Number 832 - 4th June 2016


Many congratulations to Richard Jones on becoming the first ever magician to win Britain's Got Talent in the show's 10 year history, last Saturday evening, on ITV! In a closely fought contest Richard received 16.7% of the public's vote to be placed first which was an amazing achievement. To watch Richard's winning routine, Click Here. "Video: Magician Richard Jones on winning Britain's Got Talent" Click Here.


Correction: Last week MagicWeek ran a short item titled Déjà vu. During the week there had been a lot of negative publicity in the media surrounding the origins of Richard's material on BGT. I chose not to link to all the negative items, but did run a short item titled 'Déjà vu'. I linked to two YouTube clips of American magicians performing on America's Got Talent back-to-back with clips of Richard Jones' audition and semi-final appearances. I used the 'Déjà vu' heading because of the obvious similarities in some of the material in the routines.


On Monday Dave Bonsall of PropDog wrote a piece on Facebook regarding Richard's appearances and some of the criticisms he had received. So I phoned Dave as it seemed that I had jumped to the wrong conclusion re Richard's work. Dave told me that neither he, nor Richard, had even seen the American YouTube clips before Richard's routines were put together, and any similarities in the routines were a pure coincidence and that the routines featured popular magic currently available on the market for anyone to perform. So I'd like to offer my apologies to both Dave Bonsall and Richard Jones, and hope they appreciate how it was easy to draw the wrong conclusion, but that no ill will was meant. Duncan Trillo/MagicWeek. 4.6.16


Direct from Las Vegas, Piff the Magic Dragon brings his smash hit sell out show to the Just For Laughs Festival in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for its UK premiere. Piff the Magic Dragon stole the show on Penn and Teller’s ‘Fool Us’ and was a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. In 2014 Piff left the UK to headline a show at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. After the success of his stint on America’s Got Talent, Piff was offered a solo show at the iconic Flamingo hotel where he now resides three nights a week. On his days off, Piff tours the USA and in the past six months has broken records at major comedy clubs, sold out Foxwoods and Borgata, twice, and sold over 100,000 tickets. "How are you going to top a guy in a dragon suit?" New York Times. Just For Laughs Festival in London, from July 14th–21st – further details and tickets here: Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 3rd–13th – further details and tickets here: 4.6.16


Karl Fulves Convention, Saturday July 2nd, London. From Alan Brown... KFC stands for Karl Fulves Convention. This is the first of a proposed annual gathering to honour an unsung giant of magic. This highly informal event will take place on Saturday July 2nd at 3.30pm at The Holiday Inn, 30 Jamestown Rodd, Camden, London NW1 7BY (Map). The idea is that all attendees must be prepared to perform or demonstrate at least two Fulves items, or material from any of his publications, or talk about some idea, publication or item of interest related to Fulves. Free entry. [Very informal, no need to register. Email if needed] 4.6.16


SNAP, 4th-29th August, Assembly George Square Theatre, Edinburgh. A contemporary mystery and magical performance, SNAP is a multi-faceted art performance based on magic, combining ingenious stage language, illusion, mime, black art, white art, comedy, dance and more. The show begins with tricksters entering a sealed door that transcends all of space and time. They meet a boy trapped in a world of innocence, a scarlet witch, an alchemist, a time traveller, a dreamer, and many more people, influencing their lives and planting small seeds of change. BBC, ITV, The New York Times, and The Oriental Daily all gave rave reviews to each of the eight artists and directors in SNAP! All award winning artists, they bring to life characters to share with you a fantasy experience which has never been seen in the history of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. "SNAP is innovative and creative and makes use of state-of-the-art theatre techniques..." Eric Eswin, Past president, FISM. "A hotbed of talented new magicians" BBC. The show features stars of Korean magic: Ted Kim, Hun Lee, Young-Min Kim, Zeki Yoo, EK, CS Choi, Lee Yeong-min and Mun Jeong-seok. Book via also see 4.6.16


Ben Hanlin: Work in Progress, London. Cheeky magician and star of ITV2’s Tricked is performing a series of intimate work-in-progress shows at the Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St George Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR (Map). This show is a blend of magic that Ben has been performing for years as well as some brand new material. Running time: 60 minutes. Age recommendation: 14+. 9th and 16th June. Tickets: Click Here. 4.6.16


