Number 970 - 26th January 2019


Maskelyne & Cooke talk by Dr Will Houstoun, Saturday 16th February. Maskelyne & Cooke, London's only close-up magic bar which opened in December 2018 will now play host to a series of special events, as well as running close-up magic four nights a week (see The first event is a talk on Maskelyne & Cooke by Dr Will Houstoun.


John Nevil Maskelyne and George Alfred Cooke may not be well known today but, over one hundred years ago, they revolutionised the art of conjuring, inventing iconic tricks that are performed today and making London the magic capital of the world. Join Dr Will Houstoun at this exclusive presentation to learn more about these remarkable gentlemen and the magic with which they and their contemporaries astonished London audiences. Along the way you will get a rare glimpse into the world of the card cheat, learn how magicians exploit cutting-edge technology and see feats of conjuring performed before your very eyes. "A fascinating and elegant trip through the history of magic, Dr. Houstoun's skill is unmatched." DesignMyNight. "An enticing glimpse through a secret trap door into the often unbelievable history of magic." TVBomb. Dr Will Houstoun, Saturday 16th February, 4pm-5pm. To book: Click Here. 26.1.19


"Piff The Magic Dragon: Hilarious Magician Shocks Heidi Klum - America's Got Talent: The Champions" YouTube. "Las Vegas Strip theater renamed for AGT ‘loser’ Piff The Magic Dragon" 26.1.19


Lewis Davenport working abroad in the 1920s. A talk on Thursday, 7th February in London. What was it like to travel with a magic act to South Africa and South America in the 1920s? A talk by Anne Goulden on 7th February will bring these tours to life and throw light on some of the other acts on the bills. The talk starts at 7.45pm and is hosted by The British Music Hall Society at the Club for Acts and Actors, 20 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9HP (Map). There is no charge for admission but voluntary donations are appreciated at the door to cover the cost of the meeting. The venue is full of show business interest with many posters and photographs on display. 26.1.19


Northern Magic Summit 2019, 26th - 28th April. From the organisers: The Northern Magic Summit, the convention of the Northern Magic Circle, is returning to The Crown Hotel, Harrogate for the weekend Friday 26th April – Sunday 28th April 2019!

The convention will kick-off with our Welcome Dinner on the Friday night – an event which has been so well enjoyed in recent years. Following the success of last year the evening will also feature the 2019 Northern Magic Close-up Championships. The Northern Magic Circle is proud to invite magicians from across the UK to enter and represent their local magic society. For full details please visit Deadline for entries is Friday 12th April 2019.

Full registration to the convention covers all hotel events on Saturday and Sunday: Lectures, Dealers, Dealer Dem, History of Mystery and all Non-magic events, plus tickets to The Children’s Show and The Gala Show. There will also be non-magical events for those friends and family who support us, but have little interest in magic! For more information and to find the registration forms head to or email Here’s looking forward to a convention that reflects our motto: “Friendship through the Art of Magic.” Hope to see you all there!


Jamie Raven and The Neptune Magic Society. Danny Hunt writes: The Neptune Magic Society are very proud to welcome Jamie Raven as an honorary life member and patron of the society. Jamie very kindly agreed to take on the role after our former patron Sir Ken Dodd sadly passed away last year. Lady Ann Dodd will continue to support the Neptune Magic Society also. Jamie is looking forward to playing an active role in the Society by supporting our junior members in everything they do. The Neptune Magic Society are very honoured and privileged to not only have a wonderful performer as their patron but someone who believes in supporting and encouraging the future of magic. 26.1.19


A new book by Gary Jones. From the publishers. Magicseen Publications are delighted to announce that on the 15th February 2019 at the Blackpool Convention we will be releasing a brand new book featuring the routines, tips and ideas of well known and highly popular performer and creator, Gary Jones. Entitled Life's A Beach, this 136 page soft cover book features a wide selection of Gary's commercial magic including: a simple but effective bottle production, a totally sleight-free coins through table using regular coins, a brilliant borrowed ring escape from a length of dental floss, a really clever and direct way to perform cards across in which two thought of cards jump from one pile to another, a simple yet fooling version of ACAAN, a commercial colour changing silk routine for walkabout, a move-free take on the classic cups and balls, plus a whole raft of other great card, coin and mental material. Gary has been a pro for over 30 years and as well as providing you with lots of practical and well thought out effects, he also shares with you many performance tips and advice on being successful at making money with magic. This is a wonderful book from which you will undoubtedly use many of the routines included. You can reserve your copy now and choose either to have it mailed to you on publication, or elect to save the P&P costs by picking up your copy from the Magicseen stand at Blackpool. Go to for more information and to order. 26.1.19


