Number 856 - 19th November 2016


The Next Great Magician - Sunday nights on ITV. Confession: I haven't watched the first show in this new series yet, but was really impressed with the second that went out last Sunday. This is a full-on hour-long magic show, aimed directly at a Sunday night family audience, featuring a broad cross-section of magicians either presenting new material or their established acts. Last Sunday all performers did well. Highlights for me being some very fine and well shot close-up magic from Will Houstoun, presented to actor Jim Carter (not some redundant "celebrity"), an excellent theatrical illusion sequence from Magus Utopia (photo), a lovely take on the classic card manipulation act by Hun Lee, and Barry and Stuart's very own version of "Any Drink Called For" that did away with the need for a kettle as Barry "puked to order" so to speak... erm, well done Barry. Cheers. Not my cup of tea (I hope) but very ingenious, so full credit there.


Finding a commercial format for a magic show that can entertain a wide mainstream television audience isn't always easy, but this show does just that. MagicWeek favourite Stephen Mulhern, himself an accomplished magician and magic fan, and singer Rochelle Humes are the perfect hosts. The show isn't trying to be too clever. It's fun, has real pace, and some excellent magic acts. Simple. The studio set looks good, helped by atmospheric lighting and effects, and the outside broadcast material blends in to the mix well. There is a vote at the end of every episode by the magicians for the magicians, but that doesn't really get in the way of what is essentially a very entertaining magic show - the best mainstream studio based magic show to be produced in this country for many years. DT. See TV Magic for details of tomorrow's show. 19.11.16


MagicWorld open new Magic Shop in Manchester on Saturday 26th November and you're invited! MagicWorld write: was one of the first online magic shops in the UK and was established in 2000. We are extremely proud to announce the opening of our 2nd bricks and mortar magic shop! These are rare to come by nowadays, but since the success of our last shop we decided it was time to expand. Invitation: Please come down to our opening day on Saturday 26th November 2016 between 10am-4pm. Our new shop is located on a busy main road between Stockport and Manchester (A6). Our central location makes it perfect for magicians both near and far with close connections to the railway, buses and motorway. The Mayor of Stockport is kindly planning to make a visit and to officially open our store. Address: 342 Wellington Road North, Heaton Chapel, Stockport, SK4 5DA (Map) on the Heaton Chapel Junction. Transport: Closest railway station is Heaton Chapel (2 minutes walk to the shop and 10 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly. Buses: 192 from Manchester Central. By car: junction 1 off the M60. For directions Click Here. 19.11.16


Christmas West End Magic. This December West End Magic will be presenting a series of special Christmas Magic Shows in London every Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of Comedy in Bloomsbury at 2pm and 4pm. The family friendly show features conjuring feats from Oliver Tabor, the magic and science of Oliver Meech; plus a different guest act for each show. These include Jon Allen, Megan Knowles-Bacon, Dee Riley, Wayne Trice and Dean Leavy, with more to be announced. Christmas West End Magic, 3rd-18th December 2016 at 2pm & 4pm at the Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR (Map). To book Click Here or call the Box Office 020 7734 2222. 19.11.16


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 24th November, London. A vibrant night of magic at the Court: Max Somerset has had his own prime time TV show on BBC 1, three sell out one-man shows at The Magic Circle, and twice played the organ at the Albert Hall! One of the most theatrical magicians of our day, Max will be showing the spooky side of his magic - with a dash of humour. Oliver Tabor is an elegant and imaginative sleight-of-hand performer, who brings classic manipulative magic up to date with style, music, and imagination. The splendidly-moustached Alexander Wells evokes the spirit of a bygone Victorian and Edwardian era. His Belle Epoque approach to the art of conjuring is a riot of comedy for a modern audience. Matthew Le Mottee is a superb street and stage magician, with powerful effects and an engaging style. Compèred by the lively and engaging Stephen Barry. 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! Tickets just £11 from it’s cheaper to buy in advance! 19.11.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Harry Blackstone Jr on Wogan, from April 24th 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. "Sir Terry Wogan has BBC radio building named after him" Click Here. 19.11.16


