Number 958 - 3rd November 2018


Death by Magic: A Netflix Original from Friday 30th November 2018. Magician Drummond Money-Coutts travels the globe, sharing his infectious love of magic and attempting tricks that proved fatal to other magicians. "Central Valley magician to be featured on Netflix show" Click Here. 3.11.18


Britain's Got Talent's Mandy Muden Cunning Stunts 2019 UK Tour. From the promoters: Mandy Muden, direct from her sensational appearances on 'Britain’s Got Talent' takes to the road with her brand new hilarious show 'Cunning Stunts'. Cunning Stunts will be packed with Mandy’s razor sharp wit, magic tricks and plenty of mind reading! A member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, Mandy is the premier female comedian and magician, and in fact in 2007 was the recipient of The Magic Circle Carlton Award for Comedy in Magic. On TV Mandy has appeared on Dick and Dom’s Funny Business and as a mentor on Channel 4’s Faking It. Starting out life as an actress, having trained in Guildford, Mandy has been honing her magic skills for many years. Her initial foray into the world of magic was working in a Circus as a magician’s assistant but somewhat accident prone she managed to set fire to her caravan and had a run in with a boxing kangaroo! Mandy has performed all over the world from Comedy Clubs to the most prestigious venues ranging from The Magic Castle in Hollywood to Buckingham Palace.

"You’re very unique, you’re so likeable, you’re very naughty too" Simon Cowell
"You have got funny bones... you're timing is brilliant, I love you" Amanda Holden
"You should be a comedy star already" David Walliams
"I love your sass, your confidence - you’re quirky and different" Alesha Dixon
Friday 25 January - Shrewsbury Walker Theatre
Friday 8 February - Swansea Grand Studio
Saturday 9 February - Harlow Playhouse Studio
Monday 10 February - High Wycombe Town Hall
Wednesday 12 February - Swindon Arts Centre
Thursday 13 February - Chequer Mead, East Grinstead
Friday 14 February - Simon Drake's House of Magic, London
Saturday 15 February - Bromsgrove Artrix Studio
Tuesday 19 February - Edmonton Millfield Arts Centre
Wednesday 20 February - New Brighton Pavilion (Blue Room)
Thursday 21 February - Derby Guildhall Theatre
Friday 22 February - Bromley Churchill Studio
Saturday 23 February - Corby Lab (Cube)
Sunday 24 February - Maidstone Hazlitt


Cruise Ship Magic Secrets, Monday 12th November, Milton Keynes. Producer Gary Young writes: Tickets now 75% sold! Don't miss out! Real scoop - Matthew McGurk - Top Cruise Ship Illusionist has agreed to appear. Matthew will be talking about working as an illusionist on board ships, using cameras and projection equipment, having the right image for cruise ship work, presentation, and the real scoop, "The Theatre of Magic", which is what cruise ship bookers are crying out for, using close-up magic on stage! He will show you how to make magic you already do, perfect for cruise ship work! Matthew joins Marc Paul, Mark Shortland and Simon Hannah for this unique event. Full details Price only £65.00 - Book now! 3.11.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the ever innovative Marco Tempest in a guest appearance on John Fisher's The Best of Magic on 18th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 3.11.18


James Went - UK lecture tour and masterclass. From the organisers: Magic Lectures UK are proud to present a UK lecture tour by James Went. The lecture looks at working in television and theatre as both a consultant and performer. It also examines the material published on the meditations DVD and a collection of unreleased material which is exclusive to the lecture. "From the first moment I met James I was blown away by his thinking and creativity" Andy Nyman. "A brilliant magician" Derren Brown. Lecture dates:

The Surrey Society of Magicians - 8/11/18
Manchester Circle of Magicians - 12/11/18
Leamington & Warwick Magic Society - 14/11/18

The Bristol Society of Magic - 15/11/18

Magic Lectures UK are proud to present a 4 hour masterclass with James Went. One of the men that worked closely with Derren Brown on his recently toured show and BAFTA winning children's show 'Help My Supply Teacher Is Magic!' The class look into working in television and theatre, as both a consultant and performer, as well as examining the material published on his DVD 'Meditations' plus a collection of unreleased material which is exclusive to this masterclass. £50 per person. Limited spaces available. Masterclass dates:

