Number 959 - 10th November 2018


"33 of the World’s Most Enchanting Local Magic Shops" Atlas Obscura readers share their personal favorites: (Very US centric, but interesting nonetheless. Photo: International Magic, London). 10.11.18


Joshua Jay: Blackpool Convention 2019. From the organisers: Joshua Jay is currently starring in his own sold-out hit New York show 'Six Impossible Things'. The show has attracted rave reviews and celebrity audience members. This is New York's first and only immersive magic experience. Joshua will bring several new original pieces to his lecture at the Blackpool Magic Convention for both close-up and parlour enthusiasts. Every time he has lectured at our convention the room is overfilled with people who come to see his unique polished approach to magic and his unique creativity. This will be a can't miss event at the 2019 Blackpool Convention. Registration desk now open: 10.11.18


An exclusive magic bar opens at the 5 star Le Méridien Hotel, Piccadilly this November. Drawing on the history of the Egyptian Hall on Piccadilly, the bar offers high end cocktails, small bites, and top class close-up magic 4 nights a week. Opening acts include Laura London, Brendan Rodrigues, Tony Middleton, Dominick Zwolinski and Dr. Will Houstoun. Maskelyne & Cooke will be running auditions for further close-up magicians. If you would like to be considered, email: 10.11.18


We are Most Amused and Amazed, Tuesday 13th November, ITV. A spectacular night of comedy and magic from The London Palladium to celebrate the 70th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales and to raise funds for youth charity, The Prince's Trust. Reuniting comedians Armstrong and Miller as hosts, the show also features the very best comedians and magicians from Britain and beyond. From the world of comedy: Bill Bailey, Rowan Atkinson, Sandi Toksvig, Omid Djalili, Mischief Theatre and Alistair McGowan and, from the world of magic: Penn and Teller, Dynamo and The Ehrlich Brothers. There are also some special appearances from Kylie Minogue, Cheryl, Jim Carter and Wallace & Gromit. See TV Magic for details. 10.11.18


Now You See Me - Live. From the producers: Now You See Me - Live is a state-of-the-art magic show with cutting-edge technology, surprise twists, and never before seen illusions, from some of the greatest magicians in the world. For more information, visit Also see YouTube. 10.11.18


Vagabond Leather. Sam (Vagabond Leather) writes: "As a busker, I know the kind of duress performers' equipment has to undertake. The props we use must be reliable and last show after show. At Vagabond Leather my aim is to create custom, leather props for performers that are guaranteed to last. (Photo: "After years of watching and admiring Gazzo's Cups and Balls routine being performed by magicians all around the world, it's really an honor to be able to rightfully produce the original Gazzo Pouch."). Find out more. Visit today! 10.11.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week I've compiled a few clips from 'Richard & Judy', ITV News and Channel 4 News that I recorded on 22nd May 2002, covering David Blaine's 35 hour Vertigo stunt. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. DT. 10.11.18


The Twisted Fork, 155 Stoke Newington High Street, London. ​The UK's first magic and illusion themed Coffee Bar has opened in London. Featuring incredible illusions and holographic art, this coffee house sells the finest espresso coffee, pastries and brunch, in an engaging and magical setting, with moving portraits, optical illusions and regular street style magicians performing mind twisting entertainment! Visit to find out more! 10.11.18


Charlie Caper is the special guest on Talking Tricks with Kane & Abel this week, discussing his amazing rise from Covent Garden street performer to being crowned one of the greatest magicians in the world at FISM, and being the first magic act to win a Got Talent series. Caper also chats about 3D (tax deductable!) chocolate printing, building and integrating robots in his new show Artifice Intelligence, his time in La Soiree, Rick & Morty and his inspirations. Listen to this week's Talking Tricks with Kane & Abel via Podbean or iTunes. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast as a new episode will be released every Monday. 10.11.18


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 29th November. From the producers: Enjoy a night of great magical entertainment at Conjuring at the Court! With Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jamie Raven, colourful magic from Bharat Patel, sophisticated sorcery from rising star Fritz Alkemade, and top comedy magician Mark Shortland. Compere Hugh Levinson. Tickets still only £11 from 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. 10.11.18


Donimo Comedic Workshop, Birmingham, Tuesday 27th November. Graham Lee writes: Limited spaces now available for this comedic workshop run by Donimo the silent clown. Donimo has appeared many times on European television and has been performing for many years on cruise ships all over the world. A rare opportunity to get tuition from someone at the top of his profession. Add comedy to your performance. For more details and to book, see 10.11.18


