Number 1114 - Saturday 30th October 2021


Edinburgh MagicFest returns with a full festive programme for Christmas. From the organisers: MagicFest reappears this winter with its first live programme in two years. Magic workshops, shows for kids, others for grown ups, storytelling, live music... the festival has a packed lineup of some of the best Scottish performers and magicians straight from The Magic Circle!

For the first time in its 12 year history, MagicFest presents shows for children aged 0-3 years old. Snow Tale, produced by Scottish playwright and actor Natalya McDonald. This delightful show is about love, family and home, with magic, sensory games and a ‘buzzing’ disco.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is also home to the majority of shows, a stunning, intimate theatre in the heart of the old town. Con Artist, card sharp and star of BBC’s ‘The Real Hustle’ Paul Wilson heads the lineup alongside London based Laura London, bringing her hit West End show ‘Cheat’ to the festival. Fringe sell-out sensation, Kevin Quantum performs ‘The Trick That Fooled’, a show about magic tricks that have fooled some of the smartest and most creative people from the last 100 years. He’s joined by Fringe favourites Elliot Bibby and Magic Gareth with famous Edinburgh family performers Gary James and Tricky Ricky completing the lineup with their hilarious family shows.

The final festival performance Hogmanay House fuses magic with storytelling and live music. Charting the history and origins of Hogmanay in a delightful 75 minute performance at the exquisite Royal Scots Club in the Edinburgh New Town, on the 30th December - just before the bells! Featuring an all-star cast: Scottish Singer Songwriter Ainsley Hamill (featured in The Guardian Album of the Month 2021) alongside fellow musician/composer Ron Jappy, silver-tongued storyteller and wand-maker Jock Ferguson, sleight of hand maestro Lewis Barlow and mentalist Drew McAdam.

For Artistic Director Kevin Quantum, magic is much more than just tricks: "For me magic is about bringing joy into people’s lives, providing a moment of escapism and offering a mesmerising, impossibly brilliant alternative view of reality. Come, enjoy a show, and be that kid again!" 17th-30th December. For full details of all our events and activities see


I.B.M. British Ring Social Get Together Day, Saturday 6th November. Alan Maskell writes: On Saturday 6th November the I.B.M. British Ring is holding a social get together from 11am to 5pm at Hinckley, Leicestershire. Although primarily an event for British Ring members, there are a few spaces available for other interested magicians at £10 for the day. The event includes talks by Richard Cadell, Mike Sullivan and Wayne Dobson, close-up magic and a magic quiz!

There is a basic lunch available for £5 and both this and entry must be booked in advance; the lunch by Sunday 31st October, and the event by 2nd November. Payment is on the day, but you must be booked in beforehand, please don't just turn up! The entrance fee will be deducted from your membership fee if you join the British Ring on the day. For further details, or to book, please contact the British Ring Secretary by email or by telephone 07771 613894.


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"Young & Strange Showreel 2021" YouTube [What a fantastic new showreel from Britain's Young & Strange! DT]. 30.10.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week silent magic from Stuart Millar on BBC1's Children in Need Appeal from 21st November 1986. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 30.10.21


David Copperfield's History of Magic - Out Now! 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.


Cardopolis and David Copperfield's History of Magic: YouTube. David Copperfield's History of Magic is now available via [My copy arrived last week with a resounding thud. I've only had a quick peek, but this is a book that every magician will really treasure. DT.] 30.10.21


Spooky Nyman 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. "Spooky Nyman - The London Magic Convention, Mazel Magazine, Andy Nyman and more." YouTube. 30.10.21


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Web of Secrets. Mark Bennett writes: Web of Secrets is a weekly review show that scours the depths of the internet to find hidden gems. These classic and new releases are given an honest and no holds barred review by 3-time FISM champion Matthew Wright. His reviews can be purchased at a discounted price direct from the Web of Secrets store: YouTube Channel: 30.10.21


Magical Women with Connie Boyd - David Copperfield All-Star Magic Panel, Part 3. With Carisa Hendrix, Dania Diaz, Billy Kidd and Josephine Lee. New part 3: YouTube (also see part 1 YouTube and part 2 YouTube). 30.10.21


Ben Earl at the Associated Wizards of the South. Adrian Tritton writes: The AWS will be hosting Ben Earl's latest lecture as part of his 'Inside Out' tour at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 2nd November. This brand new lecture is based on his best selling book 'Inside Out' and will feature live performance and explanations from the book, as well as brand new material that no one has ever seen. This is open to magic guests, so if you would like to come along, please do invite them. The tickets are only £10 for non-members. If you would like to attend please send an email to Venue: The Southern Parishes, Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4BB . 30.10.21


