Number 1089 - Saturday 8th May 2021


World's First VR Magic Clubroom. Giving Magic have created the world’s first virtual reality clubroom and event space and are launching with a welcome party on Thursday June 10th. Users with an Oculus VR headset will be able to come along, chat to other magicians, take part in talks, play games and watch magic videos surrounded by magicians from around the world - almost as if you were actually there! There will also be some special guests and a few surprises, so not to be missed! For an invite to the welcome party and details of how to join this unique event, head to 8.5.21


Some activity from former Opus Magazine artist and magician Chris Power. Chris has released two downloads which you get from the Gumroad platform: First, The International Magic Lecture, is a remastered download of a lecture Chris did for International Magic in 2002. This now includes a separate audio commentary and additional PDF's featuring the Fan Steal, One Hand Bottom Palm and Your Card, My Card, Anybody's Card amongst others:

And second, a download of JJ's (Opus again) and Chris Power's Laid Back: Rough Cut featuring both performance and explanations of Coins through Silk, Vanishing Deck, Card under Glass, and insight into the use of misdirection: Both sell for £25 each.


"I'm really glad I got to see you in action. One of the most entertaining lectures I have ever seen. Loading a card under a bottle on a slippery table, I will be sure to use!" Bill Malone. "One of my favourite magicians and thinkers, his laid-back performance is very deceptive. Unique" David Williamson.

Chris is now on Instagram: 8.5.21


Jeff McBride MagicQuest - to May 16th. Las Vegas master magician Jeff McBride has used his time during the pandemic to create something utterly unique. McBride’s latest creation, Jeff McBride – MagicQuest uses the Zoom platform to deliver truly interactive magic and storytelling over the internet. After months of development with his team, McBride has combined his magical performance with the tale of his life-long quest to uncover the secrets of real magic. With MagicQuest, he invites audiences into his home – his House of Mystery – for a unique experience that is part show, part tour, that even includes a special VIP after party. Few performing magicians will profess to believing in "real magic", but McBride has been on a lifelong quest to discover just that. Has he found it? The answer is Jeff McBride – MagicQuest. Tracing his career, which has paralleled his quest, for over 40 years, the show is filled not only with amazing magic, but with stories of his travels, revelations, and his continuing search for the magical.

Jeff McBride – MagicQuest opened its doors to the public on Friday, May 7th at 7pm (Las Vegas time), over the Zoom platform. (preview: Tickets range from $30 per screen, up to the $100 VIP ticket, which includes an after party, where guests can interact with McBride, see parts of his House of Mystery never before revealed to the general public, and even receive a special 'Treasure Chest' of rarely seen McBride video, graphics, and other mementos. Only 8 performances, with 100 tickets available for each, are currently available. Audiences can learn about Jeff McBride, this show, view a video trailer and purchase tickets by visiting Note The 12pm shows (noon) = 8pm for UK MagicWeek readers, DT.


The latest issue of The Dodo for April 2021 is now available for magicians over the age of 18: "Contains card magic by Denis Behr, Woke Marriages, Adolf Crandall on Prince Philip, Scars of Magic, and much less." For further information email 8.5.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Victor Burnett & June on 'The Brinsworth Tribute Show' filmed at Blazers Nightclub, Windsor, in 1980. This was one of my favourite magic acts growing up! DT. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 8.5.21


David Britland's Cardopolis Newsletter 17 - Packet Tricks. Another excellent Cardopolis has just been published. Magic, notes, trivia, and other fragments from the deceptive art. (It's free, but a click on the 'Buy Me A Coffee' link will help ease your guilt! DT.) Subscribe at: There is also a Cardopolis Instagram account that will alert you to new content. You can find it at www.instagram/cardopolismagic. 8.5.21


Magic Goes Wrong - 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!). See What's On for dates. 8.5.21



Wayne & Mike’s Coffee Morning. Wayne and Mike start every Friday with a chat, a coffee and a surprise guest. This week, it's Jeff Hobson from 'Marvyn's Magic Theater' in Palm Springs, California. YouTube. 8.5.21


