Number 931 - 28th April 2018


Marcus Eddie UK Lecture tour, next month. Magic Lectures UK present Marcus Eddie, and write: If visual close-up magic is your thing, you definitely want to check out this lecture. Filled with jaw-dropping effects that utilise more than just playing cards, Marcus will take you on a journey into his super-funky, jazzy, style of magic. Magic that is both visually appealing, fine-tuned, and well crafted.
• Cotswold Magical Society (see below) - 2/5/18
• Bradford Magic Circle - 4/5/18
• Newcastle Magic Circle - 7/5/18
• Blackpool Magicians' Club - 8/5/18
• Leamington & Warwick - 9/5/18
• Surrey Society of Magicians - 10/5/18
• Smoke & Mirrors - 12/5/18
• The Magic Circle - 14/5/18 (Members Only)
• The Anglian Magic Society - 15/5/18
• North Western Society of Magicians - 16/5/18
• Hull Magicians' Circle - 17/5/18
• Northamptonshire Magicians' Club - 22/5/18
• Alakazam Magic Club - 29/5/18

See and 28.4.18


Belfast MagiCon 2019 announced. James Hobart writes: At last weekend’s Irish Convention in Dublin we were delighted to announce the first details of next year’s event. Belfast MagiCon 2019 will be held in the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast from 3rd-5th May 2019 (the hotel is now accepting accommodation bookings at guaranteed preferential rates). The weekend will include Dealers, Lectures, Shows and the Annual Chairman’s Dinner and Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture from hosts, The Ulster Society of Magicians. The first confirmed International Star Guest Fritz with a Z was introduced to Saturday attendees, as he dropped in on his way to a gig at a Dublin comedy club the following evening. The convention website is now live at and will be updated regularly over the next twelve months. 28.4.18


The Magic Circle in Chicago. President of The Magic Circle Scott Penrose MIMC, together with Darryl Rose MIMC, Matthew Le Motteé AIMC and Dean Leavy MMC travelled to Chicago last week as a guest of Dr Ricardo Rosenkranz AIMC - The Physician who is appearing in his own one man show The Rosenkranz Mysteries. Not only were the foursome treated to his amazing show, they became the first Europeans to perform at the newly opened Chicago Magic Lounge to standing ovations, helping to raise awareness of The Magic Circle in the USA. At the same time they were made honorary members of the Chicago Magic Round Table. Darryl Rose said "It was an honour to represent The Magic Circle along with our President, our current Close-up winner and Young Magician of the Year. We cannot thank Dr Rosenkranz enough for his generous hospitality, and to all our new members who joined, from Chicago. 28.4.18


Edinburgh International Magic Festival. From the organisers: There are more magicians than ever at the ninth MagicFest, which launches in just a few weeks! If you’d like a teaspoon of fantasy with your sleight-of-hand check out our opening event The Wizard World Gathering at Assembly Roxy, with live magic, potions class and a free cocktail on arrival; overall an immersive experience created by fans of Harry Potter that want to do more than just read or watch! Or join us for one of five, stunning ‘solo-shows’ at the Storytelling Centre. ‘Magic School’ our wizarding course for kids, has already sold out. So don’t miss out - check out the full programme at also see YouTube. 28.4.18


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam writes: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1st May, at The Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map). The aim of the evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere. Our social evenings are free of charge and you will be able to buy drinks from the bar. The evening starts at 7.30pm, so come along and enjoy the atmosphere. If anyone wants to come along, please email or you can phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 28.4.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Howard Posener on 'The Hidden Camera Show' from 12th September 1999. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 28.4.18


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Gregory Wilson Lecture Tour, last few dates. 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.
• Bradford Magic Circle 70th Anniversary - 27/4/18 to 28/4/18
• Nottingham Guild of Magicians - 29/4/18
• Newcastle Magic Circle - 30/4/18

• Aberdeen Magical Society - 1/5/18
• Forth Valley Magic Circle (note venue details below) - 2/5/18
• Manchester Circle of Magicians (see below) - 3/5/18

• Wessex Magical Association - 6/5/18


Magician Richard Jones named as Ambassador for UK Children’s Charity Together for Short Lives. Past winner of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, Richard Jones, has become an ambassador for Together for Short Lives, the UK charity that speaks out for all children and young people who are expected to have short lives. Together for Short Lives got to know Richard after he was crowned winner of the tenth series of Britain’s Got Talent, and since then he has supported the charity at several fundraising events including the annual Midsummer Ball hosted by Together for Short Lives’ Patron Simon Cowell. To announce his new role for the charity, Lance Corporal Richard Jones will be releasing a magic video inspired by the Together for Short Lives butterfly logo within a very special magical illusion; this will be shown during Children’s Hospice Week in May (21st-27th May) to generate support for the charity’s #LifesShort campaign. "I am planning a very special illusion which I hope will highlight the importance of the work of Together for Short Lives", said Lance Corporal Richard Jones. See and 28.4.18


