Number 887 - 24th June 2017


Penn & Teller awarded the David Berglas International Magic Award. On Thursday evening, the Foundation for Promoting the Art of Magic presented the International Magic Award to Penn & Teller, seen here receiving the award from David Berglas backstage at the London Eventim Apollo where they are appearing as part of their UK tour. This marked the 10th anniversary of the prestigious award which was conceived by David Berglas in 2007. Previous recipients include David Copperfield, Derren Brown, Dynamo and Uri Geller. Accepting the award Penn & Teller said, “This means a great deal. David Berglas is an innovator of massive influence in both magic and in media. We couldn’t be more honoured.” 24.6.17


Secret Cellar, London’s hidden theatre of Close-up Magic. Summer/Autumn Season 2017. Secret Cellar returns to Vaulty Towers with a new line up of award-winning magicians and TV stars. With 5 star user reviews and a string of sell-out shows, London's hidden theatre of magic is fast becoming the capital’s underground hotspot for real magical talent. Witness incredible feats of illusion closer than ever before...

Chris Rawlins: I Remember Things. 26th–30th July. "Knocked me for six!" BBC.
Kockov: Mind-Messer. 2nd–6th August. "Truly remarkable" Rob Brydon.
Ian Rowland: The Mind Man. 6th–10th September. Consultant to Derren Brown, Uri Geller, MOD, British Olympic Team and the FBI.
Brendan Rodrigues: Intoxicated. 13th-17th September. Winner of the 2016 Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year.
The Vienna Experiment. 27th September – 1st October. Sell-out show at the London Horror Festival 2016.
Paul Zenon: Linking Rings. 18th–23rd October. "Contemporary master of his art" – The Times
Performances last 1 hour. Strictly limited to 33 seats. Please note due to the nature of the cellar there is no wheelchair access.
Secret Cellar, Vaulty Towers, 34 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG (Map)


IBM British Ring No.25 Convention 7th-10th September 2017 in Greenock, Scotland. The Convention Team is very excited to announce that The Jeffery Atkins Memorial Lecture will be presented by Richard Wiseman. Richard began his working life as a professional magician and is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh and currently holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology (University of Hertfordshire). In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Abertay University for his work into the public understanding of science. He has written several bestselling popular psychology books (including The Luck Factor, Quirkology, and 59 Seconds), and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Richard was listed in the Independent On Sunday’s top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live, and has acted as a consultant for Derren Brown, Brain Games, Your Bleeped Up Brain, and Mythbusters. This is definitely an event you don’t want to miss! To attend Richard’s lecture visit or email to register for the Convention. 24.6.17


Alien Autopsy - The Greatest Hoax of All Time: In 1995, Spyros Melaris created an illusion of global significance. His mission was to create something so unusual, so disturbing that it would rock the world. ‘The Alien Autopsy’ was not just a hoax. It challenged belief systems. It asked, 'Do Aliens exist, and are they visiting our planet?' The film fooled NASA, Kodak and every expert who had a say in the subject, including the Queen's Pathologist. The film maintained its integrity for 15 years until Melaris and his crew revealed the truth. Melaris has prepared slides, film and inside secrets exclusively for this show. Leicester Square Theatre, 24th September 2017. For more information and to book Click Here also see YouTube. 24.6.17


This week, from The MagicWeek Video Archive, illusionist Richard Cadell, in an appearance on 'The Big Stage Magic & Illusion Special' from December 29th 2000: The MagicWeek Video Archive. Richard Cadell is the IBM British Ring's President elect. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 24.6.17


The Magic Hour, "London’s most exclusive magic show", has just been awarded a TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence. "Step into the luxurious Park Lane Hotel (Sheraton Grand) to discover one of London’s best kept secrets – The Magic Hour. Established in 2013, Tony Middleton ‘Sonic’, as seen on Penn & Teller: Fool Us stuns audiences with Victorian style parlour magic. Dressed in tails against the evocative backdrop of the dark wood paneled Oak Room, he takes his audience on a journey into the Golden Age of Magic. Featuring classic sleight of hand, mind reading, and even a séance, you will never get closer to the impossible." See What's On for show details and to book, or visit 24.6.17


John Wade can be seen on The Good Old Days on Friday, in a recording that first went out in 1979: Leonard Sachs presents a 1979 edition of the old-time music hall programme from the stage of the City Varieties Theatre, Leeds. Featuring John Inman, Rita Morris, The Balladiers, John Wade, Julie Royce, Duo Barodies, Raymond Bowers and members of the Players' Theatre, London. See TV Magic. 24.6.17


Derek Lever Manchester Circle of Magicians lecture. Bill Booth writes: On Monday 26th June Derek Lever will be lecturing at The Manchester Circle of Magicians. Derek will be talking about, and displaying, props from his vast collection. If you want to know something about the history of magic why not come along? Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £5.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website at or email 24.6.17


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishops Stortford: Friday 30th June. Martin Cox always tries to bring you the very best and newest acts in close-up magic at his "Magicians at the Half Moon" shows. On Friday, 30th June, Martin promises to deliver yet again, with two newcomers to the Half Moon: Alex Kirk and Darren Delaney. These evenings are always guaranteed to be a great night out and entry is just £10. Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm. To reserve yourself a front row seat, contact Martin on 01279 659562. For more information visit Andy Clockwise.



Shoot Ogawa Sheffield Circle of Magicians Lecture. Thursday 29th of June. Sheffield Circle of Magicians warmly invite you to join us for a lecture by Shoot Ogawa. The lecture is £5 for members and £10 for non-members (all welcome). Doors open at 7pm at the Magic Lounge, 82 Broad Street, Sheffield S2 5TG (Map) Andy Cooper, Secretary, Sheffield Circle of Magicians. 24.6.17


Edinburgh Festival Telepathy Magic Show. Martin T Hart writes: The Apex Grassmarket Hotel will be hosting ‘The Anomaly’, an incredible ‘Second Sight’ duo who claim to perform the most baffling telepathy magic you will ever witness on a live stage – and they don’t mind inviting magicians. Theatre critic Verity Williams saw the show in London and said, “the show is a totally unique and incredibly impressive experience”. Shane Wilder, CBS TV News, TX, said “I like this new take on duo mentalism”. ‘The Anomaly’ are at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. The show is being hosted by the 4-star Apex Grassmarket International Hotel and includes a three-course dinner in their award-winning restaurant, which overlooks Edinburgh Castle. You can also expect a cocktail of comedy, a slice of romance, a sprinkle of danger, a side-dish of discovery, all garnished with freshly cut sprigs of criminal behaviour. For exclusive discounts on these tickets use the link below. Performance dates are 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th of August at 7pm. The event is expected to be very popular and these discount tickets are limited to 35 places per date, book via For more information email 24.6.17


Congratulations to Franklin the Mind Magician, the 2017 winner of the Leeds Magic Circle Mentalism Competition, as voted for by members of the Leeds Magic Circle, together with a lay audience. This makes it the third time that Franklin has won this award! 24.6.17


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