Number 999 - 17th August 2019


Kidology UK and Ventarama Conventions to combine. From the organisers: This year Kidology UK and Ventarama will be combined to take place on Tuesday, 24th September, at The Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). With great lectures from: Martin Gardner, Dov Citron and, from Germany, ventriloquist Andreas Minz. Workshops with: Lisa Oakley, Chris Frostie Frost, Craig Newton, Shane West and Ozzy Dee. A Night Before get-together, Dealers Show and an Open Mic session. Plus on the night of the convention the Kidology Birthday Party, with music, dancing and cabaret. The following day, Wednesday, at 11am The Kidology UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year Competition. Registration covering all events £50. Full details at Join us on our Facebook Group Kidology UK. 17.8.19


Q&A with the Twins FX at the IBM British Ring Convention, Eastbourne. From the organisers: The Twins FX (Gary and Paul Hardy-Brown) will be talking about their career and answering questions at a special event in Eastbourne during the convention. With vast experience from performing together on some of the world's finest cruise liners and top venues around the world, The Twins FX are the leading company operating in the field of theatrical special effects, illusions and animatronics, providing their services to some of the biggest pantomimes in the UK plus arena and stadium shows. Drawing on their wealth of experience and knowledge, they produce amazing special effects to create intimate and powerful entertainment experiences. Their portfolio includes soaring airborne flying dragons, a mighty 8 metre tall gorilla, floating magic carpets, flying cars, a full size galleon, 3 sets of animatronic flying horses pulling Cinderella’s sparkling crystal coaches, a colossal dragon and a pink moped that flies and loops the loop in mid air! 17.8.19


"Britain's Got Talent: The Champions. Starts Saturday 31st August on ITV" YouTube. "Darcy Oake's trick on Britain's Got Talent: The Champions could kill him as medics are called" Click Here • "Magic Moments. Who is Issy Simpson and is she taking part in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?" Click Here • "Magic Man. Who is Richard Jones and is he taking part in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?" Click Here. 17.8.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive - every Saturday! This week, Geoffrey Durham on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 5th September 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 10.8.19


Joshua Jay lecture, Medway Magical Society. Neil Colley writes: Joshua Jay is coming! From his home in New York, New York, where he is on break from his one-man Off-Broadway show Six Impossible Things. Joshua Jay will be delivering a new lecture for us featuring close-up and parlor magic using cards, coins, books, watches, and more. With only nine UK tour dates, this is a rare chance to see this American award-winning magician astound with his original brand of magic. Whether you've seen Joshua before or it's your first time, he is widely respected as one of the finest performers and teachers in magic. Members £5, non-member visiting magicians £10. 8pm on Wednesday 21st August ay Medway Magical Society, St George Hotel, 7-8 New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB (Map). 17.8.19


Joshua Jay lecture, Manchester Circle of Magicians. William Booth writes: All the way from the USA, award-winning magician Joshua Jay will be lecturing at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 19th August. This is a rare chance to see one of the world's top magicians and surely a night not to be missed. If you are in the area why not pop along? Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £10.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website or email 17.8.19


South Tyneside International Magic Festival. Finbar Healy has been revealed as the act entertaining delegates at The Late Show on Friday 11th October, as part of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival’s three-day convention. The evening will be compered by Irish comedian and award-winning magician, Nevin Cody, who has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and was mentored by the late Paul Daniels. The South Tyneside International Magic Festival takes place from 10th to 13th October, with a number of lectures, workshops and gala shows for visitors to make the most of. Magicians from around the world are travelling to South Shields to take part, including Xulio Merino, Mike Pisciotta, Olmac, Maga Gisell, Richard Jones, Steve Hewlett, Mark Shortland, Safire, Mario “the Maker Magician” Marchese, Laura London, R. Paul Wilson, Nate Staniforth, Matricks and Adam Black. The event is organised by South Tyneside Council and magician, Steve Gore, with support from BBC Newcastle and sponsored by The Customs House and Magicbox. Convention tickets, which include entry to The Late Show are currently on sale for £65. For more information on the festival or to book a place, visit 17.8.19


The Evolution of Magic, Blackpool. Starring Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best (As Seen On BGT). 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. Until 1st September at The Horseshoe, Pleasure Beach, 525 Ocean Blvd, Blackpool, FY4 1EZ. Book online: also see 17.8.19