John Morton Zoom Lecture at The Magic Room. Mark Paul writes: Please join our fantastic Facebook group The Magic Room. We have Zoom meetings every other Wednesday, all completely free. On Wednesday, May 19th at 7.30pm John Morton lectures. We look forward to seeing you there. 8.5.21


E-Club Pro Select - new for May 2021. Mark Leveridge Magic write: There are two new products for May extracted from the E-Club Pro vaults and made available for limited time sale. The first is a downloadable video which explains exactly how to make and use Mark's highly versatile Utility Switch Envelope. This totally ordinary looking pay envelope, which can be shown openly all round and inside, will enable you to switch playing cards, bank notes, predication slips, coins and photos in a subtle way. Useful in so many routines, the Utility Switch Envelope is perfect for magicians and mentalists. The second item is called Straight Through. This is a very clean effect in which a coin marked with a spectator's initials penetrates a purse covering the mouth of a tumbler and visibly appears inside the glass. Watch the dem to see just how great this looks. These two products join the eight others currently in the Select range and can be found at 8.5.21


Win a John Bannon DVD Box Set with Magicseen! In the current issue of Magicseen (May 2021) we are running a competition in which two lucky entrants will win a 4 DVD box set of John Bannon's Move Zero, courtesy of the nice people at Big Blind Media. To get your chance to walk away with this excellent collection of sleight free card magic, simply purchase your copy of Magicseen, turn to page 27, and email your answer to the question you will find there before the cut off date of the 31st May 2021. This is just one of the many good reasons for taking out a 6 month, 1 year or 2 year printed copy, or download sub, to Magicseen, or indeed for buying the single issue, all of which you can do from 8.5.21


Phoenix Watch by Collectors Workshop - Merlins of Wakefield. The Phoenix Watch is one of the Crown Jewels of the Collectors’ Workshop line. The sheer beauty and mystery associated with the transformation make it one of the most impressive visual pieces of magic available today.


The performer quips about buying an expensive watch on the internet but when he received it, he had no idea it would be a do-it-yourself project. He displays a beautiful gold pocket watch with a jangle of loose parts inside. "This is crazy. I’m not a watch maker; I’ll never be able to assemble this... but maybe, just maybe if we use a bit of Magic." The performer asks a spectator to hold the watch by the bow while covered with a polishing cloth. He begins to rub the watch as if polishing it and then he squeezes the cloth so the watch begins to push through the slit in the cloth. Just like the fabled Phoenix, the watch emerges completely restored. The performers hands are otherwise empty. The cloth is tossed aside and there is nothing left to contemplate but the magic. You receive a beautiful gold-tone open face skeletal watch, polishing cloth, gold-tone chain, that something special and complete detailed instructions. The photos do not do justice to this beautiful watch; the routine is quite magical and mind-blowing. 8.5.21


Adam Hudson's 'Memoirs of a Magician' on BBC Radio Cumbria. Short tales highlighting strange happenings and coincidences that have occurred during Adam's 20 year career. The first can be heard at around 51 minutes in: BBC Radio Cumbria. 8.5.21


The Jonathan Ross Show. The host is joined on the sofa by Cats stars Rebel Wilson and Jason Derulo, promoting the big-screen version of the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. World Cup-winning England cricketer Jofra Archer, magician Penn Jillette, and comedian Katherine Ryan also drop by, and there is music by Keane. Monday 10th May (repeat) on Virgin Media Two. See TV Magic. 8.5.21


"Steve Cohen's Chamber Magic to Resume Performances in June" Click Here • "Wilton's music hall is back after lockdown - but has fewer seats" Click Here • "Simon Cowell Gave Him the Buzzer, Magician Returns to “Hammer” it Out" Click Here • "The Magic Castle Set to Honor Military With a Free Virtual Magic Show" Click Here •"Newington pupils explore the worlds of magic and science" Click Here • "Jeff McBride talks about ‘MagicQuest’ virtual magic show" Click Here • "Broadway shows set to reopen at capacity in September" Click Here • "Magician 'so excited' for stage return at the Lichfield Garrick" Click Here • That's it! Thanks as always for your news items, see you next week, Duncan. 8.5.21