Number 858 - 3rd December 2016


Penn & Teller Live, UK tour 2017: Manchester, Glasgow, London. 10th - 25th June 2017. From the producers: Kings of Magic Penn & Teller are set to perform their classic magic tricks, unique brand of humour and audience participation for a mammoth five nights at the London Eventim Apollo next year. The Emmy award-winning TV stars are also best-selling authors and Las Vegas icons. Their Showtime series, ‘Penn & Teller: BS!’ was nominated for 16 Emmys. Recent ventures include ITV’s highly successful ‘Penn & Teller Fool Us!’ hosted by Jonathan Ross and ‘Penn & Teller Tell A Lie’ for the Discovery Channel. The shows will feature never before seen tricks in the UK. 3.12.16


The Royal Variety Performance 2016 with BGT winner Richard Jones. David Walliams hosts this year's Royal Variety Performance - in the presence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall - from the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. Tonight's spectacular includes performances by Barry Gibb, Sting, Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, Sheridan Smith, Emeli Sande, DNCE, OneRepublic, ABC, and this year's Britain's Got Talent winner Lance Corporal Richard Jones. The cast of the Beatles LOVE show by Cirque du Soleil are here from Las Vegas and there are also sneak previews from the casts of Gershwin's classic musical An American in Paris and Gary Barlow's The Girls. Show-stopping numbers are provided by Amber Riley, star of the musical Dreamgirls, and McFly's Tom Fletcher, who premieres his new book The Christmasaurus. Diversity return to the stage where they first auditioned for Britain's Got Talent and there is comedy from Joe Lycett, Alan Davies and Rob Beckett in a night of exceptional entertainment. 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th December on ITV. See TV Magic. 3.12.16


Champions of Magic, Nationwide UK tour 2017. From the producers: Following their debut run in London, in March and April, the UK’s leading band of mind-blowing illusionists and magicians take to the road for the fourth year running to once again perplex, astound and thrill audiences all over the country. From March 18th to April 22nd 2017, grand illusionists Young & Strange (ITV’s The Next Great Magician), master mind reader Alex McAleer, award-winning Queen of close-up Fay Presto, and ‘International Stage Magician of the Year’ Edward Hilsum will be performing incredible feats of mind-reading, stunning close-up, daring large-scale illusions and a death-defying, heart stopping finale. Official Trailer: Click Here. Tickets are now on sale for the dates below with more to be added:
18th March 2017 - Yeovil, Octagon Theatre – 01935 422884 - Tickets: Click Here
23rd March 2017 – Brecon, Theater Brycheiniog - 01874 611622 - Tickets: Click Here

24th March 2017 - Newbury, Corn Exchange – 0845 5218 218 - Tickets: Click Here
25th March 2017 - Colchester, Mercury Theatre – 01206 573948 - Tickets: Click Here
28th March 2017 - Hayes, Beck Theatre - Tickets – 020 8561 8371 - Click Here
29th March 2017 - Bromley, Churchill Theatre – 020 3285 6000 - Tickets: Click Here
30th March 2017 - Winchester, Theatre Royal – 01962 840440 - Tickets: Click Here
31st March 2017 - Kettering, Lighthouse Theatre – 01536 414141 - Tickets: Click Here
1st April 2017 - Harrogate, Royal Hall – 01423 502116 - Tickets: Click Here
2nd April 2017 - Basingstoke, Haymarket – 01256 844244 - Tickets: Click Here
3rd April 2017 - Kings Lynn, Corn Exchange – 01553 764864 - Tickets: Click Here
4th April 2017 - Swansea, Grand Theatre – 01792 475715 - Tickets: Click Here
5th April 2017 - Halifax, Victoria Theatre – 01422 351158 - Tickets: Click Here
6th April 2017 - Chesterfield, Pomegranate Theatre – 01246 345222 - Tickets: Click Here
7th April 2017 - St albans, Alban Arena – 01727 844488 - Tickets: Click Here
8th April 2017 - Felixstowe, Spa Pavilion – 01394 284962 - Tickets: Click Here
9th April 2017 - Swindon, Wyvern Theatre – 01793 524481 - Tickets: Click Here
10th April 2017 - Leicester, Curve Theatre – 0116 242 3595 - Tickets: Click Here
12th April 2017 - Truro, Hall for Cornwall – 01872 262466 - Tickets: Click Here
13th April 2017 - Glenrothes, Rothes Hall – 01592 611101 - Tickets: Click Here
14th April 2017 - Durham, Gala Theatre – 03000 266600 - Tickets: Click Here
15th April 2017 - Grimsby, Audiotorium – 0300 300 0035 - Tickets: Click Here
16th April 2017 - Inverness, Eden Court – 01463 234234 - Tickets: Click Here
18th April 2017 - Dartford, Orchard Theatre – 01322 220000 - Tickets: Click Here
19th April 2017 - Dorking, Dorking Halls – 01306 881717 - Tickets: Click Here
22nd April 2017 - Hertford, Hertford Theatre – 01992 531500 - Tickets: Click Here.


