Number 889 - 8th July 2017


Wayne Dobson celebrated his 60th birthday last week - A Very Happy 60th Wayne! Here he is 30 years ago, performing some close-up classics for ITV's variety gameshow '3-2-1' on 17th October 1987. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks, Click Here. Also see 8.7.17



'Dunninger on TV' An Evening with Joe Atmore, International Magic, London. Tuesday 25th July. Joe Atmore, the acknowledged expert on the great American mentalist 'The Amazing Dunninger', will discuss Dunninger's career on television and show rare television clips not seen in over 60 years. The principles of mentalism and showmanship that Dunninger used are as applicable today as they were when originally used by Dunninger and will baffle the audiences of today in the same way that they baffled the audiences of yesteryear. Joe will also cover the extraordinary "Brain Busters" that continuously received newspaper coverage. Plus, as the international consultant to Uri Geller's Phenomenon television series, Joe Atmore will tell how he got that series to perform some Dunninger inspired routines. This is a rare chance to catch Joe Atmore in London and an equally rare opportunity to learn about one of the most significant contributors to the art of mentalism. Book your place by emailing Tuesday 25th July at 7.30pm (finish approx 10pm). Venue: 2nd Floor of Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Admission £15 per person (pay on the door, but book your place in advance) 8.7.17


Best magic shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. "Illusion, sleight of hand, hypnosis and mind reading to check out this August. Don't think of blokes in capes pulling bunnies from top hats, modern magic is so much slicker, trickier and more complex than that. Edinburgh Fringe is the perfect place to see an array of styles and performers so we've selected our pick of the mind readers, card manipulators and illusionists looking to amaze you this August. Be warned, it's a bit of a wand fest. Where are the ladies of magic?" To read the full article by Rowena McIntosh in Click Here. Photo: Peter & Bambi Heaven 'The Magic Inside'. 8.7.17


Shoot Ogawa's 2017 lecture tour is now fully underway. Shoot Ogawa, a four-times Magic Castle Magician of the Year awardee is back in the UK with a new lecture for 2017. he'll be sharing new stories, routines and effects that he has been working on over the past five years. Shoot also teaches from 3 new DVDs created just for this lecture. Shoot uses these new tricks to demonstrate: how he creates tricks, how to be more skilful as a performer, creating the desired 'magical feeling' with any trick, what he thinks is a 'good magician', and how to control the power of magic. Full of Shoot’s original tricks and legendary skill and creativity, this lecture promises to be as entertaining and enlightening as ever.

10/07/2017 Newcastle Magic Circle
11/07/2017 Aberdeen
12/07/2017 Hull Magic Circle (also see separate listing lower down)
13/07/2017 Surrey Society of Magicians (also see separate listing lower down)
14/07/2017 Manchester Circle of Magicians
17/07/2017 Ipswich Magical Society
18/07/2017 British Magical Society (also see separate listing lower down)
19/07/2017 Shropshire Magical Society
20/07/2017 Home Counties Magical Society - Reading (also see separate listing lower down)
21/07/2017 Northamptonshire Magicians Club
22/07/2017 Smoke & Mirrors show
23/07/2017 Smoke & Mirrors lecture
24/07/2017 Leicester Magic Circle
25/07/2017 Blackpool Magicians Club
26/07/2017 Derby
27/07/2017 Sussex
29/07/2017 Isle of Mann
31/07/2017 Belfast
01/08/2017 Dublin.


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 8.7.17


Aaron Calvert: Awaken. 5th - 27th August, Edinburgh Fringe. From the producers: Following a sensational 2016 sell-out debut, Aaron Calvert returns with more astounding mind reading and fascinating hypnotic feats in his brand new show Awaken. "Jaw-dropping entertainment from a modern day wizard" Telegraph. "Aaron's mastery in mind control, hypnosis and psychology, combined with his background as a doctor makes this show a fast paced, edge of your seat experience. A talented showman that will leave you baffled" Daily Mail. It's time to Awaken your hidden powers. Written by Aaron Calvert and Sam Fitton as part of the PBH Edinburgh Fringe magic programme. Venue: La Belle Angele (venue 301), Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JD (Map). 8.7.17


