20th August 2013
Just returned from MAGIC
Live and what a blast! After a four-hour delay and change of
aircraft at Gatwick airport we finally arrived in Las Vegas, however
Virgin Airlines had managed to somehow make my wheelchair look like a
car crash, but the next day some nice person fixed it for me. Anyway
after a good night’s sleep we went to see the Mac King show and Mac
never fails to deliver such a great show! On the Saturday night I
experienced what was the best magic show I have ever seen! It was the
Penn & Teller show – In one word, Brilliant! In two words,
Fucking Brilliant! Whenever I go to see a magic show I put my
magical knowledge to one side and become a layman, however on this night
I had no option! I had no idea what was going on and from the opening
effect I was fooled so badly! And then I was fooled again and again and
again (did I say again?). I know it’s not everything for magicians to be
fooled so badly but it is a really nice feeling being like a kid again –
I know Johnny Thompson was responsible for a large percentage of the
magic, so I would like to blame him for frying my brain so much! The
whole show was so beautifully orchestrated and although both Penn &
Teller are very contemporary in their presentation, on occasions I felt
the show had a slight Victorian feel about it, especially some of
Teller’s excellent vignettes. My office walls are graced with lots of
the old Masters of magic and I often wonder who will be gracing our
walls in a 100 years time? Pens & Teller have got to be up there!
Magic live kicked off with a great opening night party and a dealer’s
exhibition that wouldn’t have looked out of place in Olympia – it was
unbelievable. There was even one dealer who was displaying an appearing
helicopter. The whole convention was so professionally organised in fact
the lecture sessions reminding me of the TED presentations.
I personally would like to thank the following people for making me look
good in my presentation: Firstly, there was Jeff McBride, who is one of
the most professional people I have ever had the pleasure to work with,
he brought out the best (and worst) in me. I felt so at ease whilst he
was interviewing me. Then there was Rory Johnson (producer), who runs
everything like a well oiled cog (if you can’t work well under his
direction you shouldn’t be in the business at all). Then there was my
right (and left) hand man Mike Sullivan who worked on my Booth and
represented Wayne Dobson so well. Finally, I would like to thank Stan
Allen for believing in me!
I would just like to say that whilst at MAGIC Live I received the
ultimate compliment? A well-respected Las Vegas performer said to me
“I’m sure that you are aware that people admire you for the way you
deal with your situation and that the standing ovations that you
received were nothing to do with sympathy or the fact that you are in a
wheelchair – it was purely because you were Fucking Hilarious!”
I have always strived for that sort of accolade and always hoped that is
what people think. However when I get comments like that it just
confirms it and means such a lot to me – Thanks!
8th February 2013
Blackpool convention is not
for a way and what a line up of talent they have (again). One of my
favourite all-round magicians David Williamson will be there, also I am
so looking forward to seeing Sonny Hayes again (it's been a long time –
such a great performer, often copied but never equalled). I've got a few
new items one being my new book More Look No Hands and we will also have
Guesstimation (a killer of a trick – even though I say so myself) My
good friend Mike Sullivan will be on my stand demonstrating all the
latest (get him to do Greg Wilson's Party Bag which is in my book Wayne
Dobson and Friends. I almost forgot to mention that Losander will be
there doing his new levitation which he showed to me on his iPhone about
six months ago and believe me it's nothing short of sensational. There
are also some of the FISM winners on as well, WOW what a line up!
See you there!
17th July 2012
FISM has been and gone, but
not forgotten – it was a great convention and the standard of the
competition was outstanding, in fact the winners show was by far the
best I have ever seen, it was strong enough to have closed the whole
thing! Michael J Fitch and myself gave our lecture ‘ Wayne Dobson a Life
in Magic’. Michael has worked so hard on getting all the footage
together I am so glad he was justifiably rewarded by the overwhelming
response he received by the audience. Originally we only intended giving
the lecture for FISM, however we have agreed to give the lecture at The
Magic Circle on October 22 and also in the USA next year. I was also
awarded the ‘Magician of the Year’ I was very flattered! I heard
a couple of people moaning just for moaning sake – I don’t think they
have anything better to do? I remember a Dutch guy said “it wasn’t
like this in Holland.” A Swedish guy said “it wasn’t like
this in Sweden” and a Chinese guy said “chu chung chow”
(only kidding) – of course it wasn’t like any of those places, it was
Blackpool – if you don’t want to go, don’t go! Derek Lever and his team
are responsible for organising the world’s biggest and best magic
convention every year and this year they were chosen to host FISM so why
would they want to change a winning formula? I am glad that they didn’t
– it was excellent!
