Number 870 - 25th February 2017

 

Blackpool rocked! The Blackpool Magicians Club 65th Annual Convention (and FISM European Championships 2017) was another huge success this year, featuring some of the very finest magic and magicians from around the world. Young Min Kim was sensational on the Sunday night gala. If you weren't there, then please wait to see him live rather than hunting him out on YouTube. You really need to see this act live to be captured by its very magical spell as the impossible unfolds before your eyes. In the same show Paul Zenon proved to be a brilliant choice of emcee - in what is often the toughest role Paul was just perfect. In fact there were many, many real stand-out performers over the full four days of 24/7 magic. Club President Michael Shepherd and the entire convention team did an excellent job in staging such a mammoth event and next year's dates are already set: Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February 2018 (with a 'Mega-Auction' on Thursday 15th for early arrivals). www.blackpoolmagic.com. The FISM European Championships 2017 were a popular addition and the official results have been released, congratulations to all the winners, Click Here. DT. 25.2.17

 

The House Magicians with guest magician Matthew Wright. Friday 3rd March, at Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map). To book Click Here, plus 'Marvelous Matthew Wright lecture' on Sunday 5th March, to book Click Here. Also see www.smokeandmirrorsbar.co.uk. 25.2.17

 

Jon Allen on London Today. This week, from The MagicWeek Video Archive, Jon Allen in a guest appearance on London Today following his success in becoming The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year. 16th October 2001. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 25.2.17

 

Jamie Raven Tour - just four dates left. There are just four dates left on Jamie's current tour: 25th February 2017 - Playhouse, Harlow; 26th February 2017 – Broadway, Letchworth; 27th February 2017 – Hexagon Theatre, Reading and 28th February 2017 – The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough. For more info and to book visit: www.jamieraven.co.uk/tour. 25.2.17

 

Martin Gardiner wins Family Entertainer of the Year 2017 competition in Blackpool. Known as Magic Martin in his children's show or Mr Eerius with his stage cabaret act, Martin won the South West heat of the competition late last year. The final took place on Saturday 19th February at the Blackpool Magic Convention. Competing against six magicians Martin showed his best tricks in a 15-minute set. His audience consisted of local children and their families, plus magicians attending the four-day convention at the Blackpool Winter Gardens. Martin was judged on his showmanship, originality, skill, magical content and entertainment value. The 32-year-old is on cloud nine after winning 1st place and said: "It was a real honour to be chosen to take part this year. I felt it was a great achievement as I have been working as a magician and entertainer for 15 years starting out with my wife in our illusion act Celtic Storm, and have always dreamt of taking part in the Blackpool competition. This has to be the highlight of my career." Photo: President Michael Shepherd making the presentation. 25.2.17

 

Fameless Prankers on Comedy Central: "A magician's apprentice watches his big break vanish into thin air." 11pm on Monday 6th March on Comedy Central. See TV Magic. 25.2.17

 

Fay Presto was involved in a near fatal car accident on her way home from the Blackpool Convention on Monday 20th. Someone hit her car from the side and it flipped straight over. The car is a write-off but thankfully Fay isn't, but for a few bumps and bruises. Luckily, Lee Hathaway was also on his way back from the convention, traveling just 20 minutes behind, so managed to pick up Fay and take her back to London. Fay wrote on Facebook: "The love and support has been overwhelming, and thank you all for the support and seriously concrete assistance supplied by many getting me through this. Lee Hathaway and Shaun Ames were unutterably brilliant, getting me and the kit back, as was Mandy Muden who sat up all night and made damn sure I did the right thing and went to A&E to get checked out." Fay is on tour with The Champions of Magic starting on March 18th in Yeovil, see www.championsofmagic.co.uk. 25.2.17

 

Modern Magic, The Charlotte Street Hotel, London. Prepare to believe in magic! Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, an audience will have their minds read, senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. During the Golden Age of Magic at the turn of the 20th Century, illusions were performed in private rooms by parlour magicians. Rarely does an audience today get this up close and intimate view of great magic. Jake's new show does exactly that, bringing magic right up to date and amazing his audience with incredible sleight of hand, pure mind reading and baffling illusion. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. Saturday 25th March at 8pm. Tickets: £20 Parlour, £30 Front Row. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15 - 17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map).  www.modernmagic.co.uk. 25.2.17

 

The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th March, 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. This is a temporary venue for our January and February meetings. We will be back to our regular venue (St. George Hotel) in March. If anyone wants go come along, please email thegathering@mail.com or you can phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 25.2.17

