Number 929 - 14th April 2018


Magic History Gathering at The Magic Circle, Saturday 9th June. For anyone interested in the history of magic, this really is a very special event. Open to both members and non-members of The Magic Circle, the speakers are: Peter Brunning on Jardine Ellis, Andi Gladwin on Edward G. Brown, Richard Evans on The Pinchbecks, Richard Kaufman on Cliff Green professional card magician, Barry Murray will show a film of A Cavalcade of Conjurers, Kobe Van Herwegan on Suzy Wandas the lady with the fairy fingers, Laura London will talk about Talma, and Paul Kieve on Servais Le Roy. Relatives of Servais Leroy and Talma will be attending. The day will conclude with a table sale of collectable books. The sale is only open to those attending The History Gathering. The cost of the day is £40 which includes morning coffee, afternoon tea and a substantial buffet lunch. Saturday, 9th June. Doors open at 9.45am for coffee and the first speaker will be at 10.45am. The day will finish by 6.30pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance from The Magic Circle website It is not possible to pay for admission at the door. Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). 14.4.18


BGT starts a new series on Saturday - Issy Simpson makes her US TV debut on Sunday. The first episode of the new series of Britain's Got Talent airs on ITV this evening at 8pm. It’s nearly a year since magician Issy Simpson won the nation’s hearts and tomorrow evening she'll be making her US television debut on NBC's 'Little Big Shots' (Sunday evening at 8pm/7pm Central - Preview: "This year’s Britain’s Got Talent judges golden buzzer acts are all singers – Ant and Dec instead pick a magician" Click Here. "Hartford magician set to appear on Britain's Got Talent" Click Here. (Expect to see a number of magicians on BGT tonight! DT.) 14.4.18


David Stone: Magic Unleashed. 5th-18th April, Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, London. From the organisers: Direct from Paris, multi-award-winning magician David Stone presents his unique brand of comedy and illusion live in Leicester Square. Limited to just 55 seats, experience the impossible and hilarious, closer than ever before. Having amazed the likes of Bono and Bruce Willis, in this show he will make bottles of Champagne appear from nowhere, multiply dozens of packets of cigarettes while desperately trying to quit smoking, and vanish a borrowed ring that will reappear in a very unexpected place! Highly respected by the magic community, David Stone won the French Championship of Magic aged just 23, and the Close-up Grand Prix of South America at 24. He later gained 3rd place at the World Championships of Magic in Stockholm. He is quite simply one of the finest performers in the world – a creative and skilful magician who likes misdirection, wacky comedy and lemons. Enjoy a ridiculous mix of weirdness and sublime sleight-of-hand in this intimate West End venue. 15th-18th April. See for more info and to book. 14.4.18


"Can you make a London Bus float over a theatre audience?" "Yes!" Gary & Paul Hardy Brown, aka 'The Twins FX' were recognised as part of the creative team who helped Qdos Entertainments achieve their Olivier award in London last Sunday evening. Dick Whittington at the London Palladium won in the category 'Entertainment and Family'. It’s the first time that a pantomime has won such a prestigious award and a first for Pantomime in the West End. Michael Harrison, Managing Director of Qdos Entertainments and Director on the show said winning the Olivier Award signalled recognition from the West End theatre industry that pantomime could be "something quite special." Gary Hardy Brown, The Twins FX Managing Director, added "it’s such a fantastic production and a pleasure to part of the creative team". 14.4.18


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 26th April. From the organisers: Witness the impossible at London’s longest-running monthly magic show! Featuring the very funny and amazing Graham Jolley, Jon Allen, James Pritchard and Russell Levinson. Another terrific night of magic! Tickets just £11 from – it’s cheaper to book in advance. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! Parking is free from 6.30pm. 14.4.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Greg Frewin's dove act from an appearance on 'Talking Telephone Numbers' on 3rd November 1997. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 14.4.18


Haim Goldenberg and Lior Manor are presenting a six-hour workshop for mentalists and corporate magicians in Berlin, Germany, on Sunday, May 6th. "One of the reasons I’m friends with Haim and Lior for so many years is for the brilliant thinkers they are. Haim and Lior are super-creative, intelligent, and very practical when it comes to implementing Mentalism. They are constantly uncovering and creating more. So, I’m not only recommending, but urge you to sign-up for their workshop if you consider yourself a professional mentalist." Asi Wind. For full details visit: 14.4.18


