Number 1103 - Saturday 14th August 2021


Studio 52 presents Guy Hollingworth. From the organisers: Benjamin Earl and Studio52 are excited to announce that they will be holding an action-packed, two-day event with the living legend—and world-class sleight of hand artist—Mr Guy Hollingworth! Across the weekend of the 21st-22nd of August there will be a selection of live events and pre-recorded videos to make up their first ever collaboration project. This will feature a lecture from both Guy and Ben and live QnA's from each of them, as well as pre-recorded jam sessions and interviews. As part of your booking you will have access to all live recordings, as well as the ability to catch up anytime! Book your place here - The first 150 customers will receive a limited-edition, signed and numbered photograph. 14.8.21


Jamie Allan's Illusionarium, now extended to October 31st. From the promoter: You and your Magic Circle (of wizards you live with) will explore a labyrinth of mysterious rooms transporting you to different eras of illusion. Take an immersive journey through the evolution of magic as the world’s most famous illusionists share their deepest secrets... Using 3D projections, life-like holograms, and live magicians, this is the first time audiences can marvel at the greatest illusions up close – all in a socially-distanced setting. Conceived by British high-tech magician, Jamie Allan (iMagician), this experiential exhibit blends Jamie’s encyclopedic knowledge on the history of magic with state-of-the-art-technology to bring illusions of the past into the 21st century. See 14.8.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Richiardi Jr. in a beautiful piece taken from The Ed Sullivan Show in the late 50s that was shown on John Fisher's The Best of Magic on September 12th, 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 14.8.21


Thomas Moore Creative. Thomas Moore Creative write: Hidden away in 8,000 sq ft workshops somewhere in the East Midlands Thomas Moore Creative have been designing and building unique, contemporary stage props and illusions for clients including Xavier Mortimer, Hans Klok, Justin Willman, Ben Hart, Kraftwerk, Kat Hudson, Orbital, Max Fulham, Justin Flom, Criss Angel, Ben Hanlin, Tom Brace, Luis deMatos, Jorgos, Sooty, Adam Murby, Charming Choi, Noah Kelly, Phil Keller and Erix Logan, troubleshooting for "The Illusionists", and crafting miracles for just about every major name in stage magic. With the largest illusion manufacturing facility in Europe that incorporates a huge metal fabrication space, their own powder-coating facility and a 1,500 sq ft rehearsal space where props and routines are tested to ensure they deliver WOW for magicians across the globe, they are always looking for new and exciting magicians to work with. "…that’s why I bring you on these projects Thomas – you’re about the best I've ever worked with" Scottie McKean, Tour / Production Manager. 14.8.21


Shaun McCree 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. From Tuesday: Shaun McCree "In this interview we look back at Shaun’s career. Starting with stage manipulation and transitioning into close-up magic. Along the way he offers some incredible advice. This is an interview you really don’t want to miss." YouTube. 14.8.21


David Jonathan Zoom Lecture hosted by The Modern Mystic League, Tuesday, 24th August, free for all magicians. Brian Lead writes: The Modern Mystic League Announces A Special Event: The David Jonathan Zoom Lecture on Tuesday, 24th August At 7.30pm. David Jonathan is a rising star, who has built a reputation for consistently releasing strong, practical effects to the magic community. He was recently nominated for Inventor of The Year at the Penguin Magic Awards, and his most popular release, SNAPS, has won multiple Trick of The Year awards for 2020. For this lecture, David has handpicked some of his favourite magic and mentalism creations to teach, including some unpublished gems. He will also be sharing 'how to create magic' and 'tapping into your creativity'. Not only will you learn the ingenious methods behind the effects, but you will also hear about how they were structured to achieve the most impact. Following the lecture, there will be heavily discounted special offers on his products. Admission is free, although donations would be appreciated. Please book your link by emailing MML Secretary Paul Guy 14.8.21


The Magic Car Boot Sale returns! Organiser Alec Powell writes: We are planning to run the Car Boot Sale on Sunday 19th September 2021. To allow for greater spacing it will be across 2 halls at the usual venue, The Austin Sports and Social Club, Tessall Lane, Birmingham B312SF. It will start at 10.30am and run into the afternoon. Admission will be £5 at the door. If you would like to book a stand, they are £20, contact Alec Powell on 07831 115 448 or get full details on our Facebook page - Magic Car Boot Sale If you are not yet a member join us there to keep up to date with information and any special offers that traders will be making on the day. Apart from selling and buying this is always a great friendly get together, ask anyone who has been in the past. 14.8.21


