Number 1133 - Saturday 12th March 2022


The Magic Circle Virtual Magician of the Year Final - Live via Zoom 7pm Sunday! Five magicians from different parts of the world will battle it out this Sunday (March 13th) to be crowned the first winner of The Magic Circle Virtual Magician of the Year Competition - and the public will have a vote to decide who is the victor. The five are Chris Fleming from England, English/Irish Fergus Flanagan, Abel Megyes and Vlad Grigorescu from Romania and Chris Herren as Faust from the United States. They were the winners of the heats and are all members of The Magic Circle.

The final will be broadcast live on Sunday at 7pm on Zoom and tickets for non-members of The Magic Circle can be bought at The judging panel will include four judges representing The Magic Circle and their votes will comprise 40 per cent of the overall score. However, the remaining 60 per cent of the votes will be from the public.

Organiser Rodney James Piper said this week: "It’s going to be a wonderful evening. The heats over the past month were fantastic but the final promises to be even better and we really look forward to the public having their say. During the last couple of years, a new medium of magical performance has been created and The Magic Circle is proud to be celebrating and showcasing this exciting new form of entertainment."

Members of The Magic Circle can watch the event free with details being published on the member's Facebook page and via email.


The Wayne Dobson Show - Live on Stage, Friday 24th June, Haslemere Hall, Surrey. From successes in Las Vegas, the Royal Variety Show and his own TV series, magician Wayne Dobson returns to the stage with a magic show unlike any you’ve seen before. Combining eye-boggling tricks and Wayne’s special brand of comedy, The Wayne Dobson Show is not to be missed. At the height of his stardom which included three hit TV series of ‘Wayne Dobson: A Kind of Magic’, attracting audiences of 11 million, Wayne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As the condition worsened and consigned Wayne to a wheelchair, he retired from public performance believing audiences wouldn’t accept a disabled magician, paralysed and with impaired speech.

Since then, Wayne has created hundreds of original magical effects for the world’s leading magicians. The Magic Circle presented him with the Maskelyne Award and The American Academy of Magical Arts their Award of Merit; the two highest awards in magic. Feeling the urge to perform again, Wayne tried out a couple of private shows and was overwhelmed with his audiences’ response. So much so he has decided to do some more! 7.30pm on Friday 24th June at Haslemere Hall, Bridge Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2AS. See


Darlington Magic Circle present a May Day of Magic on Sunday 1st May. Nick Richmond, Secretary, The Darlington Magic Circle writes: A one day Convention of Magic, lecturers, dealers and a general get-together for like minded Magicians. Limited to 100 delegates! Confirmed Lecturers / Dealers so far are: 'The Godfather' Harry Robson. 'Mind FX' Michael Murray. 'Stereotype' Mick Wilson. 'Mr Freak' Daniel Johnson. 'Northern Miracles' Joel Dickinson. 'DTriks Magic' Mike Sullivan, and still more to come! All of this for only £15 entry!


Venue: The Railway Club, 93 North Road, Darlington DL1 2PP from 10am to 5pm on Sunday 1st May. Free, self service, tea and coffee. Ample free car parking directly opposite at the Poundstretcher Store. Several cafes and restaurants, both sit in and take-away, very nearby. Private licensed bar open all day. Note: the venue is upstairs with no lift. For more info and to book visit 12.3.22


Ben Earl - A New Kind of Magic Membership. Ben Earl has launched a brand new magic membership ‘The Family’. The Family features 10 videos a month, including: effects, explanations, technique, documentaries, podcasts and a busy Discord server. A stunning step forward in the magic world, with quality that will blow your mind! All this is available right now with a free 30 day trial! See 12.3.22


Christian Grace 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. "Christian Grace: Card magic, Vanishing Inc, performing excellence and more" YouTube. 12.3.22


The Illusioneer Presents - with special guest Guy Hollingworth. From the organisers: We are pleased to announce that Guy Hollingworth is back with us again next month! 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.

Dulwich College Lower Hall, Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD on Thursday April 14th at 7pm. Early Bird tickets 20% off, available until 20th March. Directions, more info and tickets from


'Best Magic' Adelaide Fringe Winner. Kevin Quantum writes: Delighted to announce that my show Dark Matter has just won the weekly award for Best Magic at the Adelaide Fringe. These awards are handed out to the 'best' shows (as judged by a panel of independent, expert art judges) in each genre: comedy, circus, cabaret, dance etc.

