Number 568 - 14th May 2011


Essential Magic Conference 2011. Latest news from the organisers:


Speakers at EMC2011.

People have been asking us for months, who will be appearing at the Essential Magic Conference this year. We had such an incredible line up last year. How could we put together an equally amazing line up this year? We want to make every conference special and we think we have succeeded. Now all we need is you! Here is the list of Speakers for the Essential Magic Conference 2011. Together they bring an astonishing range of knowledge, skill and experience to the conference:


Akira Fujii (Japan), Ava Do (USA), Apollo Robbins (USA), Bruno Copin (France), Chris Power (UK), Christian Engblom (Finland), Dan Buck (USA), Dave Buck (USA), Dani Daortiz (Spain), David Berglas (UK), David Britland (UK), David Kaye (USA), Eric Mead (USA), Gaetan Bloom (France), JJ (UK), Jonathan Bayme (USA), Jordan Gomez (France), Lennart Green (Sweden), Lu Chen (China), Luis De Matos (Portugal), Marco Tempest (USA), Marvin Berglas (UK), Max Maven (USA), Mike Caveney (USA), Paul Daniels (UK), Peter Lamont (UK), Peter Wardell (UK), René Lavand (Argentina), Richard Wiseman (UK), Rudy Coby (USA), Stan Allen (USA), Topas (Germany) and William Kalush (USA).


Copperfield joins EMC.

We are very happy to announce that David Copperfield will be joining us via live video link from Las Vegas and giving an exclusive interview for EMC members. You will have a chance to choose the questions. This is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the greatest magicians ever, a performer who redefined what it meant to be an illusionist in modern times. We were thrilled when David Copperfield agreed to the interview but then he surprised us with another exclusive, a virtual tour of his museum of magic in Las Vegas! This is one of the most magnificent collections of magic ever assembled. And our tour will be conducted personally by David Copperfield.


Register now and take the tour as part of the Essential Magic Conference. And look out for our request for questions for David Copperfield. 14.5.11


South Tyneside International Magic Convention 2012 confirmed. Thanks to the continued sponsorship from Magic Box, South Tyneside Council and the Customs House, next year's South Tyneside International Magic Convention has been confirmed. Dates are Friday 9th March to Sunday 11th March 2012. There will be no increase in the allotted registration numbers, so if you want to make sure you are going to be there you are advised to register your interest now with Karri Prinn: No names yet to tell you about but you know it's going to be good! 14.5.11


Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s - London, Friday 3rd June. "Silver screen magic, poker cheats, mind reading, balloon heads, the sharpest sleight of hands and ukuleles!" Starring Chris Cox (photo), Lee Hathaway, Dafedas B, Wes Zaharuk and Christian Lee. interspaced by the beautiful Lady Carol, and compèred by Neil Henry. Magic Night, a contemporary cabaret and magic show now in its sixth year, continues to be one of the best and funniest cabaret nights on the circuit - with incredible and cutting edge magic acts and some of the best variety in town. "Outstanding magic and variety show" Time Out. Magic Night at Madame JoJo’s. Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.45pm, Tickets: £12, show ticket plus dinner: £22 Tickets can be bought via Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SP (Map) For more info visit: 14.5.11


Anthony Darkstone Brook (also known as Tony Brook) will appear at the British Ring convention this year in the role of talk show host, with guests Jason Andrews, Shawn Farquahar, Joe M. Turner and Michael Finney. Tony is very experienced in this field having produced similar events in the United States for The Society of American Magicians and other overseas organisations. This Portugal based American has many other talents, including those of performer, author, producer and broadcaster. This event has all the hallmarks of being a very interesting part of the convention and Tony promises a special surprise finale. Convention information: Geoffrey Newton PRO. 14.5.11


Kozmo Lecture - two more lecture dates. Top American street performer and DVD producer Kozmo, lectures for the Newcastle Magic Circle at the Copthorne Hotel, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RT (Map) at 7.30pm on Sunday 15th May. Members - free, members partners - £5, members of other magic clubs - £10, non-members - £15. Kozmo then lectures at the Northamptonshire Magicians Club on Tuesday 17th May at 8pm. Visitors welcome (£8 charge). Venue: The Yeoman of England, High Street, Wooton, Northants NN4 6LP (Map). Telephone 01604 517406, email 14.5.11


