Number 822 - 26th March 2016


Dynamo: Live at the O2 - TV Special. Dynamo: Live at the O2 is a special television event that will be broadcast live from the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday March 30th, as Dynamo performs his critically acclaimed show, Seeing Is Believing. After selling out more than 100 dates for his debut live arena tour, Dynamo will become the first magician in history to headline The O2 to an assembled audience of around 10,000 with his critically acclaimed show, Seeing Is Believing. The entire show will be broadcast live on UKTV’s new premium entertainment channel W, on Wednesday, March 30th, at 7.30pm.

Dynamo said, “I’ve been overwhelmed with all the amazing support from fans as I’ve toured the length and breadth of the country. Now I want to make sure that those who couldn’t get tickets can still enjoy the show and hope that those who’ve been to see me will want to relive it again on W.”


Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, added, “I’m delighted to be continuing our relationship with Dynamo by broadcasting this stage show like no other. After four brilliant series of his BAFTA-nominated show Magician Impossible, we’ve missed him! Now viewers will get to share, live, in what he’s been up to, seeing for themselves the extraordinary achievement behind Dynamo: Live.”

Dynamo: Live at The O2 is produced by Inner Circle Films and Phil McIntyre Television. Executive producers are Dan Albion (Inner Circle Films) and Lucy Ansbro (Phil McIntyre Television) with Richard Watsham and Helen Nightingale executive producing for UKTV. See TV Magic.


Paul Zerdin 2016Paul Zerdin - UK and USA dates. Paul Zerdin, left (oh come on that's always going to be funny), “the ventriloquist for the South Park generation” as he has been tagged, masterfully blends unparalleled technical ability and comedic timing with sharp stand-up. Just a few dates remain for Paul's UK tour, before he packs his bags and heads off to Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for the start of a residency on 30th April. Paul said: “It’s every entertainer’s dream to have their own show on The Las Vegas Strip. I’m thrilled that my dream is coming true, but my characters aren’t giving me a moment’s peace before we join the ranks of other Las Vegas headliners”. For UK dates see For Planet Hollywood dates see

April 08 - Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
April 11 - Norwich Playhouse Theatre
April 12 - Town Hall Birmingham
April 14,15,16 - Udderbelly, London
April 18 - Oran Mor, Glasgow.


Hypnotic: Luke Jermay. “Locked inside your mind are amazing abilities waiting to be liberated. You are more powerful than you can imagine. I invite you on a remarkable hypnotic journey to discover your strange power.” Luke Jermay. Psychic Entertainer and Master Hypnotist Luke Jermay returns to the stage after his acclaimed 2015 UK Tour ‘Sixth Sense’ with a brand new stage show; ‘Hypnotic: Luke Jermay’. Jermay; the man they call the ‘Miracle Maker’ invites you to spend a perception shattering evening expanding your own intuitive potential through the transformational mystery of hypnosis and waking suggestion. Jermay will be your personal tour guide on an adventure into the deepest regions of your mind unlocking astonishing talents and intuitive abilities along the way. Hypnotic: Luke Jermay is a tour de force of jaw dropping hypnosis and mind mysteries certain to amaze, flabbergast and confound. Unlike other hypnotism shows, willing participants will leave entranced, empowered and amazed; not clucking like a chicken. Saturday 16th April at 7.30pm. The University of Huddersfield, Drama (Milton Building) Studio Two. Free Admission, booking essential. Email to reserve a seat. 26.3.16


Alexis ConranAlexis Conran (BBC's The Real Hustle) starts presenting his own weekly radio show today on TalkRadio. It'll air every Saturday from 1pm to 3pm, focusing on "all things scam and consumer". Alexis' first guest is James Freedman talking about pickpocketing and pickpockets. The show is called The Radio Hustle with Alexis Conran and the station's website is TalkRadio, is a brand new personality-driven speech radio station and part of the UTV Media portfolio of brands. 26.3.16


Vlad GrigorescuVlad Grigorescu Live In London. Vlad Grigorescu is one of Romania’s best entertainers, with hundreds of hours on stage and television appearances to his name. Original, funny, smart and incredible! After his successful show in 2015, Vlad is coming back to London to blow everyone’s minds! You will see his famous "Matrix Experiment", see what he can do without seeing, why he considers himself to be the most stupid magician in the world, laugh a lot and hear a lot of bad English! Sunday, April 17th at 7pm at the Museum of Comedy, London. Tickets: (20% off if you use the code 'MagicWeek' when booking online). Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR (Map). Here's Vlad on the Final of Romania's Got Talent: Vimeo. Also see 26.3.16


Craig ChristianEvolution of Magic - the mind-blowing magic show, starring Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best. 9th April - 11th September, Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Selected dates. Show Times: 6pm & 7.30pm. Prices: Premium £15.00, General Seating £12.50 Family Ticket: £40. More info: Showreel: 26.3.16


