Number 1117 - Saturday 20th November 2021


The inaugural London Magic Convention took place on Sunday, 14th November. Having sold out in just a matter of days, actually getting hold of a ticket was akin to obtaining a Golden Ticket from Mr Willy Wonka himself! Full of surprises and special guests, one of the highlights was the opportunity to enter the close-up competition to become 'The London Close-Up Magic Champion'. Seen here is winner, Edward Hilsum, with the Anthony Owen Trophy. Anthony was a much loved force in British magic and a dear friend of the Nyman family. They were honoured to award the winner with a trophy in his name. Photo: Carter Owen (Anthony Owen's son), Preston Nyman, Edward Hilsum and Andy Nyman. 20.11.21


The Patrick Page Award for Excellence in Magic. Awarded to David Berglas at the inaugural London Magic Convention on Sunday 14th November 2021. Another of the many happy surprises on the day. 20.11.21


The Magic Circle Christmas Show 2021. "A seasonal spectacular at our wonderful London headquarters... Take the festive season to another level and experience one of the true highlights of the magical year. Magicians and variety performers from around the world will bewilder and astound you in an action packed show in our own theatre. Grab a drink beforehand and enjoy some fun close-up magic in the club room and elsewhere, and explore our fabulous building and museum, jam packed with artefacts and memorabilia." Tickets are now on sale: 20.11.21


The Real Magic Show - Camberley Theatre, Surrey, tonight. 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 20th November at 8pm at Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road, Surrey GU15 3SY For more information see The show is suitable for ages 10+. 20.11.21


Impromptu Magic - Dominic Twose. Back in print and available once again! This book is aimed at magicians who want to perform card magic without any preparation. Magicians who want to pick up a pack of cards, anywhere, anytime and present miracles. It is not a book for beginners, likewise - it does not require expert skills, but it is a must-have book for the card magician who knows the basics.

A huge hit on its release, now in its 2nd print.
Previously unpublished Vernon material.
Card magic you will use.
For more information, full chapter listings, and to order, visit:


Leading Scottish Card Magician visits Orpington Magic Society. On a quick weekend dash to London to see Chris Wood, Tom Whitestone and John Derris, Gordon Bruce, one of the top card magicians in Scotland, paid a surprise visit to The Orpington Magic Society noted for introducing many local people to magic. Bruce, a close associate of Roy Walton, Ricky Jay and other top card men, stunned new members with his classic card work vanishing and appearing cards in impossible places like underneath a cup of coffee. Real magic!

Bruce, an amateur magician for over 40 years, has performed and lectured all over the world meeting with Vernon, Marlo, Jennings and many other greats alongside his career as a musician touring with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He is also recognised as a leading authority on magic, especially with cards; a man with a passion for Mozart and Magic. "This was an outstanding surprise magic highlight arranged by John Derris that has encouraged many of our members and attracted some new Orpington people to our club wishing to learn more about magic for Christmas and the Festive season." Michael Maxted, Founder, Orpington Magic Society.


Illusion: Impossible - Bridlington Spa, tomorrow. From the promoters: Illusion : Impossible showcases 5 of the most incredible illusionists in the world including: Britain's Got Talent runner-up Jamie Raven, Britain's Got Talent 2020 Finalists James & Dylan Piper, award-winning magician Oliver Tabor, highly acclaimed magical duo The Glamourists and world speed illusionist Kayden Black. Collectively these performers have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people around the world and with over 500 million YouTube views between them, this production showcases their incredible talents together - live on stage. Illusion: Impossible features exclusive tricks never seen before... a non-stop show packed with breathtaking magic and illusion. Illusion: Impossible touring the UK and Europe. See to book. 20.11.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week the brilliant Michael Finney on The World's Greatest Magic III from 8th June 2001. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 20.11..21


Justin Miller 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 Return of Justin Miller - Justin is back and he shares some incredible magic" YouTube. 20.11..21