It's a real honour to receive this award for magic, I'm over the moon to be honest. It's been a difficult two years in the Arts Industry and this is kinda my comeback show. So to come to one of my favourite Arts Festival in the world, here in Adelaide and receive this award really is just wonderful. The show is on this weekend and closes on holiday Monday 14th March. To my friends in the UK, this show will absolutely be on at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. Tickets will go on sale soon. Watch this space. Playing The Garden, Adelaide Fringe, to 14th March. Kevin Quantum - Dark Matter


The Leicester Magicians' Network present a live lecture by David Penn. Adam Edgeley writes: We are delighted to announce that our club will be hosting a lecture with David Penn. Taking place at our clubroom in Leicester on the 16th of March at 7pm. Guests welcome (£5 charge) via arrangement in advance - see


David needs no introduction and is of course famed for appearing on four major TV series in the UK including The Sorcerer's Apprentice on BBC1, The Sorcerer's Apprentice Extra on BBC2, Freaky on Channel 4 and Astounding Celebrities on ITV1. He reached the live semi -finals of Britain's Got Talent on ITV1. He has been described in The Daily Telegraph as "one of the country's leading illusionists". The clubroom is at the Leicester Railwaymens Club and Institute. For more info and contact details see: 12.3.22


MagiCon 2022 - updates. James Hobart writes: Two acts which stormed Blackpool 2022 have been added to the lineup for MagiCon 2022 - the Irish Magic Convention. Following his lecture debut at Blackpool, George Firehorse will be rambling on for an hour about whatever comes into his head at the time. It’s bound to be unpredictable and hilarious. Another young Magician has also been added to the lineup for the Saturday night show. Cillian O’Connor will join his friends Aidan and Jasper following his appearance on the Blackpool Sunday night Gala Show.

The Balmoral Hotel Belfast is now sold out of rooms for the Saturday night of the convention. Don’t worry however there is plenty of alternative accommodation at prices to suit all budgets nearby. The city centre is only ten minutes away by car and if you are worried about parking we would suggest leaving your car at the Balmoral and getting a taxi in and out. You may also wish to consider the Premier Inn in Lisburn which is 15 minutes drive away. To find a hotel why not use 29th April - 1st May 2022, Belfast. Registration open online now:


Radek Hoffman: Me, Myself & Secrets - Barons Court Theatre, London, 18th March. From the organisers: Can we make important decisions based on the flip of a coin? What is the difference between a mystery and a secret? How much we will risk to achieve our goals? Why are we so afraid of the unknown?


Me, Myself, and Secrets is a personal journey inside Radek Hoffman's mind. It is a highly interactive show that relies on audience participation. It combines elements of a one-man show, experimental theatre, magic and mentalism. Radek will share with you his greatest secrets and most complex ideas that will manipulate your mind. This is not just a show it is an experience. Be prepared to be amazed, to reinvent yourself, and celebrate the mystery.

Are you ready to be part of the experience? Can you keep a secret? Friday, 18th March at 9 pm. Tickets £15. Barons Court Theatre, 28a Comeragh Road, London W14 9HR. See and


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Paul Daniels Million Pound Magic - a "Best Of" show from 5th May 1986. Starring Kris Kremo and The Jazzy Jumpers with Penelope Keith, Robert Maxwell and Debbie McGee. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 12.3.22


Wayne Fox Lecture - Bexley Magic Society. Roy Marsh MIMC writes: Bexley Magic Society is really pleased to be hosting another lecture by Wayne Fox. It’s been a couple of years since he last wowed us with his crafty, creative magical effects. He returns with an exciting new presentation: The Knockout FX lecture.


This is a two-hour lecture, consisting of mind reading and visual magic. Most importantly, each item is easy to do, and runs around the theme of "always be prepared to perform magic whenever asked". Featuring effects and ideas using props and components that magicians may already have, or can easily obtain. Card magic, mind reading and how to be unique at the party, are just some of the subjects covered. Although this isn’t a dealer dem, there will be an opportunity to buy the new line of Magic Fox products at special lecture deal prices. This is one not to be missed. Wednesday, 16th March. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Visiting magicians welcome. Admission £10.00 on the night. Club HQ: Bexleyheath Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8JP. 12.3.22


Son of Shadow by John Lenahan. From the author of the Shadowmagic trilogy.‍ A world of faeries, leprechauns and dragons – and magic fuelled by the blood of trees. A mystery portal to the Real World. And a pair of curious young adventurers who know they shouldn’t step through it…‍ Meet Fergal the Second, nicknamed ‘two’. Or ‘Doe’, in his own language. He can do magic. But, for the moment, he’s forgotten where he’s from. Or what’s happened to his blind friend Ruby. He’s actually from Tir na Nog, the enchanted world of Shadowmagic, where a new generation of the royal House of Duir are cheeking their parents, preparing for adulthood and itching to see the Real World for themselves – whatever the peril.


