Number 938 - 16th June 2018

 

Derren Brown: Secret wins 'The Chase Award for Unique Theatrical Experience' in the 2018 Drama Desk Awards. See www.dramadeskawards.com/2018-winners. Derren Brown: Secret opened in May 2017 at the Atlantic Theater Company and received excellent reviews at the time. The Drama Desk Award for 'Unique Theatrical Experience' is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway and Off Broadway productions that don't easily fit under traditional musical/play type classification. Derren Brown: Secret was written by Andrew O’Connor, Derren Brown and Andy Nyman and directed by Andrew O’Connor and Andy Nyman. Derren can be seen live on stage this evening - see What's On. 16.6.18

 

Stephen Short's newly published 'Johnny Hart - International Star of Magic' is reviewed in MagicWeek this week. As a silent magician I've been a lifelong fan of Johnny Hart's act, but never expected such a wonderful book to be produced covering his incredible career in such detail. To read the review Click Here. Until the end of June there's a Special Offer price of just £30.00 plus p&p, see www.johnnyhartbook.com for ordering details. DT. 16.6.18

 

Mark Elsdon & Ian Rowland 'The Meeting of The Minds', Friday 29th June, Newcastle. This is the Friday before the MINDS Convention which takes place over the weekend. Mark and Ian... together at last! This unique seminar will focus on Creativity In Mentalism, Magic as Metaphor and Making Money from Mentalism. Inspiring theory, brilliant new tricks and an exclusive, free booklet. This one-off event is not to be missed! For more info and to book see www.thecoldreadingconnection.com. 16.6.18

 

Think Nguyen’s UK lecture tour. Magic Lectures UK write: Magic Lectures UK are proud to present Think Nguyen’s UK lecture tour. Think is known to make his cards “come to life”. He released two major DVD projects called Parallels and Vermillion. The first project received great reviews from the Blackpool Convention (2017). He also wrote 2 limited lecture notes: 'One Idea for Each Tentacle' and 'My Fingers Flowing' and web episodes called 'The Coffee Series'. The lecture will focus on card magic and the theories underlying magic in general. Besides sharing his favorite routines, Think will briefly cover some of his main work on the concept of Estimation and Jazz Magic. Think is an incredible magician, once you see him work you will understand what we mean. Be sure to catch him on his little tour of the UK before the end of the month.
Cardiff Magic Circle - 18/6/18
Smoke & Mirrors Lecture - 20/6/18
Isle of Mann Lecture & Masterclass - 22/6/18 to 24/6/18
Newcastle Magic Circle - 25/6/18
The Associated Wizards of the South 26/6/18
Exonian Magical Society - 28/6/18.
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Romany – Diva of Magic. In the Studio. "What does it take to create magic? How do you produce birdcages out of nowhere, turn a feather into a cane or pass a silk scarf through your neck? For Romany, the British self-styled Diva of Magic, these tricks have been mastered through years of practice. She’s one of only a few female magicians in the industry, she’s won awards and performed in front of members of the British Royal Family. Now she has a new challenge. She’s preparing a show for the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood..." Natasha Serlin follows Romany through the process of creating her new act. Produced for BBC World Service: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csww6t. Spun Into Gold - ‘The Secret life of a Female Magician’ by Romany is available from amazon.co.uk. 16.6.18

 

Conjuring at the Court, Tuesday 26th June, London. Conjuring at the Court celebrates 9 years of stage magic with a fabulous line-up of top magicians! Featuring the marvellously funny Mel Mellers, the polished deception of Michael Vincent, the characterful magic of Wayne Fox, and the hilarious comedy of James Fortune. Compere Russell Levinson. Tickets just £11 from www.conjuringatthecourt.com – it’s cheaper to book in advance. 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! Parking is free from 6.30pm. 16.6.18

 

