Number 1109 - Saturday 25th September 2021


Magicbox One Day Convention - Saturday 16th October. From the organisers: Magicbox are delighted to be able to offer a one-off super special magic day! In the absence of this year’s South Tyneside International Magic Festival, Magicbox have organised 6 of the UK's top magicians to offer their lectures right here in the Magicbox mini theatre. Dave Loosley, Tom Crosbie, Luke Jermay, Joel Dickinson, Noah Kelly (Nutty Noah) and Kennedy will lecture between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 16th October. See for full details. In addition and in absence of the usual convention, the Customs House, South Shields are running two gala shows. On Friday 15th October 'Family Magic Extravaganza' Click Here and on Saturday 16th October 'South Tyneside International Gala Show' Click Here. 25.9.21


Magic Circle President Megan Swann in the News.

"‘Historic moment’: Magician Megan Swann becomes The Magic Circle’s first female president"

"The Magic Circle appoints its youngest, and first female, president"
"Magic Circle elects Megan Swann as first female president"
"Magic Circle elects its first woman president - who performs 'environmentally themed' tricks to teach children about climate change"

"Front Row: Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, Megan Swann, Richard Smyth, The Story of Looking."

"‘Cop26 is dream gig’: Magic Circle chief wants to aid planet with climate show"

Photo credit: Henri White. 25.9.21


West End Magic returns! Saturday 2nd October at 3.30pm. From the producers: The London family-friendly show returns featuring incredible magic, mind reading mysteries, hilarious comedy and ventriloquism, plus some bloke trying to escape from his jacket! This first show will include mind-reading impossibilities from Britain’s Got Talent finalists James & Dylan Piper, TV ventriloquist Max Fulham, conjuring feats from Oliver Tabor, wonderful wizardry from Taylor Morgan and the comedy magic of Wayne Trice. The (West End) magic returns! Introducing some of the most exciting names in the UK, delivering the best in magic, illusion, comedy and variety. Tickets: Click Here. Box Office 020 7734 2222. Also see 25.9.21


Houdini’s Lost Diaries, part of the History Channel’s ‘History’s Greatest Mysteries' season, is being shown on History Channel US at 8pm EST (midnight GMT) next Tuesday, 28th September. Made by the BBC for The History Channel, it's looking likely to be one of the most in-depth Houdini documentaries ever, and as the title suggests, it will examine the content of Houdini's diaries which have until now largely remained hidden; focusing on Houdini's fascination with danger and death in particular.

Paul Zenon, in addition to being one of the talking heads on the show, alongside Teller, Jonathan Goodwin, Mike Caveney, Joshua Jay, and others, supplied the magic and escapology props, and will be appearing in around a dozen different guises in the recreation of photographic stills from various periods in Houdini’s career. Here's Paul, on set, as Jim Collins, Houdini’s right-hand man during his on-stage Water Torture Cell.


This is accessible via History Play here in UK after the 28th, or via live streaming at the time (available through various media such as Amazon and Apple TV), and will be on Sky History at a later date. Also see 25.9.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Boyzone's Stephen Gately on 'The All Star Talent Show' from October 2006, demonstrating what a natural performer he was. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. DT. 25.9.21


Christian Lee is Magic! 25th-30th October 2021. Half-term fun for all the family, from "The King of Comedy Magic" Jacksons Lane, London. Reaching the live finals of Britain’s Got Talent and with over 500 million YouTube hits worldwide, Christian Lee is "The King of Comedy Magic" (Time Out). Bringing fun, frolics and illusion to Jacksons Lane for the half-term (with a special guest joining him each day), kids and grown-ups won't believe their eyes at this non-stop feast of tricks, magic and comedy. Not to be missed! "Christian is one of the few magicians who genuinely crosses the divide between comedy and magic. He possesses the comic genius of Tommy Cooper along with world class skill" TNT Magazine. Monday 25th to Saturday 30th October 12noon & 3pm. Tickets £12.95. For more info and to book see 25.9.21


Pete Turner 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. "In this interview Craig and Pete talk about his career. Pete talks about how he got started in magic and mentalism and how his career eventually led to him working with Ellusionist." YouTube. 25.9.21


Magicians Advice Podcast. Hosted by Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan: "Join Phil and Ian as they talk about building a character. How do you work out your character? Do you perform as yourself or as someone else? What makes a character interesting?" 25.9.21


