O Magicbar

Illusions, the U.K's only Magic bar, has just opened for business in Bristol and of course magicseen's reporters were at the VIP night to tell you all. The operation is the brainchild of Mark Bennett and combines his expertise in the hospitality business with a talent as a professional magician. For some people magic can be scary, says Mark so I wanted the bar to be warm and friendly, a bit like walking into your own front room. Illusions certainly lives up to the aspiration. Located in a...

Mitox

166pp, approx. 6x8, soft-bound Available from http mitox.phillsmiff.com Price 27.50 In case you're wondering, Mitox is the name of a Zoroastrian demon, an obscure supernatural being who would lead mankind away from the path of righteousness through lies, falsehoods and deceit. Mitox is also the name of a Somerset-based garden machinery company, and it is now the name of East Midlands-based mentalist Phill Smith's new book of mentalism routines. It is, of course, from the first definition that...

Priest Prays

Around a year ago, magicseen carried the story of Mark Townsend who combined mind-magic with his everyday duties as a priest. Since then, family-man Mark has thought long and hard about his future and decided to take the exciting and bold step of leaving the Ordained Priesthood to pursue a career as a professional mind-magician. till a priest by title, Mark is certainly S doing all the right things to market his new career, as both The Financial Times and The Independent newspapers recently...

Calculataions

Www.stephentuckermagic.co.uk Price 24.00 There have been many mathematical geniuses throughout history - Archimedes, Isaac Newton, and Stephen Hawkin to mention a few. But could Stephen Tucker really be the Albert Einstein of the 21st Century Well let's take a look For all you eagle eyed proof readers out there, no we haven't made an error in the spelling of Stephen's latest release 'CALCULATAIONS'. Even Stephen himself apologies for the mispelling in his instructions that accompany this...

The Numbers Game

Being a rather sad individual with nothing better to do, I was recently reflecting upon the significance of the number 52 in the world of magic. Since the middle of the nineteenth century, a full deck of playing cards has comprised 52 pasteboard without the jokers, and for this reason a magician is sometimes said to have 52 assistants -although Chung Ling Soo held up his fingers and reckoned he only had 10. The figure 52 also has a rather more sombre note to it, however. Although not strictly a...

Competition

We have three signed copies of Paul's new book, which you could win by answering the following question Name Three Productions of stage or screen that Paul has worked on as magical advisor. (It's not very difficult ) Email your answers to grahamhey magicseen.co.uk by midnight, November 20th. The South Tyneside International Magic Festival, organised by South Tyneside Council and Martin Duffy is truly an international event, with big names scheduled to appear during the three day event from...

O Drnormansell

Knowledge that you will return at a more suitable juncture where they will be slightly more relaxed, possibly more receptive and will have a longer time slot available. You are acting as a goodwill ambassador for the restaurant and sometimes you are not really required, in certain situations, to perform endless strings of routines. The very fact that you had acknowledged and spoken to the customers in some cases is enough. It's not always about the magic People will remember the way you made...

Born to be Wild

Boris Wild is another one of those amazing French magicians. We're not sure how France produces so many wonderful performers, but we are certainly grateful for it Boris Wild may not be the wild man of magic, but he is charming, friendly, highly skilled and an innovative magical thinker. We were delighted to have a chat and find out more about this multiple award-winner. 10 magicseen Issue No.17 November 2007 You have recently been filming with L& L Publishing - tell us a bit about the...

Info

Start to create your own personalised collection of Mark Leveridge video routines There are many top quality routines performed and explained on our professionally produced DVDs, and now we are offering these routines as individual Windows Media Player Hies so that you can select the exact titles you want and play them back on your computer. Each Trie Klip comprises of full performance and explanation footage and you can cherry pick any combination of routines from across our DVD range and we...

Ego

TOP NAMES AT THE INTERNATIONAL MAGIC CONVENTION The 36th International Magic Convention is being held from 23rd to 25th November in London. Once again the setting is the Shaw Theatre and Novotel Complex in Euston Road. As always the bill promises a blend of big hitter known names and a number of performers who will be making their English debut. Darwin Ortiz (USA) and Al Schneider (USA) lead the close up talent, and both will be lecturing and performing. It will be the first time Al Schneider...

Party Animal Magic

2 DVD set available from www.alakazam.co.uk Price 27.99 Having personally met and seen Matthew J. Dowden perform first hand at the IBM convention in Southport, I knew I was in for a treat when he handed me a copy of his DVD 'Party Animal' for review. But did it live up to my expectations Definitely Whatever your reasons are for buying an instructional DVD, be it to pick up ideas for new routines, watch another performer's handlings on an effect you already perform or even just for the sheer...

Spellz Science Of Coin Magic

We had signed photos and all this stuff and kids showed up. At one point I took out a deck of cards and six kids shouted, I know this one. I think that's a reflection on children, on knowledge. To me that's not an indictment on sharing magic. If nobody ever shared the methods - and the method in magic is not the invisible thread. That's part of the method. The method is the presentation, the method is the personality, the method is all these things. If nobody ever shared any of this...

The Golden Age Of Magic

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Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas DVD The Session DVD Collarri Ice Coins DVD Christopher Williams 2007 convention by John Archer Christopher Congreave Available direct from Alakazam Magic or your favorite Magic Dealer www.alakaiam.co.ukwww.alakazam-usa.com Tel +44 fOl 1233 637888 Fa* +441011233 637999 Dealers contact www.murphysmagic.com 1 This is an amazing Lota Vase just a f A 4 inches high and made by hand * by a potter. It is a little work of art and once filled it can pour the most amazing amount of water or...

