Number 882 - 20th May 2017


Photo Coverage: Atlantic Theater Company Celebrates Opening Night of Derren Brown: Secret Click Here • "Derren Brown: Secret review – illusionist's US debut bamboozles and baffles" Click Here • "Derren Brown: Secret review: A thrilling spectacle of psychological magic" Click Here • "Derren Brown: Secret ★★★★★ by Tulis McCall" Click Here • "Derren Brown: Secret. Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting" Click Here • "12 Off-Broadway Shows to Make Time to See During Tony Awards Season" Click Here. 20.5.17


"Ant & Dec give Matt Edwards a shot at Semi-Finals! Auditions Week 5. Britain’s Got Talent 2017" YouTube. Matt struck like a thunderbolt last Saturday and deservedly goes straight through to the semi-finals thanks to Ant & Dec's Golden Buzzer. The week-long live semi-finals start on Monday 29th May (see TV Magic) and it looks like we are set to see at least four magic acts in the semi-finals this year. Here's a preview of tonight's razor-munching magician, from Shizuoka, Japan, it's Tanba: YouTube. DT • "Suffolk magician Matt Edwards ‘overwhelmed by love and support’ after Britain’s Got Talent success" Click Here • "Golden Boy. Who is Matt Edwards? Britain’s Got Talent 2017 Golden Buzzer magician who’s as ‘funny as Lee Evans’" Click Here • "'We just wanted to help!': Magician Matt Edwards sobs with delight as he finally gets his big break when Ant and Dec press their Golden Buzzer on Britain's Got Talent" Click Here • "Are Harry Gardner and Matt Edwards among favourites for Britain’s Got Talent crown?" Click Here. The live final take place all week commencing Monday 29th May, see TV Magic. 20.5.17


The Clairvoyants Tonight at the London Palladium. The Clairvoyants, Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass from Vienna, Austria, will appear on Tonight at the London Palladium on Wednesday, 24th May: "Bradley Walsh hosts the variety show, featuring the very first TV performance from the hotly anticipated musical revival Annie, incredible mind-reading from international award-winners The Clairvoyants and music from legendary British blues singer Elkie Brooks. The star of Joseph and former X Factor winner Joe McElderry takes to the stage, there is a surprise visit from Brian Conley, and the British National Latin Formation Champions Fever Formation show off their trophy-winning talent." See TV Magic. 20.5.17


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 25th May. From the organisers: On Thursday 25th May Conjuring at the Court offers a night of great magic and comedy and a surprise celebrity performer! We can't release his name... but you may have seen his spectacular magic making a huge impression on Britain's Got Talent. He’ll be trying out a new effect for BGT, so you can see it live at Conjuring at the Court first – without those annoying camera cutaways and reaction shots! The rest of the line-up is terrific too There’s the hilarious magic of Mark Shortland; the original and inventive Jon Allen; comedy and mystery from Stu Turner; and Norvil’s wonderful vaudeville style act, elegant, sophisticated... but with a dark side. Stephen Barry comperes in his usual exuberant fashion. 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 20.5.17


Beautiful Magicians Club, June 2nd, London. From the organisers: This time we have a TV Star, a member of Royalty, and a Playboy Cover Star! Following the sell-out success of our debut at the Brentham Club, Beautiful Magicians' Club return to bring the finest magicians, music and world-class variety acts for a night of fun, laughs and wows! Our beautiful line up: Max Somerset, Katrina Darling, Kheski Kobler, Jisu Park, Diobo and Mat Boden. Beautiful Magicians' Club, The Brentham Club, 38A Meadvale Rodd, London W5 1NP (Map). Doors 7.30pm. Show 8pm. Age guide: 14+ 100 seated capacity. Tickets: Click Here. More info: 20.5.17


Modern Magic: Jake Banfield, Saturday 3rd June, 8th July and 22nd July in London. Prepare to believe in magic...! Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, an audience will have their minds read, have their senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. Tickets: Front Row: £35, Parlour: £25. Doors 7.30pm. Show 8pm. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map). 20.5.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, 'Penn and Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour: India' from 2001, ahead of their UK tour, which starts on June 10th at the Manchester O2 Apollo (see What's On). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. "'We wish we could make Donald Trump disappear', say magicians Penn & Teller" Click Here. 20.5.17


