Number 947 - 18th August 2018


The Session 2019. From the organisers: With headliners such as Mac King, Ben Seidman, Jared Kopf, Andy Nyman, and Ross Johnson, it's no surprise that The Session 2019 is selling over twice as quickly as in previous years. Held in Heathrow, London (January 11th-13th, 2019), The Session is an intimate close-up and mentalism learning experience featuring the best magicians from around the world. Just announced, four of the UK's most original magicians: Ben Hart, James Went, Tom Elderfield, and Marc Kerstein. Tickets available via 18.8.18


The Magic Circle Annual Awards Night 2018. From the organisers: A perfect opportunity to visit the headquarters building of the prestigious Magic Circle, a chance to mix and mingle with Award Winning magicians, be entertained by leading close-up performers during the pre-show and interval, and take the opportunity to look around its world famous museum. Then join us in the theatre to enjoy a wonderful show during which the awards, including the Devant Award for ‘outstanding service to magic internationally’, the Maskelyne Award for ‘services to British magic’, the Carlton Comedy award plus many more will be presented; the prize winners having been nominated by members of The Magic Circle. The show itself includes stars of the future, as well as leading names from the world of magic. We also hope our international award winner will be taking to the stage. Tickets are £15.00 (+ booking fee) from: Sunday 2nd September 2018 with doors opening at 6pm and curtain up at 7pm. Venue: The Magic Circle Headquarters, 12 Stephenson Way, Euston, London NW1 2HD (Map). Any enquiries to 18.8.18


British Ring Southport Convention updates. From the organisers. Here are a few of the highlights you can look forward to at The I.B.M. British Ring No.25 82nd Annual Convention 6th-9th September 2018 in Southport: The convention starts on Thursday 6th September with an Outside Stunt by Danny Hunt at 10am. There are lectures by Darren Mac and Quentin Reynolds as well as the Stage Competition. Friday sees lectures by Andi Gladwin and Anthony Owen as well as the Aaron Calvert: Declassified show in the evening. Saturday includes lectures by Wayne Dobson and Alexander Wells, the Close-up competition and the International Gala Show in the evening. Sunday is a packed final day with lectures from Dion, Michael Finney and Aaron Calvert. The day finishes around 5.15pm after a closing show by High Jinx. There are also workshops, dealer demonstrations and much, much more! For further information on how to attend the convention please contact the Registration Officer, email: The programme of events can be seen here: 18.8.18


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 30th August, London. From the organisers: Featuring the amazing ballet magic act of Megan Knowles-Bacon, the brilliantly original patter magic of Ian Saville, comedy magic from Dave Allen, and mystifying impossibilities by 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. 18.8.18


Russ Stevens Seminar #1, London, tomorrow! '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 in-depth the hidden secrets behind his successes and how you can apply them to your magic too! This seminar covers techniques for all kinds of magic: Close-Up, Stage, Cabaret, Illusion, Comedy Magic, Kids Shows and Mind-Reading. Numbers will be 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: 18.8.18


The Cube. Jolyon Jenkins (Magitronics) writes: I'd like to tell you about a new utility effect I have produced which is now on the market, called The Cube. It's a die for magicians and mentalists. The idea is not new and has been around since the 1970s, but very unusually, the Cube is the same size as a normal gaming die, 16x16x16mm, and looks the same. It comes in two versions: one is made from reclaimed mahogany for a retro look; the other in plastic, in red or blue. It also has an option to be used as a "which hand" effect. As an electronics inventor I have previously produced a number of effects which have been mostly sold as ebooks through the Magic Nook site run by Professor Spellbinder. I have also undertaken one-off commissions to make custom effects. This is the first device I have brought to market and it has taken 5 years of R&D. The dice are made by hand, by me, at my Bristol workshop. To find out The Cube is all about visit 18.8.18


Kieron Lefever lectures at the Liverpool Magic Circle at 8pm on Thursday, 6th September. Non-members welcome (£10 pay on the door). Liverpool Magic Circle, The Crown Inn, Leyfield Road, West Derby, Liverpool L12 9HA (Map). 18.8.18


