Number 928 - 7th April 2018


Pete Firman will feature in this Sunday’s episode of The Generation Game on BBC1 at 8pm. Then in September he'll embark on a 27-date nationwide theatre tour. Marvels, which will open at the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, on 21st September 2018 and conclude at Totton’s Hanger Farm Arts Centre on 10th November also includes a run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 and promises to be his most astonishing show yet. Expect to be mesmerised by Pete's acclaimed blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic, as he presents a truly unique live theatre experience. ‘The UK's leading comedy magician' (Time Out) has numerous television appearances under his belt, including ITV1's Tonight at the London Palladium, The Next Great Magician, BBC One's Let’s Sing & Dance for Comic Relief, The John Bishop Show, The Magicians and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. He also presented Pete Firman’s World of Magic for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Pete Firman said: “I’m thrilled to be hitting the road again with a brand new bag of tricks! Performing magic on television is brilliant, but it really should be experienced live and right in front of your eyes in a theatre. I’ve spent the last year and a bit working on new ways to drop jaws and tickle ribs. I can’t wait to get started!” (Photo: Karla Gowlett). Tickets available via Also see What's On for listings, and TV Magic for Sunday's show.


The World’s Smallest Magic Theatre, ‘The Small Space’, has some of the biggest names in magic lined up for its upcoming season. Based in Barry near Cardiff, The Small Space is owned by Magic Circle Magicians', Jasper Blakeley and Bryan Gunton, and with only 20 seats in the auditorium, along with a licensed upstairs bar, it’s one of the smallest commercial theatres in the world. This converted Victorian one-up one-down shop has been rebuilt by magicians for magicians; the theatre offers a unique magical experience for both audience and performers alike. The incredible intimacy and format of the evenings allows full ninety minute parlour-style shows where there is literally nowhere to hide.


Despite only having been open for a couple of months, Jasper and Bryan’s Resident Magicians' shows have been consistently selling out due to rave reviews, but now it’s a raft of established UK and International Magicians who are about to appear there, including: Marc Paul, Paul Brook, Thom Peterson, Ian Rowland, Wayne Goodman and Luca Volpe. Kicking it all off on Saturday 14th April is Paul Gordon, followed on Monday 16th April by Mark James. Mark is presenting his 2 hour one-man show (currently touring the UK and enjoying great reviews) and Paul is in the unique position of being able to present his ninety minute ‘cards at the table’ parlour show. Paul (like all the other magicians except Mark James) will be lecturing on the Sunday morning following the Saturday show - it’s a great chance to see these top magicians lecturing in a performance space rather than in a club environment. Show tickets are £20 each (except Mark James who is only £15) and lecture tickets just £10. For details visit or call 07973 731335. 7.4.18


Houdini’s Magic Bar to open a second bar, in Canterbury, next weekend. Houdini's write: Houdini’s Magic Bar is the first of its kind in the South East of England. First established in Broadstairs in 2016, Houdini’s Magic Bar has been entertaining and wowing its guests with a mix of fine refreshment and amazing magic ever since. We are now about to open in Canterbury! Sam Watson and Claudette Cairns are excited and thrilled to be part of the city. Houdini's is nestled on a corner of St Peters Street and celebrates the city's unique charm and character. We will be home to 13 Resident Magicians all renowned in the magic community.

Next weekend, beginning on Friday 13th right through to Sunday 15th we will be inviting all to come and join us for a weekend of magic as we celebrate our Grand Opening. We also welcome a Special Star Guest on Saturday and Sunday where you will see not one but four attempts at breaking a Guinness World Record! Twenty time world record breaking Escapologist and Stamina Strongman Stuart Burrell will be attempting to break his own, hard won, verified Guinness World Record as part of the celebrations at Houdini’s Magic Bar. He will also be performing other interesting escapes during the afternoon. "To be asked to perform at Houdini’s is an honour. To perform in the wonderful city of Canterbury is amazing and to be able to combine the two is simply a dream come true." said Stuart. Stuart will be attempting the record twice a day, over the weekend of the 14th and 15th at 2pm and 4pm. Houdini’s Magic Bar, 6 St Peters Street, Canterbury CT1 2AT (Map)


Eugene Burger Legacy Workshop, Bath, 17th April. This is the weekend to snap-up one of the very few Early Bird places at the exclusive Eugene Burger Legacy Workshop in Bath on Tuesday 17th April. Taught by Jeff McBride and Lawrence Hass, this 4 hour event is not to be missed. As of Monday any remaining tickets will be at the full price. For details and to book, visit and grab a bargain 4 hours of magical tuition with 2 magical masters in an event unlikely to ever be repeated. Only £35 while tickets remain. That’s less than £10 per hour to spend up-close and personal with Jeff and Larry! Incredible value and what an investment in your magic. Jay Fortune. 7.4.18


McBride British Isles & Belgium Tour 2018.

