Number 875 - 1st April 2017


David Blaine Live. David Blaine single-handedly revolutionised modern magic. Now he is embarking on his first-ever North American tour. His interactive, one-man show will both entertain and shock audiences. Starting next month at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego on May 30th, and ending at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, on July 23rd. David Blaine Live is now booking. Let's hope he tours Europe at some stage in the future. 1.4.17


Richard Jones 'The Power of Imagination' tour 2017. Coalition Talent in association with Roar Global present 'The Power of Imagination' Britain's Got Talent Winner Lance Corporal Richard Jones. From the producers: Richard Jones is a soldier and magician, and the winner of Britain's Got Talent 2016. With his captivating performances, Richard – born in 1990 in Leytonstone, East London – didn't just impress the BGT judges, he also stole the hearts of the nation. Richard was crowned the winner of BGT's 10th series in May 2016.

Richard, who grew up in Chigwell, Essex, comes from a service family. His grandparents, parents and brother have all had military or police careers, which inspired Richard to strive for a career in the army. Richard signed up aged 19. He underwent combat training and spent 12 months at the Royal Military School of Music, before joining the Parachute Regiment in Colchester, Essex. In September 2014, Richard transferred to The Household Cavalry. As part of The Band of The Household Cavalry, Richard has since performed at some of the UK's biggest parades and functions. Although Richard always enjoyed watching magic as a child, it wasn't until he joined the army that he took it up, performing in front of his colleagues.

In 2014, Richard was accepted into The Magic Circle, which is also where he met Fergus Anckorn, a veteran and Britain's oldest magician. Richard's first BGT audition aired on ITV on April 16 2016 with a consolidated audience of 12.5million watching at home, while his semi-final performance amazed the judges, with Simon Cowell calling him a "wizard" and Amanda Holden proclaiming it "the best magic trick in 10 years that we've seen on this show". Richard was joined by Fergus and The Band of The Household Cavalry for his stunning BGT final performance, which included a card trick focusing on Fergus' true and inspirational story. Richard became the first ever magician to win Britain's Got Talent.

Despite his win, Richard was soon back performing as a military musician. He was one of The Household Cavalry bandsmen, who performed in front of Her Majesty The Queen over the weekend of her official 90th birthday. Richard has recently been promoted to Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, the most prestigious honour in The Magic Circle.


Richard Jones's one-hour ITV special 'Operation Magic' will be broadcast on April 15th. Keep up to date with Richard Jones via

Sunday 23rd April – MK11, Milton Keynes Click Here

Monday 24th April – Festival Centre, Drayton Click Here (Sold Out)
Tuesday 25th April – ARC Centre, Stockton Click Here
Sunday 30th April – Abbey Theatre, Nuneaton Click Here
Tuesday 2nd May – Arts Centre, Colchester Click Here (Sold Out)
Wednesday 3rd May – Boiler Room, Guildford Click Here
Friday 5th May – Arts Centre, Haverhill Click Here (Sold Out).


Chris Randall's UK lecture tour starts tomorrow! "Born and raised in Las Vegas, Chris Randall has appeared on The Masters of Illusion TV show in the States and is a regular at the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood. Awards include the coveted Silver Medal of Excellence from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Chris has performed worldwide and also travels throughout the USA performing at comedy clubs such as The Sapphire Comedy Hour in Las Vegas and The Laugh Factory." In this lecture you will learn: Fly by Night - Chris' handling of the hummer card. This has been his opener for over 15 years; Swoosh - A simple and natural deck switch; Scandal Switch - The ultimate solution for your linking ring routine (only two rings are used and both are examined); Heavens Aces - 4 jokers are produced at the finger tips and then instantly change to 4 aces in a very visual way, and many more routines. "Chris isn't just teaching some tricks, he's sharing a honed act, and a damn good one at that." Justin Willman.

02/04/2017 Wessex Convention
03/04/2017 Liverpool Magic Circle
05/04/2017 Scottish Conjurors Association
06/04/2017 Newcastle Magic Circle
07/04/2017 Bradford Magic Circle
10/04/2017 Manchester Circle of Magicians
11/04/2017 Blackpool Magicians Club
12/04/2017 Leamington & Warwick Magic Society
13/04/2017 Bristol Magical Society
17/04/2017 Leicester Magic Circle
18/04/2017 British Magical Society
19/04/2017 Shropshire Magical Society
20/04/2017 Home Counties Magical Society
24/04/2017 The Magic Circle (members only)
25/04/2017 Watford Association of Magicians
26/04/2017 Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians
27/04/2017 Ashley Turner comedy night, Northampton.


