Number 1002 - 7th September 2019


MagicWeek Exclusive: Lance Burton to star at Blackpool 2020.


From the convention organisers: The Blackpool Magic Convention is very proud to announce that Magic Superstar, Lance Burton, will be heading to Blackpool in February 2020, making his first ever UK convention appearance!

Lance Burton is widely considered by his peers to be the greatest stage magician of the past century. As magic historian Mike Caveney stated: "Take every magician in the world, line them up and give them each twelve minutes... Lance wins!"


Lance will be featured throughout the convention, starring in:

Lance Burton and Friends A full evening show in the Opera House Theatre.
A special talk with Mac King in which Lance will talk about his incredible career.
The European Premier of Lance's movie, 'Billy Topit', featuring a special Q&A with Lance and several stars of the movie beforehand.
Lance Burton 'Meet and Greet'. All attendees will have the opportunity to take photos and get an autograph with the man himself.

We are beyond excited to bring you this incredible news, as it's taken several years to make happen and we know it'll take the event to heights we could have only imagined a few years ago. For the first time, you're able to book and choose your theatre seat online, so head online right away and book ASAP to get the best possible seats. Our VIP tickets have already sold out and our Gold Registration tickets are also selling in unprecedented numbers. Book here:


Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Lance Burton burst onto the national stage on October 28th, 1981 by making his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. So impressed was Carson while watching the rehearsal that he allowed Lance to do an unprecedented 12-minute routine. Through the course of Burton’s career he was invited back for a total of ten appearances while Johnny Carson was host, and another ten appearances during Jay Leno’s tenure.

Over the years Lance Burton has performed on a wide range of TV shows. He racked up appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno, The View, Craig Ferguson, The World’s Greatest Magic, Hollywood Squares, and even acted in guest staring roles on Knight Rider, and Las Vegas. In 1996 Lance Burton’s first TV special, Lance Burton Master Magician: The Legend Begins, aired on NBC. This was quickly followed by a series of annual TV specials. These include: Lance Burton Master Magician: The Encounter, Lance Burton Master Magician: Top Secret, Lance Burton Master Magician: On the Road and Lance Burton Master Magician: Young Magician's Showcase. He also hosted specials for The History Channel, Discovery, Animal Planet, The Family Channel and many more.

While successful on TV, Lance Burton’s greatest accomplishments have been made in live performance. Working primarily in Las Vegas he has performed an astounding Fifteen Thousand shows in his 30-year career. His first job in Vegas was as a featured act in “The Folies Bergere” at The Tropicana Hotel, a job he held for nine years. In 1991 he opened his own show, “Lance Burton World Champion Magician”, at the Hacienda Hotel, which ran for five years.

In 1996 “Lance Burton Master Magician” opened at the brand new Monte Carlo Hotel in the Lance Burton Theater. This was the first time any entertainer in the history of Las Vegas had a theatre built and named after them. The contract at the Monte Carlo was for an unprecedented 13 years, the longest contract ever given to a live performer. Lance stayed at the Monte Carlo for a total of 14 years, performing over Five Thousand shows for over Five Million fans, grossing over Two Hundred Million Dollars. His last performance was September 4th, 2010.

Throughout his career Lance Burton has received numerous awards and accolades from his peers:

1980 - First magician to be awarded the Gold Medal from the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
1982 - First American and youngest magician to win the Grand Prix (World Championship) from the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM).

The Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) has honored Lance Burton with awards many times, including: Best Stage Magician, Magician of the Year (twice) and The Masters Fellowship.

In the Las Vegas Review Journal ‘Best of Las Vegas’ readers poll Lance Burton was voted Best Magician 12 years in a row, a feat unequalled to this day.

Book now for what we promise will be the best convention you will ever attend, with huge surprises still yet to be revealed. We know that the shows in The Opera House will be very, very special events this year, so please make sure you book the best seats, as they're already selling out fast! 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.

Book here: (please note that our VIP tickets are now sold out).


The Magic Circle Awards Ceremony 2019. The Magic Circle held its annual awards evening at its Headquarters in London last Sunday. At the ceremony, compered by Debbie McGee MIMC and featuring stage performances by Scott Penrose MIMC, Megan Swann MIMC, Alan Hudson MIMC, Arturo Brachetti MIMC and Ben Hart MIMC, the full house saw the following stars of magic collect their much deserved awards:

The David Devant Award for Services to International Magic
Arturo Brachetti MIMC. The Italian superstar of quick change and illusion continues to enjoy an illustrious career that has won acclaim and awards around the world. The Magic Circle’s President, Scott Penrose said ‘Arturo remains one of our most unique and talented performers and I am delighted that he will be adding our most prestigious award to his already full cabinet of trophies’.

