Number 1066 - Saturday 28th November 2020


Peter Wardell Talking Shtick with Mark James. Mark writes: From the streets of Covent Garden to being a headline act for corporate clients and performing on some of the most exclusive cruise ships in the world... This is a fascinating no holds barred chat with one of my favourite performers. Peter has taken a step back from the magic world to pursue corporate and cruise work. His act is sharp, hilarious and packed with great magic. Peter shoots from the hip and calls things as he sees them. I've always enjoyed his approach to magic and his approach to work in general is something to be admired. Via your favourite listening platform including Podbean. 28.11.20


Dynamo Beyond Belief. Series 1, Episode 1. Documentary following the magician on tour around the globe as well as charting his road to recovery from a career-threatening illness brought on by Crohn's disease. (Repeat) Wednesday 9th December on Sky One. See TV Magic for details. 28.11.20


Etienne Pradier Zoom Lecture. From the organisers: Watch Etienne Pradier lecture at the Zodiac on Zoom on 2nd December at 8pm. Comic great and master magician Etienne teaches many of his finest routines. Learn Money Around the World, Coin Under Watch and Bottle and Glass production. Hear his top tips for approaching tables and groups, and how to create a routine. Non Zodiac members can watch for £10, which is refundable if they join the club (£80 per year). The Zodiac meet weekly in West London, but now host all of its competitions, workshops and lectures on Zoom. To watch this lecture please email for details. Or visit for club info. 28.11.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Geoffrey Durham and "a lesson in misdirection" on John Fisher's The Best of Magic from 5th September 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 28.11.20


A Window in London. "A man mistakes a magician rehearsing one of his tricks for murder - but further misunderstandings soon lead to the real thing. Crime thriller, starring Michael Redgrave, Sally Gray, Paul Lukas, Hartley Power and Patricia Roc." Director: Herbert Mason. (1939). 2.30pm on Thursday 3rd December on Talking Pictures TV. See TV Magic for details. 28.11.20


Jay Fortune - Internationally Acclaimed Artist. Jay Fortune writes I'm doing a special Black Background – Black Friday offer on my magician portraits. Any original painting which has a black background – Vernon, Ricky Jay, Houdini, Eugene Burger – is available this weekend only, saving over 10% on each. To view the collection, and my other originals with black backgrounds outside of magic, Click Here. If you've ever wanted to own one of my originals, this is your opportunity. Thanks for looking. (Jay’s work is in galleries across the UK and in private collections in Las Vegas, New York and LA.) 28.11.20


Cambridge Pentacle Club Presents: Pentacle TV. Hugh Newsam writes: After regularly selling out at Cambridge Junction the Cambridge Pentacle Club is proud to present "Pentacle TV". We have been out and about in Cambridge and here at Cambridge Junction filming the most amazing magic. You'll see levitations, classics like sawing a man in half, Alan the magical Toucan and even Father Christmas. The highlight of the show will be local entertainer Jezo driving a car blindfolded around an obstacle course, and of course, being Jezo something will explode! Viewing of the show will be via a link that will be distributed an hour before the show. One ticket (£12) required per household. Details of how to access the event (on YouTube) will be provided ahead of the show. Sunday 6th December at 6pm. Tickets available from Teaser Trailer: YouTube, Pentacle TV Trailer: YouTube. 28.11.20


instaCAAN by Joel Dickenson - Merlins. After placing a prediction card face-down, you introduce a deck of cards and a participant or two decide on a number between one and fifty-two. The cards are freely counted down to your spectators decided number, arriving at one card. Amazingly their selection matches your prediction. The effect doesn't stop there, you have now set up your audience for the unexpected finale. You spread the deck of cards face up, revealing every card is completely blank. Leaving your audiences astounded. And not only that, everything is examinable! Find out more, watch the video: 28.11.20


Zane's Magic Shop Christmas Deals... Zane's Magic Shop write: We have a special deal between now and Xmas where if customers buy both our magic-related storybooks, 'The Amazing Fartzini' and the sequel, you can get a 15% discount at Zane's Magic Shop. See: Zane's Magic Shop - The Amazing Fartzini I & II Deal! These entertaining and informative books are ideal gifts for the budding magician or otherwise. Also, I have added a lot of magic products to the 'Zane's Xmas Bargains' pages, well worth taking a look at! Zane's Magic Shop - Zane's Bargains. And if any magicians want to have a chat or have any questions about what I sell, please get in touch! Shop: Telephone: 07817806711. Thanks! 28.11.20


The Ulster Society of Magicians open Zoom meeting. James Hobart writes: The Ulster Society of Magicians are inviting guests to their next Zoom meeting on Monday 7th December which will be a lecture from member, multi prizewinner and international performer Nikola Arkane. The lecture will be free to Honorary and Paid Up Members of The Ulster Society of Magicians. For anyone else there will be a token charge of £5 payable by PayPal (Email Secretary, see for PayPal payment details). Now over to Nikola: What does it take to survive a pandemic as a magician? The ability to never give up! This was the goal that propelled me to build my very own professional studio theatre in my tiny bedroom in Belfast. Since March I have created 18 brand new characters and themed magic shows for children, become a regular close-up performer with Chicago Magic Lounge, was invited to perform for Washington Magic Club and twice for the members of the Magic Castle. Not bad for being confined to four walls. However this was not an easy journey.

