Number 873 - 18th March 2017


Penn & Teller UK tour - extra dates added. From the producers: Kings of Magic Penn & Teller are all set to perform their classic magic across the UK in June. The Emmy award-winning TV stars are also best-selling authors and Las Vegas icons. Their Showtime series, ‘Penn & Teller: BS!’ was nominated for 16 Emmys. Recent ventures include ITV’s highly successful ‘Penn & Teller Fool Us!’ hosted by Jonathan Ross and ‘Penn & Teller Tell A Lie’ for the Discovery Channel. The shows will feature never before seen magic. See What's On and book via 18.3.17


IBM Irish Ring 85 One Day Magic Convention, Monday 1st May 2017 from 11am. Hosted by The Mystic Circle of Magicians this one day convention will feature lectures from Adrian Sullivan and Marc Paul, magic dealers, a three-course meal and an after dinner show. All for £50 payable on the day. Venue: Lisdoo, Newry Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland. For more information contact Ruairi O Connor: or +353 87 4110243. 18.3.17


Jon Marshall and Eddie Dawes were guests at the British Magical Society Dinner last week. Eddie had been invited to propose the toast to the BMS and Jay Adkins, BMS President, presented Jon with the David Berglas Award for Outstanding Contribution to Magic. Jon’s friendship with many BMS members goes back to 1964 when he appeared at their Diamond Jubilee Convention. 18.3.17


Mark James Sideshow Tricks, Blackpool. April 19th to October 25th. Mark James has worked professionally for over a decade on land and at sea worldwide. He now brings his critically acclaimed show to The Festival Suite at Viva, Blackpool! Mark combines original comedy and magic with juggling, escapology and sideshow stunts to create a one-man variety show like no other. The show is fresh, original and always family friendly. In ‘Sideshow Tricks’ there’s something for the whole family. You’ll see Mark perform world class sleight of hand magic, escape from a straightjacket, eat fire, and even juggle mousetraps! The show promises to be hilarious, so whether you’re 5 or 105 grab your ticket, hold on to your hat and take your seat for a night you’ll never forget! Tickets via 18.3.17


Magicians in Action 1980-2015 Christian Scherer. A unique documentary containing photos accompanied by autobiographical and anecdotal texts (in English), featuring 250 magicians from 28 nations. The photos were taken by the author from 1980 to 2015 during performances of the magicians in Europe. The texts were contributed by the artists depicted. Foreword by Eberhard Riese, 3 Volumes, Format A4, 750 pages, 473 photos, Hardcover. "A special book. An extraordinary book. A history of magic of a different kind." Eberhard Riese. "These large, beautiful volumes provide an opportunity to spend time with hundreds of magicians who share – in their own words – anecdotes, philosophy, and a bit of themselves. This is really the ultimate book test – open it anywhere and you will immediately know what they were thinking." Steve Beam. To read about this fascinating project Click Here and for more information and to order visit 18.3.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, from nearly 30 years ago, Shahid Malik in a guest appearance on 'After Ten with Tarbuck'. Visit The MagicWeek Video Archive and to see the full archive to date Click Here - a new video is added every week! 18.3.17


Albion Magic presents The UK Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition 2017 on Monday 25th September at 12.30pm at the Austin Sport and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). Alec Powell writes: Anyone interested in taking part just needs to submit an unedited recording of themselves entertaining a group of children. The quality of the recording does not matter. It can be recorded on a mobile phone and needs to be no less than 5 minutes long. Previous Kidology UK Competition Competitors are welcome to apply. Contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or by email to The committee will look at all submissions and select six to take part in the competition which will be held in front of an audience of mainly children. The winner will receive a trophy plus a 10 week summer season at a holiday park in 2018 worth at least £5,000. For full details look at the Kidology UK Facebook group. Photo: Competition host PJ the Showman. 18.3.17