Eric Jones UK Lecture Tour - last few dates. "Regarded by his peers as one of magic’s rising stars, Eric Jones has made quite a name for himself in the world of magic. Armed with cunning sleight of hand and a charming personality, he will astound you with his digital dexterity. When Eric performs, cards fly, coins multiply and audiences cheer! An award winning performer, Eric’s magic has been showcased at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and at NYC’s Monday Night Magic, the longest running magic show in New York. Eric has appeared on television in 13 countries. Eric's lecture will challenge you to look at your magic in a whole new light: discussing ways to make close-up effects play to large audiences; re-directing attention rather than misdirecting it and how to properly block/stage your performances to both conceal methods as well as optimise audience reactions."
21/05/2017 Cornish Magical Society - Visitors welcome. 3pm at Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Road, Carnon Downs, Truro TR3 6GH (Map).
22/05/2017 Manchester Circle of Magicians - Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £5.00 on the night, see or email
23/05/2017 Blackpool Magicians Club.
24/05/2017 Newcastle Magic Circle.
25/05/2017 Darlington Magic Circle.
29/05/2017 3SM Magic Society (South Staffordshire).


Quentin Reynolds lecture at The Mercian Mystics Magic Society, Stoke-on-Trent. Quentin Reynolds will be presenting his lecture at The Mercian Mystics Magic Society in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday 6th of June at 8pm. Visiting magician welcome, £5.00 on the door. Venue: Smallthorne Victory WMC, 300 Smallthorne Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST6 1RE (Map). For more information email 20.5.17


Geoffrey Newton will present ‘The Key Ring Lecture’ at The Order of The Magi in Manchester on Tuesday 23rd May. Key Ring is the house magazine of the IBM British Ring and since its inception in May 2015, Geoffrey has been the editor. Together with a team of regular contributors he produces a lively magazine. Many tricks have been published from contributors including Ian Adair, Hans Van Esha, Troyno, Cooper’s Magic Moments, and Barrie Horridge. In the lecture he will describe as many effects as time permits covering cards, close-up, children’s and stage magic. Geoffrey has no lecture notes to sell or anything like that but if you need further information about any particular effect he will be pleased to email you the details. Door charge for non–members of The Magi. Further information from Mike Sharples: 0161 287 7865. 20.5.17


Magicseen's Book Bonanza Weekend! Magicseen write: Magicseen Publications has a small but good quality range of books to offer, in both printed and download formats. Place an order before midnight on Sunday 21st May 2017 for two or more books and you pay the full price for the book with the highest price, but for any further books or E-Books in the same order we will refund you half the normal retail price. This is a great opportunity to get your hands on printed books such as Congreave's Curiosities, Crafted With Carey, Mel Mellers-The Travelling Trickster, The Best Of British, The Man Who Would Be King, or to enjoy any of our download publications such as Wayne Dobson's WD40 or Chris Rawlins Roulette. To take advantage of this offer all you need to do is go to before the offer deadline and place your order for two or more books, and we will refund to your payment card the relevant discount amounts to ensure that your second and subsequent books are given at half price. Please note: Magicseen subscriber discounts still apply to this offer. So, if you are already a Magicseen subscriber, you can order the books at your normal 20% discount price, and we will then still refund you half the price you paid for the lowest priced titles. 20.5.17


Merlins Magic Auction - Tomorrow, Sunday 21st May. Merlins write: Our annual auction take place at the shop Click Here tomorrow, Sunday 21st. There are already 14 lots in, so come along and grab a bargain. Entry is just £3 but you must book a place in advance as space is limited. To book a space Click Here. A big thanks to everyone who came to Merlins Magic Festival last weekend, and all those who made the day possible. It went really well with everyone giving us positive comments, so will look at maybe doing it again next year - we will keep you posted. This week, we have a great special offer. Pre-order Stab by Peter Eggink for £19.95 before 29th May 2017 and receive a free copy of Pennies DVD (RRP £25.00). 20.5.17


