Number 1003 - 14th September 2019


The Magic Dealers Day, Park Plaza Victoria Hotel, London, Saturday 19th October. From the organisers: October is the most magical month – Halloween is coming and Christmas is on the horizon. The perfect time to drink hot chocolate, tell spook stories and perform some magic. But not just perform – to see the latest releases, hunt down rare books, and stock up on props and gimmicks for the season ahead – because it’s the month of the Magic Dealers Day!

The Magic Circle has run a very successful one day magic market under the name "Dealers Day" for many years. In addition to expanding the size of the event with more dealers than ever before, we’ve moved the renamed "Magic Dealers Day" to a new and more suitable home – the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel. Less than 200 yards from London's Victoria station, this four star venue is able to offer us our own floor with not only a dealers hall but also lecture space, cloakrooms and restrooms, and our own breakout space for refreshments and relaxing and trying out our magic.


With the new facilities we are bringing you more from the day: we’re scheduling a masterclass at lunchtime, we’ll have food and drink available so you can hang out in comfort with your friends to discuss your latest or upcoming purchases, and because we have more space in the dealers hall. We’ve now got for the first time puppets, bubble and balloon vendors, and even a bespoke tailor coming along, one who knows all about our suits’ sometimes unusual requirements. Full details of the vendors, lectures, special events and mystery guests (for now) will be on our Facebook page.


You don’t have to be a member of The Magic Circle to attend! Non-member tickets will be available on the door for just £10, and the event remains free to members of The Magic Circle and the Young Magicians Club (YMC free entry also includes one parent/guardian adult). The Magic Dealers Day, Saturday 19th October, from 10.30am to 5pm. The Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EQ (Map). 14.9.19


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"Up On The Marquee: Derren Brown: Secret Brings its Magic to Broadway" Click Here. 14.9.19


Smoke & Mirrors Magic Theatre - guest magicians announced for 2020! Situated in the heart of Bristol, Smoke & Mirrors Theatre Bar is not only a traditional pub serving local real ales and ciders, but also the centre of Bristol’s Stand-up Comedy and Magic scene, and home to the #1 show in Bristol: The House Magicians Comedy & Magic Show. Lined up for 2020: Cameron Young, Nemed Phoenix Magic, Samuel Hurst, Andrew James Birtwell, Elliot Bibby, David Terrence Taylor, Mark Shortland, Simon Vertue, Marcus Bailey, Scoop Magic, Steve Dela, Fritz Alkemade, Ian Rowland, Jasper Blakeley, Kieron Lefever, Tom Elliott, Andrew McKinlay, Alan Hudson, Aaron Hayes, James Bustar - Hilarious Juggling, Antics & Mayhem, Tom Wright, Chris Tennant, Griffin & Jones. For actual dates of these guest performers see website where specific dates will be announced shortly. 14.9.19


A fabulous night of entertainment at London's Conjuring at the Court on Thursday, 26th September! With Time Out’s king of comedy magic, Christian Lee; the wonderful gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo; the extraordinary mind-reading of Marc Paul; and from Holland, the charming Fritz Alkemade! 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 14.9.19


The Smoke and Mirrors Gathering, Sunday 24th November, Bristol. 11am - 6pm. 4+ Lectures, a day of jamming, fun challenges and learning. £15 for the whole day. The aim of the day is to learn magic from professionals in an informal environment, a very relaxed atmosphere, where everyone is welcome and there's plenty of time to network with fellow magicians. On Sunday, 24th November, you can attend the first official “Smoke and Mirrors Convention”.

