Number 938 - 16th June 2018


Derren Brown: Secret wins 'The Chase Award for Unique Theatrical Experience' in the 2018 Drama Desk Awards. See Derren Brown: Secret opened in May 2017 at the Atlantic Theater Company and received excellent reviews at the time. The Drama Desk Award for 'Unique Theatrical Experience' is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway and Off Broadway productions that don't easily fit under traditional musical/play type classification. Derren Brown: Secret was written by Andrew O’Connor, Derren Brown and Andy Nyman and directed by Andrew O’Connor and Andy Nyman. Derren can be seen live on stage this evening - see What's On. 16.6.18


Stephen Short's newly published 'Johnny Hart - International Star of Magic' is reviewed in MagicWeek this week. As a silent magician I've been a lifelong fan of Johnny Hart's act, but never expected such a wonderful book to be produced covering his incredible career in such detail. To read the review Click Here. Until the end of June there's a Special Offer price of just £30.00 plus p&p, see for ordering details. DT. 16.6.18


Mark Elsdon & Ian Rowland 'The Meeting of The Minds', Friday 29th June, Newcastle. This is the Friday before the MINDS Convention which takes place over the weekend. Mark and Ian... together at last! This unique seminar will focus on Creativity In Mentalism, Magic as Metaphor and Making Money from Mentalism. Inspiring theory, brilliant new tricks and an exclusive, free booklet. This one-off event is not to be missed! For more info and to book see 16.6.18


Think Nguyen’s UK lecture tour. Magic Lectures UK write: Magic Lectures UK are proud to present Think Nguyen’s UK lecture tour. Think is known to make his cards “come to life”. He released two major DVD projects called Parallels and Vermillion. The first project received great reviews from the Blackpool Convention (2017). He also wrote 2 limited lecture notes: 'One Idea for Each Tentacle' and 'My Fingers Flowing' and web episodes called 'The Coffee Series'. The lecture will focus on card magic and the theories underlying magic in general. Besides sharing his favorite routines, Think will briefly cover some of his main work on the concept of Estimation and Jazz Magic. Think is an incredible magician, once you see him work you will understand what we mean. Be sure to catch him on his little tour of the UK before the end of the month.
Cardiff Magic Circle - 18/6/18
Smoke & Mirrors Lecture - 20/6/18
Isle of Mann Lecture & Masterclass - 22/6/18 to 24/6/18
Newcastle Magic Circle - 25/6/18
The Associated Wizards of the South 26/6/18
Exonian Magical Society - 28/6/18.


Romany – Diva of Magic. In the Studio. "What does it take to create magic? How do you produce birdcages out of nowhere, turn a feather into a cane or pass a silk scarf through your neck? For Romany, the British self-styled Diva of Magic, these tricks have been mastered through years of practice. She’s one of only a few female magicians in the industry, she’s won awards and performed in front of members of the British Royal Family. Now she has a new challenge. She’s preparing a show for the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood..." Natasha Serlin follows Romany through the process of creating her new act. Produced for BBC World Service: Spun Into Gold - ‘The Secret life of a Female Magician’ by Romany is available from 16.6.18


Conjuring at the Court, Tuesday 26th June, London. Conjuring at the Court celebrates 9 years of stage magic with a fabulous line-up of top magicians! Featuring the marvellously funny Mel Mellers, the polished deception of Michael Vincent, the characterful magic of Wayne Fox, and the hilarious comedy of James Fortune. Compere Russell Levinson. 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. 16.6.18


The World’s Smallest Magic Theatre, The Small Space, in Barry South Wales, has an international flavour over the next few months with acts from the USA, Holland and Italy appearing. Each visiting magician always performs a 90 minute show the night before in the 20 seat theatre followed by a lecture the next morning for magicians. First up is ‘Amazing Guy’ Thom Peterson on Saturday July 14th with a lecture on Sunday 15th, followed by Amsterdam-based magician, Fritz Alkemade on Saturday August 11th and a lecture on Sunday August 12th and finally Italian mentalist Luca Volpe on Saturday 15th September with a lecture on Sunday 16th September. So whether it’s the hilarious quirky comedy of Thom, the witty sleight of hand from Fritz, or the always inventive mentalism of Luca, The Small Space has got you magically covered. All shows are £20.00 with doors opening at 7pm and shows starting at 7.30pm. For the Sunday morning lectures doors open at 10am with lectures starting at 10.30am to 1pm. Lectures are just £10 and include free tea/coffee and croissants. To buy show tickets visit the ‘What’s On’ section on To book your place at a lecture email 16.6.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Arturo Brachetti's take on the Zombie Ball, from John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' - 4th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 16.6.18


