Number 1009 - 26th October 2019


Variety Live at the Empire, Tuesday 5th November. Starring singing sensation Ben Stone, American Idol star Jasmine Trias, Las Vegas Headliner Wally Eastwood, Two Voices in One Mark Merchant, from 'Penn & Teller Fool Us' John Archer and host Paul Stone.


Paul Stone writes: 'Variety Live at the Empire' is a world class Variety Show at the Liverpool Empire Theatre on Tuesday November 5th starring several performers direct from the Las Vegas Strip. This show is a tribute to a brave and inspirational young man from Liverpool, James Dunn, who suffered from the horrendous skin condition EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) and who sadly died last year at the young age of just 24 years old, and to raise awareness for this little known yet devastating condition. James was posthumously awarded the ‘Liverpool Echo Personality of the Year’ in 2018 for his fundraising efforts on behalf of DEBRA the EB Charity.


We are keen to fill as many of the Empire Theatre’s 2300 seats as possible to make it a special and memorable night for James’s family, so we are donating tickets ‘free of charge’ to charity supporters, helpers, carers, nurses, ambulance paramedics and ex Servicemen's clubs. To find out more details about the show and to watch a couple of short video clips of James Dunn, which are both moving and inspirational, please check out Anyone interested in obtaining tickets for the show should email me directly at There is no obligation to make a donation (although of course it would be greatly appreciated). 26.10.19


The Family Variety Show, Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Saturday 2nd November. From the promoters: You’ve seen incredible variety shows on TV... now the best acts in the country are coming to The Churchill! Bring the family to enjoy the best of circus, magic, comedy and much more at the amazing ‘Family Variety Show’. Featuring Britain’s Got Talent 2019 Finalists, The Boy Band of Magic: 4MG ("Dazzling!" David Walliams). Comedy and Music from the amazing Raymond and Mr. Timpkins. Juggling like you’ve never seen before from Mark Watson, Man of Mischief and hosted by the King of Comedy Magic Christian Lee (BGT Finalist 2016). For more info and to book visit 26.10.19


London International Mime Festival 2020. Welcome to the 44th year of London’s international contemporary visual theatre festival. 10 overseas companies join 8 British groups presenting UK or London premieres, including LIMF co-commissioned productions from Ockham’s Razor, Thick & Tight, Told by an Idiot and Vamos Theatre.

Our workshops for 2020 include an exclusive course taught by faculty members from the École Jacques Lecoq, Paris, and a residential course celebrating 30 years of the David Glass Ensemble – a new partnership with The Point, Eastleigh. Belgium’s Peeping Tom and Kiss & Cry Collective return with new shows, there’s exquisite puppetry from New York, France, and by London’s String Theatre on its unique Puppet Barge. We have a triple-bill of remarkable silent movie classics with live jazz accompaniment, and a real life Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel mystery at new festival venue, the iconic Wilton’s Music Hall. Ockham’s Razor’s This Time will open LIMF 2020 getting the festival off to a great start, the first in a terrific line-up of unusual circus-theatre. Do book early as most shows tend to sell out! Helen Lannaghan & Joseph Seelig, Festival Directors. 8th January to 2nd February 2020. "An explosively inventive programme of visual performance" Evening Standard. See


Make Halloween really magical, visit Conjuring at the Court on Thursday 31st October! From the organisers: With the hilarious Mel Mellers, the very funny Mark Shortland, and superb mind-reader Roberto Forzoni. Tickets just £11 each via but they’re going fast. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! Parking is free from 6.30pm. 26.10.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, Russ Stevens in Snowy White's 'Bird of Paradise' video from December 1983, which reached number 6 in the British Singles Chart on 15th January, 1984. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from the Archive Click Here. 26.10.19


Portsmouth and District Magic Circle Jumbo Day - Sunday 3rd November. From the organisers: This year we have our biggest line up ever with lectures from Wayne Dobson, David Penn, Thom Peterson and Oliver Tabor. For the Gala show you can then see Wayne Dobson, Thom Peterson and Oliver Tabor perform their acts on stage alongside Graham Jolley and Martin Gardiner. If you are a dealer or maybe have lots of second-hand magic you no longer use, you can book a dealer table which gives you access to the venue from 7.30am to set up and reserves your table in one of the dealing areas, as well as still giving you access to all lectures and the evening gala show. Tickets will be available on the door but until September 30th our tickets are available at our Early Bird prices: Adult £21 (£25 on the day), Juniors (under 16) £12 (£13 on the day). Dealer tickets: Single £26 Double £48 (not available on day). Gala Show only (limited availability) Adult £10, Junior £6. Doors open at 9am. Sunday, 3rd November at Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT (Map). To book see: 26.10.19


