Number 898 - 9th September 2017


Magicians wanted for new magic venue in Brighton. From the promoters: Come and join a team of passionate magicians trying out new material at a new unique night in Brighton. Risky Rabbit Magic and Comedy Club are running a new open mic night for magicians. Whether you are a seasoned pro, or even stepping on to the stage for the first time, this is the place to do it. The night will be hosted by Mind Reader David Terrence who will make it a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for magicians to perform in. The venue is the Upper Lounge at the Caroline of Brunswick in Brighton which is a superb venue and has hosted many celebrity comedians and magical performances in the past. The first night is Wednesday, October 4th, and if it's a success and enough local magicians take part, then it will run the first Wednesday of every month. Visiting magicians are welcome, however they will be expected and actively encouraged to perform on the night. To book yourself a performance slot then please email For future nights, starting times and updates please follow us on social media at 9.9.17


Mat Ricardo's London Varieties, Season 3. 30th September - 25th November. Season 3 of London's critically acclaimed and award-nominated West End hit variety show, returns live to the Leicester Square Theatre! Award-winning speciality act, the charming, skilled and very funny ‘Gentleman Juggler’ Mat Ricardo hosts a season of shows packed with the hottest comedy, circus, magic, music and variety acts – plus very special surprise guest stars in every show.

Mat has held audiences awestruck at festivals and stages all around the world, performing for royalty, and sharing billings with some of the global greats of comedy, avant-garde theatre and circus. London Varieties puts the hottest stars of the cabaret scene into the mix, with heroes and inspirational characters from the world of light entertainment. Previous guests have included: Al Murray, Dave Gorman, Paul Daniels, Jenny Eclair, Tape Face, Eddie Izzard, Omid Djalili and many more. Every show is different to anything you may have seen before! For more info and to book Click Here.


Are you a creator? Then visit "Mat Ricardo vs The World" on Vimeo for details of a fun new project Mat is working on: 9.9.17


Magic Teacher Schools Penn & Teller! Last week Jeff McBride joined the few who have actually managed to fool Penn & Teller on their current series of 'Fool Us' in the States. Master magic teacher Jeff McBride told the pair that, "Magic is not always a puzzle to be solved, but sometimes a mystery to be experienced." McBride proceeded to fool them completely with one of his signature pieces, known as 'Rainmaker', which conveys the story of a mysterious unseen force that causes two metal bowls to fill and refill with seemingly endless amounts of water.

McBride is a teacher of the art of magic and has been wowing Las Vegas audiences since he first appeared at Caesar’s Palace with Diana Ross back in the '80s. He became one of Las Vegas’ youngest stars when he headlined Le Bal de Moulin Rouge Revue at The Las Vegas Hilton when he was only 25. McBride headlined Caesars Magical Empire, and for the past 9 years has hosted his own magic nightclub, Jeff McBride’s Wonderland in Las Vegas. Most recently, McBride has returned from a two month, 5 city tour of China with his Las Vegas Magic Stars show, conceived and produced in concert with illusionist Greg Gleason. The show is scheduled to return to touring early in 2018.

What’s next for McBride? "At this point, I’m focusing mostly on our magic school and bringing quality magic to audiences who wouldn’t otherwise see it. I’ve been strongly inspired by my late teacher (and Dean of our School for 26 years), Eugene Burger. Eugene said, 'The enchantments of magic point beyond mere illusion to the Great Mystery of Life, the eternal transformation of life, death and rebirth.'" Learn more about Jeff McBride at Also see: and


There are still a few places available for the Corporate & Trade Show Workshop taking place for one day only at Jury's Inn Hotel at the Albert Dock in Liverpool on Wednesday 13th September. The Workshop features a special masterclass on the corporate market from Trevor Liley, which he has never before presented to magicians. Also veteran trade show performer Seth Kramer from New York will present his highly acclaimed lecture including a 'live' trade show pitch demonstration. The day will finish with an Expert Panel Session covering many aspects of corporate work, where Trevor and Seth will be joined by three other top trade show and corporate performers: Bob Kohler, Nick Lewin and Paul Stone. For full details about the Workshop and to book a ticket visit and click on the red Corporate & Trade Show link at the top of the screen. 9.9.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, pickpocket Bob Arno, on 'The World's Greatest Magic III' from 1996. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 9.9.17


Blackpool Magicians' Club Family Entertainer of the Year Competition update. Alan Horne, Blackpool PRO, writes: Blackpool Magicians' Club are pleased to announce the winner of the first heat of the 2018 Family Entertainer of the Year Competition. The Irish heat was held in Dublin and the winner was Trevor Price of Newtonabbey, Belfast. A big thank you goes to Pat Fallon and the Society of Irish Magicians who helped organise and host this heat and to all who took part. Anyone wishing to take part in one of the regional heats please check out the organiser for your area for availability. Next Year's convention (February 16th to 18th) has more shows and more lectures for family/children's entertainers, which will include Silly Billy (David Kaye), Gay Ljungberg, Brian Daly and Jimmy Carlo and many more. 9.9.17


