Number 1043 - 20th June 2020


Christian Grace - The Ollie Hour. Ollie Mealing has recently set-up an online lecture platform called The Ollie Hour and has already given a couple of lectures himself. This Saturday (that's today!) at 3pm he'll be featuring Christian Grace as a guest lecturer. See for details. And for a taste of what's to come see 'Inevitable Choice' by Christian Grace on YouTube20.6.20


Loosley Speaking Episode 6: Nikola Arkane. 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 Spotify. For regular updates visit Loosley Speaking Podcast on Facebook. 20.6.20


Pro Magic Academy Presents the Hoop & Glass Masterclass.

Finally Revealed for the first time ever on video Paul Martin's fantastic Hoop & Glass routine:
• 24 easy to follow lessons that anyone can do
• All my secret tips revealed
• From beginner to advanced routines for any situation
• Get the WOW factor at your next event
• Full support and access in our private Facebook group
See to find out more! 


The PropDog Lounge. The dynamic team at PropDog are thrilled to announce the launch of The PropDog Lounge. A friendly and welcoming place to hang out and browse regularly updated magic articles, blogs, musings and reviews. Plus, it conveniently puts all of the PropDog Friday Live shows in one handy place. Naturally it is all done in the PropDog way! We invite MagicWeek readers to contribute with their own articles or tales of the unexpected from their performing adventures. To find it, click on The PropDog Lounge link at the top of every page on the PropDog website or visit the direct link here:


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show added every week! This week, from 30 years ago, 'Penn & Teller: Don't Try This At Home!' See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see the full MagicWeek Video Archive to date Click Here20.6.20


Mealing's Membership. Ollie Mealing writes: I recently completed a project called Mealing's Membership. My objective was to release a new and original card item every week for a year. The project has now reached 52 items and it costs just £10 to watch and learn them all. The best deal in magic! See: www.mealingsmembership.com20.6.20


Luca Volpe - Zoom Lecture at The Sussex Magic Circle. Andy Hart writes: The Sussex Magic Circle are hosting a Zoom lecture by Luca Volpe, the famous Italian mentalist, on Thursday the 25th of June at 8pm. Non SMC members are welcome at £10 a seat. Details for Guest seats can be found here: www.the-sussex-magic-circle.mailchimpsites.com20.6.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive - midweek bonus! Occasionally a video is added to The MagicWeek Video Archive midweek. Last Wednesday this clip of Johnny Paul and his Cups & Balls routine from 35 years ago went up: YouTube20.6.20


Cards in a Bottle by Chris Harding. Chris Harding writes: The Cards in a Bottle is a version of what are widely referred to as "Impossible Bottles" - a bottle (usually glass) that contains fully functional everyday objects inside that are far too big to have conceivably passed through the neck of the bottle. The master and pioneer of the concept was the great Harry Eng and it is to him that myself and fellow "bottle makers" around the world owe a huge debt of gratitude for the concept and inspiration. "Eng's Bottles" as they are known, are now highly collectible items and are still, in my opinion, the finest pieces of impossible craftsmanship of the genre. My own "Cards in a Bottle" work is a bug that bit me in my early teens after reading about Harry Eng in a chapter of a magic book, in the late 90's. Each bottle I make takes many hours of patience and care, however I have come to find it extremely therapeutic work; almost a sense of escapism from the often high-energy lifestyle of performing, not to mention taking care of a wife, two children, three dogs and a cat! For more information and to see the range on offer visit


Playing Cards: A History of Mystery with DMC: YouTube20.6.20


The 5th Karl Fulves Convention - online on Saturday 11th July - and you're invited! The Karl Fulves Convention, organised by Allan Brown, is set up to honour the greatest unsung genius and giant of card and close-up magic, Karl Fulves. This highly informal event is completely free and will take place this year at 3pm, on 11th July. This year it will be in the form of a Zoom online meeting due to virus restrictions. Everyone is welcome, but all attendees must be prepared to do at least one trick for the others from any Fulves publication; one that they can demonstrate online of course. If you would like a link to the Zoom meeting, email Allan at In addition to Thomas Ellis, Paul Ridgley and Jerry Mensfield there will be one or two surprise guests from America to celebrate the magic of Karl Fulves! ("Self-working Card Tricks: 72 Foolproof Card Miracles for the Amateur Magician" see 20.6.20


The Professional Worker Series, Volume 5: Keeping Control - Mark Leveridge Magic. The Professional Worker Series is a selection of targeted and focused E-Books which offer professional, sound advice on a number of key magical areas. The E-Books are written in an easy to understand style which cuts out all the waffle and padding, and instead gets right to the core of each subject.

