Number 1004 - 21st September 2019


AEG present Darcy Oake on Thursday 31st October at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. From the promoters: It began with an innocent card trick. At the age of 7, Darcy Oake’s father, award-winning sports broadcaster Scott Oake, asked his son to pick a card from a deck, remember it and put it back in the deck. His father drew that card, astonishing his young son and forever changing his life’s path. Darcy has wowed audiences in Hollywood, Las Vegas, New York, Europe and Asia, including an appearance before 200 million viewers on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, and performing for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebration where he performed before the Royal Family at a private dinner. As a performance artist and modern interpreter of the art of illusion, Darcy transports audiences with his charm, his sleight of hand and logic-defying illusions. He has taken the rich heritage of the magic culture and put a fresh, young and modern twist on the profession. Book via: 21.9.19


Review Roundup: Were the Critics Mystified By Derren Brown: Secret?

"‘Derren Brown Secret,' is a Stunner, a 'Mind' Field, Raising Illusions to Unforgettable Art!"

"Broadway Sees Box Office Magic in Comedians, Rock Stars and Illusionists"

"Master Illusionist Derren Brown Talks Bringing His Acclaimed Secret to the Broadway Stage on Opening Night"

"Here's Glenn Close and magician Derren Brown slapping the hell out of each other" 21.9.19


Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, week four. Just one magic act competing in tonight's show, Issy Simpson, who was the runner-up in the Britain's Got Talent Final 2017. "Issy Simpson confirmed for BGT: The Champions this week – but what has she been up to since we last saw her?" Click Here. See TV Magic for details. 21.9.19


Magical lineup for South Shields Gala Shows. From the organisers: Some of the industry’s top magicians will be heading to South Shields next month to showcase large-scale illusions, mindreading, close-up magic and more. The South Tyneside International Magic Festival returns from 10th to 13th October, welcoming a whole host of performers from around the world. The first evening will welcome the award-winning Maga Gisell, from Spain, with her unique theatrical act, French magician Olmac, who has performed in more than 20 countries, award-winning Welsh illusionists Safire and compere Mark Shortland, one of the top stand-up and cabaret magicians in the UK. Joining the show from the US is resident magician at Hollywood’s world-famous Magic Castle, Mike Pisciotta, and author of Here is Real Magic, Nate Staniforth, who has appeared on ITV’s The Next Great Magician and the Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic.

Then, Saturday night will see a new lineup take to the stage, including Britain’s Got Talent winner Richard Jones, member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star Laura London, and Adam Black, from Scotland, who is the current Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year. Audiences can also enjoy Spanish magician and Penn & Teller: Fool Us champion Xulio Merino, along with high energy illusions from Matricks – who have performed at a variety of high profile events and venues. And compere Steve Hewlett, who impressed Britain’s Got Talent judges with his ventriloquism, will also perform at the show. For more info or to book a convention place, visit


Kidology UK and Ventarama, the combined convention for Children’s Entertainers and Ventriloquists, takes place on Tuesday 24th September 2019 at The Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map) starting at 9am. There is an event the night before which includes a Dealer Show and a Comedy Open Mic Competition plus DJ, and on the evening of the convention there is a Celebration of 16 years of Kidology 'A Night at the Club' with DJ and Cabaret, which includes Crazy UV Puppets, Soul Singer Sass Brown and Martin Gardiner.

On Wednesday 25th September the Kidology UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year Competition takes place at 11am. Finally, at 2.30pm, Alan Lean from Equity will be on-hand to talk about his role in Equity, and any help he can offer, with regard to tax and National Insurance issues. All takes place at the same venue. Registration is £50 and includes all events. To book go to


"The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays to return for the holidays" Click Here.
"Chris Cox preps for a magical Broadway debut in The Illusionists" Click Here.
"Paul Dabek gets set to amaze Broadway audiences in The Illusionists" Click Here.


The MagicWeek Video Archive - a new magic clip or show every week! This week, Penn & Teller in a guest appearance on GMTV, ahead of their Sadler's Wells London dates, from 22nd April 1996. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks Click Here. 21.9.19


Seance: Conversations in the Dark by Christopher Howell - 29th & 30th October, The Asylum, London. Nightmares and phantom legends form the backdrop of this new interactive seance show presented in one of London’s most haunting venues. The participants in each audience invite the spirits into the space to share their wisdom, exorcise their demons or complete their unfinished business. The seance is led by Christopher Howell who has performed on stages including The Magic Castle, Berlin's Wintergarten, the Hackney Empire and The Barbican. Directed by Scott Le Crass. Tuesday 29th October and Wednesday 30th October. Shows each night at 6.15pm and 7.45pm. The Asylum, Caroline Garden's Chapel, Asylum Road, London SE15 2SQ (Map) (direct buses from London Bridge). Ages 15+. See Facebook for more info. Advance tickets £13 Click Here. 21.9.19


