Number 798 - 10th October 2015


Dynamo, Manchester Apollo, review: 'intimate, human magic'. "...he does pull off an extraordinary disappearance/reappearance stunt that produces a collective gasp. And he includes the famous mobile phone into glass bottle trick – and yes, on Tuesday night, poor Trevor had to walk off stage with his phone still inside the bottle... Throughout, Dynamo maintains his sensitive, boy-next-door shtick with wit and warmth. He’s just like us after all. Well, almost…" To read the full 4 star opening night review by Claire Allfree in The Telegraph Click Here.

"Dynamo cancels Manchester Apollo show"

"Dynamo show will go on at Manchester Apollo tonight"

Dynamo is Richard Young's guest on the last of the current series of 'The Magicians' Podcast' this week, back to back with the man that powers the Dynamo, manager Dan Albion. It's another excellent double bill and a fitting end to the series. Listen to these two Podcasts and catch up with previous ones at also see 10.10.15


Focus on Parlour & Stage Magic, with Mystery School: Jeff McBride, Eugene Burger and Lawrence Hass. Saturday 27th February 2016. 11am-10pm. Near London (Broxbourne, Hertfordshire). From the organisers: This full day of magical teaching focuses on parlour and stage performance. With a saturated close-up market, magicians who have a strong repertoire of parlour and stage magic are ahead of the crowd, earning bigger fees and booking more prestigious gigs. Learn the business side of how to get this kind of work, as well as how to structure a commercial parlour and stage show. The day includes a late lunch, lectures, workshops, break-out groups and hands-on teaching. You’ll then watch the Mystery School at work as they present a full evening show 'Masters of Magic' to a public audience. In addition you will receive a free Master Key package to unlock exclusive content unavailable elsewhere by Jeff, Eugene and Lawrence, giving you online access to lectures, magic talks and much, much more worth £75! In effect, if you snap up an Early Bird ticket offer you'll get your money back! Price: £90. (Early Bird £75 - until 31.12.15) Includes welcome drinks on arrival, tea/coffee throughout the day, late lunch buffet (served approx. 3pm), all sessions and workshops and ticket to the public show ‘Masters of Magic’. Plus free access to Paradise Wildlife Park itself, home to stunning big cats and much, much more. (Note: All events happen within the grounds of Paradise Wildlife Park). To book Click Here. 10.10.15


Opus Reunion: London, December 13th. Opus Magazine's Chris Power has been in touch with more information about the Opus Reunion event on December 13th: "Last week I'd just signed off on the venue and the response to the initial press release has been fantastic. I thought it would be good to let everyone know just a little more detail. The venue is Truckles of Pied Bull Yard, London WC1. This is stone's throw away from the British Museum; very central. We're aiming to kick-off at around 11 and will be gathering from 10. It's very close to Holborn Tube Station which is served by both Central and Piccadilly lines." Tickets for the day are strictly limited and are on a first come, first served basis. The cost is £50 until November 15th and, if any space is left, £75 thereafter. Payment can be sent via PayPal to: If you have any questions you can get hold of Chris via the above email address. The prospective line-up looks great with Guy Hollingworth, Richard McDougall, Gordon Bruce, Peter Lamont and David Williamson all on the starting line and with more names to come. 10.10.15


Killer Magic triumphant at 5th Annual National Reality TV Awards, which took place on September 30th at the Porchester Hall in London. Beating 14 other shows, Objective Scotland’s BBC Three series Killer Magic took home the Best Reality Non-Competition Award. Over 2.5 million TV fans took part in submitting nominations for all of this year’s categories and more than six million members of the public voted for the winners. Objective Productions went on to win Best Production Company later in the night with Managing Director Stuart Duthie saying “Objective Productions is a great company, and we make great TV programmes” before thanking those who voted. Photo l to r: Jasz Vegas, Executive Producer Anthony Owen, Damien O'Brien, Dee Christopher and Ben Hart (missing: Chris Cox) 10.10.15


