Number 884 - 3rd June 2017


Britain's Got Talent - The Magic Final! Tonight at 7.30pm on ITV. For the first time ever, five magic acts made it through to the Britain's Got Talent semi-finals: Niels Harder, DNA, Issy Simpson, Josephine Lee and Matt Edwards, and three, Issy Simpson, Matt Edwards and DNA to the final itself, which takes place this evening at 7.30pm on ITV. Very best of luck to them all. Tonight's winner will receive £250,000 and a guest spot on this year's Royal Variety Performance. 3.6.17


Paul Zerdin 2016Paul Zerdin: Tonight at the London Palladium. Bradley Walsh hosts the fun-packed variety show, with a duet from Olly Murs and Louisa Johnson, music from Imelda May and a performance from rock royalty Blondie. Also featuring the cast of Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, and comedy from ventriloquist Paul Zerdin and stand-up Adam Hess. Wednesday 7th June on ITV. See TV Magic. 3.6.17


The Magic Circle Christmas Show. From the organisers: Tickets are now on sale for this year's Christmas Show at The Magic Circle. This event is always a highlight of the magical calendar and performances sell out very quickly. The show is ideal for families with children aged five and above. There are 15 performances over the Christmas period starting on 19th December and ending on 29th December. Full details of dates and times are in the What's On section. Doors open at 1.30pm for the 2.30pm matinee performances which should finish by 5pm. Doors open at 6pm for the 7pm evening performances which should finish by 9.30pm. Tickets cost £32 for the Dress Circle and £36 for stalls via Venue: The Magic Circle headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Further details: 3.6.17


The Champions of Magic team are excited to announce their first North American shows! After 4 years touring the UK the team head to the USA and Canada for an initial 7 week tour of theatres and casinos. The cast of Young & Strange, Fay Presto, Edward Hilsum and Alex McAleer begin performances in New Jersey before stops that include New York, Florida, Texas, Ohio and California. The first release of tour dates can be seen at The show returns home for their 6th UK tour in Spring 2018; dates to be announced shortly. 3.6.17


Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2017. From the organisers: We are delighted to reveal our biggest ever programme for the 8th year of MagicFest - join us and 'let your imagination fly' 30th June - 8th July. Discover the colourful history and untold stories of Edinburgh's historic buildings with captivating magic tours and sell-out event 'The Secret Room' expands to Riddle's Court, The Writers' Museum and Lauriston Castle. Be completely bamboozled with misdirection from David Stone, let cult magician Dave Alnwick brainwash you with devastatingly dangerous mind reading and sleight of hand, try not to jump out of your seat at Luke Eaton's 'Horrible Magic Show' (truly gruesome), travel through time and celebrate Morgan & West's 10th birthday with all their best tricks, and succumb to conjuring and cons from the renowned R Paul Wilson, then learn how he does it in 'Scams and Fantasies'. For more information and to book tickets visit 3.6.17


SNAP! Following its Fringe debut in 2016, The Contemporary Magical Performance group, SNAP, consisting of seven of Korea’s finest magicians, returns to the Assembly George Square Theatre from August 3rd to 28th at 3pm-4pm daily (except August 14th, 21st). Last year the show received rave reviews, not only from audience members, but from the media as well. Broadway World said “The illusions are so flawless that I can only assume this is actual magic. The entire audience was transfixed for what felt like an all too quick performance as the time just flew by. Astonishing.” And the Herald, The Skinny, The Scotsman, Broadway Baby, Mumble Circus and Fringe Guru gave 4 and 5 star reviews to SNAP. What is more, SNAP was selected as one of six best performances in the Edinburgh Fringe by Broadway World and won Best Production award from Asian Arts Awards which are given to a total of three teams for Asian performers every year.

SNAP is a multi-faceted, ingenious show combining moments of classic comedy theatre with a unique stage language, magic and illusion. The cast of seven award-winning performers – huge stars in their own country and masters of their craft – bring to life characters such as The Alchemist, The Flower Man, The Dreamer, The Trickster and a host of others, to stage a fabulous fantasy experience for Fringe audiences. Book via Also see


KFC2, the second Karl Fulves Convention, July 19th, London. Organised by Allan Brown, this is the second annual gathering to honour an unsung giant of magic. Last year's attendance included close-up magicians from America, Scotland, England and Belarus! This highly informal event will take place on July 19th at 7pm, at The Holiday Inn, 30 Jamestown Road, Camden Town, London NW1 7BY (Map). The idea is that all attendees must be prepared to perform or demonstrate at least two Fulves items or material from any of his publications, or talk about some idea, publication or any item of interest related to, or published by, Fulves. Free entry, very informal, no need to register... just turn up. Any questions, email 3.6.17


