Number 1025 - 15th February 2020


The Event 2020. The UK's premiere gathering for mentalism. From the organisers: The Event is the UK's premiere gathering for mentalism. What started four years ago as a Mentalism "day" at The Session has, by popular demand, blossomed into its own event running September 19th-20th 2020, in Heathrow. Curated by Luke Jermay in conjunction with Vanishing Inc. Magic, The Event brings together nine of the world's finest mind readers and mentalists for an elite, intimate weekend of shows, lectures, interviews, and surprises. Performers include: Lu Chen, Luke Jermay, Michael Weber, Max Maven, Keith Barry, Marco Fida, Anthony Jacquin, Timon Krause and Paralabs. This is already well over half way to selling out. To book your tickets, please go to: 15.2.20


John Archer: Against The Odds - now on tour! Semi-finalist on Britain's Got Talent and support act for Tim Vine on seven UK tours, John Archer finally takes to the stage in his own one man show, Against The Odds. A rare chance to see baffling magic with a dash of comedy thrown in, by the man who many consider to be the best comedy magician in the UK today. The first man to fool Penn and Teller on 'Penn and Teller: Fool Us' and a former winner of the prestigious Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year.
February 2020
21st Northampton: Royal and Derngate
28th New Milton: Forest Arts Centre
March 2020
1st Shrewsbury: Theatre Severn
7th Gloucester: Guildhall
13th Bordon: Pheonix Arts Centre
14th Colchester: Arts Centre
20th Stockton-On-Tees: ARC
22nd Birmingham: Old Rep Theatre
27th Barrow-In-Furnace: The Forum
28th Fareham: Ashcroft Arts Centre
April 2020
3rd Guildford: G Live
4th Folkestone: Quarterhouse

24th Harlow Playhouse
May 2020
17th Salford: Lowry

See for more info and to book. 15.2.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week the wonderful Tommy Cooper in a guest appearance on 'Entertainment Express' from 27th September 1983. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 15.2.20


One Man - Many Friends, Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke. From the promoters: Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett along with many of his stuffed pals entertain in a brand new show 'One Man - Many Friends' that's for all the family. No age restrictions. This show includes Steve's future Edinburgh Festival Show "Arthur Lager - Gets Real" as well as his tribute to Sir Ken Dodd and much more. Sunday 28th June at 7.30pm. Haymarket Theatre, Wote Street, Basingstoke RG21 7NW (Map). Box Office 01256 844244. Website: 15.2.20


Laura London, President’s Night, Hull Magicians’ Circle. Jon Marshall writes: The brilliant Laura London will be performing and lecturing at Hull Magicians’ Circle as the guest of our President, Eddie Dawes for his President’s Night on Thursday, 20th February at 7.45pm at the Sailmakers Arms, High Street, Hull HU1 1NQ (Map). Visiting magicians are welcome at a fee of £5. Laura's interest in magic began when she was only 10 years old and just one week after her 18th birthday, she became the youngest female member of The Magic Circle, 16 years later, Laura is a member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. Initially concentrating on a wide range of close-up magic, Laura now focuses on cards, and her exceptional skills have taken her to the Edinburgh Fringe in a show she devised and wrote herself 'Laura London: Cheat', receiving 4 star reviews across the board. Laura's TV credits include ITV1’s 'The Next Great Magician' and 'Penn and Teller: Fool Us', 'The Magic Party' for BBC NI, 'Children In Need' and 'Playing Tricks’.

"It has always been a joy to watch Laura work, her sleight-of-hand skills and dexterous abilities are not only as natural as they could possibly be, but also gracefully wonderful to watch. She is without out a doubt, one of the finest playing-card-technicians that I have ever had the pleasure to have sat at the card table with."
Daniel Madison. "Laura London is not just a fantastic magician, she is a worker. The material she performs in her Cheat Act has been refined and audience tested for many years, all over the world. Laura's done the hard part. All you have to do is watch, listen and learn." Chad Long. Hull Magicians’ Circle, contact: Ray Burrell, 01482 887785,


Magic Live, August 2nd–5th, 2020, Las Vegas. From the organisers: The producers of Magic Live work year round to find new ways to surprise you, to offer something unexpected, to create an environment for you to share with new friends and old — and to send everyone home inspired. Not your average convention... Yes, we book amazingly talented people, but then we manage to get them to do things they normally don’t do at a magic convention. Whether it’s sharing a personal moment during a General Session or teaching the real work for the first time in a Focus Session or performing a new piece onstage, close-up, or in one of our special venues — these presenters and performers are willing to jump out of their comfort zone to help build something special. For more information and to register visit: 15.2.20


