Number 872 - 11th March 2017


Derren Brown: Underground. A collection of some of the very best of Derren’s previous stage work, live on stage at the Charing Cross Theatre to 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 11.3.17


James More can be seen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday 13th March on ITV2 (see TV Magic), and also live on stage in The Illusionists, from March 14th -19th at the (ridiculously named) 'Bord Gáis Energy Theatre' in Dublin, Ireland. Fortunately, the show is excellent. To book visit (The theatre was originally called the Grand Canal Theatre, until corporate sponsorship got in the way. It is a stunning 2,111-capacity venue, which first opened its doors in 2010. DT). 11.3.17


Champions of Magic – Extra Shows Added. Champions of Magic tours the UK again from March 18th to April 22nd and so far 5 extra performances have been added to the original schedule:

March 18th Octagon Theatre, Yeovil – 2.30pm performance added.
March 25th Mercury Theatre, Colchester – 2.30pm performance added.
April 20th Crescent Theatre, Birmingham – 7.30pm show announced.
April 21st Crescent Theatre, Birmingham – 2pm & 7.30pm show announced.
The tour includes some brand new illusions which can’t be seen anywhere else in Europe. The show features Young & Strange, Alex McAleer, Edward Hilsum and Fay ‘Evel Knievel’ Presto. Tickets for all dates are available at


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 30th March. From the organisers: Conjuring at the Court starts its second century with magic, illusions, and even martial arts! We present comedy magical duo Griffin and Jones; martial arts illusionists Jason Steele and Joanne; Bharat Patel performs an intriguing combination of mentalism and illusions, and there’s wonderful dry humour and magic from Carl Pettman. Hosted by the exuberant Stephen Barry, it will be a fascinating and entertaining night with plenty of laughs along the way. 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! 11.3.17


Juan Tamariz in 1989. This week, from The MagicWeek Video Archive, Juan Tamariz deck of cards in hand, in a guest appearance on John Fisher's The Best of Magic, from October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 11.3.17


Kieron Johnson to lecture at Northern Magic Summit. Rod Temple writes: Northern Magic Circle are proud to announce that the incredible Kieron Johnson will be lecturing at the upcoming “Northern Magic Summit” convention (Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April in Newcastle-upon-Tyne). Kieron will be joining us direct from his USA lecture tour and is ready to teach you some breathtakingly powerful magic. It’s hard to tell what he has in store, but we know that you will learn how to perform with flash paper, sweets, cans, ice, coins, cards, flowers, chocolate bars, eggs, Sharpies, business cards and stickmen! And, this is no “dealer dem” style lecture. Kieron will be teaching you how to make all of his effects. Kieron has been awarded the Best Magic Trick Online of 2013 and 2014, has received multiple 5 star reviews and was also the War of the Wizards International Champion in 2013. He has consulted for the hit shows Tricked and Troy and has had many of his effects performed on TV by various magicians from all over the world. Kieron believes there is no limit to achieving a magic effect. He will also be appearing in the convention Gala Show, performing his acclaimed (and very funny!) regurgitation act. You can book your tickets online, right now: 11.3.17


Mark Elsdon: Equivoque Workshop. "Many thanks for sharing your expertise, absolutely priceless." " delivered all that it promised to and more." "A great day, worth every last penny and I strongly recommend you attend." On Saturday, April 22nd, Mark will be holding the seventh Equivoque Workshop, once again in central London. The goal of the Workshop is to make attendees into experts on Equivoque, providing them with full insight into this under-valued technique, an analysis of its strengths and weaknesses, one-on-one instruction on several reputation-making unpublished effects and the ability to construct powerful, original equivoque effects for themselves. There are only two places still available for this exclusive event. To book your place and find out about the full programme Click Here. 11.3.17


John Carey Lecture, Broadstairs, Kent. From the organisers: The Black Card Club which is home to some of the finest magicians in the South East at Houdini's Magic Bar (Broadstairs, Kent CT101JB) is pleased to welcome John Carey, who is giving an exciting lecture on Monday 27th March. Minimalistica is a 2 hour event packed full of powerful and commercial coin and card magic, with something for all levels. Having lectured across the UK and Europe in recent years and produced two best-selling books and multiple DVD projects, John Carey will provide a wealth of routines and information for magicians of all standards, in a fun packed evening! If you would like further details please visit our Facebook page or contact us on 01843 866600. 11.3.17


