Number 917 - 20th January 2018

 

Blackpool Magic Convention: Special Late Night Events. From the organisers: This year the convention will be hosting a series of special late night events taking things into the midnight hour. Todd Robbins will present an exclusive screening of his documentary 'Play Dead', the hugely successful Off-Broadway play written with Teller. This will be followed by a detailed Q&A. Noel Qualter will again present his magic game-show 'Never Mind the Buzz Saw', where no one is safe. An irreverent and topical look into the last year of magic around the world. Not to be missed. 'Not the Gala Show' and 'Beat the Wand' are evenings of magic and comedy that are not for the faint-hearted. If easily offended, stay away! Book Now at www.blackpoolmagic.com. 20.1.18

 

Scottish Association of Magical Societies Convention 2018. From the organisers: The 2018 convention will be taking place at The Normandy Hotel, Renfrew on 27th, 28th and 29th April. The Saturday Night Gala show will be reverting back to a Dinner Cabaret format, which better suits the layout of the Normandy Hotel. Acts Confirmed for the Saturday Night Dinner Cabaret are: Our 2017 SAMS Stage Competition winner, Elliot Bibby. Singer, comedian and musician Gordon Cree. And all the way from the USA, we are delighted to welcome Jeff McBride and Larry Hass, with compere Harry Robson. Jeff McBride and Larry Hass will both be lecturing and doing workshops with a third lecturer still to be confirmed. Dealers confirmed so far are: Harry Robson, Heidi Costumes, Adrian Harris, Alan Duncan and Jimmy Craig. Hotel 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. Elizabeth can be emailed at elizabethmcnamara@btinternet.com or call 01563 821241. Our Registration Secretary this year is Janet Colvan, email magic.janet71@gmail.com. Registration forms can be downloaded from www.scottishassociationofmagicalsocieties.co.uk. Competitions are being run by Graeme Taylor, email emearg112@hotmail.com or call 07539 662825 for more information. 20.1.18

 

New TV Magic Special 'Adam Patel: Real Magic' coming to Amazon Prime Video. A new magician hits our TV screens very soon in the shape of Yorkshire-born British Asian pharmacist turned illusionist, Adam Patel. Adam's one-off special 'Adam Patel: Real Magic' follows Adam on a tour of the country, performing his unique brand of magic to celebrities and members of the public. It will be released on Amazon Prime Video next month. The trailer can now be seen on YouTube. Also see IMDB and www.adampatel.com. 20.1.18

 

Christian Magicians UK Conference. Andi Gladwin and Ben Earl to lecture. From the organisers: Andi Gladwin and Ben Earl will be lecturing on 13th February 2018 starting at 2.30pm until 6.00pm at High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG (Map). From the organisers: Andi Gladwin is a world-class close-up sleight of hand magician who has performed all over the world and he is co-founder of Vanishing Inc. The feedback from his lectures wherever he appears is always fantastic. He was such a hit last year we are delighted to welcome him back again. Want your magic to reach the next level? Then all you need to do is watch, listen, learn and allow yourself to be entertained in the process.

 

Ben Earl fooled Penn and Teller, had his own TV show, and is an international creator and performer. This is your chance to see and learn from a great magician at the top of his game. Ben has been studying, teaching and performing for almost twenty years and is one of the world’s leading practitioners. His lecture is guaranteed to show you one of the best thinkers in working magic at this moment in time. If you are a working pro, or just a keen amateur, then make time for this fantastic opportunity on 13th February. Hosted by Mark Shortland “The Best Kept Secret In Magic”. The inventor of “Amazebox”, has appeared on Penn & Teller, is a magical creator, teacher and award-winning comedian. Who better to guide us through this event than one of the most generous members of the magic community. Mark works both stage and close-up throughout the world and features on numerous cruise ships. All this for £24.99 and even “That’s Magic”. To book Click Here. 20.1.18

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, silent magician Christian, in an appearance on Jonathan Ross's The Big Big Talent Show from 23rd August 1997. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 20.1.18

 

