Number 885 - 10th June 2017


The sky's the limit for eight-year old magician Issy Simpson. Young Issy gave an incredible performance in the final of Britain's Got Talent last Saturday, delighting all with her magic and charm. She was just pipped at the post by musician Tokio Myers. Matt Edwards came in 4th with more comedy and magic, and DNA 11th, with their mind reading act. DT.

Issy Simpson: "Simon Cowell says Britain's Got Talent child magician Issy Simpson can conjure up Hollywood movie future" Click Here.
Matt Edwards: "Britain’s Got Talent finalist joins the cast of Swansea panto Aladdin" Click Here.
DNA: "Britain’s Got Talent act DNA: ‘Final was not a true reflection of us’" Click Here.
The results in full:
1st Tokio Myers - 24.2%
2nd Issy Simpson - 17.5% YouTube
3rd Daliso Chaponda - 14.7%
4th Matt Edwards - 7.9% YouTube
5th The Pensionalities - 6.9%
6th Kyle Tomlinson - 6.7%
7th Sarah Ikumu - 5.6%
8th Missing People Choir - 5.2%
9th MerseyGirls - 5.1%
10th Ned Woodman - 3.2%
11th DNA - 3.0% YouTube.


Penn & Teller Live opens in Manchester tonight. Featuring Penn (the loud one, that you wish would be a lot quieter) and Teller (the silent one, that you wish would be a little louder). DT. From the producers: Kings of Magic Penn & Teller are all set to perform their classic magic. The Emmy award-winning TV stars are also best-selling authors and Las Vegas icons. Their Showtime series, ‘Penn & Teller: BS!’ was nominated for 16 Emmys. Recent ventures include ITV’s highly successful ‘Penn & Teller Fool Us!’ hosted by Jonathan Ross and ‘Penn & Teller Tell A Lie’ for the Discovery Channel. The shows will feature never before seen tricks in the UK.

Sat June 10 2017 - Manchester O2 Apollo
Sun June 11 2017 - Manchester O2 Apollo
Thu June 15 2017 - SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
Fri June 16 2017 - SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
Tue June 20 2017 - London Eventim Apollo
Wed June 21 2017 - London Eventim Apollo
Thu June 22 2017 - London Eventim Apollo
Fri June 23 2017 - London Eventim Apollo
Sat June 24 2017 - London Eventim Apollo
Sun June 25 2017 - London Eventim Apollo

Book via 10.6.17


James More: Tonight at the London Palladium. Bradley Walsh returns to the famous London Palladium stage one last time as the latest series of the iconic variety show concludes. This week's bill features music from chart-toppers Clean Bandit, jaw-dropping illusion from James More, comedy from James Acaster and The Noise Next Door, plus performances from West End smash hits School of Rock and Les Miserables. Wednesday 14th June on ITV. See TV Magic. 10.6.17


Ali Cook Principles of Deception Tour. Ali Cook is on tour from September 16th with his one-man show 'Principles of Deception' taking in Aberdeen, Norwich, Bridport, Guildford, Chipping Norton, Bangor, Hemel Hempstead, Birmingham, Didcot and Melton. Tickets via Star of the West End magic show 'Impossible', BBC's 'Now You See It', 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', 'Dirty Tricks' and 'Monkey Magic' Ali Cook returns with his own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy. Expect to be genuinely amazed. Taking its name from Arthur Buckley’s influential magic collection Principles and Deceptions – the first book to categorize every magic trick – the show demonstrates Ali Cook’s skill as a historian of deception. In a masterclass of technique across a range of magic disciplines, including close-up magic, mind reading and sleight of hand, expect an evening of magical invention and re-invention. "Forget what you think you know about comedy magicians - Ali Cook is edgy, intelligent, self-referential, caustically hilarious and one of the most sought-after illusionists on the planet." GQ Magazine. From September 16th - see What's On for tour dates. 10.6.17


Conjuring at the Court, London. From the organisers: Witness the impossible as top magicians take to the stage! On Thursday 29th June Conjuring at the Court celebrates its 8th year of great magic with a terrific line-up of performers: One of Holland’s top magicians, Fritz Alkemade, who’s had a successful run at Edinburgh, full of ideas and comedy! Claire Lenahan, who had a brief spot at the Court last year with a remarkable and funny straitjacket escape. Now this sparkling performer returns with a full act of her magic! Lee Hathaway is one of London’s best established comedy magicians. His magic is so strong, he fooled Penn and Teller; and he seems to be as amazed as his audience by what’s going on! Steve Hewlett is a fabulous ventriloquist, a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent, with loads of imagination and humour. Russell Levinson as MC keeps the show moving with a series of baffling miracles ..and as it’s a birthday, of course there’ll be a cake! 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 10.6.17


