Number 1070 - Saturday 26th December 2020


Pure Magic - out now on iPlayer. Magicians Colin Cloud, Katherine Mills, Magical Bones and Ben Hart present a series of jaw-dropping illusions and dazzling acts of mentalism in four different Scottish locations: The Forth Bridge; Blackness Castle; Edinburgh's Botanic Gardens and Dynamic Earth, before coming together at the end to stage a show to an audience of four hundred at Glasgow's Fruitmarket. See iPlayer (first shown on 23rd December on BBC One Scotland). 26.12.20


Ben Hart: Wonder 2021 Tour. Lee Martin for Gag Reflex presents Ben Hart: Wonder 2021. Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician. Expect his most mind-blowing and exciting magic in a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. With the simplest of props, using the objects and minds of the audience, Ben Hart conjures an altogether new kind of magic. February - July 2021. See for venues, dates and updates. 26.12.20


The MagicWeek Video Archive - Christmas 1989! This week, Fay Presto on The James Whale Radio Show's Christmas Party, alongside Mick Miller, Bernard Manning and Linda Nolan, on 15th December, 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 26.12.20


Noel Britten Talking Shtick with Mark James. Noel's award-winning comedy (Winner: Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 1996 and Ha Bloody Ha New Act of the Year 1996) earned him a solid reputation for comedy excellence... now he's the President of The Magic Circle. Talking Bizarre Bath, Comedy, The Act, The Escape Room and more: Podbean. 26.12.20


Virtually Impossible. Tired of not being able to go out for entertainment? Let us bring the show to you. Join Tony Middleton 'Sonic', headliner of The Magic Hour, for a fun, interactive, magic experience. Streaming live from the historic Sheraton Grand Park Lane in London in 4K/Ultra HD, you will experience Victorian illusions, mind-reading, and sleight of hand demonstrations that will blow your mind. Yes that's right - even across the internet impossible things will occur. And when the magic involves you directly at home, you'll wonder if it's real witchcraft, or simply... virtually impossible! What's more, you'll get a sneak peek into the private areas of this iconic Art Deco hotel - which the public rarely gets to see. Now that's a treat for all the family. Various dates, 7.30pm, 1 hour, Suitable for families, Tickets: £20 per household. Book now: 26.12.20


The magic of...podcast with Paul Roffman. Creative discussions with creative people. From actors and writers to magicians, keynote speakers and behavioural experts. This week R Paul Wilson talking magic, directing, writing and presenting. On Apple podcasts: and Spotify and watch clips on YouTube. 26.12.20


Magicians Advice Podcast. Hosted by Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan, it's the Magicians' Advice Christmas Special. Podbean. 26.12.20


Blackpool Magicians' Club Christmas Greetings. The President, committee and members of Blackpool Magicians' Club send everyone related to our industry the very best wishes over the festive season and coming new year. Thank you for all your continued support. 26.12.20


It's amazing what you find in the Davenport Collection. Not only magic, but novelties, jokes and unusual vent heads. To find out what this vent face is smiling about, Click Here. The website also includes talks and articles from well known magic historians and collectors. Have a look, and if you'd also like to receive the quarterly e-news, contact the curator via the website and ask to be added to the distribution. 26.12.20


Merry Christmas from As a special seasonal offer we are giving away book vouchers! You will receive a £10 voucher when you spend over £75 or a £5 voucher when you spend over £50. The offer's valid until midnight New Year's Eve. 26.12.20


Deluxe Wooden Ball Vase with Genuine Billiard Ball - Merlins Prestige Range. This classic of magic is beautifully made from choice hardwoods and uses a genuine 2" red snooker ball. Classic Ball Vases sell for many hundreds of pounds when they can be found. You can perform all the moves associated with this classic effect, vanishes, appearances and transformations. Made by our own local craftsman here in the UK out of a single piece of hardwood. See 26.12.20


Broke - Mark Leveridge Magic. Blow your audience away with this terrific coin routine. Three coins are tipped from a purse; one at a time, they are picked up and simply melt away! Once all three coins have vanished the purse is picked up again and the three coins are discovered to be back inside! 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 26.12.20


Boulevard 54 by Bazar de Magia - Zane's Magic Shop. The Magician takes a wine glass, puts it on top of a book (supplied). After a few seconds, the glass on top breaks into pieces! Reputation making effect. Incredible stuff! 100% reliable! Easy to perform! See 26.12.20


ESP - Mr E Enterprises: A startling ESP experience with Jumbo cards. See 26.12.20


John ‘Sly’ Smith. Geoffrey Newton writes: It is with deep sadness I record the loss of John ‘Sly’ Smith at the age of nearly 89 years. He was a member of The Order of The Magi in Manchester and The International Brotherhood of Magicians for 70 years. He was The British Ring President in 2012 and for many years organised the children’s show at The British Ring Convention. John won the Tom Harris Cup for comedy in 1960.


He served with the Royal Engineers in Egypt during the Suez crisis during his National Service and then trained as a civil engineer working for employers which included Redpath and Brown, I.C.I. and Hawker Siddeley. Magic though was always a very large part of his life. He is probably the most well-known children’s entertainer in the Cheshire area, turning eventually into a full time professional. John had television appearances on That’s Life, Potty About Pets and Look North; then on the Radio 4 programme Woman’s Hour talking about magic. He lectured to countless magic societies, and worked with Fred Kaps, Robert Harbin and Harold Taylor.


The funeral will take place in January 2021. Rest in peace dear friend, the world of magic will remember you fondly for a long time to come. Geoffrey Newton: Editor – Key Ring magazine (IBM British Ring). 26.12.20


News deadline next week: 2pm Thursday 31st, thanks, Duncan. 26.12.20


"World famous magician Steve Cohen releases new book" Click Here • "London’s Inimitable Café De Paris Has Closed After 96 Years Of Dazzling Delights" Click Here • "Magician who lost virtually all his gigs in 2020 writes children’s book to 'save' his Christmas" Click Here • "Steps star Faye Tozer's secret past as BGT magician Jon Courtenay's assistant" Click Here • "Meet Anas Khan – a teenage entrepreneur and a social media magician" Click Here • "Msian magician breaks own Guinness World Record for most magic tricks in a minute" Click Here • "Remembering Al Cohen, magician, teacher of prestidigitation, seller of arcane tricks" Click Here • "Virtual magic takes Victoria’s Verners to the next level" Click Here • "Illusionist-turned-actor Yuva Krishna stuns with his throwback video" Click Here • Hope you all had a good Christmas. Best wishes for 2021, Duncan. 26.12.20