Number 948 - 25th August 2018


Death by Magic. DMC spent the last year on a journey visiting eight cities across four continents to uncover the stories of magicians who died performing the most dangerous stunts ever attempted. In 'Death by Magic' he will share beautiful magic with those he meets, before recreating his own epic-scale interpretations of those deadly stunts, in front of terrified live audiences. The show is a cinematic blend of history, international travel, magic and death-defying stunts. It is the culmination of more than 20 years of dreaming, 10 years of planning and more than 12 months' intensive work. Death by Magic launches 30th November exclusively on Netflix. 25.8.18


Entertainers' Business and Marketing Conference - September 2018. From the organisers: Now in its third year, we've put together yet another fantastic lineup of some of the UK's most successful entertainers to share their individual strategies for building their businesses and making a living from entertaining people. At the conference, hypnotist Robert Temple will be revealing 'The Hard Lessons' he learned from producing his first national theatre tour, mentalist Dr Will Baldry will be sharing how to get stuff done by Hacking Your Willpower, and Ken Dyne will be giving a number of interactive workshop sessions which will give you tools and strategies you can immediately implement to generate more enquiries and book more of the exact gigs you want.

More details on the other presenters and their special presentations will follow in the coming weeks. If you are a magician, mentalist, juggler, clown at any level and want to grow your business, then this one-day intensive conference will not only inspire you, but give you the practical tools to get more of the gigs you want by using the exact strategies other pro entertainers are enjoy great success with. Whether you want to go part time, full time, do more gigs every week, or do fewer gigs for higher fees, you are going to leave the day with actionable steps of exactly what you should be doing right now.
Thistle Hotel, London Heathrow, 10am - 8pm, Sunday 23rd September 2018. More information and tickets: 25.8.18


Read My Mind Ltd is a new Mentalism company set up by award-wining Mindreader & Mentalist Looch: Read My Mind Ltd has been set up with a singular goal in mind, to provide performers the world over with the very best Mentalism products and releases from Looch. Many of you already know that Looch performs all over the UK and Europe at a wide range of Corporate Events and Private Parties, but some don't realise that his incredible products and ideas are available exclusively through his company Read My Mind Ltd. This year alone, he has released a range of fantastic products including 'The Score' and 'Blink', the latter already being heralded as one of the top mentalists products of the year. “Looch never ceases to amaze me, his effects are clear, methods practical and end results are always winners. He works in the real world and it shows from the quality of his work.” Marc Spelmann. Visit today! 25.8.18


The Magicians' Podcast - Edinburgh Fringe Special. A special episode recorded during the 2018 Edinburgh Festival. Richard revisits six previous guests who are all performing at the festival this year with their own shows. Featuring: Alan Hudson (introduction), Piff The Magic Dragon, Ben Hart, Ben Hanlin, Harry De Cruz, John Lenahan and Pete Firman. Listen to this Podcast and catch up with previous ones at also see 25.8.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Dow & Pearson, aka 'Men In Coats', on The Big Stage from 28th July 1999. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 25.8.18


"This is undoubtedly the most unprofessional interview I've ever done! I've loved it!" Jamie Allan. Stephen Williams Jr chats to iMagician, Jamie Allan, in the latest episode of his podcast, The Magician Experience. This episode is much more of a casual conversation rather than an interview; with the pair discussing topics such as how to prepare fish, dodgy car productions, Disney, having the most "unrecognisable face in magic" and Tenyo. Stream online or find links for all podcasts players at: Listen to all episodes of The Magician Experience episodes at: 25.8.18


The I.B.M. British Ring No.25 82nd Annual Convention 6th-9th September 2018 in Southport. From the organisers: Looking to purchase a new trick or prop, visit the Dealers’ Hall at Southport. Dealers include Wayne Dobson, Dark Arts Leathercraft, Brian Berry, Discount Magic, Adrian Sullivan, Anthony Owen, Steve Short, Graham Lee, Aaron Calvert and Sam Fitton. Remember the fun doesn’t end for delegates after each evening’s show, magic and mayhem continue at Peaky Blinders on Lord Street for the ever popular Late Night events. For further information on how to attend the convention please contact the Registration Officer: 25.8.18


The David Berglas Digital Scrapbooks. In episode 17 David describes his much talked-about vanish of a Concert Grand Piano, without cover, at a London dinner in front of 400 guests. And now, after over 60 years he finally reveals the secrets of this stunt. On Friday, 31st August (Episode 18) Davis talks about the London Blitz in 1941, when the celebrated Café de Paris was hit by a bomb and his favourite bandleader was killed. See YouTube. 25.8.18


Merlins of Wakefield have a few places left for their Magic Auction on Sunday 2nd September. There has been a lot of interest, but you must book a place to attend, Book Here. With the Bank Holiday on Monday, although Merlins will be closed, you can still order online As a special Bank Holiday offer, Merlins will be giving anyone who spends £30 or more a free Magic DVD with their order. The DVDs will be sent randomly from their stock. This offer is online or in store and starts on Monday 27th August and ends on Friday 31st August 2018 - so get ordering (only 1 DVD per customer). Merlins have recently purchased many rare and out of print books which you can View Here. For further details, please get in touch with them 01924 339933. If you have any used magic you no longer require, they are always interested in purchasing good quality items, email what you have and they will make you an offer: 25.8.18


