Number 1042 - 13th June 2020


International Magic are reopening their London shop this Monday, 15th June for reduced hours and according to government restrictions and guidelines. The revised opening times and days for the coming week are:
Monday 15th June (open midday - 5pm)
Tuesday 16th June (closed)
Wednesday 17th June (open midday - 5pm)
Thursday 18th June (open midday - 5pm)
Friday 19th June (open midday - 5pm)
Saturday 20th June (open midday - 5pm)
Sunday 21st June (closed)
Then until further notice, their revised days and hours are: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday (midday - 5pm on all days). Check their website for future updates. 


Magical Bones - As Seen On Britain’s Got Talent. Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a little magic! Your sofa is the best seat in the house for this very special live and interactive magic experience. Join your host, internationally acclaimed magician Magical Bones, fresh from his hugely successful Britain’s Got Talent appearance, as he invites you to not just watch, but to take part in this truly unique show, live via Zoom. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, we’ll bring special guest appearances with exclusive draw dropping performances from some of the hottest names in contemporary magic and circus. Find out more, visit: "A Kind of Magic review – Magical Bones casts a spell during dazzling hour of Zoom tricks" www.theguardian.com13.6.20


The Next Great Magician is being shown again on Virgin Media Three, every Saturday. In show 1, this evening, six illusionists display their skills and then decide between them which should go through to the final. In the first episode Eric Jones performs some close-up magic with the help of Rylan Clark and Suzanne Shaw, comedy double-act Young & Strange bring along a furry friend to help with their performance, Jordan Gomez displays his manipulation act, Ines and Jonathan Goodwin both carry out terrifying escape stunts, and Xavier Mortimer combines magic, circus skills, music and comedy. See TV Magic for details. 13.6.20


The London Palladium: The Greatest Stage on Earth. Bradley Walsh presents a documentary about the famous theatre, meeting some of the stars who have trod its boards, discovering the backstage secrets of its history, and uncovering archive footage of classic performances, including a long-lost recording of Morecambe and Wise. Featuring contributions from Stephen Fry, Sheila Hancock, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Beverley Knight and Phillip Schofield. (Repeat) See TV Magic13.6.20


Loosley Speaking Episode 5: Nick Locapo. Join magician Dave Loosley as he chats with some of the world's best magicians. Laid-back and fun and available every Friday via your favourite listening platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify13.6.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week The Pendragons on The Royal Variety Performance from 25th November 1995. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see the full MagicWeek Video Archive to date Click Here13.6.20


FISM 2021 becomes FISM 2022. From the organisers: Due to the various events that affected our lives in connection with the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), including the fact that several of the continental qualifications could not take place in 2020, the organizers of the FISM WCM in Quebec jointly with the international FISM, have taken the decision to delay the FISM World Championships from July 2021 to July 2022. See www.fismquebec2021.com13.6.20


Spot the Difference - Mark Leveridge Magic. Mark writes: ‘Find The Lady’ and ‘The Irish Three Card Trick With Four Cards’ have long been favourites with magicians, but I have to admit that I have always felt they suffer from too much repetition and a lack of a real punch finish. Also, there is no emotional hook in the presentations, no reason for the audience to feel involved or interested in the outcome, and as a result I am fairly sure that some spectators just switch off as the magician proceeds to go through endless minor variations on the same theme.

Spot the Difference seeks to put right the weaknesses of those other effects. Firstly, instead of the presentation being just a monologue about some supposed occasion when the magician saw a con game being played out, the audience are actively involved in making decisions, decisions which appear to give them the chance to win some money! Secondly, the money on offer does not belong to the performer, but to one of the spectators! The magician is therefore trying to retain the money for the spectator, not for himself. I feel this is better psychology and keeps interest alive. Thirdly, one of the elements of the presentation actually gets all the audience involved in making certain sounds, an activity which causes much amusement. And finally, the trick ends in a totally unexpected and magical fashion to bring it to a strong conclusion. Watch a performance and find out more from


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. 13.6.20


Comedy Profile by David Hemingway - International Magic. From the publishers: After years of preparation, this fabulous book by magical comedy great David Hemingway, truly stands as the definitive handbook for Comedy Magicians, written and collated by David Hemingway, established performer, magical creator and successful author. This book is an in-depth look at what makes comedy work, particularly in magic performance. With this book, you are also supplied an online video link for a recording of David's lecture plus his interview by Donald Bevan titled 'The Magic Fly on the Wall'. In the lecture, you'll get to see David presenting some routines that he's performed through the years in his magic profession, along with plenty of useful hints and tips. In 'The Magic Fly on the Wall', you have a no holds barred interview by Donald Bevan. Here David talks about his career in magic; you have the opportunity to listen to someone talking frankly and openly about his lifetime experiences as a magician, a magic dealer and a magical advisor. Find out more, see www.internationalmagic.com13.6.20


