Number 767 - 7th March 2015


Derren Brown Miracle. The miracle master is back with an all-new show for 2015, presented by Michael Vine and directed by Andy Nyman and Andrew O'Connor. Since 2003 Derren has toured every year and has now been seen live by an estimated audience of over one and a half million. He has won two prestigious Olivier Awards, for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012). His last show, Infamous, was universally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.

"It is on the stage that he really comes alive – relishing the chance to stun and baffle his audience. He truly has to be seen to be believed." Daily Mail
"The brilliance of this master magician is no illusion" The Times

See What's On for tour dates. 7.3.15


Troy series two - Sunday 8th March, 9pm on E4: "The first series of Troy proved that the lad from Lewisham is no ordinary 26-year-old. Now magician Troy returns for a second series, armed with more astonishing stunts and illusions as he takes to the streets of London to capture the reactions of unsuspecting members of the public. In the first episode, Troy shocks two guys in Hackney with an illusion performed in the palm of his hand, stuns some students using his telepathic powers and their smartphones, and baffles mechanics who are working on his beloved Mini. At the Natural History Museum he treats tourists to a visit they'll never forget, and embarks on a ghost tour where he pulls out all the stops for one of his spookiest tricks yet."

"Troy’s favourite TV" Click Here

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"Magician Troy Von Scheibner: Thandie Newton kissed me on the cheek - I’ll never wash my face again" Click Here. 7.3.15


Come and experience the Magic of Liverpool at Innovention 2015, 14th - 16th July. Liverpool Festival of Magic & Variety, starring Jeff Hobson, Paul Zerdin, Scott Alexander, Michael Goudeau, Mark Raffles, Bob Kohler, Graham P. Jolley, Sos & Victoria and Wayne Dobson. Unlike any other Magic Convention. Superb venue - The Epstein Theatre, right in the heart of Liverpool's City Centre; An intimate Convention - we deliberately limit the number of attendees to only 100, so everyone is treated like a VIP! Everyone has a great seat for all the Lectures, Workshops and Shows; High quality professionally produced events; Exciting line-up of talent with many surprises! Part of the first ever Liverpool Festival of Magic; Excellent choice of hotels, all within 5 minutes walk of The Epstein Theatre; ‘Night Before’ Reception Party. Registration for Innovention 2015 is £175. For Full Details and to Register email: and for a full summary of the entire event Click Here. 7.3.15


Jeff McBride, back in the UK! Jeff McBride has already been booked for the 2016 Blackpool Magic Convention, together with Yan Yan Ma, Victor Voitko and Omar Pasha. Walt Lees looks back at the '63rd Blackpool Bonanza' Click Here. To book for next year's event see 7.3.15


Gary Young's Top Secret Magic Day! Gary Young, event producer of the Top Secret Magic Day writes: Well, after a long break I am producing my Top Secret Magic Day again; this year on Sunday 7th June. I have confirmed Gazzo which is great! He is making a very rare convention appearance being abroad the rest of the year. Gazzo is the ultimate street performer and comedy performer who is in constant demand all over the world. He will be lecturing and appearing in the Gala Show. Steve Dimmer will be giving a kids lecture full of original items, and he will also be doing a workshop on one stand-alone game that earns him more bookings than anything else. Jasper Blakeley will be hosting the day, and will be performing his new lecture with 60% more new material and advice. He will also be appearing as the one and only Kockov in the Gala, and I am in negotiation with other acts being confirmed shortly. There will be 4 lectures, a Q+A session and Workshops, plus Dealers Galore! The cost for all of this is £35.00 per person.


I have a new venue in Milton Keynes which is a nice 380 seat theatre. The day is dedicated to my late great mate Terry Seabrooke, who appeared at every event from the beginning and helped me so much. Gazzo will also give a one off master class on drawing crowds, comedy magic, and his Cups and Balls, on Saturday 6th June in the evening. This will be at an extra cost of £45 per person, and must be booked in advance. This will be a one-off master class. Email me now at if you are interested in attending. The website will be up shortly. 7.3.15


The Bristol Day of Magic. Ozzy Dee writes: Great news, we have just added another big name to the already impressive line up. We are pleased to announce that Doc Eason will be performing some bar magic and Bunco Booth demonstrations. Doc will be joining FISM winner Mario Lopez, Tom Stone from Sweden, Michael Dadant from the USA, Mentalist Vincent Hedan from France and from the UK: Steve Rawlings, Amethyst, Joseph Barry and Tommy Cooper impersonator Phil Hoyles. All of this plus over 30 dealers. The early bird price is just £41 and ends at the start of April. Please visit for registrations or our Facebook page bristoldayofmagic. 7.3.15


