Let the contest begin!

Saturday 19th November at 10am sees the 28th International Magic Close Up Competition for The Kevin Reay Trophy.  The international field competing is:- Ludovic Julliot – FranceJames Piper – WalesBenoit Dulche – FrancePIPO – SpainClaes Danell – SwedenAndost – USAJavi Sánchez – SpainPaul Sommersguter – AustriaHayashi – GermanyTrabuk – ItalyAlexander Popov – RussiaHector Mancha – SpainHide – JapanWoody Aragón – SpainRené Jensen – DenmarkLord Lucan aka Magic Paul – UK I think it’s safe to say that I’m looking forward to this year’s convention.  Hopefully I’ll see you there. Speak soon. The Cardman 🙂

Magic Fever

Today sees the start of a week of magic in London with the launch of the LONDON FESTIVAL OF MAGIC at the intimate Bridewell Theatre, followed by a weekend of action packed magic commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the International Magic Convention at the fabulous Mermaid Theatre (the theatres are within 5 minutes walk of each other). The Convention weekend kicks off at 7:30pm on the Friday 17th November with the first ever European appearance of Harry Anderson when he not only performs his one man show, “Tipping The Hat” but then dissects the whole show with trick explanations and analysis in the lecture that follows it. The whole weekend contains many such firsts and surprises with two previously unannounced acts in the Gala Show, the awarding of The David Berglas International Magic Award to it’s mystery recipient, and a ‘never-to-be-repeated’ moment with David Williamson – you won’t want to miss it! For more information and schedule details check our site on www.internationalmagic.com Speak soon The Cardman 🙂

Truly International

In just over 3 weeks, on Saturday 19th November, 17 competitors from 12 countries (including Japan, Canada, USA, France, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Denmark and Italy) will compete for the Kevin Reay Trophy along with a £1000 cash prize in the International Close Up Competition at The Mermaid Theatre in London.  This event forms just part of the packed weekend International Magic Convention which includes lectures, close up shows, a full evening Gala Show and the presentation of The David Berglas International Magic Award.  Celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year, the Convention is at the end of a week when the MacMillan family also produce their very first Festival of Magic at the Bridewell Theatre. For full details of all the seminars, shows and events in both these talent-packed fixtures please visit the International Magic website. Speak soon. The Cardman 🙂

Whoa and wow!

Hi folks More news and information has arrived from the gang at International Magic about this year’s convention, which is only 4 short weeks away. Unfortunately Paul Stockman has had to withdraw from the Mentalism Day of the Festival of Magic being held in central London on November 16th, but we are thrilled to announce that Chris Cox – star of 5 Edinburgh Fringe Shows, 3 UK Tours and “one of the most exciting entertainers in Britain” (The Guardian) – has stepped in and will be making his very first ever lecture/appearance at a magic event.  He will be joining Andy Nyman, Luke Jermay and Mark Elsdon for a full day of talks, explanations and discussion all revolving around the most rapidly expanding genre of magic today.  Tickets and details are available for not only this day but all the other full day seminars in the week can be found on the International Magic website. And following the sell out of Max Maven’s One Man Show, the performance of our Magic & Variety Gala on Saturday 19th November has now sold out too, however there are currently still tickets for the same show on Sunday 20th November and also tickets available for all other events in the Convention weekend. And finally, the convention rate hotel rooms have now sold out at the Crowne Plaza Blackfriars but as an alternative, we have arranged a very good rate for the convention weekend with Thistle Barbican (1.4miles away from the convention site). Contact them directly with booking code INTE181111 on admin.citybarbican@thistle.co.uk Speak soon. The Cardman 🙂

Tickets are going… going… (very nearly) gone!

