Number 918 - 27th January 2018


British Illusionist Heads To Netflix With New Mind-Bending Special. "British illusionist Derren Brown is heading to Netflix after the SVOD service ordered a new special and scooped up two of his previous mind-bending specials. The move comes after Brown’s live US debut Secret had a successful run off-Broadway last year." To read the full story from Deadline Click Here. 27.1.18


Blue Peter's 5,000th show! To celebrate they'll be launching a brand new badge with the help of fashion designer Henry Holland, New Hope Club, a Harry Potter illustrator, and young magician Issy Simpson. 5.30pm on Thursday 1st February on CBBC. See TV Magic for details. 27.1.18


Richard Turner's Blackpool lecture and performance. From the organisers: Richard Turner is one of the star names at this year’s convention. One of the world’s finest sleight of hand performers and the star of the movie “Dealt”, which was a winner at the SXSW Film Festival last year. He’ll be performing a special lecture and performance, running at one and a half hours, as well as starring in one of the gala shows. A unique experience not to be missed! Book now at 27.1.18


15th South Tyneside International Magic Festival. From the organisers: From the organisers: Some of the world’s leading magicians are heading to South Shields this spring for the 15th South Tyneside International Magic Festival. For four days from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th March, the Customs House will be celebrating all things magic as the annual event returns. We are conjuring up what is set to be the biggest event to date, featuring a family magic performance, two gala shows and a three day convention where professionals and ardent magic fans can hone their skills with question and answer sessions, demonstrations, lectures and masterclasses.


This year’s line-up includes three Spanish magicians, one from Sweden and a number of British favourites, including the welcome return of Mark James and R Paul Wilson, who both appeared at last year’s convention. Among the other magicians taking part in the gala performances is emerging star James Phelan (photo), the nephew of the late Paul Daniels. James has risen to prominence over the last 12 months thanks to his unique prank based magic shows where no one in the audience is safe.


The 15th annual STIMF has been organised by South Tyneside Council and magician Steve Gore of West Yorkshire, who returns as booker for the second year in succession. "Last year was my first STIMF event and I’m delighted to be back again. It’s regarded as one of the most important on the UK’s magic calendar, and regularly attracts magic fans from across Europe and beyond." Magicians wishing to attend the convention can book their places now. Tickets cost £65 and are available to purchase online from 27.1.18


Northern Magic Circle present Sooty & Friends. From the organisers: Izzy Wizzy, Let's Get Busy! Northern Magic Circle are proud to present the 'Sooty & Friends' magic show as part of the Northern Magic Summit 2018. Direct from CITV, join Sooty, Sweep, Soo and TV’s Richard Cadell in an amazing magic show for all ages, at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House in Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 14th April 2018. This magical, laugh-out-loud show is packed with guaranteed giggles for the whole family! Plus you’ll be amazed by special guest magicians, Clivo & Jeani (the magical clowns) and award winning, Graeme Shaw. Tickets are available from the Tyne Theatre & Opera House box office (0844 2491 000) or from 27.1.18


Jamy Ian Swiss UK lecture tour now booking. Magic Lectures UK Present Jamy Ian Swiss, and write: An acclaimed master of the challenging art of sleight of hand, Jamy Ian Swiss has performed magic throughout the United States, for Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian Institution. He has lectured to magicians in 13 countries and made numerous television appearances in the United States, Europe and Japan, including U.S. appearances on CBS 48 Hours, PBS Nova, Comedy Central and the PBS documentary The Art of Magic. He will be available to lecture from 22nd May till 19th June. If you would like to book the lecture, email preferred dates to 27.1.18 have taken a classic piece of mentalism to the next level! They write: Anything – a name, a word or even a sentence can be engraved into a metal surface during your performance. No assistants, no stooges, no force, no dual reality and no electronics. With inspiration from Al Koran's famous routine 'The Golden Medallion' I have developed a thrilling range of handcrafted quality products. There is something for everyone. Everyday objects that will be presented as key rings or souvenirs; interesting artifacts, and stage props with routines that play big. And yes, there is even a medallion that you can give away to the participant - engraved with the name of someone close, a name that you couldn’t possible have know in advance. "One of the strongest effects in magic." Jonathan Pendragon. "The most versatile set of gimmicks for the classic Medallion effect that I've ever seen." Bob Cassidy. Visit today! 27.1.18


Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Celebrity Week: America’s favorite magical dragon, Piff the Magic Dragon, will be be appearing on the American Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on Tuesday 30th January. His winnings will go to Feeding America, a hunger relief organisation with a nationwide network of food banks. Piff has also just shot his first special, which is now in post production. Penn Jillette appeared as Pop the Magic Dragon and they even had a cameo appearance from The Amazing Randi. 27.1.18


A2 Electronic Cardiographic. João Miranda Magic write: Cardiographic is a stage effect used by Johnny Thompson, David Copperfield, Whit Haydn, Michael Weber and professional magicians worldwide. This is Martin Lewis's classic effect in which a card rises from a drawing and is then handed out as a souvenir. Now comes Cardiographic in an A2 big pad format, being perfect for stages and arenas. This stage remote electronic version is designed and made by João Miranda and his extraordinary team in Portugal, with Martin Lewis exclusive permission.

This electronic version has many features:
• The magician can perform the effect hands free, due to reliable and long range remote control included.
• The illusion is 100% programmable, meaning that each performer can adjust the speed and timing of the rising card. Then, with a push of a button the card rises exactly like the magician previously recorded.
• The pad itself does not use the traditional spring, but custom rings that open and close, allowing for a must faster setup.
• The cover is laminated and the back part of the board uses a very special material, making it lightweight and very resistant.
• The remote control uses VOR technology, developed in full by our team. The “Vibration on remote” tech means that when the remote control button is pressed, it vibrates, assuring the performer that the remote button was in fact pressed. This is crucial so that the magician is 100% sure that the button was pressed.
• A Svengali custom laminated jumbo deck is included.
• We include a custom stencil, making the setup and preparation a breeze.

Included with the trick is a full 60 minutes video explaining handling, setup, preparation and tips. Cardiographic electronic version comes complete with all you need, including rechargeable battery and charger, and 50 refills. Due to the popularity of this trick please allow 10 days before shipping. For more info and to order visit


Last Chance For Free E-Books! This month Mark Leveridge Magic has been offering anyone who signs up for E-Club Pro, the comprehensive and trusted online magic and information resource, a free E-Book to mark each of the first three months of membership. On signing up you would receive a copy of Going Walkabout, a detailed advice guide to mix and mingle magic. Then in February, the free E-Book is The Table Magician, which explains everything you need to know about performing at table sides, and then in March, a copy of Marketing Yourself, the E-Book which de-mystifies the somewhat complex process of getting your message out there, will be sent to you. So taking the plunge and become a member of E-Club Pro right now has never made more sense! E-Club Pro has a vast amount of fabulous magic content and advice suitable for magicians of all standards to benefit from, so sign up before midnight on Wednesday 31st January 2018 and not only give your magic life a real boost, but ensure that you receive the three excellent E-Books too. For more information and to sign up go to 27.1.18


Dynamo: A-Z is being repeated on Sunday 4th February on W. "Take an alphabetical journey through some of the fantastic magical moments that Dynamo has created during the last four seasons of Magician Impossible." See TV Magic for details. 27.1.18


Easy Cube by Axel Hecklau. From the makers: Solve Rubik's Cube faster than the world record, without any brainwork!

1. A Rubik's cube is mixed by the audience.
2. You place it into a popcorn bag.
3. Within seconds you (or a spectator!) solve it one-handed, without looking.
4. The bag is empty.
5. You show the cube on all 6 sides.
This is only one of many possible routines. Easy Cube is not a single trick - it's a tool for cube magic. Axel Hecklau kept the secret of this gimmick for 2 years and won FISM Europe in Blackpool 2017 with it. Easy Cube is great for magicians who like to concentrate on performance over method, but it is also a perfect tool for advanced cube magicians. Super quality - made in Germany! Watch the trailer and live performances at The first edition produced on December 1st sold out within 24 hours!.