Champions of Magic announce release of Concert Album. The producers behind the internationally touring illusion show Champions of Magic have announced the upcoming release of a live concert album of the production in a world-first for the genre. The show's director of research and development, Al Tostig, said "We’ve spent the last 2 years diving deep into magic history to find brand new things to bring to the world of illusions both on-stage and off. It suddenly hit us that despite the fact live albums have been popular in music for a long time, and had a heyday in stand-up comedy, no magicians have released an album of their live show. We didn’t think about it for a moment longer and decided Champions of Magic should be the first. Unfortunately due to licensing restrictions, the music we use in the show alongside the illusions can’t be re-produced on the album, so the recording is mostly patter, props moving and some crowd noise. The whole thing is a really immersive way to enjoy magic, that’s often overlooked by those more caught up in the visuals". The album will be available for pre-order shortly at Champions of Magic, one of the world’s largest illusion shows, tours theatres and arenas across the USA and Canada until May 2020, tickets: 21.9.19


Punch & Judy's Jamboree - Sunday 6th October. From the organisers: Roll up! Roll up! The PJF Jamboree is only days' away so make sure you register now to confirm your attendance at and join us at the Austin Sports & Social Club in Birmingham for an afternoon of thrills, spills and jollification! Doors open at midday. Free entry. Free parking. Amusements will include displays of Punch & Judy puppets through the ages and ventriloquist figures of stage and screen, a UV puppet collection and commedia dell'arte masks alongside skill-swapping sessions, performances and swazzle workshops, a Mini Kinema showing rare archive film clips, a kids' craft and activities area and a 'Have A Go' booth, dealers' stalls, a flea circus plus an auction of Punch and puppet-related articles! And yes, you've still got time to submit any items for our Grand Auction but we recommend you contact the ASAP for details before the catalogue deadline on the 29th September. Meanwhile, check out the latest edition of The Swazzle for more details. Looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham... That’s The Way To Do It! The Jamboree Team. 21.9.19


The Magic Car Boot Sale, 22nd September, Birmingham. 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  (regulars note later start time) 24 stalls - thousands of bargains. It will run until about 2.30pm. Admission £5. Food available. Join us on our Facebook group Magic Car Boot Sale. For more information call Alec Powell on 07831 115448. 21.9.19


E-Club Pro - Better Than Ever. The brand new Mark Leveridge Magic website houses all of the Members' Only content associated with Mark's online club and magic resource, E-Club Pro, and it has made accessing the hundreds of pages of great content even easier. Signing up as a Pro or Elite member takes just a few moments, and then you will be able to unlock hundreds of routines, ideas and advice files that you will never have seen before. So whether you are a full time entertainer, a busy semi-pro, or an enthusiastic amateur hobbyist, E-Club Pro will provide content that is of relevance and interest to you. Plus, as a member you get a whopping 50% off all purchases of full price MLM marketed products, you receive a free-to-download PDF trick every month, you can also watch and learn a different video effect every month on the TricKlip Viewer page, and if you are an Elite member, you can download any or all of the marketed effects offered in the Magic Den completely free, with two of the items being changed every month. There's so much on offer that with no fixed subscription period (you can stay as long as you want) and with an affordable monthly membership fee paid automatically via PayPal, it's hard to see why you wouldn't want to give it a go - you've much to gain and nothing to lose - so go now to and join the exclusive band of members from all around the world. 21.9.19


Blaine, Daniels and me with Chris Cross. Kane & Abel write: Blaine, Daniels and me with Chris Cross. Enigmatic contortionist and magician Chris Cross joins Talking Tricks to discuss his upcoming tour of the North East, performing onstage with David Blaine during his UK tour and coming into ownership of Paul Daniels' former illusions. Chris also discusses his relationship with Paul Daniels and planned shows they had before his death, beating Mike Tyson in a test of strength, the two biggest challenges his career has faced, TV talent shows and why we are on the verge of a new golden age for live magic and much more. Listen via iTunes, Podbean and acast. 21.9.19


