Number 940 - 30th June 2018


Edward Hilsum‏ is The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2018. Huge congratulations to Edward Hilsum! Ben Hart was placed second and Megan Knowles-Bacon third (photo by Mark Hesketh Jennings). 30.6.18


Russ Stevens - Seminar #1 'Making your magic more successful - It's easier than you think!' For the last five years, Russ Stevens has been the man behind some of the finest magic on Britain's Got Talent. He's helped create hugely successful careers for James More, Jamie Raven and Issy Simpson, and in the process made Simon Cowell a huge magic fan! Now, for the first time, Russ is holding an intensive one-day seminar revealing the hidden secrets behind his successes and how you can apply them to your magic too! This seminar will cover techniques for all kinds of magic, including: Close-Up, Stage, Cabaret, Illusion, Comedy Kids Shows and Mind-Reading. Registration numbers are strictly limited on a first-come first-served basis. This really will be a unique and immersive experience for all registrants. The seminar will run from 10am to 6pm on Sunday 19th August 2018. For full details and to register visit: 30.6.18


Review: Psychological illusionist soars on new Netflix special 'Miracle'. "Miracle by Derren Brown is one of those shows that will leave audiences spellbound. Without giving too much away, this is a show that deserves more than just a passing glance. There is something in it for everybody, especially since it is clever, witty, daring and entertaining. This Netflix special is highly recommended for all fans of magic, illusion, mentalism and Derren Brown. Miracle is solid from start to finish, and it earns two giant thumbs up." To read the full review Click Here. "‘Derren Brown: Miracle’ Review: Deception on the Stage and Under the Steeple" Click Here. Derren Brown: Miracle Official Netflix Trailer: YouTube. See the incredible Derren Brown live on stage this evening at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury: 30.6.18


Ben Earl London lecture and workshop/masterclass, Saturday 7th July. Ben writes: I will be holding a free lecture and a workshop/masterclass at the Hippodrome Casino London in the Almas Room (first floor), on the 7th of July. Both the lecture and the workshop will feature many new ideas, techniques and routines which I have never published or explained before! All attendees must be over 18 and have ID as this is a Casino.

Lecture (free)
The 1.5hr lecture (free for anyone to attend) will begin at 12noon. The lecture will feature all kinds of card magic, coin magic and psychology; including impossible card locations and some devious 'think a card' material which I have kept for myself for many years. I will also be giving some of my insights into some hidden secrets within Erdnase. Email to reserve your place.

Workshop/Masterclass (£100 - now only 3 places left)
A 3hr workshop/masterclass will begin at 2pm (this is £100 per attendee), which you can book now. Email for payment details. The workshop will feature brand new ways to approach the subject of card control, palming, switches, and how to drastically improve the deceptiveness of ones magic technique. I will also be covering aspects of my Neo-movement system and detailed ways to develop better timing and flow with cards and coins. Here are a few of the things we will cover:
• Produce any named four of a kind from a shuffled deck! (New)
• A devious card in pocket routine with two freely named playing cards. (New)
• Read a person's mind in the most believable way imaginable.
• A truly impossible card location... which happens under test conditions. (New)
• Coin vanishes which look like trick photography... yet are angle-proof!
• New ways to make all palming more deceptive and risk free! (New)
• New philosophical and technical approaches to card control (New)
• And much more!

Free refreshments will be made available in the break between the lecture and the workshop... there will also be an evening meal taking place afterwards (which everyone is welcome to attend in order to continue discussing elements of the day). See you there! Ben.


Introducing Workerslounge: Workerslounge stock only magic effects and accessories that are used by working magicians. We do not stock all of the latest items that are released on a weekly basis! You will only find items on our site that we consider to be ‘Workers’. All UK orders over £15 are sent post free. Visit today! 30.6.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive - A New Video Every Saturday! This week, newly crowned Magic Circle 'Young Magician of the Year' Nick Rushton, on Blue Peter, on 20th October 1997. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 30.6.18


Award Winning Magician Anthony Quenten returns to the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, where, between noon and 4pm on July 15th, 16th, 17th, 29th, 30th and 31st, he will be performing his ‘Witchcraft Close Up’ outside the museum which is located at The Harbour, Boscastle, Cornwall PL35 0HD (Map). This year he introduces his unique ‘Grade B 303 Wand’ (using a forbidden spell can your child operate the 303?). Please note the Close Up performances are weather dependent. During poor weather, Tony will be attempting numerous ‘Blind Fold Walks’ around the harbour. For more details see and 30.6.18


Catch up with Countdown. 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. Last weeks' shows are being repeated this week, on Channel 4 - see TV Magic. 30.6.18


Lawrence Turner Lecture, Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. Mark Paul MMC writes: Tuesday 10th July at 8pm. A lecture not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome; £10 charge. Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 30.6.18


