Number 888 - 1st July 2017


Craig Christian: Evolution of Magic 2017. Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best are back with another groundbreaking show, 'The Evolution of Magic' at the Horseshoe Bar, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. After touring and headlining in Germany for the past year, Craig is ready to surpass all expectations with a cool, urban show, featuring illusions, close-up sleight of hand magic and mind reading. Expect to be amazed! Tickets are available online or at the Pleasure Beach box office. Running from July 11th to September 3rd. Also see YouTube. 1.7.17


Christian Gambin: The Gentleman Cheater. From the organisers: His life: the game! His passion: winning! His pleasure: cheating! When the cards start burning his hands, every trick becomes a new challenge. Do you enjoy close-up magic? You will love playing against him! Come and have fun in an interactive show. Christian Gambin, a stunning magician, award winning magician, World FISM and French Magic Champion, plays for the first time in London's West End. An expert in close-up magic and a stunning magician. The nearer you are, the less you can see! Come and see his sleight of hand and let dreams come true... The last Friday of the month at 7.30 pm from July 2017 to June 2018. Courthouse Hotel, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HL. For more information and to book visit 1.7.17


"I've always loved great magicians... they're the double glazing salesmen of the entertainment business." Vincent Swan, watching a video of David Copperfield vanishing the Statue of Liberty in BBC Two's 'White Gold' last week (iPlayer). This week, from The MagicWeek Video Archive, the full Statue of Liberty show for anyone who's never seen it, that magically turned the name David Copperfield from a Dickensian character into a world famous magician. Early Copperfield was all very schmaltzy, but brilliantly executed none the less. The dancing cane/levitation sequence to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in this show (15 minutes in) demonstrating why Copperfield is rated as one of the world's greatest ever magicians. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive, Click Here. DT. 1.7.17


Edinburgh International Magic Festival 2017 - on now! 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 as 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 1.7.17


Magicseen Issue 75 July 2017. Editor Mark Leveridge writes: The summer edition of the UK's only independent magic magazine is now out and we are excited to be able to offer our readers not one, but two huge feature articles. The first is a world exclusive interview with David Copperfield in which we get up close and personal with a man who is still one of the world's busiest and best entertainers. This alone would make for a great issue, but rather than rest on our laurels, we also include a fascinating interview with Penn & Teller, who have been appearing in the UK recently. The July issue also provides you with great advice from a PR professional on how to use this method of self-promotion, Jonathan Goodwin explains why he believes that Robert Houdin's assertion that a 'magician is an actor playing the part of a magician' is wrong, and Christopher T. Magician explains how children's entertainers can treat their young stage helpers better. Plus... we talk to Steve Rowe and David Kwong, provide you with honest comments on a whole range of the latest products, offer two effects to learn in the Masterclass and more. You can get your hands on this great edition now as part of a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download subscription, as the first of a pay-as-you-go open ended sub, or just as a single printed or download copy, from 1.7.17


Ian Keable at the Cotswold Magical Society. Peter Kidd writes: Visitors are very welcome when the Cotswold Magical Society welcomes Ian Keable to the Hucclecote Community Centre in Gloucester on Wednesday 5th July. Ian has been a full-time magician since 1990, working principally in Comedy Clubs and at Corporate events. He cut his teeth working in the tough world of the comedy clubs, working alongside comedians such as Lee Evans, Frank Skinner, Harry Hill, Jo Brand and Graham Norton. The fact that he was able to hold his own with these brilliant comedians while presenting his own brand of comedy magic is a tribute to his skills of interacting with audiences. Ian will be talking to us about close-up, cabaret and Dickens. Yes, that Dickens. Charles Dickens was an amateur conjuror for around eight years of his life. His interest was sparked by seeing an Austrian conjuror called Ludwig Dobler who came over to London in 1842. Ian will tell us more, as well as performing and explaining several tricks from his professional repertoire to illustrate not only how to, but also how not to, present close-up and cabaret magic. Everyone welcome from 7.30pm, £10 on the door for non-members. 1.7.17


The July E-Video Newsletter. From Mark Leveridge magic: Your 30 minute bundle of online video entertainment and instruction for July is ready and waiting, and this time the contents are: The Teach In - learn a visual way to produce a silk. Top Tips - how to ensure that the people at your tables remember who you are. It Could Only Happen Live - the story of some 'impromptu' magic backfiring when Mark was a kid. Web Offers - background info on a substantial E-Book and a simple coin E-Routine which are both on offer in July. 60 Seconds To Success - how to know which advertising is working for you. The Review Corner - a detailed look at Peter Eggink's 'Stab'. The E-Video Newsletter is fun and informative and a new edition is released on the 1st of every month. You can gain access to the July issue right now by going to 1.7.17


Portsmouth and District Magic Circle reveal their line up for Jumbo Day 2017. There are lectures from balloon modelling maestro Robbie Driscoll, close-up/cabaret magician Jon Allen and 'Marvellous' Matthew Wright, who will all also appear in the evening Gala together with Jason Steele and the Vox Brothers (Clint Barron with Robbie Driscoll). The Southern Magician of the Year will feature once again, in association with Prop Dog. Sunday 5th November. Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit Colin Rumford. 1.7.17


