Number 995 - 20th July 2019


The 83rd International Brotherhood of Magicians British Ring Convention, 5th-8th September, Eastbourne. Programme released. 4 days, 30 artistes, 10 lectures, 7 shows, 2 competitions... The 83rd IBM British Ring convention returns to Eastbourne offering a packed line up of events including top lectures, one man shows, workshops, prestigious close-up and stage competitions plus gala shows. Lectures from Joshua Jay, The Twins illusionists (Q&A), Scott Penrose, Chris Wardle, James Freedman, Mike Sullivan, Oliver Tabor, Edward Hilsum, Paul Megram and Scott Pepper. Special events and workshops by Tom Crosbie and Paul Gordon. One man shows from Edward Hilsum and Tom Crosbie. Other artistes performing include Roy Davenport, Adam Black (Young Magician of the Year), Florian Brooks, Danny Hunt, Sooty with Richard Cadell, Paul Megram, Hocus Pocus, Mel Harvey, Jamie Balfour-Paul and more... Welcome Building and Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Full Programme of Events: Click Here. 20.7.19


Conjuring at the Court - London. Enjoy a night of fun and magic with Conjuring at the Court on Thursday 25th July. There’s one of the funniest men in magic, Terry Herbert; clever magic and mentalism from Hugh Levinson; Will Spencer and his magic robots; and John Eaton’s death-defying act! Last month there was standing room only, so don’t delay. 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 20.7.19


London Festival of Close-Up Magic. From the promoters: Nick Einhorn and Laura London have both enjoyed sell out audiences and 5 star reviews, getting the Festival of Close-Up Magic off to a flying start at the stunning Le Meridien hotel in Piccadilly. Things are set to ramp up as we enjoy performances from Will Houstoun, Michael Vincent, Dominick Zwolinski, and finish with a bang as France's Got Talent star David Stone jets in on the 10th of August. It's a unique opportunity to enjoy top class magic closer than ever before, and rub shoulders with some of magic's top professionals. With only three rows of audience, everyone gets a good view, and the opulent Oak Lounge of Le Meridien with its stunning chandeliers is a wonderful place to enjoy magic. Don't miss out as some artists are only there for one night. There's more magic before and after the show too at Maskelyne & Cooke - London's only magic themed bar, with resident magicians performing Wednesday / Thursday from 6.30pm - 10pm, and Friday / Saturday 7.30pm - 11pm. Why not catch one of our upcoming shows, and session with your friends in the bar afterwards. Thank you to all in the magic community who have supported this festival. It's been great to see many familiar faces. See for more remaining show tickets. 20.7.19


Glastonbury, guns and becoming an Instagram influencer with Magic Singh. This week on Talking Tricks: Magic Singh talks performing magic at 10 consecutive Glastonbury festivals, the problems that come with using knives and paint ball guns in magic, marketing yourself on Instagram and becoming an influencer, weddings and corporate gigs, his inspirations and TV appearances, from The Friday Night Project to Thai breakfast TV and his TEDx Talk. Singh also tells us what one dish he would have if washed up on a desert island and much more. Listen via iTunes, Podbean and acast. 20.7.19


D-Day magician Mark Raffles retires at 97. "As vanishing acts go, it has been a remarkably long time coming. Mark Raffles has been casting a spell over audiences in theatres and on TV for more than 80 years. But now the 97-year-old is packing away his cards for good as he looks forward to a well-earned retirement from performing, in Llandudno, Conwy county..." Read the full story: "Magician who knew Tommy Cooper and starred on hit ITV gameshow looks back on 80 years of showbiz" 20.7.19 supplies magicians worldwide with the best quality rope for magic, and write: In 2017 purchased the sole rights to Castle Cord from Castle Magical Services. Castle Cord is regarded by many as the finest quality magicians rope available. In the last year we have also introduced a new Castle Cord, perfect for cut & restored rope at only £4 for 10 metres! Visit today! 20.7.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Wayne Dobson and The Cups & Balls, in his first guest appearance on The Joe Longthorne Show from 7th September 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 20.7.19


Curiosity. A Night of incredible sleight of hand and impossible mind reading. Joel is a Magician and Mentalist from Melbourne, Australia who has been perfecting his craft for over 10 years. Now in the UK, he is here to amaze audiences with his incredible feats of magic and mentalism. Join Joel Anthony for an intimate evening of incredible sleight of hand and impossible mind reading. This is a show unlike anything Joel has done before. His blend of sleight of hand and mentalism will have you baffled until the end. This show is not to be missed! Friday, 16th August at 7pm. Early Bird tickets £10, General Admission £12, On the door £15. Venue: The Water Rats, 328 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, London WC1X 8BZ (Map). Bookings through, tickets also on the door. 20.7.19