The Complete Walton Volume 3. Available from Davenports: This is the long awaited third volume of card magic by the world-renowned magician Roy Walton. It has been some 28 years since the last completely new collected works book was released, and we are extremely excited to offer this new volume to the magical fraternity. This volume contains 96 carefully selected effects with cards; some previously unpublished, and some from a diverse range of publications such as: Abracadabra, Epilogue, Genii, Hierophant, Ibidem, Kabbala, Magic, Magic Circular, Octet, Pabular, Pallbearer's Review, Spread Half Pass, Spellbinder, Chronicles, The Crimp and Penumbra. Included in 'The Complete Walton Volume 3' are the original descriptions for Roy Walton's famous effects 'Cardwarp' and 'Cascade'. The format of the book is designed to compliment the 2012 re-releases of Volumes 1 and 2, and is printed on responsibly sourced paper by artisan printers in London. Illustrated by Thomas Cameron. Hard backed, 257 pages. See 4.6.16


Vincent Hedan is now on lecture tour here in the UK. He recently appeared at the Bristol Day of Magic but apart from that this French magician has been relatively unseen in the UK. The first half of this 2-hour lecture is on card magic, that's easy to do, yet has a big impact. The second half focuses on effects that can be performed either as close-up or stage magic. With original, simple and direct methods, Vincent presents unusual effects. Wine tasting, pseudo memory, and his ultimate “Babel” book test. “Brilliant, clever and mind blowing! A very talented French magician. His lecture is packed full with magic gems, stunning effects, original methods, killer mentalism... Guaranteed impact! You won’t regret it!” Boris Wild, FISM 1997 Winner.
06/06/2016 The Magic Circle (members only)
07/06/2016 Northamptonshire Magicians Club
08/06/2016 Zodiac Magical Society, London
09/06/2016 Surrey Society of Magicians
13/06/2016 Manchester Circle of Magicians
14/06/2016 Blackpool Magicians Club
15/06/2016 Sheffield Circle of Magicians
16/06/2016 Nottingham Guild of Magicians
21/06/2016 British Magical Society, Birmingham
22/06/2016 Leamington & Warwick Magical Society
23/06/2016 Home Counties Magical Society, Reading.


Trix in the Stix 2017 is now Sold Out! Tickets went on sale on the Practical Magic website on Thursday 2nd June 2016 and all 240 sold out in just over one and a half hours. This is for the children's entertainers' convention in Shropshire on Monday and Tuesday May 22nd and 23rd 2017. As in previous years, a Waiting List is now in operation. It's worth remembering that, in each of the past 4 years, every person on the Waiting List has been offered a ticket at some point, so, if you are keen to attend, it's worth getting on the list sooner rather than later. Full details about the convention can be found at 4.6.16


Dance thriller Sleight of Hands comes to Yorkshire. Bringing together dance, magic and film - Sleight of Hands comes to Cast, Doncaster on Wednesday 8th June. Enter the world of conmen and tricksters and follow four characters on a journey of betrayal and revenge. When there is no one to trust and everyone is out for themselves, who has the final laugh? Cirque du Soleil magician Simon West and award winning director and script writer Josh Baker-Mendoza collaborated with Middleborough-born choreographer Nathan Johnston to create this new dance thriller performed by three dancers and one magician. Tickets for Sleight of Hands on Wednesday 8th June at 7.45pm at Cast are £10.50 / £8.50 concessions, available on 01302 303 959 or by visiting 4.6.16


Victorian Magic at The Seagull Theatre. Chris and Belinda North continue the successful run of their Victorian show, A Night of Mystery with a performance at the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft on Saturday June 11th. It’s a nostalgic return to Lowestoft for Chris who spent many years living there and during that time shot to fame by winning ITV’s New Faces and a national club act award for the best speciality act in the UK. He went on to appear in many TV shows displaying a unique and innovative approach to the art of illusion. A Night of Mystery is a light-hearted re-creation of the unexplained phenomena and marvels of yesteryear that still amaze and amuse audiences today. The show has a turn of the century feel with a contemporary presentation. A good mix that continues to attract critical acclaim wherever it is presented. A Night of Mystery - Saturday June 11th at 7.30pm at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, see 4.6.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. Visit The MagicWeek Video Archive for this week's clip. It's another great video, this time from my all-time favourite comedy magician, recorded back in 1988. And if you click through to the YouTube page, why not subscribe, share, and leave a comment too? DT. 4.6.16


