SPECIAL GUEST LECTURERS & PERFORMERS

RICHARD TURNER - US Magician and Penn & Teller Fooler

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 Richard’s unparalleled skill with a deck of cards has stirred and staggered audiences throughout the world.  The amazing thing about this master Card Manipulator is that he is totally blind.

Producers from Penn & Teller: Fool Us

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 The producers of the hit TV show are coming Down Under in search of magicians and will give a lecture about the show, how to audition for it and also lecture about magic on TV.  

LOSANDER - Master of the art of Levitation

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  Losander, Master of the art of Levitation, takes you on a journey to discover the secret ingredient of your magic. On this journey you will learn the most unusual magic which you can apply to your show.

ARTHUR COGHLAN - Magic & Escapology Legend

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 Arthur is well-known for presenting Australia's largest magic and illusion show at the Magic Castle on the Gold Coast, as well as being awarded "The Greatest Escape Artist Australia has ever known".  

JOEL HOWLETT - Back in Qld due to popular demand

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International Award Winning Magician Joel Howlett will be presenting a BRAND NEW LECTURE, including effects he is currently using for close up, stand up and he will even throw in some children's magic!

TECHOLOGY MAGIC

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Technology magic is hip, new, exciting, and most importantly ASTONISHING! Learn how to bring your magic into the 21st century.

You'll be amazed to discover how technology can play a part in your magic act.

HELEN COGHLAN - Magician, Escapologist & Penn & Teller Fooler

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Helen is the daughter of legendary Magician & Escapologist, Arthur Coghlan and is a leading entertainer in her own right. She was the first woman in the world to perform Houdini's Water Torture escape and, more recently, fooled Penn & Teller in Las Vegas for the second time.

MISSY BURRELL - SOCIAL MEDIA GURU

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 As a journalist-turned digital strategist, Missy knows the power of compelling story telling. She offers valuable insight into the role social media can play in promoting your magic profile to a targeted audience.  

BARRY GOVAN -

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Barry’s close-up magic is so good he allows the audience to be as close to him as their own shadow. As a matter of fact, his hobby is fooling some of the finest magicians in the world with his own magical creations. 

All lecture notes and any gimmicks demonstrated in Barry's lecture are free.

US MAGICIAN AND PENN & TELLER FOOLER

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RICHARD TURNER

Richard Turner is a corporate phenomenon who creates, dazzles, entertains, and inspires. 

 

Gaming experts and gamblers know and respect him as a master Card Mechanic/Manipulator who could take down any old-west casino or wipe out any high-stakes gambler. Richard’s unparalleled skill with a deck of cards has stirred and staggered audiences throughout the world. He has been featured on dozens of worldwide TV specials, Oscar nominated film, documentaries, magazine cover stories, profiled in hard cover publications, newspapers features, and TV commercials. In 2014 and 2017, the American Academy of Magical Arts recognized Richard as the close-up entertainer of the year.

 
Oct 2017, IFC-Sundance Selects released theatrically and many On Demand platforms “DEALT” a film on the life of the world’s most skilled card magician/card shark, Richard Turner, who just happens to be totally blind, and whose tenacity inspires, which at SXSW and many other film festival screenings were sold out with standing ovations and has multiple times won the top “Audience Choice Awards for Best Feature Documentary Film with raving reviews from New York Times to the L. A. Times.” 

 

VARIETY called Turner nothing short of dazzling and from Penn & Teller, Penn said, “Richard fooled us with every single move he did,” and Teller said, DEALT knocked me dead….A great Documentary!”

  

DEALT trailer: https://youtu.be/F__DQ1ruYck

Richard Turner fools the great Vegas team Penn & Teller: https://youtu.be/TwFIJyWKs1k

Richard Turner guest Motivational-Inspirational Entertainment speaker at MIT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyV8Xw9TscA

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US

PRODUCERS FROM PENN & TELLER: FOOL US

If you're not aware of the hit US TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us where have you been? Aspiring magicians from all over the world perform their best tricks to try and fool Penn and Teller, the world-famous magician duo. If the two cannot guess how the trick was done, the "fooler" gets to be on their Las Vegas magic show. 


