Number 1061 - Saturday 24th October 2020


United Magicians for the World. 100 Hours of Pure Magic. Final two days, this weekend. From the organisers: We dream of creating something special, that everyone in magic can remember not only in terms of video screens, but with emotional contact that allows our love for magic to become a unique experience that combines the digital world with the real world, and all by helping others. It’s a crazy project, and not an entrepreneurial one. That’s why I think of it as crowd funding. Everything will be donated to Young Magicians in need; managed directly by FISM. If we do not help young people, the magic will not evolve and will have problems to survive. Thanks to the Artists who generously and completely for free have accepted to be part of the United Magicians for the World project. The future of magic passes also through your help but above all, through the magical brotherhood. It's on now (Saturday and Sunday) and it's live: For full details see 24.10.20


"James Randi: Magician and sceptic dies aged 92"
"James Randi, the magician famous for breaking Harry Houdini’s submersion record, dies aged 92"

"Illusionist exposed fraudsters and 'guillotined' Alice Cooper" 24.10.20


Ben Earl - Inside Out Lecture. This evening. To celebrate Studio52's first anniversary, they have put together a special live lecture, taking place at 8pm this evening, Saturday 24th October (which is also Ben Earl's birthday!). This is a 60 minute lecture (although will probably be longer), followed by one of their infamous hangouts, and the best part is... you can pay what you want!

Ben Earl - Inside Out Lecture. A brand new lecture exploring the construction and psychology of powerful card magic. A different perspective on Triumph, a Sandwich routine for those who don’t like Sandwich routines, a Transposition unlike any other, and a devious verbal ploy designed to impact any effect. Prepare to go deeper, recalibrate your current approach and work on effects from the inside out. 8pm UK Time – 60 Minutes + Hangout. Attend via Zoom - Live Only:
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The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Magician & Pickpocket James Freedman (aka The Man of Steal) in a guest appearance on 'Richard & Judy' from February 2nd 2006 discussing his work on Neil Burger's 'The Illusionist' starring Edward Norton. Plus a little card and coin magic. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 24.10.20


Real Workers Magic Convention - today, Saturday 24th October, online. From the organisers: Fasten your seat belts as we have an incredible line-up guaranteed to blow you away. On the 24th October join the Real Workers Magic Convention. Joel and Andy present a day of magic with a hand picked line-up of international artists and magic creators... Marc Oberon, Etienne Pradier, Mark Eldson, Paul Gordon, Harry Robson and Myles Thornton. Get a front row seat and learn secrets from these world class, close-up and stage magicians. A day cram-packed with magic; no secrets will be left untold. The event will be topped with an exclusive debut performance from Marc Oberon. This is not to be missed.


Close-up magic, mind reading, parlour and more. This will be happening live, via Zoom. Sit back, chat and interact with magicians from around the world. Includes a jam room with a guest host. Line up subject to change if unforeseen circumstances arise. If circumstances do arise, a suitable replacement will be organised. 11am on Saturday 24th October 2020. Find our more, visit Organised by Andrew Dean and Joel Dickinson. Email 24.10.20


Charlie Caper, Talking Shtick with Mark James. "I sit down for two hours to speak with the incredible Swedish magician Charlie Caper. Internationally acclaimed busking sensation, frequent Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show performer, and former winner of Sweden's Got Talent, Charlie's magic is sprinkled throughout every moment of his show. An act born on the streets needs to know how to hold the audience's attention. Charlie talks about his transition from the street to the stage and everything in between." Via your favourite listening platform including Podbean. 24.10.20


Russ Stevens - added to The MagicWeek Video Archive on Tuesday. These days Russ Stevens is best-known for working behind the scenes with magic acts on BGT, but here he is 25 years ago in front of the camera, alongside current BGT hosts Ant and Dec, on The Ant and Dec Show from 1995. See YouTube. 24.10.20


Wayne Dobson's Sam Shovel and the Mismade Girl illusion on The Joe Longthorne Show from 8th August 1989. Added to The MagicWeek Video Archive on Thursday. See YouTube. 24.10.20


David Britland's Cardopolis Newsletter. Each issue features video clips of effects and explanations. As you'd expect from David Britland, 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. 24.10.20


