Number 1087 - Saturday 24th April 2021


After a dry spell, there's magic brewing in the West End with Wonderment - Palace Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, London, 16th July - 30th August. From the promoter: There’s magic brewing in the West End once more. A vaudevillian journey of illusion, with performers at the cutting edge of their art, Wonderment is set to astonish audiences this summer at the Palace Theatre. This fun night for all the family must be seen to be believed.

Wonderment brings together some of the greatest illusionists live on stage in breathtaking displays of magic and illusion that will electrify, surprise and delight. Taking to the stage will be the multi-award-winning mind reader and TV star, Chris Cox, and the most talked about woman in magic, Josephine Lee.

The star of CBBC’s Chris Cox’s Mind Boggling Magic, Chris Cox has sold out UK tours and runs at Fringe Festivals from Edinburgh to New Zealand, and is the only mind reader in history to have played the West End, Broadway and Sydney Opera House. Josephine Lee took the magic world by storm after her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017. Her dynamic and modern spin on illusion saw her act hit millions of views overnight.

Both stars of The Illusionists which has played on Broadway, the West End and across the globe, as well as Impossible which travelled from the West End on to a world tour, Josephine and Chris are only the first incredible artists to be announced. Five acts will showcase their awe-inspiring talents at every performance and the rest of the line-up will soon be announced.

Director, Annabel Mutale Reed comments, It’s an absolute privilege to be creating Wonderment with world class magicians, who are bringing their greatest illusions to the West End this summer. Audiences have been making memories at The Palace Theatre for 130 years, and we are delighted to be filling its stage with a vibrant 2021 twist on an old-fashioned variety show. Wonderment is an exhilarating, mind-bending show that really has to be seen to be believed, all under the roof of what was once described as ‘The Handsomest Music Hall in Europe’!

Wonderment producer, Stephen McGill comments, We are so excited to bring some magic and wonder to the West End again, which we know has been sorely missed during this difficult last year. Our fun-packed family show is full of magic, illusion, and comedy. It promises some old-fashioned entertainment with some innovative, fresh, contemporary style and exceptional performers. We hope it will cast a spell over our audiences and fill them with Wonderment!

Nica Burns comments, Wonderment: fantastic and fantastical, full of surprises and marvel. Hugely entertaining. A perfect summer show for all. Just the tonic.


Palace Theatre, London. 16th July - 30th August. Website: Box Office:


Edinburgh Castle hosts world premiere of spectacular stunt by scientist and magician Kevin Quantum. On Thursday 29th April, scientist and magician Kevin Quantum will celebrate the journey out of Covid-19 adversity by staging the world premiere of a spectacular demonstration of courage, optimism and harmony at Edinburgh Castle. Broadcast worldwide on YouTube, the premiere of Flaming Cannonballs at Edinburgh Castle will show Quantum relying on science, self-belief and hope as he attempts to walk blindfolded through nine flaming cannonballs swinging from a huge pendulum on the ramparts of the capital’s iconic landmark.

If his scientific studies of the pendula’s patterns and calculation of the precise magical moment the cannonballs harmoniously align, Quantum will emerge unscathed from his daring stunt at precisely the moment Edinburgh’s famous One O'clock Gun is fired. In the run-up to his fearsome feat, Quantum has released a trailer which can be viewed here: YouTube

Internationally acclaimed magician Quantum, also known as Kevin McMahon, lives in Edinburgh and his last performance was as a semi-finalist on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. He has gained exclusive access to Edinburgh Castle to stage his dramatic performance in the shadow of Mons Meg, the famous Medieval Bombard and one of the largest cannons in the world. His stunt will mark the moment Scotland begins to open up after life in lockdown and people celebrating the chance to reconnect with friends and experience the joy of live performance. While anyone within a two-mile radius of Edinburgh Castle will be able to hear The One O'clock gun go off, Quantum is inviting people across the city, Scotland, the UK and the world to connect with the performance and each other by watching the premiere on YouTube.


