Number 915 - 6th January 2018


Blackpool Convention 2018 - the full line-up. From the organisers: Here is the final full list of artists, lecturers and headline acts for Blackpool 2018. It looks like being the best ever! Asi Wind, Aaron Crow, Richard Turner, Javier Benetiz, "Magus Utopia" presenting "Love after Death", TC Tahoe, Issy Simpson, Richard Cadell, Marc Salem, Todd Robbins, Les Chapeaux Blancs, Matt Edwards, The Great Kaplan, Yo Kato, Sylvester the Jester, Niek Takens, Marty Putz, Chris Hart, Pop Haydn, Stuart MacDonald, Craig Christian, Fluteman, Joao Miranda, Brendan Rodrigues, Ben Earl (photo), Wayne Dobson and Friends, Ian D Montfort, Beat the Wand, Kieron Johnson, Andi Gladwin, David Kaye, Kockov, Noel Qualter’s Never Mind the Buzzsaw, John Bannon, Michael Murray, Brian Daley, Sooty, Russ Stevens – The Secrets of BGT, Not the Gala Show, Morgan and West, Mark Elsdon, Chad long, Eric Leclerc, Gay Ljungberg, Noel Britten, Paul Gordon, Pit Hartling, Olmac, Stephen Williams, Bear Pit Close-Up plus over 150 dealers. Book Now at 6.1.18


The Session takes place next weekend! From the organisers: Axel Adler (Sweden), Tom Stone (Sweden) and star of his own BBC 1 series Tom Binns (UK), will all perform in our strongest gala show ever. Britain's best card magician Ben Earl (UK) will give an exclusive workshop on deck switches in The Session Talks, legendary mentalist Jon Stetson (USA) will host The Event Talks, and Roberto Giobbi (Switzerland) will present his most surprising lecture yet. They join The Evasons, Max Maven, Johnny Thompson, The Other Brothers, Paul Vigil, Mike Close and dozens more. Just five tickets remain! 6.1.18


João Miranda Magic: Premium Magic Solutions are now advertising with MagicWeek. "João Miranda Magic was born to elevate magic as an art form. Our company is focused on producing the best quality magic products, with innovative methods that today help in the success of thousands of professional magicians worldwide." See them at the Blackpool Convention 2018 and visit João Miranda Magic online today! 6.1.18


Manchester Circle Jumbo Auction - Monday 29th January. From the organisers: Magical Bargains Galore on Monday 29th January at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Organised by Manchester Circle of Magicians. Free for members, £3.00 for non-members. Doors open at 5.30pm and viewing commences at 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers are Quentin Reynolds and Derek Lever. Hundreds of items being sold, many without reserve, such as DVDs, books, Close-up items, kids tricks, mentalism items, etc. See you there. 6.1.18


The Infinite Monkey Cage Christmas Special: The Science of Magic. The Infinite Monkeys bring their own brand of Yule friendly science and comedy to the BBC Radio 4 Christmas schedule, and this year add an extra sprinkling of festive magic. Brian Cox and Robin Ince will be joined on stage by some very special guests to look at the science behind some of our best loved magic tricks and illusions. Actor, writer and illusionist Andy Nyman, actor and comedian Diane Morgan, Professor of Psychology and magician Richard Wiseman, and theologian and broadcaster Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou will all be demonstrating how basic human psychology and evolution allow us to see and believe the seemingly impossible. They'll be exploring how some basic psychology can lead to some truly impressive deceptions, and ask how easy it is to trick the human mind, even a mind like Brian's. Prepare to be amazed. iPlayer. 6.1.18


New Year E-Club Pro Sign Up Deal. To give your magical new year a boost, why not sign up to Mark Leveridge's online information and help resource, E-Club Pro? Packed with over 700 pages of web content (most of it video), you can take advantage of Mark's 35+ years of full time pro experience to help you to make the most of your own magic interest. Learn new routines from the Vintage Vault and Archive sections, watch bite size extracts from Mark's live lectures in the Lecture Room, brush up on or learn for the first time basic and intermediate moves in the Tool Box, download and keep the instructions for a different E-Routine every month, receive a 10% member refund on all full price orders from MLM, plus so much more. E-Club Pro is paid for on a monthly rolling PayPal payment and has no fixed subscription term, so you can stay a member for as long as you wish. Sign up in January 2018 and you will be sent a FREE copy of the Going Walkabout E-Book. Then, provided you remain a member, in February 2018 you will receive a free copy of The Table Magician E-Book, and in March 2018 you will get a free copy of the Marketing Yourself E-Book. This sign up deal applies to new sign ups for E-Club Pro or E-Club Pro Elite which are made no later than 31st January 2018, so act now to ensure you don't miss out. For more information and to enrol go to 6.1.18


