Number 893 - 5th August 2017


Blackpool Convention 2018. From the organisers: Due to the huge success of last year's new children's entertainment format, Blackpool Magic Convention will have more lectures and shows based around the subject than ever before for the 2018 convention. Heading the line-up, David Kaye, aka Silly Billy, author of the Bible of children's magic, 'Seriously Silly'. Add to this the finals of the 'Family Entertainer of the Year' competition hosted by Brian Daly and this makes the 2018 convention a 'must see' event for all family entertainers. Blackpool Convention, 16th-18th February 2018. For more information and to register visit 5.8.17


Corporate & Trade Show Workshop, 13th September, Liverpool. From the organisers: The Corporate & Trade Show Workshop on Wednesday 13th September at Jury's Inn Hotel in Liverpool is nearly sold out. We are strictly limiting the number of delegates to 50 and there are now only 10 places left for this very special event.

If you have ever wanted to break into this extremely lucrative branch of the magic business and make the big money but didn't know how, this is a one time only opportunity to learn from possibly the most impressive line-up of corporate magicians ever assembled in one place. From USA Nick Lewin, Bob Kohler and Seth Kramer and from UK Trevor Liley and Paul Stone. Trevor Liley has never before shared the secrets that have made him incredibly successful in this business for over 30 years and his Masterclass is alone worth many times the price of admission.

If you are serious about making real money with magic you need to sign up now whilst there is still space. Whether you already work in the corporate marketplace and would like to significantly increase your bottom line earnings or are new to this type of work you must be at this event and need to sign up quickly. It could be a life changing experience. For full details and to register, go to and click on the Corporate and Trade Show link at the top of the page.


International Stars of Magic & Variety Gala Show. The International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring presents 'International Stars of Magic & Variety': Stars from America, Europe and around the UK join together to bring a fun-filled and spellbinding extravaganza to Greenock. With award-winning international performers, witness magic and variety at its very best as you are taken on a journey of comedy, manipulation, juggling, contortion, shadowgraphy, theatre of the mind, quick change, grand illusion and so much more. Geoff Williams from America will welcome you to this amazing night and introduce Garry Seagraves from Aberdeen, Fritz from Amsterdam, Paul Dabek from London, Katie Trickett from Sheffield, Mat Ricardo from London and Rafael from Belgium. A truly magical experience not to be missed. The 81st IBM British Ring Convention runs from 7th-10th September in Greenock, Scotland. For more information and to register visit 5.8.17


Ali Cook Principles of Deception Tour. Ali Cook is on tour from September 16th with his one-man show 'Principles of Deception' taking in Aberdeen, Norwich, Bridport, Guildford, Chipping Norton, Bangor, Hemel Hempstead, Birmingham, Didcot and Melton. Tickets via Star of the West End magic show 'Impossible', BBC's 'Now You See It', 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us', 'Dirty Tricks' and 'Monkey Magic' Ali Cook returns with his own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy. Expect to be genuinely amazed. Taking its name from Arthur Buckley’s influential magic collection Principles and Deceptions – the first book to categorize every magic trick – the show demonstrates Ali Cook’s skill as a historian of deception. In a masterclass of technique across a range of magic disciplines, including close-up magic, mind reading and sleight of hand, expect an evening of magical invention and re-invention. "Forget what you think you know about comedy magicians - Ali Cook is edgy, intelligent, self-referential, caustically hilarious and one of the most sought-after illusionists on the planet." GQ Magazine. See What's On for tour dates. 5.8.17


Armando Lucero Masterclass at the Hippodrome Casino, London. Paul Stone writes: I'm excited to be able to announce two Masterclasses taking place at the Hippodrome Casino in London on Monday 18th September. The first will be presented by one of the top close-up magicians in the world, Armando Lucero from Las Vegas. This will be a very exclusive event and is limited to just 12 people. For full details and to register Click Here. 5.8.17


Kris Kremo Masterclass at the Hippodrome Casino, London. The second Masterclass will be presented by Juggling Legend Kris Kremo. This is an extremely rare opportunity to listen to and learn from a world class performer who has appeared at every major theatre and on every TV Variety Show around the globe during his stellar career. His credits include an 11 year run at the Stardust Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For full details and to register Click Here. 5.8.17


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 31st August. From the producers: This month the show features Jamie Raven, second-placed finalist in Britain’s Got Talent 2015, and star of West End show, The Illusionists. And there’s Max Somerset, with his brilliantly original theatrical style; socialist magician Ian Saville (he’s hilarious, no matter what your political views); and the zany antics of Wes Zaharuk. Compèred for the first time by Hugh Levinson, it’s going to be a great night of comedy and magic. 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 - do book early to make sure of a place! 5.8.17