The World’s Smallest Magic Theatre, The Small Space, in Barry South Wales, has an international flavour over the next few months with acts from the USA, Holland and Italy appearing. Each visiting magician always performs a 90 minute show the night before in the 20 seat theatre followed by a lecture the next morning for magicians. First up is ‘Amazing Guy’ Thom Peterson on Saturday July 14th with a lecture on Sunday 15th, followed by Amsterdam-based magician, Fritz Alkemade on Saturday August 11th and a lecture on Sunday August 12th and finally Italian mentalist Luca Volpe on Saturday 15th September with a lecture on Sunday 16th September. So whether it’s the hilarious quirky comedy of Thom, the witty sleight of hand from Fritz, or the always inventive mentalism of Luca, The Small Space has got you magically covered. All shows are £20.00 with doors opening at 7pm and shows starting at 7.30pm. For the Sunday morning lectures doors open at 10am with lectures starting at 10.30am to 1pm. Lectures are just £10 and include free tea/coffee and croissants. To buy show tickets visit the ‘What’s On’ section on www.thesmallspace.co.uk. To book your place at a lecture email info@thesmallspace.co.uk. 16.6.18

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Arturo Brachetti's take on the Zombie Ball, from John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' - 4th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 16.6.18

 

Steve Short's 'Johnny Hart International Star of Magic' lecture is now taking bookings. Full of anecdotes from interviews, together with photos and very rare video clips, Steve's lecture is now taking bookings from club and convention organisers. For more info and contact details visit www.johnnyhartbook.com/lecture. 9.6.18

 

Magicseen Money Saver Offer June 2018. There are a number of different ways to get your hands on copies of the UK's only independent magic magazine. For instance, you can take out a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download subscription, and thus guarantee that your personal copy will arrive as soon as the latest edition is released every two months. But if you prefer not to pay up front that far in advance, there is another option if you like to have a printed copy, and that is the Pay-As-You Go subscription. With this you simply provide us with payment card details and we will take a single issue payment just before each copy is published. This means you only pay for one copy at a time and you never need to renew as the arrangement can continue until you decide to stop. To encourage you to give this a try, we would like to make you a special offer. Sign up for Pay-As-You-Go before Friday 22nd June 2018, and you can have each of your first two copies for just £2.00. After that the price will revert to its normal rate. So to ensure that you receive the July and September issues of Magicseen at this great price, Click Here before Friday 22nd June 2018. 16.6.18

 

Jamie Daws 'Opening More Daws!' lecture, Medway Magical Society. Neil Colley writes: With over 10 years experience in releasing material to the magic community, Jamie's magic speaks for itself! From incredibly visual eye candy to the darkest most bizarre tales you could imagine, his effects are diverse and intriguing to say the least. Within the past 2 years, his lectures have been highly praised by magic clubs and societies, which ultimately resulted in him being asked to partake in a bespoke lecture for Murphy's 'Magic at the Table' UK Lecture Series. Now part of the Alakazam Academy and taking his new tour to different countries, his teaching style is clear, concise and in-depth. If you would like to learn how to amaze, confuse, delight and sometimes even scare your audience, then see Jamie's latest lecture, Opening More Daws! "This lecture is amazing. Something for everyone and so different." Houdini's Magic Bar. "Jamie delivered a professional, funny and fantastic lecture at our club, which was filled with interesting effects and ideas. It truly has something for everybody. Highly recommended!" London Society of Magicians. Tuesday 19th June at 8pm. Visiting magicians welcome. Medway Magical Society, St George Hotel, New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB (Map). www.medwaymagicalsociety.org.uk. 16.6.18

 

Jumbo Magic Auction, Manchester Circle of Magicians, Monday 18th June. From the organisers: Magical Bargains Galore on Monday 18th June at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Organised by Manchester Circle of Magicians. Free for members, £3.00 door charge for non-members. Doors open at 5.30pm and viewing commences at 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers are Quentin Reynolds and Derek Lever. Hundreds of items being sold many without reserve, such as DVDs, books, close-up, kids tricks, mentalism, etc. 8 Lots already entered, including part of Bob Austin's Estate. See you there. www.manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk. 9.6.18

 

Tom Crosbie Lecture, Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. Mark Paul writes: Tuesday 19th June. A lecture not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 door charge. The lecture starts at 8pm. Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). www.northamptonshiremagicians.uk. 16.6.18

 