Luke Jermay: How To Get People To Buy Tickets To Your Show. Ken Dyne writes: At this year's Entertainer's Business and Marketing Conference (London, 24th September) Luke Jermay (pictured) is one of the very special guests, and for the first time, Jermay will openly, honestly and frankly discuss his personal ‘pay per view’ model that underpins all of the professional performance work he has done in the last decade. This talk will open your eyes to a model of professional performance few have ever seriously considered and show that it might just be easier than you think. Tickets and more info: 1.7.17


Amethyst added to 25th Ferrybridge Day of Magic, Sunday 2nd July. From the organisers: The Travis Perkins Assembly are pleased to announce that Amethyst have now been added to the 25th Ferrybridge Day of Magic line up. They will be appearing along with Epsie Havercott and her Wurlitzer and a few wise words of wisdom from Travis Perkins himself. The day will also include Lecturettes from Steve Gore and Alec Powell a Workshopette from Alex Csurko, and the Star studded Showette featuring Alec Powell, Steve Gore, Matthew Pomeroy and Cameron Glenwright. The venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ (Map). Doors open 9.45am and the day closes 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 at or Danny Hunt at 1.7.17


Merlins of Wakefield will be at the Ferrybridge Day of Magic tomorrow, and write: If you need anything taking, contact us by 4pm today on 01924 339933. We will have two new Magic Wagon effects available: The Wedding, which is an amazing ring on finger effect, and the Da Vinci Clock, a superb mental divination. These are only available in limited quantities, and once sold out will not be available again! We are also running a ‘Weekly Special’ where every Friday, a single product is offered at a great price. This week it’s Psychic Poker by Steve Cook - which is 50% off for this week only! . 1.7.17


Shoot Ogawa at the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 5th July, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians will be hosting a lecture from Shoot Ogawa. Shoot has won many awards and everyone knows him for his famous Ninja Rings. He will be sharing new tricks and routines and talking about how to be a more skillful magician. Visiting magicians are welcome for only £5. Venue is The ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 9NL. Lecture starts at 8-00pm. Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, The ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 9NL (Map). 1.7.17


Shoot Ogawa Lecture, Hull Magicians’ Circle. Wednesday 12th July. 7.45pm. Visiting magicians very welcome - £10 charge. Full of Shoot’s original tricks and legendary skill and creativity, this lecture promises to be both thoroughly entertaining and devastatingly enlightening. Sailmakers Arms, Chandlers Court, High Street, Hull HU1 1NQ (Map). Parking available in adjacent Chapel Lane Car Park. Secretary - Ray Burrell - 07930927590. Jon Marshall. 1.7.17


Dave Rawson in Ibiza. Dave Rawson writes: If any magicians are visiting Ibiza this year please email me for whereabouts of my shows. It would be good to meet up. It is my 18th summer season on the island of Ibiza. In winter I'll be back in the UK offering my lecture on Stage Hypnosis to magic societies again. If any society is interested in this fascinating art which is truly magical email 1.7.17


Little Big Shots - now casting Series 2. From the producers: Dawn French is back for a second exciting series of the extraordinary Little Big Shots. It’s the primetime entertainment show that celebrates young talent from all over the world. Open to 3 to 13 year olds, this is not a competition, there are no prizes and no judges – it’s simply a chance to showcase awe-inspiring skills, the downright cute and the fabulously funny. From dancing demons to sassy stand-ups, musical maestros to impressive impressionists… and more, we just want the best that the UK has to offer. You don’t need to have a professional act (but we love those too); we just want to spend time in the company of children who have something they love doing and want to share it with Dawn on the Little Big Shots stage. Parents should visit for full details and to apply. 1.7.17


The Best of Tommy Cooper. TV channel Yesterday are currently showing "Magic and mayhem from Tommy Cooper's riotous 1970s series" in 30 minute compilations. See TV Magic. 1.7.17


Perth Magic Circle. Adrian Harris writes: At the Annual General Meeting held last week the following were elected to office. The current President, Phil Sharp, was unanimously reelected for a second year. Gus McGregor was elected Vice President and will also continue as our valued Hon Treasurer. Adrian Harris is again Hon Secretary and the committee is completed with Ian Dougall and Bill Millar. We are now in recess until September, but members will continue to meet up in one of the local hostelries and hopefully entertain the patrons. Any magician visiting the area during the summer months (or at any other time of year!) is invited to contact us and we will be happy to arrange a 'meet up'. Perth Magic Circle, Perth & District Ex-Servicemen's Club, 5 Milne Street, Perth PH1 5QL (Map). 1.7.17


MagicWeek is 17 years old today! Crafted every week just for you. We launched on 1st July 2000. Here's the News page from that first edition: Click Here. 1.7.17


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