I went to see Derren Brown in his show in London’s West End and what a
fantastic show it was! Every time I see his show it gets better and
better. I don’t know how he does it?
Next month I am going to Magic in the Rockies, it is only a small
affair. However, what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality –
a great convention!
See you around
2nd July 2012
FISM is only a matter of
days away, Can't Wait !! .....
It's going to be one full week of amazing magic. Congratulations to
Derek & his team of dedicated organisers for creating what is going to
be a very memorable event. Marko Karvo is my tip to win first place, I
might be wrong but I hope not as his act is nothing short of
sensational, a great Magician! Talking of great magicians Nick Einhorn
was here the other day and performed some of his great magic. His magic is so powerful, direct yet understated. His
technic is flawless and his handling of everything is full of grace and
elegance, infact if there was such a thing as real magic this is what it
would look like.
I have some exciting new releases for FISM
SEX (AKA Wayne Dobson's Exchange) 10 mins of pure gold. This
routine has everything drama, mystery, comedy and of course Sex!!
BIG Revelation, as above but without the sex...
Spectrum, as above but only 5 minutes.
My new book 'Wayne Dobson & Friends' is like a who's who of
See you around
10th March 2012
Blackpool has been and gone
and as always was a great convention featuring plenty of good shows and
lectures. I personally enjoyed performing in my show 'Wayne Dobson and
Penn Friends' it was so good having my friends performing on the show
Joe Pasquale, Michael J Fitch, Russ Stevens, Duncan Trillo, Brian Sefton
and John Archer – many thanks to you all for doing such a fantastic job!
I also enjoyed performing my new Sex Change routine with Michael J Fitch
which is due for release in July. And finally, I was really overwhelmed
by what happened next: My good friend Russ Stevens received the 'Murray
Award' (which was great) however he then dedicated this award to myself
which was very nice and very emotional and then I received the Ken Dodd
Comedy Award! For the first time in my life I was totally speechless! A
great end to a great convention.
Last week I was lucky enough
to be invited to the Hans Klok show in London and if you love magic you
will love this show and if you don't love magic you will after seeing
In a word ..... Brilliant! In two words... Fucking brilliant! Stunning
illusions, great costumes, lighting, music, guest acts, fast paced and
the star of the show Hans Klok is nothing short of excellent.
Congratulations to all concerned. To top it all Hans is a really nice
guy as well and very passionate about magic.
After the show Hans invited Myself, Michael J Fitch his lovely
wife Helen and my friend Hillary O'Neill for drinks around the corner to
a really nice bar. All of a sudden there was a
round of applause coming from behind me! I looked and it was Michael
holding court with his excellent spoon bending...
Michael J Fitch the Metal
Bender – "there is no way I am letting him near my wheelchair!"
Hans "Can you produce a
Rabbit from a Hat?"
Wayne "No, but I can make my Hare disappear from my head!"
See you soon
12th February 2012
Oops!!! They say.
(Whoever they are?) "People who live in glass houses should not
throw stones." A couple of weeks ago I criticised Barry and
Stuart for exposing the Slicer illusion on TV. Well it was brought to my
attention that my exposure track record is not 100% either. I remember
about 25 years ago I filmed the Cube Zag illusion on location in
Athens. And if you looked very closely you could see the assistant's
legs exposed. I could make the excuse that the cameraman went too low
with the camera or the monitor was so small that I couldn't see any
discrepancies – I could say those things, but I won't, because
ultimately the blame rests on Me! So how does the defendant
Last night saw the final episode of The Magicians on BBC and you
know all of the magicians in the show, Barry and Stuart, Pete Firman,
and Jason Latimer are all such very good performers in their own
right and some of the magic in the show is really excellent (top marks
to the advisers) my main gripe is celebrities getting credits for
performing the tricks – it just dilutes the credibility of the magician.
Don't get me wrong if a show of this type was offered to me when I was
climbing the ladder to success and needed television exposure, I would
not have hesitated in saying ' Yes!' In fact I think everybody would?