Mel Mellers Masterclass. Learn the real secrets of comedy magic. At long last Mel has found a window in his busy schedule to present a Masterclass in Comedy Magic. A one day intensive comedy magic workshop presented by a master of his craft. Learn all aspects of comedy magic, from plots to scripts, in this highly structured "how to" session. Topics include: comedy and authenticity, lines versus gags, character, effects, tricks and you, structure, creating comedy, crafting the material, gag format, putting it all together, dealing with agents, Q&A. If you want to add more comedy into your stage, corporate or close-up performance this will be something not to miss! 10am -5pm on Thursday 24th November at the excellent Prested Hall in Essex (just 50 minutes by train from London), plus, in the evening 'An Audience with Mel Mellers' at 7.30pm. Early Bird Registration before 31st May £100, after 31st May £120 - including buffet lunch and dinner and coffee/tea. Spaces are very limited. For more information see or contact organiser Steve Short 26.3.16


PropDog HQ have some great news for all Ellusionist fans in the UK and Europe! We are pleased to announce that we have become an official stockist of the Ellusionist range and that we can offer their range of products through our awesome rapid delivery service! We have a had a huge shipment come in which can be seen on our website, this includes decks such as Kings, Rounders, Dealers, Killer Bees, Keepers, Sleepers, LTD and then tricks such as Warning by Kostya Kimlat, Pyro Fire shooter, Solved by Adam Wilber, Stay Cool, The Informant (for all the mentalism fans out there this is one to check out), The Seer plus loads more. We also have a selection DVDs and Books which are all available too! Make sure you checkout to see what we have in stock. Remember, if it is on our website as in stock, we dispatch the same day, meaning you can have your hands on any of the products listed the next working day! 26.3.16


Grainger and HansGrainger and Hans: Die Magik Kunst. The Hen and Chickens Theatre, London. Grainger and Hans brought the Las Vegas Strip to its knees in the '70s with the greatest maelstrom, extravaganza, blitzkrieg of a magic show that the world will ever see. In the first of their comeback shows, see miracles of original magic and watch classics such as the floating ball and the bullet catch. Cower in admiration as the original Masters of Grand Illusion take back their throne... In reality Grainger and Hans were created and are performed by Toby McMillan and Louie Bayliss, two former 'Men In Coats' men, who have worked in award winning shows and on television around the world. This show is a magic and physical comedy homage to the more bombastic and glittery world of the Vegas magic shows of the '70s and '80s - but with geriatric performers. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased online Click Here or on the door. 30th March, 31st March and 1st April at 7.30pm. The Hen and Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul's Road, London N1 2NA (Map). 26.3.16


Steve Rowe lecture, Burton Upon Trent. Eddie Young writes: Clear your diaries for 21st April - Steve Rowe has agreed, after his huge success at the recent Blackpool Convention, to give a lecture in aid of MS at 7.30pm on Thursday 21st April at The National Brewery Centre, Horninglow Street, Burton Upon Trent DE14 1NG (Map). For tickets (£10 each) Click Here. If you book now you will receive a free book to help you to be more creative. 26.3.16


Andi GladwinLeamington and Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic. Mark Traversoni writes: This year's Leamington and Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic is from 14th-15th of June. Over the last few years we have put on a lecture the night before for those stopping overnight; this year it will be given by Adrian Sullivan. The main day is the 15th and this year the lectures booked are: Andi Gladwin, Steve Rowe, Kieron Lefever and Gordon Drayson (winner of this year's British Children’s Entertainer Championships in Blackpool). There are around 20 dealers attending and we will finish of the day with Kieron's stage act, The Internal Contortionist (A hard act to swallow!) and the Midlands Champion of Champions Close-up Competition. This great line up, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and free parking can be yours for the bargain price of just £25! Book your tickets now at Leamington and Warwick Magic Society’s Day of Magic at Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). 26.3.16


The Card Collection Easter Sale is now on! It runs from now until 11am on Tuesday 29th March. Up to 20% discount on goods at the checkout! Don't miss out, who needs chocolate eggs when you can have discounted magic! 26.3.16


The Magicians' Podcast this week features a double bill of chat. Sharkey & Long, Derren Brown's BAFTA and Olivier award winning co-writers join host Richard Young to discuss the incredible projects they have worked on, and Bruce Smith, who has worked for Marvin's Magic since day one on the shop floor in Hamleys of Regent Street, talks about the art of the magic demonstration and shares some stories. Listen to both podcasts and catch up with previous editions at Also see 26.3.16


Bizarre Bath, The Comedy Walk. Bizarre Bath is the unique evening entertainment that appeals to everyone. You’ll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath. You’ll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, magic and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city. Tour Starting Point: Huntsman Inn, 1 Terrace Walk, North Parade, Bath BA1 1LY (Map). 2016 season dates: March 23rd to October 29th. 26.3.16


