Number 1104 - Saturday 21st August 2021


Derren Brown: Showman. Derren Brown returns to the stage with 'Showman', his brand new live show. "We were all ready to open Showman when the tour had to be postponed. Now, after sitting around in my pants for months I am so, so eager to get this show on the road. I’m hugely grateful to everyone who bought tickets and then were told they had to wait. Let’s get together and have a hug and a party." Derren Brown. "The closest our Galaxy can boast to a Jedi Master" Empire. From August 28th. See or What's On for updates and to book. 21.8.21


Pete Firman: Bag of Tricks - back on the road! You’ve seen him on television, now experience his trademark blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic live on stage. As seen on ITV1’s Tonight at the London Palladium and The Next Great Magician, BBC1’s The Magicians, The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. From August 27th. See or What's On for updates and to book. 21.8.21


Wonderville Magic and Illusion. Final 10 days! Five incredible acts, plus guest acts. A vaudevillian journey of illusion. Wonderville 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. Wonderville offers 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. Palace Theatre, London to Monday 30th August. Website: Box Office: 21.8.21


Paul Zerdin. Winner of America’s Got Talent - Paul Zerdin and his dysfunctional puppet family are back by popular demand. Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin makes a welcome return to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, where he will be performing a series of shows at the Horseshoe. His last run at the Pleasure Beach was in 2005 and since then he’s won America’s Got Talent, had his own headline residency in Las Vegas and toured the United States twice! As well as starring everyone’s favourite characters Sam, Albert and Baby, Paul will be accompanied by his new bodyguard character Roger, ex-CIA of course! With some hilarious audience participation – all using a mixture of master puppeteering, state-of-the-art, animatronic wizardry and a unique blend of edgy comedy. Paul Zerdin, UK tour dates, see Paul can also be seen in Pantoland at the Palladium, which was originally programmed last Christmas, from 4th December 2021 to 9th January 2022. 21.8.21


Magic Stars Live - Carnegie Thetford, Norfolk. Magic Stars Live is a brand new live magic show starring Brendan Rodrigues, Richard Jones, Joel M and James Samuel. Brendan Rodrigues will stun, amaze and leave your guests talking with his unique sleight of hand. Lance Corporal Richard Jones is the only magician to ever win Britain’s Got Talent. Joel M is the face of modern magic and star of his own TV shows Life is Magic (BBC) and Ultimate Magic Skills (Sky). James Samuel at the age of only 19 reached the grand finals of Britain's Got Talent with his Boy Band of Magicians and more recently took his magic online and in less than a year built up an audience of 2 million followers. Magic Stars Live, Carnegie Thetford, Norfolk on Friday, 19th November. See for more info and to book. 21.8.21


Paul Gordon's Bespoke Studio. Paul Gordon writes: I've had a bespoke studio built in the grounds of my home. It's for filming new projects, Zoom shows and lectures, tuition and in-person interviews. The filming is top quality what with three cameras and excellent lighting and sound. To be the first to find out what's happening, please join the newsletter at The very first interview to be held live (in the flesh) was with the wonderful Graham P Jolley. It's not just an interview, it's a chat. It's great fun and very informative. It's the first of many. See: YouTube. 21.8.21


Twinpossible - The Oil Shed, The Warren on the Beach, Brighton. Witness the Twinpossible as Kane & Abel perform magic and comedy based on being twins. Either Kane & Abel have supernatural abilities and a unique twin connection, or they are very good at making it seem like they have. Join them in this unique setting of a purpose-built theatre on Brighton beach. ★★★★ (Broadway Baby) ★★★★ (GLAM Adelaide) "Seriously impressive" (BBC Radio Bristol) August 27th at 7pm, August 28th and 29th at 5.15pm, The Oil Shed, The Warren on the Beach, Brighton. 21.8.21


AREA 2.0 Booktest Nano: Twin Pack - Read My Mind. Back in 2010 Looch released his original 'AREA Book Test', a pocket sized creation designed for the strolling performer. AREA introduced two incredible new principles, the 'Master Word Principle' (MWP) and the 'Blagging' principle. These two principles created the illusion that the performer could have anyone mentally select a word from a book and instantly began revealing specific details about that word without seemingly resorting to any kind of fishing process.

AREA received astonishing reviews and quickly sold out. It has long been out of print and copies of AREA often change hands on the second-hand market at well over double the original price. With recent developments in the print world Looch has redesigned the 'AREA Book Test' and created an even more compact and portable weapon of destruction. Find out more, visit


The Bristol Magic Round Table. Mark Bennett writes: Announcing The Bristol Magic Round Table - a weekly meet-up for magicians of all levels. Whether you're just starting out and love magic, or are a pro who's looking to work on your act, here's your chance to network with fellow enthusiasts for powerful results. Meeting every Tuesday. Join now it's free as 2021 is sponsored by Smoke & Mirrors as we know it has been tough on everyone... so every lecture is free for 2021! So far since we started we have had lectures from: Wayne Fox, Etienne Pradier, Craig Petty and Joel Dickinson with more lectures coming soon. Join our Facebook group to find out more. 21.8.21


New Chris North Lecture now booking: "Curious Tales & Unusual Phenomena". A brand new presentation ideally suited to magic societies and clubs looking for something different. Tales of unusual and bizarre phenomena captivated the Victorians over many decades and still hold a fascination for today’s audience. Chris North continues his exploration of the inexplicable and macabre with the latest of his Victorian themed parlour shows.

