Number 1078 - Saturday 20th February 2021


A Tribute to Siegfried & Roy at the London Palladium: The Collectors Limited Edition Box Set. From Producer Paul Stone: Don’t miss this chance to own the Limited Edition Siegfried & Roy Collectors Box Set. In 2008 I produced 'A Tribute to Siegfried & Roy at the London Palladium’. It was an occasion that anyone present will never forget. Siegfried & Roy sat in the Royal Box, Dame Shirley Bassey sat in the box above, and the packed audience included numerous show business celebrities. On stage was a 14 piece orchestra together with ten of the world’s greatest magic acts. Video tributes were paid by Sir Anthony Hopkins, Cher and Steve Wynn. After the show finale Siegfried & Roy walked out on stage and received a ten-minute standing ovation from the sold-out audience of 2,500 Siegfried & Roy fans gathered from around the world. It was very emotional for the whole audience and in particular for Siegfried & Roy. In Siegfried’s own words, it was ‘one of the highlights of my life’.

Siegfried & Roy at the London Palladium: The Collectors Limited Edition Box Set - This unique Collectors Box Set contains footage from the show as broadcast all over Europe, including individual movie clips of each act, as well the full acts of the Great Tomsoni & Co – the last time they ever worked with a live orchestra - and Norm Nielsen, in his final ever stage performance.

Also included on the custom engraved gold key flash drive are unique video clips not only of the show but also priceless interviews with Siegfried & Roy, Johnny Thompson, Norm Nielsen and Jeff Hobson before and after the show, as well as over 250 never before released photographs from the show rehearsals, the show itself, the after show VIP party and also as a bonus the Royal Gala Dinner Tribute to Siegfried & Roy at the Landmark Hotel in London in the presence of HRH Princess Michael. But that’s not all! The show memorabilia includes two different show posters, flyers, the superb show program and magazine articles, all in full colour, rare letters from Siegfried & Roy and from Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber the owner of the London Palladium, reviews, and other Siegfried & Roy Collectors items.

There will only ever be 175 of these special Box Sets available worldwide, each with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. At a cost of just $297 plus s&h, this is a must-have for all serious collectors and for anyone who had a ticket for that very special show. When I started working on this project over a year ago, I never for one moment imagined that we would sadly lose both Siegfried & Roy in such a short space of time. This is a beautifully boxed Limited-Edition Collectors Set celebrating two magic legends by some of the most talented artists from around the world. Once sold out, they will never be reproduced. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of magic history. See the website for a full description of the contents: - order now before they are all snapped up!


[Back in 2008 MW No. 432 I wrote "Executive Producer Paul Stone, Director Anthony Van Laast and Musical Director Ian MacGregor worked some real magic to produce the finest magic gala show I've ever seen (and I've seen a few!)." And so it remains to this day. DT]20.2.21


The Ruskin - Virtual Session. From Studio52: Tonight, Saturday 20th February, Studio52 have organised a virtual session to replace the legendary mass gathering that occurs at the Ruskin Hotel every year as part of the largest magic convention in the world - Blackpool Magic Convention. If you need your yearly fix of card moves and insane magic tricks come and hang out! Grab a drink, order a kebab and set your virtual background. Join in here: We will be sessioning from 8pm GMT, and, much like being at the real Ruskin, there is no telling how late we will go! 20.2.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, card magician and gambling expert, Darwin Ortiz, on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 9th January 1993. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 20.2.21


Happy 60th David Williamson! From Studio52: #DAVEISTHEBEST - The Magic Community celebrates 60 years of David Williamson. On the 17th of February, Studio52 and the wider magic community came together to celebrate the 60th Birthday of one of the greats of our industry. Along with a huge outpouring of love from the community on the day from all around the world, Studio52 prepared a montage of clips featuring some of the industry's finest, sharing their stories, thanks and good wishes.

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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. It's free and very worthwhile. Subscribe at: There is also a Cardopolis Instagram account that will alert you to new content. You can find it at www.instagram/cardopolismagic. 20.2.21


Joshua Jay's been Talking Shtick with Mark James. "I sat down for a great chat with Josh. I hope you enjoy it. Next to come: Danny Buckler." Via your favourite listening platform including Podbean20.2.21


Order of The Magi President Darren Lee achieves more than one million TikTok views. When the pandemic meant he could no longer perform live shows in person, like a lot of other magicians he turned to the magic of the internet, and began offering his shows online via Zoom. Darren joined the latest social media craze to spread a little magic, but never expected one of his first tricks to be watched over one million times. Darren said: "I'm definitely not your normal TikTok creator - I am much older and I don't sing or dance. But I joined the app to share some magic tricks and to keep me busy when I'm not performing shows on Zoom. I never imagined that a trick performed by me at home would reach over one million people around the world!" During lockdown, The Order of The Magi members have also turned to the internet and have been holding their twice monthly meetings thanks to Zoom. Darren has received messages of congratulations from his colleagues from around the world, from as far as the Philippines.


