Number 694 - 12th October 2013


Just four weeks to go to London's biggest magic extravaganza of the year... The London Festival of Magic and The International Magic Convention. Will you be joining the party? The whole week's line up includes (in alphabetical order) John Archer (UK), David Berglas (UK), Christian Bischof (SUI), Noel Britten (UK), John Carney (USA), Mike Chao (TAI), Dani DaOrtiz (photo ESP), Christian Engblom (FIN), Jay Fortune (UK), James Freedman (UK), Charlie Frye & Co (USA), Miguel Gea (ESP), Mahdi Gilbert (CAN), Andi Gladwin (UK), Will Houstoun (UK), Katrin (GDR), Patrik Kuffs (CAN), Richard Leigh (UK), Richard McDougall (UK), Morgan and West (UK), Andy Nyman (UK), David Owen (UK), Andy Reay (UK), Brendan Rodrigues (UK), Martyn Rowland (UK), Miguel Segura (ESP), Florian Severin (GDR), Sos and Victoria (RUS), Duncan Trillo (UK), Pete Turner (UK), Michael Vincent (UK), Terry Ward (USA), Pete Wardell (UK), The Wizards of Odd (UK), Peter Woerde (NLD) Young and Strange (UK), Rob Zabrecky (USA) and Paul Zenon (UK). With individual day tickets from just £30, see for the whole week's itinerary. 12.10.13


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's, London, on Friday November 1st stars: Pete Antoniou, Harrison Richards, Billy Kidd, Mat Ricardo and MC Christian Lee: "Magic Night with Rubik cubes, blindfolds, dangerous knives and escapology tricks. With spooky tricks that no living person should be able to do, but can, Magic Night solves Rubik's cube blindfolded (on one leg), whilst Peter Antoniou pries into your head and will reveal exactly what you think of him. Mat Riccardo will join us with his dangerous knives and brilliant table trick – the only performer who can remove a tablecloth from a fully laid table and return it in a split second and Billy Kidd (photo) gets out of danger with the best escape routine around. All proceedings will be guided along by Christian Lee." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Friday November 1st. Doors open 7pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. £14 on the door. Show ticket plus dinner: £25. Tickets: Madame JoJo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE 020 734 3040 12.10.13


What is it like living your life in the spotlight? "Celebrities share their experiences in Living The Life on Sky Arts 1 on Wednesday 23rd October. Derren Brown and film composer Hans Zimmer get together to discuss their childhoods, careers and rise to fame." See TV Magic for details. To reacquaint yourselves with the genius of Hans Zimmer Click Here. No 'Click Here' needed for Derren. DT. 12.10.13


The problem with Piffles... "Think having a super-adorable sidekick is all fun and games? Think again. Piff the Magic Dragon tells Time Out why his Chihuahua makes him go wah-wah" writes Ben Walters in Time Out, Click Here. See Piff and Pickles live on stage at the Soho Theatre, London, from October 15th - 27th, Meanwhile, an unsuited Piff (John Van der Putt) has been nominated in the Hospital 100 list. Launched by The Hospital Club in 2008, the h.Club 100 in association with the Guardian Culture Professionals Network is a national search for the most innovative, interesting and influential people in the UK’s creative and media industries. It comprises 10 categories, including Theatre & Performance. The Creative Entrepreneurs list is based on an application process managed by the British Council. For all other categories, peer nominations were scrutinised by panels of industry experts to produce shortlists of 30; and the final 10 in each category will be determined by a public vote from 7 October - 3 November. Last year over 15,000 votes were cast over a four week period and the likes of Adam Hills, Grayson Perry, Sarah Burton, Paddy Considine, Zadie Smith, Thomas Heatherwick, Jamal Edwards and Alt-J were recognised for their work. See 12.10.13


2012 FISM World Card Magic Champion Jan Logemann enjoyed the UK so much he's coming back! Here are his selected tour dates, with contact details, for guests to attend.

