Number 1135 - Saturday 26th March 2022


Champions of Magic UK Tour - starts Thursday! March and April UK Tour Dates: Break away from the screen and experience live entertainment like never before with Champions of Magic – an evening of impossible illusions and spectacular special effects. Described by the press as ‘The Avengers of magic’ catch the only team of magicians in the world as they present their original, phenomenal ensemble illusions.

They’ve sold out shows across the globe, been featured on every major US TV network and racked up over 50 million views online... but you haven’t seen magic until you’ve seen it live. The Champions of Magic cast present incredible interactive magic, a daring escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, a mind-blowing prediction that has to be seen to be believed, levitation high above the stage and a finale beyond explanation. The show happens all around the theatre and features spectacular illusions that can’t be seen anywhere else.


31st March - The Brighton Centre
2nd April - Motorpoint Arena,Nottingham
3rd April - Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London
4th April - The Cambridge Corn Exchange
6th April - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
7th April - Grimsby Auditorium
9th April - York Barbican
10th April - Manchester Opera House
11th April - The Alexandra, Birmingham

Tickets for all shows via


Merlins Magic Day Sunday 15th May 2022. Merlins write: We can now announce that the 2022 Merlins Magic Day is on! If you previously had a ticket for the cancelled event, these are still valid and we will contact you to confirm this soon. The new dates is Sunday 15th May at The Academy Theatre, Birdwell, Barnsley S70 5TU

The day will consist of lectures, workshops, surprises and a Gala Magic Show in the evening. If you would just prefer to come along and see some of the best professional magic, comedy and variety acts, then the evening show is for you, ideal for the whole family. If you would like to see everything, then get the special discounted ticket for the whole event. With a minimum age limit of 10 years old, and concessions for under 16 year olds. There is plenty of free parking, a cafe/bar and the venue is easily accessible from the M1, junction 36.


Due to previous years successful events, there has been a lot of interest, so please book early. Entry is by ticket only. We will email you a ticket to print off and bring on the day, along with timings and directions to the venue. Merlins Goody Bag: if you book for the whole event, you will get a Merlins Goody Bag worth at least the price of the ticket! Day event: 9.30am - 5.30pm. Evening show: 7pm - 9.30pm. The evening show seats are now numbered and will be allocated on a first come basis - book early to get the best seats! Artists and more details will be announced shortly... Book via 26.3.22


All female lineup for April at Smoke & Mirrors, Bristol. Mark Bennett writes: We are proud to introduce an all female lineup of Guest Magicians live at Smoke & Mirrors for April. We start with Romany on the 9th April, Katherine Rhodes 16th April, Fay Presto 23rd April and we welcome back Ava Beaux to close the month on the 30th April. I am super proud of what Smoke & Mirrors can offer to many magicians all over the country. So far we have re-booked all our acts that we had to cancel, and having these amazing magicians during April makes this even more special. For information of guest magicians that visit Smoke & Mirrors please visit and for tickets please visit 26.3.22


Dee Riley's A Wonderfully Weird Evening of Magic - Barons Court Theatre, London, 1st April. From the organisers: Dee Riley returns to Barons Court on April Fools' Day for something different and fun to cap off your night! Dee Riley's Wonderfully Weird Evening of Magic a witty, edgy, exciting and emotional exploration into the mind and magic of the London cabaret magician that made Katy Perry go "OMG wow!"

Dee Riley is a multi award-winning stage and close-up magician specialising in live cabaret entertainment. He has featured throughout the UK and overseas with his stage shows and performances currently holding two first place stage awards for his live routines. Dee hosts comedy, cabaret and burlesque evenings, annually hosting the London Burlesque Festival. As well as stage magic Dee is also a highly skilled and comical close-up magician and can regularly be seen at one of his seven weekly residencies from Mayfair to Covent Garden and all over London. He has featured throughout the UK and overseas with his stage shows and performances currently holding two first place stage awards for his live routines.

