Number 1067 - Saturday 5th December 2020


The Royal Variety Performance 2020. The annual extravaganza to raise money for the Royal Variety Charity, recorded just days ago at the Blackpool Opera House, features performances from Sheridan Smith, reprising her role as Cilla Black, and Samantha Barks in an exclusive preview of the forthcoming Frozen stage musical. The show also features music from Michael Ball, Gary Barlow, Steps, Melanie C and Britain's Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay. Other acts on the bill include Marisha Wallace, Celeste, Daliso Chaponda, Jo Caulfield, Stephen Mulhern (in full magic mode!) and the Black Blues Brothers, plus an appearance by Captain Sir Thomas Moore. 8pm on Tuesday 8th December on ITV. See TV Magic for details. 5.12.20


A Christmas Magic Show! 19th & 20th December, Union Theatre, London. From the organisers: We could all do with a touch of magic right now... So here's the chance to join four of the hottest members of the world famous Magic Circle for a show packed full of magic and merriment! Starring Simon Lipkin, Edward Hilsum, Harry De Cruz and Spooky Nyman, A Christmas Magic Show will play three performances only at the Union Theatre in London on Saturday 19th December (at 4pm and 7pm) and Sunday 20th December (at 4pm).

Simon Lipkin (that guy from Avenue Q, Rock of Ages and Nativity) is also a magician. He's got some of his brilliant friends together from the world-famous Magic Circle to create an unforgettable show, just for Christmas.

Edward Hilsum is an act that needs to be seen to be believed! He s toured the world with his magic and made history as The Magic Circle's triple crown champion, winning every competition possible in the same year... basically... he's really good.

Harry De Cruz is the undisputed King of party tricks with a repertoire of utterly useless skills no one in their right mind would learn. He spent seven years consulting for Dynamo as his Head of Magic, so is no stranger when it comes to mind blowing magic.

Spooky Nyman is one of the youngest solo comedy magic performers to ever appear at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has also helped to create magic for both TV and Theatre. Together, the four of them are the perfect recipe for a magical show!

In order to make the venue Covid-Safe, we have taken out all of the theatre seating and placed "Bubbles" of seats into the auditorium. By reducing capacity and increasing the floor space for the audience we have created a safe space for you. Each bubble will accommodate either 4 people or 2 people. Book via: Union Theatre, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 OLR.


The magic of...podcast with Paul Roffman. This week: Marvin Berglas. 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." This week: Marvin Berglas. Magician, businessman and entrepreneur. On Apple podcasts: and Spotify and watch clips on YouTube. 5.12.20



The Great Kaplan Talking Shtick with Mark James. Mark writes: The Great Kaplan is a modern-day vaudevillian master. With an infinite assortment of unique and visually stunning skills, coupled with impeccable comedic timing, Kaplan creates a world where anything is possible. The mundane becomes magical; everyday objects become vessels of mystery and mayhem. A hilarious ballet of chaos and calamity... From headlining at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, to appearing on Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde, or as a guest performer at FISM, Kaplan enjoys great success. Via your favourite listening platform including Podbean. 5.12.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week (get your binoculars out) some thimble magic that I performed on Wayne Dobson's A Kind of Magic 28 years ago on 9th May 1992. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. DT. 5.12.20


The Magic Circle Young Magician of the Year Competition 2021. We had originally intended to hold the heats of the Competition in February and the Final in April. As a result of the current pandemic we feel that this is not a viable timescale, even if we have entries for the heats via video submission. The Competition will therefore be delayed until later in the year. Please keep watching this space for further information. We understand the frustration this may cause to potential competitors but we will do our best to proceed as soon as possible. Many thanks for your understanding. Dr. Michael Colley, Competition Chairman. 5.12.20


CardOracle - A PropDog Exclusive. PropDog have collaborated with Yves Doumergue to release his CardOracle in the UK. Notoriously fussy about what they stock, let alone endorse, this collaboration only came about when the PropDog staff were blown away by a live performance. The App provides a multi-phase routine where the CardOracle repeatedly predicts cards freely selected from a deck the spectator has shuffled themselves! See 5.12.20


Pete Firman in Sleeping Beauty. Don't get caught snoozing this festive season - grab your tickets for this year's unmissable, socially distanced pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, created especially for Christmas 2020! Starring Lee Mead (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Holby City) as the Prince, star of stage and screen, Claire Sweeney, as the evil Carabosse, Hearsay’s Suzanne Shaw as the Enchantress and comedian and magician, Peter Firman, as Sleeping Beauty’s best friend in this year’s unmissable family production. This year's production, created especially for Milton Keynes Theatre in this unprecedented year, will be a riotously funny, one-act celebration of pantomime, packed full of comedy and laughter and will allow audience members the opportunity to come safely together and enjoy the magic of the much-loved and unique art form this festive season. Dates and tickets: 5.12.20