Daniel Chard. Daniel will be sharing some of the powerful close up card work he is known for and also demonstrating some unpublished effects. Some of which are featured on his Penguin Live Magic that has been polished in the trenches.
Grant Maidment. Grant is a worker in every sense of the word, he will be sharing some visual close-up magic using a variety of different objects from his DVD set 'Frenetic'. You don’t want to miss this!
James Brown. A master close-up magician, hypnotist and pickpocket. James can cover a wide variety of different subjects. But one thing is certain, you’ll leave looking at magic in a different light.
Paul Pickford. Paul is the current joint winner of The Magic Circle Close-up Competition. Paul has a very disarming manner and relaxed presentational style. His work on what he calls the VS switch opens up many doors in card magic.
Plus more speakers to be announced shortly. For more info and to book see


Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, week three. Two magic acts are competing this evening. Richard Jones, who won BGT in 2016 and Canadian illusionist Darcy Oake, a finalist in 2014. Tonight, Saturday 14th September, on ITV. See TV Magic for details. "Richard Jones: what happened to the BGT: The Champions magician after he won Britain’s Got Talent" Click Here. "Darcy Oake confirmed for Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions – but when was he last on the show and what has he done since?" Click Here. 14.9.19


"Passion in Performing with Paul Zenon" on the Magicians' Advice Podcast. Magicians' Advice Podcast write: Episode 103 is available now, this time with Paul Zenon! Check it out here Click Here or direct via your podcast app, iTunes or Spotify. We recorded this just before Paul's successful Edinburgh run. The advice he shares is timeless and the passion he has for creating an amazing experience is something we can all learn from. Paul talks about creating a one-man show – the thought process behind it and how he put it all together. He talks about TV work, creating a seemingly endless stream of new material which works on Countdown and how to take into account things like camera angles and restrictions. Paul also mentions talent shows like BGT as well as a host of other topics. But the thing which comes through the most is that Paul has a huge passion in what he performs and his goal is to make magic the best it can be. 14.9.19


Colin Skinner presents The Trick with Mark Bennett & Alan Hudson, this Wednesday 18th September. Leicester's only magic and illusion night returns, with another two incredible magicians and hosted by Colin Skinner. Alan Hudson is one of the top funny magicians in the UK. He's performed all over the world including at The Magic Castle in Hollywood where he's performed for many A-list celebrities and at Monday Night Magic in New York. Not only a member of The Magic Circle, but actually a member of The Inner Magic Circle and seen by over 3 million people on ITV's The Next Great Magician and Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Mark Bennett has over 3000 shows under his belt, and for the last 7 years been the resident compère and magician at the award winning Smoke & Mirrors in Bristol. Well respected on both the comedy and magic scene, expect to have sides split by a professional on top of his game.


Wednesday 18th September. Doors 7.30pm, with the first performance beginning at around 8pm. Performance times will be around 40 minutes, with a break in-between for you to try and figure out how they did it and head to the bar. Entry starts at £7 in advance, including an Agwa cocktail. Advance tickets will come off sale at 7pm on the day of the event, and you can then get tickets on the door for £9 - but you don't get a free cocktail, and you will not be guaranteed a seat. Your seats will be grouped by the lead bookers name, so please book together or send us an email to ensure you're sitting with your friends. Finish time: 10.30pm. Bar open until: 11pm. Age: 18+ Venue: The Shed, 5 Yeoman Street, Leicester LE1 1UT (Map 14.9.19


Fiddler on the Roof. If you'd like to see Andy Nyman in the iconic role of Tevye in 'Fiddler on the Roof', time is running out. Andy and the show have received universally fantastic reviews and the show ends its West End run at the Playhouse Theatre on November 2nd. Whilst very heavily booked there are still some tickets available dotted around, visit for the best availability. (Please note Andy will not be appearing Sept 13th, 14th, 19th or 30th). DT. 14.9.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, 'Extreme Magic, Extreme Danger' with stuntman Mark Mottram, from 15th January 2000. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 14.9.19


Dugdale's done it again! Chris Dugdale has just been awarded the Edfest Bouquet for 2019 for 'Chris Dugdale: Down to 1' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is now the only artist ever to have won four times. Chris tells us that he is "totally humbled and wishes to thank all involved. The award is given by professional reviewers and writers, as opposed to the amateur reviewers who tend to roam freely during the Festival!" 14.9.19


