Number 834 - 18th June 2016


Richard Jones to guest star in Impossible. From the producers: Magic sensation Richard Jones will guest star in the return of smash hit West End show. Lance Corporal Richard Jones, the first ever magician to win Britain’s Got Talent, will guest star in the return of West End magic show Impossible at the Noël Coward Theatre from 8th July – 27th August. Impossible, the world’s greatest magic show, returns to London this summer, following its acclaimed West End season last year. The show features the world’s greatest illusionists including Josephine Lee, Sabine Van Diemen, Magical Bones, Jonathan Goodwin, Ben Hart and Chris Cox. Lance Corporal Richard Jones rose to stardom in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, where he stunned the judges and audiences alike with his captivating performances. Richard didn’t just impress the judges, he also stole the hearts of the nation. After more than 2.5million people voted in the final, Richard was crowned the winner of BGT’s 10th series. The show's producer Jamie Hendry said “I’m delighted to welcome Richard Jones to Impossible as we return to the Noël Coward Theatre this summer. Having watched him wow the judges and audiences on Britain’s Got Talent, I knew he’d be a wonderful addition to our show and I’m delighted to make his dreams come true by casting him in a starring role in the West End!” Although Richard always enjoyed watching magic as a child, it wasn’t until he joined the army that he took it up, first performing in front of friends and family. After developing his act, Richard started putting on shows in front of his colleagues. Richard will now make his dreams come true by starring in the West End. See for more information and to book. "Britain’s Got Talent's Richard Jones to remain in Household Cavalry during West End gig" Click Here. 18.6.16


Just two weeks to Edinburgh's MagicFest! This year's Edinburgh International Magic Festival opens on July 1st with a brand new three-day Magic Fair with performances and stunts from some of the greatest magicians and illusionists around the world. Choose between Morning (10-2pm), Afternoon (2-6pm) or Late (7.30-11.30pm) sessions and watch up to 10 magic shows all with just one ticket! Morning - Magic fun for all the family (under 7s go free). Afternoon - Mix-up your perfect magical afternoon. Late - Soak up the party atmosphere and enjoy late night horror magic, menacing mentalism, gambling dens, and pop-up bars, street food and entertainment in the courtyard. The Festival runs to 10th July with many varied events. Book your tickets and see the full line up today at Magician Events here: 18.6.16


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now in previews at the Palace Theatre London, ahead of the official opening on 30th July. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two Parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.


Jamie Harrison is the magic and illusion consultant. Recent credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Tomorrow for Brighton Festival, The Wheel and Peter Pan for the National Theatre of Scotland, Dragon for the Edinburgh International Festival, A Christmas Carol and The Cherry Orchard for the Dundee Rep Theatre, A Conversation with Carmel for the Barrowland Ballet and Pinocchio for the Royal Lyceum. Harrison is the co-artistic director of the award-winning theatre company Vox Motus. "Keep The Secrets - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" YouTube. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Part One preview reactions" YouTube. 18.6.16


Magic, Mind Reading & Mayhem Show, London. From the organisers: Come along and enjoy an evening of sorcery, trickery, sleight of hand and illusion.  Doors open at 7pm for a drink or meal beforehand and to reserve your seat. There's close-up magic in the bar from 7pm featuring members of The Magic Circle and from 8pm three of the UK's finest performers take to the stage. Starring: Magician Danny Lee Grew - in 2012, Danny became the first entertainer to perform at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford for 5,000 people. In 2016, Danny was the runner-up in The Magic Circle's Close-up Magician of the Year competition and has reached the final of Britain Does Variety; Mind Reader Alex McAleer - since 2014 Alex has toured nationwide, performing to over 30,000 people, in Champions of Magic. In 2014 he took his one-man show to Edinburgh Fringe Festival playing to packed houses every night, and in January 2016 to sell-out crowds in Australia; and Comedy Magician and National Treasure Terry Herbert - Member of the Inner Magic Circle. He has an enviable reputation for his stand up Cabaret spot. He has appeared on television many times, including such high profile programmes as "The Paul Daniels Magic Show" and many of the entertainment cities across the world including Las Vegas. Friday July 15th, 8pm-10pm (doors 7pm) Tickets: £10 in advance or £15 on the door. Venue: The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE (Map). 18.6.16


