Number 900 - 23rd September 2017


Marvin Berglas MIMC elected Vice President of The Magic Circle. On Monday 18th September magician and entrepreneur Marvin Berglas, creator of Marvin's Magic, was elected Vice President of The Magic Circle. Marvin said "Having grown up in a magical family I am proud and honoured that my peers in The Magic Circle have today elected me their Vice President. My father 'International Man of Mystery' David Berglas was the President from 1989 for nine years and I hope to carry on the dynasty and help drive our organisation forward. There is a greater than ever interest in magic and I have bold plans so that more people will experience magic!"


President, Scott Penrose MIMC, Secretary Megan Knowles Bacon AIMC, and Treasurer Mark Lee AIMC were reelected unopposed. President Scott Penrose congratulates Marvin Berglas on his election to the Vice Presidency and expresses the gratitude of Council to outgoing Vice President, Richard Pinner, for his hard work on behalf of The Magic Circle. He also thanks outgoing Chairman and Council Member Alan Maskell MIMC for his long and dedicated service to the Society. 23.9.17


Wayne Dobson's TV series 'A Kind of Magic' is being made available to his mailing list subscribers, free of charge. DTrik write: "Subscribe to our mailing list and you will gain access to Wayne Dobson’s 90s TV series ‘A Kind of Magic’. Every Saturday, at 7pm (GMT), a new episode will be added. All three seasons will be uploaded, so stay subscribed and you can view as many as you like! We will also send you up-to-date information on our new releases and promise not to bombard you with pointless emails." Visit today! 23.9.17


Champions of Magic team head off to the USA for the start of a nine-week tour. You can catch them in Harrisburg PA, Ithaca NY, Millville NJ, Duluth GA, The Villages FL, New Orleans LA, Arlington TX, Birmingham AL, Frederick MD, Buffalo NY, Erie PA, Schenectady NY, Fort Wayne IN, Green Bay WI, Waukegan IL, Emporia KS, St Charles IL, Regina SK, Winnipeg MB, Greeley CO, Salt Lake City UT, Thousand Oaks CA, Airway Heights WA, San Luis Obispo CA, El Cajon CA, Tracy CA, Cerritos CA and Cleveland OH. Tickets for all shows are available from And they'll be back on tour in the UK next year as well, with more magic than ever:
25th March – Yeovil, Octagon Theatre – Click Here – 01935 422884
30th March – Dunstable, Grove Theatre – Click Here - 01582 60 20 80
31st March – Camberley, Camberley Theatre – Click Here – 01276 707600
1st April – Norwich, Theatre Royal - Click Here – 01603 630000
2nd April – Stoke-On-Trent, Regent Theatre - Click Here - 0844 871 7649
3rd April – Stoke-On-Trent, Regent Theatre - Click Here - 0844 871 7649
6th April – Torquay, Princess Theatre – Click Here - 0844 871 3023
7th April – Torquay, Princess Theatre – Click Here - 0844 871 3023
8th April – Richmond, Richmond Theatre – On Sale Soon
9th April – Guildford, G Live - Click Here - 01483 369350
11th April – Edinburgh, Assembly Rooms – On Sale Soon
12th April - Edinburgh, Assembly Rooms – On Sale Soon
13th April - Edinburgh, Assembly Rooms – On Sale Soon
14th April - Edinburgh, Assembly Rooms – On Sale Soon
15th April – Reading, Hexagon - Click Here - 0118 960 6060
20th April – York, Opera House – On Sale Soon
21st April – York, Opera House – On Sale Soon
28th April – Brighton, Brighton Centre – Click Here - 0844 8471515
29th April – Plymouth, Theatre Royal – On Sale Soon
1st May – Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre - Click Here - 0844 871 7627
2nd May – Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre – Click Here - 0844 871 7627.