Associated Conjurers of East Sussex (A.C.E.S.) to end. Martin Lewis writes. It was with great sadness during our club meeting last Wednesday that the committee and I announced the demise of our lovely magic club, the Associated Conjurers of East Sussex (A.C.E.S.) Founded in 1992 by Mark Worgan, Robin Toft and Tony Richards,  A.C.E.S., with a motto "Friendship through the art of magic", was seen as groundbreaking, with a 'no rules' policy. 26 years later and with many, many happy memories we will be closing our doors after our July meeting. We have hosted many great lecturers and orators over the years with many highlights. Our Annual Dinners were the envy of many. On a personal note having served as Chairman for 10 years and President for the last 12, I will miss our monthly get-togethers and the friendships that have been formed. Numbers reducing and hall fees increasing have led to this very difficult decision. My sincere thanks must go out to stalwart Treasurer John Holden for all his hard work and current Chairman Rick Martyn for helping come to this very difficult decision. My wife Nicky has served alongside me as Secretary for the last 12 years and has worked so hard organising the club and its members, and helped me to keep things going until now. Once again it is with great regret but who knows the phoenix may rise again in the future. Martin Lewis. 14.4.18


Sean Heydon lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on April 19th.

The evening will be split in to 4 sections:
Part 1: My parlour magic show including magician fooling trickery, culminating in the levitation of one of your members.
Part 2: A workshop teaching the false shuffle that Bill Malone asked me to teach him.
Part 3: A mini lecture teaching self-working methods to take advantage of every opportunity and the chance to make your magic even more impossible and amazing.
Part 4: A question and answers section, where you can ask anything.

Sean Heydon AIMC, is the co-presenter on the Wizard Product Review, and has had appearances on 'Soccer AM' and 'The Paul O’Grady Show' amongst other shows. Marketed products include 'The Multiple Card Find' and 'Magic and Madness'. 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 email Adam Mosley 14.4.18


Derren Brown: Underground. Derren Brown, the multi award winning master of mind control and psychological illusion, is taking his latest sensational show Underground on tour in 2018, in both the UK and Ireland. Derren said: "Underground was originally written for audiences in other countries who hadn’t seen me before. It meant finessing and revisiting past pieces and seeing them with fresh eyes. I sat down with my two co-writers and directors and we thought 'What would make the best possible Derren Brown show?' None of us were sure what the UK would make of it, but the resulting show felt so good, and met with such a great response when warming it up in London, that we decided to tour it. The reviews have been astonishing, and people who’ve seen all the shows have said they love being surprised by them again, and those who don’t know me so well are getting to see the best material for the first time. It’s a huge, huge joy to perform."


This is the second leg of the Underground tour, direct from the West End production at the Playhouse Theatre, which ran for thirty-five packed out performances in September and October 2017. Derren Brown: Underground is presented by Michael Vine, Andrew O’Connor, Derren Brown and Paul Sandler for Vaudeville Productions Ltd. and David Binder. It is directed by Andrew O’Connor and Andy Nyman, and written by Andy Nyman, Andrew O’Connor and Derren Brown. See What's On for current tour dates. 14.4.18


The Mark Leveridge April Podcast. If you've got half an hour to spare and you fancy listening to some magic chat, why not log on to the latest Mark Leveridge free Podcast? The April edition features the following topics: Richard Kaufman has a 'pop' at Magicseen. Your magic competitors may actually be your allies. Hyphens and underscores make difficult to decipher email addresses even worse. GDPR is on its way, but will it matter to us magicians? A spectator accurately observes and gives a fascinating insight into the processes that we strolling magicians go through when we entertain at tables. If you appear to be an expert at what you do, you are more likely to get the show enquiry/booking. You can listen online or download the mp3 file to play back on any suitable device either from or from 14.4.18


Gary Jones Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, 17th April. Gary Jones lectures for the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on Tuesday, 17th April at 8pm. A lecture not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 charge. The lecture starts at 8pm at Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). Mark Paul MMC, Secretary, The Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. 14.4.18


Gregory Wilson - UK Lecture Tour continues. From the tour organiser: Magic Lectures UK is proud to present Gregory Wilson, the two-time FISM Award-Winning performer, Gregory Wilson is back to lecture in the UK. His mission is simple: To share with you professional routines that are cool, clever, and cutting edge. Gregory Wilson is a bottomless well of ideas, lines and tricks. He's a master of sleight of hand, misdirection, routining and presentation, mixed with creativity, charm and lightning speed wit. He can do it all... and he can teach it all to you. He'll also talk a lot about using natural props, direct methods and compelling presentations. You can look forward to an arsenal of ideas that run the gamut from beginner to expert level and cover a wide variety of genres. See What's On for venues and dates. 14.4.18