Syncplify NotePad by TCC - MagicBox. "The perfect psychic clipboard." Find out all about it and watch a video at 5.12.20


Merlins of Wakefield - the shop is now open again! We have some great in-store offers, and have an amazing sale online as well, which finishes on 7th December: Click Here for details (all items posted out around 11th December). We also have a couple of the latest Magic Wagon releases, including the Imperial Vase Mystery! To visit in person you can call in on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday between 10am and 4pm from now till Christmas. If you have any magic books, tricks or collectables, then get in touch, we are always looking for stock. Email what you have to 5.12.20


iDeal - The Ultimate Card Free Deck App. From the makers: "Darryl Rose MIMC has just released a new iPhone iOS app called iDeal - The Ultimate Card Free Deck. It’s been developed by Myke Phillips. Darryl came up with this great idea a week into lockdown. It's a virtual deck to be used online or in person! You can create multiple forces, create your own stack, and use pre-loaded stacks all in the virtual deck. In person you can peek the cards on the phone, or your Apple watch and/or PeekSmith. You can also use it as a stack trainer. This iDeal App can also be renamed in any language! More info at" 5.12.20


Magicseen Lite Issue 10 December 2020. From the publishers: We are delighted to offer you the latest taster edition of our bi-monthly magazine, available as a free download right now from, as well as from Card Shark, Mission Magic, PropDog, Black Artefacts, Vanishing Inc and Discount Magic. Issue 10 has a selection of the content from the full Magicseen Issue 95 (Nov 20), including the big cover story on Belgian magic maestro Rafael, a behind-the-scenes article from Oliver Tabor on the staging of his ambitious Zoom show and a fascinating article on how to improve both close up and stage performances by exercising control over your movement. We have also put in a neat coin routine from the Masterclass, a Dealer's Booth featuring Neo Magic, plus a selection of the latest product reviews. So if you want to get a feel for what Magicseen is like, why not download your free copy right now? 5.12.20


Just one month left to secure a bargain! MLM write: On the 1st of January 2021, the cost of membership to Mark Leveridge's E-Club Pro and E-Club Elite will unfortunately need to be increased. But despair not, because anyone who has a membership already in place will remain unaffected by the price increase and will continue to benefit from the 800+ online pages of content at the same price as they pay right now. This is good news for current members, but it could benefit you too. All you have to do is join either E-Club Pro or E-Club Elite by midnight on the 31st December 2020, and your monthly rate made via automatic PayPal payments will proceed at the current price for as long as you retain an unbroken membership. So, act now and make all the fabulous magic, advice and help contained in the E-Club Pro and Elite vaults available to you within moments of signing up. You'll be truly amazed at the volume, depth, quality and variety of content, all of which is updated and supplemented every month. It's one of magic's true gems, so go to for more information and to join before the 1st January deadline. 5.12.20


Help Save Magic Inc. From their Go Fund Me campaign: For almost 100 years Magic Inc. has been about community. From its start as the Ireland Magic Co. to its re-branding as Magic Inc. in the 1960s our family owned & operated shop has always been a gathering place for magicians from around the world.

Covid-19 arrived in 2020 and even with the forced shutdown we managed to hold on, but as we enter Phase Two, it has knocked the wind out of our sails. Because of its impact we cannot survive the huge decline in foot traffic, a near complete loss of tourism for our city, and zero in-store events – a loss of numerous lectures, summer camp, and private and group classes. We don’t want to lose our brick & mortar magic shop without a fight and want to try every last option before we give up our corner lot. The funds will be used to pay our rent and the remainder toward the salaries of our loyal employees.

When Jay Marshall died in 2005 everyone thought that was the end of Magic Inc. But Jay's son, Sandy & his wife Susan stepped in and somehow Magic Inc. survived for the next 15 years. In all that time Sandy & Susan never took a penny out of the shop. They ran Magic Inc. to honor Jay Marshall's memory. They made their part-time demonstrator, Pedro Nieves, the shop manager and hired a talented team of professional magician demonstrators. Magic Inc. is a Chicago institution. They tell us brick & mortar magic shops are a thing of the past. We hope you'll help us prove this isn't true. We are grateful for your support and thank you for your help to keep Jay Marshall's legacy alive. Read more and see:


A Lifetime In Magic, Devin Knight. 130 pages, photo illustrated, soft back. From the publishers: The amazing mentalism and magic of internationally renowned performer Devin Knight. Volume 1, features full details of 9 routines from Devin's personal repertoire. Devin's ideas are always unbelievably well thought out, with every possibility analysed and the best and most convincing methods selected. He leaves nothing to chance, and creates plots that are amazingly varied, and which produce effects that are inexplicable and real reputation makers. This trilogy will offer you the strongest mentalism and magic achieved with practical, commercial methods - if you haven't seen this material before you are going to be stunned! For full content details and to order visit and click on the book! 5.12.20


