Number 874 - 25th March 2017

 

Unbelievable: An Evening of Magic & Illusion, Kings Theatre, Portsmouth. Friday 19th May. From the producers: "Unbelievable" is a brand new magic show combining breathtaking illusions, mind bending mentalism, and jaw dropping sleight of hand magic! Have your world turned upside down and inside out by some of the most incredible magicians in the UK! Peter Wardell is without a doubt one of the UK’s most experienced professional magicians. He was the first person to win both the Close-up Magician of the Year and Stage Magician of the Year Awards at the Magic Circle. Marc Paul is a mind-reader and psychological magician. His skills are so refined that he was officially voted the “Best Mind-Reader” by his peers at the prestigious World Magic Awards in Los Angeles. Michael Fairall is one of the most in-demand professional close-up magicians in the country today. He has an infectious sense of humour and incredible comic timing. Amethyst are international illusionists Danny Hunt and Stephanie Clarke. Highly acclaimed as one of the UK’s top magic and illusion acts. Recently they created effects for the ITV drama Houdini and Doyle, BBC TV drama series ‘Sherlock’ and the BAFTA award-winning series ‘Help my Supply Teacher is Magic’. Friday 19th May at 7.30pm. For more info and to book visit www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk. 25.3.17

 

Unique Magic Events presents a Corporate & Trade Show Workshop on Wednesday 13th September at Jury's Inn Hotel in Liverpool. From the organisers: Whether you are already an established Corporate Show performer or Trade Show worker and would like to significantly increase your client list and earnings or are a performer who is new to this lucrative side of the magic business and would like to find out how to earn a six figure income every year ..... you need to be at this life-changing event! The Corporate & Tradeshow Workshop is bringing together for one day only a team of top International performers with unrivalled experience and success in the corporate world, Trevor Liley, Seth Kramer, Bob Kohler and Paul Stone.

The information, methods and advice that they will share with you will be worth many many times the minimal registration fee. The chances of having such an experienced and knowledgeable group of performers together in one room are extremely rare, so if you are genuinely serious about being successful in the Corporate world then you do not want to miss this outstanding opportunity! Space is limited to just 50 delegates.

The program will include Trevor Liley's Trade Show Masterclass, which he is presenting at a magic event for the first time ever. Priceless information from this Corporate 'Guru' on how to build a lucrative Corporate magic business and take your earnings to a whole new level! Seth Kramer will lecture and also perform his Trade Show pitch 'live' for all the delegates. Seth has been without doubt one the most successful Trade Show workers in USA for the past 30 years and is the author of the Modern Tradeshow Handbook, the recognised 'bible' for Trade Show performers. This event will also feature expert panel sessions with Trevor Liley, Seth Kramer, Bob Kohler, and Paul Stone covering topics in depth which will include how to break into the lucrative corporate world of Trade Shows, Hospitality Suites, Product launches, VIP Receptions, Conferences / Conventions, Motivational Speaking and Trade Charity events & Fundraisers. For full details and to register go to www.magiconthemersey.com and click on the red Corporate & Trade Show link at the top of the screen.
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Scottish Comedy and Variety Gala Performance. From the organisers: An incredible new variety show with fully staged numbers featuring famed TV mentalist Drew McAdam, Scottish comic legend Dean Park, Comedy Central's David Kay, The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets, Artie's Tartan Tales (formerly of the Singing Kettle) all hosted by Fife's own pantomime favorite Liam A Black with his hilarious stunts, magic, comedy and illusions, with new unseen material that was just too stupid for TV! This show is family friendly and is suitable for all ages. Friday 18th August at 7pm. Tickets start at only £15 and can be purchased via www.onfife.com. Adam Smith Theatre, Benochy Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1ET (Map). 25.3.17

 

Magic on the Mersey, whose slogan is 'promoting excellence in magic performance' promises to be a very different style of magic convention. Produced by Paul Stone and taking place at Jury's Inn Hotel on Liverpool's award stunning Albert Dock Waterfront on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th September, this will be a very special event where everyone attending is guaranteed a good seat for every lecture, workshop and show.

