Number 1084 - Saturday 3rd April 2021


Blackpool Magic Convention 2021 - Performers announced! The Blackpool Magicians Club proudly presents a unique event from a locked down Winter Gardens as a way of thanking you for your continued support. This is a free event starring: John Archer, Ben Hart, Ali Cook, Brendon Rodrigues, Marc Oberon, Romany, R Paul Wilson, Phil Hitchcock, Sam Hurst, Graeme Shaw, Noah Kelly, John Kimmons and Gary Dunn. Plus Special Guests! Sunday 18th April at 6pm GMT only on Facebook Live. 3.4.21


Blackpool Magic Convention 2022 - Book from Monday, April 5th. BMC write: Blackpool Magicians' Club are pleased to announce that the online booking site for the 2022 convention will go live on Monday 5th April at 10am: Details of previously purchased tickets have been transferred, and we will contact registrants in January 2022 with full convention details. 3.4.21


Northern Magic Circle: Convention 21 - online, Saturday 10th April. NMC Secretary Brian Lead writes: Founded in April 1956, the Northern Magic Circle celebrates its 65th birthday this year. Traditionally, Easter heralds a NMC convention, but this year we are having to take our celebrations online. A day of magical festivities will begin at 10am on Saturday, 10th April, with welcomes from NMC President Roy Field and British Ring President Alan Maskell. During the day you will be able to browse in the Dealers' Room, visiting the Ace Magic Studio, Merlins of Wakefield and Mark Leveridge Magic, among others. Lectures, ranging in theme from children’s magic to the History Mystery, will be presented by Wayne Goodman, Martin Duffy, Walt Lees, Darren Mac, Jon Marshall and Roy Field.


Throughout the day there will be performances from Neil Roberts (as the Mandarin), Michael ‘High Jinx’ Jordan, Stephen Bridges, Chris Cross, John Russell, Sheriton Swan, Paul Guy, Graeme Shaw, Stuart Clarkson and Lorenzo. The day will close, of course, with a gala show featuring some of the above, along with Brian Sefton, Clive Moore and Jeani, Steve Gore, John and Carol Pye, Dave Andrew, Rick and Carol Tynan, Ray Roberts and Brian Lead.


This is an event we hope you won’t want to miss, so please accept this free invitation. Programme details are still being finalised owing to a steady influx of new video performances, but you can keep up to date via our website or email for the password to a world of magic. 3.4.21


Magic Goes Wrong - the UK tour. Back with their biggest comedy catastrophe to date, multi award-winning Mischief (The Play That Goes Wrong, BBC One's The Goes Wrong Show) return to the stage with their hilarious new show created with magic legends, Penn & Teller.

A hapless gang of magicians are staging an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. But as the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fundraising target! Raising the bar with their dare-devil stunts, jaw-dropping feats and irresistible comedy genius, Mischief’s Magic Goes Wrong comes to Leeds Grand Theatre direct from the West End. Book your tickets now, before they vanish out of sight (or sellout!).


Tour Dates:

Leicester, Curve: 16th - 24th July 2021

The Lowry, Salford: 27th - 31st July 2021

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne: 3rd - 8th August 2021
Cambridge, Arts Theatre: 10th - 21st August 2021
Newcastle, Theatre Royal: 23rd - 28th August 2021
Leeds, Grand Theatre: 30th August - 4th September 2021
Southampton, Mayflower Theatre: 26th - 30th October 2021
Theatre Royal Bath: 9th - 21st November 2021

For more info and to book see

For London Dates (from October) see www.nimaxtheatres.com3.4.21


The Secret Connection. Come and share The Secret Connection with Dr Will Houstoun as he takes you on a journey through magic, from The Golden Age right up to the present day. During the show you will see some classic pieces of magic, as well as cutting edge effects that have never been seen before.

The experience is interactive, hosted online through Zoom, and lasts 70 minutes. Each household ticket comes with a box of props for the show, including a Limited Edition deck of custom playing cards. The show is perfect for individuals, or even groups of friends and family in different households. Playing from 15th April on Thursdays (7.30pm), Fridays and Saturdays (7pm and 8.45pm). Price: £49 for household tickets (including box of props sent in the post prior to the show). See for more info and to book. 


Wayne & Mike’s Coffee Morning. Wayne and Mike start every Friday with a chat, a coffee and a surprise guest. This week: Episode 9. 'A Support Act Reunion' Part 2, with Phil Hitchcock, Keelan Leyser, David Penn, Scott Penrose and Duncan Trillo. YouTube3.4.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Michael Ammar's Cups and Balls routine from 'The World's Greatest Magic' in 1998. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here3.4.21


Mind Reader extraordinaire Chris Cox is on video call to the Blue Peter studio and reads the minds of Adam Beales, Lindsey Russell and Richie Driss. He also mind reads two Blue Peter superfans, but more than this he is awarded a second Blue Peter badge. Respect. YouTube3.4.21


[Update: SOLD! 9.20am, Saturday]

The MagicWeek Mystery Box... let’s have some fun! Like many I’ve been having a sort-out, and apart from listing some classic Hi-Fi on eBay that's been languishing in a bedroom cupboard for many years I have put together the first and only MagicWeek Mystery Box! It contains 40+ items in 'excellent' to 'as new' to 'factory sealed' condition. In fact it's crammed full of magical, bubble-wrapped goodies (DVDs, books, tricks), and double-boxed for extra protection. There's only one, it is ready to go, and it really is a bargain at £150 (it really is!).


