Number 921 - 17th February 2018


Wayne Dobson & Friends, 12 noon, today, Saturday 17th February at the Blackpool Convention in the Pavilion Theatre in the Winter Gardens complex. Wayne will be joined by Paul Martin, Tom Wright, Aaron Jones, Michael J Fitch and Ringo Rabbit, plus Johnny Spangles and House Band 'Rough & Smooth' (with additional unused material by Mike 'The Comedy Genius' Sullivan!). 17.2.18


John Archer in Tim Vine’s ‘Sunset Milk Idiot’ Tour. Bob Gill writes: John Archer has long been a friend, confidante, writer, TV cast member and, if that wasn’t enough, opener for that one-liner comic, borderline national treasure and four-time winner of The Funniest Joke At The Fringe: Tim Vine. In a full, midweek evening at Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre the pair romped through only the third showing of Tim Vine’s 60-date UK tour rejoicing in the title ‘Sunset Milk Idiot’. The first half of their punishing schedule already sees some good-sized theatres hanging out the Sold Out signs... To read Bob's full review of the show Click Here. For nationwide tour dates (February to June 2018) see 17.2.18


South Tyneside International Magic Festival, 15th-18th March 2018. The weekend will feature exclusive performances from a host of leading magicians and illusionists, a dealers’ showcase, discussion sessions, talks and more. Spanish favourites Javi Benitez, Woody Aragon and Juan Luis Rubiales will be joined by a selection of top British acts including James Phelan, Andrew Green and Tom Stone. Ahead of the weekend there's a Thursday night masterclass (an extra fee applies) and the main event will get underway on Friday 16th, with three packed days of workshops and public performances. Photo: Philip Partridge, also known as 'Magic Philip'. Philip will be giving a lecture at the convention as well as performing in one of the children’s magic shows. Tickets are available via 17.2.18


Conjuring and Cocktails - Manchester. Join your host, Alexander Wells and special guest, Sylvia Sceptre, for a fantastical display of magic in the beautiful surroundings of The Fitzgerald, situated in the Northern Quarter, Manchester at 9pm Tuesday March 6th. Alexander Wells has developed a unique style of performance inspired by the romance of the Victorian and Edwardian eras and the physical comedy of the silent film stars. At the first of these monthly events, Alexander will perform a selection of his trademark routines incorporating new takes on classical wizardry, intertwined with comedy and a sorcerous whiff of sulphur. Sylvia Sceptre combines psychological artifice and impossible mind-reading with the eerie world of the Victorian séance. An incredible act which features fabulous theatrical demonstrations of mesmerism, magic and mediumship, this is as close as you will ever get to witnessing the uncanny thrills of the Golden Age of Spiritualism. For more info and tickets: Click Here. 17.2.18


Morgan & West Time Travelling Magicians, Wilton's Music Hall, London, 24th-28th April 2018. Great Scott! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! This April, time-travelling magicians Morgan & West return to Wilton’s Music Hall to amaze and astound with their mind boggling magic. Not content with their lot as the nineteenth century’s greatest magic duo, this prestidigitatory pair present a conjuring spectacular to the audiences of the modern day. No future is left unseen and no timeline left unaltered as these temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time! An unforgettable evening of magic, mystery, and the unexplainable. “Hugely talented” ★★★★ The Mirror. Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB (Map). Tuesday 24th – Saturday 28th April 2018, 7.30pm - 9pm. Tickets: £7 - £16. Box Office: 020 7702 2789 or via also see 17.2.18


David Devant. Following Ian Keable's talk about David Devant at The Magic Circle, which will take place this Monday, 19th February, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of his birth, Ian is organising a trip to visit David Devant's grave at 11am on Tuesday 20th February at Highgate Cemetery, London. Devant is buried on the West Side of the Cemetery, which is only open to the public with organised tours. You wouldn't normally be allowed to see the grave itself, as it is off the beaten track. If you would like to join the visit, contact Ian, who will give you the specifics. Please note, this visit is open to any interested party - you don't have to be a Member of The Magic Circle. Details about the Cemetery can be found here: 17.2.18


This weekend Magicbox will be at the Blackpool Magic Convention with stacks of great new magic, and write: Magicbox have been attending Blackpool for over 20 years displaying our huge range of products and we always have something new to share. This year we have 5 fantastic new effects on our stand, and some awesome deals, so please come and say hi! If you're not going to the convention don't worry, all of our new effects are released on Friday (16th) so you can buy them online now for shipping on 19th February. Please note we have limited quantities available, so pre-order asap to reserve your copy and avoid disappointment: 17.2.18


Scottish Young Magician of the Year – Further Change of Date. Kenny Kerr writes: After moving the competition from the 3rd June to the 10th June, it has now been necessary to move it, once again, due to further problems with the venue in Falkirk. It is now being held in Mosspark Baptist Church, 155 Corkerhill Road, Glasgow G52 1PG (Map), the Venue which Glasgow Magic Circle currently use for their meetings, on Saturday 2nd June at 1.30pm. As a result of this, the SAMS Delegates Meeting / AGM will also be moved to this date to keep everything together and that will start at 10.30am. Entrants for the competition should be under 18 years of age on the date of the competition – 2nd June 2018. The closing date for entrants is Sunday 29th April 2018 (SAMS Convention weekend). Please contact Graeme Taylor 07539 662825 for more info, or to enter the competition. 17.2.18


Conjuring at the Court - 22nd February in 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. 17.2.18


