Number 1107 - Saturday 11th September 2021


The Magic Circle Awards 2021. The Magic Circle honoured some great names in magic on Monday evening, September 6th, in a special edition of TMC TV, broadcast via The Magic Circle's vibrant Facebook group, hosted by Vice-President Megan Swann.


The Maskelyne Award for Services to British Magic was awarded to Russ Stevens MIMC. Russ Stevens has enjoyed a long career as a magician and illusionist, and in more recent years as magic director for Britain’s Got Talent. He is also the co-organiser of the world's largest magic convention, The Blackpool Magic Convention. (Photo)


The David Devant Award for Services to International Magic was awarded to Dutch illusionist Hans Klok MIMC. From performing at friends' birthday parties as a child, Hans Klok (the world’s fastest magician) having performed all over the world is now headlining in Las Vegas.


The Carlton Award for Comedy was awarded to Carisa Hendrix AIMC.

The J N Maskelyne Prize, for outstanding contribution to magic literature was awarded to Mark Leveridge MIMC

The Silver Wand presented for outstanding service to The Magic Circle - awarded to Janet Clare MIMC, Scott Penrose MIMC and Richard Pinner MIMC

The Cecil Lyle Award for 'The Best Trick published in The Magic Circular' was awarded to Reg Martin AIMC


And a newly instigated award, The Martin Chapender Award, for services to the community using magic, was awarded to Breathe Magic. Breathe Arts Health Research use magicians from The Magic Circle alongside occupational therapists in a programme to help people with hemiplegia, a weakness or paralysis affecting one side of the body as a result of brain injury or stroke. The Breathe Magic programme uses specially designed tricks to develop hand and arm function, cognitive abilities, self-confidence and independence. Martin Chapender was a founding Member of the society but died before it decided on The Magic Circle as its name. One idea was to name the society after him, but 'The Magic Circle' was eventually decided upon.


For more information about this year's awards, and full details of previous recipients see For information about the Breathe Magic Intensive Therapy Programme see, and for Magic Circle membership details see 11.9.21


Spoiler-free review of Derren Brown Showman tour as it opens at the Sunderland Empire. "First rule of seeing a Derren Brown show is: you don’t talk about what you saw in the Derren Brown show" writes Katy Wheeler in the Sunderland Echo... "Derren Brown's Showman tour will have you questioning everything for days" 11.9.21


Studio52 presents 'Inside Out', Ben Earl's live UK Lecture Tour. Booking for Ben Earl’s 2021 'Inside Out' UK lecture tour is now open: After nearly two years of being stuck indoors online, we are hitting the road and coming to a club near you—that’s right, in person! This is a brand new lecture based on Ben Earl’s best-selling book Inside Out; featuring live performances and explanations of effects from the book, plus brand new material that nobody has seen! A showcase of real-world, mind-blowing, close-up magic that you will immediately want to add to your repertoire. Ben is one of the best magical thinkers, technicians and teachers in the world… and now you can watch and learn from him in person. If you want us to come to your local club, just email with the subject ‘Lecture’. 11.9.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Russ Stevens in a guest spot on BBC1's Pebble Mill from 1st April 1994. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 11.9.21


Ian Keable's book The Century of Deception: The Birth of the Hoax in Eighteenth-Century England was published on 7th September and is now available on Amazon, the publishers or all good bookshops including Waterstones.

It has been described by comedian Matt Lucas as "A fascinating, witty, comprehensive and beautifully-written book" and by Derren Brown as "Utter joy! A delicious romp through the heyday of balderdash and grand-scale deception, penned by one of the country’s finest magical minds." Andy Nyman wrote "Ian Keable’s brilliant book has opened my eyes to an incredible world of hoaxers and deceivers I didn’t know even existed. A cracking read filled with extraordinary stories." While Richard Wiseman said: "A masterful and fascinating journey into a hitherto hidden world of history, mystery and hoaxes." It has been reviewed in The Spectator.