Rodney James Piper on The Magicians’ Podcast. Rodney James Piper is the owner of The House of Illusion venue in Salou, Spain. Over the last 20 years dozens of well known magicians got their start by completing a season working for him. In this podcast Rodney discusses the venue and the magicians who have helped make it a must-see night out. He also shares with us how and why he ended up there, how to do a great audition, stage hypnosis, grand illusions, and most importantly, admits to being the owner of some hooky props. Plus 'What's Going On' with Alan Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify (another great Magicians' Podcast). 26.1.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, some 'Extra Sensory Deception' from Paul Daniels, first shown on 20th December 1986. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 26.1.19


Jon Allen Lecture Night, Anglian Magic Society. Kyle Sarocen writes: Jon Allen Lecture Night! Anglian Magic Society - Special Extra Event. Tuesday 29th January at 7.30pm. Jon Allen is the only magician to be awarded "British & World IBM Close-up Magic Champion" and "The Magic Circle Close-up Magic Champion". What else do you need to know other than don’t miss this! A special announcement is going to be made on the evening which is the most important news the Anglian Magic Society has ever had. Special venue for this event: Norwich Snowsports Centre, Whitlingham Lane, Trowse Newton, Norwich NR14 8TW (Map). Free for members - Visitors on the door £10.00. 26.1.19


Wayne Fox lectures at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 28th January. William Booth writes: Magic at its best; surely a night not to be missed. Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £10.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website or email 26.1.19


The Magic Car Boot Sale will take place once again this year, on Sunday, 3rd February, at The Austin Sports and Social Club, Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map) from 9.30am. There are now over 30 stalls booked in, so there will be literally thousands of bargains to be found. Ample free parking at the venue which is just 10 minutes from Junction 4 on the M5. It is adjacent to Longbridge Railway Station. Admission is just £4. Contact Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or if you require any further information. 26.1.19


Le Paradoxe De Georges, Yann Frisch. The first time I saw Yann Frisch's FISM Grand Prix winning close-up magic live it left an indelible impression on me. This is what he's up to now: Vimeo. Also see: DT. 26.1.19


Enterteasement: Comedy! Magic! Burlesque! - Glasgow. Saturday, February 9th, 8pm - 10.30pm. Scott Cuthbertson will be appearing at Enterteasement's Comedy! Magic! Burlesque! show in February. Tickets £14 via Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 26.1.19


2019 is the year the Cambridge Pentacle Magic Club hits the big 100! What a year we have in store to celebrate this fantastic milestone! The Cambridge Pentacle Club will be playing in large venues in its home town as well as supporting local charities and their worthy causes. The club will also be performing at the prestigious Magic Circle later in the year. Another exciting date in the Cambridge Pentacle Club’s diary is Saturday 22nd June 2019 when the club will be holding its annual dinner at Freemasons Hall, Cambridge, with guest act Wayne Goodman performing after-dinner cabaret. Tickets are now on sale – book early to avoid disappointment as there is a limit on the number of guests the venue can accommodate. For more information on all the exciting events in this year’s Cambridge Pentacle Club diary and to book tickets please visit Jeremy Bond, President, Cambridge Pentacle Magic Club. 26.1.19