Mario Morris: Build Your Confidence, Build Your Show. From the organisers: Mario Morris - School of Busking presents 'Build Your Confidence, Build Your Show', a three day event on 7th, 8th and 9th September in Cardiff. 'Build Your Confidence, Build Your Show' is a gateway into achieving your aims and goals, whilst living the life you want to live. The School of Busking has helped magicians, entertainers, street, stage and close-up performers all over the world step into their dreams, doing what they love. Do you have a dream to perform or wish you could develop the skills and confidence to take you to the next level, or do you already have the skills and now are ready to receive mentoring and feedback to develop your show further? Then, this focus is for you. See www.schoolofbusking.com. 16.6.18

 

Countdown with guest Paul Zenon. Nick Hewer and Rachel Riley host as contestants race against the clock to pit their wits against vowels, consonants and numbers. Paul Zenon is in with Susie Dent. Thursday and Friday 21st and 22nd June on Channel 4. See TV Magic. 16.6.18

 

 

 

Chris North - Mind Games at the Anglian Magic Society. Chris North presents his comedy mind reading show for the Anglian Magic Society this Tuesday 19th June at 7.30pm, at The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). This is a super fun mind reading show that steers away from the norm and will have you laughing and scratching your heads. This is a special event night so members, visitors and friends are all welcome to come along at £3.00 per person. Following the show there will be close-up tables set around the room and a small buffet to carry on a magical evening. More details: www.theanglianmagicsociety.uk. Steve Majes, Secretary of The Anglian Magic Society. 16.6.18

 

Magic Lectures UK - now booking for 2019. Magic Lectures UK write:
Matthew Wright & Harry Robson 14th January to 15th February 2019. Doing a combined lecture, there will be performances of some of their greatest effects and routines along with explanations of why, when and where the routines work. All aspects of competition magic will be covered from both sides - as a performer and as a judge. Nothing is off limits as they share stories of their successes and failures along with untold tales of famous magicians past and present.
Joel Dickinson 1st February to 28th February 2019. Joel is touring the UK for the first time, with a lecture filled with tried and tested close-up and stage routines. It doesn’t have to be knuckle busting to be brilliant! This memorable lecture contains a diverse range of effects and routines. Everyone will walk away with something new for their repertoire.
Joshua Jay 8th August to 30th August 2019. Joshua Jay, a performer, lecturer, author, and co-owner of Vanishing Inc. He maintains a globetrotting performance schedule, having performed in over fifty countries with regular appearances on national television. His performance style is completely unique: he performs with ordinary, borrowed objects, causing them to twist, bend, appear, and vanish at will. The last time Josh lectured in the UK was 9 years ago, if you don't want to wait another 9+ years book today! To book any of these artists or for more information email magiclecturesuk@gmail.com
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The June Mark Leveridge Podcast. Last month was a Podcast Gold edition of the Mark Leveridge podcast, in which Mark offered a selection of his favourite topics from the previous 12 months. Now it is back to normal business in June with the following topics discussed. Mark reflects on his recent US lecture tour which included some dodgy weather and a traffic violation! Talking of lectures, he considers what magicians expect to get from a lecture that they attend. Magical fame and fortune may not always be all it is cracked up to be. The Mark Leveridge Magic website is being re-designed and Mark gives some early teaser information about what it might be like when it launches later in the year. There are reflections on why it can be difficult sometimes to entertain the people who have actually booked you. Mark suggests why offering advice to an inexperienced magician may not be the best thing to do. And finally, Mark poses the question of why magic seems to attract such high levels of incompetence! To listen for free to the complete 30 minute audio, either online or as a download to any mp3 player, go to www.markleveridge.co.uk/podcast.php or www.markleveridge.podbean.com from where you can also sign up to be a follower and automatically receive each new edition when it is released on the 1st of every month. 16.6.18

 

Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic. From the organisers: The 26th Ferrybridge Day of Magic will be held on Sunday 1st July 2018. This year we are pleased to announce Carl Royle will be presenting 'How I Feed My Children' (The Lecturette), Mr Royle will also be one of our guest entertainers in this year's Showette. With Lecturettes, the Showette, Dealers and Traders, the day looks like it will be another promising event - put the date in your diary now. More news as we approach the day! Venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ (Map). Doors open at 9.45am and the day closes at 5pm. For more information please visit our Facebook page: Ferrybridge Day of Magic, contact the Travis Perkins Assembly on 01904 709500 or email Michael Shepherd gmfs.msm@gmail.com or Danny Hunt info@amethystmagic.com. 16.6.18

