Number 1046 - 11th July 2020


Ali Cook Lecture, The Ollie Hour, Friday 17th July. Ali's lecture is a deep-dive into his favourite magic books, during which he'll break down eight full routines that he's performed on television. The eight books Ali will discuss range from technical sources such as The Vernon Chronicles and Expert Coin Magic to theoretical books including The Five Points in Magic and Designing Miracles. He'll teach you how his routines were developed, and why and how he performed them. You'll also learn sleights and theory from each book along the way. This is a truly unique lecture. The Ollie Hour, next Friday 17th July at 3pm BST. To book visit: 11.7.20


Loosley Speaking with Dave Loosley - this week: Steve Dela. Join magician Dave Loosley as he chats with some of the world's best magicians. Always laid-back and fun. Available every Friday via your favourite listening platform including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. 11.7.20


Careena Fenton is the beneficiary of this year's Eugene Burger Legacy Award. The Eugene Burger Legacy Fund was founded at the McBride Magic & Mystery School in August 2017 by Michael Burke and Robert Charles, Eugene’s executors. A primary purpose of the fund is for an anonymous committee of magicians to issue awards to magicians who, in their judgment, exemplify some of Eugene’s special qualities as a performer and person, thereby carrying his legacy into the future. Careena accepted the award via Zoom on a special Magic School Monday edition at Jeff McBride's Magic and Mystery School to celebrate the life and work of Eugene Burger. Careena is delighted and honoured to have been recognised with the award and hopes to continue Eugene's legacy into the future. 11.7.20


Tournament of Laughs: Piff Makes The Eiffel Tower vanish with a little help from David Copperfield! YouTube. 11.7.20


Wide Open Magic - new blog and free ebook. Wide Open Magic is a new magic blog by Oliver Meech (author of bestseller The Plot Thickens). It's a collection of tips, tricks and thoughts for fresh magic, updated every Friday. You'll find a Tarantino-style card trick, a way to reskin card castles, scripting tips inspired by South Park and Parks & Recreation, and two nuggets for Zoom shows. Oh, and a free 27-page ebook of tricks! See 11.7.20


It's Top of the Props at PropDog! From the PropDog Team: The popularity of the new PropDog Lounge has lead to the PropDog creative rascals to think of ever increasingly inventive ways to make the website even more interactive for our customers. Last week we added a brand new Q&A feature to every product page and now we are celebrating the launch of our new Top of the Props page.

The Top of the Props page allows you to vote on various magic polls we create from 'Who is your favourite comedy magician?' to 'What is your favourite card to wallet routine?'. With new polls being added every few days, just a fun little way to have your voice heard and see the results. Check out the Top of the Props page here:


Jay Fortune has just launched his brand new 'Magician' series of paintings. Eight works are showcased, each an original and certified. Since retiring as a performer, Jay has established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting emerging artists with work displayed in high-end galleries throughout the UK, including prestigious galleries in Mayfair and Chelsea. Pieces are ready to hang, with free global shipping and can be reserved today with interest free payment options. Why not invest in one of the new series here: "Your art is wonderful, you’re incredibly talented and your portrait of me is stunning." David Berglas. "When Jay Fortune does a painting, he has a knack for capturing a special moment in time. This comes through in his portraits of magicians: an instant, preserved for a lifetime." Max Maven. (Photo: 'Derren' by Jay Fortune. Photo credit: Seamus Ryan.). 11.7.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Michael Vincent and Ali Bongo having fun on 'The Big Breakfast' promoting the upcoming public gala show for Ron's Day back in December 1996, which was about to be held at The London Palladium. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here11.7.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. Midweek Magic! During the week I added some more videos to The MagicWeek Video Archive. Two Ricky Jay compilations taken from series one and two of The Secret Cabaret. Ricky Jay x 6 Series One: YouTube. Ricky Jay x 6 Series Two: YouTube11.7.20


Danny Goldsmith Zoom Lecture - Zodiac Magical Society. Simon Rudd writes: The Zodiac Magical Society are delighted to be hosting a Zoom lecture by Danny Goldsmith, a master of visual coin magic, on Wednesday the 15th of July at 8pm. Non members are welcome at just £10 a seat. If you would like to book a place, or would like further information, then please email 11.7.20


