Number 963 - 8th December 2018


Anastasia Synn is a Cyborg. Blackpool Magic Convention 2019. From the organisers: In this brand new lecture, you’ll learn how you can dip your toes into the strange, innovative and futuristic world of 'Cyborg Magic'. Anastasia’s body modification work, with technology, allows her to achieve things that up until now magicians have only dreamt of. It’s all about NFC (near-field communication) and RFID (radio-frequency identification) interactions with implants, and projects being developed for the magic community further integrating implants with technology. You’ll learn things about magnets that you never imagined. With plenty of audience participation and visual documentation of her journey so far, you’ll also be entertained and astounded. You’ll learn about a world you never knew existed! Anastasia will also be debuting her new and unique card gaff at Blackpool 2019. Blackpool Magic Convention 2019. 8.12.18


Broadway's Biggest Magic Spectacular returns to London with all new magic! The world’s biggest selling magic spectacular, The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway, returns to London with a brand new show! The Illusionists is a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Collectively these performers have been seen by millions across the world and this production showcases their talents on stage together for the very first time. The Illusionists has shattered box office records and dazzled audiences of all ages around the world with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Prepare to witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, and disappearance next summer. July 6th to September 1st 2019. Shaftsbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. Tickets (not yet on sale) from 8.12.18


Luke Jermay: Intuition. Friday 8th & Saturday 9th February 2019, London. Intuition is a strange thing and Luke Jermay is even stranger. Building on his acclaimed debut show Sixth Sense, entertainer Luke Jermay is back and better than ever with a brand new interactive stage show. Intuition is jam-packed with phenomenal jaw-dropping demonstrations of telepathy and prediction. Your mind will be read, your choices will be predicted and your future will be revealed. Join Luke Jermay for a funny, entertaining, emotional, controversial, uplifting, unique experience, that you will never forget! Friday 8th and Saturday 9th February 2019, at 7.30pm. Tickets from £12. Book online: Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA (Map). 8.12.18


New: Tommy Cooper: In His Own Words. Tuesday 18th December, on Channel 5. An affectionate look back at Tommy Cooper's life and career. Sir Michael Parkinson, Jimmy Tarbuck and Chris Tarrant and others reflect on what made Tommy Cooper one of the greatest ever entertainers. Colleagues talk about working with him, and his daughter Vicky reveals her feelings about her father. See TV Magic for details. 8.12.18


Derek Scott: 'How to be the best performer you can be' Masterclass - London, 19th February 2019. International Magic London write: Are you using your full potential as a performer? What are your best individual qualities and are they being utilised? Are you being the best 'you' that you can be on stage? Derek Scott teaches you how to use your own natural abilities to make you a better and stronger performer. He helps you bring out qualities that will make you and your performances unique. From discovering your natural rhythm, to building a relationship with the audience, Derek will show you that your strongest asset as a performer is always 'you'. Each participant in the workshop will discover the tools within them, that will bring out the very best performer that they can be.


Derek Scott has been performing professionally for over 30 years, from Broadway to Bahrain and has coached and taught workshops to magicians, actors, dancers, clowns, circus performers, singers and poets around the world. He works on stage, film and television as a magician, actor, clown, comedian, director, coach and teacher. We are now taking bookings for this fantastic masterclass. This is the only workshop Derek will host on his brief visit to London. Date: Tuesday 19th February 2019. Venue: 2nd Floor of Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Time: 1pm to 5pm. Workshop Price £75 per person. Bookings by email: . Places are limited. 8.12.18


Pete Firman in Aladdin, New Wimbledon Theatre, London - opens tonight! Pete will be joining Paul Merton as Widow Twankey. Make tickets to Aladdin one of your three wishes this Christmas! Saturday 8th December to Sunday 6th January. Book via (Pete Firman can also be seen on 'Tonight at the London Palladium' (repeat) on Friday 14th December, see TV Magic.) 8.12.18