 

Ulster Society of Magicians. James Hobart writes: Ulster Society of Magicians AGM 2018. Incoming Chairman Paul Gomac receives the Chairman’s wand from John Mahood. He is joined on committee for 2018-19 by George Bleeks (Secretary), David McAuley (Treasurer), Paul Heaney (Vice Chairman) and John Donnelly, Craig Gill, Peter Gunn, James Hobart, David Lillie and John Mahood. The society is also pleased to add Samantha Blair, Trevor Price and Quentin Reynolds to their list of Honorary Members.

 

The second confirmed artiste for Belfast MagiCon (3rd-5th May 2019) was also announced as Chris Congreave. A full time professional for 14 years he has released effects such as Childsplay, Omen, Dupes, The Light, Ice Coins and more. Chris has also had published “Congreave Curiosities” and gave a Murphy’s “At The Table” lecture. Finally we are delighted to confirm that the newly elected President of the Ulster Society of Magicians is Pat Fallon. A great supporter of the Society and International Ambassador for Irish Magic. 16.6.18

 

Baffling Blandford. The Walk starts at 4pm every Sunday in July & August 2018. A hatful of history and mindblowing mystery. Join our 'wizardstop tour' as we illustrate this fine Georgian town's magical hotspots with eccentric facts and illusions. Tickets £8 (families £20, concs £7) from: Blandford TIC or Crown Hotel Reception or just turn up on the day! Free parking on Sundays at the nearby Marsh & Ham (West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ). Accessible to people with wheels. Also private tours. Starts from Crown Hotel garden, West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ www.artoftheimpossible.com/magic/baffling-blandford. 16.6.18

 

Ben Cardall’s Lecture, Derby Magic Circle. Paul Sharp writes: On Wednesday 27th June, Derby Magic Circle is hosting Ben Cardall’s lecture at Breadsall Memorial Hall, Brookside Road, Breadsall, Derby DE21 5LR (Map) 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Ben’s lecture focuses on why he performs the way he does, and what constitutes 'real'. It’s often a controversial topic, but he will offer his thoughts on the benefits of developing a skill within your mentalist act in particular (he has a caveat for magicians too) and the importance of memory in the work of our performance art and how this alone can be used to create some amazing things. Ben teaches a simple system for reading people. No tricks, nothing other than your observational and deductive qualities at work. Visiting Magicians and past members are very welcome to come along, but there is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Please contact our President Allan Humphries prior to attending on 01889 590 975 or email info@derbymagiccircle.com  www.derbymagiccircle.com. 16.6.18

 

Matt Berry Interviews... Uri Geller. "Matt Berry presents a series of interviews with the greats of the stage, screen and music world. This week Matt Berry brings you his interview with Uri Geller, recorded at Geller's home in 1974 just as the self-proclaimed psychic's star was on the rise. Geller wasn't keen at first, but eventually agreed and was very welcoming. He was becoming quite a global star back in the early 70s and there was much fascination, not to mention the odd sideways glance, at the very mention of his name. Berry actually met him first on the dance floor of Tramp's night club a year earlier but Geller said he had no memory of it. Not wanting to let such a snub deter Berry, he soldiered on and within this interview managed to get a real sense, of the real Uri Geller." Written, performed and edited by Matt Berry. Now available on iPlayer: bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b5xrsy. 9.6.18

 

"Magician Mandy Muden to play magic mirror in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Wycombe Swan" Click Here • "A Look At David Copperfield's "Summer of Magic" Exhibit At NYHS" Click Here • "Was the Indian Rope Trick a myth?" Click Here • "‘Derren Brown: Miracle’ Trailer: British Illusionist Returns to Netflix to Chew Glass and Heal His Audience" Click Here • "Review: Derren Brown: Underground, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth" Click Here • "Ranking David Blaine’s insane stunts" Click Here • Two more videos from The David Berglas Digital Scrapbooks this week: "Magic Advisor on the film 'Willow'" YouTube and "African Adventure" YouTube • "A Magician Stole the Show at Kanye West's 41st Birthday Party" Click Here • "Irish magician Joel shows off amazing skills in Dublin hotel" Click Here • "Illusionist Vitaly Beckman Brings An Evening of Wonders Off-Broadway" Click Here • "Chatham magician hopes tricks will reappear after being stolen" Click Here • "Meet the Magician Who Taught Sandra Bullock Her 'Ocean's 8' Cons" Click Here • "Spanish magician Jorge Blass has announced return to Palma" Click Here • "Ferdinando Buscema is IFTF's New Magician in Residence" Click Here • Many thanks as always for all your news submissions - see you next week, Duncan. 16.6.18

