Number 863 - 7th January 2017


Etienne Pradier and Eric Jones have just been added to the line-up of talent appearing at the Blackpool Convention next month. They'll join Finn Jon, Vlad Magic Feet, Doc Eason, John Carey, Steve Doe, Yan Yan Ma, Paul Zenon, Mike Bent, John Guastaferro, Luis Otero, Hara, Sos & Victoria, R. Paul Wilson and Jamie Allan... visit to book! 7.1.17


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 26th January, London. Enjoy a magical start to the New Year with Conjuring at the Court! From the producers: There’s mind-reader Chris Cox - star of BBC Three’s award winning ‘Killer Magic‘ and hit West End magic show ‘Impossible.’ Top comedy magician Neal Austin takes us into his personal world of hilarious magical lunacy. Rob James delights the audience with elegant, charming sleight of hand, and Michael Jordan’s 'High Jinx' offer a wide range of exciting visual magic, illusion, juggling, stilt walking, unicycling and escapology! Compere Stephen Barry. 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). Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! Tickets still just £11 in advance: 7.1.17


Christian Magicians UK first National Conference, Hertfordshire, 13th to 17th February. Austin Siviter writes: Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a week of top class magic including full board accommodation at CCT High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG. The final line-up includes: Steve Gore - a truly versatile entertainer with over 25 years experience, including performing at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood; Dave Allan - Comedy Magician and Ventriloquist, the proud winner of many titles including being International Comedy act of the year 2010/11, for the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, which he also won in 2005. He is also the current holder of British Isles Family Entertainer of the Year; Nathan Ward - a versatile communicator and consultant, with a degree in theology; and international magician Joshua Jay and the UK's Andi Gladwin - co-founders of Vanishing Inc. Joshua is a lecturer, author and photographer of all things mysterious and has performed in over fifty countries. At the age of seventeen he was crowned world champion of close-up magic at the World Magic Seminar, and is today regarded as one of the leading creative forces in the magic world. Andi is a UK based entrepreneur, publisher and professional close-up magician and is also the tricks editor at Genii Magazine. He has performed throughout Europe and North America and has lectured throughout the world, including at Masters of Magic in Italy and Magic Live in Las Vegas. Visit the conference page at for further details and to book online. 7.1.17


Rajan Surrey Society of Magicians Lecture. Adam Mosley writes: Rajan lectures for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday, January 12th. One of the UK’s finest magicians, a professional of almost 30 years, a trailblazer of the corporate and close-up world… Rajan is an amazing sleight of hand performer recognised as a superior ‘coin man’. His coin lecture comprises effects he uses in his day to day performances. Honed and perfected over thousands of hours and paid gigs. This lecture has something for all abilities. If you’re looking to add a little coin magic to your close-up magic then this is one not to miss. Best of all, no gimmicked or gaff coins are used, so you can perform these effects on the fly! Rajan will lecture selected items from his best selling coin DVD AG47, also a number of other real world routines / sleights that he has not lectured before. He will also be tipping the real workings on how to make your coins ‘soft’ and ‘old’ - something that will save you £££’s and the secret to getting your hands in the perfect condition for coin and card work. You will be amazed by Flying Colors - Rajan’s latest offering to the magic fraternity. A barehand production of different coloured poker chips that then fly from one hand to the other (one colour at a time) then vanish! Start clean… end clean! Products will be on offer at a very special lecture price. Members are 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 7.1.17


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishops Stortford. Andy Clockwise writes: Post Christmas Blues? Fear not, because Martin Cox is back with his "Magicians at the Half Moon" a month earlier than normal. Yes, Martin usually has a break from the Half Moon in December and January but he's back on Friday 27th January with two of the Half Moon's most popular magicians: The Great Alprendo and Michael Vincent - woohoo! Doors open at 7.30pm and the show kicks off at 8pm sharp at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Tickets are £10 each and you can reserve yourself a seat by calling Martin on 01279 659562. More information at 7.1.17