The Wessex Magical Association Convention takes place on Sunday 19th April at The Hub, Dorset: "The line up is now complete! We have Star Lectures from Marc Paul, Jasper Blakeley and Morgan & West. Also, Workshops with Danny Hunt, Wayne Fox, Christian Schenk, Paul Gordon and Matthew Garrett. The Evening Gala Show (included in the convention ticket price) features Noel Britten, Kockov, Amethyst, Marc Paul and Morgan & West. Convention Tickets are strictly limited to 150, so book now at Sunday 19th April - The Hub, Brock Way, Verwood, Dorset BH31 7QE (Map). Steve Bowring. 7.3.15


Cody Fisher UK lecture tour. Steve Gore writes: Cody Fisher is one of the most in-demand corporate entertainers in the world today! His unique blend of comedy mixed with mind blowing magic has taken him all across the United States and over 20 countries worldwide. Cody’s extensive performance résumé includes TV appearances, radio, trade shows, corporate events, comedy clubs, and theatres throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe. Over the years he has become a favorite with Hollywood celebrities and Fortune 500 companies. By combining comedy, magic, and lots of audience participation, he is able to form a special bond with his audience. He has the exceptional ability to break the ice and allow everyone to enjoy themselves during his show. His comic delivery coupled with his endearing personality makes him one of the most sought after corporate entertainers in the world today." For his March lecture tour dates see What's On. 7.3.15


South Tyneside International Magic Festival - 13th-15th March. The three day event, organised by South Tyneside Council and magician John Archer, will include a series of lectures, performances and workshops by artists including Satori, John Carey, Kieron Lefever, Russ Brown, Gordon Bruce, Michael Finney, Paul Nardini and Luke Jermay. Attendees, who are flying in from around the world, will also receive entry to a special Midnight performance and two International Gala Shows, featuring Diamond and Jade, Dave Andrews, High Jinx and many more. A variety of dealers will be on hand throughout the convention. A special masterclass being hosted by Satori on Sunday afternoon has already sold out, though a limited number of places are still available to attend Atlas and Looch’s masterclass, which is open to both convention attendees and non-delegates alike. For more info visit 7.3.15


Richard Young wraps up the first series of his hugely successful Magicians' Podcast this week with two back to back editions, featuring Jamie Allan and Nick Einhorn. Listen to the Podcasts and catch up with previous editions at Also see and iTunes, Click Here. Jamie Allan is currently on tour, and Richard Young is back on tour later this month. See What's On. 7.3.15


As of today, America's most popular magic shop Vanishing Inc. Magic ships from the UK. Headed by well-known British close-up magician Andi Gladwin alongside popular American performer Joshua Jay, Vanishing Inc. offers only the very best magic available. When you order from the UK your order will be dispatched from the UK using a secure, trackable courier. The best part? Postage is just £3 flat rate. 7.3.15


Scottish Association of Magical Societies Convention 2015. From the organisers: The 2015 convention will be taking place at The Salutation Hotel in Perth on 1st, 2nd and 3rd May. SAMS are delighted to announce that Doc Eason will be lecturing at the convention, taking part in the close-up show and dealing. Other lecturers are: Alan Astra, (who is coming in his official capacity as IBM President) and Ricky McLeod & Gary James presenting a 'joint lecture'. As well as lecturing, Ricky & Gary will be there as dealers, as will Alan Duncan and Jimmy Craig. The Saturday night Dinner / Cabaret will feature Gary Dunn (compere and performing), Aziz (winner of 2014 Harold McMillan Shield Competition), Jango Starr (Juggler) and Garry & Jenny Seagraves (Magic & Illusions). Hotel Rooms should be booked through our secretary Elizabeth McNamara - please contact her (01563 821241) rather than book through the hotel as it makes it easier to monitor the room allocation. Registration: 7.3.15


MagicNevin are now stocking a wide range of Theory 11 magic and playing cards: "It is all in stock here in the UK and ready to ship or be collected from our warehouse…" Visit 7.3.15


Tony Montana, David Ginn, Peter Eggink and Scott Creasy are all lined up to lecture at The Portsmouth & District Magic Circle over the coming months. Meetings start at 7.30pm and non-member magicians are welcome (£8 charge). For details see What's On. 7.3.15


Zero to Ninety. New, from Michael Murray's MindFX: "The Heart of the System: Many years of research have shown that there is no single system that will guarantee a 100% hit rate from each and every sitter, each and every time. In this regard my system is no different, however my system does offer several advantages over many of the commercial systems which are available today. Firstly my system requires zero memory work which allows you to devote your full attention to the sitter. The 'Oracle' that you will be using allows you to deliver convincing readings within minutes of learning the system. Your readings will be different for each and every person you meet, yet should you meet that same person again you will be able to give them a very similar reading a second time round. The delivery of your readings will come across as one of knowing rather than thinking... E-book, introductory price £14.99 (available now, allow 24 hours). Orders for the physical booklet will be posted upon printing (limited to 150 copies). Please note that this item will also feature in my next book due for release December 2015." For more info and to order visit 7.3.15