Quentin Reynolds to lecture at Christian Magicians UK 2020 Conference. From the organisers: Christian Magicians UK are delighted to announce that Quentin Reynolds will be joining Scott Humston and Noel Britten, recently elected President of The Magic Circle, at our next annual conference (17th - 20th February 2020). For the first twenty years of his professional career, Quentin specialised in children's shows with both magic and Punch & Judy. His mentor, Eric Sharp, emphasised the importance of strong magic mixed with lots of comedy and gags. Later Quentin developed his stand-up and close-up repertoire and has lectured at FISM in The Hague, World Magic Seminar Las Vegas as well as many conventions and clubs in the UK and overseas. He recently returned from a nine city lecture tour of Germany.

Quentin will give two separate lectures, one on children's magic and the other on stand-up routines, all routines from his professional repertoire. The Christian Magicians UK Conference will be held at the Kings Park Conference Centre in Northampton. Quentin will be with us on Thursday, 20th February. Scott Humston will be with us for the entire conference and Noel Britten will be with us on Wednesday 19th February. For further information, please visit Early booking discount offer ends 31st October 2019.


Kent Magicians Guild is holding a special evening of Mentalism on Tuesday, 29th October. Special features will include items from the act of Ron Escott, and a completely new show, never before seen, by Mike Ingham. This promises to be a great night, so come early. The show starts at 8pm and transport details can be found on the KMG website. Visitors £5.00 only. Kent Magicians' Guild, CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map) Bruce Graham, President KMG. 26.10.19


'Be A Magician' - new downloadable version of the 'hands DVD' starring you, now available in HD. RSVPMagic write: 'Be A Magician' has been an incredible source of extra income for magicians around the world since we first released it several years ago. However, it's only been available on DVD format, in standard definition. until now... We're taking this amazing product up to a whole new level by finally offering it as a downloadable high definition video file, converted to work on all platforms and in stunning 1920x1080 HD format. The new quality is truly amazing and way above that of the old DVD. This new file opens the market up in a far bigger way, allowing you to sell your own personal teaching video online, with instant access. You can also sell the video after your show on a memory stick, with no more bulky DVDs to carry around.

Your video will feature your name in the title sequence, with all of your contact details at the end of the video too. Another new feature is your own special logo that sits in the left hand corner of the picture throughout, with your name and contact details featured and advertised. Making this footage unique to you. It now makes it impossible for anyone to try and pirate your own copy to sell themselves. It really is your own personal HD video that represents you and your brand in the best possible way. Watch the trailer: YouTube and find out more at


Life's A Beach Volume 2. Magicseen Publications is delighted to announce the release on the 30th October 2019 of a second volume of magic from top commercial close up pro Gary Jones. The first volume, which was released at Blackpool in February of this year, has been a huge success, and the good news is that volume 2 continues with the good work. Volume 2 contains 40 more of Gary's well thought out routines, many of which come from his working repertoire and which will very soon be in yours too! Gary's methods, while often requiring some sleight of hand, are nevertheless well within the capabilities of most performers and everything is honed to make it as practical and entertaining as possible. This soft backed A5 size perfect bound book runs to 135 pages and the thorough explanations are supplemented by clear line diagrams. Gary does not waste his time with unworkable pipe dreams which means that every idea in this book stands a chance of being something new to add to your front line repertoire. For more information and to order go to 26.10.19


Becoming FizzWizzPop. Nicola Arkane writes: Becoming FizzWizzPop is a semi autobiographical book of ideas, stories and practical methods on how to entertain and captivate the hardest but most rewarding audience you will ever face, children. Prepare yourselves for horror stories and gleeful ones. It's not an easy task being a role model for children, and entertaining them is even trickier. I am so pleased that over the years parents and educators have chosen me to come in and bring smiles to children's faces over and over again.

This A5, 92 page, soft bound book is filled with beautiful and colourful images of FizzWizzPop's events, trials and tribulations over the years, compiled by Sweden's very talented Anders Moden. Becoming FizzWizzPop is £24.00 plus postage and packaging costs. If you would be interested in purchasing a copy of my first book, please visit my online shop of wonders at Watch FizzWizzPop in action:


History of Seances and Edinburgh Horror Festival on Talking Tricks. Ash Pryce and Theresa Dewa join Talking Tricks to discuss this year’s Edinburgh Horror Festival. We talk about this year’s programme, including everything from horror stand-up comedy and magic, to theatre, movies, drag, poetry, Rocky Horror Picture Show and guided tours. We also discuss the history of seances, mediumship and spiritualist churches, plus whether magicians tricks inspired faux seances, or if the charlatans inspired magic techniques that are used today. Plus, we discuss the top horror movies of all time. The Edinburgh Horror Festival runs from October 24th to November 3rd. Listen via iTunes or Podbean. 26.10.19


