Number 986 - 18th May 2019


Ben Hart: Wonder. Sunday, November 17th, Theatre Royal, Winchester. From the promoters: West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart is a teller of tall-tales, a “master of sleight of hand” (The List) and one of the country’s foremost magicians. Having performed across Europe, America, Australia, South Africa and Asia, Ben makes a rare return to his home-town in his first-ever Winchester show! In the past few years Ben has played to royalty, heads of state and celebrities, in West End theatres, international arenas and on dozens of UK and international TV appearances (including his own series on BBC Three, The One Show and BBC One’s Now You See It). Expect his most mind-blowing and exciting magic in a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. With the simplest of props, using the objects and minds of the audience, Ben Hart conjures altogether a new kind of magic. Catch Ben performing at the Theatre Royal Winchester. 18.5.19


Back to the Future The Musical opens in February 2020. The production, which will play Manchester first and then London, will bring back some of the original 'Ghost' team, including the producer, composer, lighting designer and theatrical magic & illusion consultant Paul Kieve. Back to the Future is one of cinema's most treasured trilogies, so the thought of a live musical production ticks a lot of boxes. Can't wait! DT. "Back to the Future musical sets date for world premiere in Manchester" Click Here. 18.5.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the brilliant Wayne Dobson in a guest appearance on The Joe Longthorne Show from 12th October 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 18.5.19


Conjuring at the Court, London, Thursday 30th May. From the organisers: On Thursday 30th May enjoy a night of variety and new faces at Conjuring at the Court. With the dynamic Pete Wardell, the only magician to have won both The Magic Circle’s Stage and Close-Up Magician of the Year competitions in the same year and for the first time, bubble miracles from Dov Citron and Harry de Cruz’s unique take on the art of magic. A fascinating evening in store! 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 18.5.19


Leamington and Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic, Wednesday 19th June. John Needham writes: The Leamington and Warwick Magic Society Day of Magic this year is on Wednesday 19th June 2019 at the Cubbington Sports & Social Club, Windmill Hill, Cubbington, Leamington Spa CV32 7LN (Map). The main lecturers have been booked, and are: Lee Thompson – Amazingly talented and adaptable, Lee Thompson is an accomplished physical comedy performer who delivers an engaging and world class encounter to all who have the pleasure of witnessing him in action. Jon Allen – Jon Allen has thrilled, astonished and entertained 1000’s of audiences. He is one of the UK’s most highly respected professional magicians. Colonel Custard – Paul Megram (Colonel Custard) has been entertaining children for over 20 years with his unique blend of fun-filled magical mayhem. His award-winning children’s shows have taken him around the world delighting audiences both young and old with his crazy antics.

The day officially starts on the Tuesday evening (18th June) at 7pm, opening with Saturn Magic at 8pm for local magicians or those that travel up the day before. Tickets are priced at £25 pre-paid or £30 on the door which includes over a dozen magic dealers, breakfast for early arrivals, lunch, and weather permitting an evening BBQ. In the evening we have the Midlands Champion of Champions Close-up Competition. Full details and up to date information including a list of the dealers can be found on the club website:


Nathan Burton on The Magicians' Podcast. Richard Young writes: Las Vegas Headliner Nathan Burton's show is rare for something so large in Las Vegas in that it is still to this day a family run business. He gives us an insight into the creation of two of his most famous illusions, the Toilet Illusion and the Microwave of Death, and also discusses his experience as a contestant on season one of America's Got Talent. He talks about his first trip to Vegas, how the tiniest details can make the biggest difference to your show and how after many years of working non-stop he is now finally finding the perfect balance of work, family and health. Plus "What's Going On?" with Alan Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 18.5.19


Magic in the City - tomorrow in Bristol. Back in Bristol itself for the first time in 25 years with a new venue and new format, it all takes place under one roof at the modern Double Tree by Hilton, 5 minutes’ walk from Temple Meads station with free parking. Headlining the day is Dennis Behr along with lectures and shows from Henri White, Kieron Johnson, Jon Allen, Ken Dyne, Peter Clifford and Alan Hudson, together with newly announced comedian compère Jack Glanville and a selection of magic dealers. Tickets on the day just £45, see 18.5.19


Talking Tricks podcast with Kane & Abel. On Talking Tricks this week we are joined by Neil Kelso and Mark Watson to discuss the most iconic and notorious animals in magic history. Learn about the most famous animals in magic and variety including tigers, ducks, chickens, goldfish, otters, snakes, doves, horses and even octopuses. Also hear the stories from the biggest names in magic and variety such as Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, David Blaine, Mac King and Norman Barrett MBE. We also talk about the origin of the rabbit from the hat trick and the death of The Great Lafayette, plus Ed Kane tells us how to kill and cook your own food. We also debate the ethics of using animals in a variety act and whether wooden or puppet animals are better than the real thing in theatre. Listen via iTunes, Podbean and Acast. 18.5.19


