Number 916 - 13th January 2018


Blackpool Magic Convention 2018: Headline Acts. From the organisers: The Blackpool Magic Convention will feature three headline acts on each of the gala shows. Magus Utopia - presenting "Love after Death" (FISM Winner) will be performing his brand new illusion show which has never been seen or performed at any other magic convention in the world. Expect the unexpected! Issy Simpson made BGT history by becoming its youngest ever magician, making Simon Cowell exclaim "This is like real life Harry Potter!". Since then Issy has signed to the same management team as Daniel Radcliffe and appears fresh from an appearance in the UAE and prior to her US prime-time TV debut next month. Richard Cadell will performing a series of spectacular brand new illusions for the first time at any magic convention. Also making an appearance will be the iconic TV star Sooty! Book Now at 13.1.18


Magic Stars lead lecture line-up at 15th South Tyneside International Magic Festival. From the organisers: Some of the greatest minds in modern magic are getting ready to share some of their top secret skills and expertise at one of the UK’s leading magic events. Join: R Paul Wilson, Javi Benitez, Woody Aragon, Juan Luis Rubiales, Tom Stone, Steve Gore, Andi Gladwin, Ben Earl, Mark James, Magic Philip, Andrew Green, Kennedy, Henri White and James Phelan at the 15th South Tyneside International Magic Festival, March 15th-18th at The Customs House, South Shields. Known as one of the most popular conventions on the magic calendar, it is set to feature a packed weekend of lectures and events by top international magicians. The convention is aimed at professionals and ardent magic fans, and offers a unique opportunity to learn from the best brains in the business. Limited to 150 registrants, you are sure to get a close-up view and are able to socialise with them all too. Tickets are priced at £65 per person for the weekend and include all lectures, close-up sessions, dealers, 2 gala shows and entrance to the exclusive ‘Late Night Show’. Delegates can obtain the full programme and purchase tickets from For further information call Karri Prinn on 0191 424 7986 or email 13.1.18


Ghost Stories is set to open nationwide in April. Co-directed by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, adapted from their stage play, it stars Andy Nyman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther and Martin Freeman. "Ghost Stories trailer: Martin Freeman tackles the supernatural" Trailer YouTube. (Ghost Stories is proper film making... I was lucky enough to see the BFI premiere a few months ago and haven't enjoyed a horror movie as much since Hideo Nakata's Dark Water 15 years ago. We do magic here at MagicWeek, so here's a little prediction: Ghost Stories is destined to become a genre classic. DT). 13.1.18


Beat the Wand is back! Celebrating its 10th year at the Blackpool Magic Convention, the ultimate entertainment experience returns once more. Magic Sam and Andrew James will be your guides through the most unpredictable 90 minutes of the entire weekend. As always the show's success relies on one special ingredient. You!

Beat the Wand is an interactive magical variety talent gong show open to all convention attendees. You have 3-5 minutes to blow the audience away with your act. Non-magical acts have proved to be more popular with the audience over the years and we have witnessed Juggling, Escapology, Contortion, Geek Magic, Bizarre, Occult, Mind Reading, Impressions, World Record attempts and more! Of course magic is welcome in the show but remember the audience is 99.9% magicians so whatever the act, it will need a novel twist or presentation to capture the audiences interest. If you are interested in performing here are the rules...

• Your act must last a minimum of three and a maximum of five minutes.
• Five giant wands will be thrown into the audience. After an act has performed for one minute the "voting" begins. Once a wand holder has seen enough of your act they will place their wand in the air. If five wands are in the air the act will stop.
• Once all the acts have performed, those who survived and "beat the wand" are invited on stage and the winner is decided by clap-o-meter and will be presented with the Beat the Wand trophy.

Performers will be supplied with a microphone, mic stand and also a table and chairs if needed. There are no cameras or screens in the performance area so close-up magic will not be suitable. If you are interested, or know someone who would love to be involved or need any further info then please contact: Andy James.


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, let's catch up with Lance Burton from just over 30 years ago on 'Live From The Palladium' (6th November 1988). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 13.1.18


Be Astonished! A talk by Ian Keable, at Highgate Cemetery on Tuesday, 23rd January. A talk about two magicians who are buried in Highgate Cemetery; both remarkable performers in their own right.

Colonel Stodare was the co-inventor and performer of the greatest illusion of the 19th century, The Sphinx. It caused an absolute sensation when first shown - one newspaper stating it was "the most remarkable deception ever included in a conjurer's programme". Sadly Stodare's time to enjoy the success of his creation was short-lived. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 34.

Carlton, often known as the Human Hairpin, couldn't have been more of a contrast. A man who combined card manipulations with slick patter and a totally original tight fitting costume and wig to create a unique comedy persona; a timeless character that one could imagine would be just as successful today as he was in the early 20th century. He lived nearly twice as long as Stodare but had a sad end as he put on weight and lost the 'magic' that had made him a variety hall sensation.

