Number 951 - 15th September 2018


The Blackpool Magic Convention is delighted to announce that The Amazing Johnathan will be making his first ever UK convention appearance at next year’s event. He’ll be performing a very special, late night, one-man show in The Spanish Hall on the Saturday evening, and if things couldn’t get any better, he’ll also be presenting his brand new lecture over the weekend! Add to this, other star names soon to be announced and we predict that next year’s convention will be one of the best ever! To book your tickets visit: 15.9.18


Illusions Magic Bar closes. Owner Mark Bennett writes: After exactly 11 years Illusions Magic Bar has closed its doors for the last time. I'd like to thank each and every magician that came and performed or drank in the bar for the last 11 years. I have had many magicians grace my bar, including the two magicians who gave me the idea, Michael Ammar and Doc Eason. If I had never read Michael's book, The Magic Arts Journal - Tower Magic Bar, Illusions would never have been born. Illusions has given many magicians their first break or even helped seasoned pros to hone a routine. But my main idea was to bring magic to people who had never seen close-up magic before, and trust me, there are a lot of them out there. It has been my pleasure to help and guide so many magicians over my tenure here and Illusions even had a sister venue for the last 6 years, in Smoke & Mirrors, in the same town and we thank her for that bar as Illusions paid for her to open. Illusions will hopefully be in our memories, I know it will be in mine. So thanks for the memories, it's been magic! I also would like to thank Duncan here at MagicWeek, he has for the last 12 years helped promote Illusions to the magic world. Thanks Duncan. I haven't gone, and won't be going anywhere, so come and visit me at Smoke & Mirrors in Bristol. Mark Bennett. 15.9.18


Derren Brown guests on Graham Norton, today at 10am, on BBC Radio Two. "With special guests illusionist Derren Brown and top snooker-player Stephen Hendry. Plus, the first Grill Grahams of the series with Maria McErlane and one lucky listener chats to Graham about their favourite Tune With A Tale." 10am on Saturday 15th September (3 hours) on BBC Radio Two. 15.9.18


Jamie Raven 'Making Magic' UK Tour, opens September 24th in Lancaster. Lee Martin for Gag Reflex in association with InterTalent Rights Group proudly present Jamie Raven Making Magic UK Tour 2018. Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, Jamie Raven, is proud to announce the UK tour of his brand new show, Making Magic – a look at how magicians do what they do. Why does magic work? How are our hearts fooled into believing something that our brains know simply can’t be true? Making Magic will culminate in a random member of the audience, with absolutely no performing experience whatsoever, being turned into a magician in order to perform the final trick of the show live on stage with Jamie! Tickets available via See What's On for tour dates. 15.9.18


Pete Firman 'Marvels' UK Tour, opens September 21st in Tunbridge Wells. Marvels, which will open at the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells on 21st September 2018 and conclude at Totton’s Hanger Farm Arts Centre on 10th November 2018 and also includes a run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, promises to be his most astonishing show yet. Expect to be mesmerised by Pete's acclaimed blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic, as he presents a truly unique live theatre experience. Pete Firman said: “I’m thrilled to be hitting the road again with a brand new bag of tricks! Performing magic on television is brilliant, but it really should be experienced live and right in front of your eyes in a theatre. I’ve spent the last year and a bit working on new ways to drop jaws and tickle ribs. I can’t wait to get started!” (Photo: Karla Gowlett). Tickets available via See What's On for tour dates. 15.9.18


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 27th September, London. From the organisers: A unique opportunity to see four of the best magicians in the UK in the same show. Britain’s Got Talent winner Richard Jones, the hilarious Mel Mellers, powerful mind-reading from Marc Paul, and the glorious classic magic of Michael Vadini. We’ve never had a line-up like this before and I doubt we ever will again. Don’t miss it. 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. Tickets still just £11 in advance from 15.9.18


Marvin Berglas re-elected as Vice-President of The Magic Circle. Marvin said “I’m proud and honoured to be the Vice-President of The Magic Circle and look forward to helping develop some positive initiatives at The Magic Circle”. 15.9.18


Become a MagicWeek Backer. As MagicWeek heads towards its 1,000th edition, and as I'd like it to continue from there to the 2,000th edition, I thought I'd introduce a 'MagicWeek Backer' scheme. Click Here to find out what it's all about. DT. 15.9.18


Conjuring and Cocktails, Manchester. Join your host, Alexander Wells and special guest, Thomas Anthony for a fantastical display of magic in the beautiful surroundings of The Fitzgerald situated in the Northern Quarter, Manchester. Doors open at 6pm, showtime at 8pm. Tuesday the 25th of September 2018. Alexander Wells has vaudevillian wit, urbane delivery, interesting facial hair… oh yes, and he’s been around a bit… He has spent the last ten years creating and performing original and imaginative magic on stages around the UK and Europe. After beginning as a street performer, Alexander moved on to work in cabaret and variety in theatres and clubs around the country. In 2015 he joined the cast of the House of Illusion magic theatre in Spain as compère. Alexander quickly became a principal stage performer before taking on the role of Head Magician, leading the show, working with other magicians on their acts and assisting with writing, magic consulting and directing. He now works for private clients around the UK and performs on cruise ships. Alexander’s Multiplying Bottles routine has become his signature piece attracting plaudits and acclaim from respected peers in magic. His show encompasses humorous, post-modern re-imaginings of classical themes in magic and performance. For more info and to book: Click Here. 15.9.18


