Number 1008 - 19th October 2019


'Shaman & Showman' with Jeff McBride and Larry Hass. A brand-new two day conference. Jay Fortune writes: I'm pleased to announce 'Shaman & Showman', a brand-new two day conference sponsored by Magicseen happening on March 28th & 29th, 2020 in Blackpool. For the first time ever, Jeff McBride and Larry Hass will be presenting two unique one-day conferences exploring the healing art of meaningful magic. McBride's Mystery School have hosted events in Las Vegas for many years which I have long planned to bring a flavour of to magicians in the UK (namely the 'Magic & Medicine' and 'Magic & Meaning' conferences). Shaman & Showman is a two-day event.

Saturday 28th March, 10am-6pm: The Healing Power of Magic. Open to doctors, medical practitioners, therapists, healers, as well as magicians and magic practitioners. Learn how the art of magic can be used in therapeutic environments. With an intense focus on raising your magic—and your performances—to a whole new level.

Sunday 29th March, 10am-6pm: The Meaning of Magic. Magic is the art of Transformation. You will learn enough material to create a brand new show and, more importantly, you'll leave with a deeper, more refined appreciation for the power of your own magic, and how to tap into your best inner-magician.

Both dates are very limited as there will be group/individual learning with over £150 worth of free merchandise (different bundle each day). Plus, Early Bird tickets are now on sale at a reduced price. Each day is only £55, or just £99 for the entire weekend (until 31.12.19). We have secured a holistic training venue for the conference. Your ticket includes arrival drinks and buffet lunch. It's taken a lot of preparation over many years to make these events a reality and may never be repeated. If you want to spend a weekend with two of the greatest teachers in magic and explore how magic can be used for deeper connection, then please book your ticket today. Full details and venue information: If you've ever dreamed of attending the Las Vegas conferences and never made it, don't delay in booking your ticket today at a fraction of the cost and treat yourself to a sample of these magical experiences.


The Magic Circle Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition 2019. From the organisers: On the afternoon of Sunday 17th November, The Magic Circle will be opening its doors at 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD (nearest tube stations are Euston and Euston Square) to the public to hold its very first Children’s Entertainer of the Year Competition. Competing in the live final are: Magic Mikey, Quentin Reynolds, Edward Hilsum, Mr Biscuit, Nutty Natty and Magic Dave. We would like to encourage as many children as possible to attend, and so audience tickets will be free for children aged 12 years and under (no more than 2 children per adult). For children ages 13 - 17 years, tickets will be £10 each and for everyone over the age of 18 years, tickets will be £15 each. The show will be a family show, suitable for the young and the young at heart and to make it as fun and interactive for the children as possible, all children (aged 12 years and under) in the audience will be voting for their favourite entertainer. Doors open at 1.30pm and the competition gets under way at 2.30pm (expected finishing time 4.30pm). Tickets and further information are available now from [It's great news that The Magic Circle is introducing a new competition specifically for Children's Entertainers that will recognise excellence in children's entertainment. Most of us will remember seeing a magician during our childhoods and the impact magic had on us at that time. Those early days are when a lot of us got hooked on magic; ironically we then go on to spend a lifetime trying to entertain adults with magic instead! DT] 19.10.19


Guy Hollingworth lectures at The Cambridge Pentacle Magic Club on Tuesday 26th November. Alex Joseph writes: As part of our 100 year celebration Guy Hollingworth will be lecturing on the 26th November. Tickets must be purchased in advance via the Pentacle Club website as there are only a few available for non-members. See 19.10.19


Circus 1903. Following a critically acclaimed Christmas run in London last year, Circus 1903 will tour for the first time to Birmingham, Salford and Dublin before returning once more to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall this Christmas. Featuring the sensational life-sized elephants created by the puppeteers from War Horse, alongside ringmaster David Williamson, the troupe will be joined by a range of new and jaw-dropping acts from around the world including the Brazilian Wheel of Death (London only). From acrobats to contortionists, jugglers to trapeze, high wire performers and much more, this show will amaze, captivate, and transport audiences of all ages to the mesmerising Golden Age of circus.

