Number 926 - 24th March 2018


Evolution of Magic opens this Friday in Blackpool. Craig Christian & Elizabeth Best star in Evolution of Magic at The Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, from 30th March to 28th October 2018. From the promoters: Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best ignite the stage, packing 1000-seat theatres many times over. Craig’s fresh approach is pioneering the future of magic. His charismatic, witty, personality captures audiences creating a show where magic and entertainment are fused together to produce a flowing dynamic, visual spectacle! "Of course it’s a Magic Show, but it’s not just about the magic. We have developed over the years a show that we are really proud of. It’s everything a show should be, exciting, captivating, and most of all, entertaining!" Craig Christian. For more information and to book visit, also see 24.3.18


Champions of Magic - UK tour starts this week. 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!”. The UK tour starts this week, see What's On for dates. Also see for more information. 24.3.18


Marc Spelmann Alakazam Academy Course - Live, this Wednesday and Thursday! 2 Day Complete Alakazam Course With Marc Spelmann, 28th-29th March. Watch the video (Click Here) for full information on this amazing course! 24.3.18


Jamie Raven, West End Magic, today, Saturday 24th March. From the producers: London’s premier magic show kicks off 2018 with a packed show of top UK magic & variety acts including Jamie Raven! The exciting family friendly show features award-winning magic, dangerous card throwing, impossible mind reading and a dash of Victorian entertainment. Featuring top TV magician Jamie Raven from Britain’s Got Talent, plus the visual award-winning magic of Oliver Tabor, death defying card feats from the Card Ninja and the splendid Victorian conjuring of Alexander Wells. All compered by the hugely entertaining John Archer. Guaranteed to deliver the best in magic, illusion, comedy and variety. Saturday 24th March at 3.30pm at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX (Map) Box office: 020 7734 2222. Tickets: Click Here. 24.3.18


Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity wins 'Best Magic' award Adelaide Fringe. Really pleased to announce that 'Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity' received the overall award for Best Magic at Adelaide Fringe last weekend. For those that are unfamiliar with the world of Fringe, Adelaide Fringe is an arts festival second only in size to Edinburgh Fringe. The Best Magic award may be the most prized accolade you can receive for Magic on the festival circuit. To receive this halfway around the world from a programme containing almost 30 magic shows makes it all the more special. From Kevin: "I’m very proud of everyone who helped me to get to this point. From the show’s premiere Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, to the final night here in Adelaide. It’s been a ball." Visit for more photos and info. 24.3.18


Kane & Abel - Breaking The Magicians' Code, Bath Comedy Festival. From the promoters: Following a decade of abiding by the Magicians’ Code of Conduct passed down to them by their grandfather, twin tricksters Kane & Abel decided to break every single code to see how different their lives would be. It turns out being bad feels great, and Kane & Abel have spent the past year touring the UK with their anarchic show 'Breaking the Magicians’ Code'. "A superb mixture of humour, magic and audience participation - a thoroughly enjoyable experience." EdFringe Review. Kane & Abel - Breaking The Magicians' Code, Bath Comedy Festival. 7.30pm on Saturday 7th April at Mission Theatre. Duration: 1hour 45 minutes including interval. Price: £12 / £10 via, also see 24.3.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, master showman Hans Moretti, with Helga, on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 4th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 24.3.18


The Simpsons with guests Penn & Teller, Sunday 1st April on Channel 4. "After a rotten day, Homer bowls a perfect 300 game, and becomes a local hero. But his fame soon fades, and to keep himself from gloom, Homer decides to focus his attention on baby Maggie. Guest Starring Penn and Teller, Ron Howard, Nancy O'Dell and Pat O'Brien as themselves." (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 24.3.18


Oliver Graham's recent Family Entertainment lecture is reviewed by Steve Majes this week "I’m sure Ollie won’t mind me saying that the “F Word” stands for “Family”. Straight off the bat I have to say that this was one of the best lectures I’ve seen on the subject of family magical entertainment. Ollie was fun, informative and full of routines that you could put straight into your show. Ollie did mention that most of the routines still feature in his act and I’m not surprised as they play so well..." To read the full review Click Here. 24.3.18


Boris Wild lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday March 29th. Adam Mosley writes: The Surrey Society of Magicians 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... 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 please contact Adam Mosley (Also see What's On for final three northern lecture dates.) 24.3.18


Jay Adkins: Mind Magician, Friday July 13th, Stourport. From the promoters: Jay Adkins: Mind Magician is a live audience show combining cutting edge mentalism and mind magic. Audience members will be involved in the show from the very start and blown-away by the mind reading demonstrations, leaving you asking "how is this possible? He can make even the non-believers question themselves."  Clever. Intriguing. Humorous and Brilliant! These are words used to describe Jay Adkins as he leaves his audience mesmerised, engaged and amused, with his naturally charming and entertaining style of stage mentalism, close-up magic and delightful deception. Combining psychological mind-manipulation together with magic and comedy, Jay brings a fresh vitality to the genre of mentalism. His inimitable style combined with memory feats that stun and amaze, Jay uses psychology, showmanship, hypnosis, suggestion and cold reading to captivate and engage his audience. Friday 13th July at 7.30pm at The Civic Hall, Stourport-on-Severn, Martins Way, Stourport DY13 8UJ (Map). Tickets via 24.3.18


Andy Robertson does the double! The Annual General Meeting of the United Kingdom Escape Artists (UKEA) took place on Saturday March 17th in Northampton with a strong turnout of both professional and amateur escape artists. The meeting comprised a number of lectures and presentations and also saw the 3rd annual “Mick Hanzlik” award competition. This year, the award was won by Andy Robertson from Scotland. Andy presented an escape from an authentic recreation of an electric chair, which was both captivating and frightening to witness. The Award is named after Houdini Historian and Master Locksmith Mick Hanzlik.

Andy was presented with the award by Allan and Rebecca Taylor who won the award in 2017. It was also a double celebration as Mr Robertson also received the first “De-Val” award for his escape from Peterhead Prison Museum on the 31st of October 2017, which not only recreated the cell escape methodology made famous by UK Escapologist and Historian David De-Val and Harry Houdini but was the first time that any such escapology test escape had been made in Scotland. The De-Val award is awarded for the best Escape / public demonstration of Escapology by an Escape Artist / performer in the twelve months between the AGM meetings. Photo: 2017 Hanzlik award winners, Allan and Rebecca Taylor handing over the shield.


MonuMentalism - Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, Saturday 24th March. "This show is best described as being the closest thing to watching a real-life mind reader. With no psychic ability whatsoever, watch as predictions are made, liars are spotted and the impossible becomes reality." Saturday 24th March at 2.30pm. £7.50 + £1 Reservation Fee. PG. 1 hour. Carnegie Hall, East Port, Dunfermline KY12 7JA (Map). To book visit or call the box office on 01383 602302. 24.3.18


Presto, Friday 30th March on Sky Cinema Family. "A ravenous rabbit gives his magician master a lesson in pet care when he neglects to give him a hard-earned carrot." (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 24.3.18


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