Number 983 - 27th April 2019


Derren Brown Showman - The all-new live show for 2020. Derren Brown returns to the stage with his brand-new live show in 2020. The multi award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion, Derren Brown, is at his very best on stage. His one-man shows have received wide critical acclaim and more Olivier wins and nominations than any other in history. Now with his first brand new theatre show in five years, Derren Brown returns to astonish and amaze audiences up and down the country. The content of Showman remains a closely-guarded secret, but if you’ve seen him before, you know you’re in for a powerhouse treat. "All I can reveal is that the show will ultimately be about you, the audience member, because that’s what I find most interesting. There are places I’d like to take the audience where we haven’t been before. I always aim to have it deliver more than you’d expect. I’m excited to be at the starting point of that process. Getting it on the road will be my favourite part of the year." Derren Brown.
Orchard Theatre, Dartford 27th March - 4th April 2020
Regent Theatre, Ipswich 7th-11th April 2020
Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth 14th-18th April 2020
Theatre Royal, Plymouth 21st-25th April 2020
Milton Keynes Theatre 5th-9th May 2020
Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea 12th-16th May 2020
Theatre Royal, Norwich 19th-23rd May 2020
Grand Theatre, Leeds 26th-30th May 2020
New Theatre, Hull 2nd-6th June 2020
New Theatre, Oxford 16th-20th June 2020
Kings Theatre, Glasgow 23rd-27th June 2020
The Lowry, Salford Quays 30th June-11th July 2020
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield 14th-18th July 2020
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton 21st-25th July 2020
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 28th July-1st August 2020.


Secrets Magic Day - Bedford, Sunday 6th October 2019. Produced by Gary Young. Gary Young writes: I am so pleased to announce Dan Harlan is coming over from the USA exclusively for this event! His lecture is not to be missed! Dan Harlan is famous for creating some of the greatest magic effects of the modern age like Card-Toon and Starcle. His vast knowledge of magical methods, combined with his theatrical training, provides audiences with a uniquely engaging experience. You never know what to expect from Harlan, but you know it will be entertaining and amazing! He has done it all! Also appearing: Sean Goodman, with a brand new lecture on performing magic at Weddings (this is Sean's speciality) and Marc Paul, with his new lecture 'Pack Small Play Big'. There will be a Q&A session with Dan Harlan, hosted by Jon Allen, and Dealers galore with more to be confirmed. The Secrets Magic Day is produced by Gary Young. I have been producing Magic Conventions and other events for over 20 years, including 11 Top Secret Magic Days in Milton Keynes which over 350 magicians attended each year. They were considered by many registrants and pro's to be one of the best one day conventions in the UK. Don't miss this. Book your reserved seats now! Full details at 27.4.19


Anthony Owen - Tribute Book. Friends of Anthony Owen are creating a book of tributes, memories and photos, and write: Anthony touched many people and we invite everyone to share their stories and memories in this book which will serve as a tribute to him and his work. We aim to have the book printed and presented to his family so they can read about the impact he had on people's lives and the many great memories people have of him and his work. We have set up this webpage as the easiest way to submit your tributes and stories. Here you can upload your own documents, scans of hand-written messages or type your contributions and upload a signature. 27.4.19


South Tyneside International Festival of Magic. From the organisers: Here is the 8th Act announcement for South Tyneside International Festival of Magic (11-13th October 2019), another UK first, from Spain, Xulio Merino. Xulio Merino discovered sponge ball magic in 2010. He’s played with them obsessively since then, and if we add to that the great magic scene of the Spanish region of Galicia, that’s what has made him a master in sponge balls. In just a few years, his techniques, theories, and effects have reinvented the perception of this overlooked object, and they’ve set the ground for the study of sponge ball magic that started with Albert Goshman, Frank Garcia and many other masters of porosity. 1st Place Close-up French National Championship 52nd edition FFAP. Ascanio Award 2019 Magician of the Year SEI Madrid. “Xulio’s the new DaOrtiz, but with sponge balls. He’s a technically revolutionary showman, and a surreal clown." Kiko Pastur.


