Number 945 - 4th August 2018


Piff the Magic Dragon and company are just back from Just for Laughs in Montreal where they performed their new show 'The Dog Who Knows' and also performed in the William H. Macy Gala. They are coming to the UK for their annual visit in a couple of weeks, playing London (August 15th), Edinburgh (16th - 26th) and Manchester (27th) before returning to Las Vegas and touring the US throughout the rest of 2018. Catch Piff if you can! DT. 4.8.18


British Ring IBM Convention, 6th-9th September, Southport. From the organisers: The I.B.M. British Ring No.25 82nd Annual Convention 6-9 September 2018 in Southport. There are three exceptional shows during the convention at Southport and full or weekend Registration include tickets to both Aaron Calvert and the International Stars of Magic and Variety Show, please contact the Registration Officer to register. Additional tickets for these shows and Sooty can be bought at the venue Box Office or call 01704 500036.
Aaron Calvert: Declassified, Friday 7th September 9pm. What if all the stories you heard were true? Urban legends contained within declassified files are recreated live on stage by master hypnotist Aaron Calvert. Seeing really is believing.

International Stars of Magic & Variety Show, Saturday 8th September 7.30pm. This is magic and variety at its very best, with award-winning international performers who will take you on a journey of comedy, manipulation, juggling, theatre of the mind, grand illusion and so much more.
Sooty and Friends Magic Show, Saturday 8th September, 10.30am. Izzy wizzy let’s get busy! TV’s Sooty and guest star magicians will amaze all the family – plus a chance to meet Sooty and Richard after the show! For all the latest convention news, and to register, visit


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day, Saturday 20th October, London. From the organisers: This year, The Magic Circle Dealers' Day is returning to the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square on Saturday 20th October. 2018 will see more dealers than ever before, including several new dealers from across Europe! Doors to Galleon Suite C will open at 10am - 5pm. £5 entry (free to members of TMC). There is still limited space available for dealers interested in a booth at the event. And for those who haven't been a dealer at a convention before, but have quality products to offer, there is space as part of the New Talent Area. To apply Click Here. 4.8.18


Pickpocket Skills with Professional Opportunist James Brown. Sunday, November 18th, 2018. From the organisers: Learn Pickpocketing skills from one of the best in the business, James Brown aka The Professional Opportunist! This is a practical and thorough insiders guide to the art of the steal, for entertainment purposes. You will learn how to steal cufflinks, watches, ties, belts and more. As well as learning a new skill for life, fun and profit, the training will have a positive impact on your own feelings of confidence.


James Brown has been performing for over 20 years and is widely regarded as one of the leading close-up magicians in the World - achieving the prestigious title of Close-up Magician of the Year by the world famous Magic Circle. Add to this, he is an expert pickpocket and hypnotist, and you have a teacher who is the total package. Sunday, November 18th, 10am to 5pm, East London. Cost £275.00. To book visit: 4.8.18


Sleight of Hand on the Strand - 50th show! From the promoters: Following the 5 year success of The Magic Hour at Sheraton Grand Park Lane, Tony Middleton (Sonic) reaches his 50th performance of Sleight of Hand on the Strand at the world famous Savoy Hotel, with colleague Dominick Zwolinski. Expect an exciting celebration of the Golden Age of Magic and the razzle dazzle of the 1920s in a truly opulent and exclusive location. Come and join us for cocktails, magic and merriment in this light hearted and heart warming show - a real summer treat!

Tony and Dominick will entertain with classic magic and mind-reading, peppered with a history of the Savoy and the magicians of the day. Take a journey back in time to a world of sepia and sleight of hand, where cabaret and close-up magic went hand in hand. But keep your eyes open - behind the wit and charm of our performers lies a web of secrets and surprises! Tickets from £33 - already over 50% sold. Book now at Reviews: Click Here.


