Number 843 - 20th August 2016


Jamie Raven - Live at The Magic Circle. Britain's Got Talent star Jamie Raven is set to play a special series of intimate shows at The Magic Circle in London in October. Long shrouded in mystery, The Magic Circle has been a worldwide beacon for the art of magic since its inception in 1905. Ahead of a nationwide tour in November, Jamie will be inviting audiences inside this unique venue offering them a rare opportunity to witness some of its many secrets. After headlining in the West End box office smash hit The Illusionists and selling out his own national theatre tour, Jamie is now gearing up for a very exciting and exclusive evening of magic, trickery and illusion. VIP pre-show reservations also available. The Magic Circle, London: 28th, 29th & 30th October 2016. Tickets go on sale on Monday, 22nnd August at 12.30am via Video Click Here. Then on tour nationwide, from 4th November 2016. Tickets: 20.8.16


The Magic Circle Awards Ceremony 2016, Thursday 22nd September. Katherine Rhodes writes: Held at our amazing headquarters, the evening begins with a champagne reception and stunning close-up magic from Wayne Fox MIMC. This is followed by a stage show featuring our Vice President Richard Pinner MIMC, Elizabeth Rogan MMC, Christopher Howell AIMC, Mandy Muden MIMC, Alan Hudson AIMC and, of course, the all-important awards announcements by our President Scott Penrose MIMC. Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets (priced at just £15) are on sale now. Previous years have seen a galaxy of stars from both the magic and non-magic worlds in attendance. You never know who you're going to bump into and there's only one way to find out, so I hope to see many of you there for what promises to be a superb evening. Tickets are available directly from: Also see 20.8.16


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 25th August, London. From the organisers: Conjuring at the Court presents the best comedy magicians in the business: Starting off with Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, London’s ‘King of Comedy Magic’ Christian Lee – seen here with Amanda Holden. Wes Zaharuk is no corrective at all to Christian’s zaniness. In fact, he goes so far over the top that he leaves it spinning. His magical comedy has the audience in stitches. There’s the remarkable Ian Keable, a mindreader and magician of a wit so dry that he’s stopped using towels. A very funny man with astonishing illusions. And a new performer for the Court, Chris Rawlins, who demonstrates feats of super-human memory. The only thing we ask you to remember is - to book early. Compered by Russell Levinson without a safety net. The show starts at 8pm at the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). See 20.8.16


The Old Men with PBH Free Fringe Present Die Magik Kunst: The best magicians in the universe make their comeback with the greatest maelstrom, extravaganza, tsunami of a magic show the world will ever see! In reality it s a physical comedy homage in super realistic prosthetics to the bombastic and glittery world of the great Vegas grand Illusion shows of the 1970s and 1980s, but with geriatric performers. Created by ex Men in Coats stars Toby McMillan and Louie Bayliss, who have worked in award-winning shows and on TV around the world. Live fast die young! Daily until 28th August at 2.45pm (23rd August). Venue: La Belle Angele, 11 Hasties Close, Edinburgh EH1 1HJ. Website: 20.8.16


Magic and Mayhem at The Edinburgh Fringe: "Come join us for an afternoon of amazing stunts, mind reading, stand-up comedy and magic that isn’t sh*t! 'The Empathist' Ian Harvey Stone (The Devil Without) will open your mind and tickle your 'punny' bones, 'The Detective' Ben Cardall (Sherlockian) will reveal your inner thoughts and the contents of your pocket and 'The Comedian' Phil Knoxville (SCIN) is the stand-up magician with the twisted skills to pay the bills and a fully fledged license to rock. Cowgatehead, 65 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JW. August 21st - 27th at 3pm free entry. 20.8.16


Exonian Magic Society One Day Convention, 2nd October. Ozzy Dee writes: Only a few weeks left to book your ticket for the Exonian Magic Society's 80th Anniversary One Day Convention. Five lectures, close-up session, dealers, three-course meal and a gala show, all set in a glorious hotel in Devon. We are also looking for one more act to perform close-up at the tables to laymen during the meal, please email me if interested The venue is the excellent Deer Park Country House Hotel, Honiton, which also offers accommodation for the Sunday evening. 20.8.16


This October marks 25 years since The Magic Circle opened its doors to female members. In addition to a special event to celebrate women in magic (keep an eye out for more details to be announced), The Magic Circle is offering a reduced joining fee of £25 to all new female applicants between now and May 2017. For details of how to apply contact membership Secretary Lee Hathaway: 20.8.16


