Number 1052 - 22nd August 2020


Magic & Mind-Reading opens at Le Meridien, Piccadilly, London on September 19th. From the organisers: It's time to believe in magic again... Magic & Mind-Reading runs weekly on Saturday nights at the 5 star Le Meridien Piccadilly from 19th September. Classic conjuring makes a comeback in this intimate theatrical experience that will leave you gasping in astonishment and cheering with delight. These new performances hark back to the parlour shows of Magic's Golden Age, but our magicians will do the impossible right in front of your eyes without even touching you. Get in quick – there are only 30 seats per show. Show information: Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes. No interval. Strictly limited to 30 seats. Performances at 7pm & 9pm. Tickets £65/50. Suitable for families (ages 10+). Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus. Location: Le Meridien Piccadilly, London W1J 0BH. For full details and to book visit

About the magicians: Tony Middleton 'Sonic', headliner of The Magic Hour and Resident Magician at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel, is acknowledged as London's leading parlour magician. As a producer he has pioneered the immersive magic show format in the UK. "'One of the finest magicians I have ever seen" Sir Roger Moore. Edward Hilsum. Edward Hilsum won the title 'The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year' in 2018. Edward's performances feature ground-breaking magic presented in a refreshingly contemporary style. In 2020, Edward completed an unprecedented hat trick by becoming the first person to win all three of The Magic Circle's competitions and more incredibly, to hold all three titles at the same time! "A hugely gifted British talent" Katherine Ryan

Covid Safe Policy: For your safety and confidence, utmost care has been taken to ensure these performances are Covid safe. Unless government advice changes, audience will be required to wear a mask throughout, seating will be socially distanced, ventilation increased, and temperature checks will take place on entry. Hand sanitisation will also be required on entry and exit, and before and after assisting any performers on stage.


Silvan, Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1966. Jimmy Tarbuck hosts the first colour edition of the show, from 1966, featuring Roy Orbison, Judith Durham, the Seekers, Julie Rogers, The Biasinis, Silvan and Ray Fell. Sunday 30th August. See TV Magic for details. 22.8.20


Derren Brown: Apocalypse parts 1 & 2. Following on from last week's impressive retrospective Live: Derren Brown - 20 Years of Mind Control the nation's favourite Derren Brown special is being shown once again tonight: In Derren Brown: Apocalypse, Derren unleashes his most audacious plan yet: to convince one person that the planet has been devastated by a catastrophic meteorite strike; that zombies now roam the land and he is one of a mere handful of survivors. Our 'survivor' is someone who takes life for granted, and has yet to truly value what he has. The adventure that awaits him is meticulously crafted to give him the ultimate wake-up call, and teach him valuable life-lessons. Will he rise to the challenge? Parts one and Two from 11.40pm on Saturday 22nd August on 4Seven. See TV Magic for details. 22.8.20


Ben Hart: 2 Metre Magic - Live Dates. In an era when social distancing is paramount, Ben presents a magical and skilful show, removing contact with audience members while still providing all of the spectacle and awe-inspiring sensation of a live magic show! A rare chance to witness Ben's acclaimed sleight of hand, set against a backdrop of hilarious repartee, stories of wonder and moments of deep astonishment. Expect impossible magic with the most ordinary of items as Ben manipulates nature, your minds and the very fabric of reality.
Ben Hart: 2 Metre Magic. The Landmark Ilfracombe, Saturday 29th August Click Here
Ben Hart: 2 Metre Magic. Norwich Theatre Interlude, Tuesday 8th September Click Here
Ben Hart: 2 Metre Magic. Lighthouse, Pool. Saturday 26th September Click Here
Ben Hart: 2 Metre Magic. Zedel, London. Friday 16th October Click Here
Ben Hart: 2 Metre Magic. The Brewhouse, Taunton. Saturday 28th November. Click Here.


