Number 944 - 28th July 2018


The Blackpool Magic Convention is pleased to announce the first wave of names appearing at their annual convention, 15th-17th February 2019, starting with the newly crowned FISM World Champion of Magic, Miguel Muñoz, with his stunning act and lecture.

This year the satellite shows in The Pavilion Theatre will be bigger than ever before, with complete stage show performances from Jean Luc Bertrand with his hit stage show "Magic Box", Paul Zenon's captivating "Linking Rings", Tom Crosbie's wonderful "Nerds" and America's Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin!

Add to this a host of star names who will be appearing throughout the weekend including Enzo Weyne, Rudy Coby, Hector Mancha, Derek Scott, Mandy Muden, Great Zucchini and Paul ‘Taz’ Marlow, and it's going to be another amazing convention. With more names to be announced, book early. Visit:


Ventarama the UK convention for ventriloquists will be taking place on Wednesday 26th September 2018 once again at The Austin Sports and Social Club in Birmingham. This will be the day after Kidology, the convention for children’s entertainers, at the same venue. This year's event will feature a talk by Colin Burnett-Dick, the owner of Archie Andrews, and will feature some TV footage of Archie with Peter Brough which has only just been traced. Carl Durbin will talk about taking over Terri Rogers alter ego Shorty. Trish Dunn will talk about working comedy clubs. Andy Greaves will be back, as will the open mic and Gala Show. A great day for vents or people with just an interest in venting. Registration is £40 and includes lunch. Book via or by calling Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 28.7.18


Magic for Humans: A Netflix Original. "From baffling people on the street to orchestrating elaborate tricks, Justin Willman blends good-natured magic with grown-up laughs. Starring: Justin Willman" Not sure if this is only for the US initially, but well worth keeping an eye out for. See 28.7.18


Russ Stevens Seminar #1 - Early Bird registration deal ends Tuesday, 31st July! 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: 28.7.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Cardini's wonderful act from 1957, showcased on The Paul Daniels Magic Show in January 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. DT. 28.7.18


Magic on the Fringe - Edinburgh. The official Edinburgh Fringe programme contains 75 magic and magic-related shows and it all starts next week. Once again card man Peter McLanachan ( has kindly pieced together the magic listings for MagicWeek readers (many thanks once again Pete!) Click Here. 28.7.18


How to join The Magic Circle. If you’ve always wanted to be a part of The Magic Circle, the world’s premier magical society, then this link will give you all the information you need. Find out how the process works, what you need to do to join and what you can expect. Also, if you’re interested in the Apprentice Scheme or The Young Magicians Club you’ll be able to find out how they work as well. 28.7.18


Kane & Abel will bring their critically acclaimed show Breaking the Magicians' Code with Kane & Abel to Edinburgh Fringe and Carlisle Fringe this August and September, following sell-out performances at Brighton Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Bath Comedy Festival already this year. It will mark the fourth consecutive year the twin trickers have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with them returning to Liquid Rooms Annexe for Breaking the Magicians' Code at 1.15pm from August 4th - 26th, Click Here. They will also be performing Split Egg: A Magic Show About Being Twins at CC Blooms at 6.45pm on the same dates. More details Click Here. Kane & Abel will also be performing at the Carlisle Fringe Festival on September 2nd at 9pm, see 28.7.18


Magical art up to 60% off in original artwork sale. Magician and artist Jay Fortune is offering his unique magician portraits (and more) in a special clearance sale, making way for new, higher priced works. This is your chance to ‘own original’ and buy one of Jay’s portraits before they vanish. A perfect picture for your magic den, office or home. Check them out today: 28.7.18


The David Berglas Digital Scrapbooks. This week’s episode (No.13) features a television show from 1955, when David gave a live commentary on a programme from Bristol on a Dog Race that was taking place in Harringay, London (he predicted the two dogs that would come first and second!). Next week’s episode (No.14) will be about a very unusual Product Launch that he presented for a new hair dye. It is an intriguing puzzle for magicians (which was fully explained in his book) but, of course, there's no mention of the secrets in the video. See YouTube. 28.7.18


Merlins of Wakefield will be holding a Magic Auction at their shop on Sunday 2nd September. Merlins write: Places are limited and must be booked in advance as there will be no admittance on the day without a booking, see Auction details. We also have the latest 3D Magic Works items The Colour of Mummy  and Trapped in stock. The latest Magic Wagon item is also in stock: Ultimate Mental Boxes. Our DVD Sale will end on 31st July, so grab a bargain now, with DVDs at just £10 each or 3 for £20. We are also interested in buying any used magic or books, and now offer over a thousand used items and books in store. Contact us for more details, email: 28.7.18


