Number 953 - 29th September 2018


Derren Brown Sacrifice, his first brand-new special for a number of years, will be released on Netflix on Friday 19th October. Derren said that "making it was an extraordinary journey, and for the unwitting subject of the project, it was life-changing." "Derren Brown discusses making the switch from Channel 4 to Netflix" Click Here. 29.9.18


Jamie Allan's iMagician heads off to the USA in December, playing the 1,525 seater Harris Theater in Chicago on Millennium Park from December 22nd - January 6th. 35 performances are booked, with more being added. Pre-sale begins on October 2nd with general sale on October 5th with over 50,000 seats in the first wave. Jamie writes: "We are so excited to bring the show to Chicago - it’s going to be the biggest version yet! We can’t wait for people to see what we have planned!" See to register for pre-sale #imagicianchicago. Jamie appeared on Penn and Teller's Fool Us last week in the episode titled “Never trust a Magician”, see YouTube. 29.9.18


Chris Cox’s Mind Boggling Magic. Chris Cox is currently in the middle of a US tour with The Illusionists but in just a few days his CBBC series will go live on BBC iPlayer. It’s called Chris Cox’s Mind Boggling Magic and each episode is just one trick. 10 long editions will drop on iPlayer on October 1st, with 6 short editions going out on Buzz, one a day, from the 1st as well. "Chris Cox takes his offbeat brand of magic to the Dumping Ground cast, as well as to kids across the UK, to blow their minds with some mindboggling mind-reading challenges." 29.9.18


Nick Einhorn lectures for Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on Tuesday 2nd October. Visiting magicians welcome; £10 charge. The lecture starts at 8pm. Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). Mark Paul MMC, Secretary, The Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. 29.9.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Japan's Princess Tenko, in a guest appearance on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 13th September 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 29.9.18


Hand Cut Stripper Decks - Custom made in the UK. From the makers: The ‘Stripper deck’ or ‘Tapered deck’ is one of the most versatile and easiest to use gimmicked decks available. Apparent miracles can be performed that credit the performer with amazing sleight of hand skills. The gimmicked deck allows the performer to locate any required card(s) with ease, even after being shuffled by a spectator. The problem with commercially produced Stripper decks are the cuts! The tapers on these decks are very deep. Spectators cannot get close to, or handle, the deck, without instantly detecting its gimmicking! The answer to this problem started life as an underground secret, used by professional card cheats: Hand Cut Stripper Decks! Visit for more information and to order. 29.9.18


Celebrity Troublemaking, 8pm on Friday 5th October on London Live. From the makers: Paul Daniels' nephew, James Phelan, stuns celebrities with his world class magic and stirs things up by delving into their secrets and finding out their gossip. See TV Magic. 29.9.18


European Close-Up Magic Symposium. From the organisers: ECUMS is the "Original Close-Up Magic Convention" and the most prestigious gathering of close-up magicians in Europe. This year's event stars: Bébel, Giacomo Bertini, Alex Conradi, Raul Cremona, Pepe Fernández, Miguel Angel Gea, Flip Hallema, Hide Kimoto, Eric Jones, Paolo Lepore, Angelo Mirra, Yumi Nakajima, Remo Pannain, Gianfranco Preverino, Mario Raso, Tom Rose, Sergio Starman, Shane Cobalt, Jamy Ian Swiss, Francis Tabary, Michele Trabona, Trabuk, Iacopo Fratini, and Hyde. Sunflower Hotel, Piazzale Lugano 10, 20158 Milano, Italy. Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2018. See 29.9.18


Doug Henning's Magical World. Director/Writer Neil McNally has launched an online Indiegogo funding campaign for his feature length documentary on the life and work of Doug Henning called "Doug Henning's Magical World." The film itself features interviews with Lance Burton, Penn and Teller, Max Maven, Jim Steinmeyer, John Gaughan, Johnny Thompson, Milt Larsen, and more! To donate or view the trailer Click Here. 29.9.18


Darren Mac Lecture at The Mercian Mystics Magic Society, Stoke-on-Trent. Andrew Sherratt  writes: Darren Mac will be lecturing at The Mercian Mystics in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday 2nd of October at 8pm. All visiting magicians welcome; £5.00 door fee. The Venue is: Smallthorne Victory Club, 300 Hanley Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST6 1RE (Map). Website. 29.9.18


The David Berglas Digital Scrapbooks. In Episode 21 David describes how he created headlines when touring the variety theatres. For instance, he displayed a cheque for £100 (a lot of money in those days) in a glass case outside the theatre, offering it to anyone if he could not tell them their first or last name. In Episode 22 (that went live on Friday 28th), he explains how he was able to hold two press conferences, in two different parts of the world, at the same time! Next week, Friday, 6th October (Episode 23), he'll recount various blindfold drives, which he performed in different international cities. Probably the most memorable was driving through heavy traffic in Piccadilly, with petrified world champion racing driver Graham Hill in the passenger seat! The adventures continue... visit YouTube. 29.9.18


