Number 1007 - 12th October 2019


The Amazing Johnathan Documentary - one night only Q&A with director Ben Berman and Louis Theroux. Ahead of its nationwide UK release on 22nd November 2019, Dogwoof have released a UK trailer for The Amazing Johnathan Documentary. Benjamin Berman’s acclaimed feature directorial debut starts as the story of The Amazing Johnathan, an extraordinary magician who built a career out of shock and deception in the 1980s, which transforms into a bizarre story about the unravelling of the documentarian.

After Johnathan is diagnosed with a terminal heart condition and given one year to live, he’s forced to retire his act. Cut to three years later: Johnathan is not dead, much to everyone’s amazement, and documentarian Ben Berman films the illusionist on an epic comeback tour. But as their mutual journey kicks off, Johnathan drops a bombshell that sends the film spiraling into uncertainty. Embracing this unforeseen obstacle, Ben delves deeper to determine what is truth and what is illusion. Built into the heart of this quick-witted and highly meta story is an indelible commentary on the process and ethics of making a documentary today. Issues of negotiation and access become the central threads that reveal, and further cloud, our understanding of this elusive protagonist. A one night only Q&A with director Ben Berman and Louis Theroux will be broadcast in cinemas across the country on 19th November 2019. Tickets available via:


An Audience with Andy Nyman - Hosted by Jay Rayner. Monday 2nd December, London. Join us for a special evening with Andy Nyman, discussing his career on stage, in movies, as a writer and in magic. Andy Nyman is an award-winning actor, director and writer who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work in theatre, film and television. His West End credits include recently playing Tevye in Trevor Nunn's revival of Fiddler on the Roof, Martin McDonnagh's Hangman and Abigail's Party.


Andy's extensive film credits include The Commuter, Death at a Funeral, Kick-Ass 2 and most recently starring opposite Renee Zelwegger in Judy. Last year saw the release of the film version of Ghost Stories. Based on their play, the film was written and directed by Andy and Jeremy Dyson. Andy stars alongside Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther and Paul Whitehouse. The film has been hailed as the best British Horror Film for years and a modern horror classic. Andy's extensive television credits include: Hanna, Wanderlust, The Eichmann Show, Psychobitches, Campus, Crooked House and Dead Set, as well as his highly acclaimed performance as Winston Churchill in Peaky Blinders.

Andy will also talk about his extensive work with the world of magic, including twenty years of writing and directing Derren Brown in his TV and theatre shows. The event will be hosted by the award-winning restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Jay Rayner. The renowned presenter of BBC Radio 4's, The Kitchen Cabinet. There will be an opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions to Andy directly as well as a chance for pictures and autographs. (Guests can bring one personal item to be signed for free). There will be an opportunity for you to purchase copies of Andy's books at the event. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis for what promises to be a wonderful evening via 7pm on Monday 2nd December, at Fitzjohn's Primary School, 86a Fitzjohn's Avenue, London NW3 6NP (Map).


Mark Elsdon's Creating Magic and Mystery Masterclass. Manchester City Centre, Sunday 10th November. From the organisers: Learn how to incorporate the power of story into your performances, to transform the thrill of astonishment into the power of mystery. You will learn incredible new effects, plus the techniques, hooks and subtleties that will take your performance to the next level - guaranteed! Strictly limited availability. Price £45. 12 noon to 3pm on Sunday 10th November in Manchester. Book online at: Comes with 2 Bonuses: Bonus 1. Receive a digital copy of the Masterclass when released, so that you can study the material at your leisure. Bonus 2. Receive a full 90 minute new lecture packed with original magic. 12.10.19


An Evening with Richard Turner, subject of the award-winning film documentary 'Dealt'. From the organisers: Sixty-five year old Richard Turner is renowned as the world's greatest card mechanic, yet he is completely blind. This is an in-depth and intimate look at a complex character who will be performing live and in conversation with his new show 'Living Off Jacks & Queens' for the first time in the UK. This is his only UK date, live in London at the Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Road, London NW1 2AJ (Map) on Sunday 24th November 2019. Matinee and Evening performances. For more information and to book Click Here. 12.10.19


Ben Earl to lecture at The Magic Dealers Day next Saturday October 19th at the Park Plaza Hotel, London. Ben will be performing and explaining some brand new effects utilising his world renowned approaches to psychology and performance techniques. The organisers say "His ideas will inspire you to look at both the basics and your own magic in new ways - regardless of your ability or style. Ben has only given a small handful of lectures in 2019, so don't miss this opportunity to see his work." The Magic Dealers Day will be the first time he has ever performed at a Magic Circle event, and tickets for the 1pm lecture will be available only to Dealers Day attendees for just £5 (free for Young Magicians Club Members). Pay on the day.