 

Northamptonshire Magicians Club – Celebrating 90 Years! Matthew Garrett writes: on Tuesday 28th February at Brafield on the Green Working Men’s Club, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map) past NMC President Anthony Owen will join us for an Interview and a Q&A session, together with video clips and a live performance featuring favourite material and explanations. Buffet included. Free for NMC Members, £10 charge for guests (welcome). The evening starts at 8pm prompt, and will end at around 10pm www.northamptonshiremagicians.uk. 25.2.17

 

A Brief History of Magic, Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds. Friday 17th March at 7.30pm. Take a journey through the history of magic as entertainment at this illustrated talk at Moyse's Hall Museum, with episodes from the first magic performers through to modern day magicians such as Paul Daniels and Dynamo. Local magic historian and master illusionist Marco Pusterla will present some obscure and amazing facts about the history of magic and introduce some of the most famous magicians: from Scotto to Chung Ling Soo, from Bosco to Houdini, from Pinetti to Chefalo, from Maskelyne to Hofzinser, and many more. A whirlwind tour through the ages, touching all continents, this is a talk you won't want to miss! There may be even some magical demonstrations! Venue: Moyse's Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1DX (Map). Website: Click Here. 25.2.17

 

Marco Pusterla - An Evening of Wonder, Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds. Friday 24th March at 7.30pm. Prepare to be beguiled as Magician Marco Pusterla performs some of his favourite tricks at Moyse's Hall Museum. The evening will start with an intimate performance by Marco in the Great Hall, followed by a unique opportunity to explore the museum and the magic exhibition at night. Marco Pusterla, is a member of The Magic Circle, a magic award winner, and one of the most respected historians on the art of magic worldwide. He is the author of books on magic and the publisher of a magazine dedicated to the history of magic and to the business of magic collecting. In his almost 40 years of interest in conjuring, Marco has gathered a large collection of magic memorabilia spanning almost 500 years of the history of this popular form of entertainment. Owner of a large magic library (more than 3,000 volumes), lithograph posters from the golden age of magic, photos of well-known and lesser known magicians, Marco's collection is considered by many one of the finest in private hands. A native of Italy, Marco is known as the worldwide expert of Chefalo, the most famous Italian illusionist of the 20th century. Marco's magic career has seen him perform magic worldwide and act as a consultant on television and for illusionists, including the current top prize winner in the Illusions category at the World Magic Championship. Venue: Moyse's Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1DX (Map). Website: Click Here. 25.2.17

 

Dealers set to showcase at Magic Convention. Delegates heading to this year’s South Tyneside International Magic Festival will get the chance to browse the latest tricks, effects and more from some of the biggest dealers in the business. From 16th-19th March, leading magicians from Asia, the USA and the UK will head to South Shields to take part in the 14th annual event. Once again, Magicbox in Newcastle will be leading the exhibitors. As official sponsor of the festival for the 14th year, Graeme Shaw, magician and partner at the firm says the event is one of their favourites each year. “The South Tyneside International Magic Festival is now one of the world’s most popular magic conventions and is a real favourite among fans and professionals alike,” he said. “Magicbox has been involved with the festival since the very beginning and we have enjoyed seeing it grow. It’s now a big event on the magic calendar and the dealers' showcase is an important aspect and something that everyone enjoys.” As well as Magicbox, several other high profile magic vendors will be exhibiting at this year’s event. These are set to include convention regular, Stockport-based Magic World, Merlins of Wakefield, Amethyst and Magic-2000 from Paris, plus some others yet to be revealed. For info: Click Here. 25.2.17

 

Matthew Wright lectures at The British Magical Society, Birmingham, on Tuesday February 28th (doors 7pm, start 7.30pm). Jay Adkins writes: We welcome return of this performer, intriguing lecturer, puppeteer, comedian and magician. An evening that will excite, entertain and add to your magical education. Winner of The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year competition in 2008 and host of the Chamber of Secrets, Comedy Cabaret Show in Torremolinos. Tell your magic friends, only £10! Why not become a member of The British Magical Society and save each year on lecture entrance fees? Email mail@andysmagic.co.uk for details. British Magical Society, Selly Oak Ex Servicemen's' Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). www.britishmagicalsociety.co.uk. 25.2.17

 

