Number 969 - 19th January 2019


Blackpool Magic Convention - 15th, 16th & 17th February 2019. David Stone has just been booked to appear at this year's convention. David will be performing a brand new act for the very first time at any major convention on the Saturday Night Gala. Add to this his Star Lecture slot for the Sunday afternoon, and that's another reason to register for the 2019 Convention, which takes place in just a few weeks time. DT


From the organisers: The convention has expanded and morphed into an event that no one could have possibly imagined only a few years ago and it's all thanks to you! This year we've booked more acts and shows than ever before, expanding the fringe event with a series of one-man shows, including the UK Convention debut of Amazing Johnathan. A show that will be a very special one-off performance on the Saturday Night in The Spanish Hall. Yet again, we've invested heavily in the technical aspect of the whole event, with upgraded video and lighting systems in all of the lecture theatres and rooms. The tech that we're installing in The Opera House is bigger and better than ever before and we're sure this will make the shows an even more spectacular and fun experience. If you haven't already registered, check out who we've booked and see just what you're missing. Numbers are already up on last year (which was a record), so come and join over 4,000 other like-minded people for a weekend of mind-blowing magic and fun... book here!


The shows in the Opera House Theatre will feature some of the most outstanding talents in the world of magic. We've booked both of the current FISM World Champions to appear on the gala shows over the weekend. Miguel Munoz and Eric Chien will blow your minds with their unique and creative acts (Eric Chien will also be lecturing for the first time in the UK).

The full stage show line up is: Hans Klok, Eric Chien, Colin Cloud, Matt Edwards, Charlie Frye & Co, Patrick Lenahan, Lee Thompson, Michael Szanyieni, Derek Scott, Winston Fuenmayor, Mandy Muden, Rudy Coby, Tom Noddy, Hector Mancha, Issy Simpson, Miguel Munoz, Kris Kremo, Fielding West, Marc Spelmann, Paul Zerdin and Jack Beavis.


Our one-man headliner shows were a huge hit last year and this year looks like being no exception:

Amazing Johnathan - Las Vegas Comedy legend Johnathan, will perform his hilarious stand-up show that has taken him around the world. This will be on Saturday Night in The Spanish Hall and seating is on a first come, first served, basis. His first ever UK Convention appearance

Paul Zerdin - Winner of America's Got Talent, Paul will show just why he's one of the very best in the world at what he does. The show debuts on Friday Night in The Pavilion Theatre.

Paul Zenon - Back by popular demand. Paul will perform his brilliant and touching "Linking Rings" Show in The Pavilion on the Saturday Night.

Nick Diffatte - Nick is a headliner from Las Vegas and will perform 2 comedy shows on Sunday Night in The Pavilion Theatre. This is someone that you won't want to miss! His first ever UK Convention appearance.

Tom Crosbie - Tom will present his one-man show that was such a hit at last year's Edinburgh Fringe in The Spanish Hall on Sunday Night.

Morgan and West - The Time Travelling magicians perform their show in The Spanish Hall on Friday Night.

Mel Mellers - See Mel Mellers in his natural habitat, performing in The Spanish Hall on Saturday Night in this hilarious comedy show, performed in his own unique style.



We've lined up more lectures and talks than ever before and included in this are a series of 'TED' style talks, featuring some of the most successful young magicians in the world. The talks will cover TV Magic, Stage Illusions, Street Magic, TV Consultancy and Social Media.

Add to this our ever-popular Children's Lectures and Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition and we think you'll agree that there's something for everyone.

Names include: Danny Garcia, Tom Elderfield, Rory Adams, Charlie Fry, Rudy Coby, Matt Wright, Carl Royle, Bill Abbott, Paul Taz Marlow, The Great Zucchini, Rob Ramirez, Morgan Strebler, Luke Dancy, Dave Loosley, Morgan and West, Mickael Chatlain, Eric Chien, Josh Jay, Miguel Munoz, Amazing Johnathan, CBBC, Michael Diamond, Faye Presto, Wayne Dobson, Steve Short, Fielding West, Lee Thompson, Rodney James Piper, Bill Smith, Anastasia, Hans Klok, Hector Mancha, Marc Spelmann, Derek Scott, Tom Noddy, Martin Duffy, Martin Gardiner, Gerry Cottle & Richard Cadell, Chris Chelko, and Diobo.

