Number 876 - 8th April 2017


Michael Vincent 'Mastering the Classics' Lecture - The Wessex Magical Association. Steve Bowring writes: On Tuesday 11th April we will be joined by Michael Vincent. The classics of magic contain many secrets not at first apparent to the student. Michael will share what he has learnt and discovered. When it comes to card magic and bringing a deck of cards to life, Michael Vincent is regarded as the consummate artist. Mastering the Classics features some breathtaking routines from his professional repertoire. Visiting magicians welcome (£10 on the door - please contact our secretary Andy Scarratt as space is limited). Tuesday 11th April at 8pm. Wessex Magical Association, The Grasshopper Pub, 141 Bournemouth Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 9HT (Map). 8.4.17


London Society of Magicians present Luke Jermay. Imagine you chance upon a man. You spend a few hours with him and emerge with an entire, structured, professional show. A show with minimal props; which cost almost nothing to make and yet will allow you to easily walk into any venue and perform a devastatingly strong mind reading show that you can be proud to charge a professional fee for. Imagine no more. There is a man who can teach you all of this. This man is Luke Jermay. Jermay’s live lecture focuses entirely on the mind reading demonstrations he performs for the paying public, all supported by the insight and theory you need to perform these demonstrations of telepathy and mentalism. Jermay promises an amazing blend of original and powerful mentalism that will have even the most skeptical audience member scratching their head in disbelief. Specifically, effects with no stooges, cold reading or preshow work. This is an event not to be missed! Tuesday, April 25th. Doors 6.30pm. Lecture starts at 7pm. Davenports Magic Studio. Price: £12 for non-members (members free). See and 8.4.17


Magicbox have opened a brand new magic showroom and lecture theatre in Newcastle and look forward to seeing you! Magicbox write: We have relocated to bigger premises This is to accommodate the ever growing production of our own new lines and other stocked products. The premises are over 1,000 square feet and more than 6 times the size of our current shop in Newcastle city centre. As well as a huge showroom of magic, and a display of large stage illusions, it will also incorporate its very own lecture theatre and studio. The new Magicbox is very close to both the A1 and A19 motorways and has ample free parking on site. For more info visit Magicbox, Unit 3, Strand House, Locomotion Way, Camperdown Industrial Estate, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE12 5US (Map). Telephone 0191 908 3252. 8.4.17


Nick Lewin added to 'Magic on the Mersey' Convention, September 14th & 15th, Liverpool. Organiser Paul Stone writes: I'm delighted to announce that another top class headline performer, Nick Lewin, has been added to the outstanding line-up at the 'Magic on the Mersey' Convention taking place in Liverpool on September 14th & 15th. Nick will be making his first appearance at a British Magic Convention for over 40 years!

One of Ken Brooke's star pupils, Nick moved from England to the USA in the late 1970s and made his mark in a big way. He was the first magician to have his own headline afternoon show on the Las Vegas Strip at Maxim's Hotel & Casino, paving the way for many others including Mac King. For many years Nick has been one of the busiest professional magicians in America performing in Cabaret, at Comedy Clubs, and Corporate Events and on all the major cruise ships where his act is still in huge demand.

Nick is also well known throughout the world of magic for his many excellent articles in Magic New Zealand and more recently in Vanish magazine. At 'Magic on the Mersey' Nick will lecture and be a part of several other sessions and will also perform in the 'World Stars of Magic & Variety' Show at the lovely Victorian Epstein Theatre. And as an extra bonus for anyone who has signed up for the one time only Corporate & Trade Show Workshop taking place on Wednesday 13th September immediately before the Magic on the Mersey Convention, Nick will be joining the expert panel to share his vast experience gained from working hundreds of Corporate Shows. A life-changing opportunity not to be missed for any working performer.


Lance Corporal Richard Jones - Operation: Magic, Saturday 15th April at 6pm on ITV. Lance Corporal Richard Jones, winner of Britain's Got Talent 2016, stars in this one-off TV special. From the producers: "Magician Richard gives back to his army colleagues as he performs some morale-boosting and mind-blowing military magic, entertaining and amazing everyone from new recruits to decorated veterans - and even a few celebrities - in the process." See TV Magic. 8.4.17


Stephen's Top 10 Unbelievable Talents. Britain's Got More Talent's Stephen Mulhern celebrates his 11th year on the show with this countdown of his ten favourite acts. During his time as host, Stephen has seen it all - from the sublime to the ridiculous - but which acts will make his top ten, will they include magic, and which will be crowned his ultimate number one? "Britain’s Got More Talent returns next week" YouTube. "Magic Man - Who is Stephen Mulhern?" Click Here. "Stephen's Top 10 Unbelievable Talents" - see TV Magic (midday today, on ITV2). 8.4.17


