Number 968 - 12th January 2019


TV magician Ben Hanlin brings his critically acclaimed show 'Ben Hanlin: 50' to Midlands Arts Centre for a limited run! Ben has searched the globe, the history books and his own brain to find 50 fantastic magic tricks. He's added his own cheeky spin and presents them in this fast-paced magic show! Ben's warm and fun personality have made him a regular TV face, appearing in his own ITV2 show, Tricked, Celebrity Juice, Live at the Palladium and most recently Ben Hanlin's Live & Deadly: Drowned. Ben Hanlin: 50, Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH (Map) Monday 11th – Saturday 16th February at 7.30pm. See 12.1.19


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). 12.1.19


An Evening with Mandy Muden and her Cunning Stunts. Thursday, 14th February, London. A rare chance to explore London's most secret, intimate and utterly mind-blowing gothic venue, Simon Drake's House of Magic. Tickets from £17.50. 12.1.19


Dick & Dom Present The Great Wonderfest ~ A Family Festival Wonderland. Marvel at the wonder of Music, Magic and Merriment. Live Acts, DJs, Magic, Mystique, Family Shows, TV Stars, Vaudeville, Variety, Comedy, Cabaret and Big Games. VIP Packages and Boutique Accommodation. Isle of Wight, August 1st-4th 2019. For more info visit 12.1.19


It's magic for Berglas. Cape Times ran a story on David Berglas' MBE, and David's connection with Cape Town's only magical arts organisation, the College of Magic, a non-profit organisation that reported how thrilled they were on hearing David Berglas' news: "David's generous philanthropic support has seen the creation of many training facilities benefiting thousands of students and tens of thousands of school learners who have attended the College of Magic over the past 39 years. His inspiration, encouragement and recognition have played a pivotal role in building our organisation internationally and from within, strengthening our important transformative role among the youth of South Africa." The College of Magic, brainchild of current director, David Gore, opened its doors on February 23rd, 1980 providing desperately needed performance arts training for aspirant entertainers from all sections of the community. See 12.1.19


Etienne Pradier just celebrated his 15th year entertaining HRH Prince Charles at St James Palace, together with good friends Jamie Raven and Alex Conrali. Etienne writes how much everyone enjoyed the magic, and especially Jamie Raven's stage act [by coincidence, see this week's MagicWeek Video Archive to watch Etienne assisting Jeff Hobson with his act, 27 years ago! DT]. 12.1.19


The Magicians’ Podcast. For the first time ever, a previous guest returns to The Magicians' Podcast hot seat for a catch-up. Richard Cadell was the guest on Episode 31 back in 2015 and shared his amazing journey from fairground ride operator to stage illusionist, through to being the owner of Sooty & Co. In this episode he updates us with what he's been up to since that interview and discusses the exciting potential Sooty movie; how and why he decided to get back into performing illusions, and subsequently closing the Blackpool Magicians Convention Gala show in 2018; his time as IBM President, and what audiences can expect from his 2019 UK tour 'Sooty's Magic Show'. Plus, Alan 'alt. mug' Hudson returns, to chat all things magic with host Richard Young. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 12.1.19


Amazing Mysteries, Beccles Public Hall & Theatre. Following the success of A Night of Mystery and A Cavalcade of Wonders, this magic trilogy completes with ‘Amazing Mysteries’, the latest offering from illusionist Chris North. Witness some of the inexplicable curiosities that astounded Victorian audiences as Chris takes a light-hearted journey through the unusual and bizarre phenomena that helped define an era. As a unique feature of the show Chris is joined by ‘The Victorian Enchantress’, a skilled sorceress, whose sophisticated magic and illusion captivates all. Saturday 2nd February at 7.30pm at Beccles Public Hall & Theatre, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9AD (Map). Tickets: 12.1.19


High Jinx Magic, Illusion & Circus Show, Blackpool. Michael Jordan is pleased to announce he will be returning to Viva Blackpool for his 8th consecutive season with his High Jinx Magic, Illusion & Circus Show. Opening with a one night special on Thursday 14th February 14th, ahead of the Blackpool Magicians Convention, then on selected dates from July to November (see The High Jinx Show was Blackpool's number-one family show on TripAdvisor throughout the summer of 2018. Michael is currently preparing to support Richard Cadell & Sooty on their Nationwide tour from February to June 2019. See 12.1.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the final Magic Comedy Strip from 1992 starring The Pendragons, Jeff Hobson, David Williamson, Rudy Coby, Joe Pasquale, Terry Seabrooke and Al Carthy. This show went out on April 27th. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 12.1.19


