This Month - February 2018

Close-Up Competition

This year's close-up competition takes place on Wednesday February 28th - so you still have time to enter, go to Blackpool and buy an act in time for the competition.

Not that any of you would do that, now - or would you?....

Please let Kenny Hurren (Competition Organiser) know if you wish to enter - chat to him at the club, let him know via the Forum, or leave a note on the SCA Facebook page. If you don't already know Kenny (unlikely, everyone knows Kenny) this is what he looks like...


The rest of the month shapes up like this...

February 2018      
7th INFORMAL – Mini Lecture – Stephen Allison    
21st Mentalism Mike Nowak  
28th Close Up Competition Kenny Hurren *Open Night*

March follows and John Brownlee is already encouraging members to pair up for an evening of magic double acts, so get down to it and you can be a Penn to someone else's Teller or Sooty to someone's Richard Cadell.

7th INFORMAL – Advice Night    
14th Pairs Night J.B.  
28th Boris Wild Lecture – Fletcher Memorial lecture D.S.


Jim Meek Night

Jim Meek
1935 – 2017

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At the end of last year we lost one of our longest serving and most active members of the SCA. Jim loved the club and was always ready to help in whatever way he could whether it be performing or taking on duties on the Committee, most latterly club host and raffle organiser.
Jim was a good friend to anyone who knew him and was always happy to help and share ideas with anything to do with Magic. He was always happy to perform whenever asked and as we all know too well it would be either a trick that just would not work out (but with hilarious results) or an amazing piece of Magic that would surprise us all.
The turnout from the Magic community at his funeral was a tribute to Jim as he was so well known and respected, also being a member of Glasgow Magic Circle and Paisley Magic Circle as being well known by most at other Scottish clubs that he would visit when he could.
Everyone who knew Jim will have their own memories and I am sure he will be remembered for some time to come.
This year he will miss Blackpool which he loved to visit with his friends from various clubs and his family are going there in February to scatter Jim’s ashes at the start of this year’s convention.
On the 23rd February 2018 Scottish Magic clubs plan to hold a night for Jim (details to follow) with any proceeds going to British heart foundation and I hope to see some of you there.

Denis Shields - President  Scottish Conjurers' Association

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Events in January



10th Advent Night George Fitzpatrick  
24th Scottish Night Moira Fletcher  
31st By Special Request Brendan Kirk

The first evening of 2018 is January 10th - our "Advent Night".

George Fitzpatrick is hosting and at the Christmas party at the SCA, he distributed random surprise effects to those attending.

If you weren't there, please leave a note on the forum and George will be in touch.


The 24th is  to be a Scottish Night hosted by Club Secretary Moira. Details to follow, but if its as good fun as the quiz night was, we'll be well entertained.


January 31st is By Special Request - if there was a particular effect you have seen at the club, please let me know thw effect and who performed it and we'll try to organise a repeat performance.

I apologise for the non-appearnce of the christmas Thistle, I hope to roduce a belated edition as soon as feasible.

A Happy and prosperous New Year to all!



Events in December

Quiz Night Wednesday December 6

Do you know your Paul Wilson from your Paul Le Paul?

your Michael Ammar from your Michael Webber?

We need you in our team! Come along on Wednesday  for a magic themed Quiz Night hosted by Moira Fletcher.

Christmas Party Night Wednesday December 13

Family entertainment

an open night for magicians, families snd friends.

Christmas Night Out for Club Members

Wednesday December 20

Harvester Restaurant, Springfield Quay. 

If you’re coming along, please add your name to the list on the SCA  Members’ Forum.



Events in November

Broken Wand Announcement


Jim Meek
Honorary Life Vice-President
Scottish Conjurers Association
Thursday November 16 2017
"It is with a very heavy heart that I have to report the passing to day of James Meek he passed peacefully with all his family by his side.
I have been keeping you all updated as to his status after  collapsing at the weekend and today he lost his battle.
I have passed on the condolences of all the Magi to (his son) Kenny."

from George Coplvan via FaceBook

November Edition of The Thistle

now available to Logged In Members of the SCA - Reviews of Standup Competition and Halloween night

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Link to Halloween issue


Gary Dunn is unable to provide his Dealer Dem for this evening,
so we will have a "Show and Tell" evening instead.

Denis will approach a few members in advance of the meeting to ask them to perform a piece, and then explain how it's done.


8th Tommy Frederick lecture
Steve Gore- The happiest magician on the planet

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 Visit Steve's website for a flavour of what's on offer www.stevegore.co.uk


Just in...Tuesday November 7th

Family Entertainer of The Year

GAry ent of the year

at GMC meeting Rooms at Mosspark Baptist Church155 Corkerhill Road, Glasgow, G52 1PG.

14th 3 Club  Magic Sale  - GMC, PMC, SCA

MAgic sale Nov14

at GMC meeting Rooms at Mosspark Baptist Church155 Corkerhill Road, Glasgow, G52 1PG.

Price per table £5 giving entry to one person

includes free raffle ticket

All other attendees pay entry fee of £1 (includes free raffle ticket - further raffle tickets will be on sale


Chris de Rosa will be along to give us an insight into what he’s been doing since he was last at the club.

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Poster for Chris's new show ( don't be expecting this at the SCA!!)

29th WALLET MAGIC – we’ve all got one ( or 10) - Bring them along , show us the effect that convinced you to lay out the cash!!


Events in October

Club activities in October

October 4

Francis Girola – mini lecture – no charge- open to visiting magicians

7:00pm for a 7:30pm start

8-10 Balcarres Ave, Glasgow Metropolitan Area G12 0QF

The mini lecture will be on the first half of the evening and afterwards you are welcome to mingle and chat in the second half or head home

October 11

Standup Competition - hosted By Kenny Hurren

This is an Open Night – visitors , both laymen and magicians alike , are welcome to attend

October 25

Halloween Night - hosted By John Brownlee

Bring along something fiendish and spooky – feel free to dress up for the occasion!

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This is an Open Night
– visitors , both laymen and magicians alike , are welcome to attend


October Edition of The Thistle

now available to Logged In Members of the SCA

September 2017 was a busy month for the SCA and Scottish magic in general. The SCA had our usual 3 meetings. We started with “The Committee Entertains”, the following week we had a lecture by a young man probably unknown to most of the club – Darren Mac and the final meeting of the month was an Inter-Club night with members of Paisley and Glasgow Magic Circles.

In addition IBM Ring 25 effectively the UK branch of the International Brotherhood of Magicians held their annual convention in Greenock – their first visit to Scotland in 50 plus years.

And finally the SCA had a 50-50 show in Airdrie in conjunction with Love’n’Light – a charity working with families who have been affected by drug or alcohol addiction.

Link to full stories within...


Other goings on...

Thursday October 26

Kilmarnock Magic Circle's Interclub Night is on 26th October 2017 in the Barrmill Hall Galston KA4 8HH

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Apparently KMC always have a theme for their nights. This year’s theme is FILMS, so if you come along to perform, think about tying your tricks to films, Oscars, BAFTAs etc.


Weekend of October 27 - 31

Horror Fest in Edinburgh.

Paul Temple's Victorian Séance

7.10pm 60 mins at CC Blooms 23-24 Greenside Lane EH1 3AA.

It's next to the Play House about five minute walk from Waverley Station. Entry is free but there will be a collection at the end 'to help continue the valiant work'