Neville King Lifetime Speciality Award presented to Fred Van Buren & Greta. Veteran illusionists Fred Van Buren & Greta write: We would like to publicly say thank you to Joan King, Arthur Casson and Blackpool Magic Club members for making us so welcome and presenting the Neville King Lifetime Speciality Award to us at their convention last weekend. It’s been a long time since we last attended the Blackpool convention and nearly 60 years since we closed the convention show as The Amazing Yoxanis with our Substitution Trunk Transposition, appearing again years later as Van Buren & Greta, closing the show with our Vanishing Motorbike & Rider surrounded... so it all brought back many happy memories for us. Although we are now retired and the magic is presented by our son Andrew Van Buren, this award truly means a lot to us and we are truly moved by this fantastic gesture. Thank you all. Photo L to R: Ken Dodd, Greta and Fred Van Buren. 25.2.17

 

David Penn - appearing and lecturing at the Northern Magic Summit. Rob Temple writes: Northern Magic Circle are proud to announce that David Penn will be appearing and lecturing at the upcoming Northern Magic Summit (Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd April, 2017). David is a seven times national award winning magician and illusionist, with titles including 'Close Up Magician of the Year' for both The Magic Circle and the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. His magic has been seen in six major TV series which include ’Britain’s Got Talent’ on ITV, ‘Freaky’ on Channel 4, ‘Astounding Celebrities’ on ITV and ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ for the BBC. David has entertained celebrities and heads of state from around the world, including The Sultan of Brunei and Her Majesty The Queen. David is recognised as an innovator and creator of a number of effects that have been used by other well-known TV magicians worldwide, including Dynamo; now he's going to share some of his best secrets with you. To book for the Northern Magic Summit, see www.northernmagicsummit.co.uk. If you have any questions, please e-mail: bookings@northernmagicsummit.co.uk. 25.2.17

 

Matthew Wright Bolton Magic Club lecture. Paul Goodman writes: Bolton Magic Club Presents Matthew Wright. Following on from his success at the Blackpool Magician’s Convention Matthew will be performing his latest award winning FISM act. A full time working professional, Matthew brings all this experience together in an action-packed lecture which includes every aspect of his performances. The lecture will include many effects which feature directly in Matthew's working repertoire with something for everyone of all skill levels. This lecture is not to be missed. Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £10.00 for non-members. Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 1st March at Bolton Magic Club, The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). www.boltonmagicclub.uk. 25.2.17

 

John Styles is once again presenting his magic and 'Chelsea Pensioner' acts in traditional Music Hall shows around the country. Imminent venues include the Royal Theatre, Northampton; New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; The City Varieties, Leeds and the Town Hall, Dudley (with Anita Harris). www.johnstylesentertainer.co.uk. 25.2.17

 

Ken Dyne lectures at The North Western Society of Magicians on Wednesday 1st March at The Lisdoonie Hotel in Barrow-in-Furness LA14 5LF (Map). Doors 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. Visitors welcome for a small £5 fee. www.barrowmagic.co.uk. Adam Hudson, Secretary. 25.2.17

 

Thanks from Blackpool Magicians' Club. Alan Horne writes: Blackpool Magicians' Club would like to thank members, performers, technicians and all who helped in any way to make this year's convention a huge success and to the registrants for their continued support. Plans for 2018 are already underway. www.blackpoolmagic.com. 25.2.17

 

News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 25.2.17

 

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Number 869 - 18th February 2017

 

New York Debut - Derren Brown: Secret. This Spring, Derren Brown will make his American theatrical debut in Derren Brown: Secret – a world premiere production at Atlantic Theater Company. For the first time ever, New York audiences will be able to enjoy Derren’s unique blend of mind-reading, suggestion and psychological illusion, live on stage in a brand new theatrical experience.

 

Starring Olivier Award winner Derren Brown. Written by Andy Nyman, Derren Brown and Andrew O'Connor. Directed by Andrew O'Connor and Andy Nyman. Derren Brown: Secret will run from May 4th – June 4th 2017 (with previews from Friday, April 21st) at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater. In the UK, Derren Brown’s critically acclaimed shows have played sold out runs in the West End and won two Olivier Awards. “What Mr. Brown does is find or impose patterns within or on the chaotic whirl of life, making an immense and varied group of people feel, if only for a moment, ineffably connected.” — Ben Brantley, The New York Times. “There’s a depth of intelligence...a relish for the poetical and the philosophical too - that easily stands comparison with the finest drama.” — Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph. For tickets and more information visit www.atlantictheater.org. Also see www.derrenbrown.co.uk. 18.2.17