In this talk Ian will be not only showing many images to illustrate the lives of these two ground-breaking magicians; but also performing one or two tricks. These include the Stodare Egg trick and Carlton's closure, which always brought the house down. The talk is at Highgate Cemetery (in the little chapel which is on the West Side), Swain’s Lane, London N6 6PJ (Map), on Tuesday, 23rd January. Doors open at 7pm. Cost is £10. A suitably spooky venue for a talk on magic. For details about the talk and to book visit


Nyman on the big screen. Take a trip with Andy Nyman at your local cinema on 'The Commuter', starring Liam Neeson. Set on a New York commuter train, this action packed movie cracks along at breakneck speed. From January 12th (US) and January 19th (UK). "The Commuter: Andy Nyman 'Tony' World Premiere Movie Interview" YouTube. 13.1.18


Michael Jordan's High Jinx Show goes on tour this February during the half term period. This fast paced family variety show features grand illusions, crazy circus thrills, incredible tricks and the High Jinx Dancers . A show for all ages, sure to knock your socks off and leave you wanting more!

Saturday 10th February 7pm - Taunton Brewhouse
Tuesday 13th February 2.30pm - Heywood Civic Centre
Wednesday 14th February 7.45pm - Viva Blackpool
Thursday 15th February 7.45pm - Viva Blackpool
Friday 16th February 6pm - Viva Blackpool
Saturday 17th February 7.45pm - Viva Blackpool
Wednesday 21st February 2pm - Stourbridge Town Hall
Saturday 24th February 6.00pm - Huddersfield LBT
For more information visit


Open Auditions: Houdini’s Magic Bar is opening a second bar in Canterbury. Houdini’s Magic Bar is opening a second Magic Bar in the city of Canterbury in the early part of the year! We want you to come and join us! We are calling all magicians and magicians with Bar experience to our auditions which will be held in February for both Houdini's Magic Bar Canterbury and Broadstairs! Join some of Kent's finest magicians as a Houdini's Resident Magician in 2018. Email and find us on Facebook and Twitter. 13.1.18


Conjuring at the Court – London, Thursday 25th January. It’s a cracking night of magic at Conjuring at the Court on Thursday 25th January with the people’s magician, Sam Hurst, the very funny comedy duo, Griffin and Jones, the stunning magic of Jon Allen, and zany, hilarious juggler Steve Rawlings! Compere Russell Levinson. Tickets for the show are still only £11 from it’s cheaper to book in advance. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! Parking is free from 6.30pm. 13.1.18


Digital Force Bag (DFB) is a brand new utility app, available now. Nick Einhorn and Craig Squires have teamed up to create an amazingly powerful, yet invisible app, that allows you to force any one of 100 items listed in your Notes app. Force: a celebrity, shopping list item, colour, place, product, literally anything! This app is fully customisable so you can create bespoke magic for your clients in minutes. Truly limited only by your imagination. Nick Einhorn says "I used DFB very successfully at all of my events throughout December and as well as a great new close-up routine, I was also able to use DFB to quickly create bespoke feature moments in my cabarets for a variety of clients.". The force is strong with this one. Available now on Apple's App Store. See it on YouTube. "A fantastically powerful, totally innocuous tool for an organic ‘off the cuff performance’. Close up, stand up, and stage, now that’s really rare. Love it, love it, love it!" Rajan. "Another incredible creation from the mind of one of the best working professionals in the UK today." Jamie Raven. This is amazing, saw it last night and purchased straight away!" Paul Martin. 13.1.18


Magic Car Boot Sale - Sunday 4th February in Birmingham. Alec Powell writes: The next Magic Car Boot Sale will take place once again on Sunday 4th February at The Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map) at 9.30am (there won't be one in September this year). Admission is £4. If you would like a stall or further information call 07831 115448. There are always thousands of pounds worth of bargains to be found here and you can actually look at the items before you buy them! 13.1.18


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New Magical Guru store: 50% off all 250+ products for one week only! "Born into a showbiz family whilst travelling with Gandeys Circus, Jonathan Royle made his stage debut aged 3 and a bit as 'Flap the Clown' in 1978, so later this year will celebrate 40 years in show business. For over 3 decades of that time he has presented shows and acts covering all areas including children's shows, comedy cabaret, close-up magic, stage illusions, mentalism and comedy hypnosis and is now releasing all of his audience tested real world routines via his new online store: To celebrate the launch of the store there is 50% off all 250+ products for the first week only at" 13.1.18


Nick Einhorn lecture -  Bexley Magic Society. Roy Marsh writes: A date for your diaries. On Wednesday, 17th January, Bexley Magic Society will be hosting a lecture by Nick Einhorn. Nick is three times winner of The Magic Circle Close Up Magician of the Year competition, a FISM winner and has fooled Penn and Teller. He’s created many effects, authored numerous books on magic and is resident Magician at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Nick lectures infrequently and this is not one to be missed. Start the year with a bang! Turn up early for the best seats, tea and biscuits. Bexley Magic Society can be found at Barton Hall, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JP (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Free entry to members and only £10 on the door for visiting magicians. See you there. 13.1.18


Mark Leveridge Home Counties Magical Society lecture. Andrew Lewis writes: Mark Leveridge will lecture for Home Counties Magical Society at 8pm on Thursday 18th of January 2018 at Home Counties Magical Society, Maiden Place Community Centre, Maiden Place, Kilnsea Drive, Lower Earley RG6 3HE (Map). Visiting magicians welcome for door charge of £15. 13.1.18


