Number 978 - 23rd March 2019


David Blaine: Real or Magic - first ever UK and Ireland Tour, June 2019. 'David Blaine Real or Magic' promises to be an interactive experience featuring death-defying stunts with no two performances being the same.
5th June Playhouse, Edinburgh
8th June The 3 Arena, Dublin
11th June 02 Apollo, Manchester
14th June Arena, Birmingham
15th June BIC, Bournemouth
18th June Eventim Apollo, London
19th June Eventim Apollo, London

Book via Also see 23.3.19


This year Magicbox celebrates its 25th year in business! And over the next few months Magicbox will be celebrating this, by running competitions, special sales and unbeatable discounts; they'll also be rewarding their best and most loyal customers. See their Facebook page, website and newsletters to keep posted! Right now they have reduced 25 products by 25% for 25 days! Act now as stock is limited and this special sale will end on April 10th. (Huge congratulations to Magicbox from MagicWeek. 25 years is quite an achievement in this ever-changing world. DT) 23.3.19


Ehrlich Brothers on Blue Peter. "Blue Peter is going to blow your mind as the Ehrlich Brothers perform some incredible illusions in the studio! Lindsey gets up close with the ravens of the Tower of London, Radzi makes the final diamond badge delivery, and author Francesca Simon pops in to tell us about 25 years of Horrid Henry." On iPlayer now. To book tickets for their Wembley Arena show on April 6th Click Here. 23.3.19


The Magicians’ Podcast. Richard Young writes: This week I speak to Troy, perhaps the coolest magician in the UK who has enjoyed success with two TV series on E4 and a Channel 4 television special. From the outside it all looks like a dream career, however Troy talks openly and honestly in this interview about the relentless comparison he gets with Dynamo and how he felt when the Channel 4 television special he put his heart and soul into ran into all sorts of problems beyond his control and was poorly received. Plus What's Going On with Alan "once is enough" Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 23.3.19


Kidology UK, the Children’s Entertainers Convention, returns on Tuesday 24th September, for a 16th year. With a great range of lectures and workshops, see for full details and to take advantage of the Early Bird registration price of just £35 (ends 30th April). The convention will once again take place at The Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map) and there will be social events with entertainment the night before, and the night after. The Kidology UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year competition will take place the day after the convention, on 25th September at 11am at the same venue. 23.3.19


South Tyneside International Magic Festival, 11th-13th October 2019. Just in from the organisers: From the USA, making his UK premiere, the person who has performed more than 12,000 shows at the Magic Castle in Hollywood... Mike Pisciotta. "Mike Pisciotta is my favorite magician." Milt Larsen, co-founder of the Magic Castle. He is the regular bar magician at the Magic Castle having performed weekly for over 6 years in the Hat & Hare bar and has won the Magic Castle Close-up Magician of the Year on two occasions. This year Mike has been nominated for Parlour Magician of the Year. Mike is lecturing and performing in our close-up and stage galas. To book, see Names announced already include Mario 'The Maker' Magician, Maga Gisell, Steve Hewlett and Richard Jones... with many more still to come! 23.3.19


Wayne Dobson lectures at The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 28th March. Adam Mosley writes: The lecture will consist of Wayne’s critically acclaimed 'Hands off', one-man card routine. This will be followed by his new releases that can be made using everyday items or (even better) bought from Wayne as his disability allowance has been stopped. lol. Joined by his right and (left) hand man Mike Sullivan, who will take you through the explanations of the effects. Make sure you bring an extra £10 for the deal of the century! See you there. 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 please contact Adam Mosley 23.3.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Markus Gabriel & Trix on John Fisher's 'Magic Comedy Hour' from September 1991. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional bonus video Click Here. 23.3.19


Nick Einhorn and Hat Trick Creative are looking for a number of experienced close-up magicians for regular performances at the new 62,062 seater Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. With approximately 25-30 match days per season this is a great opportunity for regular work. If you have other talents or speciality skills suitable for a family audience please get in touch and let us know about those too! Hat Trick Creative will be providing entertainment in all areas of the stadium, from Premium Lounges to General Admission and Family areas. Please email your details/website/experience to You must have access to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium via public transport. Hat Trick Creative is owned and managed by Nick Einhorn, Craig Squires and Katrina Flavell. In 2018 they became the preferred supplier of entertainment, match-day support and provision of hosts and hostesses for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 23.3.19


Hey Presto! Magic Show, Bingley Arts Centre, Bradford. 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. 23.3.19


Life's a Beach. Jay Fortune reviews Gary Jones' new book this week: "This book is full of brilliant routines. You know when someone has spent most of their waking hours thinking, developing, tweaking and performing magic when you see how they have created streamlined, powerful magic effects with a method so devilishly simple, only a trained magical mind could reach such a clever method..." To read the full review Click Here. 23.3.19


