Number 1134 - Saturday 19th March 2022


Fergus Flanagan is the first-ever Magic Circle Virtual Magician of the Year! Following an eagerly fought round of heats, five magicians made it through to last Sunday's final which went out live via Zoom worldwide, to both magicians and members of the public. Fergus has a real charisma and instantly captivated both the magic judges and the public (whose voting contributed to up to 60% of the final score) making him a very worthy winner. Vlad Grigorescu was placed second, with the other finalists being Chris Fleming, Abel Megyes and Chris Herren. Congratulations to them all. Organiser Rodney James Piper said: "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 form of entertainment."


The Magic Circle has continued to innovate throughout the past two difficult years by introducing TMC TV and world-class live lectures broadcast exclusively for members, and now this new competition. They also produce the excellent in-house monthly magazine 'The Circular' which thrives under Will Houstoun's editorship. For membership details see DT. 19.3.22


Leeds Magic Jam 2022. Chris Stewart writes: Leeds Magic Jam is proud to announce the incredible Tom Wright, Alexander Marsh (Alex McAleer) and Etienne Pradier will all be lecturing this year! Taking place on Sunday, 11th September, in our new, larger venue (in Garforth, Leeds), with free parking, good transport links and lots of local amenities. There's even more this year, with in-depth workshops (deep dives into one trick or topic) and close-up performances from the best in the business. We will also have a range of dealers which will be announced closer to the event. Tickets are only £20 and are available now via We recommend early booking as there are only 100 tickets available! Follow us for updates on 19.3.22


The Andy Clockwise Show - Barons Court Theatre, London, 25th March. From the organisers: Join us on Friday, 25th March, for the next show in our Friday Magic Lates series, with Andy Clockwise!  As a professional multi-award winning magician and magic inventor with more than 25 years performing experience, Andy has performed at thousands of events and social gatherings, from the intimacy of Birthday Parties and Weddings, to Grand Corporate Affairs, Gala Dinners and Celebrity events throughout the UK and Europe.


Popular with celebrities, Andy has performed his magic shows to the children of many in the world of film, TV and sport, including Linda Lusardi, Bradley Walsh, David Seaman M.B.E., The Arsenal Football Team, Lord Alan Sugar, Victoria & David Beckham O.B.E. and many more in all sorts of venues, from the local burger restaurant to the grandest of hotels. Andy can also often be seen performing Family Shows on board P&O Cruise ships.


A crazy mix of magic, comedy and audience participation using a spike, an umbrella, snooker balls and a 4 inch nail makes Andy's show one to remember - forever! Get your tickets now for an evening of great fun! Friday, 25th March at 9 pm. Tickets £15. Barons Court Theatre, 28a Comeragh Road, London W14 9HR. See and 19.3.22


Richard Jones 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. "Richard Jones: Balancing Army and Magic Life, Winning BGT, TV Magic and more" YouTube. 19.3.22


Richard Wiseman Lecture, Tuesday 22nd March, at the Cambridge Pentacle Club. Hugh Newsam writes: We have the one and only Richard Wiseman lecturing for us on Tuesday 22nd March. Richard will be talking about magic and illusions and his recent projects including his collaboration with David Copperfield. Tuesday 22nd March from 7.30pm to 10pm. Visiting magicians welcome, £10 charge in advance via Cambridge Pentacle Club - St Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 3JS. 19.3.22


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. 19.3.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, close-up magic from Imam in a guest spot on John Fisher's The Best of Magic from 13th September 1989. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 19.3.22


Wessex Magical Association 90th Anniversary Celebration Convention. Steve Bowring writes: With confirmation that Craig Petty will be lecturing at the Wessex One Day Convention, the lineup is now complete. Lectures: Richard Jones, Megan Swann, Noel Qualter, Paul Gordon, Wayne Fox, Steve Rowe and Craig Petty. Dealers: Alakazam, Discount Magic, Gimmick King, DTrik, Mechanic Industries, Mike Danata, Paul Gordon and Wayne Fox. Gala Show: Jamie Raven, Matricks, Richard Jones, Megan Swann and The Great Baldini. Gala Show tickets are nearly all gone so book now to avoid disappointment. If declared as sold out contact in case any returned or reserved tickets have subsequently become available. Adult Tickets are just £27 (Day) + £12 (Gala) and Junior Tickets are just £7 (Day) + £8 (Gala) and can be purchased from our website: Sunday, 3rd April 2022. Venue: Bournemouth School for Girls, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 9UJ. 19.3.22


