Number 841 - 6th August 2016


Ben Hanlin: Trickhead. Magician and star of ITV2's award-winning show Tricked, Ben Hanlin brings his debut show to Edinburgh. His cheeky magic has featured on Celebrity Juice, Live at the Palladium and in West End show The Illusionists. Proving that magic can be both jaw-dropping and laugh-out-loud funny, Trickhead is playful, fresh and will leave you mind-boggled. "Amazing!" Kim Kardashian. "You %^&*er" Kerry Katona. EdFringe, August 4th-28th at the Pleasance Dome (Venue 23). For more info Click Here. 6.8.16


Laura London Cheat. Laura London is a magician who travels the world with just a deck of playing cards. Her passion for the secretive world of sleight of hand artists and crooked gamblers led her to make some extraordinary discoveries. Cheat reveals the story of Geraldine Hartmann, a card cheat from the 1920s. Geraldine’s love affair with poker, and the cheating techniques she used to part suckers from their money, are told through the entries in her personal journal. Be enthralled and entertained as Laura London shows how you can cheat at cards. EdFringe, August 6th-28th at the Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68). For more info Click Here. 6.8.16


The Magicians' Podcast this week features Professor Richard Wiseman. Host Richard Young writes: Professor Richard Wiseman takes to my hot seat this week to discuss his incredible (and often magical) viral videos, and the success of his YouTube channel Quirkology. He also talks about the framing of magic, being a guest at EMC, the new Quirkology Marvin's Magic set and his fantastic books. This is also the very first episode ever to feature an unexpected (and unwelcome) co-host. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 6.8.16


There are 70 magic / magic related shows in Edinburgh this year! Once again Peter McLanachan ( has kindly compiled a list of all the shows, Click Here. 6.8.16


The 80th British Ring Annual Magic Convention will be held in Buxton from 8th to 11th September 2016. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Just a month to go to The British Ring 80th Convention which is full of exciting activities in this four day event running from the 8th to 11th September. You can register online, during opening times at Buxton or by post, but all the latter applications must be received no later than Saturday 3rd September 2016. For a full programme of events Click Here. It’s all there from A to Z – Alana from Germany to the Zoe Pennington Dancers from Hailsham. Along the way there’s plenty more from many parts of the UK, Hungary, Holland, Spain, Ukraine and the USA. See for yourself it’s only a click away, Click Here. 6.8.16


Entrepreneur Performer's Business and Marketing Conference. September 25th, London. From the organisers: This September a brand new conference is being held for entertainers. Rather than tricks and routines, this special event focuses on building your entertainment business. With speakers and delegates flying in from all over the world, the day is going to be jam-packed with cutting edge marketing, branding and career building lectures from people who are really out there doing it. The event is perfect for professionals wanting to learn to reap the rewards of the latest marketing innovations, as well as entertainers who are still trying to make that leap to their first gigs. Speakers include Balloon Man Andy Smith from Hong Kong - speaking on how to charge premium prices, YouTube magic sensation Steven Bridges and professional corporate entertainer Ken Dyne with more names to be announced. Early bird discount pricing is available if you snap up tickets now at It all starts at 10am on Sunday 25th September 2016 at the Crown Plaza London Heathrow. 6.8.16


Wallis's Wonders of Great Yarmouth destroyed by fire Friday morning. Mike Wallis (right) only opened his new magic shop in the large Indoor Market in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth last year (see MW 783 and 800) and it was an instant success. Mike said at the time: "In the first 6 months of opening I've been flabbergasted by the custom and support of local and visiting magicians, and because of stocking different and unusual lines as well as 'WW Exclusives', I am thrilled to be expanding into the neighbouring unit and having alterations to the Wonder Lair to accommodate even more stock!" "Great Yarmouth fire: Shutter doors are possible cause" Click Here. "Firefighters tackle massive Great Yarmouth blaze" Click Here. Wallis's Wonders Facebook page, Click Here. 6.8.16


Clocky & Foxy: Being Brilliant! "It's been a long time coming but finally Andy Clockwise (Clocky) and Wayne Fox (Foxy) have gone and booked out a theatre on Friday 16th September to put on their own night of Magic. Yes, that's right, just the two of them (the Bert and Ernie of magic!) larking around on stage and doing what they do best, entertaining people with magic! 'Being Brilliant!' is playing the beautiful Victoria Hall Theatre in Old Harlow, a lovely intimate theatre where every seat is a great seat, so that the Boys can showcase some of their favourite routines and try out a few new ones. Tickets just went on sale so if you get in now, there should be some left. Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm." 6.8.16




