Number 1016 - 14th December 2019


Penn Jillette on The Jonathan Ross Show, tonight at 10.10pm on ITV. This week on The Jonathan Ross Show, Jonathan is joined by Rebel Wilson and Jason Derulo - stars of upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Cats, the breakout sporting star of 2019, cricketer Jofra Archer, world famous award-winning magician Penn Jillette, hilarious comedian Katherine Ryan, and one of the biggest-selling bands of the millennium Keane will be performing in the studio. See TV Magic for details. 14.12.19


Phil Hitchcock is celebrating 25 years of Panto by appearing in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the London Palladium. It’s an all-star cast in a multi-million pound QDOS Entertainments production. Phil has designed new illusions for the production including an outstanding version of his award-winning bird act. He's also created an mind blowing version of his floating fireball with a spectacular finale! Inspired by Siegfried & Roy and with thanks to Alpha, this is an exclusive illusion that is wowing audiences twice daily. The show is receiving rave reviews and has almost sold-out for the 5 week run. 14.12.19


The Magic Circle Christmas Show, 20th-30th December, 2019. From The Magic Circle: The Magic Circle Christmas Show is our annual fund raising event featuring family entertainment. The show is for families so arrive when the doors open to make the most of your experience at The Magic Circle. The museum will be open prior to each show and magicians will be mixing with the audience. The matinee performance (2.30pm show time) should be finished by 5pm and the evening show (6.30pm show time) by 9.30pm. The Magic Circle has a fully stocked bar with soft drinks for children and adult refreshments. Confectionary is also available and there are a large selection of restaurants near The Magic Circle. See for full details and to book. 14.12.19


Dancing on Ice at Christmas. Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby present the launch show for the 12th series of the skating challenge. The famous faces taking part this year are magician Ben Hanlin, reality TV star Maura Higgins, Diversity member Perri Kiely, model and businesswoman Caprice, TV presenter Trisha Goddard, actress Lisa George, Paralympian Libby Clegg, ex-EastEnder Joe Swash, Steps singer Ian `H" Watkins, newsreader Lucrezia Millarini, former footballer Kevin Kilbane, and TV personality Michael Barrymore. In this first edition, the celebrities are paired up with their professional partners, while Torvill and Dean also perform a spectacular routine with some special guests, before taking to the judges' desk alongside Ashley Banjo and newcomer John Barrowman. 7pm on Sunday 22nd December on ITV. "Ben Hanlin reveals Dancing on Ice 2020 skating partner" Click Here. 14.12.19


Midlands Magic Convention, 31st May, 2020. From the organisers: On Sunday 31st May 2020 Rob Harper, a magician from the Midlands, has arranged a one day charity convention to be held at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre. The day is a fundraiser for the charity Hope For Justice. Rob is also a police officer and along with a team of ten others is heading to Cambodia in September 2020 to work with victims of child sexual exploitation. With a top quality line up including Lee Smith, Fay Presto, Etienne Pradier, Leo Smetsers, Wayne Goodman, Jon Allen, John Moreton, Joel Dickinson and Jasper Blakeley (with his Russian alter ego Kockov) the day is going to be amazing. Early bird tickets are now for sale priced at £40 until the end of December. Visit the Facebook page for details. 14.12.19


The Magic Club York to launch in the New Year. Phil Shaw writes: We are a group of magicians whose aim is to provide a fun, friendly and social environment for anyone with a strong interest in magic. We will meet at 7.30pm on the 1st Monday of every month at Acomb Bowls Club, 302 Thanet Road, York YO24 2NW (Map). The club’s first meeting, on 6th January 2020, will be free to attend. Feel free to pop along and see what we are all about and meet our guest Adrian Sullivan who will be demonstrating magic that will be available to purchase at very low prices. If you would like to become a member of the club there will be a £30 annual subscription fee which will be due either on the night or at February’s meeting. We look forward to seeing you there. Find us on Facebook or 14.12.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week David Blaine on BBC1's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross from 23rd November 2002. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 14.12.19


Magicians go on the road to conjure up fun for Scottish Schoolchildren. Magicians are on a mission to help make learning fun in Scottish schools during the run-up to Christmas. Magic School on the Road is a touring workshop presenting free-of-charge magic lessons to kids who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to attend MagicFest events.

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland and Kiran’s Trust Charity support the Edinburgh MagicFest event, which is now touring seven primaries and secondaries in the capital and Falkirk, in areas of deprivation. Magic School on the Road takes some of the great activities from highly popular Magic School workshop, that takes place during the Magic Festival, and conjures them up for children in the classroom. Last week Magic School headmaster Gary James delighted children from Primary 4 A and B at Craigour Park Primary School where he taught them tricks to perform for their family and friends over Christmas and the New Year. Thanks to cunning sleight of hand the children were also learning to apply mental arithmetic as well as developing skills in critical analysis and performance.