Kelso, Dugdale and Nathan all feature on Talking Tricks. Talking Tricks with Kane & Abel welcomed a diverse mix of magicians over the past few weeks discussing everything from magic to world events. Guests included Neil Kelso, Chris Dugdale and American celebrity magician Paul Nathan. You can listen back to these episodes at Podbean or iTunes. Subscribe to make sure you never miss an episode! New episodes drop ever Monday. 8.12.18


Belfast MagiCon 2019. From the organisers: Dave Loosley is another young UK performer making his Irish debut at our convention next year. In his lecture, Dave Loosley will take you through tried and tested routines used hundreds of times in his performances. Dave’s magic is easy to perform, very visual to watch and always creative. You are going to learn some incredible magic with sweets, cards, napkins and rubber bands. This lecture will be crammed with great information including the creative process Dave goes through when inventing magic; expect a lot of fun, and laughter, along the way. "This is a lecture you can not afford to miss. It's nice to know the new generation of magic is in safe hands." Wayne Dobson. "If you're looking for some good visual magic with smart, well-constructed methods, then you have to check out Dave Loosley’s lecture." Alan Rorrison. "Dave Loosley is one of my favourite creators of modern magic, his tricks are as fun to learn as they are to watch." Kieron Johnson. Register online or by post: 8.12.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the first of six of John Fisher's The Magic Comedy Strip series from 1992 starring The Pendragons, David Williamson, Jeff Hobson, Rudy Coby and Joe Pasquale. This show went out on 23rd March. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. DT. 8.12.18


When Magic Goes Horribly Wrong is being repeated on Friday 14th December on Channel 5. "Entertaining documentary special looking at the sometimes funny, often dramatic, and sometimes even deadly consequences when magic tricks fail. Witnesses, escapologists and magicians, both famous and amateur, tell their stories, illustrated with archive clips and specially shot material, while graphics help to dissect the tricks to discover what went wrong and why." See TV Magic. 8.12.18


MLM December Web Offers. MLM write: Every month Mark Leveridge selects a couple of items at random from his range and offers them at discounted prices, and given that Mark's prices are already highly economical, this means that some fantastic extra bargains can be enjoyed. This month Mark has chosen an item called Broke, which is a strong three coin and purse routine which incorporates two excellent complete coin vanishes (useful for other coin work too), and also his famous Ring And String Deluxe, which explains 6 wonderful borrowed ring on string moves. The coin routine comes as a downloadable TricKlip video file and the ring and string effect is supplied as a Premier E-Routine, this being a PDF text file complete with many colour photo illustrations. To receive the special prices on either or both of these great effects go to and use the order buttons on that page to ensure that you receive the full discounts. The special prices on these particular items are valid until 31st December 2018. 8.12.18


Merlins of Wakefield last ‘Preview’ catalogue for the year is now available; they write: With loads of new items including our ‘Prestige Range’, the new Tenyo for 2019 range, ideas for Christmas gifts, the latest Magic Wagon release, Magic from Japan, Limited Edition Playing Cards and the Tora Magic Sale there is something for everyone. For a free printed copy or PDF download just email your address to We have over 1000 used items now in stock. If you have anything you are looking for, or any items you are looking to sell, then give us a call 01924 339933. Merlins Magic Club just held their annual Christmas Quiz. The winning team was captained by Darren Mac (pictured). This year, a long time member and friend Ian Waring recently passed away, so the members decided to raise some money in memory of Ian. In total £150 was raised which will be going to his favourite charity, Shelter. 8.12.18


"‘Death by Magic’ a spellbinding binge-watch" Click Here • "Drummond Money Coutts: Everything You Need to Know About the Star of ‘Death By Magic’" Click Here • "‘Death By Magic’ Host Drummond Money-Coutts Is A Longtime Magician With A History Of Stomach-Churning Tricks" Click Here. 8.12.18