Ian Keable Lecture - South London Magic Society, 6th February. Simon Rosselli writes: Ian Keable has been a professional magician for over 30 years working in comedy clubs, cruise ships and corporate events. In this lecture he performs and fully explains his close-up magic act; he also performs and explains routines from his cabaret act. Every trick has been performed many times for laypeople - there is no theoretical trick here! Ian also talks about aspects of cabaret magic such as dealing with heckling, audience participation and choosing material. The lecture is designed to be as entertaining as it is instructive. He has also won the Carlton Comedy Award from The Magic Circle. Tuesday 6th February. Doors open 7pm. Lecture 8pm - 10pm. £10 admission for non-members. South London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP (Map). (Note: This lecture replaces the previously announced lecturer). 27.1.18


Mo Howarth's Chinese Poker. Jonathan Royle writes: Mo Howarth's Chinese Poker has been hailed by many as one of
the finest commercial card tricks of all time, yet has been off the market for years. I'm delighted to announce that having teamed up with Kevin Potter, who Mo Howarth granted the rights to for Chinese Poker, I am now able to bring you this amazing effect once again. For more info and to order Click Here.


Thom Peterson Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians Club. February 6th at 8pm. A lecture not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 door charge. Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men’s Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). Mark Paul. 27.1.18


IBM British Ring President’s Dinner Weekend. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Over 100 and counting! Yes the IBM British Ring President’s Dinner Weekend (17–19 March) has now reached over one hundred delegates. Richard Cadell’s West Country magic and mystery event in Wookey Hole is proving very popular. A dinner, first class cabaret, breakfast the next day, morning cabaret and a light lunch and all for only £45 must be great magical value. There is plenty of accommodation to suit all pockets at nearby Wells and plenty of parking available at Wookey. Norman Barratt and his performing budgerigars and the magic of Michael J. Fitch, direct from Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street restaurant in London will both be part of the cabaret scene along with stars of Gerry Cottle’s Circus. While you are there you can also visit the caves, the Penny Arcade, and the Magic Mirror Maze. You never know, you may see the Wookey Witch! Want to be part of this magical extravaganza? Then book now on 01827 912305, all major credit cards accepted. It has all the making of something to have happy memories of for a long time. 27.1.18


Chris Tennant's 'The D.O.T Lecture' now booking: "A brand new lecture from Chris Tennant containing real world working effects that have been audience tested in literally hundreds of shows for laypeople." About Chris: Originally a close-up worker, Chris is a magician, mind reader and hypnotist, who has spent three years as a headline performer at The House of Illusion in Salou, Spain. Having been a professional performer for over 10 years, he has honed his craft in two main areas, coin magic and mind reading, becoming respected by his peers in both. Chris has given over 1000 performances over the past three years and is now sharing that experience with the magic community. Chris is heavily influenced by Bob Cassidy, Eric Jones, Barrie Richardson, Kainoa Harbottle and Derren Brown. "We can't all emulate Chris's captivating charm and sense of fun, but at least, with these Lecture Notes, we can begin to learn a thing or two about his refreshingly practical approach to performing magic for a living." Ian Rowland. Contact Chris directly with any date requests: Call 07812 587446, email website: 27.1.18


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Pat Page Magic Evening. Janette Page, and husband Philip Pound, talk about, Pat Page, and company 'Patrick Page Magic' at Kent Magicians' Guild at 8pm on Tuesday 30th January. "Pat was a well-respected magicians' magician, a TV consultant, and a stage comedy entertainer." Visitors £5 entrance fee." Kent Magicians' Guild, CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map) 27.1.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Michael Paul on 'Bob Says Opportunity Knocks' from February 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 27.1.18


Totally Tricked by Lukey Magic, Saturday 17th March in Worcestershire. From the promoter: Lukey Magic is a magician, mentalist and entertainer from Worcestershire. In his show, Totally Tricked, he will perform amazing magic tricks, mind reading and predictions live on stage! This show is great for all ages and is a real treat for anyone from 6 to 106! So if you want a good night out grab your ticket today! 7.30pm. Venue: Hanbury Turn Pub, Bromsgrove. Tickets: 27.1.18


"Magician Cutting Baby In Half Is Blowing Minds" Click Here • "Rick Thomas: It’s all an illusion" Click Here • "Travelling magician who lost eye in Temple Bar attack speaks about being bottled in the face" Click Here • "Ahmed Al Bayed: Middle East’s master illusionist" Click Here • "The Illusionist’s Hobson Performs 'Trickster' Magic" Click Here • "Illusionists bring 'magic' act to Proctors" Click Here • "Watch Neck Deep and Creeper get totally spooked out by this magician" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 27.1.18