Ben Earl's 'Inside Out' lecture at the Cornish Magical Society on November 4th. Jon Martin writes: Ben Earl will be presenting his 'Inside Out' lecture for The Cornish Magical Society on November 4th at Membly Hall, Cliff Road, Falmouth TR11 4NT. Non members are welcome to attend for £15.00, please contact Jon Martin (club secretary) on 07443 577497. We are planning to start at 8pm so please arrive in good time. See you there. 30.10.21


Lee Hathaway Northamptonshire Magicians Club Lecture. David Miller writes: Lee is a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle and fooled Penn & Teller. Tuesday, 2nd November at 8pm at Brafield Working Mens Club, 35 Bedford Road, Northampton NN71BD. Non-members welcome, £10 on the evening. 30.10.21


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Magicseen Book and Sub Combo. Magicseen write: In the w/c 15th November Magicseen is publishing its latest book, Kranzilla Unleashed. This 120 page soft cover book features over 60 routines, ideas and gags from US comedy performer Nathan Kranzo. There is magic for most tastes with material suitable for close-up, stand-up and mentalism performances, and most of it blended with the Kranzo quirky sense of humour. The contents of the book should be tempting enough for those looking for practical, workable material, but if you pre-order your copy no later than 7th November, you can also take up the option for a half price subscription to Magicseen Magazine. You can opt for a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub and pay just 50% of the normal price, making signing up now ridiculously great value! Oh, and if you already have a current subscription, you can still take up the offer and we will simply extend your present sub period by either 1 or 2 years. So act now and go to and get the best of both worlds. 30.10.21


Wayne Fox Lecture - Bath Circle of Magicians, November 4th. Roger Nicot writes: On November 4th, you will be fooled and amazed by the Lovely London Sly Sorcerer, Wayne Fox. I love the way this guy thinks. No pipe dreams with unnatural hand motions. Everything is real world, performance ready. Everything Wayne will show us is from his working, professional repertoire. During his Zoom Lecture last spring, he amazed us with a very standard magician's prop. I hope he does it again. Good solid magic with strong entertainment value (the way it should be!). I hope to see you all next Thursday! (First Thursday of the month). £5 for non-Bath Members (pay on the night). Until then: Stay Safe - Stay Healthy - Stay Magi. Thursday November 4th at 8pm. Venue: St Mary's Church, Queen Square, Saltford BS31 3EL. 30.10.21


Harry Robson - Nottingham Guild of Magicians lecture, November 4th. Stuart Brown writes: Harry Robson is a firm favourite in the world of magic and really needs no introduction. This lecture will feature real reputation makers. Featuring coins, cards, wallets, mind-reading effects, tips, routines and more. If you've seen Harry performing before then you'll know what a treat you're in for, and if you haven't then this is one lecture you won't want to miss. A welcome return to the club - it's going to be a fun-packed night. Thursday November 4th at The Pond Hills Lane Community Centre, Pond Hills Lane, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8DR. Visiting magicians welcome - £10 - payable on the night. Doors open 7.00pm - 7.30pm prompt start. 30.10.21


Bring and Buy Sale - South Downs Magicians, November 3rd. From the organisers: On Wednesday 3rd November at 8pm South Downs Magicians will be having a bring and buy sale. Visiting magicians are welcome free of charge. If you have anything for sale or to swap, bring it along. You will need cash to buy as no one will be able to take credit cards. This is a Covid safe meeting, and we ask that all attending be double jabbed or take a lateral flow test on the day and that everyone wear a mask. The meeting will be held in the Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6BJ. Anyone wishing to come along please contact Jonathan Cann 01444 230409 or 07850 917126 30.10.21


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Learning From Experience - A New Advice E-Book From Mark Leveridge. From the publishers: This is volume 6 in The Professional Worker Series, a selection of no-nonsense advice e-books which tap into Mark's 40 years of professional experience in order to provide readers with relevant, pertinent and highly useful advice and information on a range of magic topics. With previous publications in the series covering advice on table hopping, marketing, trade show work, mix and mingle magic and show management, Mark turns his attention in this brand new e-book to bite size advice on 20 things that he wishes he had known when he first started magic. The information is the culmination of decades of working for lay people, of making mistakes and learning from them, of always striving to do better, and it's a fascinating peek at 20 aspects of magic and performance that apply to anyone who entertains either for money or just for fun. Reading this book will give you loads of ideas and insights that will help you to fine tune your own work in order to become the best version of you, the magician. Learning From Experience will be published on the 1st November and costs just £10.00. Get your copy from 30.10.21


The Curious Life and Death of Harry Houdini. The magician and escape artist's sudden death at the peak of health has long remained mysterious. This programme contemplates whether it was an accident or something much darker. Sunday 31st October on Smithsonian. Repeat. See TV Magic for details. 30.10.21


"Sotheby's Sells Collection of Magician Ricky Jay for $3.8 Million" Click Here. "Presto Change-o! Illusionist Ricky Jay’s Collection of Wondrous Ephemera Makes $3.8 Million Magically Appear for Sotheby’s" Click Here. 30.10.21


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