Stu-Di-Doo’s and Stu-Di-Don’ts is the new lecture from full-time children’s entertainer Stuart “Stu-Di-Doo” Hodgson. Developed following literally thousands of performances, Stu-Di-Doo delivers hints, tips and, 'secrets' for entertaining children at birthday parties and beyond. Firmly based around the popular two-hour full party, Stu-Di-Doo covers topics such as the format of the party, warm-up routines, games, introductions, dealing with shy children, as well as managing the over-enthusiastic helper and keeping control of the parents too! This lecture is suitable for all entertainers who work with children; from the new starter to the seasoned professional. The lecture is now taking bookings for magic club evenings and conventions. Visit the Lecturers page on MagicWeek for full details and to make contact. 14.5.11


Andi Gladwin has been added to the lecture line up for the Leamington Day of Magic on Wednesday 22nd June. The £20 admission includes breakfast for early morning arrivals, a lunchtime buffet and evening BBQ weather permitting for all pre-paid tickets. With lectures from Andi Gladwin (who recently released the Master Push Off DVD), Paul Gordon (cards), Colin Dymond (Putting puppets into your act) and Andrew Normansell (mentalism), plus various workshops throughout the day. Followed by the evening Midlands Champion of Champions Close-up Competition. Plus magic dealers: Merlins, World Magic Shop, Graham Lee, Adrian Sullivan, Heidi's Costumes, Albion Magic, Keith Bennett, Andrew Normansell and Razamatazz Magic. Free Parking. For ticket reservations contact: Mick McCreath 07581 533397. Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). 14.5.11


Magicseen Issue 38 May 2011. From the editor: "In the Magicseen office we are big fans of card magician John Bannon, and so we are delighted to be the first magazine worldwide to put him on the cover, something which John was particularly pleased about! John is joined inside the latest issue by young Scottish mentalist Colin McLeod who has been having great success with his one man show. The May issue also has some great features including one on The Fellowship Of Christian Magicians, we get experts Marc Oberon, Peter Wardell and Nicholas Einhorn to tell you exactly how to win a major magic competition in Winner Takes It All, Fritz Alkemade provides a close look at the Dutch magic scene in Magic In The Netherlands and George Luck continues his Magic Seen Online with an interview with online traders Vanishing Inc. All this plus three more entries in the Masterclass Award 2011 in which a £250 prize is up for grabs for the best trick contributed in Volume 7, Club Land shines the spotlight on the South Downs Magicians, and Deputy Editor Graham Hey entices you into his Comedy Cavern with gags and funny lines to enjoy. Packed with this and much more including reviews, letters and news, issue 38 is available as part of a 1 or 2 year printed copy sub, or as a Pay-As-You-Go opened ended printed copy sub, or on a 1 or 2 year download copy sub, or simply as a purchase of a single printed or download copy, all from" 14.5.11


Jay Scot Berry Lecture. Jay Scott Berry lectured at The Order of The Magi (Manchester) on 10th May, as part of his 2011 UK lecture tour. His evening entitled The Delicate Sound of Wonder featured some items he performed on the gala show at the recent Northern Magic Circle convention in Scarborough. Included in these were a number of entertaining silk routines. His floating candle flame on banknote was sensational as was his destiny routine using two packs of cards. It is not just Jay’s magic that is so cleverly produced but also the philosophy that goes with it. If he has not visited your society on this tour do try to secure a booking before he leaves our shores as it is a lecture I feel confident you will enjoy. The picture (courtesy Peter Moran) shows current Magi president Mike Sharples passing on heartfelt thanks on behalf of the members who turned out in good numbers for the occasion. Geoffrey Newton PRO. [Jay Scott Berry lectures for the Medway Magical Society on May 17th and South Downs Magicians, West Sussex, on May 25th- see What's On]. 14.5.11