M Λ X I M I L I Λ N presents Trilogy. On Thursday Maximilian released a new magic film called Trilogy. Trilogy is a short conceptualised film, made up of three levels to construe Maximilian's 15 year obsession with the art of magic. Level 1 - "Train the Body and the Mind", Level 2 - "Mastering Flow" and Level 3 - "Open The Box". Watch Trilogy here, YouTube. 25.8.18


Peter Turner lecture - Merlin Magical Society, Potters Bar. John Clayton writes: On the 6th September the Merlin Magical Society are having a lecture by Peter Turner. Peter’s unique style and thinking has earned him the reputation as one of the most respected mentalists in the world. His books and DVDs have established him as a market leader for producing quality mentalism. He has consulted for stage and TV shows for many of the biggest names in mentalism. He has entertained around the world and when he appears at conventions he always draws large crowds, eager to watch this legendary performer work. This lecture is being held at Tilbury Hall, United Reformed Church, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1BZ (Map). Lecture is from 8pm to 10pm. Doors open at 7.30pm. £10 entry for non members. See: 25.8.18


Manchester Circle of Magicians present a Jumbo Magic Auction on Monday 3rd September. From the organisers: Magic and Bargains galore with 8 lots already entered including part of Bob Ostin's estate. The venue is Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Free for members but door charge of £3.00 for non-members. Doors open 5.30pm. Viewing commences at 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. Star Auctioneer Derek Lever. 25.8.18


Stu-Di-Doo lecture - Cotswold Magical Society. Peter Kidd writes: The Cotswold Magical Society is pleased to welcome our star lecturer, Stu-Di-Doo, on Wednesday 5th September. Stu is a full-time professional children's entertainer based in Cumbria working throughout the UK and beyond, with regular performances for clients such as Cadbury World and CenterParcs. He will be giving us the Stu-di-dos and the Stu-di-don'ts of family entertainment. Doors open 7.30pm, guests welcome (£10 on the door). The Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT (Map). 25.8.18


Ian Barradell's Tenyo lecture - York Society of Magicians. Justin Siviter writes: Ian Barradell's collecting passion is Tenyo Magic. Most of us possess or have possessed at least one trick from the Tenyo range. If you have ever wondered where it all began and how the company functions today, come along to Ian’s lecture at the York Society of Magicians meeting on Wednesday 12th September 2018. Ian will demonstrate some of the intricate workings of many these ingenious quality props from his enormous collection. This is a night not to be missed as you are sure to be impressed by the clever thinking that continues to go into the magic of Tenyo. Ian’s collection includes many rare items. The meeting will open at 7pm and the lecture will commence promptly at 8pm at the York Society’s normal meeting venue: Red Lion Hotel, Boroughbridge Road, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6PR (Map). Telephone 01904 872315. Visiting members of other societies are welcome - pay £10 on the night. 25.8.18


Peterborough Society of Magicians Annual Sale, Exchange & Lecture Day. Keith Downs writes: The Peterborough Society of Magicians 30th Annual Sale, Exchange & Lecture Day will take place on Sunday 14th October from 10am to 5pm. Lectures from Ben Williams, John Morton and Steve Gore. It’s in a fantastic new venue: The Fleet, Fleet Way, Fletton, Peterborough PE2 8DL (Map). Admission £15 & £7.50 concessions (£13 and £6.50 if booked before 22nd September). Tables £10 each. More details and registration form from Keith Downs: phone 01778 343167 or download registration form from 25.8.18


Magicians at the Half Moon - Bishop's Stortford, Friday 31st August. From the organisers: The nights are drawing in and you fancy an evening of Magical entertainment, right? Well, get yourself along to the Bishops Stortford Football Club, Dunmow Road, Bishops Stortford, CM23 5RG (Map) on Friday 31st August for an evening of awesomeness! Show producer and compere Martin Cox has 2 fabulous magicians joining him: Kevin Goodwin and Danny Lee Grew! This is going to be very, very entertaining and you wouldn't want to miss it surely? Doors open at 7.30pm and the fun kicks off at 8pm - finishing around 9.45pm. And the cost? Still just £10 per person. For more information, check out 25.8.18


Gareth Foreman: An Evening of Class Magic. From the organisers: Following the sell-out success of his one man show 'An Evening of Class Magic', magician Gareth Foreman is returning to Brixham Theatre on September 7th. 'An Evening of Class Magic' wowed audiences as Gareth performed card and coin close-up magic and mentalism. "'I wanted to showcase magic created by my favourite performers," said Gareth. "I can only hope I have done their magic justice. The September show will be slightly different to the last so expect some surprises!" 'An Evening of Class Magic' at Brixham Theatre, September 7th 2018 at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from box office 01803 415987. Venue: Brixham Town Hall, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (Map). 25.8.18


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


Knight Rider with Lance Burton. Deadly Knightshade. Drama series about a young man who fights for law and justice in an incredible supercar: the Knight Industries Two Thousand, or KITT. Michael suspects a magician of two murders, but he appears to have the perfect alibi. Starring: David Hasselhoff. See TV Magic. 25.8.18


Paul Roberts lecture. Mike Sharples writes: When Paul visited the Order of the Magi a short while ago, he had been very highly recommended. Our members and guests were not disappointed. With a variety of routines (not just cards which was great) to suit all skill levels and his own take on the electric chair routine all presented in Paul's relaxed style it made the lecture feel like you were spending the evening with an old friend, but everyone went away saying that they had learnt something from the lecture. If you are looking for a lecture that will get your members hooked for a full evening and talked about for a lot longer, then I thoroughly recommend Paul Roberts for your society. Mike Sharples, Secretary/Treasurer Order of the Magi. 25.8.18


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