The Summer Show 2019, West Cliff Theatre, Clacton on Sea. From the promoters: The West Cliff Theatre in Clacton can date the origin of its annual summer show back to 1894 – which makes it the longest running continuous summer season in the UK and a milestone as we celebrate 125 years of variety. Come and indulge in the glitz and glamour of our great British revue show. Featuring laugh out loud comedy from Don MacLean, spellbinding magic from Danny Lee Grew who returns for his second year, plus spine tingling vocals from Kilke John and James Waud, together with a company of eight dancers and our junior ensemble. Tickets are £18.00 and children are free with a full paying adult. Tuesday 20th August 2pm & 7.30pm. Wednesday 21st August 2pm & 6pm. Saturday 24th 2pm & 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked via: Danny will also be talking about magic and The Summer Show on BBC Essex Radio on Thursday 21st August at 7.15pm. 17.8.19


Youth scholarship initiative for young magicians and Vanishing Inc. Podcasts: 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 announced a youth scholarship programme to help young magicians (under eighteen) attend: "At Vanishing Inc. we’ve been running a youth scholarship for Magifest for some time. It’s super simple. Anyone under 18 can get a free pass for the convention (plus one for a parent/guardian). All they need to do is perform one free pubic show at a school, hospital, anything. Send us the proof of that, and they can get in free. For the first time we’re doing the same thing for The Session." For more information and to apply Click Here. Also from Vanishing Inc., a series of 30 minute Podcasts hosted by Damian Jennings who this week finds out about Rug Rats, secrets, onions on pizza and what's wrong with the Hot Rod force thanks to David Regal, Click Here. 17.8.19


MLM Web Offers August 2019. Two very contrasting items are on promotion this month. The first is a children's effect called Gnashers. Based on the classic Lesson In Magic plot, this entertaining routine involves the exploits of a chosen silk hanky which 'accidentally' gets damaged and which the performer attempts, somewhat haphazardly, to repair with magic. Full of funny bits of business, this effect is perfect for the 3-6 age range and only requires a few silks, a change bag and a set of wind up chattering teeth. Full instructions are supplied as a downloadable PDF E-Routine text file. The second Web Offer is a wonderfully different feature close up routine called The Emperor's Coins. This Boston Box effect has a presentation which is comic and unusual and which incorporates magic that is surprising with a strong ending. This comes as a TricKlip Video Download featuring live performance and full studio explanation. Both the above products are generously discounted this month, so go to for full info and to order. 17.8.19


The Magic Car Boot Sale is back once again on Sunday 22nd September at the Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). This has, for more than 20 years, meant a very early start for some supporters so we have put back the opening time to 10.30am to make life a bit easier for everyone. It will run until about 2.30pm. We still have a few stall spaces available at £15 each. Admission on the day is £5 for buyers. Join us on our Facebook group Magic Car Boot Sale. For more information or to book, call Alec Powell on 07831 115448 or email 17.8.19


Anglian Magic Society 'Show and Tell' night. Kyle Sarocen writes: Our next meeting of the Anglian Magic Society is on Tuesday the 20th of August with a Show and Tell night, so come along and share a few tricks with your fellow members and learn a few yourself. This is just going to be a fun night for all. Starting at 7.30pm at the White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). See you on the night, everyone welcome. 17.8.19


Tales from the Shadows is an evening of spine-chilling stories of the supernatural, of murder and of mystery delicately laced with bizarre magic by award-winning magician Tracy Wise. Definitely not a show for those of a nervous disposition. The ticket price includes a themed cocktail served in the atmospheric Dr. Legba’s Emporium of Cocktails and Curiosities, part of The Royal Hotel, Southend-on-Sea. See for details. 17.8.19


The Simpsons, Saturday 24th August on Sky1. "The Great Simpsina. Series 22, episode 18. Lisa becomes an apprentice to the Great Raymondo. Guest starring Martin Landau, Jack McBrayer and a trio of magicians, including David Copperfield." See TV Magic. 17.8.19


"Ben Berman Set Out To Make a Documentary About a Dying Magician—Then Learned His Latest Trick" Click Here • "Review: ‘The Amazing Johnathan Documentary’ profiles irascible magician in an illusory way" Click Here • "Bad Boys of Magic trade the birds and bunnies for booze and banter" Click Here • "Magician to recreate Houdini’s escape at Aberdeen Harbour" Click Here • "Not all of David Copperfield's shows are magic — sometimes things go wrong. He tells PBS News Hour what he has learned from those experiences." Click Here "James Freedman: Moment of Truth" Click Here • Magic – The Greatest Magic Show at Assembly Festival" Click Here • "#Dave Alnwick: Literally the Best Magician" Click Here • "Magician Shin Lim is Getting Married and His Relationship is Truly Magical" Click Here • "Q&A: Hans Klok" Click Here • "Penn Jillette performed a Séance at a Steven Spielberg party" Click Here • "Magician Oz Pearlman snaps up $4.5M Brooklyn penthouse" Click Here • "The Illusionists Will Return to Broadway With 5th Holiday Show" Click Here • It's our 1,000th edition next week, so if you have some UK magic news make sure you're in it! See you next week, Duncan. 17.8.19