David Narayan: The Psychic Project - The Canal Café, London. A mind reading show based on the true story of America's psychic spies. In 1975, the Cold War took an unusual turn. The CIA learnt that Russia was investing in mind-control research and achieving some remarkable results. Not wanting to be left behind, US scientists began a secret project to train civilians as psychic spies: stealing secrets, manipulating memories and finding out if thoughts can kill. David Narayan explores the archives and attempts their experiments, in a debut show that's as disturbing as it is astonishing. Tickets £8, but save £1 with the code "remoteview" available from or by telephone on 020 7289 6054. Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July at 7.30pm. Venue: The Canal Café Theatre, Delamere Terrace, Little Venice, London W2 6ND (Map). 18.6.16


Magicians at the Half Moon, Friday 24th June, Bishops Stortford. Andy Clockwise writes: Having missed two "Magicians at the Half Moon" shows regular compere and show producer Martin Cox is back at the helm on Friday 24th June with a super-packed show. Not only is Martin chomping at the bit to get back in the saddle and perform, he's got Oliver Tabor back by popular demand who not only produces his own West End Theatre Show, "West End Magic", represented the UK at the FISM World Magical Championships in 2012, but also performs extraordinary illusions with his bare hands. If that's not enough to tempt you along, Inner Magic Circle Gold Star Member Steve Price will be making up the team (how Martin persuades these guys to come down and perform is a mystery in itself). Steve is a globe trotting Cruise Magician who will be sharing his magical skill's with the Half Mooners for the first time. These nights are very popular and reserving a seat is advised (unless you're happy sitting at the back) by calling Martin on 01279 659562. Entry is £10, doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map) and the show kicks off at 8pm. More information at 18.6.16


Marcus Morgan will be bringing his quirky blend of mentalism and infotainment to Coventry today (Saturday 18th). He's appearing at The Box as part of the city's LGBT Pride Festival. All the events are free to attend and while there are over 45 artists performing, Marcus is the only magician. 18.6.16


12 Time World Record Holding Escapologist and Stamina Strongman will be attempting to set two new, and quite unusual, World Records on the 2nd and 3rd of July at the Magic at the Barn event in Rochford. The two records are “Most Iron Bars bent in one minute” and “Most Frying pans Rolled in one minute”. Both require the performer to just use their hands, without additional mechanical assistance. Stuart Burrell is attempting these records to raise money to help Chelmsford Community Radio, a local community radio station run by volunteers, acquire a FM Transmitter. These records are in addition to attempting to better his personal best times and (and at least one World Record), for escaping from handcuffs, chains and straitjackets. Stuart said “For the last two years, I have been fortunate to set at least one World Record whenever I have performed at the Barn. That in itself is an amazing achievement but this time I am not just attempting Escapology, this time I am attempting to set new world records for strength, which, given the summer heat and the nature of the records, is just as vexing and challenging. I tried to set a strength record last year only to fail, due to exhaustion.”

Whilst Stuart will be performing outside, prior to the shows, inside, the event once again boasts a world class line up of performers, including, fresh from Britain's Got Talent Christian Lee, international illusionist Richard Griffin and the award-winning conjuring feats of Oliver Tabor. Tickets are available online at or via or through the ticket hotline on 01702 543242. Stuart added: “To be associated with an event like Magic at the Barn is a true honour and I am thrilled to once again have an opportunity to perform there and, hopefully, raise some funds for a worthy cause”.


Andy Clockwise's "Clockwatching" Lecture now booking. A professional award winning magician with over 20 years performing experience, Andy shares in great detail some of his best selling effects as well as several new ideas, creations and twists yet to be released in his new lecture, "Clockwatching". Everything in this lecture is "worker" material, suitable for Close-up and Stage, for children and adults - there's something for everyone! "He's a creative wizard, a comic genius and explosion of energy. Do not miss!!" Dov Citron - Secretary of The Watford Association of Magicians. "Can I just say, what an incredible lecture we were treated to last night. The name Andy Clockwise certainly pulled in a crowd and the man himself did a very fine job indeed. Everything Andy has created to date is a 'worker', which made demonstrating each effect second nature for Clocky. A thoroughly enjoyable evening, the room was buzzing, you certainly missed out if you couldn't make it." Christopher Garside - W.A.M. Committee Member. "Andy was a breath of fresh air, as he did exactly what he said he was going to do." John Clayton - Secretary & Vice President Merlin Magical Society. If you are the secretary of a Magic Club and would like Andy to come along, get in touch via the contact page on 18.6.16


