Number 1001 - 31st August 2019


Derren Brown Secret previews on Broadway this Friday, September 6th. Derren Brown. Your secrets aren't safe with him. From stage to screen, two-time Olivier Award winner Derren Brown has mesmerized millions worldwide with his unique brand of mind reading, persuasion, and psychological illusion. Now, for the first time ever, this UK phenomenon and Netflix star brings his talents to Broadway.

After a sold-out, critically acclaimed run off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company, Derren Brown: Secret returns with a spellbinding experience that dares us — in the most jaw-dropping way — to take a closer look at the stories and beliefs that guide our lives. Behold a theatrical event of the mind in this “thrilling spectacle of psychological magic” (Entertainment Weekly).


Derren Brown Secret Creative Team: Author: Andy Nyman, Derren Brown & Andrew O’Connor. Director: Andrew O’ Connor and Andy Nyman. Producer: JJ Abrams, Thomas Kail and Jeffrey Seller. Tickets: Go get 'em Derren. DT. 31.8.19


Britain's Got Talent: The Champions. Tonight at 8pm on ITV. Ant and Dec present a special version of the talent show, in which stars from the past 13 series of Britain's Got Talent compete against winners from versions of the programme from around the world to impress the viewers and judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. The first episode features the return of Paul Potts and Boogie Storm, as well as Ukraine's Kseniya Simonova and father-daughter duo Bello and Annaliese Nock from the US. A number of magic acts will be competing throughout the series. See TV Magic for details. 31.8.19


Portsmouth and District Magic Circle Jumbo Day 2019. From the organisers: This year we have our biggest line up ever with lectures from Wayne Dobson, David Penn, Thom Peterson and Oliver Tabor. For the Gala show you can then see Wayne Dobson, Thom Peterson and Oliver Tabor perform their acts on stage alongside Graham Jolley and Martin Gardiner. If you are a dealer or maybe have lots of second-hand magic you no longer use, you can book a dealer table which gives you access to the venue from 7.30am to set up and reserves your table in one of the dealing areas, as well as still giving you access to all lectures and the evening gala show. Tickets will be available on the door but until September 30th our tickets are available at our Early Bird prices: Adult £21 (£25 on the day), Juniors (under 16) £12 (£13 on the day). Dealer tickets: Single £26 Double £48 (not available on day). Gala Show only (limited availability) Adult £10, Junior £6. Doors open at 9am. Sunday, 3rd November at Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT (Map). To book see: 31.8.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, David Blaine in a guest spot on 'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross' from 14th December 2001. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 31.8.19


The all-new Mark Leveridge Magic website is now live! Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce that the completely new MLM website has now been launched. Featuring E-Club Pro at its core, the new site makes it easier to access everything to do with MLM and creates a better platform for all the Members' Only E-Club Pro content. The site can still be found at, and those customers buying products will now find all their future purchased downloads stored in their account ready to download again if required. So, if you have a few minutes, pop along and have a peek - it'll help you to take a fresh look at everything that Mark Leveridge Magic has to offer: 31.8.19


Ben Williams Lecture - Portsmouth & District Magic Circle. Sean Lobban writes: On Monday 2nd September, Ben Williams is lecturing for Portsmouth & District Magic Circle. Ben has been creating and performing professionally for over a decade and in his lecture he shares with you some of his favourite creations as well as a wealth of performing knowledge learned from all of his experiences. The lecture has close-up magic, parlour pieces, mentalism and theory, so there is a bit of everything for everyone. The lecture starts at 7.30pm at Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT (Map). Visiting magicians welcome - £8 admission. 31.8.19


Joshua Jay Lecture - Cornish Magical Society. Jon Martin writes: Joshua Jay is coming to lecture for the Cornish Magical Society on Sunday 1st September at Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Road, Carnon Downs, Truro TR3 6GH (Map). Josh is known as one of the most creative and talented performers around today, from his One Man Off Broadway Show 'Six Impossible Things' to Fooling Penn and Teller. Respected author and editor of Magic Magazine's 'Talk About Tricks' for 12 years, co-founder of Vanishing Inc and all round legend. The lecture will begin at 2pm, non members very welcome, £15 for over 18's, £10 for under 18's. Any further info required email 31.8.19


Kainoa Harbottle lecture, Manchester Circle of Magicians. William Booth writes: Kainoa Harbottle will be lecturing at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 2nd September. 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 31.8.19