Close-up Magic at The Magic Circle, London. This event showcases some of the very best close-up magicians. Audiences get to meet the performers and experience the magic in the intimate setting of the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle in London, often taking part themselves. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing! Friday 8th April. Doors open 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.30pm. Tickets £19.50 plus transaction fee from Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). The Magic Circle presents a number of special events such as this throughout the year, see What's On or visit 26.3.16


International News: XIV Magic Congress in Saint Vincent, Italy. May 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th. From the organisers: 11 Amazing lectures, 1 'Ultra' lecture, 1 Stage Gala Show, 1 Grand Close-Up Gala, 1 Crazy Magic Midnight Show, 1 Competition stage "Victor Balli", 1 Competition Close-Up, 1 Italian Championship of Magic, 1 Special Competition (no classic magic), 1 Magic Tricks Hall (open until dawn), 2 Spaghetti Parties, 1 Unforgettable Themed Party. For more information and to see the excellent line-up visit 26.3.16


Conjuring at the Court - London, 31st March. From the organisers: Another fabulous evening from London’s longest-running monthly magic show, Conjuring at the Court. It’s a celebration of 70 years of the Zodiac Magical Society with four Zodiac members on stage – all wonderful professional magicians. There’s the strong magic of Richard Pinner, vice-president of the Magic Circle. Carl Pettman is a very funny performer, combining magic with a dry wit. Bharat Patel startles audiences – including magicians - with his direct, powerful mysteries and mind-reading. Steve Rawlings is a hilarious juggler who brought the house down at the Bristol convention with his comic antics. Compere is the lively co-producer Stephen Barry. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm. Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy dinner from the pub’s great menu. There’s an elegant Victorian dining room as well as the spacious bars. Wi-Fi is available throughout the pub. The Drayton Court is just 12 minutes from Central London: take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the pub is 2 minutes walk from the station. Parking is free from 6.30pm. 26.3.16


The Magic Bazaar, Bromsgrove - new date: Sunday 29th May. From the organisers: S2 Promotions are proud to host a magic selling day at The Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster B61 9AB (Map) on Sunday 29th May (not the 8th as originally planned). The day will consist of magic dealers selling new items, but half of the vendors will be selling used and collectible items and so there should be a bargain or two for everyone! The day starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm. It should be a great opportunity for people to see live demos of the latest products and to see older collectible pieces that you have always wanted to own. Tickets are £5 per person. If you have any questions about the day then feel free to contact us on 01384 373209. Currently we still have dealer tables left for anyone who wishes to sell their second-hand items, so feel free to get in touch about reserving one of the stands. Hope to see you there! Stuart Millward. Call 01384 373209 for tickets and information. To buy tickets visit 19.3.16


Ian RowlandIan Rowland London Society of Magicians Lecture. From the organisers: Ian will present his new 2016 lecture, including the four brand new effects he presented at Blackpool. These include 'RAMA' (Read Any Mind Anywhere) and 'The Mind Maze' (how to fascinate someone for five minutes, and get them to want to book you, without performing a single effect!). The emphasis will be on mentalism, but there will also be some card items and stories. Ian will also talk about his work as a corporate speaker and trainer, and how he integrates magic and mentalism into his training presentations. It promises to be a fun, entertaining evening with something for everyone from beginner to pro. Tuesday, 26th of April at 7pm at Davenport's Magic, 7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade, London WC2N 4HZ Website: 26.3.16


Diego Minevitz's "Extreme Magic for Everybody" lecture, Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Tuesday 29th March. David Miller writes: Diego is a magician, fakir, escape artist, martial artist and magic consultant. He travels extensively performing in South America, Europe and the Middle East, and he has lectured in 22 countries, 50 cities and to 60 magic societies. His lecture covers the use of psychology in magic, staging and mentalism, and features include escapology, fakarism, mentalism and Russian Roulette. We kick-off at the usual time of 8pm at The Yeoman of England, 31 High Street, Wootton, Northampton NN4 6LP (Map) and guest magicians are very welcome for a fee of £10. See What's On for more UK tour dates. 26.3.16


Modern Mystic League, Blackburn, April Events. Modern Mystic League Chairman Brian Lead writes: The League will be presenting three special spring events in April at their HQ the St Silas Parish Centre, Preston New Road, Blackburn BB2 6PS (Map). Magic maestro Andrew Normansell will be presenting his lecture on Sunday, 3rd April at 2pm, Paul Stone will be there on Tuesday, 26th April at 7.30pm with a packed, multi-layered evening of magic in all its manifestations, while MML members from young Juniors to senior Seniors will be presenting a public show on Saturday, 16th April commencing at 7.30pm. Admission £10, children free. 26.3.16