Magic Extravaganza, Cambridge Guildhall, Sunday 24th February at 2.30pm. Cambridge’s Pentacle Club is celebrating its centenary this year. As part of the celebrations they are presenting this special show in aid of local charity The Red Hen Project. The club will be wowing crowds with spellbinding miracles, stage illusions, close-up magic, comedy and pulse-quickening danger. The show is family friendly and suitable for all. As well as the magic on stage, there will be strolling magicians to entertain and amaze on your arrival and during the interval. Performers include professional magicians, and members of The Magic Circle. This includes the charismatic Dr Bondini, plus JezO with his high-energy interactive comedy magic. They are joined by Chris Kostecki and Will Bearcroft, fresh from his success at the Edinburgh Fringe. Come along, enjoy the magic and support a local charity. For tickets see John Davenport. 12.1.19


Paul Megram (aka Colonel Custard) after a 5 year absence has just started lecturing again. He has been asked by many magic clubs over the years and has finally succumbed. Last time he lectured on the Business of Magic, but this time it's 'All About the Tricks' - ones that are suitable for family audiences. If you are interested then email Paul directly: 12.1.19


The Barely Methodical Troupe on Talking Tricks. Kane & Abel write: This week on Talking Tricks, we are joined by contemporary circus company The Barely Methodical Troupe to discuss their show Shift which opens the London International Mime Festival this week. BMT co-founders Charlie Wheeler and Louis Gift, along with fellow cast members Esmeralda Nikolajeff and Elihu Vazquez, discuss their roles in the show, what led to them starting the troupe/joining the troupe, why collaboration is key in contemporary circus and the narrative and themes of their performances and why they are always open to audience interpretation. They also talk about their previous smash hit Bromance and other show Kin. You can listen to the podcast via iTunes or Podbean. 12.1.19


Mark Leveridge Lecture - Kent Magicians' Guild. Bruce Graham writes: Our next meeting is on the 29th January (7.30pm for an 8pm start), when we will be having the completely new lecture from veteran Mark Leveridge. None of the items shown will be for sale, which makes it a unique experience from a lecturer nowadays. As usual, visitors pay a £5.00 fee, but members are of course free. Kent Magicians' Guild, CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map). 12.1.19


Chris Wood lectures for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday, 17th January. Adam Mosley writes: With over 40 lectures to his credit including an "At the Table" for Murphy's Magic, Chris is an accomplished performer who runs The Magic Circle Close-Up shows and is known for his insight and attention to detail when improving effects. Recent talks at The Magic Circle have focused on topics such as scripting, an exemplar on physical misdirection, impromptu card magic and a masterclass workshop on clarity, rhythm and pace. His lectures similarly cover in depth the why as well as the how behind some of the routines from his working repertoire. This will be his second lecture at The Surrey Society of Magicians. 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 contact Adam Mosley: See and 12.1.19


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Mark Leveridge Magic Web Offers January 2019. Each month Mark selects at random two products from his range and offers them at specially discounted prices for the duration of that month. These are not end-of-line product offers but items selected from the core of his marketed range. Here are the Web Offers for January: Audio Files Compilation 2. This 55 minute mp3 audio download features the sound tracks from 6 Mark's Monthly Message video presentations which members of Mark's online club E-Club Pro receive each month. Each track covers advice, opinion and help on a specific magical topic, and in Compilation 2 the topics covered are: Approaching A Table, Deciding How Long To Perform For, Expecting The Unexpected, Getting Great Table Reactions, Using Patter Lines Sensitively and Working Close Up Outside. The second Web Offer is a commercial card routine called Breakout. This comedy presentation is used regularly by Mark in his current repertoire and requires nothing more than a regular deck and a handkerchief to create several minutes of highly entertaining magic. The routine is supplied as a TricKlipXtra Video Download. Full details of both these Web Offers, including a dem of Breakout, can be found at 12.1.19


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