Kaymar Magic was established in 1953 by Harry Baron and Joe Stuthard, and has been providing the UK (and the world) with top quality magic ever since! Now owned and managed by Liam Montier, Kaymar focuses on bringing both new and forgotten classics of magic exclusively to you, with fast and friendly customer service. Visit today! 8.7.17


The Man Who Knows, from Kaymar Magic: A baffling and self working prediction using gorgeous custom printed classic magic posters! A spectator chooses both a poster and a playing card, and you reveal both in a surprising and unexpected way! No moves or sleights, no reset, no kidding! Includes all the props - just supply (or borrow) a pack of cards! Available right now from! 8.7.17


Practical Magic Under New Ownership. Gary Dunn and partner Charlene write: "Well, it’s been a month since we took over the reigns of Practical Magic, and it’s all looking great with a brand new, easier to navigate website; new effects and props added to the extensive range, and the same great service - with a bag of Haribos thrown in too! The support from all our customers has been fantastic over the last few weeks. We’re continuing to re-stock and add to the website on a daily basis, so watch out for new props and some old favourites coming back too!" Visit today! 8.7.17


Play-Chop - The classic chop cup, now with Play-Doh®! Ask a spectator to make a ball with the Play-Doh® from a small pot. From that moment you can perform any chop cup routine with a large ball and a cute animal final load. Modern magic with organic props! A fantastic way to bring a classic of magic to children or even adults. Available from 8.7.17


Chris Wardle’s ‘Crafty Conjuring’ Lecture – Harrogate Society of Magicians. Chris Wardle presents his new lecture ‘Crafty Conjuring’ on Monday, 17th July at 8pm. This is a collection of brand-new material covering close-up, stand-up, children’s magic and mentalism, with the emphasis on cunning, streamlined methods which produce baffling effects. Anyone who saw Chris last time he lectured at Harrogate in 2013 will know they are in for an evening of practical material they will use. His ideas have appeared in books, magazines and have been used on TV, radio and on the stage. He has a regular column in The Magic Circle’s monthly magazine and is an award-winning Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. We meet at Harrogate Conservative Club, 61B East Parade, Town Centre, Harrogate HG1 5LQ (Map). Non-members' entrance fee: £5. Any questions, please contact our Secretary, Neil Bradley-Smith, or visit our website: 8.7.17


Magicbox Dealer Dem Evening: York Society of Magicians. Gren Dowson writes: York Society of Magicians will be holding a Dealer Dem by Magicbox on Wednesday 12th July 2017. York Society members are welcome to attend at a small fee of £5 to help with costs. Please have a look on our website and should you require anything then please place an order and Magicbox will bring it on the night. Doors open at 7.30pm. For more information please email or call Gren on 07515 566786. Venue: Red Lion Hotel, Boroughbridge Road, York YO26 6PR (Map). 8.7.17


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Andrew Normansell Order of The Magi lecture. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Andrew Normansell makes a welcome return to The Order of The Magi on Tuesday 11th July with a new lecture. Here is a man already famed for magical items like The Man Who Would Be King, Tempest and 10 Below Zero. This performer, highly skilled in the world of corporate and commercial magic will demonstrate and explain a variety of effects with hopefully something to suit all tastes. An evening not to be missed as Andrew shares his knowledge and experience with you. Free for members, door charge for non-members. Please note earlier start of 7.30 pm. For directions go to and click ‘Find Us’ at the top of the home page. 8.7.17


The Mark Leveridge July Podcast. Mark Leveridge writes: If you fancy sunbathing in the garden or on the beach and want to listen to half an hour of magic related chat and opinion, then the latest mp3 downloadable Podcast is just the thing. July's topics are as follows: The power that Derren Brown brings to his performances bucks the accepted modern trend of how we should entertain lay people. I offer a theory about when you should hand write a prediction and when it is OK to have it pre-printed. Nobody knows everything in magic, so surrounding yourself with knowledgeable people can be a huge help. Most performers spend more time on the show than they do on the business of promoting that show. Mark Leveridge Magic does not sell fish despite what UPS may think! Coming second on BGT could be a good thing for Issy Simpson. Not getting a booking may be nothing to do with the fee. You can access this latest recording, or others from the Podcast archive, by going to or 8.7.17


