Number 1121 - Saturday 18th December 2021


London Magic Convention - back for 2022! Andy & Preston Nyman are delighted to announce that the London Magic Convention will be back on Sunday November 6th 2022 at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith. Featuring three fantastic lectures, the London Close-Up Magic Competition, a dedicated dealers' hall, and the return of last year's smash hit, ‘The £4 Gala Show’. Last year the convention sold out in an extraordinary 4 days, so be sure to book tickets for the 2022 day asap! It's the perfect Christmas gift for yourself or a loved one. 18.12.21


Kevin James to headline Saturday Night Show, Blackpool 2022. The Blackpool Magic Convention Creative Team of Russ Stevens, Russ Brown and Guy Barrett, are delighted to announce Kevin James as their Saturday Night Show Headliner for the Convention on the 18th - 20th February 2022. "We're very excited to confirm Kevin James for the 2022 Convention and know that he'll be a massive hit. Kevin will also be hosting a fantastic seminar with his friends Gaetan Bloom, Adrian Soler and Rafael, which promises to be a unique one-off presentation starring four of the world's most inventive performers." To book visit: 18.12.21


The Mnemonic Magician – An online course in memory techniques, specifically for magic & mind reading. How is it you can hear a piece of music and it will bring back strong vivid memories from years ago, but you can’t remember the ‘stack’ you were constantly repeating to yourself, just the day before? It all comes down to how our brains store memories. This new online course by Paul Andrews will show you an effective way to memorise, in a fun new way. One that creates a cinema in your mind, filled with personalised movies, each one containing all the information you placed within it. Discover how to recall stacks, lines for book tests, scripts and even shuffled decks of cards, effectively and easily. A comprehensive, step-by step course, that works on all devices. For 20% off before the end of 2021 use coupon code ‘december’. Find out more at 18.12.21


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, for Christmas, Paul Zenon's Tricky Christmas from 30th December 1999. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 18.12.21


Ian Kendall 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. "Knowledgeable magician Ian Kendall talks about the state of the magic industry." YouTube. 18.12.21


Chimera 2 by Thomas Moore Creative: 20 years experience with micro smoke machine technologies has resulted in the smallest, most powerful smoke machine in the world designed for magic. Chimera 2 is 3x as powerful as any other micro FX smoke machine on the market - check out the video to see how amazingly powerful Chimera2 is.

The latest edition of our Chimera smoke system is the ultimate smoke production device - this battery powered micro smoke machine is designed to be hidden inside props and illusions to fill them with magical smoke, to replace pyrotechnics in "burning" effects, or you can hide it in your jacket and use it to make objects vanish in a cloud of smoke that's (almost) big enough to make an elephant vanish!

Designed for the real working stage performer who wants to add a magical smoke flourish to their props (it's powerful but it won't replace the haze machine used for lighting) the Chimera comes with a complete set of accessories to enable you to fit in into just about any prop you want and give you an unparalleled range of control options to deliver magical smoke wherever you need it with wired and wireless control options. For full details and to order visit: We have them in stock ready to ship immediately so we could even get it to you in time for Christmas.


Cruise Opportunity for Magicians and Illusionists! Loki writes: If you would like the opportunity to step into the world of cruising, as one of the busiest cruising magicians in the industry I am looking for acts to perform for P&O, onboard the UK’s biggest cruise ship. You must have a stage act of 45 minutes and be a competent close-up worker for walkabout. These contracts are suitable for both solo and duo performers. Contracts will initially be offered for 1-2 weeks with possibilities for extensions to remain onboard. You must be double vaccinated and over the age of 21. In the first instance please send website, showreel and promotional details to This is a great opportunity for those wishing to join the busy and ever growing cruise market. 18.12.21


Dynamo Beyond Belief. "Documentary following the magician on tour around the globe as well as charting his road to recovery from a career-threatening illness brought on by Crohn's disease." Episodes 1, 2 and 3 are being repeated on Sky Max over Christmas. See TV Magic for details. 18.12.21



The Forum: Harry Houdini. BBC World Service. The story of Hungarian-born illusionist Harry Houdini, an immigrant who rose from impoverished beginnings to make it big in the United States. Houdini's decision to make escape the focus of his act was well timed, chiming with the public mood for sensational trickery. Rajan Datar charts the life and career of the legendary showman, with writer and biographer Adam Begley. See TV Magic for details. 18.12.21


The Mark Leveridge December Podcast. This month: Are the public nervous about arranging events this Xmas? The conundrum facing the magic product reviewer. Announcing the Zoom premiere of Leveridge Legerdemain, Mark's new lecture. Taking advantage of unexpected situations can lead to truly memorable moments in shows. If you want to invent a new trick, create a context for it first. Why sleight of hand may not be fooling lay people as much as you think. You can get free access either from or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new monthly release automatically. 18.12.21


Radek Hoffman: Me, Myself & Secrets - Barons Court Theatre, London, tonight. 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? Last show in the current run, tonight, 18th December. Tickets: Click Here. Also see and


Best Illusion of the Year Contest 2021. Voting is now open for the Best Illusion of the Year Contest 2021 run by a group of Psychologists and Neuroscientists. Now in its 17th year, the prestigious competition highlights new and surprising sensory illusions to better understand the human mind. Magicians will be especially interested in "The Phantom Queen" entry submitted by the UK's Matt Pritchard. Through a clever use of perspective and camouflage, he has managed to break a mirror's reflection. Watch the videos and vote here: Votes close 8pm Sunday. 18.12.21


Christmas Greetings. Blackpool Magicians' Club would like to wish all our friends and colleagues plus everyone in the entertainment business a very Happy Christmas and great New Year. We look forward to seeing you at the convention in February at the newly renovated Winter Gardens. 18.12.21


Tommy Cooper: In His Own Words. An affectionate look back at Tommy Cooper's life and career. Sir Michael Parkinson, Jimmy Tarbuck and Chris Tarrant and others reflect on what made Tommy Cooper one of the greatest ever entertainers. Colleagues talk about working with him, and his daughter Vicky reveals her feelings about her father. Christmas Day on 5Select (repeat), see TV Magic for details. 18.12.21


News deadline next week: 12 noon, Thursday 23rd, thanks, Duncan. 18.12.21


"Corby double act's TV illusion in bid to fool Penn & Teller with hopes of magic Vegas date" Click Here • "‘I am a forger of the impossible’: Magician Drummond Money-Coutts" Click Here • "Ant and Dec pay tribute to BGT magician David Watson after his death aged 62" Click Here • "Comedy magician Farrell Dillon arrives at Bally's Las Vegas" Click Here • "Hidden treasures and magical secrets in David Copperfield’s clandestine library" Click Here • "Circus 1903 review" Click Here • "Magician Jason Latimer Launches Lesson Plans With Sony Pictures TV’s Impossible Science Channel – Global Bulletin" Click Here • "Latest list of theatre cancellations update dated 17 December" Click Here • "'Nightmare Alley' star says Guillermo del Toro brought an actual magician on set to help teach the cast illusions" Click Here • "Mat Franco spans the generations with his magic in Las Vegas" Click Here. 18.12.21


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers worldwide! From the MagicWeek team, Merry Christmas and very best wishes for 2022, fingers crossed, Duncan & Keiko. 18.12.21