Number 1112 - Saturday 16th October 2021


Jonathan Goodwin, Britain's foremost daredevil escapologist, rushed into hospital on Thursday following a stunt that went terribly wrong. Described as a modern-day superhero, somewhere between Houdini and Superman, Goodwin has constantly challenged himself in a never-ending series of death defying stunts. Just last year viewers were stunned by his performances on America's Got Talent 2020, see MagicWeek 1049 (1st August 20200) and number 1056 (19th September 2020) for videos. His latest stunt was in rehearsals for the upcoming show America's Got Talent: Extreme.


"AGT: Extreme Contestant Jonathan Goodwin Hospitalized After Daredevil Stunt Goes Wrong"

"America's Got Talent stuntman almost dies after he fell 70 feet during show rehearsal"

"Stuntman Almost Dies In Horrific Accident"
"‘America’s Got Talent: Extreme’ Pauses Production After On-Set Accident"


Magicbox One Day Convention - Today! 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. 16.10.21


David Alnwick's Nightmare Magic - London Horror Festival 28th & 29th October. A Ghost Story told using Magic. Writer and Magician David Alnwick brings his Sold-Out Edinburgh Fringe hit show to London Horror Festival on 28th & 29th October at 8.30pm at the Pleasance, London. When Rob Blake discovers a coded journal in his late uncle's attic, he enlists his oldest friend David to help decipher its secrets. Join David, as he demonstrates their terrifying discoveries to the world.

Magicians Only Note: Hey MagicWeek reader, this is a part play/part magic performance. It isn't a series of tricks where the 'this bowl of rice represents the universe' or 'this signed playing card represents your soul', in fact, there's no magic by analogy. It's more akin to a series of experiments and demonstrations of cursed/curious objects, each with a haunted history. While I'm the only performer on stage, I'm not the only voice in the show, and there's an overarching narrative connecting it all together. I'm proud of it, and if you're a fan of Lovecraftian horror and magic then I think you'll like it. Check out the ticket link below and don't hesitate to get in touch via the website to find out more.

"Among the most enjoyable, and almost certainly the most spontaneously funny magician's on the Fringe." ★★★★ Broadway Baby. Tickets: Also see and


Northern Magic Circle Online Zoom Dinner - 22nd October. Brian Lead, Secretary of the Northern Magic Circle, writes: Our President, Roy Field, invites you to join him for some 'after dinner' entertainment via Zoom on Friday, 22nd October; 7.30pm for 8 o’clock. Owing to the ongoing pandemic, we have to ask you to provide your own meal in the comfort of your own home while we present the cabaret.

Roy will formally welcome guests to this autumn event at 8pm, and Alan Maskell, President of the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, will propose a toast to the Society. The entertainment will begin with the talented young magician Lorenzo, finalist in the Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year competition. President Roy will talk about 'X-Rated Magic', illustrated with examples! From the archives, we will have Chairman Clive Moore, performing in the last century. Top of the bill will be the wonderfully talented Nikola Arkane from Northern Ireland (winner of the two top close-up awards at the last British Ring convention), performing at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Then, there will be time to socialise. Do please support this free event and enjoy some Northern hospitality. If not a member, contact John Russell and you will receive the link two days before.


South Tyneside International Magic Festival Family Magic Extravaganza and Gala Show 15th - 16th October 2021. From the organisers: There will be star-studded shows on offer for all to enjoy. However due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the usual convention that takes place as part of the festival will not go ahead this year. The gala show features Nutty Noah (Winner of UK Family Entertainer 2018), Dave Loosley (a magician, mind reader and funny man), Max Fulham (comedian and ventriloquist), Joel Dickinson (a master of misdirection) and White Magic stunning illusionists and contortion). For full details see 16.10.21


The London Magic Convention - Sold Out! Andy & Preston Nyman write: We are overwhelmed by the response to the announcement of the LMC. The convention sold out in four days, it’s incredible. Please do not turn up on the day hoping to get in, as you will be disappointed. Have no fear, we will be back next year. To join the mailing list go to 16.10.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week René Lavand in a guest spot on The Paul Daniels Magic Show from 23rd January 1993. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 16.10.21


The Magic Circle Dealers Day - next Saturday! 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. 16.10.21


Laura London 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. "Laura London is one of the world’s best female sleight of hand artists. She is also a highly skilled close-up magician, a cabaret performer, a motivational speaker and an acclaimed lecturer on various aspects of the history of magic" YouTube. 16.10.21


David Copperfield's History of Magic. By David Copperfield, Richard Wiseman and David Britland, with photographs by Homer Liwag. An illustrated, illuminating insight into the world of illusion from the world's greatest and most successful magician, capturing its audacious and inventive practitioners, and showcasing the art form's most famous artifacts housed at David Copperfield's secret museum.


