Number 830 - 21st May 2016


The MagicWeek Video Archive. I've added a new section to MagicWeek today which I really hope you'll enjoy. Every week, together with the News, 'What's On' and 'TV Magic' sections that look forward, you'll be able to take a look back and watch a short video clip featuring magic first shown on British terrestrial television in the late 70s, and 80s and 90s, right through to the early 00s. Visit The MagicWeek Video Archive page to find out what it's all about and to watch this week's clip. DT. 21.5.16


The Magic History Gathering at The Magic Circle, London, Saturday 11th June. Non-Members of The Magic Circle are welcome. The day features six talks on various aspects of the history of magic. Paul Gordon's talk is about three magical eccentrics, E G Brown the card magician, Victor Farelli an expert on sleight of hand and Percy Naldrett an inventor and publisher. Peter Brunning has researched the life of Prof. Era a little known Victorian magician. Scott Penrose will demonstrate his reconstruction of an amazing magical effect which has not been seen for well over 100 years. Mike Clague from the Isle of Man will talk about nineteenth century magicians who visited the island. Fergus Roy will talk about the extraordinary life of Will Goldston the magic dealer and Jon Marshall's talk titled 'Itching to See the Show' is about the fascinating history of flea circuses which used real fleas and he will perform his mechanical version of such a show.


Following the talks there will be a sale of hundreds of collectable books from the David Price collection. This sale is only open to those attending The Gathering. The event takes place at The Magic Circle's headquarters, The Centre for Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). There will be time during the day to explore this headquarters of The Magic Circle. Admission costs £40 which includes coffee, afternoon tea and a buffet lunch. Doors open at 9am and coffee will be served at 10am. This will be followed by the six talks. For details of payment, which must be made prior to the event, please contact Bob Loomis by email on 21.5.16


Announcing MagicFest PRO, a new industry event taking place at the end of the Seventh MagicFest from 8th-10th July in Edinburgh, bringing together magicians, theatre producers and industry experts for lectures, sharing and networking. Limited to 60 participants with lectures on pick-pocketing, stage magic, sleight of hand, presentation and show production. With Juan Tamariz, Hector Mancha (Grand Prix FISM winner), Colin Cloud, Prof Richard Wiseman, Paul Wilson, Candice Edmunds (Vox Motus Theatre), Hun Lee, Ted Kim and Young Min Kim (from the Korean College of Magic, if you've been to recent Blackpool Galas you will have seen some of their work, it's remarkable) and others. The sole purpose is to open up new possibilities for your magic performance, new audiences, new presentations and more. Tickets include lectures, lunch and also a ticket to see Juan Tamariz live in Edinburgh that evening. Tickets for the whole day are normally £100 but are £80 until the end of May. Tickets are selling fast! Visit to book and for more info or call 0131 226 0006. 21.5.16


Chris Cross's Evening of Magic & Laughter. On Thursday evening the North East proudly waved a final farewell to Paul Daniels... A sold out audience enjoyed an Evening of Magic & Laughter at the City Centre Quayside Cabaret Club, raising £1,235 for The charity. The gig, at The Chris Cross 'Quayside Cabaret Club' at Prima Pizza Pasta in the City Centre, featured videos and live performances celebrating the life of Paul Daniels. There were performances from Teeside's John Archer, The Great Aziz from Glasgow, Charlie Burns and some comedic card tricks from host and compere Chris Cross. Debbie McGee was hoping to attend but wasn't able to due to other commitments, so sent a message to the audience which was played: ''I'm really sorry I can't be there tonight, I was so moved when Chris told me he was staging a Tribute to Paul. We had such a wonderful time when we were with you performing at the Cabaret Club last time and I'll be thinking of you and knowing what a great time you'll all be having. Thank you Chris Cross and thank you Newcastle!'' Photo credit: Casablanca Photography. 21.5.16


The Academy Of Magical Arts, Los Angeles, California. Award Winners 2016. Sunday 15th May. Big congratulations to Dynamo and Will Houston and all the award winners. Here's a full list (in order of presentation):

Creative Fellowship – Tom Stone
Parlour Magician of the Year – Rob Zabrecky
Close–Up Magician of the Year – Mike Pisciotta
Performing Fellowship – Greg Frewin
Literary/Media Fellowship – Will Houston
Award of Merit – Erika Larsen
Lifetime Achievement Fellowship – Ton Onosaka
Junior Magician Awards – Frankie Foti, Jesus "Nexxus" Flores, and Paul Robaia
Stage Magician of the Year – Shoot Makoto Ogawa
Lecturer of the Year – Doc Eason
Masters Fellowship – John Gaughan
Magician of the Year – Dynamo.


