Number 890 - 15th July 2017


The Very Best of Derren Brown Underground. UK Tour Dates 2017. Derren Brown Underground is the latest stage show from the multi-award winning master of psychological illusion. Bringing together a collection of the very best of Derren’s previous stage work, Underground is a spell-binding experience of showmanship and magical genius. A unique opportunity to see Derren perform his own choice of some of his favourite work on the stage, for a limited run only. Book quickly as tickets will sell out fast. Not suitable for under 12's. Directed by Andrew O'Connor and Andy Nyman. Also see

Mon 24 – Wed 26 July Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre
Thu 27 – Sat 29 July Northampton Royal & Derngate
Mon 31 July – Wed 2 Aug. Ipswich Regent Theatre
Thu 3 Aug – Sat 5 Aug. Salford Quays The Lowry
Mon 7 – Thu 10 Aug. Newcastle Theatre Royal
Fri 11 – Sat 12 Aug. Carlisle The Sands
Mon 14 – Tue 15 Aug. Edinburgh Playhouse
Thu 17 – Sat 19 Aug. Cambridge Corn Exchange
Mon 21 – Wed 23 Aug. Woking New Victoria Theatre
Thu 24 – Sat 26 Aug. Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
Mon 28 – Wed 30 Aug. Buxton Opera House
Thu 31 Aug – Sat 2 Sep. Blackpool Grand Theatre
Mon 4 – Tue 5 Sep. Southampton Mayflower
Wed 6 – Thu 7 Sep. Hastings White Rock Theatre
Fri 8 – Sat 9 Sep. Oxford New Theatre.


Paul Zenon in Linking Rings, Friday 28th July, Brighton. Houdini's right-hand man deals with the death of his boss. A half century later, a Blackpool joke shop proprietor takes on a wide-eyed young protégé. An affectionate look at a misspent youth and unsung heroes; a touching true story of interlocking lives. Not a magic show, but magical nonetheless. "A touching, beautifully made magic cabinet of theatre-story. Highly recommended." Fringe Review. "Compelling storytelling from a contemporary master of his art" The Times. This acclaimed self-penned work is an exciting change of direction for Paul Zenon, who has made regular appearances everywhere from Countdown to La Clique and is known as the UK pioneer of Street Magic.

Friday 28th July at 7pm (70 minutes) at the Rialto Theatre, 11 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3FE (Map) £10/£8 concs. Special Offer: Double-bill ticket for Paul Zenon in Linking Rings and Mikelangelo Sings Cave*Waits*Cohen (9pm same night) for just £15. Ages: suggested 14+. Also see 15.7.17


Blackpool Convention 2018. Alan Horne writes: The Blackpool 2018 convention line up begins. Amongst the artistes/lecturers booked so far we have Asi Wind, Paul Gordon, Andi Gladwin and Ben Earl. Keep checking our website for details. 15.7.17


Conjuring at the Court – Thursday 27th July, London. From the producers: Witness the impossible as top magicians take to the stage! Conjuring at the Court enters its 9th year of great magic with a terrific line-up of entertainers: Michael Vincent is widely recognised as a master of classic sleight-of-hand. An enchanting performer of pure visual magic; Steve Doe took the show by storm at his first outing last year. Steve does things with bubbles that you cannot believe! Using colour, music, and lights he creates an extravaganza of beautiful bubbles; Laura London gives us a behind-the-scenes insight into the world of gambling based on the story of an accomplished female cardsharp. It’s taken from her successful Edinburgh show, “Cheat”; Graham Jolley is one of the country’s most successful cabaret performers. He’s a mind reader of extraordinary ability – and a very, very funny man, with a dry humour that has the audience in stitches; Russell Levinson as MC keeps show moving with a series of baffling miracles. 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 15.7.17


Ali Cook - Monday Magician. Ali Cook is starting a new venture on Monday 17th July. He'll be talking about some of the legendary magicians he admires and has been lucky enough to meet over the years. First up, Harry Lorayne. See Monday Magician: 15.7.17