David Blaine: Beyond Magic. From the makers: Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash David Blaine: Real or Magic, Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet, which has been two years in the making. Blaine pulls the lid off his signature brand of street magic, sparking reactions that will leave audiences in awe and defy all expectations. Magic meets documentary in the one-hour special, as Blaine blows the minds of some of the most recognisable celebrities in the world, including David Beckham, Johnny Depp, Drake, Steph Curry, Dave Chappelle, John Travolta, Patrick Stewart, Emma Stone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others. Monday 12th December on Channel 4, see TV Magic. 3.12.16


Only 4 weeks to go to the MagicFest Christmas Special! Escape the cold and wrap yourself in magic with this two hour heart-warming mix of captivating performances from the UK’s top magicians and a special guest from France, plus a sprinkling of humour from host Kevin Quantum. Tuesday 27th-Firday 30th December, at 2pm and 7pm. Ages 5+. Venue: George Square Theatre, Edinburgh EH8 9LH (Map). To book: Also see: YouTube. 3.12.16


Conjuring at the Court – Children’s Christmas Magic Show. It’s the annual Children’s Christmas Magic show from the producers of Conjuring at the Court. Always a popular event so do book early! Terry Herbert is one of the top children’s entertainers in the UK. His act features magic, ventriloquism, and above all, fun! And Scott Penrose brings his amazing act to the show, classic visual magic that appeals to all ages. The show starts at 2.30pm and will run to about 4pm with an interval. £7 children, £9 adults (16+). All children to be accompanied by an adult please. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Refreshments are available in the room. Seats are comfortable and all have a good view of the stage. Just 12 minutes from Central London: take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the pub is 2 minutes walk from the station. Tickets available at 3.12.16


South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2017. Steve Gore, talent booker for the festival writes: It is with huge excitement that the South Tyneside International Magic Festival can announce the second batch of star lecturers and performers for our convention next year.

Adam Wilber, Artisan, Artist and Pioneer (USA). These are traits that have made Adam one of the most sought after figures in his field today. Adam has become the GM of the most successful magic store of all time,, and has gone on to create products such as Pyro, many other top selling tricks, decks of playing cards and illusions that are used by fellow magicians all over the world. This is Adam's first UK lecture!

R. Paul Wilson, (UK). R Paul Wilson is an author, actor, director, producer and of one of the world's foremost experts on the art of deception. Paul will show his movie 'Our Magic' and host a Q&A with some of the stars of the documentary afterwards.

Michael Murray (UK). Lecture. At the age of seven Michael traveled to Spain on holiday with his parents, and it was there that he witnessed close-up magic for the very first time; this was an event that would change the entire course of his life. At 16 Michael released his first commercial effect “Beyond ESP” which to date has sold in excess of fifteen thousand copies. In 2016 Michael released his first book “A Piece of My Mind” which was crowned book of the year by members of Magic Cafe. Michael is widely regarded as one of the most respected creators of both magic and mentalism, with countless releases in the pipeline his future looks very bright.

Simon Hannah (UK), Children's Show and Lecture. When it comes to professional magical entertainment Simon comes to you armed with over 25 years' experience, performing for some of the UK's top companies and entertainment establishments including Royal Household, Ministry of Defence, Butlins, Pontins and Haven.

Plus a Mystery Artist still to be announced. Other name previously announced are Asi Wind from New York, Rob Zabrecky from Los Angeles and Mahdi Gilbert from New York. (All acts announced subject to contract). Remember to pop the dates in your diary (17th -19th March 2017) or just pay now by calling Ian on 0191 424 7823. Any general questions call Karri on 0191 455 4031 or email The cost for the convention remains at £65 and includes all 7 star lecturers, Q&A Sessions, a close-up gala, 2 amazing gala stage shows, 'Our Magic' movie, access to the dealers and our new 1 trick contest.


