Number 1013 - 23rd November 2019


Edward Hilsum is The Magic Circle Children's Entertainer of the Year 2019! Last Sunday, The Magic Circle staged its inaugural Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition in front of a sold-out theatre audience at its London headquarters. Together, the six finalists Magic Mikey, Quentin Reynolds, Edward Hilsum, Mr Biscuit, Nutty Natty and Magic Dave not only competed, but put on a really entertaining show, brilliantly compared by Andy Clockwise. The audience, which I'd estimate were about 50:50 adults and children, fell under the magic spell and participated from the start. The children also became part of the judging team, with everyone between the age of 2 and 12 having their own vote, which contributed to the main judges ultimate scoring. The judges were: David Wood OBE, Terry Herbert MIMC and Tim Shoesmith MIMC. Big congratulations to Edward Hilsum who was placed first, Magic Dave second and Magic Mikey third. Winner Edward Hilsum said: "I was stunned and delighted to be presented with this award by Terry Herbert, the great children's entertainer after whom the award is named. I’ve always felt that the best way to entertain children is to treat them like adults. In fact, the illusion, story and sleight of hand that these youngsters enjoyed came straight from my adult repertoire."


The event was the brainchild of Andy Clockwise, who put it all together with a dedicated team. I've been to a lot of events at The Magic Circle over the years but this one was, without any doubt, one of the most enjoyable. I've often thought that children's entertainers are sometimes left to one side, when arguably they bring more joy to their audiences than all the other types of magicians put together. Can't wait for next year! DT. 23.11.19


Darren Mac wins the first ever Manchester Circle of Magicians 'Master Magician' Competition. From MCM: Last Monday Manchester Circle of Magicians held their first ever Master Magician competition. The unique format required each act to perform a 12 minute close-up routine and a 12 minute stage magic act, with the scores being combined to produce an overall ‘Master Magician.’ The standard of magic was high from all six performers and the competition was incredibly close. Third place went to Danny Jewell, second place to Philip Partridge and first to Darren Mac. Darren dedicated his win to Peter Roberts who was a mentor to him and many and sadly passed away last week. See and 23.11.19


Charlie Cairoli 39 Years Under The Tower. From the publishers: Just published and now available, a book about Blackpool Tower Circus legend Charlie Cairoli. It was at The Tower that Charlie really made his name with big top fans, performing brilliant slapstick routines at the venue for almost 40 years, until retirement in 1979, helping to make it one of Britain’s top circus attractions. The Italian-born star died in 1980 aged 70. As an entertainer Charlie bought more holidaymakers into Blackpool than any other during his 39 year run. The book follows a chronological story from the entertainer’s birth in 1910, right through to his celebrated career at the Tower Circus, and includes many photos never seen by the public before. The publication is a limited run of 1000, the first 250 will be numbered limited edition and signed by Charlie Cairoli Jr, they will also include an exclusive print from circus artist Curtis Tapenden. For more information and to order visit 23.11.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Paul Zenon working behind the scenes for 'The Fall Guy', from 23rd August 1996. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 23.11.19


The Smoke and Mirrors Gathering - Bristol, this Sunday, 24th November. 11am - 6pm. 4+ Lectures, a day of jamming, fun challenges and learning. £15 for the whole day. 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.
For more info and to book see


Britain's Greatest Ever Double Acts. "A countdown of the nation's favourite duos from the world of TV, film, music, animation and sport, as voted for by Channel 5 viewers. The programme features partnerships including the Two Ronnies, Morecambe & Wise and Ant & Dec, and there are contributions by Ronnie Corbett, Zig & Zag, Cannon & Ball, Chas & Dave, David Baddiel, Penn & Teller, Trevor and Simon, Dick & Dom and Andi Peters & Emma Forbes." Sunday 1st December on Channel 5. See TV Magic for details. 23.11.19


The One Show is looking for young amateur magicians who have left school, and might be available during the day for some filming in London in early December. Please contact or for more information. 23.11.19


The Amazing Jonathan Documentary on Talking Tricks. Kane & Abel write: This week on Talking Tricks we are joined by fellow magicians Neil Kelso and Chris Cook to discuss The Amazing Jonathan Documentary following its preview screening at 98 UK cinemas and the live Q&A session with Director Ben Berman conducted by Louis Theroux on November 19th. We discuss how Jonathan was portrayed, whether or not the whole 'dying thing' was a prank, the ethics behind such a documentary and the key take home points. Last week, Chris Cook discussed trusting a real audience member with a real arrow to finish his show, his Tedx Talk, what makes a good trick and his highs and lows from more than half a decade at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Chris also reveals how he became 'Wedding Magician of the Year' and how a near-death experience led to him taking magic more seriously. Listen via Podbean or acast. 23.11.19


Olly Graham lecture Portsmouth and District Magic Circle. Sean Lobban writes: On Monday 25th November, Olly Graham will be lecturing for Portsmouth & District Magic Circle. Olly is one of the funniest, most versatile performers available today. In his lecture, he shares his experience and expertise as a Family Entertainer, performing fun-packed, mind-blowing magic for all ages. The lecture starts at 7.30pm at Portsmouth and District Magic Circle, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT (Map). Visiting magicians welcome - £8 admission. 23.11.19


Paul Hancox is The British Magical Society Close-up Champion 2019. The British Magical Society Close-up Championships were held last Tuesday. Eight magicians competed in front of a packed audience, complete with a delicious buffet, to create an exciting and very enjoyable evening. There was a high standard throughout but the eventual winner was Paul Hancox. Second place went to new member Ben Pegoet and third to Warren Treadaway. Well done all. 23.11.19


