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Number 1029 - 14th March 2020


Dynamo Beyond Belief. Thursday 9th April Sky One. Dynamo Beyond Belief, the brand new three-part special will be available on Sky One and Now TV from Thursday 9th April.


Beyond Belief is a three-part magic special that combines jaw-dropping magic with the story of Dynamo’s road to recovery after the career threatening onslaught of chronic arthritis.

Throughout the three episodes, stunning moments of magic are intertwined with Dynamo’s brutally honest back story narrative. The gripping series slowly reveals Dynamo’s journey from the start of his illness, through to the height of his hospitalisation where he created over 200 new magic ideas sketched from his hospital bed, and finally to his return to health.

From the neon lights of Tokyo to the Day of the Dead festival in San Miguel De Allende, Dynamo visits extraordinary and dramatic places all over the world. He performs a spine tingling encounter with a Geisha in one of Tokyo’s royal tea rooms, makes vodka shots turn to ice in the heart of Moscow’s underworld and embarks on a daring adventure in one of Mexico’s notorious Barrios.

Two of the key moments in the show, and the most dangerous pieces Dynamo has ever undertaken, include a terrifying, high-octane blindfold reverse drive in a yellow taxi through central Moscow and a breath-taking Fast & Furious-style underground ‘Tokyo Drift’ car meet in Japan where he attempts to stop a high-powered car with his bare hands, whilst a live audience look on astounded.

Travelling around the world, the locations throughout Beyond Belief include Tokyo, Chiba, Dubai, Moscow, Mexico City, San Miguel De Allende, London and Los Angeles. In addition to Dynamo’s preparation, he learned Japanese, Russian and Spanish before filming to create a deeper connection with his global audiences.

Beyond Belief is filmed on anamorphic prime lenses giving the series a stunning filmic quality, combining both documentary and cinematic styles. The series will be executive produced by Dan Albion for Inner Circle Films, Lucy Ansbro for Phil McIntyre Television and Abigail Adams for Motion Content Group.


Win a magical evening with Dynamo. From Sky: To celebrate Dynamo’s return to screen in the brand new Sky One show Dynamo Beyond Belief Sky are offering you and a friend the chance to meet the King of Magic himself. Enter now to join him for a special preview screening of episode one of the new show at a magical London venue, and witness the magic up close. See: Also see YouTube14.3.20


Two Men Without Assistance: The Homecoming. Friday 1st May, Blackburn Empire Theatre. Fresh from their travels around the world, this award-winning comedy double act is coming back to the theatre where it all started, the Blackburn Empire Theatre! Since they last performed there in 2016, the boys have performed their show around the world, from the sunny islands of the Caribbean to the fjords of Norway. Seen by over 250,000 people this show never fails to make you laugh! Featuring comedy, magic and a few mystery guests, this show is definitely not one to be missed! The boys are coming home and couldn’t be prouder to be back in their hometown. Catch them whilst you can! Disclaimer: *Not for serious people* Two Men Without Assistance will not be responsible for any silliness or frivolity that may occur during the show. If you suffer from a serious disposition, please seek specialist advice before attending this show.  Friday 1st May at 7.30pm. Blackburn Empire Theatre, Aqueduct Road, Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 4HT (Map). Booking:


When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Magician - additional dates announced. BAFTA award-winning magician Fergus Flanagan's 'When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Magician', is a magic show that shines a light on mental health and explores the trials and tribulations of being a working magician. "...his show 'When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Magician' is gorgeous and moving and human and very special" Derren Brown. Tickets are now available for May 28th, 29th & 30th at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul's Road, Highbury, London N1 2NA (Map). Tickets Also see 14.3.20


The Magic Show. Be careful who you hire to perform at your children's birthday party... A short film with a little magic starring the dastardly Paul Roffman. [This is the updated cut of this engaging short that we featured last year in MagicWeek. DT]. See Vimeo14.3.20


The Magicians: Live on Stage. Dave Loosley and Jamie Daws have teamed up to bring audiences and brand new theatrical experience designed to blow your mind! 'The Magicians Live on Stage' is a breathtaking magic and mentalism theatre show! The first half of the show will be performed by professional funny man Dave Loosley! He is an award-winning magician who has worked with some of the world's largest companies such as Shell and The Merlin Entertainment Group. He has created magic for magicians around the world and his creations are praised by some of the biggest names in the industry. Mixing modern day magic with his fun and engaging personality to create incredible moments of magic that you and your family will remember forever! The second half of the show will be brought to you by mentalist and mind reader Jamie Daws who will get inside your mind like you would never think possible! Working for companies such as The John Lewis Partnership, he is a master of deception and psychological manipulation. He was even invited to perform for world famous magical duo Penn & Teller and Jonathan Ross as part of ITV’s show ‘Fool Us’. His performance will shock and amaze! For more information and to book tickets for the first show at the Barn Theatre, Oxted on 5th September 2020, visit:


