Number 998 - 10th August 2019


IBM British Ring presents An Evening of Magic. From the organisers: Witness a spectacular show featuring the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK including The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year and Sooty! Offering incredible grand illusion, nail biting escapes, thrilling award-winning magic, sophisticated juggling, pickpocketing and comedy. Featuring Stage Magician of the Year Edward Hilsum, Sooty & Richard Cadell, dangerous and fast-paced illusions from Hocus Pocus, gentleman juggler Florian Brooks, award-winning magic from Roy Davenport, the pickpocketing skills of James Freedman plus the Zoe Pennington dancers and comedy magic from compère Paul Megram. A one-off night, promising the best in magic, juggling, comedy and variety. Guaranteed entertainment for all the family. Saturday 7th September at 7.30pm at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. Tickets £15. Box office 01323 412000. Tickets: 10.8.19


Two classes from Ian Rowland, scheduled for September. Saturday, September 7th: 'Cold Reading For Business'. Applying cold reading communication psychology to business situations. And, Sunday, September 8th: 'Super Psychic Readings'. How to give any type of reading (palm, tarot etc.) to anyone and always get great results. Both of these one-day classes will be held in a central London training venue. Full details: 10.8.19


Psycon, London, Saturday 16th November. From the organisers: Psycon is a brand new convention that explores the esoteric threads that weave through many performance arts. It is not a magic convention but a convention that explores the magic within the arts. Cara Hamilton will be giving a fascinating talk about the origins of many themes that bizarre magicians (and others) use as part of their stage shows. Ashton Carter will be exploring how to create horror events with impact which will appeal to anyone with an interest in escape rooms, bizarre magic, the psychology of performance etc. Just two of our key speakers. Other key speakers include academic Nik Taylor, authors Penny Billington and Dodie Hamilton, bizarre magician and writer Paul Voodini and 'The Enigmaologist' Adam Daniel. Talks will be interspersed with some independent short films and a panel discussion, followed by some evening entertainment to round off the day. Lunch and tea/coffee are all included in the price, and on the Friday night participants have the option to join one of my 'Whitechapel Murder Trail' walks. A 2-hour walk exploring the 11 Whitechapel Victims, exploring FBI profiling techniques and with suitably themed magic en-route! See and for more info and to book visit 10.8.19


Dee Christopher to lecture at the Secrets Day on Sunday 6th October, in Bedford. Producer Gary Young writes: Pleased to announce that Dee Christopher will be giving a very rare lecture at the Secrets Day on Sunday 6th October, in Bedford. Dee has featured in Comedy Central's 13 Tricks To Seriously Freak You Out and has been seen worldwide on the BBC, Fox8 and The Discovery Channel . He also starred in the award-winning BBC show Killer Magic. He will be lecturing powerful items that are easily within your grasp, regardless of your skill level. You'll learn how to take a different approach to your mentalism and magic to amplify impact and wonder, as well as the importance of style and branding when selling your character and act for live shows and TV. We guarantee that Dee will turn the energy in the room up to 11! Dee joins Dan Harlan (UK exclusive appearance), Sean Goodman and Simon Sparkles, plus there'll be dealers galore! Don't miss this! Full details at: 10.8.19


James Brown Lecture, Huddersfield Circle of Magicians. Oliver Bassett writes: 'Professional Opportunist’ James Brown lectures for Huddersfield Circle of Magicians on Tuesday 3rd September. James’ lecture will focus on his principles of misdirection and his understanding of how belief and suggestion works. Drawing on his arsenal of close-up card magic, coins, pick pocketing and hypnotic suggestion. Rarely lecturing in the North, this is an event not to be missed. Start time 7.30pm. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 on the door. Huddersfield Circle of Magicians, Thongsbridge Cricket Club, Miry Lane, Thongsbridge, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD9 7RY (Map). 10.8.19


Conjuring at the Court, London. Enjoy a night of great magic with Conjuring at the Court on Thursday 29th August. With the amazingly theatrical Max Somerset, people’s magician Sam Hurst, and the fascinating political magic of Ian Saville. 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 10.8.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive - every Saturday! This week, Pat Hazell on Beadle's Box of Tricks from just over 30 years ago (22nd July 1989). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 10.8.19


‘Mystery-On-Sea’ is a 90 minute 'mystorycal' walking tour exploring the mystery and history of the Royal Terrace and Clifftown area of Southend-on-Sea, interlaced with magic. Hosted by Adrian Fox and Tracy Wise and launched in June 2019 the tour has proved very popular with locals and holidaymakers alike. Suitable for ages 10+. Click Here for more details. 10.8.19


