Number 1064 - Saturday 14th November 2020


The Magic Circle Unlocked - Online for all. This Sunday at 7pm. The Magic Circle invites both members and non-member magicians from around the world to join us on November 15th for a free live online event that will show off all that The Magic Circle represents and give non-members a peek behind the curtain of this most prestigious and global magic society.

The live show will feature contributions from leading stars of magic including David Williamson, Wayne Dobson, Jeff McBride, Andy Nyman, Michael Ammar, Gregory Wilson, Charlie Frye, Doc Eason, Laura London and many more surprise guests. The show will include a special performance by Adrian Lacroix live from Argentina.

Top international magic dealers will demonstrate the latest magic available with exclusive discounts and offers. Watch live for a chance to win incredible prizes kindly donated from magic dealers and other one-off prizes. Make plans to join us on November 15th by simply heading to our dedicated Facebook page: and click 'Like' for updates. The event is scheduled for 7pm GMT.


Paul Zerdin - Hands Free - America's Got Talent Winner Paul Zerdin announces 42-date UK Tour for 2021. "Technically immaculate, it’s what he does with his slick talent that really sets him apart. His relationship with the characters has all the dramatic tension of a real-life double act" The Guardian. Paul Zerdin, the British comic who has mesmerized audiences around the world with his ventriloquism skills and edgy brand of comedy, and who took the America’s Got Talent crown in 2015, announces a 42-date UK tour for 2021. Presented by ebp, Paul Zerdin - Hands Free, will see the puppet master himself, accompanied by his puppet playmates Sam, Baby and Albert performing at theatres from 21st September through 20th November 2021.


After a busy year writing and filming the hit TV series Sponge Weekly, for his YouTube channel, performing some live shows during the summer holidays and autumn half-term, Paul will be returning to the London Palladium at Christmas with Pantoland at the Palladium so any thoughts of putting his feet up have gone right out of the window.


With masterful puppeteering, animatronic wizardry, and a blend of comedy - Paul Zerdin - Hands Free will serve to remind audiences that this talented ventriloquist/comedian who is at the top of his game... is also very funny – and we all need a good laugh! Tickets, which are all priced at £20 (plus any theatre booking fees), are now on sale, so do not miss out on your chance to see the winner of America’s Got Talent, the star of London’s Palladium Panto and without doubt one of Britain’s finest entertainers at a theatre near you. "If you think the words ‘brilliant’ and ‘ventriloquist’ have no place in the same sentence, go and see Paul Zerdin for some brutal re-education" Evening Standard. For venues and tickets see 14.11.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Guy Hollingworth on 'Britain's Worst Cheats' from March 1999. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 14.11.20


Ali Cook - Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Ali Cook was the first magician to appear on ITV’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us with Jonathan Ross in 2011 and now makes a return appearance on the new US season with Alyson Hannigan, premiering on CW and Netflix this Monday, 16th November. 14.11.20


Jamie Allan's Illusionarium. From the innovators behind the exhibit Immersive Van Gogh, comes a ground-breaking world premiere immersive magic experience, just in time to light up the holiday season. This December, Lighthouse Immersive and renowned British illusionist Jamie Allan invite you into a world of intrigue, mystery and wonder, with the world premiere of Allan's Illusionarium. A labyrinth of magical rooms transporting audiences to different eras in time, Illusionarium takes you on an immersive journey through the evolution of magic as the world's most famous illusionists share their deepest secrets.

Conceived by British high-tech magician Jamie Allen (iMagician), this experiential exhibit blends Jamie's encyclopedic knowledge of the history of magic with state-of-the-art technology, bringing the illusions of the past into the 21st century. Using 3D projections, life-like holograms and live magicians, Illusionarium offers the chance to experience some of the greatest, grand-scale illusions in the world within a physically distanced setting. The first of its kind installation will occupy the third gallery space in the historic Toronto Star printing presses and run alongside Immersive Van Gogh and Gogh by Car, filling the complex with awe-inspiring immersive experiences that appeal to all ages and tastes. Opening December 14th, 2020 for a limited engagement to February 15th, 2021, tickets for Jamie Allan's Illusionarium go on sale to the public today, November 14th, at 10am via


Bob Read’s Magical London: An idler’s guide to the magical capital of the world. Over 150 sites, buildings, places or people of interest to magical historians, magic collectors, magic visitors and magicians who simply enjoy Sunday afternoon goofin’ around, 2005.

This was produced for The Magic Circle Centenary back in 2005 but quickly sold out. Recently Bob Read's widow has found a few surplus copies and they are now available for sale. Ian Keable is organising the sale on her behalf. The cost is £7 including UK p&p (for overseas, please contact Ian) by PayPal. Email for details. The proceeds will be going to Bob Read’s widow, with £1 donated to The Magic Circle Foundation.