You can't win?
Finally, let me say a Big Thank You to the thousands of magicians
from all over the world who have supported me in the last couple of
weeks regarding the controversy that surrounded myself and Jeff McBride.
It was a very, very stressful time but it all worked out fine. Just for
the record myself and Jeff have always been good friends – and always
10th February 2012
Jeff McBride's new DVD
'Squeak Technique' is available from me in Blackpool
23rd January 2012
Okay, here goes:
Somebody once said to me, "If you can't say anything good, don't
say anything at all!" Hence the reason I have remained tight
lipped regarding the latest series of The Magicians, but after last
Saturday's show and the unforgivable exposure of the 'Slicer'
illusion I can't keep quiet any longer.
I cannot believe that the producers think that by changing the Magicians
and Presenter it will improve the show, when really the problem is not
the magicians, it is the format – it's all wrong. How on earth can you
expect the magicians to look like professionals when they are surrounded
by amateurs – I mean you could put a tramp in a £1000 suit and they
would still smell like shit!
Giving the slicer illusion to Barry and Stuart is like drinking
expensive wine from a polystyrene cup or eating fillet steak from a
paper plate or even giving pigs after shave. In fact, they would have
been better off if they had been given 'Hippity Hop Rabbits' as
they would have made it far more entertaining and less chance of
For the few magicians’ in this world that have spent their hard earned
money ($25,000) on the 'Slicer illusion' I think they have every
right to get 'Pissed off!' I had a friend visit here yesterday
and he gave his explanation of how he thought the illusion worked – my
stomach turned as I listened to his explanation being 100% correct. (I
didn't let them know that they were right, but they were convinced they
Many years ago I performed the 'Slicer' illusion in my TV show
and yes, the blades were quite tricky to remove however, given the
correct rehearsal time with the appropriate people it becomes a breeze.
Which brings me to my next gripe: How does anybody expect a lay person
to learn something in a few hours, which has taken the magician a
lifetime to perfect their craft? I mean, you wouldn't expect David Hay
to teach a magician to be a world champion boxer in one afternoon.
Come on guys, give yourself credit – don't get me wrong, it is a good
idea using celebrities to assist you as they can enhance
your performance and endorse your credibility, but remember you are the
important one – staying in control will make you look like the star, and
so you should. You have to believe that the product you are selling is
worthy of being displayed in a beautiful cabinet in Harrods, otherwise
it will end up in the middle of a field on a decorating table in a car
When people speak of Derren Brown and David Blaine it makes me feel so
proud to be a magician, but when shows like 'The Magicians' are
mentioned I feel quite embarrassed.
Magic performed well is one of the best forms of entertainment however,
when performed badly it is one of the worst!
PS Whoever is reading this, please give me a 'High-Five' however
if it happens to be Paul Daniels just give me a 'Four and a Half'
29th September 2011
What a manic couple of
months it has been! Firstly I went to the Texas Association Of Magicians
convention in San Antonio. Apart from it being 110° I had a great time.
I spent a lot of time with Daniel Garcia, who is one of the best
magicians I have ever seen. He is Cool, Looks Great and his Magic is so
natural and you can tell he has a genuine passion – Just Brilliant! He
is the organiser president of next year's TAOM in Houston so you know
it's going to be an excellent convention! I then went to Magic in the
Rockies in Denver – only a small convention, but what it lacks in
quantity. It certainly makes up for in Quality! What a superb
convention. John Archer was headlining the gala show and was absolutely
superb! His ' Just Chance' routine is just the best! I know there has
been a bit of ' Sour Grapes' regarding this routine on various magic
forums. Most of this ' Badmouthing' has been pointed at John’s excellent
' Play on Words' (People claiming this is their idea) – Absolute
Rubbish! I was using this same play on words quite a few years ago, and
I 'Nicked It' from another comedian who I know was not the originator
either. John has taken this idea to a whole new level and it won't be
long before someone is stealing it from John?
I then went to the Palladium to see one of the best Magic Shows I have
ever seen – congratulations to Paul Stone for producing such an
I then went to The British Ring Convention in Southport – it was very
quiet and was such a shame as last year in Eastbourne was excellent!
Next year Great Yarmouth – I don't know what is Great about Yarmouth?
25th July 2011
Dynamo: Magician Impossible.