West End Magic, 14th October, Leicester Square Theatre, London. The regular London show continues with a packed line-up of top UK magic and variety acts, including the 2017 Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year. The exciting family friendly show features award-winning magic, juggling, illusions and comedy, plus the latest up and coming magic talent. Featuring the side-show stunts and escapology of Amethyst, top gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo, the conjuring feats of Oliver Tabor plus this year's Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year, Dean Leavy. All compèred by the very entertaining Nigel Mead. Guaranteed to deliver the best in magic, illusion, comedy, jugging and variety. Saturday 14th October at 3.30pm. Box office 020 7734 2222. For more information and to book Click Here. 23.9.17


Portsmouth and District Magic Circle Jumbo Day, Sunday 5th November. Lectures from 'Marvelous' Matthew Wright, Jon Allen and Robbie Driscoll (the Bowtie Balloon Guy), plus New and Used Magic Fair and Auction and the 'Southern Magician of the Year' sponsored by PropDog with a £100 Prop Dog gift vouchers 1st prize, and a £50 Prop Dog gift voucher 2nd prize. Evening Gala Show with: 'Marvelous' Matthew Wright, Jon Allen, The Vox Brothers and Jason Steele, hosted by Colin Rumford. All Day tickets from £21.00. 9am - 9pm on Sunday 5th November. Venue: Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT (Map). Colin Rumford. 23.9.17


The Greatest Show on the Tyne. Following the success of the first “Greatest Show on the Tyne”, the show returns on Friday 6th October at 7pm, as part of the theatre’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations. A variety show not to be missed, hosted by Chris Cross, the North East’s favourite magician! Featuring:

Claire-Louise: The sultry songstress performing in the Bistro Bar to warm-up the theatre for 45mins pre-show.
Host Chris Cross: Newcastle’s favourite comedy magician!
Bobby Pattinson: North East’s No.1 comedian.
The Great Aziz: A proper magic act. With doves and everything
Acropolis: Multi-award winning acrobatics troupe
The Pan Man: Singing Dalek impressions from BGT Semi-Finals!
Amethyst Illusions: Big magic tricks with dancing girls and all that Jazz!
The Postmodernaires: Full Big Band performing pop Songs with a retro twist!
Chris Cross: Will perform a daring escapology stunt – as seen on CBBC’s The Slammer!
Finbar Healy Comedian: Son of Brendan and also a comedy genius!
Rosie Bloomers: An exciting all-girl aerial circus performance!
The Great Aziz: Another proper magic act. With silk handkerchiefs and strange looking boxes!
Voodoo Tuesday: This girl will be belly dancing, poi spinning & getting the stage hot!
Junior Turner: Local singer-songwriter will be belting out a bit of Nessum Dorma!
Acropolis: The multi-award winning acrobats perform one of their trademark acts!

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Learn 'Show Business' from the comfort of your own home. Ken Dyne's Entertainers' Business and Marketing Conference (24th September in London) sold out almost two weeks ago, but with higher demand from entertainers around the world, he is hosting a series of three online seminars teaching how to get more enquiries, convert more of those enquiries in to paid bookings, and how to earn more from every gig you do. What's more, he's not charging for these sessions. If you want to register for more information on these free online classes visit: 23.9.17


Magic at the Angles is back on Saturday 30th September. This month: Multi-award magician Richard Griffin introduces International comedy magician Mark James, The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year winners 2015 'Destiny' and the Unusualist, Robbie K. Show times are 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets from only £10.00, available via The Angles Theatre, Alexandra Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1HQ (Map). 23.9.17


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Carl Royle lecture. Following on from a successful year lecturing throughout the UK, Carl Royle has added a web store to his website: This has all lecture products and notes from his 'How I feed my children" lecture. Lecture notes are now available as a digital download, which includes his much acclaimed "Gold Cup Con" in the hand micro cup routine. Carl is now taking bookings for lectures in 2018 for both "How I Feed My Children" and his new lecture "How I feed My Children 2". Telephone: 0161 799 7978 email 23.9.17


Alien Autopsy - The Greatest Hoax of All Time. In 1995, Spyros Melaris created an illusion of global significance. His mission was to create something so unusual, so disturbing that it would rock the world. ‘The Alien Autopsy’ was not just a hoax. It challenged belief systems. It asked, 'Do Aliens exist, and are they visiting our planet?' The film fooled NASA, Kodak and every expert who had a say in the subject, including the Queen's Pathologist. The film maintained its integrity for 15 years until Melaris and his crew revealed the truth. Melaris has prepared slides, film and inside secrets exclusively for this show. Leicester Square Theatre, 24th September 2017. For more information and to book Click Here also see YouTube. 23.9.17