The Fringe will feature:

Beat the Wand with Magic Sam & Aaron Wez.
Paul Zenon's Pub Quiz.
Not the Gala Show with George Firehorse, John Kimmons, Tamar Kimmons, Ryan Gleeson, Gary Dunn and The Slaughter House Team. (Note: show not suitable if you're easily offended)

To find out more and to register visit


Marc Spelmann: Real Magic Beyond Trickery & Illusion. Millfield Theatre, Edmonton, London, 1st and 5th February. From the promoters: Direct from Britain’s Got Talent, Golden Buzzer magician and mind reader Marc Spelmann who amazed not only the UK but the entire world with his incredible heartfelt audition, dedicated to his wife and daughter. In this 2 hour show Marc will first take you behind the scenes of his globally recognised Britain’s Got Talent experience. See first-hand how his audition was created, how he conceived it all and what he chose to leave out. You’ll learn what the whole experience was like from the other side of the television screen. The second half will feature some of the most incredible mind reading and magic from Marc Spelmann’s 20 year career prior to Britain’s Got Talent and a conclusion that will absolutely astonish you. It’s not what you’ve seen, it’s what you haven’t seen that will absolutely amaze you. Simon Cowell said that ‘Magic’ was too small a word to describe Marc’s incredible performances, whilst David Walliam’s said Marc and what he creates on stage is extraordinary. Marc has performed for heads of state, celebrities and on television multiple times around the world. See him live, up close and in person. Friday 1st February at 7.45pm Click Here and Friday 5th April at 7.45pm Click Here. Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, London N18 1PJ (Map). Also see YouTube. 19.1.19


'Staging Magic - The Story Behind The Illusion' opens on January 21st at the University of London: Our new exhibition Staging Magic - The Story Behind The Illusion opens in January, celebrating the history of magical literature and revealing the world’s most loved magic tricks and stage illusions from 16th century to early 20th century. It’s free and open to the public from Monday 21st January until Saturday 15th June 2019 at Senate House Library, 4th floor of Senate House, part of the University of London.


The exhibition takes people on a journey of the world’s greatest magicians, such as Houdini, David Devant and psychic researcher Harry Price, and the magic books that influenced them. The exhibition explores the staging of classic tricks such as pulling rabbits out of hats, sawing women in half and dismembered talking heads, right through to cigarette box magic tricks and parlour magic. Discover how sleight of hand and illusions staged in top theatres have been used to create mystery and entertainment in society and how it transferred to the home, and even to the Tommies fighting in the trenches of WWI.

Through five interconnected themes ('Magic’s Spell on Society', 'Magic and innovation', 'Masters of Magic and their Influence', 'Harry Price and his Magical Library', 'Magic for All'), the exhibition explores how magic has remained a mainstay of popular culture in the western world, how its secrets have been kept and revealed, and how magicians have innovated to continue to surprise and enchant their audiences. Each theme features some of the most important books in the history of magic, alongside lesser-known works celebrating a range of genres in magic publishing.

The exhibition displays 60 items in Senate House Library’s ‘Harry Price Library of Magical Literature’, gifted by Harry Price himself, former Vice-President of the Magic Circle (and first Chair of the BFI), to the Library in 1936. See:


To commemorate David Berglas being awarded an MBE, magical artist Jay Fortune is gifting an original portrait of David Berglas to just one lucky magician... For your chance of winning, simply visit and subscribe to Jay’s free newsletter. A subscriber will be picked at random on February 1st and will receive this original 17"x24" charcoal portrait. Jay writes: "I’ve known David for many years and have had the absolute pleasure of spending time with him, hearing of his incredible career, including a private performance of his ACAAN. David has one of my pencil portraits in his collection and I know that this latest work will become a collector's piece." 19.1.19


Tim Clothier on Richard Young's The Magicians’ Podcast. Tim Clothier is the CEO of Illusion Projects Inc., a Las Vegas based company that specialises in the design and construction of theatrical stage illusions. They build props for some of the most famous names in magic including David Copperfield and Criss Angel. Tim's journey in magic actually began in the UK. He is in fact from the West Country and in this interview he shares his incredible journey from being a competing young magician in the UK to setting up shop a stone's throw from the Las Vegas Strip. Also in this episode, Richard talks to Andreas Sucker who takes care of the PR for German superstars of magic, The Ehrlich Brothers, and gets a sneak peak of what an audience can expect at their first UK supershow at Wembley Arena on April 6th. Plus, Alan 'art of the freebie' Hudson, on lift installations and all things magical. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 19.1.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, David Blaine's Vertigo, discussed on Channel 4's RI:SE with studio guests Jon Allen, Tim Saiet and Jason Hunjan. From 23rd May 2002. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 19.1.19