 

Organiser Paul Stone writes: Unlike other magic conventions we deliberately limit the number of attendees so that delegates have the opportunity to meet and spend time with the impressive International line-up of talent. Paul Zenon, fresh from his success at the recent Blackpool Convention will once again appear in his highly acclaimed One Man 'Linking Rings' Show, and will also perform in the Gala Show and take part in the innovative Expert Panel Sessions. Overseas stars flying in specially for the convention include Close-up wizards Armando Lucero, Mike Close and Bob Kohler and will be joined by top British pro's Mindreading Master Marc Paul and the hilarious Mandy Muden. And if that isn't enough to tempt you then we've also got two show business greats, Freddie 'Parrotface' Davies and legendary juggler Kris Kremo!

Included in the Convention registration price of just £95 are tickets to see both stage shows, Paul Zenon in 'Linking Rings' and also 'World Stars of Magic & Variety' at the beautiful Victorian Epstein Theatre, and an invitation to the Night Before Welcome Party. For full Convention details and how to register, go to www.magiconthemersey.com.
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Beautiful Magicians' Club - Purveyors of magical, musical and darn right thrilling entertainment for the discerning public. From the organisers: Beautiful Magicians' Club have taken to an impressive number of stages up and down the UK during their three-year career - from Time Out's hotly featured clubs, the hippest music festivals, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival to top theatres. Now, following the sell-out success of their debut at the Brentham Club, Beautiful Magicians' Club return to bring you the finest magicians, music and world-class variety acts, for a night of fun, laughs and wows! On Friday April 7th: Max Somerset The Magician, Musician and Unusualist heads the line-up. An award winning TV magician and Member of the Inner Magic Circle, London, Max has performed for celebrities, royalty, barristers and road sweepers alike. Your wedding ring could end up spinning in mid air; your children’s pet goldfish could swim out of your £50 note; or a word that you are thinking of may be found engraved on a coin... inside a walnut... inside an egg! Plus: Kheski Kobler, Jisu Park, Diobo, Sally 'Oh' Spitfire and Mat Boden. Beautiful Magicians' Club, The Brentham Club, 38A Meadvale Rodd, London W5 1NP (Map). For full details of the whole show, and to book Click Here. 25.3.17

 

Fay Presto is interviewed for "NMP Live Meets..." a series of video interviews recorded for NMP Live: Click Here. Neil Martin writes: "We've also got others on our YouTube channel including Darcy Oake and Jamie Raven. They're geared towards corporate bookers in a section/playlist called 'NMP Live Meets...' and we have more going live over next few months including Dynamo and Troy." Click Here. 25.3.17

 

Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 30th March, London. From the organisers: We present comedy magical duo Griffin and Jones; martial arts illusionists Jason Steele and Joanne; Bharat Patel performs an intriguing combination of mentalism and illusions; and there’s wonderful dry humour and magic of Carl Pettman. Hosted by the exuberant Stephen Barry, it will be a fascinating and entertaining night with plenty of laughs along the way. 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. Tickets still just £11 in advance from www.conjuringatthecourt.com. 25.3.17

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, from 1995, Max Maven in a clip taken from 'Something Strange with Max Maven' a show that looked at everything paranormal, or otherwise. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with previous videos Click Here. (The funny thing about this particular clip is that you really don't need any special psychic powers, or even the advantage of being 'a mentalist', to work out what belongs to whom. DT). 25.3.17

 

Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishops Stortford: Friday 31st March. From the organisers: On Friday 31st March it's time for another evening of magic and fun as the Magicians at the Half Moon are back to entertain you. Show producer and compere for the night Martin Cox has invited back two popular performers: Joseph Badman and Alec Schulz to amuse and bemuse you in the intimate setting of the Long Room at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Entry is still just £10.00. Doors open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm (finishing around 10pm with a 20 minute interval). To reserve yourself a front row seat, contact Martin on 01279 659562. For more information visit www.halfmoonmagic.co.uk. 25.3.17

 

Lee Hathaway Lecture, Bexley Magic Society. Roy Marsh writes: The next meeting of Bexley Magic Society is on Wednesday 5th April, where Lee Hathaway (the man who fooled Penn and Teller) will be the guest. This is a lecture you will not want to miss, Lee Hathaway is one of the UK’s leading close-up and cabaret magicians, a member of The Magic Circle and has been seen by over 7 million people worldwide. With over 20 years performing excellence and headstrong on delivering outstanding entertainment, he has been invited to some of the most exclusive parties and venues around the world. He has entertained people including Royalty, A-List celebrities and many more. Everyone is welcome, but non-members are asked to pay a fee of £10.00. www.bexleymagic.org.uk. 25.3.17

 