Scottish Young Magician of the Year competition 2017. From the organisers: SAMS are trying to promote / bring back a competition for young magicians. This competition was originally held in Edinburgh (by Edinburgh Magic Circle) for a number of years but has not featured for a long while. Our President is keen to resurrect it and have this competition take place during the SAMS convention in Montrose (5th - 7th May 2017) but obviously it is subject to getting sufficient entries. Entrants should be under 18 years of age on the date of the competition - 5th May 2017. It is open to any young magician who lives in Scotland and they do not have to be a member of a club which is affiliated to SAMS. If we are overwhelmed with entrants, then heats will be held in February (possibly in Glasgow). The closing date for entrants is 15th January 2017. Please contact Graeme Taylor (SAMS President) email for more info on entering the competition. Kenny Kerr. 3.12.16


The Card Collection ( Book and DVD Sale! On now through to 10am, Monday 19th December. 25% discount on all DVDs and books at or call 01233 647878. Don't miss out! 3.12.16


The Young Magicians of Mann present 'Finale'. The Young Magicians of Mann, a club for 10 to 18 year olds on the Isle of Man, is to close at the end of 2016. The club, founded by Mike Clague AIMC in 1987, is to stage its last show on the afternoon of Sunday 4th December at 2pm at the Youth Arts Centre, Kensington Road, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 3EG. Current members will perform, and will be joined by Juan Corrin and Lexi Watterson MMC. Tickets cost £7, and can be booked by leaving a message on 01624 878328. Facebook: Click Here. 3.12.16


Richard Jones in Sleeping Beauty opens on Friday at the Swansea Grand Theatre. Once upon a time in a land far away, the beautiful Princess Aurora is given a sixteenth birthday present by her evil godmother Carabosse. By pricking her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel she is placed under a cruel curse and forced to sleep for 100 years. Can true love survive and handsome Prince Charming break the spell? Can Aurora's hilarious best friend Muddles help save the town and who will outwit the evil Enchantress and foil her wicked plans? With magic, music, comedy and special effects, make Sleeping Beauty the pantomime of your dreams and book your tickets now: 9th December 2016 - 8th January 2017. Swansea Grand Theatre, Singleton Street, Swansea SA1 3QJ (Map). 3.12.16


Christmas West End Magic. This December West End Magic will be presenting a series of special Christmas Magic Shows in London every Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of Comedy in Bloomsbury at 2pm and 4pm. The family friendly show features conjuring feats from Oliver Tabor, the magic and science of Oliver Meech; plus a different guest act for each show. These include Jon Allen, Megan Knowles-Bacon, Dee Riley, Wayne Trice and Dean Leavy, with more to be announced. Christmas West End Magic, 3rd-18th December 2016 at 2pm & 4pm at the Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR (Map). To book Click Here or call the Box Office 020 7734 2222. 3.12.16


Jack Carpenter Edinburgh Lecture, 6th December: The Nine of Diamonds group is proud to host underground legend Jack Carpenter for a lecture on Tuesday 6th December in the Police Club, 28 York Place, Edinburgh at 7.15pm. This is Jack's first time in Europe, so for many it will be the only chance to see him live. He has performed and invented card magic for over forty years, but came to the attention of card enthusiasts with the publication of Modus Operandi, written by Stephen Hobbs in 1992. This has been followed by a slew of books, DVDs and contributions to Apocalypse, Labyrinth, Magic and Genii. Tickets are £10, all welcome. Ian Kendall. 3.12.16


Geordie Film 'Purely Belter' set to celebrate 18th birthday. From the organisers: "A 'Purely Belter' night oot at the BOC!" Chris Cross the Magician has gathered fellow Geordie stars together to raise cash for a few local charities, whilst celebrating 18 years since the cult Geordie film, Purely Belter, was filmed on location in the North East. After the screening, they'll take to the stage for a bit of banter. Expect behind-the-scenes stories, anecdotes and a good laugh with some of our favourite Geordie faces! There'll be a unique Q&A's session too, where the audience can ask the stars questions about the Movie. Friday 3rd February 2017. For more info and to book visit "Purely Belter charity screening will feature Q&A with the cast including Tim Healy" Click Here. 3.12.16


The Mark Leveridge Magic E-Video Newsletter: The December edition of the online video presentation is now out as follows: The Teach In - a smooth card printing routine is performed and explained. Top Tips - a terrific idea to help you to capture your magical inspirations. It Could Only Happen Live - a story of car hire muddle in the US. Web Offer Bundle - save £10.00 on a bundle of two top quality videos. 60 Seconds To Success - how to cope with kids at an adult function. The Review Corner - a look at Felix Bodden's Cortana. There are two ways to gain access to the 28 minute online video presentation. Either you can buy this individual issue for a tiny sum as a one-off purchase, or you can take out a 1 year subscription which reduces the monthly cost even further! The E-Video Newsletter is always fun, informative and useful, so try it today by going to Prefer to receive every issue free? Then join E-Club Pro and receive every issue of the E-Video Newsletter as part of your membership, plus get access to all the main sections of previous Newsletters retrospectively in the Archive section of the E-Club Pro website pages. For more info about E-Club Pro go to 3.12.16


