James Freedman and Edward Hilsum (pictured) were pleased to entertain at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday to help the charity U Support which provides opportunities for children suffering with a disability, hardship or illness.
Founded by Adam and Tracey Gregory, U Support provides life changing experiences by helping disabled and disadvantaged children to attend sporting and cultural events with their carers.
The reception, to launch the charity’s ‘Opening Doors Campaign’ was generously hosted by Samantha Cameron and the door of Number 10 seemed like a very good place to start.
Prime Minister David Cameron said, “To have helped around 10,000 young people in just eight years is a marvellous achievement. I wish you and all at U Support every success for the future.”
On Monday night, The Magic Circle staged the finals of its annual competition to find the Close-Up Magician of the Year. Eight of the club’s top magicians performed sleight of hand illusions for a specially invited audience at The Magic Circle Headquarters.
The President of the Magic Circle, Jack Delvin said, “To win this competition requires outstanding technical ability, sleight of hand, performance skills and a strong personality. James rose to the top across all these criteria.” This is the second time that James has won this award.
A delighted James said, “I was amazed by some of my fellow performers tonight and am thrilled to have won this very coveted trophy and the prestigious title ‘The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year 2014′.
It’s our pleasure to announce that Discovery Science has aired a reshowing of Breaking Magic on Saturday 25th January 2014. A show that entwines the principals of science and magic to showcase a host of educationally mesmerising performances!
Breaking Magic follows four innovative magicians across London, New York and Warsaw as they explain the scientific reality behind some of their most jaw dropping illusions.
Stay tuned for more magic related news!
The first Breathe Magic Camp in Sydney Australia was a big success.
Here’s the video report from ABC News.
The Breathe Magic programme of adapted magic tricks is a very effective rehabilitation tool for people who have conditions such as hemiplegia, or have had a stroke or brain injury. The repetitive action of practicing these tricks helps build up strength and dexterity, and consequently increases independence. Plus the performance skills taught as part of the magical learning experience, increase the participants’ communication skills, confidence, self-esteem and emotional wellbeing.
To find out more about Breathe Magic, please visit www.breatheahr.org
And remember when you call our bookings team and mention Breathe Arts Health Research, we’ll donate £50 of the booking fee straight to the charity.
David Blaine’s latest special ‘Real or Magic’ debuted on UK terrestrial TV with an airing on Channel 4 on New Year’s Day. In an emotionally moving show, Blaine stuns and astounds various celebrities, including Harrison Ford, Will Smith, Kanye West and President George W Bush.
David Blaine is the undisputed master of his genre, genuinely advancing the art of magic with this latest offering. Watch this show to be shocked, delighted and genuinely enchanted. Then watch it again, and again. Each encounter will reveal previously unseen layers and perspectives… an almost unique achievement in televised magic.
The Illusionists is an incredible show featuring six of the world’s greatest magicians. It came to England earlier this year as part of a world tour, however don’t worry if you missed it! Now’s your chance to see this amazing show as it will be aired on ITV on Saturday 21st December, 9:10pm. Hosted by Stephen Mulhern, this is a very special performance which took place in front of a celebrity packed audience at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.
The sequel, Illusionists 2.0 is coming! Featuring an all-new line up, it’s looking to be bigger and better than the first… Watch this space!
Comic Magicians Penn & Teller will be returning to the UK in June. These shows, part of the duo’s first ever UK tour, will feature Penn & Teller’s classic magic tricks performed live with their unique brand of humour and audience participation. No show will be the same. You never know what will happen!
With an amazing six wins as ‘Las Vegas Magicians of the Year,’ their 13-year run at The Rio Hotel & Casino is one of the longest running and most-loved shows in Las Vegas history, earning them the accolade of ‘The single best show in Vegas’ from the Los Angeles Times.
Don’t miss your chance to see two of the funniest and most respected magicians in the world in their new UK show. For tour dates and to grab your tickets, visit Ticketmaster
James Freedman will be popping up on TV screens with some crime safety advice on pickpockets and other common scams. Filming is currently underway and we’ll bring you further details in the new year.
The Foundation for Promoting the Art of Magic has awarded it’s International Magic Award to Lu Chen the undisputed superstar of modern magic who is seen here receiving the award from David Berglas. (Photo: MagicWeek )
Lu Chen is a multi award winning magician based in his native Taiwan. His television shows have achieved viewing figures of 1 billion making him the most watched magician in history.
This prestigious award was conceived by David Berglas and has been presented annually since 2007 when it was awarded to The MacMillan Family for their work in producing the International Magic Convention successfully for over forty years. Other recipients since then have included David Copperfield , Juan Tamariz , Derren Brown and Uri Geller.