Number 902 - 7th October 2017


BGT’s Issy Simpson set for stardom as she prepares for Los Angeles debut. Britain’s Got Talent star Issy Simpson revealed she has been signed up by the same agent who represents Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe. The magician, the youngest to ever take part in the ITV show at just eight years old, is also heading to America and will perform on Ellen DeGeneres’ popular chat show. Simpson wowed the judges and viewers earlier this year when she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, eventually coming in second place behind pianist Tokio Myers. To read the full story in the Evening Express Click Here. 7.10.17


Paul Zenon in Linking Rings, Secret Cellar, London. 18th - 22nd October. "A touching, beautifully made magic cabinet of theatre-story. Highly recommended." Fringe Review. Houdini's right-hand man deals with the death of his boss. A half century later, a Blackpool joke shop proprietor takes on a wide-eyed young protégé. An affectionate look at a misspent youth and unsung heroes; a touching true story of interlocking lives. Not a magic show, but magical nonetheless. This acclaimed self-penned work is an exciting change of direction for Paul Zenon, who has made regular appearances everywhere from Countdown to La Clique and is known as the UK pioneer of Street Magic. "Compelling storytelling from a contemporary master of his art" The Times. Paul Zenon: Linking Rings, 18th - 22nd October at Secret Cellar at Vaulty Towers, 34 Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7RG (Map). Nearest Tube: Waterloo. Tickets and more info: 7.10.17


The Greatest Magician in the World. Join aspiring boy magician Elliot in his quest to find The Greatest Magician in the World, in this fantastically funny magical adventure. The book includes seven removable magic tricks to perform - making it the perfect gift for young magic fans aged 6-11. Written by former professional magician and TV and radio star Matt Edmondson, and illustrated by the bestselling Garry Parsons, The Greatest Magician in the World is an incredible interactive novelty gift book featuring a brilliantly witty and exciting quest story, a cast of personality-packed magicians, and everything you need to perform seven jaw-dropping magic tricks. Prepare to be amazed! Hardcover. Macmillan Children's Books. 5th October 2017. (I know that this is a real from the heart project from Matt, and that it would make a wonderful Christmas present for any up and coming young magician. DT). To order via Click Here. 7.10.17


Guy Bavli Lecture, Magicbox, this Sunday, 8th October, at 7.30pm. Venue: Magicbox's brand new mini theatre at Unit 3, Strand House, Locomotion Way, Camperdown Ind. Estate, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE12 5US (Map). Magicbox write: This is a super rare chance to see one of the worlds greatest mentalists right here at Magicbox in Newcastle. Guy is visiting the North East for only a few days and is giving us this super lecture, not to be missed. Tickets: £12 if booked in advance, or £15 on the door. Limited spaces, book now to avoid disappointment! See material as used in his Las Vegas show at Caesars Palace which ran for 3 years! Tickets: Guy Bavli biography: 7.10.17


Ghost Stories. Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson's Ghost Stories premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in Leicester Square on Thursday evening. MagicWeek readers will of course know Andy for his brilliant work with Derren Brown, but Ghost Stories reveals a whole new 'Andy Nyman'! The stage production, first seen in 2010, that went on to play in the West End for two or three seasons, was a huge critical success, so the thought of transferring it to the big screen must have been viewed as a real gamble (if it ain't broke...) but one that's really paid off. Ghost Stories is a beautifully crafted piece of cinema. Proper film making, proper storytelling, wonderful characters... and scary too, with a whimsical undertone and a wholly satisfying ending. I loved it. Do try and see Ghost Stories when it comes out next year. DT.

"'Ghost Stories': London Review"
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Anthony Owen, multi-BAFTA winning magic producer, director and creator, will be attending The Magic Circle Dealers' Day on Saturday 21st October. He will be signing copies of his brand new hard-bound book Secrets published by Vanishing Inc. The 237 page book contains 42 of Owen’s magical creations plus an interview and candid advice for magicians who want to get on TV. A very limited number of signed copies will be available on a first come, first served basis on the day. The book was written in collaboration with John Lovick, has a foreword by Andy Nyman, and is illustrated by Tony Dunn. Priced at £45. Andy Nyman: (from the foreword) “One of the greatest minds ever to have graced British magic.” Praise for Anthony Owen: “Anthony Owen is an unsung genius.” Derren Brown. “There are, maybe half a dozen people in the world who understand how to give magic on television the impact it has live. Anthony Owen is one of them. He has a mind of extreme subtlety and immense experience. He understands and loves both the TV medium and the art of magic with a joyful enthusiasm that is inspiring to encounter.” Teller, of Penn and Teller. Entry to The Magic Circle Dealers' Day is free for members of The Magic Circle and the Junior Magic Circle, and just £5 for non-members.  21st October from 10am at The Crypt on the Green, St James Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0EA (Map). 7.10.17