Steve Dimmer 'Nuts & Bolts' lecture, South London Magic Society, June 6th. Simon Rosselli writes: Steve Dimmer presents his Children's Nuts & Bolts lecture to South London Magic Society on the 6th June 8-10pm. He explains many original effects with props all magicians will have and also goes into the practical side of being a children's entertainer. He explores how to sell your services more effectively, promoting yourself at parties with a view to getting more work, as well as how to make your shows more fun with new bits of business and sub-routines. Also addressed is the tricky issue of entertaining for the older child and tactics on the thorny problem of how to keep the adults quiet! Interspersed with this are original effects that he has devised for the hardest of audiences: teenagers, which can be performed to audiences of any age. These tricks have original methods. Steve is an Associate Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star and has won The Pip Ayres Memorial Trophy for Children's entertainment 8 years out of the past 10. £10 for non-members (welcome). London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP (Map). 20.5.17


Care & Share Balloon Fun Days. Graham Lee writes: The Care & Share Balloon fun days are still going strong and are a great place to meet and network with like minded balloon artistes. I am going down to Cornwall for the first time to run a Care & Share day in June. Other dates throughout the year are listed below. For any more info about the days please email

19th June, Bodmin, Cornwall. Lecturer Graham Lee.
3rd July, Sutton, Surrey. Lecturer Linda Truscheit from Germany.
4th July, Sutton, Surrey. Lecturer Doctor Bob from Wales.
5th September, Airdrie, Scotland. Lecturer Thelma Levett & Graham Lee.
7th September, Manchester/Birmingham. TBC.
20th November, Birmingham. Lecturer Sam Cremeens from the USA.
21st November, Birmingham. Lecturer Sam Cremeens from the USA.
For more information or to book on the days see


'Introducing Dr Nicholas Grimoire' - Nick Brunger lecture, British Magical Society, Birmingham. Andy Kirk writes: With this lecture you’ll be welcomed to the weird and wonderful world of Nick Brunger. Dedicated to mystifying audiences of all kinds his business is to entertain us by combining the ancient crafts of magic and storytelling with a unique twist as he introduces his gothic alter-ego Dr Nicholas Grimoire and his dark, spooky magic, mentalism and storytelling. Nick is a multi-talented magician and psychological illusionist who can perform both close-up and on stage and is one of the UK's leading mentalists. Best known for his 'Tales from the Darker Side' which combine spooky story-telling with 'Derren Brown' style mind reading effects and psychological stunts. This promises to be a very interesting and different evening and one that will be full of surprises. I look forward to seeing you all on the night. To be held at: British Magical Society, The Avenue Club and Lodge, Weoley Avenue, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6PP (Map). May 23rd. Lecture at 7.30pm (doors open all-day). 20.5.17


The Mark Leveridge May Podcast. Whether it's in the car on the way to work or sitting at home or in the garden with your earplugs in, the Mark Leveridge magic podcast is always worthwhile. This month it's a Podcast Special, in which Mark offers you three Audio Files extracted from Mark's Monthly Message video presentations which were originally given to E-Club Pro members. Here you can listen to audio tracks which cover topics on how to approach a table, ways to get great reactions from spectators at those tables, and finally, how to judge the right length to stay at any given table. These advice audio tracks are three of 12 that are normally available for purchase at, but which you can listen to for free this month in the Podcast. So, kick off your shoes, grab a cuppa and enjoy 30 minutes of helpful audio by accessing the May Podcast from either or 20.5.17


E-Club Pro - Live! 2017-18 Version. A Lecture Like They Used To Be! The latest version of Mark Leveridge's professionally presented club lecture evening offers maximum value as it consists of a dozen varied routines and ideas, every single one of which is properly performed and then carefully and fully explained. And guess what - this is not a thinly disguised 'dealer dem' that requires the club members to put their hand in their pocket to pay for the props to perform the lecture items, as there are no individual items for sale afterwards at all! Yep, it's a lecture like they used to be! The reason is that the magic in this lecture uses everyday objects or commonly used props. There are routines with coins, cards, purses, Jumbo cards, silks, rope and more, and the effects themselves are all practical and well within the abilities of everyone except the total beginner. With magic to suit a close up show, and walkabout, as well as parlour performances and mentalism, there's pretty much something for everyone. All the routines come from the Vintage Vault and The Teach In sections of Mark's online magic resource E-Club Pro, hence the lecture title, and it provides an entertaining and fascinating evening of magic for all club members to enjoy. See the MagicWeek Lecturers page for more info and to book. 20.5.17