Piff Origin Story YouTube. 25.9.21


E-Club Pro Live Zoom Lecture Video. The final presentation of the 2019-2021 version of Mark Leveridge's E-Club Pro Live lecture has now taken place, bringing to an end a 3 year run of lectures that started as live events and changed mid way through to Zoom presentations. The lecture was very well received both at societies in the UK and abroad, as well as at a couple of Zoom Open Events. Did you not get to see it? Well, all is not lost as a recording of the final Zoom presentation was made and a 90 minute video produced featuring a performance and explanation of all 10 of the routines included in the lecture. The magic is varied and has material that can be used table hopping, at mix and mingle events, for parlour shows, or just at home for family and friends. Everything is practical and uses in the main objects you will have such as coins, cards, envelopes, sponge balls, ESP cards, finger rings, even a wine glass! You will find this lecture fun, instructive and full of great routines, plus there are a number of utility moves and ideas that can be adapted to many other effects as well. You can purchase this downloadable video right now for just £20.00 from 25.9.21


Perth Magic Circle - meetings start again from October 6th. Adrian Harris writes: After the enforced 18 month closure of the Circle due to the Scottish Government restrictions, we are relieved and pleased to announce that meetings will resume on Wednesday, 6th October. Meetings will continue to be held at The Perth Ex-Servicemens Club in Brown Street commencing 7.30pm. As always, a warm invitation is extended to any magicians visiting the area, or prospective new members who would like to know what goes on at the club. Join in the banter and generally just have an enjoyable night out. More information from the Secretary, Adrian Harris on 01738 628985 or email 25.9.21


Paul Abbey Lecture, South Downs Magicians. From the organisers: On Wednesday 6th October at 8pm South Downs Magicians will be having a lecture by Paul Abbey He will be talking about Stage, Close-up and Escapes, so something for everybody. Guests are welcome at a fee of £8.00, COVID conditions apply, and we request that all attending wear a mask. Wednesday 6th October, at 8 pm. The venue is Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6BJ. Anyone wishing to come along please contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126 25.9.21


The Davenport Collection website - now faster with improved searching. The secret is not magnets, threads or elastic, but an update to the latest approach to information handling and access featuring over 2,000 items, including magic apparatus, posters and ephemera, all with photographs and background information. No assistant needed. Do take a look - it’s quite a collection, including talks and articles by well-respected magic historians and collectors. The latest quarterly e-newsletter is out now. If you’d like to join the mailing list, just contact the curator via the website 25.9.21


From Shrewsbury to Hollywood. Paul Ray writes: 90 year old Geoff Ray has just written his autobiography... 'From Shrewsbury to Hollywood'. It has a forward by 'The Lovely Debbie McGee'! Geoff taught himself magic from a book, and became a well respected magician, travelling the world on the top cruise ships, appearing at the fabulous London Palladium, and performing for top stars in Hollywood! He performed magic for the likes of Muhammad Ali, Priscilla Presley and Tony Curtis. Geoff is a member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. A fascinating book, detailing an incredible life. 'From Shrewsbury to Hollywood' is a must-read book... all profits will be going to Alzheimer's Research UK. Geoff's wife and stage assistant of 65 years, Molly, sadly died in November from this awful disease. One in every 3 people born today will die from Dementia. [From Shrewsbury to Hollywood is priced at £15.99 plus £1.70 p&p UK. To order email for details]. 25.9.21


Mel Harvey returns to the Leeds City Varieties this weekend with his comedy magic act. Billed as "The Sophisticated Sorcerer" the act usually unravels within the first minute, with his high-kicking BGT rabbit making an appearance somewhere! There are performances on Friday 24th at 7pm and Saturday 25th at 2pm. It is a full production of The Good Old Days with Bobby Crush topping the bill. Mel said it was great to finally be back in the theatres, and looks forward to a full tour in 2022. 25.9.21


4K Color Vision Box - Alakazam Magic. With 4K Color Vision, Brent Braun takes a magic kit classic to new heights. Whether you're performing for magicians or a lay audience, if your audience thinks they've seen this before, they're about to have their world turned upside down! This incredible update to the classic color vision box is a multi-phase jaw-dropper with a simple prop that you can perform anytime, anywhere... find out all about it: 25.9.21


First Dates. A sexual health advisor with two soon-to-be-married daughters goes looking for love, and a part-time singer enjoys an evening with a professional magician. Other visitors to the restaurant include an accountant contemplating parenthood, a car enthusiast who has been single for seven years, and a call-centre worker who has yet to fall in love. Monday 4th October on Channel 4. See TV Magic for details. 25.9.21


"Magic Goes Wrong in the West End full casting announced" Click Here • "Why Jason Sudeikis Began Carrying A Deck Of Cards Everywhere" Click Here • "Review: Derren Brown's Showman at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury" Click Here • "Everything you need to know on Derren Brown and his brand new tour Showman which comes to Blackpool Opera House in October" Click Here • "Derren Brown forced to store dead animals in freezer after odd ornaments smashed" Click Here • That's it! Your UK magic news is always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 25.9.21