It was twenty years ago today (well nearly) - Stephen Mulhern first started to play... From The MagicWeek Video Archive, a rare clip of a young Stephen Mulhern brimming with talent, appearing on Jonathan Ross's 'The Big Big Talent Show', from 12th July 1997. Watch this clip at The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with previous videos Click Here. 8.4.17


Jamie Raven added to Magic Manor Outdoor Camping Festival. Lee Hathaway writes: The Magic Manor outdoor camping magic festival is fast approaching, May 19th-21st, and BGT's Jamie Raven has been added to the star-studded line-up. The weekend promises to be a huge amount of fun, so book now. Day tickets available - see the website for more information 8.4.17


Britain's Got Talent Series 11 starts on Saturday 15th April on ITV. Ant and Dec host the eleventh series of Britain's biggest talent competition that has seen a number of magicians break through in recent years. The judging panel of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams return to pass judgment. The lucky act who is crowned winner in the live grand final will secure a cash prize of £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at this year's Royal Variety Performance. See TV Magic. 8.4.17


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 27th April. From the producers: Another great line-up for an entertaining night at the Court! There’s Darren Delaney, in his first time on the show; comedy magic fun from James Fortune; the imaginative and engaging Neil Henry; and the exceptional professional mind-reader, Marc Paul (photo). Hosted by co-producer Russell Levinson. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! Parking is free from 6.30pm. Tickets still just £11 in advance from 8.4.17


The Geordie Book of Magic. Chris Cross the Magician has pulled a rabbit out of the hat by writing a marvellous new magic book! ''The Geordie Book of Magic'' teaches a dozen North-East themed magic tricks. With a Foreword from Debbie McGee and illustrations by VIZ Comic Artist Davey Jones! Tim Healy said: ''You've gotta get this book... it's fantastic... but not only that, Chris is a top man. A top, top man. So there - buy the book!'' It's suitable for all ages and comes complete with some specially printed trick cards to perform with. Also included is a DVD of Chris performing and explaining all of the tricks from the book. Special Guests on the DVD include: Malcolm 'Supermac' Macdonald, Tim Healy, Charlie Richmond, Simon Donald, Chris Beattie, Lesley Saint John, Ray Laidlaw and other famous faces from the North-East.


The 'Geordie Book of Magic' priced at £12, is Chris's first book: "I had an idea 5 months or so ago to write a book on magic tricks to be sold locally. To encourage the people of Newcastle to learn a few tricks and continually keep my goal alive to keep entertainment alive in the region! I thought if a kid got hold of the book and fell in love with the art of magic by reading it and went on to become a professional magician years later then it all would be worthwhile..." Meet Chris Cross at an in-store signing event at WHSmith Metrocentre on Friday April 14th between 11am and 3pm. Chris will be signing copies and performing a few magic tricks from the book too! Watch the trailer for the book, featuring Tim Healy, Charlie Hardwick, Dave Prowse MBE and others on YouTube. 8.4.17


Champions of Magic UK tour now in full swing. From the producers: Following their debut run in London, in March and April, the UK’s leading band of mind-blowing illusionists and magicians take to the road for the fourth year running to once again perplex, astound and thrill audiences all over the country. From March 18th to April 22nd 2017, grand illusionists Young & Strange (ITV’s The Next Great Magician), master mind reader Alex McAleer, award-winning Queen of close-up Fay Presto, and ‘International Stage Magician of the Year’ Edward Hilsum will be performing incredible feats of mind-reading, stunning close-up, daring large-scale illusions and a death-defying, heart stopping finale. Official Trailer: Click Here. Tickets are now on sale for the dates below with more to be added:
8th April 2017 - Felixstowe, Spa Pavilion – 01394 284962 - Tickets: Click Here
9th April 2017 - Swindon, Wyvern Theatre – 01793 524481 - Tickets: Click Here
10th April 2017 - Leicester, Curve Theatre – 0116 242 3595 - Tickets: Click Here
12th April 2017 - Truro, Hall for Cornwall – 01872 262466 - Tickets: Click Here
13th April 2017 - Glenrothes, Rothes Hall – 01592 611101 - Tickets: Click Here
14th April 2017 - Durham, Gala Theatre – 03000 266600 - Tickets: Click Here
15th April 2017 - Grimsby, Audiotorium – 0300 300 0035 - Tickets: Click Here
16th April 2017 - Inverness, Eden Court – 01463 234234 - Tickets: Click Here
18th April 2017 - Dartford, Orchard Theatre – 01322 220000 - Tickets: Click Here
19th April 2017 - Dorking, Dorking Halls – 01306 881717 - Tickets: Click Here

20th April 2017 - Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
21st April 2017 - Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
22nd April 2017 - Hertford, Hertford Theatre – 01992 531500 - Tickets: Click Here.