Steve Gore presents his lecture on Wednesday 8th June at the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. The lecture has received excellent reviews and been given at The Magic Castle, the IBM British Ring Convention and at around twenty magic societies. It includes lots of his original effects, including 'PhoneBox', 'Trick Photography', 'Visions from Vegas' and 'The Casino Con', which is just being rereleased. It’s not all close-up though, there are effects for stage, stand-up, mentalism and kids too - so there’s something for everyone. Plus all of his effects are also easy to master, allowing you to focus on the presentation. 4.6.16


Vincent Hedan lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 9th June 2016. Adam Mosley writes: Vincent Hedan has been performing his unique style of magic everywhere in France since 2000, as well as in America, Australia, Europe and Asia. A member of 4F since 2011, he won the 1st Prize in Mentalism at the 2008 French Magic Championship. This 2-hour lecture reveals the secrets of his work on easy-to-do card magic, as well as his original effects for parlour mentalism. His methods are simple and direct: everyone will find something that they will be able to add to their repertoire to fool and entertain their audiences. Vincent is fluent in English and the entire lecture works perfectly in English. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, the lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey, at 8pm. For full details email 4.6.16


New Release from Mark Leveridge Magic. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce the release of a highly commercial routine taken directly from his current working repertoire. 'The Pro Ring On Glasses' is a borrowed ring effect which enables the performer to cause a spectator's finger ring to vanish and instantly reappear linked onto a pair of glasses which are held by a spectator inside a glasses case. The handling is extremely clean and very straightforward to do. There is no reset so it is perfect for both table work and also walkabout, and it can be performed virtually surrounded. This is an updated and streamlined version of this routine which is different in method from an earlier version of the basic effect. Purchasers receive a special handkerchief, a glasses case, a gimmick which you can use in many other effects, colour photo illustrated printed instructions plus online video back up directions. For more info visit 4.6.16


Peterborough Society of Magicians 28th Annual Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day - next Sunday, 12th June. John Learoyd writes: Peterborough Society of Magicians remind all to come to their Annual 1 Day Magic convention 2016 in just one week on Sunday 12th June. Traders will have access at approx 8.45am to set up. Doors open for all at 9.45am. The official opening is at 10.00am. Lectures by: The great Mel Mellers and by children's entertainer David Tomkins. Dealers registered include: Adrian Sullivan, Colin Fish, The Magic Trick Shop, Stuart Burrell (escapology), David Tomkins, Richard Ballinger. Also several tables for second-hand magic have been booked. There is free on site parking. Refreshments available all day at very reasonable prices. Admission £12 and £6 concessions (partners and under 16s) if not selling you may pay on entry. All tables for selling are £5 extra each and must be booked in advance. For further details go to: or contact Keith Downs on 01778 343167 or email Keith at: The venue is: The Millfield Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). For maps of the venue please contact John Learoyd: For venue contact on the day, call John on 07970 631120 or Paul on 07812 438947. We look forward to making you welcome on the day. 4.6.16


Monday Night Magic - Comedy Special, Salford. From the organisers: The next instalment of our popular Monday Night Magic at Grosvenor Casino Salford will feature host magician and compere Carl Royle who will be joined by the hilarious rising star of comedy magic John Holt (photo). The evening consists of a first half of close-up magic by both performers and after a short interval a stand-up cabaret comedy magic set by John Holt. Ticket only £10.00. Two course pre show meal and show ticket £17.50. The show starts at 8.30pm on Monday 20th June. Grosvenor Casino Salford, 5 Derwent Street, Riverside, Salford M5 4SW (Map) 4.6.16


Chris Congreave lecture, Liverpool. From the organisers: Monday 6th June at 7.30pm. £5 members & Mersey Dee Circles / £10 guests. Venue: Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map) Richard T Smith Secretary: 07979 804823. 4.6.16


The Merlins of Wakefield Birthday sale is now over. Merlins write: Many thanks to all customers who took advantage of the deals. We now have our latest 16 page June/July Preview available, and it's free! Carrying on from our 21st Birthday Celebration, it contains loads of great magic at great prices. If you’d like a copy, email for a PDF to download, or if you’d prefer a printed copy, just email your postal address, to We will be at the Leamington Day of Magic on 15th June, so if you are going and would like anything taking along to save on postage, get in touch 01924 339933. 4.6.16


