Number 903 - 14th October 2017


Paul Daniels: My Life in Magic. Archive footage and testimony from peers and friends is combined to illustrate how a magic-obsessed youngster from Middlesbrough grew up to become a household name. Contributors include Debbie McGee, Stephen Mulhern, David Copperfield and Penn & Teller. Friday 20th October on Channel 5, see TV Magic. 14.10.17


Dynamo: The Book of Secrets. From the publishers: Can you keep a secret? Inside this book you will find many, from the mind of one of the most talented magicians in the world: Dynamo. In this fully illustrated guide to modern magic, Dynamo shows you how you can perform magic yourself. Learn how to make water freeze instantly, read your friends' minds, make chewing gum float 360 degrees around your head, slice a banana without even touching it, discover superhuman strength and many more mind-blowing illusions. A magical masterclass, The Book of Secrets will be the first step on an exciting journey for budding magicians, providing hours of breathtaking fun for all the family. A fully-illustrated beginner's guide to modern magic from the world's coolest magician, Dynamo. Dynamo: The Book of Secrets will be published on November 2nd. To pre-order via Click Here. 14.10.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive - A New Video Every Week! This week, The Great Kovari, 'cutting a woman in half' on Jonathan Ross's 'The Last Resort' on November 27th, 1987. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 14.10.17


London Society of Magicians Mini Convention - today in South Woodford, London. 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 (photo) and members of the LSM. All this for the bargain price of £5.00 on the door. 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). 14.10.17


Blackpool Magic Convention. Alan Horne PRO writes: Tickets for the 2018 Magic Convention at Blackpool are now selling at record levels. As well as the usual programme of events we have added some new events making this annual weekend even more value for money. More star name acts and lecturers are due to be announced over the next few weeks. Please check our website to book and see the regular updates as they are announced. 14.10.17


Modern Magic, The Charlotte Street Hotel, London. Prepare to believe in magic! Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, an audience will have their minds read, senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. Saturday 18th November. The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15 - 17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map). 14.10.17


The Card Collection is under new ownership. Paul and Patricia McCaig of Psychic Mentality are pleased to announce the official relaunch of The Card Collection and would like to thank Clive and Jamie Leewarden for their continued support, wishing them and their family all the best for the future, and write: Although now operating on a much smaller basis, it is still our intention to give the same personal, friendly and efficient service provided by Clive, Jamie and the team over the past 49 years or so. Hopefully we can take the business back to basics by only providing The Card Collection exclusive tricks and effects, gimmicked and unusual decks of playing cards, individual gaff and gag cards, sponge balls, dice, gimmicked coins and general magic accessories... So don’t miss the opportunity to grab yourself a few bargains by taking advantage of our ‘Clearance Sale’, where you can buy new tricks and DVDs, at drastically discounted prices whilst stock last. We will be adding stock to our brand new website on a regular basis, so please feel free to browse and order items which will normally be dispatched the next working day. The Card Collection will be attending ‘The Magic Circle Dealer Day’ on the 21st October 2017 and the 2018 ‘Blackpool Magic Convention’, where we hope to see some familiar faces and welcome customers old and new. Please do not hesitate in contacting us if you have any queries, comments, or would like to confirm availability of a specific item. 14.10.17


TV's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks is being repeated on 20th October. "A countdown of the greatest TV magic tricks of all time. From the astonishing set pieces of Penn and Teller to the mindbending of Derren Brown and the street magic of David Blaine, be prepared to be amazed and mystified. Contributions come from magic's greatest stars, including Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee, Dynamo, Penn and Teller, and magic fans Joe Pasquale, Stephen Mulhern, and Dick and Dom." Friday 20th October on Channel 5. See TV Magic. 14.10.17


Three Counties Magic Circle is a newly formed group based in the North Dorset, South Wiltshire, East Somerset area. We hope to meet on an informal basis approximately every two months to discuss magic, exchange tips and practise magic in a friendly supportive environment. Membership is open to amateurs and professionals alike. The only requirement is that you are 18 or over and already have a basic working knowledge of magic tricks. Whilst this group is aimed primarily at those interested in card, coin, mentalism and bizarre magic, we also welcome practitioners of other forms of magic. For more information please visit our website at 14.10.17