Steve Gore is now taking bookings for his 'Lemon Squeezy' lecture: "His lectures have received excellent reviews from the Magic Castle, the IBM British Ring Convention, the British Magical Society and over twenty magic societies. His new lecture includes lots of his original effects including 'The GPS Deck', 'The Amnesia Deck', 'The Casino Con', and 'Visions from Vegas'. He also lectures on other non released effects which can be made up yourself. It’s not all close-up magic though, there are effects for stage, stand-up and mentalism too. All his effects are also easy to master, allowing you to focus on the presentation." "Straight away from the off, Steve showed us some bewildering effects based on his own ideas; everything from a trick with a rubber band to some powerful card work which was strong in performance but easy to do. His nice laid back style made the lecture very enjoyable. Steve would be enjoyed by any society." Clive Moore, President, IBM British Ring. Email enquiries to Steve Gore 26.10.19


When Magic Goes Horribly Wrong. "A compilation of illusions that went spectacularly badly, including several cases where magicians nearly died for their act. Escapologist Spencer Horsmann nearly drowned three times performing his water tank act, while Canadian magician Dean Gunnarson was pronounced dead after being fished out of a river following a stunt, and Shahid Malik has suffered both serious burns and a 40-foot fall from illusions gone wrong. Plus, mishaps featuring famous magicians including Dynamo, Paul Daniels and David Blaine." Tuesday 29th October on Channel 5 (repeat). See TV Magic for details. 26.10.19


Olmac 2020 lecture now booking. Tony Junior writes: Following Olmac's recent appearance at the South Tyneside International Magic Festival, I am looking at putting out a 2020 Olmac UK lecture tour next year, in either February or March. Olmac was simply sensational at STIMF. Since 2000 he has participated in numerous competitions and magic championships and has won several titles. Particularly known for his impressive card manipulations, Olmac created many DVDs for wizards around the world. In 2007, Olmac began the TV series ‘Al Camera Assahira Magic Olmac’ consisting of 250 episodes of 6 minutes each, which aired on the Moroccan channel 2M. Olmac shot his own one-man show in Washington DC in 2013 and is currently the President of the Magic Club of Nice, The Magic Star. He made a TV show on CCTV in China with his Black Light act in 2015. That same year he represented France at the 2015 Magic World Championships in Rimini. Would your club be interested in booking this lecture? If this lecture is of interest, please email choice of dates and your venue postcode to 26.10.19


Radio Magic. Adam Hudson will be live on Bay Trust Radio on Monday 28th October from 5.30pm performing some of his unique 'Radio Mentalism' from his three books Out of My Mind, With You in Mind and All in the Mind. Listeners will be given the opportunity to text in and have personal characteristics, birthdays, thought of playing cards, and much more revealed. 26.10.19


An Evening with Dylan Murray. From the organisers: Two-time "International Runway Awards Magician of the Year" award winner and "Derry's Got Talent" winner 2016, Dylan Murray will take to the stage for his debut live magic theatre show, An Evening with Dylan Murray on Halloween Night, 31st October 2019. It's going to be a very special show debuting some never before seen magic and mentalism. It's being held at the Station House Hotel, Co. Donegal, Ireland. 26.10.19


News Deadline reminder. Please submit news by Thursday if possible. Absolute deadline 12 noon Friday, no exceptions. DT. 26.10.19


"'Invisibility cloak' that could hide tanks and troops looks closer to reality" Click Here • "A Night at a Seance — A True Story for Halloween, David Britland" Click Here • "Learn About the Mind-Blowing Show The Illusionists-Magic of the Holidays" Click Here • "Holiday Blooper. Moment knife-throwing act at Bognor Regis Butlin’s goes horribly wrong" Click Here • "Stacked Lineup of Magicians to Wow Majestic Theatre Audiences at The Illusionists' Live Show" Click Here • "The Illusionists Live From Broadway tickets are on sale now" Click Here • "Illusionist Jason Bishop makes a dog disappear on air" Click Here • "Illusionists 'levitate' for over four hours in Brazil" YouTube • "How the Magic of Kindness Sustains Us, Werner Reich" YouTube • "Houdini visits Liberty Magic, in spirit anyway, for Lee Terbosic's latest show" Click Here • "Magician who was too self-conscious to leave his home because of eczema claims his red skin has vanished after taking experimental drug" Click Here • "Three ways to be a better teacher - by using magic" Click Here • And finally, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Final Trailer" YouTube (just in case you haven't watched it already) • Many thanks for your news as always, see you next week, Duncan. 26.10.19