Paul Zerdin in Snow White at The London Palladium. Actress, writer and comedian Dawn French makes her pantomime debut in the latest London Palladium show Snow White, which plays at the West End venue for a strictly limited festive season. Bringing to life the well-known fairytale of the beautiful princess and the wicked queen, Snow White promises to feature plenty of songs, puns and fun, making it the perfect show for audiences of all ages! Returning cast favourites include Julian Clary as The Man in the Mirror, Nigel Havers as The Understudy, Paul Zerdin as Muddles and Gary Wilmot as Mrs Crumble, as well as dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace-Mistry as The King and The Queen. Brought to the stage by director Michael Harrison and the Olivier Award-winning team behind 2017’s Dick Whittington, the production plays at the venue from 8th December 2018 to 13th January 2019. 10.11.18


Ryan Tricks on the Streets. "Ryan Tricks gives back to the community in a series of exciting magic performances." Available on iPlayer. 10.11.18


The PK Magnet DVD by Zane: "Learn the secrets to performing amazing PK stunts with magnets from PK expert Zane! Including an in-depth lesson on using Zane's best selling 'PK Magnet Accessory Kit 2.0'!" Find out more and the video demo at 10.11.18


Modern Magic, Saturday 19th January 2019. Prepare to believe in magic! Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, an audience will have their minds read, senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. This is Jake's latest magic show in London, featuring a range of new and incredible pieces of magic. Expect Jake's unique magical blend of expert sleight of hand and cheeky showmanship. Do not miss out as tickets will sell out very fast! Tickets: £30. The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15 - 17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map). 10.11.18


Edinburgh Magic Circle Present Steve Rowe's 'Making Magic Sweet' lecture on Monday, 12th November. Gary James writes: After his recent and hugely successful lecture at The Magic Circle, Steve Rowe joins the EMC for an exclusive evening. This is the first time Steve has lectured in Scotland; you will witness first-hand some incredibly innovative magic. Renowned as one of the most creative magic inventors in the UK, practical and workable magic is what this lecture promises for any level of magician. Steve will share not only his routines and effects but also the creative processes behind his inventions. Everything shown has been refined over the years to ensure maximum impact for your audience. Nothing is knuckle busting and entertainment is the focus. Sit back and enjoy more than just a sweet treat, with Steve Rowe aka 'The Gimmick King'. The Mercat Bar & Kitchen, 28 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh EH12 5DX (Map) over from Haymarket train station, 7.30pm for 8pm sharp. 10.11.18


Witch Cat Giant Size, A Mr E Exclusive. Mr E Enterprises write: Just remade and better than ever in time for your Christmas Shows, here is a great fun routine that you can add to your children’s show, that's easy to perform and very entertaining for both children and adults. Available in two sizes, jumbo for parties and close quarters, or giant size for stage shows. Comes complete with laminated pictures, folder and instructions. Visit for full details and to order. 10.11.18


Magicseen Issue 83 November 2018. From the publishers: The cold dark nights have suddenly arrived, but the warmth is provided by the latest issue of the UK's only independent magic magazine, Magicseen! The impish grin of Mike McClean greets you on the cover and inside we learn how he has managed to carve a successful career spanning TV, big corporate events and cruise work. His magical CV is hard to beat, but Shawn Farquhar, who we also welcome back to our pages, is surely one who can match him, and we catch up with the 'Fool Us' victor and serial performer. If advice is your thing, Aaron Fisher explains how to put together a versatile close up set that can be worked just about anywhere, and we also provide those new to commercial close up with some great beginner advice on good pocket management. We all like to laugh, and this time we offer you 30 comic reasons why you might feel you are getting on a bit magically, plus we include a selection of great one-liners from this year's Edinburgh Fringe. The Masterclass comes up trumps with routines from Morgan and West as well as Luca Volpe, the Review Section is stacked with on-the-money honest comments from our experienced reviewers, plus there's plenty more to cuddle up with by the fire. You can get your copy now via a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub (check out our special discount offer for new printed copy subs this month), or by starting a pay-as-you-go sub, or simply by purchasing an individual printed or download copy. Whatever you decide, it's bound to give you a warm fuzzy feeling - or is that the mulled wine? Go to today. 10.11.18


