Number 563 - 9th April 2011


Derren Brown awarded BMS David Berglas Award. At the recent Annual Awards Dinner of the British Magical Society held at the Ramada Hotel Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, the David Berglas Award was awarded to Derren Brown (chosen by five immediate past presidents of the BMS). As Derren was touring with his new show ’Svengali’, Objective Productions took a film crew to the theatre in Woking where he was appearing and David Berglas presented his trophy on stage with a short interview. The video of this was shown on a large screen during the award presentations at the dinner carried out by President Elizabeth Warlock. Derren Brown expressed his delight at adding his name to the many magical luminaries engraved on the trophy. 9.4.11


23rd Annual Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day, Peterborough - tomorrow! The Peterborough Society of Magicians invite magicians everywhere to their 23rd Annual Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day from 10am - 5pm on Sunday 10th April at The Millfield Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). With lectures by Paul Gordon and Ian Keable and a Sleeving Workshop with Alexander Allen (best wear a jacket!). Plus a Dealers Hall, including Zane's Magic Shop, Merlins of Wakefield, and many more. Admission: £12.00 / £6.00 concessions (partners and under 16s). All tables are £5 extra and must be booked in advance. If not selling, you may pay on the door. Refreshments available all day. Ample free parking. To book a table, contact Keith Downs 77 Eastgate, Deeping Street, James, Peterborough PE6 8HH. Telephone 01778 343167 9.4.11


Northern Magic Circle Convention - next weekend! The full lineup now includes Jay Scott Berry, Thom Peterson, Luke Jermay, Will Houstoun, Marc Oberon (photo), Ian Keable, Mat Ricardo, High Jinx, Paul Joyce, Brian Egerton, Anthony Heaton, Doug Gregg, Cline Moore, Jeani, Ben Proos and Tom Stone. The events list includes lectures, workshops, a junior competition, an international close-up gala show, the Saturday evening late show, an exclusive Northern Junior only workshop and the International Gala Show on the Sunday evening. All advanced convention registrants will be entered into the Golden Ticket prize draw for a free workshop during the weekend with Luke Jermay. There will also be an additional masterclass on the Friday evening with Luke Jermay, and a couple of places are still available (this event differs from the golden ticket masterclass and is priced at £50.00). Book online at To reserve your place for the Friday evening masterclass email Alan Mylecraine: 9.4.11


51st Bristol Day of Magic - Sunday 8th May, at the Winter Gardens and Playhouse Theatre, Weston Super Mare. Starring David Williamson, Jay Scott Berry, Mel Mellers, Ed Hilsum, Jason Steele and Joanne, Rafael Benetar, El Loco, Tom Saeys and Noel Britten. Special one man show with Mel Mellers; Close-up shows from David Williamson, Jay Scott Berry and Rafael Benetar; Lectures by David Williamson and Tom Saeys; Dealers Exhibition with over 25 leading magical suppliers; Spellbound Gala show at the Playhouse Theatre; Winter Gardens café and bar open all day for refreshments and evening meals. Registration opens at 9.30am on the day or better still book in advance: Click Here. 9.4.11


Shenanigans The Irish Magic Convention, update - The deadline for special convention accommodation rates at the headquarters hotel, the fabulous 4 Star Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown, has been extended until 15th April. Stay from as little as £39 B&B pps per night: Click Here. Shenanigans stars David Williamson, star of The Real Hustle Paul Wilson (photo), Keith Barry, Jay Scott Berry, Paul Gordon, Peter Samelson, Jeremy Le Poidevin and a host of local talent. Registration is an €110 (non-magician partners and guardians €55) which includes Saturday Dinner and Sunday Lunch. For full details visit 9.4.11


Paul Zenon is the Special Guest on The Gadget Show Live at the Birmingham NEC next week (April 13th to 17th), performing in a purpose-built 5,000 seat arena to a total of 75,000 people over five days - 9.4.11


The Magic Circle Dealers Day this year will take place on Saturday 29th October, once again at the Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London (Map). After many years Peter Altman has retired from organising the event and has handed the reigns over to Katherine Rhodes and The Magic Circle President, Jack Delvin. Dealer stands can be now be booked by contacting Katherine Rhodes: 9.4.11