Learn safe, legal, Stage & Street Hypnosis Masterclass. From the producers: Learn safe, legal, Stage & Street Hypnosis. Due to popular demand, International Comedy Stage Hypnotist Jonathan Royle is running a One Day Master-Class teaching 'Comedy Stage Hypnosis, Safe & Legal Street Hypnotism & How to Combine Hypnotic Techniques with Magic & Mentalism' on Saturday 17th March in Chesterfield. Spaces to attend are strictly limited and currently are available at a special discounted price. Click Here for details and to book. 13.1.18


Jon Allen lectures: Manchester, Liverpool and Bolton. The latest lecture from the creator of The Silent Treatment, Double Back, The Pain Game, The Destination Box, Paragon 3D and more. "If you want to learn brand new effects and routines for close-up, mentalism and stand-up, as well as benefit from anecdotes, tips and advice from one of the most experienced magicians in the UK then this is for you!"

January 15th - Manchester Circle of Magicians - Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £5.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website at or email

January 16th - Liverpool (independent) - 7.30pm till late. Venue: Library Lounge, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Spa, 6 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool L1 6BR (Map). Door entry £10.

January 17th - Bolton Magicians Club - Doors open at 8.30pm at The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee £10.00 for non members. 13.1.18


Dr Will Houstoun: Modern Magic lecture - Nottingham University Magic Society, Thursday 8th February. On Thursday 8th February, the Nottingham University Magic Society are proud to host a guest lecture by Dr Will Houstoun. The Magic Circle's Close-up Magician of the Year 2015, Dr Will Houstoun (a past student at University of Nottingham), has completed a PhD in Victorian Conjuring, been awarded The Magic Castle's Literary Fellowship and is back with a new lecture based around his DVD set, Modern Magic.

During the lecture Will will teach a selection of card and coin magic that is suitable for close-up and parlour and on which he has been booked to lecture around the world, including multiple appearances at The Magic Castle and The Magic Circle. The material that will be taught ranges from easy to intermediate difficulty and will all be taught thoroughly, with a view to explaining the details that really make the effects work. Thursday 8th February, at 7pm. This lecture is free for all members and associate members. We will be charging £10 for non-members, paid on the door. Venue: Portland C20, Portland Building, University Park, Nottingham.


Brad Meltzer's Decoded. Houdini: Murdered? "Could Houdini have been murdered? Experts investigate a list of suspects, finding that the magician may have been embroiled in international espionage." Tuesday 16th January (1 hour) on H2. See TV Magic. 13.1.18


Danny Hunt lectures at the Anglian Magic Society this Tuesday, 16th January, at 7.30pm. Steve Majes, Secretary of The Anglian Magic Society, writes: What a fantastic start to the new year! Danny last visited us back in September 2015 and very much left us wanting more. It was a much talked about lecture and we are delighted to welcome Danny and Steph back for this return visit. As always this will be a passionate lecture from two of the busiest magicians and magical advisors in England. Members £3.00 - visitors £10.00. The Anglian Magic Society, The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). 13.1.18


Danger Dave Reubens, the UK Stunt Magician, makes his Australian premiere later this month, when he takes his sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show to Fringe World 2018 (in Perth) and the Adelaide Fringe 2018. The show features more magic, danger and comedy than ever before. Stunt Magician Danger Dave Reubens takes you on a unique crash course in daredevil stunts, jaw-dropping magic and bizarre comedy. Your adrenaline fuelled host offers up surprises, laughs, edge-of-your-seat peril and an epic soundtrack in the Australian premiere of his sellout hit show. This is one for the thrill seekers and magic lovers. Join the quest for glory! Danger Dave Reubens is a product of comedic parody, an obsession with magic and fond memories of watching grand illusions and stunts on TV as a child. Starting merely as a joke between friends, the idea of becoming a danger magician grew legs quickly and not only became a reality but suited Dave extremely well. The result has been a highly successful sell-out show at the prestigious Voodoo Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and 2017. For more info, visit the official website: 13.1.18


Darren McDonald is the new President of the Manchester Circle of Magicians and is seen here with outgoing President Carole Roberts. For membership details visit 13.1.18


The January E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to inform you that his latest half hour monthly online video presentation is now available. It features an explanation of Mark's regular deck version of Chris Congreave's excellent Happy Birthday effect in 'The Teach In'. Mark reveals how you can get excellent testimonials to use in your publicity in 'Top Tips', and in 'It Could Only Happen Live', he tells the story of the time when he arrived to perform at a totally empty venue! Plus... there are dems and background info on the January Web Offers, in '60 Seconds To Success' Mark discusses an element of your show that is possibly even more important than the tricks themselves, and finally in the Review Corner, he offers his considered opinion on Menny Lindenfeld's rubber band effect 'Tru'. You can get access to all this video content right now by purchasing this single edition for a small sum, or you can make it even better value by taking out a 1 year sub. For more information and to order, visit 13.1.18


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6th February, at our new home at 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. 13.1.18


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