Number 977 - 16th March 2019


The world’s biggest selling magic spectacular, 'The Illusionists – Direct From Broadway', returns to London in July with a brand new show starring James More (The Showman), Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil and Escape Artist), Adam Trent (The Futurist), Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator), Chris Cox (The Mentalist), Paul Dabek (The Trickster) and Enzo ( The Unforgettable).

The Illusionists is a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Collectively these performers have been seen by millions across the world and this production showcases their talents on stage together for the very first time. The Illusionists has shattered box office records and dazzled audiences of all ages around the world with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Prepare to witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, and disappearance this summer. Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 6th July - 1st September 2019. See to book.


Magic in the City – Bristol’s New Magic Convention, Sunday 19th May. From the organisers: Bristol’s new convention is back in Bristol for the first time in 25 years. It features a new venue in the centre (hence Magic in the City), minutes from Temple Meads station, with plenty of free parking in modern surroundings. Situated near Bristol’s top attractions and latest shops this promises to be the best venue we have ever used. The latest addition to the line-up is Alan Hudson (in place of Michael Murray unable to appear this year). Join us at the Double Tree by Hilton Bristol along with Dennis Behr, Kieron Johnson, Ken Dyne, Henri White and many others for a great day of magic in a new style. Further dealers and artistes to be announced in the coming weeks. Visit: for details and easy online booking. 16.3.19


An Evening of Magic, Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford. From the organisers: The sell-out show An Evening of Magic returns, yet this time it's even bigger and better! Our special headline guest includes the national star and Britain’s got Talent’s runner-up Jamie Raven, performing some of his routines live on stage! Plus international act and award-winning magician Oliver Tabor, mentalist and card expert James Pritchard and The Magic Circle’s grand slam award-winning act, teenage star Ryan Jackson, who all promise to mystify and amaze, as you witness the impossible. Compered by host George Berryman. Thursday 11th April at 7.45pm at The Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1JG (Map). For more info and to book Click Here. 16.3.19


The Magical Mysteries of Harry Price. Harry Price was a ghost hunter, psychic investigator, conjurer and a man of mystery. Uncover the truth with psychologist and magician Professor Richard Wiseman and the haunting music of The Creative Martyrs. Come along and encounter a talking mongoose, discover the secret of the Indian Rope Trick, and find out what happened when Price tried to transform a goat into a prince. There will be a little magic and a free drink. Senate House, London, £5. Wednesday 27th March. Doors: 6.30pm, performance: 7pm. See for more information. 16.3.19


The Magicians’ Podcast. Richard Young writes: Paul Kieve takes to the podcast hot seat to share his incredible journey from performing conjuror to Broadway magic consultant. In this episode Paul explains how that transition took place and talks over the amazing shows he has worked on, including: The Invisible Man, Matilda, Ghost The Musical and the ill-fated Groundhog Day. Paul also discusses his friendship with David Copperfield and gives us an insight into what makes the great man tick. Plus 'What's Going On' with Alan Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 16.3.19


The Magic of Discovery. Sunday 17th March in Cambridge. To celebrate its centenary the Cambridge Pentacle Magic Club has teamed up with the University of Cambridge Science Festival to present a magical journey through scientific discovery. It was Arthur C Clarke who said that any advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. In our show we hope to show you that magic is out there, as we break the known laws of science in a mind bending adventure through the amazing discoveries that have been made here at the University of Cambridge. There will be prizes to be won and fun to be had as the members of the club bamboozle you with routines inspired by our local university. The fun isn't just on stage; during the interval you'll be able to see close-up magic from members of the club, most of whom are also members of the world famous Magic Circle and interact with our green screen for some memorable photos. So join our club president and local entertainer Jezo and the other members of the club for a magical tour de force on Cambridge Junction's largest stage! Part of Cambridge Science Festival. 17th March 2pm and 6pm. Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX (Map) 16.3.19


Conjuring at the Court - London. From the organisers: It’s a night of contrasting approaches to our wonderful art. Prepare to shiver and laugh at the Victorian Gothic flavoured magic of Sylvia Sceptre. There’s the burly street humour of juggler Mark Watson. Over from Holland, enjoy the suave deceptions of the genial Fritz Alkemade. And the ever-entertaining Graham Jolley presents fast-paced mind-reading with his unique acerbic wit. Not to be missed! 28th March. 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. Tickets still just £11 in advance from 16.3.19