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 28th April. "A varied lineup this month for Greater London’s longest-running monthly magic show. Ultra-cool Japanese-style manipulator Dafedas B; wonderfully funny Irish juggler Michael Pearse; the powerful mysteries of Nicholas Einhorn; and the hilarious John Styles to close. Compered by co-producer Stephen Barry. Doors open at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm, and runs to about 10pm with an interval. It’s in the attractive, refurbished function room of the Drayton Court, with a stage, theatre-style and table seating, and a bar in the back so you can have a drink while enjoying the magic. Tickets £10 from or Venue is the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, W13 8PH, two minutes from West Ealing station, which is 12 minutes from Paddington, or 5 minutes bus or tube from Ealing Broadway. Please arrive early to pick the seats you prefer." 9.4.11


Pickpocket Targets The Governor. Guests at the Governor’s Ball in The Great Hall, Winchester Castle on Friday were astonished by the skill and dexterity of pickpocket entertainer James Freedman “The Man of Steal”. During his act James invites members of the audience onto the stage to retrieve wallets, watches and other possessions that he has stolen! Among the unsuspecting victims at the castle was guest of honour Mervyn King who was delighted to have his valuables returned. This unusual encounter makes James the only person to have picked the pockets of The Mayor of London, The Chancellor of the Exchequer and now the Governor of The Bank of England... He’s lucky he is not in the Tower! 9.4.11


False Impressions presents Late Night Magic featuring Michael Vincent and Julian James at Jermyn Street Theatre, London on Friday 15th April. Richard Leigh's long running Late Night Magic and Illusion show in the luxurious and intimate Jermyn Street Theatre. Expect a show full of surprises! Doors open at 10.30pm; show finishes at midnight. Tickets are £9 via 9.4.11


What Do I Know? New ebook from Magic Circle President Jack Delvin: "What Do I Know? Well there’s one thing I know: what I am revealing to you now is one of the most sensationally valuable bargains ever offered to the magic world - the experience of a magician’s lifetime in magic in the form of a 100 page E-Book for only five pounds! That’s right, over 100 pages of practical experience collected during 65 years of professional magic at a very high standard for only a fiver. Here is a treasure trove of thoughts, ideas, articles, over 40 superb tricks, and also, amazingly, it includes a brilliant 40-page book entitled Act Factor. This is a brand new in-depth treatise on the creation of new acts. Questions answered cover the what, why and how of close-up, children's, mental and stage magic. How do you benefit from this fantastic offer? Just make your way to" 9.4.11


Vale Magic Circle. News from The Vale Magic Circle which is based in the Vale of Glamorgan: "We are a relatively small and friendly band at the moment but growing all the time. We are trying a fresh approach to running a 'magic club' with: No membership fee, No committee, No internal politics, No cliques! All members, regardless of their competence or experience will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with an emphasis on encouragement, mentoring and coaching of their performance skills in the magic arts. Anyone wishing to join should visit the 'how to join page' on 9.4.11


Richard Pinner Lecture - London Society of Magicians. Following the great success of 'Magnificent Octopus' Richard Pinner returns with a brand new lecture - 'Half Life' featuring all original material suitable for close-up, stand-up and stage including Richard's much praised Floating Ring Routine and discussion of the Travelogue principal. Non members welcome. Tickets £10.00 from Bob Pamplin Tuesday, 12th April at 7.30pm. London Society of Magicians, Davenports Magic Studio, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, The Strand, London WC2N 4HZ (Map) 9.4.11


Carny Cabaret Show. Chris Cross Entertainment Proudly Presents Carny Cabaret Show, The Alternative Variety Show bringing the oddest, sexiest and freakishly funniest acts to London’s West End. Starring Chris Cross, Miss Dolly Blow-Up, Mad Mat, Aurora Galore, Simon South, Sapphire Devine, Kiki Lovechild, Yvette DuSol, The Card Ninja, Roxanne Von Noir, and Saphire Devine. Wednesday 13th April at7.30pm (Doors 7pm, first come, first seating) at Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, Soho, London. Visit for more info. 9.4.11


KISS by John Derris: "You’re good at magic. You handle your effects and routines pretty well. Your shows get a good response. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong and yet in your heart you know that your magic performance could be better. There’s something missing … the X factor that big name magicians bask in, with confidence that brings them more bookings, bigger fees and an inner satisfaction that says they are better than most. Everybody who steps onto a stage has this potential and it is nothing to do with magic technique. It’s to do with you and how the world sees you..." 132 pages, available directly from the author: 9.4.11


Magical Mayhem host an extra special club night on Monday 11th April, with a special guest lecture from US Magician Cameron Francis at the Sun Hotel Hitchin from 8pm. The Sun Hotel is on Sun Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1AF (Map). Visiting magicians welcome; tickets £5 on the door. For more info contact Lee Smith on 07731 916965 or Dave Lindill on 07973 212585. 9.4.11