David Copperfield, in playful mood on Scrubs, from The MagicWeek Video Archive, shown in August 2003 here in the UK: The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. The 'David Copperfield Channel' features well-known video clips of David Copperfield's shows, with audio commentary by David Copperfield himself: YouTube. 10.6.17


Magic on the Fringe. The official Edinburgh Fringe programme was released earlier this week. This year's list contains 67 magic and magic-related shows. Once again card man Peter McLanachan ( has kindly pieced together all the magic listings for MagicWeek readers (many thanks Pete!) Click Here. 10.6.17


Leamington & Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic - this Wednesday! From the organisers: 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. The main lectures have been booked and include 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: 10.6.17


An Evening with Leslie Melville - York Society of Magicians. Gren Dowson writes: Freddie Davies is unable to attend his evening at York Society of Magicians originally planned for this date due to unforeseen circumstances, however he has organised a replacement lecturer with a good friend Leslie Melville. Leslie Melville is a well known entertainer who started out in the 1940s around Blackpool. Leslie has worked on cruise ships, in theatres, and as a Butlins Redcoat. You may know Leslie as Percy Piecrust or William Warlock as he was also know. Members of other magic societies are welcome for a small door charge of £5 per person. Wednesday 14th June at 7.30pm at the Red Lion Hotel, Boroughbridge Road, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6PR (Map). 10.6.17


Sleight of Hand on the Strand at the Savoy! Saturday 17th June. From the organisers: International magician Dominic Zwolinski will accompany Tony Middleton 'Sonic' - star of The Magic Hour at the Park Lane Hotel - to deliver an hour and fifteen minutes of classic sleight of hand magic. Sit back and enjoy the plush surroundings of London's first ever luxury hotel, opened in the 1920s. The room itself enjoyed visits from Winston Churchill, and many others who can be seen on its walls. We hope to welcome for what will be a very special evening in an exclusive location! Last few tickets: 10.6.17


Enterteasement: Comedy, Magic & Burlesque in Glasgow tonight. Enterteasement is Glasgow's monthly Comedy! Magic! Burlesque! show. This show features multiple award winning comedy magician Chris Dinwoodie aka Woody the magician. Saturday, June 10th, 8pm - 10.30pm. Tickets £14 via Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 10.6.17


International comedian, magician and illusionist Matt Grindley will be taking to the stage and sea over the next few months. Matt's all new 'Totally Awesome Magic Show' or illusion show 'Magique' will be appearing at Diamond Resorts International Pine Lake Resort, at Cromer Country Club, and on Brittany Ferries sailing to Spain throughout the summer. Matt will also be appearing in Aladdin in Bolton with Stu Francis from 4th December. For more information visit If you can't wait until then Matt will be in his one-man show 'Tricky, An Evening with Matt Grindley' this Sunday, 11th June, at Cromer Country Club. 10.6.17


The June 2017 E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce the release of his latest online magic video programme which this month has the following contents: The Teach In - a different presentation and method for the Brainwave Deck. Top Tips - never forget a prop for your shows again by following this simple idea. It Could Only Happen Live - a story that proves that fact is stranger than fiction. Web Offers - background info on the June offers featuring a close up coin routine and a brilliant stand up show opener. 60 Seconds To Success - how to help audiences to remember your name. The Review Corner - a look at a terrific new kids' show book from Christopher T Magician. To watch a trailer of the above, or to purchase access to the complete 38 minute online presentation for a tiny amount of money, visit 10.6.17


Magic at the Angles - Saturday 17th June. This month Richard Griffin introduces the magic ballet act of Megan Knowles Bacon, variety act Ben Langley and multi-award winning magician Matthew Garrett. Tickets start at just £10.00, available via The Angles Theatre, Alexandra Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1HQ (Map). 10.6.17


IBM British Ring Convention 7th-10th September 2017 in Greenock, Scotland. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Convention Team would like to remind everyone that the closing date for entries to both the Stage and Close-Up Competitions in Greenock is Monday 31st July 2017. A full list of previous winners can be found on our website Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to showcase your talents to an international audience as places are being allocated on a first come, first served basis – you have to be in it to win it! For further details on entering the Stage Competition please contact Oliver Tabor at for a chance to win the following: 1st Prize the British Ring Trophy plus £500 for the most entertaining magic act, 2nd Prize the Theo Speaker Cup plus £250, 3rd Prize the Alastair Wand plus £100, The Conventioneers Trophy for the greatest originality shown in effect, method or presentation, the Dittia Shield awarded for manipulation or the Tom Harris Cup awarded for comedy. The British Ring Shield may also be awarded to an act achieving outstanding magical excellence. For further details on how to enter the Close-Up Competition please contact Bill Simpson for a chance to win the following: 1st prize the Zina Bennett Trophy plus £500, 2nd prize £250, 3rd prize £100. The ‘Rovi’ Trophy may also be awarded for the most entertaining and skilful act using cards. 10.6.17