Fish and Chips Magical Cabaret Night - Nottingham Guild of Magicians. Will Pyatt writes: The famous Nottingham Guild Fish and Chips Magical Cabaret Night is back. Enjoy a superb traditional fish and chips meal and then sit back, relax and watch a magic and cabaret night put on by the Nottingham Guild of Magicians. Thursday 20th July. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Venue: Pondhills Lane Community Centre, Nottingham NG5 8DR (Map). Tickets are £10.00, or £7.50 for a smaller portion. All tickets must be pre-booked so that the fish and chips can be ordered. Please contact Dawn May for tickets, email or phone 01159 304892. 8.7.17


Chris Wardle’s ‘Crafty Conjuring’ Lecture – The Pentacle Club, Cambridge. Alan Maskell writes: Chris Wardle makes a welcome return to The Pentacle Club to present his new lecture ‘Crafty Conjuring’ on Tuesday, 18th July at 8pm. This is a collection of brand new material covering close-up, stand-up, children’s magic and mentalism, with the emphasis on cunning, streamlined methods which produce baffling effects. Anyone who has seen Chris before will know they are in for an evening of practical material they will use. His ideas have appeared in books, magazines and have been used on TV, radio and on the stage. He has a regular column in The Magic Circle’s monthly magazine and is an award-winning Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. The Pentacle Club meets at St Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 9LR (Map) and the lecture starts at 8pm. Visiting magicians are welcome. There is a charge for non-Pentacle members. 8.7.17


John Carey presents his 'Carey Files' lecture at the Merlin Magical Society in Potters Bar on Thursday 13th July. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entry is £10 for non members (welcome). See for details. 8.7.17


Blackpool Magicians' Club Convention update. Alan Horne PRO writes: Blackpool Magicians' Club are pleased to announce that they have secured the Winter Gardens for their annual convention for the next 5 years, not only is this popular event a great boost for Blackpool, but it also helps with the plans we have for future years. Over the next few weeks we will be announcing some of the artistes and lecturers that will be appearing so please keep checking our website for full details of news and booking details. 8.7.17


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. 8.7.17


Shoot Ogawa Lecture - The Surrey Society of Magicians, Thursday 13th July. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, the lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details please contact Adam Mosley 8.7.17


Shoot Ogawa Lecture - British Magical Society, Birmingham, Tuesday 18th July. 7.30pm start. Shoot Ogawa, famous for his "Ninja Rings", being a 4-times Magic Castle Magician of the Year and countless other awards, is back with his brand new lecture — it's going to be a corker, so don't miss it. Visitors are welcome for just £10.00 on the door. British Magical Society, The Avenue Club and Lodge, Weoley Avenue, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6PP (Map). Andy Kirk, President. 8.7.17


Shoot Ogawa Lecture - Home Counties Magical Society, Thursday 20th July. Shoot Ogawa will lecture for HCMS on Thursday 20th July at 8pm at Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley RG6 3HE (Map). Visiting magicians welcome, door charge £15. Further details can be found at Andrew Lewis. 8.7.17


Modern Magic: Jake Banfield. Prepare to believe in magic...! Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, an audience will have their minds read, have their senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. Saturday 8th July. Doors 7.30pm. Show 8pm. Tickets: Front Row: £35, Parlour: £25. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map). 8.7.17


South London Close Up Magic Champion: "Theo The Magician was very pleased to win The South London Magic Society Close Up Championships for the first time. It was twice as hard this year, as they had over twice as many magicians entering - 11 in total. Everyone commented on the high standard and entertainment value. It is always a much better competition when there are more laymen than magicians in the audience, as you get a true reaction. Theo now joins a select group of magicians that have 'done the double' in the same year; winning both the Stage and Close Up Championships. Theo will now have to put two new acts together for next year as The South London rules state that you can’t enter the same act twice. Theo celebrated by putting on a show for the children from the charity Jigsaw4u that he has raised money for, helping children and young people put the pieces back together." 8.7.17


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