Number 782 - 20th June 2015


Jamie Raven's debut UK tour. Jamie Raven who wowed the judges and audiences on this year’s Britain’s Got Talent has announced his debut nationwide UK tour for February 2016. Jamie Raven’s audition on Britain’s Got Talent, which has had over 11 million hits on YouTube alone, catapulted him straight through to the final with his incredible magic. From summoning up helicopters to reading the judges minds, he won the hearts of the UK public by becoming the most successful magician in BGT history. The 13 date tour will give fans the opportunity to see him perform brand new and spectacular magic live in a truly immersive and interactive show. Jamie said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be going out on tour. It’s been a dream of mine for 20 years and I can’t wait to get started! See you all there.”

February 2016:

Thursday 11 Bath Forum
Friday 12 Sheffield City Hall
Saturday 13 Carlisle Sands Centre
Monday 15 Newcastle City Hall
Tuesday 16 Hull City Hall
Thursday 18 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Friday 19 Manchester O2 Apollo
Saturday 20 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Monday 22 Portsmouth Guildhall
Tuesday 23 Plymouth Pavilions
Thursday 25 Guildford G Live
Friday 26 Birmingham Symphony Hall
Saturday 27 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Pre-book from 10am on Wednesday 24th June for 48 hours only, Click Here, tickets then go on general sale 48 hours later, Click Here. 20.6.15


The Illusionists - Witness the Impossible, 14th November 2015 - 3rd January 2016 London. The world's best-selling touring magic show which has sold out in 71 cities across 17 countries - comes to London's West End for the first time, starring the UK's hottest magician Jamie Raven. Fresh from Britain's Got Talent, where he captivated the British public with his unique magic tricks, Jamie Raven joins this ground-breaking spectacular, showcasing the dazzling talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.

The Illusionists is the most successful magic show in Broadway's history, where families flocked to see mind-blowing magic, jaw-dropping sleight of hand and acts of breath-taking wonder. The Illusionists features a cast of magical superheroes including:

The Magician, Jamie Raven. The runner-up in Britain's Got Talent 2015, this is his West End debut.

The Escapologist, Andrew Basso. Italy's star escape artist, Andrew considers Houdini his hero and is fast becoming one of the world's most popular illusionists. He is the only person in the world to perform Houdini's famous Water Torture Cell with absolutely no covers.

The Inventor, Kevin James. Known for innovative illusions, Kevin is an inventor, comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. Kevin is one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world and has created some of the most celebrated illusions of the last century.

The Deductionist, Colin Cloud. A forensic mind reader and the closest thing in the universe to the real life Sherlock Holmes. Mixing mind magic and brain science he'll leave you convinced he's a mystical savant with the hypnotic powers of a calculated angel. He's potentially the most dangerous man in the world. Luckily, he's on our side.

The Warrior, Ben Blaque. One of the only performers on earth to attempt this type of stage performance, Ben Blaque has dazzled crowds across this world with his completely unique display of archery and showmanship.


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Alex Pandrea Special Lecture at The Magic Circle. In his 3 part lecture, Alex will offer several tips on classic card moves, and teach some original sleights and effects. In addition to the methods, Alex will share his philosophies and theories on performing, his minimalist approach to routining and more. He will also have several DVDs and decks of cards available at unbeatable lecture prices. Friday 24th July. Doors open at 6pm. Lecture 7pm - 9.30pm. Free entrance to members. Guests £20.00 payable at the door. Guests wishing to attend should email to add their names to the list. Darryl Rose. 20.6.15


Magic at the Barn: Saturday 11th July and Sunday 12th July. Award-winning magic and comedy featuring some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK held within an enchanting 17th century converted barn theatre. 4 amazing shows over 2 days plus free entertainment throughout the weekend featuring the alternative magic of TV magician Sean Heydon, celebrity-performing magician Stephen Barry and the multi-award winning illusions of Oliver Tabor. Plus Guinness World Record escapologist Stuart Burrell will be attempting to smash his own records by escaping from chains, handcuffs and strait jackets! Outside entertainment will be running throughout the weekend featuring the death-defying escapes, close-up magic and street performers, plus stalls with face painting, food and drink. £12.50 adult, £7.50 children, £35 family of four. Infoline: 01702 543242. The Red Brick Barn, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LH (Map). 20.6.15


