Number 1127 - Saturday 29th January 2022


Ben Hart: Wonder - UK Tour. Lee Martin for Gag Reflex presents Ben Hart: Wonder 2022. Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician. Expect his most mind-blowing and exciting magic in a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. With the simplest of props, using the objects and minds of the audience, Ben Hart conjures an altogether new kind of magic. Ben's tour is now in full swing... see for venues, dates and updates. 29.1.22


Fake Psychic - BBC Radio 4. Written and reported by Vicky Baker. Drama by Nick Perry. If you wanted to speak with the dead in 1960s America, there was one man who was ready to help. For more than a decade, Lamar Keene was at the top of his game, becoming known as the Prince of Spiritualists. Then, quite suddenly, he turned his back on it all. Lamar Keene went public and revealed his whole operation had been one big con. He not only implicated himself but claimed that he had been part of an underground network, which had conspired to defraud the unsuspecting public. He called it the "psychic mafia", and said that his confession made him a marked man. In a series that mixes documentary with drama, Vicky Baker (Fake Heiress) takes a deep dive into Lamar Keene’s stranger-than-fiction life story. See TV Magic for details. 29.1.22


Could it be Magic? Four Magicians. One winner. Who wins? You decide! Paul Aitchison, comedy actor and performer best known to fringe and BBC Radio 4 audiences as co-writer and performer in award-winning sketch act Mixed Doubles, stars in ‘Could it Be Magic?’ at Wilton’s Music Hall from 1st to 5th February. Playing all four acts in the finale of a spectacularly bizarre magic competition, Aitchison unleashes his unique blend of feel-good comedy with genuinely jaw-dropping magic tricks as each finalist competes for your vote and the hallowed trophy.

Bonkers... Bamboozling... But... Could It Be Magic? Written and performed by Paul Aitchison, Directed by Owen Lewis. "Aitchison is one to watch, a real talent" Chortle. "A deliciously dazzling concoction of comedy, magic tricks, and audience participation" Ed Fringe Review. Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB. 1st-5th February. Tickets and more info: Also see


Blackpool Magicians' Club Annual Mega Convention Auction – Thursday 17th February 2022. From the organisers: Admission is free for Convention Registrants and visiting magicians. Commences 10am prompt, with viewing from 9am on Thursday 17th February in the Derham Lounge, Winter Gardens, Blackpool. It is worth arriving in Blackpool early for this event – over 900 hundred items have now been booked in and lots are being posted on the auction page as and when we receive them: 29.1.22


Honorary vice president of The Magic Circle receives MBE at 102. "Collecting his medal at Windsor Castle, Henry Lewis said magic has allowed him to raise money for charity and travel the world." "Bibbidi-MBE-boo! Magician, 102, delights with a magic trick after receiving honour for charitable fundraising from Prince William" [Congratulations Henry! DT]. 29.1.22


Masters of Magic World Tour 2022. Masters of Magic is back, live, from 26th - 29th May in Turin, Italy. For more info, and to book, visit: 29.1.22


Mark Raffles' 100th Birthday was a great (socially distanced) success... with two birthday cakes and lots of cards including one from The Magic Circle and The Queen. Here's a link to the ITV Wales interview: YouTube. "‘Magical’ Llandudno care home resident celebrates 100th birthday" 29.1.22


Chris North 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. "Chris North, The Original King of TV Talent Shows, talks illusions, career and more" You Tube. 29.1.22


Chris North's Curious Tales & Unusual Phenomena followed by Q&A - now booking for magic societies. Chris has produced a unique show/lecture for Magic Societies and Clubs. The evening consists of the 60 minute production show Curious Tales & Unusual Phenomena, a Victorian style parlour show providing an entertaining glimpse at the inexplicable mysteries and macabre beliefs of the era and comes complete with a charming Victorian set and is totally self-contained. The second half of the evening is a Question and Answer session with a consummate professional with over 50 years experience in the business, who has managed to stay relevant in an ever changing and evolving market place. Contact Chris on 07860 368727 or email: 29.1.22


The Magic Live Lounge, Friday 11th March at 8pm, Ormskirk, Lancashire. After a sell-out debut show in November The Magic Live Lounge returns to The Chapel Arts House in Ormskirk for an evening jam-packed with magic and mystery! Scheduled to appear: The Great Borrini Gentleman of Mystery, Mason King Mind Reader & Mentalist, Mark Roberts Sleight of Hand Sensation, Adam Dadswell Modern Magician and Dean James The Memory Man. Venue: The Chapel Arts House, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 4QR. 29.1.22