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The Why Factor - Magicians. Tricksters, conjurers, the world of magicians. Who are they and why do they do what they do? We began by asking ourselves why we enjoy magic shows and why we allow them to deceive us. But the psychology of the magicians themselves is as interesting as the psychology of the audience. So what is in the mind of a magician? Presented by Mike Williams and first broadcast on the BBC World Service. Click Here. 6.8.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, an old favourite: Otto Wessely on 'Talking Telephone Numbers' on December 29th, 1997. A show that featured a number of magicians over the years. The MagicWeek Video Archive. DT. 6.8.16


Andy Nyman is currently at Pinewood Studios filming 'The Commuter', the new thriller from the team behind 'Non-Stop'. Set entirely onboard a New York commuter train, Liam Neeson plays a businessman on his daily commute home, who unwittingly gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy. It threatens not only his life but the lives of those around him. The film also stars Vera Farmiga and Jonathan Banks. 6.8.16


Magicians at the Half Moon, Friday 26th August. Martin Cox appears to have taken up residency in America, so while he's still galavanting around the States Andy Clockwise will be stepping in, hosting and performing at Augusts' 'Magicians at the Half Moon' on Friday 26th August. Joining Andy will be two new faces at the Half Moon, Bryan Porter and Paul Longhurst - both members of The Magic Circle and both great performers. So, that's three magicians performing in the intimate setting of the Long Room at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map) for just £10 entry - what a bargain! Doors open at 7.30pm and the fun kicks off at 8pm. For more information visit 6.8.16


New from Mark Leveridge Magic. Mark writes: A couple of new things to tell you about this week. Firstly, the Mark Leveridge Magic homepage has been simplified a little to hopefully make it easier to get access to the sections that interest you. So, please do go and have a look. Secondly, this month I have released a selection of mp3 Audio File downloads. These are the soundtracks from a video presentation called Mark's Monthly Message, which members of E-Club Pro receive each month as part of their membership to the online club and information resource. In each of these Messages (of which there have been 70 to date) I spend a few minutes giving advice, opinion and information on different magical topics, and so far a very wide range of themes has been covered. In order to allow non-members to get access to a selected number of these Messages, I am now making a few of the soundtracks available as Audio Files, and the first batch of six have just been released. The topics are: Checking Up On Technique, Coping With Nerves, Dealing With Mistakes, Developing A Performing Personality, Magical Self Awareness and Making The Most Of Practice. Each Audio File runs for 10 minutes or less and so they make ideal bite size learning tools. The files are available separately or as a collection of all six for a very reasonable price. For more information and to order, please go to 6.8.16


Mark Elsdon Cornish Magical Society lecture. Paul Scott writes: The Cornish Magical Society presents the Joan Burford Memorial Lecture this year featuring Mark Elsdon. The venue is Carnon Downs Village Hall between Truro and Falmouth at 3pm on Sunday 21st August 2016. Visiting magicians £5. For full details email Paul Scott This is not to be missed! 6.8.16


Ben Earl Liverpool Workshop. Alan Singleton writes: A rare opportunity has come up and it is on a first-come, first-served basis; be quick as there are only 25 places available! I have managed to book Ben Earl for a workshop here in Liverpool! Many of you will know Ben from his appearance on Penn and Teller's Fool Us (which he did) and somehow I've managed to persuade him to hold a 7 hour workshop up here! I met Ben many years before P&T... I managed to get him to do a lecture for the Liverpool Magic Circle. I must confess at that time, I had never heard of Ben, just whispers of this 'underground magician' whose thinking and card skills were second to none. I have to say, the skill and thinking demonstrated by Ben was simply incredible! Over the years I have seen many of the top magicians, and I have never witnessed card skills which come close to his. I seriously urge you to get involved with anything Ben does, and this is a particularly rare opportunity (plus I've heard whispers that his new workshop is something amazing... the word 'revolutionary' has been mentioned several times!). 18th September. I am not going to expand here on what's on offer at the workshop, here is a link, which will explain in detail what the workshop is all about: 6.8.16


