Number 920 - 10th February 2018


Blackpool Magicians' Club Present 3 Incredible Nights of Magic & Illusion. Every evening Blackpool Magicians' Club will present the following shows twice nightly at 6.15pm and 8.45pm. Friday: Issy Simpson, Todd Robins, Matt Edwards, Aaron Crow, Sylvester the Jester, Christopher Hart, Stephen Williams Jr, and Craig Christian. Saturday: Richard Cadell, TC Tahoe, Niek Takens, The Great Kaplan, Aaron Crow, Richard Turner, Pop Haydn and Fluteman. Sunday: Magus Utopia, Noel Britten, Javier Benitez, Aaron Crow, Les Chapeaux Blancs, Yo Kato, Marty Putz and Stuart MacDonald. That's quite a line up! Book Now at 10.2.18


Blackpool Magic Convention 'Bear Pit Close-up' is back! The hugely popular Bear Pit Close-up is being brought back for 2018. Join Fay Presto, Chad Long, Harry Robson, Shaun McCree, Kieron Johnson and Brendan Rodrigues and watch just how they perform in the real world under exacting conditions! Book Now at 10.2.18


David Stone: Magic Unleashed. Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, London. From the organisers: Direct from Paris, multi-award-winning magician David Stone presents his unique brand of comedy and illusion live in Leicester Square. Limited to just 55 seats, experience the impossible and hilarious, closer than ever before. Having amazed the likes of Bono and Bruce Willis, in this show he will make bottles of Champagne appear from nowhere, multiply dozens of packets of cigarettes while desperately trying to quit smoking, and vanish a borrowed ring that will reappear in a very unexpected place! Highly respected by the magic community, David Stone won the French Championship of Magic aged just 23, and the Close-up Grand Prix of South America at 24. He later gained 3rd place at the World Championships of Magic in Stockholm. He is quite simply one of the finest performers in the world – a creative and skilful magician who likes misdirection, wacky comedy and lemons. Enjoy a ridiculous mix of weirdness and sublime sleight-of-hand in this intimate West End venue. 15th-18th April. See for more info and to book. 10.2.18


"Britain’s Got Talent magician Issy Simpson, 9, reveals her nerves ahead of headline gig at world’s biggest magic convention" "Mini Magician Issy Simpson Wows Holly and Phillip with Her Bag of Tricks" YouTube. Issy will be a guest on BBC Breakfast News on Thursday 15th February, and can be seen live on stage on Friday 16th February at the Blackpool Magic Convention. 10.2.18


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 22nd February, London. From the organisers: Need a magic fix after Blackpool? Enjoy London’s own gala magic show, Conjuring at the Court! With the Amazing Guy, Thom Peterson; the hilarious Mandy Muden; fast-paced illusionists Jason Steele & Joanne; and the wonderful Nicholas Einhorn. Compere Russell Levinson. Tickets for the show are still only £11 from – it’s cheaper to book in advance. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court. Come early to enjoy a meal before the show. To get there: it’s at the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Just 12 minutes from Central London. Parking is free from 6.30pm. 10.2.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Ian Keable appearing on New Faces of '87 on 20th November 1987. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 10.2.18


Blackpool Magic Convention App. From the organisers: Blackpool Magic Convention has finally brought out a free app to enhance your convention experience. With full schedules for each day, artiste profiles, a comprehensive list of dealers attending the convention and handy extras, you are going to have the most amazing convention experience! Apple: Click Here. Android: Click Here. 10.2.18


Bristol Day of Magic relocation plan for 2019. The Bristol Society of Magic are planning to relocate its Bristol Day of Magic back to Bristol in May 2019 for the first time in decades. Held in Weston Super Mare for many years and more recently in Nailsea, a central hotel venue in the city has been booked and plans are being made with an updated format and new name "Magic in the City". Bristol Society President Roger Bafico said, "This is an exciting opportunity to bring the convention back to Bristol and present the convention in a new format that will be up to date and appeal to all ages". In preparation for the re-launch in 2019 the Bristol convention will be not be held this year. 10.2.18


Merlins of Wakefield Magic Festival Day, Sunday 13th May. Merlins are staging a Magic Festival Day on Sunday 13th May at The Academy Theatre, Birdwell. This is a new venue and has easy access from the M1 (junction 36), plenty of free parking, a cafe and bar, and full theatre facilities. Full details will be announced soon, but you can buy a ticket now: Click Here. 10.2.18


A Cavalcade of Wonders, Fisher Theatre, Bungay. Following the success of their show A Night of Mystery, Chris and Belinda North are launching their new Victorian show A Cavalcade of Wonders. This new production embraces all the excitement and nostalgia of entertainment in the Victorian era with magic, comedy and intrigue and is designed to appeal to the whole family - Saturday February 17th at 7.30pm Fisher Theatre, Broad Street, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1EE (Map) and 10.2.18


Merlins of Wakefield new ‘Preview’ catalogue now available! Merlins write: Now with even more pages and great items from Magic Wagon, Tora, 3D Magic Works and more... Download your copy Click Here. If you would prefer a free printed copy, just email your postal address to We are also at The Blackpool Magic Convention from 16th – 18th February and will be launching several new and exclusive items. If you are going to Blackpool and want anything brought along, contact us on 01924 339933 before 4pm on Wednesday 14th February. 10.2.18


