Number 961 - 24th November 2018


British magician Laura London is featured on the cover of December's Genii. "Rescued: How Magic Saved Laura London's Life". Plus: A Madman with Cards: The Genius—and Madness—of Theodore DeLand. It’s Not Just Behind Their Ear: Magic for Grandparents. The Penultimate John Guastaferro Magic Featured in "Magicana" and much more... For more info and to subscribe visit 24.11.18


The Magic Circle Christmas Show, London. Starring: Rafael, Jamie Raven, Dean Leavy and Storm Hooper. Hosted by Danny Buckler. A festive family treat that includes a chance to see inside the headquarters of the famous Magic Circle itself. Watch incredible close-up magic and enjoy the spectacular stage show. 20th-30th December. See for more info and to book. 24.11.18


The Miracle of Christmas Future, Edinburgh. From the organisers: For the first time ever, a robot will direct a magic show… what could possibly go wrong?! Stars of our Christmas show Charlie Caper and Kevin Quantum are currently at work with an A.I. playfully nicknamed Furhat in the magic lab creating a futuristic show we hope you’ll love this December! Both Kevin and Charlie bring unusual skills to the world magic - engineering, robotics, comedy. This unique approach has inspired them to present a wondrous show that aims to open your hearts and minds to a future world where technology doesn’t just live in our pocket, but in almost every aspect of our lives - changing how we see and interact with the world. This is magic, but not as you know it! This is an alternative Christmas experience for all ages and our opening show is almost half sold. Get your tickets now! 24.11.18


Magic and Mind Reading for Comic Relief, 2019. An evening of magic and mind reading in aid of Comic Relief. Prepare to be astounded and amazed as you are taken on a magical journey through wonderment and mystique. Showcasing some of the North West's finest up and coming magical talent, with headliner Joel Dickinson, you will be left open mouthed wondering "how did they do that?". Joining us on the evening we will have excellent close-up card magician Dan Misson. His sleight of hand is wonderful and will have you laughing all the way with his unique blend of comedy and card magic. Also on the night we have Magic by Dean with his incredible take on classic mentalism. Try not to look away as he's going to attempt a death-defying stunt which could end his career. Not for the faint-hearted! Our headliner for the evening is Joel Dickinson. He is a winner of prestigious magic awards including North West Close-up Magic Championships and Stage Magic Championships. An inventor, creator and extraordinary practitioner of magic, his mind-blowing performance will leave you completely spellbound. And of course your host for the evening Tuesday Tony. You may know this incredible character from hosting open mic and comedy nights around Manchester. Friday 15th March 2019 at 8pm. Tickets £9 Click Here. Venue: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY (Map). Also see 24.11.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week Wayne Dobson, in his weekly close-up guest spot on The Joe Longthorne Show from 30 years ago on 29th September 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 24.11.18


Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle Star Lecture by Max Maven, Wednesday January 9th 2019. Rick Tynan, Secretary, Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle writes: Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle are delighted to be hosting a Star Lecture by the incomparable Max Maven at 8pm on Wednesday 9th January 2019 at The Packet Steamer, Northern Perimeter Road, Netherton, Liverpool L30 7PT (Map). Cited by Magic Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the field of theatrical magic during the 20th century, Max Maven brings his "entertaining and astonishing ... bizarre brand of mental magic" to Liverpool Mahatma Magic Circle in our first Star Lecture of 2019. As you’d expect, the emphasis will be on mentalism, but with ideas that can be applied to every type of magic. You’ll learn commercial, practical effects that will fool you first, and delight your audiences later. Offbeat plots and intriguing methods, with special emphasis on psychology and audience management. Guest magicians welcome. Entrance fee £15. Spaces limited. To reserve your place email 24.11.18


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Phil Smith Lecture, Derby Magic Circle, Wednesday 28th November. Paul Sharp writes: 'Miscellaneous Miracles' lead creator Phill Smith teaches his approach to fun, commercial mentalism, that's engaging, personal and easy to do. The lecture covers exciting mind reading with accessible simple methods that you and your audiences will love; baffling predictions and amazing demonstrations of impossible mind control. Everything is simple and doable in the real world. Audiences love the creepy frisson of excitement that strong mind reading can create and with the material Phill teaches you'll be able to bring this to your next performance without having to invest in expensive electronic gizmos or spending days learning complex methods that work 90% of the time. With powerful hard hitting presentations and deceptive, well thought out methods, this is mentalism that you'll use. A unique lecture! Past members of Derby Magic Circle and visiting magicians are always welcome at our meetings, but there is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Derby Magic Circle, Breadsall Memorial Hall, Brookside Road, Breadsall, Derby DE21 5LR (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. 24.11.18


Eddie McColl: The Glasgow Connection DVD. RSVPMagic write: Eddie McColl is one of magic's best kept secrets. This DVD features 9 superb routines that will blow your audience away, with material that you will use. The bonus Toolbox section also features in-depth training for some of Eddie's signature handling's on moves used throughout this DVD.

