Number 1099 - Saturday 17th July 2021


Champions of Magic to play London Eventim Apollo on April 3rd 2022, as part of Worldwide Wonders Tour. From the promoter: Champions of Magic returns to the UK in 2022 for a short tour, before heading to Europe to perform in some countries you’ve only heard about through war journalism. So see them while you still can. They genuinely might not come back.


But let’s be honest, this isn’t ‘In & Of Itself’. You don’t get to feel clever for watching our show. And we’re not going to try and sell to MagicWeek readers using a series of adverbs and adjectives about a group of performers whom you’re either friends with on Facebook, or have at least seen drunk at the Ruskin. So what’s in it for you as a professional magician? Allow us to walk you through it...

• If you love brushed-aluminium props, black art, or the impeccable design work of Tim Clothier then do we have a show for you. We’ve got a truckload of it. Literally.

• You’ll gasp at the world’s most dangerous performance of the Jaws of Death! (The prop is the same as all the others but the tech who suspends it is entirely unqualified).
• You’ll be shocked by how much a Sven deck goes for at the merch stand.
• You’ll enjoy close-up magic performed on the big screen – join other magicians for the Elmsley count-along!
• You’ll feel like a meteorologist when you can see the Snowstorm coming about 4 minutes before it happens.
• One night the roller in the Dreamvision prop WILL fail. This could be it and you’ll want to be there when it does! Let’s find out together if we have an ‘out’ for that. (Spoiler alert: nope).
• Hang around for the Meet & Greet in the lobby after the show – the cast love unsolicited notes.

Tickets start from just £25. That’s three quid cheaper than Criss Angel’s Penguin lecture. Or use some of those sweet, sweet Zoom Show profits, and treat yourself to a front row seat at £55. That way we’ll even hear you when you tell your date ‘I know how they did that’. Here’s the tour info. Bring family, bring friends, don’t bring a deck. We promise you a fun night out:

31st March Brighton Centre
2nd April Nottingham Motorpoint Arena (on sale soon)
3rd April London Eventim Apollo
4th April Cambridge Corn Exchange
6th April Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
7th April Grimsby Auditorium (on sale soon)
9th April York Barbican
10th April Manchester Opera House
11th April Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre

Tickets for all shows at Please note the show is not recommended for children under 5, or performers still doing Bandanna Banana. Special magicians only offer – book tickets with 3 or more other magicians and get the bonus of going to Nando's together after the show to discuss how you would have done it better.


"West End opening of Wonderville delayed by Covid case" Giverny Masso writes in The Stage. 10.7.21


Leeds Magic Jam - 8th August 2021. Chris Stewart writes: Leeds Magic Jam is a brand new one-day magic convention with world class lectures, dealers and loads more. The event is on Sunday 8th August 2021 in Leeds, West Yorkshire. We're really excited to be able to bring you the first opportunity in over a year for magicians to get together, see live lectures, frequent the dealers, socialise and jam in-person. Not only that, but we will have some other special things planned. Leeds Magic Jam will be held at The Legion, Kippax, Leeds, LS25 7HF on Sunday 8th August 2021. Doors will open at 11.30am and the lectures and dealers will finish at 5pm. With full bar open until late for jamming. Full details of lecturers, dealers and running order will be announced shortly. For more information or tickets visit: or email Tickets are strictly limited, so book now to avoid disappointment. Only £10 per ticket! 17.7.21


Live in-person lecture from the entire Wizard Magic Review team. David Miller writes: Sean Heydon has been added to the line-up, of David Penn and Wayne Fox to celebrate the re-opening of Northamptonshire Magicians Club at 8pm on Tuesday 20th July at Brafield Working Mens Club, 35 Bedford Road, Northampton NN7 1BD. This is a free event, but you must register in advance on our website (no entry without prior registration). This is a live event, not a Zoom meeting. 17.7.21


Magicians of the Fringe. Kane & Abel and Tom Brace, Live in London. What's better than watching one magic show? Two - on the same night! Join fringe veterans Kane & Abel and Tom Brace as they perform their critically-acclaimed magic shows back-to-back at the Pleasance this summer. Expect the unexpected in this magic extravaganza!