Steve Dela on Talking Tricks with Kane & Abel. Steve Dela joins Talking Tricks to discuss winning more magic competitions than any other UK magician and the doors that these awards have opened for him. The Shropshire-born magician talks about his move to London which resulted in him working five residencies a week, getting fewer tips than Dynamo, his top advice for entering competitions, his inspirations, the ins and outs of running a monthly magic night, creating original material and selling it to fellow magicians, and his transition into a mentalist. All this and much more on Talking Tricks. Listen via iTunes or Podbean. [Steve - you did win the Geoff Ray Stage Cup at the Shropshire Magical Society's annual stage competition when you were 14. Your win was featured in MagicWeek number 92, back in 2002, Click Here. DT]. 19.1.19


‘Smoke and Mirrors’ Exhibition to open in London in April, 2019. From the organisers: Opening in April 2019, our free exhibition ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ will be the first-ever to focus on the relationship between magic and psychology. ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ will seek the truth about deception, ask how bias and suggestion affect our senses and decisions, and consider what it is about the human condition that means many of us believe in magic and the supernatural, even in the face of logical explanations. Artefacts from the world of magic will include those from Derren Brown, Tommy Cooper, Paul Daniels, Debbie McGee and Harry Houdini. Explore spirit photography, magic props, psychology experiments and more to see how magic works on – and in – your mind. 11th April - 15th September 2019. Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE (Map) (Just a 2 minute walk from The Magic Circle.) 19.1.19


Become a MagicWeek Backer. As MagicWeek heads towards its 1,000th edition, and as I'd like it to continue from there to the 2,000th edition, I recently introduced a 'MagicWeek Backer' scheme. Click Here to find out what it's all about. DT. 19.1.19


Conjuring at the Court, Thursday 24th January, London. Enjoy a magical start to the New Year at Conjuring at the Court! With the hilarious John Lenahan, the sparky Claire Lenahan, BBC Radio magician James Phelan, and London’s king of comedy magic Christian Lee. Compère Russell 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. 19.1.19


Christian Magicians UK Conference - 18th to 21st February 2019. From the organisers: Chris Wood, Derek Scott and Kieron Johnson, three star lecturers at Christian Magicians UK Conference, 18th to 21st February 2019 at High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG (Map).

Chris Wood has been performing exceptional magic for over 30 years. He is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. Chris can be found most Mondays at the Magic Circle helping others, sharing his knowledge. He can show you how to make the simplest of things truly magical.

Derek Scott has performed his unique brand of physical comedy in over 40 countries worldwide. His humour is understood and enjoyed by people of every different language, every different culture, every different ethnicity. He can perform in English, German, French, Spanish, a little Chinese and a few words of Russian.

Kieron Johnson (photo) is an award winning magician and a member of the prestigious Magic Circle. He is based in Taunton, performing Close-up Table Magic and Stage Magic across the country at Weddings, Corporate Events and Private Parties for Celebrities, Rockstars, TV Stars & Blue Chip Companies. He is also an acting magical consultant for TV, Film and Theatre and a creator of many original effects for magicians and is highly revered by his peers.

Full Board Accommodation from Monday Lunch until and including evening meal on Thursday for only £340. Conference includes Lectures, Workshops, TED-type Talks, Close-up Competition, Open-Mic, specialist Christian based Magic - with evening shows to finish the day, comfortable accommodation and good food all on site, there’s no need to travel to and fro the venue each day. All this is why so many delegates return year after year, meeting with friends old and new. With a little over 4 weeks to go, act now, check out the conference page on our website Don’t leave it too late and miss this opportunity to share in a great programme.


