Number 919 - 3rd February 2018


Feel the Love. Matthew Le Mottée is The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year - for a second year running! The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year Competition is one of the highlights of the British magical calendar and on Monday evening The Magic Circle was packed to capacity as the eight finalists did their thing in front of a mainly lay audience, that was projected onto the big screen for the members in the theatre. Matthew Le Mottée's act had 'Moments in Time' as its theme. We saw flashes of fire, a pocket watch, a wedding ring, an hour glass, cards, even a block of ice, in a well constructed routine, delivered with real ease and style, resulting in Matthew being placed first. Simon Alexander's magic and charm gained him second place and Scotland's Billy Reid was deservedly placed third. If you're not a member of The Magic Circle then perhaps you should be! As well as the superb London HQ they produce a fine monthly magazine enjoyed by magicians worldwide. Visit for membership details. (Photo: Magic Circle President Scott Penrose and Matthew Le Mottée during the award presentation, snapped by MagicWeek). 3.2.18


Jamie Raven Making Magic - 2018 UK Tour Dates. From the promoters: Lee Martin for Gag Reflex in association with InterTalent Rights Group proudly present Jamie Raven Making Magic UK Tour 2018. His appearances on Britain’s Got Talent and other subsequent performances have now been seen over 450 million times online and television, making him one of the most watched magicians in the world today. In November and December 2015, Jamie headlined The Illusionists at The Shaftesbury Theatre, which went on to break the box office record for a limited engagement and in doing so became the most successful Magic show ever in the history of London’s West End. In 2016 and 2017, he took his own one-man show on a tour across five countries, playing 120 shows across 105 different venues. He is looking forward to doing it all over again with Making Magic – a look at how magicians do what they do. Why does magic work? How are our hearts fooled into believing something that our brains know simply can’t be true? Making Magic will culminate in a random member of the audience, with absolutely no performing experience whatsoever, being turned into a magician in order to perform the final trick of the show live on stage with Jamie! For September and October tour dates see What's On. 3.2.18


Blackpool Convention Gala Show Stars. From the organisers: Here’s a list of the Gala Show stars performing in The Opera House Theatre over the weekend: Magus Utopia presenting "Love after Death", Issy Simpson, Richard Cadell, Richard Turner, Javier Benetiz, Matt Edwards, Aaron Crow, TC Tahoe, Todd Robbins, Les Chapeaux Blancs, The Great Kaplan, Yo Kato, Sylvester the Jester, Niek Takens, Marty Putz, Chris Hart, Pop Haydn, Stuart MacDonald, Craig Christian, Stephen Williams and Fluteman. Book Now at 3.2.18


Jamie Raven added to South Tyneside International Magic Festival 2018. From the organisers: Jamie Raven, who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent is preparing to dazzle a North East audience after being added to the line-up for this year’s South Tyneside International Magic Festival. Jamie Raven, who finished runner-up in the 2015 show, is the latest name to be added to the performers list for the 15th Festival of Magic, which is being held in South Shields over the weekend 16th - 18th  March, 2018. His tricks were a massive hit with TV audiences and judges alike, with Simon Cowell famously exclaiming “I now finally believe in magic!” after being dazzled by Jamie’s act. A magician with more than 15 years of experience, he has played sell-out shows across the UK, and is set to embark on a national tour later this year. “I’ve got a busy year ahead, with performances in Dubai in April and then my own tour in September, so the festival will be a nice way to get ready, and I’m looking forward to it.” Jamie will perform some of his trademark tricks and some new material for the public during the first Gala show on Friday 16th March, as he joins a line-up including fellow magicians Andrew Green, Henri White and Javi Benitez. For more information about the event and the full line-up, visit: 3.2.18


Many congratulations to CJ Illusions, placed second in 'Britain Does Variety' which was held on Saturday 13th January at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough. 30 acts competed in the final from the thousands of applicants who auditioned and took part in semi-finals across the country. CJ Illusions are now heading off to the Caribbean on a six month cruise for TUI Cruises! 3.2.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the visual magic of Paul Kozak, in a guest appearance on 'Beadle's Box of Tricks' from August 5th 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 3.2.18


Tactile by Luke Wilson 'Juggling and other touchy subjects. A collection of essays, blogs and rants'. Some of these pieces are new, and some of them have been rewritten or reworked. But many of the original words first appeared in the pages of Kaskade or Juggling Magazine, or on the screens of the blog or eZine. Gandini Press are delighted to publish “Tactile” by Luke Wilson, with layout and design by Pola Brändle and introduction by Jay Gilligan. Some of the most thoughtful and considered writings on juggling and the subjects surrounding it. Luke Wilson was a juggler and magician. His essays are in-depth explorations of routing and structure in both art forms. Limited Hardback only. 100 pages. Visit for more info and to order. 3.2.18