Matthew Wright and Harry Robson in Ireland. James Hobart writes: The Boys Are Back In Town. Matthew Wright and Harry Robson present a joint lecture in Ireland on February 7th and 8th. On Monday 7th February, their lecture will be hosted by The Ulster Society of Magicians in the Marble Cedar Lounge, Errigle Inn, Belfast (7.15pm for a 7.45pm start, £20 for visitors). Then on Tuesday 8th February, The Society of Irish Magicians will host the same lecture at The Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin commencing at 8pm (€20 for visitors). For further information please contact James Hobart for Belfast or Brendan McIvor for Dublin. 29.1.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, interactive magic from Max Maven on John Fisher's 'The Best of Magic' from 27th September 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 29.1.22


Merlins Premier Range. Merlins write: Merlins of Wakefield’s are sadly not going to the Blackpool Magic Convention in February due to personal reasons, but hope to be back next year. Our shop will be open on the Friday and Saturday, 18th and 19th February, with some special offers instore and online; details will be available the week before. Our latest 24 page ‘Winter Mail’ is now available and you can get a free download copy by emailing If you would like a printed copy, just include your postal address. Our latest ‘Premier Range’ item is Spectre Die and Frame. You can see the whole of the ‘Premier Range’ here: 29.1.22


New Magic of The Masters with John Carey - Alakazam Magic. Book now and save with our special early bird price. Back in 2019 and 2020, our core tutor at the Academy, John Carey, presented 4 outstanding Academy courses called Magic of the Masters. We received a multitude of emails and calls from customers saying how much they enjoyed John’s courses. Well there’s great news. He’s back! On 9th of February 2022 at 7pm (GMT) John will present New Magic of the Masters! He’s hand picked 13 brilliant classic effects from some of the very best, to perform and teach in his unique style! Find out more. Visit 29.1.22


The Illusioneer Presents. Bringing together some of London's most talented magicians for a full evening of sophisticated entertainment in an elegant setting. The Illusioneer Presents is a mix of close-up magic, casino magic, parlour magic and magical games presented by our eclectic team of talented performers in the magnificent surroundings of Dulwich College Lower Hall. Before the show, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a drink at the bar which will remain open throughout the evening. The evening starts with an hour long presentation of parlour magic and feats of illusion performed by individual members of the Illusioneer team and guest performers. Continuing the evening you can stroll around, drink in hand, pausing at different performance booths to enjoy the entertainment on show. Thursday February 17th at 7pm. Tickets £25 (plus booking) from Venue: Dulwich College Lower Hall, Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD. More info: 29.1.22


Magic on the Mersey. From the promoter: Magic on the Mersey is Liverpool's premier magic show. You will be amazed and amused by the magic of Steve Price, one of the UK's top magicians. Steve will have you laughing and wondering just how he does the impossible, turning ordinary objects into extraordinary memories. Steve is a Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, and he is widely acknowledged as one of the UK's busiest and most well-established magicians. Come and see the show that has entertained thousands of people across the UK and on cruise ships around the world. Tickets: £16-£21.  Saturday 29th January, Saturday 12th February and Friday 25th February at 7.30pm at Aloft Liverpool, No. 1 North John Street, Liverpool L2 5QW. 29.1.22


Pelham Lodge Punch & Judy Puppet Museum. Blackpool. Martin Scott Price writes: I shall be opening the doors of the Pelham Lodge Punch & Judy Puppet Museum for a sneak preview before the public come along at the Blackpool Magicians Convention in February. We are not fully commissioned yet, but many surprises are in store. Check out details at We will open on the Thursday prior to the Convention, and each day (excluding Sunday) from around 12 o'clock. There will be a donation of £3 towards the upkeep, and a small shop selling Magic and Puppets so if you want to come along email me - do have a look, you won't be disappointed. Book or come along. Covid friendly. Just near the Convention Centre. Have a great Convention. 29.1.22


South Downs Magicians - Lecturers Wanted. Des King writes: South Downs Magicians still have some 2022 dates for lectures. If you are a magician with a lecture living in the Southeast and would be interested in giving a lecture to the SDM members, please contact Jonathan Cann with your details and terms 01444 230409 or 07850 917126. The meetings are held in the Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross, Haywards Heath RH17 6BJ. 29.1.22