Vanishing Inc. UK is Now Open! Vanishing Inc. write: Vanishing Inc. was founded by professional magicians Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay. What started as a little passion project has blossomed into one of the twenty largest magic brands in the industry. Much more importantly, it is considered the most reliable, trusted, and detail-oriented magic site on the web. We are a curated magic website that filters out the fodder and presents to you only the magic worth having. Everything on Vanishing Inc. is performance quality and worthy of your time; we don't even bother to carry poorly made product or tricks that aren't amazing. 11.3.17


Little Big Shots, Wednesday 15th March on ITV. From the makers: "Dawn French shines a spotlight on some of the world's most talented children. In this edition, she gets tricked by a little big magician, outsmarted by a 5-year-old member of Mensa, whipped into shape by a 9-year-old personal trainer and instructed by a super-sassy 7-year-old dancer from North Carolina." See TV Magic. 11.3.17


The Mark Leveridge Podcast March 2017. The latest Podcast from Mark Leveridge features the usual mix of information and opinion: Does cramped dealer space reduce sales? Tracking where show enquiries come from and whether they turn into bookings is vital; What do you do when a trick goes wrong? No, not retiring, just a change of the way MLM products are delivered; A reflection on the 'explosion' of lecturers doing the rounds on the UK magic club circuit; Why Bark are causing show fees to be pushed down; and Early influences can shape our magic future. The 30 minute audio is available for free to listen to online or to download to any MP3 player from either or 11.3.17


Dinardi can be seen on The Good Old Days on 17th March on BBC4. Leonard Sachs presents the old-time entertainment show, first broadcast on 28th February 1978. Featuring Bernard Cribbins, Ian Wallace, Barry Cryer, Marti Webb, Penelope Beavan, Rocky Rendall, Dinardi [think: "packs flat - plays big!"], Albert Aldred and members of the Players' Theatre, London. See TV Magic. 11.3.17


The AmazeBox: "The AmazeBox is a revolution for switching billets and playing cards. Spectators write, for example, their favorite movie on pieces of paper, and then drop them into a small cardboard box. You never touch the box; someone comes on stage, opens it up and randomly selects a billet. It is always your force billet. It really is that clean, which is why it has been used by some of the most famous magicians in the world. With this new version, you can: switch up to 200 billets, perform surrounded, travel anywhere (it packs flat!) and have a failsafe method for switching paper, playing cards, and more!" Available from 11.3.17


Voodoo - in stock at Merlins. Merlins of Wakefield write: We have just received the latest effect from Magic Wagon: 'Voodoo'. They are excellent quality and the diabolical method is a joy to see. Click Here for more details. For details of other new items, Click Here. The Merlins Magic Festival Day has also now been finalised. With artists including Amethyst, Antonio Zip, High Jinx, Doctor Diablo, Serpentina, Darren Mac and Carl Royle. There will also be lectures, side shows, close-up and workshops. All full event attendees will receive the ‘Merlins Goody Bag’ which will contain items worth at least the value of the event. Book your tickets here or call 01924 339933 for further details. 11.3.17


Congreave's Curiosities. Magicseen Publications is delighted to have added Chris Congreave's first major book to the list of quality titles offered by the magazine publisher. Chris is a full time pro close upper and his magic reflects his need for practical, to-the-point plots and methods. There are 40 of his ideas as well as three thought provoking essays included in the 116 pages that go to make up the A5 size soft backed publication, and the material ranges in difficulty from virtually self-working to effects that require some sleight of hand. If you are a working close up performer you are bound to find items here of interest, but even if you never work for money but just enjoy presenting magic with cards, coins and other everyday objects, then you are bound to get great value from this book. Congreave's Curiosities is available right now from the publishers at 11.3.17