Mark Leveridge Podcast July 2019. If you have never tried listening to one of the monthly Mark Leveridge audio podcasts before, this month would be a good time to jump in, because for July Mark is offering one of his annual Podcast Gold compilations. This consists of half a dozen of his favourite topics selected from the last 12 months worth of podcasts: Mark discusses whether social media ever really delivers in terms of creating actual bookings or whether we are simply deluding ourselves : Cancellation clauses in performance contracts can cause more problems than they solve : Do you feel a bit uncomfortable performing for people who know you very well, such as family and friends? Mark looks at why this might be : When creating new magic, should you start with the effect or the method? : Is getting to the magic 'moment' as quickly as possible, always the right way to go? : Online booking agencies make for lazy enquiries and encourage potentially unfair price comparisons. The 30 minute podcast is available free to listen to online or to download to any mp3 player from either or 20.7.19


110th Birthday of The Order of The Magi. Geoffrey Newton PRO writes: Last week 'Chef de Cuisine,' President David Owen (right) and 'Sous Chef de Cuisine,' Secretary Mike Sharples hosted a BBQ to celebrate the 110th Birthday of The Order of The Magi. Held at their headquarters, The Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester, members and friends enjoyed a social evening of a good variety of fayre, close-up magic, comedy and conviviality. Many visitors to the centre also attended and, as magicians, we all know how much we prefer to perform to real people! This Tuesday, 23rd July, The Magi continues its normal lecture programme, with Andrew Normansell's Bizarre Bazaar night of spooky magic. Details on Visitors £5 by prior arrangement with the President: 07881 614501. 20.7.19


"Magic is a great analogy for how we edit reality and form a story - and then mistake that story for the truth," says psychological illusionist Derren Brown. In a clever talk wrapped around a dazzling mind-reading performance, Brown explores the seductive appeal of finding simple answers to life's complex and subtle questions. 20.7.19


Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the theatre... Something dark is lurking. Enter a nightmarish world, full of thrilling twists and turns, where all your deepest fears and disturbing thoughts are imagined live on stage. A fully sensory and electrifying encounter, Ghost Stories is the ultimate twisted love-letter to horror and an edge-of-your-seat theatrical experience like no other. Be it phantoms, poltergeists or simply a ‘bump in the night’, let’s play a game with fear. After exhilarating audiences across the world with record breaking, sell-out productions and a smash hit film, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s worldwide cult phenomenon Ghost Stories is back to haunt the West End - and it’s more spine-tingling and fantastically terrifying than ever. From September, Ghost Stories, Ambassadors Theatre, London. Book via 20.7.19


Dick & Dom Present The Great Wonderfest ~ A Family Festival Wonderland. Marvel at the wonder of Music, Magic and Merriment. Live Acts, DJs, Magic, Mystique, Family Shows, TV Stars, Vaudeville, Variety, Comedy, Cabaret and Big Games. VIP Packages and Boutique Accommodation. Isle of Wight, August 1st-4th 2019. For more info visit 20.7.19


Baffling Blandford, the bamboozling town walk, starts from the Crown Hotel garden at 4pm every Sunday in August. A hatful of history and mindblowing mystery. Join us as we illustrate this fine Georgian town's magical hotspots with eccentric facts and illusions. Tickets £8 (families £20, concs £7) from the Crown Hotel reception or just turn up on the day! Free parking on Sundays at the nearby Marsh & Ham (West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ). Accessible to people with wheels. For more information and (shhh!) online discounts see: 20.7.19


Magic Touch is currently planning a small tour of Peterborough schools and groups to take place in 2020 (see, and write: We aim to do one show a month, so slots are limited. There will be a 30-40 minute magic show, plus a Q&A session afterwards. The show is called 'Inclusion' with myself (JJ) and Jonathon Shaw performing (Jonathon has cerebral palsy). Our aim is to encourage and promote inclusion and positivity. The show will be in sections and each trick has been carefully selected allowing Jonathan to participate more and have more of a part to play. I did a similar tour about 9 years ago for Sense with Jimmy - who is both deaf and blind, this obviously came with a different set of problems. Magic touch 'Inclusion' is sponsored by Inclusion East CIC. We are also currently crowdfunding to get a small group of disabled guys to next year's Blackpool Convention; please help if you can: 20.7.19


The Cruise. Sailing the Mediterranean. "Magicians Jonny and Tricia prepare to unveil their risky new illusion to the audience, but the pressure builds when things don't go to plan in the final rehearsal. Junior officer Lauren works her first shift in charge of the bridge, and with engineer husband Mike in the engine room keeping a close eye on the ship's speed, she is keen to let him know who's boss. Front desk employee Emma has the unenviable task of telling several passengers their suitcases have taken a dip in the sea. Narrated by Hugh Bonneville." The Cruise (repeat) Thursday 25th July on ITV. See TV Magic. 20.7.19



News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 20.7.19


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