Number 955 - 13th October 2018


Dynamo, Penn & Teller and The Ehrlich Brothers: 'We Are Most Amused and Amazed', London Palladium, 22nd October. From the producers: When ITV throw a Royal 70th Birthday celebration with The Prince’s Trust, you know it’s going to be unforgettable. Prepare to be amused and amazed! On Monday 22nd October 2018, the iconic London Palladium will play host to a one-off special event, We Are Most Amused and Amazed. This truly unique and unforgettable evening will bring together the very best in comedy and magic to celebrate His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday.

The evening boasts a stellar line-up, including Rowan Atkinson, Bill Bailey, Omid Djalili, Sandi Toksvig, Alistair McGowan and Mischief Theatre, with magicians Dynamo, Penn & Teller and The Ehrlich Brothers. The show will be reuniting comedians Armstrong and Miller as hosts of the two hour event and there will be special appearances from Kylie Minogue and Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter. The gala promises to be a night of unrivaled entertainment not to be missed. Tickets start from £45.50. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Prince’s Trust to help young people across the UK to gain the confidence and skills to live, learn and earn. For more information and to book visit (The Ehrlich Brothers will also be playing Wembley Arena, London, on Saturday 6th April, 2019. Tickets not yet available. DT).


Paisley Magic Circle's 80th Anniversary Celebrations, 20th & 21st October, Paisley. The highlight of 2018 for Paisley Magic Circle will be the weekend of 20th and 21st October. We will be holding a weekend of celebrations starting on the Saturday evening with a night before get together which will include a buffet and a cabaret starring magician Gary Dunn and one of Scotland's premier musical entertainers, Gordon Cree. Sunday will see the Convention itself during the day and the Gala Dinner in the evening. Lecturing and performing will be Magic Dave (photo), R. Paul Wilson, Drew McAdam and, direct from Las Vegas, Dirk Losander. Dealers during the day will be Alan Duncan's Wonderful World of Magic and Gary James' Pro Show Magic. 20th & 21st October, The Watermill Hotel, Paisley. For more information visit 13.10.18


West End Magic, Leicester Square Theatre, London. Today! 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 (photo) 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. 13.10.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Tommy Wonder on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 11th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 13.10.18


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 25th October, London. From the organisers: Comedy and magic make a night of entertaining fun at Conjuring at the Court. There's the broad humour of Martin Cox, the dry wit of Ian Keable, zany magic-inspired comedy from Wes Zaharuk, and newcomer John Eaton - can he avoid electrocuting himself in his original Russian roulette routine! 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 13.10.18


Michael Gee performed on the Season Finale of 'Penn & Teller Fool Us', which aired in America last week. Describing him as "wonderfully inventive", host Alyson Hannigan was invited onto the stage to assist Michael with his playful routine, see YouTube. 13.10.18


Aaron Calvert: Mind Games, Saturday 10th November, Manchester. From the promoters: Following three consecutive packed-to-the-rafters Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs, his highly anticipated Channel 4 special, and rave reviews from this year's tour, Aaron Calvert is bringing his 5 star sell-out show back to his home town of Manchester. Astounding mind reading and fascinating hypnotic feats await in Aaron Calvert's latest Manchester show. Aaron delivers a fast-paced, edge of your seat experience that showcases his mastery in mind control, hypnosis and psychology. Are you ready to play Mind Games? Suitable for 12+. Volunteers, who must be aged 18 or over, can refuse at any point to continue taking part in the performance.

"Unmistakably brilliant." ★★★★★ Mumble Cirque.
"Mesmerising, thrilling & mildly disturbing in the best possible way."
★★★★★ Voice.
"A talented showman that will leave you baffled."
★★★★★ Daily Mail.
Price: £12.50. 7.30pm on Saturday 10th November. Venue: Anthony Burgess Institute, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY (Map) Book via:


Peterborough Society of Magicians Annual Sale, Exchange & Lecture Day - this Sunday! Keith Downs writes: The Peterborough Society of Magicians 30th Annual Sale, Exchange & Lecture Day will take place on Sunday 14th October from 10am to 5pm. Lectures from Ben Williams, John Morton and Steve Gore. It's in a fantastic new venue: The Fleet, Fleet Way, Fletton, Peterborough PE2 8DL (Map). Admission £15 & £7.50 concessions. More details and registration form from Keith Downs: phone 01778 343167 or download registration form from 13.10.18


Merlins of Wakefield - all the latest. Merlins of Wakefield write: We have just released our latest October/November preview, with over 70 great magic effects and offers. For a free copy, just email your postal address to . If you would prefer a PDF copy, Click Here. Also, we have just received the amazing ‘Cubism Maestro’ by Dave Forrest, it is selling fast, and is only in limited supply, Click Here for details. We will be attending The Magic Circle Dealers' Day in London next Saturday, 20th October, so if you need anything taking along, let us know by 3pm on Friday 19th October. Merlins also buy and sell used magic; get in touch for details: 01924 339933 13.10.18


The Magic Circle Dealers' Day, London, Saturday 20th October. From the organisers: This year, The Magic Circle Dealers' Day is returning to the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, London, on Saturday 20th October. 2018 will see more dealers than ever before, including several new dealers from across Europe! Doors to Galleon Suite C will open at 10am - 5pm. £5 entry (free for members). 13.10.18


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The Grumbleweeds Q&A Comedy Lecture, Thursday 25th October at The Surrey Society of Magicians. Adam Mosley writes: Legendary comedy act, The Grumbleweeds, present a no-holds-barred comedy lecture and Q&A session, where they'll lift the lid on all things comedy... The Grumbleweeds have dominated the UK live comedy scene since their formation, way back in 1962. With countless shows, tours, pantomimes, TV and radio series to their credit, they have earned the right to call themselves 'The Guv'nors of Live Comedy'. Learn from the best, as they lift the lid on what really makes comedy tick: How routines are created, what makes something funny, how to get more comedy into your performances and how to get maximum comedy impact on every routine that you do. They'll be spilling the beans on how it all works and how to improve your performance by introducing and improving the comedy in your act. They'll talk and demonstrate how they create ideas, how they put it all together and how to make comedy really work in your act. 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 contact Adam Mosley: 13.10.18


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 13.10.18


Michael Chaterlain lectures for the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. Mark Paul MMC, Secretary, The Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, writes: Michael Chaterlain lectures for the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club on Tuesday 16th October. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 charge. The lecture starts at 8pm at Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 13.10.18


Paul Roberts lecture, Leamington and Warwick Magic Society. John Needham writes: Paul Roberts presented an excellent lecture for the Leamington and Warwick Magic Society on September 19th. He is a very enthusiastic magician and presented a wide variety of real world magic for our society. He is very friendly and helpful to the membership and is prepared to discuss the finer points. From card tricks using a raccoon puppet, to his Chop Cup routine and his excellent electric chair routine, as well as other effects, there is something to interest everyone. He has his routines available on DVD at a very reasonable prices to take home. 13.10.18


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