Number 894 - 12th August 2017


The Session 2018 (January 12th - 14th 2018) promises to be quite spectacular. Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay are set to host Johnny Thompson, Mike Close, Paul Vigil and many others. With a variety of workshops, lectures, parties and plenty of time to session (of course!), it’s no wonder that The Session has sold out every single year. With one-off events and lectures designed specifically for this event, The Session is not just a conference; it is a learning experience like no other in magic. Registration is now live at 12.8.17


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day 2017. 21st October at The Crypt on the Green, St James Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0EA (Map) from 10am - 5pm. Free for members, £5 for non-members. 25+ Magic Dealers. New Talent area. Cafe & Social space. New Venue for 2017. 12.8.17


Len Insull Tribute Day, Little Angel Puppet Theatre, London. Austin Phillips writes: Leonard Insull was the most prolific builder of ventriloquist puppets/figures that England, and most of Europe, had ever seen. Originally an Illusionist and woodworker, Insull began building ventriloquist figures in the late 1930’s up until his death in 1974. It is recorded that from the early 1950’s to 1974 Mr. Insull made no less than 2,017 ventriloquist/puppet related items distributed through the Davenports Magic company alone, and an unknown amount of ventriloquist items in his time before then.

The day will be a chance for ventriloquists, collectors and admirers to come together and learn more about this genius maker. Throughout the day there will be performances, talks and a chance to see many of his works including some very famous creations including the original Archie Andrews, Shorty Harris, and some surprise guests. The day will also house the largest collection of Len Insull figures ever to be seen! Come support this one off special day and bring along your collection of Insull figures and stories to share. Saturday 28th October 2017, 9am - 5pm. Admission on the door £10.00. Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, London N1 2DN (Map). (Also see for some amazing images and video clips. DT).


Mark Elsdon: Storytelling Workshop. Saturday, September 9th, London. "Wow, what an eye opener this course turned out to be." "From strong opening lines to the thought provoking closing lines, this course has it all!" "A fantastic session... the most surprising and useful Workshop I have ever done." The Workshop is intended for magicians, mentalists, public speakers and storytellers who want to add some depth, meaning and resonance to their performances. Students will learn the secrets of all great storytelling and the tools needed to learn, create and deliver stories that can elevate their performances to another level entirely! They will also learn some incredible story/effects that they can add to their repertoires immediately. There are a very limited number of places available for this exclusive event. To see the full programme and book your place see: 12.8.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Johnny Hart in a guest appearance on 'Michael Barrymore's Saturday Night Out' from 22nd July 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 12.8.17


North Wales Magic Circle Annual Dinner and Magic Cabaret Show. Christopher O'Brien writes: As part of our 75th Year celebrations as a magic society in North Wales, we will be holding a special night of fun and magic at our annual dinner on the 25th of November 2017 at the Springfield Hotel, Holywell, North Wales. You can enjoy a three-course dinner and a terrific night of fun and magic with our compere, Thom Peterson, aka "The Amazing Guy", Michael Jordan's 'High Jinx Magic & illusion Show' and our top of the bill, the amazingly funny Kockov, aka Jasper Blakeley, who was such a hit with his lecture at our club earlier in the year.


Tickets are £35 for the show and a three-course meal (6.30pm for 7pm). We also have a limited number of show-only tickets available at £25 from 9pm all tickets are bookable in advance. Contact Debra Ratcliffe or Chris O'Brien Lots of free car parking at the Hotel and if you need accommodation we have arranged a special price, for our dinner guests. Just mention the NWMC dinner discount when booking your room. We look forward to seeing our magic friends old and new. The Springfield Hotel, A55 Expressway, Pentre Halkyn, Holywell CH8 8BA (Map). 12.8.17


Great Lives. Matthew Parris and Paul Daniels explore the life of Harry Houdini with his biographer William Kalush, who argues that the master escapologist may have been murdered by spiritualists. From September 2009. Thursday 17th August on BBC Radio 4 Extra. See TV Magic. 12.8.17


