Number 860 - 17th December 2016


Congratulations to Barry and Stuart, 2016's 'The Next Great Magician' winners. They'll be starring in their own ITV special next year. Watch their winning performance here: YouTube. 17.12.16


The Magic Circle Christmas Show - London. A festive treat with a chance to explore the headquarters of The Magic Circle, see close-up magic performed before your very eyes and witness a spectacular stage show. Ideal for families (over-5s only). Doors open at 1.30pm and 6pm. Tickets £30 (circle) and £34 (stalls) via Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). See What's On for dates. 17.12.16


Christmas Magic at the Barn. This family festive night features some of the best magicians in the UK, offering close-up magic presented at tables followed by a stage show featuring magic, mystery and comedy with a free drink on entry! Featuring Victorian style magic from the dapper Alexander Wells, slapdash magic duo Griffin & Jones and the conjuring feats of Oliver Tabor. All held together by compere Adrian Fox. The night boasts a combination of sleight-of-hand close-up magic, mind reading and mystery, comedy and stage illusion, within the warm, intimate and enchanting atmosphere of a 17th century barn theatre. The ticket price includes a free glass of mulled wine for adults and soft drink for children plus mince pies for all! The perfect Christmas treat for all the family. 21st & 22nd December at 7.30pm at Red Brick Barn, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LH (Map). Box Office 01702 543242 or visit 17.12.16


Conjuring at the Court - London, Thursday 29th December. Book now on to enjoy an evening of seasonal magic. From the organisers: Starring:

• Martin Cox is a top British comedy magician; a larger than life performer with the accent on fun and an in-your-face style that covers his exceptional ability in sleight-of-hand.
• Roberto Forzoni is a sports psychologist who helps top athletes reach peak performance. He uses his expert insights into the powers of the mind to deliver entertaining, powerful mentalism.
• Scott Penrose, president of The Magic Circle, returns after two years to perform his much-loved act at the Court. A superb rendition of the classic magical oeuvre, colourful, visual, and full of surprises. A memorable event that will delight you.
• Terry Herbert is another of our audience's favourites. A consummate professional entertainer, he has the audience laughing in moments, while enjoying his genial mysteries.
• Compered by co-producer Russell Levinson, an expert magician who keeps the show moving!

Tickets just £11 in advance. 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! 17.12.16


This week from the MagicWeek Video Archive, Jeff Hobson and his Egg Bag routine, in an appearance on John Fisher's 'Magic Comedy Hour', from 25 years ago in September 1991. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 17.12.16


Derren Brown: Miracle is being repeated on Channel 4 this week: 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 was 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 for details. 17.12.16


The South Downs Magicians will be hosting a family magic, mystery and illusion show next month. The club will be making its fourth annual visit to the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea on Saturday 7th January. There will be close-up magic before the show and during the interval, as well as a variety of stage acts covering comedy, mentalism and illusions. The event is at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex BN43 5EG (Map) with the show starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.00 for individuals and £28.00 for a family of four. Tickets are available from the Ropetackle Arts Centre Click Here or telephone 01273 464440. Paul Bromley. 17.12.16


Merlins of Wakefield are having a Magical ‘Seven Days of Christmas’ sale starting today. Everyday for the next seven days the Merlin elves will be offering special products at 50% off retail prices. Keep checking every day as new items will be added each day up to Christmas Eve. The elves will then be off to help Santa, so all the offers will end. Get details here and keep checking daily! Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! 17.12.16


Magicians Wanted. The Magic Club of Great Britain write: The Magic Club of Great Britain has been using magic as a vehicle to educate, motivate and inspire young people since 1999. Having developed a series of 'Educational Magic Shows' for Government agencies which include Schools Sports Partnerships, Healthy Schools, Extended Services, Gifted & Talented and LEA's we are now the No1 supplier for educational magic shows in the country.

We also run after school clubs three different Magic clubs, a Balloon Modelling and Magic Science club plus new for 2017 a Performing Arts club.

We are now looking for magicians who would like to increase their incomes by building a magic business in schools at a time when they are not normally working (Monday to Friday). For information on our ‘Partnership Programme’ click here and to see school recommendations click here.

If you are the right person you will receive free training and full access to our educational show portfolio. In addition you will be trained on how to run our after school clubs. We have a sales and marketing team handling inquiries and marketing to local schools each term, plus an administration team.

A major benefit of our 'After School Magic Clubs' programme is they are an easy way to get into schools as they do not cost schools a penny. Most importantly if you are a children's entertainer you will find this an easy way to increase party bookings because the children and parents think you're great.

Schools work for 8.5 months a year, with 20 working days in a month, doing 2 shows a day you have potential to build a business that can produce an extra 170 (mid-week) shows and after schools clubs a year.

We are looking for the right person to represent us in schools, if that is you:
● Training is totally free.
● You are not buying a franchise or paying for a territory.
● You do not have to buy magic from us (use your own).
● There are no annual fees for marketing or admin support.