The July E-Video Newsletter. On Sunday, 1st July, the latest Mark Leveridge online video presentation will be released featuring six interesting sections of magic, advice, entertainment and opinion: The Teach In - Mark explains an effect in which the spectator appears to do the trick, and which is ideal if you are asked to teach a spectator some magic. Top Tips - advice on promoting yourself via branded give-aways. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 6 on how to leave a group professionally at the end of your performance. Web Offers - background details and information on a compilation Audio File and a commercial card routine which are both on offer in July. 60 Seconds To Success - advice on how to avoid paying to promote yourself and your shows. The Review Corner - John Breeds' new kids' show book is in the spotlight. Access to the half hour online video presentation costs a tiny amount, making it terrific value. You can either purchase the latest edition on its own, or sign up for a year and thus receive the latest issue as soon as it is ready on the 1st of each month. For more info visit 30.6.18


Spellbound, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Do you believe in magic? Even if you don’t, you probably ‘think magically’ sometimes. We touch wood to stop bad things happening, or take a lucky object to a job interview or exam in an irrational attempt to influence the outcome.

This is the first exhibition to examine how magical thinking has been practised over the centuries. With exquisitely engraved rings to bind a lover, enchanted animal hearts pierced with nails, mummified cats concealed in walls and many other intriguing objects, this exhibition shows that the need to use magic is driven by our strongest emotions: the need to be loved, our fear of evil and the desire to protect our homes. While belief in magic and rituals can be comforting, it has also led to the persecution of women as witches. This exhibition examines both the idea of the witch and the reality of how women were accused of witchcraft.

Even today, our tendency to think magically has not changed as much as we might think. To illuminate the links between past and present, contemporary artists have created new works inspired by the exhibition’s themes. 31st August 2018 - 6th January 2019. Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH (Map).


Celebrating & Promoting the Wonderful World of Variety Entertainment! Keep Variety Alive is a friendly Facebook group, intended for anyone including performers and theatre-goers, who love the world of variety. Let’s Keep Variety Alive! See 30.6.18


Magicseen Issue 81 July 2018. It's sunny, it's hot, and so is the latest issue of the UK's only independent magic magazine! Popular mentalist Luca Volpe gives you the eyes from the cover and we do a thorough feature on the likeable performer in this issue. We also talk in depth to the ever smiling George Inglesias, and we are also delighted, after a ten year gap, to catch up with former Magicseen cover star Magic Singh, who proves once and for all that being on our cover does not finish your career! Jez Rose is a fabulous corporate event speaker and organiser, and he takes time out to explain just what is involved in the competitive field of business public speaking. Children's entertainers bring huge amounts of fun to the lives of their young audiences, and in this issue we offer a selection of 10 different ways to add comedy to your act. The Masterclass offers two more interesting effects for you to consider, the latest slew of products are assessed by our experienced review team, plus there's a Lookalikes page, a Dealer's Booth, letters and more. So, cover yourself in suntan lotion, chuck the towel down on the sand, and kick back to enjoy the latest Magicseen which you can get direct from the publishers at 30.6.18


Travis Perkins Assembly 26th Ferrybridge Day of Magic, tomorrow, Sunday 1st July. From the organisers: Featuring a festival of delights, a multifarious array of magical merchants and the delightful talents of Epsie Havercott, Master Showman Jon Marshall, talented young magician Joe Mein and Wizardry Entertainment from Carl Royle. With Lecturettes and the Showette, Dealers and Traders, the day looks like it will be another great 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. Entrance is £6.00. 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 30.6.18


Britain's Greatest Magician: Paul Daniels is being repeated on Channel 5 on Saturday 7th July. "Documentary about Britain's greatest ever magician. Archive footage and testimony from peers and friends is combined to illustrate how a magic-obsessed youngster from Middlesbrough grew to become the master of illusion, and brought magic to the masses on prime time TV, in a career that spanned nearly 50 years. Contributors include Debbie McGee, Stephen Mulhern, David Copperfield, and Penn and Teller." (I think this first went out as "Paul Daniels: My Life in Magic". DT.) See TV Magic. 30.6.18


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam and Kyle Sarocen write: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday July 3rd, 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. 30.6.18


Book a magic lecturer for your club. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 30.6.18


Bob Wormley. Mal Sanderson, Welfare Officer, York Society of Magicians writes: Bob Wormley, one of the founder members of the York Society of Magicians, passed away peacefully at York District Hospital. His funeral will take place on Thursday 5th July at 1pm at York Crematorium YO23 2QD. In keeping with the wishes, the service will be a celebration and reflection of his life. His son Karl has asked for mourners to wear comfortable and colourful clothes, nothing too sombre or formal. After the service has finished you are warmly invited to make your way to the Marcia Inn, Main Street, Bishopthorpe YO23 2RA. In lieu of flowers donations to St Leonards Hospice in York, a charity which Bob supported. Can you please send Karl Wormley a message or ring if you are attending: 07713 174864 / 01757 249927 30.6.18


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