Peak Magic Festival, Derbyshire, Saturday 15th September. From the organisers: A free event from 11am-4pm featuring a diverse range of magic and mystery talent. At 4pm there is a ticketed stage show. Performer's include Paul Brook, Timon Krause, Paul Voodini, Anthony Jacquin, Marcus Lewis, Sylvia Sceptre, Tony Baloney, Ley-Lo and many more. In its sixth year, this is a celebration of close-up, street and stage magic. Suitable for all ages, this really is a special day out for everyone! Venue: Peak Shopping Village, Rowsley, Derbyshire DE4 2JE (Map) 4.8.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, 'Lance Burton Master Magician: The Legend Begins' from 26th August 1996. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. DT. 4.8.18


Comedy Magician Pete Firman joins the cast of Aladdin at New Wimbledon Theatre as Wishee Washee! Joining the previously announced Paul Merton as Widow Twankey, make tickets to Aladdin one of your three wishes this Christmas! Saturday 8th December to Sunday 6th January. Book via 4.8.18


Man of Mischief at the Edinburgh Fringe. The Man of Mischief makes his Fringe debut with a one-man variety show! Having headlined at large theatres and performed for the BBC, Mark brings you his full evening show. Filled with astounding juggling, jaw-dropping magic and feats of incredible danger – this show is not to be missed! "Absolutely fantastic… If I could give him more than 10/10, I would!" Jamie Raven. "An excellent showman and magician!" Jon Peat, British Young Juggler of the Year. "Charming, entertaining and very funny!" See 4.8.18


The Versatile Vaudevillian Duo Zooka and Suzie Q are currently starring in 'The Famous Cromer Pier Show' at the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier until 22nd September 2018. From the promoters: They are a unique, eccentric, whirlwind of extreme comedy and amazing visual illusions. See Suzie Q’s amazing gigantic globe walking, extreme colourful costume changes, mind boggling stage illusions and Zooka’s sleight of hand trickery, close-up walk about and beautiful bird magic. It’s cabaret at its best and not to be missed. More Info: 4.8.18


Eddie Burke's Mr E Enterprises. Eddie had over 50 year’s experience touring as a professional Mentalist and Hypnotist and started his dealer business in 2000, on his retirement from showbusiness. Visit to see all that's on offer. 4.8.18


The Collected Card Magic of Mark Leveridge Volume 4. After a gap of five years, the fourth and final volume of the Collected Card Magic series has now been released, and the strength of the material included in the E-Book means it has been worth the wait! Whether you would like card routines for walkabout, for a close up show, for a mental act or for a stand up/parlour show, at least one if not more of the 10 full effects explained in the 65 illustrated pages will suit. Some of the effects revealed are classics such as Mark's Invisible Deck Routine, the stand up routine in which any card named appears inside a single signed envelope, others are more recent routines such as Impossible, the amazing two card transposition effect, and Colour Confusion, which is Mark's direct up-in-the-hands colour changing deck. The one thing that every routine has in common is that they are all well thought through and within the technical scope of everyone except the beginner. This E-Book represents great value for money too, as for a very reasonable price you will not receive a collection of minor technical finesses or moves, but 10 proper, workable card effects all of which deserve a place in your repertoire. For more info and to order go to 4.8.18


Carl Royale Lecture - York Society of Magicians. Adrian Salamon writes: After making a living from performing magic for the last fifteen years Carl will share his approach to many of his highly commercial routines, straight from his working repertoire. The lecture includes Carl's now famous Micro Cup and Ball Routine (The Gold Cup Con) magic with cards, coins, elastic bands, business cards, and fun mental magic, including his thoughts and work on using indexes. All delivered with the good humour you would expect from a working professional magician. In the lecture, Carl will also discuss his approach to adding humour to your magic routines, making effects more magical for your audience and include many stories from his time as a working pro and much much more. Wednesday 8th August at 7.30pm. Members of other societies are welcome. Door charge of £7. Please get in touch for more details 07515 566786. Venue: Red Lion Hotel, Boroughbridge Road, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6PR (Map). 4.8.18


Hand Cut Stripper Decks - the Reviews are in!

