Number 1111 - Saturday 9th October 2021


Richard Jones Escape - October Tour. From the promoters: Richard Jones was the winner of Britain’s Got Talent and is a British Army soldier as well as one of the world’s greatest magicians in The Inner Magic Circle. Having recently had audiences on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions completely captivated, Richard is extending his sell-out tour of the UK earlier this year.

Therefore due to popularity, new dates in 2021 have been announced where the mesmerising Lance Corporal will confirm exactly what made him the stand out act to win Britain’s top talent show in 2016... And still the only magician to have won the show.

After gasps of emotion shown on the ITV1 programme, much of the audience were reduced to tears when Richard paid tribute to his veteran mentor, Fergus Anckorn – a fellow magician who died in 2018 before his 100th birthday. On his extended tour of Escape, Richard endeavours to break the boundaries of the mind with his ‘magic with meaning’, debuting a further twist on some of his newest, awe-inspiring magic.

In heart-warming memory of Fergus, he will be recreating some of his dear friend’s most incredible tricks too – some of which the legendary soldier only ever taught Richard himself. And let’s not forget what Simon Cowell said... 'You Sir – are a wizard. That has to be magic.'" See for venues and dates. "Britain’s Got Talent-winning magician is ‘super excited’ to be visiting Eastbourne"


Lost in the Shuffle. A feature documentary by Animal Mother Films. Lost in the Shuffle is a brand new, feature length documentary that pays homage to the age-old relationship between magicians and playing cards, using psychology, history, math and art to explore how they’ve become the most prolific prop in the field. With appearances from top magicians Alexandra Duvivier, Michael Vincent, Richard Turner and Juan Tamariz, the film focuses on a theory from two-time world champion Shawn Farquhar that hidden for centuries in the art of the court cards are the clues to the cold case murder of an actual French king in 1498.

On October 19th we’re launching a crowdfunding campaign to help bring our film to life and we’ve amassed a pretty awesome array of perks to show appreciation to our backers, including an exclusive deck of cards being designed by Shawn himself and a VIP experience at the Magic Castle. Please head to today to watch the trailer and on October 19th follow the same link to get to our Kickstarter page.


Paul Zerdin in Pantoland at the Palladium. From the producers: This Christmas the greatest entertainer on earth Donny Osmond and ultimate pantomime star Julian Clary will take you on a magical trip to Pantoland at The Palladium. The home of pantomime will welcome back Palladium panto favourites Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot as well as the return of some past stars of the Palladium’s festive treat including West End sensations Jac Yarrow and Sophie Isaacs. Celebrating the very best of pantomime, with comedy in abundance and big show-stopping numbers, this star-filled extravaganza will be the ultimate feel-good show. If you love pantomime, Pantoland at The Palladium is the place to be this Christmas! 4th December 2021 - 9th January 2022. See 9.10.21


The Century of Deception: Ian Keable and Brian Sibley in Conversation. Tuesday 19th October at 6.30pm at Waterstones, Gower Street, London. Join us for an evening with Ian Keable, Magician and author of 'The Century of Deception: The Birth of the Hoax in Eighteenth Century England', as he details some of the most bamboozling hoaxes of the 18th Century – a woman who birthed rabbits, someone climbing into a bottle in front of a live audience, curious astrological predictions and more hoaxes of intrigue. Ian will be in conversation with the writer, journalist and broadcaster Brian Sibley.

In The Century of Deception, magician and historian Ian Keable tells the engrossing stories of these eighteenth-century hoaxes and those who were duped by them. The English public were hoodwinked time and time again, swallowing whole tales of rapping ghosts, a woman who gave birth to rabbits, a levitating Frenchman in a Chinese Temple and outrageous astrological predictions. Not only were the hoaxes widely influential, drawing in celebrities such as Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Swift, they also inflamed concerns about ‛English credulity’.

