Number 950 - 8th September 2018


The Magic Circle Awards Ceremony, 2nd September 2018.

The David Devant Award for Services to International Magic - awarded to Jeff McBride MIMC.

Among the highest awards bestowed in the world of magic and illusion, the Devant is given to those who have made a significant contribution in advancing the art of magic or who have given outstanding service to magic internationally. The trophy is a miniature bust of David Devant, the first President of The Magic Circle. The original life size bronze being on permanent display in The Magic Circle Headquarters.

A 10-year headliner at his popular McBride’s Wonderground, in Las Vegas, Jeff McBride has long been known as a leading innovator in the world of magic, being among the first to incorporate masks and pantomime with world-class sleight of hand skills. His early career saw him as opening act for such superstars as Diana Ross and Tom Jones. Later, his full evening shows won raves off-Broadway, in Atlantic City and in Las Vegas. He is founder of the McBride Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas, McBride’s Wonderground (a magic nightclub) and has made numerous television appearances. Jeff gave a mesmerising performance of his 'Water Bowls' following the award presentation.


Maskelyne Award for Services to British Magic - awarded to Andy Nyman MIMC.

Andy Nyman is an award-winning actor, director and writer who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in theatre, film and television. On stage he was most recently seen in Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen (Wyndham’s Theatre), Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Abigail’s Party (also Wyndham’s Theatre). Other theatre work includes the original production of Ghost Stories (Lyric/Duke of York’s Theatre) which has recently been made into a major motion picture, also written, starred and directed by Andy & Jeremy Dyson. Other film credits include The Commuter, Death at a Funeral & Kick-Ass 2. His upcoming films include playing opposite The Rock and Emily Blunt in Disney's Jungle Cruise plus starring opposite Renee Zellweger in Judy. He can currently be seen on TV on Wanderlust on BBC1. Magicians of course know Andy for his incredible work with Derren Brown. Following the worldwide success of the stage play Ghost Stories, and the smash hit movie, the original terrifying hit is back live on stage next year! 29th March – 11th May 2019 at the Lyric Hammersmith. 8.9.18


Carlton Comedy Award - awarded to Young & Strange (Richard Young AIMC and Sam Strange AIMC).

John Neville Maskelyne Award for Literature - awarded to Paul Gordon AIMC.

Cecil Lyle Award for best trick published in The Magic Circle - awarded to Noel Qualter AIMC.

Hoffmann Memorial Lecture Prize (for research related to the theory, history and practice of magic) - awarded to Dr Matt Pritchard AIMC.

Silver Wands for services to The Magic Circle - awarded to Peter Kyle OBE, Alan Maskell MIMC and Roy Marsh MIMC.


The award presentations were made by President Scott Penrose, preceded by a full stage show brilliantly compèred by the ever-playful Mandy Muden, who introduced: Scott Penrose, presenting Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin's 'Orange Tree' that he'd built in his workshop and was quite wonderful; Mark Shortland, Ryan Jackson and Graham P Jolley - all excelled. The evening was organised by Scott Penrose and Kevin Bird, with outgoing organiser Katherine Rhodes receiving a one-off 'Prosecco Award' for all her hard work in previous years! DT. 8.9.18


Prince Charles to celebrate his 70th with magic!

"Prince Charles' 70th birthday will be marked by ITV magic show" Click Here.

"Prince Charles given magical 70th birthday performance - celebration details revealed" Click Here.

"Prince Charles to celebrate 70th birthday with TV magic show, 43 years after he joined Magic Circle" Click Here. 8.9.18


Ali Cook Principles of Deception UK tour. Treating audiences to a festival of fascination, Principles of Deception acts as a storytelling of magic, with Ali Cook’s own brand of awe-inspiring magic and off-beat comedy. Star of the West End magic spectacular ‘Impossible,’ ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’ (ITV1), ‘Dirty Tricks’ (Ch4), ‘Monkey Magic’ (Five), ‘Psychic Secrets ‘(Five) and the ‘Jerry@Trick’ show (Five). The tour will visit theatres nationwide between 29th September - 17th November 2018.

"A hugely impressive show that’s never short on spectacle… Genuinely astounding" ★★★★ Mail on Sunday.

