Number 952 - 22nd September 2018


"Shin Lim Blows Minds With Unbelievable Card Magic - America's Got Talent 2018" YouTube.

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"Shin Lim: Magician Performs Jaw-Dropping, Unbelievable Card Magic - America's Got Talent 2018" Click Here.

"America’s Got talent winner Shin Lim won’t receive $1million prize and here’s why" Click Here. 22.9.18


Witness 'The Miracle of Christmas Future'. From the organisers: We’re delighted to announce the return MagicFest Christmas Special for a third year! Just after Christmas, from 27th-30th December, the Traverse Theatre will again host our Christmas show. This year we present a thrilling futuristic production by Scottish magician-scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum and Swedish high-tech wizard Charlie Caper – 'The Miracle of Christmas Future'. In this show magic, robots and humans come together to create a glimpse of the not so distant future, fusing age-old sleight of hand with the state of the art tech and phenomenal illusions with futuristic science. The show is suitable for all intelligent life forms aged 5+ who want a special festive experience! Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. More info, see 22.9.18


Stars of Magic, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, 27th-30th December. Magic like you’ve never seen before! The sensational Stars of Magic returns to Bristol with a third, brand new, family-friendly show. This Christmas, seven of the most spellbinding illusionists will be travelling from all over the world to delight and astonish at the most magical time of year. From spectacular Las Vegas-style illusions to world-class sleight of hand. Previous years have been a complete sell out so make sure to book early before tickets vanish! Suitable for everyone who believes in magic, from age 5-105.

Matthew McGurk & Katia: High energy and breathtakingly spectacular with the biggest illusions we’ve ever had!
Matthew Dowden: The James Bond of Magic – Matthew is as classy as he is funny. A true entertainer.
Horret Wu: FISM World Champion of Card Magic 2015. Horret’s stunning routine looks like trick photography.
Bruce Airhead: Unique and totally bonkers. The metamorphosis of a man and a six foot balloon.
Huang Zheng: From China, performing her enchanting “Air” act for the first time ever in the UK.
Neal Austin: Returning with some brand new magical mayhem! Hilarious and baffling.
For more information see (Premium Plus tickets include a poster and free magic trick! Show not recommended for under 5s).


Justin Willman on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Benedict Cumberbatch tells us all about voicing The Grinch in the animated version of the Dr Seuss story. Megastar Cher joins Ellen for a game of 5 Second Rule. Yara Shahidi talks about her role in the film Small Foot. Magician Justin Willman talks about his Netflix show, Magic for Humans. 1.45pm on Friday 28th September on ITV2. See TV Magic. 22.9.18


West End Magic, Leicester Square Theatre, London, Saturday 13th October. From the organisers: Celebrating 5 years, October's show at the Leicester Square Theatre offers a packed show full of top UK magic and variety acts including BGT’s Matt Edwards! This exciting, family friendly show, features phenomenal magic, extraordinary juggling, impossible mind reading, comedy and a bloke with a big balloon on his head! Starring TV magician Matt Edwards from Britain’s Got Talent, the visual award-winning magic of Oliver Tabor, the comedy magic of Fritz Alkemade and juggler Ian Marchant. All compered by Christian Lee. Guaranteed to deliver the best in magic, illusion, comedy and variety. 3.30pm on Saturday 13th October Click Here to book. Box Office 020 7734 2222. 22.9.18


Learn Hypnosis by Aaron Calvert in Manchester. Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November. From the promoters: Learn Hypnosis 2 day course in Manchester. From the organisers: Aaron has fast carved out a niche in the world of hypnosis for doing things differently, moving away from the disrupt of embarrassing shows of old and achieving incredible results with hypnosis. Learn Aaron's style, technique and approach to take your performance to the next level in this hands-on, practical workshop. Taken from a combination of experience in entertainment and medical hypnotherapy Aaron's unique fusion of techniques has lead to the attention of industry chiefs, making him highly sort after in the theatre and TV scene.

This isn't your standard course. You'll learn all the hypnosis theory and see hypnosis performed in live demonstrations. Watch Aaron perform his live stage show with a public audience so you can see the theory in action, note how he manages a crowd and importantly how he structures a show. To top it off you'll have amazing hypnotic volunteers to practice your techniques on during the training event, so you'll have the confidence to leave the course and hypnotise people right a way. Price: £250 early bird until September 30th, then £340. Book online: Venue: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge St, Manchester M1 5BY (Map).


