Number 1126 - Saturday 22nd January 2022


Marvels of Mystery. Four of The Magic Circle’s star magicians join forces in Marvels of Mystery, a new magic show for the whole family, featuring marvellous magic, wonderful illusion, laughs, gasps and stunning sleight of hand sorcery. Join your host crazy comedy conjuror Danny Lee Grew as he introduces sleight of hand master Dean Leavy (The Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year), the award winning magical ballerina Megan Swann (President of The Magic Circle), and finally The Curator Scott Penrose (Past President of The Magic Circle), who will be presenting Robert Houdin’s Marvellous Orange Tree from 1840, plus Maskelyne's chilling mind reading automaton Psycho, which makes its first appearance on a British stage in over 100 years! A must-see for any magic fan. For a truly magical experience, book your tickets today for Marvels of Mystery before they disappear! Friday, 4th February, Witham Public Hall, Essex. Tickets: Also see What's On listing for additional dates, when BGT winner Richard Jones alternates with Scott Penrose at selected venues. For more information visit and for tickets see 22.1.22


Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy. Apple TV+ / At Will Media. From the makers: Over the course of nearly half a century, Siegfried & Roy performed 30,000 shows for 50 million people and generated well over $1 billion in ticket sales. Although the German-born illusionists and pop culture icons were mega-famous, much about their private lives, eccentric public personae, and tragic final show remained shrouded in mystery…until now. Emmy®-winning filmmaker and journalist Steven Leckart, in his very first podcast, takes you behind the velvet curtain to reveal shocking moments, surprising details, and hidden truths about two men who were lionized by millions of fans, lampooned by the media, criticized by animal welfare advocates, and endlessly scrutinized by the public. 22.1.22


Happy Birthday to the incredible Mark Raffles... 100 today! Here's Mark from just a few years ago, performing live on stage at The Blackpool Convention in 2014. 22.1.22



Leeds Magic Jam - 11th September 2022. Chris Stewart writes: Details will be announced closer to the time. The venue is Garforth Welfare Hall, 56 Main Street, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1AA. Also see 22.1.22


Blue Peter: Champions of Magic Live! "Get me out... get me out right now!" Young & Strange have fun with the Blue Peter team: iPlayer. See What's On for tour dates. Also see 22.1.22


The Greatest Magician ~ An Evening of Wonders. From the promoters: A dazzling new magic show presented by the magician most famous for jamming the BBC switchboards after he correctly predicted the lottery. This astonishing, enigmatic, five-star rated magic show will leave you aching from laughter and dizzy in disbelief. Directed by the late Paul Daniels, this astounding new magic show returns to the stage for the final time.


You'll be transported to a jaw-dropping world of light hearted hilarity, wonderment, and mystery. Presented by the BBC's most broadcast magician of the last decade and host of BBC's Trickster: Live. James Phelan is The Greatest Magician. Playing in theatres now for a strictly limited run. "'Leaves even the most seasoned magic goers dumbfounded" Edinburgh Festival Magazine. See: for UK January to April tour dates. 22.1.22


Pete Firman: Bag of Tricks. Pete Firman is one of the UK's most popular magicians and he's back on the road! You've seen him on television, now experience his trademark blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic live on stage. As seen on ITV1's Tonight at the London Palladium and The Next Great Magician, BBC1's The Magicians, The John Bishop Show and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. Saturday, 2nd July at 7.30pm at Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA Also see 22.1.22


Archie Manners makes the cut in Monday's Keeping Up with the Aristocrats (Monday, 24th January, ITV). Princess Olga Romanoff is trying to raise cash to pay the annual £50,000 running costs of Provender House by hosting tour groups herself, while Lord Ivar Mountbatten and husband James compete at the Cowes Week regatta. Meanwhile, Alexandra Sitwell's ancestral home of Renishaw Hall is looking like a disaster zone as builders renovate the ancient plumbing and wiring. See TV Magic. 22.1.22


Tom Brace: Embrace the Impossible! Tom Brace loved his childhood. Roald Dahl, Cluedo and one film in particular from 1985. Join him for a hilarious evening of 1.21 gigawatts of magic as he showcases his unique, incredible and totally pointless abilities in a new show inspired by his past! Featuring Tom's unique blend of comedy and magic, the show promises to have a little something for everybody.