Steve Short's 'Johnny Hart International Star of Magic' lecture is now taking bookings. Full of anecdotes from interviews, together with photos and very rare video clips, Steve's lecture is now taking bookings from club and convention organisers. For more info and contact details visit 9.6.18


Magicseen Money Saver Offer June 2018. There are a number of different ways to get your hands on copies of the UK's only independent magic magazine. For instance, you can take out a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download subscription, and thus guarantee that your personal copy will arrive as soon as the latest edition is released every two months. But if you prefer not to pay up front that far in advance, there is another option if you like to have a printed copy, and that is the Pay-As-You Go subscription. With this you simply provide us with payment card details and we will take a single issue payment just before each copy is published. This means you only pay for one copy at a time and you never need to renew as the arrangement can continue until you decide to stop. To encourage you to give this a try, we would like to make you a special offer. Sign up for Pay-As-You-Go before Friday 22nd June 2018, and you can have each of your first two copies for just £2.00. After that the price will revert to its normal rate. So to ensure that you receive the July and September issues of Magicseen at this great price, Click Here before Friday 22nd June 2018. 16.6.18


Jamie Daws 'Opening More Daws!' lecture, Medway Magical Society. Neil Colley writes: With over 10 years experience in releasing material to the magic community, Jamie's magic speaks for itself! From incredibly visual eye candy to the darkest most bizarre tales you could imagine, his effects are diverse and intriguing to say the least. Within the past 2 years, his lectures have been highly praised by magic clubs and societies, which ultimately resulted in him being asked to partake in a bespoke lecture for Murphy's 'Magic at the Table' UK Lecture Series. Now part of the Alakazam Academy and taking his new tour to different countries, his teaching style is clear, concise and in-depth. If you would like to learn how to amaze, confuse, delight and sometimes even scare your audience, then see Jamie's latest lecture, Opening More Daws! "This lecture is amazing. Something for everyone and so different." Houdini's Magic Bar. "Jamie delivered a professional, funny and fantastic lecture at our club, which was filled with interesting effects and ideas. It truly has something for everybody. Highly recommended!" London Society of Magicians. Tuesday 19th June at 8pm. Visiting magicians welcome. Medway Magical Society, St George Hotel, New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB (Map). 16.6.18


Jumbo Magic Auction, Manchester Circle of Magicians, Monday 18th June. From the organisers: Magical Bargains Galore on Monday 18th June at Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Organised by Manchester Circle of Magicians. Free for members, £3.00 door charge for non-members. Doors open at 5.30pm and viewing commences at 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneers are Quentin Reynolds and Derek Lever. Hundreds of items being sold many without reserve, such as DVDs, books, close-up, kids tricks, mentalism, etc. 8 Lots already entered, including part of Bob Austin's Estate. See you there. 9.6.18


Tom Crosbie Lecture, Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. Mark Paul writes: Tuesday 19th June. A lecture not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 door charge. The lecture starts at 8pm. Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 16.6.18


Mario Morris: Build Your Confidence, Build Your Show. From the organisers: Mario Morris - School of Busking presents 'Build Your Confidence, Build Your Show', a three day event on 7th, 8th and 9th September in Cardiff. 'Build Your Confidence, Build Your Show' is a gateway into achieving your aims and goals, whilst living the life you want to live. The School of Busking has helped magicians, entertainers, street, stage and close-up performers all over the world step into their dreams, doing what they love. Do you have a dream to perform or wish you could develop the skills and confidence to take you to the next level, or do you already have the skills and now are ready to receive mentoring and feedback to develop your show further? Then, this focus is for you. See 16.6.18