Chris Rawlins Recalled. Chris Rawlins demonstrates his super-human memory, razor sharp accuracy and concentration, showcasing the true power of the human brain, live on stage. This act is like nothing you have ever seen before. Chris will not only demonstrate the true power of his well sculpted memory and its super-human capacity, he will also make you laugh and gasp. He will even teach you a unique skill that will never be forgotten. An experience not to be missed! "You could almost hear the jaws dropping just wow!" The British Library, London. "We thoroughly enjoyed hosting such an impressive, charismatic and funny man. We would be honoured to have him back." York University, Psychology. "Chris is a creative, original thinker and a truly great performer. I highly recommend you all to see him in action." Uri Geller. Wednesday 15th June, 7.30pm. Age Restrictions 14+ Venue: The Basement, City Screen Picturehouse, 13-17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL (Map) 21.5.16


Nick Einhorn Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians lecture, this Wednesday. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 25th May, The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians are hosting a lecture from Nick Einhorn. Nick is a Gold Star member of The Inner Magic Circle, winner of The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 3 times and an award-winning FISM magician. He is a published author and his books have sold over a million copies worldwide. Following Nick's win on Penn & Teller's Fool Us, Nick performed with the duo, in their theatre at the Rio in Las Vegas. Now appearing at the ECC Sports and Social Club in Wolverhampton, with his entertaining and informative lecture. Visiting magicians welcome for only £5.00 - the lecture starts at 8pm. For further details contact Sue Oakley 21.5.16


Bank Holiday Sale at the Card Collection! Starts Friday 27th May at 10am and runs until 10am on Tuesday 31st May. Bargains! Bargains!! Bargains!!! 21.5.16


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishop's Stortford. Andy Clockwise writes: Without a doubt one of the finest close-up magicians in the world right now, Michael Vincent, will be back performing at "Magicians at the Half Moon" this Friday, 27th May. Entry is £10 and you can reserve yourself a seat by calling Martin on 01279 659562. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show kicks off at 8pm. Compering this month's show is the one and only Wayne Fox and back by popular demand the very entertaining Lee Bell. Do yourself a favour and get yourself along to what promises to be another brilliant night of Magic! The Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). More information at "How did I get here? Magician Martin Cox's crazy journey from bouncer to bamboozler" Click Here. 21.5.16


West End Magic - this afternoon, Leicester Square Theatre, London. From the organisers: West End Magic continues throughout the year at the Leicester Square Theatre featuring some of the most exciting names in magic and variety. May's offering brings international gentlemen juggler Mat Ricardo, slapdash magic duo Griffin and Jones, plus the conjuring feats of Oliver Tabor and guest vocalist Katie Paternoster. All held together by Norfolk's greatest magic/comedy export, Olly Day. Award-winning magic, juggling, illusions, death-defying escapes and comedy, all suitable for the family. 3.30pm on Saturday 21st May. Tickets: Box office 020 7734 2222. 21.5.16


Michael Mcintyre's Big Show, this evening at 7.50pm on BBC 1 with Colin Cloud. "Family entertainment with Michael McIntyre, featuring music from Katherine Jenkins and a performance from mind magician Colin Cloud. A florist gets the surprise of her life when she becomes the unexpected star of the show, and former Welsh international footballer Robbie Savage hands over his phone for another celebrity edition of Send to All." See TV Magic. 21.5.16


Football Focus 12.10pm today, Saturday 21st May on BBC 1. Dan Walker and guests preview the FA Cup final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United. The 2016 showpiece is a repeat of the 1990 final, which United won 1-0 in a replay after the original game ended 3-3. There is no shortage of talking points for Dan and his guests at Wembley, as current Palace manager Alan Pardew played in the 1990 final for the Eagles, while Manchester United are bidding for their first major title since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement. With magic guest Jamie Raven. See TV Magic. 21.5.16


Andi Gladwin

Leamington 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 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). 21.5.16


