Number 990 - 16th June 2019


Derren Brown Secret to open on Broadway in September. J.J. Abrams, Thomas Kail and Jeffrey Seller present Derren Brown Secret on Broadway. After a sold-out run at Atlantic Theater Company the critically-acclaimed production of Derren Brown Secret will open on Broadway this September for a strictly limited engagement, starring Olivier Award winner Derren Brown, written by Andy Nyman, Derren Brown and Andrew O'Connor, directed by Andrew O'Connor and Andy Nyman. Performances begin on Broadway on September 6th. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, June 28th, opening Sunday, September 15th. From stage to screen, two-time Olivier Award winner Derren Brown has mesmerised millions worldwide with his unique brand of mind reading, persuasion and psychological illusion. Now, for the first time ever, this UK phenomenon and Netflix star is set to play Broadway. For more info and to book visit 15.6.19


London Festival of Close-Up Magic, Summer 2019. From the promoters: Magic settles over the capital this summer as the UK’s foremost sleight of hand artists perform hour-long close-up shows in a unique festival in Piccadilly Circus. (see Limited to 40 seats per show, this is a rare chance to rub shoulders with some of the giants of the close-up magic world, as seen on Penn & Teller: Fool Us, The Next Great Magician, and France’s Got Talent, in an opulent and evocative setting. Hosted by the 5 star Le Meridien Piccadilly, guests can also enjoy not only the show, but further close-up magic into the night by award-winning members of The Magic Circle at Maskelyne & Cooke – London’s only close-up magic bar Festival shows and performers:

11th & 12th July – Nick Einhorn
Kicking off the festival is Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, Nick Einhorn, who fooled Penn & Teller on series 1 of Fool Us. Three times winner of 'Close-Up Magician of the Year' and FISM Award Winner he has 25 years of  experience performing for celebrities and royalty in over 20 countries around the world.

18th & 19th July – Laura London
As seen on Fool Us and ITV's The Next Great Magician, Laura London will dazzle you with this intimate 1920s card cheating show. Following rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, her show Cheat takes you on a journey into her life and background as one of the UK's foremost female sleight of hand artists.

24th & 31st July – Dr. Will Houstoun
Catching a bullet on a china plate. A magician without any hands. Conversations with the dead. An iconic trick that never happened. The last five hundred years are filled with astonishing moments of magic. This is a very special kind of show that reveals the truth behind the smoke and mirrors.

27th July - Double Bill: Michael Vincent & Dominick Zwolinski
Michael has been named the best close-up magician in the UK three times by The Magic Circle, made multiple appearances at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, and appeared twice on the hit TV show Fool Us. His presentations combine engaging narrative, storytelling and visually stunning magic. He is joined by Dominick Zwolinksi, an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with 20 years experience, who has performed for over 2 years in the 5 star sell out show Sleight of Hand on the Strand at the world famous Savoy Hotel.

4th August – Paul Gordon
Join Paul Gordon - author of 45 books on magic, and winner of the Magic Circle's Nevil Maskelyne Prize for Literature - for an extraordinary close-up show. His TV credits include The Richard & Judy Show and Des & Mel.  His style is interactive and comedic. His magic is both jaw-dropping and full of fun.

10th August – David Stone
Finishing the festival this year, direct from Paris, is France's Got Talent finalist David Stone. He returns to London for one night only following his sell out run in the West End last April. Enjoy his multi-award winning comedy and magic closer than ever before!

Show information: Tickets: £25 Standard (unreserved) / £35 Premium (Reserved 1st /2nd row). Show times: Thursday to Saturday 7pm & 9pm, Sunday 5pm & 7pm. Duration: 1 hour. Address: Le Meridien, 21 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BH (Map). Produced by Tony Middleton and The Magic Hour in conjunction with Le Meridien Piccadilly. For further information see and


Conjuring at the Court celebrates 10 years of presenting great live magic! Debbie McGee hosts a fabulous line-up featuring Scott Penrose, Norvil and Josephine, James Brown, and America’s Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin. Tickets are still just £11 from but they’re going fast! Thursday 27th June. 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. 15.6.19


Magic at the Barn, 6th & 7th July, Rochford, Essex. Award-winning magic, comedy and incredible mind-reading for all the family held within an enchanting 17th century converted barn theatre. Now in its 16th year! Featuring the conjuring feats of Oliver Tabor, incredible mind magic and mysteries from Joel Dickinson and comedy magic from compère Wayne Trice. Sensational summer sorcery; the perfect magical treat for all the family. Saturday 6th July at 7.30pm and Sunday 7th July at 3pm. £15 adult, £10 child, £40 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) from Ticketline: 01702 543242. Also see Red Brick Barn, Sutton Hall, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LH (Map). 15.6.19


Nate Staniforth at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival. From the organisers: The South Tyneside International Magic Festival are proud to announce their 14th act... Mr Nate Staniforth! He is presenting his first magic lecture in the UK and will be performing in our stage gala show! "Nate is one of my favourite magicians in the world." Derren Brown. Nate Staniforth has been blowing the minds of audiences and magicians for the past 10 years. Have a look at some of his YouTube videos (the lottery prediction has more than 1 million views!) and you'll see why. Real Magic trailer YouTube, Lottery Prediction YouTube, Google Talk YouTube.