"Magician and TV Star Ali Cook Bamboozles BFBS Radio Presenters" Click Here

See YouTube. For tickets see: or the theatre links below:

Saturday 29th September - Banbury, Mill Arts Theatre,

Sunday 21st October - Shrewsbury, Severn Theatre,
Friday 26th October - Sudbury, Quay Theatre,
Saturday 27th October - Leicester, Y Theatre,

Friday 2nd November - Swindon, Arts Centre,
Saturday 3rd November - Walton on Thames, Riverhouse Barn,
Sunday 4th November - Beverley, Parkway Beverley,
Friday 9th November - Folkestone, Quarterhouse,
Thursday 15th November - Tunbridge Wells, Trinity Theatre,
Saturday 17th November - Bristol, Theatre 1532,


Michael Vincent's 'Synergy' - The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 12th September, The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians will be welcoming back their good friend, Michael Vincent. Michael is a multiple time award winning magician and one of very few performers to have appeared on Penn and Teller's Fool Us twice. If you have seen Michael perform you will know that not only does he handle coins and cards beautifully, but his knowledge of the history of magic is vast. Michael is known as an excellent teacher and will be sharing a talk entitled 'Synergy'.

With Synergy, Michael talks about using all the magical elements at your disposal and bringing them together to create a masterpiece. It examines the right construction, design, and script to help express your magic. This synergy only comes after many years of study and performing and Mike will be with us to share his insights of what works to create effective magic.

Michael will incorporate a few performance pieces to illustrate his concept. This is not about new tricks, it’s about a way of thinking about magic that you are already successful with, and re-engineering it for even greater impact. Routines discussed: The Changeling, The Lie Detector, Kismet MK3, Pasteboard Larceny, Michael’s synergistic approach to ACAAN, The Skyhooks. This new conversation features all the routines as a complete show with a break and then explanations with background story, philosophy and why synergistic thinking and application can greatly improve your magic. Lecture starts at 8pm, visiting magicians welcome for only £5.00. For further details, contact Sue Oakley


Chris Cox in The Illusionists. After the huge success of the 2018 South Africa tour Chris is about to head off with The Illusionists again, for their US tour over September and October. See 8.9.18


CBeebies presenters' Alex Winters and Rebecca Keatley at Blackpool 2019. From the organisers: Blackpool Magicians club are pleased to bring a unique event to the 2019 convention. For the first time at any convention CBeebies presenters' Alex Winters and Rebecca Keatley will be appearing in a one-hour talk, plus a Q&A session, about the world of TV entertainment for children. Alex Winters was named as one of two new continuity presenters for 'Discover and Do' and 'The Bedtime Hour' on the BBC children's channel CBeebies, alongside Cerrie Burnell. His first presentation links were broadcast on 26th January 2009. If you've got pre-school children who love watching TV you'll recognise Rebecca Keatley's face immediately, in fact chances are you'll feel like she is a member of your family as she's quite literally on TV nearly every day in the CBeebies programme 'Let's Play'. Convention dates 15th to 17th February 2019 - registration desk now open 8.9.18


Fritz Alkemade Lecture - The London Society of Magicians, Tuesday 25th September. From the organisers: Fritz has performed at the Magic Castle and is one of the busiest working magicians in the Netherlands. Yes, the country that gave us magicians such as Fred Kaps, Richard Ross, and Tommy Wonder. And now Fritz will share with you how he astonishes his audiences. What is the lecture about? Two hours of magic that comes straight out Fritz’ professional repertoire. It’s not a lecture; it’s an interactive event, where there is room for discussion on philosophy, impromptu magic, card and coin magic, close and stand up, marketing, etc. 6.30pm (start 7pm) on Tuesday 25th September. Price £12 (members free) at The Studio at Davenports Magic Shop 8.9.18


3SM Wayne Goodman Lecture in Cannock. Tony Dawson writes: The very talented and very funny Wayne Goodman will be visiting 3SM with the latest edition of his lecture. Including new, never before seen props and effects, Wayne will bring comedy and magic together in a fun start to our season. Open to visiting magicians, £10 on the door. Date: Monday 10th September at 8pm. Venue: Longford House Beefeater, Longford House Beefeater Restaurant, Watling Street, Cannock, Staffordshire WS11 1SJ (Map). Email: 8.9.18


Sleight of Hand on the Strand celebrates 50th show. Congratulations to Tony Middleton and Dominick Zwolinski who celebrated their 50th performance of "Sleight of Hand on the Strand" on Saturday 25th August at London's Savoy Hotel. Tickets for future shows are available via 8.9.18


Mel Mellers Manchester Circle of Magicians lecture. William Booth writes: Mel Mellers gives one of his much sought after lectures at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 10th September. Comedy Magic at its best; surely a night not to be missed. Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £10.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website or email 8.9.18


The David Berglas Digital Scrapbooks. In episode 19 David recalls his prediction of a football match, that he sent a week before the game was played – with full details of the scorers, times of the goals, injury times, etc. It was to publicise his very first Variety Theatre appearance at the Blackpool Palace in 1954. On Friday 14th, in Episode 20, he'll describe one of his most difficult and complex stunts that he did on live television in 1955. An identifiable object vanished in Manchester and re-appeared in London 5 seconds later! Future episodes will include anecdotes from two world tours, television series in various European countries, product launches, appearances on popular radio series, and a favourite part of his work: working in the film industry. See YouTube. 8.9.18