Magicseen subscribers get more! Being a 'printed copy' or 'download' subscriber to Magicseen, the UK's only independent magic publication, gets you more than just an entertaining, glossy magic magazine every two months. For instance, printed copy subscribers (including Pay As You Go customers) receive a 20% discount on all purchases of Magicseen books and E-Books, plus have the option to receive in addition an advance free download copy of each issue before the printed copy hits the doormat. Download copy subscribers also get the 20% book discount, and each time a new issue of Magicseen is released, they can email a request to receive any two download back issues of their choice free of charge. This means that over a 12 month period they can receive up to £48 worth of extra download back issues. So, being a Magicseen subscriber makes total sense. Not experienced Magicseen before? Well, go to and download an evaluation copy of the current issue (issue 68, May 2016) and discover what an entertaining mix of articles and features you'll enjoy when you subscribe. 21.5.16


Magic Lego Project: The Illusionist. Bob Brick writes: "I am trying to gain some exposure for my project. It is a Lego set design based on magic and illusion: The Idea has been submitted to Lego ideas and if it receives 10,000 supporters Lego may consider making it a set. It is completely free to support, and only takes two minutes. I think the set would be a good introduction to magic for the younger generation of magicians and illusionists." For more info, photos, and to offer your support, visit 21.5.16


Merlins of Wakefield held their 21st Birthday Celebration day on Sunday 15th May. To read a report, Click Here. 21.5.16


Chris Wood's recent lecture given to the Bexley Magic Society is reviewed by John Derris this week: "His handling is clean and natural, his manner and presentation are entertaining and his routines really do demonstrate the ingredients that lift magic above the cute and novel. The depth to which he breaks down the routines into principles is exceptional and not often seen..." To read the full review Click Here, and for booking details visit the MagicWeek Lecturers section. 21.5.16


E-Club Pro Sign Up Offer: Mark Leveridge's online club and magic information resource is a goldmine of ideas, help and trusted advice, and if you sign up before midnight on Tuesday 31st May, you will receive free the CD which Mark was selling at his E-Club Pro - Live! lecture tour in the USA last month. The CD contains everything that Mark presented in the lecture, most of which is in video form. The content of the lecture comprises of material extracted from the online pages of E-Club Pro itself and provides a varied and exciting array of magic, ideas and entertainment. To get your hands on a free copy of the CD simply go to and complete the quick and easy E-Club Pro membership sign up process. This will give you immediate access to the huge E-Club Pro members only website which will provide your magic life with a real boost! Fully updated on the 1st of every month, E-Club Pro has members all over the world and is the perfect place to learn new magic, to brush up on technique and moves, to access information about a wide range of magic topics and to basically have something exciting to look forward to each month! So sign up now and Mark will be pleased to not only welcome you as the latest member but also to send you your free CD gift. 21.5.16


Forth Valley Magic Circle's annual 'Tricks at the Tryst' magic show will be held on Saturday 28th May at 6.30pm for 7pm at Falkirk Town Hall: "This is a fantastic family show that's always a great night out. The show will feature stage acts Luke Closely, Paul Novak, Adam Black, Pete Kinney and Elliot Bibby, compered by Mike McCurry, with top close-up magic during the interval." Tickets can be purchased online from, and you can reserve a table or ask any questions by emailing the secretary Physical tickets can be purchased from Falkirk Stadium (FK2 9EE) - Mon-Fri, and from Falkirk Town Hall (FK1 5RS) on Saturdays only. 21.5.16


Magic Bazaar - The Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove, 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. 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 21.5.16


Magician / DJ Entertainer Daniel Horan has reached the finals of the first ever 'Star Made', the TV show produced by Made in Leeds TV. The live final is to be aired on Sunday 22nd May at 8pm, where the four finalists will battle it for 1st place in a one-hour show. Sky 117 Freeview Channel 07 (in Leeds). 21.5.16


"Adrien Brody gave up career as magician to pursue acting" Click Here • "A Magician Enlists Frank Oz and Mark Mothersbaugh for His One-Man Show" Click Here • "Wrexham magician who dazzled Las Vegas to star at Flintshire wedding fair" Click Here • "Derren Brown's riskiest illusion yet? Thorpe Park Ghost Train ride facing more delays" Click Here • "Salute to comedy legend Tommy Cooper in Hastings" Click Here • "10 Qs: Gay Magician Michael Carbonaro on Disguises, Pranking Shaq, and Getting the Guy" Click Here • "The All-Star Stand-Up Tour – The Lowry, Salford" Click Here • "On board the world's biggest cruise ship" Click Here • "Leven magician takes top prize for children’s magic" Click Here • "How I Got My Dream Job: John Rizen, Magician" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 1.5.16