Number 1039 - 23rd May 2020


Britain's Got Talent Unseen. Last week's auditions that didn't go out on the main show, but can now be seen on the ITV Hub, or on YouTube. DT.

Alan and Kat Hudson. See this amazing magical couple back to back on

Alan Hudson. "Spectacular! Get wrapped up in magic (and cling film) with Alan Hudson! Alan Hudson’s card tricks just keep getting more and more spectacular - and hilarious! Watch as he ropes in Amanda as his glamorous assistant and they get all wrapped up in the magic (and cling film!)." YouTube.

Kat Hudson. "Buzzer bombshell! Kat Hudson buzzes herself in a miraculously magical performance! An act that buzzes themselves?! Well, we do say expect the unexpected on this show... But calamity can create captivation - Kat Hudson’s act is truly miraculous!" YouTube. 23.5.20


Celebrity Magician creates YouTube Magic Academy For Kids During Quarantine. Chris Dugdale writes: Want to learn magic from the man who has fooled everyone from the Queen to Beyoncé? The Kids Magic Academy will teach you magic tricks offering the best tutorials on YouTube, showing you how to perform easy magic tricks that you can then put together, to create your own magic show. The Kids Magic Academy offers the best place in 2020 where easy magic tricks for kids are not just revealed but taught properly with theatre and passion and most importantly respect for the art of magic. Chris Dugdale is an international award-winning magician who lives in Annapolis, Maryland and is the only performer in history to win The Edfest Bouquet (Edinburgh Festival Award) 4 times. He lives at home with his wife Alexis and his daughters Lara and Natalie and their two crazy cats, Leo and Morris!

"The Kids Magic Academy - on NBC's WBAL TV" YouTube.

"Celebrity magician creates YouTube magic show for kids"

"Kids Magic Academy Trailer" 23.5.20


Matthew Wright's Online Show and Lecture 'Web of Secrets'. Matthew Wright writes: I have transformed my theatre show 'Chamber of Secrets' into an online show called the 'Web of Secrets'. I am now offering the public show plus a lecture to magic clubs and am thrilled to announce that I am now taking bookings for The Web of Secrets Online Show and Lecture.


The Web of Secrets show is an online variation of the Chamber of Secrets theatre show that I have owned and run on the Costa Del Sol for the past 6 years. The theatre show quickly rose to the Trip Advisor number one attraction for the Costa Del Sol and Malaga region and was last year shortlisted into the top ten attractions for the whole of Spain, Balearics and Canaries. I have now transformed this amazing show into an enthralling virtual online experience for all to enjoy.


The 45 minute show forms the first half of your magic club bundle and is available for anyone to watch... friends, family or just fans of magic in the general public. The second half of the show is a private, magicians only lecture where we go through many of the effects in the show. We talk not only about the effects but also touch on how they have been adapted to work for an online audience. For those interested in performing online there is a quick behind the scenes tour of my set up where I will answer any questions you may have. The tricks performed and taught are all my own creations and cover all areas of magic including close-up, parlour, stage, mentalism and comedy. They are all solid workers that have been road tested many hundreds of times... they are real world workers. See and for more info. 23.5.20


Order of The Magi – Long service award. Mike Sharples writes: Congratulations Jack Steel on 70 years membership of The Order of The Magi. Jack is also a member of the British Ring of The International Brotherhood of Magicians, is a Life Member of Equity, and a Life Member of the Order of The Magi. It is a pleasure to know you and you truly are a gentleman in every sense of the word. 23.5.20


Mentalist Lior Suchard popped up and impressed on The Graham Norton Show a few weeks ago: "On Graham's virtual sofa: the King of Cool, actor Jeff Goldblum; Harry Potter star Imelda Staunton; cult documentary maker Louis Theroux; master mentalist Lior Suchard; and music from Brit-Award winner Mabel." Here's the iPlayer link in case you missed it iPlayer. 23.5.20


Playing Card Face Masks by PropDog. PropDog write: During these tough times of the Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic, we will unfortunately all be required to wear face masks during certain times for many months to come. So why not do it in style! So PropDog have reached out to a mask manufacturer to create some stylish playing card design masks. These comfort assured masks are made from soft, stretchy fabric for comfortable, snug wear and won’t irritate your skin. They are custom printed from PropDog in the UK and are available in Medium and Large sizes in a high-quality breathable fabric, meaning they’re anti sweat and allow you to breath easily. The stretchy elastic straps ensure that your mask will stay in place over your nose, chin and mouth. Washable, reusable, and easy to care for. See 23.5.20


Tommy Cooper Forever. 24th & 25th May on ITV. A two-part celebration of Tommy Cooper's life and work. With the help of contributions from family and friends who worked with him, this programme reveals how an act that started out in the desert during the Second World War went on to take the comedy world by storm. In the second programme, singer and actress Anita Harris retraces her footsteps back to the London Palladium where she worked with Tommy. There's a return to Holland to discover how Cooper became an unlikely comedy hero on Dutch TV in the 60s and comedian Les Dennis makes an emotional trip back to Her Majesty's Theatre to remember the night he saw Tommy's final performance. (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 23.5.20


DC’S Rope Routine for Children's Entertainers - Mark Leveridge Magic. It’s amazing how much fun you can have with just a length of rope, a pair of scissors and two young children up to help you! This is a hilarious presentation for the classic cut and restored rope trick which is designed for the 3-6 age group. It is full of verbal and visual humour incorporated into a fast paced, entertaining routine lasting about 7-8 minutes.