Gary, who has been running the MagicFest (Edinburgh International Magic Festival’s) Magic School for a decade, said: “A lot of the children have never seen a live magic performance before, so it’s a treat for them, and there’s a lot hidden away in there of real educational value.” MagicFest organisers, Svetlana McMahon and her magician husband Kevin Quantum, piloted Magic School on the Road last year and felt it had real potential. Svetlana said: “This year is the 10th annual MagicFest and we wanted to do something really special. Not every child can get along to festival events like Magic School so we thought that we would go on the road and take it to their schools. And while on one level it’s all about having lots of fun – magic is a great way to get kids learning.” Not going to your school? You can still get tickets for the events over Christmas at YouTube.


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All the latest from Merlins! Merlins of Wakefield write: We have our latest Magic ‘Preview’ available now. It’s packed with over 100 magic books, tricks and offers. To get a download, Click Here. If you would prefer a printed copy, just email your postal address to us for a free 20 page copy We also have tickets available for our Magic Festival Day in May 2020. It’s our 25th Anniversary year, so we are pulling out all the stops to make the day the best ever - for more details Click Here. We have the 2020 Tenyo Magic in stock Click Here for more details. With Christmas just around the corner, don’t forget we do Gift Vouchers. These can be bought online and the voucher is emailed to you, so can be done up to 1pm Christmas Eve. For details of how to buy Gift Vouchers Click Here. 14.12.19


Children’s Magic Show, Friday 27th December in London. From the organisers: Let your children enjoy the magic of Christmas! With top children’s entertainer Colonel Custard, and the fabulous magic and dance act of Megan Swann. Tickets: £7 children £9 adults from The show starts at 2.30pm and runs to 4pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Just 12 minutes from Central London; take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the hotel is 2 minutes walk from the station. 14.12.19


Conjuring at the Court, Friday 27th December in London. From the organisers: Enjoy Christmas with mystery and fun from Carl Pettman, Paul Megram, Stephen Barry, and the balletic magic of Megan Swann. Compere Russell Levinson. Tickets still only £11 from 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). Just 12 minutes from Central London; take the West Ealing train from Paddington and the pub is 2 minutes walk from the station. Parking is free from 6.30pm. 14.12.19


Neptune Magic Society Juniors' Christmas Show. The first annual Christmas Show from the Junior section of the Neptune Magic Society was staged last week at Magicbox in Newcastle in front of a sell-out crowd. The Neptune Magic Society would like to thank everyone at Magicbox for all of their help and support in making it such a wonderful event. Ajay Vora reviews the show, Click Here. Also see 14.12.19


The Mark Leveridge December 2019 Podcast. The final podcast of the year sees Mark giving comment and opinion on: The changing nature of magic conventions means that the most successful and sustainable events are those which are focused in terms of their theme or content. How do you decide how many tricks to carry when performing strolling magic? Audio books are a great learning tool for those who say they don’t read books any more. A good performing style or personality can help dictate the type of magic you choose for your act. The decline of general theatrical agents has removed a quality control mechanism. Manage your bookers’ expectations if you want to avoid them being disappointed with you. The podcast is the ideal 30 minute festive magic tonic, so pull up a chair and listen for free either at or at from where you can also sign up as a follower and receive every new edition automatically on its release. 14.12.19


Dynamo: Magician Impossible is being repeated over the Christmas period. See TV Magic for details. 14.12.19


Brian Rogers. Choreographer Brian Rogers died earlier this month. Over the years he worked with many magicians on television productions including The Best of Magic and Magic Comedy Strip, working on the staging of illusions as well as the choreography. 14.12.19


"Pete Firman returns to Taunton with his amazing TBC tour" Click Here • "Piff the Magic Dragon is Heading to Silverthorne Pavilion" Click Here • "Illusionist and Asia's Got Talent Winner Eric Chien Says Some of His Tricks Have Come Straight Out of Dreams" Click Here • "BWW Review: The Illusionists return to Broadway with Magic of the Holidays" Click Here • "The Illusionists' Dom Chambers and Eric Chien Blow Our Minds with Magic" Click Here • "The Illusionists share some secrets" Click Here • "Q&A: Shin Lim" Click Here • "Derren Brown On Why Magic Is More Theatrical Than You Think" Click Here • And finally, not magic but for Star Wars fans, here's Mark Hamill in conversation with Frank Oz just last week, YouTube • Many thanks for your UK magic news, always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 14.12.19