Luke Jermay: Sixth Sense, Artsdepot, London. From the producers: Luke Jermay is the most incredible man you've probably never heard of. He can read your mind. No really; he can read your mind. He doesn't use mind games or psychological tricks; he is not a trickster, there is no smoke and mirrors. You'll be amazed at Jermay's incredible powers; he knows your past, present and future, sometimes better than you do. From your favourite schoolteacher, childhood pet, Jermay impossibly knows all, sees all, and tells (almost) all, in an expert display of telepathy developed to amazing razor sharp accuracy. Luke Jermay's awe-inspiring intuitive abilities have gained him high profile fans such as Derren Brown, Dynamo and Uri Geller who all agree Jermay is astonishing. Thursday 8th February at 7.30pm. Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA (Map). £12 / £10 conc. Strictly 14+. www.artsdepot.co.uk. 20.1.18

 

Magicseen Publications Announce A Major New Book Project. From the publishers: We are delighted to announce that Magicseen Publications has been chosen as the publishers for a trilogy of books featuring the amazing mentalism and magic creations of international performer Devin Knight. Entitled Devin Knight - A Lifetime In Magic, Volume 1 of the three book set will be published at the Blackpool Convention on Friday 16th February 2018, and will feature 9 strong effects from Devin's personal repertoire. The soft backed book has 130 photo illustrated pages and contains mentalism and magic that is truly reputation making. Devin is meticulous in his approach to his methodology, and every effect he creates has the maximum impact yet is achieved by practical means. The huge experience gained over many years as a top pro enable Devin to understand exactly what is needed to devise impossible looking effects, and this book will explain everything in painstaking detail to enable you to capture the same stunning reactions as he does with the material. You can pre-order the book now, and if you place your order by Tuesday 13th February 2018, you will also receive a link to download a free copy of the excellent Chris Rawlins e-book Roulette. Plus, if you are attending the Blackpool Convention, you can pre-order your copy with no p&p charges and collect at the convention itself. Subscribers to Magicseen can, as always, purchase the book at their normal 20% discount. For more info and to pre-order your copy Click Here. 20.1.18

 

The Magician by Heist Films. Cinemagoers in Norfolk are enjoying a magical treat this month. ‘The Magician’ is a short movie made by Heist Films that has been shown on the big screen in Great Yarmouth’s Hollywood Cinema. It’s centered around magician and entertainer Olly Day, who has just finished his 9th record breaking season starring in the Cromer Pier Christmas Show. Olly said “It took two weeks to film, both on location and backstage during my summer season at the Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, and another week to sort and pack all the props and tricks away. It's amazing what I have collected over 40 years!” The film follows his early career as a keen young magician through to his teenage years (played by his 13 year old son George) on to his current theatre shows. It’s only three and a half minutes long, but really captures the essence of what it is to be a magician. Watch 'The Magician' on Vimeo: Click Here. Also see www.ollyday.com. 20.1.18

 

Jamie Daws lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians this Thursday, January 25th. Adam Mosley writes: With over 10 years’ experience with releasing material to the magic community, Jamie’s material 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 from magic clubs and societies which ultimately aided him in 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 “Opening More Daws” is for you! 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 email Adam Mosley info@surreymagic.org.uk. 20.1.18

 

'The Magicians Hat' a brand-new Magic Moments project. An interactive exhibition of themed hats, art and performance magic, featuring hats used by magicians of the past, present and future comes to the Barons Court Theatre from March 22nd - 25th 2018. This exciting concept was developed by Richard Leigh, collaborating with magical artists of various disciplines to create something truly memorable and unique in the field of magical entertainment. Mulit award-winning designer and milliner Jennifer Rowley has hand-made interactive, futuristic, optical illusion magic hats imagining a look for the magician of the future. Richard Leigh has devised stunning new interactive illusions based around the iconic top hat, including ‘The Wishing Hat’, ‘The Angel or Devil Hat’ and the ‘Anamorphisis Hat’. Jay Fortune has painted and donated three original art portraits of famous magicians from the past and present and magician Brian Watson showcases some of his beautiful handcrafted work. The event is officially part of London’s Hat Week 2018, and the event takes 30 minutes to view. Tickets are just £8 per person via www.falseimpressions.co.uk/the-magicians-hat/. All money raised will be donated on behalf of Magic Moments to the St Helena Hospice in Colchester, Essex. A wonderful show for the young and the young at heart! 20.1.18

