Number 1124 - Saturday 8th January 2022


Derren Brown at the Cambridge Union. The Cambridge Union is the oldest debating society in the world, as well as the largest student society in Cambridge. It remains one of the highest-ranking competitive debating chambers worldwide, and hosts a range of speakers and topical debates each term. See: YouTube. 8.1.22


Marc Paul Evening - Kent Magicians Guild. Tuesday, 25th January. Mike Ingham writes: The Kent Magicians Guild always puts on stunning magic evenings, but this January's lecture is probably the best one yet. Marc Paul, winner of the Best Mind Reader Award at the Los Angeles World Magic Awards, and frequent TV guest, has very kindly agreed to give a show and lecture for us on 25th January. Marc is a mind reader, psychological magician and corporate event speaker who has entertained and amazed audiences both in the UK and worldwide with his incredible award-winning performances. This is a lecture not to be missed... free to members and guests joining on the night, for all others the cost is £10 entrance fee. Tuesday 25th January at 8pm (doors open at 7.45pm). Parking is available at the rear of the theatre. Please reserve your place asap, by emailing Looking forward to a great night. Venue: The Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 1ZZ 8.1.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Guy Hollingworth performing two of his original routines, Waving the Aces (Twisting the Aces) and The Reformation on The World's Greatest Magic III in 1996. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 8.1.22


Magicbox - Special Discount and Free Gift for January! Magicbox are running a discount on all products in January and offering a free gift! Simply use the code happy2022 at the checkout to get your discount and your free gift! 8.1.22


Jasper Blakeley 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. "Jasper Blakeley 'The King of Characters' talks Kockov, Theatre Shows and more..." YouTube. 8.1.22


MC Friday Night Magicians, The Headgate Theatre, Colchester. From the promoter: Impresario and Magician Martin Cox presents his acclaimed show, ‘Friday Night Magicians’ on Friday 25th February at The Headgate Theatre in Colchester. The show, which is in a cabaret format, has been running for over six years. This new show marks the beginning of nights at its new residency, The Headgate Theatre in Colchester. Join Martin and internationally renowned magical artists Tim Shoesmith and Sylvia Sceptre (Careena Fenton-Cullen) for an evening of magic and wonder. Audiences will laugh and be enthralled by the entertainment of this wonderful trio of world-class magicians. The three magicians have very different and unique styles, so there will be something for everyone in this treat of a show. This show is not to be missed and is suitable for those aged 11+. Tickets are available from or 01206 366000. 8.1.22


MagiCon 2022 - Venue Change. From the organisers: Due to the unforeseen closure of the previous venue MagiCon 2022 will now take place in the Balmoral Hotel, Dunmurry, Belfast with the Sunday Gala Show at the Belvoir Players Studio Theatre - a popular 200 seater intimate venue we last visited in 2013.

Accommodation rates are more competitive than the previous hotel. Anyone who has already reserved a room should contact them on 028 9030 1234 to rearrange their booking. Please mention the convention when booking to make sure you are included in our allotted bedrooms. Registration is now open - please bear with us while documentation is updated with the new venues:


Mark Raffles’ 100th Birthday. Tim Raffles writes: I’m sure readers would like to know, it will be my father, Mark Raffles’ 100th birthday on January 22nd. If any of his friends in magic would like to send a card or e-mail – I’m sure he’d be over-the-moon. His address is: Mark Raffles, 37 Queen Elizabeth Court, Clarence Drive, Craig-y-Don, Llandudno LL30 1TR. Emails can be sent to We are waiting to hear what restrictions will be in place for visits on the day. Here's a link to his appearance on The Secret Cabaret (Channel 4), in the early 90’s YouTube. 8.1.22


Chris Dugdale's Ethermind. Chris writes: I am so thrilled to report that the new online theatrical extravaganza that is Ethermind broke all records for me during December in terms of worldwide reach. It involved an all-nighter, playing to 6 different continents in 24 hours! This has been a serious amount of work and I'm utterly thrilled with how it has been received. As a result it has been chosen to be represented by 3 of the most dynamic agencies in North America. Onwards and upwards! 8.1.22


The January 2022 E-Video Newsletter. The first instalment of Mark Leveridge's free monthly online video programme is now available, featuring: The Teach In – Mark teaches a nice, simple, 4 Ace routine called A Clique Of Aces. Pro Peeks – learn a commercial effect using spectators’ names extracted from E-Club Pro’s Lecture Room archive. Keeping Control Unplugged – part 19 looks at how stand up performers can improve the impact of their show through attention to two key set up elements. Web Offers – find out more and watch dems of Broke and Perfect Intuition, both of which are discounted in January. 60 Seconds To Success – targeted advice on how to tighten up the delivery of your magic. The Review Corner – the 'Eugene Burger: Final Secrets' book is considered. Access to the full half hour online video is available to anyone who is signed up to MLM's free E-Club Lite, details of which you can find at 8.1.22


Win an AREA 2.0 Book Test from Read My Mind Ltd. From the publishers. The current issue of Magicseen (#102 Jan 2022) is not only full of great magic names (The Sentimentalists, Luca Volpe, Eugene Burger, Ben Earl, Mel Mellers) and fabulous articles, product reviews and other features, but it also includes a special competition. This time we are delighted to offer to each of two lucky winners the excellent book test from Looch called the AREA 2.0 Book Test Nano. To get your chance to be included in the prize draw which takes place on the 31st January 2022, simply purchase a copy of issue 102 (Jan 2022) and go to page 44 where you will find the details of how to enter. Obviously you are not going to win unless you're in, so get your copy of Magicseen now via a 6 month, 1 or 2yr printed copy or download sub, or by means of a single issue purchase, and then get your entry in before the deadline. We wish you luck! 8.1.22


Giant Size Show Stopper - Mr E Enterprises: This really is the ultimate in startling visual card magic. Several giant-sized playing cards that have been cut in half are dealt face down into two piles. You and a participant each select one pile, both stand facing the audience and you both shuffle your cards. You now both secretly select a half-card and exchange it with each other; and then you each insert your new half-card face up into your face down packet. When the two packs of cards are checked, and the two chosen half-cards are shown to the audience, they are seen to exactly match, making a perfect full giant picture card. But were all the half-cards the same?

When the other half-cards are turned faces upwards your audience are in for a stunning show stopping surprise as they are all red-faced cards while the halves of the selected card are black, and furthermore form the only picture card in the stack... all the others being pip cards! Only half-sized giant playing cards are used in this enthralling effect. No sleight of hand is required. Two different presentations are also included. Comes complete with ten quality giant A4 sized playing cards cut into twenty half sized cards. UK post free:


Deception - Pilot Episode. "The art of illusion takes the stage as disgraced magician Cameron Black puts his skills of deception and illusion to work at the FBI." Wednesday 19th January on Alibi (repeat) see TV Magic. 8.1.22


"Optical illusion that makes stationary cubes appear in motion" YouTube • "A magic night out in Henley with Ben Hart" Click Here • "Abracadabra!: Inside London's Most Incredible Mystic Shows" Click Here • "Georgia Toffolo leaves lunch with magician pal Archie Manners" Click Here • "Thousands of starlings form 'bent spoon' swarm over Israel" Click Here • "This illusionist’s magic formula combines family, passion and decades of dedication" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 8.1.22