Number 895 - 19th August 2017


The Road to PiffLand - Edinburgh Dates. Piff the Magic Dragon, and trusted sidekick Mr Piffles, will be back in Edinburgh for one week only from 22nd-27th August with their all-new show 'The Road to PiffLand'. Tickets: Click Here. Back in the USA on 30th August, Mr Piffles and Piff will be returning to America's Got Talent for a one-off appearance, and then later on will also have another guest spot collaborating with Penn & Teller on their new season of 'Fool Us'.


Follow their adventures in America on the brand new podcast. Also see "Piff Auditions for Game of Thrones" YouTube and finally, did you know, Penn may be Piff's pop?! YouTube. 19.8.17


The Very Best of Derren Brown Underground - London Dates Announced. 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 following his sell-out London run earlier this year. Book quickly as tickets will sell out. Not suitable for under 12's. Directed by Andrew O'Connor and Andy Nyman. "Breathtakingly ingenious entertainment" The Times (and they're not wrong! DT). From 11th September, Playhouse Theatre, London. Click Here to book. Also see What's On for current nationwide tour dates. 19.8.17


IBM British Ring Convention 7th-10th September 2017 in Greenock, Scotland. From the organisers: Two great reasons to attend the IBM Convention at Greenock! The Sooty Show Company takes time out of their busy schedule each year to support the IBM British Ring Convention. Sooty is a popular fixture on CITV and its regional counterparts and the Sooty and Friends Show is always a successful part of the Convention, helping bring a younger audience to the world of magic and variety. Tickets are not included in the registration price but if delegates wish to see the show they can purchase tickets direct from the Beacon Box Office. The Gala Show featuring an All Star Line-up: Garry Seagraves, Katie Trickett, Rafael, Mat Ricardo, Geoff Williams, Paul Dabek and Fritz - a 'must see' show on the magic calendar. Full details of the Convention and how to register can be found at or contact the Registration Officer: 19.8.17


DNA: We Know What You're Thinking, Leicester Square Theatre, London, 31st October. From the promoters: Following their astounding appearances on series 11 of Britain’s Got Talent, mind reading duo DNA will headline an intimate show at London’s Leicester Square Theatre this Halloween. Andrew and Darren, best known as mind reading double act DNA, took the nation by storm when they appeared on the latest series of Britain’s Got Talent with their incredible telepathic ability known as 'The Gift'. Wowing the judges, live audience and viewers at home, the duo went on to reach the finals of the hit TV talent show. Their first audition reached over 8.4 million YouTube views alone. "What you do, honestly, is incredible" Simon Cowell.

Performed completely live, they can ask volunteers to concentrate on the names of celebrities, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, a word in a book, the name of the street they grew up on, a relative’s name… literally anything. With devastating speed and accuracy the pair are then able to reveal what that name, number or word is, every time.

Their unique mind reading performances have now been enjoyed by tens of millions of people around the world. Aptly named 'The Gift', the duo have created a show that will blow minds and prove that the impossible really is possible - but only for them! As the purest form of mind reading you will ever witness, their performance has to be experienced to be believed. Andrew and Darren said: "Having shown a snippet of what we can do on Britain's Got Talent, we can't wait to show our audience so much more. Our audience is the most important part of our show. We want everyone to leave having had a great time. Your thoughts will become theirs in seconds… are you ready? Don’t miss DNA live this October. DNA: We Know What You're Thinking, Leicester Square Theatre, London, Tuesday 31st October 2017. Doors 7pm. Tickets £25 to £85 plus booking fees. All Ages. Tickets: Click Here.


Speaking & Presenting 1 Day Masterclass with Jez Rose. Back by popular demand, this sell-out training seminar is Jez's most popular by far and almost always sells out - you have been warned! In a career spanning more than a decade as conference speaker and entertainer in the UK, USA and Europe, Jez has a lot to share. "There are many other "presentation skills" courses in the market - I know, I've been on them. My advice is ignore them, fight for a place with Jez, the knowledge he imparts is life changing - I can't give a stronger endorsement than that." Mike, National Federation of Roofing Contractors. Held at Jez's organic farm in Cambridgeshire. Due to illness cancellation, last few places available for Wednesday 30th August. Use discount code EXC100 to save £100 19.8.17


The Mind Man, Secret Cellar, London. He will read your mind, tell you how he does it, and explain how every choice you make can be influenced in ways you don’t even realise. You will laugh, you will be amazed, and end up doubting your own intuition. The Mind Man (Ian Rowland) is a member of The Inner Magic Circle and an expert in persuasive communication. He has been hired by the FBI, the Ministry of Defence and the British Olympics team sports psychologists. Performances last 1 hour. Strictly limited to 33 seats. Please note due to the nature of the cellar there is no wheelchair access. 6th-10th September at the Secret Cellar, Vaulty Towers, 34 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RG (Map) 19.8.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, cooking up some magic, Paul Zenon and Ali Cook on 'Ready Steady Cook' hosted by Ainsley Harriott, who, in the late eighties, did some busking in Covent Garden as half of musical duo 'The Calypso Twins'. From February 2003. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 19.8.17