New Season Offer From Magicseen. From the publishers: To get your new magic season off to a flying start, Magicseen are having a special promotion on subscriptions this weekend. If you are not currently a subscriber this would be the perfect time to sign up as we are making the following special offers: get 7 issues for the price of 6 with our 1 year Super Sub, or receive 14 issues for the price of 12 with our 2 year Super Sub. These Super Sub offers apply to either printed copy or download subscriptions, so you can choose the format that suits you best. Already a Magicseen subscriber? No problem, you can extend your current subscription period by purchasing either of the Super Subs as well. And don't forget, if you take out a 2 year Super Sub you are already making a saving of several pounds as well as getting the two extra free issues. This offer will finish at midnight on Sunday 24th September 2017, so act now and get more Magicseen for your money. To place your Super Sub order go to before midnight on the 24th September 2017. 23.9.17


Magic Car Boot Sale - 9am tomorrow in Birmingham featuring 20 magic stalls! Featuring over 20 stalls of pre-used magic, see before you buy, haggle and get a bargain. Indoors at The Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). Sunday 24th September from 9am, admission £5.00. For more information contact Alec Powell 0n 07831 115448. 23.9.17


Piff & Pop's Magic Shoppe. It began with a knock on the cave, a long shadow obscuring the desert sun, and a gruff, booming, Newfoundland accent, “Hey Son, Pop's back!” Piff the Magic Dragon has spent the last few centuries trying to forget about his absent father, but now, having escaped jolly old Dragon-slaying England, conquered America and opened his own show in Las Vegas, he finds himself in the John Lennon predicament. Pop the Magic Dragon, on the other hand, is eager to make up for 342 years of abandonment and is over the moon to see how well his offspring has been doing. He's ready to settle down in Las Vegas for some Father/Son bonding time, and maybe help out on the show now and then. Sadly for Piff, he's English, and therefore unable to say no to anything. And after last night, Pop has a taste for the stage. So expect to see more from the best father/son magic dragon act in Las Vegas / the Henderson area. "Penn Jillette Joins Piff the Magic Dragon on Stage at Flamingo Las Vegas" Click Here. Photo credit: Edison Graff / StardustFallout. 23.9.17


Ali Cadabra lecture - Kent Magicians' Guild. Mike Bonfield writes: The ubiquitous Ali Cadabra, master of a thousand faces, and best known for his Charlie Chaplin Act lectures on Tuesday 26th September. Always fun, with a wide variety of material, you will enjoy this evening. Non members £5 entrance fee, starts at 8pm. Come early for a good seat. Kent Magicians' Guild, CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map) 23.9.17


Ferran Rizo at The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday October 3rd, and we have a fantastic lecture lined up from Spanish magician Ferran Rizo. Ferran Rizo has lectured on stage and close-up magic, and the history of magic. Visit his website: to find out more about this performer. Venue: The Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map). The evening starts at 7.30pm, with £10 per person entry. For more info call Kyle on 07982 819727. 23.9.17


The Mark Leveridge September 2017 Podcast. Sit back and relax in the company of Mark Leveridge as he chats with you for half an hour: Is it good for magic when celebrities are shown doing magic on TV? - Should children's entertainers be displaying their magic props to make an impression on the kids and on the booker? - One of Mark's favourite parlour or large close-up table tricks is reintroduced - Things that you can do to help older people in your audience to fully appreciate what you do - The market for good magic books is not redundant, despite what some may say - Do hecklers still exist and would you know one if you met one? - Mark discusses whether people still practise magic in the way magicians used to. The Podcast is completely free and is released on the 1st of each and every month. You can access this latest issue (along with any of the 56 back issues) from, or the latest edition plus some of the back issues are also available from 23.9.17


History and Mystery at The Magic Circle, London. Enjoy a visit to the House of 10,000 Secrets with a unique experience at the headquarters of The Magic Circle. Be enthralled by tales of past Masters of Magic during a guided tour of the building which houses priceless treasures, memorabilia and magical posters. Make a wish while turning three times on The Magic Circle emblem beneath the magnificent staircase which leads to the Devant Room displaying unique apparatus of the past. Marvel at the hand painted murals on the staircase depicting magic from its early beginnings to the present day. Enjoy some entertaining close-up magic presented by a skilled member of The Magic Circle and a unique live magic performance in our fully equipped theatre which includes a hearing loop. There is a lift and wheelchair access to all public areas, plus tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival.


