Number 1057 - 26th September 2020


Congratulations to Magical Bones - the first magician to make it through to the BGT Finals from the judges votes! Here's the performance that took him there: YouTube and here's the deliberation: YouTube. "Magical Bones leaves Britain's Got Talent judges awestruck with incredible illusion" "Britain’s Got Talent viewers 'chuffed' as Magical Bones goes through to final" "Britain's Got Talent judges floored by the incredibly moving routine from magician Magical Bones" 26.9.20


Piff Live From Las Vegas - 7pm BST, Saturday 26th September... Broadcast live from the Piff the Magic Dragon Television Studios (formerly known as Piff's garage), and delivered by Zoom, it's best to watch this on a big screen via Apple TV or similar, as it contains all the grumpy dragon, showgirl magic and chihuahua charm of the Las Vegas show. Full details and more shows here: [Enjoy Piff on your big screen TV, together with favourites from BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, ITV Hub, All 4, Disney+, Apple TV and more with a Fire TV Stick from]. 26.9.20


And still they come! There are two more magic acts BGT this evening. Ant and Dec host and Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Ashley Banjo are on the judging desk. 8pm this evening on ITV. See TV Magic for details. 26.9.20


The magic of...podcast with Paul Roffman. Creative discussions with creative people. From actors and writers to magicians, keynote speakers and behavioural experts. "Listen to an in-depth discussion moving where the conversation takes us. Not your average conversation." On Apple podcasts: and Spotify and watch clips on YouTube. Last week: Katherine Mills, this Sunday is Ali Cook. 26.9.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week French Silent Magician Dominique Plessis on 'The Good Old Days' from 15th October 1983 with his Zombie Ball act. Unfortunately I was slow to hit the 'record' button with this one - so missed the first minute or two. Dominique was placed third in 'General Magic' at FISM Lausanne in 1982. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 26.9.20


Harry Lorayne - The Magic Book: The Complete Beginners Guide to Anytime, Anywhere, Sleight of Hand Magic. From the publishers: The Magic Book reveals the secrets of magicians―the simple techniques that will enable anyone to perform seemingly complicated magic tricks with relative ease. Clearly written and heavily illustrated―there are over 200 illustrations in all―this book guides you through the basic principles of magic using only common household items: a deck of cards, coins, rubber bands, and even a potato. The author then provides simple step-by-step instructions for hundreds of amazing tricks which he has perfected after forty years of painful trial and error. To help new magicians develop their techniques, Harry Lorayne provides a special “afterthought” section at the end of each magic trick where he discusses possible problems that most beginners have with the trick he has just explained. In addition to the practical instruction, Lorayne provides the philosophy of magic as it has never been taught before. For more info and to order visit 26.9.20


During the week I added more clips to The MagicWeek Video Archive starting with this brilliant commercial from 2001 that in just 40 seconds combines lust, disgust, magic, mime and comedy with perfect timing, great use of sound and music. Carling Black Label's 'Blinding' TV and cinema campaign from 2001. Featuring 'I Only Have Eyes for You' sung by Art Garfunkel! YouTube. 26.9.20


Also new to the Archive, some cunning Extra Sensory Deception from Paul Daniels from 24th January 1987: YouTube. 26.9.20


And finally, more Tommy Cooper! YouTube. 26.9.20


National Escapology Day. UKEAG write: Monday the 21st of September was National Escapology Day. Whilst the Covid 19 restrictions prevented any public performance or meeting, the United Kingdom Escape Artists Group chose to mark the occasion with a number of online posts and reflections on the history and creativity of the art, especially within the United Kingdom. A spokesman for the Club said "2020 has been bitter sweet for all artists, performers, and, those working in the aligned industry. Our members have had to postpone performances, World Record attempts and lectures as well as dealing with the tragic realities of the pandemic. No one would blame someone for walking away or giving up, but, that is not what we have seen. Our members have recognised the legacy and history of the art we chose to work within. It is easy to dismiss Escapology as just being a 'Houdini' thing but it is far greater than that. From St Nicholas Owen, the Patron Saint of Escapologists and Magicians, to the fantastical escapes performed by the likes of Val Walker, David DeVal, Nick Janson and Alan Alan, through to the engineering genius of Mick Hanzlik and Jim Collins, the United Kingdom has produced an enviable list of World Class performers and designers that have helped maintain the art and allowed the audience to be enthralled. The 21st of September was an opportunity to remember that." 26.9.20


