Number 1010 - 2nd November 2019


MagicWeek Exclusive: Arturo Brachetti will be bringing his incredible one-man show "SOLO" to Blackpool 2020. The Blackpool Magic Convention is very proud to announce another massive headline show for February 2020. Arturo Brachetti will be bringing his incredible one-man show SOLO to the convention on Saturday night. This will be its UK premiere. It's the first time that we've ever had one performer headline their own full show in The Opera House Theatre and Arturo Brachetti more than justifies that honour. He is without doubt the finest quick-change artist in the world today and has taken the art to levels that no one else could ever imagine.

SOLO: Arturo Brachetti The Legend of Quick-Change is an eclectic 90 minute magical journey inside Arturo Brachetti's mind. In the show Arturo presents over 50 character transformations in a variety of sketches; but also includes Chinese hand shadows, laser battles and the art of sand painting in a multifaceted, multimedia show that includes a live video feed that takes us on a nostalgic journey back to the wonderment of childhood.


SOLO has sold more than 300,000 tickets in France, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland, and now it's heading to Blackpool for the February 2020 Convention. Already confirmed: Lance Burton, Mac King and Uri Geller... making this one of our most exciting conventions ever! Book Now: 2.11.19


Darcy Oake Tours UK, March 2020. Darcy is set to electrify audiences throughout the UK from March 21st-31st, 2020! Tickets & VIP packages for his eleven date tour go on sale on Friday 8th November from 10am:
Sat 21st March The Riverside, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sun 22nd March The Caves, Edinburgh
Mon 23rd March St Lukes, Glasgow
Tue 24th March The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Wed 25th March Arts Club, Liverpool
Thu 26th March Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Fri 27th March O2 Academy 3, Birmingham
Sat 28th March Manchester Academy 3, Manchester
Sun 29th March Thekla, Bristol
Mon 30th March Komedia, Brighton
Tue 31st March Islington Assembly Hall, London.


Chris Cross: The Great Magician of the North Tour. Chris Cross is on tour with his show featuring his trademark comedy magic, daredevil escapology, and some brand new material too, including the revival of some illusions that belonged to his late hero, Paul Daniels. See Chris Cross writes: "I'm very excited to be finally embarking on a touring magic theatre show this autumn in my native north-east. I've wanted to tour theatres with a magic show since I was 12 years old, after watching Paul Daniels on stage in Newcastle. This will be the first tour of many more to come I hope and I've specifically priced the tickets to make my show affordable to almost anyone that wants to come along and enjoy a proper night out at the theatre. So get off your iPads and portable devices, round up your friends and family for some quality time together and come and enjoy a proper comedy, magic and variety show in the decadent surroundings of your local theatre!'' Chris Cross in action: YouTube.


Dates & Venues:
3rd November: Theatre Royal, Wakefield (With Jimmy Cricket)
9th November: Alun Armstrong Theatre, Stanley (With Bobby Pattinson)
10th November: Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham (With Bobby Pattinson)
15th November: Arts Centre, Washington (With Bobby Pattinson)
16th November: Kirkgate Arts Centre, Cockermouth (Support TBA)
19th November: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (Support: The Dalek Pan Man & Comedian Cal Halbert).


Pete Firman as Buttons in Cinderella. Join Cinderella as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her wicked sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. You shall go to the ball this Christmas with the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella! Starring Samantha Womack (EastEnders) as The Wicked Stepmother, Lesley Garrett as The Fairy Godmother, Melody Thornton (Pussycat Dolls) as Cinderella and returning to Wimbledon Pete Firman as Buttons. Opening Night 7th December 2019, Final Performance 5th January 2020. New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon, London. For more info and to buy tickets Click Here. 2.11.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip every week! This week, Jonathan Miller on Channel 5's 'Stairway to the Stars' from 1999. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 2.11.19


Portsmouth and District Magic Circle Jumbo Day - Tomorrow, 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: 2.11.19


Magicseen Issue 89 November 2019. From the publishers: One of the UK's best known close-up entertainers is Fay Presto and her signature Bottle Through Table routine is remembered by every lay person who sees it! We are delighted to welcome Fay to our cover. From someone who is well established, we turn to a new kid on the block when we offer an interview with Australia's latest up-and-coming star, Nathan Darma. Plus we are delighted to feature Tom Meseroll from the US whose blend of several different disciplines lends his magic a unique look and context. In other feature articles we get a big laugh from Jay Fortune in The Branding Guru, the Dealer's Booth reappears with a nice article on Mission Magic, we offer you advice on 10 key ways to make children laugh in your kids shows, and most of our readers will empathise with some of the quirky things we magicians do in Why Do We Do That? There's also the usual big round up of product reviews, effects from Gary Jones and Jeramy Neugin are explained in the Masterclass, plus more. You can receive the latest issue as part of a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or as a single stand alone issue, by going to 2.11.19