Royle Reveals (A Working Pro's Survival Guide to The Mystery Arts). "On Tuesday 9th August, at 7.30pm, controversial Magician, Mentalist, Psychic Entertainer and Hypnotist Jonathan Royle returns to The Order of the Magi at The New Irish Heritage Centre in Manchester with a truly unique, entertaining and thought provoking lecture that is sure to contain much worth for everyone who attends whatever their preferred area of magic is! During his almost 39 years in showbusiness, Royle has worked in every genre from kids shows and close-up through to doves and large stage illusions on the one hand to mentalism and hypnosis, performing in comedy clubs, theatres and even at the circus. This lecture will contain a mix of commercial magic and mentalism, secrets of cold reading and hypnosis and even insider tips on how to make more money from magic. Click Here for details. Also see" Non Members are welcome at this event for a fee of £10 on the night. Venue: The Order of the Magi, The Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map) 4.6.16


Kids comedy magician Chubbz will be appearing at Blackpool Pride next Saturday, 11th June, in the family arena in the Pavilion Theatre, Blackpool Winter Gardens. He will be performing part of his act between 1.55pm and 2.15pm, and will be making his mad balloon creations for sale in the main arena, both before and after his appearance. There's loads going on the 5 main arenas, plus entertainment outside the Winter Gardens as well, and it is all absolutely free. 4.6.16


Bolton Magicians' Club Presents Rus Andrews. Paul Goodman writes: Rus Andrews has been performing close-up psychological magic professionally for nearly 7 years. He started taking an interest in magic way back as a child, obsessed with watching the street performers and gamblers in London town. For nearly a decade now Rus has been leaving people stunned and speechless at dinner parties, pubs and clubs all over the south-west. Rus has released several exciting magic products over the years, some of these effects include: Destination, Trauma, Numbers, Evolution, Dual Edge, Spoken and Bold. The lecture itself is a mixture of Rus’s card based material, his psychological effects based around thought of cards, 'Card At Any Number' and Rus’s latest release, Denouement. Rus will also teach some controls, a hands-free sandwich effect, and a new twist on the Ambitious Card. Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 8th June at The Doffcocker Inn, Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £5.00 for non-members. For directions to the Doffcocker Inn visit or telephone Paul Goodman on 07883 676003. 4.6.16


Paul Abbey returns to his home town of Croydon after his first successful one man show in February with Magic Noir ll on 12th June at 3pm, this time with a family afternoon matinee show supported by Theatre Utopia, Mathews Yard Arts and Entertainments Venue, with guest support act and a fun open mic Magic spot for any keen would-be Magicians who fancy trying out a favourite effect in front of a live audience. The best trick gets a prize! 4.6.16


Direct from his appearance on Britain's Got Talent Mel Harvey teamed up with his writing partner Dave Short MMC for a comedy cruise on board MV Magellan with comedian Lee Carroll. In the past Mel and Dave have worked together in Panto as Comic and Dame, in a theatre tour of The Flanagan and Allen Story plus fundraising shows for the Shakespeare Hospice where Mel is a volunteer. On board Mel and Dave will be presenting close-up magic for the Captain's Cocktail Party plus two full shows in the main showroom. Two days after disembarking Mel looks forward to meeting friends old and new on his stand at The Leamington Day of Magic before downsizing vessels to his narrow boat for another cruise this time on the Grand Union Canal. 4.6.16


Ozzy Dee Lecture, now booking. Ozzy writes: I will be presenting my new lecture at the Pentacle Magic Society in January. Coming up from Devon is expensive so I am looking for other clubs in the South East that maybe interested in the lecture at the same time to save the club's money with travel expenses. The first half is for close-up and parlour workers and the second half is something completely different, an interactive lecture including some of my game shows for all ages. Please email for more information. Dates are either around 10th January or the 24th January 2017. 4.6.16


Criss Angel: Mindfreak, all night long... 1am - 5am on Sunday 5th June on H2. "Street magician Criss Angel performs a range of tricks and stunts." See TV Magic. "Interview: Criss Angel discusses new Mindfreak Live! at the Luxor" Click Here. 4.6.16


George Taylor. George Taylor of Wigan died peacefully on Saturday the 28th May 2016 he was 94 years old. He had been a member of IBM Modern Mystics League and Wigan Circle of Magicians. Any fellow magicians are welcome at his interment which is at Ince in Makerfield Crematorium on Tuesday the 9th June at 2pm. Ian Fabian. 4.6.16


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