Number 942 - 14th July 2018


Kidology 2018, 24th & 25th September, Birmingham. From the organisers: Starting on Monday with the UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year Competition, Monday night Star Cabaret featuring Morgan & West, a comedian and a live band. Tuesday features lectures from Morgan & West (kids material, kids theatre, kids magic for adults), Andy Greaves (45 years in 45 minutes), Ian Billings (stand-up comedy for kids), Steve Rowe (sweet magic close-up for kids), Crazy Em and PJ (audience warm-ups) and Graham Lee (Balloon Jam). Tuesday night is Kidology Party Night with DJ and Sammy Brooks All Stars tribute act. Official opening by the original Phantom Flan Flinger from Tiswas. Registration is £50 including lunch. Concessionary registrations for partners. To book call Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or visit Venue: Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). 14.7.18


Troy: The Magic Masterclass. From the organisers: For the first time ever, Troy will be holding an exclusive intimate one day workshop in London, for people who are seriously interested in learning the art of magic. From having a successful TV series and specials shown all over the world, he now pulls the curtain back on some of his closely guarded secrets. In this workshop you will learn a repertoire of material, performance technique, psychology, and more. The dates of the workshops are August 18th, 19th, 25th & 26th. Please note only 30 applicants will be selected. To find out more visit 14.7.18


KFC3 The Karl Fulves Convention, London, Saturday 21st July. KFC3... now in it's 3rd great year! The Karl Fulves Convention, organised by Allan Brown, is set up to honour one of the greatest unsung geniuses and giants of close up magic...Karl Fulves. As ever, this highly informal event will take place at the Holiday Inn Express, 30 Jamestown Road, Camden Town, London NW1 7BY (Map). Saturday 21st July 6pm. All attendees must come with at least one magic trick from any Fulves publication that they can share with others. This year, we hope to be joined by Thomas Ellis, Andrew Hockney, and Jerry Mensfield who will be demonstrating a number of items from Rigmarole#5. Free entry, very informal, no need to register... just turn up. Any questions email 14.7.18


Hand Cut Stripper Decks - Custom made in the UK. From the makers: The ‘Stripper deck’ or ‘Tapered deck’ is one of the most versatile and easiest to use gimmicked decks available. Apparent miracles can be performed that credit the performer with amazing sleight of hand skills. The gimmicked deck allows the performer to locate any required card(s) with ease, even after being shuffled by a spectator.

The problem with commercially produced Stripper decks are the cuts! The tapers on these decks are very deep. Spectators cannot get close to or handle the deck, without instantly detecting its gimmicking! The answer to this problem started life as an underground secret, used by professional card cheats: ‘Hand Cut Stripper Decks.’


(Professional magician David Diamond, who is producing these decks, kindly sent me through a sample last week and they really are excellent. Just perfect. Visit for more info and to order. DT). 14.7.18


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 26th July. From the organisers: Witness the impossible as top magicians take to the stage! With the hilarious Terry Herbert, the dramatic Max Somerset, and the impossible mentalism of Roberto Forzoni. Compere Russell Levinson. 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. Tickets still just £11 in advance from 14.7.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive - A New Video Every Saturday! This week, 'Metroland: Making It Magic' following the audition process at The Magic Circle, from 22nd November 2002. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. DT. 14.7.18


Paul Voodini lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians July 19th. Adam Mosley writes: Paul Voodini has been a professional entertainer for most of his life, and in recent years has specialised in bizarre magic and the darker realms of mentalism. In his lecture, he will recount many fascinating tales from the golden age of Victorian Spiritualism and Seance, and how the antics of the fraudulent mediums of that era inspired the branch of magic known as mentalism. Paul will also demonstrate and explain his favourite close-up routines that combine cold reading and magic, to provide an engaging and fascinating experience for the spectator. 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 please contact Adam Mosley 14.7.18


Martin Duffy's 'Educational Magic Shows' lecture now booking. "Join Martin Duffy and glean a unique insight into the amazing (and rewarding) world of educational magic shows for schools. Martin will share how he chooses routines and fits them closely into themes that schools love. You will learn how to take standard tricks you probably already own and adapt them and write patter to create themed educational magic shows. Here you can find out how to offer educational magic to your clients - whether it’s adding the occasional routine or a whole new show. This talk comes from years of experience and features some brilliant routines you'll want to use straight away. For full details and to book visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page. Also see "Martin was clearly speaking with enthusiasm and from decades of knowledge. This was a lecture that would be enjoyed by, and beneficial to, lots of societies. This was an excellent lecture." Alan J Clarke, Northern Magic Summit. 14.7.18


Magicseen Advertising. From the publishers: Do you have a message that you want to broadcast to the magic community both in the UK and around the world? Are you a new magic dealer looking to raise your profile and make potential customers aware that you are up and running and ready to serve them? Are you an established dealer wanting to remind the magic world that you are still around and thriving? Or do you have unwanted magic props that you want to clear from your cupboard to make way for some new purchases? Well, advertising in the UK's only independent magic magazine can help you to be seen by your target audience every two months. Advertising rates are very reasonable and start from just £35.00, and having a presence in Magicseen means your message will feature in both the UK and US printed versions, will appear as live links in the download editions, and your website or contact details will be placed as a link on the Magicseen homepage for the duration of your advert. Magicseen is in its 13th year and reaches readers all over the planet - join us and your message will too. We are now accepting applications for advertising space in our next issue (#82 Sept 18), the copy deadline for which is the 1st August. Click Here to download our latest Advertising Rates sheet, and to book your space email 14.7.18


