Number 997 - 3rd August 2019


4MG The Live Magic Show. Britain's Got Talent finalists 4MG the boy-band of magic, James Samuel, Harry Nardi and Theo Mallalieu, will present their first ever live theatre show in Thetford, Norfolk, on Friday November 15th at The Carnegie, Cage Lane, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 1BG (Map) together with their special guest, master street magician Diobo. Tickets are now available via 3.8.19


'Meditations on Magic' - An Evening with Michael Vincent in Southampton on Tuesday, 3rd September. The Associated Wizards of the South write: This is your chance to spend the evening with a living legend in magic. Michael Vincent is an internationally renowned magician and has won the title The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year three times, in three consecutive decades: 1983, 1991 and 2003, and was awarded the title of International Magician of the Year in 1993. This exclusive evening promises to be a night to remember... You will discover the powerful secrets behind this world renowned magician as Michael presents "Meditations on Magic". There are a limited number of guest tickets, so act now before they all vanish! Tuesday, 3rd September, from 8pm to 10pm at The Associated Wizards of the South, The Conservative Club, Hill Lodge, Upper Northam Lodge, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4BB (Map) Book via: Also see 3.8.19


Noel Qualter lectures for The Northamptonshire Magicians Club on Tuesday, 6th August. Mark Paul writes: Noel has been working as a wedding magician, table magician, party magician and close-up magician for many years. In that time he has performed for a Saudi princess with armed guards looking on, in the basket of a hot air balloon magically producing an engagement ring, and created custom illusions for celebrity magicians all over the world. That being said, most of his work is performing sleight of hand close-up magic at corporate events, private parties, weddings, product launches and banquets. He has several highly successful products on the magic market and has advised for BBC's 'Killer Magic'. A lecture not to be missed! Visitors are welcome (£10 entrance). 8pm on Tuesday 6th August. Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 3.8.19


The Secret Room at Lauriston Castle. Explore untold mysteries in the Secret Room, where performances are intricately linked to a magician’s interpretation of the colourful history of some of Edinburgh’s hidden historical buildings. Magicians dig deep into their exciting, intriguing and often dark histories, and unearth the little mysteries and unknown secrets. These are then illustrated with magic, illusion and of course sleight of hand.

On the outskirts of Edinburgh, hidden away at the end of a winding driveway, lies one of Edinburgh’s secret treasures – Lauriston Castle. Imagine timeless tapestries, ornate silverware, but also a world of clandestine laboratories, hidden passages and secret rooms... Three expert magicians animate the castle’s intriguing past with stories, performances and illusions related to the history of Lauriston and her owners. A High Court judge-cum-surreptitious alchemist, a gambler who nearly lost everything, what other mysteries does this wonderful castle conceal? Featuring Drew McAdam, Lewis Barlow and Adam Black. 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 22nd August. See to book.


The MagicWeek Video Archive - every Saturday! This week, 'The Magic of David Copperfield VI' Floating Over the Grand Canyon, from 35 years ago (turn up the volume... Bonnie's still got it!). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 3.8.19


The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2019. Over 70 magic related shows are listed this year, that's pretty amazing! Click Here to see who's doing what, where and when. Compiled for MagicWeek by Peter McLanachan (many thanks Peter!). 3.8.19


London Festival of Close-Up Magic: Paul Gordon on 4th August and David Stone on 10th August. 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

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


Sunday Night at the Palladium, Sunday 11th August on ITV3. Jimmy Carr hosts tonight's show which features the cast of the multiple Olivier award-winning Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, who perform a medley of hits from the show. The world's fastest illusionist, Hans Klok, flies in to wow the Palladium audience - and to teach Jimmy a few tricks. Comedy comes from Rob Beckett, while dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace perform a stunning routine. Also featuring Westlife's Markus Feehily, Rebecca Ferguson and the legendary Deacon Blue. (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 3.8.19


