Number 1129 - Saturday 12th February 2022


The Big One is Back! Blackpool Magic Convention 2022 - Thursday to Sunday! Starring: Andrew Basso, Paul Zenon, Chris Cox, Jean Luc Bertrand’s 'Magicbox' Show, The Christian Farla Show, Franz Harary, The Showgirls of Magic, Florian Sainvet, Topas, Paul Zerdin, Lynette Chappelle, Ehrlich Ocampo, Daniel Rosenfeldt, Barney Addison, Nikola Arkane, Graeme Shaw, Stuart McDowell, Mark Calabrese, Oliver Graham, Henri White, Paul Stone, Rune Carlsen, Simon Lipkin, Noel Qualter, Matt Pritchard, Jon Marshall, Michael Diamond, Matt Edwards, Laura London, John Lenahan, Marc Oberon, Matricks Illusion Show, Brando, Craig Petty, Jasper Cherry, Liam Moorhouse, Ruben Fernandez, Michel Huot, Nikolas Mavresis, George Quinn, Graham Lee, Rodney James Piper, Jaana Felicitas Scandariato, Nick Einhorn & Craig Squires, Magic Sam's 'Beat the Wand' and Wayne Dobson! [Photo: Andrew Basso mid-escape. I was lucky enough to see Andrew Basso in The Illusionists in London's West End back in 2015. He was superb, a world-class performer. The finest escapologist I've ever seen. Just one of the highlights live on stage next weekend. Have fun! DT]. 12.2.22


The Return of West End Magic: Saturday 26th March, Leicester Square, London. Returning to the Leicester Square Theatre for the first time this year, this family friendly show features award-winning magic, comedic mayhem, mind reading mysteries, and marvellous merriment. Plus some bloke trying to escape from his jacket! The lineup includes Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Magician Scientist Kevin Quantum, magical mayhem from Neal Austin, conjuring feats from Oliver Tabor, professional idiot Kiki Lovechild, comedy magician Andy Clockwise, and your magical compere Wayne Trice. The perfect treat for all the family. 3.30pm afternoon show on Saturday 26th March. See Box Office 020 7734 2222. 12.2.22


Dee Riley's A Wonderfully Weird Evening of Magic - Barons Court Theatre, London. Part of the new 'Friday Magic Lates' series. A witty, edgy, exciting and emotional exploration into the mind and magic of the London cabaret magician that made Katy Perry go "OMG wow!". "A true showman" Amanda Holden. "I can see Freddie in you" Brian May. Tickets £15. Book via Friday, 25th February at 9pm at Barons Court Theatre, The Curtains Up Pub, 28a Comeragh Road, London W14 9HR. 12.2.22


Harry De Cruz: The Buckinghamshire Magician Casting A Spell. Katie Traxton discovers why Buckinghamshire magician Harry De Cruz will blow your mind (while reading it too). To read the full article in Absolutely Buckinghamshire Click Here. 12.2.22


Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science - UK Tour. Morgan & West present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics, and bonkers biology in this fun for all the family science extravaganza! Magicians, time travellers and all-round spiffing chaps Morgan & West have a secret past – they are genuine, bona fide, legitimately qualified scientists, and now are bring their love of enlightenment to the stage! Expect explosive thrills, chemical spills and a risk assessment that gives their stage manager chills, all backed up by the daring duo’s trademark wit, charm and detailed knowledge of the scientific method. Leave your lab coats at the door it’s time for Unbelievable Science!

★★★★★ "Put quite simply...great science with hilarious hosts!" Primary Times
★★★★ "hugely talented" Daily Mirror
★★★★ "superbly crafted" The Stage

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John Lenahan 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. "John Lenahan living legend talks TV, Magic Circle, Stuff The White Rabbit and more" YouTube. 12.2.22


Midnights. The crowdfunding campaign for the luxury Midnights playing cards is well under way - a beautiful deck printed on luxury cardistry stock created so that 100% of profits can be donated to the Breathe Magic Intensive Therapy Programme run by Breathe Magic. Watch the video on the campaign page to see the remarkable, life-changing work of Breathe and how backing the campaign helps Breathe to run more camps for the many children on the waiting list. New perks include a brick of Midnights for a specially reduced price and additions to the limited edition collectors deck signed by celebs from TV, film and magic! Breathe magicians include Richard McDougall, David Owen, Laura London, Jon Armstrong, Edward Hilsum, James Freedman, Will Houston and Jez Rose. 12.2.22


TwoCAAN - Alakazam Magic: John Carey has done it again! TwoCAAN is a wonderfully fooling predicted card at any number routine. But get this... the spectator can genuinely shuffle deck! TwoCAAN is available to download now, so you can learn this great effect tonight. May be performed with borrowed decks. No memory work. No calculations. Easy to do (in fact you will have this down in just a few minutes). Instant reset. Find out more and watch the full performance at 12.2.22


Marvin’s Magic and The Magic Circle Video. 12.2.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Paul Daniels "Under Laboratory Conditions" from October 15th 1983. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 12.2.22