Merlins of Wakefield News! Merlins of Wakefield write: We have now received the 2020 Tenyo items. Any pre-orders are on their way, but we have a limited supply left. To get yours, Click Here. The Crimson Deck is also available now Click Here. We have just had our annual Ian Waring Close Up competition, and this year's winner was Martin Exelby. Well done Martin, and to everyone that took part. Next year Merlins will have been in business for 25 years, and we will be once again having our Magic Festival Day on Sunday 17th May. Details of artists and tickets will be available in December. If you would like notifications and updates about the event then email We are always looking to buy any used magic items, so if you have anything to sell contact us on 01924 339933. Don’t forget, we offer Gift Vouchers, ideal for Christmas, Click Here. The December edition of the ‘Preview’ magazine will be available soon! 23.11.19


David Nixon would have been 100 years old on 29th December 2019 and to celebrate this anniversary Steve Short will be presenting his talk to magic societies during 2020/21. For more than twenty years, millions of British television viewers tuned in to watch a true wizard at work. As a panellist on What's My Line? or as the host of It's Magic and many other shows, David Nixon was not just a magician, but a peerless performer whose warmth and wit made him a natural star. The wonderful Ali Bongo was David’s main magic advisor for many years. Using a PowerPoint presentation, Steve will show many unseen photos and highlights of David’s TV shows telling the life of this gentle giant of magic. Steve will also present some magic effects during his presentation. David's personal life was one touched by tragedy. Yet for all his mastery of illusion the easygoing on-screen image that made him a friend to every viewer was no deception, but a true reflection of a hardworking optimist who lived to entertain. For more details contact Steve Short AIMC 07803 125180. 23.11.19


Jamie Daws London Society of Magicians Lecture. From the organisers: LSM presents (another) Jamie Daws Lecture! His first lecture was so awesome, we asked him back to share more of his secrets. You don't want to miss this! For over 10 years he has been releasing killer magic effects to the community (some of them have quite literally been about killers!). With hit effects such as ‘Scared’, ‘GatheRing’ and ‘Phantasm’ and his prolific ‘Dark Series’ consisting of ‘Scream’, ‘The Deceased’, and ‘He’s Not Here’, he has established himself as an innovative and sometimes quite odd creator! In this unique lecture for the London Society of Magicians, Jamie is revealing some of his latest creations! From Rubik’s Cube Mentalism for stage and his ‘Wonderland Booktest’, to explaining his handlings for PK Touches and sharing his favourite routine with his ‘Vito’ switching envelope! Of course, there may be a few new darker effects in there too... So we will see you on Tuesday 26th November at Davenports Magic! Date: 26th of November. Doors open at 6.30pm. Lecture starts at 7pm. Admission: £10. Location: Davenport's Magic 23.11.19


'A Magic Wednesday with Buddies' - this Wednesday in Brighton. Join us for a Preview Night of amazing magic and mind reading at Brighton's favourite Diner. A Magic Wednesday with Buddies is a chance to see magicians and mind readers performing new material and tricks. It's a fun and cheap midweek night out hosted by Buddies 24 hour diner on Brighton seafront. With a fully licensed bar and special food offers, we ask for a £2.50 donation on the door. Spaces are limited so we strongly advise you to book your free tickets in advance. Wednesday, November 27th, arrive for 7.30pm with a show start time of 8pm. So why not bring your friends and family for some low-cost midweek fun. Buddies 24 Hour Diner, 46-48 Kings Road, Brighton BN1 1NA (Map). For more info and to book visit 23.11.19


Live Act Award for Spellbound. The Spellbound Show (Tracie Hughes AIMC and his wife Jennifer Bentley) have just been voted 'Live Act of the Year' by Parkdean Resorts, one of the largest Holiday Companies in the UK. This award-winning act is billed as 'A Magical Variety Show' and features the unique relationship and comedic chemistry between the couple. Pete Stedman, Head of Entertainment, said: "Spellbound, one of the finest speciality acts in the UK, combining magic, illusion, comedy and song to create the perfect blend of live entertainment with appeal to all ages across our Holiday Parks. Not only a great act but Tracie and Jen are two of the most professional, supportive and nicest people in the industry". Parkdean Resorts booked over 10,000 performances from over 1,000 acts including bands, singers and comedians this year. This is the first time the award has been presented and was a perfect way to finish Spellbound's tenth year of touring holiday venues both in the UK and overseas. 23.11.19


Ernest Sewell and the London Magical Co. by Philip David Treece is reviewed by Ian Keable this week (thanks Ian!) Click Here • "Denise Welch, 61, dazzles in a sparkling gown..." Click Here • "Illusionist Derren Brown’s four magic tricks for success onstage and in life" Click Here • "What 12 celebrities from Croydon looked like when they were younger" Click Here • "24 Hours In Life Of Gopinath Muthukad: Cheating Death And Thriving In Art Of 'Hocus-Pocus'" Click Here • "Ehrlich Brothers - Flash" YouTube • "Mad Hatter: Q&A with magician Keith Barry" Click Here • "The Amazing Johnathan: Drug addicted, terminally ill illusionist 'doubly' unreliable" Click Here • "Paul Daniels’s nephew James Phelan prepares for Brighton gig" Click Here • "Magician wants $50,000 to make 'antiquated and disrespectful Ayers Rock' disappear in front of a live audience" Click Here • "Magician 'Val Dino' remembered by friends" Click Here • "The Ol’ Bunny and the Card Trick…and other magical happenings on live tv" Click Here • "The Amazing Johnathan is a gnat’s breath away from being a complete disaster" Click Here • "The Amazing Johnathan Documentary review – an enjoyably shambolic doc" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 23.11.19