Tweedy's Illusion Confusion - A Show of Magic & Mayhem. From the promoters: Tweedy - the comedy and slapstick legend and star of Gifford s Circus, Cirque Berserk and the Everyman Theatre pantomime returns with an all new show of magic & mayhem... Over the years Tweedy has assisted some of the world's top magicians, resulting in him being sawn in half, disappeared and even turned into a tiger. Tweedy has had enough of being the magician's assistant and has decided it's time to be the magician instead. Unfortunately, all does not go to plan... and his blundering attempts lead to more mayhem than magic in this fantastically funny, family friendly show. "The brilliant Tweedy, a circus clown and true genius had the audience crying with laughter" The Sunday Telegraph. "Tweedy is a marvellous comic" Time Out. "Tweedy's act was timed to perfection, innovative, wonderfully visual and very, very funny" The Stage. See What's On (February) for dates. 19.1.19


NMP Live Meets Alexis Conran. Celebrity booking agency NMP Live has just dropped the latest in their ongoing series of exclusive “NMP Live Meets…” celebrity interviews. Scam expert and star of Objective Productions’ The Real Hustle, Alexis Conran, popped into NMP's office to discuss the psychology of why people still fall for scams, every day, and how his background as an actor and magician helped him realise that scams, magic and acting, are fundamentally the same as what salespeople do - 'storytelling', and getting people to 'buy in' to your story. Other 'NMP Live Meets' interviewees include: Dynamo, Jamie Raven, Ben Hanlin, Fay Presto, Darcy Oake and Troy. Watch the interview or read the full transcript here: 19.1.19


The Mark Leveridge January Podcast. It's time to enjoy half an hour of magic chat, advice and opinion brought to you via Mark Leveridge's latest free monthly audio podcast. As usual there are a range of topics covered; here's a summary: The launch of the new Mark Leveridge Magic website is getting closer and Mark gives an update about what it will be like. Mark reflects on the latest Magic Clips get together and compares it to the traditional magic convention. Why do some spectators think it is OK to rummage through the magician's clothing if they want to find out how a trick is done? The sophistication of some modern dealers is amazing when compared to 30 years ago. If a spectator can come up with even a simplistic and inaccurate explanation for your magic, it diminishes the impact of it in their eyes. Mark shares the funny true story of the lady spectator who found a way to get maximum value for money. This edition marks the start of the 7th year of these monthly podcasts, and you can catch any of the previous 72 releases by going to You can also download the podcasts from and even sign up to be a follower so that you receive each new one as soon as it is released. 19.1.19


David Copperfield on American Restoration. World-renowned illusionist David Copperfield calls on Rick and the team to restore two items from his magic museum's collection. Friday 25th January, on Blaze (repeat). See TV Magic for details. 19.1.19


Matthew Wright / Harry Robson double-bill lecture, Wednesday 23rd January, Derby Magic Circle. Paul Sharp writes: Matthew Wright, two-time FISM award-winner and Harry Robson "Godfather of British Magic", have teamed up to present this unique lecture. Matthew and Harry have over 50 years of experience between them, performing at literally thousands of real world gigs. They will share with us their very best insights as we are entertained for the evening by two of the best magicians around. A lecture not to be missed. 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. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Derby Magic Circle, Breadsall Memorial Hall, Brookside Road, Breadsall, Derby DE21 5LR (Map). 19.1.19


Ed Doolan Interviews... Paul Daniels and Leonard Nimoy, 3pm today, on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Conversation double-bill: Star Trek's Mr Spock, Leonard Nimoy jets in from 1980 - and magician Paul Daniels pops in from 2009. Ed Doolan was one of Britain's best-known BBC local radio presenters, broadcasting to the West Midlands for over 40 years. Ed died aged 76 in 2018. Excerpts from interviews originally broadcast on BBC WM. See TV Magic for more times. 19.1.19


Chris Stevenson lecture, The Order of The Magi (Manchester). Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Award winning magician, Chris Stevenson makes a welcome return to The Order of The Magi this Tuesday, 22nd January. His dedication to the art of magic makes him outstanding and unforgettable. He has a talented blend of close-up magic with humour and putting these together, leaves his audiences surprised, baffled and always entertained. His new lecture to be presented on this occasion will have plenty to enjoy and guests are welcome for a fee of £5 with the usual prior arrangement with either the president or secretary. Further details: 19.1.19


Penn & Teller on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Chat show hosted by Seth Meyers. Guests include Good Morning America host and former football star Michael Strahan, and stage magicians and Fool Us hosts Penn & Teller. 8pm on Saturday 19th January on CNBC. See TV Magic. 19.1.19


Scottish Magic Convention (SAMS) 26th, 27th, & 28th April in Glasgow's city centre. See for details. 19.1.19


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