Adrian Sullivan dealer demonstration at The Order of The Magi, Manchester. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Adrian Sullivan presents a dealer demonstration at The Order of The Magi next Tuesday 14th March at 8pm. This Life Member of the society will have many items available all at very reasonable prices and styles to suit most tastes. On this particular occasion there is no entry charge for non-members as long as all visitors are bona fide magicians. The meeting place is the Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0RY. The nearest Metrolink station to the venue is Queen’s Road only a few hundred metres away. 11.3.17


Ken Dyne Manchester Circle of Magicians lecture. William Booth writes: Ken Dyne the Mentalist will be giving his latest lecture at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 13th March and I foresee an evening of great entertainment. Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £5.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website at or email 11.3.17


Magicians Advice Podcast Episode 22. "In Episode 22 Join magicians Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan as they discuss the awkward situation of being invited to an event as a guest then being asked to perform on the spot. What should you do? Should you perform or say no? Phil and Ian give examples of times when they have said yes and other times when they have said no. This can be a bit of a touchy subject but Phil and Ian give their honest advice on the subject." Listen via 11.3.17


Cheshire Museum stages first annual Magic Competition as part of its 'Magic at the Museum' weekend on Saturday 30th April - Monday 1st May. Cheshire’s award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum invites young magicians across the North-West and beyond to take part in its first annual Magic Competition at its site near Northwich, Cheshire. This free event is part of the multi-award winning museum’s ‘Magic at the Museum’ Bank Holiday weekend. To enter, email Kathryn Ravenscroft or call the Lion Salt Works Museum on 01606 275066. Open to young people in two categories aged 7-11 and 12-18, auditions for the 7-11 category will take place on Sunday 30th April at 10.30am with finalists taking part in a public performance at 2pm. Auditions for the 12-18 category will take place on Monday 1st May at 10.30am with finalists taking part in a public performance at 2pm.

The winning performance will be judged by a panel from the Museum. Each act must be no longer than four minutes and no less than two minutes. The performances will be judged on stage craft, originality and the response of the public to the act. The prize will be a cup, a magic kit and a prize from the shop plus the prestige of being named either Cheshire West and Chester’s ‘Young Magician of the Year’ or ‘Junior Magician of the Year’. Throughout the ‘Magic at the Museum’ weekend, there will be free entry to the Museum for any child who arrives at the Museum in magic-themed fancy dress, provided they are accompanied by a full-paying adult. During the weekend, there will be a series of magically-themed craft activities, a Mystical Tea, a ‘Chest of Curiosities’ and magical science experiments. Photo: Julian Young, aged 15, from Chester, Cheshire practicing his magic tricks at the Lion Salt Works Museum.


Calling all Talent on the Tyne. Chris Cross the Magician announces a Regional Talent Search for Tyneside's Next Big Act on Saturday 29th April 2017. Chris writes: "I’m really excited to see what wonderful talents we have hiding amongst us in the North East! This opportunity could be the start of a dazzling career in show business – this really is your time to shine folks!" Auditions will take place on a first come, first seen basis with a limit to 5 minutes per act. Anyone wanting to audition for the Talent on the Tyne contest should arrive at Tyne Theatre & Opera House between 10.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday 29th April. There won’t be a theatre audience, but you are welcome to bring a few family members/friends along for support. A mini-jack for music and a mic on a stand will be provided should you need to use them. Contact Chris via Photo: Judges, l to r, Jo Johnson, Chris Cross, Cal Halbert and Bobby Pattinson. 11.3.17


Steve Dela, Wolverhampton Circle Magicians champ! Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 8th March, the Wolverhampton Circle Magicians, held their annual Close-up competition for the Tom Laws Plate. There were 6 competitors, in a very closely fought competition. This year's winner was Steve Dela, who now has one more trophy to add to his vast collection. Well done Steve. The trophy was presented by President Adam Cooper. 11.3.17


Anthony Jacquin will be giving a lecture on entertaining with hypnosis at Portsmouth and District Magic Circle at 7.30pm on Monday 20th March. Entry £8 (free for members). Portsmouth and District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT (Map). 11.3.17


Book a magic lecturer for your club today. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page. 11.3.17


"Late magician Daryl Easton loved family, Auburn community" By Gloria Young, Staff writer, Auburn Journal, Click Here. 11.3.17


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