Compagnie du Hanneton / James Thierrée — The Toad Knew. 3rd - 7th May, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. Step into the wonderfully weird world of multi-talented performer and director James Thierrée. Featuring a seamless mix of mechanical marvels, magical illusions, surreal humour and acrobatic finesse, The Toad Knew is utterly 'spellbinding'. ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ Telegraph. For more info and to book visit: www.sadlerswells.com. 25.3.17

 

BGT winner Richard Jones chats with Graham Norton this morning, Saturday 25th March, from 10am on 'Graham Norton' on BBC Radio 2. See TV Magic. 25.3.17

 

John Carey presents his 'Minimalistica' lecture for The Surrey Magic Society on Thursday 30th March 2017. Adam Mosley writes: Magician and author John Carey has gained international recognition for his minimalist, streamlined approach to cards and close-up magic. With 7 DVDs and 2 hardbound books to his name, including his recent release, Minimalistica, John is in constant demand to present his lectures and private workshops. John Carey's lecture is a 2 hour event, comprised of a myriad of practical, powerful and doable commercial close up work. John’s approach is if he can do them, then so can 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 contact Adam Mosley info@surreymagic.org.uk. 25.3.17

 

Walt Lees is presenting this year's History of Mystery lecture at the Northern Magic Summit. From the organisers: Walt shares tales from over a decade of selling Svengali packs in Hamleys and Harrods. Hear why this is the ideal product for a salesman, find out about the many colourful characters encountered over the years and hear hilarious (and sometimes horrifying) anecdotes. You will learn about the psychology of pitching, concluding with a typical pitch, with you as the punters! The Northern Magic Summit is on Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April 2017 at The County Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. To book visit www.northernmagicsummit.co.uk. 25.3.17

 

Wessex Magical Association One Day Convention, update. Steve Bowring writes: The line-up for the Wessex Magical Association One Day Convention (Sunday 2nd April) is now complete. Wayne Fox, Rus Andrews and James Brown join with Chris Randall, Marc Oberon, Marc Paul, Dave Loosley, Amethyst, Noel Britten and the Great Desmondo & Cherry for a fantastic day of Magic. Tickets are selling fast so act now to avoid disappointment! Full Adult tickets which include Gala show entry in the evening are still £25 but you need to act quickly! Doors open at 9am and the show is expected to finish at about 10pm. Follow us on Facebook: Wessex Magical Association Magic Convention and get your tickets at www.wmagic.uk. 25.3.17

 

Marcus Eddie UK lecture tour 2018 now booking. Steve Gore writes: Marcus Eddie is planning a lecture tour in May 2018. Growing up overseas as part of an Air Force family, Marcus did not have access to magic shops or clubs. Using a magic set he received as a gift from his parents and the few magic books he could find in the school library, Marcus began teaching himself the craft when he was just 12 years old. Building his illusions from toy boxes, tape and everyday items, Marcus took his childhood passion and turned it into a career. Today, he is a eight-time, award-winning magician, including his win on Syfy Channel's magic competition, 'Wizard Wars'. He appeared on 'Penn & Teller Fool Us, Headlined at The Magic Castle, and is the creator of several products on the market and consults for magician's worldwide, including David Blaine on his special, 'Beyond Magic'. Marcus Eddie's original magic will leave you stunned!" For fuller information and dates email tours@stevegore.co.uk. 25.3.17

 

Jamy Ian Swiss UK lecture tour 2018 now booking. Steve Gore writes: Jamy is here between 21st May 2018 and 14th June 2018. This 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 (and a fresh new handling of the Card on Ceiling); to apparent displays of extraordinary skill that don't demand as much as they appear; and a simple but mystifying and commercial memorised deck routine. Then comes the non-card magic; including an impromptu cup-and-ball routine with an original and amazing new climax; a practical mentalism routine that turns any peek into an engaging four-effect routine; and coin magic that includes a lesson in pure misdirection, and an amazing no-gaff vanish of four coins. For fuller information and dates email tours@stevegore.co.uk. 25.3.17

 

Paul Gordon Lecture now booking. News from Paul Gordon: The last few months have been busy. I've published a new book (Quidnunc) and produced a new DVD set with Alakazam, titled Quidnunc Plus, and lectured in Madrid, Holland, Denmark and Israel. Plus an online Penguin Live lecture. Next month I'll be giving an 'At The Table' lecture for Murphy's Magic containing all new magic from the new book and DVD set, with some hidden gems from the Gold Dust Trilogy. If you are a club secretary looking to book the lecture please see the lecturers page here at MagicWeek. It's a fun fast paced lecture full of worker commercial card magic. Also see www.paulgordon.net/mobile.html. 25.3.17