West End Magic, Leicester Square Theatre, 7th November 2015. From the organisers: West End Magic this November features some incredible entertainment and magic with some very special guests. Introducing the award winning Richard McDougal and consultant on The Derren Brown show, performing his incredibly clever tricks combined with physical comedy. Juggler Florian Brooks will also be starring; juggling and throwing objects that should not be juggled or thrown. But when you’re this good, well why not? Award winning Oliver Tabor will be performing his incredible illusions, a master manipulator Oliver makes cards, doves and violins appear as if from thin air. This graceful and visually stunning physical performer is truly original and is one of the UK's top illusionists, regularly headlining at Magic Circle shows. All compered by comedy magician Christian Lee. Suitable for all the family and for ages 8+. November 7th 2015 at The Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX (Map). Doors 3pm. Show 3.30pm. Tickets: £15 full price, £10 children, £40 family ticket for four. 10.10.15


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 29th October: "Featuring Ben Hart – Star of BBC’s ‘Killer Magic’ and the West End ‘Impossible’ show - a talented young performer of great charm and skill; Ian Keable – Very popular at the Court for his clever magic and bone-dry wit – delighted to have him back after a long break; Oliver Tabor – A remarkable performer, a highly interesting, visual and dramatic act with superlative sleight of hand; Ian Manly – On his first outing at the Court, a most accomplished and amusing magician, a leading light at WAM." Compere Russell Levinson. 'The best magic show in London' (Mel Mellers). The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy dinner in the lovely beer garden - it must be the biggest in London – or in one of the pub’s elegant rooms. There is a bar at the back of the room so you can have a drink while enjoying the magic. Seats are comfortable and all have a good view of the stage. Just 12 minutes from Central London. Parking free from 6.30pm. Book now: – tickets £11 online or £12 on the door. 10.10.15


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishop's Stortford. Andy Clockwise writes: Well it was pretty much standing room only at the Magicians at the Half Moon last month as it continues to grow in strength presenting some of the UK's top magicians on a regular monthly basis. This month promises to be as good as any, with newcomer to the Half Moon Anthony Zerillo and back by popular demand Nick Reade on Friday 30th October; compered by show producer Martin Cox (who does a little bit of magic himself). Doors open at 7.30pm and the fun kicks off at 8pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Entry is £15 but you can save yourself £5 by calling Martin on 01279 659562 and reserving yourself a ticket and guaranteeing yourself a seat. For further information, please check out "Magician aims to conjure up success at Bishop's Stortford Means Business forum" Click Here. 10.10.15


A talk by Paul Hyland entitled 'Trust me, I'm a magician' will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Four Thought on October 14th at 8.45pm. Paul Hyland is not only a magician who entertains at house parties, banquets, and events here and abroad; he is also an award-winning poet, travel author and biographer. Four of Paul's books have been Books of the Year in UK and US newspapers. The BBC commissioned Paul's piece which was performed alongside some of his devious magic and recorded at the End of the Road festival last month. Paul's talk, Trust me, I'm a magician, is about glamour, grammar and honest deception in art and magic. 10.10.15


Thom Peterson Cornish Magical Society lecture. Paul Scott writes: Top International magician Thom Peterson will be presenting his lecture for the Cornish Magical Society on Sunday 18th October 2015 at 3pm at Carnon Downs Village Hall, Carnon Downs (between Truro and Falmouth). Visiting magicians £5. Email for more details or just or turn up on the day. Not to be missed! 10.10.15


