Number 1101 - Saturday 31st July 2021


"A jaw-dropping night at Wonderville: Magic & Illusion"
"First Look: Wonderville the West End magic show"

"Wonderville in the West End: first look photos"
"Celebrities hit the red carpet as magic and illusion show Wonderville opens"


Leeds Magic Jam - names announced. Chris Stewart writes: Lecturing at Leeds Magic Jam on Sunday, 8th August 2021: Harry Robson, Lawrence Turner, Steve Faulkner, David Penn and Peter Turner, with a headline show from Sean Heydon. Tickets are strictly limited; advance bookings only. To book your ticket visit: Doors open at 11.30am. Leeds Magic Jam, The Legion, Kippax, Leeds LS25 7HF - also see 31.7.21


Damien O'Brien on 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. YouTube. 31.7.21


The Great British Pub Awards are back! "Our mission for 2021 is to 'put bums on seats and pride in teams' across the country. After an exceedingly tough year for the pub industry, The Great British Pub Awards are picking up where we left off - on our mission to recognise, reward and celebrate the fantastic work pubs do for our country and their communities." Magicians will be pleased to know that Bristol's Smoke & Mirrors has made it through to the finals in the 'Best Pub for Late Night' category: 31.7.21


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." 31.7.21


E-Club Pro Live Zoom Open Event. For the last two years Mark Leveridge has been successfully presenting his E-Club Pro Live lecture via Zoom, his lectures being enjoyed in various countries around the world. The content for this lecture is drawn from his E-Club Pro online magic resource and the material covers magic for strolling, close up shows, stand up/parlour work and mentalism. Everything is practical and features Mark's attention to detail and clear thinking. A new version of this lecture format will be offered for next year, but the current lecture is being presented for one final time as an Open Event to which any individual magician can apply to join. It will take place on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 7.30pm BST, and the cost is just £15.00. Plus, everyone who registers no later than the 31st August 2021 will receive a Coupon Code worth £15.00 to spend on any MLM product. The lecture lasts two hours and will provide you with an exciting selection of practical magic to learn and enjoy. For more information and to book your 'front row' seat, go to; we will look forward to seeing you in September. 31.7.21


Curious Tales & Unusual Phenomena. Illusionist Chris North launches his new Victorian show which is the fourth in a series that was only intended to be a trilogy! The demand for this kind of strange phenomena interwoven with tales of the unexplained warranted further investigation! This unique parlour show continues the ever popular theme, all presented in a charming Victorian setting. There are two options, a full theatre show of 2 x 45 minute spots or a 60 minute presentation. Magic clubs and societies can book the 60 minute presentation with a Q&A session to follow, a great alternative to a lecture for those looking for something different (the show is totally self-contained).

Future theatres include: The Fisher Theatre, Bungay, Suffolk on Saturday 11th September and The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, Suffolk on Saturday 23rd October All enquiries: also see YouTube.


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Paul Daniels, on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 28th September 1985. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 31.7.21


Max Maven UK Zoom Lecture - The Zodiac Magical Society, Wednesday, August 4th. William Spencer writes: The Zodiac welcomes Max Maven giving his first UK lecture since undergoing emergency surgery. And you can watch too. The maestro mentalist will give a masterclass in creativity and teach tricks and techniques to hone your magic. Max is an unmissable lecturer: Don’t miss out. Max says: "You’ll learn commercial, practical effects that will fool you first, and delight your audiences later. Offbeat plots and intriguing methods." To watch, either join The Zodiac (only £80 for 51 club nights a year), or pay £10 for just this one night. You can claim this back if you later go on to join the club. The lecture is on the Zodiac Magical Society’s Zoom. Please email to book your place. Wednesday August 4th from 8pm to 10pm via Zoom. The Zodiac (based in London) offers a mix of top-flight lectures, competitions and themed bring-a-trick nights. Visit for more club info. And hopefully see you on Wednesday. 31.7.21


'Hook Your Audience', Paul McCrory - open access opportunity for new book for educational performers. How do you present when nobody has to listen to you? Hook Your Audience (volume 1) is a toolkit of performance techniques to emotionally engage child and family audiences in interactive, educational presentations, e.g. character; liveness; expressing emotions; all-audience interaction; questions; volunteers; and humour. Many of the engagement hooks are borrowed from performers such as magicians, stand-ups, buskers and actors. For example, how to use the "spontaneity spectrum" to deliver scripted, interactive presentations - Because of the severe impact of the pandemic on our sectors, I decided to also make the book available open access online until the end of October 2021. If you think it's relevant, I would be extremely grateful if you could share this opportunity with your networks. You can find links to the open access book and supporting resources at 31.7.21


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.


The Magicseen Celebration Box. Magicseen 100 (the September 2021 special anniversary edition) will be a bit different to the normal issues in a number of ways, including extra pages and special content. One of the most interesting one-off differences will be the inclusion of Celebration Boxes featuring the name and picture of readers along with a congratulatory message selected from a list of 'Well Done!', 'Congratulations!', 'Good Job!', 'The Big 100!', 'No.1. Mag!', 'What A Landmark!', 'Great Issue!', 'Top Marks!' or 'Let's Celebrate!' The box measures 50mm wide x 20 mm high and costs just £15.00. And the good news is, on receipt of your payment you will be sent a Coupon Code worth £15.00 to spend on any purchase from the Magicseen website! So it's a win/win situation. If you would like to be part of this historic issue, you need to act fast as the closing date for applications is the 4th August. To reserve your personal Celebration Box, email attaching a jpg head shot that we can crop and use as well as your selection of 'greeting' from the list above. We will then send you a PayPal invoice for £15.00 and on receipt of your payment the Box will be confirmed and you will be sent your Coupon Code worth £15.00. Do it now and be part of Magicseen 100. 31.7.21


Whose Line is it Anyway? Aisha Tyler hosts as guests Penn & Teller, and regulars Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Jeff Davis put their comedic skills to the test. Sunday 1st August on Dave (Repeat) see TV Magic. 31.7.21


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: 31.7.21


Zoom Talk by Stevo of Ace Magic Studio at South Downs Magicians. From the organisers: On the 4th August at 8pm South Downs Magicians have a Zoom lecture by Stevo, of Ace Magic Studio, South Downs Magicians invite visiting magicians to join this Zoom meeting free of charge. Anyone interested should contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126 31.7.21


Barry Murray. Barry Murray died on Wednesday morning. He had been suffering from liver cancer. Known to magicians for his creative behind-the-scenes work on The Paul Daniels Magic Show over many years, and co-creating the children's show Wizbit he was also a successful record producer. He'll be greatly missed by his many friends in magic. DT. 31.7.21


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