Santa & The Elves, from Mr E Enterprises: "This is a fantastic festive effect for your young audiences that will bring screams of delight whenever you perform it, and it’s so easy to do! You show six colourful A5 pictures of Santa’s Elves giving each one a name; Elfie, Elly, Eddie, Eric, Elijah and Evie, it is clear you only have six picture cards, and each is freely shown front and back. Saying you will show the elves once again to see if the children can remember their names and encouraging the children to call each one, you are surprised when a number of the children call, 'Santa Claus!' and you remind them that this is not one of the names! However, the children explain that they saw a picture of Santa among the Elves, but when you check there are just elves and no sign of Father Christmas. The above sequence can be repeated as often as you wish with the children insisting there is Santa, but you can never find him – it’s loads of fun. Eventually, you do find the elusive Santa Claus and decide to make him disappear, however, despite several attempts you just cannot get him to vanish – that is until the children help you by saying the correct magic words. The magic words vanish him so completely that now you cannot find him at all but thankfully he does turn up in the most unexpected place just in time for the children to give him some enthusiastic applause for performing his Christmas magic! Very easy to do. Comes complete with seven laminated picture cards (approx 8" x 5.75", 20.5cm x 14.25cm) and instructions." For more information and to order visit 8.12.18


Potter & Potter Auctions' Winter online only Magic Auction, December 15th. Featuring over 200 choice magic collectibles, including posters, books, ephemera, apparatus, and other conjuring finds. This event will have all the hallmarks of a regular live sale, but with no live floor or phone bidding. Items can be previewed at our gallery, but it will be online only (live, one lot at a time, per the norm) on auction day. See 8.12.18


"This guy recreates classic illusions with incredible moving Lego sculptures" Click Here • "Illusionist Jason Bishop: Creating magic in life" Click Here • "Magicians Spill Their Most Lucrative Secret: Making Corporate Cash Disappear into Their Pockets" Click Here • "Open sesame" Click Here • "Watch BGT illusionist Marc Spelmann freak out X Factor winner Dalton Harris with mind-blowing tricks" Click Here • "Darcy Oake and The Illusionists Bring a Little Legerdemain to Broadway" Click Here • "Holiday Magic With The Illusionists!" Click Here • "Russell Howard interviews Derren Brown" YouTube • Gary Young's Cruise Ship Magic Secrets Day is reviewed by Nick Menday this week, Click Here • "Champions of Magic Set to Perform at E.J. Thomas Hall" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 8.12.18

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Number 962 - 1st December 2018


Unfathomable. A new immersive mind-reading show for 2019. Do you believe in telepathy? Join Tony Middleton ‘Sonic’, star of the 5 star sell out show The Magic Hour, and Rebecca Herrera – the first female mentalist to fool Penn & Teller – in an immersive show of mind-reading. From the evocative wood panelled drawing room of the Sheraton Grand Park Lane, you will experience remarkable demonstrations of telepathy and second sight, and hear intriguing stories from magic's past. Do they have superhuman ability? Can you work them out? Or are they simply… Unfathomable? Limited to 6 dates in January: 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd. 60 guests only per show. Tickets from £25. Get 20% off the first 10 tickets per show with code: MAGICHOUR Book now to avoid disappointment: See Rebecca Herrera's appearance on Penn & Teller: Fool Us YouTube. 1.12.18


Drummond Money-Coutts Death by Magic, now on Netflix. "‘Death By Magic’ Host Drummond Money-Coutts is a longtime magician with a history of stomach-churning tricks" Click Here. "Society’s answer to Dynamo! Old Etonian who boarded with Prince Harry and has performed for the Queen to star in his own Netflix show recreating stunts that have killed fellow magicians" Click Here. 1.12.18


Slapstick, a new, free, journal celebrating Old Red Nose. The team behind Facebook’s The Punch and Judy Page are as proud as Punch to present Slapstick, a new, free, journal celebrating Old Red Nose. The editors aim to include a variety of news items, articles on Punch past and present, rare items from private archives, letters, opinion pieces, and practical tips and hints from Punch and Judy performers and enthusiasts from across the globe. It can be read for free Click Here. Hard copy available by request. 1.12.18