Ian Keable obtained a first-class degree from the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, qualified as a chartered accountant and then became a professional magician. A member of The Magic Circle with gold star, he has won several awards for his unique brand of comedy magic. Brian Sibley is a writer, journalist and broadcaster and, for many years, arts presenter for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service; he is also the author of plays and notable, award-winning dramatisations as well as presenting numerous documentaries for BBC’s Radios 2, 3 and 4. For more information and to book a ticket visit


An Evening of Magic & Mind Reading. Jump Start Entertainment presents The Magic Live Lounge at The Chapel Arts House, Ormskirk. Fancy a night out with a difference? Come along to The Magic Live Lounge for an evening of unique mind blowing fun and entertainment featuring several of the UK’s hottest Sleight of Hand Artists, Mind Readers and Illusionists for a truly unforgettable experience. Featuring: The Great Borrini (Mystery Entertainer), Mark Roberts (Sleight of Hand Illusionist), Adam Dadswell (Modern Magician) and Mason King (Mind Reader). Thursday 18th November at 8pm at The Chapel Arts House, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QR. See 9.10.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Paul Daniels and some Mississippi Magic, with guest jockey Bob Champion, on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 24th January 1987. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 9.10.21


Alex Lodge 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. "Alex Lodge, one of the most controversial magicians in the UK, puts the record straight." YouTube. 9.10.21


Svengali Deck: Diamond Edition. Like the classic Svengali Deck, but with a twist that offers endless possibilities. Expertly produced by David Diamond's ''. Find out why this deck is so good... see for ordering details. To really see just what can be achieved I'd recommend that you also sign-up to David Britland's excellent Cardopolis Newsletter. Subscribe at: DT. 9.10.21


The Magic Circle on "Have I Got News for You" BBC iPlayer. 9.10.21


Damon Conlan: Jocular Prestidigitator - Crescent Theatre, Birmingham tonight, Saturday 9th October. Mortals! Witness miracles of the modern age that are in no way understood by science. In my post-apocalyptic sanctuary, observe a new world of mutant showbiz raccoons, cocoa-based gluttony, and spectacular telepathy.... 8pm on Saturday 9th October at The Crescent Theatre, 20 Sheepcote Street, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B16 8AE. See 9.10.21


Kovari's Giant Comedy Drill. Kovari Magic write: New Invention from Kovari Magic - Giant Comedy Drill. As shown at Blackpool 2020. For those performers who use the Passing Water trick, please consider this with special interest. Multiple possibilities for situation comedy. Imagine this: Of a 9 inch long drill, 7 and a half inches are drilled into and out of a volunteer, making a loud drilling sound. The drill is presented in a specially made wooden case that looks like a first-aid box, that will become part of the comedy presentation. It also makes the drill secure for posting and transporting! Introductory price £485.00, plus postage. For further information contact Kovari on 01525 270536 or visit 9.10.21


Magicians Advice Podcast. Hosted by Phil Taylor and Ian Brennan. "For magicians looking to improve the quality of their performance and to get a deeper understanding of this art we call magic." Podbean. 9.10.21


Read My Mind Ltd are proud to present our 'Master Peek' envelopes! A custom made utility prop that allows you an easy, yet ultra deceptive peek of anything written onto the back of a business card. The Master Peek envelopes are expertly manufactured from a high grade Kraft Stock material to match existing envelopes already on the market. The increased thickness of the envelopes adds to their durability, creating another high quality professional mentalism product as you would expect from Read My Mind Ltd. 9.10.21


E-Video Newsletter October 2021. Mark Leveridge writes: The months race round and so it is already time to alert you to the latest Mark Leveridge E-Video Newsletter, the half hour online magic programme. Here is the line up this month: The Teach In – learn a convincing ring onto rope move for stand up work. Pro Peeks – extracted from E-Club Pro’s Tool Box section is a handling finesse for a classic coin vanish. Keeping Control Unplugged – part 16 looks at a whole range of potential distractions that can spoil a children’s show if you let them. Web Offers – discounts for October on a card e-book and a clean coin routine for table work. 60 Seconds To Success – how making small but important changes to gag lines can increase their impact. The Review Corner – Vanishing Inc’s Giant Close Up Pad is reviewed. You can watch the complete programme for free. Simply go to and sign up for Mark's E-Club Lite, and you will then receive an email newsletter at the start of each month containing loads of great content, including the link to watch the E-Video Newsletter. 9.10.21


The Great Kovari at The Mystic Ring. George Hills writes: At the meeting of The Mystic Ring on September 22nd the members were totally enthralled. The reason being that we were fortunate to have a presentation by our president George Kovari (The Great Kovari). The presentation gave an insight into George's introduction to magic in Hungary and arrival in England. Anecdotes throughout his magic career were illustrated with video clips of two of his mentors: Rodolfo and Paul Potassy. A thoroughly enjoyable evening. Thank you George. 9.10.21


"Famous Huddersfield magician finds his 'happy ever after' on E4's 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." See TV Magic for showings. 9.10.21


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