Number 846 - 10th September 2016


The Magicians' Podcast this week features Derren Brown. Host Richard Young writes: One of the world's greatest living magicians takes to my hot seat for the series finale. Derren Brown has changed mentalism in our industry forever and become a household name in the process. He has produced more television content over the last 15 years than any other British magician and also produced seven full evening stage shows full of original presentations, methods and thinking. An unexpected part of Derren's incredible success has been the spawning of an entire generation of magicians who rip-off his psychological presentations and material. What does the man himself really think of the Derren clones? His answer may surprise you. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at


It's been another excellent series of The Magicians' Podcast. I thought the least I could do was to give something back, so this one's for you Richard, Click Here DT. 10.9.16


The House of Q presents "Grand Cabaret" an all-new cabaret and variety show in the West End's famous Crazy Coqs (Cabaret Venue of the Year 2015) featuring magic, burlesque, music, mime and more. The House of Q comprises The Magic Circle's Neil Kelso, Cwtch Cabaret Award Winner 2015 Alexander Luttley, and a finalist in the upcoming Burlesque Awards as Performer of The Year 2016 Felicity Furore. They will be presenting their most spellbinding acts as showcased around the globe. Step into their enchanting world for an unforgettable evening like no other. "An extraordinary evening of cabaret... this trio are the perfect form of escapism." Access London. 21st September, 19th October, 23rd November and 14th December at 9pm. Tickets £15.00. The Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED (Map). 10.9.16


There’s magic in Buxton tonight. As part of the IBM British Ring 80th annual convention, International Stars of Magic and Variety appear at the Buxton Opera House at 7.30pm. There’s magic, dance, comedy, a laser show, and illusions, brought to you from the UK and many other parts of the world too. Tickets are from £18.50 to £20.50 with £3 off for children. The box office number is 01298 72190 or see Geoffrey Newton PRO. 10.9.16


Entrepreneur celebrates nine magical years in Bristol. Mark Bennett, magician and owner of Illusions Magic Bar on the city’s popular Clifton Triangle, first moved to Bristol nine years ago and has seen his business go from strength to strength since. Mark started learning magic in 1992 whilst still in his nine-to-five job. After being made redundant he decided to approach a nightclub to perform, despite only knowing five tricks at the time. Luckily for Mark they said yes and he started the day he lost his full-time job. He’s not looked back since.

Mark spent several years travelling around the country performing magic, before deciding to settle in Bristol and open Illusions in 2007. His aim was to bring magic to the public in a unique setting. World famous magicians such as the late Paul Daniels have performed at the venue since it first opened its doors. Following the success of the magic bar, which offers revellers the chance to enjoy free entertainment from magicians and live music acts every week, Mark opened sister venue Smoke & Mirrors in 2012. The magic theatre pub is home to The House Magicians comedy magic show, which entertains audiences for two hours every Friday and Saturday night and has received many five star reviews on Trip Advisor.

Speaking of his nine years in business, Mark said: “Since I first started learning magic tricks, owning magic bars was something that I had always wanted to do as travelling around the country is quite tiring and I thought it would be great to eventually have my own venue instead! Despite having some tough times over the years, I have kept fighting and hopefully the magic bars will keep growing. I’m delighted that both venues regularly receive great reviews, as the team work really hard to ensure that all of our guests have a truly magical experience. I’m really looking forward to celebrating Illusions tenth birthday in 2017 and I’m excited to see what the future holds for both venues.” : See and


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, sleight of hand expert Kevin Reay, in a rare television appearance on The Paul Daniels Magic Show, from 7th February, 1987 The MagicWeek Video Archive (to catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here). I remember seeing Kevin's Cups & Balls routine at an International Magic Convention many years ago - imagine pouring particles of fine sand from hand to hand, that's how smooth his handling was. Brilliant. Years later the annual International Magic Close-up Competition award would be named in Kevin's memory. DT. 10.9.16


Exonian Magic Society One Day Convention - update. From the organisers: The Exonian Magic Society will be celebrating their 80th anniversary with a fantastic 1 day convention on Sunday October 2nd 2016, with just a few spaces left it has been decided to offer 10 "daytime only" tickets for just £20 (£10 off) limited to the first 10 to apply. See Thom Peterson, Kieron Johnson, Sean Heydon, Morgan & West and Dave Andrews, and just announced, Mike Sullivan. Plus close-up sessions, a gala show and a three course meal. To book visit and quote Convention Special Daytime offer on booking form. The venue is the excellent Deer Park Country House Hotel, Honiton, which also offers accommodation for the Sunday Evening. 10.9.16


