Number 735 - 26th July 2014


Katherine Mills: Mind Games. Katherine Mills: Mind Games blends Katherine’s skills in mentalism, together with her love of magic, to perform stunning acts of mind control. In each illuminating episode Katherine meets the British public and performs spectacular displays of mind magic that don’t seem possible. We will see her examine the bond between parents and children; the relationship between twins; the connection between staff in a supermarket and the interaction between friends out to dinner or at the cinema. Katherine takes the everyday world around us and makes it extraordinary. Katherine, who studied psychology and sociology, explains how we are all unconsciously influenced throughout our daily lives. Whether in supermarkets, restaurants, art galleries or in our homes she shows us how outside forces are often at work even when we think we are displaying free will. Brand new and exclusive to Watch. Autumn 2014. 26.7.14


"Model magician Troy Von Scheibner is casting a spell over the fashion world. London magician Troy says his profession is becoming 'cool' again — and has proved it by becoming the new face of French Connection. The 25-year-old, whose first magic series, Troy, was broadcast on E4 earlier this year, said he had never considered himself as a model..." To read the full story by Miranda Bryant in the London Evening Standard Click Here. "French Connection Taps Rankin" Click Here. 26.7.14


David Blaine's Vertigo is being repeated tomorrow, Sunday 27th July, on Watch: "A chance to see David Blaine's famous stunt, when he attempted to balance on top of a small freestanding pillar, 100 feet above the streets of New York, for 35 hours. With no food, water or sleep Blaine tested his physical and emotional endurance to the limit." See TV Magic. 26.7.14


The AWS Magic Tabletop Sale & Magic Jam Sessions - Southampton. Darren Holden writes: On Sunday 31st August the AWS are hosting a mini convention at our club from 9am - 11pm. The table top sale starts at 9am. Bring along your old magic items to sell. Entry / Table is £5. Please note that tables will go very quickly and are on a first come first served basis. Under 16 £3. Dealer tables £10 (we are only saving 6 tables for dealers). Workshops and lectures all day. Open mic contest in the evening. Come and join us! Anyone interested in doing a workshop or lecture please contact me. Lectures confirmed and lots more to follow: Sean Boon - The Power of Social Media; David Schollenberger - Balloon Lecture; Tony Hyams - Close-up Magic. We also have the Pig In A Bun Hog Roast Company coming along, as well as Trickett's Funfair. A great day for everyone. Dealers: Magic Tao, Razamatazz Magic, The Magic Attic with more to be added. Venue: Southern Parishes Conservative Club, The Hill, Upper Northam Close, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4BB (Map). Organised by Darren Holden, The Associated Wizards of The South, email 07980 385 832. See and 26.7.14


Tickets for The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2014 are now on sale: "Competing for the title are: Dave Andrews, Richard Griffin, Edward Hilsum, Richard Pinner, Mark Shortland, Oliver Tabor and Young & Strange. Who will win? Join us on the 6th September and find out! For more information visit" 26.7.14


Alan Hudson: Trick Teaser. Alan Hudson is bringing his unique, original feel good magic show to the Edinburgh Fringe. It's an unashamed out-and-out magic show for the masses. PINs will be predicted, volunteer’s personal objects will get the magic treatment, bags and balloons will make an appearance and the skills that pay the bills will be on display (for instance, a manipulating thimbles routine to Boom Shake the Room). Magic, funnies and audience participation from one of UK’s brightest cheeky comedy conjurers. A collection of his bestest sleight of hand tricks and some new ones. Comedy magic doesn’t just mean stupid tricks - Hudson uses laughter as a means of misdirection to stun you with his wizardry. For tickets: Click Here. 26.7.14


Steve Wright in the Afternoon. Steve chats to Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee as well as Dead Ringers stars Jon Culshaw and Lewis MacLeod. Plus Factoids and another half-hour of Non-Stop Oldies. 2pm on Wednesday 30th July on BBC Radio Two. 26.7.14


Sean Lobban wins Bob Day Close-up Competition. Portsmouth & District Magic Circle held their annual 'Bob Day Close-up Competition' last week. Eight competitors took part and provided an entertaining evening for the audience of magicians and lay people. When votes were counted, Rikki Mark took third prize, John Shuttleworth second and Sean Lobban first. The photograph shows the club’s President Rikki Mark (left) presenting the prize to Sean. 26.7.14


