Number 910 - 2nd December 2017


Tommy Cooper Forever. Part one, Thursday 14th December, on ITV3. Tommy Cooper Forever will reveal how an act that started out in the desert during the Second World War went on to take the comedy world by storm. Over three decades have passed since Tommy Cooper died but rather than the memories fading with time, the nation’s love for unique magician has only gone from strength to strength. In these two programmes, using previously unseen footage, we hear how Tommy scoured the magic shops of London to create his routines and we trace his extraordinary journey from South Wales to top of the bill at the Palladium, with the help of family, friends who worked with him and famous fans – a cast list which includes Jennifer Saunders, Simon Callow, Lionel Blair, Anita Harris, Les Dennis and Jerome Flynn. See TV Magic for details. 2.12.17


Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic: "This documentary was produced to explore the life and magic of Dai Vernon (David Frederick Wingfield Verner, 1894-1992), the most influential magician of the twentieth century—possibly of all time. Directed by Daniel Zuckerbrot. Narrated by Patrick Watson. Featuring interviews and performances by (in order of appearance) Max Maven, Derek Verner, Jackie Flosso, Herb Zarrow, David Ben, Edward Verner, Ricky Jay, John Carney, Persi Diaconis, Steeve Freeman." Watch it at (Spotted by Quentin Reynolds, posted on the Genii Forum). 2.12.17


Risky Rabbit Bristol Launch, Smoke & Mirrors, Thursday, January 11th. Come and witness professional magicians practice new material together with new magicians stepping onto the stage for the very first time, at Bristol's only open-mic night for conjurers, Risky Rabbit! Amazing magic and mind reading will be performed by local performers. The whole evening will be hosted by "Bristol's 31st funniest man or woman", Mark Bennett! (Bristol Post The night will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 8pm, and should finish around 10.30pm. The night is free for audience members with donations at the end (suggested donation is £2). For a performance slot email Venue Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map) 2.12.17


Eggheads v The Egg Bags... Merlins of Wakefield were on Eggheads last week. The Merlins Magic Club entered a team (The Egg Bags!) to pit their wits against the finest brains in the land. Bob, Kim, Darren, Phil and Mark, with Tony in reserve, conjured up some magic as well as entertaining Jeremy and the crew. To see how they got on you can watch the whole show on iPlayer. The latest 3D Magic Works items will be arriving shortly, including On-Line, Ribbon Ruse and Hip n Hop N Spot. These normally take 5 to 6 weeks to order, but Merlins will have a few spare ones in time for Christmas if you order quickly. For more details and availability email or call 01924 339933. 2.12.17


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Geoffrey Durham on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 2.12.17


The December E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to offer the latest edition of his popular monthly online video presentation. For his festive issue: The Teach In - Mark explains the 3rd move from his Ring Competition ring and rope effect. Top Tips - a simple way to 'tame' your magician's rope! It Could Only Happen Live - Mark reveals how he almost got caught by an 'in joke' at a show. Web Offers - details of a great advice E-Book and a money routine suitable for the pub, both of which are on offer in December. 60 Seconds To Success - a strategy for kid show planning. The Review Corner - Mark takes a considered look at Sven Lee's Svenlopes. The E-Video Newsletter is available in exchange for a very small amount of money, and a 1 year sub makes the price per edition even smaller - it really is one of the best deals in magic. To watch a video trailer and for more information or to order, go to 2.12.17


Dynamo on Good Morning Britain. "Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart chat about their new film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Matthew Kelly talks about taking Christmas classic The Box of Delights on to the stage. British magician Dynamo has a few tricks up his sleeve today for the GMB team!" ITV, 14th December. See TV Magic for details. 2.12.17


Paul Zerdin in Dick Whittington. Playing at the stunning London Palladium over the 2017/18 festive season is the UK’s favourite pantomime, Dick Whittington! Starring your returning favourites and some magical new faces including Julian Clary (Spirit of the Bells), musical theatre royalty Elaine Paige (Queen Rat), Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Paul Zerdin (Idle Jack), Nigel Havers (Captain Nigel), Gary Wilmot (Sarah the Cook) and direct from Half A Sixpence – Charlie Stemp as the title role of Dick Whittington. A seasonal must-see for young and old, don’t miss your chance to visit the West End these holidays and put some sparkle in your Christmas celebrations. Book your tickets to Dick Whittington today! Click Here. 2.12.17


Congratulations to Juan Corrin, winner of the annual stage competition held by the Magicians of Mann on 24th November. He was presented with the Arthur Culpin Challenge Cup by David Evans, chairman of the Rotary Foundation and International Committee of the Club of Ramsey. The show raised funds for a project supporting visually impaired pupils in two Nepalese schools. Also taking part in the show, produced by Lexi Watterson and compèred by Mike Clague, were Chris Burns, Michael Kelly, Rosalie Beaumont, Keith Greenland, Paul Martin, Giles Beaumont, Michael Daniels and John Cain. Mike Clague, Secretary, Magicians of Mann. 2.12.17


Christmas Family Comedy Magic Show. Saturday December 30th at 1pm and 4pm at The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE (Map). "Doors open 30 minutes early. Interval between two magical acts from Klassy Magic & Amigo's Magic. Magic before your very eyes, mayhem and comedy. One lucky person to have their stress removed and lots of audience participation! Great family entertainment. Free Bunny Copter to all those attending. Tickets £8 per child; adults £10; Family ticket of four £30. This sold out last year so please book early to avoid disappointment." Tel: 0208 480 8176. 2.12.17


Kevin Quantum Quantum Magic, tonight, 2nd December, in London. 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 ★★★★. 2.12.17


The Magic of Houdini with Alan Davies is being repeated this week. Having had a fascination with the world of magic since he was a boy, Alan Davies explores the extraordinary life of illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini, the man who against the odds became one of the most successful entertainers in the world. In a bid to understand why Houdini felt compelled to perform such terrifying death-defying acts, Alan visits New York where the young Eric Weiss arrived as a child with his Hungarian immigrant family, made his entry into show business and ultimately performed some of his most death-defying stunts. Immersing himself in the world of Houdini, Alan tries to hold his breath under ice cold water, lies on a bed of nails, gets strung upside down in a straitjacket and takes an exclusive look at David Copperfield's priceless collection of Houdini artefacts in Vegas. Alan talks to Houdini enthusiasts and delves into the family history of a man driven to conquer his rivals and be the very best. See TV Magic for details. 2.12.17


Nottingham University Magic Society. The Nottingham University Magic Society have just launched a new website. It contains a members zone for lecture notes and information, along with a members-only forum. 2.12.17


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