Number 1091 - Saturday 22nd May 2021


Wonderment, magical lineup revealed... Palace Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, London, 16th July - 30th August. From the producers: Five incredible acts. A vaudevillian journey of illusion. Wonderment brings its magic to the West End this Summer. Wonderment brings together some of the greatest illusionists live on stage in a breathtaking display of magic and illusion that will electrify, surprise and leave theatregoers in awe at what they are seeing.

Wonderment gives a fresh, dynamic and thrilling spin on one of the greatest historical art forms, magic. Five acts will appear at each performance and showcase their incredible talents. The acts are the multi award-winning Mind Reader and TV star Chris Cox, star of Britain’s Got Talent Josephine Lee, stage illusionists Young & Strange and Magic Circle Champion Edward Hilsum. Maz Olayiwola and Symoneì are our 5th act, each playing selective performances during the run. Maz is an international hula hooper and Symoneì combines hula hooping, roller skating and dance, they both currently hold a Guinness World Record with their hoop troupe, Marawa’s Majorettes. Step inside the wonderous Palace Theatre and be transported to a variety performance like no other where the audiences are an integral part of the show – comedy, illusion, magic, entertainment and mystery make it a fun night for all the family. You’ll be amazed, entertained and puzzled as this show like no other has to be seen to be believed! Palace Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, London, 16th July - 30th August.


X-treme Magic, The Auditorium, M&S Bank Arena Liverpool - this evening! From the producers: The World’s Most Dangerous Thrill Show! X-treme Magic will deliver a non-stop adrenaline rush. It’s a show packed with magic, death defying stunts and amazing special effects. Starring master illusionist Richard Cadell who has performed to sold out theatres across the country. Joining Richard will be a full supporting cast of magicians, fire artistes, speciality acts and dancers. This is unlike any other magic show ever seen in the UK. This spectacular show has been created in Las Vegas and brought over to the UK to entertain audiences up and down the country. Imagine making a motorcycle appear from nowhere, playing Russian Roulette with sticks of dynamite, or trying to escape from a straight jacket whilst hung upside down from a burning rope.


Suitable for the whole family, X-treme Magic features incredible tricks that are sure to wow young and old audiences alike. In order for audience members to adhere to social distancing, tickets will be sold in singles, pairs and groups of three, four or five. Please note, in line with Government guidance, bookings should only be in groups from one household or support bubble. For more info, to watch the trailer video, and book, visit www.mandsbankarena.com22.5.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week David Copperfield's ''Psycho' from Magic with the Stars in 1982. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 22.5.21


Magic Singh at Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol. Highly respected and widely considered one of the UK’s finest magical talents, Magic Singh transports his brilliantly unique and modern style of visual magic and mindreading to all corners of the globe. Saturday 26th June 2021. See: 22.5.21


Split Reveal Cards by David Diamond's "A visual and unforgettable reveal of a thought-of celebrity which will leave your audience stunned! Creating a unique marketing souvenir in the process. Easy to do. Instantly add it to your performing repertoire." Powerful magic this one, see to find out more. 22.5.21


Steve Royle's Comedy Chaos - Horseshoe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Expect non-stop fun for the whole family with comedy, magic, puppets and some very special surprises! Following his journey from storming the first semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent 2020, Blackpool’s favourite family funny man, Steve Royle stars in his own show 'Comedy Chaos' at Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Horseshoe venue. With guest magician Russ Brown. 26th May to 3rd June 2021 at 6pm. 22.5.21


Castle Magic 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.