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Number 937 - 9th June 2018

 

Mac King will headline The Session 2019! Now based at the Park Inn, Heathrow, The Session will see Mac King both lecture and perform a full one-man show. This is a rare opportunity to see Mac away from his own theatre on the Las Vegas Strip, where he performs two sell-out shows a day. He will join Lason Ladanye (USA), Kyle Littleton (USA), Jared Kopf (USA) and many more to be announced. Visit www.sessionconvention.com. Here's Mac, performing on British television back in 1989, from The MagicWeek Video Archive: YouTube (in fact Mac's was the first video to appear on The MagicWeek Video Archive when I launched it just over two years ago, as it's so good! DT). 9.6.18

 

2018 Drama Desk Awards. Derren Brown: Secret Nominated for 'The Chase Award for Unique Theatrical Experience' in the 2018 Drama Desk Awards. See www.playbill.com.

 

Meanwhile, Derren Brown: Underground is currently about half way through its UK and Ireland tour. "Underground was originally written for audiences in other countries who hadn’t seen me before. It meant finessing and revisiting past pieces and seeing them with fresh eyes. I sat down with my two co-writers and directors and we thought 'What would make the best possible Derren Brown show?' None of us were sure what the UK would make of it, but the resulting show felt so good, and met with such a great response when warming it up in London, that we decided to tour it. The reviews have been astonishing, and people who’ve seen all the shows have said they love being surprised by them again, and those who don’t know me so well are getting to see the best material for the first time. It’s a huge, huge joy to perform." Derren Brown.

 

This is the second leg of the Underground tour, direct from the West End production at the Playhouse Theatre, which ran for thirty-five packed out performances in September and October 2017. Derren Brown: Underground is presented by Michael Vine, Andrew O’Connor, Derren Brown and Paul Sandler for Vaudeville Productions Ltd. and David Binder. It is directed by Andrew O’Connor and Andy Nyman, and written by Andy Nyman, Andrew O’Connor and Derren Brown.


June 9, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
June 11, 12,13, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
June 15, 16, Orchard Theatre, Dartford
June 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, Theatre Royal, Norwich
June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

July 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

See www.derrenbrown.co.uk for more info and to book. 9.6.18

 

The David Berglas Digital Scrapbooks. Since featuring news of The David Berglas Scrapbooks just a few weeks ago the first four videos are now live:
Episode 1. David talks about a 1952 British Ring Convention in Hastings and how a chance meeting with a writer for the popular magazine Picture Post, led to the most impossible challenge – which David accepted.

Episode 2 and he explains, with photos and video clips, the details of the challenge and how it achieved the most incredible publicity. This certainly helped to launch his 60 year career.

Episode 3, this week he recalls a life-changing event that happened on a ship to South Africa.
Episode 4, David talks about the first few months in Cape Town and how he had to 'persuade' an editor to allow him to place an ad for a demonstration of hypnotism!

Visit YouTube to catch up with this fascinating peek into David Berglas's Digital Scrapbooks. 9.6.18

 

PropDog's Magic Shop is now open weekends! PropDog write: We’ll be fully open to walk-in customers from 10am to 5pm on both Saturdays and Sundays. So if you fancy a day out, then come visit the shop on the outskirts of Twickenham. Our extensive range of over 4000 products in the shop caters for the hobbyist magician, part-time magician and the full-time professional. We also have a large selection of tricks and books and DVDs, suitable for the absolute beginner looking to get into magic. Please note that it will only be the shop side that is open, we will not be dealing with online order enquiries or other general enquires by phone or email. For more information on the shop’s address and location, please visit: www.propdog.co.uk/the-shop, we look forward to seeing you! 9.6.18