Beautiful Magicians Club at the Fringe: Beautiful Magicians Club, London's sexy sellout magic music and club night will be taking a break in August. But do not worry, it is just travelling up to the Edinburgh Fringe with a more compact relaxed show. The show will still be a blend of raucous comedy, magic, music and beautiful people but just 45 minutes long and this is where we want you to come in. As the show is part of the PBH Free Fringe. We are inviting any other performers be they magic, music, comedy or burlesque, that would like to perform just that opportunity. Whether you are just travelling to the festival for a few days, or there for the long run, we will endeavor to get you on. In return you will get a healthy split of the shows takings and use it to promote your own show at the fringe. The show will run the entire fringe at Lola Lo's, 43B Frederick Street, Edinburgh, at 17.45 nightly from the 3rd of August. Anybody interested contact us at or through facebook/beautifulmagiciansclub. Also see: 26.7.14


The Magicseen Super Summer Sign-Up Special! "Everyone at Magicseen Towers works hard to produce interesting, informative and fun issues and so we want as many people as possible to enjoy the fruits of our labours. With that in mind, for the next week we are making a special summer offer - take out a 1 year sub and we will supply you with 7 issues for the price of 6, or take out a 2 year sub and we will deliver 14 issues for the price of 12. This will not only mean you get more Magicseen for your money, but also don't forget that all subscribers are entitled to buy any of the range of Magicseen books at 20% off, plus subscribers can also opt to receive a FREE advance download copy of each issue while their printed sub runs as well. Already a current subscriber? You can benefit too. Just extend your current sub now, irrespective of when it actually expires, and we will add either 7 or 14 issues to your current entitlement. This offer will run until midnight on Friday 1st August, so act now to get your extra free copies by going to" 26.7.14


Series 3 of BAFTA winning CBBC show 'Help! Magic' finished last week on a high. The final episode, once again, beat all other multiplatform channels in its time slot. The series, created and Executive Produced by Objective Productions Head of Magic Anthony Owen, features magicians John Archer, Fergus Flanagan, James Went and Katherine Mills. UK residents can watch the final episode on BBC iPlayer: Click Here. You can also play three free 'Help My School Trip is Magic' magic games on your Smartphone, PC, tablet or Mac, Click Here. 26.7.14


Spanish City Farwell Show: "Chris Cross, is officially closing The Legendary Spanish City Dome before its redevelopment and aims to send the old girl off in style... Chris will present his Trademark Comedy Stunt Show, featuring magic, escapology and contortion in one off-the-wall performance! A few extra surprises are up his sleeves too - including some very special guests. This is the last ever show to be performed in The Spanish City as we know it. An event that will go down in Geordie history." Chris Cross said ''I remember going there and having fun as a kid. One of my favourite songs, 'Tunnel of Love' by Dire Straits is based on The Spanish City too. It's a local iconic and historic monument of entertainment and I believe it should be given a truly grand farewell, before work begins on its redevelopment. Tickets are selling well and I'm looking forward to Sunday! All profits are being donated to The Spanish City from Chris Cross Entertainment.'' 9pm on Sunday 27th July, Spanish City Dome, Whitley Bay. Tickets: £5 via: 26.7.14


Mel Harvey is just back from the finals of The Fringe Show at The Palace Theatre, Paignton. Mel has now been booked as the special guest act for Steve Hewlett's Show at The Leiston Film Theatre in Leiston, Suffolk, next Saturday August 2nd at 7.30pm. Mel will be presenting his own brand of comedy and magic for this family audience. Steve was a finalist on TV's Britain's Got Talent and is currently on an extensive UK theatre tour. Mel will also be appearing in The Sooty Show at The Pavilion, Bournemouth, on September 27th as part of this year's British Ring I.B.M. Convention. 26.7.14


"'British Houdini': Farewell to Alan Alan, who lived for magic and great escapes" Click Here • "Alan Alan. Escapologist known as 'the British Houdini’ whose flaming rope act left audiences aghast" Click Here • "David Blaine to bring his unique brand of magic to Manila" Click Here • "Interview: Jasz Vegas, Burlesque Magician" Click Here • "For childhood pals it’s really a kind of magic" Click Here • "Do you have what it takes to be a magician?" Click Here • "Business Lessons From A Professional Magician" Click Here •"Kerala Magician Gets The 'Oscar of Magic'" Click Here • "Woody Allen's 'Moonlight' pleasant, but not magical" Click Here • "Illusionist Rob Lake Makes Home at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal and Shoots New CW series" Click Here • "Video: Paul Daniels at '2 to Twickers' challenge launch" Click Here • "Why ‘The House of Magic’ Is The Movie To Go See This Weekend" Click Here • And finally "2001: A Space Odyssey. In cinemas from 28 November 2014" Click Here (not magic, but nearly 50 years on and still wonderful) • Hope you are all surviving the heatwave; please note the news deadline for next week: Midnight Tuesday 29th July. See you next week, Duncan. 26.7.14