Number 908 - 18th November 2017


Blackpool Magic Convention: Solo Headline Shows. From the organisers: For the first time ever, The Blackpool Magic Convention will be hosting a series of special solo headline shows throughout the convention. These will run in tandem alongside the gala shows. Every night in The Pavilion Theatre, audiences will get the chance to see full one-hour solo headline performances from Tom Binns as Ian D Montfort (photo), Jasper Blakeley as Kockov and Asi Wind. Each show will be repeated twice on the night, allowing as many people as possible to enjoy the performances. In conjunction with these shows, The Spanish Hall will be also be showcasing three special headline lectures from Ben Earl, Richard Turner and Asi Wind. More exciting announcements will be made over the coming weeks, so book now for what promises to be a memorable convention. 18.11.17


Diverting Card Magic by Andrew Galloway. This book is a 'must read' for any performer intent on improving their performance in close-up magic, particularly card magic. In the pages of this hardback book, Andrew Galloway goes into great detail on where, when and how to use misdirection in your routines.

He begins by explaining how Misdirection should be applied in some of the necessary card sleights; 'The Glide', 'The Double Lift', 'The Pass' and 'The Top Change'. He then proceeds with some excellent routines, including the application of Misdirection at the appropriate moments, with comments at the end of each routine concerning where and why the Misdirection is used.

Routines explained are: A Trick For Jack Avis, The Bluff Force, The Bluff Colour Changing Pack, The Horowitz Variation, One Two Three, Four Aces, Do As Al Baker Did, Rosini's Legacy, Flying Solo, The Fib Finder, A Regular Brainwave, The Undercover Cards and Just A Drop.

This is more than just a card trick book though, the intention is that you study and understand why Misdirection works, and that you, the reader, continue to use this same thinking in other routines you may be performing. For more information and to order visit (First published in 1980. Don't miss out this time around)


Happy 10th Birthday Mr Piffles! It was Mr Piffles' 10th birthday on the 13th and Lance Burton was there to present him with a cake! It was all captured live, on video, Click Here. Piff is in Las Vegas 7 days a week until mid January, and then 5 days a week at least throughout 2018 18.11.17


Peter Antoniou 'Psychic' Comedian, Etcetera Theatre, London. Friday December 1st at 7.30pm and at 9.30pm and Sunday December 3rd at 8.30pm. If you could ask a psychic a question what would it be? Following his 10th year of sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and an international tour, award-winning 'Psychic' Comedian Peter Antoniou brings his unique skills to peer inside your head, fondle your frontal lobe and tickle your funny bone. Think of a question: it can be silly or serious; about your past, your present, or your future; it could be about your love life, or even just what colour your underwear is. It doesn't matter what it is, Peter has an answer for you. Part comedy, part mind reading, this show will leave you asking, is your mind safe? "His ad-libs are fast and sharp humour and astonishment" Scotsman "Tall, dark and charming" The Skinny "Witty and mischievous exceptionally good" Chortle. Tickets: Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU (Map). 18.11.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the ever-brilliant Tommy Cooper. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 18.11.17


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New from Mark Leveridge Magic. Released this month as a Premier E-Routine download is a commercial effect called Safety Catch, which is ideal for walkabout/table magic or even for a parlour show setting. The effect creates a visual penetration of a borrowed watch onto a length of examined rope, and it can be easily repeated for different groups. All you require is some regular rope and the supplied downloadable photo illustrated PDF instructions which also contain a link to further downloadable online video instructions. For more information and to watch a dem, go to 18.11.17


Zane's Magic Shop. Zane writes: "Here is a pic of Troy and myself at the recent Magic Circle Dealers' Day. Troy bought some tricks from my stand, including one of my own produced products, and we had a nice chat. What a nice fellow he is! (I tried to sell him a steel Appearing Cane and produced one to show him, which he liked the idea of but thought he'd give that trick a miss!) We sell many magicians supplies and the best of the latest and most commercial magic - in time for Christmas shows or as ideal presents!" Visit today. 18.11.17


Tom Elderfield University of Nottingham Magic Society Lecture. From the organisers: On 30th November, the UoN Magic Society are proud to host a guest lecture by Tom Elderfield. He will talk about his creations of magic with every-day objects and much more. Tom has worked with Dynamo, and Dynamo has described Tom's level of magic as 'mind blowing and inspirational'. This is not a lecture to be missed! Entry is free for all members and associate members of the society. There will be a £10 charge on the door for non-members. If you're a non-member planning on attending please feel free to drop us an e-mail and we'll be more than happy to direct you to the right part of the uni. Thursday 30th November at 7pm. University of Nottingham Magic Society, University of Nottingham 18.11.17