The Maskelyne Award for services to British Magic
Anthony Owen MIMC. Anthony died suddenly earlier this year but his legacy of award-winning and ground breaking television and stage productions will live on for a very long time. He is much missed by the world of magic.

The Makers of Playing Cards Chris Latham Card Magic Award

A new bursary provided by the late Chris Latham MMC with the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards created to benefit magicians under the age of 25 in the advancement of playing card magic. Winner: Dr Will Houstoun MIMC who has created a masterclass in card magic to benefit ten young magicians over the next year.

The John Nevil Maskelyne Prize

A prize for noteworthy contributions by a member of the magic fraternity to the art or literature of magic.

Awarded to Richard Young MIMC. Richard created the landmark podcast series called ‘The Magicians’ Podcast’. The 100 episode series featured in depth interviews with magicians from around the world finishing in June 2019 with an epic and much anticipated conversation with David Copperfield MIMC.

The Carlton Award

For outstanding comedy in magic.

Awarded to Alan Hudson MIMC

Hoffmann Memorial Lecture Award

For research into subjects related to the history, theory and practice of magic.

Awarded to James Ward MMC

Cecil Lyle Award

For best trick published in The Magic Circular

Awarded to Joseph Atmore AIMC

The Magic Circle Silver Wand

Awarded to David Hatch AIMC for providing welfare services to members of The Magic Circle and to Darren Martin MIMC for services to The Magic Circle. 7.9.19


The Magic Circle Election 2019. Forget Brexit, it's all much more interesting at The Magic Circle where last Monday the election results for the new President and officers were announced as follows. President: Noel Britten MIMC, Vice President: Megan Knowles-Bacon MIMC, Secretary: Katherine Rhodes MIMC, Treasurer (unopposed) Mark Lee AIMC. The Council, in alphabetical order: Dave Allen AIMC, Andy Clockwise AIMC, Mandy Davis MIMC, John Hayns AIMC, Scott Penrose MIMC, Robert Pound MIMC, Fay Presto MIMC, Darryl Rose MIMC, Brian Sibley MIMC, Henri White AIMC. The Magic Circle is a vibrant magic society with a wonderful history and an exciting future. For membership details visit DT. Photo: Past President Scott Penrose MIMC and new President Noel Britten MIMC. 7.9.19


Magical BGT Winner Heading to South Shields. From the promoters: The only magician ever to win Britain’s Got Talent will be showing off his skills, with military precision, at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival from 10th-13th October. Lance Corporal Richard Jones is heading to South Shields to entertain crowds at the 16th annual Festival. And along with sharing tips and tricks with delegates attending the popular convention, Richard will also be taking centre stage at the second gala show at the Customs House, on Saturday 12th October.

Since winning the ITV talent show back in 2016 Richard has gone on to sell out nationwide tours, headline the West End and regularly feature on prime-time TV shows in countries around the world. He combines his decade of military training with a passion for the art of deception, with audiences ranging from troops in Kabul, to corporate parties and even the Royal Family. Richard will return to his TV roots when he takes part in the new series, Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, to battle it out against other stars from the show. Performing alongside Richard at the Saturday night gala show is Xulio Merino, Adam Black, Laura London, Matricks and Steve Hewlett. Tickets for the gala shows cost £14 and can be purchased from or by calling the box office on 0191 454 1234.

The South Tyneside International Magic Festival is organised by South Tyneside Council and magician Steve Gore, supported by BBC Newcastle and sponsored by The Customs House and Magicbox. Tickets for the popular three-day convention are also available priced at £65. This includes entry to dealers, close-up sessions, the two gala shows and the exclusive Late Night Show on Friday evening, featuring comedian Finbar Healy. For more information on the festival or to book a convention place, visit


Blackpool Magic Convention - more events for 2020. From the organisers: With tickets selling faster than ever before, The Blackpool Magic Convention is pleased to announce even more events for 2020. Once again we're proud to feature the very best in family entertainment at Blackpool 2020. Firstly, magic legend Master Payne (photo) will be jetting in from Seattle to entertain and amuse with his infamous PowerPoint presentation and a full one-hour family entertainment lecture. Rising star Max Fulham will not only lecture on family entertainment, but will also be presenting his full one-man show as part of our nightly fringe. Finally, the brilliant Jozo Bozo lecture, featuring material you will 100% use. Add to this, the final of the Family Entertainer of the Year, plus 3 more lectures for family and children's entertainers yet to be announced and we know you'll be knocked out by this whole event. Book now for what we promise will be the best convention you will ever attend, with huge surprises still yet to be revealed. Book your tickets now 7.9.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, to tie in with his Broadway opening, Derren Brown's second guest appearance on Richard & Judy, from 22nd February 2003. (Note: Due to copyright restrictions this interview has been edited to remove clips from Derren Brown's TV shows). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 7.9.19