Countdown with guest Paul Zenon. Nick Hewer and Rachel Riley host as contestants race against the clock to pit their wits against vowels, consonants and numbers. Paul Zenon is in with Susie Dent. Thursday and Friday 21st and 22nd June on Channel 4. See TV Magic. 16.6.18




Chris North - Mind Games at the Anglian Magic Society. Chris North presents his comedy mind reading show for the Anglian Magic Society this Tuesday 19th June at 7.30pm, at The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). This is a super fun mind reading show that steers away from the norm and will have you laughing and scratching your heads. This is a special event night so members, visitors and friends are all welcome to come along at £3.00 per person. Following the show there will be close-up tables set around the room and a small buffet to carry on a magical evening. More details: Steve Majes, Secretary of The Anglian Magic Society. 16.6.18


Magic Lectures UK - now booking for 2019. Magic Lectures UK write:
Matthew Wright & Harry Robson 14th January to 15th February 2019. Doing a combined lecture, there will be performances of some of their greatest effects and routines along with explanations of why, when and where the routines work. All aspects of competition magic will be covered from both sides - as a performer and as a judge. Nothing is off limits as they share stories of their successes and failures along with untold tales of famous magicians past and present.
Joel Dickinson 1st February to 28th February 2019. Joel is touring the UK for the first time, with a lecture filled with tried and tested close-up and stage routines. It doesn’t have to be knuckle busting to be brilliant! This memorable lecture contains a diverse range of effects and routines. Everyone will walk away with something new for their repertoire.
Joshua Jay 8th August to 30th August 2019. Joshua Jay, a performer, lecturer, author, and co-owner of Vanishing Inc. He maintains a globetrotting performance schedule, having performed in over fifty countries with regular appearances on national television. His performance style is completely unique: he performs with ordinary, borrowed objects, causing them to twist, bend, appear, and vanish at will. The last time Josh lectured in the UK was 9 years ago, if you don't want to wait another 9+ years book today! To book any of these artists or for more information email


The June Mark Leveridge Podcast. Last month was a Podcast Gold edition of the Mark Leveridge podcast, in which Mark offered a selection of his favourite topics from the previous 12 months. Now it is back to normal business in June with the following topics discussed. Mark reflects on his recent US lecture tour which included some dodgy weather and a traffic violation! Talking of lectures, he considers what magicians expect to get from a lecture that they attend. Magical fame and fortune may not always be all it is cracked up to be. The Mark Leveridge Magic website is being re-designed and Mark gives some early teaser information about what it might be like when it launches later in the year. There are reflections on why it can be difficult sometimes to entertain the people who have actually booked you. Mark suggests why offering advice to an inexperienced magician may not be the best thing to do. And finally, Mark poses the question of why magic seems to attract such high levels of incompetence! To listen for free to the complete 30 minute audio, either online or as a download to any mp3 player, go to or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and automatically receive each new edition when it is released on the 1st of every month. 16.6.18


Travis Perkins Assembly - Ferrybridge Day of Magic. From the organisers: The 26th Ferrybridge Day of Magic will be held on Sunday 1st July 2018. This year we are pleased to announce Carl Royle will be presenting 'How I Feed My Children' (The Lecturette), Mr Royle will also be one of our guest entertainers in this year's Showette. With Lecturettes, the Showette, Dealers and Traders, the day looks like it will be another promising event - put the date in your diary now. More news as we approach the day! Venue is The Community Centre, The Square, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire WF11 8PQ (Map). Doors open at 9.45am and the day closes at 5pm. For more information please visit our Facebook page: Ferrybridge Day of Magic, contact the Travis Perkins Assembly on 01904 709500 or email Michael Shepherd or Danny Hunt 16.6.18


Ulster Society of Magicians. James Hobart writes: Ulster Society of Magicians AGM 2018. Incoming Chairman Paul Gomac receives the Chairman’s wand from John Mahood. He is joined on committee for 2018-19 by George Bleeks (Secretary), David McAuley (Treasurer), Paul Heaney (Vice Chairman) and John Donnelly, Craig Gill, Peter Gunn, James Hobart, David Lillie and John Mahood. The society is also pleased to add Samantha Blair, Trevor Price and Quentin Reynolds to their list of Honorary Members.