Colour Confusion is back! From Mark Leveridge Magic: The latest Mark Leveridge effect to return as a download product is this excellent colour changing deck routine. Created for Mark's walkabout work, this is a direct and easy to do up-in-the-hands handling for the classic effect. A blue backed deck is shuffled and spread face down for a spectator to freely touch the back of any card. The selection is shown and then shuffled back into the deck. The performer offers to demonstrate the quickest and easiest way to find the selected card. Snapping his fingers over the deck, it is turned face down again to reveal a red backed card is now on top. Immediately the entire deck is spread to reveal that every single card, except just one, has turned to red. And when the single remaining blue backed card is turned over it is seen to be the selected card! No rough and smooth, no difficult sleight of hand, this is quick and to the point and everything can be instantly re-set in front of the spectators ready to repeat for the next group. This comes as a Premier E-Routine PDF download which also has a link to additional online video instructions. To watch a dem or for more information go to 15.7.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Raffles & Dallas on ITV talent show 'New Faces of '87'. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 15.7.17


Chris Rawlins I Remember Things - Secret Cellar, London. As part of The Secret Cellar season two, Chris will be presenting a series of five shows from July 26th-July 30th: Chris Rawlins is one of the world's leading Memory Performers. With razor sharp accuracy and concentration, he'll demonstrate super-human abilities - showcasing the true power of the human brain. "Knocked me for six!" BBC. "'You could almost hear the jaws dropping" British Library. 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) 15.7.17


KFC2, the second Karl Fulves Convention, this Wednesday in 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 15.7.17


Andrew Melia, winner of The New Uri Geller show, is back in the public eye with a brand new illusion show called 'Cirque Magique' at Dutch theme park, Duinrell. Andrew has worked alongside The Dutch School of Magic and The Black Light Company for the past ten years to create many original and exciting illusions which will feature throughout the show. Variety acts Bea Lamelas and Tobit & Jasmijn are also returning for their second season. Produced by Rocket Agency, show times are daily at 1pm, 2.30pm & 4pm and run through to the end of August. 15.7.17


TV magician Jamie Raven helped to make one little boy’s wish to be a magician come true last month. Dexter, who is seven and from Bristol, is fighting stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that mainly affects children. His family contacted children’s charity Make-A-Wish® UK who help grant wishes for seriously ill children, to ask them to help grant Dexter’s wish. Jamie, who narrowly missed winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, spent the day with Dexter and his family at Bristol’s Smoke and Mirrors magic bar. He even brought the President of The Magic Circle, Scott Penrose, along to make the day extra special.

Dexter’s magical day began with an intimate workshop with Jamie where he shared his magic secrets with Dexter, his Mum Lucy, Dad Andy, older brother Matt, and Dexter’s uncle Rob. The family were then whisked off to lunch in a limo, where they met up with more family and friends before all heading back to the Smoke and Mirrors bar for a private magic show with Jamie. Dexter helped Jamie to perform some of the tricks on stage using a special magic wand, a gift from The Magic Circle. The day was captured on film and shared on the Make-A-Wish website.

Speaking about the day Jamie said, “When situations are very, very serious and someone has asked you to help them, there is no higher honour.” Scott Penrose, President of The Magic Circle commented, “It was wonderful to be part of the process. I’ve never been involved in anything quite like this before, but it’s a real eye opener to witness the impact that it has, not just on the individual concerned but the rest of the family.” Dexter’s Mum Lucy added, “The time and attention that Make-A-Wish has given Dexter and us as a family has been insane! It’s been so immense, they’ve been amazing. They took Dexter’s little wish and they just made it explode into this amazing day.”

The wish had such an impact on Dexter, who was receiving treatment in hospital at the time of his wish, that he practised his newly learnt magic tricks straightaway, from his hospital bed. The family shared a video with Jamie, who in turn shared on his own Facebook page to try to turn Dexter into the most popular magician in the world! More children are turning to Make-A-Wish than ever before and this year the children’s charity hopes to grant 1,000 wishes, with more than 25 of these for children like Dexter, whose wish is to unlock their imagination and transform them into whatever or whoever they wish to be. To sponsor a wish make a donation or to become a #WishMaker and help make wishes happen, please visit or telephone 01276 405070.


