Number 949 - 1st September 2018


Blackpool Magic Convention - First Star Name announced. Dutch Illusionist Hans Klok will headline the Sunday Night Gala Show, prior to flying out to Las Vegas where he will be opening his full evening show at The Excalibur Hotel & Casino. Book now for what promises to be the biggest and best convention yet! 15th - 17th February, 2019. 1.9.18


The I.B.M. British Ring No.25 82nd Annual Convention, 6th-9th September, Southport. From the organisers: With only a few days left before the 82nd Convention President Richard Cadell is looking forward to welcoming delegates and International IBM President Michael Finney. Registration is now only available at the Registration Desk. Follow our Facebook page for up to date photographs of the Convention! 1.9.18


XYA - Chris Dugdale. "Over 25 routines, 6 essays and killer insider advice... designed to make you even more successful..." Chris Dugdale writes: Dear Fellow Performers, I am delighted to announce the forthcoming launch of XYA... The book will be released on October 15th - 250 copies limited edition - each one will be dedicated and signed off personally... Over the past two decades I have had the great fortune of performing at many of the top gigs in the world. Now, I am releasing the effects that can truly help propel you to the next level in our business... this is not your normal kind of magic book. It was never intended to be. This is something quite different... You will receive the book, secure access to a VIP "XYA portal" with footage and sleights to prevent people illegally sharing this information. The book gives you most of the puzzle and the portal completes it... Over 25 killer routines! Find out all about it, visit 1.9.18


The Martin Daniels Comedy Show, Saturday 29th September, Theatre Royal Dumfries. From the producers: The Vitesse Agency are proud to present The Martin Daniels Comedy Show starring Comedian and Magician Martin Daniels. Martin is a spectacular stage and screen performer, captivating audiences with his uproarious sense of humour, charming personality and consummate magical skill. The son of legendary TV Magician Paul Daniels, Martin harboured ambitions to become a performer from a young age. At the age of 17, he took the plunge on a career in show business, making his debut in a summer season in Newquay. He didn't have to wait long to be thrust into the limelight as Game for a Laugh - one of Britain's biggest TV programmes of the 1980s chose Martin as one of the presenters in the final two series of the practical joke show hosted by Jeremy Beadle. Still in his early twenties, Martin was catapulted to stardom in a show that received over 17 million viewers every week. Martin's unique blend of magic and comedy has proven incredibly popular with audiences across the UK and we are extremely proud to be working with him. Saturday 29th September at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14 with concessions available and can be booked by calling the box office on 01387 254209 or alternatively online by visiting Theatre Royal Dumfries, 66-68 Shakespeare Street, Dumfries DG1 2JH (Map). 1.9.18


New season subscription offer from Magicseen. From the publishers: September marks the start of a new magic calendar as summer begins to fade away and the nights draw in. To help you kick start your magical year, why not take out a subscription to the UK's only independent magic magazine? Full of great content, Magicseen is informative, entertaining and helpful, and with no regular columnists taking up space, every new edition comes up fresh and is full of surprises. We offer a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub and if you sign up before Saturday the 8th September 2018 for one of these, you will be entitled to receive free any six PDF back issues that you like. You simply place your order for your required subscription and then send an email to stating the 6 free back issue download copies that you would like. We will then email you the links to enable you to access the issues, thus saving you £27.00 when compared to buying the downloads normally. So act now before the 8th September deadline and ensure that you get your free download back issues. Offer applies only to new subscriptions or to renewals that are now due. Go to 1.9.18


Daniel Madison lecture, Bradford Magic Circle. Steve Gore writes: Bradford Magic Circle are hosting a rather special evening from one of its former members, Daniel Madison, on Friday 7th September. Daniel is a creator, performer and teacher of modern magic, sleight of hand and close-up deception. He is presenting a talk on Friday 7th September at 8pm at the Harold Club, Low Moor, Bradford BD12 0UD (Map). Arrive from 7pm. Door charge £7 for non members. 1.9.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Richard DeVere on 'Talking Telephone Numbers' from 20th October 1997. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 1.9.18


Martin Cox: A Fistful of Magic, 7th September at The Rhodes Theatre, Bishops Stortford and 8th September at The Headgate Theatre, Colchester. From the promoters: What a treat we have for you! Award-winning magician, Martin Cox, Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, brings his unique comedy style to the theatre for an intimate show of fun and laughter. Martin's expert handling of both close-up and cabaret magic has been enjoyed all over the UK as well as in the USA. From The Magic Circle in London to the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, and most recently in Europe. Martin is hailed as one of the best. Don't miss this- book now!
7th September at The Rhodes Theatre, Bishops Stortford Click Here Box office: 01279 710200
8th September at The Headgate Theatre, Colchester Click Here Box office: 01206 366000.


