Number 1138 - Saturday 16th April 2022


Inaugural Magic Circle One Day Convention: Sunday September 11th, London. Featuring a star-studded International Gala Show, 'The Magic Emporium' Global Dealers showcase, great socialising, and a host of outstanding lectures! Marc Spelmann will be making his first appearance since his runaway success on Britain’s Got Talent, and brilliant magic-thinker Marc Oberon will be appearing... just two of the star names announced to date, with many, many more to come!


Michael J Fitch writes: After a tough couple of years for the industry, The Magic Circle is back with flair and what better way to celebrate than by welcoming some of the best magic talent from around the world. It's always been a struggle with space to do something like this, but the recently refurbished Wesley Hotel next door to our headquarters provided the perfect opportunity to extend the dealers hall and, of course, provide the all important late night magic sessions and after-party. Sure to be a sell-out, this event has strictly limited places. Tickets are available for non-members from Monday, 18th April: 16.4.22


Britain's Got Talent tonight at 8pm. Ant and Dec return with the nationwide talent search this evening, with judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams giving their verdicts on the acts. Among those taking to the stage of the London Palladium Theatre are a dog act like no other, harmonious choirs, and a man who left the judges spooked as never before! 8pm on ITV. See TV Magic. "Britain's Got Talent 2022" 16.4.22


Kidology UK, the midweek convention for children’s entertainers, returns with a great lineup. Organiser Alec Powell writes: It will be held at The Austin Sports and Social Club, Birmingham B31 2SF on Tuesday 20th September 2022 from 9am. Featuring: Dealers Hall, Auction and evening entertainment and cabaret with Jezo. Plus the UK Children's Entertainer of the Year Competition on Wednesday 21st September, all at the same venue. Speakers at the convention are Steve Hewlett, Jezo, Magic Touch JJ and Jonathan, Sammy Brooks, Steve Dimmer, Darron Woodward, Miraiker Wallace and Lisa Oakley. Entertainment on the evening of the convention will star Steve Hewlett. There will also be events on Monday 19th September. For more details and to book go to Registration is £50. 16.4.22


The Science of Magic Association 2022 Conference. From the organisers: We plan to hold a gala show on the evening of July 20th, followed by two full conference days on July 21st and 22nd. We’re looking forward (with cautious optimism) to once again bringing together academics, researchers and magicians from around the world and featuring top keynote speakers, with presentations and poster sessions about the latest science of magic research.

This event will take place in-person at Goldsmiths University of London, and we’ll also be integrating some of the virtual tools and options to provide some free virtual access to selected events on the day. Various recordings will be posted online afterwards.

Featured Speakers: Guest of honour: Derren Brown - Mentalist and Illusionist (virtually attending).
Keynote Speakers: Prof Sophie Scott - Director of the Speech Communication Lab at UCL.
Prof Chris French - Founder of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths.
Laura London - Sleight of hand artist.
Luke Jermay - Mentalist and magician.

For registration information visit


MagiCon 2022. James Hobart writes: Back in 2001 The Magic Circle sent a party to the Irish Convention and put on special events during the weekend. This year they’re back and the Sunday Gala Show has been branded "Stars of The Magic Circle" - featuring Vice President Katherine Rhodes, Oliver Tabor, BGT runner-up Jamie Raven and locals Alan Kennedy and Rodd Hogg. The show, in Belvoir Studio Theatre on 1st May, is selling well but a few tickets are still available online.

Katherine will also be doing a presentation on The Magic Circle and will be joining Oliver, Tom Crosbie and Fritz "with a Z" in a Close-up Gala Show on the Saturday morning, introduced by USM President George Bleeks. The latter three will also be lecturing over the weekend, as will George Firehorse and Chris Congreave.

Friday was the booking deadline for the Saturday night dinner and Gala Show but the Balmoral Hotel have agreed to continue to take last minute bookings for another week to 22nd April. The “Joel M - Live” Friday night show has a handful of advance tickets left. Tickets at the door on the day cannot be guaranteed. see


Mark Leveridge 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. "Mark Leveridge: The Legend of Magic talks Performance, Business, Magazines and More" YouTube. 16.4.22


Laura London Lecture  - The Pentacle Club Cambridge. Description: Hugh Newsam  writes: The one and only Librarian of The Magic Circle and expert card magician Laura London will be lecturing about her magic and he performance methods.  Tuesday 19th April. Doors open at 7.30pm and the lecture starts at 8pm. Non Members £10 on the door or from in advance. Venue: Cambridge Pentacle Magic Club, St Andrew's Church Centre, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 3JS. 16.4.22


Easter Special from Magicbox. Free shipping on all UK orders. Plus, enter code easter22 at the checkout and get a free gift on us! Happy Easter from the Magicbox team: 16.4.22