Bath Circle of Magicians welcomes new members. The Bath Circle of Magicians would like to welcome new members from the Bath and north Wiltshire area to their friendly club. Formed in 1946, the Bath Circle prides itself on its friendly and welcoming nature with a mixture of professional, semi pro and enthusiast magicians including several members of The Magic Circle. We all share the love of the art of magic. We meet twice a month in the village of Saltford, enjoy lectures, stage our own public shows and have an active fixture list of meetings throughout the year. For further details see our new website or contact the President Grant Maidment if you are interested in joining or coming along to a meeting  07969 643511 (NB Paul Gordon lecture November 9th, non-members welcome). 14.10.17


At Home with The Magic Circle. An evening of mystery and wonder featuring some of the club's top magicians. The Magic Circle has announced its list of dates for its popular "At Home" events for 2018. The events are the public's chance to see inside the headquarters of the world-famous society and witness close-up and stage magic. The dates for next year are: Tuesdays 9th Jan, 23rd Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 6th March, 20th March, 10th April, 24th April, 15th May, 5th June, 4th Sept, 18th Sept, 9th Oct, 23rd Oct, 6th Nov, 13th Nov and 20th Nov at 7.30pm. The 'At Homes' are suitable for people aged 14 and over. Tickets cost £36 for individuals, £30 for groups of 20 or more and £50 for premium seats. Tickets available from 14.10.17


Chris Wood will lecture for Home Counties Magical Society on Thursday 19th October at 8pm at Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley RG6 3HE (Map). Visiting magicians welcome; door charge £15. Andrew Lewis. 14.10.17


West End Magic - Leicester Square Theatre, London, Saturday 14th October. 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. 14.10.17


The Magic Circle Dealer's Day - next Saturday! On 21st October the annual event will be held at its new venue, Crypt on the Green, Clerkenwell, London from 10am-5pm. This years event is larger than ever, with over 25 magic dealers exhibiting, including a selection of 'New Talent' that you will not have seen at a convention before. Every hour, on the hour, there will be a performance on the Dealer Showcase Stage for inspiration - and a range of limited time Hot Deals will be available throughout the day, offering amazing savings and unique special offers. The event is free for members of The Magic Circle and just £5 for non-members. For more information, see The Crypt on the Green, St James Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0EA (Map). 14.10.17


Merlins of Wakefield have just released their latest 16 page 'Preview' for October/November and it's free! Click Here to download or email them at with your postal address, and they will send you a copy. Merlins held their annual Competition last week and write: Everyone made an effort to perform with the places going to: 3rd Theo, 2nd Kev Mark and 1st to Darren Mac (photo). Well done again to all the competitors and audience who attended. We have some new 3D Magic Works effects (just arrived) and have a couple of extra ones we can ship out straight away. There is normally a 5 to 6 week lead time on these, but the ones available now are: C-Psych, What The Hole, Dom Spots and Colorwise, so if you are interested, please order asap before they are gone. Finally, we will be at The Magic Circle Dealers' Day in London next Saturday, 21st October. If you are going and would like anything specifically contact us and we will bring it along for you: 01924 339933. 14.10.17


The Mark Leveridge October Podcast. Sit back and relax and enjoy half an hour with Mark as he chats with you about the following topics: The stresses and strains of moving house and relocating two businesses. Is it best to quote all inclusive show fees, or is it better to have a lower headline price and then go for added extras? The latest annual Cumbrian Conjurers Collective session provides tangible help and advice. Mark highlights one of the most important aspects of performance that some entertainers tend to forget. A new online show agency gets Mark's vote over Bark. Why you should take the online video tour of E-Club Pro and see exactly what benefits members receive. Mark explains why he thinks going back to tables more than once is not a good idea. The Podcast is free to listen to and can be accessed either at or alternatively from from where you can also sign up as a follower and receive notification of each new issue when it is published on the 1st of each month. 14.10.17


