Number 1006 - 5th October 2019


A Celebration of Magic in South Shields: Convention - Masterclasses - Gala Performances. 11th - 13th October. South Tyneside is pleased to host the 16th International Magic Festival. There is a tremendous line up with something for everyone, featuring a 3 day convention for practicing magicians and ardent fans, and public shows for the general public. See for full details. 5.10.19


Fay Presto's 'Like Tears in the Rain' lecture - South London Magic Society, 15th October. Simon Rosselli writes: South London Magic Society host Fay Presto's 'Like Tears in the Rain' lecture on Tuesday October 15th at 8pm. It is about all of the tiny little things that together add up to a table of wonder. There is a danger that all these things will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Teller said of Fay’s lecture notes: "Absolutely brilliant. Every bit of it". Fay has been the Magician in Residence at Langan's Brasserie for 40 years and has probably performed to over 100,000 tables, so she should know what she is doing by now. A Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, she won their Close-up Competition in 2012 and received a standing ovation from a thousand magicians for her lecture at the Blackpool Magic Convention in 2017. Her style has always been humorous, self-deprecating and above all, fun. The lecture is at 8pm on Tuesday 15th October. £10 for non-members (visiting magicians are welcome). For more details see 5.10.19


Split Egg: A Magic Show About Being Twins. Twin tricksters Kane & Abel perform magic and comedy inspired by clichés surrounding twins. Every question the identical twin brothers have ever been asked during their lives – whether they are harmless, hurtful or just hilarious – have been developed into the narrative of this fun-filled and 'seriously impressive' (BBC Radio Bristol) show. They’ll prove they know what each other is thinking and feeling and whether they’ve ever used their similarities to steal each other’s girlfriends. "Both shine individually as magicians and comedians" ★★★★ "Comedic, contemporary and charismatic" ★★★★★ Channel 44 Adelaide. Etcetera Theatre Club, 265 Camden High Street, Above the Oxford Arms, London NW1 7BU (Map). Saturday, 16th November at 9pm. Tickets £11 via On the Talking Tricks podcast, Kane & Abel preview the show, discuss its creation process, refinement at Edinburgh Fringe and why Etcetera Theatre is the perfect magic venue. 5.10.19


Troy: The Highwire is being repeated on Sunday 13th October on Channel 4. From the programme makers: "In this one-off special, magician Troy is set a seemingly impossible challenge: to perform a brand new illusion while balancing in mid air. Troy has just two months to learn how to walk on a highwire and design a magic trick that can be performed at altitude. It's the worst possible scenario for a magician: being exposed on all sides and unable to use his hands - while trying not fall off. Troy must conquer his fear of heights. He assembles a team of brilliant magicians to help crack the challenge - shining a light on the process of magic. Along the way, Troy tests some mind blowing new tricks, including a master class in misdirection and seemingly making the moon vanish." See TV Magic for details. 5.10.19


Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions - The Final. After five weeks of previous champions from around the world taking to the stage, Ant and Dec introduce the final in which the overall winner is eventually revealed. Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams will be giving their verdict on the evening's acts. See TV Magic for details. 5.10.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, The Magic of David Copperfield VII (7), from 1985. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from the Archive Click Here. 5.10.19


Daniel Chard Lecture - Scottish Conjurers' Association, Glasgow. Alan Maskell writes: On Wednesday 9th October the Scottish Conjurers' Association are hosting their annual Tommy Frederick lecture which this year is being given by award winning close-up magician Daniel Chard. Starting at 7.30pm at The Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, Balcarres Avenue, Glasgow G12 0QF (Map). Don't miss this opportunity to see this 5-star card magician! Visiting magicians welcome, £10.00 on the door. Find us on Facebook at Scottish Conjurers' Association 5.10.19


The Mark Leveridge October 2019 Podcast. Here are the topics for this month: Magical chat in different environments keeps things fresh for the four members of the CCC. If magic takes place in the minds of the spectators, does it mean there’s no magic when no one is watching? A month into the life of the new MLM website it seems to be finding favour with many customers. Three types of magical exposure are considered. How to free up time to be consistently magically creative. Mark breaks patter down into half a dozen different types. Does the ‘magician in trouble, then comes good’ plot still have any relevance? The podcast is free to listen to, and can be found either at or 5.10.19


Scott Humston to lecture at Christian Magicians UK 2020 Conference. From the organisers: Christian Magicians UK are delighted to announce that Scott Humston will be joining Noel Britten, recently elected President of The Magic Circle, at our next annual conference (17th - 20th February 2020). Scott Humston has led an extra ordinary life. Overcoming a speech related birth defect to become a full time speaker and performer, Scott now devotes his life to the art of educating through entertainment. He holds a BA in communication studies and dramatic arts, and has been awarded professional and community awards for his encouragement to young people. Over the last 20 years he has entertained, motivated and inspired thousands of people each year; including shows for The White House. His shows have been broadcast on BBC television “Now You See It”. Scott travels more than 40,000 miles a year and his shows have been seen throughout America and abroad. The Christian Magicians UK Conference will be held at the Kings Park Conference Centre in Northampton. Scott will be with us for the entire conference. Noel Britten will be with us on Wednesday 19th February 2020. For further information, please visit 5.10.19


