Number 1026 - 22nd February 2020


Blackpool 2020. We all knew it was going to be the biggest magic convention ever (4,980 registrations!) but I think it's safe to say that this one will also go down in history as the best ever Blackpool Magic Convention as well. There were so many outstanding moments and many surprises. Facebook is plastered with happy memories. The Blackpool Magicians' Club and everyone involved in this mammoth production did an amazing job, but they're not resting on their laurels with the immediate announcement on the Sunday night that Criss Angel will be headlining in 2021! He'll be flying in from Las Vegas for next year's convention to present a special 'Mega Talk' discussing the real secrets behind his magic. Visit to register. Photo: The brilliant Wayne Dobson levitating over the audience on Sunday's gala show. Photo credit: Dan Eden also see for more of Dan's outstanding convention photographs - thanks Dan! DT. 22.2.20


Congratulations to Korea's Do Ki Moon. Blackpool Magic Convention 2020 International Close-up Competition winner! Here's a quick look at Do Ki Moon's 'Effective' DVD release, that highlights his inventiveness and skill: YouTube22.2.20


Congratulations to Graeme Shaw. Blackpool Magic Convention 2020 United Kingdom Family Entertainer of the Year Competition winner! "Newcastle Magician Graeme Shaw On BBC Look North" YouTube. Also see www.graemeshaw.com22.2.20


Magic in the City, Double Tree by Hilton, Bristol, 17th May. From the organisers: The Bristol Society of Magic presents the 2020 Magic in the City convention featuring two of the most respected performers in the magic world. Marc Oberon is one of the most innovative magical artistes able to specialise in both ground-breaking stage magic and original close-up magic not to mention mentalism and is the most highly awarded magician having won all the most significant competitions including FISM. Fay Presto’s commercial close-up lecture has received standing ovations on several occasions including the 2018 Blackpool convention. Her 40 years’ experience makes her one of the most celebrated close-up workers in the world and her innovative lecture style makes for the perfect learning experience. The Bristol Double Tree By Hilton is a superb venue for the day’s events. For further information and booking details visit


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Michael Vincent (Michael Louis at the time) in a guest appearance on a chat show alongside Melba Moore, from 22nd December 1982. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 22.2.20


Studio52 Presents: A new kind of magic podcast. 'The M-Word' with Ben Earl. Following on from the release of the first two volumes in a new book series 'The Shift', Studio52 present a new kind of magic podcast, available now on all major podcast platforms. Moving forward from the traditional conversational podcast, Ben Earl guides the listener on a deeply personal journey to explore meaning, mastery and magic. Listen now!


The Inaugural Chris Latham Workshop. In this afternoon masterclass at The Magic Circle, funded by the Chris Latham Award from the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, ten young magicians will get the opportunity to develop their technical and performance skills with playing cards, in a small group, with expert tuition from Dr Will Houstoun. The workshop will include hands-on instruction on one of Will’s signature routines, a chance for participants to perform and get feedback on their own card magic, and a participant driven exploration of the technique and theory of card magic.

The workshop will run between 1pm and 5pm at The Magic Circle Headquarters on March 28th, and ten places are open to card magicians between the ages of 16 and 25. If more applications are received than there are places, then spaces will be evenly divided between Members of The Magic Circle and The Young Magicians Club with names from each organisation selected at random. To register your interest, email with your name and age by 28th February. Successful applicants will be notified of their place on the course by 6th March. This is a members only event. For membership details of either organistaion visit: or


Magic star Jeff McBride will be performing in the UK next month, along with Dr. Larry Hass, the Dean of the McBride Magic & Mystery School. On a short visit to the UK their only public show will be at the Astor Theatre in Deal on the Kent coast on Friday March 20th. They will be joined onstage by Careena Fenton and Paul Craven. A handful of tickets are still available via Over the following two days (March 21st and 22nd), also in Deal, Jeff and Larry will be holding their world-famous Master Class for performers of all levels. Careena Fenton and Paul Gordon, both from the UK, will be in attendance as special guest professionals. If you are interested in taking up the last space available in this small group, visit


Conjuring at the Court - London. From the organisers: On Thursday 27th February the show features great magic from by four very different acts. There's crosstalk humour from Griffin & Jones, madcap hilarity with Andy Clockwise, intriguing mysteries from Noel Qualter, and the urbane wit of Ian Keable. The show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm with an interval. It’s in the lovely function room of the Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 8PH (Map). Come early to enjoy a meal before the show! Parking is free from 6.30pm. Tickets still just £11 in advance from 22.2.20


Magic Touch are pleased to announce that they won 'Beat The Wand' at this year's Blackpool Magic Convention. This comes just before a small one-show-a-month UK tour. To sponsor them, so that they can return to Blackpool in 2021 see and www.powysb.blogspot.com22.2.20


Free Products from Mark Leveridge Magic. E-Club Pro, Mark Leveridge's online magic resource, provides a vast amount of terrific magic, advice and help to magicians of all types and experience. With updates and new material being added every month, there's always something new and exciting for members to enjoy. But E-Club Pro also saves magicians money too! Members receive a standard automatic 50% reduction on all full price items purchased from Mark's range of marketed downloads, and are offered a different E-Routine to download from the Download Portal section every month for free. Plus, those who opt for the exclusive Elite version of the club are given access to The Magic Den, where there is a selection of 10 products from Mark's range available to download for free, with two of the items being changed every month. This means that you can easily get back your monthly membership charge by downloading these top effects. So being a member of E-Club Pro or E-Club Elite makes total sense, and with no set subscription period to tie you in longer than you want, it constitutes one of magic's greatest bargains. For more information and to sign up go to


Shoot for the Moon: How the Moon Landings Taught us the 8 Secrets of Success. Richard Wiseman. From the publishers: Eight key lessons to revolutionise your life with the mindset that got man to the moon. 20th July 1969: Neil Armstrong becomes the first person to walk on the Moon. We all recognize this to be one of mankind's greatest achievements. Yet what did it take to make John F. Kennedy's dream a reality?