The Mark Leveridge September Podcast. The Mark Leveridge September Podcast. Mark writes: Can I have a word with you? Actually, can I have half an hour's worth? If so, then you should get stuck into my latest magic audio podcast in which I work through the following interesting topics. I get the opportunity to experience Noel Britten's Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk, and it's awesome! What are the best and worst parts of being a magician? The show format that helped me to gain invaluable performing experience in the early days of my magic career. I discuss whether social media ever really delivers in terms of creating actual bookings or whether we are simply deluding ourselves. The importance of how we respond to show enquiries is illustrated when my wife and I try to book some entertainment for our own party. Access to the monthly podcast is completely free and it has been published on the 1st of every month since January 2013, so whether you decide to just listen to the latest edition or whether you opt to dip into some of the nearly 6 years worth of back recordings, you are bound to find much to enlighten, amuse and entertain you. Go to, 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 on the 1st of every month. 8.9.18


New Platform Gets Buskers Tipped Online, even while they sleep. is a payment platform that international buskers can use to get paid online. Rolled out during EdFringe 2018, it was a success, with tips coming in, even when buskers weren't performing. Using their own phone, a spectator can now tip a busker or street performer for their show, by scanning a unique QR code or URL link. Simple, Safe, and Secure. Co-founder and busker James James said: "I saw a need that wasn’t being fulfilled and created to help buskers and street performers get tipped online. Each busker and street artist gave out custom printed information as to where to tip, with a dedicated link and QR code. We found that spectators would take one and either tip right away, or later at their convenience. An unexpected bonus with was artists getting paid by spectators visiting EdFringe from abroad, and getting tipped when that spectator returned home". For full details visit: 8.9.18


Magicseen Issue 82 September 2019. From the publishers: Where do the months go? September already, and before we know it, we'll be thinking about Christmas! Well, before all that, make the most of the time you have now that the kids are back at school by getting to grips with the latest fab issue of your favourite magic mag. Issue 82 has fast talking, slick working Ryan Schlutz on the cover, and as well as an interesting chat with him we also offer you a neat routine of his in the Masterclass, where he is joined by John Archer who contributes a fun effect too. If Ryan is like a Duracell Bunny, Neil Kelso makes him look like he's running on a Tesco Own Brand battery, because here is a man whose talent allows him to get involved in a bewildering number of different entertainment projects. Read and be amazed! This issue also takes a look at Noel Britten's terrific Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk which he has been running for an unbelievable 27 years, Keith Fields suggests Three Simple Steps to improving your performances, and Bob Gill heads off down to darkest Somerset to experience and report on Gerry Cottle's laudable Magic and Circus School. All this plus a large number of products get the once over from our reviewers, we chat to actress Alyson Hannigan In The Phonebox, and there are letters, comedy one liners and more, all of which is designed to leave you delighted that you got your copy. So sign up now for a 1 or 2 year printed or download sub, start a Pay-As-You-Go open ended subscription, or simply invest in a single printed or download copy today by going to 8.9.18


Transplant Links Community, Deck of Cards Charity Art Auction, Unreserved Sale, Friday 12th October 2018 at 7pm at Eubank's Auctions, Surrey and online. Transplant Links Community is a UK registered non-religious and non-political charity that saves the lives of children and adults in the developing world who suffer from life-threatening end stage kidney disease. Offering teaching and advice, and carrying out living kidney transplants, sharing their knowledge with local medical teams in a variety of countries - so that sustainable transplant programmes become a possibility for the future. 52 works of art, plus Jokers: 8.9.18


Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan talk to Andi Gladwin about Vanishing Inc., Andi's life in magic, books and much more in their latest podcast: 8.9.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Tommy Cooper, from the compilation show 'The Magic of Tommy Cooper'. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 8.9.18


Cirque du Soleil returns to the Royal Albert Hall with Totem. Totem takes you on a stunning journey into the Evolution of Mankind – from our original amphibian state to our ultimate quest for flight. Alternating between primitive and modern myths, and peppered with aboriginal stories of creation, Totem explores the evolutionary process of species, our ongoing search for balance, and the curiosity that propels us ever further, faster, and higher... Featuring Cirque du Soleil’s mind-blowing signature acts, and returning to London after record-breaking previous seasons, Totem is an unforgettable spectacle for all ages. Experience the spectacular, world famous Cirque du Soleil at an iconic London venue: 8.9.18


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