Number 896 - 26th August 2017


IBM British Ring Convention 7th-10th September 2017 in Greenock, Scotland. From the organisers: Last chance to register for this fantastic Convention in Greenock! Subject to change the packed programme starts on Thursday with an outside stunt by Danny Hunt before Morgan and West perform the Opening Show and later give a lecture. There will also be a lecture from Obie O’Brien and workshops with Paul Nardini and Peter McLanachan before the Stage Competition in the evening.

Friday opens with the AGM and Jeffery Atkins Memorial Lecture by Richard Wiseman along with the International Close-up featuring Fritz, Obie O’Brien, Geoff Williams, Alan Rorrison and Paul Wilson. There is also the History of Mystery Session, Dealer Dems and the ever popular Ali Bongo Micro Marathon before a Comedy Show starring Paul Nardini, Jeff Burns, Geoff Williams and Keith Fields as MC. The day is rounded off with a fun Late Night Event. Plus in a ‘first’ for the Convention, Paul Dabek will be performing his One Man Show in the Studio for the paying public at 5pm, which will be live streamed into the Theatre for delegates to enjoy. Paul will present a lecture on his One Man Show on Saturday.

Saturday also sees the welcome return of Sooty and Friends, a lecture from Alan Rorrison, an official 4F Event, Nostalgia Event and the Gala Show featuring an All Star Line-up. Remember, if you would like tickets to Sooty and Friends you will need to purchase them direct from The Beacon Box Office - but hurry as they are on sale and going fast!

Sunday is our final fun-packed day with the Youth Show, a Masterclass with Neil Stirton and Lectures from Rafael, Fritz and Geoff Williams. Dealers close at 4pm and the Convention will finish with a Two Man Show starring Elliot Bibby and Cameron Gibson, followed by the installation of our new President, Richard Cadell.

Can’t wait for the first day? Never fear, there are still a few spaces left at the optional Wednesday night Welcome Party. If you would like to attend but haven’t yet booked your place at the Convention then contact the Registration Officer:


Stars of Magic, Bristol. After a sell-out run last year, Bristol's Redgrave Theatre hosts the all new Stars of Magic show from 27th-30th December. From spectacular illusions to FISM-winning sleight of hand, join Alberto Giorgi & Laura (Italy), David Sousa (Portugal), Peter Clifford (UK), Neal Austin (UK), Jordan Gomez (France) and Rob James (UK) for an incredible show that you won't forget! Tickets are now on sale Click Here. 26.8.17


Atlas Brookings Lecture, International Magic, London. From the organisers: Meet Atlas Brookings... Coming to magic comparatively late in his life, Atlas has a unique approach to mentalism that isn't grounded in traditional pencil, paper and envelope approaches. Indeed, much of the compelling material he will present simply involves looking into a participant's eyes and telling them their thoughts - feats which can be accomplished consistently and which are built on real and reliable methodologies.

Join Atlas as he examines and discusses his numerous distinctive and ground breaking mentalism techniques that are shaping the path of mentalism as it moves into the 21st century. He won't just present these techniques; he'll discuss the optimal presentational framework, when they are best used and the most impactful way to present the material. He'll also teach you some compelling sleight-free mind reading effects using playing cards. You'll memorize a thoroughly mixed deck of cards, with perfect recall, in less than 20 minutes! Atlas is a full time entertainer and has consulted for performers across the industry, including stars like David Blaine.


Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 7.30pm. Price is £15.00 per person, payable at the door, but please email or call to reserve your place. Venue: 2nd Floor of Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). "Atlas is shining a light on a brand new landscape for the mind reader. Opens doors previously sealed tightly shut. Watch, listen and learn." Luke Jermay. 26.8.17


Entertainers' Business and Marketing Conference 2017 - 25th September, London. From the organisers: If you'd like to learn how to promote yourself, sell more tickets for your shows and get more of the gigs you want... Join Ken Dyne, Luke Jermay, Martyn Rowland, Spencer Wood, Lee Smith and Craig Petty for a full day, sharing with you the strategies they rely on to make a living as professional entertainers. Whether you want to get just a few gigs per month, want to take the leap to full time, or you're a seasoned pro who wants to keep up with what is working right now, save yourself the frustration of a lot of trial and error by copying what is working. For more information on each of the presenters and their talks, and to book one of the remaining tickets, visit 26.8.17


Northern Magic Summit 2018. Northern Magic Circle are excited to announce the dates for the Northern Magic Summit 2018, which takes place on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 2018 at the County Hotel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with a gala show at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House. Full line up and pricing information will be announced shortly, and tickets are strictly limited, so register your interest today, to be among the first to hear when registration opens: 26.8.17


Featured on The MagicWeek Video Archive this week Michael Vincent (performing under his original stage name 'Louis') from 30 years ago on New Faces of '87. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 26.8.17


