Number 1092 - Saturday 29th May 2021


The Mystery of Magic’s Greatest Card Trick. "At 94, the magician David Berglas says his renowned effect can’t be taught. Is he telling the truth? In the late 1940s, the British magician David Berglas started refining a trick that came to be known as 'the holy grail of card magic' to this day, nobody is certain how he did it..." To read the full story by David Segal in The New York Times, Click Here. 29.5.21


Beautiful Magicians Club bouncing back. Sam Hurst writes: We've got a crowd funder going at the moment to get back to business. I've had a tough year like many and lost very close friends through stress. If we hit the target it gets doubled. As much as I know that asking fellow entertainers seems crazy everyone could donate a cup of coffee. And they will be rewarded with various things (enamel pins, badges, t-shirts, hoodies etc.), So I'm embarrassed about asking but I'd love to see a load of people wearing a Beautiful Magicians Club badge or t-shirt soon so I can say thank you, personally. The link is right here and you can just anonymously donate if that's your thing: Click Here. 29.5.21


A Loving Tribute for Diobo. Douglas Spero is organising a fundraiser on behalf of Diobo’s Fund: Many magicians and friends of Diobo have asked to do something in his memory. We have decided to do this fund and depending on how much we raise we would like to put it towards a memorial service for him at St Paul's Church, Bedford Street in Covent Garden London WC2E 9ED on the 9th of July at 4pm (Covent Garden Church costs £1000). Also a Bench, Plaque and a Tree which would be planted in the garden of the Church so everyone can visit when they are in Covent Garden. Donations no matter how small will help us all remember our Dear Friend and Great Magician that he was forever... Diobo. See 29.5.21


Magicians Advice Podcast. Hosted by Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan. "For magicians looking to improve the quality of their performance and to get a deeper understanding of this art we call magic." Episode 153: Ben Earl "Thinking Deeper, Performing Better". Episode 154: "Smoke and Mirrors with Mark Bennett". See 29.5.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Wayne Dobson in his weekly guest spot on The Joe Longthorne Show from 2nd August 1989, just a few months before being given his own ITV series. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 29.5.21


Patrick Page - A Life in Magic Zoom Lecture. From the organisers: On Wednesday 2nd June at 8pm South Downs Magicians are holding a Zoom talk given by Pat page's daughter Janette Page and her husband Philip. Patrick Page was recognised the world over as one of magic's greatest teachers and inventors. At some point we all do a Pat Page trick, even if we don't know it. This talk is a chance to learn about a man who gave so much to magic and magicians, given by someone who really knows, his daughter Janette. South Downs Magicians invite magicians who might be interested in joining the club to come along to this Zoom meeting free of charge to meet the members. Anyone interested should contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126 29.5.21


Paul Martin at Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol. Paul is known for his unique, quick-witted comedic style, as much as for his excellent magic and mind-reading routines. Saturday 3rd July 2021. See 29.5.21


Luis de Matos' New Virtual Show. Luis de Matos writes: Dear Friends in Magic, I would like to announce our most recent adventure "Luis de Matos Backstage". A fully virtual show that will be performed live from Estudio 33, including a behind-the-scenes tour throughout our daily playground, with moments of the show happening in different areas of the studio, and with a Q&A segment at the end of the performance. In order to be able to well receive our friends from around the world we’ll present one of the shows in Spanish and another in English. All the others will be in Portuguese. To take part in "Luis de Matos Backstage" choose the date and follow the instructions regarding the place in the world you’ll be watching it from… Portugal or Outside Portugal. The performance in English is on 30th July 2021. All performances start at 9.30pm (Western European Summer Time). Total running time: 75 minutes. To book: 29.5.21


Wayne & Mike’s Coffee Morning. Wayne and Mike start every Friday with a chat, a coffee and a surprise guest. This week, Mike chooses his favourite performances and routines from the Wayne Dobson video vaults: YouTube. 29.5.21


Registration for Magic Live, May 15th-18th 2022, Las Vegas, is now open. Each registration includes tickets to all performances, access to all sessions, workshops, special events, parties, and our dealer room, as well as giveaway items. There are no extra-charge events. For full details see 29.5.21


Colour Confusion - Mark Leveridge Magic. A blue backed deck is openly displayed and one card selected from the face down deck. Cutting the selection back into the pack and shuffling the deck, the performer offers to find the selection in a quick and effective way. Snapping his fingers over the deck, he turns the cards face down and spreads through the entire deck to reveal that every card back has changed from blue to red, except for just one card, and that turns out to be the selected card!

