Number 1080 - Saturday 6th March 2021


Blackpool Magic 2021 Virtual Convention - online, Sunday, 18th April. From a locked down Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Special Guests. Only on Facebook. Details to be announced. Sunday, 18th April 2021. YouTube6.3.21


Tommy Cooper - The Magic Circle Unlocked - online, Friday, 19th March. March 19th sees the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tommy Cooper. An icon in the world of both magic and comedy, his influence is still felt today and his appearance and catchphrases very much a part of popular culture. The Magic Circle, of which Tommy was a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, is celebrating this anniversary with a special online event featuring fellow artists who worked with him, contemporary performers who have been influenced by him, and some of the highly creative people who worked behind the scenes providing him with props and gags. With a view to warmly remembering and acknowledging his immense contribution to the world of magic, this 2 hour event will be shown on The Magic Circle Unlocked Facebook page where one can also see their previous production this year which celebrated 100 years of the famous Sawing in Half Illusion. This Tommy Cooper celebration will remain online for just one week; but watching live will give you the opportunity to win a unique "Tommy Cooper" prize! Friday, 19th March at 7pm. 6.3.21


Penn & Teller Fooled! MagicWeek favourite Noel Qualter had great fun on Penn & Teller: Fool Us last week, traveling backwards and forwards through time in a brilliantly inventive routine. Marty McFly and Doc Brown would have loved it! See YouTube. "A Global Pandemic Can’t Stop UK Magician Noel Qualter From Fooling Las Vegas Legends Penn & Teller" Also see www.noelqualter.com6.3.21


Derren Brown in Epigram. "World-renowned psychological illusionist Derren Brown gives an exclusive insight into his surreal time at Bristol University and how it set him up for a 20-year career of manipulating minds and performing the outrageous and unexplainable..." To read the full interview by Georgiana Scott in Epigram, Click Here6.3.21


John Guastaferro Zoom Lecture - Blackpool Magicians' Club. World-renowned magician John Guastaferro lectures for the Blackpool Magicians' Club via Zoom this Thursday, 9th March. The lecture will focus predominantly on card magic, but will include a few non-card effects using a straw, ring, and a piece of string. Items include a visual card opener, a hands-off Ace production, and effects that work really well over Zoom. Throughout the lecture, John will share how small changes in presentation or technique can lead to greater impact. Learn more about John at Thursday 9th March at 8pm GMT see to book. 6.3.21


Magic Room 101. Mark James writes: After the first show last Sunday I'm thrilled to say that Magic Room101 is continuing. It'll be every Sunday at 10pm UK time. (That's 2pm PST, 5pm EST USA) Live, not recorded, on Clubhouse. Each week my guests will choose three things that really annoy them in magic. I'll attempt to argue against their grievances (whether I agree or not) and then give you the chance to have 'one minute on the mic' to do the same. Then we decide whether or not that thing goes into Magic Room 101 to be banished forever. Join us in March to hear great chats with Harrison Greenbaum, Carisa Hendrix, Taylor Hughes and Benzi Train. Huge thanks to Andi Gladwin for being my first guest too. He had some really fun choices and the arguments were passionate but fun. I can't wait to do it again. Follow on Clubhouse at MARKJAMESMAGIC to be notified of events. 6.3.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, from 20 years ago 'The Houdini Myth' with Al Hirschfeld, Ken Silverman, David De-Val, Ruth Brandon, E L Doctorow, Don Wilmeth, David Copperfield, James Randi and Dorothy Young. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 6.3.21


Wayne & Mike’s Coffee Morning. Wayne and Mike start their Fridays with a chat and a coffee. This week's special guest is Bob Gill. YouTube. 6.3.21


Mark Mason - Talking Shtick with Mark James. Talking Shtick with Mark James. Mark writes: In 2004 I was lucky enough to walk into JB Magic and find Mark Mason standing behind the counter. I didn't know that I was about to be treated to a performance by the greatest magic demonstrator alive. A statement that's as true now as it was then. Three years later I was entirely obsessed with magic and even found myself working behind the counter in that same store. The years I spent working with Mark were easily some of the happiest in my life. I laughed more than I thought possible and learned more than I could ever say thank you for. Standing next to Mark making gimmicks or watching him demonstrate magic every day was really a gift. We talk about those days in great detail as well as Mark's beginnings as game operator turned magician. We discuss the evolution of JB Magic as a physical store and all of his favourite routines for stand up and parlour shows. I genuinely cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be able to bring you this chat. I hope you love it as much as I did. Via your favourite listening platform including Podbean. 6.3.21


Dave Jones on Magicians' Advice Podcast. "Phil and Ian had the pleasure to be joined by the one and only Dave Jones. Dave is an amazing magician who is very well known in the industry here in the UK for his close-up and cabaret work. Not only is he a Member of The Magic Circle but he is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. A true master who others go to when they need advice and help to make their magic better. He has consulted for TV and is one of the best at making sleight of hand fun and entertaining. It was a real pleasure talking with Dave." Podbean6.3.21


Have you joined the Alakazam Hub and Hangout yet? Alakazam Magic write: We have some great events planned for the coming weeks and they are all free to members. It's great fun meeting magicians from all around the world, chatting, sharing ideas and just sitting back and watching some of them performing some awesome magic! If you haven't joined already, do it today. Remember this is your 24/7 365 magic club!