Manchester Masterclass: 11/11/18
Bristol Masterclass: 17/11/18

To reserve your Masterclass place email: 3.11.18


James Went Lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 8th November (also see above). Adam Mosley writes: Drawing on his vast experience as both a TV/Theatre Magician and also as a corporate performer, James brings you his first full lecture show. The material covered includes tricks from his highly rated Big Blind Media DVD 'Meditations', as well as new unreleased magic from his current set of notes 'A Book' only available at lectures. As a self confessed card nerd, James will demonstrate effects using a deck of cards running the gamut of self-working tricks, up to advanced sleight of hand, ensuring that everyone will take away something of use from the lecture. In addition, there is also mentalism and some coin magic, as well as advice and stories from his experiences as a magic consultant. All delivered in an informative, charming and entertaining way. 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: 3.11.18


Tom Binns at York University, 7.30pm on Tuesday 6th November. Tom Binns, star of BBC's 'Hospital People' and Channel 4's '8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown', brings his incredible line-up of characters to York University! Comedian, DJ & Psychic, Tom Binns really is the complete package when it comes to entertainment. Tickets are £10 (£5 conc.) and free for members of the Comedy or Magic Societies at York University. Venue: York University, Vanburgh College, Room VN/045, YO10 5DD (Harewood Way). Free Parking (after 6pm). Organised by Tom Crosbie & York University Magic Society 07791 306976. 3.11.18


XYA by Chris Dugdale - now in stock. "Excellent, commercial, workable, baffling, these are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Chris Dugdale's material – and this book is full of it!" Wayne Dobson. Chris writes: XYA has just been published and is in stock now. Only 250 copies will be sold worldwide and you are purchasing exclusive access to a book and portal that will help make you even more successful. Over 25 routines and inner secrets to help you raise the bar even higher. If you are a serious student and performer of the art of magic, and make money doing so, XYA is a no-brainer. "If you fully digest and learn from Chris’s routines it will give any serious performer a greater understanding of magical thinking, routining, performance and audience management." Phil Jay. See to order. (Chris Dugdale was featured in a BBC top Halloween one-liners list last week, alongside Jimmy Carr and Tim Vine, see 3.11.18


Belfast MagiCon 2019 -  registration now open. From the organisers: Registration for Belfast MagiCon 2019 is now open. Visit the website to find a downloadable form for postal payment by cheque or funds transfer or online payment via PayPal at no additional charge to the buyer. Packages are available to suit all pockets but please be aware that numbers are limited. The first forty full Registrations received will receive a mystery bonus limited edition free gift. Announced artistes to date include Mandy Muden, Chris Congreave, Henri White, Vanni Pulé and Alex Cullen from Dublin. Enquiries from any Dealer interested in attending are very welcome – please contact the organisers to discuss. The Headquarters hotel is now down to its last few rooms for the weekend – contact Chrissie McKinley at the hotel during office hours


Magicseen New Subscriber Offer. From the publishers: Those who already take Magicseen often rave about the lively, interesting and informative content, and so we would like encourage more people to take out a printed copy subscription and thus be able to enjoy everything that the magazine has to offer. So, for the whole of the month of November, new subscribers can benefit from a great offer. Take out a 1 year sub and we will refund you £10, or take out a 2 year sub and we will refund you £15! To qualify as a new subscriber you have to either never have been a printed copy subscriber with us previously, or if you used to be with us, you must have missed at least 3 issues prior to the release of the November copy. This offer only applies to printed copy subscriptions taken out directly with Magicseen, and to subs started no later than the 30th November 2018. To get your special price, go to and place your 1 or 2 year subscription order at the regular price, and if you qualify as a new subscriber, we will then refund you the appropriate amount. There's never been a better time to join the happy band of Magicseen subscribers, so sign up now and get yourself a bargain. 3.11.18


South London Magic Society 70th Anniversary. Simon Rosselli writes: South London Magic Society (the friendliest Magic Club in Town) are celebrating their 70th Anniversary by holding a breathtaking Magic Show at The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE (Map) on the 9th of November. 7pm Close-up Magic in the Bar, and from 8pm–10pm a Stage Show where one lucky member of the audience will be Cut in Half. All money raised will go to support St. Christopher’s Hospice. Tickets on the door for £12 or in advance for £10 via 3.11.18


