Number 1011 - 9th November 2019


The Illusioneer Presents Guy Hollingworth. From the organisers: 'The Illusioneer Presents' is a series of shows that brings together some of London's most talented magicians for a full evening of sophisticated entertainment in an elegant setting. This month's show features guest performer, Guy Hollingworth. Guy is regarded by his peers as one of magic's greatest talents. He performs at exclusive events worldwide and has made numerous television appearances including NBC's The World's Greatest Magic III, Illusoes with Luis de Matos in Portugal, The Five Greatest Magicians in the World in Japan, Britain's Worst Cheats, Heroes of Magic, and the BBC's History of Magic in England. One of Guy's best know magical creations was listed as one of the 50 greatest magic tricks of all time.


Thursday, 5th December at 8pm. Tickets £20 via Venue: Belair House, Gallery Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7AB (Map). 'The Illusioneer Presents' is hosted at Belair House, a Grade II listed Georgian manor. It aims to recapture the excitement created by high society of the 1920s and 30s. Before the show, guests will have the opportunity to explore the manor, to indulge at the bar and to unwind in a glamorous setting. 9.11.19


Thom Peterson - The Farewell Tour, Thursday, November 21st at The Bath Circle of Magicians. Roger Nicot, President of The Bath Circle of Magicians writes: He's a magician. He's a comedian. He's a master of ceremonies. And he's a darn nice guy. But he and his wife Annabel are moving to Los Angeles. This could be the last time you will be able to see him lecture in the UK! An event so epic, you would be daft to miss it! Thom is a member of the prestigious Magic Circle in London (AIMC), the British Magical Society (Close-Up Magician of the Year), and a regular performer at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. He is regularly called on to perform for some of the world's largest corporations and is a regular sell-out at comedy and arts festivals worldwide. In fact, Thom has performed in over 90 countries. If you're going to trust someone to show you the tricks of the trade, there's no one better! Non-Members £10. Thursday, November 21st at 8pm at The Bath Circle of Magicians, St. Mary's Church, Queen Square, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EL (Map). Also see 9.11.19


Free 'Finger Impaler' by Peter Kane with all orders over £30 at Magicbox. Magicbox write: To continue our 25 years in business celebration, this month we are giving away a 'Finger Impaler' by Peter Kane, with every order over £30. Simply make your order up to £30 or more and the voucher will appear at the checkout, add this and claim your free trick! 9.11.19


Britain's John Archer is currently on tour in 'A Magical Cirque Christmas' in the USA, which opens in Reading, Pennsylvania, on November 13th through to Thousand Oaks, California, on December 29th. See for dates and details. 9.11.19


The Smoke and Mirrors Gathering, Sunday 24th November, Bristol. 11am - 6pm. 4 Lectures, a day of jamming, fun challenges and learning. £15 for the whole day, or £20 which includes a lovely stone baked pizza. The aim of the day is to learn magic from professionals in an informal environment, a very relaxed atmosphere, where everyone is welcome and there's plenty of time to network with fellow magicians. On Sunday, 24th November, you can attend the first official “Smoke and Mirrors Convention”.

Daniel Chard. Daniel will be sharing some of the powerful close up card work he is known for and also demonstrating some unpublished effects. Some of which are featured on his Penguin Live Magic that has been polished in the trenches.
Grant Maidment. Grant is a worker in every sense of the word, he will be sharing some visual close-up magic using a variety of different objects from his DVD set 'Frenetic'. You don’t want to miss this!
James Brown. A master close-up magician, hypnotist and pickpocket. James can cover a wide variety of different subjects. But one thing is certain, you’ll leave looking at magic in a different light.
Paul Pickford. Paul is the current joint winner of The Magic Circle Close-up Competition. Paul has a very disarming manner and relaxed presentational style. His work on what he calls the VS switch opens up many doors in card magic.
Plus more speakers to be announced shortly. For more info and to book see


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip every week! This week, Franz Harary on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 20th September 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 9.11.19


The Magicians Advice Podcast. Perform, Refine & Improve with Daniel Chard and Phil Taylor Click Here. To find out more about Daniel Chard see and to get tickets to see Daniel live and in person! 27.8.16


Merlins of Wakefield will have the new Tenyo 2020 range of magic available at the end of November. Merlins write: Check out our special price for all 6! For details of how to reserve yours Click Here. We also have our latest Preview to download, you can get it Here! We now have over 500 books and a 1000 used magic items in stock, as well as over 2000 new tricks, books and DVDs. With Christmas coming, a Gift Voucher is ideal, you can buy them Here and if you are in Wakefield, call in and see what’s available. If you are looking to buy or sell any used Magic, then get in touch with us and see if we can help! telephone: 01924 339933. 9.11.19


