Number 850 - 8th October 2016


Derren Brown - Miracle: Monday 10th October, Channel 4. Derren Brown, the master of psychological Illusion, performs his latest jaw-dropping stage show, Miracle, on stage in London. Recorded live in the spectacular Palace Theatre, this sold-out show features some of Derren's most intriguing moments. Performing live on stage gives Derren his greatest pleasure and his stage shows have been acclaimed by critics around the globe as amazing and thought-provoking. Miracle is created with Derren's long-time collaborators Andy Nyman and Andrew O'Connor, fusing magic, suggestion and psychology. Filmed in front of a packed audience at the Old Vic in London. See TV Magic. 8.10.16


International Magic Day of Lectures. Just some of the names that have been announced to be presenting or performing at the International Magic Day on November 20th include previous FISM Award Winner Marc Oberon, the Behaviour Expert Jez Rose and rising Mentalism and Card star Beau Jones. This promises to be a full day of thought provoking discussion and talks, from experts in their particular branch of magic. Doors will open at 2pm with events running from 2.30pm until 10pm, with plenty of time to catch up with magical friends between the various programmed items. Venue: The George IV Pub, 185 Chiswick High Road, London W4 2DR (Map) - tickets for all the lectures, performances, interviews and happenings are just £10 per person. Tickets are limited and available either directly at the International Magic Shop or via PayPal to Enquiries about the event to the same email address. 8.10.16


Andi Gladwin & Joshua Jay: Christian Magicians UK Convention 2017. From the organisers: Christian Magicians UK are pleased to announce that Joshua and Andi the co-founders of Vanishing Inc., will be lecturing at their 2017 Convention, at CCT Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG (Map).

Joshua Jay has been called 'magic's renaissance man' by Magic Magazine. It's not hard to see why: he is a performer, lecturer, author and photographer of all things mysterious. Josh has performed in over fifty countries, appears regularly on national television in America and routinely performs for distinguished politicians and major celebrities. He has been performing from the age of eight and at the age of seventeen was crowned World Champion of Close-up Magic at the World Magic Seminar, and is today regarded as one of the leading creative forces in the magic world. He is a headliner at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood and is the author of two best-selling books on magic (his first being published in five languages and is in its fourth reprint in America).


Andi Gladwin the UK-based entrepreneur, publisher and professional close-up magician is also the tricks editor at Genii Magazine. He has performed throughout Europe and North America on both stage and screen. His Master Pushoff DVD set is an international bestseller in the magic world. Andi has lectured throughout the world, such as at Masters of Magic in Italy and Magic Live in Las Vegas. Conference Early Bird Booking now extended to 31st October and also the opportunity to attend the Joshua Jay and Andi Gladwin lectures for £24.95. Visit to see details and book. 8.10.16


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 27th October, London. An entrancing night of magic and comedy. With the talented magician, hypnotist and ‘professional opportunist’ James Brown; the hilarious Al Prendo; the charming ballet-themed act of Megan Knowles-Bacon; and one of the UK’s top comedy magicians, Mel Mellers. What a night! Compere Russell Levinson. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. The Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! 8.10.16


West End Magic concludes with the last show of the year at the Leicester Square Theatre featuring some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK. Acts appearing include the thrilling Card Ninja, dapper juggling from the stunning Florian Brooks plus the conjuring feats of award-winning magician Oliver Tabor. Compered by the highly entertaining ‘Mindwrangler’ Neil Henry. Award-winning magic, juggling, illusions, ninja style card throwing and comedy, suitable for all the family. West End Magic, Saturday 12th November at 3.30pm. Leicester Square Theatre, London. Box Office: 020 7734 2222, online Click Here. 8.10.16


R. Paul Wilson Lecture - University of York Magic Society. From the organisers:  Filmmaker. Author. Hustler. Magician. Hailed as one of the finest card magicians in the world, star of the BBC's The Real Hustle, R. Paul Wilson will be lecturing at the University of York on Tuesday 8th November at 7.30pm. £5 to non-members of the society (on the door). Room: P/X/001 (Physics), University of York, Newton Way, Heslington Lane, York YO10 5DD (Note: Parking is at YO10 5DD). Follow signs for Physics. Free parking after 6pm. Regular buses from York Train Station till late. 8.10.16