 

Careena Fenton has returned from the USA Trophy in hand, as she won the prestigious 'Screaming Goat' magic competition at South Carolina's East Coast Spirit Sessions magic convention in the USA. Performing in her Gothic Victorian character Miss Sylvia Sceptre, this is not only the first time a non-US magician has won, but also the first time a female magician has won the coveted trophy. The East Coast Spirit Sessions is an annual convention held in Myrtle Beach, and focuses on bizarre magic and mentalism. www.careenafentonmagic.com www.sylviasceptre.com. 20.1.18

 

Mahdi the Magician, Secret Cellar London, Wednesday 31st January to Sunday 4th February. Born without hands or feet, Mahdi Gilbert is perhaps the world’s most extraordinary sleight of hand magician. Having fooled Penn & Teller, he will perform in London for the very first time at Vault Festival 2018.

 

Mahdi Gilbert was born without hands or feet and has struggled through bullying, loneliness and depression to now receive recognition from some of the greatest magicians of our time. Throughout his childhood in Toronto, Mahdi was tormented for his physical differences and constantly wondered what would become of his life. Captivated by sleight of hand and card magic, he dreamt of becoming a professional magician – but as he began to study he came across a seemingly insurmountable obstacle: every magic book ever published has been written for performers with two hands. Undaunted, Mahdi started to develop his own techniques. At first he struggled to even pick up a deck of cards but through dedication and determination he developed an exceptional act that fooled Penn and Teller and has amazed the greatest magicians in the world.

 

In this show, Mahdi gives us an insight into the determination and graft that have brought him to the top of his profession and weaves flawless, jaw-dropping magic through his amazing and inspiring life story. Tony Middleton – one of the founding producers of Secret Cellar – comments: "I am a magician myself and I’m in awe of what Mahdi has achieved. To become so accomplished given the difficulties he has faced is not only incredible - but incredibly moving."

 

See www.secretcellarlondon.com and www.facebook.com/SecretCellaratVaultytowers/. Vault Festival 2018 runs from 24th January until 18th March in and around The Vaults, Waterloo. For full programme and ticket information visit www.vaultfestival.com. Mahdi the Magician: Wednesday 31st January to Sunday 4th February at 6.10pm. Plus Matinee on Saturday 3rd February at 3.55pm. Venue: The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN (Map). Prices: £18.50. Performances last 1 hour. 20.1.18

 

New: Zane's Mind Reading Express Deck! Zane writes: Pre-order now before the official release date in early February to save £5.00. This amazing deck does not exist elsewhere and is currently a 'Zane's Magic Shop' exclusive! Perform quick-fire mind reading, ideal for mix ‘n’ mingle situations! Visit www.zanesmagicshop.com for full details and to pre-order. 20.1.18

 

Jon Allen, 'The Interrobang Lecture', South London Magic Society. Simon Rosselli writes: You will learn: A multi-phase routine using a pen and a coin... with a surprise finale. A simple and devious peek. A fantastic finale to an 'any signed card' routine, using a balloon and a move never really used in close-up. The greatest impromptu routine ever that turns a child into a mega-star magician. Why you should learn about things for which you have no current interest. Why Jon thinks one of the 'classics' of magic is a terrible trick. Tuesday 6th February. Doors open 7pm. Lecture 8pm - 10pm. £10 admission for non-members. South London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP (Map). www.southlondonmagic.co.uk. 20.1.18

 

The Order of The Magi (Manchester) presents a lecture by Lawrence Turner on the subject of Rough and Smooth on Tuesday 23rd January: How it works, how to do it yourself, the pros and cons of various products, various decks, applications, and something you may not have seen before! You can bring your favourite deck and make your own personalised Invisible Deck. 7.30pm start at the Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map). Door charge for non members. Details on www.orderofthemagi.org.uk. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 20.1.18

 