Topas - a Zoom lecture presented by The Newcastle Magic Circle on Monday 3rd May at 7.30pm. James Piatt writes: Join us for a very special lecture from German magic superstar Topas! Topas is a FISM World Champion and a regular performer on major international TV shows such as The World’s Greatest Magic and most recently, Penn & Teller: Fool Us. This must-see lecture is free for members of the Newcastle Magic Circle and only £5 for visiting guests. Please contact for further information. 24.4.21


Castle Magic (established in 1982 as Castle Magical Services) is one of the leading dealers in pre-owned and second-hand magic apparatus and books, often handling antique and vintage apparatus from around the world. Based in Great Britain, where a considerable amount of vintage magic equipment started life, we supply and ship items worldwide. We also purchase and exchange magic props, books and allied arts apparatus from individual items to complete acts. During 1997 we launched our Castle Premier Range of exclusive magic tricks for children and close-up entertainers.

During 2011 Castle Magical Services acquired the business and rights of the Bradford Magic Studio – a company set up and operated by Cliff Lount since 1949, making Bradford Magic Studios the 2nd oldest established magic company in the UK still trading. We will be remaking and supplying a number of its classic magic effects in the near future. We are also proud to announce that Workshop Thirteen, which produces Escapology and Bizarre Magic, will now also be part of the Castle Magic family.


Harapan Ong Leicester Magician Network Zoom Lecture - tomorrow at 2pm! Adam Edgeley writes: The Leicester Magician Network is proud to present Harapan Ong on Sunday, April 25th, at 2pm via Zoom. For info on how to attend please visit The charge for non-members is £10. Singapore's Harapan Ong has caused an online sensation with his technical abilities. Videos began to circulate some years ago showing a pair of hands doing extraordinary things. His style is natural, unassuming, and soft. But Aces appear, card selections transpose, and magical things just seem to happen in Harapan's hands! 24.4.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Faust & Company on '3-2-1' from January 14th 1984. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 24.4.21


Wayne & Mike’s Coffee Morning. Wayne and Mike start every Friday with a chat, a coffee and a surprise guest. This week: Gary & Paul from The Twins FX. YouTube. 24.4.21


Steve Dimmer's new Zoom Lecture: Tricks For The Trade. This lecture is different and specifically designed to be presented over Zoom, although in a perfect world everything would be performed with a live audience. Each routine is videoed as it would be seen by spectators and then explained by Steve in his usual breezy style. It comprises close-up, parlour and stage tricks, the majority involving everyday objects transformed into amazing magical tricks. All the effects are within the scope and skill level of every performer (no finger-flinging!) which means presentation is the focus of the trick, often relying on original principles never employed in magic before. Featuring:


Agent ZigZag: In which a picture of the most infamous of British spies disappears and reappears into other spy portraits.
Spice of Life: A revelation of a chosen spice using spice jars, suitable for parlour show.
Licensed to Trick: James Bond becomes the focus of a mind-reading effect.
In Full View A predicted card is shown face up before 3 genuine selections are made, all of which match the prediction.
Text Book: An exercise in mentalism which can be done with an audience or by phone, email or even text!

Eccentric, eclectic, enthusiastic and effective Tricks For The Trade is an amazing collection of newly devised routines all of which have been bench-tested in the real world. This lecture is now being offered to magic clubs throughout the UK. For a zoom lecture, the fee is an all-inclusive £85. Further details: Steve Dimmer Email: Telephone: 01604 409010 Mobile: 07904 311 007.