Cell Escape – The Real Secret, David De-Val. "I extensively researched Houdini’s seemingly supernatural escapes, concentrating for a period on his remarkable jail cell escapes. Many authors have put forward theories. Believe me, none have even come close to the real secret! I personally visited the jail cells in England from which Houdini performed his escapes all those years ago. Their locations were drawn from contemporary newspaper accounts made by the reporters who actually witnessed the stunt being performed. And very detailed they are - most running into many column inches. After four years of almost weekly study, at last I had his closely guarded secret! I set about proving this by duplicating his naked cell escapes at every opportunity..." David De-Val. From the publishers: Here it is: Secrets, photographs, stories, news cuttings. A must for performers and collectors alike. Revised edition A4 book, 78 pages in black and white, and colour. Available via  priced at £40. 3.12.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, 15 year old escapologist Tom Lyon in an impressive performance on Blue Peter from June 2001. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 3.12.16


Carl Royle's 'How I feed My Children!' lecture, now booking. After making a living from performing magic for the last fifteen years I'll share my approach to many of my highly commercial routines, straight from my working repertoire. The lecture includes the now famous Micro Cup and Ball Routine (The Gold Cup Con) magic with Cards, Coins, Elastic Bands, Business Cards, and fun mental magic including thoughts and work on using indexes. I'll also discuss my approach to adding humour to your magic routines and making effects more magical for your audience. Plus many stories from my time as a working pro and more. To book call 0161 799 7978 or 07946 339772. 3.12.16


A Christmas Magic Show at the British Library, Friday 9th December at 7pm and Saturday 10th December at 2pm and 5.30pm. A classic magic show for all the family featuring favourite tricks and illusions perfected in Victorian times but still just as baffling and surprising today. With the brilliant magician Romany, ventriloquist Dave Andrews and David Weeks of The Magic Circle. See more at: Venue: Conference Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB (Map). 3.12.16


Steve Price at the Arts Cafe, Walderslade, Kent. On Sunday 4th December at 6.30pm award winning magician Steve Price will be performing at the Arts Cafe, St William's Church, Walderslade, Kent ME5 9LR (Map). Prepare to be amazed and amused. Entry is free with a 'pay what you want' scheme in place. More info:


The recent Mel Mellers Masterclass held in Essex on 24th November is reviewed by Wyn Jones this week: "There is a train of thought that puts a value to conventions, lectures and courses. That particular way of thinking subscribes to the belief that if you come away with one significant trick/routine/piece of information, it’s value for money. Well I came away with a completely new routine, plus the potential for another, and 2 major improvements for something I do already. More importantly, the tools and mindset to be able to sit down and formulate an original and funny take on anything I put in my act, rather than relying on the stock routine that comes with it that everyone else will be doing. So from me, the course gets a big extending thumbs up." To read the full review Click Here. 3.12.16


Presto is being repeated on Thursday 15th December on Sky Cinema. "A ravenous rabbit gives his magician master a lesson in pet care when he neglects to give him a hard-earned carrot." A Pixar short. See TV Magic. 3.12.16


Magic Exhibition opens at Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St. Edmunds. From Saturday 3rd December, an exhibition of antique magic artifacts, from the collection of Marco Pusterla, will be on display at Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. The exhibition covers three subjects: 'The Image of Magic', with a rich display of advertising material of magicians of the past, from posters, to photos, programmes and books, to the medal with the first known portrait of a magician. 'The Tools of Magic', being an eclectic collection of magic apparatus from the early 1800s, to modern times, with a strong number of Victorian and pre-Victorian objects and costumes, including one kindly loaned by Debbie McGee. Lastly, 'Chefalo, Italy's Greatest Magician', shows a number of unique props and photos from the career of this great illusionist. The exhibition will be open until 26th March 2017. See and BBC Radio Suffolk: Click Here (from 1:23:23). "Moyse’s Hall is conjuring up a feast of magic" Click Here. 3.12.16


Manchester Circle of Magicians Annual Close Up Competition. Mike Hinde writes: Monday 5th December (at 7.30pm) sees the Manchester Circle of Magicians Annual Close Up Competition. A famous event with several (enormous!) trophies. Admission is free for anyone and everybody, so please come along to Helmsley House in Salford. There is free and secure car parking and an enormous screen for excellent viewing. What a great way to spend a Monday evening. Visit for more details and directions. 3.12.16


Magicians Advice Podcast. Join Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan as they discuss ways to manage a pocket full of props, Click Here. How much should you be packing into your pockets? How to keep gimmicks accessible and easy to find. What to consider when thinking about clothing. Thank you for downloading and listening. Your support means a huge amount to us. Please join us and the conversation on Facebook: Find all the latest episodes on iTunes where you can subscribe and never be behind. Phil Taylor. 3.12.16