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week comedy magician and actor Mac Ronay in a guest appearance on The Bob Monkhouse Show on 3rd March 1986. From the Crazy Horse in Paris to Las Vegas, Reno, and numerous appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, Mac Ronay was an international star and was awarded ‘Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres’ in 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To see the full MagicWeek Video Archive to date Click Here22.8.20


Mel Mellers - online Zoom Lecture. Andy Hart writes: Continuing our very successful series of Zoom lectures, The Sussex Magic Circle is hosting a lecture by the Award-winning Comedy Mentalist Mel Mellers on Thursday 27th August at 8pm. Non SMC members can attend for £10 using the following link: 22.8.20


Loosley Speaking with guest Andy Smith. 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. 22.8.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. During the week more videos were added to The MagicWeek Video Archive. Here's 'Heroes of Comedy: Tommy Cooper' Part One and Part Two. The show was written and Produced by John Fisher and went out in 1995. With contributions from: Gwen Cooper, Paul Daniels, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Clive James, Spike Milligan, Bob Monkhouse, Johnny Speight, Eric Sykes and Jimmy Tarbuck. To see the full MagicWeek Video Archive to date Click Here22.8.20


Billy McComb's 'Coin in Bottle' routine on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 26th September 1990. See YouTube. To see the full MagicWeek Video Archive to date Click Here22.8.20


David Blaine Vs Eamonn Holmes the Re-Match! Live and Exclusive on GMTV on 2nd December 2003. A rare interview including the now infamous footage from 2001 of the original meeting between the two. See YouTube. To see the full MagicWeek Video Archive to date Click Here22.8.20


David Blaine Ascension - David Blaine’s most ambitious feat yet! David Blaine has long dreamt of floating into the sky with a cluster of balloons. Now, it's time to make that dream a reality. Watch it live and free on YouTube on 31st August 2020 and watch the new trailer now: YouTube. 22.8.20


The Eternity Wand By Chris Cross. Chris Cross Writes: I've just released a strictly limited number (125) of hand made wooden luxury magic wands, that have been skilfully constructed from the steel lined Casket Escape Box, that Paul Daniels escaped from on his TV Show...! You can see Paul performing this Escapology stunt here: YouTube.

As a lifelong fan of Paul, I've brought out these wands to chronicle and immortalise the life of my magical hero. Paul was a master magician and a legend in the world of magic. All of these luxury timeless collectors pieces are protected in a satin lined presentation box and each individually numbered wand comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Add a true slice of magical history to your cabinet of curiosities - this is a must-have item for any Paul Daniels admirer, magic fan or collector! Given the right amount of care, these beautiful wands will exist long after everything else around us has gone and disappeared, even ourselves! They’re £125 per wand and only 125 are available. ''Not a lot'' I hear you say - and once they’ve gone, they've gone. No more will ever be made again... For pre order info please email


Murray! Houdini! Escapology & More - Michael Diamond's Zoom Lecture! Michael's lecture last week for members of the Anglian Magic Society is reviewed by Steve Majes this week, Click Here. Steve wrote: "I really can’t compliment Michael enough, this was one of our standout lectures of the year and I would highly recommend Michael’s lecture to every magic society." To book Michael's Zoom lecture for your club contact him via: 22.8.20


The Comedy Years. In 1984, as the miners' strike took over the news, political figures were on the receiving end of the most irreverent comedy series ever seen on TV at the time - Spitting Image. Plus, cult hits like The Young Ones and Alas Smith and Jones battled it out in the TV schedules with mainstream shows like Russ Abbott's Madhouse. We also lost two comedy greats with the passing of Eric Morecambe and Tommy Cooper. Sunday 23rd August on Virgin Media One. See TV Magic for details. 22.8.20


"Richard Young: Always Meet Your Heroes - A Real Magic Interview" YouTube • "Derren Brown became a magician to ‘show off and impress people’" Click Here • "Magician David Blaine Regurgitates Live Frog In Bizarre Trick On Joe Rogan Podcast" Click Here • "The realism of magic" Click Here • "Derren Brown fans convinced his live Channel 4 special played a mind trick on the entire nation" Click Here • Thanks as always for your news, it's always welcomed big and small! See you next week, Duncan. 22.8.20