Mark Elsdon London Society of Magicians lecture. Daniel Young writes: On Tuesday the 11th of October Mark Elsdon will come to the LSM to present his lecture "Miracles Take A Little Longer". It is comprised of Mark teaching original magic and mentalism, plus the techniques and methods he uses behind the scenes to achieve maximum impact and really affect people with his performances. Including: Walkaround card and coin magic that can be performed under any conditions. Close-up mentalism, for those times when you want your performance to have more resonance and leave a lasting impression on people. Stand-up mentalism, that is short on process and long on entertainment, focusing on the interaction with the audience, this time-tested material is ready to go straight into your act. Plus a whole section on his critically-acclaimed ‘Conversation As Mentalism' material, which includes killer mentalism effects that you can perform anytime, anyplace and without any props! And finally, there is a performance-only of Mark’s all-time favourite creation: Limelight – the incredible routine which makes an absolute star of the spectator. This is a must-see performance! Note: Whilst there is some very minimal crossover with Mark’s Penguin or Murphy’s lectures (the couple of tricks everyone simply must see live!) this lecture features a ton of new material, plus full explanations of several of Mark’s marketed effects. Held at Davenport's Magic Studio, London, and hosted by London Society of Magicians. Tuesday, October 11th. Doors 6.30pm; starts at 7pm. Free for members, or £12 for non-members. 8.10.16


IBM British Ring Magic Convention - open survey. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: What do you want? The organisers of The British Ring convention (7th- 10th September 2017 in Greenock) have issued a questionnaire asking both delegates and prospective delegates what they would like to see or participate in at the 2017 convention. You are invited to partake in this survey by going to and completing the form. Once all the information has been collated it will be analysed and where reasonably practicable the contents activated. Don’t miss this opportunity to give your preferences and let’s see where it all takes us. Details of convention events will appear as and when information becomes available. You can book by contacting the Registration Officer, email: or via 8.10.16


Blackpool Magicians' Club are pleased to invite visiting magicians to their now officially opened club room on Tuesday evening, 11th October, from 7pm. We have a great lecture lined up with Morgan and West. 56-60 Caunce Street, Blackpool FY1 3LE (Map). Alan Horne PRO officer. 8.10.16


Horizon: Is Seeing Believing? Series exploring topical scientific issues. Horizon explores the strange and wonderful world of illusions - and reveals the tricks they play on our senses and why they fool us. We show how easy it is to trick your sense of taste by changing the colours of food and drink, explain how what you see can change what you hear, and see just how unreliable our sense of colour can be. But all this trickery has a serious purpose. It's helping scientists to create a new understanding of how our senses work - not as individual senses, but connected together. It holds the intriguing possibility that one sense could be mapped into another. Tuesday 11th October on BBC 4. See TV Magic. 8.10.16


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The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, from The MagicWeek Video Archive, Steve Cohen, making a rare appearance in the UK on Channel 4's Richard & Judy on October 1st, 2002. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 8.10.16


Manchester Circle of Magicians Jumbo Magic Auction. From the organisers: Monday 10th October at the Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Doors open at 5.30pm. Viewing from 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers: Derek Lever and Quentin Reynolds. Hundreds of bargains to be sold, many without reserve including stock from two well known Magic Dealers. Books, DVDs, Stage Magic, Close-Up Magic, Children's Magic etc. Members admitted free of charge. Non-members pay £3.00. For further details, contact Derek Lever 8.10.16


Steve Gore has just released two new decks: the GPS Deck and the Amnesia Deck. Steve writes: The GPS and Amnesia decks are now back in stock after selling out in two weeks! You will not believe what you can achieve with these decks... they are groundbreaking and suitable for all skill levels! Full details are on my site "I love Steve Gore's GPS deck. It's G-reat! P-ractical and S-mart!" Angelo Carbone. "The GPS deck is an unfair advantage and could be dangerous in the wrong hands." R Paul Wilson. GPS trailer: YouTube. Amnesia trailer: YouTube. 8.10.16


Unbeatable October Offer On E-Club Pro. Mark Leveridge's online magic resource, E-Club Pro, now has over 600 pages of top video content providing new magic instruction, advice and help. Fully updated and augmented on the 1st of every month, E-Club Pro provides everyone from amateur to full time pro magicians worldwide a trusted, affordable source of quality information and new ideas. If you haven't tried it yet, October is a great time to jump in, because if you sign up before midnight on the 31st October 2016, you will save £4 on your first month's membership fee, £6 on the second and a massive £8 on the third! Plus, when you reach 6 months of unbroken membership you will in addition receive a voucher worth £20 to spend on any Mark Leveridge Magic product. So don't miss this brilliant opportunity to benefit from everything that E-Club Pro has to offer. There's no fixed subscription period either, so you are not locked in should you decide having tried it that it's not for you. To make more of your magic interest and to guarantee fresh material to work on every month, subscribe now at 8.10.16


Magicians Advice Podcast. Episode 13. How we get our bookings. "In this episode Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan talk about how they go about getting their bookings. Topics discussed: Wedding Fairs, organic website traffic, charity events and referrals from friends and family. One of the most interesting topics about working as a close-up magician." 8.10.16


Rus Andrews Lecture: Bolton Magic Club. Paul Goodman writes: Rus 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. 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 12th October Bolton Magic Club, The Doffcocker Inn, 780 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. 8.10.16