Timeless at The Horseshoe Show bar, Blackpool. From the producers: Your imagination is Timeless. A beautifully carved masterpiece of entertainment, with some of the best singers and illusionists around. From the imaginations of international vocalist and front-man Marc Andrew of The Splash Showgroup and renowned master of illusions Chris De Rosa comes ‘Timeless’, a breathtaking new entertainment experience. A contemporary take on the classic variety show, featuring a seamless blend of music and vocals from timeless classics such as The Greatest Showman, Moulin Rouge and more, with mind-blowing stage illusions, close-up magic, audience participation, dance and performance from four of the greatest singers and performers in entertainment. Following on from a wildly successful UK tour, witness ‘Timeless’ at the legendary Horseshoe venue in its first Blackpool residency, and let the show take you on a journey of imagination you’ll remember forever. Book this one of a kind show and you will remember the show for All Time. 6th-21st April nightly at 6pm. See 16.3.19


Expert at the Card Table, on Talking Tricks. From the producers: The Expert at the Card Table: How To Cheat At Cards is one of the most iconic books on magic and the inspiration behind Jden Redden’s award-winning Adelaide Fringe show. Jden spills the beans on what we know and don't know about the elusive author of the book; why it inspired his show; the role of technology in magic; winning the ‘Best Magic’ award at the festival; his inspirations and why he doesn’t see himself as a member of the magic community. He also talks us through his early career working on The Illusionists, his other shows and other work. Listen to this fascinating podcast via Podbean, iTunes or Acast. 16.3.19


Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians Quentin Reynolds Lecture - change of venue. This lecture will now take place at The Bradmore Arms, Trysull Road, Wolverhampton WV3 7HX (Map). Quentin will be sharing his expertise on improving performance presentations and stagecraft for magicians. Wednesday 20th March. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Members of other magic societies welcome (£5 entrance fee). To book your place, please email or call Mark on 07779 608387. 16.3.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Mystina on 'Bob Says Opportunity Knocks' from 5th March 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional bonus video Click Here. 16.3.19


Wessex Magical Association Convention Delegate Pack. From the organisers: The members and Council of the WMA would like to extend a huge thank you to Alakazam Magic and Mark Leveridge Magic for contributing some fantastic gifts to our convention delegate pack. The delegate pack, which is free for all full convention ticket holders, is worth a staggering £30* (that’s the same price as an adult early bird ticket!). Early Bird Tickets are still available for the full convention including the Gala Show. Early Bird prices are just £30 Adult and £15 Junior (18 and under) and can be purchased from our website: The convention is on Sunday 7th April 2019 from 9am to 10pm at The Hub, Verwood, Dorset BH31 7QE (Map). (*Note: items in delegate pack have an indicative value of £30). 16.3.19


Magic Olly lecture at The Ipswich Magic Society. Wayne Goodman writes: This coming Monday, 18th March, The Ipswich Magic Society is pleased to present an amazing lecture by the one and only Magic Olly. Renowned nationwide as a true expert in the family audience arena this is one lecture that will be invaluable to all types of performers, of all skill levels and audience types. 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). 16.3.19


Blackpool Magicians' Club extend a warm welcome to visiting magicians to attend our future lecture events. For the first time guests are welcome to enjoy an evening at our unique clubroom and headquarters. A full list of future events and more details can be found at 16.3.19


Special Offer on Mark Leveridge Card E-Book Series. The Collected Card Magic of Mark Leveridge is a four volume set of E-Books featuring fully illustrated details of 47 of Mark's best card routines. These are practical effects that employ no knuckle busting moves and which deliver clear card plots and strong magic. Included in this collection are routines for close up shows, strolling gigs, mentalism and stand up work, so there is plenty of variety to please you no matter what your area of interest may be. Currently Mark has a special deal on these fine E-Books, which is that if you purchase any three of the volumes you will receive a link to the fourth one completely free! This offer is valid until 31st March 2019, so go to right now and place your order while the Four-For-The-Price-Of-Three deal is still valid. 16.3.19