How a failed date led to a successful career for Ken Dyne. Kane & Abel write: Whether you know him as Ken Dyne, Kennedy or just that mind reader guy with the white hair you will know that he is one of the best mentalists on the planet. Ken joins us to discuss how his career only got started because he was showing off with mind reading on a date in a pub; inspirations from Max Maven to Al Koran; corporate after dinner performing; how to turn the people in the room into bookings; trade shows and why he is trying to get fewer gigs. He also talks about how Billy Idol led to his iconic look, trying new material during professional gigs and writing books. Listen via Podbean, acast or iTunes. 9.11.19


Thom Peterson is lecturing for the Cornish Magical Society on Sunday 17th November. The lecture is being held at Carnon Downs Village Hall and starts at 2pm. Doors open from 1.30pm. Non members are very welcome (£15.00 adults - £10.00 kids). This will certainly be another highlight with stacks of real world material performed and taught by 'That Funny Amazing Guy'. Cornish Magical Society, Carnon Downs Village Hall, Tregye Road, Carnon Downs, Truro TR3 6GH (Map). Jon Martin. 9.11.19


The Professional Worker Series - four for the price of three! There are countless publications which provide you with magic to add to your repertoire, but there are hardly any which offer professional, on-the-money advice about the real nitty gritty of performing commercially. Mark Leveridge's Professional Worker Series consists of four e-book titles which ignore the waffle and cut straight to the information that you need to help you to become a better magician. Volume 1 is Going Walkabout, an e-book dedicated to explaining exactly how to perform magic at mix and mingle informal events where there are no tables and where your audience is mobile. Volume 2 is Trade Show Magic which lifts the lid on how to use close up to promote companies at exhibitions. Volume 3 is called The Table Magician, which provides a detailed breakdown of exactly how to present magic effectively table side at dinner functions and in restaurants. And Volume 4 is Marketing Yourself, a thorough look at exactly how to promote yourself and your shows in the modern age. Each e-book costs £10.00, but if you buy any three of the titles before Sunday 17th November 2019, you will be sent a link to download the fourth one completely free! You've already got enough tricks, so wise up now on how to use those effects and get bookings by investing in the Professional Worker Series from Mark Leveridge. For more details and to order go to 9.11.19


South London Magic Society Charity Evening. Simon Rosselli writes: On Tuesday, November 5th, South London Magic Society presented a cheque for £600 to St. Christopher’s Hospice. We put on a Magic Show at a local venue and had close-up magic in the Bar area before the show and then a stage show from 8pm – 10pm with five different acts and a 20 minute interval, where more close-up magic was performed. This is the second year in a row we have done this; it’s now become an annual event. Many thanks to all those who performed and all those helping behind the scenes. A great night for a great cause. 9.11.19


A 'thank you' from Magicseen Publications. From the publishers: A couple of weeks ago we announced the imminent publishing of Gary Jones's second volume of Life's A Beach, another collection of 40 of Gary's commercial routines and ideas. The response from magicians around the world was huge, making this 136 page soft backed book one of the fastest selling publications we have ever released. We would like to thank all the magicians who immediately ordered the book, many of whom had already purchased the first volume (still available!), and we are sure that they will be delighted with the new collection of Gary Jones magic. If you are one of those who has yet to invest, the book is now out and available by return, and it is full of the sort of magic that you will be keen to learn and introduce into your working repertoire. For more information and to order, please go to 9.11.19


The new biography Ernest Sewell and the London Magical Co. by Philip David Treece will be released on the 5th of December 2019. Pre-order now to receive 10% off the purchase price. This book details Ernest’s life and career from humble roots, leaving school at fourteen to join the printing industry, through to becoming a B.B.C. radio star and a highly successful entrepreneur. It covers his rise through the ranks of pierrot concerts to becoming one of the leading concert party magicians in the country.

Highlights include:
• His huge 1914 tour of Australasia supporting one of the biggest music hall stars of the age, Harry Lauder.
• His relationship with Will Goldston and Stanley Collins.
• The evolution of the London Magical Co. from a small one-room publisher for magicians to a factory employing seventy people, making toys and games for sale around the world.
• The story of how he found fame with his concert party group the Moonstones, becoming a regular star of B.B.C. Radio.
• His success as a solo performer which led to him being the first magician broadcast on television.
• Information on his magic sets, tying together how and why they changed over time.

The book has 80 A4 pages with 78 illustrations, fully indexed. Printed on high-quality satin paper with colour-printed covers. The book is £15 including UK delivery and £20 including international delivery. See for more details and to order. Philip is a conservator working on the care of statuary, decorative plaster and medieval wall paintings in museums, historic houses and places of worship around the UK. In his spare time he collects conjuring
apparatus, books and ephemera and runs a blog on the history of magic.


