Number 883 - 27th May 2017


And another one! "TanBA’s tastebuds get a close shave. Auditions Week 6. Britain’s Got Talent 2017" YouTube • "‘Britain’s Got Talent’: Magician TanBa Swallowing (Then Regurgitating) Razor Blades And A Balloon Is Really Quite Something" Click Here • "Who's TanBA on Britain's Got Talent? Here's everything you need to know about the razor blade-eating magician" Click Here • "Britain’s Got Talent’s TanBA almost cut his tongue off once with his dangerous act" Click Here • "Britain’s Got Talent viewers amazed by Alesha Dixon’s ‘incredible’ language skills as she speaks Japanese to a contestant" Click Here. The week-long live semi-finals will run all week, Monday to Friday, and the live Final will take place on Saturday, June 3rd. To date, six varied magic acts have been featured in the televised auditions: Niels Harder, DNA, Issy Simpson, Josephine Lee, Matt Edwards and Tanba. Tonight Neil Henry will make it seven. If I could see into the future I'd be able to tell you that four of them will make it into the semi-finals, and, for the first time ever, two magic acts will compete in the final itself. Very best of luck to them all. DT. 27.5.17


Love Variety - London's newest show featuring the finest variety artists. Experience the most amazing performers in an incredibly intimate environment. Featuring "The world's number one pickpocket" (Time Out), mind-blowing magic, live music, comedy and so much more! Starring Noel Britten, James Freedman, Florian Brooks, Jo Below and Felix & Diahann. Thursday 8th June at 7.30pm. Venue: Runway East Shoreditch, 58-64 City Road, London EC1Y 2AL (Map). Tickets: 27.5.17


Fake Magic by Vincent Gambini, Thursday 15th & Friday 16th June, Brighton. An evening of new and improved sleight of hand. Featuring special guest performances by Tim Bromage and Tom Cassani. "One thing they don't tell you at magic school is just how hard, how excruciatingly hard, it actually is to be a magician. It's not just the endless children's birthday parties, or the mind-numbing corporate gigs. It's the fact that when you step on stage, everyone knows that what you're doing isn't real: it's a trick, and everything you do is fake. You're a fake, you're a phoney. You're not a real magician. That's what people think and they're right." Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June, at 7.30pm. The Rose Hill, 70-71 Rosehill Terrace, Brighton BN1 4JJ (Map). Booking and info: (booking is free, £3 paid on arrival). With support from the University of Sussex, Shoreditch Town Hall, and the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. "This thoughtful, playful and multi-layered piece will make you question how we watch and what we see" ★★★★ The Guardian, reviewing Vincent Gambini's 'This is Not a Magic Show'. 27.5.17


Richard Jones 'The Power of Imagination' - back on tour in August. Richard Jones's 'The Power of Imagination' show will be back on the road in August, with more dates to be added. Book early, the last tour sold out.
Friday 4th August – FireStation – Windsor Click Here.
Saturday 5th August – The Library Theatre – Luton Click Here.
Thursday 10th August – Engine Shed, Lincoln Click Here.

Friday 11th August – Riley Smith Theatre – Leeds Click Here. 27.5.17


The Magic History Gathering at The Magic Circle 2017. Peter Lane writes: This year’s Magic History Gathering is to be held at HQ on Saturday 10th June, and Chairman Eddie Dawes promises a wide spectrum of topics ranging from the 18th century to the present day. From Russia, Andrey Fedorov will present a survey of magic and magicians in that country, and George Kovari will talk about his magic advisory work for theatre and television, including that for the production of Macbeth. Ian Keable will focus on the greatest hoax of the 18th century, The Bottle Conjurer of 1749, while James Smith will offer a brief history of magic books as told through the eyes of the sale room. Brian Lead, assisted by Dave Andrews and John Yeadon, will explore the legacy of the lady ventriloquist Josephine Langley through the reminiscences of her son, Maurice Howarth and Andrey Federov, from Russia, will talk about Houdini's performances in that country. To close, Richard Wiseman and Paul Zenon will present ‘Robert Harbin Unseen’ based on their researches on Harbin’s related illusions The Transparent and Invisible Man, the former dating back to the 1930s.

Afterwards there will be a sale of some of the books from the late David Price’s collection which were bequeathed to The Magic Circle. Booking to reserve your place at the 2017 Magic History Gathering is now open, and the price, which includes morning coffee, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea, remains the same as last year. Because payment for admission must be made at least one week before the event, could you please, as soon as possible, send a cheque for £40 per person, payable to 'The Magic Circle', to this address: Bob Loomis, 4 Thrush Green, North Harrow, Middlesex HA2 6EZ, UK. Email for any further information required. Admission for the day includes morning coffee, afternoon tea and a substantial finger buffet lunch. The day is open to non members of The Magic Circle.


Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic is back! "Paul Gordon's Card Capers Day of Magic is a full day of magic tuition and lecturing. It's a fun fast-paced day full of practical and entertaining card magic from Paul's books and DVDs. Paul also teaches sleights, presentation, the business, patter, and relates funnies and experiences. In all, it's an inspirational day. This year's Card Capers is the 20th and always sells out. In other words, book as soon as possible! Sunday 24th September. 10am to 5pm. Tickets £55, and include food. Book via Venue: The John Selden, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 2EN (Map). 27.5.17


Beautiful Magicians Club, June 2nd, London. Sam Hurst writes: Following Monday's tragic events, we will now be giving all profits to the Manchester victims and families fund. 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: 27.5.17


Practical Magic change of ownership. Cheryl Le Poidevin writes: "Gary Dunn and Charlene will be taking ownership of Practical Magic as of Monday 5th June 2017. I will continue to accept orders until Wednesday May 31st, but after this will be packing up ready for Gary to collect the stock. Huge thanks to all our loyal customers and friends, who have purchased from us over the twenty one years Jeremy and I have run Practical Magic. I wish Gary and Charlene every success as they carry the name of Practical Magic forward." I'm sure MagicWeek readers would like to join me in wishing Cheryl the very best as she steps back from the magic scene; and also wish Gary Dunn and Charlene well as they take over Britain's favourite magic dealer for children's entertainers. DT. 27.5.17


A new magic lecture from Beau, for International Magic. International Magic write: We’re pleased to announce that our next lecture will take place on Saturday 3rd June. This lecture is unusual on two counts: it is being held on a Saturday (which is rare) and it is a lecture that no one has previously seen. So, who is the lecturer? He is a magician named ‘Beau’; he has been a regular in our London shop for some years. During his visits, Beau frequently performed magic routines for other customers, and did likewise performing in the Foyer at our magic conventions. In 2016 he performed at our Social Day. On all occasions, the impact he’s had has been extremely powerful on both magicians and the public.

A few years back, I asked Beau to let us know when he was ready to present a lecture, and asked that he do his first for us. He kindly agreed, and the time for that lecture has finally arrived. So, if you’ve been fortunate enough to have seen Beau perform, we know you’ll make a point of attending this, his first lecture. If you haven’t yet seen him, then you should come along to experience and learn some great magic using a pack of cards and the power of the mind. £15.00 per person, payable at the door, but please email or call first to reserve your place. Saturday 3rd June, 4pm to 7pm. Venue: 2nd Floor of Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). .


Sherpa Sharpie Pen Covers at PropDog. PropDog write: The PropDog Magic Shop are very pleased to announce that they are now the official European Distributor for Sherpa Sharpie Pen Covers. The PropDog website now holds 27 varieties of regular and special edition covers, available for immediate dispatch. Sherpa Pen Covers are a stylish cover that fit over your regular sharpie, giving that extra touch of class or personal statement to your performance. For wholesale enquires, please email us at or to see the full range, please visit: 27.5.17


Finland's Christian Engblom to lecture at the Cotswold Magical Society. Peter Kidd writes: On Wednesday 7th June, the Cotswold Magical Society welcomes Finnish magician Christian Engblom to the Hucclecote Community Centre in Gloucester. Christian, who specialises in close-up magic and card magic, has been a professional performer for more than twenty years, having performed at different corporate and private functions, on cruise ships, on TV and at festivals around the world. His lecture is titled 'Details and Justification - or How to Turn Over the Deck.' With practical examples and routines, he teaches ways to make your magic stronger through justification and simple psychological techniques. Most of the effects and techniques are demonstrated with cards, but the lessons taught are universal. Effects and moves range from easy to difficult, from published to underground. Non-members are very welcome, £10 on the door, which opens at 7.30pm. More info: 27.5.17


John Derris presents 'The Seven Simple Secrets of Jack Avis' at the Bexley Magic Society. Roy Marsh writes: A unique evening presentation hosted by Bexley Magic Society on 7th June, to which magicians and societies are invited. 'The Seven Simple Secrets of Jack Avis' is a lecture/presentation by John Derris (who knew him for over 40 years) with tricks and tales of one of Britain’s top amateur magicians of yesteryear. Jack Avis was a friend of Dai Vernon, Ed Marlo, John Ramsey and others, and he published over 500 effects and routines in his lifetime. Every magician attending the lecture will be given a free prize draw entry to win a copy of Jack Avis’ excellent 156 Page book 'Vis a Vis'.


There will be a 60 minute magic flea market before the lecture offering manuscripts, props, gimmicks and items from the last 50 years, with prices from £1.00 to £10.00. Plus many out-of-print books from top magicians like Vernon, Lorayne, Carney, Marlo, Ganson, Amar, Koran, Bannon, Cellini and others. All editions from the residue of the Jack Avis estate and priced at £5.00.

This unique presentation will be an opportunity to learn more about this non-performing magician, who was a 'ghost' in the magic landscape and yet one of the great close-up triumvirate of the time - Alex Elmsley, Roy Walton and Jack Avis. Doors open 7pm for the flea market. Lecture starts at 8pm. Non-members £5 at the door. Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8PJ (Map). Come early for the best bargains.


