Number 1139 - Saturday 23rd April 2022


The full lineup for this year's London Magic Convention is announced! From America Chad Long will be lecturing his award-winning, hilarious, practical close-up magic. YouTube sensation and bestselling author Richard Wiseman will be presenting a brand new lecture featuring his amazing magic and psychological trickery, and, from France, 'Fool Us' favourite Mathieu Bich will fry you with his incredibly head-scratching magic. Add to this some surprises, a packed dealers hall and the notorious '£4 Gala Show', and you're guaranteed a truly sensational day at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in the heart of London. Tickets are selling fast, so book now at 23.4.22


One Big Show for Ukraine, Friday June 17th in Leicester. From the organisers: Lee Joseph is presenting an evening of entertainment going from magic to live music, to dance and comedy. This is an event the whole family can enjoy with an amazing lineup of magicians including: One of the most creative minds in magic and IBM British and World Champion Jon Allen; Multi award-winning magician Paul Kybert; Lee Joseph the Mystery Entertainer with his weird and wonderful tricks and illusions; Andy Storm with his headlining grand-scale illusion act, and host for the evening, award-winning magician David Michaels.

All of these magicians could headline a show of their own and you're getting all 5 performing in one night for the unbelievable price of £10 a ticket with all profits raised on the evening going to the Ukraine Crisis Appeal. Plus live music, dance, children's entertainment and a raffle. £10 adults. £6 under 13's. £27 for a family of four. Friday 17th of June. Doors open at 6pm. The West End Club, Braunstone Avenue, Leicester LE3 1LD. Tickets:


Northern Magic Circle One Day Mini Convention, Harrogate. Brian Lead writes: The Northern Magic Circle is back, with a one-day mini convention at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate on 26th June (10am to 6pm). The day will include Magic at the Seaside, presented by President Roy Field (winner of the Award of Excellence from The International Brotherhood of Magicians), a double auction of books and props with special guest auctioneer Mike Shepherd, an open competition of Parlour Magic with cash and trophy prizes, and a closing show. In appreciation of the loyalty shown by members during the pandemic, the event will be free to all members and those signing up for membership. There will be a nominal charge of just £5 for others. Payment can be made on the day, but to aid preparations those intending to be there should please register their interest with organiser John Russell: or call 07412 617856. 23.4.22


The MagicWeek Video Archive. A new magic clip or show every week! This week, The Zodiac Brothers on New Faces of '87 from 2nd October 1987. See The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with more from The MagicWeek Video Archive Click Here. 23.4.22


Nick Nickolas has been writing about his life as a street performer and magician at - well worth reading through if you love tales from the street. I first met Nick when he came to perform in Covent Garden in the early 80s. He had it from the get-go. DT.


"Eyes as wide as dinner plates I stared at the steadfast, muscular, rugged man as he bent an iron bar over his arm. Then I winced as he cracked a steel chain like a whip, the sonic echo bouncing off the walls of The Tower of London which loomed behind me. My father handed me some coins, after more feats of strength were demonstrated by gypsy strongman Johnny Eagle. I placed the money in Johnny’s tattered hat. This was the first street show I ever saw, little was I to know that many years later I would take on the same trade myself..." Continue at Also see 23.4.22


The Surrey Society of Magicians Close-up Competition 2022. Adam Mosley writes: The Surrey Society of Magicians Close-up Competition took place on Thursday, 21st of April. A big congratulations to Paul Dickson who took first place, and to runners-up Dave Andrews and Tommy Knight. The Mary Oberoi Comedy Trophy went to Paul Dickson. It was a very high standard this year as always so congratulations to all who took part.

We would like to give a big thank you to the two lay judges and also to our magical judge Graham P Jolley; thank you for your hard work and difficult decisions. We would also like to thank all the audience members who we are sure had a great evening, and our time keeper Tim Allen. Last but not least thank you to our brilliant compère Geoff Pescud.


Alex Jesson 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. "Alex Jesson: Founder and CEO of Matricks Illusion talks BGT, Magic and more" YouTube. 23.4.22 have been supplying affordable magic supplies quickly and professionally since 2003. We make sure to always have UK stock of what we advertise and ship it to customers ASAP. We have been a staple of many UK and international conventions, bringing a fresh approach since we started. See 23.4.22


Cosmic Pancakes! Kev and Amy seek to understand a shared interest in hypnosis, and make connections with likeminded hypno-illuminati-types.

Kev is a hacker, magician and hypnotist. He worked with Anthony Jacquin for many years as business partner, writer and producer at Head Hacking: a pioneering company that popularised street hypnosis through products and training, taught hypnosis to magicians, researched academic perspectives on the nature of suggestion, and ran the annual hypnosis conference ‘change | phenomena’. As a hacker he has presented his research at numerous international conferences and he currently works in threat intelligence. Kev is also a member of The Magic Circle.

