Number 993 - 6th July 2019


Britain’s Got Talent Finalist 2019 Ben Hart: Wonder, UK Tour 2020. Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart is embarking on his debut solo tour. Expect Ben’s 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 an altogether new kind of magic.

Funny, subversive, often dark and always amazing, Ben has established a reputation for always creating wonderfully alternative magic. At the age of 16 he was awarded the prestigious Young Magician of the Year award by the Magic Circle and is one of the youngest ever members of The Inner Magic Circle (with Gold Star) – the highest level of the famous Magic Circle. He was nominated for the Time Out and Soho Theatre Cabaret Award in 2013. The star of Killer Magic, Ben Hart’s Life Hacks Hoax (both BBC3), Now You See It (BBC1), The One Show, Len Goodman’s Partners in Rhyme and countless other TV appearances in the UK and abroad (his work has taken him to America, Australia, across Europe, The Middle east, Asia and Africa).

When not performing magic, Ben invents, writes, and directs magic tricks and illusions for TV, theatre and film. His ideas have been performed by some of the world's top magicians and he has designed illusions for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Vic, The Globe, The Hampstead Theatre and was the mind behind the acclaimed special effects in the west end production of The Exorcist. Ben has also performed as part of Impossible, one of the world’s biggest magic shows and performed in the West End for two consecutive years with the show.


Wednesday 5th February: Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Thursday 6th February: Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen
Friday 7th February: Webster Theatre, Arbroath
Saturday 8th February: Dundee Rep, Dundee
Sunday 9th February: Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
Tuesday 11th February: Theatre Royal, Lincoln
Wednesday 12th February: Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes
Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th February: Wilton's Music Hall, London
Thursday 20th February: The Theatre, Camberley
Friday 21st February: Public Halls Harpenden
Friday 28th February: The Maltings, Farnham
Tuesday 3rd March: Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th March: The Playhouse, Norwich
Friday 6th March: Arts Centre, Haverhill
Saturday 7th March: The Theatre, Chipping Norton
Saturday 28th March: The Playhouse, Harlow
Thursday 2nd April: Corn Exchange, Newbury
Tuesday 7th April: The Castle, Wellingborough
Thursday 9th April: Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering
Friday 10th April: The Deco, Northampton
Saturday 11th April: Storyhouse, Chester
Sunday 12th April: The Lowry, Salford
Wednesday 15th April: Princess Alexandra Theatre, Yarm
Thursday 16th April: Carnegie Theatre, Workington, Cumbria
Friday 17th April: Civic Hall, Ellesmere Port
Saturday 18th April: The Civic, Barnsley
Sunday 19th April: Northwich Memorial Court, Northwich
Wednesday 22nd April: The Capitol, Horsham
Thursday 23rd April, McMillian Theatre, Bridgewater
Friday 24th April: The Redgrave Theatre, Bristol
Wednesday 29th April: Theatre Royal, Winchester

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(If you are planning to see Ben book now as some venues have already sold out. DT). 6.7.19


The Illusionists opens tonight! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Back in London by popular demand for a strictly limited season this summer. The perfect show for this summer in the West End! The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Opens tonight! Shaftesbury Theatre, Limited Summer Season, 6th July - 1st September. Starring James More (The Showman), Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil and Escape Artist), Adam Trent (The Futurist), Yu Ho-Jin (The Manipulator), Chris Cox (The Mentalist), Paul Dabek (The Trickster) and Enzo Weyne (The Unforgettable). The Illusionists 2019 Trailer YouTube. "Use your illusion: the magic supergroup that tricked the world" See to book. 6.7.19


BMC International Close-up Magician of the Year. From the organisers: Blackpool Magic Convention is very proud to announce another new innovation for the 2020 event. A world’s first Close-Up Competition will be held on a worldwide scale with the grand final taking place on the evening of Thursday 13th February 2020 as an added event. All this is included in your Gold Card Registration and extends your convention experience. Anyone can apply to enter, with the winners of each heat receiving travel, hotel and Gold Card Registrations to the 2020 event, and a chance to appear at the world’s biggest magic event. For details and dates for each heat contact the representatives on the following emails: UK - Russ Brown, USA - Todd Robbins, Scandinavia - Gay Ljungberg, Spain -Rodney James Piper, France - Jean Luc Bertrand, Asia -Casa, Israel - Guy Zlotnik Six lucky applicants will be chosen to compete in each heat with the winner jetting into Blackpool in February 2020. Is it your time to shine? Throw your hat into the ring to make 2020 something truly amazing. 6.7.19