Magicseen Lite Issue 3. From the publishers: We are pleased to announce the release of the latest taster issue of Magicseen, the contents of issue 3 being based on the September 2019 main full Magicseen edition. On the cover of Magicseen Lite Issue 3 we have Mandy Muden, whose comedy magic act has seen success both live and also on TV, where she did well on BGT. She is joined by Allan Taylor, the current chair of the United Kingdom Escape Artists, who lifts the lid on what is going on in the world of escapes. We include a thought provoking article called Friend Not Foe which explores how to turn the 'joker' at your next table into someone who helps your act, not destroys it! We offer you a selection of our honest product reviews, include a great effect from David Regal's new book in the Masterclass and also put in the Letters page to show you what our readers are currently thinking about. Magicseen Lite Issue 3 is available as a download only and is completely free. You can get your copy from us directly at or from Card Shark, Discount Magic, Vanishing Inc, Black Artefacts and PropDog, all of whom are also distributors. 5.10.19


"Words on Wonder" celebrates its first birthday. Last year the Science Magician Dr Matt Pritchard started interviewing a host of magicians, scientists and creatives about their work and thoughts on wonder and curiosity. There are now 86 interviews live on the site, ranging from an astronaut through to an underwater photographer. In the mix you'll find many magicians and performers including: Kevin Quantum, Mat Ricardo, John Archer, Jeff McBride, Neil Kelso, Vincent Gambini and Steve Price. You'll discover what they love and hate about magic and more. Visit 5.10.19


Diverting Coin Magic - 2019 Publication. International Magic write: We are thrilled to bring "Diverting Coin Magic" by Andrew Galloway back into publication for 2019. It joins "Diverting Card Magic" with simply the best written work on misdirection and both books are available only from International Magic. Andrew has dedicated the book to the memory of John Ramsay, his tutor and legendary close-up magician. 5.10.19


Ferran Rizo lectures for Portsmouth & District Magic Circle this Monday, 7th October. Ferran and his wife, Nataly Machado, will present a new lecture for 2019, 'Back With The Rizos'. This lecture is full of practical close-up magic with cards, coins, cups, a pad and a piece of paper, and is a lecture with something for everyone at any skill level. The lecture starts at 7.30pm at Portsmouth and District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT (Map). Visiting magicians welcome - £8 admission. Sean Lobban. 5.10.19


Perth Magic Circle's Annual Table Top Sale will be held on Wednesday 6th November in the Perth Ex-Servicemen's Club. Adrian Harris writes: Good news for would-be sellers is there will be no charge for a table but these must be booked in advance - there will be no tables available on the night! Admission is £3 payable at the door which includes free admission into our famed raffle! A warm invitation is extended to all magicians to come and join in the fun. There will no doubt be bargains galore whether it be for the odd card trick, other magic props, DVDs or books as well as lots of banter! To book a table, or get more information, contact The Secretary, or telephone 01738 628985. Perth Magic Circle, Perth & District Ex-Servicemen's Club, 20 Milne Street, Perth PH1 5QL (Map). 5.10.19


D&J Magic. Dave Allen writes: Jacob and myself performed in the London Heats for the Family Entertainer of the Year last week, as 'D&J Magic' and were voted winners and are now on our way to the Blackpool final in February, 2020. I had the time of my life. It was such a pleasure to share my magic experience with my son. The competition was of a very high standard and I would like to say thank you to all the other contestants. The night for me was one of high emotions but mostly because performing with Jacob was such a fantastic experience. 5.10.19


Leicester Magic Circle Junior Section formed. Adam Edgeley writes: We are pleased to announce we now have a Junior Section of The Leicester Magic Circle. Our first meeting will take place on Monday 4th November 6.30pm to 7.15pm and it is absolutely free of charge. If you know of any young person (under the age of 16) that may be interested please let us know. Parents/Parent must stay at the centre during the club times, and collect their child at the end. For more information please email 5.10.19


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. 5.10.19


Allen Merrell. Andy Kirk writes: Allen Merrell’s Funeral Arrangements. Allen Merrell was a long standing, well respected, award winning, member and friend of the British Magical Society. He won virtually every award given by the BMS including the Gold Medal. His unique style of comedy magic made him one of the most popular entertainers for many years. Sadly Allen passed away recently. He will be greatly missed. If you’d like to pay your respects details of the funeral are as follows: Streetly Crematorium, West Chapel, 296 Little Hardwick Road, Aldridge, Walsall WS9 0SG. Friday 11th October. Service at 10.45am. Burial at 11.30am. The wake will be held afterwards at The Hardwick Arms, Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield B74 3DX. 5.10.19


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