The April 2018 E-Video Newsletter from Mark Leveridge. If you watch the trailer at you'll be able to get a feel for what is in the latest half hour online video programme, but here's a run down of the contents anyway. The Teach In - learn how to make a wine glass vanish and instantly reappear from under a handkerchief. Top Tips - never forget a child's name during your show again. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 3 looks at dress and personal hygiene for performers. Web Offers - background info and dems for a great kids' effect and a close up mental item which are on offer in April. 60 Seconds To Success - how to carry enough material for commercial close up is covered. The Review Corner - Eric Leclerc's Baffling Blocks is reviewed. Access to the April edition is available now for a small payment, or you can sign up for a year and receive automatically every new programme as it is released on the first of each month. See: for full details. 14.4.18


Potter & Potter Spring Magic Auction. Potter & Potter write: Our spring sale of magic memorabilia features two recently-rediscovered Houdini scrapbooks, never before made available for public sale. In addition, the auction will include Houdiniana in a range of categories - glass slides, autographs, books, and photographs. The Houdini memorabilia will be complemented by a diverse offering of vintage and antiquarian magic books, posters, broadsides, ephemera, and vintage magic apparatus. Previews take place in our Chicago gallery April 26 & 27, from 10am to 5pm. 14.4.18


Bisexuality Is Magic, Croydon. A new production by Marcus Morgan at Matthews Yard in Croydon on 14th April at 2pm and 8pm. A cross between a magic show and a play, join a beleaguered LGBT activist for the dress rehearsal for his "bisexual magic show". The stage is set, the supporting act is running late, and the director keeps putting their oar in. Will someone really get their gender stereotypes sawn in half? Will the magician find the one perfect trick to explain bisexuality in time? Probably the only magic show about sexuality you've ever seen. 14th April at 2pm and 8pm at 1 Matthews Yard, Croydon CR0 1FF (Map). For more info and tickets visit 14.4.18


Steve Short's Johnny Hart International Star of Magic lecture, Anglian Magic Society, 17th April. Steve Majes writes: Steve Short presents his lecture, 'Johnny Hart International Star of Magic' for the Anglian Magic Society on Tuesday 17th April at 7.30pm. "From the moment Johnny Hart won the very first Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition in 1961 his career took off on a rapid upward path that never slowed down." Steve Short presents his new book and lecture "Johnny Hart International Star of Magic". This lecture will be full of anecdotes from interviews, together with photos and very rare video clips which will bring to life the amazing career of Johnny Hart. Members £3.00 - Visitors £10.00. The Anglian Magic Society, The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). 14.4.18


Criss Angel guests on Rules of Engagement on Tuesday 24th April on E4: Uh-Oh It's Magic. "Audrey tries to bond with Jeff's softball buddy Brenda, who has agreed to be their surrogate, but puts her foot in it by revealing the surrogacy plans to Brenda's new girlfriend Becky, who wasn't aware of them. Russell takes his date Jessica to a magic show, only to see the magician make her disappear and not return. Desperate to prove his DIY skills to Jennifer, Adam knocks himself out trying to install a new shower fitting." (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 14.4.18


'The Art of Magic' Magic Singh's TEDx talk, recorded in India. "This video will make you believe in magic again. Get into the mind of an extraordinary performer and showman - Magic Singh. Where East meets West, Magic Singh epitomizes wondrous magical entertainment for all. One of the UK's finest talents, Magic Singh is the stage name for Amardeep." YouTube. 14.4.18


South London Magic Society Dealer Dem, 1st May. Simon Rosselli writes: On May 1st we are having a Dealer Dem by Adrian Sullivan, a very experienced international close-up magician and stage magician with his own unique range of magic tricks. Adrian specialises in high impact effects that provide value for money. Virtually all the tricks require little or no sleight of hand. Doors open at 7pm for 'Hands On' then 8pm-10pm for the Dealer Dem. £10 for non-members, which can go towards Membership fee. South London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP (Map). Also see 14.4.18


Wizards of Waverly Place, Saturday 14th April (30 minutes) on Disney. Harperella. "Harper is transported into a Cinderella-like world after reading a wizard story book and must rely on fairy godmother Alex to turn things back to normal. Guest star David Copperfield." (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 14.4.18


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