 

Ali Cardabra will be presenting his new lecture at The Mercian Mystics Magic Society in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday April 4th at 8pm. Venue: Smallthorne Victory WMC, 300 Smallthorne Road , Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST6 1RE (Map). The lecture starts at 8pm - visiting magicians welcome (£5.00 charge). For more details contact Andrew Sherratt andrewsherratt@themagiccircle.co.uk. 25.3.17

 

Kevin Hutchinson was the recent winner of the Home Counties Magical Society annual close-up competition, winning the Bill Hammersley Trophy. Competing with 5 other members, Kevin also won the George Burford Plate which is a discretionary award for the most original act. He is pictured receiving his award from Robin Maddy, Life Vice President. Derek Oliver. 25.3.17

 

Chris Randall lectures at the Liverpool Magic Circle on Monday April 3rd at 8pm. Members £7.00 non Members £10 Pay on the door. Liverpool Magic Circle, Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map). Alan Singleton. 25.3.17

 

The Ulster Society of Magicians 75th Anniversary Day of Magic and Dinner, 22nd April. From the organisers: The Ulster Society of Magicians invite you to their 75th Anniversary Day of Magic and Dinner on Saturday 22nd April at Malone Lodge Hotel, Belfast. Featuring performances and lectures from Ian Keable, Ali Cardabra and Pat Fallon. Dealers: During the day, we will have one main dealer, Pat Fallon. In addition, our other two lecturers will have items for sale. As we have plenty of room, we will be laying out a number of tables so that anybody who attends is free to set up and sell. It will be very relaxed so you can leave your stuff out with prices and, either through an honesty box or by staying with your items, sell as much as you like. We will also have a Society table so that if anybody wants to donate items for sale for Society funds, it would be most appreciated. Raffle: The raffle is always a popular feature of our annual dinner. To book for dinner contact George Bleeks before noon on Friday 14th April, telephone 07860 115611 or email george.bleeks@ntlworld.com with the numbers in your party and their choices from the menu (see www.online-usm.com). Payment will be made on the night. For those wishing to stay overnight at the hotel (telephone 028 9038 8000) we have arranged a restricted number of rooms at a specially discounted rate of £99.00 Double or Twin Room and £89.00 for a single B&B. Please mention you are attending the magic function when booking quoting Code 14197. 25.3.17

 

Derby Magic Circle news. Paul Sharp writes: Last Wednesday, 22nd March, Derby Magic Circle held their AGM. Ray Lewis handed over the President's Chain of office to Allan Humphries (right in photo). Allan, who has been a member for over 35 years, will be Derby Magic Circle's President for 2017-18. Simon Goodfellow was voted in as President Elect (for 2018-19). The new programme of events for 2017/8 has now been released, see www.derbymagiccircle.com. The programme caters for everyone from close-up card magicians to children’s entertainers, from corporate mentalists to wedding magicians. Past members and visiting magicians are very welcome at the lectures we hold, but there is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Derby Magic Circle has not raised the annual subscriptions again this year. The annual membership fee is only £42 which is great value, especially when you see the line-up we have for this year. For any general enquiries please either call or email Allan Humphries on 01889 590975 info@derbymagiccircle.com. 25.3.17

 

The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday April 4th, at The St George Hotel, 7-10 Albert Square, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 3JH (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 and there will be 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 go come along, please email thegathering@mail.com or you can phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 25.3.17

 

Presto, Sunday 2nd April on Sky Cinema. "A ravenous rabbit gives his magician master a lesson in pet care when he neglects to give him a hard-earned carrot." See TV Magic. 25.3.17

 

News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 25.3.17

 

"Ulster Rugby stars are left speechless by street magician Troy Von Scheibner during Belfast visit" Click Here • "Kenilworth magician performs at town mayor’s civic dinner" Click Here • "Praneet Bhatt to enter 'Trideviyaan' as magician" Click Here • "Magician to escape strait jacket, hung upside-down from Spinnaker Tower" Click Here • "Watch: the magician Cosentino" Click Here • "Wayne Newton makes the cut at Penn & Teller’s ‘Fool Us’" Click Here • "Possibly The Best Magic Trick To Ever Appear on America’s Got Talent" Click Here • "Destroying illusions. Magician Tom Coverly brings his Destroy Illusions tour to Union High School, urges students not to be influenced by illusions" Click Here • "Interview with master illusionist Rob Lake" Click Here • "The man who pulled the first Houdini" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 25.3.17