Ben Williams lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday, 8th February. Ben began his magical journey nearly two decades ago and since has gone on to not only become a busy close-up entertainer but a creator of magic that is used by magicians all over the world. As a former Surrey Society member Ben is looking forward to catching up with the old gang and meeting the new members. Members can expect lots of hard hitting, practical magic and advice from the trenches (as they say), with a session all about creating practical gimmicks that can be used for a host of different effects. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details contact Adam Mosley 3.2.18


The Mark Leveridge February E-Video Newsletter. Get your month off to a flying start by watching the bumper 42 minute E-Video Newsletter from Mark Leveridge which includes: The Teach In - you are taught an easy to perform, novel packet trick for close up performance. Top Tips - Mark explains how to take show testimonials to the next level. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - a brand new regular feature starts this month in which Mark talks through some of the great advice and material extracted from his Strolling Magician E-Book. Web Offers - get dems and background info on card effects for close up and stand up which are on offer in February. 60 Seconds To Success - a quick discussion on why developing a performing personality is so helpful. The Review Corner - the merits of a versatile effect called The Magic Tube are highlighted. The E-Video Newsletter is always interesting and full of great content, and you can purchase access to each monthly edition either on an individual basis or as part of a 1 year subscription. For further details and to order go to 3.2.18


Luke Jermay: Sixth Sense - Artsdepot, London, Thursday, 8th February. From the producers: Luke Jermay is the most incredible man you've probably never heard of. He can read your mind. No really; he can read your mind. He doesn't use mind games or psychological tricks; he is not a trickster, there is no smoke and mirrors. You'll be amazed at Jermay's incredible powers; he knows your past, present and future, sometimes better than you do. From your favourite schoolteacher, childhood pet, Jermay impossibly knows all, sees all, and tells (almost) all, in an expert display of telepathy developed to amazing razor sharp accuracy. Luke Jermay's awe-inspiring intuitive abilities have gained him high profile fans such as Derren Brown, Dynamo and Uri Geller who all agree Jermay is astonishing. Thursday 8th February at 7.30pm. Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA (Map). £12 / £10 conc. Strictly 14+. 3.2.18


Perth Magic Circle Table Top Magic Sale,  tomorrow, Sunday 4th February. Adrian Harris writes: Perth Magic Circle is holding a Table Top Sale on Sunday 4th February in the Perth & District Ex-Servicemen's Club, 20 Milne Street, Perth PH1 5QL (Map) from 1pm to 4pm. Tables for sellers are free but must be booked in advance by contacting Gus McGregor on 07547-635501 or via the Perth Magic Circle Facebook Page. This will be a great chance to raise some cash before the Blackpool Convention so act now, look out your surplus Magic and get your table booked! There will be many bargains to be had if previous sales are anything to judge by, so put the date in your diary now. 3.2.18


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Banished Magicians are proud to announce The Marvellous Matthew Wright Lecture! Chris Jowett writes: This is a must-see lecture by the incredible Matthew Wright, creator of a number of bestselling effects including "Visions", "Horizon", and "NutDropper". This pre-Blackpool Lecture is only one of a very few Matthew is giving this year, so email us now to reserve your seat - places are very limited! Tuesday, 13th February at 7.30pm in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Members free. Non members £10 (Under 18’s £6). All are welcome. Please email to reserve your seat or visit for further details. Chris Jowett. 3.2.18


Paul Gordon lecture dates. Paul Gordon writes: If interested in attending my new lecture about powerful worker card magic, here are a few clubs where you can catch me: Leeds 13th February, Blackpool Magic Convention, Buxton 4th March, Northampton 3rd April, Cardiff 15th April, York 9th May, Houdini's Bar Broadstairs 14th May, Zodiac Magical Society 13th June and Ashford 26th June. Details of the clubs can be found in the 'Magic Clubs' section in the menu bar of MagicWeek. I will be teaching magic from my new books, Quidnunc, Gold Dust and Article 52. The lecture is fun and fast-paced. It's also peppered with tips, advice, presentation, stories etc. Also see for reviews and video demos. 3.2.18


Biggest Ever Magic Car Boot Sale - in Birmingham, tomorrow, Sunday 4th February. Alec Powell writes: We have a record 30 stalls booked in, the most in our 27 year history! 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! 3.2.18


Magic Moments. "A successful magician is approached to do a TV special and falls in love with the show's producer. But her possessive guardian sets out to sabotage the romance." Monday 12th February on True Movies. Made For TV, 1989, 12, 3 Star. See TV Magic for details. 3.2.18


Dynamo Live At The O2 is being repeated on Sunday 11th February on W. "Dynamo performs his acclaimed show, Seeing Is Believing, from the O2 Arena in London." See TV Magic for details. 3.2.18


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 3.2.18


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