Volume 5 sets out to discover whether there is one key element that contributes more than any other to making a performer a success. The conclusion is that control is a factor that if properly harnessed can exert a huge influence on the life of any performing magician. With this in mind I examine the various ways in which control can be exerted to make a positive difference. For a full breakdown of the contents go to


Daily Deal Specials - Merlins of Wakefield. We are making some amazing offers on magic tricks sent direct to your home right now. We are also doing a free Magic Academy for 10 to 16 year olds and beginners on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1pm - see our Facebook page Merlins of Wakefield and Click Here20.6.20


Outcome - International Magic. This is capable of a variety of presentations, here is just an example: The performer places a prediction in full view, then mixes a small stack of cards with various instructions printed on each. A set of Alphabet cards are shown and also mixed. The spectator cuts the instruction cards and begins following their directions from the cut card. Dealing through the Alphabet Cards in a comical way (dictated by the instructions), the spectator is left holding one card. The prediction is revealed, however, initially it is seen to be incorrect. As an afterthought, the magician points out that the two letters make up the initials of someone famous (you can choose the person here), the prediction is turned over to reveal a picture of the famous person. Everything is left for thorough examination.

A great effect with many capabilities - predict the initials of your booker, the CEO of a company or the Bride and Groom at a wedding. Or simply carry around a few of the instruction cards and perform it with a borrowed deck, anytime, without any set up. "The best new card trick in years" Jerry Sadowitz. For more info and to order visit


Get Your Act Together with illusionist Hans Klok. Steps singer Claire Richards is mentored by fire-eating act the Black Fire Girls, former politician Ann Widdecombe joins circus ringmaster Norman Barrett, one-time Coronation Street star Oliver Mellor (Dr Matt Carter) is coached by musical quintet the Bottle Boys, TOWIE's Elliott Wright teams up with Cyr wheel performer Billy George, and TV personality Nancy Dell'Olio collaborates with illusionist Hans Klok. Host Stephen Mulhern follows the rehearsals leading up to the contestants' big performances as they compete for a place in the final in a fortnight alongside Ray Quinn, Chip and last week's winning act, James Bolam. (Repeat) Saturday 20th June at 4.55pm on Virgin Media Three. See TV Magic20.6.20


The Mark Leveridge June 2020 Podcast. If you haven't had a chance to catch up with the latest audio magic podcast from Mark Leveridge yet here's a reminder of the topics for June: The British Ring online ‘Nonvention’ seeks to fill the gap left by the cancellation of their regular event. Mark reflects on Lance Burton’s assertion that performing is like Groundhog Day – you keep repeating the same act until you get it perfect. Redundant phrases and useless messages – a round up of Mark's ‘favourites’. Will you be fooled by The Tube Of Wonder? Blogs are good to do as long as you know who you are writing for. The question is not whether a printed book is better than a digital one, surely it’s the quality of the content that counts. Mark's podcasts are free and are published on the 1st of every month, so if you have 30 minutes to spare you can listen online or download the June issue from either, or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and thus receive every new edition as soon as it is published. 20.6.20


Mark Leveridge's Free-Buys. Week 10. Place an order with MLM this week and you will receive an email with a free link to download a cool little close up coin routine called Simplex Hopping Halves. Based on the classic Hopping Halves premise, this version starts and finishes clean and requires no gimmicked coins! Yet coins jump from pocket to hand at will without any need for sleight of hand or palming. The explanation for this routine is supplied as a downloadable set of PDF written instructions and is easy to do. This exclusive Free-Buy offer expires at midnight on Friday 26th June 2020. For more information go to


The Next Great Magician. Stephen Mulhern and Rochelle Humes showcase another group of illusionists, with Downton Abbey's Jim Carter and TOWIE's Amy Childs helping some of the performers with their acts. The second show features a spectacular series of nightmarish illusions, a magician secretly going on a date and a strange magical beverage mixed on stage. (Repeat) Saturday 20th June at 7pm on Virgin Media Three. See TV Magic20.6.20


"Las Vegas headliner Hans Klok resets his timeline" Click Here • "Lloyd Webber plans to trial Covid-19 safety measures at London Palladium" Click Here • "British theatre has a class problem, and coronavirus could make it worse" Click Here • "UK theatre faces ruin amid coronavirus crisis, say top cultural figures" Click Here • "Comedians from Warwick district team up with magician for comedy and magic workshops for Father's Day" Click Here • "Ben Seidman, master magician from Milwaukee, can't tour. Doing shows on Zoom, he's busier than ever." Click Here • "Learn a magic trick from Nash Fung, a magical motivational speaker" Click Here • 'The Essence' by Tony Griffith is reviewed by Paul MacLeavy this week Click Here • "Debbie McGee: Paul Daniels' wife details plans to spill the beans in unlikely new project" Click Here • "13 Reasons Why 'The Illusionist' Is Better Than 'The Prestige'" Click Here • "Edinburgh Fringe given £1.2m support package by the Scottish Government and council" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 20.6..20