Kidology Convention for Children's Entertainers- Last Call. From the organisers: 24th and 25th September 2018 at The Austin Club, Birmingham B312SF. Kids Entertainer of the Year Competition, Equity Kids Entertainers Forum, shows and lectures with Morgan & West, and Ian Billings with 'Stand-up for Kids'. Steve Rowe, Sweet Magic Close-up and Andy Greaves. Workshops on balloon modelling with Graham Lee and 'Making a Start in Punch & Judy' with Chris Somerville, and more. Just £50, includes lunch on 25th. Full details and booking go to or call Alec Powell on 07831115448. 15.9.18


Ventarama Convention for Ventriloquists - Last Call. From the organisers: 26th September 2018 The Austin Club Birmingham B312SF. This year featuring Archie Andrews, with Colin Burnett-Dick. Shorty Harris with Carl Durbin. Lectures from Trish Dunn and Andy Greaves. Open Mic plus Gala Show. Just £40 including lunch. Discount when booked with Kidology Convention. To book go to or call Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 15.9.18


Andi Gladwin lecture, Medway Magical Society. Neil Colley writes: Join us for an evening with Andi Gladwin as we have the pleasure of having him lecture for us. Andi is one of the leading names in the magic industry, well known for his partnership with Joshua Jay in creating Vanishing Inc, as well as creating one of the best magic conventions around, in The Session. This is one not to be missed! Tuesday 18th September at 8pm. Members £5. Non-members £10. Medway Magical Society, St George Hotel, New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB (Map). 15.9.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, random nonsense from Chris Tarrant, including a somewhat foolish straightjacket escape attempt. From January 1999. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 15.9.18


Richard Pinner lecture - Home Counties Magical Society. Kevin Hutchinson, HCMS Programme Secretary writes: The Home Counties Magical Society are delighted to welcome Richard Pinner for his lecture at 8pm on Thursday 20th September. The theme of Richard Pinner’s lecture is about performing strong magic for children, “Magic for Children, Not Children’s Magic”, but the thinking behind the routines is relevant to any magician, regardless of their audience. Richard has been performing high-end magic shows for children for 27 years and has performed over 5,000 shows, always with the aim of making his audience gasp with amazement. Magicians who are not HCMS Members are welcome at this lecture for £15 charge. Please see for details of where we meet. Kevin Hutchinson, HCMS Programme Secretary. 15.9.18


Ravi Mayar British Magical Society lecture. From the organisers: Ravi Mayar is well respected, not only as a performer in the magic community, but also as a trainer and creator of magic. Words really can’t describe his astonishing performance, it is just one of those things you need to see with your own eyes to believe, and even then, you still won’t believe what you are seeing. Ravi’s lecture at the BMS will reveal secrets to all aspects of his before the repertoire and promises to be an incredibly exciting, entertaining and interesting lecture. And we have been promised a few surprises too. New effects and principles revealed at the BMS for the first time. Visitors Welcome — £10.00 door charge. Weoley Castle Working Men’s Club, Barnes Hill Road, Weoley Castle, Birmingham B29 5TY (Map) Tuesday 18th September. 7.30pm start. 15.9.18


Bruce Smith lecture, South London Magic Society. Simon Rosselli writes: "Show you something amazing?" Bruce Smith's opening line for over 30 years in magic. As Marvin's Magic demonstration training manager, Smith has been entertaining the crowds at Hamleys with compellingly, enchanting, demonstrations for over 30 years. Performing to pop stars, royalty, and thousands of children in Hamleys stores, from Russia to Dublin and Finland to Cyprus, including numerous radio and television appearances. "In my conversation I will share with you some of my favourite magic tricks. Some I have taught to such greats as Andy Nyman and Marc Paul." Tuesday, 2nd October. Doors open 7pm for 'Hands-On' session. Lecture 8pm-10pm. £10 for non-members, but this can go towards Membership if you like what you see. South London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP (Map). 15.9.18


Fritz Alkemade lecture - Portsmouth and District Magic Circle. Colin Rumford, President PDMC writes: Lecture by fantastic Dutch magician Fritz Alkemade during his brief UK tour. Monday 24th September 2018 at 7.30pm. Free to members of Portsmouth and District Magic Circle, £8 to visiting magicians. Portsmouth and District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT (Map). 15.9.18


My Dream Home: Brother v Brother. "Fourth series of the My Dream Home spin-off. A chance to perform with David Copperfield is the prize as the brothers tackle the bathrooms and guest bedrooms of their homes. 7am on Monday 24th September on W. See TV Magic. 15.9.18


The 82nd IBM British Ring Convention is reviewed by Donald Bevan this week, Click Here. Next year's convention will take place in Eastbourne, from September 5th-8th 2019. 15.9.18


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 15.9.18


"It's magic, you know: Deaf magician Michael Vincent wows Wolverhampton crowd" Click Here • "Meet the grumpy magician who wears a dragon suit" Click Here • "Magician Lance Burton to reappear on Las Vegas stage for charity" Click Here • "Staveley magician's beard to undergo vanishing act for cancer charity" Click Here • "Debbie McGee: Strictly star admits ‘Gold Diggers are an issue’ after Paul Daniels’ death" Click Here • "Ex-Windsor Boys School pupil Dean, 18, shares his magic powers with the people of Las Vegas" Click Here • "Watch: The #Invisiblechallenge is inspiring everyone to prank their siblings with hilarious results" Click Here • "Magicians find fresh form at the Vancouver Fringe Festival" Click Here • "Comedian-Magician Mac King Extends His Run at Harrah’s Las Vegas for Four More Years" Click Here • "Flemish ‘danger act’ in semi-finals of America’s Got Talent" Click Here • "Dynamo looks happy and healthier as he attends WellChild Awards... amid ongoing battle with Crohn's disease" Click Here • "David Blaine Stuns Pharrell, Alicia Keys & More With Magic At Yellow Ball" Click Here • And finally, not magic, but a rather nice commercial from John Lewis YouTube • That's it for another week... your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 15.9.18