London Society of Magicians Mini Convention, next Saturday, October 14th. Bob Pamplin writes: On Saturday the 14th October the London Society of Magicians will be holding a Mini Convention in South Woodford, London E18. It will consist of 2 lectures (Ali Cadabra and Martin Cox) and a magic show with Ali Cadabra, Martin Cox and members of the LSM. All this for the bargain price of £5.00. Dealers welcome and there will also be tables available for private sellers. Doors 11am, show 6.30pm. Woodford Parish Church Memorial Hall, 209 High Road, South Woodford, London E18 2PA (Map). Contact Bob Pamplin for more details or see What's On. 7.10.17


Me, My Cards and I. John Carey writes: I'm delighted to say that my new book, Me, My Cards and I, is now available to pre order! This 160 page hardback book is packed with over 70 streamlined and super strong effects for the discerning card and close-up magician. The special pre publication price is £30 plus shipping. The books are scheduled to arrive by November 3rd. All customers pre ordering will also receive the digital editions of my two previous books, Carey Files and Minimalistica free! To make your order simply head over to the website which has further information, a full table of contents, video demonstrations and the shop. 7.10.17


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Trentham Guest House, Blackpool. The Trentham Guest House is a small family run business and enjoys a central location on Albert Road, just a two minute walk from the Blackpool Magicians Convention at the Winter Gardens. Facilities: CD player, TV, DVD player, Freeview, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing board, Wi-Fi. Visit for more information and to book. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016. 7.10.17


Magicseen's Monthly Money-Savers. Magicseen write: Introducing a new way to get Magicseen products at favourable prices (well, we like them - and so will you!). Each month you need to check out the Magicseen website where you will find a special deal or offer which will be available for that particular month. Ranging from discounts to special bundles or subscription offers, it's a great chance for Magicseen customers to benefit from regular offers. For October we have deals on two E-Books, Crafted With Carey and The Wayne Dobson Definitive Collection. To check these out, go to and place your order before the end of October. 7.10.17


Risky Rabbit Magic and Comedy Club, Brighton. The New Material night was a huge success and proved very popular with many spectators being turned away at the door as the venue had reached capacity. A big thanks to the great acts that made the night possible: Dave Croucher, Lynn Thomas, Wayne Lawrence, Mike Jupp, Rooster Robertson and Steve Lobley. The whole evening was hosted and compèred by Mind Reader David Terrence. The next evening will be on the 1st of November. Magicians are welcome to attend but will need to contribute to the night by performing a slot. Please email to be considered. Follow us on social media for future event news: The venue is the Upper Lounge at the Caroline of Brunswick, Brighton. 7.10.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Melinda, on 'The World's Most Dangerous Magic' (1998) shown in 2000. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 7.10.17


The Clairvoyants appearance on Tonight at the London Palladium is being repeated on Friday evening. "Bradley Walsh hosts the variety show, featuring the very first TV performance from the hotly anticipated musical revival Annie, incredible mind-reading from international award-winners The Clairvoyants and music from legendary British blues singer Elkie Brooks. The star of Joseph and former X Factor winner Joe McElderry takes to the stage, there is a surprise visit from Brian Conley, and the British National Latin Formation Champions Fever Formation show off their trophy-winning talent." See TV Magic. 7.10.17


Ouija: The Victorian Séance, Carnegie Hall, East Port, Dunfermline KY12 7JA (Map). October 27th, 30th and 31st at 7pm. From the promoters: This is a once in a lifetime chance to attend a paranormal evening and Victorian Séance at the eerie Carnegie Hall. For the 1st time in 80 years Carnegie Hall will hold a Séance in the original Victorian Library. A room which has been left more or less untouched since the late 1930s and has had more documented reports of violent poltergeist and unsettling ghost activity than any other room in the entire complex. The evening will feature a lights out tour of the creepy venue, a lecture on the paranormal with experiments, a hands on experience with the infamous "Ouija" board and a lights out, electricity off "Dark" poltergeist session.