E-Club Pro Sign Up Offer Extended. If you missed the chance last month to get your first three months of membership to Mark Leveridge's online magic resource E-Club Pro for free, then the good news is the offer expiry date has now been extended to midnight on the 30th November 2021. To gain access to over 800 pages of fabulous content covering most aspects of magic, you simply need to sign up @ £12.00 a month via PayPal before the expiry date and for each of the first three months you will receive a Discount Code worth £12.00 to put towards further purchases from MLM. And, since as a member you automatically get a 50% reduction on all full prices already, your £12.00 Discount Code is actually purchasing you each month £24.00 worth of product at the full prices!! It's like having your cake and eating it, twice over! So, for the best way to experience everything that E-Club Pro has to offer, join now and get instant access to all the content effectively for free! For full information go to 20.11.21


Surrey Society Stage Competition 2021. Adam Mosley writes: On Thursday, the 18th of November the Surrey Society of Magicians held their annual stage competition. There was a packed auditorium with a mixture of magicians and laypeople watching the seven 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 Dave Davies for their hard task in finding the top three acts. In third place was David Andrews, second was Kelly Robinson and in first place was Terry Lambert (pictured) - a great evening all round. The Bernard Weller comedy award was won by Terry Lambert. We were very lucky to have Louise and Frankie there, the wife and daughter of our very good friend and long time member Barry Murray who unfortunately past earlier this year. He will be dearly missed. They presented a special award for entertainment on Barry's behalf which was also won by Terry Lambert, a clean sweep on the night. Another fantastic competition evening. 20.11.21


Learning From Experience by Mark Leveridge. From the publishers: You've probably got enough tricks to last a lifetime, but important information about how to take those effects and get the most out of them commercially is not so readily available. Learning From Experience provides you with pertinent, helpful advice and opinion from Mark Leveridge on a wide range of issues and topics to do with offering magic to the lay public. The chapter headings are: The Booker Isn’t Always Right, Fee Levels Can Define Show Types, Presentation And Personality Are More Important Than The Tricks, Organising Your Workspace, Targeted Advertising Is Best, Your Website Is Your Shop Window, Actively Pursue Testimonials, Responding To Show Enquiries, The Social Media Black Hole, The Benefits Of A Bulletproof Repertoire, Conversational Patter, Classic For A Reason, Getting And Keeping Attention, Being Self Contained, The Importance Of An Amplifier, Slow Down, Dealing With Volunteers, Hecklers May Not Be Hecklers, Be Wary Of Topical Patter, Show Business - 20% Show, 80% Business. Based on Mark's 40 years of experience as a full time pro, this 44 page e-book will inspire you to take a good look at how you currently approach your magic and help you to achieve your magical goals, and all for the low sum of just £10.00. For more information and to order go to 20.11.21


Potter & Potter Auctions' Winter Magic Auction to feature the Bob Rossi Collection of materials related to Joseph Dunninger, The Master Mind of Modern Mystery. Our December sale features the collection of Bob Rossi. While Mr. Rossi was an ardent collector of books and manuscripts, his main focus was memorabilia from the career of Joseph Dunninger, the "master mind of modern mystery". Rossi's collection includes extra-illustrated books from Dunninger's library, along with association copies of his own books, a range of works on spiritualism, witchcraft, and conjuring, as well as large archives of ephemera and memorabilia from Dunninger's own files, as well as his career. Among the highlights are the Houdini forcing bible, inscribed by Houdini to Dunninger. A strong offering of posters, apparatus, and associated ephemera will round out the auction. December 11th, online: 20.11.21


Magic Goes Wrong - UK tour. Back with their biggest comedy catastrophe to date, multi award-winning Mischief (The Play That Goes Wrong, BBC One's The Goes Wrong Show) return to the stage with their hilarious new show created with magic legends, Penn & Teller. A hapless gang of magicians are staging an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. But as the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fundraising target! Raising the bar with their dare-devil stunts, jaw-dropping feats and irresistible comedy genius. Book your tickets now, before they vanish out of sight (or sellout!). Theatre Royal Bath tonight! For more info and to book see 20.11.21


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. 20.11.21


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