High Jinx Magic & Illusion Family Show - Leatherhead, 26th October. From the promoters: Direct from the world famous Blackpool Tower Circus, the High Jinx show is returning to Leatherhead for another fast paced, jam-packed show, filled with amazing tricks, grand illusions and crazy circus thrills sure to knock your socks off and leave you wanting more. Voted best family show in Blackpool on Trip Advisor in 2019 and nominated for the Children’s Choice Awards at the Edinburgh Fringe. This show really is magic, pure and simple for all the family! The Leatherhead Theatre has Covid-19 precautions in place with social distancing and cleaning of the venue inbetween performances. The capacity of the venue has also been lowered to 153 giving everyone enough room to social distance and feel comfortable and safe. Monday 26th October at 12.30pm & 4pm. Adults £12.00, Children £10.00, Family £40.00. For more info and to book visit 24.10.20


The Olivier Awards - this Sunday on ITV. Jason Manford hosts from The London Palladium, celebrating the best of British theatre. Nominations include: Best Actor in a Musical: Andy Nyman as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof – Playhouse Theatre. Best Entertainment or Comedy Play: Magic Goes Wrong by Henry Lewis, Penn Jillette, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields and Teller – Vaudeville Theatre. See TV Magic for details. 24.10.20


Unearthed Podcast: The Death of The Great Lafayette. "Born in Munich as Sigmund Neuberger in 1871, The Great Lafayette lies under a graveyard outside of Edinburgh in Scotland. A man who was best friends with Houdini, perfected some of the most impressive magic tricks of his day, and for that rose to global stardom. The tragedy of his death shocked the world yet today he remains largely forgotten, save for his towering tombstone in Piershill Cemetery to him and his beloved dog. Join me in this season two premiere as I explore this incredible man and the tragedy that ultimately sealed his fate. Who was the Great Lafayette? What happened on the fateful night of May 9th, 1911? And why has his story been almost forgotten? Let's find out. Interviews with: Kevin Quantum, Scottish magician and semi-finalist on this year's Britain's Got Talent. Louise Andrée, Scottish magician and member of the London Magic Circle. Gordon Rutter, teacher and co-author of "The Death and Life of the Great Lafayette". Dr Luke Bisby, Chair of Fire and Structures and Head of Research Institute at Edinburgh University. Brian Ferguson, Arts Correspondent for The Scotsman." To listen to this podcast Click Here. 24.10.20


Pointless Celebrities. "Famous double-acts take part in the unorthodox general knowledge quiz. The teams are Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball, Gareth Hale and Norman Pace, Bobby Davro and Kenny Lynch, and Keith Harris and Orville. There is also an appearance by Paul Daniels. Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman present."  Tuesday 27th October on Challenge. See TV Magic for details. 24.10.20


Scrubs - My Lucky Day. "JD is riding high after correcting a misdiagnosis by Dr. Cox, but is soon jerked back to reality. Meanwhile Elliot is struggling personally and professionally as she is forced to relinquish all of the luxuries that her father had been financing. And Carla learns that sometimes it's better to keep her opinions to herself. Alan Ruck and David Copperfield guest star."  Wednesday, 28th October. See TV Magic for details. 24.10.20


Keith Barry on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "The host talks to Irish magician and hypnotist Keith Barry."  Friday 30th October. See TV Magic for details. 24.10.20


"National Museum of American Jewish History to honor magicians Houdini, David Copperfield" Click Here and Click Here • "Magician presents drive-in show at Morpeth Football Club" Click Here • "Spotlight: Spend 'Halloween in the Sorcerer's Lair' with magician David Parr" Click Here • "Beloved Faversham magician Myles Phillips, known as Mr Mystery, dies aged 74" Click Here • ""Prince Charles Used To Be a Magician" Click Here • "Illusionist Scott Silven’s Streaming Trickery Takes You To Rural Scotland" Click Here • "Shakespeare's Globe to present open-air film screenings and comedy nights with plans to reopen in spring 2021" Click Here • "Artist and illusionist ‘Shimshi’ paints incredible portraits upside down with his feet" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 24.10.20