We Know What You Are Thinking are in Shrewsbury tomorrow evening. See What's On for remaining tour dates. From the promoters: Following their astounding appearances on the eleventh series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2017, mind reading duo DNA are back with their brand new show. Andrew and Darren, best known as mind-reading double act DNA, took the nation by storm when they appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017 with their incredible telepathic ability known as 'The Gift'. Wowing the judges, live audience and viewers at home, the duo went on to reach the live finals of the hit ITV talent show. Their first audition has reached almost 10 million YouTube views alone. Performed completely live, they can ask volunteers to concentrate on the name of celebrities, telephone numbers, credit card numbers, a word in a book, the name of the street they grew up on, a relative’s name... literally anything. With devastating speed and accuracy, the pair are then able to reveal what that name, number or word is, every time. Their unique mind-reading performances have now been enjoyed by tens of millions of people around the world. This brand new show features world exclusive, never before seen material, that is being showcased for the very first time! 16.3.19


Kieron Johnson Lecture at the Cambridge Pentacle Club. Hugh Newsam writes: The Cambridge Pentacle Club present a lecture by one of the most inventive brains in magic. Kieron Johnson. His lecture at Blackpool in 2017 brought the house down; we are sure he'll do it again in Cambridge! 19th March. Doors open at 7.30pm and the Lecture starts at 8pm. The fee for non-members is £10. For location and details check out our website The Pentacle Club, St Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 9LR (Map). 16.3.19


Derek Lever and Jez Mansfield lecture at Manchester Circle of Magicians. William Booth writes: We have a double-header with Derek Lever and Jez Mansfield lecturing at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 18th March. 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 16.3.19


Peterborough Society of Magicians Sale, Exchange & Lecture Day update. Keith Downs writes: The Peterborough Society of Magicians can now confirm that Nick Einhorn will be lecturing at its Sale, Exchange & Lecture Day on Sunday 22nd September 2019. Make a note in your diary and keep up to date at 16.3.19


Life's a Beach. Gary Jones is well known for his commercial approach to magic - as a full time pro he knows what works. So Magicseen Publications are delighted to be publishers of his first major book, Life's A Beach, which contains 40 routines and advice segments in a nicely produced soft backed book which runs to 135 illustrated pages. Released at the Blackpool Convention last month, the book has already enjoyed strong sales, but if you have yet to get your copy, now would be a great time because everyone who orders the book before 31st March 2019 will receive a complimentary printed copy of the March Magicseen which features a major article on Gary inside. So order your copy of Life's A Beach by going to and if you are not a subscriber to Magicseen already we will be pleased to slip the latest issue into your package. 16.3.19


The Cotswold Magical Society present a lecture by Kieran Lefever. Colin Dymond writes: To describe Kieron Lefever's magic is no easy task, it's like nothing you have ever seen before, and you won't see anything like it again! Whether he's producing gifts from a flash of fire, finding your signed playing card inside a solid block of ice, or even hammering a solid 6" nail up his nose, Kieron always makes an impression. 20th March at 7.45pm at The Cotswold Magical Society, The Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT (Map). £10 non-members. 16.3.19


Anglian Magic Society Dealer Dem Night. Kyle Sarocen writes: Our next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th March, at the White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). We have a Dealer Demo night with well known dealer Zane's Magic Shop. A fun night out always enjoyed by past and present members; hope to see you all on the night for some spellbinding entertainment. 16.3.19


Dave Rawson lecture, Bexley Magic Society. Roy Marsh writes: Bexley Magic Society 20th March 2019. Dave Rawson has been performing his Comedy Hypnosis Show in Ibiza for the past 20 years. He has also performed on Cruise Ships and lectured at the Northern Magic Society, Nottingham Circle of Magicians and Blackpool Magicians' Club. His two-hour lecture will give you an insight into how hypnosis works with live demonstrations. Dave has also treated thousands of people using hypnotherapy. Come along and open your mind. Visiting magicians welcome, see for more information. 16.3.19


The Late Jack Grigg's Magical Estate Sale. Hypnotist Jonathan Royle, who regarded Jack as his friend and mentor of over 30 years, has been asked to dispose of Jack's collection of rare first edition and signed magic books, and some magic tricks also. Jack's daughter, Gina, and her family have stated that money raised from the sale will be being donated to The Rochdale Hospice where Jack spent his final days. For a full listing and pictures of items available Click Here. 16.3.19


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 16.3.19


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