The library room is not generally open to public events due to reports of feeling uneasy, feeling watched, people having hair pulled and violent poltergeist activity. The room is generally locked off from public view. Hosted by Liam A Black. This is not a family event and as a general guide is not advisable for those under the age of 18, no pregnant women, no persons of a nervous disposition and no persons with heart conditions should attend these experiences. Guests come at their own risk and must sign a disclaimer. Dress code smart casual. Box Office: 01383 602302. Running time 2 hours. 7.10.17


The October E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce the release of his latest half hour online video presentation featuring six interesting segments. The Teach In - an apparently impromptu production of a bank note from between two credit cards. Top Tips - Mark suggests a simple way to get your name remembered at shows. It Could Only Happen Live - a story of how Mark does battle with strolling singers using microphones at a close up gig. Web Offers - a strong finger ring routine and an important E-Book which are on offer this month are discussed. 60 Seconds To Success - a suggestion for how to get experience when you are new to magic. The Review Corner - Move Zero Vol.3 featuring John Bannon comes under the spotlight. You can gain access to the video for a small payment, and if you decide you would like to receive the latest issue every month, a 1 year subscription will bring the individual charge down even further. It's one of the best values in magic. To watch a trailer of the E-Video Newsletter or to purchase full access, go to Members of E-Club Pro, Mark's online magic and information resource, receive every E-Video Newsletter at no extra charge. See for details. 7.10.17


Matt Edwards Show and Lecture - York University Magic Society. Tuesday 14th of November. From the organisers: Britain's Got Talent Finalist and Superstar will be performing his one-man show and giving a lecture for the York University Magic Society. Open to the public, this promises to be a night of comedy and magic that won't be forgotten quickly. Because the show is open to the general public, instead of £10 for show and lecture, they're £5 each. We expect these events to be very popular, so getting there early is recommended. No advance tickets will be sold. All tickets will be sold on the door. Show: 6.30pm. Lecture: 8pm. Venue: Room P/X/001 (Physics Dept.), Exhibition Centre, York University. (Parking: Goodricke Way - Off Heslington Lane YO10) 7.10.17


Michael Murray Edinburgh Magic Circle lecture. Gary James writes: Edinburgh Magic Circle are honoured to host a lecture by the phenomenon who is Michael Murray. The lecture will be a ticketed event and because of space at the venue will be capped at 60 places. Taking consideration of members there will be an initial allocation for visiting magicians of 35 spaces, on a first come first served basis. EMC can now accept payment for the event through PayPal at the link below with a cost of £11 to cover PayPal costs. If you purchase through this method we will email you to confirm a place has been reserved for you. Should the event be full and you have made payment we will refund your money and notify you of any reserve list etc. Initial enquires would indicate this will be a very popular lecture and we would urge anyone who wants to attend to let us know as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. Monday 16th October, 7.30pm for an 8pm start at The Mercat Bar, 28 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh EH12 5DX (Map). PayPal payment link:


At the age of seven Michael traveled to Spain on holiday with his parents, and it was there that he witnessed close up magic for the very first time; this was an event that would change the entire course of his life. At the age of sixteen Michael released his first commercial effect “Beyond ESP” which to date has sold in excess of fifteen thousand copies. Having attracted the attention of several world class performers including Max Maven, Richard Osterlind and Banachek he quickly established himself amongst his peers. In 2016 Michael released his first book 'A Piece of My Mind' which was crowned book of the year (as voted by the members of the Magic Cafe). Michael is widely regarded as one of the most respected creators of both magic and mentalism and with countless releases in the pipeline his future looks very bright. Recently one of Michael's newest releases 'The Solution' was performed on live television on a prime time News program in the United States by Stephen Brundage. So there you have it, one of the best creative minds in magic and mentalism IMHO is coming to lecture for us all. In addition to the lecture Michael is happy to sit after the event and have a sherry or two and session some ideas. A night not to be missed. Edinburgh Magic Circle looks forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the night. 7.10.17