Noir thriller Nightmare Alley nominated for 4 Oscars. When charismatic, but down on his luck, Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena and her has-been mentalist husband Pete at a traveling carnival, he crafts a golden ticket to success, using this newly acquired knowledge to grift the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society. With the virtuous Molly loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist who might be his most formidable opponent yet... Open January 21st. Official International Trailer: YouTube. Directed by Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water). Featured in MagicWeek on December 11th, before opening in cinemas here in the UK, it is soon to be released on Blu-Ray and can now be pre-ordered via 12.2.22


Magicseen at Blackpool 2022. Magicseen will be attending the Blackpool Convention this week and Graham Hey and Phil Shaw will be delighted to see customers old and new at the stand in the corner of the main ballroom. As well as having the brand new March issue of Magicseen for you to see and a large selection of back issues on offer, the stand will also have copies of the more recent book publications. These include Kranzilla Unleashed, featuring the routines and gags of US comedy entertainer Nathan Kranzo, 50 Secrets To Successful Magic, containing a huge amount of fantastic advice on all manner of topics magical, Life's A Beach Vols 1 and 2, with top effects from one of the UK's busiest close up pros, and the Magical Mentalism Tour, the latest book from globe trotting star Mel Mellers. Earlier titles that are now only available as e-books will also be available in a carry-away format, plus there will all sorts of offers, deals and freebies too. So don't be shy, make sure you say hello to Graham and Phil, and if your subscription needs renewing or perhaps even starting (!), make their day and do it there and then. 12.2.22


The Order of The Magi Meetings: Update. Mike Sharples, Secretary, writes: The next meeting is on the 15th February and guess what, it is back in our regular meeting place, the Irish World Heritage Centre! I’m not sure if you realise but it’s almost 2 years since we were allowed into The Irish Centre, because of the pandemic restrictions, so please try and come along and have a chat with members of The Order Of The Magi. You may even want to bring along that latest effect that you have bought or learnt and try it out before you end up at The Ruskin. Please note this is not a lecture because I would have thought that there will be more than enough going on in the next few days after this meeting. Even if you are not going to the Blackpool Convention you are welcome to come and join us for the evening.

Now I know that this is the Tuesday immediately before the Blackpool convention and normally we wouldn’t hold a meeting then, but wouldn’t it be great if some of the people attending Blackpool came up a day early and joined us in Manchester. I have negotiated a discounted rate with the NIU hotel which is less than 50 yards away from The Irish Centre for anyone who coming to our meeting and travelling onto Blackpool in time for the convention.

So do you know any who are going to the convention either from the UK or from much further afield and would like to join us on the 15th February. Dealers, artists, performers or just plain ordinary magicians (if there is such a thing?). Invite them along to our meeting and give me a call on 0774 8833666 then get them to contact the NIU hotel on the following number 0161 518 0888 and use the reference MAGIC for a discounted rate.

Following on from February unless we are told otherwise, we will be back to 2 in person meetings per month at the IWHC and personally, I cannot wait to get back in the routine of having regular meetings. If you are interested in joining one of the oldest magic societies in the UK please email me at or take a look at our website In the meantime stay safe and I look forward to seeing you again soon, best wishes Mike.


Britain's Got Talent magician Allin Kempthorne to represent Wales in national competition. Magician Professor Strange, real name Allin Kempthorne, best known for appearing on Britain's Got Talent, is to represent Wales in the UK Family Entertainer of the Year Competition. He opens up about this latest challenge and the problems of being performer during the pandemic. To read the full story Click Here. 12.2.22


The February E-Video Newsletter. On the 1st of each month Mark Leveridge releases his latest online video presentation featuring new magic, advice, information and a bit of fun! In the February edition you will find: The Teach In – a spectator notes a card at a freely chosen position in a deck and after shuffling the pack, the card returns to exactly the same position. Pro Peeks – discover the secret of a special glimpse envelope from E-Club Pro’s Teach In archive. Keeping Control Unplugged – part 20 explains why having control of the children at your show improves the impact of your act. Web Offers – see performances and learn more about Colour Confusion and Breakout, the two special offers for February. 60 Seconds To Success – an explanation of one good way to start creating a new effect. The Review Corner – Murphy’s Magic Colouring Books come under the spotlight. Access to the half hour programme is available to anyone who is signed up to E-Club Lite, Mark's free monthly email newsletter. To add your name to the hundreds already registered go to 12.2.22


Magic on the Mersey - tonight! 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 12th February at 7.30pm at Aloft Liverpool, No. 1 North John Street, Liverpool L2 5QW. 12.2.22


History's Greatest Mysteries with Laurence Fishburne. Houdini's Lost Diaries. 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. Wednesday 16th February (2 hours) on Sky History. See TV Magic. 12.2.22


David Hemingway: A tribute by Brian Lead Click Here • "Hidden gems on Denmark Street that you might not have noticed" Click Here • Debbie McGee, 63, looks unrecognisable with a ginger bob as she transforms into a wacky psychic for her play The House On Cold Hill" Click Here • "Beyond Belief With David Blaine coming soon to Disney+" Click Here • "Derren Brown's illusion show set to mesmerise Derry at Millennium Forum" Click Here • "Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself: Disney+'s wild one-man illusionist show" Click Here • "Adelaide FringeKevin Kopfstein returns to Fringe with spellbinding comedy show, Smoke and Mirrors" Click Here • "'Criss Angel Mindfreak' in Las Vegas offers something for all" Click Here • Your UK magic news is always welcomed - see you next week, Duncan. 12.2.22