Mark Leveridge November Web Offers. Every month Mark selects two key items from his range and offers them at a significant discount. This month 1-2-3 Jumbo Cards Across, the ideal version of the classic effect for stand up adult shows or children's work, is supplied at over 40% off, and so you can download and own the full video instructions for a very small sum. The second Web Offer is Mark's major E-Book on entertaining children called The Complete Magic Party. This highly detailed E-Book explains exactly how to present a games and magic package that will enable you to take over entire birthday parties easily and profitably. There is so much professional advice about how to run games commercially, plus you get the full details of 10 warm ups, 40 games and activities suitable for all ages, and 20 magic routines. You can purchase and download the 189 page E-Book today and be including some of the great material in your shows well in time for the Christmas show rush. To get full details of both these Mark Leveridge Magic Web Offers go to . 10.11.18


Steve Short's Johnny Hart: International Star of Magic lecture, Modern Mystic League in Blackburn, tomorrow, Sunday 11th. Brian Lead writes: The very first Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year, back in 1961, was Johnny Hart from the Modern Mystic League in Blackburn. This Sunday (11th November) Steve Short returns to Johnny’s roots to present his lecture ‘Johnny Hart: International Star of Magic’ for Anne Walmsley’s President’s Day. Johnny went on to a glittering career, from which Steve has sourced many fascinating film clips and images. These form the basis for his exhaustively-researched book on Johnny, which has received outstanding reviews. All magicians not associated with the MML are welcome for a nominal fee of £5, which will include a celebration buffet. The venue is the St Silas Parish Centre, Preston New Road, Blackburn BB2 6PS (Map), and the event starts at 2pm. For further information please ring 01254 52070 or email 10.11.18


The Southern Magician of the Year Competition for 2018 took place at the Portsmouth Jumbo Day last Sunday, 4th November. Each act was required to perform twice after which the audience voted for their winner. For the second year running Timmy Taylor (left) won the competition along with a trophy and £100 in PropDog vouchers. Myles Thornton was the runner-up, winning £50 in PropDog vouchers. Colin Rumford. President, Portsmouth & District Magic Circle. 10.11.18


The Grumbleweeds (James Brandon and Robin Colvill) presented their comedy lecture at The Order of The Magi earlier this week. It was a night of first class tuition from two professionals who have worked successfully in so many entertainment venues and also have a fine radio and television background. Their evening started with a short history of the original group, through to the present day. Timing of gags was explained in great detail, as were different approaches for different venues, and roles of straight man and ‘idiot’ duo acts. Methods of handling different types of audiences were discussed and putting a tag line on a joke where it wasn’t expected were included as some of the many aspects covered in this fascinating night. This really was a session of learning and the Q&A time afterwards, with so many wanting to know more, proved how valuable an evening it had been. I.B.M. British Ring President Brian Lead was one of the many guests attending and is seen here sandwiched between James and Robin. Geoffrey Newton PRO. 10.11.18


Hypnotist Jonathan Royle has just returned from filming a four-part television series performance art project entitled "Television without Frontiers" written by Swedish artist Andjeas Ejiksson and filmed at SVT Studios in Gothenberg, Sweden. A giant inflatable turtle, ice cream van and a real rooster, goat and duck were all used during the filming as explained Click Here. 10.11.18


James Went Lecture - London Society of Magicians. LSM write: James Went is full time BAFTA award-winning international close-up magician and creative consultant. Over the last decade, James has established himself as one of the top sleight of hand performers in the UK. James has also used his encyclopaedic knowledge of all things magical to create content for BBC1, CBBC, Five, Discovery, Channel 4 and national theatre productions, including Derren Brown’s ‘Miracle’ tour and the ‘Derren Brown: Underground’ West End run. He will discuss several tricks from his DVD set 'Meditations', as well as discussing what it's like to work in television and theatre. Don't miss the chance to learn from the man first hand! Tuesday, 27th of November at Davenport's Magic Studio ( for directions). Also see What's On for additional venues and dates. 10.11.18


James Went Lecture - Manchester Circle of Magicians. William Booth writes: This Monday, 12th November, James Went will be lecturing at The Manchester Circle of Magicians. 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 Also see What's On for additional venues and dates. 10.11.18


The Bradford Magic Circle presented the 'Presidents Wand' to Steve Gore last week, for services to the club for 26 years and for being an ambassador for magic! It was presented by their current president, Stevie B. 10.11.18


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 10.11.18


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