Number 1056 - 19th September 2020


Goodwin's gone and done it again! The Welshman is back... "Jonathan Goodwin faces his biggest fear during a dangerous stunt - America's Got Talent 2020" YouTube. [Another amazing stunt from Jonathan Goodwin. And if you missed his other recent AGT exploits Click Here and Click Here. DT]. 19.9.20


Blackpool Magic Convention Statement. We are sad to announce the postponement of The Blackpool Magic Convention 2021. After much thought and consideration, due to the current pandemic we realise that we simply can't produce an event for 2021 that would guarantee the safety of our valued customers. Anyone who has already booked tickets, can hold them over to the 2022 event and still guarantee their seats. You can of course be given a refund and then book again nearer the time. Contact If our Registration Hub does not hear from you by the 1st December 2020, we will presume you are happy for tickets to be held over to the 2022 event. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2022. The dates for Blackpool 2022 are Thursday 17th February to Sunday 20th February 2022. Booking for 2022 opens on Monday 5th April 2021 via our website: 19.9.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Paul Potassy's Sympathetic Silks and Razor Blades in a guest spot on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 12th October 1985. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 19.9.20


Scotland's Colin Cloud on AGT. "Colin Cloud shocks the judges with incredible mind reading! America's Got Talent 2020. Colin Cloud returns to the AGT stage with a performance that will blow your mind! The real life Sherlock Holmes." YouTube. 19.9.20


David Britland now has a Cardopolis Newsletter that complements his blog and Genii column. There have been seven issues to date, each featuring video clips of effects and explanations. As you'd expect, the focus is on card magic new, old and forgotten. Topics covered so far include palming, colour changes, card discoveries, the open prediction and a lost documentary about card cheats. It's free and you can subscribe at: There is also a Cardopolis Instagram account that will alert you to new content. You can find it at www.instagram/cardopolismagic. 19.9.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. More Midweek Magic! Last week I added a few more clips to The MagicWeek Video Archive. Here's Juan Tamariz YouTube and his 'Find the Lady' routine from John Fisher's 'The Magic Comedy Strip' on 6th April 1992. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here19.9.200


The MagicWeek Video Archive. Lance Burton made a welcome return to The Paul Daniels Magic Show on the Christmas edition on 26th December 1985, YouTube. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here19.9.200


Britain's Got Talent - more magic tonight! Ant and Dec host the semi-finals of this year's talent contest. Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Ashley Banjo are on the judging desk, as the acts that impressed them the most return. Eight acts perform in each semi-final. 8pm this evening on ITV. See TV Magic for details. 19.9.20


BBC Radio 4's 'You and Yours' asked "Have you lost work because of the pandemic?" on September 15th. Full-time magician Marc Dominic phoned in and can be heard at 32' 34" 19.9.20


Smoke Watch Pro, Smart Watch by Joao Miranda - Magicbox. In 2016 João Miranda invented the Smoke Watch, a truly revolutionary prop. For the first time magicians could produce smoke, sleeveless. Since then it has been performed professionally both on TV and live by some of the world's best magicians. Producing smoke enhances almost every magic effect, either for a sponge ball routine, a coin effect, or even a simple card transformation. It easily adds that wow factor and magical atmosphere that every magician needs in their act. After being sold out worldwide the Smoke Watch comes back, better than ever! Programmable delay, wireless charging, internal battery, a brand-new intelligent circuit board or crown smoke activation are some of the new additions! Find out more, visit 19.9.20


Devant, early cinema and the Davenport Collection - a mystery solved. One of over 200 items recently added to the collection website helped to answer a question which troubled historians of early cinema. A magician appearing in some early British films was thought to be Walter Booth, but since no clearly identified photograph of Booth was available, this view remained unproven. Such a photograph was found in the Davenport collection in an 1898 theatre programme Click Here from Ramsgate, for David Devant’s Entertainment. If you’d like to receive the quarterly newsletter from the Davenport Collection just contact John Davenport via the website: 19.9.20


Oliver Tabor - Lockdown D’Illusions via Zoom, 16th September 2020 for The Anglian Magic Society. Steve Majes, Secretary of The Anglian Magic Society writes: How lovely it was to be a guest into Oliver’s mind of magic. Streamed live from his creative workshop we got a revealing look behind the curtain into how Oliver plans and creates, and the reasoning behind his magical presentations. Tips were given for his bottle production, bubble magic and ball manipulation - some with not so much manipulation required. Moving from this staging area to a more close-up environment we watched some of Oliver's pet close-up and parlour effects. His style and flow of presentation did receive a few gasps; it's great to be a magician and expel a gasp or two in wonder! From Oliver's experience of producing a competition act, his long running shows at The Barn and producing West End magic shows the questions were very forthcoming and there were no holds barred. The end of the lecture flowed nicely into a social Zoom chat and I was so pleased to hear Oliver's positive thoughts on how the entertainment business and live magic performances will return. This was a relaxing, inspiring, and fascinating evening. 19.9.20


Rubik Solved by Tony Gardner - Merlins. 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. Visit for more info and to order. 19.9.20


The Coin and Purse Collection - Mark Leveridge Magic. 6 routines, 46 pages, 80 colour photo illustrations. Mark Leveridge writes: In this interesting E-Book I have collected together six of my favourite routines using a standard purse and some coins. All six routines have been carefully constructed to maximise the impact with the minimum of sleights. Some palming and coin vanish techniques required, but nothing advanced or very difficult. The presentation of each routine you can watch via a link in the E-Book to online video performance footage. Then the handlings are carefully described with text and are supplemented with many colour photo illustrations. Find out more. Visit 19.9.20


Life’s a Beach by Gary Jones Volume One - Magicseen. From the publishers: Gary Jones is a full time professional magician of many years standing, and he is a man who is widely respected for both his performing skills and his creative way of thinking. This book brings you the full illustrated details of a large selection of Gary’s worker routines and moves, a couple of effects from some of Gary’s good friends in magic, as well as many tips and much advice on performance and even what it takes to be a pro entertainer.

In this 136 page volume you will learn the secrets behind Gary’s sleight free coins through table, you will learn a really clever card to wallet idea that removes the need for palming, a simple yet effective method to perform a bottle production, mental effects which are easy to do yet baffling to the audience, as well as a strong collection of other commercial card and coin routines.

When you are a pro entertainer you get to know exactly what works with the lay public and what doesn’t. You hone your methods so that they are practical yet strong, and you create magic plots that are clear and easy to follow. The material in this book reflects these principles throughout and will delight anyone looking for new worker tricks to add to their repertoire. For more info and to order visit .


The X Files with Ricky Jay. "The Amazing Maleeni. On the Santa Monica pier a magician amazes the crowd with his superior ancient magic tricks. However Mulder and Scully are soon brought in when the headless corpse of the magician is found in his car leaving only his twin brother, Albert and his rival, LaBonge as suspects. After some strange scenarios we are left with the question, who murdered the Amazing Maleeni, or is it all another amazing trick?" Friday 25th September on Paramount Network. See TV Magic for details. 19.9.20


"Remarkable moment magician turns supermarket shoppers’ till receipts into £10 notes" Click Here • "Factory of Magic launched by Fylde magician is first UK agency dedicated to magic artistes" Click Here • "An unexpected audience" Click Here •"Britain's Got Talent magician says he turned his life around after feeling suicidal" Click Here • "‘AGT’ magician Max Major called out for major fail: ‘Dude is a fraud’" Click Here • And finally, not magic, but if you sometimes think you'd prefer to be in a galaxy far, far away, then this will do the trick: YouTube • Thanks as always to everyone who submitted news this week, see you next week, Duncan. 19.9..20