Sunday, 28 April 2013

Other electronic publications available

I am pleased to say that Demagic and Josephine Langley Lady Ventriloquist my other publications are now available on as pdf downloads at the very reasonable prices of $20 and $6 respectively. Although I like printed books best there is no doubt that electronic publishing is here to stay as well and it is a good medium for obtaining ebooks at bargain prices. 
The only publication I have not yet published as an ebook is Showmen Or Charlatans? The Stories of 'Dr' Walford Bodie and 'Sir ' Alexander Cannon. At 72 pages I do not have a scanned or pdf copy yet although this is still available as a printed book - see my website

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Houdini books

The Houdini books by Brian Lead and myself "Houdini The Myth Maker" (long out of print) and "Harry Houdini Legend and Legacy" are now available as pdf downloads on At only $12 each this is excellent value and I hope many new readers will enjoy our researches into  Houdini's various challenges which appear in these books.

Colombini Farewell Tour 2013

I went to the Farewell lecture Tour 2013 by Aldo and Rachel Colombini at the Manchester Circle of Magicians last night and it was excellent. They explained many tricks, told us the story of Rachel's heart surgery and Aldo was very funny. The tricks were all easy to do and very good with an emphasis on presentation and effect rather than complex methods. The lecture notes are well produced at £10 and there were a number of DVDs also for sale at £10 each. I am not a big fan of DVDs usually preferring books but Aldo's explanations are always straightforward and easy to follow. Their website is also very good where everything is $10. If you get ten effects on each DVD at £10 that's only £1 per effect which must be great value for money. 

Friday, 12 April 2013

Northern Magic Circle

The Northern Magic Circle Convention at Whitby was excellent with some of the best lectures and shows I have seen at this Convention over many years. It was a friendly Convention and the Whitby Pavilion proved to be quite a good venue. The four dealers on display were all good too.
I was very proud to be made President 2013-2014 on the Sunday evening when I said a few words. I am looking forward to visiting the affiliated societies with Joan during my year of office. I am also going to talk to the Juniors in Newcastle and Ilkley next month. 
Articles about my appointment are due to appear in the "Lancashire Evening Telegraph" and "Rossendale Free Press" shortly. 
The entry about me in my new website has been updated to include my appointment as President. When I joined the Northern Magic Circle in 1970, 43 years ago (I was a child prodigy!), little did I know that one day I would become President. I am going to enjoy the year of office very much.