A 60 minute presentation of strange phenomena interwoven with tales of the unexplained make great entertainment: The authentic recreation of these events and startling revelations leave even the most cynical unable able to doubt the evidence of their own eyes. Perfect material for any magician!

All this is followed by a Q&A session to give an insight into the business from a working professional with over 50 years of experience in the business. The presentation is completely self-contained with sound system, video and lighting in a charming Victorian setting. "Unnerving and eerie, skilfully offset with good humour" Email: Website: YouTube: Telephone: 07860 368727.


"Peter Antoniou Shocks The Judges With His Psychic Abilities - America's Got Talent 2021" YouTube. 21.8.21


Dave Allen 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 Wednesday, Dave Allen: "Dave talks about the highs and lows of his career as well as offering advice on many different subjects including creating a brand, marketing, working hard, performing and more. This is an interview you don't want to miss." YouTube. 21.8.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Max Maven in a guest spot on John Fisher's The Best of Magic from 3rd October 1990. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 21.8.21


Kent Magicians Guild Club Night Special featuring Robert Pound and Mike Sullivan on Tuesday, 31st August. Mike Ingham, Chairman, KMG writes: We have a very interesting night planned for our next meet up. Robert Pound, member of the KMG, and ex member Mike Sullivan, close colleague of Mr Wayne Dobson, are getting together to bring us a night of insight into the world of professional close-up and corporate entertainment. This will be of great interest to those looking to break into this lucrative area of magic.


Robert has worked with many celebrities, always to rave reviews. "The best magician I have ever seen" Robin Williams. Many top celebrities have employed Robert to entertain at the parties and soirees, and I am sure he will have many tales to tell. Robert will also be giving us a few hints and tips on a couple of his reputation-making effects. Mike Sullivan will be interviewing Robert, and I have no doubt we will all be in for a very amusing night.

The second half will be of particular interest to anyone interested in The Magic Circle, particularly those thinking of joining. Robert will be giving a talk on the finer points of joining, including the procedure and process of becoming a member of this very prestigious club. Both Robert and Mike are very well qualified on this subject as Robert is the Examination Secretary for The Magic Circle, and Mike is the Membership Secretary.


This is a must-see night for anyone thinking of becoming a member of The Magic Circle, or who just wants to find out more information about it. So do please join us, (guests very welcome, only £5.00 entry fee for guests), for a memorable and enjoyable evening. Please email me if you are coming, as we expect a good turnout for this night: Mike Ingham, Chairman, KMG Venue: Kent Magicians Guild, The Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1ZZ. Website: 21.8.21


The Modern Mystic League Special Event: David Jonathan Zoom Lecture. 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 21.8.21


Room 66 by Magic Dream - An Alakazam UK exclusive. What if a simple keychain became the Ultimate Peek tool? A secret weapon that you will always have with you? An accessory so harmless and universal that no one will be able to suspect it to be your best asset? Yoan Tanuji, Axel Vergnaud and Dylan Sausset, 3 performers with creative minds put all their know-how to create Room 66 . These magicians and mentalists wanted above all to offer you a real routine, with a useful everyday object known to all, and, above all, a gimmick that you will really use in each of your performances. Watch the video and find out what it's all about: 21.8.21


The August 2021 Mark Leveridge Podcast. If you have half an hour to spare this month and fancy listening to some magic chat, the latest Mark Leveridge Podcast is the place to find it. In the August edition Mark discusses Children’s feelings can be hurt if our trick presentations are not targeted properly : there is an art to reading product reviews in magic magazines : routines regularly used in gigs may still need some rehearsal following the COVID lay off : a story from E-Club Pro’s It Could Only Happen Live on my close brush with disaster with a brand new idea : Jamy Ian Swiss maintains that magicians are ‘honest liars’ : if you want to use topical gags/material, make sure everything is genuinely current and not out-of-date. You can get free access either from, or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new edition automatically. 21.8.21


Tricked. Ben Hanlin goes undercover to astonish unsuspecting celebrities and members of the public with amazing magic. Tuesday 24th August on Virgin Media Two (repeat). See TV Magic for details. 21.8.21


"Houdini’s Magic Bars mark 5th anniversary with artwork of legendary magician created by mysterious duo" Click Here • "Derren Brown Adds New Dublin Dates To Showman Live Tour In 2022" Click Here • "Gloucestershire Magician set to wow guests at SGGBA" Click Here • "Magician duo demonstrates the highest number of costume-change illusions in one minute" Click Here • "Magician Pete Firman set to bring new 'bag of tricks' to Alnwick Playhouse" Click Here • "Chicago-style magic is ready for its close-up again" Click Here • "Illusionist Cosentino quarantines in WA ahead of Deception tour" Click Here • "The Clairvoyants Stun The Judges With a Jaw-Dropping Mentalism - America's Got Talent 2021" YouTube • That's all for this week, your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 21.8.21