In this lecture I will share with you all that I have learnt performing virtually for both kids and adults. I will break down my setup, positives and negatives. Lighting, sound and cables worth stocking up on. I will discuss the mediums I have used most which are Zoom and Facebook live. And perhaps a little on recording and editing. If you would like to watch a little of what I have created so far, here is a trailer I created for a TED talk I did this Summer titled my Pandemic to Freedom! I hope you enjoy and I shall see you all at the meeting!


The Word - Redefined, Mark Leveridge Magic. There are many good book tests on the market, but most rely on a specially printed or faked book. The Word - Redefined is different. You can walk into any room and have someone hand you any paperback book. You do not have to see or handle the book in advance, you do not even have to know which book they are going to choose. There is no advance preparation... Find out more, watch the video demonstration, visit 28.11.20


Home Counties Magical Society inaugural Open Category competition. The Home Counties Magical Society wishes to thank all competitors for their excellent performances in this year's inaugural open category competition. Particular congratulations go to Andy Lewis, winner of the Lockdown Trophy, with huge thanks extended to Will Houstoun for judging the 7 acts. This was an enjoyable and memorable evening attracting over 50 audience members over Zoom. Kevin Hutchinson, HCMS Competitions Secretary. 28.11.20


Cardiac Arrest - Mr E Enterprises. "Three spectators each select a playing card from a freely shown and shuffled deck. Two of these cards are revealed by your naming colours, suits and numbers out loud as you are checking the pulses of the spectators that selected them. However, you have a problem with the pulse of the third person, so you take out a comedy doctor’s stethoscope and hold it against his heart and correctly name his card! Use any deck, even a borrowed one, the cards are freely chosen (no force). This hilarious routine was used by Eddie successfully in his professional act for over fifty years. Comes with comedy stethoscope (approx 20" long) and instructions. Use your own playing cards." From 28.11.20


Tony Griffith’s P.E.C Zoom lecture is now up and running and available worldwide: "Practical, Entertaining and Commercial (P.E.C.) magic is magic that has served Tony really well for the last 30 years as a professional magician. It covers Close Up and Stand Up magic that will find its way into your performing repertoire. Plus amusing anecdotes and a bit of magical history. Tony is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle and has lectured there six times. His lectures have been presented in the USA, Australasia, Europe and the UK. In addition he has lectured at The Magic Castle on five occasions where he has presented his close-up magic over 100 times. Author of a number of books including his Reflection series. For details contact Tony: 01275 835463" 28.11.20


Potter & Potter's December 2020 Magic Sale to feature props and materials from the workshops and showrooms of Owen Magic Supreme, a legacy magicana manufacturer since 1903. This sale also includes mementos from the careers of Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller, as well as fine offerings of century-spanning magic books, posters and ephemera. December 12th online: 28.11.20


Mark Leveridge Magic Black Friday Offer. MLM write: MLM products are already fantastic value, but place an order before midnight on Sunday 29th November 2020 and you can have a whopping 30% discount on all full price items! To receive your price reduction, simply select the items you want in your order and proceed to the checkout. In your Cart you will see a Coupon Code box. Simply type in bf2020 and then click on the Apply Coupon button and all qualifying items in your basket will be reduced by 30%. Please note: this offer is for full price items only and cannot be used with any membership payments or gift vouchers. So, don't delay, go to and place your order before midnight on Sunday 29th November 2020 and the discount is all yours! 28.11.20


Magicseen Black Friday Deal. From the publishers: Act quickly (before midnight on Sunday 29th November 2020) and you can get a digital version of our latest book release, 50 Secrets To Successful Magic, completely free! Simply take out a 1 or 2 year subscription to either the printed copy or download version of Magicseen, and we will forward you a link to download the huge 50 Secrets book which is crammed full of fantastic advice articles on a wide range of magical topics and interests. If you already have a Magicseen subscription, you may still receive the free book by extending your current sub by a further 1 or 2 years. Please note that 50 Secrets is only being supplied as a downloadable e-book for the duration of this offer, after which only the printed version will continue at this time to be available. Go to and place your order before midnight on Sunday 29th November 2020 and you will be sent the free book link. 28.11.20


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. 28.11.20



Magicians Advice Podcast. Hosted by Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan. "For magicians looking to improve the quality of their performance and to get a deeper understanding of this art we call magic." Podbean. 28.11.20


Matthew Field. Dreadful news to report that Matt Field MIMC died last week awaiting heart surgery. Matt was such a great guy who loved magic, had a great knowledge of magic, and wrote about magic. I know he will be really missed by his many friends at The Magic Circle, up and down and country and indeed worldwide. Sending love to Matt's wife, Cheryl. Duncan. 28.11.20


"Marvin’s Magic unveils new Virtual Studios" Click Here • "West End theatres can reopen in December after national lockdown" Click Here • "Magician Stephen Simmons says magic turned his life around" Click Here • "Magician Breaks Record With Underwater Magic Tricks" Click Here • "Meet the illusionist and 'mentalist' stuck in Scotland taking audiences on a global journey from his living room" Click Here • "Why 'The Prestige' Is One of Christopher Nolan’s Best Films" Click Here • Many thanks for all your news submissions, see you next week, Duncan. 28.12.20