Hull Magicians’ Circle Close-Up Competition 2017. Jon Marshall reports: It was a brilliant magic night at HMC Headquarters (Hull's old town Sailmaker's Arms) as on Thursday 16th March a packed audience of diners and regulars, magic fans and magicians, gathered to watch HMC members compete for the Shirley Watts' Close-Up Trophy. it was a night filled with laughter, magic and good food. Russ Appleby, Aleks Pavinski, Malcolm Bromwich and Tom Wilkinson competed. The result was a win for Russ Appleby, by two points over Tom Wilkinson. HMC President Eddie Dawes presented the trophy. Judges were Steve Jackson and Brendon Craw, magical judges from York and non-magic judges Elaine Thompson and Lorraine Myers. The MC was Jon Marshall and the competition was organised by HMC Secretary Ray Burrell. After the competition the audience were entertained at their tables by the competitors and HMC members: Les Watson, Ray Burrell and young magician Will Frow. 18.3.17


The MLM Digital Change Over. As from April 1st Mark Leveridge Magic will only be supplying products as PDF or video downloads or via the online learning offered by E-Club Pro, which means that there are less than two weeks for you to purchase through the mail some of Mark's physical products. Small quantities remain of effects such as Wild Dice, Perfect Crime, The Clausen Chips, Choin, Melt Through, Birthday Card Surprise and a few others, so if you would like to own these routines you need to act quickly before they are gone for good. If you go to Mark's website at items that are shown there are still available, but as supplies run out products will be removed. The good news is that after 1st April Mark will still be able to supply over 100 of his creations digitally, and with the advantage that there are no p&p costs to add to any of the products and that everything is instantly available no matter where you live in the world. Mark will also be going through the process of re-introducing current suitable items in digital format in the months ahead as well as bringing new ideas forward. So watch the website for all the additions as they go live. 18.3.17


Merlin Magician of the Year. Five Welsh magicians have been selected to take part in Carmarthen's first-ever street magic competition on Saturday 25th March. It's part of the annual Merlin Festival celebrating the wizard's links with the town. According to legend his magic skills were first discovered in Carmarthen and he is buried on Merlin's Hill just a mile or so away. Cardiff's Mario Morris has to be firm favourite to win but he will be facing stiff competition from Jay Gatling and Professor Llusen representing North Wales, Craig Lewis from Swansea and the youngest competitor, local magician Tom Dodd. The five will be performing at venues around the town centre between 11am and 3pm, with the winner taking away a cash prize, a trophy and the right to call themselves "Merlin Magician of the Year". Nick Brunger. 18.3.17


Daniel Chard lecture, British Magical Society, Birmingham. Jay Adkins writes: Daniel Chard is a professional close-up magician who is known for creating visual card magic with real audiences in mind. The material has been worked-in to tough crowds, from behind the bar to walk around at weddings. You'll learn and see a range of material from the self-working to advanced. But not only routines, you can also hear Daniel's thoughts on creating magic and performance theory. The lecture will be delivered in a very relaxed and session like manner, it's very interactive! Tuesday March 21st. 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Visiting Magicians welcome, £10.00 door charge. The British Magical Society, Selly Oak Ex Servicemen's' Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). 18.3.17


Ian Keable lectures for the Anglian Magic Society this Tuesday, 21st March, at 7.30pm. Steve Majes writes: Ian's “Cabaret Magic” lecture, concentrates on the theory and practice of what Ian does for a living, performing Cabaret for adult audiences. In his lecture Ian will perform and explain several tricks from his professional repertoire to illustrate not only how to, but also how not to, do Cabaret magic. Ian is a very funny and very knowledgeable man so this will be a great evening for everyone. Members £3.00 - Visitors £10.00. White Horse, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). 18.3.17


United Kingdom Escape Artists 2017. Dan Robinson writes: On March 11th 2017, the members of the United Kingdom Escape Artists had their fifteenth Annual General Meeting at The Yeoman of England in Northampton. This is the second year that the members also competed for the chance to win "The Mick Hanzlik Award", for the best escape on the day. Mick Hanzlik was a long-time member of the U.K.E.A and was also from Northampton.