The Timeless Project - RSVPMagic. By Bill Thompson, Gary Jones and Russ Stevens We are proud to announce that The Timeless Project is now available as an instant download. The Timeless Project package comes with one Instant Download file for you to watch right away and two Timeless Decks of Cards (one gimmicked) which will be shipped to you free of charge anywhere in the world! See www.rsvpmagic.com20.2.21


Run Run Run! - Practical Magic. This is the classic 'Run Rabbit, Run' effect, with the advantage that the theme is completely changeable. Choose from: A Santa or Snowman Style for holiday shows. A young wizard for a Wizard and Witches theme. A Zombie theme for your Halloween shows A Pirate version. And finally, a traditional Rabbit, or as a variation, a great Cat version too. Each expansion pack comes complete with four characters. Two regular ones, a sliding character which fits the main prop and a pop-out character. You'll also receive two themed doors, and a matching themed 'front', all of which just slot into place. See for more details. 20.2.21


Area 2.0 Booktest Nano: Single Edition - from Read My Mind. Back in 2010 Looch released his original 'Area Book Test', a pocket sized creation designed for the strolling performer. Area introduced two incredible new principles, the 'Master Word Principle' (MWP) and the 'Blagging' principle. These two principles created the illusion that the performer could have anyone mentally select a word from a book and instantly began revealing specific details about that word without seemingly resorting to any kind of fishing process.

Area received astonishing reviews and quickly sold out... introducing The Area Nano Edition Book Test, a miniature Mentalism product designed for close-up performance with the emphasis on minimising the pocket space for the modern worker. Find out more, visit


Signature Edition Sketchpad Card Rise by Martin Lewis - Merlins: "This has been used 5 times, and is in excellent condition. It also comes with 3 brand new refill packs plus carrying case plus extra 'blank' rising card (worth - £100) Grab yourself a bargain! The effect used by Johnny Thompson, David Copperfield and many professional magicians worldwide. Presenting Martin's classic effect in which a card rises from a drawing and is then handed out as a souvenir. This brand new signature version is designed and made by Martin's Magikraft Studios. It's better, faster, and far more durable than any other version. It includes DVD instruction on care, handling, and performance. Insights gained by 30 years of performing experience." See


Slo Mo - Mark Leveridge Magic. The idea for this routine came after I read Derek Dingle’s Silver Quick routine in Apocalypse Vol.1 No.9 (Sept. 1978) which was a sort of coins across into a spectator’s hand. I played around with the Dingle routine for a while but I felt I would not be able to use it commercially, although I liked the idea of something happening with the coins in a spectator’s hands. After much experimentation and change, Slo-Mo was put together and is the routine I have been using with lay people ever since. I hope you like it. 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. See for more info and to watch a performance. 20.2.21


Amazing Human Lie Detector - Mr E Enterprises. "Entertaining, effective and straight forward, it almost works itself. Packed with audience participation." Eddie used this for several years as part of his billing as The Human Lie Detector. Find out what it's all about, visit


The Magicseen 'Missing Blackpool' Offer! From the publishers: Normally at this time of the year we are attending Blackpool with the Magicseen dealer stand, but alas not this year. Since we normally would be able to offer those customers renewing or taking out fresh subscriptions at the convention some little incentives, we thought we would do something similar right now. So, if you take out a new 1 year subscription, or extend a current one by 1 year, you can have 7 issues for the price of 6. Or, if you take out a new 2 year subscription, or you extend a current one by 2 years, you can have 14 issues for the price of 12. This offer applies to both printed copy and download subs and it will expire at midnight (GMT) on Friday 26th February 2021. It may not be as exciting as doing business with us over a dealer stand, but it's better than nothing, so take advantage and benefit just a little from not being at a seaside resort in the depths of winter. Go to before the offer expires. 20.2.21


The Mark Leveridge Zoom Lecture. In the last four months, Mark has presented his new E-Club Pro Live Zoom lecture both to magic clubs and also, last week, at his Open Event. The material from the lecture has been greatly appreciated by those who have attended because the magic performed and fully explained is practical, varied and well within the skill set of every performer except a total beginner. Plus, the magic is achieved with either every day objects or very commonly used magic props (such as sponge balls). The lecture is still available for clubs to book, even at short notice, so if your society is looking for something fun, entertaining and instructive, book now and Mark will bring his 40 years of lecturing experience to a computer screen near you. More details can be found at, where there is also a trailer to give you an idea of what's included. 20.2.21


Sunday Night at the London Palladium. Jimmy Tarbuck hosts an episode from 1965, featuring Spike Milligan, George Raft, Paul and Barry Ryan, Russ Conway, and David Nixon. Sunday 21st February on Talking Pictures. See TV Magic for details. 20.2.21


"Magician who performed for the Queen left with no income for a year" Click Here • "Niagara Falls magician Greg Frewin pulls Houdini card for Penn & Teller show" Click Here • "Mandrake the Magician exhibit celebrates world-famous illusionist's Surrey and New Westminster roots" Click Here • "New open-air theatre being built in Thorington" Click Here • "Thief-catching magician conjures up tricks for online show" Click Here • "For My Next Trick … Opening a New Musical in Tokyo in a Pandemic" Click Here • "Entertainment returns to MGM Resorts, find out who and when" Click Here • "Artist releases print of West End theatres, raising funds for The Theatrical Guild and MADTrust" Click Here • That's it! See you next week, Duncan. 20.2.21