Number 854 - 5th November 2016


The Next Great Magician: Sunday 6th November on ITV. From the programme makers: ITV will showcase the elite of the magic world as they all compete to become The Next Great Magician. Hosted by Stephen Mulhern and Rochelle Humes, some of the world’s best magicians will perform their very best tricks and illusions for ITV viewers – many seen for the first time ever on TV. Over five weeks, each episode will showcase six world-class magicians presenting their A-list material to viewers. These artists are unsurpassed in their craft and hero worshipped by other magicians despite being largely unknown to the outside world... until now of course.

Viewers will see all aspects of magic covered throughout the series: illusions, comedy magic, location stunts, close-up performances... In the first show of the series, US close-up magician Eric Jones gets a helping hand from Rylan Clark and Suzanne Shaw, comedy magicians and double act Young & Strange bring along a furry friend, Jordan Gomez from France reveals his manipulation act, female illusionist Ines has to escape from a terrifying situation, escapologist Jonathan Goodwin keeps the studio warm and Xavier Mortimer blends magic, circus acts, music and comedy.

Ultimately it’s the performing magicians within each episode who judge each other’s performances and decide which act goes through to the final. In the final, all 5 winners from the previous shows will compete against each other for the chance to win their very own ITV special! The Next Great Magician is a co production between Crook Productions and Vaudeville Productions for ITV. "The Next Greatest Magician, Sunday 7pm on ITV" YouTube. See TV Magic for details.


Derren Brown: Underground - a collection of some of the very best of Derren’s previous stage work, at The Charing Cross Theatre, from 8th March - 1st April 2017. The theatre is small, intimate, discrete, and indeed, Underground. This is a one off opportunity to see Derren in this type of location, in a very limited number of performances. If you want to see Derren perform his own choice of some of his favourite work, then this is the show to see. 8th March - 1st April 2017, Charing Cross Theatre, London 5.11.16


Johnny Hart on The Good Old Days, this Friday 11th November on BBC4. Leonard Sachs presents an edition of the music hall programme first broadcast on 4th March 1976. With Ken Dodd, Sheila Steafal, Valerie Masterson, Johnny Hart and members of The Players Theatre, London. 8pm on Friday 11th November on BBC4. See TV Magic for details. 5.11.16


Asi Wind added to the International Magic Social Day on Sunday November 20th. From the organisers: Following the run of his one man show "Do You Want To Change Your Mind" in London, we're thrilled that Asi will be with us at the Social Day for a lecture. He joins Marc Oberon, Bill Herz, Beau Roberts, Bob Gill and Jez Rose for a day full of illuminating and thought boosting talks and events. The venue is The George IV Inn in Chiswick, with the day running from 2pm to 10pm. Remaining spaces can be guaranteed by PayPaling £10 per registrant to Please put Magic Social Day and each registrants name in the PayPal Comments Box. 5.11.16


The Fat Brothers and Etienne Pradier added to Blackpool line up. Alan Horne writes: Blackpool Magicians' Club are pleased to announce more acts to appear at the world's biggest convention, next February, 16th to 19th. Joining the line up will be The Fat Brothers and French magician Etienne Pradier, with more acts to be announced over the coming weeks. Early booking is recommended. 5.11.16


Clue Adventures: The Book of Secrets - Live Escape Game. Now Open in London E3. Live escape games, or locked room adventures, are one of the world’s fastest growing event activities. In London alone they have grown from two such venues three years ago to over sixty today. Each game offers a story for a team (usually of 2 to 6 players) to participate in. The idea then being to escape the room within sixty minutes, by solving clues and puzzles that lead to their escape. It’s like a combination of The Cube and The Crystal Maze set within a short play of which the players are the cast.

The latest room to open in London is the first offering from events company Clue Adventures. Their new game ‘The Book of Secrets’ is a story of magic, mystery and intrigue. The story introduces us to fictional master magician, Alistair Wilson, who vanished, never to be seen again, on New Years Eve 1999. The setting is his former home which is due to be demolished in one hour. Players enter his flat with the aim of discovering, how and why he disappeared and try to locate his famous ‘Book of Secrets’ which is said to contain the real secret of magic. They have just one hour before the building will be destroyed. Along the way there are clues and puzzles to solve. Magic happens at the hand of the players and a few surprises are in store as they discover more and more about this mysterious magician.

