Number 988 - 1st June 2019


Britain's Got Magic! Live Final, Sunday 2nd June at 7.30pm featuring FIVE magic acts: Dave & Finn, 4MG, Ben Hart, X and Jonathan Goodwin. That's quite a line-up! The winner will receive a life-changing £250,000 and spot on this year's Royal Variety Performance. Very best of luck to them all. DT. 1.6.19


Comical Magical Mayhem as Sassy Mandy Muden Comes to the Fringe. The magnificent, multi-award winning Mandy Muden is bringing a brand new show packed with mind blowing magic and camp comedy to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Her spectacular performances on Britain’s Got Talent 2018 and non stop performances around the world have made her familiar to millions and earned praise from a succession of celebrities. David Walliams said “I don't get why you're not already a comedy superstar”, while Amanda Holden commented “Your timing is brilliant, I love you” and Simon Cowell added “You are very unique, you’re so likeable … you’re very naughty too.”

Mandy Muden: Is Not The Invisible Woman is a chance to enjoy a tour-de-force of female empowerment from feisty, razor sharp-witted Mandy. The show will combine comedy, magic, mind reading, sleight of hand, saucy repartee and the occasional Tommy Cooper style fumble. Mandy said: “I’m thrilled to be back at the Fringe this year. My show will be an afternoon romp of magic, mind reading, audience participation and some good laughs.”

Magic has been a part of Mandy’s life since girlhood and she has become a pioneer for women in the field. Mandy is a trained actor and has made a multitude of TV appearances, including Faking It (Mentor) - Channel 4, The World’s Greatest Magic - Channel 4 and BBC 1’s Dick and Dom’s Funny Business. She is also highly respected among other magicians, being a member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star and the only woman ever to receive the prestigious Magic Circle Carlton Award for Comedy in Magic. Gilded Balloon, The Teviot – Balcony (Venue 14), 31st July to 26 August at 4pm. Tickets: £6 to £10.50. Box office: or 0131 622 6552. Advisory: Ages 8+. Also see


L.P.I (Looch Pocket Index) - Stainless Steel Edition. From "Back in 2007, Looch set the Mentalism world on fire by introducing the L.P.I (Looch Pocket Index). This well designed pocket miracle maker instantly sold out and was considered by the pro’s as one of the best pocket indexes ever made. Over the years one of the most frequent requests from fellow mentalists was for the L.P.I to be made available again. After years of research, discussion and development, Read My Mind Ltd are delighted to announce that this incredible product is finally back and better than ever! Each L.P.I has been expertly manufactured in Stainless Steel and will last a lifetime of performance use. Load up your L.P.I with billets, folded business cards, or even currency and it will always be ready to assist you in producing mind blowing mental miracles for your audiences! "I have long searched for a perfect billet index; finally the search is over, thank you." Lior Manor. "I recently used LPI at a convention; I like it because it is simple and can't go wrong, it worked perfectly." Richard Osterlind. Find out more, visit 1.6.19


Teller tells tales on The Magicians' Podcast. Richard Young writes: One of the world's greatest living magicians takes to the podcast hot seat to talk about his incredible life. Teller discusses in detail some of the duo's most famous pieces and also talks about how important chat shows were on their journey to fame. He also speaks candidly about their special relationship with the UK, how he feels about modern day Las Vegas and his thoughts on exposure and The Magic Circle. Also he faces the difficult task of choosing some of his favourite acts who have appeared on Fool Us. Plus "What's Going On?" with Alan "Vote Hudson" Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 1.6.19


Another Night of Magic & Comedy with Nick Einhorn, Bennet Arron, Guy Hollingworth and Mike Gunn. Nick Einhorn once again joins forces with top comic Bennet Arron to for Another Night of Magic & Comedy at The Radlett Centre, Hertfordshire on Saturday 8th June. With special guests Guy Hollingworth and Mike Gunn. You are guaranteed to leave the theatre full of wonder and laughter! Saturday 8th June at 7.30pm. Tickets: £17. Suitable for 16+ The Radlett Centre, 1 Aldenham Avenue, Radlett, Hertfordshire WD7 8HL (Map). Don't miss out, book now! One Night Only. 1.6.19


The One Show. Matt Baker and Angela Scanlon are joined on the sofa by Sir Michael Caine and Sir Michael Palin. Plus mind-bending live magic in the studio courtesy of The Illusionists: iPlayer. 1.6.19


