Number 984 - 4th May 2019


The Magic Circle Foundation presents The Penguin Performances and Lecture Season.

Juan Tamariz - Public Event - Wednesday 8th May at 8pm. Juan Tamariz presents his mentalism act. Juan is arguably one of the greatest card magicians in the world, but did you know he is also a mentalist? You’re invited to The Magic Circle to watch the act. Bring non-magician friends too. Tickets £20, plus fees. For more info and to book:


Bébel and Paul Vigil double bill - Public Event - Thursday 9th May. Bébel is already a legend in card magic and will be performing various effects including 'A Thought Prior' and 'The Big Bang'. "Some people call me a magician, others a mind reader, and a few perhaps some kind of psychic. I can understand why people would want to say those things." Vigil will be performing a selection of his classic routines including 'The Mind Melding Magician' and 'The Phantom Returns'. Joint ticket price for both performances is £15. For more info and to book:

Lu Chen Lecture - Strictly Magicians Only - Friday 10th May. Lu Chen has worked in television for over 20 years and is an iconic magic figure in China. His TV shows have been seen by more than a billion viewers. Awards include: The Asia Magician of The Year (AMA & FISM), The Magician of The Year (The Academy of Magician Arts), Grolla d'oro Award (The Masters of Magic Festival), The International Magic Award (David Berglas). Lu will be offering his take on the 'Tossed Out Deck', 'Add a Number' and more, and there will be the opportunity for a Q&A session too. Tickets £20. Strictly Magicians only. For more info and to book:


David Berglas was presented with his Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to Magic and Psychology on Thursday, 2nd May. The presentation was made by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and David was joined by his family for the occasion. The original New Year Honours announcement was made in MagicWeek on 29th December 2018, in issue 966. David Berglas’ extraordinary career started in the 50s. Six weeks at the Windmill Theatre in London in 1953 was followed by a whirlwind tour of variety theatres where he often topped the bill. He became a household name with his regular performances on radio, conducting "Nationwide Psychological Experiments" involving millions of listeners and had his own BBC television show "Meet David Berglas" in 1954 which had an audience of over 19 million and then hosted the first ever commercial TV series in 1955. In the 80s his series "The Mind of David Berglas" on Channel 4 entertained celebrity guests such as Omar Sharif, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee. In the magic world he has received most major international honours. He was President of The Magic Circle from 1989-1998 and helped revitalise the society. During his tenure The Magic Circle admitted women as members for the very first time, established The Young Magicians Club and acquired and refurbished the old warehouse in Euston that became their first permanent HQ, naming it "The Centre for the Magic Arts". 4.5.19


Jamie Raven to launch unique Magic venue at Bluewater this Summer. From the promoters: Giving you and your family the chance to get up close and personal, Jamie Raven’s Bluewater residency through July, August and September 2019 will comprise of over 250 performances in a purpose built theatre, alongside a magic shop and a magic school set in a magic workshop space, where children and adults alike can learn a number of incredible tricks and take away one of 5 official Jamie Raven Magic sets. Also available as a birthday party experience, this is a unique opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from an internationally renowned illusionist and his incredible team. The lovable magician, who shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent in 2015 and made Simon Cowell exclaim "I now actually believe in magic!" can’t wait to get started. See Vimeo. For more information and to book see and Magical Theatre Staff and Demonstrators Wanted: If you'd like to apply to work with Jamie in July, August and September 2019, email with a link to your website and any performance footage. All levels of experience will be considered, and training will be provided. 4.5.19


Matt Sterling: May The Fourth Be With You! It's not every magician that gets to appear on their own Topps Star Wars collectors' card, but Magic Circle member Matt Sterling, who got four yeses on last Saturday's Britain's Got Talent, appears on a few! Seen here as a Rebellion Commando in Gareth Edwards' brilliant Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Best of luck as the competition progresses Matt! DT. "Sterling Job. Britain’s Got Talent magician Matt Sterling stuns Lorraine with incredible card trick as he opens up about movie fame" Click Here. Also see 4.5.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Geoffrey Durham on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 20th September 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 4.5.19


Richard Jones Escape. Just two dates remain in Richard Jones's sell-out tour: May 10th at the Exmouth Pavilion Click Here and June 21st at The Core in Corby Click Here. "Winner of Britain's Got Talent in 2016, British Army soldier and one of the world's greatest magicians, Richard Jones, is bringing his outstanding new show to Corby. In Escape he has something very different in store for fans – this time, he’s attempting ‘magic with meaning’ – not just your normal set of tricks, but a programme by which to live your life. Richard is travelling nationwide to stun and mesmerise audiences once more, showing exactly what made him the stand out act to win Britain’s top talent show." 4.5.19


