Number 1005 - 28th September 2019


Paul Zerdin and his dysfunctional puppet family are back by popular demand with a brand-new UK tour. As well as starring everyone’s favourites Sam, Albert and Baby, there’ll be his new bodyguard, an urban fox, some hilarious audience participation - and a talking ice cream - all using a mixture of master puppeteering, state of the art animatronic wizardry and a unique blend of edgy comedy. The America's Got Talent winner has over 22 million hits on YouTube, is a regular on The Royal Variety Show and has been seen on hit TV shows such as BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show, and just recently Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions. Don’t miss out on your chance to see the winner of America’s Got Talent and one of Britain’s finest entertainers. Book now: 28.9.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive - a new magic clip or show every week! This week we travel back in time 33 years to visit Channel 4's 'The Mind of David Berglas' (show 1) from 27th July, 1986. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from the Archive Click Here. 28.9.19


Illusionists, Potter and BBC stardom with Chris Cox. Hosts Kane & Abel write: The 'mind reader who can't read minds' Chris Cox joins Talking Tricks to discuss the latest West End run of The Illusionists, the upcoming Broadway run and what it's really like to be a member of the world's largest touring magic show. Chris also talks about his role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, his BBC iPlayer series Mind Boggling Magic, consulting with Heston Blumenthal and much more. He also chats about starring in Impossible and Killer Magic and what it was like juggling his duel careers as a magician and producer at the BBC. Listen via iTunes, Podbean and acast. (Great podcast this one. Pester and persevere... DT). 28.9.19


The Family Magic Extravaganza, organised by Magicbox, returns to the Customs House on 10th October, as part of the 16th annual South Tyneside International Magic Festival. And this year’s event welcomes New York based Mario "the Maker Magician" Marchese, who has performed on popular children's TV shows Sprout and Sesame Street and was hailed by David Blaine as "the best kid’s magician in the world". Joining Mario is award-winning North East magician Graeme Shaw, who has more than 15 years of experience in children's magic, and Durham-based close-up magician Tom Bolton, who first become interested in magic at the age of six. Plus world-renowned illusion and escapology act Amethyst, who have produced tricks and illusions for TV shows including Sherlock and Houdini & Doyle, and international magician and creator Steve Gore, who recently returned from performing a week of shows at Hollywood’s world-famous Magic Castle. For more info or to book visit 28.9.19


Magician Ben Hanlin replaces Kelvin Fletcher as he joins Dancing On Ice 2020. "Magician Ben Hanlin, who is best known for presenting the ITV2 magic show series Tricked, will take part in Dancing On Ice next year." To read the full story from Heart see "Ice Magic. Magician Ben Hanlin joins Dancing On Ice as replacement for Kelvin Fletcher" 28.9.19


Steve Faulkner Lecture - Bexley Magic Society, Wednesday 2nd October. From the organisers: Star lecture at Bexley Magic Society 2nd October. Steve Faulkner, host of Real Magic Review, creator of the exhaustive and ever-expanding Card Magic Course and winner of awards (that are probably a bit too far in the past to mention)* brings his new lecture, ‘From the Wilderness Years’, to Bexley Magic Society. After a messy divorce, Steve’s love for magic died, becoming little more than a familiar way to pay the ever-increasing bills. But, after an even messier snowboarding accident, he received a lovely message from Richard McDougall reminding him of the joys of magic, and life. He picked up his cards and everything fell back into place. Vowing never to forget his love for magic again, and working with his inability to attend most conventions (due to those meddling kids), he launched his channel, relaunched his course and overcame five years of magic procrastination. With twenty-five year's performance experience on stage and street, and eight years as an executive coach, Steve’s lecture is not just tricks but also the tools to make sure you become the magician you want to be. *(Oh OK then. British Street Performing Champion, National Street Performing Champion, IBM British Close-up Magic Champion and 2nd in The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year). (Steve's Snowboarding Accident vlog can be enjoyed here YouTube). Visiting magicians welcome. Entrance fee £10.00 on the night. 28.9.19


West End Magic - Saturday October 12th at 3.30pm. Continuing its 6th year at the Leicester Square Theatre, the London show features some of the UK's best magic and variety acts, including Britain’s Got Talent's Mandy Muden. The exciting family friendly show includes phenomenal magic, extraordinary juggling, mischievous miracles and a bloke with a big balloon on his head! Featuring BGT's hilarious magician Mandy Muden, the visual award-winning magic of Oliver Tabor, the devilishly eccentric Ada Campe and juggler Ian Marchant. All compered by the 'king of comedy magic' Christian Lee. Guaranteed to deliver the best in magic, illusion, comedy and variety. Tickets: Click Here. Box Office 020 7734 2222. 28.9.19


Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, week five. Tonight it's Ben Hart's turn. Ben came third in the 13th series of Britain's Got Talent earlier this year. See TV Magic for details. 28.9.19


Secrets Magic Day - Cancelled. Gary Young writes: Unfortunately with regret I have had to cancel the Secrets Magic Day on Sunday 6th October. I will refund every registrant who had booked, and I thank them for their support, I am sorry it has come to this. I fund the entire event myself, I do not have back up funds and rely on ticket sales. I produced 11 Top Secret Days which were very popular and had over 350 registrants attending. I'm sorry for the registrants who have supported my event, and the dealers who will also be refunded. 1.10.19


Punch & Judy's Jamboree Sunday 6th October - venue change.  Performances - UV Puppets - Commedia Masks - Vent Figures - Mini Kinema - Flea Circus - Auction - Displays - Workshops - Stalls - Bar. From the organisers: Well, we certainly didn’t have "local river bursts banks and floods venue" on the risk assessment form! With a week to go, what to do? We considered holding a Punch & Judy Regatta instead (the stripey look and a sprinkling of blazers would have been rather natty) or perhaps putting in a load of sand and a few deckchairs and doing "Seaside in the City: the indoor version". But common sense prevailed and the Jamboree team has managed to find an alternative venue at very short notice. Phew. So it’s the same event but at a new venue. Nothing else changes. The Jamboree will now be held at The Cadbury Club, Bournville, Birmingham B30 2HP (Map). Sunday 6th October. Doors open at 12 noon. Free entry. 28.9.19


Quentin Reynolds - Manchester Circle of Magicians lecture. William Booth writes: Quentin Reynolds will be lecturing at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 30th September. His lecture will include stand-up, mentalism and close-up so there's sure to be something for everyone. Definitely 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 28.9.19


Shaun McCree Lecture - Bolton Magic Club. Paul Goodman writes: Bolton Magic Club Presents Shaun McCree's Inside Out lecture. The first half of the lecture is the complete set Shaun did for the Blackpool Bear Pit show in 2018. It's the backbone of one of Shaun's regular working sets with a formal closer that Shaun uses for small gigs, with medium sleight level and nothing more difficult than a Mercury Card Fold. In the second half of the lecture Shaun discusses his tricks which were inspired by recent problems with his hands. Shaun wrote up some routines that have little or no sleight of hand at all, but fit the same rules as his other working material: impromptu, using a regular deck, 'in the hands' as far as possible, and designed to work for lay people in a commercial environment. Not to be missed. Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 2nd October. Bolton Magic Club, The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee £10.00 for non members. 28.9.19


Steve Wood lectures for The Surrey Society of Magicians on Thursday, October 3rd. Adam Mosley writes: 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, 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, an impossible looking stage divination effect 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. 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 please contact Adam Mosley: 28.9.19


South London Magic Society Charity Show. From the organisers: On the 24th of October South London Magic Society are putting on a Magic Show for Charity at The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3BE (Map). Close-up Magic in the bar area from 7pm and a stage show from 8pm – 10pm with a 30 minute interval (with more close-up magic). Tickets are £10 and all money raised will go to St. Christopher’s Hospice. Tickets available from 28.9.19


John O'Riordan Lecture - Merlin Magical Society, Hertfordshire. John Clayton writes: John will present his tried and tested ideas to old and some new effects in close-up magic. The lecture will highlight that by careful study before any presentation we can simplify the methods and handling in order to magically entertain an audience. The importance of timing, body language and audience management will be considered. John’s primary object for his lecture is to ensure that those attending will find practical hints and tips to enhance their performances. October 3rd. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entry for non members is £10 on the door. Merlin Magical Society, Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). 28.9.19


The Leamington and Warwick Magic Society Entertain at the Northamptonshire Magicians Club on Tuesday October 1st at 8pm. This is an open night, so guests and visiting magicians are welcome (no charge). Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). Mark Paul MMC, Secretary Of The Northamptonshire Magicians Club. 28.9.19


The Next Great Magician - Sunday nights on Virgin Media Three. Stephen Mulhern and Rochelle Humes host a show featuring the world's greatest magic acts. Each week, six illusionists display their skills, then decide between them which should go through to the final. See TV Magic for details. 28.9.19


Book a magic lecturer for your club today. Visit the MagicWeek Lecturers page! 28.9.19


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