Number 975 - 2nd March 2019


West End Magic, Saturday 16th March at 3.30pm. From the organisers: The regular London magic show starts its 6th year at the Leicester Square Theatre with a packed line-up of top UK magic and variety acts. The family friendly show features magic, illusion, juggling, mind reading and comedy. Featuring Romany the Diva of Magic, the unique magic of Dave Loosely, juggler Florian Brooks, the conjuring feats of Oliver Tabor and illusion from the Glamourists. All compered by comedy magician Christian Lee. Tickets: Click Here. Box Office 020 7734 2222. 2.3.19


Northern Magic Summit, 26th, 27th, 28th April 2019. 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. 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 & The Gala Show.

We can now confirm that Chris Cross will be performing in our Gala Show 'An Evening Magic and Entertainment'. Chris is a previous junior member of the NMC himself. He has continued his magical career becoming an award-winning magician and cabaret performer. He has performed all over the world for many famous faces and even royalty. Chris organised and starred in the very successful variety show 'The Greatest Show on the Tyne'. He even became an author in 2017 releasing his first book, the 'Geordie Book of Magic. For those of you who have met Chris or seen him perform will know this will be an addition not to be missed. 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!


South Tyneside International Magic Festival 11th, 12th, 13th October 2019. Steve Gore writes: I am pleased to announce our first artiste for the 2019 South Tyneside International Magic Festival in October is Mario the Magic Maker, making his UK debut (see As seen on Sesame Street and Sprout, Mario 'The Maker Magician' Marchese is a New York based children's performer known for his DIY robotic creations, handmade props, and signature slapstick character. He has been touted as "the best kids magician in the world!" by David Blaine and was the opening act for the most recent 2018 David Blaine live tour. Mario’s show is an upbeat, hilarious, and very interactive experience that leaves children and families inspired to nurture their own creative paths. Here is a short documentary about him YouTube. "From a robotic monkey sideshow to spinning lapel flowers, Mario builds it all himself, a skill honed on the road, that not only has gained him recognition in America’s maker movement, but also factors into the business's philosophy itself." The Huffington Post.

11-13th October 2019. Book today, tickets are now on sale for the full convention. For £65 you get access to all lectures, Q&A's, Close-up sessions, Dealers' Room and 2 Gala Shows. You can also finish the night at the exclusive Late Show on the Friday evening following the Gala Show. If you can't book online you can ring Ian on 0191 424 7823 Monday - Thursday, 8.30am - 4pm to book by credit or debit card. Any questions please call me on 0191 455 4031.


The Mystery Blox. PropDog write: PropDog are extremely proud to announce the official release of The Mystery Blox, a refreshing new take on the Kennedy Box principle, made from everyone’s favourite childhood toy. Last year PropDog teamed up with Stephen Macrow and Nicholas Dakin to bring their brilliant idea to life and this amazing gimmick was the sell-out effect of the 2019 Blackpool Convention. Check out what everyone is talking about here: 2.3.19


British Ring President's Dinner. British Ring PRO Geoffrey Newton writes: Our President’s dinner is always a highlight of the British Ring calendar – hosted this year on 23rd March by Brian Lead and his lady Sheila in the award-winning surroundings of the Mytton Fold Hotel near Blackburn, nestling beneath the Witching Hill of Pendle in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. The evening will include a five-star cabaret compèred by David Hemingway, who will introduce the Young Magician of the Year finalist Lorenzo, BBC television favourite from 'Match of the Day Kick-About' John Farnworth (who is even now preparing to cross the Sahara desert keeping a football in the air to create his ninth world record!), the ventriloquial maestro Dave Andrews and the skilful international illusionists, Safire. There will be live music, a team of top-class close-up performers and many surprises along the way. It's still not too late to ensure you don’t miss out. Tickets at £38 and further information are available from Brian Lead: or 01254 52070. 2.3.19


Hey Presto! Magic Show. The Bradford Magic Circle host their annual family magic show at Bingley Arts Centre on Saturday 23rd March: Suitable for all the family. This year we have really pulled out the stops. The Compère and Children’s Magician is ventriloquist John Kimmons aka 'Kimmo'. He has just returned from another season performing on the Disney Cruise Line around the Caribbean and is so funny the whole family will be in stitches! From Scotland we have the skilled manipulative magic of Hamish. He won the Theo Speaker trophy and Ditta Shield for Manipulation at the British Ring IBM convention in 2018. From Amsterdam we have Fritz Alkemade. Fritz is a highly sought after comedy magician who frequently travels the globe performing his brand of magic. Illusionists 'Disillusion' also travel the world and headline cruises with stunning illusions and magic. See to book. 2.3.19