Magicseen's Bank Holiday Flash Offer. Everyone at Magicseen appreciates the support that we get from subscribers, readers and book purchasers, and so by way of a 'thank you' we would like to make a special not-to-be-missed offer on one of our download book titles: Wayne Dobson Definitive Collection. This amazing book offers fans of Wayne Dobson's magic a treasure trove of great effects to learn and use, plus, it includes some terrific stories from Wayne's professional life. For this Bank Holiday weekend only we are offering the download version of this book at half our normal full retail price making it an unbeatable bargain. Offer ends at midnight on Monday 29th May 2017. To get your copy go to now! 27.5.17


Magic Triangle is holding a Bring & Buy Sale. Keith Norman writes: The Magic Triangle is holding a Bring & Buy Sale on Sunday 4th June at 7pm at Straws Bar, 21 Osborne Street, Colchester CO2 7DA (Map) No charges for a table, no commission, free tea and coffee! 27.5.17


Derren Brown Miracle is being repeated on Tuesday 6th June on Channel 4. Derren Brown, the master of psychological Illusion, performs his latest jaw-dropping stage show, Miracle, on stage in London. Recorded live in the spectacular Palace Theatre, this sold-out show features some of Derren's most intriguing moments. Performing live on stage gives Derren his greatest pleasure and his stage shows have been acclaimed by critics around the globe as amazing and thought-provoking. Miracle was created with Derren's long-time collaborators Andy Nyman and Andrew O'Connor, fusing magic, suggestion and psychology. Filmed in front of a packed audience at the Old Vic in London. See TV Magic. 27.5.17


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic, Sunday 2nd July. Danny Hunt writes: With Lecturettes, a Workshopette, and the Showette, Dealers and Traders, the day looks like it will be another promising event - put the date in your diary now. More news as we approach the day! Venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ (Map). Doors open 9.45am and the day ends at 5pm. For more information please visit our Facebook page: Ferrybridge Day of Magic, contact the Travis Perkins Assembly on 01904 709500 or email Michael Shepherd or Danny Hunt 27.5.17


Blackpool Magicians' Club, new website. Alan Horne writes: Blackpool Magicians' Club are pleased to have their new website up and running. Details of upcoming events and registration details for the 2018 convention are all on there. The convention (this will be our 66th) runs from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th February, with the gigantic Magic Auction on Thursday 15th. 27.5.17


Scottish Escapology Exhibition, East Kilbride - final weekend. Scottish Escape Artist Andy Robertson is currently hosting Scotland's first escapology Exhibition at the East Kilbride Arts Centre. It's on until May 28th, daily, from 10am to 8pm. At the exhibition you'll be able to see a large picture of Houdini at the Glasgow Pavilion from 1920, only the second time it’s been on public display; a Houdini Milk can made by David De-Val; a large display of handcuffs from all over the world, including ankle and thumb cuffs; a Medieval gibbet cage; several straitjackets, and lots more. To download the PDF exhibition booklet Click Here. Andy is personally appearing most weekends at the Exhibition from noon to 2pm to give some demonstrations and to show people some of the exhibits in the displays, as well as answer any questions. Andy said: "The exhibition has been a huge success so far with people coming to see it from all over the country. I’m delighted that the council and management have supported this venture and it’s a real pleasure to be able to have all this on show. It was well over a year in the making, but it’s all been worth it." See 27.5.17


Close-up 'Witchcraft' Magic at The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, Boscastle, Cornwall. Brian Johnson writes: The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic located at Boscastle, Cornwall. Following a successful appearance in May, Tony Quenten returns to the Museum on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June to perform Close-up ‘Witchcraft’ Magic. This is a free show, repeated continually throughout the day for museum visitors. See and 27.5.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, part two of 'Penn and Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour' as the twosome visit Egypt: The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 27.5.17


Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This. Drama telling the story of one of Britain's best-loved comedians - a giant of a man with a delicate soul, a man who was in love with two women and was unable to choose between them. Tommy Cooper was a magician, a comedian, an entertainer and a celebrity adored by the public. But he was a troubled man who drank too much and slept too little, and who spent the last 17 years of his life loving both his wife Dove and his assistant Mary. Tommy was unable to live without either, and his shocking death from a heart attack in front of millions of television viewers in April 1984 meant that he never had to make that impossible choice. 10pm on 4th June on ITV3. See TV Magic. 27.5.17



"Street magician Julius Dein, and his huge success on the web" Click Here • "Nobody's fool: Illusionist Rick Thomas emphasizes artistry, not trickery" Click Here • "Michael Grandinetti Returns for Fourth Season of Hit CW Series Masters of Illusion" Click Here • "Magic Lounge will bring the magic bar back to Chicago" Click Here • "New festival hoping to make Regina a destination for magic" Click Here • "McCord Museum's Illusions exhibit conjures up the golden age of magic" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 27.5.17