Number 1019 - 4th January 2020


Paul Zenon makes a welcome return to Countdown's Dictionary Corner next week. Nick Hewer and Rachel Riley host the words and numbers game in which contestants pit their wits against the clock. Paul Zenon is in Dictionary Corner with Susie Dent. Starting Tuesday 14th January on Channel 4. See TV Magic for details. 4.1.20


Happy New Year from The Piff Pod! Piff, Jade, and Matt recap their New Year's Eve adventures and start the New Year with positivity. Plus, Piff continues his run at the Rio with Penn & Friends, Jade finally tells her "death while performing" story, and the gang discuss the upcoming Piff Tour and even more of what's coming up in 2020: "As Teller nears return, ‘Penn & Friends’ exceeds expectations." Click Here. 4.1.20


How to join The Magic Circle. If you’ve always wanted to be a part of The Magic Circle, the world’s premier magical society, then this link will give you all the information you need. If you’re ready to join straight away you can find out how the process works, what you need to do and what you can expect. If you’re interested in the Apprentice Scheme or The Young Magicians Club you’ll also be able to find out how they work as well. 4.1.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Wayne Dobson's take on 'Things that Go Bump in the Night' in a guest appearance on The Joe Longthorne Show from just over 30 years ago (23rd August 1989). See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 4.1.20


The Magic Circle Christmas Show 2019 is reviewed by Quentin Reynolds this week: "The doors opening an hour before the main event give the audience the opportunity to explore the building. In addition to visiting the museum, there's the superb close-up magic of Richard McDougall in the club room, while the Devant room hosts Dominick Zwolinski's cons and scams at The Bunco Booth, and David Crofts' masterful 160 balloons and cardistry (yes he's been doing it long before the recent trend and as he has a family to feed makes it engaging and entertaining). It's safe to say the audience have their money's worth before they step into the theatre..." To read the full review Click Here. 4.1.20


MC Friday Night Magicians - Bishops Stortford. Organiser Martin Cox writes: We had a great 2019 and are now looking forward to 2020. We are looking at having an Open Mic spot for anyone who'd like to have the chance to perform about 10 minutes of close-up or parlour magic. If that's you email Also see 4.1.20


Peter Turner Lecture at the Leeds Magic Circle, Tuesday 28th January. From the organisers: The Leeds Magic Circle are extremely lucky to be hosting the genius that is Peter Turner. Anyone who knows of his material will know how great this promises to be. Tuesday 28th January at 7.30pm. £10 for non-members at the door. Leeds Magic Circle, St. Johns C of E Church Hall, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 7BZ (Map) 4.1.20


Magicseen Issue 90 January 2020. Make it a really happy new year by getting your hands on the very latest issue of the UK's only independent magic magazine. We have great feature articles on cover star Mark Elsdon, mentalist Looch and quirky Scottish performer Roddy McGhie. We offer an informative article on how to set realistic show fees, we take a quick dip into David Regal's latest book Interpreting Magic, and the Grumpy Old Magician returns with plenty of moans about Christmas magic! The Masterclass is a special one in which we feature two great effects from Mark Elsdon, there's a roll call of the best marketed products that have been reviewed in Magicseen in 2019, and actress Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) gets surprised by a call from the editor In The Phonebox. Plus... learned and honest comments by the review team are revealed in the Products Review section and we have a selection of your comments on the Letters page. You can enjoy all this either as part of a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub, or as a single issue by going to today. 4.1.20


Join Mark Leveridge's E-Club For Half Price! To get 2020 off to a great start Mark Leveridge is offering a half price deal on membership to both E-Club Pro and E-Club Pro Elite, his two online membership clubs. Anyone who signs up before the 31st January 2020 will receive a refund of £5.00 per month for each of the first three months of a new membership to E-Club Pro, or a refund of £9.00 per month for each of the first three months of a new membership to E-Club Pro Elite. The E-Club is packed full of fantastic magic to watch and learn, contains a huge amount of professional advice and help, plus affords members free downloads every month and even half price discounts on all Mark Leveridge marketed products. With updates and extra content being added every single month, and with free access to the E-Video Newsletter, the E-Club is the perfect place to hang out and get all the new magic and advice that you need to give your magic life a real boost! For more information and to sign up before the 31st January 2020 go to 4.1.20


Craig Petty Lecture - The Northamptonshire Magicians Club. Mark Paul, Secretary, The Northamptonshire Magicians Club writes: A great way to start off the new year. Here's a few words from the man himself. Really looking forward to this guys. I rarely lecture these days so I won’t have anything for sale. However I will be lecturing on a stack load of unreleased routines as well as a couple of my biggest hits from the old days. It would be great to see you all." Visiting magicians welcome, £10 charge. The lecture starts at 8pm on Tuesday 7th January at Northamptonshire Magicians' Club, Brafield on the Green Working Men's Club, 35 Bedford Road, Brafield on the Green, Northampton NN7 1BD (Map). 4.1.20


Paul Pickford aiming for the double. Last year Paul Pickford was awarded joint first in The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year Competition. It was the first time in the competition’s 50-year history that a Midlands-based magician had achieved the accolade. Paul, who owns and runs the Victorian Tearooms cafe in Moorland Walk, Cheadle, said he was delighted. He is now set to compete at the Blackpool Magic Convention in February in their international close-up magic competition. Paul now plans to rebrand his café ‘The Magic Teapot’ filling it with magic themed merchandise, including props, trophies he has won over the years and photographs of celebrity names from the magic world that he has often shared a stage with. 4.1.20


Tony Griffith 'At Home' Day, Bristol, 8th March. From the organisers: On Sunday 8th March 2020 Tony Griffith will be holding one of his 'At Homes' in his home in the village of Norton Malreward on the outskirts of Bristol. Tony has been holding these very popular events on a regular basis for the last 25 years. He has finally decided the At Home on the 8th March will the very last one he will be holding.

An At Home is a day long event for those looking for a more in depth discussion and learning experience in various aspects of the magic art. The day is geared to the interests of those attending and covers a wide range of magic including close up magic, walk around magic, stand up magic and presenting ‘magic talks’ for organisations looking for Speakers. Also covered is personal organization. Tony’s At Home has been described as a Masterclass by those attending previous such events and takes advantage of Tony’s 30 years experience as a professional magician.

As this is the final At Home Tony is holding, the specially reduced registration for the day is only £25 - a bargain at the price and includes coffee/biscuits on arrival, a sandwich lunch and tea/cake prior to departure. The day runs from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Seating is very limited in order to make it personal and worthwhile for those attending. Early registration is essential. He has lectured throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.A. He has given over 100 performances at The Magic Castle, Hollywood where he has also lectured 5 times. He is a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, and has lectured there on 6 occasions. He is a regular Speaker/Performer for those organisations looking for Speakers. For more details or to register, email, call 01275 835463 or see 13 Church Road, Norton Malreward, Bristol BS39 4EX.


Ian Kendall Lecture - The Pentacle Club. From the organisers: To kick off The Pentacle Club's 101st year we have Ian Kendall visiting us for a lecture. Ian's lecture will cover a range of topics, from stage craft and planning to routining and selecting material. Drawing from almost thirty years of experience, he will discuss his path from close-up magician to stage performer, and the stories gathered along the way. Mixed with routines for close-up and stage, there will be something for everyone. Tuesday 7th January 2020 doors open at 7.30pm, lecture at 8pm. £10 on the door for non-members. Venue: The Pentacle Club, St Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 9LR (Map). 4.1.20


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news (major and minor), but please remember the news deadline: Thursday if possible, then final deadline 12 noon Friday. Many thanks, DT. 4.1.20


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