For information visit If you are interested please call Eugene Matthias on 07730 111111.


Wayne Dobson's Crazy Christmas Cracker Offer! Mike Sullivan writes: Wayne Dobson goes crackers! On the 17th, 18th and 19th December, DTrik will offer a once in a lifetime deal. A product from our range will be dramatically reduced for just 24 hours! Wayne calls it his "Crazy Christmas Cracker", personally I think he's crazy (note to self: how did he talk me into this?). Keep a close eye on Wayne and my Facebook pages for details, or visit our website at Merry Christmas! 17.12.16


A Heads Up! The Card Collection Christmas sale starts Friday 23rd December 10am and runs until 10am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. Up to 20% off all stock items. The Card Collection: 17.12.16


The Annual Blackpool Mega Auction. Alan Horne writes: The Annual Mega Auction will be held at the Winter Gardens Blackpool on Thursday 16th February, with viewing from 9.30am. The auction starts at 10.30am and features lots of interesting collectables and books. Free admission to Convention registrants. Visiting magicians are welcome too - there is an entrance charge of £4. Lots are now being accepted, please contact Michael Shepherd for lot number availability via email: 17.12.16


The December Mark Leveridge Podcast: With some holiday time on the horizon now is the perfect time to catch the latest Podcast from Mark Leveridge. This month: Mark reflects that he has now completed exactly 4 years of the Podcast. December's shows put a strain on us and our props in a way that virtually no other month usually does. Having used PR earlier this year, Mark considers whether it is a good way to handle self promotion. 'Deciding How Long To Perform For' - listen for free to this marketed 'Mark's Monthly Message' Audio File. And finally, Mark ponders on how it can take a long time often to become an 'overnight' success, and also considers what the ideal time is to arrive at a gig. The full 30 minute Podcast is free to listen to online or download as an MP3 file either from or 17.12.16


Paul Gordon presents an all-new card magic lecture for 2017, based on magic from his new book Quidnunc and his new 2-DVD set (produced by Alakazam Magic) Quidnunc Plus. We're told the routines are "powerful and doable and that the lecture itself is fun and fast paced". See the Magic Lectures page and also see a promo video and reviews at 17.12.16


The Order of The Magi Christmas Party. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: IBM British Ring President Clive Moore and his lady Jean certainly are flying the flag with appearances here, there and everywhere at dinners and other local society events. Last Tuesday they went to The Order of The Magi Christmas Party where the total attendance was 54. “Perhaps we made it the jokers in the pack” remarked Clive. After about an hour of games and spot prizes, not forgetting the 6 category quiz, everyone sat down to a hotpot type supper. Clive then made the draw for the multi prize raffle with a string of one liners helping to bring this usually laborious part of an evening into a few minutes of total hilarity. Well done Clive. Entertainment was in the very capable hands of Jez Mansfield and Emma, a young local duo presenting magic, illusion, comedy and keyboard accompanied vocals. Yes folks the days of variety are back and these two handled it brilliantly. Magi secretary Mike Sharples must be congratulated on producing yet another successful event for this now well over a hundred year old society in Manchester. His tribute to Bunny Holly and the Cricket Bats (yes he appeared as a large bespectacled rabbit!) will long be remembered. Oh Boy! The President, Council and Members of The Magi wish you all a very happy festive season. 17.12.16


Magicians Advice Podcast. Damon Conlan, Ian Brennan and Phil Taylor talk about what tricks work best for close-up magic: 17.12.16


Magicians dazzle the Mayor of Barnet at sold out show. On Friday 25th November 2016, performing partners Girio and Hemmel Amrania, presented some dazzling magic to support The Asian Community in London at The Darji Mitra Mandal’s Pavilion Hall in Palmers Green. The event was attended by The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor David Longstaff and the Mayoress, Ms Gillian Griffiths. The show came just weeks after Girio won The London Society of Magicians 2016 Close Up Competition. Interest in the dynamic duo’s first performance for The Darji Mitra Mandal led to the event being sold out to a packed hall of over 200 guests. The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor David Longstaff, commented "It was an enormous pleasure to attend the event and support my local resident Girio in his first show as an Award Winning Magician. Girio and Hemmel were great company and it's clear why their show was sold out - their magic was mesmerising and it was fun to be part of it." For booking enquiries email Also see 17.12.16


New Mercian Mystics President. The Mercian Mystics Magic Society, based in Stoke on Trent, are proud to announce that their new president is Andrew Whittaker, seen here being congratulated by outgoing president Richard Unsworth. Andrew, the son of Ron Whittaker who founded the society in 1955, said it was a great honour and promised to keep up the good work of previous presidents. 17.12.16


The Illusionist is being shown again on Tuesday 20th December: "Sparks fly when childhood sweethearts Eisenheim and Sophie are reunited after 15 years. But Sophie is engaged to volatile royal Crown Prince Leopold and he doesn't take kindly to his fiance's feelings." Director: Neil Burger. Starring: Edward Norton. See TV Magic for details. 17.12.16


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