Leamington & Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic. Mark Traversoni  writes: The Leamington Day of Magic this year is on Wednesday 14th June at the Cubbington Sports and Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). The main lectures have been booked including Peter Turner, Max Somerset, Liam Montier and David Tomkins. The day officially starts on the Tuesday evening with a lecture from Andrew Normansell for local magicians or those that travel up the day before. Tickets are priced at £25 pre-paid or £30 on the door which includes breakfast for early arrivals, lunch, and weather permitting, an evening BBQ. In the evening Peter Turner will perform on stage and we also have the Midlands Champion of Champions Close-up Competition. Full details can be found on the clubs website: 20.5.17


Eric Jones and Etienne Pradier. Magicians at the Half Moon, Friday 26th May. Andy Clockwise writes: Whatever it is you're doing on Friday 26th May, put it on hold and get yourself along to see two international world class magicians perform at Magicians at the Half Moon. Eric Jones (from America) and Etienne Pradier (from France) have performed and lectured all over the world and both appeared on TV's Penn & Teller "Fool Us" show - they'll be performing for you next Friday. You must ring and reserve your seat for this one as it's undoubtedly going to be a packed house and if the room reaches its capacity and your name's not down, you're not getting in. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show will start at 8pm with show producer and compere Martin Cox holding court. The Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Entry is still just £10.00. 20.5.17


Steve Gore Derby Magic Circle lecture. Paul Sharp writes: Steve Gore makes a welcome return to Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 24th May, at Breadsall Village Hall, Derby DE21 5LF (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm, ready to start at 8pm. It's 5 years since Steve last lectured at Derby. He'll be presenting his latest releases and non-released effects, explained in full. There are a couple of his previous favourites in there, and one or two surprises too. It's all easy to perform with something for everyone. Come along and see why he's the 'Happiest Magician on the Planet!' A unique lecture, not to be missed! Past members and visiting Magicians are very welcome at Derby. There is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Please contact our President, Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 prior to attending. For more information about our programme for the remainder of the year visit 20.5.17


An Evening with Freddie "Parrot Face" Davies in York. York Society of Magicians will be holding a lecture by Freddie Davies on Wednesday 14th June at 7.30pm at The Red Lion pub on the A59 outskirts of York. Members of other societies will be charged £5. For more information email 20.5.17


Kiko Edinburgh Magic Circle lecture. John Whelan writes: A lecture by one of Spain's top magicians, Kiko, will be held at Edinburgh Magic Circle, Myreside Pavilion, Myreside Road on Monday 22nd May at 7.30pm. £10 for non members. 20.5.17


Christian Engblom Lecture. Monday 12th June at Liverpool Magic Circle. £10 Admission. 7.30pm. All are welcome. Liverpool Magic Circle, Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map). Alan Singleton. 20.5.17


Planning next year's programme of events for your club? Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 20.5.17


"Jonathan Creek 20th anniversary: 20 things you may not know about the classic BBC show" Click Here  "Bringing back the fez ... Tommy Cooper tribute show set for Barrfields" Click Here • "The Tommy Cooper Show returns to The Epstein Theatre" Click Here • "Inside David Blaine’s secret downtown magic lair" Click Here • "What Happened to Mat Franco – Recent News & Updates" Click Here • "Magic is a great icebreaker, says The Road Trick illusionist Adam Trent" Click Here • "Ilkley magician wins trophy" Click Here • "What it's like to be. . . a magician" Click Here • "Finally, Someone Has Made A TV Show About A Disgraced Magician Working With The FBI" Click Here • And finally: "Ready, Sheddy, Go... Stunning Shed of the Year photos reveal a backyard Tardis, fire station and boat shed are among those vying for garden glory" Click Here • "Magician hopes to conjure up votes for Shed of the Year competition" Click Here [to vote Click Here] • Really pleased to see the success Derren Brown is currently enjoying in New York. That's it for this week, see you next week, Duncan. 20.5.17