Number 904 - 21st October 2017


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 26th October, London. From the promoters: A show full of variety! With illusionist Sabine van Diemen, mentalist Roberto Forzoni, a period piece from Will Houstoun, and the wittily miraculous Ian Keable. Compèred by Russell Levinson. Tickets for the show are still only £11 from ...last two months were packed so do book early! The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court. Come early to enjoy a meal before the show. Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Parking is free from 6.30pm. Tickets still just £11 in advance from 21.10.17


The Academy of Magic and Science: 'Recoding Wellbeing - Rethinking Healthcare through Magic' convention. From the organisers: We are very excited to invite you to attend a unique convention to Recoding Wellbeing - Rethinking Healthcare through Magic, looking at how through magic we can empower patients and doctors to facilitate the healing process. The event is a think tank, focused in probing a shift in perspective to reframe healthcare through magic! The Academy of Magic and Science, our educational partner, is organising in Cambridge a fascinating conference with panel discussions, experiential labs, workshops and the human flourishing show!

According to the World Health Organisation "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Our aim is to probe a shift in perspective and reframe healthcare through magic and make this vision a reality. How can we facilitate the healing process? How can we alleviate the burden of illness? Can we empower hospital patients and staff with the thriving mindsets which best support recovery during a hospital stay? The Academy of Magic and Science has been supported by the Cambridge University Accelerator of the Judge Business School and is an official partner of FISM.

When: 12th of November 2017, 9.30am-7.30pm. Where: St John's College, University of Cambridge, UK. Register now at: and enjoy an exclusive 20% discount using the code: MagicWeek20 While various registration options are available, we encourage you to register early as the number of participants is limited. Looking forward to share this special day with you! Magic wishes, Antonia Symeonidou, University of Cambridge.


The Mysterious Gentleman, The Courtyard Theatre, London. The Mysterious Gentleman is a play incorporating stage magic that explores the eternal question of what lies beyond death, told through the life story of mercurial magician JN Maskelyne. The play brings back to the stage this man of contradictions, and 100 years after his death his story is story is still mesmerising. Known as the father of modern magic in the Victorian era, he built his career by challenging fraudulent spiritualists and charlatans, as well as by creating magical illusions that amazed Victorian audiences and still astonish people today. This is a co-production between writer Jarek Adams of Partners in Mischief Productions and director Kasia Różycki of Off The Cliff Theatre. The Courtyard Theatre, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, London N1 6EU (Map). 31st October to 18th November at 7.30pm. Price: £14, £11 Concessions. For more info and to book visit 21.10.17


Kevin Quantum Quantum Magic. Catface Talent presents: Kevin Quantum Quantum Magic. After sell out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe every year since 2015, critically acclaimed Scottish magician Kevin Quantum makes his London debut with a one-off show at the Clapham Grand on Saturday 2nd December. The show ‘Quantum Magic’ combines state of the art magic with incredible science. As magic creatures go, Kevin fits somewhere between Gandalf and Brian Cox and is the closest thing to real magic a believer, or a cynic will ever find. Quantum Magic fuses sketch comedy, magic and science - from laugh out loud moments to remarkable feats of mental ability alongside sci-fi inspired illusions. Expect the impossible: think of a drink - he'll make it appear, watch personal objects getting teleported onto the stage and money appearing from thin air and gasp when an audience member gets suspended in space! 7.30pm on Saturday 2nd December at Clapham Grand, 1-25 St John's Hill, London SW11 1TT (Map). This event is 18+ For more information and to book: Click Here.

“Quantum has such an entertainingly off-hand manner that you want to believe that he makes the impossible possible at every turn. Genuinely interactive” Herald ★★★★

“Astonishing” Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★★
“Superbly imaginative, clever and wonder-filled show” TV Bomb
★★★★. 21.10.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive - A New Video Every Week! This week, 'Robert Gallup's Extreme Magic: Challenge of the Death Dive' produced in 1996 and shown by Channel 5 in 2000. For once, the 'dangerous' hype actually delivers in Gallup's mid-air escape attempt that even Houdini would have marveled at... see The MagicWeek Video Archive. (Note: MagicWeek readers in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea and the USA won't be able to see this show due to copyright restrictions.) To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 21.10.17


Magic Lectures at Smoke & Mirrors - Bristol. From the organisers: As you may know Smoke & Mirrors & Illusions Magic Bar are the leading Magic Bars in the UK and we are making 2017 even more magical by adding lectures from our guest performing magicians coming up at Smoke & Mirrors. Spaces are limited so we suggest booking your seat now. Lectures will be held in our theatre, offering a real close-up and personal feel. Lectures are held on a Sunday, so there's Free Parking! Lectures start at 1pm. Bar opens at 12 noon and the bar will remain open for 2 hours after the lecture has finished. 22nd October: Jasper Blakeley (aka Kockov) - The emphasis will strongly be on the importance of performance in all aspects of magic. Plus creating laughter. Looking at the core values of Jasper's ethos - Control, Flexibility & Change, he will use these themes to discuss his approach and tips on working close-up private & corporate events, concentrating mainly on working tables and overcoming all problems and eventualities. Book Here. Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map) 21.10.17


Terri Rogers & Shorty Harris can be seen on The Good Old Days on Friday 27th October on BBC4 in a show first broadcast on 5th April 1979: Leonard Sachs chairs the old-time music hall programme. Featuring Roy Hudd, Jenny Till, Pat Mooney, Peter Gale, Terri Rogers & Shorty Harris, Chaz Chase, Gerard Edon and members of the Players' Theatre. Also featuring guest artist Barbara Windsor. See TV Magic. 21.10.17