Nate Staniforth is a magician, performer, writer, traveler, and former host of the Discovery Channel's international hit TV series Breaking Magic and The Next Great Magician on ITV. Last year Bloomsbury Publishing released Nate's memoir Here is Real Magic worldwide, and for over a decade he has toured the U.S. as one of the busiest working magicians in the country. As an inventor, Nate is known for his original magic (both David Blaine and Dynamo have used versions of his Lottery Prediction), and a new collection of his work titled Clouds and Kingdoms has received rave reviews from top names in the magic world. Nate has lectured about the philosophical underpinnings of his work at Oxford University and Google, and is currently creating a series for YouTube. He lives in Iowa City. He joins Mario Marchese (The Maker Magician), Mike Pisciotta, Laura London, Xulio ML, Olivier Macia (Olmac), Maga Giselll, Richard Jones, R Paul Wilson, Mark Shortland, Steve Hewlett, Safire, Matricks and Adam Black. 11-13th October 2019. To book, please go to our website Only £65 for the full 3 days of magic! Book now as it's limited to 150 people!


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. 15.6.19


Brand New MTV Talent Show... Be among the first to be seen on MTV's brand new talent show, featuring the best new acts from across the UK. Open audition for performers aged 17+ in Shepherd's Bush Green, London W12, on Saturday & Sunday, June 29th & 30th, from 12 noon to 11pm. For more details and to apply email with the subject heading 'MTV'. 15.6.19


Vanishing Cabaret, Manchester, 11th July. Take your seats in our intimate speakeasy, where every seat is a great seat, and immerse yourself in a show like no other. You’ll witness world class sleight of hand, astounding mind-reading and classic conjuring "that will leave you baffled" ★★★★★ Daily Mail. The Vanishing Cabaret is presented by three accomplished showmen who between them have performed around the world, sold out shows at The Edinburgh Fringe, dazzled dozens of celebrity clients and performed on TV. Each month we welcome a critically acclaimed guest, from local legends to globe trotting talent, to amaze you with their unique act. Welcome to the Vanishing Cabaret. Cathedral Street, Manchester M4 3TR (Map). See for more info and to book. 15.6.19


Chris Kenner on The Magicians' Podcast. Richard Young writes: The second in our trio of interviews is with David Copperfield's Executive Producer Chris Kenner. In this interview Chris discusses his thoughts on creativity in magic and the overuse of that particular word. He also talks about his generosity towards young magicians and why he doesn't give them advice. Chris also shares the story of his first meeting with David Copperfield and how he made his way up the ranks to his current position, why the Tornado of Fire TV special was David's last and more. Plus "What's Going On?" with Alan Hudson. The Magicians' Podcast, listen now, via iTunes, Podbean or Spotify. 15.6.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the World Magic Awards - Part 2. Jonathan Frakes introduces: David Williamson, Ed Alonzo, Gay Blackstone, Penn & Teller, Tina Lenert, Ayala, Mystina, Nick Rushton, Franz Harary and Will Tremont. Produced in 2000 and transmitted on 25th May 2001. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 15.6.19


Tommy Cooper: In His Own Words is being repeated on Sunday, 23rd June. "An affectionate look back at Tommy Cooper's life and career. Sir Michael Parkinson, Jimmy Tarbuck and Chris Tarrant and others reflect on what made Tommy Cooper one of the greatest ever entertainers. Colleagues talk about working with him, and his daughter Vicky reveals her feelings about her father." See TV Magic for details. 15.6.19


Neb - Musical Mindreader. Canal Cafe Theatre, London. 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. The last show completely sold out! Monday 1st July. See to book. 15.6.19


Wayne Goodman lectures for the Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday 20th June. Adam Mosley writes: Wayne Goodman's lecture is a mixture of effects and theory, concentrating mainly on entertainment. Wayne is the creator of many commercial effects including Lord of the Bling and Look Sharp and the author of many highly regarded books including The Expert at the Restaurant Table and Go Compère. Wayne is known for being a very busy professional performer who along with great skills also has a million one-liners at hand. 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 15.6.19


