Number 708 - 18th January 2014


Steve Evans. Sue Oakley writes: It is with great sadness, that I am writing to report the passing of Steve Evans, on Thursday 16th January. Those of you who knew Steve, will be aware of his two year battle with cancer and how well he coped and made the most of every minute. He joined our Circle at Wolverhampton on 11th March 1992 and over the years has been our President, Secretary and competition winner. In fact last year he won all of our competitions, the only person to have ever done so. Steve was also a large part of the British Ring convention and has compered various events at the Blackpool convention and Kidology. He had also been a member of the BMS for many years. He has presented his unique style of lecture at many societies, his last one being at the Magic Circle in December. I know that he was very proud to have recently been awarded MIMC with gold star. Most of all Steve was a great friend, loud, funny and lived life to the full. Our sympathies go to his wife Septina and daughters Megan and Lauren.


It was Steve's wish that I set up a Just Giving page, for people who would like to make a donation to Compton Hospice in lieu of flowers. We have called the page Steve Evans, Thanks for Coming. All correspondence to Sue Oakley: or mobile 07912 421038.


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"Steve Evans’ 'final' interview with Richard Bacon" Click Here. 18.1.14


The Jeff McBride Super Session - all new for Blackpool Convention 2014. This unique event will never be repeated! The mission of the Jeff McBride Super Session is to provide our students with the highest quality magic training in the world and to create a safe space for serious play and discovery. This is a learning experience like nothing else in the world. To realise this purpose we offer practical lessons and hands-on training in all areas of the art of magic such as: Presentation, Character Development, Originality, Theatre Arts, Marketing, Confidence, Showmanship, Encouragement, Music, Costuming, Improvisation, Movement, Routining, Scriptwriting, Lighting, etc. Only 50 places are available in the Renaissance Suite, Winter Gardens, Church Street, Blackpool, from 1.00pm to 5.00pm on Saturday 22nd February, 2014. This is a Private Event and a fee of £125.00 is payable in advance. Email Arthur Casson or phone 01253 393688 to book. Derek Lever. 18.1.14


Bristol Day of Magic additions. The organisers of the Bristol Day of Magic are delighted to announce three more names appearing at their convention on Sunday, 11th May: "The first, French legend, the zany Gaëtan Bloom, second, from New Zealand, the fantastic Paul Romhany and last, but by no means least, from the UK, top mentalist Ian Rowland. This is the largest one-day magic convention in the UK featuring magic dealers, lectures, workshops, a masterclass and theatre gala show. Ticket can be purchased from" Ozzy Dee. 18.1.14


Piff the Magic Dragon joins Vegas Nocturne. Piff the Magic Dragon has moved to Las Vegas and will take up residency throughout 2014 at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. the $12.8 million social club, nightclub and restaurant newly opened at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Piff and his levitating, card trick performing Chihuahua sidekick, Mr. Piffles, will be joining a team curated by Spiegelworld, the producers behind Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Over the last few years the duo have performed with The Muppets, toured with Mumford & Sons, played a hit season at Sydney Opera House, become a firm Edinburgh Fringe favourite and in 2013 were crowned The Magic Circle's Stage Magician of the Year 2013-14.

The move to Vegas sees Piff become neighbours with Penn & Teller, the Las Vegas institutions, whose show Fool Us gave Piff a career-making break, the YouTube clip of which has over 10 million views and counting. It was Teller in fact who first leaked the news of Piff’s relocation. Vegas Nocturne at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. has its grand opening weekend on January 17th and 18th. Piff the Magic Dragon will be appearing in the 8pm and 10pm 'cantos' and hosting Breakfast at Piffany’s on show nights from midnight to 1am. Rose. Rabbit. Lie. 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV. Box Office 877.667.0585. Must be 21+ to attend. See and


Close-up artist, invisible thread expert and lecturer Bruno Copin will make his first ever Irish appearance at Shenanigans, the Irish Magic Convention, this coming May. Bruno is held in very high regard within the industry and known as one of its most creative thinkers. In 2011 Bruno presented at EMC and in 2013 was invited to participate in the holy grail of close-up conferences, FFFF. Throughout the weekend Bruno will present his finest creations, the fruit of over 30 years of invisible thread work. Through Bruno you will discover an entire universe of methods to enrich the magic you currently perform. Already starring Juan Tamariz, John Archer, Morgan & West and Quentin Reynolds, Shenanigans runs from 2nd-4th May at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown. Full registration is unbelievable value at €120 and includes dealers, over 9 sessions, Friday Finger Food, Saturday Gala Dinner and Sunday Lunch... and you'll get to hang out with Señor Tamariz. Find out more info and register at 18.1.14


Big Change, No Change and An Old Friend at this year's International Magic Conference in London! International Magic are holding last year's Convention prices for those who register by March 1st for this year's Convention (November 14th, 15th, 16th). To make the most of this offer sign up now at for London's Premier Magic Event. Rated as one of the outstanding Conventions in the world of magic, the International Magic Convention still manages to maintain a warm family atmosphere. Located in the intimate Mermaid theatre in central London it attracts the very cream of international magic talent. From the biggest established names in magic to many breakthrough overseas artists, the programme for the weekend has always been full of talent, surprises and unforgettable one-off moments.