 

Conjuring at the Court's 100th! From the organisers: It’s our 100th show at Conjuring at the Court on Thursday 23rd February! Cracking open the champagne to celebrate the century is the miraculous Fay Presto. She’s joined by the wonderful comedy magic of Mandy Muden, Andy Clockwise, and manic juggler Steve Rawlings who brought the house down at his last outing at the Court. Bringing it all together is magical compere Russell Levinson. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! Tickets still just £11 in advance from www.conjuringatthecourt.com. 18.2.17

 

John Archer in 'Tim Vine Travels in Time' - studio recording. Join Tim Vine as he climbs through the magic grandfather clock in his antique shop and emerges in a different time and place. As the jokes fly and the plot thickens, will Tim manage to complete the task before him? Magician John Archer co-wrote 'Tim Vine Travels in Time' and is also one of the characters in it. The studio recording will take place on Tuesday 28th February at 7.15pm at BBC Radio Theatre, London. To apply for tickets visit www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours. John can be seen live on stage at the Blackpool Convention this weekend. 18.2.17

 

This week from the MagicWeek Video Archive, John MacGregor, stepping back from politics to present some magic of the mind. From John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic', 11th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 18.2.17

 

Northern Magic Close-Up Championships. From the organisers: Northern Magic Circle is proud to invite magicians from across the UK to represent their local magic society and compete in the 'Northern Magic Close-Up Championships' competition, which will take place on Saturday 22nd April 2017 at the 'Northern Magic Summit', in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The winner will take a cash prize, a trophy, and the title 'Northern Magic Close-Up Champion 2017', for the best 8-10 minute close-up magic performance. For full details, a list of rules, or to apply to compete, please contact Stuart Clarkson on 07703 783 304 or email snclarkson@yahoo.co.uk. Keep an eye on our website to book Northern Magic Summit tickets and for a full line-up: www.northernmagicsummit.co.uk. 18.2.17

 

World famous Cirque Du Soleil has brought its signature production, Varekai, to the UK for the first time ever. Featuring new acts previously unseen by UK audiences, Varekai is playing Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle right now, and then First Direct Arena, Leeds. Directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, and to the spirit and art of the circus. See www.eventim.co.uk. 18.2.17

 

The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2017. The heats of the competition were held at The Magic Circle headquarters last Sunday 12th February. The competition was of a good standard and from the fifteen competitors seven were chosen to appear in the Final. They are: Lorenzo Carcione - Bolton; Cameron Glenwright - Stockton-on-Tees; Ryan Jackson - Stock, Essex; Daniel Kirkwood - Glasgow; Dean Leavy - Windsor; Ross McLane - Whitley Bay and Fletcher Ransberry - Kenilworth. The Final will be on Sunday 9th April at 6pm with a preview show at 3pm. Tickets will shortly be available via The Magic Circle www.themagiccircle.co.uk. 18.2.17

 

Let's get tricky... Delegates at the 14th South Tyneside International Magic Festival are being invited to show off their skills in an informal contest during the event. The annual convention, aimed at magic professionals and ardent fans, will take place from 16th -19th March in South Shields on the North East coast. This year, attendees are being given their own chance to shine with a One Trick Contest which will be held as part of a Late Late Show on the Friday night at the Sea Hotel. The rules are simple: delegates are asked to perform one trick or effect which shows off their skills. The trick can be really short or as long as needed, and contestants will be judged by their peers. The winner will receive free registration to the 2018 convention, as well as a bottle of bubbly. Two runners-up will also receive a bottle of fizz. Steve Gore, booker for this year’s convention, is hoping to get as many attendees as possible to step up and show what they’re made of. “The One Trick Contest is a fun part of the convention and will give all the delegates a chance to show off their favourite trick or effect in front of a group of like-minded people in an informal environment,” he said. “It will all be hosted by Ken Dyne (photo), the mind reader with the best bleach in the business - we want attendees to come along and have a bit of fun!” For full STIMF listings Click Here. 18.2.17

 

Monday Morning Magic (on a Tuesday!) at The Magic Circle, London. A brand new show designed for families during the school holidays. Visit The Magic Circle and explore the mysteries of The Magic Circle's Museum. See wonders of conjuring right under your nose as members baffle you with their skill. Ideal for children over eight years old. Children aged eight to sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. Tuesday 18th April and Tuesday 30th May at 11.15am. Doors open 11am. This event and lasts about two hours. Family ticket: A group of four (must include at least one child under 16 and one adult) £50 - no booking fee. Single tickets: £18.50 plus booking fee. Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Tickets from www.themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events. 18.2.17