Alec Powell lecture - Manchester Circle of Magicians. William Booth writes: Alec Powell will be lecturing at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 20th May. 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 18.5.19


Pat Fallon Lecture, Cotswold Magical Society, Wednesday 22nd May. Colin Dymond writes: Pat Fallon Lecture - It Beats Working For a Living (There is more to a Pat Fallon lecture than just Tricks). In addition to the commercial routines in the lecture covering close-up, stand-up and children's magic, there will be advice on how to structure a commercial close-up or stand-up act, and the secret to performing painless children's parties. You will learn a simple process which enables you to decide on the right material for each type of performance and sound advice on avoiding the pitfalls of boring your audience into submission. There are tips on ways to get and maintain the attention of diners at a table, or groups of people standing around at a drinks reception, plus ideas on how to deal with awkward seating arrangements like very long tables. How to ensure you get attention when performing after dinner cabaret, preventing adults from being disruptive at children's events and defining the main difference between a children's entertainer and a family entertainer. Wednesday 22nd May at 7.45pm. £10 for non-members (welcome). Venue: The Cotswold Magical Society, The Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT (Map). 18.5.19


May 2019 Mark Leveridge Magic Web Offers. The range of download products from Mark Leveridge Magic is already great value, but Mark's Web Offers make two selected items even better value each month. For May you can take advantage of reduced prices on the following items: 1. Imagination - this is great walkabout presentation for the Invisible Deck in which no deck is ever used! Essentially several spectators combine to name a playing card, and a real version of that card is slid from a single ungimmicked envelope. No sleights, no re-set, totally practical for strolling performance. Supplied as a Premier E-Routine download featuring PDF instructions, with a link to extra online video content. 2. The Master Routine Series - Collected Works. A fabulous E-Book featuring 12 of Mark's top longer routines. Some of Mark's best known effects are here, including the Commercial Sponge Ball Routine, the Ring and String Routine and the Ring Competition. Thorough explanations plus hundreds of clear line diagrams provide you with everything needed to put these feature routines into your working repertoire. For more info and to order go to 18.5.19


Andy Clockwise’s new lecture ‘Clockwatching’ at The Kent Magicians Guild. Bruce Graham writes: Tuesday 28th May sees Andy Clockwise’s new lecture ‘Clockwatching’, at The Kent Magicians Guild in Dunton Green, Kent (directions on our website.) Everything in this lecture is "worker" material, suitable for Close-Up and Stage, for Children and Adults - there's something for everyone! The meeting starts at 8pm and there is a charge of £5.00 for visitors. This will be a great night. Kent Magicians' Guild, CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map) 18.5.19


Looch Derby Magic Circle lecture, Wednesday, 22nd May. Paul Sharp writes: Looch will be lecturing for Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 22nd May. Looch is an Award-Winning Mentalist from the Midlands. He professionally performs at a wide range of corporate and private events across the UK and Europe. Looch is considered by his peers and clients to be one of the most creative mentalists and mind readers in the world today. Looch has a reputation for producing some of the world's best Mentalism Products and Mentalist Tricks, and has had several best selling mentalism products including; SAD (Simple & Direct Mentalism), The L.P.I (Looch Pocket Index), The AREA Book Test and more recently, the 2015 Tarbell book of the year 'The Black Project'. Looch will be teaching his blend of Magic / Mentalism. A unique lecture not to be missed. Past members and visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby Magic Circle, but there is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Derby Magic Circle, Breadsall Memorial Hall, Brookside Road, Breadsall, Derby DE21 5LR (Map). 18.5.19


Brian Lead visits the Pentacle Club to give his Chung Ling Soo lecture and gets a 100-year-old surprise. Club members were fascinated by Brian’s talk on Tuesday 14th May in Cambridge. Do try to get to see his talk somewhere if you can - the content and delivery are first class. The evening gave Brian a surprise photo opportunity. Chung Ling Soo’s dove pan is part of the Davenport Collection and, unbeknown to Brian, John Davenport brought it along to the evening. The photograph shows Brian producing an invisible dove from the pan! See What's On for upcoming lecture dates. 18.5.19


Can you help recover Royle memories? Magician, Psychic Entertainer and Hypnotist Jonathan Royle is looking for copies of any videos of TV Shows he was on, Radio Interviews he gave, or Newspaper/Magazine articles that he appeared in, since 1975. In return he is offering magic, mentalism and hypnosis products as a 'thank you'. Details of his former stage names and how to contact him can be found here: 18.5.19


Eric Weinstein (USA), Balloon Twister of the Year 2018/19, UK Masterclasses. Graham Lee writes: Eric is over in the UK running two balloon master classes for the Balloon Artistes Guild in Birmingham on 18th and 19th June. On the 18th Eric will be showing some of his favourite designs and on the 19th working on distortion techniques. Both days run from 10am to 5.30pm and will have different content, so you can come for just one day or both if you prefer. Please contact Graham Lee for more information, or book, via 18.5.19


British Ring 'Magical Social' - Leicester, 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 18.5.19


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