Here's a teaser photo: Click Here. Simply email for PayPal payment details and it will be yours (first come, first served as there is only one). There are just two conditions: 1.) Please do not email unless you are ready to make immediate payment via PayPal, and 2.) After it arrives email MagicWeek to let us know how happy this exercise in magical retail therapy has made you, so that we can publish your email the following week, and don't be shy about listing some, or all, of the contents (your name can be reduced to just your initials if you prefer anonymity).


Or, wait until next week if it hasn't gone (highly unlikely) when the price will have gone up to £175, but a little more of the contents will be revealed in the photo... or wait another week when the price will have gone up to £200, but even more will be revealed... or (I know, this is getting very silly) wait a further week when the price will have gone up to a final £250, but the entire contents will be revealed and it will still be seen to be a bargain! DT. 3.4.21


Carisa Hendrix Talking Shtick with Mark James. Carisa Hendrix is a respected magician and variety artist, known for her skills as a circus stunt girl and bubble performer. She’s been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. This ten-times award-winning performer has been thrilling audiences all over the world with her iconic characters and her precise comedic flare. Talking Shtick with Mark James. Via your favourite listening platform including Podbean3.4.21


Magicseen Lite Issue 12 - April 2021. From the publishers: If you have enjoyed the previous free taster issues from Magicseen Magazine, you will hopefully be interested in getting your hands on the latest edition just released. The contents for Lite #12 have been extracted from the March main full issue (#97) and include the following. We offer the full interview with cover star The Amazing Johnathan, a man who loves nothing better than to stir up his audiences! We include a fascinating feature article called Serial Winners, in which, with the help of Marc Oberon, Edward Hilsum and Shawn Farquhar, we investigate what it takes to win high level magic competitions not just once, but several times. There is a thoughtful piece by Jake Strong that explains how magicians can earn the trust of their spectators, and in an extract from the Masterclass, we offer you Andi Gladwin's routine Pocket Mule. Add to this a page of Magic By Numbers with some fun facts, and a selection of the product reviews, and hopefully you will agree that this gives you a worthwhile taste of what the full issue contains. Available in digital format only, you can download your free copy right now from www.magicseen.com3.4.21


David Blaine: Beyond Magic. Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash David Blaine: Real or Magic, Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet, which has been two years in the making. Blaine pulls the lid off his signature brand of street magic, sparking reactions that will leave audiences in awe and defy all expectations. Magic meets documentary in the one-hour special, as Blaine blows the minds of some of the most recognisable celebrities in the world, including David Beckham, Johnny Depp, Drake, Steph Curry, Dave Chappelle, John Travolta, Patrick Stewart, Emma Stone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others. (Repeat) Saturday 3rd April on Sky One. See TV Magic3.4.21


The MLM E-Video Newsletter April 2021. The very latest edition of the monthly online magic video programme is ready, featuring: The Teach In – this time Mark reveals an interesting use for a classic magic principle. Pro Peeks – E-Club Pro’s Lecture Room has many effects from Mark's live lectures, and this month a neat card effect is offered from one of them. Keeping Control Unplugged – part 10 concentrates on getting pre-show logistics right. Web Offers – info on a quick, easy coin effect and an audio book which are both on offer in April. 60 Seconds To Success – pertinent advice about presenting Zoom magic shows for lay people. The Review Corner – Seth Race’s Keynote comes under the spotlight. Access to the complete 30 minute programme is available to anyone who is signed up to Mark Leveridge's free E-Club Lite. Membership brings a monthly newsletter which is full of information, advice and freebies, plus it contains the link to the latest E-Video Newsletter. To sign up now for E-Club Lite go to


Sunday Night at the London Palladium - tomorrow. Jimmy Tarbuck hosts the first colour edition of the show, from 1966, featuring Roy Orbison, Judith Durham, the Seekers, Julie Rogers, The Biasinis, Silvan and Ray Fell. The last time I listed this show I missed it myself so am looking forward to it this time around. Sunday 4th April at 8pm on Talking Pictures TV. See TV Magic3.4.21


Three recent online magic lectures are reviewed this week:

Grant Maidment's lecture for Hull and Leeds Magic Circles is reviewed by Ray Burrell Click Here.

Marc Kerstein's lecture for the South London Magic Society is reviewed by Simon Rosselli, Click Here

Chris Wardle’s lecture for Hull Magicians Circle and Leeds Magic Circle is reviewed by Jon Marshall Click Here3.4.21


Trevor George (1st June 1924 - 28th March 2021) is remembered by his granddaughter Ami Lauren, Click Here. (Billie and Trevor George were a wonderful couple and gave me my first professional magic 'break' with a string of engagements in Torquay hotels over Christmas 1979. DT.) 3.4.21


"Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman's Hit Horror Ghost Stories Lands In Melbourne" Click Here • "Your Brain: The Invisible Magician" Click Here • "Magician Ricky Jay-Jay escapes rat race" Click Here • "Waltham magician baffles Penn & Teller in amazing mind-reading Zoom performance" Click Here • "Birmingham magician who saw bookings ‘disappear’ says pandemic ‘saved me from breakdown’" Click Here • "Is Murray Sawchuck The Hardest-Working Performer On The Las Vegas Strip?" Click Here • Have a Happy Easter, see you next week, Duncan. 3.4.21