Istanbul Magic Festival - 8th, 9th & 10th September 2017. The first “Istanbul Magic Festival” in Europe’s most magical city will bring together magicians from Turkey and surrounding countries for two days of competitions, lectures, workshops, dealers and a myriad of entertainment. The festival is the creation of local celebrity magician Kubilay “QB” Tunçer and Velox Festival, an independent organisation company which has a vast experience in organising events in all fields of entertainment in Turkey. Victor Voitko (UKR) and Miguel Angel Gea (ESP) headline the festival alongside Vladimir Mikek (SVN) and Lee Alex (GB). Local talent has also been engaged to provide a wide variety of magic in all genres. Over $2,000 of prizes will be awarded to winners in the Close-up and General Stage Magic competitions, which will be judged by both expert magicians and a panel of selected non-magicians. Each competition will be limited to a maximum of 10 pre-selected competitors who will perform in front of their peers and the general public.

The Istanbul Magic Festival kicks off on Friday 8th September with a welcome cocktail at the festival hotel, followed by an “Istanbul Evening” dinner, in the city. This extra event includes a menu of Turkish specialties and local spirits accompanied with traditional Turkish entertainment and live music, an open close-up magic session, “Meet & Greet” with the star guests of the Istanbul Magic Festival, and socialising with local and foreign magicians. Registration for the 2 day festival is a very reasonable €50 Euro, and the “Istanbul Evening” an extra €25 Euro. Accommodation at the festival hotel starts at €15 Euro per person including breakfast.
Turkish Airlines offer direct flights to Istanbul from more than 300 cities in the world, and the two international airports in Istanbul are also served by other national and budget airlines. Full details of the festival including registration and details on how to apply for the competitions can be seen on the festival web pages:


Adrian Sullivan Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians Club. Mark Paul writes: Adrian will be sharing his vast knowledge of magic. A lecture not to be missed. Tuesday 18th July. Visiting magicians welcome £10 charge. The lecture starts at 8pm at Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men’s Club, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 15.7.17


Chris Wood Lecture - The Anglian Magic Society. Steve Majes writes: The Anglian Magic Society has the amazing Chris Wood lecturing on Tuesday 18th July. Start time 7.30pm. Chris’s lecture will share some of his magical ideas and he'll discuss the attention to detail that helps transform effects from being "tricks" into "magic". He will cover magic with coins, cards and mentalism. Chris's main influences are Dai Vernon, Slydini, John Ramsey and Fred Kaps, with his mentor in his youth (alongside Michael Vincent) being Alan Alan. We know that many magicians are fans of some of Chris’s influences and heroes, so this will be a great evening of magic and memories. Members £3.00. Visitors £10.00. Anglian Magic Society, The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). 15.7.17


Dean Nicholas is just back from performing at the Irish Open in Portstewart, Northern Ireland (4th-9th). One of the highlights was performing for the world's number 2, Nakayama. "Poulter and Beef can't believe magic trick" Click Here. Dean is seen here with Sir A P McCoy. 15.7.17


Darren Mac Bolton Magic Club lecture. Paul Goodman  writes: Bolton Magic Club proudly presents a lecture by Darren Mac. Darren presents his full lecture covering Close-up, Stage, Comedy and Children’s Magic. Darren is a professional magician performing both close-up and comedy cabaret magic for adults. He is also one of the busiest children’s entertainers in Yorkshire. His lecture features tricks with cards, business cards and coins, and children’s tricks and magic for the stage. Plus lots of hints and advice about performing for children in the modern day, business branding, and choosing the right material for the right occasion. There will be something for everyone in this lecture so join us for what promises to be a great night. Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 19th July 2017. Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £10.00 for non members. Bolton Magic Club, The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). 15.7.17


Shoot Ogawa Lecture Tour continues across the UK. 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. See What's On for dates. 15.7.17


Mel Harvey is "The Sophisticated Sorcerer". Following on from three weeks at sea on The Columbus, presenting two stage shows plus children's entertainment and close-up magic, Mel Harvey will appear in The Good Old Days at City Varieties, Leeds, on Saturday 30th September with his award-winning comedy magic act. Billed as the "The Sophisticated Sorcerer" Mel will be presenting two acts in this iconic variety show. Top of the bill is Marti Webb famous for her song "Tell me on a Sunday" with Barry Cryer in the Chairman's chair. Mel says, "It's a great thrill to be appearing on the same stage where Charlie Chaplin and Houdini performed. I still have memories of all the great stars from the first time The Good Old Days aired on TV back in the 60s and 70s with Leonard Sachs as Chairman." 15.7.17


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