Number 862 - 31st December 2016


The Session, 6th-8th January, Heathrow, London. Alex Ray, Andi Gladwin, Anthony Owen, Banachek, Ben Earl, Bill Cheung, Chris Rawlins, Danny Buckler, Denis Behr, Dynamo, Eric Mead, Guy Hollingworth, Hector Chadwick, Iain Sharkey, Jamy Ian Swiss, Joshua Jay, Kennedy, Kieron Johnson, Luke Jermay, Max Maven, Michael Weber, Pit Hartling, Roberto Giobbi, Rune Klan, Vincent Hedan, Woody Aragon... 31.12.16


Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year Brendan Rodrigues lectures at the South London Magic Society on Tuesday 10th January. Brendan recently gave a brilliant performance on ITV's 'The Next Great Magician' - see YouTube. The lecture focuses on 'no gimmick' manipulation. Non-members welcome. £10 door charge (which can go towards joining the club). Doors open at 7pm. For full details visit 31.12.16


Phil Hitchcock is back in a star-studded Panto at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. This year not only sees Phil return with his award-winning bird act, but he's also added a number of exclusive illusions as well. The late and very fine magician Victor Burnett had the idea of floating a ball of fire across the stage but never made it before his death in 2007. With the help of Victor’s good friend, Steve Blake, this dream has been turned into reality and Victor’s Floating Fire Ball idea is creating a sensation twice daily: 31.12.16


Banachek Ulster Society of Magicians lecture. George Bleeks writes: The Ulster Society of Magicians is delighted to announce that they will be hosting a lecture by the fabulous Banachek on 15th January. This has only been made possible through the generosity of our esteemed Honorary Member, David Meade, a fantastic mentalist himself, who has covered all the costs. The lecture will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Ramada Plaza), Shaw's Bridge, Belfast commencing at 2pm for 2.30pm, although some will be getting together from 12 noon onwards for drinks and lunch; all are welcome. Finally, here is the icing on the cake, the lecture is completely free for everybody, again thanks to David! All you have to do is get there. Further information: George Bleeks on 07860 115611 or 31.12.16


This week from The MagicWeek Video Archive, Paul Zenon, on Hear'Say it's Saturday! from October 2001. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 31.12.16


Richard Jones in Sleeping Beauty - Swansea Grand Theatre. Once upon a time in a land far away, the beautiful Princess Aurora is given a sixteenth birthday present by her evil godmother Carabosse. By pricking her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel she is placed under a cruel curse and forced to sleep for 100 years. Can true love survive and handsome Prince Charming break the spell? Can Aurora's hilarious best friend Muddles help save the town and who will outwit the evil Enchantress and foil her wicked plans? With magic, music, comedy and special effects, make Sleeping Beauty the pantomime of your dreams and book your tickets now: To 8th January 2017. Swansea Grand Theatre, Singleton Street, Swansea SA1 3QJ (Map). "Enjoy magic and mayhem at Swansea Grand Theatre's pantomime Sleeping Beauty" Click Here. 31.12.16


Here's one for your new diary... Alec Powell's legendary Magic Car Boot Sale is back! Alec writes: Due to many requests the Magic Car Boot Sale will return on 22nd January 2017 at a new venue in Birmingham: The Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). This venue is right next door to Longbridge Railway Station and less than 10 minutes from Junction 4 on the M5. There is plenty of free parking with barriers on the car park. There is a Premier Inn and Beefeater just across the road. Stalls remain at £15 and can be booked by calling 07831 115448, or by email The first stall booked is Gordon Astley who is selling items on behalf of Paul Zenon! 31.12.16


The Annual British Magical Society Dinner 2017. The BMS Annual Dinner takes place on Saturday March 11th 2017 at The Tally Ho Conference and Banqueting Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham: "With cabaret from the one and only Martin Daniels this is going to be a great night so early booking is definitely advised. Family and friends are welcome to enjoy this special evening with an excellent meal, presentations, close-up magic, raffle, tombola and Star Cabaret." All seats only £35.00. You can pay via cheque to The British Magical Society, 17 Salisbury Drive, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY11 6EY or email for BACS details. 31.12.16


60th Anniversary Issue of 'Northern Lights. This month, members of Northern Magic Circle received their 60th Anniversary Issue of 'Northern Lights’, the NMC's in-house magazine. The first issue was published in December 1956 by Leeds based founder member, George Blake, who was also the society’s first chairman. By the time the magazine went out, the membership had grown to over 100, in the society’s first nine months. 'Northern Lights' is now a bi-monthly publication distributed as a physical magazine or as a PDF via email to members of the Northern Magic Circle and Presidents of its sixteen affiliated societies. This issue of Northern Lights also contains the registration form for next year’s convention, The Northern Magic Summit, which will be held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from Friday 21st until Sunday 23rd April 2017. Tickets will be on sale to non-members from early January. To register your interest, visit 31.12.16


Last Word. Matthew Bannister and the BBC obituary editor Nick Serpell return to the beginning of 2016 and recall a time when obituarists were in huge demand. Together they discuss the challenges and processes involved in commemorating so many big names in so short a time: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Paul Daniels, Ronnie Corbett, Victoria Wood and Prince. 8.30pm on Sunday 1st January on BBC Radio 4. See TV Magic. 31.12.16


The Card Collection Christmas Sale is now on until 10am on Tuesday, 3rd January. Up to 20% off all stock items! Clive Leewarden writes: "We have one of the largest collections of playing cards in the world and produce a large quantity of custom gag and gaff designs on Bicycle Rider back cards. In addition to our collection of playing cards we have plenty of instructional material in the form of books and DVDs and just about everything necessary for amateur and professional magicians alike." Visit (discounts are applied at the shopping cart stage). 31.12.16


Derren Brown: Infamous. Bafta and RTS-winning Derren Brown returns to Channel 4 with his extraordinary, acclaimed sell-out stage show Infamous. Featuring his singularly inventive, intelligent mix of thought-provoking, compelling entertainment that leaves his audiences enthralled and enlightened in equal measure, Derren is captured live on stage at the Grand Theatre, Leeds during his Olivier-nominated tour. The Times described the show as "a thrilling evening in which Brown offers us the gorgeous idea that we can take control of our own lives while also ensuring that we remain putty in his hands". Late night Saturday 7th January on Channel 4. See TV Magic. 31.12.16


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