In his lecture he offers completely revolutionary material. New ideas with sponge balls that reinvent the basic techniques and set the ground for more advanced moves. You’ll also discover a ton of new effective and practical routines created by a magician who has tested all his material before lay audiences thousands of times. He joins Olivier Macia (Olmac), Mario (The Maker Magician) Marchese, Mike Pisciotta, Maga Gisell, Richard Jones, Mark Shortland and Steve Hewlett. Registrations are limited to 150 so everyone gets a close-up view! Only £65 for the full 3 days! To book visit 27.4.19


Keelan Leyser on The Magicians' Podcast. Richard Young writes: The BBC discovered Keelan Leyser’s talents when he was the subject of a documentary aged just 14 and was hotly tipped to win The Young Magician of the Year. In fact he didn’t make the final and in this interview he discusses how the hype around his talent at such a young age was a detriment to his progress. He went on to forge a career as a quick-change artist with his girlfriend Charlotte and gives an amazing insight into this corner of our industry that so few perform in. He also discusses the difficulties of working with your partner and what he did when the bubble burst and the act stopped being booked; and talks in detail about his new foray into technology and iPad magic, and his recent move across the Atlantic to Las Vegas. Plus "What's Going On?" with Alan Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. Donate to the Anthony Owen Family Fund via 27.4.19


Breaking the Magician's Code with Kane & Abel at Brighton Fringe. From the producers: Britain’s bad boys of magic return to Brighton to commit more crimes against the art of magic. Codes broken during the show include: never reveal the secret behind a trick, never perform another magician's trick, never repeat a trick and never perform with food or animals. "Seriously impressive" BBC Radio. "Full of surprise and fun that’ll leave you impressed and in stitches" **** This is Radelaide. "Both shine individually as magicians and comedians" **** Broadway Baby. "Excellent entertainment" Velvet Box Office. The show runs from May 4th-6th and 31st and June 1st-2nd at The Warren, Brighton. See 27.4.19


The Psychic Project, London, 12th-22nd June 2019. From the producers: A mind-reading show based on the true story of the Cold War’s psychic spies. In 1972, the Cold War took an unusual turn. The CIA learnt that Russia was investing in mind-control research and achieving some remarkable results. Not wanting to be left behind, US scientists began a secret project to train civilians as psychic spies: stealing secrets, manipulating memories and finding out if thoughts can kill. Drawing on 100,000 pages of declassified documents, David Narayan attempts the CIA’s experiments, seeing if a modern audience can use the same techniques. "Fascinating" World Magic Review. "Inexplicable" Daily Info. "As disturbing as it is astonishing" The Oxford Times. Tickets £16 / £20, or 10% off with the code ‘remoteview’. Book via 27.4.19


Talking Tricks with Kane & Abel. Magic Sam Hurst joins us to share his incredible story from sleeping rough to being crowned UK Family Entertainer of the Year 2019. Sam also talks about working at magic bars in Manchester and Bristol, his TV stardom on BBC's Let Me Entertain You and Magic House Party, running his own night The Beautiful Magicians' Club, working full-time as a magician on the streets of Covent Garden and much more. We also talk about the amazing way he met his wife, tattoos, and performing magic for everyone from Samuel L Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg to Bear Grylls and Roman Abramovich. Listen via Podbean, iTunes or Acast. 27.4.19


A Deadly Way to Make a Living: The Lamentable Fate of Chung Ling Soo, Marvellous Chinese Conjuror. "Brian Lead has searched diligently for untapped primary sources, including taped interviews with a stagehand and one of the men who shot at Chung Ling Soo on that fateful night in 1918 when he was killed on stage attempting to catch two bullets. He has also interviewed contemporary performers who have recreated Soo’s routine. All this yields a fascinating account which brings to light a good deal of previously unpublished material." (Lawrence Hass: Dean of the Jeff McBride Magic and Mystery School).

