Number 974 - 23rd February 2019


Belfast MagiCon. From the organisers: Two acts that stormed Blackpool can be seen at Belfast MagiCon 2019, over the early May Bank Holiday weekend. Dave Loosley will be lecturing and headlining the Ulster Society of Magicians Chairman’s Dinner on Saturday Night and Mandy Muden will perform the entire second half of the Sunday Night Public Gala Show. Add to this lectures and shows by Henri White, Chris Congreave and Vanni Pulé; feature talks and a Dealer Stand from Patrick Page Magic, and the very best of Irish Magic and legendary hospitality awaits. Registration is now open and accommodation limited, so anyone planning to attend is advised to delay no further. 23.2.19


Getting Schooled: The Education of Guy Hollingworth. Genii The Conjurors' Magazine, March 2019. Subscribe at 23.2.19


Nigel Mead on The Magicians' Podcast. With nearly 30 years of performing experience Nigel Mead has had an amazing journey from performing at tables in TGI Friday's (gone midnight), to onscreen TV magician and behind the scenes consultant on dozens of magic television shows. In this episode he discusses the understated way in which he chooses to perform close-up magic, the TV shows Faking It and Tricked and the new wave of magicians trying to host corporate events. Plus, host Richard Young and Alan Hudson chat over last week's incredible Blackpool Magic Convention, concluding that it really was the best ever. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 23.2.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week Wayne Dobson as Charlie Chaplin on The Joe Longthorne Show, from 14th September 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional bonus video Click Here. 23.2.19


Ava Beaux on Talking Tricks. Kane & Abel  write: On Talking Tricks this week, we are joined by magician Ava Beaux. Ava discusses being one of the house magicians at the UK's top magic venue Smoke & Mirrors in Bristol and her time at its former sister venue Illusions. She also tells us why there aren't more female magicians; why she likes her audience to be a little bit creeped out during her performances; her inspirations; why the general public are welcoming of women in magic, but the magic community needs to be better, and much more. Listen to Talking Tricks via Podbean, iTunes or Acast. 23.2.19


Magicseen Blackpool Successes. Magicseen would like to thank all their customers for making the 2019 Blackpool Convention such a success. Supplies of a special convention CD containing a PDF of Mel Meller's book The Travelling Trickster sold out within minutes following his two shows. If you were one of the unlucky ones who missed out on getting a copy, you can still download the ebook directly from the Magicseen website at Also a big success was the new Gary Jones book Life's A Beach which was released at the convention. Large numbers of the book were sold and a lot of interest was created by the publication. You can still purchase a copy of the 135 page, soft back book containing 40 routines and advice segments, directly from publishers, Magicseen. 23.2.19


Ariel Frailich's Sub Rosa is reviewed by Quentin Reynolds this week. "If you are familiar with any Ariel Frailich’s published work you will know that his main focus is on presentation. His book Card Stories being a perfect example. He sees beyond moves and sleights as he explores the possibilities of the routines that can bring those hidden techniques to life and engage an audience. Although his sleight-of-hand skills are considerable, here in Sub Rosa, he takes a simple technique known by most magicians - even though no one seems to know what it is called and hardly anyone does it - explores it in detail before teaching how it can be used in many different performing situations..." To read the full review Click Here. 23.2.19


E-Club Pro - the 100 Club! Mark Leveridge's online magic and information resource is packed with content that is relevant to magicians of all levels and interest. The Members' Only web pages are split into sections, some featuring magic to learn, others with useful professional advice and help. Several of the sections have now reached over 100 pieces of video content. Mark's Monthly Message, which is delivered in the middle of each month to members, has 102 video presentations in the E-Club Pro Archive featuring pertinent and valuable advice on a huge range of magical situations and issues. The Tool Box gives clear video instruction on 103 moves and sleights, while The Vintage Vault has 100 full routines covering close up, mentalism, stand up and children's work, none of which have been available on video before. And the Teach In, which is part of the monthly E-Video Newsletter, is also in the Archive and here you will find no less than 104 effects to browse through and to select from. These are just some of the resources available to members, and to learn about what else membership at just £10.00 per month can provide, go to 23.2.19


Steve Gore Ramblings from a Suspender … of Disbelief! Lecture now booking. Steve Gore presents his lecture which has received excellent reviews at the IBM British Ring Convention, The Magic Circle and The Magic Castle. It includes lots of his original effects, including ‘Trick Photography’, which MagicWeek called 'Close-up Trick of the Year' and 'Visions from Vegas', which is an ingenious mentalism effect which is a new method in magic. It's not all close-up though, there are effects for stage, stand-up and kids too, so there’s something for everyone. The majority of his effects are also easy to master, allowing you to focus on the presentation. "I thoroughly enjoyed your lecture last night, one of my colleagues and I just kept looking at each other at the end of each effect wondering 'whatever next'. I don't think I've seen/met a magician with such an interesting array of effects and variations on originals at the Guild before. You have a very creative mind, well done my friend! Overall it was one of the best lectures I have seen at the Guild and I joined in 1989!" John Scott, Nottingham Guild of Magicians. For more information about the lecture, and booking contact details see the MagicWeek Lecturers page. 23.2.19