The John Danbury Show, Dewsbury Arts Group, Saturday 7th September. From the promoters: John Danbury A.I.M.C. has been a professional magician for over 27 years. Having been resident magician at The Hilton on Park Lane and The Orient Express, he has worked in every area of the business from corporate trade shows to cruise ships, private events and huge corporate parties. Having started life as a Musical Theatre Actor, John Danbury is the crooning conjuror, the singing sorcerer – his stand up stage cabaret includes a song or two for a little added entertainment. His Cabaret shows include a blend of honest fun and audience interaction as he uses a relaxed natural comic style to present some unique and memorable magic and mind reading effects that can induce laughter and awe from any audience. Saturday 7th September at the Dewsbury Arts Group. Full 2-hour evening show plus a crazy kids show in the afternoon. For more info and to book visit: 31.8.19


Marc Paul lecture, Cotswold Magical Society. Colin Dymond writes: Cotswold Magical Society Star Lecture Marc Paul on Wednesday 4th September. Marc Paul is a mind reader, psychological magician and corporate event speaker who has entertained and amazed audiences both in the UK and worldwide with his incredible award-winning performances. His lecture is one not to miss. Marc is always great fun to watch even if you think Mentalism is not for you. £10 for non-members. 7.45pm start. The Cotswold Magical Society, The Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester GL3 3RT (Map). 31.8.19


The Conjuring, 16th November at The Yacht Club in St Annes. From the promoters: After a successful sell out show in Manchester, we proudly present another sophisticated evening of conjuring. For the first time, Mentalist Dean Williamson and Personality Magician Rick Green make their anticipated return to the town they were born and raised in. Straight from touring the world with an incredible show and starring on Britain's Got Talent, Rick Green will be melting your minds. Also includes a psychological twist from Dean Williamson who will get inside your head, show you how to fool your friends, and influence people. Be prepared to witness an incredible show of modern conjuring leaving you wondering just how they managed to do that! At 7.30pm on Saturday 16th November we bring this incredible event to The Yacht Club in St Annes. Tickets are £10 and they are limited. This is the Homecoming. This is Conjuring. Venue: The Yacht Club, 21-23 Wood Street, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 1QR (Map). Tickets: 31.8.19


Magicseen Issue 88, September 2019. From the publishers: Get your new magic season off to a fast start by getting your copy of the very latest offering from the producers of the UK's only independent magic magazine. The new edition has Mandy Muden on cover, someone whose star is firmly on the rise following a strong showing on BGT. She is joined in issue 88 by legend David Williamson, who is going down a storm as ringmaster of Circus 1903, Allan De-Val, who lifts the lid on the world of escapology, and Jay Fortune, who explains his move to creating magic art. In the feature articles line up we discuss how to harness the 'joker' at the table to enhance, not destroy, your close up show, we ask a dozen top performers who they would like to be if they weren't themselves (some varied and interesting answers here too!) and we have comedy with a parody piece on magic clubs. Our Product Reviews section continues to guide you towards the good stuff and away from the money wasters, the Masterclass teaches routines from David Regal and Adam Hudson, and we get to meet the people behind Cobra Magic who created the Electric Chairs used recently on BGT. All this and more is yours as part of a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or as a single copy purchase, right now from 31.8.19


Steve Wood lecture, Merlin Magical Society, Thursday September 5th. From the organisers: The Merlin Magical Society presents a lecture by Steve Wood at 8pm on Thursday September 5th at Little Heath Parish Hall, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. Steve has been creating and performing magic and mentalism for 30 years. He has worked with some of the most prominent mentalists in the UK as well as others from around the world. His two main releases, Lost for Words and Counter Intelligence, have received 5 star reviews and been highly praised by mentalists around the world. With each new project, he blends classic and new techniques to create original, hard hitting mentalism routines. He has worked with other mentalists on numerous books (writing, proofreading, editing and creating original techniques) and is well known amongst the mentalism world for Isabella’s Star 3, which he wrote with Peter Turner. Now, for the first time, Steve is sharing some of his most treasured routines and principles. Included will be ACAAN and chair routines, a super-clean strolling routine that builds on techniques explored in Lost for Words, the NOAH Principle and how it can be used with multiple spectators and a whole lot more! This is a rare opportunity to see Steve share his thinking and approach to creating multi-layered, devastating performance pieces. Merlin Magical Society, Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). Thursday, September 5th. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start. We finish at 10pm. 31.8.19


The Next Great Magician is being repeated on Virgin Media Three from September 8th. "Series in which Stephen Mulhern and Rochelle Humes host a search for the world's next great magician. The first episode features a spooky escape after being buried alive, adorable canine magician Houndini and a jaw-dropping straitjacket get out, while Rylan Clark-Neal reacts to some close-up magic." See TV Magic for details. 31.8.19


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam and Kyle Sarocen write: Our next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd September, 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. 31.8.19


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