David Nixon remembered. Last week at the British Ring Eastbourne convention Eddie Dawes and Steve Short, together with Steve’s wife Carla, met up with Vivienne and Mandy Nixon, wife and daughter of David Nixon. Vivienne presented Eddie with David’s Magic Circle membership certificates, which will be held with David Hibberd in The Magic Circle archives in London. Vivienne and Mandy contributed enormously with information and memorabilia for the David Nixon biography written and researched by Eddie and Steve in 2009. For this, Eddie and Steve received The Magic Circle John Nevil Maskelyne prize in 2010. David Nixon would have been 100 this year, so this was a very special occasion. 14.9.19


Kieron Lefever on Talking Tricks. Kane & Abel write: Regurgitation, inventions and magic with Kieron Lefever. Regardless of if you know him as Kieron Lefever, Kieron Johnson or Kieron The Mighty you will know Kieron as one of the most inventive and highly-regarded magicians on the planet. He joins us on Talking Tricks to discuss being one of just seven known regurgitators on the planet and how it feels to create cutting-edge magic that is performed by other magicians on stage and screen. Kieron also talks about using regurgitation to mess with airport security, getting into magic through ‘Cardtoon’, leaving the Navy and spending most of his savings on magic tricks, using maths to get money off sweets and why magicians are getting lazy. He also chats about some of his biggest inspirations in magic and shares top tips all magicians must hear. Listen via Podbean, iTunes and acast. 14.9.19


The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected. Colin Cloud, Rachel Jackson and Alun Cochrane. Mark Nelson leads a panel of Scotland's funniest comedians and personalities attempting to decipher the good from the bad, with a few unexpected twists along the way. This week's odd threesome of guests are the international magician and stage mentalist Colin Cloud, who has promised not to use his trickery to take victory back to his home town of Harthill. He is flanked by comedian, actor and the busiest person in showbiz Rachel Jackson, and Glaswegian-born comedian Alun Cochrane makes a welcome return to his home country to fight his corner. (First broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland FM on Friday 13th September) now on BBC iPlayer (starts 2 minutes in). 14.9.19


Lights, Camera, Magic! Discover the tricks of illusion used by set designers in magic and theatre, from scene painting to model making, props and digital tricks. In the earlier session use these creative techniques to build the story of an abandoned house and create your own scenic element for the model. In the later session, discover the role of set design in staging magic, and think like a set designer to reimagine a famous trick. 14.9.19


The September E-Video Newsletter. Mark Leveridge's monthly half hour online video presentation always offers an interesting mix of information, advice, reviews and magic. The latest edition for September includes the explanation of a convincing close-up mental routine in which one coin marked with a sticker bearing a spectator's name is uncannily found by the spectator entirely at random, it features an in depth review of John Archer's Collard 2, and in 60 Seconds To Success, there is some solid advice about the financial implications of being a magic pro. There's also part 20 of an ongoing series called The Strolling Magician Unplugged in which Mark analyses what goes to make up the best tricks for strolling work. With all this plus a look at the latest MLM Web Offers and some great advice on magic practice in Top Tips, the September E-Video Newsletter provides much to interest you. To watch a trailer and to order go to 14.9.19


Congratulations to Nikola Arkane from Belfast on winning the Close-up Magic competition at the International Brotherhood of Magician’s Convention in Eastbourne! A beautifully performed act, full of wonder, enchanted the whole audience and judges. In addition, Nikola was also awarded the prestigious Ali Bongo award for micro magic. A very worthy recipient! Convention and Society organisers can contact Nikola via her website for performance and lecture enquires worldwide. John Carey. 14.9.19


Magicians' Advice Recommends. Ian Brennan writes: What? Another review show?! After a large number of requests from our podcast listeners we have started our own Vlog, "Magicians' Advice Recommends". The aim is for it not to be a review show talking about the latest and greatest (or worst) effects on the market, but rather to talk about the effects we use, that work! Here's the link to the playlist with the first two videos: YouTube. There are plenty of awesome review shows out there already - check them out if you want to hear about the latest and greatest stuff. 'Magicians' Advice Recommends' is all about what works and what is in our case already? Have you missed an awesome trick? 14.9.19