With contributions from Marc Paul, Puzzle expert and games consultant David Bodycombe and Producer Paul Andrews – the puzzles and clues are, as you can imagine, innovative, fiendish and fun. The game is open Thursday to Sunday at their studio in Mile End, London E3, for teams of 2 to 6 players. On-line booking is required and the game is suitable for novices and escape room experts alike. For further information contact or visit


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week Ricky Jay has some fun in a guest spot on 'Doug Henning's World of Magic' from 1976. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 5.11.16


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 24th November, London. From the organisers: An evening that showcases the variety in modern magic! There’s Michael Jordan’s exciting High Jinx with magic, illusion, juggling and escapology. Max Somerset, one of the most theatrical magicians of our day, is going to show the dark side of his conjuring art. Oliver Tabor is an elegant and imaginative performer. And the splendidly moustached Alexander Wells evokes the feel of the Victorian era with his magic and comedy. Compere is the lively Stephen Barry. A great night of entertaining magic by top professional performers. 8pm – 10pm at the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Only 12 minutes from Paddington. Free parking from 6.30pm. Save by buying in advance - tickets just £11 from 5.11.16


Jamie Raven can be seen on Blue Peter on Sunday (a repeat of Thursday's show). "Magician Jamie Raven wows with levitation. Superstar trials biker Danny MacAskill teaches Barney a few tricks, author Jeff Kinney talks about his new book and the team begin their epic Children in Need challenge!" See TV Magic for details. Jamie set off on his second UK tour on Friday - see What's On for dates. 5.11.16


James More on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen chats to actor Eddie Redmayne about his role in upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Illusionist and former Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist James More also performs." Tuesday 8th November on ITV2. See TV Magic for details. 5.11.16


The PK Magnet DVD by Zane. Zane's Magic Shop write: Brand new and in stock, The PK Magnet DVD (£19.99) by Zane is the first DVD of its kind teaching a number of different methods, techniques and routines for performing amazing PK stunts using only magnets. There is also an in-depth lesson for Zane's popular 'PK Magnet Kit 2.0'. Zane gives the low down on how to get the most out of this kit and shares some of his pet routines using it! Visit for details and to watch the trailer video. Magic Dealers wishing to stock 'The PK Magnet DVD', to sell alongside PK Magnets kits such as 'Zane's PK Magnet Kit 2.0' or 'M5 PK Kit' please contact 'Murphys Magic Supplies inc' or buy from direct from 'Zane's Magic Shop'. 5.11.16


Christmas Close-Up Magic at The Magic Circle. From the organisers: A special festive event to showcase some of the best close-up magicians available and for audiences to get to meet performers and experience magic in the intimate setting of the headquarters of the world-famous Magic Circle in London. An amazing collection of close-up magicians presenting superlative magic right before your very eyes. Seeing is believing! Friday 16th December at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm, and the evening finishes at approximately 9.30pm. Although all shows are of a universal nature and young enthusiasts are welcomed, 80 minutes of close-up is not usually recommended for those under 10. The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Tickets £23.95 plus transaction fee from 5.11.16


Super DVD Sale at the Card Collection. 25% discount on all DVDs from Saturday 5th November to Monday 21st November 10am. See the extensive DVD list at or call 01233 647878. 5.11.16