Blue Peter. "Henry learns how to swim with Ada, and Richie goes behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil. We're joined in studio by the young stars of new CBBC drama Dodger, which is based on Oliver Twist, and an amazing magician performs sleight-of-hand magic that would impress even the Artful Dodger!" Friday 4th February on CBBC. See TV Magic. 29.1.22


Fantastic February at the MCM. Alex Fisher writes: Manchester Circle Magicians is very proud and pleased to announce not one, but two, great lectures coming in February. Firstly Mr Elliot Bibby, the Scottish magician on February 7th.  There are simply too many accolades to list, and there's the promise of his very latest effect which will only be available at his lecture. And secondly, Mr Michel Huot. The inventor of Socks and many more commercial routines, a regular at FFFF. Both lectures will be at our new venue, the Stonehouse Micklebrook. Visitors by prior arrangement. The cost is just £10 per lecture, or ask for our incredible membership deal. 29.1.22


The E-Club Pro Big Sign Up Deal. Launched in January 2011, Mark Leveridge's online magic resource and advice centre E-Club Pro has developed into a major force in remote magic learning. Magicians of all standards and experience will find huge amounts of relevant effects, ideas, help and advice in the 900+ pages of online content. Updated and augmented on time at the start of every month, E-Club Pro is an exciting, vibrant learning centre which is available to members worldwide to dip into whenever it suits them. Standard membership costs just £12.00 per month on a rolling PayPal payment, and with no fixed subscription period, you can remain a member for as long as you wish. To encourage you to give it a try, MLM would like to offer the following deal. Sign up before the end of February 2022 and you will be sent a Discount Code worth £10.00 for each of your first three months of membership. These codes can be used against any purchase from the MLM online store. And since as a member you will already automatically be able to buy any MLM product at a 50% discount, the £30 of Discount Codes are actually giving you £60 worth of product at the normal prices! For more info and to sign up go to 29.1.22


Jerry O'Connell. 2nd January 1937 - 27th January 2022. Jerry O’ Connell AIMC, FFFF creator of the JOL Leather wallets and accessories range passed away on Thursday at the age of 85. In the 1960’s Jerry was the original drummer for Joe Brown and the The Bruvvers, touring the country and music venues. He also owned a clothing factory in the North. Later, Jerry spent years doing the knowledge and became a London Taxi Driver. He was a regular performer at FFFF, and was always full of practical jokes and gags. He was the resident technician at The Magic Circle, running the gantry at Chenies Mews, and set up the Restaurant Magician of the Year, and for many years ran their summer school. Jerry was one of the first close-up magicians in London with the likes of Darryl Rose, Fay Presto, Peter Mehtab, Michael Vincent and Pat Page. Known for his straight talking and generosity, he often put teams of magicians together for larger events.

Jerry loved magic wallets, and having owned Eric Mason’s Beta Wallet he was convinced he could hand make his own with his own dimensions and with beautiful softer leather. He made one for himself and then for his friends... his business then naturally followed. The Card in Envelope in wallets were all hand made in his London flat on his sewing machine with the finest leathers. Every wallet was a work of art, and every single one unique. He expanded his range and sold everything from scissor and coin holders to almost every type of magic wallet you could think of. When he moved to Bushey Heath he set up a workshop, until he decided to have others make for him. He had over 25 products in his range selling all over the world. Every item came with jokes and visual gags! When he decided to retire he sold his stock and Manufacturing rights to Propdog, who have maintained his legacy with the JOL range.


Jerry was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago and spent his latter days with his wife Marion, children and grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by his friends, family and magic community. You will always think of him when you next reach to tear that card out of that envelope out of that leather wallet. RIP. Darryl Rose. 29.1.22


"Thetford performer James Samuel hits magic number for YouTube award" Click Here • "Is hypnosis the future of cinema?" Click Here • "Norfolk magician named among UK's best wedding entertainers" Click Here • "Magician Joshua Jay to perform benefit at Canton Country Day School" Click Here • "Malaysian magician Andrew Lee making it big in the Americas" Click Here • "The next Tiger King? Podcast explores whether big cat attack which left legendary illusionist Roy Horn critically injured and unable to perform with Siegfried Fischbacher 'may have been attempted murder'" Click Here • "Circus of Illusion will bring magic and marvels to the Canberra Theatre" Click Here • "Were Penn and Teller fooled by Michigan magician and his Kellogg’s cereal box trick?" Click Here • That's it for this week. I'll miss Jerry O'Connell. Always fun and full of mischief. See you next week, Duncan. 29.1.22