Number 1110 - Saturday 2nd October 2021


Pete Firman's Bag of Tricks - October Tour Dates. Pete Firman is one of the UK’s most popular magicians and he’s 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 ITV’s Tonight at the London Palladium and The Next Great Magician, and on BBC1’s The Magicians, The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. "The new poster-boy for British comedy magic." The Telegraph. See to book. 2.10.21


The Magician's Elephant. "Magic is always impossible. That’s what makes it magic" Baltese is a town where nothing extraordinary ever happens. Recovering from a recent war, it’s a lonely place, where young Peter lives a harsh life. Then one day, a magician conjures an elephant from the sky. The creature’s appearance sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that it changes Baltese forever. Peter is catapulted into the quest of his life, overturning everything he ever thought he knew, and discovering that happiness can come from the most unexpected places.

Adapted from Kate DiCamillo's prize-winning novel, directed by Sarah Tipple (Associate Director The Boy in the Dress) and designed by Colin Richmond (Wendy & Peter Pan), this brand new musical for all the family reminds us all that even the impossible can be possible when we open our eyes and hearts to those around us. Recommended for ages six to 106. Trailer: YouTube. Magic Consultant: John Bulleid Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 14th October 2021 - 1st January 2022. Tickets: "Guest Blog: Magic Consultant John Bulleid on The Magician's Elephant" Click Here.


The new deluxe edition of Robert-Houdin’s Memoirs is available to pre-order today, exclusively from Robert-Houdin is affectionately referred to as "the father of modern magic" in gratitude of the many developments he made in the art of conjuring. He created many magic effects and pioneered the use of electricity, both for stage tricks and for more practical purposes. In this book, he describes his life, achievements and struggles with great story-telling and humour.

In this new definitive edition, Lacelles Wraxall’s 1859 translation is reproduced in full, along with his preface written for the British and American editions. It is the first British edition to be fully indexed and it also includes a new introduction. The hardback book has 353 pages, illustrated buckram boards, black card endpapers, head and tail bands and a dust jacket. It is £25 and will be released on the 22nd of October.

As a special offer, the first fifty orders of this book will also receive a strictly limited reprint of Robert-Houdin's The Priory, The Home of Robert-Houdin, translated by Professor Hoffmann. Only 50 copies of these 14-page A5 booklets will be produced. For more details and photos of the book, and to reserve your copy, visit


Magic Goes Wrong: West End Cast Announced. From the producers: Magic Goes Wrong follows a hapless gang of moderately skilled and accident-prone magicians presenting a charity fundraiser. As the accidents spiral out of control, so does their fundraising target! Created with Magic legends Penn & Teller, this evening of grand illusion with breath-taking tricks and typical Mischief comedy will tickle your funny bones and fill you with wonder.

Starring: Scott Hunter (Mel), Shane David-Joseph (Sophisticato), Louise Beresford (Peg), Henry Lewis (Mind Mangler), Jane Milligan (Madame Escapade), Genevieve Nicole (Eugenia), Sydney K Smith (Mickey), Kazeem Tosin-Amore (The Blade) and Nancy Zamit (Martina). The company is completed by Steph De Whalley, Christian James and Tom Wainwright. From 21st October, Apollo Theatre, London. See YouTube and


Norvil & Josephine's 'Egyptian Hall' Show - Wednesday, 27th October, Harrow Arts Centre, London. Norvil & Josephine turn the classic notion of a comedy Vaudeville act on its head in their new show full of twists and turns. It’s time for the magician to find new dreams while the assistant calls the shots! Bodies will levitate, minds will be read, and (nearly) death-defying feats will bedazzle body, mind and soul! Get ready for the inconceivable to become... erm... ceivable! This theatrical magic show also features song, acrobatics and dance to delight the whole family.

Norvil & Josephine have appeared on London’s West End, at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and at The Wintergarten in Berlin. Next up at Harrow Arts Centre on Wednesday 27th October for three shows at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Tickets: £10 / £8 concs. Running time: 50 minutes.


The Real Magic Show - Surrey. From the organisers: Welcome to ‘The Real Magic Show’. An exciting showcase of some of the finest magic from the best magicians in the UK today. If you’re coming out of lockdown and are looking for an immersive magical experience that will simply blow your mind then ‘The Real Magic Show’ is perfect for you and your guests. We set the benchmark high, using only the finest magicians in our shows. All our performers are members of the prestigious Magic Circle. This is the very best way to experience spellbinding magic in an intimate setting with all the action happening right before your eyes and directly under your nose. Magic as it should be seen!


