Number 1113 - Saturday 23rd October 2021


Evolution of Magic, Blackpool - Final week. From the promoters: Starring Craig Christian Magician and Illusionist who has the dexterity of a true artist. He performs miracles with just a deck of cards. His urban and edgy style is changing the face of magic and entertainment. Whilst Elizabeth’s thought-provoking tales of the impossible delve into the world of the unknown. You may recognise Elizabeth who recently appeared and performed on ITV's ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Having got through to the semi-finals she shocked audiences with a terrifying audition that resulted in Amanda Holden swearing live on stage! Craig and Elizabeth perform all over the world, but enjoy coming back to the home of magic, that is Blackpool. This show is truly a performance not to be missed! Selected dates. See and YouTube. 23.10.21


Kranzilla Unleashed. From the publishers: A New Book Plus A Special Offer. Magicseen Publications are delighted to announce the impending release of a brand new printed book featuring the magic of US performer Nathan Kranzo. Called Kranzilla Unleashed, this 119 page 6" x 9" soft cover illustrated tome contains over 60 routines, ideas and visual gags from an entertainer who blends a quirky sense of humour with often easy-to-do yet killer magic. With material suitable for close-up, stand-up and mentalism, you will discover in this book magic to delight and entertain your audiences, magic which ranges from the unusual (e.g. visibly moving a watch tan up your arm!) to traditional (e.g. a spectator cuts to the four Aces) and much of it is infused with the Kranzo humour and fun.


Kranzilla Unleashed will be available from the w/c 15th November 2021, but if you place your order before the 8th November, you can take advantage of a special offer where you can at the same time either take out a subscription to Magicseen (1 or 2 years, printed or download) for half price, or if you already subscribe, you can extend your current sub at the half price rate too. For more details and to order go to Please note that the half price subscription offer expires on the 7th November, so act now. 23.10.21


Magic at the Angles. Starring comedy magician Mandy Muden, multi award-winning magician Richard Griffin, comedy variety act Ben Langley and comedy magician Olly Day at the Angles Theatre, Wisbech on Saturday 30th October. Showtimes 2.30pm and 7.30pm, tickets adults £14.00 kids £11.50. Book now at 23.10.21


The new deluxe edition of Robert-Houdin’s Memoirs is out 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 is available to purchase today.

As a special offer, the first fifty orders of this book 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. Most of these have been snapped up during the pre-order but there are still some available.

For more details and photos of the book, and to purchase your copy visit


Marc Kerstein 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. "Marc Kerstein, the undisputed king of app magic, talks apps, creativity and more." YouTube 23.10.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week Wayne Dobson, captured here during his breakthrough period, on Live From Her Majesty's some 36 years ago on 27th October 1985. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here 23.10.21


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." Phil and Ian are joined by Shawn Farquhar and Jon Ornoy to talk about their film Lost in the Shuffle: Podbean. 23.10.21


The Magic Circle Dealers Day - today from 10am! 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. 23.10.21


Marc Oberon South London Magic Society Lecture. From the organisers: FISM winner Marc Oberon presents his lecture (performance and explanations) of many of his original ideas to South London Magic Society on Tuesday 2nd November from 8pm - 10pm at Clock House Church Hall, Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JP. See: EWave, Way Out, Master Deck, Incarnation2, Bang On and Insider to name just a few. With insights and effects from the fields of Mentalism, Close-up , Parlour and Stage Magic there’ll be something for everyone. £10 for non-members (pay on the door) which can go towards the Membership fee (£35) if you then decide to join. 23.10.21


Fraud: Don’t Miss a Trick. "Fraud is like a magic trick; designed to focus your attention on one thing, while another happens without you ever suspecting it. In this unique collaboration with Troy the Magician, we expose how these criminals operate, reveal how their scams work and make sure you’re ready for whatever they’ve got hidden up their sleeve. HSBC UK." See YouTube. 23.10.21