Paul Voodini lecture 'A Spirit Among the Magicians' at the Calder Bookshop & Theatre, London. From the organisers: On the evening of Friday 28th February, Paul Voodini will be giving his all-new lecture 'A Spirit Among the Magicians' at the Calder Bookshop & Theatre in London. Paul has gained a reputation over the past decade in mentalism and bizarre magic circles, and in 2019 he was honored to receive a lifetime achievement award by the Psychic Entertainers Association in the USA. In this all new lecture he recounts the rise of Spiritualism in the 1800s, the tricks and dupes employed by fraudulent mediums of the time, and how these tricksters gave birth to the branch of magic known as 'mentalism'. This lecture is also interspersed with Paul's own amusing recollections of working in the 'spook business', making this both an informative and highly entertaining lecture! Details at 15.2.20


Read My Mind Ltd are proud to present our 'Master Peek' envelopes! A custom made utility prop that allows you an easy, yet ultra deceptive peek of anything written onto the back of a business card. The Master Peek envelopes are expertly manufactured from a high grade Kraft Stock material to match existing envelopes already on the market. The increased thickness of the envelopes adds to their durability, creating another high quality professional mentalism product as you would expect from Read My Mind Ltd. 15.2.20


Magicseen Issue 91 is out now! From the publishers: The March 2020 edition of Magicseen, which heralds the start of the magazine's 16th year of publication, is jam-packed with entertaining and instructive content. The cover stars are 4MG, the young magicians who, following their appearance on BGT, are now forging a unique 'Boy Band Of Magic' career. We get to hear plenty about how the group was formed and their plans for the future. Magic has always looked to use cutting edge science in its methodology, and we talk to Tony Chapek and Keelan Leyser about how they have embraced computer technology to create some stunningly visual effects. Megan Knowles-Bacon appears in Magicseen for the first time in a major article, and we talk to her about her rise to Vice President of the Magic Circle and the hurdles she has had to overcome in order to get there. Plus...Martin Haderer gives a reprise on the busy magic scene in Austria, a full 14 years after he last did it (!), there's a review of the Session from January, we learn about an important two day event being staged in Blackpool by Jeff McBride and Larry Hass, chat to Kris Sheppard about the way he juggles his graphic design job with his passion for magic, and of course there are Masterclass tricks to learn, product reviews to consider and more. You can get your copy now by way of a 1 or 2 year download or printed copy sub, or just as an individual issue, from 15.2.20


Mark Leveridge Web Offers for February 2020: Discover everything you need to know about working commercial close-up when you purchase Mark Leveridge's Strolling Magician E-Book, which consists of 128 pages of detailed advice drawn from Mark's four decades of professional experience, plus instructions for 18 routines suitable for this type of work. Get this gold mine of a book at £6.00 off the normal retail price if you purchase in February. The second web offer for this month features a routine using a length of rope and a borrowed watch. A rope is tied into a loop and the watch visibly penetrates so that it ends up strung on the rope. Safety Catch comes as a Premier E-Routine (downloadable PDF instructions with a link to additional online video footage) and is available until the 29th February at 40% off. For more information on both of these special offers go to 15.2.20


An Evening with the Grumbleweeds: Comedy and Entertainment. Kyle Sarocen writes: Our next Gathering is 'An Evening with the Grumbleweeds: Comedy and Entertainment', an exclusive evening for all those wanting a fabulous night out, held at The Grosvenor Casino, Great Yarmouth in the stunning Restaurant on the 4th of March. Please reserve your seats for this event as seating is limited to 50 by contacting Kyle on 07982 819727. The ticket price of £10 includes the famous Grosvenor Buffet. Doors open at 7pm, evening runs 8pm -10.30pm approximately (intermission at 9pm, hot and cold buffet served). The Kings of Comedy will be sharing their years of knowledge and experience as comedians. With countless TV appearances to their credit, including BBC TV’s 'Opportunity Knocks', and their own TV series 'The Grumbleweeds Radio Show', along with entertaining audiences at nearly every major theatre and seaside resort in the UK, this duo are known by their peers as 'The Guv’nors of Comedy', are extremely funny, and have lots of valuable information to share. No matter what your style of performance, this is one 'magic' lecture you definitely do not want to miss! 7pm on Wednesday 4th March at The Grosvenor Casino, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG (Map). 15.2.20


Paul Richards Lecture - Manchester Circle of Magicians. William Booth writes: Paul Richards will be lecturing at the Manchester Circle of Magicians on Monday 17th February. A chance to see and purchase some unique magic only available at Lectures or Conventions; 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 15.2.20


The Illusioneer Presents - March Magic Mix. From the organisers: 'The Illusioneer Presents', which is hosted at Belair House, a Grade II listed Georgian manor in Dulwich, is a compendium of close-up magic, casino magic, parlour magic and magical games, presented by the team of Illusioneers. During the first half visitors will stroll around, drink in hand, pausing at different magical performance booths to enjoy the entertainment. After a short interval there will be an hour long set of parlour magic acts performed by individual members of the team. Thursday 12th March at 8pm (doors open at 6pm) at Belair House, Gallery Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7AB (Map). Tickets are £20 via Eventbrite Click Here. 15.2.20


Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture and Chairman's Dinner, The Ulster Society of Magicians, 21st March 2020. James Hobart writes: The Annual Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture and Chairman’s Dinner of The Ulster Society of Magicians will be held on Saturday 21st March at The Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast – the successful venue for Belfast MagiCon last year. Fritz Alkemade from the Netherlands will be lecturing at 2.30 pm and will be joined on the After Dinner International Stage Show by comedy magician Clive Moore from Derby and multi award-winning local Nikola Arkane. Arrival and Close Up Magic 7pm for 7.45pm. Dinner and Cabaret Tickets £34.50 (Children’s meals available for £24.50). Please book by contacting George Bleeks before noon on 7th March, Telephone 07860 115611 or email or by post to 114 North Parade, Belfast with the names of your party and details of any special dietary requirements. Payment to be made before 7th March by cash, cheque, bank transfer or online at (where a small administrative fee will be levied). 15.2.20


Potty Paul’s Pondering on Prestidigitation, The Anglian Magic Society, 19th February. Steve Majes, Secretary, The Anglian Magic Society, writes: The Anglian Magic Society, Wednesday 19th February at 7.30pm: Potty Paul’s Pondering on Prestidigitation, an evening of anecdotes, ideas and a card trick! Paul always brings a fun energy wherever he goes, this will be a great night of laughter and entertainment from an experienced entertainment’s manager and performer. £1.00 Members - £10.00 visitors. The Anglian Magic Society, The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). 15.2.20


The lllusioneer Secret Studio. From the organisers: A brand new exclusive show. This is a two-hour show with an interval presented by Barrie Westwell. A special intimate evening with only 8 guests at our Secret Studio in Herne Hill. Puzzles, Illusions, Close Up and Parlour Magic at its best. Each show features one or two magicians from the Illusioneer team, performing the closest of close-up magic taking place in the Illusioneer's studio. You will be snug in the inner sanctum of inner sanctums. Bring your own liquid refreshment - drinking vessels and corkscrew will be provided. Nearest train: Herne Hill Station. Nearest buses: 68, 468, 37. Thursday 27th February at 7pm. Exact location will be given on purchase, but it's only 5 minutes from the centre of Herne Hill. Tickets £25 via 15.2.20


Fergus Flanagan 'When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Magician'. BAFTA award-winning magician Fergus Flanagan makes his London debut with 'When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Magician', a magic show that shines a light on mental health and explores the trials and tribulations of being a working magician. Both previous dates sold out in a little over 5 hours! Tickets are now available for February 20th, 21st and 22nd at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul's Road, Highbury, London N1 2NA (Map). Tickets Also see 15.2.20


Potter & Potter Auctions: The Magic Collection of Jim Rawlins. Our first magic auction of 2020 is the third sale from the collection of Jim Rawlins. Featuring choice association items - including treasures from the careers of Harry Blackstone, Doug Henning, McDonald Birch, and others - the auction will be filled with items in nearly every collecting category, from unusual and rare props, to handsomely framed posters, to uncommon ephemera, books, costumes, Houdinana, and decorative objects. 15.2.20


Tim Stracey MMC. 9th April 1969 - 24th January 2020. Remembered by Kieron Lefever, Mark Bennett and Emily Stracey Click Here. 15.2.20


"Review: Magician Ben Hart brings wonder to Aberdeen’s Tivoli Theatre" Click Here • "Obituary: Roy Walton, much-loved card magician who mentored many leading practitioners of sleight-of-hand" Click Here • "Mat Franco discusses his ever-evolving close-up magic show in Las Vegas" Click Here • "Behind the curtain: Criss Angel talks about son's journey, magic and new 'Unplugged' show" Click Here • "David Blaine To Star In ‘Unprecedented Live Event’ For YouTube" Click Here • "Keith Barry on life as a 'brain hacker'" Click Here • Simon Rosselli reviews Myles Thornton's "Myles Per Hour Lecture" this week Click Here • "Now You See Me 3 is already underway with the same cast" Click Here • "Scary Magician Throws Knife At Heidi Klum on America's Got Talent: The Champions 2020" YouTube • "Underwater Shocker! Escape Artist on America's Got Talent: The Champions 2020" YouTube • "Marc Spelmann: Creepy Magician X Sneaks Into Terry Crews' Home" YouTube • "Dania Diaz: Close-up Magician Serenades Judges With Story Telling" YouTube • "Paul Daniels’ magician sons wows judges at Britain’s Got Talent auditions" Click Here • "Comedy magician Tom happy to be performing in the Cotswolds" Click Here • "Who is Ben Hanlin? Meet the magician and Dancing On Ice contestant" Click Here • "New bar and theatre attracting 'best magicians in the country' could open in Hockley" Click Here • "February half term holiday fun at Blackpool Tower with award-winning illusionist and magician Michael Jordan" Click Here • "Britain’s Got Talent under water trick 'goes wrong leaving magician in danger’ during Manchester auditions" Click Here • "From the Archives: When Magician Doug Henning Returned to Broadway in Merlin, Co-Starring Chita Rivera" Click Here • "It's a kind of magic at Winter Gardens for annual Blackpool Magic Convention" Click Here • That's it, see you in Blackpool! Duncan. 15.2.20