The Zodiac Magical Society Close-up Competition 2016. The winner of this year's competition was Steve Graham. There were six competitors, playing to a packed room; the standard was very high and the audience were thoroughly entertained. Five judges voted including one magical judge, Noel Qualter. Steve has been an active member of the society since 2009 and is also the president of the Home Counties Magical Society. The runners-up medal was awarded to Russell Levinson who has won this competition three times. Thank you to the other competitors for taking part: William Spencer, Marius Brill, John Eaton and Chris Hare. Margaret Berger. 3.12.16


The Family Xmas Comedy Magic Show, London. From the organisers: Starring two magical acts: Foxy the Funky Genie and Amigo's Magic. Magic before your very eyes. One lucky person to be cut in half! Puppets, ventriloquism and lots of audience participation. A chance to meet Fluffy the Rabbit. Free Bunny Copter for all those attending. Tuesday 27th December at 2pm & 5pm. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Tickets £8 per child, adults £10, family ticket of four £30. This sold out last year so please book early to avoid disappointment. The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE (Map): 3.12.16


Now You See Me is being repeated this evening on Channel 4. "Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Isla Fisher star in Louis Letterier's thriller. A year after being clandestinely brought together in New York, four conjurors - street magician J Daniel Atlas, mind-reader and hypnotist Merritt McKinney, escape artist Henley Reeves and sleight-of-hand artist Jack Wilder - are performing as The Four Horsemen in Las Vegas. Their initial show is impressive: a member of the audience is apparently instantly transported to their bank vault and invited to switch on a vacuum machine, which then showers the remainder of the audience in cash. It not only baffles the spectators, it also stumps the police when they discover that the 'robbery' was actually carried out for real. And, as the Horsemen brazenly build upon this first success with a series other inexplicable heists, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes and Interpol's Alma Dray are tasked with tracking the magicians down and finding the evidence to convict them. Director: Louis Leterrier. Magic inspired by David Copperfield. Head magic consultant: David Kwong. Magic consultants: Glen Ghirardi and Jonathan Levit. Special thanks: Chris Kenner, Homer Liwag." See TV Magic for details. 3.12.16


Andy Nyman, snapped here by Ghost Stories co-director Jeremy Dyson, on the last day of filming... yep, arguably the most important day in Andy's film career to date and what's he doing? Reading MagicWeek on his mobile. In 'Ghost Stories' arch sceptic Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) embarks upon a terror filled quest, when he stumbles across a long lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable 'hauntings'. This is the movie of the hit stage show Ghost Stories, written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman. 3.12.16


"Debbie McGee and Frazer Hines return to Grand Opera House panto for Aladdin" Click Here • "An evening of comedy gold - just like that" Click Here • "'The Illusionists: Turn Of The Century' Mines History To Refresh The Allure Of Magic" Click Here • "Controversial mentalist offers reward for lost raven" Click Here • "Revealing A Magician’s Secret: Copperfield and Angel’s Audience Illusion" Click Here • "Daniel brings his ‘breathtaking’ Tommy Cooper performance to Crawley" Click Here • "‘Magicians: Life in the Impossible’: Film Review. Napa Valley 2016" Click Here • "Criss Angel’s Making Magic Happen In Las Vegas...10 Times A Week" Click Here • "Secret Life of Houdini Gets 10 Cloverfield Lane Director" Click Here • Many thanks as always for all your news items - always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 3.12.16

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Number 857 - 26th November 2016


Dynamo, guest of honour, The Session 2017. From the organisers: Having made his first convention appearance at the inaugural convention twelve years ago and having been an avid supporter and attendee, we feel that 2017 is the year to honour one of the world's most famous close-up magicians. Dynamo will be giving a candid interview where attendees will be able to ask him anything. He'll also be performing something very special during the convention. The hotel is close to sold out, so be sure to book your tickets early. Dynamo will be joined by Eric Mead, Jamy Ian Swiss, Banachek, Michael Weber, Max Maven, Benjamin Earl, Pit Hartling, Denis Behr, Guy Hollingworth, Joshua Jay, Hector Chadwick and more! Heathrow, London, January 7th-8th 2017. 26.11.16


Four more reasons to get your registrations in for next year's Blackpool Magic Convention! Jason England, Louis Otero, Hara and the spectacular illusions of Jamie Allan join the ever growing list of top artistes we have lined up for you. Alan Horne PRO officer. 26.11.16