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T is debatable if there ever was a golden age for magicians, but you could certainly argue that if there was, then it was probably the early 1950s. Britain was recovering from the austerity of the war years, there was a new mood of optimism, and the people wanted entertainment. Television was still in its infancy, few homes could afford a set, and so the variety halls were packed. And among the top attractions were, of course, magicians There were plenty of them, too. A variety directory from...

Crime At The Magic Castle Hotel

TMZ, the US news source, has revealed that a female magician - part of an ensemble of magicians who were supposed to teach celebrities magic tricks - was a victim of attempted rape at a landmark Hollywood hotel. The cast and crew were staying at the Magic Castle Hotel in Hollywood, which is immediately next door to the illustrious Magic Castle, the private club for magicians. Police reportedly told TMZ that at 5 35am, the suspect entered the victim's room, jumped on top of her and covered her...

Mel Mellers 2 Dvd

Available from www.rsvpmagic.co.uk Price 19.99 per DVD To be honest, I had only heard the name Mel Mellers a couple of times before seeing these DVDs and they have been on the best sellers list for a month or two now, as they were released just after our last deadline. Mel Mellers is a kitsch, slightly camp performer who probably works regularly on cruise ships and holiday centres. He is obviously a seasoned pro and has honed his comedy presentation skills over the years. His timing is...

Len Blease Magician

Paul Pleasants is one of the busiest working professionals in the business. A past winner of The Hickson Cup for Stage Magic as a member of the Ipswich Magical Society, where he is still a member, Paul has been described as a 'human dynamo' and is an accomplished and versatile magician. We managed to grab five minutes with Paul, just before he nipped out to do another show Q How important is it to be versatile Can you make a decent living as a specialist in one area of magic I think it is very...

Jeani Magic

For Children's Entertainers and Card tricksters. Approx. 8 inches by 10 inches supplied with three card folder and two rabbit cards, change bag and full instructions. 25.00 including postage and packing. Contact Jeani Magic Products on 0161 456 6432 for more information or a free catalogue. UK sales rep in the UK for Tora Magic Company. www.donsmagic.com If you would like to be included within our LISTINGS section please contact petersalter magicseen.co.uk Matthew Buchinger, one...

Hypnodog Goes To The Movies

Hugh Lennon & HypnoDog, who are featured in the Danny Wallace book 'Yes Man' are to be featured in the movie of the book, currently being filmed in the US. Jim Carey will play Danny Wallace, while it has not been announced who will play Hugh & HypnoDog. We spoke to Hugh, who said I have told Danny that we will expect to be invited to the Premiere The book is available from all good bookshops. And one or two that aren't good, as well It's published by Ebury Press. Visit the website and...

Only

Price Only 55.00 ( 110) plus 5 postage in UK and 7.50 ( 15) airmail elsewhere. Order direct from Martin Breese International 82 Broad Street Sheffield S2 5TG. Pay by cheque or Mastercard, Visa or PayPal (use email MBreese999 aol,com) or go to www.abracadabra.co.uk and place your order online. Here's what THEY say about PAUL GORDON his magic, his books (and tricks & dvd's), his lectures and his publishing JOHN GUASTAFERRO Thank you for your wonderful book, CiiiJijiry. I'm enjoying it a great...

Poker Chips

On one of the magic chatrooms (no, I don't have a life ), the talk was about effects using poker chips. This is an area that is interesting at the moment, what with the growth of gambling and casinos, websites etc. Are there any good routines you can recommend that use poker chips Two spring to mind straight away. One's a great cabaret effect Larry Becker's Casino Royale. A great three-phase effect. It's a bit pricey, but worth it. Top Secret Magic sell it. Also, there's an effect called Poker...

The Magic Business

Available from www.peterscarlett.com Price 50.00 Post Free There are very few areas of commercial magic which still retain a certain mystique, but I would suggest that Trade Show work is one of them. Performing magic at exhibitions and trade events as a crowd drawing and message reinforcing tool is rightly considered to be one of the more difficult sides of our art to master, and there are still relatively few magicians who have made a big success from it. One of the most celebrated trade show...

Practical Ma6ic

Contact Jeremy and Cheryl Le-Poidevin Email info practical-magic.co.uk Tel 01691 690789 What kind of deal will you get for your idea from Practical Magic Different arrangements are on offer to suit the originator. These may be a lump sum, goods in kind, a royalty or a combination of more than one. A contract of the agreed payment and terms is always drawn up to avoid any confusion and the originator is always credited for the item. Will Practical Magic manufacture the item or will you need to...

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Share your random views with the world If you have anything you would like to tell us whether it's about the magazine or anything magic related please email grahamhey magicseen.co.uk I was appalled by the content of your so-called 'comedy' edition no. 16 of magicseen. I think magicobscene would have been a more appropriate title. You should be advising us about how to manipulate our balls for a better effect with the chop cup, or offering new routines for 'Wandering Willy' rather than purveying...

Just To Sum It Up

South East Asia recently witnessed J C Sum, Singapore's celebrity magician, make international news when he successfully attempted a 'LIVE' 50 floor teleportation at the OUB Centre one of the tallest skyscrapers located in the heart of the Central Business District , surrounded by almost 10,000 people in the audience The Impossible Teleportation is truly South East Asia's first-ever Mega Illusion and this grand event was captured by several TV networks and appeared in many media outlets across...

Canines

aka Magic for Mutts. aka Prestidigitation for Pooches. aka Disappearing things for Dogs We've all seen some kind of animal on stage being involved in a magic act Doves, Dogs, Ducks, Chimpanzees and I'm sure you'll have seen something I haven't. But it's always aimed at humans I feel that the animal community is missing out on the whole magical experience A few months ago I was doing the usual 'sitting around playing with a deck of cards' that a lot of us are so fond of doing. One of the family...

The Loony

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