Mark Leveridge's Free-Buys. Week 9. This week's free gift is a fabulously strong card routine called Impossible. A card is genuinely freely selected from a blue backed deck by a spectator (e.g. 3D) and the performer chooses one from a red backed deck (e.g. AS). The two cards are cut back into their respective packs which are then boxed. The performer claims the two selections will turn face up in their respective decks while still in the boxes. However, what actually happens is that the spectator's 3D is shown to be reversed in the performer's red backed deck, and the AS is found reversed in the spectator's blue backed deck. The cards have physically changed places while the decks were in the boxes! Both packs can immediately be examined to prove there are no duplicates or special cards. Place any order with MLM this week and you will be sent an email that allows you to download for free the Premier E-Routine PDF instructions for Impossible, these having a link to further online video directions. This exclusive Free-Buy offer expires at midnight on Friday 19th June 2020. For more information go to


Uri Geller on James Veitch's Contractual Obligation. Today, Saturday 13th June, at 10.30am on BBC Radio 4.

Mind Reading. Series 3, episode 2. The comedian tries to learn to read minds, exploring the science of brain-mapping and speaking to illusionist and spoonbender Uri Geller. 13.6.20


Rubik Solved by Tony Gardner - Merlins of Wakefield. Whether you perform Rubik cube magic or not, this brand new card effect is a must! The magician cleanly fans out four playing cards. The cards' faces are shown and each has a full colour image of a mixed up Rubik cube on it. Two of the cards are handed to a spectator to hold. The magician shows his two cards once again to allow the spectators to see the mixed up cubes. Instantly, without any funny moves the magicians cubes are fully solved! The spectator looks at the cards they have been holding and they are stunned to see that their cubes have also magically been solved! Beautifully clean handling and very easy to do. See 13.6.20


Mark Leveridge's June E-Video Newsletter. It's a bumper 45 minute edition of the online magic video from Mark Leveridge. This time you'll see: The Teach In – learn a quick and visual single coin sequence. Pro Peeks – Mark delves into E-Club Pro’s Vintage Vault and presents a routine called Ribbon Spread Brainwave. The Strolling Magician Unplugged – part 29 sums up the essence of what a good commercial strolling magician should be. Web Offers – get background info, watch dems and save money in June on an easy to do mental magic effect and a strong commercial coin routine. 60 Seconds To Success – Mark sums up the three key ingredients that make up a good strolling magic trick. The Review Corner – an assessment of whether the amazingly visual moment in Blink Vanish is worth the investment. You can get access to the complete E-Video Newsletter simply by signing up to Mark's free E-Club Lite. Members receive a monthly email newsletter that, amongst other things, offers a free link to the latest E-Video Newsletter. For more information go to


Get Your Act Together. Well-known faces are paired with leading variety acts to master a chosen talent, from juggling to fire dancing, contortion to ventriloquism, before taking to the stage for a performance with their mentors. The studio audience then decides who deserves a place in the final. In the first show, model Danielle Lloyd is mentored by the Catwall Acrobats, former Westlife member Brian McFadden teams up with magicians Penn & Teller, singer and actor Ray Quinn is coached by impressionist Debra Stephenson, Benidorm star Sherrie Hewson joins plate-spinning expert Andrew Van Buren, and retired rugby player Gareth Thomas collaborates with Circus of Men. Host Stephen Mulhern follows the rehearsals leading up to the contestants' big performances. Starring: Stephen Mulhern, Danielle Lloyd, The Catwall Acrobats, Brian Scott McFadden, Penn & Teller and Ray Quinn. (Repeat) Today at 11am on Virgin Media One. See TV Magic13.6.20


News Submissions. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news (major and minor), but please remember the news deadline: Thursday if possible. Final deadline: 12 noon Friday. Many thanks, DT. 13.6.20


"Geffen Playhouse extends hit magic show ‘The Present’ through Oct. 10" Click Here • "Amanda Holden stuns her daughters with levitating magic trick!" Click Here • "Magician uses magic trick to give coronavirus health message to children" Click Here • "Britain’s Got Talent: Magician once pulled out of auditions because of mental health battle: ‘I was suffering really badly’" Click Here • "Bradley Fields, Magician Who Favored Warmth Over Flash, Dies at 68" Click Here • "'America's Got Talent' Season 15: Comedic magician duo The Demented Brothers leave viewers divided" Click Here • "Debbie McGee: Strictly star reacts as 'amazing' Paul Daniels moment revealed to her" Click Here • "London's earliest theatre found in Whitechapel" Click Here • "Plans revealed for London’s new theme park, the UK’s answer to Disneyland" Click Here • "Murray The Magician and Tape Face Return to The Strip" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 13.6.20