The David Berglas Digital Scrapbooks. This week, "David Berglas' Unique Collection of Tele-Snaps" and "All in a Flash". See YouTube. 14.7.18


E-Club Pro - the Mark Leveridge online magic resource. Knowledge is power and Mark Leveridge's E-Club Pro can empower you no matter what level of interest you have in magic. Members range from pro performers to enthusiastic amateurs, and every one of them has at their disposal nearly 700 pages of varied online magic content that informs, educates and entertains. And there is always something new to enjoy. For instance, from July members were able to learn the secret of a fabulous utility gimmick in the Vintage Vault, a very effective and clean colour changing sponge ball effect was added to the Teach In section of The Archive, members were able to download and keep pdf instructions for an effect called Switchback which is a subtle way to switch Jumbo cards in an envelope, they could listen to the 5th instalment extracted from the Trade Show Magic Audio Book, and in the TricKlip Viewer they could watch and learn a wonderful three part effect called The Borrowed Ring On Pencil, plus much more. E-Club Pro costs just £10.00 per month on a rolling PayPal payment, and with no fixed subscription period, you can stay as a member for as long as you want. For more information and to sign up and get immediate access to everything that E-Club Pro has to offer, please go to 14.7.18


Chris Rawlins Home Counties Magical Society, 17th July. Kevin Hutchinson writes: The Home Counties Magical Society are delighted to welcome Chris Rawlins for his lecture at 8pm on Thursday 17th July. Chris has been performing professionally since leaving University. His approach to performing is no nonsense, direct and reliable. So far throughout his career as a performer Chris has spoken at The Session, The Event, given a Penguin Live lecture, and an At The Table talk. He has also featured in Magic and Genii magazine and released various books, manuscripts and effects to the community. His lecture is all Mentalism, for the stage, close-up and even casual situations. Throughout Chris’ lecture you will learn reliable, tested and workable material that Chris has performed hundreds of times in the real world. Magicians who are not HCMS Members are welcome at this lecture for £15 charge. Please see for details of where we meet. 14.7.18


Mark Leveridge Anglian Magic Society lecture. The Anglian Magic Society has the very experienced and creative Mark Leveridge lecturing for them this Tuesday 17th July at 7.30pm. Mark is a full time professional magician, dealer and author with a wide performing experience gained over many years as an entertainer, he is also a bit of a magic legend having presented his lectures at nearly every magic society in the country and appearing on the bill at many of the major magic conventions. Mark’s lecture will feature a dozen great effects using coins, cards, finger rings, purses, DVDs, Jumbo cards, pens, rope and more! There should be something to inspire everyone. Members £3.00 - Visitors £10.00. Tuesday 17th July at 7.30pm. Venue: The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map) Steve Majes, Secretary of The Anglian Magic Society. 14.7.18


Derren Brown: Miracles for Sale is being repeated on Sunday 22nd July. Innovative entertainer Derren Brown returns to Channel 4 in a unique TV experiment that lifts the lid on faith healing. Derren goes undercover to investigate the reality behind the faith healing phenomenon in America and the belief in faith-inspiring miraculous recoveries. With the cameras in hot pursuit, Derren faces his toughest project yet, going in search of an unsuspecting member of the British public prepared to adopt the guise of a pastor and miracle worker. His chosen one then has six months to learn the trade and flourish across the pond as a convincing pastor. The final phase of the volunteer's extraordinary challenge sees them attempt to perform faith healing miracles live in Texas, but will Derren's new recruit be accepted as a faith healer or cast away as fake healer? Is the belief in divine intervention really justified, or will Derren expose the industry as one giant hoax? See TV Magic. 14.7.18


Québec will host FISM 2021. "'Pick a card, any card'... magicians heading to Québec. The Québec City Convention Centre and the Club de Magie du Québec will host the 2021 World Championships of Magic [FISM]." To read the full story by Charlotte Flach in 'Conference & Incentive Travel' Click Here. Official FISM Québec 2021 website: 14.7.18


MagicWeek 'Backer' scheme. Thank you to everyone who became a 'MagicWeek Backer' last week, it was very kind of you. Click Here to find out what it's all about. DT. 14.7.18


"Inside David Copperfield’s box of magic memorabilia" Click Here • "The UK magician who blew Drake's mind with a magic lollipop" Click Here • "'I had no clue men could get breast cancer': Magician, 68, shares his solitary journey with the disease after finding a tiny bump on his chest" Click Here • "Magician Jamie Raven to appear at Maidenhead Festival" Click Here • "Factory workers discover old boss John Weaver-Smith was secretly popular magician and blade swallower Marvo" Click Here • "2018 FISM World Championships of Magic in Busan July 9-14" Click Here • The Revelations of Eddie Q by Andrew Normansell is reviewed by Stuart Cassels this week, Click Here • "Iconic performers return to Sparta Stage" Click Here • "Tanya Solomon is a magician — and a liar" Click Here • "Magician Diobo wows celeb festival-goers as he levitates cigarette and stubs it out on John Terry’s T-shirt" Click Here • That's it. As ever your UK magic news is welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 14.7.18