When this show was first transmitted I really liked it! I still do, and
I will still stand by my prediction that Dynamo will be a household name
within 12 months – he is the complete package! However, the use of
stooges is so overused on every episode that it is beginning to wear a
bit thin on the ground. I mean every show is about 90% preset. For
instance, when Dynamo walked through the plate glass window of a shop I
think everybody that was present would have seen the method? To me that
is just blatant exposure. Also, when he was in the jewellers and
apparently pushed his hand through the glass display case to get the
freely? Chosen item – surely there must have been many lay people see
somebody moving the glass panel backwards and forwards?
I'm sure there are plenty of magicians now saying Wayne Dobson OBE (Old
Bitter Entertainer)? I'm really not, I just feel that there is so much
good magic available on the market and in books and DVDs. I just can't
see the point of having to rely (all of the time) on this type of
technique? I mean magician's will go to great lengths to expose a
Psychic/Medium/Spiritualist for being fake! I don't think it will be too
long before one of them decides to get their own back?
Magicians like David Copperfield, Lance Burton, Doug Henning and Harry
Blackstone could only be exposed by somebody who has magical knowledge,
hence the reason they were never exposed, because 99% of magicians don't
like prostituting magic and revealing their secrets. But when the lay
public can see the exact method used it just makes a mockery out of our
passion. All the years that we strive to get as near to perfection as
possible, seems a complete waste of time!
Somebody once said to me if
you can't say anything nice about something, don't say anything at all!
Well, I never made a comment on last weeks (number four), Penn and
Teller show as I felt the standard had really dropped? However, this
week it seemed to come back with a vengeance. Nick Einhorn, Cubic Act
and Michael Vincent were all superb. I can't even begin to work out how
Nick Einhorn did his trick – it was a real ' Brain Fry', it must be
genuine mind reading? Michael Vincent was as smooth as silk and Cubic
Act made use of a principal I first saw Andre Kole perform in his ' No
Feet' illusion. Cubic Act's use of this principle was extremely
Prediction: Within the next 12 months ' Dynamo' will be a
See you next week.
Dynamo: Magician Impossible.
I really enjoyed it! He looks good and gets on with it. I know some
magicians have been moaning about the use of stooges, however, if it
makes good television – then why not?
It's just taking advantage of a situation that is available, I mean it's
only like using ' Lapping' – you take advantage of using this technique
when the situation allows you to. Using camera angles to your advantage
is another technique that many magicians employ. Nothing wrong with it
in my opinion. In today's very contemporary market. I think an ordinary
magician doing ordinary magic might be good for us to watch? But it
would make extremely bland television!
Whatever type of magic is on television, it is good for magicians in
general. The public awareness will only increase your bookings – so stop
Congratulation's to all concerned.
Last night was the third
show in the new series of Penn and Teller. Although a good show, I
personally felt that the show in general was quite weak in content in
comparison to the first two shows. However, the Miser's Dream that
Teller performed was quite superb.
I can understand somebody who wants to portray a character, but surely
you must keep in character all the way through? So what was the point of
wearing a stupid Dragon costume and just being a pretty ordinary guy who
does a card trick? Maybe it's me? I just didn't get it!
Ah well, I suppose some shows are bound to be better than others and I
will really look forward to the next instalment.
Magic is back where it
belongs, on prime-time television. The second, Penn and Teller fool us
was aired on Saturday evening, and it was excellent! Every act is
showcased and edited superbly. This is so good for Magic. And then for
an added bonus we get treated to Penn and Teller demonstrating why they
are world-class performers!
Now for the negative? Why are so many magicians spending their time on
magic forums and Facebook complaining, moaning, nitpicking and bitching
about certain performers? I even read one comment that said that they
couldn't understand why people like Ben Earl, and Daniel Madison perform
their set without much patter? Well, they don't really need it as the
superb magic that they perform speaks for itself and too much patter
would distract. I mean, you wouldn't expect Michael Jackson in the
middle of his song Billie Jean to start doing card manipulation, or Lee
Evans to interrupt the middle of his Stand-Up with The Snow Storm in
China? You know what really saddens me about the last sentence that I
wrote, is that I bet there is at least one magician saying
"That's not a bad idea." They just don't get it!
Looking forward to next week!