Mel Mellers Masterclass, Essex. Guest Speaker announced. Steve Short writes: No one knows the stage character that is Mel Mellers more than Catherine Jarrett. Catherine is the person who writes, scripts and fine tunes Mel’s ideas. Catherine has kept a low profile amongst magicians and entertainers and this makes it even more exciting that Catherine has agreed to be part of the Mel Mellers Masterclass. This will be a very rare appearance in public and Catherine will be explaining how gags and ideas go from 'idea to performance'. Do not miss this unique event in just a few weeks time. Also at 7.30pm there will be 'An Audience with Mel Mellers' in which Mel will talk about his life and career and answer questions. Only a few tickets are available. 10am -5pm on Thursday 24th November at the excellent Prested Hall in Essex (just 50 minutes by train from London), plus, in the evening, 'An Audience with Mel Mellers' at 7.30pm. £120 - including buffet lunch and dinner and coffee/tea. Spaces are very limited. For more information Click Here or contact organiser Steve Short 5.11.16


The MLM E-Video Newsletter November 2016: The latest monthly Mark Leveridge online E-Video Newsletter is out and has its usual mix of entertainment and instruction. Top Tips - Mark reveals something which you can keep in your car and which can come to your rescue when you're out doing shows. It Could Only Happen Live - improvisation can be a helpful ally when you mess up, as this true story shows. The Review Corner - Mark takes a look at Cody Fisher's 'Las Vegas Aces'. The Teach In - this month you can learn a move that will get any sponge ball routine off to a good start. The Web Offer Bundle - Mark talks you through two quality brass products which are on offer for November. 60 Seconds To Success - a bite size piece of targeted advice about how to cope with a meal appearing at a table when you are halfway through your show. All this is squeezed into a 30 minute online video presentation that costs about the price of a bar of chocolate, but which is less fattening! To get access to the November issue, or to sign up for a 1 year (12 edition) sub, go to Alternatively, join Mark's online information and magic resource E-Club Pro ( and get every E-Video Newsletter at no extra charge. 5.11.16


Quentin Reynolds Order of The Magi lecture. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Order of The Magi has secured the lecture services of Quentin Reynolds for their meeting on Tuesday 8th November at 8pm. Quentin's lecture will include magic from his professional repertoire and covers close-up, children's magic and mentalism. With over thirty years in the business and over ten thousand shows under his belt, you will benefit from his knowledge and experience in real-world situations. Regardless of what kind of magic you perform, Quentin will cover all aspects of professional presentation. Door charge for non-members, directions on Details of the Christmas Party on 13th December are also on the website. 5.11.16 A new fully searchable directory with the intention of bringing lecturers and magic clubs together has just launched. Visit for full details and to register your club, or join as a lecturer. 5.11.16


Roddy McGhie lecture - Forth Valley Magic Circle. From the organisers: Roddy McGhie is the creative mind behind several great effects including the recent smash hits 'Little Door', 'Sew On' and 'Flux'. Forth Valley Magic Circle is delighted to host Roddy's lecture on Monday 14th November at 7.30pm at the Station Hotel in Larbert - only £10 for visiting magicians. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of Scotland's great magical thinkers. For further information, please contact Ian Black: 5.11.16


Lawrence Hass' European Lecture Tour (McBride Magic & Mystery School). 19th-30th November 2016. From the organisers: After touring the UK with Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger in March 2016, Lawrence Hass is back in Europe! If you were not able to make it in March, you may be interested to know Dr. Lawrence Hass will be lecturing and performing in November in the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.


19th November 2016 (the Netherlands) from 1.30pm-5pm. Lecture/Workshop "Performing Magic with more impact" Click Here. Diner-show, Click Here. Magic Art Center, Meerweg 1A, Bennebroek, The Netherlands. Contact George Parker for more information and buy tickets: +31 651 108 415.


26th November 2016 (Belgium) Lecture "Performing Magic with more impact" (9am-12noon). Workshop "Building better Magic shows" (2pm-6pm). Public show "A Magical life: An Evening with Lawrence Hass" (8pm-10pm). Rue Saint-Lambert 91, 1200 Brussels, Belgium. Information and booking: Click Here.


29th November 2016 (Italy), 9pm - late, Lecture "Performing Magic with more impact" Club Arte Magica, Milano, Italy. Click Here for more information.

30th November 2016 Italy) 9pm - late, Lecture "Performing Magic with more impact" Amici della Magia, Torino, Italy. Click Here for more information.