Here's a complete list of the tour dates. See What's On for more details (lots of clubs welcome visiting magicians).

April 11 Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians.
April 13 & 14 "Magic-The Secret Art", public show at the Astor Theatre, Deal, Kent.
April 14 & 15 Master Class - Deal, Kent. Contact Paul Craven
April 16 London. Celebrating Eugene Burger at The Magic Circle (members only).
April 18 North Wales Magic Circle, Prestatyn.
April 20-22: Irish MagiCon Dublin.
April 24 Manchester Magic Circle.
April 25 York Society of Magicians.
April 26 Newcastle Magic Circle.
April 27-29 SAMS Convention, Renfrew, Scotland.
May 1-7 McBride Masterclass, Brussels, Belgium. contact Alexis Brouard


The Northern Close-Up Magic Championships are taking place this Friday, 13th April, as part of the Northern Magic Summit, sponsored by Murphy's Magic. This year, the competition takes on a 'table hopping' format, with six competitors performing around six tables - and every diner becomes a judge. The winner, to be crowned 'Northern Close-Up Magic Champion 2018', will also receive a trophy and over £100 of magic DVDs. For details of the Northern Magic Summit visit 7.4.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Andy Leach on The Royal Variety Performance from 6th December 1997. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 7.4.18


Three news items from Merlins of Wakefield: Andrew Hill is lecturing at the shop on Wednesday 9th May. Andrew Hill has been involved in magic for many years, and this one-off lecture will contain the best of what he has learnt from his vast collection of magic books. Click Here for details. Also, our Merlins Magic Festival Day is on Sunday 13th May, for further details, Click Here. Finally, we have our April/May ‘Preview’ out, containing over 80 items, many of which are 50% off retail! To get a free postal copy, email us your address: If you would prefer a PDF copy via email, just email and ask, or call 01924 339933. 7.4.18


Impossible Bottles Made Possible! 2 Day UK Workshop. Jez Rose writes: My friend Jeff Scanlan is probably the most famous maker of impossible bottles worldwide. I’ve asked if he would come to the UK and host a 2 day hands-on workshop at our farm near Peterborough to include: the history of impossible bottles (and the story of the wonderful Harry Eng); a teach-in session to reveal some of the closest guarded secrets of constructing impossible bottles that have never been revealed outside of serious makers of the most complex bottles; hands-on explanations to actually make a bottle in real time and learn the skills (the main part of the workshop); Q & A and then an interesting creativity open forum about how we might push the impossible bottle genre forwards, considering also the use of the bottles in magical routines.

It’s a remarkable opportunity for a limited number of people, who will be required to sign confidentiality agreements to protect the secrets shared. Due to the high cost of producing the workshop, international travel and the closely guarded secrets shared, the cost of the workshop is not going to be cheap; certainly not under £500 - I mention this to give you fair warning. If you would be interested in this 2 day creative workshop near Peterborough later in the year, likely October or November, please do contact me: to allow me to gauge if there is sufficient interest.


Family Festival of Magic. St. Georges Theatre and Plaza, Great Yarmouth. From the organisers: Following a highly successful first year, we will once again be presenting the Family Festival of Magic in Great Yarmouth on Tuesday 21st August and Wednesday 22nd August from 11am to 6.30pm, culminating in a spectacular stage show at 7.30pm on the Wednesday evening. We have a great line up of magical talent including top Illusionists Amethyst (Danny Hunt and Stephanie Clarke), the Victorian Magic of Chris North and Belinda, the Comedy Magic of Olly Day, the Award Winning Oliver Tabor and many more. If you are a magician or involved in the allied arts and would like to be involved, please email to find out more.

Last year we attracted 5000+ people over the 2 days and this year hope to improve on that figure. The events will be held in the theatre and outside on the plaza stage. We also have circus workshops, close-up magic, illusionists and a fantastic ventriloquist, our very own Paul Henri with George the Monkey causing fun and mayhem over the two days. Most of the events are free to the public and with this fast becoming an annual event in Great Yarmouth, is well publicised on the Tourist Board website as well as on local radio, festival and theatre websites. Please call Kyle Sarocen on 07982 819737 for any further information -


Girio wins London Society of Magicians's 'Bridger Lewis Stage Competition' and becomes a multi-award winner! Girio dazzled the audience in London’s Charing Cross, not only with his attire, but also with his incredible feats of mind reading and intuition. He knew which words would be selected from randomly chosen pages in a book, had a combination lock open on numbers chosen by members of the audience and had two members of the audience mix up a deck of cards, turn one card over without seeing it, for both cards then to match! Girio said "I’m extremely humbled. The fact that people in the audience voted for me as the best performer on the night means a lot. Only two years ago in 2016 I won The LSM’s Close-up Competition, where the same thing happened and so much has happened since then." You can see Girio on stage at the East Finchley Festival, on Sunday 24th June at Cherry Tree Wood in East Finchley. More information can be found at For further information call 07507 110437. Also see 7.4.18


