Number 1021 - 18th January 2020


David Williamson has been awarded Honorary Membership of The Inner Magic Circle (Professional) - joining just 18 magicians worldwide who hold this level of membership. Williamson was presented with his certificate by The Magic Circle President Noel Britten on the stage at ‘The Session’, held last weekend in London. He was the headline act at the convention. Noel Britten said afterwards: "David is worthy to join the other greats in magic at this level at The Magic Circle. He is an exceptional performer who through outstanding creativity, originality and phenomenal technique has markedly raised the bar in his genre of magic. Both through live and televised performances he has brought something new to magic. He has had a striking effect on magicians around the world. In simple terms he is a game changer." Photo credit: Sean East Photography. 18.1.20


The pub described as 'Bristol's best kept secret' with a 46-seat theatre hidden at the back. "It's ranked as the top thing to do in the city on TripAdvisor..." To read the full story in the Bristol Post Click Here. 18.1.20


3SM present An Evening of Magic and Mystery. Tony Dawson writes: The South Staffordshire Society of Magicians (3SM) invite you to their biggest and best show ever. For 2020 An Evening of Magic and Mystery will now be over 2 nights, your compere for the evening will be Tony Dawson and the line up includes the brilliant Jimmy Carlo and current 3SM Stage Magician of the Year, Jim Dickerson. So come along for what promises to be a fantastic, entertaining evening of Magic. Dates: January 31st & February 1st at 6.45pm. Venue: Pelsall Community Centre, Station Road, Pelsall, Walsall WS3 4BQ (Map). Email: 18.1.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Ian Keable, in a guest appearance on 'Pebble Mill' from just over 26 years ago on 7th December 1993. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 18.1.20


Sleight of Hand on the Strand celebrates its 100th show! Tony Middleton 'Sonic' and Dominick Zwolinski celebrate 100 performances of their 5 star sell-out show Sleight of Hand on the Strand, which has been running since December 2016 at Savoy & Simpsons in the Strand, and recently transferred to Le Meridien Piccadilly. The Magic Hour, established in 2013 is London's longest running and most successful parlour magic show - but Sleight of Hand on the Strand is following up quickly on its heels, and audiences love the mix of entertainment and magic history. Why not catch the show if you haven't been already, and make a full evening of it with further magic at Maskelyne & Cooke - London's only close-up magic bar. The show runs every Saturday until March when Dominick jets off to Vegas for a short spell. Book tickets and find out more at 18.1.20


Vanishing Inc. announces first-ever, open-source magic release. The Master Pushoff can now be used, taught, published or adapted openly. During his recent lecture at The Session 2020 in London, Andi Gladwin announced a new way of sharing his magic. With immediate effect, he has "open-sourced" his Master Pushoff technique, meaning that other magicians are now both free and encouraged to use, vary, or publish, this technique without the need for permission from the creator. The Master Pushoff was originally published in DVD form in 2010 and has sold over three-thousand copies.


The Master Pushoff technique is now released under the "Creative Commons With Attribution License", meaning that any other creator is free to teach or adapt the move without permission so long as they give attribution back to the creator. While this doesn't give people the rights to duplicate or share Andi's DVD set or writings on the move, it does allow them the freedom to teach or vary it themselves openly.

"My two worlds have collided," Andi said, "In the computer programming world, open-source collaboration is something that pushes all other programmers forward and I have often wondered whether the same could apply to magic. Therefore, I am starting this initiative as an experiment: to see how other magicians build on my work, and to help encourage other magicians to do the same. It will be easier to move magic forward if more creators adopt an open-source mindset, instead of the traditional approach. I hope this is the start of a new movement in magic. Over the past ten years, my goal has been to share magic with as many people as possible, and this is an opportunity to do that on scale!" In the future, Gladwin plans to explore the potential of open-sourcing some of his other popular releases.


Houdini’s Black Card Club Magician of the Year. Sam Watson writes: Houdini’s Black Card Club, based in Broadstairs Kent, has held its BCC Magician of the Year competition last week. International magician Mike Davis AIMC judged the competition and votes from the audience also were added to the scores. Huge congratulations to Mitch Cook who fought off 9 other competitors to take 1st place. Mitch said, "I'm over the moon with the award. It will take pride of place on my mantelpiece!". Congratulations to Robert Bentley MMC and Darren Cullen who came runners up in the club's annual competition. If you would like more information about our magic club please visit our website 18.1.20


