Number 1022 - 25th January 2020


Hilsum's Hat-trick! Huge congratulations to Edward Hilsum, The Magic Circle's new Close-up Magician of the Year 2020. In 2018 Edward won The Magic Circle's Stage Magician of the Year competition, in 2019 he won The Magic Circle's Children's Entertainer of the Year competition, and now in 2020 he's won the Close-up competition. There's no stopping this guy! Edward dazzled the judges at The Magic Circle's HQ on Monday with a routine (won't say what, don't want to spoil it) that left one audience member virtually speechless, and one competitor, Edward, the winner! Billy Reid on top form was placed second and a cheeky James Pritchard third. Congratulations to them all. Magic Circle members watched the event in the theatre on the big screen or at home on the small screen (Magic Circle evenings are now beamed live across the globe for all members to enjoy virtually every week). Photo: Magic Circle President Noel Britten presenting the award to Edward Hilsum. For membership details visit DT. 25.1.20


The Session Appreciation Award. The Session 2020 recently finished in London. During the Sunday evening gala show, something unexpected happened. Twice in the history of the convention a very special award has been given out. The Session Appreciation Award. This year, it was awarded to Wayne Dobson. Wayne was not only there to accept the award in person, but the audience were treated to him performing an amazing and hilarious card trick live on stage. Wayne received the biggest standing ovation of the weekend, and it’s safe to say it was a very emotional experience with few dry eyes in the house. L to R: Andi Gladwin, Joshua Jay, Danny Buckler, Mike Sullivan and Wayne in the centre. Photo credit: Sean East Photography 25.1.20


Davenports Magic Shop - Announcement: It is with great regret that we need to announce that Davenports Magic Shop in Charing Cross will be closing for the final time on Thursday, 30th of January 2020. This is due to the redevelopment of the Underground Arcade that we have called home for some 36 years. We are looking for a new central London location for our shop, but at present have not found anywhere that would suit our needs.

We will continue with our mail-order web site, which has over 14,000 items available for shipping around the world, including the very latest magic tricks, books, accessories, and videos. We will also be developing our renowned magic classes, workshops and courses for both adults and children, please see our web site for more details of these, with the forthcoming dates and locations. Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends and customers for your support over the years. We have had some wonderful times, met some wonderful people, and are immensely grateful for your friendship. Thank you all so very, very much. [So many readers hold Davenports with great affection. I'm sure everyone wishes them well in their search for new premises. DT]


Mel Mellers' Magical Mentalism Tour - a brand new book from Mel Mellers. Magicseen are delighted to announce that at the Blackpool Convention on Friday 14th February 2020 they will be publishing another collection of terrific material from comedy mentalist Mel Mellers. Entitled Mel Mellers' Magical Mentalism Tour, this 9" x 6" soft back book runs to 92 pages and features 28 of Mel's mentalism ideas, each of which is commercial and entertaining. It also has an interesting essay on getting the basics right as well as three further pages of great one liners to use in your act. Mel's methods are practical and uncomplicated - he has a real gift for getting directly to the nub of what is needed to create any desired effect - and so there will be many ideas which you will soon be including in your repertoire. Those who bought Mel's first Magicseen publication (The Travelling Trickster) will no doubt be delighted to get hold of more of Mel's funny mental material. The new book is available now to pre-order from and you can either opt to collect the book at Blackpool (and thus save p&p), or you can choose to have the book mailed to you in the week commencing 17th February. Also, anyone who places a pre-order can elect to purchase at the same time the ebook version of The Travelling Trickster at half price. So get your Mel Mellers collection of material up to date today! 25.1.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Wayne Dobson in a career changing appearance on 'The Royal Variety Performance' from 25th November 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 25.1.20


Hidden Gems Vol 5 - New Release and 50% Discount Offer! Mark Elsdon is pleased to announce the release of a brand new volume of Hidden Gems, the fifth in this series of best-selling eBooks. "I confess that I would prefer to not recommend this ebook, purely for selfish reasons! It’s a treasure chest that will unlock your library..." - R. Paul Wilson. There is also a Special Offer on the earlier Volumes of Hidden Gems which are all half price for the next 7 days! For more info and a free sampler, visit: 25.1.20


Iñaki Zabaletta October UK Lecture Tour now booking. Organiser Tony Junior writes: A little about me, Tony Junior. I'm an entertainer of over 30 years and currently Secretary of the Newcastle Magic Circle. For the past 7 years, I have booked all of the club’s lectures and this February, have organised a mini UK tour for French magician Olmac.