The Gala Show is a main feature of the Convention, and following last year' spectacular show, described by many as the best show they'd seen at any Convention, the level of demand for tickets from the public already has prompted the organisers to extend the Gala Show to three nights. So if you're looking for a show to take your family, friends, clients or work colleagues to, where you can see top performers in their respective fields, and which makes you proud to be a magician, start making plans now, as with the Gala Show consistently selling out over the last few years and the level of demand already shown, it looks likely that a third night will sell out too. "A fast paced and well balanced show has always been our aim" says Convention director Noel Britten, "and this year the show looks to be another corker, including three overseas magic acts and an absolutely astounding juggler all making their English debuts at the Convention. With so many members of the public now attending the show it has to be well-balanced - magicians might be happy watching six manipulators one after the other, but lay people want to be constantly surprised by what they see, and this year I know they will not be disappointed."

A side effect of the extra Gala Show will be that the Friday night Convention events will now take place at another venue, nearby. This means that the Friday night tickets will only be available as part of a full registration, and with limited availability will be on a first come first served basis Click Here to book. As previously announced one of the elements that will make this year's Convention truly unforgettable is the return engagement of Tom Mullica who made such an impact at one of International's previous Conventions. As the creator and driving force being the Tom Foolery Magic Bar, one of magic's truly great performers and someone who truly has 'funny bones', Tom will have plenty of advice, anecdotes and laughs to share throughout the weekend.


Magic Night at Madame JoJo's - London. Friday, February 7th. "Magic Night returns with some mental conundrums, bread tricks, dartboards, liquid crystal and strumming uke’s. Magic Night will be going mental in this show with some uber clever tricks with Ben Hart and his reality baffling magic, turning ordinary things into awesome other things. Oliver Meech uses a dartboard to determine the future with bull's eye results every time, where you are the architect of the events (we hope you have a good aim). Meanwhile Pete Heat will be using ferrets and bread in ridiculous but genius magic and all will be interspersed with Lady Carol's hypnotic sounds on her ukulele and Matt Hennem dancing, moonwalking and breakdancing around a seemingly levitating crystal Ball. All expertly compered by Pete Heat." Magic Night at Madame JoJo's. Doors open 7.00pm. Show starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £12 including entry to Good Foot. Show ticket plus dinner: £25. Madame JoJo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE (Map). Tickets and more info: 18.1.14


Brand new Magic Dave lecture - now booking for 2014. 'Back to the Future Bookings' with Dave Allen (Magic Dave), The Lecture: "Do you want more bookings? Of course you do! Let's get people talking about your show, and make you the entertainer of choice in your area. In this brand new lecture see Dave Allen performing all new magic, puppet routines and illusions from his Children’s Magic and Family Shows. Dave shares the secrets of his office system, how he deals with customer enquiries, payments, contracts, calls, marketing, promotion and much more." For full lecture details and to book Dave Allen's lecture for your club or magic event visit the Lecturers page. 18.1.14


Mel Mellers - Watford lecture. Andy Clockwise writes: On Tuesday 21st January, Mel Mellers, one of the UK's funniest Comedy Magicians and winner of the Ken Dodd Comedy Award at the Blackpool Magicians' Convention in 2013, will be lecturing at the Watford Association of Magicians. Mel has performed all over the world and promises you "the most fun you've ever had whilst being fooled". The "lecturetainment" starts at 8pm and doors open at 7.30pm at the Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Avenue, Bricket Wood, St. Albans, Herts. AL2 3LQ (Map). £10 temporary visitors fee payable for non WAM members. This is going to be one "roller coaster" night of fun! 18.1.14


Scrapbook Magazine is a fresh, new magazine from Alaisdair McCova (aka Alexander de Cova) to be published nearly every other Friday. It contains some of the nicest ideas, tricks, routines and essays that the author could think of! Innovative material for present day performers. There's no subscription - simply pay per issue when it is ready and advertised, as a PDF download. Issue number 1 is out now priced at €5.00 (about £4.00 / $7.00). Available directly from or Alaisdair sent me through a sample copy - it looks great. DT. 18.1.14


Ben Train lectures in Edinburgh. This Wednesday 22nd January at 7.30pm Canadian card superstar Ben Train will present his lecture at the Nine of Diamonds meeting. Fresh from The Session, Ben will be teaching routines and magic from across the board, from self working tricks through to sleight of hand routines and beyond. Downstairs at the Traverse Theatre (off Lothian Road). All welcome, £10 entry. Under 18s welcome too, but have to be out of the bar by 10pm. Ian Kendall. 18.1.14