"His Methods are ingenious" Roy Walton.

"I've seen him perform for laymen and magicians with devastating effect" Gordon Bruce.

"The best kept secret in Europe" Paul Cummins.

"This man crushed me with his unbelievable sleight of hand" Robert Moreland.
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Magicseen New Subscriber Offer. From the publishers: There is now only one week left for you to benefit from Magicseen's great printed copy subscription offer in which you can get a refund of £10 on a 1 year printed copy subscription, or £15 on a 2 year subscription. Printed every two months, Magicseen is the UK's only independent magic magazine and features a wide range of personality interviews, helpful articles, and honest product reviews to help you with your buying decisions - plus, it's loads of fun! To qualify as a new subscriber and therefore benefit from the offer, you need either to have never subscribed with us directly before, or to have not had a printed copy subscription for at least 3 issues. To receive your reduced price subscription, go to and sign up for a 1 or 2 year printed copy subscription and on receipt of your order we will issue the appropriate refund. Printed copy subscribers can also elect to receive a free advance download copy of each issue, plus they will get 20% off all purchases of the Magicseen range of books and E-Books. The subscription offer ends Friday 30th November 2018 so don't delay. 24.11.18


Atlas Brookings Lecture, Nottingham University Magic Society, Thursday 29th November. Robert Soane writes: The Nottingham University Magic Society welcome Atlas Brookings to provide a guest lecture at 7.30pm on the 29th December. This lecture is free for all members, or £10 for any non-members. Come along for an amazing evening of mentalism and magic! Please email if you're planning to attend so we can help you get inside the building! Venue: Clive Granger A44, University of Nottingham, Nottingham. Thursday 29th November, 7.30pm - 9.30pm. More info: 24.11.18


Manchester Circle of Magicians present a Jumbo Magic Auction on Monday 26th November. From the organisers: Bargains galore including DVDs, Books, Kids Tricks, Comedy Magic, Collectors Items etc. The venue is Salford Masonic Hall, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Free for members but £3.00 door charge for non-members. Doors open 5.30pm. Viewing commences at 6pm and the Auction commences at 6.30pm. For further info contact Derek Lever: 24.11.18


Steve Dela, Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians Close-up Competition winner! On Wednesday 21st of November, The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, held their close-up competition, for The Tom Laws Plate. This year's worthy winner, was Steve Della, pictured here receiving the trophy from President Mark Harrington. This takes Steve's tally of magic trophies to a very impressive 24! Sue Oakley 24.11.18


Colin Peters, Surrey Society of Magicians Stage Competition winner! Adam Mosley writes: On Thursday, the 22nd of November the Surrey Society of Magicians held their annual Stage Competition. There was a packed auditorium with a mixture of magicians and laypeople watching the seven acts on stage. A great night was had by all with a very high standard throughout. We would like to thank the audience members, Geoff Pescud the compère, Michael Pearce for time keeping, the two lay judges, and our magical judge Gary Fairplay for their hard task in finding the top three acts. In third place was Theo Theodoris, second was Tommy Knight and to complete his hatrick (pun intended) of stage wins was Colin Peters (pictured) a well deserved win. The Bernard Weller comedy award was won by Terry Lambert. Another fantastic competition night. 24.11.18


Steve Gore's 'Lemon Squeezy' lecture, The Watford Association of Magicians, Tuesday 27th November. Steve Gore will present his brand new lecture 'Lemon Squeezy' for The Watford Association of Magicians on Tuesday 27th November. His previous lecture received excellent reviews at the Magic Castle, the IBM British Ring Convention, the South Tyneside International Magic Festival, the British Magical Society and over twenty magic societies. His new lecture includes lots of his original effects, including 'The GPS Deck', 'The Amnesia Deck', 'The Casino Con' and 'Visions from Vegas'. He also lectures on some other non released effects which can be made up by yourself, so it's not a dealer dem, and he even has a specific free magic item to give to every magician to take home! It’s not all close-up though, there are effects for stage, stand up, and mentalism too, so there really is something for everyone. All his effects are also easy to master... easy peasy, lemon squeezy, allowing you to focus on the presentation. Guests welcome! Contact for more info. 24.11.18


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