E-Video Newsletter April 2017. The latest MLM online video presentation is available and provides half an hour of interesting video content. Here's a rundown. The Teach In - Mark teaches a sandwich card trick variation using business cards that's useful for corporate work. Top Tips - a simple idea for solving a storage problem some kids' show entertainers may have. It Could Only Happen Live - Mark recounts the tale of a wet winter's night in south Wales where he ended up working at the smallest business event ever! Web Offers - information and dems of two TricKlip Video Downloads, one a mental effect, the other a close up classic, both available at a discount in April. 60 Seconds To Success - Mark explains a way to get control of kids at a show effectively. The Review Corner - Mark reviews and comments on Appear 8 by Steve Rowe. You can gain access to the complete E-Video Newsletter for less than the price of a pint from 8.4.17


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2017 - this Sunday, 9th April. Tickets are now sold out for the final which takes place at 6.30pm, but there are still a few seats left for the preview show at 2.30pm, which isn't judged. Lorenzo Carcione, Cameron Glenwright, Ryan Jackson, Daniel Kirkwood, Dean Leavy, Ross McLane and Fletcher Ransberry will compete. 8.4.17


Bank Holiday Easter Monday Family Comedy Magic Show. Bank Holiday Easter Monday, 17th April, 1pm-3pm & 4pm-6pm. Doors Open 30 minutes early. Interval between two Magical acts from Tommy Tastic & Amigo's Magic. Magic before your very eyes, mayhem, comedy, and lots of audience participation. Great Family Entertainment. Free Bunny Copter for all those attending. Tickets £8 per child, £10 per adult, family ticket of four £30. This show sold out last year so please book early to avoid disappointment! The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE (Map) Website: 8.4.17


Uri Geller in Benidorm. "Pauline is pregnant after an eventful murder mystery weekend - but who exactly is the daddy? Cue the Oracle's golden opportunity to hone his sleuthing skills. Sir Henry is still standing in for Joyce who is away in Barcelona, as the Solana prepares to put on a psychic convention. Sam sees a chance to boost her income but Psychic Sue smells a rat. Billy gets some life-changing advice from Uri Geller and soon drives his family crazy with his new positive thinking. Tiger and Rob decide that Joey's mathematical genius will make a trip to the casino extremely profitable, but can they really bank on it?" 9pm on Wednesday 12th April - see TV Magic. 8.4.17


57th Bristol Day of Magic. Paul MacLeavy writes: There are just four weeks until the 57th Bristol Day of Magic on Sunday 7th May. A full programme of lectures, dealers, close-up performances, and an international Gala Show has been arranged. For full details, and to register, go to 8.4.17


Northern Magic Summit update. Rob Temple writes: Just two weeks to go until the 'Northern Magic Summit' (the 2017 Convention of the Northern Magic Circle) on Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2017 at The County Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The weekend includes lectures from David Penn, Kieron Johnson, Ken Dyne, Darren Mac, Martin Duffy and Walt Lees, along with the first ever Northern Close-Up Magic Championships and a stunning Gala show, featuring Kennedy, Graeme Shaw, The Mimic Men, Kieron Johnson, Chris Cross, Lorenzo Carcione and Michael Jordan's High Jinx. Book online today at: 8.4.17


Noel Britten's Bizarre Bath comedy walk is back for another season: "You'll laugh yourself silly when you join the celebrated stroll which takes an irreverent look at the city of Bath. You'll experience unforgettable mysteries, thrills, and surprises that stretch the traditional image of the city." Visit for details! 8.4.17


Gregory Wilson will tour the UK in April 2018. Steve Gore writes: Gregory Wilson is a two-time FISM award-winner with at least twenty best-selling instructional videos on the market. He has contributed his wildly original routines to every major magic magazine in the world as well as a full chapter in Paul Harris’ The Art of Astonishment and a full chapter in Harry Lorayne’s Best of Friends 3. He was also a prolific contributor to the popular book Magic For Dummies (just don’t hold that one against him). Gregory is also consistently in the top ten of the Top Twenty Inventors list at Penguin Magic. He also regularly hosts Murphys 'At the Table' lectures. If you’ve never seen him lecture, he emphasises the value of entertainment with his course of instruction by delivering a rip-roaring, fast-paced, high-energy, laugh-out-loud, audience-involving show! This is a new lecture, showcasing some of his latest effects and routines, entitled "Things I actually carry with me".  Email with your date options. 8.4.17