Magicseen Lite Issue 2. From the publishers: Magicseen is pleased to announce the release of the latest Lite taster version of their magazine, this one being based on the contents published in the July edition. In this issue you will find the full article on cover star Peter Turner, whose reputation as a creative mentalist has been steadily rising in recent years. We learn more about his upbringing and get an insight into what makes him tick. Jez Rose takes an interesting look at the format that close up magicians use with their commercial work and suggests how this might be changed to provide something new and fresh. You will also find a Pros and Cons article on the question of whether invisible thread is a wise choice for commercial work, there's a review of New York's Monday Night Magic, a snap four Ace production explained from the Masterclass and even a selection of some of the latest Product Reviews. Magicseen Lite Issue 2 is available as a download only and is completely free. You can get your copy from selected dealers (Card Shark, Discount Magic, Black Artefacts, Vanishing Inc and PropDog), or directly from the publishers at 3.8.19


E-Video Newsletter August 2019. Mark Leveridge's latest monthly online video presentation is all ready, and includes: The Teach In - it's the Rising Cards ... but not as you know it! This is a different approach to the classic effect. Top Tips - details of a practical display stand that you can easily make. The Strolling Magician Unplugged - part 19 begins a look at core elements that you should expect to find in tricks that are suitable for strolling work. Web Offers - get a kids routine for just £4 and a feature close up effect for only £6 with this month's discounted products. 60 Seconds To Success - getting the attention of chatty people at tables isn't easy, and Mark gives some tips on how to achieve it. The Review Corner - Mark takes a favourable look at Tipple by Vinny Sagoo. Access to the E-Video Newsletter is available as a 1 year subscription or you can purchase the individual edition if you prefer. To watch a trailer of the August issue or to purchase go to 3.8.19


Decisions, Decisions - A Night of Mind Reading, The Hen and Chickens Theatre, London. From the promoters: We make 35,000 decisions a day. How many of these do you make freely? Chris Wall's astounding mind reading show explores free will, influence, and social conditioning. Even a simple 50/50 choice can have incredible consequences. Left or Right? Heads or Tails? Yes or No? Chris will involve members of the audience, taking them on a journey exploring the past, present, and future, where no two shows are the same. An unmissable addition to Camden Fringe. You won't regret coming. Change what you know about reality. Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th August at 7.30pm at The Hen and Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul's Road, Highbury, London N1 2NA (Map). For more info and to book: Click Here. 3.8.19


Harbour Sleights - Aberdeen, 30th August. Illusionists to conjure up cash for Aberdeen Lifeboats, Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen, 30th August 2019. From the organisers: For one night only, Aberdeen Lifeboat and Aberdeen Magical Society bring you ‘Harbour Sleights’, the biggest magic show to come to Aberdeen in decades – and it’s all to raise funds for local lifeboats. The two-hour show at the city’s Tivoli Theatre on Friday 30th August will showcase the north-east’s top magicians and will comprise grand illusions, magic, sleight of hand, mind reading and escapology. Aberdeen Lifeboat 2nd coxswain/mechanic Cal Reed and illusionist Garry Seagraves got together to launch the event. Cal Reed said: “Making doves appear from RNLI welly boots is nothing to what these guys can do. People should come prepared to witness some quite incredible feats of magic – and all for such a good cause.” Garry Seagraves, president of Aberdeen Magical Society, added: “We can’t wait to step out onto the stage at the Tivoli this August. With such a variety of different styles of magic there really will be something for the whole family to enjoy – whether they are eight or 108! Aberdeen Magical Society has a proud tradition of supporting good causes in the north-east, and when Cal joined the society to further his passion for magic, it seemed obvious we should support Aberdeen Lifeboat.”


The Tivoli Theatre has its own place in the history of stage magic. One hundred years ago, in 1918, magician Chung Ling Soo performed his signature act at the Tivoli, catching a bullet fired from a gun, then dropping it from his mouth onto a plate. Sadly, he was killed just weeks later performing the same trick in London. Tickets, priced at £12 each, are on sale now at Aberdeen Box Office, Union Street, Aberdeen Photo: Garry Seagraves (left), president of Aberdeen Magical Society, and Cal Reed (right), of Aberdeen Lifeboat get together to launch ‘Harbour Sleights’. Photo credit: Mark Gray, Aberdeen RNLI. Also see and 3.8.19


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam and Kyle Sarocen write: Our next meeting is on Tuesday 6th August, 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. 3.8.19


Tanked: Penn & Teller Monkey Magic, Saturday 3rd August on DMax. "Wayde and Brett drop in on world famous magicians Penn and Teller. They want a tank built in honour of their 40th anniversary together." See TV Magic for details. 3.8.19


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