Number 963 - 8th December 2018


Anastasia Synn is a Cyborg. Blackpool Magic Convention 2019. From the organisers: In this brand new lecture, you’ll learn how you can dip your toes into the strange, innovative and futuristic world of 'Cyborg Magic'. Anastasia’s body modification work, with technology, allows her to achieve things that up until now magicians have only dreamt of. It’s all about NFC (near-field communication) and RFID (radio-frequency identification) interactions with implants, and projects being developed for the magic community further integrating implants with technology. You’ll learn things about magnets that you never imagined. With plenty of audience participation and visual documentation of her journey so far, you’ll also be entertained and astounded. You’ll learn about a world you never knew existed! Anastasia will also be debuting her new and unique card gaff at Blackpool 2019. Blackpool Magic Convention 2019. 8.12.18


Broadway's Biggest Magic Spectacular returns to London with all new magic! The world’s biggest selling magic spectacular, The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway, returns to London with a brand new show! The Illusionists is a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Collectively these performers have been seen by millions across the world and this production showcases their talents on stage together for the very first time. The Illusionists has shattered box office records and dazzled audiences of all ages around the world with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Prepare to witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, and disappearance next summer. July 6th to September 1st 2019. Shaftsbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. Tickets (not yet on sale) from 8.12.18


Luke Jermay: Intuition. Friday 8th & Saturday 9th February 2019, London. Intuition is a strange thing and Luke Jermay is even stranger. Building on his acclaimed debut show Sixth Sense, entertainer Luke Jermay is back and better than ever with a brand new interactive stage show. Intuition is jam-packed with phenomenal jaw-dropping demonstrations of telepathy and prediction. Your mind will be read, your choices will be predicted and your future will be revealed. Join Luke Jermay for a funny, entertaining, emotional, controversial, uplifting, unique experience, that you will never forget! Friday 8th and Saturday 9th February 2019, at 7.30pm. Tickets from £12. Book online: Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA (Map). 8.12.18


New: Tommy Cooper: In His Own Words. Tuesday 18th December, on Channel 5. An affectionate look back at Tommy Cooper's life and career. Sir Michael Parkinson, Jimmy Tarbuck and Chris Tarrant and others reflect on what made Tommy Cooper one of the greatest ever entertainers. Colleagues talk about working with him, and his daughter Vicky reveals her feelings about her father. See TV Magic for details. 8.12.18


Derek Scott: 'How to be the best performer you can be' Masterclass - London, 19th February 2019. International Magic London write: Are you using your full potential as a performer? What are your best individual qualities and are they being utilised? Are you being the best 'you' that you can be on stage? Derek Scott teaches you how to use your own natural abilities to make you a better and stronger performer. He helps you bring out qualities that will make you and your performances unique. From discovering your natural rhythm, to building a relationship with the audience, Derek will show you that your strongest asset as a performer is always 'you'. Each participant in the workshop will discover the tools within them, that will bring out the very best performer that they can be.


Derek Scott has been performing professionally for over 30 years, from Broadway to Bahrain and has coached and taught workshops to magicians, actors, dancers, clowns, circus performers, singers and poets around the world. He works on stage, film and television as a magician, actor, clown, comedian, director, coach and teacher. We are now taking bookings for this fantastic masterclass. This is the only workshop Derek will host on his brief visit to London. Date: Tuesday 19th February 2019. Venue: 2nd Floor of Casa Italiana, 136 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DL (Map). Time: 1pm to 5pm. Workshop Price £75 per person. Bookings by email: . Places are limited. 8.12.18


Pete Firman in Aladdin, New Wimbledon Theatre, London - opens tonight! Pete will be joining Paul Merton as Widow Twankey. Make tickets to Aladdin one of your three wishes this Christmas! Saturday 8th December to Sunday 6th January. Book via (Pete Firman can also be seen on 'Tonight at the London Palladium' (repeat) on Friday 14th December, see TV Magic.) 8.12.18


Kelso, Dugdale and Nathan all feature on Talking Tricks. Talking Tricks with Kane & Abel welcomed a diverse mix of magicians over the past few weeks discussing everything from magic to world events. Guests included Neil Kelso, Chris Dugdale and American celebrity magician Paul Nathan. You can listen back to these episodes at Podbean or iTunes. Subscribe to make sure you never miss an episode! New episodes drop ever Monday. 8.12.18


Belfast MagiCon 2019. From the organisers: Dave Loosley is another young UK performer making his Irish debut at our convention next year. In his lecture, Dave Loosley will take you through tried and tested routines used hundreds of times in his performances. Dave’s magic is easy to perform, very visual to watch and always creative. You are going to learn some incredible magic with sweets, cards, napkins and rubber bands. This lecture will be crammed with great information including the creative process Dave goes through when inventing magic; expect a lot of fun, and laughter, along the way. "This is a lecture you can not afford to miss. It's nice to know the new generation of magic is in safe hands." Wayne Dobson. "If you're looking for some good visual magic with smart, well-constructed methods, then you have to check out Dave Loosley’s lecture." Alan Rorrison. "Dave Loosley is one of my favourite creators of modern magic, his tricks are as fun to learn as they are to watch." Kieron Johnson. Register online or by post: 8.12.18