Steve Beam October Lecture Tour. Tony Griffith writes: Steve Beam will be making his 5th lecture tour of the UK this coming October. There are still one or two vacancies for additional lectures, see details below. Steve is the author of the best selling ten volume 'Semi Automatic Card Trick' series and one of the most entertaining card magicians around. Don't pass up this opportunity to see him.

October 2016
3rd Surrey Society of Magicians, Bookham
4th Medway Magical Society, Chatham
5th Devon Magic Circle, Exeter area
6th Bath Circle of Magicians
7th Travelling to Liverpool
8/9th Magicians of Mann, Douglas
10th Free, Liverpool area
11th Fylde Mystics
12th Perth Magic Circle, Scotland
13th Free
14th Free
15th Free
16th Newcastle Magic Circle
17th Hull Magicians Circle
18th Free
19th Shropshire Magic Society, Shrewsbury
20th Home Counties Magic Society, Reading
There are still vacancies for possible lectures as follows: 7th & 10th Liverpool area; 13th- 16th Scotland / North of England; 18th North of England / Midlands. For further information contact Tony Griffith 01275 835463


The June Mark Leveridge Podcast. Free to listen to, the latest 30 minute broadcast from Mark Leveridge is packed with interesting and thought provoking comment and opinion. Some of the topics covered this month include a discussion on what it is that makes comedy funny and how we can make it work in our acts, Mark ponders on why it seems that more shows get booked at a distance from home rather than really locally (or maybe that's just him?!), he takes a look at ways that we can harness lay people's perceptions of our magic and turn them to our advantage, and he looks at why pro performers are often so slick at what they do, as well as how summer weather can affect our props and the way that we perform. This is the 42nd consecutive monthly podcast that Mark has released and you will find access to all of them, including the latest release, at, plus all of the more recent ones are available at, where you can also sign up to 'follow' his podcasts and thus get each one automatically when it is released on the 1st of each month. With an average of over 500 downloads per episode, clearly it's something worth tuning in to! 18.6.16


Free £500 worth of magic every hour at the Manchester Circle of Magicians Jumbo Magic Auction on Monday 20th June at 6.30pm at Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent Salford, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Star Auctioneers Derek Lever and Quentin Reynolds. Everyone attending will receive a free raffle ticket worth £500 and every 15 minutes one £25.00 magic prize will be given away. Enquiries to 18.6.16


Charles Gauci October lecture tour now booking. Charles writes: 'The Workers Lecture' is aimed at professional magicians. Ten brand new stunning effects from my own repertoire. These are reputation makers. A mixture of strolling, close-up and stage effects which you will perform within three minutes of reading the instructions. No finger flinging. Dates: 11-31st October 2016. Interested clubs please email me at 18.6.16


Christian Magicians UK - a brand new organisation with thirty years history. Austin Siviter of Christian Magicians UK writes: Christian Magicians UK - a brand new organisation with thirty years history. The Fellowship of Christian Magicians UK - FCM(UK) began as a single step taken with The International Fellowship of Magicians (IFCM) based in America. Over the past thirty years the UK organisation has grown and changed direction many times but always with the same Christian ethos and the support of IFCM. However as a child grows and matures so do organisations and at the 29th annual conference of FCM(UK) earlier this year, a unanimous decision was taken to continue our journey as an independent organisation. All with the agreement and support of IFCM. So it was that at the beginning of May, Christian Magicians UK was born. This means we now have a new constitution relevant to our new status. This will be available to view on our website in the very near future. Our independence does not preclude individual members of Christian Magicians UK being individual members of IFCM. Clearly this sort of change does not happen in a flash, even for magicians, therefore for the next few months we will be operating under two banners - FCM(UK) and Christian Magicians UK.