John Carey Lecture - Liverpool Magic Circle. Wednesday 11th March at 8pm. Visitors £8, Full Members £5. Venue: Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map) Website: Richard T Smith (Secretary). 7.3.15


The Magic Triangle have changed both their venue and meeting day. From 15th March the club will meet at Straws Night Club, Osborne Street, Colchester CO2 7DA (Map). From April 12th The Triangle will meet on the second Sunday of the month. See On Sunday 15th March The Magic Triangle welcome Wayne Fox, to present his new 'Chatterfox' lecture. Visiting magicians welcome, entrance fee £5.00. Keith Norman. 7.3.15


Joseph Barry lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 12th March. Adam Mosley writes: Joseph Barry is known for his unique approach to card magic. Joe is co-founder of The Modus and his DVD set, Inscrutable, received great reviews. His casual and improvisational style has been very well received by magicians worldwide. With recent convention lectures at The Session, International and Blackpool, Joe looks forward to this rare club lecture at Surrey before he goes on his Modus lecture tour of Japan. For any attendees or visitors thinking of coming along, here is a link to a review of one of Joe's club lectures so you know what to expect: Click Here. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, the lecture takes place in Leatherhead, Surrey at 8pm. For full details please contact Adam Mosley 7.3.15


Julie Carpenter lecture - The Pentacle Club. Alan Maskell writes: On Tuesday 17th March Julie Carpenter will be presenting her lecture at The Pentacle Club. Having entertained the under 5's for 15 years, Julie shares her experiences with practical advice on how to engage toddlers with a mixture of magic, games and psychological control. She covers items specifically for toddler shows and more general magic for older children. In the second half of the evening will teach you how to learn twenty children's names in just ten minutes, shares some of her favourite games with you and offers some good business advice. The lecture starts at 8pm at St Laurence's School, Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JX (Map) and visiting magicians are welcome. There is a £10 charge for non-Pentacle members. 7.3.15


The March Mark Leveridge Podcast. Time to put your feet up and join Mark for his latest ruminations on the magic world, and this month the topics of conversation include: a discussion on how you would define what a magic show these days actually consists of, the fact that performing is often a strong catalyst for invention, and the way that the standard of top performers seems to have risen dramatically in recent years. Mark also wonders where all the dedicated book dealers have gone, suggests that taking a critical look at the condition of your props is a good idea and ponders whether the latest trend of supplying tricks only with online instructions is the thin edge of the wedge. All this plus more is yours to enjoy in this free 30 minute podcast via or 7.3.15


Hey Presto! Magic Show. The Bradford Magic Circle presents their annual family magic show on Saturday 4th April at 7.30pm at Bingley Arts Centre, Main Street, Bingley BD16 2LZ (Map). It stars Danny Hunt with his Amethyst illusion show, Morgan & West, John Hotowka and Deanna Gore performing her 'Frozen' act. Tickets are available from or email Steve Gore: 7.3.15


Faust and "Find the Lady" on Channel 4's Four Rooms: People who own remarkable items get a chance to sell them to some of the country's leading dealers in Four Rooms. The golden rule? If they turn down an offer, there's no going back... Dealers Jeff Salmon, Wendy Meakin, Raj Bisram and Peter Ratcliffe go head to head over Lucan's pistol, Star Wars film set memorabilia, a stark photo of Damien Hirst's family, a rare antique rocking horse, and one of the world's greatest magic tricks 'Find the Lady'. 6pm on Sunday 8th March on 4Seven or 7.3.15


Heston's Recipe For Romance. Catch up with Chris Cox on 4OD in this edition of the show in which Heston Blumenthal tries to create the ultimate romantic meal to see if there is a connection between food and love. Chris reads Heston's mind and advises him on the psychology, from mentalism and magic, that he can use to create an incredible dining experience, Click Here. Also look out for Chris on the upcoming BBC3 show Killer Magic. 7.3.15


The Gathering. A Social Evening For Magicians, Great Yarmouth. Our next meeting is on the 7th April, at the St. George Hotel, Great Yarmouth. The aim of the social evenings, is to allow magicians to and meet and socialise and exchange ideas and views in a relaxed atmosphere. If anyone wants go come along, please email or Phone Kyle on 07510933734 for further information. The Monthly Gatherings are free, however there is a charge for special events purely to cover costs. We have guest appearances with David Penn and Michael Vincent coming up during the year. David Penn lectures on April 28th and all magicians and guests are welcome at a cost of £10 per ticket. Please email Kyle at 7.3.15