The Stars of Magic Christmas Show - Bristol, 27th-29th December. From the organisers: Do you believe in magic? Six of the finest magicians and illusionists from around the globe come together in a breathtaking, gasp-inducing and head-scratching show that you won't want to miss! The Stars of Magic is a family-friendly show featuring world-class magicians from the UK, Germany and Taiwan. From spectacular Las Vegas-style illusions to astonishing sleight of hand magic, this show is a first of its kind in Bristol and really has to be seen to be (dis)believed. Starring: Young and Strange: Our grand illusionists and YouTube viral stars. One of their videos received ten million views in one weekend alone! Alan Hudson: The hilarious star of ITV's prime-time shows The Next Great Magician and Penn and Teller Fool Us. Alana: Enchanting, unique magic from Germany's national champion. She presents the act that won her that title and that she has performed on television shows all over the world. Anson Lee: Taiwan's master of sleight of hand card manipulation. Anson has swept the board with awards in Asia for his cutting-edge act. Rob James: The International Brotherhood of Magicians first prize winner for close-up magic 2015. Rob has amazed audiences everywhere from the Magic Castle in Hollywood to Disneyland in Paris. For more details see or 26.11.16


Pete Firman: Trix. Final show tonight, Saturday 26th November at the Soho Theatre, London. "The UK’s leading comedy magician" (Time Out) makes his Soho Theatre debut, celebrating a decade of sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Star of BBC1’s The Magicians, guest on BBC1’s The John Bishop Show and ITV’s The Next Great Magician, expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic. 26.11.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, John Gaughan and his beautifully restored 'Psycho' on The Paul Daniels Magic Show in January 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 26.11.16


Richard Cadell MIMC is appearing daily at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. He can be seen presenting The Sooty Christmas Show at 11am in the Megadome. Richard then stars with his illusion show at Zippos Circus at 12.30, 2.00, 3.30 and 5.00 pm. The large scale illusions have been newly constructed in Las Vegas by Tim Clothier and Mike Michaels. Both shows run daily until January 3rd . For more info and tickets visit 26.11.16


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David Stone Lecture Tour, final dates: After the amazing success of The Xperience Lecture tour in 2012 with over 183 lectures in 19 countries, the crazy David Stone is back! This new lecture features exclusively strong magic tricks with cards, coins and varied objects for close-up conditions such as a pen, bottles, a pair of glasses... For those who already know David, there's no need to say the lecture will be a real show, with dozens of gags and ideas you will use for your own performances. Among the brand new tricks are: Gum - An extremely visual and above all easy routine using chewing gum, and Zenith - The 'Card on Ceiling' effect completely revisited (easier than the classic version). Also a new gimmick as powerful as 'The Tool' that will allow you to perform dozens of tricks (it's a new weapon for the close-up magician who wants to refresh his repertoire). And, The Floating Deck - A box of cards literally floating before you eyes, which is then given out for examination. And much more! Over 14 new audience tested effects and routines. David will also talk and explain how he performs in a close-up situation on stage for audiences as large as 2,000 spectators.
27th: Buxton.
28th: Leicester -
29th: Northampton - Northamptonshire Magicians Club, at Brayfield Working Mens Club, NN7 1BD. Doors open at 7.30pm, ready to start at 8pm. Free for members. Past members and visiting magicians are very welcome, door charge £12. Buffet included.
30th: Wolverhampton - The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians are hosting the final lecture of David Stone's UK tour. Visiting magicians welcome for just £5. Our venue is The ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton WV10 9NL. Contact


Amazing Black Friday E-Club Pro Sign Up Deal. If you have ever wanted to experience first hand exactly what Mark Leveridge's E-Club Pro has to offer, Black Friday Weekend is the best time to put your toe in the water. With over 600 pages of content, E-Club Pro offers members access to a vast amount of magic, advice and help from a pro who has been full time in magic for 35 years. Whether you would simply like new magic to practise and perform for friends and family, or whether you are also looking for pro quality, honest advice and assistance, Mark's knowledge is waiting to help you if you become a member of his online club. The Black Friday deal is that if you sign up before midnight (GMT) on Sunday 27th November 2016, you will receive your first three months membership for free! Yep, complete access with all the benefits of full membership will be yours for no charge. To get your special Black Friday Sign Up deal, go to and complete the normal sign up through PayPal. For the first three months, each time your membership fees are charged you will be immediately refunded the full amount, thus ensuring that your first three months will cost you nothing. So, do it now and soon you will discover how amazing E-Club Pro really is! 26.11.16