Larry Parker on The Good Old Days! Leonard Sachs chairs the old-time music hall programme, first broadcast on 22nd February 1979. With Bernard Cribbins, Barry Cryer, Robert Tear, Benjamin Luxon, Penny Lane, Larry Parker, Teddy Peiro and Patricio. Friday, 9th June. See TV Magic. 3.6.17


Stand Up for Mind, Leicester Square Theatre London, 18th June. From the organisers: Join us for a night full of some of the UK's Best Variety performers and some very special guests. Raising money for Mind, the Mental Health Charity. Line up to date: Jamie Raven (BGT Finalist & Runner Up), Andrew Lawrence (Live at the Apollo), Steve Hewlett (BGT Finalist), Tiff Stevenson (Standup Central), Mat Ricardo, Neil Henry, Oliver Tabor, The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue and many more surprise guests on the night. Also, all ticket holders will be entered into a free raffle to win tickets to see a West End show. Evening hosted by Jamie Povey in aid of Mind. (Line up subject to change). Sunday 18th June at 8pm at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX (Map). For more info and to book Click Here. 3.6.17


Under a Lemon Moon - A Night of Magic & Music in Oxford in aid of Cowley Road Works' new 'Freewheeling' project. A night of magic and music in aid of Cowley Road Works' new 'Freewheeling' project. With Morgan & West (Time-Travelling Magicians); Rob Bailey (Mind Reader); Hipsway (Swing Band); Groove Alchemy (Jazz/Funk); Matt Winkworth (Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter). Tickets £25 to include lite bites and one of Freud's legendary cocktails! Friday 9th June. 7.30pm - 11pm. Freud's, Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AH (Map) For more info and to book: Click Here. 3.6.17


Special Magic Offers at the Jack Avis Lecture! Books by Dai Vernon, Ed Marlo, Charlie Miller, Larry Jennings, Slydini, Michael Close, Harry Riser, John Carney, Al Koran, Harry Lorayne and other leading names from the estate of Jack Avis, at just £5.00 a copy. Where? At the Magic Flea Market at 'The World of Jack Avis' lecture by John Derris this Wednesday 7th June at the Bexley Magic Society. Plus props, gimmicks and effects priced at only £1.00 to £10.00. Plus, every visitor is given free entry to win a copy of Jack Avis’s book 'Vis a Vis'. Flea Market 7pm – 8pm. Lecture starts 8pm. Non-members £5.00. Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8PJ (Map). 3.6.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the final part in 'Penn and Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour' series, as the twosome visit China: The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 3.6.17


Jumbo Magic Auction: Manchester Circle of Magicians. From the organisers: A Jumbo Magic Auction is being held on Monday 19th June by Manchester Circle of Magicians at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Commencing at 6.30pm doors open at 5.30pm, viewing commences at 6pm. Star Auctioneers Derek Lever and Quentin Reynolds. Members admitted free of charge. Non members pay £3.00. Hundreds of items being sold, many without reserve. DVDs, books, kids tricks, close-up magic etc. Further details from Derek Lever: 3.6.17


Quentin Reynolds lectures at The Mercian Mystics Magic Society, Stoke-on-Trent on June 6th. 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 3.6.17


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). 3.6.17


Christian Engblom Lecture. Neil Colley writes: Medway Magical Society are proud to announce Christian Engbloom will lecture this coming Tuesday, 6th June. Come along for an awesome lecture from one of magic's finest minds. From the Cooler to his latest Triple C deck, this night promises to be one not to miss! Members £5. Non members £10. Limited space so arrive early to avoid disappointment. The lecture starts at 8pm. Medway Magical Society, St George Hotel, New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB (Map). 3.6.17


Marketing Yourself - A Brand New E-Book From Mark Leveridge. Mark Leveridge writes: Trying to sort out the best way to promote yourself and your shows is far more complex than it used to be. None of us realised how simple Yellow Pages used to make our lives until it was no longer relevant! In this brand new 35 page advice E-Book, which is Vol. 4 in the Professional Worker Series, Mark takes a close look at exactly what the main online and offline opportunties are for you, and suggests how best to go about using them. Although the subject is not particularly straightforward, Mark offers clear advice to help you to cut through the clutter and get to the essence of the subject. If you have ever felt a little bewildered by modern day marketing, this instructive E-Book will give you the help that you need. For more information go to 3.6.17


Juggling Clubs 2017 Magic and Circus Convention, Lancaster University. 30th June to 3rd July. From the organisers: Juggling clubs is a joint magic and circus skills convention. It will be running over the Saturday and Sunday, with the Friday and Monday set aside for travelling to allow us to pack more into the time. Over the weekend there will be: Fire Spinning, Workshops, Games, Challenges, a Live Show and Renegade Show. Tickets are now on sale! Visit for details. 3.6.17