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the first of six of John Fisher's The Magic Comedy Strip series from 1992 starring The Pendragons, David Williamson, Jeff Hobson, Rudy Coby and Joe Pasquale. This show went out on 23rd March. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 8.12.18


When Magic Goes Horribly Wrong is being repeated on Friday 14th December on Channel 5. "Entertaining documentary special looking at the sometimes funny, often dramatic, and sometimes even deadly consequences when magic tricks fail. Witnesses, escapologists and magicians, both famous and amateur, tell their stories, illustrated with archive clips and specially shot material, while graphics help to dissect the tricks to discover what went wrong and why." See TV Magic. 8.12.18


MLM December Web Offers. MLM write: Every month Mark Leveridge selects a couple of items at random from his range and offers them at discounted prices, and given that Mark's prices are already highly economical, this means that some fantastic extra bargains can be enjoyed. This month Mark has chosen an item called Broke, which is a strong three coin and purse routine which incorporates two excellent complete coin vanishes (useful for other coin work too), and also his famous Ring And String Deluxe, which explains 6 wonderful borrowed ring on string moves. The coin routine comes as a downloadable TricKlip video file and the ring and string effect is supplied as a Premier E-Routine, this being a PDF text file complete with many colour photo illustrations. To receive the special prices on either or both of these great effects go to and use the order buttons on that page to ensure that you receive the full discounts. The special prices on these particular items are valid until 31st December 2018. 8.12.18


Merlins of Wakefield last ‘Preview’ catalogue for the year is now available; they write: With loads of new items including our ‘Prestige Range’, the new Tenyo for 2019 range, ideas for Christmas gifts, the latest Magic Wagon release, Magic from Japan, Limited Edition Playing Cards and the Tora Magic Sale there is something for everyone. For a free printed copy or PDF download just email your address to We have over 1000 used items now in stock. If you have anything you are looking for, or any items you are looking to sell, then give us a call 01924 339933. Merlins Magic Club just held their annual Christmas Quiz. The winning team was captained by Darren Mac (pictured). This year, a long time member and friend Ian Waring recently passed away, so the members decided to raise some money in memory of Ian. In total £150 was raised which will be going to his favourite charity, Shelter. 8.12.18


"‘Death by Magic’ a spellbinding binge-watch" Click Here • "Drummond Money Coutts: Everything You Need to Know About the Star of ‘Death By Magic’" Click Here • "‘Death By Magic’ Host Drummond Money-Coutts Is A Longtime Magician With A History Of Stomach-Churning Tricks" Click Here. 8.12.18


Santa & The Elves, from Mr E Enterprises: "This is a fantastic festive effect for your young audiences that will bring screams of delight whenever you perform it, and it’s so easy to do! You show six colourful A5 pictures of Santa’s Elves giving each one a name; Elfie, Elly, Eddie, Eric, Elijah and Evie, it is clear you only have six picture cards, and each is freely shown front and back. Saying you will show the elves once again to see if the children can remember their names and encouraging the children to call each one, you are surprised when a number of the children call, 'Santa Claus!' and you remind them that this is not one of the names! However, the children explain that they saw a picture of Santa among the Elves, but when you check there are just elves and no sign of Father Christmas. The above sequence can be repeated as often as you wish with the children insisting there is Santa, but you can never find him – it’s loads of fun. Eventually, you do find the elusive Santa Claus and decide to make him disappear, however, despite several attempts you just cannot get him to vanish – that is until the children help you by saying the correct magic words. The magic words vanish him so completely that now you cannot find him at all but thankfully he does turn up in the most unexpected place just in time for the children to give him some enthusiastic applause for performing his Christmas magic! Very easy to do. Comes complete with seven laminated picture cards (approx 8" x 5.75", 20.5cm x 14.25cm) and instructions." For more information and to order visit 8.12.18


Potter & Potter Auctions' Winter online only Magic Auction, December 15th. Featuring over 200 choice magic collectibles, including posters, books, ephemera, apparatus, and other conjuring finds. This event will have all the hallmarks of a regular live sale, but with no live floor or phone bidding. Items can be previewed at our gallery, but it will be online only (live, one lot at a time, per the norm) on auction day. See 8.12.18


"This guy recreates classic illusions with incredible moving Lego sculptures" Click Here • "Illusionist Jason Bishop: Creating magic in life" Click Here • "Magicians Spill Their Most Lucrative Secret: Making Corporate Cash Disappear into Their Pockets" Click Here • "Open sesame" Click Here • "Watch BGT illusionist Marc Spelmann freak out X Factor winner Dalton Harris with mind-blowing tricks" Click Here • "Darcy Oake and The Illusionists Bring a Little Legerdemain to Broadway" Click Here • "Holiday Magic With The Illusionists!" Click Here • "Russell Howard interviews Derren Brown" YouTube • Gary Young's Cruise Ship Magic Secrets Day is reviewed by Nick Menday this week, Click Here • "Champions of Magic Set to Perform at E.J. Thomas Hall" Click Here • That's it for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 8.12.18