On the 45 minute downloadable TricKlipXtra video footage you see a full live performance and then the routine is broken down into 7 stages, with detailed explanations of all the gags and also the working for the cut and restored rope itself. This routine has been in my commercial show for over 30 years and it has proved itself to be a consistently great hit with young audiences. I’m sure it will soon become one of your favourites too. Find out more and watch a performance video at 23.5.20


2 hours of over-the-phone mind reading for charity. Adam Hudson writes: "I have completed over 2 hours of over-the-phone mind reading for people in lockdown. This was in aid of The Children's Heart Unit, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle. Here are several audio clips of the performances: YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube. Please have a listen and if you enjoy them, and are able, then please consider making a small donation to this amazing charity through the just giving page where you will also be able to read more about the project: 23.5.20


Tonight at the London Palladium. Bradley Walsh hosts the variety show, featuring the very first TV performance from the hotly anticipated musical revival Annie, incredible mind-reading from international award-winners The Clairvoyants and music from legendary British blues singer Elkie Brooks. The star of Joseph and former X Factor winner Joe McElderry takes to the stage, there is a surprise visit from Brian Conley, and the British National Latin Formation Champions Fever Formation show off their trophy-winning talent. (Repeat) Wednesday 24th May on ITV. (Repeat) See TV Magic for details. 23.5.20


Poker Player's Nightmare (Improved) - International Magic. This great little card trick has one of the most instant and visual changes you'll ever see. Two sets of 5 cards (one red backed, the other blue) are placed on the table. A coin is tossed and according to how it lands, the spectator is given one set, the magician the other. However, when both sets are shown, the magician has five random cards whereas the spectator has a 'Full House'. The magician clearly shows all five cards individually back and front - then, in an instant, without any false moves, the magician's cards change into a 'Royal Flush'. All cards are again cleanly and fully shown individually on both sides. No sleight of hand, all cards are shown back and front as both a losing and then a winning hand. The change is instant and extremely magical. What's more, this is re-set ready to go again the moment you finish your performance! See 23.5.20


Join the E-Club for half price! If you are missing being able to attend magic club meetings, and regret that the opportunity to mix with fellow enthusiasts has been withdrawn for the time being, why not give your magic life a real boost by signing up for Mark Leveridge's E-Club? The E-Club consists of hundreds of online pages of great magic content that you will not find elsewhere, plus contains help and advice that draws on Mark's four decades of experience as a full time pro. Members have access 24/7 and can dip in and out whenever they wish to learn, be informed or get inspired. Currently in its 10th year, the E-Club is unique in the scope and scale of its content, and new material is added every month ensuring that there is always something fresh to excite you. There are two levels of membership - E-Club Pro and E-Club Elite. For the next week you can join at either level and receive a 50% refund of the monthly membership costs for the first three months. With no fixed subscription period to worry about, now is a great time to get involved with one of magic's greatest resources. The half price offer ends at midnight on Friday 29th May 2020 so act now. For more information go to 23.5.20


Strong Man by Jimmy Strange - Zane's Magic Shop. This the latest brainchild of Jimmy Strange. Strongman is a new method for visually bending metal that is easy to do and super practical! Metal bending is always best when it happens visually and slowly, it is undeniable. Still to this day, metal bending is one of the strongest most believable pieces of magic you can perform. There is something mesmerizing about watching cold hard steel bend and warp. It cannot be explained as sleight of hand or misdirection, it is more likely to be described as mind over matter or a supernatural phenomenon... No set-up, no switches. See 23.5.20


Mark Leveridge's Free-Buys. Week 6. Throughout the 1990s and the first half of the 2000s Mark Leveridge organised a close-up magic convention every two years called The British Close Up Magic Symposium. It was a hugely popular event at the time and featured some of the world's best close uppers. With each event a book was published featuring contributions from the performers and lecturers working the convention, and this week's Free-Buy gift is a huge E-Book called The Symposium Collection, which combines all the material from the 9 Symposium books as well as the material assembled for a special additional 10 Year Anniversary publication. The result is a fabulous line up of magic that will thrill anyone who is interested in close up. To receive your complimentary copy simply place any order with MLM this week and you will be sent an email providing you with a link to download The Symposium Collection (worth £35) completely free. This exclusive Free-Buy offer expires at midnight on Friday 29th May 2020. For more information go to 23.5.20


Jon Gordon. Franklin writes: I just heard the sad news of the passing of Jon Gordon, I just don’t know what to say. Jon was such a good friend and I’ll greatly miss him so very, very much especially as we both shared the same love for performing mentalism. We were both on the committee of the Leeds Magical Association as it was then and Jon worked with great love in organizing the conventions.

Jon’s interest in magic sparked when an uncle of his gave him a Geoffrey Robinson Conjuring Set for Christmas in 1952 when he was eight years old. It was on a trip to the Unique Magic Studio in Brewer Street, London for a Unique Day organized by Harry Stanley in 1958 when the Magic bug actually bit. Away from magic Jon had a thriving public relations marketing business in Chapel Allerton, Leeds where we had many committee meetings for the L.M.A.


As well as Jon’s number one interest in mentalism he was also a children’s entertainer and enjoyed performing close-up magic. Unfortunately in the last few years Jon has been off the magic scene as he had many health problems and found great difficulty in walking. In the latter years when Jon had difficulty getting about I use to have great pleasure taking him up to the South Tyneside Magic convention which he greatly enjoyed.

Jon leaves behind his wife Judy and three daughters. May Jon’s dear soul rest in peace.


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