Number 981 - 13th April 2019


Adam Black is 'The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year 2019'. Adam combined his genuine Rubik's Cube expertise (you should see the speed in which he can untangle a thoroughly mixed-up cube!) with his passion for magic, to create a Rubik's Cube themed act that became more and more mind-boggling as it progressed, leaving the whole audience scratching their heads. Adam was awarded first prize on Sunday 7th April at The Magic Circle's London HQ. He received the Derrick Speight Trophy, together with four years membership of The Magic Circle and a trip to the States to attend Jeff McBride’s Magic and Mystery School. Ryan Jackson was placed second and Robbie Stevens third. Theo Mellor was highly commended. Many congratulations to them all. Anthony Owen, Moira Fletcher, Geoffrey Durham and Oliver Tabor judged and Darren McDonald was the perfect compère. A special award in memory of the competition's first winner, Johnny Hart, back in 1961, will be introduced in 2021 (the competition is held every two years). It will be a separate award to recognise manipulative skill. Photo: President Scott Penrose making the presentation to Adam Black. See and 13.4.19


Northern Magic Summit 2019. 26th, 27th, & 28th April. 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 lectures from Neil Roberts, Steve Gore, Brian Lead, Geoffrey Newton, Andy Greaves and our Star Lecturer Freddie Davis! To find the registration forms and more information on our lectures and much more 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! 13.4.19


Harbour Sleights - the biggest magic show to hit Aberdeen for decades! Illusionists to conjure up cash for Aberdeen Lifeboats, Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen, 30th August 2019. From the organisers: For one night only, Aberdeen Lifeboat and Aberdeen Magical Society bring you ‘Harbour Sleights’, the biggest magic show to come to Aberdeen in decades – and it’s all to raise funds for local lifeboats. The two-hour show at the city’s Tivoli Theatre on Friday 30th August will showcase the north-east’s top magicians and will comprise grand illusions, magic, sleight of hand, mind reading and escapology. Aberdeen Lifeboat 2nd coxswain/mechanic Cal Reed and illusionist Garry Seagraves got together to launch the event. Cal Reed said: “Making doves appear from RNLI welly boots is nothing to what these guys can do. People should come prepared to witness some quite incredible feats of magic – and all for such a good cause.” Garry Seagraves, president of Aberdeen Magical Society, added: “We can’t wait to step out onto the stage at the Tivoli this August. With such a variety of different styles of magic there really will be something for the whole family to enjoy – whether they are eight or 108! Aberdeen Magical Society has a proud tradition of supporting good causes in the north-east, and when Cal joined the society to further his passion for magic, it seemed obvious we should support Aberdeen Lifeboat.”


The Tivoli Theatre has its own place in the history of stage magic. One hundred years ago, in 1918, magician Chung Ling Soo performed his signature act at the Tivoli, catching a bullet fired from a gun, then dropping it from his mouth onto a plate. Sadly, he was killed just weeks later performing the same trick in London. Tickets, priced at £12 each, are on sale now at Aberdeen Box Office, Union Street, Aberdeen Photo: Garry Seagraves (left), president of Aberdeen Magical Society, and Cal Reed (right), of Aberdeen Lifeboat get together to launch ‘Harbour Sleights’. Photo credit: Mark Gray, Aberdeen RNLI. Also see and 13.4.19


The Twins on The Magicians’ Podcast. Richard Young writes: Gary and Paul (aka The Twins) began their professional careers working as illusionists and spent many years working on cruise ships. They were once tipped to win BGT by Amanda Holden and in this episode explain why their involvement in the show fell through. After this they diversified their careers into supplying special effects for theatrical shows and pantomimes and have built up an incredible portfolio of enormous special effects that wow at over 35 panto's each Christmas in the UK at the largest theatres including The London Palladium. Most interestingly they have also developed a practical and safe way of flying celebrities, double-decker buses and a horse and carriage over the heads of the audience in the stalls; in this interview they provide a sneak peak into the development of this spectacular illusion. Plus a chat with The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year 2019 Adam Black, just minutes after he was awarded the title at The Magic Circle headquarters. Plus What's Going On with Alan Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 13.4.19