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Number 873 - 18th March 2017

 

Penn & Teller UK tour - extra dates added. From the producers: Kings of Magic Penn & Teller are all set to perform their classic magic across the UK in June. The Emmy award-winning TV stars are also best-selling authors and Las Vegas icons. Their Showtime series, ‘Penn & Teller: BS!’ was nominated for 16 Emmys. Recent ventures include ITV’s highly successful ‘Penn & Teller Fool Us!’ hosted by Jonathan Ross and ‘Penn & Teller Tell A Lie’ for the Discovery Channel. The shows will feature never before seen magic. See What's On and book via www.ticketmaster.co.uk. 18.3.17

 

IBM Irish Ring 85 One Day Magic Convention, Monday 1st May 2017 from 11am. Hosted by The Mystic Circle of Magicians this one day convention will feature lectures from Adrian Sullivan and Marc Paul, magic dealers, a three-course meal and an after dinner show. All for £50 payable on the day. Venue: Lisdoo, Newry Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland. For more information contact Ruairi O Connor: ruairi@ruairioconnor.com or +353 87 4110243. 18.3.17

 

Jon Marshall and Eddie Dawes were guests at the British Magical Society Dinner last week. Eddie had been invited to propose the toast to the BMS and Jay Adkins, BMS President, presented Jon with the David Berglas Award for Outstanding Contribution to Magic. Jon’s friendship with many BMS members goes back to 1964 when he appeared at their Diamond Jubilee Convention. 18.3.17

 

Mark James Sideshow Tricks, Blackpool. April 19th to October 25th. Mark James has worked professionally for over a decade on land and at sea worldwide. He now brings his critically acclaimed show to The Festival Suite at Viva, Blackpool! Mark combines original comedy and magic with juggling, escapology and sideshow stunts to create a one-man variety show like no other. The show is fresh, original and always family friendly. In ‘Sideshow Tricks’ there’s something for the whole family. You’ll see Mark perform world class sleight of hand magic, escape from a straightjacket, eat fire, and even juggle mousetraps! The show promises to be hilarious, so whether you’re 5 or 105 grab your ticket, hold on to your hat and take your seat for a night you’ll never forget! Tickets via www.vivablackpool.com/event/mark-james-sideshow-tricks. 18.3.17

 

Magicians in Action 1980-2015 Christian Scherer. A unique documentary containing photos accompanied by autobiographical and anecdotal texts (in English), featuring 250 magicians from 28 nations. The photos were taken by the author from 1980 to 2015 during performances of the magicians in Europe. The texts were contributed by the artists depicted. Foreword by Eberhard Riese, 3 Volumes, Format A4, 750 pages, 473 photos, Hardcover. "A special book. An extraordinary book. A history of magic of a different kind." Eberhard Riese. "These large, beautiful volumes provide an opportunity to spend time with hundreds of magicians who share – in their own words – anecdotes, philosophy, and a bit of themselves. This is really the ultimate book test – open it anywhere and you will immediately know what they were thinking." Steve Beam. To read about this fascinating project Click Here and for more information and to order visit www.magact.com. 18.3.17

 

The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, from nearly 30 years ago, Shahid Malik in a guest appearance on 'After Ten with Tarbuck'. Visit The MagicWeek Video Archive and to see the full archive to date Click Here - a new video is added every week! 18.3.17

 

Albion Magic presents The UK Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition 2017 on Monday 25th September at 12.30pm at the Austin Sport and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). Alec Powell writes: Anyone interested in taking part just needs to submit an unedited recording of themselves entertaining a group of children. The quality of the recording does not matter. It can be recorded on a mobile phone and needs to be no less than 5 minutes long. Previous Kidology UK Competition Competitors are welcome to apply. Contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or by email to alec@alecpowell.co.uk. The committee will look at all submissions and select six to take part in the competition which will be held in front of an audience of mainly children. The winner will receive a trophy plus a 10 week summer season at a holiday park in 2018 worth at least £5,000. For full details look at the Kidology UK Facebook group. Photo: Competition host PJ the Showman. 18.3.17

 