‘The Real Magic Show’ is 90 minutes of jaw-dropping magic. We welcome anyone to our shows that has a love or interest in magic and whilst we encourage families and groups of all sizes, we would gently advise families that the show isn’t recommended for young children under the age of 10. This show has unreserved seating and takes place in our Function Room on Saturday 16th October at 8pm and Saturday 20th November at 8pm at Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Surrey GU15 3SY For more information see The show is suitable for ages 10+. 2.10.21


Magicseen Lite Issue 15. From the publishers: Everyone loves something for nothing, which is why Magicseen's series of free Lite download taster editions are so popular with magicians all around the world. The latest Magicseen Lite (#15) has a selection of the content that appeared in the full Magicseen 100 celebration issue. You will enjoy the full article on Kay Dyson (Miss Magic to her friends), learn the importance of creating an onstage personality in an extract from Paul McCrory's book Hook Your Audience, consider whether live shows are always better than Zoom presentations in Pros and Cons, and learn Card In Glove, a timely effect by Jon Allen from the Masterclass. Plus...there's an interesting account of early gospel magicians by Mark Foster in Shop Talk, Graham Hey looks back at some of the stand out cover magicians who have graced Magicseen's front page at some point during the run of 100 issues, and as usual we give you some of the product reviews to ponder too. You can download your free copy of Magicseen Lite Issue 15 right now from 2.10.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Brian Miller & Audrey on 'Five Magic Minutes' from 1980. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 2.10.21


Pop Haydn 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. "The Legend Talks Characters, Performing, Steampunk and The Magic Castle." YouTube. 2.10.21


Merlins of Wakefield publish their new 24 page Autumn edition of Merlins Mail next week. You can get a free copy by emailing them with your postal address, to or can download a PDF copy now: Click Here. They are always looking to buy any used magic or books you are no longer using, and will arrange collection from you at no cost. Get in touch if you need anything sorting out and they will do their best to help. 2.10.21


The Leicester Magicians Network Bring and Buy Night. Adam Edgeley writes: On the 20th of October The LMN will be hosting our first "Bring and Buy Night". An in-person meeting and social, at our club room in the Leicester Railwaymen’s Club, Leicester Street, Leicester LE5 4FS at 7pm. An opportunity for our members and friends to buy, swap and trade magical related items with each other. Effects, books, cards etc. you name it! The evening will be hosted by the club founders. More details will be provided in coming weeks to club members. Non-members are more than welcome please contact the club for more information. 2.10.21


'The Illusioneer Presents' - London. From the organisers: This is our Showcase Event, all profits including performers fees going to our special charity "Breathe" and supported by Dulwich College. 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 magic, 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. Thursday October 14th at 7pm. Tickets £25 (plus booking fee) via Venue: Dulwich College Old Library, Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD 2.10.21


E-Club Pro - Free For Three Months. MLM write: Mark Leveridge's online magic resource, E-Club Pro, is crammed full of fantastic, practical magic and on-the-money help and advice backed up by his 40 years of full time professional experience. Irrespective of whether you are earning money with magic or whether you are simply an enthusiastic amateur, E-Club Pro offers a huge amount that will enrich your magical life. And this month there's never been a better time to join! Sign up before the 31st October 2021 at £12.00 a month on a rolling PayPal monthly payment and for each of your first three months of membership you will receive a special Discount Code worth £12.00 to put towards any purchase of MLM download products. In fact, because as a member of E-Club Pro you automatically qualify for a 50% reduction on the normal product prices, it effectively means that your £12.00 discount voucher will purchase you £24.00 worth of product at the regular rates! So, three months of free membership to E-Club Pro and a doubling of your purchasing pound - too good to miss surely? To find out more about E-Club Pro go to and sign up now to ensure you get these terrific benefits. 2.10.21


The Nottingham Guild of Magicians, Thursday 7th October. Stuart Brown writes: We are now back and fully open with the return of face to face meetings with our first double lecture from Mark Traversoni and Mark Infiniti who will be presenting their lecture that features magic from their real world working performances.

Taking place on Thursday 7th October at our usual venue: Pond Hills Lane Community Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR. Doors open at 7pm with a 7.30pm start. There is a small entrance fee to pay on the door for visiting magicians. We are limited to numbers so if you wish to attend please pre-book your place by contacting our President, Andrew Morrison tel: 07966 494095 or email: for more information.


Bexley Magic Society Auction. Roy Marsh MIMC writes: It is the effects of one person who has died and the proceeds will go to Bexley Magic Society club funds. Bidding is by personal attendance on Wednesday 6th October at Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA8 6JP. Doors open 7.30pm. Auctioneer Terry Herbert. Non-members welcome. 2.10.21


Brad Meltzer's Decoded. Houdini: Murdered? "Could Houdini have been murdered? Experts investigate a list of suspects, finding that the magician may have been embroiled in international espionage." (Repeat) Friday 8th October on Sky History 2. See TV Magic for details. 2.10.21


"Derren Brown Showman arrives at Blackpool Opera House" Click Here • "Much-loved Herne Bay magician was wracked by guilt over debts" Click Here • "Alex Lodge's First Ever TV Appearance" YouTube • "Magician Ash K. Accuses National Publics Radio and PRX of Conspiracy To Ignore" Click Here • "Out of work magician conjures up new small business" Click HereAnd finally, wow, listen to Tony Bennett at 95 YouTube That's all for this week. Your UK magic news is always welcomed. Have a good weekend, Duncan. 2.10.21