Come see some brilliant up and coming talent in a rotating residency! Drinks and groups welcome. Friday, 1st April at 9pm. Tickets £15. Barons Court Theatre, 28a Comeragh Road, London W14 9HR. See and


The Davenport Film Collection YouTube Channel has just been launched as the sister site of the Davenport Collection website. It contains films taken by the family and others from the 1930s. Already you’ll find people like Les, Gladys and Esmé Levante, Gus Davenport, Chefalo, Bill Stickland, Helmut Schreiber and Marvelli. The footage includes film from the 1937 Berlin convention organised by The German Magic Circle (Magischer Zirkel) to celebrate their 25th anniversary. More films will be added in the future. Check out the background to all the films, Click Here. 26.3.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, close-up coin magic from Terry Herbert on 'Five Magic Minutes' from 1980. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 26.3.22


Suhani - putting mentalism on the map. Ian Rowland writes: Next year, Suhani will be touring internationally (North America, UK, Europe, Australia) and wants to put mentalism on the world map in the best way possible! She would love to build good relationships with media professionals (traditional or online) in all of these locations.

At the moment, Suhani is managed exclusively by a top-flight Indian talent agency. However, Suhani would love to talk to international talent agencies who could assist her global marketing strategy and help her to get on air with relevant media personalities. I have no formal association with Suhani. She’s a friend and I’m just trying to help her to meet interesting people and to make some productive connections. Suhani’s email address is:


Norvil & Josephine - Sunday 24th April at Jacksons Lane, London. Norvil and Josephine are a theatrical comedy magic and variety act unlike any other. It seems we have the traditional imposing magician and doting assistant... but magic is never what meets the eye! This is a musical comedy play about a magic show. Their classic Vaudeville magic act is about to be turned on its head, with comical gender bending twists and turns. It’s time for the magician to find new dreams while the assistant calls the shots!

Norvil & Josephine have appeared in London’s West End, at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and at The Wintergarten in Berlin. 3pm on Sunday 24th April at Jacksons Lane, London. Running time 55 minutes. For more info and to book visit


Kim Anderson 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. "Kim Andersen: Creator of the Trick of the convention at Blackpool 2022. Talking magic and creativity" YouTube. 26.3.22


Medway Magical Society Annual Dinner and Cabaret. Tim Meadley writes: Wondering what to do over the Easter Weekend? On Saturday 16th April the Medway Magical Society will be hosting its Annual Dinner, this year celebrating our 75th Anniversary. Why not join us in Maidstone for a great evening of fun and entertainment, including a cabaret starring Marc Shortland and comedy juggler Steve Rawlings. For more information, including the discount available on hotel accommodation, and tickets, contact Society Treasurer Tim Decker on 07906 733490. 26.3.22


Manchester Circle of Magicians Auction - Monday, 28th March. From the organisers: Our first auction of the year takes place at our new venue, The Micker Brook in Cheadle, and features over 250 items including many rare and collectible items, autographed books including Burger and Carney, as well as other items including rare coin effects and sets, many with no reserve. Viewing starts at 6pm with bidding from 6.30pm. Non-members welcome (£5 door charge). Please Note: Due to circumstances beyond our control this is a cash only auction. Venue: The Micker Brook, Councillor Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle SK8 5NU. 26.3.22


The Amazing Johnathan Documentary is being repeated on Sky Documentaries on Monday 4th April - see TV Magic for details. 26.3.22


Limited Edition of KISS now available. From the publishers: Following the international success of the John Derris book KISS, the definitive publication on magic presentation and marketing, came the demand for a new, super, hard-backed, special edition. A limited test run of prime copies was printed prior to the major launch when dramatic family circumstances occurred and it was decided not to proceed to publication. As a result there are only 62 mint copies of the new edition of KISS in existence, which are being released as a limited edition for magicians; signed by the author and at the original price of £35.00, plus postage. 128 pages including original magic effects - Goldfish Bowl production, Rising Cards routine, "Mirrorcle" - handbag mirror penetration, "Welded Bliss"- joining two wedding rings in a glass of champagne, and much more. Nodded approval from Dai Vernon, Roy Walton, Míchael Bailey, John Styles MBE and Chris Wood. To order a copy email John Derris for details: 26.3.22