Derren Brown at the Cheltenham Festival. Saturday 15th October. The Times Forum. The mind-blowing and hugely popular illusionist talks to Caroline Sanderson about his new book, Happy, exploring the changing concepts of happiness. He also discusses his TV and stage performances that have entranced and dumbfounded millions. Public booking opens on Wednesday September 7th at 1pm. 20.8.16


Happy: Why more or less everything is absolutely fine by Derren Brown. Publication date 22nd September 2016. Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help’s suggested routes to happiness and success – such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals – can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety. This brilliant, candid and deeply entertaining book exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking, and in return poses challenging but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and the way we think about death. Happy aims to reclaim happiness and to enable us to appreciate the good things in life, in all their transient glory. By taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, by remembering that ‘everything’s fine’ even when it might not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to flourish and to live more happily. To pre-order from Click Here (MagicWeek is an Amazon Associate, so we receive commission on all sales via this link, which should make us happy... but will it?). 20.8.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, from 30 years ago, a little Extra Sensory Deception with Paul Daniels... The MagicWeek Video Archive. Catch up with past weeks, Click Here. 20.8.16


Deception - Cleethorpes. "Deception comes to The Parkway Theatre in Cleethorpes for an evening of magic, illusion and comedy. Dave Burns presents his fast paced, high energy show." Tickets: £10, £8.50 and family tickets £34.00. 20th August. Venue: Parkway, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire DN35 0AQ (Map) 20.8.16


Cancelled: The Top Secret Magic Day, Sunday 21st August. Organiser Gary Young writes: "Please could you put a notice on MagicWeek to sincerely apologise but unfortunately I'm having to postpone my magic day due to the fact I've had a very serious fall and have been in hospital with numerous broken bones and a fractured eye socket. I will announce the new date as soon as I'm well enough. All money can be put to the new date or refunded if necessary. My sincere apologies, Gary" 20.8.16


The Magicians' Podcast this week features Debbie McGee. Host Richard Young writes: The lovely Debbie McGee takes to my hot seat this week to discuss her incredible life and career as both a ballet dancer and also as one half of the most famous magic double act in the UK over the last 30 years. Debbie talks about her marriage to Paul Daniels, the TV shows, the West End run, the live shows, the Louis Theroux and 'Wife Swap' documentaries, as well as sitting on Mrs Merton's sofa when asked that very famous question. Debbie also talks about her future plans. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 20.8.16


Shell Shock - The Masterclass. Richard T Smith aka 'The Swindler' is holding a three shell and pea masterclass, titled "Shell Shock - The Masterclass" at 7pm on Wednesday, 24th August in Liverpool. The cost is £50 per person. Venue: Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map) Tel 07979 804823. Email It's on a first come basis, 10 maximum. All attendees will receive a set of shells and peas, plus Richard's Shell Shock DVD. 20.8.16


Enterteasement: Comedy Magic Burlesque - Glasgow. Saturday, September 10th, 8pm - 10.30pm. "Enterteasement is Glasgow's Comedy Magic Burlesque show. They proudly boast a 4.7 star average customer review and have a reputation for selling out. Paul Distefano from the USA will be providing the magic at this month's Enterteasement show. Tickets £14 via Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 20.8.16


You Are Feeling Sleepy? From Archive on 4, the history and science of hypnosis in medicine, illustrated by sometimes inspiring, often eccentric, tales of the maverick medics who have harnessed its powers with interviewees psychiatrist Dr John Butler and Derren Brown. 8pm this evening on BBC Radio 4, see TV Magic. 20.8.16


Magic Old & New, Potter & Potter Auctions, August 27th. A wide array of magic collectibles - both old and new - will be auctioned off on August 27th. Vintage prints, posters, automata, rare and collectible books, apparatus, and ephemera will be going on the block. Among the highlights of the auction are the author's own copy of Clarke's famous Annals of Conjuring (one of four copies bound to the author's specifications); a selection of Pierre Mayer's wooden automatons, an assortment of personal memorabilia and tricks owned and used by Dai Vernon aka "The Professor", a large selection of collectible books, choice vintage ephemera from Heller, Hartz, and Anderson; and much, much more. The auction takes place on Saturday, August 27th in Chicago, but overseas bidding is also available of course.


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News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 20.8.16


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