Throughout the day, members had the opportunity to perform an escape of their choice. Members then voted on who they thought deserved the coveted award. This year was no different in that the members were up for the challenge. There were escapes from all kinds of restraints and equipment, some upright and some inverted. It was an interesting year in that a duo escape was performed. This was done by Allan Taylor and his wife Rebecca (The Taylor's). They performed a duo straitjacket escape. Duo SJ's have been performed many times with the two artists in separate jackets, but The Taylor's had commissioned a single jacket with four arms to be made. This was a very unique escape and very entertaining, resulting in them being the 2017 winners of the award.

Allan and Rebecca were presented with the award by Louise and Stephanie, two of the daughters of the late Mick Hanzlik, Master Locksmith and much missed U.K.E.A member. If anyone is interested in applying for membership of the U.K.E.A, email and you may win in 2018.


Ask Paul Podcast - Weekly Episodes. "A weekly magic podcast with a difference. The listeners call in and leave a question relating to magic, mentalism, performance or the entertainment business for Paul Brook to try and answer. You may love his answer or think they're terrible, whatever you think you can get actively involved in the discussion underneath each episode. The podcast is in its sixth week now. Listen to the latest episode or catch up on them all at" 18.3.17


Tom Wright lecture - now taking bookings: Tom Wright has performing magic since he was 10 years old. Since 2011 and his first release 'Chill' he's gone on to create countless magic effects. He's lectured at The Magic Circle, 'Murphys at the Table' and 'Penguin Live'. The lecture consists of close-up commercial magic that he's worked for many years that's highly visual and full of good humour. For full lecture details contact Tom via 18.3.17


Russ Brown Lecture - Ipswich Magical Society. Wayne Goodman writes: On Monday 20th March the Ipswich Magical Society will be hosting the amazing Russ Brown. The lecture starts at 7.30pm at the Ipswich Co-operative Society Education Department, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1JW. (Please note, car parking at rear in Waterworks Street, the post code for which is IP4 1JG). 18.3.17


Ken Dyne will lecture and appear in the gala show at the 'Northern Magic Summit' in April. From the organisers: Ken has been a professional working mentalist for 14 years, performing at corporate events and on luxury cruise ships all over the world. Best known for his practical, entertaining and audience-tested material he is the creator and author of a number of celebrated mentalism releases, including his book Bairn, which was named ‘Mentalism Product of the Year’. Ken is joining us ahead of his US lecture tour (with his brand new lecture!) and will be lecturing on how to use: envelopes, cards and balls, to entertain the socks off audiences of all ages! Definitive proof that mentalism is not boring. The Northern Magic Summit is on Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April 2017 at The County Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. To book your tickets visit 18.3.17


Chris De Rosa and his international illusion act are delighted to be appearing at The Scottish Entertainment Awards 2017 alongside Tony Christie and a full supporting cast for a Las Vegas themed gala performance: The event will take place in the Merchant Square in Glasgow's Merchant City on 7th May 2017. The whole of Scotland's World of Entertainment is expected to turn out for the evening in what's being described as the hottest ticket of the year, in Scotland. Chris De Rosa said, "We are honoured and delighted to have been invited to perform at this very prestigious event and also to share the stage with living legend, Tony Christie! As well as Scotland's finest top entertainers. It's going to be an incredible evening!" 18.3.17


The History and Art of Ventriloquism. Michael Bonfield writes: A new lecture by the President of the Kent Magicians Guild, Bruce Graham. Bruce has worked with some of the top ventriloquists worldwide, and entertained every crowned head in Europe. You will not want to miss this lecture, with its PowerPoint Presentation, on Tuesday 28th March at 8pm, at Dunton Green CIU club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map). Details on the KMG site website at Admission for non-members is only £5.00. 18.3.17


Mel Harvey's "How to be a Luxury Cruise Ship Magician" tuition. Mel writes: "How to be a Luxury Cruise Ship Magician" tuition. Course covers: publicity, getting the right work that is suitable for you, dress, choice of material. Plus, how to get local work when you are not on the high seas. How to get photos on the front page of your local paper. Plus, plus, plus how to be a magical street entertainer and earn real money at times to suit you; it's a walk away! From £25 per hour. Props available from £5. Classes midweek for a limited period. Ring Mel on 07860 485578 or email 18.3.17


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