Hull Magicians’ Circle Close-Up Competition 2017. Jon Marshall reports: It was a brilliant magic night at HMC Headquarters (Hull's old town Sailmaker's Arms) as on Thursday 16th March a packed audience of diners and regulars, magic fans and magicians, gathered to watch HMC members compete for the Shirley Watts' Close-Up Trophy. it was a night filled with laughter, magic and good food. Russ Appleby, Aleks Pavinski, Malcolm Bromwich and Tom Wilkinson competed. The result was a win for Russ Appleby, by two points over Tom Wilkinson. HMC President Eddie Dawes presented the trophy. Judges were Steve Jackson and Brendon Craw, magical judges from York and non-magic judges Elaine Thompson and Lorraine Myers. The MC was Jon Marshall and the competition was organised by HMC Secretary Ray Burrell. After the competition the audience were entertained at their tables by the competitors and HMC members: Les Watson, Ray Burrell and young magician Will Frow. 18.3.17

 

The MLM Digital Change Over. As from April 1st Mark Leveridge Magic will only be supplying products as PDF or video downloads or via the online learning offered by E-Club Pro, which means that there are less than two weeks for you to purchase through the mail some of Mark's physical products. Small quantities remain of effects such as Wild Dice, Perfect Crime, The Clausen Chips, Choin, Melt Through, Birthday Card Surprise and a few others, so if you would like to own these routines you need to act quickly before they are gone for good. If you go to Mark's website at www.markleveridge.co.uk items that are shown there are still available, but as supplies run out products will be removed. The good news is that after 1st April Mark will still be able to supply over 100 of his creations digitally, and with the advantage that there are no p&p costs to add to any of the products and that everything is instantly available no matter where you live in the world. Mark will also be going through the process of re-introducing current suitable items in digital format in the months ahead as well as bringing new ideas forward. So watch the website for all the additions as they go live. 18.3.17

 

Merlin Magician of the Year. Five Welsh magicians have been selected to take part in Carmarthen's first-ever street magic competition on Saturday 25th March. It's part of the annual Merlin Festival celebrating the wizard's links with the town. According to legend his magic skills were first discovered in Carmarthen and he is buried on Merlin's Hill just a mile or so away. Cardiff's Mario Morris has to be firm favourite to win but he will be facing stiff competition from Jay Gatling and Professor Llusen representing North Wales, Craig Lewis from Swansea and the youngest competitor, local magician Tom Dodd. The five will be performing at venues around the town centre between 11am and 3pm, with the winner taking away a cash prize, a trophy and the right to call themselves "Merlin Magician of the Year". Nick Brunger. 18.3.17

 

Daniel Chard lecture, British Magical Society, Birmingham. Jay Adkins writes: Daniel Chard is a professional close-up magician who is known for creating visual card magic with real audiences in mind. The material has been worked-in to tough crowds, from behind the bar to walk around at weddings. You'll learn and see a range of material from the self-working to advanced. But not only routines, you can also hear Daniel's thoughts on creating magic and performance theory. The lecture will be delivered in a very relaxed and session like manner, it's very interactive! Tuesday March 21st. 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Visiting Magicians welcome, £10.00 door charge. The British Magical Society, Selly Oak Ex Servicemen's' Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). www.britishmagicalsociety.co.uk. 18.3.17

 

Ian Keable lectures for the Anglian Magic Society this Tuesday, 21st March, at 7.30pm. Steve Majes writes: Ian's “Cabaret Magic” lecture, concentrates on the theory and practice of what Ian does for a living, performing Cabaret for adult audiences. In his lecture Ian will perform and explain several tricks from his professional repertoire to illustrate not only how to, but also how not to, do Cabaret magic. Ian is a very funny and very knowledgeable man so this will be a great evening for everyone. Members £3.00 - Visitors £10.00. White Horse, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). www.theanglianmagicsociety.uk. 18.3.17

 

United Kingdom Escape Artists 2017. Dan Robinson writes: On March 11th 2017, the members of the United Kingdom Escape Artists had their fifteenth Annual General Meeting at The Yeoman of England in Northampton. This is the second year that the members also competed for the chance to win "The Mick Hanzlik Award", for the best escape on the day. Mick Hanzlik was a long-time member of the U.K.E.A and was also from Northampton.

