Number 973 - 16th February 2019


Dynamo: Times Are Gone for Honest Men, Manchester, Belfast and Jersey dates. "Intensely personal storytelling with immersive, close-up magic and mental feats with the audience" ★★★★ The Mail on Sunday. See Dynamo on tour up close and personal, within the purpose built and immersive walls of The Abandoned Room. The performance last for approximately 70 minutes and there is no intermission. Strictly no cameras, recording devices or phones will be allowed within The Abandoned Room. Latecomers will not be admitted.
22nd February, 7pm & 9pm The Lowry Hotel, Manchester
23rd February, 7pm & 9pm The Lowry Hotel, Manchester
2nd March, 7pm & 9pm Europa Hotel, Belfast
3rd March, 7pm & 9pm Europa Hotel, Belfast
8th March, 7pm & 9pm Waterfront Hotel, Jersey
9th March, 7pm & 9pm Waterfront Hotel, Jersey
10th March, 3pm & 7pm Waterfront Hotel, Jersey

To book: 16.2.19


Hans Klok on The Magicians' Podcast. Richard travels to Amsterdam to interview magic superstar Hans Klok to discuss his incredible life and career. Hans talks about his early influences and why he fell in love with stage illusions as opposed to the other forms of magic. He also talks about his on-stage assistants, the incredible 'Divas of Magic', and how he really feels about them leaving his act to become magicians in their own right. Hans also talks about how he gained permission to perform the Blackstone Floating Light bulb, his incredible West End show, and what went wrong with his 2007 Las Vegas show with Pamela Anderson, ahead of his return to the Vegas Strip in the summer of 2019 with a brand new show. Plus 'Blackpool Bingo' with Alan Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 16.2.19


Sideshow Showman by Jon Gresham. Jon Marshall is delighted to announce the publication of a new book for lovers of Sideshows, Fire-Eating and magic history. The unexpurgated memoirs of Fire-eater and Sideshow Showman, Jon Gresham. With an introduction and biography by magical historian Eddie Dawes, a chapter by Pat Gresham and the story of the restoration of the shows by Jon Marshall. In the 50s and 60s he presented Dracula’s Daughter, The Headless Lady, The Mummy, The Monster Show, Butterfly Girl and other shows at amusement parks and Fairs. His problems of finding girls, attracting the public and being "exposed" in the Sunday papers make fascinating reading. "I have told the truth throughout, nothing is exaggerated - it all happened." Profusely illustrated with colour and black & white photographs. Paperback, Soft Touch cover, 118 pages. £25 inc UK p&p. Sales contact: Michael Diamond will have these on his stand at the Blackpool Convention at £20 each. 16.2.19


Cornish Magical Society Annual Dinner with Star Guest Graham Jolley. Keith Sorted writes: Saturday 23rd March at 7.30pm. A great evening of entertainment, magic and a three-course meal. All for just £25, featuring award-winning mind reader Graham Jolley. People wishing to come along and watch the entertainment only: £15. Call 01326 312869 for tickets. Membly Hall Hotel, Cliff Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 4NT (Map). 16.2.19


Paul Zenon will be giving two performances of Linking Rings at the Blackpool Convention on Saturday in the Pavilion Theatre, at 6.30pm and 9pm, and the DVD officially launches this weekend. Here’s a brief trailer: YouTube. 16.2.19


Luke Jermay: Intuition. 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!

16th February Junction, Goole
20th February Truck Theatre, Hull
21st February Gatehouse, Stafford
22nd February Century Theatre, Coalville
23rd February The Theatre, Chipping Norton
24th February Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
26th February Bedales Theatre, Petersfield
28th February The Marlowe, Canterbury
1st March The Marlowe, Canterbury
2nd March Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes
6th March Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead
7th March Electric Theatre, Guildford
9th March Quay Arts, Newport Isle of Wight
10th March Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham by Sea
12th March Opera House, Jersey
14th March Cornerstone, Didcot
15th March EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge
19th March Miners Institute, Blackwood
20th March Arts Centre, Norwich
21st March Hertford Theatre, Hertford
22nd March Riverhouse Barn, Walton on Thames
23rd March Theatre Royal, Margate
24th March Greenwich Theatre, Greenwich

To book visit 16.2.19


Magic and Comedy at Conjuring at the Court! From the organisers: On Thursday 28th February enjoy magic with comedy at Conjuring at the Court! With the very funny Noel Britten, the dry wit of Carl Pettman, the Unusualist, and Russell Levinson. Tickets £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. 16.2.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Paul Daniels, from 'The Paul Daniels Magic Show' on 13th December 1986. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here. 16.2.19


Michael O'Brien Lecture, Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Tuesday 19th February. Mark Paul writes: Michael is from California, and is a regular at The Magic Castle. Jeff McBride says of him: "‘your magic inspires!" Visiting magicians welcome, £10 charge. The lecture will start at 8pm. Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 16.2.19


Michael O'Brien Lecture, Ilford Magical Society. Brian O'Leary writes: The Ilford Magical Society are please to host Michael O'Brien's lecture as part of his tour of the UK. The lecture includes: 'Invisible Purse' routine, 'Tour de Force', 'Hatline sealed card prediction', 'Card to Pokét' (Pokémon themed) and 'Tu Tu Transpo'. Wednesday, 20th of February at 8pm. Tickets are just £5 for non-members, available on the door. The Ilford Magical Society, The Parkside Community Centre, 176 Goodmayes Lane, Ilford IG3 9PP (Map) Contact Brian O'Leary ( if you have any questions. Phone: 07772 920 322. 16.2.19


