Number 924 - 10th March 2018


Derren Brown: Underground - nominated for an Olivier Award. 5 times nominated, Derren Brown has now had the most nominations and wins for one-person shows in the history of the Olivier Awards, starting in 2006: Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006 winner), Enigma (2010 nominated), Svengali (2012 winner), Infamous (2014 nominated), and now Derren Brown: Underground nominated in the 'Best Entertainment' category for 2018. The awards take place on Sunday, 8th April, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Tickets: Click Here. Derren Brown: Underground was directed by Andrew O’Connor & Andy Nyman. Produced by Michael Vine, Andrew O’Connor, Derren Brown and Paul Sandler for Vaudeville Productions Ltd. and David Binder. Lighting Design by Charlie Morgan Jones. Set Designer by Will Bowen. Authored by Andy Nyman, Andrew O’Connor & Derren Brown.


Derren was James Corden's guest a couple of nights ago, where the two of them settled down for a nice bite to eat and a spot of mindreading: YouTube. Derren Brown: Underground UK Tour, see What's On for dates. 10.3.18


Champions of Magic US & UK tours. From the producers: The 5 world-class illusionists that make up the Champions of Magic return for their 2018 international tour following sold-out shows across the globe, rave reviews, and a run in London’s West End. With over 20 million online views between them, this cast of top magicians include international award-winners presenting daring grand illusions, stunning close-up magic and incredible mind reading. Their skills have been seen around the world on TV with appearances on ‘Access Hollywood Live’, ‘The Next Great Magician’, ‘Good Morning Britain’, ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’ and ‘Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon’.

Witness the impossible, including disappearances, levitation, teleportation and a heart stopping finale, all presented with lighting and special effects to rival the biggest theatrical spectacles. Broadway World described the cast as “5 of the world’s finest magicians”, NBC called Champions of Magic “the most incredible show” and Fox said “that’s incredible... you guys are rock stars!”. Champions of Magic has been seen by thousands across the world, now is your chance to see why fans return to see one of the world’s biggest touring illusion shows time and time again. The Champions of Magic team have announced the first leg of their 2018/19 US Click Here.

Meanwhile, the UK tour is just weeks away:

March 25th – Octagon Theatre Yeovil
March 30th – Grove Theatre Dunstable
March 31st – Camberley Theatre
April 1st – Theatre Royal Norwich
April 2nd & 3rd – Regent Theatre Stoke
April 6th & 7th – Princess Theatre Torquay
April 8th – Richmond Theatre
April 9th – G Live Guildford
April 11th – 14th – Assembly Rooms Edinburgh
April 15th – Reading Hexagon
April 20th & 21st – Grand Opera House York
April 28th – Brighton Centre
April 29th – Theatre Royal Plymouth
May 1st & 2nd – Waterside Theatre Aylesbury
May 4th – Kings Theatre Southsea

See for more information. 10.3.18


Leamington & Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic. John Needham writes: The Leamington Day of Magic this year is on Wednesday 13th June at the  Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). The main lectures have been booked and include: Kieron Johnson, Mark Shortland and Etienne Pradier. The day officially starts on the Tuesday evening (12th June) at 7pm, opening with a dealer dem from Saturn Magic at 8pm for local magicians or those that travel up the day before. Tickets are priced at £25 pre-paid or £30 on the door, which includes breakfast for early arrivals, lunch and weather permitting an evening BBQ. In the evening Mark Shortland will perform on stage and we also have the Midlands Champion of Champions Close-up Competition. Full details and up to date information can be found on the club website 10.3.18


Bradford Magic Circle 70th Anniversary Convention. Steve Gore writes: One day convention to celebrate 70 years of the Bradford Magic Circle. Lectures by Gregory Wilson (different to his tour) and Danny Hunt. See the 'Fenton Lock', the lock which Houdini declined to escape from. Evening show with illusions by Genetics, Destiny and Amethyst, Ray Roberts, Simon Hannahand and Gregory Wilson performing his 20 minute stand up show. Compered by ventriloquist Steve Hewlett. Saturday 28th April. Contact Neil Bird on 01274 447315, or email for details. 10.3.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Joe Pasquale performing some of the classics, in an appearance on Channel 4's 'Friday Night Live' from April 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 10.3.18


A Magical Night of Family Fun. Magic fans of all ages will find themselves dazzled by tricks, jokes and a night of family fun at a special event this month. The Family Magic Extravaganza, on Thursday 15th March, will host some of the North East’s best children’s entertainers for an evening of family friendly performances, sponsored by Magicbox, Newcastle. The event forms part of the 15th annual South Tyneside International Magic Festival. The line-up for the family event includes Gary Dunn, a highly experienced children’s party entertainer with an act full of comedy and showmanship and compere Tony Junior, who is known for his sense of fun and light-hearted banter with the audience. Award winning magician, Graeme Shaw (photo) will also be performing and has organised the Family Magic Extravaganza as part of his role as director of the festival sponsor, Magicbox. “We look forward to the South Tyneside International Magic Festival every year as it’s such a big event on the magic community’s calendar and this year is looking like one of the best yet,” said Graeme. The Family Magic Extravaganza starts at 6.30pm and tickets, priced at £8 each, can be purchased from The Customs House Box Office on 0191 454 1234. More information see 10.3.18


Paul Roberts lecture - Manchester Circle of Magicians. William Booth writes: Paul Roberts lectures at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 12th March. Expert Close-Up Magic; so sure to be a great evening. 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 10.3.18