Give the gift of Magic this Christmas with the FizzWizzPop Virtual Advent Calendar! This advent is unlike any other. For 25 days this December FizzWizzPop will use her theatrical skills to bring some well needed joy, wonder and laughter in the form of "video doors". Every day up until Christmas morning each signed up participant will have a unique video to watch which includes a mixture of performances, full shows, tricks, tutorials, crafts and more! The cost for FizzWizzPop's virtual at the moment is £21.00. During 2020 Nikola turned her tiny bedroom into a studio theatre to create virtual shows for children in need, supporting charities across Belfast. Join FizzWizzPop's magical journey by clicking the link: Also see "The Greatest Magic in life is you!" Vimeo. 14.11.20


Afternoon Tarot Sessions - Mr E Enterprises: A master mental effect with Tarot cards. The tremendous advantages and possibilities of this stunning act cannot be over exaggerated. Here is an out-of-this-world attraction, which can become a one-person feature show wherever audiences gather. The basic effect is that you make a secret prediction, either on a pad, slate or sealed inside an envelope and this is given for safekeeping to any spectator. Please note you have absolutely no need to touch your prediction again during the course of your show.

A pack of Tarot cards (which may be borrowed) is introduced and may be examined. Several members of your audience cut and shuffle the pack, clearly the cards are thoroughly mixed together. A number of cards are now selected and about seven to ten spectators who would like a reading, each receive one, sight unseen, as they are distributed amongst your audience. Immediately you appear to read their minds and start to correctly reveal each of their chosen Tarot cards at lightning speed, furthermore you disclose what that card predicts for the participant who holds it. Your audience will be spellbound! Only one card remains unnamed. Your earlier prediction is shown – let us say it’s the Seven of Coins. The final card is now revealed, and you are 100% correct – it is the Seven of Coins! Find out more, see


CTG by Peter Eggink - Merlins: CTG (Gimmicks & Online Instruction) by Peter Eggink). Dynamo called it the best effect of Blackpool 2019! Peter Eggink's "hands off" approach to the "Coin Through Can" sold out in just hours upon its worldwide release in 2019. Through the year, Peter has been taking this concept and developed it even further only to come back better and stronger: a re-design of this fantastic concept now implemented in the classic "Coin Thru Glass" effect. Watch the video, find out more, visit 14.11.20


Master Peek Envelopes by Looch. The Only Peek Envelope you'll ever need! Read My Mind Ltd are proud to present our 'Master Peek' envelopes! A custom made utility prop that allows you an easy, yet ultra deceptive peek of anything written onto the back of a business card. The Master Peek envelopes are not simply existing envelopes that have been modified. These envelopes have been designed and engineered from the ground up to be the absolute best in the business. The Master Peeks were designed and made for one thing... Peeking! Watch the video, find out more, visit 14.11.20


The Security Pen - Mark Leveridge Magic: This routine was inspired by Shaun McCree’s Silver Plating effect which I published in the British Close Up Magic Symposium Book – The First Decade. Shaun took the David Williamson premise of apparently inserting a coin into a pen and then removing the cap and knocking the coin out again (from Williamson’s Wonders by Richard Kaufman, 1989) and extended it to three coins. His method required very high levels of skill involving multiple palming and although Shaun can do it, I suspect many others (myself included!) would give up half way through.

I loved the idea but wanted to simplify the handling while retaining the essential flavour of the trick. The breakthrough came when I thought of including a purse in the routine. This did away with the need to conceal so many coins at one time and opened up all manner of possibilities for plot and presentation. This great routine is available either as a TricKlip Video Download if you learn best from video, or if you prefer written directions, then please select the Master E-Routine Download order button which will deliver the instructions via a PDF text file.


Hannibal, Talking Shtick with Mark James. Via your favourite listening platform including Podbean. 14.11.20


Matt Berry Interviews Uri Geller. Matt "yes, I can hear you Clem Fandango" Berry presents a series of interviews with the greats of the stage, screen and music worlds. On 18th November on BBC Radio 4 Matt talks to self-proclaimed psychic Uri Geller, recorded at Geller's home in 1974 just as the star was on the rise (repeat). See TV Magic for details. 14.11.20


The Mark Leveridge November Podcast. On the 1st of every month Mark publishes his 30 minute magic podcast, and in the November edition he chats about the following: Mark reflects on the first ‘virtual’ Magic Circle Young Magicians’ Club J-Day : have magicians these days become too impatient in their magic lives? : Eric Eswin suggests that magic clubs should not be so strict about preventing their members from revealing secrets to the public : Zoom magic is rapidly becoming a recognised sub section of general magic : lay people’s view of magic can be very revealing : this December will be unlike any other for us magicians! You can access the free audio either from or from from where you also sign up to be a follower and automatically receive each issue when it is published at the start of every month. 14.11.20


Come Dine with Me. Ipswich, 2012. "Magician David J Marks hosts the third dinner party in Ipswich, and hopes to win over Kerrie Pankhurst after offending her the previous night. His salmon starter impresses all the diners except Dave James, who explains all the gruesome things he would rather do than eat the fish, so the host lightens the mood by showing off his ventriloquist dummies and laying on a magic show." Sunday 15th November on More4 (repeat). See TV Magic for details. 14.11.20


Ken Ashburn. Harvey Seager writes: It is with regret I have to pass on the sad news of the passing of one of our members. Ken Ashburn from Leyland passed away on November 5th aged 83. 14.11.20


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