Reflections. The new book from John Carey. From the publisher: An incredible new exploration of the card, coin and close-up magic of John Carey. This all new, exciting, collection of eclectic material from magic creator John Carey is finally available for preorder. Reflections is a 196 page hardback book crammed with 88(ish) incredible magic pieces covering: cards, coins, mentalism, sleights, themes and ideas; plus astounding guest items from some of magic's biggest names. John has made a name for himself with material that is approachable, accessible, doable and super commercial - John focuses on strong, deceptive magic that is easy and fun to do, and that audiences will love to see just as much as you’ll enjoy doing it.

We aim to ship Reflections on the 2nd December - all preorders placed between now and then will ship on the 2nd, so if you were thinking of treating yourself to a wonderful magical Christmas gift this is the best way! The normal retail price will be £35 (+p&p), but the preorder price is just £30 (+p&p). In addition to this great price, every single preorder will also receive the ebook edition of Carey's Way from 2018. That’s another 80+ items. To find out more about this brilliant new book, see the extensive full table of contents, and to place your preorder, head over to


Martin Cox's 'Fistful of Magic' lecture, Merlin Magical Society, Potters Bar. John Clayton, Secretary, writes: On Thursday the 14th November, the Merlin Magical Society is having a lecture by Martin Cox entitled “Fistful of Magic”. This is Martin's latest lecture, and covers Openers, Coins, Rope, and much more. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Entry for non members is £10 on the door. Merlin Magical Society, Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ (Map). 9.11.19


3SM Joel Dickinson Lecture. Tony Dawson  writes: Come along and learn from one the hot properties in magic at the moment, Joel Dickinson. Joel performs both close-up and mentalism and is also an accomplished showman and creator. Don’t miss this one! Open to visiting magicians, £10 on the door. Monday 11th November at 8pm. Venue: Longford House Beefeater, Cannock WS11 1SJ (Map). See Email: for more info. 9.11.19


Steve Rowe Lecture - Bolton Magic Club. Paul Goodman writes: Bolton Magic Club presents Steve Rowe: In just 5 years, Steve Rowe has established himself as one of the most creative minds in UK magic. His 'Murphy's at the Table Lecture' was one of the fastest selling episodes and he has lectured at The Magic Circle. Known for his fun, visual and organic style, magicians worldwide are using his props and effects in their professional working repertoire. His work has featured on TV talent shows and his effects have been used on Social Media seen by millions. The lecture focuses on the full creative process with in-depth explanations, including: the initial idea, prop building, routining and pocket management. Steve will demonstrate some unpublished work as well. Every level of magician will take something away from Steve's lecture. The material is not only easy to perform, it has been worked over and over during Steve's professional act. Expect to see magic with money, cards, sweets, sharpies and more! Doors open at 8.30pm on Wednesday 13th November 2019 at The Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 5QD (Map). Visiting magicians from other societies are most welcome. There will be an entrance fee £10.00 for non members. 9.11.19


Punch & Judy talk and show by David Wilde, Lewes Little Theatre, Sunday 17th November. David Wilde, one of Britain’s leading authorities on the history of the art of Punch & Judy, talks about the genre and performs his show, in a nostalgic trip to the seaside of our youth. On the street or in the home, on showground, park or village green, Professor David Wilde entertains children and adults alike with traditional skills of magic and the authentic Punch & Judy show. He collects puppets and ventriloquist dolls, his speciality being Punch & Judy figures where he is a considered a leading authority. In fact he is frequently consulted to establish values when puppet artefacts come to auction. He is a true enthusiast and this comes over in his performance. He is rated by his peers in the Punch & Judy profession as one of the best and most authentic shows to see. Book your tickets at Sunday 17th November at 2.30pm. Lewes Little Theatre, Lancaster Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2PX (Map). 9.11.19


Take Me Out, 16th November. The latest group of men entering the "love lift" are a tech-savvy personal trainer, an airline pilot, a magician and musician, and a city banker, all hoping to impress a studio full of single women and win a date - but must first get the 30 female participants to keep their lights on as a sign of approval. Paddy McGuinness presents. See TV Magic for details 9.11.19


Magician's props stolen in the Portsmouth area. Dean Nicholas writes: "Bit of a trauma, my close-up case with my A list material and my cabaret case with my stand-up show have been stolen in the Portsmouth area. Police are on it and I'm asking all local magicians to keep an eye out for anything unusual, especially in charity/second-hand shops around the area. I live in hope as the magic is of no use to anyone but us. Some things taken include a Mullica table I got directly from Tom, plus a Boston Box I was given by David Roth with silver half dollars in it. I’m currently in Blackpool doing some Christmas season work. I have a spare amount of close-up magic but need to put together my stand-up show so if anyone has some spare props to rebuild my show that would be a start." Contact Dean Nicholas if you can help. 9.11.19


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