Last night was the first in
the new series of ' Pen and Teller Fool Us' and it looks like
magic is back on prime-time television – At Last! A very fast-moving
show with great hosts and a great format. Graham Jolly proved what I
have been saying for a long time and that is "if you like the
performer, you will like whatever they do. And if they do good magic –
it's a bonus!"
Well, I loved Graham Jolly and he did good magic. What is even more
fantastic is that he fried Pen, and Teller with a self working published
card trick. I am sure a lot of magicians feel that because there is no
sleight of hand, there is no skill? Well, I think that is totally wrong
because you need all your presentational skills to perform this kind of
trick, and Graham Jolly had more than enough and you could tell he is an
extremely experienced performer – Well Done Graham!
Looking forward to the next one.
Magic is really happening on
TV just lately. David Pen did a really nice couple of spots on Britain's
Got Talent, and at last seems to have changed the minds of various
judges about their negative opinion on magicians – Well Done! Also I
went to see a recording of the new Penn and Teller TV series, which was
really good and reports tell me that the other shows in the series were
just as good! This is really great for magic and magicians!
I just returned from Malta where I gave a lecture to the local
magician's and what a enthusiastic bunch they are. Only 12 of them but
each one very passionate about their art.
In September I will be going to the Texas Association of Magicians
convention in San Antonio, where I will be presenting my new lecture '
Look No Hands' and then straight from San Antonio to Denver, where I
will be also lecturing at Magic In the Rockies. Back to the UK for the
British ring convention in Southport and somewhere in between all those
dates. I will be going to the ' Magic at the Palladium' on Monday, 19
September which incidentally looks like being a fantastic show!
Quite a few new items recently: my new book ' Look No Hands' is selling
extremely well and looks like I will have to have a reprint. My other
new book ' Six Masterpieces' has only just been released so hopefully
that will be as popular? I have three new effects to tell you about:
Triplex is a self-contained, easy to do prediction that comes complete
with nicely made interesting. Another effect that is proving very
popular is my trick Personal FX – A Great Trick for the workers and
really nice way of giving out your business card. The last effect is
Devastation which is a vast improvement on my original trick as it now
uses a regular deck of cards, no sleight of hand, yet a thought of card
appears in your wallet. See the video demonstration of this – it looks
That's it for now and no doubt I will see many of you at Southport in
Aren't we lucky? Three magic
shows in one week!
Firstly let me talk about the Penn and Teller show. This was so good for
magic. The magicians, the tricks, the routines, the structure of the
show, the presenter, and Penn and Teller were all excellent! I even
found the 'Critique' section of the show quite entertaining. I know some
of you will not be in favour of Penn and Teller exposing some of the
tricks, but all of their remarks were very esoteric and you had to be a
magician to understand what they were talking about. For the layman, I
would imagine that these esoteric remarks would be very intriguing and
entertaining. The only thing I didn't agree with was when Penn and
Teller accused Benjamin Earl of false shuffling the deck. Not that I
know how he accomplished this incredible effect, and I don't want to,
and I know Penn and Teller had no idea either, it's just that they
didn't want to admit to having no idea! Also, they said they felt that
Ben's style and presentation was arrogant! Well I am sorry but that
comment was so unnecessary as Ben's style and presentation is totally
the opposite to arrogant, in fact, one of his qualities as a performer
is that he is so understated and 'Cool'. I think Penn and Teller were
being controversial just for controversies sake? But apart from that,
what a great show!
Secondly Derren Brown's 'Enigma' was absolutely stunning! I saw this
show live in the West End and it was excellent then, and I thought it
couldn't get any better? I was wrong! Everything about this show was
Finally, you'd think I would save the best till last? Well, you're
wrong! The Magicians on BBC1, New Year's Day in a word was 'Shit'! I
really don't understand how these magician's (and one of them is a very
good and well-established performer) want to be associated with this
utter garbage? These 'Z' list celebrities are only doing it to try and
raise their own profile, however they do take over and make the
magicians blend into the background like wallpaper. It's shows like this
that make you feel ashamed to be a magician!
It's Derren Brown night tonight on TV. Channel 4 are broadcasting his TV
specials and a documentary about his life. How good is that? What is not
so good is that we have to suffer another 'The Magicians' (a good friend
of mine saw the recording of the third show in the series, and
apparently this was worse than the first! Surely not?) I know what
you're saying? We don't have to watch it! You're right we
don't.......... But I bet we do?