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Alan Shaxon, in a guest appearance on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 30th January 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 22.9.18


Jamie Raven made a guest appearance on Blue Peter last week, ahead of his UK tour. "Magician and illusionist Jamie Raven marvels us with some amazing trickery. Radzi attempts beach volleyball, and author Cressida Cowell tells us about her latest book." See iPlayer. 22.9.18


Chris Rawlins Lecture at the British Magical Society. Andy Kirk writes: Chris Rawlins is a UK based Memory Performer who demonstrates super-human memory powers in front of real world audiences on a regular basis. For years Chris has been working on his memory techniques, now you can learn his secrets and more in what promises to be an excellent lecture—one we guarantee you won’t forget! Contact Bob King 01384 840615 British Magical Society, Weoley Castle Working Men’s Club, Barnes Hill Road, Weoley Castle, Birmingham B29 5TY (Map). Start time 7.30pm. 25th September. Visitors £10.00. 22.9.18


At the British Ring convention in Southport, Richard Cadell (and Sooty!) handed on the Presidential chain to Brian Lead, who intends to promote the Ring by touring local societies with his lecture 'A Deadly Way to Make a Living', based upon the fate of the 'Marvelous Chinese Conjuror' Chung Ling Soo. For details and availability email
"A revealing lecture about an enigmatic figure." Richard Kaufman.
"A most compelling narrative." Ian Keable.
"Although Brian’s tale of Chung Ling Soo reads like a page-turning thriller, it is all the more fascinating because it is based upon meticulously researched fact." Debbie McGee.
"Sooty never realised that the history of mystery could be so exciting!" Richard Cadell.


Bolton Magic Club Presents Ferràn Rizo's lecture. From the organisers: Ferràn Rizo is a professional award-winning magician from Spain and has toured his country with his close-up and magic history lectures. He also created a billiard ball workshop with his wife, Nataly, that they teach at the Ana Tamariz School. Steve Gore says about them: “Ferràn and Nataly Rizo came highly recommended to me by Juan Tamariz and when I saw their lecture I could see why. They are a highly skilled and a very likeable couple and have some wonderful routines and effects for members of all skill levels. I would recommend them for any club night!” Professional magic suitable for all levels. Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 26th September at The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee £10.00 for non-members. 22.9.18


Christian Magicians UK 2019 Annual Conference. Austin Siviter writes: Christian Magicians UK are pleased to announce their 2019 Annual Conference at the CCT High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG. Monday 18th to Thursday 21st February 2019. Only £340 Full Board Accommodation from Monday Lunch until and including Thursday Evening Meal. (Please note conference will not be running on the Friday). What make our conferences so special? Take a look at our conference earlier this year (see our web site or why not talk with someone who was there. For many it’s big name star lecturers we have year after year, for others it’s the specialist Christian based Magic, for most it’s the fellowship. With evening shows to finish the day and comfortable accommodation with good food, all on site, there’s no need to travel to and fro to the conference venue each day, as is the case with many conferences. All this is why so many delegates return year after year and meet with friends old and new. With Day rates, 24 hour rates including a bed for the night and meals or book for the whole week, we have a conference to suit all budgets or busy diaries. Further details will be released in October, in the meantime why not visit our website 22.9.18


Sideshow Illusions at Derby Feste. Yvette the Headless Lady and The Mummy, two amazing sideshow illusions from the 1950s will be appearing at Derby Feste on Friday 28th, from 6pm to 10pm and Saturday 29th September, from 12noon to 10pm. Restored by Jon Marshall and the Sideshow Illusions’ team, they are looking forward to thrilling the crowds in Derby at their annual Feste which this year is celebrating Circus 250; 250 years since Philip Astley created circus as we know it today. Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby. Dare you enter? 22.9.18


York Society of Magicians Annual Supper & Cabaret. From the organisers: Darren Mac will present his new 2019 show ‘Extra Ordinary’ for the first time for magicians at the York Society of Magicians Annual Supper & Cabaret on Wednesday 14th November 2018. Darren’s ‘Extra Ordinary’ combines sleight of hand magic, memory and skill in a fast paced 45-minute show with plenty of laughs along the way. You will see an incredible feat with numbers, rope magic, the story of how it all began, plus the answer to the age old question... "how long is a piece of string?’" Darren Mac is a former British Magical Champion and winner of the Ken Dodd Comedy Award. He lectures and performs to magicians across the country and performs close-up and after dinner magic at corporate and private events all over the UK. Prince Charles said "You are incredible!" when he performed at a 40th birthday for The Prince’s Trust. Join us in November to find out why! A two course supper, table top magic by YSM Young Magicians and cabaret all for £17.50. Full details for bookings including menu by emailing 22.9.18