Prof Richard Wiseman recently carried out research showing that teaching a simple magic trick to school children increases their creative thinking. The study compared magic to an art lesson, and suggests that teaching magic might be an economical, practical and fun way of boosting creativity in the classroom. The study, 'Conjuring up creativity: the effect of performing magic tricks on divergent thinking' is published in an academic journal called PeerJ and you see it for free here: 24.4.21


The Mark Leveridge April Podcast. If you half an hour to spare you might care to spend it in the company of Mark Leveridge as he presents his latest podcast featuring thoughts and opinions on the following topic: Plot and effect – the difference as explained by Doug Dyment : announcing the arrival of E-Club Pro Select : hybrid conventions may be the way forward for some magic event organisers : the secret to finding a receptive audience for your magic as you grow older : details of an online session in which the attendees decide the content : how to harness one of magic’s most potent performance weapons. A new podcast is released on the first of each month and you can access your free copy either from, or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new edition automatically. 24.4.21


Pure Cards Across - Mark Leveridge Magic. Two sets of 10 cards are counted out fairly and openly onto a spectator’s hand before being dropped into two glass tumblers where they can be clearly seen. One at a time three cards are invisibly moved from one glass to the other, and when the piles are counted back onto the spectator’s hand again, the first glass only contains 7 cards and the other 13!

This is the classic cards across effect using a method that is completely move and sleight free. Everything happens at fingertips and there is no palming required, nor any special counts. Designed for a close-up or intimate parlour show, this routine is so open and fair looking that it seems impossible that three cards could migrate from one pile to the other. And yet they do! This comes as a Premier E-Routine which is a downloadable PDF text file featuring detailed written instructions and which has a link in it to take you to additional online performance and explanation footage. For more info, to watch a video, and to order visit


Magicians Advice Podcast. Hosted by Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan. Ep:151 Tom Crosbie. Tom Crosbie talks about being the geek, Edinburgh Fringe, Cruises, and being rescued by the Cuban Military. 24.4.21


Free Arrow by Himitsu Magic - Merlins of Wakefield. Your spectator first selects an item on the table, or selects a card. Then they are asked to transmit, through their mind, their chosen item. A compass pointer instantly points to their item or card! The pointer will stop at a certain position during the movement, and then open precisely at the selected item. In addition, the roles can be exchanged - the audience member thinks about their card, and tries to mentally send it to the pointer. After opening, the pointer shows the very card that was selected! The inspiration for this product comes from street magic - we wanted the audience to experience a very strong visual effect as well as mentalism. 24.4.21


Game of Talents. Vernon Kay hosts a game show in which contestants pair up with celebrities to try to uncover the secret talents of the eight mystery performers in each episode. With big money prizes up for grabs if they get it right, will they be able to tell the fire-eater from the footballer or the line dancer from the lion tamer based solely on the performers' appearances and some intriguing clues? (Still not a magician in sight... but there will be one next week! DT) See TV Magic. 24.4.21


Houdini: The Elusive American by Adam Begley. From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, an exuberant biography of the world’s greatest escape artist. In 1916, the war in Europe having prevented a tour abroad, Harry Houdini wrote a film treatment for a rollicking motion picture. Though the movie was never made, its title, “The Marvelous Adventures of Houdini: The Justly Celebrated Elusive American,” provides a succinct summary of the Master Mystifier’s life.

Born Erik Weisz in Budapest in 1874, Houdini grew up an impoverished Jewish immigrant in the Midwest and became world-famous thanks to talent, industry, and ferocious determination. He concealed as a matter of temperament and professional ethics the secrets of his sensational success. Nobody knows how Houdini performed some of his dazzling, death-defying tricks, and nobody knows, finally, why he felt compelled to punish and imprison himself over and over again. Tracking the restless Houdini’s wide-ranging exploits, acclaimed biographer Adam Begley tells the story of a mystifying man’s astonishing career.


"Witty, intelligent, and sprightly, Adam Begley's Houdini tells a story that is not only central to the American experience, but strangely pertinent to the fakery, fraudulence, and self-promotion dominating our news waves at present." Wendy Lesser, author of Jerome Robbins: A Life in Dance. Available from 24.4.21


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