Hi folks There is just over a month to go before the International Magic Convention (18-20 November) and the London Festival of Magic (14-20 November) and now is the time to register as some of the events are close to being full (the Sunday Night performance of the Gala Show) while some have only just a handful of tickets left (the Saturday Night performance of the Gala Show).  Do not be as disappointed as those who left it too late and missed out on the Max Maven Show (which is now completely sold out although you can join the waiting list). The Convention has something for everyone, whilst the individual day seminars during the week concentrating separately on Advanced Card Technique, Mentalism, Creativity, Marketing and Making Magic Memorable allow you to focus on your special area of interest and spend even more time with the stars of the Convention. I’ve said this a number of times over the last wee while, but the International Magic weekend is one of the highlights of my year and something I always really look forward to.  You will not be disappointed! Full details, as well as information on how to get tickets, are available on the International Magic website. Speak soon. The Cardman 🙂

An additional name added to The London Festival of Magic

Hi folks Today, I have a little bit more information about this year’s London Festival Of Magic, taking place next month (yay!) in London.  I’m going to hand you over to Noel Britten, the Talent Co-Ordinator of both The London Festival Of Magic and The International Magic Convention who will give you all the details. “In the world of magic the word ‘genius’ is bandied around rather too freely in my mind.  For those of you who would like to experience the presence of someone who truly deserves the title should make sure that they are in London on November 18th. Lubor Fiedler will be making his first appearance in over 10 years, and joining the Creativity Seminar which forms part of the London’s Festival Of Magic (which is taking place all that week in the lead up to The International Magic Convention).  Creator of some of the most stunning visual and original effects in magic, Lubor’s methods are often as entertaining as the initial effect, and many which remain as baffling to you even when you perform them!  Often uncredited it was Lubor who invented, amongst many hundreds of other of effects, the Coin Thru Rubber, 4-D, Invisible Zone and Gozinta Boxes (you can check them out on You Tube!). Lubor will be joining Tom Stone and Mark Setteducati for a whole day of performance, explanations, lectures and discussion and this will be an unmissable day to witness and experience three of magic’s most creative minds.  I expect it to be a really fascinating day, and in these days of people thinking that using red-backed cards instead of blue as some huge creative leap, I urge people to come and be inspired into thinking in a more creative way in terms of both what they do and how they do it.  The evening sees the start of the Convention with Harry Anderson’s first UK appearance and lecture, so even if you are working at the weekend, this one day alone would be worth attending.” Remember that registration details can be found at The International Magic website but act quickly as I understand that tickets for all events are going very quickly. Speak soon. The Cardman 🙂

International Magic’s London Festival of Magic – Bad News and Good News…

Hi folks Today’s blog post brings us more information about International Magic’s Festival of Magic, which will be taking place from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th November in the Bridewell Theatre in London, immediately prior to the 40th International Magic Convention – 18th to 20th November at the Mermaid Theatre.  I’ll pass you onto the gang from International Magic… “Max Maven – Thinking In Person”, which forms part of the Festival of Magic at the Bridewell Theatre, has now sold out.  To compensate for all those Maven devotees that are unable to join him that night, Max has agreed to an intimate evening of interview, including questions from the audience, on the preceding Thursday night, 17th November, at the same location.  The evening will be one of the 5 evenings at the venue that comprise the public show element of the Festival. Monday 14th November sees a rare re-incarnation of John Lenahan’s Monday Night Magic with guests including John Archer and Danny Buckler, Tuesday 15th November comprises of a double bill with a gambling based show comprising of individual sets from Guy Hollingworth, Jason England and Paul Wilson  followed by Pete Wardell’s one man show “Hustle”. Wednesday night, 16th November, is another double bill of both Todd Landman and Quentin Reynold’s individual mentalism-based one man shows. Booking details for all these evening shows and events can be found at the London Festival of Magic pages on the International Magic website which, with the sliding price scale based on the number of evenings you attend, gives unbeatable value for money, starting at under £7 per event. Speak soon. The Cardman 🙂

International Magic Close Up Competition

Hi folks Always a high spot of The International Magic Convention, the Close Up Competition has now reached it’s allocated number of entrants. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, for a spot in the event of drop outs, please contact georgia@internationalmagic.com. The winning performer, picked by the international panel of judges which includes many foreign Convention organisers, wins the Kevin Reay Trophy, an invitation to the FFFF Convention in America and £1000 cash. In the year leading up to each FISM Convention the Competition has traditionally had a very high standard and MacMillan family hope that you’ll be able to join them this year for another exciting event. If you do not believe me about how strong the competition can be, get in touch with the gang at International and buy yourself the DVDs of the 2005 International Close Up Competition. The calibre that year was the best I had seen in any competition outwith FISM. As always, registration details for the whole Convention and other extra magical events in the same week can be found on the International Magic website. Speak soon. The Cardman 🙂