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75th Anniversary year of the London Society of Magicians. To complete the 75th Anniversary year of the London Society of Magicians I am compiling a special edition of The London Gazette. This was the monthly magazine of the LSM. If anybody, including members past and present, would like to contribute an article or is willing to have an effect published, please contact me. Bob Pamplin bob@bobsyourunclemagic.co.uk. 20.1.18

 

Steve Gore is to present his new lecture 'Lemon Squeezy' for Coventry Magic Circle on Tuesday 23rd January. From the organisers: His lectures have received excellent reviews from the Magic Castle, the IBM British Ring Convention, the British Magical Society and over twenty magic societies. His new lecture includes lots of his original effects including 'The GPS Deck', 'The Amnesia Deck', 'The Casino Con', and 'Visions from Vegas'. He also lectures on other non released effects which can be made up yourself. It’s not all close-up magic though, there are effects for stage, stand-up and mentalism too. All his effects are also easy to master, allowing you to focus on the presentation. "Straight away from the off, Steve showed us some bewildering effects based on his own ideas; everything from a trick with a rubber band to some powerful card work which was strong in performance but easy to do. His nice laid back style made the lecture very enjoyable. Steve would be enjoyed by any society." Clive Moore, President, IBM British Ring. Start time 8pm. Venue: Saunders Club, Bedworth, Coventry CV12 8RJ. Non members welcome, door charge to be confirmed. For more details contact Dan Bent 07941 779489. 20.1.18

 

Scottish Young Magician of the Year 2018 date change. Kenny Kerr writes: It was previously decided to hold the competition on the 3rd June at Falkirk Town Hall, to coincide with the SAMS delegates meeting / AGM which would have been held on that day, prior to the competition. However, after encountering problems with the hall availability, the competition has now been moved on by one week to Sunday 10th June. As a result of this, the Delegates Meeting / AGM will also be moved to this date, to keep everything together. Entrants for the competition should be under 18 years of age on the date of the competition, 10th June 2018, and be resident in Scotland. The closing date for entrants is Sunday 29th April 2018 (SAMS Convention weekend). Please contact Graeme Taylor emearg112@hotmail.com 07539 662825 for more information, or to enter the competition. 20.1.18

 

The Mark Leveridge January Podcast. Mark Leveridge muses over a number of magical topics to set you thinking. For instance, having attended a Bootleg Beatles concert, Mark ponders whether tribute magic acts would work in the same way. He explains how you can turn yourself into a Business Magician and get work from local companies; suggests the best ways to get a marketable idea out into the magic world, and warns of the dangers of trying to second guess what potential show bookers can afford. All this plus more informed comment and opinion can be yours for free when you go to www.markleveridge.co.uk/podcast.php or www.markleveridge.podbean.com, from where you can also sign up to automatically receive each new future podcast when it is released on the 1st of each month. 20.1.18

 

The Summer Social for Magicians and Cardists, in Reading. A free one-day Event on Monday 11th June, from 11.30am - 11.30pm. Organiser Richard John writes: There will be Mini Lectures during the day time, with the use of a projector and camera. You will be able to learn some amazing new things from your peers. If you want to host a 15-20 minute lecture get in touch! hello@richardjohn.london. We will, for the first time at these events, be putting a tab behind the bar. We want to thank you for coming, that's why the first drink is free and there will be a selection of canapés on offer throughout the day. If you haven't been to one of these days yet, I'm sure you know someone who has, and that they are not to be forgotten. For the people who attended Yateley, Bristol or Reading before we look forward to seeing you again, for first timers, we look forward to welcoming you. Monday June 11th 2018, 11.30am to 11.30pm. Visit facebook.com/events/815171392003993/ for more info and to register your interest. 20.1.18

 

Perth Magic Circle Table Top Magic Sale, 4th February. Adrian Harris writes: Perth Magic Circle is holding a Table Top Sale on Sunday 4th February in the Perth & District Ex-Servicemen's Club, 20 Milne Street, Perth PH1 5QL (Map) from 1pm to 4pm. Tables for sellers are free but must be booked in advance by contacting Gus McGregor on 07547-635501 or via the Perth Magic Circle Facebook Page. This will be a great chance to raise some cash before the Blackpool Convention so act now, look out your surplus Magic and get your table booked! There will be many bargains to be had if previous sales are anything to judge by, so put the date in your diary now. 20.1.18