An Evening of Pat Page Magic - Wednesday 10th January, in York. From the organisers: York Society of Magicians present An Evening of Patrick Page Magic. Janette Page, and husband Philip Pound, talk about Pat Page, and company 'Patrick Page Magic', at York Society of Magicians at 8pm on Wednesday 10th January. "Pat was the well-respected magicians' magician, who had a natural desire to help others. He was a TV consultant, and a stage comedy entertainer. Visitors £5 entrance fee. Venue: The Red Lion Hotel, Boroughbridge Road, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6PR (Map). 6.1.18


Magicseen Issue 78, January 2018. From the publishers: Welcome the New Year in by getting your copy of the very latest edition of the UK's only independent magic magazine. We are thrilled to have the legend Bill Malone on our cover and to be able to feature one of the world's foremost comedy entertainers in detail inside. Nearer to home, we are also pleased to present articles on card magic supremo Paul Gordon and all round top pro Gary Jones. It has been our good fortune to be able to offer our kid show readers an informative mini series by top US performer Christopher T. Magician in recent months, and the final part of his excellent Ask Christopher articles offers further pearls of wisdom. Why do some tricks become anointed with 'classic' status, while others just grow old? We investigate. Also, we get some fantastic feedback from 10 top pro close uppers on what they consider important as an opening trick when working close up commercially. All this plus Masterclass tricks for stand up and close up, an article on magic enthusiast and actor Adrien Brody, the usual round up of pertinent comment on the latest marketed products, and more. You can get your copy of the January Magicseen as part of a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or as the first of a pay-as-you-go sub, or just as an individual printed or download copy, directly from the publishers at 6.1.18


The Alakazam Academy presents: Working Magic tutored by Leo Smetsers - 16th January. The Alakazam Academy is proud to welcome Leo Smetsers as a tutor. Leo’s course "Working Magic” is packed with just that. Leo is known the world over for his amazing handling of the 3 Shell Game. As well as being a magic creator and producer of beautiful props, Leo is one of the busiest magicians in Europe and on this course Leo is going to teach you the effects that have made him such a big success. Leo’s magic is easy to do, but packed with entertainment. (Special Note: Leo will be giving away over £1,000 worth of his magic items during his course and everyone who registers on the course is in with a chance of winning!). For full details and to book visit 6.1.18


The Alakazam Academy presents: Killer Card Workers tutored by Paul Gordon - 24th January.  Paul Gordon has always been a firm favourite with the Alakazam team and we are really pleased to announce Paul will be giving his first Alakazam Academy Course. The Killer Card Workers course is full of just that: Killer Card Workers! Paul has been a professional magician for many years and he only performs card tricks, yes only card tricks! Paul's tricks are as entertaining as they are fooling. This is going to be a brilliant course, don’t miss it! For full details and to book visit 6.1.18


Mark Elsdon's Hidden Gems - introducing you to killer magic that you already own! Mark's latest eBook uncovers one hundred tricks that are hidden in print, in books that you probably already own! Hidden Gems has received raves from every single magician who has read it and is perfect for anyone who is on the lookout for great tricks that no one else is doing (and who isn't?!). Find out more here: 6.1.18


Philip Astley: Father of Modern Circus. For the past few years, as well as performing, Andrew Van Buren has been working on a new project to raise awareness that 2018 marks 250th anniversary of Newcastle-under-Lyme's Philip Astley creating modern day circus. 'The Philip Astley Project' has been busy with the creation of special events: the Astley Heritage Trail, subway art, landmarks, street art and the original Philip Astley Statue - commissioned and funded in 1992 by the Van Buren Family as part of the 250th Celebrations of Philip Astley’s birth.


The Project, managed by Staffordshire University and with the help of Heritage Lottery Funding, is in full swing, and includes: A season of Circus films starting in January. The Astley Circus Talks Season in February. The World Circus Day Rally, and The Brampton Museum Astley Exhibition (May to July). The New Vic Theatre’s “Astley’s Astounding Adventures” can also be seen in the summer. Plus symposiums, exhibitions, visiting shows and AstleyFest. For more info and updates visit 6.1.18


Risky Rabbit, Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol, 11th January. 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) 6.1.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week Paul Daniels, from 'The Paul Daniels Magic Show' first shown on 13th December 1986. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 6.1.18


Planning this year's programme of events for your club? Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 6.1.18


"Horror Magician The Sacred Riana Wins Asia’s Got Talent" Click Here • "Comedy-Magician Adam London Celebrates Five Years at the D Las Vegas" Click Here • "Penn Jillette Considers Batman the 'Ultimate Magician'" Click Here • "Weymouth magician Peter Price recalls his successful magic act with his late wife Jean" Click Here • "Omaha magician Walter Graham, known for work as magic historian, remembered worldwide" Click Here • "Ta-da! Bachelorette magician Apollo Jackson re-appears on a day out with mum Sue after failing to find love with Sophie Monk on the hit reality show" Click Here • That's it! Many thanks for your news submissions, see you next week, Duncan. 6.1.18