Number 996 - 27th July 2019


Pete Firman's brand new tour, ‘Pete Firman & The Amazing TBC’, following 12th appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe. Corrie McGuire Management is delighted to announce that award-winning magician and comedian, Pete Firman, will tour the UK with his most ambitious show yet, following his return to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Beginning in Maidenhead at the Norden Farm Arts Centre on 13th March 2020, the tour will take in an initial total of 22 dates and will conclude at the Cambridge Junction on 15th May 2020. Tickets are on sale now at


Pete is back on the road with a completely unique and hilarious new kind of magic show. Come and witness the first and possibly final performances of The World’s Greatest Magical Double Act. Every night Pete will be joined by a different special guest who has no previous conjuring experience, and together they will perform jaw-dropping magic without any rehearsal. What could possibly go wrong?! Pete Firman said: “I’m thrilled to be back on tour with a different style of magic show. I'll be placing my trust (and reputation!) in the hands of some special guests with buckets of enthusiasm, but zero sleight of hand skills. Suffice to say we won't be starting them off with sawing me in half!” Photo credit: Karla Gowlett. 27.7.19


More exciting names for Blackpool 2020. From the organisers: With tickets selling faster than ever before, Blackpool Magic Convention is pleased to announce more events for 2020. 2020 will feature many more amazing lectures, with the biggest names in Close-up, along with the master himself, Michael Ammar. Plus some of the biggest names in Mentalism, including Max Maven, who will not lecture but will also be performing his full one-man show as part of our evening fringe. And even more brand new innovations, with Avner The Eccentric (photo), performing his full show and presenting his unique physical comedy workshop. This is still only the tip of the iceberg with many more names and 2 totally unique events still to be released! Check out our brand new website with features including: A brand new booking app - select your own seats! Details of new events and updates for the 2020 Convention. Planning tools and links to help you book transport and accommodation. 2019 Gallery - great memories of this year's Convention. Please note that our VIP tickets are now almost sold out, so book now to avoid disappointment: 27.7.19


Variety Announces 10 Comics to Watch for 2019, and Piff the Magic Dragon is on the list: (also see On top of this the show was nominated once again for the 'Best of Las Vegas' awards, MagicWeek readers can vote here: (voting ends August 1st). Piff and company will be performing at the Ed Fringe, but just for 5 dates this year: August 21st-25th. Catch this laugh-out-loud show if you can! 27.7.19


The Session announces youth scholarship initiative for young magicians, and write: The Session is the UK's only dedicated close-up magic convention and is held every January in Heathrow, London. Next year's event will feature performances and lectures from David Williamson, David Regal, Denis Behr, Andrew Goldernhersh, Henry Harrius, and many more. Organisers Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay have just announced a youth scholarship programme to help young magicians (under eighteen) attend: "We believe that every young magician who wishes to improve and learn about the craft should have an opportunity to do so, regardless of their financial position. So we're granting a group of young magicians and their parents free admittance if they need assistance." For more information and to apply Click Here. 27.7.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, for those of you that can't get enough politics, or need a break from it all, here's Paul Daniels from 20 years ago in a guest appearance on 'Have I Got News For You' that'll make you cringe. With Angus Deayton, Ian Hislop, Paul Merton and Charlie Whelan. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 27.7.19


David Stone Lecture Masterclass, Sunday 11th August, Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel. From the organisers: Join multi-award winning magician David Stone for a 2 hour lecture in the heart of London. Having performed 183 lectures in 19 countries - this is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the most creative performers in magic today. Strictly limited attendees. This lecture will feature over 14 new effects and audience tested routines, ready to amaze your own spectators. Including: Mirage - learn how to visually and slowly make a deck of cards vanish. Zenith - The card on ceiling effect completely revisited, safer, and easier than this classic effect (a version kept for his own performance for years). A new gimmick as powerful as The Tool that will enable you to perform dozens of tricks completely differently. A new weapon for close-up magicians wanting to refresh their repertoires. David will also talk and explain how he performs in close-up situations and on stage, for audiences up to 2,000 in size. £25 per seat - strictly limited availability. 2pm on Sunday 11th August at Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel. To book: 27.7.19