See for further details about the book. If anybody would like an inscribed copy of the book, please contact Ian direct via


Illusion: Impossible - September Tour Dates. From the promoters: Illusion : Impossible showcases 5 of the most incredible illusionists in the world including: Britain's Got Talent runner-up Jamie Raven, Britain's Got Talent 2020 Finalists James & Dylan Piper, award-winning magician Oliver Tabor, highly acclaimed magical duo The Glamourists and world speed illusionist Kayden Black. Collectively these performers have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people around the world and with over 500 million YouTube views between them, this production showcases their incredible talents together - live on stage. Illusion : Impossible features exclusive tricks never seen before... a non-stop show packed with breathtaking magic and illusion. Illusion : Impossible touring the UK and Europe. See for current tour dates. Trailer: YouTube. 11.9.21


Harry Houdini’s Miracle Mongers and Their Methods is available to pre-order today from for delivery from October 12th. This new reprint, from New York’s Curios Publications, explains the secrets of the side-show and circus acts Houdini encountered through his career. First published in 1920, it is a fascinating insight into Houdini’s life and the strange and wonderful acts he saw. Pre-order for £11.99 today from, where David Copperfield's History of Magic is also now available to pre-order: 11.9.21


The Order of The Magi - new venue for meetings announced. Mike Sharples writes: The Order of The Magi which was formed in 1909 is now celebrating its 112th year as a magic society. In that time, we have never missed holding a monthly meeting or putting out a monthly magazine. Even through the last crazy 18 months we have still held all our meetings, all very socially responsible as all of them were held via zoom. Once a month (on dates to suit our kind hosts at our temporary accommodation), The Order of The Magi will return to meeting in person on the 14th September at 7.30pm. Whilst The Irish World Heritage Centre continues to be an important Vaccination and Testing centre, we will be holding meetings at The niu Loom Hotel – directly opposite the front doors of our usual HQ.


The “first” meeting bearing in mind the time we have been going the word first refers to the first meeting back and the first meeting at our temporary accommodation. As our first “real” meeting in over a year and a half, there is no topic – just an opportunity to catch up with old friends, and meet some of our newest members that joined during the pandemic. Guests are welcome by arrangement with myself. Performing is always encouraged, but is never compulsory. Why not bring along an effect you bought in the past 18 months? Who knows, you might get an idea for a new routine, or be able to offer advice to someone working and developing an effect.

Our new temporary HQ is: The Niu Loom Hotel, 2 Irish Town Way, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 0RB. This is on the same complex as the IWHC, and directly opposite the front door. To mark this special event, we are offering a very special rate on membership. If you join the society in September 2021 your membership fee will run until March 2023. For more details please contact: Mike Sharples Life Member Secretary/ Treasurer Order Of The Magi (Manchester’s Magicians’ Society) 07748 833666 or 01612 877865.


Jeff McBride MagicQuest - one more time! Master Magician Jeff McBride and his McBride’s Magic & Mystery School are celebrating Jeff’s Birthday with a one-of-a-kind virtual fundraising event, a virtual show and afterparty. On September 11th at 6pm (Pacific) 2am (GMT), McBride will host a single performance of his hit show Jeff McBride – MagicQuest, followed by a gala afterparty. The show is a 70-minute telling of Jeff’s personal quest to discover real magic, from his boyhood dreams until his days headlining on the Las Vegas Strip and beyond. It includes many of the magic performances pieces for which he is best known, as well as many new pieces fans have never seen. David Copperfield makes a cameo, introducing the show. "Best of all," says McBride, "my friends and fans can attend from anywhere!"