AFC Bournemouth Chairman promises magic on and off the pitch – just like that! AFC Bournemouth Chairman Jeff Mostyn is the special guest at a magic themed event at the Vitality Stadium to benefit local residents and their families affected by cancer. Jeff is a Patron of Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) which gives financial help to Dorset people facing cancer. The Red & Black Magic Dinner on April 13th will feature world record breaking magician and Tommy Cooper impersonator Clive St James Greenaway and all proceeds from the event will go to the charity. Posing for photographs with magician Clive pitch-side, Jeff said: “I love magic and I love Tommy Cooper so it was a thrill to meet Clive and see some of his magic tricks which were actually owned by Tommy himself.” The Red & Black Magic Dinner takes place on Friday April 13th in the Champions Top Floor Restaurant at the Vitality Stadium. Tickets are priced at £75 and include a welcome drink, a gourmet three-course meal with half a bottle of wine and chocolates and are available by phoning DCCF on 07593 890879 or emailing 7.4.18


Simon Lovell to become The Magic Triangle's President. The Magic Triangle write: The Magic Triangle's Chairman, Keith Norman, and members, are very pleased to announce that The Magic Triangle's invitation to Simon Lovell to become the Club's President has been accepted. Simon will be installed on Sunday, 8th April, at Straws, Osborne Street, Colchester CO2 7DA (Map) at 7.30pm, following which members will spend an evening with Simon Lovell. Any magician who has seen Simon perform, lecture, read any of his many published books or watched his DVDs will know that he is very knowledgeable, but most of all entertaining. Visitor Admission £5.00. 7.4.18


Manchester Circle of Magicians Jumbo Magical Auction. From the organisers: Manchester Circle of Magicians present a Jumbo Magical Auction on Monday 9th April at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Free for Members. Door charge of £3.00 for non-members. Doors open at 5.30pm. Viewing commences at 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers are Derek Lever and Quentin Reynolds. Hundreds of items being sold in 9 lots. Many without reserve such as DVDs, books, close-up, kids tricks, mentalism, etc. See you there! 7.4.18


Carl Royle lecture, Order of The Magi, Manchester. Geoffrey Newton PRO  writes: On Tuesday 10th April The Order of The Magi presents a brand new lecture by Carl Royle, his second offering following on from where 'How I Feed My Children' left off. The lecture has an emphasis on practical, easy to perform effects, to be used in real-world settings. All effects have been a part of Carl's working repertoire for many years. There will be magic with cards, coins, silks, dice and poker chips; a couple of secrets with hidden props are also included. Also on offer are the expected funny stories collected from being a professional magician for over twenty years, all delivered in Carl's unique style. New lecture notes include twelve effects and two essays on Carl's system of attracting people to your magic at corporate events. Whether you are a full time professional or a keen amateur 'How I Feed My Children - More' will be a fun lecture with content you will want to perform. Directions on There is a door charge for non-members of £5 by prior arrangement with the secretary. 7.4.18


Darren Wray - the Magic Interventionist, ACES, East Sussex. Nicky Lewis writes: Darren Wray started the charity 'Streets of Growth' in a part of London needing support and help. Gang culture is strong and Darren (who sent himself to the Bronx as a young man to learn more) with his team, work with gang kids using magic as a hook! Darren was recently interviewed at length in Magicseen. This evening will be full of stories, successes and laughs. Check out the website for all the information: An inspirational lecturer on a tough subject. Wednesday 11th April, 7.30pm for 8pm. Members free, visitors £5. Any queries/questions about the lecture or the club's location please call 07947 441145 or 07759 807953. Venue: ACES HQ, Thomas A Becket Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2AH (Map). 7.4.18


Champions of Magic. We went to see Champions of Magic last Saturday at our local theatre at the start of their UK tour, playing to a virtually sold-out audience (following an earlier matinee performance, that was also full). The show has a real feel-good factor throughout... it's great fun and offers audiences everything from mind reading to close-up magic (on the big screen) to illusions... Highlight for me? Young & Strange's sword box routine which was just brilliant! Do see Champions of Magic if you can. See What's On for April and May tour dates. DT. 7.4.18


Ghost Stories is playing your local cinema this weekend, go and see it! Ghost Stories review: "The most unsettling British horror in decades" Click Here • "This Iowan is the 'magician of his generation.' See for yourself this weekend." Click Here • "The Playwright and the Magician" Click Here • "A magician’s imperial mission" Click Here • "How Chicago magicians took tricks off the stage and into the bar" Click Here • "Meet Pritam Patra: Engineer by Qualification, Magician by Passion" Click Here • "Magician looks upbeat during power walk with wife Kelly" Click Here • Steve Short's 'The Magic of Johnny Hart' lecture is reviewed by Jon Marshall this week, Click Here • "Grand illusionist with power to 'read minds' brings magic show to Edinburgh" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed. Have a good weekend, Duncan. 7.4.18