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. 5.12.20


Copy Ring - Mark Leveridge Magic. A wonderful effect for strolling magicians and table hopper’s using a spectator’s finger ring. An ‘invisible’ template of the size, shape and style of a borrowed ring magically fills out to become a visible solid exact replica of the original ring! However unfortunately, the loaned ring itself has become invisible! All ends well when the original ring is magically restored to its normal state. No re-set, this is amusing and magical. 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 E-Routine Download order button which will deliver the instructions via a PDF text file. See: 5.12.20


David Blaine: Real or Magic. For more than a decade, David Blaine has been captivating the world with his high-profile endurance stunts. Starting his career as a magician who appeared to do the impossible with a deck of cards, he was soon following in the footsteps of Houdini, seeking out that which seemed physically impossible, and actually doing it. This special programme follows Blaine's signature brand of street magic and mystifies some of the most recognisable celebrities in the world, including Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Will Smith, to name a few. Blaine goes into the homes of Kanye West and Olivia Wilde, and visits Stephen Hawking at his office at Cambridge University. He also travels the world, astonishing people from all walks of life with never-seen-before, inconceivable magic. Repeat, Sky One, Sunday 13th December. See TV Magic for details. 5.12.20


Curry and Chips by Martin MacMillan - International Magic. A baffling trick that's easy to perform, fits into a pocket and is ready to use anytime, anywhere, without preparation that uses six Poker Chips (each a different colour), an instruction card and a small mat. The mat has letters A - F printed on it, each marking a circled position. The spectator is handed the Poker Chips and instructed to place them on the circles in a random order. This done, both magician and spectator read the printed instruction sheet, and follow its directions. During a novel process of elimination, the spectator hands the magician individual Poker Chips - when turned over, each chip has a value in £s printed on it. The final instruction reads for the spectator to turn over the remaining chip and claim their prize. Alas, when revealed, the final Poker Chip has only a value of zero pounds! A self working trick that has novelty value, is baffling and what's more, is fun to perform. You're supplied with the Poker Chips, the Mat, the Instruction card and you're ready to perform right away. Plus, as there's no set up, you're ready to go again as soon as you've finished! See 5.12.20


The Article Complete - Clipboard Edition, back in stock at Read My Mind! The Article is a custom built A4 sized clipboard that enables you to freely predict anything you want to in your shows. It has been designed with the solo performer in mind and you don't need any assistants or outside help. Limited stock... find out more: 5.12.20


Jack the Ripper - Mr E Enterprises. The name 'Jack the Ripper' originated in a letter written by someone claiming to be the murderer and it was widely published in the media. The public came increasingly to believe that a single perpetrator was responsible for all the killings mainly because of the extraordinarily brutal nature of the murders and media reporting of the crimes at the time.

You show six pictures of men who were suspects in the Ripper’ crimes. At that time the police had about 100 suspects to investigate, you explain that many clairvoyants also tried to discover who the culprit was, but no one has ever been found guilty at that time or since. Showing six old photographs of the main subjects, you propose an experiment and ask a member of the audience to use their latent psychic ability to solve the crime. Your audience participant eliminates five of the defendants pronouncing them “not guilty” leaving just one guilty suspect. Your prediction which has been in full view from the start is revealed and corresponds exactly with the lady’s choice - leaving your audience with a chill up their spines! No stooges, no rough & smooth. No sleights or skill required. Comes with picture cards of the suspects, envelope and instructions. See


Spoon to Fork - Zane's Magic Shop. A great routine with built-in laughs and a kicker ending they'll never see coming! The magician displays a spoon and tells the audience that he is going to change the physical properties of the metal right in front of them. The audience believe the magician is going to bend the spoon just like Uri Geller... The magician holds the bowl of the spoon in his hand and concentrates and just when the audience thinks nothing is going to happen. To everyone's big surprise when the spoon is revealed, instead of the spoon being bent it has now changed into a fork! This is not only amazing but very funny! This is a must have for any comedy magician, mentalist, or person who wants to add a funny magical bit to their act.

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Secret Night Lamp to Flowers by Tora Magic - Merlins. This is one of our quality used magic items. This is another super stage effect from Tora Magic. You show a table lamp from all sides, it looks like a lamp. Whenever you want, you instantly transform it in to a stunning bouquet of flowers. Ideal for stage production, pantomimes etc... See 5.12.20


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news, but please remember the news deadline... by Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. DT. 5.12.20


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