Amy is a communications consultant with over 20 years of experience in editorial, brand and creative. She’s also a hypnosis geek, with a fascination for the 19th Century ‘Golden Age of Mesmerism’ and George du Maurier’s Trilby. She’s a trained hypnotherapist, but doesn’t plan to practise. Having tracked Kev down to demand answers on mentalism, Head Hacking and all things Derren Brown, she’s now fully down the rabbit hole on magic, too, and is writing a thesis on magic at corporate gatherings. Her freelance business is 'The Looking Glass'.


Merlins Magic Day Sunday 15th May 2022. Matricks Illusion, seen on Britain's Got Talent last week, will be appearing on the Evening Gala Show. Merlins write: 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! Sunday 15th May at The Academy Theatre, Birdwell, Barnsley S70 5TU. Book via 23.4.22


Wayne Fox Lecture - Mercian Mystics, Stoke-on-Trent. Tuesday 3rd of May at 8pm. Venue: Smallthorne Victory Club, 300 Hanley Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 1RE. Visiting magicians welcome: £10 door fee. Contact details: 23.4.22


Leeds Magic Circle Table Top Sale, Tuesday, 26th April. On Tuesday 26th April Leeds Magic Circle are hosting a Table Top Sale at St. John's Church Hall, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 7BZ, from 7.30pm. We still have some tables available, so if you would like to downsize your collection, please email for details. We are asking for a donation of £5 to the club, payable on the night. If you would like to add to your collection, please come along and find yourself a bargain! The doors are open to everyone and there is no door fee for non-members, so grab your magical friends and come along. Aside from the sale, there will be space to sit, chat / session and have a brew. Hope to see you there! Craig Walker, Secretary, Leeds Magic Circle. 23.4.22


Magicseen Lite #18. From the publishers. The April edition of Magicseen's taster download magazine is out and awaiting your perusal. Here are the contents. American comedy performer Michael Finney is one of magic's larger-than-life characters, and we are delighted to be able to offer the full feature interview with him that appeared in issue 103 (March 2022) of the main Magicseen. His story is interesting and it makes for a great read. From the trick Masterclass section we have selected a neat, clever card effect from Liam Montier called The Repeater, and there is also a thought provoking article on Being The Magician and how the perception that lay people have of you can change when they discover your 'dark secret'! Comedy mentalist Graham Jolley is always fun to talk to, and so we thought you would enjoy our 5 minute chat with him, and then if you want to know exactly how to make the magic in your kids' show more impactful, take in the advice from Christopher T Magician in the article called Quiet, Not Riot. And then finally, as ever we have cherry picked some of the latest product reviews to ensure you make only great magic purchases! Magicseen Lite #18 is free to download from 23.4.22


The April 2022 Mark Leveridge Podcast. The latest magic podcast from Mark Leveridge is full of interesting conversation topics again this month. Here's a run down: It’s not just our audiences who need protecting from COVID at gigs. The danger that lots of online show enquiries can produce a response fatigue. Lay people may struggle to see your show fee as anything more than an arbitrary figure. Info on two great value e-book bundles. The importance of reacting sensitively to an audience’s mood or attitude. Understanding that anything that can go wrong, at some point probably will. 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. 23.4.22


Decision Point by David Regal - Alakazam Magic. The performer introduces a wallet that contains 7 symbols printed on large cards. Each of the symbols mean different things to different people but are all very different choices. The spectators are given a completely free selection of any of the symbols, and no matter what they choose the magician is able to reveal that they predicted that choice from the very beginning... 23.4.22


The Conversation. Magic in the Mind. Ava Do is a magician, mentalist and deceptionist from Vietnam, who moved to the United States at 13 years old. Growing up navigating two different cultural identities, she became fascinated with the subjects of perception and social psychology. Here, she delves into the world of mentalism with two renowned women mentalists who regularly amaze and mystify global audiences. Saturday 30th April on BBC World Service. See TV Magic for details. 23.4.22


Learn 30 tricks in 30 days with David Blaine. "For the first time, David Blaine shares the methods behind his magic. In this one-month online class, learn 30 of David’s favorite card tricks and physical feats. Take what you learn and immediately blow the minds of your friends, your family, or any audience." 23.4.22


The Magicians: Playing Cards - Puzzle - Game. 3 Shows in One. "Take a seat in our theatre and experience the Golden Age of Magic. Welcome to The Magicians show!" Watch the video and find out more about this innovative Kickstarter project at 23.4.22


The Big Bang Theory - back to back Teller. Teller appears in The Big Bang Theory on Thursday 26th April at 5pm in 'The Bow Tie Asymmetry' and at 5.30pm in 'The Conjugal Configuration'. Repeats. See TV Magic for details. 23.4.22


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