Number 1085 - Saturday 10th April 2021


Game of Talents. Tonight at 7.30pm on ITV. From the producers: Eight performers, eight incredible talents. In Game of Talents performers will entertain and amaze. But there’s a catch – the viewers and the contestants have no idea what those talents are. Can you tell the fire eater from the footballer or the line dancer from the lion tamer? Vernon Kay presents this brand-new ITV series in which two contestants will battle it out each week to guess the talents, as they compete for the chance to win a life changing sum of money. Two celebrities will help them to make the right decisions before the performers "Show us your talent". New trailer: YouTube. See TV Magic for details. [A number of magicians will be appearing throughout the series. DT]. 10.4.21


International Magic reopen their magic shop on Monday 12th April.

We open the shop again on Monday 12th April according to Government regulations. Hours are:
Monday 12th April - Midday until 5.30pm
Tuesday 13th April - Closed
Wednesday 14th April - Midday until 5.30pm
Thursday 15th April - Midday until 5.30pm
Friday 16th April - Midday until 5.30pm
Saturday 17th April Midday until 5.30pm
Sunday 18th April - Closed
Check the website for updates on continuous opening times:


Merlins of Wakefield - magic shop reopens on Monday 12th April.

In line with government guidelines face masks and social distancing will still be in place until further notice. The shop opening times for now are:

Monday 12th April 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 14th April 10am - 4pm
Friday16th April 10am - 4pm
Saturday 17th April 10am - 4pm
Monday 19th April 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 21st April 10am - 4pm
Friday 23rd April 10am - 4pm
Saturday 24th Apr Closed
Monday 26th April 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 28th April 10am - 4pm
Friday 30th Apr April 10am - 4pm
Saturday 1st May 10am - 4pm
Monday 3rd May Closed (Bank Holiday)

Merlins will be reviewing their opening hours monthly. For the latest information see 10.4.21


Blackpool Magic Virtual Convention 2021 - just one week to go! A free online event from a locked down Winter Gardens (our 'thank you' for your continued support) 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! On Facebook Live. No booking required, Sunday 18th April at 6pm GMT. 10.4.21


Anthony Owen. Andy Nyman writes: Astonishingly April 12th will be the second anniversary of Anthony Owen’s death. It’s still seems impossible to me that one of my best friends could take his own life without me having a clue it would happen. Male suicide continues to be a major problem that devastates and this year in particular has put terrible strains on our mental health. The concerns and pressure we feel to be providers for ourselves and our families has been so difficult as our income streams have been taken away from us. If you or a friend have been struggling, please reach out to someone and tell them. If you need to do that in confidence visit CALM and talk to them. They will help and phone lines are open every day from 5pm-midnight.

Anthony’s family still need support, so any help you can give, no matter how small, will really make a huge difference to his children’s futures: Let’s stay strong, stay positive, be vigilant towards our friends and loved ones and keep treating each other with kindness. Love to all, Andy x.


Penn and Teller's First Final UK Tour - rescheduled dates. June 2021 moves to June 2023. From the promoter: These shows will feature Penn & Teller's classic magic performed live with their unique brand of humour and audience participation and will feature never before seen tricks in the UK. For over 45 years as magic's most outrageous and innovative team, Penn & Teller are Emmy award-winning TV stars, best-selling authors and Las Vegas icons. Their Showtime series, 'Penn & Teller: BS!' was nominated for 16 Emmys. Past ventures were the highly successful ITV's 'Penn & Teller Fool Us!' hosted by Jonathan Ross on Saturday nights and 'Penn & Teller Tell A Lie' for Discovery Channel and Channel 5's 'Fool Us in Vegas' TV show is in the 7th series.

Penn says "We’ve been working together 45 years and are now coming out of the longest break we've ever had from working together. We are so excited to start touring in the UK playing our favorite theaters. Is this our last UK tour? We don't know, but you're welcome to buy tickets and hope for that, while we'll be hoping for more final tours than the Stones and Cher put together." Don’t miss your chance to see the funniest and most unique magicians in the world in this brand new show.


