The Ipswich Magical Society Convention 2009
When Sunday October 25th 2009
Where The The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, see map
How Much 25 (Includes free ticket to the Gala Show)
Gala Show Additional Gala Show tickets are 12.50 Adults, 7.50 Children
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 watch the close up session.

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 Hot and cold food will be available from the Convention centre, but there will also be numerous restaurants and pubs open on the day that are in waking distance.

Where to Park The nearest car park is in Ranelagh Road, Felixstowe which is a 2 minute walk from the Convention centre.

see map

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 09:00
Official Opening 9:45
Marc Oberon's Midas Close Up Routine 9:50 A brief overview of Marc Oberon Marc Oberon's website
Lecture: John Archer 10.00-11:00 A brief overview of John Archer John Archer's website
Lecture: Dan Garrett 11:30-12:30 A brief overview of Dan Garrett Dan Garrett's website
Lunch 12.30-14:00
An Audience with Wayne Dobson 14.00-15:30 A brief overview of Wayne Dobson Wayne Dobson's website
Lecture: Marc Oberon 16.00-17:00 A brief overview of Marc Oberon Marc Oberon's website
Last Chance with the Dealers 17:00-17:30
Evening Show. Curtain Up 19:30
 The Evening Show
John Archer, Compere A brief overview of John Archer John Archer's website
Marc Oberon A brief overview of Marc Oberon Marc Oberon's website
John Archer A brief overview of John Archer John Archer's website
Alec Powell A brief overview of Alec Powell Alec Powell's website
Graham P. Jolley A brief overview of Graham Jolley Graham P. Jolley's Website
Michael J. Fitch A brief overview of Michael J. Fitch Michael J. Fitch's website
Marc Oberon's UV Act A brief overview of Marc Oberon Marc Oberon's website
 The Dealers
Alakazam The Alakazam Website
The Card Collection The Card Collection Website
Magic Books By Post Magic Books By Post
Magic TAO Magic TAO
Barrie's Magic Barries Magic
Albion Magic Albion Magic
Dtrik (Wayne Dobson) Dtrik Magic
Wayne Dobson Wayne Dobson was born in Leicester and developed an interest in magic at an early age. He has attributed the start of this interest to experiences including seeing an entertainer at a children's party and watching television programmes such as the David Nixon show. When he was nine his parents gave him a David Nixon Magic set as a Christmas present and thereafter he became a dedicated performer always seeking to learn new tricks. During a school trip to London to visit the British Museum he stumbled upon the Davenports magic shop, to which he would return often during his teens as he sought to learn more about professional magic. At Davenports he met magician Pat Page who became a mentor and lifelong friend. Other influences cited by Dobson include Roy Johnson, Ken Brooke and Dai Vernon, who was revered among magicians for his close-up magic.

At the age of 16 Dobson became the youngest ever member of the Leicester Magic Circle. He also started to pick up work on a semi-professional basis at local clubs. In 1977 he won joint first prize in the close-up competition at the International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring Convention. This led to his television debut on the BBC show Blue Peter. Encouraged by this success Dobson decided at the age of 21 to become a full-time professional magician.

Wayne had developed a style of magic based around fast-talking patter and one-liner humour. It won him work as an opening act on tours with top UK performers such as Freddie Starr, Shirley Bassey and the Shadows. He also began getting guest slots on television shows. In 1988 he was hired as a support act for Engelbert Humperdinck on a tour of America, where he won positive attention and got experience of major entertainent centres such as Las Vegas. Back in the UK he was asked to perform in the 1989 Royal Variety Show at the London Palladium, where he scored a great success with an act in which he was assisted by boxer Frank Bruno and sports commentator Harry Carpenter. Later that year he made regular guest appearances on the Joe Longthorne television show. This led to him being offered his own TV series. Wayne Dobson - A Kind of Magic was aired nationally on Saturday nights on the ITV network and at its high point had audiences of 11 million. In total, three series were commissioned.

Wayne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1988. Although he knew this would eventually come to limit his mobility he determined to carry on working to his fullest potential. He also became an ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC) charity.

Having reduced his performing work because of the advance of his MS, Wayne has continued with a successful career in magic. Being highly regarded among fellow professionals he found himself in demand as a lecturer at societies and conferences. Together with his wife Marianne, who he married in 2005, he runs DTRIK, a business developing and marketing magic tricks.

In 2004 Wayne was awarded the "Maskelyne", the highest award of The Magic Circle, for outstanding individual achievement.

At the Ipswich Magical Society Convention, we will be trated to en exclusive session with Wayne Dobson where he will talk about his life, answer questions and show video clips from his extensive career. Many of these clips will have never been seen before.

Marc Oberon recently won the First prize in the Parlour magic category at this years FISM. he is without doubt one of the most skilled magicians alive and he seems to excel in everything he does, whether it is close-up magic, stage/parlour magic, mentalism and even his award winning UV act seen at Blackpool last year.

We will certainly be getting the best out of Marc on the day, as he will start the convention with a bang by preforming his Midas Close-Up routine that won him first prize at the IBM competition in 2006.

He will also end the day with a lecture that will be a not to be missed event. In the evening show, he will perform his stage magic act, and will end the show with his wonderful UV act.

Dan is a former president of the Society of American Magicians (SAM) a position once held by Houdini, and he (Dan) is widely rated as one of the top magicians from the United States. As well as being a prolific author of magic books, he is also a great magic innovator and amongst other things he is the inventor of the world famous Banana trick.

John Archer John Archer is the current 'Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year' and certainly one of the best comedy magicians in the UK today.

John Archer has been working as a professional Comedy Magician for the past 13 years and was working semi-professionally for 10 years before that. Since turning professional John has won many awards both in the UK and abroad.

As well as his lecture, John will be compering the evening Gala show as only he can.

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 and is the current International Children's Entertainer of the Year

Alec Powell is...

Graham P. Jolley is an extremely engaging mind-reader, psychologist, entertainer, cabaret artiste and conference speaker with a stream of TV credits and a flair for keeping audiences enthralled.

As a corporate after dinner speaker, a private party entertainer or in open forum at a conference, his mind-reading ability baffles every audience he meets and gains their instant respect.

Graham P. Jolley is the most outstanding mind reader of his generation. He presents an unforgettable event with no parallel in show business. And what's more he's very funny.

An evening with Graham P Jolley is an exciting demonstration of the power of the mind. He will read your mind, predict your holiday destination and with whom. He will analyse your handwriting, make a wine glass shatter with your mental energy, make a table levitate, and reveal a freely selected name and telephone number in a directory. Throughout the performance the emphasis is on humour and audience participation in the best possible taste.