 

Kilmarnock Magic Circle 80th Birthday Celebration. Kenny Kerr writes: Kilmarnock Magic Circle are proud to have reached our 80th Birthday and we are inviting you to our birthday party celebrations. We are holding a dinner cabaret on Saturday 23rd June at 7pm at the Foxbar Hotel, 62 London Road, Kilmarnock KA3 7DD (Map). Cabaret performers are Fraser Stokes (winner of the 2018 SAMS Stage Competition), Michael McMillan (Runner-up in the 2018 SAMS Stage Competition) and FISM award winner / international star, Paul Nardini. Tickets are priced at £25 per head and include a delicious three course meal. To book, please contact our secretary, Elizabeth McNamara on 01563 821241 or email elizabethmcnamara@btinternet.com Looking forward to seeing you there. 9.6.18

 

Magic on the Fringe - Edinburgh. The official Edinburgh Fringe programme contains 75 magic and magic-related shows. Once again card man Peter McLanachan (www.thecardman.co.uk) has kindly pieced together the magic listings for MagicWeek readers (many thanks once again Pete!) Click Here. 9.6.18

 

How to join The Magic Circle. If you’ve always wanted to be a part of The Magic Circle, the world’s premier magical society, then this link www.themagiccircle.co.uk/join-us will give you all the information you need. If you’re ready to join straight away you can find out how the process works, what you need to do and what you can expect. Also, if you’re interested in the Apprentice Scheme or The Young Magicians Club you’ll also be able to find out how they work as well. 9.6.18

 

Aaron Calvert: Declassified - Edinburgh Fringe, 1st - 26th August 2018. Aaron Calvert's Declassified is playing the Ed Fringe in August, with a preview in Manchester on June 12th. Aaron unlocks the potential of the human mind, demonstrating inexplicable hypnotic feats, live on stage. Trained as a doctor, Aaron combines his medical background with his mastery of suggestion and showmanship to push the boundaries of what people can, and will do - making this show a truly unforgettable experience. 'Hello Stranger' starring Aaron, went out on Channel 4 last week, and can now be seen on All 4: "A couple have all memory of their relationship temporarily erased by hypnosis. They start dating again, including with each other. Will they fall in love second time around?" See www.channel4.com/programmes/hello-stranger (and see What's On for show dates). 9.6.18

 

John Breeds announces his new second book for Children's Entertainers... Lotz of Magic for Kidz. John Breeds brings his 35 years experience as a professional children’s entertainer to his second book to lay bare the routines, props and bits of business that gave him such a successful career. It follows on the heels of his first magic book, the best-selling, How To Create Kids’ Magic. Now, continuing in a similar style, John Breeds brings you dozens of routines from his working repertoire. A former professional author and publisher, his full explanations, attention to the smallest detail and his crystal clear illustrations show you how someone with unparalleled performing experience brings his material to life. Nothing is omitted: nothing is left to chance: this is solid gold material you can rely upon. As well as more than 30 highly commercial performance pieces, this new book brings professional children’s entertainers and magicians a treasure chest of original methods, apparatus and comedy bits. Lotz of Magic for Kidz by John Breeds, £38, author publication, UK, 2018, 214 pp, b+w illustrations. Available from the author/publisher from 16th July 2018. See: www.johnbreeds.com. 9.6.18

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Hans Klok & Sittah on 'Talking Telephone Numbers' from 1st December 1997. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 9.6.18

 

Matt Berry Interviews... Uri Geller. "Matt Berry presents a series of interviews with the greats of the stage, screen and music world. This week Matt Berry brings you his interview with Uri Geller, recorded at Geller's home in 1974 just as the self-proclaimed psychic's star was on the rise. Geller wasn't keen at first, but eventually agreed and was very welcoming. He was becoming quite a global star back in the early 70s and there was much fascination, not to mention the odd sideways glance, at the very mention of his name. Berry actually met him first on the dance floor of Tramp's night club a year earlier but Geller said he had no memory of it. Not wanting to let such a snub deter Berry, he soldiered on and within this interview managed to get a real sense, of the real Uri Geller." Written, performed and edited by Matt Berry. (Should be fun!) Wednesday 13th June, Radio 4. See TV Magic for details. 9.6.18

 

Ben Earl Masterclass, Manchester, Monday 18th June... Last few places left. Martin Allcock writes: On Monday the 18th June the hugely talented Ben Earl is coming to Manchester to present an evening of Masterclasses. Ben's sleight of hand is world-class and during the evening he will teach you the tools to allow you to take your card magic to a higher level.