Myles Thornton, Home Counties Magical Society Lecture, Thursday, 15th August. The Home Counties Magical Society are delighted to welcome Myles Thornton and his 'Myles Per Hour' lecture at 8pm on Thursday, 15th August. Myles’ lecture will feature highly visual magic, including a workers coin routine, colour changing sharpie, how to make a wine glass float out of a spectator's hands, the visual art of contact juggling and much much more! See Magicians who are not HCMS Members are welcome at this lecture for a £15 charge. Please see for details of where we meet. Kevin Hutchinson, HCMS Programme Secretary. 10.8.19


Potter & Potter Auctions Automata: Life and Other Illusions Auction. Our August sale features the automaton collection of Michael Kam. Over 150 vintage and modern mechanical marvels will go on the block, including rare and unusual examples by Vichy, Lambert, Phalbois, and their contemporaries. Fine and unique examples by modern makers of these intricate living sculptures will also be represented. The automatons will be complemented by a selection of kinetic art, puppets, and associated objects. August 24th. 10.8.19


Jack Delvin Lecture, Kent Magicians' Guild. Bruce Graham, President of the KMG. writes: On Tuesday 27th August, one of the real legends of magic will be at Dunton Green, Kent, for the Kent Magicians Guild. Past President of the Magic Circle, Jack Delvin, will show that the magician is bigger than the tricks he presents. Not to be missed, at 8pm, visiting magicians welcome (only £5.00). Kent Magicians' Guild, CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map) 10.8.19


Mark Leveridge Podcast August 2019. Last month was a Podcast Gold edition, in which Mark put together a collection of his six favourite topics from the previous 12 months. Now he is back this time with the more regular lineup of new varied topics for you to enjoy: Mark considers how big a factor performance risk can be when considering trick methods. Predicting how magic will be sold in the future is put into context by a blog article that Mark wrote way back in 1995. The new MLM site is scheduled to launch at the end of this month and an insight is given into what it has taken to make it happen. Magic is pretty unique in the way it can be used to put across messages or to help others in a variety of ways. If the effect is everything, does it matter at all what the method is, or will literally anything be suitable? The key question to ask if considering turning full time pro. The 30 minute podcast is available free to listen to online or to download to any mp3 player from either or 10.8.19


Potter & Potter Auctions Summer Online Magic Auction. Our summer magic auction includes over 250 lots of choice vintage and contemporary magic collectibles. Among the featured objects are rare mind-reading ephemera and costumes, uncommon Houdiniana, large archives of correspondence, collections of vintage photographs, Dai Vernon ephemera, and finely leather bound books. A selection of uncommon and collectible apparatus rounds out the sale. The auction will be conducted exclusively on Potter & Potter's online bidding platform and absentee bids are now being accepted. August 17th. 10.8.19


David Stone Lecture Masterclass - Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel, London, tomorrow! 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: 10.8.19


Magic Sale. Philip Bond writes: Preliminary announcement. A Dispersal Sale of almost the entire stock and equipment of an illusionist and magician will be conducted by informal auction during late September. The catalogue will be published on the website and updated weekly. Please see for further details, some early lots, and a hint of what is to come. 10.8.19


David Blaine: Beyond Magic, Sunday 18th August on 4 Music (repeat). Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash David Blaine: Real or Magic, Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet, which has been two years in the making. Blaine pulls the lid off his signature brand of street magic, sparking reactions that will leave audiences in awe and defy all expectations. Magic meets documentary in the one-hour special, as Blaine blows the minds of some of the most recognisable celebrities in the world, including David Beckham, Johnny Depp, Drake, Steph Curry, Dave Chappelle, John Travolta, Patrick Stewart, Emma Stone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others. See TV Magic. 10.8.19


"Paul Zenon: Trust Me! stuns audiences at Le Monde" Click Here • "Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 Review: Colin Cloud – Sinful" Click Here • "Chris Dugdale: Down to One" review Click Here • "Paul Zenon: Trust Me!" review Click Here •  Chris Dugdale Ed Fringe Podcast with Aaron Crow Click Here • "Magician James Phelan at Chortle's Fast Fringe" Click Here • "Edinburgh Festival: Is this the world's tastiest magic trick?" Click Here • "Harry Potter magic coach Pete Heat spills the beans about working with Jude Law, and his Fringe show" Click Here • "Four Edinburgh Fringe Stars To Watch" Click Here • "Illusionist defies death with suit that is ‘invisible’ to sharks" Click Here • "‘The Illusionists’ To Conjure Fifth Holiday Season On Broadway" Click Here • "Siegfried and Roy respond to trainer's account of tiger attack l ABC News" YouTube • "World of Magic! Comes to Artscape Theatre This October" Click Here • "Spellbinding magician makes his bed in just seconds with just one wave of his wand in amazing video" Click Here • "Could America's Got Talent Have A Magician Win Two Years In A Row?" Click Here • And finally, here's Ron Burgundy (‎Will Ferrell) on The Late Show, talking about Fred Kaps YouTube • That's it, see you next week, Duncan. 10.8.19