The November E-Video Newsletter is ready! Mark Leveridge Magic writes: On the 1st of every month Mark Leveridge releases a special online video programme featuring plenty of new magic, ideas and advice. The November edition contains the following: The Teach In - Mark explains a great gag that you can use when a spectator needs to sign something with a Sharpie. Top Tips - here is a practical way to keep your close up props clean in performance. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 10 explores when the best time is to perform during a meal at a dinner function. Web Offers - background info on an E-Book and a classic stand up routine that are on offer this month. 60 Seconds To Success - Mark reveals why he feels that first impressions are important when you attend a gig. The Review Corner - the book 'Be More Funny' by Christopher Barnes is reviewed this time. The complete E-Video Newsletter lasts for 34 minutes and access can be purchased for a nominal sum. You can also take out a 1yr subscription and automatically receive every new video when it is released on the 1st of each month. For more info and to order go to 3.11.18


Joel Dickinson's 'Teaching the Impossible' lecture, Bolton Magic Club. Paul Goodman writes Over the years Joel’s magic creations have been performed up close, on stage and on television by himself and by performers around the world. Teaching the Impossible is a memorable lecture containing a range of powerful effects and routines ideal for magicians, mind readers and mentalists. Joel has performed full-time for almost 20 years and every routine featured in Teaching the Impossible has been performed in real working conditions. Doors open at 8.30pm this Wednesday 7th November 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 of £10.00 for non-members. 3.11.18


Ollie Mealing Live, every Friday and Saturday throughout November in London. A full 60 minute show in a secret 'pop-up' venue (Shepherd's Bush), seating 20 per show and priced at £17.50 per person. See for more info and to book. Instagram: 3.11.18


The 2018 Magician of Mann. Mike Clague writes: The 2018 Magician of Mann is Lexi Dernie, who was awarded the Arthur Culpin Challenge Cup at 'An Evening of Magic' at the Centenary Centre in Peel on 27th October. Members of the Magicians of Mann compete annually for the trophy, first awarded in 1959, and Lexi - also a member of The Magic Circle - is the first lady to win it. Lexi is seen here on the left being presented with the award by one of the judges, Sara Johnson. 3.11.18


The House of Magicians Family Comedy & Magic Show. This Month's Family Magic Show at Smoke & Mirrors on November 24th is perfect for ages 7+ but trust us 4-5 year olds have loved seeing Mum or Dad on stage as well! Saturday 24th November 2018 from 4.30pm - 6pm with close-up magic in the bar area from 3pm to 6.30pm. Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map). 3.11.18


Yo Houdini! Adam Steinfeld's short horror film series 'Yo Houdini!' has been chosen as an official selection in the 'Fear International Horror Film Genre Awards' (October, 2018 Edition) and has been nominated for 'Best Editing'. See and 3.11.18


Tony Quenten Master of Séance & Witchcraft. Following a successful run at this year's 'Fright Nights' at Thorpe Park near London Tony has been requested by Thorpe management to develop three new interactive live attractions for the 22 Fright Nights in October, 2019. One will include training some of Thorpe Park's staff to undertake a new venture in ‘Mysticism’. The other two are under wraps, but the title of one will be ‘Beyond The Silence’... See and 3.11.18


"Two weeks until Dynamo unveils 'The Abandoned Room'" Click Here • "The World’s Top Magicians Set to Perform in a Secret Underground Speakeasy" Click Here • "Fareham paratrooper sets sights on a new career – as a magician on Britain’s Got Talent" Click Here • "Master Magician Talks About New Interactive Show On The Queen Mary" Click Here • "2 years after father’s death, magician prepares his next act" Click Here • "Amy Schumer and husband Chris Fischer don wigs as they channel Siegfried & Roy for Halloween" Click Here • "Filmmaker reveals how he faked infamous ‘Roswell alien autopsy’ footage using animal organs and pig brains in a London flat" Click Here • "Earth's Mightiest Show: How Magician Justin Willman's Origin Story is Similar to Doctor Strange" Click Here • "Joey Essex ‘nearly died’ in training for his dangerous live underwater stunt" Click Here • "Leonel Martinez, the Invisible Cuban Magician" Click Here • "He Takes Kids With Cancer And ‘Lifts Them Up’" Click Here • "Joey Essex 'nearly died' practicing underwater stunt" Click Here • "A New Graphic Novel Considers: What If Houdini Were a Spy?" Click Here • Many thanks for your UK magic news, always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 3.11.18