The Mark Leveridge August Podcast. Released on the 1st of each month, this 30 minute audio presentation is full of interesting and thought provoking topics and opinion from Mark Leveridge. Here are the subjects he covers in the August edition: Why on earth do so many of us get involved in magic in the first place? Mark suggests a whole load of reasons why we might get involved in the art. Duncan Trillo launches a new initiative in which he invites readers of MagicWeek to become MagicWeek Backers. The football World Cup is over, but maybe there are some lessons to be learned about how not to jump on a bandwagon when it comes to publicity. Mark finally releases the 4th volume of his popular card magic series of E-Books. There are many things to cope with as a table hopping magician, and none of them are anything to do with the magic itself. Download instructions are now all pervasive, a situation that has almost sneaked up on us all. You can opt to listen to the podcast online or to download the mp3 file for playback on any mp3 player, and it is available either from, or alternatively you can link to from where you can also sign up as a follower and automatically receive each new edition as soon as it is ready. 18.8.18


Belfast MagiCon 2019. From the organisers: The third featured performer for Belfast MagiCon 2019 and making his Irish debut, is Henri White, Magician and Pianist, from London. Henri is the young magician who was plucked from the audience by Jason Manford to appear onstage on Sunday Night At The London Palladium. He is also the public face of magic dealer Propdog, fronting many of their online videos. His mentors include Fay Presto and the late, great Paul Daniels and he is an active member of The Magic Circle. His own marketed effects include Myst and The Souvenir. 3rd-5th May 2019. Registration details should be going online by December 2018 at the latest, but in the meantime rooms are bookable at the Park Avenue Hotel. See for full details. 18.8.18


Jonathan Royle's 'Egg, Sausage & Peas' Byline Festival. From the organisers: Bizarre Comedy Psychic Entertainer Jonathan Royle is presenting his unique show "Egg, Sausage & Peas" on the opening night (24th August) of the 4 day Byline Festival. Other acts and guests include John Cleese, Badly Drawn Boy, Alexi Sayle and dozens of others! Last few tickets available: 18.8.18


Martin Duffy lecture, Leicester Magic Circle. From the organisers: 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. Martin will discuss: Why do schools love educational magic shows? How to choose a topic. Why schools will pay you. What topics are hot? And, the structure of a show. This talk comes from years of experience and features some brilliant routines you'll want to use straight away. If you want to fill up your weekdays with magic shows, you'll learn how to put together a highly valuable educational magic show for schools in your area. Monday, 17th September. Guests welcome. Please contact the secretary Barry Martin either on 07885 959520 or email The Leicester Magic Circle, Braunstone Civic Centre, Kingsway, Braunstone, Leicester LE3 2PP (Map) 18.8.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Paul Daniels on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 7th February 1987. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 18.8.18


'Real Magic Review' launched. Steve Faulkner writes: I've just started an unbiased review show on YouTube. My aim is to provide genuine reviews of magic tricks, books and DVD/Downloads without being paid/affiliated with the creator or distributor. The channel can be found at 18.8.18


Fortune Telling For Fun & Profit. From the organisers: Fortune Telling For Fun & Profit is a unique one-day workshop taking place on Sunday 14th October in Chesterfield that will teach you how to master reading the Tarot, Astrology, Runes, Palmistry and a whole lot more! Psychic Entertainer Stuart "Harrizon" Cassels will also show you how to make a profitable business from your new skills and how to integrate them with your magical and mentalism routines. More details at 18.8.18


Secrets of Spiritual Hypnosis. From the organisers: Secrets of Spiritual Hypnosis is a brand new one day workshop taking place on 13th October in Chesterfield presented by Hypnotist & Psychic Entertainer Jonathan Royle. If you have ever wanted to enter the arena of Seances, Ghost Hunting, Past-Life Regression and Paranormal Nights using hypnotic techniques for entertaining demonstrations of apparent psychic powers then this event is for you. 18.8.18


Theo The Magician Fund Raising Evening. Theo raised £1,200 for The Royal Marsden, Local Charities and All Saints Church, Banstead, recently, by inviting local businesses to a Fun Night that included games, a raffle and auction. 18.8.18


Planning next year's programme of events for your club? Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 18.8.18


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