Kevin Quantum on The Magicians' Podcast. Richard Young writes: Kevin Quantum is a Scottish magician who was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary called Faking It. He was studying for a PhD in Physics when he was set the task of 'faking it' as a magician in front of a panel of professionals. Kevin succeeded and was bitten by the magic bug, deciding shortly after to put his PhD on hold and try a career as a professional magician. Initially he took the logical route into professional magic by performing close-up magic at corporate events and weddings, however having the Edinburgh Fringe on his doorstep took him to the stage soon after. In this interview Kevin discusses why he thinks performing close-up magic was bad for his mental health, how he took his stage shows from Edinburgh to the Adelaide and Perth festivals in Australia and his passion project, The Edinburgh International Magic Festival. Plus "What's Going On?" with Alan Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 4.5.19


Smoke & Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic with Dr Matt Tompkins on Talking Tricks: Psychologist and Magician Dr Matt Tompkins joins us to discuss the brand new Smoke & Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic exhibition, which runs until September 15th at The Wellcome Collection gallery in London. Matt discusses his live performances as part of the exhibition, the artefacts within the collection, why mediums and mentalism strike a chord with the general public, psychology and magic and much more. He also tells us all about his new book, produced in collaboration with the exhibition, The Spectacle of Illusion: Magic, the paranormal and the complicity of the mind. The book traces the evolution of the arts of magic and illusion from the 18th century onwards. Listen via iTunes, Podbean and Acast. 4.5.19


The Spectacle of Illusion: Magic, the paranormal & the complicity of the mind. "A spectacular treasury of treats. Page after page of utter joy: I can't tear my eyes away" Derren Brown. "The Spectacle of Illusion is a remarkable book. Even if you didn't read a single word, the remarkable images seem to lift a lid on the Magic world. This book both reveals the inner workings of the extraordinary and yet seems to keep all its secrets too. It's wonderful." See Click Here. 4.5.19


Magicseen Issue 86 May 2019. From the publishers: For a while there has been a bit of a craze amongst magicians for Rubik's Cube magic, and our cover star, Henry Harrius, has been one of those who has successfully built a reputation thanks to his creativity with the popular puzzle. As well as our interview with the Hong Kong based magician, we also chat with straight talking illusionist Morgan Strebler from the US, and learn that the pathway to success has not always been easy for Zak Stone. Want to improve your magic without having to resort to knuckle busting sleight of hand? Well, adopt some of the misdirection techniques from our article entitled Look The Other Way and see the difference. And if you want to avoid magical burnout, Dominic Reyes offers plenty of ways to maintain a healthy long term interest in our wonderful art. Like product reviews? Well, we have a comprehensive round up of comments on many of the latest releases, so look no further than this issue to find out what's hot, and quite frankly what's not! All this plus In The Phonebox with singer/songwriter Leo Sayer, part 2 of The Magic Of South Africa, and more can be yours via a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or through the purchase of a single issue from 4.5.19


The Mark Leveridge Magic E-Video Newsletter. This month: The Teach In - learn how to produce and vanish a coin in a clean and convincing manner. Top Tips - a suggestion for how to keep all show details to hand, both during and after the gig. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 16 considers show booking paperwork and how to organise it effectively. Web Offers - info and a dem on Mark's current go to strolling effect plus a major E-Book, both items being on offer this month. 60 Seconds To Success - advice on how to create background music for close up shows. The Review Corner - Mark raves about PropDog's The Mystery Blox. Access to the half hour video programme can be had for as little as £2.00 with a 1 year sub. To watch a trailer and to get more information or to order, go to 4.5.19


Gary Jones lectures at York Society of Magicians on Wednesday 8th May at 8pm. £10 admission for non-members. The York Society of Magicians, Red Lion Hotel, Boroughbridge Road, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6PR (Map). 4.5.19


Merlins Magic Festival Day, next Sunday, May 12th at Birdwell Academy Theatre, Take 2 Centre, Sheffield Road, Birdwell, Barnsley S70 5TU (Map). The day features Matricks, Paul Gordon, Franklin, Thomas Anthony, Darren Mac, Walt Lees, James Brandon, Matthew Tiffany and Workshops, Dealers, Lectures and Sideshows. There is also a ‘Goody Bag’ for everyone who attends the full event, which contains goodies which exceed the price of the ticket. Join them all for a great day of magic and entertainment. For details and tickets Click Here. They also have new exclusives from 3D Magic Works: Chip Shot and Set in Stone, and the latest from Magic Wagon: Casino Royale and Mystic Slate - both limited editions! 4.5.19