Daniel Chard lectures at the Leicester Magic Circle on Monday, March 4th. Daniel is the head magician at Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol. He spent two seasons working as one of the magicians at the House of Illusion in Salou, Spain; has released 3 DVDs teaching his close-up card work, and has published magic through RSVP Magic, Alakazam, Murphys and Ellusionist. Daniel's card magic is being performed by people all around the world. The lecture will focus mainly on card magic, but with a few non-card items. The lecture will contain magic you can and will use, for both stage and close up. You’ll learn Daniel's Card Under Box routine, Multiple Selection, and thoughts and psychology from a working professional. But you’ll also get to have a Q&A with Daniel. Where you can ask him anything... nothing will be held back. Monday March 4th at 7.30pm at Leicester Magic Circle, Braunstone Civic Centre, Kingsway, Braunstone, Leicester LE3 2PP (Map). See and 2.3.19


Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre saw the return of 'An Evening of Deception' in February 2019 with a sell-out four show run featuring three Magic Circle members, all professional full-time magicians. Steve Knibbs, BBC Points West reporter, himself a magic fan, introduced Richard Parsons MMC (pickpocket act), Kerry Scorah AIMC (magic act) and Mark Cairns MMC (mind reading) with ‘Backstage Paul’ Duggan steering the ship from behind the scenes. The show was enjoyed by all, with many of the audience commenting on how it was great to see such a variety of different live magic acts in one family show.

One parent of a keen young magician in the audience - Harley, 9, sent the cast a wonderful message after the first night: "Can you let all the magicians know they made my boy the happiest boy ever and made him want to learn magic even more...magic isn’t daft and if anyone takes the mick out of him for doing it he knows that one day he may be doing what you are all doing..." Well done team! 'An Evening of Deception' is sure to return.


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, The Pendragons, presenting Jim Steinmeyer's 'Origami' on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic', from 13th September 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional bonus video Click Here. 2.3.19


Become a MagicWeek Backer. Thank you to everyone who became a MagicWeek Backer since the launch, just over six months ago (see MagicWeek Backers). There are now over 50 individual Backers, 2 Magic Clubs and our main advertisers. As MagicWeek heads towards its 1,000th edition, and as I'd like it to continue from there to the 2,000th edition, I decided to introduce the scheme. Click Here to find out what it's all about. Backers help with projects such as The MagicWeek Video Archive above. DT. 2.3.19


The Magicians' Podcast. Andy Nyman returns to the hot seat to discuss an incredible career that continues to skyrocket since his first interview on The Magicians' Podcast back in 2015 (Ep 34). Andy talks about the last new Derren Brown Live show Miracle and also how surprisingly hard he, Derren and Andrew O'Connor found it to create a 'best of' show to take to New York for their US debut and the journey his play Ghost Stories took, from stage to screen, and his current role as the lead in Fiddler on the Roof, which is about to transfer to the West End. Plus why he doesn't like tech magic tricks, magic egos, making your magic meaningful and more. Plus 'What's Going On' with funny man Alan Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 2.3.19


Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson's Ghost Stories returns to the Lyric Hammersmith. Following sell out shows, a West End transfer, productions in Shanghai, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany and a smash hit film, the original terrifying live production is back. Directed by Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman and Sean Holmes, the worldwide cult phenomenon, Ghost Stories, returns to the Lyric Hammersmith after nine years. Warning. Please be advised that Ghost Stories contains moments of extreme shock and tension. The show is unsuitable for anyone under the age of 15. We strongly advise those of a nervous disposition to think very seriously before attending. 29th March - 11th May 2019. 2.3.19


Etienne Pradier lectures for the Bexley Magic Society on Wednesday 6th March. Roy Marsh writes: Based around his professional experiences performing for top-end companies and clients, Etienne teaches not only the routines, but how to deliver them, with a lot of personal and handy tips. His style is inimitable and full of humour. A favourite performer of the Prince of Wales, this is one not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome. Fee £10.00 2.3.19


Portsmouth Jumbo Day, Sunday 3rd November 2019. Since it started in 1963, the Portsmouth Jumbo Day has grown to become one of the south coast’s largest one day magic events. With magic dealers selling their latest products, it is also known throughout the country as the place to sell unwanted props and tricks and the place to discover a long lost magic treasure! More than fifty years later, it now takes over the entire Buckland Community Centre in Portsmouth, and features the sale of new and used magic (from dealers and regular sellers), lectures galore with a star lecture, a Magic Auction, the Southern Magician of the Year in association with PropDog, all topped off with a professionally managed gala show. All Day Ticket (9am-9pm) Adult £25 (£23 if purchased online by 21st October 2018). All Day Ticket Junior £13 (£11 if purchased online by 21st October 2018). Gala Only: Adult £8 Junior £5. Portsmouth and District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT (Map). 2.3.19


Shawn Farquhar presents his 'Powerful but Justified' lecture at The Surrey Society of Magicians on 7th March. Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details email Adam Mosley 2.3.19