John Gaughan will be talking at The Magic Circle on 8th June for the Annual Magic History Gathering. He will be talking about The Automaton Chess Player and the decades it took to figure out how it all worked. This special event is open to everyone, including non-magicians. Tickets are now on sale and include a whole day of lectures, a book sale and lunch! For more info on all the speakers visit and to book visit 1.6.19


Sensation: The Greatest Variety Artists… Live! - One Night Only at The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering. From the promoters: Join the international superstars of Sensation for their brand new spectacular show. Witness mind-blowing magic, breathtaking acrobatics, laugh out loud comedy, virtuoso juggling and thrilling circus skills that will have you on the edge of your seat. Experience surprise after surprise in this eye-popping production featuring world-class performers. Sensation is a fast-paced, family-friendly show suitable for everyone from 5 to 105! Starring the current Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year, Edward Hilsum; Hula Hoop Guinness World Record holder, Symoné; BMX Flatland European Champion, Keelan Phillips; UK & European Arial and Pole Art Champion, Anna McDonnell; Juggling Superstar with multiple European awards, Florian Brooks and Second Generation Acrobats and Contortionists, Delia & Yvette Du Sol. Hosted by the 2018 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, Jack Gleadow. Video teaser: Saturday 22nd June at 7.30pm. Special Magic Discount: Top price tickets just £15 (instead of £23.50) using code ‘MAGIC’. Book Now at or call 01536 414141. 1.6.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Paul Daniels on holiday in the Caribbean, Chop Cup in hand. Recorded on 19th May 1999, but I'm not sure what the programme was. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 1.6.19


Fool Us, AGT and beer magic with Dom Chambers on Talking Tricks. Australian magician Dom Chambers joins us to talk about performing his beer production magic act on Penn & Teller Fool Us, his upcoming appearance on the new season of America's Got Talent and what it is like being a professional magician in Australia. Dom won the Best Magic Show award at this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival and he talks about his good and bad experiences at the world's second largest arts festival, as well as other big festivals in Melbourne and Perth. Dom also chats about his inspirations, originality in magic, his upcoming return performance at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and much more. Listen via Podbean, iTunes or Acast. 1.6.19


Mark Shortland Lecture - Now Run with It! From the organisers: Mark Shortland lectures for the Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 6th June. Mark presents a series of ideas in his new lecture ‘Now Run with It!’. It will be an evening of explanation and inspiration, a chance to see things from a different angle and to run with it! 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 contact Adam Mosley 1.6.19


The Mark Leveridge June 2019 Podcast. The latest Mark Leveridge magic chat is available now. In this latest edition you will find the following topics covered: Magic that is designed to be filmed for social media use may not always be suitable for real world performance. It pays to be aware that lay people assistants may misinterpret your instructions because they are intimidated by being up on a stage. Magic that impresses us can often be seen completely differently by lay people. When people retire from their real job it provides the opportunity to do more magic and to become 'professional' - but what do the magic pros do? When is it right to work for free in order to put yourself in front of the right people? Online agencies have created a race to the bottom in terms of fees leaving most of the good entertainers with no bookings. The Mark Leveridge podcast can be listened to online or downloaded to any mp3 player, and it is completely free! The podcast is available from, where you will also find access to all of the 77 previous issues, or from, where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new podcast automatically on the 1st of each month. 1.6.19


Jack Beavis Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians Club. Tuesday 4th June. A lecture not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome £10 charge. The lecture starts at 8pm. Visiting magicians welcome. Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). Mark Paul MMC, Secretary, The Northamptonshire Magicians Club. 1.6.19


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam and Kyle Sarocen write: Our next gathering will be on Tuesday 4th June at The Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map). The aim of the evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas and views, in a relaxed atmosphere. Our social evenings are free of charge and you will be able to buy drinks from the bar. The evening starts at 7.30pm, so come along and enjoy the atmosphere. Email or phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 1.6.19


Blackpool AGM. The Blackpool Magicians' Club write: At Blackpool Magicians' Club AGM Anne Plant was elected President, taking over from Guy Barrett. We would like to wish her every success in her electoral year. Alan Horne is President Elect. Plans for the 2020 convention are coming together and more details will be announced in the coming weeks. Full details and updates are on the website 1.6.19


Breaking the Magician's Code with Kane & Abel - Brighton Fringe, 1st & 2nd June. 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. June 1st-2nd at The Warren, Brighton. See 1.6.19


Nothing Up Our Sleeves - The Navigator, Southampton, 19th June. 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). 1.6.19


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