Magic Night - now at The Century Club, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. On Friday 10th July, starring Ben Hanlin from ITV2's ‘Tricked’, Pete Heat, Jack Beavis, Tina Turner Tea Lady, Necrosis Lucia Wrestler (aka Philip Bedwell) and MC Neil Henry. From the organisers: Magic Night raises the pain threshold on magic with some wrestling and tricks with Neil Henry feeling the pain from Necrosis, lucha wrestler extraordinaire Lucha Britannia. All we’re saying is that the tricks better not go wrong or Neil Henry will be punished. Pete Heat, described as modern, edgy and powerful (by himself, but we agree – he is!) will be looking into your dreams. We’ll have a star turn by Tina Turner Tea Lady and her raunchy vocals and Jack Beavis uses props in the most unusual way; they seem to mould into themselves in his hands in ways that seem impossible. On top of all the shenanigans we also welcome Ben Hanlin to the stage from ITV2's hit show ‘Tricked’. All compered by magic Neil Henry who will be going a couple of rounds with Necrosis. Doors open 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets £14. Show ticket plus dinner £27.50. Tickets: Century Club, 61- 63 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LQ (Map) 20.6.15


Edinburgh: first city to host illusion-installation fusing magic, science and floristry. Edinburgh International Magic Festival organisers have created a brand new illusion, under the title "Sweet Dreams", fusing magic, science and floristry that sees a beautiful bed of flowers magically change colour as you travel 360 degrees around it. The illusion, inspired by the magical nature of dreams where anything is possible, reflects this year’s MagicFest theme of ‘Awake in Wonder’. The Colour Changing Flower Bed project has been 2 years in the making and is the first time a magician (Kevin McMahon AIMC), mathematician (Dr Mark Collins) and florist (Alice Shaw) have worked together to create such an illusion. The concept uses a bedstead with the mattress replaced with over 1000 flowers, painstakingly placed in precise positions inside a frame made out of playing cards that have been used in past magic performances. Each work is meticulously put together by hand and the idea behind the project is that to explore different possibilities you have to move to change your perspective, and make a dream a reality. Edinburgh International Magic Festival, 26th June - 4th July. . 20.6.15


2Minds Mentalism Conference - Newcastle upon Tyne, 18th & 19th July. This two-day event features lectures from some of the greatest minds in mentalism, including Marc Paul, Looch, Luca Volpe, Ken Dyne, Marc Spelmann, Ian Rowland and Peter Clifford. Ticket sales will close on June 27th. For further information and booking details visit 20.6.15


Chris Wood lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on June 25th with a presentation entitled Subtleties, Subterfuge and Simplicity. "Chris is an accomplished performer who runs The Magic Circle Close-Up shows and you will invariably find him on a Monday night in the club room, sharing and refining presentations for effects. His lectures cover the why as well as the how behind some of the routines from his working repertoire." " of those rare magicians who can truly deliver a lecture... there was some superb magic to be seen... It was no wonder at the end of the evening he received a long ovation." British Magical Society. 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 email Adam Mosley: 20.6.15


The Magicians' Podcast this week features top children's entertainer Paul Megram (Colonel Custard). Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 20.6.15


Cribs. "In this episode of Cribs we see the homes of Penn Jillette (Penn and Teller), Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips) and Julie Benz." 6am on Wednesday 1st July on MTV. See TV Magic. 20.6.15


Sean Heydon Magic Triangle lecture, Colchester. Keith Norman writes: "Arguably the most televised illusionist in the UK, Sean Heydon is fast becoming one of the world's most exciting and cutting edge performers to watch. With experience spanning two decades and already a multi-award winning entertainer, Heydon is widely recognised as The Alternative Magician. His unique creative take on traditional magic coupled with a natural ability to perform comedy is what sets him aside from his peers. Entertaining through comedy dusted with a little magic is Heydon's forte." 7pm at The Magic Triangle on Sunday 12th July at Straws, 21 Osborne Street, Colchester CO2 7DA (Map). Visitors welcome. Admission £5.00. 20.6.15


John Archer Darlington Magic Circle Lecture: "Please see our website events page for full details. 25th June at 7.30pm. £10 cover charge for non-members. Venue: Darlington Magic Circle HQ. Website: Nick Richmond, President. 20.6.15


Merlins of Wakefield have just launched a new website, and write: It is still the same domain but has many new features. One of the exciting features we are looking to build, is a magic community where ideas and effects can be exchanged between magicians. To register Click Here and you will be registered into our free prize draw to win £75 worth of magic. Please tell us what you would like to see on the Magic Community site as we are keen to develop a site to suit all magicians. This is just the start and with your help we can make this site what you want it to be. Thank you in anticipation for your feedback. Phil, Merlins of Wakefield (UK). 20.6.15