You can catch Brian’s lecture at the following venues:
28th April: Northern Magic Circle Summit, Harrogate (11am)
14th May: Cambridge Pentacle Club
19th May: The Modern Mystic League, Blackburn (2pm)
11th June: Leeds Magic Circle
12th June: York Magic Circle
18th June: Associated Wizards of the South, Southampton
9th July: British Magic Society, Birmingham
16th July: Cumbrian Magic Circle, Carlisle
Contact participating clubs for details, or email


Belfast MagiCon 2019. 3rd-5th May. James Hobart writes: With just over one week to go until Belfast MagiCon 2019, Wednesday 1st May is the deadline to decide if you’re joining us for Paul Gomac’s USM Chairman’s Dinner on the Saturday night, which is included in a full registration. Pre-dinner entertainment will be supplied by Dave Taylor in his Bunco Booth and there will be close-up magic from competition entrants and willing volunteers. The after-dinner stage show will be compered by the President of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians Brian Lead and will feature Alex Cullen from Dublin, Dave Loosley with his full cabaret act, and an intergalactic surprise befitting of the date "May The Fourth Be With You"! There are still a few rooms left in the Park Avenue Hotel and full or partial registration will be accepted right up to the event itself. Why not hop on a plane, ferry or train and join us for a Magical Bank Holiday weekend? 27.4.19


Paul Dickson wins Surrey Society of Magicians Close-up Competition 2019. Adam Mosley writes: The Surrey Society of Magicians Close-up Competition took place on the 25th of April 2019. A big congratulations to Paul Dickson who took first place and runners-up Paul Tomlinson and Chris Wardle. The Mary Oberoi comedy trophy went to Paul Dickson. It was a very high standard this year as always, so congratulations to all who took part. We would like to give a big thank you to the two lay judges and also to our magical judge Luke Clough, thank you for your hard work and difficult decisions. We would also like to thank all the audience members who we are sure had a great evening and our time keeper Michael Pearce. Last but not least thank you to our brilliant compère Geoff Pescud. 27.4.19


Crazy Car Registrations by Eddie Burke. Mr E Enterprises write: We have all seen them and some of us even have one – those crazy car registration plates such as H16H 5! Showing a large A4 size laminated picture of a comical-looking red car, you explain that you cannot yet drive it on the roads as you need to have a crazy number plate for your rather crazy car. The car picture is slipped into a secure card holder where the back of it is in full view at all times. You show several Crazy Car Registration plates each one printed and laminated. Now the laughter starts as you show them and call them out, registration numbers such as ID10T, C4R 51CK and so forth, they really do cause much amusement as you display them one at a time. Following this, a spectator chooses one of the registration plates in a very fair manner, you explain that magicians register their cars by magic, and the picture is now shown again with the very same chosen number plate has magically appeared permanently printed on your car! (Note: The registration mark can be changed for repeat performances.) Mentalists: This canny routine can also be used as a prediction effect, by positioning the car picture back out and in full view, and then having fun with the number plates as explained; having one chosen and finally showing that the chosen Crazy Car Registration mark is the one on your prediction picture! For more info and to order visit 27.4.19


Russ Brown Lecture - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 1st May The Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians will have a lecture from Russ Brown. Russ will be lecturing on family entertainment so there will be something for everyone. It'll be a great, fun evening. Visiting Magicians welcome for just £5. Lecture starts at 8pm, at The ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 9NL (Map). Contact Sue Oakley Russ Brown presents his unique lecture with original magic and some of the most fun games you will ever see. With over 30 years of experience all around the world join Russ on this fast moving and often crazy event with routines you will use. 27.4.19