Aladdin – Prince Edward Theatre. From award-winning Disney movie to smash hit musical comedy, Aladdin is an exuberant new West End spectacular. Aladdin features all the unforgettable songs from the much-loved film, such as ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Friend Like Me’, as well as some brand new musical numbers. When street urchin Aladdin stumbles across an ancient lamp in the Cave of Wonders he unwittingly releases the weird and wonderful Genie. Transformed into a prince by his three wishes, Aladdin teams up with adventure-hungry Princess Jasmine. But Aladdin’s not the only one who knows about the lamp – the wicked Jafar has his own wishes he wants granted.


Directed and choreographed by the incomparable Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Something Rotten!), starring Trevor Dion Nicholas in his role as Genie and with stunning sets from multi-award-winning designer Bob Crowley, Aladdin is a superbly crafted piece of theatre that will enchant the entire family. Of special interest to magic fans is a stunning flying carpet, produced by Jim Steinmeyer. Bursting with adventure, romance, magic and song, Aladdin is playing at Prince Edward Theatre. Don’t delay to book your tickets to this beguiling musical comedy. See YouTube. Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, London W1. 1.9.18


Psychic Ouija Boards. Mr E Enterprises write: Can the dead speak to us from the Spirit World? You show three different coloured laminated Ouija Boards laid out in a colourful row on a table, with which you propose to test a spectator’s, “Psychic abilities” and perhaps even contact the spirit world. Your spectator places a single coin from their own pocket on each board in turn then places a finger on the coin sliding it up the board either to the Yes or the No at the top left and right. In this manner they freely choose one of the coloured Ouija Boards (no force) using their own psychic instincts without any influence from you or any other living person.

Incredibly their intuition (or could it be the spirit of the Ouija Boards?) lead them to choose a single Yes that exactly matches the only coloured board named in your prediction! The effect is easy to do and works every time. Comes with three different coloured laminated Ouija boards (approx 5.5 x 4”, 14 x 10cm) a folder to keep them in, prediction card & instructions. £9.99 (post free in the UK). Visit to order.


5 star review for Chris Dugdale: Up Close! Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh. "...his shows combine dazzling sleight of hand, with mind bending manipulation and a slick, polished delivery. We love his droll delivery, his winning way with the people he brings onto the stage..." To read the full review Click Here. Chris received an EdFest Bouquet for the third time this year; the only performer to receive the award three times, Click Here. 1.9.18


The Mark Leveridge E-Video Newsletter, September 2018. You could set your watch by it, because the E-Video Newsletter appears on time every time, and the latest 36 minute episode of online magical video goodies contains the following: The Teach In - a spectator manages to select the only different card out of eight. Very easy to do, clean handling. Top Tips - putting a tool box to a magical use. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 8 covers three different aspects of close up, all of which are relevant to you if you work commercially. Web Offers - background information and a dem of a major E-Book on close up and an amusing card routine both of which are on offer with MLM in September. 60 Seconds To Success - Mark explains the one key thing to do when approaching a table. The Review Corner - the fabulous new book on Johnny Hart is reviewed. You can get access to the complete E-Video Newsletter for a derisory amount of money, and can make that even less if you decide to subscribe for a year. The E-Video Newsletter has been established for years - isn't it about time you started to catch all the great content it contains? Go to for more info and to watch a trailer. You can also get every issue free if you are a member of E-Club Pro. Go to for membership info. 1.9.18


Exonian Magical Society One Day Convention. From the organisers: The line up for the Exonian Convention 2018 will feature: Chris Wood 'Magic with Charm', Kimmo 'World Champion Children's Entertainer', Lee Hathaway 'Fooled Penn & Teller', Sean Carpenter 'British Close-up Champion', Simon Lovell 'Card Sharp & Comedian' We have taken the brave decision to hold this on a Friday, to give professionals a chance to come along without losing work over the weekend. Lee Hathaway will also be doing a Q&A with the one and only Simon Lovell. All of this plus: dealers, a close-up session, and a three-course meal and cabaret show, all for a bargain price of £45.00 (or £25 daytime only). Dealers confirmed: Top Secret Magic, Discount Magic, Ace Magic, Kimmo, Playtime Balloons and Card Shark. Date: October 5th. Venue: The Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton EX17 6DF (Map). Hotel prices: £40 per person (convention rate), limited to 80 people, so book early. See for registration details. 1.9.18