Magicseen Issue 72, January 2017. From the publishers: Andi Gladwin features on the cover of the latest issue of the UK's only independent magic magazine, and in our interview we go behind the scenes with a man who manages to successfully juggle a hectic business and family life. Want to know how you can take your magic to the next level? We line up a strong mix of high achievers to give you some advice. Eoin Smith puts his headphones on and samples many of the magic podcasts currently available, we suggest 6 key things that you might want to look for when trying to find the perfect commercial close up trick, and in a very revealing article, we learn about the amazing work that Darren Way is doing using magic to help youngsters on the street to avoid crime. As always we also have other fascinating content, such as a list of five props you can throw in the rubbish bin (!), a rundown of the highest earning magicians in the world, and we spend 40p in a phonebox speaking to actor Waleed Elgadi, who recently starred in the hit TV series Tutankhamen. Plus.....loads of product reviews, a Mexican Masterclass, letters, news and more. Magicseen is available via a 1 or 2 year printed paper or download subscription, or through a pay-as-you-go open ended sub, or as individual printed or download issues, all of which you can purchase from 7.1.17


This week from The MagicWeek Video Archive, Philippe Socrate in an appearance on The Paul Daniels Magic Show 24 years ago, on January 2nd 1993. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 7.1.17


The January MLM E-Video Newsletter. A new year and a new bumper edition of the monthly E-Video Newsletter to enjoy. This time the contents are: The Teach In - learn a commercial card routine from Mark's lay people repertoire. Top Tips - a tip for how to revive a particular regularly used close up prop. It Could Only Happen Live - a story that illustrates how domestic chores and magic don't always mix! Web Offer Bundle - see dems and find out more about a bundle of two Jumbo card stand up effects for £10 less. 60 Seconds To Success - advice on the benefits of having the confidence to organise your performance space. The Review Corner - Michel Huot and Richard Sanders effect 'Priceless' comes under the spotlight. You can access the complete 39 minute online video presentation for a tiny sum and if you decide to take out a 1 year subscription, the unit cost drops even further. So treat yourself to the January E-Video Newsletter now by going to 7.1.17


Carl Royle Order of the Magi Lecture. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Order of the Magi (Manchester) presents a lecture entitled “How I feed my children” by Carl Royle on Tuesday the 10th January at 8pm. After making a living from performing magic for the last fifteen years Carl will share his approach to many of his highly commercial routines straight from his working repertoire. The lecture includes Carl’s now famous Micro Cup and Ball Routine (The Gold Cup Con), magic with cards, coins, elastic bands, business cards, and fun mental magic including his thoughts and work on using indexes. All delivered with the good humour you would expect from a working professional magician. In the lecture Carl will also discuss his approach to adding humour to your magic routines, making effects more magical to your audiences, and will include many stories from his time as a working pro. Door charge for non-members. It’s at the usual venue, The Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town Way, Manchester. Further details on 7.1.17


Marco Pusterla - An Evening of Wonder, Moyse's Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Marco Pusterla will perform his unique brand of magic in the Undercroft of Moyse's Hall Museum as an event part of the 'Magic: the Entertainment of Deception' exhibition. The evening starts with refreshments in the Great Hall and a unique opportunity to explore the museum and the Magic Exhibition at night, followed by an intimate performance of magic by Marco himself in the Undercroft. Marco Pusterla, a member of The Magic Circle and former magic award winner, is one of the most respected historians on the art of magic worldwide, author of books on magic and the publisher of a magazine dedicated to the history of magic and the business of magic collecting. This event is suitable for ages 12+. There will be a licensed bar. 7pm on Friday 27th January at Moyse's Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1DX (Map). Ticket Office: 01284 758000. See and Click Here for details of the exhibition. 7.1.17