Derek Scott: 'How to be the best performer you can be' Masterclass, 19th February, London. 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. 16.2.19


Modern Magic: Jake Banfield. Prepare to believe in magic...! Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, an audience will have their minds read, have their senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. Saturday 13th April. Doors 7.30pm. Show 8pm. Tickets: £30. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map). 16.2.19


MagicWeek recommends The Bank Bar & Grill, Blackpool. "The Bank Bar & Grill will be staying open from 11am straight through to 12:30am Saturday night and Sunday night in celebration of the Blackpool Magic Convention. We are happy to provide a late night fresh food establishment for all involved with the convention where you can relax, drink and eat in a comfortable friendly environment. So all performers, stage crew, dealers and patrons still have a chance to dine out in style. Fantastic cocktails, extensive wine list and all fresh food. Hope to see you all there. Riccardo & Alex." The Bank Bar & Grill is a half-minute walk from the convention, at 28 Corporation Street, Blackpool FY1 1EJ. Telephone: 01253 751555. 16.2.19


Mark Leveridge Magic Web Offers. The two products selected for the February Web Offers: Going Walkabout and Holiday. The first is a wonderful advice E-Book called Going Walkabout, which contains 28 pages of important and valuable information about how to make a success of working close-up magic at reception style events where the spectators are all standing or where there is, at best, only a very informal arrangement of seats, but no tables. If you want to be truly successful at this type of performing, you need to read this E-Book. The second Web Offer item is a fun lightweight mental routine called Holiday. This lively, entertaining effect enables the performer to correctly predict the airline and holiday destination selected in a random manner by spectators. Both the above items can be yours in exchange for very little money, making the MLM Web Offers the best value in magic. For more info and to order go to  before the 28th February 2019. 16.2.19


Shin Lim on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Monday 25th February on ITV2. "The host is joined by magician Shin Lim, Portia De Rossi, who talks about The Ellen Fund, and Olivia Munn, who discusses working with The Shelter Pet Project." See TV Magic. 16.2.19


Shawn Farquhar Lecture, Exonian Magical Society, Devon. Andrew Frazer writes: Shawn Farquhar Lecture - 'Powerful but Justified' - Exonian Magical Society, Heavitree Social Club, East Wonford Hill, Exeter EX1 3BS (Map) Wednesday 27th February at 7pm. Places Limited. £12.00 non-members, 4 guests for the price of 3. Bar. 16.2.19


Shawn Farquhar Lecture, Perth Magic Circle. Adrian Harris writes: Perth Magic Circle is proud to be hosting a lecture by Shawn Farquhar on Wednesday 20th February. Shawn will present his latest lecture which promises to have something for everyone, plus there will be many anecdotes about his life as a world renowned magician and entertainer. The evening starts at 7.30pm and the lecture will take place at Perth & District Ex-Servicemen's Club, 20 Milne Street, Perth PH1 5QL (Map). A warm invitation is extended to all Magicians to come and enjoy what is guaranteed to be a great evening of magic. Admission for non-members is £10.00 payable at the door. 16.2.19


Sean Carpenter features in the magic-themed video for Post-it-note Prophesies, the latest song by indie band Sleuth, taken from their EP Group of Bears. During the filming, singer and songwriter Christopher Taylor-Ashcroft spent most of the afternoon locked inside an old Supreme Magic Guillotine that hadn’t been used for nearly 20 years! You will have to watch the video to see if he survived, YouTube. This could also be the first music video ever to include a performance of the Sponge Banana trick! 16.2.19



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Sean Goodman Anglian Magic Society Lecture. Kyle Sarocen writes: The Anglian Magic Society have the very talented and inventive magician and mind reader Sean Goodman doing a spectacular lecture on Tuesday February 19th starting at 7.30pm at the White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). Sean has been inventing magic tricks for the professional magicians for many years. Sean also works many functions, from Weddings to Birthdays, and has a continuous work load, but still finds the time to put on his own fabulous Theatre shows which are very well attended. So do not miss this true professional at work. Within this lecture you will pick up some great knowledge that will improve your own shows. See you on the night. 16.2.19


Matt Edwards lectures at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday, 18th February. 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 16.2.19


Magicseen Issue 85 March 2019. Released early for the Blackpool Convention, the March edition of the UK's only independent magic magazine features diverting interviews with top performers such as cover star Gary Jones, US card expert Jason Ladanye and the highly successful Edward Hilsum. We take a look at the star studded conventions organised by Vanishing Inc (The Event and The Session), Jay Fortune provides lots of excellent advice on how to use agents to get work, and Club Land returns with a major article that takes a detailed look at the South African Magic Society, a club which has many magical links with the UK. The Masterclass includes a neat T&R Card idea from Jeramy Neugin, as well as a clever coin routine extracted from Gary Jones's new book, Life's A Beach, which Magicseen has just published. The Product Review section as always features honest comments on the latest releases, with the full range of assessments from praised to panned! Plus there are the usual fun articles to enjoy including a Games Of Thrones Lookalike article! You can catch up with this latest issue right now by taking out a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or simply by buying the current issue on its own from 16.2.19


Granville Taylor who was known as Faust the Magician sadly passed away on 9th February aged 88. He became a professional magician in 1957 and went on to perform in theatres throughout the UK and Europe. He presented a large two hour show in the Far East for many years. Previously he had worked as a stage assistant to Murray and The Great Lyle. Guy Taylor. 16.2.19


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