Ben Williams Lecture, Northamptonshire Magicians Club. Mark Paul writes: Ben Williams Lecture, Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Tuesday 4th September at 8pm. A lecture not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 door charge. The lecture starts at 8pm Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 1.9.18


Close Up Magic, Epsom Playhouse. Prepare to be amazed! A Playhouse regular, Close Up Magic is one of the most impressive forms of the art and this unique format showcases some of the best and most skillful exponents. Audiences get to experience the magic in an informal, close-up setting, often taking part themselves and witnessing the impossible from only inches away. An intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand. Saturday 8th September at 7.30pm. Prices from £16.50. Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom KT18 5AL (Map) 1.9.18


Damfino, Majestic Theatre, Darlington. From the organisers: It’s thought as human beings we make thousands of choices daily, but how many of the choices that we make are down to our own free will? Welcome to Chris Mallon’s debut show Damfino, an evening of mind reading, psychological entertainment and psychic illusions. Prepare to be astonished as you’re left wondering what is real as Chris simultaneously proves and disproves the phenomenon of mind reading. You’ll see how even the simplest choices can make a massive difference and journey into the supernatural and watch as Chris deconstructs a Victorian séance. It’s sure to be an unbelievable evening that will make you come away questioning how many of the choices you make in life are really your own. Damfino, Majestic Theatre, 78–80 Bondgate, Darlington, County Durham DL3 7JT (Map). Saturday 3rd November at 7.30pm. Book via 1.9.18


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam and Kyle Sarocen write: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday September 4th, at The Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map). The aim of the evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas, in a relaxed atmosphere. Our social evenings are free of charge and you will be able to buy drinks from the bar. The evening starts at 7.30pm, so come along and enjoy the atmosphere. If anyone wants to come along, please email or you can phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 1.9.18


The Clairvoyants on Tonight at the London Palladium. Bradley Walsh hosts the variety show, featuring the very first TV performance from the hotly anticipated musical revival Annie, incredible mind-reading from international award-winners The Clairvoyants and music from legendary British blues singer Elkie Brooks. The star of Joseph and former X Factor winner Joe McElderry takes to the stage, there is a surprise visit from Brian Conley, and the British National Latin Formation Champions Fever Formation show off their trophy-winning talent. Friday 7th September on ITV. Repeat. See TV Magic for details. 1.9.18


Three non-magic recommendations. Treat yourself:


The Star Wars Archives: 1977-1983. Paul Duncan. Made with the full cooperation of George Lucas and Lucasfilm, this volume covers the making of the original trilogy and features an exclusive interview with Lucas. The book is profusely illustrated with script pages, production documents, concept art, storyboards, on-set photography, stills, and posters. Taschen. Hardcover. 620 pages. Publication date 25th September 2018. Pre-order now: 1.9.18


Ghost Stories. Andy Nyman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther and Martin Freeman. Based on Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s original Olivier nominated stage production, the same team co-wrote and directed this adaptation for the big screen. A note from Filmmakers Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman: “To be able to now bring our own film to DVD and Blu-ray so you can have it at home is yet another dream come true. As if making the movie wasn’t enough of a ‘gift from the gods’ to us, compiling the extras for this release has been incredible, too. We hope you enjoy the film and everything else in this package and that - some of you, at least - will get to watch the film over and over and over again.” Lionsgate. Blu-ray. Just released, 27th August 2018, order now: 1.9.18


Meet the People with Love. Derren Brown. Meet the People with Love showcases one of Derren’s most abiding passions. He has lived with his Leica almost constantly by his side for the last four years, seeking out a soulful interplay of people and their surroundings. The result is a beautiful collection of images, evocative of the mid-century era of classical street photography. For him, the photographer’s challenge is to hint at the connection and suggest a narrative which can be imposed through the image. Bantam Press. Hardcover. 112 pages. Publication date 6th September 2018. Pre-order now: 1.9.18


"Magician and audience make two guys believe they are invisible" Click Here • "‘America’s Got Talent’ magician Rob Lake denies he has a twin brother as Simon Cowell calls him ‘corny’" Click Here • "Magic shows have evolved with time, says magician" Click Here • "Why 'America's Got Talent' fans flipped out at Mel B during Aaron Crow's performance" Click Here • "The SA magician’s ‘tricks compilation’ everyone’s talking about" Click Here • "Melbourne Magic Festival gets seriously scammed" Click Here • Great Yarmouth's Family Festival of Magic 2018 is reviewed by Steve Majes this week, Click Here • "Andy Nyman will lead Trevor Nunn's production of Fiddler on the Roof" Click Here • That's it for another magic week, see you next week, Duncan. 1.9.18