 

Mission Control: Mission Control is a fundamentally new way to approach the subject of card control. Attendees will learn a new system for controlling a card (via insertion, replacement or peek) in order to make it completely invisible under any performing conditions, this approach is a radical departure from traditional (both technically and philosophically). Mission Control is a very practical system which is extremely deceptive while remaining simple and flexible.

 
Changes: Ben will be teaching brand new ways to approach two of the simplest, but most important moves in all of card magic: the Double Lift and Top Change. Ben's approach to these techniques is not only deeply fooling but simple and practical. Be prepared to rethink what you thought you knew about these fundamental techniques and develop a new way.

 

Palming: Palming is one of the most powerful, secret techniques in all of card magic. Very few do it well - even fewer do it invisibly. Ben will be teaching how to make it invisible (from the top and bottom of the deck) so that you can perform miracles. Ben will also show you new ways to practice so that your palming development is rapid.

 

The evening will start at 6pm and the cost is £125 per person. Due to the intimate and in-depth nature of the teaching, places will be strictly limited to a maximum of 8 people. Each section will last around an hour with a short break between for refreshments. Don't miss this opportunity to take your sleight of hand with cards to the next level by learning from one of the very best there is. Due to the nature of the material being taught the masterclass is only suitable for those at an intermediate level and above, i.e. you ideally already need to be able to do the moves to a reasonable standard. Please contact me by email martin@magical-entertainment.co.uk to book. 9.6.18

 

The Mark Leveridge Magic June E-Video Newsletter. Every month Mark Leveridge releases a special 30 minute video presentation which includes magic to learn, advice to provide help and some entertainment too! For the June edition: The Teach In - learn a very clean colour changing sponge ball effect. It Could Only Happen Live - a new story from Mark's world of being a pro close up worker. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 5 on how to maintain the attention of spectators. Web Offers - dems and info on a simple coin and banknote effect and a classic E-Book which are on offer this month. 60 Seconds To Success - targeted advice on how to keep the bookers happy. The Review Corner - a close look at a unique book called The Memory Arts. There are three ways to get access to this online video content. 1. You can take out a 1 year sub and receive every issue as soon as it is released on the 1st of each month. 2. You can purchase a single copy. For either of these options go to www.markleveridge.co.uk/evn.php. 3. Or you can join E-Club Pro, Mark's online club and information resource, and receive every E-Video Newsletter at no extra charge as part of your membership. For this go to www.markleveridge.co.uk/eclubpro.php. 9.6.18

 

Paul Vigil Lecture & Workshop, Saturday 23rd June, International Magic, London. From the organisers: Paul has been practicing the art of magic since the age of 5, and 10 years later Paul under took the challenge of becoming a professional performer in his native Salt Lake City. In 2002 Paul moved to Las Vegas to join the ranks of the world's finest magicians. Paul’s creative contributions have not gone unnoticed by his peers. We are delighted to have Paul for both a lecture and one-off workshop on Saturday 23rd June. Paul's lecture will be covering material from both of his sought after books: Classic Fantastic and The Doors of Deception. This material includes magic and mentalism for use in close-up and parlour. His workshop will cover more advanced material with a deeper focus on detail. Workshop £75 per person. Start Time 1pm. Lecture £15 per person. Start 5pm (finish approx 7pm). Venue: 2nd Floor, Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). www.internationalmagic.com. Advanced booking essential - please email martin@internationalmagic.com. 9.6.18

 

Liam Montier Merlin Magical Society lecture, Hertfordshire. John Clayton, Secretary of the Merlin Magical Society writes: On Thursday the 14th June Liam Montier will be presenting his lecture entitled Shenanigans at the Merlin Magical Society. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Admission for non-members is £10. We meet at Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map) www.merlinmagicalsociety.co.uk. 9.6.18