Magic Course with BGT winner Richard Jones. From the organisers: UK Magic Course with the 2016 winner of 'Britain's Got Talent' Richard Jones in Windsor, UK. Welcome to our newest tutor Richard Jones - Winner of BGT 2016. Intimate course for Magicians and suitable for beginners young or old. Sunday 3rd September 2017. From just £109. A full day with the winner of Britain's Got Talent 2016! Your (optional) stay in the 4-Star Millennium Copthorne Hotel Slough (Windsor) includes either one or two nights Bed & Breakfast and a whole day in the company of Rich Jones, being taught how to perform magic tricks that will amaze your friends when you return. When the day of magic is over, retire to the bar with Rich for a drink and chat, take photos and get an autograph. When you are not pulling rabbits from hats or making cards appear and disappear, take advantage of the Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Whirlpool and Gym (included in price if you are staying) or get some Spa Treatments (additional fees are payable directly at the hotel). Non participating partners are also welcome, as are families who can take advantage of the hotel facilities whilst you learn, or can take a short drive into the town of Windsor, Legoland, Eton College, Ascot or even into Central London. Full details: 26.8.17


Comedy Playhouse: Tim Vine Travels Through Time. Sitcom featuring pun master Tim Vine, created by Tim Vine and John Archer. Tim is in search of a celebrity for the grand opening of his antiques shop, and it just so happens that his very first customer is sports presenter and Strictly Come Dancing champion Ore Oduba, who asks Tim if he can mend his ancient golden arrow. Tim steps inside his very special grandfather clock, which takes him back in time to Sherwood Forest during the days of Robin Hood and his band of merry men. On arriving, Tim is greeted by Robin himself. Robin is suffering from a broken heart. He has mysteriously lost his famous bullseye aim and with it the love of Maid Marion. Tim must get to the bottom of the mystery, but local tyrant and shouty killjoy the Sheriff of Nottingham is determined to drive him out of town. Can Tim get to the bottom of this skullduggery to help Robin regain his archery prowess and win back the love of Maid Marion? Starring: Tim Vine, Ore Oduba, Sally Phillips, Tom Key, Spencer Jones, Mandeep Dhillon and John Archer. Friday 1st September (30 minutes) on BBC 1. See TV Magic. 26.8.17


Magician Damien O'Brien recently teamed up with Coca-Cola and headed to the streets of London to perform some street hypnosis on members of the public: YouTube. Damien has recently just returned from Crete where he was asked to perform at the Coca-Cola WOAH Summer House for some of the world's biggest YouTubers and social media influencers 26.8.17


Dave Hooper lecture - Liverpool Magic Circle. Alan Singleton writes: Our own Dave Hooper will be giving a lecture on card forces and controls. Those of you who have seen Dave knows he has what many consider the very best force ever! (See his DVD Force of Will.) Make sure you bring a deck of cards. This will be an in-depth lecture on his force and controls. Dave has also asked me to mention that he will be selling items at the lecture at special prices. "David actually fooled me with his force, it was a joy to be fooled." Doc Eason. "He forced the same card on me five times, and it was fair, every time!" Chris Ramsay. "Dave has made all other forces irrelevant. If you're going to learn the force, this is the best." Kieron Lefever. Monday, September 4th, at 8pm. Visiting magicians welcome. Liverpool Magic Circle, Longmoor Social Club, Longmoor Lane, Liverpool L9 9EN (Map). 26.8.17


England's 3rd Oldest Magic Club, The Order of the Magi (Manchester), are currently running a limited time offer for new members by suspending the usual £10 joining fee. For details visit The Order of the Magi, The New Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0RY (Map). 26.8.17


Levett & Lee Balloon Roadshow, Scotland and Birmingham. Airdrie, Scotland on 5th September and Birmingham on 7th September. From the organisers: Thelma Levett and Graham Lee are running four balloon workshops that run from 10am to 5.30pm. All workshops feature balloon modelling for the real world with Graham demonstrating designs he uses during his magic shows, including all the bits and pieces that are involved. Thelma will be showing her easy "wow" designs, that she uses professionally when out and about working. Contact Graham Lee for more info and to book: 26.8.17


The X Files. The Amazing Maleeni. Mulder and Scully attempt to solve a mystery involving a magician who literally lost his head. Saturday 2nd September on Spike. See TV Magic. 26.8.17


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th September, at our new home at The Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map). The aim of the evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere. Our social evenings are free of charge and there will be a free buffet, and you will be able to buy drinks from the bar. The evening starts at 7.30pm, so come along and enjoy the atmosphere. If anyone wants to come along, please email or you can phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 26.8.17


Peter Diamond. Andrew Miles writes: On behalf of the family of the Late Peter Diamond, I have been asked to announce that the Funeral of Peter Diamond will take place on Tuesday 5th September at 12.30 in the afternoon, at Lytham Park Cemetery & Crematorium, Regent Avenue, Lytham St Anne's FY8 4AB (the Funeral directors are Box Brothers, Blackpool). I would like to thank his friends in advance for their kind attendance and apologise for the short notice. Kind Magical Wishes, Andrew Miles. (Peter Diamond is remembered by Andrew Miles, Click Here). 26.8.17


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