Mario Morris is the "Merlin Magician of the Year" - awarded for the best performance of street magic in Carmarthen last weekend. Five Welsh magicians took part, performing in venues around the town centre as part of the annual Merlin Festival. "The standard of magic was incredibly high," according to organiser Nick Brunger. "When we checked the judges' score sheets at the end of the day just a few points separated the performers which made for a really close-run competition." With the event sponsors "very happy" with the response from the public it is now hoped that the Merlin Magician of the Year will now become an annual event. Mario Morris is the founder of the School of Busking UK and is a coach, trainer and public speaker. His next big stop will be in Las Vegas, where he will be the guest teacher and performer at Jeff McBride's Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas. See:,,, 1.4.17


Boris Wild's 'Sensations' UK lecture tour (2018) now booking. A French Champion of Magic, a Monte Carlo Magic Stars Award Winner and a FISM Winner at the World Championships of Magic, Boris has appeared on many international TV shows including "Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde" (five appearances) and performed over 200 times at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. If you like card magic when it is simple, direct and effective, if you like to be fooled by impossible effects, if you like routines that make your spectators feel connected, then Boris Wild's new lecture is for you! “Sensations” will allow you to perform incredibly clean predictions and coincidences that are absolutely impossible. You will even be able to find a chosen card while being blindfolded or without ever touching the deck! A unique opportunity to discover Boris Wild's latest creations during an evening full of magical sensations... Contact Steve Gore details Also see 1.4.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, three budding young magicians: Nicky, Darren and Robert, competing on Gaby Roslin's 'Whatever You Want' from May, 1998. Nearly 20 years on and Darren Mac (see news item below) turned his childhood dream into a reality. Watch this clip at The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with previous videos Click Here. 1.4.17


Darren Mac is the latest lecturer to be added to the line up for the "Northern Magic Summit" (Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd April 2017) in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Darren is a multi award-winning, professional magician (and former Junior of Northern Magic Circle). In his lecture, he'll share some of his favourite routines from his working repertoire. You'll learn stage, children's, close-up and card magic - as well as the importance of making your tricks your own, by stamping them with your personality. This really is a lecture that has something for everyone. To book visit Rod Temple. 1.4.17


Mark Leveridge Magic goes digital! After several months in preparation, Mark Leveridge Magic is now supplying all of its products via download or via the online learning supplied to members of E-Club Pro. There are currently just over 100 products available as downloads, and there are 8 different types. These are: E-Routines - PDF illustrated text files each featuring a routine extracted from Mark's books and lecture notes. Master E-Routines - each of the 12 highly popular Master Routines extracted from the Master Routine Series Collected Works book and available as PDF downloads. Premier E-Routine Downloads - a special series of significant effects featuring photo illustrated PDF instructions. TricKlips - downloadable mp4 videos extracted from Mark's original range of professionally produced DVDs. TricKlip Xtra - a range of mp4 videos featuring routines not originally supplied on DVDs. E-Books - all of Mark's titles available in PDF format. Audio Books - a select range of Mark's advice books available as mp3 audio files. Audio Files - mp3 downloads featuring audio files of 12 of the Mark's Monthly Messages advice programmes featuring a variety of useful topics. With no P&P costs to factor in, the price for all these effects is very reasonable, and of course, delivery of everything is virtually instant. Go to and take a look. More new products will be added over the coming months too. 1.4.17


Wessex Convention Gala Show - now sold out! Steve Bowring writes: The Gala Show is now sold out! Wessex Magical Association Convention Day tickets can still be purchased on the day for £20.00. In the event that any Gala Show tickets become available, a full ticket including Gala Show seat will be available for £30.00 Adult, £15.00 Junior (18 or under). Doors open at 9am and the show is expected to finish at about 10pm. Follow us on Facebook: Wessex Magical Association Magic Convention and see our website 1.4.17


World Television Festival (WTF) to remove 'Magic' category from 2017 Awards. The 'Magic' category has been removed from a list of 6 competing TV 'Light Entertainment' programme categories at this year's WTF awards in Luxembourg (May 20th, 2017). In a press statement from the Festival organisers it was unclear exactly why the category had been removed, but the inference was that magic was considered more 'trick' than 'entertainment' and as such was no longer deemed a valid competitor. 1.4.17


Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone in Concert, Birmingham. The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. Audiences will now be able to relive the magic of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone™ in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing a full live orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Be swept away in this sparkling display of live music and film and follow the adventures of Harry and his friends once more. 1.4.17


'Magicians' received a worthy nomination from Diane Morgan on Room 101 a couple of weeks ago. Magician Bob Gill ponders over the panel's keen observations in his article: 'Love, Peace, Plenty and Truth', Click Here. The show is available for two more weeks on iPlayer. 1.4.17


Chris North Lecture - update from the organisers: Chris will now be bringing lots of Alakazam products with him for sale, making it a dealer-dem and lecture, so even more reasons for you come by! Coming soon to the Associated Conjurers of East Sussex: A lecture by one of the busiest workers of the last 50 years! Chris North will presenting his lecture at our club in Lewes on the 12th of April. Magical guests welcome. Free for members, £8.00 per non-member. "Chris North - Surviving Half a Century in Magic! A unique and interesting lecture from one of the country's most enduring and versatile professionals. 50 years of experience and knowledge including a Q & A session and a little bit of magic! Chris North has to be one of the most experienced and professional magicians in the country having presented his magic and illusions in all mediums of the entertainment business from multiple television appearances to major theatres and cruise liners. Chris has been at the top of his game and continues to change and develop his magic to suit current trends. Chris's latest show started just over a year ago and really was on the heel of a growing trend of Victorian style entertainment, You can't turn on the TV without seeing a Victorian drama in today's schedule. It goes to show that Chris really knows what he is talking about. Chris is such a lovely guy and has done more in his career than all of us put together, if you ask him the right questions it could really inspire and push your career forward." Steve Majes. 7.30pm for 8pm on Wednesday 12th April at Associated Conjurers of East Sussex, Thomas A Becket Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2AH (Map). See and 1.4.17


Brendan Rodrigues Lecture - Coventry Magic Circle. James Cannon writes: Coventry Magic Circle are delighted to welcome Brendan Rodrigues to lecture at 8pm on Tuesday 4th April. A fantastic close-up magician, Brendan Rodrigues, in just 5 years as a professional, has stunned not only those he entertains at corporate and other functions, but those in the magic trade as well. He was awarded the title 'Close-up Magician of the Year 2016' at the prestigious Magic Circle in London. Anyone who has seen Brendan in close-up at events will surely not want to miss this one. £10 entrance fee for visiting magicians. If you are serious about magic you really can't afford to miss this one. Coventry Magic Circle, Saunders Hall Working Men's Club, Saunders Avenue, Bedworth CV12 8RJ (Map). 1.4.17


The Magic of Tenerife. Mel Harvey writes: Just to say magic is alive and well in Tenerife. Last week I had the pleasure of catching Jane and Kerry who work as "Enchanted" at the Royal Sun Hotel in Los Gigantes. Their forty-five minute show was a mixture of dance and illusion, with some manipulation magic and audience participation thrown in for good measure. All done to pounding music from the charts, the show included a very convincing sword basket, sub trunk and an interesting twist on multiplying bottles. Jane and Kerry are originally from Liverpool but currently work most nights in the larger hotels all over the island. As you can see from the photo this reporting lark is hard work but somebody has to do it! Looking forward to meeting friends old and new at The Wessex Day of Magic on Sunday. 1.4.17


One for David Copperfield's shopping list this week! "Look inside Charles Dickens’ seven-bed £5.2million summer home [for sale] in Broadstairs" Click Here. 1.4.17


The Order of The Magi held their AGM last week. Stuart Cassels was installed as the President to serve for the 2017-2018 session. He has been an active member of the society for a number of years participating in many club nights and competitions. His introduction to magic came about by watching Paul Daniels shows on television and spending his pocket money on tricks. The inevitable magic sets followed on as birthday and Christmas presents. Stuart has come a long way since those days with attendances at many magic conventions and the development of his own effects. He has created a comedy stage hypnosis act and has provided technical assistance for cabaret and theatre shows. Stuart is proud to be President of The Magi which has existed in Manchester for well over a hundred years now. He is looking forward to his year of office welcoming both existing and new members to the twice monthly meetings held at the Irish World Heritage Centre. See for further details of the society. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 1.4.17


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