Urban Voodoo Club - Sunday, August 13th, Leeds: Urban Voodoo Club's maelstrom of magic and mindreading whips into Leeds on August 13th to stir up another frenzy of excitement at Hyde Park Book Club. Our headliner this month is Franklin, The Mind Magician. Steady your souls as Franklin takes you on an amazing trip into the hidden recesses of the human mind, where closely guarded thoughts are brought to life in incredible ways. Joined by Urban Voodoo Club hosts, Harrison the Perceptionist and Jay George, we will even be celebrating our Chief Witch Doctor's birthday, so there'll be more voodoo than ever to shake your thang at. Get there early, and pack your tin foil hats! Pay what you decide after the show. August 13th at 7.30pm. Venue: Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 1BL (Map)., 12.8.17


Andi Gladwin appeared on the American television series Penn & Teller: Fool Us last week. Filmed earlier this year in Las Vegas, Andi performed his "magician in a balloon" act. He received high praise from the Vegas duo (specifically Penn) who said that his act was "really terrific and wonderfully funny!". In the run-up to the show, Andi was featured in The New York Times, on Penn's Sunday School podcast and bookended the commercials running every few hours on American television. 12.8.17


The Ipswich Magical Society present Beyond Belief. At the Wickhambrook Memorial Social Centre on Saturday 2nd September. Tickets are £7.50 and the doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There is a bar, a raffle and a whole evening of stage and close-up magic performed by the members of the Ipswich Magical Society! An evening not to be missed. Gemma Raymond. Memorial Social Centre, Cemetery Road, Wickhambrook, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8XR (Map). For more information call Gemma Raymond on 07825 561670. 12.8.17


North Wales Magic Circle invite you to 'Magic In The Park' on Sunday 3rd September 2017. Christopher O'Brien writes: The North Wales Magic Circle is pleased to invite you to our Magic In The Park event, which is part of our 75th birthday celebrations. We will be providing a variety of magic and fun events throughout the afternoon. Admission is free, and this will include our Children's Entertainer competition, which begins at 1pm. We will be collecting donations for 3 children's charities: Happy Faces, Chernobyl Children and Ty Gobaith. Refreshments will be available. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you! Sunday 3rd September 2017 noon till 4pm at The Botanical Gardens, Grange Road, Rhyl LL18 4DA (Map). Christopher O'Brien. 12.8.17


Nottingham Guild of Magicians Annual Stage and Close-Up Competition, Sunday 26th November. From the organisers: The annual Stage and Close-up magic competition by members of The Nottingham Guild of Magicians. This is a popular family friendly show. Sunday 26th November at 6pm. Tickets are just £12.50 each and include a buffet meal, contact Andrew Morrison on 07966 494 095 or Dawn May on 07772 513007 to book. John Godber Centre, Ogle Street, Hucknall, Nottingham NG15 7FQ (Map). Also see 12.8.17


E-Video Newsletter August 2017. Another month, another fun 30 minute online video presentation from Mark Leveridge. The August edition has the following: The Teach In - a cool and effective way to vanish any small object is explained. Wrinkles - learn a new effect using the marvellous El Duco Wallet. It Could Only Happen Live - a true story that reflects the challenges of performing a kids' show outside. Web Offers - background info on two coin routines which are reduced in price this month. 60 Seconds To Success - an explanation of why writing a blog can be helpful for your website. The Review Corner - the mental effect 'Key Prediction' is assessed. Access to the full August E-Video Newsletter can be purchased for a tiny sum, or by taking out a 1 year subscription, the individual cost per Newsletter reduces even further! To watch a trailer, or to order your full access now, go to 12.8.17


The Family Festival of Magic - Great Yarmouth, 22nd & 23rd August. From the organisers: Britain's Got Talent Stars of Magic come to Great Yarmouth for The Family Festival of Magic. Imagine a cavalcade of magicians descending into Great Yarmouth who will wave their magic wands and make your troubles disappear... well, for a few hours at least. That’s exactly what’s happening at the St. Georges Theatre and Plaza on August 22nd and 23rd as Great Yarmouth plays host to the first Family Festival of Magic. Magical folk and entertainers of all kinds will be performing their skills inside and out at the St. Georges venue on King Street with Free Entry to the daytime events featuring: balloon modellers, children's magicians, Punch & Judy, close-up conjurors and circus style performers.