The Magicians Live. Friday 10th April at The Harlington, Fleet, Hampshire. "Just The Trick have produced a brand new live magic entertainment show especially for The Harlington. Featuring Richard Pinner, Katherine Rhodes and Carl Pettman plus compere Ed, this will be an evening of jaw-dropping illusions and astonishing sleight of hand magic from professional tricksters at the very top of their game. Prepare to be thoroughly entertained, to laugh, and to witness the impossible." Bar 7pm; Doors 7.30pm; Show 8.00pm; Tickets: £12, Seating: Cabaret Unreserved. Suggested age: 16+ as there may be mild adult language. 7.3.15


Liverpool Magic Circle Charity Night, Friday March 13th at 7.30pm. Alan Singleton writes: Promises to be a great fun night. We have Steve Williams performing on stage, singer David Heath from Eaton Road (X Factor), Table Magicians, a Disco and Buffet and lots more! Tickets £10. To Purchase visit Venue: Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EB (Map). 7.3.15


Sleightly Amusing is a beginner’s guide to comedy writing aimed specifically at the magician. Written by Magic Circle member, James Ward, the book is divided into two sections. In the first, James outlines a number of gag-writing formulae which should quickly get your comedy writing up and running. The second section contains over 400 jokes, patter and bits of business written and compiled largely with the magician and/or magical compere in mind. Sleightly Amusing concludes with a useful bibliography of comedy writing books to take your gags to a higher level if you feel suitably inspired. James is a published author, in both fiction and magical fields (having contributed to Abra, The Magician, Mystery, The Budget, The Linking Ring and two editions of Mind Blasters). As well as scripting gags for, among others, Freddie Starr, June Whitfield, Roy Hudd, Radio 2, Radio 4, the World Service, BBC1, ITV, S4C (Wales) and German television, James has performed stand-up comedy across Yorkshire and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Sleightly Amusing (approx. 80 pages) is available as a paperback priced £5.99 and only £4.79 at It’s also available as a Kindle download (at £3.99). 7.3.15


The Ulster Society of Magicians Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture and Chairman's Dinner. Saturday 21st March. George Bleeks writes: Our Chairman, Alan Kennedy, has an excellent day planned: 2.30pm Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture Mel Mellers in the small function room at Rockmount Golf Club. Admission for non-members £15.00. USM Chairman's Dinner (7pm - 1am) with cabaret starring Mel Mellers, Joel Mawhinney and compere, Caolan McBride, £27.50. Please book by contacting me for more details on telephone 028 90645795, mobile 07860 115611, email For those wishing to stay overnight at the nearby Ivanhoe Hotel (tel: 028 9081 2240), we have arranged a specially discounted rate of £50.00 for a single or £70.00 Double or Twin Room B&B. Please mention you are attending the magic function when booking. 7.3.15


Mark Shortland receives second comedy award in just five months. In October 2014, Mark was presented with The Carlton Award for Comedy at The Magic Circle’s annual dinner. Last week he was unanimously awarded with the Peter McCahon Award for Comedy, by the committee of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians UK at their annual five-day conference. This adds to Mark’s collection of comedy magic awards including 'The British Comedy Magic Champion’, ‘The Ken Dodd Award’ and The IBM ‘Tom Harris Cup’. 7.3.15


New from Mark Leveridge Magic: Just released, two new Audio Books, designed to make learning a pleasurable and convenient activity. The first title is the Going Walkabout Audio Book, a 55 minute reading of Mark's hugely helpful ebook on everything you need to know about presenting magic in fluid mix and mingle situations. It's not easy performing at reception events, and this Audio Book provides a wealth of relevant, useful tips and information to help you to survive and thrive. The second new title is the Trade Show Magic Audio Book. In this 68 minute reading, Mark explains his personal way of providing magic assistance to companies at exhibitions and trade shows, providing top information that can help any good magician to consider whether this type of demanding work is for them. Both Audio Books are ideal for listening to in the car, while at the gym or when on a jog, and it's a brilliant way to absorb practical, relevant information on important magical topics. 7.3.15


Nottingham Guild of Magicians Annual Card Competition. Dean Grimshaw writes: On Thursday 19th March the Nottingham Guild of Magicians are holding their annual Card Competition. It starts at 7pm and entry to watch the event is only £5. Check our facebook event for details: Tickets are sold on the door. If you require any information call 07581 040493. Venue: Pond Hills Lane Community Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR (Map). 7.3.15


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