 

Visual artist, writer and performer Jonathan Allen is contributing to Artefact: The Act of Magic, 21st February - 9th March 2017, at STUK - House for Dance, Image & Sound, Leuven, Belgium. Artefact is a themed exhibition and festival on contemporary visual arts, current events and societal challenges. This year Artefact looks at the Act of Magic. What does magic mean today? Which role does it play as a social phenomenon? How is it used as a metaphor? And how do contemporary artists tackle the subject? From poetry to strategy, from magical object to obscure systems, from harmless distraction to manipulation: the artists in The Act of Magic investigate what enchants us today. For Allen’s contributions Click Here and Click Here. 18.2.17

 

The Mark Leveridge February Podcast. Have you had a chance to listen to the latest Mark Leveridge Podcast yet? As always it's an interesting mix of information, opinion and advice. In this latest edition Mark covers the following topics: Reflections on the January 2017 Session Convention in London. Jamie Raven scores well with some radio magic and gives us all something to learn from the way he did it. How ill do you have to be before you will consider backing out of a show booking? Teaching total beginners magic skills in the MLM Academy. A magic conundrum for commercial close uppers at dinners is revealed. When is the right time to put up your show fees? Lasting half an hour, the Podcast is free to either listen to online or to download to any mp3 player and you can get access at www.markleveridge.co.uk/podcast.php or from www.markleveridge.podbean.com. 18.2.17

 

Ali Cook lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on February 23rd.  Adam Mosley writes: Star of Penn & Teller Fool Us (ITV), Dirty Tricks (Ch4) nominated for The British Comedy Awards, Monkey Magic (Five), Psychic Secrets Revealed with Derren Brown (Five), the Darkly twisted Jerry @ Trick Show with Jerry Sadowitz (Five) and the West End magic spectacular 'Impossible', Ali Cook comes to Surrey Society of Magicians to present two talks in one evening: How to write original stand-up comedy for your act and secondly a talk on how to perform better.

Quoting from his ten favourite magic books, Ali will explain the often hard to understand theory found in such books as Tamariz’s 'The Magic Way' and Darwin Ortiz’s 'Strong Magic' - How do you misdirect with your eyes? How do you avoid confusing your spectator? etc. Ali has also starred in ten feature films including the BAFTA winning Kajaki, as well as co-authoring the feature film thriller 'Get Lucky' for Universal Pictures. He’ll talk about what he’s learnt about screen writing and acting and how they can be applied to your magic. 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.
18.2.17

 

Alex Elmsley commemorative feature. March would have been the 88th birthday of one of the greats of magic – Alex Elmsley. The British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians are celebrating with a special commemorative feature in their newly-styled official magazine 'Key Ring' that tells much of the flipside of this legend who dominated magic in the latter half of the last century. Together with the colour illustrated feature, packed with stories about Alex, is an offer of an autographed, facsimile copy of Elmsley’s very first lecture notes 'Low Cunning' that he presented at the IBM convention in 1957. It reveals many ideas and routines all bearing the imaginative thinking of this unique magician, including: thimbles, silks, coins, cigarettes, cards and mind reading, and also his stunning self-contained cups and balls routine in which the final load is a cup full of salt that takes minutes to pour. Very Alex. Why not join the British Ring and receive this historical Elmsley document? Contact the Editor Geoffrey Newton: 0161 969 8222 keyringeditor@britishring.org.uk. 18.2.17

 

Timeless: The World's Columbian Exposition. "Illusionist Harry Houdini may be the only one who can help Lucy after she's kidnapped by Flynn and taken to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Meanwhile, as they pursue Lucy and her captor, Wyatt and Rufus fall into a dangerous trap at the World's Fair Hotel." Wednesday 22nd February. See TV Magic for details. 18.2.17

 

Matthew Wright lectures at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 20th February. Bill Booth writes: Matthew is an award-winning magician and has his own Cabaret Show in Spain, so this promises to be a night not to be missed. 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. 18.2.17

 

Marvelous Matthew Wright Lecture at Medway Magical Society. Rob Glendinning writes: Come along and witness a lecture by the truly unique talent that is Matthew Wright. A FISM award winner, Matthew is a magician who has won more awards than his friends can bear to listen to him list. This event is open to non-member magicians and is guaranteed to be funny, informative and more than a little off the wall. Tuesday 21st February at 8pm. Entry is £5 for members and £10 for non-members on the night. Venue: St George Hotel, New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 6BB (Map). www.medwaymagicalsociety.org.uk. 18.2.17