The Fylde Mystics recently held their annual close-up competition. Seven magicians competed, vying for the title 'Close-Up Magic Champion'. The winner was Paul Joyce, with second place going to 10 year old Harry Moulding and third place to Allan Clarke, who also took the award for best card trick of the night. Jonathan Joyce and Harry Moulding also won the Tyro Trophy for most promising young magicians in the society. The Fylde Mystics is open to all magicians; for further details visit or contact Alan Mylecraine 9.4.11


Zane's Magic Shop have added a number of new products to their website, together with videos of Zane demonstrating the tricks. Zane will be at the Peterborough Society of Magicians Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day, this Sunday, with new products on show. 9.4.11


If Ever A Wiz There Was, tips and tricks, thoughts, routines and patter by Keith Fields. "This book contains my 12 favorite routines and my thoughts on how to be the best children’s entertainer in your area. Advice on comedy for kids, character building, marketing and so much more. Full patter with many of the routines! For over 15 years I performed over 250 children’s shows a year. That was until cruises, comedy clubs, corporate shows and trade shows took up all my time. I still do a few kids shows every year to keep my hand in. If you do shows for children and families then you must have this book... but don’t believe me, read the reviews." If Ever A Wiz There Was - just published and available now directly from the author Click Here for more info and to order. 9.4.11


Matt Edmondson, BBC Radio 1 DJ and amateur magician, has been nominated by the Sony Radio Awards as a 'Rising Star' - readers can support Matt by voting here A rising star on the radio and TV scene, Matt Edmondson began broadcasting on Radio 1 in January 2010 as an entertainment reporter for Fearne Cotton. His talent for humorous, skilled delivery was evident at an early stage, casting opinion on popular music and entertainment for the youth focused BBC station. Since then, Matt has been heard across the station including the red carpet at The Brits, night time programming, weekday stints and weekend shows. With an ability to exploit the potential of the medium to its full, Matt has filled a gap, with witty, social and engaging presentation. To cap things off, Matt has been rewarded with his own show from April 2011, a true indication of a star rising to the top of their industry. (A little history, Matt reviewed James Freedman's lecture at The Magic Circle for MagicWeek, back in 2004, Click Here DT). 9.4.11


Robin Carr has been elected President of the South Downs Magicians. Robin, a former Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star, has performed as a semi-professional magician for many years including. He replaces Jonathan Cann who stood down at the club's AGM on Wednesday April 6th at the end of his three-year term. Tony Hoare, one of the founders of the South Downs Magicians in 1982, took over the Treasurer's role from Stan Reynolds who remains as webmaster and a committee member. The South Downs Magicians have announced their programme for the coming year, which includes lectures by Jay Scott Berry, Matthew Garrett and Oliver Meech as well as a lecture/dealer dem from Mark Leveridge and a dealer dem from The Puppet Hut. Further details: 9.4.11


Gareth Shoulder works his magic in the Premiership. Award winning member of The Magic Circle, Gareth Shoulder, was booked to entertain the corporate hospitality at Craven Cottage last week. The magic was not just consigned to the drinks reception and meals but on the pitch also as they won 3-0! The afternoon was perfectly rounded off with Gareth revealing a prediction he had made before the match correctly featuring the final score and goal scorers names, much to the amazement of the team at Fulham! 9.4.11


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April Foolery success. Mel Mellers, Sean Sparling and Darren Kidby raised over £1,800 for the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance at 'April Foolery', a dinner and cabaret fundraising evening on 1 April at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa. During dinner the guests were expertly entertained at their tables by Darren Kidby and Sean Sparling with much laughter, merriment and applause. Sean Sparling slipped seamlessly into the role of MC and having conducted a riotous Prize Draw for a 'Day for Four with the Red Arrows' introduced the star for the evening, Mel Mellers. With balloons, ropes, a raccoon, hand-chopper besides his amazing wit and repartee, Mel had the audience in the palm of his hand; a masterful 45 minute performance that left the audience helpless with laughter. Overall, a wonderful evening of magical entertainment for which the Air Ambulance will be eternally grateful. Reported by Dr Ian Hindle. 9.4.11


Doncaster - new magic club. A new magic club is being set up in Doncaster. For details contact David R. Chambers MMC on 07740 404948 "All levels of magicians welcome, novice to professionals." 9.4.11


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