Myles Thornton lecture - South London Magic Society, 4th February. Simon Rosselli writes: The Myles Per Hour Lecture is jam-packed with visual magic. Myles is known for his sleight of hand ability, however not everything in this lecture is knuckle busting, many of Myles’ creations can be learnt by even the newest magic enthusiast. Included in this lecture: Ring magic you can carry on your finger and take with you everywhere; Myles’ workers coin routine; Colour changing Sharpie; how to make a wine glass float out the spectators hands; the visual art of contact juggling and much, much more! Doors Open at 7pm for Hands On - £10 to non-members which can go towards Membership if you decide to join. South London Magic Society, Clock House Methodist Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP (Map). 18.1.20


Jamie Daws Lecture - Kent Magicians' Guild, 28th January. Bruce Graham, President of the Kent Magicians Guild writes: Jamie Daws' presents his new lecture 'Progressive' for Kent Magicians' Guild, CIU Dunton Green Social Club, 159 London Road, Dunton Green, Kent TN13 2TA (Map) at 8pm on January 28th. Visitors fee is £5.00 and this is set to be a good night. All travel directions are on the KMG website. 18.1.20


"It's Magic... Up North!" - Tyne Theatre & Opera House. An Evening of Magic with Martin Daniels & Chris Cross. From the promoters: Roll up, Roll up! Daniels & Cross are two of the Best Comedy Magicians in the UK - combining quick wit and stand-up comedy with very clever illusions and magic tricks, expect a magical stage performance with plenty of laughs! Suitable for both adults and children.

Chris Cross is The Great Magician of the North and has been performing magic tricks since he was just 10 years old! Now, with over 20 years in the game, this tricky Geordie cheekster has appeared on BBC’s The One Show, CBBC’s The Slammer, performed for The British Royal Family, International Royalty and has amazed many celebrities at many high profile events around the world – including Boy George’s 50th Birthday Party, Alice Cooper’s press conference, Mike Tyson’s sportsmans dinner, on-set for Sir David Jason and backstage magic for The Arctic Monkeys! Cross performed to 2,000 people at The Edinburgh Playhouse in 2019, as a surprise on David Blaine’s show, during Blaine’s first ever UK tour.

Martin Daniels has had a career in show business spanning decades and is the successor of his Dad, the late and very great Paul Daniels. He’s now carrying the flame of the Daniels Magical Dynasty and for the past 20 years has been performing all over the globe on cruise ships. He’s a wonderful comedy magician in his own right – with television appearances throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s on The Paul Daniels Magic Show, and The Les Dennis Laughter Show. He presented TV’s ‘Game for a Laugh’ and he has appeared on The Children’s Royal Variety Show five times. In 2011, Daniels received a standing ovation from American magicians, Penn & Teller, on the hit TV show ‘Fool Us’, where he performed a masterful illusion – fooling everyone in the audience! See them together in the Toon for one night only, book now! Sunday 9th February at Tyne Theatre & Opera House, 117 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AG


Rich Marotta Lecture - The Order of the Magi, Manchester, 29th January. Mike Sharples writes: A Unique opportunity to see Magic & Comedy Legend Rich Marotta present his amazing lecture in Manchester. Rich Marotta is a professional comedian who does magic. He headlined all the major comedy clubs during the 80's and 90's. He has appeared on many television shows including HBO, Showtime, Comic Strip Live and The Statler Brothers. He can also be seen in numerous US national television commercials. He is an expert at sleight of hand and a great magician. He has published best-selling books on magic and has several DVDs on magic, as well as numerous marketed tricks that can be purchased in any magic shop in the country. He has performed his magic lecture to enthusiastic fans in all 50 US states and in over 10 countries. His focus now is on corporate and private events although he still performs stand-up comedy in New York, Las Vegas and Atlantic City.


Please note: The date for this event is Wednesday 29th January 2020, and not our usual Tuesday meeting. Purchase Tickets at Eventbrite to this amazing event now! The Order of the Magi, The New Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0RY (Map) Also see YouTube. 18.1.20


Phil Hitchcock at the London Palladium. Steve and Tricia Blake write: Phil performed some amazing magic consisting of flawless dove production and vanishes, a floating fireball - that Victor Burnett would have been proud of - and a couple of baffling Illusions to get the ‘wows’. Phil continues to keep the standard of great magicians who previously trod the boards at this prestigious venue. 18.1.20


