Number 972 - 9th February 2019


Blackpool's Got Talent! Friday Night Gala Show: Matt Edwards, Colin Cloud, Issy Simpson, Charlie Frye, Patrick Lehnen, Lee Thompson, Mikael Szanyiel. Saturday Night Gals Show: Eric Chien, Mandy Muden, David Stone, Rudy Coby, Tom Noddy, Hector Mancha, Derek Scott. Sunday Night Gala Show: Hans Klok, Paul Zerdin, Miguel Minoz, Jack Beavis, Kris Kremo, Fielding West, Marc Spelmann, Hector Mancha. Friday 15th February, Saturday 16th February, Sunday 17th February. Book Now! 9.2.19


Damon Conlan: Jocular Prestidigitator, Upstairs At The Western, Leicester, Sunday 10th February: Mortals! Come seek refuge from the political fallout of the modern age and witness miracles* of a scientific nature. In this post-apocalyptic sanctuary observe a new world of mutant showbiz raccoons, cocoa-based gluttony, and spectacular telepathy†. *Miracles aren't real, fools. †Telepathy isn't real, fools. Part of the Leicester Comedy Festival. Sunday, 10th February at 7.30pm. Tickets £8.00. Venue: Upstairs At The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA (Map). More info: 9.2.19


Luke Jermay: Intuition - tonight, 9th February, 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! 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). 9.2.19


The Craft - Performance Craft and Business Craft Workshops, Brussels, Belgium, 25th-26th May. For the first time, Ken Dyne is peeling back the curtain on character, stagecraft, routine selection and show structure, based on his professional training as an actor and now more than 16 years of experience as a full time performer. This day will immediately be followed by a day working on your business, marketing, and branding strategies, and how to get more of the gigs you want. Book either day, or grab a 2-day pass. Full details here: Tickets are limited to just 35 spaces and are, understandably, selling fast. 9.2.19


Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group acquires the makers of ‘The Illusionists’ franchise. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announced on Wednesday the acquisition of The Works Entertainment, the world-class creative and production company known for The Illusionists franchise and other variety shows. The addition of well-known brands to Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group’s portfolio allows the global leader in live entertainment to continue its diversification of content offering and consolidate its presence in soft-seat theatres.

“This transaction is a perfect example of how our group is diversifying through acquisitions, while always investing in our core activities,” said Daniel Lamarre, president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “The Works productions have natural affinities with our own, in that they are high-quality universal live experiences that appeal to different audiences from different cultures around the world without having to adapt the show to each market. Magic, a genre of live entertainment that The Works has successfully mastered through their hugely successful Illusionists franchise, has been performed for centuries and continues to enjoy a steadfast popularity among audiences worldwide. I’m honoured to have their creative minds and theatrical expertise join our ranks.”

Established by Creative Producer Simon Painter and Executive Producer Tim Lawson, The Works Entertainment creates, produces and presents first-class entertainment since 2012. The Works Entertainment has a proven track record in mid-size theatrical productions with live magic shows like The Illusionists, and content developed from the big screen like Now You See Me Live. The Works’ portfolio also includes circus arts shows like Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus, cabaret-style shows and musical theatre productions. The Illusionists are in the UK from July 6th to September 1st at Shaftsbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London. Tickets from


Jez Rose: We Are All Absolutely Beside Ourselves. Lecture now booking. An Associate Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star (London) and Member of the Academy of Magical Arts (Hollywood), Jez Rose is a highly respected lecturer, presenter and performer. His reputation is built on his ability to explore complicated topics with tremendous honesty, clarity, warmth and humour. Presented in Jez's well-known relaxed and professional style, what is We Are All Absolutely Beside Ourselves?
• It is a lecture about taking effects you already perform and creatively making them different, more appealing, more theatrically interesting, entertaining and more magical.
• It is a lecture that will show how 3 seconds can instantly improve your performance.
• It is a lecture about differentiating yourself as a performer and what that means with your existing routines and how it can result in you earning more.
• It is a lecture that will explain how 7 seconds can instantly boost your confidence.
• It is a lecture that teaches some of Jez’s favourite routines, dissecting how to start with a moment, whether a purchased routine or a selection of items, and create something that audiences care about, which immediately makes you - and your magic - more fascinating, in turn creating a ‘category of one’.
• It is a lecture like no other. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page for more information and to make contact.