Steve Short's Harry Stanley Zoom Lecture is reviewed by Brian Lead this week, Click Here. [To book Steve's Harry Stanley Zoom Lecture make contact via DT]. 22.5.21


Wayne & Mike’s Coffee Morning. Wayne and Mike start every Friday with a chat, a coffee and a surprise guest. This week, Alan Wong. Alan talks about his many collaborations with Wayne, and there's a look at the Hong Kong skyline from Alan's apartment: YouTube. 22.5.21


Steve Royle Zoom Lecture - The Magic Room, 2nd June. Mark Paul writes: Please join our fantastic Facebook group The Magic Room. We have Zoom meetings every other Wednesday, all completely free. On Wednesday, June 2nd at 7.30pm Britain's Got Talent Finalist Steve Royle lectures. We look forward to seeing you there. 22.5.21


Magicseen Magazine, the UK's only independent magic magazine, is currently enjoying its 17th year of publication, and for many magicians around the world it has become a must-read every two months. Always lively, with content that is hugely varied and pleasantly unpredictable, Magicseen is instructive (our help articles are legendary - just get a copy of 50 Secrets To Successful Magic to appreciate the depth of advice imparted), entertaining (often humorous articles appear and the whole magazine has a gentle self-deprecating tone) and informative (with feature articles on many of the biggest stars in the magic world). But that's not all you get as a subscriber. Take out a 1 or 2 year printed copy sub and you can elect to receive, completely free, advance digital copies of every issue while your subscription is current, plus you can get 20% off every book order you place with Magicseen Publications. Or, if you take out a 1 or 2 year download sub, you not only get the book purchase discount, but every time a new issue is released you can request two further free digital back issues, enabling you to gradually build up a complete collection of the magazine. So, join us today and get the full benefits by going to 22.5.21


Watch Chris Head’s comedy writing lecture/workshop at The Zodiac - May 26th, 8-10pm. William Spender writes Comedy Director and Coach Chris Head teaches a process to add laughs to your magic. The lecture is on the Zodiac Magical Society’s Zoom. But there are a few spaces left for non members, who can watch for just £10 (or free if you go on to join). If you want to watch please email or visit for club info. The Zodiac is a weekly magic club in west London with fun competitions, bring-a-trick nights and lots of star lecturers. 22.5.21


The Russ Stevens Mystery Box. RSVPMagic write: The Russ Stevens Mystery Box features items from the RSVPMagic range that have been personally selected by Russ Stevens himself. As the man behind the magic on BGT, you know that this material will be solid and workable, featuring magic that you will use and perform. Including DVDs and a little more, we think that you'll absolutely love the surprises that await. The retail value of the items included are over the value of £200.00 - and one item alone normally retails for more than the entire Mystery Box itself! We're selling this for the crazy price of only £39.99 including UK postage! Find out more - visit (update: SOLD OUT). 22.5.21


The Borrowed Ring on Pencil - Mark Leveridge Magic. The Ring on Wand has for years been an effect that I have wanted to do, but I have never come across a method which I felt looked magical enough. The traditional idea of secretly threading the ring onto the wand and then holding it covered by the hand while a spectator takes both ends has always left me feeling dissatisfied as I felt there must be a better way of achieving the effect.

The plot is one I have returned to repeatedly over the years and now I have devised a handling which I feel gets over many of the weak points found in other routines. The breakthrough for me came when I decided to add the use of a handkerchief and to combine one or two moves not normally associated with the handling of finger rings, and the result is the routine offered here.

Although not particularly difficult, this will require practice to get it smooth. Done correctly the illusion of the ring penetrating on to the pencil is, I believe, very magical and surprising and worth the effort required to get the handling up to a good standard. This great routine is available either as a TricKlip Video Download if you learn best from video, or if you prefer written directions, then please select the Master E-Routine Download order button which will deliver the instructions via a PDF text file. See


Merlins of Wakefield and Retro Rocketeers. Merlins of Wakefield are delighted to announce they are teaming up with Retro Rocketeers to become their exclusive UK Agents. Anthony Yap from Retro Rocketeers is an Australian artist with a passion for visual oddities, magical history and the esoteric arts. Phil Peters from Merlins said "We are really excited to be partnering up with Anthony, and know he has lots of new projects on the go. This is a great opportunity for magicians and collectors to get some fantastic 3D printed items that are top quality and reasonably priced. Anthony will be producing limited amounts which will only add to the rareness and collectability of the range." Merlins will have stock next week, but you can pre-order now: 22.5.21


