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.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the theatre… Ghost Stories is the smash hit play written and directed by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson. With a previous sell out 13 month run in the West End before playing in Toronto and Moscow, the show has now terrified over 300,000 people. This cult show is coming back to the West End from February next year in a new production with an entirely new cast and a couple of new ‘special moments’ that promise to be more intense than ever! Are you brave enough to book? For tickets call 020 7836 8463 or visit www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk but hurry, we predict this will sell out fast.
In another innovative challenge, the master illusionist and showman plans to pull off the perfect crime. He’s bet renowned art collector Ivan Massow that he can steal a painting from right under his nose. In true Derren style, he will tell Ivan exactly which painting he plans to target – a work by Turner-nominated British brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman no less – as well as what time the theft will happen. He’ll even give him a photograph of the person that’s going to take it.
In order to pull off the theft Derren recruits a crew. But he’s not going to use career criminals or skilled cat burglars. He’s going to use members of society that tend to slip by unnoticed. He’s going to use old age pensioners. Speaking about the challenge, Derren said “This has been nerve-wracking for me and my team, leaving such an extraordinary task entirely in the hands of a group of contributors to pull off. The idea was to use the fact that the elderly tend to be treated as invisible as a strength.”
We can’t wait…
The Lost Lectures is a unique series of ‘Enchanting Talks from Secret Locations’ that’s about taking lectures out of traditional corporate and academic environments and into incredible secret spaces that surprise, delight and bring the imagination to life. An immersive world of inspiring talks and unforgettable experiences, featuring a World-class mix of scientists, artists, techies, designers, entrepreneurs and entertainers and many more…
Pickpocket James Freedman will be among the speakers at this year’s final event next month in the Lost Lectures ‘Big Fight Live’ on 22nd November 2013. It looks set to be an unforgettable evening. The full lineup of speakers can be found HERE.
In 1999 Luis was nominated ‘Magician of the Year’ by the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood. In 2010 he was again honoured when fellow magicians around the world voted him ‘Illusionist of the Decade’.
Luis is a household name in Portugal where he’s hosted and produced over 150 highly successful and award winning television shows. Last year, UK audiences saw Luis in action on ‘The Magicians’ the hit BBC One show which put magic back on Saturday night television for the first time in over 20 years.
Renowned for the grandest of illusions, Luis de Matos is the man who made an elephant disappear in under five seconds, and a Ferrari melt away whilst surrounded by members of the audience. He made a six ton Renault truck appear in front of an invited audience of executives (in the company’s own building!) and when Disney launched the Disney Channel in Portugal it was Luis who magically produced Mickey Mouse in a spectacular illusion so he could switch on the TV channel for the very first time!
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The David Devant is awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution in advancing the art of magic internationally. The trophy is a replica bust of David Devant, the first President of The Magic Circle. The original life size bronze is on permanent display in the society’s London headquarters.
We said goodbye to Zubair Ravat last week as he disappeared (without so much as a puff of smoke) to take up a new senior sales role with some muggles.
Zubair, who knows more amazing magicians than Dumbledore, was our sales guru and without his special kind of magic, we couldn’t have delivered as much of ours.
So congratulations on your new role Zubs and HUGE thanks from everyone at Magicians.co.uk for everything you did. You “smashed it”!
In the last 12 months he’s been a presenter on CBBC and starred in ‘Breaking Magic’ on the Discovery Channel. Now Ben ‘Magic Boy’ Hanlin will be appearing in ‘Tricked’, a brand new hidden camera show premiering on ITV2 next week.
Using sleight of hand, mentalism and mischief, Ben pranks a series of unsuspecting celebrities and members of the public with an added element of magic! “Victims” include TOWIE’s Arg and Diags, members of boy band Blue, Helen Flanagan, Joe Swash, Christine Bleakley, Stacey Solomon, Robbie Savage and Emma Willis. Illusions and magic were created by Nigel Mead and Martyn Rowland.
Here’s the trailer
Set your reminders – Episode one will air at 9pm this Thursday 10th October.
You know how much we loved The Illusionists here at Magicians.co.uk, so you can imagine our excitement when we heard about the next generation of brilliant stage performers joining up for the sequel, Illusionists 2.0.
Again we have another line-up brimming with magical potential with our very own Luis De Matos at the Master Magician, Aaron Crow as The Warrior, Raymond Crowe as The Unusualist, Yu Ho-Jin as The Manipulator and many more.
We’ve already been promised The Illusionists 2.0 plans to propel the audience into the future of magic and illusion using cutting-edge visual effects including giant 3D interactive projections, and with every performer at the pinnacle of their powers this show will certainly be one to remember.
The next generation kick start the show on 19th January at Concert Hall, Brisbane. Keep your eyes peeled for the UK dates!
The brilliant John Carney will be presenting his one man show for the first time in the UK at the Bridewell Theatre as part of the International Magic Convention in London in November. A charismatic performer and outstanding technician, John is a true link to the past as a student of Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller and Faucett Ross.
The show features close-up magic and stand up routines and yes, Mr Mysto will be making an appearance too. Mr Mysto is John’s wonderful character magician – a small time magician with delusions of grandeur and hysterically poor manners who seems unable to stop some thoughts coming out his mouth!
Trust us, tickets will sell out fast. For more information or to book yours, click here.