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishops Stortford: Friday 25th August. From the organisers: What are you doing next Friday 25th August? Well, if you get yourself along to the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). you can see some great magic as the "Magicians at the Half Moon" are back for another helping of Magic & Fun. This month Martin Cox introduces newcomer Alex Joseph and welcomes the return of James Hanrahan. Tickets are still just £10.00. Doors open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm (finishing around 10pm with a 20 minute interval). To reserve yourself a front row seat, contact Martin on 01279 659562. For more information visit 19.8.17


Andi Gladwin: Going Pro. "Andi Gladwin did something many magicians spend their whole lives dreaming about: he quit a good, secure job in the tech industry and followed his dream to become a professional magician. His new book Going Pro will show you how to safely, happily, make your hobby your career. Learn from someone who has already successfully transitioned to the world of performing and avoid the mistakes you might otherwise make." Going Pro is a free download: Click Here. 19.8.17


Chris Dugdale: Up Close, Edinburgh show, 100% sell-out to date! From the promoters: Chris Dugdale: Up Close! has become one of the most sought after tickets at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. There are very few artists who sell out every night… This is the show that demonstrates closer than ever why Dugdale has an unparalleled résumé in the World of Magic with 14 Royal Command Performances and 2 United Nations Command Performances to his name. His private audiences have ranged from HM The Queen, Beyoncé and Jay Z to Kings, Prime Ministers and Presidents around the World. "Up Close! is fast-moving entertainment roughly split between sleight of hand and thought transference, and if the former is mind-boggling, the latter is beyond belief." ★★★★ The Herald. "There’s no other explanation: Chris Dugdale is actually a sorcerer" ★★★★★ Wooed by Angelina Jolie, praised by the Queen, Dugdale demonstrates hard hitting magic and mind control closer than ever! One part of the show has the whole audience gasping night after night with a simple movement of the right hand. Nothing more, nothing less… you really have to see it! Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2LR, 7.10pm, Running Time 55 minutes, 3rd-27th August (no show 22nd) Twitter: @chrisdugdale Facebook: 19.8.17


The August 2017 Mark Leveridge Podcast. Catch up with Mark's thoughts and opinions as he chats with you for half an hour. Fee negotiation - do you allow your rates to be a subject of discussion with a potential booker?TV magicians such as Troy and Dynamo are attracting a young crowd to magic.The magic business card is still one of the best and most used publicity tools.A new Premier E-Routine is released this month and is a fun effect for children's entertainers.When you present different types of shows, you need to be able to adapt your performance skills to suit each of them.Does performing tricks repeatedly lead to a reduction in the quality of your technique, especially in bright lighting conditions?We all have a performance mode which we need to be able to turn on or off at will. The Podcast is released on the 1st of every month and is free to listen to online or to download as an mp3. You can get the August edition as well as back issues from either or from where you can also sign up to automatically receive each new issue as it is released. 19.8.17


Alan Chitty’s WinWin, produced by Kaymar Magic. "Two spectators are offered the opportunity to win serious cash and are gently teased by two £20 (or $20 or 20 Euro) notes, lying on a table. They win some cash but needless to say, very little – a penny each in fact. Extremely easy to do, the price is very low, and it's the ideal trick for the wallet or, using the neat slim clear plastic box provided, the pocket. Included are full written instructions and routines, the special cards and case, and an online video by Liam Montier." Available from Alan Chitty or from Kaymar Magic 19.8.17


Aberdeen Magical Society presents Northern Sleights. Eoin Smith writes: Top magicians are set to put the north east of Scotland under their spell, as Aberdeen Magical Society conjures up an evening of magic, mind reading, escapology and illusion like no other. Featuring Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire's best magical entertainers, including two acts appearing this summer at the prestigious International Brotherhood of Magicians UK convention. The family-friendly evening of trickery is guaranteed to delight and mystify! Suitable for all ages, the show will be held in aid of Fishermoss School in Portlethen. Thursday 14th September at 7pm. Tickets are £7 and are available from Portlethen Library or Fishermoss School office. Venue: Portlethen Academy Theatre, Bruntland Road, Portlethen AB12 4QL (Map). 19.8.17


Catch up with Cooper... Even when things are a little quiet on the TV magic front, Tommy Cooper is still going strong. See TV Magic for listings. 19.8.17


Remembering Eugene Burger, a Chicago magician who knew magic is life. Click Here. 19.8.17


"First national museum of magic opens in North Walsham" Click Here • "Paul Daniels' nephew to hit the stage with magic show" Click Here • "Magician defies gravity" Click Here • "Colin Cloud: DARE" Click Here • "How Trump Gets Away With Lying; As Explained by a Magician" Click Here • "Illusionist Derren Brown drops into Carlisle restaurant for lunch" Click Here • "Tax exemption sought on magic show" Click Here • "Why I’m still obsessed with magic tricks" Click Here • "Huntingdon Valley's new Smoke and Mirrors Theater opens a window into the secret world of magicians" Click Here • "Lady Houdini explains her act in an upside down interview" Click Here • "Bradford-trained pharmacist turned magician Adam Patel prepares for national tour with West End debut" Click Here • "Penn & Teller: Does This Trick Ring a Bell?" Click Here • "Who is Debbie McGee? Paul Daniels’ widower, Celebrity MasterChef contestant and former ballet dancer – all you need to know" Click Here • And finally... "50 of the worst ever jokes and one-liners from the Edinburgh Fringe" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news is always welcome. See you next week, Duncan. 19.8.17