Joe Pasquale guests on The One Show on Monday 6th May on BBC 1. "The first visit of the week to the One Show studio, featuring the usual mix of topical stories and celebrity chat with guest Joe Pasquale." See TV Magic. 4.5.19


British Ring 'Magical Social' Sunday 26th May. Alan Maskell writes: On Sunday 26th May the I.B.M. British Ring is holding a magical social for magicians, members and friends at the Little Theatre Leicester. Doors open at 10am and there will be a show, close-up magic, a light buffet lunch, a trick swap-shop and a magical quiz! Tickets are £10 adults and £5 under 16's. Pay on the door but please reserve your seat for catering purposes by calling 07771 613 894. For further details see 4.5.19


John Gordon Lecture, Northamptonshire Magicians Club, Tuesday 7th May. Mark Paul writes: This lecture comprises of a carefully selected range of material from previous lectures and John's current repertoire to inspire you to explore your own routines, add more "you", and make them your own. A lecture not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 charge. The lecture starts at 8pm. Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 4.5.19


Mel Harvey elected President of the Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. After 50 Years as a full time professional in the entertainment business Mel Harvey was honoured to be voted in this week by the committee and members as President of The Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, seen here with retiring President Matthew Garrett. Mel is the winner of both the NMC Stage and Parlour Competitions and is a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle. Although Mel has one of the largest second hand magic collections in the UK there is no truth in the rumour that there will be an auction at every meeting, well, not every meeting! In ten days time Mel will be off to America again with visits to Miami and The Daytona Magic Shop for a meeting with Harry Allen to discuss props for the forthcoming cruise season. In September you will be able to catch Mel's comedy act here in the UK at the IBM British Ring Convention at The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne. In addition to his comedy magic, Mel is also finalising the line up for his band "The New Meltones" who have already been booked for The NMC's President's Dinner in Northampton in March 2020. The current line up includes an ex member of The Shadows as Mel is also a member of The Warwick Shadows Guitar Club. Any magicians in the Northampton area who are not already members of the NMC are invited to give Mel a call regarding the audition procedure on 07860 485578. 4.5.19


Bexley Magic Society Annual Stage Magic Competition. Roy Marsh writes: On Wednesday 1st May, Bexley Magic Society held its annual stage magic competition for the George Trophy. Five entrants with widely differing acts performed for a lay audience and three judges from the world of amateur theatre. The performers were Jason Simmons, Lisa Barber, PJ The Clown, Jason Deverell and Sarah Campbell. All acts had to be more than 5 minutes and less than 10, or face disqualification. The eventual winner was Jason Deverell, left, pictured here receiving the shield from Bexley Chairman Kevin Doig. Congratulations Jason on his second time of lifting the award. Commiserations and thanks to the other acts for providing us with a great evenings entertainment. Roy Marsh 4.5.19


Norfolk & Norwich Festival will return for 2019 from 10th-26th May with a programme of over 100 events spanning music, performance, visual art and literature. The festival shares exceptional arts experiences across East England and collaborates with artists – from down the road and around the world – to explore the unique physical and cultural identities of the city and country and to make art which is contemporary, international and audience-centred. This year's festival features three magic related performances:
Vincent Gambini’s The Chore of Enchantment combines deadpan reflections with jaw-dropping sleight of hand magic to expertly play with our understandings of deception, artifice and theatrical make-believe.
Fake Magic features some of the most daring, alternative and cutting edge magicians working in the UK today, presenting magicians who offer a different approach to conjuring.
Bells and Spells by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin with Aurélia Thierrée, making its UK premiere, follows Aurélia’s peculiar journey as an incurable kleptomaniac who is at the mercy of the objects she steals. Using ethereal imagery, unpredictable props and enchanting dance, this performance blends the wonderful with the strange in a surreal world of humour and illusion.

The full festival programme can be seen here: 4.5.19


Houdini's Last Secrets, the four-part series, is being repeated on Discovery History. "How did Harry Houdini pull off his death-defying escapes? A team of experts investigate his illusions." See TV Magic. 4.5.19


"Penn & Teller Teach the Art of Magic" YouTube • "Newtongrange teenage magician plays his cards right" Click Here • "Penny Mordaunt: From a magician's assistant to the UK's first female defence secretary" Click Here • "Comedian-illusionist Piff the Magic Dragon coming to NM" Click Here • "Our Heroes: The magician using circus skills to put Newcastle on the map" Click Here • "This is how illusionist Vivek became a magician" Click Here • "Illusionist Ivan Amodei brings his national tour to Phoenix" Click Here • "Illusionist Cosentino kicks off 'Anything Is Possible' tour" Click Here • "Truth & Illusions: Russell Brand & Derren Brown" YouTube • Your UK Magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 4.5.19