 

Anglian Magic Society 'A night of fun lectures and magical stories'. Steve Majes writes: The Anglian Magic Society has Sam Lane and Jake Ace presenting “A night of fun lectures and magical stories” on Tuesday 21st February at 7.30pm. Sam has been in the business since his teens and has that vital entertainment gene that makes him naturally entertaining and creative. Sam will demonstrate tricks and tips that have kept him busy in the world of magic. Jake has just started out in the world of show business and already has two sell out one man shows under his belt. Jake will share his ideas and tips along with how he finds his way through the business in these modern times. This will be a great evening presented by two stand out characters of our society. The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). Members £2.00, Visitors £10.00 www.theanglianmagicsociety.uk. 18.2.17

 

Liam Montier will be presenting his lecture for the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 22nd February, at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby DE21 5LF (Map). Doors open at 7.10pm, ready to start at 7.30pm. Paul Sharp writes: Liam will be teaching some of his top tricks and possibly some of his new tricks that you may not have seen yet. There will be strong self-working magic with and without cards, ideal for the hobbyist and professional alike. A unique lecture, not to be missed! Past members and visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby. There is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Please contact our secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. For more information about our programme for the remainder of the year please visit www.derbymagiccircle.com. 18.2.17

 

Martin Peirce lecture - Merlin Magical Society, Potters Bar. On Thursday the 23rd February Martin Peirce will be presenting his new lecture at the Merlin Magical Society in Potters Bar. Martin recently won our Close-Up Competition, and has lots of new ideas and routines to share. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. £10 entry for non members. For more details of the evening see www.merlinmagicalsociety.co.uk/lecture.html John Clayton. 18.2.17

 

The Vanishing Man, now on tour. This is a show about magic. But not a magic show. “I’ve been able to work out, deconstruct and rebuild every trick I’ve ever seen. Except this one.” Hugo Cedar was an Edwardian magician known as 'The Vanishing Man'; he created the perfect trick and then disappeared forever, but his story lives on... Directors and performers Simon Evans (magical consultant to the NT, Old Vic and Donmar Warehouse, and two-time recipient of the Close Up Magician of the Year award) and David Aula (‘The Cement Garden’, ‘Personal Enemy’, and ‘MEAT’), team up to create a time-hopping, misdirection-abusing, mind-bending examination of what really happens when a man, in full sight of his audience, simply ceases to be. This is the story of a magic trick: the greatest one ever performed. Produced with generous support from the Unicorn Theatre. Suitable for age 12+. The Vanishing Man is reviewed by Joshua Pickering: Click Here. See What's On for dates. 18.2.17

 

Aladdin – Prince Edward Theatre. From award-winning Disney movie to smash hit musical comedy, Aladdin is an exuberant new West End spectacular. Aladdin features all the unforgettable songs from the much-loved film, such as ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Friend Like Me’, as well as some brand new musical numbers. When street urchin Aladdin stumbles across an ancient lamp in the Cave of Wonders he unwittingly releases the weird and wonderful Genie. Transformed into a prince by his three wishes, Aladdin teams up with adventure-hungry Princess Jasmine. But Aladdin’s not the only one who knows about the lamp – the wicked Jafar has his own wishes he wants granted.

 

Directed and choreographed by the incomparable Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!), starring Trevor Dion Nicholas in his role as Genie and with stunning sets from multi-award-winning designer Bob Crowley, Aladdin is a superbly crafted piece of theatre that will enchant the entire family. Bursting with adventure, romance, magic and song, Aladdin is playing at Prince Edward Theatre. Don’t delay to book your tickets to this beguiling musical comedy. See YouTube. Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, London W1. 18.2.17

 

50 Greatest Magic Tricks is being repeated on February 20th on Channel 5. "Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish present fifty of the most startling, dangerous and downright unbelievable magic tricks ever seen. Every trick is shown and there are illuminating commentaries on each trick from comedians and the magicians themselves. Featuring David Copperfield, Penn and Teller, Derren Brown, David Blaine, the Amazing Johnathon, Lance Burton, Paul Daniels, and many others." See TV Magic. 18.2.17

 

Planning your programme of events for your magic club? Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 18.2.17

 

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