Number 962 - 1st December 2018


Unfathomable. A new immersive mind-reading show for 2019. Do you believe in telepathy? Join Tony Middleton ‘Sonic’, star of the 5 star sell out show The Magic Hour, and Rebecca Herrera – the first female mentalist to fool Penn & Teller – in an immersive show of mind-reading. From the evocative wood panelled drawing room of the Sheraton Grand Park Lane, you will experience remarkable demonstrations of telepathy and second sight, and hear intriguing stories from magic's past. Do they have superhuman ability? Can you work them out? Or are they simply… Unfathomable? Limited to 6 dates in January: 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd. 60 guests only per show. Tickets from £25. Get 20% off the first 10 tickets per show with code: MAGICHOUR Book now to avoid disappointment: See Rebecca Herrera's appearance on Penn & Teller: Fool Us YouTube. 1.12.18


Drummond Money-Coutts Death by Magic, now on Netflix. "‘Death By Magic’ Host Drummond Money-Coutts is a longtime magician with a history of stomach-churning tricks" Click Here. "Society’s answer to Dynamo! Old Etonian who boarded with Prince Harry and has performed for the Queen to star in his own Netflix show recreating stunts that have killed fellow magicians" Click Here. 1.12.18


Slapstick, a new, free, journal celebrating Old Red Nose. The team behind Facebook’s The Punch and Judy Page are as proud as Punch to present Slapstick, a new, free, journal celebrating Old Red Nose. The editors aim to include a variety of news items, articles on Punch past and present, rare items from private archives, letters, opinion pieces, and practical tips and hints from Punch and Judy performers and enthusiasts from across the globe. It can be read for free Click Here. Hard copy available by request. 1.12.18


A New Release From Magicseen Publications. From the publishers: We are delighted to announce the publication of the second volume of Devin Knight's A Lifetime In Magic. This 113 page soft backed book is packed with excellent mental and psychic material that is really strong yet not difficult to do. If you enjoyed Volume 1 you will be even more thrilled with Volume 2 as it contains some truly excellent ideas, such as Clip Sight, Devin's brilliant transparent clip board concept for which he describes no less than 10 routines (including a superb Headline Prediction), plus there are six different effects using the ungimmicked drop lid container which he calls the Sanda Panda Mystery Box, as well as other versions of classic plots such as Which Hand? and book tests. Devin's thinking is always clear and as a result he creates wonderfully strong and unfathomable routines which he has made a career from performing. If you present mental and/or psychic material, you really should get this book as the effects will be exactly what you are looking for. A Lifetime In Magic Volume 2 is available now either from or direct from the publishers at 1.12.18


Cromer Pier Christmas Show 2018. The North Norfolk News describes it as "varied, surprising and energetic". Back once again for the festive season, the annual Cromer Pier Christmas Show is performed daily throughout December. As reviewed by Tim Wardley, chairman of the National Piers Association: "Headline artists Mark James (photo) and the irrepressibly evergreen Olly Day have the audience in hysterics with their quick fire comedy, magic and audience participation." The show features a full cast of singers and dancers including vocals from musicals' star Harvey James, along with chart topping vocals and cello from Fiona Jessica Wilson. Visit for tickets and more details. 1.12.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week Jeff Hobson on the 'Magic Comedy Hour' from 11th September 1991. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 1.12.18


Christian Magicians UK 2019 Conference. Austin Siviter writes: Chris Wood is one of three star lecturers to be announced for Christian Magicians UK 2019 Conference at the CCT High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG (Map). Only £340 for full board accommodation (from Monday 18th February lunch, until and including evening meal on Thursday 21st). Conference includes: Lectures, Workshops, TED Talks, Close-up Competition, Open-Mic, specialist Christian based magic, evening shows to finish the day, comfortable accommodation and good food all on site. There’s no need to travel to and from the venue each day. All this is why so many delegates return year after year, meeting with friends old and new. Check out the conference page on our website as soon as possible to see who the other star lecturers are: Please book early, not only to avoid disappointment, but also to assist the organisers and the conference centre sorting out all those little details so necessary for a smooth-running conference. 1.12.18


Thom Peterson's Owned and operated by Thom Peterson, is born out of his 30+ years of full-time performing experience. It’s your source for real-world Stand-Up and Close-Up magic that’s been tried and tested. No pie-in-the-sky stuff here, but hard hitting, practical routines that you’ll use. All the props and effects are created and produced by Thom to his exacting standards. With new items coming out all the time, this is a "must visit" site full of routines that are available exclusively through Thom. 1.12.18


Introducing Hidden Wren Magic: superb wooden magic props. Owner Gareth Gwatkin writes: I have always been interested in magic, as a boy I can remember working my way through the Royal Road to Card Magic, and the odd performance here and there. Magic has always been good to me, it’s a great way to meet people, and it breaks the ice! I just love that look of astonishment that good magic creates, for me that is what it’s about, just for a moment in time, someone just can’t believe what they have seen, it’s priceless. But I was never destined to be a pro, my path took me into the world of making and designing fine furniture.