Nate Staniforth Creativity & Wonder Workshop. From the organisers: The author of ’Here Is Real Magic’ and ‘Clouds & Kingdoms’, perhaps best known for his Lottery Prediction, presenting Breaking Magic on The Discovery Channel and being one of Derren Brown’s favourite magicians, is presenting a very special workshop on Sunday 13th October 2019.


"Over the last 15 years of touring, I’ve explored the enormous gulf between performances that feel like the demonstration of tricks and those moments that feel like actual magic. Call it whatever you like—every magician knows that moment where the stars align, the magic happens, and the spectators run screaming from the room. So for this workshop, I’d like to take a whole day to explore some of the tools and creative models I’ve been using to create and perform magic for the public. We’re going to unpack a few original pieces from my own show so these ideas can be seen in a practical context, and ideally each participant will come ready to discuss a piece from their own work, too." 50% of the places are now sold and we’re keeping that early bird discount to help keep the cost of the workshop as low as we can. Full details and to book: Click Here. 27.7.19


Modern Magic: Jake Banfield at The Charlotte Street Hotel. Prepare to believe in magic...! Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, an audience will have their minds read, have their senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. Saturday 21st September. Doors 7.30pm. Show 8pm. Tickets: Front Row: £35, Parlour: £25. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ (Map). 27.7.19


Radio Mentalist. Adam Hudson, author of three mentalism books is fast becoming known as 'the radio magician' due to the suitability of his routines for a purely audio based audience. He can currently be heard on the BBC Radio Lancashire podcast: Click Here. 27.7.19


The Real Magic Roadshow, September 2019. From the organisers: We are very excited to announce our first ever UK Tour of The Real Magic Roadshow! The tour will cover six cities across the United Kingdom and attendees will get the chance to experience some of the world’s best-selling magic performed live by a select group of the industry’s leading creators and producers. The event will feature Card-Shark Magic, Chris Smith of MagicSmith, Dirk Losander, Paul Richards, and demo master extraordinaire Mark Mason of JB Magic – as well as a special guest dealer in each city. This is your opportunity to see and buy astonishing magic, from the people who know these effects inside and out. In addition, each featured creator will be presenting a short "Pro-Tips" session in which they will share techniques and information on how to get the most from their some of their most prized creations. These are ideas and insights gleaned from countless performances – and it’s all included in your low cost £10 admission!

As a bonus, if you pre-register now, you’ll receive a £10 voucher for use with any of the dealers on the day of the event! Plus, all pre-registered guests will automatically be entered for a chance to win a Mystery Prize Package valued at £200 pounds! One prize package will be given away in each city and locations include: Edinburgh on Friday September 20th, Newcastle on Saturday September 21st, Leeds on Sunday September 22nd, Bristol on Friday September 27th, The Midlands on Saturday September 28th and London on Sunday September 29th. Space is limited, so register now! Get the full details at


Chris Mallon: Predictable, 8th November, Majestic Theatre, Darlington. Predictably, the most predictable thing someone will tell you is that they’re not predictable... Welcome to Chris Mallon’s brand new show 'Predictable', an evening of mind reading, psychological entertainment and modern day fortune telling. In what promises to be an unbelievable evening you’ll see just how predictable we all really are and watch as Chris showcases some of the phenomena of the travelling carnivals of the 1920s as you’re invited into the fortune teller's tent as it's brought into the modern day, where your future will be predicted! But can anything really be predicted or is it simply, predictable? Majestic Theatre, 78-80 Bondgate, Darlington, Co Durham DL3 7JT (Map). Tickets £10 27.7.19