A Lifetime In Magic. From the publishers: Just a few days left! You have until midnight on Tuesday 13th February 2018 to pre-order your copy of the fabulous new Devin Knight book called A Lifetime In Magic. Scheduled to be launched at the Blackpool Convention on Friday 16th February 2018, this is the first volume of a projected three volume set featuring the totally amazing mentalism and magic of one of the world's cleverest originators. The first book contains 9 of Devin's creations, effects which have the capacity to totally fool even the most astute spectators and yet using methods which are practical and highly workable. There are no pipe dreams here, it is all material that Devin has played before lay audiences. The 130 page photo illustrated soft back book can be pre-ordered right now, and if you place your order by Tuesday 13th February 2018, you will also receive a link to download a free copy of the excellent Chris Rawlins e-book Roulette. Plus, if you are attending the Blackpool Convention, you can pre-order your copy with no P&P charges and collect at the convention itself. Subscribers to Magicseen can, as always, mail order the book at their normal 20% discount. For more info and to pre-order your copy, go to 10.2.18


Exonian Magical Society One Day Convention. Ozzy Dee writes: The Exonian Magical Society can announce we will be having our 1 Day Convention on the 5th October. This will be Friday, which is a brave thing to do, to break with the mould, but thought we would like to be different. It will include all the usual features of a convention, plus a 3 course meal all included in the price. More details in the future 10.2.18


Michael Jordan's High Jinx Show - now on tour. This fast paced family variety show features grand illusions, crazy circus thrills, incredible tricks and the High Jinx Dancers . A show for all ages, sure to knock your socks off and leave you wanting more!

Saturday 10th February 7pm - Taunton Brewhouse
Tuesday 13th February 2.30pm - Heywood Civic Centre
Wednesday 14th February 7.45pm - Viva Blackpool
Thursday 15th February 7.45pm - Viva Blackpool
Friday 16th February 6pm - Viva Blackpool
Saturday 17th February 7.45pm - Viva Blackpool
Wednesday 21st February 2pm - Stourbridge Town Hall
Saturday 24th February 6.00pm - Huddersfield LBT
For more information visit


The Free February Mark Leveridge Podcast is now ready! Mark comments on the recent Session organised by Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin. "If someone asks you to perform, you are not obliged to do so" - Mark explains why he agrees with this assertion from Roberto Giobbi. Mike Close reveals how to take the sting out of strong magic to make it more acceptable to lay people. Mark offers an important piece of advice that could make sure you get more enquiries from your website. You can listen to a Mark's Monthly Message Audio File on Developing A Performing Personality. And finally, how Facebook gives you even less opportunity to get your message across via your posts. You can listen to all of the above online, or you can download the MP3 file to any suitable playback device, from either or 10.2.18


Matthew Wright 3SM Lecture in Cannock, this Monday. Tony Dawson writes: 3SM are proud to present this exciting, one night only lecture that no magician will want to miss! Matthew Wright: Puppeteer, comedian, magician extraordinaire! A devoted student of prestidigitation, Mr Wright is an experienced practitioner of his craft. He studied theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama, a school that has produced such luminaries as Sir Lawrence Olivier and Dame Judy Dench. Following that, he also obtained a BA in special effects, where he specifically learned how to design and craft exciting and never-before-seen magic tricks. Open to visiting magicians (£5 charge). Monday 12th February at 8pm at Beefeater, Longford House, Cannock, WS11 1SJ (Map). Contact: Email: 10.2.18


Zane's Mind Reading Express Deck now in stock. Zane writes: The 'Mind Reading Express Deck' is now in stock and available to purchase. There is a promo video of the product on my site Click Here. I will be trading at the Blackpool Magic Convention in my usual spot in The Arena - I hope to see lots of MagicWeek readers there! 20.1.18


Valentine's Special Show. Smoke & Mirrors present a special Valentine's Night Special: Treat your loved one to a night of magic and laughter. Our specially designed night gives each couple a table to themselves, half a bottle of Champagne and a rose on your table. With canapés on arrival and two of our Comedy Magicians to entertain you. Tickets are priced per couple. Bar opens at 3pm. Theatre doors 7pm. Show time 8pm -10pm. See 10.2.18


Day earlier News Deadline next week. Please submit news by 12 noon Thursday for Saturday 17th February edition. Many thanks, DT. 10.2.18


"UK’s leading comedian/magician tops the bill at Towcester Mill Brewery" Click Here • "Magician/Illusionist Adam Trent Chats About The Fascination Of Magic, Touring With 'The Illusionists' And Continuing To Amaze Audiences" Click Here • "Britain's Got Talent magician coming to Cheshire venue" Click Here • "Magician Randy Shine looks to put spotlight on the history of African-American magicians" Click Here • "It must be magic for former Ottery St Mary lorry driver" Click Here • "Illusionist Adam Trent Teaches Us Mesmerizing Magic Tricks – Watch the Video!" Click Here • "Pure magic! Emilia Clarke and Troy the Magician at Centrepoint" Click Here • "Illusionist Correctly Guesses Ali Lucia's Number" Click Here • Please note the day earlier news deadline next week: Thursday 12 noon. Many thanks, Duncan. 10.2.18