The Mark Leveridge January Podcast. Sit back and enjoy the latest 30 minute audio magic podcast from Mark Leveridge: Mark chats about what makes December a unique month for shows. Ian Brennan learns a lesson regarding lecturing for young magicians which raises some interesting points. If all magic can be categorised as a puzzle, or as a trick, or as an extraordinary moment, as suggested by Ken Weber in Maximum Entertainment, then should we all be working towards more extraordinary moments? Let’s make 2020 the year in which we commit to supporting a live magic event. Adopting strategies to help with remembering trick sequences gets more important as you get older Since most modern marketed magic comes with little or no props of any quality or note, what are magic collectors going to be seeking out in a hundred years time? With a new podcast published on the first of every month, there is always something new to listen to, and the best part is, it's free. Go to or try from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new episode on publication. 18.1.20


Chris Congreave Lecture - Manchester Circle of Magicians, 20th January. William Booth writes: Sleight of hand expert Chris Congreave will be lecturing at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 20th January. Magic at its best; surely a night not to be missed. Visitors are welcome with prior approval from the President and a charge of £10.00 on the night. For more information and details visit our website: or email 18.1.20


Thom Peterson's final UK lecture - Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians. Sue Oakley writes: On Wednesday 22nd January, the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians will be hosting Thom Peterson's last UK lecture, before he returns to the USA. In this lecture Thom will be drawing on his 30+ years as a full-time performer to provide a great mix of Stand-Up and Close-Up material — not stuff that was developed just for a lecture, but the stuff he actually uses day-in and day-out. No knuckle-busting pipe dreams here, but stuff you can immediately slot into your regular performing repertoire! There’s something for everyone in this lecture. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started in magic, you’re sure to get something fun and functional out of Thom’s lecture. Join Thom for an evening of fun explanations, and find out why he truly is, "The Amazing Guy!" Visiting Magicians welcome for a fee of £5. Lecture begins at 8pm at the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians, The ECC Sports & Social Club, Showell Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 9LE (Map). 18.1.20


Free MLM Marketed Magic. Joining Mark Leveridge's E-Club not only provides you with 24/7 access to a huge selection of fantastic magic, advice and help, it also enables you to get your hands on MLM products either for half price or even completely free! Sign up for E-Club Pro and you will automatically be granted a 50% reduction on all MLM full price product purchases. This means that if you buy a few items over the course of a year, you will save more than enough to cover your membership costs. But it gets even better if you become one of the exclusive E-Club Elite members. With this you get access to the Magic Den in which every month there are 10 MLM marketed products which you are able to download at no extra charge. Every month two of these items are changed, meaning you can save more than your membership fee if you decide to download the free material. And you still get an automatic 50% reduction on everything else that is not currently in the Magic Den. So, being a member of E-Club Pro or E-Club Elite makes total sense, and if you join before 31st January 2020, you will even get your first three months of membership at half price too. So go to and sign up right now! 18.1.20


Jonathan Royle is launching a new weekly online video show. From the producers: Magician, Hypnotist & Psychic Entertainer Jonathan Royle is launching a new weekly online video interview show on Sunday 26th January, with a new interview each day for the first seven days. Then each week he will interview a Hypnotist (Stage or Therapy) or a Magician, Mentalist or other Entertainer who uses Hypnosis and Suggestion in their work. If you'd like to be interviewed or to just watch the free weekly show please visit 18.1.20


Babylon 5 Day of the Dead. The Brakiri's eerie Day of the Dead celebrations are staged, but everyone in the section of the station where the festivities are being held meets with people who have died. Guest starring Penn and Teller. Saturday 18th January (1 hour) on Sky Two. See TV Magic. 18.1.20


"Shin Lim Is Magician X?! Marc Spelmann Blows Minds With Magic! - America's Got Talent: The Champions" YouTube • "Magician Keith Barry says he won’t be voting in General Election as he reckons all politicians tell lies" Click Here • "Top magician Richard Jones is heading for Mansfield Palace Theatre" Click Here • "Magician Uri Geller reveals why he applied to work for Boris Johnson" Click Here • "The magician who wants to conjure up £5Billion to launch small firms: Growth fund boss on why more support from the Government is vital" Click Here • "Big Stone Gap magician shoots for stars with latest show" Click Here • "Magic Goes Wrong, Vaudeville Theatre review - entertaining spoof" Click Here • Simon Rosselli reviews Chris Wood's recent lecture at the South London Magic Society, Click Here • "Derek Hughes Opens His “Bag Of Tricks” At Liberty Magic" Click Here • "The Illusionists Live from Broadway at Connor Palace" Click Here • "Review: Magic Goes Wrong" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news/reviews/articles always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 18.1.20