The Evolution of Magic starring Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best (As Seen On BGT). The Evolution of Magic is a fast paced, thrilling, thoroughly entertaining show. Starring magician and illusionist Craig Christian who has the dexterity of a true artist. He performs miracles with just a deck of cards. His urban and edgy style is changing the face of magic and entertainment. Elizabeth’s thought-provoking tales of the impossible delve into the world of the unknown. Elizabeth recently appeared on the popular ITV show Britain's Got Talent. She shocked audiences with a terrifying audition and made it through semi-finals.

The show is packed with mind-blowing magic, mentalism, and skilful cardistry, with fresh music and stunning lighting effects. Returning to the UK for its fourth year, The Evolution of Magic is a must-see show in Blackpool. The show has recently been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for its consistently high standard of reviews.

Craig, Elizabeth and The Evolution group have just returned from Stuttgart in Germany performing in variety theatre, and perform all over the world, but enjoy coming back to the home of magic, that is Blackpool. The Evolution of Magic 28th June - 1st September at The Horseshoe, Pleasure Beach, 525 Ocean Blvd, Blackpool, FY4 1EZ. Book online: also see


London Festival of Close-Up Magic begins... 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. 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. 3 times winner of 'Close-Up Magician of the Year' and F.I.S.M Award Winner he has 25 years of experience performing for celebrities, members of royalty, and billionaires in over 20 countries around the world. He is the author of top selling magic books 'The Art of Magic & Sleight of Hand' and 'Magical Illusions' (over 1 million copies sold). This is a rare opportunity to be entertained by one of the busiest professional magicians on the circuit today. Don't miss it! 6.7.19


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 6.7.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, 1991 Grand Prix FISM Champion Vladimir Danilin on the Magic Comedy Hour from September 1991. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 6.7.19


Become a MagicWeek Backer. Thank you to everyone who became a MagicWeek Backer since the launch of the scheme last July (see MagicWeek Backers). There are now over 50 backers (including a magic club), and also our main advertisers. As MagicWeek heads towards its 1,000th edition, and as I'd like it to continue from there to the 2,000th edition, I introduced the scheme so that MagicWeek will always be free. Click Here to find out what it's all about. Backers help with the cost of projects such as The MagicWeek Video Archive (above) and Friday's Hobnobs. DT. 6.7.19


Ken Dyne "Confessions of a Serial Gigger". Tony Junior, NMC Secretary writes: The Newcastle Magic Circle proudly present an exclusive lecture on Monday 15th July: An Evening with Ken Dyne "Confessions of a Serial Gigger". In this talk Ken will be peeling back the curtain on the business and marketing side of getting more of the gigs that you want. If you'd like to learn some new tricks and tips, to get yourself more bookings, raise your fees, and perform more often, you are more than welcome to join the NMC. This talk is suitable for all types of entertainers. For full details, please visit our website The venue is: MagicBox, Unit 3, Strand House, Locomotion Way, Camperdown Industrial Estate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 5US (Map). Doors open 7pm, seated 7.30pm, lecture starts 7.45pm. End of evening is usually 10pm. NMC Members free. Visitors £15.00 or £10.00 if a member of another magic club. Pay on the door. Please feel free to email Tony Junior, NMC Secretary should you have any questions: 6.7.19


The Peterborough Society of Magicians can now confirm the final lineup of lecturers for their Day of Magic on Sunday, 22nd September. Keith Downs writes: Joining Nick Einhorn and Chris Rawlings will be "the lovable trickster" himself, Steve Rowe. Steve will not only lecture but has offered to do a workshop on card splitting. For more details contact Keith Downs on 01778 343167 or Venue: The Fleet, Fleet Way, Fletton, Peterborough PE2 8DL (Map). Also see 6.7.19


Opus, from Fraser Parker, now shipping. From the makers: Opus is a 'master-class' from Fraser released in video format, detailing his unique approach towards creating believable mind reading. In this video project he outlines his use of words to create shifts in perception, in order to create the impossible. This is the first time he has allowed such an eclectic mix of some of his more exclusive and harder to find work to be released in video format. Opus will be released on USB as a PDF containing download links to over 50 videos and will include never before seen methods from Fraser, as well as his latest thinking on some of his best material from his various different, ground-breaking limited works.