No sleight of hand required, this is designed to instantly reset in front of the spectators and everything takes place up in your hands, thus making it ideal for walkabout work. This effect is supplied as a Premier E-Routine, which is a downloadable PDF text file which contains a link to additional downloadable video instructions. You will need to make up a special deck using readily available cards. See


Ben Hart: Live - Brighton Fringe, 29th May. Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, West End star and multi-award-winning magician Ben Hart is bringing his unique brand of magic to Brighton. Described by David Walliams as "the living embodiment of magic", Ben has played to royalty, heads of state and celebrities, in West End theatres, international arenas and on dozens of UK and international TV shows, including his own series on BBC Three, on The One Show and on BBC One’s "Now You See It". A show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. With the simplest of props, using the objects and minds of the audience, Ben Hart conjures an altogether new kind of magic. "Unbelievable! That was unbelievable" Simon Cowell. See for more info and to book. 29.5.21


E-Club Pro Sign Up Offer. Mark Leveridge writes: Get a £20.00 voucher from Mark Leveridge Magic. E-Club Pro, Mark Leveridge's online magic resource, is currently in its 11th year, and its 800+ web pages contain a comprehensive collection of Leveridge magic, advice and ideas. The Club has members from all over the world and includes magicians young and old, experienced and neophyte, pro and amateur. There is something for just about every type of performer, and all of the magic and advice is drawn from Mark's 40 years experience as a full time pro. With no fixed membership period (just stay as long as you like) and with payment taken via a monthly rolling PayPal debit, being a member is easy, and with many updates and new material being added every month, there's always something new and exciting to enjoy. If you are not currently a member, and would like to give it a try, go to where you find full details. If you then sign up before the end of June 2021, when you reach your third month of membership in August 2021, you will be sent a £20.00 MLM voucher as a 'thank you'. Oh, and because by then you will be receiving the members' 50% discount on all MLM purchases, your £20 voucher will actually be buying you the equivalent of £40 worth of product at the normal prices! So join today, it's a win/win situation! 29.5.21


Southend Sorcerers' Leo Smetsers and Alakazam Evening. On June 6th at 7.30pm, Southend Sorcerers are hosting a Zoom based evening with Leo Smetsers and Alakazam. It's set to be a really entertaining night and everyone is invited to attend. Best news is that it's absolutely free! If you'd like to Zoom in, just send Adrian Fox an email at and we'll then send you the Zoom details you need to take part. 29.5.21


Summer Magic Auction - Potter & Potter Auctions. "Our June sale of magicana brings together an array of ephemera dating to the Victorian era and beyond, features props and memorabilia from the careers of many heroes of magic (Cardini, Paul Daniels, Chan Canasta, Jay Marshall, Ricky Jay and others), includes a wide array of choice Houdiniana (signed photos, ephemera, pitchbooks, and letters), and concludes with the third offering of vintage and modern magic apparatus from the collection and workshop of Rüdiger Deutsch." Saturday June 19th online: 29.5.21


"Jeff McBride is incredible in ‘MagicQuest’ virtual magic show" Click Here • "5 Best Magicians in Los Angeles" Click Here • "A magical life — escapologist and illusionist Arthur Coghlan" Click Here • "The Magic of Rob Lake Streaming Now for Free for Audiences Worldwide" Click Here • "Interview: Darcy Oake is a champion in magic and in life" Click Here • "French street artist JR creates Eiffel Tower optical illusion" Click Here • "Murray the Magician is sharing his talents in Las Vegas" Click Here • That's it for another week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 29.5.21