Birmingham Hippodrome 25th October -2nd November

Salford Lowry 19th - 24th November

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Dublin 27th November - 1st December

Royal Festival Hall London 19th December – 30th December

Also see 19.10.19


Tenth MagicFest set to make Scotland’s festive season the most magical ever. Kevin Quantum, magician and festival organiser, said: “We’re so proud to unveil the 10th annual MagicFest and we think the lineup is the best yet – with mind-blowing entertainment over Christmas and Hogmanay. We’ll have shows for adults and for families, plus our ever popular Magic School – which is just for kids. And the entertainment all comes courtesy of some of the most impressive magicians, illusionists and mind-readers.”

Svetlana McMahon, festival producer, added: “We’re particularly excited to unveil the new productions like Hogmanay House - a key event in Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme. It’s a chance to discover weird and wonderful Scottish traditions presented by magicians, musicians and storytellers while exploring the opulent rooms, secret passages and hidden chambers of Lauriston Castle.”

The festival takes place from 27th December to 5th January and the attractions include:

• The Opening Night Christmas Gala: An eclectic mix of the weird and the wonderful including Harthill-local-cum-Vegas-headliner Colin Cloud and Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Adam Black. Enjoy a multitude of breath-taking illusions from top magicians and the most talented newcomers.

• Hogmanay House: A magical “First Foot” adventure at Lauriston Castle – escape the dreich winter weather, join us for a dram or a hot chocolate and make merry as musicians, magicians and storytellers celebrate the magic and origins of Hogmanay. Featuring world-class card magician Lewis Barlow, singer/songwriter Ainsley Hamill, mind reader Drew McAdam, silver-tongued storyteller Jock Ferguson, and more.

• You Are Magic: Huge fun for children and families. A magic show conjured up from thin air where the audience become the stars – do you have the skill to saw someone in half and put them back together again? Packed with thrilling illusions, spooky mind reading, stunning sleight of hand, and death-defying escapes. Presented by the Magic Gareth and Michelle Ferguson and written by YouTube star Professor Richard Wiseman.

• Kevin Quantum “Anti-Gravity”: Enter a space where the rules of gravity are bent and broken. Impossible illusions and levitations in a ★★★★★ show mixing science, comedy and magic, brought to you by Scotland’s own magician-scientist hybrid Kevin Quantum. Winner of the “Best Magic” award at the Adelaide Fringe 2018.

• Comedy Magic Club: Have your mind blown and laugh yourself silly with the funniest, scariest, and freakiest, conjured for your delight in our magic comedy club for ages 16+. Featuring Elliot Bibby, Luke Eaton, Cammy Young, Cammy Gibson, Dan Bastianelli and special guests.

• Magic School: Now enrolling young sorcerers aged 7-10 can to learn magic tricks from professional magicians then astound your family and friends. Join a one-off session or a four-day course with a show for parents as the grand finale. Led by magician and Magic School headmaster Gary James.

• Tricky Ricky “Christmas Madness”: The four-times winner of Scottish ‘Children’s Entertainer of the Year’ Tricky Ricky takes you on a magical festive journey. Prepare to be amused and amazed in a fast-paced, nutty, comedic and chaotic magic show for kids aged from 1 to 101!

• The Power of Perspective: An Exhibition of photographic Illusions presented by the Rock Trust, illusion expert Professor Richard Wiseman and MagicFest. Enjoy the illusions at the Scottish Storytelling Centre and then see how they were created at the Museum of Edinburgh.

This year Edinburgh International Magic Festival is moving from its usual summer dates to winter due to the tremendous popularity of the MagicFest Christmas Show which they have run for the past three years. For full details of all our events and activities see and also see the YouTube trailer.