John Carey is taking lecture and workshop bookings for 2011/12. John's lecture is packed full of practical and entertaining close-up magic using cards, coins and borrowed objects. The skill level ranges from easy to intermediate, with something for everyone. The new lecture focuses mainly on material from the new DVD Handle with Carey produced by RSVPMagic. In addition, John can provide a workshop for interested parties. In it he teaches a variety of practical sleights with applications and further ideas to encourage creativity. John can be contacted at or via his website 14.5.11


E-Club Pro is the online club from Mark Leveridge Magic which offers subscribers an ever increasing amount of website content, the majority of it video, which is only visible to paid up members. Advice, information, instruction and entertainment are all included in the special E-Club Pro pages, including The Archive, The Tool Box, The Vintage Vault, The Advice Centre, The Download Portal, The Book Corner and Mark's Monthly Message. As well as free material, members can also save money on significant unique offers in the E-Club Pro Shop. And now, starting this month, a new section has been added called The TricKlip Viewer. On this page each month there will be posted the performance and explanation footage of one of Mark's routines taken from one of his professionally produced DVDs. Normally these single routines can be bought individually, but E-Club Pro members receive a different one each month as part of their membership. A subscription to E-Club Pro costs a small amount paid monthly as part of a Pay-As-You-Go arrangement which can run as long as the member requires and which can be stopped at any time. For more details and to join E-Club Pro right now visit 14.5.11


Award winning close-up magician Etienne Pradier will be lecturing at Portsmouth & District Magic Circle at 7.30pm on Monday 16th May. Venue: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth PO2 7BL (Map). Visiting magicians are welcome; £8 admission. 14.5.11


Six Masterpieces by Wayne Dobson. "The six jaw-droopingly good routines that you will be able to perform with props that you either already have, will be able to buy or can make at very little cost. My personal favourite is Once upon a Time - a routine which truly has a fairy tale ending! Wayne has cleverly built the prop for this item into the book itself.... genius! Settle down now, fasten your safety belts and enjoy the company of; Best Friends, Amnesia, Only Joking, Every Time, Perspiration and The Once upon a Time. Stephen Tucker, April 2011." For more info and to order visit: 14.5.11


Will Gray, just back from the FFFF's convention in New York, is now booking dates for his lecture 'Magic with a Capital E' which has had great reviews in The Magic Circular and The Linking Ring. For more details on booking Will for your magic club email, website: 14.5.11


Alan Shaxon presents his 'My Influences' lecture for the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians: "We have the great pleasure of Alan presenting our Sackville Memorial Lecture this year on Wednesday 25th May 2011. This meeting is open for members of other societies to attend for £5 entry on the door. The meeting starts at 7.30pm, at the West End Working Men's Club, Merridale Street West, Wolverhampton WV3 0RW (Map). Please book your place in advance with Mark (07779 608387) or email". 14.5.11


The Max Wall Society will be holding an 'Evening with John Styles, MBE', at The CAA Club, 20 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2, at 7.30pm on Friday, 20th May. John will be talking about his varied life in the entertainment business, entertaining the young, the old, the great and the good, from Pubs to Palaces, from House Parties to Hollywood, and will be performing excerpts from his work as a close-up, children's and adult magician, Punch & Judy 'Professor and stand-up character comedian, along the way. Admission is free but as this is a fund-raising event for the Society, a donation would be appreciated. More details from David Drummond 020 7836 1142. 14.5.11


Andi Gladwin lectures at Bolton Magicians' Club on Wednesday 18th May at the Doffcocker Inn, Bolton at 8.30 pm. Andi will be presenting a short close-up show before demonstrating his Master Pushoff, a number of tried and tested close-up effects, a stand up effect that packs small but fills a stage and more. Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £5.00. Andi Gladwin's website is Visit for directions to the Doffcocker Inn or telephone Jim Hodgkiss on 01204 522651. 14.5.11