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishop's Stortford. Andy Clockwise writes: With four magicians making it through to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent, magic is more popular than ever at the moment, so what better way to celebrate this than to come along and witness the impossible for yourself! Yes, The Magicians at the Half Moon returns, with their monthly show at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map) on Friday 26th June. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Martin Cox will be holding court again this month, joined by two Half Moon favourites, the very talented and very magical Magic Olly (aka Oliver Graham), plus the very creative and very funny Wayne Fox. Tickets on the door are £15 but you can reserve your tickets and save £5 by calling Martin on 01279 659562. For more information visit 20.6.15 "ToppMagic is an online magic shop. We stock magic tricks and items from respected suppliers and all the items listed on our website are in stock. If we run short of an item, it is temporarily removed from the site listing. Our aim is to supply all magicians worldwide with quality props and magic tricks at fair prices and to ship within 48 hours of a cleared payment. If you want to take a look at our other Magic Tricks, select from the different categories, suppliers or for quick navigation the A/Z list. You can also use our search function at the upper right. Enter a single word or part of a word without any quotes and click on search (our search function is not the same as Google; if you enter several words you will not get any results). We also offer free shipping worldwide!" Visit today! 20.6.15


Tony Griffith offers a trio of lecture presentations: 'The Reflections Lecture', 'The Magic of Science', and 'At Home goes on the Road' - For details of these lectures, and a listing of other lecturers and what they have to offer, visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page. 20.6.15


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic, Sunday 5th July 2015. Final details: "First lecturette – 'Over My Dead Body It’s Not A Dealer Dem!' presented by Brian ‘Mr Cups & Balls’ Watson. Second lecturette – The Construction, Destruction and Reconstruction of an Award Winning Magic Act presented by Leah Mae Devine and Sara Jade Devine of Destiny (Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year 2015), Su Jayne Devine and Danny Hunt. Workshopette – Does two and two make four? (The Elmsley Count and its applications) presented by Alex Csurko. 10 dealers and traders with a vast array of magic and books. Following a day that is set for wonderment, laughs, magic and thrills, the Showette will bring our 23rd to a close, featuring Epsie Havercott, Alec Powell, Danny Hunt & Steph’s Amethyst, and Destiny." The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ (Map). Entrance fee £5.00. Doors open at 9.45am. Further details can be obtained by contacting Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 or email or see What's On. 20.6.15


The Mystic Ring presents The Great Kovari's last magic show: Filmed before a live audience eleven years ago, before he retired from performing due to his stroke. Kovari will follow the screening with a Q and A session. Thursday 25th June at 7.45pm. The Mystic Ring meet at Dunstable Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 1JE (Map). For more details check out Steve Milroy, Club Sec. 20.6.15


Ian Adair's 'Dealing with Magic - The Rise & Fall of The Supreme Magic Company' has just had its third printing. The book was first published in 2010 and deals with Supreme's rise and fall with illustrations and photos, past and present. Ian is photographed here outside his home, receiving this latest consignment of books! The content and design of this edition is exactly the same as the original - the only difference being that its retail price is lower. "I just wish my other 316 published books had gone into 2nd and 3rd editions, but not so. However, I am very content that this one seems to be the most popular one of them all" Ian said. See 20.6.15


Birmingham Basic Balloon Modelling Day. Graham Lee writes: There will be a basic balloon modelling day in Birmingham on Tuesday 23rd June with four sessions throughout the day. I'll start with the basics in the first session, which balloons to use, best pens and why a four petal flower is really a windmill and how to make the 5 or even 6 petal flower to take your balloon modelling up a notch or two.. Each session will progress with some quick, easy and impressive models for the real world. The last session will be on hats for visual impact at large events. It should be a fun day with hints and tips on this wonderful world of balloon modelling. A buffet lunch is included and also a voucher to spend at the event. So fantastic value. For more details or to book, see 20.6.15


'The Mayar Approach' Hypnosis Workshop by Ravi Mayar. 'The reinvention of Mix & Mingle Hypnosis'. Ravi writes: My objective was to achieve a "real world" tangible approach to putting spectators under hypnosis in any mix & mingle situation. I am a certified "Train the Trainer" graduate and created a blueprint picture of an understanding on how to learn this approach. The Mayar Approach had to be done in the same mannerism and fluidity as performing the next magic trick. A professional performer needs an approach that allows him to seamlessly switch out of one style of performance into the hypnosis without too much time given to a method in which the spectator has most of the control. Over years of development, a tried and tested method of, Induction, Implication, Set up, Language and Service Recovery has been achieved and is now available to you. Please contact me on 07854 764673 "Ravi originally trained in Hypnosis with the Head Hacking Team and has remained close with the team, sharing ideas ever since. Since those early days, Ravi has developed on his own and after years of tried and tested performances has finally decided to release his unique approach to Mix & Mingle Hypnosis to the public" Anthony Jacquin, Founder of Head Hacking, Author of Reality is Plastic, International Public Speaker. 20.6.15


Hypnotism Exposed: Live Hypnosis Training 3rd, 4th & 5th July, Crowne Plaza, London Heathrow. From the organisers: "Join Jonathan Royle on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July at The Crowne Plaza Hotel near London Heathrow Airport and learn all the innermost secrets of Hypnosis and NLP. From Stage and Street Hypnosis to Psychological Healing it will all be covered." Details: Click Here. 20.6.15


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