Number 935 - 26th May 2018


Sora surprises on BGT! YouTube. "Britain's Got Talent: Magician wows judges with saucy trick" Click Here. Sora was the last of the magic acts to be seen auditioning, and already his act has been watched by over 6 million on YouTube, going viral in Japan no doubt. See his website: This week sees the start of the semi-final live shows, every evening, Monday to Friday, with the Final taking place on Sunday, 3rd June. Here's how the magic and magic related acts that achieved four yeses are doing, according to their YouTube views. It is worth bearing in mind that some performers have been up for just days and others a number of weeks, however Marc Spelmann and Matt Johnson's YouTube views are incredible. Very best of luck to them all. DT.
Marc Spelmann 16.3M
Matt Johnson 12.3M
Sora 6M
Magus Utopia 2.7M
Mandy Muden 1.5M
Ellie and Jeki 1.5M
Maddox 1.2M
Andrew Lee 1.2M.


Ben Earl: Manchester Masterclass. Martin Allcock writes: On Monday the 18th June the hugely talented Ben Earl is coming to Manchester to present an evening of Masterclasses. Ben's sleight of hand is world-class and during the evening he will teach you the tools to allow you to take your card magic to a higher level.


Mission Control: Mission Control is a fundamentally new way to approach the subject of card control. Attendees will learn a new system for controlling a card (via insertion, replacement or peek) in order to make it completely invisible under any performing conditions, this approach is a radical departure from traditional (both technically and philosophically). Mission Control is a very practical system which is extremely deceptive while remaining simple and flexible.

Changes: Ben will be teaching brand new ways to approach two of the simplest, but most important moves in all of card magic: the Double Lift and Top Change. Ben's approach to these techniques is not only deeply fooling but simple and practical. Be prepared to rethink what you thought you knew about these fundamental techniques and develop a new way.


Palming: Palming is one of the most powerful, secret techniques in all of card magic. Very few do it well - even fewer do it invisibly. Ben will be teaching how to make it invisible (from the top and bottom of the deck) so that you can perform miracles. Ben will also show you new ways to practice so that your palming development is rapid.


The evening will start at 6pm and the cost is £125 per person. Due to the intimate and in-depth nature of the teaching, places will be strictly limited to a maximum of 8 people. Each section will last around an hour with a short break between for refreshments. Don't miss this opportunity to take your sleight of hand with cards to the next level by learning from one of the very best there is. Due to the nature of the material being taught the masterclass is only suitable for those at an intermediate level and above, i.e. you ideally already need to be able to do the moves to a reasonable standard. Please contact me by email to book. 26.5.18


Ali Cook Principles of Deception UK tour, 29th September to 17th November 2018. The star of West End magic marvels and big screen spectacles, Ali Cook, has announced a new UK tour for his critically acclaimed comedy magic show Principles of Deception. Treating audiences to a festival of fascination, Principles of Deception acts as the essential storytelling of magic, with Ali Cook’s own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy. The tour will visit theatres nationwide between 29th September - 17th November 2018. "A hugely impressive show that’s never short on spectacle… Genuinely astounding" ★★★★ Mail on Sunday. See What's On for tour dates and to book. Also see: and YouTube. 26.5.18


The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2018. Tickets for The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2018 are now on sale. The competition takes place at The Magic Circle’s headquarters on 23rd June. Competing:

Matthew Garrett MIMC
Megan Knowles–Bacon MIMC
Edward Hilsum AIMC
Ben Hart MIMC
Oliver Tabor AIMC
Tony Middleton MMC
Christopher Howell AIMC

Who will win?! Book now at 26.5.18


Lior Manor: The London Workshop, June 24th. "Lior Manor may not be well known in the magic world, but that’s because he’s too busy flying around the world (always in First Class) doing shows for major corporations. He is known, however, to the elite of the magic and mentalism world. I have been to several of his lectures and, often, most of the attendees are other leading professionals. They come because they know Lior shares workable, money-making ideas that have been proven in the real world. He teaches the way he performs – with passion and with great humor. He's not to be missed!" Ken Weber. See for details. 26.5.18


Quentin Reynolds was surprised, delighted and honoured to be presented with the Jeremy Le Poidevin award for services to children's entertainment at the Trix in the Stix convention last Tuesday. Photo L to R: Gary Dunn (organiser), Quentin Reynolds, John Kimmons (organiser) and Pat Fallon, who hosted the event. 26.5.18


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, Etienne Pradier and Steve Dimmer. 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 26.5.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Etienne Pradier, with coaching from Paul Zenon on ITV's 'Give Your Mate A Break' hosted by Les Dennis, from 3rd July 1999. Etienne is a guest at the Leamington & Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic on June 13th (see above). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 26.5.18