Magic rehearsal space available in Lincolnshire. Exclusive rehearsal space available in Lincolnshire, just 18 minutes from Peterborough train station - as used by Paul Martin, Matthew Le Mottee and others. 72 square metre purpose-built barn in peaceful, rural location. Air conditioning; whiteboard wall for notes and creativity; CCTV; private parking; toilets; outside space; digital projector; Bose sound speaker; dimmable lights; comfortable chairs; 6ft tables. £125+VAT daily rate. Contact for availability. Recommended by MagicWeek. 23.2.19


Palladium Memories. Stoke Amateur Theatre Society are proud to present the world premiere production of Palladium Memories. Over 100 years of entertainment in one show! A laughter packed musical celebration of The London Palladium. The greatest variety theatre in the world! Conceived, written and compiled by Paul Brammer. Starting from it's opening in 1910 to the present day, this fantastic all singing all dancing revue takes us from the Palladium's variety days with the Crazy Gang, through the 2nd World War and onto to the iconic Sunday night at the London Palladium, Royal variety shows, pantomime and fantastic star studded concerts. With magician Ali Cardabra. 12th, 13th April. Mitchell Arts Centre, Broad Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4HG (Map). For more information and to book visit 23.2.19


The Home Counties Magical Society wishes to thank all competitors for their excellent performances in this year’s close-up competition. Particular congratulations go to Simon Jones, retaining his title as winner of the Bill Hammersley trophy. Huge thanks go out to everyone in the audience for creating a lively, enjoyable and memorable evening. Kevin Hutchinson, HCMS Competitions Secretary. Photo: Simon Jones being awarded by President Derek Oliver. 23.2.19


The Art of Modern Magic - Tom Bolton. From the promoter: Tom Bolton brings you his debut live show where he shares his experiences of being a magician in the 21st century. Using the knowledge and skills he has built up over the many years of being a magician, Tom will provide truly astonishing magic using a mixture of borrowed items from the audience and everyday objects that you are likely to see on a daily basis. This guarantees to be a great night out full of laughs and amazement and will leave you walking out thinking 'How did he do that?'. For tickets visit Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March, at 7.30pm at The City Theatre, Fowlers Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham DH1 3RA (Map). 23.2.19


Scott Creasey 'Minimalistic, Metaphysical, Mentalism' lecture, Derby Magic Circle. Paul Sharp writes: On Wednesday, 27th February, Scott Creasey will be presenting his new 'Minimalistic, Metaphysical, Mentalism' lecture. Volume one of Scott's book 'Minimalistic, Metaphysical Mentalism' was released in May 2018 and consisted of 362 pages, 20 essays, insights and observations, a link to a free downloadable video demonstrating multiple utility moves, 46 photographic descriptions covering 30 full mentalism routines worked from your pockets using nothing more than a stack of double blank cards and a pen. Scott said: "I was overwhelmed with the reaction the book received from the worldwide mentalism fraternity because the routines and performance philosophies I shared are very personal to me and I wasn’t sure if my ramblings and the things I like to perform would make sense, or appeal to anybody else. It seems, judging by the reviews however, I was wrong, and it was pointed out to me by close mentalism friends, that many of the routines I use which have a, let’s say less psychic approach, are very commercial and would probably appeal to both mentalists and magicians. With that in mind I have taken a number of what I consider the most, audience friendly, commercial and easy to perform routines from MMM volume one and two and put them together to create this lecture, one that I hope everybody, regardless of performance style or level of competency will get something from it." 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). 23.2.19


Tony Griffith’s Practical-Entertaining-Commercial Lecture now booking: "The P.E.C. lecture is full of practical ,entertaining, commercial magic that will fit into the average magician’s working repertoire. This is not a finger flinging type of lecture, full of magic that is beyond the ability of the average magician. Nor is it a dealer demonstration! The P.E.C. lecture is full of magic that Tony Griffith has used in his professional career over the last 25 years. There is something for everyone, whether you perform close-up magic, stand-up magic or children’s magic. This is a lecture that contains material that the average magic club member will use. In fact if he/she does not get at least three items from it then Tony will be disappointed. Tony is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle, has lectured at the Magic Castle, Hollywood, five times and has appeared there over 100 times with his close-up magic. In fact he has lectured worldwide (in over 100 cities) from the USA to Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe. Further details see or contact or 01275 835463. 23.2.19


The Magic Collection of Jim Rawlins. Potter & Potter Auctions, February 23rd, 2019. "Our inaugural magic auction of 2019 is the first of four sales from the collection of Jim Rawlins, a devoted student of magic and its history, who spent nearly three decades building an impressive, important, and diverse collection. A finely curated selection will go on the block, including choice objects in every collecting category. Association items from the careers of modern master magicians: Germain, Joseffy, Thurston, Blackstone, and more, will be offered side-by-side with vintage apparatus (including many Thayer and Owen-made props), signed photographs, posters, and ephemera. A strong selection of Houdiniana will also be featured. See and YouTube. 23.2.19


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