 

Throughout the day, members had the opportunity to perform an escape of their choice. Members then voted on who they thought deserved the coveted award. This year was no different in that the members were up for the challenge. There were escapes from all kinds of restraints and equipment, some upright and some inverted. It was an interesting year in that a duo escape was performed. This was done by Allan Taylor and his wife Rebecca (The Taylor's). They performed a duo straitjacket escape. Duo SJ's have been performed many times with the two artists in separate jackets, but The Taylor's had commissioned a single jacket with four arms to be made. This was a very unique escape and very entertaining, resulting in them being the 2017 winners of the award.


Allan and Rebecca were presented with the award by Louise and Stephanie, two of the daughters of the late Mick Hanzlik, Master Locksmith and much missed U.K.E.A member. If anyone is interested in applying for membership of the U.K.E.A, email members@theukea.co.uk and you may win in 2018.
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Ask Paul Podcast - Weekly Episodes. "A weekly magic podcast with a difference. The listeners call in and leave a question relating to magic, mentalism, performance or the entertainment business for Paul Brook to try and answer. You may love his answer or think they're terrible, whatever you think you can get actively involved in the discussion underneath each episode. The podcast is in its sixth week now. Listen to the latest episode or catch up on them all at www.heknows.co.uk/ask-paul-podcast." 18.3.17

 

Tom Wright lecture - now taking bookings: Tom Wright has performing magic since he was 10 years old. Since 2011 and his first release 'Chill' he's gone on to create countless magic effects. He's lectured at The Magic Circle, 'Murphys at the Table' and 'Penguin Live'. The lecture consists of close-up commercial magic that he's worked for many years that's highly visual and full of good humour. For full lecture details contact Tom via www.tommymagic.co.uk. 18.3.17

 

Russ Brown Lecture - Ipswich Magical Society. Wayne Goodman writes: On Monday 20th March the Ipswich Magical Society will be hosting the amazing Russ Brown. The lecture starts at 7.30pm at the Ipswich Co-operative Society Education Department, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1JW. (Please note, car parking at rear in Waterworks Street, the post code for which is IP4 1JG). www.ipswichmagicalsociety.co.uk. 18.3.17

 

Ken Dyne will lecture and appear in the gala show at the 'Northern Magic Summit' in April. From the organisers: Ken has been a professional working mentalist for 14 years, performing at corporate events and on luxury cruise ships all over the world. Best known for his practical, entertaining and audience-tested material he is the creator and author of a number of celebrated mentalism releases, including his book Bairn, which was named ‘Mentalism Product of the Year’. Ken is joining us ahead of his US lecture tour (with his brand new lecture!) and will be lecturing on how to use: envelopes, cards and balls, to entertain the socks off audiences of all ages! Definitive proof that mentalism is not boring. The Northern Magic Summit is on Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April 2017 at The County Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. To book your tickets visit www.northernmagicsummit.co.uk. 18.3.17

 

Chris De Rosa and his international illusion act are delighted to be appearing at The Scottish Entertainment Awards 2017 alongside Tony Christie and a full supporting cast for a Las Vegas themed gala performance: The event will take place in the Merchant Square in Glasgow's Merchant City on 7th May 2017. The whole of Scotland's World of Entertainment is expected to turn out for the evening in what's being described as the hottest ticket of the year, in Scotland. Chris De Rosa said, "We are honoured and delighted to have been invited to perform at this very prestigious event and also to share the stage with living legend, Tony Christie! As well as Scotland's finest top entertainers. It's going to be an incredible evening!" www.derosamagic.net. 18.3.17

 

The History and Art of Ventriloquism. Michael Bonfield writes: A new lecture by the President of the Kent Magicians Guild, Bruce Graham. Bruce has worked with some of the top ventriloquists worldwide, and entertained every crowned head in Europe. You will not want to miss this lecture, with its PowerPoint Presentation, on Tuesday 28th March at 8pm, at Dunton Green CIU club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map). Details on the KMG site website at www.thekentmagiciansguild.simplesite.com. Admission for non-members is only £5.00. 18.3.17

 

Mel Harvey's "How to be a Luxury Cruise Ship Magician" tuition. Mel writes: "How to be a Luxury Cruise Ship Magician" tuition. Course covers: publicity, getting the right work that is suitable for you, dress, choice of material. Plus, how to get local work when you are not on the high seas. How to get photos on the front page of your local paper. Plus, plus, plus how to be a magical street entertainer and earn real money at times to suit you; it's a walk away! From £25 per hour. Props available from £5. Classes midweek for a limited period. Ring Mel on 07860 485578 or email mel@melharvey.com. 18.3.17

 

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