The Summer Show. Comedian Phil Butler and magician Danny Lee Grew bring variety to The Summer Show at the West Cliff Theatre in Clacton on Sea. The theatre can date the origin of its annual summer show back to 1894 – which makes it the longest running continuous summer season in the UK! "Indulge in the glitz and glamour of our great British revue show. Featuring laugh out loud comedy, spellbinding performances and spine tingling vocals, together with a company of eight dancers and our junior ensemble…"

Saturday 4th August – 7pm
Tuesday 7th August – 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 8th August – 2pm & 7pm
Tuesday 14th August – 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 15th August – 2pm & 7pm
Tuesday 21st August – 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 22nd August – 2pm & 7pm
Saturday 25th August – 2pm & 7pm
Tickets are on sale now and special offers include 1 free children’s ticket with 1 full-paying adult, see


Wedding Day Winners. Lorraine Kelly and Rob Beckett present a series which sees two pairs of nearlyweds and their friends and family come together for a wedding day like no other. The couples then go head to head in the ultimate challenge to win the honeymoon of a lifetime and the chance to say 'I do' in a magical ceremony in front of the nation. This episode features Martin and Jodi from Littlehampton and Helena and Adrian from Leicester. A father of the groom skydives on the Portuguese coast, a mother of the bride is given a surprise at the hands of magician Ben Hanlin and both couples' friends and family participate in a singing and dancing competition. With celebrity wedding guests including Frankie Bridge, Union J's Jaymi Hensley, EastEnders' Jonny Labey, celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, as well as the programme's mischief-making magician Ben Hanlin and resident daredevil, comedian Tom Allen. Today at 4.30pm on BBC1, see TV Magic. 28.7.18


The Secret History of Magic: The True Story of the Deceptive Art. Peter Lamont and Jim Steinmeyer. From the publishers: Pull back the curtain on the real history of magic - and discover why magic really matters. If you read a standard history of magic, you learn that it begins in ancient Egypt, with the resurrection of a goose in front of the Pharaoh. You discover how magicians were tortured and killed during the age of witchcraft. You are told how conjuring tricks were used to quell rebellious colonial natives.


The history of magic is full of such stories, which turn out not to be true. Behind the smoke and mirrors, however, lies the real story of magic. It is a history of people from humble roots, who made and lost fortunes, and who deceived kings and queens. In order to survive, they concealed many secrets, yet they revealed some and they stole others. They engaged in deception, exposure, and betrayal, in a quest to make the impossible happen. They managed to survive in a world in which a series of technological wonders appeared, which previous generations would have considered magical. Even today, when we now take the most sophisticated technology for granted, we can still be astonished by tricks that were performed hundreds of years ago.


The Secret History of Magic reveals how this was done. It is about why magic matters in a world that no longer seems to have a place for it, but which desperately needs a sense of wonder. To order via Click Here. 28.7.18


PMB Productions present: Magic! The Tour. From the producers: Magic, the ancient art of mystery, is enjoying a renaissance. Magic! The Tour brings together modern and some rarely seen classic feats of wonder from around the world, presented by two accomplished performers: Doctor Bondini and JezO. Don’t miss this chance to be amazed and entertained by the glamour, romance and grand illusions of Bondini and the high-energy, infectious, personality and hilarious comedy magic of JezO. It’s time to reawaken your sense of wonder... be entertained... be astonished!
Wednesday 5th September 2018 7pm, Harlow Playhouse, Essex.

Friday 28th September 2018 7.30pm, Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, Norfolk.

More dates to be added. 28.7.18


Anthony Quenten, Museum of Witchcraft and Magic - Boscastle. 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 28.7.18


"Izzy-wizzy, let’s get busy! 70 facts about Sooty as he celebrates 70 years!" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo brings big-time magic roaring back to life in Auckland" Click Here • "Dynamo bewitches All Blacks Beauden and Jordie Barrett" Click Here • "Promoter may avoid Wellington after Dynamo cancellation debacle" Click Here • "Who is Shin Lim? America's Got Talent magician revealed" Click Here • "Comedy magician Lioz Shem Tov (‘America’s Got Talent’) gets cut after joking Donald Trump is a baby" Click Here • "Their secrets exposed by the internet, India’s magicians struggle to get by" Click Here • "Is the 'Lovely Assistant' the Real Magician?" Click Here • "Oklahoma illusionist Rob Lake advances to 'America's Got Talent' live shows" Click Here • "Critically acclaimed Edinburgh magician returns with new show" Click Here • "Now we're puzzled! Incredible illusionist quickly solves a Rubik's Cube while tossing the toy in the air" Click Here • "Strip magician Goldrake to close at Tropicana; Burke leaves ‘Caveman’" Click Here • And finally, not magic, but nice "West End front of house worker steps into leading role to avoid show cancellation" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 28.7.18