The second confirmed artiste for Belfast MagiCon (3rd-5th May 2019) was also announced as Chris Congreave. A full time professional for 14 years he has released effects such as Childsplay, Omen, Dupes, The Light, Ice Coins and more. Chris has also had published “Congreave Curiosities” and gave a Murphy’s “At The Table” lecture. Finally we are delighted to confirm that the newly elected President of the Ulster Society of Magicians is Pat Fallon. A great supporter of the Society and International Ambassador for Irish Magic. 16.6.18


Baffling Blandford. The Walk starts at 4pm every Sunday in July & August 2018. A hatful of history and mindblowing mystery. Join our 'wizardstop tour' as we illustrate this fine Georgian town's magical hotspots with eccentric facts and illusions. Tickets £8 (families £20, concs £7) from: Blandford TIC or Crown Hotel Reception or just turn up on the day! Free parking on Sundays at the nearby Marsh & Ham (West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ). Accessible to people with wheels. Also private tours. Starts from Crown Hotel garden, West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ 16.6.18


Ben Cardall’s Lecture, Derby Magic Circle. Paul Sharp writes: On Wednesday 27th June, Derby Magic Circle is hosting Ben Cardall’s lecture at Breadsall Memorial Hall, Brookside Road, Breadsall, Derby DE21 5LR (Map) 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Ben’s lecture focuses on why he performs the way he does, and what constitutes 'real'. It’s often a controversial topic, but he will offer his thoughts on the benefits of developing a skill within your mentalist act in particular (he has a caveat for magicians too) and the importance of memory in the work of our performance art and how this alone can be used to create some amazing things. Ben teaches a simple system for reading people. No tricks, nothing other than your observational and deductive qualities at work. Visiting Magicians and past members are very welcome to come along, but there is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Please contact our President Allan Humphries prior to attending on 01889 590 975 or email 16.6.18


Matt Berry Interviews... Uri Geller. "Matt Berry presents a series of interviews with the greats of the stage, screen and music world. This week Matt Berry brings you his interview with Uri Geller, recorded at Geller's home in 1974 just as the self-proclaimed psychic's star was on the rise. Geller wasn't keen at first, but eventually agreed and was very welcoming. He was becoming quite a global star back in the early 70s and there was much fascination, not to mention the odd sideways glance, at the very mention of his name. Berry actually met him first on the dance floor of Tramp's night club a year earlier but Geller said he had no memory of it. Not wanting to let such a snub deter Berry, he soldiered on and within this interview managed to get a real sense, of the real Uri Geller." Written, performed and edited by Matt Berry. Now available on iPlayer: 16.6.18


"Magician Mandy Muden to play magic mirror in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Wycombe Swan" Click Here • "A Look At David Copperfield's "Summer of Magic" Exhibit At NYHS" Click Here • "Was the Indian Rope Trick a myth?" Click Here • "‘Derren Brown: Miracle’ Trailer: British Illusionist Returns to Netflix to Chew Glass and Heal His Audience" Click Here • "Review: Derren Brown: Underground, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth" Click Here • "Ranking David Blaine’s insane stunts" Click Here • Two more videos from The David Berglas Digital Scrapbooks this week: "Magic Advisor on the film 'Willow'" YouTube and "African Adventure" YouTube • "A Magician Stole the Show at Kanye West's 41st Birthday Party" Click Here • "Irish magician Joel shows off amazing skills in Dublin hotel" Click Here • "Illusionist Vitaly Beckman Brings An Evening of Wonders Off-Broadway" Click Here • "Chatham magician hopes tricks will reappear after being stolen" Click Here • "Meet the Magician Who Taught Sandra Bullock Her 'Ocean's 8' Cons" Click Here • "Spanish magician Jorge Blass has announced return to Palma" Click Here • "Ferdinando Buscema is IFTF's New Magician in Residence" Click Here • Many thanks as always for all your news submissions - see you next week, Duncan. 16.6.18