Enterteasement: Comedy Magic Burlesque in Glasgow. Saturday, October 5th, 8pm - 10.30pm. "Fritz Alcemade, from Holland, will be returning to Enterteasement on October 5th, along with a host of award-winning and International stars." Tickets £14 via Venue: Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 7DA (Map). 14.9.19


31st Peterborough Sale, Exchange & Lecture Day, 22nd September. Keith Downs writes: Phill Smith with his "Miscellaneous Miracles" as well as Matthew McGurk will be amongst those selling at The Peterborough Society of Magicians Sale Exchange & Lecture Day on Sunday 22nd September. There is still some table space left if you have anything to sell. See What's On for details. It's a great day! 14.9.19


Bexley Magic Society Close-up competition 2019. On Wednesday 4th September, Bexley Magic Society held their annual Close-up competition for the Marvello Cup. The eventual winner, with a truly worthy performance, was Jason Deverell MMC (pictured here with club Chair Kevin Doig MIMC presenting the trophy). Those also competing were: Angeline Mystique MMC, Andy Richardson and Jason Simons. Everyone contributed to a fun and entertaining evening. All the contestants had clearly put in a lot of time and effort and the gap between first and second place was only two points. Once again, congratulations Jason and commiserations to the other entrants. Roy Marsh MIMC. 14.9.19


The Paul Ormonde Magic Show. From the promoters: The Paul Ormonde Magic Show returns to Lisburn, Northern Ireland, on Saturday November 2nd following two recent sell-out charity shows  This performance will raise money for Parkinson's UK Lisburn Branch and will be held at Trinity Community Venue, Knockmore Road, Lisburn BT28 2EA. The show is from 7.30pm - 9pm. Paul will be joined on stage by his assistant Perri Porter performing the Zig Zag Lady, The Sword Box, Leg Chopper and all the classics of magic associated with Paul Ormonde, who is a member of The Magic Circle, London. Tickets are available online from eventbrite Belfast and from local outlets - Shannon's Jewellers, Jonzara, Active Lifestyle Centre, Trinity Community Venue and the Cathedral Coffee Shop. For further details contact Branch Secretary Elvira Lowe Tel: 07775 668395. 14.9.19


The Magic Show! Alex Joseph  writes: As we draw to the end of our 100-year celebration the Pentacle Club is proud to present The Magic Show - an up close and personal parlour show at The Junction. With seating for about 100 people everyone feels like they're a part of the magic. Tickets are already selling fast and are available from The Junction Website: The show starts at 8pm and includes close-up magic during the interval. This show will be performed at the world famous Magic Circle in November, so this is your chance to see it before they do. Please note that is not a children's magic show but is, of course, suitable for all ages. Saturday 5th October at 8pm. Bring your friends and family and we look forward to seeing you at the show! 14.9.19


Death Defying Acts. "Renowned escapologist Harry Houdini embarks on a tour of Scotland, where a con woman claims she is a psychic and will contact his dead mother in return for a $10,000 reward. However, things take an unexpected turn when Houdini begins a passionate affair with the fraudster." Period drama, with Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Timothy Spall and Saoirse Ronan. Saturday 21st September on BBC 2. See TV Magic for details. 14.9.19


"The magicians trying to change the world – one card trick at a time" Click Here • IBM British Ring 25 Convention, Eastbourne 2019, an overview by Donald Bevan Click Here • "An interview with Michael Close" Click Here • "Despite elimination, magician Eric Chien (‘America’s Got Talent’) is ‘happy for how things worked out’" Click Here • "BBC Three search for young magicians living in Bradford" Click Here • "Local magician goes on national TV" Click Here • "Holy City Magic's first guest magician Michael Trixx to appear" Click Here "An Illusionist [Derren Brown] Reacts to Movies and TV Shows About Illusions - Expert Witness" YouTube • Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 14.9.19