Craig Davies 'One Man and his Monkey', Comedy Magic Show, Stafford. From the promoters: After the huge success of Craig's comedy magic appearance at KMAC Real Full Monty at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Craig Davies is presenting his award-winning comedy magic in a one night only 90 minute spectacular; featuring a mixture of visual, fast-paced comedy magic, gags and banter with loads of audience participation. Craig's one man show featuring Rocky Raccoon and Dave the mind reading monkey is guaranteed entertainment that everyone will enjoy. Prepare to be entertained by a magician within your price range! All tickets £7.50 from the box office. Act is likely to contain mild profanities and innuendo. All persons aged under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Thursday 27th June at 7.30pm. Venue: The MET Studio, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LT (Map). For more info and to book visit 15.6.19


Craig Petty Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Tuesday 18th June at 8pm. Mark Paul writes: Craig has published over 30 instructional DVDs on the art of magic and these have proven to be a huge hit worldwide. This is a lecture not to be missed. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 charge. The lecture starts at 8pm at Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 15.6.19


Dice Mysteries by Steve Drury. From the publishers: Dice Mysteries is a study into the world of dice, aimed as a resource for the mystery - psychic entertainer. A hardbound, dust-jacket covered, book - it runs at over 580 pages. It initially delves into its journey from the shaman to the layman, then through history into its roles in society, religion and science, including various cultural and indigenous perspectives. Many types of dice are reviewed, alongside their varied uses, from reading systems to gambling and cheating plus performance applications and routines. Steve Drury's own ideas are included throughout, plus there are varied supporting contributions from: Les Cross, Richard Webster, Stephen Ball, David Berglas, Lior Manor, Mark Chandaue, Richard Osterlind, Ronald J. Dayton, Pablo Amira, Docc Hilford, T.C.Tahoe, Seamus Maguire, Dale Hildebrandt, Danny Proctor, Kenton Knepper, Craig Conley, Steve Cook, Scott St Clair, Neal Scryer, Jackie McClements, Cara Hamilton, Vito Gattullo and Sudo. Foreword by Ronald J. Dayton. Further details including contents preview and purchase link, see 15.6.19


Leamington and Warwick Magic Society's Day of Magic, this Wednesday, 19th June. Top lectures by Jon Allen, Lee Thompson and Colonel Custard. The Midlands "Champion of Champions" Close Up Competition. Breakfast / Buffet Lunch and BBQ and a friendly welcome! See LWMS website for more information. Pre book available on website: Mike Price, Vice President and PRO for the LWMS. 15.6.19


Jay Adkins A State of Mind, The Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham. From the promoters: A State of Mind will see award-winning Mentalist and Magician Jay Adkins return to the stage once more with two hours of mind splitting mentalism and a generous helping of comedy. Jay is sure to amaze and delight. This year's show is all about the audience, what they are thinking and what they experience. The audience will be involved every step of the way. The State of Mind show has been built from the ground up with brand new material never before seen on the stage. Based around audience participation it'll leave you thinking one thing if anything... "How did he do it?". With over 20 years of performance experience under his belt, Jay Adkins brings you a powerhouse performance of entertainment and mind-blowing psychological illusions, including never before seen effects designed and built just for this show! A State of Mind is presented by Jay Adkins, directed by Mark Evans and written by Mark Evans and Jay Adkins. Friday October 4th at 7.30pm. The Blue Orange Theatre, 18 Great Hampton Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B18 6AD (Map). Bookings Click Here. 15.6.19


Order of The Magi Manchester Close up Competition. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: The Order of The Magi Manchester held their annual Close up Competition on Tuesday which attracted a good number of competitors, spectator members and visitors. The evening was filled with good quality magic presented by those who had clearly well-rehearsed their respective acts. After much deliberation by the judges, both magical and lay, Mike Sharples was declared the winner with the Sly Smith Shield for The Best Card Trick going to Adrian Sullivan for The Hand of Cleopatra. On 25th June The Magi presents an evening with James Brandon (half of The Grumbleweeds) about bringing comedy into magic and dealing with hecklers. Visitors welcome by prior arrangement with the secretary:, for a fee of £5. Other details on 15.6.19


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 15.6.19


"David Blaine Shocks Eamonn and Ruth with Incredible Card Trick" YouTube • "Magician David Blaine bemused that pals still tell him to keep something secret" Click Here • "Watch homegrown magician Luca Gallone wow millions on Ellen show" Click Here • "Secrets for sale as magician's historic tricks go to auction" Click Here • "Two Very Different Documentaries Are Being Released on Comedy Magician The Amazing Jonathan" Click Here • "See ‘The Amazing Johnathan Documentary’ Question Magician’s Illness in Trailer" Click Here • "Marc Spelmann on how he fooled the BGT judges & Ant and Dec" Click Here • "Review: In ‘Open,’ a Love Story Told by Sleight of Hand" Click Here • "Jeanette Andrews has mastered the art of 'Bottling the Impossible'" Click Here • That's it for another week. If you haven't seen David Blaine's show I've heard really good things, tickets are still available for Bournemouth (tonight) and London (Tuesday & Wednesday) Click Here. Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 15.6.19