The producers of the show are coming Down Under in search of magicians and will give a lecture about the show, how to audition for it and also lecture about magic on TV. This is their first visit to Australia and the GC Magic 2019 Magic Convention is the only chance to meet them in the Australasia region. If you are keen on auditioning, we’re encouraging you to register early as places will be limited.


Here's some information regarding the auditions:

The producers prefer to see a full live performance of a trick as they believe it would be played on their stage. If it is not logistically possible to do a live performance (size of props, for example), you are able to bring in a recording of your live performance instead.


No act should be over 8 minutes and 4-5 minutes is preferred. Anyone performing a longer act should know that, if they like if for the show, you will have to be willing to cut it down with their guidance. 


The audition is somewhat informal. Magicians should consider it a safe room and more akin to a workshop and discussion. They do not want to hear about an act - they want to see it! 


Every performance should have a clear and clearly communicated plot, a unique trick or twist, and a well-rehearsed, concise, and original presentation. The producers are not fans of elements that are plain 'red herrings' designed to mislead magic experts - this is quite different from misdirection done for the sake of a general audience - and they will often ask that red herring moments be taken out of a performance so the magic should be strong on its own. 


The mission of the performer on Penn & Teller: Fool Us is much more to entertain a million people more than it is to fool two judges. Sincerity and authenticity are appreciated. If a magician plays a character on stage, the character should be more than skin deep.


The producers are happy to see all categories of magic large and small, and they love to be surprised.


Magicians who successfully audition receive return airfares to Las Vegas and hotel accommodation, as well as US$750. If you then fool Penn & Teller on the show, you will be invited back to Las Vegas to perform in their stage act at a later date. Return flights and hotel accommodation will be provided again.


These auditions will be closed and not open for general viewing.

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MASTER OF THE ART OF LEVITATION

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LOSANDER

Losander, Master of the art of Levitation, takes you on a journey to discover the secret ingredient of your magic. On this journey you will learn the most unusual magic which you can apply to your show.

 

In this lecture you will learn how to improve your existing magic with some simple tools. You will also learn brand new effects that will bring your magic to the next level.

  

Learn how to animate any small objects. Move a glass and float it under your command.

 

Anything you wanted to learn about magic with bubbles. Float a bubble in mid air and pop it at your will.

 

Learn how to make a straw dance and a business card rise. Learn the right handling of a thumb tip. Learn how to apply the secret ingredient and make your show amazing!

 

Join Losander on this special lecture and unleash your full power of magic.

  

Losander with introduction by David Copperfield - https://youtu.be/nbqugfR0tF8 

AUSTRALIAN MAGIC & ESCAPOLOGY LEGEND

ARTHUR COGHLAN

Arthur Coghlan and his daughter, Helen, have been entertaining audiences for many years. Their show is full of comedy, audience participation and world-class magic and illusions. 


Their escapes are amazing and always leave the spectators completely astounded. 


Arthur is well-known for presenting Australia's largest magic and illusion show at the Magic Castle, here on the Gold Coast, where he performed in over 6,500 shows.


During this time, Arthur appeared on many leading national and international shows performing world-class magic and illusions plus outstanding feats of escapology as a means of publicity.


Foremost among these outstanding feats was an escape he performed live on Channel 9's The Don Lane Show. He became a household name in Australia in 1979 when he escaped from a locked 44-gallon drum which had been tested by university engineers who claimed that an escape from this drum was impossible. 


Arthur has performed many varied escapes throughout his career and every escape is unique and developed solely by him. It is also interesting to note that all of Arthur's escapes can be examined before and after each performance - no other escapologist has ever done this


In 1994, Arthur received a special award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Queensland Society of Magicians acknowledging him as “a Pioneer of Modern Magic and the Greatest Escape Artist Australia has ever known". 


Arthur is also a recipient of the coveted "Silver Cuffs Award" which was awarded to him "for his many mind-boggling death-defying stunts, TV appearances, lifetime contribution and support of the Art of Escape".


Arthur designs and builds all of his own illusions and, because of his incredible successes, he is much sought-after for his role as consultant and advisor. 


44-Gallon Drum Escape on The Don Lane Show Part 1 - https://youtu.be/t2dDGc5ywxQ

44-Gallon Drum Escape on The Don Lane Show Part 2 - https://youtu.be/9VOCUbAmD5E

Death Cage Escape - https://youtu.be/wYa3GEQEpyA

Circular Saw Escape - https://youtu.be/zPZjIYfkf0A

Jet Truck Escape - https://youtu.be/7RLaV827a6U

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BACK IN QLD BY POPULAR DEMAND!