The Decksterity Code. From the producers: Martin T Hart, author of 'Piddington’s Secrets' and producer of the stage show 'Unfathomable', releases his first video tutorial for the two-person mentalist act, 'The Decksterity Code'. With this system, you can instantly communicate the identity of any playing card to your partner-in-magic. You can even perform your tricks using telephones, video calls and text messages. The code can be learned in minutes and opens up a whole new dimension for card magic. "Most card tricks are performed by one magician, but a whole new repertoire comes to life when card effects use two magicians" says Martin. "Imagine your partner who is in London identifying a card that was freely chosen in New York, or your assistant revealing their pockets hold 52 loose cards, each one a copy of the freely chosen card." The new code is a tried and tested success and has already received glowing reviews. It is available as an instant download from priced at $60 / £49. “This will be in my spring mentalism shows. Highly recommended!” Devin Knight. “This is the best two-person code product I am aware of” Chris Wasshuber. 7.1.17


Liam Montier British Magical Society lecture. Jay Adkins writes: Like many magicians during childhood, Liam Montier became obsessed by magic after seeing a magician perform. Liam studied everything he could find about magic, and by the age of 16, he was performing at weddings and social events. Liam Montier doesn't go to magic gigs any more. He prefers to devote his time to the creative side of magic. For Liam, magic is all about what's new. He isn't motivated by creating a set professional 'act' which he would perform over and over again. He wants to spend his time pushing ideas, forming new techniques and staying at the edge of magic discovery. When asked what he regrets, Liam wishes he had started working as a magician much sooner. Like so many magicians that spend countless hours practicing, he was waiting around for things to happen to him. Waiting doesn't make things happen. Looking back, he understands that the best way to get what you want, is to go out and make it happen. Even just taking a small step forward each day, will get you there in the end. Standing still, and wishing for something, very rarely makes it happen. Visiting Magicians from other Societies are welcome for a fee of £10.00. 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tuesday January 10th. Should be an enjoyable evening at The British Magical Society, Selly Oak Ex Servicemens' Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map).


Nottingham children's and close-up magician Peter Presto and wife Ruth will be competing on BBC1's Bargain Hunt on Monday, January 16th, at 12.15pm as "The Red Team". Peter is very busy in the Midlands and is a past President of the Nottingham Guild of Magicians. Expect to see some magic! 7.1.17


South Downs Magicians Magic, Mystery and Illusion show - tonight. The club will be making its fourth annual visit to the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea on Saturday 7th January. There will be close-up magic before the show and during the interval, as well as a variety of stage acts covering comedy, mentalism and illusions. The event is at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 5EG (Map) with the show starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.00 for individuals and £28.00 for a family of four. Tickets are available from the Ropetackle Arts Centre Click Here or telephone 01273 464440. Paul Bromley. 7.1.17


The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Live and Learn. "Lisa Rinna films a movie with her husband Harry Hamlin and magician Penn Jillette. Lisa Vanderpump learns that her son Max wants to move up in the world." Thursday 12th January on itvBe. See TV Magic. 7.1.17


Coventry Magic Circle Magic Sale. James Cannon writes: The Coventry Magic Circle will be holding a magic sale. This has been very popular in previous years with the sale of DVDs, books, props and much more. And all at unbelievably low prices. All travelling magicians are welcome to this sale to meet members and for the best bargains please come early. Starts at 8pm on 10th January. Venue: Saunders Hall Working Men's Club, Saunders Avenue, Bedworth CV12 8RJ (Map). Phone 024 7631 2181 or 0870 706 4242. 7.1.17


Ta-da! The Illusionists - Turn of the Century becomes most successful magic show in Broadway history. "Just announced, the new edition of the popular show The Illusionists - Turn of the Century grossed $2,397,106 for the week ending January 1, 2017, smashing records at Broadway's famed Palace Theatre and topping a record set two years ago by The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible at the Marquis Theater." To read the full story from Click Here. 7.1.17


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