Hull Magicians’ Circle Annual Dinner. Jon Marshall writes: Hull Magicians’ Circle Dinner and Theatre Show 2017 features fine dining with a five-course banquet and a great line-up for the after-dinner show. The show is presented in a theatre venue with comfortable tiered seating; it will be a brilliant evening! Starring Alan Hudson, From TV’s Next Greatest Magician, Raphael Scholten from the Netherlands, amazing, award winning young Dutch magician, Luna the Broken Doll, reviving the art of enter-ology, Tim Cockerill bizarre entertainer, and the illusions of Diamond and Jade. Interval close-up magic from Hull Circle magicians and students from Hymer’s College Magic Club. Saturday, 22nd April, 6.45pm for 7.30pm. Staff House and Middleton Hall, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull. Just a few tickets left at £38. Telephone 01724 850518. Rafael Scholten trailer Click Here. 8.4.17


Marc Oberon lecture, British Magical Society, Birmingham. Andy Kirk writes: Marc Oberon is a multi-award winning magician and FISM winner. In this brand new lecture Marc will not only be presenting the best of his routines and effects - the ones he's famous for - and his latest material, he will also, and finally, be revealing his complete system for choreographing and structuring performances that will turn simple tricks into stunning and powerful moments of magic. With magic from across the art, including stage, illusions, close-up and mentalism, there is sure to be something for everyone. This is the opening evening of my presidential year and will be a top class lecture from one of the UK's leading magical entertainers, a man who is in constant demand internationally. This is a night not to be missed. Visiting magicians are always welcome, guest fees being £10.00 for the evening; or why not join the BMS? It's great value for money. We look forward to welcoming everyone. Tuesday 11th April. Doors 7pm, lecture at 8pm. British Magical Society, Selly Oak Ex Servicemen's' Club, 8 Selly Hill Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 7DL (Map). 8.4.17


Merlins of Wakefield staff change and Free Magic DVDs (really - free!). Merlins write: After 3 years, Craig has taken a position abroad, so good luck to him for the future. We now have a new member of staff, Nathan James, who has over 20 years experience in the magic business. We also have our Easter Competition starting on Monday 10th April with lots of prizes and giveaways throughout the week. Every day next week, we will be giving away a magic DVD - free! Just email us with ‘DVD competition’ in the subject box and you will go into the free daily draw! There will be some other spot prizes as well, so email them now: 8.4.17


Chris Randall aka "The Las Vegas Kid" will be lecturing at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 10th April. William Booth writes: Certain to be an evening of fun and magic. 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 (see What's On for all Chris Randall lecture tour dates). 8.4.17


Simon Sparkles Magical Eggstravaganza. Join Simon Sparkles as he entertains you with his fun packed show full of Madcap Magic, Silliness, Puppetry and Easter Fun that all the family will enjoy. The Metropole Theatre, Abertillery on Tuesday 11th April at 2pm. Tickets and more info: Click Here. Also see 8.4.17


The Magicians Advice Podcast. Phil Taylor writes: "Ian Brennan and I are joined by Craig Petty. Craig is known for his skill as a close-up magician and has brought many effects to the magic market. However in recent times Craig fell foul of the magic community. In this episode of Magician’s Advice Podcast Craig talks openly about the Wizard Product Review, Red, and the mistakes he has made on his journey to his current position with Slightly Unusual, Non Stop Kids and his own close up magic." 8.4.17


Alan Maskell and Chris Wardle lecture at the Scottish Conjurers’ Association on April 12th. From the organisers: After several years of solo lectures, Alan and Chris have resurrected their acclaimed joint lecture especially for the ‘Duncan Fletcher Memorial Night’. They will cover close-up, stand-up, mentalism, compere items and children's magic, focusing on simple to do, yet baffling effects. There will be something for everyone. Alan Maskell is currently Chair of The Magic Circle Council and has a wealth of performing experience, as well as being an IBM British Ring award-winner. Chris Wardle's effects have been published in numerous magic magazines and books and have featured on TV, radio and stage. Chris is a recipient of The Magic Circle’s Cecil Lyle Award. Don't miss this great lecture from two of British magic's most creative minds. The lecture will be held at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map) and starts at 7.30pm (£10.00 charge for non-members). 8.4.17


O(n)ver the Shoulders. A magic lecture by Aljaž Šon a.k.a. Alljazz. 26th April at 7.30pm in London. International Magic have a new guest lecturer this month and are delighted to welcome Aljaž Šon a.k.a. AllJazz. Aljaž Šon is a magic performer, creator and consultant, with over 10 years of professional experience. In August 2011 Coin On Call, his first original magic routine, was published in Magic Magazine's 'Talk About Tricks' column, written by Joshua Jay. In the same month, he moved to Holland with his wife and two sons.