See you in Blackpool.
It's Been Manic! What with the SAM convention in Atlanta followed by a
trip to Spain and then to the Texas Association of Magicians convention
in Austin and then straight to Denver for Magic in the Rockies, which
was a really enjoyable bash!
The British ring convention in Eastbourne was a really nice event, lots
of socializing and lots of good magic, in fact whilst I was there I had
the privilege of witnessing Benjamin Earl, OMG this has to be one of the
best Card Magicians I have ever seen! It is just poetry in motion! You
have just got to see him, he's brilliant!
I've been very busy with my new production service; I didn't realize
that there were so many magicians who are so passionate about their
work? Is very self satisfying when you know that you have helped
somebody to improve.
New stuff: A few new effects are featured on the website; however
I will have lots of new products in the coming months, so please watch
My next convention is the International Day in London, which is always a
very enjoyable event. I will be taking a few new items with me so please
stop by the stand and I will be glad to show you.
I am writing a new book at the moment which will be titled ' Look no
Hands'. I am really thrilled with the contents, it is all stuff that is
totally 'Hands – Off' and there is some really good material in it. Even
though I say it myself there is a great version of 'Out of This World'.
This book will be released for the Blackpool convention along with a few
other new products.
Hope to see you around soon
I have just returned from
the SAM convention in Atlanta and to be perfectly honest, as a dealer it
was one of the worst conventions I have ever attended. The dealer room
was dark, freezing cold and about the size of a small football pitch
with about 20 dealers and there was more atmosphere on the moon. The
attendance in the past has been about 700, but this time was only 300,
and there was never any time for the dealers as there was always
something else going on. I don't know about you, but whenever I used to
attend conventions as a spectator, the dealers where always the
highlight for me. It seems that at some of these conventions the dealers
are treated as an afterthought? It is only a matter of time before the
quality dealers pick and choose the events to attend! We need to be
treated with the respect that we deserve. I'm sorry if I sound like I'm
complaining but, I am!
In September I will be dealing at the TAOM in Austin Texas
followed by Magic in the Rockies in Denver, which is an excellent
convention. As soon as I return the IBM in Eastbourne will be
upon us. I am looking forward to the IBM as I am doing my new lecture
with Michael J. Fitch.
I have quite a few new products at the moment. My new DVD set, ‘A
Life in Magic’ is selling extremely well; Russ Stevens has made an
excellent job of them. I have a couple of new tricks being released for
the conventions, so if you see me around please ask me to show you.
The weather is glorious today, so I'm going outside to make the most of
what might be our summer?
See you around.
March already, Blackpool
Convention has been and gone, however, as always I had a great time and
Blackpool Magicians presented me with ‘The Lifetime Achievement
Award’. I was extremely flattered that my own peers had recognised
my services to Magic, but to be honest none of it has been an effort, as
Magic has always been my passion!
Also whilst at Blackpool Convention I, along with Michael J Fitch
presented my new Lecture ‘Choice Cuts’ which seemed to be very
well received. Michael has done such a good job putting the whole thing
together and spent countless hours compiling lots of my old TV footage.
My book, ‘Special Effects’ which I honestly believe is my best
yet, it’s full of practical, easy to do, commercial magic, even though I
say so myself. ‘Split Personality’ is another little gem that I
know you ‘Workers’ will love. I’ve had so many inquiries about the close
up version of ‘The Blue Phantom’ that I performed on my close up T.V
special, people asking where can they get one? Well, they couldn’t!
Until now, when my good friend Andy Hurst has made just a few and they
are absolutely stunning, in fact they are better than the original one
that I used! The craftsmanship is just perfection; please watch this
space as they will be available very soon.
I am sorry to end on a sad note but I have to mention the passing of my
dear and long time friend Patrick Page, he was one of the best magicians
that I ever knew, I will really miss him!
FISM, Blackpool 2012,
Brilliant!!! Then why are certain magicians anti Blackpool? The
Blackpool Convention organisers have proved that they can host what is
the biggest and best value for money magic convention in the world.
What with Terrorism, War, and Economic Crisis being a major concern for
most, I just cannot understand why these pathetic individuals continue
to make this issue their priority?