Wayne Dobson and Mike Sullivan - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians evening. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 14th September, Wayne Dobson and Mike Sullivan will be presenting their lecture at the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Wayne Dobson and his right (and left) hand man Mike Sullivan will be lecturing some new and classic effects from Wayne’s working repertoire. The effects are easy to perform but pack a punch with solid entertainment value. The lecture is suitable for any magician, be it close-up or stage, and will also feature some of Wayne’s new releases. A lecture not to be missed, each person will received an invaluable commodity, which will elevate your performance absolutely free of charge! (worth £7)
“Wayne Dobson in one word.. Living Legend” Derren Brown 2016

“Wayne Dobson is the Beethoven of magic” Jeff McBride

“Wayne Dobson - Incredibly Talented Genius” Dynamo 2016
“Wayne Dobson, you really are A Kind of Magic” Nigel Lythgoe
Visiting magicians welcome, for only £5. Lecture starts at 8pm, The ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton WV10 9LU (Map). Contact See you there!


Merlins of Wakefield Flash Sale! Merlins of Wakefield are continuing with their amazing Flash Sale throughout September and write: Everyday new items will be added, but will only be on there for 48 hours, so keep checking back regularly. Our recent £100 magic giveaway on Facebook was won by Jim Hibbs, so well done Jim. Watch out for our next Facebook competition on 19th September, where you can win £100 worth or great magic for free! We also have the latest Magic Wagon item – Ultimate Card Penetration – these are only made in limited numbers, and once sold out will not be available again! 10.9.16


Paul Stone lectures at The Mystic Ring Magic Club, Dunstable, on 15th September. Steve Milroy writes: Currently based in Las Vegas, Paul Stone has been around the magic scene for many years. A successful cabaret and trade-show performer, he moved into show and event production over thirty years ago and has produced his "World Stars of Magic" and "Variety Live" shows in several top Hotels and Casinos in Las Vegas and at the world famous London Palladium. Paul has produced more than 20 shows including "A Tribute to Siegfried & Roy at the London Palladium" and "Palladium Magic", celebrating 100 years of magic at the Palladium and honouring Master Magician John Calvert. Paul was Magic Consultant on both "The Best of Magic" and Penn & Teller's "Fool Us". Paul has also produced three "Innovention" Conventions, two in Las Vegas with magic luminaries including Teller, Lance Burton, Siegfried & Roy, Amazing Johnathan, Mac King and Criss Angel. Don’t miss what promises to be an entertaining and informative lecture. Lecture starts at 8pm. Admission: £5.00. The Mystic Ring meet at Dunstable Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 1JE (Map). For more information email or see 10.9.16


Davenport's Magic Kingdom - Norfolk. At the heart of magical entertainment since 1898, the Davenport family welcomes you to one of the largest collections of magic memorabilia in the world. Join us for the Witches to Wonder timeline exhibition, live magic demonstrations, fun photo opportunities, children’s activities and much more. A live 30-minute magic show is included in your admission. Visit the Ace to Eat Café for a range of delicious snacks, light lunches and cakes. The Magic Emporium offers a fine selection of items for the budding conjuror or professional entertainer. There is always something magical happening at Davenport’s Magic Kingdom. We look forward to your visit! 10.9.16


Ben Earl Liverpool Workshop & Lecture, 18th & 19th September, Liverpool. Alan Singleton writes: Ben Earl Liverpool Workshop, 18th September, Liverpool. 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!). 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:


Ben Earl lecture, Monday 19th September at 7.30pm. £5 for members and members of the Mersey Dee Circles, £10 for visiting magicians. Venue: Liverpool Magic Circle, Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map). 10.9.16


The Order of the Magi (Manchester) are holding a Jumbo Auction on Tuesday 20th September at The Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0AE (Map) at 7.30pm prompt; with viewing from 6.30pm. Lot numbers are now available so if you need one please contact Max Townsend Entertainments Officer on 07527 387146 or email Details are on Door charge £3 for non members. Do come along as you may find the very thing you are looking for. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 10.9.16