As well as complete teaching and performances of each effect (except the living & dead for reasons expressed inside the project), Fraser will also include multiple uncut performances from the real world. This is his largest project to date and will hopefully once and for all, silence the nay-sayers and prove that this material is practical and can be performed within actual sets of believable demonstrations of mind reading.

His latest name guess: The lost Name of God, exclusive to this project, will blow your mind with its simplicity and will no doubt be Fraser's last word on this plot. There is no jumping through letters of the alphabet or convoluted process – just simple and direct prop-less mind reading. "Fraser Parker is one of the finest thinkers in contemporary mentalism. If you are interested in practical, impressive effects based on subtlety and often breathtaking ingenuity, you will love his work." Ian Rowland. Over 3 hours of content, including thoughts on prop-less as well as a two-part interview with Fraser. Now shipping. See for full contents and to order. Also see


Jack Tighe - "The Adequate at The Card Table" lecture. From the organisers: London Society of Magicians presents Jack Tighe - "The Adequate at The Card Table" lecture. Erm...who? Jack is sure you've never heard of him but he says he is ok with that. You might have seen him pop up on various Big Blind Media DVDs. You might have seen him doing pointlessly difficult gambling sleights on Instagram. He might have showed you a good second deal in the Ruskin that one time.

His full time job is in the deliberately secretive casino surveillance business. It's a job that gives him a lot of time to think up card tricks and practice centre-deals. But, as a regularly featured performer for "Close Up at The Magic Circle" and Chris Wood's "The Close Up Show", he understands that there is far more to magic than technique (but he still thinks it's a good place to start). He also says he is notable for being potentially the only magician working in London who isn't an "award winning close-up magician".

In this lecture he'll teach you card tricks and moves. Lots of them. Most of them good. A whole bunch of it will be on his upcoming DVD "When the Dealing's Done" from BBM, but that's not due out until Blackpool 2020. If you come to the lecture, you'll be learning this stuff while it's still underground and cool and slow-motion and black and white.

Assurances from other people that might convince you it won't be a total waste of your time: "Jack presents a fascinating lecture, drawing from his unrivalled technical skill, soft touch and gambling expertise from running security in one of the UK's leading casinos. An amazing magician, not to be missed!" Liam Montier. "Jack is without question one of the very best card men I have ever seen. He is also a great performer where it really matters, with the public. Plus he's a super nice guy and his fiancee makes great cakes..." - Chris Wood. Location: Davenport's Magic Studio ( Date: 23rd of July. Doors: 6.30pm. Lecture: 7pm. Price: £10.


Mark Southworth's Creative Magic Lecture,  Bolton Magic Club. Paul Goodman writes: From the creator of many magic effects used worldwide such as: Sucker Punch, Double Cross, Shoe’t and his latest, The Box Pocket Edition. Mark takes a different approach to normal lectures, with: 'Hands-on Teaching', 'The Creative Process' and 'Gimmick Building', down to having a go yourself and making some props that you can take away with you. Please bring a brand new deck of cards. Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 10th July at Bolton Magic Club, The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee £10.00 for non-members. 6.7.19


Modern Mystic League Auction 2019. Concert Secretary Brian Lead writes: On Sunday 14th July, commencing at 2pm, our expert auctioneer Brian Berry will be putting under the hammer a series of lots, including the remaining books from the Trevor Dawson collection and other magical items donated by League members. Venue: St Silas Parish Centre, Preston New Road, Blackburn BB2 6PS (Map). Admission free, including refreshments. 6.7.19


The Carbonaro Effect, the hugely popular TV show, is being repeated again on 4Music. "Hidden-camera magic show, with illusionist-cum-prankster Michael Carbonaro." See TV Magic for details. 6.7.19


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 6.7.19


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