Carl Royle lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on September 27th. Adam Mosley writes: Following on from his first lecture for us (How I Feed My Children) Carl brings a totally new different lecture "How I Feed My Children more - A lecture by Carl Royle". After making a living from performing magic for the last fifteen years Carl will share his approach to many of his highly commercial routines straight from his working repertoire. All delivered with the good humour you would expect from a working professional magician. In the lecture Carl will also discuss his approach to adding humour to your magic routines, making effects more magical for your audiences, and will include many stories from his time as a working professional magician. A proud member of the world famous Magic Circle in London, Carl Royle has also acted as president of one of the largest magical societies in the world, The Manchester Circle of Magicians. Carl has gained a sterling reputation on the corporate magic circuit for his amusing yet professional approach to corporate entertainment. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey, at 8pm. For full details please contact Adam Mosley

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Sean Mac: Hive Mind, Smoke and Mirrors Bristol, 31st October. From the organisers: It is said it only takes 7 seconds of meeting someone to make that first impression. Imagine meeting for the first time and that you could look directly into a person's feelings, their emotions, what and who means most to them. Together we will explore how we all strive, consciously or unconsciously, to work towards a common outcome. The show is 2 hours long and is not a traditional theatre show. Everything is about you, the participants. This show is fully interactive and completely immersive using a collection of interactive expressions of prediction and mind-reading... you will be left with more questions than answers. Wednesday 31st October. Over 18's only. Smoke and Mirrors, Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map) also see 22.9.18


Quentin Reynolds lectures at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 24th September. William Booth writes: Magic at its best; surely a night not to be missed. Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £5.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website or email 22.9.18


York Society of Magicians presents the Steve Short's Johnny Hart on Wednesday 10th October. Austin Siviter writes: From the moment Johnny Hart won the very first Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition in 1961 his career took off on a rapid upward path which never slowed down. It was not long before Johnny Hart was in demand to appear on stage in variety shows and summer seasons, supporting some of the biggest names in show business. In between British engagements, Johnny carved a name for himself all over the world, including Las Vegas, where, for a one-year season he entertained at the Dunes, followed later by another extended period at the MGM Grand in Reno, Nevada.

Johnny also became a regular television celebrity, appearing on Sunday Night at the London Palladium and in America he was televised many times on The Ed Sullivan Show. Steve’s lecture will reveal how a modest college student from Preston, via a path of dogged determination, energy, and unbounded talent, became one of the greatest British-born international magicians there has ever been. Wednesday 10th October. Meeting opens at 7pm. Lecture starts at 8pm. Members of other magic societies welcome - entrance fee £10 pay at the door. The York Society of Magicians, Red Lion Hotel, Boroughbridge Road, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6PR (Map). Also see


Peterborough Society of Magicians Annual Sale, Exchange & Lecture Day 14th October. Keith Downs writes: Don't forget the Peterborough Sale, Exchange and Lecture Day on Sunday 14th October at our brand new venue. See What's On for full details. Plenty of second hand magic for sale plus dealers, including Adrian Sullivan, Hocus Pocus (Dave Charles), Macrow Magic and Discount Magic Books (Ed Meredith with some stock from what was Magic Books by Post). Lectures from Ben Williams, Steve Gore and John Morton. Contact Keith Downs: or 01778 343167. 22.9.18


'The Cauldron-a pop-up magical themed immersive cocktail experience! Jon Marshall writes: The Cauldron is an exciting pop-up magical themed immersive cocktail experience. All wizards attending receive a robe to wear and a working magic wand to assist in creating and brewing their cocktail potions. Wednesdays to Sundays, 26th September to Sunday 25th October. Over 18s only. Entrance from £30. The London venue is: The Cauldron, 7 Elephant Road, London SE17 1LB (Map). Closest Tube: Elephant and Castle. They are opening in New York soon too. More information at 22.9.18


Comedy Illusionist Alex Lodge is to star in 'Jack and the Beanstalk' at the South Holland Centre, Spalding, this Christmas. "Polka Dot pantomimes are back with another fantastic family pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. Expect up-beat singing and dancing, fabulous costumes and plenty of fun and frolics for the audience to get involved in! Follow the story of the heroic Jack, going up the beanstalk to outsmart the giant and help a little girl in need of his rescue!" 22.9.18


Ferràn Rizo Lecture, Liverpool Magic Circle. Thursday, 4th October. All are welcome. £10.00, pay on the door. Liverpool Magic Circle, The Crown Inn, Leyfield Road, West Derby, Liverpool L12 9HA (Map). Alan Singleton. 22.9.18


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