Danny Cole York Lecture: "On the 12th March it is the York Society of Magicians President's Night. Danny Cole from the USA will be lecturing for us. We are opening this lecture up to non-members at a cost of £5 per person. The venue is Dringhouses Sports Club, St. Helens Road, York YO24 1HR (Map)" For more information contact Adrian Salamon 18.1.14


Chris Stevenson AIMC Lecture - Peterborough Society of Magicians. John Learoyd writes: Chris Stevenson AIMC will be presenting a lecture at Peterborough Millfield Community Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th February. Chris is an award winning champion of magic having won the title 'British Close-up Champion of Magic 2012' (Blackpool Magicians' Convention) as well as many other awards. Chris is a most amusing, entertaining and amazing magician. Being very dedicated to the art of magic makes his magic both outstanding and truly unforgettable. Admission for adult non-members £10, juniors and students £3, this includes tea/coffee during interval. Doors open at 7pm, lecture commences 7.30pm. Venue: The Millfield Community Centre, New England Complex, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). 18.1.14


Magic Cheerleading. 'Magic Eagles' is the biggest illusion act ever created for the German Championships of Magic. Twenty-two football cheerleaders and two Illusionists had to fill the stage with their dances and illusions. Quick Change expert Lex Schoppi created a spectacular quick change act for the piece, which took place on top of a human pyramid in just one second! The act was placed first in the German Championships of Magic on January 12th, so The Magic Eagles now are the German Champions of Grand Illusions. also see Magic Eagles: and 18.1.14


Northern Magic Circle President's Dinner. The Northern Magic Circle President's Dinner (Dr Roger Woods, President 2013 - 2014) takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday 15th February. Tickets are £32 per person (cheques payable to "The Northern Magic Circle") and are available from Roger Woods (telephone 01706 212570 email The top table guest will be Neil Roberts, President of the British Ring of the IBM, and the cabaret artists are Dave Andrews, Shaun McCree and Peter Dean. It will be a superb evening, so if you fancy a lovely weekend in the Lancashire countryside with a splendid meal and first class entertainment, please order your tickets now! Contact the Hotel directly, telephone 01254 240662, if you require accommodation. The Foxfields Country Hotel is also nearby, telephone 01254 822556. Venue: Mytton Fold Hotel, Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire BB6 8AB (Map) John Russell P.R.O. 18.1.14


Wayne Fox presents his brand new Lecture Dem that will take you on a magical journey of his favourite 'out of the box' magical products from Magic Direct ( at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 22nd January for the Derby Magic Circle, Breadsall Village Hall, Derby. Visiting magicians are very welcome and there is a small fee payable on the night. Please contact our secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. For more information about our programme ahead visit Paul Sharp. 18.1.14


The Session is reviewed by Elizabeth Warlock this week... "Guest of Honour was Guy Hollingworth who showed what a master he is, not just with a deck of cards but in his presentation of the effects. There was his version of Twisting the Aces using Kings called Waving the Aces, an Ace Assembly and reverse, pulling the Aces and the whole deck through the lining of his jacket, Oil and Water, signed card revelation, and that truly magical torn and restored card. A barrister by profession, nevertheless he is the epitome of a professional magician and can take his place among the very best. It was a virtuoso performance. Immediately following this was an interview with Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay before being presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a standing ovation." To read the full Session review Click Here. 18.1.14


MagicWorld Custom Card Printing Service: "Imagine being able to have your business card, or custom card printed directly onto your favourite cards... Bicycles! Now you can turn this into a reality with MagicWorld's custom card printing service! We can print any image or design you provide, directly onto either Red or Blue backed or regular face/blank bicycles, to the highest digital quality! Book now, to be on our first run (estimated 28th January) and order anything from 5 cards to a full deck. Place your order for our next run at: then upload your image with the correct dimensions and resolution via the form at: You can also view information on the currently available print date on this page, until we move the printing in-house when we will then offer a 2 day service! Alternatively pm me on Facebook via our page: Future methods for printing full decks and larger quantities coming soon!" 18.1.14


Dave Bonsall lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 23rd January. "With charming style and intangible humour, David provides a unique and exquisite entertainment experience for both social and corporate occasions. His modern and skilful approach to the art of close-up magic has made him one of the most sought after close-up magicians in the UK. He is often the entertainer of choice for many of the world’s largest blue chip corporations, celebrities and politicians who are seeking to wow their clients, colleagues or friends with an experience they will never forget" Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in Bookham, Surrey at 8pm. For full details email Adam Mosley Dave Bonsall also runs PropDog. 18.1.14