16th October Liverpool Magic Circle
17th October Nottingham Guild of Magicians
21st October Leicester Magic Circle
22nd October British Magical Society
23rd October Zodiac Magical Society
24th October Surrey Society of Magicians 
29th October Grimsby Ace Magicians, contact Gary Bryson on 07810 796967
30th October Leamington & Warwick Magic Society

"We had Jan Logemann lecture here at Newcastle in June 2013. From speaking to him I felt lucky that we got him as he was not doing that many dates in the UK. Without beating about the bush Newcastle have had some big names and some of the best magic lecturers in the world over the years, but we have to say that Jan Logemann was one of the best lectures we have ever seen, if not the best that I have seen for a long time. Not only did he fool everyone (and I mean everyone) in the room packed with some 40 odd magicians several times, but he had some brilliant theory to share that made everyone think more about what they are doing with their current material. We can't recommend this guy enough, there is a reason that he won the FISM card category and I have seen why, he may still be a bit of an unknown to many but don't miss out on this guy, he will fool you badly!" Graeme Shaw, Newcastle Magic Circle. 12.10.13


Peter Antoniou - Comedium, Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar, London, 15th, 16th and 17th November. "Award-winning ‘psychic’ comedian, Peter Antoniou, returns to the Hen & Chickens this November with his brilliantly successful 2013 Edinburgh show. Removed from all the showbiz trappings this is an intimate show that is just the audience, Peter and the most amazing and astounding demonstrations of mind reading you are ever likely to see. Fondling frontal lobes and tickling funny bones, he’s more accurate than a psychic and as funny as a stand-up. “Peter Antoniou’s show ‘Comedium’, blending Derren Brown-esque mind reading with a quick wit, is one that should be put on a pedestal away from his competitors… not to be missed” – Broadway Baby. The Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar, 109 St Pauls Road, London N1 2NA (Map) Doors 9pm Show 9.30pm. Tickets: £7.50 available from 12.10.13


The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible. Extra London show added. "Direct from a completely sold out season at the Sydney Opera house in Australia, William Morris Endeavour present the most important live magic show currently touring the world. Seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth enact mind bending acts of magic and illusion, many of which have never been seen before. Each Illusionist is a master in their own field. With an assembled cast of 20 sidekicks, they will perform a powerful mix of their most outrageous and unbelievable acts. Audiences will witness jaw dropping acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and for the first time ever in history, a full view water torture escape. This critically acclaimed production has played to sold out crowds in Australia, Asia, South America, and is currently in the middle of its World Tour." Final UK dates: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October, London Hammersmith Apollo. Due to demand a fifth London show has been added on Sunday 13th October (matinee). For more information and to book visit Trailer: Click Here. 12.10.13


Magicians of Facebook Convention 2013 - Bromsgrove Holiday Inn. Jon Randall writes: The Bromsgrove Convention has crept up on us – it’s next weekend. Those who saw Peter Turner at South Shields said he was fabulous - but if you really want to get close enough to check the spelling on his tattoos then come to the Bromsgrove Convention. Peter Turner and Fay Presto are both doing intimate workshops on Saturday 19th October. In the evening we have two lecturettes (Lawrence Turner and Karl Scott) as well as a round table panel discussing: 'Magic – the Future… or Futile?' Only a few tickets remain for the Saturday workshops, with an exclusive pre-convention party thrown in; comprising of lectures and surprises plus an 'Impress Us' competition. Perform a 7-10 minute act, effect or whatever, stand-up, close-up, or cabaret and win a performance contract and flights and accommodation to appear at the House of Illusion in Salou, Spain. Peter Turner is also giving a lecture the next day (20th October) alongside Harry Robson, Kieron Johnson, Lee Hathaway and Wayne Dobson. For tickets: Click Here. Taking place at the Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove. For any questions email me at and I’ll send further information. It’s going to be one of the highlights of the year and Paul Zenon says he’s looking forward to it too! 12.10.13


Wayne Dobson's 'Look No Hands' DVD preorder special. With an expected release date of 26th October, Wayne Dobson is offering customers a special deal for all preorders; a free copy of his new book 'More Look No Hands' (worth £15.00). On the DVD Peter Nardi, Michael Sullivan and Gary Jones present and teach 10 amazingly easy-to-do, hands-off  routines from the devious mind of the brilliant Wayne Dobson. These are all tricks that can be performed almost completely hands-free, leaving you nothing to do but stand back and take the applause! For more info and to watch a video clip visit 12.10.13


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 31st October: "Our Halloween Special features two new faces: Christopher Howell as The Amazing Norvil, and comedy magician Stu Turner. Plus two popular Court acts, the hilarious Irish juggler Michael Pearse, and the award-winning magic of Richard Pinner (photo). Compere is the exuberant Stephen Barry. The show is in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Doors open 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Parking is free after 6.30pm. Come early to enjoy dinner in one of the bars or the lovely dining room. Do book early to make sure of a place; tickets still just £10 from" 12.10.13