Jackpot Cards 2.0 by Mark Lee. A Merlins Exclusive: Now back on the market with all-new custom artwork on superior card stock. The magician tells a story about his visits to casinos around the world and his experiences playing the bandits. He explains his streak of bad luck and how he searched through his pockets for a coin to feed the machine. This action is illustrated with full colour cards with pockets printed on them. As the magician counts through the four cards a £ appears among the pockets, this card is shown both sides and placed onto the table. Miming the action of dropping the coin in the bandit and pulling the arm the magician is unlucky. He runs through his pockets again and $ appears, he tries again but, still no luck. He now produces a euro from the pockets and this time his luck is in. He snaps the card in his hand and reveals the word boldly printed right across the card! The three cards resting on the table are turned up to now reveal Lucky Sevens making a winning line! Easy to do, custom printed cards, instant reset and very strong reactions from the spectators! 26.9.20


The Professional Worker Series Volume 4 marketing Yourself ebook. 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 4 in this series concentrates on the many different ways now available to magicians to promote themselves in order to get paid bookings. If you don’t know your SEO from your ROI, or if you’re not sure whether online or offline marketing is best, this 35 page book will provide you with many of the answers: A Marketing Overview; Identifying Your Customer Avatar; Offline Advertising Opportunities; 4 Online Advertising Opportunities; Other Marketing Ideas; Taking Your Advertising Seriously; The Final Hurdle. Knowledge is power, and the informative, easy-to-understand format of this advice book will give you the knowledge that you can use to your best advantage. All you need to know about everything that matters in magical performance and promotion:


Life’s a Beach by Gary Jones Volume Two - Magicseen. From the publishers: Magicseen is delighted to present a second volume featuring the magic of top UK professional close up magician Gary Jones. Gary is one of those performers who is equally at home presenting magic to lay people or to a room full of magicians, and his creative output reflects those two requirements. Some of the magic in this collection is designed to intrigue and fool magicians, while other effects are fast, direct and perfect for working under almost any commercial conditions.


What all the magic has in common is that the methods have been constructed to extract the maximum effect for the minimum of fuss. Some of Gary’s handlings do require some sleight of hand – he is very fond of palming cards, for instance – but equally, there are other ideas which are basically self working! So there’s something for everyone here. The vast majority of the 40 effects included here are with cards, but within that Gary has provided a huge variety of plot and magic that always has a big surprise finish. Some of the effects will go straight into your working repertoire because they are just too good to miss! If you love close-up magic that has attack and impact, you are going to love Life’s a Beach Volume 2. For more info and to order visit 26.9.20


The Curious Life and Death of Harry Houdini. "The magician and escape artist's sudden death at the peak of health has long remained mysterious. This programme contemplates whether it was an accident or something much darker." Tuesday 6th October on Smithsonian. See TV Magic for details. 26.9.20


Knowing Me, Knowing You - With Alan Partridge. Minnie Driver appears on the spoof chat show as Playboy magazine's agony aunt, who has a book to promote and a surprising revelation to make. Alan's other guests include a magician and hypnotist and two of Hollywood's biggest stars. Tuesday 6th October on Gold.  See TV Magic for details. 26.9.20


"From zero to TikTok hero in a year: Harold Hill teenager [magician] heads up Europe’s biggest TikTok house" Click Here • "Teen magician will have Burnley and Ribble Valley viewers rooting for him as he makes bid for place in grand final of top TV talent show" Click Here • "Watch as Edinburgh magician stuns Britain's Got Talent judges with nail-biting fire display" Click Here • "Magician crippled by Covid crisis says second lockdown would be 'curtains'" Click Here • "Magic & Mind-Reading at Le Meridien Piccadilly Review" Click Here • "The Top Winners of 2020: Magician Edition" Click Here • "Magicians in 2020 Struggle to Interact with Crowds as Virtual Shows don’t do the Trick" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 26.9.20