 

When Magic Goes Horribly Wrong. "Entertaining documentary special looking at the sometimes funny, often dramatic, and sometimes even deadly consequences when magic tricks fail. Witnesses, escapologists and magicians, both famous and amateur, tell their stories, illustrated with archive clips and specially shot material, while graphics help to dissect the tricks to discover what went wrong and why." Friday 26th January on My5 (repeat). See TV Magic. 20.1.18

 

Book a magic lecturer for your club today! Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page. 20.1.18

 

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Number 916 - 13th January 2018

 

Blackpool Magic Convention 2018: Headline Acts. From the organisers: The Blackpool Magic Convention will feature three headline acts on each of the gala shows. Magus Utopia - presenting "Love after Death" (FISM Winner) will be performing his brand new illusion show which has never been seen or performed at any other magic convention in the world. Expect the unexpected! Issy Simpson made BGT history by becoming its youngest ever magician, making Simon Cowell exclaim "This is like real life Harry Potter!". Since then Issy has signed to the same management team as Daniel Radcliffe and appears fresh from an appearance in the UAE and prior to her US prime-time TV debut next month. Richard Cadell will performing a series of spectacular brand new illusions for the first time at any magic convention. Also making an appearance will be the iconic TV star Sooty! Book Now at www.blackpoolmagic.com. 13.1.18

 

Magic Stars lead lecture line-up at 15th South Tyneside International Magic Festival. From the organisers: Some of the greatest minds in modern magic are getting ready to share some of their top secret skills and expertise at one of the UK’s leading magic events. Join: R Paul Wilson, Javi Benitez, Woody Aragon, Juan Luis Rubiales, Tom Stone, Steve Gore, Andi Gladwin, Ben Earl, Mark James, Magic Philip, Andrew Green, Kennedy, Henri White and James Phelan at the 15th South Tyneside International Magic Festival, March 15th-18th at The Customs House, South Shields. Known as one of the most popular conventions on the magic calendar, it is set to feature a packed weekend of lectures and events by top international magicians. The convention is aimed at professionals and ardent magic fans, and offers a unique opportunity to learn from the best brains in the business. Limited to 150 registrants, you are sure to get a close-up view and are able to socialise with them all too. Tickets are priced at £65 per person for the weekend and include all lectures, close-up sessions, dealers, 2 gala shows and entrance to the exclusive ‘Late Night Show’. Delegates can obtain the full programme and purchase tickets from www.southtyneside.gov.uk/magicfestival. For further information call Karri Prinn on 0191 424 7986 or email karri.prinn@southtyneside.gov.uk. 13.1.18

 

Ghost Stories is set to open nationwide in April. Co-directed by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, adapted from their stage play, it stars Andy Nyman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther and Martin Freeman. "Ghost Stories trailer: Martin Freeman tackles the supernatural" www.telegraph.co.uk. Trailer YouTube. (Ghost Stories is proper film making... I was lucky enough to see the BFI premiere a few months ago and haven't enjoyed a horror movie as much since Hideo Nakata's Dark Water 15 years ago. We do magic here at MagicWeek, so here's a little prediction: Ghost Stories is destined to become a genre classic. DT). 13.1.18

 

Beat the Wand is back! Celebrating its 10th year at the Blackpool Magic Convention, the ultimate entertainment experience returns once more. Magic Sam and Andrew James will be your guides through the most unpredictable 90 minutes of the entire weekend. As always the show's success relies on one special ingredient. You!

Beat the Wand is an interactive magical variety talent gong show open to all convention attendees. You have 3-5 minutes to blow the audience away with your act. Non-magical acts have proved to be more popular with the audience over the years and we have witnessed Juggling, Escapology, Contortion, Geek Magic, Bizarre, Occult, Mind Reading, Impressions, World Record attempts and more! Of course magic is welcome in the show but remember the audience is 99.9% magicians so whatever the act, it will need a novel twist or presentation to capture the audiences interest. If you are interested in performing here are the rules...