Get E-Club Pro, Free! E-Club Pro, Mark Leveridge Magic's online club and information resource offering help, advice and new magic, has a huge amount of material available and of relevance to all magicians. Last month Mark made the club available for free for one day to anyone who was interested in taking a look, and such was the success of this idea, that now Mark is making this a permanent feature. So, if you would like a free 24 hour pass to investigate the hidden Members' Only pages of the Mark Leveridge Magic website, just go to and sign up for your own personal 24 hour pass at any time to suit you. This will give you total access to The Archive, The Instruction Locker, The Vintage Vault, The Tool Box, The Lecture Room, The TricKlip Viewer, The E-Club Pro Shop, The Advice Centre, The Download Portal and The Book Corner, all for 24 hours from when you register. Plus, if you then sign up as a member within 7 days of your free session you will get your third month of membership free! You can only receive one complimentary 24 hour pass, so apply when you will have enough free time to make the most of your 24 hour access. 12.10.13


Portsmouth Jumbo Day. Sean Lobban writes: There are just a few days left to register for Fast Track tickets for The 2013 Portsmouth Jumbo Day on Sunday 3rd November. The closing date is Tuesday 15th October. Fast Track tickets are just £17.50 for adults and £9.00 for Under 16s. For adults, this is a saving of £2.50 against paying on the day. And this year, Fast Track admittance will be faster, so you will save time on the day as well. Remember that Portsmouth Jumbo Day is the place to turn your unwanted magic into cash! You can bring along your items and find a table on a 'first come-first served' basis. Obviously, as a Fast Track registrant, you will get first dibs of the vacant tables. If you have a lot of items to sell, you could register as a Dealer. This guarantees a table, allows early admittance, gets assistance with your goods and costs £41.00 for two people. Remember that however you register, your ticket gives you a full day of magic, with dealers, workshops, lectures and Gala Show. For more information and online registration, visit the website 12.10.13


Merlins of Wakefield have just released their latest 16 page October/November 'Preview' and it's free! Just email them and they will send you a PDF copy, or, if you would prefer a printed copy, email them your postal address and they will send one straight out. Merlins are now official sponsors of the Magicseen Magazine and will be stocking the Magicseen range of books shortly. They are one of the few real 'bricks and mortar' magic shops and can be contacted on 01924 339933 Monday – Saturday 9am to 5pm. If you are in the Yorkshire area be sure to call in and see their amazing range! 12.10.13


The worlds’ first ever Magic Hack. Kieron Kirkland writes: "Want to be part of the worlds’ first ever Magic Hack? We’re bringing together a group of the most talented magicians with some of the most inventive technologists to see what’s possible when you mix magic and technology. There’s so many exciting things happening in the world of technology, whether that’s people using Raspberry Pis to send Teddy Bears into orbit, or robots that let you pour beer with the power of your mind. What happens when you mix the creativity of magicians with the possibilities of technology? As part of Watershed and the University of Bristol’s Magician in Residence programme (Click Here), we are running the world’s first ever Magic Hack on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th November at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. This two day event will design and prototype new approaches to magic using digital technology. Because of the secretive nature of magic, we’re curating a select group of amazing people to take part and looking for some magicians. We can’t pay, but food and beer will be provided. It’s a great opportunity to learn first hand from leading technologists about what’s possible, and take away some skills. It’s a world first, and obscenely exciting." Email if you’re interested. 12.10.13


Trick or Treat Wizard Magic Show. "A fun packed show presented by two of South Wales' favourite Wizards. Simon Sparkles and The Magnificent Johno present a show full of Wacky Wizardry, Magic, Fun, Games and Surprises all set to a Halloween them. Will Simon's magic spells work? Will Johno get the world’s most dangerous trick to go right on the night?" 2pm on October 30th at Metropole Cultural and Conference Centre, Mitre Street, Abertillery, Blaenau, Gwent NP13 1AL (Map) Tickets £4. Telephone: 01495 322510. For more details visit and 12.10.13


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day - London. Dealers from across the country will be exhibiting the latest magic products from around the world at the Royal National Hotel (Galleon Suite), 38–51 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG (Map) on Saturday 26th October from 10am to 5pm. £5 Entry (free for members). Dealers should email Keith Pain to book a stand 12.10.13


