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25 entries from October 2009

Life's lemons brought lemonade...

Last month someone was trying to play some kind of joke on us by passing around a fake Magic Unlimited Newsletter.

In the fake newsletter it spoke about Sue-Anne being on the cover of Scouts Weekly Magazine. (Sue-Anne is a very proud Queen Scout, but there was no such story, there's not even such a magazine).


As it was being passed around by a Sydney magician, Scouts Australia got hold of it and immediately contacted us wanting to know more about Sue-Anne.

After talking to her they decided to add her to their select list of 'Famous Scouts' which includes Dick Smith, Peter Garrett, Jack Brabham, Bert Newton, Adam Spencer, and Geoffrey Blainey... good company to be in! (And she's one of only four women on the list)

You can see Sue-Anne's profile on or CLICK HERE to go directly to it.


"Hello, may I speak to Susie?"

"Do you mean Sue-Anne?"


"Who shall I say is calling?"

".... it's Violet."

"From where?"

"Wyndham Vacation Resorts."

"I'm sorry, she doesn't have time to speak to telemarketers."

"I'm not trying to sell anything over the telephone."

"Are you marketing something?"

"I'm not trying to sell anything."

"That's not what I asked, are you marketing anything?"

"Are you her partner? I just want to tell you that you have been specially selected to..."

Then she went into a 3 minute monologue which I put on speakerphone so the Lorikeets could enjoy it. When she finished, there was silence. She said "Hello?" and strangely, when Sparks replied "Hello" in his best voice, she hung up.

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Magicians of the past and current magicians including 
Mac King, Doug Henning, Dai Vernon, Larry Jennings, Charlie Miller, Tony Slydini, Jimmy Grippo, Martin Nash, Harry & Gay Blackstone, Billy McComb, Jeff Hobson, Mike Finney, Dana Daniels, Tom Burgoon, Tom Ogden, Gazzo and so many more.

Reports from the road, at the airport, technical problems, hecklers, lost props, fire, animal mishaps and anything else you can think of IS ALL HERE! Get an inside look to what happens to the pros while they travel and work in this exciting profession. Great entertainment and a fantastic read for the entire family.

You are all going to LOVE this book!

(And you'll even find some stories from me inside!)
*Ships on 1/11/2010

Houdini - 100 years ago

March 18, 1910, Harry Houdini flew his Voisin Biplane at Digger's Rest, near Melbourne.

March 18, 2010, and celebrations will be held to celebrate Australia's centenary of flight.

Most of the celebrations centre around aviation with not much emphasis on Houdini as a magician, but for more information go to 

Tim Ellis in The Herald Sun

TIM ELLIS – A magician in Geeksville 

(Herald Sun Oct 7, 2009)

Without revealing trade secrets, do magicians these days use the latest tricky technology or are acts still all smoke and mirrors?

It's a combination of both. Magicians are absolute geeks and often embrace technology before most people are even aware it exists. Magicians were using electricity to ``light a hundred candles with one gunshot'' before most people knew it had been discovered.

Has technological advances made leaving audiences in shock and awe easier or harder?

People are so used to seeing the most amazing sights on TV and at the movies, but when they see the same things happen live, right before their very eyes, they are really blown away.

Is it true your sunglasses are secretly take photos and your watch is a video camera?

Absolutely. One of my favourite websites is and I've got so many great toys from them, including my sunglasses which include an MP3 player and digital camera, and my watch which has an 8MB video camera hidden inside. People tell me if I wasn't a magician, I'd be James Bond!

Your favourite gizmos?

There are several devices I can't tell you about (because I use them in my shows!) but I do have a T-shirt with a built-in speaker that gives me a soundtrack to my daily activities.

Any gizmo you despise?

My brother in law has a TomTom GPS which gives you directions in a pirate's voice. By the time it's said ``A hundred meeeeeeeeteerrrrrrrs, matey!'' you've already passed the turn!

How do you get on with your PC?

Fine thanks, but we have two Rainbow Lorikeets who absolutely LOVE our computers. They chase the cursor on the screen and love pulling the keys off the keyboard 

This week in magic Downunder

There's always a lot more going on "magically" here in Australia than most people realise.

A great place to visit if you'd like to be kept up to date is The Australian Institute of Magic site, where you can check out their Upcoming Events listings (just click on the HOME menu and it appears as a drop-down).

This week is a great example:

Saturday Oct 17 -

Sunday Oct 18

Monday Oct 19

Tuesday Oct 20

Wednesday Oct 21

Thursday Oct 22

Friday Oct 23

Saturday Oct 24

Sunday Oct 25

Monday Oct 26

Of course there are literally hundreds of private magic performances every week here in Australia -These are public magic events that anyone can attend and, if yours is not listed, email them at the Australian Institute of Magic and have yours added to their site!