• Your act must last a minimum of three and a maximum of five minutes.
• Five giant wands will be thrown into the audience. After an act has performed for one minute the "voting" begins. Once a wand holder has seen enough of your act they will place their wand in the air. If five wands are in the air the act will stop.
• Once all the acts have performed, those who survived and "beat the wand" are invited on stage and the winner is decided by clap-o-meter and will be presented with the Beat the Wand trophy.

Performers will be supplied with a microphone, mic stand and also a table and chairs if needed. There are no cameras or screens in the performance area so close-up magic will not be suitable. If you are interested, or know someone who would love to be involved or need any further info then please contact: beatthewand@hotmail.co.uk. Andy James.
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The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, let's catch up with Lance Burton from just over 30 years ago on 'Live From The Palladium' (6th November 1988). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 13.1.18

 

Be Astonished! A talk by Ian Keable, at Highgate Cemetery on Tuesday, 23rd January. A talk about two magicians who are buried in Highgate Cemetery; both remarkable performers in their own right.

Colonel Stodare was the co-inventor and performer of the greatest illusion of the 19th century, The Sphinx. It caused an absolute sensation when first shown - one newspaper stating it was "the most remarkable deception ever included in a conjurer's programme". Sadly Stodare's time to enjoy the success of his creation was short-lived. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 34.

Carlton, often known as the Human Hairpin, couldn't have been more of a contrast. A man who combined card manipulations with slick patter and a totally original tight fitting costume and wig to create a unique comedy persona; a timeless character that one could imagine would be just as successful today as he was in the early 20th century. He lived nearly twice as long as Stodare but had a sad end as he put on weight and lost the 'magic' that had made him a variety hall sensation.

In this talk Ian will be not only showing many images to illustrate the lives of these two ground-breaking magicians; but also performing one or two tricks. These include the Stodare Egg trick and Carlton's closure, which always brought the house down. The talk is at Highgate Cemetery (in the little chapel which is on the West Side), Swain’s Lane, London N6 6PJ (Map), on Tuesday, 23rd January. Doors open at 7pm. Cost is £10. A suitably spooky venue for a talk on magic. For details about the talk and to book visit www.highgatecemetery.org/events.
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Nyman on the big screen. Take a trip with Andy Nyman at your local cinema on 'The Commuter', starring Liam Neeson. Set on a New York commuter train, this action packed movie cracks along at breakneck speed. From January 12th (US) and January 19th (UK). "The Commuter: Andy Nyman 'Tony' World Premiere Movie Interview" YouTube. 13.1.18

 

Michael Jordan's High Jinx Show goes on tour this February during the half term period. This fast paced family variety show features grand illusions, crazy circus thrills, incredible tricks and the High Jinx Dancers . A show for all ages, sure to knock your socks off and leave you wanting more!

Saturday 10th February 7pm - Taunton Brewhouse
Tuesday 13th February 2.30pm - Heywood Civic Centre
Wednesday 14th February 7.45pm - Viva Blackpool
Thursday 15th February 7.45pm - Viva Blackpool
Friday 16th February 6pm - Viva Blackpool
Saturday 17th February 7.45pm - Viva Blackpool
Wednesday 21st February 2pm - Stourbridge Town Hall
Saturday 24th February 6.00pm - Huddersfield LBT
For more information visit www.highjinx.co.uk.
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Open Auditions: Houdini’s Magic Bar is opening a second bar in Canterbury. Houdini’s Magic Bar is opening a second Magic Bar in the city of Canterbury in the early part of the year! We want you to come and join us! We are calling all magicians and magicians with Bar experience to our auditions which will be held in February for both Houdini's Magic Bar Canterbury and Broadstairs! Join some of Kent's finest magicians as a Houdini's Resident Magician in 2018. Email bar@houdinis.co.uk and find us on Facebook and Twitter. 13.1.18

 

Conjuring at the Court – London, Thursday 25th January. It’s a cracking night of magic at Conjuring at the Court on Thursday 25th January with the people’s magician, Sam Hurst, the very funny comedy duo, Griffin and Jones, the stunning magic of Jon Allen, and zany, hilarious juggler Steve Rawlings! Compere Russell Levinson. Tickets for the show are still only £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. 13.1.18

