The Ipswich Magical Society Convention 2008
When Sunday October 26th 2008
Where The Corn Exchange, Ipswich, see map
How Much 25 Adults, 15 for under 14's (Includes free ticket to the Gala Show).
Gala Show Additional Gala Show tickets are 12.50 Adults, 7.50 Children

Special Offers Click here for special offers

Details During the day the doors will be open to magicians only who will be able to browse the many dealer tables, see the arranged lectures and watched the close up sessions.

The evening show is open to the general public, and looking at the line up it promises to be as successful as last years sell out show.

Where to Eat Sandwiches will be available at the Corn Exchange, but there will also be numerous restaurants, fast food havens and sandwich bars open on the day in the immediate vicinity of the convention centre.

To name a few there is the Mizu noodle bar (highly recommended), Burger king and MacDonalds, plus Marks and Spencers and Subway for Sandwiches.

Where to Park Like any big town nowadays parking in the town centre can be a real headache.

Which is why we have made a deal with the local authorities, and have a number of cheap (2 all day) parking vouchers available.

All you need to do when you book, is to specify you want a voucher, and let me know if your vehicle is over 2m high.

Contact Registration Officer.
Simon Shaw
3 Kingshall Street,
Rougham, Bury St Edmunds,
IP30 9LH
Phone: 01359 270876
Mobile: 0794 9907 426
email: imsconvention @

Click Here to see the Advertising Poster for the day
 The Day
Doors Open 09:45
Official Opening 10:00-10:15
Lecture: John van der Put 10.30-11:30 A brief overview of John van der Put John van der Put's website
Lecture: James Biss 12:00-13:00 A brief overview of James Biss James Biss's website
Lunch 13.00-14:15
Close up Sessions 14.15-15:15
Lecture: Max Somerset 16.00-17:15 A brief overview of Max Somerset Max Somerset
Last Chance with the Dealers 17:15-17:30
Evening Show. Curtain Up 19:15
 The Close Up Session (14:00-15:00)
John B. Born
Will Houstoun
John Van der Put A brief overview of John van der Put John van der Put's website
 The Evening Show
Richard Whymark, Compere A Brief Overview of Richard Whymark Richard Whymark's website
Piff the Magic Dragon A brief overview of John van der Put Martin Cox's website
Ashley and Wilma A brief overview of Ashley and Wilma
Scott Penrose A brief overview of Scott Penrose Scott Penrose's website
Michael J. Fitch A brief overview of Michael J. Fitch Michael J. Fitch's website
James Biss (Messing with Minds) A brief overview of James Biss Michael J. Fitch's Website
Michael Pearse A brief overview of Michael Pearce
Max Somerset A brief overview of Max Somerset The Rock Illusion Show
 The Dealers
Burning Card Magic Burning Card Magic
The Card Collection The Card Collection Website
Magic Books By Post Magic Books By Post
The Magicians Cave Magicians Cave
The Magic Attic The Magic Attic
Barrie's Magic Barries Magic
Zane Zanes Magic Shop Website
Magic Mart Magic Mart Website
World Magic Shop The World Magic Shop
More dealers to be confirmed
Amongst other things Max Somerset is the star of BBC's popular The Sorcerer's Apprentice. In fact he IS the Sorcerer himself, but this is just one of the strings to his bow.

He also stars in his own hit Sky One Prime time series and other t.v. Magic shows such as UnderCover Magic from the makers of Derren Brown.

Max can be a force of charm and sophistication to add a touch of class and head scratching mystery to any show

He is best known though as the traditional Mad Cap top hatted and frock coated eccentric whose magic and mentalism border on the fine line of genius and madness.

His career began at a tender age when he saw Paul Daniels push four coins through a table and realised that magic was a career that he  was destined to follow.

His uncle bought him a Hammond organ at the age of 11 thus igniting a passion for Jazz and bebop ( in particular Jimmy Smiths 'smokin' Hammond B3) until eventually he studied music at Trinity College London and the magic took a back seat for a while until he graduated.

Leaving TCM he embarked on a career teaching music while performing Magic in clubs in and around london. Max has since been catapulted into national and international performance status, presti-digitating under the noses of countless celebrities (aren't they the lucky ones) at weddings, after show parties and even Barmitzvahs, as well as performing in front of crowds of 3000 people at Wembley Conference Centre or in Stockholm Sweden.