Paul Zenon in Linking Rings - last two London performances. "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." Paul Zenon: Linking Rings, tonight and tomorrow, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October, at Secret Cellar, Vaulty Towers, 34 Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London SE1 7RG (Map). Nearest Tube: Waterloo. Tickets and more info: (I finally managed to see Paul's one-man show last week and submerged myself in a wonderful, magical, treasured past. DT). 21.10.17


Blackpool Magic Convention Family Entertainer of the Year. Alan Horne PRO writes: The North West heat of the Family Entertainer of the Year competition was held on Tuesday 17th October. Five acts presented their shows to an enthusiastic audience with the eventual winner being Magic Daz who joins the line up for the 2018 convention. Registrants are now offered a choice of two Gala show times each evening ( 6.15pm or 8.45pm ) which allows visitors an opportunity to arrange their time to see extra events and get better show seats (subject to availability). 21.10.17


New For October on E-Club Pro. Every month Mark Leveridge updates most of the Members' Only E-Club Pro web pages with fresh material. Here are some of the highlights for October: The Vintage Vault - live performance footage and video instruction for Invisible Tying Silks, a terrific kid show routine. The Audio Booth - members can listen to an extract on how to approach a table from the Table Magician Audio Book. The Download Portal - each month there is a free routine to download and keep, this time it's Animal Antics a feature routine from Mark's children's shows. The Tool Box - video instruction on a practical and natural way to perform a double lift. The TricKlip Viewer - this month members can watch and learn a strong card effect called Locator. These plus other updates are available now as part of the 700+ pages of online content, and you can gain immediate access by joining at 21.10.17


The Magicians Advice Podcast. Lloyd Barnes joins Phil and Ian, talking about Ellusionist, visual magic and the future of magic and technology: 21.10.17


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th November, at our new home, 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. There's 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. 21.10.17


Mark James Sideshow Tricks, Blackpool, final dates. Season ends Wednesday October 25th. Mark James has worked professionally for over a decade on land and at sea worldwide. He now brings his critically acclaimed show to The Festival Suite at Viva, Blackpool! Mark combines original comedy and magic with juggling, escapology and sideshow stunts to create a one-man variety show like no other. The show is fresh, original and always family friendly. In ‘Sideshow Tricks’ there’s something for the whole family. You’ll see Mark perform world class sleight of hand magic, escape from a straightjacket, eat fire, and even juggle mousetraps! The show promises to be hilarious, so whether you’re 5 or 105 grab your ticket, hold on to your hat and take your seat for a night you’ll never forget! Tickets via 21.10.17


Chris Wood lecture - Cotswold Magical Society. Peter Kidd writes: On Wednesday 1st November, Chris Wood returns to the Cotswold Magical Society with his second lecture, focusing on the 'Why?' much more than the 'How?' behind some of the routines from his working repertoire. Having been mentored by Alan Alan, Chris is an accomplished performer who runs The Magic Circle Close-up Shows, and you'll invariably find him in the Club Room on a Monday night, sharing and refining presentations for effects. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start of what is sure to be an entertaining and educational evening. Visitors welcome. £10 on the door. 21.10.17


Barrington Powell's Ghost Show, Manchester. Celebrate Halloween in style with Master Magician, Barrington Powell, who will be conjuring up a few treats at the Three Minute Theatre in Manchester on Thursday, November 2nd. As well as an evening of magic and mind-reading, the audience will be invited to experience for themselves Mr Powell's recreation of the world famous Victorian Spirit Cabinet with all its ghostly intrigue and suspense. Performing his magic to the amazement of audiences all over the world, Barrington is now proud to be bringing such a special show to Manchester for one night only, and who knows, maybe a few ghostly friends will be joining him on stage! November 2nd is the new date for Halloween at the Three Minute Theatre with the show starting at 8pm. Over 12's only and not for the faint hearted! Tickets: Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, 35-39 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JG (Map). 21.10.17


Mel Harvey: Northamptonshire Magicians' Club Champion of Parlour Magic. At a recent competition held at the NMC, Mel Harvey competed with seven other magicians to win the title Champion of Parlour Magic. The photo shows Mel being presented with the trophy by the President Matthew Garrett. Next Saturday, October 28th, and on Halloween itself, Tuesday 31st October, Mel will be utilising his Parlour Magic skills during his Shakespeare Ghost Walk in Stratford upon Avon. Mel is the only independent Comedy Ghost Walk in Stratford upon Avon and in his guise as Blake Barrington, Ghost Guide, will be visiting many ghostly establishments in the area. The walk lasts for just over an hour and rounds up in a haunted venue, where hot chocolate is served at The Halloween Parlour Magic Show. The Shakespeare Ghost Walk supports The Shakespeare Hospice where Mel has a Long Service Award for his work there, as a volunteer. The walk starts at 7pm on both nights and tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children; available from Mel on 07860 485578. 21.10.17


Simon Hannah MMC won the Bradford Magic Circle Close-up Competition on Friday, 13th October, for the second year running. For membership details visit 21.10.17


Harry Hill's TV Burp. "Harry Hill takes a look at the week's TV and pulls out his surreal highlights, including some Paul Daniels alien footage and a swine flu opera." (Repeat) Saturday 21st October on Dave. See TV Magic. 21.10.17


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