Number 1132 - Saturday 5th March 2022


Derren Brown: Showman - now on nationwide tour. Derren Brown returns to the stage with 'Showman', his brand new live show. Derren is at his very best live on stage and his one-man shows have received wide critical acclaim and more Olivier wins and nominations than any other in history. Now, with his first brand new theatre show in six years, he returns to astonish and amaze audiences up and down the country from March to October. The content of Showman remains a closely-guarded secret, but if you’ve seen him before, then you know you're in for a powerhouse treat!


"All I can reveal at this point is that the show will ultimately be about you, the audience member, because that’s what I find most interesting. There are places I’d like to take you where we haven’t been before." Derren Brown. For tour dates and to book see


"Derren Brown: 'All my life I thought I hated Toblerone'... The ultimate showman tackles our 20 Questions"

"Derren Brown on the controversy around his shows: 'There's always been reason for it'" 5.3.22


The London Magic Convention (November 2022) is thrilled to announce their first lecturer... Chad Long! Chad is a prolific creator, and one of America's most in-demand magicians. He's coming over to the UK especially for the convention, lecturing during the day and giving an exclusive main-stage performance in the evening; so this is definitely not one to be missed. There are still some tickets available, but this year is heading to be a sell-out again, so don't look back and regret... book today via 5.3.22


Just 24 hours until the Midnights crowdfunding campaign ends, with some of the perks almost gone! Each deck of these luxury playing cards literally changes lives, with profits donated to the magic programmes of Breathe Arts Health Research. To watch the videos and support: Click Here. If you miss the campaign deadline, Jez has made some of the Midnights packages available to pre-order on his site, here 5.3.22


Samuel Hurst The People's Magician. Friday, 11th March, Barons Court Theatre, London. From the organisers: Samuel Hurst, The People's Magician, is one of the best magicians you've never heard of (and a regular feature performer at the world's largest magic convention). Winner of UK Family Entertainer 2019. World renowned street performer. With a long list of celebrity fans and clients including Hollywood stars and heads of state worldwide. Sam has entertained professionally for over 20 years, but something was never quite right. It was the pandemic that brought about an epiphany. Using astonishing magic, rapid fire humour and a little story telling Sam will tell you why he felt terrible whilst making you feel terrific. Friday, 11th March at 9pm. Tickets £15. Barons Court Theatre, 28a Comeragh Road, London W14 9HR. See and 5.3.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Jean-Pierre Vallarino in a guest spot on The World's Greatest Magic III shown in 2000 in the UK. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 5.3.22


"Best podcasts of the week: Derren Brown promises to make you happier"

"Derren Brown's Boot Camp for the Brain. Derren Brown, Brian King" 5.3.22


Henri White 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. "Henri White: Performing, Creating, Studio 52, Ben Earl, rants and more" YouTube. 5.3.22


Castle Magic is one of the leading dealers in pre-owned and second-hand magic apparatus and books, often handling antique and vintage apparatus from around the world. Based in Great Britain, where a considerable amount of vintage magic equipment started life, we supply and ship items worldwide. We also purchase and exchange magic props, books and allied arts apparatus from individual items to complete acts. During 1997 we launched our Castle Premier Range of exclusive magic tricks for children and close-up entertainers: 5.3.22


The producers of the hit West End magic show 'Wonderville' are looking for new and exciting talent for their latest projects. If you are a magician or variety act of any sort, be it stage, cabaret, parlour or close-up and think you have what it takes to wow an audience like never before, then get in touch. Send your details, including where you are based, previous experience (if any) and video footage (ideally unedited performance footage) to 5.3.22


Grayson's Art Club. Grayson and Philippa Perry welcome illusionist Derren Brown, who talks about his love of painting. Comedian Alex Horne creates a unique response to the theme of the week - travel. Art Club meets Liverpudlian artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman, whose recent installation transformed the front of Tate Britain into a celebration of bright lights and swirling colour. Grayson and Derren choose their favourite artworks from this week's submissions and some of the special guests from throughout the series return for a heart-warming finale." (Repeat) Friday 2nd April on Channel 4, see TV Magic. 5.3.22


March MLM Select New Releases. Two more products from the E-Club Pro archives have been made available this month for a limited period: 1. The Spectator As A Magician. A spectator shuffles a red backed deck and genuinely freely selects any card which is dropped unseen into the empty card box. This card is the spectator’s prediction. A second onlooker touches any card from a blue deck, and this is left unseen as the only reversed card in the deck. When the prediction card is tipped from the card box and the reversed card is revealed, they match! No rough and smooth, and no sleight of hand required. 2. The Vanisher. This is a simple to make utility gimmick which will enable you to temporarily hide and then retrieve flat objects such as a coin, a chip or a key. There are no magnets involved and this low-tech idea will really enhance any routine where you want to vanish (say) a coin and have both your hands genuinely empty, or start clean and then secretly at any time steal a coin. The instructions teach one very simple coin effect and show how to make the gimmick and use it. You need to be wearing a jacket for this, but there is no sleeve work involved. You will LOVE the simplicity and practicality of this idea! Both these video downloads cost just £7.00 each. To watch a dem and order go to 5.3.22


Devil's Hand Cards (Jumbo Size) - Mr E Enterprises: You patter about the gladiators who fought to the death in the Colosseum in Ancient Rome, where the Roman Emperor decided their fate. This was a difficult decision to make, you add, and so a local artist designed and made some special cards to help the Emperor’s decision.

You show eight cards with a colourful Oriental back design and the word ‘Fate’ on them. These you claim have become known as the Devil’s Hand Cards. The cards are dealt into two face down piles of four, both of which are then mixed thoroughly, after which both you and a spectator each take a small packet of cards. You then both eliminate them until you each hold a single card. When these two card faces are shown they prove to be an exact match for each other, with a green thumbs up sign and the word ‘Live’ on them. But what of the discarded cards? Anyone can turn these over to discover all of them have a picture of a thumbs down, together with the word ‘Kill’!

Only eight cards are used, the cards can be left for examination. Only two cards have ‘Live’ on them, the other six are ‘Kill’ pictures. The participant eliminates his cards in his own hands. This unusual effect can immediately be repeated using a different method that we also explain. Ideal for table-hopping and close-up performances, the trick is almost self-working and requires no sleights or special skills. Comes with jumbo sized Live and Kill laminated cards and instructions. Only £21.99 from


The Tarbell Course in Magic, Volumes 1-8 (Complete) - Harlan Tarbell. The Tarbell Course is one of the few sets of magic books that every magician should own. It covers all genres of magic in great detail and is as useful to an experienced professional as it is to a hobbyist beginner. This would keep any magician occupied for many years. An incredible resource, fully indexed, with over 3,400 pages of magic. This is the full set of books, not the much shorter single compilation volume. 5.3.22


Mat Franco on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Colin Farrell chats about films The Batman and After Yang, Colman Domingo discusses Euphoria, and magician Mat Franco also calls in." Wednesday 16th March on ITV2, see TV Magic. 5.3.22


"The Man Behind the Magician" Click Here • "Debbie McGee describes tragic last days with brain tumour-stricken magician Paul Daniels" Click Here • "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4's Magician Hints At Midge's Comedy Future" Click Here • "Magician Criss Angel captivates Riyadh audience" Click Here • "India’s Got Talent Throwback Video: Malaika Arora’s Kiss Makes Fish Alive" Click Here • "SA-born magician and illusionist wows judges of Romania's Got Talent" Click Here • "Harry Houdini Biopic in the Works at Paramount" Click Here • That's it for another week, many thanks for all your news submissions - always welcomed, see you next week, Duncan. 5.3.22