In the press a well known magician (who should know better) was very
disrespectful about the convention, the organisers, the town, and even
the people of Blackpool. What this person fails to remember is that
during the height of their ‘fame’ the people of Blackpool and Blackpool
town gave them a very lucrative living for many a summer season.
All I can say is that 3000 magicians can’t be wrong!
Long time no speak, sincere
apologies, it’s just that there has not been a great deal to report. I
have just returned from ‘Magic In The Rockies’ in Colorado where I had a
fantastic time, both lecturing and performing in the Gala show. It was a
small convention of extremely high quality.
I have quite a few new items that you can see at the upcoming IBM
convention in Southport.
If you get the chance to see Derren Brown’s latest live show, don’t miss
it, I saw it in the West End, it was Just Brilliant.
Congratulations to Blackpool Magicians Club on getting the vote to host
FISM 2012. My prediction is that this will be a convention to beat all
See you around,
What a hectic summer it has
been, however I’m not complaining! First of all we went to the combined
SAM/IBM convention in Louisville, Kentucky, where we had a fantastic
time. I was lecturing and appearing in the Gala show which seemed to be
well received? It was a great convention that was organised extremely
well. No sooner we were back from the USA we were off to Eastbourne for
the British Ring Convention. Whilst in Eastbourne Norm Neilson presented
me with a beautiful canvas poster of myself (above), I was so flattered by this.
These are a limited edition of which Norm does have a few for sale:
I have a nice commercial effect called Flick, which is due to be
released in a couple of weeks. Also due for release is a much improved
version of Metamorphosis. Check out the Mini Smash and Stab
and the Chinese Sticks, they are both so well made.
Well that’s it for now, I have a few lectures to do this autumn, so I
will no doubt see a few of you around.
Just back from sunny?
Blackpool, where I had a great time, especially performing in the:
‘Audience with Wayne Dobson and Geoffrey Durham’. Terry Seabrooke
interviewed me and Geoffrey and he certainly knows how to bring the best
(or worst) out of me. I absolutely loved it!
I have just managed to get my hands on a few (and I mean a few) more (I
sold out at Blackpool) ‘Cardini’ books. This book is superbly
written by John Fisher and produced by ‘The Miracle Factory’. Also there
are a few of the new Houdini two volume set, which comes in its own
slipcase. Both the Cardini and the Houdini are gorgeous publications!
Hurry, they won’t last long!
I’ve got a special deal on my DVD’s (TV1 has sold out). If you buy TV2
and TV3 together, I will give free of charge ‘Unclamped’.
‘Unclamped’ on its own costs
A massive saving.
and ‘Second Chance’
are new booklets that have both received favourable reviews in all the
major magic magazines. I’ve also got some of the new
I just got hold of a few of Masuda’s
This is a brilliant effect!
That’s it for now and I look forward to seeing you at The Bristol Day of
Magic in May.
Just completed a short
lecture tour which was very enjoyable and always nice to see old friends
and make some new ones. I persuaded Julian to show a couple of things, it
was nerve wracking for him but he soon started performing with extreme
finesse. Well done Julian! No Jonathan you are not getting away with it,
you're next? Ask him to show you ‘Torn’ at Blackpool, he does it so well!
I have just been booked to appear on the gala show at the IBM/SAM
convention in Kentucky 2008. I am so thrilled to be going as I know it’s
going to be a brilliant convention.
Rainbow is a trick that I marketed a few years ago and it was a
great seller, but Rainbow Decks were very expensive. However now USPCC
manufacture so many different decks I am able to sell this trick at a
fraction of the cost.
STARTLING is a very intriguing and different effect.
Old Moore’s Diary is Pat Page’s take on a classic effect. I cannot
praise this trick enough, it’s just brilliant!
WOW & Wellington Switchboard have both sold out, however I am
That’s all for now, so until next time here’s wishing you all a merry
Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.
Just back from the USA
(That is, The Uther Side of Amsterdam)! No really,
I was in Las Vegas where I was
performing at the LVMI convention, and what a nice convention it
was, only small, but very intimate and a great standard of performers. We
also saw some great shows whilst there, Lance Burton, Mac King, World's
Greatest Magic and Penn and Teller.