I worked as a professional wood turner, and for many years as a cabinet maker, now I run a cabinet making business and I am usually working on commissions from beautiful Welsh Dressers to table and chair sets, or whatever people desire, always striving for the highest quality achievable, while using beautiful woods, it’s a great way to earn a living. When working as a wood turner, having turned everything from decorative furniture components, with intricate carved details to large architectural turnings to hold up buildings. I always planned to make high quality magic props, now here they are! 1.12.18


Harry De Cruz Gets His Act Together, 2nd December, London. After a smash hit run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Harry is bringing his show 'Harry De Cruz Gets His Act Together' to The Hen & Chicken's Theatre, Islington, London. Everyone has a party trick. Harry has 374 and counting. Sharing his incredible skills and telling the compelling and charming story of what possessed him to learn these stunts, he brings his show to London for the first time. "The King of Party Tricks" Dynamo. "The Real Harry Potter" JK Rowling. Tickets: 1.12.18


Chris Cox is en route to Australia for a two month tour with The Illusionists which will include two weeks at the Sydney Opera House (19th-29th December). "Don’t miss this unforgettable show packed with magical mastery, making its triumphant return to the Sydney Opera House." 1.12.18


The December E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce his latest online video programme which is a bumper festive 40 minute edition featuring the following sections. The Teach In - a neat magic/mentalism effect is explained this time. Top Tips - how to solve an issue that occurs when working outside. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 11 has three big tips for when table hopping. Web Offers - dems and background info on a finger ring routine and a strong coin effect, both of which are on special offer in December. 60 Seconds To Success - comments on pitching fees for the right amount. The Review Corner - opinion on Jeff Copeland's coin routine called Reialme. The E-Video Newsletter is entertaining and instructive and appears on the 1st of every month. Access to the online content is available as a single issue for a small payment, or you can opt for a 1 year subscription which means you will receive each edition automatically the moment it is released. Go to for more details and to order. 1.12.18


A Night of Magical Fun and Laughter, Christchurch, Dorset. Austin Siviter writes: Five Amazing Christian Magicians - members of Christian Magicians UK South-Western Region are presenting A Night of Magical Fun and Laughter on Saturday 8th December 2018 at 7pm at Twynham Church, 99 Barrack Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 2AL (Map). Tickets available from Church Office 01202 473 626 or email: Adults £5, Children £2.50, Family (2 adults 2 Children) £12.50. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more details about the show contact Tony Jackson 07588 847 688. 1.12.18


Nemed Phoenix wins British Magical Society Close-up Competition for 4th year running. On the 27th November, Nemed Phoenix won the British Magical Society Close-up Competition for the 4th year running. A record in the club’s 113 year history. Nemed is pictured here receiving the trophy from President Bob King. 1.12.18


The Family Xmas Comedy Magic Show, December 30th, Nunhead. Simon Rosselli writes: Sunday December 30th 1pm & 4pm at The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE (Map). Doors open 30 minutes early. Interval between two magical acts from Klassy Magic and Amigo's Magic. Magic before your very eyes, mayhem, comedy, one lucky person to have their stress removed and lots of audience participation! Great Family Entertainment. Free Bunny Copter to all those attending. Tickets £8 Child, £10 Adult. Family ticket of four £30. This sold out last year so please book early to avoid disappointment 1.12.18


Ricky Jay, magician and actor, dies aged 72

Ricky Jay obituary

Ricky Jay, Gifted Magician, Actor and Author, Is Dead at 72

David Mamet on Ricky Jay, a Great Astonisher and ‘Truest Friend’

Here's a video of Ricky Jay in playful mood on Doug Henning's World of Magic from 1976, in a clip that I uploaded to The MagicWeek Video Archive just a couple of years ago. It is still one of my favourite Ricky Jay performances. DT. YouTube. 1.12.18


"Mindset and Persuasion with Derren Brown and Lewis Howes" YouTube • "Magician Romany on the path that led her to becoming a world class performer" Click Here • "Magician Penn Jillette goes Vegan for the animals" Click Here • "Legerdemain Man Ray Anderson" Click Here • "Why Magicians Have the Most Rewarding Job in the World" Click Here • "Murray The Magician Gets His Own 'Murray Day'" Click Here • "A Philosophy of Magic: Memphis’s Newest Conjuror Has a Mission" Click Here • "Review: ‘The Illusionists’ is all tricks, but little magic" Click Here • "‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Shin Lim Conjures Magic For Broadway’s ‘The Illusionists’: Review" Click Here • "'The Illusionists — Magic of the Holidays': Theater Review" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news/reviews/articles always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 1.1218