In the last two years, his Magic career has been growing exponentially. Coin On Call was released through Penguin Magic's P3 productions, in July 2015, which attracted the attention of the Magic community. In the summer of 2016, he was invited to be one of the faces of Amsterdam Magic Show (AMS). He regularly performs close-up effects there, before the shows, and entertains everyone with his phenomenal magic and witty (sometimes cheeky) charm.

The lecture will consist of: A short performance and introduction; original material from AllJazz; an in-depth examination of some basic and advanced sleight of hand magic; conversation about history vs. modern times; performing, practicing and his personal creative process. Make sure you book your place early! Admission £15 per person (pay on the door - but book your place in advance) Email


XV Magic Congress in Saint-Vincent. Download the incredible programme: 8.4.17


Leamington & Warwick Magic Society 'Day of Magic'. Mike Price PRO writes: Our Day of Magic returns on June 13th/14th at Cubbington Social Club. There are some top lecturers booked including Max Somerset, Liam Montier, David Tomkins and Peter Turner. Plus the usual selection of quality magic dealers. Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, BBQ and the 'Champion of Champions' Close-up Competition. There's a friendly welcome for all and a discount if you pre-book. Phone Mark on 01788 860433. 8.4.17


British Magical Society AGM. On the 27th March, 2017 the British Magical Society held their AGM. Members expressed their thanks to out-going president Jay Adkins for his hard work and supplying a great year 2016/17 and then elected and welcomed their new president Andy Kirk. This is the second time Andy has taken the helm and he hopes to lead the society into a new era in the BMS' history which now moves into its 113th year. He has an exciting year planned with big names like Paul Gertner, Marc Oberon, Shoot Agawa, Chris Randall, Boris Wild and Mel Mellers just to mention a few. He thanks all members in advance for the support he has been given and which he knows will continue through his year. 8.4.17


Bolton Magic Club Present Carl Royle's new lecture "How I Feed My Children!" Paul Goodman writes: After making a living from performing magic for the last fifteen years Carl will share his approach to many of his highly commercial routines straight from his working repertoire. The lecture includes Carl’s now famous Micro Cup and Ball Routine (The Gold Cup Con) magic with Cards, Coins, Elastic Bands, Business Cards, and fun mental magic including his thoughts and work on using indexes. All delivered with the good humour you would expect from a working professional magician. In the lecture Carl will also discuss his approach to adding humour to your magic routines and making effects more magical. Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 12th April 2017 at Bolton Magic Club, The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). (Carl Royle's "How I Feed My Children" lecture is reviewed by Ray Burrell this week, Click Here). 8.4.17


The Magic of Easter - free Magic Workshop for young people on Easter Sunday in run-up to first Annual Magic Competition. From the organisers: Cheshire’s award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum near Northwich invites would-be young magicians (aged 7-18 years old) to join them for a free ‘Magic of Easter’ workshop on Easter Sunday, 16th April. The workshop, run between 2pm – 4pm is with Matt Grindley, a top European and International Illusionist. This event is designed to teach youngsters a few magic tricks that they can go away and practice and use to enter the first annual Magic Competition to be held on May Bank Holiday Weekend (Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May) at the Lion Salt Works. There is no need to book for this workshop. For more information, call the Lion Salt Works Museum on 01606 275066. 8.4.17


Jugglers Wanted. Duncan William writes: I am looking for jugglers around the Coventry / Rugby area for the occasional variety night. This will be on Saturday evenings. This has to be somebody with lots of experience and a complete act. Please get in touch, email: and include any show-reels. 8.4.17


"Derren Brown on his passion for photography" Click Here • "Some celebrities are notoriously interview-shy." Click Here • "Making magic, Houdini-style: Museum devoted to master of the game offers a different form of escapism" Click Here • "Tom Brady fed glass to David Blaine and the magician happily ate it" Click Here • "Magic show at the Queens Theater will honor local prestidigitator" Click Here • "Magicians settle fake memorabilia lawsuit" Click Here • "ACM Awards: Emma Stone, 'Lala Land' Oscars Goof Spoofed" Click Here • "The magic of ‘The Illusionists’ falls short of magical" Click Here • "Illusionist Rick Thomas Takes You Beyond The Magic" Click Here • "He’s not your everyday illusionist, and a chewed-up Life Saver is proof" Click Here • "Kolkata: Magician P C Sorcar Junior was hospitalised" Click Here • "Chester Guild of Magicians seeks new members" Click Here • That's it! Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 8.4.17