Saturday’s show will celebrate Jeff’s long career both as performer and founder of the school, for which it will serve as a fundraising event. In a month-long run earlier this year only a few VIP ticket purchasers were invited to stay on after the show for a special afterparty in which they could interact one-on-one with Jeff, hear stories about his travels, and experience more of the curious wonders in his House of Mystery. For this single performance, however, everyone is invited to the gala afterparty (still virtual), where Jeff has new surprises in store for all. [If you missed the show last time around don't miss it this time. I loved it. DT]. See for more info and to book. 11.9.21


Max out with Dynamo on Saturday 18th September. Three shows in a row from Sky Max: "Documentary following the magician on tour around the globe as well as charting his road to recovery from a career-threatening illness brought on by Crohn's disease." Repeat. See TV Magic for details. 11.9.21


Woody Aragon 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, Woody Aragon "The Spanish Wizard Talks Card Magic, Competitions and More". YouTube. 11.9.21


The Illusioneer Presents, Thursday 16th September, London. From the organisers: Bringing together some of London's most talented magicians for a full evening of sophisticated entertainment in an elegant setting. The Illusioneer Presents is a mix of close-up, casino magic, parlour magic and magical games, presented by our eclectic team of talented performers in the magnificent surroundings of Dulwich College Old Library. Before the show, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a drink at the bar which will remain open throughout the evening. The evening starts with an hour long presentation of parlour magic and feats of illusion performed by individual members of the Illusioneer team and guest performers. Continuing the evening you can stroll around, drink in hand, pausing at different performance booths to enjoy the entertainment on show. Tickets only £25 (plus booking fee) from with all profits from the evening going to support the charity Breathe Arts Health Research. For more information about the Illusioneer visit Thursday 16th September at 7.10pm. The Illusioneer, Dulwich College Old Library, Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD. 11.9.21


Get Your Act Together. "Steps singer Claire Richards is mentored by fire-eating act the Black Fire Girls, former politician Ann Widdecombe joins circus ringmaster Norman Barrett, one-time Coronation Street star Oliver Mellor (Dr Matt Carter) is coached by musical quintet the Bottle Boys, TOWIE's Elliott Wright teams up with Cyr wheel performer Billy George, and TV personality Nancy Dell'Olio collaborates with illusionist Hans Klok. Host Stephen Mulhern follows the rehearsals leading up to the contestants' big performances as they compete for a place in the final in a fortnight alongside Ray Quinn, Chip and last week's winning act, James Bolam. Repeat. Saturday 18th September on Virgin Media Two." See TV Magic for details. 11.9.21


Win a mini illusion with Magicseen. From the publishers: We like to offer our readers the chance to win some excellent prizes and in our celebratory issue 100, we have a rather unique prize which has been kindly provided by one of our regular advertisers, Discount Magic. They are offering two winners the chance to own a mini table top illusion called The Appearing Man. In this unusual effect, a toy box is shown all round and the doors opened back and front to show it is empty. The doors are then closed and when they are re-opened, a Lego magician figure has appeared inside! Easy to do, you receive everything needed to construct and perform this close-up effect. To win one of the two on offer, simply get your copy of Magicseen 100 and answer the question correctly that you will find on the competition page, and then your name will go in the prize draw at the end of September. Go to for information on subscriptions and individual copy purchases. 11.9.21


Congratulations to Reg Martin! Mike Ingham writes: Fabulous news, our Founder and Honorary Life President Reg Martin has won The Magic Circle's Cecil Lyle Award, presented annually to the author of the best trick published in The Magic Circular. Our heartfelt congratulations to Reg who is a brilliant magic inventor, with many tricks and ideas in print and in production. We are honoured to have him as Honorary President of our club, The Kent Magicians Guild. 11.9.21


The Mark Leveridge Zoom Open Event. On Wednesday 22nd September Mark Leveridge will be presenting his E-Club Pro Live Zoom Lecture. Starting at 7.30pm BST, the lecture lasts 2 hours and is full of practical magic suitable for close-up, stand-up/parlour and mentalism. So if you would like to learn a simple version of Triumph, or a strong ring onto pencil move, or how to change the colour of a sponge ball with empty hands and no gimmicks, or how to make a real wine glass turn invisible, or how to make a borrowed ring instantly vanish and appear linked on a pair of glasses held in a case by a spectator, plus plenty more, then you need to book your 'seat' right now! For just £15.00 you not only get admission to the Zoom event, but you also will get access to a recording of the lecture afterwards to enable further revision. For more info and to book your place go to 11.9.21