Smoke and Mirrors Exhibition, London. From the organisers: Opening in April 2019, our free exhibition ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ will be the first-ever to focus on the relationship between magic and psychology. ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ will seek the truth about deception, ask how bias and suggestion affect our senses and decisions, and consider what it is about the human condition that means many of us believe in magic and the supernatural, even in the face of logical explanations. Artefacts from the world of magic will include those from Derren Brown, Tommy Cooper, Paul Daniels, Debbie McGee and Harry Houdini. Explore spirit photography, magic props, psychology experiments and more to see how magic works on – and in – your mind. 11th April - 15th September 2019. Welcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE (Map) (Just a 2 minute walk from The Magic Circle.) 23.3.19


Free Routine from Mark Leveridge Magic. Mark Leveridge's creative output these days is mainly poured into the content provided to members of his online magic club, E-Club Pro. As a result, there are hundreds of ideas and effects available to members which nobody else gets to see. One of the main sections of the Members' Only E-Club Pro web pages is called the Vintage Vault, and in here there are about 100 routines performed and explained on online video covering a very wide array of magic effects. None of this material has appeared on video before; so members have access to a lot of magic that is not available elsewhere. To give you a taste of the type of content that is featured, Mark is offering you the chance to watch one of the routines currently in the Vintage Vault completely for free. It's an effect called ESPeriment and is an easy to do idea using a set of ESP cards. To watch and learn this effect Click Here. More information on all the benefits afforded by membership to E-Club Pro can be found at 23.3.19


Tim 'Triumphs' at the United Kingdom Escape Artists Annual Competition. From the organisers: The Annual General Meeting of the United Kingdom Escape Artists (UKEA) took place on Saturday, 16th March, in Northampton, with a strong turnout of both professional and amateur escape artists. The meeting comprised a number of lectures and presentations and also saw the 4th annual Mick Hanzlik Award Competition and the 2nd David De-Val Award taking place. This year, the award was won by Tim Houlton from Hull. Tim came up with an unusual escape and possibly the first of its kind anywhere in the world, combining his love of motorcycles and escapology. The escape featured him first being secured in a straitjacket, and then a pair of full-body motorcycle leathers, with the straps from the straitjacket being inserted through the arms of the leathers. A motorcycle helmet and full boots were also worn. After around five minutes of wrestling (even throwing in some comedy air guitar), Tim, much to our amazement, managed to escape successfully! The Award is named after Houdini Historian and Master Locksmith Mick Hanzlik and is presented for the 'Best Escape' of the day and is voted for by all members.


The second award went to Chris Gower. He now becomes the second person to win the prestigious David De-Val Award for his efforts during the last 12 months in promoting the art form. Chris was the escapology consultant for the primetime Halloween show on ITV 'Live & Deadly: Drowned'. The show witnessed Ben Hamlin and Josey Essex attempt a dangerous escape as the pair were handcuffed and chained, whilst immersed in water, live on TV. The 90-minute one-off special showed Ben and Joey training for 5 days, as they perfected the escape. 23.3.19


Top Prize was on the cards for Fraserburgh Magician. A Fraserburgh magician is celebrating success after being named the top card sharp in the north east by the Aberdeen Magical Society. Norn Bichan scooped the Ron Gordon Trophy for Card Magic, awarded by members of the Aberdeen Magical Society, in a hotly contested competition. Norn said of his win: "I was very surprised. There were five other magicians competing who are all strong and skilled in card magic, so it was a tough competition."


Aberdeen Magical Society was founded in 1926, and is one of the most active magical societies in the country. With a membership ranging from full-time professionals to amateur hobbyists, all those with a genuine interest in magic are welcome to join. Providing a warm and welcoming environment for magicians in the north east of Scotland, Aberdeen Magical Society is dedicated to developing the art of magic. Photos: Norn Bichan accepts the 'Ron Gordon Trophy for Card Magic' from Aberdeen Magical Society president Garry Seagraves, and below celebrates his success with Ron Gordon. Also see 23.3.19


The Russell Howard Hour. With special guests illusionist Derren Brown and top snooker-player Stephen Hendry. Plus, the first Grill Grahams of the series with Maria McErlane and one lucky listener chats to Graham about their favourite Tune With A Tale. (Repeat) Wednesday 27th March on Sky2, see TV Magic. 23.3.19


Book a magic lecturer for your club today. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 23.3.19


"Dead famous: the Kickstarter campaign to restore Méliès's grave" Click Here • "House of Cards" by Angelo Carbone YouTube • "Johnny Thompson, a Magician’s Magician, Is Dead at 84" Click Here • "Magician Cameron performs debut show" Click Here • "Local history: Lewes’s twin town magician who gave name to Harry Houdini" Click Here • "Uri Geller promises to stop Brexit using telepathy" Click Here • "Bradford Magic Circle show this weekend" Click Here • "People told Mahdi the Magician his body would make his dreams impossible — but he refused to quit" Click Here • "Magician Etienne Pradier in Cancer Research UK auction of promises with estate agent Nigel Colebrook of Bright & Bright" Click Here • "An Evening With Professor Richard Wiseman" Click HereThat's it! Have a magic week, Duncan. 23.3.19