4th-5th June 2023, O2 Apollo Manchester
8th-9th June 2023, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

13th-18th June 2023, Eventim Apollo, London: 10.4.21


Introducing E-Club Pro Select. Mark Leveridge's online magic resource, E-Club Pro, has hundreds of great ideas included for members to access at any time they want. There is magic explained for close up, stand up, mentalism and children's work, and every effect bears the hallmark of Mark's professional experience. If you are not a member, all of this great material is normally unavailable to you, but now Mark is pleased to announce a new initiative which will change this situation a little. E-Club Pro Select is a special section in the MLM online shop where at any one time you will find 10 products extracted from the E-Club Pro vaults and made available for individual sale at just £7.00 each. Every month two of the tricks will be removed and two new ones from E-Club Pro will be added, which means that there will regularly be fresh magic ideas for you to consider. This is an ideal way for non-members of E-Club Pro to get hold of some of the magic normally only available to members. To see which items are currently in the E-Club Pro Select range, go to 10.4.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, the inimitable Ali Bongo on Five Magic Minutes in 1980. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 10.4.21


Jay Sankey Online Lecture - Blackpool Magicians' Club, Tuesday 13th April at 8pm. From the organisers: Jay Sankey, the hit of Blackpool 2019 presents this unique online event for Blackpool Magicians Club. Very Limited places so book fast! Jay Sankey is a true magician’s magician and is widely considered to be one of the most original thinkers and finest magic teachers alive today. He is also one of the most prolific magic creators on the planet. While many of his creative contemporaries have a few dozen original routines to their credit, at last count Jay has created well over 1500 original magic effects. "Jay is one of the most creative magicians alive today." Genii magazine. See for more info and to book. 10.4.21


Jeremy Griffith Talking Shtick with Mark James. Mark writes: Jeremy Griffith. Two words: Lost Angelus. If you know, you know. This episode is an incredible chat with one of the nicest, most talented people I've met in magic. It's packed full of warmth, honest and incredible advice. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Via your favourite listening platform including Podbean. 10.4.21


Wayne & Mike’s Coffee Morning. This week Mike presents a few unseen clips from previous editions: YouTube. 10.4.21


Final Call For The Inner Circle Zoom Session. On Wednesday 21st April at 7.30pm BST Mark Leveridge will be holding his interactive Inner Circle Zoom Session. This two hour event will feature eight of the most popular topics as selected by attendees from a list of a dozen varied choices. There wil be practical magic performed and explained, plus Mark will use his experience to give pertinent opinion on a number of advice topics. It's a great opportunity to join in with an interesting and enjoyable magic evening, to have a say in the session content, and to mix with other attendees from around the world. The last date that registrations can be accepted is Sunday 18th April, and so if you would like to join, you need to do it soon. The cost is just £10.00 and you can get more information as well as submit your registration at 10.4.21


Magicians Advice Podcast. Hosted by Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan. This week, two editions: First (April 3rd) with magic guest Craig Petty and then (April 6th) an Easter 2021 round-up: 10.4.21


Northern Magic Circle: Convention 21 - online, today from 10am. 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. 10.4.21


Silk to Chocolate by Sean Yang - Magicbox. Exclusive Magicbox version: No DIY, ready to go, includes everything you need, with exclusive video instructions. Love Silk to Egg? So do we... however it has a few drawbacks: The mess you are left with afterwards. Matching the gimmick with an egg you have, breaking the egg prematurely! With Silk to Chocolate you don’t have any of those issues to worry about. It's perfect for Zoom shows, Stage, Cabaret, Close-up, Socially distanced shows, Restaurants, Close-up for kids and more. Show a silk and tuck it into a closed fist. With a gentle blow, the silk has transformed into a gorgeous chocolate! A new rendition to the classic effect "Silk to Egg"! Replace the egg with a chocolate, making the effect seemingly more impromptu and delicious! To conclude, you can even give out the chocolate as a souvenir at the end of the routine! Find out more and watch a demonstration at 10.4.21


Pro 4 Wallet by ProShow Magic - Alakazam Magic. For a great application using this wallet, check out Komedy Killer by John Archer on Educating Archer DVD or Streaming Video. "An outstanding bit of thinking and a very well engineered and top quality prop. Endless, is the word that describes the potential of this wallet." Mick Wilson. This is the very first wallet of its kind. Offering four distinct outs, any of which can be made to seemingly appear in the same (identical) compartment. Add an envelope and double faced cards and you can quite easily increase this to eight outs. In fact the possibilities for Pro 4 Wallet are almost endless. "Smart bit of kit." Mark Elsdon. See 10.4.21


