have been offered in this competitively priced format. For more information on these effects and to order visit 12.11.16


Alan Shaxon, The Sophisticated Sorcerer. Matthew Garrett writes: Scott Penrose and Steve Short will present their joint 'Alan Shaxon The Sophisticated Sorcerer' lecture at the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on Tuesday 15th November at 8pm at our new venue: Brafield on the Green Working Men’s Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). In this lecture, Steve Short will detail Alan's long and varied career and then Scott Penrose will demonstrate many of Alan's best known effects. Visiting magicians welcome (door charge). 12.11.16


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Trentham Guest House, Blackpool. The Trentham Guest House is a small family run business and enjoys a central location on Albert Road, just a two minute walk from the Blackpool Magicians Convention at the Winter Gardens. Facilities: CD player, TV, DVD player, Freeview, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing board, Wi-Fi. Visit for more information and to book. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016. 12.11.16


At Home with The Magic Circle - New Season. A new season of At Home with The Magic Circle starts in January: An evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians. You'll learn about the history of magic and The Magic Circle itself and get to witness amazing close-up conjuring during the Parlour Magic Shows and a magical stage show as part of this highly entertaining evening. Doors open at 7.00pm and the event finishes at around 10pm. You'll be able to enjoy a drink in the Club Room bar and browse the treasures of The Magic Circle Museum before the magic begins at 7.30pm. During the interval you'll have further opportunity to explore our fabulous headquarters before it's time for a dazzling show in The Magic Circle Theatre to finish off your evening. Arrive early to enjoy your magical night out. See What's On for details and dates. 12.11.16


Multi-award winning magician Richard Griffin is now taking bookings for 2017 for his lecture 'Cruise Ship Magic'. For 12 years he worked solely on cruise ships performing on over 40 different ships for over 16 different cruise lines, visiting 100 destinations worldwide. In this exciting lecture Richard performs and explains original stage and close-up magic that he has created and perfected during his cruise ship years. He will also offer an insight into just what it's like to work on cruise ships with some invaluable advice on what you should do - and what you definitely shouldn't do! For more information email Richard 12.11.16


Is Dominic Wood as smart as he looks? Celebrity Mastermind, 12th November, BBC 1. John Humphrys puts the questions to some of the UK's cleverest celebrities. Chef and Food and Drink presenter Tom Kerridge, England football captain Steph Houghton, actor and comedian Rob Delaney and Dominic Wood from Dick and Dom answer questions on Oasis, The Only Way Is Essex, John Belushi and Harry Houdini. See TV Magic for details. 12.11.16


Castle Magical Services business for sale. Michael Shepherd writes: After 35 years operating Castle Magical Services (York), Michael and Christine Shepherd are retiring from magic dealing. So a big thank you to all our customers – for their confidence in us, their support, their custom and indeed their friendship. You all know who you are, and you all have been amazing! The business of Castle Magical Services is now for sale – if you think you would like to continue the business for another 30 years email or call 07981 970 690. 12.11.16


Golden Girio Wins Prestigious London Magic Competition! Just a few months after wearing gold shoes and dazzling his bride by performing magic during his wedding speech, Girish Tailor (nicknamed "Magic Girio" by his friends), has well and truly struck gold by winning The London Society of Magicians Close Up Competition on 8th November 2016. The award is the culmination of years of hard work, which started when Girish and his performing partner, Hemmel Amrania, took a magic course with International Magic in London. The award comes at a great time for Girish, as he prepares for his first performance at his local community hall on Friday 25th November 2016, to support the Asian community and The Darji Mitra Mandal, of which he is a member. 12.11.16


Magicians Advice Podcast. Phil Taylor writes: Take a listen to this strange but wonderful podcast with Damon Conlan: 12.11.16


Tony Griffith’s 'At Home - On The Road' now booking. Tony Griffith writes: Are you looking for something different for your club fixture list? Then Tony Griffith’s ‘At Home – On The Road’ might be what you are looking for. Tony has held his At Homes in Bristol for the last 20 years. This is a day long in depth look at various aspects of the magic art. Tony has now condensed this down to a two hour format suitable for a magic club evening fixture. Tony will be showing many of the routines that have served him so well during the last 25 years as a professional magician. The material offered will cover a wide spectrum of the magician’s art. The emphasis is upon subtlety, routining and entertainment. There is something for everyone. The most frequently heard comment from those who have attended Tony’s At Homes is that they are choc-full of genuinely commercial magic for anyone who wishes to go out and entertain the public. What More Could You Ask? Now booking for the next 12 months. Tony Griffith 01275 835463 12.11.16


Pete Firman's World of Magic is being repeated on Radio 4 Extra on November 19th. Magician Pete Firman drops in on The Magic Circle to explore the wonderful world of illusion with contributions from Paul Daniels, David Blaine and Derren Brown. See TV Magic for details. 12.11.16


Family Entertainer of the Year. The North West heat of the Family Entertainer of the Year was held on Saturday November 5th on Blackpool's Central Pier. An enthusiastic audience were treated to 6 very different and entertaining acts and the overall winner, who now goes through to the grand final, was Paul Taz Marlow. A big thank you to all who entered this close run competition. Alan Horne PRO 12.11.16


Jason Steele and Joanne are excited to be performing as Genie of the Lamp and Slave of the Ring in Duggie Chapman's production of Aladdin at the Gladstone Theatre, the Wirrall, this Christmas, appearing with the Patton Brothers from Chucklevision, Danny Rogers from BBC TV Cbeebies, Andy Eastwood, Mervyn Francis, Pete Lindup, Helen Farrell and Chris Ritchie. 10th December 2016 - 7th January 2017. Venue: Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight Village, Greendale Road, Wirral CH62 4XB (Map). Tickets: Click Here. 12.11.16


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