New Year's Resolution. If you want to take a huge stride towards giving your magic life a boost this year, why not sign up for Mark Leveridge's E-Club Pro? This comprehensive online magic and information resource has just entered its ninth year and members all over the world benefit from the hundred of routines, ideas and advice files that are contained on its members' only pages. With new material and updates being released on the 1st of every month, E-Club Pro has grown into a huge database that draws exclusively on Mark's creativity and experience. Renowned as a magic teacher, Mark has created easy to follow video tutorials, has provided detailed real world advice, and supplied a wide variety of fun and interesting magic which will appeal to all types of magician. So whether you are a full time pro, an enthusiastic hobbyist just starting out, or someone whose experience lies somewhere in between, E-Club Pro will provide relevant, useful material for you to enjoy. Membership is available on an automated monthly PayPal subscription with no fixed term, which gives you the flexibility to stay for as long as you want. For more information and to sign up go to 26.1.19


Cabaret cult sensation Lucha Britannia on Talking Tricks. Garry Vanderhorne and Greg Burridge, the men behind the phenomenal Lucha Britannia, join Talking Tricks with Kane & Abel to talk about their iconic cult variety show that is a part cabaret, part wrestling event. The chaps discuss what led to them starting Lucha Britannia, having Las Vegas quality variety acts on the show, and the lessons that magicians can learn from the world of wrestling. Listen via Podbean or iTunes. 26.1.19


John Styles is up to his old tricks again, back on the road with "The Magnificent Music Hall" Spring tour. It started lasts week at The New Theatre, Wimbledon when guest star Gary Wilmot (direct from his London Palladium pantomime) topped the bill. Dates include: Basilon, Dunstable, Shanklin, Horsham, Poole, Alexandra Palace, Teddington, Peterborough, Leicester, Dudley and Bognor. 26.1.19


ESP Direct from Mr E Enterprises. Mr E Enterprises write: You show several jumbo size laminated cards (approx. A6); each with a different ESP type symbol printed upon them. The cards are mixed and laid out face up on the table. A spectator is allowed to indicate which cards should be eliminated one by one, until only one symbol is left. Please note there is no equivoque used in the selection, but a very clever idea by Roy Baker.

The spectators themselves turn over the chosen card to discover a large red tick sign on its back representing your prediction is correct. But the spectators are not convinced for they have not seen the backs of the other cards, after all, they could each have a red tick mark. But when they turn over the other cards each one has a bold letter on it – correctly spelling out the name of the selected symbol! A stunning climax! Easy to do and totally baffling. Perform it close-up, parlour or on television. Everything can be left for examination. Practical Mentalism at its best! Comes complete with the Jumbo A6 sized laminated cards & instructions. Post free in the UK. Overseas please add an extra £5.00 for postage to your country unless this is part of a larger order. Only £9.99 from


Hartshill Sports & Members Club presents An Evening of Magic. Lee Joseph writes: Hartshill Sports & Members Club presents An Evening of Magic at 7pm on 22nd February at Hartshill Sports & Members Club, Victoria Road, Nuneaton CV10 0LS (Map). The evening is to help raise money for magic legend Tim Stracey so he can get the treatment he deserves. This will be a evening featuring stage magicians and close-up magic at your table. This will include illusionist Andy Storm, and magic from Lee Joseph and David Michaels, plus LAWNS stage competition winner Angus Baskerville and more. Free admission. So please come along and support a good cause and help Tim get the treatment he needs. Thank you. Hope to see you all there. 26.1.19


Houdini's Last Secrets, Wednesday 6th February on Discovery. Episode 1: The Torture Escape. How did Harry Houdini pull off his death-defying escapes? A team of experts investigate his illusions to reveal the secrets of this mysterious stunt. New. See TV Magic for details. 26.1.19


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"Chris Cox says magic has no secret power" Click Here • "Millionaire magician David Blaine uses a simple $1 rule to make all his career decisions" Click Here • "Magician Criss Angel Explains the Real Purpose and Meaning Behind His Success" Click Here • "America’s Got Talent: The Champions’: Jon Dorenbos blows minds with unbelievable magic" Click Here • "Illusionist Darcy Oake eliminated on ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’: Did Superfans get it wrong?" Click Here • "Menier’s Fiddler on the Roof to transfer to the West End" Click Here • "Grand opening of Illusionist Criss Angel's new show at Planet Hollywood" Click Here • "Criss Angel, Las Vegas Strip performer, welcomes second child" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 26.1.19