Re-coding Perception Through Magic. A two-day programme that builds knowledge and skills across key scientific disciplines and concepts of illusion. July 8-9th, 2017, Cambridge

With events from astronomy to psychology and from engineering to behavioural sciences, the Academy of Magic & Science welcomes everyone to explore and discuss science and magic through lectures, workshops, performances and exhibitions. This year we are re-coding our perception, looking at how we communicate, how we sense the world around us, how we process knowledge and how these mechanisms impact the way we behave and live.

Who should attend
This unique programme is designed for highly motivated individuals looking into expanding their knowledge, improving their communication and public speaking skills, enhancing their teaching tools, expanding their portfolio and employing new scientific elements in their projects. It is tailored for those passionate about learning and staying curious.

Psychology of misdirection
Behavioural sciences & decision making
Deception of perception
History of the art of illusion
Engineering Miracles
Visual re-education
Mimicking nature’s magic

Participants will learn from Cambridge University professors, researchers and a panel of outstanding associates from the world of magic to gain insights from a vibrant and international peer group.

Dates and fees
July 8-9th, 2017 Cambridge University, UK. The programme fee is £180. Fee includes instruction, materials, lunches and refreshments, together with a magic tour of the historic city of Cambridge and an evening magic & science variety show. We encourage you to register early as the number of participants is limited.


The organisers write: We are very excited to invite you to attend a unique convention to "Re-Code Your Perception Through Magic”, looking at how we communicate, how we perceive the world around us, how we process knowledge and how these mechanisms impact the way we behave and live. The Academy of Magic and Science, our educational partner, is organising in Cambridge, a fascinating two-day event of lectures, shows and workshops. The convention will cover topics from science, communication and social media campaigns with a magic twist, to deceive and re-educate our perception. The Academy of Magic and Science has been supported by the Cambridge University Accelerator of the Judge Business School and is an official partner of FISM. Register now at Enjoy an exclusive 10% discount using the code: MagicWeek10. 10.6.17


Baffling Blandford magical town walk, 4pm - 5.30pm every Sunday until 10th September 2017: "Join the magical walking tour with a pinch of history, a dash of comedy, and a load of pure magic, illustrating the quirky character of Blandford with illusions. Tickets £8 (£7 conc./£20 family) from: Blandford Information Centre, Crown Hotel reception, or just turn up on the day! Free nearby parking on Sundays at the Marsh & Ham Car Park DT11 7AW. The walk starts from the Crown Hotel, West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ (Map). 10.6.17


Kent Magicians Guild Dealer Dem. Mike Bonfield writes: The Kent Magicians Guild will be holding a Dealers' Dem at their clubroom at 8pm on Tuesday 27th June at Kent Magicians' Guild, CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map). Members of all other magic clubs are cordially invited. Hosted by Adam Smith. Admission is free. It is likely to be a great evening, so come along to the CIU Club, Dunton Green, Kent, meet the members or become a member. 10.6.17


John Styles awarded Freedom of the City of London. Last month The Right Hon The Lord Mayor, Dr. Andrew Parmley, congratulated John Styles at The Guildhall upon receiving the Freedom of the City of London. Photo by Mike Williams. 10.6.17


Introducing 'Funny Bones'. Wayne Slater writes: 15 months ago I retired my stage act El Loco the Dentist Chair. I have spent the past 12 months creating a new comedy character, Funny Bones. A comedy waiter who from the first course to the last serves up a feast of comedy including “Bush Tucker Trail”, “Magical Waiter” and “Musical Tray” - just a few tasters from my organic menu. 10.6.17


"David Blaine Live" Click Here • "David Blaine at the Granada" Click Here • "Brit magician stuns Simon Cowell on America's Got Talent – can you work out how he did it?" Click Here • "Magician Wows Ellen DeGeneres By Reading Her Mind And Performing Epic Tricks" Click Here • "The magician: Beyond the Brief featuring Dan LaCivita, Firstborn" Click Here • "Bodger & Badger creator Andy Cunningham dies following cancer battle" Click Here • "Colin Cloud, ‘America’s Got Talent’ Mind-Reader: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know" Click Here • "12-Year-Old Ventriloquist Stuns America's Got Talent Judges" Click Here • "Illusionist Darcy Oake to honour late brother with four Winnipeg shows" Click Here • That's it for another week, see you next week, Duncan. 10.6.17