Ian Wragg Back in the Winning Seat! Ian Wragg, has become a Darlington Magic Circle champion once again after a year of hard work culminated in him winning the coveted President’s Wand Trophy at Darlington Magic Circle last week. The four disciplines in this year’s competition were Comedy Magic, Silent Magic, Cards and Mentalism. Each year a trophy is created for the winner to keep and this year it featured the famous Cups & Balls. Ian said, “I am delighted to have won. Over the years I have worked in so many different areas of entertainment, although I am mainly known for children’s parties, and it was great fun to show people the many sides to my character.” 14.5.11


Oliver Meech: Live Brain Surgery at the Brighton Fringe. Creative conjuror Oliver Meech is debuting his new show 'Oliver Meech: Live Brain Surgery' at the Brighton Festival Fringe, from now until 19th May (except 14th). Magic meets neuropsychology as audiences journey inside some extraordinary minds. Oliver blends gruesome surgery, freaky neurological phenomena and incredible tricks in this mind-expanding, mind-blowing magic show. 6.30pm (1 hour), Laughing Horse @ The Hobgoblin, Brighton, Free non-ticketed show. More details: 14.5.11


Magician/Ventriloquist John Kimmons will be lecturing at the Pentacle Club on Tuesday, 17th May and visiting magicians are welcome. This not to be missed and highly entertaining evening starts at 8pm (doors 7.40pm), at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map). 14.5.11


Kovari Lecture - change of date. George Kovari's upcoming Magic Circle lecture "Ideas and Inventions" featuring video clips from Kovari's career together with live explanations will now take place on June 6th. Members only. 14.5.11


Magic act Elemental can be seen throughout the summer in two different shows at Llandudno Town Hall, North Wales. Click Here for details. Both shows are being organised by Happy Faces Children's Charity 14.5.11


Magicians needed for school magic shows. Eugene Matthias emails: "Since 1999 Eugene Matthias has been using magic as a medium to deliver key messages and motivate in an educational environment. He was commissioned by a local authority to produce a series of educational magic shows, which has grown to eight educational shows, after school clubs and fund raising shows. Eugene delivers over 300 shows a year (two per day) in primary schools, upper schools and universities around the UK. Over the last two years demand has increased to such an extent that we now need to find magicians who would like to earn an additional income working Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 3.00pm in education. Historically this has proved a great way for getting children’s party booking as children will have seen you perform in their school and schools are happy to put up your marketing material. For more information please contact Eugene Matthias at". 14.5.11


Valleys Circle table top sale. The Valleys Circle are holding their first ever table top sale on Thursday 19th May from 7.30pm - 9pm. Members and non members welcome. Only £1 entry for non members wishing to attend. Please come along and pick up a bargain, you don't need to book, just turn up. Venue: Cornerstone Church, Sion Terrace, Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan CF44 0AS (Map). Organised by Jamie Williams MMC, James Hawker and James Piper. 14.5.11


The Great Lafayette by John Alexander and Christopher Brinson is reviewed by Ian Keable this week, Click Here • "Theatre review: A Salute to the Great Lafayette" Click Here • "Theatre marks fire which killed The Great Lafayette" Click Here • "The Real Hustle: Paul Wilson shares his tricks at MagicFest" Click Here • I'm the Mind Magician" Click Here • "Philip Escoffey ('Impossible?')" Click Here • "'I don’t do razzle-dazzle': He’s grey-suited and gimmick-free, but Philip Escoffey has an amazing talent for magic" Click Here • "Impossible? tried to blow our minds but was a second-rate Derren Brown" Click Here • "Magician Nathan Burton sued over ticket revenue-sharing agreement" Click Here • "Circus seeks magician's assistant" Click Here • "City's magicians plan tribute for veteran performer Paul Daniels" Click Here • The Bristol Day of Magic Gala Show is reviewed by Mandy Davis this week, Click Here • "The bald truth behind magic, music and eggs" Click Here • Last week's 'Northern Magic Circle Session 2' is reviewed by Paul Joyce, Click Here • "Wyrick to make magic at Hilton" Click Here • "New UW graduate aims for career as magician" Click Here • "David Blaine at The Richmond Forum" Click Here • "'Make Believe' Reviewed" Click Here • "Revealed: Tricks of the Trade" Click Here • That's it for another week, many thanks for your news submissions. See you next week, Duncan. 14.5.11