Mystery, Magic & Illusion with the South Downs Magicians. "A fantastic evening of brain-fuddling, spell-binding, 'in-your-face' magic from the very accomplished South Downs Magicians promises to be a great night out for all the family. Some of the proceeds will go towards our refurbishment. Come early and see some mesmerising close-up magic!" The Players Theatre, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex BN6 9PU (Map). Saturday 11th November at 7.30pm. Adult £10, Child £6, and Family (2xA+2xU12) £28. Tickets available from the Players Website: 14.10.17


Robert Temple: The Hypnotist - Live & Outrageous (UK Tour 2018). Yeovil, Dunstable, Bromsgrove, Felixstowe, Birmingham, Leicester, South Shields, Weymouth and Bristol are amongst the first dates to be announced for the April/May tour. Forget swinging watches and people clucking like chickens… this is a cutting-edge, thrilling show featuring incredible hypnosis and never before seen side splitting sketches... which are guaranteed to tickle the very naughtiest parts of your mind. Don’t miss out. Co-written and directed by Kennedy. *Not for the easily offended. For dates and to book visit 14.10.17


Cambridge Pentacle Club Presents 'The Magic Show', Tuesday 17th October at 7.30pm. From the organisers: Our biggest and most ambitious show yet! The Cambridge Pentacle Magic Club will be performing Magic and Grand illusions at The Cambridge Junction. This local club that was formed just at the beginning of the rip-roaring 20s will be wowing crowds with spellbinding miracles, stage illusions, close-up magic, comedy and pulse quickening danger! Among the performers are local professional and semi-professional magicians, many of whom are members of the world famous Magic Circle. This includes the charismatic and charming Dr Bondini who has toured the UK and abroad with his illusions, plus the energetic and excitable JezO. Tickets: £10 adult, £6 child, 15% off group of 4 (max. 2 adults). Venue: Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX (Map). Phone:01223 511511 14.10.17


Magic at The Magi. The Order of The Magi in Manchester held their annual stage competition last Tuesday when an enthusiastic number of members and visitors attended to see competitors battle it out for the new Joe Abrahams Cup. This had been donated by the family using proceeds from the magical estate of our late member and past President Joe. His son and daughter-in-law acted as lay judges on the panel which also had two magical judges. Seven performers took part, with only one repeated effect which is well above average for nearly all competitions. The standard was, generally speaking, high, with most competitors keeping within the time limit allocated. The winner was one of the society’s Life Members, Adrian Sullivan (right), with Mike Sharples taking the Comedy Award of which he has been the winner on several occasions recently. Both winners are seen here with current president Stuart Cassels. Photo by Ryan Robertson. Details of Magi’s meetings and more are on Geoffrey Newton PRO. 14.10.17


Northern Magic Circle President's Day & Dinner. Rob Temple writes: Rick and Carol Tynan, President and Lady of the Northern Magic Circle, invite you to join them for their President's Day & Dinner on Saturday 18th November 2017. The day begins at 11am at The Atkinson in Southport for a 'behind the scenes' tour followed by an afternoon with Safire Illusions and Magic Light Puppets and magic workshops too. This magical day closes with the President's dinner at 7.30pm, with a three-course meal including coffee and cabaret from Emily Wilkinson, Luna The Broken Doll and John Harding, at the Lakeside Suite, Southport Convention Centre. Tickets for the day are £10 and for the dinner £35. Contact Rick and Carol on 01704 533 768 or email to book. 14.10.17


Lukey Magic: Astonishment. From the promoters: Lukey Magic is an amazing young magician based in Bromsgrove. He is bringing his stage show called "Astonishment" to the civic hall on December 15th. In this show he will read minds and perform his stunning card tricks as well as make you laugh. This show is recommended for ages 8+. This show is approximately 90 minutes including support act. Stourport Civic Hall, Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, on Friday 15th December at 7.30pm. Tickets: £3.00 - £5.00, Group Tickets: £14.00 plus booking fee. Box Office: 0333 666 3366. 14.10.17


Planning next year's programme of events for your club? Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 14.10.17


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