Ian Barradell's Tenyo evening - The Order of The Magi, Manchester. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Most of you will possess or have possessed at least one article from the Tenyo range. Have you though ever wondered where it all began and how the company functions today? Come along to The Order of The Magi on Tuesday (13th March, 7.30pm) and find out as you watch Ian Barradell demonstrate some of the intricate workings of this quality apparatus and which famous magician does the translations. It’s a night not to be missed and I feel sure you will be intrigued with the clever thinking that has gone on over the years to bring this apparatus the world of magic. Door charge for non-members. Directions on 10.3.18


Boris Wild is currently lecturing across the UK. Magic Lectures UK is proud to present Boris Wild, with his brand new lecture ‘Sensations’. Sensations will allow you to perform incredibly clean predictions and coincidences that are absolutely impossible. You will even be able to find a chosen card while being blindfolded or without ever touching the deck! A unique lecture not to be missed and the perfect opportunity to discover Boris Wild’s latest creations during an evening full of magical sensations...
• Smoke & Mirrors show - 10/3/18
• 3SM Magic Society - 12/3/18 (see What's On)
• British Magical Society - 13/3/18
• Leamington & Warwick - 14/3/18
• Home Counties Magical Society - 15/3/18 (see What's On)
• Southend Sorcerers Society - 18/3/18
• The Magic Circle - 19/3/18 (Members Only)
• Peterborough Society of Magicians - 20/3/18 (see What's On)
• Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians - 21/3/18
• Bristol Magical Society - 22/3/18
• Newcastle Magic Circle - 26/3/18
• Aberdeen - 27/3/18
• Scottish Conjurors Association - 28/3/18
• The Surrey Society of Magicians - 29/3/18

For more information contact


The Jeff McBride Magic Experience - Belgium Edition. From the organisers: Will you miss Jeff McBride while he tours the UK with Lawrence Hass in April? Then here is your chance to catch him before he heads back to the US! On Saturday, May 5th, Jeff McBride will be in Brussels, Belgium! You probably already know that Jeff is widely acclaimed as a foremost innovator and one of magic's most exciting performers. On May 5th, he'll start the evening by performing a public show, Las Vegas style. Exciting, innovative, and transformative magic at its best! He'll then follow this with a public lecture on how magicians think and how this can help us solve seemingly impossible problems. You'll find more information about the event at

PS: Do you also want to study with Jeff to take your magic up a level? There are only a few seats left for the Master Class with Jeff (May 4th, 5th, 6th) Attend 1, 2 or all 3 days to grow in your art! Venue: Op-Weule Cultural Center, Rue Saint-Lambert 91, 1200 Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium. See


John Kimmons lecture - The Cotswold Magical Society. Peter Kidd writes: The Cotswold Magical Society welcomes back John Kimmons to lecture at the Hucclecote Community Centre on Wednesday 21st March. 'Kimmo' is a world-class family entertainer. In 2008 he was awarded the title of Children's Entertainer World Champion and became the first children's act to receive the prestigious Ken Dodd Award for Comedy at the Blackpool Magic Convention. Since then he has travelled the world as guest entertainer on some of the world's largest cruise ships, performed twice at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and made television appearances on CBBC's The Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Slammer. He s a regular entertainer at Cadbury World and is in constant demand as a performer and lecturer. It promises to be a fun-packed night. Doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. Guests are very welcome - £10 on the door. 10.3.18


Adam Patel: Real Magic Live. Wednesday 28th March, London and Saturday 7th April, Leeds. From the promoters: Adam Patel, one of the UK's top street magicians, takes to the stage to showcase his skills of sleight-of-hand, perceptual manipulation and mind-hacking, while telling the inspiring story of how he became an illusionist. Wednesday 28th March Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BX (Map). Tickets: Click Here. Saturday 7th April City Varieties Music Hall, Swan Street, Leeds, LS1 6LW (Map). Tickets: Click Here. Also see 10.3.18


The UK’s First Ever Santa Workshop Event! 28th June, Ely, Cambridgeshire. From the organisers: The UK’s First Ever Santa Workshop Event! This is the UK's first ever one day event for Santa, Mrs Claus and Elves, for professionals or people just starting out - there’s something for everyone. Included in the price is a professional publicity photo shoot, make-up tips, a video message master class, a talk from the very best TV and Screen Santa in the business plus dealers Heidi’s Costumes, Razamatazz Magic, Hire Santa Agency plus so much more. If you are, or want to be, Santa or one of his helpers then this is the event for you! Limited to only 50 tickets! For more information please visit 10.3.18


International Magic Ray Kosby Lecture, Tuesday 13th March, London. Ray has been a magic creator and hobbyist for decades. His effects are direct and often visual. The skill level ranges from basic to "are you kidding?". If your magic skills include sleight of hand, you will find something to use. Ray has lectured in Great Britain, France, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Israel and the United States. His material has been published in DVDs, books and magazines. Time: 7.30pm (finishes about 10pm). Venue: 2nd Floor of Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Admission £15 per person (email first to book your place, then pay on the door). 10.3.18


Brandon Barrett's Brain Access - Glasgow International Comedy Festival. Brandon Barrett, one of Britain’s best youngest magicians, presents Brain Access. A magic show like no other. Throughout the show Brandon will mix magic with his unique brand of witty repartee. In 2017 he made various appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe and was named an audience favourite. With nearly a decade of experience (he started when he was six) get ready to laugh, be astounded, and wonder: how the on earth did he do that? Harry Potter beware – there’s a new magic kid in town. Brain Access, Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 113-117 Trongate, Glasgow. Tickets: 17th March 2.30pm & 7.30pm. 10.3.18


Amazingness - MTV. Six acts compete for $10,000 including a sign spinning savant, a hip hop magician and the world's fastest clapper. Friday 16th March on MTV. See TV Magic. 10.3.18


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