MindFX is proud to announce the release of Michael Murray’s extensive work on iPhone effects. This updated and expanded work titled “Calculated Risk Plus” now contains 54 pages covering nine new and exciting routines/techniques and effects for use with the humble iPhone (no apps required). This list includes all of the following and more: Calculated Risk (Feature Routine) - Unlock two borrowed mobiles in an incredibly easy fashion; Perfect Opener - The spectator names any four digits, they are typed into your genuine phone lock screen and your mobile opens; iSwami - A method for using the iPhone calculator to seemingly predict any two digit number; One in Ten Thousand - Have a spectator intuit (or predict) any four digit number/pin code/unlock code; Feedback - Did you know your iPhone has a memory for numbers? Phone Clone - Show just how vulnerable our phone security system actually is; Identity Theft - A method for stealing your spectators identity; Frosties Reveal - Reveal your spectators exact DOB or Starsign; Noted - The notes application on either your, or the spectators mobile will become your new peek device. “When it comes to anything and everything amazing with iPhones, you must explore the in-depth work of Michael Murray”. Greg Wilson. To learn more visit 10.10.15


Celebrity Juice with guest Ban Hanlin: Keith Lemon hosts another edition of the outrageous comedy panel show. Holly Willoughby and Gino Sheffield D'Acampo lead the teams as Keith welcomes more celebrity guests, including Big Brother's Rylan Clark, radio DJ Sara Cox, magician Ben Hanlin and TV judge Robert Rinder. 11.15pm on Saturday 10th October on ITV2. See TV Magic. "Tricked’s Ben Hanlin fools Gemma Collins into thinking she's going to be eaten by a bear" Click Here. 10.10.15


Jez Rose International Magic Lecture "How to Profit Like a Pro". Wednesday 21st October. Profit Like a Pro - the real world strategies for making more profit from your passion. In this exclusive lecture to International Magic, Jez Rose reveals for the first time the real secrets to making serious profit from your passion. Whether you’re already earning money from your passion, or you’re considering taking that leap of faith, this exciting 2 hour lecture will prove invaluable to blow away any money worries you might have and to teach you how to grow your business.

As a professional performer with more than 12 years experience working worldwide, Jez Rose has gone from bordering on bankruptcy to building a half a million pound company, becoming one of the busiest speakers and mind reading performers. Jez will explain why you, almost certainly, are not charging enough; the most common mistakes people make with Google Adwords that wastes their money; the single most important thing that hardly anyone in magic does; how and where to promote your business to get more bookings; the most common ways that your marketing materials stop you getting work; the 9 fool-proof ways to grow your business quickly and easily and so much more from his experience of rapidly growing businesses.

Jez's full-day lecture on business growth sells out for over £600 per place. This special lecture is just £15 and features a Q&A and a very special “Marketing Critique Clinic” - bring your business cards and promotional materials for live constructive feedback on how to improve them and increase your earnings. In addition, all attendees will receive access to Jez’s online business growth resources hub, featuring supporting resources, bonus content and a video of the lecture.

To book your place at the Jez Rose Lecture email with your email and contact number. Payment of £15 will be taken on the door but you need to have reserved a place in advance. 7.30pm to 10pm (approx). Venue: Casa Italiana, 2nd Floor, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map).


Dean Lahan's sleight of hand stuns... Sean Heydon writes: "I was lecturing at LADS 2015 a couple of weeks back and I met an extraordinary young magician called Dean Lahan. Dean has lost his fingers (and a leg) to meningitis. I was sitting in the bar with him and he started to perform for us. I managed to film his performance and to say it was inspirational is an understatement. I uploaded the video to facebook and overnight it went viral! It has even attracted BBC media attention for Dean. Here is a link to the video: Click Here". 10.10.15


Merlins of Wakefield’s latest 16 page Preview for October/November is now available. Click Here to download, or email for a printed copy. Merlins will be at The Magic Circle Dealers' Day in London (see What's On) on Saturday 24th October, so if you are going and would like them to bring anything specific contact them by 22nd October on 01924 339933. Merlin's Magic Rabbit (aka Craig Roe) has been raising funds for charity again, this time by abseiling down a Cathedral Clock tower (see photo!). Don’t forget to register for their online community, which they hope will become a feature of their new website. 10.10.15