TV comedy stunt man Jeff Drayton and TV comedy magician Stevie Pink from Britain's Got Talent will both be appearing along with Chris North from ITV's New Faces and 3,2,1. The evening magic shows are priced at £3.00 per person and feature these local TV stars of magic together with many other local stars of variety, magic and wizardry. The Family Festival of Magic is a two-day event which will be raising funds to help the local magic clubs. The Gathering and The Anglian Magic Society. If anyone wishes to join in the event during the two days please contact Kyle 07982 819727. Also see: and


Matt Johnson Lecture - North Wales Magic Circle, Tuesday 5th September. Christopher O'Brien writes: Our magic lecturer on the 5th September is from Matt Johnson. Magician, Mentalist and Escape Artist, you may have seen him on Penn and Teller Fool Us, or Wizard Wars, Penguin Live, or any other of his many TV appearances over the last 20 years. He's from Vancouver, Canada, but if I remember correctly he was originally from Sheffield, England, Members and affiliated club members £5, other visiting magicians £10 on the door. 7.30pm for 8pm start. Another lecturer not to be missed. You can see some of Matt's work on the YouTube. Free parking. Venue: North Wales Magic Circle, St. Paul's Hall, The Corner of St. Gorge Road & Bridge Street, Abergele LL22 7HA (Map). 12.8.17


Manchester Circle Jumbo Auction. From the organisers: Magical Bargains Galore on Monday 14th August at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Organised by Manchester Circle of Magicians. Free for members, £3.00 door charge for non-members. Doors open at 5.30pm and viewing commences at 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30 pm. Star Auctioneers are Quentin Reynolds and Derek Lever. Hundreds of items being sold many without reserve, such as DVDs, books, close-up, kids tricks, mentalism, etc. See you there! 12.8.17


Inside the Mind of 'Mind FX', with Michael Murray. "Phil and Ian are joined by Michael Murray of Mind FX: The magicians talk about Michael’s life as a mentalist, as opposed to a traditional ‘magician’, and how to present yourself if you want your audience to believe in what you are doing. Michael talks us through what he carries in his pockets on a daily basis; he explains the psychology behind how he has gained his powers (as viewed by his spectators), and how to break down pre conceived barriers between performer and spectator regarding psychic/mentalist abilities. Michael also discusses why mentalism might not be best suited for weddings and parties. Stay tuned to the end where there is a discount code for Michael’s award winning book A Piece Of My Mind." 12.8.17


Baffling Blandford magical town walk, 4pm every summertime Sunday (until 10th September). Discover the secrets of Blandford, both fact and fantasy, as we illustrate this fine Georgian town's magical hotspots with stunning illusions. Tickets £8 (£7 conc./£20 family) from: Blandford Information Centre, Crown Hotel reception, or just turn up on the day! (New: online discounts). Free nearby parking on Sundays at the Marsh & Ham Car Park DT11 7AW. The walk starts from the Crown Hotel, West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ (Map). 12.8.17


Adam Beeson - The Magician's Daughter. Shot on stage, a dying magician passes secrets of his act to his daughter. Fearing rivals, she disappears. Stars James Bryce. Tuesday 15th August on BBC Radio 4 Extra. See TV Magic. 12.8.17


"Champions of Magic to Bring Holiday Illusions to Playhouse Square" Click Here • "The 'daunting' task of being the youngest magician to perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival" Click Here • "Watch magician's incredible trick using a can of Coke" Click Here • "What sorcery is this? Teen magician performs phenomenal tricks for the AGT judges" Click Here • "AI Helps Magicians Perform Mind Reading Tricks" Click Here • "Success for young magician" Click Here • "Magician may sue after being accused of dirty tricks" Click Here • 'A Night with Andy Normansell' is reviewed by Geoffrey Newton this week, Click Here • 'Magic In The Real World' What You Need To Know Before You Quit Your Day Job by Christian Painter is reviewed by Quentin Reynolds this week, Click Here • "Dorset's own Magic Martin reaches the finals of national competition" Click Here • "Illusionist Keith Barry's 'mind games' with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in bid to lower Ireland's taxes" Click Here • "Edinburgh Fringe Review: A magical evening At the Illusionist’s Table" Click Here • "Theatre: Derren Brown's Newcastle-bound 'greatest hits' show gives the psychological illusionist a second chance at some of his most spectacular magic" Click Here • "Murray the Magician Invited Backstage at David Copperfield’s Show at MGM Grand Las Vegas" Click Here • "Derren Brown pays tribute to late magic mentor" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 12.8.17