Shawn Farquhar presents his 'Powerful but Justified' lecture in Ireland on March 4th and 5th. George Bleeks writes: The one-and-only Shawn Farquhar will be presenting his new lecture, Powerful but Justified, twice in Ireland this week. On Monday 4th March, his lecture will be hosted by The Ulster Society of Magicians in the Marble Cedar Lounge, Errigle Inn, Belfast commencing at 7.15pm for 7.45pm (£20 for visitors). Then on Tuesday 5th March, The Society of Irish Magicians will host his lecture in The Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin commencing at 8pm (£30 for visitors). For further information, please contact George Bleeks on 07860 115611 for Belfast or Mark Cullen on +353868311580 for Dublin. 2.3.19


Zak Stone 'A Fleeting Journey Through The History of Magic' York Society of Magicians. Austin Siviter writes: Zak Stone has not performed in Yorkshire for a number of years. This is a unique opportunity to see his show of close-up magic, covering the earliest recorded trick performed to King Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid, to present day magicians. The show includes history, anecdotes and of course, plenty of performances from a British Champion of Close-up Magic. The perfect night out for any magic enthusiast! Wednesday, 13th March. Doors open 7pm, lecture starts at 8pm. Visiting members of other Magic Clubs and Societies welcome. £10 pay at the venue. York Society of Magicians, Red Lion Hotel, Boroughbridge Road, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6PR (Map). 2.3.19


Simon Lovell Lecture at The Ipswich Magic Society. Wayne Goodman writes: The Ipswich Magic Society is proud to present a lecture with the one and only Simon Lovell on Monday, 4th March. Non-members welcome with a £10 admission fee. The club opens at 7pm, with the lecture starting at 7.30pm. The club utilises two rooms, so visiting magicians should go to the reception to be directed to the meeting room. Club meetings are now held at: Best Western Ipswich Hotel, London Road, Copdock, Ipswich IP8 3JD (Map). 2.3.19


'Charming' back in stock at Merlins of Wakefield. Merlins write: We now have Charming back in stock after selling out at the Blackpool Magic Convention. All orders have now been sent, and we still have a few available. We also managed to get hold of a Silver Copper Brass Transposition with UK coins and a 2 Euro, on offer this week, Click Here for details! Our Magic Festival Day details can be found here. The tickets are selling well, and the Gala Show seating is allocated on a first come basis, so the sooner you get a ticket, the better your seat will be! Also, don’t forget that for a full day's registration, everyone will receive a ‘Merlins Goody Bag’ containing goods worth more than the price of your ticket itself. Finally, we have extended our 50% Off DVD Sale until the end of March. Still over 50 titles available. Contact us for further details 01924 339933 2.3.19


The March E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge's latest online video programme is out and as usual it is full of interesting content. The Teach In - a selection vanishes from a boxed deck and then reappears reversed in the centre, all without sleights! Sneaky method that may fool you until you know. Top Tips - save money with this tip on roughing fluid. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 14 covers different ways to carry props when you are a strolling magician. Web Offers - get background info on two excellent TricKlip download videos, The Detective Coin and Devil's Island, both of which are on offer in March. 60 Seconds To Success - Mark discusses whether you should work charity gigs for free. The Review Corner - Mark looks at Abstractions, the lecture notes of Simon Caine. The full E-Video Newsletter runs to 38 minutes and access can be yours in exchange for a small amount of money. Or why not take out a 1 year sub and get even greater value? For more information and to watch a trailer, go to To receive every E-Video Newsletter for free, become a member of E-Club Pro, the online magic and advice resource. Go to 2.3.19


Andrew Normansell Lecture - The Mercian Mystics Magic Society (Stoke-on-Trent). Andrew Sherratt MMC writes: Andrew Normansell will be lecturing at The Mercian Mystics in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday 5th of March at 8pm. All visiting magicians welcome; £5.00 door fee. The Mercian Mystics, Smallthorne Victory Club, 300 Hanley Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST6 1RE (Map). (For further information about the lecture, and to book it for your club, visit 2.3.19


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam and Kyle Sarocen write: Our next gathering will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th March, at The Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map). The aim of the evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas and views, in a relaxed atmosphere. Our social evenings are free of charge and you will be able to buy drinks from the bar. The evening starts at 7.30pm, so come along and enjoy the atmosphere. Email or phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 2.3.19


Micky Malcolm, remembered by David Paul, Manchester. I have just found out that my dear friend of 30 years, Mr Micky Malcolm, as just died at the age of 83 peacefully at home. He was an original back stage assistant to the original Wychwoods act and also assisted the great Saveen the vent with Daisy May in Summer seasons. He is best remembered for his comedy magic act in various pantomimes and summer seasons. He worked alongside his fellow entertainer and musician friend Ian and the act was known as the Malcolm Boys. Micky began in Theatre at the age of 6, entertaining the troops with a song and dance act. Later Micky developed a comedy magic act which he toured in many summer shows and pantomimes. He was an Honoury Life Member of the ADACAT Magic Society. He was a loving, kind, true theatre professional. 2.3.19


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