New Release from Mark Leveridge Magic. Mark Leveridge is pleased to announce the release of a super easy version of the classic Cards Across. Called Pure Cards Across, this handling creates a move-free presentation designed for a close up show or parlour performance. Ten cards are counted onto a spectator's hand and are then dropped upright into a glass. A second set of ten cards is then dealt onto another spectator's hand and this pile is dropped into a second glass. There are no false counts, no palming, and ten cards are genuinely placed into each glass. Three cards are magically then transferred from one glass to the other, resulting in just seven cards being counted back onto the spectator's hand from the first glass, and of course thirteen from the other. Everything is performed literally at fingertips and there is no sleight of hand and no extra apparatus (envelopes etc.) to clutter the effect. This routine comes as a Premier E-Routine which consists of a downloadable PDF file of printed instructions, which also contains a link to an online video performance and explanation. To watch a dem and to order go to 2.11.19


Variety Live at the Empire Liverpool, this Tuesday, 5th November. Starring singing sensation Ben Stone, American Idol star Jasmine Trias, Las Vegas Headliner Wally Eastwood, Two Voices in One Mark Merchant, and from 'Penn & Teller Fool Us' John Archer. 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). 2.11.19


David Williamson in Circus 1903. Live on stage this evening in Birmingham! Experience the fun and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus. The show includes sensational life-sized elephants stunningly created by puppeteers from War Horse, putting elephants back in the ring as never before. The circus boasts a huge cast of jaw-dropping and dangerous acts from all corners of the globe. Featuring acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze and high-wire performers and more, this show captivates and transports audiences of all ages to the golden age of circus. David Williamson returns as the Ringmaster in this exciting new production. See What's On for UK tour dates. 2.11.19


Andi Gladwin lecture - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 6th November, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians will be hosting a lecture from Andi Gladwin, creator, author, lecturer, and co-founder of Vanishing Inc. All visiting magicians welcome, for the usual fee of £5. Lecture starts at 8pm at The ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 9LE (Map). For more information contact 2.11.19


Lee Smith lectures at The Northamptonshire Magicians Club this Tuesday, 5th November. Visiting magicians welcome. £10 charge. The lecture will start 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). Mark Paul MMC Secretary, The Northamptonshire Magicians Club. 2.11.19


Perth Magic Circle's Annual Table Top Sale, Wednesday, 6th November. 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). 2.11.19


Luke Baker - Magic Attack Tour 2020. From the promoters: Luke Baker is taking his one man comedy magic stage show "Magic Attack" on tour. In the show Luke will read minds, perform amazing magic and illusions and have everyone in stitches. January 17th Birmingham Mockingbird Theatre, February 8th Kettering Masque Theatre, February 13th Manchester Kings Arms Theatre, February 21st Brighton Caxton Arms Pub Theatre, March 21st Wolverhampton Arena Theatre. See for more info and tickets. 2.11.19


Chris Mallon: Predictable - Majestic Theatre, Darlington, 8th November. Predictably, the most predictable thing someone will tell you is that they’re not predictable... Welcome to Chris Mallon’s brand new show 'Predictable', an evening of mind reading, psychological entertainment and modern day fortune telling. In what promises to be an unbelievable evening you’ll see just how predictable we all really are and watch as Chris showcases some of the phenomena of the travelling carnivals of the 1920s as you’re invited into the fortune teller's tent as it's brought into the modern day, where your future will be predicted! But can anything really be predicted or is it simply, predictable? Majestic Theatre, 78-80 Bondgate, Darlington, Co Durham DL3 7JT (Map). Tickets £10 2.11.19


Tommy Cooper: In His Own Words. An affectionate look back at Tommy Cooper's life and career. Sir Michael Parkinson, Jimmy Tarbuck and Chris Tarrant and others reflect on what made Tommy Cooper one of the greatest ever entertainers. Colleagues talk about working with him, and his daughter Vicky reveals her feelings about her father. Saturday 9th November on Channel 5. See TV Magic. 2.11.19


Pat Gresham. Jon Marshall writes: I’m very sorry to say that Pat Gresham the widow of Magician, Fire-eater and Sideshow proprietor Jon Gresham sadly died in Driffield after a short illness on Thursday evening 31st October. Pat was a former Sideshow performer appearing many times in The Headless Lady and Cleo the Girl in the Goldfish Bowl illusions amongst others at their chain of illusion sideshows throughout the UK in the 1960s. She said that she always kept a bag packed in case of staff problems and never knew if she “would be called on to be legless in Margate or headless in Scarborough”. After Jon Gresham’s death Pat took over the running of his Penny Arcadia Museum of coin operated amusement devices and cinemas. Pat had many friends in the magic world and had lectured for magic societies including at the British Ring IBM convention. Pat contributed a chapter to the recently published Sideshow Showman - the biography and memoirs of her husband, Jon Gresham. Those who would like to send condolences to Pat’s family contact Jon Marshall 2.11.19


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