The Magic Dealers Day this year features over 30 stands from magic suppliers and organisations (including Equity, The Magic Circle and The International Brotherhood of Magicians), as well as a dedicated Magic Jam area to try out new purchases or relax with a drink. The Park Plaza Hotel is adjacent to Victoria station and the doors open at 10.30am. Entry to the event is free for members of The Magic Circle or the Young Magicians Club and just £10 for non-members. Pay on the door. More info: 12.10.19


Sean Heydon, Chloe Louise Crawford and Colin Cloud replace acts at Festival. New names have been added to the lineup of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival this weekend. America’s Got Talent: The Champions favourite Colin Cloud and Britain’s Got Talent star Chloé Louise Crawford performed in the gala show on Friday, while Sean Heydon will take to the stage tonight.

The announcement comes after Spanish magician Maga Gisell and Britain’s Got Talent winner Richard Jones have had to withdraw from the event due to unforeseen circumstances. Sean, who has performed at a wide range of events and venues, including casinos, conventions, weddings and aboard cruise ships, is also well known as the co-host of The Wizard Product Review. For more information visit


Richard Jones: Escape 2020 Tour Dates announced, with more dates to be added over the coming weeks. From the promoters: "Richard Jones was the winner of Britain's Got Talent and is a British Army soldier as well as one of the world’s greatest magicians in The Magic Circle. Having recently had audiences on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions completely captivated, Richard is extending his sell-out tour of the UK earlier this year. Therefore due to popularity, new dates in 2020 have been announced where the mesmerising Lance Corporal will confirm exactly what made him the stand out act to win Britain’s top talent show in 2016... And still the only magician to have won the show. After gasps of emotion shown on the ITV1 programme, much of the audience this month were reduced to tears when Richard paid tribute to his veteran mentor, Fergus Anckorn – a fellow magician who died last year before his 100th birthday. On his extended tour of Escape, Richard endeavours to break the boundaries of the mind with his ‘magic with meaning’, debuting a further twist on some of his newest, awe-inspiring magic. In heart-warming memory of Fergus, he will be recreating some of his dear friend’s most incredible tricks too - some of which the legendary soldier only ever taught Richard himself."


"Britain's Got Talent magician Richard Jones wows with baffling card trick"


February 14th – Surrey – Camberley Theatre – 01276 707 600
February 28th – The Mansfield Palace Theatre – 01623 633 133
March 3rd – Chippenham – The Neeld Community & Arts Centre – 01249 446699
April 2nd – Hertford Theatre – 01992 531500
April 21st – Bristol – Redgrave Theatre – 0117 3157 800 Or 602
September 9th – Hertfordshire – The Radlett Centre – 01923 859 291
September 12th – Eastbourne – Royal Hippodrome Theatre – 01323 802020


The New Mark Leveridge Club Lecture - now booking. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce that he is now taking bookings for 2020/21 for his brand new E-Club Pro - Live lecture and writes: "Over the last few years I've been touring the magic club circuit presenting a 'pure' lecture in which everything is properly performed and fully explained with no associated product sales attached. This means that all the magic included in the lecture uses either readily available apparatus or that which can be easily made up - the lecture is therefore not a thinly disguised dealer dem! The latest version of the E-Club Pro - Live lecture for 2020/21 has completely different content from previous versions and provides straightforward magic for strolling, close-up, stand-up and mentalism." Everything has been taken from Mark's online club E-Club Pro which means that the material has previously only been seen by members. For further information interested clubs should either go to or call Mark on 01392 490565. Photo credit: Harry Mandel. 12.10.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Terry Herbert in a guest appearance on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 20th February, 1988. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from the Archive Click Here. 12.10.19


The Magic of Laurel and Hardy, a talk by Kevin Doig at Bexley Magic Society. Wednesday 16th October. Kevin Doig is the chairman of Bexley Magic Society and has been a fan of movie comic legends Laurel and Hardy for as long as he has been into magic. And that’s a very long time! He is delighted to give his talk on The Magic of Laurel and Hardy to Bexley Magic Society on 16th October. The full evening talk was put together for the Zodiac Magic Club after their president saw Kevin give two shorter presentations at The Magic Circle.