A New Release From Magicseen Publications. From the publishers: We are delighted to announce the publication of the second volume of Devin Knight's A Lifetime In Magic. This 113 page soft backed book is packed with excellent mental and psychic material that is really strong yet not difficult to do. If you enjoyed Volume 1 you will be even more thrilled with Volume 2 as it contains some truly excellent ideas, such as Clip Sight, Devin's brilliant transparent clip board concept for which he describes no less than 10 routines (including a superb Headline Prediction), plus there are six different effects using the ungimmicked drop lid container which he calls the Sanda Panda Mystery Box, as well as other versions of classic plots such as Which Hand? and book tests. Devin's thinking is always clear and as a result he creates wonderfully strong and unfathomable routines which he has made a career from performing. If you present mental and/or psychic material, you really should get this book as the effects will be exactly what you are looking for. A Lifetime In Magic Volume 2 is available now either from or direct from the publishers at 1.12.18


Cromer Pier Christmas Show 2018. The North Norfolk News describes it as "varied, surprising and energetic". Back once again for the festive season, the annual Cromer Pier Christmas Show is performed daily throughout December. As reviewed by Tim Wardley, chairman of the National Piers Association: "Headline artists Mark James (photo) and the irrepressibly evergreen Olly Day have the audience in hysterics with their quick fire comedy, magic and audience participation." The show features a full cast of singers and dancers including vocals from musicals' star Harvey James, along with chart topping vocals and cello from Fiona Jessica Wilson. Visit for tickets and more details. 1.12.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week Jeff Hobson on the 'Magic Comedy Hour' from 11th September 1991. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. DT. 1.12.18


Christian Magicians UK 2019 Conference. Austin Siviter writes: Chris Wood is one of three star lecturers to be announced for Christian Magicians UK 2019 Conference at the CCT High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG (Map). Only £340 for full board accommodation (from Monday 18th February lunch, until and including evening meal on Thursday 21st). Conference includes: Lectures, Workshops, TED Talks, Close-up Competition, Open-Mic, specialist Christian based magic, evening shows to finish the day, comfortable accommodation and good food all on site. There’s no need to travel to and from the venue each day. All this is why so many delegates return year after year, meeting with friends old and new. Check out the conference page on our website as soon as possible to see who the other star lecturers are: Please book early, not only to avoid disappointment, but also to assist the organisers and the conference centre sorting out all those little details so necessary for a smooth-running conference. 1.12.18


Thom Peterson's Owned and operated by Thom Peterson, is born out of his 30+ years of full-time performing experience. It’s your source for real-world Stand-Up and Close-Up magic that’s been tried and tested. No pie-in-the-sky stuff here, but hard hitting, practical routines that you’ll use. All the props and effects are created and produced by Thom to his exacting standards. With new items coming out all the time, this is a "must visit" site full of routines that are available exclusively through Thom. 1.12.18


Introducing Hidden Wren Magic: superb wooden magic props. Owner Gareth Gwatkin writes: I have always been interested in magic, as a boy I can remember working my way through the Royal Road to Card Magic, and the odd performance here and there. Magic has always been good to me, it’s a great way to meet people, and it breaks the ice! I just love that look of astonishment that good magic creates, for me that is what it’s about, just for a moment in time, someone just can’t believe what they have seen, it’s priceless. But I was never destined to be a pro, my path took me into the world of making and designing fine furniture.


I worked as a professional wood turner, and for many years as a cabinet maker, now I run a cabinet making business and I am usually working on commissions from beautiful Welsh Dressers to table and chair sets, or whatever people desire, always striving for the highest quality achievable, while using beautiful woods, it’s a great way to earn a living. When working as a wood turner, having turned everything from decorative furniture components, with intricate carved details to large architectural turnings to hold up buildings. I always planned to make high quality magic props, now here they are! 1.12.18


