Number 1018 - 28th December 2019


Evolution of Magic The Unknown. From the promoters: Starring Craig Christian Magician and Illusionist who has the dexterity of a true artist. He performs miracles with just a deck of cards. His urban and edgy style is changing the face of magic and entertainment. Whilst Elizabeth’s thought-provoking tales of the impossible delve into the world of the unknown. You may recognise Elizabeth who recently appeared and performed on ITV's ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Having got through to the semi-finals she shocked audiences with a terrifying audition that resulted in Amanda Holden swearing live on stage! Craig and Elizabeth perform all over the world, but enjoy coming back to the home of magic, that is Blackpool. This show is truly a performance not to be missed! Selected dates from 26th June 2020 - 31st October 2020. See 28.12.19


The Session. 10th, 11th, 12th January 2020. The Session is now a three-day event! Starting on Friday lunchtime, and finishing Sunday night, you'll be blown away by the lineup we have arranged for our first ever three-day convention! See David Regal, Laura London, Mike Pisciotta, Michael Vincent, Denis Behr, Peter Clifford, David Williamson, Andrew Goldenhersh, Gustav Kuhn, Harrison Greenbaum, Henry Harrius, Andi Gladwin, Howard Hamburg, Dominic Twose, Will Houstoun, Rory Adams and Paul Wilson (with more names to be announced).
• Never seen before lectures, talks and workshops – we persuade our amazing performers to share their brand new material with you.
• The very best magicians in the world sharing their thoughts and ideas with an eager and appreciative audience.
• Amazing opportunities to session with the stars as well as your friends – we have exclusive use of the hotel bar and conference room.
• Handpicked dealers – just like the products we sell on Vanishing Inc. – we make sure you only get the best of the best in our dealers’ room

• A schedule that is packed with astonishing magic, but also makes time for you to catch up over a beer or coffee with old friends – and make new ones.

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The Magic Dealers Day 2020. The 2019 event at the Park Plaza Hotel in Victoria was such a success that The Magic Circle have announced that they'll be back there in 2020. The date for your diaries is Saturday October 24th 2020. The Magic Dealers Day features over 30 stands from magic suppliers and organisations and in 2019 also featured at lecture and dedicated Magic Jam area to try out new purchases or just relax with a drink. The Park Plaza Hotel is adjacent to Victoria station. Entry to the event is free for members of The Magic Circle or the Young Magicians Club and just £10 for non-members. Pay on the door. Full details nearer the time. 28.12.19


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Robert Harbin and his brilliant Zig-Zag Lady illusion from an appearance Sunday Night at the London Palladium on 30th October 1966, featured here on John Fisher's The Best of Magic' on 28th December 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 28.12.19


The Life And Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski is reviewed by Roger Woods this week. "In the bibliography he states that he referenced 212 different Houdini and magic books and read more than a thousand newspapers and magazine articles. In addition he watched dozens of documentaries, films and television shows. He interviewed many contemporary Houdini scholars. So, his research was thorough..." To read the full review Click Here. To order a copy from Click Here. 28.12.19


Morgan & West Lecture, Mercian Mystics Magic Society, Tuesday, February 4th. Chris Stokes, Secretary, Mercian Mystics Magic Society writes: The Mystics are thrilled to announce that the first lecture of their anniversary year will be by the internationally-acclaimed double act Morgan & West. Billed as 'magicians, time travellers and all-round spiffing chaps,' the hugely talented double act will be presenting their lecture 'Morgan & West: Parlour Tricks (and how to do them)' at Mystics HQ on Tuesday February 4th 2020. Just £10 for visiting magicians. 7.30pm start. The Mercian Mystics, Smallthorne Victory Club, 300 Hanley Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST6 1RE (Map). 28.12.19


Penn & Teller on The West Wing. In the Room. Series 6, episode 8. Penn and Teller create a media frenzy after burning a US flag while providing the entertainment at Zoey's White House birthday party. Vice President Russell asks Josh to run his campaign when Baker drops out of the race and President Bartlet has an MS relapse which leaves him partially paralysed. Alan Alda guest stars. Monday 6th January on Sky Atlantic. (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 28.12.19


The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Stephen Bolam and Kyle Sarocen write: Our next meeting is on Tuesday 7th January, at The Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map). We are having an open evening to celebrate our 3rd year at Grosvenor Casio. Our Social Evenings are free of charge including a buffet and drinks can be purchased at the bar. The aim of the evenings is to allow magicians to meet and socialise, and exchange ideas and views, in a relaxed atmosphere. The evening starts at 7.30pm, so come along and enjoy the atmosphere. Email or phone Kyle on 07982 819727 for further information. 28.12.19


Shin Lim on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The host is joined by magician Shin Lim, Portia De Rossi, who talks about The Ellen Fund, and Olivia Munn, who discusses working with The Shelter Pet Project. Friday 3rd January on ITV2. (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 28.12.19


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