Carl Royle will be lecturing for Derby Magic Circle on Wednesday, 25th September, at Breadsall Memorial Hall, Brookside Road, Breadsall, Derby DE21 5LR (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Paul Sharp writes: Carl has delighted audiences with his unique, entertaining performances for over 20 years. A full time professional magician, he can engage an audience of any size, for any occasion, including corporate events, weddings and private parties. A proud member of the world famous Magic Circle in London, Carl Royle has also acted as president of one of the largest magical societies in the world, The Manchester Circle of Magicians. Renowned for his award-winning after dinner magic shows, audiences have seen Carl perform his magic at premiership football events, celebrity weddings and parties, prestigious product launches and even at a Royal Wedding for the Crown Prince of Jordan. A unique lecture not to be missed. Past members and visiting magicians are very welcome at Derby Magic Circle, but there is a small fee of £10 payable on the night. 21.9.19


Goldie Puricelli lectures for The Surrey Society of Magicians on 26th September. "Signed Magic is a fully accessible close-up magic performance for the deaf community that is both spoken and signed in BSL simultaneously, to allow both communities to share the same experience. Signed Magic was developed in collaboration with the deaf community to address the concerns raised about entertainment and magic shows to the deaf community. I am a Dyslexia specialist and professional magician developing full access to magic for communities with additional needs. I have worked with people with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autism for 25 years. I perform Magic in English, Italian and Sign Language." Members are free and visiting magicians are welcome for a £10 entrance fee. The lecture takes place in East Horsley, Surrey at 8pm. For full details contact Adam Mosley: 21.9.19


Modern Mystic League - move to new HQ. Brian Lead (Concert Secretary) writes: A change of Saints for the MML! Owing to a 'DIY SOS' initiative to convert its previous premises into a building to house vulnerable young people, as part of a BBC Children In Need project, the Modern Mystic League of Blackburn, one of the oldest magic clubs in the UK [founded 1914], has had to move home after 33 years. It will be relocating from the St Silas Parish Centre in Preston New Road to St Francis Church Hall, St Francis Road, Blackburn BB2 2TZ (Map) which is just about a mile away. Over the years the HQ has played host to a wide range of guests, from Paul Daniels and Wayne Dobson to many international lecturers and performers. All local magicians are welcome to visit the new venue for a ‘house warming’, the first open meeting, on Sunday 29th September at 2pm. This will be a Dealer event with Neil Plummer and his popular Discount Magic. It’s free to all bona fide magicians, and there will be a feast of Lancashire meat pies thrown in for good measure. Brian Lead (Concert Secretary). 21.9.19


Oliver Tabor lecture at The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Kyle Sarocen writes: The Gathering is proud to announce that we have the very talented Oliver Tabor, a fantastic West End award-winning illusionist and magician, lecturing for us at the Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map) on 1st October. Start time for this event is 7.30pm and entry for the lecture is £10 and includes a Buffet on the night. Oliver Tabor performs some incredible effects on stage with his own unique style. He is a member and committee member of The Magic Circle, and is President Elect for The British Ring of the IBM 2020. This is a night, not to be missed and it's a rare occasion that we have a lecture of this calibre. For further information please email me at or call me on 07982 819727. 21.9.19


The Magic of David Copperfield. Allan Taylor writes: On the 5th September I was present for a very historic meeting in Las Vegas. George Hardeen, grandson of Theo, and great nephew of Harry Houdini met David Copperfield for the first time, followed by a private tour of his International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts, including the new Houdini section. The group included myself Allan Taylor, Rebecca Taylor, Lee Terbosic and George's daughter Shonie. 21.9.19


South London Magic Society retain the Trophy. Simon Rosselli writes: On Wednesday night South London Magic Society held their interclub competition with Bexley Magic Society featuring nine categories of magic: Rope, Coins, Cards, Mentalism, Children’s, Classics, Silks, Die/Rubik's and President's Choice. 18 Magicians each representing their club in one category competed. South London Magic Society took an early 2 – 0 lead, but were pegged back by Bexley who took the lead going into the interval 2 – 4. South London came back strong after the break with three straight wins and ended up winning 5 – 4. A fun evening with about 60 in total who shared Pizza together in the interval. Many thanks to all those that came and supported, especially to the Judges and Chris Wood for being the Magical Judge. So, at the end of the day, South London Magic Society is still the friendliest club in town and still better than Bexley! See: Facebook and for more info please visit 21.9.19


Paul Daniels: My Life in Magic is being repeated next Saturday, 28th September. "Archive footage and testimony from peers and friends is combined to illustrate how a magic-obsessed youngster from Middlesbrough grew up to become a household name. Contributors include Debbie McGee, Stephen Mulhern, David Copperfield, and Penn & Teller." See TV Magic for details. 21.9.19


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible - absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 21.9.19


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