Mark Leveridge is moving! After 21 years in the same location, Mark Leveridge is relocating to a different part of Exeter. This means that with immediate effect, all postal communication for Mark Leveridge Magic and Magicseen Magazine should now be sent to the new address which is: Anne's Park, Cowley, Exeter EX5 5EN. Please note that correspondence sent to the old address may well not get through, so customers are advised to ensure that they note and use the new address from now on. 9.9.17


Atlas Brookings Lecture - International Magic, London, Tuesday 12th September. 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. 9.9.17


A.C.E.S. Magic Club, Dinner & Cabaret, 14th October, Lewes. David Pattenden writes: A truly fantastic Cabaret has been booked in the shape of Griffin and Jones, an act that is in demand at a lot of clubs! Check them out at plus two warm up acts: David Pattenden and our esteemed President, Martin Lewis. All of this for the extremely low price of £30.00. We have changed venues this year and look forward to enjoying a long relationship with The White Hart Hotel, 55 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XE (Map) for quite some time to come! There is ample parking at the rear of the hotel. Please email for more info and tickets. Also see 9.9.17


Armando Lucero Masterclass, Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square, London at 12 noon on Monday 18th September. Three places remain for a very unique opportunity to learn from a genuine master of his art. This two-hour Masterclass is limited to just 12 people and is an outstanding chance to spend quality time with this superb magician. Registration also includes a ticket for the 'Vegas Magic Theatre' Cabaret Show at the Hippodrome, the same evening, where Armando will also present his rarely seen stand up spot. To book your place Click Here. 9.9.17


New from Mark Leveridge Magic. This month Mark has added another Premier E-Routine to his range with the release of Perfect Intuition. Designed for performance at large tables or for use in parlour or cabaret shows, this baffling routine uses just a pile of regular envelopes with blank pieces of card inside and yet creates a strong effect in which a spectator appears to achieve the impossible. The plot is as follows. A spectator selects any person in the audience and writes their name on a piece of card which she then slips into an envelope. Five further envelopes simply containing blank pieces of card are added to this first envelope and the spectator mixes all six of them up so that no one could know which envelope contains the card bearing the name. The assisting spectator than designates envelopes to be handed to six spectators, at some point of her choosing electing the named person to be handed an envelope. Despite the randomness of this procedure, she somehow manages to give the named spectator the envelope containing the card with her name on it! Straightforward to do this comes as downloadable PDF instructions which include a link to further online video explanations. For more details and to order go to 9.9.17


The Magicians Advice Podcast. Phil Taylor writes: 'Making Waves with Henri White'. Prepare for a conversation with the most name-drops of famous magicians ever! Henri has one of the most amazing stories around: going from couch-surfing to performing, to touring different countries as part of Jamie Raven’s team and working at PropDog. Henri talks about a huge range of his experiences, and how his life has changed as a result of hard work and effort. Henri also talks about The Magic Circle and how friendly magicians genuinely are if you just approach them. 9.9.17


Matt Johnson Lecture - Bolton Magic Club. Paul Goodman writes: Matt Johnson has been performing all over the world for more than 20 years! As a performer he has done it all. From cruise ships and international hotels to corporate events for Fortune 500 companies and theatres. He has appeared in movies, TV shows and most recently appeared as a contestant on the hit TV show Wizard Wars filmed in Los Angeles, California. As a creator of original magic and mentalism Matt has released countless effects, books, DVDs and instant downloads and as a lecturer Matt has lectured at FISM, The Magic Circle in London, the Magic Castle in Hollywood, IBM in the UK, the Adelaide Magic Convention in Australia and countless other magic clubs and conventions around the world. Matt always has something new up his sleeve, so even if you have seen Matt lecture before you are guaranteed to learn some brand new mind-blowing magic and mentalism. All of Matt's creations are very commercial and most of the effects instantly reset. See Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 13th September at Bolton Magic Club, The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee of £10.00 for non members. 9.9.17


Matthew Johnson Lecture - Manchester Circle of Magicians. William Booth writes: Canada's Matthew Johnson lectures at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 11th September. Magic and comedy; sure to be a fun evening. 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 9.9.17


Craig Stephenson: Deception. York based comedy magician Craig Stephenson took his latest show, Deception, to the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe. The show involved comedy magic, mindreading, misdirection, edge-of-your-seat danger and a cute stuffed bunny, delivered in his devilishly funny style. It quickly became established as a “must-see” show, with many fully sold out evenings. Craig will now be performing this show in his home town of York for one night only on 5th October. "The feats which Stephenson presents are truly fantastic... An Edinburgh Fringe Must-See" Fringe Review. "Stephenson keeps the audience hanging on his every word" Broadway Baby. Venue: The Basement, York on 5th October at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm). Tickets: also see 9.9.17