South Tyneside International Festival of Magic, more acts announced. From the organisers: Olivier Macia (Olmac) started magic at the age of 13 when he saw a magician do tricks close-up during his brother’s wedding. From 2000, he participated in numerous competitions and magic championships where he won several titles and is particularly known for his impressive card manipulations. In 2007, Olmac started the TV series ‘Al Camera assahira magic Olmac’ consisting of 250 episodes of 6 minutes each, which aired on the Moroccan channel 2M and made a TV show on CCTV in China with his Black Light Number in 2015. The same year, he represented France at FISM. Mark Shortland has entertained audiences around the world, from regular performances at The Magic Castle Hollywood, to sell out shows at The London Palladium and Blackpool Opera House, to a yet to air American TV Special filmed at The Rio Suites and Casino Resort Las Vegas. Mark’s performances engage the audience with a mixture of illusions, visual gags and audience participation. His winning personality and unique brand of comedy are blended with an individual style of magic and suggestion, creating an act that the edge of your seat was made for! South Tyneside International Festival of Magic, 11-13th October 2019. Click Here to book and for more information. 13.4.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week Max Maven on Talking Telephone Numbers from 8th April 1996. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional bonus video Click Here. 13.4.19


The Order of The Magi celebrated its 110th birthday last week with members performing 110 tricks at their headquarters, the Irish World Heritage Centre, in Manchester. Visitors to the centre were entertained at this celebratory night, and once the figure had been attained a cake was cut and handed round to all in attendance. This event had been the brainchild of new President Dave Owen who had appeared on the BBC TV programme North West Tonight, baffling presenters Roger Johnson and Anabel Tiffin. Dave had also appeared on City Radio earlier in the day. It was a great night to mark a milestone in the society’s history and details of the Magi’s activities can be found on or by contacting Mike Sharples Geoffrey Newton PRO. 13.4.19


'Staging Magic - The Story Behind The Illusion' Exhibition, University of London. Staging Magic - The Story Behind The Illusion runs until 15th June, celebrating the history of magical literature and the world’s most loved magic tricks and stage illusions from 16th century to early 20th century. It’s free and open to the public until Saturday 15th June 2019 at Senate House Library, 4th floor of Senate House, part of the University of London. The exhibition takes people on a journey of the world’s greatest magicians, such as Houdini, David Devant and psychic researcher Harry Price, and the magic books that influenced them. The exhibition explores the staging of classic tricks such as pulling rabbits out of hats, sawing women in half and dismembered talking heads, right through to cigarette box magic tricks and parlour magic. Discover how sleight of hand and illusions staged in top theatres have been used to create mystery and entertainment in society and how it transferred to the home, and even to the Tommies fighting in the trenches of WWI.

Through five interconnected themes ('Magic’s Spell on Society', 'Magic and innovation', 'Masters of Magic and their Influence', 'Harry Price and his Magical Library', 'Magic for All'), the exhibition explores how magic has remained a mainstay of popular culture in the western world, how its secrets have been kept and revealed, and how magicians have innovated to continue to surprise and enchant their audiences. Each theme features some of the most important books in the history of magic, alongside lesser-known works celebrating a range of genres in magic publishing. The exhibition displays 60 items in Senate House Library’s ‘Harry Price Library of Magical Literature’, gifted by Harry Price himself, former Vice-President of the Magic Circle (and first Chair of the BFI), to the Library in 1936. See:


Ace Magic Studio Lecture/Dealer Dem - Merlin Magical Society 18th April. John Clayton writes: On the 18th April, the Merlin Magical Society are have a Lecture/Dealer Dem by Ace Magic Studio. The host for the evening is Martin Peirce. The first half will consist of Martin Peirce performing and explaining many of his favourite routines, incliuding 5-4-3-2-1, a Just Chance routine that can be done impromptu, Paranormal, a strong and easy to do effect, a 'Do As I Do' routine and many more. The second half of the evening will be a dealer dem of effects sold by Ace Magic Studio. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start at Merlin Magical Society, Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). Entry for non members is just £5. Also see: 13.4.19


Hector Chadwick lecture, Bristol Society of Magic. From the organisers: On Thursday April 18th the Bristol Society of Magic hosts a rare lecture with Hector Chadwick. Co-writer of Derren Brown shows like Svengali, Apocalypse, The Great Art Robbery, and The Push, Hector Chadwick (pen name of Stephen Long) doesn’t lecture very often and his short talk on equivoque at the 2017 Session convention was highly praised. Ever since, mentalists especially have been on the lookout for his occasional appearances. He is also the author of the highly sought after mentalism book, The Mental Mysteries of Hector Chadwick, written under his pen name. In this lecture, he'll teach effects from his out-of-print book and even share a couple of ideas never before published or taught. There'll also be a Q&A session and the opportunity to discuss anything that tickles your fancy, from the Derren shows, to the creative process involved in making them, to the world of TV magic in general. We meet at the Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2QQ (Map) at 8pm and non-members are welcome (£10). 13.4.19