Weddings ... I Do. On September 1st Wayne Goodman releases his new book Weddings ... I Do. Filled with everything you need to know: getting booked, wedding fayres, how to work the wedding day and so much more. Available in paperback and hardback. Email to pre-order. 14.8.21


Magicseen 100 Update: The celebration edition of Magicseen (#100 Sept 2021) is in the advance stages of preparation and with its overload of features and special articles, it'll be a bumper issue that is both collectible and simply worth reading! Because it is a landmark issue, more people than normal are likely to want a copy, putting a bigger than usual demand on the numbers of printed copies available. Because of this and the fact that it will contain more pages than usual, the price for a single printed copy purchase will be £10.00 (plus p&p). However, the good news is, that everyone who has a current 6 month, 1 year or 2 year subscription will receive the bumper edition at no extra charge as part of their paid up sub, so if you are keen to get your hands on Magicseen 100, it makes sense to have a current subscription with us so that you will get your copy from as little as £5.08 including the p&p! So sign up or renew now by going to and get yourself a slice of magic history. 14.8.21


Secret Scotland. Susan Calman explores Aberdeenshire and Angus on Scotland's north-east coast - a vast area of cliffs, beaches, rolling hills and fertile farmland. Susan begins with a visit to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Her Majesty the Queen Mother, where she learns about the castle's role in the Second World War, tells the time on Scotland's largest sundial and is let loose with the pruning shears on a very special grape vine. Later, Susan is given a crash course in seal first aid and learns of the Aberdonian who inspired escapologist Harry Houdini. Sunday 15th August on 5Select, see TV Magic. 14.8.21


E-Club Pro Live - Open Event! Mark Leveridge's Zoom presentation of his 2020/2021 E-Club Pro Live lecture is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 as an Open Event available for anyone who is interested in being entertained by, and learning from, a great line up of practical, varied magic. Here are just some of the contents. Flip - a practical, simple-to-do version of Triumph. The Coins Box - an easy yet fooling transposition of two coins sealed inside a jewellery box. Star - a clever ESP card matching effect with a killer kicker finish. The Colour Changing Sponge Ball - a very clean method for the named effect which includes a great principle that is ideal for other routines. The Invisible Glass - pick up an empty wine glass from a table, cover it with a cloth and instantly make it invisible, before magically making it visible again. The Pro Ring On Glasses - straight from Mark's strolling repertoire, this is a reputation-making effect using a borrowed finger ring. The price to attend the Open Event to learn these and other effects is just £15.00, but if you register before the 31st August, you will receive a special discount code worth £15.00 to spend in the MLM online shop. Go to 14.8.21


Rum Bunch. World's End on Sea. Series 1, episode 1. Comedy sketch show starring Justin Edwards, Mel Giedroyc and David Mounfield, featuring an array of sketches and music courtesy of the show's very own house band. In this episode, the group are joined by Rebecca Front as they are invited by the mayor of the seaside town of World's End on Sea to perform a Houdini tribute show. See TV Magic for details. 14.8.21


Magic, gangs and prison. Professor Richard Wiseman interviews Darren Way and Gareth Foreman. "Research suggests that magic tricks can act as an effective tool for enhancing curiosity, attention and creativity (Wiseman & Watt, 2020). As a result, they have long been used in a variety of educational settings, including schools, colleges and informal learning environments. The last few years has seen a significant rise of interest in this idea, with much of my own work investigating the use of magic tricks in educational comics, videos and live presentations." To read the full article in The Psychologist Click Here. 14.8.21


Magic Touch enables access to the world of magic for disabled people and adults with learning difficulties. Each year we take a small group of disabled people to the amazing Blackpool Magic Convention. We desperately need funds/sponsors to help make this happen for 2022. If you can help in anyway we would be very grateful - no donation is too small. Please help if you can and let's make Magic accessible for everyone: 14.8.21


The Collector By Nikolas Mavresis - Alakazam Magic. The Collector is a self-working effect that combines beautiful props, a chilling storyline and an unbelievably impactful and clean reveal... 14.8.21


A Natural History of Magick. From the publishers: This enchantingly illustrated natural history of magick, compiled in the 1920s by the globetrotting naturalist Professor Conrad Gessner for his grandson, is now unveiled for readers of today. Featuring a gold foil–embossed cloth cover, a ribbon marker and sprayed gold edges, this gorgeous volume is filled with intriguing sketches and precise notes detailing the secret world of magic, a natural force hidden all around us. Inside, you will discover the history of magic and its dazzling array of practices around the globe... Available for pre-order from 14.8.21


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