John Lenahan, whose Shadowmagic trilogy sold more than 100,000 copies, takes us back to his enchanted parallel world where Irish folk myth combines with lively 21st-century banter. Lightning Books, 320 pages, publication date: 25th July 2022. Now available for pre-order from 12.3.22


Jobs for magicians as 30 roles to be created at new Blackpool attraction. "Thirty new jobs will be created at Blackpool’s Showtown museum which is due to open in the Sands Hotel on Central Promenade in April next year." To read the full article by Shelagh Parkinson in the Blackpool Gazette Click Here. 12.3.22


Salon de Magie: The Ken Klosterman Collection Part II. March 26th. Our second sale from Ken Klosterman's world famous collection of magicana, The Salon de Magie, is slated for March 26th. Drawing on the vast archive assembled over the course of a 50+ year collecting career, this auction will bring rare posters - from the careers of Houdini, LeRoy, and Kellar - together with choice vintage apparatus, ephemera, and relics from the great golden age of magic shows of yesteryear. Highlights include stage illusions from the shows of Alexander, Birch, and Kassner, props owned by Harry Houdini, F.E. Powell, and Dante, memorabilia from the career of Karl Germain, and a bespoke magic apparatus from the workshops of Okito, Thayer, Martinka, and their contemporaries. See 12.3.22


The E-Video Newsletter March 2022. Spend about half an hour of your time in the company of Mark Leveridge and his latest free monthly online video programme where you will enjoy: The Teach In – a full explanation of a routine using a borrowed credit card suitable for commercial close up work. Pro Peeks – learn a nice, simple close up effect for performance on a close up pad. Keeping Control Unplugged – in part 21 Mark explains how the effects you choose and the way you present them can help to control youngsters at a children's party. Web Offers – background info on an e-book on how to promote yourself, and a visual close up / parlour show effect, both of which are reduced this month. 60 Seconds To Success – a consideration of why your show website is so important to you. The Review Corner – Lewis Le Val’s Orphic Wallet is looked at this time. To gain access to this video and all subsequent monthly releases you simply need to join MLM's free E-Club Lite. For more information go to 12.3.22


'How to Vanish a President' by Mr E Enterprises. Mr E Enterprises write: This is a very topical gag type of magic effect, and in these difficult times it is good to have a laugh and forget our troubles if only for a few minutes. Regular customers may remember about two years ago we put this item out when President Trump was causing concern. Now we have yet another President presenting the world with more serious problems and have updated the effect. Find out all about it at 12.3.22


David Michael's Trickapedia, Cafe Morso, Coventry. Award winning magician David Michael brings his new one man show to Coventry! Can you win the lottery via magic? Find out at Trickapedia on Thursday 31st March at 8pm at Cafe Morso, Corporation Street, Coventry CV1 1GF. Tickets and more info: 12.3.22


The UnXplained with William Shatner - The Greatest Escapes. Stories of escape that defy explanation, referencing Harry Houdini pulling off numerous escape acts and an attempted prison break from Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Thursday 17th March on Sky History (repeat), see TV Magic. 12.3.22


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"The Greatest Magician won't miss a trick at Cardigan's Mwldan!" Click Here • "I’ve been into magic since school, says BGT finalist" Click Here • "Magicians Brendon Peel and Li Lau wow ‘Romania’s Got Talent’ judges" Click Here • "Illusionist Rick Thomas Takes The Stage At The Van Wezel" Click Here • "‘Transformers’ Producers Lorenzo Di Bonaventura & Mark Vahradian Working On Houdini Movie For Paramount" Click Here • "Renowned SA magician and illusionist Brendon Peel determined to make the impossible, possible" Click Here • "Mentalist Wayne Hoffman reads minds on More in the Morning" Click Here • "Derren Brown on writing his shows: 'If you're trying to be controversial, you won't get it right'" Click Here • That's it for another week. Thanks to everyone who submitted news. See you next week, Duncan. 12.3.22