An Evening with Mike Wallis and Friends. "Definitely the very very last evening with Mike Wallis and Friends!" In this, the fifth "Evening With", Mike takes you farther through his lived in life, helped by some of the talented folk who have become his friends. Together they will amuse, amaze and astound you. Mike has been associated with St Georges for over 40 years and is kindly donating all proceeds to the theatre. All proceeds go to St George's Theatre Trust. Friday 1st May (two days after Mike's 82nd birthday) at St. Georges Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth NR30 2PG (Map). Tickets and more info: Click Here14.3.20


New York's largest toy store FAO Schwarz in Rockerfeller Plaza was packed last week with magic fans turning out for the appearance and product signing of Marvin Berglas, creator of Marvin’s Magic. Marvin was scheduled for an hour's appearance, performing magic live and close-up and signing products, but due to the crowds he stayed three and a half hours. The Marvin’s Magic areas have been amongst the most popular destinations within the store since its opening last year. 14.3.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Paul Daniels and some 'Extra Sensory Deception' on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 7th February 1987. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 14.3.20


Sunday Night at the London Palladium. Jimmy Tarbuck hosts an episode from 1965, featuring Spike Milligan, George Raft, Paul and Barry Ryan, Russ Conway, and David Nixon. Sunday 22nd March on Talking Pictures. See TV Magic for details. 14.3.20


Magical Bones Black Magic, 20th March, Cornerstone, Didcot. From the promoters: Broken Robot Productions presents Magical Bones: Black Magic. Following a totally sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the star of international stage hit Impossible takes to the road with his much anticipated debut solo UK tour. Direct from appearances on BBC1’s BAFTA Awards, ITV1’s This Morning and Sky’s Around The World In 80 Tricks, and his acclaimed London residency, join one of the most explosive names in street magic today as he effortlessly combines intricate sleight of hand with jaw dropping breakdance moves in one of the most awe-inspiring shows you’ll see this year. Friday 20th March, Cornerstone, Didcot. For more information and to book visit


Dave Allen lecture - Bexley Magic Society. Roy Marsh writes: Bexley Magic Society are delighted to announce that their next lecture on Wednesday 18th March will be given by the extremely successful Dave Allen. Bexley Magic Society, Barton Hall, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JP (Map).


The Graham Hey Comedy E-Book Bundle. From the publishers: As many of you will know, Graham Hey is the Deputy Editor and co-owner of Magicseen Magazine, but what you may not be so aware of is that he is a brilliant comedy writer and performer too! Now you can get an unbeatable package of four of Graham's hilarious e-books. Here are the details. The Comedy Cosmonaut – Graham’s newest e-book is full of great visual gags and comedy. It also includes a handful of tricks and routines too. There is bound to be something that you’ll use within these pages. Killer One Liners – a compilation of Graham Hey’s first three e-books: At That Funny Stage, All You Can Eat Comedy Buffet, and Comedy for Swingers! It’s full of great one-liners and tons of visual gags for close-up and stage! Perfect for adding little bits to your act, fillers for in between effects and some great opening gags and visual comedy to get the audience laughing. The Comedy Cockpit – 28 pages of visual gags, one liners and ideas for anyone who would like to add a bit of comedy to their stage act or close-up performances! Inside the Cage – Graham Hey knows what tickles kids’ funny bones. And you will too when you get his 24-page e-book. His combination of quirky and oh-so-silly routines and bits of business can be instantly injected into your kids show to make them roar with laughter. Get this fabulous package now for just £10.00 from www.magicseen.com14.3.20


Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture and Chairman's Dinner, The Ulster Society of Magicians, 21st March 2020. James Hobart writes: The official deadline for booking has now been extended to Tuesday 17th March 2020 (St Patrick’s Day). 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 17th March by cash, cheque, bank transfer or online at (where a small administrative fee will be levied). 14.3.20


The Mark Leveridge March 2020 Podcast. Join Mark as he explores: The pressure of walking around the Blackpool dealers’ halls. Mark reflects on Simon Caine’s assertion that mind readers shouldn’t make predictions. Has the CineMental trailer set a new standard for online video dems? E-Club Pro is in its 10th year and is a formidable online magic resource. Mark presents an argument that magic exposure is not only necessary, but is in any case an outmoded concept that’s not worth worrying about. Going ‘old school’ and dealing with all show enquiries by telephone might be an advantage. Whether you agree or disagree with the views expressed, you should at the very least find the podcast interesting and thought provoking! You can get access to this podcast as well as many of the back issues either from or from where you can also sign up to be a follower. 14.3.20


Richard Griffin's recent lecture for the Maltese Ring of the IBM is reviewed by Vanni Pule' Click Here • "At Home with Tony Griffith" is reported by Paul MacLeavy this week, Click Here • "The Jonas Brothers are wowed by an adorable Irish magician, 10, during appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' show" Click Here • "Britain’s Got Talent magician Darcy Oake makes Scottish Sun man believer with amazing tricks" Click Here • "Houdini’s Death-Defying Underwater Escape Crate Sold to Highest Bidder" Click Here • "Rick Thomas combines love of ballroom dancing and magic in illusionist show" Click Here • "See Winner of Penn & Teller Fool US, Illusionist Ivan Amodei" Click Here • "The Illusionists - Live from Broadway canceled at Broadway San Jose due to concerns over Covid-19" Click Here • Thanks as always for your news - see you next week, Duncan. 14.3.20