Mandy Muden's first-ever tour is now underway across the UK. From the promoters: Mandy Muden, direct from her sensational appearances on 'Britain's Got Talent' takes to the road with her brand new hilarious show 'Cunning Stunts'. Cunning Stunts will be packed with Mandy's razor sharp wit, magic tricks and plenty of mind reading! A member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, Mandy is the premier female comedian and magician, and in fact in 2007 was the recipient of The Magic Circle Carlton Award for Comedy in Magic. On TV Mandy has appeared on Dick and Dom’s Funny Business and as a mentor on Channel 4’s Faking It. Starting out life as an actress, having trained in Guildford, Mandy has been honing her magic skills for many years. Her initial foray into the world of magic was working in a Circus as a magician’s assistant but somewhat accident prone she managed to set fire to her caravan and had a run in with a boxing kangaroo! Mandy has performed all over the world from Comedy Clubs to the most prestigious venues ranging from The Magic Castle in Hollywood to Buckingham Palace. See What's On for dates. 9.2.19


Tom Noddy Lecture, The Magic Circle, London, 19th February. The Magic Circle write: Tom Noddy created a new kind of act when, in the early 1980s, he took his performance of Bubble Magic onto America’s Tonight Show and the UK’s Paul Daniels Magic Show. The hosts marvelled at the fact that this was something that no one had ever seen before. But maybe his follow-up, finding places to present this new form of entertainment, is just as impressive: nightclubs, Varieté theatres, math and physics conferences, science centres, magic and juggling venues... Tom will perform, answer questions and tell all. Children over 14 are permitted if accompanied by an adult. Magic Circle Members are free and guests are £15 each payable on the door. 3pm to 4.45pm on Tuesday 19th February at its London headquarters. Email to reserve a guest ticket. 9.2.19


Tom Noddy Lecture, Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, 20th February. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 20th February, Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians will welcome Tom Noddy, following his appearance at Blackpool Convention. Tom will be performing a show and giving a talk on how he developed his act, that has taken him to over 50 countries. Visiting magicians are welcome for a fee of £5. Lecture starts at 8pm. Contact Before first bringing his performance to television in the early 80s, Tom Noddy spent over a decade developing a new kind of performance piece. Sitting alone with dime store bubble solution, a childlike sense of wonder and an adult sense of humor, he brought a new thing into being: Bubble Magic. Tom has taken his uniquely warm charm and intellectual interest in soap bubbles to audiences around the world. The bubbles are truly exquisite and Tom’s lively humor and engaging sense of fun leave his audiences both delighted and intrigued. 9.2.19


The World's Number One Magic Podcast, The Magicians' Podcast. Richard Young writes: This week's guest is an international award-winning magician. Greg Frewin sits down with Richard to discuss his amazing nightly magic show near Niagara Falls, which features the largest illusions, spectacular dancers and also incredible tigers. He tells us what it's like to have the pressure of 70 employees and 700 seats to fill every night. He also talks about competing at FISM and how he prepared for it, performing on The Paul Daniels TV series Secrets, NBC's The World's Greatest Magic and Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Greg also talks frankly about the way the world is changing and how having tigers in the show is becoming harder for the public to accept and how he is dealing with that change. Plus 'What's Going On' with co-host Alan Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 9.2.19