Kent Magicians Guild new premises. Mike Ingham writes: Exiting news for the KMG... we are moving! We have negotiated with the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks to run our monthly club meetings from there in future, starting on the 29th June, 8pm-10pm, subject to lockdown rules. This is a tremendous boost to our magic club as well as to Sevenoaks town centre. We will be right in the centre of the town allowing easy access to public transport. In the future we are hoping to run occasional Saturday afternoon matinee children’s shows. Dates to be arranged. Please keep checking out the Stag Theatre What's On page for more information. We are encouraging anyone interested in starting in magic or developing their magic skills to come along to Kent's friendliest magic club - you will certainly be offered a warm welcome. Parking at the theatre is free, and boasts full disabled access. Please do come along to support our club and have some fun. Contact Mike Ingham for more information or ring 07724 273157. 22.5.21


The Mark Leveridge May Podcast. This month the Mark Leveridge podcast is slightly different. Normally Mark selects a number of different magic topics to chat about, but for May Mark has gone for a special theme. Given that COVID restrictions are now being loosened significantly in the UK, Mark has produced a podcast in which he discusses six different aspects of our magic lives which we might want to think about in anticipation of going back to performing live gigs on a commercial basis again. The comments and suggestions will help you to focus on the realities that performing after such a long lay off will present to all of us, and perhaps enable you to sort out some aspects which might otherwise have caught you by surprise. The May podcast lasts half an hour and is free to listen to online or to download. You can get access to it at, or from Get yourself ready for performing again! 22.5.21


Adam Hudson North Western Society of Magicians Zoom Lecture, Wednesday 26th May at 7.30pm: "The lecture will consist of entirely original routines written by Adam, including ways to reveal any spectator's birthday either in-person or over Zoom, a very clean ACAAN that again can be performed virtually or in-person and various other pieces including ESP revelations and PIN code divinations. Although this is a free event, places may be limited on a first come first served basis." To secure a place contact Adam directly: 22.5.21


Open Mic Magic. Wednesday 26th May at 8pm. From the organisers: Open Mic Magic, the free weekly show performed by magicians and mind readers. Always interactive and fun. The performers may be trying out new material or performing from their online repertoire. The show is live on Zoom and streamed live on Facebook. Free tickets from Performers please join the Facebook group at Also see Organised by Kevin Peel, 01273 465613. 22.5.21


A Trespasser's Guide to the Classics. "In 19th-century Whitby, a magician prepares to compete with Harry Houdini at a major international magic convention. When a ship carrying a cargo of 50 coffins runs aground on the town's beach, he suspects Houdini of pulling a huge publicity stunt. He also notices strange bite marks on the neck of a woman he's just met. Comedy in which writers John Nicholson and Richard Katz join Javier Marzan to derail the plots of great works of fiction." Comedy. First aired in 2017. Today at 12 noon on BBC Radio 4 Extra. See TV Magic for details. 22.5.21


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news (major and minor), but please remember the news deadline: Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. Many thanks, DT. 22.5.21


"Is Billy a Magician or a Rapping Scientist? Game of Talents UK" YouTube • "Could this Strong Person be a dazzling Magician?! Game of Talents UK" YouTube • "Five top magicians, including Jamie Raven and Kayden Black, bring Illusion: Impossible to Nottingham Motorpoint Arena" Click Here • "‘Mindfreak’ Magician Criss Angel Dives Into the Restaurant Business in Overton" Click Here • "Jeremy Dyson to write magician-spy thrillers" Click Here • "New cocktail bar with 'actors and magicians' to open in Somerset town" Click Here • "Magician Charles Bach Performs Wonders on Carolina AM" Click Here • "'A night bringing people together' - Gorleston live entertainment returns" Click Here • "Illusionist mastermind Luc Langevin" Click Here • That's all for this week, let MagicWeek hear your news, see you next week, Duncan. 22.5.21