E-Club Pro - something for just about everyone! Knowledge is power, so if you want to have access to an online database of professional advice, ideas and magic effects, then Mark Leveridge's E-Club Pro is the place you need to be. You can learn new effects every month in the Vintage Vault and in the Teach In section of the Archive, get relevant and valuable advice on all aspects of magic from the Mark's Monthly Message video presentation, learn the correct handling for a wide variety of moves in the Tool Box, and watch bite size segments of Mark's live lectures past and present in the Lecture Room. Other membership benefits include receiving instructions each month for a free routine to download and keep from the Download Portal, watching and learning from a video featuring a different effect each month in the TricKlip Viewer, and benefitting from reading extracts taken from Mark's range of E-Books in the Book Corner. As a member you receive all this and more, including access to every E-Video Newsletter at no extra charge, and answers to any magical questions you may have directly from Mark or via the large database of problems already addressed in the Advice Centre. All of Mark's creativity and energy goes into making the content of E-Club Pro vibrant, exciting and hugely useful to magicians of all types, so sign up today and reap the benefits. Membership is via an open ended rolling monthly subscription enabling you to stay as long as you wish. For more information and to enrol please go to 26.5.18


Jamy Ian Swiss Lecture, The North Wales Magic Circle. Jay Gatling writes: On June 5th The North Wales Magic Circle is proud to host the Jamy Ian Swiss lecture at our new venue: Ffrith Beach Fun Parc, Victoria Road West, Prestatyn LL19 7AR (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm with the lecture starting at 8pm. Entrance fee is £10 on the door. Visiting magicians are most welcome. The new lecture by Jamy Ian Swiss will cover the gamut of close-up sleight of hand magic. This lecture is absolutely full of amazing card magic, from original 'card in impossible location' plots, to apparent displays of extraordinary skill that don't demand as much work as they appear to; and a simple but mystifying and commercial memorised deck routine. Not all is cards though, he will also teach practical mentalism routines, coins and the Cups & Balls. Internationally renowned for his skills as a close-up magician, Swiss has also performed his stage show of mind-reading and mentalism, 'Heavy Mental', for audiences of thousands across the United States. As a speaker, Swiss has addressed subjects including creativity, risk management, information design, user experience and other aspects of corporate and creative concern to firms. His knowledge is vast and his theories are something not to be missed. 26.5.18


Andi Gladwin Lecture, Cotswold Magical Society. Peter Kidd writes: Perhaps Andi Gladwin's greatest trick is how he divides his time between being a professional close-up magician, magic creator, Genii columnist, co-founder of Vanishing Inc., magician and lecturer. His Master Pushoff and Multiple Revelation Project DVDs were best sellers and received rave reviews in all major magic journals. Over the past year Andi has lectured at the biggest conventions in the world including The Session, Blackpool, FISM, Magi-Fest, The Genii Convention and many more. On Wednesday June 6th he'll be lecturing at The Cotswold Magical Society in Gloucester. Doors open at 7.30pm, entrance is £10 for visitors and you are all are very welcome. The Cotswold Magical Society, The Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT (Map). See and 26.5.18


Beginners and Intermediate Coin Magic with Keith Bennett, South London Magic Society. Simon Rosselli writes: The coin magic lecture is a lecture not a dealer dem, showing tricks that you can do without spending any money. Learn the secrets of the more common fake coins and how to use them. £10 entrance for non-members which can go towards your Membership fee if you wish to join at a later date. Tuesday 5th June, 7pm: 'Hands On' - Bill to Lemon, 8pm-10pm Star Lecture, Keith Bennett. South London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP (Map). 26.5.18


Memories of Patrick Page Lecture at The Mercian Mystics, Stoke-on-Trent. Andrew Sherratt MMC writes: Janette Page is presenting a talk about the life and career of her father Patrick Page, at The Mercian Mystics in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday 5th of June at 8pm. All visiting magicians welcome; £5.00 door fee. The Mercian Mystics, Smallthorne Victory Club, 300 Hanley Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST6 1RE (Map). 26.5.18


Potter & Potter Auctions' David Baldwin Magic Collection II sale, Saturday, June 16th. Starting at 10am at the company's gallery, located at 3759 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60613, this highly anticipated event follows on the heels of the company's $400,000 Baldwin Collection sale held in October, 2016. David M. Baldwin (1928 – 2014) had a lifelong passion for magic and a remarkable eye for the extraordinary. Baldwin assembled one of the most important and finely curated collections of antique magic apparatus and memorabilia in the world. Bid online at 26.5.18


Merlin Magical Society Annual Auction, Thursday 31st May. John Clayton, Secretary of the Merlin Magical Society, writes: On the 31st May it is our annual auction. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, and we are only charging £5 for non-members. Anyone attending is welcome to bring along magic items to sell. For full details see Merlin Magical Society, Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). 26.5.18


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"Tributes to Warrington magician Darren O'Neill after his death aged 38" Click Here. 26.5.18


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