Morgan & West are back on tour, with two different shows: 'Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show' (for kids) and 'Parlour Tricks' (for adults). Why not peruse the live dates and see when that couple of crafty conjurers is headed to a town near you. Time travelling magic duo Morgan & West present a brand new show chock full of jaw dropping, brain bursting, gasp eliciting feats of magic. The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. Be sure to wear a hat – Morgan & West might just blow your mind. See What's On for more info and dates. 9.2.19


Shawn Farquhar 'Powerful but Justified' Lecture, Thursday, February 28th, Bath Circle of Magicians. Roger Nicot writes: After his first Bread & Butter lecture in 2010, Shawn is coming to Bath, UK with his PB & J Lecture! (Powerful but Justified). Shawn's lecture is filled with great lessons, fun stories, and of course a multitude of amazing magic tricks, including: RSVP/Resealed Deck; The Jealous King; Torn 2 Pieces; Card 2 Wallet; NetTriks; Omni Deck; Switch; H.G.Effect; Easy Memorized Deck; Invisible Stack; Oh, Sh*t The Card Trick; Toxico; Classic Force. £15.00 for non-members of the Bath Circle of Magicians. Email: Roger Nicot 8pm on Thursday, February 28th at The Bath Circle of Magicians, St Mary's Church, Queen Square, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL (Map) 9.2.19


How to be a wedding magician and score a BBC show on Talking Tricks. Kane & Abel write: BBC Social star and wedding crasher Elliot Bibby talks tricks. If you’ve ever considered performing at a wedding you need to listen to this. Joining us on Talking Tricks is professional magician and professional wedding crasher Elliott Bibby. Bibby discusses performing at an average of two weddings a week, the different packages he offers, the best and worst time to perform magic at a wedding, bridezillas, and how to secure more bookings. He also talks about being the star of his own BBC Social series, missing his university graduation to work on a Las Vegas show, the Edinburgh Fringe, Perth World Fringe, inspirations and much more. Listen to Talking Tricks with Kane & Abel via Podbean or iTunes. 9.2.19


Magicseen at Blackpool 2019. If you are attending the Blackpool Convention this coming week, don't forget to visit the Magicseen stand where we will have: the brand new issue for March, which is jam packed with great features, top magical personalities, on-the-money advice and honest reviews; the release of Gary Jones' new book Life's A Beach, which is full of brilliant magic and helpful performance tips; a selection of our best E-Books available on CD just for the convention, including some great value compilation discs, and all at brilliant prices ; a wide range of printed copy back issues from our collection of 85 editions stretching back to 2005 when it all started; plus, other special offers, free gifts and the chance to hang out with other big names in magic who simply can't keep away from the Magicseen aura! Graham and Phil from the Magicseen team will be handcuffed to the stand for most of the convention, and if you are really unlucky, you may even catch Mark there from time to time too. We look forward to seeing you one and all! 9.2.19


Zane's Magic Shop at Blackpool 2019. Zane writes: "Zane's Magic Shop will be trading at The Blackpool Magic Convention next week, and Zane (Shane Robinson) will be doing a book signing for his new book 'The Amazing Fartzini: An incredible story about a boy who found magic!' at his stand located in The Arena. The book is an ideal gift for children aged between 9-15 years old. As well as being an entertaining novel about magic and magicians, the book also teaches over two dozen amazing magic tricks with everyday objects. Plus, it is filled with advice for aspiring wizards, not only about performing magic, but in dealing with confidence issues. Paperback, 384 pages, beautifully illustrated, £9.99." See: 9.2.19


Anglian Magic Society news. Kyle Sarocen writes: The Anglian Magic Society is pleased to announce that Jamie Raven has accepted the position of our Patron, and has stated he is willing to attend a meeting of the said Society on a once a year basis on a mutually agreed date. The members where informed of this news at a special meeting that was held at the Norwich Snow Sports Centre on Tuesday 29th of January where a fantastic lecture was put on by Jon Allen. A change of venue is being discussed with the members as we are looking to reinvent and make the Society more modern and forward thinking, and an inviting place for those that are professional, semi-professional and for those that are hobbyists, from teens to 90s and regardless of gender, as all are welcome. 9.2.19