Paul Daniels 'Extra Sensory Deception' follow up. Following last week's MagicWeek Video Archive clip that featured Paul Daniels performing a little 'Extra Sensory Deception' Yaniv Deautsch wrote in to say: "I thought you might be interested in knowing that Phil Goldstein/Max Maven invented this routine. It is called The Armchair Bowler and was first published in Apocalypse (Vol. 1, No. 4) in 1978 and later in The Yellow Book of Mentalism in 1979." You can see the clip here: YouTube. 28.4.18


London Society of Magicians' Magic Auction, Tuesday 8th May. From the organisers: London Society of Magicians invite you to our Annual Auction. So please feel free to come along and snap up some bargains, or sell some of your old stuff. The auction is held at LSM's usual meeting place, which is Davenport's Magic Studio. If you are interested in coming along and selling some of your stuff, please contact the LSM via Davenport's Magic Studio, Tuesday 8th of May, Doors open at 6.30pm, Auction starts at 7pm. 28.4.18


Gregory Wilson lecture, Forth Valley Magic Circle. Venue confirmation. Forth Valley Magic Circle would like to remind anyone planning to attend the Gregory Wilson lecture on Wednesday 2nd May that it’s at the Birds & Bees bar, Easter Cornton Road, Stirling FK9 5PB (Map), and not at the club’s usual meeting place. Visiting magicians welcome (£10 entry, 7.30pm start). For further info email Ian Black 28.4.18


Gregory Wilson lecture, Manchester Circle of Magicians. William Booth writes: Gregory Wilson lectures at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Thursday 3rd May. A two time FISM winner and expert in close-up magic; it's 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 or email 28.4.18


Marcus Eddie at The Cotswold Magical Society. The Cotswold Magical Society is very pleased to welcome Marcus Eddie as he begins his UK lecture tour. Marcus is an eight-time award-winning magician, including his win on the Syfy Channel's magic competition, Wizard Wars. He has appeared on Penn & Teller Fool Us, headlined at The Magic Castle, is the creator of several magic products. He also consults for magicians worldwide, including David Blaine on his last special, Beyond Magic. Guests are very welcome to join us for what is sure to be a fantastic evening of new and exciting magic. Wednesday 2nd May at 7.45pm. £10 on the door to non-members. The Cotswold Magical Society, Thee Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT (Map). 28.4.18


JezO will be the Cambridge Pentacle Club's President for its 100th year. John Davenport writes: The energetic JezO (Jeremy Bond), the well known Cambridge magician and events organiser, takes over the role of President from Chris Kostecki who has completed his five year term of office. The club was founded in May 1919, so JezO will be taking a leading role in the club’s plans for its centenary year. All past members and friends of the club who might wish to attend one or more of the events are invited to contact the club via and ask to be placed on our centenary mailing list. They can be assured of a warm welcome from current members. The date for the club’s Centenary Magic in May Dinner and Cabaret is already fixed for Saturday, 11th May 2019, a great time of year to enjoy a weekend in the beautiful city of Cambridge. Photo: Chris Kostecki handing over Presidency to Jeremy Bond. 28.4.18


John Derris Lecture, London, Tuesday 8th May. International Magic write: Join us for an evening lecture on the lives and secrets of two giants in the world of Magic during the 1960s. John Derris knew both Alex Elmsley and Jack Avis extremely well. Here he talks about Alex’s brilliance and how he changed the close-up magic scene during his years, while Jack published over 500 effects and routines during his. With plenty of anecdotes, stories and magic, this is an evening that should not be missed by any magic enthusiast. Step back in time to a world when 'pocket tricks' became 'close-up magic', presented by a man who knew both Alex Elmsley and Jack Avis for over 40 years 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th May at Casa Italiana (2nd floor), 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Admission: £15 per person (pay on the door, but you need to reserve in advance, email 28.4.18


The Rock/Pop, Music, Magic & Entertainment Sale, 3rd May 2018, Newcastle upon Tyne. "A specialist sale to include Magic books, tricks, props and other items." There are some really fascinating lots on offer here, for example, Lot 1604: "A large quantity of paper magic interest ephemera, to include: thirty letters from Ken Brooke 1948-74, books, price guides, annuals, play bills; and other items (in two boxes)". The auction is being held by Anderson & Garland in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, but online bidding is also available. See (Spotted by John Davenport). 28.4.18


2001 at 50. I know I'm wandering a little off-topic here, but the upcoming opportunity to see Kubrick's 2001, A Space Odyssey back on the big screen nationwide in June couldn't slip by without mention. Filmed in the UK and on location over 50 years ago, the visual effects remain stunning. No CGI here, just cinematic brilliance. The best way to approach 2001, A Space Odyssey is to simply bask in its magnificence. DT.

"Keir Dullea, actor, talks about the 50th anniversary of the classic movie, '2001, A Space Odyssey,'" Click Here.

Original 1968 trailer: YouTube.

50th Anniversary trailer: YouTube. 28.4.18


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