Number 886 - 17th June 2017


4Minds Conference 2017. 1st & 2nd July, Newcastle. Limited to just 90 delegates, the line-up for Michael Murray's 4Minds 2017 is now confirmed as: Jan Forster (Germany), Anthony Jacquin (UK), Stephen Young (The Netherlands), Phill Smith (UK), Ian Harvey Stone (UK), Thomas Heine (Germany) and Rainer Mees (Germany). Michael is also in talks with a couple of up and coming mentalists to feature in a series of mini-lectures throughout the weekend. The registration fee includes access to all of the lectures, together with the following extras: a limited edition book detailing routines, ideas and advice from the lecturers; a delegates pack; chilled bottled water, tea, coffee, juice; a light buffet lunch, and lecture discounts. Those who are arriving early on the Friday will also be invited to witness a unique show (full details to be announced shortly!). For more information and to register visit: Also see the two separate Friday events below. 17.6.17


Mark Elsdon's Storytelling & Mentalism Workshop. 10.30am Friday 30th June, Newcastle. This is the Friday morning before the 4Minds Convention that takes place over the weekend. "The greatest art in the world is the art of storytelling." Cecil B. DeMille. Mark Elsdon is running this brand new and highly collaborative Workshop for mentalists, mindreaders, magicians and entertainers who want to add some depth, meaning and resonance to their performances. Performers who enjoy delighting their audiences with something unique, interactive and memorable. For more info and to book: Click Here. 17.6.17


Ian Rowland: Anytime, Anywhere, Psychic Readings. 1.30pm Friday 30th June, Newcastle. 4Minds Conference organiser Michael Murray writes: After pleading and begging with Ian​ for well over a year he has finally agreed to do it! 'It' being the event that we have all dreamed of. I am sure that almost all of you have read Ian's highly acclaimed book "The Full Facts of Cold Reading". Now, for the very first time ever Ian will be teaching his personal cold reading system. This one system will enable you to give any kind of reading you want, anytime, anywhere to anyone. I for one will not be missing this amazing opportunity to learn from the very best in the business. To learn more and to secure your place visit Click Here. 17.6.17


Just two weeks to go until the UK's newest one-day magic convention takes off! Artistic Director Kevin McMahon writes: MagicFest Pro focuses primarily on live magic performance. As such, it will feature not only lectures from David Stone, Morgan & West, R Paul Wilson, Noel Qualter, Billy Reid, Dave Alnwick but live shows too! Also featuring live performances form Vincent Gambini, Alan Hudson, Elliot Bibby, Luke Eaton, Paul Di Stefano, Michael Neto, Adam Black, Tricky Ricky and Gary Dunn. All the above on one site with 6 theatres, bars, street food, a cafe, open air courtyard, magic dealer Alan Duncan, close-up magicians, a raked seated theatre (perfect for close-up lectures), live music and late night sessioning till the wee witching hours. Love live magic? Then you’ll love MagicFest Pro. Saturday 1st July. Full Day tickets just £50. Visit for details. 17.6.17


Steve Short's Johnny Hart Lecture - now booking. To coincide with the launch of Steve Short's Johnny Hart biography at the Blackpool Convention next year, Steve will be presenting a lecture on the life and career of Johnny Hart. The story of Johnny’s rise from Preston to the London Palladium at such a young age is a true success story. Most magicians will know that he was the first Magic Circle ‘Young Magician Of The Year’ winner in 1961. He then went on to a very successful career appearing all over the world including an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in America, making him the first British magician to ever appear on the show. For over three decades he worked virtually non-stop and appeared with many top names in show business. Steve has discovered numerous unseen and rare photographs which will be shown at the lectures. Also, Steve has obtained many video clips of Johnny’s TV appearances that have never been seen since their original broadcast. The lecture will be available for presentation from March 2018. Contact Steve Short directly to book: telephone 07803 125180. 17.6.17


Magic at the Barn, Saturday 1st July and Sunday 2nd July in Rochford, Essex. Witness incredible illusions, crazy juggling feats, magic and science colliding, plus award-winning magic and comedy. Suitable for all the family. Now in its 14th year! Award-winning magic and hilarious comedy, featuring some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK held within an enchanting 17th century Red Brick Barn theatre. Starring the multi-award winning magic of Oliver Tabor, top international juggler Florian Brooks and the magic and science of Oliver Meech following his sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival. Outside entertainment will be running throughout the weekend featuring close-up magicians, plus bouncy castles, inflatable games and stalls offering face painting, food and drink. 4 amazing shows over 2 days! Saturday 1st July at 3pm & 7:30pm and Sunday 2nd July at 12noon & 3pm. Magic at the Barn, Red Brick Barn, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LH (Map). Tickets Click Here or call the ticketline on 01702 543242. 17.6.17


Travis Perkins Assembly 25th Ferrybridge Day of Magic, Sunday 2nd July. From the organisers: With Lecturettes from Steve Gore and Alec Powell, a Workshopette from Alex Csurko, and the star-studded Showette featuring: Alex Powell, Steve Gore, Matthew Pomeroy and Cameron Glenwright. The venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ (Map). Doors open at 9.45am and the day ends at 5pm. Refreshments available all day. Entrance fee £6. 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 17.6.17