"Charmed, amazed and delighted in equal measure!" James O’Brien, LBC
"Go for the magic, stay for Tom’s charm and comedy"
★★★★ Phoenix Remix
"A fun-filled hour of amazing magic and hilarious comedy"
★★★★ Primary Times

Saturday, 9th April at 7pm. Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London N12 0GA Also see 22.1.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Dynamo's Estate of Mind, part 2. From 11th May 2006. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 22.1.22


"Paul Gordon and Graham P Jolley - Magic And Fun - January 2022" Paul Gordon and Graham P Jolley get together for some manips and tricks, squeezing 15 routines into just 35 minutes! YouTube. 22.1.22


Ben Williams 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. "Ben Williams, king of gimmick making talks magic, creativity and more" You Tube. 22.1.22


David Britland's Cardopolis Newsletter. Always excellent. If you're really into magic Cardopolis is for you! Magic, notes, trivia, and other fragments from the deceptive art. It's free, but a click on the 'Buy Me A Coffee' link is a nice gesture. DT. Subscribe at: 22.1.22


Swindle By Steve Cook - An Alakazam Magic Exclusive. Swindle by Steve Cook is a super cool influence effect, ideal for opening your performance. As usual Steve has created an easy to follow, simple to execute Mentalism effect that packs small and plays big! We all know the power of a simple 50/50 choice but Swindle feels like so much more. Add Peter Nardi’s routining to Steve’s fantastic method and you know you are on to a winner! 22.1.22


The January 2022 Mark Leveridge Podcast. In this month's audio half hour: Reflections on how different the magic world was when Mark turned pro 40 years ago. Be wary of allowing comedy to overshadow the magic. Has COVID forced the demise of some traditional entertainment agencies? Listen to a true story of a show mix up taken from E-Club Pro’s It Could Only Happen Live archive. Mark challenges the assumption that a good act should never comprise of a succession of disconnected tricks. Leveridge Legerdemain is now launched and available for magic clubs to book. Procrastination is a bad habit! 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 22.1.22


Chris 'Frostie' Frost Lecture - Manchester Circle of Magicians, Monday 24th January. Alex D Fisher (Entertainments Secretary) writes: Do you believe in magic? Kids do! They believe Reindeer can fly, they believe that monsters lurk in the dark and that fairies exchange their teeth for cash! It always fascinated Frostie that if they believe all this, then why did they not believe he was magic after he'd showed them magic? Then, he realised... In this lecture, Frostie will teach you some of his own routines, that both kids and adults love, leaving them believing that you are indeed magic and not just another magician showing tricks.

Manchester Circle of Magicians are delighted to announce Mr Chris ''Frostie'' Frost as our first lecture of the year. Lecture starts at 7.30pm. Members free, visitors £10 (ask about our offer). Those wishing to visit should in this instance contact Alex Fisher beforehand Our new venue: The Micker Brook, Councillor Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle SK8 5NU (2 for 1 burgers and pizzas on Mondays so worth coming early!)


Six Ebooks - One Great Price! The Professional Worker Series of six advice ebooks provide a huge amount of advice and information from which magicians of all levels of experience can benefit. There are thousands of books dedicated to tricks, but very few which seek to look behind the actual magic and provide assistance with all the other elements involved in performance. Going Walkabout, Trade Show Magic, The Table Magician, Marketing Yourself, Keeping Control and Learning From Experience together offer almost 200 pages of real world tips, hints and good practice advice relating to the performance and marketing of magic. Everything is drawn from Mark's 40 years as a pro making it all highly practical and useful. Each ebook normally costs £10.00 but you can purchase the complete set of 6 for a special bargain price of just £39.00 provided you order by midnight GMT on the 31st January 2022. So act right now and go to where you can take full advantage of this great one-time offer. 22.1.22


The inside story of iBeer, the underdog beer app that made millions. "The work of a down-and-out magician, nothing was bigger during the App Store's first year of existence. But like so many overnight successes, iBeer got drunk on money and power and last call arrived far too soon..." Read the full story by Quinn Myers 22.1.22


Oz Pearlman on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Beth Behrs chats to Ellen about The Neighborhood, before playing Taste Buds with Tichina Arnold, while magician Oz Pearlman also drops by." Friday 28th January on ITV2 (repeat) see TV Magic. 22.1.22


"R. Paul Wilson On: When Sleight Of Hand Magicians And Card Cheaters Collide" Click Here • "Were Penn and Teller fooled by Michigan magician and his Kellogg’s cereal box trick?" Click Here • "Magician Criss Angel Gives Fans A Welcome Update On His Son's Health" Click Here • "‘It took four men and a fire extinguisher to get the tiger off him’: the tragedy of Vegas magicians Siegfried and Roy" Click Here • "Now You See Me 3 is under development, might release sooner than you think" Click Here • "Magician alters plans for tigers in Las Vegas show proposal" Click Here • "Jack Sand, former WDAY weatherman and beloved magician, dies at age 82" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcome - see you next week, Duncan. 22.1.22