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JOEL HOWLETT

International Award Winning Magician Joel Howlett will be one of the guest artists at the GC Magic 2019 Magic Convention and will be presenting a BRAND NEW LECTURE.

 
Joel gave his very first public performance at age 7. A short time later he performed on Hey Hey It's Saturday where he won the Red Faces segment! 

 

Since those early days Joel's showmanship has matured and taken him around Australia and the world, where he has appeared in his own right as the Australian representative at Disney World, Florida, for the Millennium Dreamer's Summit, Guest Artist at the Rivera Hotel Las Vegas at the Society Of American Magicians Convention and, in 2013, Joel was one of the International Guest Lecturers at the New Zealand Magician's Convention in Palmeston North.

 

Joel's style and variety of material has made it possible for him to work as a full-time professional magician for the last fifteen years since completing his schooling. He performs for a wide variety of ages at both private and corporate events. His Gold Coast lecture will include effects he is currently using for close up, stand up and he will even throw in some children's magic!

 

For more information on Joel, see the JD's World of Magic Facebook page.

MAGICIAN, ESCAPOLOGIST AND PENN & TELLER FOOLER

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HELEN COGHLAN

Helen began working on stage as an assistant in her father's (Arthur Coghlan) Magic and Illusion show, the largest production of its kind in Australia at the tender age of 15 and quickly became a top entertainer in her own right. She has won many awards, including Australia's Junior Magician of the Year, a Queensland Variety Wallace Award and several awards from the Australian Convention of Magicians. 

  

Helen has appeared on many of the leading national and international TV shows and also has performed overseas, including performing at Hollywood's prestigious Magic Castle. 

 
More recently Helen fooled world-renowned magicians Penn & Teller last year on their hit international TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us filmed in Las Vegas. They invited her back to perform with them in their live stage act at the Rio Casino where she, not only fooled them again, but was also presented with her trophy.

 

She appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us again this season and fooled them a second time!!

 

Apart from the magic, Helen has also followed in her father's footsteps to become one of the world's leading escapologists. She created a lot of media attention when she became the first woman in the world to escape from Houdini's famous Water Torture Escape which was televised for national television.

 

Helen is also a Wedding Celebrant (Officiant) and has been voted as the most popular Celebrant on the Gold Coast. 

  

Water Torture Escape - https://youtu.be/igrNnGvoF0E

Penn & Teller Fool Us - https://youtu.be/IsmNrCN9BSU 

CLOSE UP MAGICIAN

BARRY GOVAN

Much more than just a magician, Barry is in particular demand by companies who want their clients to be entertained by someone who is different and memorable.


Barry’s close-up magic is so good he allows the audience to be as close to him as their own shadow. As a matter of fact, his hobby is fooling some of the finest magicians in the world with his own magical creations.


He is the author of a number of technical magic books published worldwide and regularly tours the USA lecture circuit teaching other magicians his methods. He has performed at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood and brings new meaning to the words ‘misdirection’ and ‘psychology’.


He was engaged for a private performance for General Schwarzkopf (Gulf War fame) and Lee Iacocca (Previous CEO of Chrysler USA) on their last Melbourne visit.


Barry has made cameo appearances with his sleight of hand work in TV productions and films include Stingers, Dunera Boys with Bob Hoskins, Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story and others.


He’s much sought after for trade shows, conventions and dinners for some of Australia’s top corporations.


His work has included touring with Elle McPherson and special magic performances for Muhammad Ali and other notables at corporate and special events.


 All lecture notes and any gimmicks demonstrated in Barry's lecture are free. 

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SOCIAL MEDIA GURU

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MISSY BURRELL

Missy loves nothing more than slinging a story that sticks. After spending seven years as a journo working across the traditional media landscape (radio, print, television and online), Missy crossed to the digital dark side. Her knack for creating killer content translates into savvy social strategies and distinctive digital experiences that surprise. 


Since 2010, Missy has worked with some of Australia's most epic brands - amplifying their unique voice, uncovering relatable stories and delivering them to audiences numbered in the millions.

 
Media Missy can be found on Linked In, Facebook, Instagram& Twitter.

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