Watford Association of Magicians - New Home. The club writes: Onwards and upwards for the Watford Association of Magicians. This Tuesday, 29th March, from 8pm to 10.15pm we start a new chapter in the club's history, when we meet at our wonderful new home: The Henderson Hub, Abbotts Langley, Watford WD5 0AR. It's the perfect venue, with a fantastic atmosphere, full stage, raked seats and a cafe area. The first lecture will be presented by our club chairman Paul Megram with something for the stage, close-up and family entertainer. There is a £10 charge for visiting magicians who are always welcome. For more info please visit 26.3.22


Wessex Magical Association - Convention Pack. From the organisers: The members and Council of the WMA would like to extend a huge thank you to Alakazam Magic, Mike Danata and Mark Leveridge Magic for contributing some fantastic value to our convention delegate pack. The delegate pack is free for all full convention ticket holders. Day tickets are still available for the convention but the Gala Show is now sold out. Day Tickets are £27 for Adults and £7 for Juniors and can be purchased from our website: The convention is next Sunday, 3rd April. Venue: Bournemouth School for Girls, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 9UJ. 26.3.22


Bag4Life - Mark Bendell. RSVPMagic write: We've finally been able to restock with the very best coins for Bag4Life, our best-selling coin routine. For a limited time you'll also receive a free download of 'The Unknown', the brilliant project starring Gary Jones and Lee Smith featuring 13 award-winning routines. This is worth £19.99 alone and is yours, free! Limited numbers. See 26.3.22


The Mark Leveridge March Podcast. If you haven't caught up with the latest 30 minute audio podcast, here's what you have been missing: You and your magic may get frozen in time, but that’s OK! Are you brave enough to accept and use the evidence offered by video of your practice? The pros and cons of magic collaboration. Mark reveals who the biggest exposers of magic actually are. Mark's top three TV and film cliches. Children’s shows provide an important service for the future of magic. You can get free access either from, or from where you can also sign up to be a follower and receive each new monthly release automatically. Also, do you read Mark's blog called Chatter? Published every month since September 1992, each release examines a different magic themed topic and is a fascinating read. Go to to catch up with the latest ones, or download earlier volumes right back to no.1 from the Chatter Archive which can be found at 26.3.22


Card in Envelope - Mr E Enterprises. Mr E Enterprises write: There is nothing new in discovering a duplicate jumbo size playing card in an envelope that has been left in full view, which matches a card freely chosen from a well-shuffled pack - so we make no claims of originality! However, so far we have been unable to find any method that comes anywhere near being both as clean and as easy to perform as the one we offer you.

You show a sealed envelope, which can be freely handled, and an ordinary pack of playing cards. Anyone takes the cards and shuffles them to their heart’s content and then deals cards one at a time stopping to deal on any card they wish. The envelope is now torn open and inside is found a single jumbo card and there are positively no other cards, slips of paper or for that matter anything else inside the envelope; it only holds one single jumbo card that can be unreservedly shown both front and back. Let’s say this card is the Ten of Clubs. Your spectator turns over the final card that they stopped at and it exactly matches your prediction card! For full details and to order visit


Bob Ostin: A Lifetime of Magical Inventions by Stephen Tucker - New Softback Edition - Alakazam Magic: This fantastic cram-packed book from Bob Ostin will have you learning tricks which simply seem impossible! Comes with a free streaming video of Peter Nardi's Really Twisted based on Bob's original Twisted Twins Effect! "Bob was the first real magician I ever met. He's a charming guy with an utterly devious mind when it comes to creating magic effects. And best of all, they’re all wonderfully practical. This book is long overdue." David Britland. Find out more, visit 26.3.22


News Deadline reminder. MagicWeek welcomes your UK magic news, but please remember the news deadline... by Thursday if possible; final deadline 12 noon Friday. 26.3.22


"Inside magician Keith Barry's life at home with wife Mairead and their two children" Click Here • "Illusionist Derren Brown set to play mind games with Irish audiences" Click Here • "Houdini and the Magic of Copyright" Click Here • "Preserving Harry Houdini's Wisconsin roots on his 148th birthday" Click Here • "Connecticut student heading to Vegas to join Cirque du Soleil as a magician" Click Here • "Derren Brown: 'All my life I thought I hated Toblerone'" Click Here • That's it for another week. Your UK magic news/reviews/articles always welcomed. See you next week, Duncan. 26.3.22