3D Magic Works at Merlins of Wakefield. Merlins of Wakefield write: We had a problem with our computers last week, but they are now sorted, and we are catching up with orders and correspondence as quickly as possible, apologies for any delays. From the end of June, Merlins are pleased to announce that we have entered into an exclusive agreement to supply 3D Magic Works products in the UK. This American company produces excellent quality ‘3D printed magic tricks’ on a made to order basis, which will take 5 to 6 weeks to supply. We are now taking orders, (at a special discount of £10 off RRP till the end of June) and these will be sent out in order of receipt. The sooner you order, the sooner you will receive them. Click Here to see the range, which we will be updating weekly as more items become available. Our DVD sale is still on, but finishes 30th June. Click Here for the ‘12@£12 DVD’ deals. We also have our latest 16 page June/July Preview catalogue available, Click Here, or if you would prefer a printed copy, just email us with your address and we will post you a free copy! 17.6.17


Gareth Shoulder wins short documentary award at Sheffield Doc Fest. Magician and raconteur Gareth Shoulder picked up the Virgin Money Short Film Award on Monday night for a film based around the theme of Curiosity. His film "A Medium at Large" was an investigation into the techniques psychics use, and whether they cause more harm than good? The judges called the film "ambitious" and "the idea of a magician using his skills to trick the tricksters, fascinating". See the winning film here: Vimeo, and all 7 finalists here: 17.6.17


The June Mark Leveridge Podcast. This month Mark returns to the normal format of 30 minutes of chat on a varied line up of topics as follows: Summer seems to have arrived, yet Mark for one is not that thrilled! - What constitutes a good trick? Mark looks at some options - There are three different types of show enquiry that you may be getting and Mark explains how you might categorise them and what they each mean - Lectures have changed in nature but Mark's latest offering is more like they used to be - How music can be a real asset for a close up performer - Your credibility as a magician is important for potential bookers, so here's a way to ensure you get some. You can listen to the Podcast for free online, or you can download it to any mp3 player in order to enjoy it in the car, in the garden or on the beach! Go to either or 17.6.17


Gary Jones Lecture hosted by Banished Magicians, Banbury. From the organisers: Banished Magicians (the Banbury based magic club) are delighted to be holding a lecture from one of the UK's finest magicians - Gary Jones on Tuesday 18th July at 7.30pm at Hanwell Community Centre, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 1ER (Map). If you are interested in coming please let us know in advance as there is limited space, email or visit our website For Banished Magicians members this lecture is free. Non-members are welcome at a cost of £10 (£6 under 18's). 17.6.17


Christian Engblom lecture, Northamptonshire Magicians Club, 20th June. Christian Engblom lectures at Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men’s Club, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map) from 8pm - 10pm on Tuesday 20th June. Free for Members, £10 door charge for visiting magicians (welcome). 17.6.17


Impossible! The Latest Premier E-Routine Download from MLM. "This month Mark Leveridge has made one of his strongest card routines available as a Premier E-Routine Download. The effect, called Impossible!, uses two regular decks in a routine which is useable for both a close up show and walkabout work. A spectator genuinely freely names any card from a blue backed deck. The card is shown and then lost back in the pack which is boxed and given to the spectator to hold. The performer names a different card as his selection and this is similarly shown and lost back into the red deck which is then also boxed. With no moves, the two selected cards vanish from their respective cases and are found reversed in the centre of the other deck, the red backed selection being reversed in the blue deck, and the blue selection in the red. Everything is immediately examinable, thus eliminating the possible use of duplicates or fake cards. The effect resets in front of the spectators. You receive PDF instructions as well as a link to online downloadable video directions . This is strong card magic. For more information and to order visit" 17.6.17


The Magicians Advice Podcast. Phil Taylor writes: In this podcast I am joined by Paul Gordon (no Ian Brennan due to family commitments). We discuss the challenges of performing using only card tricks; the best way to do a double lift; beating your nerves; the importance of people skills; Paul’s experience of Penguin and Murphy’s lectures; Paul’s musical career, and how to get some of Paul’s magic tutorials for free. 17.6.17


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: 17.6.17


Matthew Garrett lectures at The Mystic Ring in Dunstable on Thursday 22nd June. Peter Gardini writes: The evening starts at 8pm, but people usually meet in the bar for drinks from 7.30pm. There is a charge for non-members of the Mystic Ring of £5. The Mystic Ring, The Conservative Club, 49 High Street North, Dunstable LU6 1JE (Map). The car park in Regent Street is free after 7pm. 17.6.17


Jonathan Royle won the Order of the Magi's Close-Up Competition on Tuesday 13th June, together with the Sly Smith Shield for 'Best Card Trick'. To read the full story Click Here. 17.6.17


Tony Griffith 'At Home' - Sunday 8th October. Tony Griffith writes: I will be holding another of 'At Home' day on Sunday 8th October in Norton Malreward, Bristol. This a day-long event for those looking for a more in-depth discussion and learning experience in the magic art. The day will cover a variety of areas such as Presenting/Organising a One Man Show - Close Up/Stand Up - Promotion, Publicity, Organisation - After Dinner Speaking/Entertainment - Trade Shows/Corporate Hospitality - Working in Schools. I will be showing and explaining a great many of the routines that have served me well over the years. The day starts at 10.30am, finishing at 5pm. Registration is £40 and includes coffee on arrival, a sandwich lunch and tea/cake prior to departure. Seating is very limited. Early registration is essential. I had 30 years experience as a professional magician and have lectured throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.A. including the Magic Castle, Hollywood. I am a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, and author of numerous publications including my recent Reflection series. For more details or to register email or telephone 01275 835463 13 Church Road, Norton Malreward, Bristol BS39 4EX. 17.6.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive this week features Fukai, appearing on The Paul Daniels Magic Show in December 1986: The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 17.6.17


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