Lance Corporal Richard Jones, winner of Britain's Got Talent 2016 is back on the road with 'The Power of Imagination. See for booking details.
Saturday 5th August – The Library Theatre – Luton
Monday 7th August – Festival Centre – Drayton
Thursday 10th August – Engine Shed – Lincoln
Friday 11th August – Riley Smith Theatre – Leeds
Friday 15th September – Playhouse Theatre – Norwich
Thursday 12th October – MAC Theatre – Birmingham
Friday 20th October – The Marine Theatre – Dorset
Friday 3rd November – Civic Theatre – Chelmsford
Friday 10th November – Corn Exchange – Bedford.


Ben Hanlin's 'Tricked' is being repeated on Be3 from this evening, Saturday 5th August. "Magician Ben Hanlin goes undercover using sleight of hand, mental powers and misdirection to pull epic magical pranks on members of the public and celebrities. This time Rylan has a very strange encounter in a lift and boyband Blue get the shock of their lives." See TV Magic. 5.8.17


Magic on the Fringe - Edinburgh. This year's list of magic and magic-related productions features 67 different shows! Once again card man Peter McLanachan ( has kindly pieced it all together for MagicWeek readers heading off to Edinburgh (many thanks Pete!) Click Here. 5.8.17


Mark James Sideshow Tricks, Blackpool, to October 25th. Mark James has worked professionally for over a decade on land and at sea worldwide. He now brings his critically acclaimed show to The Festival Suite at Viva, Blackpool! Mark combines original comedy and magic with juggling, escapology and sideshow stunts to create a one-man variety show like no other. The show is fresh, original and always family friendly. In ‘Sideshow Tricks’ there’s something for the whole family. You’ll see Mark perform world class sleight of hand magic, escape from a straightjacket, eat fire, and even juggle mousetraps! The show promises to be hilarious, so whether you’re 5 or 105 grab your ticket, hold on to your hat and take your seat for a night you’ll never forget! Tickets via 5.8.17


Miss Magic (Kay Dyson) is appearing at the Hearing Fund UK Annual Gala on August 12th. Join us for a red carpet reception and flame lights as you enter The New Dock Hall. You will be offered a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Tickets include a delicious 3 course dinner, celebrity auctions and raffles and great entertainment from Brian Conley, Steve Hewlett, Miss Magic and Chris Watkins throughout the evening while raising awareness and money for the children’s charity, The Hearing Fund UK. A night of spectacular entertainment and moving testimonials from those who have been helped by The Hearing Fund UK, founded by Merrill Osmond’s son, Justin Osmond, himself born with a ninety per cent hearing loss. An after show VIP party will be held where there will be photo opportunities and a chance to mingle with the stars! The New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries, Leeds LS10 1LT (Map) on August 12th, at 7pm for 7.30pm. For more info and to book visit also see 5.8.17


The Dragon's Chamber at Merlins of Wakefield. Merlins write: We have a new Magic Wagon item available next week: The Dragon's Chamber. Magic Wagon items are superb quality and are only made in limited quantities – once sold out, they will not be available again. We also have our latest Aug/Sep Preview out, which contains loads of new magic and special offers. You can download it Click Here or email us your postal address and we will send you a free printed copy, email The latest 3D Magic Works items will also be arriving mid-August. We have the exclusive UK rights for 3D Magic Works – all the items are printed on a 3D printer in the USA. These take 5 to 6 weeks from ordering, but we do have a limited number of items available straight away, contact us for more details on 01924 339933. 5.8.17


Robert Temple: The Hypnotist - Live & Outrageous (UK Tour 2018). From the producers: The first few tour dates have just been announced! Forget swinging watches and people clucking like chickens – “The Hypnotist: Live & Outrageous” is a cutting-edge, thrilling show featuring incredible hypnosis and never before seen side splitting sketches... which are guaranteed to tickle the very naughtiest parts of your mind. Whether you want to take part or just laugh at the people who do – this will be one of the funniest shows you’ll see this year... so don’t miss out. Co-written and directed by Kennedy. *Not for the easily offended. For dates and to book visit 5.8.17