Christian Magicians UK is a group of Christian entertainers, who use their performing skills to spread the good news about Jesus Christ. The tricks and routines that are performed are either visual aids or simply used to attract and engage an audience. It is a very effective method of presenting the Gospel in a clear and memorable way. Each year we have a national conference (along with several regional events) which include lectures, hands on workshops and shows. Through these and our quarterly magazine we provide ideas to help members develop their magic and entertainment skills to enable them to share their faith through good magic. Our 2017 conference (13th to 17th February 2017) will be a rather special event, since it is our 30th but also our 1st as Christian Magicians UK. Membership is open to Christian magicians of all denominations, so take a look at our website and find out some more.


Blackpool Magician’s Club update. Blackpool Magicians’ Club write: Further to last week’s notification, Blackpool Magicians’ Club is pleased to announce the rest of its new Convention Team: Guy Barrett, Russ Brown, Arthur Casson, Guy Haslam, Alan Horne, Jim Lumsden, David Plant, Mark Raffles, Harry Robson, Michael Shepherd, Russ Stevens, Chris Stickland, and Mark Woodsford. The team is working hard to make 2017 a huge success with some exciting changes and we look forward to seeing you in February. For more information and tickets please visit 18.6.16


Hypnosis Week - a new venture being launched by Stage Hypnotist and Mind Magician Jonathan Royle on Sunday 26th June. Each week from 9pm to 10pm, Royle will give a free online Training Class in a different area of Hypnosis by way of a Facebook Live Video Feed on his Profile. To register and grab some free gifts visit 18.6.16


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic - Sunday 3rd July 2016. More details from Travis Perkins and Esme for the 24th Ferrybridge Day of Magic: First lecturette: ‘Tantalisingly Tenyo’ presented by Mark Lee of Merlins; Second lecturette: ‘Still in the Melting Pot’ and it is! Workshopette: "Memorised decks - worth the effort?” A demonstration of its capabilities with hints and tips on the learning process. Come along and decide, presented by Alex Csurko; 10 dealers and traders with a vast array of magic and books. Following a day that is set for wonderment, laughs, magic and thrills, the Showette will bring our 24th to a close, featuring: Epsie Havercott, Alec Powell, Brian Watson, Katie Trickett with a Cocktail of Delights and Destiny. Venue: The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire. WF11 8PQ (Map). Entrance fee £5.00. Doors open at 9.45am but see details in MagicWeek’s What’s On section. Further details can be obtained by contacting Michael Shepherd on 01904 709500 or email 18.6.16


Houdini: America's Most Badass. Discovery History, 10pm on Saturday 18th June: "Neil Armstrong, Teddy Roosevelt, John Dillinger and Harry Houdini all lived life on the edge and they all have one thing in common they're badass Americans." See TV Magic. (Not sure if any of the subjects of this documentary would have chosen to refer to themselves as 'badass', but there it is. Wonder which TV 'dumbass' came up with that! DT). 18.6.16


John Breeds’ How To Create Kids’ Magic and Triple Your Income! Parts 1 and 2 are now available as Kindle eBooks at an even more affordable price. "John Breeds’ How To Create Kids’ Magic and Triple Your Income! are unique working manuals for job changers and working professional entertainers alike. There are no other books out there that give every insight you need to turn your hobby into a lucrative business. Even if you do not perform for kids, the marketing and sales secrets in Part 1 are invaluable for the working pro. Well written and beautifully illustrated by a professional writer and kids’ entertainer with over 30 years experience. Great job." Bobby Gill. For full details and to order visit 18.6.16


The Fylde Mystics advise that all future meetings, unless advertised otherwise, will now take place on the first Wednesday of each month at the South Shore Lawn Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, Blackpool FY4 5HZ (Map). Visit for the latest news on upcoming events. 18.6.16


Where's my News? As noted last week, the news deadline for today's MagicWeek was 12 noon, Thursday 16th June, 24 hours earlier than usual. Material submitted after that time and date will appear in next week's MagicWeek. DT. 18.6.16


Martyn 'Giggio' Rowland and Cassandra Crouch got married! Many congratulations to Martyn and Cassandra on their beautiful wedding yesterday, in the heart of the Devonshire countryside. Martyn will be known to many readers as the man behind the excellent Giggio of course, but was also co-writer and Magic Producer on all three series of the hit ITV2 show Tricked, starring Ben Hanlin. Look out for an upcoming special, currently in production. DT. 18.6.16


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