The second issue of Slapstick was published last week, celebrating the past and present of Mr Punch. Features include tributes to George Wall-man, Bob Wade and Harry Parrot, reviews of the Covent Garden May Fayre and a celebration of Supreme’s Bryan Clarke. It is free to read online here: 27.7.19


David Fung: The Stabbed Card, Norwich. David Fung presents an all-new show of magic and mystery. Associate of The Inner Magic Circle, David's creative magic will intrigue and astonish you in this intimate setting. David shares meaningful, magical experiences unlike any you've seen before. Also introducing The Saint in Scarlet debuting his remarkable act "Killing Scott" in which he proves that everything is connected and sometimes our actions are not our own. Friday 30th and Saturday 31st August at 7.30pm. Get your tickets for just £6 from or at The Maddermarket Theatre Box Office, Telephone: 01603 620 917. Show running time 60 minutes, followed by close-up magic in the bar. Not suitable for under 12s. Venue: Maddermarket Theatre, St John's Alley, Norwich NR2 1DR (Map) 27.7.19


The X Files with Ricky Jay, Saturday 27th July, on Paramount Network. "The Amazing Maleeni. On the Santa Monica pier a magician amazes the crowd with his superior ancient magic tricks. However Mulder and Scully are soon brought in when the headless corpse of the magician is found in his car leaving only his twin brother, Albert and his rival, LaBonge as suspects. After some strange scenarios we are left with the question, who murdered the Amazing Maleeni, or is it all another amazing trick?" See TV Magic for details. 27.7.19


Steve Gore at The Magic Castle. If you happen to be in Hollywood, Steve would love to see you at the Magic Castle where he and Asi Wind are finishing off their week in the close-up gallery. Steve is also performing at the Saturday and Sunday family brunch shows and will be giving the 'magician member' lecture on the Sunday. 27.7.19


The Comedy Years, Sunday 4th August, on ITV. "In 1984, as the miners' strike took over the news, political figures were on the receiving end of the most irreverent comedy series ever seen on TV at the time - Spitting Image. Plus, cult hits like The Young Ones and Alas Smith and Jones battled it out in the TV schedules with mainstream shows like Russ Abbott's Madhouse. We also lost two comedy greats with the passing of Eric Morecambe and Tommy Cooper." See TV Magic for details. 27.7.19


Don Wayne. Don Wayne, one of magic's greatest ever magic creators, died on July 19th. He was David Copperfield's principal magic creator and illusion director for over 18 years. Other magic clients included, amongst others: Siegfried & Roy, Criss Angel, Hans Klok and Luis de Matos. I'll always remember him as being the creator of the brilliantly simple one-man Dancing Hanky gimmick. Here's a link to a recent project he worked on in Norway, just last month: DT. 27.7.19


"Uri Geller ‘predicted’ Boris Johnson would be next Prime Minister months ago before Theresa May stood down" Click Here • "Who is Uri Geller? Spoon-bending psychic and television personality" Click Here • "The Illusionists review: A mixed box of tricks with bags of charm" Click Here • "Magician Dynamo has learnt a new skill – cooking" Click Here • "It’s ‘crazy,’ but Shin Lim adds 21 dates on Las Vegas Strip" Click Here • "FDA Enlists Street Magician to Stop Kids From Vaping" Click Here • "Penn Jillette Reviews Magic Tricks in Movies" YouTube • "Britain's Got Talent magician aims to leave Northwich audiences spellbound" Click Here • "Debbie McGee: 'People never got to know' Strictly star in Paul Daniels discovery" Click Here • "James’ tricks are real treat: Magician James Phelan is still influenced by his uncle" Click Here • "Magician Pours Drink out of Phone?!" YouTube • And finally, some brilliant movie magic, as YouTube user Journey's End reimagine Tim Burton's 1989 Batman as "The Bat-man (1945)" YouTube • Thanks as always for all your UK magic news, it's always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 27.7.19