Dave Loosley Lecture - London Society of Magicians. Daniel Young writes: In this lecture, Dave Loosley will take you through the tried and tested routines used hundreds of times in the real world. Dave’s magic is easy to perform, very visual to watch and always creative. You are going to learn some incredible magic with sweets, cards, napkins and rubber bands. This lecture will be crammed with great information including the creative process Dave goes through when inventing his unique magic; there'll be a lot of fun and laughter along the way. "This is a lecture you can not afford to miss. It's nice to know the new generation of magic is in safe hands." Wayne Dobson. "If you're looking for some good visual magic with smart, well-constructed methods, then you have to check out Dave Loosley’s lecture." Alan Rorrison. "Dave Loosley is one of my favourite creators of modern magic, His tricks are as fun to learn as they are to watch." Kieron Johnson. Date: 10th of October. Location: Davenport's Magic Doors open: 6.30pm, lecture starts at 7pm. Price: £12 for non-members (members free). 7.10.17


Andy Clockwise lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday, October 12th. Adam Mosley writes: A professional award winning magician with over 20 years performing experience, Andy shares in great detail some of his best-selling effects as well as several new ideas, creations and twists, yet to be released into the market in his new lecture, 'Clockwatching'. Everything in this lecture is 'worker' material, suitable for Close-Up and Stage, for Children and Adults - there's something for everyone! "He's a creative wizard, a comic genius and explosion of energy. Do not miss it!" Dov Citron - Secretary of The Watford Association of Magicians. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey, at 8pm. For full details please contact Adam Mosley 7.10.17


Thom Peterson: Magic O-Rama -  Birmingham Comedy Festival. Thom Peterson returns to the Birmingham Comedy Festival for a 4th year! He's a one-man flash mob of magic and comedy, and his show will make you wonder if you've just experienced real magic - or if the cocktails are really that strong! See him on stage at the Electric Cinema as he displays his completely useless set of skills and superpowers! It'll be a swingin' slumber-party of comedy and magic you won't want to miss. Thursday, October 12th at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm). Venue: The Electric Cinema, 47-49 Station Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4DY (Map) 7.10.17


Lee Warren lecture 'The Business of Magic' - Sussex Magic Circle, Thursday 12th October: As seen at The Magic Circle. Double your fees! The best advice on the planet. £10 at the door for non members. 8pm on Thursday 12th October. Venue: The Hassocks Hotel, Station Approach East, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8HN (Map). 7.10.17


Paul Gordon lecture - Derby Magic Circle. Paul Sharp writes: On Wednesday, 25th October, at Breadsall Memorial Hall, Brookside Road, Breadsall, Derby DE21 5LR (Map)., doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Paul Gordon's close-up magic lecture is about commercial and doable worker card magic; magic from Paul’s professional repertoire and best-selling Gold Dust Trilogy, Quidnunc and Article 52 Books and DVDs. It’s a fun light-hearted lecture for both cardmen and non cardmen alike, and is very popular. Past members and visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby but there is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Please contact our President Allan Humphries on 01889 590 975 or email prior to attending. 7.10.17


Oliver Graham's 'The F Word' lecture - Cambridge Pentacle Club, Tuesday 10th October at 8pm: Join the Cambridge Pentacle Club for a lecture by Olly Graham on Family entertainment. The lecture will concentrate on how to take your current material and make it work for a family audience. Along the way there will be tricks and laughs. Cambridge Pentacle Club - St Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 9LR (Map). also see 7.10.17


Introducing 'The Bunco Show'. From the promoters: Have yourself a magical company Christmas party. Are you looking for a unique and mysterious event to help make your corporate party, Christmas event or special company occasion go with a swing? The dedicated magic theatre in Herne Hill - The Illusioneer - has unveiled a new show for corporate and large parties. Called the Bunco Show, it follows the story of magic and illusion and its close relationship with gambling and games of chance. You’ll be given real gambling chips when you arrive, so you can take part, if you wish. It’s a chance to come and be cheated — all in the best possible taste and in a venue of your choice. If you’d like more information about the Bunco Show, contact or go to 7.10.17


My Dream Home: Brother v Brother. "Fourth series of the My Dream Home spin-off. A chance to perform with David Copperfield is the prize as the brothers tackle the bathrooms and guest bedrooms of their homes." Friday 13th October on W. See TV Magic. 7.10.17


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