Phill Smith lecture, British Magical Society, Birmingham. Jay Adkins writes: UK based mentalist, writer, designer and consultant Phill Smith has been creating powerful mind reading effects for more than a decade, with effects performed by professionals around the world, on stage and television. Best known for his three handbooks to contemporary mentalism, Mitox, Yokai and Mokele, his creative approach yields innovative modern mentalism created for real-world situations and real-world audiences. Phill has also consulted for numerous professional performers, including writing and development credits on TV show Impossible?, as well as on-set consulting in the UK, Belgium and Ukraine. In addition to all this, Phill has also performed professionally in a wide variety of settings including sell-out public shows, to rave reviews. 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tuesday 29th November. Visiting Magicians welcome, £10.00. Should be a enjoyable evening at The British Magical Society, Selly Oak Ex Servicemens' Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). 26.11.16


Viktor Voitko presents a brand new product: The i-Lite Cup. "This is a great idea. Congratulations!" Jeff Hobson. "My friend Viktor Voitko created a perfect trick for Christmas parties. It is colorful and self-working... if you like 'lazy' tricks, you'll enjoy it as much as I do." Kate Medvedeva (President of the Russian Association of Magicians). Viktor writes: If you are looking for a bright memorable trick that does not require sleight of hand then this is it! It is colourful and self-working. You catch lights and throw them in to a glass, filling the glass with lights. Then you use a drinking straw to stir them and then drink them; finally revealing a glowing light-up smile! Watch the YouTube video. For more information and to order visit 26.11.16


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next meeting is on 6th December at 7.30pm at the St George Hotel, 7-10 Albert Square, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 3JH (Map). The aim of the social evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere, and with it being close to Christmas this one will be full of festive fun. Their will be a Bar as well as free coffee and a small buffet. If anyone wants to come along, please email or Phone Kyle on 07510 933734 for further information. 30.7.16


Blackpool Family Entertainer of the Year. Alan Horne, BMC PRO officer, writes: Two more winners through to the Family Entertainer of the Year competition. Malcolm the Magician and Magic Monty are representing their areas in what will be a superb event. BMC would like to thank David Oakley and Gary Dunn for their help. Special thanks to all who have helped make these regional heats happen and of course to all who entered the competition. 26.11.16


Magicians Advice Podcast. Phil Taylor writes: In this episode (see we talk to Rus Andrews about his approach to magic. If you like jazz magic this is the podcast to listen to. Rus goes into detail about how he only uses jazz magic to keep it fresh for himself and how he entertains spectators with that style. This is a great episode and you will learn a lot from listening to Rus; please sit back and enjoy our latest episode: "You're Thinking Too Much Like A Magician". Thanks Rus for taking the time out. Thank you for downloading and listening. Your support means a huge amount to us. Please join us and the conversation on Facebook: Find all the latest episodes on iTunes where you can subscribe and never be behind. 26.11.16


The Undateables, 1st December on More 4. "It's five years since 23-year-old footballer George had a near-fatal car accident that left him paralysed from the chest down. George now wants a girlfriend, but since his accident he's been too nervous to ask anyone out. Will his charm win the heart of Nathalie? Magician David from Essex, who has a learning disability, has never had a relationship and says he finds social situations awkward. How will his meeting with Claire go? Bethany from Leicestershire meets plenty of boys at her local theatre group but says she doesn't imagine any of them would ever fancy her. The 20 year old, who has Down's syndrome, wants to experience love - will her date with Bradley provide a taste of real romance?" See TV Magic for details. 26.11.16


Jonathan Allen: Casting for the voice of Strength. Jonathan Allen’s recently published book ‘Lost Envoy’ offered the first critical readings of a previously unknown deck of fortune-telling cards, hand-painted in the first decade of the twentieth century by the English artist and mystic Austin Osman Spare (1886–1956). In Casting for the voice of Strength Allen continues his reactivation of this anomalous relic of the British Occult Revival by giving voice in absentia to a card currently missing from Spare’s tarot deck: its eleventh Major Arcana trump, known as ‘Strength’.


Casting for the voice of Strength recalls Pietro Aretino’s satire ‘The Speaking Cards’ (Le Carte Parlanti, 1543) in which an imaginary dialogue takes place between a deck of playing cards and the cards’ artisanal maker. While Aretino’s cards laid bare the intrigues of Italian Renaissance social and political life, the two iconographic figures that comprise Spare’s lost card bear witness to the early modernity through which they passed unrecorded. Emerging now in the twenty-first century, their repartee points to cartomancy as a productive, if contested, site of enchantment. Stanley Picker Gallery, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University, Knights Park, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ. Opening Event: Wednesday 30th November at 6pm. More information: 26.11.16


Barry and Stuart's 'The Happenings' is being repeated on W, next Saturday, 3rd December: "Alien Invasion. Extraordinary epic-scale show from the makers of Derren Brown. This show follows a series of unexplained phenomena created by the master magicians, Barry and Stuart." See TV Magic for details. 26.11.16