Kidology, the convention for Children's Entertainers, takes place on Tuesday 26th September at its new Birmingham venue. Organiser Alec Powell writes: Lectures from Richard Caddell, Barrington Powell and US Ventriloquist Mark Wade, with a balloon workshop from Graham Lee. The dealers this year will be located in a separate hall. Registrants also get tickets for the Kidology UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year Competition and a 'night before the convention' show, part of Equity’s 'Celebrating Variety', featuring a live band, DJ and full cabaret including Danny Hunt's Amethyst. Proceeds from that event will go to the children’s charity Variety. These events take place on Monday 25th September and tickets can be purchased independently of the convention. For more information visit To book visit or call Alec Powell on 07831 115448. Venue: The Austin Sport and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). 9.9.17


TV Magician & Hypnotist Damien O'Brien recently teamed up with Coca-Cola and Vice, and headed off on the streets of London to perform some close-up magic. "Working with Coca Cola has been an incredible experience they are one of the biggest brands in the world and I'm happy to be associated with them and able to deliver great content for everyone to enjoy" said Damien. To see the video and watch all the reactions Click Here (magic) and Click Here (hypnosis). Also see 9.9.17


Ventarama, the convention for ventriloquists, Wednesday 27th September, in Longbridge, Birmingham. Alec Powell writes: There's the usual great line-up of pros offering advice and sharing ideas, lectures, including one from special guest from the USA Mark Wade and a number of dealers. Plus an open mic spot and show to end the day. For more information join the Ventarama Facebook group. To book go to 9.9.17


David Meade Wizard of Odds Tour 2018. From the promoters: In his funniest and most impossible show yet, mindreader David Meade – the first mentalist to win a Million dollars in Las Vegas – will blow your mind as he beats the odds and predicts the impossible. Now performing all over the world, David’s coming back to Ireland to blow minds across the country. His last record-breaking tour sold out everywhere, so grab your tickets now and look forward to a jaw dropping performance that your whole family will never forget! Visit for tour dates and to book. 9.9.17


Tony Griffith 'At Home' - Bristol, 8th October. Time is running out for you to register to attend Tony Griffith’s 'At Home' at his home in Norton Malreward, Bristol on Sunday 8th October 2017. Tony Griffith writes: This a day-long event for those looking for a more in-depth discussion and learning experience in the magic art. The day will cover a variety of areas such as Presenting/Organising a One Man Show - Close Up/Stand Up - Promotion, Publicity, Organisation - After Dinner Speaking/Entertainment - Trade Shows/Corporate Hospitality - Working in Schools. I will be showing and explaining a great many of the routines that have served me well over the years. The day starts at 10.30am, finishing at 5pm. Registration is £40 and includes coffee on arrival, a sandwich lunch and  light tea prior to departure. For more details or to register email or telephone 01275 835463 13 Church Road, Norton Malreward, Bristol BS39 4EX. 9.9.17


When Magic Goes Wrong is being repeated on channel 5 next week: "Entertaining documentary special looking at the sometimes funny, often dramatic, and sometimes even deadly consequences when magic tricks fail. Witnesses, escapologists and magicians, both famous and amateur, tell their stories, illustrated with archive clips and specially shot material, while graphics help to dissect the tricks to discover what went wrong and why." See TV Magic. 9.9.17


Tonight at the London Palladium. "Bradley Walsh hosts the fun-packed variety show, recorded live at London's famous Palladium. This week's bill includes music from multi-platinum-selling singer James Blunt, X Factor 2015 champion Louisa Johnson and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. The programme also features a performance from the cast of hit musical Half a Sixpence, the hair-raising sword skills of Samurai Hayashi and British street dance champions Notorious." (Repeat). See TV Magic for details. 9.9.17


"Why Penn and Teller Find Purpose In Deconstructing Magic And Revealing Their Tricks" Click Here • "Q&A with Derren Brown" Click Here • "Debbie's dance debut" Click Here • "Magician Darren Dollman survives crash on Thanet Way near Whitstable turn-off" Click Here • "Harry Houdini's ghost caught on camera?" Click Here • "Montreal Museum Secrets: Harry Houdini at the McCord" Click Here • "Is this the UK's longest running Punch and Judy show?" Click Here • "'America's Got Talent': Magician Eric Jones Gets Tearful About Fatherhood" Click Here • "Mel B Is Flabbergasted When Magician Reads Her Mind, Then Proceeds To Reveal Her Darkest Secret" Click Here • "Master magician Tim Ellis uses tricks of the trade in enchanting Northcote home" Click Here • "TV magician Dynamo visits 12-year-old cancer battler Kyle Buckley at his home in Atherton" Click Here • "Magician Cosentino to Star in New Series on Sony’s AXN" Click Here • "Watch as magician performs death-defying Houdini escape on Greenock waterfront" Click Here • "Short film about an incredible 19-year-old card magician, Franco Pascali" Click Here • That's it for another week - your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 9.9.17