Brian Asman Lecture. Graham Lee writes: "Brian Asman lecture - two day spectacular on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th October. This is the last call for the two-day super balloon event that is being held in Banstead, Surrey. Wednesday 23rd: With Roger Daws from Iglobo; running the full day on Deco/Twisting using the modelling balloons with rounds, to make spectacular columns to display your work on at events and parties. Thursday 24th October: All the way from the USA, Brian Asman (photo). Brian was the star of the US hit balloon TV show, The Unpoppables Click Here. This is another full-day hands-on lecture/workshop with one of the top balloon artistes from America and this is Brian's only UK date." For booking info visit: 12.10.13


Magic Noir: An Evening of Comedy Magical Entertainment starring Martin Cox, Paul Abbey and Julie Carpenter: "Magic Noir is back for two fundraisers: 7pm on 18th October for St Clare Hospice at Clavering Village Hall, Hill Green, Saffron Walden CB11 4QS (Map). Tickets £12.50 (Call Martin Cox on 01279 659562). And, 19th October Forest Hall School, Forest Hall Road, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex CM24 8TZ (Map) Tickets £10.00 for adults and £6.00 for Children 16 and under (for tickets call Elaine on 07962 586825 or Sam on 07711 443529) Doors open at 7.30, show starts at 8pm. 12.10.13


Young Magicians Wanted! Help! My Supply Teacher Is Magic is back. Objective Productions write: Are you a talented young magician, card flourisher or juggler? If you’re aged between 7-15 and have a wonderful, exciting talent we want to hear from you! If you can do anything that makes your mates go wow, we want to see it. Is this your moment to shine? Show us what you are made of, by sending us a video! Also if you applied last year we want to hear from you again! To get involved please apply through the official website and click on 'Are you a Wannabe Wizard', or follow this link to the CBBC 'be on a show' page: Objective Productions are the company behind Derren Brown, The Real Hustle and The Cube. 12.10.13


Southend Sorcerers Magical Society. History was made not once but twice at the Southend Sorcerers Magical Society on the 6th of October at their Close Up Magic competition as not only was there a tie for the first time in the club's history, but also one of the winners was performing nothing but Close Up Escapology. Multiple World Record Holder and Escapologist Stuart Burrell joined Lewis Clifton in sharing the top spot. "It is an amazing honour to achieve a result like this" said Stuart. "The competition was very tough, with only a single point in it and to do so well with a routine featuring nothing but escapes is mind blowing. It has been a long road but well worth the journey. I just wish there were more people out there, at the club level, doing Escapology. After all, if magic is about taking something ordinary and doing the extraordinary with it, then what is more magical than escaping from something?" 12.10.13


The Watford Association of Magicians are hosting their annual bring and buy sale on Tuesday 15th October at 8pm, at The Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Ave, Bricket Wood AL2 3LQ (Map). Guests are welcome to come and buy or sell for a temporary membership fee of £10. Sellers should email Julie Carpenter in advance: 12.10.13


Annual Table Top Sale and Mini Auction, Perth. Adrian Harris writes: There are now only a very limited number of tables available for the annual table top sale and mini auction to be held this coming Wednesday,16th October in the Perth & Districts Ex-Servicemen's club. There is no charge nor commission for sellers, so what you sell is what you get. There is a £2.00 entry charge at the door and even this is a bargain, because it includes a free raffle ticket! A warm welcome is extended to any magician to come along, join in the fun and grab a bargain for the new season at the same time. Contact Adrian Harris for more information on 01738 628985 or email 12.10.13


Magician Wanted for Charity Event, London: Emma Watson writes: "Hi! I am writing in the hope that someone may be available to donate some time to bringing a little magic to an event I am organising. I work for Centre 404, a charity based in Islington, London, who support people with disabilities and their families. On Saturday 14th December we are having a Christmas party for disabled children and their families and I was hoping that someone could attend and wow us with some tricks. Unfortunately we are only a small charity and would not have a budget to pay for this, but it would be really appreciated. If you are interested, or have and questions, please get in touch with me at Many thanks! Emma." 12.10.13


Training for Children's Entertainers - buy one, get one free! Mike Clarke's training workshop for potential children's entertainers is just over one month away. If you book a place for yourself, you are welcome to bring a business partner, friend or family member with you free of charge. Details and booking information can be found at 12.10.13


News deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 12.10.13


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