"The best Stripper Decks I have seen in my 50 years of Magic! Beautiful." Steve Cook
"The only Stripper you will ever see me with! At last a deck for Pros!"
Harry Robson
"The quality is superb!" Brian Watson
"These really are excellent! Just perfect."
Duncan Trillo
"Very happy with my decks! Thank you."
David Britland
"Excellent! Just perfect for my needs."
Mike Austin
"Superb Quality!"
Howard Hughes

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.’ I am delighted to announce that I can supply magicians with ‘Hand Cut Stripper Decks’. Available in either Red or Blue back Bicycle cards expertly produced. See for full details. 4.8.18


The Great Houdini. Directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Peter Cushing and Paul Michael Glaser. A biography of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, examining his fascination with the occult. Starring: Paul Michael Glaser, Sally Struthers, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Vance, Adrienne Barbeau, Bill Bixby. (Made For TV, 1976, 3 Star). Tuesday, 7th August, on Talking Pictures. See TV Magic. 4.8.18


Bertie Pearce Lecture Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. Mark Paul MMC writes: Bertie Pearce lectures at the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on Tuesday 7th August. A lecture not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 charge. The lecture starts at 8pm at Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 4.8.18


Street Magic and Theatre Weekender. From the organisers: OMG Magic proudly presents its team of World Class Magicians performing amazing interactive magic throughout Barry Island's Promenade. Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August, from 12 noon to 5pm. Non-stop walkabout street magic and fun, plus set performances on the main stage. See 4.8.18


Potter & Potter Auctions' August 25th Sale to offer remarkable selections of Antique Magicana, including Books, Apparatus, Posters, Archives, and Ephemera. Featuring memorabilia from the Hanlon Brothers and Howard Thurston, two influential turn of last century acts that included dramatic, theatrical, and groundbreaking illusions as part of their performances.

The sale also includes 13 lots from the Bob Swadling collection that will be sold to help cover the healthcare costs of Sebastian Midtvaage, a young magician recovering from brain cancer. All items from this upcoming sale will be on display and available for public preview on Thursday, August 23rd and Friday, August 24th from 10am to 5pm in the Potter & Potter facility. For more information, to see the lots and to bid online visit


Manchester Circle of Magicians 'Show us a Trick' night. William Booth writes: Monday 6th August is Fun Night at the MCM. It's a members 'Show us a Trick' night, it's sure to be a great evening. Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £5.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website or email 4.8.18


Safire Illusionists, The Grumbleweeds Big Night Out, Scarborough. From the promoters: 'Safire Illusionists' Stuart Loughland and Libby Edwards are currently starring in 'The Grumbleweeds Big Night Out'. Every Tuesday and Wednesday until the 29th of August at The Spa, Scarborough. Curtain up at 8pm. A fabulous seaside variety show for all the family! Featuring the world class magic and illusions of Safire, rising star and juggling sensation, Tommy J, and the Spa Theatre singers and dancers... Plus top-of-the-bill comedy legends, The Grumbleweeds! Over two hours of family fun! And here's the best bit, kids are free! See for details. 4.8.18


The Magic of Houdini with Alan Davies is being repeated this evening on PBS America UK. Having had a fascination with the world of magic since he was a boy, Alan Davies explores the extraordinary life of illusionist and stunt performer, Harry Houdini, the man who against the odds became one of the most successful entertainers in the world. In a bid to understand why Houdini felt compelled to perform such terrifying death-defying acts, Alan visits New York where the young Eric Weiss arrived as a child with his Hungarian immigrant family, made his entry into show business and ultimately performed some of his most death-defying stunts. Immersing himself in the world of Houdini, Alan tries to hold his breath under ice cold water, lies on a bed of nails, gets strung upside down in a straitjacket and takes an exclusive look at David Copperfield's priceless collection of Houdini artefacts in Vegas. Alan talks to Houdini enthusiasts and delves into the family history of a man driven to conquer his rivals and be the very best. See TV Magic. 4.8.18


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