Kane & Abel: "Comedic, contemporary and charismatic" ★★★★★ Channel 44, Adelaide. "Both shine individually as magicians and comedians" ★★★★ Broadway Baby. Tom Brace: "Go for the magic, stay for Tom’s charm and comedy" ★★★★ Phoenix Remix. "A fun-filled hour of amazing magic and hilarious comedy" ★★★★ Primary Times. July 29th-30th at 7.30pm at Pleasance London, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF


Richard Bercovitch, Ltd. Joke Catalogue reproduction, new exclusive release from This large booklet is a full reproduction of a mid-1920s price list from the London-based joke, toy, carnival and conjuring wholesaler Richard Bercovitch. It comes with a specially written introduction exploring the context in which Bercovitch produced this list during the inter-war joke craze. Full of great illustrations and information for anyone interested in the development of the joke and magic trade of 1920s London. For more information, or to order yours for just £6, visit 17.7.21


Old MacDonald's Gag Bag by Lee Alex - Practical Magic. For children's entertainers... Pre-order now for end of July delivery! A breath of fresh life for the traditional Chameleon/Gag Bag effect married with the internationally famous children’s song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm". The outside of the bag shows the barn in which all the animals live.

Lots of fun and audience participation as the audience is encouraged to guess which animals are on Old MacDonald’s farm. The animals can be shown in any order under the control of the magician. The audience can sing along to "Old MacDonald" and of course can also make the sounds as each animal is shown by turning the bag inside out. Includes an additional optional routine idea by celebrated comedy magician and illusionist Rafael from Belgium. Find out more, and watch a video at


Craig Petty's Magic TV: 'Talk Magic'. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9pm, Craig Petty sits down and chats with a well known magician. A creator, a performer, or someone who has had a positive impact on the Magic Community. From July 13th, here's Lee Hathaway, talking about The Magic Cave, Close-up Magic, Penn & Teller and more: YouTube. 17.7.21


Announcing the First Annual Inclusivity and Diversity in Magic Conference. From the organisers: The first annual Inclusivity and Diversity in Magic Conference will be held via Zoom in the States from August 27th - 29th 2021, from 3pm-6pm Pacific, 6pm-9 pm Eastern. This year’s theme is history with a special focus on women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, and magicians living with disabilities. The inaugural event is presented by the McBride Magic & Mystery School.

This year’s conference leadership team consists of well-known magicians Benjamin Barnes, Christian Cagigal, Simon Carmel, Steve Longacre, Cody Clark, Paul Draper, Kayla Drescher, Felice Ling, and Dyna Brenda Staats. Together they bring extraordinary talent, decades of performance experience, numerous awards, and a heart for advocacy.

Mystery School senior faculty member Paul Draper will be available to facilitate and support a safe space that offers a platform highlighting voices that need to be heard. Draper is known for his internationally acclaimed, award-winning show, "Mysteries of the Mind", that breaks the laws of physics and defies the rules of reality.


For over 30 years, the McBride Magic & Mystery School has educated magicians from all around the world. The faculty of master teachers are the best in the business. The BBC described the school as the "World’s most prestigious school for magicians". "This conference is working to bring groups together to hear from each other and to show the diversity and inclusivity of representation in magic. A place where we can all gather to learn from each other, hear different perspectives, and grow," Draper said. "We must seek every opportunity to amplify the voices of those who have been historically excluded, marginalized, and underrepresented. The goal is equity and the inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives." For more information, visit 17.7.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Lennart Green on 'The World's Greatest Magic IV' from 1997. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 17.7.21


Wayne & Mike’s Coffee Morning. This week's episode is an archive piece shot in Jersey in 1996 featuring Secrets, a troupe of dancers that opened all of Wayne's live shows. See YouTube. 17.7.21


For Sale: - website directory business., The UK Directory of Children's Entertainers, which I've run since its launch back in 2004 is for sale - see The site needs a complete new design to make it mobile-friendly and would suit an enterprising magician with web design skills who is looking for a sideline business. Entertainers advertising on the site pay an annual fee of £60 to be listed under 5 counties (+£10 for each additional county), but since March 2020 I stopped invoicing for renewals as it would have made no sense. I left all the advertisers on the site for free, but recently emailed them to advise them that I would no longer be running the directory.


Now, as official government restrictions are starting to lift, it seems right to "get things going" again. The new owner would be buying the domain name, which would be transferred, 17 years of goodwill and reputation, and the current website "as is" (minus the web form section which would be removed). The contact details would be updated by me to those of the new owner, but no other changes will be made. No technical support would be offered. The new owner would treat the old site as a "holding page", and be expected to produce a new mobile-friendly version.