Alexander Marsh Lecture - now booking: "Alexander Marsh is the pen-name of professional British mentalist Alex McAleer. For nearly ten years Alex has performed stage and close-up mentalism at countless private parties and corporate events, taken his Cabaret award nominated one-man show to the Edinburgh Fringe and Fringe World in Perth Australia, and since 2014 he has toured nationwide with Champions of Magic, including a run at London’s Just For Laughs Festival 2016. As a creator of original Mentalism, Alex has published several books and contributed to works by the likes of Jerome Finley and Banachek, as well as lecturing at The Magic Circle, Psycrets: The British Society of Mystery Entertainers, and Michael Murray’s MINDS Convention." Alex’s lecture, featuring his own unique methods and effects for stage, parlour, and close-up is available to book now. email: “His creations are those of a man who does this stuff nightly for humans.” Marc Spelmann. 10.9.16


Newcastle Magic Circle News. Tony Junior, writes: Monday 19th September at the Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle promises to be a corker of a night - it's the Kyle Marlett lecture. A 'magicians' magician' who is very much respected by magicians all over the world, Kyle is one of the magicians on the new series of Penn & Teller, so that alone lets you know the standard of his magic. Visitor fees: £15.00. If a member of another magic club: £10.00. Next, The President's Annual Dinner. In 2014 we allowed 250 ticket sales and had a wait list. Last year, with a change of venue we limited tickets/seats to 200 people for comfort - so will be doing this again. The price of £37.50 includes a delicious three-course meal, the flash mob of magicians, two super cabaret shows: Britain's Got Talent Finalist, Impressionist Danny Posthill and one of UK's finest illusion acts, Amethyst. All payment details are available on our website Please email me dif interested in any of the above. Tony Junior, secretary, 10.9.16


Houdini's Final Incredible Secret: How Houdini Mystified Sherlock Holmes' Creator is reviewed by Roger Woods this week. "Bob Loomis has written a delightful book giving a detailed analysis of the occasion when Houdini created an impossible slate writing effect to mystify none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous creator of Sherlock Holmes. After many years of research and asking many penetrating questions Bob has created an account of how he believes Houdini carried out this seemingly amazing feat..." To read the full review Click Here. Available from 10.9.16


Martin Cox MIMC Presents Five! Martin Cox is back home following a successful tour of the US in 'Martin Cox MIMC Presents Five!' - an Evening of Magic and Comedy at The Sun Hotel in Hitchin. "What a treat we have for you! Award-winning magician, Martin Cox, a member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, brings his unique comedy magic to The Sun Hotel for an intimate show of fun, magic and laughter. Martin’s expert handling of both close-up and cabaret magic has been enjoyed all over the world, from The Magic Circle in London, to the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Martin is hailed as one of the best!" Friday 14th October at 8pm. Tickets: £12 (£8 concessions.) The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1AF (Map). Box Office 01279 659562. 10.9.16


Russell Howard's Good News. Russell Howard takes a cheeky trawl through the news. Tonight's show features David Blaine. Monday 19th September, on Comedy Central. See TV Magic. 10.9.16


Colin Dymond 'The Creative Children’s Entertainer' - British Magical Society, Birmingham. Jay Adkins writes: In this two-hour lecture Colin Dymond will not only show some of his favourite routines, but will describe the creative process in making these routines truly original. In a brainstorming session Colin will take some props that nearly every magician has and turn them into entertaining routines for children and family entertainers. If you have a prop that you have never found a use for, bring it to the lecture and let's see what we can do with it. This lecture is not just for children’s entertainers, but for any entertainer who wants to stretch their creative brain. Tuesday September 13th. Meetings start promptly at 7.30pm (doors from 7pm). Visiting magicians £10.00. British Magical Society, Selly Oak Ex Servicemens' Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). Also see 10.9.16


Planning next year's programme of events for your club? Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 10.9.16


"The Business of Magic: How One Long Beach Resident is Pushing the Magic Castle to New Heights" Click Here • "Hollywood's Magic Castle: The hardest trick is getting in" Click Here • "SMSO conjures magic with Dillies" Click Here • "SA’s very own mentalist will make you believe in magic!" Click Here • "Kadan Bart Rockett: A+ For School Magic" YouTube • "Penn Jillette’s yard sale draws scores of bargain hunters seeking trinkets, treasures amid household goods" Click Here • "Passion Adds Magic-Themed Content & More to Catalog" Click Here • "Tommy Cooper: An intimate look at the man behind the gags" Click Here • "Dartford Daredevil Johnny Strange makes Guinness Book of Records with jaw-dropping stunts" Click Here • And finally, this is nice, "Optical Illusion Is Drawing Tourists To Regional Australian Lake" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed. Please remember the strict Friday 12 noon deadline. See you next week, Duncan. 10.9.16