During the talk, which will be illustrated by clips from Laurel and Hardy films, Kevin will show how innovations in comedy from these comedians are still an influence on magicians today; will show some very rarely seen footage from a foreign language Laurel and Hardy film including the full act of a star magician at that time; talk about what is known as Stan Laurel’s “white magic”; show parts of a movie in which a famous American magician was billed as their co-star; show the boys using a magic prop widely available from magic dealers; Laurel and Hardy performing a cod magic act in a Hollywood Revue and, in the grand finale, talk about how a Laurel and Hardy movie probably influenced one of today’s greatest and best tricks used by hundreds of magicians to this day.

Zodiac told Kevin it was one of the most interesting talks they have seen. Equity Variety Branch told Kevin it was in the top two of all the talks they have had (beaten only by an entire talk presented by puppets!). Kevin hopes you will all want to be there! Visiting magicians welcome. Entrance fee £10 on the night. See for details.


I Draw Clouds. A Magic Show by Neil Kelso. A magician's ideas escape from his notebook. Reality starts to unravel around him. Prepare yourself for bizarre, surreal, and unforgettable moments of mystery in this musical magical show by Neil Kelso. Wherever Neil goes, strange and unexpected things happen. "An incredible stage presence." Broadway Baby. "Astonishing! One of Britain's Ten Best Cabaret Stars." Bored Panda. "He invariably has the crowd eating out of his hand." On In London. "Hilariously charismatic." Loverboy Magazine. Wednesday 16th October at 6.30pm at The Broadgate Theatre at Theatre Deli, London. See: 12.10.19


"With the Rizos Again" -  Bath Circle of Magicians, Thursday October 24th. 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 12.10.19


Merlins of Wakefield. Merlins of Wakefield write: Our new 20 page Preview Catalogue for October/November is now available with the latest Magic Wagon, Tenyo and 3D Magic Works products. There are also pages of used magic, books and special offers. Just email your address and we will post a copy out to you free! We will be attending The Magic Circle Dealers Day next Saturday 19th October in London, so if you would like anything taking to save on postage, get in touch. Tel 01924 339933 or email 12.10.19


Free stuff and deals from Magicseen! From the publishers: The UK's only independent magic magazine, Magicseen, is currently in its 15th year of publication and is well established as one of the most popular magic periodicals available. Every two months an issue arrives that is full of great personality features, articles of insightful content, humour, advice and help, reviews and more. With no regular columnists, every issue comes up fresh and is full of pleasant surprises - you just never know what the new edition will provide to excite and entertain you! But as well as providing great content, being a subscriber has other benefits too. For instance, if you are a printed copy subscriber you can request to receive a free advance download copy of every issue. Or if you are a download subscriber, you can select any two back issues to receive for free each time a new issue is published, thus enabling you to build up a complete Magicseen collection. Plus, all subscribers are entitled to receive a 20% discount on all online book and E-Book purchases. So, if you are not a current subscriber, why not join us and reap the benefits? Go to today. 12.10.19


Interviews with Brendan Rodrigues... 'Magic of the Mind! Brendan Rodrigues in conversation with Dr. Hugo Caffaratti' is the latest video from Brendan Rodrigues on his YouTube channel 'Brendan.MagicTV' with new content being added every few days. Click Here to see the latest. 12.10.19


Something Strange at the Grange (Halloween Magic). HCMS write: Home Counties Magical Society present An Evening of Halloween Magic, Mystery, Entertainment, Music and Dance at the Masquerade Ball on Saturday 26th October at 8pm. Hot Buffet provided (cash bar). Dress Code: Masked Ball Smart Casual (this is not a Fright Night). Saturday 26th October at 8pm. Over 18s only. £25 per person. All profits to HCMS. Venue: (near Reading) Full RG2 location will be given on purchase of your ticket. Website: 12.10.19


The Ferràn Rizo Lecture - Northamptonshire Magicians' Club. The Amazing, flamboyant and highly entertaining Ferràn Rizo has performed all over Europe and lectured in the best Magic Clubs in the world. This is a night not to be missed. Tuesday 15th October at 8pm at The Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). Visiting magicians welcome, £10 door charge. Mark Paul MMC, Secretary, The Northamptonshire Magicians Club. 12.10.19


Happy 100th Birthday Henry from everyone at MagicWeek! • "The rock-star illusionist: how to be a successful magician in Russia despite accidents and injuries" Click Here • "Illusionist David Laflin performs at soup kitchen fundraiser" Click Here • "Broadway Sees Box Office Magic in Comedians, Rock Stars and Illusionists" Click Here • "Plymouth Show Will Combine Comedy And Magic" Click Here • "Derren Brown: I miss the UK - but performing magic on Broadway has been a thrill" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 12.10.19