Mark Edward Lecture/gigs - booking for April. Mark Edward is a professional mentalist with over thirty-five years performance experience. As one of only five mediums in the history of Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle, he performed fifteen years of séances that helped him perfect the role of psychic entertainer. His segment as a spirit medium on the pilot episode of “Penn & Teller’s BS!” helped secure an Emmy Award nomination. His other TV credits include A&E’s “Houdini, the Great Escape,” NBC’s “The Other Side” and “Secrets of the Psychics Revealed,” The Sci-Fi Channel’s “Mysteries, Magic and Miracles,” The Discovery Channel’s “Forces Beyond” and TLC’s “Exploring the Unknown” with Michael Shermer. Mark will be in the UK in April appearing at QED (Question, Explore, Discover) the two-day science and skepticism convention taking place at the Palace Hotel in Manchester. He'd be happy to hear from magic clubs and bookers in the North to tie in a few lectures/gigs at around that time. Contact via 18.1.14


Magic Worlds Exhibition, Liverpool. World Museum invites you to enter a world of enchantment, illusion and fantasy with this new family friendly exhibition. Magic Worlds explores ethereal realms of fairies, folklore, wizards and witches. More than 150 objects are on display in the exhibition, including Harry Potter’s broomstick, Sooty and his wand, the Cottingley fairy photographs, a stage suit worn by the popular magician Harold Taylor and examples of Fairyland Lustre Wedgwood ceramics from the 20s and 30s. Geoffrey Newton reports on his recent visit this week, Click Here. 18.1.14


Dave Hutchinson takes over as President of the Manchester Circle of Magicians and faces a year packed with 12 lectures, 6 auctions, competitions and teach-ins, all for £20. The next event is an auction on Monday 20th January. Mike Hinde, secretary. 18.1.14


Malcolm Yaffe. Franklin Arbisman remembers Malcolm Yaffe. It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Malcolm Yaffe age 76. I only knew Malcolm since I moved up to Leeds, West Yorkshire in 1983 when I joined the Leeds Magical Association where he was a member. To anyone who knew him will remember he was short in stature but a giant in personality. He was incredibly knowledgeable in all forms of magic and regularly wrote articles in a number of different magazines including Repro 71 and Abra. Malcolm specialised in children’s entertainment performing regularly in a wizard costume going by the name of Myster Yaffe. Malcolm was also a very skilful close-up entertainer. He had a love of magic since he was the young age of ten, but I remember Malcolm telling me that his parents said he would never make a living as a magician, so he studied to become a solicitor, but the magic bug would not leave him, so he established himself as a full time entertainer in 1980. Malcolm also was a great linguist and wrote on many different subjects apart from magic and was in the process of writing three novels, having completed two of them. Malcolm had been ill on and off for some time and with having throat problems sadly meant that he had to give up his love for entertaining. He leaves behind his wife Meryl and is the father of Dov, Danny, Samantha. Sorrel and Anya. He will be greatly missed. Franklin Arbisman. 18.1.14


Bob Hayden. Details of Bob's funeral are as follows: Friday 24th January at 1pm at Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, West End, Southampton SO30 2HL. Telephone 01489 786617. Donations in memory of Bob to: The Macmillan Nurses, c/o Matthew Haines, Jonathan Terry Undertakers, 3 College Place, London Road, Southampton SO15 2FB. 18.1.14


"Illusionist 2.0 star Scott Lewis dies in tragic Sydney accident" Click Here • "Hypnotist Scott Lewis' fatal, six-floor plunge a mystery to police" Click Here • "Hypnotist Scott Lewis, who died in Sydney balcony fall, 'was clumsy'" Click Here. 18.1.14


"Canadian magician Murray Sawchuck claims performers stole his illusion" Click Here • "Penn & Teller Will Bring ‘Fool Us’ to the U.S. on The CW" Click Here • "Interview with Andrew Mayne of 'Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne,' new A&E series" Click Here • "How Andrew Mayne Uses Magic To Tell Stories--And Screw With People At The Same Time" Click Here • "Now You See the Motorcycle, Now You Don’t" Click Here • "Dynamo Magician Impossible pulls in the viewers on BBC One" Click Here • "All You Need To Know About David Blaine" Click Here • "Band of Magicians – review" Click Here • "Welsh actor returns to his home city with a drama about Houdini" Click Here • "Derren Brown: 'I love technology, but I don't know if it's improved my life'" Click Here • "‘I’m dishonest about my dishonesty’" Click Here • "Max Landis Is Pushing The Harry Houdini Biopic In A Crazy, Lovecraftian Direction" Click Here • "Retro: Houdini saw great escape in city attic" Click Here • "Raleigh Housing Authority: Where the streets have magicians’ names" Click Here • And finally, "Magnetic Levitation In Slow Motion - Slo Mo #43 - Earth Unplugged" Click Here • Many thanks to everyone who sent in news recently. See you next week, Duncan. 18.1.14