Professor Richard Wiseman and David Copperfield in conversation Click Here. David Copperfield's History of Magic will be released on November 25th in the UK and is now available for pre-order from 16.10.21


Magical Women with Connie Boyd - David Copperfield All-Star Magic Panel. With Carisa Hendrix, Dania Diaz, Billy Kidd and Josephine Lee: YouTube (part 1) YouTube (part 2). 16.10.21


Jake Banfield: Modern Magic, Saturday 23rd October, London. Jake returns to the Charlotte Street Hotel this October with his amazing magic show. Downstairs in the sumptuous screening room at the Charlotte Street Hotel, the audience will have their minds read, senses manipulated and experience some of the most astonishing feats of modern magic. Sit down and relax as Jake takes you on a journey of dapper deception, sophisticated sleight of hand and mischievous mind games. Saturday 23rd October 2021. Tickets: £35. Venue: The Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ. 16.10.21


A new issue of The Dodo is out now. The Dodo contains mainly card magic, mentalism, and humour that some will find offensive. Over 18's only. Very limited numbers. For payment details email 16.10.21


Surrey Society Close-up Competition 2021. Adam Mosley writes: On Thursday, the 14th of October the Surrey Society of Magicians held their annual Close-up Competition. There was a packed auditorium with a mixture of magicians and laypeople watching the ten acts in the theatre. A great night was had by all with a very high standard throughout. We would like to thank the audience members, Geoff Pescud the compère, the two lay judges, and our magical judge Jamie Raven for their hard task in choosing the top three acts. In third place was Tommy Knight, second was Steve McShane and in first place was Colin Peters (pictured). A great evening all round. The Mary Oberoi comedy award was won by Colin Peters. Another fantastic competition night! 16.10.21


Popup Auction Services online Magic Auction now live. From the promoter: A one-off auction by Popup Auction Services of magic books and tricks closes at 3.30pm (BST) on Wednesday, 20th October. This is a timed online auction with over 1,500 magic books. All bids are hidden. Bid what you think a book or trick is worth, and we will inform you if your bid is successful. Books in the auction include rare books, oddities, and essential reading. Final bids must be made by 3.30pm (BST) on the 20th October when the auction goes offline. You can find details at 16.10.21


DTrik at the Kent Magicians Guild on Tuesday 26th October. Mike Ingham writes: Mike Sullivan of DTrik (The Magic of Wayne Dobson) has agreed to come along to our club to demonstrate the DTrik classics and show off some new effects they have been working on. Anyone who has used any DTrik effects knows they are very commercial products at very reasonable prices. The quality is very high and the routines are guaranteed to bring laughter to any audience. We invite all magicians to come along and join in the evening. Guest tickets are only £5, please email me at to reserve a place. Venue: The Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1ZZ 16.10.21


Blackpool Magicians' Club Clubroom Magic Auction - 28th October. 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 16.10.21


Norvil & Josephine's Top Hat Act - London Dates. Saturday 23rd October and Sunday 24th October at Battersea Power Station (The Coaling Jetty) and Friday 29th October at King's Cross Station. 3 Shows per day. Norvil & Josephine have created a mobile top hat theatre stage that will be touring London this mid-term. The comedy magic duo turn the classic notion of a Vaudeville act on its head in their new mobile show full of twists and turns. It's street theatre like no other!


Norvil & Josephine have appeared on London’s West End, at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and at The Wintergarten in Berlin. These mid-term shows are made possible thanks to generous support from Battersea Arts Centre and The Mayor of London. Showtimes for these free shows will appear on the Pop-Up London website. Running time: 30 minutes. 16.10.21


Oliver Tabor Lecture - Pentacle Club, Cambridge, 19th October. From the organisers: Oliver's lecture covers ideas and effects from his experience on stage, at corporate events, cruise ships, on TV and beyond! Tuesday 19th October. Doors 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 door charge. Venue: Pentacle Club, St Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 3JS. 16.10.21


E-Club Pro Select New Releases. The two routines extracted from the E-Club Pro vaults that have been added to the Select range in October are: 1. Amazon Predictor. An Amazon book box is displayed and inside, it is claimed, is a book which Amazon has decided – in advance! – that a spectator is going to order! Seven large cards, each depicting a different book title, are mixed and a spectator is invited to select any number from one to seven and this will be used to eliminate book titles until just one remains. Once the elimination process is complete, the final book selection is revealed. Incredibly, when the book box is opened that is indeed the very book that is packaged inside. Very easy to do, this is perfect for parlour or stage shows. 2. Ribbon Spread Reverse. A freely chosen and signed card is shuffled back into a deck which is then ribbon spread face down across the table. The magician claims that he will now make the selection magically reveal itself. Flipping the spread deck face up, instantly one card in the centre is now seen to be reversed and still be face down. On removing it the reversed card is seen to be the signed selection. This requires a one-time preparation of a single card, but it is easy to perform. The selection is genuinely free and there is no real re-set. Both these video downloads cost just £7.00. To watch dems and to order go to 16.10.21


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news (major and minor), but please remember the news deadline: Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. Many thanks, DT. 16.10.21


"David Copperfield is the eternal magic man" Click Here • "Pete Holmes Is Grateful He Isn't A Magician" YouTube • "The Prestige: the real-life warring Victorian magicians who inspired the film" Click Here • "TV magician who's appeared on The Generation Game reunited with stolen unicycle" Click Here • "The Prestige Ending Explained" Click Here • "David Copperfield brings past to present in a dramatic, powerful way in Las Vegas" Click Here • "Michael Jordan Tried To Trick Magician David Blaine: 'I Didn't Shuffle, I Tried To Trick You'" Click Here • "Magician Kevin Quantum set for Hopeman show" Click Here • "Famous magician to hold meet and greet in Rochdale" Click Here • That's it! Many thanks for your news as always - see you next week, Duncan. 16.10.21