 

Jamy Ian Swiss lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 14th June. Adam Mosle writes: The new lecture by Jamy Ian Swiss will cover the gamut of close-up sleight of hand magic. This lecture is absolutely full of amazing card magic, from original 'card in impossible location' plots, to apparent displays of extraordinary skill that don't demand as much work as they appear to; and a simple but mystifying and commercial memorised deck routine. Not all is cards though, he will also teach practical mentalism routines, coins and the Cups & Balls. Internationally renowned for his skills as a close-up magician, Swiss has also performed his stage show of mind-reading and mentalism, 'Heavy Mental', for audiences of thousands across the United States. As a speaker, Swiss has addressed subjects including creativity, risk management, information design, user experience and other aspects of corporate and creative concern to firms. His knowledge is vast and his theories are something not to be missed. 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 info@surreymagic.org.uk. 9.6.18

 

Leamington & Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic. John Needham writes: The Leamington Day of Magic this year is on Wednesday 13th June at the Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). The main lectures include: Kieron Johnson, Mark Shortland, Etienne Pradier and Steve Dimmer. The day officially starts on the Tuesday evening (12th June) at 7pm, opening with a dealer dem from Saturn Magic at 8pm for local magicians or those that travel up the day before. Tickets are priced at £25 pre-paid or £30 on the door, which includes breakfast for early arrivals, lunch and weather permitting an evening BBQ. In the evening Mark Shortland will perform on stage and we also have the Midlands Champion of Champions Close-up Competition. Full details and up to date information can be found on the club website www.lawms.wordpress.com. 9.6.18

 

Manchester Circle Jumbo Auction. From the organisers: Magical Bargains Galore on Monday 18th June at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Organised by Manchester Circle of Magicians. Free for members, £3.00 door charge for non-members. Doors open at 5.30pm and viewing commences at 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers are Quentin Reynolds and Derek Lever. Hundreds of items being sold many without reserve, such as DVDs, books, close-up, kids tricks, mentalism, etc. 8 Lots already entered, including part of Bob Austin's Estate. See you there. www.manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk. 9.6.18

 

Magicians wanted by Young Magicians Ltd, to join their growing team of tutors around Surrey and Hampshire, and write: Young Magicians Ltd have served schools for the last 7 years with their engaging and entertaining magic clubs. This is a great opportunity for a professional or semi-professional magician looking to supplement their income with regular weekday work. If you're interested in applying email info@youngmagicians.co.uk also see www.youngmagicians.co.uk. 9.6.18

 

Blackpool Magicians' Club Table Top Sale. From the organisers: Blackpool Magicians Club are holding a table top sale on Tuesday 10th July from 7pm at the club's HQ: Blackpool Magicians' Club, 56-60 Caunce Street, Blackpool FY1 3NE (Map). www.blackpoolmagic.com. There is no door charge and visiting magicians and societies are most welcome to come along and enjoy our hospitality and facilities. Bar refreshments and catering will be available throughout the evening and of course you may just find a few new tricks and props. We will have a limited number of tables available to visiting magicians at £10 each. If of interest please contact Alan Horne on alan@childrensentertainments.co.uk for availability. 9.6.18

 

Lenny Dragon two-part lecture Farnborough Association of Magical Entertainers. Danny Jurmann writes: Lenny Dragon presents a two-part lecture: The Misers Dream followed by Balloon Modelling on Monday 11th June at 8pm for Farnborough Association of Magical Entertainers (FAME), St. Mark's Church Hall, Farnborough, Guildford Road East, Farnborough GU14 6TU (Map). www.fame-magic.co.uk. Visiting magicians welcome, free admission. 9.6.18

 

Manchester (Warrington) Balloon Day, Monday 25th June. From the organisers: There will be a couple of balloon workshops of varying levels to cater for all who attend during the day, plus a basic session first thing, if required. There is usually a fun competition to enter if you would like to, plus all the usual fun and laughter of a 'Care & Share' Balloon Day. Graham will be going through some of his latest designs and there are a couple of early-bird specials still available. 10am till 5pm on Monday 25th June. Booking details: Click Here. 9.6.18

 

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