Next was Dallas for the
SAM convention and whilst there I celebrated my 50th birthday, (I know
what you are saying, ‘He doesn’t look a day over 49 and three quarters’)
and The Magic Circle very kindly gave me a bottle of bubbly and an
enormous Birthday Card that was signed by just about everybody who
attended the convention, I was very touched!
Back home for the good old British summer, (I think it falls on a Tuesday
Miracle Chip by Mark Mason featuring my trick ‘Unique Prediction’.
This is a great utility gimmick that is made with beautiful precision and
it comes complete with a matching regular half dollar and poker chip a DVD
and some mind blowing routines. This is to be released in September.
Cash Flow is a new trick that is based on an effect called
X-Change from my book WD40, however this now only uses one signed coin
and a beautifully made brass box just large enough to hold the borrowed
coin which very magically vanishes from your hand to the spectators.. This
trick uses no sleight of hand and instantly resets.
WOW by Masuda
I have a few WOW by
If you saw this effect on TV, you would swear it was trick photography –
It’s brilliant! Please email me for details.
I also have a couple of the
Wellington Mini Switchboard. This is a real Brain Teaser!
Please email me for
The IBM convention in Southport is fast approaching, where a brilliant
line up of talent (Thanks to Paul Stone) is scheduled to appear! If you
are going, please stop by DTRIK and say ‘Hi’.
See you around.
I have finally released
my autobiography along with 40 tricks and called it WD40 (Thank you
Mark Mason for the title). This book has been a tremendous success and
Magicseen have made a superb job of the publication. After being sold out
for almost two years, I have managed to get hold of a few copies of my
DVD, TV STUFF 1.
I am just getting prepared for my trip to Las Vegas where I will be
appearing at the LVMI, and as soon as we return we fly to Texas (Just next
to B&Q) for the S.A.M convention.
Julian at present is travelling around Italy. He has a pack of cards with
him, so no doubt he will be ‘Blagging’ a free drink out of some
unsuspecting Italian. Jonathan has invested in Mark Mason’s great trick ‘Come
Fly with Me’, so I am sure in the next few months I will be witnessing
this effect on more than one occasion?
BTW I have just had the pleasure of seeing Mathew J Dowden perform
some brilliant magic, all of which he explains on his DVD ‘Party Animal’
which is available from
www.alakazam.co.uk. Honestly Mathew must be one of
magic’s best kept secrets. Do your self a big favour and try and witness
this guy’s work, you will not be disappointed!
See you around.
Wow what a year it has been, in fact if 2007 is only half as good as 2006
then that means that 2006 was twice as good as 2007, obviously!!!!!!!
We have now moved house and finally settled into our new abode.
Blackpool Convention is almost upon us, and it looks like being another
blockbuster. The line up of talent looks terrific, as always.
I have some great new items this year, so please call by my stand to see
them. Lucky Dip, SWOP, Money Box, Birthday Card and Geometricks.
My new book WD40 is being released at Blackpool. It consists of
forty tricks which are a compilation of my three Dobson’s Choice books,
plus ten new effects. There is a bonus section which consists of my
autobiography ‘Starstruck’, which is of an adult nature, because
the truth just happens to contain a few ‘Choice’ words. Nothing you
haven’t heard before.
I also have a few posters called ‘Magic Stars’, which are produced on
canvas by Norm Neilson and are absolutely stunning! I only have a few left
so if you want one, don’t hang around.
The best trick I have seen this year is my new wheelchair. It stands me
up, lays me down, and it has a fifteen mile battery life. Not quite enough
to go to Blackpool, but I’ll get there somehow.
Just back from FISM in Stockholm and I had a great time witnessing some of the finest magic I
have ever seen. The gala show, the Close Up show and the Final contest
were all absolutely superb. Congratulations to all concerned! There were
lots of events that I missed, but reports were all glowing.
Whilst at FISM, I (actually it was Julian) introduced my new effect
Lucky Dip, and it completely sold out on the first day.
My new DVD, TV Stuff 3 was also a big seller and the ‘Book Test’
that I sell never fails to gather new fans.
The next big convention is the IBM in Eastbourne, and what a line up of
talent they have; Mac King, Jeff Hobson, Noel Britten, Tim Conova, Mark
Mason, Graham Jolley, and that is only for starters! Don’t miss it!
Eastbourne is renowned for lots of Walking Sticks, Zimmer Frames, and
Wheelchairs, so I should fit in quite well. See you there!