Ellisdons: The History, Volume One. To accompany the release of Ellisdons: The History, Volume One, Philip Treece has produced a 30 minute video on the early years of the firm, featuring many of the tricks and catalogues that made Ellisdons famous. The video can be viewed on YouTube. Also see Ellisdons: The History, Volume One - Philip David Treece 16.4.22


Graham P Jolley and Paul Gordon - The April 2022 Session. Yes, Graham P Jolley and Paul Gordon are back, this time with 45 minutes of brilliant magic filmed al fresco. Cards, mentalism and even some cabaret... perfect for this Easter weekend: YouTube. 16.4.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, Mel Harvey in a guest spot on 3-2-1 from 1983. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 16.4.22


Merlins of Wakefield Spring 'Mail' - now available. 24 pages packed with effects, articles and news and free to download Click Here. If you would like a printed copy send your address to and they will pop a copy in the post. Also, tickets are available for their Magic Festival Day Click Here for details and to book. 16.4.22


Martin Peirce Lecture - The Order of The Magi, Manchester - 26th April. Secretary Mike Sharples writes:  The Order of The Magi is pleased announce that our first lecture for this year will take place at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Irish Town Way at 8pm on the 26th April and is The Helen Moran Memorial Lecture. This will be performed by Martin Peirce and is called Easy, Effective and Entertaining Magic Lecture. Martin is a professional magician, creator of effects, author of books and also a writer of numerous magazine articles for magical publications. Following on from his highly popular 5 star rated EEE Alakazam Academy he now has produced an exciting new lecture that will consist of easy to do, effective and most importantly entertaining magic.


There will be something in it for everyone with magic involving cards, money, mentalism and everyday objects. All the routines will be fully detailed so all members and attendees can go and perform some magical miracles virtually straight away. There will also be a chance to purchase some fantastic unique magic on the night and ask any questions you may have regarding these entertaining routines.

Martin is an award winning magician with over 25 years, experience in the magical world. He is a very popular performer and his presentation style concentrates on providing great entertainment to his audiences. This lecture is free for members and visiting magicians are welcome to attend for a entry fee of £5.00 per person by prior contact with the secretary Mike Sharples on 07748 833 666 or via email If you fancy staying over we have a special rate with our friends at the NIU Hotel which is literally a stone's throw from our headquarters. Let me know if you want to stay there and I will let you have the details.


Blake Vogt on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Wanda Sykes chats about Netflix, Alicia Keys performs City of Gods, and magician Blake Vogt wows the host. (Repeat) Thursday 21st April on ITV2. See TV Magic. 16.4.22


Hot Property. "Viral magician Dan Rhodes is about to go on his first ever date in Rochdale, and in true Hot Property style, Yung Filly is going to be there every step of the way. Will it be Miss Doctor, Miss Budget Piano or Miss Stelpie that joins him?" Now on iPlayer. 16.4.22


Jay Gatling's Are You Watching Closely? Closer Still - Conwy, North Wales, 22nd April. Join Jay Gatling for an evening of sleight of hand, mysterious skills, and mind bending trickery as he demonstrates that nothing is impossible, just a bit unlikely. Taking place within the walls of a medieval tower owned by a Jester, this wizard of Conwy invites you to indulge your imagination and take a journey into the wonderful world of "what if?"."What a terrific magician" Jimmy Cricket. "A superb night's entertainment" Dave Paveley, North Wales Honda. Friday 22nd April. The show starts at 8pm and doors open 7.30pm at The Jester's Tower, Conwy, North Wales LL32 8AY. Tickets are £10.00 from 16.4.22


Mike Gancia. Donald Bevan writes: Mike Gancia (Michael Gillam) passed away early Tuesday morning 5th April after a long illness, days short of his 88th birthday. A Past President of I.B.M. British Ring, Past President British Magical Society (twice), BMS Honorary Life Member with Gold Medal (one of only five in the Society's 117 year history), MIMC with Gold Star. Mike was a popular and active performer and lecturer, with a wealth of magical knowledge he was always willing to share. Another old friend who I first met in the early 1950s, has gone but never forgotten.


The funeral will take place on Tuesday 3rd May at 3.15pm at Lodge Hill Crematorium, Weoley Park Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham South, B29 5AA. 16.4.22


Chris Wardle’s Lecture for The North Western Society of Magicians on 6th April is reviewed by Chris Taylor this week, Click Here • "Magician Dynamo cuts a casual figure in navy tracksuit as he goes shopping in Primrose Hill" Click Here • "Sam Fender wowed by magician Chris Cross backstage after his Newcastle gig" Click Here • "The female magician whose most amazing escape was from her father" Click Here • "Criss Angel is building 'escape camp' for children with cancer" Click Here • "Magician Sets Central Park Running Record" Click Here • "Inside Suhani Shah’s world of magic and mentalism" Click Here • "Famous magician purchases Magic Castle" Click Here • That's it! I hope everyone enjoys a sunny Easter weekend, see you next week, Duncan. 16.4.22