Manchester Circle of Magicians present a Jumbo Magic Auction on Monday 16th September. From the organisers: Bargains galore including DVDs, books, kids tricks, comedy magic, a vent doll, collectors items etc. With star auctioneers Derek Lever and Quentin Reynolds. The venue is Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, 41 The Crescent, Salford, Near Manchester M5 4PE (Map). Free for members but £3.00 for non-members. Doors open 5.30pm. Viewing commences at 6pm. Auction commences at 6.30pm. For further information contact Derek Lever 7.9.19


An Evening of Magic - tonight in Eastbourne. 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: 7.9.19


'With the Rizos Again' - Bath Circle of Magicians. Roger Nicot writes: 'With the Rizos Again' is a unique and original lecture in which you will discover some of the best tricks created by Ferràn Rizo; tricks taken from his artistic repertoire. Magic that has been tested on real audiences and improved upon over the years. Secrets with cards and coins that haven't been published or revealed to date. Also, you will discover 'Relaxed Tricks'; magical effects without manipulation but with strong impact. As well as the lecture you'll see choreographer, dancer and magician Nataly perform. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a fantastic lecture. £15 for visiting magicians. Thursday, October 24th at 8pm. Bath Circle of Magicians, St Mary's Church, Queen Square, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL (Map) Also see 7.9.19


Noel Britten to lecture at Christian Magicians UK 2020 Conference. From the organisers: Christian Magicians UK would like to congratulate Noel Britten on becoming President of The Magic Circle - and are delighted to announce that Noel will be our Star Lecturer at our next annual conference (17th - 20th February 2020). Noel Britten’s award winning comedy has earned him a solid reputation for comedy excellence. Noel’s quick witted dry humour defies all expectations. He is regularly invited to perform around the world, including The Sydney International Festival in Australia, The Nova Scotia Comedy Festival in Canada and of course The Edinburgh Festival. Noel's work has also been featured on Channel 4 and the BBC. In the West Country he is well known for his Bizarre Bath comedy tours of his home City, that he conceived and wrote as a former Young Magician of the Year and Street Performer. His comedy magic tours have been running each summer for the past 27 years. The Christian Magicians UK Conference will be held at the Kings Park Conference Centre in Northampton. Noel will be with us on Wednesday 19th February 2020. For further information, please visit 7.9.19


The Mark Leveridge September Podcast. Start the new magic season with a half hour foray into the world of magic with Mark Leveridge. In the latest podcast Mark considers the following topics: Tommy Cooper provides a great definition of the difference between pro and amateur magicians; Mark gives examples of how magic leaves a uniquely long lasting impression with spectators; The Real Magic Roadshow is coming to a town near you; charity and awards night dinners create special circumstances for table hopping magicians; themed costumes are usually impractical and a total liability for us; should on stage helpers be required to stand or sit during their time with you? The podcast is free to listen to online or to download to any mp3 player, and can be accessed either from or from 7.9.19


Grant Maidment lecture - Bath Circle of Magicians. Roger Nicot writes: Our first meeting of the new season on Thursday September 12th will be the premiere of Grant Maidment's lecture, Frenetic. He will be covering material presented in his twin volume DVD release of the same name Frenetic. Copies of the DVD, as well as the gimmicks required for some of the routines, will be available for sale. 8pm on Thursday September 12th at Bath Circle of Magicians, St Mary's Church, Queen Square, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL (Map) 7.9.19


Anglian Magic Society Close-up Magician of the Year Competition 2019. Kyle Sarocen writes: Have you entered? If not don't waste any time contact us now, and you could be the winner if you're a member. 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th September at the White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). See you on the night, everyone welcome. 7.9.19


Magic and Illusion warehouse clearance. Philip Bond (Bondini & Co) writes: Further items and many photographs have now been added to the sale catalogue on More items will follow. Appointments to view should be made by telephone to 01763 852691 (office hours). Viewing begins on 20th September, daytime, evenings and weekends. 7.9.19


Former Young Magician of the Year finalist and hypnotist Robert Temple on Talking Tricks. Kane & Abel write: Leaving magic behind for hypnotism - with Robert Temple on Talking Tricks. Hypnotist Robert Temple discusses his career from performing in pubs in Newcastle aged just seventeen to headlining theatre tours via summer seasons and student union gigs. Robert also talks about his recent Edinburgh Fringe run and upcoming tour, the public perception of hypnosis and how to change it; nearly being banned from performing, the differences between magic and hypnosis shows, and much more. He also tells us what led to him stopping performing magic, his relationship with mind reader Kennedy, his inspirations and much more. Listen via iTunes, Podbean or acast. 7.9.19


Paul Megram's 'Show' lecture - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday, 11th September, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians start their new season off with a lecture from Paul Megram. Paul (AKA Colonel Custard) brings an all-new lecture on family entertainment. Last time it was all about the Business now it's time for the Show. Paul performs every routine on a regular basis, showing trick handling and performance techniques.