New Release from Mark Leveridge Magic. From the publishers: As the restrictions posed by lockdown are gradually released, the time when people will be looking to organise parties and events again gets ever closer. To ensure that you receive your fair share of enquiries, now would be a great time to take a serious look at how you publicise your shows and perhaps to try some new approaches. But where to start? Well, Mark Leveridge has just released the Audio Book version of his advice e-book called Marketing Yourself, and this provides a thorough explanation of both the online and offline advertising opportunities that you can take advantage of. An Audio Book is a great way to absorb information as you can have it on in the background while you exercise or relax, and so order the Marketing Yourself Audio Book today and within minutes you will be arming yourself with tactics to enable you to benefit fully from the wave of show enquiries that will start to appear in the coming weeks. For more information go to 11.7.20


Mark Leveridge's Free-Buys. Week 13. Place any order with Mark Leveridge Magic before midnight on Friday 17th July 2020 and we will be pleased to send you a link to download completely free a TricKlip Video of a great version of the classic Danson Diary Trick called Diary Of A Nobody. A diary is shown to have a playing card written against each day of the year and a spectator looks up their birthday date and remembers the card asigned there. A deck is shuffled and the spectator for the first time reveals the day and the month of their birthday. Using those two numbers, the performer counts down in the deck and the card he arrives at turns out to be the exact one printed in the diary against the spectator's birthday! Not only that, but the card itself is shown to have a completely different coloured back to the rest of the deck! For more information and to watch a dem go to 11.7.20


MC Friday Night Magicians is back, virtually! We’re doing a live stream show on Friday 31st July featuring Lee Bell (UK), Chris Pilsworth (Canada) and Will Fern (USA). MC’d by London’s own Martin Cox. Only £5.00 per household, so gather the whole family around for a (really!) funny and amazing show they won’t soon forget! For details see 11.7.20


"Netflix donates £500K to Sam Mendes's Theatre Artists Fund" Click Here. [Netflix is conservatively worth 150 billion pounds (£150,000,000,000). I've just calculated that their £500,000 donation is about 0.00033% of the company's worth, or to put things in perspective, that's the equivalent of someone with £10,000 in the bank writing out a cheque for 3p. DT]. 11.7.20


Auction of two original vintage Sooty puppets, July 30th. A hugely rare and desirable pair of original vintage Sooty puppets. Accompanied by Harry Corbett’s autograph. Corbett is believed to have used the more weathered of the two Sootys during the late 1950s – the sawdust in the puppet’s head is testament to its very early date. Sooty’s worn appearance is thought to come from his numerous pie throwing escapades. The second Sooty is thought to come from the early 1960s.

The two puppets would have been used for the Sooty Show television programmes and/or the stage shows. Superb provenance. Originally acquired directly from Harry Corbett: the two Sootys and the autograph were purchased at an auction that immediately followed an after dinner speaking event in Blackpool where Corbett was the guest speaker. Two extraordinary artefacts of British popular culture. For auction details see


Sunday Night at the London Palladium. Jimmy Tarbuck hosts an episode from 21st November 1965, featuring Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Charlie Drake and Henry McGee, Freddy Davis and Robert Harbin. Sunday 19th July on Talking Pictures. See TV Magic for details. 11.7.20


Connie Greta Van Buren. Andrew Van Buren remembers his mother with love, Click Here. 11.7.20


"Government says outdoor performances will be able to begin this week" Click Here • "Comedy club conjures up a new date for magician" Click Here • "Ashod ‘Mr. Ash’ Baboorian, ‘Chicago’s Greatest Magician,’ dies at 80: ‘It’s rare to meet someone like that in life.’" Click Here • "Magician’s ‘mesmerizing’ card trick attracts 45,000 views on Instagram" Click Here • "Magician turns Minecraft into a surreal 3D world" Click Here • And finally, "Ennio Morricone, film composer, 1928-2020" Click Here and "Il Maestro: Ennio Morricone’s 10 best film scores" Click Here. Also see YouTube, his final UK appearance • That's it. Thanks for your news as always. See you next week, Duncan. 11.7..20