The Magic Dealers Day - today, Saturday October 19th, Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria, London. The Magic Dealers Day this year features over 30 stands from magic suppliers and organisations, an exclusive lecture from Ben Earl, 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. Ben Earl's lecture takes place at 1pm and costs just £5 (free for Young Magicians Club Members). Pay on the day. More info: 19.10.19


Eric Walton: Mentalist, Friday 25th October, Theatre Royal Stratford East, London. Does fate govern our lives? Is it possible to see the future? Do our star signs really determine our personalities? Join critically-acclaimed showman, raconteur and mind-reader Eric Walton in this highly theatrical exploration of the subconscious mind. "An erudite magician and rabble-rouser." The New York Times. "A masterclass in card magic and absolute pleasure." The Times. Friday 25th October at 9.15pm at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London E15 1BN (Map). Part of the Roundabout Festival. To book visit

Have I Got A Trick For You, Saturday 26th October Theatre Royal Stratford East, London. Comedy, stage magic and mind-reading combine into one hilarious and spellbinding show from award-winning magician and entertainer Eric Walton, for all the family to enjoy. Since 2017, Eric Walton has been delighting and mystifying audiences weekly with this mesmerising show at Times Square Magic in New York City and is very excited to bring it to the UK for the very first time. "A very entertaining one-man show." The New York Times. Saturday 26th October at 4.30pm at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London E15 1BN (Map). Part of the Roundabout Festival. To book visit


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, John Calvert in a guest appearance on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 11th October 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from the Archive Click Here. 19.10.19


Become a MagicWeek Backer. Thank you to everyone who became a MagicWeek Backer since the launch of the scheme just over a year ago. I introduced it so that MagicWeek will always be free. All Backers receive a small 'thank you' gift. Click Here to find out more. DT. 19.10.19


Seance: Conversations in the Dark by Christopher Howell - The Asylum, London. 29th & 30th October. 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. 19.10.19 - New website & 10% off this weekend deal. write: We have a brand new website and to celebrate we are offering 10% off, this weekend only, on any orders. Use code 10SAVE10 at the checkout. 19.10.19


The Mark Leveridge October E-Video Newsletter. Mark says: "Every month I produce a half hour online video presentation called the E-Video Newsletter. It contains six interesting sections featuring advice, help, ideas and of course magic to learn. Here are the contents for the October edition. The Teach In – video instruction for a quick visual effect in which a sponge ball magically changes into a coin. Top Tips – information on the highly useful waistband amps. The Strolling Magician Unplugged – part 21 looks at two more core elements that make up good strolling effects. Web Offers – watch a dem of a commercial card routine and learn what’s in an important E-Book, both products available for less this month. 60 Seconds To Success – advice on how to combat performance nerves. The Review Corner – a look at Gary James’ Pro Marker effect. Access to the complete online video is available for a small payment either as a one off purchase or for even better value as part of a 1 year subscription. To watch a trailer and to order, go to 19.10.19


Zane's Magic Shop write: Shane Robinson, the owner of Zane's Magic Shop and the author of 'The Amazing Fartzini', will be doing a book signing at The Magic Circle Dealers Day this Saturday at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria, London. It makes an ideal present for nine-years up. As well as an entertaining and inspirational novel about a boy magician, it is also an illustrated teaching magic book, full of advice for magicians. An author signed copy purchased on the day will also be £2.00 cheaper than at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. 19.10.19


Cult Fringe Sensation Dave on Talking Tricks. Dave Alnwick joins Talking Tricks to discuss thirteen full houses in a row at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and everything he's learnt in his time performing at the world's largest arts festival. Dave reveals why he is more inspired by authors Dan Harmon and Stephen King than other magicians; adding a narrative to his magic show; growing as an artist and structuring a magic show. He also discusses what led to him directing two shows at this year’' Edinburgh Fringe Festival, studying at the prestigious LIPA, and his life outside of the festival. Listen to the podcast via iTunes or Podbean. To order Dave’s "#Dave Literally the Best Magician" show, Click Here. 19.10.19


Anthony Owen. Andy Nyman writes: This week was the inquest into the death of our dear friend Anthony Owen. It was concluded that tragically Anthony took his own life. Anthony was one of the kindest, sweetest, most creative and best-loved figures in the magic world, so the fact that he kept his mental health and work pressures a dark secret came as a terrible shock to so many of us. The male 'code of silence' is a devastating one that means that for men under 45, suicide is the largest cause of death. If you are struggling at all, you can call CALM - the male suicide helpline on 0800 58 58 58 (nationwide) or 0808 802 58 58 (London).  You can also visit the website and chat online at 19.10.19


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