The Gathering, 6th of October, Special Guest Lecture: Richard Whymark (Ventriloquist and Comedy Magician). From the organisers: Richard will be entertaining us in the first half of the evening with close-up comedy magic, and then after an interval in the second half he will be doing comedy ventriloquism. This is going to be a real fun evening not to be missed, so see you on the night! Richard Whymark is one of East Anglia's top comedy performers. In a career which spans over 25 years Richard has performed all over the UK at a variety of venues including theatres, clubs, holiday centres, comedy clubs and at private functions. Established as a stand-up comedy ventriloquist, his act also features impressions and comedy magic. Richard was a winner on ITV's Stand Up Britain and he has also featured on BBC and Sky TV. He is also a regular guest on BBC Radio Suffolk. During the past five years Richard has starred in The Great British Seaside Special which he co-wrote with fellow comedians Andy Leach and Ian Larkin. This will be a night you won't forget. Wednesday 6th of October at 8pm at The Grosvenor Casino, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 3JG. 11.9.21


Blackpool Magicians' Club Clubroom Magic Auction. Blackpool Magicians' Club write: After many requests we have reintroduced the BMC Clubroom Magic Auctions. Blackpool Magicians' Club Clubroom Magic Auction on Thursday 28th October 2021 at Blackpool Magicians' Club, 56-60 Caunce Street, Blackpool FY1 3LE. Commences 6pm prompt with viewing from 5pm. Admission is £4 for non-members. For further details please contact Michael Shepherd 11.9.21


Merlin Magical Society Magic Auction, Potters Bar. John Clayton writes: On the 23rd of September and the 4th November, we will be holding an auction to sell the magic effects of the late Michael Chandler, who sadly passed away in 2019. As there are so many items for sale, we are hoping to auction most of it over the two dates given above, though we may also hold a third one next year. Michael was quite a collector of magical effects, some of which are very rare. There are over 300 items for sale, that are all in good condition. The Auction will be on a pay as you buy basis, so please bring lots of £1 coins, as well as notes to keep the auction running smoothly. Free Entry for non members. Please note: Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start at Little Heath Parish Hall, Thornton Road, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1JJ. Also see 11.9.21


The ESP Test Kit by Steve Cook - Alakazam Magic: Steve Cook has done it again with the ESP Test Kit. This brilliant effect is a mix of Mentalism, Remote Viewing, Psychometry and Precognition. Imagine having a spectator place the five ESP symbol cards in to separate envelopes. They place one Envelope in the supplied ESP Test Control wallet and one in their pocket. Now, and with going nowhere near the envelopes (if you should so choose) you start to reveal where each ESP Symbol is, even predicting ahead of time which card would be put in their pocket. If that wasn’t enough as a kicker your spectator is given the ability to read your mind! 11.9.21


Bargain Loving Brits in the Sun. "New Saydo Park arrivals Carole and Phyllis already love life in Spain but they want to experience more of the community spirit, so they sign up for fellow resident Margaret's mystery tour. Where will it take them? Tree surgeon Rocky faces danger on a daily basis as he tends to the high branches of the Costa del Sol, while young magician Dean faces the first night of a residency at the Chamber of Secrets theatre. Starring John Thomson." Wednesday 15th September on Channel 5. Repeat. See TV Magic for details. 11.9.21


"Art Industry News: Sotheby’s Will Astound and Amaze With a Sale of Magician Ricky Jay’s Spellbinding Collection" Click Here • "What does The Magician tarot card mean?" Click Here • "TikTok magician and RFDS star Ash Magic performs a mind-bending trick on The Morning Show" Click Here • "Magician Criss Angel, 53, soaks up the sun with pregnant wife Shaunyl Benson, 30, and their boys in Mexico before welcoming baby number three" Click Here • "Throwback: When Magician David Blaine Left Michael Jordan Stunned" Click Here • "Review: 'Magic Goes Wrong' at Liverpool Empire" Click Here • "Magic Goes Wrong – Liverpool Empire" Click Here • "Ali Cook Amazes Daryl McCormack" YouTube • That's it! See you next week, Duncan. 11.9.21