Family Entertainer of the Year Championship. On Tuesday 1st November the Irish heat of the Family Entertainer of the Year Championship was held at the Academy Plaza Hotel in Dublin. There was a good attendance and an enthusiastic audience were treated to a great evening's entertainment. The overall winner in this very close competition was Brian Daly, who will represent Ireland in the competition next February in Blackpool. Blackpool Magicians' Club would like to thank everyone who competed and thank Pat Fallon for his invaluable help in organising this event and Brendan Byrne for hosting and keeping it all on track throughout. Thanks also to the Society of Irish Magicians for all their help. Alan Horne BMC PRO. 5.11.16


Manchester Circle of Magicians Jumbo Magic Auction. From the organisers: A Jumbo Magic Auction is being held by Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 7th November at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Doors open at 5.45pm. Viewing from 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Members free of charge. Non-members pay £3.00. Hundreds of items being sold at bargain prices, many without reserve. Books, DVDs, kids magic, collectors items, stage magic, close-up and mentalism. Star Auctioneers: Derek Lever and Quentin Reynolds. See you there! 5.11.16


An Evening of Mind Magic & Mystery, Wigan. From the organisers: On Friday 18th November a special charity magic night is taking place in Wigan. Come along to The Globe Inn, in Standish near Wigan for 'An Evening of Mind Magic & Mystery' featuring Edinburgh Fringe 2016 performer Mason King plus Italian mind reader Matteo Borrini and sleight of hand illusionist Mark Roberts. All funds raised will go directly to MIND and CLASP. Tickets are £7 each and can be purchased by emailing or on the door on the night (subject to availability). Venue: Globe Inn, High Street, Standish, Wigan WN6 0HF (Map). 5.11.16


Jimmy Carlo lecture, British Magical Society, Birmingham. Tuesday November 8th (7pm for 7.30pm). Kidabra Children's Champion Jimmy Carlo has worked on most of P&O's cruise ships with his kids show and cabaret. Jimbo, has been a professional magician for over 20 years. In this time he has won international acclaim as a top comedy cabaret performer and children's entertainer. He has won many top awards and has performed many Summer Seasons. Tonight 'magic that works' also featuring a few Christmas themed effects. A professional entertainer sharing his wealth of knowledge. Guest fees for the evening £10.00 (visiting magicians welcome). British Magical Society, Selly Oak Ex Servicemens' Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). 5.11.16


Carmarthen Merlin Festival Returns. Plans are underway to relaunch Carmarthen’s Merlin Festival next year as part of plans by the Welsh government to celebrate 2017 as the Year of Legends. The great wizard was said to have been born in the town while local legends have him buried in a cave on top of a hill, waiting to come back to life when the future of the country is threatened. It is hoped that magic will again be a major part of the festival with street performances planned around the town over the weekend of March 24th & 25th 2017. Three years since the last festival was held, there are hopes to build a sustainable annual event which will attract visitors from all over the UK. 5.11.16


Morgan & West Lecture - Banbury. Banished Magicians are hosting a lecture by the time travelling Victorian magic duo, Morgan & West, on Tuesday 22nd November. This extravaganza will be held at Hanwell Fields Community Centre, Rotary Way, Banbury OX16 1ER (Map) at 8pm. Visiting Magicians welcome, £10 door charge. 5.11.16


Charity Magic Show with Magic Circle members Clive Hyams and Norman Gee. Peter Altman writes: Pennies from Heaven presents 'Magic' a Charity Magic Show with Magic Circle members Clive Hyams and Norman Gee to include close-up and stage magic, and a Q&A session. Sunday 29th January 2017, 7pm -10pm. Venue: Blackwell Hall, 90 Uxbridge Road, Harrow Weald HA3 6DQ (Map). Tickets: £20 per person (includes a deli supper and tea/coffee/cake). Contact: Peter Altman All proceeds to Crohn’s & Colitis UK and Chai Cancer Care. 5.11.16


Magicians Advice Podcast. Episode 15. Wedding Prices: Advice & Tips for Magicians: 5.11.16


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