 

Digital Force Bag (DFB) is a brand new utility app, available now. Nick Einhorn and Craig Squires have teamed up to create an amazingly powerful, yet invisible app, that allows you to force any one of 100 items listed in your Notes app. Force: a celebrity, shopping list item, colour, place, product, literally anything! This app is fully customisable so you can create bespoke magic for your clients in minutes. Truly limited only by your imagination. Nick Einhorn says "I used DFB very successfully at all of my events throughout December and as well as a great new close-up routine, I was also able to use DFB to quickly create bespoke feature moments in my cabarets for a variety of clients.". The force is strong with this one. Available now on Apple's App Store. See it on YouTube. "A fantastically powerful, totally innocuous tool for an organic ‘off the cuff performance’. Close up, stand up, and stage, now that’s really rare. Love it, love it, love it!" Rajan. "Another incredible creation from the mind of one of the best working professionals in the UK today." Jamie Raven. This is amazing, saw it last night and purchased straight away!" Paul Martin. 13.1.18

 

Magic Car Boot Sale - Sunday 4th February in Birmingham. Alec Powell writes: The next Magic Car Boot Sale will take place once again on Sunday 4th February at The Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map) at 9.30am (there won't be one in September this year). Admission is £4. If you would like a stall or further information call 07831 115448. There are always thousands of pounds worth of bargains to be found here and you can actually look at the items before you buy them! 13.1.18

 


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New Magical Guru store: 50% off all 250+ products for one week only! "Born into a showbiz family whilst travelling with Gandeys Circus, Jonathan Royle made his stage debut aged 3 and a bit as 'Flap the Clown' in 1978, so later this year will celebrate 40 years in show business. For over 3 decades of that time he has presented shows and acts covering all areas including children's shows, comedy cabaret, close-up magic, stage illusions, mentalism and comedy hypnosis and is now releasing all of his audience tested real world routines via his new online store: www.magicalguru.co.uk. To celebrate the launch of the store there is 50% off all 250+ products for the first week only at www.sellfy.com/JonathanRoyle/." 13.1.18

 

Nick Einhorn lecture -  Bexley Magic Society. Roy Marsh writes: A date for your diaries. On Wednesday, 17th January, Bexley Magic Society will be hosting a lecture by Nick Einhorn. Nick is three times winner of The Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year competition, a FISM winner and has fooled Penn and Teller. He’s created many effects, authored numerous books on magic and is resident Magician at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Nick lectures infrequently and this is not one to be missed. Start the year with a bang! Turn up early for the best seats, tea and biscuits. Bexley Magic Society can be found at Barton Hall, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JP (Map). www.bexleymagic.org.uk. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Free entry to members and only £10 on the door for visiting magicians. See you there. 13.1.18

 

Mark Leveridge Home Counties Magical Society lecture. Andrew Lewis writes: Mark Leveridge will lecture for Home Counties Magical Society at 8pm on Thursday 18th of January 2018 at Home Counties Magical Society, Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley RG6 3HE (Map). Visiting magicians welcome for door charge of £15. www.hcms.org.uk. 13.1.18

 

Learn safe, legal, Stage & Street Hypnosis Masterclass. From the producers: Learn safe, legal, Stage & Street Hypnosis. Due to popular demand, International Comedy Stage Hypnotist Jonathan Royle is running a One Day Master-Class teaching 'Comedy Stage Hypnosis, Safe & Legal Street Hypnotism & How to Combine Hypnotic Techniques with Magic & Mentalism' on Saturday 17th March in Chesterfield. Spaces to attend are strictly limited and currently are available at a special discounted price. Click Here for details and to book. 13.1.18

 

Jon Allen lectures: Manchester, Liverpool and Bolton. The latest lecture from the creator of The Silent Treatment, Double Back, The Pain Game, The Destination Box, Paragon 3D and more. "If you want to learn brand new effects and routines for close-up, mentalism and stand-up, as well as benefit from anecdotes, tips and advice from one of the most experienced magicians in the UK then this is for you!"

January 15th - Manchester Circle of Magicians - Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £5.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website at www.manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk or email contact@manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk.