April 2019 E-Video Newsletter. The monthly magic online video programme from Mark Leveridge is the usual mix of new magic to try and advice and tips to learn from: The Teach In - Mark reveals a clever envelope gimmick that you can use in many effects as well as the neat routine he reveals here. Top Tips - this features a discussion on the best rope for ring on rope magic. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 15 looks at solutions to a practical problem confronting strolling magicians when travelling to a gig. Web Offers - dem and comments on Mark's classic sponge ball routine plus info on a great advice book, both items being on offer in April. 60 Seconds To Success - the reasons why it might be a good idea to create a completely different show type to your normal one. The Review Corner - comments on AmazeCups from Vanishing Inc. Access to the full 30 minute online video presentation costs just a small amount, and drops even further if you take out a 1 year subscription. To watch a trailer and to purchase the latest issue go to 13.4.19


Magic Auction at The Swan, Oxfordshire, 2nd May: Here at The Swan at Tetsworth Auction House we are proud to say we have hundreds of illusions and magic props in our 2nd May Auction. A collection spanning the life's work of entertainer to the stars, Fabian. Escapologist, magician, illusionist and fire-eater, Fabian worked as an entertainer from the age of 5 and won World Championships in his field. From being handcuffed, locked in chains, put in a sack and set ablaze, to large scale illusions there is something for everyone whether you're an amateur collector or a working performer. The first part of the catalogue will be online later this week with lots being added every day. Be sure to keep an eye out as the catalogue progresses so you don't miss a trick! Visit The Swan at Tetsworth, High Street, Tetsworth, Oxfordshire OX9 7AB (Map) Thursday, 2nd May 2019. Also see 13.4.19


Amazing Mysteries, tonight at St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth. Amazing Mysteries comes to St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth. Why not come along and enjoy an evening of magic, mystery and laughter as we transport you back to the heady days of Victorian England in this critically acclaimed show. Saturday 13th April at 7.30pm. Book online at 13.4.19


Nothing Up Our Sleeves, Wednesday, 19th June, at The Navigator, Southampton. From the promoters: Nothing Up Our Sleeves is a full evening of entertainment which is guaranteed to amaze and leave you believing in real magic. Adrian Tritton (Triton Magic) and award-winning magician Myles Thornton have created a unique night out perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy themselves with friends whilst seeing the unbelievable happen before them. Nothing Up Our Sleeves is a monthly event. Tickets can be found on Eventbrite or by visiting the Nothing Up Our Sleeves Facebook and Instagram pages and are £11.25 per person. If you would like any more information email Wednesday, 19th June at 7pm at The Navigator, 286 Bridge Road, Swanwick, Southampton SO31 7EB (Map). 13.4.19


Palladium Memories -Stoke-on-Trent, Saturday 13th April. 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 13.4.19


From Faking It to Making It! Kevin Quantum on Talking Tricks. Kane & Abel write: Kevin Quantum joins us to discuss his fascinating journey from reality TV contestant to globe-trotting magician. He talks about what it was like learning from magic legends Penn & Teller, Pat Page, Paul Daniels and Nigel Mead as part of the Channel 4 show Faking It, combining science and magic, the early struggles to transition from PhD Researcher to full-time magician, running the Edinburgh International Magic Festival and his success at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. Listen via iTunes, Podbean or Acast. 13.4.19


Harry Robson lecture, Anglian Magic Society, Norwich. Kyle Sarocen  writes: Harry is the resident magician at Manchester United and perhaps best known for his work with the Dealers at Blackpool. His lecture is full of things that a working magician can use. Here are some of the effects: A spectator's chosen card appears in a wallet in the audience, a collosal killer style effect, Daryl's rope routine, John Cornelius' Thought Transmitter mind reading effects with the 'Posh Pen', 4 spectators choose a card and they match a torn prediction card (based upon Harry Anderson's Gang of 4), 'Ripped Off' Torn and Restored card, Sharpie through anything, Signed card to sealed envelope in a handed out wallet... Harry has some great stories and has a great delivery style. Many of Harry's effects are available for purchase so buy them while you have the chance. See you all on this fantastic evening which is not to be missed. Tuesday 16th of April at 7.30pm at the Anglian Magic Society, The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). 13.4.19


Leamington & Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic (now held over two days) 18th & 19th June 2019 at Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Cubbington, Leamington Spa. From the organisers: With over 120 attendees last year this year's event will be bigger and better and is now the premier Midlands convention. Top lectures throughout the day. Attended by lots of quality dealers. Plus the Midlands "Champion of Champions Close Up Competition". Includes breakfast for early morning arrivals, a lunch time buffet and evening BBQ (weather permitting) for all pre-paid tickets. Pre-paid tickets cost £25. We do not email or send tickets out; please bring your PayPal receipt to show proof of payment. Breakfast from 7.30am. Dealers open 8am. 18th & 19th June at Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). See for more info and to book. 13.4.19