New from Mark Leveridge Magic for Children's Entertainers. One of Mark's longest running kids' show effects from his own act is a routine called Hanky Juggling. Involving two young helpers up on stage, this is a 6-7 minute romp using the simplest of props and loads of fun and good magic. The complete routine is now being made available as a Premier E-Routine download, comprising of a PDF set of written instructions which include a link to online footage of a live performance of the complete effect. The only props you will need to supply are a regular wand, a 12" silk, an unprepared cloth bag and one small gimmick which you will either have or which is readily available at minimal cost. This has been a true hit in Mark's children's shows and as it is very straightforward to perform, you will soon be able to feature it in yours. To watch a trailer and for more information or to order, go to 5.8.17


Carl Royle lectures at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 7th August: "Top class close-up from a top class magician. 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" 5.8.17


Smoke & Mirrors: Magic at your Table. "Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday we have strolling magicians performing right at your table. So if you have missed a chance to see our Comedy & Magic Show (sold out tonight, Saturday 5th August), don't panic, as our House Magicians will have you entertained from 6:30pm till 12am. This is what makes us so unique!" Find out about the Theatre Shows, Stand-up Nights, Comedy & Magic Show, Burlesque nights and more, visit: Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map). 5.8.17


Craig Christian: Evolution of Magic, Blackpool. 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. 5.8.17


Ask Paul Podcast - 26th Episode! Six months of weekly 'Ask Paul Podcasts' already! Listen to the latest episode or catch up with them all at 5.8.17


Magic and Mayhem at the Edinburgh Fringe! "Come join us for an afternoon of amazing stunts, mind reading, stand-up comedy and magic with 'The Detective' Ben Cardall (Sherlockian) who will reveal your inner thoughts and the contents of your pocket, and 'The Comedian' Phil Knoxville (SCIN) the stand-up magician with the twisted skills to pay the bills and a fully fledged licence to rock. 5th-12th August at 4.05pm at Liquid Room Warehouse, Venue 276, 9C Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2HE (Map). Free Entry!" 5.8.17


Scottish Comedy and Variety Gala Performance - Kirkcaldy. From the organisers: An incredible new variety show with fully staged numbers featuring famed TV mentalist Drew McAdam, Scottish comic legend Dean Park, Comedy Central's David Kay, The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets, Artie's Tartan Tales (formerly of the Singing Kettle) all hosted by Fife's own pantomime favorite Liam A Black with his hilarious stunts, magic, comedy and illusions, with new unseen material that was just too stupid for TV! This show is family friendly and is suitable for all ages. Friday 18th August at 7pm. Tickets start at only £15 and can be purchased via Adam Smith Theatre, Benochy Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1ET (Map). 5.8.17


Potter & Potter Auctions. Sleight of Hand - The Jeff Busby Collection. "Our August 19th sale features the magic collection of Jeff Busby. Highlights include extensive archives of correspondence and ephemera related to the great sleight-of-hand artists of the twentieth century: Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, Max Malini, Ross Bertram, Ed Marlo, Larry Jennings, Paul Fox, Michael Skinner, Faucett Ross, Cardini, and many more. The original Csuri notebooks will go on the block, along with Busby's library, an unparalleled collection of Paul Fox apparatus, as well as photographs, private notebooks, and more. Unpublished, unseen material - literally thousands of pages of "underground" manuscripts - will come to the market for the first time. The Busby collection will be complimented by a selection of vintage magic posters. Catalogs ship three weeks before the auction. The auction takes place at 10 am on Saturday, August 19th in our Chicago Gallery. Previews take place in the gallery from August 16-18 from 10am-5pm CST, or bid online." 5.8.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, P C Sorcar and Kurti Parehk on BBC2's Bombay Blush from May 2002 The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 5.8.17


Trevor Dawson. 9th December 1934 – 14th July 2017. Trevor Dawson, Honorary Life Vice President of The Modern Mystic League, is remembered by Roger Woods, Click Here. 5.8.17


"Underground’s the best show I’ve done says master of the mind Derren Brown" Click Here • "Leon the Magician, a coach at Barnet Table Tennis Centre, makes table tennis table disappear to raise awareness of funding cuts to the sport" Click Here • "Tricked-out treehouse is the ultimate man cave for Minnesota magician" Click Here • "Computer animation student magics up comedy short" Click Here • "Magicians to hold 80th Get Together in Michigan town" Click Here • "When Houdini escaped to Britain: Fascinating pictures of the world's greatest escapologist as he toured the UK" Click Here • "Magician films himself solving a Rubik's Cube one-handed on Water Skies while on holiday with his family" Click Here • "Windermere couple Michael and Hannah Ammar have something magical in common — they’re both magicians." Click Here • "‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017 judges cut South Korean magician Jeki Yoo" Click Here • "Magician Doug Leferovich works night and day on the Strip" Click Here • That's it for another week, see you next week, Duncan. 5.8.17