Lost Magic Decoded. US Magician to the millionaires Steve Cohen tracks down and resurrects some of the most mind-boggling, mysterious and deadly tricks in history, including the bullet catch. 9pm on Saturday 26th November on Blaze. See TV Magic, also see 19.11.16


The Mark Leveridge Podcast. Mark Leveridge writes: The November edition of the free monthly Podcast from Mark Leveridge has been available as always from the 1st of the month and if you haven't had a chance to catch it yet, here's the contents: Email or 'phone - which is your preferred method to receive show enquiries? I look at the pros and cons of both. I ponder on whether the very young and very old get a disproportionate amount of credit for the magic that they do. Life on the road - I get a glimpse of what real itinerant performers have to cope with. MLM will be turning completely digital next year. The importance of video on magic websites cannot be underestimated. Dominic Reyes extols the virtues of correct methods of practice and I discuss why he's right to do so. The 30 minute audio broadcast is available to download or listen directly to online at or from, and if you like what you hear, you can dip into any of the other Podcasts too, which have been released over the last four years. 19.11.16


Force Pads - back in stock at Warped Magic! "A small note pad is shown and the pages are flipped to show different words. A spectator looks at one of the pages and remembers the word. You can instantly reveal the word! The Force pad looks like a simple note pad yet it allows you to perform a natural and direct force. You will receive two blank Force Pads that can easily and quickly be customised in any language to force any word, time, celebrity, colour, date, simple drawing, city, number, zodiac sign, magic square number, song etc. Pocket size, easy to carry; Perfect for Close up & Walk around; Professionally glued & tape bound; Each pad is approx 3" x 4.5"; Unlimited possibilities; Manufactured in the UK." For more info and to order visit 19.11.16


Mike Caveney Wonders & The Conference Illusions. In case you missed them when first released, here is the boxed set of books that contain virtually every routine that Mike Caveney has performed throughout his long career. Volume I describes the mechanics, psychology, theories and inspiration behind all of the magic that has been featured in Mike's professional act. Volume II describes the history, restoration, reconstruction and performance of every trick and illusion performed by Mike during the past 20 years at The Los Angeles Conference on Magic History. These volumes measure 9 by 11.5 inches with a total of 700 pages printed in full color on heavy art paper with 900 photographs. Sold only as a set in a custom-designed slipcase. $240 plus shipping. See for more information and to order.


"Mike Caveney Wonders is a fabulous magic book, required reading for anyone who sincerely loves magic, and cares to learn from one of our best. The book represents a lifetime of experience and wisdom distilled and gift wrapped for the magic community, and seems destined to be considered a classic work. The Conference Illusions - Beyond the secrets to these great illusions, and the pictures of restored props and deconstructions, Mr. Caveney has given us a thorough and heartfelt telling of the history behind each illusion. I promise that you will be entertained, educated, and seriously blown away, as Mike joyously guides you through a bit of our shared history, and the golden age of magic." Eric Mead - Genii Magazine. 19.11.16


Mysteries at the Museum. "Witness awe-inspiring museum artefacts, including a life-like bust of Harry Houdini - which is said to be haunted." Tuesday 22nd November on Yesterday. See TV Magic. 19.11.16


Magicseen Magazine Advertising. From the publishers: As the UK's only independent magic magazine, Magicseen is in a strong position to act as a bridge between those who have something to say or sell, and those who are interested to hear about it. Printed in both the UK and the US and with readers all over the world, this bi-monthly full colour magazine not only offers an entertaining and informative read, but also has for the last 12 years provided a highly cost effective way to reach potential customers with your important message. So if you are a magic dealer, or an event organiser, or a magic club needing new members, or simply someone looking perhaps to find a buyer for unwanted magic, why not let Magicseen provide the link between your information and the potential customers? Yes, you may have a terrific website, but how are new people, or those who have not done business with you for a while, going to be reminded of who you are, where you are, and what you have of value and interest? Let Magicseen do that job for you. Our next issue is #72 (Jan 2017) which will be out just before Christmas, and if you are quick you can secure some of the valuable space in that edition and ensure that your offering is seen by those most likely to be interested in it. For more details email 19.11.16