The Magicseen Monthly Money-Saver (corrected web address). From the publishers: This time we have a great deal for you on our download subscriptions. We can offer you either a 1 or 2 year subscription period now at half price. This applies obviously to new subscriptions, but also those readers who already have a current download subscription can extend it for either 1 or 2 years and benefit from the same discount. This special 50% off deal is only valid until midnight on Sunday 19th November 2017, so you need to act quickly. Download subscribers not only get their copies of each issue ahead of printed ones arriving, they also benefit from a 20% discount on all book and E-Book purchases from Magicseen Publications, plus each time a new issue of the magazine is released, download subscribers can email and request to receive any two other download back issues completely free, making a download sub even better value. So sign up for the convenience of Magicseen as a download and catch yourself a terrific all round bargain by going to 18.11.17


Twelve Times to the Max by Stuart Burrell. From the publishers: Whilst there are a great many magic books on the market, multiple World Record Setting Escapologist and Stamina Strong Man Stuart Burrell, has chosen a slightly different approach for his own work. “I wanted to recount the actual events of setting the first twelve records” said Stuart. “But I also wanted to be respectful to the true masters of the art and those that have helped me along the way.” Recent reviews have echoed this, with the non-magic book review site Bookbag giving it 4 out of 5 stars and saying, amongst other things “There's an element of pride in what he's achieved, but it's almost the most understated pride I've ever encountered.” (Bookbag review Click Here). Available in printed or Kindle format from Click Here. 18.11.17


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishop's Stortford Football Club. From the organisers: It's time for another evening of magic and fun as the magicians at the Half Moon are back to entertain you, with host Martin Cox, and popular magicians Tim Shoesmith and Sean Goodman. Friday 24th November. Magicians at the Half Moon, Bishop's Stortford Football Club, Dunmow Road, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 5RG (Map). Entry is still just £10.00. Doors open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm (finishing around 10pm with a 20 minute interval). Free Parking. To reserve yourself a front row seat, contact Martin on 01279 659562. For more information visit 18.11.17


The Complete Final Series and A-Z of Dynamo [DVD]. From the makers: The King of magic returns for the fourth and final series of the multi award winning Dynamo: Magician Impossible. In four brand new episodes we follow magician Dynamo as he travels to France, India and the USA, amazing everyone he meets with his unique brand of jaw dropping magic. Featuring appearances from Coldplay, Sam Smith, One Direction and Bollywood star Irrfan Khan, Dynamo takes us on a magical adventure which will astound even the biggest cynics! Plus, 'The Exclusive A-Z of Dynamo' Dynamo is one of the World’s Greatest magicians… he’s entertained everyone from Los Angeles to Mumbai with his extraordinary TV series Dynamo: Magician Impossible, performing over 16 hours of magic across 4 record breaking series. To celebrate this we’ve put together the A-Z of Dynamo - an exclusive, encyclopedic look at his magic, his persona and of course the reaction to his impossible magic from his many, many fans across the globe. To order via Click Here. 18.11.17


Britain’s Got Talent Open Auditions. From the producers: Britain’s Got Talent Open Auditions are coming to a town near you! Are you ready to be discovered? Do you have a talent we just need to see? Britain’s Got Talent is back, with open Auditions for the next series of the show heading to a town near you! Our team will be hitting various locations in a bid to find BGT’s next big superstar. See 18.11.17


Magic 1400s-1950s by Mike Caveney, Jim Steinmeyer, Ricky Jay and Noel Daniel. 544 pages, hardbound, 30.5cm x 40.6cm. Illusion, enchantment, and wonder. This book deals with the world's greatest magicians from the Middle Ages through the 1950s. To order from Click Here • "Alexander Magu and the art of magic" Click Here • "Dinner and a Magic Show: Mentalist Scott Silven Hosts At The Illusionist's Table Inside N.Y.C.'s Famed McKittrick Hotel" Click Here • "Magician’s Assistant Wanted For Charity Event" Click Here • "Magician Performs Magic Trick Using An iPad" Click Here • "Review: Magician Jorgos spell-binding on 'Greece Got Talent' audition" Click Here • "Warwick magician to hold fire department fundraiser" Click Here • "Illusionist teams up with JKPL to offer free magic camp" Click Here • "For His Next Trick, Magician Derek DelGaudio Will Free Your Mind" Click Here • Well, that's all for another week. Thanks as always for your magic news - see you next week, Duncan. 18.11.17