Meridian Ring Cabinet - Merlins of Wakefield. Merlins write: We have just received the latest Magic Wagon item, the Meridian Ring Cabinet. This is a great effect, for details Click Here. We  are also selling the Mikame range which is being reproduced in small numbers and can now be ordered... Click Here to see what's available. Finally, we are still collecting "10 in 2" videos, that's 10 things in 2 minutes that most people will not know about you Click Here for examples and then make your 2 minute video and send it to us at Once we've reached 100 videos, we will draw a winner for £100 worth of magic - send in yours now! 6.3.21


New Release from Mark Leveridge Magic. The magician spreads and freely displays a deck back and front and gives it an overhand shuffle. A spectator touches any four cards and these are left in a fan on the table. A snap of the fingers and the fan is lifted away to reveal four coins! Casino Cash is a simultaneous four coin production that is achieved without any palming or sleight of hand. It is intended to be performed on a close-up pad. The reset is quick but needs to be done away from spectators. As a lead in to a coin matrix routine it is ideal. This is a Premier E-Routine, which means you receive a downloadable set of PDF colour photo illustrated instructions fully describing the set up and handling, plus there is an embedded link which takes you to additional online video footage featuring a performance and explanation. For more details and to watch a dem go to


An Evening with Canadian Magician Ryan Pilling via Zoom. Tony Junior writes: I invite all magicians, of all skill levels, to my next event on Sunday 14th March at 7.30pm: An Evening with Canadian veteran performer, creative magician Ryan Pilling, hosted by myself, Tony Junior. The event is free for all magicians and the Zoom link, code and id is available on my website: All events are limited to the first 100 entrants, that includes myself and Ryan. The virtual doors will be open half an hour before the event at 7pm. 6.3.21


Tony Griffith Zoom Lecture. Tony Griffith writes: Following on from my successful Zoom lectures to The Home Counties Magic Society and The Leicester Magic Circle I will continue to offer my Zoom lecture until we are all back to normal. This lecture offers practical, easy to do commercial magic, well within the scope of the average magician. Emphasis is upon routining and entertainment with the layman in mind. Available to all magic clubs and magic minded groups. Contact: 01275 835463. 6.3.21


Clown Who Lost His Head - Mr E Enterprises. Based on the wonderful Forgetful Freddie trick invented by the legendary Milbourne Christopher. This is a classic effect that has remained popular for decades and for good reason. The colourful clown's head is removed, as you explain that clowns are always changing their face. A balloon is substituted and you draw a face on it with a marker pen. The clown's head is then hidden underneath a cloth and you 'accidentally' lose it - it has vanished. The balloon on the clown suddenly pops and his head is magically back in place once again! Delightful magic which makes both the children and the adults present laugh and applaud.

We have been trying to get our hands on this fantastic item for several years and have finally succeeded in acquiring a limited supply. Buy yours now and feature it in your next show. You will find plenty of inspirational performance videos online. Comes with Devil's handkerchief, Clown prop (16" x 8") and instructions. See


Original Magic That Captivates the World: Hara / Illusionist. "Hara is an illusionist who has performed live and on television in over 30 countries, winning numerous awards - we speak with him about how he strives to conjure up 'magic that only I can do'. Tuesday 16th March on NHK World." See TV Magic for details. 6.3.21


Magic Tricks with Coins, Cards and Everyday Objects by Jake Banfield. Do you know your riffle shuffle from your French drop? Can you make a bottle disappear or read someone's mind? Learn the greatest magic tricks around and astound your friends and family, all without buying fancy props or equipment. With over 50 step-by-step magic tricks of varying levels of difficulty, this book is a great insight into the popular world of 'street magic' – where magicians specialise in up-close, informal tricks to bamboozle their audiences. You can perform incredible tricks with everyday household objects as you learn how to turn them into sources of bewilderment and wonder! You’ll never look at a packet of chewing gum in the same way again. For more info and to order visit


Maurice Roberts. Maurice Roberts, also known as Ratty Roberts passed away suddenly on Sunday the 28th February 2021. We are trying to let people know and I understand he was a contributor to various magic forums. If anyone wants to get in touch they can do so on Sam Roberts, Daughter. 6.3.21


"Illusionist & comedy magician Vinny Grosso opens new show in Las Vegas" Click Here • "Magician Derek DelGaudio Traces His Journey From Card Cheat To Illusionist" Click Here • "A.R.T. Announces Magicians Appearing in The Conjurors' Club Live Interactive Magic Experience" Click Here • "Dawlish magician Tony has a trick to deal with lockdown isolation" Click Here • "Dozens of magic props from Criss Angel Studios up for sale" Click Here • Many thanks for your UK magic news as always, see you next week, Duncan. 6.3.21