Paul has been in the business for over 25 years, performing stage, close-up and children's/family entertainment. As a respected member of The Magic Circle, he has lectured for them on numerous occasions. He now sits on the panel of experts for those taking membership examinations. He has performed in the National Finals of the Family Entertainer of the Year, no fewer than 3 times and has never lost. He now judges the competition for the potential winners of this most coveted title. It is no dealer dem, but he will have a few original products to buy at the end of the lecture. Visiting magicians welcome for just £5.00. Lecture starts at 8pm at the usual meeting place: The ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 9LE (Map).


Caroline Ravn at The Magic Bar Live in Llandudno, tonight! Chris Williams writes: The Magic Bar Live has had its great first summer season and we are looking forward to the autumn and winter programme. We are very excited to have Caroline Ravn as our headline performer this evening, Saturday 7th September. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are £15. The Magic Bar Live, Alexandra Hotel, 11 Clonmel Street, Llandudno, Gwynedd LL30 2LE (Map). Facebook 7.9.19


The Real Magic Roadshow. From the organisers: We're just a few weeks from our first ever UK Tour of the Real Magic Roadshow! The entire team is thrilled to be crossing the pond and, if we're heading your way, we hope you can join us. We all have some incredible magic ready for you and we're fortunate to have some wonderful guests joining us every step of the way. The entire day costs only £10 and if you pre-register now you get a £10 Gift Card as soon as you walk in the room. We're close to capacity in most of the cities, so now is the time to take action. Get complete details and register now at - and don't forget to spread the word! 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. 7.9.19


Vanishing Inc. launches dedicated initiative for Deaf Magicians. Vanishing Inc. announced last week the launch of its “Community Captioning” initiative—a special closed captioning program created to support the needs of deaf magicians. As part of this dedicated program, the company is offering free magic to anyone willing to help generate subtitles for their exclusive downloads and DVDs.

“While magic books and ebooks are still very popular among magicians, most modern magic tutorials have shifted to a video format that many deaf magicians often find nearly impossible to follow due to a lack of subtitles,” said Andi Gladwin, cofounder of Vanishing Inc. “Through our numerous interactions with deaf magicians, we’ve come to understand many of the difficulties impacting their ability to learn magic and are constantly searching for innovative ways to better support their needs. It is truly an honour to develop an opportunity for the entire community to collectively help tackle one of the most significant challenges deaf magicians face.”

No experience is necessary to participate in “Community Captioning.” Here’s how to get involved: Find any video in the Vanishing Inc. Exclusives collection that is not labeled with a “subtitled” banner and then send your choice(s) to the Vanishing Inc. team through their contact page. Once approved, the DVD or download will be sent to you along with instructions on how to create subtitles. After the captioning is complete, the magic effect is yours to keep forever. Each project is conducted on an ad hoc basis with no commitment required. Those interested can complete as many as they’d like but are limited to one open project at a time.


Thames 1745 - Underwater Escapology. In this family show, we head back in time to 1745 where the landlady of the Queen's Head Ale House in Kingston-upon-Thames has been up to no good, selling short measures, fighting and shouting. Finally, she is captured and sentenced to the ducking stool. It's time for the people of Kingston to rejoice, or is it?

In this joint venture between Dave Diamond and Alicja Mrozek the worlds of theatre and circus come together to tell this true story, which is the last known use of the ducking stool in London. Hold your breath with the landlady as she struggles to free herself from the ducking stool in this escapology come circus event. The landlady is first shackled into a metal straitjacket and then water is poured into the tank that she is placed in. She has just found a nail file to pick the locks and to free herself. See for yourself if she can escape or if she is doomed. Free event, but donations are welcome. See for more details. 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th September 2019. Part of 'Totally Thames 2019', the annual celebration of the River Thames with a creative and diverse programme that inspires, connects and enthralls, see


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). "That's How Murder Snowballs. Series 1, episode 5. Jeff enlists the help of ghostly partner Marty to find out who switched a stage magician's blank bullets for the real thing, turning a harmless illusion into a horrific and highly public killing." Comedy drama, starring Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre. Today at 1pm on True Entertainment. See TV Magic. 7.9.19


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