Manchester Circle of Magicians Jumbo Auction: "Manchester Circle of Magicians are holding a Jumbo Magic Auction on Monday 15th August at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Doors open 5.45pm. Viewing from 6.00pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Members free of charge. Non members pay £3.00. Hundreds of items being sold at bargain prices, many with no reserve. Books, kids tricks, DVDs, Stage magic and close up magic. Star Auctioneers: Derek Lever and Quentin Reynolds. Further information from" 6.8.16


Monday Night Magic First Birthday Celebrations. From the organisers: Monday Night Magic at Grosvenor Casino will be celebrating its first birthday on August 22nd. Magicians who have performed through the year (Harry Robson, Andrew Dean, Shaun McCree, Chris Rawlins, Adrian Sullivan, Iain Moran, John Holt and Darren Mac) will be joining us at this very special magical event, hosted by Carl Royle. This is sure to be a very special evening with a mixture of close-up magic and a cabaret show at 8.30pm, with a pre-show meal also available. Tickets £10.00 show only, or £17.50 pre-show meal and show. We are also pleased to announce that these events will be continuing, with dates already announced for 24th October and 19th December. Venue: Grosvenor Casino Salford, 5 Derwent Street, Riverside, Salford M5 4SW (Map). More info and to book: Click Here. 6.8.16


Darren Mac Merlins Lecture. Merlins write: Don’t forget Darren Mac’s Lecture at the shop this Wednesday, 10th August - just a few spaces left. We are also holding a one day Adult Magic Workshop on Saturday 10th September. To book a place or for more details Click Here. Spaces are limited, so please book early if you are interested. To book by phone, call 01924 339933. Merlins of Wakefield latest 16 page Magic Preview for Aug/Sep containing over 70 great effects and offers is out now. To download it Click Here. If you would like a printed copy to browse through instead, just email us your postal address and we will send you a free copy! 6.8.16


Daniel Chard's 'Chardistry' lecture now booking. What is the lecture about? Two hours of strong, visual card magic taken from Daniel's working repertoire. Material ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced. This isn't your dealer demonstration style lecture, everything will be taught in an informal session style manner, tailored to the attendees. Although Daniel 's medium of choice is card magic, you will find ideas and theories you can apply to other areas of magic. His mission is to leave you inspired to practice and take your magic to new heights. Contact Daniel directly to discuss fees and availability for your club: "In the past few years, Daniel Chard's beautiful card magic has come to the attention of magicians worldwide. Beautiful, visual and extremely effective card work that is truly a joy to watch!" John Carey. "After many years working at Illusions and The House of Illusion in Spain plus private parties and corporate events, Daniel Chard has honed his craft to perfection. Dan's routines are direct, straight to the point and every effect kicks like a mule. It's fantastic now that Dan has decided to lecture and share his creations with the magic world!" Gary Jones. 6.8.16


David Berglas celebrated his 90th Birthday last Saturday, and the sun shone! Click Here to enlarge. 6.8.16


"Google’s elite sickened after David Blaine swallows live frog" Click Here • "Jasper lined up to be the next Dynamo" Click Here • "Steven Brundage performs 'giant' Rubik's Cube magic trick on 'America's Got Talent'" Click Here • "Packing 162 on a stage was magic" Click Here • "Young entertainers showcase skills to Britain's Got Talent judges" Click Here • "Thousands of magicians attend Abbott's 79th get together" Click Here • "Penn Jillette Opens Up About 100-Pound Weight Loss" Click Here • "Magician takes down argument for anti-trans bathroom laws with a simple trick" Click Here • "Magician can steal your wallet and then tell you how not to be a victim" Click Here • "Houdini & Doyle won't be back for a second series - on ITV Encore or Fox" Click Here • "'Jonathan Creek' Returning To BBC For "Spookiest Ever" Episode" Click Here • "Piff The Dragon breathes new life in to magic at The Fringe" Click Here • "Planet Hollywood headliner magician Murray Sawchuck: Las Vegas is not a place to practice" Click Here • "Dynamo the magician: Magic offers people an escape from negative world events" Click Here • "Chicago Bulls’ Magician Fools Penn & Teller" Click Here • "Could magician Tom Sealey be the next big thing on Britain’s Got Talent?" Click Here • "Meet Lior Suchard - Mentalist & Magician Featured in Barbra Streisand Concert" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news and reviews are always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 6.8.16