Oliver Tabor lecture, Home Counties Magical Society. Kevin Hutchinson, HCMS Programme Secretary writes: The Home Counties Magical Society are delighted to welcome Oliver Tabor for his lecture at 8pm on Thursday 18th April. Oliver is a multi-award winning magician and member of the Magic Circle. He is a past British Magic Champion and winner at the 2017 European Championships of Magic. Oliver’s lecture will mostly cover stage and close-up magic with an introduction into how the techniques, psychology and rules followed by stage manipulators can easily be applied to all performance situations: from cabaret to close-up and from parlour to children's shows. He offers effects for close-up, comedy, stage and children's magic, and demonstrates the thoughts and workings behind a dove steal and how this method can be easily adapted to produce a range of different objects. Throughout the explanations he illustrates how to make performances more powerful by applying the rules of stagecraft, how to deconstruct a routine or act whilst eliminating any unnecessary movements and actions, his evolution of ideas and inspiration behind a working routine and how to give your magic more of an impact in general. Lecture notes and products will be on offer to purchase afterwards. Magicians who are not HCMS Members are welcome at this lecture for £15 charge. Please see for details of where we meet. 13.4.19


X-Ray Hands, a Mr E Exclusive. Mr E Enterprises write: A playing card is selected in a fair manner by an audience member and she is told to burn its value and suit in to her mind but not allow you to see her choice. Let us say that the chosen card is the Jack of Hearts. Two laminated plaques are freely displayed and shown on both sides. Each side is seen to have a gleaming coloured spot on it, and you explain these are special sensitive X-ray plates. The chosen card is placed face down between the X-ray plates which in turn are held between the spectator’s hands and she is told to concentrate really hard on her chosen card. A small torch is now shone on the back of the spectator’s hands and after a moment the plaques are removed and separated – but nothing has happened. Again, your X-Ray plates are placed between the spectator’s hands and a light is again shone upon them. After another brief wait the plates are removed by the spectator who opens them herself to find a full X-Ray picture of her hands (or so you claim) with a permanent impression of her chosen card between them! Everything can be left for examination without a clue to your mystery. Can be repeated with another card if you wish. Available in two different sizes; pocket (approx 4" x 2.75") and Jumbo (approx 8" x 5.5"). The little-known baffling method is surprisingly easy to do. Comes with the special X-Ray plates and instructions. Use your own deck of playing cards and torch. Post free in the UK. Standard size: Click Here, Jumbo size: Click Here. 13.4.19


The Comedy Years, Saturday 20th April on ITV3. "In 1984, as the miners' strike took over the news, political figures were on the receiving end of the most irreverent comedy series ever seen on TV at the time - Spitting Image. Plus, cult hits like The Young Ones and Alas Smith and Jones battled it out in the TV schedules with mainstream shows like Russ Abbott's Madhouse. We also lost two comedy greats with the passing of Eric Morecambe and Tommy Cooper." See TV Magic for full details. 13.4.19


"Ant and Dec become Dec and Ant in unprecedented, earth-shattering Britain’s Got Talent seat switch" Click Here •  "Creepy Britain’s Got Talent magician Elizabeth left Amanda Holden petrified – but how did she perform that trick" Click Here • "Who is the Haunting? Britain’s Got Talent first magician of the new series" Click Here. 13.4.19


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 13.4.19


June Casson. Alan Coventry writes: Arthur Casson’s wife, June, passed away last week after a long illness. June’s funeral is at Lytham Crematorium on 17th April (Wednesday) at 2.30pm in case anyone who does not know wishes to give Arthur their support. 13.4.19


"Lewis Davenport: the penniless Cockney who became the world's greatest illusionist – and sold magic kits to Houdini and Tommy Cooper" [Subscription] Click Here • "Magician Eric Chien wins Asia's Got Talent" Click Here • "Why do we like magic when we know it's a trick?" Click Here • "Secrets behind some of the most famous magic tricks has been revealed" Click Here • "Why is magic dominated by men?" Click Here • "Illusionist Criss Angel Announces NYC Residency" Click Here • "Abracadabra: London show puts magic props under the spotlight" Click Here • "Gun fears halt Leeds Magic Circle Russian roulette routine" Click Here • "Magic circle's Russian Roulette live gun trick blocked by Leeds Council over health and safety" Click Here • "Skipton magician Mark Waddington gains 'silver star' in the Magic Circle" Click Here • And finally, the force is strong with this one YouTube • Many thanks for your news submissions as always. See you next week, Duncan. 13.4.19