Harry De Cruz Gets His Act Together, 2nd December, London. After a smash hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Harry is bringing his show 'Harry De Cruz Gets His Act Together' to The Hen & Chicken's Theatre, Islington, London. Everyone has a party trick. Harry has 374 and counting. Sharing his incredible skills and telling the compelling and charming story of what possessed him to learn these stunts, he brings his show to London for the first time. "The King of Party Tricks" Dynamo. "The Real Harry Potter" JK Rowling. Tickets: 1.12.18


Chris Cox is en route to Australia for a two month tour with The Illusionists which will include two weeks at the Sydney Opera House (19th-29th December). "Don’t miss this unforgettable show packed with magical mastery, making its triumphant return to the Sydney Opera House." 1.12.18


The December E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce his latest online video programme which is a bumper festive 40 minute edition featuring the following sections. The Teach In - a neat magic/mentalism effect is explained this time. Top Tips - how to solve an issue that occurs when working outside. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 11 has three big tips for when table hopping. Web Offers - dems and background info on a finger ring routine and a strong coin effect, both of which are on special offer in December. 60 Seconds To Success - comments on pitching fees for the right amount. The Review Corner - opinion on Jeff Copeland's coin routine called Reialme. The E-Video Newsletter is entertaining and instructive and appears on the 1st of every month. Access to the online content is available as a single issue for a small payment, or you can opt for a 1 year subscription which means you will receive each edition automatically the moment it is released. Go to for more details and to order. 1.12.18


A Night of Magical Fun and Laughter, Christchurch, Dorset. Austin Siviter writes: Five Amazing Christian Magicians - members of Christian Magicians UK South-Western Region are presenting A Night of Magical Fun and Laughter on Saturday 8th December 2018 at 7pm at Twynham Church, 99 Barrack Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 2AL (Map). Tickets available from Church Office 01202 473 626 or email: Adults £5, Children £2.50, Family (2 adults 2 Children) £12.50. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more details about the show contact Tony Jackson 07588 847 688. 1.12.18


Nemed Phoenix wins British Magical Society Close-up Competition for 4th year running. On the 27th November, Nemed Phoenix won the British Magical Society Close-up Competition for the 4th year running. A record in the club’s 113 year history. Nemed is pictured here receiving the trophy from President Bob King. 1.12.18


The Family Xmas Comedy Magic Show, December 30th, Nunhead. Simon Rosselli writes: Sunday December 30th 1pm & 4pm at The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE (Map). Doors open 30 minutes early. Interval between two magical acts from Klassy Magic and Amigo's Magic. Magic before your very eyes, mayhem, comedy, one lucky person to have their stress removed and lots of audience participation! Great Family Entertainment. Free Bunny Copter to all those attending. Tickets £8 Child, £10 Adult. Family ticket of four £30. This sold out last year so please book early to avoid disappointment 1.12.18


Ricky Jay, magician and actor, dies aged 72

Ricky Jay obituary

Ricky Jay, Gifted Magician, Actor and Author, Is Dead at 72

David Mamet on Ricky Jay, a Great Astonisher and ‘Truest Friend’

Here's a video of Ricky Jay in playful mood on Doug Henning's World of Magic from 1976, in a clip that I uploaded to The MagicWeek Video Archive just a couple of years ago. It is still one of my favourite Ricky Jay performances. DT. YouTube. 1.12.18


"Mindset and Persuasion with Derren Brown and Lewis Howes" YouTube • "Magician Romany on the path that led her to becoming a world class performer" Click Here • "Magician Penn Jillette goes Vegan for the animals" Click Here • "Legerdemain Man Ray Anderson" Click Here • "Why Magicians Have the Most Rewarding Job in the World" Click Here • "Murray The Magician Gets His Own 'Murray Day'" Click Here • "A Philosophy of Magic: Memphis’s Newest Conjuror Has a Mission" Click Here • "Review: ‘The Illusionists’ is all tricks, but little magic" Click Here • "‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Shin Lim Conjures Magic For Broadway’s ‘The Illusionists’: Review" Click Here • "'The Illusionists — Magic of the Holidays': Theater Review" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news/reviews/articles always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 1.1218