Number 1105 - Saturday 28th August 2021


Tony Junior 1966-2021.


Remembering Tony Junior - the Newcastle Magic Circle. Tony Junior will leave an impossibly large hole in the lives of everyone who knew him. Tony was a professional entertainer of the highest order, he was a mentor, a wonderful magician, but above all else, he was our very good friend.


The Newcastle Magic Circle would not be the flourishing club it is today without Tony’s passion and enthusiasm. Tony spent many years serving on the council as our secretary in which time he helped to grow the club and all of its members. Tony was always one of the biggest and brightest personalities at all of our meetings and played a vital role in all of our successes, from giving encouragement to our newest members, to providing support to elderly members that were no longer able to attend meetings. From creating strong bonds with other magic clubs and communities around the world to reshaping and hosting our annual dinner, Tony was at the heart of it all.


Tony was so loved by all that knew him as is evident by the many, many tributes that are being sent by magicians and entertainers from around the world. TJ will be dearly missed by us all and his memory and spirit will continue to live on through the NMC. Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.


"Much-loved children's entertainer Tony Junior sadly dies after Covid battle"

"Reality TV star magician Tony Junior dies after battle with Covid"

"Tony Junior dead: Magician and Channel 4 star dies after battle with Covid"

"Reality TV star magician Tony Junior dies from Covid as tributes pay homage to ‘boundless enthusiasm’"

"TV magician Tony Junior dies from Covid after refusing to have the vaccine because his wife was 'super apprehensive' about getting jabbed"

"Fundraising page set up in memory of popular children's entertainer Tony Junior raises more than £1,000" 28.8.21


Preston Nyman launches brand new magic magazine, Mazel Magazine, here in the UK. Bi-monthly and printed on recycled stock, it will always feature 2 tricks, reviews, articles and interviews. The first issue contains: a phenomenal new card effect from Christian Grace (whose latest release, Switch One, is incredible!), an interview with Richard Young discussing Changing Cards, an article on mounting a huge magic show in the West End during a pandemic, a completely impromptu book test and reviews of some hidden magic gems. Mazel Magazine ships worldwide and issue 1 is out now! See for details. 28.8.21


The Magic Circle Dealers Day 2021. From the organisers: 10am to 5pm on Saturday, 23rd October 2021 at Fitzjohn's Primary School, 86a Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London NW3 6NP, a beautiful grade 2 listed building that looks a bit like Hogwarts. Entry is free for Magic Circle members, including apprentice members and members of The Magic Circle's Young Magicians' Club. Entry for non-members is £5 payable on the door. Tube and overground stations nearby. Come along, meet up with friends and buy from some great magic dealers. 28.8.21


The Official BGT 'Most Viewed Magicians' compilation. "Most viewed Magicians! Britain's Got Talent. We hope you're wearing socks because they're about to be blown clean off! Sit back, relax and be prepared to be amazed as you watch our most viewed magicians!" The official BGT 'Most Viewed Magicians' compilation YouTube. Russ Stevens is BGT's Magic Director, not only staging and directing magic acts, but working alongside them during the routining process in this all-time 'Most Viewed' compilation. DT. 28.8.21


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 Dustin Dean on TikTok, exposing psychics, mentalism and more! YouTube. 28.8.21


Magic Goes Wrong - now on UK tour. Back with their biggest comedy catastrophe to date, multi award-winning Mischief (The Play That Goes Wrong, BBC One's The Goes Wrong Show) return to the stage with their hilarious new show. A hapless gang of magicians are staging an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. But as the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fundraising target! Raising the bar with their dare-devil stunts, jaw-dropping feats and irresistible comedy genius. Book your tickets now, before they vanish out of sight (or sellout!). For tour dates see What's On or visit 28.8.21


Magicians Advice Podcast. Hosts Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan write: "We are joined by Louise Andrée Douglas. Louise is a Scottish magician with a huge range of experience having performed on TV, in close-up and on stage. Louise is currently performing in the West End with 'Wonderville'! In this episode Louise talks about her journey so far, her advice on getting experience in magic, and how playing the role of both magician and assistant has lead to her success: 28.8.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week mind reader Lev Schneider is a guest spot on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 19th November 1983. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 28.8.21


Elliot Bibby: Leftover Lunch, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021. Being an international, multi-award-winning magician means performing at all times of the day – on stage or online. This often means that Elliot must fit his lunch in wherever he can... which includes during this captivating, family magic show. Through Elliot's inimitable skill and seamless delivery, this is a show full of laughs and surprises which promises to reveal the magic that an everyday lunchbox hides! Join him for a real treat in this show that's suitable for all ages, and appetites this weekend at the Edinburgh Fringe in the iconic Palais Du Variete Spiegeltent; a beautiful venue in the heart of Edinburgh. Book via 28.8.21


Hindsight. Chris Dugdale writes: Hindsight is a collection of routines and sleights that were developed in my “year of creativity”! The Zoom Torn and Restored Card offers a wonderful solution to this classic. Rubber Banded is for many the highlight; they name any card (free choice) it shoots out of the deck in a split second. The Zoom Magic Square is the very best way I have found to do this classic virtually. It may also fool you! Also featured, The World’s Best Coin Switch?; Shaking The Aces 2.0; Card to Envelope 2.0 and much more. Over 12 routines, sleights and incredible bonuses: $19.99 - see "Sitting in on a session with one of the world's most successful magicians ... wouldn't that be great? Just to eavesdrop on some of their very best creative work, developed during Lockdown, comprising routines, moves, displays, cheeky methods, brilliant thinking - fully explained! Well, now you can! Chris Dugdale has opened his vault for you sharing his latest collection of video demonstrations and performances previously kept underground, but now released for you to try, use and enjoy. I had the pleasure of seeing these prior to general release and am already using several of the ideas in my performances. At this price I highly recommend you do so too!" John Gordon MagicWorks©, August 2021. 28.8.21


The Gasps and Giggles Show. Quentin Reynolds reviews 'The Gasps and Giggles Show' currently playing Blackpool Tower until September 5th. A project developed by Michael Jordan and Darren Mac, Click Here. To book see 28.8.21


Wayne Goodman Lecture - The Gathering, Great Yarmouth, 1st September. 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 28.8.21


John Styles was the magic adviser on the current 'Brittannia III' Sky TV series, and has also contributed to the forthcoming series of 'Agatha Raisin'. 28.8.21


South Downs Magicians Stage Competition, 1st September 2021. Des King writes: On Wednesday 1st September South Downs Magicians are having their first live meeting since the beginning of Covid restrictions. It will be their Annual Stage Competition. Guests are welcome to come along free of charge. It will be held in the Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6BJ. Anyone wishing to come along please contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126 28.8.21


Get Your Act Together. Actor Nigel Havers is mentored by ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, 1980s pop star Sinitta teams up with pole fitness expert Bendy Kate, TV presenter Gaby Roslin is coached by extreme juggler Marcus Monroe, comedian Rufus Hound joins magician Jamie Allen, and rapper Chip (formerly Chipmunk) collaborates with the Shaolin Monks. Host Stephen Mulhern follows the rehearsals leading up to the contestants' big performances as they compete for a place in the final alongside last week's winning act, Ray Quinn (repeat). Saturday 28th August on Virgin Media Two. See TV Magic. 28.8.21



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