Carl Royle lectures at The Edinburgh Magic Circle on Monday 15th October. Gary James writes: 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. The lecture includes Carl's now famous Micro Cup and Ball Routine (The Gold Cup Con), magic with cards, coins, elastic bands, business cards, and fun mental magic, including his thoughts and work on using indexes. 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 and much, much more. 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. Paid up members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee, on the night, or you can pay by PayPal (email for PayPal link). The lecture takes place at 8pm at The Mercat Bar, 28 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh EH12 5DX (Map), just over from Haymarket Train Station. For full details please contact EMC Sec. Gordon Munro: 29.9.18


Oliver Tabor lecture, Merlin Magical Society, Hertfordshire. John Clayton writes: On Thursday 4th October the Merlin Magical Society are having a lecture by Oliver Tabor. The Lecture is from 8pm to 10pm, doors open at 7.30pm. Entry is £10 for non members. Oliver is a full-time stage and close-up magician, he specialises in visual manipulation stage magic and regularly performs his stage/cabaret acts in theatre shows and cabaret venues such as the Leicester Square Theatre and the Hippodrome Casino in London. During his lecture he offers effects for close-up, comedy, stage and children's magic. Throughout the explanations he illustrates how to make performances more powerful by applying the rules of stagecraft, how to deconstruct a routine or act whilst eliminating any unnecessary movements and actions; his evolution of ideas and inspiration behind a working routine and how to give your magic more of an impact in general. He also covers his thoughts on stage magic with an introduction into how the techniques, psychology and rules followed by stage manipulators can easily be applied to all performance situations: from cabaret to close-up and from parlour to children's shows, plus he explains the thoughts and workings of a dove steal and how this method can be easily adapted to produce a range of different objects. Lecture notes and products are on offer to purchase afterwards. 29.9.18


Jonathan Ross Presents Fool Us is being repeated on Virgin Media Three. "Hosted by the hilarious Jonathan Ross, this series of the peak time entertainment extravaganza is an original and daring TV magic show - starring the world famous magic double act - Penn and Teller. The spectacular show throws down the gauntlet to every magician in the US and from around the world to perform their most mystifying tricks to fool Penn and Teller. This series features 4 magicians per episode ranging from the most skillful to the most hilarious, who test the magical insight of the world famous duo." Sunday 30th September on Virgin Media Three. See TV Magic. 29.9.18


Spellbound Exhibition - Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Do you believe in magic? Even if you don’t, you probably ‘think magically’ sometimes. We touch wood to stop bad things happening, or take a lucky object to a job interview or exam in an irrational attempt to influence the outcome. This is the first exhibition to examine how magical thinking has been practised over the centuries. With exquisitely engraved rings to bind a lover, enchanted animal hearts pierced with nails, mummified cats concealed in walls and many other intriguing objects, this exhibition shows that the need to use magic is driven by our strongest emotions: the need to be loved, our fear of evil and the desire to protect our homes. While belief in magic and rituals can be comforting, it has also led to the persecution of women as witches. This exhibition examines both the idea of the witch and the reality of how women were accused of witchcraft.

Even today, our tendency to think magically has not changed as much as we might think. To illuminate the links between past and present, contemporary artists have created new works inspired by the exhibition’s themes. To 6th January 2019. Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH (Map).


Fritz Alkemade lecture, The Medway Magical Society, Kent. Gary Bowes-Read writes: Join us at The Medway Magical Society for a lecture by Dutch magician Fritz Alkemade. "Fritz with a Z," as he likes to be known, has performed in many different countries and has released a number of DVDs, one of which has 10 routines straight from his Magic Castle act. A versatile performer who does kids shows, stand-up and table magic, Fritz has performed at corporate events for clients including Mercedes Benz, Tommy Hilfiger and Peugeot. This event costs just £10. Bring a magic friend along too. Tuesday, October 2nd 8pm-10.15pm Medway Magical Society, St George Hotel, 7-8 New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB (Map). 29.9.18


Jamie Raven's 'Making Magic' is reviewed by Brian Lead this week, Click Here • "Uplifting experience with illusionist Jamie Raven" Click Here • "Shin Lim - Rehearsing The Future, December 2009" YouTube • "North Devon magician honoured for his magical 50-year career" Click Here • "Illusionist said he could predict Republic headlines. Here's how he did" Click Here • "Glasgow magician returns to stage with new one-man-show" Click Here • "Who is Shin Lim and when did the America’s Got Talent 2018 winner and magician beat Courtney Hadwin?" Click Here • "Yunke Magician at Trui Teatre, Palma de Mallorca" Click Here • "Watch Gets Into Magic With ‘Troy The Magician’ From ‘I Wanna Marry Harry’ Producer Zig Zag" Click Here • "Bobby And Sharna Had Their Minds Blown By An Illusionist" Click Here • That's it for this week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 29.9.18