The Order of The Magi are holding their Christmas Party on Tuesday 13th December at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester at 8pm. It will be a night of fun, games, competitions, prizes and a hot pot type supper followed by the exciting magic and music of Jez Mansfield and Emma. This magic duo is making quite a name these days so it is an opportunity to see them in action. Tickets are £7.50 each and available from or telephone 0161 969 8222. Closing date for ticket application is 3rd December. Directions on Geoffrey Newton. 26.11.16


Alec Powell's legendary Car Boot Sale is back. Alec writes: Due to many requests the Magic Car Boot Sale will return on 22nd January 2017 at a new venue in Birmingham: The Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). This venue is right next door to Longbridge Railway Station and less than 10 minutes from Junction 4 on the M5. There is plenty of free parking with barriers on the car park. There is a Premier Inn and Beefeater just across the road. Stalls remain at £15 and can be booked by calling 07831 115448, or by email The first stall booked is Gordon Astley who is selling items on behalf of Paul Zenon! 26.11.16


Steve Hewlett tour news. Tony Denton Promotions presents: The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza starring The Osmonds with special guests ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and singer Charlie Green plus The Moon River Singers & Dancers. "It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year, and my brothers Jay, Merrill and I are looking forward to once again bringing back some of that Christmas cheer. Last year's UK Christmas tour was so much fun, that we are bringing it back following the run in the USA. The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza, is American tradition that started in the 60s and beloved around the world. It was Andy’s wishes and now my great honor and privilege to continue his amazing legacy of family friendly action-packed variety at its best. This award-winning show has proven to warm hearts and get you in that warm and fuzzy Christmas mood. Come celebrate Christmas with us" Jimmy Osmond 2016. Special guest stars from Britain’s Got Talent – ventriloquist Steve Hewlett and one of the shows stand out young singers Charlie Green complete this unforgettable festive family tradition alongside the Moon River Singers and dancers. For December tour dates Click Here. Steve Hewlett YouTube. 26.11.16


The Surrey Society of Magicians Stage Competition 2016. Adam Mosley writes: What a great evening. I want to say thank you to all the competitors who took part and a big thank you to our magical judge Matt Stirling, and also to all the spectators that turned up and packed the theatre out to cheer on the acts. It was a very high standard as it is every year and the audience were thoroughly entertained. The first 3 places in the competition went to Jack Bedell-Pearce (third), Steve Day (second) and Colin Peters, first, pictured here holding the Zig-Zag trophy. The comedy award went to Terry Lambert (voted for by the members). A fantastic evening again and we are now looking forward to the Close-up Competition in April. This was our last meeting of the year so Merry Christmas to everyone. 26.11.16


New visitor attraction for Stratford-upon-Avon. Mel Harvey (aka 'The late Blake Barrington') will shortly be starting a new Shakespeare Ghost Walk in Stratford-upon-Avon. This walk takes in the various historic houses and graveyards of Stratford-upon-Avon and includes comedy, magic and ghostly stories, plus a bizarre magic show in one of the most haunted houses in town! Mel, who has just been given a Long Service Award from The Shakespeare Hospice will be donating some of the proceeds of the Ghost Walk to the Hospice. Book now (if you dare) on 07860 485578. 26.11.16


Steve Truglia. Very sad to report that magician and stuntman Steve Truglia died in a tragic accident whilst performing a stunt in Chongqing, China on November 17th. Steve Truglia's 'The Card Shark Show' opened in London on December 15th 2012 and was still running successfully. In this photo, taken in July 2013, Steve is seen combining his two passions: magic and a dangerous stunt. To read that original story Click Here.

"Wanstead James Bond stuntman Steve Truglia dies during 100m abseil race in China"

"Daredevil fell 300ft James Bond stuntman and SAS hero Steve Truglia killed in abseil race after plunging from a helicopter in China"

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"Perth fans flock to see Dynamo" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo mobbed by Perth fans" Click Here • "Magician Todd Landman Brought Subversion To Nottingham" Click Here • "North Finchley magician set to dazzle Hindu members at community centre" Click Here • "Skydive magician ‘couldn’t feel the tricks’ as sub-zero temperatures almost scuppered world record" Click Here • "Real-life Dumbledore to perform in magic show at KiMo" Click Here • "Illusionist Kevin James wants to make you feel things" Click Here • "Jamie Raven – The Lowry, Salford" Click Here • "DMC: Dunhill commercial 2016" YouTube • "Wolverhampton teacher leads double life as a magician" Click Here • "Magician helps facilitate epic Christmas proposal" Click Here • "British Library conjures up Victorian magic" Click Here • And finally "Kate Bush exclusive interview: 'I'm not sure you’re ever really happy with what you create'" Click Here [in which she recounts the time she pulled a magic trick on Paul Kieve] • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 26.11.16