Pat Page Evening at the Anglian Magic Society, Tuesday 21st May at 7.30pm. The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). From the organisers: "Janette (Pat Page's daughter) talks about his career in magic, about how he first got started and what he did. Patrick was unbelievably modest about his achievements and much of what he did we only found out about after he died by speaking to his fans. Every time that we do a presentation we learn something new. No doubt that will be the case in Norwich. Janette talks about what it was like to grow up in a magic household and meet lots of famous magicians who stayed at her house. Most of them sadly are now no longer with us. We share private photos of Patrick throughout his career. I (Philip) talk about Patrick’s literary and teaching career, and particularly about The Big Book of Magic and Magic Page by Page. I talk about Patrick’s expulsion from the IBM. I did most of the photography in Magic Page by Page (I am a photographer). Well, the photographs during the latter part of his career. I talk about Patrick Page Magic and how it came about. Neither Janette or I ever intended to set up a magic dealership. We show a lot of private video footage of Patrick performing. We will bring along our stock of items of Patrick Page inventions, books and DVDs and make them available for purchase at special prices. But and this is very important, the talk is not a sales talk. It is a talk about Patrick. We want your members to know more about Patrick and his contribution to the world of magic. Come along and enjoy this very special evening not to be missed." 27.4.19


Neb Musical Mindreader, Canal Theatre Cafe, London, 20th May. Join Psychological Magician Neb in one final bid to resurrect his past career as a musician, combining music with powerful mindreading! Fresh from his recent work on the BBC’s "Science of Memory", Neb presents a truly original one hour show, showcasing both magical and musical abilities. "Unbelievable!" Dua Lipa. "Oh My God! You are good, you are really good!" Davina McCall. "Simply Outstanding" Dame Barbara Windsor. 20th May at 8pm, see 27.4.19


'Genetics' illusion show at the Northern Magic Summit. From the organisers: Steve Gore and his family are proud to present their 'Genetics' illusion show for the Northern Magic Summit tomorrow in Harrogate. Steve is also lecturing some of his new lecture 'Lemon Squeezy' for the registrants too. It's a blast from the past for Steve and his wife Victoria as they won a few stage magic awards at the Crown hotel in Harrogate for the Northern Magic Circle over twenty years ago! 27.4.19


Colin Skinner presents The Trick with Martin Cox & Mark Watson at The Shed, City Centre, Leicester on Wednesday 8th May. Mark Watson - Magic. Juggling. Comedy. One man's story of escaping corporate life to run away with the circus. Following last year's highly successful Edinburgh Fringe debut, the Man of Mischief brings you his brand new show. Martin Cox - Martin has been an established professional magician and entertainer since 1989. He has performed his comedy magic act to critical acclaim all over the world, from The Winter Gardens Blackpool to the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Colin Skinner - Your host Colin Skinner has performed for Leicester City FC for 5 years, including during the famous 5000/1 title winning season, and at numerous private engagements and even at The Magic Circle. This is your chance to see a magician on top of his game. Performance times will be around 40 minutes, with a break in between for you to try and figure out how they did it and head to the bar. Entry starts at £6 in advance, including an Agwa cocktail. Advance tickets will come off sale at 7pm on the day of the event, and you can then get tickets on the door for £7 - but you don't get your free cocktail, and you will not be guaranteed a seat. Your seats will be grouped by the lead bookers name, so please book together or send us an email to ensure you're sat with your friends. Doors: 7.30pm Finish time: 10.30pm. Bar open until: 11pm. Age: 18+. This event is proudly sponsored by Agwa. Tickets available through Eventbrite via the Facebook event page. Venue: The Shed, 5 Yeoman Street, City Centre, Leicester LE1 1UT (Map). Also see 27.4.19


Daniel and Sylvia Lynch (Stromboli and Sylvia). Alan Horne writes: Sad news that Daniel and Sylvia Lynch, Stromboli and Sylvia, have both passed away within a few weeks of each other. They were great showmen, who with their fire eating and sword swallowing act toured the world, working in many major theatres and appearing in several films. A trip to their home wasn't complete without a visit to the cellar, to see his latest finds which would include: shrunken heads, taxidermy, curiosities, oddities and freak-show items. They had a collection of Titanic memorabilia and a set of replica crown jewels, which they would take out and do talks with. Whenever you popped round for a few minutes (which could turn out to be hours) you were made welcome and I'm sure I'm not alone in expressing my gratitude for the help and advice I received over the years. 27.4.19


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