A Show For All Seasons by Christopher T Magician - Practical Magic. No Christmas show? No Halloween show? No Princess show? No problem! Everything you need to build your own fully themed show is here, divided into three fun to read sections: 1. Four Lists – Want to know one of the secrets of Christopher T. Magician’s Success? Lists! And making your own themed show is as easy as making a few of them! Here, Christopher shares the four lists he compiles that automatically build the structure and outline for any themed show at all! 2. The Adapting Tricks Collection – This Collection contains fourteen tricks that can easily be adapted and built around any theme! Christopher shares detailed method instructions along with tons of examples to get your creative juices flowing! 3. Making it – Christopher gets in depth, providing step-by-step, detailed directions for building your own original adapted magic creations. All it takes is a little printing, cutting, and gluing, and you’ll have tricks unique to you and your show! Along with the theory, Christopher includes fourteen of his new favourite kid show routines, fully-scripted and totally interactive. For full contents and to order see 10.4.21


Animal Antics - Mark Leveridge Magic: This is a wonderful fun magic routine for children’s shows using some animal picture cards taken from the picture deck used with the children’s game called Donkey. Six children do mimes of the six different animals shown on the cards and a seventh child selects his favourite. The magician turns out to have a picture of that selection in his wallet or in a small envelope already on his table. This effect is supplied as an E-Routine, which is a downloadable PDF text file: 10.4.21


Appearing Flower Pot from Silks - Merlins of Wakefield. "Produced and Designed by Tora Magic Company, the magician shows several colorful silks to the audience one after the other. He takes all of the colorful silks in hands and shakes them, suddenly a big flower pot appears from the silks! The flower pot is so big!!!! This item is produced with high quality and beautiful Feather Flowers!" 10.4.21


The Medway Magical Society, this year celebrating its 75th anniversary, held its AGM on April 6th. Guy Wade was elected as Secretary, taking over from Tim Decker, who retains the role of Treasurer. Pete Donnelly was re-elected as President, and the remainder of the Committee remains unchanged.


The Society welcomes new Members from Kent and Medway, and has a growing number of Affiliates from across the country, who are able to participate in meetings via Zoom. To become an Affiliate all that is required is a genuine interest in magic. For more information, including about upcoming meetings and lectures, please see the Society's website: Tim Meadley, Vice President. 10.4.21


Ricky Jay portrait. Artist Jay Fortune writes: At 6pm tonight (Saturday 10th April), I’m releasing my latest mini-print from my series of magician paintings. My Ricky Jay portrait is beautifully presented in this quality mini-print on premium silk stock. I will hand-sign your print and dispatch from my studio next week. Plus, as we are still in lockdown, I’m also making this exclusive mini-print available on sale for only £10 plus p&p (RRP £30). Don’t miss out. To get yours, please visit at 6pm tonight! Later this month, I’m also offering further lockdown specials on my original art; join my VIP Private Members List for free to be among the first to hear and acquire new pieces for your collection. Sign-up free when placing your order for your Ricky Jay mini-print. 10.4.21


David Regal's Colour Changing Knives - PropDog: It isn’t a secret that one staff member at PropDog has posters of David Regal on his walls, so it is no surprise that they teamed up with David to bring his Colour Changing Knives to the UK. The routine doesn’t differ wildly from the traditional, but David Regal has added a light-hearted premise which justifies why you are carrying a knife and the colour changes. However the really big difference is the knives themselves. These aren’t modified off the shelf knives but purposely designed props for this effect. The look and weight is just perfect. This effect has been popular for generations and has been performed by the greats such as Ascanio; it has just been waiting for the Regal touch! The first sets sold out immediately, but a handful of the latest delivery are still available. David Regal’s Colour Changing Knives: 10.4.21


The MagicWeek Mystery Box. The MagicWeek Mystery Box sold at 9.20am last Saturday. If you were intrigued by the first teaser photo that I revealed (Click Here) and tried to work out what was what, then here's what you'd have seen in Week 2 and then Week 3 (and yes, that really was all three years of the Essential Magic Conference, the 24 disc DVD set, still factory sealed!). Buyer P.S. kindly emailed: "Just to let you know the box arrived safe and sound and beautifully packaged. It is a terrific collection that you have sent - personal highlights are Tommy Wonder's Books of Wonder, the Amnesia Deck and the Omega Mutation DVDs but there are so many great items that I shall enjoy them all. Thanks again and it was a fun way to buy unexpected magic!"10.4.21


"Tributes to the Devon man who discovered Michael Barrymore, Gary Wilmot and Joe Pasquale" Click Here • "Cloquet magician, 10, goes virtual with card tricks" Click Here • "A Local High-Tech Magician Dials Up a Trick to Fool Penn and Teller" Click Here • "Renowned magician discovered love of magic at Havering school" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome, see you next week, Duncan. 10.4.21