Blackpool Family Entertainer of the Year. Alan Horne, BMC PRO officer, writes: Three more names to announce that will be competing in the Family Entertainer of the Year competition: Lee Bell will be representing the London area, Martin Gardner the South West and Darren Bonas the North East. This promises to be a fantastic competition and a highlight of the Blackpool weekend. 19.11.16


Steve Short's Supreme Magic Lecture - Goodliffe Memorial Night at The British Magical Society. Jay Adkins writes: Our Goodliffe Memorial Night this year is about the Supreme Magic Company, presented by Steve Short. Supreme Magic was a giant in the magic business and created many of the routines magicians are still using today. Some routines were lost through time and some are just waiting to be rediscovered. So join Steve for a fascinating trip down memory lane and hear some of the behind the scenes stories and see some routines brought to life once again. Tuesday November 22nd. Meeting starts at 7.30pm (be there from 7pm). Visiting Magicians £10.00. The British Magical Society, Selly Oak Ex Servicemens' Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). 19.11.16


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishops Stortford. Christmas is coming early for The Magicians at the Half Moon as November 25th will be their last show of 2016. Show producer and compere Martin Cox has got a right Christmas Cracker of a show lined up for you with a welcome return from both David J Marks and Tim Shoesmith. It's been a fantastic year for The Magicians at the Half Moon, so come along and join in the party. Entry is just £10 and the doors open at 7.30pm (show starts at 8pm) at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). If you'd like to reserve yourself a front row seat, contact Martin on 01279 659562. More information at Andy Clockwise. 19.11.16


David Stone will be presenting his lecture for the Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby DE21 5LF (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm, ready to start at 8pm. David's new lecture will feature strong magic with cards, coins, and various other objects for close-up conditions. The lecture will be a real show with dozens of gags and ideas you will use in your own performances. A unique lecture, not to be missed! Past members and visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby. There is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Please contact our secretary Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. For more information about our programme for the remainder of the year please visit Paul Sharp. See What's On for all David Stone lecture tour dates. 19.11.16


Dave Rawson Stage Hypnosis lecture. Dave Rawson writes: I've just completed two lectures on Stage Hypnosis. It's a two hour lecture and was well received by the North Western Society of Magicians and The Nottingham Guild of Magicians. If you would like to book the lecture for your society then be quick. I go back to Ibiza in April and will be there until the end of October 2017. I can also take bookings for the lecture from November 2017. Email: 19.11.16


CSI: Miami. Open Water. "A cruise ship plays host to a shocking double murder and the CSI team is sent in to investigate. With a long list of suspects including the newly-wed wife of one of the victims, her daughter, the ship's magician and the corrupt captain, Horatio and the team have their work cut out. Will the discovery that a large sum of money was stolen from the safe in one of the victims' rooms narrow down the suspect list? Meanwhile, Horatio takes his relationship with Marisol to the next level." Tuesday 22nd November on 5USA. See TV Magic. 19.11.16


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 19.11.16


Jeremy Le Poidevin. Jeremy Le Poidevin took ill with a brain haemorrhage and passed away two days later on Sunday 13th November. His sudden passing at the age of 62 has shocked all who knew him.

Jeremy and his wife Cheryl took over Practical Magic twenty years ago and built it into the world’s leading supplier of children’s magic. He was always ready to help and advise, and many who are now professional entertainers acknowledge his help and encouragement.

As an organ donor, at least five people’s lives have now been transformed and given a new lease of life, just as Jeremy helped transform others, in his first career as a teacher and later with his magic.

Ordering from the website and by phone is suspended for the moment. Trix in the Stix, the convention for children’s entertainers run by Jeremy, will still go ahead next May as planned.

The funeral service will be held at St Matthew’s Church, Criftins, Shropshire SY12 9LN on Monday 28th November at 1pm. After the service you are invited for refreshments at the Lion Quays Hotel ( The cremation will take place earlier in the day and is for family only. It would be useful to know approximate numbers so if you are planning to attend please send a brief email indicating the number attending to Family flowers only please.

Cheryl and the family would like to thank all who have sent condolences and kind thoughts at this sad time. They are very much appreciated. Quentin Reynolds.


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