Matthew Garrett’s Ninja Ring+ All Day Workshop. Friday 16th October in Dursley, Gloucestershire. Tom Arnold writes: "I have booked Matthew Garrett for an all day Ninja Ring+ workshop in Dursley, Gloucestershire, on the 16th October. Starting from 10am and finishing at 5pm. The fee for the whole day is just £25.00 including tea and coffee. All props will be supplied for the workshop, plus heavily discounted sales on the day. This is not really a commercial venture for me, I am looking to run a fun one-off event. My contact details are Tom Arnold (aka Tom Foolery) 01452 534150" Contact Tom for a PDF information/booking form. 10.10.15


Russ Brown's Carnival of Magic is reviewed by Mark James this week. "As the lights go down on what looks to be an incredibly well attended opening night, the Carnival of Magic rolls into town. The town in question is Blackpool and the venue is the Horseshoe Theatre at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It’s a fitting choice as we soon find ourselves onboard an unpredictable rollercoaster of comedy, magic and illusion with the brakes removed and all levers pushed forward. Our ride operator goes by the name of Russell Brown and over the next two hours we learn that he is not only a man with big ideas but a big personality to match. No opportunity is wasted and rather than just walking out to greet us, this modern yet nostalgic showman appears magically centre stage with the help of 3 bellboy-esque dancers and a fire eater named Coco who make up the rest of the cast. The audience is immediately warmed by Russell’s natural charisma and opening patter, but the real charm comes from the fact he’s clearly as excited to be there as we are..." To read the full review Click Here. See What's On for dates. 10.10.15


Will Grey lectures for the Bolton Magicians' Club on Wednesday 14th October: "Will Gray is a working professional, a member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star and a regular at the FFFF's convention in New York. His lecture is light-hearted and fun, featuring magic with cards, coins and goldfish (and there's even some magic for children's entertainers). Overall nothing too knuckle busting, just good, entertaining, fun, workable magic. Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 14th October at The Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £5.00 for non-members. For directions to the Doffcocker Inn visit or telephone Paul Goodman on 07889 676003." 10.10.15


Peter Gardini lecture, Coventry. James Cannon writes: The Coventry Magic Circle are delighted to welcome Peter Gardini. Peter has performed and lectured for The Magic Circle in London, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and the Fellowship of Christian Magicians. He also gives professional magic tuition to groups or to individuals. This is a night not to be missed. £10 entrance fee for visiting magicians. Starts at 8pm on Tuesday 20th October at Bentley Road Social Club, Bentley Road, Nuneaton CV11 5LR (Map). 10.10.15


Craig Christian and Elizabeth are in China headlining a show in Beijing for a week long Magic Festival, along with Sylvester the Jester and Super Ning. 10.10.15


Barrington Powell's Ghost Show, Tyldesley, Manchester. Copperpear Productions and Tyldesley Little Theatre are proud to present a unique performance especially for Halloween. Dare you delve into the devilish deeds of Barrington Powell's Ghost Show? Watch as a master magician conjures up mischief in an unforgettable evening, full of tricks and treats! The spirits are coming! Over 12s only and not for the faint-hearted! Tuesday, 27th October at 7.30 pm. Tickets £10. Website: Box Office: Venue: Tyldesley Little Theatre, Lemon Street, Tyldesley, Greater Manchester M29 8HT (Map). 10.10.15


Alan Shaxon 'The Sophisticated Sorcerer' lecture at the Home Counties Magical Society. Andrew Lewis writes: On Thursday 15th October at 8pm Steve Short will present the lecture 'Alan Shaxon The Sophisticated Sorcerer' at Home Counties Magical Society, Maiden Place Community Centre, Lower Earley, Reading RG6 3HE (Map). Visiting magicians welcome; door charge £10. For more info visit 10.10.15


Merlin Magical Society's 85th Birthday. John Clayton, Secretary, writes: On Thursday night the Merlin Magical Society celebrated its 85th Birthday. We had a packed house at a local Toby Carvery near Enfield, where we performed close-up magic and a stage show to our visiting guests. It was a brilliant success with lots of fun had by all. Visit to see all the photos. 10.10.15


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