New from Mark Leveridge Magic. The Collected Card Magic of Mark Leveridge comprises of four e-book volumes containing 47 of Mark's best card routines in which every effect is practical to perform and well devised. Classic Leveridge card effects such as Brainstormer, 1-2-3 Jumbo Cards Across, Co-inci-mental, Diary Of A Nobody, Excalibur, Spot The Difference and The Invisible Deck Routine are just some of the strong effects carefully described and illustrated. Each volume costs £10.00, but now Mark has released a combined e-book bringing all four volumes together for the bargain price of just £28.00. The Complete Collected Card Magic of Mark Leveridge is full of great magic that you will want to perform, as there is material for walkabout, close-up shows, stand-up and mentalism, with everything requiring only straightforward card handling skills. For more information go to 19.3.22


Doncaster Restraint Museum Challenge. On Saturday, March 12th, at the Maple Tree Woodfield Plantation, Balby, Doncaster three members of the UKEA (United Kingdom Escape Artists) were challenged to perform a world’s first... Did they succeed? Read the full report by Allan James Taylor Click Here. 19.3.22


Barry Murray Magic Book Collection Auction. The second part of my Barry Murray's magic book collection is going to auction on 29th March at 1pm in Toovey's Antiquarian and Collectors’ Books Auction: To see his books specifically, search "Barry Murray" (top right corner). Photo: Lot 3074, Conjuring. - Robert Harbin and Peter Warlock, including Harbin signed receipt. 19.3.22


Steve Price's Magic on the Mersey - live tonight, with more dates added. 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 19th March at 7.30pm at Aloft Liverpool, No. 1 North John Street, Liverpool L2 5QW. More dates throughout the year have just been added - see What's On. 19.3.22


Hull Magicians’ Circle Annual Dinner and Theatre Show. Jon Marshall writes: A great Magic and Fine Dining Experience! Hull Magicians' Circle invites guests to their Annual Dinner and Theatre Show on Saturday 23rd April. It's always a popular event and is back in 2022 with a great lineup and a four-course meal. Featured acts are Sylvia Sceptre, John Kimmons and the illusions of James Long and Maddy. There's Bunco Booths and close-up magic too. Tickets are £49.50. Venue, Canham Turner, University of Hull HU6 7RX. Saturday 23rd April, 6.30pm for 7pm. Tickets can be reserved from David Hand, Treasurer, Telephone: 01724 850518 or Mobile 07936 584540, email or Hull Magicians' Circle website 19.3.22


The ABC of Mentalism - Close-up - Mr E Enterprises. Mr E Enterprises write: With a set of these children’s ABC learning cards you can perform a bewildering number of truly exciting mentalism effects, suitable for both children and adults’ shows. Each colourful large card has a letter of the alphabet and a simple drawing of an animal or other appropriate object, pictured upon it. With their aid you can read minds and perform predictions, reproducing pictures and letters and even secretly created words!

The cards are not marked in any way and can be shown as well mixed. Knowledgeable magicians may examine them without discovering the subtle secret. The ideal effect for close-up, cabaret or stage shows and invaluable for walkabout. Very easy to do, it’s as simple as ABC! Comes with a packet of twenty-six close-up sized professionally produced alphabet cards & instructions. For more info and to order visit


Win A Vintage Book Reprint. From the publishers: In each issue of Magicseen we have a competition in which readers get the chance to win prizes generously supplied by our advertisers. In the latest edition (#103 March 2022) we are delighted to have available two copies of a reprint of the Will Goldston classic book Who's Who In Magic provided by Collecting Magic Books. To get your name in the 'hat' for a chance to secure your personal copy, go to page 23 of issue 103 and email in the correct answer to the question you will find there, no later than the 31st March 2022. You can purchase the latest issue on its own or as part of a 1 or 2 year printed copy or download sub from 19.3.22


Comedy Legends. Barry Cryer pays tribute to the heroes of comedy who he has worked with over his many years in the business, starting with Tommy Cooper. Thursday 24th March on Sky Arts. See TV Magic. 19.3.22


"Derren Brown mesmerizes the Wycombe Swan in 'Showman'" Click Here • "An interview with David Copperfield" Click Here • "Penn & Teller Bring The Magic To Australia For The First Time Ever" Click Here • "Award-winning illusionist and comedy magician set to perform in Fremont" Click Here • "The Jack Hughes Ultimate World of Magic" by Chris Cross is reviewed by Jack Brown this week, Click Here • "Bizarre optical illusion tricks brain when you look at the red dot for 20 seconds – can you see it?" Click Here • "Mac King - Plaid-wearing comedy magician" Click Here • Many thanks as always for your news submissions this week. See you next week, Duncan. 19.3.22