He also performs annually at the Abracadabra Anniversary in Antigua.

His inimitable style is always guaranteed to twist your brain into knots and bring a cheeky smile to your face.

James Biss is one of Canada's top entertainers and he performs a very unique style of Mental Magic. 

He strives to make performances very interactive so that the largest number of people become involved and enjoy themselves.

It's a lot of fun and kind of mind-blowing at the same time... The result is that everyone is guaranteed to have a great time and feel terrific about themselves, each other and their "Extra-Sensory Possibilities". That's what corporations as diverse as TD Waterhouse, Pfiser, Johnson & Johnson, Chapters, United Van Lines, Union Gas and the CBC, as well as associations like the Canadian Jewellers Association and Canadian Association of Logistics Management have enthusiastically reported!

John van der Put John has worked as an award winning contemporary magician for the past ten years, establishing a unique fusion of stylish magic an artistic performances.

As "Heston Blumethal's Magician" (METRO) he has created the magic for and performed exclusively at "The Fat Duck", the three Michelin-starred restaurant, He also supplied effects for David Blaine and the National Theatre.

One of the youngest magicians ever to lecture at the magic circle, he is now regularly emplyed by FTSE100 companies, such as Pepsi and LG, for high-profile product launches and exlusive corporate hospitality.

Reknowned internationally for his solo performances, John has gained much acclaim for his groundbreaking work as artistic director of standnotamazed, a theatre company that puts the art back into the artiface.

Michael Pearce Michael Pearse has one of the greatest Comedy Juggling acts you are ever like to see.

Michael doesn't limit himself to juggling with balls and clubs. Oh no. Michael will juggle with almost anything at hand, and throughout the whole process you won't just be dazzled with his juggling skills you will also be trying to stop your sides from splitting due to his equally dazzling wit.

The jokes are non stop, so you will find you miss two or three jokes just because you are laughing so much.
Michael J. Fitch - from C4's Feaky Magic Michael is an award winning Magician and Entertainer, who began performing magic at the age of four and has dedicated his life to perfecting the art of illusion. He has performed professionally since his secondary school days and has held audiences spell bound for many years.

His close-up and stage magic has led him to some high profile corporate engagements all over the country as well as abroad. Most recently he is the current holder of the UK Children's Entertainer of the Year, and the winnre of the Ipswich Magical Society Close up Competition (The Magini Shield).

Michael is also one of the stars in Channel 4’s Brilliant and innovative “Freaky Magic”.

In short Michael J. Fitch is one of Britain’s most exciting magicians.

Scott is a young, versatile, and sophisticated Magician with a modern Professional approach to his art. Whilst working at high speed in cabaret, doves appear from thin air as he performs magic with fire, and smoke, in a spectacular fashion.

He can perform large illusions which are rarely seen other than in Las Vegas shows. Scott is a master of sleight of hand and performs incredible close up magic right under your nose!

Scott was voted Young Magician of the Year, and was quickly promoted to a member of the Inner Magic Circle (with a Gold Star). He was also awarded British Magical Champion of General Magic. Plus, the coveted Ditta Challenge Shield at The International Brotherhood of Magicians convention. He has also been a consultant on many films.

Prepare to be amazed.

Scott Penrose
Ashley and Wilma Ashley and Wilma will be performing some real off the wall comedy magic.

There's not much more I can say really except there will be some serious comedy.

Richard Whymark Richard Whymark will be compering the Evening Show. Richard is one of East Anglia's funniest comedians who has performed his zany act at venues all over the U.K.

He is a skilled performer with visual, vocal and comedy impressions that are blended with his own stand-up style that has endeared him to all types of audience.

Add to this his comedy magic and you have a performer who can adapt his act to suit any occasion for any audience from family to adult.

Richard has worked various venues ranging from theatres, holiday parks, social clubs, cabaret clubs, restaurants and private functions.

2002 saw Richard appear on ITV's "Stand Up Britain", which featured some of the countries new comedy talent which he was voted one of the regional winners.

Richard has also featured in a programme for SKY TV, and has also appeared on BBC Radio and other local radio stations many times.

In 2002, 2003 and 2004 Richard was winner of the much acclaimed Ipswich Magical Society Vera Smith Cup.