David Tomkins 'Cheeky Dog Chatters' lecture, Paisley Magic Circle. Pat Doogan writes: Award winning Children's Ventriloquist and Magician, David Tomkins offers a colourful, varied and entertaining lecture. Experience original and creative children's magic not seen in any other lecture. As a professional ventriloquist, he includes a section on puppets too. Having turned full-time pro at sixteen, he has a wealth of experience to share. David has lectured at The Magic Circle, London, The International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention, Southport and The Blackpool Convention. UK Prize Winner in the Children's Entertainer Championships Competition, Blackpool. Member of The Inner Magic Circle (London) with Gold Star. "David's practical experience and years of entertaining children shone through in the effects performed. We were all very impressed with his natural charm, easy manner and sense of fun!" Paul Bromley, South Downs Magicians. "As for the ventriloquism... Brilliant, hilarious... Totally over the top!" M. Key, Leamington & Warwick Magic Society. 7.30pm. Thursday 20th October. St. Columbas Church Hall (Next to David Lloyd Club), 35 Campsie Drive, Renfrew PA4 0RB (Map). 8.10.16


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. 8.10.16


Eoin Smith awarded the Jocky Scott Trophy for Entertainment by Aberdeen Magical Society. Eoin Smith was awarded the Jocky Scott Trophy for Entertainment by the Aberdeen Magical Society following a closely fought competition. Eoin, who has lifted the trophy twice before in 2011 and 2013, fought off tough competition from five other magicians to be crowned the winner with a routine mixing his passions for magic and music. During his performance, he was able to reveal a song merely thought of by an audience member. Eoin said "I’ve been working on this routine for well over a year, so I was really pleased that it was well-received. This competition is really special as it is judged by both my peers and by members of the public, so it was a real honour to be awarded the trophy." The Jocky Scott Trophy for Entertainment, named after a popular former member of the society, is one of three annual competitions held by Aberdeen Magical Society, and was first awarded in 1985. Aberdeen Magical Society was founded in 1926 and this year celebrates its 90th anniversary. As one of the most active magical societies in the country, it boasts a membership ranging from full time professionals to hobbyists, and all those with a genuine interest in magic are welcome to join 8.10.16


The Neptune Magic Society are pleased to announce that Michael Jordan's High Jinx will be performing at the Neptune Magic dinner at the Manor House Hotel in West Auckland, County Durham DL14 9HW (Map) on October 21st. Tickets are £25 for adults and £15 for children which includes dinner and a star studded cabaret. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Steph: or call 07824 707207. 8.10.16


Urban Voodoo Club - Leeds. Halloween is coming early to Leeds, as our band of Voodoo acolytes settles into their new home at Hyde Park Book Club on October 16th for a night of magic, mystery, and daredevil feats. We'll be bringing the shocking, the spooky, and the spectacular in an evening that will leave you clutching your mojo hands and rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Trickery, real magic, or arcane Voodoo? Dive into our emporium of magical wonders & decide for yourself... and bring a friend for safety. The evening will be Pay What You Decide after the show, but remember - tipping the witch doctor saves your soul from eternal torment. Sunday October 16th 2016, doors at 7.30pm, show starts at 8.15pm. Venue: Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 1BL (Map) 8.10.16


Steve Dimmer Lecture - British Magical Society. From the organisers: Don’t entertain children? You can still learn the professional approach to magic. Steve Dimmer presents his ‘Childrens Nuts & Bolts’ lecture. He explains many original effects with props all magicians will have and also goes into the practical side of being a children’s entertainer. He explores how to sell your services more effectively, promoting yourself at parties with a view to getting more work as well as how to make your shows more fun with new bits of business and sub-routines. Also addressed is the tricky issue of entertaining for the older child and tactics on the thorny problem of how to keep the adults quiet! Steve is an Associate Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star and has won The Pip Ayres Memorial Trophy for Children’s entertainment 8 years out of the past 10. He has devised tricks for many magic dealers including Practical Magic, Davenports, Merlins of Wakefield and Made-to-Measure Magic. He is one of only 3 people to be asked to contribute twice at Britain’s only Children Magic Convention Kidology. "Always comes up with clever, entertaining and fun routines" Jeremy Le Poidevin, Practical Magic. Tuesday October 11th at 7.30pm (doors 7pm) British Magical Society, Selly Oak Ex Servicemen's Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). 8.10.16


People who enjoy magic wanted for new TV pilot. Second Star write: Second Star, the producers of Now You See It, It Was Alright in the 70s, and Stupid Man, Smart Phone are looking for people who enjoy magic to participate in some street magic performed by some of Britain’s best magicians for a brand new TV format. The show has been devised by ITV2 and Radio 1’s Matt Edmondson (The Xtra Factor), and is from the executive producer of Derren Brown, The Real Hustle and Killer Magic. Are you a fan of magic looking for something fun and different to do? Then we would love to hear from you. We’re looking for fun, chatty people who would either enjoy being shown an exciting magic trick or would like to set up a friend for a trick. Ideally you will be available on Thursday October 13th. The filming is taking place in London. If you are interested please email with your name and a contact number. Only people aged 18 or over can apply. 8.10.16


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