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The Mark Leveridge February Podcast. How Mark comes up with a different variety of topics for discussion every month on his podcast is one of magic's biggest kept secrets, but manage it he does, and here is the line up for February. Mark reflects on The Event and The Session conventions from last month: do mentalists have a more difficult job than magicians presenting their effects as strolling entertainers? : if you want to work your magic for local businesses, get involved in your local business community : why face-to-face conversation will stimulate and progress your magic quicker than anything else : when creating new magic, should you start with the effect or the method? : the biggest challenge for busy performers is maintaining a freshness and spontaneity of presentation. All the above is crammed into just half an hour, which is the perfect amount of time for even busy people to devote to their magic entertainment and education. You can listen for free at, where you can also catch any/all of the previous 73 episodes, or, where you can also sign up as a follower and receive each new podcast automatically when it is released on the 1st of each month. 9.2.19


Unquestionably Magic. This Saturday, 9th February at 7pm, Lee Tuffin presents the next show of "Unquestionably Magic" at The Entertainment Shed, 118 Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3QY (Map). The show features Lee Tuffin "The Bird Man of Bedford", Illusionists Jay & Joss and Mel Harvey (photo). Tickets £10, VIP Tickets £20 via 9.2.19


The Gentleman Cheater is an intimate magic performance, presented on the last Friday of every month at 7.30pm at Nadler Soho Hotel, 10 Carlisle Street, London W1D 3BR (Map). From the promoters: "When the cards start burning his hands, every trick becomes a new challenge. Do you like close-up magic? You will love playing against him! The Gentleman Cheater, an enriching experience, but he never loses. Christian Gambin, award-winning magician, World FISM and French Magic Champion, has been performing for three years in London's West End. Expert in close-up magic and cards cheating. The nearer you are, the less you can see! Come and see his sleight of hand and let the dream come true... a stunning magician." To book visit 9.2.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Jeremy Beadle's Magic Shop, from 31st August 1996. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 9.2.19


Houdini's Last Secrets: To Catch a Bullet. "The bullet catch is one of the deadliest tricks in magic history. A team of experts recreate the famed trick to uncover how Houdini could have accomplished it." Wednesday 13th February on Discovery, see TV Magic. 9.2.19


James Gregory ('Jim') - 06/05/1936 - 23/01/2019. Jim began doing magic at the end of WW2, a fascinated child aged just 9 years old. He joined The Magic Circle and, along with Graham Kendall, began having weekly magic lessons from Leo Burns. Jim was a natural entertainer. In the heyday of the Variety circuit, he worked with all sorts of big names – singers, bands, comedians, dancers, novelty acts… touring the UK, first with his skilled manipulation act and then moving on to comedy magic, at which he excelled. He appeared on ‘Opportunity Knocks’ in the 1970s, was a member and President of numerous Magic Societies, as well as a member of The Inner Magic Circle. He also met and learnt from fellow magicians in Hong Kong whilst on National Service in the RAF, acquiring specialist tricks there that he brought back with him - including a three foot high painted wooden dragon that he had made and shipped back to the UK!

In his latter professional years, Jim continued to perform at corporate events, as well as doing participatory children's magic shows and so many, many people across Coventry and Warwickshire knew him. He continued attending Magic Conventions every year, managing to still get to Blackpool with his daughter last year. Magic was his true passion, which he performed for over 70 years. Even towards the end of his life, when he was in Myton Hospice, Jim would do magic for the doctors and nurses, offering moments of ridiculousness and fun, in the midst of the seriousness of the living and dying been done by those in the hospice.

Details of Jim's funeral can be found on the website below. Jim touched many many lives in the magic industry and this is also a place where his family would love for you to share memories and photos of Jim, as you remember him: Jenny Gregory.


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