Kane & Abel's April Fools Fool Fest - London. Comedy country conjurors Kane & Abel have washed down their Wellies and descended on London for a celebration of the pranksters’ holiday – April Fools’ Day. Join the twin-brother duo for a mouth-watering smorgasbord of comedy, magic and silly stunts guaranteed to blow your pants off! Don’t miss your chance to experience what has made Kane & Abel a popular attraction at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (“Funny, enduring … brilliant fun.”/ “Pick of the Fringe.”), Glastonbury Festival (“People like you make this festival.”). Friday 1st April at 9.30pm at the Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU (Map). To book tickets Click Here. 26.3.16


Henry Lewis - The Magic CircleHenry Lewis lectures at The Mystic Ring, Dunstable on Thursday 31st March. The Mystic Ring Magic Club is delighted to announce a lecture from the Hon. Life Vice President of The Magic Circle and recipient of The Silver Wand for services to The Magic Circle, Henry Lewis. Henry will be lecturing on his extensive knowledge of magic, drawn from a life long career in magic and mentalism. Don't miss what will be a highly entertaining and informative evening. The Mystic Ring meet at The Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 1JE (Map). The lecture starts at 8pm and visiting magicians are welcome (admission £5). If you need further details email or visit Steve Milroy, club secretary. 26.3.16


The Gathering Presents Two Dummies and a Bunch of Puppets, St George Hotel, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Master Puppet maker and Punch Professor Bryan Clarke will be interviewed by local Ventriloquist Paul Henri about show business and the fascinating story of puppets, their makers and performers, past and present. This is the talk we have all been waiting for as Bryan has worked with stars from all over the world and has many stories to tell from that golden age of variety entertainment. The talk will start at around 7.30pm on Tuesday April 5th at the St George Hotel, 7-10 Albert Square, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 3JH (Map). If you are not a member of The Gathering and you wish to attend, please contact Kyle for further information. 26.3.16


Fellowship of Christian Magicians (UK) 29th Annual Conference. Austin Siviter writes: The Fellowship of Christian Magicians (UK) 29th Annual Conference was held in February and attended by around 80 delegates. Lectures by John Archer, Julie Carpenter, Scott Penrose, Peter Gardner, Dominick Zwolinski, Mark Greenwood and One Way UK. The Public show starred Scott Penrose, Simon Williams and Dominick Zwolinski. A variety of workshops included Card Magic by Mark Shortland, Linking Rings by Volker de Haas, Puppetry by One Way UK and the children’s workshop included circus skills. Performance awards were given to Steve Price: Stage Competition, Denis Clark (our oldest member) the Comedy Award for the 3rd time, and Charlie Herbert (14 years old one of the youngest members) Young Magician of the Year for a 2nd year running and the Open Mic Award. 26.3.16


Eric Sharp. May, 16th 1921 - March 22nd, 2016. Eric Sharp is remembered by Quentin Reynolds, Click Here. 26.3.16


MagicWeek's had a makeover! I've designed a new logo, buttons and page headings, changed the colour scheme and uploaded the first back issues as 1-150 hadn't been online for years. I decided to keep the layout more or less as it was, but you will notice that some sections have been moved around a little. I had fun looking through those early back issues - so hope you do too. There's still a bit more to do, but it's nearly there. Lots planned for the year ahead. DT. 26.3.16


Website links. If you're a magician and would like to have your website linked under Magicians simply email us your web address (the same for Magic Clubs Magic Clubs) and you will be added - there's no charge. If you run your club's website and would like to update a link that you already have going to MagicWeek, a new set of banners are now available, or we can size one to your specifications, Click Here and thank you. DT. 26.3.16


Derren Brown 2016"Derren Brown says Llandudno was the inspiration for him becoming an illusionist" Click Here • "Daredevil Jonathan Goodwin is quite literally on fire at his latest theatre show" Click Here • "Thorpe Park [Derren Brown] 12p entry tickets - how do I get them?" Click Here • "'Impossible? It's all about a sense of wonder' says Magical Bones" Click Here • "Michael Carbonaro: The Frontiers Q&A" Click Here • "Review: Impossible at Palace Theatre, Manchester" Click Here • "Dynamo: I don’t have time for a family... yet" Click Here • "Prepare to be amazed! Dynamo bringing the magic to Manchester Arena" Click Here • "That's magic! Illusionist Dynamo latest VIP guest at Harborne chip shop " Click Here • "David Copperfield wants you to take magic seriously" Click Here • "Blind magician does amazing street magic tricks people believe are impossible" Click Here • "Impossible to believe Magic Acts" Click Here • "It’s a kind of magic for magician Rhys" Click Here • "Magician Michael Carbonaro makes our anchors' heads spin" Click Here • That's it, have a good Easter weekend, Duncan. 26.3.16