I have been personally asked to organise a UK tour for Argentinian magician, Iñaki Zabaletta’s – which will take place between Monday 12th October to Thursday 28th October, 2020. Iñaki is doing a full tour of Europe this year (April till October) before heading to China in November. He has already filmed with Penguin Magic the Live Act and due to contractual reasons, at this moment, we are not permitted to announce publicly his TV appearance that is to be aired this year, but it is one to be proud of. His lecture features a variety of material that Iñaki uses in all his shows: cards, close-up, parlour and stage. Some may be familiar with his effect called ‘The Game’, his take on the Three Shell Game. Here are a few YouTube clips: YouTube and YouTube. If this is something of interest to your club, please email for fees etc, along with a choice of dates. Email:


Magic Goes Wrong Goes Right... The show has just announced an extension and is now booking to 30th August 2020. For more information and to book visit 25.1.20


Magician vs Magician. From the organisers: This is a new event in London to encourage younger performers or hobbyists to get on stage and perform any sort of magic to an audience. It has to be 5 minutes or less. Price: £10 on the door. Venue: Leytonstone Jubilee Centre, Cathall Road, Leytonstone, London E11 4LA (Map). Date: 28th January at 7.3pm. For more info contact Brendan Rodrigues on 07963 318 292. 25.1.20


Morgan and West Lecture - Southend Sorcerers, Sunday 2nd February. Oliver Ward writes: We have the wonderful Morgan & West coming to lecture at Southend Sorcerers at 7.30pm on Sunday 2nd February. Non members are more than welcome to attend as a guest! It is free for members and £10 for non members. Venue: Ekco Social Club, Thornford Gardens, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6PU (Map) 25.1.20


Tarot Card Reading and Fortune Telling for Fun and Profit. Sunday, 8th March, 9.30am to 5.30pm. From the organisers: Professional Psychic Entertainer Stuart "Harrizon" Cassels presents an intensive one-day course teaching Tarot Card Reading and various other forms of fortune telling. During the event, Stuart will be sharing many of the secrets he uses at trade shows, house parties and corporate events. Whether you want to add a little fortune telling to your existing mentalism act, or increase your income with Psychic and Tarot Parties, this course will take you from zero knowledge to appearing to be the expert in divination in just one day! Sunday, 8th March, 9.30am to 5.30pm at The Flying Horse Hotel, Packer Street, Rochdale, Greater Manchester OL16 1NJ (Map). £77 early bird price until 31st January, then £97 after. See for full details and to book. 25.1.20


The January 2020 E-Video Newsletter. There is still just time to catch the latest online video mix of magic, advice and information from Mark Leveridge via his monthly 30 minute E-Video Newsletter. This is what you will find in the latest edition: The Teach In – features a neat packet trick to carry around for any time use. Top Tips – Mark explains why it is OK to use foreign coins when performing for lay people. The Strolling Magician Unplugged – part 24 discusses using strolling magic at weddings. Web Offers – a great routine for entertaining magicians and an E-Book featuring super-strong card magic are on offer this month and are discussed. 60 Seconds To Success – advice on using close up to entertain at kids’ parties. The Review Corner – Twister Magic’s children’s routine The Zombie Book is looked at this time. You can get access to the latest online video either by purchasing it on its own for just £5.00, or you can reduce the unit cost right down to £2.00 by taking out a 1 year subscription. For more information go to 25.1.20


Change of event at The Order of the Magi, Manchester for Wednesday 29th January. Mike Sharples writes: The Order of The Magi was due to hold an evening with Rich Marotta. Unfortunately Rich has cancelled this event due to a commitment overseas. We are extremely disappointed with this situation and apologise to all those who had booked tickets. But it's not all bad news! The good news is that Harry Robson has very kindly agreed to present his amazing lecture for us instead. This will be at the same location, date and time as Rich's lecture was planned. Harry Robson is a fantastic close-up performer who regularly works for famous clients, and can regularly be seen entertaining the VIPs, Players and Sponsors at Manchester Utd. He is also the inventor of numerous excellent magic effects. Harry is a good friend of The Order of The Magi, and we are extremely grateful to him for helping us out at such short notice. 7.45pm on Wednesday 29th January. The Order of the Magi, The New Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester M8 0RY (Map) 25.1.20


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. 25.1.20


The Magic Car Boot Sale, Birmingham, next Sunday! 10.30am on Sunday 2nd February at The Austin Sports and Social Club, 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2SF (Map). Admission £5. Refreshments available. Some stall space still available at a cost of £15 each. Join them on the Facebook group. To book a table call Alec Powell on 07831115448 or email 25.1.20


Tony Griffith 'At Home' Day, Bristol, 8th March - Sold Out. Tony Griffith emailed to say that his 'At Home' is now sold out, but he may hold another later in the year. See 25.1.20


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news (big and small), but please remember the news deadline: Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. Many thanks, DT. 25.1.20


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