Number 1118 - Saturday 27th November 2021


David Williamson: 'Circus 1903' in London for Christmas. Circus 1903 returns to the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank for Christmas. Expect acrobats, contortionists, trapeze artists, a death-defying high-wire act and sensational life-sized elephants created by the puppeteers behind War Horse, brought together by ringmaster magician David Williamson. All this entertainment is packaged into a show with a gorgeous vintage feel, inspired by the classic circuses of the turn of the century era. And there’s great news if you’re lucky enough to have experienced the thrill of Circus 1903 before: there are new acts included for this season. 16th December 2021 to 2nd January 2022. Royal Festival Hall, London. See 27.11.21


Mandy Muden, Fay Presto, Romany and Katherine Rhodes play Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol, April 2022. Mark Bennett writes: I am so pleased to announce our special month of female Magicians throughout April 2022: Fay Presto, Mandy Muden, Katherine Rhodes and Romany! I cannot wait for 2022! Thanks to everyone to who has supported Smoke & Mirrors in 2021 and we look forward to seeing you all in 2022, when we will be 10 by the way! Tickets can be purchased via 27.11.21


Radek Hoffman: Me, Myself & Secrets - Barons Court Theatre, London. From the promoter: Be prepared to be amazed, to reinvent yourself, and celebrate the mystery. Can we make important decisions based on the flip of a coin? What is the difference between a mystery and a secret? How much will we risk to achieve our goals? Why are we so afraid of the unknown?

Me, Myself, and Secrets
is a personal journey inside Radek Hoffman’s mind. It is a highly interactive show that relies on audience participation. It combines elements of a one-man show, experimental theatre, magic and mentalism. Radek will share with you his greatest secrets and most complex ideas that will manipulate your mind. This is not just a show it is an experience. Be prepared to be amazed, to reinvent yourself, and celebrate the mystery. Are you ready to be part of the experience? December 14th-18th. Tickets: Click Here. Also see and


Britain's Jay & Joss on Penn & Teller: Fool Us! YouTube. 27.11.21


The Leveridge Legerdemain Zoom Lecture Open Event - December 8th. Join Mark Leveridge on Wednesday, 8th December, at 7.30pm GMT for the debut presentation on Zoom of his brand new lecture. This 2 hour event features practical, straightforward magic that you will really enjoy learning and using. Here are just some of the routines included in the lecture: Impromptu Lie Detector - a straightforward version of the classic card effect that requires no set up and which can be performed with a borrowed, shuffled deck. Loose Change - a silver coin sealed in a box magically changes places with a copper coin held by a spectator under a cloth. Ball Thru Glass - sneaky method to make a sponge ball penetrate the base of an ungimmicked wine glass. Cabaret Calculus - parlour/close up show prediction effect that disguises a well known principle to create a cleaner effect. Cheeky Ring Move - finger ring off cord that relies on pure cheek rather than sleight of hand. It's Not What You Think - feature close-up card routine with a strong kicker ending. Amazon Predictor - easy to do stand-up routine in which you correctly predict a book title selected at random by a spectator. All the material is based on or developed from routines contained in E-Club Pro and everything is different from previous E-Club Pro based lectures. Register now for £15.00, and if you do so before midnight on the 30th November, after the event you will receive a Discount Code worth £15.00 to put towards purchases made from MLM. For more information go to 27.11.21


Houdini’s Lost Diaries, part of the History Channel’s ‘History’s Greatest Mysteries' season, is now being shown on Sky History (see TV Magic). Celebrated escape artist Harry Houdini left behind a diary that had been kept from the public, held under lock and key by a wealthy New York City family. Now, magician and Houdini expert Bill Kalush has finally secured access to these pages. A team of experts help unveil the diary, using new information gleaned from these personal accounts to form new insights into this enigmatic man's life.

Paul Zenon, in addition to being one of the talking heads on the show, alongside Teller, Jonathan Goodwin, Mike Caveney, Joshua Jay, and others, supplied the magic and escapology props, and appears in different guises in the recreation of photographic stills from various periods in Houdini’s career.


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week David Williamson on John Fisher's Magic Comedy Hour from 11th September 1991. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 27.11..21


Dan Rhodes 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. "Dan Rhodes, The King of YouTube Magic, talks social media, exposure, growth and more." YouTube. 27.11..21


Magicbox Black Friday! Over 900 items with 60% off! Now on - Limited time - Ends 30th November: 27.11.21


Derren Brown A Book of Secrets: Finding Solace in a Stubborn World. From the publisher: In A Book of Secrets, internationally bestselling author Derren Brown shows us that it is in those moments when we are faced with adversity that we can find life's most lasting rewards.