Chris North's 'Surviving Half a Century in Magic!' lecture, The Anglian Magic Society, this Tuesday, 20th February. “A unique and interesting lecture from one of the country’s most enduring and versatile professionals. 50 years of experience and knowledge including a question and answer session and a little bit of magic!” Along this journey Chris will present some of his favourite effects, show rare video clips, reveal stories from behind the scenes and have some select magic items for sale. Chris is a wealth of knowledge and is one of the most down to earth magicians you will ever meet, so if you have a question or need advice on a routine or trick there will be time towards the end of the lecture to pick his brains and get honest and straight forward advice. Tuesday, 20th February at 7.30pm. Members £3.00, visitors £10.00. The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). Steve Majes, Secretary of The Anglian Magic Society. 17.2.18


A Strange Way to Stage Hypnosis: The Honest Hypnotists Guide by Christian P Taylor. From the publishers: A Strange Way to Stage Hypnosis by Christian P Taylor. A book for teaching entertainers the art of Comedy Stage Hypnosis in a clear, concise manner. It explains all aspects from selecting volunteers, hypnotising them, performing safely while being entertaining for the audience and enjoyable for the subject. The book is honest and forthright and will help anyone understand how to become a Stage Hypnotist, however it will not teach how to be an Entertainer. That is something you learn with experience. It is not the last word in learning how to hypnotise, it is however, the Honest Hypnotists Guide and will show you how to hypnotise safely, Right Now. To order from Click Here. 17.2.18


Richard Pinner lectures for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday, 22nd February. "Here is my big claim - This lecture will make you a better magician. It is my belief that part of the aim should be to make the children gasp in amazement during a magic show. Seems obvious dosen't it? Through practical examples (performing and teaching some tricks) I will discuss the small changes I have discovered that can make a massive difference. Your show will become more magical. I will also discuss changes I have made to stay relevant in the changing and diluted children’s birthday market, like my reinvention of the classic illusion pictured." Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details contact Adam Mosley 17.2.18


Steve Gore's 'Lemon Squeezy' lecture, Leicester Magic Circle, Monday 19th February. "I've not seen Steve's lecture before so was interested as he clearly is a thinker. One look at the range of effects he has produced and marketed shows that he has creative solutions where everything is thought through to the last detail. He clearly performs what he creates, and develops with performance at the forefront of his mind. Steve's 'Lemon Squeezy' lecture began with some impossible looking routines performed with ease using his unique marked decks (GPS and Amnesia), then moved into a wide range of effects suitable for close-up, cabaret and kid's shows. These ranged from the a commercial 'Perfect Partners' routine ideal for weddings and couples, an ACAAN style routine with Koran decks, his brilliant 'The Casino Con', a sliding knot rope routine (that reminded me of Pavel), a rubber band challenge macro effect, a multi revelation 'Visions from Vegas' and my favourite of the evening, a devilishly simple Note in Balloon. Book Steve's lecture and you'll get a GPS evening - Great Practical and Smart - crammed full with something for all types of performers." John Gordon, Coventry Magic Circle. Steve Gore's 'Lemon Squeezy' lecture at the Leicester Magic Circle on Monday 19th February at 7.30pm. Guests welcome (£10 on the door) see for details. 17.2.18


The Magic Hour - The Park Lane Hotel, London. Enter the wood panelled drawing room of the 5 star Sheraton Park Lane Hotel for a spellbinding show of magic and illusion in the style of the Victorian masters of deception. Following 5 star reviews and sell-out audiences since 2013, The Magic Hour has established itself as the premier magic show in London. Join Tony Middleton 'Sonic', as seen on Penn & Teller: Fool Us (ITV, CW) and journey back in time to the Golden Age of Magic. You will witness the impossible as objects vanish, time stands still, and spirits write messages from 'the other side'. "The best thing I have done in London so far!" Curious London Blog. See What's On for dates and details. 17.2.18


Teenage Cancer Trust: Magic and Music Evening, North Lincolnshire. Saturday 3rd March. Lindsay Sharpless writes: The evening was the idea of my 12 year old son Thomas Sharpless who is a budding magician. The evening will include close-up magic by the amazing Greg Chipman and Thomas. There will also be live music from the fabulous Johnny and The Rocket and the very talented Luke J West. Tickets are £5 each with profits from the evening going to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Saturday 3rd March at 7pm. Tickets available by calling 07429 193502 or emailing Venue: Winterton Rangers, West Street, Winterton, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire DN15 9QF (Map). See Facebook for more details: 17.2.18


Potter & Potter Auctions: The Magic Collection of John Daniel, March 3rd, 2018 at 10am. "Our first magic auction of 2018 features the collection of John Daniel. The consummate collector, Daniel was also a formidable performer, builder, mover and shaker in the magic world for decades. His collection includes rarities from the shop and lathe of Floyd Thayer (for a time, Daniel owned the Owen Magic, successor to Thayer), vintage magic posters, spook show memorabilia, personal artifacts and relics from the show of Dante (Harry August Jansen), and illusions, tricks, trunks, theatrical material, and costumes from the Virgil & Julie show, among other curiosities. Catalogs ship approximately three weeks prior to the auction. Previews take place in our Chicago gallery March 1st and 2nd from 10am to 5pm." PDF catalogue available now. 17.2.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Paul Daniels in a guest appearance on The Ronnie Corbett Show from September 1987. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 17.2.18


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"This Dublin magician charmed an entire nation on Norway's Got Talent" Click Here • "Watch: Dublin magician bags four yes votes on Norway's Got Talent" Click Here • "The 26-year-old mentalist who figured out Shah Rukh Khan’s ATM pin" Click Here • "I owe my university degree to Derren Brown..." Click Here • "A magician’s practical approach to understanding personalities" Click Here • "Backed By Red Sox Chairman, Illusionist Derek DelGaudio Generates Wonder And Profit" Click Here • Well, that's all for another week. Thanks as always for your magic news - see you next week, Duncan. 17.2.18