In this remarkable book, Professor Richard Wiseman presents a pioneering study of the mindset that took humanity to the Moon, and shows how you can harness and use it to achieve the extraordinary in your everyday life. Combining personal interviews, mission archives and cutting-edge psychology, Wiseman embarks on the ultimate voyage through inner space. Along the way he identifies eight key principles that make up the Apollo Mindset, including how pessimism is crucial to success, and how fear and tragedy can be transformed into hope and optimism.

You will discover a series of practical techniques that you can use to incorporate these winning principles into both your professional and personal life. Whether you want to start a business venture, change careers, find your perfect partner, raise a loving family, get promoted, gain a new qualification, escape the rat race, or pursue a lifelong passion, these techniques will help you to reach your own Moon.


[Anyone who saw Richard's talk at the Blackpool Convention will know how inspiring his work is, and this book is no exception. If you feel you sometimes lack a little 'get up and go' career wise, then 'Shoot for the Moon' should do the trick. Highly recommended. For more info or to order from Amazon Click Here. DT]. 22.2.20


The Magic Club York are holding a table top magic sale on Monday 2nd March at Acomb Bowls Club, 302 Thanet Road, York YO24 2NW (Map). Tables are £5 for club members and £10 for non members. The doors will open for sellers to set up at 6.30pm ready for the sale to start at 7.30pm. There will be a small entrance fee of just £2 for non members. Refreshments are available. Anyone who would like a table to sell their unwanted magic items should contact Mal Sanderson on 01904 762662 or 07866 053451.


All Star Family Fortunes. "Former Atomic Kitten star Liz McClarnon and family battle it out against Uri Geller and clan in a bid to win big money for charity. The McClarnons are playing for Liverpool-based charity RASA, while the Gellers are supporting the Red Cross. Hosted by Vernon Kay." Repeat. Sunday 23rd February on Challenge. See TV Magic for details. 22.2.20


Magic at the Tower of London. From the promoters: For some time now the management at the Tower of London have often thought of introducing something extra that would add to the experience for the thousands of daily visitors. Unfortunately the Tower presents unique issues for this idea to be followed through, not only that but the type of entertainment would need to fit in with the theme of the Tower. Seven months ago the Tower's management had a private meeting with magician Tony Quenten to discuss this matter. Tony was asked if it was possible to develop something that would be suitable, bearing in mind that 80% of visitors are from overseas and English is not their first language. Following numerous visits and further meetings Tony produced a 26 page dossier outlining 13 Tower related effects along with scripts that would relate some of the effects to the Tower's history. On the 8th January 2020 within the Tower walls Tony presented his findings. The management response, "we are wowed". Tony now steps out as the first "Entertainer of Mystery" in the history of the Tower to entertain their thousands of daily visitors. Tony will perform in and around the Tower grounds for one week each month through 2020. Dates set at the moment are: February 24th-28th and March 23rd-27th, 11am to 4pm. Tony is a member of The Psycrets, the Blackpool Magicians' Club and Manchester Circle of Magicians. If anyone wishes to know more or have specific questions for Tony email or see www.anthonyquenten.com22.2.20


Inside No 9 - Monday 24th February, on BBC Two. "Misdirection. Series 5, episode 4. Student journalist Gabriel is determined to interview world-famous magician Neville Griffin, who is renowned for being extremely protective of his secrets and believes stealing a magic trick is a crime worse than murder. But how would he know that, exactly? The latest instalment of the darkly comic drama anthology, written by and starring The League of Gentlemen's Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, with guest appearances by Fionn Whitehead, Jill Halfpenny and Tom Goodman-Hill." See TV Magic for details. 22.2.20


Home Counties Magical Society held their annual close-up competition last week. With a strong field of close-up performances the winner was Michael Wilks, seen here receiving the Bill Hammersley Trophy from President, Derek Oliver.


Tarot Card Reading and Fortune Telling for Fun and Profit - Rochdale, 8th March. 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. 22.2.20


Brazen - West Yorkshire, 27th February. Brazen, a stage show of magic and illusion by Alexander Wells & Co. Brazen is a portrayal of two travelling magicians demonstrating their deceptive arts and exhibiting an ancient, magical automaton; A talking brass head that can read minds and see everything that was and will ever be, an oracle transcending time. The show combines illusion, puppetry, magic, mentalism and comedy to create this world and entertain the audience. It has visual and artful magic, dangerous feats of skill, audience involvement and uses ancient and modern artifice from the conjurer's art. Thursday 27th February at 7.30pm at The Golden Lion, Fielden Square, Todmorden, West Yorkshire OL14 6LZ (Map). Tickets: Also see


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