John Archer, Arts Cafe, South Chatham Arts. Nathan Ward writes: On Sunday 4th June, from 6.30pm till 8pm, the legendary John Archer, comedy magician, will be performing at the Arts Cafe at St William's Church, 433 Walderslade Road, Chatham, Kent ME5 9LR (Map). Entry is free, but a 'pay what you want' scheme is in place. See 3.6.17


The Peterborough Society of Magicians 29th Annual Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day, 11th June. John Learoyd writes: The Society is pleased to announce Quentin Reynolds for the morning lecture, Andi Gladwin for the afternoon lecture, and Paul Gordon teaching his workshop; so bring your cards! Dealers include Adrian Sullivan, Albion Magic, Hocus Pocus Magic and Macrow Magic among others. Dealers will have access at approx 8.45am to set up. Doors open for all at 9.45am. The official opening is at 10am. There is free on-site parking. Refreshments available all day at very reasonable prices. This looks like being a great event. For further details please go to: or contact Keith Downs on 01778 343167 or The venue is The Millfield Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2PE (Map). For maps of the venue email: 3.6.17


Nice one Axel! On Sunday 28th May Axel Hecklau won the 1st prize at the German Championships in Saarbrücken and writes: It was a tough competition, since all acts where unique, very creative and innovative. I think one can say "Parlor" was the category with the highest level on average of the contest. The decision of the jury was very hard to predict. So I was very, very lucky to get the Magica trophy in gold. I performed my "spectators driver licence to impossible location" and my Rubik's Cube routine. Now I have to work on the Korean version of this act to perform at FISM in Busan next year! See Axel's latest at 3.6.17


Ravi Mayar Lecture - Bolton Magicians' Club. Paul Goodman writes: Bolton Magicians' Club proudly presents a lecture by Ravi Mayar. A full-time professional magician, pickpocket, hypnotist, creator and lecturer. British born, Canadian raised, now permanently living in the UK, celebrity magician Ravi Mayar has performed his fantastic skills in close-up magic, mix and mingle hypnotism and pickpocket trickery to an array of people across 3 different continents for over 45 nationalities. Ravi Mayar is well respected not only as a performer in the magic community, but also as a trainer and creator of magic. Ravi is known for creating organic magic with everyday items that people can relate to. He will be discussing his approach to hypnosis, touching on his use of physical controls, language, and the intangible principles he has created for his mix and mingle hypnosis. Ravi will also be introducing his style of pickpocketing, discussing confidence v character, proximity of space and attention management. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn material not usually taught in magic lectures and is not to be missed. Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £10.00 for non members. 3.6.17


Dan Boyles Lecture - The Surrey Society of Magicians. Adam Mosley writes: Dan Boyles will be delivering a unique lecture, offering insight into the world of the Got Talent franchise and will be exploring the full behind the scene workings, the journeys, what the producers really want from an act and how you should go forward if you want to proceed. Following that, the 2nd half of the lecture will be talking about how to grow an existing or new close-up magic business including focusing on social media, marketing tools and the like. Included will be a free copy of his newest release Phonebook, a five-book book test that can be done at any time, on any device anywhere. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey, at 8pm on Thursday 8th June. For full details email Adam Mosley 3.6.17


First Dates, Tuesday 6th June, Channel 4. "After years on the road, 59-year-old professional singer Precious is looking for a man to make sweet music with. Does her date - suave 58-year-old amateur magician Earle - hit the right notes with Precious as he serenades her? Company director John, who's 28, is looking for a man to marry and start a family with. His fellow Scotsman Greig, an old romantic, is looking for a feisty companion, but will John's brutal honesty halfway through the date end their potentially beautiful friendship? Hebe, who's 20, is confused by the dating game and has never been on a date. On the verge of giving up on finding a man, she's pinning all her hopes on her date. She meets 25-year-old fine wine merchant Charles, who's tired of the playboy bachelor life and is looking for a punchy, zingy and full bodied woman. Free-spirited Mancunian musician Charlie, who's 25, is looking for a woman who shares his love of travelling." See TV Magic. 3.6.17


Banbury Magic Club - now recruiting! David Gardner writes: We are looking for new members to join our club. If you are interested please go to our website where you will find all our details. New members will be made very welcome. 3.6.17


Pawn Stars, 7th June on History. The team are spellbound when a book signed by the great Harry Houdini appears in the shop. Corey spots an old X-ray unit and Chum takes a vow of silence. See TV Magic. 3.6.17


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