In thirteen fascinating chapters, Derren takes us on a personal journey - to the scene of a childhood humiliation, to lonely evenings on tour, to being paralysed by shyness at a dinner party, to navigating middle age and to finding love. Sharing moments of anger, frustration, loneliness and loss, Derren reveals how it's possible to find consolation and compassion. Even in our most challenging times we can find meaning and grow. "Derren Brown is a mine of wisdom, humanity and kindness - everything we need to sustain and nourish ourselves. "Enlightening, thought-provoking and illuminating. Derren Brown asks questions about the world, and his intelligent curiosity benefits us all." Elizabeth Day.


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"Derren Brown: Learning to fail and the secret to a happy life" 27.11.21


Christian Grace and Andrew Frost lecture at The Zodiac, London, on Wednesday, December 1st. William Spencer writes: Level One and Switch One creator Christian Grace and Sleightly Obsessed ace Andrew Frost lecture in-person only at The Zodiac this Wednesday. To watch, either join The Zodiac (only £80 for 51 club nights a year), or pay £10 for just this one night (you can claim this back if you later go on to join the club).


The lecture is at the Zodiac’s west London HQ in Northfields (8pm-10pm) and won’t be Zoomed. This is a unique opportunity to see these rising stars of magic in person. Bring a deck, and learn from the best. Please email to book your seat. The Zodiac offers a mix of top-flight lectures, competitions and themed bring-a-trick nights. Visit for more club info. And hopefully see you on Wednesday. 27.11.21


The Mark Leveridge E-Video Newsletter. The November edition of Mark Leveridge's monthly half hour online video presentation features: The Teach In – two coins transpose when placed above and below a folded handkerchief. Pro Peeks – experience a Mark’s Monthly Message advice video on striving for perfection. Keeping Control Unplugged – part 17 talks about what to look out for when assessing the layout of a dinner function room. Web Offers – one of Mark's classic card routines and a neat way to produce four coins are available for less this month. 60 Seconds To Success – Mark considers the importance for children’s entertainers on knowing what youngsters are interested in these days. The Review Corner – Mark enthuses about Paul McCrory’s book Hook Your Audience. You can watch the complete E-Video Newsletter by signing up to Mark's free E-Club Lite. This will mean you receive a monthly email newsletter full of info, advice, freebies, offers and of course, the link to access the latest E-Video Newsletter. You can sign up now at 27.11.21


Toovey's Antiquarian and Collectors’ Books Auction. Tuesday 30th November at 1pm. Featuring 37 lots from the estate of the late Barry Murray. (From lot 3544) 27.11.21


A Cut Above by Andy Smith. "'The Spectator Cuts The Aces' plot has always been a firm favorite with magicians everywhere, ranging in method from the knuckle busting to the self-working. 'A Cut Above' is Andy Smith’s take on this classic plot and although not self-working, is easy to do and very direct. Based on ideas by Larry Jennings and J.K Hartman, this version of the ace cutting effect is as straight forward as they come. This product comes with streaming instructions breaking down all the moves, including a neat variation." For more info and to watch a video visit 27.11.21


School Workshops - Part 2. "Phil and Ian talk about Phil's experience performing and teaching magic in schools. In this podcast, we go over lessons learned and things that worked well for us when running a workshop." 27.11..21


Santa is Overweight - Mr E Enterprises. Mr E Enterprises write: You show a picture card of an overweight Santa Claus who has been eating too many mince pies to get down chimneys, through windows and keyholes in time to deliver all the lovely Christmas presents. Some serious magic is clearly needed! With the help of the children and some magical words you all set out to shrink Santa down to size and so you pass his picture behind your back and when you next show Santa his waistline has clearly shrunk by magic. However as soon as Santa is out of sight, he is back eating chocolate and mince pies and puts all the weight back on again. More magic is needed including further magical words, and when he is again passed behind your back his waistline has magically reduced dramatically once more. But the children know it’s just one of your tricks and you are just turning the picture around and so they demand to see the back of the picture. After more comical by-play you agree to show the other side only to find it is a picture of a medium-sized Santa Claus together with his sack of gifts and Rudolph his red-nosed reindeer (cue for a song) wishing all the boys and girls a Merry Christmas!

Very easy to do, carry this laminated picture card at the bottom of your props bag where it will take up hardly any space, an entertaining fooler that you will perform again and again. Comes complete with A5 sized laminated picture card and instructions. Post free within the UK. Only £9.99 from


"Richard Jones: Doing magic and serving in the army — it’s all I’ve ever wanted" [subscription] Click Here • "The Magician and the Suffragette: The Strange History of Sawing a Woman in Half" Click Here • "Magician Adam Trent Has A Few Tricks To Help Everyday People On ‘The Magic Maker’" Click Here • "Jamie Allan’s Magic Immersive: A Mystifying Experience Opens in Chicago" Click Here • "Magician Matt Tarrant's success is no trick" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news/reviews/articles always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 27.11.21