January 16th - Liverpool (independent) - 7.30pm till late. Venue: Library Lounge, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Spa, 6 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool L1 6BR (Map). Door entry £10.

January 17th - Bolton Magicians Club - Doors open at 8.30pm at The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee £10.00 for non members. www.boltonmagicclub.uk. 13.1.18

 

Dr Will Houstoun: Modern Magic lecture - Nottingham University Magic Society, Thursday 8th February. On Thursday 8th February, the Nottingham University Magic Society are proud to host a guest lecture by Dr Will Houstoun. The Magic Circle's Close-up Magician of the Year 2015, Dr Will Houstoun (a past student at University of Nottingham), 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. Thursday 8th February, at 7pm. This lecture is free for all members and associate members. We will be charging £10 for non-members, paid on the door. Venue: Portland C20, Portland Building, University Park, Nottingham. www.nottinghammagicians.co.uk.
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Brad Meltzer's Decoded. Houdini: Murdered? "Could Houdini have been murdered? Experts investigate a list of suspects, finding that the magician may have been embroiled in international espionage." Tuesday 16th January (1 hour) on H2. See TV Magic. 13.1.18

 

Danny Hunt lectures at the Anglian Magic Society this Tuesday, 16th January, at 7.30pm. Steve Majes, Secretary of The Anglian Magic Society, writes: What a fantastic start to the new year! Danny last visited us back in September 2015 and very much left us wanting more. It was a much talked about lecture and we are delighted to welcome Danny and Steph back for this return visit. As always this will be a passionate lecture from two of the busiest magicians and magical advisors in England. Members £3.00 - visitors £10.00. The Anglian Magic Society, The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). www.theanglianmagicsociety.uk. 13.1.18

 

Danger Dave Reubens, the UK Stunt Magician, makes his Australian premiere later this month, when he takes his sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show to Fringe World 2018 (in Perth) and the Adelaide Fringe 2018. The show features more magic, danger and comedy than ever before. Stunt Magician Danger Dave Reubens takes you on a unique crash course in daredevil stunts, jaw-dropping magic and bizarre comedy. Your adrenaline fuelled host offers up surprises, laughs, edge-of-your-seat peril and an epic soundtrack in the Australian premiere of his sellout hit show. This is one for the thrill seekers and magic lovers. Join the quest for glory! Danger Dave Reubens is a product of comedic parody, an obsession with magic and fond memories of watching grand illusions and stunts on TV as a child. Starting merely as a joke between friends, the idea of becoming a danger magician grew legs quickly and not only became a reality but suited Dave extremely well. The result has been a highly successful sell-out show at the prestigious Voodoo Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and 2017. For more info, visit the official website: www.dangerdavereubens.com. 13.1.18

 

Darren McDonald is the new President of the Manchester Circle of Magicians and is seen here with outgoing President Carole Roberts. For membership details visit www.manchestercircleofmagicians.co.uk. 13.1.18

 

The January E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to inform you that his latest half hour monthly online video presentation is now available. It features an explanation of Mark's regular deck version of Chris Congreave's excellent Happy Birthday effect in 'The Teach In'. Mark reveals how you can get excellent testimonials to use in your publicity in 'Top Tips', and in 'It Could Only Happen Live', he tells the story of the time when he arrived to perform at a totally empty venue! Plus... there are dems and background info on the January Web Offers, in '60 Seconds To Success' Mark discusses an element of your show that is possibly even more important than the tricks themselves, and finally in the Review Corner, he offers his considered opinion on Menny Lindenfeld's rubber band effect 'Tru'. You can get access to all this video content right now by purchasing this single edition for a small sum, or you can make it even better value by taking out a 1 year sub. For more information and to order, visit www.markleveridge.co.uk/evn.php. 13.1.18

 

The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6th February, at our new home at The Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map). The aim of the evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere. Our social evenings are free of charge. There's a free buffet, and you will be able to buy drinks from the bar. The evening starts at 7.30pm, so come along and enjoy the atmosphere. If anyone wants to come along, please email thegathering@mail.com or you can phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 13.1.18

 

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