Monday 25th September at 11.30am. Doors open 11am, event starts at 11.30am and lasts two hours which leaves plenty of time to explore the rest of London. Note: this event is for over-14s only - no refunds will be issued for under-14s. Tickets £19.50 plus booking fee for individuals and £19.50 with no booking fee for groups of 20 or more. The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Tickets available from 23.9.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Marc Salem, appearing on 'This Morning' on 12th October 2001. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 23.9.17


Steve Dimmer Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. Tuesday 3rd October at 8pm. Members free, visitors welcome (£10 entrance charge). For more information visit Mark Paul. 23.9.17


D.I.C.E. Dice makes a powerful enemy when he accidentally dings Criss Angel's car, leading the Mindfreak to seek magical retribution. Monday 25th September on Sky Atlantic. See TV Magic. 23.9.17


Now You See Me. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Isla Fisher star in Louis Letterier's thriller. A year after being clandestinely brought together in New York, four conjurors - street magician J Daniel Atlas, mind-reader and hypnotist Merritt McKinney, escape artist Henley Reeves and sleight-of-hand artist Jack Wilder - are performing as The Four Horsemen in Las Vegas. Their initial show is impressive: a member of the audience is apparently instantly transported to their bank vault and invited to switch on a vacuum machine, which then showers the remainder of the audience in cash. It not only baffles the spectators, it also stumps the police when they discover that the 'robbery' was actually carried out for real. And, as the Horsemen brazenly build upon this first success with a series other inexplicable heists, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes and Interpol's Alma Dray are tasked with tracking the magicians down and finding the evidence to convict them. Director: Louis Leterrier. Magic inspired by David Copperfield. Head magic consultant: David Kwong. Magic consultants: Glen Ghirardi and Jonathan Levit. Special thanks: Chris Kenner, Homer Liwag. Saturday 30th September on Channel 4. See TV Magic. 23.9.17


Planning next year's programme of events for your club? Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 23.9.17


Eddie Gibson. Quentin Reynolds writes: Eddie Gibson passed away on the 11th September, 2017, aged 84. Well known throughout the magic world for his precision work with coins, there can hardly be a magician in the UK (and everywhere else) who hasn't owned and used one of his products. His funeral will take place at 11.30am on Monday, 2nd October at Preston Crematorium, Longridge Road, Preston PR2 5BY and afterwards at the Yew Tree, 100 Victoria Road, Walton-le-Dale, Preston PR5 4AU. 23.9.17


"Meet the Blind Magician in First Full Trailer for 'Dealt' Documentary" Click Here • "Magician James Galea wants to discover ‘The Best Trick Ever" Click Here • "Debbie McGee opens up about how Strictly has helped her deal with death of husband Paul Daniels" Click Here • "A Magician Taught Me the One Great Trick All Fathers Need to Know" Click Here • "The Artistry of Siegfried Tieber, Magician" Click Here • "Magician 'Magic Mike' performs awesome tricks with daily objects" Click Here • "This magician uses cards and a tiny toy car to create magic tricks in front of your eyes" Click Here • "Britain's Got Talent winner heading to Isle of Wight" Click Here • "Illusionist David Copperfield Attends Mike Tyson “Undisputed Truth Round 2” at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club inside MGM Grand" Click Here • "Jay Owenhouse the Illusionist Pt 1" Click Here • "An incredible weekend of family entertainment" Click Here • "Derren Brown Reveals Why His Mind-Bending Tricks Have Got Him Into A Lot Of Trouble!" Click Here • "Seeing is believing" Click Here • "Magician looks to break stereotype" Click Here • "Reasons to See: Derren Brown Underground" Click Here • MagicWeek is 900 today... how did that happen?! Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 23.9.17