The new owner would need to redesign the website as soon as possible. They would need to contact the current advertisers (via their listings on the website) to see if they'd like to start advertising afresh. (Note: Two of the listings on the website are complimentary, and two advertisers email addresses failed when I recently emailed all the advertisers). It is hard to estimate how many entertainers currently on the website would renew. Maybe none, maybe just a handful, maybe most, but a lot has changed in the last 16 months. It would be up to the new owner to build the business for themselves. There really is huge potential here. Web design is no longer "my thing", hence the sale. Interested parties should email me, Duncan Trillo, in the first instance, via the MagicWeek email address. 17.7.21


Places by Looch - Astound your audiences with a fresh and unique product, specifically designed for the professional mentalist’s tool kit. Places is a custom-designed utility product which is brand new to the market. From the creative mind of award-winning mind reader and mentalist, Looch, these postcards will enable you to perform demonstrations that are guaranteed to blow minds and confound audiences across the globe.

Comprising a special set of postcards from various well-known destinations around the world, these postcards introduce a brand new marking system to the magic community. Designed to be as clear as possible to the performer, they are psychologically invisible to your audience. In addition to this incredible and original marked set, you will also receive a custom set of forcing postcards that allow you to perform a 3-phase routine that Looch has been using for years to audiences across the UK. The postcards can be configured in a variety of ways unique to each performer. This is a cutting edge utility tool for the modern working mentalist with no expense spared. You will love them! Limited to 250 sets. Find out more:


Bedford Fringe Festival. David Alnwick's Nightmare Magic - A ghost story told with magic. "When Rob Blake discovered a coded journal in his late uncle's attic, he enlisted my help, a magician, to decipher it. Join me as I present our supernatural findings to the world. Be warned, these demonstrations are not for the faint of heart." "Sell-out crowds every year" North East Theatre Guide. ★★★★ Broadway Baby. ★★★★ The Skinny. ★★★★ Fringe Guru. Venue: Bedford Fringe Festival, Quarry Theatre, 31st July 2021 at 7.30pm (1 hour) Tickets: 17.7.21


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. 17.7.21


The Perfect Pen by John Cornelius - Alakazam Magic. Coming Soon, pre-orders now being taken. Pen through anything is a classic of magic created by the genius mind of John Cornelius. It would seem impossible that this perfect illusion could be improved upon. Well, leave it to John Cornelius to take his own invention to the next level! Find out more, watch the video: 17.7.21


Wayne Goodman in-person lecture for The Gathering, Great Yarmouth. Kyle Sarocen writes: Our first lecture of the year for The Gathering will be the very talented Wayne Goodman on Wednesday 1st of September. Wayne Goodman is a performer, inventor and author, known for his no-nonsense approach to entertaining. His first book release 'The Definitive Guide to Restaurant Magic' sold out instantly because people know that when it comes to actually working, Wayne Goodman is a name you can trust. Wayne has multiple trick releases and 14 books to his name with his next book set for release Blackpool 2022. Wayne will be teaching a mixture of close-up, stage, children's, and family magic intermixed with his trademark comedy. Wayne is a fearless performer known for his quick wit; be ready to laugh as you learn! Doors open at 7pm, lecture starts at 8pm. This is a free event and we welcome all magicians including hobbyists, semi-professionals and professionals. 18 years or over only. No exceptions. Venue: The Grosvenor Casino, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG 17.7.21


The Next Great Magician - tonight on Virgin Media Two. Stephen Mulhern and Rochelle Humes host a show featuring the world's greatest magic acts. Each week, six illusionists display their skills, then decide between them which should go through to the final. Repeat. See TV Magic for details. 17.7.21


The Motion Show. Graeme Garden chairs the debating game with Gyles Brandreth, Scott Capurro, Arthur Smith and Paul Daniels. From June 2001. Wednesday 28th July on BBC Radio 4 Extra, see TV Magic. 17.7.21


"Pam Thompson, Las Vegas magic icon, dies at 84" Click Here. 17.7.21


"Banachek is ready to make his Strip debut at the Strat" Click Here • "‘Magic Beyond Imagination’ coming to Sackets Harbor Ballroom for 2 nights" Click Here • "Transgender Magician Cancels Wyoming Shows After Receiving Threats" Click Here • "Magician Justin Willman performing at ISU’s family weekend" Click Here • Government issues guidance for live events including strong recommendation that audiences wear facemasks" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 17.7.21