International Magic Gala Show

Hi folks The Gala Show (19 & 20 November) at this years International Magic Convention – known affectionately known as “Ron’s” – once again promises to be a wonderful evening’s entertainment of magic and variety including three completely new-to-the-UK acts. These include a phenomenal Korean manipulator, a German act packed with unbelievable magic and surprises and an act based on one of the oldest principles in magic but brought bang up to date with a contemporary twist. We’d tell you their names but in this day of You Tube we’d much prefer you to experience their magic for the first time live and in person in the comfort of The Mermaid Theatre rather than alone on a computer screen! Alongside these acts premièring in Great Britain, are some old favourites from previous Gala Shows including David Williamson, Simmons and Simmons, and London’s first stage appearance of Sweden’s Tom Stone. A great evening of magic, laughter and speciality acts that you can be proud to bring your friend and families to. Tickets are available for Saturday and Sunday night – but remember if you’re planning to attend the one-off Saturday Night performance of Max Maven’s one man show Thinking in Person: An Evening of Knowing and Not Knowing at The Bridewell Theatre you will definitely need to book Gala Show tickets for the Sunday. Tickets for all shows, the Convention and specialist seminars in London’s Festival of Magic are available on the International Magic website. If you have been reading my blog over the last wee while, you will know how much I enjoy the International Magic Convention. The Gala Show is always one of the many highlights and this year looks no different. Book your tickets before it’s too late! Speak soon. The Cardman 🙂

The 40th International Magic Convention and The London Festival of Magic

Hi folks The gang at International Magic have been really busy over the last few weeks, not only putting the 40th edition of the International Magic Convention (18th to 20th November) but also organising the first London Festival of Magic which will take place the week leading up to the Convention itself. The Festival will feature Workshops and Seminars during the day and performances at night, all taking place at the Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London. The daytime events are 10:30am for an 11am start and the evening events are 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Here is the schedule of what has been organised:- Monday 14th November Daytime: Marketing For Magicians with Bob Yelland Evening: Monday Night Magic – a varied bill of top class magical and comedy performers. Tuesday 15th November Daytime: Advanced Card Techniques with Guy Hollingworth, Jason England, Ben Earl and Paul Wilson Evening: Hustle! – Double bill of performances. Combined show of Guy Hollingworth, Jason England and Paul Wilson followed by Pete Wardell’s One Man Show Wednesday 16th November Daytime: Mentalism with Andy Nyman, Paul Stockman, Mark Elsdon and Luke Jermay Evening: Mentalism with Quentin Reynolds and Todd Landman Thursday 17th November Daytime: Making Magic Meaningful with Eugene Burger and Larry Hass Evening: An Audience With David Berglas – A chance to spend an evening with the International Man of Mystery in an intimate setting as he answers questions and looks back at his incredible career. Friday 18th November Daytime: Creativity with Tom Stone, Mark Setteducati, Angelo Carbone Saturday 19th November Evening: Max Maven Thinking in Person: An Evening of Knowing and Not Knowing The schedule for the Convention itself has also been announced. As it has the last couple of years, the convention is taking place at the Mermaid Theatre, Puddle Dock, London – in my opinion, a brilliant venue. Here is what has been organised:- Friday 18th November Evening (doors open 6:30pm for 7pm start): Harry Anderson Show Saturday 19th November Daytime (doors open 9:30am, first event 10am):Dealers – open all day28th International Close Up Competition and Kevin Reay TrophyEugene Burger LectureDavid Williamson EventJason England Lecture Evening (doors open 6pm for 7:30pm start): International Magic and Variety Show (first performance) Saturday 19th November Daytime (doors open 10am, first event 10:30am): Dealers – open all day Larry Hass Lecture Close Up Gala with Eugene Burger Lecture, Larry Hass, David Williamson, Tom Stone, Jason England Max Maven Lecture Tom Stone Lecture David Berglas Award to ???? Evening (doors open 6pm for 7:30pm start): International Magic and Variety Show (second performance) So there you have it folks. Now we know what’s happening when and I, for one, cannot wait. Just remember, it’s only 3½ months away! Speak soon. The Cardman 🙂