Blackpool Magicians' Club Clubroom Magic Auction - 28th October. Blackpool Magicians' Club write: After many requests we have reintroduced the BMC Clubroom Magic Auctions. 100s of books, tricks, varied apparatus and memorabilia will be going under the hammer. Lots and pictures can be seen here: See the BMC Clubroom back open and functioning – with drinks and refreshments available. Bring the family to see the Illuminations – and pick up some new magic on the same day. We look forward to seeing you. Thursday 28th October. Commences 6pm prompt (Doors open: viewing 5pm, sellers 4pm), Admission is £4.00 for non-members. Blackpool Magicians' Club, 56-60 Caunce Street, Blackpool FY1 3LE. Tickets: 23.10.21


London Horror Festival 2021 interview: David Alnwick: Nightmare Magic. "I've spent the last four years searching for the best way to use magic to tell a story, instead of just having a trick stand alongside a story..." This is an interview with David Alnwick about his upcoming show 'Nightmare Magic' at the Pleasance, London on 28th and 29th October Click Here. And: "Alnwick has reached a point in his career where he could coast on the formidable skill set that has earned his reputation and probably still cause daily stampedes for a spot in his shows. But Nightmare Magic shows that he has instead chosen to innovate, pushing his own boundaries and the boundaries of magic as a genre..." ★★★★★ To read the full spoiler-free review in World Magic Review Click Here. Tickets: Also see and 23.10.21


Curious Tales & Unusual Phenomena, today, Saturday 23rd October at The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Enjoy an evening of mystery and intrigue, experience the tension and heightened expectations of a Victorian Parlour Show that immerses the audience in the visual and ‘unworldly’ phenomena of the era. Book online at or call the box office on 01502 589726. Also see YouTube. 23.10.21


The Mark Leveridge October Podcast. Mark's 30 minute monthly podcast is always worth a listen and for October he talks about the following. I’ve missed the funny things that spectators say at live gigs : magic at the drop of a hat is not for me : top performers can create an impression as much by HOW they perform as by WHAT they perform : Megan Swann’s rise to President of the Magic Circle should be more about her abilities than the fact she is the first female to hold the office : a life of writing is recognised : sleight of hand or self working? – a choice that can define our interest in magic : seeing magic through the eyes of my grandchildren. You can get free access either from, or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new edition automatically. 23.10.21


Marvels of Mystery, Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon, today! From the promoter: Four of The Magic Circle’s star magicians join forces in Marvels of Mystery, a new magic show for the whole family, featuring marvellous magic, wonderful illusion, laughs, gasps and stunning sleight of hand sorcery. Join your host crazy comedy conjuror Danny Lee Grew as he introduces sleight of hand master Dean Leavy (The Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year), the award winning magical ballerina Megan Swann (current President of The Magic Circle), and finally The Curator Scott Penrose (Past President of The Magic Circle), who will be presenting Robert Houdin’s Marvellous Orange Tree from 1840, plus Maskelyne's chilling mind reading automaton Psycho, which makes its first appearance on a British stage in over 100 years! A must-see for any magic fan. For a truly magical experience, book your tickets today for Marvels of Mystery before they disappear: Saturday 23rd October 2021 2pm & 6pm Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon. For more information visit and for tickets see 23.10.21


Christian Lee is Magic! - London, 25th-30th October. 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 23.10.21


How Magic Changed TV. "The story of magic on television, examining the challenges of performing illusions for a TV camera that can see everything. Some of the most successful modern magicians reveal the performers who inspired them, and take a look back at how performers like Paul Daniels, Penn & Teller, Derren Brown, David Blaine and Dynamo transformed the art form." (Repeat) Sunday 31st October on Channel 5. See TV Magic for details. 23.10.21


"The Curious, Astounding Collection of the Magician Ricky Jay" [requires free account sign-up]

"The Ricky Jay Collection" [auction link] 23.10.21


"'A lovely talented man': Tributes to Cromer Pier Show headliner Phil Butler"
"Phil Butler dead aged 51: Jason Manford and Craig Revel-Horwood lead tributes after ‘charming’ comedian dies suddenly"
"Comedian and panto star Phil Butler dies aged 51"

"Comic and magician Phil Butler who was the first to entertain British troops in Afghanistan dies suddenly aged 51" 23.10.21


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